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They may have been sporting contrasting dresses, but Lena Headey and Eva Green both grabbed their fair share of the spotlight at the 300: Rise Of An Empire première on Tuesday night.
Lena showed off her extension collection of tattoos in a strapless black embroidered midi-dress and gold heels while Eva shimmered in a biscuit-coloured gown with glittering detail which featured a plunging back.
The Casino Royale star wore her long dark hair loose over one shoulder, teaming her look with a slim belt and crimson lipstick.
And although Game Of Thrones fans are used to seeing Lena in a blonde wig for her role as the scheming Cersei Lannister, the 40-year-old star showed off her natural short brunette locks for the evening out at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Lena reprises her role as the Spartan Queen Gorgo from the original 2007 film 300, which starred Gerard Butler and Dominic West.
And Eva stars as the sadistic Artemisia who leads the Persian army to invade Greece in the movie.
Eva, 33, was clearly thrilled to be playing an action heroine rather than a love interest, telling The Boston Herald: 'It’s rare to see strong women in action films kicking some (butt).'
And the star had to work to maintain her physique for the tough filming schedule. 'I am not physical, so all the squats and lunges were very scary in the beginning.'But it helps for the fights and when you’ve done them, you can feel proud of yourself.
'Learning the sword work was like a dance,' she added. 'I have always been an enormous fan of Chinese films like Hero or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and doing this, I felt like a little girl with great masters.'You just have to do it and let it all out — you can’t think too much. It requires a lot of work and takes a while to digest it.'
Lena added: 'In these movies it's kind of nice to see the girls get the chance to beat the boys.'
Lena and Eva were joined at the event by Callan Mulvey who plays Scyllias and Jack O'Connell who stars as Calisto in the movie.
The new film takes place before during and after the events of the first 300 film, and has been described as a 'follow up' rather than a sequel.
300: Rise Of An Empire is released in the U.S. on March 7.
iamlenaheadey Moi et the tres tres Jolie Eva Green .. She is SO great in Rise of an empire #evilgenius
I am not a fan of these two dresses, but I am always happy to see those two amazing women in public (and without blond wigs on). Speaking of which, still praying for Eva's career.
Today has been a dream come true. Thank you so much to each & every one of you. Today was beyond amazing. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/jSkdqytoYV— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) March 4, 2014
The closure of BBC3 is to be proposed by the broadcaster's director general, the Guardian understands, bringing the curtain down on the youth-oriented TV channel after 11 years.
Tony Hall is expected to announce later this month that he is axing the channel – which first aired programmes ranging from Gavin and Stacey to Hotter Than My Daughter – as part of a plan to save £100m a year.
His decision also signals a reprieve for its sister channel, the arts and culture specialist BBC4, which has faced calls for it to be axed and merged into BBC2 – although it is not clear if the channels will subsequently be renumbered.
However, Hall's plans still have to be approved by the BBC Trust, which four years ago overturned former director general Mark Thompson's plan to shut BBC Radio 6 Music following a concerted protest from listeners.
Rumours that the channel was under threat led some of the BBC's best-known stars to take to Twitter on Tuesday to urge the BBC not to axe the channel. They included the comedians Jack Whitehall and Matt Lucas, Radio 1 DJs Nick Grimshaw and Greg James and presenter Richard Bacon.
It is believed Hall will consider the possibility of retaining the BBC3 brand online, putting its output on the BBC's iPlayer, where many of its programmes already debut before appearing on television.
But it could be the case that BBC3 in its current form simply disappears altogether.
BBC3, which launched in 2003, built its reputation on the back of comedies such as Little Britain and Gavin and Stacey and documentaries including its Bafta-winning Our War, about young troops in Afghanistan.
But it has also proved controversial, with provocatively titled documentaries such as My Man Boobs and Me and Snog, Marry, Avoid?, and been criticised for boosting its ratings with repeats of EastEnders and Hollywood movies.
Critics of the BBC's size had singled it out as a candidate for closure, seizing on what they perceived to be its salacious and celebrity-obsessed content. But the BBC had long argued it played a role in reaching younger viewers.
Speaking before confirmation of the closure plans, the comedian Russell Kane, a familiar face on BBC3, said: "If BBC3 is really under threat, so is much of the UK's new comedy. This place is the crucible of upcoming comedic artists. Yet again, young people don't get a proper voice in the cutbacks."
Hall told the Oxford Media Convention last week that "hard decisions" had to be made and that the BBC "couldn't stay the same" as he outlined the need to save another £100m a year in the runup to charter renewal and a new licence fee settlement.
He ruled out so-called "salami slicing"– smaller reductions in budgets across the board – to make the savings required, raising the spectre that a frontline channel would be axed.
The BBC declined to comment beyond the statement it put out on Tuesday: "Tony Hall set out some of the very real challenges the BBC faces at his speech in Oxford. He made clear that we will face tough choices about our budgets, and while nothing is off the table, no decisions have been made."
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Benedict Cumberbatch and his “12 Years A Slave” co-star Michael Fassbender both appear to be single, so the friends had a boys' night and partied sans girlfriends at the AGO Oscars after-party after the awards ceremony.
Cumberbatch, 37, and Fassbender, 36, had a lot to celebrate – their film won Best Picture! Both actors have important supporting roles in "12 Years A Slave," with Ford playing a relatively benevolent slave owner who sells main character Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to Fassbender’s character, an unbearably cruel slave owner.
“12 Years A Slave” scored major acting nominations, but only Lupita Nyong’o took home the prize, a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as abused slave Patsey. Fassbender and Ejiofor both scored nominations, Fassbender for Best Supporting Actor and Ejiofor for Best Actor, but lost out to “Dallas Buyers Club” actors Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor) and Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor).
Entertainmentwise writes that Cumberbatch and Fassbender were joined at the after-party by their co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor, 36. Ejiofur brought his longtime girlfriend Sari Mercer as his Oscars date and also celebrated at the Governors Ball after-party.
After the boys’ night out, Cumberbatch was snapped leaving the AGO party with his publicist, Karon Maskill – no Oscar romance for him. Fassbender was also seen leaving the party alone, apparently single despite earlier rumors linking him to Gerard Butler’s ex-girlfriend, Madalina Ghenea.
In late 2013, Cumberbatch revealed that although he’s topped countless “Sexiest” polls, his fame actually makes it hard for him to get a date.
“It is harder [meeting women], because people think they know more about you than they actually do,” he told British GQ. “And you can’t control that… you can’t control perceptions of you.”
ITV's murder mystery drama Broadchurch is leading the field in the Royal Television Society Programme Awards nominations with a quartet of nods.
Broadchurch star Olivia Colman was nominated for best actress, alongside her fellow Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, and Sharon Rooney, for E4's My Mad Fat
My Mad Fat
The best male actor award sees Idris Elba nominated for BBC1's Luther, alongside Stephen Dillane for Sky Atlantic's The Tunnel and Run star Lennie James.
Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is nominated for best drama writer (along with Dennis Kelly for Utopia and Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan for Run, both on Channel 4) with the ITV show also in the running for best drama serial, against BBC2's Top of the Lake and BBC3's In The Flesh.
With 19 nominations, Channel 4 had more than any other broadcaster in the shortlists published on Tuesday. BBC1 had 12 nominations with seven for BBC2, eclipsed by 10 (across all its channels) for BSkyB. ITV bagged 15 nominations, with four for ITV2.
Actor - Female
Olivia Colman - Broadchurch / Run
Sharon Rooney - My Mad Fat Diary
Jodie Whittaker - Broadchurch
Actor - Male
Stephen Dillane - The Tunnel
Idris Elba - Luther
Lennie James - Run
In The Flesh
Top Of The Lake
My Mad Fat Diary
Alan Carr - Alan Carr: Chatty Man
Ant & Dec - Britain's Got Talent/Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Leigh Francis - Celebrity Juice/Through The Keyhole
Game Of Thrones
Storyville - Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
Bollywood Carmen Live
The Ashes - 2013
Wimbledon Men's Final
David Attenborough - Galapagos 3D with David Attenborough
Stephen Fry - Stephen Fry - Out There
Davina McCall - Long Lost Family
Writer - Drama
Chris Chibnall - Broadchurch
Dennis Kelly - Utopia
Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan - Run
Full list of nominations at the source
It wasn't enough that British boy band The Vamps were wining and dining with country-pop sensation Taylor Swift at her house recently, but it seems that the boys have paid another visit during their time in LA.
Lead guitarist James, 19 expressed his excitment of meeting the 'We Are Never Getting Back Together' singer again by posting a photo of the songstress and her cat Meredith on Twitter.
The 'Can We Dance' hitmakers have been spending a lot of time in the US this month as they attempt to launch their career on the other side of the pond and it seems their pal Taylor has been making them feel right at home.
After lunching at The Ivy with Taylor recently, James told Splash News: “It was lovely, it was very good food, she's a very good cook,” while Tristan added: “She's a lovely person it was awesome to hang out with her.”
The boy band recently opened for Taylor Swift during her sold-out stint at the O2 Arena in London and are supporting The Wanted later this month before embarking on their first headlining tour later on this year.
i have a serious habit of falling in love with animals that don't belong to me. pic.twitter.com/cW7nVrncuy— Sierra Deaton (@sierradeaton) March 3, 2014
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Art talks typically don’t draw stadium concert-like crowds. On Monday night, however, almost 2,000 people crowded into downtown L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre to hear filmmaker-actor-artist John Waters interview contemporary artist Jeff Koons. The event was part of the Broad museum's “Un-Private Collection” lecture series, which pairs artists from the Broad’s collection with pop cultural figures. The Pope of Trash in conversation with the King of Kitsch is undoubtedly a hot ticket. The sidewalk in front of the theater, bathed in neon from the Orpheum’s marquee, was thick with mingling showgoers.
Inside the theater, the first four rows offered a who’s who of the Los Angeles art world. Within eyeshot: artists Paul McCarthy and Ed Ruscha; former Museum of Contemporary Art director Jeffrey Deitch, who’d flown in from New York; director Gus Van Sant, former MOCA chief curator Paul Schimmel, and art book publisher Benedikt Taschen.
So what did the two actually have to say?
“Wow, that was a very presidential debate entrance,” Waters said, settling into his seat onstage after introductions by Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad.
Waters cleared his throat, pursed his lips and adjusted the clipboard on his lap; then he launched right into what he called “a very Freudian question,” asking Koons whether he had a secret art life as a child.
“It started around the age of 3 … I remember drawing at a desk and my parents coming up behind me and really kind of patting me on the back,” Koons said. “I finally felt I could do something better than my sister. It gave me a sense of self.”
Waters shared his own secret art life as a kid growing up in Baltimore: “I remember when I first went to the Baltimore museum and bought a little Miró print and brought it home. All the other kids said ‘Ugh, that’s ugly, why would you put that ugly thing on your wall?!’ I thought: ‘Ah, the power of art!’ It really made me feel glad everyone hated it.”
The conversation spanned early art inspirations, family, religion, sex, self acceptance, death and even lawn ornaments. Koons was thoughtful, introspective, earnest; Waters -- a.k.a.the Sultan of Sleaze -- was full of quick witticisms.
On Koons’ “Chainlink Fence, 2003,” projected onto a screen above the stage, Waters quipped: “It reminds me of a playroom in a prison.”
On Koons’ famous electric blue “Balloon Dog (Blue), 1994-2000,” Waters said: “Is this sexual? Because basically, the dog is neutered. I mean, the only way it’s gonna reproduce is on a plate.”
On Koons' oil painting “Girl with Dolphin and Monkey Triple Popeye (Seascape), 2010,” Waters joked: “I’m against people riding dolphins. Get your lardy [backside] off that thing.”
Koons sparked a big laugh toward the end of the talk. When Waters pointed out that, for better or worse, Koons was a brand at this point in his career, drawing mega-high prices for his work, Koons admitted: “I have to say, John, I prefer it that way.”
There were serious moments, however. Koons mentioned one of his eight children had been the victim of a parental abduction. He used his art, he said, to get through that dark period. Waters mentioned one of his favorite authors was Jane Bowles; Koons said he enjoyed reading Plato and Kierkegaard. Koons talked about following your instincts and true interests in life as the only path toward enlightenment. “It takes you to a metaphysical place,” he said.
Still, the talk inevitably ended on one of Waters’ one-liners. To the audience member question, “What would Divine have to say about Jeff Koons?” Waters answered: “He’d be mad he did Lady Gaga’s album cover and not his!”
At the VIP reception after the talk, MTV “Jackass” star Johnny Knoxville– who appeared in Waters’ 2004 movie “A Dirty Shame” -- said Waters and Koons looked like “the new odd couple” up on stage together. "I want to do a buddy comedy with them,” he said. Wait staff passed trays of appetizers from the restaurant Animal; the laughter and champagne flowed. Eli Broad was in the brightest of spirits.
“I thought it was a very entertaining event,” he said. “I don’t think there’s ever been an art event with this kind of a turnout -- it’s been a real happening!
I went to this and it was quite awesome. John Waters made the night bearable and they talked about Gaga which I didn't expect. What are your thoughts on the whole thing?
When someone says: You would be perfect to play one of the cruelest fantasy villains of all time — is that a compliment or an insult?
In the case of Disney’s Maleficent (out May 30), the whole world pretty much agreed Angelina Jolie should play the black-horned bad-girl. ”It is really funny when people say you’d be obvious for a great villain,” she says with a laugh (not a cackle).
In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, the actress gives her first in-depth interview about Disney’s revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty, which retells the classic folk tale from the wicked point-of-view. “The exercise wasn’t how can we have fun with a villain?” Jolie says. “It was: What turns people evil and vile and aggressive and cruel? What could have possibly happened to her?”
In the wide-ranging conversation with EW’s Anthony Breznican, Jolie also discusses Unbroken, the true-life tale of World War II heroism that she directed and is currently editing, and addresses the cancer worries that led her to undergo a preventative double mastectomy last year — penning a New York Times op-ed afterward about the experience, hoping to inspire and encourage others facing such a choice.
“Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women’s issues, breast cancer, ovarian cancer. I’ve talked to men about their daughters’ and wives’ health. It makes me feel closer to other people who deal with the same things and have either lost their parents or are considering surgeries or wondering about their children,” she says. “I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people.”
The new issue also includes EW’s Oscar coverage, with our report on the show behind the show — all the drama that took place just offstage in the wings of the Dolby Theatre as the presenters went on and the winners came off. Plus: ”Burning Questions” from the show, the best and worst of red carpet fashions, and behind-the-scenes shots from rehearsals leading up to the ceremony.
When Angelina Jolie told her kids she was thinking of playing the live-action version of Sleeping Beauty’s villainess in Maleficent, her six children all had the same response: NO!
“They went, ‘She’s so scary!’” Jolie tells EW this week, in her first in-depth interview about the film (out May 30).
Only Vivienne, one of her and Brad Pitt’s youngest children, proved not to be scared by the intimidating black horns and icy cackle. The now-5-year-old even ended up playing a young version of Princess Aurora in the film (as seen in this exclusive new image). But that casting was done more out of necessity than ambition.
“We think it’s fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors. That’s not our goal for Brad and I at all,” Jolie says. “But the other 3- and 4-year-old [performers] wouldn’t come near me. It had to be a child that liked me and wasn’t afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv.”
To convince her brood of little ones that mom should take the part, the actress says she gathered them together for story time to explain the fantasy film’s take on the self-proclaimed “Mistress of All Evil.” By the time she detailed the character’s new origin, there was definitely sympathy for this devil.
“I said, ‘Let me tell you the real story but you can’t tell anybody,’” she recalls. “So this was my test too, like any parent. The next day, I heard Shiloh getting into a fight with another kid, defending Maleficent, saying, ‘You don’t understand her!’ They got into a bit of an argument and I thought, that’s the reason to do the film.”
It’s not that Maleficent is justified, but this story shows how she became misguided. “When that character makes mistakes — which Maleficent does, and crosses many lines — you want them to be angry at her and concerned and confused and in the end, somehow understand something that they didn’t know before,” Jolie says.
It still took awhile for the older kids to get used to her malevolent new appearance, though.
“When Pax saw me for the first time, he ran away and got upset — and I thought he was kidding, so I was pretending to chase him until I actually found him crying,” Jolie says. “I had to take off pieces [of the makeup] in front of him to show him it was all fake and not freak out so much.”
Eventually they got used to it. Pax and Zahara also turn up as extras in the famous christening scene, when Maleficent appears to place the sleeping curse on the kingdom’s infant princess. “I had to walk by them being very mean,” Jolie says. “Of course, I wanted to stop and wink at them.”
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We had never given much thought to just how delightful pants could be until Amy Poehler entered our lives. The Parks and Recreation star (and PEOPLE favorite) has a new gig — starring in a series of upcoming Old Navy commercials — and they’re just as amusing as you’d expect. We got an exclusive sneak peek at the first ad (and the outtakes) and let’s just say we’re glad we weren’t invited to the set, since we would have ruined every take by laughing.
“I’m basically the Daniel Day Lewis of commercials,” Poehler says of preparing for her role. Well, make that roles. “I’m going to be playing a bunch of different characters and you know I disappear when I play my characters.” Judging from the spot below, that means all the delivery men in L.A. should be walking very carefully in case Poehler’s still Method acting.
She also says that despite the glitz, glamour and red carpets that come with her job, she’s still a practical shopper. “I grew up very middle class,” she says. “My parents were both elementary school teachers and we always were looking for good deals and I still have that feeling.”
Now that you’re back from watching the outtakes a time (or four), wondering what Poehler has planned for the rest of 2014? “This year it’s about urgency, fashion, people, food, life, kids, love, the sun, the moon, it’s a big year.” Well, we certainly aren’t going to argue with that.
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IN AN UNPRECEDENTED DECISION, CHER LLOYD ASKS FANS TO PREMIERE MUSIC FROM HER NEW ALBUM SORRY I’M LATE
IN CONJUNCTION WITH MTV “PIECES OF CHER” TO BE REVEALED THROUGH EXCLUSIVE TRACKS, BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEOS AND NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN ARTWORK
FULL ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON MAY 27TH
NEW SINGLE “SIRENS” PREMIERES ON SIRIUS MARCH 14TH
March 05, 2014— New York, NY — Multi-platinum, British singer/songwriter, Cher Lloyd is empowering her fans—the “Brats”—by allowing them premiere music from her new album, Sorry I’m Late, May 27th on Epic Records. Lloyd has made the unprecedented decision to put the music in their hands first. This monumental move marks the first time in history that an artist has engaged her fan base to showcase new music before anybody else.
Here’s how the revolutionary campaign shakes down. In conjunction with MTV, one lucky “Brat”, as chosen by the star, will get the opportunity to unveil a new song and a piece of Lloyd’s album artwork via his or her social networks. Shortly after, the particular track goes live on MTV.com, and fans may submit their own videos for it as part of a week-long contest. The winning video will then be showcased on her official very MTV.com artist page. In addition, each winner will be awarded the opportunity to attend an exclusive, live MTV performance by Lloyd on album release day.
Moreover, her next single “Sirens” makes its debut at satellite radio on March 14. Sirius HITS 1 will debut the song over the course of a 24-hour takeover, playing it every hour on the hour. Following up last year’s hit “I Wish” [featuring T.I.], this latest single is a testament to Cher’s commitment to letting down her barriers and being more vulnerability with her songwriting. In addition, when fans pre-order for the album on March 17th they will get an immediate download of “Sirens”.
“What I love most about my fans is that they aren’t afraid to be vocal when they want new music from me, so I thought why not let them be the ones to leak it,” says Lloyd. “I make music for them so they should be in power.”
Inviting listeners deeper into her world, Lloyd recently wrapped a 4-part series entitled “Pieces of Cher” that will be showcased on www.cherlloyd.com in the weeks preceding the album’s release. The series opens up the doorway her life and allows fans unprecedented access. This is the chance to join Lloyd on her journey like never before.
She also joins good friend Demi Lovato for the Neon Lights arena tour starting March 18 in Kansas, MO. To make the jaunt even more special, she’s participating in MTV’s “Ultimate Fan Experience”, which will give one fan the opportunity to hang with Lloyd, Lovato, and Fifth Harmony at the Nashville gig on March 29.
Turns out Cher Lloyd isn’t late at all. It’s her time.
She has a little more than two months to hype this album... I hope she doesn't flop :(
Would she be more successful if she rode One Direction's coattails ala Little Mix?
Chipotle is suing Frank Ocean for backing out of a $425,000 deal to sing a remake of "Pure Imagination" for an animated Chipotle ad.
As TMZ reports, Ocean didn't want Chipotle's logo to appear at the end of the advertisement, so when company reps showed him a final cut that displayed the logo prominently, he reneged on his obligation to record the track. Chipotle claims to have received an email from Ocean's camp claiming that the singer believed he had a final say over the recorded material and its use.
Chipotle is suing Ocean for his $212,500 advance.
ONTD, what is your favorite item on the menu at Chipotle?
Naomi Campbell chatted with Andy Cohen on Thursday’s edition of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, giving her opinions about ongoing scandals involving the networks flagship Real Housewives series.
Of Beverly Hills, she said the ongoing with between Brandi and Lisa — which has dominated much of this season’s storyline — has been “pathetic” on Brandi’s behalf, as she made no bones about which side she’s taking.
“I’m on Lisa’s side!” the beauty said, adding she’s known the Vanderpump Rules star since she was 7-years-old.
Moving onto Atlanta, there was the question about Mama Joyce, Kandi Burruss‘ meddling, helicopter mother who’s never short of a strong opinion about her daughter’s love life or life, in general. “I don’t want to be disrespectful to her mother, but Mama Joyce has way overstepped her boundaries.”
Asked about Porsha, Naomi said the reality star should be “a little ashamed” about her infamous Underground Railroad railroad flub; she stopped short of casting any aspersions about her break up from former NFL star Kordell Stewart.
“Oh God, do I have to answer this question?” Naomi joked, before delivering a diplomatic soundbite about how Porsha seems to be adapting to the single life well.
Heather and the cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County have been filming with Bravo since late last year, and soon, fans will get to see them return to the network in the latest installment.
Although Bravo has yet to release any information about the upcoming ninth season, Heather recently shared a photo of herself with fans which seems to be a behind the scenes shot of her cast photo.
"Sneak peek from fun photo shoot! More to come! #RHOC," Heather wrote on Instagram.
She didn't directly confirm the shoot was for her cast photo, her RHOC tag seems to speak for itself, and it's around the time the season should be wrapping, so a cast shoot is a possibility.
As for what fans can expect from the upcoming season, there are three new wives and two trips abroad. Joining the cast for season nine are Lizzie Rovsek, Shannon Beador, and Danielle Gregorio. The new ladies, along with the returning wives, including Heather, Vicki Gunvalson, and Tamra Judge, will travel to Hong Kong this year, as well as Bali, and an early trip to Hawaii.
Gebbia (known for being the reality show's resident Wiccan) blacked out after having six shots of tequila during a dinner with friends at Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills.
"Sorry!Apparently I don't hve the Irish wooden leg! All is well Thk uCant handle 6shots of tequila.Wen did I become such a lightweight?" Gebbia tweeted earlier today.
She followed up with, "I can't even explain what happened.Nvr knew there was a limit. Brokers sent over shots I drank n lost count.Didn't even order bloody dinner."
Gebbia, who was rushed to the hospital last night after the blackout incident, also wrote, "Hello gorgeous souls.I'm honestly sorry. I apparently drank way tooo much n blacked out.I wasted some gr8 nurses n staffs time. #Dorothy."
Luckily, Gebbia sounds like she's doing better today. She even got a Twitter shout-out from a fellow RHOBH cast mate this morning.
"@CarltonGebbia13 are you ok ...called you many times!" Lisa Vanderpump wrote today, to which Gebbia responded, "Thk u Lisa I'm so ok,slight headache!Missed ur call but txtd u 8ish."
The star appeared on Thursday's episode of Wendy Williams and swiftly weighed in on the casting of NeNe Leakes on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars.
“I'm actually very happy that she has this gig, because I feel like this last season we're watching right now, I feel like she has kind of regressed, taken a step backwards. I feel like she's getting a little dirty,” Lewis told Williams.
Leakes, whose NBC comedy The New Normal was canceled after one season, had been in the middle of a massive brawl on the Bravo show, which led to some serious injuries to Kenya's friend.
“I felt like this has gone too far. I don't mind flipping tables, I don't mind screaming at each other, but when they start breaking ribs, that's where I'm like, ooh, this is a line.”
Williams agreed, saying she had “backed out” of the show after that incident.
sources: E!, TheWrap, Examiner, RadarOnline
Michael B. Jordan poses on the carpet at the premiere of his film Fruitvale Station at Cinema Barberini on Thursday (March 6) in Rome, Italy.
FYI: Michael is wearing a Louis Vuitton suit and Prada shoes at the premiere. He wore a Bellerose sweater, Hudson jeans, and Calvin Klein shoes to the photo call.
Images via National Geographic
If you happen to watch Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Sunday night at 9pm—and you should, because it’s incredible—then you’re going to notice a lot of really gorgeously animated sequences over the course of the series. We wanted to know what went into making these parts of the show, so we went straight to the source.
Kara Vallow might not be a name you’re very familiar with, and that’s okay; she tends to stay behind the scenes on the production side of animation. Her resume, however, is pretty stacked: she’s worked on Dilbert, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Johnny Bravo and Drawn Together, as well as the Jessica Yu documentary, In The Realms of the Unreal, about the life and work of painter Henry Darger. Of course, she’s probably best known for her work with Seth MacFarlane, which includes Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show. She was kind enough to speak to us this week about her involvement with Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, and what went into creating such a distinct, integral part of the series.
I also got the chance to speak with Ann Druyen last week as part of Nat Geo’s Space Camp experience, and she said that the animation sequences were something Seth [MacFarlane] was really interested in doing from the get-go.
What was that process like from your point of view? When did you first get involved?
The narrative portions of the original Carl Sagan series were done in live action; they were sort of like historical recreations of different time periods. Seth thought that was going to be prohibitive in this incarnation of the series, because viewers are much more sophisticated now than they were then in terms of historical time periods being recreated by Hollywood. We’re attuned to seeing big budget period movies and costumes and stuff, and in the original series they were done very low budget. I don’t think they thought that viewers were going to accept that now, and they didn’t have the time to do a big budget Gosford Park type imagining of the narrative. So, it was Seth’s idea to do those in animation.
I was not involved in the show at all at that point. Seth approached me about a year and a half ago about creating those animation portions. I initially turned him down, because I honestly didn’t think I could do the material justice—the pure scope and ambition of Cosmos and the impact that the original series had on so many people was intimidating to me. But I met with Ann and her partner Mitchell, and talking to them really changed my mind. They sort of charmed me into it! Especially talking with Ann about how she imagined the show and her trepidation about using animation, because it’s nothing that she was familiar with. The animation process can be very intimidating to people who aren’t used to working in the medium. It’s a huge leap of faith, and you have to put a lot of trust in the hands of the animators that are going to realize your vision without being able to draw it yourself.
That actually makes for a great segue—I’m really curious to know how you came up with the overall aesthetic of these sequences. The Giordano Bruno segment in the first episode is so surreal and compelling.
When I first talked to Seth about what he was imagining, he threw a few key words at me: “adult” and “sophisticated” and “noire.” And then he sort of left me on my own to figure it out, which was a little intimidating. I’ve been working on television and animation for so long and it involved thinking outside of that arena completely. I hadn’t really done that in a while!
So I went to a lot of independent and non-American animated films. I hadn’t really seen any non-commercial cartoons in a long time and felt out of the loop! But I saw a lot of really interesting stuff that really inspired me to start thinking about different modes and styles of animation. The Secret of Kells was a big one—flat and sort of primitive but stylistically really distinct, like a painted mural. Another one was called The Invention of Love, a short by this art student. It had this really beautiful romantic story told all in silhouettes. I showed stills from some of these films to the producers and they loved a lot of them, and we sort of went from there.
I also wanted to produce the animation in a small, very contained way, because the scope of the entire show is so huge with all of its visual effects and location shots. We decided to do it all digital in After Effects and worked with a team of four people to develop a style of animation that was sophisticated and “adult” but uncomplicated. The narrative needed to be advanced, with all these profound scientific concepts that needed to be presented clearly with an authored vision. And some of these episodes have quite a bit of animation, so we really wanted it to be stylistic and vibrant, like pieces of artwork that tell a rich story. It’s a part of the show that’s more than just an exposition of science. The way Ann described to me was that the narrative was an expression of a quasi-mystical reverence of the universe—this big vast thing we had to pay homage to. It was intimidating, but became a wonderful experience.
That definitely comes across, especially in the Bruno segment.
Yeah, the characters themselves are very stylized and not multi-dimensional, but they have to be evocative of emotion. The setting and background are all amalgams of photo-real elements. We used a lot of real photographs and brought in a lot of the physical world—there’s real fire and real mist and rain, and different textures from floor patterns. Which is one of the big advantages of using After Effects.
Did you have any say in what kind of characters you were working with or was that something Ann and Seth worked together on? Judging from the trailer, it seems like we do get to see a little beyond the common Western male canon of science.
Everything was dictated to us by Ann; she wrote all the scripts and gave us direction on all the characters. She was very picky about historical accuracy. The amazing thing about her is that she has every detail in her mind as if she lived it. She’ll talk to you as if they were personal friends of hers. She presented us with so much information that the designs couldn’t have come more from her than if she did them herself.
Ann name dropped a lot of big names in the cast of voice actors, like Richard Gere and Marlee Matlin. Were you involved in the casting process? Were you guys always looking to get bigger names?
No. Actually at the beginning, we were probably trying to convince them not to use so many big names! The voice acting community is already so vast and talented. And having worked with Seth for so long, the quality of voice acting is something that Seth is so attuned to, and so often the big name celebrities don’t make the best voice actors compared to others—including Phil! [I had mentioned to her that I'd recognized Phil Lamarr's voice in the first episode immediately, because I'm a giant dork.] Phil is so versatile and has done so many different types of voices. Not that many people know that Seth is in the first episode, either, and that might have been a mistake on my part. But he was amazing. You really don’t know it’s him from listening.
It’s definitely hard to tell. I have a lot of friends who’ve been questioning me about Seth MacFarlane’s involvement, who don’t see how he lines up with Cosmos. But he really makes it work so well. He seems like such an interesting, integral part of the process.
Right. He’s the only reason the show is what it is, and he has such an enormous love of the material. Anyway, when you have a new show, the instinct is to want to use “name” actors. But I think we had a mix of both. You know, Patrick Stewart, for example, is a regular on American Dad; we’ve used him many times. He’s almost a go-to. I would like to use him for any British character, because he’s so game and he’s so good—and funny. I’d use him for every voice.
[From here the conversation strayed a bit into some of Vallow's previous work. I'd also mentioned previously that I'd been a fan of Johnny Bravo growing up.]
It was one of those formative shows, you know? You’re going to have to deal with this type of dude, so you might as well study the enemy.
[Laughs] It’s interesting: when I was working on it in ’96, ’97, I didn’t really appreciate it. At the time, Cartoon Network was switching from airing reruns of old classic cartoons like The Flintstones and coming out with their original shows—Dexter’s Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls. Johnny Bravo was dismissed as being puerile and mediocre, with a simplistic animation style. But I hear so much from younger people who just love it. (op: ahem. just like FG and AD.)
I think it’s that a lot of those shows are smarter than people gave them credit for. Like, I see a lot of people talking about the Powerpuff Girls as being so formative for their current mode of feminist thought, because they’re these girls who can do anything. And Johnny Bravo’s kind of similar in that the joke is always on this awful, womanizing guy.(op: again, just like FG and AD!) Wasn’t there one episode where he’s turned into a woman?
I think that might have been. It came back sometime later without the original creative team behind it. But it was definitely more forward thinking than I could have appreciated at the time, and it launched a lot of big careers—like Seth and [Butch] Hartman, who created The Fairly Oddparents.
That one was a little less great for me growing up, what with the evil babysitter named “Vicky” and all.
[Laughs] Well, it definitely did launch some people!
So after Cosmos wraps up, what’s next for you?
Family Guy and American Dad (op: roger is my one true king tbh!!) are still going along. We’re on a new network with American Dad, so we’re excited about that. And with Family Guy, we have that big Simpsons crossover coming up.
Cosmos has really been the big project in my life for the past year, though, and since we haven’t premiered yet, I haven’t quite thought beyond it. We still have so many episodes to deliver! But I’m hoping nothing comes up to replace it right away. It was such a privilege to work with everyone, especially Neil Tyson, since I’m a big fan. As hard as it was, it was well worth it.
Cosmos premieres across ten different channels on Sunday night, so remember to sit your butt down and watch it live. True Detective can wait, we swear.
op: kara's twitter has been awesome for a long time fyi
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Four new photos from the upcoming FX series The Strain are out to introduce you to the show's characters.
The Strain kicks off this summer and is based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Del Toro directed the pilot.
The tale is a high concept thriller that tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather” (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.
Here, you'll find David Bradley as Abraham Setrakian, Sean Astin as Jim Kent, Mia Maestro as Nora Martinez and Corey Stoll as Ephraim Good Weather.
"The Strain" premieres in July on FX.
A death in the entertainment industry has caused widespread grief and anger throughout the community, and has led to the widespread 'Slates for Sarah' movement.
On February the 20th, Sarah Jones, was tragically killed in the process of filming a stunt, involving a train, on the set of Midnight Rider. Investigations are underway in determining who is to blame for the camera assistant's death, with Georgia law authorities treating the tragedy as negligent homicide.
Initial reports are suggesting that shortcuts in production led to the unfortunate event, which also injured four other people. During an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Jones's father describes how she had commented: "Some of the people asking her questions should have known more than her and she thought that was odd."
Regardless of who is at fault, the event has highlighted the need for increased safety measures on set. It has spurred numerous filmmakers to honor her memory by posting pictures of slates in memory for Sarah to the SlatesforSarah Facebook page.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, the camera assistant's parents describe their reaction to the response to Sarah's death: "We are both overwhelmed with the response, the love and the condolences from the public. It's overwhelming, that one person's life can make such a difference, it's incredible. It's part of therapy. It's helping us get through this whole ordeal. It does offer some level of comfort to have so much support. It's good to think that it appears that this will make a difference."
One of the many indie films we really think deserves to break out this year is the latest feature from British filmmaker/actor/comedian Richard Ayoade, a funky dystopian sci-fi dark comedy based on Dostoyevsky's The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg. The film premiered at TIFF last year and we've been promoting it with reviews, trailers, interviews and plenty of other posters in the past, but this new poster is the best one yet. This new UK poster for The Double has a very minimalistic, artistic feel to it, like it was hand-drawn. A single ray of light shines down across a city on one man. It's impressive, and I'm glad it's an official poster.
The Double is directed by Richard Ayoade (watch our TIFF interview with him here) who co-wrote the script with Avi Korine (brother of Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine), based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Double: A Petersburg Poem. The film follows Jesse Eisenberg as Simon, who arrives at work only to find an exact double of himself has usurped his tenuous position in the company. Routinely humiliated by his boss (played by Wallace Shawn), the neurotic Simon now has to deal with a doppelgänger that is everything he isn't: confident, charming, successful, superficial.
US Official Trailer
Mia Wasikowska and Noah Taylor also star in the film which played at London, Toronto and Sundance before hitting the UK April 4th. US release in theaters and VOD May 9th.