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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John Lithgow's turn as King Lear in New York has failed to conquer the critics. The new production of the William Shakespeare tragedy opened at the outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Manhattan's Central Park on Tuesday night (05Aug14) with Lithgow in the title role opposite Annette Bening, marking her first New York stage part in more than two decades.
Theatre reviewers mostly praised Lithgow's portrayal of the king's decent into madness, but many were scathing about the production.
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls the play "stiff-jointed" and "emotionally numb", while the New York Post's Elisabeth Vincentelli gives it just two stars out of a possible five, adding, "The letdown matches the anticipation."
Frank Schek of The Hollywood Reporter writes, "(The production is) devoid of interpretive insight and lacking emotional immediacy... Lithgow here never plumbs the depth of the tortured Lear, staying stubbornly on the surface... (It is a) dutiful but uninspired production, which never scales the heights of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy."
Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal was particularly scathing about the supporting cast, writing, "Annette Bening... is cautious, even bland, as Goneril, while Jessica Hecht's Regan is fussy and insipid. I wouldn't be surprised if Ms. Bening finds her sea legs - she is, after all, a superlative film actress with classical stage training - but Ms. Hecht is miscast, pure and simple."
Variety's Gordon Cox concurs, writing, "There's no bite... to Annette Bening's matronly Goneril and even less poison in Jessica Hecht's oddly giddy Regan."
A number of reviewers also criticised the staging of the show, complaining that the view of Central Park which usually enhances productions at the Delacorte Theatre was cut off by a brick wall in the set.
Monty Python star Terry Jones has defended his use of cue cards during the comedy troupe's reunion shows this month (Jul14), insisting the memory aid did not ruin the experience for the audience. The veteran funnyman struggled to remember his lines during the huge gigs at London's O2 Arena and faced a scolding from critics for reading the words from off-stage signs.
Jones tells Walesonline.co.uk, "I couldn't remember my lines so it's absolutely true (that I relied on cue cards)," but he is adamant the cue cards did not detract from the show "at all".
The funnyman's co-star John Cleese famously forgot his lines during the troupe's classic dead parrot sketch when the final show was beamed to cinemas around the world and broadcast live on U.K. TV on Sunday (20Jul14).
The Rock has quite a lot cooking at the moment. In addition to recently wrapping on the seventh installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise, he’s got an epic starring vehicle in Hercules hitting theaters on Friday, and he’s all but confirmed that he’ll soon be donning the golden cape of Shazam onscreen soon (via TotalFilm). Between the blockbusters, the action-packed period pieces and an upcoming tenure as a superhero, there’s no doubt that Dwayne Johnson is a bona fide box office star. But even though he can bring people into a movie theater, people still seem reluctant to view The Rock as a legitimate actor.
After all, the first time that the public got to know Johnson, he was vamping in the wrestling ring and earning dramatic close-ups with the lift of his eyebrow. When he first began branching out into acting, via goofy action films like The Mummy Returns and The Scorpion King, people were understandably reluctant to accept this giant goofball as a real thespian. But it’s been almost a decade since Johnson left wrestling behind for movie sets, and despite racking up dozens of credits and hit films, he’s still more closely associated with the ring than with Hollywood.
But Johnson is a talented actor. Despite a few early cinematic disasters, he’s steadily delivered entertaining, compelling, layered and even moving performances. He’s charismatic and appealing, both on and off-camera, and his resume of characters is more diverse than you might realize at first glance. He’s got basically everything he would need to become a major movie star, and yet we’re still hesitant to give him that title. We had no problem with Channing Tatum’s transition from dance films and rom-coms or Terry Crews’ growth from an NFL player to one of the funniest character actors in Hollywood. So why can’t we see Johnson in the same light?
Is it because he was so well known as an athlete that we can’t help but associate him with sports (or whatever pro-wrestling qualifies as) rather than movies? Or is it because his first forays into acting were characterized by box office flops and cheesy kid’s movies? Can we just not see the man who made Tooth Fairy as a legitimate actor, despite the numerous successful films he’s made since?
It could be that we, as an audience, need to see Johnson in a completely different light in order for us to really let go of his wrestling past. Matthew McConaughey was just the Southern guy from those bad rom coms until the one-two punch of True Detective and Dallas Buyers Club, and people didn’t start taking Tatum seriously until he teamed up with Stephen Soderbergh for Magic Mike and let his comedic talents shine in the Jump Street flicks. Perhaps Johnson needs to find a more serious project with a prestigious director in order for us to really appreciate his talents. Meanwhile, his next two features, Hercules and San Andreas, are more likely to be perceived as mindless action movies he can add to a long list of blockbusters.
All of this puts a lot of pressure on his potential performance as Shazam. While many of the performers who have taken on superhero roles are highly-acclaimed character actors, like Robert Downey Jr., Christian Bale, or Mark Ruffalo, the genre has a long history of casting people who look the part, even if they can’t quite act it. If the Shazam film doesn’t do well, both Johnson’s athletic background and hit-and-miss film history will likely be blamed for the flop, and it could erase a lot of the goodwill that he’s earned over the years as an actor.
However, if it does well, it could be exactly what Johnson needs in order to be seen as a legitimate actor and movie star. Before he set off after John Connor in The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was best known for being a body builder, but after that film became a hit, he was regarded as an actor first and foremost (even when he became a politician). Shazam could do the same thing for Johnson, and finally help the public see him as more than just the goofy wrestler with the eyebrow and the catchphrase. Considering DC has had a patchy track record when it comes to superhero films lately and the fact that Shazam isn’t as well-known to the general public as Batman or Superman are, audiences probably won’t have very high expectations for the film, which should make it easier for Johnson to exceed them, and reintroduce himself to the world as an actor.
And if that doesn’t work, there’s always True Detective Season 3, right?
Legendary comedy troupe Monty Python sealed their live comeback in front of 16,000 fans in London on Tuesday night (01Jul14). John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin kicked off their Monty Python Live (mostly) residency at the O2 Arena in front of a sellout crowd, marking their first public performance together since 1980.
They tackled classic sketches including the famous Dead Parrot gag, their I'm A Lumberjack song, and a rousing rendition of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
The show also featured a live cameo from Stephen Fry, while TV star Professor Brian Cox and Stephen Hawking appeared in a taped segment, which included the revered physicist being pushed into a river.
However, the first gig sparked lacklustre reviews from critics, with many suggesting the act relied too much on old jokes and video sequences.
Peter Bradshaw of Britain's The Guardian writes, "Monty Python Live (mostly) isn't bad: it gives the crowd exactly what they want but relies pretty heavily on the fan love and makes a hefty withdrawal from the reputation bank... This live show won't make any converts. But it sends the faithful away happy."
The Independent's John Walsh writes, "I was a fan of the Monty Ps from the start, and it pains me to criticise them. But this is desperately lazy production, resting on its laurels, uninterested in showcasing new material, relying on TV footage and the whooping adulation of an audience who know all the words," but adds, "Elderly, much-loved and much-seen sketches are revivified in their mid-70s glory."
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail's Quentin Letts writes, "Once they were the sharpest thing in satire. Last night, quite often, they looked and sounded like a dodgy tribute band."
Hugh Grant, Christoph Waltz, David Walliams, and Emma Thompson were among the celebrity guests who caught the show, which runs through until 20 July (14).
Rolling Stones stars Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts have filmed a skit to promote the Monty Python comedy troupe's live comeback. In the sketch, posted on YouTube.com on Monday (30Jun14), Jagger jokes that the comedians planning for a string of London reunion dates may be past their prime.
He asks bandmate Watts, "Monty Python? Are they still going? Who wants to see that again? They're a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money."
The joke is a reference to criticism aimed at the Stones, who are still touring in their 70s.
Meanwhile, the five surviving members of the British comedy troupe - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - have revealed that astrophysicists Stephen Hawking and Brian Cox will feature in filmed skits and comedian David Walliams will conduct red carpet interviews at their final show on 20 July (14).
Fans who missed out on tickets to Monty Python's sold-out reunion shows will be able to catch a live broadcast of the comedy group's final performance on U.K. TV. The beloved comedy troupe will hit the stage at London's O2 Arena in July (14) for a run of shows, which sold out seconds after becoming available last November (13).
However, fans will be able to catch their last show on 20 July (14) from the comfort of their own homes as it will be broadcast live on Britain's comedy channel Gold.
Eric Idle says, "What could be finer at the end of a long life in comedy, than a chance to reunite with old pals and say goodbye to all our fans in one final mad musical show. We are very excited that not only do we get the chance to screw up on stage, we get a chance to screw up live on TV too."
The run will mark the first time the group - Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - have performed together in public since 1983.
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson will soon add soccer team owner to his resume after reaching an agreement to take over his beloved Doncaster Rovers Football Club. The British singer, who played with Doncaster's reserve squad in February (14), recently teamed up with former club chairman John Ryan to discuss a buyout with the team's current owners, Terry Bramall and Dick Watson, and a deal has reportedly been struck.
An official announcement about the acquisition was due to take place during a press conference at London's Wembley Stadium on Friday (06Jun14), before the first of One Direction's three sold-out gigs at the venue, but the media gathering was postponed amid concerns about Tomlinson's image rights.
The meeting has been rescheduled for next Wednesday (11Jun14), according to the BBC.
Under the terms of the deal, Tomlinson, 22, will reportedly serve as club co-chairman, but he and his business partners will face a challenge turning the team's fortunes around after Doncaster Rovers were relegated to the third tier of English soccer in May (14).
The successful Rovers takeover bid will come as a great distraction for the singer, who faced a backlash last week (ends30May14) when video footage, featuring Tomlinson and bandmate Zayn Malik smoking a marijuana blunt while in Peru, surfaced online.
The pair still has yet to comment directly on the drug scandal, but bandmate Liam Payne recently spoke out on his pals' behalf, insisting the stars are only young and will make mistakes as they grow up.
Comedy troupe Monty Python had to replace all their stage clothes and hats for their upcoming reunion shows because the original garments were ruined by moths. The veteran sketch show team - John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - announced in November (13) they will be performing 10 shows at London's O2 Arena in July (14) to bring the curtain down on their career.
They have since revealed no original material will be performed at the concerts and fans will instead be treated to the team's classic and best-loved sketches, but the five funnymen will be dressed in new clothes because their original props were wrecked in storage.
Palin tells British magazine Event, "Most of the overalls and the hats have been eaten by moths so they don't actually exist. I do have my old spangled jacket from the Blackmail sketch, but sadly it doesn't fit any more."
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson is a big fan of hit mystery series Lost. The show's star Terry O'quinn revealed the singer handed him a watercolour of his character John Locke during their first and only meeting, and the painting now hangs in his living room. The actor loves the portrait so much that he admitted, "It's one of the five or six things I would grab if the place lit on fire."