Archive | May, 2014

First Glimpse of Kellan Lutz in ‘Hercules 3D’

28 May

To quote The Nutty Professor, “Hercules! Hercules! Hercules! Hercules!”

There he is, in all his Greek demigod glory, Kellan Lutz as the muscular, mythical Hercules, the titular character in Renny Harlin‘s big-budget Hercules 3D, due in theaters in early 2014.

Lutz, 28, one of the stars of The Twilight Saga, showed off his sculpted physique as he shot scenes for upcoming blockbuster in Bulgaria. Donning a sheathed bottom, armor and a shield, the actor yielded a sword for a fight sequence.

Before filming began, Lutz bulked up his already well-built frame, reportedly adding on about 20 lbs. of muscle to transform into the mythological warrior. And after he had the body, he had to master the moves: Lutz dedicated himself to learning sword fighting, close combat and horseback riding to ready for the stunts.

Hercules 3D is only one of two Hollywood movies being made about Zeus’ half-moral son; Dwayne Johnson is set to play the divine hero in a rival project from directorBrett Ratner.

For more snaps of Lutz on set, scroll through the gallery, above.

Is Simon Cowell About to Become a Father?

27 May

Simon Cowell, the notoriously mean judge from American Idol and now The X Factor, is apparently expecting a child with New York socialite Lauren Silverman.

“[Silverman’s] around 10 weeks along,” a source for US Weekly said Wednesday.

US Weekly also points out on numerous, not-exactly-subtle occasions that Silverman is still married to Cowell’s close friend, real estate mogul Andrew Silverman. Technically, anyway.

“Lauren and Andrew have been unhappy in their marriage for some time, and their divorce has been in the works for a while,” a source said. “As their marriage deteriorated, she and Simon became close.”

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Moment of Then: When Bravo Met Teresa Giudice

27 May

Today, Teresa Giudice is facing a crap-ton of years in prison after she and her husband Joe were indicted on 39 counts of conspiracy and fraud.

But back in August 2009, she was just your average soon-to-be-“Bravolebrity” in search of the meaning of life and other things on season 1 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

In this clip, available still on Bravo’s website, Teresa (pronounced Ta-ray-sa by the network’s creepy-sounding voiceover guy) is seen wanting breast implants as she complains about building her “dream house.” (Remember when her problems consisted only of her “bubbies”?)

“I’m not fake. I don’t try to be someone I’m not,” she says.

The rest, unfortunately, is history.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Due For October Release

26 May

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We’ve had Teachers, Lieutenants and even Santa. Now it’s Grandpa’s turn to be Bad.

In what must surely be the surprise spin-off of the year, this October will see Irving Zisman shuffling his way across cinemas on both sides of the pond. You know…Irving Zisman? Old, grumpy, often seen with his plums falling out of his shorts?

Anyone familiar with MTV’s stunts-and-stupidity show Jackass will know that Zisman is the 86-year-old alter ego of Johnny Knoxville, who disguises himself under ‘dirty old man’ prosthetics before engaging in some very inappropriate behaviour. When discussing the possibilities for a fourth Jackass movie, writers Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine and Spike Jonze considered there to be enough mileage in the offensive octogenarian to fill out a feature-length film. Whether or not you agree depends on your tolerance for OAPs going OTT and if you prefer to watch your comedy through the gaps between your fingers.

The plot may be paper-thin – Zisman and his young grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) embark on a cross-country trip across America- but, in true Jackass style, the film revels in provoking the public through a combination of hidden cameras and elaborate pranks. Sounds a lot like Borat, don’t you think? Just as Sacha Baron Cohen’s clueless Kazakhstani could hide all manner of cruelty behind his excuse of being a foreigner, so too can Knoxville challenge America’s attitudes towards the elderly- while, of course, pushing the limits of decency in the process. After all, who would be heartless enough to hit an old man?

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If the trailer below is anything to go by, then there is certainly no shortage of candidates willing to show Zisman the error of his ways: from the shopkeeper who catches him stuffing stock down his trousers to the roomful of wedding guests who, after Zisman ‘accidentally’ falls through a table, don’t know whether to pick him up or punch him. And, as the seemingly- fragile Zisman climbs aboard a children’s ride, only for it to buck like a bronco and throw him through a window, you really have to feel sorry for the screaming passers-by. Let’s hope that this – or any of the film, for that matter- isn’t staged; or at least one third of its tagline “Real people. Real reactions. Real messed up.” will be rendered a big, fat fib.

The grandfather/grandchild pairing looks set to be a successful double act: given their age and assumed innocence, both Irving and Billy are allowed the freedom to speak their minds. And so it’s no surprise to find that they’re often less than family friendly. Indeed, their spectacularly tasteless sabotage of a Carolina Cutie Pie beauty pageant is sure to be one of the film’s biggest talking points. If only Little Miss Sunshine hadn’t already got there first.

Nevertheless, those who have missed Jackass’ contribution to the cultural landscape of late will have reason to rejoice. Because, quite frankly, watching a man tear out his chest hair with super glue should be an annual treat.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa is released on October 25, 2013.

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Spurs Transfer News: Clint Dempsey Joins Seattle Sounders For £6 Million

26 May

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BBC Sport have confirmed that Clint Dempsey is on his way out of White Hart Lane and is moving back to his native United States.

The 30-year old has reportedly put pen to paper on a deal with Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders, believed to be a four-year contract.

His new employers once had former Arsenal midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg among their ranks, and they currently have two familiar faces who Dempsey has played alongside before, in former USA goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and ex Fulham striker Eddie Johnson.

Dempsey arrived at Spurs last summer from Fulham and scored 7 league goals in 28 games, but his performances were particularly notable in the UEFA Europa League where he netted two important goals against FC Basel in his side’s Quarter-final second leg.

However manager Andre Villas-Boas has signalled his intention to strengthen the Tottenham squad with the arrival of Valencia forward Roberto Soldado this week for 26 million on a four-year contract, leaving many to question whether the American international had a future with the club.

The fee for Dempsey is believed to be in the region of 6 million which would be an MLS transfer record, but club officials have yet to confirm the move for a player who may have also found opportunities limited with the Premier League club due to the arrivals of Paulinho and Nacer Chadli this summer.

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The move would represent a significant coup for the Sounders who currently sit in 7th place in the Western Conference table, although the move may not be that much of a surprise after it emerged the Seattle coach spoke with Dempsey whilst he was on international duty for the USA, according to the Daily Mirror.

Their coach Sigi Schmid said: “I know Clint. I talked to him when he was here when he was playing against Panama.”

Prior to his switch across the capital, Dempsey spent five successful years with Fulham finding the back of the net 50 times in 184 league appearances after signing from New England Revolution in January 2007.

The forward who has been capped 99 times by his country is considered to have been one of the most successful US exports to have played in the Barclays Premier League since its inception in 1992.

Tottenham Hotspur released a brief statement which said: “We wish Clint every success for the future.”

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6 Deliciously Good Food Moments In Film

25 May

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The most important relationship that you can have with anything is with food. Especially as the means for nourishment and self-indulgence. Food can educe intense emotions the same way a film can do. Particularly, directors and writers do use food as a means to reveal personalities of their characters on screen.

Everybody savours their food comforts at home. Not to mention that everybody loves viewing their cherished film. Each gives you fond memories, either as a child and at present, leaving us a taste for more and makes us going back to recreate those fond memories.

There are countless films in which food steals the leading role and transforms it into iconic moments that people do reminiscence and savour the same way they do with their desired savoury or sweet dish.

This list will look at those moments while teasing your taste buds or provoking feelings of nausea. Spoilers ahead.

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Doctor Who: Why The Casting Of The 12th Doctor Shouldn’t Be A Deal-Breaker

25 May

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In a matter of hours, the identity of the Twelfth Doctor will be revealed. In a live programme broadcast on BBC1 at 7PM, the actor newly cast in British television’s most iconic role (who BBC employees currently refer to as ‘Houdini’) will make his/her first public appearance as the face of Doctor Who and undoubtedly cause internet forums and fansites to crash. Debate around the identity of the new Time Lord is fierce with The Thick Of It star Peter Capaldi currently being the bookies’ favourite to take control of the Tardis.

But even though Capaldi’s casting is currently nothing but a rumour, some fans have come out of the woodwork on social networking sites and forums saying that they will stop watching the programme if he is the new Doctor. Partly because of the belief that he doesn’t suit the role (even though we have yet to see the Twelfth Doctor in action) but mainly because he previously appeared in Doctor Who as Caecilius in The Fires Of Pompeii (2008) and as John Frobisher in Torchwood: Children Of Earth (2009).

But if Capaldi is indeed the Twelfth Doctor, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Freema Agyeman, Karen Gillan, and Colin Baker all had one-off roles in Doctor Who before becoming part of the main cast. Colin Baker became the Sixth Doctor even though his previous character had directly interacted with Peter Davison’s Doctor in Arc Of Infinity (1983). A minor role in Doctor Who shouldn’t preclude an actor from playing a different character further down the line if they suit the part. Michael Wisher (the first actor to play Davros) played a total of eight different characters in Doctor Who during the 1970s and it didn’t stop him from playing any of them well. Especially Davros. The same could be true of Capaldi if he is the new Doctor.

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But I’m getting off track here. My main point is that whoever the Twelfth Doctor is, we can’t possibly know how well they’ll do until we see the Regeneration scene at Christmas. And even if there are a few issues with the Twelfth Doctor’s portrayal at first (After all, no actor fits into a role perfectly right from the off), the actor will be working with a crew of incredibly talented individuals that will help steer him/her towards settling into the role. So because we won’t know who the Twelfth Doctor is until this evening and won’t see that actor playing the character for another four and half months, planning to abandon the programme if a certain actor who you consider to not be a suitable Doctor is cast is a short-sighted move and betrays a lack of true interest in the programme. And although the programme is mainly about the Doctor, it’s a large scale series that extends beyond just him, with several stories barely featuring him and some story arcs focussing on his companions or other elements such as Series 3 s Mr Saxon arc being about the Master. So even if you don’t like the new Doctor, there are still other elements that you’d miss out on by deciding to stop watching.

People like those who are considering jumping ship if Capaldi is cast are in no way representative of the fandom as a whole but some Whovians have a tendency to react strongly and negatively to change. Let’s not forget that when Matt Smith was revealed as the Eleventh Doctor in 2009, there was a minor but noticeable backlash against him with criticisms of his looks, age, and acting abilities. And it looks like the same will happen with whoever is cast as the Twelfth Doctor.

What we need to remember is that whoever the new Doctor is, the programme will continue for years to come. They are one of many actors who have played and will play the character. And if this new Doctor (whoever he or she may be) does turn out to be a poor choice, another one will come along in a few years’ time. This new Doctor heralds the next step in the evolution of Doctor Who and, as fans, the least we can do is hold our judgement and keep watching long enough to give them a chance.

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