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The NBA season might be coming to a close, but it doesn't look like Lebron James will be taking a vacation any time soon. According to TheWrap, the Miami Heat star has joined the cast of Judd Apatow's upcoming comedy Trainwreck, along with rapper/actor Method Man. The film will star Amy Shumer, who also wrote the script, and follows a woman who has a knack for ruining everything in her life as she attempts to rebuild from the ground up. It hasn't yet been revealed what kind of role Method Man or James will play, but since the latter only has a short window of free time every year, it seems likely that his will be a smaller part.
The pair are the latest additions to Trainwreck's diverse cast, which includes indie darlings, Oscar nominees and Councilman Jamm, in addition to a rapper and an NBA champion. Upon first glance, the cast list might read as if several IMDB pages got mixed up, but this strange group of people actually make perfect sense together, because all of the big names involved with the project are connected. In fact, it's possible to connect every single person who has signed on to this film, from James to Bill Hader to Tilda Swinton, with a maximum of two degrees of separation between them - surprisingly, none of which are Kevin Bacon. Let's start with the director:
Judd Apatow directed Funny People, which starred Aziz Ansari, who was on Parks and Recreation with…
Jon Glaser, who plays Laird on Girls, which also featured…
Colin Quinn in the role of Hermie. Quinn is a Saturday Night Live alum just like…
Bill Hader who was on SNL at the same time as…
Vanessa Bayer, who is part of the current cast with Bobby Moynihan, who does voice work on Chozen alongside…
Method Man, who starred in The Sitter with Jonah Hill. Hill was in 21 Jump Street with…
Brie Larson, who guest starred on an episode of The Kroll Show, which airs on the same network as Inside Amy Shumer, which stars…
Amy Shumer, who appeared in Sleepwalk With Me, a film made by…
Mike Birbiglia, who had a role in Your Sister’s Sister with Emily Blunt. Blunt has acted opposite Tom Hanks, as did…
Barkhad Abdi, who was nominated for an Oscar, just like…
Tilda Swinton, who is in The Zero Theorem with Matt Damon, who appeared on Entourage with…
Lebron James, who is an athlete-turned-actor, as is…
John Cena, who guest starred on Pysch, which airs on the same network as Royal Pains, which featured a 5 episode guest spot from…
Ezra Miller, who starred in The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Paul Rudd, a perennial favorite of Judd Apatow.
See? It's not such a strange bunch after all.
Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt will launch their new sci-fi action movie Edge of Tomorrow by attending three international premieres in a day. The stars and director Doug Liman will hit red carpets in London, New York, and Paris, France on 28 May (14).
The final screening of the day, which takes place in New York, begins at 11.59pm - on the 'edge of tomorrow'. The jet-setting trip will interact with fans as they travel between the three cities.
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Palo Alto bleeds aimlessness in a lot of good ways. In the tradition of Dazed and Confused and The Last Picture Show, Gia Coppola's directorial debut lands us knee deep in the ennui of a self-contained society of small town teens, daring us to dive right into a neon cesspool vacant of hope or self-actualization. Keeping in step with the mentioned films, Palo Alto is far less interested in telling a story than it is in painting a picture. The spectacle that results is beautiful, piercing, and — quite definitely — Coppolian. But it hits some difficulty when it tries to move beyond its frame.
Adapted from the short stories of at-least-he's-always-interesting James Franco (who is featured in the movie as a sneakily lecherous soccer coach), Palo Alto tags us to the corroded souls of a gaggle of misguided high schoolers in suburban Central California. Emma Roberts is the ostensible lead; her April is a sullen young woman whose chief character trait is sympathetic disillusionment. Her paths cross here and there with Mr. B (Franco) and likewise wayfaring classmate Teddy (Jack Kilmer — son of Val, who has a brief part in the film as the space cadet stepfather to Roberts), who is lightyears away from appreciating the gravity in his drunk driving episode and subsequent community service.
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The highlight of the bunch is Teddy's pal Fred, a compulsively obnoxious clown who The Naked Brothers Band's Nat Wolff stuffs with palpable agony and confusion. Buried inside of him, April, Teddy, and the scattered secondary players who work to identify the core of the proper main character — Palo Alto itself — lives our story, never progressing in any direction thereon out. The film is a snapshot of the pangs, frustrations, misgivings, malfeasances, and so on of the kids, adults, and neighborhood in question. In this form, it glows.
But Palo Alto tries to drive its story forward, yanking April, Teddy, and Fred out from the stronghold of their communal desperation and throwing them into the beyond. It's this forward motion that brings our attention to the delicate seams of the film, its unpreparedness in handling the story as much more than a lasting glimpse. We feel the elements slipping away from Coppola as she attempts to set them on a motive course for the first time in the third act, and so we have a tough time staying adhered as we once were to the characters — the falter is doubled by the fact that this emancipation comes at the intended peak of their emotional journeys.
Although the film might leave off dabbling in undeveloped turns — feeling frayed, uneven, and incomplete (I suppose it's hard to insist that such qualities are inappropriate for the story at hand) — it spends the lion's share of its time in a remarkable establishment: a portrait as lifelike as it is dreamy and as funny as it is haunting. It might lose its balance when it grabs for agency, but it offers an image very much worthy of our eyes.
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Former pop star-turned-actress Kym Marsh has been slammed by anti-smoking campaigners after she was snapped puffing on cigarettes with her 16-year-old daughter. The former Hear'Say star, who know appears in U.K. soap opera Coronation Street, caused outrage when she and teenager Emily were both seen smoking outside a nightclub in Manchester, England last month (Apr14).
Deborah Arnott from health charity Ash, which helps smokers quit, has now lambasted Marsh for lighting up with her child, saying, "Most parents don't want their children to become smokers and they need to know that if they smoke their children are up to three times more likely to become smokers themselves."
In the U.K., you must be 18 to legally buy cigarettes.
The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has topped men's magazine Fhm's 2014 Sexiest Women poll. The Oscar-winning actress beats out British beauty Michelle Keegan on the newly-released top 100.
Ashton Kutcher's pregnant fiancee Mila Kunis, who topped the list last year (13), falls to sixth place, while Rihanna, Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines video co-star Emily Ratajkowski and Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco complete this year's top five.
Beyonce makes a big leap from last year's 19 to seven, and British reality TV star Lucy Mecklenburgh, Nicole Scherzinger and Scarlett Johansson round out the top 10.
Meanwhile, embattled celebrity chef Nigella Lawson has been given something to smile about as she fights to win back her reputation following a drug scandal at the end of last year (13) - she becomes the oldest woman to make the list at 21.
Tori Spelling's disgraced husband Dean McDermott has revealed he considered taking his life shortly after his cheating scandal went public at Christmas (13).
The actor, who is still struggling to save his marriage following his fling with mistress Emily Goodhead, confessed he came close to suicide while taping an episode of reality show True Tori, which aired in America on Tuesday night (29Apr14).
Opening up to the couple's therapist, McDermott said, "We're sitting here in the room where I had my breakdown. I've been looking at that crack in the window. I remember looking at that crack and while we were waiting for the EMTs (emergency medical technicians), I was thinking, 'I've got a window of opportunity here to kick that out... and just dive out'.
"I didn't do it but I mention it to show how far I'd gone down the rabbit hole - and that the only way out was for me to leave this earth. "The days leading up to my breakdown, I wanted to disappear. I just thought, 'This is it. You can't get out of this'. I just thought Tori deserves me to die. And I sit here today looking at that (crack in the window) and I know I will not take my life. "My life means a lot to me now where it didn't for so many years. I'm getting the help I need and I'm surrounded by love and support. That's what's going to keep me alive... I deserve to live."
Following his breakdown, McDermott checked himself into a Los Angeles rehab facility to deal with "health and personal issues". Meanwhile, his actress wife is still struggling with McDermott's infidelity - she was recently released from hospital after secretly spending six days in a Los Angeles medical centre for undisclosed issues.
The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star was spotted heading home on Saturday (26Apr14) afternoon, still sporting a hospital ID bracelet on her wrist as her husband helped her into a waiting vehicle.
Organisers of Britain's fabled Glastonbury music festival have warned fans not to expect an Oasis reunion at this year's (14) event following growing rumours of a surprise comeback.
Singer Liam Gallagher prompted wild speculation about a reunion gig at Glastonbury this summer (14) by posting the band's name on his Twitter.com page on Thursday (24Apr14), almost five years after a bust-up with his brother Noel destroyed the group.
Talk of a surprise Oasis set at Glastonbury in June (14) grew and it even prompted a number of British bookmakers to suspend betting on the comeback, but now festival bosses have spoken out to dismiss the rumours. Emily Eavis, daughter of the festival's founder Michael Eavis, writes in a post on her Twitter.com page, "Oasis aren't playing this year."
Katy Perry poked fun at her forlorn love life during a TV guest spot on Monday night (21Apr14) when she took on a superfan in a quiz game based on herself.
The pop star learned that copywriter Emily had been forced to take down her "Katy Perry Wall" by her boyfriend during the appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and then confirmed she's still single after splitting from boyfriend John Mayer.
When host Kimmel quipped to Emily, "So you chose him over Katy," Perry said, "At least you have a boyfriend!" Emily beat the Dark Horse singer 5-3 and won her idol's personal pillow, which she had signed.
Actress Tori Spelling has opened up about her husband Dean Mcdermott's cheating scandal for the first time insisting she wants to tell the real story. The couple hit headlines in December (13) when reports surfaced suggesting McDermott had cheated on his wife of seven years while he was in Toronto, Canada.
Following the news, McDermott checked himself into a treatment facility and subsequently admitted the reports were true in a promo for their new reality show, True Tori. Now Spelling is speaking out to tell of her despair over her husband's infidelity.
The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star tells UsWeekly magazine she found out about the affair from an aide before it was made public, saying, "We put all four kids to bed and went into our bedroom. I said, 'I didn't hear it from you first, but I deserve to hear it before the world hears it.' I laid on my side (of the bed) and he laid on his side and he talked me through the entire week with (lover) Emily (Goodhand). He didn't get graphic; I didn't want him to. We kept it to facts.... "He went to treatment (the next morning). I didn't kick him out. He decided he had hit rock bottom. He had hurt me and the family, and it all crumbled. He needed to go away and work on himself..."
McDermott has since completed his treatment, but Spelling reveals she is uncertain about the future of their marriage: "If I can't ever let my guard down again, then there can't be a relationship... Whether I can trust him again, that's the big question... I feel better now, getting it out, getting it off my chest, talking it through. We're parenting and figuring out if there is any relationship to be saved. I have no idea. Whichever way my marriage goes, though, I finally have my voice back and can be honest. We'll see what happens."
True Tori premieres in the U.S. on 22 April (14).
Bosses of an alcohol awareness charity have blasted sports icon David Beckham for launching a new brand of whisky. The former soccer ace has teamed up with his manager Simon Fuller and drinks company Diageo to launch a new Scotch whisky named Haig Club.
Beckham will develop the brand and promote responsible drinking for the spirit, but bosses of British charity Alcohol Concern are disappointed with the move, accusing the star of sending mixed messages to children about a healthy lifestyle.
Emily Robinson, chief executive of the charity, says, "It's incredibly disappointing that David Beckham, a global icon who has wide appeal to children, has chosen to use his sports star image to promote spirits.
"Given David Beckham's other roles promoting sport and a healthy lifestyle to children, we believe this will send a confusing message to them about the dangers of alcohol and its impact on a healthy lifestyle and we call on the star to rethink his association with this product."