Actor Liam Neeson attended Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings for his role in new crime movie A Walk Among The Tombstones. The Schindler's List star plays a former heavy-drinking private investigator and the role involved detailing his character's struggle to stay sober with the help of his AA colleagues.
Neeson was so determined to nail the part that he arranged with organisers of the global support group to allow him to observe meetings in New York and Los Angeles.
He tells British magazine Radar, "I went to quite a few AA meetings in L.A. and New York. I went to some big meetings, where there were just five or six people, witnessing these incredibly heroic acts where people get up and tell a horrendous story about their relationship with drugs or alcohol, and people in the room understand it... I just observed. But I was touched by the experiences."
In March (14), Neeson revealed he has given up alcohol after hitting the bottle following the death of his wife Natasha Richardson in a skiing accident in 2009.
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Josh Hutcherson has spoken out to defend his Hunger Games co-star Jennifer Lawrence after she was involved in a recent nude photo leak scandal.
Naked shots of the actress were part of a haul of celebrity nudes nabbed by an anonymous Internet hacker and offered to top media outlets. Lawrence's representative confirmed the pictures were for real and threatened legal action against the person or persons responsible for the privacy breach.
Now her Hunger Games co-star Hutcherson, who was involved in his own nude photo scandal last year (13), has offered up his thoughts about the leak, insisting "it's not fair". The actor tells ET Canada, "I haven't talked to her but I just think all that stuff is so ridiculous. We're people too, man, we just want to live, we want to be normal people, it's not fair. "It's something you obviously don't want to happen to you and it's really unfortunate that it happens... I hate the way the world sort of views those sorts of issues. It's really, truly not fair."
He adds, "We are actors, we didn't get into this because we wanted scandal. We want to live our lives and be actors... People say, 'Well you chose to be an actor, you are going to have to deal with this kind of thing...' Well no, I started (acting) when I was nine years old, she started when she was, like, 12. We didn't choose to have public scandal, we chose to become artists of acting and I love making movies; this is what I can do, this is what I am good at."
Acclaimed Canadian hitmaker Grimes has urged a mean critic to stop adding a regrettable remark she made about her past drug use on her Wikipedia page, insisting it's not the sort of thing she wants impressionable fans to read. The anonymous user has been re-adding a deleted quote from a 2012 interview in which Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, admits to using hard drugs while working on her album Visions.
The musician would rather not have to keep reading her most unfortunate reveal, during which she confessed to blacking out the windows of her home and taking "tons of amphetamines". She said, "(I) stayed up for three weeks and didn’t eat anything."
Now, in a frustrated Tumblr.com post, Grimes states, "Whoever keeps putting the few quotes I said early in my career about drugs back into my Wikipedia page is an a**hole. I don’t want that to be part of my narrative, and if it has to be, I want people to know that I hate hard drugs. All they’ve ever done is kill my friends and cause me to be unproductive."
And addressing the mischief maker directly she adds, "I hope you know you are doing the world a disservice."
Comedian Chris Kattan has been sentenced to serve three years on probation following a DUI arrest in February (14). The former Saturday Night Live funnyman, 43, was busted after driving his Mercedes through a coned-off area of a California freeway and colliding with an official state transportation vehicle.
He pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence in March (14), and the case returned to court this week (begs11Aug14), when Kattan was handed probation for the incident and told to complete a three-month alcohol addiction program and attend over 100 Narcotics Anonymous classes.
He has also been banned from driving with any drugs in his system that he does not hold a prescription for, and ordered to pay restitution for the car crash, reports TMZ.com.
A hearing, scheduled for 16 September, will determine how much Kattan will have to pay for damage he caused to the Caltrans vehicle.
Shamed celebrity publicist Max Clifford is facing a multi-million dollar legal battle after a female sexual assault victim launched a bid for compensation. The public relations guru, whose clients have included Simon Cowell and Frank Sinatra, was convicted of eight charges of indecent assault in April (14) following a trial during which several women told how he molested them after using his showbiz connections to win their trust.
He was jailed for eight years and is now facing a costly legal battle with one of his victims, who lodged a $2.6 million (£1.5 million) lawsuit at London's High Court on Thursday (07Aug14).
Attorney Richard Scorer, who represents the anonymous plaintiff, says of the legal action, "If Max Clifford is seeking a reduction in his sentence, he now has an opportunity to show that he is truly remorseful. He should admit his offences and compensate the victims he so shamelessly abused."
At every instance of unnecessary and callous city destruction, every inset of comic flatulence, and every mention of what I sincerely hate to denote as turtle boners, I found myself resenting this latest cinematic stab at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A movie that makes so little effort to stray from the lowest common denominator of what passes for PG-13 entertainment, the Michael Bay-produced Turtles is far less concerned with what it is doing than with the fact that it is simply doing something. Anything. At all times. Martial arts, car chases, flashbacks to lab fires… it’s all a go.
The funny thing is that Turtles’ egregious flash does, at times, manage to cover up its vacancy. When the familiar, albeit modernized, foursome — street tough Raphael, eager intellectual Donatello, giddy halfwit Michelangelo, and the borderline anonymous Leonardo — are goofing around under the tutelage of serious sensei Splinter, there are occasional smiles (not laughs, let’s not get crazy) to be earned. And, ridiculous as it all may be, when the quartet of reptilian vigilantes zooms down a snowy mountain (don’t ask me how they get there so quickly from springtime Manhattan) in hot pursuit of (or evasion of… man this thing is incomprehensible) a band of evil mastermind Shredder’s toughest assassins, we witness the miraculous achievement of genuine fun.
But for every minute enjoyed with the turtles, there’s about five lamented with Megan Fox. Her April O’Neil is meant not only to courier us through the action and outrageous origin mythology — which, justly, we get out of the way pretty early in the film — but to serve as the human heart with which we access and understand these bonkers creatures. But April is the most alien character onscreen, effectively mindless and charmless, truly beyond the grasp of any viewer looking to latch onto her as a remotely fleshed out heroine.
Alongside Will Arnett, whose sole function in this film is that he has a car, Fox runs us through the legion of non sequitur elements that stands in for a cohesive plot. Occasionally, she stops to chat with the turtles, who — for all their irritating characteristics and regrettable attitudes on romance, masculinity, and pizza (they love Pizza Hut… these jags live in New York f**king City and all they eat is Pizza Hut) — actually revel in relative nuance. Their second-rate charms never manage to effectively save the movie from its ultimate crime: it’s so, so stupid.
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Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Tallulah has reportedly entered rehab for alcohol and drug abuse issues. The 20 year old recently opened up about her struggles with body dysmorphia as a teen, revealing she deliberately dressed provocatively and starved herself to stay thin, and now Willis is seeking help for alcohol and cocaine abuse at The Meadows addictions and trauma centre in Arizona, according to Star magazine.
Willis' decision to enter treatment on 23 July (14) was reportedly prompted by her family.
Tallulah agreed to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after her sister Scout reportedly caught her taking cocaine, and in June (14), she confessed her struggles to Moore, who convinced her to check into rehab, according to the publication.
A source says, "Demi was the shoulder to cry on that Tallulah needed so badly. Demi had been shocked when Tallulah confessed to her, but she knew enough not to judge. She knew her daughter needed her and she was glad she could be there to help."
The news comes just two years after Moore checked into a Utah rehab facility for stress and exhaustion amid her split from Ashton Kutcher.
Representatives for Willis and Moore did not return WENN's request for comment, while a spokesperson for Tallulah declined MailOnline.com's request for comment "at this stage".
Online auction site eBay has banned the sale of merchandise for Varg Vikernes' metal project Burzum because of his history of violence. The Norwegian musician was convicted of inciting racial hatred in France last month (Jul14) after making offensive remarks about Muslims and Jews online. He was handed a six month suspended sentence and a $10,880 (£6,400) fine.
Website Metal Sucks now reports an anonymous eBay user tried to sell two items of merchandise connected to Burzum but they were rejected on the grounds that they broke the site's offensive material policy, which states objects cannot be listed if they "promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or promote organisations with such views."
Vikernes was released from prison in 2009 after serving 15 years of a 21-year sentence for the murder of Mayhem guitarist Euronymous, and in 2013 he was arrested on his farm in Salon-la-Tour in central France, after local authorities became suspicious when his wife bought four fire arms.
They initially accused the rocker of planning a terrorist attack but later dropped the charges due to a lack of evidence.
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Almost immediately upon exiting my screening of Guardians of the Galaxy, I was hit by a friend and fellow movies writer with the inevitable question: "Better than The Avengers?" Even though Guardians is less a superhero movie than a space adventure, the new release is bound to win (or suffer) comparison to the 2012 hit that broke box office records and redefined the possibility of the already prosperous comic book feature.
But it's no easy question to tackle — is Guardians of the Galaxy (which is great) better than The Avengers (which is great)? I'm still not sure. But when you allocate the debate toward specific elements braved by the films, you close in on something resembling an answer. So here we go. Which movie is better in terms of...
Action?The Avengers. James Gunn is still new to the blockbuster game, and needs to work out a few bugs in his action sequence methodology. Joss Whedon, though generally more of a small-scale player himself, showcased some pretty stellar sequences in '12.
Characters?Guardians of the Galaxy. Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket, and Groot are not simply snappy vehicles driving us toward exciting set pieces. They and their pangs (and quirks) are the sincere core and draw of this story. You'll be surprised at how much empathy a misanthropic raccoon can command.
Villain?The Avengers, in a big way. Loki was the virtual highlight of his movie, while Guardians' Ronan the Accuser is a moreover anonymous figure that simply spouts colorless threats of tyranny.
Performances?Kind of a toss-up. In Guardians, Chris Pratt is a standout as hero Star-Lord, Dave Bautista is a surprisingly charismatic Drax, and Bradley Cooper and (especially) Vin Diesel managed some pretty impressive vocal charms as Rocket and Groot, respectively. But we'd be remiss to forget how inviting the snarky Robert Downey Jr., caustic Scarlett Johansson, brooding Mark Ruffalo, and flamboyantly wicked Tom Hiddleston all were.
Humor?Guardians of the Galaxy. Yes, The Avengers had terrific moments of comic relief, but these were peppered delicately throughout a tense (albeit joyful) action-adventure movie. Guardians is as much a comedy as it is a genre picture, and its material is sharp and wry.
Coherency?The Avengers. Whedon's flick is astoundingly neat and well-packaged for how grand (and kooky) it is. Guardians' biggest mis-step is probably is clumsy construction.
Special Effects?The Avengers, thanks once again to experience... and an extra $50 million in budget.
Thrills?Probably, again, The Avengers, though not by a wide margin. Something about Whedon's sleek design, meticulous plotting, and an everpresent severity made the whole thing seem a little more gasp-worthy.
Je ne sais quoi?Guardians of the Galaxy. The real victory of Gunn's new film is its spirit, its warm and inviting personal touch. It might have its bugs, but the tidy perfection of The Avengers wouldn't have been appropriate for a film of its theme and motives. Overall, we'd champion Guardians as our preferred Marvel adventure for this reason alone: it's got that special heart that doesn't come around to big budget blockbusters all too often.
But don't just take our word for it. Sound off below!
Movie executives at Lionsgate have filed a lawsuit against the anonymous individuals who leaked an advance copy of Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables 3 online. The action comes just one week after the movie bosses learned that a digital file containing a high quality reproduction of the film had been stolen and uploaded to the Internet.
The new lawsuit, filed on Thursday (31Jul14), targets the operators behind multiple websites, including limetorrents.com, billionuploads.com and dotsemper.com.
The company's lawyer writes: "By downloading one of these 'torrent' files associated with the Stolen Film from , users join a 'swarm' where they download parts of the Stolen Film from many different users and also upload to other users parts of the Stolen Film they have already received, until eventually they have reproduced the entire Stolen Film on their own hard drives and in most cases have also uploaded all or a substantial part of the Stolen Film to others."
The plaintiff is demanding a temporary restraining order and injunctions that prohibit the anonymous operators of the sites from hosting, linking to, distributing, reproducing, performing, selling or making available copies of The Expendables 3. The requested injunction also seeks to have the defendants prohibited from "operating any of the websites" and ordered to "take all steps necessary to recall and recover all copies of the Stolen Film or any portion thereof that they have distributed".