10 items from 2014
Kim Novak says that cruel jabs about how she looked during the Oscar ceremony amounted to bullying that left her crushed at first, but then determined to speak out in protest. "It really did throw me into a tailspin and it hit me hard," Novak, 81, said in a telephone interview Thursday, after she released an open letter on Facebook condemning remarks by Donald Trump and others about her appearance. In her letter, Novak said: "I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. We can't let people get away with affecting our lives." She had initially remained »
- Associated Press
Kim Novak has finally addressed the critics who bashed her on the Internet after her appearance at the Oscars, admitting that she had some work done prior to the ceremony.
Novak, a Hollywood legend, was on hand at the ceremony to present the Oscar for Best Animated Feature with co-presenter Matthew McConaughey, and from the second she stepped onstage, her strange behavior and appearance inspired countless jokes and insults from viewers at home, resulting in a social media firestorm.
Amazing that the best animated feature is also the best description of Kim Novak's face #Oscars
— elan gale (@theyearofelan) March 3, 2014
I'm having a real hard time watching the Academy Awards (so far). The last song was terrible! Kim should sue her plastic surgeon! #Oscars
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2014
Many criticized Novak’s appearance: her cheeks appear too rounded and disproportionate to her face, an obvious effect of some kind of plastic surgery, »
April is the cruelest month, and not just for T.S. Eliot.
At the multiplex, throughout April, we're in for a brutal, Darwinian survival test for several A-list stars of yesteryear -- from Kevin Costner to Nicole Kidman to Jude Law -- all of whom are currently on the comeback trail. Some of them may end the month on their way back to their former glory, and some will see their careers shredded even further.
Here are our best guesses as to who will thrive and who will starve.
Comeback Effort: Drama "Joe" (April 11)
Prospects: Cage is earning the kind of acclaim he hasn't seen in years for delivering a real, non-cartoonish performance in this rural drama as the title ex-con, who becomes the unlikely mentor to a teen (Tye Sheridan) in need of adult guidance. »
- Gary Susman
Today is Gaytron Saint Elton John‘s 67th birthday, and how do you pay tribute to one of the most successful musicians of … any time? In the past, we’ve counted down his greatest hits (my favorite – “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”), so this year let’s take a look at the flip side, his greatest songs that weren’t his biggest hits.
What are your favorite lesser-known Elton singles? The songs you never hear anywhere … except in the walkman in your mind.
Here are my top ten, in no particular order.
Victim Of Love – Do you remember Elton’s disco era? That’s because it mercifully only lasted one album, 1979′s Victim Of Love, which is one of the worst selling and reviewed albums of his career. And for good reason – it was his first album in which he didn’t write any of the songs or play any of the instruments, »
Today sees the release of Soumik Sen’s Gulaab Gang. The first time director brought together a dream team for the highly anticipated film that includes Anubhav Sinha in his producer avatar and then two of India’s finest actresses to play the lead roles. In a radical and cool concept, Gulaab Gang takes the classic hero vs villain and turns it on its head, featuring Madhuri Dixit-Nene as good and Juhi Chawla as evil in a film all about female empowerment.
Somewhere in the heartland, an ashram of sorts has been set up by ‘Rajjo’ (Madhuri Dixit), where women armed with axes and sickles and dressed in pink mete out evil and seek out justice for one and all, while making hand-ground spices, hand-woven baskets and sarees. But when the party she was campaigning for reveals its true colours, Rajjo knows she has a whole new battle ahead of her, »
- Stacey Yount
Every man here needs a lesson in rocking a tux from Ellen.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) March 3, 2014
I love me some #Happy by @Pharrell. And he is in fine voice singing Live on the #Oscars! #GreatMessageToo
— yvette nicole brown (@yvettenbrown) March 3, 2014
The #Oscars2014 just started and I’m already crying….
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) March 3, 2014
Frankly just waiting for Idina to start singing. Please. #Oscars
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) March 3, 2014
I’m having a real hard »
- Pamela Gocobachi
What neat feat could Pharrell Williams achieve if “Happy” wins the Oscar for “Despicable Me?” Should his irrepressible ditty win on Sunday (March 2) night, it will be the first time in Oscar and Billboard history that a song has won the Oscar while sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100. There’s a simple explanation for this. Because the Academy Award voting cycle spans the calendar year, by the time the Oscar ceremony rolls around in early March, most of the songs have already peaked on the Billboard Hot 100, if they ever charted at all. In fact, should “Happy” snag the prize, it will be only the 17th Best Original Song winner to have topped the Billboard Hot 100 since the chart bowed in 1958, according to Billboard. The last song to win that reached No. 1? : Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” from 2002’s “8 Mile,” but its chart run was largely over by the time it won. »
John Travolta "didn't want to wake up" after his son's sudden death, the actor revealed during a recent interview. The Savages star spoke during an on-stage Q&A at London's Theatre Royal Drury on Sunday, BBC News reports. In 2009, his 16-year-old son Jett died from a seizure while on a family vacation in the Bahamas. Travolta, 60, said the tragic accident left him feeling hopeless. "The truth is, I didn't know if I was going to make it," he told the audience in London. "Life was no longer interesting to me, so it took a lot to get me better." Travolta »
- Michele Corriston
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Nicholas Sparks has created an empire from the hopeful yet tragic loves stories you read on vacation or watch after too many bottles of wine. Like Nancy Meyers, whose films always incorporate droolworthy decor, location is key. And Sparks’ films are almost exclusively set on the coasts of North or South Carolina–a nod to his adopted home of New Bern, Nc. Over the years numerous titles have been adapted from breezy beach reads into sugar-coated love stories with a male and female lead much too beautiful to be of this Earth.
Some stand out: The Notebook has become required viewing for any female and/or person with a beating heart, while Miley Cyrus‘ transformation from Disney girl to Twerk Queen included a pit stop in a role Sparks created just for her. But do all Nicholas Sparks novels-turned-blockbusters include letter-writing or a devastating illness in the final act? »
- Emily Exton
Have you seen "The Vow"? "Safe Haven"? "The Notebook"? "The Lucky One"? "A Walk to Remember"? "The Last Song"? "Dear John"? Then you have already seen the trailer for "Endless Love," the latest weepy romantic melodrama that follows the tortured love affair between two uncommonly attractive young people living in a photogenic location. This one stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as David Axelrod and Jade Butterfield, two uncommonly attractive young people with made-up names whose unfolding romance consists mainly of twirling through public fountains, staring lovingly at one another on carnival rides, running through grassy meadows and reciting impassioned tear-stained »
- Chris Eggertsen
10 items from 2014
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