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"Noah" premieres in London March 31; Crowe, Jackman reunite

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jconnelly481975317BD00099 UK PremierIf you thought you saw Russell Crowe in a Pirate hat at the game today in Pittsburgh, you were mistaken. He and his castmates from “Noah” attended the UK premiere of the movie at the Odeon Leicester Square today (March 31). 
 
As you can see, Hugh Jackman -- who played Jean Valjean to Crowe’s Javert in “Les Miserables” -- turned out. 
 
Leading ladies Emma Watson, who plays Noah’s adopted daughter, and Jennifer Connelly, Noah’s wife, were on hand. 
 
The group shot below shows: 
(L to R) Logan Lerman, who is Noah’s middle son; singer Patti Smith; producer Scott Franklin; director Darren Aronofsky; Jennifer Connelly; Russell Crowe, Emma Watson; Ray Winstone, whose character is a descendant of Cain; and Douglas Booth, Noah’s eldest.
 
 
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Photos by Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. 
 

 

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Joe Manganiello tumbles for romcom

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Joe Manganiello switches gears from “Sabotage” and joins the cast of a romantic comedy. 
 
“Tumbledown,” starring Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall, has begun principal photography in Devens, Mass., it was announced by producers Kristin Hahn and Bron Studios' Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. 
 
Dianna Agron, Blythe Danner, Griffin Dunne, Joe Manganiello and Richard Masur also star.  Tumbledown is directed by Sean Mewshaw from an original screenplay by Desi Van Til. 
 
Here’s the description:  Deep in the Maine woods, Hannah (Hall) is unable to move on after the death of her husband, an acclaimed musician and the subject of a biography she’s struggling to write, when she meets Andrew, a brash New York academic who has a different take on her husband’s life — and death. 
 
The unlikely pair must collaborate to craft the famous singer’s story and begin to wirte the next chapter in their lives together.
 
 

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'Noah' easily floats to No. 1

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“Noah” more than stayed afloat, coming in at No. 1 for the weekend with an estimated $44 million. Above, Russell Crowe in the title role. 
 
Early numbers from Rentrak also show “Divergent” holding strong, adding another $26,500,000 to its estimated gross for $95,260,008 so far. 
 
The box-office trackers points out that religious themed movies are three for three, with “Son of God,” “Noah” and “God’s Not Dead” all performing well. Still to come is “Heaven Is for Real” and, later in the year, “Exodus: Gods and Kings" (title has been tweaked, apparently) with Christian Bale. 
 
Here are the weekend estimates: 
 
1. “Noah” — $44,000,000.
2. “Divergent” — $26,500,000, for $95,260,008 since its release. 
3. “Muppets Most Wanted” — $11,373,000, for $33,210,000 so far. 
4. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” — $9,500,000, bringing its total to $94,908,813.
5. “God’s Not Dead” — $9,075,421, bumping its running total to $22,028,439. 
6. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — $8,825,000, for $24,456,815. 
7. “Sabotage” (starring Mt. Lebo native Joe Manganiello) — $5,330,000.
8. “Need for Speed” — $4,335,000, for $37,753,000. 
9. “300: Rise of an Empire” — $4,300,000, bumping its gross to $101,145,414. 
 10. “Non-Stop” — $4,086,975, for $85,167,150 to date. 
 
This weekend, the big title will be “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Also expected to open in Pittsburgh are “Le Week-End” with Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum, and “Frankie & Alice” starring Halle Berry and Stellan Skarsgard. 
 
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Wahlberg gets slimed at Kids' Choice Awards

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By Chris Talbott 
AP Music Writer
Robert Downey Jr. turned inspirational speaker at the Kids’ Choice Awards, Pharrell set another fashion trend, David Blaine lost his head during a slime-induced illusion, One Direction and Jennifer Lawrence cleaned up, and the green goo bath finally caught up with Mark Wahlberg — thanks to some unlikely slimers.
 
Nickelodeon’s 27th annual awards show was among its more entertaining, opening with a sprawling and colorful Todrick Hall-choreographed performance and closing with Wahlberg’s eventual sliming on Saturday night in Los Angeles. 
 
Along the way One Direction won two awards, producer Dan Schneider won the show’s first lifetime achievement award and Downey got real after winning best male buttkicker.
 
“This is the highest honor yet bestowed on me — I’m grateful, humble, the whole deal,” the “Iron Man” star said. “You know I wasn’t always a buttkicker. In fact, life has kicked my proverbial butt countless times in many ways for many years, until I decided one day to start kicking back. Now look at me!”
 
He slipped in a plug for new movie “Avengers 2” before advising, “Remember when life is kicking your butt, never forget to kick it back right in the face.”
 
More than a dozen former and current teen stars joined on stage to salute Schneider, the creator of several of the network’s most popular shows, including “iCarly,” “Kenan & Kel” and “Sam & Cat,” a current Nickelodeon hit that won favorite TV show and favorite TV actress for star Ariana Grande.
 
“You’ve made more milk come out of kids’ noses than anyone else,” “Kenan & Kel” and “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson said in a video message.
 
One Direction won favorite music group and favorite song for “Story of My Life,” Lawrence won favorite movie actress and favorite female buttkicker, Selena Gomez was named favorite female singer, Adam Sandler was named favorite male actor at the fan-voted awards and Kevin Hart took favorite funny star.
 
The awards show isn’t much more than an excuse to slime some of today’s top stars, and first-time host Wahlberg executed several slimings as he successfully escaped the green goo for the show’s first 80 minutes. His first victims were actress Kaley Cuoco and Pharrell, who chose fortuitously to wear a pair of bright yellow SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas instead of his now-trademark poofy fedora.
 
It was Hart who eventually tricked Wahlberg into the goo, with an assist from the actor’s three young children.
 
“I can’t believe my own kids turned on me,” Wahlberg shouted.
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Actor Liam Neeson talks candidly with GQ magazine

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325liamneesonblogActor Liam Neeson, 61, talks candidly with GQ’s deputy editor Michael Hainey in the magazine’s April issue which arrives on newsstands April 1. Here are excerpts, courtesy of GQ:
 
On the movie “Taken”:
“I wanted to do more physical stuff. I really thought it would be kind of a little side road from my so-called career. Really thought it would go straight to video. But it just got great word of mouth. I was stunned.”
 
On who he wants to work with that he hasn’t yet:
“I’d love to work with Denzel. I have such admiration for him as an actor. I see an incredible nuance of someone who’s so comfortable in front of a camera. There’s an intelligence there; there’s an absolute truth. I’ve never seen that man portray anything less than the truth. It’s pure.”
 
On working with Woody Allen on "Husband and Wives":
“It was a good experience. There was a lull; a quiet came over the set when he came on. We were out at four in the afternoon. It was [expletive]  great.”
He also described a scene in which he and Judy Davis were in bed, primed for an intimate scene, but they and the crew were uncharacteristically waiting for the filmmaker. He appeared after 20 minutes and nd delivered his instructions to the actors. 
 
“ So there was no apology; nothing. What happened: His lawyer had gotten in touch with him to say Ms. Farrow has found naked photographs of her adopted daughter [Soon-Yi].”
 
On his kids:
“I think they do know that I’ll always be there, no matter what happens. But the thing Tasha and I really wanted to instill in them was manners. That may sound like such a basic thing, but I’ve heard so many adults say, ‘Oh, my God, your sons—they look you straight in the eye. They’re very polite and mannered.’ It makes me proud. And it can get you through a lot, in a way. Just showing respect for your fellow man.”
 
On being a single father:
“It’s just still a day-to-day thing, you know? My boys are teenagers. They’re experimenting. They’re flexing muscles and sometimes dangerous avenues, and you think, ‘[expletive] If Tasha was here, someone could share this.’ But yeah, we’re doing all right, you know?”
 
“There’s a worry nowadays, with every parent I’ve spoken to. It’s … drugs. It’s a virus. A teenager can take it and suddenly they can be hooked, and it changes their life and their family’s forever. That’s my constant worry. And I trust them, and they’re sensible boys, but it can be just that chemistry that doesn’t work. And now there’s talk of legalizing it. … 
 
“I was never into drugs, but I had a bad motorbike accident in 2000 and broke my pelvis, my heel. I wasn’t supposed to last the night. And when they took me to the hospital and gave me morphine, ugh, I thought, ‘This is how I want to go, with a big [expletive] jar of this stuff.’ And then when they give you that drip that you give yourself every six minutes. …I knew I was hooked, because I was counting those [expletive] drips, the seconds until I could push that button, and it was instantaneous, that high was.”
 
On why he gave up drinking:
“I was just — I was drinking too much. It started since my wife died. Pinot Noir: That’s all I drink. I was never into spirits or liquor, hard liquor. And I gave up the Guinness years ago, because it just — past an age, it sticks to you, you know? So last year, I just thought — they’ve been throwing these action movies at me, and I thought, ‘Okay, let’s just change it a little bit.’ And it’s been great. I love it.”
 
On dating:
“I’m keeping myself to myself. And I like it that way. I’m not hunting. I’m the opposite of a — what would a male cougar be? Is there such a thing? Whatever it is, I’m not that.”
  
On letting go of his role in "Lincoln":
“Natasha died in March, and then — I want to think it was toward the end of April, Steven [Spielberg] got together a reading, and we all sat: Sally Field, John Lithgow. Oh, just great actors. And Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Steven, of course. We started reading this, and there was an intro, and then I see ‘Lincoln:’ where I have to start speaking, and I just — a thunderbolt moment. I thought, ‘I’m not supposed to be here. This is gone. I’ve passed my sell-by date. I don’t want to play this Lincoln. I can’t be him.’” 
 
“I was thrilled that Daniel played him, and when I saw the film, I was like, ‘He’s [expletive] Abraham Lincoln. This is perfect.’ Perfect.” 
 
More information, www.GQ.com
 
 
Photos: Credit: Paola Kudacki / GQ
 

 

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