If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For really values its volume. The movie tosses out three or four stories, twenty-odd characters, a handful of car chases, several dozen throat-slittings and skull-bludgeonings… in their return to the cinematic adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel series, Miller and director Robert Rodriguez seemed bent on packing in as much as they conceivably could. The unfortunate result: not quite the intricate, inviting narrative web that the men set out to create, but a straight through-line of nonstop stuff.
In the most egregious sense, too. While we remember Sin City as a relatively patient illustration of Miller’s virtue-deficient neo-noir kingdom, what we find in this year’s follow-up is a feverish race to expose the audience to every idea the directing duo has up its sleeve.
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So, what we get instead of a fluid story is a whirlpool of events. Each chapter of the clumsily manufactured movie will set you up with a character — an out-of-place Joseph Gordon-Levitt as cocky gambler Johnny, Josh Brolin as a thickheaded do-gooder, and the ragtag team of a destitute Jessica Alba and her devoted muscle Mickey Rourke — only to watch the hero in question stumble upon plot contrivance after plot contrivance, never getting to do much all the while.
And while the style outdoes the substance in the scope A Dame to Kill For’s strong suits, Miller and Rodriguez are not exactly displaying the utmost aesthetic panache in this latest outing. Sure, certain chase scenes are kinetic — and the film might offer the most invigorating visual design of an onscreen hot tub in the history of cinema — but sloppy choreography and a world constructed without depth or sense of place leaves us feeling completely out of touch with the film’s most important character: Sin City.
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Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez was so "blown away" by Lady Gaga's acting skills that he convinced her to make a cameo appearance in Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Rodriguez worked with the Born This Way hitmaker on last year's (13) Machete Kills, and her stellar performance prompted him to recruit her for the Sin City sequel.
The director even suggests Gaga should pursue a career in Hollywood, telling E! News, "I told her she had to be in it (Sin City 2)... The camera loves her. She's a great performer. She's performed twice for me now and I was blown away by her discipline. She studied acting before she became a singer and you could really tell."
Gaga, who briefly attended New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical career, was in the middle of her U.S. tour while Rodriguez was filming in Texas, so he found a small cameo role for the pop star.
He explains, "She happened to be on tour in Houston, just a couple of cities away from us in Austin. She was ready. She brought her own wigs! I said, 'We're not going to have time to make a wig for you.' She showed up, we did the scene, she knocked it out of the park and then she was back on tour."
Sin City creator Frank Miller also added his own praise for the singer, saying, "She totally transforms into the part she's playing to the point that it doesn't even feel like acting."
Gaga plays a waitress in Sin City 2, and shares the scene with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film hits cinemas on Friday (22Aug14).
The Oscar-winning director of his music documentary 20 Feet From Stardom has signed on to take charge of a new film about soul record label Stax. Morgan Neville will chronicle the careers of legends like Otis Redding and Eddie Floyd in an adaptation of Robert Gordon's book Respect Yourself.
Executives at Evergreen Media Group have signed a deal with Gordon to adapt his book into both a film and a Broadway musical.
Neville's 20 Feet From Stardom focused on the lives of some of the world's top backing singers, including another soul great, Darlene Love.
Actor Jamie Foxx partied with politicians on Saturday night (16Aug14) by inviting former presidential candidate John Mccain and New Jersey governor Chris Christie to join him onstage for a dance at a star-studded fundraiser. The Ray star was a guest at the annual Apollo in the Hamptons bash and he made an extra special effort to get the party swinging.
He took to the stage and invited Christie to join him for a dance, before Senator McCain got up to join in, swiftly followed by Sir Paul McCartney and director Spike Lee.
After the stunt, Foxx told New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Its always the ones you don't expect. Republicans love to dance - in the Hamptons."
Other guests at the event, organised by business magnate Ron Perelman, included Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Roger Waters, Anjelica Huston, and Don Johnson.
The audience enjoyed performances by Pharrell Williams, Sting, Gladys Knight, and Jon Bon Jovi at the fundraiser, which netted $4 million (£2.4 million) for development projects at New York's famous Apollo Theatre.
At the close of the evening, Nicholson told Page Six, "That was one hell of a night. Christie really held his own. I told him, as he walked back to his seat, 'Governor, you can't let New Jersey down.'"
Steven Spielberg hired actress Charlotte Le Bon for his new film based on her stint as a weather girl on French TV.
The Canadian model/actress stars alongside Helen Mirren in the new film The Hundred-Foot Journey, and producer Spielberg reveals the Le Bon didn't even have to audition for the role, thanks to her standout skills on the French chat show Le Grand Journal.
Spielberg tells Entertainment Tonight, "I found her on French television doing the weather on a daytime French talk show and cast her based on that." Le Bon, who only has a few French films on her resume, adds that if "Steven Spielberg says he discovered you, I guess I'll try to take as much as I can from it". Le Bon, 27, has already reaped the benefits of their friendship - her next project is The Walk, directed by Spielberg's friend Robert Zemeckis, and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as French high-wire artist Philippe Petit.
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In what might be the first bit of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice casting news that won’t send fans into a tailspin, DC and Warner Bros. are reportedly adding Scoot McNairy to the cast of the upcoming blockbuster. However, though Deadline revealed the news, the character that McNairy will be playing is being kept securely under wraps, along with whether or not his role is a Zack Snyder original or if he’s someone comic book fans are already familiar with. Since he’s joined the cast this late into production, it seems unlikely that McNairy’s character will play a large role in Dawn of Justice, but we have to imagine (considering his cult acclaim) it will be one of thematic sigificance. All of this leads us to believe that even though McNairy might not have a lot of screen time in this film, he’s most likely going to play a larger role in one of the other films that the studio has lined up. In other words, his Batman V Superman cameo might be the inception of McNairy's role as a member of the Justice League.
Since DC has the Justice League film slated for release immediately afterwards, it would be a good way to introduce fans to McNairy without throwing him immediately into a major superhero role. Many fans seem to be speculating that he will bring The Flash to the big screen, which is most likely due to his appearance and previous roles, as well as to the fact that DC hasn’t revealed whether they plan to recast Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern... but of course they won't.
Casting McNairy as The Flash – or any major superhero, for that matter – would be a change of pace for Warner Bros' DC series, a company that has thus far stuck to actors who are already household names for this film, between Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, and Jeremy Irons. Even Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill, who were unknowns when they were chosen to help fill out the Justice League, are blockbuster stalwarts (Gadot broke through to the mainstream in the Fast and Furious movies, while Cavill had roles in everything from Immortals to Red Riding Hood). McNairy, by contrast, is a character actor, one who is well-respected amongst critics and cinephiles, but not particularly well-known by the average moviegoer.
McNairy brings something of an edge to a cast that is already packed with A-List actors and respected talents. Affleck might have more awards, by McNairy is far more "hip"; he’s still an underground celebrity, which appeals to a different kind of audience than his co-stars might. It’s an avant-garde choice for DC, a step away from the standard big-name approach that they’ve been taking recently to turn an acclaimed indie actor into a major superhero. In fact, it seems much more like the kind of casting decision that Marvel would make. This is their equivalent of casting Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man or Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Or just about anybody in Guardians of the Galaxy.
If McNairy does join the cast, it would be the closest that DC has gotten to following in Marvel’s footsteps. It doesn’t matter how quickly you can churn out blockbusters, or how much money they make, or even how heavily intertwined your universe is if you don’t have the right actors on board to inhabit the heroes. Sometimes, that means casting the best actor you can find instead of the most famous or the best looking one. McNairy would be a step in the right direction for DC in terms of building a solid cinematic universe, and depending on how fans respond to his character, it could be the model that the studio should follow when casting other roles. McNairy would give them a talented, well-liked actor with plenty of indie cred who could probably play any role they asked him to, and it would definitely benefit DC to have someone like that on their roster.
And it would benefit the rest of the world to finally see McNairy become a household name, rather than just “that guy who was in that thing.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and French actress Charlotte Le Bon are set to join actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a new biopic about high-wire stuntman Philippe Petit. Director Robert Zemeckis will take charge of the big screen adaption of the daredevil's memoir, To Reach the Clouds. Petit made history in 1974 when he 'walked' between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The feat was later recounted in the Oscar-winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire.
Veteran British rocker Robert Plant stunned residents of a small English town earlier this month (Apr14) when he turned out to perform at a church's charity concert. The Led Zeppelin singer joined Traffic frontman Steve Winwood to performed in front of a tiny audience of around 400 parishioners who crammed into the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Northleach, Gloucestershire.
The annual charity event, which Winwood has supported for several years, is organised by Gordon Jackson, a former musician who once played with music greats including Jim Capaldi and Dave Mason.
Jackson tells Britian's Gloucestershire Echo newspaper, "I'm always hopeful when I ask someone. I had his contact detail so I sent him an email asking him if he fancied playing, and got one back within an hour saying yes... I think Steve and Robert have talked about it, but I don't think they've ever played together... Robert performed (Led Zepplin classic) Nobody's Fault But Mine, and he asked Steve if he wanted to sing a verse or two. So they duetted, I don't think they've ever done that before."
The concert raised $8,000 (£5,000), which will be split between the church and three charities - Christian charity Open Doors, The Children's Society, and Christian Aid.
Director Lee Daniels has pulled out of plans to take part in an in-depth interview at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York due to a scheduling conflict. The Precious filmmaker had been due to sit down with U.S. newswoman Robin Roberts to discuss his career ups and downs as part of the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series on Friday (18Apr14), but the event has since been cancelled.
A statement from festival organisers reads: "Because of an unanticipated schedule conflict, Lee Daniels regretfully has to cancel his appearance on Friday, April 18.
"We apologize for this change, refunds will be submitted to those who purchased a ticket to attend Tribeca Talks: Directors Series with Lee Daniels and Robin Roberts."
The Tribeca Talks series will also feature interviews with Ron Howard, Kevin Spacey, Michael Douglas and Shep Gordon.
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, which was co-founded by Robert De Niro, kicks off on Wednesday (16Apr14) and runs until 27 April (14).