Articles on this Page
- 03/21/14--19:02: _Homeless Hottie™ Sh...
- 03/21/14--19:03: _Alfre Woodard to Pl...
- 03/21/14--19:03: _Former Billboard Ed...
- 03/21/14--19:03: _The Battle of the B...
- 03/21/14--19:12: _Boondocks back, McG...
- 03/21/14--19:46: _ABC pulls the plug ...
- 03/21/14--19:59: _Liam Neeson denies ...
- 03/21/14--20:00: _IT’S SOAP NEWS FRID...
- 03/23/14--06:02: _Glee Ruins Its Old ...
- 03/23/14--06:39: _'Vampire Diaries' S...
- 03/23/14--07:35: _Jem and the Hologra...
- 03/23/14--08:18: _We Made It! Jay Z &...
- 03/23/14--09:02: _‘Divergent’ Deliver...
- 03/23/14--09:34: _Taylor Swift visits...
- 03/23/14--10:18: _Future EGOT winner ...
- 03/23/14--10:19: _Celebrity Social Me...
- 03/23/14--10:19: _Uplifting Sunday po...
- 03/23/14--10:26: _Mr Jamie Dornan pos...
- 03/23/14--10:26: _'Game of Thrones': ...
- 03/23/14--10:38: _Gwyneth Paltrow: 'I...
- 03/21/14--19:03: Alfre Woodard to Play President in NBC's Katherine Heigl Drama
- 03/21/14--19:03: Former Billboard Editor, Bill Werde: "Gaga Needs a Break"
- 03/21/14--19:12: Boondocks back, McGruder out
- 03/21/14--19:59: Liam Neeson denies saving a dog in Central Park
- 03/21/14--20:00: IT’S SOAP NEWS FRIDAY!!!!!
- 03/23/14--06:39: 'Vampire Diaries' Stars and EPs Reveal Season 5 Secrets
- 03/23/14--08:18: We Made It! Jay Z & Jay Electronica
- 03/23/14--10:19: Celebrity Social Media Picture Post
- 03/23/14--10:19: Uplifting Sunday post provided by Andrew Garfield
- 03/23/14--10:26: 'Game of Thrones': What to expect from Arya and the Hound?
Shailene Woodley doesn't see much value in materialism.
In fact, after she wrapped production on Divergent last year, she decided to get rid of her belongings. The 22-year-old actress opened up about her decision on Thursdays Late Night With Seth Meyers.
"I cruised and I hung out with my friends and family. I got rid of everything I owned. I got rid of my cell phone, and I fit my life into a carry-on suitcase and I just couch surfed for two months. It was awesome," Woodley said of taking a break after seven straight years of work. "I explored so many couches that I didn't l know existed in my friends' homes. You know what's fun about that, though, is living in L.A, obviously, it's so spread out. I got to learn different areas that I didn't know about before."
Host Seth Meyers also admitted he was fascinated by the fact that Woodley makes her own toothpaste. "It's fun. I make it out of clay. You put some coconut oil in there, a few essential oils if you feel like it, maybe some herbs," she explained. "Here's the kicker, though: you don't spit it out, you swallow it. So you're getting your daily dose of medicine while you brush your teeth." Saturday Night Live's former head writer wasn't sold on the idea, telling Woodley, "The closest I've come to making toothpaste is when you have not enough in two different tubes so you squeeze the two together."
Meyers also asked Woodley why she ditched her Elie Saab Couture gown for a more casual look at the Divergent premiere afterparty in L.A. Tuesday. "I changed during the movie. My intention was to put jeans on, and then I got to the bathroom and started changing and I was like, 'These jeans are way too tight,' so I just put on my overalls and cruised," Woodley recalled. "You can have a food baby and no one can see it. You can hide things in the pockets and nobody knows. It's like a built-in backpack!"
(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)
She also swaps her gown for some jeans
Shailene Woodley has been on a sensational style run while promoting her highly-anticipated film, Divergent — in fact, it just might be one of the best promotional tours we’ve seen all year! The 22-year-old star continued to impress us as she hit the red carpet for the NYC premiere on March 20, clad in a sexy jumpsuit.
Shailene Woodley’s ‘Divergent’ Premiere Jumpsuit:
Shailene has found a way to let her individual sense of style come through while still rocking interesting looks that are both edgy and appropriate — and you can tell she loves her looks because her confidence shines right through. On this occasion, she selected a sleeveless jumpsuit from red carpet go-to Elie Saab. Her Pre-Fall 2013 ensemble featured a contoured waist and a very sexy sheer bodice that added a little edge to the outfit.
The star kept the look interesting by pairing it with a beautiful pair of gold-metallic Rupert Sanderson ‘Elba’ pumps and a tangerine lip which kept the outfit fun and youthful. It’s no surprise that I’m a sucker for a great pair of metallic pumps, and the combo of the shoe with the lip and the jumpsuit is a total win in my book.
Shailene Woodley Changes At After Party Into Jeans:
While I couldn’t get enough of her premiere perfect look, the star pulled a quick swap and traded her chic jumpsuit for jeans and a camouflage tee. Converse sneakers added to her casual style. I can’t blame the star for wanting to be comfortable, but she really didn’t pull off the chic-to-casual outfit change the same way Kristen Stewart can. I don’t know, it may be all because she wanted to be comfortable, but it is such a signature KStew move that I can’t get past it.
Personally, her red carpet look was so good it pains me to see her change out of it so soon.
ONTD have u see divergent yet?
The Oscar and Emmy nominee will co-star in "State of Affairs."Alfre Woodard has been tapped to play the leader of the free world in the network's drama pilot State of Affairs, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Described as Scandal meets The West Wing, the drama revolves around a maverick CIA officer (Katherine Heigl) who was plucked from the field to become the president's daily briefer, assuming responsibility for targeting America's most critical threats while navigating the unique lifestyle that comes with such a high-powered job.
Woodard will play President Roberta Payton, who hired Heigl's perfectionist Charleston "Charlie" Whitney Tucker -- her late son's ex-girlfriend -- to be her legal briefer.
The Following's Alexi Hawley will pen the script alongside Joe Carnahan. Hawley will exec produce alongside Heigl and her mother/manager Nancy Heigl, Bob Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Julia Franz and Rodney Faraon. Carnahan will direct the pilot, which hails from Universal Television, Bob Simonds Co. and Abishag Productions.
Woodard joins a cast that also includes Cliff Chamberlain (The Mob Doctor), who is set as Brett, a CIA analyst on the president's briefing team.
The actress joins a growing roster of African-American leads on pilots this season that includes Viola Davis, Romany Malco, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Jada Pinkett Smith, among others. Woodard joins high-ranking political characters portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Kate Burton (Scandal) and Sharon Stone (TNT's pilot Agent X), all of whom play the vice president.
Is Pop star Lady GaGa in need of a vacation?
Well, if former Billboard editor Bill Werde‘s opinion is to be taken as gospel, the answer to that question is simply…yes.
What the Pop tastemaker had to say about the ‘Fashion’ performer during a recent Twitter Q&A session?
When quizzed on his feelings towards the star’s latest attempt to revive interest her new album ‘ARTPOP‘, Werde declared:
Coming after she cut ties with long time manager Troy Carter and came under fire for a ‘vomit-stained’ set at this year’s ‘SXSW‘ festival, Bill’s remarks touched down hours before the release of her latest music video, shot to support new single ‘G.U.Y.’
His take on her single choices?
Do you agree?
Will G.U.Y smash? or will it flop?
Jennifer Lawrence may be at the center of the Hollywood spotlight, but that doesn't mean she's forgotten her roots. The social-media correspondent for Louisville sports, Nick Stover, tweeted a picture of the actress wearing Louisville Cardinals gear and holding up an "L" in a nod to her hometown team. He thanked Jennifer for her support, saying, "Thank you Jennifer Lawrence for motivating #Louisville to win tonight! #L1C4 #GoCards #CardNation."
She isn't the only star of The Hunger Games who's excited about the college tournament. Her costar Josh Hutcherson tweeted a very passionate declaration: "I LOVE MARCH MADNESS!!!!!" Josh didn't share who he's cheering for, but odds are he's probably not rooting for the same team as Jennifer. After all, last December Josh got the Mockingjay salute from thousands of fans at his hometown college, the University of Kentucky — a school some consider to be one of Louisville's rivals. Although, maybe he's cheering for his home state? In any case, whether you're a basketball fan or not, you can follow in Jennifer's fandom footsteps by taking a look at some March Madness eye candy!
I LOVE MARCH MADNESS!!!!!— Josh Hutcherson (@jhutch1992) March 21, 2014
Who are you rooting for during March Madness, ONTD? Go Kentucky Wildcats imo!!
Aaron McGruder, creator and executive producer of The Boondocks, has had no involvement with the upcoming fourth season of the cartoon, Adult Swim confirms, fueling suspicions that began on Facebook, where McGruder claimed The Boondocks page had been "hijacked."
According to a press release issued by Adult Swim, "this season was produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined."
In response to a request for comment, Aaron McGruder would only confirm that he has had no involvement with this season of the show.
After a four-year hiatus, the new season was announced on the official Boondocks Facebook page a week ago. It's set to return with new episodes on April 21.
McGruder immediately took to his new project's Black Jesus' Facebook page to state: "Just found out someone has hijacked THE BOONDOCKS Facebook page. This was done without my permission and I have absolutely no control over the content being posted as of Friday, March 14."
While it is unclear how and when the decision was reached, fans of the show are now left with more questions than answers. After McGruder claimed that The Boondocks page was "hijacked," some were left wondering who's responsible for the hijacking. Since McGruder took the feud to a public page, fans wonder if his inability to access the page was the first news he had that he wouldn't be involved with the show.
When exactly did McGruder part company with the cartoon he founded years ago, and what are the terms of his departure?
News of McGruder's departure, for some fans, must feel like buying tickets to a Public Enemy show only to find out that Chuck D is no longer with the group.
From the outset, the comic strip was brash and bold, seen through the eyes of young black radical Huey Freeman. The Boondocks pulled no punches when satirizing African-American culture and American politics. The strip was so controversial that after it was nationally syndicated, some newspapers decided to pull McGruder out of the cartoon section and instead ran it in the op-ed portion of the paper.
While both sides are being tight-lipped as to what exactly happened, it's clear that McGruder is no longer connected to the innovative television project that was created from his cartoon strip while he was in college at the University of Maryland. Of course, confirmation of that came only after The Root broke the news of the Facebook controversy on Thursday.
A follow up to yesterday's edition of White Nonsense.
The cable network decides not to move forward the recent pilot order amid third-party concerns about the depictions of Muslims in the one-hour project.
The recently ordered pilot came under fire from Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization CAIR after Buzzfeed reported Friday it had obtained a script (We Got A Copy Of The Script For “Alice In Arabia” And It’s Exactly What Critics Feared), and described the show as being "about an American teenage girl kidnapped by her extended royal Saudi Arabian family and forced to live with them."
“The current conversation surrounding our pilot was not what we had envisioned and is certainly not conducive to the creative process, so we’ve decided not to move forward with this project," an ABC Family spokesperson said in a statement.
When the pilot order was announced Monday, Alice in Arabia was described as a high-stakes drama about an American girl who was unknowingly kidnapped by members of her extended family, who are Saudi Arabian. The character was to be a virtual prisoner in her grandfather’s royal compound, but would find herself intrigued by her new surroundings and its people, who were to have surprisingly diverse views on the world and her situation. Alice would need to depend on her independent spirit and wit to find her way back home and survive life behind the veil.[source]
bye bitch, you shouldn't have even made it this far into production.
Liam Neeson has denied a story that he saved a stray dog from a group of teenage boys that were attacking it.
The Taken actor was apparently jogging in Central Park, New York, when he ‘charged down a path’ after a woman’s shouts that the boys were stoning the pup.
But a representative for the star told MailOnline on Friday that the story was 'not true.'
It was previously reported by ShowbizSpy.com how the Non Stop star ‘confronted three gangbanger wannabe types who were throwing rocks at a stray they’d cornered up against a trash bin’.
‘Liam yelled that they’d better stop or he’d knock the c*** out of them – but the punks just swaggered up and warned him to mind his own business.’
The insider added: ‘In a fury, he warned them to back off fast – or else!’
It wasn’t long before the boys dropped their stones and ran, due to the sight of a policeman who was approaching them, the website reported.
‘Liam just shook his head and approached the shivering dog, stroking it while the policeman assessed its injuries,’ the report went on, adding the officer ‘thanked the star and told him, “I’ll take it from here, sir!”’
Knots Landing Alum Donna Mills Dishes Her Hot New Gig on General Hospital!
It's been 21 years since Knots Landing went off the air but it's still paying off for Donna Mills. The actress who played Abby Ewing has joined General Hospital as Madeline Reeves.
"But, as far as we're concerned, she can stay as long as she wants," says GH head writer Ron Carlivati. "Knots is my favorite TV show ever and, growing up, I was obsessed with Donna. Still am! When I was envisioning Madeline — a glamorous, high-powered bitch on wheels — it suddenly came to me: 'Oh, my God, she's Abby Ewing!'"
The job brings Mills full circle. "I started out in daytime soaps, doing The Secret Storm and Love is a Many Splendored Thing in New York back in the '60s — and, boy, have things changed!" the actress says. "Soaps always moved fast, but not like this. GH is like a runaway train! They do nine episodes a week! On Knots we shot, oh, maybe 10 pages a day at most — and that was a really heavy day for us. On GH, they're shooting 150 a day. To tell you the truth, I'm kind of in shock."
Still, this new role came at the perfect time because Mills' only child, Chloe, recently went off to college. "Now I'm dealing with empty-nest syndrome," she says.
I didn't want to be anywhere but on a TV or film set and thought any actor who claimed otherwise was lying. But once I became a mom I was, like, 'Wow, this is what life is really about! This is the good part!' I have been consumed with motherhood."</b></i>
Carlivati says he's already planned a second arc involving Mills "but we're waiting to see how she feels about staying until we commit to it. The story possibilities seem endless." Madeline is the mom of never-seen coma victim Nina Clay. She believes Silas administered the drugs that put Nina into that coma 20 years ago, and so does her son Nathan West.
"There are so many great twists and turns to this story," says Mills. "As I read the scripts, I keep going, 'Really? Really?' Madeline believes Silas married Nina for her money and family name.""Her husband died and left her and her son absolutely nothing. All the money went to Nina. So now it's Madeline's mission to get Silas to give up that inheritance."
Then again, is Dad really dead? After all, this is GH where fatalities are rarely a permanent thing. "You never know what might happen," teases Carlivati. "Madeline's husband might come walking through the door one day, played by William Devane!"
Seyfried admits she's fallen for her colleagues in the past. "I met my first boyfriend on a soap opera," she says of ALL MY CHILDREN's Micah Alberti.
"We kissed for the first time on the show. It was like a fairy tale. When you're young, it's hard not to get together with your co-star. It's not always the greatest idea, but the experience of making a television show or a movie is so intimate and romantic."
Here’s today’s question: Is social media turning some soap fans into haters? Or were they angry all along and now just have a wider forum?
When I got my job at Soap Opera Digest in 1992, I was shocked by how many letters the magazine got every day from fans. Each editor was assigned a show that they covered, watched faithfully, and read all fan mail for so they could summarize it in the mail report. That’s right – we had a weekly MAIL REPORT that tallied how many letters came in for each show, character, couple.
My show was General Hospital, so I would read all the GH mail. Fans wrote long, thoughtful letters about what they liked and didn’t like, who they wanted to see on our cover, etc. Of course there was the occasional person who thought the action was real (“Tell Felicia that Ryan is stalking her!”) but for the most part these were intelligent missives from people who cared about their shows.
Where are all those people today? Yes, I see many well-written, positive comments on Twitter about each show but I see far more negative ones. And what’s with this “I’m never going to watch my show again if _______________ happens”? Those letters were few and far between back in the day.
Recently, a number of high-profile actors left Y&R. Michelle Stafford, Michael Muhney and Billy Miller all had strong fan followings that are upset they are gone. (Never mind the upcoming exit of Liz Hendrickson and the incalculable loss of Jeanne Cooper.) I saw many threats of “I’m never watching again!” all over Twitter, yet the most recent ratings report for March 3-7 shows Y&R up 478,000 total viewers from this time last year – when all of those actors were on screen. (For a complete ratings report click here: http://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2014/03/ratings-all-soaps-up-in-total-viewers-5)
Were those just empty threats? Or was that 11 people in a garage creating 1000 Twitter handles to try and be heard?
Look at Kimberly McCullough’s return to GH as Robin. All parties were very clear that it was a short-term return (McCullough, who literally grew up on GH, prefers to direct now) yet some fans were outraged by her recent departure. I saw lots of negative tweets including the chronically overused “I’m never watching GH again!” Some even said Robin’s exit to cure Jason made no sense and they wish Robin had never returned. Really? GH talked Kimberly into a short-term return to wrap up a bunch of loose ends and launch new storyline for the characters in Robin’s life and you’re mad?
This is a character who had a childhood friend from the planet Lumina… put baby Emma in a tree during a blizzard while suffering from post-partum depression… and most implausibly has lived with HIV since 1995 without taking any visible medication or suffering any symptoms. Is it really so farfetched to think that Robin – A DOCTOR – would leave town to try and bring her best friend out of a coma?
Here’s the thing: If we’re lucky, our soaps never end. The stories go on and on with a million twists and turns based on who is on-screen at the time. Robin is gone for now, but there are lots of other great stories being told to keep us tuned in until Patrick moves on, or Robin returns again (with Kimberly back in the role or a recast).
It’s perfectly fine to tell Y&R you miss Phyllis, Adam, and the old Billy, or tweet to the GH honchos “I miss Robin!” But it’s another to say you’re tuning out until they return.
Because the one thing I can promise you is that if your show stops airing, your faves will never come back.
Zachary Garred has joined the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL. He will play as free spirit Levi, who crosses paths with Maxie Jones when Kirsten Storms returns from maternity leave.
Garred's credits include FOREIGN EXCHANGE, OUT OF THE BLUE, ALL SAINTSS and Australian soap HOME AND AWAY.
On Tuesday afternoon, Storms asked her Twitter followers to follow Garred: "Tweeters! Follow our new #GH homie @ZJGarred! (He's pretty funny)"
Garred's first air date is scheduled for April 3.
Jill Larson (Opal, ALL MY CHILDREN) is returning to soaps for a two-day stint on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS beginning Monday, April 14. The actress will play Connie, a stage manager who'll try to keep things running smoothly during Chelsea's fashion show. The gig reunites her with Pine Valley pals Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R; Annie, AMC) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R; Frankie, AMC).
"Connie's in the middle of all the action," Larson tells Soaps In Depth. "It's a real fun role and when it came along, I said, 'Oh, yeah!' I'm in touch with [Y&R headwriter] Jean Passanante via E-mail, so maybe that's what triggered the idea."
Larson's getting buzz not only for her upcoming Y&R gig, but also for her appearance in the short film First Kiss, which was directed by Tatia Pilieva. Larson was one of 20 artists cast in the indie project, which captures a series of first kisses among strangers.
"I met a man who was working for the clothing company [providing outfits for the film]," Larson recalls. "We got to talking, and I kept looking around wondering who did they call in for me to kiss? Then, I realized it was him! It was very sweet."
First Kiss has gone viral on the Web. Why? Larson believes it's because the film touches on the universal themes, fears and joys that are related to locking lips. "Sometimes when you kiss someone for the first time, you think, 'Do I like this person?''Should I get out now?''Are we going upstairs?''Do I like him?''Does he like me?''What are our children going to look like?'" she muses. "The film resonates with people because of its tenderness. It expresses things that we all feel, but don't have the courage to say anymore."
Matthew Atkinson has joined the cast of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in the recurring role of Austin. He will first air on April 17.
Atkinson's first scenes will be with Steve Burton (Dylan) and Jessica Collins (Avery), where he will play a cameraman working with Avery on her new venture.
He has been seen in CSI, DROP DEAD DIVA and ONE TREE HILL. Atkinson also appeared in the Academy Award winning feature film The Blind Side. His stage credits include "You Can’t Take It With You,""And Then They Came For Me,""Who Am I This Time?,""Hard Candy" and "Happily Never After."
Katherine Kelly Lang competed in the sold out Abu Dhabi International Triathlon on March 15, 2014, and conquered the short course of a 1.5km /.93 mile swim, 100km / 62 mile bike and 10k / 6.2 mile run, in a highly commendable 5 hours, 28 minutes and 16 seconds.
Lang, who plays Brooke Logan in THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, brought even more glamour to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, in the run up to Arabia’s largest triathlon event.
Lang spent an action packed week in Abu Dhabi taking in its wealth of attractions before filming B&B episodes in some of the area’s most glamorous and picturesque locations.
The show's fans should keep a look out for Abu Dhabi’s magnificent Corniche Beach and Yas Marina Circuit, both Abu Dhabi International Triathlon course locations, as well as the breathtaking Emirates Palace, which will all feature in a number of B&B episodes.
And Lang was full of praise for the destination which US magazine HauteLiving named ‘The Jewel of The Middle East.’
“I’ve had a truly magical week in Abu Dhabi, taking in gorgeous Arabian sights and the warmth of the locals who all helped make my trip so memorable,” said Lang.
As soon as Lang arrived in Abu Dhabi she was introduced to the Arab world’s leading Kaftan designer, Dhabya Al Romaithi, and was taken to her sister Mariam’s renowned fashion store McQueen Boutique. During her visit, Lang – who has her own range of Kaftans – noted her ambition to open up a store in Abu Dhabi.
“I have my own range of Kaftans, which is influenced by the Middle East, and so the trip really sparked my creative juices and gave me inspiration and vision for my next collection,” said Lang.
Lang – a keen horsewoman – also visited renowned Bedouin horse whisperer Ali Al Ameri, marveling at his equestrian.
“My visit to Ali Al Ameri’s ranch was one of my favorite trips while in Abu Dhabi,” said Lang. “Ali’s skills are incredible, they really have to be seen to be believed, it’s no wonder he’s built up such an established global following. I came to Abu Dhabi not only to compete in and train for the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, but also to get a feel for the traditional culture and magic of the region. In my first day I managed to tick a whole list of experiences off my to-do-list; camel riding, dune bashing and feasting on a traditional Bedouin meal while listening to live Arabic music. It was the perfect trip to start off my week in the UAE capital.”
At the Abu Dhabi international Triathlon, Lang grew her already global fan base attracting the attention of the world’s triathlon press who were impressed by her commendable short course finish.
The talented actress and amateur triathlete also caught the eye of this year's new elite long course champion, Tyler Butterfield from Bermuda, who admitted to being a BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL fan, and who was there to congratulate Lang as she crossed the finish line.
“Competing in this event has kicked off my triathlon season and inspired me ahead of IRONMAN 70.3 California Oceanside on October 11, IRONMAN 70.3 in Italy on June 1 and – my ultimate end goal – IRONMAN Hawaii on the October 11, 2015,” said Lang.
This year marked the fifth anniversary of the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon and the first year that the event completely sold out. A line up of 2,400 triathletes from 68 countries converged on Abu Dhabi Corniche last weekend, making it one of the world’s 20 must-do triathlons.
Watch footage of Katherine Kelly Lang's week in Abu Dhabi, taking in the sights of the UAE capital and competing in the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon below:
He's got a need for speed. Emmy award-winning actor Eric Braeden — a.k.a Victor Newman on CBS's The Young and the Restless — is joining Oscar winner Adrien Brody, Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan, Olympic sprinter Carmelita Jeter, sci-fi goddess Tricia Helfer and a slew of other cool stars in the 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity Race. The wildly popular annual event, set for April 12 in Long Beach, California, will benefit "Racing for Kids," a fundraising program that supports children's hospitals throughout the U.S. TV Guide Magazine spoke with the irrepressible Braeden about this fast-and-furious adventure and what he really thinks about everyone in Genoa City being so damn mad at The Mustache. Buckle up!
TV Guide Magazine: Some might think you're kinda crazy to get into a high-speed race. Are you?
Braeden: [Laughs] You do sort of question it! But it's for a very good cause. I don't want to contemplate any potential danger. It's not in my nature. Of course, there are risks. Obviously, s—t happens. But if I had contemplated the risks in coming from Germany to America at the age of 18, I probably wouldn't have done it! I have never looked at life that way unless, of course, the odds are overwhelmingly against me. Then it's just stupidity. But racing is a deep-seated emotional thing for me, something that I cannot explain. I have wanted to be a race-car driver since I was a child. That was my first desire! I learned to drive by the age of 10, on the country roads of northern Germany, right after World War II. Thank God I didn't have enough money as a young man to indulge that sport.
TV Guide Magazine: You're in great company in this race.
Braeden: Well, I'm from a different generation, so I don't know most of those who are taking part. I don't recognize them, other than Adrien Brody, who is a wonderful actor.
TV Guide Magazine: Seriously? Not Corbin Bleu? Brian McKnight? Not even Vanessa Marcil?
TV Guide Magazine: General Hospital? Daytime superstar? Emmy winner?
Braeden: No. But I do know Carmelita Jeter, one of the fastest women in the world, which obviously peaked my interest. She ran the 100 meters in 10.64 which is absolutely extraordinary. It is insane!
Otherwise, I don't know these people.
TV Guide Magazine: You ran this race twice in the past — in 1998 and 1999. Will your age be a factor this time around?
Braeden: Well, we'll soon see. I would have hoped this third race would happen earlier for me, but it didn't. But that's cool. The first time I came in third. The next time I came in second because I did not heed the advice I was given, which is to not hit the painted apex — the middle of a curve — when it has rained because the apex becomes slick as ice. It still it irks me because I could have won that one.
TV Guide Magazine: So this is less about the experience and more about winning?
Braeden: For someone who has been in sports all his life, that's all it is about! My problem right now is that I broke three toes in my right foot just before training started.
TV Guide Magazine: By doing what?
Braeden: I tripped over the f--king telephone wire in my dressing room. I tried to catch myself but hit my foot full blast against an iron coffee table. And let me tell you, I took that phone and threw it against the wall! [Laughs] But it didn't break. Amazing how one takes anger out on inanimate objects. So there is some excruciating pain but it's getting better. The training is very intense. You learn things about driving you'd never learn otherwise, like how to execute sharp right-angle turns and 180s. There's a lot to it. Eventually you absorb it until you internalize it. You just feel it and do it by the seat of your pants. This is not celebrity play time. You get serious very fast because you are driving at the maximum speed possible. You must pay attention, and that's what's exhausting. If you make one mistake or lose concentration for even one moment, it can cost you. It's a wonderful experience, though there are certainly times when you think, "What the f--k am I doing here?" [Laughs]
TV Guide Magazine: Let's talk Victor Newman. He's always up to no good but I can't recall a time when he was in so much potential hot water for so many reasons — from keeping quiet about Adam killing Delia to being investigated by the FDA to hiring Fake Cassie. The writers are really piling it on! What's up with that?
Braeden: I don't know. It may presage a kind of downfall for Victor and then a return from the ashes. I never want to know what's going to happen ahead of time. That's no temptation for me. But I do feel the writers want to knock him off his pedestal. But, in Victor's mind, it's all totally justified. He rationalizes all of it.
TV Guide Magazine: Do you think it's all justified?
Braeden: I would not be as Machiavellian as Victor is. I am much more of an up-front person. I would just tell people to go f--k themselves. But it is what it is. What I don't like is the whole Newman family being against him. Don't like it at all. If that were the case with me in real life I would tell my family to go to hell. But, then, I would never let things get that far.
TV Guide Magazine: March 24 marks Nikki and Victor's first anniversary — of their fourth marriage, that is — yet things are pretty rocky for them right now. Do you think they're heading for yet another divorce? Nikki's really had it with him.
Braeden: And he's had it with her! That's what I resent about popular culture in America! Why is it always the woman who has had it with the guy? There's a tendency in this country — dictated by revenue — to make men look like a------s. They do that in order to sell products to women. Look at most commercials! The men are portrayed as schmucks! As boobs! As doofuses! The kids are smarter than the men. The wives are smarter. It happens in comedy series all the time, too. The man is the idiot and the woman is always raising her eyebrows or rolling her eyes in exasperation. I resent the hell out of that and it ain't gonna happen with me and my character!
TV Guide Magazine: But it kind of is happening. Nikki seems to be getting the last word in a lot of those fight scenes with Victor.
Braeden: It is getting too much! I would not tolerate that in my personal life. I believe in the equality of sexes. I discuss everything with my wife. There's not a major decision I make without consulting with her and vice versa. There must be mutual respect. But for Victor to stand there like a schmuck and let Nikki have the last word? I don't like that. There is this underlying presumption in some of the scripts that the women have the upper hand. No! I resent that!
TV Guide Magazine: Victor doesn't want Nikki to have secrets but he always has his own. Don't you see that as a double standard?
Braeden: Well, you would know more about that than I do. I don't follow the show that closely. Hasn't Nikki been through these periods before, like when she went off and got involved with Jack Abbott? Imagine that! Jack Abbott! Victor and Nikki will always keep it going somehow. That's daytime drama. You get together, then break apart, then get back together again.
TV Guide Magazine: The Victor versus Ian Ward face-off was terrific!
Braeden: Perhaps, but I did not like that they watered down the script for those scenes. I honestly don't know what happened, but we were not allowed to do it the way it was originally written. It was not what it should have been. But Ray Wise is a wonderful actor. What has he done before?
TV Guide Magazine: Most famously, Twin Peaks.
Braeden: Well, he is a very nice man and great to work with. We have so many good actors on our show. So many! This is very difficult work, this daytime thing. One take and almost no rehearsals! Are you kidding me? My God Almighty! I am very proud that we are still No. 1 and I protect it fiercely. Just try bringing in most film or primetime actors and put them on a daytime soap and see what happens. They could not handle it, I assure you! They would absolutely s--t in their pants!
Days of our Lives fans are waiting for this summer when they can finally get to see the woman who shook up the Salem canvas more than anyone in 2013, Eileen Davidson!
When we last saw Kristen DiMera her world came crashing down around, her and after car crash, she wandered away!
Now, according to a post on Davidson’s official facebook page, she has broken her silence on her return to the long-running NBC soap opera by saying only this: “Kristen does not reenter Salem quietly! That’s all I’m sayin … and I’ve got the bruises to prove it!”
Another Q bites the dust! Suds vet Sean Kanan is wrapping up his role as A.J. Quartermaine on ABC's General Hospital — the character is currently in critical condition after being shot in the chest — and will head back to CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful to once again play badass Deacon Sharpe.
The actor will continue working at GH through March 28, and be seen on the show for few weeks after that. He reports to B&B mid-April, with his return episode scheduled to air June 13. Kanan tells TV Guide Magazine his exit from GH was by mutual decision.
"I was utterly thrilled to be brought back to GH for the 50th anniversary and really enjoyed working with [executive producer] Frank Valentini, but I was not over the moon about the writing," Kanan says. "Doing stories about panic attacks and relish was not what I thought I'd signed up for. I feel I brought everything I could to the character yet it was obvious they weren't going to give me a great love story, which I found very disappointing."
Romantic relationships, he says, are "the bread and butter of daytime, and you can only survive on a show for so long without one. I could see the writing on the wall. I spoke with Frank and we mutually agreed that if I wasn't happy, and they could find a good way to write me out, that it was best to wrap it up."
Kanan says he contacted B&B executive producer-head writer Bradley Bell to let him know of his upcoming availability and was quickly offered a contract to return as Deacon, the slimy, opportunistic daddy of Hope Logan (Kim Matula). The soap-hopping Deacon is also hugely popular with fans of B&B's sister soap, The Young and the Restless, where he married and boozed it up big time with Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott).
"Deacon is my favorite of all the characters I've played," Kanan notes. "I started my career in daytime on GH but returning to B&B feels like I'm going home."
Brooke and Bill celebrated their victory, but Taylor blasted Brooke for thinking she could revamp Brooke's Bedroom and work so closely with Katie's husband. Taylor relayed Bill and Brooke's actions to Katie, who went to Forrester and found Brooke and Bill after they'd accidentally fallen onto the stage bed together. Katie lashed out at Brooke for the inappropriate relationship, and Brooke advised Katie to pay more attention to her husband. Rick was unenthused when Caroline stripped down to her lingerie in his office, and Caroline left upset. Maya opened up to Dayzee about the relationship that had developed between Maya and Rick. To Maya's surprise, Dayzee advised Maya to respect Caroline and Rick's relationship. Hope talked to Liam about how hard it was to see Steffy at the office.
Brady overheard John and Marlena discussing their plans to get Kristen out of Brady's life. Brady confronted John and Marlena about lying to him and said that they were no longer part of his life. Brady left them, rushed off, and proposed to a shocked Kristen. Later, Brady told a stunned John that he had asked Kristen to marry him. Sami and E.J. agreed to move into the DiMera mansion. Daniel, who was on his way to a conference in San Francisco, decided to delay his trip so that he could talk to Jennifer to clear the air. When Daniel arrived at Jennifer's house, Kristen was there and told him that Jennifer had left for Smith Island. She told Daniel what Jennifer believed had happened in his hotel room and why Jennifer was so upset. Daniel, frantic to find Jennifer, left for Smith Island to make things right with her. Daniel explained to Jennifer that Chloe had kissed him, but that they had not slept together. Daniel and Jennifer reconciled and made love, but they were unaware that Chloe was outside watching them. Ready to give up, Parker inspired Chloe to devise a new plan to break up Daniel and Jennifer for good. Abigail witnessed Cameron conducting a shady business deal with an unknown person. Eric and Hope took Vargas out for lunch at the Brady Pub, where Vargas learned that Gabi was Nick's new wife. Gabi questioned Nick about why he didn't want Will involved in the baby's life. Nick admitted to Gabi that he had convinced Will to sign away his parental rights because he knew something that could harm Will and his family. Nick told Gabi that he had made the decision because he wanted to protect her and the baby. Sonny punched Nick for his anti-gay taunts.
Frisco reminded Maxie that she would be giving her child to Dante and Lulu to raise, but Maxie argued that she wasn't ready for motherhood. Spinelli was stunned when Ellie revealed that she didn't want to have children. Olivia was unsettled when she had a disturbing vision about a gift that Lulu had received. Dante was horrified when he found Lulu unconscious on the living room floor. Someone knocked Dante out and abducted Lulu. Laura agreed to marry Scott at the courthouse, but Lulu's disappearance put the wedding on hold. Bobbie Spencer and Nikolas Cassadine returned to Port Charles. A.J. told Elizabeth the truth about his kiss with Carly. Elizabeth gave A.J. a second chance when he agreed to perform a skit with her at the Nurses Ball. Carly was tempted to take Todd back but feared that they would eventually destroy each other, so she told him to leave. Langston called Starr about an urgent matter and asked Starr to fly to Los Angeles. Todd offered to take Starr to California on his private jet, so Starr left town with her father. Sam and John agreed to go their separate ways because they feared that they would always feel guilt for having had feelings for each other when they hadn't been free to explore them. Anna told John that the FBI had called him to active duty and had sent a plane to fly him to Quantico. Britt's mother was revealed to be Dr. Obrecht.
Ashley returned to Genoa City and objected to Phyllis and Jack's relationship. Phyllis blasted Ashley for not being there for Jack in his time of need. Adam warned Jack about Victor's threats. Phyllis cautioned Kyle not to encourage Summer's crush on him. Summer schemed to have Kyle find her half-undressed, and Phyllis walked in on them in an awkward situation. Leslie tried to convince Tyler and Marcus that Gus was innocent. Tyler visited Gus, but he vowed that Gus would stay behind bars. Tyler opened up to a sympathetic Lily. Leslie suspected that her mother had had an affair with Marcus. Dylan told Sharon about his bond with a young girl in Afghanistan. Carmine slipped Lauren his room key, and she later joined him there. Victoria and Abby presented Nikki with a diamond eternity bracelet before the wedding. Billy surprised Victor by showing up at the ceremony with Reed. Eric Forrester was a guest at the wedding. Marcus' henchman, Bob, posed as a caterer. Victor and Nikki became husband and wife again. Noah and Alex exchanged heated words about Adriana. Avery caught the bouquet, and she and Nick discussed the possibility of marriage. Adam crashed the reception and toasted the happy couple, and he questioned whether Victor loved Nikki or Newman Enterprises more. Katherine left a message to apologize to Nikki for missing the wedding. Bob set up a bomb in the basement of the Newman ranch, and Marcus ordered the hit. Bob pulled out a gun at the reception and fired a shot.
Monday, March 24
Nick (Blake Berris) learns Kate's (Lauren Koslow) secret; Sami (Alison Sweeney) talks to Kate about Stefano (Joseph Mascolo); John (Drake Hogestyn) tries to get Theresa (Jen Lilley) away from Brady (Eric Martsolf); Rafe (Galen Gering) reacts to finding Jordan (Chrishell Stause) with Ben (Justin Gaston).
Tuesday, March 25
Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Guy Wilson) request a favor of Marlena (Deidre Hall); Kate causes trouble for E.J. (James Scott) and Sami; Abigail (Kate Mansi) lashes out at E.J.; Rafe learns the truth about Jordan and Ben.
Wednesday, March 26
Eric (Greg Vaughan) gets bad news about his future with Nicole (Arianne Zucker); Theresa comes to a shocking realization about Liam (Mark Collier); Brady turns to Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) for information about Theresa; Nick tries to mess with Will's mind.
Thursday, March 27
After learning Liam's true intentions, Theresa makes an unexpected choice; Nicole questions Marlena's sincerity; John tries to get through to Brady; J.J. (Casey Moss) discovers Paige (True O'Brien) knows more about him than he thought.
Friday, March 28
Someone catches Nicole disposing of the evidence; Brady and Theresa take things to the next level; Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) asks Hope (Kristian Alfonso) about Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove).
Monday, March 24
The drama builds at Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) and Britt's (Kelly Thiebaud) engagement party; Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) confronts Ric (Rick Hearst) about Julian (William deVry); Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) issues a threat.
Tuesday, March 25
Lulu (Emme Rylan) makes a wild assertion at the engagement party; Sonny (Maurice Benard) opens up to Luke (Anthony Geary) about the Jeromes; Alexis' questions offend Julian; someone ransacks Silas' (Michael Easton) apartment.
Wednesday, March 26
Dr. Obrecht's (Kathleen Gati) scheme appalls Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) and Lulu; Nikolas denounces Britt; Ric tries to seduce Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst); Nathan (Ryan Paevey) receives shocking news.
Thursday, March 27
Kiki (Kristen Alderson) spots Ava (Maura West) about to enter A.J.'s (Sean Kanan) room; Dante questions Britt about Ben; Silas makes a confession about Nina (Donna Mills).
Friday, March 28
Carly (Laura Wright) learns the identity of A.J.'s shooter; Nathan and Silas work together; Nikolas is unaware of the danger as he arrives at Elizabeth's house.
Monday, March 24
Thorne (Winsor Harmon) returns to Los Angeles to help Aly (Ashlyn Pearce); Rick's (Jacob Young) anger deepens as he learns the extent of Ridge's (Thorsten Kaye) betrayal.
Tuesday, March 25
Wyatt (Darin Brooks) suggests a more risque line for Hope for the Future; Pam (Alley Mills) gives Liam (Scott Clifton) information.
Wednesday, March 26
Wyatt and Liam fight over Hope (Kim Matula); Hope must make an important business decision.
Thursday, March 27
Bill (Don Diamont) believes Ridge and Katie's (Heather Tom) relationship could help him and Brooke; Quinn (Rena Sofer) sets her sights on Bill.
Friday, March 28
Bill gets two surprise visitors in one night; Hope puts on a private show for Wyatt.
Monday, March 24
Victor (Eric Braeden) believes Billy (David Tom) is withholding information about Adam; Leslie (Angell Conwell) tries to choose her next move; Neil (Kristoff St. John) talks with Hilary (Mishael Morgan).
Tuesday, March 25
Jack (Peter Bergman) questions Victor about his interest in Phyllis; Nick (Joshua Morrow) waits to see what Sharon (Sharon Case) remembers.
Wednesday, March 26
Neil and Hilary visit THE PRICE IS RIGHT; Paul (Doug Davidson) and Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) remember their past; Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Lily (Christel Khalil) try to help Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan).
Thursday, March 27
Victoria (Amelia Heinle) and Reed return to town; Abby (Melissa Ordway) pushes Victor to bond with Tyler (Redaric Williams).
Friday, March 28
Jack tries to fix things with Kelly Cynthia Watros; Avery (Jessica Collins) surprises Dylan (Steve Burton); Stitch (Sean Carrigan) offers Victoria support.
i can not believe they would ruin the perfection that is total eclipse of the heart :(
In front a very enthusiastic PaleyFest crowd, Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley joined executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries to talk Twitter hashtags, dueling fandoms and Katherine's maybe-death.
Three words to describe The Vampire Diaries session at PaleyFest: ear-piercing screams.
The three main stars of The CW's vampire drama, Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, returned to the PaleyFest stage Saturday evening fielding multiple questions about the series-long love triangle and selfie requests (but mostly the latter) to a crowd of 2,600 at the Dolby Theatre, made up of the show's core demographic (teenage girls and twentysomething women).
Ask a serious question about a character's free will, as one attendee attempted to do, and best of luck trying to hear the answer (Plec promised that they "dig deeper" into that in the March 27 hour.) And like the show's previous trip to PaleyFest in 2012, Somerhalder (or rather, "Smolderholder," as he was referred to multiple times) was the key draw, with many of the questions addressed to him and his alter ego, the sardonic Damon Salvatore. At one point during the session, Wesley quipped: "When in doubt, get a close-up of Ian's eyes," Wesley said, referring to Somerhalder's smoldering look.
Amid the incessant screaming and constant "I love you" declarations, the cast and executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries dropped some hints about what's in store for season five.
1. Damon and Elena are back on, kinda.
Fans of Vampire Diaries saw in the most recent episode that "Delena," as the pairing is lovingly termed, reverted back to their old ways, hooking up after having a deep conversation about their "toxic" romance. The likelihood of them learning from the past remains slim, at least according to Somerhalder and Dobrev. "They have to put on their big-boy pants and big-girl pants," Somerhalder said of those conversations. Dobrev added: "The problem is they keep taking their pants off and that keeps getting in the way of things."
2. Welsey got an unexpected gift during his directorial debut.
Wesley makes his directorial debut in the April 17 episode, an experience the actor called "amazing." "I was expecting them to really haze me," Wesley said of his co-stars. Turns out, the joke was on him. "My first day of directing, I walk into my dressing room and there's a wrapped gift," he recalled. Dobrev had written Wesley a nice letter congratulating him on his "next phase" of his career. What was in the wrapped present? "A giant portrait of Nina Dobrev," Wesley said. "It was huge and now it's hanging in my dressing room."
3. Yes, Katherine is really dead.
Dries confirmed that Katherine is gone from the show, even though fans speculated after her final appearance that she may be in limbo following her getting pulled out of the church by a far greater force. It was important that the writers dream up a completely different death for Katherine, who has been "the center of the series in my opinion," Dries said. And when asked whether Katherine could return at some point, "Never say never, but it was such a profound exit for the character." (Fun fact: Plec revealed that the church used for that scene is the same one featured on The Originals.)
4. Caroline Forbes is staying put in Mystic Falls.
If Somerhalder had anything to do with it, Caroline would be a permanent fixture on Vampire Diaries, with Plec echoing his sentiment, calling her "a crucial element" to the show. "Taking her off the show would be very damaging," Plec said. Somerhalder added: "We have Caroline. Caroline is staying with us."
5. Don't get attached to any new faces.
Remember Aaron or Dr. Maxfield? They were all new characters introduced this season that bit the dust and if Plec has anything to do with it, the bloodshed will continue for any new supporting characters that come into the fray. "Most new characters are created to die," she admitted. Here's a hashtag: #EnzoDeathWatch.
6. Stefan and Elena go back to the early days.
In the Wesley-directed episode, Dries hinted that there will be shades of "Stelena" "as we've never seen them before. Wesley chimed in adding that their moment is "reminiscent of season one." By the way, will Stefan get to be happy for once? Doesn't look that way, as Dries said that his time is about to "get even worse."
7. Stefan and Caroline, something more?
"Caroline and Stefan have a lot to do with each other," Plec hinted. "They go through some stuff together."
8. What is the #DelenaRainKiss?
Who knew a Twitter hashtag, #DelenaRainKiss, could get so much airtime? What began as a fan-suggested hashtag suddenly became a trending topic when Somerhalder caught wind of it on set, so much so that the panelists devoted ample time to the fan-desired moment. "People wanted us to kiss in the rain some time before the end of the season," Somerhalder explained. (Damon and Elena had an intimate moment in the rain in a prior season, but did not kiss.) Plec, however, put the hashtag rumor to rest: "There will be no rain yet, sorry."
9. Forget the love triangle.
Here's the mother of all twists. Forget about the triangle between Damon, Elena and Stefan. "After all the things these boys have done to her, she's going to be a lesbian," Dobrev joked.
On Thursday, we shared the news that Jem and the Holograms is getting a live-action, modern-day movie. The response among our readers was…cautious. To say the least.
Here’s some fuel to add to your skeptical fire: Christy Marx, creator of the original series, won’t be involved in production.
In a post on Facebook, Marx stated that she had “no inkling” that a Jem movie was in the works until a few days before the official announcement. She was contacted first by a Hasbro PR representative, then later by Jon M. Chu, the film’s producer. Though Marx expressed appreciation for these conversations, she was also understandably upset.
Many people wonder how I feel about it. I don’t think I can hide that I’m deeply unhappy about being shut out of the project. That no one in the entertainment arm of Hasbro wanted to talk to me, have me write for it, or at the very least consult on it. I wouldn’t be human if that failed to bother me.
My other unhappy observation is that I see two male producers, a male director and a male writer. Where is the female voice? Where is the female perspective? Where are the women?
A fair question.
As for the project itself, Marx stayed neutral, asking fans to hold off on judgment until there’s an actual movie to watch. She also spoke highly of Chu, whom she “greatly enjoyed” speaking with.
He treated me with honesty and respect. He is sincere, passionate, and filled with a desire to make the best Jem movie he can make. He wants to reinvent Jem for a current audience. His take is somewhat different from the approach I wanted to take, but that just means it’s different, not that there’s anything wrong with it. I urge everyone to judge the merits of his work on the result and I hope he delivers us an excellent, truly outrageous movie.
Shailene Woodley's sci-fi tale dominates as “Muppets Most Wanted” is soft second and faith-based “God's Not Dead” surprises
“Divergent,” the big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's best-selling young-adult adventure novels, conquered the domestic box office with a sizzling $56 million first weekend.
That's the second-best opening of the year — behind only the $69 million of “The Lego Movie” last month — and the futuristic sci-fi tale starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James also gave Lionsgate Entertainment a successful launch for its next teen franchise. The studio behind the “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” series has scheduled “Insurgent,” the sequel to “Divergent,” for next March, and the third film, “Allegiant,” is set for the same slot in 2016.
“Divergent” dominated. The runner-up was Disney's family movie “The Muppets Most Wanted,” which opened to an underwhelming $16.4 million to beat out last week's No. 1 movie, DreamWorks Animation's “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” which was third with $11.7 million.
The independent faith-based movie “God's Not Dead” finished a surprising fourth, taking in nearly $9 million from just 780 screens to top “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Need for Speed.” And “The Grand Budapest Hotel” continued to build momentum. Wes Anderson's ensemble comedy brought in $6.5 million after Fox Searchlight expanded it from 66 to 304 theaters. That's a very strong $21,535 per-screen average, by the far the best of any movie in release.
There haven't been many movies that directly targeted young women since “The Hunger Games” in November, and they turned out in force for “Divergent.” Nearly 60 percent of its audience was female, and about half were under the age of 25. They liked it more than the critics — it's at 40 percent “fresh” on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes — and gave it an “A” CinemaScore.
Launching a teen franchise is an accomplishment for Lionsgate. No other studio has managed to since Warner Bros. did it with “Harry Potter” 13 years ago, and Hollywood has been trying to recreate the formula for a book-based teen adventure series for years. Recent attempts like “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Host,” “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” and “Vampire Academy” all bombed, but studios keep trying because the returns can be huge.
“Twilight” opened to $69.6 million in November of 2008 and went on to take in $192.7 million domestically and another $199.8 million abroad. Four sequels later, the franchise had brought in more than $3.3 billion worldwide. “The Hunger Games” stunned Hollywood with a record $152.5 million opening in March of 2012, and rolled up $408 million domestically and another $283 million worldwide. Its sequel, “Catching Fire,” opened to a huge $158 million in November and is over $864 million worldwide.
The PG-13-rated “Divergent” didn't match those openings numbers, and has faced comparisons with the earlier Lionsgate hits because the source material and target demographic are similar. In “Divergent,” Woodley's character Tris Prior struggles against the system in a futuristic dystopia, much as Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen did in the “The Hunger Games.”
“Divergent” is directed by Neil Burger (“Limitless”) and adapted by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. The cast includes Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Tony Goldwyn and Mekhi Phifer.
More to come …
Taylor Swift spent Saturday (March 22) visiting children at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Taking numerous selfies with children and teens, the 24-year-old pop singer also video chatted with both parents of the patients, as well as their friends.
Taylor didn’t make any mention of her gesture online, but the patients’ parents and guardians posted images from the visit on social media accounts:
"We are still in awe, Taylor Swift is a class act all around, she was so sweet, compassionate, asked US questions, got on skype with my other daughter, stayed in our room and talked with us and was completely down to earth. She hung out with us for at least 15-20 minutes. She was ‘scheduled’ to be on our floor for 1 hour, but was here for 4.5 hours instead. Thank you Taylor, you are a beautiful woman inside and out!!" (Facebook via Shelby's Journey With Very Severe Aplastic Anemia).
"Thank you @taylorswift13 for making my cousin Ashley SO happy before her difficult week ahead. She can't stop smiling" (Twitter via @iindseylay).
"Brynlee also had a very special visitor today. Can anyone guess who this is? We probably should have taken our masks off for one picture. Oh well. If I already told you who came to visit, you're not allowed to ruin the guessing game. Very nice visitor. She even got a few smiles from Brynlee" (Facebook via Princess Warrior Brynlee).
Matthew McConaughey makes his way through LAX International Airport to catch a flight out of town on Saturday afternoon (March 22) in Los Angeles.
Ever since the season finale of True Detective earlier this month, the internet has been abuzz with fans wondering who will be replacing Matthew and Woody Harrelson as the stars of season two.
There have been some reports out there that Brad Pitt is “being considered” for a part, though we’re pretty sure that if he wanted to do it that he would get the role. Lol!
“This is really early, but I’ll tell you [it's about] hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system,” series creator Nic Pizzolatto told HitFix about the storyline for next season.
More pics at the source
look at how his glasses match the tone of his spray tan. his fashion sense is finally getting it together, bless <3
Pretty Little Liars
Aubrey O Day
Cloudy skies didn’t keep The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor Andrew Garfield away from Bondi Beach on Friday where he attended a surfing event for autism – and left with the love of a little girl.
Alongside Australian surfing world champion Joel Parkinson, the 30-year-old actor strolled down to the famous beach in board shorts and a t-shirt to meet a little-known Australian autism support organisation, Hunter Connect, and to take some very excited children with autism out surfing.
When Andrew first arrived he was introduced to a sandy-haired, four-year-old girl called Rylee Nosworthy, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.
The actor took a particular liking to the shy, smiling darling as she hung back behind her parents, too overwhelmed to approach the star herself.
He spent the morning talking to her parents, Amy and Jason, trying to find out more about Rylee and watched on with a smile as they gently encouraged her into the water and onto a surfboard for the first time – this being no easy feat for a little girl whose life can be rocketed by a change in routine.
Talking about the Spider-Man star, Rylee’s mother Amy, 30, said she was blown-away by how genuine and laid-back the actor was.
“It felt like we were just catching up with friends at the beach – not meeting a celebrity,” Amy said.
“Andrew arrived early and just strolled down the beach, shook our hands and introduced himself to us and straight away started asking questions about Rylee and when she was first diagnosed with Autism.“
The rising Hollywood star spent close to two hours with the children, taking them out on the surfboards and signing merchandise, including Spider-Man branded surfboards to be auctioned off to support children with autism.
But it was a DVD that he signed for Rylee and the events that unfolded afterwards that captured everyone’s heart.
Rylee, whose struggle with normal social interaction is a daily battle, didn’t want to get a photo with Andrew and flatly refused a request for a hug, despite the actor frowning and turning his puppy dog eyes on her.
The actor joked about being rejected by the adorable infant, to which her mother quipped, “You wouldn’t get that very often.”
But his charm and gentle nature eventually wore down Rylee’s barriers resulting in a melt-your-heart moment, not even Rylee’s parents saw coming.
“Towards the end of the day he was signing The Amazing Spider-Man DVDs for the children, when he picked up Rylee's and wrote, ‘I hope one day we get to hug.’”
Little did he know – his hug was coming sooner than he thought.
The little girl surprised everyone when they told her the actor was leaving. She was prompted to give him a high-five before he left but instead followed it up by running into his arms and giving him the hug he was hoping for.
“The look on his face in the pictures we captured was priceless – he really is a superhero!” Amy said.
Rylee has since watched her signed copy of The Amazing Spider-Man movie three times and politely corrects her mother whenever she refers to the actor as Spider-Man, saying, “It’s Andrew, Mummy!.”
more about the organization and another kid andrew bonded with at the source
The actor Jamie Dornan is slighter in the flesh than I expected, and he’s got a mullet. We are on the set of New Worlds, Channel 4’s follow-up to 2008’s critically acclaimed The Devil’s Whore. That first series was set during the English Civil War (and starred Michael Fassbender and Andrea Riseborough); this one, to be aired next week, takes place during the Restoration, a period nigh on as bloody and politically fissured, if Martine Brant and Peter Flannery’s script is anything to go by.
Dornan is playing Abe Goffe, a young outlaw who foments revolution against the ruling elite from a forest in Oxfordshire, and whose head is turned by the beautiful Beth (Freya Mavor), the daughter of Angelica Fanshawe, the ‘whore’ of the earlier drama.
Goffe’s wild existence accounts for Dornan’s unkempt hair. While most of the cast sport rather elaborate full-head wigs, Dornan gets what he explains is a three-quarter-length number: some straggling wisps glued on to his own short back and sides, which he tugs at when we talk. He also has a beard. ‘Abe’s a character who has sacrificed pretty much everything in his life,’ he explains. ‘Including a razor.’
At the time of my set visit – summer 2013 – Dornan is best known for his modelling career (particularly his shirtless campaigns for Calvin Klein), and for his mesmeric performance as an alarmingly attractive serial killer in BBC Two’s drama series The Fall– which also starred Gillian Anderson as the police officer determined to track him down – which aired last May.
Then, days after I meet him again in October 2013, news breaks that he has landed a role that makes him the most talked-about actor in the world.Dornan won the part of Christian Grey, the dazzlingly handsome anti-hero with a penchant for light sadomasochism, in the Hollywood adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, the bestselling (90 million copies worldwide and counting) novel by EL James. Directed by the British artist Sam Taylor-Johnson, the film is slated to be released on Valentine’s Day next year.
Looking back, I slightly worry about how this warm, open man with a flair for comic self-deprecation will adjust to the celebrity this film role will foist upon him. When we meet in a west London pub near Dornan’s Notting Hill home (he also has a cottage in the Cotswolds) one of the most animated points in our conversation is when Dornan becomes splenetic at the circus surrounding modern celebrity, and the people who actively court it.
‘Nobody sane wants just to be famous,’ he says. ‘I hate it when people say you’re asking for it by doing films. No, I’m asking for work, and I’m asking to get paid for doing something I love. I’m not asking to be followed down a street by some f****** pap.’
This sentiment is exacerbated by his previous experience of this world, when he was in a relationship with Keira Knightley for two years, from 2003 to 2005. ‘Being with Keira was an insight into how rotten the whole thing can be. A young girl is being followed around the street, there is nothing positive to say about that.’
Days after we talk a flurry of pictures appear in the tabloids of Dornan and his pregnant wife, the singer-songwriter Amelia Warner (she gave birth to a girl in December in Vancouver, where Fifty Shades was filmed).
His own origins are about as far off showbusiness as you could get, with the startling exception of his great-aunt (whom he never met), who was the actress Greer Garson, best known for Mrs Miniver and Goodbye, Mr Chips. Dornan, 31, grew up in a very different kind of Hollywood from Garson’s – Holywood, Down, a town on the edge of Belfast, with two older sisters and his father, Jim, now one of Ireland’s leading obstetricians and ‘the most energetic man I know’, and his mother, Lorna, a nurse.
The Troubles were still rumbling along in the background during his childhood, which inevitably affected him. ‘I think people from Northern Ireland have some kind of unspoken general feeling of what it is to be around segregation,’ Dornan, who considers himself, nominally, a Protestant, says. ‘You have an awareness of it because you know how much grief it’s caused. It’s a tiny percentage who have ruined it for that country, that pisses everyone else off.’
When he was 16 the rugby-mad Dornan’s childhood was devastated by the death of his mother from pancreatic cancer. ‘There’s no easy time to lose a parent,’ he says. ‘But it’s a very transitional time being that age, and a very impressionable time. It was a horrific period in my life.’
Then a year and two weeks later four friends from his school, the private Methodist College in Belfast, died in a car crash. He describes this to me as a ‘totally hideous, life-changing circumstance that you carry every day, I guess, and that’s not going to change. These are events that form your identity, I think.’ In what way, I ask. ‘I don’t know, probably nothing too positive, I think it’s changed my view on mortality and death.’
It was his father’s second wife, Samina, also an obstetrician, who encouraged Dornan to go to London to seek his fortune modelling in 2002. Having enrolled at Teesside University, where he was studying marketing, he dropped out during his first year to become a model, despite having tried and failed to get into the modelling industry by applying to go on the Channel 4 reality show Model Behaviour the year before.
After a few months of catalogue work, while he supported himself working in a pub, he soon picked up some big-name contracts with the likes of Armani, Dior and Asprey’s (where he met Knightley), and found himself booked for shoots alongside supermodels such as Kate Moss and Eva Mendes.
Calvin Klein came knocking too, and the resultant pictures in pants earned him the nickname ‘the Golden Torso’. ‘What does that mean? Is it a colour reference? I think it is meant to be a compliment. I hope it is,’ Dornan says now. The chief thing he recalls from the Calvin Klein shoots is ‘a lot of people rubbing me down with dark, oily tanning stuff – I mean, I’m a white Irish guy, it was a problem.’
He had done a bit of drama at school and knew he wanted to work in a creative field. ‘I’d always really wanted to act; but the modelling contracts came more easily.’ There was a brief flirtation with being a musician in an unsuccessful band called Sons of Jim, before his acting career really took off.
He played a Swedish paramour to the doomed queen in Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film Marie Antoinette. And then he went to LA for auditions during the pilot season, which he describes as ‘one of the most dehumanising things anyone could ever go through – on an entertainment level, that is.’
He ‘got lucky’, with a reasonably big part in the first season of the hit ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time, playing a sheriff who turns out to be the Huntsman from Snow White. It premiered in America in 2011 and netted ratings of 12 million a week. ‘That was the first job I did when I committed to being an actor,’ Dornan says. ‘Before that it was just something I did now and again and got enjoyment out of.’
But it is The Fall, the second series of which Dornan is filming now, that will probably be seen as the turning point on his acting cv. Pulling in the BBC’s highest ratings for a drama launch in eight years (audience numbers averaging 3.5 million), the show won Dornan praise for his ‘icy charisma’. He tells me the success of the role is the reason he got the dashing, rugged lead in New Worlds.
Doubtless the air of brooding wickedness behind outward charm that he cultivated so well in the series – since shown in America – also helped him secure the part of Christian Grey (replacing Charlie Hunnan, who dropped out) in the final cast of Fifty Shades of Grey.
Dornan’s character in The Fall, Paul Spector, was a conundrum. We saw him strangle women in the night then make his two young children breakfast in the morning. He would hover in doorways and slip through windows to attack his victims – a terrifying figure who loomed over the screen – and then settle into an armchair and offer bereavement counselling at work a few hours later, sometimes without having been to bed in between.
Gillian Anderson had been cast before Dornan got the part. ‘Gillian is extremely minimal in what she does, very internalised, very thoughtful, very unshowy,’ Allan Cubitt, The Fall’s writer and creator, tells me. ‘So I knew I needed someone who could match that.’
He cites a scene they used in auditions where Spector had come back, after perpetrating a fetishistic, voyeuristic burglary, to his children, whom he had left on their own while his wife worked a night shift as a nurse. ‘Some people were playing it as if he wanted to murder his child… But Jamie came in and spoke very kindly to the boy, then kissed his daughter goodnight, and that’s much more disconcerting for the audience. I had in mind someone who is very still in what they did and who the audience would project quite complex feelings on to,’ Cubitt continues. ‘In the way, for example, Al Pacino did in The Godfather. He had that quality where he was watchful, where he didn’t reveal very much about himself and bit by bit you were drawn into trying to decipher what sort of person he was.’
Dornan is softer on Spector than Cubitt. ‘I think Allan would say Spector doesn’t love his children but he has a bond with them,’ he says. ‘But I wanted to prove he did love them. I think there’s empathy to be had with him on that tiny level, and that’s all you need to play him. A hint that he’s human.’
Dornan had a more straightforward job playing New World’s Abe Goffe, a man who wears his emotions on his sleeve. ‘Abe’s a young idealist, a bit of a renegade, a Robin Hood-esque figure in that he has a group of men who are fighting a cause for him, the cause to make England a true republic and to end the tyrannical rule of Charles Stuart the second,’ Dornan says. ‘He’s also continuing on the course his father fought before him.’
In the drama fact and fiction are mixed up to create an imaginary but plausible tale of young people grappling with establishment powers, both in England and in the ‘new world’ of the early settlements in North America. Dornan’s character Abe may be fictional but his father is the real William Goffe, who signed the document that ordered the beheading of Charles I. ‘The drama considers, if William Goffe had a son, what he would be doing,’ Dornan says.
Both Goffe and Spector are creatures of intense passions, which is perhaps what Dornan is best at conveying so convincingly. ‘He has enough anger, enough fire in him generally for the part,’ Peter Flannery, the New Worlds writer most famous for his 1990s hit Our Friends in the North, says. ‘He also has great commitment.’
As for Christian Grey, Dornan’s remarks on playing the tortured lead of EL James’s story have been only fragmentary since he got sucked into the studio machine of what many expect to be a Hollywood money-spinner – although the fact that Sam Taylor-Johnson is its director suggests it will aim for a sophisticated feel.
‘A lot of people care about this book and I’m not under any illusion that they don’t,’ Dornan said in a recent interview with the American magazine Entertainment Weekly. ‘All I can say is I’m going to do everything in my power to portray Christian Grey as truthfully as possible. I can’t guarantee that’s going to please everyone – just me being cast doesn’t please everyone, but it’s happened and I’m going to give it everything.’
That earnestness sounds authentic. Jamie Dornan is a man who finds it hard to tell a lie – although he had to sling me a whole set of them at our meeting last October when pretending his Fifty Shades part wasn’t happening and he had nothing planned between then and now except having a baby.
He has learnt not to give much away about his romantic relationships, too – on Knightley he says only, ‘It was a long time ago,’ which has been his stock answer for a few years now. He demurs too on Amelia Warner, his girlfriend of five years and wife of one, although he is expansive on the joys of fatherhood. ‘That’s a new challenge and adventure, and I can’t wait.’
I like his dismissiveness of new parents who can only moan about the lack of sleep they’re getting – ‘you might sleep a bit less but you’ve got this small life to look after.’ He adds, ‘I am quite good on little sleep. I think a lot of that is an attitude thing. I think the same about hangovers. You can compound your misery by not getting out of bed and not facing the day. But if you actually get the f*** up you might not be as miserable.’ It is a philosophy that is hard to argue with.
‘New Worlds’ beins on Channel 4 on Apr 1
source | source
my mr perfect <3
We like to think of Gwyneth Paltrow as our own personal lifestyle guru. From her bold crop top-wearing skills to her crazy cleanses to those GOOP newsletters, the actress is everywhere. So it’s no surprise Restorsea tapped Paltrow as the new face of their skincare line.
What are her secrets to a flawless complexion? “I try to always cleanse my skin and moisturize at night. I’ve gotten a lot better at it,” she tells PEOPLE. “I used to just wash my face with a wash cloth and water. But now I’m 41, so I need to be a girl and deal with products and put them on and stuff. I still think a hot wash cloth is a really good exfoliator, and I still use it. But I put a cleanser on first. Exfoliation is super important. A hot wash cloth and good scrub.”
Paltrow said she made sure to try out Restorsea’s products for six weeks before committing to the brand.
“Because of my website, I get sent things all the time, so I don’t necessarily get very excited about many things. I really loved how this smelled and felt,” she says. “So that’s what drew me to keep using it. Then I saw a real change in my skin. When they approached me, I thought this was fantastic.”
And while the busy mom of two is now a devotee to a real skincare regimen, she maintains that her top beauty tip is making sure to exercise: “If you have a good sweat everyday it’s so detoxifying and good for your skin tone.”
When it comes to her makeup mantra, Paltrow’s all about a pretty basic palette and always has Max Factor mascara (“It works better than really expensive ones”) on hand. One beauty trend she’s not a fan of: the return of brown lipstick. “I think as you grow into yourself you know what works for you. So you don’t really follow trends like you do when you’re 20. Brown lipstick, I don’t think I’ll be bringing that back.”
The ’90s will be making a comeback in the Paltrow household via her overalls collection. “I love overalls. I never stopped wearing overalls,” she said. Another warm-weather wardrobe staple? “I’m excited to just wear sandals. I’m not a wedge person, I’m sort of into ‘Man Repeller’ shoes at the moment. Ugly-chic sandals for summer.”
What's your face cleansing routine?