If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
Post by Chris Pratt.
Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
Check back to see if some of these other Hollywood hotties have taken the challenge! Tweet us which celebrity you want to see take part in #ALSIceBucketChallenge!
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Marianne Faithfull is the latest star to sign up as the face of top design house Saint Laurent. Designer Hedi Slimane has chosen the veteran singer/actress as his latest muse to appear in a new campaign, which he has also photographed.
Faithfull follows in the footsteps of Courtney Love, Chuck Berry, Kim Gordon, and Marilyn Manson, who have all fronted commercials for the brand.
The campaign is part of the Saint Laurent Music Project, which features songs by the artists in adverts during the fashion house's runway shows.
Everybody wants to break into the movies. Broadway actors, television directors, drama club lighting designers. Even musicians. Many a pop artist made famous by the record business has hitched his or her wagon to a big screen production, trying hand at the art of score composition. Tom Cruise's upcoming sci-fi venture Oblivion will exhibit the stylings of musicians M83 — the French electronic duo, comprised of Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, has chiseled a slab of original music for Universal's post-apocalyptic movie, including the below track "All I Heard," featuring vocals by Susanne Sundfør.
While the realms of film and music often work in tandem, this sort of endeavor represents a degree of cinematic investment a few notches higher than your standard soundtrack contribution. A movie's original score is a whole separate animal from its lineup of adopted songs. When an artist takes on the duties of a composer, he embraces a project beyond a mere piece of music — he is crafting the atmosphere of a larger, multifaceted story. As such, he needs to enter a cinematic mentality, to think not just as a songwriter but as a filmmaker as well.
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This won't be the first movie venture for M83. Gonzalez collaborated with Daft Punk on another Joseph Kosinski film, 2010's TRON: Legacy.
But the feat is not specific to these subjects. The likes of David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Stewart Copeland, Trent Reznor, Beck, Marilyn Manson, and many others have braved the waters of score creation. Take a listen...
David Bowie: Composer for the 1986 film Labyrinth
Mick Jagger: Composer for the 1966 film Alfie
Stewart Copeland: Composer for the 1987 film Wall Street
Trent Reznor: Composer for the 2011 film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Beck: Composer for the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
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Marilyn Manson: Composer for the 2002 film Resident Evil
Neil Diamond: Composer for the 1973 film Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Los Lobos: Composer for the 1995 film Desperado
Queen: Composer for the 1980 film Flash Gordon
Peter Gabriel: Composer for the 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ
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In our quest to bring you the best TV content, sometimes we have to look... backwards. That's why we have Thursday TV Throwback, wherein each week our staff of pop culture enthusiasts will be tasked with bringing back some of the best television clips that have been forgotten by time, space and the general zeitgeist.
This week, when we at Hollywood.com learned that Friday is the 20-year anniversary of Beavis and Butt-head's first episode, many of us replied "I wasn't allowed to watch that!" Turns out, we weren't allowed to watch a lot of other stuff, too. Thanks for ruining our childhoods, parents!
Matt Patches: Not only did Beavis & Butt-head scare the bejesus out of me as a kid, I wasn't even supposed to watch it in the first place. And not because my parents knew I'd require massive amounts of therapy if I did so! Beavis & Butt-head was lowest common denominator humor in the eyes of my parents, who inexplicably valued and allowed me to view the sadistic wit at play in The Simpsons. Something about the duo's evil laughter, their prankster attitude, and/or their appreciation of AC/DC did not jive with my folks, so I was forced to watch my friends quote it to death. I'm not terribly bitter about it: really, nasally voices of Beavis & Butt-headstill give me nightmares.
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Kate Ward: Friends was banned from my household — after all, it was, according to my mother, a show about "those three sluts." That is until, of course, I returned home from dance class one day to find my mom tuning into the first of the series' London episodes. "Sit down and watch this," she said. "It's funny!" Turns out Friends wasn't as vulgar as she thought. But that Louie episode about masturbation I accidentally watched with her years later?...
Aly Semigran: Try and figure this one out: I was allowed to watch MTV — home of Beavis and Butthead, Singled Out, and, at the time, music videos — but I was not allowed to watch its kinder, lamer sister station VH1. It wasn't because my parents feared Pop Up Video was sending me subliminal messages or anything, though. We had on VH1 on one afternoon when Chris Isaak's risque video for "Wicked Game" started playing. At the time I had no idea what was going on, nor did I understand what the big deal was (everyone likes the beach!) and I was mostly upset I wasn't allowed to tune into VH1 anymore. Looking at this video now...well, I can see why they made their kids change the channel. (Lucky for me, VH1 was permitted in our house again by the time The World Series of Pop Culture and I Love the 80s came around).
Kelsea Stahler: I was forbidden to watch The Simpsons until my 12th birthday because my parents feared that before that fateful day, I might mistake Bart's hilarious "Eat My Shorts" antics for acceptable behavior. Thankfully, the show aired on Sundays and August 2, 1999 fell on a Monday, so my parents shifted their steadfast rule for a single day. After years of wearing Lisa Simpson t-shirts, a character with whom I unknowingly shared a kindred spirit, I finally watched my first episode of The Simpsons and fully realized what I'd been missing for the preceding decade of my life.
Shaunna Murphy: 3rd Rock From the Sun was fine in my house until this sex-centric episode — "Big Angry Virgin From Outer Space" — that taught the lesson "sex fixes everything." I will never forget the outpouring of outrage from my brother and I as they snapped off the TV and turned on Nickelodeon. JERKS. I had a crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt back then, and thus consider myself to be ahead of the times.
Jean Bentley: My parents were always pretty lax about what I could and couldn't watch, which makes it even more surprising that my mom decreed Rocko's Modern Life, about a walking, talking Australian wallaby living in the USA, off-limits. I watched it at friends' houses, of course, so I still know all the words to the theme song (...which is actually just "Rocko's Modern Life" said in different voices). But looking back on the situation later in life, I realize it's not that my mom deemed any of the quirky cartoon's content inappropriate, it's just that she thought it was kind of gross and didn't want to be forced to watch it.
Abbey Stone: Because of horrors like The Real World and Marilyn Manson, MTV was banned in my home. But that didn't stop fifth grade me from tuning in to TRL every day after school before the parentals returned home from work. Somehow, however, 24 was A-OK in the Stone household. Go figure.
Leanne Aguilera: When I was younger my mother HATED Ren & Stimpy — she thought it was disgusting and crude, and completely inappropriate for a little girl to watch. So whenever she would tell me to turn it off in one room, I would always sneak into another, turn it on mute, and watch as the demented cat and dog got into all kinds of disgusting shenanigans. Now looking back, I can't believe that I ever liked this show because watching it makes me throw up in my mouth a little. Thanks for looking out Mom!
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Michael Arbeiter: Afraid that it would fill my head with free-thinking conspiracy theories… or maybe just keep me up at night entrenched in terror… my parents never allowed me to engage in a much desired viewing of The X-Files. I never got to tag along with Mulder and Scully, never knew the identity of the Cigarette Smoking Man, never learned what truth was indeed out there. All for the better, probably… just thinking about that theme music makes falling asleep difficult enough.
Sydney Bucksbaum: My parents never allowed me to watch South Park when I was younger... for the obvious reasons. This show goes so far past the line of appropriate. But there's a reason it's been on for the incredible amount of 17 seasons — it's just that good. And just because my parents didn't let me watch it at home doesn't mean I never watched it. I would just watch it at my friends' houses! Problem solved. (Sorry, mom and dad!)
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Wall Street and Main Street weren’t the only thoroughfares, real or metaphorical, that were a topic of discussion during the 2012 presidential race. Sesame Street became an unexpected flashpoint during the first of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s debates, with Big Bird suddenly turned into a symbol of the educational public service that is PBS. But that wasn’t the only time Sesame Street broke out into the pop culture discourse in 2012. Recognizing that children learn best from TV when watching with their parents, he 43-year-old franchise offered up some of its smartest parodies yet and continued its remarkable tradition of landing A-List talent to lure adult viewers. “Children are the most important audience you will ever perform for,” says Derek Manson, a performer based out of Atlanta and Los Angeles with years of experience in children’s theater. “They’re honest. They know what they like, what they don’t, and they will unequivocally tell you. And they’ll soon be everyone’s future audience. Sesame Street has never taken its audience for granted, and is well aware that adults notice when their children enjoy something.”
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Also this year, Sesame Street also launched a substantive outreach initiative geared to children of families dealing with divorce. The show also garnered some attention its producers undoubtedly didn’t want, however. Such as when unauthorized “Sexy Big Bird” costumes began to be sold for Halloween. And, most distressingly, when 29-year Sesame Workshop vet Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who’s given life to Elmo and turned him into money-making juggernaut, resigned in the wake of multiple accusers alleging he’d engaged in underage sex.
So why do we still care? Why does Sesame Street still cast such a large shadow over our experience of pop culture years, or maybe even decades, after we last watched it? Let’s take a closer look at this year in Sesame Street.
2012’s CELEBRITY GUESTS & SPOOFS
It’s hard to imagine any other franchises on screens big or small assembling as much starpower as Sesame Street does on a regular basis. Not any DC or Marvel comic book movie. Nor any project based on a young adult novel. Nor the latest offering from Steven Soderbergh or Quentin Tarantino. During their 43rd season, which began in September, Sesame Street has featured, among others, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president for outreach and educational practices, says, “The secret of all that we do is to bring in the engagement of children at their level but also to bring in things that are amusing to adults, with the effort of creating that bond between parents and children.” If a celebrity is on the show, adults are more likely to watch. And if adults watch with their kids, studies show that kids learn better.
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The stars who stopped by Sesame Street in 2012 are just a drop in the bucket, though, compared to the more than 400 celebrity guests who’ve been on since its debut in 1969. “I recently saw a Stevie Wonder appearance circa 1973,” Manson says. “Here’s a musician at the height of his creative powers, and as a child I probably took that for granted. As an adult, understanding the context of who Wonder was in 1973, all I can think is how remarkably cool that was. There’s something so natural and joyous about it, and yet you also can’t help thinking what an amazing booking it is. What was the producer’s pitch, I wonder? I mean, Richard Pryor? Lily Tomlin? These were only a few of the remarkable guest performers the show brought on set back then, and never once do I get the impression anyone’s phoning it in because they’re on a television show for 'children.'"
In 2012, Sesame Street also continued its long tradition of pop culture spoofs, which have proven to be massive click-bait on YouTube. “Birdwalk Empire,” their recent parody of a certain HBO show about 1920s gangsters, has gotten more than 300,000 views.
A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
The on/off couple, who are rumoured to have become engaged in January (10), will star in upcoming slasher film Splatter Sisters, which will be directed by Pineapple Express moviemaker David Gordon Green.
The film, the first in a planned franchise, is said to have been inspired by horror classics of the 1980s, and Green admits the odd couple will make the perfect onscreen partnership.
He tells Variety.com, "This is a role Marilyn Manson was born to play, and with Evan Rachel Wood bringing dramatic gravity to the ensemble, I have no doubt this will take the horror genre to a new level."