While the comic book nerds and the mass audiences are both eagerly awaiting the May 3 release of Iron Man 3, there's a little bit of a switch overseas. It seems China will be getting a slightly different version of the movie on their shores. And frankly, it sounds like a version we'd want to see, too.
Walt Disney Studios announced Friday that Chinese distributor DMG Entertainment will be handling the release in China, but it will be a different cut: "While Marvel and DMG have decided not to apply for co-production status in China, the film includes significant Chinese elements," Disney said in a statement to Deadline.com.
"Renowned Chinese actor Wang Xueqi will appear in both the studio’s Chinese version of the film and in its international and domestic US version. Both versions of the film include Iron Man 3 footage filmed in Beijing in December. The Chinese version of the film will also feature a special appearance of China’s top actress, Fan Bingbing, and will offer specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience." …
Rosario Dawson finally talks about her breakup with Brit director Danny Boyle, noting that things went on quite a while, but the split isn't a big deal. Well, not unless you were really hoping to date Rosario Dawson.
"It's not like we announced our relationship, so it's not like we're going to announce our breakup," the 33-year-old told Net-A-Porter. "I love Danny. He's wonderful and we dated longer than people think we did. … I respect Danny's privacy, so it's not something we really talk about."
Not that the breakup didn't affect their press conferences for Trance, of course. An unnamed source told Us Weekly that Danny, 56, was matter-of-fact about interactions with Dawson.
"He was talking to a group so people when she arrived and it was awkward -- like a cold greeting, no hug, and they got through it as quickly as possible," the source said. Considering they met years ago and no one knew they'd been dating until almost right when they broke up, you wouldn't expect a big PDA, anyway.
While there are still whispers that Lil Wayne ended up in the hospital a week back because he overdosed on purple drank, or that the Codeine made him epileptic or what have you, he went on the radio to confirm his seizures really are a big deal. Good thing he's in all those stage shows with the flashing lights.
"I'm an epileptic, so I'm prone to seizures," he told L.A.'s Power 106, according to People. "This isn't my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I've had a bunch of seizures. Y'all just never hear about it."
Weezy said the recent attacks almost killed him, although he wouldn't say if he really was in a medically induced coma or not.
"It got real bad because I got three [seizures] in a row, and on the third one my heart rate went down to, like, 30 percent," he said. "Basically, I could've died soon. That's why it was so serious."
But it weren't drank, y'all: "The reason being for the seizures is just plain stress, no rest and overworking myself. That's typical me, though." Good thing he could still stop by Tampa for some skateboarding, though.
Richard Griffiths, the versatile British actor who played the boy wizard's unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter movies, has died. He was 65.
Agent Simon Beresford announced Friday that Griffiths died a day earlier of complications following heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, central England.
He paid tribute to Griffiths as "a remarkable man and one of our greatest and best-loved actors."
Griffiths appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, but will be most widely remembered as a pair of contrasting uncles — the hero's grudging Muggle guardian in the Harry Potter series, and flamboyant Uncle Monty in 1980s cult classic Withnail and I.
"I was proud to say I knew him," said Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.
A large man and a huge stage presence, Griffiths was one of Britain's leading theater actors, creating roles including the charismatic teacher Hector at the emotional heart of Alan Bennett's The History Boys — a part he took to Broadway, winning a Tony Award, and repeated for the film adaptation.
Griffiths' last major stage role was in a West End production of Neil Simon's comedy The Sunshine Boys last year opposite Danny DeVito. …
Forget the talk about Matt Lauer maybe hosting Jeopardy, or Anderson Cooper going to the Today show: Stalwart news host Barbara Walters may be planning her retirement. Like, for real. At least, that's what Deadline.com says.
The site's Nellie Andreeva says Walters' 52-year broadcast career may be slated for an end come May 2014. ABC is planning a huge retirement party and TV special, the site adds. Who would they be able to get to host it? The best person for that job would be Barbara Walters.
Walters broke in as co-host of Today in 1974, the first woman ever to do so, and has been going ever since. She is now 83, if you can believe that.
Deadline notes speculation has been high on this subject since the former 20/20 anchor was caught telling President Obama, "I'm retiring next year." Obviously she didn't. With Joy Behar announcing she's leaving The View this summer, Babs may have decided it was time for her to ride off into the sunset, too -- it's not like she wants to deal with Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck fighting on her own.
After this week's news that Jon Hamm is feeling a little constrained by his big reputation on the Internet concerning the size of his hambone, Jockey has decided it's time for a perfect marketing tie-is. The underwear maker has gone whole hog for Hamm by offering him a complete package.
"Jockey would like to offer our support for Jon Hamm in the form of a lifetime supply of Jockey underwear," the company told E! in a statement. We're sure Hamm could hardly contain himself.
The fascination with Hamm's manhood has been growing the last couple of years, coming to a head this week when the New York Daily News alleged Mad Men producers demanded he wear underpants on the show because he was distracting people. Notice Jon has expressed frustration at the questions, but hasn't denied it.
With all the judge shuffling and ratings bloodletting going on in primetime singing shows these days, it's nice to hear someone will be staying put. Demi Lovato is sticking around for season 3 of The X-Factor, Fox announced Thursday. It's not like she has a show waiting for her in Las Vegas.
“I couldn’t be happier that Demi wants to come back this year," Simon Cowell said in a statement, according to Deadline.com. "She’s a superstar in her own right and was a fantastic mentor last year. Even though she can be really, really annoying – I truly enjoyed working with her and so did the artists. I’m especially pleased she’s back even during her world tour!”
Britney Spears and L.A. Reid have both jumped ship on the S.S. Cowell, so naturally he's happy Demi is staying. he probably even got her at a discount rate, because last season's rating dropped 20 percent even with the addition of she and Spears. Going to rehab really hurts your market value.
It's been almost 20 years since Kirsten Dunst starred in Interview With the Vampire, going on to a varied career filled with challenging roles. So when she talks to Bullett magazine about the upcoming Upside Down, of course she chooses to talk about kissing Brad Pitt when she was 11.
“It was just a peck,” she tells the publication about kissing the then-30-year-old (she's 30 now). “I remember Brad would watch lots of Real World episodes. He had this long hair. He was just a hippie- ish cool dude. Everyone at the time was like, ‘You’re so lucky you kissed Brad Pitt,’ but I thought it was disgusting. I didn’t kiss anyone else until I was 16, I think. I was a late bloomer.”
Well, of course it took another five years. When you start that far ahead of the curve, it would take quite awhile for anyone else to catch up.
We're all very concerned with Justin Bieber's mental state, of course. Who doesn't care about how a 19-year-old millionaire pop star feels? To that end, Us Weekly provides us with an interview to tell us why he's been acting like such a jerk lately. Have we mentioned he's 19?
Yes, they want you to fail by making you wear a ridiculous sag, or get photographed wearing a gas mask through the streets of London (which he called "a joke with my friends" because he wanted to hide his face from cameras).
"I'm young and I make mistakes. That's part of growing up. I mess up sometimes. It's part of growing up," he says, adding, "I'm young and I want to have fun. I don't think there is anything wrong with that."
Okay, fine, but we can do without you threatening to kill paparazzi or your neighbors. Then he goes on to threaten us with planning his next move. …
We need to gin up the Mad Men talk, because the season premiere is so close, so why not talk about Jon Hamm's package? That's what Rolling Stone is doing for its cover story, in which the actor says he wants people to lay off the latest public obsession of wondering if his personal Hamm is more footlong than li'l smokey.
"Most of it's tongue-in-cheek. But it is a little rude. It just speaks to a broader freedom that people feel like they have -- a prurience," he tells the magazine. A recent story in the New York daily News says he was required by the show's producers to put on underwear because the 1960s wardrobe was too tight, and the magazine reminds everyone there's a Tumblr called John Hamm's Wang, devoted to alleged photographic evidence of his commitment to the Johnson & Johnson account. …
There's another instance of Justin Bieber freaking out on someone in the books, this time because he allegedly threatened to kill a neighbor who had the nerve to complain about noise and reckless driving. But before you think Bieber is simply becoming a man, he also allegedly spit in the guy's face, too. Mature, that.
TMZ says a 47-year-old father of three who lives next door to Bieber's Calabasas, Calif., mansion, confronted the singer on Tuesday morning after a Ferrari was delivered to Bieber's house and the kid took it for a spin. We're talking 100 mph, one neighbor says. The neighbor started shouting that Bieber needed to slow down, so Justin did what came naturally: He said, "Get the f--- out of here," spit at the guy and added, "I'm gonna f---ing kill you." …
Bossing him around at a basketball game? It's like they're already married!
Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere and Ukrainian heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko have made an odd couple for years now, so it's time for the main event: A source says the couple are getting married, but haven't told anyone yet. Pity the poor proofreader for this couple's invitations.
"Very few people know, and she isn't wearing her ring publicly yet," the source tells Us Weekly. "Looks like a summer wedding!" Then again, if they waited a traditional year, it would be a spring wedding, but whatever.
Hayden, 5-foot-2, and Wladimir, 6-foot-6, dated for a couple years before breaking up in May 2011, but got back together in January, the glossy says. So getting hitched is obviously the next logical step. Sure she's only 23 and he's 37, but really, what could go wrong?
It's been 17 years since director Roland Emmerich convinced us all to fork over hard-earned cash for Independence Day, so that means it's time for either a remake or a sequel. We'll take a sequel, in this case. Two, in fact.
Emmerich tells Entertainment Weekly that he has a pair of sequels on the way, thankfully set 20 years after the 1996 original and likely not featuring Will Smith or Jeff Goldblum (although Bill Pullman may be back, since he's still playing the president on NBC's 1600 Penn).Scripts for ID Forever Part 1 and ID Forever Part 2 have already been completed with original cowriter Dean Devlin and sent to James Vanderbilt for rewrites; Vanderbilt wrote and produced Emmerich's upcoming White House Down, which sounds ominously like Olympus Has Fallen.
”The humans knew that one day the aliens would come back,” Emmerich says. ”And they know that the only way you can really travel in space is through wormholes. So for the aliens, it could take two or three weeks, but for us that’s 20 or 25 years.” …
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