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i have no doubt that this will be better than the first one
She's got a full house already: a husband, two kids and four dogs, but LeAnn Rimes is ready to expand, when the time is right."We have a lot on our plates," says the singer of home life with Eddie Cibrian, 39, and his children Mason, 9, and Jake, 6, who live with the couple part-time. "But whenever I talk about kids, I'm like, 'Let's have one!' I have a lot of work to do now but I'm totally ready if it happens."
Timing aside, Rimes, 30, whose new album Spitfire is out June 4, is realistic about her dreams of being a mother.
"It took my mom 12 years to have me. I hope I don't have that [issue] but if I do, then a surrogate is something I've thought about," she says. "Eddie and I have also talked about adopting. My capacity to love a child doesn't stop at my own eggs, obviously!"Rimes and Cibrian married in 2011, two years after separating from their respective spouses following an explosive, and highly publicized, affair.
"I felt like my life was falling apart," she says. "But now I feel settled. I'm proud of our great family. Eddie is an amazing father and I love my stepsons." Still, Rimes says with a laugh, it would be nice to mix things up a bit when it comes time for a new arrival. "Testosterone is all around here so I need a little girl!"
Star Trek into Darkness may have just been released, but already rumors are starting for the next movie.
The latest rumor concerns a potential director.
L.A. Times Latino Review’s El Mayimbe posted the following via Twitter, “I guess y’all wanna know about who might be directing Star Trek 3 if it ever goes. Heard Joe Cornish but also heard he’s on a list of names.”
“I’m not saying Joe Cornish is the guy, but what I am saying is he is definitely one of numerous contenders.”
Cornish directed the UK’s The Adam and Joe Show, and his writing credits include The Adventures of Tintin.
Cornish photo courtesy of IMDB.
By the way, we have kinkmemes now!
Just last week it was reported that he'd spent the night with Made In Chelsea's Louise Thompson, but now One Direction's leading lothario Niall Horan's taken to Twitter to announce that he is in fact as single as a popular brand of savoury snacks.
Yup - despite all the rumours flying about linking him to the likes of Louise and Irish model Zoe Whelan lately, Nialler's kindly informed us that's he's still very much available and ready for us to marry as soon as possible. HOORAY.
Clearing up all the wicked whispering surrounding his lurve life, Niall tweeted: "no Im a single Pringle! And I ironically i like Pringles too." [sic]. Okay, so two things. 1) Niall Horan has just admitted he's single. 2) NIALL HORAN HAS JUST ADMITTED HE LIKES A FOOD STUFF. Well hold the phone, shut the front door and call us Louis Tomlinson.
And as if that wasn't amazing enough, ACTUAL PRINGLES tweeted Niall back, saying: "Hey Niall! Thanks for the love, but we have to ask... If you truly were a single pringle, what flavor would you be?" [sic]. We reckon he'd be a BBQ. 'Cause that boy's HOT STUFF.
This all comes after Nialler's dad Bobby pretty much confirmed his son's single status recently, telling The Diary: "If Niall had a girlfriend, I'd certainly know about it, and he's never said anything about a girlfriend. Niall is definitely single, and I hope he remains that way."
We kinda hope he doesn't remain that way to be honest, Bobz, 'cause we have major plans regarding him becoming our boyfriend/husband in the near future.
Lolling at people believing "single"=not doing this every night.
Beyonce was apparently left fuming when H&M tried to airbrush her curves for her bikini pictures.
The 31-year-old demanded that the fashion brand used the original images after seeing proofs of edited versions for herself modelling her High Summer range for the label.
A source told The Sun: "When Beyonce found out they had edited the way her body really looked, she hit the roof. She’s a true diva and was furious that she had been given such a snubbing. Her people refused to give the pictures the green light so H&M were forced to use the originals."
A spokesperson for H&M admitted to the newspaper that - despite said discussions - the final pictures used were "not doctored".
Beyonce insisted that the original unaltered images were used for the final published pictures.
This isn't the first time Beyonce has shown her fierce fury this week, kicking off at a fan who slapped her bum in Copenhagen.
The mum-of-one stopped mid-song to warn the over-zealous fan that she was about to have him "escorted out" after he slapped her bum as she strutted past him on stage.
Meanwhile, Bey is still ignoring rumours that she's pregnant with baby number two - despite husband Jay-Z denying the claims.
The singer was said to be set to announce the news at the BET Awards at the end of June, until Jay slammed the rumours, labelling them "not true".
Cause I got a cute face
And a booty so fat
For Wednesday, May 29, 2013:
TORONTO – Actor Patrick Stewart has proved that one does not need to be a captain of an enterprise to be seen as a hero.
During a Q&A at 2013 Comicpalooza in Texas last weekend, Stewart received a standing ovation after giving a passionate response about violence against women and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Stewart, widely known for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films as well as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series is a long-time advocate against domestic violence.
During a panel discussion at Comicpalooza, a fan asked Stewart if he could share one thing he was most proud of in his life that was not related to acting.
He spoke about the work he has done for campaigns to end domestic violence and, more recently, his work for “Combat Stress,” a charity in the U.K. offering residential treatment to former servicemen and women suffering from PTSD and other mental health illnesses.
“The people that could do most that could improve the situation of so many women and children are in fact men. It’s in our hands to stop violence against women.”
During his speech, Stewart said the work he does in campaigns [against?] violence against women is something that grew out of his own childhood experience—a part of his life that he has publicly spoken about before.
“I do what I do in my mother’s name because I couldn’t help her then. Now I can.”
In 2009, Stewart spoke about his personal experience on domestic violence for Amnesty International at the launch of Created Equal, a book on women’s rights.
Stewart said that last year he and his brother learned for the first time that his father, a World War II veteran, suffered from what was then called severe shell shock—now known as PTSD.
“In 1940, soldiers were told they were suffering from shellshock and were told to ‘pull themselves together, get out there and be a man,’” said Stewart. “Now we know what it is and we know how to deal with is.”
In the video, Stewart said his father was never treated for his illness and recalls a conversation he had with an expert on mental illnesses.
“All the conditions of your childhood that you describe to me are classic symptoms of veterans who were suffering from this series psychological and physical illness.”
Stewart said he now devotes his time to two separate causes.
“I work for refuge for my mother and work for combat stress for my father in equal measure.”
Just as the moderator of the panel was prepared to move to another question, Stewart stopped asked the fan, “My dear are you okay?”
The fan then spoke of her own struggle as a victim of abuse and “the shaming of the women” that she said she, and many other victims of domestic abuse in general, experience.
Stewart then said that as a child, he remembered doctors and ambulance men telling his mother that she must have “done something to provoke him [Stewart’s father].”
“Mrs. Stewart, it takes two to make an argument,” Stewart recalled.
“Wrong, wrong, my mother did nothing to provoke that,” said Stewart. “And even if she had, violence is never, ever a choice that man should make. Ever.”
According to Amnesty, at least one woman in every three has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
This is Sir Patrick Stewart having a slice at Smiling Pizza in Brooklyn. Guys. I have eaten at Smiling Pizza before. I have breathed air in a room that Patrick Stewart also breathed air in, albeit at a later date.
I’m feeling a little woozy here.
Side note: “first ever pizza ‘slice.’” Has he not eaten pizza before? Or has he just not gone out and gotten a slice before this? What’s going on?!
you know what we're thinking
This flawless British King....I wish there were more people like him.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the Peacock net is pursuing Elfman to replace the recently-exiled Parker Posey in the single-camera comedy, which is set to debut at midseason.
The series centers on a son (Eli Baker) who idolizes his blind father (J.K. Simmons) and enjoys his mom’s (Elfman) newfound adolescence after his folks divorce and, ultimately, grow closer.
Posey dropped out of the project shortly after it was ordered to series.
Up All Night‘s DJ Nash (who previously worked with Elfman on CBS’ Accidentally on Purpose) serves as an EP on the project alongside Jason Bateman and Jim Garavente. Friends‘ grad David Schwimmer directed the pilot.
Eight films will open in theaters in 3D in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Walt Disney Pictures has announced release dates for Disney and Pixar animated films through 2018. While the films still are untitled, all eight movies will be released in 3D in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The schedule primarily places the films in June and November over the three years, which are months that have led to successful releases for Pixar and Disney animated movies in the past.
When it comes to an early summer release, Brave hit theaters in June 2012 to become the 13th-highest-grossing film of the year, raking in $538.8 million to date. The year before, Cars 2 raced into theaters to earn $559.8 million globally to date. And in June 2010,Toy Story 3 hit theaters and went on to become the highest-grossing film of that year. Monsters University will hope to continue the box-office winning streak when it hits theaters June 21.
As for November releases, Wreck-It Ralph opened Nov. 2, 2012, and has gone on to gross $471.2 million worldwide. In 2010, Tangled became the eighth-highest-grossing film of the year after hitting theaters in November. Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen, starring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, will open in theaters Nov. 27, 2014.
The newly announced schedule is as follows:
UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION now dated on 3/4/16 wide in 3D
UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on 6/17/16 wide in 3D
UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION now dated on Wed 11/23/16 wide in 3D
UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on 6/16/17 wide in 3D
UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on Wed 11/22/17 wide in 3D
UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION now dated on 3/9/18 wide in 3D
UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION now dated on 6/15/18 wide in 3D
UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION now dated on Wed 11/21/18 wide in 3D
Coming up in the nearer future for Pixar is Monsters University, which hits theaters in June; The Good Dinosaur for release on May 30, 2014; Up helmer Pete Docter's follow-up Inside Out for June 19, 2015; and Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory for Nov. 25, 2015.
The one previously announced Pixar film still awaiting an official release date is the untitled film about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Walt Disney Animation Studios' Frozen hits theaters on Nov. 27, and Big Hero 6, Disney's first animated Marvel movie, is scheduled for November 2014.
If a movie deal won't put a smile on Grumpy Cat's face, we don't know what will.
The feline Internet sensation (real name: Tardar Sauce) is teaming up with Broken Road Productions to star in a feature film similar in nature to Garfield.
"Rare is an image that evokes that much comedy," said Todd Garner, Broken Road founder and producer, who will help bring Grumpy Cat to the big screen along with partner Sean Robins. "You read all of the memes and the comments, and one is funnier than the next. We think we can build a big family comedy around this character."
A movie marks another step into the limelight for the formerly Internet-only star, who in March began starring in a series of webisodes with Friskies – as well as a video interview with PEOPLE Pets.
Grumpy Cat's foray into film also comes hot on the heels of another cat's career achievement: fellow kitty celebrity Lil Bub's documentary, Lil Bub & Friendz, was named this year's Best Feature Film in the Tribeca Film Festival's online competition.
Author Royce Mathew takes credit for pirates transforming into living skeletons under the moonlight -- and says the studio fooled him during a lawsuit last decade.
Royce Mathew, a Florida-based author of supernatural adventure stories, is looking to shine the light on alleged pirating going on at The Walt Disney Company.
He's filed a copyright infringement lawsuit (read the complaint here) that alleges that his work was taken for the lucrative Pirates of the Caribbean films. To succeed in his goal of extracting billions of dollars for the claimed infringements, Mathew will not only have to pass the tough legal test of demonstrating that the movies were substantially similar to his own work, but also that he has brought a timely lawsuit that isn't barred by a previous settlement agreement he made with Disney.
This isn't, after all, the first time that Mathew has sued.
About a decade ago, after seeing the first film that starred Johnny Depp, Mathew began contacting various lawyers and took an advertisement out in Variety looking for someone to represent him. Without much success, Mathew filed a lawsuit against Disney in 2005 on his own behalf. Eventually, Mathew was able to retain an attorney, and during the initial case, Mathew and Disney are said to have engaged in the discovery process with each other.
Mathew says he provided evidence that his work was taken. In turn, Disney maintained thatPirates of the Caribbean was "independently created," which if true, meant that Mathew had no shot at prevailing on his copyright claim.
In particular, Mathew's new lawsuit says that Disney affirmatively represented that it had independently created "the unique supernatural elements in the POC Movie Franchise that involves pirates transforming and turning into living skeletons under the moonlight due to a hideous curse affecting them."
During the initial lawsuit, Disney published a book about the transformation of a theme park ride to a hit movie and credited theme park artist Marc Davis with some of the essential elements. Disney produced some of Davis' "never-before-published" theme park artwork in discovery.
Mathew says he relied upon this representation, as well as the depositions of others at Disney, in backing off from his copyright claims in 2007 and signing a release form.
Now, six years later, Mathew is again suing, saying that Disney "used false and fraudulent evidence to procure a settlement." As evidence for this, the plaintiff points to a book that was later published in 2009 that allegedly depicted the same scene from Davis' art, this time attributed to another artist named Collin Campbell. The published work also is said to be evidence that Disney had "altered and tampered" with the artwork for the purpose of creating the illusion that it had independently created the element of pirates transforming into living skeletons under the moonlight.
Whether or not that's true, Mathew figures to have to show that his own work was protectable expression -- rather than just an idea -- and that Disney created something substantially similar. But first, Mathew will probably have to convince a judge that his claims aren't barred by the statute of limitations and also that his claims aren't precluded by any release form he signed back in 2007.
On the latter point, his new attorney Michael Wolk anticipates such an obstacle, saying in the lawsuit that because the release agreement was "fraudulently procured," it necessitates rescission, and that "even if the Fraudulently Procured Release Agreement is not rescinded, then the Plaintiff still retains, and the Plaintiff is entitled to enforce, his independently viable copyright infringement claims against the Defendants based upon conduct taking place after May-June 2007."
He's suing Disney, Buena Vista, Jerry Bruckheimer and others involved in the film.
Disney has yet to comment.
Funko has revealed a ton of new Pop! vinyl figures to their Disney collection. These new additions to the line will be available starting June 27th and span classic Disney animation, Pixar, and live action films.
Now, can they please do Game of Thrones Series 3 which hopefully includes Sansa, Catelyn, Brienne, Melisandre, Davos, Stannis, and Gendry?
Fans of the long-running A Song of Ice and Fire series (those are the books that Game of Thrones is based on, if you didn’t know) were probably a little miffed when they heard that George R.R. Martin was working on a companion book called The World of Ice and Fire Encyclopedia instead of, you know, finishing the series. Well prepare to be more miffed (miffed-er?), because the release date has already been pushed back to 2014, and it’s now going to be a multi-volume “lushly illustrated retelling” of Westerosi history. Which, to be fair, sounds awesome, but we would have settled for an encyclopedia. Or The Winds of Winter. Whichever.
According to Martin’s publisher at HarperCollins UK, the fantasy author was expected to contribute about 50,000 words of material to the book alongside Westeros.org creators Linda Antonsson and Elio M. García. However, Martin reportedly ended up writing five times as much as he was supposed to, including some information not previously detailed in the books. They have since decided to shift the focus of the book away from its original encyclopedia format and commissioned more artwork for the final product, which accounts for the delay.
This isn’t the first time that George has extended a deadline because he’s written too much to fit in a single published work. The trilogy Martin originally planned in the early ’90s is now a seven-volume behemoth, and that number grows larger with every second that Martin writes. In fact, the reason that A Feast For Crows and A Dance with Dragons took so long to complete is because they were originally conceived of as one book, but the size of the original manuscript proved difficult for publishers to work with.
If this keeps up, George R.R. Martin is probably never going to stop writing. Like, ever. I’m a fan of the series and I’m not outright complaining, but… well, yes, I am. Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings, George! And by that I mean “pare down the amount of text you churn out,” not “heartlessly slaughter more of our favorite characters.” You do that already.
Jessica Biel in NYC
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Check out Miley Cyrus singing backup for Snoop Lion‘s music video for his new song “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks.”
“check out tha new #ashtraysandheartbreaks music video wit @mileycyrus n @diplo @MAJORLAZER rite here” Snoop tweeted earlier in the day
The video was released amidst rumors that Miley and her love of several years Liam Hemsworth have split – no official confirmation as of yet, so it is still unclear if the rumors are true or not.
WHAT DO YOU THINK of Snoop Lion and Miley Cyrus’ video???
she looks great, love the song!
Amanda Bynes's odd public behavior – and recent arrest – is worrying one of her old friends. While calling into Las Vegas radio's Mark and Mercedes show on Wednesday, Lance Bass spoke of Bynes, saying, "It's one of those situations where obviously there's some mental problems there and she's not able to see that. We all are [able to see it]." (The actress's attorney, who's representing her in a DUI case in Los Angeles, says there's nothing to worry about, though, telling PEOPLE recently, "I think Amanda's fine. I have no problems with her whatsoever. She's a fine client.") Bass produced Love Wrecked in 2005, in which Bynes starred. The movie led to their friendship.
And while Bass didn't indicate how long it's been since the two have spoken, time hasn't stopped him from worrying about the troubled starlet. "No one is able to get to her," he told the radio station. "I'm actually really scared for her, and I hope someone is able to get to her to give her the help she needs."
The Hangover Part III is an illegitimate movie — the kind of unplanned thing that's conceived when a studio balance sheet has unprotected sex with an available release date. The first two movies in the series felt like they were drenched in an off-brand body spray made of testosterone, smugness, and rage; this one is duller, more middle-aged, and feels strangely uninterested in itself. It revisits touchstones of the previous two movies — Vegas, drugs, bro banter, gay panic, Ken Jeong's penis — like a guy who thinks he can find something he lost by retracing his steps. (Strangely, that strategy, the main and effective plot mechanism of the first two movies, is abandoned this time out.) Along with seemingly every film opening right now, it is billed as the end of a trilogy1 — a word that should probably not be deployed for anything that doesn't involve hobbits, Batman, or the annual earned income of George Lucas.2 The label is particularly egregious in this case because, despite the WTF marketing designation "the Wolfpack Trilogy" (that's a thing?), the latest Hangover is exactly what most Part 3s are: a feature-length exploration of the interface of rising costs and (judging by the numbers) swiftly diminishing returns.
The Hangover Part III is also the worst possible showcase, at the worst possible moment, for its biggest rising star. If you are Bradley Cooper and you just broke through with your first Academy Award nomination, this is exactly the kind of movie you don't want as your follow-up — a paycheck gig (he reportedly received $15 million to make himself available for a hasty two-month shoot last fall) in a role that exhibits to a large yet pre-disappointed audience exactly the overfamiliar set of slick-douche characteristics they all just finished congratulating you for moving beyond. Cooper hits his marks in the movie with a kind of cooperative, businesslike … I don't know what to call it but polite efficiency. He's too much of a trouper to act like he's slumming, but he knows there's absolutely nothing in his third visit to this aviator-frames-and-suntan shell of a character to throw himself into (I was shocked to realize that, about an hour into the movie, I couldn't even remember the name of the guy he was playing).
And yet, it doesn't matter. Because in terms of career management, Cooper has, in the last year, emerged as one of the only youngish leading men outside the Affleck-Clooney-Damon-Ocean's orbit who knows exactly how to maximize his opportunities. The series of professional decisions Cooper has made since entering the Silver Linings Playbook phase of his career add up to a giant insurance policy: a plan to broaden his appeal, move forward as an actor, and stay so busy that he will never even have to hear the pitch for a movie with the words "Part IV" in the title. His current schedule is a perfect demonstration of how to use a single unexpectedly large success to trade up. To wit:
Box checked off: The reunion. Formerly titled American Bullshit, informally known as David O. Russell's Abscam project, a.k.a. the movie with a ridiculously great cast (Robert De Niro, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Louis C.K.!), this film alone ticks off several boxes in the post-Playbook playbook: It's an act of loyalty to the director and actress who helped him get to the big show, an implicit declaration of modesty (despite these ridiculously blue eyes, I am willing to submerge myself in an ensemble), and a willingness to go ugly (OK, maybe Cooper never gets all the way to ugly, but take a look at the perm and try not to wince).
Risk factor: It could suck. But if it does, Russell probably gets the blame.
The Untitled Cameron Crowe Project
Box checked off: The return to romantic comedy. Here's the strange thing about Cooper's breakthrough: At 38, he's a tiny bit old for it. That's not a deal-breaker — it certainly wasn't for Clooney — but it does mean he doesn't have an infinite amount of time until the phrase "middle-aged" starts to get thrown around. This is, therefore, the moment to bank another romantic-comedy drama — right before directors start to say that how old you look is "something we can take care of in post." Crowe's track record is uneven, and when he misses, he misses excruciatingly, but over the years, he's done nicely by Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Billy Crudup, and John Cusack. I know, Elizabethtown, but still: When he wants you to star in his movie, it is, on balance, a chance worth taking.
Risk factor: The movie's leading lady, Emma Stone, is 14 years younger. The fresher-faced your costar, the older you look (one of the reasons Jennifer Lawrence won her Silver Linings Oscar was because she managed to play older and make her 16-year gap with Cooper look less creepy-adjacent than it was). But since we have no idea what the plot of Crowe's movie is, this might not be an issue. Maybe Stone is playing Cooper's slightly older wife's daughter or something! (In the saner, Earth-2 version of Hollywood that will never exist.)
Box checked off: The passion project. The grim story of the late Navy SEAL Christopher Kyle will mark Cooper's debut as a hands-on producer, and will also pair him with Steven Spielberg (if you can't win the Best Actor Oscar, the next best thing is probably working with the guy who directed the guy who beat you). Plus, it's potentially great material that should shore up Cooper's appeal to men in exactly the same way the Crowe movie should work for women.
Risk factor: This is Cooper's baby, and by no definition an ensemble piece. He chose the project; if it doesn't work, he gets the black eye.
Box checked off: Unfinished business. Several years ago, when Cooper was still a well-liked journeyman whom network executives believed could carry a series, he starred as Anthony (renamed "Jack") Bourdain in Kitchen Confidential, a single-camera comedy about a talented, wired chef that ran for four episodes before Fox pulled it. And it was pretty good — an unexpectedly sharp, killed-too-soon showcase for Cooper's ability to play funny/sexy/fast-mouthed/angry/cokey (see also Limitless; or just catch up with the whole 13-episode run on Hulu). Now that you know who he is and actually care, he's gonna do it again, in a feature directed by August: Osage County's John Wells that should work beautifully as a performance showcase …
Risk factor:… unless it feels like a return to overfamiliar ground, especially since Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau are currently putting together a similar film.
Box checked off: Indie cred. Yes, technically, the Weinstein Company's Silver Linings Playbook was an indie, but when Harvey spends enough money to fund an entire Sundance dramatic-competition slate on For Your Consideration ads, it's hard to claim you're bucking the Hollywood system. Serena, which opens September 27, is different: It's a true outside-the-system indie, a drama set in the Depression, that has been in the can for a while now and will probably be seen by more people on VOD than in theaters. It costars Jennifer Lawrence (again, loyalty) and it's based on a much-admired novel. For a star on Cooper's ascendant track, doing a tiny movie like this says that his presence, by definition, can make something small into something bigger. It is, perversely, an assertion of stardom wrapped in a cloak of indifference to stardom.
Risk factor: Almost nonexistent. Movie stars don't get penalized for a tiny movie that doesn't work.
Jane Got a Gun
Box checked off: Dodged bullet. Sometimes the best decision a star can make is the one to walk away, as Cooper did from this Natalie Portman project, which is destined to be referred to as "troubled" for the rest of recorded history. From what I can make out, Cooper was committed to costar in the film for about four weeks in April. He would have replaced Jude Law, who replaced Joel Edgerton, who moved over to a different part when Michael Fassbender dropped out; four weeks later, when Cooper dropped out, he copped to the fact that he hadn't thought through his schedule, and offered generous praise for his replacement, Ewan McGregor.
There are many lessons here for a rising star: Don't say yes to everything you're offered in the heat of your Oscar moment; stay far away from movies that make you feel that you're one of a bunch of interchangeable names typed under the heading "blond, nice teeth, speaks English" on a casting director's list (a point I made here); treat every role with the kind of attention and prep time you gave to the best part you ever had; when you make a mistake, own it. Cooper aced this one; in movies, you sometimes regret the things you don't do, but not often.
Risk factor: Purely theoretical: If, on February 22, 2015, Cooper is at home watching McGregor collect an Oscar, then maybe he'll kick himself. Nobody else will remember.
The Elephant Man
Box checked off: The bird in the hand. Bernard Pomerance's 1979 play about the grotesquely deformed John Merrick has long been irresistible to good-looking guys who want to play grotesque without going the giant-prosthetic-head route (30 years ago, Mark Hamill and David Bowie took it on; 11 years ago, Billy Crudup did). Cooper, a stage-trained actor who has been on Broadway before, did a well-regarded production of the play opposite Patricia Clarkson at last summer's Williamstown Theater Festival. The moment he tells New York he wants to repeat the role, producers will come running.
Risk factor: Almost none. He'll get to give interviews about "returning to his roots," and will either receive a Tony nomination or fail to (and make the whole theater community love him when he's gracious about it). This whole win-win scenario is in his arsenal anytime he wants to put it into play.
The brilliant thing about setting all of this up so quickly is that, even if only, say, two of the six movies above really work, Cooper still comes out ahead, because male movie stars in their prime are almost always forgiven their bad calls as long as they make good ones with some regularity. That forgiveness will extend to The Hangover Part III, despite some inevitable "Hmmm, maybe he's not a star" chin-tugging in the wake of this weekend's disappointing box office.3 No such luck, Cooper haters. The guy has his game mapped into 2015. You will not escape him. And if he hasn't won you over yet, he has now used intelligent calculation and risk assessment to give himself every possible chance to do so.
The Daily SuperHero has acquired some photos, via email, of who was at first a mystery villain on the set of Captain America 2 earlier today. That mystery villain on set today is now confirmed to be the WInter Soldier.
Due to all the onlookers and cameras present, Marvel Studios had to stop this scene and it is being rumored to have been moved to an interior location in front of a green screen.
Without further delay, check out the photos of the Winter Soldier on the Cleveland set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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Nick Grimshaw has stated that only "incredible" pop acts should perform at Glastonbury.
The BBC Radio 1 DJ - who will take part in the broadcaster's coverage of the festival - dismissed the chances of Take That headlining the event after rumours of a future slot emerged in March.
"I don't think Take That should do it," he is quoted as saying in The Independent.
"I think Gary Barlow is really great at writing songs. I think he's good, I don't think I really want to see Howard Donald on the Pyramid Stage."
Beyoncé's headlining performance in 2011 was named as a "perfect example" of a pop artist succeeding at Glastonbury.
"People were a bit like, 'Should she be playing Glastonbury?' because she isn't a man with a guitar but she killed it," he added.
"I think Rihanna could play it. I think Rihanna would be great to see. She did Hackney and she was incredible."
Grimshaw also said that One Direction couldn't appear at the festival, but that Rita Ora's appointment should work.
He said: "I guess Rita's music sort of takes loads of stuff from music like dub and reggae and house music that would played at Glastonbury.
"I don't think One Direction's music sounds like the stuff that is historically supported by Glastonbury."
Sir Bruce Forsyth was the latest name to be added to the Glastonbury 2013 lineup.
Glastonbury 2013 will take place from June 28-30 at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
The BBC has announced plans for its most extensive ever coverage of Glastonbury, with 120 live performances being broadcast and six stages set up for live streaming.
The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons and Arctic Monkeys will headline Glastonbury 2013.
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