Actress Reese Witherspoon channeled her famous Legally Blonde character to show her support for a young cancer-stricken fan. The Oscar winner played dress-up for the four year old who is obsessed by her alter ego Elle Woods, and dedicated a photo posted on her Instagram.com account on Wednesday (27Aug14) to the fan.
Witherspoon also held up a sign in the picture, which reads: "Get better soon! #TeamWill Love Reese".
The actress added the caption, "This is for one of the strongest little four-year-olds I can imagine. Will - I hear that you're fighting so hard and strong against cancer and that in the hospital you've been watching a lot of Legally Blonde and loving it. I hope it makes you laugh!
"I wanted you to know that I made this sign in your honor - and I'm sending a big big hug and my hope and prayers. Just know - I'm a really big fan of YOURS! PS anyone else - feel free to make your own sign for Will and post it with the hashtag #TeamWill so he can see it... I'm sure he'd love that!"
Witherspoon, who has three children of her own, is among the list of stars who will participate in the upcoming Stand Up to Cancer charity's fundraising telecast on 5 September (14).
The Doobie Brothers guitarist Patrick Simmons is set to ride across country on his vintage motorcycle in support of charity Stand Up to Cancer. Simmons will take part in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014, which sets off from Daytona, Florida on 5 September (14).
The rocker and his wife Cris are riding to honour their son, Pat Jr., who successfully battled testicular cancer last year (13).
He says, "Cris and I are excited, and so ready to head out on the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. We have been working on our bikes for over a year now."
This year's (14) Stand Up to Cancer telethon will take place next month in America, and will feature guests Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow, who is also producing the fundraiser.
Eminem turned his homecoming show in Detroit, Michigan into a charity fundraiser by completing the ice bucket challenge onstage along with his tour companion Rihanna. The pair's joint tour stopped in the rapper's hometown this weekend (23-24Aug14) and during the second show there on Saturday night (23Aug14), the hip-hop star took the opportunity to raise funds for the ALS Association.
At the end of the concert at Comerica Park, Eminem sat in a chair while Rihanna soaked him with icy water, and then he nominated the pop star for the challenge. Rihanna obliged and was drenched in front of the crowd as the band played Vanilla Ice's hit track Ice Ice Baby.
Other stars to have added their names to the list of ice bucket challengers include actress Reese Witherspoon, who dedicated her soaking to a friend who was recently diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease, and new mother Olivia Wilde, who doused herself in her own breast milk.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon will lead this year's (14) Stand Up To Cancer telethon in America next month (05Sep14) The fourth biennial fundraiser will also feature Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Will Ferrell and NCIS star Mark Harmon, while The Who, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco & Common, Ariana Grande and Dave Matthews will perform.
Paltrow, who lost her father Bruce to oral cancer in 2002, will also co-executive produce the broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
She says, "Cancer affects us all and each and every person can help the scientists who are working 24/7 to save more lives.
"We want to get that message out in as many ways as possible, so we're excited to use social media to reach supporters from all over who are helping to grow the Stand Up To Cancer movement, and hopefully, get even more people to stand up with us."
For the first time, a 'digital lounge' will replace the traditional phone bank staffed by celebrities, and from there celebrities will be able to reach out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.
The SU2C initiative launched in 2008, and telethons have been held in 2010 and 2012. They have raised a total of more than $260 million (GBP153 million) for cancer research charities.
Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have teamed up to develop a film adaptation of Liane Moriarty's bestselling novel Big Little Lies. The Oscar-winning actresses have optioned the film rights to the book through their production companies, according to Deadline.com.
Kidman and Witherspoon are planning to star in the comedic film, which will centre on three murderous kindergarten mothers.
Moriarty will serve as a producer alongside her fellow Australian Kidman and Witherspoon.
Embattled rapper Lil Reese is back behind bars after he was arrested on a gun charge on Monday night (28Jul14). The rising hip-hop star, real name Tavares Taylor, was taken into custody by police in his native Chicago, Illinois and booked for felony possession of a firearm.
He is being held on $50,000 (£29,412) bail at Cook County Jail, according to XXLmag.com.
The arrest is the 21 year old's latest legal woe - last year (13), he was busted three times in as many months over accusations of possession of marijuana, presentation of false documentation to obtain a vehicle and for his involvement in an alleged attack on a woman in 2012.
Reese, who is signed to Def Jam Recordings, also served two years of probation after pleading guilty to burglary charges in May, 2010.
Disgraced sportsman-turned-movie star O.J. Simpson was movie bosses' first choice to play the Terminator in director James Cameron's 1984 sci-fi blockbuster. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film as part of an Entertainment Weekly feature, executive Mike Medavoy admits he wanted Simpson to front the film, with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the movie's hero.
Schwarzenegger eventually landed the Terminator role and Michael Biehn was cast as hero Kyle Reese.
Medavoy recalls, "At the time, O.J. Simpson had one of those commercials for Hertz where he jumped over a counter and ran to get a rental car. It was all of that athletic stuff, which I thought the Terminator should have."
But Cameron was far from sold on the idea.
He says, "This was when everybody loved him... He (Simpson) was this likeable, goofy, kind of innocent guy... (but) I wasn't interested in an African-American man chasing around a white girl with a knife."
A decade after the film came out, Simpson's role as a likeable celebrity turned upside down after he was accused of killing his wife and her friend in a jealous rage. Simpson was acquitted of the crime.
He is currently serving time behind bars for his part in an armed raid on a memorabilia dealer's Las Vegas hotel room.
Although we might bemoan the nostalgia epidemic that has overtaken the pop culture world, we can't help but buy into it from time to time. Occupied so densely by irony and cynicism, the present slate of film and television can seem on occasion to pale in comparison to the spirited, whimsical material with which many of us grew up. We look back to the dawn of Steven Spielberg's triumphant '80s, honing in on films like E.T. and The Goonies that enchanted audiences young and old. We might feel like movies of this nature cannot exist in the callous climate of 2014, but Earth to Echo writer/producer Andrew Panay seems to disagree.
"I think one thing that hasn't changed," he says, considering the past three decades of cultural and technological evolution, "is the way young adults process things. I don't think that feelings change, or emotions change." Panay's sentiment is clear in Earth to Echo, a science-fiction family adventure in the vein of the aforementioned classic pictures told through the lens of the everpresent iPhone. We might instinctively assume that the inclusion of modern devices robs a story of that pre-digital wonder, but Earth to Echo actually uses the found footage technique to access that sort of Spielbergian intimacy front and center. "What’s endearing about Echo is that you’re actually seeing people’s feelings right there," Panay says, citing something that many audiences could treat as hokey in a standard contemporary picture but might be more willing to embrace in a found footage film... specifically one that taps into the immediacy of sharing videos.
Earth to Echo
In fact, Panay delights in things like Instagram and Facebook in helping to bring people together: "[We're] praising it. I think it’s a wonderful thing that people just wanted to share and ... change the world. It’s done a lot of good. Look at how the world has come together so quickly. You can press send, and you can be sharing photos and skyping someone across the world. I think it’s a positive thing."
The Earth to Echo gang — a trio of boys (played by Astro, Teo Halm, Reese Hartwig) and their popular schoolmate (Ella Wahlestedt) who trek out into the desert on a mission to save an endangered alien — represents just as much of the "old world" as it does the new. "I think [the movie speaks to] parents who want to get into the space tour era, that ‘80s era ... but I think this movie was really to give kids the same experience that I had when I was a kid." Plus, the genre can truly help cineastes like Panay and director David Green pay tribute to the power of filmmaking. Panay says to anyone who commands a lens, be it a movie camera or simply an iPhone used to record the events of the day, "You're your own director of how you view the world."
Check out Earth to Echo hits theaters now!
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Summer is the time to shape up and show more skin. If you're in need of a new routine to get you in top shape this season, give one of these star workouts try.
1. CrossFitA WOD (workout of the day) combines plyometrics, cardio and weight lifting to get you seriously ripped. Top trainer Bob Harper and Mrs. Timberlake, Jessica Biel, are CrossFit devotees.
2. TRXCreated by Navy seals, TRX utilizes straps hanging from the cieling or a wall, allowing you to train with your own bodyweight. The perfect Gisele Bundchen and Mary J. Blige love TRX.
3. SoulCycleSpinning is one of the most popular cardio workouts right now. Ashley Benson and Anderson Cooper have been known to hop on the bike to burn up to 700 calories per class.
4. Bikram YogaBikram yoga involves practicing your postures in a heated room for a greater burn. Lady Gaga and Christy Turlington are yogis.
5. The Tracy Anderson MethodTracy Anderson maintains a loyal following of slim celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Shakira. This workout combines light weight training with high intensity dance cardio.
6. Burn 60Reese Witherspoon makes sure to take a Burn 60 class each week to work off major calories. This interval class alternates cardio and strength training segments.
7. AKTFormerly of the Tracy Anderson camp, Anna Kaiser developed a toning dance cardio workout of her own. Kelly Ripa is her biggest celebrity advocate.
8. Barre3For a lean dancer's body, ballet-inspired workouts using a barre, ball and hand weights are gaining steam. Based in Seattle, Barre3 has even attracted Madonna.
9. PilatesPilates is all about the core using your own body weight. Miley Cyrus attributed her amazing transformation to pilates legend Mari Winsor.
10. Barry's BootcampCombining high energy cardio and strength training intervals, this workout has sculpted the bodies of everyone from Kim Kardashian to Jake Gyllenhaal.
Brad Pitt brought Hollywood to New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday (17May14) for a gala fundraiser in support of his foundation. The Fight Club star hosted the event to raise money for the Make it Right organisation, which aims to build environmentally sound homes in areas of the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Comedian Chris Rock served as the emcee for the evening, while Bruno Mars and Kings of Leon took the stage to perform.
Pitt's fiancee Angelina Jolie was also in attendance, as well as Sandra Bullock, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and funnyman Jim Gaffigan.
Meanwhile, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey was across town for a benefit concert at the House of Blues to support his charity, the Just Keep Livin' Foundation. The event was a joint fundraiser with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his organisation, The Brees Dream Foundation.
Country singer Kenny Chesney served as headliner for the show, while Reese Witherspoon surprised concertgoers when she took the stage to sing a duet of Johnny Cash's song Jackson, which the Oscar winner performed in her hit film Walk the Line.
Earlier in the day, Pitt was spotted chatting with McConaughey from opposite hotel balconies in New Orleans and even tossed the Dallas Buyers Club star a cold beer.