"The Interview" screens...everywhere?
It's hard to keep up with the ever-evolving story on the embattled Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy "The Interview," but by now it might be showing on your front lawn. You can rent or buy the film via YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft's XBox Video, or if you prefer to venture outside, it's showing today at Ann Arbor's State Theater and Quality 16 Theater, and further afield, Michael Moore's state of the art Bijou by the Bay Theatre in Traverse City. Closer to home, the film premiers at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday Jan. 2 at Cinema Detroit on Cass, and the Emagine Theaters Tweeted Wednesday that it will start showing the film for free Dec. 30 at its Canton location. The question remains, once we've all seen it, how will we ever recover the I.Q. points?
Splitsville for director/actor pair
British actress Helena Bonham Carter and her American husband, director Tim Burton are breaking up. The pair, who were not married and lived in two adjoining houses in London, according to People magazine, have two children together, ages 11 and 7. They met on the set of 2001's "Planet of the Apes," which Burton directed and Carter starred in. Like Burton's girlfriend before Carter (actress and model Lisa Marie), Carter (the "English rose" of so many Merchant-Ivory films) starred in many of Burton's films during their relationship, including "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Corpse Bride," "Sweeney Todd," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Dark Shadows." The reason for the split: an alleged "midlife crisis" for Burton, notable for a paparazzi photo of him taken with a mystery blonde.
Missing Joan Rivers
Caught by a TMZ photographer as she exited Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood, Melissa Rivers had a bittersweet wish for the holidays. The daughter of the late Joan Rivers confessed that she'd like her son Cooper, who was particularly close to his grandmother, to laugh again. Joan Rivers died Sept. 4, during a medical procedure at a Manhattan clinic.
End-of-year video montage with local celebs to air on New Year's Eve
Those celebrating New Year's Eve in the Campus Martius area next week can view a video montage with local notables sharing their most memorable moments of 2014. Produced by the Hard Rock Cafe and Specs Howard School of Media Arts, the montage will be displayed on the side of the Compuware Building at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Look for Detroit Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski, Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell, musician Phredley Brown, author Mitch Albom, the stars of "Hardcore Pawn" Les, Seth and Ashley Gold, and others.
Jeezy Claus is back!
Rapper Young Jeezy bought out an entire movie theater in Atlanta to show the film "Annie" to a bunch of lucky kids ($2,500 for the film, popcorn, sodas etc.), according to TMZ, and treated all 100 of them to lunch. He also spent $10,000 on toys for his Street Dreams charity. This is the seventh Jeezy-mas, so far.
Compiled by Melody Baetens and Susan Whitall
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