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Looks as though the familiar yell of the original jungle warrior himself, Tarzan, will once again be heard in theaters the world over, with Warner Brothers announcing a release date of July 1, 2016 for the live-action 3D adventure. Sound exciting? Hardly – in fact, here’s why Tarzan is already doomed to fail: CGI.
Yes, the darling of modern movie-making is, unfortunately, sure to zap all the juice out of this once-ripe papaya of pulp heroes. After all, is there anything truly menacing about a pixilated puma or a computer-rendered rhinoceros? No – and that was truly a major appeal of Tarzan, specifically, taking viewers into a world most would never go: the deepest, darkest climes of Africa, complete with a real person interacting with the most-dangerous of jungle beasts.
Sure, those "darkest climes" of cinema yore were simply another Hollywood back lot (and fancy editing made the "menace" seem more real than in actuality) but replacing actual animals with near 100 percent CGI versions will surely remove any of the genuine intrigue and excitement – particularly with Tarzan’s pal Cheetah. It’s one thing to suspend disbelief with a King Kong or Planet of the Apes (both of which depict animals larger-than-life, or creatures of pure fantasy). It is quite another to immediately recognize a phony chimp, complete with an actor looking in the general direction of the post-production induced co-star.
Look for Tarzan 3D to swing to the ground with a large, loud thud – even with stars such as True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, and Sam Jackson attached.
Justin Bieber reportedly made a cross-country dash from Florida to Texas just to spend Friday morning (07Mar14) with his ex Selena Gomez. The former couple was spotted enjoying coffee at a Hidalgo Starbucks and shopping at a nearby fragrance store, and locals tell TMZ.com Bieber and Gomez looked like they had rekindled their romance.
The Come & Get It singer, who is set to perform in Hidalgo on Saturday night (08Mar14), posted a photo of herself enjoying a frozen coffee drink at the Starbucks with the message "Hidalgo, I've missed this ill see you soooon," but there was no mention of her ex, who doesn't feature in the snap.
The couple also checked out fragrances at Royal Perfume, and reports suggest Bieber and Gomez also had breakfast together.
The get together comes a day after Bieber stormed out of his deposition in Miami, Florida after lawyers for the photographer who is suing the singer grilled him about his ex-girlfriend.
Bieber and Gomez split last year (13).
British actress Danniella Westbrook has been left devastated after her apartment was burglarised for the third time in weeks. The former EastEnders star took to Twitter.com on Thursday (06Mar14) to post pictures of the damage done by the thieves.
One message reads, "Can't thank @essexpolice enough for everything they did last night, dogs, helicopters and amazing response to the people wreaking (sic) my house."
She adds, "One room trashed, walls used as urinal, windows and doors smashed, nothing left not even a knife or fork! scumbags."
The first two incidents reportedly took place in February (14).
A spokesperson for Essex Police tells the Daily Mail Online, "A house in Essex has been targeted three times in the past two weeks. On each occasion, the thieves have forced their way in and stolen clothes and electrical items."
The burglary is the latest round of bad news for the actress - in January (14), she split from her husband of 12 years and in February, her 17-year old son was reportedly arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
Actress Halle Berry is set to launch a TV production company. Berry has named the company 606 Films, after the anti-paparazzi bill she helped get signed into law last year (13).
The legislation protects celebrities' children from over-aggressive photographers.
Berry's production partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, says, "606 Films is named for the anti-paparazzi bill, Senate Bill 606, which Halle fought so hard for and won, when no one believed it could be achieved. It truly informs the spirit of our company - making dreams possible, one bill at a time."
Reports suggest Berry decided to start her own production company after falling in love with the process while serving as an executive producer on Steven Spielberg's new TV series Extant, in which she also stars.
Rapper Rick Ross has invested in fast food chain Wing Stop after sampling the company's lemon pepper chicken during a trip to his barber. The Sanctified hitmaker was getting a buzz cut when a fellow customer walked in with his lunch - and Ross was instantly hooked on the look and the smell of the snack.
He followed his nose to the nearest Wing Stop and became an instant fan.
Ross says, "I told myself, 'Once the opportunity presents itself I'm gonna get one (Wing Stop) just for my personal (use)."
Years later, he's now a franchise holder, explaining, "I jumped in head first and now we've got multiple franchises. Right now, I'm in the middle of a 25-additional franchise deal."
Gabrielle Union is having a very big year, with the success of the super-hot, super-fascinating new BET series Being Mary Jane. As a result of of this new surge in her career, all eyes are on her and that can often be a big responsibility. Recently, Union made an appearance on The View, discussing her experience with sexual assault. Some found her words empowering, while others found them hugely problematic. In case you missed it, here's a clip from the show:
Here is a part of the statment that some viewers took issue with:
Being a victim is so comfortable...When something catastrophic happens in your life, everyone rallies around you. You're getting all of the attention and love and support that you've always wanted, but it's not for something positive. And I hated that. I hated feeling like a victim.
Now part of the problem with this statement is that many, many victims do not experience such rallying around after a sexual assault. While it's great that Union clearly had the support of family and friends during an impossibly difficult time, some people felt that it was insensitive of her to speak as if this is the typical situation for most victims.
As far as how she moved on, Union went on to say the following:
I was like, 'I want to embrace being a survivor, because that's who I am.' I wasn't raised to be coddled. I was raised to be an independent woman, standing on my own two feet.
On the one hand, it's easy to see why people — including other survivors of sexual assault — might take offense to this. Union, whether she meant to or not, implies that being independent is on the opposite end of the spectrum from being a victim and being supported. Her use of the word "coddled" can work to demonize the search for help following an experience with sexual assault or rape, instead opting to endorse "toughening up" exclusively. Of course that is only one way to interpret it, but it is a ready interpretation.
There's a good chance that Union was merely speaking for herself and describing her personal experience. She, at a certain point, was ready to draw on her own strength and embrace survivorhood. And the fact that she is able to speak out about this today is huge. Union was attacked when she was 19 years old at her place of employment, Payless ShoeSource, by another former employee. She went on to sue the chain for negligence, as this wasn't the first attack of its kind. Her rapist had actually robbed the store before and raped another employee.
It seems like evey time a survivor of rape speaks out, we take issue with the way they describe their experience, or we question its validity entirely. Although words like the ones Union used can have complicated implications, ultimately we need to show support for the very act of speaking out. We need to foster an environment wherein subjects of attack feel comfortable coming forward with their stories, so we must give brave people like Union nothing but support and encouragement, especially as she is attempting to support and encourage other survivors to speak out as well.
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Actress Lindsay Lohan is counting Oprah Winfrey as one of her closest confidantes after teaming up with the media mogul for a new reality show. The Mean Girls star admits working with Winfrey on new show Lindsay has brought her closer to the U.S. TV host and she feels grateful to be able to call on her whenever she needs advice.
She says, "I feel really lucky to be able to work with someone like Oprah and create. I have a really strong bond with her where I can call and she gives me this wonderful advice and she has been this really strong person I can listen to and learn from in life."
The reality series was formulated after the actress sat down with Winfrey for an in-depth interview following her release from rehab last summer (13).
The show centres on Lohan as she returns to her native New York from California.
She says, "I became really spiritual over this past year and I have been trying to find peace and serenity in my life. So of course they take the chaos of me moving after eight years of living in L.A. back to the city of New York.
"It is a television show so they want ratings - they picked the first two months after I got back to New York after I had been in treatment."
Despite her uneasiness with the timing of the series, Lohan is happy to have taken part in the project.
She tells Extra, "I did it because it's not a reality show, it's pretty raw... Obviously it's TV so things will be edited in certain ways to what will get ratings, which I can't control, but I do know that my intentions going into it were really pure and really honest and real and I really appreciate all that's happened."
Lindsay premieres in the U.S. on Sunday (09Mar14).
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During his monologue last night, Jimmy Kimmel shared a clip of Joseph Gordon-Levitt recreating the very classic "David After Dentist" video from five years ago. Check out the clip down below:
Although the gap tooth was a nice touch, Gordon-Levitt looked more like Ben Stiller's Simple Jack from Tropic Thunder than the drugged-up preadolescent David. Otherwise, his performance was spot on!
The clip comes right off the heals of Kimmel's plan to turn viral YouTube videos into big budget Hollywood productions. In case you haven't check it out, here's a psychedelic mash-up of "David After Dentist" and "Double Rainbow" and it looks like it could be an early Oscar contender!
Actress Lindsay Lohan was left drenched with water after playing the card game War with U.S. TV host Jimmy Fallon on his show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (06Mar14). The Mean Girls star and the comedian poured glasses of water on each other every time they lost a round and they both ended the segment soaked through.
Actress/singer Charlotte Gainsbourg is close to calling off her wedding to moviemaker Yvan Attal because she is nervous of the commitment. The French/English star said 'Yes' when Attal proposed last year (13) in front of a crowd of journalists, but she now admits they have both been wracked with anxiety ever since and Gainsbourg is no longer sure she can go through with the nuptials.
She tells Marie Claire magazine, "I obviously said yes. It was very funny, the way he proposed, but I'm not sure we're actually going to do it. We've started feeling a little anxious about the whole thing since. We'll see. After he did that and I said yes, we figured we were quite happy the way we were."
Is it the end of the world? When the power goes out in a major city, we find a group of people that are trapped together in an elevator that help each other out and quickly become close to each other out of necessity. Mass confusion is the rule rather than the exception in the story and the plot gets even more puzzling and grows even stranger with just about everything that happens.