8 Apr 2014
Rachel Nichols and Brian Markinson

Rachel Nichols and Brian Markinson

Rachel Nichols and Brian Markinson are spotted on the set of Continuum in Vancouver late last month. In the Canadian science fiction series, Rachel plays a detective from the year 2077 trapped in the present time hunting future criminals also trapped in the present time. Got that?

PICTURES: Check out more on the Continuum page!

The new season of Continuum premiered last month, so be sure to set your DVRs for all the new episodes. You can catch it on Showcase in Canada and SyFy in the United States.

*12 Continuum pictures total in the gallery:

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25 Mar 2014
Jesse McCartney and AJ Michalka

Jesse McCartney and AJ Michalka

Jesse McCartney and AJ Michalka are spotted on the set of Amish in Los Angeles last week. I hope this is the start of something more. They would make such a cute couple!

PICTURES: Check out more on the Jesse McCartney page!

Regarding the new flick, director Richard Gabai recently said: “I’m developing a project in a completely sort of different space. It’s going to be in the Amish world. It’s a dramatic feature.”

Can't wait to see it!

*12 Amish pictures total in the gallery:

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5 Mar 2014
Jodi Foster and Mel Gibson on the set of Maverick

Jodi Foster and Mel Gibson on the set of Maverick

There have been many gambling scene in movie history that have made our pulses quicken and kept our eyes glued to the screen.

There’s an inherent drama in gambling that has players confront each other for the last remaining chip on the table while making us all stand and watch in awed silence.

But should you believe all you see on screen?

Unfortunately even the well-scripted scenes in some of the best gambling movies in history suffer from glaring blunders that would make any pro cringe. Here’s our pick of the least believable gambling scenes in movie history. Gamblers who play their games online and in land-based casinos enjoy movies about their favorite past time. But where has Hollywood messed up and made these less than believable?

Rounders (1998)

Director: John Dahl
Stars: Matt Damon, Edward Norton, John Malkovich
Running time: 121 min

Rounders is widely considered a classic among movies about gambling. The plot is centred around highly gifted poker player and law student Mick McDermott (Matt Damon). His winning streak soon comes to a tragic end when he loses all his money to Teddy KGB (John Malkovich), a Russian crime boss.

Promising himself never to touch the cards again, McDermott tries to move on and to concentrate on his law studies and budding love relationship instead. But things take an unexpected turn when Mick ends up doing the rounds of high-stakes games once again, with his childhood friend Lester 'Worm' Murphy (Edward Norton), who has been released from prison and has to pay his poker debts back.

A blow to purists:

The movies has many great scenes, however poker aficionados who have proper poker etiquette at heart will have a tough time swallowing the fact that there are multiple occasions in the film where the characters ‘string bets’. Stringing bets is the practice of upping the stakes soon after having made your bet.

In this film you often hear people calling and then raising their bets, something which poker purists frown upon and makes the poker action look less authentic.

25 Feb 2014
Ty Burrell and Sofia Vergara

Ty Burrell and Sofia Vergara

Ty Burrell and Sofia Vergara are spotted filming Modern Family on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia on Thursday (February 22). Also spotted were youngsters Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez filming a hilarious scene involving a couple of topless women. The entire cast has been on location in Sydney all week. Can't wait for the episode!

PICTURES: Check out more on the Modern Family page!

Sofia -- who's engaged to longtime boyfriend Nick Loeb -- recently confessed that she can't decide if she wants a big or small wedding:

"The thing is, I don't know what to do. It's either I do something really big, or I do something really small with Nick and I and my son, and then my mom, and then my cousins, and then it's impossible. It's been awful because since that news came out, all my family is so excited, and they're already planning outfits. It's like, 'What are we going to do? How are you going to get us there?' … I'm disappointed to have to tell them it's not true. I haven't even planned anything."

*12 Modern Family pictures total in the gallery:

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25 Feb 2014
Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl is spotted on the set of her new film Your Right Mind on Historic 25th Street in Ogden, Utah earlier this month. In the film, Heigl plays a single mother fighting to maintain custody of her daughter. It also stars hottie Ben Barnes as her romantic interest.

PICTURES: Check out more on the Katherine Heigl page!

Line producer David Wulf explained why he chose Ogden for filming:

"There is a lot of natural production value. It's just a really nice place. There were a couple places in Salt Lake that we looked at, but we felt like Ogden's Union Station had so much character and history, and it was the right size."

*6 Katherine Heigl pictures total in the gallery:

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24 Feb 2014
Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian at the Kentucky Derby

Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian at the Kentucky Derby

While most people associate the Kentucky Derby with horse betting and mint juleps there is another sideshow that appears annually at Churchill Downs:  a wide array of fancy hats on women (and some men).  In fact, women in stylish dresses and loud—sometime garish—hats is synonymous with every major American horse race.

So how did all of this start?  You have to go back to the early days of the Kentucky Derby to find the answer.  The first Kentucky Derby was run in 1875, the brainchild of Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, who was the grandson of William Clark of ‘Lewis and Clark’ fame.  Clark traveled to Europe and was captivated by England’s Epsom Derby horse race at the famed Epsom Downs race track.  When he returned to Kentucky he set about recreating the track and race in his home state. The land for the track was donated by Clark’s relatives, John and Henry Churchill, and the horse racing facility soon became known as ‘Churchill Downs’ although it wouldn’t be officially incorporated under that name until the 1930’s.  After some rough going in the early years the Churchill Downs race track and the Kentucky Derby itself became the signature event for the region and the sport.

Part of the success involved changing the image of the Derby.  In the early days—and quite honestly today, at least most of the time—horse racing was viewed as something of a low brow masculine enterprise.  In fact, the race track was considered a place that women and children would not usually be seen.  This was in marked contrast to Europe, where high society flocked to the big events like the Epsom Derby in London and the Grand Prix in Paris.  Clark knew that if his horse race was to become a big event and not just another 'day at the track' he had to change the image.

For that he enlisted the help of his wife. With her he did what was in essence an political campaign to convince the upper crust of Louisville that the race track was where they wanted to be seen.  The media quickly caught on to his plan and they began to speculate that if Clark could make the Derby 'fashionable' that the rich and famous of the region would flock to what was being pitched as 'a picnic at the race track'.

Somehow the Clark's ersatz campaign worked.  On the day of the first Kentucky Derby nearly 10,000 people showed up—among them a coterie of well dressed ladies with regal hats.  It was such a big event that it received coverage in major publications like the New York Times and the rest was history.  The following year the upper class was back but so too were the lower socio-economic classes with one common bond—they were all wearing fancy hats.  Historians speculate that the hat was something that even a person of average means could aspire to and for one day at least they could look like part of the 'upper crust'.

So it continued for years but the trend gained new life in the 60's when the convergence of history and the prevailing sartorial trends created the rush to wear more and more elaborate hats.  This trend continues through the present.  Now fashion magazines and style sections of newspapers focus on the dresses and hats as the sporting press focuses on Kentucky Derby betting.

20 Feb 2014

Sandra Bullock , George Clooney, and Alfonso Cuarón

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are spotted on the set of the science fiction thriller Gravity at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. Also seen is director Alfonso Cuarón. The film is nominated for an incredible 10 Academy Awards.

PICTURES: Check out more on the George Clooney page

On the eve of the Academy Awards, Cuarón explains what motivated him to make the film:

“I have always had a fascination with space and space exploration. On the one hand, there is something mythical and romantic about the idea of separating yourself from Mother Earth. But in many ways, it doesn’t make sense to be out there when life is down here.”

*18 Gravity pictures total in the gallery:

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