Rob Reiner pays tribute to ‘guiding light’ Carl Reiner

Rob Reiner has paid tribute to his father Carl Reiner following his death on Monday.The Hollywood icon passed away from natural causes at the age of 98 on Monday, and his actor/director son Rob was among the first to share his heartache at the news. “…

Rob Reiner has paid tribute to his father Carl Reiner following his death on Monday.

The Hollywood icon passed away from natural causes at the age of 98 on Monday, and his actor/director son Rob was among the first to share his heartache at the news.

“Last night my dad passed away,” he shared in a post on Twitter on Tuesday. “As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”

Famous friends of The Dick Van Dyke Show creator paid their respects on social media, including Mel Brooks, his close friend and frequent collaborator.

“Carl was a giant, unmatched in his contributions to entertainment,” he shared on Twitter. “Whether he wrote or performed or he was just your best friend – nobody could do it better. He’ll be greatly missed. A tired cliche in times like this, but in Carl Reiner’s case it’s absolutely true. He will be greatly missed.”

Bette Midler, who starred in Carl’s 1997 film That Old Feeling, wrote: “The great #CarlReiner has gone to that Show of Shows in the sky. I worked with him, loved him, and consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world to have once attended lunch with his hilarious, guarrulous (sic) gang…” while Dick Van Dyke, who worked with the actor on the U.S. sitcom from 1961 to 1966, posted: “100% pure mensch (person of integrity and honour). We love you so much.”

Carl’s longtime friend Alan Alda shared a photo of the pair with Brooks, and wrote: “His talent will live on for a long time, but the loss of his kindness and decency leaves a hole in our hearts. We love you, Carl.”

George Clooney also fondly remembered Carl, who portrayed conman Saul Bloom in the Ocean’s Eleven film trilogy: “Carl Reiner made every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder.

“It all seemed so effortless. What an incredible gift he gave us all. His was a life well lived and we’re all the better for it. Rest in peace my friend.”

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Robert Pattinson: ‘The anticipation for The Batman energises me’

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance. The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and…

Robert Pattinson has found the anticipation for his movie The Batman is fuelling his performance.

The Twilight actor was in the middle of filming his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’s superhero movie when the coronavirus pandemic struck and production was shut down.

In a new profile piece with GQ magazine, the 34-year-old was asked why he wanted to take on such a well-known role and he explained that being part of that legacy and feeling fans’ excitement was appealing.

“It’s a legacy part, right? I like that. There’s so few things in life where people passionately care about it before it’s even happened,” he shared. “You can almost feel that pushback of anticipation, and so it kind of energises you a little bit. It’s different from when you’re doing a part and there’s a possibility that no one will even see it. Right? In some ways it’s, I don’t know… It makes you a little kind of spicy.”

The Caped Crusader has been portrayed onscreen many times by the likes of Christian Bale, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck, but rather than being daunted by following in their footsteps, Pattinson has enjoyed trying to find his own version of the character.

“I kind of like the fact that not only are there very, very, very well-done versions of the character which seem pretty definitive, but I was thinking that there are multiple definitive playings of the character,” the British star explained. “And then I was thinking, it’s fun when more and more ground has been covered. Like, where is the gap? You’ve seen this sort of lighter version, you’ve seen a kind of jaded version, a kind of more animalistic version. And the puzzle of it becomes quite satisfying, to think: Where’s my opening?”

Pattinson will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is scheduled to open in cinemas in July. Fans were under the assumption the mysterious film involved time travel, given the reversed action seen in the trailer, but the actor insisted to GQ: “He’s not a time traveller. There’s actually no time travelling. That’s, like, the one thing I’m approved to say.”

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Val Kilmer reveals why he quit Batman role after one movie

Val Kilmer has finally revealed the reason why he quit playing Batman after just one movie.The actor played Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in 1995’s star-studded blockbuster Batman Forever, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee …

Val Kilmer has finally revealed the reason why he quit playing Batman after just one movie.

The actor played Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in 1995’s star-studded blockbuster Batman Forever, alongside the likes of Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Chris O’Donnell, and Drew Barrymore.

At the time, Joel Schumacher, who directed the superhero movie and the subsequent sequel Batman & Robin, claimed that Kilmer had quit due to filming commitments.

However, more than 25 years after exiting the superhero role, Kilmer has explained that he left the lucrative comic-book franchise after an incident on the set of Batman Forever.

During a profile for The New York Times, the 60-year-old recalled being in costume on set one day to meet business tycoon Warren Buffett and his grandchildren, but the kids were far more interested in looking at the Batmobile and high-tech props instead.

“That’s why it’s so easy to have five or six Batmans. It’s not about Batman. There is no Batman,” he said, noting that anyone could wear the mask. “Everyone has to work out their own salvation. How to live and by what morality, and I found that the part that I feel bad about is hurting somebody in the process.”

He was eventually replaced by George Clooney, who fronted the critically-panned Batman & Robin in 1997. It was the last movie starring the Caped Crusader until Christopher Nolan rebooted the DC Comics franchise with Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale, in 2005. The character has since been played by Ben Affleck and is soon to be portrayed by Robert Pattinson.

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Alicia Silverstone hurt by Batgirl body-shaming comments

Alicia Silverstone was hurt by the public body-shaming that came with her role as Batgirl in 1997’s Batman & Robin.The Clueless star has confessed that she still hates to think about all the negativity and criticism that she faced as she suited up for …

Alicia Silverstone was hurt by the public body-shaming that came with her role as Batgirl in 1997’s Batman & Robin.

The Clueless star has confessed that she still hates to think about all the negativity and criticism that she faced as she suited up for the star-studded film flop, and said she really struggled with some of the harsh comments made about her body by the media when she was just 21 years old.

“They would make fun of my body when I was younger,” Alicia told British newspaper The Guardian. “It was hurtful but I knew they were wrong. I wasn’t confused. I knew that it was not right to make fun of someone’s body shape; that doesn’t seem like the right thing to be doing to a human.”

The actress played the crime-fighting superhero in the comic book movie alongside George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman, and Elle Macpherson.

The 43-year-old previously opened up about being referred to as “Fatgirl” in a 2018 interview with Vanity Fair, revealing the criticism almost made her quit Hollywood.

“It didn’t make me think, ‘Oh yes, I’m going to try really hard to be (what you think I should be),” she told the publication. “My response was, ‘Hell no’. I had no interest in being famous or maintaining any kind of fame. If you told me that acting meant I was going to be called fat and have to do things a certain way, then I was like, ‘F off’.”

Elsewhere in The Guardian interview, Alicia admitted she “stopped loving acting for a very long time”. She vaguely said, “There were working circumstances that were less than favourable in terms of how things went down… And no, I didn’t say ‘f**k you’ and come out like a warrior but I would just walk away and go, OK I know what that is and I’m done, I’m not going near that again.”

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Robert Pattinson declared ‘most beautiful man’ in the world

Robert Pattinson has been declared as the world’s “most beautiful” man by a top plastic surgeon. Dr. Julian De Silva measured the eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, jaw, and facial shape of many male celebrities, using the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty …

Robert Pattinson has been declared as the world’s “most beautiful” man by a top plastic surgeon.

Dr. Julian De Silva measured the eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, jaw, and facial shape of many male celebrities, using the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi, and concluded that the Twilight actor came closest to the Greeks’ idea of perfection.

“The 33-year-old actor was found to be 92.15 per cent accurate to the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi – which measures physical perfection,” Dr. De Silva wrote on Instagram. “The list was compiled using the latest computerised mapping techniques. Robert Pattinson was the clear winner when all elements of the face were measured for physical perfection.

“The Golden Ratio was a mathematical equation devised by the Greeks in an attempt to measure beauty… The premise behind this is that the closer the ratios of a face or body are to the number 1.618 (Phi), the more beautiful they become.”

Pattinson’s chin, eye position, and nose length/width came the closest to perfection, while his lips scored the lowest percentage.

Justice League star Henry Cavill came in second on Dr. De Silva’s most beautiful list with 91.64 per cent, followed by Bradley Cooper in third with 91.08 per cent, Brad Pitt in fourth with 90.51 per cent, and George Clooney in fifth with 89.91 per cent.

Clooney had previously topped the list but had dropped down to fifth as “the effect of ageing on the 58-year-old had resulted in a loss of volume in the face,” Dr. De Silva explained.

Retired sports star David Beckham came in seventh place, although he had a near-perfect ratio in the size of his nose and his lips.

Back in October, Dr. De Silva declared Bella Hadid the world’s most beautiful woman, followed by Beyonce and Amber Heard.

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Jennifer Aniston: ‘I don’t feel 50’

Jennifer Aniston has no qualms about getting older.The Morning Show star reached the milestone in February and celebrated with a star-studded bash in Los Angeles that included the likes of George and Amal Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., …

Jennifer Aniston has no qualms about getting older.

The Morning Show star reached the milestone in February and celebrated with a star-studded bash in Los Angeles that included the likes of George and Amal Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Ellen DeGeneres, Barbra Streisand, and Laura Dern.

Now, Jennifer – who was recently named as one of People magazine’s People of the Year, told the publication that she has no anxiety over the ageing process.

“(I don’t) feel 50,” she shared. “I don’t know what that’s supposed to feel like or look like. I know what society has painted it as and what narrative we put around it but none of that applies to myself in terms of how I feel about it.”

Jennifer went on to explain that she thinks of birthdays – whatever the age – as markers of good health. Accordingly, this is part of the reason why she wanted to have a big blowout for her 50th.

“Well, I love a big ol’ celebration and I thought what’s the alternative? Look, the alternative to not being 50 is because you’re not here anymore!” the star laughed. “And thank God. I think of all the people that we’ve lost before the age of 50 or at the age of 50. And also, I think we’re living longer now.”

As for what this past year has taught her, the Friends actress confessed she feels much more capable as she enters the next decade of her life.

“The words ‘I dare you’ or ‘no’ always make me kind of go, ‘Oh, okay. Well, let’s just see,'” she said.

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George Clooney to direct and star in new Netflix movie

George Clooney will direct and star in Netflix’s adaptation of the sci-fi novel Good Morning, Midnight.The Oscar winner and his producing partner Grant Heslov will also oversee the post-apocalyptic movie, which has been adapted for the screen by The Re…

George Clooney will direct and star in Netflix’s adaptation of the sci-fi novel Good Morning, Midnight.

The Oscar winner and his producing partner Grant Heslov will also oversee the post-apocalyptic movie, which has been adapted for the screen by The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith from Lily Brooks-Dalton’s 2016 novel of the same name, according to Deadline.

Clooney will play Augustine, an ageing scientist who has become isolated in the Arctic after abandoning his research team during an evacuation, and discovers a child named Iris.

His story becomes intertwined with that of Mission Specialist Sullivan, an astronaut who has manned a team to the planet Jupiter on spacecraft Aether, and is trying to communicate with Augustine in an effort to get back to Earth.

“Grant and I couldn’t be more excited to be involved with this incredible project,” Clooney said in a statement. “Mark is a writer we’ve long admired and his script is haunting. We’re thrilled to be working with our friends at Netflix as well.”

Clooney is currently enjoying success with another streaming service project, Hulu’s six-part limited series Catch-22. The Ocean’s Eleven star directed two episodes of the show, which is based on Joseph Heller’s classic novel about Captain John Yossarian and the fictional 256th Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Forces.

Scott Stuber, head of Netflix’s film division, told Variety it was an honour to work with Clooney, who he has known for more than 20 years.

“I can’t think of anyone better to bring this amazing story to life. The book is powerful and moving, and Mark’s adaptation is beautifully written. At its core, this is a story about human nature, and one that I know our global audiences will fall in love with, just like I did when I read it,” he added.

Filming is scheduled to begin in October.

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Catch 22 costumes are genuine WWII garments

Catch 22 costume designer Jenny Eagan managed to track down genuine World War II uniforms in America after first trying her luck overseas.The new mini-series, based on Joseph Heller’s classic novel about Captain John Yossarian and the fictional 256th S…

Catch 22 costume designer Jenny Eagan managed to track down genuine World War II uniforms in America after first trying her luck overseas.

The new mini-series, based on Joseph Heller’s classic novel about Captain John Yossarian and the fictional 256th Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Forces, premiered last month, with George Clooney, Kyle Chandler and Girls actor Christopher Abbott starring.

Explaining how she wanted the costumes to be as realistic as possible, Jenny was surprised to find most of what she needed on home soil, after originally being told England was the place she’d be able to pick up old army uniforms.

“Well, that was not the case. There’s little bits here and there (in England). I’d have had to go to multiple shows year-round to collect all the stuff,” she said at a recent IndieWire event, adding that she found what she needed much closer to home.

“There were hundreds of thousands of young men and boys who went to war. Places like Western Costume, over the years, got stuff that was never used, like dead stock, or things that were collected for years, because there was so much of it. The green (jackets) and the pants, they didn’t wear that in their life very much. Manufacturers had containers of them.”

Another problem Jenny faced was the difference in body shapes men of today have compared to 70 years ago.

However, the designer found the costumes were a perfect fit for the extras used on location in Italy.

“What’s difficult is nobody is the same size as they use to be,” Jenny mused. “The good thing is, ironically, all the young men in Sardinia are known for being jockeys and boxers, so they are smaller than modern American men today. So all the background (actors), it fit them perfect.”

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Editors Guild urges Academy to televise all Oscars winners live

The Motion Picture Editors Guild has asked the Academy to reverse its decision to present four Oscars during the commercial breaks.There has been an outcry in Hollywood following the news that the awards for Best Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Acti…

The Motion Picture Editors Guild has asked the Academy to reverse its decision to present four Oscars during the commercial breaks.

There has been an outcry in Hollywood following the news that the awards for Best Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short and Make-up and Hairstyling will not be televised live during the show on 24 February (19).

The Editors Guild is the latest body to share its disappointment, with Editors Guild president Alan Heim sharing an email he sent to his members with Deadline.

“In its mandate to shorten the Academy Awards’ telecast, the Academy has insulted all of us who work ‘below the line.’ Many of our members and those of other IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Locals are understandably upset,” he began the email.

“There is much outcry for the Academy to reverse its decision, and the Motion Picture Editors Guild joins those voices. If it does not reverse its decision, let us all do everything we can to see that this demeaning experiment will not be repeated.”

Heim also highlighted the fact that the annual awards show, the most important night in the showbiz calendar, motivates endless amounts of people to seek a career in film and that the educational value may be even greater than the entertainment factor.

“It doesn’t matter which categories are affected this year or next; none of them should be,” he wrote. “The very idea is anathema to the collaborative nature of filmmaking. The Academy has historically honored ALL of the crafts involved in filmmaking and the search for better TV ratings shouldn’t affect that. We have always been told that the Academy honors the very best in filmmaking, but removing some categories from equal acknowledgement on the air seems to contradict that narrative.”

A host of Hollywood heavyweights like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese have also demanded the decision be reversed in an open letter which was sent to Academy bosses calling on them to reinstate the Oscars categories they’ve relegated to the ad breaks. More stars have since signed the letter, including Alfonso Cuaron, Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

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Amal Clooney’s showstopping royal wedding dress available to buy

Copies of Amal Clooney’s popular Stella McCartney dress are now available to purchase. The human rights lawyer, who is married to Hollywood actor George Clooney, made a splash at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in May (…

Copies of Amal Clooney’s popular Stella McCartney dress are now available to purchase. 

The human rights lawyer, who is married to Hollywood actor George Clooney, made a splash at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in May (18) when she stepped out at Windsor Castle, England in a marigold yellow midi dress with cap sleeves and matching hat from the London-based fashion designer.

Amal’s ensemble proved to be a major hit with fans on social media, and now, Stella has released replicas of the dress for customers to buy.

“Worn by Amal Clooney to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, Stella McCartney’s canary-yellow Amal dress will make an elegant statement at a special occasion,” a description of the garment reads on the Matches Fashion website. “It’s crafted to a vintage-inspired silhouette with a lightly pleated square neckline and ties at the back which flow over the figure-flattering shape. Style it with metallic accessories and glittering pumps for a sophisticated edit.”

Known as the Amal Tie-Back Crepe Dress, the number is currently only available in yellow. The dress is priced at $1,612 (£1,250).

Apart from Meghan’s stunning white Givenchy wedding gown and her chic halterneck reception dress, also designed by Stella, Amal’s outfit was one of the most talked-about looks from the wedding.

According to data compiled by researchers at Lyst, over 17,000 people, from 65 countries, searched for a yellow Stella McCartney dress in the 48 hours following the wedding, while traffic to the designer’s website increased by 3,000 per cent in one day.

Other highly sought-after looks from the wedding included actress Carey Mulligan’s floral Erdem dress and the black floral Valentino ballgown tennis ace Serena Williams wore to the reception.

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