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Lenny Kravitz, Going from 'Hunger Games' to Marvin Gaye?

After his successful turn as Cinna in "The Hunger Games," Lenny Kravitz just shot to the top of the list of actors vying to Marvin Gaye in the long-anticipated biopic. Hopefully Kravitz will have better luck than Will Smith or Terrence Howard, who each hoped at one point to play the "Let's Get It On" singer who was tragically murdered by his own father at the age of forty-five. Why is everyone so concerned with playing Marvin? The guy who plays the father is the one who's going to get the Oscar, just wait and see.

A.A. Milne's close-knit family of Winnie the Pooh characters have been licensed for just about every product imaginable, but few (hopefully) as wretched as this Christmas ornament which is eliciting chuckles and/or concerned stares from folks online. As the article points out, the unfortunate color of Pooh's bee costume makes it look like he's wearing some sort of tankini. Better luck next year, Hallmark!

Dreamworks is facing financial setbacks thanks to the disappointing holiday opening weekend for "The Rise of the Guardians" -- possibly the most misleadingly boring title since "John Carter." They managed to make a film where Santa Claus, Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman team up to fight evil, but still found a way to make it sound like a totally generic adventure movie. How does that happen? Anyhow, it only barely edged out a lead over "Wreck-It Ralph," which has been in theaters almost a month already.

If you twiddle the little slider-thingies in this gallery, you can see before-and-after shots of actors from "The Hobbit." Just imagine the bales and bales of beard-hair in the makeup room, in every color of the rainbow. Makes my neck itch just thinking about it.

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