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It's been an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups. Here, WENN takes a look back at the first six months of 2011...
The new year began with wedding bells for many couples including singer Shania Twain, who married her fiance Frederic Thiebaud in Puerto Rico on New Year's Day, while country star Kellie Pickler and actress Valerie Bertinelli also walked down the aisle on 1 January.
The new year brought baby news for a number of celebrity couples - Orlando Bloom and his wife Miranda Kerr became first-time parents with the birth of their son Flynn. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem also welcomed a son, and Owen Wilson became a father just days after he announced his girlfriend's pregnancy. Nicole Kidman also hit headlines when she and her husband Keith Urban revealed they welcomed a daughter called Faith via a surrogate mother over the holidays.
There was also pregnancy news for actress Kate Hudson, who announced she was expecting a baby with Muse rocker Matt Bellamy, as well as Marion Cotillard, Jewel, Selma Blair and Victoria Beckham, who confirmed she was pregnant with her fourth child.
However, the first few weeks of 2011 also brought a slew of celebrity splits - Keira Knightley ended her longtime romance with actor Rupert Friend, Shakira parted ways with Antonio de la Rua, her boyfriend of more than 10 years, and Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin separated after eight years together.
Many stars saw in the new year by addressing their personal problems, and a number of famous faces went in and out of rehab in the first few weeks of 2011. Lindsay Lohan and Demi Lovato both ended long treatment stints in January, while David Arquette, Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean and his bandmate Nick Carter's younger brother Aaron all enrolled in programs. Troubled actor Charlie Sheen also admitted himself to a clinic just weeks after he was hospitalised to treat a hernia, and he later admitted he turned to booze to blot out the pain of the medical condition. Sheen’s rehab stint forced TV bosses to shut down production on his show Two and a Half Men.
Another colourful character to hit the headlines in January was British funnyman Ricky Gervais, who managed to cause controversy during his stint as Golden Globes host. The comedian was condemned by organisers for poking fun at celebrity guests including Robert Downey, Jr., Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks during the glitzy prizegiving.
The month held good news for veteran actor Michael Douglas as he was given the all-clear after a gruelling battle with throat cancer. His wife Catherine Zeta-Jones subsequently admitted she cried tears of joy when doctors told the couple the actor had beaten the disease. Poison rocker Bret Michaels also overcame a health crisis after undergoing successful surgery to close a hole in his heart.
January also saw the loss of a number of great stars including Oscar-winning James Bond theme composer John Barry, and Scottish musician Gerry Rafferty, who passed away after suffering liver failure. The world of Hollywood was again plunged into mourning following the death of British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died at the age of 64.
As awards season got into full swing, The King's Speech was the toast of Hollywood after scooping four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth, and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Natalie Portman fought back tears as she walked away with the Best Actress honour for her role as a tormented ballet dancer in Black Swan. It was a different story at the Independent Spirit Awards, where Black Swan trounced its rivals, picking up four honours including Best Director for Darren Aronofsky.
In the world of music, Lady Gaga's incredible rise continued as she picked up three Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album, but her achievements were overshadowed by country trio Lady Antebellum, who scored five accolades, and the shock win for Canadian rockers Arcade Fire in the prestigious Album of the Year category for their disc The Suburbs. Across the pond at the Brit Awards in London, Arcade Fire were again bathed in glory when they were handed the International Group and International Album honours, while newcomer Tinie Tempah crowned a triumphant 12 months by taking home the British Breakthrough Act and British Single titles. Rihanna was named Best International Female solo star, and Justin Bieber was named the International Breakthrough Act of the year.
Away from the red carpet, it was a bleak month for My Name Is Earl actress Jaime Pressly, who was charged with driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety test, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, who was underwent an operation to remove a growth from her foot, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who was hospitalised with a flesh-eating bug, and Dame Judi Dench, who broke two of her toes on the set of her new movie J. Edgar.
There were also woes for Rihanna, whose raunchy promo film for single S&M provoked outrage around the world and was banned in 11 countries, actress Eliza Dushku, who broke a finger on holiday, and fashion king John Galliano, who was suspended and later sacked by Christian Dior after he was filmed launching an anti-Semitic rant at stunned drinkers in a bar in Paris, France.
Rock duo the White Stripes stunned the music world when they announced they were splitting up after 14 years, and Lady Gaga's much-hyped new single Born This Way was unveiled to a barrage of accusations she had ripped off Madonna's classic Express Yourself. But there was good news for older music fans, as '60s icons The Monkees announced they were reuniting for a U.K. tour.
Loved up celebrity couples Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, and Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans, both confirmed their engagements, and there were wedding bells for Kelsey Grammer - who married for the fourth time - and Mark Ronson and Katherine Jenkins, who both announced their respective engagements.
Among the stars hearing the pitter-patter of tiny feet this month were Christina Applegate, who gave birth to a daughter, magician David Blaine, who became a first-time father to a baby girl, reggae star Zac Marley, rocker Rod Stewart, Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon, and No Doubt star Tom Dumont.
Jude Law continued his unlucky-in-love streak when he split - yet again - from Sienna Miller, Iron Man star Terrence Howard was hit with divorce papers, Olivia Wilde split from her husband after eight years, and celebrity couple Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz announced their marriage was over.
The world of showbiz bid farewell to guitar legend Gary Moore, who died aged 58, blues legend Eddie Kirkland died in a car crash at the age of 88, Seinfeld star Len Lesser succumbed to pneumonia aged 88, and The Dukes of Hazzard actress Peggy Rea, who passed away at the age of 89.
Tinseltown lost one of its brightest lights in March after movie icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. Tributes from the world of showbiz poured in for the Cleopatra legend, with Sir Elton John, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli leading the heartfelt remembrances. The acting great was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, where her dear friend Michael Jackson was also laid to rest in 2009.
March was also marked by controversy as a host of famous faces found themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Pop star Christina Aguilera was arrested for drunkenness in West Hollywood, while Boardwalk Empire beauty Pas de la Huerta was also apprehended after a bar fight in New York City. Jackass daredevil Steve-o was taken into custody in Canada on an outstanding warrant, and rapper Rick Ross got caught smoking marijuana in a Louisiana hotel room.
But it was Charlie Sheen who really gave fans something to talk about after he was fired from Two and a Half Men following months of public feuding with writer/creator Chuck Lorre. Days later, cops raided Sheen's Los Angeles home to investigate a tip that the troubled star was in violation of a court order by keeping a gun in the house.
March also brought one of the year's most devastating tragedies as Japan was hit by a massive earthquake, which then created an enormous tidal wave. More than 15,000 people perished in the disaster and Slash, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and the Foo Fighters were among the big-name acts who staged gigs to raise money for victims, while actresses Sandra Bullock and Demi Lovato also donated $1 million (£625,000) each to boost relief efforts.
Back in Hollywood, there was plenty of heartache as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel ended their romance, Renee Zellweger called it quits with Bradley Cooper and Twilight beauty Ashley Greene split from Joe Jonas.
But love was most definitely in the air for Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, who married showbiz agent Jim Toth in a romantic ceremony at her California home. Canadian crooner Michael Buble also wed stunning supermodel Luisana Lopilato in a civil ceremony in her native Argentina.
Celebrations were in order for former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who announced she and husband Stephen Belafonte were expecting their first child together. Actors Robert De Niro and Mel Gibson became proud grandfathers in March, while Elizabeth Banks also became a first-time mother to a baby boy, born via surrogate.
Emily Deschanel confirmed she was expecting her first child with actor husband David Hornsby, while Cruel Intentions star Ryan Phillippe also had baby news after the tabloids reported that his ex-girlfriend, actress Alexis Knapp, was pregnant.
There was a health scare on the cards for tennis ace Serena Williams after she was hospitalised with a blood clot in her lungs, while fears for Zsa Zsa Gabor's wellbeing mounted when she began coughing up blood and suffered circulation problems in her left leg.
There were births, marriages and bust-ups galore as Spring sprung in April, but only one subject was on everyone's lips - the royal wedding. Celebs and commoners alike got carried away in the buzz of the big day on 29 April, when brunette beauty Kate Middleton walked down the aisle with her very own Prince Charming, William. Who would design the dress? Who would be invited? Would best man Harry fall for bridesmaid Pippa? But all questions fell by the wayside on the morning of the magical day, as Britain and two billion viewers across the world came to a standstill to watch the future Queen of England step out of her Rolls-Royce wearing a stunning Alexander McQueen lace gown to huge cheers from the crowd. The pair wed in front of 1,900 quests, including Queen Elizabeth II, the entire royal family, and even showbiz royalty Victoria and David Beckham, and left London's Westminster Abbey to great fanfare as the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But Kate didn't hog all the limelight - who can forget the backing support of her sister Pippa, hailed Her Royal Hotness thanks to that figure-hugging dress and her much-discussed derriere?
The wedding was of fairytale proportions, one even our favourite celebs couldn't compete with - but that didn’t stop them from trying! Canadian crooner Michael Buble was one of the biggest stars to walk down the aisle in April - his second set of nuptials to stunning fiancee Luisana Lopilato following their original wedding day in March. Controversial couple LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian also wed in a private ceremony in Malibu, which was a surprise for guests - they thought they were there for the pair's engagement party! Funnyman Rob Schneider also joined the marriage club, exchanging vows with fiancee Patricia Azarcoya Arce over the Easter Weekend. The marriage mood of the month gave many stars ideas; the likes of Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy, and Tom Fletcher and his longtime girlfriend became engaged.
Despite love being in the air, some unions were destined to end - Elizabeth Hurley started divorce proceedings against her millionaire husband Arun Nayar, while Christina Aguilera's five-year marriage to Jordan Bratman was declared officially over. After marriage must come babies, and April was awash with stars welcoming newborns. Superstar Mariah Carey welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe, and in true diva style, gave birth to them on her fourth wedding anniversary to Nick Cannon. The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo both welcomed their third sons, while Jane Krakowski, Kevin James, Toni Collette and Drea De Matteo all also became parents to baby boys. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal was an exception to the rule - he became the proud father of a baby girl.
But with ups, there must be downs - and nobody does scandal like the stars. Teen sensation Demi Lovato stunned her legions of loyal fans by opening up about the emotional issues which landed her in rehab earlier in the year, revealing she was battling an eating disorder and cut herself at her lowest moments. Charlie Sheen continued his madcap ways by embarking on a comedy tour following his sacking from Two and a Half Men - only to get booed offstage on his first night, with critics calling his stand-up debut an "epic failure". Bond fans mourned April as the month Sir Sean Connery announced he was retiring from public appearances after he failed to show up to a charity event in New York. Lindsay Lohan was back in trouble - and in court - when a judge decided she'd had enough of the actress' antics and sentenced her to 120 days behind bars for violating her probation. Nicolas Cage hit the headlines when he was arrested on domestic violence charges following a street bust-up with his wife in New Orleans, and Vince Neil was also in hot water for domestic violence - his ex-girlfriend accused him of jabbing a finger at her during an argument. However, the biggest shock came when Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones checked into a mental health facility to overcome her bipolar disorder. The stint in the clinic came after a tough year for the Oscar-winner following husband Michael Douglas' cancer battle.
April was a sad month for actor Tim Robbins, who tragically lost his father, Gil, and his mother, Mary, within days of each other. The punk world was left in mourning when X-Ray Spex legend Poly Styrene lost her battle with cancer at the age of 53, while British actress Elisabeth Sladen, Dr Who's longest running sidekick, also passed away after a fight with the disease.
May was a shocking month as Hollywood tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger split from his wife of 25 years Maria Shriver, only to reveal later on in the month he had fathered a lovechild with their housekeeper 13 years earlier. Although the scandal rocked Hollywood, he wasn't the only one heading for splitsville - Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller became officially divorced, as did actress Neve Campbell and James Bond star George Lazenby. Lady Gaga also split from boyfriend Luc Carl, while Hayden Panettiere ended her romance with her boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko. Girls Aloud beauty Nadine Coyle also became single after calling off her engagement to American footballer Jason Bell.
But it wasn't all doom and gloom - Beatles legend Sir Paul Mccartney announced he was engaged to marry for the third time, to American Nancy Shevell, while director Sophia Coppolla and reality star Kim Kardashian also announced plans to walk down the aisle.
As for marriages, Marie Osmond remarried her first husband Stephen Craig, 29 years after they first exchanged vows and in the same wedding dress. Wedding bells also rang for Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill and Victoria's Secret supermodel Lily Aldridge, while country king and queen Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert also became man and wife in Texas.
It was a baby boom month, with many stars becoming parents for the first time. Rockers Bryan Adams and Matthew Followill, actors David Schwimmer and Mike Myers, and actresses Alicia Silverstone, Marion Cotillard and Lost's Evangeline Lilly all became first-time parents. Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton welcomed her second son. French first lady Carla Bruni and actress Bryce Dallas Howard were also celebrating pregnancies. But it was a sad month for British actress Kelly Brook, who suffered a miscarriage.
Other sad news in May came when Grease actor Jeff Conaway passed away at the age of 60, sending Hollywood into mourning. Boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper died two days before his 77th birthday and Superman star Jackie Cooper also died, aged 88. The month started with the shock news that al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had been shot dead in Pakistan. Other stars facing struggles included Sean Kingston, who was involved in a horrific jet-ski crash, while veteran actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was also hospitalised with pneumonia-type symptoms and fell into a coma.
It was also a controversial month for Lindsay Lohan, who started a 120-day jail term in the comfort of her own home for parole violation. British rocker Pete Doherty was also jailed for six months for cocaine possession. Other stars facing woes included Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Friends star Matthew Perry and boxer/singer Oscar De La Hoya, who were all submitted in to rehab programs. It was an embarrassing month for British singer Cheryl Cole, who was hired, then fired to sit on the judging panel of America's The X Factor. In music news for the month, Silverchair announced they were to split, Rod Stewart announced a Las Vegas residency, while it was a big movie month as the Cannes Film Festival in France also kicked off. While Brad Pitt was hailed at the glitzy event, with his film Tree Of Life winning the coveted Palme d'Or prize for Best Film, it was a bad experience for director Lars Von Trier, who was banned from the festival for controversial statements he made about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during the festivities.
As summer blossomed, June marked a baby boom in Hollywood. Pop star Pink became a first-time mum at the beginning of the month when she welcomed little Willow, while drummer Adrian Young added to the No Doubt family with daughter Magnolia. Natalie Portman became a yummy mummy to son Aleph, actress Tia Mowry also welcomed a little boy, and model/actress Devon Aoki was another addition to the first-time mum club with the arrival of Hunter. Denise Richards made headlines when she announced she'd adopted a baby, Eloise, into her brood, while Meat Loaf became a grandfather when his daughter Pearl Aday gave birth to a baby boy. Lindsay Price and Nia Long also announced their pregnancies in June, as did Lily Allen - whose baby news went public on the same day she married partner Sam Cooper.
Lily's wedding wasn't the only one at the start of summer - Rachel Weisz married actor Daniel Craig following a whirlwind romance and Noel Gallagher put his wild ways behind him after exchanging vows with longterm partner Sara MacDonald.
However, the month was marred by a string of high-profile splits - David Duchovny and Tea Leoni separated just two years after reconciling following the actor's sex addiction admission, Jack White parted ways with model/singer wife Karen Elson after six years of marriage, and Hugh Hefner was dumped by fiancee Crystal Harris - just days before their planned wedding. Elizabeth Hurley's divorce from Arun Nayar was granted, and George Clooney split from Elisabetta Canalis.
There were health dramas aplenty - pop princesses Selena Gomez and Jennifer Hudson were hospitalised within days of each other. Both stars were forced to pull performances, and getwellselena even became a top trending topic on Twitter.com as fans rallied to support the Disney idol. Gomez later revealed she was malnourished and feeling exhausted, while Hudson was diagnosed with a severe bout of food poisoning.
The music world was left reeling when legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who had worked with Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga, died from complications stemming from a major stroke. The rocker led the tributes to his pal, declaring, "His loss is immeasurable and we are honoured and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years." TV fans were also left in mourning following the passing of Columbo star Peter Falk at the age of 83, while legendary TV cowboy James Arness also died.
In other June news, the vampires from Twilight overpowered the magical Harry Potter kids at the MTV Movie Awards, taking home five golden popcorn prizes to their film franchise rival cast's one. The Cmt Awards took place in Nashville, Tennessee just days later and newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dominated the ceremony - picking up three of the nine top honours between them. But it was a bad month for their country music rival Trace Adkins when his Tennessee home was destroyed by fire.
The month was special for U2 when they headlined Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival after a year-long wait - they were forced to pull out of the event in 2010 after frontman Bono underwent surgery on his back. In a spooky echo of U2's concert drama, pop star Jessie J was forced to axe several summer shows after undergoing emergency surgery on her broken foot – but still fulfilled her duties at Glastonbury, performing while perched on a red and gold throne. »
Devon Aoki holds onto her adorable son, Hunter, while visiting The Grove on Wednesday (December 14) in Los Angeles.
The 29-year-old model, along with a nanny, checked out the holiday decorations and did some shopping at the outdoor mall.
Devon and James welcomed baby Hunter in June and was spotted out with the newborn the next month.
D.E.B.S. was actually made twice. First as a short starring Tammy Lynn Michaels, and later as a feature length film with a larger budget and distribution. The latter version came out in 2004 and was just as gay — if not gayer — than the original.
So what happened to the ladies of the feature film D.E.B.S.?
Sara Foster as good girl Amy
D.E.B.S. was Sara's first feature film, and she was its star. Since then, she's had a few minor roles on TV shows and movies (Psych:9, Demoted) but most recently she's appeared in the recurring role of Jen Clark on 90210. She is often photographed watching the matches of her boyfriend, professional German tennis player Tommy Haas.
Jordana Brewster as bad girl Lucy
Jordana went on to star in Anapolis and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning before getting the role of Mia Torreto in Fast & The Furious, which turned into the »
- Trish Bendix
Sin City creator Frank Miller has been talking to MTV and reveals that the long-gestating Sin City 2 movie which director Robert Rodriguez previously told us would film before the end was out, is now eyeing a spring 2012 start date as being more realistic.
Miller also talked a little about their approach;
“‘Sin City’ number two is primarily an adaptation of the book ‘A Dame to Kill For’,” Miller reiterated, then adding: “It also features the short story, ‘Just Another Saturday Night’ and two new stories. One involving Jessica Alba’s character, Nancy Callahan, that I came up with for the movie in order to tie things together and make it be more united with the first.”
Miller didn’t confirm that Jessica Alba would reprise Nancy Callahan but with her recently appearing in »
- Matt Holmes
New couple alert? On-lookers reportedly saw Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt making out in New York City! Compared to her last boyfriend, Sean Penn, who was nearly 30 years her senior, Scarlett Johansson, 26, is practically cradle-robbing with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who's a mere 30 years old! According to Us Weekly, the voluptuous actress was spotted making out with the 50/50 actor last month in New York City in September. "It was very lovely," said the on-looker. Scarlett and Joseph were spotted once before together in late July at Hundred Acres restaurant in SoHo, but sources said they were only discussing a potential project -- not interested romantically! Scarlett divorced Ryan Reynolds last December and proceeded to move on quickly with Sean Penn. That relationship ended several months ago. Joseph has previously been linked to ladies like Evan Rachel Wood and Devon Aoki. [polldaddy poll=5598657] »
- Kirstin Benson
William Monahan, best known for writing and winning the Oscar for The Departed, has been hired to “help shape” the script for the long-awaited, often-rumored Sin City 2 written by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.
Actors who survived the first film (including potentially Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, and Rosario Dawson) are expected to return for the follow-up. Rodriguez told fans at Comic-Con this year that the sequel would be based on Miller’s A Dame to Kill For and two newly-written stories.
“A Dame to Kill For” centers on Dwight (Owen) in an affair with a former flame named Ava that, of course, turns violent. Outmatched, Dwight enlists the help of Marv (Mickey Rourke), who did not survive the first film, to battle Manute (Michael Clarke Duncan), so it’s unclear if Rourke will return.
Rodriguez has been teasing a sequel since 2005, when the original made a splash with its unique visuals. »
- Jeff Leins
'Sin City' creator, Frank Miller won't be going at it alone when it comes to the writing this time around for the second film adaptation. THR reports that he and the co-director of the first film, Robert Rodriguez have enlisted the help of screenwriter, William Monahan, who will be touching up the screenplay already done up by Miller. Monahan is a pretty juicy name for the project, and no doubt has a plethora of expertise. It's not often that an Oscar winner is attached to a comic book adaptation, but the man is just that. He received one for his screenplay for the 2006 crime/thriller from director, Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, 'The Departed.' Monahan re-teamed with DiCaprio in director, Ridley Scott's 'Body of Lies.' His other work includes 'Edge of Darkness,' 'London Boulevard,' and the the upcoming 'Oblivion, »
William Monahan hasn't necessarily blown the doors off since winning the Oscar for The Departed back in 2007. I was one of the few that enjoyed Body of Lies, Edge of Darkness was a bust and his directorial debut, London Boulevard has yet to hit theaters stateside despite a cast that includes Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley. So excuse me if I don't get too excited when I learn Monahan has been hired to work on the script for Sin City 2, apparently supplementing a draft previously completed by the source material's author, Frank Miller.
Sin City 2 will be directed by Robert Rodriguez, who filmed the first adaptation of Miller's graphic novel and while at Comic Con earlier this year told the audience, "There is a scenario where Frank [Miller] has written a script for Sin City 2. It's called 'A Dame to Kill For' because we're kind of following the »
- Brad Brevet
The 2005 film, 'Sin City,' which was based on the graphic novels garnered a lot of attention at the time of its release because of its unique visual style, strong violence, and overall focus on depravity. A sequel has been talked about on and off pretty much since the film's release, but no real progress has been made.One of the co-directors of the film, Robert Rodriguez was recently interviewed by MTV. It seems as though the production is ready to move forward. On the script, and the potential timeline that the film could begin shooting, he said: "We're still working on the script for 'Sin City 2.' I'm excited about that, I know a lot of people are always on the look out for it, the time is finally coming. We've been telling everybody that we're going to shoot this year, so we actually have to shoot this year. »
Robert Rodriguez has been out promoting the release of his latest effort, the family adventure sequel Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, and during an interview with WeGotThisCovered.com, the prolific filmmaker dropped a few details about his upcoming projects. Along with a brief update on Machete 2 (Machete Kills?), Rodriguez also confirmed that financing is in place for the highly anticipated follow-up to Sin City...
“Sin City 2 is going good, we’re just finishing the script for that, we already got the money,” explained Rodriguez, who is currently working on the screenplay with Frank Miller, creator of the Sin City series of graphic novels and co-director of the 2005 original. “We have everything we need so we can just start shooting as soon as we get the pages. And it’s the same thing for Machete 2. We’ve already got the budget, just waiting for the script. »
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Comic-Con used to be a comic, sci-fi and fan convention, but nowadays the annual affair has become so mainstream that every high-concept horror, science fiction and thriller feature -- no matter its comic or cult roots -- gets big play in San Diego. So it's refreshing when there's an announcement at Comic-Con about a an actual graphic novel (albeit an online one) being turned into a film. That would be 'Last Blood,' written by Bobby Crosby and illustrated by Owen Gieni, which takes place after a zombie apocalypse when vampires must protect the last surviving humans so they can live off their blood. The live-action film will be directed by Simon Hunter, who helmed 'Mutant Chronicles,' an actioner that stars Thomas Jane, John Malkovich, Ron Perlman and Devon Aoki. [Deadline]
- Harley W. Lond
First announced way back in 2008, Simon Hunter has been set to direct Last Blood, a live action adaptation of the Keenspot graphic novel that takes place after a zombie apocalypse, when vampires must battle to protect the last surviving humans to keep alive the necessary blood supply. Hunter helmed the terrible Mutant Chronicles, the actioner that stars Thomas Jane, John Malkovich, Ron Perlman and Devon Aoki, as well as the James Purefoy-starrer Lighthouse. The pic will be formally announced at Comic-Con this weekend. Last Blood will be produced by Ironclad exec producer Christian Arnold-Beutel as well as Red Giant Media's Aimee Schoof, Isen Robbins and Benny R. Powell, and Keenspot's Chris and Bobby Crosby. The Crosby siblings created the graphic novel with illustrator Owen Gieni, and Bobby Crosby wrote the script with Nick V. Sterling. »
Exclusive: Simon Hunter has been set to direct Last Blood, a live action adaptation of the Keenspot graphic novel that takes place after a zombie apocalypse, when vampires must battle to protect the last surviving humans to keep alive the necessary blood supply. Hunter helmed Mutant Chronicles, the actioner that stars Thomas Jane, John Malkovich, Ron Perlman and Devon Aoki, as well as the James Purefoy-starrer Lighthouse. The pic will be formally announced at Comic-Con this weekend. Last Blood will be produced by Ironclad exec producer Christian Arnold-Beutel as well as Red Giant Media's Aimee Schoof, Isen Robbins and Benny R. Powell, and Keenspot's Chris and Bobby Crosby. The Crosby siblings created the graphic novel with illustrator Owen Gieni, and Bobby Crosby wrote the script with Nick V. Sterling. Last Blood was published as an online comic in 2006, drawing almost 20 million readers around the world. Two prequel novels »
- MIKE FLEMING
Director Robert Rodriguez's appearance at San Diego Comic-Con was chocked full of news on upcoming projects, including sequels to Sin City and Machete. Here's what he had to say about Sin City 2, which might finally happen this year, possibly in 3D.
"If Sin City 2 happens, it'll happen this year. I'd also love to do that in 3D - an idea that would translate really well to that format."
Robert Rodriguez also indicated that Sin City 2 will incorporate the graphic novel volume A Dame to Kill For, and two brand new stories written by Frank Miller, one of which is entitled The Long, Bad Night.
Machete is actually getting two sequels, according to Robert Rodriguez, who thanked the fans at his Hall H appearance for supporting the movie. Both sequels have been given the green light by Fox Searchlight, with the first sequel entitled Machete Kills.
Hollywood actress and supermodel Devon Aoki has become a mother for the first time. The actress announced her pregnancy with fiancé James Bailey in January this year, and gave birth to a son earlier this weekend. "Celebrating the birth of our son and Devon and my anniversary yesterday is more than I could ever ask for," Bailey tweeted on Friday. "Our family keeps growing. "Exhausted 38 (more) »
- By Tom Ayres
Model/actress Devon Aoki is a first-time mum after giving birth to a baby boy.
The Sin City star and her fiance James Bailey became parents on Friday, the couple's anniversary.
And Bailey is in awe of the new addition to the family, posting a picture of the as-yet-unnamed baby on his Twitter.com page on Saturday.
In the accompanying posts, he writes, "Celebrating the birth of our son and Devon and my anniversary yesterday is more than I could ever ask for. Our family keeps growing. Not a bad anniversary present." »
Congratulations are in order for Devon Aoki.
The 28-year-old model/actress -- best known for her roles in "Sin City" and "2 Fast 2 Furious" -- and her fiance, James Bailey, are proud new parents of a baby boy!
"Celebrating the birth of our son and Devon and my anniversary yesterday is more than I could ever ask for," James Tweeted on Friday. "Our family keeps growing."
The new dad Tweeted a photo of the couple's new bundle of joy on Friday. Click Here to see the photo!
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
Ask a woman what she thinks of this hyper-macho series of movies and you might illicit yawns and eye rolls.
Yes, this testosterone fare is not much more than a gaggle of high-octane pissing matches and, indeed, there are fast chicks and faster cars but, ultimately, "The Fast and the Furious" series is all about bromance. These men jump into fistfights more passionately than any of their PG-13 love scenes (with women).
And for every hundred scantily clad, hoochie extras leaning on racecars, there are -- on average -- two strong female characters per film. Love 'em or hate 'em, there wouldn't be five, going on six, of these movies if they weren't cinematic rollercoaster rides. And what girl doesn't enjoy an adrenaline ride once in a while?
With "Fast Five" in theaters this weekend, here's everything you ladies need to know about the franchise.
- Cassie Carpenter
Talk about bold and the bump! We’ve recently spotted loads of celeb moms-to-be in colorful maxis. Selma Blair opted for a tie-waist Tucker dress with a purple and red geometric print, while Pink rocked Rachel Pally‘s feather-print Gwyneth caftan ($277). And Devon Aoki wore an empire waist dress in soft, yet rich hues to run errands in Beverly Hills on March 5.
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Not only are they a fun way to brighten up your maternity wardrobe, but maxis provide plenty of room for your burgeoning bump. Want one? We’ve rounded up our faves — for every budget — below. »
After a reported "epic bender" in Vegas, Charlie Sheen is back on the "Two and a Half Men" set and according to his rep, "nailing it as he always does." When asked on Tuesday (Jan. 11) whether the actor had made it to work on time, his rep added, "Memo to Chicken Little: The sky remains in place." Sheen sought medical attention for an ear infection on Wednesday, but was back to work the following day without incident. [Access Hollywood]
Who wants to wear a normal watch (boring!), when you could have a diamond-encrusted version of your own face on your wrist? Kanye West is doing just that, reportedly shelling out $180,000 on a custom made watch featuring 8 carats of yellow, black, brown and white diamonds which recreate his likeness. He joins Usher, who has already dropped $250,000 on his own version of a self-indulgent timepiece. [Popeater]
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