Doctor Who star Colin Baker has paid tribute to British actor Ray Lonnen following his death at the age of 74. Lonnen, best known for his role in 1982 movie Harry's Game, passed away on Friday (11Jul14) after a battle with cancer.
He made a number of appearances in cult British sci-fi show Doctor Who, and the series' former star Baker is among those who have offered tributes, calling Lonnen "a really nice bloke and a good actor too".
Lonnen also appeared in U.K. TV series Z-Cars and The Sandbaggers in the 1970s, and worked on both the Indiana Jones and James Bond movie franchises, standing in for the lead actors to screen test leading ladies including Kim Basinger, who wrote him a letter of thanks following her audition for 1983 007 film Never Say Never Again.
Heath Ledger's father has expressed his sadness after the actor who received his son's scholarship fund was arrested on suspicion of drug possession. Rising star Ryan Corr, who appears in Russell Crowe's upcoming movie The Water Diviner, is facing a drug possession charge after police officers in Sydney, Australia allegedly caught him smoking heroin.
He was given a huge career boost in 2011 when he was named the recipient of the Heath Ledger Scholarship Award, which is named in honour of the late Australian actor and funded by famous benefactors including the star's former partner Michelle Williams, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.
Ledger's father Kim, who is a patron of his son's scholarship fund, has now spoken of his disappointment following news of Corr's arrest.
He says, "It does make me sad to hear that because we have enough problems with alcohol and drugs... I have some empathy for what happens around that situation with families but very little empathy for people that put it in their own mouth. We do what we can to help people but we're not involved in the proactive side of it."
Ledger was just 28 years old when he died from an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2008. Previous winners of the scholarship include Dark Shadows star Bella Heathcote and James Mackay.
A North Korean ambassador has lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations (U.N.) demanding U.S. officials ban Seth Rogen's upcoming comedy The Interview.
In the new movie, the Knocked Up actor and James Franco star as journalists who land a television interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and are recruited by America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate him.
A foreign ministry spokesperson has already condemned the film and called it a "wanton act of terror", but Rogen did not take the threats seriously and joked about it on Twitter.com in June (14).
The country's U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam has now written to the organisation's Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, demanding he blocks the film's release. In the letter, Ja Song Nam writes, "To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war."
"The United States authorities should take immediate and appropriate actions to ban the production and distribution of the aforementioned film; otherwise, it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism."
The Interview is scheduled to hit cinemas in October (14).
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are reportedly spending their first days as newlyweds on a secret honeymoon in Ireland. The couple tied the knot on Saturday (24May14) in Florence, Italy, and on Sunday (25May14) they jetted west for a stay in County Cork, Ireland, according to multiple reports.
Editors at the Irish Independent report the rapper and his reality TV star wife arrived by private jet at Cork Airport and were whisked away for a five-day honeymoon at an undisclosed location.
However, their post-wedding getaway will be cut short as they are expected to attend West's stylist's wedding in Prague, Czech Republic next weekend (begs30May14), according to E! News.
West and Kardashian's week-long celebrations began in Paris, with Kardashian enjoying her bachelorette party on Thursday (22May14), and festivities continued on Friday (23May14) with a lavish luncheon at fashion mogul Valentino's mansion in the French countryside, and a dinner party with their celebrity friends later that night at the historic Palace of Versailles.
Lana Del Rey performed a set following the dinner, and guests included Alexander Wang, director Steve McQueen, illusionist David Blaine, Serena Williams, and rappers Big Sean and Tyga.
The actual wedding ceremony was held in Florence and was attended by 100 of their closest friends and family at the historic Forte di Belvedere, a 16th-century-era fortress on top of a hill overlooking the Arno river.
E! News reports Kardashian's mum, Kris Jenner, gave an emotional speech during the reception, while West also gushed about his new bride and the Kardashian family, calling them "the most remarkable people of our time".
An insider reveals that the newlyweds' first dance was to an Etta James mash-up, and West even took the mic to perform live.
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It's important to acknowledge the fact that there at least 94 reasons to be in love with Seth Rogen. Picking just seven moments in his career to highlight is morally wrong on some level, so you'll have to forgive us and use this list as a jumping-off point for future YouTube perusals. Rogen's new movie Neighbors hits theaters this weekend and he and his co-star just made a great appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Rogen in drag doing the "Ew" skit was amazing, and here are seven other times we could not resist his charms.
1. The Esteemed Screenwriter of Star Whores
In the end, the Zack and Miri characters never got to make Star Whores. But hearing Rogen (as Zack) waxing poetic on the epic porn parody script to end all porn parody scripts was unforgettable. Plus, he and Elizabeth Banks (Miri) were just adorable. There's nothing cuter than falling in love with your porn co-star.
2. Dawson's Creek Heartthrob
Lest we forget the time he played Stoner Bob on Dawson's Creek! Rogen was sort of the older, hot guy here — note that he's described as "an outstanding lay." This isn't exactly the Rogen we've come to love, but it works!
3. He Gets That Marriage Can Be Awesome
In this interview, Rogen talks about putting an end to the "naggy wife" trope that has been perpetuated everywhere, even in his own films. He told Studio 360's Kurt Andersen that with a little help from his own wife, the script for Neighbors got some much-needed revisions. We also get to hear 13-year-old Rogen doing stand-up, which is amazing.
4. The Bieber Conundrum
Rogen keeps it real, a rarity among celebrities. And when he spoke out against Justin Bieber — planting an epic dog joke in this interview — it just made us love him more.
5. Greatest Music Video Parody Ever
There are no words for this moment in pop culture history. When Rogen and James Franco teamed up for this Bound 3 parody video of Kanye West's Bound 2, it was incredible. And we clearly need more Kim Kardashian impersonations from him as well.
6. These Are His Confessions
In which Rogen admits to wetting the bed, disliking ugly babies, and interesting choices for make-out partners.
7. The Dice Roll
There are so many great moments from Knocked Up, but when Rogen reminded us that sometimes the dice roll dance works (because, hey, he does get the girl in the end), we all learned a valuable lesson. You can find true love at the club. You just have to use the dance moves you have — however ridiculous they may be.
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Rapper Kanye West and his fiancee Kim Kardashian will exchange vows in Florence, Italy following a pre-wedding party in Paris, France, according to a new report. The couple is set to tie the knot on 24 May (14) and a recently-leaked wedding invitation revealed guests had been summoned to Paris to celebrate the nuptials.
However, sources tell ETonline.com that around 100 attendees will be served dinner in Paris, before boarding private jets to fly them to Florence, where the actual ceremony will take place. West and Kardashian's plans to become man and wife in the French capital hit a snag last month (Apr14) when they discovered French law required foreign citizens who wish to marry there must live in the country for 40 days before the wedding.
Reports suggested the pair would exchange vows during a civil ceremony in Los Angeles ahead of the European nuptials, but the bride-to-be took to her Twitter.com blog last week (ends09May14) to dismiss speculation she and West had already married in secret. The couple, parents to daughter North West, has been engaged since October (13).
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With only a week and change having passed since the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we no doubt feel the question living fresh in our minds: can we ever judge a remake without considering its predecessors? The conversation about the stark contrast in critical favor between Marc Webb's release and Sam Raimi's trilogy (the second installment of his franchise in particular) buzzed loudly, and we imagine the volume will keep in regards to Gareth Edwards' Godzilla. But it'll be a different sound altogether.
The original Godzilla, a Japanese film released in 1954, reinvented the identity of the monster movie, launched a 30-film legacy, and spoke legions about the political climate of its era. The most recent of these films — Roland Emmerich's 1998 American production — is universally bemoaned as a bigger disaster than anything to befall Tokyo at the hands of the giant reptile. With these two entries likely standing out as the most prominent in the minds of contemporary audiences, Edwards' Godzilla has some long shadows cast before it. And in approaching the new movie, one might not be able to avoid comparisons to either. It's fair — by taking on an existing property, a filmmaker knowingly takes on the connotations of that property. But the 2014 installment's great success is that it isn't much like any Godzilla movie we've seen before. In a great, great way.
This isn't 1954's Godzilla, a dire and occasionally dreary allegory that uses the supernatural to tell an important story about nuclear holocaust. A complete reversal, in fact, first and foremost Edwards' Godzilla is about its monsters. Any grand themes strewn throughout — the perseverence of nature, the follies of mankind, fatherhood, madness, faith — are all in service to the very simple mission to give us some cool, weighty, articulate sci-fi disaster. Elements of gravity are plotted all over the film's surface, with scientists, military men (kudos to Edwards for not going the typical "scientists = good/smart, military = bad/dumb" route in this film — everybody here is at least open to suggestion), doctors, police officers, and a compassionate bus driver all wrestling with options in the face of behemoth danger. The humanity is everpresent, but never especially intrusive. To reiterate, this isn't a film about any of these people, or what they do.
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The closest thing to a helping of thematic (or human) significance comes with Ken Watanabe's Dr. Serizawa, who spouts awe-stricken maxims about cryptozoology, the Earth, and the inevitable powerlessness of man. He might not be supplying anything more substantial than our central heroes (soft-hearted soldier Aaron Taylor-Johnson, dutiful medic and mom Elizabeth Olsen, right-all-along conspiracy theorist Bryan Cranston), but Watanabe's bonkers performance as the harried scientist is so bizarrely good that you might actually believe, for a scene or two, that it all does mean something.
Ultimately, the beauty of our latest taste of Godzilla lies not in the commitment to a message that made the original so important nor in the commitment to levity that made Emmerich's so pointless, but in its commitment to imagination. Edwards' creature design is dazzling, his deus ex machina are riveting, and the ultimate payoff to which he treats his audience is the sort of gangbusters crowd-pleaser that your average contemporary monster movie is too afraid to consider.
In fairness, this year's Godzilla might not be considered an adequate remake, not quite reciprocating the ideals, tone, or importance of the original. Sure, anyone looking for a 2014 answer to 1954's game-changing paragon will find sincere philosophy traded for pulsing adventure... but they'd have a hard time ignoring the emphatic charm of this new lens for the 60-year-old lizard, both a highly original composition and a tribute in its way to the very history of monster movies (a history that owes so much to the creature in question). So does Godzilla '14 successfully fill the shoes of Godzilla '54? No — it rips them apart and dons a totally new pair... though it still has a lot of nice things to say about the first kicks.
Oh, and the '98 Godzilla? Yeah, it's better than that.
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Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
There's a lot of incest in Hollywood. That is, some celebrities have played both the sibling and the lover of their co-stars, most recently Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in The Fault in Our Stars. See a gallery of other notable instances of movie incest at VH1 Celebrity.
Becoming a mother has really broadened Kim Kardashian's perspective. She dealing with the big issues: race and discrimination. Read what she has to say at Celebuzz.
Patton Oswalt won Twitter. Flavorwire goes so far as to call him a "brave Twitter warrior." Read about his latest genius here.
There are two Don Drapers: the drunken slob and Mr. Nice. Which do you prefer? Read about his dual personality and cast your vote at Hollywood.com.
Kanye West abandoned plans to recreate Seth Rogen and James Franco's spoof of his Bound 2 music video at his upcoming wedding when the trio realised the skit would not be funny. Last November (13), Rogen, along with his Pineapple Express co-star James Franco, parodied West's promo, in which he cavorts with his fiancee Kim Kardashian as they ride through a desert on a motorcycle.
Both West and his bride-to-be praised the actors for their comedic spoof, and the Stronger hitmaker decided it would be fun to invite Rogen and Franco to his top-secret nuptials.
They discussed the possibility of recreating the pair's skit, but after a brief discussion they dropped the idea because it wasn't funny.
In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (01May14), Rogen explained, "He brought it up. Me and Franco got a call and he said that he was thinking it might be funny if he performed it at the wedding and we came out on a motorcycle.
"And then we were like, 'And then what do we do?' and Kanye said, 'I don't know, that's probably not going to be funny and then I'm just rapping for five minutes with you and James Franco on a motorcycle.' And thank God I think it was kind of realised that it might not be the best idea."
Kardashian and West are rumoured to be tying the knot in Paris, France this month (May14).
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As grand as the themes of good and evil, needs and deservings, power and responsibility and such forth are, superhero movies are generally pretty straightforward in premise: hero stops villain from wreaking havoc. As off-putting as this kind of simplicity might sound, it's usually the right way to go. If you pack enough substance into your characters and adhere your plot to these linear margins, you can actually wind up saying a healthy amount (and having a lot of fun). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets half of this formula down pat. Although Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker is still a moreover undistinguished identity, his emotional magnitude (re: his relationship with Gwen Stacy) is enough to keep him valid through the storm of lunacy that is his second feature. And it's not even that lunacy that holds him back. The problem isn't how wild his conquests are, how silly some of the action sequences feel, or how absolutely bonkers his villains turn out to be. It's all the other stuff (and yes, if you can believe it, there's a ton more going on in this movie than what I've already mentioned — that's the issue). All the plot twists, tertiary mysteries, ominous flashbacks, abject reveals, and weightlessly sinister pawns in this brooding game that, save for its fun with the baddies, takes itself way too seriously. All that stuff that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 thinks is necessary to make Peter Parker matter? It actually does just the opposite.
Peter is at his best when he's playing Tracy and Hepburn with the girlfriend he's perpetually disappointing (the eternally charming Emma Stone), or trying to win back the favor of the only remaining parental figure from whom he's rapidly slipping away (Sally Field, reminding us why she's a household name), or angling to connect with the mentally unstable engineer who just wants people to notice him (Jamie Foxx working his comic shtick with a frightening zest). We have the most fun with Peter when he's playing the simplest games, and we connect best with him on similar ground. But Peter and company, at the behest of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise's Sandman-sized aspirations, spend so much time exploring new avenues: the secrets surrounding the death and work of Richard Parker, the behind-the-curtains operations of OsCorp, the nefarious goings on in the waterside penitentiary Ravencroft.
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As a result of the grand stab at world building, there is just so much stuff that Peter has to wade through in this movie, dragging the likes of Gwen and his boyhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan, mastering angst, menace, and upper-class privilege all at once) into the dark crevasses of narrative waste. With so many diversions into the emotionally vacant, deliberately joyless explorations of Parker family origin stories, secret brief cases, and underground subways — The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rivals Captain America: The Winter Soldier in complexity, but forgets the necessary ingredient of fun — we barely have enough energy left when the good stuff hits.
And in truth, the good stuff isn't really good enough to sustain us through all the duller periods. Garfield and Stone do have laudable chemistry. Foxx is a hoot as Peter's maniacal new foe, especially when paired with the grimacing DeHaan. And the action, while often straying from any aesthetic authenticity, is nothing shy of neat-o. It's all passable, occasionally worthy of a hearty smile, but rarely anything you'll be definitively pleased you took the time to see.
But beyond coming up short in the micro, the film's regal downfall is its scope. With so much to do, both in accomplishing its own necessary plot points and setting up for those to come in future films, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn't seem to take time to make sure it's having fun with its own premise. And if it isn't having fun, we won't be either.
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