Soccer superstar David Beckham has branded his decision to retire from the sport the "toughest" he has ever made. The British player made the announcement in May (13) after a brief stint at French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), and rumours about his future continue to swirl.
Beckham has now revealed he struggled with the decision to give up the game after more than two decades on the field.
He tells Sky Sports, "The toughest decision I had to make was retiring when I have been involved in the sport I love for so many years, playing professional football for 22 years at the highest level. Making that decision, for me, was the toughest. I still question myself, of course, but I am 38 years old... I have had a pretty successful career (sic). I feel it is the right time."
Beckham recently insisted he has no plans to become a soccer coach, but reports suggested he was interesting in investing in a Florida team.
"That snail is fast!" This tagline sums up all you need to know about Turbo, the rather ironic tale of a garden snail who races in the Indy 500. The latest computer-animated flick from Dreamworks tells a typically predictable underdog story, with the proper doses of humor and heartwarming moments. It's totally cliché, but still great family fun.
Voiced by Ryan Reynolds, Turbo (née Theo) is a simple garden snail who is fed up with his humdrum life in the tomato patch with his overly cautious brother Chet (Paul Giamatti). When he isn't working with overripe fruit at "the plant," the ambitious little snail watches old car race tapes and dreams of being fast like French-Canadian Indy 500 champion Guy Gagne (voiced by Bill Hader). Then one fateful night, Turbo is exposed to nitrous oxide and effectively transformed into a car, equipped with a radio, alarm, headlights, and best of all, super speed. Turbo's newfound abilities quickly come into play when he rescues Chet from a crow attack, but the two brothers are then snatched up by a taco truck driver named Tito Lopez. Just when they think they're about to become escargot, Chet and Turbo are surprised to find that Tito only wants to enter them in a snail race.
Tito and his brother Angelo operate the struggling Dos Bros taco stand in a ramshackle strip mall with a hobby shop, nail salon, and auto repair shop. The owners are friends, racing snails together to take their minds off their failing businesses. But when they discover Turbo's incredible talents, they decide to show him off to the world. With hopes to win the Indy 500 and put their strip mall on the map, the shop owners and their snails band together to travel to Indianapolis. Then, it's all up to Turbo and his supersnail speed.
With a star-studded cast boasting the likes of Maya Rudolph, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Michelle Rodriguez, Luis Guzmán, Michale Pena and Richard Jenkins, Turbo is an adorable film about a little snail with big dreams. While some animated movies focus solely on entertaining the kids, and others devote too much energy to appeasing the adults, Turbo manages to achieve a nice balance of humor that will have parents and their children laughing together. And it promotes the inspiring messages that we want our children to be exposed to: 1) Follow your dreams, no matter how outlandish they may be. 2) Your heroes may disappoint you, but you can become your own hero. 3) Taco trucks are awesome.
Indeed, Turbo features some nice contemporary touches, like the ever-popular food truck, a viral video subplot, and a French-accented car-racing villain à la Talladega Nights. Still, there is absolutely nothing surprising about this movie, which isn't necessarily to its detriment but certainly makes for a less exciting viewing experience. There's comic relief (most notably Ken Jeong's voice performance as a feisty female manicurist) and a bit of suspense, but we're never too worried that things won't turn out okay in the end. Is it realistic? Of course not. But is it fun? Most definitely. In effect, it's an easy movie to watch and enjoy for 90 minutes or so, but you probably won't find yourself hankering for a repeat viewing. While Turbo is nothing groundbreaking, it's a charming film with a lot of heart.
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U2 frontman Bono is to be feted with France's highest honour in recognition of his lengthy career. The With or Without You hitmaker will be made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in a ceremony due to be held in Paris, France on Tuesday (16Jul13), according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
The Irish singer follows in the footsteps of screen stars including Clint Eastwood, Sir Sean Connery and Sir Michael Caine, and singer David Bowie, who have all received the same accolade.
Bono was previously presented with France's Legion d'Honneur in 2003 by then-president Jacques Chirac.
British actor David Walliams has donated $1,550 (£1,000) to the charity campaign of a British woman who died while attempting to swim across the English Channel to France. Susan Taylor, 34, was inspired to take on the challenge by the Little Britain star's 2006 swim from England to France for Britain's Comic Relief charity but died on Sunday (14Jul13) after experiencing respiratory trouble.
She was pulled form the water one mile from the French coast after getting into difficulty but was later pronounced dead at hospital.
Walliams was among hundreds of well-wishers who visited Taylor's fundraising page in the wake of the tragedy to donate to her chosen charities.
The funnyman took to his Twitter.com page to share a link to the site alongside the message, "Susan Taylor's channel swim attempt very sadly ended in tragedy... Despite the shock & sadness, it's good to see heroic Susan Taylor's charity total rising. Please give what you can."
Fundraising efforts had reached $55,161 (£35,588) at the time WENN went to press.
Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez have wed in an intimate ceremony in the groom's native France. The pregnant actress, 46, exchanged vows with the Unfaithful star, 47, at the Chateau des Conde in Vallery on Saturday (13Jul13) in front of just 60 guests, including Martinez's mother, Rosemarie, and brother, Vincent.
Photos obtained by WENN show the bride wearing a traditional white gown as she arrived at the church in a vintage white car, decorated with lace.
According to local reports, a civil union was held first, in accordance with French law, followed by a religious ceremony in the village chapel.
The wedding reception was held outdoors and fireworks lit up the sky in celebration.
Berry began dating Martinez, who previously romanced Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, in 2010 after meeting on the set of their film flop Dark Tide, and they became engaged last year (12).
In April (13), the Oscar winner revealed she was three months pregnant with her fiance's son, a half-brother for her five-year-old daughter Nahla, from her relationship with French Canadian model Gabriel Aubry.
It is Berry's third trip down the aisle; she had previously sworn off marriage following failed unions to baseball player David Justice and singer Eric Benet. It is the first marriage for Martinez.
With the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and dismiss Proposition 8, Wednesday is a big day for the advancement of gay rights in this country. But you probably already know that — at least, you do if you've checked your Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Vine at all today.
Your friends and relatives aren't the only ones flocking to social media to share their joy on this momentous day. Many celebrities — from President Obama himself to Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, and more — are also chiming in on Twitter with their thoughts on the SCOTUS rulings. Here are some celebratory celebrity tweets:
Today's DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality. #LoveIsLove
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2013
DOMA and Prop 8 should get married.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) June 26, 2013
Hurray for all Americans and good riddance to DOMA. It's a new day. A happy day.
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) June 26, 2013
I never dreamed I would see this day. The whole world has changed for us all. I can't believe it!! #DOMA #Equality
— Andy Cohen (@BravoAndy) June 26, 2013
Big day for some of my good friends and for The US !! @jessetyler @JustinMikita @DRVW11 @JewdyGold @buckhollywood
— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) June 26, 2013
Woke up to the news of DOMA being struck down. Don't care that it's cold and raining in Portland, it's a beautiful day.
— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) June 26, 2013
AND no standing on #prop8?? Same sex marriage is legal in california! I better be getting some wedding invites... #whatdoiwear?
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) June 26, 2013
This is truly an historic day. Never before & never again will so many men be this excited about getting married. #Scotus
— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) June 26, 2013
Went to bed depressed woke up to find DOMA overturned, Prop 8 defeated and the bill in Texas didn't pass. I should sleep more!
— Gillian Jacobs (@GillianJacobs) June 26, 2013
Great news, I just married my cat.
— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) June 26, 2013
"DOMA arigato, Mr. Roboto" --from tmbg fb page
— They Might Be Giants (@tmbg) June 26, 2013
I want to french Justice Kennedy SO hard right now.
— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) June 26, 2013
No one be shocked if I get married and pregnant with a daughter today in a slightly premature fit of joy #americathebeautiful
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 26, 2013
.@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove”
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) June 26, 2013
Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye #DOMA #Prop8. Hello #equality.
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) June 26, 2013
Down w DOMA! Something to be very proud of this upcoming July 4th. We are making beautiful progress for Equality! #proud
— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) June 26, 2013
If you're gay married in California your gay marriage is now legal. Good. #allmarriageisabitgay
— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) June 26, 2013
I am standing on the right side of history. I stand with @HRC for marriage equality. #SCOTUS #time4marriage http://t.co/3cSE5e0nwK
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) June 26, 2013
A big day for equality and human rights. I'm smiling so big right now.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 26, 2013
Victory for marriage in California as #Prop8 is struck down. Small but substantial steps toward #MarriageEquality for all!
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 26, 2013
DOMA-it-just-lost-O Mr. Roboto! So, so happy for Edie, et al.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2013
Gay, straight, lesbian, bi.. No one is better than any one else. What an incredible day for California AND for equality.
— demetria lovato (@ddlovato) June 26, 2013
Thank you to the plaintiffs, the lawyers David Boies and Ted Olsen, to Rob Reiner, Chad and all organizations who made this happen & SCOTUS!
— Official Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) June 26, 2013
#PROP8 IS GONE! #DOMA IS GONE! #SCOTUS #LoveIsLove
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) June 26, 2013
Remember where you are today, history is made...supreme court Strikes down DOMA!
— Melissa Etheridge (@speak_true) June 26, 2013
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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's recent performance of David Bowie's Space Oddity high above the earth brought back bad memories for French musician Jean Michel Jarre, who had hoped to feature tragic spaceman Ron Mcnair playing a saxophone solo at a gig in 1986. Jarre had planned to link up with McNair on board space shuttle Challenger as part of a show in Houston, Texas, and watched in horror as his pal and his crewmates perished when the craft disintegrated just 73 seconds after lift-off.
And Jarre reveals Hadfield's out-of-this-world tribute to Bowie, performed 230 miles (370 kilometres) above the planet on the International Space Station and posted online on 12 May (13), took him back to one of the worst days of his life.
He tells CelebrityAccess contributor Larry LeBlanc, "When I heard about the astronaut wanting to play music, obviously, it reminded me of this quite hard time... I could write a book around this concert in Houston.
"For the first time in its history, NASA wanted to be part of a cultural event. We had this idea of having a live link in space, and a song performed, not just as an engineer and a scientist, but also an artist playing saxophone live. It was really moving. Writing a piece of saxophone for NASA is quite challenging for a musician.
"Then we did it, and Ron was rehearsing until the last minute. (I said), 'OK, I'll give you a rendezvous in space,' which was a time to play together, with me in Houston, onstage over the skyline, and him in outer space.
"He said, 'Watch me on television for the take-off...' and we saw the tragedy. We were all in tears. I wanted to cancel the whole thing (concert). The astronauts in Houston said, 'You have to go on. You have to do this concert as a tribute to the astronauts.'"
Art is imitating life for actor Ethan Hawke's mother - she has reconnected with a former lover, just like her son's character in Before Sunset. In the 2004 film, the second of Hawke's Before Sunrise trilogy, the actor's character Jesse reconnects with a French lover, played by Julie Delpy - and now his mum is revisiting an old romance.
He explains, "A couple of years ago... she got an email from a guy (that read): 'You may not remember me, but when I was, like, 17, we met once and I just have always wondered how you are.' She wrote back, 'Of course I remember you, David.'"
It turned out the old flame, a father of six, had recently divorced and he became pen pals with Hawke's mother.
He adds, "My mum kinda made up a reason why she had to go to London... and she said, 'I have this business trip in London, would you wanna meet me there?' So, after about 40 years they met in London and it was on. They got married.
"I thought, 'This would be a great sequel to Before Sunset,' and I'm thinking about this... and I ended up calling (director) Richard Linklater and saying, 'Y'know, this would be great... We wait another 25 years or something and we can do this think about how they (his and Delpy's characters) missed each other and then we'll have this really amazing thing when they're old and I could base it on my mum."
But Hawke didn't want to wait until he was old to make the third Before Sunset film, and his mother's romance inspired him to create the script for new movie Before Midnight.
Soccer ace David Beckham was overcome with emotion on Saturday (18May13) after playing what could be the final game of his career. The Brit, who announced his retirement earlier this week (beg13May13), left the field in tears when he was substituted in the 81st minute of a match at the Parc des Princes between his team Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and rivals Brest.
Beckham was given a standing ovation by the crowd, which included former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and his teammates gathered around to embrace him.
He later told reporters, "It was an emotional night. To see the reaction of the players and to see the reaction of the fans when I came off was special."
Beckham's teammates had appointed him captain for the game, and he was thrilled with their 3-1 victory: "The manager called me and he said, 'We spoke to the players and we want to make you captain.' It was special for an Englishman to be captain of PSG, especially on a night that meant so much to the club."
The athlete, who has yet to confirm whether he will play in PSG's last away game on 26 May (13), was cheered on by 25 loved ones, including his mum Sandra, wife Victoria and their four children.
Soccer superstar David Beckham has announced his retirement from the sport. The legendary former England international signed a five-month contract with French side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in January (13) after leaving his high-profile role at Los Angeles Galaxy but has now decided to hang up his boots for good.
The midfielder, 38, started his professional career at Manchester United in 1992 where he stayed for 11 years before moving to Spanish giants Real Madrid prior to heading to the U.S. four years later (07).
Beckham made 115 appearances for his country, scoring 17 goals and playing in three World Cup competitions.
He tells the Associated Press, "I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career playing at the highest level."