Inceptionstar Tom Hardy has vowed never to make another romantic comedy after teaming up with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine in This Means War. The British star admits he hated the experience of working on the 2012 McG action film, in which he and Pine played CIA agents fighting over the same woman (Witherspoon).
Hardy tells USA Today, "I didn't understand how you could do something, which is so much fun, and be so miserable doing it... I probably won't do a romantic comedy again."
Actor Ryan Phillippe has paid tribute to his teenage daughter on her 15th birthday by recalling the day his "baby girl" was born in a series of tweets.
The Crash star hit social media on Tuesday (09Sep14) and poured out his heart over his daughter with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon.
He wrote, "15 yrs (years) ago today, was my last (day) on The Way of the Gun. A helicopter waited off set to transport me from the 'Mexican brothel' in Utah to Cedars Sinai in Beverly Hills. "With my stomach in knots, exhausted & dirty, covered in syrupy fake blood & shards of candy glass the heli(copter) found the pad and I was taken to an area to sterilize myself. I made it to my then wife's bedside w/ (with) two hours to spare before my baby girl first entered the world. 15 years ago I learned what love truly is."
Phillipe and Witherspoon, who wed in 1999, are also parents to 10-year-old son Deacon. They separated in 2006 and finalised their divorce in June, 2008.
Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez are set to be honoured for their philanthropic efforts at the upcoming Variety Power of Women event. The trade magazine's annual luncheon pays tribute to some of Hollywood's most notable and charitable stars, and this year (14), Witherspoon and Lopez, along with Jane Fonda and Viola Davis, will be named Lifetime Impact Honourees for their humanitarian efforts.
The Walk the Line star will be recognised for her participation in the Malala Fund, an organisation which promotes education for young girls, and Lopez for her Lopez Family Foundation that works on access to medical care for women and children.
Fonda will be honoured for her teen pregnancy prevention charity, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, and Davis will get praise for her support towards childhood hunger organisation Hunger Is.
The sixth annual event will be held in Los Angeles on 10 October (14).
Michael Keaton, Timothy Spall and Eddie Redmayne have emerged as early favourites for the coveted Best Actor prize at next year's (15) Oscars. As movie critics sharpen their pencils to vote for the year's top film performances, it seems the 2015 Best Actor race will be one of the most fiercely fought.
Spall has been the top man since he won gold at Cannes for his lead role in biopic Mr. Turner, but now the Los Angeles Times has earmarked Keaton for the trophy, thanks to his role in Birdman, and The Hollywood Reporter is confident Redmayne's turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything will make him an Oscars season favourite.
The Hollywood Reporter recently honoured Redmayne and his co-stars Felicity Jones and James Marsh with a Breakthrough in Film award at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and editors called the My Week With Marilyn star's performance "landmark".
Meanwhile, America's top critics have given Keaton the edge in the first serious odds list on awards season go-to website GoldDerby.com.
The former Batman is a 13/5 favourite, ahead of Steve Carell in Foxcatcher and Redmayne, while Spall and fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) also make the early top five.
GoldDerby's critics have given Amy Adams (Big Eyes) the Best Actress edge over fellow former Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), while the Best Picture race is wide open.
The early top picks are Boyhood, Birdman, Angelina Jolie's upcoming biopic Unbroken, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Interstellar and Brad Pitt's Fury.
Reese Witherspoon's dreams of bringing singer Peggy Lee's life story to the big screen have been given a boost - Todd Haynes has signed on as director. The project, which is based on a Nora Ephron screenplay, was put on hold following the screenwriter/director's death in 2012, but now it's back on track with revered Far From Heaven filmmaker Haynes taking charge.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright has reworked the screenplay Ephron started on.
Witherspoon will play the Fever singer in the movie.
Producers behind Reese Witherspoon's new refugee drama The Good Lie are shining the spotlight on the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Sudan by setting up a special charity fund. In the film, which is based on real-life events, the actress stars as a tough-talking American assigned to help four young Sudanese refugees, known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, relocate to the U.S.
Now filmmakers are using the movie to highlight the struggles faced by children left orphaned and homeless by the violence in the African region by establishing The Good Lie Fund to help support victims of the Civil War and in particular, those seeking solace at Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp.
Producer Molly Smith says, "We want to make a difference with this movie. It's a movie that inspires you. Their culture inspires you. Their story inspires you."
A benefit gala to raise funds for the cause is set to be held in Washington, D.C. later this month (Sep14).
Gwyneth Paltrow's star-studded Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Friday (05Sep14) raised a whopping $109 million (£64 million) for charity. The actress, who served as show producer, gathered celebrity pals including Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Rob Lowe, Sofia Vergara, Will Ferrell, Robert Downey, Jr., Kerry Washington, Mike Myers, Jon Hamm and Pierce Brosnan, among many others, to help her appeal to the public for donations and man the social media outlets in Los Angeles to boost funds for the organisation, which supports research into groundbreaking new cancer treatments.
Charity totals for the fourth biennial event, which was broadcast live across the U.S. and Canada, have since been tallied and the amount raised this year (14) exceeded 2012's fundraiser by $28 million (£16.5 million).
The hour-long broadcast also featured performances from the Dave Matthews Band, The Who, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson and rappers Common and Lupe Fiasco.
The Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) telethon has now raised more than $369 million (£217 million) since its launch in 2008.
"I love Joan. It's a hard thing because everyone loved her so much. But seeing all this wonderful work that she did, how she entertained people for years and years, it just really touched my heart... She was always very nice to me and even when she wasn't I still laughed, she still made me laugh." Reese Witherspoon remembers late comedienne Joan Rivers.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Rob Lowe and Reese Witherspoon joined forces on Friday night (05Sep14) to raise money and awareness for the Stand Up To Cancer charity at a star-studded telethon. The fourth biennial event, broadcast live in the U.S. and Canada from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, featured a slew of famous faces, including Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm and Mike Myers, calling on viewers to give generously to the organisation in order to continue supporting research into groundbreaking new cancer treatments.
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson boosted awareness online by engaging with fans on Twitter.com as Fast & Furious' Jordana Brewster participated in a Facebook question and answer session, during which two male fans proposed to the married actress.
Angie Harmon, comedian Dane Cook, Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello and Scandal star Tony Goldwyn were among the celebrities who helped man the phones and accept live donations, while Robert Downey, Jr. sent in a video message and Matthew McConaughey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper and funnyman Danny McBride all took part in a humorous, pre-recorded cancer awareness public service announcement (PSA).
However, one of the most touching celebrity appearances of the night came from former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, who recalled losing his first wife, Australian actress Cassandra Harris, to the disease in 1991, followed by his stepdaughter Charlotte last year (13).
Addressing the audience, he said, "To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away, bit by bit, by this insidious disease, that kind of sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche.
"I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife, Cassie, as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon. And just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte before she too died from this wretched, inherent disease."
Thyroid cancer survivor Sofia Vergara also gave a moving speech towards the end of the hour-long show, urging audience members to shine a light for loved ones battling the disease as she and Kevin Bacon introduced the event's closing performance from rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common and singer Jennifer Hudson, belting out their new cancer survivors' anthem, Remission.
Dave Matthews, Ariana Grande and The Who, via satellite from London, also performed during the telethon.
But the night didn't go quite as smoothly as planned - a live link-up with Ben Stiller from Toronto, Canada had to be axed at the last minute due to a technical problem, prompting presenter Mike Myers to quip, "Evidently, lightening has struck something in Toronto, because I am doomed never to have a live telecast without controversy. I think it's Hurricane Kanye has hit Toronto... (sic)".
The Austin Powers star was famously left dumbstruck back in 2005, when he stood by as rapper Kanye West notoriously lashed out at then-U.S. President George W. Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, declaring, "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a live TV fundraiser to help the victims of the New Orleans, Louisiana natural disaster.