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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Canada's Justin Trudeau Is Now a Comic Book Hero

Make way, Liberal cabinet: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have another all-Canadian crew in his corner as he suits up for his latest feature role — comic book character.

Trudeau will grace the variant cover of issue No. 5 of Marvel's "Civil War II: Choosing Sides," due out Aug. 31.

Trudeau is depicted smiling, sitting relaxed in the boxing ring sporting a Maple Leaf-emblazoned tank, black shorts and red boxing gloves. Standing behind him are Puck, Sasquatch and Aurora, who are members of Canadian superhero squad Alpha Flight. In the left corner, Iron Man is seen with his arms crossed.

"I didn't want to do a stuffy cover — just like a suit and tie — put his likeness on the cover and call it a day," said award-winning Toronto-based cartoonist Ramon Perez.

"I wanted to kind of evoke a little bit of what's different about him than other people in power right now. You don't see (U.S. President Barack) Obama strutting around in boxing gear, doing push-ups in commercials or whatnot. Just throwing him in his gear and making him almost like an everyday person was kind of fun."

The variant cover featuring Trudeau will be an alternative to the main cover in circulation showcasing Aurora, Puck, Sasquatch and Nick Fury. 

The story will see Alpha Flight seeking advice from Trudeau. Rather than having him simply be a walk-on character, “I liked the idea of him actually engaging them in an ethical debate,” Zdarsky said.

Trudeau’s character will appear on the comic book’s variant cover wearing boxing gear designed with a red maple leaf, illustrated by Ramon Perez—quite true to the prime minister’s life considering his past as a boxer.

Alexander Skarsgard ate 'vicariously' through Margot Robbie for 'Tarzan'

Alexander Skarsgård, best-known for playing a bad-boy vampire on HBO's "True Blood," takes on the title role in "The Legend of Tarzan." For him, it's something of a dream come true. His father, actor Stellan Skarsgård ("Mamma Mia," "Good Will Hunting"), introduced him to the stories as a child, and he took them to heart.

Skarsgård, 39, was born and raised in Stockholm, but has lived full-time in the States since 2004. That duality makes him a good fit to play Tarzan, who survives among both jungle creatures and the British elite in the 1800s. A friendly Skarsgård called to plug the movie and discuss the killer workout routine that gave him the Tarzan physique.

So when the big-budget tentpole went into production, Skarsgård doubled down. To look like him, the Swedish-born actor spent three months eating 7,000 calories a day and weightlifting, followed by two months of cardio and six small meals a day “to get rid of the body fat,” he says. “The goal wasn’t to get huge. I didn’t want him to look like a bodybuilder, I wanted every muscle to be there for a reason and have a purpose.” But “I just missed food," Skarsgård says. "I would always finish my little box and be like, 'OK, three hours until my next meal.' ”

In person, it’s fun to watch Robbie, next seen in Suicide Squad (out Aug. 5), rib Skarsgård about his relentless diet. “It was such a long shoot. I could maybe diet for a role briefly, but I couldn’t sustain it,” says the Australian star, who aimed to ditch alcohol for a ‘dry January’ this year. “I got to Jan. 8th and I was like, 'This has been the worst week of my life. I will never try something as stupid as this again.' ”

But for Skarsgård, Tarzan was worth it.

"As a kid, I always saw Tarzan as a superhero," he says. "He’s like a superhero with no gadgets or gimmicks, there’s no mutation or cape."

A bit of childhood wonder creeps into his voice. “I was like, he’s got nothing! Just his brain and his fists! And he still can beat anyone! I love that.”

Lisa Marie Presley divorcing fourth husband

Lisa Marie Presley is putting an end to her marriage.

E! News can confirm that the singer has filed for divorce from Michael Lockwood after 10 years of marriage.

A rep for Elvis Presley's daughter tells us that Lisa Marie wants full custody of their twin seven-year-old daughters after citing irreconcilable differences as the reason behind the split.

Lisa Marie is not asking for spousal or child support and "doesn't want any of his money." The pair also has a postnuptial agreement, which could make divorce proceedings a bit simpler.

The 48-year-old performer married Michael in 2006 and led a private life in her sprawling three-acre ranch in Hidden Hills, Louisiana before moving to Britain.

Presley opened up about her previous failed marriages in an interview with Marie Claire in 2007. “I had been really sheltered. I got married the first time very, very young. And the marriage I was in, there was so much resentment about who I was, because I had more than he did, and it became a power struggle. It is hard for a man to be with a woman who is stronger, wealthier. So in my mind I’m thinking, I know, I’ll get with someone more compatible,” she said of leaving Keough for Jackson, which she calls the “biggest mistake of [her] life” in the interview. “I wasn’t thinking what everyone else was thinking, which was that I must have been out of my f--king mind.”

As for her tumultuous three-month marriage to Cage, she said: “Marrying him was a wild flurry, a crazy idea and being young, and ‘Ahhh!’” But by 2007, she said, she was happy that she was finally married to her “best friend” Lockwood. 

Idris Elba, Emma Watson, Ice Cube among 683 invited to join the movie academy — the largest, most diverse class ever

Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its 2016 Oscar nominations and – surprise! – for the second year in a row, every single person nominated in an acting category is white. Even in films with a black lead or a majority black cast like Creed and Straight Outta Compton, the Academy's voting members managed to find a white person to nominate and snub all people of color.

It's a disappointing roster, especially considering that, on average, moviegoers of color buy more tickets to films than their white counterparts (minorities make up 37 percent of the total U.S. population, but are responsible for 46 percent of sales at the box office). Essentially, we are bankrolling the party, but can't even get an invitation.

There are multiple reasons for the lack of diversity in Oscar's picks. First of all, the Academy is 94 percent white and 77 percent male. With such a monolithic makeup, it's no wonder we keep getting such monolithic results.

The president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, is a black female, mind you, and did release a statement this week saying she was "heartbroken" at the lack of diversity in this year's nominees and promised to take "dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership." It's a step in the right direction, but we can't let her off the hook only to be forgotten until next January.

In January, facing blistering criticism over the lack of nominations for any actors of color for the second year in a row, academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced sweeping changes aimed at doubling the number of women and minorities — then about 1,500 and 535, respectively — in the academy’s ranks by 2020.

“The academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” Boone Isaacs said in a statement announcing the initiative. 

But hitting the stated targets won’t be easy. In 2012, The Times reported that Oscar voters were 94% white and 77% male, and by this year those numbers had budged only slightly. 

To achieve its diversity goals, the academy would have to invite at least 375 women and more than 130 people of color each year for the next four years, The Times estimated earlier this year. 

Given the historical under-representation of women and minorities in Hollywood, some have wondered whether such goals can realistically be achieved without lowering the stringent membership requirements – something the academy’s leadership has vowed not to do. 

In an interview with The Times in February, former academy President Hawk Koch called the targets “impossible” to reach, saying, “There aren’t that many qualified people, period, of any race or gender, to invite each year.”

To help broaden the pool of possible candidates, the academy supplemented its traditional membership process with a global recruitment campaign. The Academy says the new class includes 283 international members from 59 countries.

“There are qualified people out there,” Boone Isaacs told The Times in February. “We’re going to do everything in our power to meet our goals, because we know that this is the right thing to do. We’re going to make it happen.”