Saturday, May 31, 2014

Just Because, Pt. 97

It has been a long time since I shared a pic of Prince Harry being cute just because and s---.

But here we are.

You know, since it’s like, summer and all. Which this week meant rugby time for the prince, for something called Inspire Suffolk.

Keep it up, Your Highness!



Phew! I was wondering if something was up.

Word is Anna Camp (HBO’s True Blood) will be in the sequel to Pitch Perfect, after all. If, like yours truly, you’d been keeping tabs on the Elizabeth Banks-directed sequel and had noticed that Camp had been noticeably MIA from every picture we’d been able to see so far, thats because her deal to sign again just got aca-signed .

Which means that even though her character was a senior in the original movie, there will be a reason for her to be there as the rest of her Barden Bellas (Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson & Co.) graduate themselves.



Tris’ New Pal

Suki Waterhouse has decided its about bloody time we stop thinking about her as just Bradley Coopers girlfriend.

The British-born model is gonna act – and she is making sure you will take notice, for she has landed a part in Insurgent, next years follow-up to Divergent.

Waterhouse will join the Shailene Woodley-fronted franchise about factions in a future dystopia, as Marlene, a member of Dauntless and a friend of Woodley’s heroine, Tris.


Sounds Like Ken Will Strip Again

So Normal Heart standout Matt Bomer was on Ellen earlier this week and, of course, the talk quickly moved on from his buzzed-for-an-Emmy work on the must-watch HBO film to...Magic Mike XXL, the similarly must-y upcoming sequel to, Magic Mike, Channing Tatum’s crowd-pleasing 2012 panty-dropper blockbuster.

Which Bomer all but confirmed, without a crotch shadow of a doubt, that he will be a part of!

Further, Bomer even revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that the July 2015 follow-up will be “a road-trip film that leads to a stripper convention,” thus confirming that which evidently Tatum himself had recently shared with GQ about the project.

Sounds like good, rowdy fun.

And like, perhaps, his Ken character will have more to do, say, and strip for, please dear God?


Friday, May 30, 2014

The Voice of Thanos

Huge news, Marvel fans: Josh Brolin is gonna voice-play Thanos.

You know...the big, Death-obsessed intergalactic purple-colored super-bad that was first tease-troduced at the end of The Avengers two years ago. The one that most some of us thought that Vin Diesel was in the running to take on at one point, before it was announced that he will be, in fact, pipe-realizing the part of Groot in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.

Speaking of which, the August blockbuster will mark Brolin’s debut in the role.

Thanos reportedly will be all CGI – a bit of a given, considering how we was first allowed to be seen – and we get way more from him as his presence gets the expansion treatment when The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out next May, for, like I said, he will be those guys main antagonist.

Strong choice, Marvel. Strong choice.


Too Sexy for Her Poster

Eva Green is officially too hot to handle.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has determined that a one-sheet for the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For featuring a too-strong hint of the actress’ nipple situation is inappropriate for public consumption. Because of nudity.

But since we live in the these ya go.

Btw, I normally think that the MPAA is a little whack, but I am inclined to see their point – no pun intended – on this one. I will take my posters at the movie theater without any areola, thankyouverymuch, as I’m sure would be the preference of any parent with a child that just finished asking if they are gonna see How to Train Your Dragon 2 and mommy, mommy, what’s up with that lady’s titty!


Family Reunion

This fall, the family that gets back together for a funeral will have fun together.

If you think that the adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You is more of that good August: Osage County stuff, you are only kind of right.

For this one looks like a straight-out comedy, at least on paper, given its cast – a sprawling cast that includes, among others, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey (nice extensions, gurl!), Adam Driver (HBOGirls)the gorgeaussie Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll (whom you will see in FXs The Strain this summer), Kathryn Hahn (Bad Words), Connie Britton (TVs Nashville), Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, and a quite-boobalicious Jane Fonda.

So there.

This Is Where I Leave You is due out on Sept. 12.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Time Is Trans Now

Heres a must read for you, America world: This weeks issue of Time magazine.


Because award-winning Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox is on the cover.

Which is noteworthy in as much as yeah, look, another actress on the cover of a magazine – except this particular individual is a transgender American.

Cox discussed her upbringing in Alabama – of all places! – with the magazine, as well as the state of trans affairs in America and how understood or misunderstood that community is within the country. And I think this is a particular valuable issue of Time because here ya have a popular actress from a popular show discussing a somewhat unpopular topic, making it accessible, and, more importantly, making it visible.

Check it out!


They Want Him to Stay

Get this, Kitsch Kravers: This summer, our boys serving us a bit of counterprogramming.

Indeed and good, given his iffy track record with big summer blockbusters (Battleship was, well, you but also...what it was), Taylor Kitsch is starring in The Grand Seduction, a new comedy about a cricket-loving doctor that gets sorta tricked by Brendan Gleeson into spending a month in Tickle Head, a tiny economically imperiled – and hockey-happy – Newfoundland harbor village.

Worlds-collide hilarity ensues.

Check out the trailer for the movie, an indie remake of the French-Canadan film La Grande Séduction that was first announced back in August 2012.

The Grand Seduction will be in (some) theaters...tomorrow.


F--- Yeah, Amy Poehler!

People have been waiting with breath that is bated ever since her book deal was announced early last year, and now we’re gonna have to keep waiting.

Just a little more.

As you can see, I’m talking about Yes Please, Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler’s memoir-esque (it’s got true stories! fictional anecdotes! and lots of humor!) first foray into the non-for-TV written-word arena, the cover for which was just shared with the world.

Can you dig it?

Yes Please will be released on Oct. 28.


Chelsea Until August

Its the end of a funny era.

E! and Chelsea Handler announced yesterday an end date for Chelsea Lately: Aug. 26.

Yeah. It’s officially happening.

“We are very proud of [the show]’s long-running success and the unique space that [it] carved in late-night television,” said Suzanne Kolb, E!’s president, in a press release. “Chelsea brought a distinct voice to late night for seven years and we look forward to providing fans with a memorable send-off that lives up to that tradition.

For her part, Handler noted her surprise at keeping a “fantastic job for that long and added that she, will alway look back at my time at E! as most people look back at their time in college. Im glad I went.

A month-long celebration of best episodes, interviews, and sketches will lead to the live Chelsea Lately finale. FYI.


More Stone for Woody

One would not be wrong to think that Emma Stone just may be the new Scarlett Johansson, at least in Woody Allen’s eye.


Because the Amazing Spider-Man 2 star (put your lighters up!) – who, as of July 25, will be seen in the director’s Magic In the Moonlight – is set to work with the man again.

Indeed, Stone has signed on to join Joaquin Phoenix in the filmmaker’s next project.

Guess it’s a mutual-admiration situation, huh.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Through the Desert

Following the big bust that was The Lone Ranger last summer, Armie Hammer is kinda sorta going back to basics.

The actor is starring in a new psychological thriller called Mine, as a soldier stranded in the desert after a failed assassination mission.

Hammer, btw, is also serving as an executive producer on the project, which is set to go into production in the fall.

That’s more like it, no?


R.I.P. Dr. Angelou

Celebrated author and poet Maya Angelou reportedly has passed away at age 86 in North Carolina.

Dr. Angelou – as she is said to have preferred to be called by those not close to her (well-earned, too, given her more than 30 honorary doctorates) – kicked off her literary career in 1969 with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first of her seven autobiographies, and was an active and strong voice in the civil rights movement.

Not to mention a very busy bee in other arenas throughout her long and full life.

Angelou was a waitress, an actress, a dancer, a singer, a film producer and director, a playwright, a TV producer, and a professor as well.


The New Daredevil

You know how Netflix is on fiya? And how the streamers getting into the superhero game?

Now, do you know Charlie Cox?

Not really?

Well now you will.

The Brit – whom you may remember from Stardust or, more likely, from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire – has been cast as blind Hell’s Kitchen lawyer Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, in its upcoming series about the Marvel character.

Now, you will remember that Ben Affleck took on the role in that craptastic movie back in the early aughts. Given that Netflix has given Daredevil a 13-ep first-season order and put Whedonverse vet Steven S. DeKnight in charge I will bet that this will be like, exponentially better.


Samaritan Schwimmer

Good Friend, good citizen.

David Schwimmer reportedly was of assistance to the New York Police Department when he provided investigating cops with copies of footage captured by his security system that could shed a light on an alleged altercation between a man and a transgender prostitute that occurred next door to his apartment building a couple of days ago.

Atta boy.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mentor at War

Need a Benedict Cumberbatch fix?

Then you are in luck.

The Cumber-stud has signed on to play a sergeant who mentors two soldiers played by Will Poulter (We’re the Millers) and Mud’s Tye Sheridan in the adaptation of Kevin Powers’ war-in-Iraq-set novel The Yellow Birds.

The actor also has joined the cast of Johnny Depp’s Scott Cooper-directed Black Mass (the story of real-life former Boston mob boss-turned-FBI informant Whitey Bulger), filling the role Whitey’s law-abiding brother, Billy, that Guy Pearce recently had to vacate due to scheduling conflicts.

Cumber-fix met. Next!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Gisele to the Rescue

I think we can all agree that Brad Pitt’s 2012 campaign for Chanel No. 5 was a ridikolous bust, right?

So leave it to the powers that be to (finally) call upon Brazilian bombshell-supermodel Gisele Bündchen to come and clean up that mess with a new campaign.

Cause shes amazing.

Bündchen reportedly already shot a new ad for the iconic perfume, in Sagaponack, N.Y., under the direction of Great Gatsby helmer Baz Luhrmann, so we probably should start seeing what that situation will look like in the first few magazines of the fall season.


Girls Brittad

This must be the Girlsiest of timelines.


What I mean is it looks like forced graduation is coming up roses for one Gillian Jacobs.

Now that NBC has finally cancelled its woefully underappreciated Community after five seasons – may it rest – the actress is free to go play with Lena Dunham & Co. over on HBO.

Which is exactly what the woman o.k.a. Britta will do now that she’s signed on to guest on the fifth episode of next year’s fourth season. Go ahead and click here to read more about that gig...and about just about all that she thought of her cult comedy’s cancellation.

Fun! That girlfriend’s gonna be on Girls, now that her show went off the air.


Update: Rumor has it that hulu is interested in reviving Community for a 13-episode sixth season!

Chocolate Magic Man

Get ready for the black Magic Mike, ladies and gents who like gents that like watching men strip.

Som’in’ ya gonna like is comin’.

A new male-stripper movie is in the works.

Its called Chocolate City – and something tells me you are gonna wanna go there, for it is set to star male supermodel-turned-actor Tyson Beckford (awe, his particular flavor of ’90s nostalgia is on!) as an aging dancer threatened by the new blood (namely Michael Jai White) that arrives in the joint he helped make.

Meow! Or whatever the male equivalent of that is....


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Emma Watson Graduates!

My, my – here’s something you don’t see every day: a starlet graduating college.

Further proof that Emma Watson is one of the rarest type of Hollywood actress.

See! She not only is talented and beautiful and stylish, she’s also interested in having a back-up and has good followthrough.

Which is why today, after five years (one more than the usual four – see...some celebs can be just like the normals), the young lady we all saw grow up as Hermione Granger graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s in English lit.

Right on! Glad to see you can actually be like Jodie Foster and just go and do what she did in her time, instead of just talking about how much you wanna be (cough, cough, Lindsay Lohan) and not doing anything at all.


Born to RUN

You know how Beyoncé and Jay Z are going On the Run” this summer?

Well, to drum up even more interest on their stadium tour, the power couple asked a few of their industry pals – including Blake Lively, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Emmy Rossum, and Guillermo Díaz from TVs Scandal, among others – to appear with them on this new video titled RUN” for their “Part II (On the Run)” collaboration. Which covers Madonna’s “Justfiy My Love”?!

L-U-V it. Oh, and Bonnie and Clyde are back! Check it:

The “On the Run Tour” kicks off in Miami in a month.

Cannes Hearts Julianne

Much has been said about David Cronenberg’s upcoming Maps to the Stars in certain circles, most of it about how the dark, trippy-looking Hollywood satire is like, just a new Robert Pattinson vehicle; check out the trailer here.

But now the Cannes Film Festival has changed the conversation.

That’s because the Jane Campion-led jury of this year’s edition of the glitzy fest has picked Julianne Moore (pictured here, as you can see, thisclose to R. Patz) as the best actress out of everything they saw playing at the Riviera during the past couple of weeks.

They also went with Winter Sleep, from Turkish Nuri Bilge Ceylan, as their pick for the Palm d’Or, and with Timothy Spall for best actor, for his work in the buzzy Mike Leigh film Mr. Turner, the J.M.W. Turner biopic.

Moneyball helmer Bennet Miller took best director honors for his eagerly awaited awards bait Foxcatcher.

Let the Oscar race beging?

Photo: E! Online.

Steeling Up

That Max Steel movie that Taylor Lautner was once upon a time attached to star in is finally happening, and that cutie-patootie Mike Doyle is going along for the ride.

No word on what part the guy will be playing, but, you know...any reason to mention Mike Doyle.

Btw, Mike Doyle will soon be seen in Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys.

Mike Doyle!