"Let Buffy live"
Yesterday we got to hear from Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon regarding his thoughts on plans for Warner Bros. to make an entirely new Buffy film without his involvement. Today we get to hear from the actress who originally played Buffy Summers in the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer film. Kristy Swanson played Buffy in the original film, written by Joss Whedon, and says that she has no problem with plans for a Whedon-less Buffy reboot … in fact, she hopes to get a starring role in the film herself:
Joss Whedon has already spoken out about plans for an upcoming Buffy the Vampire slayer remake, and now Kristy Swanson, the first woman who first brought the vamp-killing heroine to life on the big screen, also has something to say about it: “Let Buffy live. Why not?” “If they wanted me to be a part of it, I think that would be fantastic and that it would be a blast,” she tells EW. Swanson was 22 when she first stepped into the role that would be transformed by Sarah Michelle Gellar seven years later, and she remembers that her first reaction to the new take on the character was, in fact, positive. (“It was a whole new idea, a whole new look,” she says.) And she believes a transformation can happen again — even without its original maker. “There are die-hard Joss Whedon fans who absolutely love him to death, and rightly so. He’s a brilliant man, no doubt,” she says. “I love everything Buffy. I don’t care who’s doing it.” Swanson’s co-star, Luke Perry said via his rep that he has no comment on the project.
No offense to Kristy Swanson but of course she supports and wants to be in this Buffy reboot, after all … what else doe she have going for her? While she is the original Buffy Summers, she is not really Buffy at all. And let’s be honest, she has no allegiance to Joss Whedon … she may have worked with him for only a day or two IF AT ALL when they worked on the original Buffy film. She starred in the original film, yes, but that film has little bearing on how the Buffy saga actually turned out on the long-running and FAR superior TV series. Kristy Swanson will always have a special place in my heart because she did play the original Buffy … but these comments prove to me that she really has no ties to the actual Buffyverse. This would be more of a story if Sarah Michelle Gellar chimed in to support the Buffy reboot … but that will never happen. In fact, I’m convinced that NONE of the actors who starred in the BtVS TV series or its Angel spin-off would ever support plans for a Buffy film sans Joss Whedon. Swanson says “Let Buffy live” and I say, she does live … Buffy and her gang of Scoobies have been alive and well for years now in the excellent comic books series which is overseen and written by Joss Whedon! This Whedon-less reboot is just a bad idea and I honestly hope the film never sees the light of day. It would be such an affront to all the hard work that Joss Whedon has done over the years. As you may know, fans are amassing on Facebook at the I’m With JoJo campaign to show their support for Joss Whedon. Whether or not the film actually comes out, you can be sure there will be legions of Buffy fans who will not support the film. I am one of those fans.
No Whedon? No Buffy.
Posted under: Kristy Swanson
“This will be ... the last time I’ll be playing Batman"
In a new interview with Christian Bale, he makes clear that the next Batman film — The Dark Knight Rises — will be his last … that is, unless he hears differently from director Christopher Nolan. Bale is currently on the promo train for his new film The Fighter and was asked about the just announced next Batman film … here is what he had to say:
This may be the end for the Dark Knight. The caped crusader himself, Christian Bale, recently sat down with E! News’ own Ben Lyons to talk about how he chooses his roles to clearing up rumors surrounding The Dark Knight Rises. Turns out, Bale has a very straightforward technique for sifting through all the speculation: “Until Chris [Nolan] tells me, I don’t believe it,” Bale says. “It’s gotta be from his mouth, or else I don’t really know.” But there’s one very important bit of information Nolan hasn’t yet shared with his star. And it’s kind of difficult to hear if you’re a fan of the reinvigorated franchise: “The thing is that this will be, I believe, unless Chris says different, this will be the last time I’m playing Batman.” Let’s just hope Chris says different.
It makes sense that Bale might believe that his days as Batman might be over after the next film, after all, these sorts of movie franchises really only last for 3 films. BUT, as we have learned from Johnny Depp‘s portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, there’s always a chance that movie franchises can live beyond just 3 films. While I think it is very smart for Bale to not believe anything he hears until he hears it from Christopher Nolan himself, I wouldn’t necessarily count on his Batman days being over just yet. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
"We modeled the character on Joan of Arc but with the hair of Karen O"
Olivia Wilde, who stars as Quorra in the upcoming new film Tron: Legacy (due out in theaters next month), is featured in the new issue of Details magazine. In her interview with the mag, Wilde describes Quorra as “Joan of Arc but with the hair of Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs” which sounds like a pretty damn cool description to me. Here is one of Olivia‘s racier photos from her Details photospread along with some excerpts from her Details interview:
Wilde, 26, who plays the terminally ill Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley on House, is having a breakout year on the big screen, with roles in the Paul Haggis-directed crime thriller The Next Three Days and the hotly anticipated CGI spectacle Tron: Legacy. In the 1982 original, Jeff Bridges gets sucked inside a computer and engages in a cheesy, futuristic Ultimate Frisbee-meets-Rollerball battle. In this December’s reboot, Bridges returns (sporting a Dude-like beard), only this time there are way cooler special effects, a killer Daft Punk soundtrack, and a secret weapon: Wilde as the cybervixen guide Quorra. The role required that she squeeze into a skintight rubber suit woven out of neoprene and something called electroluminescent lamps. “It was so beautiful that I didn’t need to play the character sexy,” she says. The first time she laid eyes on the get-up, however, she freaked: “I saw the boobs on the suit and I said, ‘Oh, hell no. I’m doing kicks and backflips in this thing?’ ” She describes Quorra as a kind of warrior ninja: “We modeled the character on Joan of Arc but with the hair of Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But still a total badass.”
From what I understand, Olivia‘s role in Tron: Legacy is much more action-oriented rather than sexy. For the sexy, she lets her Details magazine photos do the talking for her. After the jump, check out the uncensored NSFW image above along with a few others from her photospread … More »
"I always had dreams my whole life, of being somebody special."
Jersey Shore star Mike The Situation Sorrentino is featured in the new Men of the Year issue of GQ magazine as the Sensation of the Year. In his GQ interview, The Situation explains how he always dreamed big that he would become “somebody special” … I guess, in his mind, his dreams have finally come true. Here is one of The Situation‘s GQ photos along with some excerpts from his first-ever (and quite possibly his last-ever) GQ magazine interview:
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has gone from a fist-pumping Jersey Shore dweller to GQ’s “Sensation of the Year.” The Situation made roughly $5 million this year from various endorsements, is a regular fixture on the red carpet, and has since been a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. And it won’t stop there. This guy dreams big: “I always had dreams my whole life, of being somebody special. Someone out in the world that everybody knew of and everybody liked. Somebody unique. Even when I was down on my luck, in my head I still had those dreams.” They’ve certainly paid off; he’s even taking meetings in Hollywood. While running all over L.A., GQ’s Alex Pappademas and the Situation discuss his competitive nature, trying to ditch the Jersey Shore camera crews for a hookup, and his stint as a shirtless waiter in a strip club. “He says he wasn’t an actual stripper, then admits he did it once, wearing ‘like, a red-white-and-blue thong and maybe, like, an Uncle Sam hat.’ He quit the gig after a few months: ‘I didn’t mind the attention from pretty girls. But then if I got attention from unattractive girls, it just felt kind of cheap.’”
See folks, dreams can come true. If someone like The Situation can find success like this then I’m of the mind that anyone can do so as well. With the right time, right place and a whole lotta luck, even self-professed guidos can make their way into the GQ magazine Men of the Year issue. After the jump, check out one more photo from The Situation‘s GQ photospread … More »
"I'm the happiest I've ever been."
Last month Star magazine broke the news that Kim Zolicak, star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, is pregs with her third child with Atlanta Falcons footballer Kroy Biermann. Kim‘s mother immediately denied that she was pregs … so Star magazine countered with a photo of Kim posing with a gender test for her unborn child. Today we learn from Zolciak herself that she is, indeed, pregnant with Biermann‘s child … she officially confirms her pregsness in the pages of the new issue of Life & Style magazine:
Life & Style can exclusively reveal that Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak and boyfriend Kroy Biermann are expecting their first child together! “I was surprised!” Kim, 32, tells Life & Style about the pregnancy. “While it wasn’t planned, God clearly has a bigger and better plan for us and we’re excited.” At first, Kim denied reports that she was pregnant when a jealous ex leaked the news back in October. “I was appalled and disgusted by that,” she says. “I wasn’t through my first trimester — you never know what could happen.” But now Kim is three months pregnant and ready to share the wonderful news, telling Life & Style: “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.” Kim, who has two daughters from a previous marriage, Brielle, 13, and Ariana, 9, has been dating Kroy since May – viewers saw her meet the 25-year-old Atlanta Falcons defensive end on the Nov. 14 episode of Housewives. “He makes me a better person,” says Kim. “I love everything about him.” The couple has yet to find out the sex of the baby, but boy or girl, Kim can’t wait to start a family with the football star. “I definitely don’t want to get married while I’m pregnant,” she says. “But I can see myself marrying Kroy in the future.”
To be honest, I really believe that Kim at first denied the report of her pregsness because she was not in control of the information. Her love of fame and fortune is very obvious so I’m sure it incensed her that her big news got reported without her involvement. Still, I guess I’m happy for her that she is expecting a new baby. And, as you may recall, we learned from THIS photo that Kim is carrying a baby BOY. I guess this means that her on-going dalliance with “Big Poppa” is now completely dunzo as I cannot imagine that he will continue to fund her lavish lifestyle now that she is carrying another man’s baby. I hope Kroy Biermann knows what he’s getting himself into with this baby … my gut tells me that a 25-year old professional sports athlete may not really understand what getting this involved with Kim Zolciak entails … but he’s gonna learn real quick. To be honest, I can’t wait to see how this baby news plays out in front of the cameras on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Dude, Kim is going to be a mother again … I’m having a hard time imagining her caring for a newborn child. OY!
“Mommy and Daddy inspired me to be a performer”
Willow Smith, that precocious little pop star who sings Whip My Hair, is featured in the new issue of W magazine (which, I believe, is her first magazine appearance ever). In her short interview, Willow talks about the musicians that she is a fan of (David Bowie is one of them) and explains who inspired her to get into show business (duh, her parents Jada Pinkett and Will Smith). Here is Willow‘s W magazine photo and some excerpts from her interview:
It’s hard to imagine, but Willow Smith has twice the charisma of her superstar parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. At just 10 years old, she has already scored a hit single—“Whip My Hair,” which bumps as hard as anything by Beyoncé—and a contract with Jay-Z’s powerhouse Roc Nation. “I like the way Billy Idol sings,” she says about her musical influences. “Mommy turned me on to him. And I like Lady Gaga’s songs.” One-on-one, Willow is more articulate than many adults; what’s more amazing is that she comes off as a normal kid who’s just following her interests. “I can’t do whatever I want,” she explains. “Mommy has to say it’s okay.” Although she is “focusing on music right now,” it seems a given that Willow will eventually end up on the big screen; her brother Jaden became a celebrity in his own right after taking the lead role in the recent Karate Kid remake. “Mommy and Daddy inspired me to be a performer,” Willow says. “I get my flow from Daddy, my singing ability from Mommy, and the camera stuff from both. That’s just what happens when you hang out with the Smiths!”
LOL! Well, if she was gonna get her “flow” form anyone, it might as well be from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air … cuz I’ve heard Jada‘s music with her band Wicked Wisdom and, yeah, she’s not very musically inclined. Willow is a star, y’all … this may be her first magazine interview but it certainly won’t be her last.
Christina Aguilera will appear on today’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and altho her 30th birthday is still a month away, Ellen decided to gift Xtina with an early birthday cake on today’s show. As you can see from the following promo photo, Xtina‘s birthday cake was full of half-nekkid man:
Just what a newly single woman wants for her birthday … a beefcake of her very own. In her interview with Ellen, Xtina talked about the whirlwind day last Tuesday when she got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame AND attended her first Hollywood premiere as well as her divorce from Jordan Bratman. After the jump, check out video of Xtina‘s interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today as well as video of her live performance of Something’s Got A Hold on Me from her new film Burlesque … More »
“I didn’t want to make a big deal about nerves."
Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, whose new film Love and Other Drugs opens in theaters next weekend, are featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine. The couple talk to EW about working together on the film and are actually featured on not one cover but 3 different EW covers. Here is our first look at one of those covers and some excerpts from the couple’s joint interview with Entertainment Weekly:
Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway’s new romance, Love & Other Drugs, is arguably the sexiest movie of the year. Throughout the R-rated comedic drama (in theaters Nov. 24), they reveal nearly every inch of their enviably toned bodies. So it makes sense that their photo shoot for this week’s cover of EW would be equally steamy. In fact, the duo’s flesh-baring photo session was so sensual that we decided to put out three separate covers. Photographer James White, who shot Gyllenhaal and Hathaway in New York, says the costars had an easy rapport. “I thought they’d be a little more tense about it than they were, but it was surprisingly low-key.” he says. “I guess after making a movie like that with each other, it’s not too big of a deal.” During our interview, Gyllenhaal and Hathaway (who played husband and wife in 2005′s Brokeback Mountain), dish on their intense sex scenes in the film. “There is that revoltingly embarrassing moment when you have to take your clothes off in front of strangers,” says Hathaway. “I mean, I don’t go to the beach in a bikini for a reason. So I thought, ‘Okay, I’m going to be in control. I’m going to do everything properly, disrobe at the last minute, and in between shots get the clothes back on.’ But then I found that every time I put my robe back on, it rubbed all the body makeup off, and that added 20 minutes to filming. As with all things in life, the second you stop making it about you and you make it about everyone else, it just got, dare I say, fun.” Gyllenhaal also spilled one interesting bit of trivia about the tape that kept certain modesty-preserving patches from falling off: “It supposedly was the same tape that they used on Pirates of the Caribbean to keep everybody’s wigs on.”
You know, despite the cliché-sounding nature of the film, this is a movie that I simply cannot pass up. So much is being made about the sexiness of the film that even if the plotline is predictable and uninteresting I can’t pass up the chance to see Jake Gyllenhaal in “arguably the sexiest movie of the year”. After the jump, check out the other 2 cover photos that feature the topless Jake and Anne and read a few more excerpts from their EW interview … More »
"She's devastated ... but ... strong"
Yesterday Eva Longoria denied that she and her husband were getting divorced, earlier today she actually filed for divorce from her husband of 3 years Tony Parker. Right now we learn that Eva has opened up and has given her first interview about the split to her BFF Mario Lopez, host of Extra! TV. According to Mario, Eva has confessed that she found hundreds of sexy text messages on her husband’s phone from another woman … the wife of one of Tony‘s basketball teammates. Mario goes on to explain that despite Eva‘s devastation, she is strong and she will be just fine:
Tony Parker may now have more than just marriage problems to worry about. His estranged wife, Eva Longoria, found hundreds of text messages to the NBA star’s phone from the wife of one of his teammates, the actress tells pal Mario Lopez of Extra. The woman’s identity wasn’t revealed nor was the name of the San Antonio Spurs teammate. Longoria, 35, filed for divorce on Wednesday amid reports that Parker, 28, cheated on her. The divorce petition cites “irreconcilable differences” and Longoria is seeking spousal support. Longoria says that Parker cheated on her earlier in their marriage and that he kept in touch with the woman on Facebook, according to Lopez. “She is devastated, she wants us all to know that,” Lopez says. “But she’s strong.”
Ugh … what a way to find out that your husband is cheating. Considering how out-of-the-blue this divorce business seems, I’d say that Eva prolly found these sext messages pretty recently. The couple were lookin’ very much in love just about 2 weeks ago … and now, divorce papers. I think it’s smart of Eva to explain the reasons why she decided to file for divorce, that way we can stop speculating. I’m sure Tony Parker has his own side of the story … I wonder if he’ll go on the record so we can hear it from him. All in all, tho, this situation is pretty sad … let’s just hope it doesn’t get any worse.
Posted under: Eva Longoria, Mario Lopez
"I’m not a good friend right now. I’m not a good boyfriend."
Glee star Matthew Morrison — in all his shirtless glory — is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Details magazine. In his coverstory interview, Matthew opens up about his womanizing ways as a Broadway performer and explains how he’s not really in the right frame of mind to be a boyfriend to anyone right now. Here is our first look at Morrison‘s hot Details cover and some excerpts from his interview:
Plans to shoot a humorous cover with the Glee star were scrapped once the creative team at Details discovered what Morrison looked like shirtless. It’s easy to see why the talented Mr. Schuester has provided grown-ups a reason to watch the hit Fox show! But when school lets out, Morrison has even greater adult-contemporary ambitions – like becoming the next Michael Bublé. And while rumors swirl about some of his co-stars turning into divas in the light of their new found fame, it’s nice to hear that Morrison, according to writer Claire Hoffman, is remarkably well-adjusted and “has resisted becoming an asshole as a result of his success.”
On his Broadway days: “I definitely hooked up with a lot of girls when I was a young guy on Broadway. It was exciting. Very joyous and free.” But Morrison didn’t shed his inhibitions entirely. He joined a Bible-study group in college, and he didn’t lose his virginity until he was 21. Being perceived as a sex object confused him (and still does). “I’m not comfortable with the idea of my sex appeal, but I know in my job I have to use it. I wish I could say I got to this point in my career based on my talent, but I don’t think that’s true.”
Regarding his co-stars: “I am a teacher to them,” Morrison says of the younger castmates he refers to as “the kids.” “I’ve taken a few under my wing. I don’t want to say they idolize me, but…” he trails off, realizing how this might sound. He’s careful about what he says and wishes some of his colleagues were a little less publicity-driven. “Yeah, I find myself learning a lot from the set. I do look at stuff people on the show are doing, and I don’t judge them, but I question it. I say to myself, ‘Keep quiet.’ Fame … it’s like a handgun – in the wrong hands, it’s dangerous.”
On dating: “I’m not a good friend right now. I’m not a good boyfriend. It’s not that I’m selfish. I’m just focused.”
On paddle boarding for exercise: “I got my own board. It’s a great core workout.”
On getting in tip-top shape for this photo shoot: Morrison ate well and in the final few days used a trick Sue Sylvester pushed on her cheerleading squad: a sweet potato-only diet.
HMMM. Well hello, Mr. Shue. First he makes the People magazine list of the Sexiest Men Alive for 2010 and now this … I’d say, it’s a banner week for Matthew Morrison. After the jump, check out a few photos from Matthew‘s Details magazine photospread to see more of his hot shirtlessness on display … More »