Actress Laverne Cox was left starstruck after meeting Jodie Foster on the set of prison drama Orange Is The New Black. The Silence of the Lambs star directed the third episode of the show's first season, which served as Cox's debut, and the transgender actress admits it was a surreal moment when she first came face-to-face with Foster.
She says, "It was so incredible. My very first day of working on Orange Is the New Black I... was in craft services and this woman comes up to me and was like, 'Hi, I'm Jodie, I'm directing episode three,' and I'm like, 'Um, I know who you are.'
"She's just standing there and I'm like, 'Why is Jodie Foster talking to me?' and she's like, 'This is your first day, right? Let me show you around,' and then she commences to giving me a tour of the set and I'm like, 'Why is Jodie Foster talking to me?' and she's asking me these questions about my life, like she's really interested, and of course at that point I didn't understand episode three would be my back story episode."
Cox was so shocked after the unexpected meeting, she worried she would not be able to pull off her job on camera.
She continues, "I got back to my dressing room and I call my brother and I'm shaking and I'm like, 'I just met Jodie Foster and I have to act now and I don't think I can do it,' and he was like, 'Just breathe, you can do it,' and I did it and now I'm nominated for an Emmy."
Cox became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy Award when the nods were announced in early July (14). She is competing for the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series accolade.
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is disillusioned with U.S. President Barack Obama over his handling of the Edward Snowden snooping scandal. The Dark Knight star takes an active interest in politics and supported Obama during his 2008 election campaign, but she admits that lately she has started to question his commitment.
Gyllenhaal starred in a public service announcement (PSA) last year (13) calling for an end to National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance after former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative Snowden blew the whistle on U.S. government secrets.
The actress tells Time magazine, "I really believed in (Obama), and I'm not sure what he believes in anymore... Look, I get it... It's a complicated job. I could never do it. But I hope for a leader who will stand up and be unpopular."
Daniel Radcliffe showed off his barbershop skills during an appearance on U.S. chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (29Jul14) when he agreed to give a fan a trim.
The 25 year old was handed electric clippers and asked to give haircutting a go on the street outside comedian Kimmel's Hollywood studio, as part of a skit aimed at keeping the "miserable, sweaty" people of Los Angeles cool during the ongoing California heatwave.
A willing volunteer, who was also called Dan, appeared excited about the prospect of having the Harry Potter star spruce up his look, but Radcliffe was far from confident, explaining, "I'm not known for my haircutting... I've never cut hair before."
Urging his namesake to "stay calm", Radcliffe started trimming and added, "I'm enjoying it as long as Dan here is enjoying it."
After completing one half on the volunteer's head, the actor stepped back and admired his work, stating, "It's definitely a look (but) if I left you as you are now, no one would ever talk to you. I'm not going to do that, I promise."
Kimmel's sidekick Guillermo, who was also a rookie barber, finished off the job, giving student Dan a tidy crop.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has offered $34 million (£20 million) to officials at a German bank to settle his bribery trial. The motor racing mogul denies paying German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky $44 million (£27 million) in 2005 to ensure the bank's stake in Formula One went to a private equity fund to safeguard his job.
The trial began in Munich, Germany in April (14) but the 83 year old's lawyers hope to halt proceedings by offering the $34 million sum.
In a statement, the court said discussions "on a potential end to the proceedings have not yet reached a conclusion".
Under German law, the charges against Ecclestone will be withdrawn if all sides reach an agreement.
Ecclestone is adamant he made the payment because Gribkowsky had threatened to blackmail him.
Rapper/actor Ice Cube has opened up about his controversial decision not to cast the late Eazy-E's son as the hip-hop icon in his forthcoming N.W.A. biopic, insisting the role required an experienced actor with "a lot of range". Eazy-E's son, Eric Wright, Jr., auditioned for the Straight Outta Compton film job and recently admitted he was disappointed after movie bosses decided to cast newcomer Jason Mitchell as the younger version of his tragic father.
Now Ice Cube, who is serving as one of the project's producers, has explained the reasons behind the decision, insisting aspiring actor Wright, Jr. simply wasn't a good fit.
Speaking to Colorado radio station KS 107.5, Ice Cube says, "He (Wright, Jr.) is an up-and-coming actor trying to do it, but we needed somebody who was a little more polished to play Eazy, because he goes through a lot in his life. He goes from selling dope in Compton to fighting for his life in a hospital bed. So we needed to find an actor with a lot of range. And we just couldn't use just anybody. We gave him (Wright, Jr.) a shot, and it just didn't work out."
Wright, Jr. wasn't the only N.W.A. offspring snubbed for a role in the film - Dr. Dre's aspiring actor/rapper son Curtis Young was also passed over in favour of Corey Hawkins, although Ice Cube's kid, O'Shea Jackson, Jr., will play his dad onscreen.
Meanwhile, the remaining N.W.A. bandmates MC Ren and DJ Yella will be played by Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown, Jr., respectively.
F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the rise of the iconic California rap group and their split in 1991.
The biopic is scheduled for release next summer (15).
Rush Hour filmmaker Brett Ratner is helping to bring Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch to the big screen by signing on as a producer. Studio bosses at Warner Bros. picked up the rights to author Donna Tartt's 2013 best seller, which tells the story of a young boy who steals Carel Fabritius' pricey painting The Goldfinch from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. A director has yet to be appointed to take on the job.
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If you've spent any time on the Internet, watching TV or, let's face it, just ventured out of your house in the past few months, you're probably aware of a little movie called Guardians of the Galaxy, which has quickly become one of the summer's most anticipated films. In fact, you've probably already got plans to go see it when it hits theaters on Friday, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have any idea what exactly you're signing up for. After all, Guardians of the Galaxy is one of Marvel's lesser-known titles, the kind that only hardcore comics nerds knew about before the studio announced plans to turn them into a blockbuster. But don't worry: you still have plenty of time to learn everything you need to know about this merry band of misfits before your Friday night showing. In fact, we've put together this handy guide to the Guardians of the Galaxy with all of the questions you might have been too nervous to ask so that you'll be able to hit the theater knowing Groot from Gamora and why, exactly, this "bunch of a-holes" have been entrusted with keeping the universe safe.
So, from what I understand, the Guardians of the Galaxy are basically just the Avengers in Space. Yes and no. They are a team of universe-saving superheroes like the Avengers, but they’re still pretty different.
Really? How? Well, for one thing, they weren’t put together by S.H.I.E.LD.; they met up in prison.
So they’re criminals. Yep. But they’re trying to do some good by saving the galaxy, so they’re not the bad guys, really.
Well, if S.H.I.E.L.D.’s not in this, how about Iron Man? No, sorry. These movies are tangentially connected to The Avengers, but none of those characters will appear in this film.
How are they connected?Remember Benicio del Toro's brief appearance at the end of Thor: The Dark World?
Vaguely.That's the connection. He has a significant role in this movie.
So does that mean Thor is in Guardians of the Galaxy?No.
How about Captain America?Dude, no.
So if we don’t have Iron Man, who is going to be the good looking, wise-cracking leader? He goes by the name of Star Lord, although he’s the only person who actually calls himself that. His real name is Peter Quill.
And who is Peter Quill? He’s a half-alien half-human who was kidnapped from earth as a child and was raised by a gang of thieves and smugglers. He’s also a pretty impressive pilot.
Who’s playing him in the movie? Chris Pratt.
Wait, we’re supposed to believe that Andy Dwyer is going to save the universe? Yeah. Isn’t it awesome?
I guess. Who else is on this team? Their names are Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Racoon, and Groot.
Okay, let’s start with Gamora. Tell me about her. She was adopted as an orphan by Thanos and—
Wait, who’s Thanos? Thanos is the murderous super villain bent on wreaking havoc and destruction. He’s determined to get the Infinity Gauntlet which has the ability to destroy a star. He’s basically the big bad in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe right now, Avengers films included.
And he’s going to be in this? Yes, he’ll be making an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, and he’ll be played by Josh Brolin. You might recognize him as the purple dude in the credits of the first Avengers movie.
Okay, keep going about Gamora.So she was adopted by Thanos raised to be his personal assassin, and became one of the most feared fighters in the universe. But eventually, she turned against Thanos and decided to try and make amends for her past.
Okay, and who’s playing Gamora? Zoe Saldana.
Even though she’s also in Avatar and Star Trek? Yep. She’s the queen of sci-fi franchises.
Who’s next? Drax the Destroyer? Yes. Drax was originally a human named Arthur Douglas, but after his whole family was killed by Ronan the Accuser, his soul was put into a different body so he could fight Thanos.
Wait, hold on. Who’s Ronan the Accuser? I thought Thanos was the bad guy. They’re both bad guys. Ronan is a Kree radical, who has agreed to help Thanos hunt down an artifact if Thanos will destroy the Xandarians – his mortal enemies – in exchange.
What is a Kree?A technologically advanced, war-loving alien race.
And what is a Xandarian?Another alien race. Not so big on the war.
Got it. So is Ronan the Accuser a big part of Guardians of the Galaxy?Yeah, he’ll be the main villain in this one. Lee Pace will be playing him.
Any other villains I should know about? Nebula, who grew up with Gamora. Unlike her adoptive sister, she is still loyal to Ronan and Thanos. She’ll be played by Karen Gillan.
Oh, is this the thing she shaved her head for? Yes. Nebula is bald, so Gillan decided to shave her head, since it would look better than putting makeup on top of a bald cap.
So, that’s it? Ronan, Thanos, and Nebula are all the villains? There’s also Djimon Honsou as Korath, an intergalactic hunter who serves Ronan, and (like we said above) Benicio del Toro, who plays The Collector: an eccentric, obsessive keeper of intergalactic rarities. If you need something, and it might be illegal to own that thing, he probably has it.
All right, all right, is that it? There are a lot of villains in this thing. Yeah.
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So back to Drax: who’s playing him in the movie? Dave Batista.
You mean Vin Diesel isn’t playing the aggressive muscular dude? No, Vin Diesel’s playing a tree.
What?! Well, he’s playing Groot, a tree-like humanoid who has the ability to regrow himself from the tiniest twig.
Well, he at least has some witty banter or something, right? Of course! Provided that witty banter consists only of the phrase, “I am Groot.”
… Okay. So, why is Groot in jail, then? He’s there thanks to his job as the muscle/personal companion of Rocket Raccoon.
Is that...? The machine-gun firing, rage spewing, back-talking, possibly homicidal raccoon? Yep. You know what's even weirder? Bradley Cooper's providing his voice.
And how did he learn to fire a gun? Rocket is originally from a planet called Halfworld, which was basically a colony for the mentally ill. All of the animals there were genetically modified to become as intelligent as humans and to be able to walk in their hind legs so they could take care of the inmates there.
So, an anthropomorphic raccoon and a tree have teamed up with a criminal, assassin, and thief in order to protect the galaxy? That’s exactly what happened.
I think I need to lie down. No, no! Stay with us, you’ve almost got it.
Fine. So why exactly did they team up? Why is the galaxy in need of their help? Basically, Peter Quill steals an orb that Ronan the Accuser is after, and so he needs the rest of the team’s help in order to evade the villain and the intergalactic manhunt that he’s started. But then they discover how powerful the orb actually is, and they are determined to protect the galaxy by keeping it from falling into the wrong hands.
Why, what’s so special about the orb? That remains to be seen.
Well, then, how do they find that the galaxy is in trouble? Do they just figure it out on their own? They’re recruited by the Nova Corps, who are the military police tasked with keeping the planet Xandar and its citizens safe.
Are those they guys...? Who call them “a-holes” in the trailer? Yeah, that’s the Nova Corps.
I like those guys. So, are those all of the characters? Yep, that’s everyone and a basic rundown of what they want. Anything else you want to know?
Yeah, what's with all the classic rock in the trailer? The songs come from Peter’s Walkman, and it’s basically the last connection he has to his life on earth. Also, it’s awesome.
Can I watch the trailer again? Of course:
And when does this movie come out? Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on Friday, August 1!
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The Beatles approached director Stanley Kubrick to make a film adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings novels back in their heyday, according to moviemaker Peter Jackson.
The Fab Four starred in five movies during their career, including A Hard Day's Night and Help! in the 1960s, and when they were considering their third film, the musicians went to Kubrick to discuss adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's books into a movie version but the author had not yet sold the rights.
Tolkien eventually released the book for film adaptation and Jackson brought the franchise to cinemas from 2001.
The director tells Deadline.com, "The Beatles once approached Stanley Kubrick to do The Lord Of The Rings. This was before Tolkien sold the rights. They approached him and he said no. I actually spoke about this with Paul McCartney. He confirmed it. I'd heard rumours that it was going to be their next film after Help. John Lennon was going to play Gollum. Paul was going to play Frodo. George Harrison was going to play Gandalf, and Ringo Starr was going to play Sam. And a lot of other people were going to play other roles."
"Paul was very gracious; he said, 'It was a good job we never made ours because then you wouldn't have made yours and it was great to see yours.' I said, 'It's the songs I feel badly about; you guys would have banged out a few good tunes for this. You were The Beatles, after all. It's a shame we missed out.'"
Tough guy wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista broke down in tears when he learned he had landed the role of superhero Drax the Destroyer in Guardians Of The Galaxy. The former WWE star reveals he had been questioning his decision to pursue a career in Hollywood after struggling to land his big acting break when he scored the job in the new comic book adaptation and it helped to renew his faith in his onscreen talents.
He tells the New York Post, "I was sobbing (when I landed the role)... I left wrestling, and I really pounded the pavement trying to get people to take me seriously as an actor for about three-and-a-half years... Finally there was some kind of justification that it was the right choice."
He adds, "I'm an emotional guy."
Bautista had previously only had small movie roles in Riddick and The Man with the Iron Fists. Guardians of the Galaxy reunites the grappler with his Riddick co-star Vin Diesel. Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana also feature in the film.