Iron Man Robert Downey, Jr. has branded the summer blockbuster Guardians Of The Galaxy the "best Marvel movie ever". The Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced a new superhero in Peter Quill/Star Lord, played by Chris Pratt, earlier this month (14), and the film quickly become a hit, surpassing the $500 million (£301 million) mark in the global box office.
In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Downey, Jr. graciously admits the newest addition to the Marvel family is the one to beat.
He said, "Guardians of the Galaxy, in some ways, is the best Marvel movie ever. It's odd for someone with - on occasion - an ego the size of mine to actually say that...
"It's like you have a great quarterback, and his brother plays for another team, and then you say: 'Look, this is their second cousin and we think he has a great arm and he should start.' And then he goes and wins the Superbowl!"
Ironically, Guardians director James Gunn said at the film's recent press conference in London that he and Pratt have discussed at length what would happen if Downey, Jr. and the rest of The Avengers had a face-off with Quill and his team.
Gunn revealed, "Chris and I were driving somewhere the other day and in the car we were having one of our ridiculous conversations and we were talking about all the different things that could happen to the Guardians in this universe, like we do endlessly, we talk about it constantly.
"And he was saying, 'Dude seriously, I really really think that Star Lord should kill Iron Man. Like it would be so awesome and if he shot him, people would be so surprised".
Bosses of the retirement home where Lord Richard Attenborough lived in his final years have cancelled their open day as a mark of respect for the late actor/director. The Jurassic Park star died on Sunday (24Aug14), aged 90, at Denville Hall care home for retired actors in north London, where he moved in 2008 to spend his final years.
Officials at the residence have cancelled their Open Day event in September (14) as a mark of respect to Attenborough, who served as President there.
A spokesperson tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "This is our version of dimming the lights of Broadway... a blazing light in all our lives has gone out."
The director's family has asked fans who want to pay tribute to Attenborough to make donations to the home, where his widow Sheila Sim still lives.
A public memorial will be held for Attenborough in November (14).
Monday night (yes, Monday) was the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC and millions tuned in. Late Night host Seth Meyers gracefully took on the task of hosting. While the show might have been way too long, we found quite a few enjoyable moments that made us laugh, smile, and cry.
Seth Meyer’s Opening Monologue
Hosting any awards show is tough, but Seth held his own. He didn’t need a musical number, or heavy gag-jokes, to win over the audience. Seth was his usual charming self, with great delivery when it came to a friendly jab, or two.
Beyonce Showed Up
Oh you didn’t know, Queen Bey graced our screens last night? Amy Poehler AKA Beyonce, is half the reason we even tune into these awards shows. She’s either hosting, presenting, or just being fabulous, and that’s alright by us.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Matthew McConaughey Jokes
“Matthew McConaughey doesn't even own a television. I happen to know for a fact that he traded his television for a conch shell full of weed.”
The "Billy On The Street" Skit Was Surprisingly Good
"He's the host of the #Emmys this year!" "Um, Seth Macfarlane?" Haha.
— Yes/No Films (@yesnofilms) August 26, 2014
Usually, we're not too crazy about Billy On The Street, but his pre-taped skit with the Emmys' host, asking people on the street questions about the Emmys, was pretty hysterical.
Bryan Cranston’s Mustache
The guest of honor.
This Epic Makeout Sesh
Louis C.K.’s Simple, But Sweet Acceptance Speech
Nothing long-winded, just straight to the point, yet sweet. He also made sure to point out that Sarah Baker was the star and reason he won.
Retta Live-Tweeting The Whole Night
What is happening right now?? #Emmys pic.twitter.com/s9MsTYMOrj
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014
Poehlsy!!!! #JustLikeBey #Emmys
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014
I love how Jessica Lange is killing this “Ima let these fools know I’m still helluh sexy” saunter to stage. #Emmys
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014
Retta, AKA Donna on Parks and Recreation and lover of live-tweeting, captured some of the most interesting moments from the night on Twitter.
When Joffery Confronted His Mother
When They Gave George R.R. Martin A Typewriter
And asked him to please write faster.
He was immediately on the case.
Ricky Gervais Just Being Ricky Gervais
"Now that is a television face. Not even really a television face. It's a Netflix face.” – Jimmy Kimmel
When Jimmy Fallon Seized The Day
Gwen Stefani messed up Stephen Colbert’s name, so Jimmy assumed that meant the Emmy was up for grabs. We’d all have done the same if we were there.
Billy Crystal’s Touching Robin William’s Memoriam
Which of these did you love the most? Tweet us your favorite moments from the night!
British pop star Lily Allen issued a public appeal for a new generator after a major power outage ruined her equipment prior to a performance at the Notting Hill Carnival in London on Monday (25Aug14).
The Smile star was due to perform at the event on Monday afternoon, but the street festival was marred by heavy rain and technical problems. Shortly before her set, Allen took to Twitter.com to ask for help after the generator broke down. She writes, "I'm at #nottinghillcarnival... the generator has blown, need a generator quicktime, can anyone come and fix it (sic)? #devd (devastated)."
Other acts due to perform at the carnival include Allen's former producer Mark Ronson and her DJ ex-boyfriend Seb Chew, as well as Chase & Status and Ms. Dynamite.
The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes bravely offered up himself as a punching bag when mixed martial arts pin-up Ronda Rousey confessed to struggling with nerves as she prepared for a pivotal fight scene in the film. Hughes asked Rousey how she fought nerves before a big fight and she told him she threw a few punches in her dressing room, he reluctantly offered himself as a target.
He explains, "Ronda's first scene ever was with Sly (Sylvester Stallone) at a bar and she was really super nervous. I said, 'What do you do before a big fight?' And she said, 'I like to spar in a room and get that nervous energy out'.
"So I said, 'You need to hit something? Let's find something to hit!' She said, 'But I wanna hit you. Put your arms up'.
"I'm thinking, 'Ronda's just gonna hit my hands,' so I put my arms up and she goes, 'wham!' The next day I was getting dressed and my kids were there and said, 'Dad, what's that?' I had this huge black mark and a broken rib. I said, 'I got beaten up by an actress!'"
Some musicians from Down Under have made a real mark on the United States this summer. While on tour with One Direction, pop punk band 5 Seconds of Summer, otherwise known as “5SOS” (five-sauce), includes members Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin. Getting their start on YouTube, this group has quickly gained fame as the singers of this years hit “She Looks So Perfect."
Although they’re known as the typical boyband-that-has-an-insane-amount-of-passionate-female-followers, these guys also appeal to the male audience. Their songs are catchy AND they play their own instruments. That’s something you don’t see all the time with other famous boybands nowadays. If you just haven’t been able to jump on the 5SOS bandwagon, then maybe this will help convert you:
Ladies and gents, we introduce to you, 5 Seconds of Summer:
They have superb taste in music…
… and fashion…
… and especially dance moves.
When Calum smiles, the whole world melts.
When Ashton smiles? Angels casually rejoice.
Has their beauty overwhelmed your body yet?
Luke has a mysterious side.
Then he gets all giddy and we just want to squeeze him.
They’re tough when they need to be.
There's nothing like a good lip bite.
Are you in love yet?
Michael’s inability to make a finger heart is adorable yet heartbreaking.
So Calum and Luke help him because that’s what boybands do. Teamwork!
Their bromance is a glorious one.
They know how to work a crowd.
Like… they really, really know how to work a crowd.
So have we convinced you that being a 5SOS fan is a right of life? Yes? Then our mission is complete and it’s time to celebrate.
Now go see these four in concert and I promise you wont regret it. Farewell Aussies, we’ll see you boys in our dreams.
A long-awaited memorial statue of late singer Amy Winehouse will be unveiled next month (Sep14) to mark what would have been her birthday. The Back to Black hitmaker died in 2011, aged 27, and her family has been in talks to install a life-size bronze sculpture of the singer in the North London neighbourhood of Camden, where Winehouse lived, since 2012.
The project was hit by a number of delays, but the memorial will now go ahead and be built in the famous Stables Market, rather than inside the Roundhouse music venue originally chosen by her family.
Her father Mitch says, "The Roundhouse would have been great as Amy and the Foundation (the charity set up in her name after her death) have a great affinity with the venue, but it would not always have been accessible for fans, we wanted people to be able to see it, touch and interact.
"Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever... Amy was in love with Camden and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with. The family have always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and attract people to the area."
The singer's family and friends will unveil the statue, made by sculptor Scott Eaton, on 14 September (14), the day which would marked the singer's 31st birthday.
Stars including John Legend, Kerry Washington, Mark Ruffalo and Pete Wentz have condemned police officers in Ferguson, Missouri for firing tear gas at protesters on Wednesday night (13Aug14). A group of campaigners took to the streets on Wednesday to express their outrage over the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, who was shot by a police officer over the weekend (09-10Aug14).
Heavily armed riot police descended on the city centre and used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the demonstration.
The news has sparked outrage and a number of celebrities took to Twitter.com to voice their disgust.
Legend writes, "The fact that the small town Ferguson police dept (department) has all this equipment should disturb us all. Priorities... Apparently the equipment was brought in from other communities. But still... America is #1 at war and imprisoning. I wish we were #1 at building infrastructure and health care and educating our kids."
Scandal actress Washington adds, "What's happening in #Ferguson is devastating. Wow," and Fall Out Boy rocker Wentz writes, "Photos out of #Ferguson look like more like a war zone."
Ruffalo shared a link to the story and added, "No, it's not Baghdad, it's in America tonight," while dance artist Moby concludes, "Nothing makes me more ashamed of America than the abuse of power. Our country is supposed to be ruled by laws, not the gestapo (Nazi secret police)... dear #Ferguson police, your job is to protect people and respect the law. Or did you all skip police school on the day that was taught?... a reminder: It is 100 per cent LEGAL to photograph or film the police anywhere in the U.S. it's our first amendment right. #Ferguson #AbuseOfPower."
Glee star Amber Riley, Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams and singer Sam Sparro also waded into the debate on Twitter.
British actress/comedienne Dawn French has rejected her doctor's advice to scrap her U.K. tour after fracturing her ribs in a freak accident. The Harry Potter star is currently taking her stage show Thirty Million Minutes around the U.K., but the production was thrown into jeopardy recently when she suffered a nasty injury during a day out on a beach with her family.
French was advised to take six weeks off to rest but decided to soldier on with the tour.
She tells Britain's Woman & Home magazine, "I was mucking about (playing) on the beach with my family... My husband Mark picked me up and I suddenly felt this popping sensation. The doctor told me I had to take six weeks off, but of course that wasn't possible because of this tour so I'm strapped up every night before I go on stage.
"While I'm performing I don't feel any pain. It hurts before I go on, in the interval and at the end but while I'm up there, the adrenaline kicks in and it goes away."
Love or hate Twitter, you can't deny that celebrity parody accounts are it's best creation. There are thousands of accounts out there, and most of them suck, but there are some precious gems. Believe us when we say, the really funny Drake parodies are so worth wading through endless #DrakesTheTypeOfGuy accounts.
George R. R. Martin - @GRRM
Until recently, the Game Of Thrones author was not verified on Twitter. Some speculated that these cryptic tweets could only be the work of the real GRRM, but it was just a clever ruse.
Live every day like it's your last. You never know if I'll decide to kill you off. #GeorgeWisdom
— George R.R. Martin (@GRRM) July 31, 2014
Did Sam make a promise that he wouldn't die?... Haha pic.twitter.com/7GlDQ6bNTY
— George R.R. Martin (@GRRM) July 28, 2014
Mark Zuckerberg - @notzuckerberg
Fake Zuckerberg is here to give us the honest truth: we’re all pathetically addicted to Facebook. Thanks Zuckerberg for hooking us in, and thank you even more fake Zuckerberg for helping us laugh at it.
You're soon going to have to download our Messenger app to write Facebook messages. And you'll need a third app if you want to send them.
— Not Mark Zuckerberg (@notzuckerberg) July 29, 2014
I apologize that Facebook went down for thirty minutes this morning and that all of you were forced to spend that half hour meaningfully.
— Not Mark Zuckerberg (@notzuckerberg) June 19, 2014
Taylor Swift - @feministtswift
This is basically a Twitter account combining Feminism and Taylor Swift lyrics in the best possible way.
I don't know about you / So I won't assume your experience as a woman / But I'm feeling 22
— FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift) January 16, 2014
And you call me up again just to break me like an anti-discrimination law
— FeministTaylorSwift (@feministtswift) July 15, 2014
Bill Nye - @yaboybillnye
If you’re looking for someone to drop some knowledge on you, then you better hit up Ya Boy Bill Nye. If anyone on the planet deserves a worthy Twitter parody account, it’s Bill Nye The Science Guy.
ERRBODY IN THE LAB GETTIN TIPSY
— YA BOY BILL NYE (@yaboybillnye) August 4, 2014
SCIENCE FACT lava is hot
— YA BOY BILL NYE (@yaboybillnye) August 1, 2014
Lord Voldemort - @Lord_Voldemort7
Even the Dark Lord is on Twitter. Okay, so maybe Voldemort isn’t real, but he’s basically one of the biggest baddies there is, so that makes him a celebrity. Which means, obviously, he’s got the best Twitter parody account of the bunch.
It's July 31st. For some reason that date seems familiar....
— The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7) July 31, 2014
Wrong world cup... http://t.co/Nn8szqDlMg
— The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7) June 14, 2014
Drake - @StuffDrakeDoes
Drake fans get a little insight on Drake's day-to-day life with this Twitter account. Now we know what this soulful artist really thinks (and feels) when asked the tough questions.
Airport security. "Any hazardous materials, sir?" Drake smiles to himself, and shakes his head. "The dagger in my heart," he thinks.
— Stuff Drake Does (@StuffDrakeDoes) August 1, 2014
Drake hands over his passport at the terminal. "Destination, sir?" Drake shakes his head. "Somewhere else," he whispers.
— Stuff Drake Does (@StuffDrakeDoes) July 17, 2014
Betty White - @BettyFckinWhite
As we expect Betty White is in real life, her parody account is up to date on all of Hollywood’s latest drama. With a decent amount of Beverly Hills, 90210 tied in.
If Jay-Z and Beyoncé divorce that'll make it an even 100 problems then.
— Betty F*ckin' White (@BettyFckinWhite) August 4, 2014
Why isn't Jason Priestly in Sharknado 2? Isn't it his turn?
— Betty F*ckin' White (@BettyFckinWhite) July 30, 2014
Bill Clinton - @PimpBillClinton
About 90% of these tweets are probably NSFW, which makes them all Clinton approved.
Don't call them all you can eat pancakes if you're gonna cut me off at 37.
— Pimp B. Clinton (@PimpBillClinton) August 4, 2014
I just got so high that I bought every Limp Bizkit song off of iTunes.#cryforhelp
— Pimp B. Clinton (@PimpBillClinton) August 2, 2014
The Queen of England - @Queen_UK
If you’re going to make a parody account for the world’s most powerful woman, this is how you do it.
The Proclaimers were due to close the show by they've walked 500 miles away since Lulu started. #closingceremony
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) August 3, 2014
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) July 24, 2014
Chuck Norris - @chuck_facts
So we're not 100% sure this isn’t just Chuck Norris parodying himself, because no one makes fun of Chuck Norris but Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris can divide by zero.
— Chuck Norris Facts (@chuck_facts) August 2, 2014
Chuck Norris killed two stones with one bird.
— Chuck Norris Facts (@chuck_facts) July 23, 2014