British tycoon Sir Richard Branson helped rescue Sir Ben Ainslie when the Olympic sailing champion was left stranded at sea during a boat trip with his new bride. The British gold medallist was sailing past Branson's luxury Caribbean resort Necker Island with his new wife, TV presenter Georgie Thompson, during their honeymoon when the boat suffered a mechanical fault.
After receiving a distress signal from the couple, three of Branson's employees were sent to help and the newlyweds were brought to safety.
Branson shared the news of the dramatic rescue in a post on his blog, writing, "It was great to see Ben Ainslie sailing past Necker Island as he enjoyed his honeymoon with his delightful new wife Georgie Thompson. Seeing as Ben is one of the greatest sailors of all time, what we didn't except (expect) to see was his boat getting into trouble!... However, his boat had a serious mechanical problem, in no way Ben's fault, and he put a message out asking for help. Three of our wonderful watersports team heard the call and raced over to their aid. Together, the team helped to stop the boat from wrecking on the Moskito reef. With no harm done, Ben was able to see the funny side - after all, stranger things have happened at sea. We are now hosting him and Georgie on the island for a few days."
Thompson also took to Twitter.com to offer her thanks to Branson and his team, writing, "Worse things have happened on honeymoon... Thank you @richardbranson for rescuing @ainslieben and I..! Loved Necker."
Ainslie and Thompson were married last month (Dec14) in a ceremony at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, England.
British Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie wed his fiancee Georgie Thompson at Hampton Court Palace near London on Saturday (20Dec14). The celebrated sailor proposed to the TV presenter in October (14) after one year of dating.
A relative of late Ben-Hur cinematographer Robert Surtees has been slapped with a lawsuit from Academy Awards bosses after selling off one of the filmmaker's Oscars. Surtees won gold three times during his career and his daughter-in-law, Carol, recently auctioned off the statuette he earned in 1953 for his work on The Bad and the Beautiful for $40,500 (£25,313).
However, Oscars officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) have taken issue with the eBay.com sale as it violates the conditions of accepting the prize, which stipulates that they should be given first refusal to buy back the award for just $10 (£6.25).
They have now filed suit against Surtees' relative, asking a judge to award them the sale profits and allow them to purchase the trophy for $10, according to TMZ.com.
Surtees, who also won Oscars for 1950's King Solomon's Mines and 1959 classic Ben-Hur, died in 1985, aged 78.
Ewan Mcgregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal have split New York's tough theatre critics with their Broadway debuts in Tom Stoppard play The Real Thing, with some branding their performances "terrific", while others insist the revival falls flat. The Scottish actor takes on the role of Henry, a married playwright who embarks on an affair with Maggie Gyllenhaal's character, Annie, the wife of his production's lead star, in the latest revival, which opened at the American Airlines Theatre on Thursday (30Oct14).
McGregor's portrayal of the conflicted, cheating husband has been hailed as "impressive" by Variety's Marilyn Stasio, while Joe Dziemianowicz from the New York Daily News insists he does a "bang-up" job in his "charismatic and convincing" portrayal of Henry, opposite Gyllenhaal's "vibrant" and "sensual" Annie.
Vulture's Jesse Green agrees, calling Gyllenhaal's Broadway bow "sensational", but others weren't so convinced - The New York Times' Ben Brantley warns readers, "Do not be misled by the title. Authenticity is conspicuous only by its absence in the tinny revival of The Real Thing."
The Telegraph's Matt Wolf adds that "neither Gyllenhaal nor McGregor (are) ideally cast", and Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post insists the whole play "feels muted", while the Wall Street Journal's Terry Teachout claims, "We are given a flattened-out, frieze-like visual perspective on a play that is notable for the layered complexity of the relationships that it portrays".
Reviewers were also critical of director Sam Gold, with Entertainment Weekly declaring the production "fussy", while The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney concedes the play is a "hollow revival".
British Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie is engaged to wed his girlfriend of one year. The celebrated sailor proposed to Georgie Thompson and shared the exciting news with fans by posting a photo of the happy couple cuddling on his Twitter.com page on Tuesday (07Oct14). In the accompanying caption, he wrote, "Picture says it all. So happy to be engaged to the loveliest woman in the World."
You’d be surprised to find out how many actors work together multiple times. There are so many people in Hollywood and even more trying to break onto the scene, but these actors just love working together multiple times.
For the sake of not listing every Adam Sandler movie ever (that guy does movies with the same 5 people) or creating a Matt Damon/Ben Affleck bro-list, this list is strictly a man and a woman who have worked together. In most cases, the man and woman have always played love interests, or at least good friends (or co-crime fighters who protect the Earth from Aliens and HYDRA).
Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
GIPHY/20th Century Fox
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
You’ve Got Mail
Sleepless in Seattle
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere
Adam Sandler and Drew Berrymore
The Wedding Singer
GIPHY/New Line Cinema
50 First Dates
Scarlet Johansson and Chris Evans
The Perfect Score
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Nanny Diaries
GIPHY/the Weinstein Company
Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley
Brother and sister in a dystopian world.
The Fault In Our Stars
GIPHY/20th Century Fox
Love interests. Both movies were released in the same year, in case you forgot or didn't know.
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence
Silver Linings Playbook
GIPHY/The Weinstein Company
Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm
Friends With Kids
Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
And basically every other Tim Burton movie, ever.
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Sure, Guardians of the Galaxy gave us an exciting, fun space adventure and a surprisingly moving relationship between a raccoon and a tree. But according to the Internet, the real gift is that of Chris Pratt: Movie Star.
He's everywhere right now — interviews, talk shows, movie theaters, television screens, .gif sets on Tumblr — all punctuated by the giddy exclamations of a nation head over heels in love. And why shouldn't America revel in the glory that is Pratt? He's goofy, charming, lovable, and humble, the funny guy next door wrapped up in an action-star package. But though this is the biggest wave of Chris Pratt adoration that we've experienced, it's hardly the first time that people have fallen in love with him. You might not realize it, but he's been breaking hearts for years now, thanks to his transition from teen crush to goofy best friend to supporting character to leading man. But is Chris Pratt as Star-Lord really better than all of these Chris Pratts, or did we miss the best Chris Pratt when we weren't paying attention? Let's take a look:
Doe-Eyed High School Boyfriend Chris Pratt (a la Everwood)The WB
This is the original iteration of Chris Pratt, and everyone knows the sequels are never as good as the original. That’s the face of a guy who is bound to grow into a movie star, but right now is going to make your teenage heart melt as the jerk-turned-dream-boyfriend. Have you seen his scenes with Hannah? When you were in high school, all you wanted was for someone to love you like that. All you still want is someone to love you like that. And look at that floppy hair – do any other Chris Pratt’s have that ridiculous hair? No they don’t. That’s why this is the best.
Everyone's Chubby Best Friend Chris Pratt (a la Parks and Recreation)NBC
We’re glad that people are finally waking up to Chris Pratt, but frankly, we feel a bit bad for them. See, they missed the best Chris Pratt of all: chubby, accident-prone, lovable doofus Chris Pratt. You want charm? He’s got it. A brilliant sense of humor? Check. Dashing good looks? Always there. A relationship with both his on and off-screen wives that will make you swoon? Still here. On top of all that, chubby Chris Pratt is the kind of guy who will happily sit on the couch with you to binge-watch Netflix, buy you Chipotle whenever you’re craving it and he won’t care at all about what you look like, because he loves you no matter what.
So Badass It's Scary Chris Pratt (a la Zero Dark Thirty)Columbia Pictures
Sure, Chris Pratt elitists can complain that earlier versions are superior, but the truth remains that ripped Chris Pratt is the best one of all. All of those amazing traits that the other Chris Pratt’s have – the humor, the humble perspective, the charm – are still here, but now they’re covered in the most incredible abs you’ve ever seen. Now he’s a serious actor. No more running into ambulances, he’s got serious business to take care of, and when he’s done, he’ll swoop you up into his toned, dramatic actor arms and carry you off into a terrorist-free sunset.
Space Cowboy Chris Pratt (a la Guardians of the Galaxy)Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel
There’s a reason everyone hopped on the Chris Pratt bandwagon after seeing him as Star-Lord: this is the best version of Chris Pratt. He’s cocky, he’s tough, he’s suave, he’s clever and he’s got a heart of gold and the coolest friends in the galaxy. He’s the best kind of action hero, the kind that has a wisecrack for every occasion and the sweet, sweet dance moves that are required in tense situations. Star-Lord is Han Solo for a new generation, the kind of character everyone wants to be and everyone wants to be with. It’s everything you love about the other Chris Pratts, plus a super cool fighter plane.
Moustachioed Chris Pratt in High-Waisted Pants (a la Her)Warner Bros. Pictures via Everett Collection
Sure, he only has a few minutes of screen-time, but those few minutes show off the best Chris Pratt we’ve seen yet. He’s sensitive enough to enjoy a well-written love letter, kind-hearted enough to accept his friend’s non-traditional relationship, funny enough to break the tension, attractive enough to pull off that mustache-and-pants combination and – best of all – emotionally stable enough to be in a relationship with an actual human being. Imagine the weekends in Catalina with him. Would any of those other Chris Pratts take you on a romantic trip to Catalina?
Chris Pratt: French Braider, Heart Breaker YouTube/Entertainment Tonight
Just when you thought Chris Pratt couldn’t get any better he goes and braids an intern’s hair. Not just any braid – a French braid. Most women we know can’t manage a decent French braid... and there Chris Pratt is, effortlessly plaiting her hair into an artfully-messy style that people would pay good money for in a salon. He does it all without breaking his concentration, answering questions just as easily as he would if he weren’t breaking the hearts of everyone watching. And then, just when it seems like you’ll finally be okay, he chastises the interviewer for attempting to tie it off with a rubber band, because this Chris Pratt is the best Chris Pratt.
Chris Pratt, Family Man WENN/Brian To
Chris Pratt is at his best when he’s with or talking about his family, by far. All of his insanity and goofiness fades away to showcase all of the affection he has for them, and there is nothing in this world better than a hot man who loves his family. Have you seen the way he looks at Anna Faris? That’s the dream right there. How about the way he talks about his son, Jack? It’s heartwarming and charming and adorable, while still allowing him the opportunity to make poop jokes. It’s the perfect combination of everything that makes Chris Pratt wonderful, with an extra helping of smiley, adorable baby and beautiful, talented wife. This, right here, is the dream.
Cast your vote for the best Chris Pratt of all below!
A picture appearing to show One Direction star Harry Styles posing naked has emerged online. The snap shows the pop singer sitting on a leather couch apparently wearing nothing but a coloured head scarf, with his hand covering his crotch.
It was posted online by Styles' cousin Matt Selley, who is seen in the picture along with his brother Ben Selley. Matt captioned the snap, "Just watch the fight from last night (sic)! Class!" in reference to a televised boxing match between Carl Froch and George Groves in London on Saturday (31May14).
The snap has since been shared more than 16,000 times via Twitter.com. Styles' nude snap controversy comes just days after his bandmates Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik were caught up in a drug scandal after video footage which appeared to show them smoking marijuana while on tour in Peru surfaced online.
Glee star Josh Sussman has filed a lawsuit alleging he was duped into investing in a defunct production company.
The actor, who played Jacob Ben Israel on the hit musical show, claims he handed over almost $30,000 (£18,700) to Mikel Dusi and Gold Rush Pictures to invest in a film called Wally's Revenge. He alleges that he had been promised a 20 per cent return on his investment within 90 days, but later discovered the company had folded two years earlier.
In the papers, obtained by TMZ.com, Sussman accuses Dusi of refusing to return his money and demanding another $50,000 (£31,000) to buy out of the deal.
Paramount via Everett Collection
You don’t mess with a geek’s favorite comic book characters. Ben Affleck was cast as Batman and it almost broke the Internet. Halle Berry was cast as Storm and Catwoman and people are still dealing with it in therapy. Yet, the new Fantastic Four’s cast of Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and That Awkward Moment co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller has actually drummed up some excitement for a reboot. Although offbeat choices, the actors are actually making the generally lame Fantastic Four seem... interesting.
It’s hard to cast iconic roles like Batman, Superman, and Spiderman because everyone has an opinion. They are beloved, timeless, and it can be challenging to decide whether to cast an unkown or a major star. But the Fantastic Four are hardly as iconic as either of DC's top dogs, or any of Marvel's other heroes. The distinct casting choices might actually save the Fantastic Four reboot, after the critical failures of the first go 'round.
For instance, Bell might not look like a big goon like Ben Grimm, but he might better capture the alienation of turning into a big rock than Michael Chiklis could. Mara is a vastly different choice than Jessica Alba was for Sue Storm. The House of Cards star may be able to give her more of an edge than she usually gets in the comics. Jordan is perfect because he can blend comedy with drama. He stretched his dramatic muscles in Fruitvale Station and showed the human side of superpowers in Chronicle. These casting choices add another vital layer to a comic book that’s about a family unit. But families are more complicated than road trips to Venus and the drama of sharing a bathroom. The former films focused too much on keeping the look and cheesy tone of the original comics. Alba may have been the physical match for Sue Storm, but her character didn't have the necessary flare.
The Avengers is a prime case for lame characters saved by good acting. Thor is an obnoxious thunder god who decides to spend his free time on Earth? Chris Hemsworth captures that cockiness but also brings the superpower of abs to the table. Robert Downey Jr. patented blend of sarcasm and humor saves a character whose super power could have read like a glorified Inspector Gadget. The Hulk is such a hard sell it took two movies and three actors to get him ready for The Avengers. Thanks in no small part to such gifted actors, the movie ranks as one of the highest grossing in history.
Conversely, Affleck went to a much darker place than the comics might have allowed for the role of Daredevil. Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer with vastly enhanced senses. Affleck did a great job and, shockingly, proved he could play Batman. Affleck’s character was battle-worn, addicted to painkillers, and cut off from society. All that and he actually had super powers. This film is like one long screen-test. It was actually disappointing that Affleck couldn’t just put on the black leather outfit and pointy ears. A blind superhero who uses sonar to “see” seems to undercut the character succeeding over adversity. Also, he, Bullseye, and Kingpin aren’t interesting enough characters for their own movie.
Likable actors who give great performances make the difference. They not only ground the magic and science-fiction and the ever-revolving high stakes but they also make the movie fun to watch. They are also able to find another access point to the character. On paper, these characters are just archetypes but the right actor can make them full-fledged people. If you have any questions as to the complexities of playing comic book heroes be sure not to ask Brandon Routh, Ryan Reynolds, or Jennifer Garner.