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Lara Logan Rushed to Hospital With Internal Bleeding: Report

Lara Logan Rushed to Hospital With Internal Bleeding: Report

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was rushed to the hospital this week, after reportedly suffering from internal bleedingThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Lara Logan Rushed to Hospital With Internal Bleeding: Report

‘Maps to the Stars': What the Critics Are Saying

‘Maps to the Stars': What the Critics Are Saying

Julianne Moore stars as an actress in therapy with a self-help guru (John Cusack) in Maps to the Stars, director David Cronenberg’s surreal traipse through Hollywood’s darker side. The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, and Olivia Williams.Read what top critics are saying about Maps to the Stars:The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy writes that “some of the very black humor and snarky insider quips hit the bull’s-eye, and Moore, in particular, gives her all for the occasion. But the unmodulated and overweening bile is reminiscent of the severely negative films about Hollywood from the 1970s, such as Myra Breckinridge, Alex in Wonderland and The Day of the Locust, and it’s unlikely this one will have any better a box-office fate.” The “film’s most au courant and inflammatory conceit is no doubt the portrait of the 13-year-old mega-star, Benjie Weiss (Evan Bird), a kid just out of rehab whose longtime success on TV and $780 million gross for his latest film allow him to call his agent stuff like “Jew faggot” and get away with it. He also thinks it’s funny when he labels people “vabinas” and, on a would-be goodwill visit, asks a hospitalized young girl how her AIDS is doing.”Read More Watch Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore in ‘Maps to the Stars’ Red Band Trailer“The action is always on the move from one expensively appointed location to another — parties where Benjie gossips with vapid young things, executive meetings, film shoots and vivid, if not explicit, sex scenes involving the perennially available Havana [Moore], one a three-way with another woman and a guy, the other a rear-end back-seat quickie with Pattinson’s driver in his town car.” Screenwriter Bruce Wagner “peppers his dialogue with some memorable profanities and extreme expressions of ego, all no doubt jotted down from real life onto his notepad. But perhaps the best line -— an L.A. witticism if ever there were one — comes from an older woman who, asked how she’s doing upon a chance encounter at the Chateau Marmont, replies, ‘When I get in touch with myself I’ll let you know.'” But, “the problem with unalloyed cynicism is that it gets old faster than nearly any other intellectual posture and feels cheap in the bargain” and the film “comes off more like a prank than a coherent take on 21st century Hollywood, even if there are crumbs of truth and wit scattered throughout it.”The New York Times’ A.O. Scott says the film “imagines Los Angeles as an inferno of narcissism, greed and sexual perversity. The radiant sunshine has a sinister glow, and the blossoms on the trees are surely poisonous.” It’s “no surprise that a few actual ghosts show up in Maps to the Stars, though they could be hallucinations. In a city governed by fantasy and superstition, that amounts to a distinction without a difference.” The “decadence surveyed here might be terminal,” but “the hush in Mr. Cronenberg’s scenes can resemble the calm of an analyst’s office, where damaged souls come to breathe and reflect.” Still, “it takes a perverse effort of will to love Maps to the Stars. It’s a little too chilly, and in some places too easy.”The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw disagrees, giving the film five stars and calls it “a satire of contemporary Hollywood, with echoes of ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and Postcards from the Edge, depicting a communal nervous breakdown in a town so enclosed and incestuous that everyone is part of the same symbolic sibling-hood of fear. This is one, big, unhappy dysfunctional family, in which guilty souls are afraid of failure and haunted by the return of the repressed. Every surface has a sickly sheen of anxiety; every face is a mask of suppressed pain.”Read More Cannes: ‘Maps to the Stars’ Director David Cronenberg Defends SatireRex Reed of the New York Observer calls Moore “the best thing in this toxic carnage of creepy, self-indulgent decadence, but under the direction of loopy Canadian David Cronenberg, she goes beyond the limit of acceptable artistry. She even plays one entire, seemingly interminable scene on the toilet, her colon blocked by her Vicodin addiction, with all the accompanying bathroom sound effects you can imagine.” The film “has plenty of name-dropping, sex orgies, cult therapists and contrived eccentrics (including one star on an ego trip who sells his own excrement) but not one scene that shows the work people in the film industry actually do to make motion pictures. With its muddled plot twists, ridiculous dialogue” and “easy targets (Scientology is always good) and preposterous view of La La Land, Maps to the Stars is part satire, part soap opera, part ghost story, and totally moronic.”The Washington Post’s Stephanie Merry gives the film four stars, calling it “funny and original, but also decidedly brutal as it satirizes Hollywood at its most despicable.” Cronenberg’s film “gets weird, not to mention weirdly violent. What begins as darkly funny builds into a grotesque solipsism: When Havana hears that a little boy has drowned, she prances around her pool because it means she might get her coveted role after all.” The movie “can be over-the-top and the characters are rarely anything more than vile. And yet, the whole thing is mesmerizing. Bruce Wagner . . . has a gift for incisive dialogue that’s outrageous yet also strangely believable, especially coming from the stellar actors behind these vivid characters.”

Bachelorette Season 11: Should Kaitlyn Bristowe, Jade Roper, Carly Waddell, or Britt Nilsson Star?

Bachelorette Season 11: Should Kaitlyn Bristowe, Jade Roper, Carly Waddell, or Britt Nilsson Star?

As Chris Soules’ season of The Bachelor comes to a close, Bachelor Nation looks to season 11 of The Bachelorette — should Kaitlyn, Jade, Carly, or Britt be the next star?This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Bachelorette Season 11: Should Kaitlyn Bristowe, Jade Roper, Carly Waddell, or Britt Nilsson Star?

Sparkly Blackface Makeup Hits the Runway at Milan Fashion Week: See Pics of the Show

Sparkly Blackface Makeup Hits the Runway at Milan Fashion Week: See Pics of the Show

Designer Claudio Cutugno presented his collection during Milan Fashion Week on Tuesday, Feb. 24, with models in blackface makeup; see the runway photosThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Sparkly Blackface Makeup Hits the Runway at Milan Fashion Week: See Pics of the Show

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‘Red Sonja’ Movie Lands New Writer (Exclusive)

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Asian Film Awards: ‘The Golden Era’ Leads with Five Nominations

Asian Film Awards: ‘The Golden Era’ Leads with Five Nominations

The 2015 Asian Film Awards nominations were announced Wednesday, with director Ann Hui’s The Golden Era leading the pack with five, including for best director, best actress for Tang Wei, best supporting actor for Wang Zhiwen, best screenwriter and best editor.The biopic is followed by Chinese titles Black Coal, Thin Ice, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014, Gone With The Bullets and Blind Massage, each with four nominations.Read More Asian Film Awards Announces Ambitious Relaunch With Support From Top FestivalsChinese productions and Hong Kong-Chinese co-productions dominate the 2015 awards with 26 nominations, followed by Japan with 17 nominations and South Korea with 16.The 14-member jury will be presided by Hong Kong director-producer Mabel Cheung (An Autumn’s Tale, Echoes Of The Rainbow), and includes Aaron Kwok (After This Our Exile).Organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy, founded in late 2013 by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, the Busan International Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival, the Asian Film Awards will be held on March 25 at The Venetian Theater in Macau.Here are the nominations in major categories:Best filmBlack Coal, Thin Ice (China)Blind Massage (China)Haider (India)Hill Of Freedom (South Korea)Ode To My Father (South Korea)The Light Shines Only There (Japan)Best directorLou Ye, Blind Massage (China)Tsukamoto Shinya, Fires On The Plain (Japan)Lav Diaz, From What Is Before (The Philippines)Vishal Bhardwaj, Haider (India)Hong Sang-soo, Hill Of Freedom (South Korea)Ann Hui, The Golden Era (Hong Kong, China)Best actorLiao Fan, Black Coal, Thin Ice (China)Kase Ryo, Hill Of Freedom (South Korea)Sean Lau Ching-wan, Overheard 3 (Hong Kong, China)Ethan Ruan, Paradise In Service (Taiwan)Choi Min-sik, Roaring Currents (South Korea)Satoh Takeru, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends (Japan)Best actressBae Doo-na, A Girl At My Door (South Korea)Gong Li, Coming Home (China)Zhao Wei, Dearest (Hong Kong, China)Kaiki Koechlin, Margarita, With A Straw (India)Miyazawa Rie, Pale Moon (Japan)Tang Wei, The Golden Era (Hong Kong, China)

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Charlie Weber, How to Get Away With Murder Star, Is Engaged: Proposal Details

How to Get Away With Murder star Charlie Weber is engaged – find out how the actor kept his proposal a secret for almost a yearThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Charlie Weber, How to Get Away With Murder Star, Is Engaged: Proposal Details

Giuliana Rancic Apologizes to Zendaya After Being Called Out for "Disrespectful" Oscars Dreadlocks Comment

Giuliana Rancic Apologizes to Zendaya After Being Called Out for "Disrespectful" Oscars Dreadlocks Comment

Giuliana Rancic apologized to Zendaya Coleman after the actress and singer called her out on her “disrespectful” Oscars comment about her dreadlocks — read their statementsThis article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Giuliana Rancic Apologizes to Zendaya After Being Called Out for “Disrespectful” Oscars Dreadlocks Comment

China Box Office: ‘Dragon Blade’ Dominates Lunar New Year Holiday

China Box Office: ‘Dragon Blade’ Dominates Lunar New Year Holiday

The big winner as the Year of the Goat began was the historical action movie Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody, which took $54.84 million in its opening four days, according to data from Entgroup. The movie had 132,874 screenings and notched up 8.14 million admissions.Directed by Daniel Lee, Dragon Blade is based on a story about a missing legion of Roman soldiers that traveled into China in 48 BCE. The cast also includes South Korea’s Choi Si-won, member of the K-pop band Super Junior, who previously appeared in Battle of Wits.The movie took 32.6 percent of total income on the first day of the Chinese New Year and took $33 million over the holiday weekend.Cusack plays Lucius, a Roman general who led a legion of 1,000 soldiers into Han Dynasty China. Brody plays Tiberius, who has assassinated Rome’s Consul Crassus and chased after Lucius with a force of 100,000 soldiers. Chan stars as the commander of the Protectorate of the Western Regions who teams up with Lucius to protect China’s borders and sovereignty.In second place was the follow-up to the Chow Yun-fat movie, The Man from Macau, which took $43.10 million in its opening four days from 101,691 screenings and 6.49 million admissions.Read More Michael Wolff on Hollywood’s Disappearing Chinese MoneyBehind that came Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, a $30 million, 3D, VFX fantasy action adventure co-directed by Peter Pau and Zhao Tianyu and produced by Ann An of Desen International Media.Featuring Chinese stars Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Chen Kun (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate), the movie took in $31.20 million after four days of release in the world’s second biggest film market, with 92,242 screenings and 4.68 million admissions.The film is about legendary Chinese anti-hero Zhong Kui (Chen), a young man endowed with mysterious powers. He is forced into battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in a dire attempt to save his countrymen and rescue the woman (Li) he loves.In fourth place was the $40 million Sino-French epic Wolf Totem, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, which took $32.33 million in its opening four days, including around $7 million in presales.However, despite being backed by the mighty China Film Group, the movie seems to have had a relatively low number of screenings at 68,172 and 3.73 million admissions.This compares with the fifth most popular movie of the week, the reality TV adaptation Dad, Where Are We Going? 2, which had many more screenings at 86,258 and 3.8 million admissions, and earned $20.65 million in its four days in the cinemas.Dad, Where Are We Going? 2 is one of a growing genre of reality TV adaptations that leading directors such as Feng Xiaogang see as a blight on creativity in the Chinese industry.Read More China’s Lunar New Year Holiday Gives Box Office a Major BoostRunning Man, an adaptation of a Korean format, recently took nearly $70 million after 17 days of release, which is 11 days longer than it reportedly took to shoot.In sixth place was the Hong Kong movie Triumph in the Skies, directed by Wilson Yip and Matt Chow, and starring Louis Koo, Sammi Cheng, Charmaine Sheh and Amber Kuo.Behind that was another TV reality adaptation, indeed another version of Dad, Where Are We Going? called Emperor Holiday, which took $8.95 million in its first four days.Xu Jinglei’s romance Somewhere Only We Know took another $6.31 million for a gross of $44.27 million after 13 days, while the best-performing Hollywood movie during the week was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.The latest installment in Lionsgate’s YA film franchise, which took nearly $10 million in its opening day in China, added another $4.03 million for a cume of $35.97 million after 15 days.The movie was still showing widely, with 61,043 screenings and 666,782 admissions.Boonie Bears: Mystical Winter, the second installment of the popular domestically produced franchise, rounded out the top 10, adding $3.82 million for a gross of $44 million after 24 days.Twitter: @cliffordcoonan

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