"The aftermath was the thing that was harder to deal with. Going in to do my first press junket, that’s a hell of a lot scarier than being naked up on TV!" Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke on the one thing that's more frightening than baring all on camera.
Justin Timberlake commemorated his return to the venue where his former group 'N Sync last performed together by dedicating one of their songs to bandmate Chris Kirkpatrick, who was in the audience to support his pal. The Suit and Tie hitmaker brought his The 20/20 Experience tour to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida's BB&T Center on Tuesday (04Mar14), and the fact it was the place where the boy band ended its last tour in 2002 was not lost on him.
During his concert, he said, "This building was the last 'N Sync performance. A lot of history for me in this building."
He added, "One of my very best friends, I've spent so much time with in the last couple weeks, who's come out on tour with me is Chris Kirkpatrick. We've had a blast together (and) he's somewhere in here tonight. Chris, I love you, man."
He capped his nostalgic moment off by surprising the audience with an acoustic version of 'N Sync's 2001 hit Gone.
Newly-engaged actor Ashton Kutcher is happy to be leaving his single days behind him after confessing having multiple one night stands is "just a little gross". The Two and a Half Men star, who reportedly proposed to girlfriend Mila Kunis last week (ends28Feb14), admits he had his fair share of bachelor fun during his youth, and at 36, he is glad he is no longer sleeping around.
He tells Men's Fitness magazine, "Being a single guy can be a lot of fun... when you're financially independent (and) can do whatever you want, whenever you want.
"(But) for every girl you have a good time with for one night, if you want to stay single, that's the same girl that you have to not call back. After a while, being the one-night-stand guy is also just a little gross."
Kutcher was previously married to actress Demi Moore, but the couple split in 2011 and its divorce was finalised in November (13).
Two fans were shot dead at Rich Homie Quan's concert in New Orleans, Louisiana on Tuesday night (04Mar14). The rapper was performing at the city's Mardi Gras World when a 25-year-old man was shot in the shoulder inside the venue. He was hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries, while the bodies of two males, aged 25 and 28, were later found in the parking lot outside with gunshot wounds.
New Orleans police have launched an investigation, according to Wwltv.com.
The incident comes just weeks after two gig-goers were shot and injured at the hip-hop star's concert in Missouri in January (14), while a previous concert in Ohio in December (13) was marred by the fatal shooting of a fan.
Actor Mark Wahlberg has dropped 61 pounds (27.7 kilograms) for his new role in The Gambler. The Lone Survivor star slimmed to just 135 pounds (61.2 kilograms) to play a literary professor with addiction issues in the new film.
He tells People magazine, "I started at 196 and got down to 135... I began with a liquid diet. Then I completely changed my training programme and gave up wine, bread and pasta. Now I'm eating small portions of protein throughout the day and jumping rope a lot."
The Gambler is set to hit theatres next year (15), and could land Wahlberg an Oscar nod - Matthew McConaughey just won gold for playing an emaciated AIDS victim in Dallas Buyers Club.
Katy Perry has quit drinking so she can be in top shape for her upcoming tour. The Roar singer is preparing to kick off a huge world tour in May (14), covering countries including Britain, Australia and the U.S., and she has overhauled her lifestyle to make sure she is fit for the road.
Speaking on Australian TV show Sunrise, Perry says, "I have to be very focused right now... I've cut out all alcohol and all fatty foods, a lot of dairies (sic), I go home and I'm gonna have mostly vegetarian with some protein on the side like some grilled chicken."
Perry, 29, adds of her decision to change her diet, "I'm almost 30 guys, my body does not snap back any more. I can't go around eating McDonald's like I used to."
Sonic Youth star Thurston Moore has opened up about the affair that ended his marriage to bandmate Kim Gordon, insisting he's "in a really sweet relationship" with book editor Eva Prinz. Sonic Youth have been on an indefinite hiatus since 2011, when news of Gordon and Moore's split hit the headlines.
During an interview with Elle magazine last year (13), Gordon revealed an affair ended the marriage, stating, "Thurston was carrying on this whole double life with her. He was really like a lost soul."
Now, her ex has told The Fly that he has been living with Prinz in London.
He says, "I'm in a really romantic place with Eva; we've kinda been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat's been out of the bag a while now."
He adds, "I've had some life issues. In your 40s and 50s things can change in ways that upset the order of things that have been established over 25 years-plus of marriage. It's really distressing. You have to work through it, it's very personal and I don't really talk about it so much. It's just something I work through in my own world.
"I'm involved in a really sweet relationship and it really does make me happy, it truly does."
Prinz launched the Ecstatic Peace Library with Moore in 2009 and she appears in his latest video.
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Most folks would sooner call Will Forte "the guy from MacGruber" than they would "the guy from Nebraska." Although his comedic chops as the Saturday Night Live action hero are awe-inspiring, Forte's work in Alexander Payne's Oscar nominated father-son story shows off a special talent for the dramatic. According to Forte, there's not a great deal of difference between the two kinds of acting — in chatting about the Blu-ray release of Nebraska (which you can purchase now), Forte blurred the lines of comedic and dramatic performance and clued us into his favorite scene in movie history.
I think a lot about when I first heard you were going to be in Nebraska. When a comedic actor takes a dramatic role, people always ask, "Are they moving to drama?" as if it's a diametric shift. But I was wondering, since you balance comedy and drama in this movie, if you think that the different types of acting coexist, or if you do view them as separate?Well, coming into the process, I was nervous because I looked at them as two very separate things. After going through it, I realized there are a lot more similarities than I thought. In fact, at the end I just realized, "Oh my god, it's the exact same thing!" Bruce Dern would always say during this process — he would give me this advice, because I was really intimidated and nervous in the beginning — he'd say, "Don't worry. Relax. Just listen and find the truth of the scene. Listen and be in the moment."
At first, I thought it was all just drama school mumbo jumbo, but then it really, really started to make sense the further we got in. I just realized that it was exactly right. If you're really listening and trying to be real in every moment… that's all anything is. That's all you're doing in comedy, too. The situations may be a little more absurd, but you're still just trying to find whatever the truth is in that scene and then commit to it a hundred percent. And lock in.
After a while, it was like I was inside the Matrix. [Laughs] I'm not fully there yet! I have a ton of work to do, by the way.
I think you're known best for your deadpan style. Do you think specifically being a deadpan comedian lent to this kind of role in a movie that balances comedy and drama so adeptly?That's so funny you say that — and I'm happy to hear you say that! Because I remember when I was first starting at the Groundlings, I loved doing deadpan stuff. But then the further I went through, I would think a lot of people would think of me as this loud, obnoxious person who does crazy, crazy stuff. So I love to hear that you think of me as deadpan, because that's something I've always loved doing.
And absolutely. I think the best way to answer that — and I don't know if it's an answer at all — when I was starting out in comedy at the Groundlings, everyone would write and act in their own stuff. So you would write your stuff on your own, you would be the crazy person, and you'd have your friend as the straight man for you. And then you would do them that favor in their stuff. I guess had some experience being the straight man from that.
And you know, you learn little bits along the way as you're going. I've learned so much through Saturday Night Live. You're doing so many different sketches each week that you're really getting some kind of training in all this without even knowing it. It was so much fun to get a chance to do a role like this. I would always think, "God, I wonder if I could ever do something like that," when I was watching a more dramatic movie. But I never thought I'd get a chance to see if I could. So this was such a wonderful, rewarding experience for so many different reasons. But it was also fun to have this challenge to see if I could do something like this.
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Thinking about this movie, and Bruce Dern's Oscar nomination, he’s obviously the showy role. When a lot of people think of the best roles in cinema, they think of Raging Bull and Streetcar Named Desire. I think that's the kind of role that Bruce Dern is doing here. But I think there is something so mathematical about what you're doing in this movie — takes that you do, the way you look at Bruce when he says something heartbreaking. I was wondering if you had a specific reverence for downplayed dramatic performances, and if there are any particular ones that you hold close to your heart?Oh man. That is such a tough question. One thing I will say … getting to watch Bruce deliver this performance with my own two eyes is something I will never forget. It felt so special while we were making this — his performance — and then when I got to see it on the big screen for the first time after Alexander had finished putting it all together, it was every bit as special as I remembered. What a gift to be able to able to experience that from that proximity.
As for appreciating [downplayed roles]… Man, it's the old thing where you — well, record stores don't really exist anymore — but I'd go into a record store, and for months and months I'd think about all these records that I'd be wanting to get, and then you find yourself in the record store and you can't remember a single one. So you just invited me into the record store and I can't think of the records I want to get.
What are your favorites and I'll tell you if I like them!
I always think of Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer. He goes a little nuts, but he's a little bit more tempered than those other characters.Oh yeah! Wow. Yes. I remember seeing that movie in the theaters with my parents. My God, was that '78, '79, something like that?
Yeah, '79.God, yes. Well, anything he does is amazing. I don't know if this even qualifies, but my favorite scene of any movie of all time is the scene in Dr. Strangelove when Peter Sellers is calling Dmitri — right? It's Dmitri, right? — Peter Sellers is the President of the United States calling him to apologize for having all the bombs sent over.
Yes! "It's great to be fine."I know that's not the answer to your question, but that's all I could think of.
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Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
The New York Times wrote about 12 Years a Slave before it was cool – in 1853. The article discusses the events surrounding the real Solomon Northup, but it seems weird that it knows what happens in the 2014 Oscar-winning movie. Check out the 161-year-old article at Celebuzz.
Stop feeling sorry for Leonardo DiCaprio. The much snubbed nominee doesn't warrant your pity. VH1 has 10 reasons why.
A lot of American Hustle was improvised. Including that kiss. Find out more surprising facts about the Best Picture nominees at Flavorwire.
Did you think that this year's Oscars were especially diverse? You might be right, but they still have a long way to go. Find out why at Hollywood.com.
If you haven't seen this week's How I Met Your Mother episode "Vesuvius," turn back now... the ep, and as such this post, contains what is likely the biggest spoiler in How I Met Your Mother history (which places it somewhere around the area of Kristin shot J.R./The hospital is in a snowglobe/The numbers meant nothing).
A quick summary...
By the time we hit 2030 and meet a long-winded Future Ted recounting his youthful forays to two closed-mouth Mosbiettes, the woman we spent eight years waiting to meet and one season getting to know will be dead. This was all but confirmed outright in this week's episode "Vesuvius," in which the usual framing device shifts to a matted-haired Josh Radnor chatting with Cristin Milioti at the Northampton hotel where they met many years prior.
The reveal — which, we might note, was suggested by series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, who insisted that the series finale would be "heartbreaking" — is peppered gradually throughout the episode, hinted at when The Mother insists that she doesn't want Ted to "live in his stories," and emboldened when Ted breaks into tears over the thought of a mother not being around for her daughter's wedding day. By the end of the episode, it was terrifically clear that Milioti's character would not be long for this world. That Ted spent more time chasing the woman of his dreams than he might end up getting to spend with her.
Reactions took the form of rage, sorrow, and your series-appropriate skepticism. Each side is at once differently valid and uniquely psychotic, and we wouldn't be a complete fan base were not for all components. So here's what sprung from the id-heavy minds of the HIMYM loving (and hate-watching) community last night.
Anger"She's dead?! The mother is dead?!? What the f**k?!?"
Nine seasons spent waiting to finally meet this lady, to watch her yank Ted out of his lifelong melancholy for an ultimately happy and loving life. To institute the idea that true love is not something that makes you feel sick and lonely (re: Ted's feelings for Robin) but whole. We waded through the Scherbatsky-induced misery, holding fast to the idea that one day Ted would meet someone who puts this whole ordeal to shame, who exhibits his relationship with (or, more accurately, "at") Robin for what it is — toxic, immature, and not the best that he can do.
And now, all that has gone to s**t. Mother dies. Ted's alone again, nursing his wounds with meaningless distractions like stories and his children.
But wait, brief hope: does this mean he can end up with Robin? That after the death of Milioti, Ted rekindles things with Ms. Scherbatsky (free of Barney for some inevitable reason) and spends his life with the love that he always knew to be his one and only? ... No, that's dumb and ridiculous. He's probably going to be alone. Or, as foreshadowed by Miloti's own brush with loss, forced to trek out again to find happiness once more.
On the side of this troupe is Alan Sepinwall, all but retired from HIMYM recaps, who felt it necessary to take to the web to pronounce his impassioned distaste for this choice. A great husk of Twitter echoed his sentiments. After investing so much time in a comedy series that, while impressive in its subversion of "traditional love" in the past few weeks still promised a "happy ending," we get this. Nothing shy of betrayal.
Sadness"She's... she's dead? The m-mother is... dead? Oh... my God..."
We hadn't seen this coming, despite warnings from Bays and Thomas. We didn't want to believe it. We wanted Ted to be... happy. This isn't quite what we had expected.
But, in earnest, it's a touch of beauty. It's hurtful, jarring, and mean. But it sure is doing its job: making us well up.
See, it actually kind of makes sense. Ted's whole story is about putting one love behind him to find another. To find someone who can make him happy now, in real life and real time, rather than relying on fantasies and memories... and stories, as Milioti puts it ever so warmly. His quest to overcome Robin is really just a precursor to his quest circa 2030, to overcome the loss of The Mother and again set out to find happiness, and bring this happiness to his children.
It might be tough, but it works. And it's going to drum up some tears... but that's what a good series finale does.
Skepticism"Psh. She's not dead."
We've seen this before, How I Met Your Mother. You make it REALLY OBVIOUS that something is going to happen, and then BAM. The other thing happens. Well, not this time. She ain't dyin'. There's no way you'd be crazy enough to end your CBS comedy series on such a bleak note. Maybe she's sick now, but gets better. Maybe the vague hints at death were in reference to someone else (hey, maybe Robin's dead, or something ... somehow, that doesn't bum us out as much, and we like Robin!). There are plenty of possibilities here. But The Mother dying ain't one of 'em.
So which camp do you lie in?
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