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- 06/19/13--16:02: Sakurai talks characters for Smash Bros 3DS/Wii-U
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- 06/19/13--16:28: Fifth Harmony filming the music video for Miss Movin' On
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- 06/19/13--17:21: Zachary Quinto being adorable introducing trailer
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- 06/19/13--17:55: Russell Brand confesses he hit on Mila Kunis.
Last week I was asked to attend the London premiere of Man of Steel, so after working on my forthcoming little thriller at Pinewood studios, I went over to Leicester Square to see the latest filmic take on the superhero.
Many things went through my head, both subjective and objective, or rather as a person on the inside of the film business and as an indiscriminate viewer of the film. I too have been in comic-book films—the Spider-Man trilogy directed by Sam Raimi. I mention the director because this distinction is now necessary in the wake of the new Spider-Man series that arose even before there was time to bury the corpse of the old one and enshroud it in the haze of nostalgia. Indeed there are still young children who approach me as fans of the original (boy, it seems weird to say that) series. I don’t have a huge emotional attachment to the Spider-Man franchise as a subject, my biggest sentimental ties are to the people I worked with on those films: Sam, Toby, Kirsten, the late and great Laura Ziskin, and the hundreds of others who worked with us. I don’t really feel much distress over its being remade, for many reasons, but what is interesting to me is that it has been remade so quickly—and the reasons why.
The answer is, of course, money. We are in the film business, and the studios are owned by large corporations who want to make money. And in this art form, where so much is spent and so much profit can be made, one criterion for success is inevitably the financial. And when movies become so big that they can make $200 million in one weekend like The Avengers did, everyone from studios to filmmakers are going to want to get in on making comic-book movies. And when great directors like Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan show that equally great characters can live within special-effects-laden films, then the comic-book genre becomes legitimized and great actors will follow. But the biggest reason, we cannot forget, is money. For all involved, it’s about being able to work with the biggest toys and the best people, because the product can support paying for them. And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you want to make a movie about a man who can fly and tear spaceships in half with his hands, then you need lots of money to make it look good. Otherwise you might as well keep the story in the comic books, where it costs much less to make superhuman feats look cool.
I was also at Leicester Square earlier this year for the premiere of my film Oz, when the red carpet was a yellow brick road, but the night I saw the new Superman, I arrived incognito: 1) because it wasn’t my film, and 2) because I don’t think Henry Cavill would have wanted to see me there. Not that we’re enemies. Years ago we worked on a film together called Tristan and Isolde. I played Tristan and he played my backstabbing sidekick. My hunch is that he didn’t like me very much. I don’t know this for certain, but I know that I wouldn’t have liked myself back then because I was a difficult young actor who took himself too seriously.
What Henry took seriously back then was Superman. He wanted to be Superman more than anything in the world. Personally, I’m not sure why. I missed the whole Superman-film phenomenon. I was more a fan of director Richard Donner’s Goonies and Lethal Weapon. I can understand the appeal the original Superman comics had for the WWII generation and its need for a hero to rid the world of evil, but in my days as a young man, this appeal was long outstripped by the cheesiness of the character’s suit and his douchey invincibility. But Henry was dying to do the Bryan Singer version of Superman that was being put together as we were shooting Tristan in Ireland and the Czech Republic in 2005. Henry was in the running but, in the end, he was passed over for Brandon Routh.
The night of the premiere I saw Henry from afar on the red carpet and knew this was the moment his whole life had been building toward. His dream had come true, and I was happy for him. It was the role he would have killed to do, with the right director (Zack Snyder: 300, Watchmen) and the right producer (Chris Nolan: The Dark Knight)—people who would keep the story and the characters focused, grounded by Chris’s regular team of David S. Goyer and Emma Thomas. If anything this was a project that must have made the people who made it very happy.
So, what did we watch? A great film. But what makes me say this? Is it the nerd revolution that has brought our public taste to the point where comic-book characters and video games are now cool? Are these huge comic-book films the way for the world at large to embrace the subjects of these forms that are traditionally relegated to the nerd niche? Yes, in a way. But in another way, we are just wowed by the money that brings them to fruition. Kids like comic-book-style heroes, teens like flashy action and sex, and therefore these films make money. Adults—the third audience—respect money. So these films are made. Again and again. And if Brandon Routh doesn’t work as Superman, or if Sam Raimi can’t agree on the villain for a fourth Spider-Man, they will just make new versions without them. Man of Steel is great because it delivers everything it should. It made Superman cool again. It delivered great action and interesting characters with a plot that was grounded enough to make us care a little.
In addition, to be fair, movies are fighting for their lives. With all the great television that is increasingly monopolizing good drama, and the video games that allow people to actively engage rather than sit back as passive viewers, movies need to offer something that these other forms can’t: big effects, 3D, and money, money, money.
But, in the end, why did I really walk away liking it? It wasn’t because of the film’s message. Maybe I sound naïve going to a film like this for a message, but images and themes are being thrown at me in 3D, so I want to know what I’m swallowing. One of the main reasons I liked it was because in this film, Superman’s Ssymbol stands for “hope” on the planet Krypton. Viewers discover that Superman is the symbol of hope for his dead race and simultaneously the symbol of hope for the human race. He hides his powers for the first 30 years of his life on Earth because his adopted father (Kevin Costner) believes that humans won’t be ready for him. In this way Superman is presented as a kind of Christ figure, given to Earth to save humanity. (A parallel that has been made many times before, I’m sure. Jesus Christ Superstar, anyone?) But sadly this Christ doesn’t teach any fishermen how to fish. He just does all the heavy lifting himself. If we are supposed to have hope in anything, it’s hope that Superman keeps fighting for good. If he doesn’t, we have no way of stopping him.
I guess that sounds a bit like the movie itself. We love these movies because they’re so big, and damn, they’re all that we have. They aren’t going away, so we just have to keep hoping that they are, at the very least, well made.
Everyone wants a glimpse of the latest celebrity baby and magazines are falling over themselves to shell out big bucks for the photo rights. While we wait to see when and where Kim and Kanye's baby girl will make her debut, here are some of the most high-profile price tags ever paid for exclusive first pics of the latest celeb offspring.
The Jolie-Pitt clan is on the list three times get money, fam!
Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt
Magazine: People and Hello!, 2008
Reported price: $11-14 million
Copies sold: 2.8 million
Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt
Magazine: People, June 2006
Reported price: $4.1 million
Copies sold: 2.2 million
Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt
Magazine: People, 2007
Reported price: $2 million
Levi Alves McConaughey
Parents: Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves
Magazine: OK!, August 2008
Reported price: $3 million
Max Liron Bratman
Parents: Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
Magazine: People, February 2008
Reported price: $1.5 million
Maddie Briann Aldridge
Parents: Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge
Magazine: OK!, July 2008
Reported price: $1 million
Sean Preston Federline
Parents: Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
Magazine: People, November 2005
Reported price: $500,000
BONUS!! The least expensive baby photo
Parents: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Magazine: Vanity Fair, October 2006
Reported price: $0 (yes, you read that correctly)
She is seriously perfect.
With over 600 different monsters in the Pokemon franchise, it is a wonder how Nintendo chooses which creatures become playable in the Super Smash Bros. series. Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai discussed this with NowGamer and gave us a look at the thought process behind how these decisions are made.
Sakurai explains that when choosing Pokemon for Super Smash Bros. games, the company analyzes such factors as which of them are currently in movies, what makes each one unique and more.
Below is what Masahiro said on the matter.
Well first of all, we talk with the Pokemon company. What’s the hot Pokemon? What Pokemon are in the movies right now? And really do a lot of research on that front.
For example, X and Y are coming out – of course, we haven’t done any market research because they’re not out yet, but we look at the animated series or movies and anything like that and again, find out which ones are going to be central to any of conversations in Pokemon going forward.
But it’s not just that – going back to just what we talked about, what’s unique about them? Where do they fit in with the rest of everything else? What do they have? It’s a combination of those things.
Sakurai also talked on the subject of bringing back all characters from the previous Smash installments. He states that there simply isn't enough time to recreate each character for the Wii U / 3DS games and that Nintendo will be putting as many fighters on the roster as possible.
I can answer that: no. We don’t have the time to fully recreate every single character who’s been in Smash Bros at this point.
Adding new characters is not a simple addition – it’s really multiplication. The amount of work, adding a character is multiplied and becomes bigger and bigger as you go. We can’t because of the amount of work it takes. However, I do believe I understand that each character has its own set of fans out there who really like that character.
So we’re not going to cut characters out of the way, we’re going to put in as many characters as we can, we really want to do that, because it's good for the fans and good for all of us. But in the event that we do have to cut some characters, I’d like to apologize in advance to those fans.
If any characters do get cut it will probably end up being Lucario, Ike, Wolf, Toon Link, R.O.B., and the Pokemon Trainer
Nicki Minaj, booty-clapper and occasional rapper, was recently called on to add a verse to Busta Rhymes‘ poetic new single “#Twerkit”. It wasn’t particularly good (not that the song was great to start with) but at least she has an excuse. In behind-the-scenes footage, the scheduled BET performer reveals that she only had one day to record her vocal – and shoot the video.
We see the tracksuit-clad femcee doing her thing in the studio before shooting the breeze with DJ Khaled. The pair reunite on set the following day, where Nicki shakes her biggest asset and models some of the largest gold chains ever captured on film. A highlight is the “I’m Out” diva’s conversation with “#Twerkit” producer Pharrell in the parking lot. They talk about “Big Booty Judys” and working together again.
Do you think Nicki should collaborate with Pharrell again or has this club banger left a bad taste in your mouth? Share your thoughts below.
Britney Spears was like an ATM in my world, because from the grunts in the field taking the shots to the editors and owners back in the office, everyone was making withdrawals in her name. Between 2007 (from the time shaved her head) to 2009 (when she was dating paparazzo Adnan Ghalib), the money being paid to us for photos of her in various states of duress (which, at that time, was practically every time she went outside) was astronomical.
One shot of Britney slowly spiraling into insanity, one video of her shaving her head, or, the just one clip of her going fucking umbrella-attack crazy, could be your mortgage payment for the next year or a new car.
Six months after Britney was committed to the hospital, a dozen paps were driving around in new BMWs, Jaguars, and a ton of SUVs, all fully -loaded with tinted windows and decked-out sound systems. Paparazzi were making so much loot from Brit it felt illegal because nothing that paid this much could be so fun.
You’ve heard of the dot com rush in the stock market? Well this was the Britney rush, and everyone was hoping it would never end. It was a game for us, a game we all played, but it had one unique twist, it was a game where everyone could win, because there was so much money being tossed around, everyone was getting rich.
They say you can't understand what it was like to be on Brit unless you were there — because she needed her own rule book. "Britney rules" meant anything could happen at any time, it was sheer madness. It wasn’t just bullshit bragging, either, it was an everyday reality for us.
She would go for a three hour drive at 2 a.m. in her white Mercedes convertible hitting 100 mph, laughing the whole way as ten pap cars would tail her, dangerously close at times. But if you lost her it was like watching money drive away. So you'd stay close, follower her lead, and if she went to six gas stations and three fast food joints, well, you went there too.
And Britney didn't follow driving rules the rest of the world followed. She would drive erratically down Sunset Blvd during rush-hour to do battle with civilians but she didn’t care. She'd stop at green lights, fixing her hair, changing the radio station, just waiting, waiting, waiting and you would wait too. You didn't want to hop out and try to blast off a shot, cause she’d see you and take off, leaving you on foot as the rest of the caravan barreled down Sunset. Then the light would flip to yellow, and you'd wonder what she was going to do, trying to get inside the head of someone who is insane, but before you could figure it out, the light would turn red, and she would slam on the gas and peel off, crashing through the intersection at Doheny, a smile filled with madness and mischief would cover her face, as nearly a dozen cars behind her tried to beat the same red light at her intersection. If one car going through a red light causes a honk, imagine what 10 cars going through the light sounds like? A symphony, I thought.
If people weren’t buying the magazines with her on the cover or watching the shows playing her videos, we wouldn’t be here. We’re here because you want us here, trust me, no one grows up wanting to take your trash away for a living, but somebody's got to do it. And somebody has got to get pictures for next week’s Us or In Style that you are going to buy.
One night one pap from Brazil named Bam Bam shot Britney exclusive as she came out of a bathroom of a Chevron gas station with toilet paper stuck to her shoe. At the time she was dating Adnan. Since Adnan was a pap, too, he'd always show us some of the photos he'd take of Brit when they were hooking up, like close up shots of her pussy. So Bam Bam's there and he gets her and Adnan holding hands, coming out of that bathroom, looking like they'd just fucked. Since he was there alone, he made more money on that shot then most people do their whole life, and that was a Monday night, not a bad way to start his week. But even if there were people there, you wouldn't want to fuck with Bam Bam. He got his nickname because one time he was shooting a Britney exclusive and two paps tried to jump him (aka steal his exclusive) and he knocks them both out each with one punch. Bam! Bam! So I never tried to jump Bam Bam's spot. Nobody did.
I've been reading celeb gossip since my mom got me an US Weekly subscription for Christmas when I was 10, and I still can't imagine living under such scrutiny. Then again, according to this article, I'm perpetuating that problem. Oop
Maddie is growing up fast -- and becoming quite the fashionista! Jamie Lynn Spears' daughter (and Britney Spears' niece) celebrated her 5th birthday on Wednesday, June 19.
Jamie Lynn, 22, shared a cute picture of Maddie on Instagram all dressed up for her special day. "Birthday girl!!!" she captioned the shot. "Picked out her bday outfit by herself! Dolce & Gabbana shoes Crewcuts. I'm in trouble," she joked.
In the picture, Maddie, who recently finished her first year of school, shows off her stylish ensemble of a gray cardigan, white T-shirt, tropical print shorts, a gold necklace and neon pink flats by J.Crew.
Later in the day, Jamie Lynn later shared a photo of her daughter at a hair salon, digging into a box of sweets on her lap.
Five years ago, Jamie Lynn welcomed Maddie with then-fiance Casey Aldridge when she was just 17 years old. The new parents called off their engagement in 2009, and ended things for good in 2010.
In March 2013, the former Nickelodeon actress announced her engagement to boyfriend of three years, Jamie Watson. She tweeted a picture of herself posing with her fiance and showing off her huge diamond ring, captioning the shot, "Guess what???" She also shared a close-up shot of the sparkler and added, "He did good."
she's super precious and I feel super old.
CLAIM: Kerry Washington & Tony Goldwyn of Scandal Getting Too Close Off Screen
“Scandal” co-stars Tony Goldwyn and Kerry Washington are getting too close for his wife Jane Musky’s liking, according to Star.
The tabloid claims that Musky’s jealousy goes beyond Goldwyn’s steamy on-screen scenes.
“Tony and Jane constantly argue about his close off-camera relationship with Kerry,” a so-called “spy” tells Star. “Jane has been to the set a few times and thought Kerry was too flirty with him in between takes.”
The mag’s source continues, “Tony constantly reassures her that nothing would ever happen with Kerry, but she will never be comfortable with it.”
Wow, Star’s attempt to create some real-life “Scandal” for the duo is so limp, the tabloid can’t even muster dubious examples of actual flirtation between Washington and Goldwyn, let alone the kind that would lead anyone to think something romantic was going on with them.
A source close to Washington tells Gossip Cop the report is “ridiculous.”
Maybe Star should leave the sexy fictional plots to the show’s writers.
What do you think ONTD? I know the article is claiming it false for lack of evidence, but the talk has been around for a while and it seems not the tabs are beginning to pick up. Just last month HuffPo, Us Weekly and the Daily Mail had articles alluding to something. Also apparently The View talked about it as well. It all seems pretty fishy to me, I'm a fan of the actors and the show and they do appear very close, especially in interviews. Plus where there's smoke there's fire.
Loving the new album
So happy my Queens are slaying (and bowing to that kiss in 1:12) and I love their outfits!
This post was brought you in part by Godmani's graciousness!
James Gandolfini -- who famously played Tony Soprano on "The Sopranos" -- reportedly died earlier today in Italy ... TMZ has learned.
Gandolfini is believed to have suffered a heart attack, this according to Deadline.com. He was 51.
Gandolfini was in Italy to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily -- and he was scheduled to participate in a festival event this weekend with Italian director Gabriele Muccino.
Gandolfini shot to fame playing a hitman in the 1993 hit "True Romance" ... and quickly became a Hollywood legend when he was cast as Tony Soprano in 1999.
He won 3 Emmy awards for the role during the show's 6 season run.
Gandolfini also appeared in a ton of huge movies including "Get Shorty,""The Mexican" and "Zero Dark Thirty."
Gandolfini is survived by his wife Deborah Lin, who gave birth to the couple's daughter in October 2012. He also has a teenage son from a previous marriage.
If Ellie Goulding never sold another record she could still put her feet up, light a fat cigar and feel very proud of what she has achieved.
Less than four years ago she was picking up the Brits Critics Choice gong as her single Starry Eyed went soaring up the charts.
Since then she has notched up a jaw-dropping ten million single sales– shifting a staggering three million albums on the way.
Impressive, and deserving of far more than the bit of glass and wood that I presented her with on Monday night – as impressive as it is.
The Lights singer celebrated with her record label Polydor and pals with champagne and cocktails at her pal EXAMPLE and LIAM GALLAGHER’s favourite restaurant, Red House, off the King’s Road in Chelsea.
After a few sherries, there was a discussion about how high a pile of ten million singles and three million albums would be if they were stacked up on top of each other.
About the same height as her pal CALVIN HARRIS – 1,700ft.
First post! :)
We've seen the pilots of The CW's new shows, and while they're not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions to what's coming in the fall and midseason.
This quick guide is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate. For now, here are our snap judgments of The CW's new shows for the 2013-2014 TV season.
There are five new scripted shows coming to The CW that were ready to preview, and all of them left us with questions. Mainly: Are any of these new shows worth watching? HuffPost TV staffers Maggie Furlong, Jaimie Etkin, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba, Laura Prudom and Leigh Weingus had plenty of varying opinions.
Here's how we broke them down:
Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more
DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance
Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing
Furlong: DVR It
This modern twist on a classic story of sex, betrayal and the price that comes with privilege is elevated by the delightful leading lady, Adelaide Kane. The best part: You'll know within five minutes if this is your thing or not.
Etkin: DVR It
I had no expectations of liking this show, but I really did. It offers that "Game of Thrones"-esque grandeur, but with typical teen drama thrown in for Mary and her friends, who reminded me of the "Pretty Little Liars." Plus, I'd tune in just to see the clothes and that motivation alone got me through four seasons of "Gossip Girl."
Harnick: Skip It
The period costumes mixed with Top 40 hits is jarring, but it feels right for The CW. I'm sure historians will have a field day hate-watching this.
Moaba: Skip it
They’re going for a “Game of Thrones” meets “Gossip Girl” thing, which could work for them, but I won’t be making it “Reign” anytime soon.
Prudom: Skip It
Maybe I've just been spoiled by lavish period dramas like "The Tudors," but I have absolutely no desire to see a spuriously "historical" version of "Gossip Girl" with interchangeable supporting female characters. The anachronistic dialogue and the fact that the costumes are more reminiscent of prom dresses than the clothing of the time is just the icing on top of one very silly cake.
Weingus: Watch It
Not only was it a breath of fresh air to have a drama not set in the future in the 2013-2014 lineup, but "Reign" really, well, reigned me in. There was a bunch of sex, teen angst and broken hearts. A recipe for success!
"The Tomorrow People"
Etkin: Skip It
Those who like seeing Stephen Amell shirtless on "Arrow" will enjoy seeing his younger cousin Robbie do the same (and on the same night to boot). But this show offers little else, except self-flagellation when it come to the show's title and the term "homosuperior."
Harnick: DVR It
"The Tomorrow People" started off strong and immediately had my attention … then the pilot dragged on. There are bumps here, but lots of potential.
Moaba: Skip it
Not worth watching today or tomorrow, people.
Prudom: DVR It
I suspect this will be upgraded to "Watch It" as the season progresses, since I'm a sucker for stories about genetic freaks with super powers in all their iterations. The pilot was a little slower than I'd like, but I'll give it a shot since it hails from Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec -- thankfully, the cast gels well together, Mark Pellegrino is a pitch-perfect bad guy, and the special effects are impressive.
Weingus: DVR It
"The Tomorrow People" people started off with a bang, and Robbie Amell stayed awesome throughout, but the pilot got progressively less interesting as it went on. There's a 50/50 chance that's a premonition for the entire series, but if you're willing to bet on it, go ahead and DVR it.
Furlong: Skip It
How and why did all these stars sign up for this? An interesting sci-fi plot for sure, but the dialog and execution could not be clunkier. This feels like a bad movie of the week, at best.
Etkin: Skip It
This is basically "After Earth," but with arguably hot young white people. There's a little bit of "Piranha 3DD" in there as well. I will leave it at that.
Harnick: Skip It
I see what you're trying to do here, CW, but this was rough. Not even April O'Neil from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret Of the Ooze" and Desmond from "Lost" can save this.
Moaba: Skip it
There's a post-apocalyptic “Hunger Games” vibe, but they forgot to cast their Katniss.
Prudom: DVR It
The concept is intriguing and the adult cast is great, but I care far more about them and the political machinations behind the scenes than I do about the exploits of the dumb central teenagers who do nothing but bitch at each other and make seriously illogical decisions throughout the first episode. Like the network's other high-concept pilots, the quality of the visual effects surprised me, but the writing needs to be much sharper now that we've got the set-up out of the way.
Weingus: Skip It
"The 100" was kind of "Avatar"-ish ... in a really bad way. It was melodramatic, over the top and I rolled my eyes a few times. Don't go there.
Furlong: Skip It
Aliens vs. Humans wasn't enough -- they had to throw a gypsy action sequence in too, just to make it even more ridiculous. I can't.
Etkin: Skip It
The fact that this show is trying to apply the "separate but equal" mentality that civil rights activists fought against to aliens and humans disturbs me ... especially when it plays out in a high school cafeteria where humans are offered a plethora of dining options and the alien species can only choose a flavored rice cake. On the plus side, Aimee Teegarden has become less annoying than she was in "Friday Night Lights" and "Prom."
Harnick: Skip It
Romeo & Juliet with tats and bad hair. I think the typical CW audience will dig it, but I am not the typical CW audience.
Prudom: DVR It
I expected to hate this completely, but despite the familiarity of the concept ("Roswell" meets "Romeo and Juliet" meets "District 9"), I was pleasantly surprised by the world-building, CGI backdrops and potential social commentary inherent in integrating aliens with judgmental human teens. I'm just hoping it doesn't go too "Beauty and the Beast" with its central "forbidden" romance.
Weingus: DVR It
As a huge "Friday Night Lights" fan, I was thrilled to see Aimee Teegarden back in action. I'm not usually crazy about alien storylines, but this one has some potential, especially in the romance department. Could we have a Julie Taylor and Matt Seracen 2.0 situation on our hands? I certainly hope so!
Ngl, I'm probably gonna watch most of these anyway. ( ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
Zachary Quinto being adorable introducing trailer to Break Up At A Wedding.
Camila isn't the only person encouraging racist language in Fifth Harmony.
The same tumblr post that Camila reblogged, Lauren Jauregui did as well. The post consisted of calling The Rock a "grown ass nigga".
Lauren also favorited this tweet.
Moreover, it is rumored that Dinah Jane Hansen uses the n word regularly with her family and friends. Many of her family members on social media use the term.
Furthermore, Fifth Harmony fans decided to deter the group's negative press by giving them more when #CamilaCabelloIsARealNigga trended for a short time last night.
Not surprising coming from a fandom that believes this:
cr: twitter + tumblr
these girls should release an official, heartfelt apology. This is getting ridiculous. Moreover, they should tell their fans to stop using this hurtful language.
mod note: this is about the other band members and not Camila saying racist things
After being teased with a TV adaptation of the popular comic Locke & Key that failed to materialize beyond a pilot, word has now come that Universal has picked it up to develop as a feature film.
Per THR's Heat Vision Blog, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Bobby Cohen will produce via their Universal-based K/O Paper Products banner. Ted Adams, the CEO and publisher of IDW Publishing, the company behind the comic, will also produce.
Written by Joe Hill and featuring astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them.... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...
Hollywood has been trying to adapt Locke & Key for several years now. Dimension had the screen rights initially, and when they lapsed in 2010, Kurtzman and Orci, the superstar writers whose work includes Star Trek, Transformers, and "Fringe," jumped in. The property then became a Fox TV series produced by DreamWorks TV and K/O Paper Products, but Fox ultimately passed on it. The producers tried to shop it around, but budgetary constraints were an issue. The hope now is that the feature film model will give the story the ample canvas it needs.
Executive VP of Production Jon Mone and Creative Executive Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal, while Ben Kim will handle development for K/O Paper Products.
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"There was a long period of time that I had to spend at home and try and get my shit back together," says re-energized singer.
"Stompa," Canadian singer/songwriter Serena Ryder's muscular pop-rock single and lead track from her forthcoming album "Harmony," spends its sixth consecutive week at No. 1 on Billboard's Triple A chart. It's a joyous song about the rapturous power of music -- its title is found in the onomatopoeic refrain: "Nothing is wrong if you move to the beat/Clappa your hands, stompa your feet" -- and has grown its audience thanks to showy placements on "Grey's Anatomy" and in a Cadillac SRX TV ad.
Despite being a fresh face to U.S. audiences, the 30-year-old Ryder was long ago pegged to be Canada's Next Big Thing: Her 2004 debut, "Unlikely Emergency," was produced by prolific Canadian artist Hawksley Workman, and after inking a deal with EMI Music Canada, Ryder won the 2008 Juno Award for best new artist. But her most successful U.S. single to date ("Stompa" has sold 61,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan) was preceded by a lengthy hiatus from the music scene that nearly became a permanent departure. After releasing sophomore album "Is It O.K." in Canada in 2008 and in the United States through Atlantic the following year, Ryder toured behind the album with minimal downtime for nearly three years, to a point where she felt "exhausted" and needed to get away from music altogether. With preshow panic attacks mounting, Ryder returned to Canada and spent weeks in bed.
"I went through a really intense bout of clinical depression after I finished touring for 'Is It O.K.,'" Ryder says. "There was a long period of time that I had to spend at home and try and get my shit back together, learn about myself and learn about what depression really is."
Blissfully free of any expectations -- "Is It O.K." has sold only 21,000 U.S. copies, and Ryder amicably parted ways with Atlantic following its promotional cycle -- Ryder slowly pieced together "Harmony" at her home in Toronto, gaining "a sense of freedom and comfort" by working in her own studio at her own pace. Co-produced by Jerrod Bettis, "Stompa" captures Ryder's attempt to overcome her depression and describe what music meant to her when she started playing guitar at 13. "It's the best medicine in the world," she says, "and I wrote the song to remind myself that."
After its release in Canada last November, "Harmony" will hit U.S. stores in September on Ryder's new U.S. home, Capitol. "Stompa" will continue to gain exposure through the Cadillac ad, which debuted the week of April 22, and after conquering triple A radio, the song will be crossed over to adult top 40 and eventually mainstream top 40 later this summer. According to Nielsen BDS, the song is up 22% in plays this week at adult top 40.
For many stateside pop fans, "Stompa" will be their first encounter with Ryder, but Capitol doesn't see that as a problem. "In some ways, she's a new and developing artist in the United States, but the great thing is that she's an incredibly accomplished musician and can stand in front of a lot of people," Capitol Music Group executive VP Greg Thompson says. "I mean, look at the fun. guys -- they had a whole career before they were fun. Sometimes that happens, and you have to embrace it."
As "Stompa" continues to grow at multiple formats, Ryder hopes to increase the numbers on her social platforms (20,000 Twitter followers, 26,000 Facebook likes) while continuing to pop up on TV (a "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" appearance has been slotted for July). Meanwhile, a proper U.S. tour is eyed for an August start, and despite the result of her last major run, Ryder couldn't be more enthusiastic.
"I love playing this record," she says. "I love performing these songs live ... this record's given me a great opportunity, and ["Stompa"] has given me an open door."
Has anyone else listened to her album Harmony?
Mods, sorry for the mixup-- this article is from June 7th.
He was married to one of the world’s hottest women and previously bragged about having sex with more than a dozen birds in one night. But Russell Brand still regrets missing out on adding another notch to his severely splintered bed post. The edgy comedian was filming with Mila Kunis when he tried to charm the gorgeous actress only to discover she was already dating someone. And the serial shagger - who debuted his new stand-up Messiah Complex world tour in London last night - was stunned when he found out the Hollywood stunner was seeing “the lad from Home Alone”.
He gushed about Mila: "She's so gorgeous, just so gorgeous and I was chatting her up and got the conversation around to have you got a boyfriend, and then you know that feeling of how long do I have to entertain a conversation? “Then I go away and she keeps talking about her boyfriend Mac, this is when I was on Sarah Marshall.” Russell - who hijacked a US chat show host and blasted the presenters for their bad manners this week - continued: “Eventually she said he's coming tomorrow and there was some sort of fanfare, she was so excited. "Then when he came it wasn't Mac - it was Macaulay Culkin. He'd got longer and looked pale and scared of himself, like a shaved horse. “There was a horror about him and I thought, ‘you can't f**k him – that’s the lad from Home Alone’."
There were serious concerns over Macauley's health when he was pictured looking painfully gaunt last year. The National Enquirer reported that the Home Alone actor had become addicted to heroin and the highly addictive painkiller oxycodone – dubbed hillbilly heroin. The US tabloid claimed a ‘close friend’ said that the frail actor was in a ‘downward spiral’ and spending nearly £4,000 a month on his drug habit. A spokesman for Macaulay issued a fierce denial over the claims: "The report is not only categorically without merit, but it is also impossibly and ridiculously fictitious. Mila ended her relationship with Macauley – who was once Hollywood's biggest child star, commanding £4million a film – after eight years together.