Let’s Overdose on Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

If this group of bromance photos doesn’t make your heart soar, you might not have one. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart post twitpics of their New York City gallivanting after a successful Broadway run over the past few months. When I’m old, I hope I still have this much fun!

 

 

Juggling skeeballs…..

 

Hanging out by a bull’s ass…

 

Impersonating the statue of liberty….

 

 

Partaking in bike shares…

 

 

At the stonewall in…

 

 

At the Village Voice…

 

 

A Coney Island stroll…

 

 

On board the Wonder Wheel….

 

 

Atop the Empire State building…

 

 

At a Nick’s game….

 

 

More Coney Island fun….

 

 

And we’re out!

Prince Guest Stars on ‘New Girl’

Famed eccentric musician Prince (the artist formerly known as ‘the artist formerly known as Prince’) will guest star on the hit TV show ‘New Girl’, it was announced the other day.

“Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is ready to paint the town purple when a chance encounter finds her and best friend Cece (Hannah Simone) invited to a once-in-a-lifetime mansion party thrown by music legend Prince, guest-starring as himself,” a description of the episode from Fox reads. “Not wanting to miss out on the fun, Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Winston (Lamorne Morris) and Coach (guest star Damon Wayans, Jr.) are determined to crash the festivities, building toward an unforgettable ending. The episode also will feature special guest cameo appearances. “

Although, according to executive producer Brett Baer, it was Prince who actually contacted the show about making a guest appearance since last year. He contacted the show’s stars and told them he was a big fan and wanted to work with them.

Can you imagine Prince calling you up and asking you if he can be a part of your performance?

Golden Globe Celebrities Share Photos on Social Media

Last night’s Golden Globes was a party that attendees wanted to share (or maybe boast about!) with the world. Below are some of the many pics celebrities shared on Twitter, Instagram and other social media last night:

Mike Tyson and Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere
 Mike Tyson and Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere

Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch “holding our Golden Globes (in Kaley’s words!)
Kaley Cuoco Melissa Rauch

Heidi Klum photobombs Kaley Cuoco and Tara Swennen
Heidi Klum photobombs Kaley Cuoco and Tara Swennen

Heidi Klum getting ready in her Limo
heidi klum limo

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Mia, Ronan Farrow Tweet Anti-Woody Allen Remarks During Golden Globes

The Farrows’ distaste for Allen continues every year as they are confronted with his ongoing success as a filmmaker. While the Academy and friends of Allen view his artistic endeavors to be the focal point of their association with Allen, ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow and son Ronan Farrow have a different agenda as they go to social media to display their disapproval.

“Missed the Woody Allen tribute – did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?” Tweeted Ronan, and later retweeted by Mia.

Mia had her own initial reaction at first, saying “Time to grab some icecream & switch over to #GIRLS” during the Cecil B. Demille award for Allen at the Globes.

Then Monday morning, she again tweeted:

“A woman has publicly detailed Woody Allen’s molestation of her at age 7. GoldenGlobe tribute showed contempt for her & all abuse survivors”

Following up with a link to a Vanity Fair article detailing the alleged molestation and a plethora of other family problems as outlined by Mia and her 8 children,

Lena Dunham’s GIRLS Are Just Too Naked For Some People

It may not be difficult to believe that an HBO show contains a lot of nudity, but for reporter Tim Molloy of The Wrap it doesn’t make any sense. At a Television Critics Association panel discussion for the upcoming season of HBO’s hit show GIRLS, Molloy posed the question to the show’s creator Lena Dunham, “I don’t get the purpose of all the nudity on the show. By you particularly. I feel like I’m walking into a trap where you say no one complains about the nudity on ‘Game of Thrones,’ but I get why they’re doing it. They’re doing it to be salacious. To titillate people. And your character is often naked at random times for no reason.” Lena’s response?

“It’s because it’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it. If you are not into me, that’s your problem.”

Executive producer Judd Apatow also added, “Do you have a girlfriend? Does she like you? Let’s see how she likes you when you quote that with your question, and just write the whole question as you stated it,” and, according to Molloy in his article, Apatow also called him sexist and mysogynist after the panel discussion:

Dunham left after the panel. But Apatow stuck around, and we talked about my question, which he said was “offensive on its face.”

“You should read it and discuss it with other people,” he told me. “It is very offensive.”

“Is it sexist?” I asked. “Because I would ask the same question –”

“It’s sexist and offensive, it’s misogynistic,” he said.

“I’m not saying it’s bad that she’s nude,” I said.

Molloy claims his girlfriend was “cool with it”, but the question seemed to insult the panel. The LA Times’ Yvonne Villarreal was also there and reports that Dunham drew parallels of her character on GIRLS to Walter White and Tony Soprano implying that her character is hard to like but still people want to watch. Dunham said,

“I think that, for us, the idea that we were trying to say “F you” to our critics would imply that we didn’t believe or understand, and the fact is, like I always tell people, yes, it’s uncomfortable when sort of negative attention is named at you, but I also felt like that’s such an important conversation that if we are going to be the instigator of that, I’m not going to be frustrated about it, because that’s a conversation that needs to happen in the world. We need to talk about diversifying the world of television, and we are trying to continue to do it in ways that are genuine, natural, intelligent.. I’ve learned so much in the past few years about, sort of, intersectionality, the way that feminism has underserved women of color. I really try to educate myself in those areas…. We never want to start a story line that we are going to kind of let flitter off. So, now, we are finding ways to introduce people who are more lasting because we are ready to kind of open up the worlds of these girls.”

But the best part was when Judd Apatow gave a more important answer during the panel discussion when he explained that nudity serves a purpose outside of the general sexual or artistic idea and more of a social or perhaps even philosophical question of why we feel the need to cover up, drawing from people’s insecurities and the need to relate.

“Because it’s real, it touches on people’s insecurities,” he said. “Sometimes it’s hard to watch because everybody relates to it in some way. Like when that guy goes in the mirror and looks at himself naked, he feels bad and he relates. He’s like, ‘Why is anyone naked?’ ”

GIRLS may not be poised as the most important work of our time, but it does push the envelope of the acceptance and exploration of a young woman’s life in New York from a unique perspective. The show has been called “boring” and “stale” by a number of critics, and perhaps it’s because it’s a little too real at times.

Meryl Streep Calls Walt Disney ‘Gender Bigot’

While speaking at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gala in New York City on Tuesday, January 7th, Meryl Streep referred to Walt Disney as a “gender bigot” in regards to remarks he had made before he died regarding women’s roles at the company, saying “Some of his associates reported that Walt Disney didn’t really like women.” She also called him a “hideous anti-Semite”, though she didn’t say much to support that sentiment, instead using these insults to defend Disney’s genius, pulling together a category of what she called a “familiar trope” in the entertainment business.

“There is a piece of received wisdom that says that the most creative people are often odd, or irritating, eccentric, damaged, difficult. That along with enormous creativity comes certain deficits in humanity or decency.”

“We are familiar with this trope in our business: Mozart, Van Gogh, Tarantino, Eminem,”

Streep was invited to honor Emma Thompson for her portrait of Mary Poppins’ creator P.L. Travers in Saving Mr Banks.

Martin Scorsese Pens Letter to Daughter About Film Industry

ON the Italian website Espresso, director Martin Scorsese submitted an open letter to his daughter with hopes for a bright future in the film industry, saying that the old way of doing things is now over and the new way of independent film is how the industry will be from now on.

Dearest Francesca,

I’m writing this letter to you about the future. I’m looking at it through the lens of my world. Through the lens of cinema, which has been at the center of that world.

For the last few years, I’ve realized that the idea of cinema that I grew up with, that’s there in the movies I’ve been showing you since you were a child, and that was thriving when I started making pictures, is coming to a close. I’m not referring to the films that have already been made. I’m referring to the ones that are to come.

I don’t mean to be despairing. I’m not writing these words in a spirit of defeat. On the contrary, I think the future is bright.

We always knew that the movies were a business, and that the art of cinema was made possible because it aligned with business conditions. None of us who started in the 60s and 70s had any illusions on that front. We knew that we would have to work hard to protect what we loved. We also knew that we might have to go through some rough periods. And I suppose we realized, on some level, that we might face a time when every inconvenient or unpredictable element in the moviemaking process would be minimized, maybe even eliminated. The most unpredictable element of all? Cinema. And the people who make it.

Read more at http://espresso.repubblica.it/visioni/2014/01/02/news/martin-scorsese-a-letter-to-my-daughter-1.147512

Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway Reveals Cast and Creative

Broadway and Disney fans alike rejoice! The highly anticipated Broadway version of Disney’s Aladdin, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, will run in Toronto this fall before coming to Broadway for previews in February. The show will finally open at the New Amsterdam Theater March 20.

Yesterday The New York Times released a list of those incorporating their talents for the stage musical. Among 34 cast members are Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), James Monroe Iglehart (the Genie), Courtney Reed (Jasmine), and Tony Award nominee and voice actor for his character in the animated film, Jonathan Freeman (Jafar).

The score includes the legendary classic Disney hit and Academy Award Winner “Whole New World” as well as brand new songs written special for the production. Oscar and Tony Award winner Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (lyrics), and Chad Beguelin (book and additional lyrics) also grace this musical with their skills.

Aladdin marks the most recent of the Disney film family brought to the Broadway stage after its predecessors The Beauty and the Beast (1994-2007), The Lion King (1997-present), Mary Poppins (2006-2013), Tarzan (2006-2007), The Little Mermaid (2008-2009), and Newsies (2012-present).