Alice Cooper has been hit by the charity supergig bug after kicking off 2014 in Hawaii onstage with Steven Tyler and Sammy Hagar - he is reteaming with the former Van Halen frontman for another fundraiser. Cooper and Hagar will perform with former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Matt Sorum in Las Vegas this week (beg24Feb14) as part of the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA benefit.
Money raised at the gig will benefit sufferers of the neurological disorder known as multiple system atrophy.
The all-star charity rock gig will also feature Vince Neil and System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan, while actor Bill Murray will serve as host alongside celebrity chef Kerry Simon, who was diagnosed with MSA last year (13).
Cooper and Hagar were joined by Tyler, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, Weird Al Yankovic and actors Tom Arnold and Keith Carradine for New Year's Eve (31Dec13) Maui Food Bank benefit in Hawaii.
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Bill Murray must have taken a lot of phone calls as of late. The actor, who has famously done away with the standard Hollywood agent model, and instead created a 1-800 number where people can call and pitch their scripts to an answering machine, has a ton of projects lined up for 2014. From another adventure with Wes Anderson, to a secretive Cameron Crowe fantasy film, and even a television show, the actor has certainly kept himself busy. Here's the list of Murray's projects that are scheduled to come out in 2014, and the reasons we're excited about them.
The Grand Budapest HotelPlot: Ralph Fiennes plays a concierge who is framed for the muder of an elderly guest at his hotel.Why We Want to See It? - It's another chapter in the classic Wes Anderson/Bill Murray teamup - This movie somehow looks more...Wes Anderson-y than Moonrise Kingdom. - The cast offers a ton of great actors for Murray to bounce off of.
Olive KitteredgePlot: In this upcoming HBO miniseries, Frances McDormand plays a school teacher living in a costal Maine town filled with secrets.Why We Want to See It? - Bill Murray has never done a TV show so this is huge. It's a weekly dose of Bill Murray. - It's based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. - The cast includes McDormand, who had great chemistry with Murray in Moonrise Kingdom.
The Monuments MenPlot: A group of unlikely soldiers must rescue priceless pieces art from the Nazis before they are destroyed, and return them to their owners.Why We Want to See It? - It's Bill Murray vs. Nazis - It's like a mini Ocean's Eleven reunion, and Bill Murray decided to crash the party and no one bothered to stop him. - This is the closest you're going to get to a Bill Murray action movie so soak it up.
St. Vincent de Van NuysPlot: In this dramedy, Murray plays a grumpy misanthropic retiree who befriends a 12 year old boy.Why We Want to See It? - The cast is full of great comedians - Bill Murray plays a character named St. Vincent de Van Nuys and that's just ridiculous - The actor gets to play cranky and cantankerous old person, which is always something he does well.
Cameron Crowe's Comedy ProjectPlot: Bradley Cooper plays a defense contractor who's assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite in Hawaii , but he falls for an Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) and decides to stop the launch of the satellite with the help of mystical forces.Why We Want to See It? - Because of the mystery. Cameron Crowe is keeping his cards close to his chest on this one, so we cant wait to see how it all unfolds. - Emma Stone and Bill Murray already shared some screen time in 2009's Zombieland. - What little of a plot summary we have sounds completely insane.
It's no secret that directors often cast the same actors over and over in different projects. After all, they've made a strong connection, proven that they work well together, and have become like a cinematic family. So, when David O. Russell needed to cast his latest film, American Hustle, he didn't have to look far for talent; he chose actors he had previously directed in the Oscar-nominated films The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook. With that much talent and camaraderie on board, its no wonder that the film has been getting a great deal of awards buzz, and even earned 7 Golden Globe nominations.
But Russell isn't the only director to have found success with a particular combination of actors. In fact, some of the most critically and financially successful films in recent years have come from similar teams. In honor of American Hustle hitting theaters this weekend, we've decided to rank five famous director and actor teams in order to determine who has the most successful partnership of them all.
5. David O. Russell: Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. Though the newest addition to the list, the Russell and Co. partnership has already had a great deal of critical success. Adams and Bale starred in 2010's The Fighter, which earned Russell and Adams each an Oscar nomination, and a Best Supporting Actor win for Bale. Russell followed that up with last year's Silver Linings Playbook, for which he was nominated for Best Director once again, along with Cooper's Best Actor nod and Lawrence's Best Actress win. Despite that, they still rank the lowest on our list, as they've been a team for the shortest amount of time. Sure, everything they've touched has turned to Oscar gold so far, but it's still too soon to tell whether or not their partnership will stand the test of time.
By The Numbers: Number of films made together: 2 for everyone Years of Partnership: 3 (Adams and Bale), 2 (Cooper and Lawrence) Highest grossing film: Silver Linings Playbook, $132 million Number of Oscar nominations: 3 (Russell), 1 (Bale, Lawrence, Adams, Cooper) Number of Oscar wins: One each for Lawrence and Bale Most Critically Acclaimed Film: Silver Linings Playbook, 92%
4. Christopher Nolan: Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Cillian Murphy. Nolan's team is by far the most financially successful, due primarily to all of these actors playing significant roles in the Batman franchise. When it came time for Nolan to branch out from superheroes into an original film, Inception, he took along Caine and Murphy, both of whom have worked with the director for a long time. It was working on Inception that he discovered Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt, who he promptly cast in the final Batman film. But despite their massive box office success, this team earns the fourth spot on our list due to Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt being such recent additions.
By The Numbers: Number of films made together: 6 (Caine), 4 (Murphy), 2 (Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt)Years of Partnership: 8 (Caine and Murphy), 3 (Cotillard and Gordon-Levitt)Highest Grossing film: The Dark Knight, $553.3 millionNumber of Oscar nominations: 2 (Nolan)Number of Oscar wins: 0Most Critically Acclaimed Film: The Dark Knight, 94%
3. Wes Anderson: Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Owen Wilson. Though this team is neither the most critically or financially successful group on the list, they earn their number-three spot by being one of the more iconic groupings in cinema. Whenever Anderson makes a new film, it's guaranteed that these actors will appear in some capacity, and they have come to epitomize the director's cinematic style and tone. With nearly 20 years of work under their belts, there's no doubt that this team will be one that endures for much longer; with Anderson's films gaining more and more critical and public attention, we're sure it's only a matter of time before they catch up to the other teams in both awards and box office returns.
By The Numbers: Number of films made together: 7 (Bill Murray and Owen Wilson), 5 (Jason Schwartzman)Years of Partnership: 17 (Wilson), 15 (Murray and Schwartzman)Highest Grossing film: Moonrise Kingdom ($45.5 million)Number of Oscar nominations: 3 (Anderson)Number of Oscar wins: 0Most Critically Acclaimed Film: Moonrise Kingdom, 94%
2. Tim Burton: Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp. This team is a good example of the adage "too much of a good thing." Although fans have enjoyed seeing Bonham Carter and Depp onscreen together for years, Burton's insistence on working primarily with these two actors has resulted in the partnership becoming something of a punchline, and has left many people blaming the recent decline in the quality of Burton's films on his reluctance to embrace new actors or styles. Despite this, the three of them have become one of the most iconic teams in film history, and have enjoyed a great deal of both critical and box office success over the time that they have spent working together. Depp and Burton also hold the distinction of having made the most films together out of all of the teams on our list, and many of those films are considered to be modern classics.
By The Numbers: Number of films made together: 8 (Depp), 7 (Carter)Years of Partnership: 23 (Depp), 12 (Carter)Highest grossing film: Alice in Wonderland ($334 million)Number of Oscar nominations: 0Number of Oscar wins: 0Most Critically Acclaimed Film: Sweeney Todd, 86%
1. The Coen Brothers: Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, and John Turturro. It makes sense that the director(s) with the most successful team of actors would, themselves, be a team. Over the course of almost 30 years — the longest partnership of any team on the list — Joel and Ethan Coen have directed their group of favorite actors in some of the best and most critically acclaimed films in recent history. They also hold the record for the most Oscar nominations any grouping on this list has received, and that's without including the clean sweep of awards that No Country For Old Men earned in 2007. They've also got the chance to put more distance between themselves and the other teams on this list this year, as the Goodman-starring Inside Llewyn Davis has been getting a lot of awards attention.
By The Numbers: Number of films made together: 6 (McDormand, Goodman, Buscemi), 4 (Turturro)Years of Partnership: 29 (McDormand), 26 (Goodman), 23 (Buscemi and Turturro)Highest Grossing film: Burn After Reading, $60 millNumber of Oscar nominations: 5 (Coen Brothers), 1 (McDormand)Number of Oscar wins: One each for the Coen Brothers and McDormand. Most Critically Acclaimed Film: Fargo, 94%
Bill Murray is in talks to join the cast of Cameron Crowe's new movie, according to TheWrap. If a deal is made, it would be the first time that Crowe and Murray have worked together.
The untitled comedy is rumored to be a re-working of a previous Crowe script, called Deep Tiki, about a defense contractor who has to oversee a satellite launch in Hawaii while dealing with his love life. Scott Rudin, who has worked with Murray on various Wes Anderson movies, is set to produce the film.
Other cast members include Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, and Jay Baruchel.
Sony plans to release the film sometime in 2014. For those of us who can't wait any longer for their next Murray-fix, Murray can be seen in the upcoming film The Monuments Men, which is set to hit theaters December 18.
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Kevin Spacey and Ewan Mcgregor are among the stars who have heaped praise on tennis champ Andy Murray after he beat Novak Djokovic to become the first Brit to win the Wimbledon Men's Final in 77 years. The Scottish sportsman overpowered the world's number one seed in three thrilling sets to take the Grand Slam title in London on Sunday (07Jul13), making him the first British Wimbledon champion since Fred Perry in 1936.
Bradley Cooper and pal Gerard Butler were among the spectators in the stands at Centre Court, while celebrities across the world tuned in for the big game and flocked to Twitter.com to cheer as world number two Murray scored victory in a three-hour, nine-minute match which ended 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, a year after he was named runner-up to Roger Federer.
Spacey writes, "Huge congrats to @Andy_Murray for an amazing Win! Been saying he would do it for a year! Alll (sic) of Great Britain is proud! Awesome tennis!"
Star Wars actor McGregor was also quick to celebrate his fellow Scot's epic win, tweeting, "Oh my God. What a match, what a player. Inspiring a Nation. Andy Murray!! Ya (sic) Beauty."
Meanwhile, One Direction's Niall Horan adds, "He's done it ! Huge win! Congratulations andy" and actor Sam Claflin comments, "Murray Murray Murray! What a legend. Hero. Wimbledon wombles! So chuffed that he's British (not just Scottish now he's won)."
Comedian Eddie Izzard writes, "Andy Murray - b**ody hero. Congratulations!!!!!!"; model Erin O'Connor exclaims, "We are so proud of you Andy Murray!!!!!" and Australian funnywoman Rebel Wilson posts, "Awesome Murray!! True champion".
In a post on Facebook.com, British soccer ace David Beckham gushed, "What an incredible achievement by Andy Murray today. He has worked so hard under enormous expectation to make history. The country is so proud of him. Congratulations to all his family, friends and team who have supported him over the years."
Conrad Murray, the doctor who was convicted in the manslaughter death of Michael Jackson for prescribing the late singer Propofol without properly monitoring his patient, is as defiant as ever.
On April 26 he called in to NBC's Today show for an interview with Savannah Guthrie and maintained that he does not assume "any responsibility as it relates to [Jackson's] death" and refuses to live the life of a convicted felon after his likely release from prison in Fall 2013 because of "something I didn't do." He's appealing his conviction on the grounds that the jury at his trial should have been sequestered and also because he "didn't do anything wrong."
Guthrie reminded Murray that he did provide Jackson with Propofol, which the doctor admitted. And he also admitted to having left the room where he had been treating Jackson when he died. However, he adamantly reiterated that he did not leave behind any Propofol for the singer's own use. Moreover, Murray did not serenade Guthrie as he recently did Anderson Cooper.
Here's the interview in its entirety:
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To date, Derek Cianfrance's epic, generation-spanning crime saga The Place Beyond The Pines has only made over $1 million at the U.S. box office. But the drama with a big running time has a small theatrical release (it's currently only playing on 30 screens across the country), so the well-received film may not reach as many audiences as it could or should.
Of course, there's something that could be preventing the ambitious movie from really taking off with moviegoers: one of the film's big stars dies a jarring death in the first half of the film and the story never quite recovers from it. We won't spoil who it is here, but really, when the cast is comprised of Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, or Eva Mendes , who wants anyone to croak in the movie?
But The Place Beyond The Pines is hardly the only film to suffer from killing its own momentum by killing one of its own characters. From The Departed to Zombieland, check out our gallery of character deaths that take you out of the movie. Fair warning though: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
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Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of April 1 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
Slam Back a Frosty Beer:
Farewell Roger Ebert: On Thursday, famed film critic Roger Ebert passed away from cancer. We will all miss his defining voice on pop culture and will never forget all that he's done.
The Kardashian sisters are suing their ex-stepmother: Apparently, she's been selling photos to the tabloids of the Kardashians... because heaven forbid that Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney end up in the media!
Bradley Cooper got a perm: We never thought something could make Cooper look bad... until now.
Ryan Cabrera tattooed Ryan Gosling's face on his calf: And the image was taken from a "How to Draw" site.
Mix a Gin and Tonic... But Make It a Double:
Huge missed opportunity: In all the Late Night show hullabaloo, why wasn't a woman considered to take over for Jay Leno?
Disney shut down LucasArts: The videogame company overseen by Lucasfilm that’s produced nearly three decades worth of Star Wars and Indiana Jones games, not to mention the Monkey Island saga, will be no more.
Courtney Stodden posed nude: And got groped by a zombie. You read that right.
Buckwild star died at 21: Shain Gandee was found dead in his car on Monday along with two of his relatives. MTV halted production on Season 2 of the show.
Screw it... Just Take a Shot:
We live in a society where anti-rape underwear is a thing: This shouldn't have to be an invention that exists. It really shouldn't.
The Late Night war got nasty: David Letterman talked sh*t about Leno, NBC, and the whole ordeal. Can we just be done with all the drama?
Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray serenades Anderson Cooper from jail: We really don't know what to make of this one. Take two shots.
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Anderson Cooper knows how to be cool under pressure. He waded knee-deep in the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. He's been beaten up in Egypt. He endured Kathy Griffin trying to "kiss his sardine" on New Year's Eve. But hurricanes, political unrest, and Griffin are all relatively unsurprising sources of discomfort.
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But then something so unexpectedly crazy happens that even Cooper can't keep a puzzled look off his face. In fact, what happened Tuesday night on Anderson Cooper 360 caused him to adopt an expression that can only be called the "Quizzical Collie Dog" look.
Imprisoned former medical practitioner Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted last year in the wrongful death of Michael Jackson, tried to explain his tragic life to Cooper. You know, what exactly made him want to be a doctor with ethics that make Nick Riviera look reputable. So he broke out in song with "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot," a latter-day Christmas tune about a poor, fatherless tyke who got nothing in his stocking come Dec. 25. You know how they say music can be more powerful than words? This may be the exception. Check it out.
Murray will need extensive vocal lessons to approach anything close to the virtuosity of the best known singer of "The Little Boy Who Santa Claus Forgot," Natalie Cole. He rushes the first few lyrics. And it sounds like he didn't do any exercises to loosen his vocal cords before beginning the serenade. But he does settle into it near the end, slowing the tempo and adding a sweet falsetto croon to "I'm so sorry for that laddie / He hasn't got a daddy..." Murray may be attempting to mine the song of its latent emotion rather than striving for technical excellence.
What do you make of his performance?
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For fans whose Spider-Man knowledge doesn't extend too far beyond the material covered in Sam Raimi's good/great/awful trilogy, the name "Ravencroft" might not ring a bell. But if you've been keeping a watchful eye, you'll have noticed the insignia for the eponymous organization popping up all over the Amazing Spider-Man 2 set. The latest in director Marc Webb's set pic tweets have showcased the nefarious Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane, Marvel's answer to the Batman universe's Arkham Asylum.
Locked away in Ravencroft are a slew of Spider-Man baddies deemed unfit for civil living... and it seems as though one or two of them are going to slip through the cracks in the upcoming sequel. After all, why would director Webb bother sharing images of armed security guards and ominous steel doors if not to suggest that there's going to be trouble?
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