After disappearing for more than three weeks in Russia’s draconian prison system, Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova has been located in a remote hospital.
Finally, after more than three weeks of looking for her, and rumors that she had been killed, Pyotr Verzilov finally found his wife at a Siberian hospital.
Member of female punk band "Pussy Riot" Nadezhda Tolokonnikova gestures before a court hearing in Moscow on August 8, 2012. (AFP/Getty)
Verzilov, a radical Russian artist and husband of the Pussy Riot activist NadezhdaTolokonnikova, received a phone call yesterday morning from an acquaintance: “Your wife is at the TB clinic in Krasnoyarsk,” he was told. After 21 days, during which Tolokonnikova was missing in the Russian prison system, somewhere between the Mardova region and Siberia, the news was “ a big joy.” Besides, Verzilov did not feel particularly alarmed, as Tuberculosis Hospital No. 1, despite its name, treats a wide range of diseases. Hospital authorities allowed Verzilov to speak to his wife on the phone yesterday, and today, he was invited to come to the hospital, though he would only be permitted to speak to his wife by video linkup.
Get out the whips and paddles, the ‘Fifty Shades’ flick will be rated NC-17. But there won't be Anastasia’s ‘Inner Goddess’ monologue. You know you want to read more.
In May 2011, Fifty Shades of Grey was released as an e-book, launching an immediate sensation. The trilogy, which started as Twilight fan fiction, was published by Random House a year later. In the series, author E.L. James describes the seduction of virginal college student Anastasia Steele by Christian Grey, a beautiful billionaire and secret sadomasochist. Fifty Shades went on to sell more than 90 million copies worldwide, ensuring that we’ll never look at a tie in the same way again. In March 2012 Universal Pictures purchased the rights to the books, setting the stage for a highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey feature film. As the December 2 production date approaches, we read Entertainment Weekly’s Fifty Shades of Grey cover story and recap how the film became a reality, who’s playing who, and everything else we know so far.
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Sex Sells: Like one of Christian Grey’s designer ties, or his elaborately furnished playroom, Fifty Shades wasn’t cheap. Focus Features, a Universal Pictures subsidiary, paid $5 million for the rights to the series. Additionally, Entertainment Weekly estimates that the first feature film will come with a “$40-million-or-so” price tag. Still, the studio expects that investment to pay off with a huge hit global franchise.
And Robert Downey Jr. sabotaged Terrence Howard.
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John Oliver leaving The Daily Show for new HBO series. The HBO exceutives watched him during his time as host of The Daily Show this past summer and "knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO." Entertainment Weekly.
In an era of episodic, thoughtful television, Amazon’s ‘Alpha House,’ about four senators who share a bachelor pad, falls too easily into groan-worthy predictable sitcom pablum.
Which is more representative of the wonders of this whiz-bang age—the latest crap from one of the networks or studios, streaming ghostlike into your home and shrunk to the size of a cellphone for repeated or intermittent viewing, or the crap from some era long ago, resuscitated and now living forever on some forgotten corner of the Internet?
Mark Consuelos, John Goodman, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy star in Amazon's 'Alpha House,' created by Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Trudeau (Amazon Studios )
It’s a trick question! They are both still crap!
Sony’s new console, a svelte little rhombus known as the PS4, is relatively affordable and extremely powerful. The next generation of gaming has arrived.
It has been seven years since the release of the PlayStation 3. To date, over 80 million systems have been sold, making it one of the ten most successful consoles of all time (though it has failed to reach the height of the PlayStation 2, which remained unbeaten at a whopping 157 million systems sold. Hundreds of games have been released and it’s still going strong.
Jordan Smith, left, and Kayla Brittingham, share a kiss after purchasing the Sony PlayStation 4 console during its midnight launch event in San Francisco, California on Nov. 14, 2013. (Erin Lubin/Bloomberg, via Getty)
But today marks a new era for Sony’s PlayStation series. That’s right: the PlayStation 4 is here, and it’s pretty awesome.
Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki is perhaps our only children’s auteur, and his new release, ‘The Wind Rises,’ is the saddest film of the year—because it is likely his last.
The Wind Rises is the saddest film of the year. The moment I realized this came about a quarter of the way through Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s latest masterpiece. It is 1923, and Jiro Horikoshi, an aspiring airplane engineer, is traveling by steam train to Tokyo. Suddenly, the earth convulses, transforming the level tracks into an undulating rollercoaster. Plunging toward the trough of a shockwave, the engine screams to a halt. It is an earthquake.
A still from the animation "My Neighbor Totoro", directed by Hayao Miyazaki. (Everetty Collection)
Flames flicker on the horizon. The planet belches and groans. Passengers flee the locomotive, fearing an explosion. And then, as the tremors begin to subside, Miyazaki cuts to a close-up of the ground: gray pebbles, a green weed. For three seconds, maybe four, this is all we see and hear. The pebbles rattling together, then slowing and quieting, then becoming still and silent again. The earthquake—the deadliest in Japanese history—is over.
A new documentary follows two orphanage caretakers as they bring Angola’s heavy metal bands together for the war-torn country’s first-ever national rock concert.
“When I used to live on the streets, I didn’t know what to do,” a teenage boy sings. “Many wanted to tempt me, others wanted to beat me.”
Wilker Flores in "Death Metal Angola." (JWilker Flores in "Death Metal Angola." )
His song is rough, but it’s music to the ears of Sonia Ferreira, the “mother” of more than 50 orphaned and abandoned children in the war-decimated town of Huambo, Angola. In Angola, a burgeoning heavy metal scene is pushing its way to the public consciousness, with screamed and growled lyrics of pain helping to ease the past horrors of the country’s nearly 30-year civil strife. Ferreira is the ringleader, battling technical and cultural obstacles to bring bands across Angola together for the first national rock concert in 2011 and every year since. By day, she cares for her children in a bombed-out milk factory that hosts her orphanage, Okutiuka. When the sun sets, she listens to her boyfriend, Wilker Flores, rock out on his guitar; encourages young musicians to sing their stories; and dreams of the rise of heavy metal in Angola’s music scene.
Sanaa Lathan is back in ‘The Best Man Holiday,’ a sequel to the ’90s cult comedy. Somehow, the tomboy from ‘Love & Basketball’ and the rest of the cast had to be convinced to return.
On a busy night at BOA Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, the cast of The Best Man sat on the edge of their seats, listening to Malcolm D. Lee sell, shot-by-shot, what he envisioned a sequel to the cult classic would look like. The cast actually needed convincing.
Robyn (Sanaa Lathan) and Harper (Taye Diggs) in "The Best Man Holiday". (Michael Gibson/Universal Pictures)
“At first I thought: why?” Sanaa Lathan admits. “Why not just write a new script, a new idea?”
It’s been 20 years since Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, and Christina Aguilera joined ‘The Mickey Mouse Club.’ Celebrate with amazing clips from the archives.
There have been several stages of “I feel old” when it comes to The Mickey Mouse Club. When the revival of the House of Mouse produced children’s variety show hit The Disney Channel in the early ‘90s, there was the “it’s been 40 years since Annette and Cubby started this whole thing???” wave of “I feel old.” Then when cast members like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake stormed the music industry in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, there was the “oh my gosh, they’re all grown up now!” wave of “I feel old.”
Mickey Mouse Club cast members 1989-94 (clockwise from upper center): Nikki DeLoach, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, T.J. Fantini, and Tate Lynche. (Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy EveretT)
Hold onto your mouse-ear hats. Here comes the biggest “I’m old” wave yet. Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Mousketeers debuts of Spears, Aguilera, Timberlake, and an actor you might have heard of by the name of Ryan Gosling. Yes, it’s been 20 years. In 1993, the now-famous quartet joined the show alongside fellow future stars Keri Russell and Timberlake’s NSYNC bandmate J.C. Chasez, who made their MMC debuts a few seasons earlier.
Out of nowhere, the year’s funniest female performance comes courtesy of 84-year-old journeywoman actress June Squibb, whose turn as an expletive-hurling mom in Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ will have you in stitches. She’s also set to star as Lena Dunham’s grandmother in ‘Girls.’ Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves for June Squibb.
It has been, by all accounts, an abysmal year when it comes to comedy films. The cinema-going public has been force-fed dog-shit sequels (The Hangover: Part III, Grown Ups 2), DOA star vehicles, e.g. Tina Fey’s Admission, Steve Carrell’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and Vince Vaughn’s The Internship, a pair of underwhelming Melissa McCarthy projects (Identity Thief, The Heat), and the celluloid calamity that is Movie 43. Sure, there have been some low-key gems here and there, like the apocalyptic comedies This Is the End and The World’s End, but it’s still been, by and large, a disaster.
In recent weeks, however, we’ve been granted a brief respite from this mindless assault on our senses (and wallets).
On Yahoo’s really awesome 'Space Jam' '30 for 30' Mockumentary.
It was one of the greatest basketball games in the history of the universe, tainted by performance-enhancing drugs.
From left, Bill Murray, Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan appear in a scene from the Space Jam. (Warner Bros./AP)
Yet, the ESPN 30 for 30, Tunes Squad vs. Monstars: The Space Jam Game documentary never mentions this. The film (which is a brilliant parody by Yahoo Screen) rightfully lambastes the referees for awful officiating. Players on Michael Jordan’s team, the Tune Squad were mutilated on court by “three 12-footers and two guys with spikes coming out of their heads.”
What would happen if Hillary Clinton emulated Lisa Kudrow’s character in ‘Scandal’ and gave an impassioned speech about sexism? It’s not easy being a female politician.
There was that innocently ignoble time Phoebe Buffay pretended she was a physician named Dr. Regina Phalange. Or when she misguidedly taught a preschool class the circle of life by singing them a song about farmers grinding cows into hamburgers. Of course, there was her sordid tale of one smelly cat.
Lisa Kudrow in ABC's "Scandal". (Eric McCandless/ABC)
Now, however, Lisa Kudrow is finally playing a character with a real scandal.
If ‘Catching Fire’ drags, it's because it follows the exact same plot structure as ‘The Hunger Games.’ Sure, it’s bigger and more polished, but it’s just a simple blockbuster.
The Hunger Games nimbly delivered the feast we’d been hoping for. It was the perfect cinematic cornucopia: full of vitality, but gritty; unflinching and brutal, but with the blood flowing from a beating, compassionate heart; serving satiating heaps of emotional melodrama without the side of cheese. Those tricky dichotomies flicker impressively throughout the film’s follow up, Catching Fire. But if the first film was a carefully executed buffet of complex, unexpected, and interesting pairings, this new sequel is something much simpler: a standard Hollywood popcorn flick.
That’s not meant to extinguish any of the heat Catching Fire delivers. The film crackles with improved action set pieces and delivers the smoldering love triangle that earned the series its “next Twilight” branding. And popcorn, as it happens, is very good. Who doesn’t like popcorn, particularly when it’s popping on the heat of Jennifer Lawrence’s incendiary Catching Fire performance? But who, also, doesn’t get more excited when they see something a little more unusual and surprising on the menu at the snack bar?
Tired of TV? With quirky hosts, hours of programming, and millions of viewers, YouTube is challenging streaming companies like Netflix. All you have to do is click play.
It’s over. The cord is cut. Your cable box returned to a warehouse in New Jersey. You haven’t seen The Price is Right in so long you’ve forgotten how to even play the Showcase Showdown (sorry, Drew Carey).
With broadcast and cable television driving customers away with labyrinthine fee disputes that interrupt service, and video capabilities built or hacked into in a wide variety of media devices, business is booming for content streaming companies.
While Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon are primarily directing their efforts to archiving existing material, or expanding that archive with original content such as Orange is the New Black, sites like YouTube and Vimeo have had the infrastructure and user-generated content in place for years—and are positioning themselves as robust challengers to the old model.
And MTV makes ‘The Real World’ real-er.
Fifty Shades of Grey film release pushed back to 2015. The film will hit theatres on February 15, 2015. Reuters
Divergent trailer: Watch Shailene Woodley nail some dude in the face. Nowadays, it feels like movies are either sequels, superhero movies or adaptations of young adult books. The film is set to be released on March 21, 2014. MTV
NBC Plans ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Series
Will be set in Paris.More
NBC Plans More Live Musicals
After success of “The Sound of Music.”More
Actress Eleanor Parker Dies
Played baroness in “The Sound of Music.” More
Netflix Planning Romney Doc
Will air in January.More
‘Frozen’ Wins Weekend Box Office
“Catching Fire” still holding strong.More
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Susan Boyle: I Have Asperger’s
Call diagnosis a “relief.”More
Former stockbroker Jordan Belfort once had sex on $3 million in cash. Check out more stats about the man behind Leo DiCaprio’s leading role in Martin Scorsese’s latest.