Actor Chris Evans made a young cancer patient's dream come true by paying him a surprise visit in Boston, Massachusetts on Monday (29Dec14).
The state native paid a visit to Christopher's Haven, a centre that provides a home away from home for kids battling cancer and receiving treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital next door.
The Captain America star is in town for an event on Friday (02Jan15) at baseball venue Fenway Park to help raise money for the facility, and before attending the fundraiser, Evans decided to surprise superfan Kenny Botting, a nine year old from Connecticut who is battling a brain tumor.
Evans arrived at Christopher's Haven much to the delight of Botting, and the actor spent time hanging out and taking pictures with him. After signing autographs and handing out gifts to Botting and other residents, Evans told local news station WBZ that he takes inspiration from the bravery of kids like Botting.
He said, "It's their strength that gives me strength. No matter what hurdles are in my life it's nothing compared to what these families go through, so any way I can bring a smile it's worth it."
Botting was overwhelmed by Evans' visit, and simply said, "I am more than happy. I just want to say thanks for coming."
2015 is going to be a big year for movies, and we're super excited. There are dozens of films that we can't wait to see: long-awaited sequels, novel adaptations, oh and a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. These are some of the blockbusters that are heading to a theater near you in 2015.
1. 50 Shades of Grey (February 13)
The sexy novel comes to the big screen just in time for Valentine's Day.
2. Cinderella (March 13)
3. The Divergent Series: Insurgent (March 20)
4. Furious 7 (April 3)
The last Fast and Furious movie to star the late Paul Walker.
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)
The superhero team assembles once again to take on a sentient robot threat.
6. Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15)
The Bellas are back for an aca-sequel!
7. Mad Max: Fury Road (May 15)
8. Tomorrowland (May 22)
9. Paper Towns (June 5)
The closest I've come to getting a picture of Ben. Love these guys. #PaperTowns http://t.co/QjLY96DqiJ pic.twitter.com/hBso48e2K9
— John Green (@johngreen) December 17, 2014
The second book by author John Green to be made into a film, after the success of last summer's The Fault in Our Stars.
10. Jurassic World (June 12)
11. Inside Out (June 19)
The newest Pixar film takes place in the mind of a young girl.
12. Terminator Genisys (July 1)
13. Magic Mike XXL (July 1)
We're so happy that we're getting more of this.
14. Ant-Man (July 17)
15. The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials (September 18)
16. Spectre (November 6)
James Bond (Daniel Craig) returns to kick some more ass.
17. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (November 20)
18. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (December 18)
19. Sisters (December 18)
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler starring in a movie together makes it an automatic must-see.
20. The Hateful Eight (December 25)
H8ful Eight rehearsal! This shit is too much fun! Gonna be a BLAST!! http://t.co/VuRFpbABFs
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 23, 2014
The latest film from Quentin Tarantino. Expect a lot of violence.
It looks like we'll be spending a lot of time at the movies next year.
Marvel movie bosses have launched legal action against Google executives in a bid to prevent a possible leak of their highly-anticipated Avengers movie sequel, six months before its scheduled release.
The star-studded superhero film, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson, isn't expected to hit movie theatres until May (15), but a file reportedly containing the Avengers: Age of Ultron film has allegedly been found on a Google mail user's Drive storage account, according to EntLawDigest.com.
Chiefs at Marvel's parent firm, the Walt Disney Company, alerted Google heads to the issue on 22 October (14) and urged them to "act expeditiously to remove or disable access to the infringing materials", and last week (04Nov14), they lodged papers in a California federal court, asking a judge to subpoena Google experts to hand over all information about the user, named as John Gazelle, to help them track down the pirate suspect and locate him via his Internet Protocol addresses.
It is not known whether Google bosses heeded the initial request to take down the file supposedly containing the film.
Marvel bosses were previously stung by movie hackers when an unfinished copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine surfaced online almost a month before its theatrical release in 2009.
The Avengers news emerges four months after Lionsgate studio executives sued those responsible for illegally leaking a DVD-quality version of Sylvester Stallone's action movie The Expendables 3, three weeks ahead of the blockbuster's release.
Courteney Cox, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker and Carrie Underwood are among the stars who have saluted the U.S. Armed Forces to mark Veterans Day on Tuesday (11Nov14). A host of celebrities took to social media to reflect on the U.S. holiday which commemorates serving troops and those lost in battle.
Former Friends star Cox writes in a post on Twitter.com, "So grateful today and everyday for the extraordinary sacrifice of our service members and their families. Happy Veterans Day!" and How I met Your Mother star Harris adds, "It's Veterans Day. Sincere thanks to all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces for protecting our country. I salute you."
Country singer Underwood offers, "Thank you to all the women and men who serve our country. Today, we honour you and your sacrifices and bravery! God bless.HappyVeteransDay (sic)."
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker shared a link to a website listing local Veterans Day events and urged her fans to get involved with fundraising activities, and American Beauty star Mena Suvari tweeted a picture of U.S. armed forces throughout the years, adding, "In memory of the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States Of America."
A message posted on the website of rocker Bret Michaels, who has previously performed for troops in the Middle East, reads, "On this Veteran's Day, on behalf of all of us... we'd like to take a moment to remember and send our most sincere thank you along with our utmost appreciation to all the men and women who have served in our nation's armed forces. Their efforts and sacrifices will always be remembered."
Other U.S. stars to offer messages of support include actor Chris Evans, Susan Sarandon, Val Kilmer, Katherine Heigl, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Richie Sambora, John Legend and Billy Ray Cyrus.
Tuesday (11Nov14) also marked Remembrance Day in the U.K. and British stars including One Direction's Harry Styles also paid tribute to war heroes.
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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Welsh rocker Gruff Rhys has been shortlisted for a prestigious literature honour for his debut book. The Super Furry Animals frontman released his new solo album American Interior in May (14), inspired by the story of Welsh adventurer John Evans, who explored the U.S. in the 18th Century.
The special project came with an app and a book charting Rhys' reconstruction of Evans' journey, and now the novel has been announced as one of five works in line for the 2014 Gordon Burn Prize, which honours "authors whose novels enter history".
The winner of the award will be announced in October (14).
Assuming you were born around 1983 and that your social circle in the early grammar school years consisted of a rigidly impermeable foursome, we can conclude indisputably that you spent a good deal of your time playing Ninja Turtles. Unlike other pop culture-inspired imagination games, Ninja Turtles never allowed for turn taking as far as the central roles were concerned. Maybe you’d alternate occupancy of Luke, Han, and Chewy when playing Star Wars, or switch off between Margaret and Jimmy for games of Liquid Sky. But when it came to Ninja Turtles, the margins were set before recess even began: you were either the leader, the tough one, the smart one, or the goofball. Without exception.
But are such stark roles present in any other pop culture phenomena? We’d have to imagine so. As such, we sought to our favorite foursomes from the entertainment world and took a stab at assigning them their respective Ninja Turtles.
LeonardoJerry, the leader (who, incidentally, derives all of his moral fiber from the noble Superman)
RaphaelGeorge, the truly "dark and disturbed" member of the group
DonatelloElaine, the intellectual — she did graduate from Tufts (her safety school), and she scored a 151 on an I.Q. test
MichelangeloKramer, the hipster dufus
THE HOGWARTS HOUSES
LeonardoGryffindor, house of the daring and noble
RaphaelSlytherin, house of the severe and ambitious
DonatelloRavenclaw, house of the wry and intellectual
MichelangeloHufflepuff, house of the spirited and kind
SEX AND THE CITY
LeonardoCarrie, the glue, the narrator and the center of everyone's attention
RaphaelMiranda, stubborn and cynical enough to walk away from the love of her life (twice!)
DonatelloCharlotte, the conservative, overachieving Ivy League grad obsessed with everything appearing perfect
MichelangeloSamantha, who has never passed up a chance to see and be seen
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LeonardoPaul: "Think globally, act locally."
RaphaelJohn: "Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground."
DonatelloGeorge: "When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there."
MichelangeloRingo: "Peace and love. Peace and love."
LeonardoCaptain America, the wholesome, morally didactic good guy
RaphaelThe Hulk, the "muscle" who is tortured by his own demons
DonatelloIron Man, the tech genius who never hesitates to let his teammates know how much smarter he is than they are
MichelangeloThor, who's just kind of an idiot
LeonardoDawson, proving that having your name in the title doesn't save you from being the biggest buzzkill
RaphaelPacey, the rebellious, wise-cracking screw up of your teenage dreams
DonatelloJoey, smart - she went to Worthington! - sweet, and innocent, and always likely to end up in a bad situation
MichelangeloJen, the reformed party girl with a heart of gold and a chip on her shoulder
LeonardoMeg, the oldest sister and de facto head of the household
RaphaelJo, strong-willed and at odds with her siblings (and herself)
DonatelloBeth, who is shy, wise, and musically adept
MichelangeloAmy, the li'l one with the penchant for art
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LeonardoRay, the heart and soul of the group
RaphaelPeter Venkman, the rebel who plays by his own rules (and forces everyone else to accommodate)
DonatelloEgon Spengler, the smartest in a team of scientists
MichelangeloWinston, who is also there
THE MT. RUSHMORE PRESIDENTS
LeonardoGeorge Washington, the diplomat who kicked off American democracy
RaphaelAbraham Lincoln, the agonizingly depressed hero who took to the front lines
DonatelloThomas Jefferson, the braniac wordsmith who wrote the Declaration of Independence
MichelangeloTheodore Roosevelt, the loon who used to fight bears and whatnot
LeonardoBlanche, the open-minded, creative sort
RaphaelSophia, a master of caustic wit
DonatelloDorothy, the smartest of the lot
MichelangeloRose, the ditz
THE FACTS OF LIFE
LeonardoBlair, who was rich and blond, so she was the natural choice for the central role in an '80s sitcom
RaphaelJo, who wears a leather jacket
DonatelloNatalie, who basically acts like she's 40 at age 15
MichelangeloTootie, who wears rollerskates all the time
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THE FANTASTIC FOUR
LeonardoSue Storm, the levelheaded voice of reason
RaphaelThe Thing, who is, as one might expect, pretty pissed about being a giant rock
DonatelloMr. Fantastic, the hyper-intellectual
MichelangeloJohnny Storm, the jag who's always jumping around and lighting stuff on fire, because he thinks it's cool
STAND BY ME
LeonardoGordie, the courageous leader
RaphaelChris, the young punk who has stolen his share of milk money
DonatelloVern, the timid perpetual bullying victim
MichelangeloTeddy, the kooky thrill-seeker
LeonardoHannah, who at the very least sees herself as a well-adjusted leader of mankind
RaphaelJessa, the alleged loose cannon who is riddled with dark passengers
DonatelloMarnie, the uptight would-be sophisticate who tries to manufacture life experience by the book
MichelangeloShoshanna, the young nutter butter who garners the least respect
LeonardoReggie Rocket, the smart, even-tempered overachiever
RaphaelOtto Rocket, the troublesome bad boy
DonatelloSam Dullard, the awkward intellectual
MichelangeloTwister Rodriguez, the idiot comic relief
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LeonardoCady Heron, the acceptable human being
RaphaelRegina George, the villainous upstart
DonatelloGretchen Wieners, kind of just by default
MichelangeloKaren Smith... see "Thor"
LeonardoVinnie Barbarino, the boring (albeit charming) leader
RaphaelJuan Epstein, the tough guy with whom everybody knows not to mess
DonatelloArnold Horshach, the dorky dweeb
MichelangeloBoom Boom Washington, the loudmouthed goofball
A special thanks to writers Angie Han (an easygoing Michelangelo type) and Rudie Obias (a total Raphael, with respect) for helping to mastermind this piece, and to everyone else who contributed their varied expertise to the cause.
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Sundance is long gone, Cannes sailed away months ago, and both Tribeca and the Los Angeles Film Festivals have cleared away until next year. But when one major film festival ends, another starts putting its lineup together, and this time, it's Canada's time to shine. The Toronto International Film Festival, which will run from September 4 until the 14, has unveiled the list of titles they'll be premiering this year, and it's packed with under-the-radar indies, highly anticipated returns from accliamed directors, and of course, several likely awards contenders. But with nearly 60 films all making their debut in Toronto this fall, it can be hard to pick out the good from the bad and the exciting from the ones you've probably seen before. In an attempt to simplify the decision-making process for you, we've highlighted some of the most exciting films to hit north of the border this fall.
The Imitation Game Who’s Involved: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley, Matthew Goode and Charles Dance star What It’s About: The British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win WWII by cracking German codes, and was then prosecuted by the government for being homosexual. Thoughts: Finally, a cast good enough to convince you that math is interesting for two hours.
The Last Five Years Who’s Involved: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan What It’s About: A musical that tells the story of a married couple’s five-year relationship – his perspective runs from the day they met to when it all fell apart, and hers from the end back to the beginning. Thoughts: The perfect example as to why you should pay attention when your theater nerd friend tries plays you cast recordings.
Foxcatcher Who’s Involved: Bennett Miller directs; Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo starWhat It’s About: Based on a true story, it follows two championship wrestler brothers and the tragic consequences that they face after getting involved with an eccentric millionaire coach. Thoughts: We really are going to have to come up with the Tatum equivalent of “McConaissance” sometime soon.
A Little ChaosWho’s Involved: Alan Rickman directs; Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Rickman star What It’s About: A landscape gardener finds herself struggling with the politics of Louis XIV’s court and her own demons after she’s hired to work at the Garden of Versailles. Thoughts: You had us at “Rickman.”
The Riot Club Who’s Involved: Lone Scherfig directs; Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Natalie Dormer and Jessica Brown-Findlay star What It’s About: A privileged young man is inducted into the “Riot’s Club,” an exclusive, wild group of young men full of debauchery and bad behavior, during his first year at Oxford. Thoughts: Look! It’s that guy from that thing! And that girl, from that other thing! I like them. They should be in more things.
Before We Go Who’s Involved: Chris Evans directs; Evans and Alice Eve star What It’s About: Two strangers bond over the course of one night in Manhattan, and the conflicts in their lives allow them to explore more about each other and themselves. Thoughts: Captain America is directing movies now!
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This Is Where I Leave You Who’s Involved: Shawn Levy directs; Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Connie Britton and Jane Fonda star What It’s About: Four adult siblings return to their childhood home after their father dies. Dysfunction and hijinks ensue. Thoughts: Does Driver say “outer space” in this? Can we re-write the script so that he does?
Men, Women and Children Who’s Involved: Jason Reitman directs; Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler and Judy Greer star What It’s About: A group of parents and children navigate the way the Internet has changed their relationships and lives. Thoughts: Well, it’s got be better than Labor Day, right?
Miss Julie Who’s Involved: Liv Ullman directs; Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell star What It’s About: Set over the course of one night in the 1880s, an aristocratic woman and her father’s valet struggle for power. Thoughts: Should we also be thinking about the “Farrellissance?”
Nightcrawler Who’s Involved: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton star What It’s About: An ambitious journalist becomes involved with the world of LA nighttime journalism, and the line between spectator and perpetrator becomes blurred. Thoughts: Oh, so this isn’t an X-Men solo film? That’s slightly disappointing.
Rosewater Who’s Involved: Jon Stewart directs; Gael Garcia Bernal stars What It’s About: The true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who appeared on The Daily Show before being imprisoned for five months by the Iranian government. Thoughts: This is the movie that gave us Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and for that we shall always be grateful.
The Theory of Everything Who’s Involved: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis star What It’s About: The life and relationship of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from their first meeting at Cambridge through Hawking’s diagnosis through their numerous accomplishments. Thoughts: Oscar Season 2014: Alan Turing vs. Stephen Hawking in The Battle of the British Genius Biopics.
Whiplash Who’s Involved: Damien Chazelle directs; Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star What It’s About: An ambitious jazz drummer who enrolls at a prestigious music conservatory, but must endure the brutal, intense tutelage of a brilliant, drill sergeant-like teacher in order to achieve greatness. Thoughts: Look, we’ll stop talking about this one once it finally comes out, and not a moment sooner, okay?
Every time I begin to recommend Snowpiercer to a friend, I experience an instant of jabbing fear and doubt. These feelings set in, like clockwork, at the onset of my description of the plot: “Global warming has wiped out humanity.” Every time, as whatever listener I have procured struggles to hide a wince, I question first if I can successfully articulate the experience I had with this movie… and then, as I consider the audacity in its premise alone, if it could have really been all that great to begin with.
But tasked with at the very least describing the little advertised Bong Joon-ho picture, I advance to the next element in my illustration of the story: “And everybody left alive is stuck on this giant train.” And every time, as the winces turn to looks of bewilderment, I begin to pick up speed. I careen through the explanation of the rigid caste system that envelops the train’s passengers/prisoners, the revolution that sparks at the dawn of the film, and the performances of stars John Hurt, Song Kang-ho, and a particularly miraculous Tilda Swinton. (Chris Evans isn't too bad either, but doesn't always keep up with the campy flavor of his comrades.)
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The uncertainty fades as I come to realize just how much fun I am having explaining what happens in Snowpiercer, sure to insist to my now wholly engaged audience that I’m hardly doing the movie justice. I'm reminded of how inviting the film is, shockingly so when you consider its grim conceit. Affability is no mean feat for a movie about human extinction, class warfare, murder, dismemberment, cannibalism... as dark as the movie gets, it's never repulsive. You're always driven to march on, from the caboose straight up the engine room, at the very least to see what new bit of twisted mania this movie has up its sleeve. The further we travel into the story, the more impressed and delighted we are by the imaginations of director Bong Joon-ho and the creators of the source graphic novel Le Transperceneige.
Snowpiercer's ultimate victory is how palatable it makes its unbelievably weird material. Things might get bonkers — a fact you rediscover when you inevitably decide to recommend the movie to somebody else ("...and then they get to the rave room...") — but they are always delivered in a fashion that prefers an intimacy with its audience, rather than the cold distance that some high concept pieces strive for... or at least wind up embodying regardless of intent.
This is never a problem with Snowpiercer. The weirder it gets, the more we get into it. You might not recognize this at first, or at the dawn of your recollection of the bats**t premise, but you'll get there quickly enough. This train doesn't take long to pick up momentum.
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Former adult actress Jenna Jameson and Naughty By Nature star Treach are set to receive relationship advice on the upcoming season of U.S. reality show Couples Therapy. The former porn star and her boyfriend John Wood, as well as the rapper and his girlfriend Cicely Evans, will work out their romance issues in public on the upcoming fifth season of the VH1 series. Each couple will attempt to repair its troubled relationship on the docu-series, alongside reality TV stars Dick 'Evil Dick' Donato, Deena Cortese, and Juan Pablo Galavis.