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'Pitch Perfect 2' boys get patriotic for Fourth of July


This Fourth of July, Elizabeth Banks is celebrating aca-America.

The director of Pitch Perfect 2 posted a video to her Facebook page of Skylar Astin and Ben Platt, who play Jesse and Benji in the movies, singing “America the Beautiful.”

The pair, dressed in maroon blazers–the signature for the Treblemakers, Barden University’s all-male a cappella group and rival to the Bellas–sing with an American flag behind them. Nothing says sings America quite like these two.

The video ends with a message: “Happy Fourth of July from Pitch Perfect 2.”

Would the Bellas like to challenge, perhaps bringing back “Party in the USA” as seen in the first flick? Keep your eyes aca-peeled. For now: READ FULL STORY

Ryan Gosling didn't get along with Rachel McAdams on set of 'The Notebook'


Already had your fill of “The Notebook at 10″ stories?

Clear some room, because Notebook director Nick Cassavetes has got one heck of a tale from his time on set.


Video: Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel serve up three scoops of 'Sex Tape'

Even before they first teamed up in 2011’s Bad Teacher, Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel shared the same no-shame-no-gain approach to comedy. Now the two stars reunite for more awkward yuks in Sex Tape (rated R, out July 18), playing a married couple with kids who decide to revive a flaccid love life by making their own private porno—hilariously re-creating every position in The Joy of Sex—which naturally falls into the wrong hands. What follows is a madcap chase around town, including a late-night visit to the home of a seemingly straitlacedCEO played by Rob Lowe (no stranger to sex-tape scandals himself).

On screen, Diaz, 41, and Segel, 34, prove to be very game—and amazingly limber. Off screen, they were just as playful when we pulled a Coolhaus ice cream truck onto the Sony lot in L.A. last month. Over three scoops of ice cream, the duo bared all about their love-hate relationship with kale, achieving the perfect naked handstand, and unsexy mariachi music. All while keeping their clothes on, of course.

Check out the video evidence below: READ FULL STORY

The director of 'Bend It Like Beckham' wants Brazil to win the World Cup

Monday, June 30, at 10:30 a.m. PST was probably not the best time to call Gurinder Chadha. As a reporter interested in her thoughts on this year’s World Cup, I really should have known better: The France v. Nigeria game was wrapping up with about 20 minutes to go.

Chadha, who is based in London, is the director, writer, and producer of 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham, which tells the story of an 18-year-old girl who rebels against her Sikh parents’ traditionalism to pursue a career in soccer. Chadha’s ultimate goal—get it?—was to draw attention to the lack of a female and Asian presence in the sport. For many young girls, Bend It Like Beckham served as a vehicle into soccer, especially in the U.S. where the sport is not as popular as it is worldwide (though, if you’d seen only this year’s World Cup fanaticism, you’d never guess).

Though Chadha is not a footballer herself, her World Cup experience thus far has been passionate, emotional, exciting, and all-consuming. Bouts of relief (“Oh god, that was close”) and disappointment (“Nigeria? Oh, shit. Oh, bugger”) made quick interjections into our conversation as she multi-tasked, simultaneously watching the game while we spoke.

“My husband is obsessed with the World Cup,” Chadha said. “The consumption of beer in our house has gone up twenty-fold. Beer, chips, and football. I’ve gotten into it as well.”

Her top choice going into World Cup was, unsurprisingly, England. Unfortunately, her team was knocked off early on, and did not make it to the top 16. Now, Chadha is supporting Brazil. “I think it will be great if Brazil wins in Brazil,” Chadha said.

There’s also a backup plan. If not Brazil, Chadha would like to see another Latin country win as this year’s tournament is taking place in South America. And if not a Latin team, she’d like to see an African team win. “I kind of go for the underdogs,” Chadha said. But, that said, she’s not too thrilled about France and Germany advancing to the top eight.

Often, though, Chadha simply chooses her team game by game. In Sunday’s Netherlands v. Mexico game, for instance, she was rooting for Mexico. “I love to get caught up in the drama of it all,” Chadha said, and drama certainly ensued, both in the match and in the Mexican restaurant in London from where she watched. A close game up until the end, Mexico ultimately lost to the Netherlands 2-1 in the final minutes.

“That’s the thing with the World Cup,” Chadha explains. “You have to watch it with people who are also passionate about it and are passionate about a particular side. They get their hopes up and get emotional and the national spirit comes into play. It really is a truly emotional event.”

With such an emotional investment in the games, Chadha has certainly had a few favorite, and not-so-favorite, moments. High point: Brazil winning in penalties against Chile. Low point: Uruguay’s Luis Suárez biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, resulting in a four-month, nine-game ban and more than $100,000 in fines.

Chadha also has a few favorite players, as well: With no Beckham to worship, Chadha has looked to Mexico’s goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa, and Colombia’s James Rodríguez as her World Cup idols. And though Chadha is not participating in any pools this year, she predicts that Germany will make it to the finals in some way. Her husband could be heard yelling from afar that he hopes Brazil and Argentina will meet in the finals, to which Chadha agrees.

For Chadha, the football fever doesn’t stop at World Cup: She’s currently working on a Bend It Like Beckham musical. Chadha is directing and Sonia Friedman (The Book of Mormon) is producing. Music is by Howard Goodall (The Hired Man) with lyrics by Charles Hart (The Phantom of the Opera). The project is two years in the making and can be expected to appear on London’s West End sometime next year. She’s hopeful that it will make it to Broadway as well.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done,” Chadha says of the musical. “Obviously I think the movie is great—a lot of people love the movie—but I think the stage show is even better. What we’ve been able to do is go back and really go deeper with the story and with the emotions. It’s a fantastic, kind of rousing answer to girl power.”

Chadha is also hoping to start a foundation for girls to play football in India, though that has been tied up due to legal issues.

As our conversation came to a close, Chadha suddenly exclaimed, “Oh no! That’s it, two nil to France, damn. What a shame.”

Despite her disappointment, Chadha has high hopes for the U.S. in their matchup against Belgium (July 1 at 4 p.m. EST). Though she did not predict who would win the game, she believes the U.S. could go far—perhaps not to the final, she said, but the U.S. has been playing well.

She added, though, that Mexico was playing well. It’s really up in the air. The conclusion: “I think it could be anyone’s game.”

Find out when the final airs live on July 13 at 1 p.m. PST on ABC.

The 'Fault in Our Stars' bench in Amsterdam is missing


All right, which one of you Augustus Waters wannabes stole an Amsterdam bench for your girlfriend?

The bench where Hazel and Augustus kiss in the film The Fault in Our Stars is missing, according to the Associated Press. A city spokesperson explained that while they can’t be sure why the bench has gone missing (if could be vandals, or locals unhappy with the extra tourists), he guesses it probably was overexcited film fans. He notes fans have been asking where the bench and other film-significant landmarks are when they visit Amsterdam. READ FULL STORY

Melissa McCarthy and our nasty, tedious habit of confusing a woman's worth with her weight

What can’t the great Melissa McCarthy do? The 43-year-old actress—whose style of go-for-broke physical comedy is at once wild and grounded, brash and vulnerable—opens movies. She gets awards love. She stars in her own material: the road-trip comedy Tammy (in theaters July 2), which she co-wrote with her husband, first-time director Ben Falcone. She can do everything…except escape stupid. READ FULL STORY

Here are 5 films to watch on Netflix before they expire tonight

According to The Nerdiot, these 80 films will be removed from Netflix at 11:59 tonight. If you’re suddenly having a panic attack about all the great cinema you’re missing, don’t worry. Just take a deep breath, make an excuse to leave work, and embark on a summer Netflix marathon. READ FULL STORY

Mark Wahlberg in 'Transformers' is the best bad performance of the year


So maybe we all can just agree to disagree about Transformers. The critical establishment collectively agreed to give Michael Bay the benefit of the doubt with 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which earned semi-decent reviews mainly because it was less obnoxiously worse than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. But Trans4mers led that same critical establishment into hilarious paroxysms of scathing invective. (EW‘s own Chris Nashawaty called it “numbing, exhausting, and migraine-inducing.”) Predictably, the movie made $100 million over the weekend.

Bad movies have made a lot of money since forever. There’s a generation of young-dude moviegoers who have been raised on Transformers and probably love it—a situation which we can only resolve by doing a better job of training the next generation to enjoy movies about actual human beings. And in fairness, there’s an argument to be made for Michael Bay’s incoherent beer-commercial dude-fascism. It’s possible that future generations will revere him as a genius, sort of like how those skinless mutants in Beneath the Planet of the Apes made a god out of an atomic bomb. READ FULL STORY

Before 'Scandal,' Guillermo Diaz was a real drag in 'Stonewall'

Fans of Scandal know Guillermo Díaz as torture-addicted Gladiator Huck, who’s been known to lick his colleague-turned-enemy-turned-lover Quinn (Katie Lowes) and do unspeakable things to her in parking garages. Nearly 20 years ago, though, Díaz was an emerging actor who’d just starred opposite Parker Posey in Party Girl and was looking for a breakout gig. Enter Stonewall.

Díaz booked his first leading role as La Miranda, a larger-than-life drag queen (and I’m not just talking about her hair), in Nigel Finch’s fictionalized account of the days leading up to the birth of the modern LGBT rights movement on June 28, 1969. READ FULL STORY

We're still thinking about that 'Notebook' kissing-in-the-rain scene a decade later, plus 4 more

Kissing-in-the-rain scenes are nothing new to film, but the wet smooch in The Notebook is one of the most iconic of its kind. Audiences went nuts for Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling when the film came out in 2004, and the fever has continued through today. The pair’s chemistry is palpable, so much so that they dated in real life. [Note: When they broke up, a little part of me died.] Even today, women everywhere demand the “Notebook kiss” of their boyfriends (or was that just me?).

But the rain kiss in Nick Cassavetes’ romance to end all romance films is not alone. So, in honor of the film’s 10th anniversary, here are some of our favorite kissing-in-the-rain scenes. READ FULL STORY

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