‘Ghostbusters’ opened at the box office with $46 million: did you love it or hate it?

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I was looking forward to seeing the lady-version of Ghostbusters, mostly because I love the combo of Melissa McCarthy + director Paul Feig, and I think Kate McKinnon is one of the funniest people working today. I went to see it on a lazy Sunday afternoon, and about half-way through the film, I realized that it really wasn’t that funny. Ghostbusters has some giggle-worthy lines and some charm and McKinnon in particular was really trying her damnedest to bring some lightness and quirk to the movie, but even the combined talents of these funny women couldn’t save a clunky script. Those were the biggest issues: pacing, and a script that needed a few more rewrites. They spent too much time earnestly building the world of the “modern” Ghostbusters and there were so many opportunities for some tongue-in-cheek cultural references, anything to shorthand the process and move along the action, but it just didn’t happen.

Which isn’t to say that I think it’s a bad movie. It’s not, and if you’re in the mood for something light and silly, I would recommend it. It’s harmless and there are some funny lines and good moments. I feel like Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy’s comedic talents were oddly underutilized as they both tried to play the straight-man to varying degrees. Leslie Jones’ Patty was brought into the story too late (pacing issues, I’m telling you). Chris Hemsworth’s character was the victim of messy writing too, and it felt like they couldn’t decide how stupid they wanted him to be, so his level of intelligence kept changing scene-to-scene.

I’m well aware that there is a Battle of the Sexes happening around this film and around the reviews of the film. I was prepared to go to war and rip apart the misogynistic criticism of the film. But after seeing it, the most feminist thing I can say is that the leading ladies were trying and the film’s flaws are not their fault. The fault lies with Paul Feig and Katie Dippold, the co-writers of the clunky script.

As for the box office, Sony predicted that it would make between $40-50 million opening weekend, and it performed as expected. Early reports on Sunday put the figure at something like $46 million. It came in second behind The Secret Life of Pets, which… let’s face it, is a massive, crowd-pleasing family film. The problem was that Ghostbusters was TOO scary for really little kids and not funny enough to have box office longevity. It cost $144 million to make Ghostbusters, and I’m sure that the film will break even and likely make the studio some money. But as many analysts pointed out, that might not be good enough. Ghostbusters didn’t need to perform at expectations, it needed to exceed expectations to be considered a “success.” You can read more analysis here.

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Tom Hiddleston: Yup, My Relationship With Taylor Swift Is Real!

They caught him on a good day.

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Hours after it was announced that he was nominated for an Emmy, Tom Hiddleston hopped on the phone from Australia to do a bit of press.

The Hollywood Reporter asked The Night Manager star a series of questions related to the Emmy Awards in September, all leading to the one thing everyone wants to know about:

His relationship with Taylor Swift.

It was early in Australian during the interview, where Hiddleston is currently filming Thor: Ragnarok.  

THR had a hard time believing that Hiddleston was going to celebrate his nomination by going to work, but the Brit suggested that he might toast his good news with co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo.

Does Hiddleston plan on bringing her as his date to the Emmys?

“I don’t,” he told THR with a laugh. “I didn’t even know I could.”

“It’s 4 in the morning here!”

Then came THE question: What say you about those who write off your relationship with Taylor Swift as a damn good PR move?

“Well, um. How best to put this?” he started.

“That notion is — look, the truth is that Taylor Swift and I are together, and we’re very happy. Thanks for asking. That’s the truth. It’s not a publicity stunt.”

This is the first time Hiddleston has directly addressed his burgeoning relationship with the 26-year-old singer.  

An Australian reporter attempted to do the same earlier this week, and came back with a polite “nope, not talking about that.”

Maybe he felt bad for Swift, who is in the midst of an online beef with her ex and was publicly slammed by Calvin Harris on Twitter yesterday.

Whatever the reason, Hiddleston has either put rumors to rest or awoken the beast.

All all he wanted to do was talk about how excited he was to see his British friends at the show.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing my friends who are nominated in the same category, Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba,” he said.

“They’re both old friends of mine.”

“I worked with Benedict a long time ago – six or seven years ago now, and he’s been a friend ever since. And the same is true of Idris.”

You can bet your bottom dollar Swift has already called up British designers to dress her for the Emmys.

“Look you guys!” she’ll say to Idris and Benedict as she twirls in her Union Jack gown. “Ello, gov-nah!”

Go home, Taylor.  You’re embarrassing yourself.

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“Megan Fox called out Will Arnett for having really young girlfriends” links

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Megan Fox says that Will Arnett brought so many really young women to the TNMT set that she offered the young ladies some Lunchables.

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Chris Hemsworth adorably bonds with his fellow administrative professionals

Chris Hemsworth adorably bonds with his fellow administrative professionals

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "The Huntsman: Winter's War"

I know it’s belated, but happy administrative professionals day! I could never express my appreciation for all that you hard working folks do quite as adequately as Ellen DeGeneres did on Wednesday’s episode of Ellen, so I’m not even going to give it a go.

Apparently, one of the admins on the Warner Brothers lot is quite a fan of the Thor star (currently in The Huntsman: Winter’s War). Ellen, no stranger to the hidden camera gag, hooked the lucky lady up with the object of her cubicle dreams and the results were highly amusing. Check out the video below and enjoy the Edible Arrangement someone in your office got:

Chris, who plays the hunky secretary to the ladies of the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, was awesome during this prank, don’t you think? I mean, look at how he expertly maneuvered around not only avoiding a naked massage, but an admin/Ellen threesome. What a great actor! And, if any of Ellen’s producers happen to read this, I’d love for Jon Hamm to stop by my office. Just saying.

Although the hunky Aussie has a prominent role in one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, he has jokingly made reference to the lack of Thor in the upcoming Avengers spin-off Captain America: Civil War. In a video on Walt Disney Studio’s Facebook page, the actor seemingly takes a moment out of his “workout” to address his character’s absence from the upcoming flick. He jokes, “You know it’s funny. Everybody keeps asking me: Are you Team Cap? Are you Team Iron Man? Who cares? I mean, where was the invite for me and Hulk? Just leave the two strongest, biggest Avengers out of this one, did you?”

Is it just me, or does anyone else think the Ghostbusters reboot may fare better than Civil War? I love me some Robert Downey Jr., but Chris is making me miss Thor. I think Chris will do just fine in Ghostbusters though, he’s gotten nothing but chuckles from the audiences I’ve sat through the trailer with. If nothing else, he certainly increased the number of resumes going into Warner Brothers for administrative staff!

"The Huntsman: Winter's War" - Photocall

"The Huntsman: Winter's War" - Photocall

Premiere of 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' - Arrivals

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "The Huntsman: Winter's War"

Chris Hemsworth during an appearance on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "The Huntsman: Winter's War"
"The Huntsman: Winter's War" - Photocall
"The Huntsman: Winter's War" - Photocall
Premiere of 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' - Arrivals
Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "The Huntsman: Winter's War"
Chris Hemsworth during an appearance on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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Rihanna wears shorts, Miu Miu fur to Black Girls Rock: ridiculous or amazing?

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For six years now, BET has been doing an event called Black Girls Rock! It’s about promoting positivity with African-American women and black women and showing young women of color that there are some amazing role models in their community. Considering the consistent underrepresentation of women of color in the media, I think the event is pretty great. In years past, Michelle Obama has even come out for it. And this year, Rihanna and Hillary Clinton came out. Clinton gave a speech about her African-American female role models – you can read her speech here. Rihanna was there because she picked up the Rock Star Award.

In the past month, we’ve gotten more red carpet and paparazzi photos of Rihanna than we’ve had in the previous year. When she amps up her promotion, she really brings it. While I’m happy about all of the new Rihanna photos, I do wonder the interest level? Like, do you guys want more Rih-Rih? Do you want more fashion posts and street-style posts about Rihanna? I’m really asking – honk if you want more Rihanna! For the Black Girls Rock event, Rihanna wore this… unusual ensemble. With that face and that body, she can pull off nearly anything, but this outfit did leave me with a “???” thought bubble. She wore an oversized gingham blouse, shorts and a giant fur coat by Miu Miu. While I knew that Rihanna doesn’t have a problem with wearing fur, the choice of wearing fur to this event – and wearing fur over shorts and a blouse – is really strange. Rihanna also made a nice, tearful speech for her Rock Star Award:

“Thank you so much for celebrating us in a world that doesn’t celebrate us enough. The minute you learn to love yourself, you will not want to be anybody else. Role model is not the title they like to give me…but I think I can inspire a lot of young women to be themselves and that is half the battle. Hopefully one day I’ll be raising my own little black girl who rocks.”

Aw. Rihanna has been talking about babies more and more lately. It does feel like her biological clock has started ticking and she’s thinking more and more about settling down and starting a family. I genuinely believe she will be a kickass mom.

Last things… Rihanna dropped her video for “Kiss It Better” last week, and you can see the NSFW video here. That single has a real ‘80s vibe and I don’t know how to feel about it. Also, Chris Hemsworth did a dramatic reading of the lyrics for “Work.”

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Elsa Pataky & Chris Hemsworth ‘dressed up’ like Native Americans for NYE

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Usually this kind of thing happens around Halloween. Like, I expect “dressing up as other races like race is a costume” at Halloween. I wasn’t expecting it for New Year’s Eve. But it happened. Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth threw a NYE party and it involved “costumes.” The theme seems to be “Wild West” so people were dressed up like cowboys (fine) and Native Americans. As you can see in this Instagram posted by Elsa Pataky, Chris Hemsworth and his wife were both “in costume” as Native Americans.

Do we even need to say words at this point about how wrong this is? Cultural appropriation is not cool. Someone’s race is not a costume. You could say “oh, but Elsa and Chris aren’t American, maybe they didn’t know.” Chris is Australian, and Australia has their own (similar) history of racism towards Australian Aborigines. I just don’t get why, in this day and age, celebrities don’t understand that this is NOT COOL. And not only that, why Elsa felt the need to post it on social media. Awful.

Incidentally, after Chris Hemsworth failed to launch himself as a stand-alone movie star outside of Marvel films, his asking price per film has gone down to $6-$8 million (after an asking price of $12 million). Maybe moving back to Australia wasn’t such a great idea after all?

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Liam Hemsworth: My brother Chris quietly paid off all of our parents’ debts

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You guys know that I think Liam Hemsworth is the more attractive Hemsworth brother, right? I’ve said that before. But in this family portrait, you can see that the Hemsworth boys came from good stock – Liam and Chris both posted some photos of themselves with their mom and dad recently. What strikes me is that the Hemsworth parents look pretty young to have three adult sons and several grandchildren. It also strikes me that this family is really close. So close, in fact, that Chris went and paid off all of his parents’ debts. Liam told the story to The Independent:

There are countless examples of actors breaking into Hollywood thanks to from wealthy backgrounds and/or valuable connections. Sadly there are fewer stories about those who came from more financially challenged families.

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Liam Hemsworth and his brother Chris are two actors who succeeded in Hollywood without a financial cushion to fall back on should their attempts at building an acting career have fallen flat. The Hemsworth brothers have both built successful careers in films such as The Hunger Games and Thor franchises, amassing a combined fortune worth millions. The money these roles have brought them will have changed many aspects of their life and the life lived by their mother, a teacher, and their father, a social services counsellor.

Liam told The Independent he still feels moved to tears when he recalls Chris, who earned a reported $32 million in 2014, calling their father in Melbourne, Australia, and asking him to check his bank account.

“He [his father] called my brother Chris back and said: ‘I don’t know how to feel. Since I left home I have had debts and I thought I’d be paying them off until I died and have this weight hanging over me, and now to have them completely cleared.’

“They are so happy now and able to spend more time with us, I would love to be able to do something for my parents like that.”

That made me tear up too! Of course, how much debt did Ma & Pa Hemsworth have, realistically? I would guess that it probably wasn’t all that much, especially in relation to Chris’s paychecks these days. It’s cool that Chris did it with little drama too, I guess he just quietly paid off everything or he just dropped several million dollars into his parents’ account and let them write their own checks. As for Liam wanting to do something for his parents too… maybe he could buy his parents a nice beach house!

 

Here are some photos of Chris, “the favorite son,” at the Mexican premiere of In the Heart of the Sea last week.

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