A former YouTube celebrity now regrets her path to stardom, Adrian Grenier gets shirtless on the beach, and film critics weigh in on Inside Llewyn Davis.
- Scandal is scaling back the run of its current season because of star Kerry Washington‘s pregnancy. The team is planning to end the season with 18 episodes instead of 22. [Huffington Post]
- Which singer got famous from her YouTube video — and isn’t feeling her “hit?” The Gossip Table fills us in.
- It looks like at least one star is ready for the upcoming Entourage movie. Adrian Grenier was recently spotted on vacation, with a very toned and tanned body. We’ll always love Vincent Chase! [E!]
- The Coen brothers’ latest effort, Inside Llewyn Davis, hits theaters this weekend. What do the critics have to say about the folk-inspired flick? [MTV News]
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What’s Amanda Bynes up to now? Is Keri Russell single? And will the X-Men franchise keep going after X-Men: Days Of Future Past?
- Vanity Fair‘s much-hyped Gwyneth Paltrow takedown article might not happen at all. Paltrow’s battle against the magazine has reportedly worked and if they do publish the article it will probably go “soft” on her. [RadarOnline]
- Amanda Bynes has been spotted walking her dogs with her parents in Thousand Oaks, California. Sources say Bynes is doing well and planning on going to fashion school. [US Magazine]
- Keri Russell and her husband Shane Deary have been separated since the summer. The couple’s split is amicable and they had been married for seven years. [Eonline]
- X-Men: Days Of Future Past won’t be in theaters until May 23, 2014, but director Bryan Singer is already hinting that the X-Men will return in 2016. He suggested on twitter that the movie will tackle the epic “Age of Apocalypse” storyline. [MTV News]
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Nelson Mandela, a South African revolutionary turned prisoner turned international civil rights icon, passed away today at the age of 95, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. Unjustly jailed for nearly 30 years during the height of the apartheid movement in his native country of South Africa, he stands alongside pioneer figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi as someone whose positive impact on the human race’s ability to acknowledge basic human freedoms and the central concepts of equality and democracy cannot possibly be underestimated.
Mandela was born into South African royalty in 1918, albeit to a family whose royal status was on the wane as racial tensions grew. Extremely well-educated and supremely cognizant of the growing gulf between the haves and have-nots in his nation (and the racist behavior that fueled this divide), he rose to become an important revolutionary figure during the late ’40s and early ’50s. His influence was becoming so great that the government of the nation unjustly imprisoned him on trumped-up “treason” and “communism” charges multiple times during the ’50s and ’60s, which led to him being jailed as a political prisoner from 1962-1990.
During the course of that time, Mandela’s plight increasingly drew international recognition, so much so that the anti-apartheid movement began to be celebrated in pop culture circles. Artists like Stevie Wonder and Elvis Costello directly addressed Mandela in song, while other stand-up musicians like Bono, Peter Gabriel and Little Steven Van Zandt leveraged their fame to take a stand against apartheid.
After decades of growing pressure on the South African government and substantial international sanctions, Mandela was ultimately freed from prison in 1990. His worldwide popularity and sterling reputation enabled him to become President of South Africa in 1994, and spent the last 20-plus years of his life continuing the fight against segregation and for equality.
Mandela had been suffering from health issues for the better part of the last few years, and had been hospitalized since early June due to a lung infection.
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Source: Nelson Mandela Dead At 95
Who doesn’t love a juicy biopic? It’s delicious getting a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of luminaries — but only when the casting works. The actor doesn’t even have to look exactly like the icon being portrayed, as long as the performance is genius, we’re all in (hello, Ali and Mommie Dearest). But more often than not, biopic casting goes way off the rails. Lindsay Lohan and her plumped-up lips as Elizabeth Taylor? Travesty! Teenybopper-voiced Jennifer Love Hewitt as the luminous Audrey Hepburn? Unfathomable. Colin Farrell mincing about in blonde highlights as Alexander the Great? We’re giggling just thinking about it.
As we head to the theaters to see Idris Elba in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and eagerly anticipate the biopics of Jimi Hendrix and Elton John, let’s take a look at some of the ones that didn’t hit the mark. Here’s hoping we don’t get angry letters from Leo fans, regarding his prosthetic-y J. Edgar misfire.
Don’t miss this very important poll: Who’s hotter, the real-life biopic subjects or the actors playing them?
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