Thursday, October 31, 2013

Michonne & Daryl



For all you Walking Dead fans...how much do love Michonne and Daryl??!!! They are by far 2 of my most favorite characters. Now Daryl as you know has been in the series since the first season, and we got introduced to Michonne in season 3. 
Both are similar in a way; fierce killers, they don't show emotion too much but you know they love deeply, and most importantly their honorable and loyal.
Now some may disagree, but there is something about Daryl that makes him HOT.
Maybe its the dirt, the attitude, or just his badass demeanor, whatever it is, it works on him. Watching him take down those nasty zombies with his bow and arrows is pretty hot too. 
Now when Michonne came into the group I was so taken with her character. She embodies such strength and heart.  And no one is fiercer with a sword...She's someone I would want on my side, if i was faced with hundreds of kinda sorta dead people coming at me. 
Now in its fourth season, we haven't seen a love interest for Daryl. It's would definitely take a certain type of woman to handle Daryl, and I think she would have to really be his equal. I think you see where I'm going with this. I think a more personal relationship between these two are in order this season. I also believe the chemistry between them would be insane. One trying to dominate the other, or would they show their vulnerability with one another?  I think we're ready to see our beloved Daryl get some post apocalyptic lovin!!!! 

What Comes Around Goes Around



We all saw how explosive the season opened, with the school shooting. Fresh on the minds and in the hearts of many, this hit a nerve with viewers. Some were appalled that the shows creator Kurt Sutter would go there. In the wake of the tragedy at Newtown, and with all the senseless and disgusting events that have been happening more and more, the end of episode 1 left many with a sick feeling in the pit of their stomachs. Where is this going, and why would they approach this subject at all?

I will point out in interviews with Mr. Sutter, it was mentioned that this topic was something he's wanted to do for a very long time.  And I commend him for doing it. He had the balls to embrace the reality of the world we live in today and show it in a very organic way.

Why I labeled this article "What Comes Around Goes Around," has bearing from this week's episode. You see a father who just lost his son in a horrific tragedy seek vengeance. Someone has to pay for whats happened to his little boy. Was he right to want to kill those whose hands are tainted? As a parent what would you do? You even see Nero take the blame for something he wasn't responsible for, in order for his child to have a better life. Tara hanging over the edge, doing things we never thought her capable of, so that her kids may get a chance at a better life.

Everyday we're faced with the harsh reality of life, and need to make those tough decisions...what would yours be?

SM Reine Rules Halloween!

Just a few days ago I received a copy of SM Reine's latest release "Ruled by Steel". It was incredible. Sara has such a wonderful imagination, it is Halloween in her head every day.

Even though her characters are real and consistent they still manage to surprise you. Considering this is not even remotely her first book featuring these people.

Every couple of pages bring heart racing tension and mind numbing fear. I have no idea how she does it without some major chemical assistance.

Reading her books is an amazing journey through her twisted mind (only her author side). You want to take it, trust me! Make a start today. This is the third book in this series that is a follow on of two previous ones combined!

Go find all her books and embark on your journey into darkness, that brings you to this, one of her best works yet.



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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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‘It Takes a Thief’ Film Adaptation Finds Life at Universal




Universal is looking to get the gears moving on a feature adaptation of “It Takes a Thief,” bringing on Greg Russo to pen the script.
Based on the 1970s TV show, the film follows a young CIA analyst who recruits a brilliant thief, who has managed to evade the CIA to work for him.
John Davis is producing through his Davis Entertainment banner as is Joseph Singer. Derek Dauchy will oversee for Davis, with Scott Bernstein overseeing it for Universal.
Russo has been on a hot streak of late, and “It Takes a Thief” would be the latest in a recent string of projects to bolster his resume. He recently penned the script “Heatseekers” for Paramount, which Michael Bay and Chris Morgan are producing, and has also sold a handful of specs and pitches, including “Down” to Relativity and “Black Ice” to Alloy. He is also writing “Continuum” for Relativity, with Atlas and Benderspink producing.
Russo is repped by ICM Partners, Madhouse Entertainment and and attorney Larry Kopeikin.

Source: variety

'Royal Pains' Star Heads to 'Criminal Minds'

Paulo Costanzo will appear in the 11th episode of the season.


Royal Pains star Paulo Costanzo is leaving the Hamptons. 
Costanzo has booked a guest-starring gig on veteran CBS police procedural Criminal MindsThe Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
He will play Kansas City Police Detective Scott Miller, who has a chip on his shoulder, in the 11th episode of the season.
Criminal Minds is set to hit its 200th-episode milestone, which will bring back former regular Paget Brewster.
Repped by Gersh, Principato-Young and Rick Genow at Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder, Costanzo stars as Evan R. Lawson on USA'sRoyal Pains, which is set to return for a sixth season.
Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS.

Source: THR

'Arrow': Emily Bett Rickards on 'Confident' Felicity, Tolerating Isabel and Fun With Flash

"Isabel's a hard person to get along with," the actress tells THR, adding that "they're not going to be friends."


[Warning: Some spoilers ahead.]

Felicity Smoak has come a long way since she was first introduced as Queen Consolidated's trusty tech genius on Arrow.
Now working alongside Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Diggle (David Ramsey), both in the boardroom and in the Arrow cave, the M.I.T. grad has gone through her fair share of battles. One of her current obstacles comes in the form of the mysterious Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau), a new partner at Queen Consolidated, whose motivations -- at the moment at least -- are unclear.

Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity, talks to The Hollywood Reporter about the "cutthroat" Isabel, whether Felicity will befriend her new colleague, learning more about her alter ego's history and more.
Felicity gets to become more ingrained in both the Queen Consolidated as well as Arrow worlds this season. How has it been balancing both?
It's really interesting because Felicity gets more time at Queen Consolidated as Oliver's assistant as she does undercover. From both of the things, she's getting a lot more confidence and she has this power behind her that she didn't have in the first season. I think that comes from having a purpose and being close with Oliver. It's only going to continue to escalate. It is really fun for me because she just gets stronger. She stands her ground. That is really interesting, although she has still got her awkward quirks which are not going away.
How are the dynamics between Felicity and Oliver different when they're in the boardroom versus in the Arrow cave?
Oliver disappeared for five months and when Diggle and Felicity got him back from the island, it was a time when they really needed him back. To have gone to go get him, there's a little bit of that feeling of "You can't leave again." There's more equality. And [Oliver and Felicity] have known each other for a longer [period of time] and they've been through a lot the first season. They stay close and they're always in high stakes and in dangerous situations. Although Oliver has these secrets and these other masks -- and I think that's frustrating for Felicity -- she is working through them and trying to keep her head straight on how to maintain that Oliver still has a life, Diggle still has a life and she still has a life.
Now Isabel is in the picture at Queen Consolidated. How has her presence affected Felicity?
Having another woman who's really extremely strong, and on top of that she's cutthroat -- there's no bullshit with Isabel -- it creates more work at Queen Consolidated and Isabel doesn't know that they're vigilante-ing downstairs in the Glades. Felicity has to do her job as an assistant at Queen Consolidated. Not only is she tracking down villains in Starling City and trying to save the city with Oliver, she's filling out papers and dealing with clients. (Laughs.) Having Isabel there as a new partner, there are changes happening in the company that Felicity wasn't prepared for. Felicity says when Oliver gives her the title of assistant: "I didn't go to school for secretarial arts." (Laughs.) She just gets more work and Isabel's tough. She's a tough broad.
Are they enemies or are they friends?
I think Isabel's a hard person to get along with because she's very business-y. I say that with respect, and I think Felicity does respect her because she is very snappy and quick and makes decisions fast. But they're not going to be friends. (Laughs.) (Glau told THR that there may be a hint of jealousy on Felicity's part. To read the full chat, click here.)
How much more of Felicity's past and family history will be uncovered?
I don't know what her concrete story is going to turn out to be and who's going to come into the picture. I personally am so thrilled if we get to see a family member because it'll just round her out a little more. She won't get lost in the "Olicity" moments. Felicity can't survive off of "Olicity" moments. She's gotta have more than that.
Is there a chance that we could follow Felicity home this season?
That's something I've said. I would really like to see her apartment, and that's because I know she wouldn't like my apartment, because it's too crazy. I feel like her's would be crisp and clean, kind of like how she did the Foundry with that white light. I don't know. There's no set for it and I haven't really heard anything. I think that got out there because I said how I'd wanted it to be. (Laughs.) But I did see that [executive producer] Marc[Guggenheim] tweeted about [Felicity's] parents and that's really important to me that one of those two things happen.
Diggle has Deadshot and Arrow has his list of enemies. Do you think Felicity could have her own adversary?
You know, I don't think she can. When Felicity was brought into this superhero/criminal-like realm, she didn't have someone like Deadshot. She'd never been in a life-or-death or kill situation. The only way I can see that happening is maybe a revenge sort of thing but she doesn't strike me as wanting revenge. She just wants justice. I think she feels really deeply through other people. She's got a really high emotional IQ and I think she gets everybody's adversaries, if that makes sense.
Several of your co-stars have spoken highly of your scenes with Grant Gustin as Flash.
They're really fun, they're really flirty and they're really smart. Both of them are extremely intelligent characters and I think the audience will enjoy that. Grant is a great actor. We had a great time filming and I think that will show on-camera too.
It'll be fun to see her match up with someone who has the same intellect as her.
Exactly. I said that to [executive producer] Andrew Kreisberg and Marc. It's really interesting to act with someone who's like literally as smart as Felicity because I know very few people who are as genius as Felicity is, and to have somebody understand that I tracked so-and-so through traffic cameras and blah blah blah blah blah, it's like "You know how to do that too! Great!" Whereas Oliver's like, "Get me to Point B because whatever you did to get from Point A to B is your job so forget about it." (Laughs.)
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on TheCW

Source: THR

'The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes' Production Pulls Through

"Shadowhunters" across the world are certainly delighted over the news. After much delay, production for the sequel to "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" is set to push through. Fans will see Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Jemima West and Robert Sheehan back in action for "The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes."
Despite failing at the box office, Constantin is set to pull through production with the sequel to Cassandra Clare's best-selling young adult novels. In an interview made by The Hollywood Reporter, Martin Moszkowicz claimed to go ahead with the film despite the poor reviews.
"We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film - particularly with the positioning and marketing - and what changes we have to make," stated Mr Moszkowicz. "We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise," he added.
"City of Ashes" is reported to begin production early next year. Lily Collins is set to reprise her role as Clary Fray. The same goes for Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland, Kevin Zegers as Alec Lightwood and Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood.
Obviously, the plan of pushing through with the sequel wasn't forwarded to the author Cassandra Clare. During a Twitter Q&A with her fans, Ms Clare answered a question regarding production on "City of Ashes."

Judging from Ms Clare's answer, production execs aren't keeping Ms Clare in the know about the film. Could this relate to the news back in October claiming Clare might jump ship from the film franchise?
Hopefully, nothing of the sort happens. For now, fans are every bit delighted with the news that "The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes" is set to push through with production. Once again, Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower will be filming a few swoon-worthy scenes to which fans hope would spark another shot at romance.
As for Lily Collins, the actress was last seen holding hands with another Hollywood hunk at Disneyland. Reports claim Lily Collins is again dating her ex-boyfriend, Zac Efron. Sources claim that since Zac's successful rehabilitation, the "High School Musical" star has been surrounding himself with "good influences" to which Lily is a great example.


Source: au.ibtimes.com

Witches? Flying Monkeys? It can only be the Supernatural Halloween episode - Recap

Sam and Dean need technical help in last night’s episode, and who do they call? The only one they can Charlie Bradbury (Felicia Day). But when these three get together nothing is ever as it seems.  Charlie dies, gets resurrected and then goes off to fight the rebellion in Oz, yes I did say Oz. It’s not the Wizard of Oz we know, but it is is true Charlie form to want to ditch reality and fight for a cause.

Flashback to 1935: "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum's daughter Dorothy (Yes,that Dorothy) brings the Wicked Witch to the Men of Letters bunker because she can't figure out a way to kill her (Turns out, Baum was a Man of Letters, and Oz is in the fairy realm. Dorothy's whole adventure in Oz was actually a war story that he adapted into a children's book). The witch breaks her bonds, and Dorothy does the only thing she can think of: she binds herself and the Witch in some weird gray goo that stays in the bunker for 75 years until ...

Present day: Dean accidentally knocks over the vial of goo while trying to fix one of the ancient computers, setting both Dorothy and the Witch free in the bunker. Oops! What was Dean trying to do with an old computer? He and Sam figure that since it tracked the angels during The Fall, they can reconfigure it to track wayward angels on earth now. To do that, they call up the only computer expert they know: Charlie!

In her time off, Charlie's been hunting, but it hasn't been all she was hoping for. She wants big quests and magical adventures; despite Sam and Dean telling her it's not as fun as it sounds (they sure would know). She's been using Edlund's "Supernatural" books -- which are now available online, much to Sam's chagrin -- as a guide. Turns out, Sam's "ex-wife" Becky uploaded all the unpublished works, too! Sam pretends like he's never heard of her, but this was such a hilarious moment for longtime fans. Those "Supernatural" showrunners sure do know how to treat us well, don't they?

Charlie gets her wish when Dorothy and the Wicked Witch are freed during her stay in the bunker. She's so excited to find out one of her favorite stories is actually true -- she is the ultimate fangirl, after all. She even figures out a way to hurt the Witch: poppies. She finds enough poppy dust in the bunker to make four bullets, which won't kill the Witch, but will hurt her ... and that certainly comes in handy when they find out the Witch is looking for a key that would turn any doorway into a portal to Oz, and intends on bringing her armies to the real world.

Crowley -- starting to really feel the effects of his isolation, and hopes to score points with Sam and Dean -- is surprisingly helpful against the Witch. He sent her on a wild goose chase to the kitchen instead of helping her, when it turns out the key is actually in Dean's room. And don't worry, the brothers don't take any pity on their prisoner. They're still waiting on those demon names.

Side note: how awesome was it that we actually got to see how much Dean has moved in to his room? He clearly loves having a place to call his own besides his car after all these years, and his "nesting" shows it. Unfortunately, Sam doesn't feel the same way. After binge-watching "Game of Thrones" (Yes, even the Winchesters love a good binge-watch session every now and then!) with Charlie in Sam's empty, undecorated room, he made a comment about how the bunker isn't "home." Since Sam doesn't have any memories of having a home with his mom and dad like Dean does (Sam was just a baby when the yellow-eyed demon ruined their lives), he doesn't really know what he's missing, unlike Dean. 

While Dean and Charlie are getting the key from Dean's room, the Witch steals it and tries to kill Dean, but Charlie jumps in front of the zap. Dean immediately calls for Zeke as Sam walks into the room, and Zeke says he only has enough strength for one act of angelic power: bring Charlie back or kill the Witch. Dean has him save Charlie's life, and he once again covers his back by lying about it to both Sam and Charlie, but Sam definitely heard Dean say Zeke. 
When Sam asked Dean who "Zeke" was, Dean gave him a really flimsy lie -- and pair that with his other really flimsy lie about Cas leaving the bunker of his own volition, and Sam is officially suspicious. How could he not be at this point? Even Charlie put two and two together (after Dorothy told her a zap from the Witch means instant death, and she was in heaven for a few minutes), and confronted Dean about it later. He didn't tell her how she came back, but she agreed to keep her temporary death a secret from Sam.
Another interesting thing of note: looks like the Winchesters' anti-possession tattoos don't work against fairy magic, because the Witch managed to possess both of them. Sam and Dean then proceed to attack Dorothy and Charlie, but Charlie kicks Dean in the nards and goes to stop the Witch while Dorothy fends off the brothers.

Charlie got to the Witch just as she was about to bring her army of flying monkeys through her portal, and kills the Witch with the ruby slippers Dorothy had given her. Turns out, heels can deadly. As Charlie oh-so-proudly announces to the un-possessed Sam and Dean, "Ding dong, b*****es!"

After getting a taste of what Oz is like by defeating the Witch, Charlie decides to go with Dorothy back to Oz. Helping Dorothy in the rebellion sounds exactly like what Charlie wants: an adventure, a quest of magical proportions. The tearful goodbyes she exchanges with Sam and Dean are so heartbreaking, because at this point, Charlie truly is a part of the Family Business ... and family. Seeing her go -- possibly forever -- when we just got her back seems so unfair. Dean wonders if she'll ever come back, to which Sam replies, "There's no place like home." 

Sam called the bunker home! Let's hope he means it and starts putting up some posters on his bedroom walls. It's so sad that it took losing Charlie to make him realize how much he valued having the safety and comfort of a home, but he finally did. It's also extremely sad that Dean almost gained a confidant in Charlie for all his Zeke problems, but she left before he could really open up about his choice to put an angelic pacemaker in his brother. These lies are really starting to add up, and they are getting worse and worse. How long until Sam realizes that something's up? Will he start to dig around, looking for answers on this mysterious "Zeke" that Dean called out for?

All in all, "Slumber Party" was a fun episode that put a "Supernatural" twist on a classic story. It was cool seeing the independent, butt-kicking Dorothy taking charge -- although seeing the Tin Man's decapitated head was like a punch to the gut. There are casualties in the war in Oz, and let's hope Charlie doesn't become one of them. However, besides the throwaway line about Cas, and Zeke's brief appearance, this week's episode was a bit of a departure from the season-long arc. As fun as the hour was, we're eager to get back into the meat of the season. Plus, we still haven't seen Cas' reaction to Dean kicking him out of the bunker!


"Supernatural" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

Olympus Has Fallen sequel planned



The cast of Olympus Has Fallen are reprising their roles in a sequel to the terrorist thriller which will be set in the UK.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Gerard ButlerAaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman have signed up to return for the next film.
A US Secret Service agent (Gerard), the US president (Aaron), and the speaker of the House of Representatives (Morgan) attend the funeral of the British prime minister in the movie, London Has Fallen.
Olympus Has Fallen filmmaker Antoine Fuqua will not direct the sequel but Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger are returning to pen the movie's script.
The film was released earlier this year starring Gerard as disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning, who finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack.

Fifty Shades gets another writer

Fifty Shades Of Grey has hired a writer best known for penning action movies to finish off the film script, according to reports.

The Wrap says that Mark Bomback has been asked to finalize the script for the movie adaptation of the steamy novel.
Saving Mr Banks' screenwriter Kelly Marcel and Closer's Patrick Marber originally adapted EL James' best-selling erotic novel.
Mark's previous credits include action movies such as Unstoppable, The Wolverine, Total Recall and Live Free Or Die Hard.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are set to play the lead roles in the film, with Sam Taylor-Johnson directing.
The movie will l start shooting in December, a month later than expected, following the abrupt exit of lead actor Charlie Hunnam.
Press Association


Twins sequel is definitely in the works


Too many unwelcome sequels and remakes of classic movies have been made in the past few years and because of this you could forgive us for being skeptical - but oh my God, Triplets sounds the business and it looks like it's going to get the green light.
The actor Josh Gad (Love and Other Drugs) is writing a screenplay for a Twins sequel and it is set to be just as weird as the first. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito are reuniting as the unlikely siblings and, wait for it, Eddie Murphy is joining them as their long-lost brother.
Gad told Coming Soon that, "Triplets' is getting very close. We handed in our first draft to much enthusiasm and we're doing a second draft right now that's like miniscule changes and it's very exciting. It's very real."
The first movie was definitely an out and out comedy but since it came out in 1988 we can expect the next installment to enter 21 Jump St territory.
Gad says, "We’re very reverential to the original, but have our tongue firmly in our cheek. As it needs to be, it’s very modernized. It’s taking them into the new world and it’s acknowledging that comedy’s changed a lot in 20 years.”
Sounds friggin' amazeballs we think. We loved Twins, Arnie and Danny were an inspired pairing, but throw Eddie Murphy in the mix? Guaranteed comedy gold.

Daniel Radcliffe Goes for ‘Gold'

Pic follows rivalry between runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett


LONDON — In the run-up to the AFMDaniel Radcliffe has been confirmed to star in “Gold,” which tells the story of Sebastian Coe’s rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.
Pic will reunite Radcliffe with British director James Watkins (“Eden Lake”) following their 2012 box office hit “The Woman in Black.” Its screenplay is by Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and Will Davies (“How to Train Your Dragon”), and the film will be produced by Joanna Anderson and Vicky Licorish (“Small Island”) and Kevin Loader (“Hyde Park on Hudson,” “Le Week-end”).
BBC Films and the British Film Institute have developed the project with AL Films. BBC Films’ head Christine Langan will executive produce.
Financing is also provided by Ingenious Senior Film Fund, represented by Gavin Poolman.
Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar’s Embankment Films is selling worldwide and will be launching the film at the AFM.
Haslam said: “Gold is a movie about an insatiable need to win, fuelled by intense ambition, only possible through the support of loving family.”
The film is based on the book “The Perfect Distance” by Pat Butcher, who also acts as consultant on the project.
Planning is underway for a shoot in the U.K. and Russia in April next year.

Source: Variety

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

X-MEN Days of Future Past TRAILER

Bryan Singer Says X-Men: Days Of Future Past Will Be Darker

Bryan Singer says there will be a darker edge to X-Men: Days of Future Past, compared the other films in the franchise.

Singer returns to direct an X-Men film for the first time since the success of X-2 as characters from the two franchises are set to collide.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is the sequel to X-Men: First Class but will feature much loved characters from the first series.

And while there is a darker feel to this film, Singer says the humour is still present.

During a Twitter chat he said: "Though there is a great deal of humour, the overall tone is a bit darker than previous films, particularly because of the stakes..."

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult will all be reprising their roles from First Class, while the likes of Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart are all also on board.

Singer went on to talk about the cast saying: "I was real comfortable with the original cast and knew the #FirstClass cast as a writer/producer but not yet as a director. With the exception of @NicholasHoult [Beast] of course - but they were all fantastic and made the experience fun."

X-Men: Days of Future Past is released 22nd May 2014.


Source: 
Female First

Natalie Portman interview for Thor: 'I was intimidated by working with Anthony Hopkins'

Thor's female lead, Natalie Portman, became Hollywood’s most bankable star after winning an Oscar for Black Swan. She talks nerves, motherhood and her Jewish faith



Natalie Portman is raving about working in Britain. “It’s amazing to see how robust the British film industry is,” says the actress, who recently spent several months in Surrey making her latest film, Thor: The Dark World.
“I think I’ve shot in England more than anywhere else in the world, between doing Star Wars, Closer, V for Vendetta, The Other Boleyn Girl and Your Highness. For Thor I stayed in Ascot, which was really beautiful.”
Now 32, Portman has been acting professionally since she was 11 and is accustomed to working with cinema’s brightest and best: George Lucas in the Star Wars prequels, Woody Allen in Everyone Says I Love You, Mike Nichols in Closer.
In 2011 she won the best actress Oscar for her complex portrayal of the deeply disturbed ballerina in Black Swan, and Forbes magazine recently named her the film industry’s “most bankable star”. Studio executives and her PR team treat her like royalty.
In short, Portman is at the top of her game, so it’s rather touching to discover that she was star-struck by Anthony Hopkins on the set of Thor: The Dark World.

“I was completely intimidated,” she says. “I kept messing up lines around him because I was so nervous, and he was so sweet about it. He made me feel at ease. He’d be like, 'That’s a really hard line to say,’ and I’d be like, 'No, I just can’t get it out.’ Your jaw drops on the floor watching him he’s just… Man,” she sighs, shaking her head, “he’s a giant among actors.”
Petite with large, soulful eyes, Portman is classically beautiful. She is wearing a sleeveless, midnight-blue Dior dress (she is the face of the brand) when we meet for tea in Anaheim, California, for the first of two interviews (the second takes place over the phone a few weeks later when the Israeli-born actress is in Tel Aviv).
Warm and engaging, she veers charmingly in conversation from German philosophers to anecdotes about “giggling fits” during serious romantic scenes with Chris Hemsworth, her co-star in Thor: The Dark World.
“We would catch each other’s eye in the wrong way; we couldn’t stop laughing and the crew would say, 'OK enough.’” For all her experience, sophistication and balletic poise – she sits upright, sculpted arms neatly folded – there is still something of the ingénue about the actress, who is given to outbursts of sheer enthusiasm. “I love my job. I want to do things that are positive,” she says at one point.
Thor: The Dark World is a high- octane adventure set in two parallel worlds: Earth and Asgard – the Nordic home of the Gods. Portman plays an astrophysicist, Jane Foster, the love interest of the hammer-wielding God of Thunder (Hemsworth – most recently seen as the Formula One driver James Hunt in Rush).
Inevitably they are battling evil and saving the universe. Portman says that the main attraction of the film was the opportunity to play a positive female role model in a big-budget film.
“The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a 'feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho,” she said recently. Jane Foster doesn’t throw her weight around in sword fights with the boys.
She uses her intellect to help her brawny co-star combat a malevolent race of dark elves. “Unfortunately, there are still not that many girls going into science, engineering and technology,” she says. “Jane’s got a mission. She’s looking for something for herself, gravitational anomalies, scientific exploration.”
It sounds as if the acting on Thor didn’t present much of a challenge. “I watched a bunch of physics documentaries, like Physics For Dummies,” she says. But by all accounts she had fun on set: a highlight, she says, was punching Tom Hiddleston, who plays the god Loki, in the face.
“He acted like he could handle it, but I think I actually hurt him.” She also enjoyed working with the director Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones): “He is an incredibly bright man. He’d be like, 'No, that’s a Kantian point of view, not a Hegelian one,’ and you’d be like, 'Wow!’”
Portman was born Natalie Hershlag in Israel in 1981. Portman is her grandmother’s maiden name; she has dual Israeli and American citizenship and speaks fluent Hebrew. Her Israeli father, Avner, is a doctor specialising in fertility; her American mother, Shelley, is an artist. They moved to America when Natalie was a toddler, eventually settling in New York.

She was a bright child. “I did a lot of science and entered science fairs,” she says. She attended theatre camps and, when she was 10, was “discovered” by an agent who spotted her potential as a model.
Portman was 11 when the French director Luc Besson cast her in Léon (1994) as a child who is adopted by a middle-aged hit man (Jean Reno) when her family is killed. It was a fantastic performance that kick-started her career.
She went on to appear in Heat and earned further stellar reviews for Beautiful Girls. Being cast in the Star Wars prequels catapulted the teenager to global fame in 1999.
Portman credits her parents with instilling her with strong values. “My parents were wonderful,” she says. “They were completely present, completely loving, they allowed me to do what I was passionate about and I understand now how much they protected me. I was lucky to act and have a regular household, lifestyle and friends.”
They weren’t strict, “but maintained a calm and normal life for me that was far away from movie land”. Portman is an only child, which, she says, “definitely allowed me to do movies, because my mum would come with me on the set and my dad would visit on weekends. It would have been much harder if there had been another kid.”
In 1999, amid Star Wars hysteria, Portman decided to put her career on hold and study psychology at Harvard. “I’d rather be smart than be a movie star,” she said at the time.


Those college years were invaluable, she now says, “giving me the tools to teach myself”, as well as allowing her a chance to meet a group of un-Hollywood friends.
“It’s amazing to be exposed to different things and I’m constantly learning from them. I have a friend who’s a composer, a friend who runs a hedge fund, a friend who’s doing stroke research. What I do, I realise, is a drop in the ocean,” she tells me.
So what, I ask, does she think is the value of acting? “I think that for the audience, caring about someone else’s life rather than their own for a few hours, imagining what the characters go through, the excitement and disappointment, joys and sorrows, is a practice in empathy.”
What impact has winning the Oscar for Black Swan had on her career? “It was obviously a huge honour, but at the end of the day, how can you say that one piece of art is better than another? It’s not like a race.”
Black Swan, however, did change her life. To portray Nina, the driven, troubled ballerina, Portman undertook a year of hard training with the French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, to whom she is now married.
They have a two year-old son, Aleph. Does she continue to dance? “For fun with friends, but not ballet,” she says. “I go to see ballet quite often and love it.”

Portman talks happily about her interests outside acting: a vegetarian since childhood, she is a keen vegan cook. “I really love food,” she says. “I’m as much of a foodie as a vegan can be. I like the blog Coconut & Quinoa that my friend [the chef] Amy Chaplin does. The granola and chia pudding and tofu bakes are favourites.”
But she won’t discuss her private life, except to say, “I love being a mum,” and that parenthood has made her more accepting. “I’m less judgmental than before I had a kid. The biggest thing I’ve learnt is that parenting is a totally different experience for every person.
"Everything is cool, there are no rules – I mean, apart from not hurting your kid. Some people breast-feed until their babies are five, and some don’t breast-feed at all. There are no rules about what it means to be a feminist, or a good mother. For some it’s going to be right to go back to work, for others it’s going to be right to stop working completely.”
A working mother herself, Portman has recently been on set for the director Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups (reportedly about the excesses of celebrity) and a Western, Jane Got a Gun. Next autumn she will be moving to Paris with her family, when her husband takes up his position as director of the Paris Opera Ballet.
“I speak French, not well, but enough to get around and hopefully it will improve while I am there. I’m really excited. It’s everyone’s dream to get to live in Paris.”
Fulfilling another closely held dream, Portman is about to direct her first film, A Tale of Love and Darkness, based on the bestselling memoir by the Israeli author Amos Oz. She also wrote the screenplay.
“It is his coming-of-age story set during the creation of the state of Israel.” She is renting a house in Tel Aviv with her family, doing research and pre-production on the project, when we speak by phone a few weeks after our chat in California.
The prospect of moving behind the camera, she says, is “exciting and scary. I think it’s kind of good not to be aware of how ill-equipped you are for the job you have ahead of you,” she says with a laugh, “or else you wouldn’t try anything. You have to be a bit delusional to try anything creative really, to not understand how high the mountain is before you start climbing it.”


She describes working in Israel as “absolutely fascinating. It is the kind of country where you put your finger on a windowsill and you get an interesting story. It’s interesting to be from a place and feel part of a place, but also a stranger in it.
"I’m definitely a foreigner here. People here would not think of me as an Israeli. The culture I grew up in, the way I look at the world, is American,” says Portman, a practising Jew, who is raising her son in the religion.
Growing up Jewish, having spent most of my own teenage summers in Israel, I’m interested in Portman’s sense of identity, whether she’s conflicted, where she considers home.
“The older I get, the more I realise how different it is to be a Jew in a Jewish place as opposed to a Jew in a non-Jewish place,” she says. “It’s definitely a different feeling in terms of how freely you can be yourself and celebrate your culture and religion.
"It’s very different being in Israel than in cities that don’t have big Jewish populations, where it can sometimes feel dangerous to be Jewish, and you understand why there is a need for a place where you don’t feel that way. I feel it in lots of places. Pretty much everywhere.
"New York and LA [where she currently lives] are the exceptions. On holidays in New York the city shuts down. My non-Jewish friends know how to wish you Shanah Tova, Happy New Year in Hebrew. In other places in the world it ranges from people who aren’t familiar with Judaism to people who are hostile towards it.”
Is she optimistic about peace in the Middle East?” She pauses. “Individual friendships happen daily already and have for centuries between people of all backgrounds. The truth is I don’t really understand enough. I’m not a politician.
"Of course I hope for only the best. I wish that one day it will be quiet for everyone in the region, for men, women, different religions, different ethnicities. Politically, it’s complicated, much more complicated than anyone outside even knows.”
At which point the philosophical Ms Portman ends our conversation to attend to more domestic considerations: she has to get back to her two-year-old son.

Source: telegraph.co.uk

‘Entourage’ Creator: Movie Is a Go



Ready or not, the “Entourage” movie is finally happening.
The show’s creator, Doug Ellin, confirmed the long-standing rumor last night when he tweeted a photo of the cast with a caption saying, “It’s a go. love you all.”
The show ended its eight-season run in Sept. 2011. Series finale, which was watched by 2.6 million people, ended on a bit of a cliffhanger to set up the movie, but it’s taken several years to come to reality.
One of the series’ stars, Jerry Ferrara also confirmed the news on Twitter.

Source: Variety

Jonas Brothers: 'It's Over For Now'



Nearly three weeks after the Jonas Brothers announced they were canceling their tour due to a "deep rift within the band," the brothers tell PEOPLE that they've decided to call it quits. 

"It's over for now," Kevin Jonas says. 

"It's really hard to say 'forever,' " says Nick. "We're closing a chapter, for sure." 

"It was a unanimous decision," says Joe. 



It came after a meeting on Oct. 3, where Nick Jonas confessed to his brothers that he had serious concerns about the future of the band. 

"I was feeling kind of trapped," he said. "I needed to share my heart with my brothers." 

For more on the Jonas Brothers' decision to call it quits, including Joe's reaction to false reports he had drug problem, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

Source: People

Monday, October 28, 2013

'Game of Thrones'' Maisie Williams Joins Cast of U.K. Film 'The Falling

The actress and newcomer Florence Pugh star in writer-director Carol Morley's dreamlike coming-of-age drama.

LONDON – Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and newcomer Florence Pugh are starring alongside Monica DolanGreta Scacchi and Maxine Peake in British writer/director Carol Morley's The Falling.
Morley's script, billed as a dreamlike coming of age drama, details the story of a troubled girl at the center of a mysterious fainting epidemic, who is determined to discover the cause of the malady spreading through her British all-girl school in 1969, a year when the whole world seemed poised on the brink of change.
The project, which begins shooting in the U.K. this week, follows Morley's BAFTA-nominated The Alcohol YearsEdge and the critically acclaimed Dreams of a Life.
British sales, finance and production banner Independent Film Sales will rep the project to buyers at next month's American Film Market.
The Falling is presented by BBC Films and the British Film Institute in association with Lipsync Productions.
A Cannon and Morley/ Independent production in association with Boudica Red, the project was developed with the BFI Film Fund and is produced by Cairo Cannon and Luc Roeg.
The film is set for release 2014.
Morley is an artist turned filmmaker whose first narrative feature Edge -- made on a micro budget -- was premiered at the London Film Festival in 2010. Her first documentary feature film was Dreams of a Life

Source: THR

#MusicMonday - Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild side

We lost an icon when we lost Lou Reed yesterday. He was part of music generation and just rolled with the punches. 

Early life



Reed was born at Beth El Hospital (now Brookdale) in Brooklyn and grew up in Freeport, Long Island. Contrary to some sources, his birth name was Lewis Allan Reed, not Louis Firbanks, a name that was coined as a joke by Lester Bangs in Creem magazine. Reed is the son of Toby (née Futterman) and Sidney Joseph Reed, an accountant. His family was Jewish, and although he said that he was Jewish, he added, "My God is rock’n’roll. It’s an obscure power that can change your life. The most important part of my religion is to play guitar."




Having learned to play the guitar from the radio, he developed an early interest in rock and roll and rhythm and blues, and during high school played in a number of bands. His first recording was as a member of a doo wop-style group called The Jades. In 1956, Reed, who was bisexual, received electroconvulsive therapy as a teenager, which was intended to cure his bisexuality; he wrote about the experience in his 1974 song, "Kill Your Sons."In an interview, Reed said of the experience:


"They put the thing down your throat so you don't swallow your tongue, and they put electrodes on your head. That's what was recommended in Rockland County to discourage homosexual feelings. The effect is that you lose your memory and become a vegetable. You can't read a book because you get to page 17 and have to go right back to page one again."
—Lou Reed quoted in Please Kill Me (1996)

Reed began attending Syracuse University in 1960, studying journalism, film directing, and creative writing. In 1961 he began hosting a late-night radio program on WAER called "Excursions On A Wobbly Rail." Named after a song by pianist Cecil Taylor, the program typically featured doo wop, rhythm and blues and jazz, particularly the free jazz developed in the mid-1950s.Many of Reed's guitar techniques, such as the guitar-drum roll, were inspired by jazz saxophonists, notably Ornette Coleman. Reed graduated from Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in June 1964.

While enrolled at Syracuse University, he studied under poet Delmore Schwartz, who he said was "the first great person I ever met," and they would become friends. He credited Schwartz with showing him how "with the simplest language imaginable, and very short, you can accomplish the most astonishing heights." Reed dedicated the song "European Son," from the Velvet Underground's debut album, to Schwartz. In 1982, Reed also recorded "My House" as a tribute to his late mentor. He later said that his goals as a writer were "to bring the sensitivities of the novel to rock music" or to write the Great American Novel in a record album.
Songwriter at Pickwick Records

In 1964, Reed moved to New York City and began working as an in-house songwriter for Pickwick Records. In 1964, he scored a minor hit with the single "The Ostrich," a parody of popular dance songs of the time, which included lines such as "put your head on the floor and have somebody step on it." His employers felt that the song had hit potential, and arranged for a band to be assembled around Reed to promote the recording. The ad hoc group, called "The Primitives," included Welsh musician John Cale, who had recently moved to New York to study music and was playing viola in composer La Monte Young's Theater of Eternal Music, along with Tony Conrad. Cale and Conrad were both surprised to find that for "The Ostrich", Reed tuned each string of his guitar to the same note. This technique created a drone effect similar to their experimentation in Young's avant-garde ensemble. Disappointed with Reed's performance, Cale was nevertheless impressed by Reed's early repertoire (including "Heroin"), and a partnership began to evolve.

The Velvet Underground

Reed and Cale lived together on the Lower East Side, and after inviting Reed's college acquaintances, guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker, to join the group, they formed the Velvet Underground. Though internally unstable (Cale left in 1968, Reed in 1970), and without commercial success, the band has a long-standing reputation as one of the most influential in rock history.

The group soon caught the attention of artist Andy Warhol. One of Warhol's first contributions was to integrate them into the Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Warhol's associates inspired many of Reed's songs as he fell into a thriving, multifaceted artistic scene. Reed rarely gave an interview without paying homage to Warhol as a mentor. Conflict emerged when Warhol had the idea for the group to take on a chanteuse, the European former model and singer Nico. Reed and the others registered their objection by titling their debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico to imply that Nico was not accepted as a member of the group. Despite his initial resistance, Reed wrote several songs for Nico to sing, and the two were briefly lovers (as were Nico and Cale later). The Velvet Underground & Nico reached No. 171 on the charts.

Today, however, it is considered one of the most influential rock albums ever recorded. Rolling Stone has it listed as the 13th most influential album of all time. Brian Eno once famously stated that although few people bought the album, most of those who did were inspired to form their own band.

By the time the band recorded White Light/White Heat, Nico had quit and Warhol was fired, both against Cale's wishes. Warhol's replacement as manager,Steve Sesnick, convinced Reed to drive Cale out of the band. Morrison and Tucker were discomfited by Reed's tactics but continued with the group. Cale's replacement was Doug Yule, whom Reed would often facetiously introduce as his younger brother.The group now took on a more pop-oriented sound and acted more as a vehicle for Reed to develop his songwriting craft. The group released two albums with this line up: 1969's The Velvet Underground and 1970's Loaded. The latter included two of the group's most commercially successful songs, "Rock and Roll" and "Sweet Jane". Reed left the Velvet Underground in August 1970; the band disintegrated as core members Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker departed in 1971 and 1972, respectively. Yule continued until early 1973, and the band released one more studio album, Squeeze, under the Velvet Underground name.

After the band's move to Atlantic Records' Cotillion label, their new manager pushed Reed to change the subject matter of his songs to lighter topics in hopes of commercial success. The band's album Loaded had taken more time to record than the previous three albums together, but had not broken the band through to a wider audience. Reed briefly retired to his parents' home on Long Island.
1970s

After quitting the Velvet Underground in August 1970, Reed took a job at his father's tax accounting firm as a typist, by his own account earning $40 a week. In 1971, he signed a recording contract with RCA Records and recorded his first solo album in London with top session musicians including Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman, members of the progressive rock group Yes. The album, simply titled Lou Reed, contained smoothly produced, re-recorded versions of unreleased Velvet Underground songs, some of which were originally recorded by the Velvets for Loaded but shelved (see the Peel Slowly and See box set). This first solo album was overlooked by most pop music critics and it did not sell well, although music critic Stephen Holden, in Rolling Stone, called it an "almost perfect album. . . . which embodied the spirit of the Velvets."Holden describes Reed's unique qualities, in both his voice and lyrics, in the album:


Reed's voice hasn't changed much since the early days. Outrageously unmusical, it combines the sass of Jagger and the mockery of early Dylan, but is lower-pitched than either. It is a voice so incapable of bullshit that it makes even an artsy arrangement work by turning the whole thing into a joyous travesty. Just as arresting as Reed's voice are his lyrics, which combine a New York street punk sensibility and rock song cliches with a powerful poetic gift.




In December 1972, Reed released Transformer. David Bowie and Mick Ronson co-produced the album and introduced Reed to a wider popular audience (specifically in the U.K.). The hit single "Walk on the Wild Side" was an ironic yet affectionate salute to the misfits, hustlers, and transvestites who once surrounded Andy Warhol. When he was first introduced to Reed's music, Bowie stated, "I had never heard anything quite like it. It was a revelation to me."

Each of the song's five verses poignantly describes an actual person who had been a fixture at The Factory during the mid-to-late 1960s: (1) Holly Woodlawn, (2) Candy Darling, (3) "Little Joe" Dallesandro, (4) "Sugar Plum Fairy" Joe Campbell and (5) Jackie Curtis. The song's transgressive lyrics evaded radio censorship. Though the jazzy arrangement (courtesy of bassist Herbie Flowers and saxophonist Ronnie Ross) was musically somewhat atypical for Reed, it eventually became his signature song. The song came about as a result of his commission to compose a soundtrack to a theatrical adaptation of Nelson Algren's novel of the same name, though the play failed to materialize. Ronson's arrangements brought out new aspects of Reed's songs. "Perfect Day," for example, features delicate strings and soaring dynamics. It was rediscovered in the 1990s and allowed Reed to drop "Walk on the Wild Side" from his concerts.

Though Transformer would prove to be Reed's commercial and critical pinnacle, there was no small amount of resentment in Reed devoted to the shadow the record cast over the rest of his career. An argument between Bowie and Reed ended their working relationship for several years, though its subject is not known. The two reconciled some years later, and Reed performed with Bowie at the latter's 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 1997. They would not formally collaborate again until 2003's The Raven. Touring in support of Transformer posed the challenge of forming a band for the first time since joining the Velvets. Reed took the simple path of hiring an inexperienced bar band, the Tots. Reed spent much of 1972 and the winter of 1973 on the road with them. Though they improved over the months, criticism of their still-basic abilities ultimately led Reed to fire them mid-tour. He chose keyboardist Moogy Klingman to come up with a new five-member backing band on barely a week's notice. Thus the tour continued through the spring with a denser, bluesier and tighter sound that presaged the very successful live albums Reed would record with all different musicians in December.

Reed followed Transformer with the darker Berlin, a concept album about two junkies in love in the titular city. The songs variously concern domestic abuse ("Caroline Says I," "Caroline Says II"), drug addiction ("How Do You Think It Feels"), adultery and prostitution ("The Kids"), and suicide ("The Bed"). Reed's late-1973 European tour, featuring dual lead guitarists Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner, mixed his Berlin material with older numbers.

After Berlin came two albums in 1974, Sally Can't Dance, and a live record Rock 'n' Roll Animal, which contained performances of the Velvet Underground songs "Sweet Jane" and "Heroin" became his biggest selling album. Rock 'n' Roll Animal, and its follow-up released in early 1975 Lou Reed Live, primarily featuring live Transformer material, were both recorded at the same show (Academy Of Music, NYC December 21, 1973), and kept Reed in the public eye with strong sales. The later expanded CD version of Rock 'n' Roll Animal taken together with Lou Reed Live are the entirety of the show that night, although not in the running order it was performed.



As he had done with Berlin after Transformer, in 1975 Reed responded to commercial success with a commercial failure, a double album of electronically generated audio feedback, Metal Machine Music. Critics interpreted it as a gesture of contempt, an attempt to break his contract with RCA or to alienate his less sophisticated fans. But Reed claimed that the album was a genuine artistic effort, even suggesting that quotations of classical music could be found buried in the feedback. Lester Bangs declared it "genius," though also as psychologically disturbing. The album was reportedly returned to stores by the thousands after a few weeks. Though later admitting that the liner notes' list of instruments is fictitious and intended as parody, Reed maintains that MMM was and is a serious album. He has since stated though that at the time he had taken it seriously, he was also "very stoned". In the 2000s it was adapted for orchestral performance by the German ensemble Zeitkratzer.

By contrast, 1975's Coney Island Baby was mainly a warm and mellow album, though for its characters Reed still drew on the underbelly of city life. At this time his lover was a transgender woman, Rachel, mentioned in the dedication of "Coney Island Baby" and appearing in the photos on the cover of Reed's 1977 "best of" album, Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed. While Rock and Roll Heart, his 1976 debut for his new record label Arista, fell short of expectations, Street Hassle (1978) was a return to form in the midst of the punk scene he had helped to inspire. Reed was dismissive of punk, however, and rejected any affiliation with it. "I'm too literate to be into punk rock . . . The whole CBGB's, new Max's thing that everyone's into and what's going on in London—you don't seriously think I'm responsible for what's mostly rubbish?"

In 1978 Reed released his third live album, Live: Take No Prisoners, which some critics thought was his "bravest work yet," while others considered it his "silliest." Rolling Stone described it as "one of the funniest live albums ever recorded [with] Lou's dark-humored, Lenny Bruce-like monologues. Reed felt it was his best album:


You may find this funny, but I think of it as a contemporary urban-blues album. After all, that's what I write—tales of the city. And if I dropped dead tomorrow, this is the record I'd choose for posterity. It's not only the smartest thing I've done, it's also as close to Lou Reed as you're probably going to get, for better or for worse.

The Bells (1979) featured jazz musician Don Cherry, and was followed the next year by Growing Up in Public with guitarist Chuck Hammer. Around this period he also appeared as a sleazy record producer in Paul Simon's film One Trick Pony. Reed also played several unannounced one-off concerts in tiny downtown Manhattan clubs with the likes of Cale, Patti Smith, and David Byrne during this period. Reed and Patti Smith both worked at Record Plant in 1977 at the same time, each trying to complete albums. Bruce Springsteen was also at the studio working on finishing his Darkness on the Edge of Town album.
1980s

In 1980, Reed married British designer Sylvia Morales. They were divorced more than a decade later. While together, Morales inspired Reed to write several songs, particularly "Think It Over" from 1980's Growing Up in Public and "Heavenly Arms" from 1982's The Blue Mask with bassist Fernando Saunders. After Legendary Hearts (1983) and New Sensations (1984) fared adequately on the charts, Reed was sufficiently reestablished as a public figure to become spokesman for Honda motorcycles.

In the early 1980s, Reed worked with a number of innovative guitarists including Chuck Hammer and Robert Quine. Hammer appeared on Growing Up in Public (1980) and Quine appeared on The Blue Mask (1982), and Legendary Hearts(1983). It was through working with both of these guitarists that Reed regained his sense of sonic experimentation.

On September 22, 1985, Reed performed at the first Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois. He performed "Doin' The Things That We Want To", "I Love You, Suzanne", "New Sensations" and "Walk on The Wild Side" as his solo set, later playing bass for Roy Orbison during his set. In June 1986, Reed released Mistrial (co-produced with Fernando Saunders), a more commercial album than previous records. To support the release, he released two music videos: "No Money Down" and "The Original Wrapper".

At the same time of Mistrial's release, he joined Amnesty International's A Conspiracy of Hope Tour and was outspoken about New York's political issues and personalities. He would later use this experience on the 1989 album New York, commenting on crime, AIDS, Jesse Jackson, Kurt Waldheim, and Pope John Paul II.

Following Warhol's death after routine surgery in 1987, Reed again collaborated with John Cale on the biographical Songs for Drella, Warhol's nickname. The album marked an end to a 22-year estrangement from Cale. On the album, Reed sings of his love for his late friend, but also criticizes both the doctors who were unable to save Warhol's life and Warhol's would-be assassin, Valerie Solanas.
1990s

In 1990, following a twenty-year hiatus, the Velvet Underground reformed for a Fondation Cartier benefit in France. Reed released his sixteenth solo record, Magic and Loss, in 1992, an album about mortality, inspired by the death of two close friends from cancer. In 1993, the Velvet Underground again reunited and toured throughout Europe, although plans for a North American tour were cancelled following another falling out between Reed and Cale. In 1994, Reed appeared in A Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who, also known as Daltrey Sings Townshend. This was a two-night concert at Carnegie Hall produced by Roger Daltrey in celebration of his fiftieth birthday. In 1994, a CD and a VHS video were issued, and in 1998 a DVD was released. Reed performed a radically rearranged version of "Now And Then" from Psychoderelict.

In 1996, the Velvet Underground were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At the induction ceremony, Reed performed a song entitled "Last Night I Said Goodbye to My Friend" alongside former bandmates John Cale and Maureen Tucker, in dedication to Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison, who had died the previous August. Reed has since been nominated for the Rock Hall as a solo artist twice, in 2000 and 2001, but has not been inducted.

His 1996 album, Set the Twilight Reeling, met with a lukewarm reception, but 2000's Ecstasy drew praise from most critics. In 1996, Reed contributed songs and music to Time Rocker, an avant-garde theatrical interpretation of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine staged by theater director Robert Wilson. The piece premiered in the Thalia Theater, Hamburg, Germany, and was later also shown at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

In 1998, the PBS TV show American Masters aired Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' feature documentary Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart. This film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. and at the Berlin Film Festival in Germany went on to screen at over 50 festivals worldwide. In 1999, the film and Reed as its subject received a Grammy Award for best long form music video.

Since the late 1990s, Reed has been romantically linked to the musician, multi-media and performance artist Laurie Anderson, and the two have collaborated on a number of recordings together. Anderson contributed to "Call On Me" from Reed's project The Raven, to the tracks "Baton Rouge" and "Rock Minuet" from Reed's Ecstasy, and to "Hang On To Your Emotions" from Reed's Set the Twilight Reeling. Reed contributed to "In Our Sleep" from Anderson's Bright Red and to "One Beautiful Evening" from her Life on a String. They married on April 12, 2008.
2000s

2000 to 2003



In May 2000, Reed performed before Pope John Paul II at the Great Jubilee Concert in Rome. In 2000, a new collaboration with Robert Wilson called "POEtry" was staged at the Thalia Theater in Germany. As with the previous collaboration "Time Rocker," "POEtry" was also inspired by the works of a 19th-century writer: Edgar Allan Poe. Reed became interested in Poe after producer Hal Willner suggested he read some of Poe's text at a Halloween benefit he was curating at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Brooklyn. For this new collaboration, Reed reworked and rewrote some of Poe's text and included some new songs based on the theme explored in the texts. In 2001, Reed made a cameo appearance in the movie adaptation of Prozac Nation. On October 6, 2001, the New York Times published a Reed poem called Laurie Sadly Listening in which he reflects upon the September 11 attacks.

Incorrect reports of Reed's death were broadcast by numerous U.S. radio stations in 2001, caused by a hoax email (purporting to be from Reuters) which said he had died of a drug overdose. In 2003, he released a 2-CD set, The Raven, based on "Poe-Try." Besides Reed and his band, the album featured actors and musicians including singers David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Antony Hegarty, saxophonist Ornette Coleman, and actors Elizabeth Ashley, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Willem Dafoe, Amanda Plummer, Fisher Stevens and Kate Valk. The album consisted of songs written by Reed and spoken-word performances of reworked and rewritten texts of Edgar Allan Poe by the actors, set to electronic music composed by Reed. At the same time a single disc CD version of the albums, focusing on the music, was also released.

A few months after the release of The Raven, a new 2-CD Best Of-set was released, entitled NYC Man (The Ultimate Collection 1967-2003), which featured an unreleased version of the song "Who am I" and a selection of career spanning tracks that had been selected, remastered and sequenced under Reed's supervision. In April 2003, Reed embarked on a new world tour supporting both new and released material, with a band including cellist Jane Scarpantoni and singer Antony Hegarty. During some of the concerts for this tour, the band was joined by Master Ren Guangyi, Reed's personal T'ai Chi instructor, performing T'ai Chi movements to the music on stage. This tour was documented in the 2004 double-disc live album Animal Serenade, recorded live at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.

In 2003, Reed released his first book of photographs, Emotions in Action. This work was made up out of two books, a larger A4-paper sized called Emotions and a smaller one called Actions which was laid into the hard cover of the former. After Hours: a Tribute to the Music of Lou Reed was released by Wampus Multimedia in 2003.

In 2003, Reed was also a judge for the third annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

2004 to 2006



In 2004, a Groovefinder remix of his song, "Satellite of Love" (called "Satellite of Love '04") was released. It reached No. 10 in the UK singles chart. Also in 2004, Reed contributed vocals and guitar to the track "Fistful of Love" on I Am a Bird Now by Antony and the Johnsons. In 2005, Reed recorded a spoken word text on Danish rock band Kashmir's album No Balance Palace.

In January 2006, a second book of photographs, Lou Reed's New York, was released. At the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, Reed performed "White Light/White Heat" with The Raconteurs. Later in the night, while co-presenting the award for Best Rock Video with Pink, he exclaimed, apparently unscripted, that "MTV should be playing more rock n' roll."

In October 2006, Reed appeared at Hal Willner's Leonard Cohen tribute show "Came So Far For Beauty" in Dublin, beside the cast of Laurie Anderson, Nick Cave, Antony, Jarvis Cocker, Beth Orton, and others. According to the reports, he played a heavy metal version of Cohen's "The Stranger Song." He also performed "One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong" and two duets—"Joan of Arc", with Cohen's former back-up singer Julie Christensen, and "Memories"—in a duet with Anjani Thomas.

In December 2006, Reed played a first series of show at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, based on his 1973 Berlin song cycle. Reed was reunited on stage with guitarist Steve Hunter, who played on the original album as well as on Rock 'n' Roll Animal, as well as joined by singers Antony Hegarty and Sharon Jones, pianist Rupert Christie, a horn and string section and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The show was produced by Bob Ezrin, who also produced the original album, and Hal Willner. The stage was designed by painter Julian Schnabel and a film about protagonist "Caroline" directed by his daughter, Lola Schnabel, was projected to the stage. A live recording of these concerts was also published as a film (directed by Schnabel) which was released in 2008. The show was also played at the Sydney Festival in January 2007 and throughout Europe during June and July 2007. The album version of the concert, entitled Berlin: Live At St. Ann's Warehouse, was released in 2008.

2007 to 2009



In April 2007, he released Hudson River Wind Meditations, his first record of ambient meditation music. The record was released on the Sounds True record label and contains four tracks that were said to have been composed just for himself as a guidance for T'ai Chi exercise and meditation. In May 2007, Reed performed the narration for a screening of Guy Maddin's silent film The Brand Upon the Brain. In June 2007, he performed live at the Traffic Festival 2007 in Turin, Italy, a five-day free event organized by the city.

In August 2007, Reed went into the studio with the Killers in New York City to record "Tranquilize," a duet with Brandon Flowers for the Killers' b-side/rarities album, called Sawdust. During that month, he also recorded guitar for the Lucibel Crater song "Threadbare Funeral" which appears on their album The Family Album. In October 2007, Reed gave a special performance in the Recitement song "Passengers." The album combines music with spoken word. The album was composed by Stephen Emmer and produced by Tony Visconti. Hollandcentraal was inspired by this piece of music and literature, which spawned a concept for a music video. On October 1, 2008, Reed joined Richard Barone via projected video on a spoken/sung duet of Reed's "I'll Be Your Mirror," with cellist Jane Scarpantoni, in Barone's FRONTMAN: A Musical Reading at Carnegie Hall.

On October 2 and 3, 2008, he premiered his new group, which later was named Metal Machine Trio, at REDCAT (Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, Los Angeles). The live recordings of the concerts were released under the title The Creation of the Universe. The Trio features Ulrich Krieger (saxophone) and Sarth Calhoun (electronics), and plays free improvised instrumental music inspired by Reed's 1975 album Metal Machine Music. The music ranges from ambient soundscapes to free rock to contemporary noise. The trio played further shows at New York's Gramercy Theater in April 2009, and appeared as part of Reed's band at the 2009 Lollapalooza, including a ten-minute free trio improvisation. At Lollapalooza, held in Chicago's Grant Park, Reed played "Sweet Jane" and "White Light/White Heat" with Metallica at Madison Square Garden as part of the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on October 30, 2009. Reed provided the voice of Maltazard, the villain in the 2009 Luc Besson animated film, Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard, and played the role of himself in Wim Wenders' movie Palermo Shooting (2008).

In 2009, Reed became an active member of the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA). He was a featured performer at the JFA's annual benefit "A Great Night in Harlem" in May 2009.
2010s

Reed remained active doing benefits and composing music. He contributed vocals on the third Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach, on the song "Some Kind Of Nature"  and co-wrote and performed backup music for a Chen Style T'ai Chi instructional DVD. He had a co-production credit on Laurie Anderson's Homeland.

Reed performed a cover of the Buddy Holly song "Peggy Sue" which is featured on the tribute album Rave On Buddy Holly.

In 2010, French/American underground electronic recording artist, Uffie used an instrumental sample of The Velvet Underground track "Rock & Roll" for her debut album's title track "Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans". Before the release of the album there was a conflict between Uffie and Reed as to who would be credited as the writer of the track. Reed would only allow her to use the sample if she called "Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans" an adaptation of "Rock & Roll" and he received sole credit as songwriter for the track. This dispute delayed the album by six months and Uffie labeled Reed as "fucking difficult".

Reed began touring with the Metal Machine Trio, which was widely viewed as a return to his exploration of noise and sound. In 2011, heavy metal band Metallica recorded a full length collaboration with Reed entitled Lulu, released on November 1 in North America and October 31 everywhere else.

In January 2012, Reed and John Cale sued the Andy Warhol Foundation for the license to use the yellow banana image from Warhol's art for The Velvet Underground & Nico album.

Reed contributed vocals to the track "The Wanderlust" on Metric's 2012 album Synthetica. He was a well-known supporter of the Free Tibet movement.

In 2012, a bilingual (French and English) book Lou Reed: Rimes/Rhymes was published with a compilation of more than 300 photos of Reed, with comments from co-author Bernard Comment.
Death

In May 2013, Reed underwent a liver transplant in Cleveland. Afterwards he claimed on his website to be "bigger and stronger" than ever. On October 27, 2013, Reed died at the age of 71 from liver disease at his home in Southampton, New York, on Long Island. His physician Charles Miller noted that Reed "was fighting right up to the very end. He was doing his Tai Chi exercises within an hour of his death, trying to keep strong and keep fighting."

Tributes were paid to Reed on Twitter, including Iggy Pop, Miley Cyrus, Salman Rushdie, Samuel L. Jackson and Lenny KravitzRicky Gervais, Ryan Adams, Elijah Wood, and many others. John Cale, his Velvet Underground bandmate, posted on his Facebook: "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet…I've lost my 'school-yard buddy'". Former Velvet Underground drummer Mo Tucker responded by saying that Reed was "generous, encouraging and thoughtful. Working with him sometimes could be trying to some people, but never to me. I guess we learned from each other. We all learned from each other.