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Peaches Geldof Died of Heroin Overdose: Coroner
A coroner has ruled that the death of 25-year-old U.K. TV presenter Peaches Geldof was caused by a heroin overdose, the BBC and other news sources report. Geldof, who was pronounced dead by paramedics at her home in southeast England on April 7, was addicted to the drug and took the substitute drug methadone for 2½ years before her death, according to the coroner. The BBC also reported that a police search yielded 6.9 grams of heroin in Geldof's home but no evidence that she planned to commit suicide. Pathologist Peter Jerreat said that Geldof had puncture wounds on her wrists and thumbs. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Naya Rivera Marries Ryan Dorsey
Glee star Naya Rivera has found her happily ever after. The actress married actor Ryan Dorsey on July 19 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in front of a small group of close family. "We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife," the couple told People exclusively. "Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for." Dorsey, who is originally from Charleston, West Virginia, attended the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts before moving to Los Angeles, where he met Rivera four years ago. Longtime friends, they saw their relationship blossom into a romance shortly »
- Julie Jordan
‘True Blood's’ Carrie Preston Returning to ‘The Good Wife’
Things are about get crazier on CBS's “The Good Wife.” Carrie Preston will reprise her role as Elsbeth Tascioni, a show representative told TheWrap. The extent and length of her return is unclear at this time. At the top of her field, the eccentric defense attorney is known to pull off very intricate legal maneuvers despite her inclination to make observations at inappropriate times. Preston last appeared on the series in March. Preston is currently appearing on the seventh and final season of HBO's “True Blood” as waitress Arlene Fowler. Her other television credits. »
- Jethro Nededog
‘Fight Club 2' Coming to Comics Courtesy of Book's Author Chuck Palahniuk
The movie “Fight Club” captured the imagination of a generation, with a twist ending few saw coming and even fewer can forget. Now, Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the 1996 book the film was based on, is returning to the characters he created for a comic book sequel. Published by Dark Horse Comics, which has been publishing official sequels to Joss Whedon‘s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” and “Firefly/Serenity” for years, “Fight Club 2” will be a 10-issue series illustrated by Cameron Stewart. Also read: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie to Star in Universal's Intimate Drama ‘By the Sea’ Palahniuk said in an interview. »
- Jason Hughes
Portia de Rossi Joins ‘Scandal’ in ‘Top Secret Arc’
The news broke all thanks to De Rossi’s wife, Ellen DeGeneres.
The daytime talk show host tweeted that De Rossi has signed on to do a “top secret arc.”
So annoying when people brag on twitter & that's why I'm not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on "Scandal". Oops.—
Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 23, 2014
A rep for the show said they have no other information on the role at this time.
“Scandal” is set to premiere this fall on Sept. 25.
- Nikara Johns
‘Kundo: Age of the Rampant’ Smashes Korean First Day Box Office Record
Hong Kong – Korean period action film “Kundo: Age of the Rampant” has broken the opening day box office record in South Korea.
Opening Wednesday (July 23) it scored 551,000 spectators worth KRW4.08 billion (Us$3.997 million), dethroning “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” the previous title holder.
Released by financier and distributor Showbox, “Kundo” played in 1,250 theatres – or about 63% of the country’s cinema screens – and scored a market share of 77% of all tickets sold.
That put “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” also opening Wednesday on 660 screens, into a distant second place, with 11% market share. Its 72,000 ticket sales translated into a first day gross of $570,000.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” released 13 days previously (July 10) slipped to third, with its $381,000 lifting its two week cume to $24 million.
Directed by Yoon Jong-bin, is a Robin Hood-like tale of militia who turn against unjust nobility. It stars Ha Jung-woo, star of “The Yellow Sea, »
- Patrick Frater
Marvel releases new concept art for 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Fans who attended Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con and stopped by Marvel’s booth last night got a first look at two new concept art posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which arrives in theaters on May 1, 2015.
The first poster, drawn by Ryan Meinerding, features Iron Man blasting away one of Ultron’s robots. Things don’t look too good for Ultron’s robots in the second poster, which shows Scarlet Witch—played by Marvel film franchise newcomer Elizabeth Olsen—using her powers to fend off her attackers.
See Andy Park’s Scarlet Witch poster below. »
- Chancellor Agard
TV Review: ‘Manhattan’
Like a lot of networks as they move into original series, Tribune’s Wgn America doesn’t yet seem to know what it wants to be when it grows up. So the channel is following the witchy (but not terribly bewitching) “Salem” with “Manhattan,” a dense ensemble drama devoted to the scientists involved in the Manhattan Project, which devised the first nuclear bombs. Opening, as the on-air script informs us, “766 days before Hiroshima,” the show establishes plenty of room to operate. But the program’s dense, grim nature augurs a rather narrow appeal, leaving a different sort of cloud hanging over its prospects.
Tellingly, the cast of “Manhattan” is listed in alphabetical order, suggesting a level of equality that’s both accurate and somewhat confining. Despite boasting some fine actors, without a central lead, the project tends to careen around like loose ions, lacking a stabilizing core.
The driving focus, »
- Brian Lowry
5 Sexy Secrets from the ‘Fifty Shades’ Trailer
Helicopters! Elevators! Beds! Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele travel to such erotic venues in the first trailer for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which Universal Studios unveiled on “Today” on Thursday morning. Here are five things we learned about the film, which opens on Valentine’s Day 2015.
(1) Jamie Dornan > Charlie Hunnam. There was pandemonium when Hunnam suddenly bailed on playing Christian Grey last fall, but it might have been a blessing in disguise for Universal. Hunnam looked disheveled when he recently appeared at TCA, to promote his TV series “Sons of Anarchy.” On the other hand, Jamie Dornan, a former male model, makes for a more plausible kinky businessman. He seems to be interpreting the role as a cross between Robert Pattinson in “Twilight” and Tom Cruise circa “Eyes Wide Shut.” This could work. And his abs, which are briefly on display, earn an A+, according to our panel of experts. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Extant Recap: Molly's Baby Secret Is Finally Out - and It May Be Time to Run!
Molly finally revealed her mysterious pregnancy to her husband, John, but the baby brought more fears than joy in Wednesday's episode of Extant. In the third episode, titled "Wish You Were Here," Molly's (Halle Berry) side effects of her space pregnancy were downright bizarre; she was either seeing strange circles pop up from her skin or hallucinations of Tim, the brother of her previous (and dead) boyfriend Marcus, walking around her birthday party. Only when John revealed that Tim was never present at their house did Molly realize the extent of her post-space condition. "Something is happening to me!" Molly later exclaims to John. »
- Lynette Rice
Fifty Shades of Grey Gets Titillating First Trailer That's Too Hot for TV
Here, finally, is your Fifty Shades of Grey trailer. And it sure doesn't skimp on the steamy. The movie version of E.L. James's runaway best-selling erotic novel looks to be just as titillating as the book, as Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson - playing Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele - ratchet up the sexual tension to the strains of a special, exclusive version of Beyoncé's "Crazy In Love." But be warned: The trailer isn't for the prudish. The latter third, in particular, gets quite racy, including some bondage scenes. In fact, when NBC's Today show premiered the trailer Thursday morning, »
- Tim Nudd
Zack Snyder Introduces Henry Cavill as Super Jedi With Lightsaber (Photo)
Star Wars and Superman — could it ever really happen? Photos Titans of Comic-Con: Stars Re-Create Classic Characters Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder sent fanboys dreaming on Thursday night when he tweeted a mysterious photo of Henry Cavill holding a lightsaber. Posted with the hashtag #SuperJedi, the photo features the Man of Steel lead in front of an ominous background and dressed in a black hood, complete with the tiniest glimpse of his Superman suit peeking out. The intriguing tweet was published ahead of the Warner Bros. Comic-Con panel, taking place on Saturday. Curiously enough,
- Ashley Lee
The 50 Worst Synonyms in Fifty Shades of Grey
This post was originally published in 2012. We are rerunning it now for obvious reasons. Remember grade school, when you wrote papers and used big words because you thought that meant you were smart? And now when you look back on those papers, you cringe a little? Well, not E.L. James! The Fifty Shades of Grey author loves her a fancy synonym. And since you probably missed most of her obvious Thesaurus.com moments by skipping to the sex parts, Vulture compiled a list of them for you. Note: In some cases, James's word choices may have to do with the fact that she's British. But her protagonist, Anastasia — and Ana's insufferable subconscious and inner goddess — are not. So we're calling the author out for them anyway, and even offering up some simple edits, all of which show that, sometimes, less is more. Unless you're Christian Grey.1-2. The offense: »
- Patti Greco
'Fifty Shades of Grey': Jamie Dornan Open to Shirtless Interview (Video)
As the steamy Fifty Shades of Grey trailer debuted online, stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson sat down for their first interview together on NBC’s Today show Thursday morning. During the chat with co-host Savannah Guthrie, the co-stars revealed their chemistry, laughing and joking with each other, and talked about making the highly anticipated movie version of El James’ popular erotic novel. Video 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer The interview got off to a disappointing start for Dornan’s fans as Guthrie said she wouldn’t ask him to do the interview shirtless despite many requests for that. But Dornan
- Hilary Lewis
'Fifty Shades of Grey' trailer hopes you fall 'Crazy in Love'
It is never to early to start making plans for Valentine's Day. This morning, Universal offered up the first trailer for the movie they think you should see with (or perhaps without) your significant other next February, "Fifty Shades of Grey." The trailer does an excellent job of setting up the premise – there is a kind of mysterious rich guy with great abs, Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan), who is being interviewed by a young student newspaper reporter, Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). Almost immediately, their relationship slips from the professional to the personal and eventually gets somewhat kinky. Odds are that you don't need us to tell you that however as the book trilogy written by E L James has been translated into 51 languages and sold more than 100 million copies. To call it a "phenomenon" may not quite do justice to the cultural moment. The new trailer, which you can see here, »
- Josh Lasser
Venice film festival short on Oscar contenders: 'Birdman,' ...?
The 71st annual edition of the Venice film festival unspools from Aug. 27 through Sept. 6. The prestigious opening night slot in the competition goes to "Birdman," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's highly anticipated examination of an aging action star (Michael Keaton) looking to jumpstart his flagging movie career by starring in a Broadway play. This hot Oscar prospect will close the New York film festival on Oct. 12, five days before it opens commercially. -Break- It is never too early to talk Oscars. Join our fierce fights in the fiery forums. minute entries into this year's derby if they can secure distribution in time. Andrew Nicoll's “Good Kill,” in which a drone operator (Ethan Hawke) reaches his breaking point, David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” with Oscar champ Al Pacino as a...' »
Elizabeth Olsen Covers Rilo Kiley in 'Very Good Girls' (Video)
Want to watch an Olsen sister sing but don't want to listen to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen perform that "Brother for Sale" song? Photos Tribeca: Nas, Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon Attend the Film Festival Then you're going to want to check out this clip from the upcoming film Very Good Girls, which features Elizabeth Olsen covering Rilo Kiley's "Go Ahead." It's no musical coincidence: Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis scored the film, which is directed by Lewis' friend, Naomi Foner. Very Good Girls is in select theaters Friday. In addition to Olsen, the movie stars Dakota Fanning, Demi
- Erin Strecker, Billboard
Nathan Fielder Talks 'Dumb Starbucks' And Pranking Instagram
It's easy to understand why Comedy Central's Nathan For You struggled to attract much attention when it debuted in April of 2013. A show about Nathan Fielder, a largely unknown Canadian comedian, trying to improve small businesses doesn't sound all that exciting on paper, and ratings were dismal all through the initial eight-episode run. "Before the show began Comedy Central set up a conference call with a bunch of college newspapers," says Fielder. "They told me there would be 50 or so colleges, everyone would ask a question, and it would take an hour. »
France Eyes Shortened Svod Window for Films Ahead of Netflix Launch
Paris – With Netflix’s Monday confirmation of its September launch in six European countries, including France, the government here is preparing to change the distribution rules to allow French companies to be more competitive. The Netflix “invasion," as it’s being billed by media here, is coming from neighboring Luxembourg, where the California-based streaming video company has set up operations to circumvent French laws restricting online distribution waiting periods and required contributions to the French film financing fund. Photos 'Orange Is the New Black' Characters Currently, subscription VOD services in France must wait 36 months following
- Rhonda Richford
Finding the Dinosaur: A 'Step Brothers' Appreciation
Once a month, RollingStone.com will shine a spotlight on a forgotten, neglected, overshadowed, underappreciated and/or critically maligned film that we love in a new series we're calling "Be Kind, Rewind." Our inaugural movie: Step Brothers.
When you're a kid, adults are great at telling you what happens when you grow up. You get a job, you find a partner, you make a home — simple. What no one ever addresses is how much that all sounds like a bunch of bullshit. Compared to, say, doing karate in the garage, »
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