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‘Mission Impossible 5’ Gets New Director

Mission Impossible 5 Reunites Tom Cruise With Jack Reacher Helmsman

Mission Impossible 5 has landed a new director in Christopher McQuarrie of The Way Of The Gun and Jack Reacher fame, according to a Monday report from Deadline.

The website noted that McQuarrie was being eyed to direct the fifth installment of the popular series in November 2012. At that time, Paramount and Skydance Productions had nothing to go on regarding McQuarrie’s chemistry directing star Tom Cruise.

That was before Jack Reacher hit theaters in December 2012 and managed to gross a decent $216 million worldwide take before the film finally left theaters, according to the numbers at Box Office Mojo.

Most of Jack Reacher’s audience came from overseas, though it did manage to eke out a $20 million profit domestically.

Tom Cruise confirmed that he would be returning to the franchise during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show in April.

“I started Mission Impossible hoping I could make many of them,” Cruise said. “It’s a character that I can grow with. At that time it was the most expensive film in the history of Paramount Pictures, and the first film I was producing. It’s been pretty exciting. Seeing an audience respond… to have that experience is really wonderful. I’ll make a bunch of those. I’ll make as many as people want to see… because they’re very challenging, and so much fun to make.”

Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol was aptly directed by Pixar breakout Brad Bird and managed to gross an impressive — especially for this point in Cruise’s post-couch jumping/pro-Scientology career — $694 million worldwide on a budget of just $145 million.

(It also dropped the numeral from the title. No word on whether Mission Impossible 5 will do the same.)

These things have been consistent money-makers for Cruise so it’s not a surprise he would return to the role of Ethan Hunt, IMF agent capable of doing the impossible.

Mission Impossible 5 will hit theaters in 2015, along with about a zillion other sequels, remakes, and reboots. Will you be watching?

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Skyfall’s Q Ben Whishaw Is Gay (Sorry Boys, He’s Married Too)

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British actor Ben Whishaw, best known in the U.S. for his portrayal of Q in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall, has come out of the closet as a gay man.

One of the 32-year-old actor’s reps told the U.K.’s Daily Mail that he is gay, and that he has been in a civil partnership with his partner (Australian composer Mark Bradshaw) for the past year.

“Ben has never hidden his sexuality, but like many actors he prefers not to discuss his family or life outside of his work,” his rep said. “Due to speculation, I can confirm that Ben and Mark entered into a civil partnership in August 2012. They were proud to do so and are very happy.”

Fans have speculated about Whishaw’s sexual orientation since he granted an interview to Out magazine in 2011. In it, he dodged a question about being a gay role model.

“I really agree with that, and I feel in my heart that it’s important, but I don’t quite know yet the way to go about that,” he said.

“Maybe that’s the transitional thing I feel I’m in the middle of at the moment,” he continued. “It’s something I think about, but it’s important for me to do it at the time that’s right for me. And I’m not there yet.”

He also wondered why the public is even interested in the personal lives of celebrities.

“I don’t see why that has to be something you discuss openly because you do something in the public eye. I have no understanding of why we turn actors into celebrities. It’s difficult talking about it. That’s why I didn’t want to go there, but at the same time I know this is a gay magazine and that means there’s a conflict there.”

Whishaw and his partner met in 2009 on the set of Bright Star. Whishsaw played the lead role of poet John Keats while Bradshaw composed the score.

A friend of the couple said that their family and friends are “delighted for them. Mark’s a lovely guy, very talented and very close to Jane Campion. There hasn’t been a chance for a big celebration because of Ben’s schedule but I’m sure there will be one at some point.”

Are you surprised that Ben Whishaw is gay?

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Riley Keough Has Hot New Lingerie Gig [Video]

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Riley Keough is celebrating National Underwear Day with a hot new spread in lingerie advertising for an Aussie brand.

On August 18, Riley Keough’s new lingerie ads debut for brand Bonds, in its Summer 2013 advertising campaign.

Elvis’ granddaughter and the rumored possible romantic interest of Twilight star Robert Pattinson will don all things lacy and skimpy for the print and online ads.

Jane Newman, Bonds design director, said of the announcement:

“At 24 years old, Riley is the perfect Bonds girl; a well known personality, with a promising Hollywood career, great personal style and attitude to match. More importantly, she connected with the brand and our product, felt comfortable in the new Bonds Lacies Brief and Bras. She is definitely our girl for summer.”

E! dished on Riley Keough’s sizzling lingerie shoot, saying of the shots:

“In the new Lacies collection ads, the redhead strips down to her skivvies, showing off her hot 24-year-old bod in all of its curvaceous glory… She models a flirty bright pink push-up bra and panty set in one shot, and then switches it up in a black lace bralette with lilac hip hugger panties in another… She shows off her sporty side in striped boy shorts paired with a black bra, topped off with an oversize gray hoodie vest and chunky bracelets and rings for added edge.”

Keough also sports a “Bonds” nameplate as well as a shimmery pink lip and bedroom tousled hair.

Riley said:

“I just like [bras and panties] to be comfortable and fit well. I love the lace underwear, the t-shirts and the sports bras. Everything I’ve tried on thus far [for Bonds] has been really lovely and fits really well, which is what I find most annoying about most other underwear and bras.”

Is it just us or does Riley Keough look a bit like Kristen Stewart in this shoot?

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Karl Urban Thriller ‘The Loft’ Gets Release Date

Karl Urban To Star In 'The Loft' At Universal

Karl Urban and James Marsden have signed on for The Loft, a new thriller from Universal. On Monday, the film got a release date and should drop in theaters on August 29, 2014, according to Deadline.

(IMDb currently shows the film with an October 2013 release date. No word on why it’s been pushed back close to a year.)

The Loft will center on five married guys who keep a loft, which they agree to not discuss with their wives. The purpose is to have an easy place where they can carry out extramarital affairs, of course.

But the crap hits the fan when the guys discover the body of an unknown woman and begin to suspect each other in the crime.

The film will also star Wentworth Miller, Rhona Mitra, Isabel Lucas, and Eric Stonestreet and will be directed by Belgium director Erik Van Looy, who helmed this story one other time in his native language.

(The foreign version was made in 2008.)

This is certainly not the first time a director has remade his own film in another language. In fact, the Josh Brolin-Ewan McGregor film Nightwatch (1997) was actually the second time writer-director Ole Bornedal took on the same story and characters for a new audience.

In Van Looy’s case, he depended on Bart De Pauw for the first Loft script. This time around, the nod goes to Wesley Strick, who penned the screenplays for Wolf and the Cape Fear and A Nightmare On Elm Street remakes.

As for Karl Urban, the New Zealand native, who broke onto the A-list with his spot-on portrayal of Dr. “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek reboot and won some acclaim for his titular turn in Dredd, can next be seen in Riddick and The Wonder.

Here’s a trailer for Riddick:

What do you think about The Loft? Is this a must-see, and have you had the chance to check out the foreign version? Also, would you prefer Karl Urban in a psychological thriller or another comic book/sci-fi flick? (Star Wars, anyone?)

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Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms Star In Mumford & Sons New Video

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Jason Sudeikis is not a member of Mumford & Sons. but he does star in their new video. The former SNL star appears in the bands new video along with comedians Jason Bateman, Ed Helms. and Will Forte.

The video for the song Hopeless Wanderer features the comedians standing in for the members of Mumford & Sons. The comedians pretend to play instruments, lip sync, wear sweet suspenders, and engage in some mustache make out sessions.

The band writes on Facebook: “A massive pair of thumbs-up to Sam Jones for directing and his cast of young budding actors. We’re sure they all have bright futures ahead of them.”

Ed Helms said that he tried his hardest to maintain a level of artistic integrity in the new video despite all of the shenanigans in Hopeless Wanderer.

Helms said: “Proud to be a fake member of @MumfordAndSons I think we showed a lot of fake artistic integrity in new video.”

What do you think about the Hopeless Wanderer video? Do you think Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, Will Forte. and Jason Bateman are passable as musicians? Thankfully, they all have some pretty nice acting gigs that they can fall back on.

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Ryan Seacrest To Host Million Second Quiz

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Ryan Seacrest is set to host a new game show on NBC. It has been confirmed that Seacrest will host Million Second Quiz. The show will air between September 9 and 19.

As reported by USA Today, the show will air nightly in one hour live episodes. Contestants will compete for one million seconds. Auditions are scheduled throughout the month of August in Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City.

Secrest is excited about the opportunity. He states that the new game show is a “fun and different format that… will generate lots of fans across different platforms.”

The Million Second Quiz will be filmed in Manhattan. Contestants will spend the entire 12 days inside a three-story tall hourglass. Viewers will also have a chance to take part in the game from home.

Ryan Seacrest is a popular radio and television personality. He got his big break when he was chosen as host of American Idol in 2002.

As reported by Biography.com, Seacrest has hosted numerous celebrity shows and events. Last year, Seacrest signed a deal with NBC to appear on several programs, including the Today show, and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Seacrest continues to expand his resume. He is credited with producing the popular Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Ryan Seacrest credits Csaey Kasem, Rick Dees, and Dick Clark, as his inspiration to become a television and radio personality.

The Million Second Quiz is expected to reward “the biggest prize in game show history.” Although the show will air in on-hour episodes. Live feed will be available the entire 12 days and nights.

According to NBC.com, the show will test contestants’ “knowledge, nerves, and endurance.” The remaining four contestants will be given an opportunity to stay in the hourglass structure for two additional weeks, for further competition.

Ryan Seacrest is named as executive producer and host of the Million Second Quiz.

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Oprah Winfrey Finally Sounds Off On Trayvon Martin, Parallels Emmett Till [Video]

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Oprah Winfrey said that the shooting of Trayvon Martin is the “same thing” as the brutal 1955 murder of Emmett Till, which had a profound effect on civil rights over 50 years ago.

Winfrey appeared on The Today Show Monday to promote her upcoming film Lee Daniels’ The Butler but also offered her first public comments on the controversial acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Last year, Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Martin, who was unarmed. He was acquitted, and his actions were deemed “self defense.” The case has sparked new discussions on race relations and gun ownership across the country.

Flash back to 1955 when another unarmed African-American teenager named Emmett Till was brutally beaten and murdered by a gang for allegedly flirting with a white woman. His killers were also acquitted.

To Oprah, the parallels are too obvious to ignore.

“It’s so easy during this time — Trayvon Martin, Trayvon Martin parallel to Emmett Till, let me just tell you. In my mind, same thing,” Winfrey said.

“But you can get stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we’ve come.”

But how far have we come? Winfrey brought the subject back around to the film in order to drive her point home.

“Look at the butler’s life. Look at that opening scene, the hanging… and then the end. We need to give ourselves a round of applause. In this country, with all of its injustices, look at what we’ve been able to do in the span of one man’s lifetime.”

What do you think? Have we come a long way with race in America? Watch Oprah Winfrey’s Trayvon Martin comments below, and let us know what you think:

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Teresa Giudice In Denial? Reality Star Goes On Vacation With Husband Joe [Photos]

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Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe may soon see the inside of a jail cell but for now they’re happy and enjoying the beach in the Hamptons.

The reality stars are currently facing a slew of charges that could land them in prison for up to 50 years. But they don’t look to bothered by their legal troubles. Terea Giudice shared a few photos on her Instagram account showing the family relaxing on the beach, eating dinner, and playing in the water.

Giudice and her family may just doing all they can to enjoy the time they have left together but one source says that Teresa is in complete denial about her situation.

The source told the NY Daily News: “Teresa thinks people are coming after her because she is famous… She honestly thinks she has done nothing wrong.”

Teresa and Joe were charged last month with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, bankruptcy fraud and bank fraud. They were also accused of making false statements on loan applications. Joe is also being accused of failing to file tax returns between 2004 and 2008.

Us Weekly reports that Joe and Teresa Giudice appeared in court last month and were released on $500,000 bond. The next hearing is August 14.

Teresa and Joe Giudice may have to face the music in the near future but they’re going to enjoy their lives until that time comes. Here are some photos from their recent vacation to the Hamptons.

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Do you think Teresa Giudice is in denial about her legal woes? Or is the family just living in the moment?

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Paul Rudd Talks ‘Anchorman 2’ And ‘Prince Avalanche’

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To some Paul Rudd is most well-known for portraying two sides in the industry. There’s the neurotic, sometimes kooky character that borders on quirkiness in I Love You, Man, and then there’s the sensible straight man, who usually has the voice of reason, as seen in performances like 40 Year Old Virgin, Wanderlust, and Dinner For Schmucks. Either way Rudd has learned to characterize two opposite ends of the spectrum very well. So well that some of his more complex roles have fallen to the wayside as far as popular perception is concerned.

If given a highlight reel, most would feature Rudd’s performances in cult hits like Clueless, Wet Hot American Summer, and 200 Cigarettes, but it’s his most compelling work in the theater that has prepared him for his latest pared down role in David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche. Set in the 1980s after the wild fires have brutally destroyed Texas, Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch) get to work in the Texas woods as an unlikely road repair crew.

For Rudd, this performance could have easily been a minimalistic two-man play. He once again finds himself playing against the goofball role. In this performance he’s tightly wound in a way that cautiously simmers just below the surface, and at times threatens to bubble in an explosive way. Alvin, who thinks he has control of everything from his relationship, to the mentoring of his girlfriend’s flighty brother, slowly crumbles as the “sensible man,” and loses control of everything he’s come to know about himself and his surroundings.

The Inquisitr’s Niki Cruz participated in a discussion with Paul Rudd to discuss his cult films, Prince Avalanche, and his upcoming film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

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THE INQUISITR: When you get into a role, do you ever have difficulty getting out of it?

PAUL RUDD: I’m not a method actor. That just sounds kind of exhausting, but I do find that something happens innately where something ends, it’s kind of tough to shake. The character seems to seep into your skin a little bit. For this role I didn’t shave my mustache right away, even though I didn’t want a mustache. It seemed weird not having a mustache after having it. I don’t flip the switch. There is a slow turning of the faucet until finally it just all stops. I don’t think it’s ever a conscious thing.

THE INQUISITR: This character was very alienated and isolated. How was that afterwards?

RUDD: I did feel lonely. In some ways it does just happen. I wonder if it’s an inevitable thing. I did Long Days Journey Into Night which is the saddest play ever written, and I did it for five months. I wanted to slit my wrists, and I went into it being completely naive thinking, “This is going to be a blast!” and it was fulfilling but it did affect my mood. On the other hand, in My Idiot Brother, I was playing a character that just saw the positive in everything, and I loved it. After it ended I just wanted to wear hippy dippy clothes. I didn’t want to shake it.

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THE INQUISITR: You’ve played a lot with different hairstyle and facial hair for most of your roles.

RUDD: [LAUGHS] Yep!

THE INQUISITR: Does that help you get into character?

RUDD: Yeah it does kind of inform a little bit to work externally. You just feel different. With Alvin I felt a mustache seemed right. It’s 1988 so you get a little bit of freedom to not look totally period, even though I still don’t think of it as a period film because I remember 1988. [LAUGHS] I was very self-conscious about the mustache and didn’t want to make it hipster. I wanted to get big, round Sally Jesse Raphael glasses too.

THE INQUISITR: But they weren’t red!

RUDD: They weren’t red! [LAUGHS] I wanted a little more Roger Ebert for this film. It wasn’t a crazy look, but it made me feel different. You move differently. The shoes I was wearing, the glasses, and the mustache changed in subtle ways the way I just feel. That starts to inform the character.

THE INQUISITR: You have the Anchorman sequel coming up.

RUDD: We just finished filming, and that comes out in September.

THE INQUISITR: That must have been fantastic to shoot.

RUDD: It was fan-TANA-astic. I’ve never said that before. But yeah, it was a blast!

THE INQUISITR: Getting into the suit again.

RUDD: Yeah it was surreal because it had been nine years.

THE INQUISITR: Did you think at the time that you would do a sequel?

RUDD: I don’t know. There were times where I thought maybe that was going to happen, and times where I didn’t. I never would have guessed it when we were shooting the original. Nobody was paying us any attention at all, nor should they have been, but I was very aware of the interest and the fan base that it was developing over the years that followed. The number of questions I would get asked during press junkets too, so I knew that it was discussed, and then we all talked about it, but it never seemed to work out. When it finally did work out it was kind of surprising.

THE INQUISITR: You seem to be a key member in a lot of cult movies.

RUDD: Well better to be a key member in cult movies, than to be a key member in a lot of cults! [LAUGHS]

THE INQUISITR: [LAUGHS] You’re so funny. Who makes you laugh in your life and in films?

RUDD: George Carlin, Albert Brooks movies, Louis CK, Patton Oswalt, Will Ferrell, Damon Waynes, Don Rickles, 2000 Year Old Man, David Letterman, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin is a major person for me in my life.

THE INQUISITR: Is there a role that’s the most memorable to you?

RUDD: I did a film called Wet Hot American Summer, that was a really fun one to do. Anchorman was really fun to play. I loved playing Peter Klaven in I Love You, Man. I have a strong connection to all the parts I played because they all mean something to me.

THE INQUISITR: What did Clueless mean to you?

RUDD: It meant a lot. It was exciting because it was one of the first things I ever did. I remember saying, “Oh my God, this is the Paramount lot. Those gates! This is a movie!” And then I said, “Look, there’s the girl from the Aerosmith video!” The whole thing was exciting, and I had no barometer to compare it to anything. I had worked as an actor before that, but in some television stuff. I had done one other movie but it hadn’t come out. That’s another strange one. Someone just said, “Oh it’s the 18-year anniversary of Clueless.” It was a movie that I know meant a lot to a specific generation.

THE INQUISITR: I introduced that film to my little cousins. It’s taking on a new life with the different generations.

RUDD: And that’s so cool! I had no idea when I was shooting that, that it would mean that much to people.

THE INQUISITR: As opposed to shooting a big studio comedy. What was your experience shooting something smaller like Prince Avalanche?

RUDD: It was great because it was one hundred percent creative. There’s always certain kinds of pressure, but this one there wasn’t pressure. We didn’t even know if this was going to be released. It kind of felt like an experiment. If something seemed interesting to us regardless of how it might fit into the narrative, we said “Well let’s do it.” It was bare bones. It was a small crew. I really key in to David Gordon’s Green’s sensibility. I liked his aesthetic, and the way he works. It was a real charge. There wasn’t any rebellion towards working, like how some people have that towards studio movies. I’ve been very lucky in that I haven’t had that either way.

THE INQUISITR: Was the old woman a ghost in the movie?

RUDD: It was so cryptic. I’ll tell you one thing that was really interesting about her, is that she wasn’t an actress, and that was really her house. It’s an interesting thing in the movie because I also take some pills, and then it’s like, “Does he see her in the truck? Does he not?” In a way I almost thought that it’s not necessary for me to answer that question even for myself. In that moment she’s there, and she’s real to me, and she might be real in the movie too. They were location scouting, and they found this woman looking through her house, that was decimated and she was amazing. We filmed it and she was a lovely lady. Nothing was scripted for her. I just went in as the character, and started asking her questions, and trying to get her to talk and maybe give me a tour of her house, or talk about her feelings. She was so vulnerable, and it seemed as if every single word she said she was ready to cry. It was profoundly moving and amazing. That would never happen on something else.

THE INQUISITR: Your character talks a lot about the difference of being alone and being lonely. Do you think your character ever figured out where he fell on that slope?

RUDD: I think Alvin has a little bit more of a self-awareness by the end of it. I wonder if he knows exactly who he is, and why he does what he does. I think his eyes are opened to it a little bit.

THE INQUISITR: What’s the differences to you?

RUDD: There’s a difference for sure. They’re two completely different things. I love being alone, and I hate being lonely [LAUGHS].

THE INQUISITR: What do you like to do when you’re alone?

RUDD: There are a lot of answers for that question too [LAUGHS]. I love to listen to music when I’m alone. I love to just sit and listen to stuff, and I don’t do it as much as I used to. Sometimes I like to sit and think and try to meditate on things. It’s hard to do but if you get into the routine it gets a little easier.

PRINCE AVALANCHE HITS THEATERS ON AUGUST 9.

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Terrence Howard Accused Of Assaulting Ex-Wife

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Terrence Howard has been accused of assaulting his ex-wife during a recent trip to Costa Rica.

Michelle Ghent divorced Howard in May, but she took a trip to Costa Rica with him and several of his family members last week. Sources said the two got into an argument, and Howard assaulted Ghent.

The Hustle & Flow star claimed that Ghent maced him, his adult daughter, and another family member. Police were called, but no charges were filed. Sources said Howard made up the story to cover up the abuse. However, other sources said Ghent was lying about the physical abuse.

According to TMZ, Ghent is going to court to get a restraining order against the 44-year-old. Ghent previously said that Howard began beating her a week into their marriage. She said he “slugged” her across the face and neck and threatened to throw her off a balcony. Ghent said the abuse continued throughout the marriage, and that Howard chipped her tooth with his wedding ring. She also claimed he threatened to kill her if she told anyone his personal business.

Ghent and Howard married in a secret ceremony in January 2010. She filed for divorce in February 2011.

Michelle Ghent isn’t the first woman to accuse Terrence Howard of assault. In February 2009, the Smoking Gun reported that Howard was arrested in 2001 for attacking his first wife, Lori McCommas. Howard was charged with harassment and stalking, simple assault, and terrorist threats. He forced his way into her home by breaking in doors and chased her into the backyard. He then punched her twice in the face. The attack ended only after Howard’s brother stepped in. He pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace in 2002.

Howard was also arrested for assaulting a Continental Airlines flight attendant after he refused to return to his seat when the seat belt sign came on.

What do you think of the allegations against Terrence Howard?

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