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    He'd been performing for years, but Simon Amstell didn’t get a lot of attention from the British public until he hosted a pair of saucy TV series—including game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, which found him baiting celebrities with their own media-constructed personas. Since then, he’s found success in an autobiographical BBC Two series, Grandma’s House, and in searching, self-depricating stand-up shows. Though he visited NYC on the tour for his last special, Do Nothing, he’ll give New Yorkers more than just a taste of his act during a four-week run of his confessional new show, Numb. 

    How does it feel to have to introduce yourself to an entire population who doesn’t know what you do? 
    It’s nice to be new, really. In the U.K., people come with expectations now, and there’s already an idea of what the show may be. Here, I’m a stranger, and it’s interesting to see what they’re laughing at. 

    What’s been different thus far? 
    I don’t know what happened at UCB last night, but “Hello” was a very funny word. Also, I have a set-up line about what any of us are really doing with our lives, and they really laughed at that. That, to me, was just the beginning; but they were like, “You’re right, we don’t know what we’re doing with our lives.” In some places on the U.K. tour, they were like, “Well, we’re married, we have children, and that’s what we’re doing. Why are you asking us? Please stop talking. We were happy!” [Laughs] 

    You come across as genuinely vulnerable in your stand-up, but on a long tour like this, how do you balance that vulnerability with showmanship? 
    Generally, you’re talking about yourself in the past. But you have to keep the feelings alive when you’re telling the story; otherwise it’s kind of dead. I talk about this breakup in the show, and I have to remember that pain, because it’s almost as though it never happened. This real thing that broke my heart is now just the words breakup on a bit of paper in a list of other words: “Hotel, breakup, Amsterdam.” It’s both incredibly helpful and healthy, and horribly unhealthy. 

    Your relatively brash persona on Never Mind the Buzzcocks is so different from both the gentler tone of Grandma’s House and your stand-up. Is this a progression or a regression? 
    When I was growing up, it wasn’t my dream to host that show. But I really enjoyed being that cheeky, naughty guy in this celebrity world, and I feel I had said all I had to say about it. When I stopped doing that, I really wanted to draw a line, but it is quite fun to be that guy occasionally. I want to sort of reintroduce him a bit to my current personality. That sounds insane! “Reintroduce him to my current personality.” Oh, God! 

    What do you like about this sort of shy character? 
    A lot of the sitcom [Grandma’s House] was about this actor I became obsessed with who was shy and introverted. His life seemed very beautiful and artistic, and my life seemed cheap. Do you remember Jared Leto from My So-Called Life? These guys that do well sexually—they just sort of sit in the corner with their hair. And I thought, Why couldn’t I do that, rather than being in the middle and shouting?

    Maybe the bottom line is the hair. 
    You just have to have this hair that falls over your eyes, yeah. Then you can just move it outside of your eyes, and then it’s like, Who’s that shy guy in the corner who just moved his hair behind his ears? I wonder what he’s thinking about? He’s never thinking anything. 

    There were definitely themes and ideas to take away from Do Nothing. What are the messages here? 
    I think the best message is… What did Gandhi say? “Be the change you want to see in the world?” But people have to go through the fire and learn for themselves. I even forget my own messages. I had to relearn Do Nothing before recording the DVD, and while I was listening to the CD, I was like, Fuck, [the message is] acceptance! I’d forgotten it six months later—and it didn’t come easy. [Pauses] I think Post-it Notes are the key. Sometimes you go to people’s houses, and they look like maniacs, because they’ve got all these Post-its all over the fridge about love and compassion. You have to do this. 

    If all of your friends did that, you’d never forget. 
    No, you’d just think they were maniacs. That’s what happens: Who’s this maniac I’m friends with? 

    Is there anything in the show you think New Yorkers will gravitate toward? 
    It’s about disconnectedness, loneliness, depression, anxiety—that feels like it will work in New York, right? [Laughs] 

    Do you have a grand career trajectory? 
    I’m constantly trying to remind myself that I’m going to die, so I start living. People say, “Where have the years gone?” So last year, I thought, I’ll make a list and sort out these years right now, so I don’t leave anything out. 30 to 40, 40 to 50, 60 to 70, 70 to 80, 80 plus. And all I could think of to write was, “More of the same.” And then, after 80 plus, “Autobiography?” That’s all I had. 

    Can you foresee any pitfalls in that plan? 
    Sometimes on a long tour, you’re about to go onstage and you think—like a drama queen—I just can’t go on. And then you have to remind yourself this is exactly where you wanted to be. One night in Glasgow, my body was really tired, I just didn’t want to do it, and the dressing room was a bit grim. I didn’t feel like I was in show business; I felt like I was a traveling Hoover salesman. I phoned my mum, and she said, “When you go onstage, you’re not in Glasgow.… You’re in Vegas!” And it really helped. I don’t have to be anything different because I’m in Glasgow—it’s about bringing the show to this place, right here. 

    Simon Amstell performs Numb Tue 10–Aug 9.

    Simon Amstell does a warm up performance in Brooklyn.

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    Another day, another set of pics of Nick Jonas hailing a cab outside of his NYC apartment building on Sunday afternoon.

    Meanwhile, Nick's brother Joe spent his Sunday riding roller coasters and performing on stage at Vancouver's Playland Summer Festival.

    A couple of videos of Joe on stage

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    Michael Fassbender will star in and co-produce "Assassin's Creed," the bigscreen adaptation of Ubisoft's videogame franchise, through his DMC Film.
    While Fassbender's profile has risen with roles in "X-Men: First Class," "Shame," "Haywire," "Prometheus," and will next be seen in "The Counselor" and "Twelve Years a Slave," thesp also has spent the past year developing films with Conor McCaughan. Together, they produced the short "Pitch Black Heist."

    "Assassin's Creed" is the duo's most high-profile project, given that the game is Ubisoft's biggest franchise, selling over 30 million units since 2007. A third "Assassin's Creed" game bows Oct. 30 and is set during the American Revolution. First two take place during the Crusades and Renaissance.

    Plot revolves around a man who learns his ancestors were trained assassins after he is kidnapped by a secret org with ties to the Knights Templar, and sent back in time to retrieve historical artifacts.

    "Michael Fassbender was our first choice" to play the franchise's iconic hooded hero, said Jean-Julien Baronnet, CEO of Paris-based Ubisoft Motion Pictures. "Michael (Fassbender) is an extremely smart, talented, versatile and committed actor."

    Last fall, Ubisoft was in talks with Sony to develop a series of "Assassin's" pics (Daily Variety, Oct. 20, 2011). But the companies have since put negotiations on hold.

    Ubisoft execs now plan to stick to their initial plan and develop the film independently in order to maintain greater creative control. Last year, Ubisoft invested in launching UMP, headed by Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson's EuropaCorp, to adapt the company's games into films, TV shows and digital projects.

    While Sony could still wind up distribing the films, UMP will package the project with a writer and director before resuming talks with the studio.

    "We're open to re-discuss with the key studios once the production package is finalized," Baronnet told Variety.

    Ubisoft also is looking to raise financing for the tentpole through foreign presales and co-production deals, which again could again involve Sony.

    "Whatever the financial model, UMP will limit its risk investment," and will save on production costs by turning to its 26 in-house game studios like Hybride Technologies, to handle visual effects work, Baronnet said.

    Ubisoft sees adaptations as a way to turn its games into larger brands that will get the titles in front of more consumers while creating lucrative new revenue sources for the company. One of its first projects is an animated TV series based on the "Raving Rabbids" franchise that will air on Nickelodeon. Ubisoft chief Yves Guillemot also wants to develop films for the games "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" and "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon."

    By controlling more of the creative through UMP, Ubisoft hopes it doesn't wind up with another "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," adapted by Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer. Pic earned a disappointing $335 million worldwide, with just $91 million of that in the U.S. last year, ending any franchise dreams.

    I hope this happens. AC is a solid series and I think it can be poised well to cross over into a movie. Did anyone watch the live action short films that Ubisoft created? You can watch them here AC: Lineage


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    The Canadian Press
    Published Monday, Jul. 9, 2012 10:01AM EDT
    Last Updated Monday, Jul. 9, 2012 10:41AM EDT
    NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Canadian celebrity chef Anthony Sedlak has died at the age of 29.

    Sedlak's family has released a statement saying he collapsed Friday, July 6, from an undiagnosed medical condition and his body was found later that day in his North Vancouver apartment.

    Sedlak was best-known as the host of Food Network Canada's The Main, and a judge on Family Cook Off, as well as author of the national bestseller cookbook, The Main.

    By the time he was 13, Sedlak knew he wanted to be a chef and, by 19, had completed a culinary arts program and four-year apprenticeship in Vancouver, before spending almost two years at La Trompette, a Michelin Star restaurant in London, England.

    At 23, Sedlak won silver representing Canada at the World Junior Chef Challenge in New Zealand, and just months later, won Food Network's Superstar Chef Challenge, before going on to host his own show on that network for four seasons.

    The statement from the Sedlak family thanks his fans and associates for all their love, devotion and condolences, and says a private funeral service will be held in Vancouver.


    i was pretty shocked to read this. i really liked his show "the main." RIP

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  • 07/09/12--08:47: Diane Kruger talks beauty

  • She first came to the public's attention portraying legendary beauty Helen of Troy and regularly tops best-dressed lists – despite never using a stylist.

    Former model Diane Kruger, 35, is the face of the perfume Calvin Klein Beauty, friends with Karl Lagerfeld and even does her own make-up for photoshoots and red carpet appearances.

    So who better to talk fashion, fragrance and favourite beauty fixes with HELLO?

    You always look great on the red carpet, but few actresses would have the expertise or the confidence to do their own make-up when they know the world is watching. What is the appeal?

    "It’s because I feel that less is more, especially on the red carpet. I used to have my make-up done, but I would look at pictures and not recognise myself. I want to look like myself. Even though it’s a special occasion, I still want to look like me; I don’t want to be this done-up doll. I think that too much make-up takes away from your individuality. Luckily, I love make-up and I used to model, so I feel confident doing it myself."

    So what's in your make-up bag?

    You know, for someone who doesn’t wear a lot of make-up, I own an obscene amount of the stuff. I am always trying new products and doing photoshoots and I love to experiment and try new colours. But the one thing I always travel with is my concealer. No matter what I do – whether it’s playing up my eyes or creating a bold lip – the skin is the most important thing. It has to look flawless and have an even tone."

    You have an advantage there, though, as you have great skin. What's your secret?

    "When I moved to L.A. I noticed that the sun was so much hotter than I was used to and I started to get a few sun spots. So I went to a dermatologist who advised me never to go out without wearing SPF. And I always use the same moisturiser, Roselaine d'Uriage. You can't get it in the U.S., so it's one of the products I stock up on when I'm in France at the pharmacy."

    Any other top tips?

    "I try to get nine hours' sleep a night – it's really that simple. Of course, it's hard to do sometimes, especially when I am working, but I feel and look better when I sleep well. I also noticed a great improvement in my skin when I gave up smoking. There are no secret potions though."

    Who is your beauty icon?

    "I have always liked interesting people. I trained originally as a ballet dancer so I have always admired the simple elegance of the ballerina, the refined features and serenity, and hair pulled back into a bun. I like a simple, clean look rather than elaborate beauty. Grace Kelly inspires me."

    Do you still dance to stay in shape?

    "No, I only dance when I go out. For exercise, I tend to like the outdoors. In Paris, I rent a bike in the street and cycle around, and in L.A. I live up in the hills so I go hiking a lot. I like to stay fit by being generally active."

    Can you eat whatever you like?

    "I do watch what I eat, but not for weight reasons. It will sound really pretentious, but when I am really busy I forget to eat. I feel like I am a little skinny right now because I have just finished a movie and have been flying lots. I try to avoid all processed foods, too."


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    Ep. 4: Preview

    Episode Synopsis: Will becomes tabloid fodder after a confrontation with a gossip columnist on New Year's Eve, which threatens to undermine his credibility on a current news investigation. Meanwhile, Don urges Maggie to set Jim up on a date with her roommate; Mac's boyfriend pitches a story about the government's inability to prosecute financial crimes; and Neal tries out his Bigfoot theory on anyone who will listen.

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    As they continue to hammer out a divorce settlement, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have released a joint statement asking for privacy as they work out a custody arrangement for their daughter, Suri.

    "We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri's best interests. We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other's commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other's roles as parents," read the statement from Holmes and Cruise's reps, Nanci Ryder and Amanda Lundberg respectively.

    No word on when the couple will reach an agreement, but sources close to both sides say that Cruise, 50, and Holmes, 33, will likely agree to an arrangement where Suri, 6, lives in New York with her mother and her father is given generous visitation rights.


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    After months of romance rumors, Kristin Wiig and The Strokes rocker Fabrizio Moretti stepped out as a couple this weekend when they attended the wedding of Wiig’s Bridesmaids costar Ellie Kemper.

    Dressed in a conservative blue dress, the Saturday Night Live alum, 39, held hands with 32-year-old Moretti as they entered the venue together.

    Moretti and Wiig weren’t the only familiar faces at Kemper’s wedding, held in New York on Saturday.

    The actress’ Office costar and pal Mindy Kaling was also in attendance.

    “Today a member of the only fictional band I’ve ever been in is getting married,” Kaling tweeted. “Not @edhelms or @bjnovak, the lovely Ellie Kemper. Xoxo.”

    Kemper wed former Conan writer Michael Koman; she announced their engagement on the late night show in December 2011.

    “My family likes him a lot,” she told Conan O’Brien at the time. “They’ve met him many times. My parents are very warm, welcoming people to begin with, but also, Michael’s a delight.”



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    There were fears that the very recent death of her grandmother would cause Rihanna to pull out of her headlining gig at the Wireless Festival today.
    But the singer managed to plaster a smile on her face and dazzle the crowds at the Hyde Park event on Sunday night, after flying in shortly after attending the funeral in New York.
    The singer, 24, closed her second festival in as many weeks, and didn't disappoint the waiting fans.

    Appearing onstage in a midriff-baring studded top, lacy 'granny pants' over stockings and peacock-patterned billowing sleeves, the singer gyrated and belted out all of her hits.

    She added a black leather cap with a python embellishment and chunky black boots.
    Rihanna's hair tumbled in curls down to her waist, after she added lengthy extensions.

    Rihanna was pictured leaving her London hotel a few hours earlier and was embraced by fans.
    She had flown in the day before, shortly after attending her grandmother Dolly's funeral in Brooklyn.
    On Friday, the singer was pictured heading to the service in Brooklyn looking visibly upset.

    On July 1 she revealed via Twitter that her beloved grandmother had died of cancer at a New York City hospital.
    Rihanna had been keeping her Twitter followers up to date with her emotions during the trying time, uploading a number of sweet pictures of her with her ailing relative.
    But ever the professional, she was back on form at Wireless on Sunday, and thrilled her adoring fans.

    Duet now!

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  • 07/09/12--17:11: "Vampire" Japanese Trailer

  • Shunji Iwai's "Vampire" stars Kevin Zegers, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Amanda Plummer, Trevor Morgan, Adelaide Clemens, Yû Aoi, Kristin Kreuk and Rachael Leigh Cook.

    The flick is scheduled to be released in Japan on September 25, 2012.

    ETA: Synopsis
    Vampire is not a horror film. It is about Simon, a quiet, sensitive biology teacher who uses online message boards to meet suicidal soulmates. He then tricks them into thinking they are joining together in a suicide pact, so that these women will cause their own demise and he can reap his reward —their blood. It is never clear if Simon's cravings are psychological or physical, and his blood drinking habits don't always agree with him. As a scientist he wants to save lives, starting with his dementia-inflicted mother, but his urges are unstoppable. Then Simon meets his dark mirror image, another young man with the same affliction who turns out to be a violent murderous beast.

    Acclaimed Japanese director Iwai Shunji (All About Lilly Chou-Chou) directs his first English language film in his signature meditative style, drenched in black humor, with flashes of surprisingly beautiful macabre imagery and a haunting piano score. Vampire isn’t just about Simon's unusual needs; it’s also a surreal and even humorous exploration of death.

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    It would take days to read Harry Styles’ little black book.

    But the One Direction star has been skimming past countless names to one special entry in the Cougars section — Caroline Flack.

    The singer has got back in touch with his former missus during his break from the band.

    He’s sent her a string of texts in the past two weeks in a bid to rekindle their relationship.

    A source said: “Harry has never quite got over what he had with Caroline. They had such fun together.

    “He sent her a few texts just to test the water as a lot has happened since they were together — particularly Harry being linked to a series of girls.

    “She’s also a touch wary because of the abuse she got last time for dating him.”

    Harry is certainly making the most of his well-deserved break from his band commitments.

    He’s been working his backside off over the past few months as 1D make their bid to crack America.

    Now he’s got a bit of a breather, Harry’s been busy house-hunting for a second London pad, in Primrose Hill, and going to parties with his mates from the area.

    He was also snapped leaving a nightclub with Made In Chelsea’s Caggie Dunlop last week, although they’re not dating.


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    Jon Snow has more problems than the king behind the wall.

    As first reported by the Game of Thrones Twitter account, series star Kit Harington has a broken ankle. And the injury will keep him from attending the HBO show's Friday Comic-Con panel.

    A network representative confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that Harington was not injured on set -- nor will his injury interfere with production -- but he does join co-star Lena Headey as the second major Game player to bow out of the San Diego trip on less than a week's notice.

    EW first reported Monday morning that Headey has a scheduling conflict, though second season addition and Downton Abbey alum Rose Leslie (Ygritte) has been added to the panel.

    Production is already underway for season three of the HBO series, with Belfast, Northern Ireland, remaining the hub. The network also recently announced that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will take the director's chair for the first time at some point during the next 10-episode run.

    Game of Thrones' Comic-Con panel -- which now features Leslie, Alfie Allen, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden -- takes place at 2:45 p.m. in Hall H.


    Bonus baby pic!

    I hope he heals quickly!

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    Comic-Con 2012: 'Cyborg 009' Coming to American Comics, Movie in Development
    Archaia Publishing will release an American adaptation of Japan's first super-team; Here's an exclusive first look on the art.

    Cyborg 009, the first superhero team created in Japan, is getting the English-language treatment, with Archaia Publishing teaming up with Ishimori Production Inc. to introduce American audiences to the property.

    Archaia will publish an all-new graphic novel while Ishimori, the company founded by Cyborg 009’s creator, the late Shotaro Ishinomori, will explore taking the property to the big-screen and a transmedia level.

    Writer-producer F.J. DeSanto and Bradley Cramp, the co-writer of Columbia’s hot sci-fi project Invertigo, are penning the book. Art duties will be handled by Canadian Marcus To (DC's Red Robin).

    DeSanto, who was a co-producer on the Frank Miller-directed adaptation of The Spirit, will act as a producer on the feature and other potential Ishimori projects.

    Archaia plans on unveiling the project and some art at Comic-Con. HeatVision has the exclusive first-look at the art for the project, right next to a classic shot.

    The creative team, along with Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy, have spent the last six months developing the new book by taking the important elements of the original manga and presenting a fresh and modern story that can appeal to a worldwide audience. The goal is to publish the graphic novel around Comic-Con 2013.

    Cyborg 009 follows a group of normal people of various backgrounds who are kidnapped by an evil organization named the Black Ghost, which experiments on them and turns them into cyborgs possessing extra-human abilities. Nine rebel against the institution and vow to bring it down.

    “With the world in love with superheroes and superhero movies, the timing is perfect for a re-introduction of Ishinomori’s creations,” said DeSanto. “The book was created during the Cold War and its themes of teamwork and global co-operation still resonate in today’s culture and climate. The book was clearly ahead of its time.”

    Ishinomori, considered the Stan Lee of Japan, created the manga back in 1963, the same year that saw the creation of X-Men and The Avengers in America. The Japanese comics ran throughout the 1960s and 1970s, were spun-off in several anime TV shows and movies, even a radio drama.

    And while Ishinomori passed away in 1998, Cyborg 009 is still going strong. Currently being published in Japan is the ongoing manga series Cyborg 009 Conclusion: God’s War, which is the final chapter of Ishimori’s original manga series and is based on original concepts and artwork that he created before his death.

    (The initial manga were translated by TokyoPop in the 2000’s but this will be the first time the property is being adapted specifically for a modern and English audience.)

    Ishinomori created dozens if not hundreds of characters, with the most popular one titles Kamen Rider (Masked Rider). Over the course of 41 years, more than a thousand episodes of Kamen Rider and 39 feature films have been produced. It is now the number one boys merchandise seller in Japan.


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    Sienna Miller is a brand-new mom!

    The 30-year-old Factory Girl star and fiancé Tom Sturridge welcomed a daughter, their first child together, in London over the weekend, E! News has confirmed.

    And we can exclusively reveal that the little girl's name is...



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    A batch of new images from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have hit today, but Warner Bros., MGM, and Entertainment Weekly have hit upon an unusual and (in this case) appropriate way to present them all at once. The images are stitched together to form one giant image “scroll” that shows several recognizable scenes from the first half of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel.

    That piece above is just part of the image, and those who know the novel will instantly recognize a couple of the scenes depicted. Nearly everyone will recognize the moment on the left, in which Bilbo (Martin Freeman) uses the sword Sting to light his way through an underground cavern inhabited by Gollum (Andy Serkis). The other images below show Wargs howling around goblin-lit fires meant to flush Bilbo and his company from trees on the far side of the Misty Mountains, and the first look at Gandalf (Ian McKellen) speaking with the man-bear Beorn (Mikael Persbrandt).

    One version of the full image is below.

    You can click this image to enlarge, but the one at EW has a zoom function featuring a lot more detail.


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    Empire Magazine has published a rather excellent interview with Christian Bale for Christopher Nolan’s hugely anticipated ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ In the interview Bale discusses his experience playing Bruce Wayne/Batman opposite Tom Hardy’s merciless, masked villain Bane, revealing that ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ was a much more physical film for him than the two previous installments in Nolan’s Dark Knight saga, “It’s the first time in Chris’ movies that we’ve had an adversary who’s physically superior. Previously it’s always been an intellectual battle and you know what’s going to happen if they meet and it gets to a fistfight….”Tom is phenomenal. He’s an extraordinary actor. If I was a director I would want Tom to be in my movies. He knows his shit. But it’s a funny distance that you have in these movies, literally, by being cocooned by a cowl. I don’t truly feel like I’ve worked with Gary [Oldman], even though we’ve done three movies together. I don’t really feel like I’ve worked with Gary because I’m here in this darkness every time. And likewise with Tom, we’re both behind these masks. He’s feeling that isolation as well. It’s a strange feeling. So we agreed after this we’d like to work with each other on something one day!

    ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is the third and final film in director Christopher Nolan’s much acclaimed Batman trilogy, following ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight.’ It sees Christian Bale returning to the dual role of Bruce Wayne and Batman alongside series regulars Commissioner Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman), Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), and Alfred (Michael Caine). Besides Tom Hardy’s villainous Bane, newcomers to Nolan’s Batman saga in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ include Anne Hathaway’s mysterious Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake, and Marion Cotillard’s Miranda Tate. In his interview with Empire, Bale provides some insight into his reaction when he was first told that Bane would be the main villain in ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’“I thought it was a great idea. The only time I’ve ever really familiarised myself with the graphic novels was previous to Batman Begins. For inspiration, for understanding what Chris [Nolan] was going for. After that I never picked one up again, because by then we had created our world, so I just referenced that one. So I wasn’t familiar with Bane, you know? I vaguely remembered just a crazy ‘roid-looking guy with a mask. But I just trust and have faith in Chris. Look, this is not going to be an impulsive decision of his, you know? I always kinda suspected he would do a third one. But it was never definite. And I hoped that he would think of it as a challenge, the fact that with most movies, by the time they get to a third one, it’s crap. So I knew he wasn’t gonna mess around with making a poor decision on who the bloody villain was. Then I just went and sat around at Chris’ house and astounded him with how slow a reader I am. I sat and read and he kept walking in going, “You’re kidding me! Still?” And I’m like, “Yeah. Still.” Then lunch… dinner… [laughs]. Then he came in and was like, “That actually took you seven hours”. [laughs]. And I understood at that point.”

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    A biopic of famed rock icon Janis Joplin is moving forward, and Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin has been tapped to helm. Deadline reports that Durkin will direct Joplin, a feature that looks back on the final six months of the 1960s singer’s life. The film will include cradle-to-grave elements, as we’ll see bits of Joplin’s early career through flashbacks. Tony-winner Nina Arianda has been tapped to tackle the lead in the $20 million pic, which is schedule to start production early next year.

    Arianda recently won the Best Actress Tony for her work in the play Venus In Fur, and has drawn considerable attention for her talent on the stage. Producer Peter Newman and his partners have been trying to get Joplin going for over a decade. Durkin is certainly an intriguing choice to take the helm, and his involvement makes this project one to keep an eye on. His drama Martha Marcy May Marlene took Sundance by storm last year, and he recently signed on to spearhead a TV series adaptation of The Exorcist. I’m sure we’ll hear more casting news concerning Joplin soon.

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    Don't believe the hype.

    Though reports have surfaced regarding the specifics of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' divorce settlement, which they reached on Monday, Holmes' attorney Jonathan Wolfe tells Us Weekly the rumors floating about -- including details about custody arrangements for six-year-old Suri -- aren't remotely true.

    "There are numerous inaccuracies in the reports regarding the purported contents of the agreement reached between he parties," Wolfe said in a statement Monday evening. "The agreement is confidential and its terms will not be disclosed."

    On Monday morning, the Rock of Ages star, 50, and his estranged wife of five years, 32, issued a joint statement through their respective reps -- assuring fans their true priority during their painful split is, and has always been, looking after their little girl.

    "We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter's best interests," the actors said. "We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other's commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other's roles as parents."


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    Kris Humphries' ex-girlfriend Myla Sinanaj just tweeted this photo, writing, "Loook No Babyy bump!" ... which raises several important questions:

    -- Is she pregnant, or isn't she?
    -- Did she have an abortion?
    -- Was she ever pregnant?
    -- Did Kris ask her to tweet (She wants back with him)?
    -- Why did she tell her lawyer, Joe Tacopina, she's pregnant?

    Myla added, "Yes I'm a thick curvy girl ... All natural I'm comfortable in my skin."

    So many questions ... so let's start with #1 ...

    So this was her three days ago. I'm not even sure what's going on at this point to be honest.

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