British singer Gary Barlow has teamed up with top designer Paul Smith to create special products to raise funds for the U.K.'s Children in Need charity. The pair has designed a bag, T-shirt and notebook which will be sold through Smith's website, with profits going towards the annual BBC fundraising drive.
The Take That star says, "BBC Children in Need is a cause close to my heart and for each campaign we think up new ideas to top those from years before.
"As one of Britain's most successful designers, Paul Smith was a stand-out choice for the project and I'm thrilled that he agreed to do this without hesitation, helping to support young people across the U.K."
Smith adds, "It's absolutely brilliant to contribute to this fantastic cause. We hope you like the range, please buy them and support the great work the charity does!"
The Children in Need telethon will take place on 15 November (13) and raises money for needy youngsters across the U.K.
"Lou was a very special poet... One thing I got from Lou, that never went away, was the process of performing live over a beat, improvising poetry, how he moved over three chords for 14 minutes. That was a revelation to me." Patti Smith adds her tribute to fellow punk icon Lou Reed, who passed away on Sunday (27Oct13).
Photos of baby animals will always be the catnip of the Internet. After all, who can resist tiny porcupines and baby puffins? Not since our collection of safari trading cards were we this excited about the animal kingdom.
So in between the oohing and awwing, Buzzfeed released this helpful video to educate yourself on the terms for these squee-inducing creatures. Learn how to differentiate your Goslings: one is a feminist meme, the other a fuzzy goose. See what a real puggle is, and not some crossbred lapdog. Also we much rather carry around a group of kittens (called a kindle) than some boring old e-reader on our next flight.
So if you're ever having a rough day, take a minute to listen to the sounds a baby porcupine makes and it will make everything better.
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We thought Tatiana Mainslay was testing the limits of acting by stretching herself into numerous different clones with distinct personalities in BBC America’s Orphan Black but this is straight ridiculous. According to Variety, Noomi Rapace is taking up the tall order of playing seven different roles in the upcoming sci-fi drama What Happened to Monday? In the film, Rapace will portray a group of septuplet sisters who must hide their identities in a world plagued by overpopulation, and governed by a strict one-child policy.
Director Tommy Wirkola said that the part was initially written for a man but he was won over by Rapace’s fine résumé. "Although the role was originally written for a male, I was struck by the complexities of having an actor portray seven characters and immediately knew Noomi was the ideal actor – male or female – to bring them to life."
Rapace is a talented actress with a superb ability to shrink into roles, and fully become the person she's tasked to play. We've seen her play a diverse set of characters in films like Prometheus, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film trilogy, but we wonder if she has enough in her to play seven different characters in one film, characters that will have to seem similar enough to be sisters, but also have enough of their own unique quirks and mannerisms to set them apart? Hopefully Rapace will be able to give What Happened to Monday? a convincing set of septuplets.
Keanu Reeves might know kung-fu, but does he know his way around a katana? The film star fights his way through a fantastical version of 18th century Japan in 47 Ronin.
In the film, a robe-garbed Keanu plays Kai, a half-Japanese warrior that is freed from slavery and must accompany an outnumbered group of 47 samurai in their plot for revenge. The trailer features sword slashing a-plenty but this isn’t your standard martial-arts action movie. There is a large thread of mysticism running though the film's samurai tale, with endless monsters and beasts, along with regular samurai-foot soldiers, looking to end Keanu's quest for vengeance.
It's been a complicated road for the 47 Ronin both on screen and off, with the drama spilling out from the Japanese pseudo-history and into the production side of the project. The film has been plagued with reshoots, and the budget has been said to exceed 200 million, an unfathomable number for a martial arts film. The film will also be released on Christmas day, a time of year filled with competition just waiting to slice chunks out of Ronin's film gross. There is also the worthwhile discussion on the ethics of creating a half-white character for a story steeped in Japanese history and myth, just so Keanu can play the lead while a largely Asian cast is sidelined to mostly supporting roles. Questions of race in cinema and film budgeting aside, 47 Ronin looks like a fun bit of counter-programming for the holiday season.
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Where we left off: Dana ran off with Leo, her more-than-slightly-off-kilter boyfriend, and made us even more annoyed with her, Saul was boring in CIA world and did a horrible job explaining why we should care about the missing money, and it was revealed that Carrie is a double agent (yup, things finally started getting interesting).
"The Yoga Play"In this episode, Dana finally gets a clue about life, Saul is basically hoisted out of the CIA, and after almost blowing her double agent cover, Carrie is kidnapped. Unfortunately, while the mini-recap makes it seem as if super exciting things happened, it was a pretty basic and blasé episode overall.
Coming into this episode, there were a lot of questions that needed to be answered. Most importantly, how far back does the double agent plotline go? Right away Saul loops Quinn into the mission and tells him that it goes as far back as the senate hearing where Carrie was interrogated and Saul threw her under the bus... so, pretty far back. While it would be easy to explain the whole mission by just saying that Carrie is a great actress and put herself through hell for over a month for the CIA (you know, the department that hates her), it makes the first four episodes seem like a complete wash. Did we really just watch four episodes that don’t mean much to the future plot because it was all a rouse to get Carrie to the real plot? It's just a little annoying that Carrie pretended to be a pariah for a good portion of the season, and slightly unrealistic that she went to such depths to achieve the goal.
For the majority of the episode, Carrie enacts a decoy mission called "The Yoga Play" that she uses to get away from her surveillance so that she can help Jessica find Dana. She calls Max (Virgil's brother) and confirms that they’re meeting up for "yoga." Then she goes to the yoga studio, exits through the back, and Max and Virgil pick her up and take her to talk with the FBI agent that is in charge of watching over Dana. The problem: why is over half of the episode focused on Carrie helping the Brody family? It just doesn't make logical sense. Why would she risk her cover as a double agent just to make sure that Dana is safe? For all the talk about Carrie being a great spy, moves like this one make you wonder how good she actually is. It seems like her spy technique is 90 percent rashness and 10 percent whatever they teach you at the CIA.
But because Homeland is not entirely fantastical, there are repercussions to Carrie potentially blowing her cover. At the end of the episode, Carrie is kidnapped by two men who take her to meet with Majid Javadi (the man who the whole double agent act was for). However, the plan was for Javadi to come out of the woodwork to speak with Carrie, not for Javadi to realize that he was in a trap. The last line of the episode is Javadi saying to Carrie: "You're in good shape. Must be all that yoga." Was Carrie’s cover blown during her "yoga plan" to help find Dana? Because if it was, she is royally screwed.
As for Saul and Dana, Saul is told during a hunting trip that he's not going to officially became the director of the CIA (the senator that interrogated Carrie is getting the nomination), and Dana finally realizes what a creep Leo is (he killed his brother) and ends their "romantic" getaway. (Dana's storyline is one step away from being the most annoying thing ever.)
Highlight of the episode: The awesome Romeo and Juliet reference: "You know how Romeo and Juliet ends, don’t you?" – Carrie (a.k.a Claire Danes, who played Juliet in the 1996 adaptation of the play).
The second highlight: Chris was in the episode for an entire five seconds.
Upset of the episode: Still no Brody.
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribiero is a new dad. The actor, who played Will Smith's snobby cousin Carlton Banks on the beloved TV series, and his wife Angela welcomed baby boy Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro, Jr. into the world on Sunday (27Oct13).
He tells In Touch magazine, "Angela and I are incredibly happy. We are so blessed to have our amazing baby with us."
The child is the first for the couple, but 42-year-old Ribiero has an 11-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has been put into hiding and awaiting further instruction.
The spy thriller starring Chris Pine and Keira Knightley and directed by Kenneth Branagh has been extracted from its original Christmas release date and will now be released on January 17. But Jack Ryan isn't the only movie trying to avoid the holidays like the plague.
December has become cinema's holy month, with a glut of huge film releases packed into the short 30 days. Movies are strewn accross December like Christmas garlands. the month is completely covered in releases with 47 Ronin, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Grudge Match, American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks, Anchorman 2, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Wolf on Wall Street all coming out during the final month of the year. And while this may seem like a big bag of presents for film lovers, it's hell on studios that have to weather the holiday deluge.
Film studios are playing a big game of release date Tetris, with many films shifting their dates all across the calander month to try to fit everything in neatly and avoid each other. Some films like Jack Ryan and The Monuments Men have opted out of December entirely, committed to trying their luck in a less cheery and more desolate season of early 2014 where they won't face competition from such a stacked line of high profile and broad appeal films.
While the film's new release date is a good move in some respetcts, it also might be a warning sign as well. January is known to be Hollywood's dumping ground for movies that aren't expected to perform well, critically and commercially. Only time will tell if the move bodes well for the film.
He may not have confirmed anything about the Independence Day sequel, but Will Smith is attached to star in another upcoming sci-fi thriller, Selling Time. The story will center around a man, presumably Smith's character, who is offered the chance to relive and potentially change the worst day of his life in exchange for seven years off his life expectancy. The film doesn't have a director on board yet, although several big names are reportedly interested. The film has had a rocky history, and has been in pre-production for years now, with Spike Lee attached to direct at one point, and Smith even signing on and later dropping out due to schedule conflicts.
The plot of Selling Time seems like it could result in either an exciting original film or one that's a retread of Seven Pounds set in a sci-fi universe. Unfortunately, the film's inability to hold onto a star or director doesn't bode well, which is a shame because Smith really needs a hit film. Despite being one of the most famous and well-liked movie stars in the world, Smith has found himself on a losing streak in recent years, and his films have stopped making the money they once did. His latest attempt at both a big-budget action film and a sci-fi thriller was After Earth, which was a critical and financial flop, and its failure is sure to make audiences skeptical about Smith starring in a similar project.
Smith is at an interesting point in his career: he is still well-liked by audiences and is still viewed as a major box-office draw, even though his projects haven't been earning the numbers and reviews they once were. He's the rare actor who's proved himself to be capable of handling comedy, drama, and action, but he's found himself lately with a string of disappointing blockbusters and unnecessary sequels. With three more of the latter rumored to be on his plate — Hancock 2, Bad Boys 3, and Independence Day 2 — what Smith really needs is a film that can inarguably be declared a hit. It's possible that he'll be able to pull it off with one of his other upcoming projects, as they all have impressive casts and interesting plots, but he does have a history of signing onto projects that sound good and inevitably turn out to be terrible.
Based on the little bit of information that's available about it, Selling Time has all of the elements that have made Smith's films a success in the past. If the film manages to find a balance of the action-packed movies that Smith made his name on with some of the dramatic, emotional performances from his Oscar nominated turns in Ali or The Pursuit of Happyness, it might just be enough to help turn Smith's luck around. After all, he can't coast by on Fresh Prince goodwill forever, no matter how many times he performs the theme song.
Bryan Cranston has lent his voice to a great many monologues in Breaking Bad. Speeches that will ring in the ears of television fans forever. But now he offers his distinct tone to sing the praises of what Apple is leading us to believe is the greatest object to ever be created in human history: the new iPad air.
In a minute-long ad named "Pencil," Cranston devotes his pipes to what is effectively treated as Jesus in tablet form. The device sits on the mantle of artists to scientist alike. Cranston speaks in reverent tones about all the wondrous accomplishments of the iPad. "It can be used to start a poem," Mr. White says, "or finish a symphony." See, it's like the pencil, except you can't play Temple Run on a pencil. Cranston then says, with a voice full of hope and wonder, that "we can't wait to see where you take it next." I'm guessing we're gonna take it for a round of Candy Crush Saga on the subway.
Apple has finally found a way to convince the few people without iPads to finally buy one: abject terror. Now I'm getting the irrational feeling that failing to purchase one will land me on the hit list of a certain meth lord. That's effective marketing!
We hope to see Cranston lend his voice to other things in the future... maybe even next year's new iPad: The greatest object to ever be created in human history, now with better battery life!