Kate Hudson and her British rocker boyfriend Matthew Bellamy were photographed leaving their gym in London's Primrose Hill this week. Bellamy, perhaps in an effort to disguise himself from the paparazzi, chose to plop a plastic grocery bag over his head.
Or perhaps she was taking him to the video store to rent "Bride Wars."
William Shatner thinks he could still make his original Captain Kirk costume work.
By Ree Hines, TODAY contributor
The back-and-forth “Star” battle between William Shatner and Carrie Fisher is far from over — at least if the latest shot from Shatner is any indication.
The man behind “Star Trek’s” Captain Kirk first kicked off the feud when he declared his franchise superior to Fisher’s “Star Wars” efforts in an online video. The actress soon responded in a clip of her own, criticizing all things “Trek” and challenging Shatner to a face-off in their old school costumes. She’d wear her classic metal bikini, if he could squeeze into to his vintage duds.
Of course, Shatner soon had a YouTube response ready.
“You know, talk about special effects,” he began, addressing one of "Star Wars" alleged advantages. “It’s true, ‘Star Wars’ did have the best special effects. In fact, everything about 'Star Wars' was special effects. I envy the special effects. The only thing is you guys forgot about story and character and plot development — those kind of basic things.”
Ouch! And it didn’t help matters that Shatner made most of that statement while a photo of the much-maligned “Wars” character Jar Jar Binks played across the screen.
But the actor wasn’t simply satisfied going after the films. He had something to say about Fisher slipping into her old Princess Leia garb, too.
“As for you in a bikini and me in my original costume, I don’t know if we’re ready for you in a bikini,” he joked. “My costume was made of a stretch material, so there wouldn't be any difficulty in giving it a push here and there ... 'But you in a bikini? Now? (That) needs a little more than push and pull. It needs a lot of uplift.”
A double-handed gesture went along with that last line, but you’ll have to watch the clip to get the full effect.
“See ya, Carrie,” Shatner then said with a salute.
What do you think, “Star” fans? Is the franchise battle coming to an end now, or will Fisher return fire? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Hanson are prepping the launch of MMMHop, their own brand of beer. The squeaky-clean pop trio hope to make the brew, an India Pale Ale, available to fans sometime in early 2012.
"We of course make records, they are fundamental to what we do, but we wanted to create a brand so that our fans have a greater experience," Zac Hanson told reporters at Oxford University Union in Oxford, England on Monday, justifying the new project. "What is vital is that Hanson merchandise is quality and not made solely with the purpose of profit."
"We have a board game and even a record player to play our last record on, but we will never make dolls, lunch boxes or toothbrushes that play our songs, for example. It's vital our fans have trust in everything Hanson do," says Hanson. "In fact, we are soon going to be selling our own beer, I'm not even joking. MMMHop IPA, anyone?"
Isabella and Jacob are both in the Top 5 baby-name lists for 2011.
By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, NBC News
It's no surprise to those who read our earlier story, but when the list of BabyCenter's most popular baby names was revealed this morning on TODAY, both Isabella and Jacob were high on the list.
Isabella, as in Isabella "Bella" Swan, the human heroine of the "Twilight" books and films, was No.3 on the girl name list.
And Jacob, as in smoldering Native American shapeshifting werewolf Jacob Black, was #5 on the boy name list.
We checked out BabyCenter's full list of the top 100 names for each gender and found a few more "Twilight" references. Bella itself is #26, but we didn't spot any of the other main characters' names. Give them time. We expect Edward, a long-established name before Stephenie Meyer picked it up, to get a little more popular, though doubt Renesmee will ever really take off. (In the new movie "Breaking Dawn," a pregnant Bella is mocked for inventing that as a baby name Not that that stops her.)
Am also doubting that another popular book-turned-movie franchise, "The Hunger Games," will have quite the effect on baby-name trends. Author Suzanne Collins was very creative in her character naming, and Katniss, Gale, Peeta and Prim probably have a way to go to be fully accepted by new parents.
Dinner for two? Actor Daniel Day Lewis, left, in Richmond, Va., this week, and President Lincoln in 1863.
By Courtney Hazlett, TODAY
When Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis signed on to play Abraham Lincoln in a biopic directed by Steven Spielberg, I thought ... well, I didn't think much of it. But, people, check out the photo on the left.
Richmond, Va., native Michael Phillips snapped and tweeted the photo from a local restaurant ("Lincoln" is shooting in the area.) You'd swear Honest Abe himself had just strolled in and ordered a salad, even though the actor wasn't even in costume.
Other notables in the cast: Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Todd Lincoln.
The planned release date for the film is four score and seven years from now. Kidding. It's due out sometime after the 2012 presidential election.
James Bond has been played by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, NBC News
Connery. Sean Connery.
He was the first James Bond, but is he now and forever the best?
We asked our readers on Facebook to share their thoughts about the six actors who've played super-spy 007 over the years. In our completely informal poll, Sean Connery came out on top by a mile.
Said Karen Willis: "Favorite Bond ACTOR is, of course, Sean Connery. But I found that the *plot* of some of the OTHER actors' movies really appeal to me more than Sean's! (scandalous!)"
But some viewers feel that it's hard not to have a fond feeling towards whichever actor was playing Bond at the time you grew up.
Says Shundra Stewart, who was born in 1980: "I was in high school going into college when (Pierce Brosnan) was James Bond. So I knew Pierce more than the other Bonds since I grew up watching a lot of his movie and of course Remington Steele."
Current Bond Daniel Craig gets a split decision.
Says Jay Isherwood: "Daniel Craig is doing well, but his Bond is completely humorless and I miss that...I liked Pierce a lot! But Roger Moore is my favorite!"
Joshua Harrington disagrees, writing "Daniel Craig is very very good as Bond. I like his no-nonsense version of Bond. The movies are much less campy and actually really good solid films."
No one on our page is a huge fan of one-movie-wonder George Lazenby, although Bill Salterelli does list him third on his Bond list.
Here's our most unscientific list, in order of preference.
1. Sean Connery 2. Daniel Craig 3. Roger Moore 4. Pierce Brosnan 5. Timothy Dalton 6. George Lazenby
If your city were a song, you’d want it to be upbeat, symbolic, historical, enjoy a catchy melody and, yeah, sure, have it be one of Elton John’s hits.
Philadelphia hit the jackpot in 1975 when, as a favor to a friend, the popular singer-songwriter and his lyricist wrote “Philadelphia Freedom,” a song that 36 years later remains a musical love letter to the City of Brotherly Love.
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Visitors tour the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, a city linked to the 1975 hit song, "Philadelphia Freedom."
“The reason it will always work so well for Philadelphia is because people hear it and they think it’s about Philadelphia’s role in so many historic struggles for freedom,” said Cara Schneider, a spokesperson for visitphilly.com. In fact, the song was written for tennis star Billie Jean King, co-founder and owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms, a tennis team that continues to play today. The song’s enduring popularity makes it as much a part of Philadelphia as Ben Franklin and Rocky Balboa.
Other cities have gotten similarly lucky. Here are a few more memorable melodies:
“Cleveland Rocks,” Ian Hunter, 1979: “They said Cleveland was uncool and L.A. and New York City were cool,” Hunter once told reporters. “I didn’t see it that way. Cleveland had a lot of heart.” Hunter, an Englishman, helped change the perception. So did Drew Carey, the star of the Cleveland-based “Drew Carey Show,” which set the show’s opening credits to Hunter’s song. The show's cast lip synched the lyrics as they danced across parts of the city. It also doesn’t hurt that Cleveland has been home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum since 1995.
“Viva Las Vegas,” Elvis Presley, 1964: “This song will always be the best song about Las Vegas because it touches all the reasons why people love coming to Las Vegas,” says Dr. Michael Green, professor of history at the College of Southern Nevada. “Viva Las Vegas” is the title song from the movie of the same name, the one that features the sizzling on- (and off-) screen chemistry between Presley and co-star Ann-Margret. Peaking at a lackluster -- for Presley -- no. 29 on the charts, the song and the city have become inseparable. The song has been covered numerous times, including by Ann-Margret in the 2000 film “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.”
“I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” Tony Bennett, 1962: As much a vivid cityscape as a song, Bennett said the tune “helped make me a world citizen.” With its wistful vignettes about little cable cars climbing halfway to the stars and foggy air chilling the city by the bay, it’s a melodic parade of postcards, a song about not being there that somehow makes everyone feel like we’ve never left.
“Do You Know The Way to San Jose,” Dionne Warwick, 1968: Rand McNally couldn’t have done a better job of putting a single city on the map. It’s the song that helped launch a million Nor-Cal-bound conventioneers. “It’s amazing how a song can still resonate from all those years ago,” says Meghan Horrigan, spokesperson for local visitor’s bureau, Team San Jose. “It has a way of making what is the 10th largest city in America seem like a friendly small town where everyone feels like they belong.”
“New York, New York,” Frank Sinatra, 1979: This indelible song about one distinctive East Coast city has the audacious feel of a pop culture anthem. Originally written for Liza Minnelli in the 1977 Martin Scorsese film of the same name, it was left to Sinatra to give it its signature swagger. As brash and robust as the city it describes, the song conveys all the excitement and electricity Manhattan means to the world.