Actress Sherry Bronfman is fighting to clear her name after she was listed among a number of New York property tax delinquents. The Shaft star, who was known by her maiden name of Sherry Brewer, claims she settled the debt of around $100,000 (£62,500) in full in person at the city's Department of Finance weeks ago, so she was surprised to find the state's latest records had not been updated to reflect the settlement.
The ex-wife of Seagram liquor heir Edgar Bronfman, Jr. tells the New York Post, "It's a pain. I can't even begin to tell you. This is so upsetting."
The actress admits trying to sort out the problem via telephone is a struggle: "You cannot call. It's impossible. The system is really messed up. It's a nightmare."
Bronfman's musician son Benjamin is the father of rapper M.I.A.'s little boy, Ikhyd.
Pop star Sky Ferreira "saw bone" in her leg after she fell down an elevator shaft onstage while supporting Miley Cyrus on tour. The singer was hospitalised in February (14) after slicing her leg open while performing at Cyrus' Bangerz show in California. She needed 60 stitches and has cancelled a number of shows since.
Ferreira performed to the end of her set and shock did not set in until she looked at her leg and realised the extent of her injury.
She tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "I played the set. I didn't know the injury was as bad as it was. When I looked down afterwards, I could see bone. That's when I went into shock and freaked out."
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Part of an actor's job is finding connections between himself and his character. Very few Hollywood actors can completely transform themselves; that’s why Meryl Streep wins all those Oscars. But even without Streep's legendary range, many actors have innately likable personalities, or fit snugly into specific types of characters perfectly. There’s an authenticity to playing a role that’s close to your personality, so we don't fault them. However, some actors seem to be phone it in, playing the same character in every movie, TV show, and even interview they do. There are a few big name stars who really need to step out of their comfort zones...
Samuel L. Jackson
Jackson is folksy, funny, and approachable. That’s why he’s seems to be in five movies each year. His IMDb page has enough titles to for him to market his own RedBox station. That being said, all his roles seem to be as the motherf***er you don’t want to mess with. His notorious use of profanity and overall bad mamma jamma status (he even played Shaft) have created a permanent place for him in Hollywood. No matter what his role, you wouldn’t be surprised if he broke out into a curse-filled rant. After all, he did record the audio for Go the F**k to Sleep.
Willis is known best for action movies, but unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, he can star in movies outside the genre. However, he has stuck pretty rigidly to the wise-talking hero with deadpan delivery and taglines galore. He always has some sort of law enforcement or military background, with few exceptions (notably as the star of The Sixth Sense, or as a bumbling alcoholic surgeon in Death Becomes Her). Can Willis play anything other than the serious hero with the occasional humorous line? Or will he be playing Detective John McClane at a nursing home in Die Hardly: Do Not Resuscitate? Check out his stone-faced delivery in these SNL Promos:
Heigl has created a niche for herself in romantic comedies. She’s also created a huge polarizing effect in Hollywood: you either love her or hate her. Part of that is her ability to be stunningly attractive yet laughingly smug. Any one of her characters will carry the veneer of good humor, but always with a dismissive attitude toward her love interest or the supporting characters. She tried to play working class screw-up in One for the Money , but didn't quite fit the bill — it seemed like 27 Dresses if the lead was an aspiring bail bondsman. Check out how her usual shtick takes squirrel form in this The Nut Job clip.
Everyone is familiar with how awkward Stewart is in interviews. However, why are all of her characters morose and uncomfortable, too? We accepted Bella Swan in Twilight an awkward teen, but then we got the same ordeal in Adventureland. And Snow White and the Huntsman. If Stewart were to play happy would a rift in the universe form and undo creation?
Deschanel has a stronghold on characters that know how to play the ukulele. Partly due to her big baby blues and distinct voice, Deschanel tends to play, to borrow from the SNL sketch, quirky girls. But is it too much to ask for her to play a character outside of her unique brand of hipster? It is a smart business plan for Deschanel to have a strong brand if she wants to sell '50s-style dresses, handcrafted ukuleles, or eye drops. But as an actor she seems to have painted herself into a corner. Could she ever play a high-powered criminal attorney on the run from mobsters? Or would the lawyer have to go undercover as a thrift store employee who plays the Theremin?
This episode focused a lot on periphery characters and, as usual, unnecessary plot twists. YAY! Hey, kids ... can you spell implausible plot development?
The episode begins with a little boy and his father in a picturesque forest. They’re having a bonding trip and you know that someone is going to shoot Bambi’s mother. However, instead of an innocent hunting trip, these two men are hunting a poor defenseless woman in the forest with bad teeth and an unfortunate wig. However, if you’re a witch in the forest, where are you going to get leave-in conditioner? It’s revealed to be Hank Foxx (Josh Hamilton).
Meanwhile, back at Ryan Murphy’s version of Beauty Shop, Angela Bassett (Marie Laveau) is slumming it acting wise playing a racial stereotype. An immortal necromancer with untold magical powers, yet she can’t update her salon’s '70s décor. Shut your mouth, because she got the shaft, character-wise. Meanwhile, Precious Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) gives up the lap of luxury with her own, slightly racist, maid to run phones at a beauty shop? How is that in any way believable?
Meanwhile, back in the plot, Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) arrives at the salon to return the head of Madam Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) that was so rudely left on her doorstep. She proposes the two leaders combine forces to defeat the witch hunters. To which Marie replies with a stereotypical epitaph like “Nah, Girl!” or “Oh, no you didn’t!” She has Queenie take Delphine’s head to burn it. Instead, Queenie decides to force a reanimated talking head to watch Roots, The Color Purple, and old news footage from the segregation era.
Back at Douche, Inc., Hank shows up to report on his progress with the New Orleans witches. Apparently, his father is head witch hunter, has passed Hank over for second-in-command, and is running a company that is a smokescreen for a secret line of witch hunters. Also, he has no name. It’s revealed that the person who blinded Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson) was her own father-in-law, Random Unnamed Witch hunter aka Hank’s Dad.
Cordelia does her best attempt to set blind people back 50 years. She shows you that blind people can’t do anything without dropping things. Call me crazy, but wouldn’t she have some training or a nurse before she is set to try and make eggs on her own? Also, as the daughter of the Supreme, is there no way to give her some sort of superhuman compensation for sight besides unhelpful premonitions? Even Daredevil could smell and see things via sonar.
Frizzy Day Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy) decides to make an elaborate meal for her old Witch Council pals, The French Teacher from that Richard Grieco movie (Robin Bartlett) and that little guy from Will & Grace (Leslie Jordan). She takes their eyes out with a melon-baller and has some sort of dance party while cutting up their remains. Myrtle and Fiona have a little tête-à-tête when Fiona learns about Cordelia’s new eyes. Then, Cordelia and Misty Day (Lily Rabe) have a little playtime with magic and make an elaborate potion to resurrect a plant. Isn’t that Misty’s pre-existing power?
In the worst use of a Tony winner storyline, Joan Ramsey (Patti LuPone) is resurrected while her son, Luke Ramsey (Alexander Dreymon), is in a coma. Why would Fiona have her resurrected? It makes no sense at all. Am I right? Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) and Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) come to retrieve Nan (Jamie Brewer). However, she has not been able to see Luke. So they re-enact Ghost with Nan recounting secrets about Luke’s childhood. Suddenly, Joan changes her tune, literally, until Luke starts sharing secrets from beyond the grave ... like how Joan murdered his father. And yet, to review, who cares? LuPone is an amazing actress and singer but who cares if the witches’ neighbor has drama, too? These are periphery characters and there isn’t enough plot development in the stories that matter like back at the beauty shop.
After being threatened by his father and the Voodoo Queen, losing his wife, and having a verbal lashing by Fiona, Hank decides to kill all the witches ... in Marie’s beauty shop. He brings blessed silver bullets and takes them all down. He shoots Marie in the arm but before he can kill her, a wounded Queenie uses her voodoo doll powers to shoot him in the head. Marie shows up at the school ready to combine forces.
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Reno Wilson may be EVEN funnier in person. The hilarious actor dishes about life on the set of Mike & Molly, his role as Officer Carl McMillan and what he has in common with Jennifer Aniston, while keeping us laughing the entire time. One of the most fun interviews we’ve ever had!
Reason 1: Reno started our chat with some beat-boxing magic.
So Molly has decided on a career change: next up she'll be a writer and will conduct a ride-along. Can you give us a sneak peek as to how the ride-along goes awry?
You didn’t even ask. You just knew it was going to go awry! It’s uncomfortable for Mike because it kind of invades his personal space. Let’s be honest, the squad car is like his own personal therapy couch. Now she’s in the picture. This season you’re going to see a lot more police work. This is actually the first time she rides along, and she sees something happen. Nothing serious for Mike and Carl, but it doesn’t bode well with Molly. It’s glass, glass and somebody’s ass...Can I say that?
With all of the extra police work, will we see any guest stars? Anyone you'd like to guest star this season?
We do, we do. I always wonder why his grandmother raised him. What happened to his parents? I would love it if Richard Roundtree played my dad. I want Shaft to be my dad. I was at a function a couple months ago, and that is one good-looking man. I said that to him and he said, ‘Takes one to know one.’ I came home and told my wife, "Hey baby, Shaft said I’m good looking," and she said, "Shut your mouth," and I said, "I’m just talking about Shaft."
Reason 2: Reno then schooled us on our non-existant knowledge of Shaft and proceeded to sing Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning theme song to the '70s blaxploitation classic.
Do you all hang out outside of work?
Yeah! We're pathetic! We can’t see each other enough. Billy and I have known each other for 9 years. Our kids play together. We go to birthday parties, holiday parties.
Do you have any comedic freedom on the show?
Our scripts are so tight. I speak kind of fast on the show, but I think the rhythm of our show is fast. We stay tight, tight, tight on the script.
How is it working on the set?
I gotta tell you, our set is the most thankful, grateful group of people you can be around. This is the best set I’ve ever been on. We’re on the old Friends stage. We’re still trying to figure out whose dressing room we're in. I think I’m in Matt LeBlanc’s room. None of us know, but we're all trying to figure it out.
Trivia Fact: Jennifer Aniston and I graduated high school together: same year, same class, same school Performing Arts High school, 1987. Soon I’ll be known for my haircut this season, and everybody will be getting the Carl.
Reason 3: Watch the show to find out!
The new season of Girls, which will air starting January 12 of next year, just released a behind-the-scenes look at the production. The video is only a few minutes long, but it reveals plenty about where all four girls (and the three boys) ended up after Adam (Adam Driver) reunited with Hannah (Lena Dunham) at the end of Season 2.
Dunham and the rest of the cast don't hold back about what their characters are experiencing in the new season. The big news: Hannah is finally getting it together. She's repaired her relationship with the publisher, seems to have her anxiety under control, and is back together with Adam. No word on whether or not that relationship will sour, but something keeps drawing the two back together (maybe it's Driver's fantastic/albeit sometimes terrifying performance). A happy Hannah is usually a smug Hannah, which can lead to an annoying Hannah, but it's nice to see the character actually accomplish something rather than have more indignities heaped upon her.
Jessa still seems to be floating aimlessly through life and heartbreak, while Shoshanna experiments with promiscuity (including some unfortunate looking dorm room top bunk action). Dunham also insists that they've come up with some sharper hair and makeup for poor Shosh. Hopefully she's right, as that donut joke in the SNL parody was too true. Even Ray, the layabout 30-something, has gotten himself together in the wake of his breakup with Shoshanna. While the others flounder or have small successes, he's become an entrepaneur, running Grumpy's and opening a new coffee shop/pizza place.
Marnie continues to get the shaft, once again starting the season dumped by Charlie, though this time it's not really her fault, as it's due to the Christopher Abbott's departure at the beginning of shooting. Unfortunately, that means we have to endure another whole season of Depressed!Marnie, an entity that was wearing remarkably thin by the end of last season. And, judging from the nature of some of these clips, it looks like (once again) she'll be seeking emotional refuge in her appearance and working as a barista instead of a hostess. Man, somebody get Marnie some self confidence and a non-menial job, please.
Check out the video below:
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas is still waiting to receive the final script for his new film about the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, weeks before production is set to begin in South America. The Desperado star is set to join Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro in The 33, which will document the 69 days 33 Chilean miners spent trapped underground after a shaft collapsed in 2010.
Director Patricia Riggen is expected to start shooting on location in late November (13), but Banderas suggests there may be a slight delay.
He tells Spanish news agency EFE, "Everything (for the project) started quite a while ago, more than a year-and-a-half, but so far, right now, despite having a commitment with the producers of the film, I still have not received the final script."
However, the actor can understand why screenwriters are taking their time to finish the script.
He says, "They're continuing to work on it, cleaning it up, having conversations with those people who experienced this event... Whenever you play a person who existed, along with the acting work, there's a sense of responsibility, because it's a living character."
Riggen is also still searching for a replacement to step in for Jennifer Lopez, who was reportedly forced to pull out of the drama in September (13) due to scheduling clashes with her upcoming return as a judge on reality show American Idol.
The 33 is currently scheduled for release next year (14).
Movie star Rosie Perez has fallen out with her actor cousin Sixto Ramos after failing to invite him to her surprise wedding in Las Vegas last month (Sep13). The Do The Right Thing actress wed artist Eric Hays in a low-key ceremony in Sin City, after he suggested they tie the knot there following the boxing match between undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Canelo Alvarez on 14 September (13).
Perez broke the news to Shaft star Ramos in a quick phone call before walking down the aisle, but he was far from pleased - and he's still furious with her five weeks later.
She says, "He's angry at me but everything's fine! (He's angry at me) because he didn't go to the wedding, but I told him we were eloping and when you're eloping, (guests) don't go to the wedding... only the two people (getting married).
"I told him (we were eloping) because I was nervous that he was gonna (sic) be angry. I said, 'Hi Sixto, we're gonna (sic) get married' and he said, 'What?' I said, 'Yeah, we're here in Vegas so we're gonna do it', and he went, 'What about me?' And he told me I was selfish, and I was a b**ch, and he had a nice suit... He was so angry... I just ignore him. He's stupid."
Rocker Eddie Van Halen is suing a building contractor over allegations of shoddy work at his Los Angeles home. The Van Halen star claims workers left a string of problems in their wake after they were hired to remodel his home in 2008.
In a lawsuit filed on Monday (30Sep13), Van Halen accuses them of causing damage to his roof, chimney, gutters and elevator shaft. The main issue, the suit claims, is a lack of waterproofing, which has caused mold damage throughout the house.
He claims he has paid out more than $1 million (£666,000) and now is seeking repayment, along with interest.
After 20 minutes of jumping up and down screaming at the NY Post's report that there might be an *NSYNC reunion at this Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, we pulled ourselves together to actually think about what this means. As Justin Timberlake accepts his Video Vanguard Award, the remaining four *NSYNC members – Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick, and JC Chasez – will sing and dance to some of the greatest pieces of pop to ever grace your ears. So we're looking at a two- or three-minute medley of *NSYNC classics as part of the Timberlake retrospective.
Based on past VMA performances, *NSYNC usually ties a neat little bow around a couple of their big singles with intense choreography (and some lip-synching, sorry). Here's what we're hoping for in their surprise performance:
"Bye Bye Bye"Released in 2000, this single helped the band's No Strings Attached album sell more that two million copies in the first week, shattering the previous record held by the Backstreet Boys (HA!) and is also the band's biggest hit. Also, the moment in the video when Justin jumps down the elevator shaft, looks up at the camera, and smiles at us is, well, just look...VEVO
"Tearing' Up My Heart"*NSYNC's first big single, the gateway drug to our boy band addiction. The dancing, the video of them in a vacant warehouse, the single cover with Chris wearing those weird goggles, and the fact that the boys just want us! They're dying without us and they have the smooth choreography to prove it.
"I Want You Back"JC was the star of the video (along with Justin's pirate earring…), but this video was all about bros being bros and singin' about getting their girl back. The 1998 jam was all we ever wanted and if they don't revisit this tune for the reunion, then well, what's even the point? Remember the original video?
Justin, you've come a long way from that "I Want You Back" video (the mock turtle neck zip tees!), and congratulations on your Video Vanguard Award, but please take one for the team and don't make the rest of the guys sing your solo music (a la Destiny's Child singing "Single Ladies" during the Beyonce Bowl). Think 1999.
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