Another week, another rom-com, though expect this one to be a little more raucous and naughty than recent offerings 27 Dresses and Fool’s Gold. Forgetting Sarah Marshall comes from the Judd Apatow stable of comedies that have tickled our funny bones with the likes of The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, and sees one of Knocked Up’s supporting actors, Jason Segel assume centre stage. Segel (who also wrote the screenplay) plays Peter Bretter, a lovable guy who finds his world turned upside down when his beloved girlfriend the titular Sarah Marshall (as played by ex-Veronica Mars and Heroes star Kristen Bell) dumps him.
In a bid to recover from the heartbreak, Peter takes off for a holiday in Hawaii only to find Sarah is also there with her new man, outrageous lothario Aldous Snow (played by our very own Russell Brand). The comedy is typically rude and silly, but retains the heart and warmth needed for such subject matter. Superbad’s Jonah Hill, 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer (receptionist Kenneth) and Apatow regular Paul Rudd all make appearances in this bawdy sex romp.
Check out the trailer below and visit the film’s official site for more information.
Heroes returns to BBC2 tomorrow night (9pm) with the eagerly anticipated second season. After much promotion by the Beeb, the sci-fi show proved a hit with viewers last year and became a cult phenomenon spawning video games, t-shirts and comic books. Now the show is back, though in a shorter series, having been hit by the Hollywood writers strike.
The end of season one saw Peter ‘go nuclear’ in his bid to save New York City, Hiro ended up in feudal Japan and Sylar was beaten but not dead. This season continues with the same full-on energy and unpredictable action while managing to introduce some new faces as well (look out for Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell). For those of you hooked on the heroic antics of Claire, Parkman, Mohinder and co. we promise not to give away any plot spoilers, however if you do fancy whetting your appetite, check out the American trailer for season two below.
All has been pretty quiet on the Nelly front for the past few years, but the rapper returns in some style with his new single, Party People, featuring The Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie. This is the first track to be released from his forthcoming Brass Knuckles album and sees the Hot In Here hitmaker back on top form. With its catchy hook and uptempo beat, fans are already eager for it to hit their local clubs.
Taking a peek at the music video (below) Fergie looks stunning, channeling a Moulin Rouge! vibe with her trapeze swinging, while Nelly looks like he’s been clocking some serious hours in the gym. The album isn’t released until June 23rd in the UK, but if you want to be first in line, pre-order a copy from play.com for only £8.95, until then enjoy the video.
After the UK and Stateside success of Katherine Heigl’s 27 Dresses, it seems that Hollywood might have finally regained its passion for passion, with another rom-com set to delight audiences on general release this weekend. They proved a winning combination in 2003’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, so Hollywood stars Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey have reunited for Fools Gold. The film is a mixture of high adventure, goofy comedy and playful romance and sees the perma-tanned pair cavorting about in very little clothes – a perk for fans of both stars!
McConaughey plays Benjamin ‘Finn’ Finnegan, a treasure hunter whose obsession with striking gold ruined his marriage to Hudson’s Tess, yet the pair are thrown together again as clues for the elusive 18th Century Queens Dowry promise untold riches. Also on the hunt is Finn’s nemesis played by one of Britain’s reliable bad guys for hire, Ray Winstone. The film is frothy fluff full of sun, surf and silliness but for those of you depressed by the gloomy weather and in need of a romantic getaway, why not?
The trailer is below, while for further information visit the film’s official site.
If we were to say Gorgeous George, who would you think of? Immediately your mind journeys back to memories of Dr. Doug Ross in ER, the suave Danny Ocean in Ocean’s Eleven and the two-time winner of People’s Sexiest Man crown. George Clooney sets hearts a racing like few other current male celebs and yesterday he exposed London to a little of his old-school charm. George was in town to attend the premiere of his new movie Leatherheads (and talk with Prime Minister Gordon Brown about the situation in Darfur), a film that opens in UK theatres this Friday.
Co-starring ex-lady friend Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski (from America’s version of The Office), Leatherheads is the third directorial outing for Clooney and is a romance, old-fashioned screwball comedy, underdog tale and sports movie all rolled into one. It might sound an unlikely mix and with the focus on American football, the 1920s-set film might not sound like a crowd-pleaser. Thankfully, there is far more to it than jocks in helmets with Clooney’s goofy antics reminiscent of his turn in Coen’s classic O, Brother Where Art Thou? Get your Clooney fix with the trailer below or visit the film’s official site for more information.
Pop superstar Madonna has been everywhere recently, hogging magazine covers and grabbing headlines in the most frenzied of media blitzes. And it has all been to promote this – the first single of her eagerly anticpated new album ‘Hard Candy’. The album isn’t released until 28th April, but here is the first look at the new song ‘4 Minutes to Save the World. The song is a duet with Justin Timberlake and also features the magic touch of über-producer Timbaland.
The song sees the Queen of Pop in typically untempo mode, once again unleashing one of those catchy hooks that you know will get stuck in your head for days. Seeing Madonna dancing with JT is an odd but fantastic sight, as two generations of pop music come together in such an energetic and fun way, one that works much more than her previous collaboration with Justin’s ex, Britney Spears.
‘Hard Candy’ is available to pre-order from Amazon.co.uk for only £8.98.
It’s his first music video release in the UK since the untimely death of his beloved mother, but acclaimed rapper Kanye West returns in style with the rousing ‘Homecoming’. The retro song continues West’s commitment to collaborating with varied contemporary artists, this time featuring Coldplay singer and Gwyneth Paltrow’s hubby Chris Martin. The new video (see below) features the rapper in Chicago and comes from the star’s best-selling third album Graduation.
The song has already had an interesting history, having been released for download only in February and reaching number nine in the UK singles chart. In contrast, the official video has only just been released via the star’s website on 1st April and it gives us a chance to once again enjoy Kanye doing what he does best. Martin also stars in the video, a glimpse of his musical pedigree before the release of his band’s long-awaited fourth album this year. To learn more about the talented Mr. West, visit his official site.
After Dreamgirls and Chicago made the successful transition from theatres to cinemas, this summer sees the arrival of Mamma Mia! in multiplexes. The hit musical which has charmed audiences on Broadway and in the West End, is based on the songs of Swedish quartet ABBA and promises to be a must see flick for us ladies. The plot is a generational mix focusing on the mother daughter relationship between Meryl Streep’s Donna and Amanda Seyfried’s (Mean Girls) young bride-to-be Sophie. Never having met her father, Sophie invites the three main contenders to attend the big event, these consisting quite happily of Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård.
Of course, this causes much comic confusion, romantic wrangles and soul-searching. Add to this the fantastic songs, a sunny island paradise and silly sidekick Julie Walters and Mamma Mia! looks set to be a huge girly treat for the summer. Take a peek with the trailer below or swot up on the film at the official site. All together now – “You can dance, you can can jive…”
Early single and download sales suggest that she’ll spend a second week at number one this Sunday with the fabulous song American Boy, but who is Estelle? Estelle (Swaray) is a 28-year-old Londoner. She launched her musical career with her debut album The 18th Day in 2004 working from her own record label Stellar Ents. She has since signed to US soul singer John Legend’s label Homeschool Records, through which she will release her second album, Shine next Monday.
Now establishing herself as a major new talent, Estelle is working with the likes of Legend, Kanye West (he features on American Boy), The Black Eye Peas’ Will.I.Am and Mark Ronson. She is confirmed to perform at this year’s Glastonbury Festival and so for those of you looking forward to donning your wellies for the event, watch Estelle’s video for American Boy below, or read up on her at her official site.
Grey’s Anatomy’s Katherine Heigl proved herself a bona fide movie actress in last year’s Knocked Up and now she is the entering more traditional rom-com fare with 27 Dresses. The concept of the film is pretty simple – Katherine as nice girl Jane is always the bridesmaid and never the bride and guess how many times she’s done this? Yep, a whopping 27! She plans the wedding of her sister to the man she loves (played by Ed Burns), only to meet a handsome stranger (Enchanted’s wonderful James Marsden.) Of course this being a rom-com, the ending seems pretty obvious – I suspect love and a happy ending, but isn’t that the charm of it all?
27 Dresses performed well in the US and is set to captivate romance-starved audiences here in Blighty when it opens this Friday. See the trailer below or head to the movie’s official site.