Universal is changing the trailer for their Vince Vaughn-Kevin James comedy “Dilemma” after it received severe criticism over the use of the word “gay.” In the teaser trailer for the upcoming Ron Howard-directed comedy, Vaughn is speaking to a packed conference room when he hurls the term as an insult, saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars are so gay.” The trailer got so much buzz that even Anderson Cooper complained to Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that the film influences people in thinking the term is acceptable. He told the host via satellite, “I was sitting in a movie theater over the weekend and there was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, ‘That’s so gay,’ and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview.” “They thought it was okay to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it… We’ve got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids.” Cooper never identified the name of the film. GLAAD is also speaking out, saying the use of the word “gay” in the film’s teaser was “unnecessary and does nothing more than send a message of intolerance about our community to viewers.” Universal now promises to change the trailer for the film, saying in a statement obtained by Deadline: “The teaser trailer for The Dilemma was not intended to cause anyone discomfort. In light of growing claims that the introduction to the trailer is insensitive, it is being replaced.”
Jennifer Aniston Voted World’s Most Eligible Single Woman; Betty White At 4th. Jennifer Aniston is the world’s most eligible single woman, according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll. The survey result, released Monday, shows that the former “Friends” star beat out Halle Berry and even Betty White for the title. The 41-year-old actress, who famously split with Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, and John Mayer among others, pulled in 29 percent of the overall vote. She amassed 27 percent of the men’s votes and 32 percent of the women’s. She is followed by Oscar winner Halle Berry. The mother of one, who recently split with baby daddy Gabriel Aubry, took in 21 percent of the total votes. Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren gets 15 percent at third place. 88-year-old Betty White is at fourth place. The widow of TV host Allen Ludden garnered 11 percent of the total votes. Following her are Lady Gaga and Justice Elena Kegan, who gathered 5 percent and 4 percent votes respectively. The poll was conducted by telephone at the CBS News interviewing facility among a random sample of 906 adults nationwide from September 6 to 8.
Mo 5/3: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jon Favreau, Godsmack on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. Jon Favreau, an actor whose solid everyman quality has endeared him to audiences and critics alike, Jon Favreau first made his name with 1996′s Swingers. The story of a group of rat pack-obsessed, out-of-work actors slumming amiably through life in L.A., the indie-comedy was one of the year’s biggest sleeper hits and made a star out of Favreau, who also wrote the script. A native of Queens, NY, where he was born on October 19, 1966, Favreau was raised as the only child of two educators. After attending the Bronx High School of Science, he did an abbreviated stint at Queens College before heading to Chicago to pursue a comedy career. In Chicago, he studied improvisational comedy with Del_Close and was a member of the ImrovOlympic troupe. Favreau’s time in Chicago ended when he decided to head to L.A. to try and break into film; his experiences as a lovelorn, out-of-work actor would later provide the inspiration for Swingers. After years of false hopes and false starts that took the form of supporting roles in such disappointing films as Rudy and P.C.U., Favreau began channeling his experiences and those of his friends (who included fellow Swingers star Vince Vaughn) into a rudimentary script for Swingers. Encouraged to make his script into a film, the actor despaired of securing enough funding for the project until he met fledgling director Doug_Liman, who convinced him that the film could be made for 250,000 dollars. Costs were cut by filming largely without permits and making use of inexpensive shooting locations such as Favreau’s own apartment. The film’s low-budget charm was sufficient enough to sway the powers-that-be at Miramax who picked it up for distribution. When Swingers was eventually released in 1996, it was hailed by critics as a funny and painfully accurate account of the L.A. scene and its various faux-hipster denizens, as well as the dynamics at work amongst a group of guys (Favreau, Vaughn, and company) and the women they try so desperately to impress. In the wake of the film’s success, Favreau, who was being hailed as the latest in the long line of Hollywood “Next Big Things,” chose to star in Very Bad Things (1998), a black comedy directed by actor-turned-director Peter Berg. The film, in which Favreau played a soon-to-be married man whose Las Vegas bachelor party goes disastrously wrong, received very mixed reviews, although most critics praised the actor’s performance as a “suburban Joe” caught up in circumstances that rapidly spiral beyond his control. After playing the eponymous boxing legend in the made-for-TV Rocky Marciano in 1999, Favreau returned to the screen in 2000 to star as a football player in The_Replacements, a sports comedy directed by Howard_Deutch. That same year, he returned to the indie scene with Love & Sex, a take on urban romance. In 2001, Favreau re-teamed with Vaughn for Made, a crime comedy that cast the two actors as aspiring mobsters and marked Favreau’s feature directorial debut. Also in 2001, Favreau made the jump to the small screen, producing and hosting IFC’s Dinner for Five, a candid roundtable program featuring fellow actors and filmmakers. In 2003, not only did Favreau show up in supporting roles in the hits Daredevil and Something’s_Gotta Give, his sophomore directorial effort, the Will Ferrell holiday comedy Elf proved to be one of the season’s biggest crowd-pleasers, grossing over 100 million dollars at the box office. He followed up that success by bringing Chris Van Allsburg’s Zathura to the big screen, although it did not match Elf’s box office success. After making a few cameos on TV shows like My Name Is Earl and Monk, Favreau re-teamed with Vince Vaughn once again for a supporting role in the 2006 comedy The Break-Up. He also lent his vocal talents to the animated film Open Season. That same year he announced he would be taking on directorial duties for the big screen adaptation of the comic book Iron Man. Jon Favreau, on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC tonight Mo 5/3: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Godsmack
More than 75 stars — from the legendary Barbra Streisand to rapper Lil Wayne and actor Vince Vaughn — gathered at Hollywood’s Henson Recording Studios on the day before yesterday (Feb. 1) to record the 25th anniversary version of “We Are The World.” Like its predecessor, “We Are The World – 25 For Haiti” features a diverse lineup: this time ranging from Streisand and Celine Dion to actor Jeff Bridges. But it also boasts a major hip-hop contingent (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, Akon, Kid Cudi, Drake), young newcomers (Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber) and major-league high technology. “This is like running through hell with gasoline underwear,” said Quincy Jones with a laugh late last night during a five-minute recording break. The video for “We Are the World – 25 For Haiti” will world premiere in 3D during NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics on Friday, Feb. 12. Academy Award-winning writer/director Paul Haggis (“Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby”) directed the video, an online version will feature green screen, allowing viewers to place themselves in the We Are the World lineup as well. Proceeds from the contemporary recording and the accompanying video will go directly to Haitian relief efforts through the We Are The World Foundation, a newly created not-for-profit organization comprised of board members Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Wyclef Jean, Paul Haggis, AEG Live president/CEO Randy Phillips and Ambassador Louis Moreno of the Inter-American Development Bank. Helping to underwrite the project was Visa.
Joining Jones in the media tent (which housed two video screens showing both looped and real-time footage of the recording) was an equally tired but ebullient Lionel Richie, who produced and co-wrote the original song with Michael Jackson. He, Jones and Jean are executive producers of the new song, with newly minted Grammy Award winner/producer RedOne and producer/musical director Ricky Minor (“American Idol”) also onboard. Richie and Jones noted that other artists beyond those on hand last night will be added to the recording. Among those will be Janet Jackson, who will sing brother Michael’s middle part in the original. Asked the reason for going with all new artists for the re-recording, Richie said, “It’s the toughest thing; you want to jump in, but then you must realize you have to pass the torch.” Richie, who sang on the original version as well, passed his torch to newcomer Beiber, who sings Richie’s part in the new song. Asked what Michael Jackson would be doing if he were alive to participate in the re-recording, Richie said, “I know it’s hard to believe, but if Michael were alive, he would be behind the scenes with us doing exactly what we’re doing: supporting everyone. I must say, the enthusiasm I’ve witnessed in there…I’ve never seen anything like it. What made it so interesting this time around is we took longer to record because we now have cell phones and Twitter. Instead of having down time where everyone is sitting around doing nothing, everybody was taking pictures of each other.” The gathered artists also broke into an impromptu version of the Bill Withers classic “Lean on Me,” sparked by Melanie Fiona’s hurting feet. “We were standing for quite a while and my feet started to hurt a bit. So I told Musiq Soulchild that I was going to lean on him. He said this isn’t ‘Lean on Me.’ Then someone else said lean on me and Celine started singing. The rest is what you saw on camera, history.”
Also making their way to the media room to share their experiences were: Jordin Sparks: “I was standing next to Rob Thomas and Lil Wayne in front of me. Then Brandy, Tyrese and Natalie Cole. Everybody is having a good time, so excited to be a part of something bigger than us. I’ve always loved Michael’s love for the world. I love the song; they’ve changed it up a little bit. It has a little more — I hate this word — but swag, I guess. But it’s going to be awesome.” Natalie Cole: “It’s a bubbly, energetic mood in there. I was standing by Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson; we were all getting numbers and autographs. But we were also in a thoughtful mood in there because of the images of Haiti on the video screens behind us in the studio. It was also very emotional because a Haitian film crew — who had just got out in time — spoke to us as well.” Celine Dion: “People are very touched to be here. Wehave to enjoy ourselves; we’re talking about music and about someone who was living through music. Michael’s fashion was to help change the world through his lyrics. Through our music, voices and talent, all of us together…you can’t just say this is terrible. Tonight we have this opportunity to make a difference.” Josh Groban: “I got Kenny Rogers’ original harmony with Paul Simon and I was happy for that. But I don’t know yet who the harmony will be with; it’s to be determined. Then they had me do a riff at the end with some bravado…that was the token classical note of the song (laughs). It’s inspired chaos. We’re all there for the same reason and it’s great to see so many legendary artists sweating it out; doing it until it’s over. Everybody left their ego at the door. To be smack dab in the middle of a sandwich between Weezy and Barbra Streisand was personally a creative experience I don’t think I’ll have the pleasure of having again. It just goes to show the mix and match of people who are here to help. I can only hope this version has the impact of the original.” Lil Wayne: “I’ve never been involved in anything like this. But coming out I feel blessed and feel like I’ve done something today. And that’s always a good day. When I got here, I was like what am I doing, will I be rapping or what? Then they told me I was doing Bob Dylan’s part and I was like, you guys are real good comedians. But I approached it the best way I knew how. Did I do a better job than Bob Dylan? Hell, no. But after I did his part, it hit me that this was something way more important than I could ever imagine. Before I go, I just want to say I think it’s amazing what’s been done for Haiti but I also think it’s amazing what hasn’t been done for New Orleans. Thank you.”
By all indications, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was a box office smash. While top critics almost universally panned the film, the controversy surrounding the film’s fictitious subject matter (and its subsequent validation through opposition) helped generate over $750M in worldwide box office revenue. After such amazing commercial success, a sequel was inevitable, and both director Ron Howard and actor Tom Hanks returned for ‘Angels & Demons’, which is being released on Blu-ray today. Staff reviewer Martin Liebman commented in the Angels & Demons Blu-ray review, “Superior to The Da Vinci Code in every regard, Angels & Demons still isn’t great cinema, but it does make for passable entertainment that has on its side a decent if not Continue reading →
Bette Midler has advised Jennifer Aniston to date a racing driver. The ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ singer is keen for the former ‘Friends’ star to find love and has drawn up a list of characteristics her new man must have. She said: “She needs an exciting guy, like a race-car driver. I think she needs somebody who cherishes her, but also somebody who’s going to give her a run for her money. “She should find somebody who is really hot, who’s not in show business. Somebody with a lot of money, and she should live the large life and forget about these a**holes. She’s a great girl. She’s got everything going for her.” Bette thinks Jennifer has already met her perfect man – Vince Vaughn, who she dated following her split from ex-husband Brad Pitt in 2005. She said: “I actually thought Vince Vaughn was great. He’s hilarious, he’s good-looking. I mean, I thought he had it all. I don’t really know them, but I like them, I like to watch them, I enjoy them.” However, Bette wasn’t as keen on Jennifer’s on-off boyfriend John Mayer, who she finally split with in March. She revealed to People magazine: “Well, he’s a good-looking guy. I’ve got to say, I watched it for awhile, but I have no opinion. I just read a few of the blogs.”
Jennifer Aniston is preparing to become a single mother. The ‘Marley and Me’ actress, who split from musician John Mayer earlier this month, is so desperate to have children she is considering adopting or using donated sperm. A source said: “In a perfect world, she’d get pregnant naturally. But if ‘Mr. Right’ doesn’t show up, she’s willing to adopt or try in vitro fertilisation using donated sperm. She is working out how she wants to proceed. But one thing is definite – she wants a baby, and she wants one soon. She is willing to become a single mother.” Although Jennifer, 40, is disappointed things didn’t work out with 31-year-old John, she accepts it was too soon for him to become a father. The source added to Life and Style Weekly magazine: “She was hoping to have a baby with him. But I think deep down she knew he probably felt he wasn’t ready to settle down and start a family. She has decided to go ahead and have a baby on her own. She knows the one luxury she doesn’t have right now is time.” Earlier this week, it was reported Jennifer has vowed never to marry again – because no man will ever compare to her ex-husband Brad Pitt. Following failed romances with John, Vince Vaughn and Paul Sculfor, Jennifer is reportedly feeling disillusioned about dating and doesn’t want to risk having her heart broken any more.