Actor Seth Rogen has helped to raise $900,000 (£562,500) for Alzheimer's disease through his third annual Hilarity for Charity event in Los Angeles.
The Knocked Up star and his wife, screenwriter Lauren Miller, hosted the gala the Hollywood Palladium on Friday (17Oct14). They were joined by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Taylor Lautner, Rob Lowe and R&B group Bell Biv Devoe, who performed at the 1980s-themed variety show prom event. Rogen founded the organisation in 2011 to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease shortly after he wed Miller, whose mother was diagnosed with the condition when the couple began dating.
Comedian Seth Rogen is helping to make full-time care for Alzheimer's disease sufferers a reality by setting up a special grant program via his Hilarity for Charity foundation.
The Knocked Up star has become an outspoken campaigner for increased government funding into Alzheimer's research after his now-mother-in-law was diagnosed with the condition shortly after he began dating screenwriter Lauren Miller. The couple wed in 2011 and subsequently set up the Hilarity for Charity organization, which aims to raise money for dementia research projects, and he even testified at a U.S. senate hearing on Alzheimer's research earlier this year (14).
Now Rogen and Miller have teamed up with officials at Home Instead Senior Care to offer grants for in-home services, which many families across the U.S. and Canada are unable to afford. The funnyman admits he has no idea how he and Miller's family would have coped had he not been able to help cover the costs of his mother-in-law's treatment, and now he wants to provide the much-needed care for others struggling with the illness.
He explains, "The only thing that makes the situation remotely liveable is the fact that I'm in a very comfortable financial situation and we can pay to have someone live with Lauren's mother, essentially, and provide her 24-hour care. "We started to realize that the government does not subsidise this type of care, as many think they should, and a lot of people just can't afford it on their own, so we have set up a program where, if you can't afford it, you can apply for a grant through Hilarity for Charity and we will provide you with free in-home care."
Funnyman Seth Rogen has become a better, more "emotionally available" partner to his wife after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The Knocked Up star's wife, screenwriter Lauren Miller, discovered her 55-year-old mum was suffering from the memory loss disorder shortly after she started dating Rogen and years before they wed in 2011, and the actor/writer admits the terrible news brought himself and his then-girlfriend closer.
During an interview on U.S. TV personality Meredith Vieira's daytime talk show on Tuesday (09Sep14), Miller said, "For me, it (mum's diagnosis) probably tore down all the walls I normally would have put up, because I had such strong heavy emotions early on in the relationship. And he stepped up right away; he was really able to show how sensitive he was early on."
Rogen added, "It really forced me to be a lot more emotionally available than I normally would be."
In fact, the funnyman admitted he had little to no knowledge of the disease, and was only aware of the "romanticised" version of Alzheimer's that he saw onscreen.
He revealed, "I didn't realise it could effect people so young. I thought generally it was reserved for grandparents and great grandparents. I honestly didn't realise there was nothing that could be done about it."
The couple has since founded the organisation Hilarity for Charity, which raises money for Alzheimer's research, and Rogen even testified at a U.S. senate hearing for Alzheimer's research in February (14).
Actor Seth Rogen has helped to raise over $150,000 (£93,750) for America's Alzheimer's Association by hosting his first ever Hilarity for Charity benefit in New York. The Pineapple Express star and his wife Lauren Miller launched the comedy charity event in Los Angeles in 2012 to spread awareness about the degenerative condition, which Miller's mother suffers from, and they took the bash to the Big Apple on Tuesday (08Apr14).
The Jane Hotel gig featured stand-up performances from comedians Aziz Ansari, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress and Natasha Leggero and an auction of VIP tickets for this weekend's (12Apr14) Saturday Night Live sketch show, which Rogen is guest hosting, and access to the couple's Los Angeles Hilarity for Charity benefit later this year (14). The lots sold for a combined total of $11,300 (£7,063).
The success of the Hilarity for Charity events have even prompted Miller and Rogen, who recently testified before the U.S. Congress about research, treatment and prevention of the condition, to consider launching the benefit internationally.
Miller tells WENN, "We've talked about it. Honestly, the growth for Hilarity for Charity has been really organic, in that we started just thinking we'll do one event in L.A. and it's been really the response that we've gotten that there's a need and an excitement about young people getting involved in Alzheimer's in a fun way... so I don't know what's gonna happen; we could go international."
Rogen adds, "This (New York event) has been sold out (sic) in six, seven minutes or something. People are oddly excited about helping in this capacity so yeah, we'll see (about launching it internationally)."
And the couple's hard work has won them praise from guests like Mad Men star Ben Feldman, who has also had personal experiences with Alzheimer's disease in his family.
He says, "Like millions of Americans, it's certainly touched my family and a lot of people that I know. It's a massively important cause. It doesn't get the attention that it really deserves and that it needs... Thank God for people like Seth and the American Alzheimer's Association for bringing this kind of stuff to light."
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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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Actor Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller are working to raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease among young people and Hollywood, after their family's "brutal" experience with the disease. Miller's mother Adele was diagnosed with the disease in 2006, at the age of 55, and the actress admits the situation has been very hard on her.
In an interview with U.S. breakfast show Today, she says, "It can be brutal. I'm sort of at that point in my life where a lot of my girlfriends are becoming best friends with their mother and, you know, on Sunday I fed my mom dinner."
The Knocked Up star and Miller are hoping to spark dialogue by organising "fun" events to get young people "excited" about participating and helping.
In April (13), the couple held a fundraiser through their charity Hilarity for Clarity, and recruited Kevin Hart, the Backstreet Boys and actor Samuel L. Jackson to help spread the message.
Rogen says, "It's such a bummer of a disease, you almost have to have the most fun charity event imaginable to counteract that weight in some way and make people excited about participating. But I think were making it a part of a conversation its not normally a part of."
Every week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of July 29 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.
LIGHTEN UP WITH AN ORANGE WHIP
Megan Fox is pregnant with her second child before we even realize she already has a child. (Seriously, did anybody know?!)
Lana del Rey is starring in a short film. I recommend pairing the viewing with a Pepsi Cola that tastes like...uh...
Denzel Washington was almost cast in Fast & Furious 7, an appropriate choice for a man with former experience in déjà vu.
WASH THIS WEEK DOWN WITH a SINGAPORE SLING
Miley Cyrus covers "On My Own" from Les Misérables, insisting that she loves him and every day she's learning. If that's truly the case, I'd start looking for a new singing teacher ASAP.
Pot was found on Justin Bieber's tour bus 'cause all he needs is a beauty and a bong.
Ke$ha was born with a tail, suddenly giving us new insight into the inspiration for her song "Animal."
Harry Styles reveals he's slept with two women, making us wonder if he told them both she was his "last first kiss."
HIT THE HARDER STUFF WITH A MARTINI (SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED)
Teresa Guidice appeared shockingly calm when slammed with fraud charges, but we know on the inside all she wants to do is flip a table.
Lindsay Lohan leaves rehab, giving us hope that the court will realize she had zero control over the car she crashed and was actually in the VW Beetle from Herbie: Fully Loaded.
Alex Trebek embarasses Newtown boy and himself on national TV, simultaneously answering the Final Jeopardy! question: who's a jackass?
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You can't dance your way out of this one, Kevin Bacon!
In R.I.P.D., Jeff Bridges teams up with Ryan Reynolds to defeat evil villain Bacon and the rest of the vicious ghoul community as two undead police officers working for the "Rest In Peace Department." In these four clips, "the pace is lightning, expectations high, things are gonna come hot, and they're gonna come wet." Watch a goofy Mary-Louise Parker show Reynolds his fate, learn how to deal with 'novices' in western-style shooting (always aim for the hotel window), and check out Bridges' sexy-ankled supermodel avatar (Marisa Miller) break necks next to Reynolds' ... slightly less stunning counterpart (James Hong).
Why would someone make something like that? We'll find out when R.I.P.D. shoots into theaters on July 19th.
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