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- 12/28/11--18:48: Michael Lohan rushed to hospital
- 12/28/11--18:49: LMFAO Brings 'Sexy' To Hot 100 Summit
- 12/31/11--05:34: People's Top Ten Celeb Quotes of the Week!
- 12/31/11--06:59: ScarJo: I Don't Believe In New Year's Resolutions
- 12/31/11--07:05: Ginnifer Goodwin at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- 12/31/11--07:27: David Tennant to marry Georgia Moffet in Hogmanay Wedding?
- 12/31/11--08:09: The Secret Circle "Darkness" & "Fire/Ice" Stills
- 12/31/11--08:24: Celeb New Year's Resolutions: Shaved Heads For Charity, Tattoos
- 12/31/11--08:54: Josh Hutcherson at Island of Adventure
- 12/31/11--09:05: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and Jimmy Kimmel surf in Hawaii
- 12/31/11--09:51: 2011: The year of nostalgia
- 12/31/11--10:15: 'Piranha 3DD' headed straight to DVD in the UK
- 12/31/11--10:32: More Skins pics and spoilers.
- 12/31/11--11:12: TPB's 2012 Pop Predictions…
- 12/31/11--12:08: Katy Was Concerned About Upsetting Religious Parents With Divorce
- 12/31/11--12:31: Another One Leaving X Factor
- 12/31/11--12:33: PRINCE HARRY SNOWBALLS INNOCENT SWISS
Michael Lohan has been rushed to a local hospital after collapsing during a meeting.
Lindsay Lohan's father is said to have fallen ill while at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Los Angeles and was immediately taken to the nearest medical facility to receive emergency treatment.
"Michael started to feel light-headed during his meeting so he walked outside, and that's when he collapsed," a source told Radar Online.
"He was taken in an ambulance to Palm Beach Gardens Hospital where doctors found another blood clot in his lung."
Lohan was then given an unknown medication to prevent the clot from spreading, as well as MRI and CAT scans to assure it had not already done so. The 50-year-old is said to be waiting for test results and is unsure when he will be released.
Last month, Lohan was rushed to hospital after experiencing chest pains and was due to undergo emergency heart surgery, which was later postponed after doctors found the first clot in his lung.
He later underwent a procedure to have a stent put in his heart.
LMFAO's "Anthem," meanwhile, returns to the Hot 100's top 10 (15-9), spurred by a 170% increase to 214,000 downloads sold. The song racks a 27th week in the top tier, a sum that only three titles have bested: LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" (32 weeks, 1997-98); Santana's "Smooth," featuring Rob Thomas (30, 1999-2000); and, Jewel's "Foolish Games/You Were Meant for Me" (28, 1997-98). "Anthem" passes Savage Garden's 26-week top 10 stay with "Truly Madly Deeply" in 1997-98.
The coronation of "Sexy" dethrones Rihanna's "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, after eight weeks at No. 1, Rihanna's longest Hot 100 command. "Love" spends a sixth week in charge of Hot 100 Airplay (148 million), while slipping 2-3 on Hot Digital Songs (276,000, up 86%).
oop. im sfe 4 their next single - sry 4 party roqing!!!
"Her heart is as big as ham."
– Anne Hathaway, paying tribute to Devil Wears Prada costar Meryl Streep at the Kennedy Center Honors with "She's My Pal," a tune sung by Streep in Ironweed
"I was handed a load of crack. Barry was very frightened – that kind of messed everything up a bit, really."
– Sinead O'Connor, on the wedding-day drug run that lead to the demise of her 18-day marriage to drug counselor Barry Herridge, to Britain's Sun tabloid
"Friends say I look like Fez from That '70s Show."
– Bachelor Ben Flajnik, on the 11-year-old hairstyle he says no woman could convince him to cut, to PEOPLE
"Jetlag+Vodka=blackout. Jail+guilt+press=lesson learned. Sauli+Adam+hangover burgers= laughing bout it."
– Adam Lambert, summing up his alcohol-fueled altercation with boyfriend Sauli Koskinen, on Twitter
"To me, it's motivation."
– New Jersey Nets NBA star Kris Humphries, on getting booed on the court, to The Record
"Happy holidays from the three of us!"
– Hilary Duff, Tweeting a photo of her decked-out baby bump
"There's a reason John Wayne walked the way he did!"
– War Horse star Jeremy Irvine, on the joys of learning to ride for his movie debut, to PEOPLE
"I told her if she wants to keep the ring and the Bentley, then maybe I can keep the puppy."
– Hugh Hefner, whose only request of former fiancée Crystal Harris is their Cavalier King Charles spaniel Charlie, to PEOPLE
"I wanted to be Miss America one day."
– Half Their Size winner and Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce, on her motivation to lose over 100 lbs., to PEOPLE
"Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey."
– Jon Bon Jovi, using photographic evidence to refute Internet rumors that he had died, on his band's Twitter feed
HAPPY not-Friday anymore, ONTD! :-)
SCARLETT Johansson doesn’t make New Year’s resolutions — because she cannot bear the guilt if she breaks one.
The Hollywood star says she prefers to steer clear of making goals for 2012 in case she cannot reach them.
“I don’t believe in new years resolutions,” explains Scarlett.
“I think they just set you up for guilt for the rest of the year.”
Meanwhile, Scarlett has a back up plan ready for when the movie roles suddenly dry.
“I just love medical programs. Not the TV shows, the real ones about medical procedures,” she said.
“I don’t like blood but I like medicine. Perhaps I was a doctor in a previous life.
“I would have loved to be a doctor. It would have been fascinating. I like to diagnose people’s weird skin conditions.”
What's your new years resolution, ONTD? Unless you don't believe in them either
Ginnifer Goodwin dons her Harry Potter finest as she explores The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on Friday (December 30) in Orlando, Fla.
The 33-year-old Once Upon A Time actress, who wore a cloak and Gryffindor scarf while carrying a wand, enjoyed all the park had to offer with a group of pals.
Doctor Who star David Tennant will be getting married to the daughter of former Timelord Peter Davison today, the Daily Mail can reveal.
Last night, a friend said: ‘David and Georgia can’t wait to get married, they are madly in love.
‘They have tried to keep everything quiet and the wedding is for family and closest friends only.’
Even by a Time Lord’s standards, their romance is a fairly head-spinning concept.
Mr Tennant, 40, who played the tenth Doctor who, met his fiancée when she had a guest role in a 2008 episode – playing the Doctor’s daughter, Jenny.
Miss Moffett’s father, in turn, had played the fifth Time Lord.
The blonde actress, 27, whose mother is actress Sandra Dickinson, already has a nine-year-old son called Tyler whom she gave birth to in 2002, when she was just 17.
She brought him up alone and has never publicly revealed who the father is.
She then set up home with her Where The Heart Is co-star Adam Harvey in 2004. The couple split up two years later but they remained friends and Harvey continued to be a presence in her son’s life.
Mr Davison, 60, has said of his daughter’s relationship with Mr Tennant: ‘It’s great because David is a genuinely nice guy.
'I’m delighted Georgia has found happiness because she hasn’t always had an easy life.’
Speaking about his future son-in-law, Mr Davison told the Mail in July that Mr Tennant was ‘besotted’ with his baby daughter.
He said: ‘I suspect that, crucially, Georgia wasn’t overawed by David. He’s a really nice guy, but a lot of people are intimidated by actors who’ve played The Doctor. I’ve been asked to pose for photos with fans who’ve been shaking beside me, just because I played The Doctor.
Georgia and her dad, the fifth Doctor
‘I suspect that goes on too with David, who, like me, is intimidating without doing anything to intimidate. Georgia was able to get over that, partly because she’s strong and courageous, and partly because she grew up around an actor who played The Doctor. She was never fazed by meeting TV actors when she was a child – it’s second nature to her.’
He said the couple would opt for a conventional and un-showbiz wedding, saying: ‘I very much doubt they’ll have a Doctor Who themed wedding, for example. I don’t think that’s their “thing.”’
Mr Davison, who also has two sons by his second wife Elizabeth Morton, was the Doctor that Tennant loved watching when he was growing up.
And it appears the admiration is mutual. Davison told the Daily Mail that Tennant was ‘a very fine Doctor Who’.
Prior to dating Mr Tennant, Miss Moffett revealed in an interview: 'David is dishy, isn't he? He's not only a good-looking but he is such a lovely, sweet guy.'
Mr Tennant and his fiancee may already have a minister on stand-by to oversee their nuptials. (May? lol)
The actor’s father is the Rev Sandy Mcdonald, a former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. His beloved mother Helen died from cancer in 2007.
Miss Moffett is not the first actress whom Mr Tennant, whose role was taken over by Matt Smith, has dated.
In October 2007, He parted ways with actress Sophia Myles after a two-year relationship, following her move to Hollywood.
They, too, met on set - when Myles played Madame de Pompadour in a 2006 Doctor Who episode.
Let the rash of New Year engagements start....NOW
Also did we ever find out the name of David and Georgia's baby?
Diana will love again:
“She’s going to be struggling for a bit,” executive producer Andrew Miller says, “but you can’t keep that girl away from love because she’s too amazing, so there will be love for Diana in this half of the season. It’ll just come from an unexpected place.”
Can you hear that? It's the final hours of 2011 winding down, getting ready for a bright and shiny 2012. And what better way to welcome the new year than with another round of celebrity New Year's resolutions?
What are your New Year's resolutions? How are you spending the New Year's Eve (or you already did)?
And since I'm in a holiday mood, you can request ANY kind of icon and I will make it for you as a gift! Happy Holidays!
2012 is coming in about 6 hours for me, can't wait haha! :D
Josh Hutcherson gets initiated at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Fla., by three students from Durmstrang Institute on Thursday afternoon (December 22).
The 19-year-old actor hung out with the students while touring the park with his family. Josh also got a taste of yummy Butterbeer!
PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Josh Hutcherson
While we’re really looking forward to Josh’s new film, The Hunger Games, we’re also getting ready for Journey 2 promo stops!
Look out for Josh and costar Vanessa Hudgens to visit Australia in the new year.
Beautiful pita bread thanks you for your time
Moare @ Source | most of these are pretty accurate and we've only had the best music of 2011 list/s, not the worst etc.. so what has been your picks of 2011, ONTD?
She may be an English rose, but Emily Blunt did her best impression of a surfer girl during her holiday in Hawaii yesterday.
The actress is in Kauai with her husband, actor John Krasinski, their good friend and neighbour Jimmy Kimmel and his girlfriend Molly McNearney.
The foursome were pictured emerging from the surf after hitting the waves together during their New Year's vacation.
If every generation has a moment where they adopt a rose-colored perspective of the people and pop culture of its past, the 20-somethings had their turn in 2011.
Those who came of age in the '80s and '90s now span the demographic that's exiting college or creeping into their 30s. As they do so, various cultural outlets are recreating or referencing the TV shows, movies, fashion and music on which they were raised.
This year, we were reacquainted with the staccato giggles of the animated "Beavis and Butt-Head," which returned to MTV after originally appearing on the network from 1993 to 1997. And then, in perhaps the biggest TV flashback, was TeenNick 's weekly late-night block of programming, "The '90s Are All That."
At the box office, 1994's "The Lion King" was re-released in 3-D in September, and we can now expect 1991's "Beauty and the Beast" and 1989's "The Little Mermaid" to be theatrically re-released in 3-D as well.
It's the same deal with James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster "Titanic," which will also be back in theaters in 3-D in the spring. Not to mention "The Muppets" being dusted off for another theatrical jaunt this year, courtesy of "How I Met Your Mother" star Jason Segel (a series that thrives on the theme of nostalgia and looking back).
Miss Piggy hints at plastic surgery
'Beavis and Butt-head' back on TV
This year was kind to the musicians of the '90s, as NKOTBSB -- the supergroup made up of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys -- pulled in $40 million with their tour, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
And if that wasn't enough, the very depiction of '90s whimsy, Lisa Frank, has added clothing to its swath of school supplies. Of course, they'd be remiss to not have adult sizes.
It seems that while the kids have grown up, a lot of the culture that surrounds them hasn't.
'You sort of want to relive your youth'
"Trends tend to be really cyclical, but we're also in the Facebook generation, and these are the people who are the most visible online and have the biggest presence," said Robyn Ross, staff editor for TVGuide.com. "As you come out of college and you're looking for a job, you're looking back at your childhood as the days when you didn't have to work and didn't have to think about a career; that's the perfect time to be nostalgic. You sort of want to relive your youth."
This theory could be especially applicable now, as young Americans are trying to navigate the murky waters of the economy and their future prospects. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the proportion of young adults living at home with parents has increased between 2005 and 2011 with 19% of men ages 25-34 living with parents these days as compared with 14% in 2005. For women, that shift went from 8% to 10% in the same time frame.
It wouldn't be surprising if everyone wanted to go back to when Mayim Bialik was just "Blossom" instead of "The Big Bang Theory's" Amy Farrah Fowler. And to that extent, "executives are capitalizing on that," says TVGuide.com's Ross.
Indeed, Nickelodeon's TeenNick launched its '90s programming block in response to consumer demand. (A tagline on its website reads: "Remember when life didn't suck?")
Keith Dawkins, senior vice president and general manager of Nicktoons and TeenNick, recalled that it was about a year or so ago that execs first noticed the longing for programs that emerged in the early-to-mid-'90s such as "Doug," "Clarissa Explains It All," "Kenan and Kel" and "All That."
Today's social media calls for the 1990s
"We really started to notice digitally on social media sites -- Facebook, Twitter, various video based sites -- that there was this chatter and noise by fans that they wanted their '90s Nickelodeon back," Dawkins said. "There was even a Facebook page that was, 'I want my '90s Nickelodeon back.' "
Coupled with an army of interns in the same age range who could "put a face" to the online fans -- which Dawkins said they estimated to be some 15 million strong -- executives at the channel decided to go with it.
When the programming block bowed on July 25 at midnight, placed at that time period to indicate that this was for the adults who remembered the shows and not necessarily kids, it was a hit. Ratings for that 12 a.m.-2 a.m. time period, which was on a Monday, were around 500% higher in the 18-34 demographic, according to a statement from the network.
When these adults were kids, the expansive cable market we know today was just beginning to grow, and here they were at 7, 8, and 9 years of age with an entire network just for them, Dawkins said.
"This '90s Nickelodeon thing -- it's not just about the shows," he concluded. "It's about the environment, the packaging, and everything that was going on at that time. They view Nickelodeon [of the '90s] as the golden age, because they're so deeply emotionally connected to that time period."
Stars of yesteryear come back for second round
That strong emotional tie could also explain why, as TVGuide.com's Ross points out, some stars of the '90s are getting back into the spotlight. (And then, you also have to acknowledge that it hasn't been quite long enough for them to have fallen that far from our radar in the first place.)
In addition to Bialik on CBS' "Big Bang Theory," there's her former "Blossom" co-star Joey Lawrence, who has starred on ABC Family's "Melissa and Joey" with "Clarissa Explains It All" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" star Melissa Joan Hart since 2010.
James Van Der Beek, he of "Dawson's Creek" fame, is expected to appear on ABC's "Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23" in 2012 in a role that essentially has him playing himself.
Even an event such as when Jonathan Taylor Thomas turned 30 this fall can cause the Internet to pause long enough to have a sustained fan-girl swoon, recalling crushes on the "JTT" of Tim Allen's '90s sitcom "Home Improvement."
"Fans are watching these [shows] because they're also remembering what they were like when they grew up watching them," Ross said. The actors themselves are "sort of playing on that, very successfully."
If it seems odd that we're wistful for that which doesn't feel quite that long ago, recall that: (a) more than 20 years have indeed passed since 1990, and (b) it could be because not a lot has changed.
Is nostalgia crimping creativity today?
"Digital technology has made it so much easier to access the past. You can YouTube almost any video, TV clip, or just the sound. It's used almost as an audio library," said Simon Reynolds, author of "Retromania." "Young people today know vastly more in terms of the history of music than I would have at their age, because I couldn't access it -- there were limits. Cassettes cost money. Now, you can listen to virtually anything for nothing, if you're willing to download illegally. You can school yourself on the whole history of music on YouTube. ... It's not so much about finding new things, but about finding old things that are new to you. "
Awareness and understanding of history is not a bad thing (far from it), and neither is being able to creatively use prior cultural events to help fuel new creations. But, Reynolds believes, our innovation seems to have comparatively slowed.
"[In] previous decades in pop culture, like the '60s and the '90s, there was a lot of emphasis on the new, on looking forward to the future, on innovation and change," he says. "The '60s was crazy for everything new and breaking tradition, and in the '90s there wasn't that as to the extent of the '60s, but there was information technology and a lot of things that seemed very new. And, they were both periods that were relatively economically prosperous."
But in the past decade, he suggests that forward-thinking view "seems to have really died away in culture, except with things like phones and personal communication technology. I think that's one of the reasons why people are so obsessed with Steve Jobs, because he was the one bringing the science fiction future into everyday life. "
Although it's arguable that the "mash-up" or the "remix," by which one would take references from pop culture of the past and reinterpret it for the present, is the innovation of today, Reynolds isn't buying it.
"So much pop culture has become archived in such an accessible way, you have young people who are nostalgic for things long before they were born," he said. "I think that's a bleak view, if that's the future, that culture will just keep recycling and recycling. Everything will get very familiar, at a certain point. People can do it very creatively, but I think at a certain point, things will seem kind of stale, and people would've seen it all before."
And yet, judging from the positive reaction consumers have had to the culture of their childhood being surfaced once again, having seen it all before seems to be exactly the way we want it.
I hope you all are enjoying your New Year's Eve so far, what are your plans?
I wasn't even going to make a post today but I came across this article and it counts as a year in review so I decided to post it.
Officially the last nostalgia post of the year :3 thank you guys for always making them fun :D I look forward to more fun next year so until we meet again.....
A bit of odd news coming out of the UK: The John Gulager directed sequel to Alexandre Aja's Piranha has been pulled from the UK's theatrical release schedule and will be heading straight to DVD across the pond on March 19th, 2012.
What does this mean for the domestic release of Piranha 3DD? Well, probably nothing, but we'll be keeping a close eye on things for you just in case. When we know something, you'll know.
Piranha 3DD reteams Feast director John Gulager and writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan in the sequel starring Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka, David Koechner, Meagan Tandy, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, Clu Gulager, Gary Busey, Katrina Bowden, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Paul Scheer and David Hasselhoff.
Thanks to DC reader Joey Monda for the heads-up.
Having awoken from their spring break extravaganza at Lake Victoria, the swarm heads upstream where they look to make a meal out of Big Wet, a local water park where when it comes to fun, nobody does it wetter! Thought they came to get wet, get loaded and get some, the staff and patrons get more than they bargained for when they must face the fiercest, most bloodthirsty piranhas yet. Lead by the strong-willed, studious Maddy and her friends, Barry and Kyle, the trio must dive in and take on these man-eating creatures using every ounce of their being ... but can they be stopped?
Bumped from fall 2011 to an "undetermined" 2012 date and then going straight to DVD in the UK? Yeah. I doubt this means nothing for the US release. I loved 'Piranha 3D'. It knew exactly what it was and was a great example of camp. The sequel just sounds like a mess to me.
The Creevey/Levan pact runs deep these days...
All the gyals, looking great, naturally.
Who's your mate, Liv?
Things look to be going well for these two. That's nice, eh?
Awwww, *yays* for Minky.
Oh, so, they look friendly then.
haters gonna hate, tbh
And some spoilers...
Last year I finally fulfilled my destiny of becoming the world’s most stunning psychic with my first Pop Predictions post, snatching Miss Cleo’s wig with my iconic insights into the future. Many of them were dead right (Adele’s huge year, K-Pop’s rise, Leona Lewis flopping); some were half-correct (Rihanna had two more #1 singles, but didn’t re-release Loud); and some were totally off the mark (Katy Perry will win a Grammy).
But not including the artists who pushed back/cancelled their comebacks, I did a pretty decent job. For 2012, I vow to achieve an even higher success rate with my predictions of the future, so please take a look at my latest batch of psychic brainwaves below and let me know what you think.
•Ke$ha’s new single and album will reach No. 1, and the album will be well-received by critics
•Nicole Scherzinger will stay flopping
•Lady GaGa will release a new album
•Taylor Swift will release another hugely-successful album
•Taylor Swift’s album will outsell Lady GaGa’s both in the first-week and overall, and it will also do better critically
•Sia will move further into the pop world with more collaborations and songwriting credits
•Hilary Duff’s album plans will be pushed back once again as she spends time with her new baby and auditions for TV roles
•Britney will take the year off professionally, and focus on her relationship with Jason
•Rihanna will continue to build her brand with more big endorsements and ventures outside of music, but will not release another full-length studio album
•Christina Aguilera’s new album will contain the least amount of creative and collaborative input since her debut, and her weight will continue to yo-yo
•Rumors of the original Sugababes reforming will be proven true; the current lineup will stay flopping, but will use the publicity surrounding the original lineup’s comeback to try and successfully relaunch themselves
•Lana Del Rey’s popularity will continue to rise, and she will collaborate with a high-profile artist. She will also be the biggest new female artist of 2012
•Namie Amuro will release another very successful studio album, reaching No. 1 on the Oricon Monthly Charts
•Beyonce will put work before baby, but will shamelessly use the publicity generated from her child to cross-promote her projects
•Avril Lavigne’s will release a new album, and it will outsell Goodbye Lullaby
•T-ara will release their biggest hit single to date
•Ashanti’s new album will tank
•As will Ciara’s
•Janet Jackson will not release a new studio album
•Cher’s new album will produce at least three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Club chart
•Mariah Carey’s new album will do far better than Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
•Madonna’s comeback will be successful, but will not match any of the success of Lady GaGa’s Born This Way era
•Marina & the Diamonds will flop, and everyone will complain about how underrated she is
•The female hip-hop scene will continue to expand greatly, with Kreayshawn and Iggy Azalea both charting on the Billboard charts
•Justin Bieber’s new album will be the highest-selling from a male artist
•Adele will predictably sweep the major categories at the Grammy Awards, Bon Iver will win Best New Artist, and Bruno Mars will win Best Pop Vocal Album
•Nicki Minaj’s Roman Reloaded album will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. She will remain just as annoying in 2012 as she was in 2011.
Let me know what you’re predicting for 2012 below! source
It's the moment Smallville fans have been waiting for: Erica Durance is wearing the real Wonder Woman costume. She just didn't do it until her guest appearance on Harry's Law.
Durance, who earlier this year said goodbye to the role of Lois Lane after Smallville ended its 10-year run, will play a somewhat mentally unstable woman who believes she truly is Wonder Woman in the Wednesday, Jan. 11 episode of Harry's Law. TVGuide.com hit the set to find out what it's like to put on the costume, which is of the same design worn by Adrianne Palicki in David E. Kelley's defunct Wonder Woman pilot. Also, Durance tackles the Lois Lane vs. Wonder Woman question.
How does it feel actually getting to play Wonder Woman... of sorts?
Erica Durance: "Of sorts" is the best way to put it and it's probably the best way to play it because you get to have a little bit of freedom and you're not judged quite so harshly. The way that I was able to work with the character Wonder Woman in this is through the eyes of a woman who desperately needed a strong female archetype to look up to, and she had gone through such terrible things and this was her alter ego. I would challenge anybody who said that she didn't think she was Wonder Woman. This is how she found her way out.
So, as an actress, getting to put on the suit and play Wonder Woman was fantastic and then I got this whole other layer because of the way David E. Kelley had written it, to ground it in this kind of humanistic viewpoint, which was lovely.
What sparks your character's alter ego, "Wonder Woman," to go public?
Durance: Well, she's been out for a while. What ends up happening is that my character, Annie Billson, has gone one step too far, or some would say many steps too far, and taken this psychosis, this vigilantism a little far in the opinion of society and she's hurt one too many people, and so she's actually been charged with a crime. She goes to see Adam (Nate Corddry), whom she has a history with and has gone to high school with. He knows her, so she seeks his representation.
Annie is really passionate that she is actually Wonder Woman. Is it a fair comparison to say that she's as passionate as Lois Lane?
Durance: I would think so because it's the same person doing it, and passion is passion. I'm the vessel and it'll end up having that same color to it, but I try to be as truthful as possible in it and she does have those same convictions. The only difference, of course, is this character's coming from a completely different type of world, and the reason she's become this is for a totally different reason. But I will say that people will probably definitely recognize it because it's still Erica playing it, right? [Laughs] So I couldn't transform that, but passion is definitely a good word for it.
You had put on the "Amazon Princess" costume on Smallville. How does it feel getting to put on the real thing?
Durance: A little daunting, and partially because having been in the comic world for a while now, I'm really very respectful of the people that love this character. I do take it very seriously. As a side note, just to be light about it, any woman wearing tight pants is not super excited the first time she puts them on. [Laughs] I wasn't exactly, you know, tight pants- or underwear-ready.
Have you ever wanted to play Wonder Woman? If you didn't have the end of Smallville last season, would you have considered joining David E. Kelley's project?
Durance: I will say that I would jump at the opportunity to work with David E. Kelley again and [Harry's Law and Wonder Woman executive producer] Bill D'Elia. Bill D'Elia cast me on my first big job ever so that was very tantalizing. I would face it with a bit of trepidation, but I probably would have wanted to dive into the deep end of something like that. I think it's a great character and you can have so much fun with it.
I love comics. I love that sci-fi stuff. I grew up on that so it's something that, in a way, I really relate to and I would've loved that, but that wasn't my journey. Then I ended up getting this really great specific role on here and got to work on a show that's got the lead, which is Kathy Bates. To me, that's pretty great.
Are you the type of actress who says, "I've spent all these years on Smallville and now I have to get away from that genre!"?
Durance: No. I just believe things come your way that are meant to come your way and you'll know when you see it whether you want to do it or not. I think that most of us actors are put in a box of sorts. We're labeled. You can do your best to step outside of that a little bit here and there and have some fun with it, but you also have to understand that and embrace it and enjoy it. Personally, I'm just grateful to work again.
Do you have any Smallville withdrawal?
Durance: There's a certain grieving process to leaving a show and a group of people that were a family to you. It's important to learn that's all that life is, is just a set of transitions for you and so you move through it. But yeah, there were times when I was like, "Aww." Not so much sad at times, but I'll go on another set and it'll just be slightly different. I'm transitioning. I've been saying that for months. I'm in transition.
Lasso of truth time: Best part of wearing the costume and the worst part of wearing the costume.
Durance: The best part is the corset, believe it or not, because it gives you a tiny little waist, making you sit up really straight. I would say the most uncomfortable part is tight, stretchy pants because, well, you know what you feel like when you're wearing tight, stretchy pants. You just have to be careful everything is appropriate.
But would you have wanted the underwear version of the costume though?
Durance: [Laughs] I'm very grateful for the pants. I know that people were very excited about the underwear and seeing them. To be quite frank, I don't know if I could've done the underwear justice at this point in time and it might have been more upsetting for people to see me in them than to not, so I think the pants are a safe bet for me.
Durance's episode of Harry's Law airs Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 9/8c on NBC.
I actually liked the Wonder Woman pilot, but it seems like I was the only one.
No question, Sony isn't happy with the early holiday returns on David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Why did the studio put this violent R-rated counterprogrammer into the holiday window opposite "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"? It got creamed, grossing only $19 million over the four days and $27 over six days in release. Which leads many to ask, if the movie isn't wowing American audiences, why would Sony green light a sequel? Steve Zaillian has already started writing "The Girl Who Played with Fire," but the sequel has not yet been announced. Overseas box office will likely tip Sony in the sequel's favor, even if the domestic is lackluster.
While the movie, which earned decent reviews and an A Cinemascore, should score more than the modest $35 million domestic Sony predicted for the Christmas break, just why did "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" disappoint?
1. The holiday release date may be Sony's biggest mistake.
The movie wasn't ready for an earlier December berth, but the violent R-rated mystery (not a genre thriller--there's little action), makes unusual holiday fare. It had to face intense competition for the adult audience. And the movie is far less mainstream that you might think given the popularity of its source material. It would have knocked it out of the park on President's Day weekend in February.
2. It's not a mainstream genre title.
Yes the books sold 30 million copies around the world, but in studio commercial movie terms, "Tattoo" is a brainy, cerebral, character-driven procedural along the lines of an Agatha Christie mystery. It boasts two detectives, not one. Breaking movie conventions, the male hero is white collar passive and reactive, almost feminine, while the heroine is the tattooed outsider vengeful action hero on a motorbike, better on computers, the sexual aggressor, and saves the hero's ass. Men are not used to this--hey, Lisbeth Salander is on top--and it creates a level of discomfort.
3. It lacks marquee stars.
But, you argue, Daniel Craig is James Bond. Well, he makes a great Agent 007, but it's James Bond that pulls people into theaters, not Craig. Put him in anything else and he's a great-looking, charismatic actor with action chops and a wide range. But he didn't pull audiences to see "Cowboys and Aliens." Neither did Harrison Ford. Marquee movie stars are few these days. It helps if they are in a franchise: Tom Cruise in a "Mission" movie, Matt Damon in "Bourne." Only Angelina Jolie or Will Smith-- in an action vehicle--are box office guarantees.
4. Sony mismarketed the film.
This movie should have opened better with such a brand title. Despite the R rating, the studio sold the movie as transgressive, dark genre fare to younger audiences, but it played to adults, many of whom had read the book. I don't buy the argument that this is another foreign remake that didn't wash with American audiences. Many of them did not see the Swedish film, which played art houses. This is more of an adaptation of book that was translated into English. The film's primary appeal was to women (attendees were 55% female) and adults (49% 35 and over).
5. It's too expensive and too long.
Put David Fincher at the helm of a studio movie and it's going to cost--and two hours and 38 minutes takes its toll at the box office, with fewer slots a day. But why did this movie need a budget of $100 million? That's what dictated the prime-time holiday release date inside the Oscar corridor (which should have been irrelevant to this film). Gorgeous as this and "Hugo" are, their inflated budgets make it much harder to come out in the plus column.
Surprised it's not doing well. We saw this the day it opened at we had less than 20 people in our theater. It'll be interesting to see what happens to Rooney's career if the sequels are canceled.
Katy Perry WANTED Russell Brand to file the court papers in their divorce ... because she didn't want to upset her religious parents ... sources connected to the former couple tell TMZ.
We're told ... Katy and Russell knew the relationship was on the rocks a couple of months ago -- but didn't want to give up on the marriage without making a concerted effort to work things out.
But the effort fell flat ... with both sides feeling "it just wasn't there."
We're told both Katy and Russell were on board with the divorce a few weeks ago -- but they didn't want to be in town when the papers were filed ... so he went back to England and she booked it to Hawaii.
Since Katy's parents are evangelical Christians, we're told she didn't want to be the one to "officially" end the marriage by filing the docs ... since she was raised to believe divorce is wrong.
After he filed the docs, Russell released a statement Friday insisting the two will "remain friends."
Olly Murs: I may quit as Xtra Factor presenter OLLY Murs says he may quit The Xtra Factor despite being a hit as a presenter – because he fears being typecast.
The 2009 X Factor runner-up, 27, enjoyed acclaim alongside Caroline Flack on the ITV2 show, but when asked about next year said: “We’ll see what happens.
“Presenting is a tricky one. The more you do it, the more you get typecast as a presenter and I’m not a TV presenter, you know? I want to continue my singing.”
Olly confessed that there was similar uncertainty about whether judges Gary Barlow, Tulisa and Kelly Rowland would return too.
Next year’s X Factor is likely to be revamped after it suffered a ratings slump. A show source said: “Olly is uncertain about his future and he’s not the only one. Big changes are afoot.”
Source I will miss him but I totally understand he wants to oeave this sinking ship In Case You Didn't Know is my jam rn I love Olly idg the hate
“I don’t know if they’ll all be back. I guess it’s the same for me as it is for them,” he told New! magazine.
Bad weather may have temporarily put his skiing holiday on ice, but that wasn’t going to stop Prince Harry having fun.
He decided to amuse himself instead by throwing snowballs from a balcony at unsuspecting passers-by in the Swiss resort where he is staying.
The 27-year-old prince, who is third in line to the throne, ducked quickly to avoid detection after hurling each snowball on to the busy street below.
With a cigarette in one hand and a snowball in the other, the Army Air Corps helicopter pilot, who wore a grey hooded top, was beside himself with laughter as he and best friend Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip, 25, enjoyed their childish prank on the restaurant terrace of a boutique hotel.
An onlooker said: ‘They seemed to be having the time of their lives, giggling like schoolboys. I saw at least one snowball hit someone, but whenever people would look up to see where the missile had come from, they would hit the deck.’
Harry flew to Geneva on an easyJet flight on Thursday with a group of male friends for a New Year break, his first ski holiday since a family trip to Klosters in 2005.
But he was unable to hit the slopes yesterday after heavy snow, high winds and avalanche warnings shut the ski lifts.
On Thursday night he was spotted in one of the resort’s nightclubs, dancing energetically to house music and sharing a magnum of vodka and a magnum of champagne with his friends.
ONTD, would you let him snowball you?