7 items from 2015
Director Sean Baker remembers the first time he saw his muse.
Several blocks from where the filmmaker lived in West Hollywood, at the intersection of Highland Ave and Santa Monica Blvd, there's a corner that is, in his words, "known for its drama and its chaos." That's where the neighborhood's transgender sex workers hung out, and for weeks, he and his cowriter Chris Bergoch had been trying to ingratiate themselves. A few people showed mild interest; most simply gave them the brush-off. Then one day, Baker noticed a tall, striking »
Celebrities, you're officially on notice: In news that feels like one of the elaborate pranks the series specialized in, Bet announced Thursday that it would revive Ashton Kutcher's MTV hoax show Punk'd as part of the network's upcoming slate of new shows. The new Punk'd – this would mark the second time the series was rebooted – would provide a more behind-the-scenes look at how the celebrity-fooling shenanigans are created and executed, The Hollywood Reporter writes.
Punk'd's MTV original run, hosted by Kutcher, pranked unsuspecting celebrities from 2003 to 2007, though Bet »
Here's another revival for the slate: Bet is bringing back Punk'd, Ashton Kutcher's brilliant prank show that brought celebrities to their knees. You are correctly remembering that MTV brought Punk'd back briefly in 2012, when it featured rotating guest hosts like Justin Bieber. As of yet, Bet hasn't announced who would be attached to the project, but said that the show would be "tailored" to its audience. Kutcher set the bar when he tricked Jt into believing the government was seizing all of his property. Go forth and make some tears, Bet! »
- E. Alex Jung
It's Aprils Fools' Day, which means pranks are in full swing. Whether you have tricks up your sleeves or not, you can get some great ideas from celebrity pranksters. From George Clooney's elaborate (and sometimes crazy) jokes on friends to Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon's ongoing battle to Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd past, there are plenty of famous jokesters. Though some of them, like Ellen DeGeneres, let others do their dirty work for them, others are more hands on - and in character - like Sacha Baron Cohen. Relive some of the best below, and be sure to watch out for any real-life pranks at your office today! Source: Getty »
Masi Oka (NBC's Heroes) will reprise his Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as Hiro Nakamura for a guest-starring arc of episodes on NBC's new event series Heroes Reborn, which will premiere in fall 2015. Said Masi Oka:
Said creator/executive producer Tim Kring:
"We are thrilled to have Masi back in the 'Heroes' family. The character of Hiro Nakamura was such a huge part of the first series' success, and a gigantic fan favorite. We felt the fans would really love seeing him back in action again."
Ashton Kutcher's gone from Punk'd to parenthood, but have no fear: He still knows how to pull a good prank! This time, Mila Kunis' love is undercover as hipster techie with a man bun, determined to sell Lenovo tablets (he's an investor and product engineer for the company) to unassuming Aussies. And while Ashton's celebrity has increased exponentially since his MTV days, he manages to kiss and spoon plenty of people Down Under without them discovering his true identity! Thanks to hidden cameras (oh, the nostalgia!), we get to see all of Ashton's antics unfold. Speaking with one gentleman named Dick, the former Two and a Half Men star demonstrates how the "ergonomic" tablet's »
In Paul Thomas Anderson's dizzying crime comedy "Inherent Vice" (read our review from the New York Film Festival here), characters flit in and out, each one played by a terrific actor, as shaggy dog detective Doc (Joaquin Phoenix) tries to untangle a mystery that involves his old girlfriend (Katherine Waterston), a missing hippie (Owen Wilson), a real estate tycoon (Eric Roberts), and an entity known only as The Golden Fang. One of the characters Doc meets along the way is a young woman named Hope Harlingen, played by Jena Malone, who most know from her role in the blockbuster "Hunger Games" franchise.
Hope is a recovering drug addict in 1970 Los Angeles and as such she looks pretty rough, with a mouth full of crummy veneers and skin like a citrus-deprived pirate. She's only in the movie briefly but makes a big impression. We talked about her chompers, what it »
- Drew Taylor
7 items from 2015
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