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Double Take: Is Sienna Miller Strolling with David Beckham?

9 Aug

No, that’s not David Beckham pushing Sienna Miller’s daughter, Marlowe, around in a stroller. But it sure could be!

Miller, 31, was spotted sipping a coffee at a playground in Berlin Saturday with her 15-month-old daughter (with actor Tom Sturridge, 27) and a man who bears a striking resemblance to the soccer star.

The actress is in Germany to begin filming the new Vince Vaughn comedy Business Trip, about a struggling businessman who takes his team on a cross-country journey to win a contract.

Wonder how many double-takes onlookers did to see the actress with a man who appeared to be Becks …

Wade Rouse

A.M. Roundup: Leah Remini Vs. Scientology, Lady Gaga Goes Nude Again, Kate Upton: ‘I’m Not A Toy’

17 May

Leah Remini

Actress Leah Remini, who recently split from the Church of Scientology, reportedly filed a missing persons report for the wife of church leader David Miscavige. Shelly Miscavige hasn’t been seen in public since 2006, prompting questions about her whereabouts and speculation over whether or not she’s being punished or held somewhere by the church against her will. Police confirmed an investigation last night but wouldn’t say whether or not Remini had anything to do with it. Mrs. Miscavige was later found by police, who closed the case and called the report “unfounded” according to TMZ. The church subsequently blasted Remini, calling the report “an inexcusable distraction for the LAPD.” (story)

Lady Gaga has a new album coming out this fall, and to create buzz for it she’s posed nude for the third time in the last two weeks. This time around she bares all, leaving nothing to the imagination, for artist Marina Abramovic’s new fundraiser. The artist hopes to spread her physical and mental workout regime by raising $600,000. Gaga hums while walking through fields and hugging giant crystals in empty rooms. Is it “ARTPOP”? (story)

Actress Karen Black, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 70s film “Five Easy Pieces”, died on Thursday at the age of 74. Black had been battling ampullary cancer, which affects the bile duct, since 2010 and succumbed in a nursing home in Los Angeles. Her husband broke the news on Facebook, thanking fans for support and prayers. Earlier this year the couple raised money via Kickstarter.com to pay for an experimental treatment in Europe, but she never made it there because her failing health prevented her from traveling. (story)

Kate Upton is September’s ELLE magazine cover girl, showing off her gorgeous curves in a classy set of photos. The model talked about subjects ranging from religion to how she’s treated, saying after her first Sports Illustrated cover that she was constantly pursued by married and engaged men. “I’m not a toy, I’m a human,” she says. (story)

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth showed up to the premiere of new film “Paranoia” together Thursday night. The couple hasn’t been seen in public together for a long time, and they put rumors of their split to rest once and for all. (story)

Check out five fun facts about “We’re The Millers” star Will Poulter. The actor, known for his role in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” plays the pretent son of a drug dealer to help smuggle a shipment of marijuana into the U.S. from Mexico. (story)

“District 9” writer/director Neill Blomkamp’s latest film, “Elysium“, which hits theaters today, is a “thought-provoking Sci-fi, fantasy, action film,” according to our reviewers. Matt Damon stars in the film, which takes place 150 years from now when Earth is polluted and the rich live in a lavish space station while the poor suffer below. (Review.)

Beyonce shocked the world by giving herself a makeover and cutting her hair short, just like Miley Cyrus. The singer now sports a pixie ‘do and she showed it off in a series of pics on Instagram. She recently completed the North American part of her “Mrs Carter Show” World Tour by biking to the Barclay’s center in Brooklyn, New York, from her apartment in Manhattan. (story)

Usher‘s ex-wife Tameka Foster is looking for full custody of the couple’s son, Usher Raymond V, after the child got his hand stuck in the drain of the singer’s swimming pool and had to be rescued and given CPR to revive him. The boy was reportedly trying to get a toy from the bottom of the pool when he got his hand stuck. (story)

Leah Remini

‘Sharknado’ To Hit The Big Screen

3 May

Tara Reid

Tara Reid and Ian Ziering’s cult TV disaster film “Sharknado” is set to attack movie theatres for one night only – the Syfy network hit will be screened during special midnight showings at 200 Regal locations across America on August 2.

The disaster epic, about a violent storm which rains down vicious sharks on Los Angeles, became a phenomenon on social networking websites after it aired on U.S. TV earlier this month.

A sequel has already been announced.

First Look: 2014 ‘RoboCop’ Reboot Has Its First Trailer

16 Sep

RoboCop

The first trailer for 2014’s reboot of Robocop has arrived, and the new film promises a similar premise as director Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi classic, but with lots of changes.

The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is the leader in robot technology, having had their drones successfully used by the military in overseas operations for years — and now they want to start using this technology on the domestically (sound familiar?)

When police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman in the reboot, Peter Weller in the original) is injured critically while in the line of duty, the corporation seizes the opportunity to creat a half-man/half-machine police officer.

Of course, what the company doesn’t know is that they’re not totally in control of Murphy.

Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle, Michael K. Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jay Baruchel and, of course, Samuel L. Jackson also star.

RoboCop opens in theaters February 7, 2014. Check out the trailer below…

Co-Stars Pranked Liam Hemsworth On ‘Paranoia’ Set With Giant Sex Toy

19 Aug

Liam Hemsworth

While filming a steamy scene for new movie “Paranoia,” Liam Hemsworth was pranked by co-stars and crew, who put a sex toy in the bed he was using.

The actor took his clothes off during an intimate scene with Amber Heard, and when he tried to grab what he though was her arm, he got a handful of “giant dildo” instead.

Yikes!

Hemsworth explained to E! News, “I get into the bed and they say ‘action’. And then I turn over and I grab what I thought was (Amber’s) arm, and it was a giant dildo. It was… big, a black one. And I pulled it out, and everyone was in on it… except me, yeah.”

“Paranoia,” centers on Adam Cassidy, a smart young executive who is fingered for corporate malfeasance and ordered to infiltrate a high-tech rival.

The film hits theaters on Aug. 16.

Photo Credits: PR Photos

Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium’ Is Sci-Fi With Something To Say

19 Aug

Matt Damon in Elysium

In 2009, Neill Blomkamp’s directorial debut “District 9” punched audiences in the stomach with its gut-wrenching realism and gripping social commentary. The emotional bruising left in its wake didn’t just seize viewer attention though, it captured Hollywood’s too. Struck by Blomkamp’s creativity with a smaller budget, the industry decided to offer him a larger one for his sophomore effort “Elysium.” Working inside the Hollywood machine can be tricky however, since directors often compensate for greater resources with major creative compromises. What’s miraculous about Blomkamp’s flick is that it doesn’t seem like he sacrificed anything because “Elysium” is a grim, arresting picture.

Blomkamp’s tale takes place in the year 2154, where Earth has become polluted and overpopulated. People stuck there suffer crime, illness, and government oppression, as they toil away in dangerous jobs. Meanwhile the extremely wealthy live on a habitat orbiting the planet called Elysium, where there is fresh air, clean water, and medical devices that can cure any malady. A ruthless administrator named Delacourt (Jodie Foster) protects this community from riffraff by hiring thugs such as the psychotic assassin Kruger (Sharlto Copley) to do her dirty work.

Our protagonist is Max (Matt Damon), an orphan trying his best to play the shoddy hand life has dealt him. As we learn through flashbacks, Max has always dreamed of traveling to Elysium with his best friend Frey (Alice Braga). However his desire to get to there becomes a lot more urgent after discovering that he only has a few days to live. Desperate to heal himself, Max vows to get there by any means necessary. Unfortunately Delacourt and Kruger learn of his scheme, and attempt everything in their power to stop him.

Sharlto Cople in Elysium

Like “District 9,” this film is engaging because it’s just the right amount of believable. Technology in the movie is a fascinating hybrid of current devices with futuristic upgrades and space-age stuff that will blow your mind. A refreshing thing is that Blomkamp trusts your intelligence by dropping you into his unique world, without over explaining how everything works. He lets you soak it all in and use your imagination, providing definition only when absolutely needed. The result is a more immersive experience for the viewer.

Another fascinating tact that Blomkamp uses is to accentuate the differences between Earth and Elysium from an aesthetic perspective. Scenes on Earth are dusty and dingy with a lot of handheld camerawork, whereas Elysium is bright and clean with a greater number of stationary shots. In general though, Blomkamp relies way too heavily on the handheld camera. Not only is his shaky cam distracting, but frustratingly it prevents you from seeing all the neat happenings in the background of each scene as well.

Similar to “District 9,” this picture isn’t just a straightforward adventure, it’s a sci-fi movie with messages. “Elysium” has a lot of weighty points to make about how race, class, violence, and healthcare affect our society now and how they could impact us in a dystopian future like this one. Sadly the subtext is a bit excessive and some of these lessons get lost while you’re paying attention to the main narrative. This film has more to say to a global audience than “District 9” since it’s not just an allegory for Apartheid, although “Elysium” is ultimately less effective as social commentary because it’s so busy.

Despite this gripe, Blomkamp’s picture is still a compelling yarn filled with complex characters, sickening violence, and brilliant social critique that proves he’s not just a one-hit-wonder. Few working directors out there are as effective as Blomkamp at telling a serious, yet entertaining story with a moral. He truly is a master of sci-fi with something to say, and I look forward to seeing what his next film’s big message is.

My Grade: A-…as in Almost There! A Few Tweaks Away from Total Awesomeness!

Photo Credits: Sony Pictures Digital Inc. All Rights Reserved

‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Leads 2013 Saturn Awards Nominations

5 Jun

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will lead the way at the 2013 Saturn Awards after landing nine nominations.

The Lord of the Rings prequel is up for the Best Fantasy prize alongside The Amazing Spider-Man, Life of Pi and Snow White and the Huntsman, while Jackson is shortlisted in the Best Director category with Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Joss Whedon (The Avengers) and Ang Lee (Life of Pi).

Best Picture Oscar favorites Argo and Zero Dark Thirty make unexpected appearances among the Best Horror/Thriller nominees – a group which also features The Impossible, The Woman in Black, Seven Psychopaths and The Cabin in the Woods, while hit movie musical Les Miserables has earned a surprise mention as a contender for the Best Action/Adventure honor.

The other nominees in that category are The Bourne Legacy, The Dark Knight Rises, Django Unchained, Skyfall and Taken 2.

In the TV categories, Fringe scored six nominations, just ahead of Dexter with five, while Breaking Bad, Falling Skies, Revolution and The Walking Dead are also among the frontrunners.

The Saturn Awards, compiled by officials from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, will be announced at a Hollywood ceremony in June.

Photo Credits: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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