Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Jessica Chastain are among the stars who have taken to the Internet to mark 13 years since the terrorist atrocities of 9/11. New York City was devastated by the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 11 September, 2001, which - along with a downed airliner in Pennsylvania on the same day - claimed almost 3,000 lives.
Some of the world's biggest stars joined together on Thursday (11Sep14) to mark 13 years since the horrifying events, with pop superstar Lady Gaga writing in a post on her Twitter.com page, "Today we remember and honour all the lives + families ruined by the tragedy of 9/11. Practice love in their memory today #WeWillNeverForget (sic)."
Fellow singer Taylor Swift reveals she recently visited the 9/11 memorial site in New York City and it had a profound effect on her: "Visiting the @Sept11Memorial this year was something I'll never forget, in memory of a day we will always remember with tears in our eyes."
Hollywood actress Chastain urged fans to visit the 9/11 memorial museum in the Big Apple, tweeting, "Today the 9/11 museum is open to the public. We remember the lives that were lost this day 13 years ago."
LeAnn Rimes simply writes, "September 11 #NeverForget #September11 (sic)," while actor Gary Sinise adds, "Remembering all those lost in terrorist attack 13 years ago, and remembering with gratitude all who have stepped up to serve. Never Forget."
Other tributes have come in from singer Chris Brown, hip-hop stars Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah, music mogul Russell Simmons, rocker Bret Michaels, and John Stamos, Alyssa Milano, Gabrielle Union and singer Chely Wright.
Leonardo DiCaprio is set to receive a long overdue personal gift from Nelson Mandela thanks to a generous memorabilia dealer. The late anti-apartheid hero posed for a photo with the actor when DiCaprio was in South Africa filming Blood Diamond, and personally signed the picture with the message, "To Leo DiCaprio, Best Wishes, Mandela, 4-8-07" as a gift to the film star in 2007.
However, the memento never reached DiCaprio and was bought by memorabilia dealer Gary Zimet at an auction in Europe.
Zimet, who is boss of auction site Moments in Time, has reportedly had offers of more than $25,000 (£14,706) for the picture, but now he plans to give it to its intended owner instead.
He tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "I'm doing it because it's the right thing to do. Life has taught me, what comes around, goes around (sic)."
Zimet's decision comes after threats of a legal battle began to loom over the photo, with DiCaprio claiming legal ownership of the picture after it appeared on Moments in Time's website and Zimet insisting the actor would have to buy the item, the provenance of which he deemed "ironclad".
Organisers of the first Alt-Fest music event have been blasted by an Italian rock band for refusing to confirm or deny reports it will be cancelled. Ticketholders began to worry the inaugural British heavy metal festival would be called off when rocker Marilyn Monroe announced it was cancelled on his online schedule. Gary Numan and Cradle of Faith have also reported their set is not going ahead.
The organisers apologised for the delay in addressing rumours on the event's Facebook.com page and revealed they were struggling with many issues so could neither confirm nor deny reports.
They wrote on Wednesday (30Jul14), "We at Alt-Fest HQ would like to sincerely apologise for our silence over the last 24 hours. Currently we are working all hours to deal with some extremely challenging & stressful issues for Alt-Fest. We will be able to provide an official statement with full information before Monday and answer any questions you may have at that time."
Italian electronic group XP8 now blasted the organisers for keeping the bands who are on the bill in the dark too.
They commented on Facebook, "Are you going to contact us anytime soon or will you keep to (sic) ignore our email, and keep treating us as a 'B series' band while most of the headliners have been notified already yesterday? This statement was needed yesterday, and today you were expected to come up with a PROPER solution, after having contacted privately all those bands who still haven't jumped ship. It's really time you learn you (sic) jobs."
The festival, created by $102,000 (£60,000) worth of donations on a crowdfunding site, was due to take place on 15-17 August (14) in Northamptonshire, England.
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A leading U.S. memorabilia dealer has challenged Leonardo DiCaprio to bid for a photograph of himself with Nelson Mandela amid reports the actor is considering legal action to seize the image.
Moments in Time boss Gary Zimet is selling a picture of the Titanic star with the late civil rights icon, taken in 2007, for $25,000 (£14,700). The image also features a handwritten tribute from Mandela that states, "To Leo DiCaprio, Best Wishes, Mandela, 4-8-07", but the Hollywood star is reportedly unhappy about the sale.
Editors at New York Post gossip column Page Six claim DiCaprio believes the photograph is rightfully his and is consulting lawyers, but Zimet has already responded to any potential lawsuit. He tells the publication, "The provenance is ironclad. Leo is welcome to buy it."
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British actor Gary Oldman skipped the New York premiere of his new film Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes on Tuesday (08Jul14) due to a family emergency, according to a U.S. report.
The star was due to walk the red carpet alongside his fellow castmates at the screening in the city's Williamsburg Cinemas but was noticeably absent. According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Oldman flew in to New York for the event at the beginning of the week (beg07Jul14) but jetted back out on Tuesday morning due to undisclosed family matters.
The cancelled appearance comes weeks after he apologised following a controversial interview with Playboy magazine, in which he claimed Mel Gibson has been unfairly ostracised following his anti-Semitic tirade during his 2006 arrest due to "political correctness".
A representative for the actor had not responded to a request for comment as WENN went to press.
HBO's glum new series, The Leftovers ponders what would happen if two percent of the worlds population were to suddenly vanish... apparently, such an event would make everyone left in really, really bad moods for no less than three years. The new series is nothing short of a tidal wave of televised angst, a study in gloom and post-crisis nihilism, as the people left behind struggle to put everything back together after the rapture-like event tears their lives asunder. Showrunner Damon Lindelof fills his latest series with just as many twists, turns, and questions as his earlier series Lost. Here are the mysteries that have us scratching our heads after just the first hour. Warning: spoilers to follow!
What's with the cult?Perhaps the most mysterious element of the pilot — you know, besides the whole people vaporizing into thin air thing — is the GR: a cult whose members spend their time staring at empty picture frames, eating regularly scheduled "sustenance," smoking like chimney stacks to "proclaim their faith," and mercilessly following specified targets. What's the end game here?
Why does Chief Garvey's wife join them?We spent the premiere assuming that our main character, a police chief and father named Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) lost his wife on that fateful day three years past. But the final moments of the episode reveal that Kevin's wife Laurie didn't vanish in the event, but instead joined up with the GR. She doesn't seem entirely brainwashed by the cult, looking pretty heartbroken upon seeing her husband. So what's making her stay? Does she just like smoking wherever she wants without judgment?
And why does Liv Tyler ask to stay with them?Right after she doles out a hostile slap to a pair of GR agents who follow her and her fiancé around town, she pays a visit to the cult's compound, asking to stay a couple days. Whatever their plan is, the recruiting tactics seem to work.
What's with the other cult?What's worse than one cult? Two, obviously. While we have some sort of handle on what the GR are and what they might stand for (some sort of spiritual guidance in the wake of the "rapture"), we still have no idea who or what The Leftovers' second mysterious group, which works meditative miracles in the desert, is up to.
Who is Wayne?We do know that their apparent leader, Wayne, is the "real deal." Whatever that means...
And what did he say to the congressman in that room?Wayne continued to confuse by taking an uptight Texas congressmen into a room and somehow "unburdening" him. What did Wayne say to the guy to make him so chipper? It must have been more than just the cool British accent.
Why did Tom, Garvey's son, join this desert organization?This rapture thing really hit the Garvey family hard. But Tom doesn't seem as mentally harangued as his poor mother.
And what's with the girls by the pool?Tom has taken a liking to one of the girls at the compound he works for, but they seem to be under lock and key. Why are they being so strictly guarded?
Why won't Tom talk to his dad?Maybe some lingering tensions from the mom going away?
And how did he get those scars?Does it have to do with why everyone went missing?
What’s coming now that “grace period is over?”Wayne's super ominous warning doesn't bode well for anyone. Now that three years have past, humanity is in a heap of trouble. Garvey isn't too thrilled that the mayor is bent on throwing a memorial parade to celebrate the lost.
Why can't the parade have clowns?Clowns are fun and not creepy at all, right?
Is that Kathy Geiss?Yup. Same actress who plays the perpetually silent, unicorn-obsessed interim head of NBC on 30 Rock is a cult member on The Leftovers.
Why the dogs are going crazy?In genre fiction, dogs are often acute to the supernatural. There's definitely something coming, and it likely has something to do with "grace period" being over.
Are gummi worms really the preferred candy of the rapture?We would have gone with Peach Os.
Where do I download that spin the bottle iPhone app?And does it have Twitter integration?
Why did Gary Busey get taken?And Shaq for that matter? Why them? And what is the world doing without them?!
What’s with the deer imagery?I thought Hannibal had the market cornered on that.
What’s with that huge tattoo on Garvey's back?The huge back piece seen on actor Theroux's character is a real tattoo, but we wonder why the series didn't bother digitally removing it? Will it figure into the story later on (like Jack's tats did on Lost), or was it just easier for the series to leave them be?
What the hell is up with Justin Theroux's hairline?This is the biggest mystery of them all.
Things have not gone well for humanity since James Franco decided to help a chimpanzee get better at puzzles. In the new trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hitting theaters July 11 — three years after the surprising success of Rupert Wyatt's Rise (which, logistically, really seems like it should follow "Dawn") of the Planet of the Apes — we see that mankind has dwindled to to the likes of Jason Clarke (ape-friendly), Gary Oldman (anti-ape), a couple of dunderheaded drunks who still don't seem to have understand that apes are smart now, and a campfire resident who prophecizes about how apes have the upper hand — opposable thumbs and all — in that they don't need fancy things like electricity or heat.
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But apes don't want war, so insists Caesar, Andy Serkis' top banana chimp who led the '11 picture and incited a revolution with the simple act of cookieing Rocket (and oh what a mistake that seems to have been... like Franco-father, like monkey-son). Caesar wants to live in harmony with the few remaining humans, but his fur-laden brethren don't seem to be on the same page.
Meanwhile, we can only assume that somewhere in the mix, a kindly, well-educated bonobo is developing a serum to boost the intellectual capacity of the horses that the apes have been using as transport, thus leading to a follow-up series in which horse trounces primate-kind.
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British pop star Gary Barlow was subjected to a disgusting message about his baby tragedy by a hacker who broke into his Twitter.com account on Monday (12May14). A mystery cyber-crook accessed the Take That star's official page on the social networking site and wrote a sickening, offensive message about Barlow's fourth child, who was delivered stillborn in 2012. The post was deleted within an hour.
It is believed the hack was in response to reports over the weekend (10-11May14) that Barlow and his Take That bandmates Mark Owen and Howard Donald are facing the possibility of having to pay millions in back taxes after allegedly investing in a tax avoidance scheme.
Several leading politicians have called for Barlow to be stripped of his Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal over the scandal.
Legendary British music producer Trevor Horn is in mourning following the death of his wife. The Buggles star's longterm partner, Jill Sinclair, passed away on Saturday (22Mar14) at the age of 61.
She had been suffering from cancer but never fully recovered from a shooting accident in 2006 which left her with brain damage.
Sinclair, who was a successful record label boss and her husband's business partner, was accidentally shot in the neck with an air rifle by her son and spent three years in a coma. When she woke she was unable to move or speak.
Following her death, Horn paid tribute to his wife in a statement: "Jill was an inspiration in every aspect of her life, as my wife and as the mother of our children. She had an adventurous, maverick spirit and built up music businesses - and made her way through life - successfully and independently, and always on her own terms. She will be sorely missed."
Former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp also honoured Sinclair after hearing news of her death, writing in a post on his Twitter.com page, "RIP the great Jill Sinclair. One of the most successful people in the British music business. A legend."
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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