Jul 25, 2014

Morris Chestnut: The Best Man Wedding A “Complete Departure” From Previous Films

Morris Chestnut was busy fending off fans at Comic-Con yesterday, where he promoted his new TNT miniseries Legends. When not talking up his show with Sean Bean (aka: the star one of the most iconic Game of Thrones scene ever), he gave us a little scoop on what fans can expect from the just-announced Best Man threequel, out April 2016. Chestnut says writer/director Malcolm Lee told him The Best Man Wedding is “a complete departure” from the first two films.

What could it mean?! No more New Edition lip-syncing performances?! Don’t do that to us, guys! We also asked what’s up with his character, Lance, who ended the last film [spoiler alert!] delivering his best friends’ baby in the back of an SUV immediately following his wife’s funeral. Chestnut fills us in about Legends and the Best Man Wedding, above.

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Jul 25, 2014

The Real Story Behind That Karlie Kloss Photobomb

Karlie Kloss

When Karlie Kloss walks down the street, she probably anticipates the flurry of paparazzi flashes, but what she doesn’t expect is Kara Dudley, an aspiring actress and model. And Dudley probably didn’t expect to be involved in one of the summer’s most talked about photobombs.

As you may have heard, Dudley was the woman who struck poses for paparazzi as supermodel Karlie Kloss slid by her to leave a building. Now Dudley is telling the world her side of the story.

So now that you’ve heard Dudley’s account of her unexpected fame, check out our gallery of celebs who’ve had no problem photobombing each other!


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Oscars 2014: Benedict Cumberbatch photobombs U2

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Jul 25, 2014

The Evolution of Hercules in Pop Culture


This weekend marks Hercules’ return to the big screen. A staple in the hero canon, the half man, and half god has slayed lions, bedded mortal women, and even hung out with the Three Stooges. Over the past seven decades, the hero has transformed from an Italian Stallion of the 1950s to the Blockbuster Beefcake we see today thanks to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kellan Lutz taking on the title role. With the former’s film (Hercules directed by Brett Ratner) opening this weekend, we thought it was a good time to look at the evolution of Hercules on the big screen.

’50s: The Italian Stallion


A star of the “sword and scandal” genre, Hercules became a regular fixture in Italian cinema during the 1950s. These historical epics were seen as the country’s answer to successful big-budget Hollywood films, such as Spartacus and The Ten Commandments.

Subsequently, the lion slayer became an epic hero personified by the classic muscle-bound, chiseled jawed leading men of the era. Playing Hercules on the big screen made stars out of Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott, Peter Lupus, and Mickey Hargitay (father to L&O:SVU’s Mariska; pictured).

’60s: The Sidekick


Once the era of historical epics cooled, Hercules took a backseat onscreen. Hollywood relegated the hero to sidekick status in films like The Three Stooges Meet Hercules and Jason and the Argonauts featuring Nigel Green (pictured) in his sandals.

’80s: The Bodybuilder


It wasn’t until the early 1980s that Hercules became a star again. Keeping with the times (and look), the hero was personified by Arnold Schwarzenegger (Hercules in New York) and Lou Ferrigno (Hercules, The Adventures of Hercules). Both former bodybuilders, they gave Hercules more bulk but less class. Consider this era Hulk-cules.

’90s: The TV Hero


After the ‘80s cheese sucked the life out of Hercules, the hero found new life on TV. Kevin Sorbo became the embodiment of the character thanks to Hercules: The Legendary Journeys that ran for four seasons and spawned the successful spin-off, Xena: Warrior Princess. Also joining the canon was Ryan Gosling, who portrayed a young version in a short-lived Fox Kids series.

’97: The Animated Hero


In 1997, Disney turned its attention to the hero to bring his story to the big screen for the animated classic, Hercules. A lean, Johnny Do-Gooder, Disney sparked a new “pretty boy” version of the man that went from zero to hero. A massive hit at the box office, the animated version proved to be the most successful U.S. attempt to bring the character’s story to the big screen.

’00s: The Pretty Boy


Following Ryan Gosling and the voice of Tate Donovan, Hercules entered a new era of young, rugged and handsome. Most notably, Paul Telfer added brooding appeal to the character in the 2005 Hallmark mini-series. Later, the blonde and lean Steve Byers (pictured) stepped into his sandals alongside Henry Cavill in The Immortals.

’14: The Blockbuster Beefcake


This year alone, two studios have pushed out new Hercules films with the intention of being blockbuster epics. While Kellan Lutz’s version in The Legend of Hercules was a box office dud, he and Dwayne Johnson both represent a new era of the hero. Now he’s a beefcake hero with studio cash for muscles and pecs for days. It remains to be seen how successful the Rock’s portrayal will do but it’s clear that Hollywood’s new era of Hercules is much grittier with a heaping dash of sex.

[Photo: Disney/Getty/MGM/Relativity Media/Paramount]

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Jul 25, 2014

A Guide To Every Philip Seymour Hoffman Movie Streaming on Netflix

Philip Seymour Hoffman

It’s been nearly six months since Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose, and yet his presence is still heavily felt throughout Hollywood. In addition to a lengthy and acclaimed filmography, the Academy Award winner kept up a busy work schedule until the time of his death. He had three films slated for 2014 release: John Slattery‘s directorial debut, God’s Pocket, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and A Most Wanted Man. With the latter hitting theaters today, we thought we’d give you a look every PSH film currently available for your streaming pleasure. Whether as cynical music writer Lester Bangs in Almost Famous or hopelessly lonely boom mic operator Scott J. in Boogie Nights, Hoffman managed to steal the scene in each one of his films. If you have a Netflix account, log in and get caught up on some of the greatest performances in the last 20 years.


The Master (2012)

Hoffman received his fourth and final Academy Award nomination for his role in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s drama about a captivating leader of a religious movement. AKA the Scientology movie that’s not totally supposed to be about Scientology.

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

You may have forgotten Hoffman was in the third installment of Tom Cruise mega-successful action franchise.

Capote (2005)

Hoffman won his first Oscar for his portrayal of the legendary writer during the time he was working on In Cold Blood.

Cold Mountain (2003)

The epic drama based on the novel by Charles Frazier features Jude Law with a beard and Jack White… acting.

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Hoffman had a longstanding partnership with Anderson, and appeared in nearly every one of his film except for There Will Be Blood. While its mostly regaled for Adam Sandler‘s dive into “darker” territory, Hoffman plays the intimidating voice on the other end of the sex-line/foe to perfection.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Hoffman stars alongside Matt Damon and Jude Law in the psychological thriller about a social-climbing murderer.


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Moneyball (2011)
The Ides of March (2011)
Pirate Radio (2009)
Doubt (2008)
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Before the Devil Knows Your Dead (2007)
Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
The Savages (2007)
Along Came Polly (2004)
Almost Famous (2000)
State and Main (2000)
Magnolia (1999)
Patch Adams (1998)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Twister (1996)

Watch VH1′s last interview with Hoffman, at the Sundance Film Festival Premiere of God’s Pocket in January 2014:

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Jul 24, 2014

Alec Baldwin Won’t Apologize, Tara Reid Preps For A Real Sharknado + More In Last Lap

Alec Baldwin

Get your final dose of celebrity news today with Last Lap. Alec Baldwin stands behind his rant against police, Miles Teller is ready to give fans Whipflash, and Tara Reid sees something scary in the weather forecast.

  • Alec Baldwin isn’t ready to eat his insulting words about New York City and its police force. [Perez Hilton]
  • Miles Teller shines in the trailer for Whipflash, a big winner at the Sundance Film Festival. [The Wrap]
  • Sharknado star Tara Reid warns us that an actual sharknado could happen any day now. [ABC News]
  • Jennie Garth stuck up for Tori Spelling after a diss from Ian Ziering. [Huffington Post]

  • In the clip above, Benedict Cumberbatch opens up about whether he’s actually going to play Dr. Strange. [MTV News]
  • Kristen Bell becomes a progressive Mary Poppins in the name of a higher minimum wage. [People]
  • Did Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse have a spat on the set of his new film? [Daily Mail]
  • Infighting during the filming of 2003′s Pirates Of The Caribbean nearly caused Zoe Saldana to leave Hollywood. [Us Weekly]

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Jul 24, 2014

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke’s Marriage Is Over, Shared Mansion Up for Sale

56th GRAMMY Awards - Red Carpet

It looks like it may be truly over for Robin Thicke and his estranged wife Paula Patton. Sources from inside the singer’s camp tell TMZ that the marriage is done.

The tip comes on the heels of the news that Thicke is selling the house the two share – or rather don’t. Since the two separated in February, the singer has been focused on recording his new album, Paula, and going on the road in a very sap-heavy promotional tour. (The album tanked upon release, becoming one of the worst flops of all time.) Meanwhile, Patton has been on set filming the upcoming film adaptation of the Warcraft video game series.

According to Variety, the couple’s three-bedroom estate is being listed for .985 million. The value is over double the amount the singer’s father Alan Thicke (Growing Pains) paid in 1990.

The couple first separated earlier this year following allegations that Thicke cheated on his wife. High school sweethearts, the couple first met when they were both 14 years old.

While the two may be finished, we still have the memories of their most adorable moments. It’s truly a shame the two couldn’t work it out.


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Neither one has officially filed for divorce.

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Jul 24, 2014

Fifty Shades Of Grey Gets Us Hot and Bothered, North West Takes Her First Steps + More in Today’s First Dibs


Fifty Shades Of Grey makes your Thursday steamier than usual, The Rock gets sentimental about a lost friend, and one of our favorite celebrity babies marks a milestone.

  • The Fifty Shades Of Grey trailer is here, people. [VH1]
  • The Rock opened up about how Paul Walker‘s death affected the upcoming Fast & Furious film. [Us Weekly]
  • North West is finally walking. [E!]
  • A vintage comedy clip of Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey is making its way around the web. [Splitsider]

  • Chadwick Boseman has played Jackie Robinson and James Brown. But is he ready for a Marvel franchise? [MTV News]
  • It sounds like Melissa McCarthy is skipping cousin Jenny McCarthy‘s wedding. [The Hollywood Gossip]
  • Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston are the latest BFF power couple. [Perez Hilton]
  • Would Jimmy Kimmel make it in Gordon Ramsay‘s kitchen? [People]

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Jul 24, 2014

The Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer Serves Up Shirtless Jamie Dornan and Beyonce Covers

It’s here! Making its debut on the Today show Thursday morning, the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer titillated fans after Beyonce teased the upcoming release last weekend. Starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the film adaptation promises to deliver on all the sex, love and seduction that made E L James’ books an international best-seller.

Leading up to the trailer, the question on everyone’s mind was, “Is it going to deliver on the kink that made the books a hit?” The opening shots look tame but by the end, it’s clear this film is going to teeter on the edge of NC-17.


While sex is certainly a key factor in the film, so is Dornan. As the title character, the model-turned-actor has the unforgiving challenge of seducing not only Johnson but audiences around the world. Does he live up to the book’s potential?


We’re going to say yes.


As for Beyonce, we still don’t entirely understand her involvement with the film but her coos from “Crazy in Love” could be heard at the end of the trailer much like the teaser she posted to Instagram. What’s interesting is that studio went with an alternative version of the hit single, suggesting this might be a very Bey-influenced soundtrack.

Fifty Shades of Grey also stars Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband. The film hits theaters on Valentine’s Day of next year.

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Jul 24, 2014

Movies That Make Us Want To Take Drugs


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There’s no doubt that drugs are bad, kids. In plenty of film scenes, we’ve seen how using controlled substances can lead to some seriously dangerous circumstances. However, there are flicks like Scarlett Johansson‘s Lucy that fuel suppressed desires to get a little blazed.

In ScarJo’s upcoming film, her character uses a wonder drug giving her access to her brain’s full potential. Lucy also features some amazing effects that we imagine will look so much better while in an altered state.

In that vein, we gathered some of the trippiest films from the 2000s and 2010s that feature mind-bending visuals and storylines that take us outside of the box.

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Jul 23, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio Kicks Butt, Ryan Gosling Gets The Wax Treatment + More In Last Lap

Leonardo DiCaprio

Get your afternoon fix of entertainment news with today’s Last Lap. Leonardo DiCaprio finds a new yacht activity, Ryan Gosling gets immortalized, and Portia de Rossi gears up for a new role.

  • Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t simply chilling on yachts. He’s now practicing martial arts while riding the sea vessels. [PopSugar]
  • Hey girl, check out the Ryan Gosling wax figure at Madame Tussauds. [E!]
  • New pals Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson were spotted hanging out in Hollywood. [Us Weekly]
  • Portia de Rossi will have a plot arc on the next season of Scandal. [TV Line]

  • Sorry in advance, Game Of Thrones fans. In the clip above, Emma Stone reveals that she thinks the series is “a joke show.” [MTV News]
  • Wendy Williams and NeNe Leakes appear to be beefing. [Perez Hilton]
  • Instead of moving to Los Angeles, Stephen Colbert‘s version of the Late Show will stay in New York City. [CNN]
  • Does Jenny McCarthy think that Bill Clinton has a mistress — and that Hillary Clinton might have one, too? [Chicago Sun-Times]

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