Late movie critic Roger Ebert wanted tragic Philip Seymour Hoffman to play him in a biopic, according to his wife Chaz. At a screening of Ebert documentary Life in New York on Monday night (03Feb14), the film buff's widow revealed her late husband was a big fan of Hoffman's.
She said, "Roger always said, 'If you ever do a movie where you need someone to play me, I want Philip Seymour Hoffman to play me'.
"He was one of the most versatile actors ever, and he also was a brilliant man (and) human being - just very smart.
"When we were at Sundance (Film Festival in Utah), I was talking to someone about that. I didn't see Phil at Sundance, but I was talking to someone, saying, 'You know he's here. I heard Roger would like him (Hoffman) to play him in a movie. What do you think about that?' We were just talking about that last week.
"Roger and I thought he was just terrific. We thought he was one of the best actors of any age. He was just so versatile, and he was a brilliant, very smart human being."
Hoffman died of a suspected drug overdose at his home in New York on Sunday (02Feb14).
The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 has finally been officially released after being leaked online ages ago. The new trailer has everyone gagging over the amazing celebrity guest judges, the higher production value, and the amazing queen moments. A queen does a death drop when she first walks into the studio! The caliber and expectations of the queens are definitely getting higher. RuPaul may have trouble picking America's Next Drag Superstar.
Judging from the trailer Khloe Kardashian, Adam Lambert, Paula Abdul, and Sheryl Lee Ralph will be judges. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka also appear in matching outfits and may be performing as one judge. NewNowNext reports that other judges include Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, The Exorcist star Linda Blair, Leah Remini, Jaime Pressly, Community’s Gillian Jacobs, Chaz Bono and Cher’s mom, Georgia Holt.
It looks like the acting challenge may be a horror challenge since the girls are covered in blood and Ms. Blair is present. There also has to be a Cher challenge. RuPaul is a die-hard Cher fan and since Cher’s son and mother will be there as judges it seems to make sense. There will be the requisite sitcom challenge that will probably be judged by Remini and Jacobs. There also may be another musical challenge since Abdul and Ralph are judges. If there wasn't so much time to wait we wouldn't have to speculate, Ru!
This looks like it’s bound to be an amazing season.
Here are some amazing quotes from the trailer alone:
We’re drag queens in a f***ing competition; the only thing worse is prison. -Bianca del Rio
I appeared on American Idol. I looked like a lesbian Jonas brother. - Adore Delano (Danny Noriega)
Basic Bitches not wanted. - Khloe Kardashian
This is the motherf***ing Olympics! - RuPaul
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Every year, ABC's Dancing with the Stars ropes in a varied new batch of players to compete for a seat in Congress. (That's what the winner gets, right?) And every year, the amassed collections of actors, athletes, television personalities, and the odd astronaut have become more, let's say, "creative." Producers have shirked minor details like celebrity relevance in putting together eclectic teams for the competition series, taking the cake with their Season 17 lineup. Yes, the reactions to this year's players will range from "Not her again!"s to "Boy, he's really up and coming!"s to, "I had no idea he was still alive." Peruse the new DWTS contestants below, list compiled by Hollywood.com's Relevance Ranking (from least to most):
Corbin BleuAs the fourth billed star of the High School Musical movies, 24-year-old Bleu is the least relevant of the troupe, hardly even a thing back when he was a thing.
Jack OsbourneNot far ahead of Chaz Duckworth, or whatever it was, is the youngest and least significant member of a flavor-of-the-week MTV reality show that aired back in 2002 (and lasted, despite your recollection, all the way to '05).
Bill EngvallNeck and neck with Jackie O is Bill Engvall, best known for his frequent proximity to Larry the Cable Guy.
Christina MilianWhen you cap your music career by reading tweets on that reality show that people watch when Idol is out of season, you know you're a prime candidate for DWTS.
Brant DaughertyAdmittedly, Daugherty's role on the conversation piece Pretty Little Liars could justify a more prominent placement on this list. But he's also in The Starving Games, which kind of robs him of any of those points.
Keyshawn JohnsonRight in the middle of the pack is Keyshawn Johnson, who used to play football. Football is still cool, right?
Elizabeth BerkleyThanks to the onslaught of '90s nostalgia perpetuated by our generation's nagging inability to grow up, we have granted Saved by the Bell star Elizabeth Berkley an everlasting spot at the corner of our conscience. Remember when she took the caffeine pills? Of course you do. Hey, that might work on this show!
Leah ReminiLeah Remini's name has been thrown around a lot lately, mostly in connection to The Talk firings and Sharon Osbourne controversies. Hmm, perhaps we'll find a bit of a rivalry between her and Sharon's son Jack? That could bump him up an Engvall or two.
Amber RileyShe's on Glee, so there that is.
Valerie HarperTo be sincere for a minute, we pay legitimate credit to Valerie Harper, who is not only tackling cancer, but has long served as an inspiration to fellow sufferers, not to mention actors (she rejects the word "actress") and women everywhere. Some pop culture relevance is the kind you earn.
Snooki...and some, alas, is the kind that forms atop your head in the shape of a ravenous koosh ball. As much as it pains us to say this, Jersey Shore star and new mom Snooki is DWTS' big get of the season.
But that's only 11. What about the last new contestant?
Ah, yes, Bill Nye the Science Guy. A man who exists beyond the realms of pop culture relevance. A man who cannot be defined, but who himself doles out definition. A man against whom all other men are measured. Often in Berzelius beakers. Science rules.
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While Tilda Swinton's recent ventures — falling asleep inside a glass box in the Museum of Modern Art, and garnishing her face with centipedes for a W magazine photo shoot — might conjure some dark, probing fears about existence, death, and the human condition, the We Need to Talk About Kevin star (man, that was a brutal one, too... ) is hardly out of her element when it comes to good old fun. Swinton graced the arenas of the Illinois-based Roger Ebert film festival Ebertfest, offering not only a Q&A for her 2008 drama Julia, but also an unparalleled expression of human whimsy in the form of a Barry White-fueled conga line.
At the behest of Ebert's widow Chaz, Swinton kicked off the Scotland tradition of film fest dance parties (so, who else is moving to Scotland now?) with a gleeful blaring of White's "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," to which she flailed with unadulterated jubilation through the aisles of the auditorium on Saturday, insisting that all present parties join in on the fun. And they did. And it was glorious:
So what latent dreams does this inspire you to conquer today?
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Legendary film critic Roger Ebert might be the only person in the world who takes a break from work, only to do more work than most of us can imagine. In a heartfelt letter to fans, Ebert announced that he is taking "a leave of presence" from the Chicago Sun-Times — where he has worked since 1967 — due to a recurrence of cancer.
Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002 and has suffered numerous health setbacks since (including complications from cancer and numerous surgeries that left him without a lower jaw or the ability to speak or eat on his own), but has continued to be one of the hardest-working and most respected, relevant names in the business.
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While the 70-year-old is going to "slow down", he explained he will "continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me. What's more, I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review." Hey, if anyone has earned that right, it's Roger Ebert.
In addition to his new venture with the Chicago Sun-Times, the esteemed critic noted that he will be "re-launching the new and improved Rogerebert.com and taking ownership of the site under a separate entity, Ebert Digital, run by me, my beloved wife, Chaz, and our brilliant friend, Josh Golden of Table XI. Stepping away from the day-to-day grind will enable me to continue as a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, and roll out other projects under the Ebert brand in the coming year."
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But, that's not all. Hardly. He is also continuing his film fest Ebertfest, launching a Kickstarter to bring back his TV show At the Movies, participating in the bio-documentary about his life (which is being made by none other than Steve Zaillian and Martin Scorsese), and considering about writing about his health woes in addition to his movie reviews. "It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital," he wrote in the post. "So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness."
Ebert concluded the post with thanking his fans for taking the journey with him and assured, "I'll see you at the movies." You better believe we'll see you there, Roger.
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The transgender reality TV star proposed to Jennifer Elia in 2009, but he put his wedding plans on hold to undergo surgery to complete the gender reassignment process.
Bono called off his engagement last year (11) but he is adamant the operation played no part in ending his six-year romance with Elia.
He tells CNN newsman Piers Morgan, "Ultimately, the reasons why we split up had really nothing to do with that (sex change). It was (down to) issues that we were dealing with and just stark differences in the people that we are and what we wanted out of life.
"I have changed a lot and it's really the internal changes that are the bigger changes. I went from being really uncomfortable and kind of damaged for my whole life to suddenly not being that way anymore. As I started to feel so much better and my confidence rose, I (realised) I wanted to live the best life that I could and I wanted my partner to be able to kind of do that with me.
"There were deep-seated issues around substance abuse and stuff like that that had been really a problem almost since we first got together... We just wanted different things out of life."
According to USA Today, Bono's former fiancee Elia is a recovering alcoholic.
There was so much wonderful surrounding Cher and Chaz Bono's appearance at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards over the weekend. It was wonderful that the legendary singer was on hand to present her son with two awards at the event for his groundbreaking documentary Becoming Chaz and the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is presented to those whose work promoting equality has made a difference. It's wonderful that the 43-year-old Dancing With the Stars contestant is being acknowledged for everything he's done to help the transgender community. It's wonderful that Cher continues to show support for her son. (During her time on stage, Cher told the audience, "I'm here because Chaz has the most courage of almost anyone I know.") But honestly, there is nothing more wonderful than everything that's going on this picture. Well, it probably wasn't such a wonderful night for anyone who sat behind the 65-year-old singer, but still. Check it out:
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Considering how awful celebrities' behavior can be, it's a bit shocking that the Kardashians have become the family Hollywood loves to hate. They haven't committed any felonies (as far as we know), and in fact, their biggest crimes include Khloe's DUI and rampant overuse of the letter "K." Yet, the insults keep on coming.
The latest is from Mad Men star Jon Hamm. In an interview with Elle UK, he said, "Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being a f**king idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly." Hamm added, “Incuriousness has become cool… It’s celebrated. It doesn’t make sense to me." One might argue that it takes a certain amount of intelligence to make everyone in your family a celebrity when you aren't particularly good at acting, singing, or dancing, however, Hamm isn't alone. Here's a look back at some of the nastiest burns directed toward Kim and company:
When talking to The Huffington Post in December, Jonah Hill lamented the fact that the Kardashians are more popular than Mad Men -- though he also admitted that he enjoys watching reality TV. He said, "The truth of it is, I have friends who work in TV and the Kardashians get higher ratings than their TV shows. Shows that people actually work hard on; writing, and creating, and trying to tell stories. The fact that the Kardashians could be more popular than a show like Mad Men is disgusting." Can't highbrow dramas coexist with lighter fare? We didn't hear Khloe complaining about Jonah following up Moneyball with the comedy 21 Jump Street.
Sacha Baron Cohen
At least Jonah Hill was trying to make a point about the state of our culture. Sacha Baron Cohen's Kardashians' dig is just pointless and mean. In the trailer for his upcoming film The Dictator we see his character trying to give Megan Fox a ruby in return for sexual favors. She says, "Is this a joke? Am I a Kardashian?" to which he replies, "Of course not. You're much less hairy."
Sacha Baron Cohen is know for his lewd humor, but even notorious nice guy Michael Buble took a random shot at Kim. At a concert in the fall he announced, "Please welcome Kim Kardashian," then added, "Nah, just f**ing with you! That b**ch isn't coming on my stage."
Snoop Dogg used the same expletive in a web video released in January, in which he tells Kris Humphries he shouldn't have tried to "wife the b**ch." Though we're fairly certain Snoop isn't a licensed marital counselor, and it's unclear if he's even met Kim, he offered this bit of advice: "She's not that type of a h--, she gets around ... She's cold-blooded, I'm pretty sure she'll have a book in a month talking about all the n----s that she got and how she played them.”
Kim's short-lived marriage seems to have riled up quite a few celebrities. In the fall Cher when on an anti-Kardashian Twitter rant and it had nothing to do with Robert Kardashian competing against her son Chaz Bono on Dancing With the Stars at the time. Her Tweets, "Never saw a Kardashian but these B--ches should b Drop kicked down a freeway! Not kidding!" and "feel like I live in a cave! Once watched J&Kate they were sweet! This s--t is HARD CORE! Is true Kardashian did Porno ! I'm so Fkn outa it !" led many to conclude that Cher's meltdown was instigated by the Kardashians' wedding special. Later Cher claimed she was talking about Bridezillas, but that doesn't really explain the reference to Kim's sex tape.
While discussing her marriage to Nick Cannon in November, Mariah Carey said, "I'm a real person, I'm not going to put on a fake face for Hollywood. Sometimes we make each other mad, that's why we aren't divorced after four months." Yes, attacking the Kardashians became so popular after Kim's divorce that Mimi was able to insult her without even saying her name.
Source: Huffington Post
This morning GLAAD announced their nominees for the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards and Lady Gaga is up for the award for Outstanding Music Artist. It makes a lot of sense, actually. After all, the purpose of the awards is to "recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives." And who does that better than Gaga?
The singer has always advocated for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities. Her songs inspire fans to accept themselves and each other for who they are because they were born this way. Not to mention all the effort she puts into the promotion of anti-bullying, especially since the death of Jamey Rodemeyer (a teenage boy who committed suicide after being harassed about his sexuality). She even launched a Born This Way foundation, which focuses on stopping bullying, youth empowerment and equality. With all these admirable things she's done, it's no wonder she was nominated -- she should totally win!
Additional celebs to receive nominations include TV personality Anderson Cooper and Chaz Bono, a well-known activist for the transgender community. Unsurprisingly, Glee is also in the running for an award as well and will face off against the likes of Modern Family, Happy Endings, The Big C and Exes and Ohs. The complete list of nominees may be found on the GLAAD site.
GLAAD's acting president, Mike Thompson, released a statement about the awards, saying:
As media continue to tell new stories about LGBT people and families, a majority of Americans now support full equality of LGBT Americans. This year's nominees enlighten and entertain, while spotlighting the diversity of our community. Audiences expect to see their own worlds reflected in media, and today more than ever, those include the lives of LGBT people. Viewers know that LGBT characters and stories are simply natural extensions of, and glimpses into, their own experiences from across America."
Three ceremonies will be held to hand out awards, in New York on March 24, Los Angeles on April 21 and San Francisco on June 2.
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People magazine confirmed this week that Chaz Bono and his fiancée, Jennifer Elia, have called off their engagement and ended their relationship. According to their publicist, Howard Bragman, "They leave this relationship with great love, respect and affection towards one another," adding, "No further amplification will be forthcoming and they ask that you respect their privacy at this time." The couple became engaged earlier this year when Chaz popped the question to Elia in Seattle last month during an episode of his new OWN reality series, Being Chaz.
Elia began dating Chaz in 1999 and stuck by him through his gender reassignment surgery, where he transitioned from a woman to a man. But for one reason or another, things didn't work out (it's unclear as to what really caused the split), and the former Dancing With the Stars contender wants everyone to know that he's doing just fine post-breakup. Chaz recently posted on a message to his followers on Twitter, writing, "Thanks for your concern about our separation. I'm doing fine, and we remain on good terms with nothing but respect and affection 4 each other." So at least he seems in good spirits.
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Source: People, Twitter