“I think it’s time science had a comeback,” says Brad Bird. “To me, science is God. How could anyone not be excited by it?” With his new film, Tomorrowland — about an All-American teen genius (Britt Robertson) recruited to join a futuristic secret society of the best and brightest and help save the world — the 56-year-old director wants to turn a new generation on to the glories of intellectual curiosity and good old-fashioned optimism. And given that this former animator ( The Incredibles , Ratatouille ) is the man who gave us Tom Cruise scaling the Petronas Towers in Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol , Bird plans on doing this the only way he knows how: via a big-budget summer blockbuster, complete with special effects, CGI landscapes, robot moppets and George Clooney . He could make you believe a rat was a culinary wunderkind, but can he make utopian nerdiness cool? Right before Tomorrowland ‘s premiere, Rolling Stone spoke to Bird about finding humanity … [Read more...] about ‘Tomorrowland’ Never Knows: Brad Bird on His Science-Geek Summer Flick
EXCLUSIVE: The Santa Barbara Film Festival will be getting a touch of Lucy and Desi by way of honoring another pair of major stars. Oscar winners Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman will be honored with the prestigious Maltin Modern Master Award at the 37th annual edition of the fest on Thursday, March 10 when they will engage with veteran film historian and critic Leonard Maltin for an in-person conversation about their careers leading up to this year’s performances as Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos from Amazon Studios. They both recently received individual Lead Actor SAG Award nominations. Bardem and Kidman, who have never before worked together, previously won Oscars for No Country for Old Men (2007) and The Hours (2002), respectively. Each have a long career of acclaimed performances. “Nicole Kidman continues to challenge and reinvent herself year after year. Javier Bardem’s talent is a gift to the world. Only in Hollywood … [Read more...] about ‘Being The Ricardos’ Stars Javier Bardem And Nicole Kidman To Receive Maltin Master Award At Santa Barbara Film Festival
Houston Astros star George Springer has been disciplined by the MLB ... and it's over a homophobic slur he mouthed at an umpire after a strikeout. The incident went down back on April 23 during the Astros-Twins game -- when Springer was called out on strikes by umpire Angel Hernandez on a pitch GP clearly thought was WAY too low. As Springer was venting about the call in the dugout ... cameras caught the outfielder mouthing the words to Angel, "f**king c*** sucker!" George Springer to Angel Hernandez: “Angel! That’s the same pitch you just called a ball.” pic.twitter.com/9ArWZVlYwg @Chron_MattYoung Now, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has issued a statement to Outsports ... saying the MLB has internally punished the 'Stros star for the vulgar language. "This inappropriate behavior was addressed with Mr. Springer and the Houston Astros,” Manfred said ... “and he has been disciplined.” Unclear what the punishment was for Springer ... but he has … [Read more...] about MLB’s George Springer Punished For Mouthing Homophobic Slur at Umpire
Steroids contributed to the shocking and sudden death of bodybuilder George Peterson ... autopsy results, obtained by TMZ Sports , revealed. In the documents, officials say Peterson died due to "sudden cardiac dysrhythmia due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease." They note in the docs that "anabolic steroid use" was a contributing factor. Officials ruled the manner of death as "natural." He was just 37 years old. Gallery Launch Gallery As we previously reported, Peterson -- aka "Da Bull" -- was found dead in October in Orlando ... just before he was set to compete in a top bodybuilding competition. His coach and close friend Justin Miller said at the time Peterson was in great spirits just before his death, saying the bodybuilder was pumped for the show. But, tragically, Miller said he found Peterson face down on the floor of his hotel room before the bodybuilder was able to compete. Medical personnel was unable to … [Read more...] about George Peterson Autopsy Reveals Steroids Contributed To Bodybuilder’s Death
TMZSports.com The New England Patriots just arrived to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. ... again ... only this time, they're without the team's biggest star Tom Brady . Gronk, Edelman, Belichick, Bob Kraft and more were all suited up and fired up for their meeting with President Obama ... a meeting they earned by winning the Super Bowl. So why no Brady? The QB reportedly had to pass on the White House trip due to a family obligation -- though, it's unclear what that obligation is. By the way, Brady has been to the White House for the celebratory meet-and-greet 3 times before ('02, '04 and '05) ... but there was a different POTUS back then, George W. Bush. … [Read more...] about New England Patriots — Arrive to the White House … No Brady? No Problem!
Gary Chambers lit up the internet on Tuesday with a campaign ad focused on one issue : the injustice of non-violent marijuana arrests. Sitting in a leather chair in a field near New Orleans’ City Park, the Louisiana Senate candidate puffed on a massive blunt while a voiceover rattled off statistics on the disproportionate number of Black and brown people incarcerated for low-level, non-violent drug crimes. The ad made a splash, and despite facing long odds in his race to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. John Kennedy , Chambers is clearly running on far more than smoke. Chambers grew up in North Baton Rouge — on the Black side of town, as he says it — watching his middle class community slowly bleed resources. An ordained minister, Chambers says he has a “God given ability to speak truth to power,” so he decided to do something about it. In June 2020, at a school board meeting to change the name of the former Robert E. Lee high school, Chambers flexed that ability, calling … [Read more...] about Meet the Blunt-Smoking Louisiana Senate Candidate Determined to Take Down the Republican ‘Foghorn Leghorn’
In Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey , the narrative was divided along lines of class: the aristocratic Crawley family upstairs, and their loyal servants downstairs. Fellowes’ new series, The Gilded Age , also includes both servants and their rich and powerful employers, but the story is instead split along a different type of class divide: old money versus new money in 1880s New York, with the chief conflict coming between those who have always had wealth and status, and those who have recently acquired the former and want to buy their way into the latter. There’s a similar push and pull going on outside The Gilded Age ‘s stories. Fellowes has moved his trademark fascination with the lives of turn-of-the-century blue bloods from PBS to HBO. For much of the 20th century, PBS represented the most noble and artistically high-minded form of television, even if much of its scripted content was, like Downton , imported from the United Kingdom. In this century, that mantle has been … [Read more...] about ‘Downton Abbey’ Moves Uptown for ‘The Gilded Age’
Republicans in the South are turning to a familiar authority in their efforts to clamp down on imagined voter fraud: the police. George gubernatorial candidate David Perdue on Thursday called for the creation of “Election Law Enforcement Division” that would “be charged with enforcing election laws, investigating election crimes and fraud, and arresting those who commit these offenses,” according to CNN . The plan would also require elections to be independently audited before they are certified. Governor Brian Kemp drew the wrath of former President Trump for certifying the state’s 2020 election results, as he was required to do by law . “Leave it to a 20-year career politician like Kemp to sit on his hands when we needed him most,” Perdue said Thursday. “He failed us, and Georgians lost confidence that their vote would count.” Perdue’s plan echoes a proposal from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to create a special 52-member law enforcement office to “investigate, … [Read more...] about Republicans Are Now Proposing ‘Election Law Enforcement’ Units to Crack Down on Nonexistent Voter Fraud
Gallery Launch Gallery Andy Warhol Some of the most famous Jews in the 20th Century are missing, and the LAPD is now on the case. The Jews in question are long gone, but their images live on through Andy Warhol , who famously created a series he called Ten Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century. A family scooped up the legendary silk screens in the '80s and displayed them on the walls of their L.A. business -- a movie editing company. A few months ago a member of the family noticed the silk screens were sagging, so he took them to get reframed. Much to his horror, the framer told the guy the silk screens were fake. It then became clear ... someone swapped out the originals for the fakes. Turns out other original Warhols were also stolen, including the famous Bald Eagle. The thief made off with 9 pieces, worth $350,000. The LAPD investigated and determined someone took one of the stolen silk screens to Bonhams auction house in L.A. to sell. Cops got a … [Read more...] about Andy Warhol Theft — Someone Switched the Jews!!!
News of the death of larger-than-life singer and actor Meat Loaf on Thursday at the age of 74 led to an outpouring of tributes from fellow artists and collaborators on social media. “Had so much fun with Meat Loaf when we did ‘Dead Ringer,'” Cher tweeted. “Am very sorry for his family, friends, and fans. Am I imagining It, or are amazing people in the arts dying every other day?” “I am shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Meat Loaf,” Bonnie Tyler wrote . “He was, as you might imagine, a larger than life character with a voice and stage presence to match and is one of those rare people who truly was a one off talent and personality.” Tyler’s chart-topping 1983 single “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was written and produced by frequent Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman, who died last April . Boy George offered his condolences while sharing a humorous anecdote about the late singer on Twitter , saying, Meat Loaf “once turned me upside down in a Chinese … [Read more...] about ‘I Hope Paradise Is As You Remember it From the Dashboard Light’: Celebrities, Collaborators Pay Tribute to Meat Loaf