Singer Rihanna, Sex And The City's Sarah Jessica Parker and actor Kevin Bacon are among the stars offering their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a deadly typhoon in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, tore through the island nation on Friday (08Nov13), leaving vulnerable citizens seeking shelter as homes and schools were wiped away.
The death toll, which was initially estimated by officials at the Philippine Red Cross at up to 1,200, is expected to soar as authorities attempt to determine the full extent of the devastation, while the news has prompted an outpouring of emotion from around the world on Twitter.com.
A host of famous faces have also weighed in on the latest natural disaster, with actress Parker tweeting, "My very best to all in the Philippines. I met some wonderful friends while visiting.The news from there is devastating," while Bacon shared a link to a donation page, writing, "Please help: join me to support Typhoon Haiyan relief."
R&B star Rihanna, who recently visited South East Asia as part of her world tour, reached out to her fans, writing, "Navy please keep the people of The Philippines in your prayers!!! I was just there and this truly breaks my heart!!!"
Crooner Josh Groban adds, "My heart is heavy for the people of the Philippines tonight. Devastating," while Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough writes, "My heart goes out to all those affected by the destruction in the Philippines. Wishing all our fans there a speedy recovery. God bless!"
Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet, Pamela Anderson, Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts, sports icon Mike Tyson and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz also took to Twitter to share messages of support.
A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
David Hasselhoff has hit back at reports he assaulted his ex-wife in drunken rages, claiming her latest attack on him is little more than a desperate attempt for publicity.
In a recent interview with TV show Access Hollywood, Hasselhoff's ex, Pamela Bach, fought back tears as she revealed the actor's alcoholism ruined their marriage and turned him into a violent man who would attack her.
The revelation came after a three-month-old video, leaked to the media, featured an intoxicated Hasselhoff growling obscenities at his teenage daughter as she attempted to talk sense to him.
But the actor insists that, despite the damning video footage, he has never laid a finger on his wife--and he's appalled by suggestions Bach also made that he's a threat to his daughters.
In a statement released yesterday, Hasselhoff said, "More than a year ago, I made a difficult decision, for the sake of our children and myself, to file for divorce. To this day, my ex-wife has engaged in conduct designed to punish me by repeatedly publishing false statements to the press.
"Despite her fabricated claims, I have, from the outset of this painful divorce, consistently taken the high road by not responding to the myriad of false allegations made against me by her out of consideration for our children.
"But recent events have made it impossible for me to continue to remain silent.
"My ex-wife and her latest attorney (Debra Opri), who seems to share a thirst for publicity, recently suggested that I had not only been physically abusive to her, but that I was also physically abusive towards our two daughters, as well.
"This latest claim is not only utterly false, but it is also obscene. Our daughters are outraged by the falsity of their mother's claims... My ex-wife's actions are nothing more than a transparent attempt to garner attention from the media and to hurt me.
"Her claims that I ever physically abused her or our children are ludicrous. It is inexcusable that my ex-wife has perpetuated these false claims against me, without consideration for the toll her actions have taken on the girls.
"It is clear that she will resort to any means to obtain the attention of the media in order to satisfy her own perverse need for publicity, regardless of its impact on our daughters or me.
"Unfortunately, our children have been subjected to physical and emotional abuse on numerous occasions, but it has been at the hands of their own mother, which abuse has been documented by the court-appointed experts in our marital proceedings.
"While I acknowledge that I am a recovering alcoholic who must deal with my own issue on a daily basis, my ex-wife has refused to deal with her own issues, which include having tested positive for alcohol and illegal substances in response to court-ordered testing.
"Although she has publicly denied having tested positive, proof of her drug use is part of the court record. I truly hope that my ex-wife will get the help that she so desperately needs for her own sake and for the sake of our children, and that in the future she will refrain from perpetuating falsehoods.
"I look forward to the day that our marital litigation is behind me, so that our children and I can move forward with our lives in peace."
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