Actor Christopher Jones has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 72. The Ryan's Daughter star, real name William Frank Jones, passed away in California on Friday (31Jan14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Born in Tennessee, Jones began his career in 1965, when he portrayed American outlaw Jesse James in The Legend of Jesse James TV series.
He went on to star in several movies including Wild in the Streets, The Looking Glass War and Three in the Attic.
Jones married Susan Strasberg, the daughter of revered acting coach Lee Strasberg, in 1965 and they had one daughter together before divorcing in 1968.
He was allegedly romancing pal Roman Polanski's pregnant wife Sharon Tate when she was murdered by members of cult leader Charles Manson's 'Family' in 1969. The tragedy left him so devastated he quit Hollywood at the height of his career.
In 1994, director Quentin Tarantino offered him Peter Greene's role of Zed in Pulp Fiction, but he turned it down. He only made one more movie - 1996's Mad Dog Time.
After turning his back on Hollywood, Jones became an artist and sculptor.
In the age of social media, a show's ratings aren't nearly as important as how many memes it generates. So in honor of the farewell season of Breaking Bad, here's a few of our favorite GIFs inspired by everyone's favorite outlaw meth cooks.
1. Walter White Nyan Cat mashup
TV's surliest suburban drug baron reimagined as the internet's perkiest kitten.
2. The Breakfast Club Flynn
Walter White Jr. made over as iconic John Hughes Everyteen.
3. Jesse’s so money
At Casa Pinkman, his drug zombie buddies party all night and mong out all day on his dime, in return for trashing his house like Licensed to Ill-era Beastie Boys on crystal meth.
4. Fun Jesse
AKA: Why we love this show so hard.
5. And last, but by no means least awesome… register this.
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No documentary in recent memory has been able to capture both the achievements and failures of modern humanity as well as Call Me Kuchu, a fascinating and gut-wrenching look into Uganda's campaign to outlaw homosexuality. America's own debate over the rights of LGBT citizens is only the tip of the iceberg when the focus turns to the African country, where major political figures and media outlets preach the oppression, incarceration, and potential execution of gay residents. The brave men and women who stand against that outcry are outnumbered, but vocal. Watching the two clash is some of the most compelling drama of the year.
Directors Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall are flies on the wall in Call Me Kuchu, letting the people at the center of the conflict do all the talking. At the center of the pro-gay movement in Uganda is David Kato, who questioned his sexuality into his twenties before embracing his true nature (he is known as the first openly gay man in Uganda) and dedicating himself to helping other gay and lesbian women caught in the same internal struggle. Brushing off threats of violence and smear campaigns from local newspapers that peg him as a toxin to decency and good living, David works all angles to fight of a bill that will force all Ugandans to report homosexuals and homosexual activity to the police. Behind him are a number of men and women with their own horror stories, invigorated by Kato's message of freedom, even in the wake of scathing tabloid journalism.
The mission of Ugandans LGBT community is startling and compelling, but what makes Call Me Kuchu truly revelatory is its dedication to giving the other side of the conflict a voice. Wright and Zouhali-Worrall interview members of the parliament who see Kato as their political adversary. They're driven by the word of God, insisting there is hope for Kato and his people if they choose to end their life of sodomy and repent. Amazingly, the same religion that guides the political groups and condemns homosexuality also is a keystone in the lives of Kato and his fellow activists. Kato even has a member of the church on his side: Bishop Senyonjo, who preaches the word of God and believes all men and women belong to him.
The frightening prospects of the issue is nevre more apparent then Wright and Zouhali-Worrall interview with Giles Muhame, the managing editor of Rolling Stone, a newspaper bent on informing the public of known homosexuals in the country. Without any obvious provocation from the directors, Muhame describes Rolling Stone's tactics in outing the LGBT community, which involves snagging pictures of them, publishing their addresses and suggesting that maybe the citizens of Uganda should do something about them. While Muhame doesn't believe anyone should outright murder a gay or lesbian Ugandan, he is frank with noting that they should be jailed, tried, and hanged, and "God can roast them." It's clear when American evangelists arrive to an anti-gay rally and rile up the crowd that Muhame is not alone in his thinking
Call Me Kuchu wisely allows its footage to play uninterrupted and without clever juxtaposition. There isn't trickery here — as the film depicts, there are men and women in Uganda fighting to stay alive and live as they feel born to live. There are others who see it as the end of human purity and forcefully work to eradicate those who practice homosexuality. While work has been done on many fronts to peacefully resolve the warring (In 2011, Obama publicly condemned Ugandan officials work to outlaw gay and lesbian lifestyles), it's obvious that there is still plenty to do. What Wright and Zouhali-Worrall have been able to capture on tape is miraculous. What they've been able to say by compiling it into an outstanding film is even more so. Call Me Kuchu should invigorate like its subject David Kato, but also show that peace won't be achieved without people coming together to make it happen.
A Luta Continua.
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There's an allure to imperfection. With his latest drama Lawless director John Hillcoat taps directly into the side of human nature that draws us to it. Hillcoat finds it in Prohibition history a time when the regulations of alcohol consumption were subverted by most of the population; He finds it in the rural landscapes of Virginia: dingy raw and mesmerizing. And most importantly he finds it in his main character Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf) the scrappy third brother of a moonshining family who is desperate to prove his worth. Jack forcefully injects himself into the family business only to discover there's an underbelly to the underbelly. Lawless is a beautiful film that's violent as hell striking in a way only unfiltered Americana could be.
Acting as the driver for his two outlaw brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clarke) isn't enough for Jack. He's enticed by the power of the gangster figure and entranced by what moonshine money can buy. So like any fledgling entrepreneur Jack takes matters into his own hands. Recruiting crippled family friend/distillery mastermind Cricket (Dane DeHaan) the young whippersnapper sets out to brew his own batch sell it to top dog Floyd Banner and make the family rich. The plan works — but it puts the Bondurant boys in over their heads with a new threat: the corrupt law enforcers of Chicago.
Unlike many stories of crime life Lawless isn't about escalation. The movie drifts back and forth leisurely popping in moments like the beats of a great TV episode. One second the Bondurants could be talking shop with their female shopkeep Maggie Beauford (Jessica Chastain). The next Forrest is beating the bloody pulp out of a cop blackmailing their operation. The plot isn't thick; Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave preferring to bask in the landscapes the quiet moments the haunting terror that comes with a life on the other side of the tracks. A feature film doesn't offer enough time for Lawless to build — it recalls cinema-level TV currently playing on outlets like HBO and AMC that have truly spoiled us — but what the duo accomplish is engrossing.
Accompanying the glowing visuals and Cave's knockout workout on the music side (a toe-tapping mix of spirituals bluegrass and the writer/musician's spine-tingling violin) are muted performances from some of Hollywood's rising stars. Despite LaBeouf's off-screen antics he lights up Lawless and nails the in-deep whippersnapper. His playful relationship with a local religious girl (Mia Wasikowska) solidifies him as a leading man but like everything in the movie you want more. Tom Hardy is one of the few performers who can "uurrr" and "mmmnerm" his way through a scene and come out on top. His greatest sparring partner isn't a hulking thug but Chastain who brings out the heart of the impenetrable beast. The real gem of Lawless is Guy Pearce as the Bondurant trio's biggest threat. Shaved eyebrows pristine city clothes and a temper like a rabid wolverine Pearce's Charlie Rakes is the most frightening villain of 2012. He viciously chews up every moment he's on screen. That's even before he starts drawing blood.
Lawless is the perfect movie for the late August haze — not quite the Oscary prestige picture or the summertime shoot-'em-up. It's drama that has its moonshine and swigs it too. Just don't drink too much.
The actress has largely stayed out of the spotlight since last appearing in Vince Vaughn's hit comedy The Dilemma, and although she recently confessed to dreading the big milestone, Ryder has much to look forward to - including two new films, which are out next year (12).
To honour the Hollywood star on her special day, WENN has dug out 10 fascinating facts about the birthday girl. Cheers, Winona!
- She was born in Olmsted County, Minnesota and named after the nearby city of Winona.
- Her godfather was controversial American psychologist and outlaw Timothy Leary. He famously defended the use of psychedelic drugs for therapeutic purposes and was incarcerated in 29 different prisons around the world.
- When Ryder was seven, she moved to a remote part of California to live with her family on a commune, which had no TV or electricity.
- Ryder nearly drowned when she was 12 years old and now suffers from a fear of deep water.
- She is a natural-born blonde and has been dying her hair brown ever since she turned brunette for her role in 1986 film Lucas.
- The star's given last name is Horowitz - she selected Ryder as her stage name after stumbling upon a Mitch Ryder record in her father's album collection.
- She was once engaged to her Edward Scissorhands co-star Johnny Depp. The couple met on the set of the 1990 film and dated for four years.
- The multi-talented actress was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1995 for her spoken word reading of the famous diary of Anne Frank.
- She started her own music company Roustabout Studios in 1999.
- Ryder received the 2,165th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 6 October, 2000. Upon accepting the honour, the actress told the crowd, "When I heard about this, I thought it was a joke. This is so huge to me... (it) gives me a chance to say you can walk all over me."
Fox has set Milk Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black to write the screenplay for the studio's film about now infamous 18-year-old outlaw Colton Harris-Moore, aka the Barefoot Bandit. David Gordon Green is in final talks to direct.
The deal comes just as Harris-Moore was transported in chains from Miami to Seatac, Washington, after his dramatic arrest in the Bahamas on July 11, says Variety.
Green is producing through his Rough House Pictures production shingle. Fox came aboard the project in April, while Harris-Moore was still on the lam. The picture is based on a Bob Friel book proposal, Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw.
The Barefoot Bandit has committed scores of crimes, mostly in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, including allegedly stealing at least five small aircraft, a boat and two cars, as well as burglarizing at least 100 private residences.
"It's clear that there's a reason the country has become so enamored with this story, and that is worthy of investigation," Black said. "Like any great outlaw story, it speaks to the social and political mood of a generation."
Harris-Moore has a massive Facebook following, and has been compared to Frank Abagnale Jr., the young outlaw that Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed in Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can.
Michael Jackson made a rare appearance in court last week in a $21 million breach-of-contract lawsuit, but it wasn't the case that had everyone talking; it was his face. Reuters reports when Superior Court Judge Zel Canter told the pop oddity to remove his surgical mask, his bizarre appearance prompted gasps from the courtroom audience. Photos of Jackson, who sported eyeliner, lipstick, a spotty goatee and bandage over his nose, caused a brouhaha on the Internet and now plastic surgeons are weighing in. "He is almost a fantasy figure or a cartoon character," Dr Edward Domanskis, a Newport Beach, Calif., plastic surgeon, told Reuters. "At the age of 40, people don't...look that way." Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Laurie Casas added, "You have to wonder how someone has gotten in a situation where they look very abnormal. He's got kind of a shrunken skin, but it's impossible to speculate on how it happened."
Jason Alexander, best known for his portrayal of George Costanza on Seinfeld, has a new gig. The actor, who dropped out of Boston University in his junior year, is teaching undergraduates at the University of Southern California as the School of Theatre's first George Burns Visiting Professor, The Associated Press Reports.
A wad of Elvis Presley's hair sold at auction Saturday for $115,120 to an anonymous bidder, the AP reports. Presley's former hairstylist Homer "Mr. Gill" Gilleland collected the hair, about the size of a baseball. Before Gilleland died, he gave the hair to friend Tom Morgan, who sold it through the auction house MastroNet Inc.
The anti-smoking lobby is outraged that James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan agreed to smoke cigars in the latest film Die Another Day because it is set in Cuba. According to Britain's Sunday Times, critics have dubbed the film Buy Another Day, saying it is littered with blatant plugs for a variety of brand names. Britain is expected to outlaw the use of cigarettes in films and TV dramas next year.
Denzel Washington will reprise Frank Sinatra's role in Paramount Pictures' remake of the 1962 political thriller The Manchurian Candidate, Variety reports. No director is attached to the project, which was penned by Sum of All Fears scribe Dan Payne. The film, based on the 1959 novel Candidate by Richard Condon, is about a Korean War veteran brainwashed into trying to assassinate the president.
Cable TV's Sci Fi channel sent a team of archeologists to conduct a study on the southern New Mexico desert to find out whether a UFO actually crash-landed there in 1947. According to Reuters, the program promises never-before-seen eyewitness interviews, late-breaking revelations and a "smoking gun bombshell." Viewers will have to wait until the channel airs The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence on Nov. 22 for answers.
ABC News anchor Peter Jennings has formed an independent production company that allows him to make documentaries for other networks, the AP reports. The deal gives Jennings ownership of his series and allows him and his executive producer, Tom Yellin, to sell documentaries to other networks, with the exclusion of competitors NBC and CBS. ABC has agreed to pay for and air at least four reports in primetime each year.
Astute TV viewers may have noticed an influx of Elton John songs in their favorite shows lately, including NBC's Scrubs, UPN's Enterprise and HBO's Six Feet Under. According to Variety, Universal Music Enterprises offered extended terms and dramatically lower-than-usual licensing costs to networks in a bid to market last week's release of Elton John: Greatest Hits 1970-2002.
Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell said her latest album, Travelogue, may be her last. Mitchell, 59, blasted music industry executives in the December issue of W magazine, saying, "They're not looking for talent. They're looking for a look and a willingness to cooperate. And a woman my age, no matter how well-preserved, no longer has the look." She added, "What would I do? Show my tits? Grab my crotch? Get hair extensions and a choreographer? It's not my world."
Jesse James (Colin Farrell) his brother Frank (Gabriel Macht) and his cousins Bob (Will McCormack) and Cole Younger (Scott Caan) come back to their farms in Missouri after fighting for the South in the Civil War. Yet when they return they find a corrupt railroad baron Thaddeus Rains (Harris Yulin) has captured the deeds to their homes to build his railroad. When Rains uses unnecessary force to get them off the land James and his comrades set out to ruin Rains and his plans and seek the ultimate revenge. They become the infamous James-Younger gang led by the charismatic James who rob banks and blow up railways. As Rains and his henchman Pinkerton (Timothy Dalton) launch the biggest manhunt of the Old West James starts to lose interest in the gang's activities as a rivalry between he and Cole springs up and as he falls in love with the beautiful Zee Mimms (Ali Larter). But can James escape justice?
Irish-born Farrell has certainly been making a name for himself especially with his buzzed-about performance in last year's indie fave Tigerland. Unfortunately he chose to make this film rather than something a little more challenging. He does a nice job playing the legendary outlaw--and he looks pretty damn good doing it--but the part doesn't require much. However all the boys including Macht as Frank James Caan as Cole Younger and McCormack as Bob Younger actually join Farrell in trying to flesh out real characters rather than cardboard cutouts--and nearly succeed. The camaraderie between them may have been carried off-screen as well. However the rest of the cast doesn't necessarily follow suit. Dalton is dull as Pinkerton with an unrecognizable accent and Larter really doesn't have a clue what she's doing although next to Farrell she looks fetching. Anyone would.
The main problem with the film once again didn't have much to do with the acting--but everything to do with the terribly clichéd script. All the great acting in the world can't help trite dialogue and predictable plot lines. And these young actors certainly can't rise above the material. When Mama James (played by the completely wasted Kathy Bates) prays her son comments "her talking to the Lord is not what worries me it's that He talks back." Clever very clever. Face it the western genre is a dying breed. Anyone remember the really bad 1990 Young Guns? The Academy Award-winning Unforgiven may have been the last great and original Western to come out of Hollywood. Or maybe they finally need to put the Jesse James story to rest. Sure the infamous character makes a compelling antihero but it's been given the big-screen treatment too many times to count. It's time to give it up.
Let's hear it for the old guy who in this movie comes off sexier than his buff young accomplice (Dermot Mulroney). OK the old guy happens to be the gracefully aging icon Paul Newman -- as a feisty heistmeister who dodges a long prison sentence and then teams up with his equally conniving rest-home nurse (Linda Fiorentino) on a bank job gone wrong. "Where the Money Is" is breezy suspenseful and as much a love story as anything else -- if you call mentoring a new life in crime a kind of love. The mission-improbable caper is no more or less entertaining than a "Rockford Files" rerun but the film's swerving joyride takes its real thrills from the great escape that Fiorentino's Bonnie Parker makes from a dead-end life in the married lane.
Newman still hasn't lost it and as Henry Manning he doesn't miss any nuances in the edgy balance between streetwise wariness and amiable rapport with his sultry new colleague. The steam-powered Fiorentino has forged her career by making danger look casual and this is her most alluring work since "The Last Seduction" added another zero to her salary. Her chemistry with Newman a flirty twist on the idea of honor among thieves is really what makes this movie worth seeing. Mulroney is serviceable as the dim but lovable hubby a supporting role that's more foil than fully etched character.
We can all thank director Marek Kanievska for deciding not to have the May-December duo end up in the sack and leaving them simply professional cohorts. The director's admirable sense of comic timing works all the better by not letting the laughs get in the way of his leads' exploration of their characters -- although there's no denying the limits of this frothy genre. Perhaps Kanievska's greatest feat here is allowing Newman to retain his dignity in close-up.