Remember back in 2009 when things were so much simpler and Joseph Gordon-Levitt was still a face we saw everywhere? We do. And more specifically, we definitely still remember the way everybody firstly fell in love with his film 500 Days of Summer – then promptly tore each other apart trying to figure out who was at fault for ruining the central relationship. Well, JoGo has finally weighed in and completely validated our opinion.
On Twitter, a user posted, ‘Still haven’t forgiven Zooey Deschanel for what she did to Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 500 Days of Summer.’
If you need a refresher, in the film Tom falls in love with a girl called Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel. It’s a bit manic pixie dream girl-esque as Tom basically pins all his hopes and dreams on her, literally saying at one point that she made him feel like ‘life was worth it’ and trying to pressure her into a proper relationship.
As their ‘relationship’ does what relationships do and gradually shifts, Summer begins to pull away from him and eventually marries somebody else – forcing Tom to re-evaluate his life and undergo a massive change. Some blamed Summer for leading him on. Others fell into JoGo’s camp.
Joseph responded, ‘Watch it again. It’s mostly Tom’s fault. He’s projecting. He’s not listening. He’s selfish. Luckily he grows by the end.’
YES, thank you. While it’s super easy to sympathise with Tom’s plight, the film actually tackles a pretty insidious romantic problem: putting the person you’re with on a pedestal and pressuring them to live up to the fictionalised version in your head.
Also, the theme of expectations versus reality runs through the entire film (remember that devastating split screen sequence?) and if you can’t tell, we’ve been waiting our whole lives to write an undergraduate thesis on this film.
While we can totally get behind Joseph’s characterisation of Tom, we’re not totally convinced that he ‘grows by the end’ TBH. The fact that he meets a woman named Autumn and the start of another over the top sunshine-y sequence starts right as the movie finishes has always made us think that he was just about to fall into the same cycle all over again.
BUT ANYWAYS. We never got a sequel, so we guess we’ll never find out.
‘I can imagine it being something that I’m like, “Oh, I was on this show once upon a time”‘
We’re still grappling with the news that Game of Thrones is actually coming to an end next year and it turns out we’re not the only ones. Now that most of the cast and crew have finished filming on the hit fantasy series, they’ve all been dealing with it in very different ways and Maisie Williams revealed she took a Game of Thrones souvenir home after her final scene.
In an interview with BBC Radio One, the Arya Stark actress explained that she had taken the character’s brown leather jacket – a practical choice she’ll be able to wear when the weather (eventually, finally) gets colder. We’re assuming she means the one below with the rocking shoulder pads and quilting.
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She joked, ‘I can imagine it being something that I’m like, “Oh, I was on this show once upon a time and this was the jacket I wore.” And my grandkids being like, “Please stop.”’
Maisie isn’t the only one who had their heart set on nicking something from the set, however her co-star Kit Harington may have a tougher go of it. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, he explained that he’s only ever wanted Jon Snow’s impressive sword Longclaw. But it turns out that it might be a bit of a mission.
He said, ‘There’s only one that I’ve ever wanted: I want my sword. The first season they were like, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, of course.” And as the seasons went on and the show became more and more popular and that sword’s value went up, they became slowly quieter about it.”
Where there’s a will, there’s a way – even if Kit has to resort to breaking the law to get his hands on it.
‘I’m hinting more and more. I’m like “No seriously, I want that sword.” I’m just gonna steal it,’ he said.
If, like us, you don’t have the option of snagging some authentic Thrones merch or want to commit to some themed ink to get closure, there’s some hope ahead. After the eighth and final series airs on HBO next year, it turns out that we could be returning to Westeros much earlier than we thought as a number of Game of Thrones spinoff series are currently in the works.
One has literally just been green lit for a pilot, a prequel set thousands of years prior to the events of Thrones and has been described by the team as a ‘series that chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour’. According to Newsarama, the logline for the pilot reads, ‘From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend…it’s not the story we think we know.’
SIGN US UP.
And if HBO could somehow shoehorn a Richard Madden appearance into the new series, we’d be eternally grateful. (We’re still not over Robb Stark.)
Our favourite female-led dating app, Bumble has announced a new initiative that aims to support women filmmakers and directly redress the gender imbalance in the film industry (the lack of diversity and gender pay gap are prominent in TV and film).
The Female Film Force features five all-female filmmaking teams who have each been granted £20,000 to create a short film. Proudly championing a range of diverse, brave and confident women, each team consists of aspiring writers, directors and producers. The five teams were picked from a group of ten who were originally shortlisted by judges who included actor Fiona Gillies and DJ Edith Bowman.
‘The Female Film Force is an empowering initiative that set out to shine a light on the imbalance in the film industry and provide women across the UK and Ireland with the opportunity to tell the stories they are itching to tell’, notes Louise Troen, VP International Marketing & Communications at Bumble.
‘The programme seeks to encourage women to have the confidence to take the plunge, take risks and believe in themselves’.
The winning pitches include a documentary that explores Japan’s Ama divers (the ‘women of the sea’) and a fiction piece, which sees a heroic matriarch attempt to escape a government-decreed death sentence before her eightieth birthday arrives.
Time to break out Tom Hiddleston’s spag bol recipe.
This is the night, such a beautiful night, that we find out Disney’s back to rebooting old classics. Following the success of films like Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, they’ll be moving away from their princess tales and back into animal territory with a new version of Lady and the Tramp.
You won’t be able to see it cinemas however, as it turns out it’s going to be shown exclusively on the latest threat to Netflix – Disney’s own dedicated streaming service set to launch next year. (Hence why a lot of your animated favourites have mysteriously disappeared from Netflix’s catalogue.)
A couple of names you’ll recognise have recently signed on for the canine classic, with Justin Theroux following in the pawprints of Larry Roberts as the lovable scrap Tramp.
While the story seems to be staying pretty faithful to the original tale, the new film will be taking one gender-bending liberty. Jock, the sassy Scottish terrier, will now be Jackie and Ashley Jensen from Ugly Betty has signed on to play the role.
There’s no word yet on who’s going to play Lady, however her owner Darling has been cast with Kiersey Clemons stepping up to the plate.
If you’re feeling a little apprehensive about the movie remake, it’s in pretty good hands as Brigham Taylor, one of the people involved with The Jungle Book, will be producing the project. If Lady and the Tramp winds up being half as good as Jon Favreau’s take on the Rudyard Kipling classic, we’re here for it.
That said though, we do wonder when Disney’s going to run out of films to remake. They’ve already either released or are planning to make Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Mulan, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh and more.
Here’s hoping they take a bit of time out of their nostalgia trip to come up with a handful of fresh new Disney classics – we’re always keen on a new character to fall in love with.
Love Island 2018 is officially over – and we’re already feeling lost as to how we’re going to fill our evenings.
With the final four couples returning to UK soil, secrets and hidden details from the ITV2 show have been emerging thick and fast.
The latest Islander to divulge secrets about the show is OG islander, Laura Anderson, who became a public favourite early on, with the nation sympathising with Laura’s persistent bad luck in love.
There was Wes, then there was Jack and then there was Paul – who Laura left in a couple with.
Yes, Laura has had more of a trying journey that a lot of her fellow islanders, always remaining calm, collected and composed the morning after a dramatic dumping.
According to Laura however, this couldn’t have been further from the truth, with the 29-year-old explaining in a recent interview that she had actually stormed out of the villa on several occasions, only to be brought back later, without anything being aired.
‘I walked out three times. They brought me back,’ Laura explained in an interview with The Sun, going on to explain that her biggest storm-out occurred after she was dumped by former partner Wes for fellow islander, Megan Barton Hanson.
‘The first time I walked out was when Wes pied me off,’ she explained. ‘I didn’t sleep all night. I went to the beach most of the night and I smoked 24 cigarettes.’
She continued: ‘Loads of stuff happens and you’re just stuck there and you have to chat about it. I was just a bit overwhelmed. I was like, “I’ve had enough.”’
‘I’m glad I stayed,’ she went on. ‘Everyone has a wobbly, it’s like cabin fever.’
Thankfully everything ended well for Laura as she met Paul – let’s hope it’s third time lucky!
Being a Hollywood star, like most jobs, has both its advantages and drawbacks.
While having a celebrity status gives access, opportunity and luxury, there is also a lot of negativity that gets thrown at you, with people delighting in picking apart everything from your parenting skills and acting chops to your appearance.
This is something that Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey knows all too well, recently recounting just how rude people have been to her over the years.
Lena Headey. Credit: Rex
While the 44-year-old appeared on Running Wild With Bear Grylls, she recounted a press junket where a reporter expressed his disappointment in her real-life appearance, compared to her look as Cercei Lannister on the HBO show.
Did we mention, she was seven months pregnant and definitely didn’t ask for his thoughts.
‘You have to do these things for all the awards and everything where loads of people interview you. I went in and was seven months pregnant and [there was] a whole room of journalists, and this guy stood up and he said, “Uh I just want to say that you’re really disappointing in real life,”’ Lena explained to a very shocked Bear.
We repeat – she was seven months pregnant and at no point asked this man for his opinion.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau with Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headey
‘He went, “Is that your real hair?’”, she explained. ‘And I went “Yeah” and he said, “The wig is much better. I like you as a blonde.”’
She continued: ‘I was like, “OK.” I was just crushed. How is that alright to say?’
How is that alright to say? The truth is it’s not – whether seven months pregnant or not.
Lena’s celebrity status does not excuse her being picked apart with unfair and unprovoked criticism.
It is time that we start boosting each other up, not tearing each other down, and it is trailblazing people like Lena who are making change and opening conversation around it.
‘We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now.’
The future of Guardians of the Galaxy was always going to be uncertain following the events of the latest Avengers: Infinity War film, however there’s a number of complex production difficulties behind the scenes that are also proving problematic. The series’ director James Gunn was fired after a number of his old tweets making light of pedophilia and rape resurfaced online, throwing the next film into jeopardy. However, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and many other members of the cast have banded together in support of James Gunn – asking for him to be reinstated as director.
Chris Pratt shared a message titled An Open Letter from the Cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and captioned it, ‘Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3. If you please, read the following statement- signed by our entire cast.’
Several members of the cast including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff and Michael Rooker signed the message. In it, they wrote that they ‘fully support James Gunn’ and were ‘shocked by his abrupt firing last week’.
The message continued, ‘Being in the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies has been a great honour in each of our lives. We cannot let this moment pass without expressing our love, support and gratitude for James. We are not here to defend his jokes of many years ago but rather to share our experience having spent many years together on set making Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2. The character he has shown in the wake of his firing is consistent with the man he was every day on set, and his apology, now and from years ago when first addressing these remarks, we believe is from the heart, a heart we all know, trust, and love. In casting each of us to help him tell the story of misfits who find redemption, he changed our lives forever. We believe the theme of redemption has never been more relevant than now.’
Some of the stars including Karen Gillan and Sean Gunn also hash tagged their letter #wearegroot, a reference to one of the film’s iconic lines.
Conservative bloggers, including controversial figure Mike Ceranovich involved in a movement called Gamergate that targeted women in video gaming, were the first to discover James Gunn’s tweets. Some fans speculated that James Gunn was specifically targeted due to his outspoken political opinions on Twitter, where he was made no secret of the fact that he was very anti-Trump.
The Guardians’ cast alluded to this in their letter, writing, ‘There is little due process in the court of public opinion. James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial. Given the growing political divide in this country, it’s safe to say instances like this will continue, although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality.’
After James Gunn’s old tweets spread like wildfire online, Disney announced that they were cutting ties with him.
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn said, ‘The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.’
James Gunn also released his own apology at the time on Twitter, saying, ‘Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo. As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humour.’
He continued, ‘It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger. My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over.’
The Guardians’ cast have been for the most part very quiet about James Gunn’s firing (presumably because they were working on this joint statement). However, his brother Sean Gunn who plays Kraglin in the films was one of the first to come forwards and provided an insight into the director’s growth of character.
The former Gilmore Girls star wrote in a lengthy statement, ‘Since devoting his entire life to the Guardians movies and MCU six years ago, I’ve seen him channel that voice into his work on those movies and seen him transform from the guy who made up things to shock people.’
He continued, ‘In many respects this change in my brother was reflected in the change that the Guardians go through. I’ve heard my brother say many times that when Quill rallies the team with “this is our chance to give a shit”–to care–that it’s the pep talk he himself needed to hear…Working on those movies made my brother a better person, and they made me one too. I’m proud of that.’
Many fans have come out in support of James Gunn and his reinstatement as director, while others have drawn comparisons between the firing of the conservative star of Roseanne for her history of racist and controversial tweets – stating that it would be a double standard if he were allowed to return. At this moment in time, a Change.org petition called Re-hire James Gunn has garnered more than 350,000 signatures at the time of publication.
The Guardians’ cast said in their open letter, ‘Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future. His story isn’t over – not by a long shot.’
The royal family are a hit with the public, for the simple reason that they are relatable.
Gone are the days where we would only see a royal waving from Buckingham Palace balcony. Now they are accessible, all over social media, from Princess Eugenie dominating Instagram with her behind the scenes royal snaps to the Queen and Prince Philip’s Twitter account.
And it doesn’t stop there, with it emerging that they even share our TV habits.
On a Royal visit to Fowey, Cornwall, last week, Prince Charles revealed that he’a fan of UK cult show Poldark, and now it has emerged that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are super fans of one particular reality TV show.
There was hope that the show they habitually tune into was Love Island. But while we love the thought of the royals voting for Dani and Jack via the app and debating whether Laura and Paul will make it on the outside, it looks like it’s not meant to be.
Their reality show of choice? The Voice Kids.
Donel Mangena, a finalist on The Voice Kids opened up about the royals being mega fans whilst appearing on talk show Lorraine, explaining that he had met the newlyweds at the Queen’s 92nd birthday celebrations earlier this year.
‘Harry and Meghan walked in and I expected a handshake,’ the 16-year-old explained. ‘But Meghan screamed my name and ran over to give me a hug.’
Harry reportedly agreed, telling Donel, ‘Our money’s on you’.
Just when we thought we couldn’t love Harry and Meghan any more than we did.
Even though it feels like season two of The Crown has just left our screens, we’re already looking forward to its third season – and mourning the loss of its stars from the episodes ahead.
It was announced last year that the second season would be the current actors’ last, with the characters recast to older actors to reflect the passing of time – something that is set to happen every two seasons.
With Claire Foy and Matt Smith leaving impossibly big shoes to fill, fans have been obsessed with news of The Crown castings, from who will take on the role of Princess Margaret to whether the Queen’s corgis will remain the same.
Olivia Coleman was the first actress confirmed for season 3, coming onboard as Queen Elizabeth and Helena Bonham Carter was announced just weeks ago to be playing her sister, Princess Margaret, replacing Vanessa Kirby. Even Game of Thrones actor Tobias Menzies is coming onboard to take the Prince Philip baton from Matt Smith.
In short – it already sounds amazing.
More exciting announcements from The Crown came this week however, as it was announced that the rest of the royal family characters had been cast.
Josh O’Connor in The Durrells. Credit: REX
The Durrells star Josh O’Connor has been announced as our new Prince Charles and Vera Drake actress Marion Bailey has just been confirmed to play the Queen Mother.
Marion Bailey. Credit: REX
’It’s wonderful to be joining The Crown,’ explained the recently cast actress. ‘It’s a brilliant show and we have a tough act to follow but what a gift to be playing the fascinating and greatly loved Queen Mother. Thrilled to be on board and working with such a top-notch team.’
The star of Marvel’s Ant-Man movies and Hollywood’s comedy go-to guy, Paul Rudd, has come a long way since Clueless. Here, he tells Tracy Ramsden about falling in love, embarrassing his kids and being the seventh most popular character in Friends
Paul Rudd just took his car in for a tune-up, he’s about to go to the gym, and then he’ll catch up on some emails before doing the school run.
‘This is the exciting life of being a major motion-picture figure,’ he deadpans down the phone from his home in New York.
The truth is, the 49-year-old once synonymous with the nice guy next door has a lot to be excited about. Paul Rudd is a bona fide superhero these days.
‘It’s a cool club to belong to,’ he says, sounding more like a competition winner than one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. Joining the hallowed upper echelons of Marvel Studios in 2015, Rudd landed the lead in Ant-Man, a role he’ll reprise this month in Ant-Man And The Wasp. ‘At the Marvel offices, I can go up to the third floor and get buzzed straight in. You feel as if you have the keys to the executive washroom.’
Of course, Paul Rudd is no stranger to gaining access to exclusive clubs – he found himself unexpectedly on the periphery of ‘the big six’ when he joined the cast of Friends at the show’s peak in 2002 (the series finale in 2004 was watched by 52.5 million people in the US), as Phoebe’s boyfriend, Mike.
‘I went in with the awareness that one episode of that show was going to be seen by more people than everything that I’d ever done up until that point combined,’ he recalls.
‘I also knew that no one was going to be tuning in for “Mike Hannigan”,’ he laughs. ‘I didn’t want to get in the way. I was like, I’ll just stand in the back with Gunther.’
‘It’s easier to make somebody cry than to make somebody laugh’
It was in the 1995 cult teen classic Clueless that Rudd first won us over; when Cher (Alicia Silverstone) uttered, ‘I am totally butt crazy in love with Josh’, and we couldn’t have agreed more. Since then, he has released a movie – often multiple movies – every consecutive year, and the frequency with which he racks them up is astounding.
In 2004, he appeared in no less than five productions (including his comedy breakthrough as Brian Fantana in Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy); there were another five in 2005, six in 2006, eight in 2007. Is it any wonder The New York Times described him as ‘the MSG of actors’? Because ‘you can add Paul Rudd to any movie, and the movie will taste better.’
Anchorman was significant because it marked the beginning of his working relationship with producer Judd Apatow, who he went on to work with several times (including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and This Is 40). It heralded a new golden age of Hollywood comedy that turned key players, including Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Leslie Mann and Amy Poehler, into blockbuster stars alongside Paul Rudd. Though he downplays his clearly serious work ethic.
‘You know what, I’ll show up, tell me where to stand and I’ll leave at the end of the day,’ he says. ‘I don’t come from a family of actors, I didn’t grow up around it and so when I go to Los Angeles for work, or to a premiere, I like it because it feels like I’m just popping in. I identify myself as a parent and a husband way more than somebody who rides around on the back of an ant,’ he laughs.
This month, as well as reprising Ant-Man, Rudd’s teaming up with Steve Coogan for Ideal Home, a film about a bickering gay couple who land the unexpected task of raising a ten-year-old boy. ‘I’ve always been a massive fan of Steve’s – I love Alan Partridge – and having now worked with him twice [firstly in Our Idiot Brother in 2011], I’m just a massive fan of the man himself.’
Yet it seems that the world still waits for great comedy actors to strategically move towards a darker place – to ‘do a McConaughey’ – in order to win the critical acclaim. Is that annoying?
‘No, what’s annoying is that nobody is hiring me to play the guy with the incurable disease!’ Rudd quips in mock horror. ‘It’s always been the case that comedy never gets the props that drama does. But Steve Coogan in Hamlet 2 is such a committed and brilliantly funny performance. Jack Black in School Of Rock is one of the great comedic performances of the last decade, and certainly some of the things Jim Carrey has done, and what Will Ferrell does. It’s easy to write them off and say, “Oh, that’s just a comedy”, but it’s so much more than that. It’s easier to make somebody cry than to make somebody laugh, because everyone’s sense of humour is so different. Whereas if something is moving, more people will find it moving.’
Paul Rudd with his wife, Julia Yaeger at the New York premiere of Ant-Man and The Wasp, June 2018
Rudd met his wife of 15 years, Julie Yaeger, a former publicist, when he moved to New York after shooting Clueless. Amy Heckerling, the director, told him, ‘You need to get a publicist’.
‘She was the first person I met in New York. We started talking and there was a maturity with her – she had experienced some tragedy in her life, I had too, and the impression I got was, wow, this is a woman. This isn’t a girl. I was really taken with who she was and how she had overcome and was in the process of overcoming adversities in her life. There was a perspective that she had and still has on the world that you don’t come to easily – it’s earned and most people don’t have it at such a young age.’
The couple have two children – son, Jack, and daughter, Darby – who must have earned bragging rights at school for their dad’s superhero status.
‘Oh, I’m still the embarrassing dad,’ he laughs. ‘My daughter is eight and thinks I’m the bee’s knees. My son is 13 and doesn’t even want me going to his school. I make jokes to a series of eye rolls.’
‘The only good thing about my father being dead is that he doesn’t have to see what’s happening [in America] now’ – Paul Rudd
Much of Rudd’s grounding has been attributed to his British-born parents and ordinary, suburban upbringing in Kansas City, Missouri, where he moved to aged ten from New Jersey.
‘They told me I could be anything I wanted to be, but I had to work hard for it. They also provided a home in which I could believe in myself, so when I was starting out I felt like I was able to conquer the world. Of course, I was completely naive and couldn’t [laughs], but I have to believe that was because I knew I was supported emotionally and in every other way by my mom and dad. Both my parents were very funny and realistic. My dad was a history fanatic and a really outspoken liberal who was always writing letters to newspapers, arguing about all sorts of backward issues in his estimation of this country. So I was surrounded by this kind of truth to power attitude and a tenacity.’
What would his dad [who died in 2008] make of America today, I wonder?
Rudd pauses, before carefully concluding, ‘I have often said the only good thing about my father being dead is that he doesn’t have to see what’s happening now, because if he did, I can’t even imagine what he’d say. I mean, I can imagine, but yeah. There would be a lot of letters…’ he tails off.
It would be remiss to write off Paul Rudd as ‘nice’ simply because there’s a gaping hole in Hollywood for nice guys right now. He’s also thoughtful, smart, and damn good at his job. And comedy matters. Perhaps now more than ever.
Ant-Man And The Wasp is in cinemas from 3 August. Ideal Home is in cinemas now.