Archive for May, 2014
Warner Bros. has stunned the moviegoing public by casting Ben Affleck as the next Batman.
The Academy Award winning actor and director will don the cowl and replace Christian Bale, who said previously he was done playing the DC Comics legend after starring in three films.
Affleck’s first appearance as Bruce Wayne as his crime fighting alter ego will be in 2015, when he will appear alongside Henry Cavill in the Man of Steel sequel, a Batman-Superman feature. Zack Snyder is set to direct.
“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character,” Warner Bros. president of creative development Greg Silverman said in a statement that announced the casting news.
Snyder said, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”
It was previously believed a lesser-known actor would take over of Christian Bale. A rumored list included Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage, Max Martini, and Matthew Goode.
This isn’t the first time Affleck tried on some superhero tights. He played Daredevil to mixed reviews and Superman portrayer George Reeves in Hollywoodland.
What do you think of Ben Affleck as Batman?
Norman Winter, a publicist who represented music icons including Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan, has died.
Winter passed away on Thursday (22Aug13) in Las Vegas due to complications from Lewy Body disease. His family declined to reveal his age, but he was believed to have been in his 80s.
He worked closely with the King of Pop to promote his legendary Thriller album, and also helped Jackson acquire some of the The Beatles’ song catalogue and negotiate his endorsements with Pepsi.
Throughout his career, Winter also worked with a whole host of music greats such as Neil Diamond, Dr. Dre, Garth Brooks, Paul Anka, Queen, Barry White, AC/DC, Marvin Gaye, Usher, Billy Joel, and Jackson’s sister Janet.
Jackson’s longtime attorney John Branca says, “We are so sad to hear of the passing of our dear friend Norman Winter. Norman was a unique, one of a kind character who was dearly beloved. He was of great help and service to Michael and our team during the Thriller period.”
Winter is survived by his wife Joy, daughters Jennifer and Elizabeth and brother Alfred, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Behold: The girls in blue.
When walking the carpet – and fawning over each other – at the premiere of Smurfs 2 over the weekend, Katy Perry and Britney Spears knew there was only one hue to wear: blue.
Perry paid tribute to the beloved Smurfette, the character she again voices in the animated sequel, with a cobalt blue Tadashi Shoji dress, while Spears – whose “Ooh La La” is featured on the film’s soundtrack – wore a signature bandage dress in cyan and black.
The frocks call for a style showdown: Which lady worked blue better? Make your opinion known in the poll below.
Showing a rare sign of self-awareness, Johnny Depp on Monday hinted to BBC he’s thinking about retiring from acting relatively soon.
“When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year, for example, and you realize that you’ve said written words more than you’ve actually had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking about that as an insane option for a human being,” Depp said while promoting his latest movie, The Lone Ranger.
Depp, who spoke of similar things to Rolling Stone in June, continued:
Are there quieter things I wouldn’t mind doing? Yeah, I wouldn’t mind that. I wouldn’t say that I’m dropping out any second, but I would say it’s probably not too far away.
Sure; but with at least three movies in the pipeline – the Rob Marshall musical Into the Woods (fine) and sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean (why?) and Alice in Wonderland (seriously, why?) – “probably not too far away” should be taken lightly.
So should that thing I just said about self-awareness, come to think of it.
He may be a “Gentleman,” but the face behind “Gangnam Style” is also quite the drinker.
Psy – the current record holder for most-watched YouTube video – recently revealed a startling relationship with alcohol.
“If I’m happy, I’m drinking, if I’m sad, I’m drinking. If it’s raining, I’m drinking, if it’s sunny, I’m drinking,” he told United Kingdom’s Sunday Times magazine.
When asked when he stopped, the Korean popstar responded: “When I’m hungover”, before admitting it has happened “a lot” in the past.
In the interview, the 35-year-old went on to call Korean vodka is his “best friend” and his “vice partner,” though he also admitted that he’ll drink “whisky, vodka, tequila, whatever.”
Psy first broke out of the Stateside scene with “Gangnam Style” in July 2012. The music video for the catchy pop tune has since received over 1.7 billion views.
For all of us anxiously awaiting Orange is the New Black‘s second season (2014 isn’t too far off right?) there’s some exciting news. Just like Taryn Manning before her, Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee, has been promoted to series regular. When it comes to Taystee, more is certainly better.
In other OITNB news, Lorraine Toussaint has reportedly been hired for a “heavily recurring” role. Unfortunately, Law & Order‘s Shambala Green won’t be playing an attorney, but a woman named Vee who ran her own drug business and recruited children to work as runners. It seems like they could be setting up some pretty serious drama between Vee and Pornstache, with Red trapped in the middle. Feel free to speculate wildly about OITNB‘s second season with me in the comments.
Kim Kardashian’s First Post-Birth Appearance
Will the reality star debut her post-baby body at step-sister Kylie Jenner‘s 16th birthday bash? Huffington Post has the scoop on the star’s possible post-pregnancy appearance.
Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Her Weed Habit
The “We Can’t Stop” diva recently defended her drug use in an interview with Style magazine. Get the insider on the former Disney star’s favorite herb on Gossip Cop.
Kanye West “Got Bars”
The rapper has taken some time out of his music career to create a Chicago based outreach program focused on rehabilitating at-risk youth. Find out more on his charity project on Idolator.
Who Made Lindsay Lohan’s Naughty List?
Rumor has it that LiLo has compiled two list during her stint in rehab: one with friends she will keep and the other with the people she’ll cut out of her life. TMZ has the scoop on just how many people are on her “cut” list.
See Adam Levine Engagement Ring For Fiance Behati Prinsloo
The newlyweds-to-be were spotted canoodling on the set of Can A Song Save your Life? over the weekend. Check out some snaps of the adorable couple – not to mention, Prinsloo’s giant engagement ring – on Us Weekly.
Justin Bieber Spits At People – Again
The singer, who’s already in trouble for allegedly spitting on a DJ in Ohio, is at it once again. Socialite Life has the details on the Biebs’ newest dirty deed.
Apparently fed up with losing Oscars to Hilary Swank, four-time nominee Annette Bening will press her luck on the small screen in the HBO comedy The Third Coast, about a “larger than life casting director in New Mexico,” according to Deadline. Jay Roach of Recount and Game Change will direct the pilot, with a premiere date yet to be announced.
When Vampire Diaries hunk Paul Wesley got a taste of TV success, he took a big bite out of the real estate market.
The CW heartthrob, 31, and his wife Torrey DeVitto, who announced Monday they’re calling it quits after two years of marriage, actually bought the Hollywood Hills home just eight months after they said their “I dos” in December 2011.
Built in 1926, Wesley bought the newlywed nest for $949,000 and we can see why.
The romantic two-story home, built in 1926, boasts its original Spanish Colonial architecture. The future bachelor pad for the newly-single star is a spacious 3,200 square-foot, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath with a classic rotunda entry, hardwood floors, hexagon-shaped living room, upper-floor dining area, high open archways, and walls of windows.
Lush with surrounding foliage, vivid landscapes, and panoramic canyon and city vistas, the old-fashioned sanctuary set in the hills above Los Angeles is a charming backdrop with tons of natural sunlight throughout and a view of the grounds and cityscape from the second-story balcony and large stone terrace.
The couple, who met in 2007 on the set of their film Killer Movie, “have decided to amicably split. They will continue to remain good friends,” the actor’s rep told PEOPLE.
Go inside the soon-to-be-ex couple’s charming Hollywood Hills home in the CB! gallery above.
Adorable family alert!
On Monday, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, her fiance Jionni LaValle and their son Lorenzo were spotted spending some quality family time on the beach in Seaside Heights, N.J. (otherwise known as the Jersey Shore).
Snooki, 25, showed off her amazing bikini body in a black-and-white striped top and high-waisted black bikini shorts while LaValle donned a tank and board shorts.
Lorenzo, who turns one next month, braved the Jersey Shore water in a cute blue and yellow outfit.
Since giving birth to her first child nearly one year ago, Snooki has worked hard on her fitness and getting her pre-pregnancy body back. In recent months, the Snooki & JWoww star has been sharing her workout tips through Workout Wednesday videos on her Celebuzz page.
In her latest post, the star writes, “This Workout Wednesday move is called the Romanian Dead Lift. It sounds scary, but it is an awesome workout for the thighs, calves, and the butt which is so important for the ladies during bikini season!” Watch the video here.
For more photos from Snooki and Jionni’s beach day with Lorenzo, launch the gallery, above.