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Out of all the actors working today, perhaps none are more skilled at diving into larger-than-life personalities than Johnny Depp. Over the past few years, he’s played a swaggering pirate, an upper-class vampire, the Mad Hatter and a fierce Native American badass, among other nutty creations. And in next spring’s Mortdecai, he’ll be adding “debonair art dealer” to that lineup of delightfully outsized characters.
The first trailer for the film has landed today, putting the focus squarely on Depp’s mutachioed protagonist, who resembles a slick cross between Ralph Fiennes’ Gustave H. in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Steve Martin’s Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther. It’s a little hard to tell whether Mortdecai is more of a bumbling fool or a smooth operator from this early look, but the film looks to blend action and comedy elements. There’s not much by way of plot here, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Boy-band fans got an exciting surprise this week when a brand-new *Nsync album dropped! Without any promotion, the new album, called The Essential *Nsync, came out on Tuesday. Apparently the lack of promotion didn't matter - the album is already temporarily sold out on Amazon, and as of Wednesday morning, it ranked as No. 9 on iTunes. The release comes almost a year after *Nsync reunited on stage at the MTV VMAs, and it's stirred up plenty of buzz in its first few days. So, what exactly is this surprise album all about, and what does this mean for the group? Here's what you need to know. *Nsync Didn't Know About the Album On Monday, Lance Bass addressed the album via the group's official Twitter account, tweeting, "New album out tomorrow! Who knew?! - Lb." He also commented via his own account, tweeting, "I love when the record label doesn't even »
It appears not even 'Nsync knew they had an album dropping today.
It appears not even the members of 'Nsync knew they had an album dropping today.
The two-disc Essential 'Nsync album features all the favorites along with a few less recognizable tracks.
Related: 10 Best Live Nsync Performances
Both the former boy band's Twitter and Lance Bass tweeted about the surprise album, admitting they were just as in the dark about the release as their fans.
"I love when the record label doesn't even tell you they are releasing a new 'Nsync album tomorrow ! #TheyCare," Bass, 35, wrote.
As of early Tuesday morning, Amazon had been selling quite a few copies of the newly released album. The site read: "Only 1 left in stock (more on the way)."
Check out the track listing, below, and let us know: Will you be buying Essential 'Nsync?
1. Here We Go [Radio Cut] (3:34)
2. I Want You Back [Radio Edit] (3: »
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10 Days until the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins.
Just one calender month plus a day: 12th June- 13th July will determine not only the new (or still) Champions of the World for the next 4 years but will define or redefine the standing legacies, reputations and stock value of the 736 players whom are locked in to compete at this year’s show-piece event.
A month and a day in the life of a footballer is nothing. Injuries may come and go, form may peak and dip, goals might flow, sex scandals break and by the time it’s done, many of the world’s best will be £450,000+ better off than they were before. Yup, it’s ridiculous. In a career that will span over a decade (or two, in some cases), a month and a day is nothing.
Yet, some stories were never meant to be written by time. »
- Liam Johnson
We’ve all probably contemplated a career change at some points in our lives. But at the same time, we also probably didn’t (most of us, I don’t know about you) start out as multi-award winning pop stars beloved by millions for our singing and dancing. Proving that even the richest and most famous get bored or at least hear from an agent or two that they’re something special, many a pop sensation get the itch sometime down the road to give acting a shot. Whether or not they’re successful, well, that’s up for us to sit through and ultimately decide. For every On The Line, there’s an Oscar-winning performance in Moonstruck that somehow happens. Some people just have all the luck. 5. Justin Timberlake When the former N*Sync frontman first hosted Saturday Night Live in 2003, the groans were audible. But it turns out there was so much more to Timberlake »
- Samantha Wilson
With 2013 now receding in the rear view mirror, it’s time for the customary retrospectives to begin appearing on the shelves, and the first one out of the WWE stable is Best PPV Matches 2013, which as you might expect does exactly what it says on the tin. Well, almost.
My one minor gripe with the WWE and their annual PPV retrospectives is that they don’t cover the full calendar year. Though they’ve thoughtfully included a match from the, at time of writing, unreleased Hell in a Cell DVD/Blu-ray (due later this month, on 27th January), there’s nothing from either Survivor Series or TLC, and so the pedant in me has issues with it technically being the best of 2013 (particularly given the importance of the title unification bout between John Cena and Randy Orton at the latter). I could understand if they were rushing it out for »
• Bruce Willis (Die Hard) is set to star in the action thriller Captive, taking over for the previously rumored Arnold Schwarzenegger. Simon Brand (Unknown) is directing with a script by Benjamin van der Even (Che: Part Two) and Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) from a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Willis will play a real estate developer who gets kidnapped and held for ransom while at work in Brazil. Production is set to begin in March. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
7 items from 2014
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