Lindsay Lohan has launched a new mobile game that offers fans the chance to experience her life in the spotlight. Lindsay Lohan's The Price of Fame is "a parody on celebrity culture and paparazzi" and enables players to become world famous celebrities by creating a virtual self that can "purchase outfits, accessories, toys and even pets".
Lohan, who developed the game with experts at Space Inch - the boffins behind popular game apps Make it Rain and Say the Same Thing, says, "I love this game and am happy to be part of it. It's so much fun!
"I'm thrilled to have worked with Space Inch on this. Programmer Andy Ross, the guitarist of OK Go, did a great job. He understood what I wanted and the game captures a great part of culture and our current media society. This app is humorous, smart, and engaging."
The Price of Fame is available now via Google Play and Amazon.
Filmmaker/actress Penny Marshall is heading back into the world of sports to direct a movie about the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The A League of Their Own director will helm an untitled new film about Effa Manley, an African-American woman who managed the National Negro League's Newark Eagles in the 1930s and 1940s.
Principal photography is slated to begin next year (15) in Savannah, Georgia.
Marshall says, "The story is a fascinating tale of a woman who broke through so many barriers and accomplished so much for the players and the game, during a time when the face of baseball changed forever.
"I look forward to begin casting the film."
If you've heard of Cara Delevingne (and in 2014 who hasn't?) then you know she's a gorgeous, talented model with an extremely goofy side. She's been linked to some of the biggest stars around: Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, and Michelle Rodriguez, so it's no surprise that everyone knows her now. And we bet we're not the only people who wish we were also her friend.
1. For starters, her goofiness aside, she is ridiculously pretty and good at her job:
2. She loves eyebrows and her eyebrows love her:
3. A friend like that could teach you a lot about stepping up your own eyebrow game:
4. She loves bacon. A LOT:
Seriously I NEEEEEDDD a bacon emoji x
— Cara Delevingne (@Caradelevingne) November 4, 2014
5. She makes modeling look really fun:
6. Basically, her job is to look awesome and throw a dance party:
7. Better yet, she would have a better dance party with her friends:
8. She also manages to make these sunglasses look cool again:
9. She shared whatever this is and it's incredible and now we want to make one with her:
10. She RT this amazing tweet about herself:
Girls at school when it starts raining pic.twitter.com/AIbZpWEn9V
— ♚ (@ItsThingsInLife) October 13, 2014
11. She knows the best way to spend her time:
12. Do we need anymore reasons...
13. ...other than...
15. While it's not at all whacky, she likes to kiss bunnies, and start charities for them:
Exclusive: @CaraDelevingne launches #Art4Animals campaign (and we LOVE it) http://t.co/dD9qQLbsir pic.twitter.com/Dx1yq8m4Ye
— Harper's Bazaar UK (@BazaarUK) November 11, 2014
We want in on this friendship, STAT.
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The past 15 years have done a number on American suburbia. In 1999, a simpler and sweeter time, Sam Mendes used American Beauty to pull back the curtain on the subculture’s sinister core. In 2014, Gone Girl serves a similar purpose, but shoulders a heavier load: today is far more readily sinister, malevolent, desperate, and disgusting than the pre-9/11 era captured in Mendes’ Oscar winner.
So, naturally, we turn to David Fincher.
Just as Gone Girl is 2014’s equivalent to Clinton Era American Beauty, the new film is 50s Fincher’s answer to the mid-30s-Fincher product Fight Club. In exploring the disappearance of writer Amy Dunn (Rosamund Pike), the film’s story spotlights the diabolical wire rigs behind her relationship with husband Nick (Ben Affleck) — and, by extension, the ugly truths fueling or anchoring any modern marriage (hell, if people this pretty have problems…).
The novel adaptation claims stake in the genres of mystery, horror, psychological thriller, relationship drama, and — hell, for sure — black comedy, having a ton of twisted fun as both an elaborate whodunit and a socio-psychological term paper on contemporary gender politics.
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Affleck is a hoot as the rigidly dislikable Nick, a charmless cad who can look shlubby even with a mile-long shoulder width. Pike, too, is a treat, batting around banter in perfect company with Fincher's dreamy eye to produce a heightened reality that hits visceral levels. But the supporting cast is Gone Girl's claim to fame. As a hard-nosed detective, Kim Dickens is electric enough to escape the limiting nature of her audience surrogate character; right beside her is an almost wordless Patrick Fugit, whose stoic body language manages a laugh every time. And yes, believe it: Tyler Perry is pretty good.
But what is probably most impressive about the movie — a factor that, to some, might actually prove most frustating — is its comfort with keeping certain things nebulous. At the risk of anticlimax, Gone Girl occassionally favors implications over answers, suggesting to the audience that its conversation extends the parameters of its plot.
Never lilting in its energy thanks to an unorthodox structure and feverish editing, Gone Girl is as broadly enjoyable as it is clever. Fincher manages with middle age what he mastered with fading youth, in 2014 what Mendes tried in '99. It's all very frightening, all too provocative, and all one mess of a good time.
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Actor Robert Downey, Jr.'s son pleaded guilty to cocaine possession at a California court hearing on Friday (12Sep14).
Indio Downey, 21, was arrested after police spotted him smoking from a pipe while sitting in a car in West Hollywood in June (14), and he was later charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanour possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Friday, Indio, who attended the hearing with his father, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to complete a drug education program. He has been seeking treatment for the past 70 days at a facility and will remain there for another three months. If he stays sober and out of legal trouble, the case will be dismissed.
During the hearing, Indio told the judge, "I appreciate this opportunity, and I hope to make the most of it." The judge responded, "You've learned a lot of good coping skills from the program, I hope. This is a 24/7 disease... it can pop up at any time. You have to be vigilant and on top of it at all times. "I know in life people always look up to superheroes. You have contact with one superhero, and that's Iron Man."
Downey, Jr. has previously offered to support his son through his legal and drug woes, insisting addiction problems are a family issue.
Shortly after Indio's arrest, the actor released a statement, which read: "Unfortunately there's a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding, and we're all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he's capable of being. "We're grateful to the Sheriff's department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale."
The movie star spent years battling drug problems after finding fame in Hollywood in the 1980s.
A North Carolina woman who is convinced David Cassidy is her biological father has penned an open letter to the veteran singer/actor in a desperate bid to establish paternity once and for all. Shelly Wright believes she was conceived during a one-night stand between The Partridge Family star and her mother back in the 1970s.
She has previously attempted to contact Cassidy via his publicist, seeking a DNA test to prove or disprove her claim, but alleges her requests to be put in touch with him have been rebuffed.
Now Wright, 40, has written a heartfelt note to the 64 year old in the pages of the National Enquirer magazine, in the hope it will be brought to Cassidy's attention.
In the note, she writes, "This is my cry: that the truth be revealed! All I want is to find my father - my real father.
"Growing up, I never looked like the man who was raising me as his daughter - and my whole family talked about it. Finally, I confronted my mother. She revealed that she'd had a one-night stand with David Cassidy in Nashville (Tennessee) in 1973. When I Googled him, I realized that I looked amazingly like David, and his daughter Katie."
She continues, "This is not a gimmick. It's not a game. I'm frustrated and desperate, and I just want David to know that I've been trying to contact him... And this isn't about money or fame. My husband has a good job. We have a good life. A well-known daytime talk show offered me a lot of money to tell my story. But I didn't do it - because my quest is to find my father. That's all.
"From the bottom of my heart, I'm begging David Cassidy - the man that I believe is my father - to agree to a DNA test. Then, and only then, will I find the truth."
Cassidy, who has been struggling to overcome his battle with alcoholism in recent months, has yet to respond to the letter. He has two legitimate children - actress daughter Katie from his relationship with Sherry Benedon, and son Beau with third wife Sue Shifrin, who filed for divorce in February (14) after 23 years of marriage.
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It happens every year. We go into the Emmys hoping for thrills, for surprises, for inspiration, and we come out the other side tired, bored, and begrudging Modern Family. As per usual, this year’s ceremony offered plenty of detestable moments, both in the form of award snubs and onstage bits that don’t seem to have been thought through. In all honesty, a comprehensive list of the things that incurred violent eye rolls at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards would take even longer to read than the never-ending show did to watch, so here’s a roundup of the top achievements in the organization’s unparalleled artistry of regret: the worst moments from this year’s Emmys.
Why, Weird Al, why?
Shortly after reminding us of his irreverent genius with the release of the long-awaited studio album Mandatory Fun, Weird Al Yankovic took the Emmys stage mid-ceremony to perform a patchwork of quick, lazy parodies to the theme songs of the night’s various nominated comedy and drama programs (most notably Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and Modern Family). None of the obvious, haphazard lyrics lived up to Al’s established ingenuity, barely earning a laugh throughout the act.
Does anybody else hear wind chimes?
The average Emmy viewer began to question his own sanity last night when the program began inscrutably ringing wind chimes to mark the victories of some of its big winners. The perplexing, noxious sound was enough to institute a subconscious resentment of whatever party had just taken the stage to collect his or her golden statue. We thought we were happy for Bryan Cranston until a high-pitched clanging washed the whole episode in general unpleasantness. Now we can’t even remember who we were rooting for!
Aren't we over Sherlock?
In its inceptive years, Sherlock was an interesting, fun, and inviting new miniseries. But this past season, the writing observed a qualitative decline and the acting showed off nothing new. With so many interesting and talented players up against Martin Freeman (the entire Normal Heart supporting cast) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, and the Fargo fellas... including his own costar Freeman, who we'd rather have seen win for the FX series than for the BBC detective show) and writer Steven Moffat, we can't really sign off on this year's wins.
That one off-putting clip in the Robin Williams tribute
We don’t mean to cast a foul shadow over the heartfelt remembrance of Robin Williams, but we can’t help but find it odd that the Emmys chose to include a clip of him affecting racial stereotypes among its rather short montage of his material. With so much standup gold, late night circuit merriment, and Mork and Mindy treasure to choose from, why stoop to such a questionable selection?
Do you see Rosco now, Stephen? Is he in the room with us?
We’ve spent years enjoying Stephen Colbert’s contribution to the political satire circuit, and plan to enjoy many more beside him as he graduates to hosting The Late Show. But every once in a while, the comic mastermind throws out a clunker, namely his “imaginary friend” shtick that earned (duly) zero laughs. Colbert stretched a weird one-note joke much longer than we hoped he would when he prattled on about the lack of appreciation for his invisible costar Rosco. It didn’t have the cleverness or imagination of Colbert’s usual esoteric material… it was just silly and, quite frankly, dumb.
Hey, Emmys, you guys see that new show Orange Is the New Black?
You could make viable cases for Louie and Veep as the deserving owners of this year’s Outstanding Comedy Series Award, but a little part of each of us was rooting for Orange Is the New Black. Speaking sociopolitically, the Netflix series is offering its viewers more progressive characters, relationships, and situations than Modern Family is so often credited with doing: while the ABC sitcom relegates its gay and Latina characters to jokes about home décor and mispronunciation, OITNB actually celebrates and explores its roster’s diversity sincerely… and it manages to be funny all the while.
Stop milking the folksiness!
Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are both talented actors, a fact exhibited most prominently by their partnership on HBO's True Detective. And while we may love them as actors, and even perhaps as celebrities, they both seem to be milking their fame for all its worth. Sure, an entertaining routine is welcome in any awards show presentation, but Harrelson and McConaughey seemed to have eschewed a written-and-rehearsed comedy bit in favor of a few moments of self-serving rabbelrousing.
The general air of predictability
Yes, many of us were ecstatic for Breaking Bad stars Cranston, Anna Gunn, and Jesse Pinkman. No, we don't have the energy to maintain fury over the victories of Modern Family and Jim Parsons year after year. It's just the complete lack of suspense, surprise, or even the pretense of possibility that can be a little bit numbing to those tuning in. Do we really live in such a formulaic time for artistic expression? Doesn't it eat at us to accept that invention and originality, projects that actually challenge us, are so seldom rewarded, while the same shows and stars year after year are granted accolades for keeping us comfortable? Can't we... eh, who cares, at least we finally have our Simpsons marathon.
And the very worst moment of this or, quite possibly, any Emmys ceremony...
The Award goes to... Sofia Vergara, for The Epitome of Sexist Objectification!
There's a fine line between parody and reality, between upholding reprehensible behavior satirically and doing so earnestly. But the Emmys' Sofia Vergara-on-a-spinning-pedestal bit does not come close to that line. It lives far, far to one side, happily resting in its own sexist comforts, where women are deemed objects and the very idea of questioning the validity in this viewpoint is worthy of chuckles. The Modern Family star stood happily atop a rotating platform, devolving to little more than something to gawk at while her partner in crime, Chairman of the Television Academy Bruce Rosenblum, giddily mocked the idea that what they were doing was at all problematic. That's bad. Gwen Stefani mispronouncing "Colbert"-levels bad.
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"It's Saturday Night Live!" will forever be the four words we associate with Don Pardo, announcer for the NBC variety show for nearly 40 years, who passed away Monday night at the age of 96 (via CBS News). Since 1975 — with only a single season-long hiatus in the early '80s — Pardo's inimitable timber introduced us to SNL’s stars, featured players, musical guests, and episode hosts, earning a permanent residence in the pop culture realm’s collective auditory cortex. But there’s more to the man than his weekly exclamations from the announcing booth at Studio 8-H. Pardo’s 75-year-long career took him to a multitude of interesting corners that we so often overlook:
Let the Games BeginA staff fixture at NBC, Pardo announced the original iterations of many of its game shows, including The Price Is Right (from 1956 to ’63) and Jeopardy! (from ’64 to ’75), as well as later programs Three on a Match, Winning Streak, and Jackpot! between ’71 and ’75.
Happy Turkey Day!For many years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade presented its army of inflatable cartoon characters with the gravitas of Pardo’s smooth baritone. Pardo announced the annual event for NBC straight up through 1999.
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And That’s the NewsPardo boasted a longstanding career as a news broadcaster, both on radio and television; he started out as a World War II reporter for NBC Radio. On the date of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Pardo announced the tragedy to NBC’s television audience, becoming one of the first parties to report on the death of the 35th president.
He Also Had a Musical SidePardo proved his tastes in music to be rather esoteric when he teamed with the likes of Frank Zappa and Weird Al Yankovic for performances and recordings. Pardo first collaborated with Zappa in 1976 on a rendition of “I’m the Slime,” and then again joined forces with the innovative rock artist for his live album Zappa in New York in ’78.
Five years later, Pardo would pay homage to his game show era by contributing vocally to Weird Al’s “I Lost on Jeopardy” as well as appearing in the music video.
Of Course, He Had His Woody CredAn honorary New Yorker, Pardo managed to work his way into the filmography of Woody Allen, appearing in the 1987 comedy Radio Days as a host of the Name That Tune parody “Guess That Tune.” His acting career beyond the Allen picture includes Honeymoon in Vegas and the John Ritter comedy Stay Tuned.
And He Could Take a JokePardo was a hard worker until the very end — flying back and forth between his home in Arizona and New York City every week to announce episodes of SNL — but was hardly a man who took himself too seriously. This is evident by his self-parodying appearances on The Simpsons and SNL vet Tina Fey’s 30 Rock.
Naturally, we will always remember Pardo best for his work on Saturday Night Live, but there is clearly a lot more to celebrate about the man, his indomitable career, and his unmistakable voice.
Tragic Robin Williams' beloved baseball team the San Francisco Giants have added to the tributes pouring in for the late funnyman, following his death on Monday (11Aug14). Williams was the Giants' lucky charm when they won the World Series for the first time in over 50 years in 2010, and he welcomed fans to the team's AT&T Park home for their National League Division Series kick-off game against the Atlanta Braves by referencing his line from hit movie Good Morning, Vietnam by yelling, "Good Evening, San Francisco!"
The Giants won the game and went on to win the title, and after learning of the comedian's death, the team's president Larry Baer issued a statement, which read: "We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Robin Williams. Robin was a true artist who brought joy to the world through his brilliance, humor, talent and love for our community. We lost one of our greatest fans today and he will be deeply missed by the Giants family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Robin's family and the entire community during this difficult time."
Meanwhile, fans paid their respects to the Oscar winner, who committed suicide at his home in Marin County, California, by placing memorials outside Boulder, Colorado home which served as the location for the actor's cult TV series Mork & Mindy.
Fans also gathered at the bench, which featured in Williams' film Good Will Hunting, in Boston Public Garden in Massachusetts. The late comic's star on the Walk of Fame has also become a makeshift memorial, covered with flowers and candles.
Veteran actress Kathleen Turner has given up on romance as she fears online dating is too risky for celebrities. The War of the Roses star divorced her husband of 23 years, Jay Weiss, in 2007, and her daughter Rachel is constantly urging her to get back in the game and find a man.
However, Turner is adamant suitors rarely approach her as they are wary of her fame, and she shuns dating websites as she fears her search for love would be rapidly exposed.
When asked if she is ever invited on a date, Turner tells British magazine Style, "Not much. I seem to intimidate them (men)... I don't think I can do it online though, do you? Won't the New York Post pick that up in a second?"
In this TV remake of the 1949 Alan Ladd movie "Chicago Deadline," a brash big-time investigative reporter, looking into the death of a call girl, uncovers her diary and tries to find her killer among the names contained in it. Franciosa subsequently shared star billing (on a rotating basis) with Gene Barry and Robert Stack in the weekly series based on this pilot film, "The Name of the Game" (1968-71), in which Susan Saint James, "introduced" here, also was a regular. Former musical comedy star Nanette Fabray did a rare acting part in this movie which was written and produced by her husband.