11 items from 2008
Actress Demi Moore has learned to ease off her punishing gym sessions - because she almost "killed herself" by working out so much early on in her career.
But she soon realised she was working herself towards an early grave and has now ditched the intense exercise regime in favour of a more relaxing workout.
She tells Britain's Hello magazine, "I must admit that I did nearly kill myself years ago, but I've not had that kind of time for quite a while. There was a time when I took on several film roles that made it absolutely necessary for me to be buff, but I took it a bit too far I think.
"I used to love running, but I have replaced that with brisk walking - it's less impact on the bones. I also do Pilates to stretch and elongate the muscles, and some light weights. I don't kill myself any more." »
The vintage sports car will join the 1965 Aston Martin DB9 which featured in Robbie Williams' Millennium music video, and a 1955 Ford Thunderbird that was once owned by John Travolta in the sale.
The auction will take place in London's Battersea Park on 29 October and is expected to raise more than $37 million (GBP20 million). »
With today's DVD release of Iron Man, it seems fitting to review recent developments regarding the sequel prospects for Marvel's armor-clad superhero.
Here's what we know:
- Iron Man 2 is currently scheduled for an April 30, 2010 release.
Here's what we expect:
- Iron Man 2 will be shot in 3-D, IMAX, or possibly both.
- Howard's character, Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes, will don Iron Man's Mark II suit and become War Machine.
- Tony Stark will hit the bottle, hard.
We'll be sure to keep you updated as Iron Man sequel details emerge. »
- Thomas Leupp
No awkwardness here! One of Hollywood's most famous families came out Wednesday to celebrate Rumer Willis's first major movie role. Willis's amicably divorced parents, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, attended the Westwood premiere of the comedy House Bunny – and both brought along their significant others. (That would be Ashton Kutcher – wearing a suit and scruffy sneakers – and model Emma Heming, respectively.) The exes also escorted their two younger daughters Tallulah and Scout. "[My family] has always just been very supportive," Rumer told People on the red carpet. "I'm very grateful." Wearing a Reem Acra dress, the budding actress, 20, was joined by her boyfriend actor Micah Alberti, »
- Nicholas White
Mac passed away after losing his battle with pneumonia at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He was 50.
Clooney and Pitt - who appeared with Mac in 2001 movie Ocean's Eleven and its two sequels - were saddened to hear of Mac's death.
Clooney tells People.com, "The world just got a little less funny. He will be missed dearly."
Pitt adds, "I lament the loss of a ferociously funny and hardcore family man. My thoughts are with (wife) Rhonda and their family. Bernie Mac, you are already missed."
He says, "It goes without saying that Bernie was one of the preeminent comedians of our generation.
"He was also an attentive husband, a great father and loving grandfather. I feel blessed to have shared years of friendship with Bernie Mac, and I'm honoured to have finally co-starred with him in what I consider to be his finest cinematic acting achievement.
"My sincere prayer is that his family will be comforted by the warmth of love from all of us who knew and respected this man."
Luke Wilson - Mac's co-star in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, says, "He couldn't have been a nicer guy. He just seemed like a real family man and just a nice guy on the set, just very kind of normal guy." »
Latest: Comedian Bernie Mac has died after losing his battle with pneumonia.
The 50-year-old Ocean's Eleven star passed away on Saturday morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, a week after being admitted to the medical centre.
News of the actor's illness emerged at the start of the month
, but his publicist Danica Smith released a number of statements earlier this week (begs04Aug08) playing down reports of Mac's deteriorating health.
At one point, Smith had to dismiss claims Mac had died, and on
Thursday she said the actor was "in a stable condition" and was "responding well to treatment".
She even predicted he would be released from hospital within weeks.
But the star - who had also been suffering from sarcoidosis, a tissue inflammation disease, since 1983 - died on Saturday after experiencing complications from pneumonia, reports TMZ.com.
In a statement issued hours after his passing, his representative said, "Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital. No other details are available at this time. We ask that his family's privacy continues to be respected."
Born Bernard Jeffery McCullough in Chicago in 1957, the actor began his showbiz career as a stand-up comedian in the local Cotton Pickin' Club.
He quickly established himself as a promising wise-cracking star, and he was crowned the winner of the Miller Lite Comedy Search at the age of 32.
But Mac's big career break came when he performed on the famous Def
Comedy Jam show on U.S. cable network HBO.
The stint led to Mac landing small acting roles in movies such as Ice Cube's 1995 street classic Friday and 1997's Booty Call, before scoring more high-profile parts in the George Clooney remake of Ocean's Eleven, and its sequels Oceans Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen. His other movie appearances include Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Bad Santa in 2003, Guess Who? in 2005 and last year's Transformers.
Despite his Hollywood career, he remained an important figure on the stand-up circuit, and toured the U.S. as part of The Kings of Comedy show with Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley.
He was also a popular figure on the small screen, and in 2001, scored his own sitcom, The Bernie Mac Show, which earned him Emmy Award nominations in 2002 and 2003 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show ran until 2006.
Mac is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Rhonda McCullough and their grown-up daughter Je'Niece. »
Actor-comedian Bernie Mac, who had been hospitalized for pneumonia, died Saturday at a Chicago area hospital, his spokeswoman said. He was 50.
Publicist Danica Smith confirmed the death in a statement but gave no further details. "We ask that his family's privacy continues to be respected," she said.
Mac was reported to have been in stable condition Thursday, and his release from the hospital was expected in weeks. Smith had said Mac's bout with pneumonia was unrelated to his previous diagnosis of a chronic tissue inflammation, called sarcoidosis, which has been in remission since 2005.
Mac first achieved national prominence after joining the Kings of Comedy stand-up tour in 1997 with Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer, tapping into an underserved market for middle-class blacks.
In television, Mac starred in and executive produced the single-camera comedy "The Bernie Mac Show," which ran on Fox for five seasons. The role earned him two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations.
In October 2004, production on the fourth season of "The Bernie Mac Show" was halted and the season premiere delayed by two months after Mac was hospitalized for what initially was described as exhaustion.
Several months later, the actor reveled that he had been taken to the hospital with double pneumonia and sarcoidosis symptoms. He also disclosed that he had lived with sarcoidosis since 1983.
"Bernie Mac was a gifted talent whose comedy came from an authentic and highly personal place," Fox and 20th Century Fox TV, which co-produced the series with Regency TV, said in a statement. "He was a tremendous live performer and a wonderful actor."
This past development season, Mac starred in another comedy prospect for Fox, the Warner Bros. TV-produced father-son sitcom "Starting Under," which was a serious contender for a series pickup but ultimately missed the cut in May. However, Fox executives stressed at the time they were looking for another opportunity to work with the comedian.
Shortly before he was hospitalized this summer, Mac made headlines with off-color jokes during a fundraiser for presidential candidate Barack Obama in his native Chicago.
Reuters contributed to this report. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
This is truly a tragic year! Comedian and actor Bernie Mac died earlier today at the age of 50. He had been hospitalized earlier this week due to pneumonia and unfortunately his condition worsened. He is survived by Rhonda, his wife of 30 years, and their daughter Je'Niece. In addition to his stand-up comedy, Bernie Mac has appeared in everything from Friday to Booty Call as well as Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy and most recently Michael Bay's Transformers. Above all, "The Bernie Mac Show" on Fox was his most highly regarded work that has won numerous awards and really put him on the map. He will be missed. Bernie Mac's full filmography also includes Mo' Money, Who's the Man?, How to Be a Player, Life, Head of State, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Bad Santa, Mr 3000, Guess Who, and Pride. He had already finished shooting three upcoming films: Old Dogs, »
- Alex Billington
Justin Theroux's work as a screenwriter is limited, limited to Tropic Thunder and nothing more. Now, he has been handed the keys to the 2010 castle as Paramount has hired him to write Iron Man 2, a follow-up to this year's highest grossing film. Theroux is best known as an actor in such films as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Miami Vice, the HBO mini-series "John Adams" as John Hancock and he will also have a small part in Tropic Thunder. Last year he directed Mandy Moore and Billy Crudup in Dedication, marking his feature film directing debut just as Tropic Thunder marked his scripting debut. Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. are both back for the sequel as director and star respectively. There is no word on plot or what direction the film will be heading. »
- Brad Brevet
The trio starred as the sexy crimebusting team in the big screen adaptation of the iconic 1970s show, garnering huge box office success from Charlie's Angels in 2000 and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle three years later.
And Liu, who played socialite Alex Munday in the films, is eager to meet up with her co-stars in another silver-screen adventure.
She says, "I do (see Diaz and Barrymore). All the time. I'd love to do another Charlie's Angels film. That would be so much fun. »
Founded in 2005 by Tom and Ben Grass, Pure Grass will release a 20-part horror series next month titled Beyond the Rave. The series is financed by Hammer Films and it will first be released April 17 on MySpaceTV before an international DVD release.
Before founding Pure Grass, managing director Ben Grass was director of Internet and mobile at Sony Pictures in London. He was responsible for that company's mobile group in Europe and worked on mobile content for movies including Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Spider-Man 2.
"Our digital strategy is simple," Endemol U.K. CEO Tim Hincks said. "We want to work with creative people who have brilliant ideas. Ben and Tom fit the bill perfectly."
Pure Grass also recently released When Evil Calls, a horror series made for mobile phones. »
11 items from 2008
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