A stuntwoman who worked on teen sitcom Icarly is suing bosses of the show after a high-wire feat went wrong. Katina Waters claims her career was ruined when the operator controlling her wire machine dropped her without warning and she crashed to the floor.
Waters, 40, claims the incident caused severe injuries to her leg, including fractured bones and torn ligaments, according to TMZ.com.
She is suing the show's production company, Schneider's Bakery, along with the Nickelodeon and MTV television networks for pain, suffering and loss of earnings.
iCarly starred Miranda Cosgrove and ran from 2007 to 2012.
British actor Idris Elba got high while filming some of his "best scenes" on the set of TV crime drama The Wire. The star played drug-dealer Stringer Bell in the show from 2002 to 2004 and admits he smoked marijuana with his co-star Wood Harris in between takes.
He tells rock magazine Q, "Wood is a big burner (pot smoker), proper. We'd sit in the trailer going over these very complex scenes and he'd burn all the time.
"One scene was pushed back and we sat in the trailer, burning and burning and playing music. The next thing you know, we're on the set high as a kite. But it was one of the best scenes you've ever seen in your life."
British royal Prince Harry and actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West celebrated the completion of their challenging trek to the South Pole last month (Dec13) by guzzling champagne from a prosthetic leg. The trio successfully reached the Antarctic with teams of wounded soldiers as part of the Walking With the Wounded charity mission on 13 December (13), and they marked the achievement by embarking on a 48-hour boozing session, using fellow adventurer Duncan Slater's artificial limbs as drinking vessels. Slater lost both of his legs in action in Afghanistan in 2009.
The Wire star West reunited with Harry and a few other teammates at a Walking With the Wounded press conference in London on Tuesday (21Jan14), when the British actor recalled, "Most of us, Harry included, just went on a two-day bender with the Icelandic truck drivers who had brought some lethal home brew with them.
"There was a lot of liquor drunk. We all drank champagne out of Duncan's favourite prosthetic legs."
West also revealed that Harry shared his "filthy" sense of humour with the group by telling dirty jokes in a bid to keep morale high as they battled freezing temperatures, and he proved a great help in constructing outdoor toilets.
West added, "He seemed to specialise in building the latrines and he built these incredibly elaborate ones. He did one with castellated sides and a flag pole, a loo (toilet) roll holder, and you're sitting there thinking, 'This is a real royal flush.' He must have spent about 40 minutes making it."
January is a time for Top 10 lists of the previous year, for catching up on holiday releases that you somehow never got around to seeing, and for recommending the only flick that's just edgy enough for one of your parents but not too risque for the other (scratch Wolf of Wall Street off that list). In any of these practices, you're bound to consider American Hustle, director David O. Russell's 2013 follow-up to Oscar contenders Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter. Surely, even if you've somehow put off seeing the film, you've happened upon some decidedly lavish advertisements. The very first thing you're likely to have noticed upon scanning the Hustle posters or watching the trailer: the hair. But a second glance might awaken quite an interesting realization about the movie's all-star cast... especially for fans of the superhero genre.
Not only have each of the main players taken high, if not top, billing in a major superhero release (or, in the case of Bradley Cooper, one on the way), but a good number of the supporting actors have history in the genre as well.
Superhero: Batman, natch. More synonymous with his DC character than any of the other American Hustle stars are with their respective comic book roles, Bale redesigned Bruce Wayne with filmmaker Christopher Nolan, graduating from the property after trilogy capper The Dark Knight Rises.In American Hustle: Bale plays the schlubby but charismatic Irving Rosenfeld — a working class con artist who manages to work the magic of deceit with a strange air of earnestness.Powers in Common: Deception. Bruce Wayne spends his days cavorting, schmoozing, hobnobbing, elbow-rubbing, and other gerunds exclusive to the very rich. All the while, he's masking his true identity. Irv obscures his hidden intentions all throughout Hustle, living up to a Wayne-like standard of secrecy.
Superhero: Lois Lane, who, though not a superhero in the traditional sense, is the de facto sidekick of the most iconic comic book legend of all time (Superman) and a force to be reckoned with in 2013's DC release Man of Steel. Adams will return as Lane in the forthcoming Batman vs. Superman, opposite Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, respectively.In American Hustle: Adams plays Sydney Prosser, a.k.a. Lady Edith Greensley — a colossally powerful con artist at frequent odds with her own quest to forget who she really is.Powers in Common: Working people over. In Hustle Sydney/Edith is able to permeate the minds and hearts of everyone she meets. In Man of Steel, Lois Lane is the only Earthling (save maybe for a long deceased Jonathan Kent) who can get through to the lonely ol' Kryptonian Kal-El. Adams does have that charm.
Superhero: Rocket Raccoon. Technically Cooper hasn't played him yet, but he's slated to voice the animated live-wire in this summer's Marvel release Guardians of the Galaxy.In American Hustle: Cooper deals in Russell's special brand of emotional volatility with FBI Agent Richie DiMaso, prone to explosive bouts of "passion" (let's call it what it is — lunacy), such as fussing with partner/rival Irv's immaculately prepared toupee or beating the hell out of his own boss at the agency.Powers in Common: Unpredictability. Fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy comics recognize Rocket Raccoon as a bit of a wild card among the interplanetary heroes. You can easily say the same for DiMaso, whose hair-trigger temper gets him in a bit of (though not nearly enough) trouble.
Superhero: Mystique, the pupil-deficient X-Men villain. Lawrence plays Mystique and her alter ego, Raven Darkholme, in 2011's X-Men: First Class and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.In American Hustle: Lawrence plays Rosalyn Rosenfeld, Irv's hot-tempered, "free spirit" wife who just can't quite seem to stop setting things on fire, and loves the smell of a good rotting nail polish.Powers in Common: Funnily enough, Rosalyn is one of the only people in this movie not employing some metaphorical sort of shape-shifting (Mystique's signature ability). But the character's propensity for interloping the communities of kingpin criminals and persuading them to do her bidding does ring true for the X-Men villain.
Superhero: Hawkeye, the Zeppo Marx of the Avengers Initiative.In American Hustle: Renner plays good-hearted politician (go figure) Carmine Polito, who bends the law in order to afford his New Jersey community the funds it needs to thrive.Powers in Common: They're both straight-shooters!
It's not only the central five who have superheroic roots. Renner's screen wife Elisabeth Röhm was a recurring player on the fourth season of NBC's Heroes. Hustle mafioso Jack Huston had a role in the sci-fi epic Outlander. Cooper's FBI boss Louis C.K. wrote and directed Pootie Tang (it's kind of a superhero movie...). And Michael Peña has gone on record saying he'd like to work with Robert Rodriguez to develop a Mexican superhero flick. As you can see, Russell's movie runs deep with super powered blood... and the costumes are flashier than your standard cape-and-tights get-up to boot.
American Hustle is now open in theaters everywhere.
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Prince Harry and his team of adventurers have been confined to their basic accommodation blocks in the Antarctic as bad weather caused further delays in preparations for their South Pole trek on Sunday (24Nov13). The royal touched down in Novolazarevskaya Station on Friday (22Nov13) after bad weather forced him and the rest of his Walking With the Wounded team to remain at the Russian research headquarters for longer than planned.
A snow storm and high winds have now further delayed their preparations for The South Pole Allied Challenge as Harry and company have been unable to complete scheduled skiing exercises designed to help them acclimatise to the harsh conditions.
The trek is due to begin on 30 November, with Prince Harry leading the British Walking With the Wounded team in a 208-mile race against an American team led by True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgard and a commonwealth team fronted by The Wire actor Dominic West.
The teams hope to complete their journeys across the Antarctic Plateau by 16 December (13), raising money for injured soldiers in the process.
The Wire star Tray Chaney is launching an anti-bullying hip-hop campaign in his native Maryland. The actor, who played drug dealer Poot Carr in the U.S. TV series, has penned a rap song, titled Mike Bully, and he hopes to perform it at several high schools in the state to bring awareness to bullying. Chaney is planning to extend the initiative to include a safe sex campaign.
Actor Alexander Skarsgard has vowed to triumph over British royal Prince Harry when they are pitched against each other in a charity trek to the South Pole. The True Blood star will lead one of the international teams of wounded war veterans in the race, going up against a group led by the prince and another commanded by The Wire star Dominic West.
Skarsgard has now spoken about his involvement in the trek, promising to cross the finish line before the British royal.
He tells People.com, "I'm pretty stubborn and motivated and I don't give up easily. I'm very focused and we're not going to lose!.. I'm very excited to meet him. I'll be with my U.S. teammates at the South Pole welcoming him. I'll be happy to see him when he arrives. We will be there first though!"
The 208-mile (335-kilometre) challenge, which kicks off in November (13), will raise money for charities which help wounded soldiers, and Skarsgard admits he deeply admires Prince Harry for championing such good causes.
He adds, "I'm going to give him a high five when I meet him... I admire him for being involved with Walking with the Wounded for a couple of years and taking the time to help wounded soldiers. It's going to be an honour to meet him."
This summer, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis role-played a happy, suburban family to smuggle a huge pot shipment over the border in We're the Millers. But that's not the first time the "assumed identity" plot has been put to hilarious use. Hollywood cops and criminals are always going undercover to infiltrate, shake off suspicion, and generally make fools of themselves. Here are a few of our favorite comedies about going incognito.
Whoopi Goldberg plays Deloris Van Cartier (easily one of the best movie character names of all time), a lounge singer who's tucked away in a convent after she witnesses a murder. Initially wary of the "sisters," Deloris opens up when she takes over their music program. They teach her about friendship and selflessness; she teaches them how to access that deep "shoulder action."
Bringing Down the House
A guilty pleasure through and through, this late-era Steve Martin vehicle has him harboring escaped con Charlene (Queen Latifah) and passing her off as his nanny. Despite some cringey "soul sister" dialogue, this one is an excellent, mindless choice for a lazy (or hungover) Saturday afternoon.
Bird on a Wire
The action-comedy was a late '80s/early '90s specialty, probably because it's a genre that sets up countless opportunities to follow up an explosion with a really great pun. This mash-up stars Goldie Hawn as a former girlfriend who finds her ex (Mel Gibson, pre-crazy) as an FBI informant under deep cover and joins him in the fray.
Keanu Reeves goes undercover to bust a group of surfer/bank robbers led by Patrick Swayze in one of Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow's first features. So Point Break isn't technically a comedy. But it is a cult favorite, thanks in large part to Reeves' and Swayze's glorious surf-dude manes and ambiguous tension.
21 Jump Street
21 Jump Street is TV-to-film adaptation done right. Come for the undercover high school antics of unlikely comedy duo Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, stay for the inspired cameo by original Jump Street star Johnny Depp.
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A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of illegally accessing personal information about a number of A-list celebrities, including Beyonce, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. Luis Flores was taken into custody in Lake Mary, Florida on 7 August (13) over allegations he used Hollywood superstars' private details to steal their money and credit cards.
The 19 year old was apprehended alongside Kyah Green, 41, who told authorities Flores is her son.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, agents allegedly discovered wire transfer evidence in their apartment, as well as a flash drive full of information about Top Gun icon Tom Cruise, Beyonce and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, among others.
The pair stands accused of phoning up credit card companies and pretending to be their famous targets, changing the addresses on the accounts and asking for replacement cards to be mailed to their apartment.
Green has been released on bail, while Flores is being held without bail in the Seminole County Jail.
Mel Gibson, Ashton Kutcher, Bill Gates, and Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner were also allegedly among the high-profile victims.
The film is a whimsical portrait of Philippe Petit and his obsession for perfection, beauty and grandeur as he prepares to walk on a cable stretched between the Cathedral of St John the Divine and a neighboring building, sixteen stories above the concrete canyons of New York.