Steve Irwin's teenage daughter has blasted the Crocodile Hunter star's cameraman for detailing her father's final moments in a recent Australian TV interview, insisting he was "wrong" to make the adventurer's family relive the tragedy eight years after his death. Justin Lyons opened up about the freak stingray attack which claimed Irwin's life in September, 2006 in a candid chat with presenters on morning show Studio 10 earlier this year (14), choking back tears as he recalled his pal's final words.
He said, "I was saying to him things like, 'Think of your kids, Steve'. He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, 'I'm dying'.
"It was seconds but it felt like forever. Even if we had been able to get him to an emergency ward at that moment, we probably wouldn't have been able to save him because the damage to his heart was so massive."
Bindi Irwin has since revealed she was disgusted by Lyons' decision to go ahead with the broadcast. She did not tune into the show when it aired in March (14) and has vowed never to watch the footage.
She tells America's People magazine, "It's really hurtful, and as long as I live I'll never listen to it. It's wrong as a family for us to hear about it."
Bindi's comments emerged during her first in depth interview since her father's death and she admits the pain of losing her beloved dad haunts her to this day.
She says, "I remember after we lost dad, so many adults came up to me and said, 'Honey, time heals all wounds'. That is the biggest lie you will ever hear. It doesn't. That part of you is gone forever. Time softens things, so now when I think back about dad and the amazing memories we had together, I'm happy. But that kind of sadness never goes away. It's like losing a piece of your heart that you never get back."
Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin's teenage daughter Bindi is to front a new documentary about climate change. The 15 year old has been cast as the voice of youth in hard-hitting indie film Surviving Earth.
The movie's tough message has been met with criticism, prompting director Peter Charles Downey to defend his message.
He says, "Basically, Surviving Earth is about trying to prevent the mass suicide of humanity, to prevent humanity from killing itself by killing our host - the Earth, our mother."
Surviving Earth also features leading scientists and environmentalists.
In the trailer, which her mother Terri Irwin has alerted her Twitter followers to, Bindi says, "We’re the next generation to be dealing with this, we have the ability to take a stand."
In her tweet, Terri writes, "So proud of Bindi’s latest project. Very important and thought provoking."
"Rented a theatre, grabbed 270 Wildlife Warriors, and had the best night ever watching 'Noah'. Life changing movie. Well done to all!" Late Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin's wife Terri is a big fan of pal Russell Crowe's new biblical epic.
Steve Irwin's cameraman has spoken for the first time about the TV star's death, revealing the wildlife expert was stabbed hundreds of times by a stingray before he perished. The Australian TV personality died in September, 2006 at the age of 44 after being speared in the chest by a stingray as he swam above the creature in the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland.
Camera operator Justin Lyons has now spoken publicly about the horror for the first time, revealing he was so busy filming that he did not realise Irwin had been fatally injured.
He also recalls how the fearless nature lover told him, "I'm dying" as his life ebbed away.
Lyons, who was shooting a documentary with Irwin when the tragedy happened, tells Australia's Channel Ten they encountered an eight foot (2.4 metre)-wide stingray which struck out, apparently believing Irwin's shadow was a tiger shark.
Lyons says, "I had the camera on, I thought this is going to be a great shot, and all of a sudden it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly, hundreds of strikes in a few seconds.
"I panned with the camera as the stingray swam away and I didn't know it had caused any damage. It was only when I panned the camera back that I saw Steve... in a huge pool of blood that I realised something had gone wrong."
Lyons also recalled how he heard Irwin's final words as he helped the stricken star back onto their boat, adding, "He calmly looked up at me and said 'I'm dying' and that was the last thing he said."
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 actress daughter of tragic conservationist Steve Irwin is facing a backlash after partnering with controversial theme park SeaWorld for a new campaign. Following the 2013 release of documentary Blackfish, a film which exposed the bleak conditions faced by killer whales in captivity, a storm of negative publicity, boycotts and protests have been staged against SeaWorld bosses.
Despite the negative publicity, the 15 year old announced on Thursday (06Mar14) that she will front a new promotional drive geared towards children for the theme park.
She said, "I'm so excited to be carrying on in Dad's footsteps and making sure that everything he worked so hard for continues for the generations to come.
"That's why I'm thrilled to be empowering kids. I'm thrilled to be partnered up with SeaWorld. Thrilled to be part of this new project Generation Nature and just encouraging kids to change the world."
The venture has attracted the ire of animals rights campaigners, including bosses at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
A statement from a PETA representative reads: "The Irwin family has been exploiting animals for years, so it comes as no surprise that Bindi has agreed to become SeaWorld’s latest shill.
"But plastering her face on SeaWorld’s website won’t cover up the fact that orcas, dolphins, and other animals are suffering in SeaWorld's tiny tanks after being ripped from their families. What millions have realised - through PETA's massive campaign and the hit documentary Blackfish - is that SeaWorld is no place for anyone who truly cares about animals."
Musicians including Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick and Heart have all recently cancelled their gigs at the park's 2014 Bands, Brews and BBQ concert series.
It's a good hour into The Wolf of Wall Street, following a deep dive into Jordan Belfort's early days in the stock market game — that being the most appropriate word for it — and festive indulgence in the most carnal manifestations of human desire, that we're hit with the title card, "18 months later..." Here, it is solidified that the years we have spent inside Martin Scorsese's world of toxic capitalism have all been, up to this point, set-up. Fuel. This brief flash of text, the longest instance of silence in the cacophonous sewer system that is Belfort's story, is the first real sign that a fire is coming.
By this time, Scorsese's willful defiance of the "show, don't tell" method has introduced us to every one of the doe-eyed crook's countless vices. He has no qualms stealing from those who can't afford it, lying to those who trust him, cheating on his wife, cramming every substance known to modern science into his bloodstream, and wholeheartedly endorsing (to his adoring audience) all of the above. All the while, we bound between delight and disgust. The delight comes not so much in the material victories of Belfort and his cronies — that has the latter effect, in fact, as every antic is so vividly laced with Sodom-level depravity — but in watching them like zoo animals. In fact, The Wolf of Wall Street's principal undoing might be that it is simply too much fun.
For that, we have to thank Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio had managed terrific performances all his career, but this is one of the first in years to actually surprise us. Opening his tale as an ambitious and firm-shouldered young buck, the likes of which you'd find in any Horatio Algers novel, and devolving into the Financial District's answer to Beetlejuice, the actor exhibits corners of his performing ability that we have always dreamed we'd see. In the months leading up to DiCaprio's turn as the dastardly dandy Calvin Candie in last year's Quentin Tarantino picture Django Unchained, fans anticipated an unprecedented kookiness that never seemed to show. Turns out, DiCaprio was saving that mania for Wolf of Wall Street, in which he lambasts justice and judgment in the form of an elastic child at his most tempered and a rabid kangaroo on those nights of the especially hard partying.
And of course, there's that scene with the Quaaludes. Without giving too much away — although the experience is so visceral that all the contextual spoilers wouldn't rob the scene of its emphatic humor — DiCaprio manages a feat of physical comedy so extensive, demanding, and gutterally f**king hilarious that you'll wonder tearfully what might have been had the rising star shirked Titanic for a career in slapstick. But the surplus joys derived from this scene might, in fact, be Wolf's undoing. In a story that is meant to lather on the horrors inherent in the human's propensity for self-serving greed and gluttony, it can soften the blow when we're allowed to take a break from our disgust to spend a few moments in vivid, unabashed delight. Yes, the scene in question involves drug abuse, intoxicated driving, criminal activity, and a near-death experience. But it's so damn funny that we're kept from toppling down into what might have been the darkest crevasse of the film's story and enduring the pathos that might come with it.
The dilution of Wolf's message comes at the hand of its comedy (with no affair a bigger culprit than the one described above) and its tendency to meander. Although Scorsese works to shove the very idea of "excess" down our throats with seemingly endless scenes of Belfort and his pals harassing flight attendants and dehumanizing little people, the ad nauseum effect doesn't always hit home as powerfully as imagined, instead allowing the viewer to fizzle out from time to time through Wolf's three-hour tour. We're drowned, slowly and steadily, in Belfort's tragic pleasures while, as the "18 months later" interstitial suggests, we keep expecting to combust with them.
It's always a risky endeavor for a film or television show to indict crooked characters not through narrative penalties but through a tacit communication of their behavior or psychology as bad news. The risk comes in the form of audiences challenging artists for letting their villains get off scot-free, or even for glorifying undesirable lifestyles. Ultimately, while Belfort does get some semblance of his comeuppance, he wins in his nefarious game. The Belfort we leave at the end of our journey adheres to the tenets he spouts from the beginning, reveling in a legion of former colleagues beaming at him in collective awe and new students of his self-centric theology zealously eating up his every word in hopes of becoming the very same kind of demigod. To Scorsese, and to any an audience member willing to estrange him or herself from the bounties of wicked humor, this is just the fire we were promised. Belfort's image is ignited by the instances of theft, deceit, betrayal, substance abuse, sexual crime, and a spiralling descent into sub-human madness. But there are a few too many laughs along the way to keep the flames from reaching their full, hottest potential.
But hey, when you're complaining about a movie for being too much fun, you've got a pretty good movie on your hands.
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Ever since they debuted, ESPN's SportsCenter commercials have always been neat slices of humor that allows the athletes to poke fun at their own image and pop culture. It's been nearly 20 years since they first debuted, so here are 10 of the best ones. It's not a true 1-10 ranking: I love them all so much I can't pick one as being better than another.
1. Roger Clemens: Still Got It
They had him prove that the 1994 hadn't affected his fastball in a most unusual way .
2. Stephen King: Human Generator
Anything with the King of Horror is going to be awesome.
3. David Ortiz: Betrayal
Oh, poor Wally the Green Monster...poor, poor Wally.
4. Albert Pujols: The Machine
Pujols does a hilarious take on The Terminator.
5. Steve Irwin: Gator Wrestling
May he rest in peace, but this is so hilarious.
6. Floyd Mayweather: Punching Bag
It's the last two punches that really make it.
7. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: Directions
Forget about stopping somewhere and asking for different directions.
8. Peyton and Eli Manning: Family Tour
You KNOW this is how life was when they were growing up.
9. Maria Sharapova: Cafeteria
Oh, like you'd save the seat for Stuart Scott, right.
10. The Kid: Not Ready Yet
Highlighting the dangers of leaving school too early to go pro.
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The actress daughter of tragic conservationist Steve Irwin is alive and well after a technology glitch on Friday (14Jun13) incorrectly suggested she had died. Bindi Irwin became the talk of Twitter.com after a search engine issue seemingly combined users' requests for information about the release of the 14 year old's latest film, Return to Nim's Island, with reports of her father's death in 2006, resulting in the trending phrase: "Steve Irwin's daughter dies."
However, the rumours proved to be false - the Crocodile Hunter's eldest child subsequently posted a photo of a beach on her Instagram.com page on Friday with the words "unconditional love" carved out in the sand.
Steve Irwin died at the age of 44 after he was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb.
Forget ghosts and goblins. This Halloween, we found ourselves terrified not only by Katy Perry's pleasantly surprising choice to dress as Daria's Jane, but also by one celebrity's terrible taste. But, like an ax murderer behind the door you just walked through, perhaps we should have seen it coming. After all, we are talking about Chris Brown. (We heard a rumor spooky music follows him everywhere now.)
Yes, the much-hated singer with a disturbingly fervent fanbase opted to continue to reverse his short-lived post-2009 contrition tour by dressing up for Halloween as... a terrorist. Because why just remind people of your violent past when you can remind people of your violent past while dressed as a stereotyped representation of a region and religion? Oh, what a fun and prejudiced time for him! Of course, Brown's hardly the first celebrity to leave tongues wagging over his costume choice. In 2005, the royally misguided Prince Harry took heat for attending a costume party wearing a Swastika armband. And he continued to fan the flames after releasing an apology that many felt wasn't empathetic enough: "I am very sorry if I caused any offense or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume, and I apologize." We much preferred when he dressed in his birthday suit. And just one year later — one month after Steve Irwin passed away following a lethal stingray bite — Politically Incorrect host Bill Maher lived up to his show's name when he attended several Halloween parties dressed as the crocodile hunter. (See the picture here.) Insensitive, yes, but not quite ballsy — after all, South Park did it days before Maher in "Hell on Earth 2006." (At least Simpsons didn't.)
Offended by Brown's costume? Is the sky blue, and the song "Forever" forever ruined?
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