Hugh Jackman hopes his villainous new character in robot-with-a-heart movie Chappie is a big hit, because he thinks his awful look in the film could inspire a great Halloween costume. The X-Men star portrays Vincent Moore in the new Neill Blomkamp film, and he feels sure his character's awful outfits and mullet hairstyle will catch on.
He tells WENN, "I had so much fun playing this guy and creating the character and obviously playing the villain. I hadn't worn those khaki shorts since high school, so that was kind of a throwback. One of the images that Neill first sent to me was this Australian character who had a mullet. It included the shorts and the mullet and I just loved it.
"My wife reminded me when she saw the film that the very first job I did I had a mullet, where she first met me! So it was kind of great for me; another throwback to 20 years ago. It just seemed to fit who he is. He's one of the guys who thinks he's the coolest and has it all together and doesn't realise from the haircut to the shorts and the way he acts that no one really likes him.
"He really thinks he's the man, and the mullet just seemed perfect! The mullet's back; it should be very popular at Halloween this year!"
Hollywood actor Tom Hanks has thrown his support behind U.S. President Barack Obama's proposal for free community college education by penning an article about his own experiences. The Captain Phillips star wrote a piece for The New York Times entitled I Owe It All to Community College, in which he recalls the two years he spent at Chabot College in Hayward, California in 1974.
Hanks reiterates the importance of the establishment to him because it "made those two years an invaluable head start".
The star speaks of President Obama's proposed initiative to make community college free for up to nine million Americans and voiced his hopes of the plan coming to fruition.
Hanks explains that his classmates were of a wide array of backgrounds including "veterans back from Vietnam, women of every marital and maternal status returning to school, middle-aged men wanting to improve their employment prospects and paychecks" and says he hopes the President's scheme will open those doors for a younger generation.
He writes, "President Obama hopes to make two years of free community college accessible for up to nine million Americans. I'm guessing the new Congress will squawk at the $60 billion price tag, but I hope the idea sticks, because more veterans, from Iraq and Afghanistan this time, as well as another generation of mothers, single parents and workers who have been out of the job market, need lower obstacles between now and the next chapter of their lives. High school graduates without the finances for a higher education can postpone taking on big loans and maybe luck into the class that will redefine their life's work. Many lives will be changed...
"I drove past the campus a few years ago with one of my kids and summed up my two years there this way: 'That place made me what I am today.'"
Theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber is planning to take his hit musical Cats back to Broadway following a successful run in the West End. Lloyd Webber revived the smash-hit production for a limited run in London in December (14) but its stay at the Palladium has been extended until April (15) due to high demand.
The mogul now has plans to revive it on the New York stage and hopes the musical's current star, pop singer Nicole Scherzinger, will join the production, telling Britain's Event magazine, "Cats will now definitely go to Broadway again. It's very exciting... I would very greatly hope she (Scherzinger) would do it. To do something like that in America would open up a billion doors for her."
Cats originally ran on Broadway from 1982 to 2000.
Scherzinger will finish her run as Grizabella on 7 February (15). She will be replaced by musical theatre star Kerry Ellis.
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have prevented X Factor winner Ben Haenow from scoring an all-U.K. Christmas number one after beating the singer to the top of the Irish pop charts. Ronson and Mars' Uptown Funk has claimed the top spot in Ireland, narrowly beating Haenow's charity song Something I Need for the coveted Christmas chart spot.
The Irish Christmas top five is rounded out by Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud, Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas? and High Hopes by the High Hopes Choir.
The Normal Heart scribe Larry Kramer has confirmed he is in the process of writing a sequel to the acclaimed AIDS drama. The TV adaptation of Kramer's Tony Award-winning play was praised by critics after its debut earlier this year (14), and following the film's success, Kramer has revealed he is penning a follow-up to the story, which centres on the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s.
Kramer tells Variety, "(Network) HBO commissioned the sequel, which I'm now in the process of writing... It starts around the end of The Normal Heart in 1984."
Kramer, who loosely based the play on his own life, has high hopes for Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts to reprise their Emmy-nominated roles, and divulged that the sequel will have a much bigger role for Jim Parsons than the first installment.
Director Ryan Murphy is also expected to return at the helm.
U2's controversial album Songs Of Innocence has topped Rolling Stone magazine's Albums of the Year poll. The Irish rockers sparked controversy in September (14) after making make their new record available for free as an automatic download to half a billion Apple users, but it appears the gamble has paid off.
Rolling Stone editors insist, "There was no bigger album of 2014."
Songs of Innocence beat Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes and The Black Keys' Turn Blue to land the top spot, while St. Vincent's eponymous album and Miranda Lambert's Platinum complete the top five.
Charli XCX's Sucker, Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence, Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels, Salad Days by Mac DeMarco and Taylor Swift's 1989 make it to the top 10.
Beyonce's Drunk in Love has been named Single of the Year by the magazine, ahead of Turn Down for What by DJ Snake and Lil Jon and U2's Every Breaking Wave.
U2's successes will be a tonic for frontman Bono, who was forced to sit out recent promotional appearances and a World AIDS Day gig in New York's Times Square after injuring himself in a bicycle fall in Central Park last month (Nov14).
Meanwhile, the publication's revered film critic Peter Travers has named Boyhood the Movie of the Year, ahead of Birdman, Foxcatcher, Selma and Gone Girl.
Cult British band Ride are reuniting for a tour, 18 years after they split. The Leave Them All Behind hitmakers broke up in 1996 after eight years together, and hopes of a reunion were never high because guitarist Andy Bell went on to join Oasis and then stuck with singer Liam Gallagher in his follow-up band Beady Eye.
However, the door to a Ride comeback was opened last month (Oct14) with the shock announcement that Beady Eye had split, and now Bell and his bandmates Mark Gardener, Laurence Colbert and Steve Queralt have announced a series of concerts next year (15).
Ride will perform three gigs in the U.K. in May (15) before heading to mainland Europe for shows in France, Spain and the Netherlands.
They will also play one-off concerts in New York and Toronto in June (15), before returning to Britain to round out the tour with a show at London's Field Day festival.
Tv On The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe considered ending the band's run following the death of bassist Gerard Smith and a highly-successful worldwide tour. The Wolf Like Me hitmakers released their fourth studio album, Nine Types Of Light in April, 2011 to critical acclaim, but just nine days later, Smith passed away after a battle with lung cancer.
In an interview with Billboard, Adebimpe admits he thought about disbanding the group, although he never specifically mentions Smith or other factors that contributed to his thoughts of breaking up the band.
He reveals, "At the end of the last album and tour cycle I was on the page of, 'We could put this down right now and I'd feel really good about what we've done.' We're going out on maybe not the highest note possible, but a really respectable note. I really felt like we could knock it off."
Adebimpe has since reconsidered and now the band has a new album called Seeds, a project which the frontman has high hopes for.
He adds, "I'm really glad that we didn't, and that we decided to get it together to do this, because it feels really good. It feels like a natural cycling back to something and having it feel really fresh."
Scandal has successfully made a love triangle that is pulling its fan base apart. In one corner, there is President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and in the other is secret agent, Jake Ballard (Scott Foley). Two people who actually used to be close friends, but have become competitors for Olivia Pope's heart. Now most of Scandal's fans have already picked a side, but a lot are swing voters.
1. Fitz and Olivia have great chemistry.
2. They also have a long history.
3. But Jake swooped in and began saying things like this...
4. Althougth Jake loves Olivia, he isn't a push over.
5. Which is refreshing, since Fitz can be one and tends to be whiny.
6. Jake is smart and isn't easily fooled.
6. But he inapproprately talks about sleeping with Olivia. What a turn off!
7. Fitz is romantic and even bought Olivia a house, in hopes that they can live in it one day.
8. However, he is married, so simple things like phone calls are complicated.
9. Also Fitz can also be a bit of a mean drunk
10. Facing possbility of death or life imprisonment, Jake is still pretty selfless.
11. But Jake and Olivia's relationship may or may not have started due to Stockholm's syndrome.
With such hot men and so much drama, no wonder Olivia and Scandal fans like to drink...
Let us know who you would choose by tweeting us!
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Rocker Liam Gallagher's band Beady Eye has split. The singer announced the shock news on Saturday (25Oct14) in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "Beady Eye are no longer. Thanks for all your support. LGx."
Guitarist Andy Bell confirmed the split on his Twitter page, writing, "Thanks to all the Beady Eye fans. I had a blast. See you on the other side. Big Love Andy B X."
Gallagher formed the band from the ashes of Oasis after that group broke up in acrimony in 2009. He was joined by his Oasis bandmates Bell, Gem Archer and drummer Chris Sharrock. His brother, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, went on to form a new group, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
The news of Beady Eye's demise will fuel fans' hopes of an Oasis revival, despite constant denials from Noel that a planned reunion is in the pipeline.