Thursday, August 29, 2013

UPDATE: X-Men: Days of Future Past


Every future has a past 
James McAvoy / Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier / Professor X

Michael Fassbender / Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto

Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine

Divo of The Day "Shaun T." (8/29/13)

Shaun Thompson, was born on May 2, 1978. He is better known as Shaun T, an American fitness trainer and choreographer. Shaun is best known for his Insanity and Hip-Hop Abs home fitness programs for adults and children.
Shaun T's career began as a health and fitness specialist/personal trainer and health program manager at Wyeth, a multi-national pharmaceutical company. He also worked at a number of fitness chains, including Equinox Fitness.
Shaun began dancing in college, when, at 21, he was required to teach an aerobics class as a part of his Sports Science degree and became an aerobics instructor. After graduating from Rowan University, he moved to Los Angeles to work as a choreographer, dancer and trainer. His first professional work as a dancer was for Mariah Carey. While Thompson was teaching a popular fitness class at Equinox Fitness, he was approached by representatives of Beachbody, LLC and asked to submit a demo for a workout video.
Shaun T. has been openly gay since October 2012 and is married to Scott Blokker.

UPDATE: The Avengers II: Age of Ultron... James Spader to Play “Ultron” in 'Avengers' Sequel

"Boston Legal" star James Spader will square off against Earth's Mightiest Heroes as the malevolent robot Ultron in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

For non-fanboys, Ultron is a powerful artificial intelligence who, taking the form of a shiny humanoid robot, brings the super-team to its knees. To what extent Spader will actually play Ultron -- as opposed to just doing voiceover -- will depend on how much license Joss Whedon takes with the Ultron story, which the director has already indicated will stray from the recent comicbook run of the same title (below).

(In the Marvel universe, Ultron is created by Ant-Man alter-ego Hank Pym, but Whedon has indicated that the mild-mannered scientist will play no role in Ultron's origin for the films.)

The high IQ part should be no problem for Spader, who revels in roles that allow him to be quick-witted with a gift for the gab, such as that of white-shoe lawyer Alan Shore on "Boston Legal." He won three Emmys for playing that particular part and he has a silky voice that drips with menace if needed.

Other credits include a tortured bohemian in "Sex, Lies and Videotape," a nefarious preppy in "Pretty in Pink," a schlubby scientist in "Stargate" and a back-stabbing corporate striver in "Wolf."

The Avengers' return to the big screen will once again be overseen by Joss Whedon and will star Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth. The film hits theaters on May 1, 2015.

"Marvel's The Avengers" was the third-largest grossing movie of all time, racking up $1.5 billion worldwide when it debuted in 2012. The sequel will be the highest profile role of Spader's career, which boasts a distinguished resume of mostly indie films.

Spader is represented by ICM Partners and his lawyer Melanie Cook at Ziffren Brittenham.

AMERICAN HoRRoR SToRY: CoVEN Gets Premiere Date

American Horror Story: Coven' Gets Premiere Date
The third season in the FX anthology series from "Glee" co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk uses another creepy teaser to announce its October return.

Mark your calendars: American Horror Story has set a premiere date for Coven. The third season of the anthology series from Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will return on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10 p.m.

'American Horror Story': Five Things to Know About 'Coven'

The premiere date "reveal" came at the end of the latest teaser for the witchy-themed third season of Coven.

Coven stars Kathy Bates as Madame LaLurie, a Louisiana-born socialite and serial killer, and Jessica Lange as a witch named Fiona, with Sarah Paulson set to portray her daughter. The cast also includes Denis O'Hare, Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe and Alexandra Breckenridge.

American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. More than 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.

Showrunner Murphy recently said that the biggest clue for how Coven ends will come in the yet-to-be released opening credits. "You have to watch it 10 times because every frame is a clue for what the season will be," Murphy explained. "And every year it has a different tone, look and concept. By the last frame of the main title for Coven, you'll really have an idea of what the last frame of the Coven season will be."

Check out the latest teaser, below, and hit the comments with your thoughts on Coven. Will you watch? The 13-episode season runs through January 2014.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Obama embodies King's dream and his struggle

Obama embodies King's dream and his struggle
By: Suzanne Gamboa AP
Photos courtesy of (REUTERS / Larry Downing)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will lead the civil rights pioneers of today and two of his presidential predecessors Wednesday in a celebrative but solemn commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech of yesteryear, saluting his fight for equal opportunity.
Photos courtesy of (REUTERS / James Lawler Duggan)
Large crowds thronged to the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial where King, with a soaring, rhythmic oratory and a steely countenance, pleaded with Americans to come together to stomp out racism and create a land of opportunity for all.
Slate-gray skies and a light drizzle greeted the earliest arrivals for an observance that seemed likely to take on a more formal, serious tone, than a commemorative rally last Saturday. People eager to get a close-up view of Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton clustered at a security checkpoint. And National Guard troops were arrayed along fence lines encircling the Mall from the World War II Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial.
Photos courtesy of (REUTERS / James Lawler Duggan)
The scheduled appearance later Wednesday of Obama, the first African-American president, was certain to embody the fulfilled dreams of hundreds of thousands who rallied there in 1963. Obama has not often talked publicly about racial issues in the time he has been president. He did, however, talk at some length about the challenges he faced as a young black male as he discussed the case of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen-ager killed in a confrontation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
When Obama took office in January 2009, he had broken through barriers that many before him could only approach. But his presidency has been marred by racist backlash and his administration has found itself still taking on battles thought won, such as ensuring equal access to the voting booth.
Obama's speech was set to follow an organized ringing of church bells at mid-afternoon, about the same time of day that King, his jaw squared and his turning, delivered his clarion call for equal rights. Obama was being joined at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by Carter and Clinton. Other luminaries include Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson, who signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a longtime leader in the civil rights battles.
At an interfaith service, the Rev. Bernice King opened the celebration. King said that her father is often remembered as a freedom fighter for equal rights and human rights. But she said he was most importantly a man of faith.
Photos courtesy of (REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque)
"He was a pastor, he was a prophet, he was a faith leader," she said. "It was that faith and the spirit of God that infused that movement."
King's eldest son, Martin Luther King III, said blacks can rightfully celebrate his father's life and work but much more work lies ahead.
He bemoaned "staggering unemployment" among black males age 18 to 30 and said he fears too many blacks still "are first judged by t heir color and then the content of their character."
Preceding the speeches was a march featuring a replica of a transit bus that civil rights leader Rosa Parks rode when she refused to give up her seat to a white man in 1955.
Obama considers the 1963 march a "seminal event" and part of his generation's "formative memory." A half-century after the march, he said, is a good time to reflect on how far the country has come and how far it still has to go. In an interview Tuesday on Tom Joyner's radio show, Obama said he imagines that King "would be amazed in many ways about the progress that we've made." He listed advances such as equal rights before the law, an accessible judicial system, thousands of African-American elected officials, African-American CEOs and the doors that the civil rights movement opened for Latinos, women and gays.
"I think he would say it was a glorious thing," he said.
But Obama noted that King's speech was also about jobs and justice.
"When it comes to the economy, when it comes to inequality, when it comes to wealth, when it comes to the challenges that inner cities experience, he would say that we have not made as much progress as the civil and social progress that we've made, and that it's not enough just to have a black president, it's not enough just to have a black syndicated radio show host," the president said.
(Photos courtesy of REUTERS / Larry Downing)
King's son was interviewed on NBC's "Today" show.
Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report.
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Ben Affleck is The New Bruce Wayne / Batman

Ben Affleck Working Out Two Hours a Day for Batman Role in Man of Steel Sequel

Us Weekly 
 Ben Affleck

The Jacked Crusader! Ben Affleck has been cast to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Superman in the planned Man of Steel sequel -- and the Oscar-winning hunk, 41, has already begun intense training to fill the iconic superhero's suit. A source tells Us Weekly that the actor, director and father of three has been working hard to get buff -- training two hours a day to transform his physique.

Affleck's surprise casting in the DC Comics-based film was announced late Thursday, Aug. 22 by Warner Bros. "We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics' most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent,," explained Greg Silverman, Warner Bros.' president of creative development and worldwide production.

Christian Bale, Batman (left) & Henry Cavill, Superman (right)

The star has tried the superhero thing before: He played the titular role in 2003's widely panned Daredevil (where he and now-wife Jennifer Garner first met), and he played George Reeves, the actor who played Superman in the 1950s TV show Adventures of Superman, in 2006's Hollywoodland.

Director Zack Snyder, who helmed this year's Man of Steel with Cavill and is returning for the July 2015 sequel, added: "Ben provides an interesting counterbalance 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."

Affleck follows in the footsteps of many famous men who've played Batman/Bruce Wayne on the big screen over the past quarter century: Christian Bale, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Michael Keaton.

Is Affleck the best choice for Batman?


Have you seen what he did to Daredevil.

The better choice for Batman would have been Tyler Hoechlin from MTVs’ Teen Wolf?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Diva of The Day "Naomi Campbell" (8/22/13)

Naomi Campbell, was born on May 22, 1970. She is an English model. Discovered at the age of 15, she established herself among the top three most recognizable and in-demand models of the late 1980’s and 1990’s, and she was one of six models of her generation declared "Supermodels" by the fashion world. Her personal life is widely reported; particularly her relationships with prominent men including boxer Mike Tyson and actor Robert De Niro and several highly publicized convictions for assault.
Campbell is of Afro-Jamaican descent, as well as of Chinese Jamaican ancestry through her paternal grandmother, who carried the family name Ming.
Campbell's first public appearance came at the age of seven, in 1978, when she was featured in the music video for Bob Marley's "Is This Love". At the age of twelve, she tap-danced in the music video for Culture Club's "I'll Tumble 4 Ya".
In 2013, she served as a coach and judge—along with Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha—on Oxygen's modelling competition reality show The Face, hosted by photographer Nigel Barker.
 Get Me Bodied (extended version)
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Walk across the room like Naomi Campbell.

Wentworth Miller Comes Out as Gay

Wentworth Miller Comes Out as Gay
Shizuo Kambaya / AP 
Wentworth Miller has come out. The former Prison Break star, 41, went public with the news in a letter to Petersburg International Film Festival director Maria Averbakh, who had invited him to attend.
According to the message, which was posted on GLAAD's website Wednesday, Miller thanked Averbakh for the "kind invitation" but turned it down because, "As a gay man… I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government."
  Added the actor: "The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly… If circumstances improve, I'll be free to make a different choice."
Miller's words refer to recent anti-LGBT legislation passed by the country. Signed by President Vladimir Putin in June, the law bans the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" and imposes hefty fines for providing information about the gay community to minors or holding gay pride rallies, the Associated Press reports.
There also is concern about a long-running problem of violence against gays in Russia, as well as a new law restricting adoptions of Russian children by people in countries allowing same-sex marriage.
E! News was first to report the posting of Miller's letter.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Divo of The Day “Joe Manganiello” (8/21/13)

Joe Manganiello was born Joseph Michael Manganiello on December 28, 1976. Joe is an American film and theatre actor. Joe holds a BFA in acting from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Joe played Flash Thompson in the original Spider-Man film series, and played recurring roles in televisions on ER, How I Met Your Mother and One Tree Hill, before landing his breakout role as werewolf Alcide Herveaux on the HBO True Blood.
Joe has garnered both popular and critical praise. In 2011, Joe Manganiello was voted "Favorite Pop Culture Werewolf of All Time" by the readers of Entertainment Weekly.

He has since split his time between True Blood and feature films such as the Steven Soderbergh directed Magic Mike and the film What To Expect When You're Expecting.

Trade Mark
• Towering frame and muscular physique
• Is of Sicilian / Italian descent on his father's side, and Austrian and Armenian descent on his mother's side.
• Joe was named one of People Magazine's 2010 Sexiest Men Alive.
• Winner of the Logo Channel's 2011 New Now Next "Cause You're Hot" Award.
• Named US Magazine's "Sharp Dressed Man" of 2011.
• One of the world's 25 Fittest Guys of 2011 according to Men's Fitness Magazine.
• Ranked #1 on Men's Health Magazine's best Summer Bodies of 2011.
• Won the Saturn Award for 'Best Guest Starring Role in Television 2011' for his role as 'Alcide Herveaux' on True Blood.
• Winner of two 2011 Scream Awards for "Breakout Performance - Male" and a shared award for "Best Ensemble" (True Blood).
• Former bodyguard for singer/actor Tyrese Gibson.
• Manganiello was voted 's Sexiest Man on Television 2012.
• Is friends with Matt Bomer, they went to the same drama school, together.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Divo of The Day "Jay Manuel” (8/12/13)


Jay Manuel, was born on August 14, 1972. He is most recognizable as the director of photo shoots on the popular reality television show America's Next Top Model. Jay was also the host and lead judge of the second and third cycle of Canada's Next Top Model, a spin-off to the original.
Manuel was born in Springfield, Illinois to a mother of Italian and Czech descent and a South African father of Cape-Malay descent. He was raised by adoptive parents in Toronto where he attended Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute and York University.
Before entering the fashion industry, Jay was a pre-med student and also studied opera, even working for the Metropolitan Opera at one point. Eventually, he became a makeup artist, working for clients such as Tyra (Tyra Banks) and Iman.
Jay and friend J. Alexander, also an America's Next Top Model personality, often appear on E!: Entertainment Television's Fashion Police episodes with Debbie Matenopoulos, which air the day after E!'s Live From the Red Carpet coverage of major awards shows such as The Academy Awards, The Grammys, The Golden Globes and The Primetime Emmy Awards. Manuel also hosts his own show, Style Her Famous, on the Style Network. In September 2006, he introduced his own make-up line, Manuel Override, on QVC. He is the personal make-up artist of supermodel Tyra Banks. On America's Next Top Model, Jay is also known as "Mister Jay", a counterpart to J. Alexander's "Miss J."
In 2011 Jay Manuel released a clothing line for Sears by the name of Attitude.
On April 20, 2012, Jay Manuel was fired from America's Next Top Model reality show by Tyra Banks after 18 seasons due to the show's plummeting ratings. Jay Manuel was fired together with Nigel Barker, and J. Alexander.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

Lee Daniels' The Butler is an upcoming 2013 American historical drama film directed by Lee Daniels. The script was written by Danny Strong, and featuring an ensemble cast. It is based on the real life accounts of Eugene Allen. The film stars Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, an African-American who eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler during eight presidential terms from 1952 to 1986. He witnesses — and becomes involved in — the political and social turmoil of the period.

The film will be theatrically released on August 16, 2013.
Based on the “The Butler: A Witness to History” by Will Haygood
Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines
Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines
Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Carter Wilson
Terrence Howard as Howard
David Oyelowo as Louis Gaines
Vanessa Redgrave as Annabeth Westfall
Mariah Carey as Hattie Pearl
Alex Pettyfer as Thomas Westfall
Yaya DaCosta as Carol Hammie
Colman Domingo as Freddie Fallows
Aml Ameen as Young Cecil
Robin Williams as President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Melissa Leo as First Lady Mamie Eisenhower
James Marsden as President John F. Kennedy
Minka Kelly as First Lady Jackie Kennedy
Liev Schreiber as President Lyndon B. Johnson
John Cusack as President Richard Nixon
Alan Rickman as President Ronald Reagan
Jane Fonda as First Lady Nancy Reagan
Orlando Eric Street as President Barack Obama
Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King, Jr.
Alex Manette as White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman
Lenny Kravitz as James Holloway
Jesse Williams as civil rights activist James Lawson