British pop star Jonathan 'j.b.' Gill scooped $46,500 (£30,000) for charity with his girlfriend during an appearance on U.K. TV show All Star Mr & Mrs on Wednesday night (26Jun13). The money raised by the JLS singer and his partner Chloe will benefit Cancer Research U.K.
Homeland star David Harewood and actor Rupert Everett are to give readings at a literacy festival in their native U.K. to encourage more Londoners to pick up books. The British actors will take part in the London Evening Standard's Get Reading festival, which will take place in the capital's Trafalgar Square in July (13).
Harewood and Everett will both give readings at the free event, along with authors including Babette Cole, Jonathan Stroud and Darren Shan.
The reading marathon on 13 July (13) is part of the newspaper's Get London Reading campaign, which aims to raise literacy rates in the city.
During one of his trademark rants at the Governors Ball, Kanye West announced that he "could give a f**k about selling a million records," and wouldn’t have a big promotional campaign for his newest album Yeezus. And yet, a day before its official release, the new dad has posted a promo for the album on his website: a shot-for-shot remake of a famous scene from American Psycho.
This recreation has Keeping Up with the Kardashians' Scott Disick donning the raincoat as serial killer Patrick Bateman. He chooses Yeezus as his murder soundtrack rather than Huey Lewis and the News, chopping up Kim Kardashian’s BFF Jonathan Cheban while listening to "New Slaves." While Disick may look like Bateman’s original portrayer Christian Bale, his acting leaves a lot to be desired.
I’m not sure how much of an overlap there is between Kanye and American Psycho fans, but the promo is certainly unexpected, which is what makes it so very Kanye.
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Eddie Redmayne showed off his serving skills on Sunday (16Jun13) as he took to a tennis court for a charity match at the Aegon Championships in London. The Les Miserables star joined London's Mayor Boris Johnson, U.K. TV host Jonathan Ross, tycoon Sir Richard Branson and comedians Michael McIntyre and Jimmy Carr for the Rally Against Cancer charity game.
The famous faces donned their whites for a tag-team match, which pitted them against professionals Andy Murray and Tim Henman.
The money raised from tickets sales will go to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, where British tennis player Ross Hutchins is receiving treatment following his Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis in December (12).
Before the charity match, Murray beat Croatian Marin Cilic to win the tournament.
Actor Kevin Costner had no interest in playing Clark Kent's dad in new film Man Of Steel when he was first approached about the role because he was not a fan of Superman as a kid. The Bodyguard star portrays the superhero's earth-bound dad Jonathan Kent in the upcoming movie, but Costner reveals he almost turned down the role because he wasn't a die-hard fan, like most of his co-stars.
During an appearance on U.S. morning show Live! With Kelly and Michael on Thursday (13Jun13), he said, "I don't fall into that circle of people who like these kinds of movies. I know it's, like, sacrilegious or whatever, but when I was a kid, I didn't believe in him flying. I kinda knew he didn't because I tried, I went off the couch and I went off the roof and it didn't happen. I knew the bullets didn't bounce off (his body)."
The veteran movie star ultimately signed up for the project in a bid to work with 300 director Zack Snyder, and he's convinced viewers will be happy with the final product.
He added, "I didn't believe in the superheroes, but I got a chance to be in this movie with, I think, a real visionary director, Zack. He made a really big movie, probably the biggest movie that I will ever be a part of, and... for those that he made this movie for specifically, I think they're going to be really satisfied because he did not leave anything to chance.
"We filmed it two years ago... and I saw it finally and I thought, 'Wow! Who does this?' It was so good. I mean he made an epic movie."
Legendary Nigerian musician Fatai Rolling Dollar has died. The guitarist and singer, real name Fatai Olagunju, passed away at a hospital in Lagos after being admitted due to ill health last month (May13). He was in his 80s.
After starting his music career in 1953, he became one of the pioneers of the Juju music genre in his homeland. He was most famous for his song They Cannot Match Us, which took aim at the behaviour of younger generations.
Following news of his death, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan paid tribute to the star, saying he "enthralled his teeming followers" throughout his 64-year career.
Somewhere along the timeline of his formative years, Kansas-raised Clark Kent comes to the realization that he can take a punch like nobody's business. He determines on one fateful afternoon that he has the ability — and as his internal makeup commands, the duty — to save a sinking school bus filled with his horrified classmates after it careens off a delicate bridge into one of the Sunflower State's many proud bodies of water. It is this journey, told exclusively through flashbacks, that comprises the very best of Man of Steel.
A young Clark has no understanding of himself, his origins, his powers, or his place in the world. And the boy's soft-spoken, earnest adoptive father Jonathan has nothing but compassion to offer his struggling son. He muddles pieces of conflicting advice, telling Clark simultaneously that he needs to hide his abilities in order to safeguard himself from the intolerant planet Earth, all the while prophesying the day when the Krypton-born navel gazer will have to decide, once and for all, what sort of man he wants to be. But no amount of the senior Kent's empathy and wisdom can foster our young hero through his turmoil. "Man," we think during the movie's earliest childhood scenes. "All this groundwork is going to pay off big time when he finally gets that suit."
But like the preteen Clark, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel has an identity crisis. While an early adulthood Superman should still be struggling with the issues presented in his extensive maudlin memories, the second half of the movie seems to suppress these ideas. Instead of the probing "Who am I?” and "Who am I supposed to be?" questions that make Superman (despite scathing criticisms) a genuinely interesting character, the film opts for a warfare between Clark and Zod that represents the war between Earth and Krypton — both for claim to the planet and for claim to Clark's psyche.
Of course, the themes interweave. Zod invades Earth in hopes of retrieving the grown Kal-El (who holds the genetic code for a populace of unborn Kryptonians) and using the planet as a new breeding ground for his people. As such, the decision is posed to Clark: live among the Earthlings, a race from which you've been forced to hide your true identity, or among your own kind. It seems like it should translate effectively to the sort of gripping questions introduced vaguely by the powerful boyhood material. But the whole ordeal — which plays out with an hour long mêlée between Superman (that's what they're calling him, so says a humble military man) and Zod through the war-torn streets of Metropolis — feels far less personal than what was promised.
Man of Steel sets itself up as close to the heart of the Kryptonian immigrant as possible. While the legacy undertaken from birth father Jor-El is vast and imbued with intergalactic consequence, what separates Man of Steel (or what is meant to) is the earthbound backstory. But the conflict planted by a sobbing Jonathan Kent, played tear-inspiringly by Kevin Costner, calls for more than it eventually pays off to be.
The Clark Kent we see in the vivid, hard-to-choke-down flashback scenes deserves more than the us-or-them breathless battle that the film's third act takes. This chapter isn't without its appeals: the action is unprecedented. The acting — that of Michael Shannon and Russell Crowe's Prometheus-like ghost — is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, the conclusive arc's biggest enemy is how good the early parts of the movie are. With so much to live up to, so much to deliver, Superman's face-off with General Zod seems to fall in the territory of the DC character's older, less substantial material. Thus, the film on the whole — even its near perfect days in somber small town Kansas — suffers. While Man of Steel does tinker with the idea that Superman's greatest enemy is himself, I don't think this is how they meant that.
As far as an effort to reconstruct Superman might go, Man of Steel is a noble one. If anything, Zack Snyder tried to inject too much into his project: the vast array of identity issues that Clark might face, a melding of DC past with the sophistication of the present pop culture psyche, and — of course — the sort of action that you can't avoid in a superhero flick like this. Each, individually, is a success. But together, the components start stepping all over one another, leaving little room for the sort of expansion that the most valuable facets deserve. As a result, Man of Steel isn't fun enough or deep enough to satisfy either end of the superhero movie spectrum. It's got a little of both, but not enough of either. Some might call it the nature of the beast. But sweeping accusations aside, Superman can be an interesting character. We just have to decide what it is that is interesting about him.
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Jerry Maguire star Jonathan Lipnicki literally bled for a role in James Caan's 2012 movie For The Love Of Money after movie bosses decided he needed to be buff and hairless for a topless scene. The former child star worked out for four months and had his chest waxed for the role only to discover it had been cut at the last minute when he arrived on set.
He explains, "I dieted really hard... and they told me there was a shirtless scene and I showed up and there wasn't a shirtless scene.
"They even paid for me to have my chest waxed... It was terrible; I actually bled."
Former child star Jonathan Lipnicki almost missed out on his big break in Jerry Maguire - he was only cast as Tom Cruise's stepson when another young actor dropped out of the project. Lipnicki went on to land the lead in the Stuart Little franchise and he's now planning a major return to acting after reconnecting with his mentor Cruise - and he owes his success to the fact another child star didn't work out as Ray Boyd.
He explains, "They cast another kid and actually shot two weeks with a different kid and it just wasn't working out; the chemistry wasn't there, the kid wasn't happy.
"They went back to recast it but they wouldn't even see me because I was on a list of people who'd already auditioned, but I auditioned for an associate and not the actual casting director... and then she said, 'How would you like to fly today to Arizona to read with Tom Cruise and (director) Cameron Crowe?'"
And that simple decision led to a big break and the chance to always have Cruise as a mentor.
The 22 year old admits he has recently reconnected with Cruise as he plots a return to the movies as a grown-up.
He explains, "He's amazing... I cold called his office... and I got a response pretty quickly... and within a few months we found a date, I met up with him and I realised it was the perfect time... I needed some guidance... and there's so much I took from that conversation."