April 23, 2014

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Prince Harry reportedly in trouble after nude photo scandal

HollywoodNews.com: Prince Harry likely has a lot to deal with right now as nude photos of him partying in Las Vegas were recently released to the public.
Now, it is reported that his brother, Prince William, is not too happy with what has happened, states UsMagazine.com. He was allegedly told this morning about the photos and was “not impressed.”
It is also rumored that Harry will now also have to deal with repercussions from the army. His behaviors have reportedly upset some as he should be behaving whether on or off duty.
There have been no other comments about what the rest of the royal family thinks about the scandal.
Do you think he’ll be reprimanded for his actions?
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‘Jersey Shore’s’ Pauly D gets a little army training

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Jersey Shore’ star Pauly D might be a little high-maintenance, but that doesn’t mean he can’t also get a little dirty.
Pauly D visited Fort Irwin, California last week to see and participate in some army training, states TMZ. Part of the visit was reportedly filmed for his upcoming reality TV show.
Pauly D reportedly ran some of the training courses and got to fire a few rounds.
Which star do you think could handle being in the army best?
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“Superman/Batman Apocalypse” sounds wonderful on Blu-ray

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: It is perhaps unfair for me to be overly critical of “Superman/Batman Apocalypse,” as I was not a fan of the comic book story arc from which it is adapted from. The early Jeph Loeb issues of the “Superman/Batman” comic were full of fan-friendly moments and epic smackdowns, but they lacked a genuine emotional drive and anything resembling complex storytelling. And so was the case with the ‘Supergirl’ arc, which ran in issues 8-13 back in 2004. The story existed to reintroduce the character of “Supergirl,” who had been killed off in Crisis on “Infinite Earths” back in 1985. But the movie version has its own sins to account for, as (like “Superman/Batman Public Enemies”), it actually alters a rousing climax that robs the story of what geek-pleasing moments it initially contained.
A token amount of plot – a Kryptonian spaceship crashes onto Earth, bringing with it a frightened young girl with powers identical to the fabled last son of Krypton. Superman is elated to discover that he apparently has a teenage cousin, Batman is deeply suspicious of this new visitor with untapped and unchecked powers, and Wonder Woman wants to take the child to train in Themyscira. As Kara Zor-El tries to decide what her own fate should be, the tyrannical Darkseid sees her as a potential weapon in his unending war against Superman.
Like “Public Enemies,” the film has a bare-minimum of plot and character from which to hang a nonstop parade of super-powered smackdowns. Frankly, the entire last half of the film is one epic battle after another. Yes, there is a terrific mass battle scene at the midway point between the army of Themyscira and an army of Doomsday clones, but it’s never a good idea to peak at the start of your extended action climax. Furthermore, the actual climax alters the narrative of the original comic, robbing it of pathos (which to be fair, was partially due to some misdirection), and changing what is supposed to be an epic, possibly final battle against Darkseid into super-powered beings going at it in an empty cornfield. Considering all the blood-pumping showdowns that Superman and Darkseid have had in “Superman: The Animated Series” and “Justice League,” this one just comes off like a Tuesday-night beatdown.
Speaking of Darkseid, that brings us to arguably the most shocking bit of miscasting in the entire DC Animated Universe history. I have [...]

Jane Fonda recalls meeting Henry Kissinger in an elevator at Yankee Stadium

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Last night’s screening of the extraordinary documentary about the murder of NFL star Pat Tillman drew some heavyweights including double Oscar winner Jane Fonda, movie star Josh Brolin (he narrates “The Tillman Story”), Kerry Washington, Dick Ebersol, famed cinematographer Ellen Kuras, plus Dan Abrams, Sports Illustrated’s illustrious Terry McDonell, Broadway producer Jean Doumanian, Karen Duffy, Ahmad Rashad, and filmmaker James Toback.
“The Tillman Story,” directed by Amir Bar-Lev, is infuriating and incendiary as it recounts how Tillman, handsome and popular, a a gifted football player, was killed by friendly fire — American soldiers– in Afghanistan. Then the Army and the Bush adminstration covered it all up and lied to the Tillman family over and over again.
The whole saga, still unresolved thanks to an idiotic Congressional hearing, is reminiscent of C.D.B. Bryan’s famous non fiction work, “Friendly Fire,” from the 1970s. History just repeats itself.
Sensational Fonda, who’s shooting Bruce Beresford’s “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” with Catherine Keener in upstate New York, had a day off and wanted to see how well “The Tillman Story” turned out. Her only misgiving? “That there was no resolution,” she said. Director Bar-Lev did tell her that the names of the five men who shot Tillman to death so thoroughly that his head was blown off–you read that right–are known, but he decided not include them since they won’t be prosecuted.
This is a must-see movie if ever there was one.
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Zac Efron vs. Lindsay Lohan – To Write Love On Her Arms

By Dr. Bradley Frederick
hollywoodnews.com: Yesterday, before a special advance screening of his movie “Charlie St. Cloud,” star Zac Efron was presented in a video. The screening was for supporters of the non-profit To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), an organization dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self injury and suicide. In the video, he addressed commonalities between the message of the film and the intent of the organization.
Unemployment is at record highs. People are not only losing their jobs but their homes, their pensions, their hope. The Army posted the month of June as being their worst month for suicides since the Vietnam War. It feels like we have been struggling for a long time and that is why now, it is more urgent than at any time in recent history to find meaning in one’s life.
Often, young Hollywood celebrities seem to get caught up in their fame. They fail to see the reality of those outside their circle and they fail to fully appreciate the ramifications of their actions. The burdens of being a role model, especially at a young age, have proven too much for many young celebrities to handle and we watch them tearfully sentenced to jail and watch the news countdown to their early release.
So Lindsay et al, here’s some advice: Stop focusing on your problems and start focusing on some solutions. Then find a way to give back and you just might discover a life with real meaning.
Only those who reach out to help others will have lasting fulfillment. That is why groups such as TWLOHA are so important. And that’s why Zac Efron’s few moments to acknowledge them are significant and newsworthy.
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Interview: Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek dish on how to ‘Get Low’

By Todd Gilchrist
hollywoodnews.com: Although he’s just shy of 80, Robert Duvall seems as active as he did when he started his acting career some 50 years ago: from Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird to Felix Bush in Get Low, Duvall has played every variety of cultured, ignorant, aggressive, deferential, poetic, blustery character you can imagine, and shows no signs of slowing down. In Get Low, his latest, he’s commanding the screen as a bearded, eccentric recluse who emerges from self-imposed exile to enlist a funeral director and his assistant for a living funeral – as in one for himself that he wants to attend while he’s still around.
Hollywood News joined a small group of press Wednesday to talk to Duvall and his co-star, Sissy Spacek, about this idiosyncratic little film. In addition to talking about the appeal of Felix Bush, both actors examined their approach to playing various roles, and Duvall reflected on the longevity of his career, which he hopes will continue well into the future.
Hollywood News: Sissy, what was your rehearsal process like, or what did you do to develop the chemistry we saw on screen?

Robert Duvall: There was no –
Sissy Spacek: We really didn’t have any rehearsal. I think Bill [Murray] and Aaron, the director and I read through the script, but we ran lines on set occasionally just so we would remember things, but we didn’t really rehearse. This man comes in prepared.
Duvall: No, no. If you’re not prepared, Take One is a rehearsal, because you can always take Take Two and Take Three – or the rehearsal before Take One is a rehearsal. So I don’t think you have to rehearse necessarily. I think you can, but Take One is a rehearsal. But sometimes Take One is the one they use, too. So it’s different strokes, I think.
Spacek: I came thinking “I’m going to watch Bobby and see how he, you know, see his process, but you can’t see it. It’s invisible.
Duvall: Well, especially with writing like this. It helps to make it invisible, the writing is so good in this. The structure of this script, the myth, the tale, the Southern tale is so beautifully written you just go along with it, really.
Hollywood News: What is it about the characters that resonated with each you?

Spacek: One of the things that I loved was I really loved Felix Bush, and he’s [...]

Lindsay Lohan’s new squeeze?

HollywoodNews.com: Lindsay Lohan has been hanging with a new girlfriend, which may or may not be a love interest according to sources.
TMZ reveals that Eilat Anschel is a former member of the Israeli Defense Force. The duo met a while ago, but have gotten serious over the last month. Anschel recently completed her mandatory service in the army.
Per TMZ, Lohan has been using Anschel as a “shoulder to cry on” during the whole SCRAM bracelet episode.
TMZ adds, “But again for Lindsay … love may prove elusive. Her friends understate the problem this way: ‘It’s not the healthiest relationship in the world.’ The friends say Lilo’s totally obsessing over the chick.”
TMZ also has a string of photos of Anschel.
Lindsay Lohan’s new film “Machete” opens on September 3.
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Op-Ed: Remembering A Time When All Americans Served, Even Movie Stars

By Scott Feinberg
hollywoodnews.com: As America celebrates its 234th birthday, it seems only appropriate for this Web site, which focuses on Hollywood, to highlight the role that movie stars have played in preserving our freedom during times of war.
For the generations of Americans that came of age during the Vietnam, Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq wars, the previous sentence may read like a typo, but it’s not one. Indeed, during World War II, all able-bodied American men were asked to serve their country by enlisting in the military, and virtually all answered that call—even movie stars. On Saturday, I had a lunch date with one of the last surviving Hollywood greats who donned a uniform as more than just a costume, Mickey Rooney, and we chatted about this very subject.
Rooney, who is now 89, was America’s top box-office attraction from 1938 through 1941, just as war was breaking out in Europe and the Pacific. He had only recently turned 21—and returned from a publicity tour in Honolulu—when Pearl Harbor was attacked, which led to his desire to enlist.
When M-G-M, the studio to which he was under contract, learned of Rooney’s intentions, they “hit the roof.” He was their chief breadwinner—his “Andy Hardy” films alone accounted for 55 percent of their gross income at the time—and they were desperate to keep him working. He remembers one studio employee even told him, “We’re gonna give you a shot and your blood pressure will be a little too high,” to which he replied, “Not with me you won’t.”
The studio still managed to keep Rooney out of the war for two-and-a-half years, thanks to numerous letters to the Local Draft Board 245 in which they argued that he should receive a 2-A occupational deferment because he was a “necessary man, within the meaning of the selective service regulations, to an industry.” (They also suggested that he could be more helpful to the war effort by continuing to appear in flag-waving films.) But, out of a desire to do his part, he eventually enlisted on his own initiative in June 1944; did his basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas, under head commandant George S. Patton; and served through March 1946.
Over the course of his 21 months overseas, PFC Rooney didn’t see combat on the front lines, but he risked his safety nonetheless as part of the Army’s 6817th Special Services Battalion. He was part of a three-man [...]

GQ interview with Twilight’s Xavier Samuel

By Tracy Rosenfield
HollywoodNews.com: Xavier Samuel has certainly been thrown into the spotlight. GQ goes so far as to refer to him as “Twilight’s Poster Boy”, though it’s meant as a pun since he is, quite literally, on a poster for the next “Twilight” film, “Eclipse”.
GQ recently interviewed the actor via telephone while he was driving a black tinted car in Berlin. “Eclipse” hasn’t even released yet, and Samuel is hiding behind tinted glass. He’s currently filming a Shakespearean movie by Roland Emmerich, director of “Independence Day” and “2012”. But no, Hamlet doesn’t blow things up at the end of this film and there’s no Laz Buhrman type “Romeo and Juliet” here, though there is ample green screen use. The story focuses on Shakespeare himself and toys with the idea that Shakespeare was possibly gay and plagiarized his plays.

However, after that light discussion, the interview quickly switches back to “Eclipse.” Xavier Samuel got the part of “Riley” by sending in an audition tape from Sydney. He was called in with four other actors and won the “Eclipse” team over. He admitted, though, he watched the first film on the way over to the U.S. and bought the book when he landed. Though “Riley” himself isn’t mentioned much in “Eclipse”, aside from his initial disappearance and later when the army collides with the Cullens and Wolfpack, the character is given much more face time in the film adaptation. Samuel even has his own poster with the newborns glowering behind him. He is thrilled with the amount of screen time he’s been given, along with the massive power he possesses as a vampire. He jokes that one of the scenes “makes him look really strong.”
With all the press surrounding his role and his recent rise to fame, we can probably bet that Samuel’s acting will be pretty strong, too.
For the full GQ interview, visit GQ.com.

Exclusive Interview: Mike Newell on creating a cinematic crown for ‘Prince of Persia’

HollywoodNews.com: It almost seems hard to imagine that a director who worked as far back as 1964 could be helming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, but Mike Newell is cut from the same cloth as luminaries like John Glen and Terence Young – Brits with the competence and professionalism to tackle virtually any challenge they faced. After more than two decades as a director of television shows, Newell made a cinematic breakthrough with Four Weddings and a Funeral, then moved on to the acclaimed crime drama Donnie Brasco, and eventually, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. As such, Prince of Persia is just another stepping stone, an example of the director’s versatility and talent regardless of genre or content.
Hollywood News sat down with Newell at the San Francisco Comic-Con in April for an exclusive chat about Persia. In addition to talking in depth about the challenges of bringing a video game to life on the silver screen, Newell talked about his indefatigable but irreverent take on contemporary blockbusters, and his attitude about filmmaking and his approach to material that may seem to appeal to audiences that expect action and energy rather than character and storytelling.

Hollywood News: Because video game adaptations have sort of a dubious pedigree, does that put more pressure on you to do a particularly good job in adapting this, or does it embolden you to be able to be more free and do whatever you want?

Mike Newell: Well, I think it’s more like the latter but you have to remember that… I mean, there are two things to be said about that. One is that, when we began, I said to Jerry [Bruckheimer], how important is a strict obedience to the game going to be? And he [didn’t say] I am completely not interested in the game. I think what he was saying is you’ve got to be free. And so from that moment, what I concentrated on first was making a drama. So I concentrated on the casting and the characters and the writing and the this and that and the other.
While all that was going on, I started my own feeble attempts to play the game and I was absolutely terrible at it. I’m just not – well, it’s not in my culture. I am the age I am and I was hopeless with it. I played the sort of [...]

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