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LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 25, 2013) - India-based Reliance Entertainment has acquired as a film franchise starter the rights to Kristin Cashore's bestselling, award winning young adult fantasy trilogy Graceling in partnership with Kintop Pictures.
Producer Deepak Nayar (Paranoia, Bend It Like Beckham, Buena Vista Social Club) will oversee the project for Reliance and Kintop Pictures and will produce alongside Tabrez Noorani (Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi) of Tamasha Talkies and Leigh Ann Burton for Blu-Sky Media.
British screenwriter Piers Ashworth (Nostradamus, St Trinian's 1, 2 & 3) has signed on to write the script. Graceling is the first installment of a trilogy, which also includes The New York Times bestsellers Fire and Bitterblue. These New York Times bestselling books have won numerous awards, including the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, the SIBA Book Award/YA, Indies Choice Book Award Honor Book, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.
The first installment of the trilogy, Graceling published by Harcourt Children's Books, tells the story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful young woman who lives in a world where select people born with an extreme skill -- called a Grace -- are feared and exploited. Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. As the king's niece, she is forced to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace . . . and how to put it to good use.
Deepak Nayar stated: "We are very excited about a potential franchise with a strong and original female lead. Graceling offers an original storyline that we haven't seen before that combines elements of Hunger Games and Game of Thrones."
Reliance Entertainment and Kintop Pictures, as partners, are currently producing Vampire Academy.
Kristin Cashore is represented by Julie Kane-Ritsch of The Gotham Group and Faye Bender of the Faye Bender Literary Agency. Piers Ashworth is represented by Resolution. Graceling is represented by Julia Scott of Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham, LLP.
Are these books good?
We’re a full month away, but do you know what are you doing this Memorial Day? If two studios have their way, you’ll be spending a big chunk of it in a movie theater where a pair of highly anticipated sequels will be facing off. On May 24, the Warner Bros. comedy The Hangover Part III and the Universal action-adventure Fast & Furious 6 will premiere with hopes of drawing on their similarly young, male core demographic—while not stomping on each other’s toes in the process. “It’s as close to a coin-flip weekend as you’ll ever see in the summer season,” says Phil Contrino, VP/chief analyst of BoxOffice.com.“Eighteen-to 34-year-old males—that’s the bread and butter for both [franchises]. Those people will have to make a decision that weekend.” Past performances show the franchises to be extremely well matched: Fast Five opened with $86.2 million in April 2011, while The Hangover Part II opened with $85.9 million on Memorial Day weekend that same year.
Despite the direct competition, each studio professes confidence that its film is poised for holiday box office supremacy. Universal, emboldened by the success of Fast Five (which nabbed $209 million domestically), announced Fast & Furious 6‘s May 24 release before Warner Bros. declared Hangover III would hit the same day. But Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, rejects the idea that his studio moved onto someone else’s turf. “Who owns a date? It was my date,” the exec tells EW. “Everybody knew we were making Hangover III, and Hangover II opened on Memorial Day.”
The challenge now for both films’ distributors is getting young men and their dates in the door during those first three days. Universal kicked off Fast & Furious 6‘s advertising campaign with a crash-’n'-explosions-filled Super Bowl trailer, which generated massive social-media response. “We’re using the social footprints of our cast as a really important outlet for how we connect,” says Josh Goldstine, Universal’s president of marketing, who allowed stars like Vin Diesel (who has 40 million Facebook fans and counting) to post on-set photos during production.
Warner Bros. is also ramping up Hangover III‘s marketing campaign, selling it as a must-see conclusion to a hard-partying trilogy starring Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms. The film’s “It All Ends” posters are a tongue-in-cheek reference to Harry Potter‘s similarly conclusive campaign. In all likelihood, both movies will do well, so Hangover III director Todd Phillips isn’t losing sleep over his speedy competition. “That’s how it is every summer,” he says. “Every weekend is crazy.”
Right now, I think Fast & Furious 6 has the clear edge on opening weekend.(DAMN STRAIGHT.) Thanks to the positive reception (both critically and financially) of Fast Five, the street-racing franchise is on the upswing, and with eye-popping stunts like the explosive plane crash showcased in its trailer, Fast & Furious 6 has more must-see appeal on the big screen. I also helps that the series has played increasinlgly well with Latin and urban audiences.
The Hangover Part III, meanwhile, comes on the heels of a sequel that most saw as an uninspired retread of the original. Part II‘s $254.5 million domestic haul was impressive, but it trailed the original Hangover‘s gross ($277.3 million) by 8 percent. I’m thinking that declines will negatively affect Hangover once again, though if the film turns out to be good, it could easily achieve a higher multiplier than Fast & Furious 6 since comedies tend to hold very well in the summer.
Early box office prediction:
Fast & Furious 6– $110 million opening (May 24-27), $235 million total
The Hangover Part III– $85 million opening (May 24-27), $215 million total
And, just for fun, here are a few other notable box office showdowns to keep an eye on:
This is the End vs. Man of Steel (June 14)
No one is going to argue that This is the End has any chance of outgrossing Man of Steel, but both are shaping up to do major business this summer, thanks to unexpectedly glowing pre-release buzz. Right now, Man of Steel should open well above $100 million and soar past $300 million. Meanwhile, This is the End could play much like The Devil Wears Prada, which also opened against a Superman movie in 2006 and wound up with a $125 million domestic finish.
Monsters University vs. World War Z (June 21)
Until Paramount decides to finally unveil an actual ZOMBIE in their marketing campaign, I think Monsters U has the clear advantage thanks to always-lucrative family business.Monsters Inc. earned $255.9 million in 2001, and with the aid of nostalgia and sequel appeal, I think University has a clear shot at $260 million. World War Z, meanwhile, has been plagued with worrisome production stories.
The Heat vs. White House Down (June 28)
It’s boys with guns against girls with guns in late June. While White House Down seems like it’s arriving late to the party following the success of fellow White House thriller Olympus Has Fallen, which has earned $89.5 million and counting, The Heat stars the red hot Melissa McCarthy, who helped Identity Thief earn $132.7 million already this year, alongside reliable box office draw Sandra Bullock. I think both films could easily reach $100 million, but right now, I’m giving this one to The Heat.
The Lone Ranger vs. Despicable Me 2 (July 3)
Disney’s western, which stars Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp, cost a reported $250 million and just may be the biggest gamble of the summer. After all, the highest grossing western of the last 20 years, True Grit, earned only $171 million domestically. Universal’s animated sequel, meanwhile, will almost certainly surpass $200 million considering the original earned $251 million in 2010.
2 Guns vs. 300: Rise of an Empire (August 2)
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg make for a pretty appealing action pair, which may bring more business to 2 Guns than its derivative trailer suggests it deserves. Conventional wisdom suggests that 300: Rise of an Empire should be a sure bet — its predecessor basically invented the March blockbuster weekend with its $70.9 million bow — but the original is arrived six years ago, and the heat on the franchise has cooled considerably. It’s way too early to call, but if I had to guess right now, I think both of these miss $100 million.
the superior choice, obvs:
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Bringing back a show from the dead is no easy task. Especially when that show is Arrested Development. The highly revered cult comedy returns with 15 new episodes that will be released simultaneously on May 26 on Netflix, and it’s fair to say that a lot of care and thought (and more thought) went into them. Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and his writers did not structure the episodes like typical Arrested installments: In telling the tale of what has happened to the splintered family over the last seven years, each episode will focus on one of the nine main characters, with a few other Bluths making an appearance. The episodes are crafted to work as a whole — the first act of a larger saga that is designed to play out on the big-screen – and certain jokes and stories that are planted in one show bloom in another. “There’s never been a half-hour comedy with the level of complexity here,” says Troy Miller, who directed the episodes with Hurwitz. “The idea of how characters interrelate and the episodic arcs in A, B, C, D, and E story lines — it’s this crazy wormhole he’s created.” Several people in the Arrested family colorfully described their first visit to the writers’ room, but our favorite may come courtesy of David Cross.“You know the murder scene where they go to the psycho killer’s apartment and he’s got all this crazy s— mapped out? That’s what it looked like,” he says. “Post-it notes and index cards all across the three walls in this big conference room. Yarn stretching from one thing to another and pinned in one place, and then a sharp angular uptick to the Lucille character and down. And then there’s a different-colored yarn that intersects and weaves in. It took him 25 minutes to explain what I was looking at. And I still didn’t get everything. When you see that, of course it has to be a TV show. There’s no way else to do this.”
Michael Cera was more than familiar with the challenges of that room: He did double-duty by serving as a writer on the series as well. “There were, at one point, three pieces of different-colored yarn that all led to a card that had a question mark on it,” he says with a laugh. “I think everyone — including Mitch and Richie [Rosenstock] and Jim [Vallely], these incredible minds that were navigating this whole thing — felt confused many times. But it helped the process, which was reassuring for me and for some of the newer writers who felt way in over their heads. It comes with the territory of doing a really ambitious story like that.”
After Davey's father is killed in a hold-up, she and her mother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey is befriended by a young man who helps her find the strength to carry on and conquer her fears.
The Emmy-winning Homeland star filmed 'Desire' during December 2012 in Chile's Atacama Desert. Speaking at the US launch of the F-Type sports car at Paramount Studios, in November Lewis said: "When Jaguar approached me about the F-Type Desire film, I was really intrigued. I then got to read the script and decided it was definitely a project I wanted to be a part of.
"It promises to be an adventure. Jaguar cars have played some iconic roles in film for many years, and I'm looking forward to being the first to drive the F-TYPE in film".
Lewis plays a man who delivers cars for a living. He runs into trouble in the middle of the desert after a chance encounter with a mysterious woman played by Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight's Tale, How to Make It in America).
Spanish-born actor Jordi Molla (Colombiana, Bad Boys II) will also appear as a villain.
Smith's previous credits include Doctor Who episodes such as The Eleventh Hour - introducing Matt Smith and Karen Gillan to the series - music videos for The Streets, episodes of Skins and Little Dorrit, Chemical Brothers concert movie Don't Think and a commercial for Nike featuring Wayne Rooney.
The film is soundtracked by Lana Del Rey's 'Burning Desire'. Del Rey is also a brand ambassador for Jaguar, and the track featured on the Paradise Edition of her recently re-released debut album Born to Die.
(wtf @ "excuse me, british! coming through!", 7min in)
and one more pic from November:
Claire Danes bought a new house 7 blocks away from her old one
BUYER: Claire Danes
LOCATION: New York City, NY
SIZE: 3,166 square feet, 4-5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
On the very same day that Homeland actress Claire Danes sold her nearly 4000 square foot condo-loft in a re-purposed turn of the 19th century building in the heart of New York City's Soho 'hood for $5,850,650, she and her British actor hubby Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down, The Big C, Hannibal) shelled out $6,876,000 for a late 19th century four story Greek Revival-style townhouse eight or nine blocks north on a narrow, tree-shaded block in the south end of the fully gentrified West Village.
The townhouse seller was David Shaffer, an enormously respected and impressively accomplished psychiatrist who was married to and procreated with famously autocratic Vogue head honcho Anna Wintour in the 1980s and 1990s. Doctor Shaffer, much to his pocketbook's delight, no doubt, acquired the house, according to property records, in late 1999 for $1,700,000. It is Mister Shaffer who is responsible for all the books and artwork and interestingly placed rugs seen throughout the house in listing photos.
Morena Baccarin yesterday at the 34th College Television Awards Gala
The Homeland actress looked gorgeous in a coral dress with plunging neckline and pleated skirt at the gala event in L.A. on Apr. 25.
Mandy Patinkin reports for duty
Prospective jurors were astonished yesterday to see Saul Berenson of “Homeland” report for duty. Mandy Patinkin, who plays the cerebral CIA division chief and mentor to Claire Danes’ character, Carrie Mathison, on the Showtime series, showed up at the Centre Street courthouse. We’re told, “He was questioned as part of the group for a trial. But it was a little awkward because the lawyers asked him very personal questions, like where he lived, what he did for a living. He said he was an actor but didn’t say what show, but in the middle of the potential jurors being questioned, the judge said he was a ‘big fan.’ ” Patinkin didn’t get picked, which was probably a relief to every defendant coming up for trial.
‘Homeland’ season 3 direction hinted with David Marciano departure(RIP VIRGIL/CARRIE FRIENDSHIP!!! and lol@ this "article"..)
Homeland has revealed the news that David Marciano will be leaving the award winning series, and is slowly dropping hints at Homeland‘s season 3 direction. Where will Homeland season 3 be heading?
David Marciano who has been with Homeland since its pilot has been given his marching orders, after the popular character of Virgil will only be returning to Homeland on a guest-starring basis from now on according to a report with Deadline.com. Fans will not be seeing Marciano as often as they may hope, but it’s still unclear of what future role Marciano will play.
Marciano joins Diego Klattenhoff as the second regular to disappear off the roster aside from the characters who were killed off in season 2, with most notably David Harewood and Navid Negahban.
Deadline.com also commented on the direction of season 3 with rumours stating that Homeland season 3 could see Brody resurface in Venezuela after his last sighting seen crossing the border into Canada.(huh?? that would be insane, how would he get there??) However, this is purely speculation regarding the direction of Homeland season 3 but we can assume that the series will be taking a welcomed change.
Rupert Friend will reportedly step up to become one of the main Homeland characters as we reported as we can assume that he will be the man responsible for bringing Brody in. And with that, we can understand that Homeland is shrinking its cast to focus more on the characters that already exist, and to give room to introduce new characters to breathe new life into the show. This was definitely the case for 24 which was also fronted by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon. The Homeland executives may not be as ruthless as The Walking Dead, but Homeland does relish in the environment of not being afraid to spring a surprise on their fans.
BONUS! Jackson Pace (baby Brody) skating:
156 days until September 29!
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Carrie Underwood, Tennessee Lawmaker Spar Over 'Ag Gag' Bill
Carrie Underwood's tweets last week in opposition of the so-called "Ag Gag" bill did not go unnoticed in the Tennessee State Capitol. In fact, one lawmaker has publicly expressed annoyance at the singer's stance.
Both the House and Senate in Underwood's adopted home state have approved the Livestock Cruelty Prevention Act, which declares that anyone who photographs or films video of acts of animal cruelty must turn their unedited material in to police within 48 hours."What we need to do is make sure and recognize that if animals are being abused it needs to come to justice, and it needs to come to justice quickly," State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden), who sponsored the bill in the House, insists to Nashville's NBC affiliate, WSMV. "And that's the intention of this bill, bar none. No matter what anybody tells you."
But critics of the bill - including the country superstar - believe that it actually helps animal abusers get away with their crimes. The 48-hour deadline, they argue, is too short for a thorough investigation and might even prevent someone from turning in evidence, for fear of prosecution. Other arguments include the violation of First Amendment rights, along with risks the act may pose to food safety.
"Shame on TN lawmakers for passing the Ag Gag bill. If Gov. Bill Haslam signs this, he needs to expect me at his front door. Who's with me?" Underwood tweeted Thursday.
When asked about that tweet, Holt had stern words for the singer. "I would say that if Carrie Underwood will stick to singing, I'll stick to lawmaking," he quipped.
After seeing Holt on the WSMV news report, the 30-year-old animal activist took to Twitter again to voice her frustrations. "I should stick to singing? Wow...sorry, I'm just a tax paying citizen concerned for the safety of my family. #NoAgGag," Underwood posted.
The Livestock Cruelty Prevention Act is now in Governor Haslam's hands. The Republican has not made any public indications of whether or not he will sign it into law. Similar laws have already been passed in Iowa, Utah, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Montana and North Dakota.
Here in New York we have BUSTER'S LAW It was named after a cat that was doused in kerosene and lit on fire in 1997 in Schenectady.
Great news for "Vampire Diaries" fans -- next season on The CW, you'll be getting double the drama. The network has officially picked up "The Originals," lead by Joseph Morgan as Klaus, to go to series for the 2013-2014 season.
"As soon as we saw last night's episode of 'The Vampire Diaries,' we knew we wanted more of 'The Originals' - Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson have done a fantastic job with 'The Vampire Diaries,' which is as fast-paced and well-written as ever, and Julie has created an equally compelling world for 'The Originals,'" says CW President Mark Pedowitz.
This week's episode of "The Vampire Diaries" served as a planted spinoff backdoor pilot for "The Originals," as Klaus traveled out of the usual Mystic Falls setting to lusty, sultry New Orleans, where a group of long-oppressed witches are sowing the seeds of a supernatural revolution. In a polarizing moment, he was shocked to learn that, through a "loophole of nature," the werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is carrying his child.
Now, in order to protect his family and lay claim to the city he once founded, Klaus is infiltrating the hierarchy with the intention of overthrowing the "king" of the quarter, his old friend Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). He'll be joined by his long-suffering siblings, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt).
Daniella Pineda plays the vengeful witch Sophie, and Leah Pipes stars as the sole human series regular, the inquisitive Camille. Danielle Campbell did not star in the backdoor pilot, but will join the series as Marcel's favorite young witch, Davina, when it begins filming this summer.
Even with last nights plot twist I still will watch for King Elijah
Holy moly. Actor Jung Seok-won (Rooftop Prince and Haeundae Lovers) makes hearts race in his latest editorial for Esquire Korea by showing off his well-sculpted body (those abs! that back!). Unfortunately the 28 year old is taken – he recently announced his upcoming marriage to singer Baek Ji-young (who’s 9 years older than him!). In any case, all we can do is appreciate his good looks (and body) from afar.
Source: here and here
Hot Asian men appreciation post, Y/Y?
The CW has officially picked up freshman drama "Beauty and the Beast" and fan favorite "Hart of Dixie" to return to the network for the 2013-2014 season. They'll join the already announced "Supernatural,""Vampire Diaries," and "Arrow," as well as brand new "Vampire Diaries" spin-off "The Originals."
In a statement, CW President Mark Pedowitz said the network is "very excited to bring back 'Beauty And The Beast' and 'Hart of Dixie' for next season - both series continue to be creatively strong and compelling, and their fans are incredibly passionate."
As for "Nikita," a cult hit that is perpetually on the bubble, and "The Carrie Diaries," a wildly underrated "Sex and the City" prequel... don't freak out! The CW says that there are still plenty of decisions left to be made before their fall schedule is announced on May 16.
Comedian Kevin Hart took to the stage for a stand-up set, during which he joked about his recent Dui arrest, but the evening took a sombre turn when Samuel L. Jackson opened up about his own mother's battle with Alzheimer's prior to her death last year.
He told the audience, "I have the potential to be one of the people you're raising money for. It's a pretty devastating disease... but (those who have it) can also be very funny. I enjoyed her life and I'm glad I had her. You're all here and you're all going to be able to do something for a lot of people."
An email sent from Apatow to Rogen read, "If you don't donate, I will keep my money and spend it on private jets and Botox for my children. (Daughter) Maude has a wrinkle between her eyes I would like to smooth out, and Iris has some crow's feet that look terrible on 10 year olds."
Rogen joked, "He's had a lot to drink, so I just hope this is legally binding."
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Cory Monteith sure looks healthy and happy!
In these exclusive photos, the 32-year-old Glee star was seen on Friday out of rehab where he had checked in for substance addiction. A source tells E! News that he flew out of Antiqua and to New York City solo and later reunited with girlfriend Lea Michele in Los Angeles.
On Friday morning, the real-life loves were seen at LAX, checking in for a departing flight. Lea, 26, was spotted carrying her passport, so it looks like the duo might have been going on a vacation together.
A witness tells E! News both Lea and Cory seemed “very happy, smiling the entire time.” When security asked Cory how he was doing, he said “good.” Both Lea and Cory were “friendly” to those around them, says a witness, and appeared in great moods and excited to get out of town.
They certainly deserve a little R&R! We wish Cory and Lea both the very best.
Regine Chassagne, Win Butler, and baby make three!
Arcade Fire founders and front-people Win Butler and Régine Chassagne are the proud parents of a seven-pound baby boy. French-language paper Le Journal de Montréal reports that the singers' son entered the world on Sunday, April 21. Their source was Barry Mack, friend of the family and pastor of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Saint-Lambert, Quebec.
Butler met Chassagne shortly after moving from New England in 2000 to attend Montreal's McGill University. The pair began playing together under the Arcade Fire banner in 2001, and were wed in 2003. The band's debut album, Funeral, was released in 2004. On the titular song of 2010's The Suburbs, Butler sung of his desire to have a child while an idyllic vision of the West still exists:
"So can you understand why I want a daughter while I'm still young / I wanna hold her hand, show her some beauty before all this damage is done / But if it's too much to ask, if it's too much to ask, then send me a son."
Hopefully he can crank out a song about how great sons are before the kid is old enough to scour daddy's lyric booklets. Revisit the video for "The Suburbs" below, and if you see anyone who looks like they speak French, be sure to shout, "Un bébé pour Arcade Fire!"
"It was a mutual call," another insider says of their breakup. "They both needed their space. She has been very busy with her modeling work and traveling. He's got Star Trek and his other projects keeping him busy."
Pine -- whose exes include Olivia Munn and Audrina Patridge -- began romancing the South African stunner in the fall of 2011. Prior to dating the actor, Piek was linked to professional baseball player C.J. Wilson.
Now that they're both single, the exes are focusing on their careers. "It's hard for two people at their age and on their level," a source tells Us. "They'll both be just fine, though." E! News was the first to report the couple's split.
I broke up with my boyfriend last night, so this (in a sick and twisted way) made my day.
As she embarks on a small world tour, will Beyoncé finally reveal something of her real self?
A decade ago, Beyoncé Knowles looked like she was on the verge of becoming Generation Y’s Diana Ross. Blessed with lustrous manes, secure families, a taste for flashy fashion and innately haughty bearings, each spent a decade of their youths in incredibly successful girl groups.
Both played music that borrowed from the underground but simplified and heightened the narrative dramas to seduce the mainstream – in Ross’s case with Motown, in Knowles’s gilding, gritty r&b with pop sheen. Both stood, too, at the centre of their girl gangs and were accused of enjoying preferential treatment from their Svengali managers, Berry Gordy and Matthew Knowles (Beyoncé’s father).
Ross’s early solo hits, including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, created a high-water mark she spent the rest of her career trying to return to, just as Knowles’s debut album, which included the transcendent classic Crazy in Love, is still her bestselling.
No wonder, then, that when Knowles branched into film (in Dreamgirls, just as Ross had done in Lady Sings the Blues) it was to play a character who was Ross in all but name.
But as the younger diva is about to embark on her fourth solo tour, it is noticeable how much she tries to deviate from actually being a child of destiny. Whereas Ross was possessed of a doll-like frame within which raged the unbending ego of a giant, Knowles’s leonine physicality appears to disguise a less strident, more uncertain character.
From Mrs Carter to Sasha Fierce, from the respectable perfectionist afraid to let a bum note out at the US President’s inauguration to the potty-mouthed sensationalist behind the recent Bow Down, Knowles may be a force of nature on stage but underneath appears to be a work in progress.
Which is what makes her so compelling. There is no doubt her latest stage show will be as jaw-dropping as her Glastonbury turn two years ago, but who knows what facet of Knowles’s inner life will be hiding behind those sequins?
Martha Stewart: I Almost Signed Up for Match.com to Find a Boyfriend
Martha Stewart's professional life has never been better. But her personal life is another story. Having already mastered the art of homemaking, the once-divorced domestic diva is now looking for someone to share that home with. And she's game for anything -- even online dating!
In a new interview with TODAY show anchor Matt Lauer to promote her latest book, Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others, the 71-year-old media mogul confessed that she nearly signed up for Match.com to find a partner. "I had a longtime boyfriend," she explained. "That ended a couple years ago. And I haven't found the next Mr. Right."Thinking he might exist somewhere on the great wide web, Stewart started the process of signing up for the matchmaking site. But she didn't get very far.
"I started to laugh halfway down the page," she said of filling out the online application. "It was, like, impossible." Had she gone through with it, though, she told Lauer she wouldn't have used an alias. "I want to do my real thing," she insisted.
The businesswoman was previously married to Andrew Stewart -- with whom she has a daughter, Alexis Stewart, 47 -- from 1961 to 1987. After they split, she dated actor Sir Anthony Hopkins for a time, and then computer software exec Charles Simonyi. Neither turned out to be "the next Mr. Right," but Stewart isn't calling off the search just yet.
"I love dating!" she told Lauer.
Do tell ONTD. Have you ever tried online dating? If so horror stories? Good stories- I met my bf/gf/husband/wife...
The Hound is alive and well in the North. At least for now.
Rory McCann, known to fans of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, strolls into the parking lot of a popular climbers’ haunt in the heart of town. The large Scotsman looks every bit the rugged outdoorsman coming in from a Highland winter, dressed in layers of wool, goose down and tweed. Yet his demeanor warms when he smiles, explaining the morning’s adventure in his native Scottish brogue.
“My car won’t start. I had to park it back there on a hill so I can get it going on the roll,” he said. “I may need a push.”
Born and raised in Glasgow, McCann, 44, is home in the northern Scottish Highlands, even mooring his sailboat in a region known as Wester Ross — almost the identical name of the fictional continent, Westeros, at the center of HBO’s hit fantasy series. Yet beyond his size, a nomadic lifestyle and solitary tendencies, he doesn’t see many parallels with his fearsome character, long a fan favorite of the popular genre drama based on the writings of George R.R. Martin.
“The Hound is a tortured soul, bullied as a child and forced to be a bodyguard for someone he doesn’t like. I can’t say I relate, much,” he said and laughed. “Though it was meant to be. You know, my name McCann actually translates from ‘canis,’ or ‘canine.’ I am a hound.”
McCann’s path to bad-boy sworn shield is the stuff struggling actors envy. Broke and hitchhiking through Llanberis Pass, Wales, in 1987, he came across the “Willow” movie set and an extra casting call for two tall men to play drunks. At 6 feet, 6 inches, McCann got a spot.
"Unfortunately, I didn’t understand how serious the whole business was and I kept laughing during takes,” he said. “I was eventually chucked off the set.”
Still, McCann was inspired by the experience, and he sought an agent in Glasgow. But acting work was hard to come by for a then-untrained actor, and he spent the next several years working as a forester, tree surgeon, bouncer and even a painter on the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.
Finally, he got a call from Scott’s Porage Oats, which was looking for an actor to portray the man on its package in a series of television commercials. A dead ringer, McCann soon found local fame as the strapping Porage Oats man, strutting around wintry scenes in a kilt — and sometimes less — kept toasty by his porridge.
A few years later he landed his first real break, a role in the BAFTA-nominated Scottish comedy “The Book Group.” The show was the brainchild of American filmmaker Annie Griffin, whom McCann once took climbing. While in the mountains with Griffin he shared tales of his outdoor adventures, including the dramatic story of his near-fatal accident in 1990.
Climbing solo, he’d gotten stuck on an overhanging rock face in Yorkshire, holding on until his strength gave out. He dropped more than 70 feet, breaking both ankles, an arm, a wrist and fracturing his skull. With the help of a friend who saw the fall, he lived to tell the tale.
Months after their climb, Griffin sent him a script for the newly developed show, inviting him to play the part of Kenny McLeod, a former climber who became a paraplegic in a fall.
“Reading the script, I couldn’t believe it. Those were my stories, my experiences, my fall, but with an alternate outcome,” McCann said. “Of course I took the part.”
A self-described man’s man, he chooses to live a mostly lone, transient lifestyle, a choice that allows him to fully enjoy the stunning hills, glens and lochs of the region. He says one acting job can sustain him for a year or more as he moves between his sailboat and trailer, hiking, climbing and camping wherever the mood takes him.
“This place feeds my soul,” he said, leaning forward to look up at Buachaille Etive Mor, covered in a fresh coat of January snow. “I’m blessed.”
As for “Game of Thrones,” most of what happens in Season 3 remains shrouded in mystery. While his character is in one of many story threads slowly unspooling this season, McCann hints the Hound’s role is just getting going and will later include an action-packed fight scene that required daily practice for nearly three weeks.
“You’ll be seeing a lot more of the Hound, big time,” he said of the series, which airs the season’s fifth episode Sunday. “They’ve developed him a lot slower and made him a bit softer on the show than in the books, but I quite like how it’s all unfolding. There’s a good story now, and it definitely gets more exciting with big fights and a lot more horse riding. These are the Hound’s biggest scenes yet, and you’ll definitely get to know him a bit more.”
In a hint about a climactic flaming sword fight with Beric Dondarrion, he added: “Let’s just say I end up slightly singed. Not great. A big, angry, singed dog.”
McCann began reading Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series around the time of his audition, taking the first book into the woods where “you’re meant to read it, around a fire, at night, in the drizzle,” he said. “It’s a wonderful, magical, epic series, and I’m totally honored to be a part of it.”
He’s read as far as book four, “A Feast for Crows,” and suggests there will be several more surprises for fans.
“I see the show peeling away from the books,” he said. “I don’t think you really know who will go now or what will happen. There are whole new extra scenes that don’t exist in the books.”
One thing he readily acknowledges is there will continue to be suspense. “When [the cast] sat down to read the scripts this season we were on the edge of our seats,” he recalled. “Each episode ends with a cliffhanger, and after reading a couple of episodes they’d ask if we wanted a break. We would all say, ‘No, no, let’s keep going!’ It’s that intense.”
As for his part, McCann says he’s happy with the scope and development of his character, and he’s optimistic the Hound will hang around a little longer.
“I’ve got a feeling they’ll write additional scenes for the Hound in the next seasons,” he said. “Or at least the next season since you never know, people do have a way of disappearing on this show.”
Elton John and David Furnish say they apologized personally to Madonna for the harsh comments they made (as if it was only one time!) at a restaurant last year, even telling her they'd understand if she chose not to accept or decided not to speak to them. Madonna said "No, no, let's move on."
Shakira is here to tell Beyonce that she's not the only woman who can run the world, as not only has the Columbian star popped out a baby, but she's also starring on The Voice AND she's still managed to pick up three Billboard Latin Music Awards last night.
The Hips Don't Lie singer may have been smooching with her boyfriend Gerard Pique at a Spanish basketball match last night, but there was a party going on - and she should have been there!
Shakira managed to win Social Artist of the Year, Songs Female Artist of the Year as well as Latin Pop Songs Solo Artist of the Year, despite having faced stiff competition from Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, the late Jenni Rivera, and Enrique Iglesias.
Picking up Grammys is like second nature for Shakira, as she straddles both mainstream and Latin music.
Other stars who managed to pick up awards last night included Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias managed to pick up tour of the year, while Rihanna claimed Crossover Artist of the Year.
the Queen never stops!hopefully we'll get new music soon!
Fresh off her 2012 self-titled debut album and Owl City duet “Shine Your Way” from the soundtrack to The Croods, Yuna is giving us the gift of her bright and breezy pop once again in the form of her Sixth Street EP, due out on May 7. The five tracks on the digital-only release are wrapped in a certain kind of warmth — and there’s a reason for that! “All of the songs were written in my apartment where I’m most comfortable, and at that point I understood who I was and knew what I was feeling about life,” Yuna says of Sixth Street.
Today Idolator is premiering “Let Love Come Through” off the EP. Jazzy, smooth and with just the right infusion of summertime cool, the song kicks off with a rap by Kyle before Yuna’s soothing vocals and thick, retro synths take over.
Head below to hear Yuna & Kyle’s “Let Love Come Through,” as well as charming Sixth Street single “I Wanna Go” (produced by Mike Einziger from Incubus).
Love her. <3 That verse by Kyle is meh though.
He's a Los Angeles native, so he's more than used to the balmy temperatures and lack of rain in the city.
But it seems Leonardo DiCaprio isn't taking the LA sunshine for granted.
The 38-year-old actor was seen looking blissfully happy as he opened the window of his limo and soaked up the sunshine as he was driven along in Beverly Hills.
With a wide smile on his face, Leonardo closed his eyes as he was bathed in the warm sunlight, clearly keen to top up his tan in the process.
Getting the chance to spend some time appreciating his surroundings would have been a rare treat for the hard-working A-list actor after having spent most of the last 18 months shooting a trio of blockbuster movies.
DiCaprio announced he would be taking a 'long, long break' from acting in January, admitting he was completely 'worn out' after shooting three intense movies, Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street, back-to-back.
'I love to have friends over, but I haven't really been home for a year and a half so I don't even remember the last time I did that.
'I've just done three movies back-to-back, so I'm looking forward to getting back to my house.'
The Great Gatsby is due for release in the UK on 16th May.
He looks just like my grandma's dog, Big Time lmao