15 items from 2014
Chris Rock and his wife are divorcing after nearly 20 years together. "After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways," Malaak Compton-Rock, a philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit styleWorks, said in a statement Sunday. "Being fortunate enough to lead a life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life's blessings, even when faced with difficulties. "While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority. It is in this spirit »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
It pains me to write this, but: Cameron Diaz has had a rough few years, career-wise. For the past half-decade, she's starred mostly in films that failed critically, commercially, or both. The role call: Sex Tape, The Other Woman, The Counselor, Gambit (which wasn't even released theatrically in the Us), What to Expect When You're Expecting, The Green Hornet, Knight and Day, and The Box. (A few exceptions: Bad Teacher, which got mixed reviews but grossed over $100 million—enough to inspire both a quickly-canceled CBS sitcom and a sequel, which is still in development—My Sister's Keeper, which landed more »
- Hillary Busis
Nia Vardalos, who wrote and starred in the original, will return alongside star John Corbett for a story that catches up on Toula and Ian more than a decade into their marriage. No official plot description has, as of yet, been revealed, but it is said that the sequel will focus on a new, even bigger wedding.
- Laura Frances
Orginal My Big Fat Greek Wedding star and screenwriter Nia Vardalos announced back in May that she was working on a follow-up. Now she has a studio in which to hold the proceedings. Universal has stepped in to distribute My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 in the Us and much of the rest of the world. Vardalos had planned to direct, but somewhere along the way that job has fallen to Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee, What To Expect When You're Expecting) instead.The original film told a fictionalised version of Vardalos’ own early relationship with, and marriage to, actor Ian Gomez. The new one plans to continue the tale, with Vardos' Toula Portokalos and husband Ian (John Corbett) unravelling a big family secret at another even bigger, fatter family wedding.“Now that I’m experiencing motherhood, I’m ready to write the next chapter of my family story,” said Vardalos in her original statement. »
First announced back in May, Universal Pictures has acquired domestic and some international distribution rights for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, with original My Big Fat Greek Wedding stars Nia Vardalos and John Corbett reprising their roles as Toula and Ian.
Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee) has signed on to direct from a script by Nia Vardalos, which centers on another family wedding that exposes a longtime family secret and brings the Portokalos family back together again. No other cast members have been confirmed at this time.
Playtone partners Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Gary Goetzman are returning to produce the sequel, as they did on the original My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which grossed over $241 million domestically and $368 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful indie films of all time. No production schedule was given for the sequel.
The sequel announced earlier this year, Variety today reports that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has both found a home at Universal and a director in Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee, What to Expect When You're Expecting). Nia Vardalos, who wrote and starred in the original, will return alongside star John Corbett for a story that catches up on Toula and Ian more than a decade into their marriage. »
She's had a few attempts by now, but Jennifer Lopez is still in search of her movie comeback. While one-time Bennifer partner Ben Affleck has reinvented himself as a director and as Batman, Lopez has gone a while without a real hit, with films like "The Back-up Plan," "What To Expect When You're Expecting" and "Parker" not quite delivering, and no big-screen appearance in two years (a sign, no doubt, of the relative sparcity of roles for women when they enter their forties). But Lopez has something on the way that seems like it could be a legit hit: falling in the footsteps of Halle Berry, who had a sleeper hit a few years back with "The Call," the star is going into thriller territory with next January's "The Boy Next Door," and a trailer has just arrived for the film. Produced by prolific horror maestro Jason Blum, and directed »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Cameron Diaz's comments about her choice to not have children - in August's Esquire - had many readers applauding her refreshingly candid attitude. But the Sex Tape star wasn't always so sure she didn't want to start a family. How did Diaz, 41, decide kids aren't in the cards for her? People looks back at the actress's views over the years on modern motherhood and why she values her independence. It's All About Timing While dating Justin Timberlake, Diaz fielded questions about taking their four-year relationship to the next level. "I think everybody wants at some point to have that responsibility and involvement, »
- Michele Corriston
It's amazing how I can write about a movie less than two months ago and completely forget it even exists a short time later. That's what happened with If I Stay, an upcoming drama starring Chloe Moretz from director R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) and writer Shauna Cross (Whip It, What to Expect When You're Expecting). The film hits theaters on August 22 and centers around a car accident that leaves 17-year-old Mia (Moretz) in a coma and kills the rest of her family. Along with Moretz, the film co-stars Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Jamie Blackley, Lauren Lee Smith, Joshua Leonard and Aisha Hinds. Now I'm still trying to get some more statistics to put something together, but it shouldn't come as any surprise when we forget about a movie or don't even know it exists in the first place. Did you know that in 1995 only 370 movies were released in theaters »
- Brad Brevet
With the Summer movie season around the corner, the final weekend of April has three fairly modest movies reaching theaters. The Other Woman has the best chance of beating three-time champion Captain America: The Winter Soldier, though holdover Heaven is for Real might also contend for the top spot. Meanwhile, Brick Mansions and The Quiet Ones probably won't reach $10 million.At 3,204 locations, comedy The Other Woman should see solid attendance from female audiences. The movie stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton as three women who team up to get revenge on the man who has been sleeping with all three of them. Diaz is easily the biggest star of the bunch, and has a decent track record in comedies like Bad Teacher ($100.3 million) and What Happens in Vegas ($80.3 million).The movie's tagline nicely sums up the focus of the marketing: "The oddest friends are about to get even. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
I don't have high expectations for If I Stay from director R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) and writer Shauna Cross (Whip It, What to Expect When You're Expecting). amz asin="B0020BUWX2" size="small"Last night the trailer was sent over with a note to be sure and credit Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema when mentioning the film, which centers around a car accident that leaves 17-year-old Mia (Chloe Moretz) in a coma and kills the rest of her family. Along with Moretz, the film co-stars Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato, Jamie Blackley, Lauren Lee Smith, Joshua Leonard and Aisha Hinds. Cross adapted the film from Gayle Forman's novel of the same name and it just looks to me like a bit of a sappy groaner, not exactly bad, but a story that would be far more emotional on the page. WB has set an August 22 release for the film, »
- Brad Brevet
London, March 5: While promoting her new self-help book 'The Body Book', Cameron Diaz said that she believes vagina is the most integral part of the body.
The 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' star told talk show host Chelsea Handler that the female sexual organ is supposed to be treated like a beautiful, delicate flower that needs nurturing, Metro.co.uk reported.
The 41-year-old actress said that the female genitalia should be watered and fertilized and it requires nourishment because "it's hungry".
She also urged women to "grab a mirror and look at their vaginas." (Ani) »
- Shiva Prakash
Sheryl Sandberg's self-help book has been snapped up by a film studio. As with other similar book-to-movie transitions, we expect a star turn from Katherine Heigl and lots of people falling down stairs. Let's hope we're wrong
Are you a woman? Do you worry that your lack of corporate assertiveness is letting down your gender? Would you like a set of clear, comprehensively thought-out guidelines from an inspirational authority? Then read Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg.
But what if you want all of this, but you promised yourself that you'd only accept career advice if you could also watch Katherine Heigl (or someone like Katherine Heigl) tuck her skirt into her knickers and fall down some stairs in front of a boy she likes? Good news! Sony Pictures has bought the movie rights to Lean In.
Based on previous self-help movies »
- Stuart Heritage
Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton really bonded over their recent movie they worked together on - Cameron pretended she was Kate's mother while filming 'The Other Woman.' The 41-year-old actress and her co-star Leslie Mann formed a very close bond with the Sports Illustrated model, who is beginning to carve out a career in Hollywood, while shooting the upcoming movie in New York City last year and she thinks the 21-year-old beauty is ''fantastic.'' The 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' star told E! News: ''To work with Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, who are just two of the greatest shining bright beauties. Leslie Mann blows my mind, she is so fearless, and we didn't know Kate beforehand, but she literally just slipped right in [under our wings]. ''We kept saying, 'We're your parents. We're your moms, one day we'll tell you who your dad is. We'll let you »
So you've just learned a hard truth: not only are you expecting, you're expecting something inhuman and destined to bring about Armageddon. Someone has to give birth to the Antichrist and unfortunately, fate (or something far more sinister) has chosen you. We're not here to judge (at least too much). Just because you have the son of Satan himself growing in your belly doesn't mean you should be shunned. In fact, you probably need more help than the average mom-to-be! Numerous cases of What to Expect When You're Expecting Pure, Unadultered Evil have been documented before (and many have been adapted into highly educational movies, including the upcoming Devil's Due), so don't think you're all alone. We're here to help. Prebirth...
- Jacob S. Hall
15 items from 2014
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