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.
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
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Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
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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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Last night on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, the show's host paid tribute to one of his idols and comedic inspirations, Robin Williams. During his tribute, the host got choked up (like all of us back home). Fallon wanted to celebrate Williams's life and genius. He even snuck a spot-on impression in there. Watch the incredibly touching tribute below:
We already loved you Jimmy, but we love you so much more now.
Pharrell Williams added another major honour to his trophy cabinet on Friday (04Jul14) after picking up the Raymond Weil International Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London. The Happy hitmaker was honoured for his most recent hits, which also include Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and Get Lucky, his collaboration with Daft Punk.
Other winners at the prestigious lunchtime gala included former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who picked up the O2 Silver Clef Award, Sir Tom Jones, who was presented with the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award and Black Sabbath.
In addition to the prizegiving event, the awards ceremony also serves as a charity for Nordoff Robbins, which provides therapy to adults and children suffering from various diseases and conditions.
Prizewinner Page says, ''I played on the original Silver Clef show that was way back at Knebworth, which had Cliff Richard and Pink Floyd and I played with Robert Plant there. I went to the Nordoff Robbins centre the other day and they told me that the centre was established from that charity concert, so that was really nice to find out.
"When I was at the centre I met someone who was a recipient of the work the charity is doing and it was quite a moving experience I have to say. When you see the results that they get you can see it's what you always believed music could do. Music is a great communicator... Music has a power.''
The 02 Silver Clef Award Winners are:
Pharrell Williams - Raymond Weil International Award
Paloma Faith - Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award
Giorgio Moroder - American Express Innovation Award
Gareth Malone - PPL Classical Award
Laura Mvula - Jack Daniel's Best Newcomer Award
Sir Tom Jones - Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award
Chas & Dave - Investec Icon Award
Black Sabbath - AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock Award
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When NBC released the gag reel from Hannibal's first breathtaking season, we were relieved to see the ensemble — especially Hugh Dancy, turning in a deeply unsettling performance as a profiler losing his grip on reality — laughing and goofing around. So, let's just say we're eager to get our hands on some behind-the-scenes footage of Michael Pitt putting in the hours as Mason Verger, a sadistic creep the likes of which Hannibal and Hannibal have never seen before.
It's almost impossible to picture Pitt, an actor with zero self-consciousness and 100 percent commitment, chuckling with his castmates or dropping four-letter-words after a failed take. He's a former teen idol, having romanced Michelle Williams back in the day on Dawson's Creek. He's a muscian with his own band. He's even been the face of Prada. But something about Pitt wholly defies the Hollywood scene as we know it. He disappears completely into roles — from ill-fated Jimmy on Boardwalk to Hedwig's lover in Hedwig and the Angry Inch to a preppy psychopath in Funny Games — and from the public eye in between them.
And all these qualities made him the perfect choice to embody Mason, a character adapted for the series from the Thomas Harris source material. Hannibal has gotten away with some of the most terrifyingly beautiful fever dreams ever shown on network TV, and Pitt melded flawlessly into that world. Verger is just as twisted as the show's namesake, but in a way that Hannibal finds "rude." And we know what he does to those he finds... uncouth. From his first appearance — wild-haired and clutched a piglet in a blanket — to his last — high on psychotics, feeding pieces of his own face to Will's beloved rescue dogs, Pitt was captivating and unnerving. Just what the doctor ordered.
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Jamie Foxx is a lot of things; Academy Award winning actor, a talented singer and musician, and an extremely funny comedian. What he's not, however, is your typical movie star.
Since moving to the big screen from a successful television career, first on In Living Color and then The Jamie Foxx Show, the actor has proved that he has little interest in being pigeonholed by the parts that he takes. Since winning his Oscar for Ray, Foxx has done roles in just about every genre of film, whether it's action (White House Down, Miami Vice), romantic comedy (Valentine's Day), straight comedy (Due Date, Horrible Bosses), musical (Dreamgirls), animated (Rio 2), or prestige pictures (The Soloist, Django Unchained).
Checking off another box on his resume, he's now playing a villain in a superhero movie (Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2). He bounces between supporting and leading roles more regularly than any other major actor in Hollywood… to the point where it's difficult to figure out which way he's more comfortable. His willingness to bounce between genres and types of roles not only makes it hard to pinpoint what Foxx will do next, it also keeps it from feeling like he's overexposed.
Beyond just his choice in roles, Foxx doesn't stand on superstar conventions. During this year's Academy Awards, Foxx and his daughter, Corinne Bishop, were suddenly on stage dancing during Pharrell Williams' performance of "Happy." Why? No real reason other than because he wanted to.
Not only does Foxx continue to make music when he feels like it — he's a five-time Grammy nominee — he continues to do pretty much whatever he wants. Tap into social media and you'll find Foxx putting up goofy videos on his Vine, tweeting out pictures of his four-year-old daughter or his Spider-Man costars and clips of him singing sexy versions of unsexy words on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Most major stars are protective of their public image, but Foxx largely doesn't seem to care about his. He's earned the ire of conservative pundits for moves like calling President Barack Obama "our lord and savior" and for his spot-on impressions of Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. He's been outspoken on issues of race related to Quentin Tarantino's script for Django Unchained as well as the casting of Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role of his next project, a remake of the musical Annie. And, he drew the ire of Jay Z with some awkward comments about Beyoncé as he was presenting an award at this year's Grammys. No matter the situation, though, Foxx is unapologetic.
It's not easy to know whether to admire Foxx for his zig-zagging through the Hollywood landscape or to be frustrated that he doesn't put his amazing talent front and center as often as he could. Either way, Foxx has proven repeatedly that what others think of his career or his choices means little to him. As perhaps the most unpredictable movie star working today, there's one other thing that Foxx is not… boring.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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The much-hyped late shift finally happened this week when The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon debuted on Monday night. The people have spoken and the verdict was Jimmy Fallon's first week was a resounding succcess. Catch the highlights of Fallon's first week as host of The Tonight Show, as well as a few memorable moments from the rest of the late night shows down below.
Dough Stacks McGeePayday, as well as a walking caravan of celebrities, arrived a little early on Fallon's debut night. Thanks to an alleged bet made to "a buddy," Fallon made over $1,000 in just a few minutes. Oh, the perks of hosting The Tonight Show.
On Origin of Hip-HopWatch Will Smith and Fallon go through all the hip-hop dances throughout the years – and realize why the "cabbage patch" and "stanky leg" have gone the way of the dinosaur.
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The First Lady of the "Ew!"-S-AFirst Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to the teenage show "Ew!" And although this is stating the obvious, Will Ferrell makes one ugly woman.
Anchor's DelightOnce again, Fallon spliced together clips of NBC newsman Brian Williams to sound like he's rapping and it's the best one yet.
The Luger Who Cried WolfJimmy Kimmel fooled everyone again, with a little bit of help from American luger Kate Hansen.
Go FigureWatching Will Ferrell skip and prance as a figure skater in black tights is something nobody can unsee. But it's still better than him dressed in drag.
The Hug CamBy slowing down sports footage, Jimmy Kimmel proves that most sports are just excuses for men to hug other men.
Rapping Up the WeekFallon saved Friday night for his unofficial guest host, Justin Timberlake, and they taught everyone a valuable history lesson on rap.
Matt Damon has taped a humiliating return to U.S. late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! with his The Monuments Men castmates, a year after he took over the show and tied the host to a chair. The movie star famously gagged and bound comedian Kimmel, who has poked fun at Damon on the show for years, when he took control of the programme on 23 January, 2013 and chatted to the likes of Sheryl Crow, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon and Demi Moore as Kimmel watched on.
The Bourne Identity star's return to the show will air on Thursday night (06Feb14) and a leaked photo from the set suggests Kimmel hasn't forgiven his pal - Damon is featured at the very end of the row of his castmates, seated in a baby chair.
George Clooney, who convinced Damon he was gaining weight on the set of the film by bribing wardrobe assistants to tighten his pants, also appears on the show with The Monuments Men co-stars Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Cate Blanchett.
Emma Thompson is totally killing award season already, and we've still got several major ceremonies to go before we're through. Since the press tour for Saving Mr. Banks began, it's been clear that the star has been on the scene for too long to worry about anything but having a fantastic time. She's silly and candid and occasionally tipsy and we love her. It's just Hollywood, after all. Why not have a little fun?
In no particular order, here are our current favorite Emma moments.
1. When She Portrayed Most of the Animal Kingdom on Ellen
A reserved, refined English actress like Ms. Thompson has no trouble taking on Ellen's animal noise guessing game. We're particularly fond of her donkey.
2. When She Defended "Difficult" Women
When David Letterman asks Thompson if she agrees that a woman as hard to please as her character P.L. Travers were involved in a movie production today, she'd be shown the door, Emma answers, "No! They'd be given their own TV show immediately!" And we'd watch it.
3. When She Anecdotally Shared Some Really Personal Information
Watch the clip to see what Emma has to say about the "all-fours" position necessary to have one's handprints immortalized at the Chinese Theater. Also, enjoy the reaction of her couch-mate Robbie Williams.
4. When She Shook It With Jimmy Fallon in Her Favorite Python Pants
Emma goes hard as the Roots play her in for her Late Night spot.
5. When She Told the Truth about Christian Louboutins
There's nothing we respect more than an actress who won't be a hero and can admit on the red carpet, "These things are killing me." Emma became our favorite presenter of the night when she came out with a martini in one hand and her evil stilettoes in another.
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So the holiday season isn't over, but you've already exhausted your holiday entertainment library. What to do? First, watch Love Actually a second time. (Hugh Grant and the Pointer Sisters, guys.) Then turn to these regular old movies that just happen to host some of the best Christmas scenes in film. Finally, congratulate yourself for being so gosh darn resourceful.
The guys show up to a post-heist Christmas party with new coupes and gals draped in furs. Jimmy is not pleased. "Are you stupid or somethin'? What's the matter with you?" Sounds like the holidays to us.
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The deliciously '90s and saxophone-drenched New Year's Eve scene may be flashier, but we prefer this understated gift exchange between the figure skater and the hockey player. Kate, because she's insufferable, gives Doug an unwieldy copy of Great Expectations. Doug, because he's falling in love with her anyway, gives her his lucky jersey.
Featuring Christan Bale in novelty reindeer antlers; a pot-bellied pig named Snowball; and a very PC Reese Witherspoon telling everyone to have a "Merry X-Mas!"
The Plastics perform a sexy dance for their school's holiday show; Amy Poehler still manages to steal the scene.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Who wouldn't want to pull on a Weasley sweater and spend Christmas at Hogwarts? The Great Hall looks even more magical than usual and a festive John Williams score follows everyone around. Plus, Harry getting his very first presents from his new friends gets us every time.
Not a scene, perhaps, but we can't snub a cameo by Peter Jackson as a demented Father Christmas.
Life of Brian
Brian is just Brian, so this scene may not actually count as a Christmas one. But the Monty Python classic is one of the most hilarious movies of all time, so we actually may not care.
Lady and the Tramp