Actor Jeff Goldblum channelled his Jurassic Park alter ego as he took part in a dinosaur-themed wedding photoshoot over the weekend (begs01Aug14). The actor starred as mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm in the blockbuster film and its 1997 sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and during his friends' nuptials in Toronto, Canada he revisited the character for an unforgettable photo.
Wedding photographer Adam Biesenthal shared the shot with The Huffington Post, which features newlyweds Pamela and Jesse Sargent and their bridal party, including Goldblum and his fiancee Emilie Livingston, running in a field towards the camera.
Biesenthal grafted an image of a giant menacing T-Rex behind the group, seemingly chasing after them as they attempt to run away.
Goldblum is preparing for his own nuptials, as he popped the question to 31 year old Livingston during a holiday in Hawaii last month (Jul14).
Sharon Stone walked away from her role hosting the World Music Awards after organisers failed to pay her in time, according to the actress' representative. Pamela Anderson was drafted in as a last minute replacement for Stone after the Basic Instinct star pulled out of her hosting job just days before the ceremony in Monaco on 27 May (14).
It has now emerged Stone quit after she failed to receive payment for the work, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six. A representative for the actress tells the publication the story is "true" and "correct".
World Music Awards producer Melissa Corken explains there was a problem with Stone's payment as the actress allegedly declined to accept a cheque for the money.
She adds, "She was getting paid, but she didn't accept the form of payment we wanted to give her... One of our private board members was going to pay her - Sharon didn't want a personal cheque."
Rock icon Debbie Harry has thrown her support behind a campaign to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City after a driver was charged for allegedly abusing a horse called Blondie. The Heart of Glass hitmaker has written a letter to 51 City Council members in the Big Apple to add her name to a growing list of notable figures demanding an end to the popular tourist attraction.
In her letter, she backs up her calls for a ban by highlighting the case of a carriage driver who was charged with animal cruelty last year (13) for allegedly neglecting a horse with the same name as her iconic band.
In the note, obtained by New York Post gossip column Page Six, she writes, "A police officer noticed that Blondie was struggling to pull his carriage. When he questioned the driver, he learned that Blondie had been suffering from a serious leg injury for four days, but had been forced to work long shifts in hectic traffic."
Stars including Pamela Anderson, Lea Michele, Kristin Chenoweth and Miley Cyrus have all called for horse-draw carriage trips to be banned in the city, while actor Liam Neeson is fighting against the campaign, arguing a ban will rob the drivers of their livelihoods.
Actress Pamela Anderson is launching her own charity after spending years campaigning on environmental issues and animal rights. The Baywatch star is a longtime supporter of a number of organisations, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and many green charities, and now she is stepping up her philanthropy by creating her own foundation.
Anderson has jetted to France to launch her charity during the famous Cannes Film Festival, and she will host a special event to mark the creation of The Pamela Anderson Foundation.
The party will be held in conjunction with Dame Vivienne Westwood's Cool Earth charity and will take place on a yacht off the coast of Cannes on Friday (16May14). It will feature cocktails and a backgammon tournament.
A post on the star's Facebook.com page reads, "I love Cannes! So lucky to be here with my family. And... Dream come true - to launch my namesake foundation (on the riviera)... Glamorous, meaningful.. The good life. To raise money to protect and support the vulnerable areas of the world and support those who are protecting and surviving, thriving - within them."
A message published on the star's official website adds of the charity, "Long time coming Pamela Anderson Foundation (PAF). 20 years of connecting resources - For charity - a natural extension - I have been dedicated to human, animal and environmental rights... It is all Connected... Pamela Anderson Foundation. For our planet and life within it."
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Motley Crue rocker Tommy Lee is engaged to marry his longtime girlfriend. The drummer announced his engagement in a post on Twitter.com on Monday night (24Feb14), revealing he is set to wed his singer partner Sofia Toufa.
He wrote, "There comes a time in a man's life when you just know your partner is for life!! Say hello to my fiancee and soon to be wife."
The marriage will mark Lee's fourth trip down the aisle - he was previously wed to Elaine Starchuk, Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson, the mother of his two teenage sons.
He famously married Anderson just four days after they first met in 1995.
Northern Irish actor Liam Neeson has come out in opposition to a high-profile celebrity campaign to ban horse-drawn carriages from New York City's Central Park. A large number of stars, including Alec Baldwin, Pamela Anderson, Anjelica Huston and Glee actress Lea Michele, have backed a drive aiming to bring in new rules to outlaw the popular tourist activity over claims the horses are mistreated.
However, Neeson has now come out fighting for the carriage drivers, who he claims will be robbed of their livelihoods.
The actor is friends with one of the drivers, fellow Irishman Colm McKeever, whose midwife partner delivered the actor's first son, and he claims he is standing up for workers who have been unfairly targeted by Hollywood's privileged elite.
Neeson tells the New York Post, "(The drivers are) not Hollywood hip... I'm not someone who's political. I just noticed all these celebrities on the other side - and no one speaking up for the boys."
The actor goes on to insist the horses are not badly treated, adding of the animals' annual five-week rest periods, "How many people get that much time off?"
As part of his campaign, the star wrote a letter to New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio last month (Jan14) to address the issue, telling the politician, "I find it troubling, Mr. de Blasio, that your campaign promise was to fight for the common man and, yet, with the first stroke of your pen, you are willing to put 300 families on the breadline."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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In addition to releasing their own explicit videos and having parents who are already famous, celebrities have become notorious for their effortless, immaculate good looks. But in recent decades, the public has discovered that they aren’t necessarily an elite group of naturally beautiful people, more like surgically altered attention whores. Typically, when we hear about plastic surgery, we picture the extreme cases like Pamela Anderson opting to carry the equivalent of a small child on her chest; or Joan Rivers, whose face is now pulled back so far that she has officially changed ethnicities. So you can imagine our surprise when our friend, Lisa Kudrow, recently admitted to the Saturday Evening Post that she got a nose job at the age of 16.
“I went from, in my mind, hideous to not hideous,” Kudrow told Lawrence Grobel. She described the surgery as “life-altering,” and explained further: “I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn't know how hideous I looked before. That was a good, good, good change.”
Undergoing a nose job before reaching the legal age to vote seems to be the antithesis of the character who Kudrow is most well known for playing, the formerly homeless hippie Phoebe Buffay. But it’s clear that she isn’t the only celebrity who's used rhinoplasty as a catalyst to a career. Throughout the years, alleged before-and-after photos have surfaced of other celebrities that raise some serious questions about the validity of Hollywood's nasal passages. Ryan Gosling, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston and Tyra Banks are a few celebrities who are often praised for their beauty. And yet after seeing these photos, it’s hard not to picture all of them crying to their parents about their insecurities as snot dripped from their bulbous, average people noses.
There’s one photo, however, that really causes us to wonder how long this has all been going on:
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Before becoming Marilyn Monroe, it’s rumored that Norma Jeane Mortenson underwent rhinoplasty, a chin implant, had her teeth straightened and her hairline raised. Plastic surgery was relatively new in the late 1940s, so her transformation went surprisingly under the radar at the time.
Whether it’s Lisa Kudrow getting a nose job at 16, Heidi Montag having ten surgeries in one day, or Marilyn Monroe pioneering what we’ve come to know as general cosmetic procedures, we know that it’s pretty common for drastic measures to be taken for beauty under the scrutiny of the public eye. Perhaps as a society, one day we can change our expectations of what celebrities look like, judge them at their craft and allow them the freedom be as ugly as everybody else. But, we probably shouldn’t.
Sir Mick Jagger's famous friends and fans took to the Internet on Friday (26Jul13) to send messages of congratulations as the Rolling Stones star turned 70. The music legend's milestone created a buzz on Twitter.com and the singer was flooded with birthday greetings from devotees from around the world.
Jagger's partner L'Wren Scott gave fans a glimpse into the star's private birthday celebrations by posting a picture of a big pile of gift-wrapped presents on her Instagram.com page with the message, "Happy Birthday Mick Jagger... The most kind and adoring man... Love to you."
The singer's Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood also sent a public birthday message to his friend - in a post on Twitter.com, he wrote, "Hey - Happy birthday Mick Jagger! Enjoy & have fun," while Jagger's ex-wife Bianca added, "Happy birthday Mick Jagger - May the Good Lord shine a light on you warm like the evening sun, xx Bianca."
One Direction star Harry Styles also sent a birthday message to the veteran musician, writing, "Happy birthday Mick Jagger legend," and former U.S. President Bill Clinton also took time to honour the star: "Everyone wants the moves like Jagger... but Mick Jagger, you're one of a kind. Happy Birthday, friend!"
Rocker Lenny Kravitz offered, "Happy Birthday Mick!!!!... Have a good one Bro," while tributes also came in from Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Martin Kemp and Mia Farrow.