Thursday, June 27, 2013

Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, passes on Proposition 8

Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed that verdict about 15 minutes later, saying in a 5-4 decision that the petitioners who sought the reaffirm California’s Proposition 8 didn’t have the legal ability to appeal a lower court decision. Justice Antonin Scalia joined Roberts in the majority, while Justice Sonia Sotomayor was in the dissenting group (which focused on the rights of private parties to appeal the case).
“The Court does not question California’s sovereign right to maintain an initiative process, or the right of initiative proponents to defend their initiatives in California courts,” said Roberts. “But standing in federal court is a question of federal law, not state law. No matter its reasons, the fact that a State thinks a private party should have standing to seek relief for a generalized grievance cannot override this Court’s settled law to the contrary.”

Diva of The Day "Marilyn Monroe” (6/27/13)

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson) was born on June 1, 1926 and passed away on August 5, 1962). She was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.

After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Marilyn Monroe began her career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both in 1950), drew much attention. By 1952 she had her first leading role in Don't Bother To Knock. The year 1953 brought a lead in Niagara, a melodramatic film noir that dwelt on her seductiveness. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comic effect in subsequent films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Limited by typecasting, Monroe studied at the Actors Studio to broaden her range. Her dramatic performance in Bus Stop (1956) was hailed by critics and garnered a Golden Globe nomination. Her production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, released The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a David di Donatello award. She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959). Monroe's last completed film was The Misfits (1961), co-starring Clark Gable with screenplay by her then-husband, Arthur Miller.

 Marilyn Monroe
The final years of Monroe's life were marked by illness, personal problems, and a reputation for unreliability and being difficult to work with. The circumstances of her death, from an overdose of barbiturates, have been the subject of conjecture. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide", the possibility of an accidental overdose, as well as of homicide, have not been ruled out. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth-greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the decades following her death, she has often been cited as both a pop and a cultural icon as well as the quintessential American sex symbol. In 2009, TV Guide Network named her No. 1 in Film's Sexiest Women of All Time.

The Avengers 2 / Guardians of The Galaxy

The Avengers 2 –May 2015

The sequel to The Avengers is already in development and a script is in the works. Joss Whedon will return to direct and The Avengers 2 villain is thought to be the Mad Titan known as Thanos. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be new additions to the roster, and Whedon says he has “a greater opportunity to dig into the relationships in the second one”

Guardians of The Galaxy –August 2014

The Guardians of the Galaxy are “a team of superhuman and extra-terrestrial adventurers dedicated to the safeguarding of the Milky Way Galaxy from any force that threatens the security or liberty of its various people”. The team includes Star-Lord (a human interplanetary policeman), Drax the Destroyer (a resurrected superhuman warrior and nemesis of Thanos), Groot (a plant monster who can control trees), Gamora (a dangerous female assassin who has a preference for knives and swords) and Rocket Racoon (a genetically altered racoon who can fly a plane and carries a laser pistol).

The movie is a big risk for Marvel, but if it works for them like The Avengers did it has the potential to be huge. It obviously doesn’t have the build-up Joss Whedon’s movie did, but audiences will no doubt turn out for the first real superhero movie set in space. Plus there’s the kick-ass raccoon.

James Gunn (Super) will direct, and a summer 2014 release date has been set. Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana round out the cast as Star-Lord, Drax, and Gamora.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Actor vs. Actor(s): TV's Biggest Cast Feuds

It really is just all an act. What you see onscreen — a couple that can't keep their hands off each other, a loving family, a pair of loyal friends — doesn't always translate offscreen. With the recent news that Charlie Sheen got Selma Blair fired from his comedy, "Anger Management," we take a look back at some of the biggest cast feuds in TV history.

Joan Crawford vs. Bette Davis, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane"
While these actresses didn't play an on-screen couple, they did play sisters in this creepy 1962 movie. The off-screen rivalry between these two actresses is legendary, with Davis even being quoted as once saying "The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane." Over the years, several documentaries have been made about the rivalry between the two actresses.
William Frawley vs. Vivian Vance, “I Love Lucy”

This mismatched pair from the classic 1950s sitcom had trouble from the start. Vance never liked the fact that her onscreen husband, played by Frawley, was 22 years older than she was. Furthermore, producers of the show wanted her to look frumpy and matronly to make her marriage to Frawley's Fred Mertz more believable. Early on, Frawley allegedly overheard Vance complaining about having to work with a man that was old enough to be her father. That set the tone for a feud between the two that lasted for the run of the series. Upon learning of Frawley's death*** in 1966 while she was dining out, Vivian Vance ordered a round of champagne for everyone at her table.
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Will Smith vs. Janet Hubert-Whitten, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
Aunt Viv got a major makeover after Season 3 of "Fresh Prince" — because original actress Hubert-Whitten was fired and replaced after a contract renegotiation failed. She blamed Smith, once calling him an "a--hole." He blamed her bad attitude. If a reunion ever does happen, Hubert-Whitten shouldn't wait for an invitation.
Betty White vs. Bea Arthur, "The Golden Girls"
Arthur and White were not thanking each other for being a friend — at all. In fact, they detested each other. White believes her "positive attitude" infuriated Arthur, while cast mate Rue McClanahan wrote in her memoir that Arthur was jealous of White's getting the show's first Emmy nomination. Meanwhile, a friend of the late Arthur dished that Arthur told her that White "thought she was the star of the show and acted like it."
Sarah Jessica Parker vs. Kim Cattrall, "Sex and the City"
Friends forever? Maybe not so much. For years, the "SATC" stars were plagued by gossip that they didn't get along. Parker once got close to admitting it, saying that long days on set sometimes led to "hurt feelings." They clashed again over salaries and creative control of the big-screen version, but Parker later said that it led to a better movie.

Marcia Cross vs. Teri Hatcher, "Desperate Housewives"
Wisteria Lane? More like Claws Court! When weren't the ladies of "Desperate Housewives" feuding? In 2005, when the show was the hottest thing around, Cross and Hatcher got into it at a Vanity Fair photo shoot. Cross was, well, cross that Hatcher demanded to be at the center of every shot. But it seems this feud involved the other ladies too. When the series ended, Cross, Longoria, and Huffman teamed up to give the crew parting gifts — and left Hatcher out of it.

Isaiah Washington vs. Patrick Dempsey, "Grey's Anatomy"
In 2006, the two handsome male leads of the hit medical drama got into a "violent brawl," which Washington later blamed on Dempsey's lateness to the set. But during the argument, he used a homophobic slur in relation to co-star T.R. Knight and then repeated it again at the Golden Globes. Washington was fired; Dempsey is still McDreamy-ing it up on the show. Round: Dempsey.
Shannen Doherty vs. Everyone "Charmed"
If Doherty is on a show, a feud will follow. Consider that she was the star of both "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Charmed" but left both series early. "90210" cast mate Tori Spelling once revealed that Doherty and Jennie Garth got into a fistfight. Meanwhile, "Charmed" actress Alyssa Milano confessed, "we definitely didn't get along." The network even tried to send a mediator to mend fences, but Doherty got the boot instead.
Suzanne Somers vs. John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt, "Three's Company"
The hugely successful comedy started to derail in 1981 when Somers asked for a hefty pay raise that would put her on par with Ritter. When producers refused, she went on strike and appeared only in brief scenes before leaving the show altogether. They didn't speak to her for years, though she reconciled with Ritter before his death. DeWitt and Somers finally buried the hatchet last year.
Bruce Willis vs. Cybill Shepherd, "Moonlighting"
Onscreen, the chemistry between Willis and Shepherd was off the charts. But behind the cameras, the two couldn't stand each other. Shepherd was reportedly unhappy that the relatively unknown actor was starting to eclipse her. When she got pregnant in real life, the private eyes finally hit the sheets, which many viewers felt ruined the show. For the rest of the series, the stars rarely filmed scenes together. finally buried the hatchet last year. 

Lauren Conrad vs. Heidi Montag, "The Hills"
Once best friends and roommates, Conrad and Montag began to grow apart when the latter began dating Spencer Pratt. In Season 3, a permanent break formed over Conrad's belief that the couple had spread rumors that she'd been in a sex tape. The former friends have still not made up.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

UPDATE: Joss Whedon Doesn't Care About 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Version of Quicksilver

Joss Whedon Doesn't Care About 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Version of QuickSilver
By Josh Wigler in Marvel

QuickSilver (photo above by Boris©96)
A lot of fans have a lot of emotions about Quicksilver appearing in both "The Avengers 2" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Here's one fan who doesn't have a lot of emotions about the "controversy": Joss Whedon.
Joss Whedon (pictured above)
Speaking with Total Film about his plans for the "Avengers" sequel, Whedon said he doesn't care at all that Quicksilver will be appearing in Fox's next "X-Men" movie, even though he announced his intentions to use the speedster in Earth's mightiest sequel long before Bryan Singer's tweet heard 'round the web.
Bryan Singer (pictured above)
"I don't," he insisted. "I really, you know what, I'm doing my thing and I'm very excited about my thing."
not the offical movie poster (possibly fan made)**
What Whedon does care about somewhat is getting to see "Man of Steel," the Superman reboot currently lighting up the box-office. The filmmaker said he hasn't yet seen Zack Snyder's take on the DC Comics icon, but plans to check it out to make sure he's not stepping onto similar turf.
not the offical movie poster (possibly fan made)**
"When you're making a large scale superhero film and a large scale superhero film comes out, you have to go and see it to make sure you're not imitating it," he said. "That you don't have a giant plot point or set piece that is exactly the same as yours. And it does happen a lot and we say, 'Oh, we better zig instead of zag.' You have to watch it for that, but also, to get a bit of inspiration. You either have a great time or you think, 'Well, I can top that,' but I'm definitely going to have a great time."
Thanks to for the transcript.

**I do not believe these are the offical movie posters, but fan made posters. 

R.I.P. James "Tony Soprano" Gandolfini Dies: 'Sopranos' Co-Stars React to Actor's Death

James Gandolfini Dies: 'Sopranos' Co-Stars React to Actor's Death
By Yahoo! TV Staff
Associated Press/HBO, Barry Wetcher, File - FILE - This undated publicity photo, released by HBO, shows actor James Gandolfini in his role as Tony Soprano, head of the New Jersey crime family portrayed in HBO's "The Sopranos." HBO and the managers for Gandolfini say the actor died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Italy. He was 51. (AP Photo/HBO, Barry Wetcher, File)
Hollywood suffered a huge loss with the sudden passing of James Gandolfini on Wednesday at the age of 51. Gandolfini's managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders confirmed his death saying, "It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy."
"He was a genius. Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time," said "Sopranos" creator David Chase. "A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.' There would be silence at the other end of the phone. For Deborah and Michael and Liliana this is crushing. And it's bad for the rest of the world. He wasn't easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain."
  Gandolfini's "Sopranos" co-stars shared their grief:
Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano): "I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family." Falco continues saying she will "hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I've ever known."
Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti): "Jimmy treated us all like family with a generosity, loyalty, and compassion that is rare in this world.. Working with him was a pleasure and a privilege. I will be forever grateful having had a friend the likes of Jimmy."

Naked man in 16th Street BART station could face deportation

Naked man in 16th Street BART station could face deportation

SAN FRANCISCO — The man videotaped running around naked in a San Francisco BART station last month may be deported.

Yeiner Perez, 24, was arrested after police say he harassed passengers and staff at the 16th Street BART station on May 10.

Perez is a Colombia native and is not a United States citizen.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said it's monitoring Perez with a GPS device because it's considering sending him back to his native country.

BART’s deputy police chief Ben Fairow says a stay away order is in the works to keep Perez away from BART.

Once it's approved, BART will be able to arrest Perez if he steps foot on BART property.

The stay away order will be among about a 100 already in effect for Bart.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Vanity Fair: Hugh Jackman

The Wolverine (7/2013)

The Wolverine (7/2013)

• Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine: a mutant and member of the X-Men
• Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida
• Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida
• Mariko Yashida (daughter of Shingen)
Photo Credit: Boris Vallejo
• Rila Fukushima as Yukio
• Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada / The Silver Samurai
• Brian Tee as Noburo Mori
• Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper / Madame Hydra
 • Famke Janssen as Jean Grey 

The Wolverine

The Wolverine is an upcoming American/Australian superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine and is intended to be the sixth installment in the X-Men film series. Hugh Jackman reprises his role from previous films as the title character, with James Mangold directing a screenplay written by Christopher McQuarrie, Scott Frank, and Mark Bomback, based on the 1982 limited series Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
Christopher McQuarrie was hired to write a screenplay for The Wolverine in August 2009. In October 2010, Darren Aronofsky was hired to direct the film. The project was delayed following Aronofsky's departure and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. In June 2011, James Mangold was brought on board to replace Aronofsky and Mark Bomback was hired to rewrite the screenplay in September 2011. The supporting characters were cast in July 2012. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.
Set sometime after X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan travels to Japan, where he engages a mysterious figure from his past in a fight that has lasting consequences. Vulnerable for the first time, and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel, but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than ever before.
The Wolverine is scheduled to be released on July 24, 2013, in various international markets, July 25, 2013, in Australia and on July 26, 2013, in the United States.

 It’s title in Spanish-language territories is Wolverine: Immortal.
Also Known As
• Wolverine
• Wolverine 2
• Wolverine: The Samurai Story
• X-Men Origins: Wolverine Sequel
• Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine: a mutant and member of the X-Men
  • Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida
• Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida
• Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida (daughter of Shingen)
• Rila Fukushima as Yukio
• Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada / Silver Samurai
• Brian Tee as Noburo Mori
• Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper
• Famke Janssen as Jean Grey

Man of Steel: Superman (1/6th scale)

Hot Toys MMS200 Man of Steel: 1/6th Henry Cavill as Superman 12-inch Collectible Figure
Friday, June 14, 2013
It's about time! Man of Steel is one of the most anticipated blockbusters this summer. Directed by Zack Synder and produced by Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel will reboot the Superman franchise by giving audience a new look at the origin of the iconic superhero and his rise to become the protector of Earth and its people.

We are also excited to announce that the Hot Toys’ 200th collectible figure of the Movie Masterpiece Series goes to this one of the most well-known superheroes of all time. To celebrate this milestone, a 1:1 scale Kryptonian Command Key will be included with the Collectible Figure as an appreciation for all of our fans’ support over the years!
The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Henry Cavill as Superman in the movie, featuring a highly detailed head sculpt, finely designed costume with embossed pattern and the iconic red cape.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Moms in an Uproar - MAKA (Mother's Against Kraft Ads)

Suggestive Kraft Ad Gets Moms in an Uproar
By: The Daily Meal (
One Million Moms, a Christian advocacy group that aims to limit supposedly explicit content in the media, is in an uproar over a recent magazine advertisement for Kraft.
His name is Anderson Davis and he just made salad dressing sexy.
Photo Credits: Advertising Agency: TBWA\CHIAT\DAY. L.A.
The ad, featuring an almost naked man covered by a picnic blanket, led the group to state in a recent press release that "Christians will not be able to buy Kraft dressings or any of their products until they clean up their advertising…Who will want Kraft products in their fridge or pantry if this vulgarity is what they represent?"
Photo Credit:
While, admittedly, the caption in the corner stating "Silverware Optional - Let's Get Zesty" is a bit suggestive and the accompanying link below "" does sound like something you wouldn't really want to pop up in your Internet browser's history page, will the ad really "push away loyal, conservative customers" as the One Million Moms say? Or will it spice things up in the grocery store? Either way, Kraft is no longer just about salad dressings.
Related: Mothers Petition Against Kraft's Use of Artificial Food Dyes. PepsiCo Pulls 'Most Racist Ad in History' by Mountain Dew