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Exclusive Look – Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Get an exclusive first look at the latest installment in the Captain America franchise and it’s incredible cast of characters, including Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Director Nick Fury, Chris Evans, our hero Steve Rogers, his new ally Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon played by Anthony Mackie, and a mysterious enemy from the past…the Winter Soldier played by Sebastian Stan.
A Brothers’ Journey: Thor & Loki
- In this 30min featurette go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast as we explore two of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Universe with stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) & Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and journey through the key moments that have defined and endeared these characters to audiences around the world.
Scoring Marvel’s Thor:The Dark World with Brian Tyler
- Go behind the scenes with the filmmakers and acclaimed composer Brian Tyler for a look at the creation of the movie’s stunning original score.
- Audio Commentary with Director Alan Taylor, Producer Kevin Feige, Actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau
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OMW memories. And I'm feeling old. Part two of the IDOL PREMIERE is TONIGHT at 8/7c on FOX!!
What's one of the best pranks around? The "making your friends feel fat" prank, obviously — at least, that's what George Clooney thinks. Oh, and if your friend also happens to be a world-famous actor, it's just that much better.
So it came as no surprise when Clooney's co-star, Matt Damon, admitted he had been the victim of George's latest wiles during the filming of "Monuments Men."
"He had said, 'We're going to get in shape,' and I was like, 'Yeah, I want to get in shape,'" Damon revealed on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Tuesday.
Only Matt wasn't seeing the results ... because every few days, Clooney was having his pal's pants taken in between one-eighth and one-16th of an inch. In other words, not enough to be obvious, but enough to be uncomfortable. This left poor Matt wondering how his waistline could be expanding when he was working out so hard.
"I never said anything to him, which he probably loved even more," the father-of-four said with a laugh. It turns out, not only did Damon never say anything, but he reportedly only found out about it after reading an interview in which Clooney admitted his scheme!
It's probably worth noting that the exact same prank was pulled on "Glee" last season, before "Monuments Men" was shot. It's also probably worth noting that back in 2009, Clooney pulled the exact same prank on Damon while he was staying at George's famed manse in Lake Como. Yes, you read that correctly.
This leaves us with two burning questions: First, is it possible that Matt is so trusting that he had wiped the slate clean after Clooney did this to him the first time and effectively forgotten all about it? And second, does George Clooney watch "Glee?"
We like to think that the answer to both of these queries is yes.
Can't decide if Damon is a little dumb or just too trusting since this happened to him twice. Best pranks you played/experienced, ONTD?
Plot: Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, the film is both a celebration of Anita Hill’s legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family, many of whom were by her side that fateful day 22 years ago. Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.
Release Date: March 21, 2014
Today, Pottermore released the second installment of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, chapters 12 through 20.
In this installment, the Pottermore Insider announces, users can:
"Squeeze Goyle’s boils in the dungeons and collect a Potter Stinks badge, meet characters such as Mad-Eye Moody and Rita Skeeter for the very first time and discover new information from J.K. Rowling about the international wizarding schools Beauxbatons and Durmstrang."
As mentioned above, there are two new J.K. Rowling Exclusive Content entries, about Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, as well as an insightful overview of the Dailey Prophet.
Next week, from January 24-26, Pottermore will be at the Celebration of Harry Potter convention at Universal Orlando to present new artwork from the final installment of Goblet of Fire, preview an audio clip on J.K. Rowling, and give insight in the behind-the-scenes work at Pottermore. We’ll have full coverage of their event, so stick with us at Pottermore News.
Here is what’s in store for “Total Eclipse of the Heart”: “Hoping to help everyone move past recent traumatic events, Caroline (Candice Accola) convinces Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) to attend Whitmore College’s “Bitter Ball” for broken-hearted students. Bonnie is intrigued with a fellow student named Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell), who appears to be dabbling in witchcraft. Tyler (Michael Trevino) starts to worry about Matt’s (Zach Roerig) relationship with Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda). After making a disturbing discovery, Stefan (Paul Wesley) has a frustrating conversation with Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey). Dr. Wes (guest star Rick Cosnett) struggles to continue his research project with help from a new benefactor named Sloan (guest star Caitlin McHugh). Still bent on revenge, Damon and Enzo resort to violence to convince Bonnie and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) to help them, but their plan takes an unexpected and horrifying turn.”
Janelle Monáe recently taped an appearance on “Sesame Street” to celebrate the show’s 45th season. Monáe’s song, “The Power of Yet,” will teach people about persevering.
“I am so excited to be living one of my dreams — to be here on ‘Sesame Street,’. I’m here because I am teaching everybody on ‘Sesame Street’ the importance and the power of ‘yet.’ Never, ever, ever give up because there’s so much power in ‘yet.’”
“I always tell people we’re not trying to write for any particular age group,” says “Sesame Street” music director Bill Sherman, who also writes many of the shows songs, like “The Power of Yet.” “We’re trying to write for everybody. By using current pop artists on the show, it opens kids up to all those sounds. And it opens up those artists to a generation they may not have gotten to.”
The episode will air in September.
Check out a few scenes from her upcoming appearance:
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Actress Amy Adams attends the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.
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Claire Holt shows off her gorgeous self in this hot new pic from the latest edition of the Just Jared Spotlight of the Week photo series.
The 25-year-old Aussie actress stars on the new hit CW series The Originals as Rebekah Mikaelson, the role that she originated on the sister show The Vampire Diaries.
Claire was photographed by Justin Campbell at the Mondrian Hotel wearing some fierce outfits, including a pair of Vogue Eyewear sunglasses.
In our exclusive interview with Claire, she tells us how she got her start acting on television series in Australia with Phoebe Tonkin before fortuitously landing star-making roles on the same show. We even got her to dish on how they took trips to Target together as broke actresses in Los Angeles and stumbling upon dolls modeled after their characters from that Aussie show. Lol!
Just Jared: Congratulations on The Originals, it is doing super great!
Claire Holt: Thank you, it is.
JJ: How did you first get into acting?
CH: You know, I was doing odd jobs for my dad, or making five dollars an hour filing, at probably age 14, and I thought there’s got to be a better way to earn money than sitting, folding, and putting stickers to some things.
JJ: In Australia?
CH: Yes, so I started doing TV commercials. I did a Sizzler ad, a Dreamworld ad.
JJ: Sizzler, as in the restaurant?
CH: Yeah! I got to spend the entire day eating cheese bread and pink lemonade so I thought I had the best job in the world.
JJ: You made it!
CH: I made it. I started doing that, and then my first acting audition was for H2O: Just Add Water, which is a mermaid show that I did with my Originals co-star Phoebe Tonkin. And yeah, I’ve been doing it ever since.
JJ: How did that come about with you and Phoebe on Vampire Diaries and The Originals or is that completely separate?
CH: Completely fortuitous. We’re sort of the same demographic I guess, that we appeal to, so we were both up for the same type of roles, but that was just luck. It’s awesome.
JJ: What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t acting?
CH: You know what? It sounds really pretentious, but I always wanted to be a doctor, because my dad’s a doctor and I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. But, I went off track a little bit there. My mum just actually read my grade one school book last night and told me I said that I wanted to be a singer or a police woman. So I guess maybe that.
JJ: You could still be those on film.
CH: Right? A singer or a police woman.
JJ: It could be both, it could be YMCA. (laughs)
CH: Oh yeah, there we go.
JJ: What are you most excited about for the rest of the season?
CH: I’m really excited for the story to move forward in episode 11, or when we come back from the mid-season finale, 10 or 11. I’m excited for the fans to start to see the repercussions of the harvest ritual. Also, Rebekah kind of gets some balls and starts toning back on the men, and following her own path and forging female alliances. There’s some cool scenes that I get to do with Phoebe, which is really nice.
JJ: Do you have a favorite prop on set?
CH: Oooh, a favorite prop. The dagger. That’s my favorite prop. My teeth actually, maybe, that’s more fun. I like putting those in. Daniel Gillies, who plays Elijah, is like the prop master, he’s obsessed with them. He tries to put really weird props in the set all the time. So we did one set and there was a baby carrier, and he was like, he’s so odd.
JJ: How do you stay up at night or wake up early for early morning/late night shoots? Do you have a regimen?
CH: It’s almost impossible. A lot of sugar, caffeine. I try and work out. That keeps me up a little bit, but it’s hard. Driving home at like four in the morning after a long day at work, I have to stick my head out the window and blast air.
JJ: Describe your castmates in one word. Joseph Morgan.
JJ: Daniel Gillies.
JJ: Phoebe Tonkin.
CH: Oh, I was going to say “the best” but that’s two. Gorgeous.
JJ: Charles Michael Davis.
JJ: Daniella Pineda.
JJ: Leah Pipes.
JJ: Danielle Campbell.
JJ: And now your Vampire Diaries family.
CH: Oh my God, I’m so on the spotlight. I’ll definitely regret all those. (laughs)
JJ: Ian Somerhalder.
CH: (laughs) Affectionate.
JJ: Paul Wesley.
CH: I already said hilarious for Daniel. Um… funny.
JJ: Steven R. McQueen.
CH: Muscley. (laughs)
JJ: Zach Roerig.
JJ: Michael Trevino.
CH: Oh gosh, what can I call Michael? Lover.
JJ: Candice Accola.
CH: The greatest.
JJ: Matthew Davis.
JJ: Malese Jow.
JJ: Kayla Ewell.
CH: She’s also sweetest. What’s Kayla? If I just say nice, that’s like the worst, but she’s the nicest person ever. Stunning.
JJ: Torrey DeVitto.
JJ: Taylor Kinney.
CH: Hot stuff.
JJ: Kat Graham.
JJ: Who was your favorite cast member while you were on Vampire Diaries, both male and female?
CH: My favorite male cast member was Paul Wesley. He is such a riot, he’s so hilarious. People don’t know that about him. He’s just so funny. And really talented, he was one of my best friends when I was working on that show. And female, Candice Accola. She is like the greatest friend you could ever have. She’s so loyal, she’s so fun. She is like Caroline on the show. No, it’s a toss up, Kat and Candice. It’s a tie. Candice is actually this amazing girl’s girl who you just want to be around. And Kat is the most fun ever. The way I met her is we were both taking a dance class in Atlanta, so we were in the same dance class, and I hadn’t worked with her yet. She’s just like fiercely loyal and such a strong, independent woman. She’s so career driven and successful. They’re really powerful and amazing women, and I love them.
JJ: What stuffed animal did you have at Vampire Diaries base camp that you hated?
CH: Oh, the wombat. Did Kat tell you that? (laughs) There was this wombat that someone sent, and it was this really ugly, fur thing. They were like, “Claire, you have to take the wombat when you go to The Originals,” and I left it there on purpose because I didn’t want the stupid wombat. And then they filmed this video for me of the wombat making a trip to The Originals set. And it was this whole production where they put it on the road, and everyone was saying goodbye to the wombat. The delivered it to The Originals set and then a day later the UPM’s dog ate the wombat. So, I got my wish. That’s so funny.
JJ: What are the babies, in Atlanta?
CH: The babies? Oh! How do you know all this stuff??? Who told you all this? I go to a shelter in Atlanta, called the Genesis Center, and it’s this really amazing place where homeless women can come with their newborns. They can have other children but a lot of them have newborns. They get education, job training, housing, medical care. And then they have a daycare center for the newborns during the day, so I go and hold babies in Atlanta, in my spare time. It’s really awesome, I love it so much.
JJ: Awww! You rented a house in Palm Springs for your birthday, when you got there, could you explain what happened?
CH: (laughs) I want to know how you know all this stuff! Oh my gosh! Okay, so we turned up at the house in Palm Springs and it was occupied already. There was a suitcase and stuff everywhere, and we thought that we had gone into the wrong house but we had the key and the code and stuff. Anyway, it turns out the owner’s mother had not realized that people had rented it out, and she was there for a little getaway. So, we had rented a quite dirty, little house in Palm Springs.
JJ: Teresa [Palmer] says you like to keep it real. How long have you gone without showering?
CH: Ever? Oh… goodness. I feel like when I was in high school and we’d go on those outward summer camps, like probably a week. Which is terrible and I would never do that now. Now, my boyfriend’s a neat freak, so I shower twice a day. I like follow in his lead. Yeah, there’s probably been a week long period there on some camping trip that I’ve gone without. I’ve done a gypsy shower, a little bit of deodorant, wash cloth, make up wipes.
JJ: Could you tell us about the time that you and Phoebe Tonkin went to Target broke?
CH: I can’t believe that you know all of this stuff.
JJ: I do my research.
CH: You’re amazing. When we first came to America, we didn’t have any money, and we gave ourselves a budget of $50 to go to Target. Because, every time you go into Target, you know, you end up coming out spending $200 or something crazy and everything you didn’t need. Okay, so $50 at Target, that’s it. So we turn up at Target and somehow we’re walking past the doll section of Target, and we see our H2O mermaid dolls in there. And we’re standing there, going, “We are so broke and we have dolls in Target, what went wrong?” But yes, we used to have a little frugal Friday where we’d go to Target with $50.
JJ: You took it upon yourself to find Phoebe a date to the formal one time?
CH: (laughs) I did do that. That was so mean, I shouldn’t have. I was just trying to help her out. We were on our first show, H2O, and there was this gorgeous extra, and Phoebe was really shy and she didn’t have a formal date. So I went up and asked him if he would take her to the formal.
JJ: And did he accept?
CH: He did, but I think she was so mad at me that she refused to talk to him or me for a good week.
JJ: Do you like to walk around, be out a lot, or are you more of a hermit?
CH: I like to walk around and be outside. I get really depressed if I sit inside for more than a day, like if it’s raining. Sometimes in Atlanta the weather’s so shocking you can’t go outside and I get really sad. I have to be in the sunshine, moving around, outside.
JJ: LA is good for that.
CH: I know, I wish we shot here.
JJ: How much time do you spend flying, and on planes?
CH: Oh Lord, I spend at least eight hours a week. I will have about 180,000 miles I think, by the end of this year, which is insane. Kat and I are frequent flyers, on Delta.
JJ: Who flies more, you or Kat?
CH: I think Kat does, which is crazy because I think I fly a lot. But I was on a plane with her the other week, and she was like, “Oh this is my sixth flight this week.” So she is the hardest working woman in Hollywood.
JJ: Are you OCD about anything?
CH: I have to unpack my suitcase the second I walk through the door, every time. Even if I land at one in the morning, I have to hang everything up. And then I have to put the suitcase away, it’s really weird. I don’t know where that came from.
JJ: Do you have any special hidden talents?
CH: (cat call whistles) I’ve got a really great whistle. I practice for hours. And I can juggle.
JJ: How many things can you juggle?
CH: Only three, so lame.
JJ: What’s the last movie you saw?
CH: I just saw American Hustle this weekend. Jennifer Lawrence is unbelievable. So is Christian [Bale]. Actually, the casting is like out of this world. It was a little long for me, but it was great. Great cast.
JJ: What is your favorite movie?
CH: The Intouchables. That’s my favorite, I love it so much.
CH: I don’t know. I watched it on a plane once and I was just sobbing. I thought it was the most sweetest, touching movie ever. I loved it. Have you seen it? French movie, with Omar Sy. You have to see it, it’s the best thing ever!
JJ: Do you have a favorite TV show?
CH: Scandal. I have a few that I love. I just watched Homeland, that was one of my favorites.
JJ: What is the last album or song that you downloaded?
CH: I just downloaded the Beyonce album. Yep, so good.
JJ: Do you have a favorite song?
JJ: It’s not even a song, it’s a video.
CH: I know! I didn’t realize that. In my spin class last night they were playing it and I was like oh. Then I tried playing it on the album and I couldn’t get it.
JJ: “Yonce” is actually part of the “Partition” song. So if you listen to “Partition,” “Yonce” is in it.
CH: Oh it is. You’re an expert.
JJ: What is your favorite music?
CH: You know, I love all kinds of music. It sounds so lame but I love listening to classic music. Yo-Yo Ma, that album. I love classical music, and then I love, I like Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons. Then I like some good old electronic, dance music and hip hop as well. I like it all.
JJ: What’s your favorite food?
CH: Mexican food is my favorite, I love it.
JJ: What’s your favorite Mexican food place in LA?
CH: Pinches Tacos.
JJ: Do you have any tattoos?
CH: I do. I have one on my foot, it says “gratitude”.
JJ: For anything specific, or just life gratitude?
CH: Listen. I really love the idea of it and I also, was 19-years-old. (laughs) And I may not have gotten this tattoo if I was a little older and thought it through, but I think it’s a nice sentiment.
JJ: Would you ever get another?
CH: If it was a little more meaningful, I think, probably. Maybe if I had kids or something.
Before he was tapped to audition for HBO’s “Looking,” a new show about the lives of three young gay men in San Francisco, Frankie J. Alvarez had never acted in front of a camera. A recent Juilliard grad, he’d been working the regional theater scene. But when HBO calls, you answer.
It’s so funny, the beard. Michael [Lannan, the show's writer] has a massive beard [see cut above], and since I was playing this Civil War Soldier [in a play called The Whipping Man about the end of slavery], I had this huge beard when I sent in the tape.
And after I closed the show I said, ‘hey, I really want to get rid of this beard, is that all right?’ They said, ‘No, no, no, no! Please come to the audition with the beard!’ So I trimmed it, and kept it, and it just became a thing. 2013 was all beards for me.
San Francisco is known for the kind of men who have beards and they’re not perfectly coiffed so I love that that is a part of the show.
Totally. The beards, and the tattoos, too, is a big part of the culture as well…I’m straight, but this is the second time – first London and now San Francisco – where I found my head turning for the guys more often than for the girls. [laughs] Seriously, all the good-looking guys, they end up in San Francisco. Or if they’re British, they’re in London. That’s what I’ve found so far.
I’ve read some complaints on the Internet along the lines of, ‘Here’s another show about white gay, privileged men, etc.’ — and it’s funny because you’re not even white…
It’s a little bizarre, because it feels like people are making a rash judgement based on a one-minute-and-a-half-long trailer.
You have some nice intimate scenes with O.T. Fagbenle. How did you guys work on that level of closeness both physically and emotionally?
The scene in the pilot, where we’re in bed was the first scene I had ever filmed on camera where I spoke dialogue. You can imagine it was like baptism by fire. And from that day on, O.T., he’s a little older, and he graduated six, or seven, or eight years ago. He was really tender with me and understood the fears of the first time being on camera. Not only am I on camera, but I’m butt naked with a cock sock on, in the room with my boyfriend ready to go. It really was a lot, quickly. He was so sweet, and I think from that day on we got to cement a really good bond.
What kind of research did you when you were getting into your character?
... for me, the singular most important intellectual thing in terms of research, was this beautiful book by Patti Smith called “Just Kids,” about her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. And just seeing this young man struggle with his sexuality and struggle with his art in his 20s and 30s in New York, I sort of saw a lot of Agustín in that, and that sort of proved to be a big inspiration point.
P.S. Looking premieres this Sunday night!
Barkhad Abdi, 28, was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category this morning for his role as a Somali pirate in “Captain Phillips.” The role was Abdi’s first acting gig — ever.
Abdi was previously a cab and limousine driver in Minneapolis, Minn., when one open casting call in 2011 changed his life.
“I answered a casting call that was on a local TV channel. So I go there to give it a shot, there were a lot of people there the first time,” Abdi told the “Today Show” of the “Captain Phillips” audition process. “They asked me simple questions like ‘what’s your name?’ and ‘where were you born?’”
A few more rounds of auditions later and the Somali-born Abdi landed the role of “Muse,” the pirate ringleader in the Tom Hanks-starring film that hit theatres in October.
Hanks, however, was not nominated for a Best Actor award during Thursday’s big Oscars announcement.
The Paul Greengrass-directed movie is the true story of Somali pirates who hijacked the U.S. cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, and held its captain hostage in 2009.
“I became the character. I tried to be that guy in that moment,” Abdi told Matt Lauer about his first-time acting gig. “I had to come out with all I got. I used a lot of imagination. I talked to a lot of people who came back from Somalia and I read a lot of pirate stories.”
Abdi, who moved to the U.S. from Somalia when he was 14, says he didn’t meet his co-star Tom Hanks until the cameras rolled during their first scene together.
Eventually, “Tom helped me a lot to get the part out and would motivate me in a lot of ways.”
Abdi got so into his character he started ad-libbing, coming up with the much-hyped line: “I’m the captain now.”
While Abdi is now back in Minnesota helping run his brother’s store, he does say “I want to continue to act.”
In the meantime, he’s had plenty of time to hobnob with celebrities during the current awards season, as he’s documented on his Instagram account (via HuffPo):
“At the end of it, I’m a Somali person,” says Abdi. “But I love acting and I just wanted to show what I could do.”
Appearing on the “Today” show Thursday, Abdi said he was so excited about the imminent Oscar nominations that he couldn’t sleep Wednesday night. [adnkajsdnj AWWWW!!]
Abdi’s Best Supporting Actor competition now includes Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, Jonah Hill, and Jared Leto.
But it looks like this is just the beginning for the novice actor who just scored himself the industry’s highest acclaim.
h8 dis movie but happy 4 barkhad!! all my somalis rn are like:
Eric Johnson releases photographs of Aaliyah unseen until now in honor of what would have been
her 35th Birthday!
“If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don’t think it’s going to be easy,” Aaliyah Dana Houghton knew, and so she spoke. She sang and danced too, more than a woman, you know. She was, she is, an eternal flame burning in memory of a woman gone too soon. She died as she lived, a shooting star cast across the sky. On January 16, 2014, Aaliyah would be 35, were she not to have died on August 25, 2001, at her prime.
In July of her final year, Eric Johnson photographed Aaliyah for Entertainment Weekly, and since that time, photographs from the shoot that have gone around the globe. Whether gracing the cover of Vibe magazine’s memorial issue or illustrating Aaliyah’s Wikipedia page, the photographs have become so emblematic of that singer’s mystique that they have been remade countless times as murals, paintings, and drawings that are seen everywhere from Instagram to Times Square.
Recently. Johnson went through his negatives from the shoot, revealing a series of portraits the world has never seen. “She was on,” Johnson recalls. The consummate professional, Aaliyah arrived early at the shoot with her mother. Before Johnson’s camera, the triple-threat reveals endless facets of an artist coming into her own.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Detroit, Aaliyah was a singer, dancer, and actress who first signed to Jive Records at the age of 12. Her uncle Barry Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became the lead songwriter and producer on her first album, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, which was recorded when she was 14 and went on to sell three million copies.
Aaliyah parted with R. Kelly after rumor of a secret marriage emerged, and went on to sign with Atlantic where she partnered Timbaland and Missy Elliott for “One in a Million,” which went on to sell eight million worldwide. Aaliyah went on to her first Grammy nomination for “Are You That Somebody?” on the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack. Her second came for “Try Again” on the Romeo Must Die soundrack, a film that she both execute produced and starred in, opposite Jet Li.
After completing that film, she began to work on Queen of the Damned while simultaneously recording her third album, Aaliyah, which was released in July 2001. And it was at this time in her life, at her greatest moment, that she stood before Johnson’s lens. Ten years in the game, Aaliyah was at the top. “Everything is worth it. The hard work, the times when you’re tired, the times where you’re a bit sad. In the end, it’s all worth it because it makes me happy. There’s nothing better than loving what you do,” Aaliyah revealed.
Being a star requires an artist to be fully present to the possibility that every situation allows. When she appeared before Johnson’s camera, a chemical reaction began. Frame by frame, Aaliyah reveals as much as she hides, as we see a woman just 22 years old, entering her prime. She is calm, casual, confident, and poised, elegant and alluring, a vision of beauty and grace. She takes us into a world that only she knows, and the result is a stunning array of images, each as evocative as the last. For it is she, Aaliyah, an eternal mystery. Cherchez la femme.
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Robert Redford isn't holding a grudge. During a press conference at Sundance Thursday, Jan. 16, the veteran actor addressed a crowd about his Oscar snub for his work in All Is Lost that happened just hours earlier.
"I don't want that to get in the way of why we're here. Let me just speak frankly about how I feel about it," the 77-year-old said. "Hollywood is what it is, it's a business and so when these films go to be voted on, usually they're heavily dependent on campaigns."
Redford explained that he joined the action drama to get back to his roots as an actor, but realizes there's aspects about Hollywood that are simply out of a performer's control.
"In our case I think we suffered from little to no distribution," he reasoned. "And so as a result, our distributors – I don't know why -- they didn't want to spend the money, they were afraid, they were just incapable, I don't know." He added: "I'm not disturbed by it, I'm not upset by it because, like I said, it's a business."
On Sunday, Redford also lost in the Best Performance By An Actor category at the 2014 Golden Globes to Dallas Buyers Club's star Matthew McConaughey. Redford previously won an Oscar for Best Director for Ordinary People and an Honorary Award in 2002.
He was pretty amazing in this movie, imo
Check out the latest clip from the new Marvel short film, ALL HAIL THE KING, directed by Drew Pierce and starring Sir Ben Kingsley and Scoot McNairy.
After the events of Iron Man 3, Trevor Slattery is an infamous icon. He’s also locked up in a high-security prison. Luckily, his newfound profile has brought him celebrity and protection on the inside – and the actor has gladly agreed to an in-depth profile with a documentary filmmaker.
ALL HAIL THE KING is available on Marvel’s THOR: THE DARK WORLD in 3D and HD Digital February 4th, 2014 and on 3D Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray™, 2D Blu-ray, Digital Copy), Single-Disc Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand February 25th, 2014.
Thor Dvd Info
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient
race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves…but our universe itself.
(3D Combo Pack, BD, DVD & Select Digital Retailers)
Tom Hiddleston commentary? Hft. And the gag reel and brotherly extras. Be still my heart
by Rich Juzwiak for Gawker
It's not easy being a TV show about gay men in 2014. Thanks in part to the power of the internet as a platform for activism and outrage, the responsibilities of representation have never seemed more urgent, or more complicated. To appeal to your gay audience—built-in and notoriously loyal—you need to be realistic. To appeal to everyone else—whose patronage will ultimately make or break—you can't be too gay. The ideal is something satisfying without the ick factor, something like, and about as likely as, a spontaneous orgasm.
(You could always, of course, settle for the noble getting-by of being niche, but gays are notorious overachievers.)
And, of course, above all else, a piece of gay pop culture*, in these United States, in 2014, has the challenge of arguing that gays are people too—that we're more than sex maniacs and objects of amusement.
So, given these constraints, HBO's new series Looking (premiering Sunday) does an adequate job. It compromises and humanizes. It's polite but firm, its characters so normal that they're barely remarkable. They have jobs and like to hang out. Maybe every five minutes, someone will say something funny, maybe not. Whatever! They're just dudes in their late 20s and 30s living in San Francisco, looking for love, or something.
They're also very boring. Looking gets that right, if nothing else: For a lot of young gay men—for a lot of everyone—life is boring. I watched (in some cases rewatched) the first three episodes feeling like I was wading through waist-deep mud. I couldn't care less what happened from scene to scene from this nice enough, low-energy, rarely clever group of friends. Things pick up a bit later in the season, which is to say: It gets better. But for the first handful of episodes, I couldn't figure out why we were following these people, why I should care about any of them or their gentle journeys through life—except for the fact that they're all gay.
That said, I have more in common with these gay guys than any I've seen on TV before. They smoke pot; they get along with their platonic gay friends without bitchy backstabbing; they hook up casually on Grindr; they frequently exhibit an apprehensiveness and/or amusement over greater gay culture that they are supposed to relate to but for whatever reason don't; they say things like, "God I'm such a cliché...thinking that sex will make me feel better. I mean it does but still..." And yet, I'd much rather spend time with the queens on RuPaul's Drag Race. I don't think I'm having some sort of narcissism-of-small-differences reaction to Looking—I like pop culture I can relate to, whether I can actually see myself in it or just recognize its essential truth. Girls, which runs before Looking on HBO, is a show in the latter category for me. But while the snappy and fast-paced Girls feels like a trip to an amusement park, Looking is like paging through a magazine in a dentist's office.
Maybe it's this: Time has proved that we gays are resilient, able to assemble a patchwork of influences and cues from the scraps that pop culture gives us. (I'm not saying that's right, I'm just saying that's the way it's been.) Thus, I don't feel a particular yearning to see my specific life experiences coming from screens. I read Bret Easton Ellis' Out essay last year and wondered why a 49-year-old man was moaning about not seeing himself—his "type"—accurately represented onscreen. He's made it through half a century without such a compass. Why would he need it now?
The question, more or less, is answered reasonably in the 1995 documentary The Celluloid Closet by the academic/writer Richard Dyer:
Your ideas about who you are don't just come from inside you, they come from the culture and in this culture, they come especially from the movies. So we learn from the movies what it means to be a man or a woman, what it means to have sexuality.
That makes sense to me. As Teena Marie didn't say, sometimes the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one. What might be right for you may not be right for some, and vice versa. I can see how it could be helpful for some people to see Dom (played by Murray Bartlett), nearing 40 and struggling with his waning appeal, on Looking. I understand that the opening relationship of boyfriends Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Frank (O. T. Fagbenle) might make people who have similar allergies to strict monogamy feel less alone. There are web series like The Outs that cover a similar weed-paced, friend-valuing, sexually-active-but-not-methy, gay way of existing. But Looking is on HBO, which means more exposure and that's great and monumental and everyone can feel fulfilled because their lives, or something that looks like their lives if they squint, are on their TV screen. Cool, I hope this works for you.
(The Outs is much wittier than Looking, by the way.)
I don't really get, though, how anyone in the know could find the milquetoast and adorkable principal character of Patrick (Jonathan Groff) anything but irritating, but he's so clueless that he seems less of a model/cautionary tale for gay men than a liaison for those who aren't so familiar with gay-male culture, an avatar for curious straights. (For the record: We're just like you! We don't know what any of this shit means either!) "My friends think I'm this boy from Colorado that's just fresh of the bus, but I'm not that guy! I have had sex before! I can do it! I will do it! I can do it right now in the toilet!" he exclaims at a club at one point. Simmer down, Shoshanna.
Patrick is fucking clueless, the kind of person who introduces himself to his anonymous trick as they start to hook up in a wooded area of a San Francisco park (the scene the series opens on). He's the kind of person who gets thrown into a tizzy when he realizes that the dick of Richie (Raúl Castillo), the Latino guy he has scheduled a date with, might be uncircumcised. After an extremely awkward exchange in bed with Richie, Richie cuts their hook-up short and then Patrick frets on the phone: "Everything was going fine until I acted like all I wanted to do was suck on his uncut cock, which it turns out he doesn't actually have. I think I may be a racist as well." (That's when you're supposed to laugh.)
Front and center of Looking is this physically unthreatening white guy with eyes so blue they're complimented by Richie on first meeting, but the powers that be (among them, creator Michael Lannan and executive producer Andrew Haigh, who wrote and directed 2011's excellent Weekend) know better than to repeat the mistakes of Girls and run an all-honkies-all-the-time production. So Agustín is Cuban, Frank is black, and Richie is Mexican (and everybody on the internet can shut the fuck up because there's your diversity, you're welcome).
(Dom, for the record, is also white.)
But the show's Hollywood homogeneity—i.e., the only people worth listening to have perfect bodies and a handsome faces—aligns a little too well with the no fats/no fems ideals of online hookup culture. (Looking's guys also could be described as "non-scene.") No matter how deep Looking wants to be—and I get the sense that it wants to be very deep—no matter how many different races and facial hairstyles it represents, it shares a terrible superficiality with the most alienating aspects of gay culture.
It's a shitty reminder of one of the shittier aspects of being gay. Even worse, though, is its seeming squeamishness about sex, which it routinely cuts away from as soon as the action starts heating up. Early in the first episode, we hear Agustín and Frank doing… something through Patrick's room (when the series opens Agustín and Patrick are roommates). When we cut to the couple, they're discussing stopping their session (Agustín has to go to work). And then they stop. Later, they start to engage in a threeway with a guy Agustín is working with. After they both kiss their third, the scene cuts, never to return (though the threeway dictates the course of their relationship for at least the next three episodes). The most nudity you see during a brief trip to the notoriously filthy Folsom Street Fair are a woman's breasts. I'm talking XY flesh! Dom gets cruised in a steam room and as he's pursuing the much younger guy, you guessed it, the scene cuts.
That's a particularly disappointing scene, because just before, a guy (played by, weirdly enough, Scott Bakula) who'd been chatting him up encourages him to pursue the supple, young thing—and then, on Dom's way out of the steam room, still agrees to meet with Dom for lunch sometime. That coolness when it comes to sex, the implicit camaraderie in accepting that the dude you want to do wants to go do someone else and refusing to judge him or even reject him as a result of it, is, in my experience, really particular to gay men and a wonderful moment of nuance for the series. (And then, Dom goes off to, for all we know, rub his Ken doll-smooth crotch up against the younger guy's hole-less butt.)
Whether it's HBO's censorship or Looking's creators being very careful, it sucks that this supposedly forward-thinking, and self-evidently important series is deferring to straight society's repulsion at the idea of two men having sex. Consider how prudish Looking is in the scheme of HBO programming. If Girls is a Borat bathing suit, Looking is one of those calf-to-elbow old timey men's bathing suits. If Game of Thrones is porn, Looking is Elmer Fudd kissing Bugs Bunny in drag. (Game of Thrones' gay sex scenes, incidentally, are more graphic than those in Looking. At least in those, you see actual man ass.) Looking is reluctant to show the gayest part of being gay. I understand why, but I don't like it. I like my gay things with balls.
And so as I watch this show, I yell transcend! at the screen. Transcend, as all non-heterosexual things must do to succeed in a homophobic world. I'm not asking for hardcore porn (there's plenty of that already and I know where to find it), but the closest thing you get to nudity in the first four Looking episodes are some glimpses of shirtlessness and the side of Dom's ass as he fucks a Grindr trick from behind for about 10 seconds. That's as racy as it gets and it's still less graphic than Girls' tamest sex scene. The U.S. version of Queer as Folk's anal-virginity-losing scene during its premiere was way more explicit than anything in Looking's first four episodes by a large margin, and that aired over 13 years ago. It feels like we're regressing.
Above all else, Looking is a reminder of how very normative gay culture skews now. While the show's title evokes hook-up-app-speak ("Looking?" is shorthand for, "Wanna hook-up?"), the tagline is, "Find something real." Maybe that's just marketing, but with the way the plot progresses in the first four episodes, it seems like that might be the show's ethos. Yeah, if that's what you want, go ahead and do it, find something real—but don't let a show or society dictate to you what you should be doing or looking for. Don't let a show tell you that normalcy is a long hunt for a "real" mate. Don't let a show tell you that promiscuity has one ultimate goal. That's so standard. That's so traditional. These story lines are things we've seen a million times before (Patrick has a flirtatious relationship with his ball-busting boss! Dom is intrigued by a man who's older than his usual type! Agustín has eyes for a bad-boy escort, even though he should know better!). In the quest for equality, "normal" has become such an ideal that being gay is the same thing as being straight and lightly dusted with seasoning. Gay people and gay life are not curly fries to straight people's normal fries.
In Looking, gay men get to be boring on TV at last. They get to look for love in barely different ways than straight people. But to me Looking's traditionalism serves more as a reminder of how queer gay pop culture used to be. It's hard to imagine something like the intercut vignettes of alienation seen in Todd Haynes' Poison, or the tangent-prone and fractured Totally Fucked Up (Greg Araki) getting made today. It's hard to believe that something as high-profile and unconventional as Interior. Leather Bar actually exists. It's like gay pop culture shot its wad with the likes of those guys, and John Waters, and Derek Jarman, and Kenneth Anger, and all the other gay men who made movies that didn't function like movies that came before them, that told previously inconceivable stories that often focused on gayness but understood that space for the freedom that it offered. I suppose that in all of these cases, being niche is the rub.
Those artists were pushing back against, and in many cases flat-out rejecting, homophobic society. Looking is made in and for a world that's more accepting of homosexuals than ever. As much as it seeks to shape the culture, this show is also a product of it. Things aren't perfect, but they're getting better—for most of us—and acceptance opens a lane in the middle of the road. Looking's mediocrity is ultimately a reminder of something wonderful: our advancement.
But it's still fucking mediocrity.
*Note: I'm using "gay pop culture" here to talk about pop culture focused on gay men. While pop culture focused on (and/or made by) gay women often has similarities, it diverges just as frequently and is regarded differently (gay men are regarded by homophobic society as threats to masculinity; gay women often are not, or are regarded as threats in different ways). In addition, in terms of relating and recognizing myself in TV shows, I can only really speak to my own experience as a gay man. That said, I'd love to hear more about gay women's experiences with recent pop culture portrayals—obviously The L Word is the big one—especially in comparison to a show like Looking.
With a place on the U.S. Olympic team firmly in hand, four-time U.S. figure skating national champion Jeremy Abbott staked out a stronger position on Russia’s anti-LGBT laws than in the past — telling BuzzFeed Thursday that they “are incredibly unfortunate.”
Abbott, who will compete in men’s figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month, said he felt more comfortable speaking out about the laws since earning a spot on the national team Sunday.
“I’ve been asked this question a lot and I tried to push it to the side a lot. I didn’t know if I was going to be on this team and I wanted to make sure my focus was on the team,” Abbott said. The laws “go strongly against my personal beliefs. It’s very upsetting to me and very unfortunate.”
A first-time Olympian in 2010, Abbott was much more measured in his comments about Russia in remarks to the Denver Post in August 2013.
“I’m not going to go into somebody’s house and be like, ‘Um, the way you decorate is hideous, and you need to completely redo this or I’m never coming back,’” he said at the time. “It’s a little rude, so I don’t want to say bad things about a country that’s hosting the world, essentially. Maybe I don’t agree with their policies, and maybe I don’t agree with some things, but that’s for them to sort out. My speaking out just makes me look like an ass.”
Now, however, he was speaking out — including describing his thoughts about the presidential delegation to the Sochi Games being led by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and including three out athletes, Billie Jean King, Caitlin Cahow and Brian Boitano.
“I can’t say whether the envoy is in protest. I think it’s a pretty clear message,” he said. “I’m good friends with Brian Boitano and happy to see him part of this team and part of envoy.”
Abbott’s shift in tone comes just days after the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee made some of his strongest remarks yet urging athletes not to protest Russia’s anti-LGBT laws at the Sochi Games. “We’re hoping that our athletes feel very comfortable speaking their minds before they go to the Games. But when they get to the Games, that’s really the time to focus on sport,” USOC Scott Blackmun said.
Abbott is currently finishing up training for the Winter Olympics in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. He didn’t say whether he planned to speak out about the anti-LGBT “propaganda” law during competition, saying merely that he hoped to be more focused than during his last Olympics appearance in 2010, when he finished ninth.
“We need to send a proud strong positive message. As athletes, the Olympics are about unity and the human spirit. I’ve always admired that about Olympians and I want to continue to uphold that ideal. I believe that these laws go against that,” he said. “I don’t have much more else to say about that. I just want to go and make my country proud and show the world how strong we are.”
But the 28-year-old Abbott actually did have a little more to say, following up in an e-mail to BuzzFeed after a phone interview. He wanted to expound a bit on his response to a question about the extent of his LGBT advocacy.
“I don’t care what people assume about me, whether or not I am gay or straight. Ultimately I think it has no bearing on the conversation,” he wrote. “I’m an ally and I believe everyone should be supportive of human rights.”
To watch or not to watch? That was the question plaguing 12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o on Wednesday night when she and her best friend were debating whether to watch Thursday’s Oscar nominations when they were scheduled to broadcast early Thursday morning.
"I wasn’t sure I wanted to see it live,” said the actress, who is staying in Los Angeles for the slew of award shows happening in the next week. “We weighed the pros and cons of waking up so early, but we decided it was better to hear it from the horse’s mouth. I knew I would hear about it anyway, so I might as well hear it along with everyone else.”
The news couldn’t have been better for the actress who landed her first Oscar nomination Thursday for her first feature film, playing the role of tortured slave Patsey.
Nyong’o, who has a history of performing on stage and directed her own video short, has found the whole campaigning process to be enlightening.
“Everything is so new. It’s really hard to pick out one thing that stands out above the other. It’s all standing out to me,” she says. “I’m living in a very heightened state.”
Living in such an altered state didn’t come as that much of a surprise to Nyong’o, who says that she knew 12 Years was unique from the moment she was hired for the job.
“I always knew that it would be like nothing else, and every day was confirmation of just how awesome this is. Really. This has been an elevated experience from the day I was cast in this film."
How cute was her speech for that flop award show tho
A month after Showtime passed on The Vatican, Kyle Chandler has boarded his next project.
The Friday Night Lights Emmy winner has been tapped to star in Netflix's family thriller from the creators of Damages, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The 13-episode run, produced by Sony Pictures Television, hails from Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (aka KZK). The series centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars come to light with the return of their black sheep brother.
Chandler will play John, the married middle brother who takes care of the family who is described as the kind of responsible guy who would work in law enforcement and the opposite of his older, black-sheep brother Danny.
The casting keeps Chandler in Sony Pictures Television fold after the actor starred in the studio's The Vatican. Prior to his Vatican casting, Chandler -- traditionally one of pilot season's most in-demand actors -- had been focusing on film with roles in Wolf of Wall Street, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Super 8, Broken City, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. He's repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
Speaking to reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Showtime topper David Nevins said The Vatican didn't work for the premium cable network after "the world changed."
"That show was conceived and written while Pope Benedict was still in charge of the Vatican, and it was conceived in a world that I think now would feel very dated," said Nevins, who worked with Chandler as an EP on Friday Night Lights. "So I’m glad we hadn’t made 13 episodes of that."
Chandler's return to TV with The Vatican was considered a casting coup, with multiple networks courting the leading man for pilots last year.
Here for Coach T!
BET's first original scripted drama, "Being Mary Jane," may be a solid performer for the network, but its initial ratings have not been encouraging.
The second episode of the series, which stars Gabrielle Union as a successful cable news personality with a messy personal and family life, attracted 2.8 million viewers Tuesday, according to Nielsen -- a drop of more than 15% from the premiere episode, which drew 3.3 million viewers.
The debut installment had already dropped from the more than 4 million viewers who tuned in to the show's movie-length pilot, which aired last May.
The series was created by Mara Brock Akil ("The Game") and is directed by her husband Salim Akil.