"Sure I've looked like this after Mexican food but this time it's a BABY. #almostcooked #nineweekstogo #holyfu&$" Mum-to-be Olivia Wilde is in awe of her growing baby bump. The TRON: Legacy actress is expecting her first child with fiance Jason Sudeikis.
Up until now, model Kate Upton's acting career has largely consisted of making cameos in films like Tower Heist and The Three Stooges(where the Farrelly Brothers managed to have her in a nun's habit and a skimpy swimsuit at the same time). That will change this spring with the release of The Other Woman, where Upton has an above-the-credits role alongside Cameron Diaz.
Upton is the latest in a long line of supermodels that has made the transition to acting… or as Zoolander once labeled it, becoming a "slashie" (model-slash-actor). We know from her photo shoots that she can make a bikini look good even in zero-G, but can she convincingly deliver a line? Those who have preceded her show just how hard it is to get an audience to accept a supermodel as more than just a looker. Who's done it well and who's fallen on her heavily insured face? These five models-slash-actresses all have had their chances at thespian stardom.
Decker was the swimsuit model du jour just before Upton, and showed some skill as Adam Sandler's object of distraction in Just Go With It, as a pregnant trophy wife in What To Expect When You're Expecting, and on board the laughably bad Battleship. Now she's trying her hand as a series regular on the CBS sitcom Friends with Better Lives. Not a bad start to a career for any actress, supermodel or not.
MacPherson's most memorable acting gig might have been her story arc as Joey's temporary roommate on Friends. But the Australian cover girl has had her share of big screen roles, including playing Anthony Hopkins' wife (a woman worth killing Alec Baldwin for) in The Edge and as one of Sirens' temptresses. Her acting style mostly consists of employing her Down Under accent to enhance her natural beauty.
Banks is best known for her hosting duties on America's Next Top Model and her own talk show, but she started acting early in her modeling career, including playing a love interest to Will Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She's had high-profile big screen roles in films like John Singleton's Higher Learning and Coyote Ugly and pops up regularly in guest spots on TV shows. She's kind of funny and a little bit scary, whether she's doing a character or just playing herself.
Crawford might be the most financially successful model ever, but she always appeared more comfortable hawking products in infomercials than trying to act. That said, her spectacularly bad performance opposite Billy Baldwin in Fair Game has now reached the status of camp classic. Any time they want to make a sequel, we're on board.
Brinkley recently celebrated her 60th birthday by donning a swimsuit for the cover of People, proving that she's still got it. The former Mrs. Billy Joel doesn't act very often, most recently popping up on Parks and Recreation for a couple of episodes, but she only needed one role to cement her cinematic legacy: her turn as the flirtatious driver to Chevy Chase's stammering Clark Griswold in National Lampoon's Vacation has set her up as a timeless embodiment of the male fantasy. The teenagers that lusted after her initially are now middle aged men… who still lust after her, much more creepily. Brinkley mostly just smiles as opposed to attempting to act, but there's something to be said for playing to your strengths.
Bosses of U.S. TV drama Dallas are paying tribute to the late Larry Hagman with a new brand of liquor named after his iconic character J.R. Ewing. The veteran actor passed away in November, 2012 after a battle with cancer, and to honour Hagman and his lasting legacy, show executives have teamed up with three Dallas, Texas-based bottling companies to create J.R. Ewing Bourbon, the character's drink of choice.
The four-year-old, 80 per cent proof liquor is distilled in Kentucky and the glass container features a screen-printed image of the Ewings' iconic home of Southfork Ranch.
J.R. Ewing Bourbon will initially be released in 14 states in the U.S., to coincide with the third-season premiere of Dallas on 24 February (14), before a planned international sale by the end of the year (14).
British rockers Kaiser Chiefs have responded to accusations they stole a bicycle parts manufacturer's logo for the cover of their new album Education, Education, Education And War. Bosses at Sturmey-Archer claim the band has ripped off their famous logo.
In a statement released by bosses recently, they state, "(We have) never known anything quite as blatant as this. We are used to this sort of thing from backstreet suppliers but did not expect it from such a big band. They did not even contact us up front and they have not responded to questions posed since we were alerted by customers."
The group has has now responded with a statement of their own, insisting they were not trying to copy the logo; they were just inspired by it.
The band states, "The lyrics of our new album, Education, Education, Education & War, look into Britain's past and our designer has deliberately created artwork that references Britain's Heritage. We hoped to pay homage to the legacy of Sturmey-Archer and by using this design we did not expect, nor did we intend to upset them."
British actor Eddie Redmayne is backing a new campaign to promote the use of films as an educational tool in schools. The Les Miserables star has thrown his support behind the Into Film initiative, which aims to provide training and resources to teachers in the U.K. to help them use movies to educate children about history, culture and the creative arts.
Redmayne, 32, who launched the drive at a school in London this month (Feb14), says of the scheme, "I always thought that film was entertainment, it wasn't something you could learn from and my God, I was mistaken... In this country we have this great legacy and heritage, which is a wonderful thing but it made theatre be the real focus... (People these days) are so much more film literate and editor literate than certainly my generation or the generations above... So it's an amazing time to be supporting this."
Hip-hop star Nicki Minaj has posted an apology online after coming under fire for using an iconic image of civil rights leader Malcolm X on the artwork for her new song. The Starships hitmaker stirred controversy on Wednesday (12Feb14) when she released what appeared to be the cover art for the track Lookin' A** N**ga on her social networking pages, depicting the late activist holding a gun and peering through curtains - a photo which was first published in Ebony magazine in 1964.
Critics took aim at Minaj for tarnishing his legacy by using the snap for her expletive-laden tune, in which she attacks a man for objectifying her, and community activist Kevin Powell even launched a petition on Change.org requesting Minaj remove the picture and stop "disrespecting Malcolm X, Black History and Black People".
The outcry prompted the rapper to take down the image early on Thursday (13Feb14), but now she is firing back to defend her actions, insisting she meant no harm.
In a lengthy post on Instagram.com, she writes, "What seems to be the issue now...? That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single... It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy. I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. The word 'n**ga' causes so much debate in our community while the 'n**ga' behavior gets praised and worship. Let's not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an adoration for u (sic). The photo was removed hours ago. Thank you."
"It was really fun to see all those clips of her and remember how long ago she was such a big part of our industry. She has a great legacy and she lived a wonderful life." George Clooney remembers child star-turned-politician Shirley Temple Black, who died at the age of 85 on Monday (10Feb14).
Pregnant actress Olivia Wilde has given herself two months to get back into shape after signing up to produce and star in a new psychological thriller following the birth of her first child. The TRON: Legacy beauty is due to give birth on 4 May (14), and she is already making plans to get back to work.
Wilde has set her sights on returning to work this summer (14) after landing a leading role in Meadowland.
The subject matter will be an emotional one for the soon-to-be new mum - she will portray a mother whose son disappears.
Reed Morano will direct the project, which is expected to begin filming in New York in July (14), reports Deadline.com.
"How do you say no...? It's very early in my career; I've only got two albums, so I don't have, like, a legacy or anything like that, but tomorrow's not promised; I had to go for it." Bruno Mars didn't hesitate to sign up to perform at the 2014 Super Bowl half-time show.
Producers behind director Joe Wright's forthcoming Peter Pan movie are giving aspiring actors the chance to star as the boy who never grew up by holding open auditions in the U.K. Casting calls have been sent out for boys of all ethnic backgrounds, aged between 11 and 13 and no taller than five feet four inches (1.65 metres), to attend auditions for the lead role at London's Wembley Arena on 23 February (14).
The lucky young actor selected to portray Peter Pan will join a cast which already includes Hugh Jackman, as pirate villain Blackbeard, while TRON: Legacy actor Garrett Hedlund has also been tapped to play Pan's arch-enemy, Captain Hook, as a younger man.
The Warner Bros. project, which is expected to be released in the summer of 2015, is the latest to revolve around J.M. Barrie's classic tale - there are also films in the works at Columbia and Disney, with the likes of Channing Tatum and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross attached.