Posts from May 2014

Chelsea's Kid Republican?

At a conference on Wednesday, former First Kid and soon-to-be mom, Chelsea Clinton, was asked by a reporter what would happen if Chelsea gave birth to a Republican?

Chelsea handled it well. “I would find that very hard to believe,” she said.

But seriously? This is journalism now? Asking a kid who grew up in a White House occupied by a pair of Democrats what would happen if her kid grew up to be a Republican?

That’s a very important question. And you can bet that same reporter will be there at the kid’s first birthday to see if he prefers the elephant rides to the donkey rides too.
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Interview: Seth MacFarlane

Listen to Gavin's interview with Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) about his new movie A Million Ways to Die in the West...
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All This to Prove What...?

Vitalii Sediuk is making a name for himself - and it's not a good one - by getting up close and personal with high-profile celebrities at public events. On Wednesday, his latest prank was to jump a barrier at the Hollywood premiere of “Maleficent” where he allegedly hit Brad Pitt in the face.

Nothing new. He’s hugged Will Smith, latched onto the legs of Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper, and tried to crawl up under America Ferrera’s dress.

Sure, he was arrested, but Sediuk says he’ll keep pulling his pranks, just to show how easy it is to sneak into Hollywood events.

Here’s a solution: invite him to everything. When you’re on the guest list, it’s impossilbe to say you snuck in, am I right?
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There's a New Annie in Town

Quvenzhane Wallis, the child actress who wowed Hollywood in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” is now tackling one of the most iconic characters in movies, theater and the funny pages: Little Orphan Annie.

“Annie,” due in theaters around Christmas, is already getting some buzz. It’s an updated version of the classic, featuring Jamie Foxx as the Daddy Warbucks character. His name: Benjamin Stacks.

Get it? Stacks of Benjamins?

Let’s hope the movie’s a little better than that. And from the trailer, it looks like it just might be. Make sure you pay close attention for Cameron Diaz’s portrayal of the devilish Miss Hannigan.

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Change It! Change It Now!

When Hilary Duff decides to make a change, she moves on it!

On Wednesday night, she texted her hair stylist and said she wanted to make a change for the summer. So on Thursday, hairdresser Marcus Francis trimmed off 3 inches of Hilary’s blondness, angling it a big shorter in the back than in the front.

The stylist reports that Hilary made the change “just to feel healthier in general,” according to US Weekly.

You want to feel healthier? So you get a haircut? What happened to the good old days when you took vitamins or maybe worked out to feel healthier?

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Wondering Where "The Wonder Years" Went?

The entire cast of “The Wonder Years” – that sorta-sitcom from the late 80s and early 90s – reunited recently. Are they going on tour, or ramping up to do a new series?

No. They just got together to record extra content for the DVD collection called “The Wonder Years: The Complete Series.” It’s due out sometime before the end of 2014 – no specific date has been set.

Meanwhile, everyone was there, and gathered around an old-style kitchen table for the picture that Danica McKellar posted on her Instagram page. See if you can figure out who’s who. There’s Kevin, Winnie, Mom and Dad, of course, plus Wayne and Norma, and who could forget Josh.

If you do really well at picking out the players, you’ll undoubtedly be camped out to be the first in your neighborhood to pick up the box set.

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Scout Willis Blows Her Top to Protest Instagram

Scout Willis, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, got angry when Instagram deleted her selfie showing a sweatshirt she’d designed that had two topless women pictured on it.

The site cited a violation of its Community Guidelines, and that got Scout hot.

So hot, she took off her top and walked around New York City. Being topless in public is “Legal in NYC but not on Instagram,” Scout shared on Twitter along with a topless photo of herself.

She’s done with Instagram – for a while, anyway. She’s thinking of starting a new Instagram account showing beautiful artistic nudes as an experiment, just to see how long it takes until she gets kicked off.
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It's been four years since we've seen Angelina Jolie in anything and the last time we did it was in one of the biggest box office failures of the year.  I understand that she's a mother of 40 kids and when you're married to Brad Pitt you don't have to be the bread-winner but c'mon, Angie!  We miss you!  Well, we miss seeing you because as far as your movies go, you actually don't have a stellar record of making good ones.  I know it's hard to believe but pull up her IMDB page and check it out for yourself.  She's someone we love as Hollywood royalty without ever really earning it.  That's not to say she's not a great actress because she is. In fact, she's one of the only great things about Maleficent.

The titular character of this re-telling of Sleeping Beauty is interesting.  It's been 55 years since Walt Disney made this (which was a box office and critical failure at the time, mind you) and 317 years since the original source material was published.  Out of all the Disney villains, Maleficent consistently ranks at the top, which is why Disney decided to make this film.  However, when you go down the predicatble and dissapointing road of telling a story from a villain's perspective and make them a misunderstood softy-at-heart, you strip away everything that we loved about them in the first place.

See, there are villains that we love to hate and villains that we just plain hate; both are excellent for a story.  But when you make the villain the star and then also make them the sympathetic hero, it's not what we love about the character anymore.  Sure, they look the same and talk the same but they don't act the same.  That choice was crippling for this film.  Make Maleficent dark and twitsted and complicated.  I know it's Disney and they were even aiming for a PG rating (which I'm shocked they got), but if those are your guidelines, then don't make it.

Director Robert Stromberg seemed to throw any original vision he might have had out the window and instead tore pages from the playbook of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, HBO's Game of Thrones and even a little of James Cameron's Avatar.  That type of unoriginality should've been expected by a guy like Stromberg who never directed a single thing before this but was an Oscar-winning visual effects master.  He's used to having people tell him what their vision is and never had to come up with one himself.  I can't blame him for doing it this way since he's had over 20 years of experience doing just that.

Maleficent also wasn't helped by a good script either.  It has the slowest and soggiest middle I've seen in months, has shockingly sparce dialogue and crams in unwatchable scenes of levity provided by the three fairies.  Despite all that, Angelina Jolie is pretty great in it.  Her brief performance that features Maleficent's wings cut off is agonizingly sad for a PG-rated film.  Maybe I'm reading into it too much but I wonder if she pulled from her real life and what it was like to part with her breasts after her double mastectomy.  Knowing that she went through that makes that scene simply heartbreaking and perhaps the only magic found in an otherwise very forgettable film.

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Even Bigger Greek Wedding in the Works

It’s official. Twelve years after making the highest-grossing romantic comedy in history (it grossed $241 million in the US alone), Nia Vardalos has announced that she’s got the script for the sequel to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

So far, John Corbett has signed on to reprise the role of Vardalos’ husband. The plot revolves around a new wedding that will bring her family together again. She tweeted that “the entire big fat family is invited back for the sequel.”

Here’s hoping Michael Constantine can return as her dad, so he can explain the Greek root of the word “sequel.”
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Could I Get Some Salt for this Wound, Please?

French tennis player Nicolas Mahut was knocked out of the first round of the French Open this week by Mikhail Kukushkin. Even if you didn’t know that, you could tell from his body language as he sat down for a post-match interview with the press.

One reporter had very bad information. Couple that with some very poor observational skills, and you’ve got the makings of a very embarrassing moment.

I don’t speak French, but it sure doesn’t sound like Mahut was inviting the reporter out for drinks at the end of the press conference....
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