Entertainment wRap: UFO, Brangelina wine
MANILA, Philippines – Here are some Entertainment stories you might have missed from the week of March 4 to 9.
Arnold Schwarzenegger to edit bodybuilding magazines
After serving as California governor for 8 years, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been named senior editor of an American bodybuilding magazine.
The publisher of the magazine, American Media Inc said Schwarzenegger "will bring his nearly 50 years of experience as a competitor and fitness authority ... by way of both strategic and creative input, as well as contributing monthly columns to the magazines."
The 65-year-old movie legend will be taking on the role of Group Executive Editor for two magazines: Muscle & Fitness and Flex.
Arnie is no stranger to these publications. In fact, before winning Mr Universe and becoming a Hollywood star, Schwarzenegger was hired by the magazines’ publisher when he was 21. Since then, he has appeared on their front covers more than 60 times.
"Bodybuilding has always been part of my life, and I know Muscle & Fitness and Flex will continue to motivate others -- as it did me -- to lift weights and lead a healthy lifestyle (and) promote the sport of bodybuilding,” said the ex-governor.
'Oz the Great and Powerful' predicted box office hit
Box office tracker Exhibitor Relations says Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” has big chances of earning US$88 million when it debuts this weekend and “has a shot at the other side of the $100 million rainbow."
These numbers are a big deal for movies opening in the relatively quiet month of March. The only movies to come out in March and earn more than US$100 million are Tim Burton’s 2010 film “Alice in Wonderland” (US$116 million) and the 2012 film “The Hunger Games” (US$152 million).
“Oz the Great and Powerful” is a new take on the imaginary land created by American author L. Frank Baum in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
Watch the movie trailer here:
The new Disney film comes 75 years after the beloved Victor Fleming film, “The Wizard of Oz,” starring Judy Garland as Dorothy.
The film tells the story of Oscar Diggs (played by James Franco), a small-town circus magician transported to Oz by a tornado.
There, he meets 3 witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who see in him a wizard capable of saving the kingdom.
Happy to be showered with power and riches, Diggs plays along with the misperception, until his lies begin to catch up with him.
'Skyfall' director won’t direct next Bond film
“Skyfall” director Sam Mendes said he won’t return to direct the 24th James Bond film.
In an interview last March 6, he said he has to focus on theater work: “I have theater and other commitments, including productions of “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory” and “King Lear,” that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.”
“Skyfall,” the latest movie about Agend 007, became the highest-grossing film ever in Britain and took more than US$1 billion at the box office worldwide.
The 47-year-old British director, who won an Oscar for directing “American Beauty,” said it had been a “very difficult decision” to give up the director’s chair for the next Bond film which will again star Daniel Craig in the title role.
Russell Crowe’s 'UFO' gets mixed reactions
Australian actor Russell Crowe got mixed reactions from netizens after posting online a video of lights over city parkland that he likened to a UFO.
The 23-second video was taken by Crowe as he and his friend were attempting to photograph fruit bats in the skies over Sydney’s Botanical Gardens at dusk.
In the video, a pink, glowing object shoots across the screen.
The Oscar-winning actor uploaded a link to the video in Youtube on his Twitter feed with the comment: "UFO? Time lapse photos outside RC's Wooloomooloo Office (THESE ARE REAL!)".
Watch the Russell Crowe's UFO video here:
Some unimpressed viewers told Crowe, “Please never post anything online again Russell. It's just embarrassing.”
Others offered explanations for the captured phenomenon suggesting it might have been a mobile phone, refraction from passing car headlights, reflected fluorescent lights from the room behind or lens flare.
Crowe defended himself, saying the footage was shot on a "Canon 5D, no flash, can't be a lens flare because it moves, camera is fixed."
Some were nicer, with one saying "without imagination mankind would not have evolved.... If it makes Russell happy, let him believe it is a UFO and not some light interference. Be kind people, be kind.”
First Brangelina rose wine vintage sells out within hours
Star couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt can now add wine-makers to their resume.
Last March 7, the couple made their bottles of Miraval rose wine for sale. Within hours, the first 6,000 bottles were sold out.
The couple teamed up with the French winemaking Perrin family to develop the "Miraval Cotes de Provence" label, named after their Chateau Miraval estate in the south of France.
The 2012 vintage, produced from the couple's sprawling estate near the town of Brignoles, was priced at a relatively reasonable 105 euros ($138) per case of six bottles for the Internet sale.
The 500-hectare (1,200-acre) estate cost Brangelina 40 million euros and is used as their summer residence. The estate includes around 50 to 60 acres of vines.
According to Marc Perrin, the couple were involved in the production process and didn’t want to “just put their name" on the label.
"They want to be proud of the wine on their property. They are really looking for excellence," he said. Fans of the Brangelina rose wine can also look forward to red and white wines in future. - With reports by Pia Ranada/Rappler.com