Star Scoop: Remembering Roger Ebert, Madonna Like Never Before, Ryan Gosling’s ‘Forgiving’ Trailer

By  April 04, 2013

After a long battle with cancer, legendary film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert has passed. He was 70 years old. The reporter, who held down his post at the Times for 46 years, reported an average of 200 reviews for the paper. Just two days ago, he informed his audience that he’d be taking a “leave of presence” from his writing duties, stating: “It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

See the “Material Girl” like never before. The maven of reinvention (and billionaire?!) Madonna, is the focus of a traveling exhibition that will feature never-before-seen images of her during her 1980s emergence. MADONNA — A Transformational Exhibit will be spotlighted at W Hotels across the tri-state area with captures of the “Vogue” chanteuse shot by Richard Corman and George DuBose. [ELLE]

A broody Ryan Gosling, with that pensive star, those sculpted arms, and tattoos (fake or not?). Where do we sign up?! See Eva Mendes‘s dreamy beau in the trailer for his neo-noir thriller, Only God Forgives. Set for a July 19th release, the film follows Gosling as Julian, a man avenging his brother’s murder while running a boxing club in Thailand that doubles as a coverup for his family’s illegal drug business. [Variety]

If you’re a kid looking to miss out on your midterms, Justin Bieber could be the answer. Bieber-mania ensued in Norway, where administrators at five different schools suspended midterm testing so students could see the Adidas NEO rep in concert. [Entertainment Weekly]

See Captain Kirk—ahem Chris Pine—in all his dapper glory on the latest cover of Esquire U.K. In the Spring Style Special of the glossy, Pine reveals his anticipation of bringing Star Trek back to life. “It terrified me, really,” said Pine.”Because of the scale, the responsibility, the fact that it was this iconic character. It was the bigger challenge. So I had to take it.” [E! Online]

There’s a new development for one of Netflix’s biggest projects to date. A May 26th date has been set for the revival of Arrested Development on the Internet streaming site with all 15 episodes will be made available at once. [ABC News]

Speaking of release dates, a memoir and policy book from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be expected in June 2014. Her untitled release will chronicle her time working under the Barack Obama administration, from climate change to China, and diplomatic tours in between. [Yahoo News]