Category: Hollywood Stars
It’s been a great year so far for Brie Larson, and it’s about to get even better. Fresh off an Academy Award win for her performance in Room, the Best Actress winner is set to wed musician Alex Greenwald.
Greenwald, 36, proposed to Larson, 26, during a trip to Tokyo in March, according to Us Weekly. Though the couple, who have been together for several years, waited to announce their engagement, eagle-eyed fans spotted Larson wearing an engagement ring when she hosted Saturday Night Live on May 7.
“He’s the other half of the equation – how can you explain support? I mean, it goes beyond anything,” Larson said to Entertainment Tonight at the Screen Actors Guild Awards this year. “He’s just my person, he’s my best friend.”
Greenwald was the lead singer of Phantom Planet, best known as “the band that sang the theme song for The O.C.”
California, here they come?
Black Widow never has it easy. Onscreen, Natasha Romanov has an agonizing backstory and is working like hell to do enough good to erase the red from her moral ledger, redeeming a history of bad deeds that we are only allowed to imagine with acts of heroism that defy belief.
Offscreen, much of what Scarlett Johansson’s character does is scrutinized through the lens of gender politics. As one of the few female protagonists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (until recently), some view her not just as an individual character but as a representative for all womankind. That’s heavy lifting even for a superhero.
Amid accusations that her story arc in Avengers: Age of Ultron was stereotyped and offensive — because, like Tony Stark, she expressed a desire to step back from saving the world (and maybe find someone in it to love, and love her back) — Black Widow became a lightning rod.
Some accused writer-director Joss Whedon of sexism for a storyline that involved Widow developing romantic feelings for Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner in the comic-book version of the Beauty and the Beast folktale. Others were outraged that Widow expressed regret over the juvenile assassin program that forced her to be sterilized. Still others took offense at that complaint, saying the desire to have a family doesn’t mean a woman can’t have a career (beating the hell out of evildoers, or otherwise).
NPR’s pop culture critic Linda Holmes astutely noted that even if you swapped out Widow’s story in Ultron with the arcs of any of her male co-Avengers, each would still “raise questions of whether the story was influenced by gender stereotypes.” If she was Iron Man, she’d be the problem-causer. If she was Captain America, she’d be the uptight one. If she was Hulk, she’d have out-of-control emotions. And so on …
Add to that the scarcity of Black Widow toys, which caused universal uproar, even from Ruffalo, who tweeted about the need for Marvel merchandising to do a better job of inviting young girls to play in this universe, and Natasha Romanov starts to emerge not just as a warrior but a battlefield.
Which brings us to Captain America: Civil War. Where does Natasha’s fifth appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe find her?
This time, she’s on the side of order, aligning — at least for a while — with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man in trying to get Captain America to honor the global Sokovia Accords that force “enhanced individuals” to operate under government control.
In one scene EW watched being filmed this summer, she and Tony Stark have a quiet moment after being given an ultimatum to bring down the rogue Cap — or else the U.S. government will do it in permanent fashion.
Stark rubs at the center of his chest, where his ARC reactor was once embedded. “You know the problem with a fully functional heart…? It’s stressful,” he tells Natasha.
Scarlett Johansson Interview
During a break in filming, we caught up with Johansson, and asked what she thinks of the tug-of-war over her character.
During a break in filming, we caught up with Johansson, and asked what she thinks of the tug-of-war over her character.
Where is Natasha’s head these days? In what state do we find her after the events of Age of Ultron?
Scarlett Johansson: My gosh, this is like a therapy session! When we last saw her I think the stakes were astronomical. And she basically had to make this choice between [duty] and what she probably deserves. I think up until this point, she has put the hours in and is ready for…
To be, or not to be, an Avenger?
[Laughs] You know, I don’t think she’s ever aspired to become an Avenger. That’s not really a choice that she made. It’s kind of like the events in her life led her to that point and when we see her [in Civil War], she’s finally capable of making a choice for herself. Which is kind of a milestone in someone’s life when they’ve not really participated in the decisions that were made for them. She’s finally at a place where she’s going, “Okay, I actually kind of know what I want. And I think I kind of deserve it.”
But she’s still in the fight. So is that what she wants?
Unfortunately the events that took place … she has this kind of greater calling and this huge pull towards doing what’s right for the greater good. And she chooses that, and it’s a really heroic thing that she does, I think.
Widow appeared to be leading the team of new Avengers we saw at the end of Ultron, gathered at their headquarters.
Yeah, I don’t know if she’s leading this team but she’s certainly, she’s — I think Natasha’s a very strategic thinker and that’s her strongpoint. Her superpowers, if you want to call them that, are her experience, her ability to make usually the right decision in a quick moment, in a tight minute. And she’s not personally invested. I mean, that’s what she tells herself anyway. And so that keeps her head kind of level and clear.
She seems to be leaning strongly toward Iron Man’s side of things.
I think when you find her in Civil War, she’s looking to strategize her position, putting herself in a place where she is able to let the powers that be fight it out or whatever amongst themselves. She’s always a little bit on the perimeter so she can have a better perspective of what’s really going on.
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done an amazing job of transitioning many of their characters from the page to the screen, several have gone through some significant changes in making the leap. The character who may have seen the most change from page to screen is Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, who went through a fairly substantial physical transformation. The actress says the traditional look for the character was never going to happen. Joss Whedon promised her that from day one.
Appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers in advance of this weekend’s Captain America: Civil War, the host asked Elizabeth Olsen about the more traditional look of the character. Apparently, Olsen was not previously familiar with the character when Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon presented it to her, but he promised her one thing:
[Joss] said, ‘When you go home and Google her, just know you will never ever have to wear what she wears in the comics.’ Because I did ballet growing up, but that’s not a confident look.
While all of the characters in the MCU have their ornate and somewhat bizarre outfits, most of them tend to make some sense. A couple of the guys wear giant suits of armor. The guy with the shield is a soldier. It’s difficult to argue that Wanda Maximoff’s clothing choice was particularly functional. It looks amazing as a piece of art on a comic page, there’s no question about that, but they would have had to have come up with a pretty convincing argument for why the character would choose to dress like that. It’s just not the sort of thing one would wear on a battlefield.
With a huge push into virtual reality and a major focus on television and digital, the Tribeca Film Festival offers a wide-lens snapshot of contemporary content creation. But, festival director Genna Terranova tells Jeremy Kay, “Film is the bedrock.”
Terranova and Loren Hammonds, programmer, film & interactive, talk big picture and sample a selection of offerings at this year festival, based at the Spring Studios hub.
Other highlights include the inaugural Digital Creators Market, and the Hacked programme, curated by Def Con and Mr. Robot. The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 13-24.
How do you feel as Tribeca gets underway?
Genna Terranova: It’s a really fun year. We had a really good time putting together the programme this year. We’ve seen it change a lot over the years and for the first time people have been coming to us saying, ‘We want to play in Tribeca, that’s what we thought about from the beginning.’ It was good to hear from the industry that their movies sold last year and we really took care of them. It makes our jobs a little bit easier when we know they’re satisfied with what they’re coming and getting. We work really hard to make it the best possible experience because it’s New York and it can be overwhelming and they need to feel they’re part of something special.
The film roster is lively and kicks off a little differently this year…
Genna Terranova: We’ve done opening night with each section. We divided out the US competition narrative from the international films and felt this was incredibly freeing. We were able to select a group of American films we feel are our discoveries. We wanted to give each film their own platform.
There are so many we’re proud of. Look out for [US Narrative Competition opening film] Kicks, The Fixer, Elvis & Nixon, [Viewpoints opening film] Nerdland, good acquisitions titles like [Spotlight opening film] Devil And The Deep Blue Sea. We have Adult Life Skills, [Guadalajara winner] El Charro De Toluquilla, The Phenom, Wolves, [International Narrative Competition opening film] Madly, El Clasico, The Tenth Man from Berlin, Adult Life Skills, Califórnia, Reset.
In documentaries we have All This Panic, Betting On Zero, The Return, South West Of Salem, Solitary, Night School, National Bird, Keep Quiet, Tickling Giants.
You seem excited by Command And Control in the Spotlight programme…
Genna Terranova: Command And Control by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser is based on Eric’s book about nuclear weapons and how we’re reaching a crisis point. Eric and his producer wanted to create an installation on a grand scale. It’s at Gotham Hall and they’ve worked with British Company United Artists who are masters at creating these immersive experiences. They’ve created a silo and this British band The Acid will be playing.
They’ve created a movie about nuclear weapons and it works backwards and shows you how it all came to be and… focuses on how this is a crisis and brings a lot of new imagery to get people aware of this crisis. There is a whole generation lost on this and they’re building these weapons and there’s no awareness. No-one cares that we have 16,000 of these weapons.
Eric is very passionate about it. Command And Control is based on an incident mentioned in the book. They’re intent on taking it around the world and it’s backed by the MacArthur Foundation. It will play several times on the last weekend and Michael Douglas, who is a huge anti-nuclear advocate, will do a talk too. It’s cool to see that intersection of music, film and theatre in one event.
The festival is covering a wide range of content and platforms now, besides film…
Genna Terranova: We’re trying to be a little bit more platform-agnostic. Obviously film is most important to us. We haven’t change the programme. We’re still supporting the same number of films – that’s the focus and it’s where we give $175,000 worth of awards. And last year 80% of our films sold for distribution. But we also need to be very aware of where things are evolving and begin these new initiatives small. Three years ago we started highlighting [digital creators] and who knew that three years later there would be billboards and one has an HBO show.
So how do we service that community more, because they will transition, they are making feature films, it’s already happening, but we want to support the artist in whatever direction they go in and that’s one of the reasons we have an amazing Directors series this year. We have JJ Abrams, Joss Whedon, Andrea Arnold, Jodie Foster, Baz Luhrmann, Alfonso Cuaron – these are the icons [among] film directors right now and they will have brilliant conversations.
But we felt like since we are expanding what that notion is to be a storyteller we wanted to include more voices in those conversations, so that’s why we added Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, who’s a director-producer. People are doing a lot of different things… it’s not the old studio system where people just make films. They’re moving in a lot of different directions.
Tell us a bit about the TV offerings…
Genna Terranova: We’re very proud of it. Animal Kingdom [TNT premiere] was not only a great pilot but has a great DNA as a Sundance film. Every premiere we do is coupled with an extensive talk because we want to educate the public about process… and help people understand a little bit more who the credits are.
Our identity has evolved. Storytelling has taken on a bigger focus. That’s the advantage we have. We’ve been supporting storytellers in different mediums, not only film. Film is the bedrock of the festival but on the transmedia side and telling stories outside the screen – that’s been a big priority for us for many years.
Genna Terranova: We have Roots, we have Greenleaf, [OWN], which is being produced by Oprah and for fun, Time Traveling Bong [Comedy Central], and Broad City [Comedy Central]. Roots shows how The History Channel is moving into original content, which is exciting. Chef’s Table is another one [Netflix Season 2], Grace And Frankie is a fun show on Netflix with a conversation between Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin afterwards.
We have some great conversations: The Catastrophe [Amazon] writers are British. Full Frontal [TBS]. We have The Good Wife’s farewell. It’s been a huge hit for CBS and a New York institution. We’re having Alan Ball come and do director’s commentary for the final episode of Six Feet Under. We’ll show O.J.: Made In America.[ESPN Films]. We feel the TV section represents a great cross-section of where television is today.
A lot of artists are crossing over and TV had become a stronger medium and there’s been sharing [of] a lot of the talent and servicing both communities and our industry and our business, so anything that’s providing more business for our business is a good thing, so being able to support across those platforms is important to us.
We’ve also been able to keep our curatorial voice with TV. There’s a lot of TV coming out, but there’s enough great TV that we can pick and choose a creative programme.
Genna Terranova: More and more TV companies and networks are thinking about festivals to launch their shows just as studios have thought about festivals for their films. There’s so much to see out there that whatever can give that extra visibility and attention is [important]… If you think of it in terms of venn diagrams, you have film that has come closer to television and television had had a lot of success using talent from film as in True Detective and taking the medium and getting deeply into characters. As far as prestige goes [film] has been the focus for many years and [now] you see them coming together and the talent crossing over. You see the business models [coalesce] and the same companies are investing in TV as in film.
What can people expect from the Digital Creators Market on April 21?
Genna Terranova: What’s new this year is the digital creator world, which are people who work on YouTube and Vimeo. [They] know they might not make their first film but might make a web series or to-camera personal stories, and we’re interested in how they come into the mix and [how] that talent is getting more exposure. You can see it on the billboards here.
There’s a big wave that’s happening and traditional media are curious. They need the development just like any other creators… so one initiative we’re launching this year is the Digital Creators Market and Special Screenings. That is going to be about 30 digital creators that are going to come and we’re facilitating meetings with industry in the traditional media and digital media, so it’s a whole day. We wanted to create an event for them because they don’t have a Sundance or a Tribeca on their calenda… to encourage their films to grow. Creating those environments for people to meet in New York is important to us.
We’ll have Josh Hutcherson there talking about the work he’s doing with The Black List and Indigenous. They’re producing shorts on unproduced scripts that are meant for online consumption. We’ll have YouTube original series with a new series called Sing It. You’ll get more involved in this world and know these guys – we’re all being pushed in that direction in some way.
There is an aging-out that happens when the audience that follows a lot of these creators, when they hit a certain age the creator has trouble continuing or transitioning. It’s like when Justin Timberlake was on Disney and was an actor-singer – or Britney Spears – and then they had to pivot and transition their careers. What we’re interested in is the pivot, where these kids have had a lot of training in Hollywood. They’re very knowledgeable, but how to do they transition into bigger stuff because it is essentially a talent pool that’s really been untested in the more traditional sense.
We’re thinking of it as an incubator and putting them in a room and talking about the things they’re creating. It’s really exciting. We have a film in our US Narrative comptetition called Women Who Kill from Ingrid Jungermann who was a web sieres creator and now she’s making her feature film debut and it’s a brilliant, witty film. This is a unique voice that came from a unique place. We have Francis For Coppola in Storytellers and he’s speaking not just about film but about food and wine. It’s remarkable that we’ve gotten to build this out of the Directors Series and got people to get excited to speak with us. They’re calling us and asking how they can get involved. It’s a great position.
Virtual reality crops up in the Storyscapes section and you also have a dedicated programme...
Genna Terranova: This year we’ve created the Virtual Arcade, It’s a bigger VR platform. It’s more of a populist programme where we’re trying to show the breadth of work that VR creators are doing. We have Invasion!, an experience by Eric Darnell [and Maureen Fan] from Baobab Studios. He’s the director of Madagascar and has created this animated VR experience about bunnies fighting aliens and and it’s really entertaining.
There’s another one called Allumette from Penrose Studios created by Eugene Chung, who was at Pixar. It’s beautifully animated and it based on The Little Match Girl… We’ll have multiple stations for Allumette where people can go in. It’s a 10 by 10 stall, you put the headset on, you’re tethered to a computer and you get to wander around this beautiful Venetian-inspired world.
Genna Terranova: You have serious VC’s money backing these companies out of San Francisco who are pushing technology forward every day; literally every day they’re coming up with new things to solve issues and have created these worlds… Animators in particular are creating worlds around us so you can move inside them and look at things. Maureen [Fan] is playing with the idea of the sense of touch so when you’re immersed she introduces something sensory outside your field of vision and how that makes the viewer react.
Felix + Paul are our artists in residence and have Imagination Day, when there will be 500 people with headsets experiencing a piece.
Genna Terranova: Virtual reality is an isolated experience and we’re trying to make it communal. Augmented reality will evolve, but right now we’re having a lot of fun supporting the earlier stage. The leaps and bounds they’ve come since last year is amazing.
Just because Henry Cavill makes a dashing Clark Kent doesn’t mean he’s always Superman outside of Hollywood. In fact, he can have a downright Lex Luthor-like side to him at times when it comes to his love life. Let’s take a look at the darker side of the Man of Steel’s relationship history.
Superman shouldn’t brag
When ShortList asked Cavill whether he wears swimming shorts or “budgie smugglers” (Speedos, for the uncultured), he replied, “Definitely, definitely swimming shorts. More like a parrot smugglers. A Macaw or something. Perhaps a large bird of prey. Bald eagle. There you go.” Remember the old adage about protesting too much? That applies to Cavill’s comments. At least Batman’s actors are a bit more subtle with the innuendos.
He likes younger women a little too much
In 2016, Cavill’s girlfriend, Tara King, was 13 years younger than him—and she couldn’t even drink legally stateside! When asked about his barely legal love, he explained to Elle, “People say age is just a number. It’s actually real and true sign of someone’s maturity. But in this case, she’s fantastic. When I met my girlfriend, I was super intimidated. I wanted to impress her.”
He was even nervous about the whole ordeal, saying “I was thinking, ‘Don’t mess this up, man.'” Oh, calm down, Kal-El. You’re a movie star. She’s a college student. The only risk of immaturity may be Cavill’s own: you know those weird 20-somethings who hang out in high school parking lots? Think along those lines, but even older.
His last girlfriend was pretty sketchy
Cavill’s last girlfriend before King, Marisa Gonzalo, didn’t seem like a match for the actor at all. Why? Cavill is a self-proclaimed and well-documented animal lover, and Gonzalo, well, likes to post pictures of herself posing with animals she killed hunting. Celebrity Dirty Laundry reports that Gonzalo frequently leaked photos of her excursions with Cavill, and that the pair met at a Michigan gym while he was filming in the area. Once Cavill got wind of Gonzalo spilling on their affair to press, he called it quits on the relationship.
He can’t decide what he wants
While Cavill’s tastes lean towards younger ladies now, he admits that he dated a 32-year-old woman when he was 19—and he still isn’t quite sure what to do with his heart (or, uh, his bald eagle). He told Playboy, “It’s tough for anyone to be in a relationship with someone like me. It’s a tough lifestyle. If I want someone who’s a professional, they’ve got their own s*** going on.
So unless I meet someone who’s very, very young who hasn’t yet started trying a career like that, you can then go, ‘Okay, I’m going to travel with you and do some stuff, maybe I’ll write or whatever; I’ll entertain myself or build my own kind of travelling career.’ I’m looking for someone who’s my own age and will have a career. If they haven’t, then maybe I should be worried. It’s easier said than done.” We hope he finally finds her.
He won’t stop talking about sex
In an interview with Jimmy Fallon in August 2015, Cavill was asked about his workout regimen. Cavill responded, “For cardio… run? That’s the savory answer.” We all know what he actually meant, especially when he looked around suspiciously and said, “It burns a lot of calories.” That same month, he told The Guardian that playing Superman is “like shagging someone for the first time. Sometimes it turns out to be amazing. Mostly you’re trying to get each other’s rhythm going. It’s on the next go that you start to expand.” Cool it, Kent. Jimmy Olsen might be listening!
Birth Name: Katherine V. Litwack
Date of Birth: 13 June 1986
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5′ 3½” (1,61 m)
Katherine Litwack (born June 13, 1986), known professionally as Kat Dennings, is an American actress. Starting with a role in an episode of the HBO dramedy series Sex and the City, Dennings has since appeared in the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Big Momma’s House 2, Charlie Bartlett, Raise Your Voice, The House Bunny, Defendor, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Thor, and Thor: The Dark World. Since 2011, she stars alongside Beth Behrs in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.
Kat Dennings began her career in commercials at the age of 10. Her first acting job was an ad for potato chips. Dennings made her professional debut with an appearance on HBO’s Sex and the City in 2000, in the episode “Hot Child in the City”, playing an obnoxious 13-year-old who hires Samantha to handle publicity for her bat mitzvah. She then starred on the short-lived WB sitcom Raising Dad from 2001 to 2002 as Sarah, a 15-year-old raised by her widowed father (Bob Saget), with a pre-teen sister (Brie Larson). In 2002, Dennings appeared in the Disney Channel film The Scream Team as a teenager who stumbles into a group of ghosts. She was cast for a five-episode run on The WB’s Everwood, but the role was recast with Nora Zehetner.
Kat Dennings continued working on television, guest-starring on Without a Trace as a teen whose boyfriend goes missing, and on Less than Perfect in 2003. In February 2004, she was cast in a pilot for CBS titled Sudbury, about a family of modern-day witches, based on the 1998 film Practical Magic, but the series was not picked up. Dennings had a recurring role on ER from 2005 to 2006 as Zoe Butler, and guest-starred in the CSI franchise twice: first on itself, as Missy Wilson, in the 2004 episode “Early Rollout”. Then, on CSI: NY as Sarah Endecott, in the 2005 episode “Manhattan Manhunt”.
Kat Dennings made her feature film debut in Hilary Duff’s Raise Your Voice in 2004 as Sloane, a somber piano student. In 2005, she landed supporting roles in The 40-Year-Old Virgin as Catherine Keener’s character’s daughter, and in Down in the Valley. She played a rebellious teenager in the 2006 film Big Momma’s House 2, starring Martin Lawrence.[
Dennings starred in Charlie Bartlett in 2008, the story of a wealthy teenager (Anton Yelchin) who acts as a psychiatrist for his new public high school. She played Susan Gardner, Bartlett’s love interest, and the daughter of the school’s principal (Robert Downey, Jr.). Dennings appeared in The House Bunny that year, as Mona, a pierced feminist sorority girl. She also starred in the teen romance, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, with Michael Cera.
Kat Dennings played Norah Silverberg, the daughter of a famous record producer, and was nominated for the International Press Academy’s Satellite Award for Best Actress for the performance. In September 2008, Dennings hoped to make Don DeLillo’s novel End Zone into a film. Actors Sam Rockwell and Josh Hartnett were involved, but the project was not greenlit because of its controversial subject matter of nuclear war.
In 2009, Dennings appeared in The Answer Man, a story about a celebrity author whose manifestos become a sort of new Bible. She also co-starred in the Robert Rodriguez-directed dark children’s film Shorts that year. She played the protagonist Toe (Jimmy Bennett)’s teenage older sister, Stacey Thompson. Dennings and other rising stars were featured in the August 2009 issue of Vanity Fair, re-enacting scenes from famous Depression-era films, hers being Sydney Pollack’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969). Dennings was cast in the romantic comedy film Liars (A to E) in 2009. However, the Richard Linklater-directed project was cancelled due to cut backs at Miramax Films by the studio’s parent company, Disney.
Dennings appeared in the superhero film Defendor in 2009, starring Woody Harrelson and Sandra Oh, playing a crack-addicted prostitute. The following year, she starred in the independent feature Daydream Nation as a girl who moves from the city to a strange rural town, and is caught in a love triangle with her high school teacher (Josh Lucas) and a teenage drug dealer (Reece Thompson). The film began shooting in Vancouver in early 2010, and was written and directed by Michael Golbach. In May 2010, Dennings appeared in a music video for “40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)”, a single by Austin, Texas-based musician Bob Schneider. Robert Rodriguez directed the video, which was filmed in various locations around Austin.
Dennings was part of the cast of the Marvel Studios film Thor, released in May 2011, and directed by Kenneth Branagh. She played Darcy Lewis, a tech-savvy, shy sidekick and assistant to Natalie Portman’s character, Jane Foster. The film went into production in January 2010, and was shot in New Mexico for six weeks in early 2010.
Dennings began starring in 2 Broke Girls in 2011, a CBS sitcom written and produced by Michael Patrick King and comedian Whitney Cummings. The comedy follows the lives of two underemployed girls. Beth Behrs co-stars as a Manhattan heiress who lost her inheritance, while Dennings plays a tough outspoken girl from Brooklyn. Dennings liked the idea of reaching a wider audience with her work, so she accepted the role on the network sitcom. On March 12, 2015, CBS renewed the series for a fifth season.
Dennings starred in Day One (originally titled Renee) in 2012, with Chad Michael Murray and Rupert Friend. She played Renee Yohe, a Florida teenager who struggled with substance abuse and self-injury, and who inspired the founding of the nonprofit organization To Write Love on Her Arms. The film began production in Orlando, Florida in February 2011. In mid-2012, Dennings filmed the independent feature Suburban Gothic, playing a small-town bartender.
Dennings introduced The Black Keys at the 55th Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013. She appeared in a music video for the Hanson single “Get the Girl Back”, alongside Nikki Reed. The actresses are close friends and are both fans of the pop group. The video premiered on April 4, 2013. In 2013, Dennings reprised her role as Darcy Lewis in Thor: The Dark World. She worked on the film and 2 Broke Girls at the same time, flying to London to film for six months between breaks on her CBS sitcom.
Birth Name: Mary Rose Byrne
Date of Birth: 24 July 1979
Birth Place: Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 5′ 6¼” (1,68 m)
Mary Rose Byrne (born 24 July 1979) is an Australian actress. Byrne made her screen debut in 1992 with a small role in the film Dallas Doll. In 2000, she played a leading role in the Australian film The Goddess of 1967, which brought her a Venice Film Festival award for Best Actress.
From 2007 to 2012, she played Ellen Parsons in the cable television series Damages, which earned her two Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations. Along with co-star Glenn Close, she appeared in all of the show’s fifty-nine episodes. Byrne has also starred in the films Troy, 28 Weeks Later, Insidious, X-Men: First Class, as well as the comedies Bridesmaids, Neighbors and Spy.
Rose Byrne was in a relationship with Australian writer, director and actor Brendan Cowell for over six years. Cowell moved from Sydney to New York City, following Byrne’s success on Damages. The relationship ended in January 2010.
In 2012, Byrne began dating actor Bobby Cannavale. Cannavale confirmed their relationship at the 2013 Emmy Awards ceremony during his acceptance speech for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award, saying “And I want to thank the love of my life, Rose [Byrne].” In October 2015, it was announced that Byrne and Cannavale were expecting their first child. On February 1, 2016, they welcomed a son named Rocco Robin.
Byrne lives in New York and has said of this stage in her life that she remains insecure about a stable career, saying, “I don’t think that [insecurity] ever leaves you. You’re a freelancer. There’s always an element of uncertainty.”
Birth Name: Kristanna Sommer Løken
Date of Birth: 8 October 1979
Birth Place: Ghent, New York, USA
Height 5′ 10¾” (1,8 m)
Kristanna Sommer Loken was born in Ghent, New York, to Rande (Porath) and Merlin “Chris” Loken. She is of half Norwegian and half German descent. She began her modeling career at the early age of 15. Encouraged by her mother, who was a model prior to her daughter’s birth, Kristanna’s modeling career, as well as her aspirations in acting brought her to New York where she now resides.
The glamorous actress / model seems to have stayed true to her roots: her father owns an apple farm in upstate New York where he writes novels and screenplays. Aside from establishing herself as a supermodel with an Elite contract, Kristanna has made numerous television appearances as well as what could be her breakthrough film role in Terminatör 3 – The Rise of the Machines (2003) opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, released in 2003.
After her mother encouraged her to become a model, Loken participated at the 1994 Elite Model Look in which she placed 3rd runner-up. Loken started her acting career in 1994 as the third actress to play Danielle ‘Dani’ Andropoulos on an episode of As the World Turns. She later appeared in several television shows and films, including regular appearances on the television shows Philly, Unhappily Ever After and Boy Meets World.
In 1998 she starred in Mortal Kombat: Conquest as Taja. She is probably best known for her performance as the cyborg T-X (Terminatrix) in the 2003 movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. In 2004, she appeared in a German television movie, Die Nibelungen (also known as “Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King” or “Sword of Xanten”), which aired as a 2-part mini-series and set a ratings record. She starred as the leading character in the 2006 film version of the video game BloodRayne, and appeared in director Uwe Boll’s film version of the video game Dungeon Siege, called In the Name of the King.
She appeared in 10 episodes of the fourth season of The L Word, which debuted in January 2007. Additionally, she starred as the title character in the Sci-Fi Channel’s series Painkiller Jane which aired from April to September 2007. In December 2011, Loken appeared in the fifth-season finale of the USA Network TV series Burn Notice as CIA agent Rebecca Lang, and would reprise that role in three sixth-season episodes during mid-2012.
In 2014, she starred in the action movie Mercenaries, alongside Cynthia Rothrock, Brigitte Nielsen, Vivica A. Fox, Zoë Bell and Nicole Bilderback.
Disney has confirmed that Emily Blunt will play Mary Poppins in an upcoming remake of the much-loved film. The studio has also announced plans for nine new live-action movies inspired by previous hits, including a 101 Dalmations spin-off Cruella, starring actress Emma Stone in the leading role.
Emily has long been rumoured to play the title role in the Mary Poppins reboot since it was announced in September. However the actress, who is pregnant with her second child, previously played down reports that she had already been offered the role, telling Digital Spy: “No, I’ve heard rumours of this and people have spoken to me about it today and there’s not been anything official. I mean, she’s an icon.”
The new film will be set 20 years after Disney’s original Mary Poppins, and will draw inspiration from all of P.L Travers eight book series, with Into the Woods director Rob Marshall already on board.
Leslie Bibb, one-time Popular girl to talk about her comedic role in Amazon’s hot new pilot, “Salem Rogers”. The conversation became much less rigid, with the actress dishing her secrets to keeping any love hot, teaching me how to throw shade like Naomi Campbell, and powerfully explaining why she’s hopeful this new show makes waves for women.
So you’re in a new Amazon pilot, “Salem Rogers”, opposite Rachel Dratch. It’s amazing.
I know! I read that script and told the writers, “I am your girl!” I play a one-time supermodel who returns from rehab to, once again, take on the fashion world. Lots of people call Salem “mean and rude,” but I don’t think of it that way. She has gumption, she doesn’t care what any one thinks about her.
And Rachel Dratch is your co-star?!
Yes, we’ve been friends for years. She plays Salem’s ex-assistant. It’s funny, they’re both like half human beings caught in arrested development. When they come together, they make one hell of a whole human being.
Every star needs an assistant, I guess. Any funny stories?
I have a celebrity friend who told me a story about how she was pissed at her boyfriend and ran a car into his house. “What?! Who did you call,” I asked. “My assistant,” she said. Assistants in Hollywood see the craziest things!
You were once a top model. Any crazy stories from behind the scenes?
So, Oprah, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Molly Sims helped me become a model. And four years later, there was a Versace show I was cast in. I remember one girl, who wasn’t even like a big supermodel, was being so mean to me. And out of nowehere Naomi Campbell looked over at me and said “you’re the one we chose!” She asked how I was doing, and I told her ‘that girl was being really mean to me.’ And she just turned to her and f****ing told that girl off. Then, like nothing happened, she walked down the runway steps like a gazelle. She was perfect.
One skill you learned from being a model that’s helped you in Hollywood?
Well, I learned that though you’ll mostly hear “no,” you have to keep going and never take anything personally. But I also learned at 16, from living in New York to Italy and Japan by myself, how important it is to be responsible and show up. You have to hustle, and show up to make it.
Ever want to take anything from the set of Salem Rogers?
There are Jimmy Choo gladiator heels in the first scene. And I remember telling the crew that they were “everything to me. That in my soul, I know this is what Salem should be wearing.” And that’s what’s great about being an actress vs. a model. You don’t question what people put you in as a model. As an actress you have say about your character, about their personalities, and even their outfits. As a model, you shut up and you take the walk…it’s beautiful, but it’s not you.
What are you most excited about if your pilot gets picked up by Amazon?
Well, aside from there being so much to mine with my character, I’m excited to see the writer’s room. The writer, Lindsey Vaillancourt, is a woman and the idea of bucking the trend in Hollywood and having a room full of women writers would be incredible. So many men write for women, and it’s fine, but just imagine the possibilities.
So how do we vote?
Head to Amazon, watch the pilot, and favorably review! Amazon will choose the pilot with the most interactions to pick up!
And, finally, you’ve been dating Sam Rockwell forever. What are the 3 things that make a love last?
- Hot Sex
- Make each other laugh
Said like a top model, no?