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  • 04/10/13--07:14: Oblivion Press Tour
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    On Graham Norton (with Gerard Butler)


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  • 04/10/13--07:15: The "42" premiere
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    Celebs attend the premiere of "42" at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California

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    Freida Pinto's Photo shoot for Grazia India's 5th Aniversary Issue. Can you believe it's been 5 years since Slumdog Millionaire?












    If u haven't seen her grazia cover her it is.she is wearing Atsu




    Making of her Grazia Cover Shoot





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    Johnny Depp in "The Lone Ranger"


    When Disney released the animated musical Pocahontas in 1995, the song "Savages" was criticized as fostering negative stereotypes about Native Americans. In an effort to break from that culturally insensitive past, Disney has embarked on a broad outreach program in advance of its July 3 tentpoleThe Lone Ranger.

    The film stars Johnny Depp as Tonto -- a character who during his 1950s TV run spoke in broken English and lacked dimension. But the new Tonto enjoys a rich backstory, including an authentic portrayal of his Comanche heritage. Disney and Depp quietly courted Native American approval long before cameras rolled on the $250 million Gore Verbinski film. American Indian leaders were brought on during the script stage and were present throughout production.

    During filming, Depp, who has identified himself as being of Native American ancestry, was ceremonially adopted into the Comanche Nation by way of a private ceremony in the presence of then-tribal chairman Johnny Wauqua. Local Navajo elders performed a Navajo Blessing before shooting in Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah state line, and LaDonna Harris, a social activist known for her leadership of the Americans for Indian Opportunity, was invited on set.

    After production wrapped, Depp even flew to Lawton, Okla., to participate in the Comanche Nation Fair. Going back to Westerns, Hollywood often has portrayed Native Americans as uncivilized and violent. But a Disney insider says Lone Ranger feedback from Native American groups has been overwhelmingly positive.

    For Chris Eyre, the highest-profile Native American director working in show business, Disney's move is a welcome change. "I'm not looking to this movie to be the Native Schindler's List," says Eyre. "But I completely respect Johnny Depp for making this movie happen and for him to try and rewrite Tonto for a new generation."


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    So that's what the suit was for...



    Last year, Chris Hemsworth said he couldn't see his younger brother Liam Hemsworth getting engaged to girlfriend Miley Cyrus at such a young age. But now that the duo are officially on their way to the altar, the Thor star and his wife, Elsa Pataky, are supportive and eager for their union.

    "We're very excited," Pataky told E! News of Liam and Miley's wedding, while attending the Inaugural Oceana Ball in New York tonight.

    "We just want them to live a happy life," Hemsworth added, before Elsa stated, "We don't want to get too much into their personal life; we just want them to be happy."

    NEWS: Miley and Liam's engagement is still on

    Cyrus was spotted in Miami over the weekend, celebrating her buddy Pharrell's birthday with fellow Hollywood star Jennifer Hudson "So many peeps I love birrrfday is today! Gotta celllllebratttteee ❤❤❤," she tweeted last Friday.
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    Gone glamorous: Winona Ryder was spotted on a sunny day in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday


    They say ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ and it seems Winona Ryder took the adage into account when it came to her style on Tuesday.

    The actress was spotted walking through New York City and donned a similar beauty look as her appearance a film premiere the night before.

    The 41-year-old star kept it simple with her clothing, wearing blue jeans with a black top and jacket, as well as leather boots.









    But she added a glamorous side to her look by matching her red pout to her nail polish colour.

    The brunette rocked straight tresses and covered her eyes with dark sunglasses as she toted an ebony bag on her arm.

    As well as looking fabulous, she apparently felt good too as she smiled while chatting to a male companion in the Lower Manhattan area. [OP note - Unfortunately not Johnny Depp]





    Winona was seen the night before attending the movie premiere for Disconnect where she was more refreshing on the eye than ever as she fashion a similar clothing and make-up style.

    The look clearly works for Winona – who took a hiatus from gracing showbiz events after she was caught shoplifting in 2001 – but is due to have a more prominent role in the industry this year.

    Later this year she to star in Homefront with Hollywood stars including James Franco, Kate Bosworth and Jason Statham.

    In the flick, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord.

    She also joins James in The Ice man – out June 13 in the United Kingdom - which is the true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man.

    When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession.


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    It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years (today!) since we first watched Scotty Smalls on his quest to rescue his dad’s prized Babe Ruth-autographed baseball from the clutches of The Beast. It seems like the phrase “You’re killing me, Smalls!” has been around forever! What kind of people would we be today without growing up with Squints, Ham, Benny The Jet, Yeah-Yeah and the rest of the crew? Did hot lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn give us unreasonable expectations about love/pools? These are heavy questions indeed.


    In honor of the beloved classic turning 20 years old today, we’ve decided to check in with the team (and the rest of the cast) and see how they look and what they’re up to today. Enjoy!


    Player: Scott "Scotty" Smalls
    Played By: Tom Guiry
    After achieving cinema immortality as the mild-mannered (some might say "egg headed", others an "L-7 weenie.") Scotty, Tom kind of blew our minds by taking a lead role in the 2007 drama The Black Donnellys, playing a drug using petty criminal in New York City's Hells Kitchen. He also had a small role in the 2001 war film Black Hawk Down. At least he didn't get type -cast...


    Player: Benjamin Franklin "Benny The Jet" Rodriguez
    Played By: Mike Vitar
    We still feel a little betrayed that Mike didn't actually go on to the major leagues, but he did something even cooler: he's now a firefighter in Los Angeles!


    Player: Hamilton "Ham" Porter
    Played By: Patrick Renna
    The trash-talking catcher of the team miiiiight be our personal MVP. We're forever grateful to him for teaching us how to make a 'Smore, and uttering the immortal "You're KILLING me, Smalls!" After a run in more '90s classics like The Big Green, he now does television voice over work.


    Player: Michael "Squints" Palledorous
    Played By: Chauncey Leopardi
    Thanks to his epic (if slightly dickish) makeout with hot lifeguard Wendy Peffercorn, Squints will live in our hearts...(wait for it) For-Ev-Er. For-Ev-Er. After a brief guest spot on the seminal series Freaks and Geeks in 2000, he kind of laid low for a while. Although he does pop up in the 2009 sequel Sandlot 3...
    Haha my favorite character ^


    Player: Alan "Yeah-Yeah" McClennan
    Played By: Marty York
    Some bad news for Yeah-Yeah fans: Apparently the buff former child star was arrested in June 2009 for fighting with his girlfriend on the way home from an LA club. No-No...


    Player: Kenny DeNunez
    Played By: Brandon Quintin Adams
    The team's pitcher has kept busy over the years, with roles in The Fresh Prince, Moesha and another kid-sports franchise: The Mighty Ducks. He still acts today, most recently in the 2010 film Stuck In The Corners.


    Player: Bertram Grover Weeks
    Played By: Grant Gelt
    Here's the other bespectacled member of the team back in the day, and today, recently engaged to be married!


    Player: Timmy Timmons
    Played By: Victor DiMattia
    Victor seems to have pretty much gone off the grid since retiring from acting in the mid '90s. Judging from the hat, we're going to speculate that he run a ranch? (Editors Note: We totally made that up).


    Player: Tommy "Repeat" Timmons
    Played By: Shane Obedzinski
    We'll be honest, we haven't really been able to find many deets on Timmy Timmons' little brother, either. But he had a hell of an early '90s run, also appearing in My Girl (*tear*) and Cop & 1/2.


    Role: Wendy Peffercorn
    Played By: Marley Shelton
    Somehow we always knew Wendy would come out on top. The lifeguard of our dreams has gone on to appear in gritty big budget flicks like Sin City and Grind House. She was even at the Oscars this year!


    Role: Mr. Mertle
    Played By: James Earl Jones
    Come on, guys. What HASN'T James Earl Jones been in? He's kept acting on stage and screen, kicking ass as usual. He even appeared in The Sandlot 2!


    Role: Scott's Mom
    Played By: Karen Allen
    Although she's done a ton of movies, Karen will always be Scotty's mom to us. She's continued acting since The Sandlot, even reprising her most famous role as Marion Ravenwood in 2008's Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull


    Role: Bill, Scott's Stepdad
    Played By: Denis Leary
    It's hard to imagine that The Sandlot was the big screen debut for this Worcester native. He blew up soon after, appearing in over 40 films, on top of FX's incredible Rescue Me series. Oh yeah, and something about a stand up career...?


    Role: Babe Ruth
    Played By: Art LaFleur
    He's the guy you've always seen, but you probably didn't know his name. It seems like whenever Hollywood needs a gruff guy, they give ol' Art a call. The character actor has been King of the Sequels lately, appearing in The Santa Clause 2 and 3, as well as Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective.

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    The Football Association will ignore a plea from the Wigan Athletic chairman, Dave Whelan, for a minute's silence to be held in memory of Lady Thatcher ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Millwall on Saturday.

    Whelan said that Thatcher, who died on Monday at the age of 87, was "owed" a minute's silence at Wembley ahead of the FA Cup semi-finals and also said he would be in favour of players wearing black armbands out of respect.

    The Premier League and the Football League have said that they will not be requiring clubs to hold a minute's silence, though it remains possible that individual sides could request one. It is understood that the FA has no plans to hold a minute's silence ahead of either of this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.

    "We owe Mrs Thatcher a minute's silence," said Whelan. "It is not my decision, it is for the FA to decide, but I would be in favour of wearing an armband out of respect to Mrs Thatcher. We have to say thank you very much for the services the former PM has given us."

    He was backed by his Reading counterpart, Sir John Madejski, who said: "We have got to appreciate that Margaret Thatcher was a world leader who did so much for this country. So much that she deserves a minute's silence."

    It has been argued that Thatcher did not have any personal connection to football but Whelan said that the game should pay tribute to her regardless. "Football was in a bad way when she was prime minister, we saw all the changes in her time and they should pay tribute to that," he told the BBC.

    There was no minute's silence before the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Monday night but Whelan insisted he could not understand why parts of the population, especially in the north, did not want to mark her death and said Manchester United's decision was "very disrespectful".

    "I think that's wrong. The politicians, you get them on the left or on the right, when they are PM, they are PM. They are acting for our country, representing our country with politics on one side. Whoever it is, whatever political views they have, I would always support the PM. To have no recognition of Mrs Thatcher last night is not right and very disrespectful."

    Two former Conservative sports ministers paid effusive tribute to Thatcher. Lord Moynihan, also the former chairman of the BOA, said she was "the finest captain of Team GB" and Richard Tracey said the decision not to hold a minute's silence was "rather cheap". No county cricket teams have announced plans to mark Thatcher's death when the season begins on Wednesday but the England and Wales Cricket Board has advised them to fly flags at half mast next week, on the day of her funeral.

    "Given that it will be a 'ceremonial funeral' and having taken advice from government, it is recommended that the appropriate protocol would be for first-class counties to fly flags within their venues at half-mast on the day of the funeral itself, rather than holding a minute's silence," said an ECB spokesman.


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    ONE DIRECTIONERS only have 142 days to see the lads in 3D glory.

    Here is the first image of the boyband promoting their new film.

    Supersize Me’s Morgan Spurlock spent months on tour filming their antics.

    Risky with Harry – especially in 3D.

    He could have your eye out.

    One Direction: This Is Us is out August 30.
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    Yesterday, I was invited to attend a special event in Los Angeles where press members and fans alike were treated to a special glimpse at new footage from Elysium, one of this summer's most highly-anticipated films, arriving in theaters August 9. While there was quite little that was known about the movie beforehand, the buzz was palpable after the presentation had ended.

    Director Neill Blomkamp, star Sharlto Copley, and producer Simon Kinberg joined us in Los Angeles, with Matt Damon joining the discussion via a live feed that was streamed from a packed theater in Berlin, Germany. After Matt Damon thanked everyone for "skipping work or school" to be there.

    After the footage presentation, director Neill Blomkamp, star Sharlto Copley, and producer Simon Kinberg held a Q&A session for the press, to elaborate more on what we saw. Here's what they had to say.

    Elysium Q&A - Director Neill Blomkamp, Actor Sharlto Copley, and Producer Simon Kinberg:

    How much of the movie takes place going into space, and how much of it takes place on Earth?

    Neill Blomkamp: Definitely, a majority of the film takes place on Earth. It's probably 2/3 on Earth and 1/3 Elysium. The whole aspiration of the protagonist is to get there.

    Can you talk about how much, if at all, the Occupy movement and the understanding 99% impacted this movie?

    Neill Blomkamp: Hopefully, it didn't impact it at all. I think they are just topics that are on people's minds, and things manifest out of reality, this global consciousness. Separate from the Occupy movement and the 99% discussion, I was thinking of this throughout that. I remember reading something about Christopher Nolan trying to film some Occupy movement for The Dark Knight Rises. That was the first time that I realized I was making a film that, in terms of social consciousness, fit into a CNN sound bite. They've always come from the same place. I just don't want it to be fast food and throwaway, if that makes sense.

    Can you talk about Max's apparatus, in terms of the story, and how long it took Matt to suit up?

    Neill Blomkamp: In terms of the story, it's funny because there's product placement in this film. I personally wrote emails to companies I wanted to get into the film, to try to add realism to it. One of my favorite ones is Kawasaki, which you see on his suit. The idea was, it was this very low-end, almost like a dirtbike, motorcross version of a strength suit, that was born out of research and development. Like, Lockheed (Martin) and a bunch of other companies have Hulk suits for enhanced strength. I just wanted it to look really grungy and extremely low end and kind of real. That was the thinking, and he's sick in the film, so it makes him stronger but it doesn't make him Iron Man strong. Then, in a practical application, there's a surprising amount of engineering, for the range of motion, to work correctly. Sharlto (Copley) has one, later on in the film, that is a bit more advanced than Matt's.

    Can you talk a bit about Kruger's look in the film? You see these metal pieces in his face. When you were casting the film, was it the idea to the opposite of his character in District 9?

    Neill Blomkamp: It wasn't the idea to go opposite. I never think of something in terms of what not to do. It's always what's appealing or what's cool. One of the things we were talking about downstairs is Sharl tried a few different versions of the accent, trying to figure out where this guy came from. Out of that, there was a Border War in the 70s and 80s, where the Special Forces guys were truly on their own. It literally was like Black Ops on a different level. We saw photos of these guys, wearing these terrible shorts and holding a beer, and with this big beard, celebrating after they just killed someone. That served as reference. We tried a bunch of different contacts. He picked a very dark pair of eyes.

    Sharlto Copley: Those units are guys who could just go in the bush and not come out for like three months. It's a very specific type of soldiering. It's not like, 'Oh, I look cool in my Oakley's.' It's a different type of person.

    What are those metal implants on his face?

    Neill Blomkamp: Later on, we also have them on his body. Basically, they're like metal implants that are drilled into his bone. They just click on and off. One is for night vision.

    Do we get any sort of history of how Elysium all started?

    Neill Blomkamp: I like films that just put you there, and you have to deal with it. There was a more aggressive version of the film, where the intro was virtually non-existent. There is this space station, and you have to keep up with it. I shot some footage that explains the intro a little bit more, but I decided not to use it. I'd say it's about half-way. There is some explanation, but it's definitely not over the top.

    You seem to have a firm grasp on futurism and realistic interpretations of where we might be. Did you consult with anyone on that?

    Neill Blomkamp: Not really. I think that if you really want to make a proper, speculative, piece of science fiction, it's a very different product that you end up with. In this film, proper science is thrown out the window a little bit, in favor of metaphor or plot. Actually, less plot, more to make the mechanics work. Building a space station with marble and slate is not that smart. That's not something you want to do, but the metaphor of Bel Air in space, is correct. My approach is start off with something ridiculous, then try to use the most realistic portrayal of the ridiculous, as you can. It's kind of like I'm painting ridiculous ideas.

    Simon Kinberg: There are even small details like, on Elysium, people use paper. The assumption would be, in 100 plus, there wouldn't be paper, but it makes it relatable and real and connects to today's world in a way that's unconscious.

    Do you see yourselves as "smugglers" of ideas, to try and fit current notions into your films?

    Neill Blomkamp: I like that. Filmmaking smugglers. It's an interesting question. In the realm of popcorn cinema, the amount of 'smuggling' of ideas you can get in there, is quite limited. If you think you can actually make a difference or change things, you're on pretty thin ice. You can put ideas in there that are real issues that are happening in the world. For me, there are a bunch of things that interest me, and ideas formulate out of them. I think that, if I wanted to make something that could make a difference, in this industry, I'd make a documentary. That's the closest I could come to actually trying to making a difference. The film does speak about topics, but I don't know how much the audience takes away from them. It's inspiration for art.

    You talked about shooting in Mexico City. Can you talk about the differences between shooting there and Johannesburg?

    Neill Blomkamp: I can summarize it pretty quickly. Mexico City is all about kidnappings, and Joburg is all about carjackings. The security team had done a lot of research. In the areas we were in, the chance of random impulse crime was extremely low, and the chance of a two-to-three week pre-meditated kidnapping was much, much, higher. Johannesburg was the inverse of that. There is extreme wealth, and then extreme poverty. Obviously, we chose extreme poverty, because (Vancouver) Canada represented the wealth.

    Sharlto Copley: Yeah, there were a lot of similar things. I felt safer in Mexico because of the kidnapping thing. I was like, 'Well, they're going to go for Matt Damon before they go for me.' I was like, 'Hey, brothers! I'm from South Africa! I'm a third world guy! Take the producer. He's American.' I felt OK, but it was the scale of Mexico City that surprised me. The sheer size of the place was astounding. It just goes on, and on, and on. Not as much shacks, like you have in South Africa, but a consistent level of just blocks and blocks and blocks.

    Can people on Earth be selected to go to Elysium?

    Neill Blomkamp: No, it's all money. If you have the money, you can go. It's pretty self-selective.

    One of the things I've liked, is you're doing wholly original pieces. Would you ever circle back to this world, or the world of District 9?

    Neill Blomkamp: I don't actively sit down and say I'm going to do my own stuff and that I want everything to be original. One of the things I learned with Halo... I actually still really like the world and universe of Halo and if I was given control, I would like to do that film. But that's the problem. When something pre-exists there's this idea of 'I have my interpretation of what that is' but along with it comes like 150 other people involved with the film's interpretation of the same intellectual property. And then the entire filmgoing audience has their interpretation. And you can live up to or fail in their eyes. And that part of it isn't appealing to me. But the original pieces are appealing. In terms of sequels to my own stuff, a lot of it just comes down to if there's more to say. And I think the world of District 9 has a lot of very interesting race and oppression-based ideas that I would still like to explore in that world. Again, I have zero problems, I'll make my own stuff or whatever you want to call it, sequalize my own stuff. And then there's a few pieces of cinema history that I like so much I don't know whether I could be involved with them. There's, you know, there's iconic characters that I really like that I would love to get closer to and make a film about. When I start dipping my toes into it, I get this allergic reaction. Maybe one day I'll end up doing something like that.

    The people on Elysium, are they oblivious to what's going on down on Earth?

    Neill Blomkamp: On Elysium, the idea is it's a mirror of how the West is now with immigration. A lot of people want to help out the rest of the world, and they want to take that wealth pour it out like a glass on half the planet. Other people want controlled borders.

    Sharlto Copley: With Kruger, the issue is more with politicians and soldiers. He's living among the squalor, but he would be on Elysium. He's one of them, but he has to live here. That's not the politics of what's happening, whether it's fair or not. It's just soldiering. It's that kind of gung-ho soldiering attitude from my guys.

    Can you talk a bit more about William Fichtner's character Carlyle? He had a tone and cadence that sounded robotic.

    Neill Blomkamp: The cadence isn't robotic. There's a bit of satire throughout the whole film, and, with Carlyle, the satire is turned up a little bit more. He's just a billionaire who is uninterested in the small people that get in the way of him making a profit. That cadence is he acts with almost no emotion. There are some scenes that are pretty funny. He's just rich and extremely elitist.

    Is there any commentary there on some of the people you've dealt with in Hollywood?

    Neill Blomkamp: Um... yes.

    That wraps up my day in Hollywood with the filmmakers and actors from Elysium, which debuts in theaters August 9. After watching the footage they showed today, it is going to be an unbearably long five months before finally getting to see this in theaters.
    Elysium comes to theaters August 9th, 2013 and stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Michael Shanks, Talisa Soto, Diego Luna. The film is directed by Neill Blomkamp.

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    I just can't with Sharlto's humor, it managed to get a giggle out of me during the Mexico City question

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  • 04/11/13--09:16: THE UK HAS SPOKEN

  • no one trolls better than the UK does

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  • 04/11/13--10:03: Adele covers "ELLE" [May/US]


  • UK singer-superstar Adele covers the May 2013 issue of Elle US for their Women In Music issue, which also features Alicia Keys and Rita Ora.

    The Golden Globe, Academy Award and Grammy winner was shot by Thomas Whiteside at L.A.’s EastWest Studios – the studio made famous by icons like Frank Sinatra – wearing a black lace vintage Alberta Ferretti dress and sporting a beehive ‘do and smoky eyes.

    The music issue includes a tribute to Adele and the thoughts of fellow musicians – including Katy Perry, Britney Spears, John Mayer and legend Barbra Streisand – on her meteoric rise to fame.

    Adele talks to Elle about taking her time with her third album, the highest point of her career, the worst show she ever performed and the song which always gets her on the dance floor.

    On her third album:“I’m writing the songs now, and then I’ll want to rehearse them for a while. As much as I love my first album, there are still things that I wish I had done differently. So I don’t want to rush anything. You’re only as good as your last record, so if I put out something that’s shit, nobody’s going to buy it. If it’s crap, people will be like, “Why was she ever such a big deal?” So I have to take my time. I mean, if it takes me three years, I imagine people will start getting a bit nervy… but I’ll do my best to avoid that.”

    On the high point in her career:“Winning the Grammys! To be nominated for a Grammy would have been a highlight, but winning just blew my mind.”

    On the worst show she ever played:“One of my first gigs, in 2006, in a dinky little pub in East London. I didn’t realize that I was headlining: I thought I was on at 8 p.m., but it turned out that I wasn’t on until about 2 a.m. It was a Friday night, so I had invited all my friends and my family, and there were probably another 300 people there who had heard about me and come to watch me. Anyway, I got so drunk between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. I played three songs, I forgot the words, and I fell off my chair. It was a free show, thankfully. Can you imagine paying to see someone forget their own lyrics and fall off their chair? Worst thing ever. That’s why I stopped drinking”.

    On her go-to party song: “When I want to party, I play “Crazy in Love.” That’s always been the song that my friends and I get ready to; or before I go on a first date, I play it to feel sexy.”



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    On raising her kids:“I’m a lot less a rock chick and a lot more about being a good mother, a good partner. I’m part of a family. That’s how we were brought up, how I bring my kids up. They are very blessed to live how they do but they are aware of that.”

    On plans to marry her fiance Matthew Bellamy:“We will get married. I do think it’s important but we have no plans. [Son Ryder] wants a party. For me it’s not the legal part that is important, it’s what it means to the family.”

    On her love of dancing:“Oh my God I love it. I’ve learnt the cha-cha and the tango. I’m having dresses made. Those colours and flounces are totally my guilty pleasure. The whole thing’s an excuse to go out on the dancefloor looking almost naked. With sequins. It’s so sexy.”



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    The secrecy surrounding "Man of Steel," due June 14, is pretty extraordinary, but composer Hans Zimmer was able to give CNN a glimpse of what to expect when we caught up with him this week regarding the score he did for "The Bible."

    Asked if the two projects had anything in common, since both involve a savior figure (Jesus, Kal-el) sent by his father to Earth, Zimmer laughed and said, "Yes. Yes is the answer. Once you see Superman, you'll see how close you are with your question."

    "Both stories are passions," Zimmer continued, "about a struggle to do the right thing. For Superman, it was a really simple question for me. What does it take to become a good man? To be good? And what does that mean in our more and more complex society? Do any of these values still resonate with us?"
    Zimmer said he came to this understanding about director Zack Snyder's take on Superman (which reboots the series, instead of coming in at a later point a la "Superman Returns") because he was questioning how he would score the film and not remind audiences of John Williams' iconic fanfare theme. "Look, that was daunting," Zimmer confessed. "Seriously. He's the greatest film composer out there, without a doubt, and it happens to be one of his iconic pieces of music, so I spent three months just procrastinating and not even getting a start on the thing, because I was so intimidated: 'Oh my God, I'm following in John Williams' footsteps.'"

    His way around this, he said, was to look at the Superman story in a "very different way." "I kept thinking of the story as, What if you are extraordinary, and your entire ambition is to join humanity? To become human? What does it mean to become human? What does it mean to be an outsider who really wants to join the human race?"

    "Man of Steel," which replaces Brandon Routh with Henry Cavill, is the origin story of Superman, starting with a young Clark Kent discovering that he has extraordinary powers and is not from planet Earth. As he grows up, he learns where he came from and what he was sent to this planet to do, as he becomes a symbol of hope for humanity. The film also stars Russell Crowe as Jor-el (Kal-el's birth father on Krypton), Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent (his adoptive parents), Michael Shannon as General Zod (so expect some trouble there), Laurence Fishburne as Daily Planet editor Perry White, and Amy Adams as reporter/love interest Lois Lane. ("She's fun and sassy, in control, getting into trouble, and always looking for a headline!" Adams enthused earlier). While it remains to be confirmed, the latest rumor is that Mackenzie Gray is playing Lex Luthor, although he doesn't appear in the trailer.

    Coming off three Dark Knight films directed by Christopher Nolan ("Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," and "The Dark Knight Rises"), Zimmer also didn't want to do "another really dark" superhero movie. "Everything's tinged with irony and sarcasm and bitterness and darkness these days," he said. But this Superman is something lighter, he said, "celebrating everything that was good and fine about America," such as small towns "where people don't lock their doors, neighbors get together, and families are families."

    "What was important for Superman was the simple fact that none of us pay much attention to the Midwest," Zimmer said. "I know America mainly by the big cities, but if you go into the Midwest, there is a people there and there is a country there. And I thought it was important that the decent folk, simple folk be the heart of the story, and a character who is guileless, who isn't complicated in the sort of flawed way our Dark Knight is, and isn't political in any way. He's just striving to become a better part of humanity."
    This perspective on Superman, the German-born composer said, is something that he came by in part because he's a foreigner. "I think partly what we foreigners are good at is looking at America, not in a judgmental way, but wide-eyed, and seeing the things you take for granted and presenting them in a new way," he added. "Like for 'Thelma and Louise' and the Grand Canyon, most American kids wouldn't want to go there for their holiday, but to us it's a magical, magnificent place."
    Sonically, this treatment of America comes across via a grouping of pedal steel guitars (instead of the usual string section), banging titanium and steel sculptures, and organizing "a who's who of drummers" in a 12-member drum circle, including Jason Bonham, Sheila E. and Pharrell Williams. "The great thing about Superman is that everybody loves Superman," Zimmer said with a laugh. "It's very easy making the call and saying, 'Hey, can you come?' I remember phoning Pharrell and him saying, 'I'm right in the middle of producing the Beyonce album in Miami.' 'Jason Bonham's in Miami, and he's getting on a plane!' Next morning, there's Pharrell, looking a little bleary-eyed."

    As a producer on "Man of Steel," Nolan, who also collaborated on the story, initially acted as a sounding board for some of Zimmer's ideas ("getting rid of my demons," as he put it) but soon stepped aside so he wouldn't be "a mistress in the mix" between Zimmer and director Zack Snyder, especially since Zimmer's involvement in the whole project stemmed from a misunderstanding in the first place.

    "A journalist asked me (at an 'Inception' party) if I was going to do Superman, and I hadn't even heard of it, so I went, 'Absolutely no way,'" Zimmer said. "Somehow in the noise of that party, that got misconstrued as 'Absolutely Hans is doing it.' It was all over the Internet that I was doing Superman, and I'd never even met Zack! So I phoned him up, 'I'm really sorry, this wasn't my doing, this is a misunderstanding.' And he said, 'Oh! It's great that you phoned. Maybe we should meet and talk.'"

    So they did, and Nolan urged Zimmer to sign up. "I remember him going, 'Of course you can do it. What's the big deal? I did Batman.' And I said, 'Excuse me, you went to Warner Bros. with an idea of how you were going to do Batman, and you're saying I'm supposed to do Superman, but I don't have the idea in my head.' I have to sneak up on it!" And with Snyder, now he has.




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    Having already dominated the Grammy Awards, late-night television and the Billboard 200, Justin Timberlake rode his rolling promotional juggernaut to the White House on Tuesday night, taking part in an all-star tribute to Memphis soul along with Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones and Queen Latifah, among others.

    And, yes, he wore his suit and tie.

    The invite-only concert, to be broadcast April 16 on PBS, was the latest installment in a series of "In Performance at the White House" events that have seen President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate country music, Motown and the work of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

    According to the Washington Post, Tuesday's gig featured renditions of "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" by Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) and "You Don't Miss Your Water" by William Bell. Timberlake, a Memphis native, did Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" with guitar by Steve Cropper, who co-wrote the tune and played on the original record.



    "This is the music that asked us to try a little tenderness," President Obama said in his introductory remarks, Entertainment Weekly reported. "It's the music that put Mr. Big Stuff in his place. And it's the music that challenged us to accept new ways of thinking with four timeless words: 'Can you dig it?' "

    Timberlake, Staples and harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite also took part in a discussion with students Tuesday in the White House's State Dining Room, where Staples nailed down the difference between soul music and the gospel tradition it grew out of: "Rather than saying 'Jesus,' you're saying 'baby.' "

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    I'm still jumping for joy over last night's ending.

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    THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Duncan's (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up and begins to finally find his place in the world—all during a summer he will never forget.

    Written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants)

    In theaters: July 5th, 2013

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    NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 11, 2013) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League today announced a historic partnership with the You Can Play Project that formalizes and advances their long-standing commitment to make the NHL the most inclusive professional sports league in the world.

    “The NHL sets the standard for professional sports when it comes to LGBT outreach and we are incredibly grateful for their help and support,” said Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke, the founder of the You Can Play Project, an advocacy organization that fights homophobia in sports. “We will work with League and NHLPA officials, teams and players to ensure that we create a more inclusive hockey community at all levels.”


    Said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: “Our motto is 'Hockey Is For Everyone,' and our partnership with You Can Play certifies that position in a clear and unequivocal way. While we believe that our actions in the past have shown our support for the LGBT community, we are delighted to reaffirm through this joint venture with the NHL Players’ Association that the official policy of the NHL is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands.”

    “NHL players have supported the You Can Play Project since its inception, which we are pleased to formalize and expand upon with today’s announcement,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. “The players believe our partnership with the NHL and You Can Play will foster an inclusive hockey environment from the grassroots level to the professional ranks.”

    The official partnership with You Can Play includes a significant commitment to education and training for teams, players, media and fans plus the production and broadcast of more public service announcements.

    “As NHL players, we all strive to contribute towards helping our teams achieve success on the ice. Any player who can help in those efforts should be welcomed as a teammate,” said Ron Hainsey, Winnipeg Jets defenseman and NHLPA Executive Board member. “This partnership solidifies the message that the hockey community believes in fairness and equality for everyone.”

    You Can Play will conduct seminars at the NHL’s rookie symposium to educate young prospects on LGBT issues. In addition, You Can Play will make its resources and personnel available to each individual team as desired.

    The NHLPA and NHL also will work with You Can Play to integrate the project into their Behavioral Health Program, enabling players to confidentially seek counseling or simply ask questions regarding matters of sexual orientation.

    The You Can Play Project, founded by Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke, celebrated its one year anniversary on March 4, 2013. From its inception, it has had tremendous support from the hockey community and beyond. Professional players Tommy Wingels and Andy Miele, and former NHL General Manager Brian Burke all serve on You Can Play’s Advisory Board. Over 100 professional hockey players have voiced their support for gay teammates and have been joined by athletes from numerous sports representing approximately 20 NCAA organizations.


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