This morning I turned on my computer only to get a gut punch as I read that Jennifer Morrison is leaving Once Upon a Time at the end of this season. Now, admittedly, I invest too much emotionally in my favorite television characters, but putting that aside… Continue reading
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In February, famine conditions were declared in parts of South Sudan and Somalia by the United Nations. It has affected approximately 16 million people, including those in neighboring areas of Kenya and Ethiopia.
“When I visited South Sudan, I saw for myself how families are suffering,” Knightley said in a press statement. “They’re not just pictures in the news, they’re people. “Right now, millions of people across East Africa are at risk of starvation if we don’t act. That’s a delay that will actually cost lives. It already is. Don’t delay, donate.”
The appeal from the DEC, the banner under which 13 U.K. aid charities combine to tackle aid crises, has also been backed by actors Bill Nighy and Eddie Redmayne.
“In South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia, the plight and suffering is on a scale never seen before,” Redmayne said in a press statement. “Where there were rivers, not even a drop of water now. Where there was livestock, now just carcasses and bones. People can’t wait any longer.”
The DEC appeal raised more than $24 million (£30 million) in its first week, however, it is dwarfed by the $4.4 billion U.N. experts estimate governments and charities from around the world will need to avert a famine.
Knightley and Nighy are also helping raise funds for Comic Relief, appear in a special TV sequel to the 2003 film Love Actually, airing as part of the British charity’s Red Nose Day telethon.
Redmayne is also helping Comic Relief, having voiced a special audiobook version of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the film adaptation of which he starred in last year.
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For a novel that was never officially finished, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon has had many lives. First published posthumously in 1941, it focuses on idealistic film producer Monroe Stahr (based on legendary MGM chief Irving Thalberg) and his clashes with an overbearing studio owner. It’s been adapted into a 1976 Elia Kazan film, an award-winning 1998 play, and was re-edited and reissued in 1993 as The Love of the Last Tycoon. Now the book lives again as a pilot for Amazon, written and directed by screenwriter and director Billy Ray (best known for helming 2003’s Shattered Glass and writing the screenplay for 2013’s Captain Phillips) and currently available for your viewing pleasure right this moment.
A handful of somewhat clunky narrative pipe-laying scenes aside, the pilot ably captures the wide-eyed optimism of Hollywood in the 1930s while contrasting it with the creeping tension of problems creative (studio bosses too quick to kowtow to the bottom line), domestic (widespread homelessness) and foreign (rising fascism in Europe). The pilot features Lily Collins as the brassy ingenue, Kelsey Grammer as the heavy, and in the lead role, Matt Bomer as Stahr.
Though he’s still getting caught up on his old Hollywood history, Bomer is as debonair and tortured as the role requires. Bomer has been a constant presence on both the big screen and small in recent years, from his lead role on the USA conman series White Collar to parts in Magic Mike, The Normal Heart, and American Horror Story: Hotel. After working nonstop for the past several years, he’s taking the summer off while Amazon decides whether to move forward with more of The Last Tycoon. But in what he says is his long-awaited first interview with Esquire, he still found time to talk to us about Fitzgerald and how Hollywood hasn’t changed all that much since the ’30s.
ESQ: Hey Matt, how’s it going?
Matt Bomer: This is my first ever interview with Esquire. I can’t believe that! I was raised on your magazine. It’s an honor to finally get to speak to you guys.
Esquire: Wait, you’ve never been in the magazine?
MB: [Takes a pause.] I don’t think so.
Esquire: That’s crazy.
MB: And I have whored it out a lot over the years, Michael. I have whored it out a lot. So that’s saying something.
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The double-decker bus slows to a standstill in a queue of traffic. A chorus of “Oh my God, Anna!” causes the woman opposite me to self-consciously pull her hair across her face, attempting to hide from view. The security guard, standing at the door, eyes the squealing group and weighs up the need for action.
It’s a relief when the lights change and the London bus-turned-afternoon tea tour pulls away. Not because the group were at all threatening, but because Anna Kendrick’s embarrassment is uncomfortable to watch. The 30-year-old may be one of the most successful actresses of her generation (a part in the Twilight franchise; an Oscar nod for Up in the Air; the lead in global smash Pitch Perfect…) but she certainly isn’t in this for the attention.
“There was never a point where I was like, ‘If I could just be in a room with a bunch of famous people, that would be great,’” she says. “So I’m not surprised that I find myself riddled with anxiety over award shows and stuff…”
With Kendrick, this isn’t ‘I’m-a-woman-of-the-people’ shtick. Acting comes naturally, but schmoozing strangers, lapping up compliments and posing in a designer dress? Bye bye, comfort zone. Luckily, when it comes to fans, she has found her people: “Teenage girls are just excited to see you, it’s so sweet. It’s women, mid-20s to mid-30s, who are a bit boisterous. I think, ‘I’ll have to watch out for you…’”
Twilight brought her the teen masses, but it was Pitch Perfect, in all its female-bonded, comedic geek glory, that swept up everyone with two X chromosomes and a fair few without. And those are only the mass-distributed projects: Kendrick is something – nay, everything – of a workaholic. Since 2009, she has worked on an average of five movies a year. Has anyone ever taught her to say no? “I definitely got to the point where I was like, ‘My life has been falling apart for four years, I need to get my act together,’” she admits.
A surprise break, due to the rescheduling of Pitch Perfect 3, forced the vacation-averse actress to take some downtime: “The world didn’t come crashing down, so that’s a lesson that I don’t need to be working every day.”
But ‘downtime’, in Kendrick’s mind, means something different: she used the hole in her diary to write a book. “I was so happy to create something that was all mine. Although, my editor kept saying, ‘It’s up to you, it’s your book.’ And I was like, ‘But could you tell me what to do?’”
The book, Scrappy Little Nobody, largely came about because a legion of new fans found and fell in love with the actress via Twitter. Her scripts may be sharp but, as it turns out, that irresistibly sarcastic sense of humor is all her own. We’ll find out in November if what is genius in 140 characters translates to long-form prose, but the odds are good. On The EDIT’s New York shoot a week before our bus tour, despite a vile cold, Kendrick’s comedy is front and center. It’s not
something she can switch off, she explains. “I could play Madame Bovary and I’d still end up being dry and cynical. There are times where someone will be like, ‘Do that thing! You know, do your thing!’ I get mildly annoyed by that. But on a greater scale, I’m lucky that’s [my] reputation; when I’m snarky with people, they know that’s just how I communicate. I’d be terrible at being like Taylor Swift, the perfect Miss America version of interacting with fans and making sure they have a good experience. I mean, I don’t want people to meet me and have it fuck up their day, but I’m glad I can say something weird to them and they know that’s just me.”
Her latest film, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, is another fiesta of punchlines. Kendrick herself says she found it very funny and not only is she a tough audience, she’s unfailingly honest. Have you ever heard an actress admit that she’s preoccupied with others’ opinions – “Everybody is a little bit okay with themselves and a little bit obsessed with what other people think” – or that she didn’t understand a film she starred in? You have now. “I did Scott Pilgrim because I was obsessed with [director] Edgar Wright’s work. On paper, I did not get [the script] at all. I trusted it would be up to the level of work he had created before, and it was. But the entire time we were making it, I had no idea what was going on!”
In Mike and Dave…, Kendrick’s real-life hang-out go-to, Aubrey Plaza, plays her best friend, forming a party-hard duo who con their way onto a free vacation to Hawaii as the dates of Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron), brothers in need of good women to keep them on the straight and narrow at their sister’s wedding. That the film is a feature
directorial debut for a Funny or Die alum, Jake Szymanski, should give you an idea of what to expect. Says Kendrick: “We did so much improv that when we first saw the movie, there was a good 15% of jokes that we were like, ‘I have no memory of saying that!’”
The crew decamped to Hawaii for the duration of filming, which has to be one of the sweetest deals in in movie history. Kendrick, however, was the “square” of the group. “I was like, ‘Is everyone wearing sunblock?’ I had an app for [finding] sharks in the area. Zac is such a daredevil that I developed this phobia he was going to get himself killed before we finished the movie. One day we did some cliff jumping and started out small, but by the end of it I was like, ‘Zac, don’t jump off that! Please!’”
As well as his cliff-jumping prowess, Efron, says Kendrick, is one of the good ones. “Adam’s the funny guy. Zac is the sincere guy. Sincere, kind, helpful, generous – and then just so good at being an idiot on screen.” It’s a ringing endorsement, so when the actress laments the inability to be honest about everyone she works with, we can be confident Efron isn’t who she has in mind. “I’m surprised I don’t have blisters on my tongue!” she says of keeping counsel while on promo circuits. “Some people have a funny reputation, and they are so lovely that I want to shake people and go, ‘No, he’s one of the good ones!’ Then there are the ones who have these stellar reputations and I’m like, ‘That is an asshole of the highest order!’ But I cannot say it.”
Another ex-co-star [The Voices, 2014] on the “lovely” list is Ryan Reynolds. “Ryan is one of the most authentic people I’ve worked with; I can’t think of a person more deserving of a hit like [Deadpool]. He worked for so many years to get that film made because it’s a character that was inside of him.”
Would she take on the spandex suit that goes hand-in-hand with superhero status? “My brother sent me a Squirrel Girl comic because he thinks I should [play her]. I
don’t know what Squirrel Girl does other than be half squirrel, but I could be half squirrel!” Of course she could. Anna Kendrick can do anything she wants.
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5. The Doctor – Hook and Emma meet
This is the episode where Emma and Hook meet for the first time. Their first few meetings consist of fighting, and in this episode, Emma ties Hook to a tree and holds a knife to his throat. It also marks the beginning of Regina’s descent into black magic, when she gives in to Rumplestiltskin’s teaching and crushes the heart of his new student.
We also see her desperation in trying to bring Daniel back to life, which is what sets her on the path to darkness to start with.
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Ashley Benson covers Ocean Drive.
On being called ‘too fat’ for a role: “I’m a size 2! I cried for 30 minutes, but then you have to let it roll off your shoulders or it could cause a serious eating disorder. A lot of people in this industry hear they need to lose weight more times than they should. It does make you stronger, though, because if you let that affect you, you can’t be in this industry — you’d go crazy.”
On airbrushing: “I saw photos from a shoot of myself just the other day and thought, ‘What the hell? That doesn’t even look like me!’ I was so disappointed. I hate to think that gir
ls are like, ‘She’s so skinny! Her skin is so perfect!’ I have pimples just like they do.”
Diane Kruger spoke to Entertainment Tonight while promoting her new film, Sky. The film also stars Norman Reeds and Kruger’s real life partner, Joshua Jackson.
ETonline: There are two moments that stick out in Sky. First, when Romy fights back against her husband’s attempted rape, and second, how she finds strength, not just in herself as the story moves along, but in other women.
Diane Kruger: I don’t know that Fabienne was out to make a feminist view about finding strength in other women, but I love the idea that violence – in French, it’s déclencher [to release, set off, activate] – it’s the thing that makes her want to change her life. She was kind of idle. This horrific, violent assault made her realize there is no way back. I think that’s very true in real life – not necessarily assault – but something that gives you the déclencher. The point of departure for her comes out of violence, but I love the idea of not knowing what she’s going to do, where’s she’s going and that openness. Although Norman Reedus’ character is a man, I think it’s so random. After leaving her husband, the furthest thing from her mind is to be in another love story. But that’s how life works. You find love when you least expect it and with the person you least expect to fall in love with.
ET: What was one of the things you really grabbed on to about this script?
DK: I’ve developed this character for four years with Fabienne. We are best friends, and we had this idea four years ago, so I’ve been a part of this process. I’ve read about 10 versions of the script. Her movies are very simplistic, but she’s not an intellectual. She’ll be the first one to say that. She makes movies about people and about emotions and her scripts are very much a reflection of that. Random slices of life. Some people may criticize Sky, but that’s life. That’s how it happens. She’s not interested in making a feminist stance on what a woman should be. Continue reading
The episode starts off right in the middle of things. Dean is having a nightmare about being chased by hellhounds. When he wakes up, Sam is trying to reassure him, and Dean is starting to have hallucinations. Bobby has created a magical compass to locate Lilith. Dean then has an epic freak out about going after Lilith. He’s concerned that they don’t have a way to kill her, and they don’t even have any way to confirm that she is actually the demon that holds his contract. They only have Ruby’s word, which has already proven unreliable.
Sam summons Ruby and confronts her about the contact. Ruby admits that she knew that Lilith held the contract. Sam demands the knife the Ruby has, which can kill demons. Ruby tells Sam that he still has powers and she can help him use them. Lilith claims that Sam can save Dean. However, Dean walks in and is really pissed off. He also demands the knife. After they start bickering, Dean punches Ruby in the face. They get into a scuffle and by the end, Dean has the knife and Ruby is trapped in a devil’s knot.
Sam and Dean have a conversation and decide to go after Lilith the old-fashioned way, the way their father taught them. Continue reading