It’s Hunger Games season! And with posters of Jennifer Lawrence, game-face on, staring you down, pointing her bow and arrow at you in a flourish of flames everywhere you turn, it’s hard not to succumb to the delicate mix of sexiness and feminist bravado the image evokes. It’s true that J-Law looks good doing just about anything — I challenge you to put her in a burlap sack and have her recite the dictionary and it NOT be completely endearing and compelling — but as Katniss Everdeen there’s a real magic in her archery.
Brad Pitt’s latest role is an unusual one: Furniture designer! The 48-year-old is teaming up with famed craftsman Frank Pollaro for a line of luxury home furnishings to be unveiled in New York on November 13th. The pieces include a 17-foot dining room table finished in 24K gold, and an epically huge bed.
Apparently Brad has been harboring secret carpentry ambitions for many years. “I’ve been doodling ideas for buildings and furniture since the early 1990s, when I first discovered [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright,” the actor told Architectural Digest. “Actually, I found Wright in college, when looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French. It forever changed my life.”
The duo hit it off when Frank was installing a custom commissioned desk in Brad’s home and caught a glimpse of his sketch book. “I asked him, ‘Why don’t we make some of this stuff real?’” Frank said. “Brad said he thought that could be fun.” But Brad is by no means the first celebrity who’s gone out of their comfort zone with a side project. Although some have succeeded more than others. Head on down to the gallery below to see a few of our favorites from over the years!
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Filling in another piece of an increasingly tragic puzzle, TMZ has obtained Whitney Houston‘s 911 call, which you can hear here. In it, a member of the Beverly Hills Hotel security team reports a “46-year-old female found in the bathroom.” Interestingly, the person who alerted hotel security to the singer’s crisis is described as “irate”; allegedly the team “couldn’t get much out of her” as the unnamed woman kept hanging up the phone. Of course if we were in that situation, we have no idea how we would act either. Whitney Houston’s official cause of death was later determined to be accidental drowning, though the singer’s long-standing struggle with cocaine use is thought to have caused cardiac arrest prior to her death.
And if that wasn’t depressing enough, Kevin Costner reveals as part of an upcoming interview on Anderson that Houston’s family and friends had repeatedly reached out to him to intervene in the singer’s life. “There are some people that really love Whitney, and a couple times during the last seven, eight years, [they] asked me, would I write her a letter?” the Bodyguard actor explains as part of an episode that will air in May. “She would always be close to me, she would always be somebody I appreciated … I don’t know if those letters were ever read.” Costner memorably made us weep with a stirring memorial at Whitney’s funeral in February; this revelation is running a close second in the devastation category.
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Do your movies keep filling up the direct-to-DVD dollar bin? Do they often complete the phrase “the worst film since…”? Do they make less money than we did that time we went to a Coinstar? Well, don’t let that get you down, because you could still be in the running for Oscar glory! Every year, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation names the most terrible films and performances of the year. Sure, it’s gotta hurt to be named the absolute worst of Hollywood, but just know that you’re in surprisingly good company. Check out the gallery below to see some Oscar winners who have also been up for a Razzie!
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Henry Cavill‘s Superman now has his Lois Lane. Amy Adam‘s has been cast as the Man of Steel’s love interest. Director Zack Snyder — fresh off the release of Sucker Punch — apparently called the actress from Paris to tell her the news. He told The LA Times, “There was a big, giant search for Lois. For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.” Is she? We’re not quite convinced, but we do think she’ll make a better Lois than Kate Bosworth, who just didn’t fit the part at all. Amy physically fits the Lois Lane type, though. We’ve always thought Lois should look a little retro, and Amy could totally work that look. Plus she has major acting chops too.This is a casting choice we’re probably going to warm up to soon. But will you?
Snyder wants the new movie and it’s actors to have a contemporary, realistic edge saying, “…What’s important to us is making him relevant and real and making him empathetic to today’s audience so that we understand the decisions he makes. That applies to Lois as well. She has to be in the same universe as him [in tone and substance].” The new film still doesn’t have a title, but it has quite the cast shaping up. Kevin Costner has reportedly signed on as the superhero’s father Jonathan Kent, and Diane Lane has been cast as Superman’s mother, Martha Kent.
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Jordin Sparks was showing off her slimmed-down bod on the red carpet this weekend, dropping by Muhammad Ali‘s Fight Night concert in a low-cut, black, lace-accented dress with plenty of side-boob. The 21 year old’s working on her third album, so the odds are good we’ll see more flirty fashion like this in the future. Among the performers at the event were fellow Idol champ Kelly Clarkson, Bret Michaels, Reba McEntire and Kevin Costner, who must be trying to bring his country music career back stateside (2010′s Turn It On was only released in Europe). See photos of the show in the gallery below.
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Kevin Costner‘s career has been in a holding pattern for the past few years and aside from helping to clean up the Gulf oil spill in 2010, he hasn’t done much good work lately. His career just might be on the upswing though, because Costner is rumored to have been cast in the new Superman reboot. Costner has reportedly won the role as Jonathan Kent, father to Superman himself, who will be played by Brit actor Henry Cavill.
There’s been so much speculation regarding the casting choices for the Zack Snyder-helmed reboot, though Lois Lane still hasn’t been cast despite the fact that Olivia Wilde, Kristen Stewart and Jessica Biel have all been considered for the role. We’re happy for Costner though, we’ve always been a fan of him in any role where an accent isn’t required.
Remember when Kevin Costner sold an oil filtering device to BP during the crisis in the Gulf, thereby redeeming the existence of Waterworld? Apparently the story is even more ridiculous then we knew—Stephen Baldwin is accusing Costner of tricking him out of his cut of the profits! Soak that in: there is a white collar fraud lawsuit between Stephen Baldwin and Kevin Costner over an oil spill disaster that actually happened. Not one in a scrapped Wolfgang Petersen film from 1995, but a real one earlier this year. Are you shuddering? We’re shuddering.
Baldwin says that he became a 10% investor in Costner’s creation last April, only to be coerced into selling his shares back by false information that The Postman had bolted from the company. They also allegedly kept news of the BP sale from him, denying him a slice of the $50 million plus they netted. Who knew these Celebrity Apprentice guys actually kept in the game after being fired by Donald? And who knew that Costner, Prince Of Scarves was such a crafty businessman himself?
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You have no idea how much Kevin Costner loves scarves. The Oscar-winning triple threat (his Dances With Wolves beat Martin Scorsese‘s GoodFellas for Best Picture and Best Director twenty years ago, remember?) has recently set his sights on the music industry, releasing an album, Untold Truths, with his band Modern West in 2008 (why doesn’t he just start a supergroup with Kevin Bacon, Dennis Quaid, and Bruce Willis? Call it The Late Eighties—Billy Bob Thornton wasn’t famous then, but let him drum anyway!). As Modern West tours across Europe, we can’t help but notice that renaissance man Costner (we apologizing for wasting the phrase on a mere musician/actor like the mohawked Jared Leto earlier) likes to wear scarves. All the time. Everywhere. If it’s not a formal affair or time to go on stage, Kevin Costner will have a scarf on. OK, sometimes he wears them on stage too.
Peep what we’re talking about in the gallery below. Next time you see a graying hipster at your local coffee shop, take a closer look—you may be staring at The Postman.
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Which is better: to be nominated for Oscars year after year and never win like Kate Winslet, or to win once like Halle Berry and spend the rest of your life making crap like Gothika? For a variety of reasons, from the lack of good roles for talented actors without star power, to the poor choices of a star gone wild, some Oscar winners and nominees have only tasted Academy love once in their life. Here are ten of our favorite one-hit Oscar wonders.