"Me and my wife Kelly hate Sundays - I'm not even kidding - and we wanted to turn it around and make it a good thing." Comedian Mike Myers explains the inspiration behind his newborn daughter Sunday's weekend name.
Stars including Stephen Fry, Colin Baker and Robert Lindsay have paid tribute to British comedy actor Sam Kelly, who has died aged 70. The veteran star passed away on Saturday (14Jun14) after a lengthy illness.
Confirming his death, his agent Lynda Ronan said, "Sam Kelly died peacefully... after a long illness bravely fought.
"He does not leave any family but a host of friends who were his chosen family. His death is a great loss to them and the profession."
After news of his death broke, stars from screen and stage took to Twitter.com to pay their respects to the beloved actor.
Fry wrote, "Very saddened to hear about Sam Kelly's death. He played a splendid Hitler in a comedy drama called Stalagluft I made with Nick Lyndhurst..."
Former Doctor Who star Baker, who went to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art alongside Kelly, added, "Cannot believe that lovely Sam Kelly has died. We were at drama school together - lovely, funny, talented chap. So sad."
Sherlock actor Mark Gattis also tweeted, "Desperately sad news that the wonderful Sam Kelly has left us. Such a funny, talented man and one of the good guys," while Lindsay, who was preparing to perform in West End show Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, wrote, "Feel so depressed about the amazing Sam Kelly's passing how do we manage a second comic musical tonight? we dedicate it to him RIP."
Kelly was best known for his roles in classic U.K. sitcoms 'Allo 'Allo! and Porridge. He also appeared in longrunning comedies Barbara, On the Up, Black Books, and his film work included 2010 family film Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang and Mike Leigh's 2002 movie All or Nothing.
Michael Jackson returned from beyond the grave to wow fans at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (18May14) by performing onstage in hologram form, five years after his death. Producers of the Las Vegas prizegiving used virtual technology to make it appear as if the King of Pop had been brought back to life to sing and dance his way through new track Slave to the Rhythm.
Dressed in a white and gold jacket and red pants, he began the eerie appearance seated in a throne before joining a string of dancers to show off his fancy footwork, including his signature moonwalk, by strutting across the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as he appeared to belt out the tune. The stunt, titled the Michael Jackson Xperience, left the audience in awe and earned a standing ovation from everyone in attendance.
Stars also took to their Twitter.com accounts to share their feelings about the performance, with newlywed Kelly Rowland writing, "We miss you Michael!", while actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler tweeted, "I have chills watching michael Jackson performance. Makes u (sic) realize there will never be a performer like him", and rapper Nicki Minaj commented, "Dat (sic) was mike?"
The virtual performance almost didn't happen after Jackson estate executors and Billboard Music Awards producers were slapped with legal action in an effort to put a stop to the show. Businessman Alki David, who claims to control the rights to the hologram technology, filed suit in Nevada on Thursday (16May14), insisting the Billboard gig would likely violate his patent, but his motion was dismissed on Friday (17May14) due to a lack of evidence, allowing the show to go on.
The Michael Jackson Xperience, organised to celebrate the release of his new posthumous album Xscape, beared similarities to the resurrection of Tupac Shakur at the 2012 Coachella music festival in California, where the dead rapper appeared onstage alongside Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in hologram form. The Thriller hitmaker died in 2009.
"She was just like a second mother to me. She was an angel. She was like Grace Kelly and Princess Diana - she exuded that. I'm friends with her son, Mike Neeson. It was a tragedy, but she was an incredible human being. I just learned how to carry myself by just being around her." Lindsay Lohan praises late actress Natasha Richardson, who played her mother in the hit 1998 film The Parent Trap. Richardson passed away after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a skiing accident in 2009.
Actor Mike Myers has become a father for the second time. The Shrek star, 50, and his wife Kelly, 37, are the proud new parents of daughter Sunday Molly, who was born on Friday (11Apr14).
A brief statement issued to People.com reads, "We couldn't be happier."
The couple wed in 2010 and welcomed son Spike in September, 2011.
Myers previously gushed about the joys of parenting, saying, "Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it. I am the happiest I have ever been in my life.
"I knew I wanted to be a father, I didn't know it was going to be this awesome or that my kid would come out so beautiful and lovely."
Mike Myers has scrapped an appearance at the Miami International Film Festival in Florida on Tuesday (11Mar14) as he prepares for the imminent arrival of his second child. The Shrek star was set to make an appearance at the event to speak about his documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, about the hell-raising music manager behind Alice Cooper and Jimi Hendrix.
However, the funnyman has now decided to stay in New York to look after his heavily pregnant wife Kelly, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Shep Gordon himself and Miami Heat basketball team boss Pat Riley will now attend a question and answer session in Myers' place.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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All of the futuristic gadgets, zany crimes and mashed-up metal on Almost Human have malfunctioned. The show finished its 13-episode run with a lot of gaps in the story. That was way too quick. It has been enjoyable watching John Kennex (Karl Urban) and Dorian (Michael Ealy) fight crime, but Almost Human has a ton of untapped potential. Questions need to be answered such as...
When Will the Antagonist Reappear?
Dr. Nigel Vaughn (John Larroquette) has established himself as the main bad guy. Or at least he is potentially. Vaughn is a rogue cyborg creator on the run. A crazed robot called an XRN (Gina Carano) still exists and as long as it's around, lives are at risk. The XRN killed countless people during the first run-in with law enforcement. When Kennex and the rest of the crew realize the XRN is functioning again, they quiver like a bunch of rookies on their first patrol.
The Insyndicate, the top tier of organized crime, still needs to be taken down. Kennex barely survived the Insyndicate's attack that killed his partner. And what about Kennex's ex-girlfriend, Anna Moore, who helped the Insyndicate in the attack? Almost Human must address these antagonists in future episodes. We got basically nothing from Season 1.
Stahl Is a Chrome. So What?
Nobody's perfect. Except maybe chromes. In Almost Human, chromes are genetically superior people who live longer, excel at everything, and mingle with their own. Valerie Stahl (Minka Kelly) is a detective, which surprises her fellow chromes. Usually, law enforcement is beneath a chrome. She has a lot in common with Kennex. The possibility of these two getting together seemed like a formality. Unfortunately, romance must take a back seat as Stahl was last seen dating some hotshot chrome. Would a chrome date a normal human?
The Wall and Future Sci-Fi Terrain
Many characters make references to the wall, a structure built to separate cities. People aren't allowed to cross the wall and it's not a place you casually visit. Vaughn made his escape (along with stolen XRN materials) by scaling the wall. What's on the other side? And what else can Almost Human do to wow us going forward? Dorian could clash with other cyborgs in potentially limitless action sequences. Kennex is weighed down by his inner demons. Investigating crimes, Dorian's partnership and Stahl's smile keep him sane. Let's hope he stays that way.
Space drama Gravity scooped a handful of top honours at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday (16Feb14), including a Best Director prize for Alfonso Cuaron. The sci-fi hit, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in outer space, also picked up awards for Best British Film, Best Cinematography, Best Music, and Best Visual Effects.
It was a disappointing night for Oscars favourite 12 Years A Slave - although the drama took home Best Film and Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, it lost out in a string of other top categories, including Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Best Adapted Screenplay, which was instead awarded to Philomena writers Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope.
There was also no trophy for Ejiofor's co-star, newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, who missed out on a Best Supporting Actress honour to Jennifer Lawrence; she was also denied the Rising Star Award, which went to We're The Millers actor Will Poulter.
Cate Blanchett was named Best Actress for her role in Woody Allen comedy Blue Jasmine, and Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi took home the Best Supporting Actor prize, while Dame Helen Mirren was honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement.
Collecting his Best Director award, Mexican moviemaker Cuaron said, "You can't tell from my accent but I consider myself a part of the British film industry. I've lived in London for the last 30 years and I've done almost half of my films in the U.K. I guess I make a good case for curbing immigration!"
The award ceremony's emotional highlight came as Blanchett dedicated her Best Actress trophy to her late friend Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this month (Feb14).
She said, "Phil, your monumental talent, your generosity, and your unflinching quest for the truth, both in art and life, will be missed, not only by me but by so many... Phil, buddy - this is for you, you b**tard! I hope you're proud."
The ceremony at the Royal Opera House was presented by Stephen Fry and featured guests including Leonardo DiCaprio, who presented the supporting actress award, Brad Pitt, Uma Thurman, Prince William, Amy Adams, Emma Thompson, and Stanley Tucci.
The list of 2014 BAFTA film award winners is:
- Best Film: 12 Years A Slave
- Best British Film: Gravity
- Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
- Leading Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)
- Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
- Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
- Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
- Best Original Screenplay: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell (American Hustle)
- Best Music: Steven Price (Gravity)
- Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
- Best Editing: Dan Hanley & Mike Hill (Rush)
- Best Visual Effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould & Nikki Penny (Gravity)
- Best Sound: Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri & Chris Munro (Gravity)
- Best Production Design: Catherine Martin & Beverley Dunn (The Great Gatsby)
- Best Costume Design: Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)
- Best Makeup & Hair: Evelyne Noraz & Lori McCoy-Bell (American Hustle)
- Rising Star: Will Poulter
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope (Philomena)
- Outstanding Debut: Kieran Evans (Kelly and Victor)
- Best Foreign Film: The Act of Killing
- Best Film Not in the English language: The Great Beauty
- Best Short Animation: Sleeping With the Fishes
- Best Short Film: Room 8
- Best Animated Film: Frozen
- Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema: Peter Greenaway
- BAFTA Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement: Dame Helen Mirren
They've seen each other at their best, and more often than not, at their worst. The mismatched partners on Almost Human are exactly what each other needs. Cops and bad guys, beware.
John Kennex (Karl Urban) and Dorian (Michael Ealy) complement each other in the field because they are so different. Kennex is the loose cannon who gets the job done, but is capable of being compassionate. Dorian keeps calm, evaluates situations and uses reason before doing anything, but the DRN android can get reckless thanks to his brand being an inconsistent, discontinued model.
The two have bonded thanks to sharing numerous rides while on patrol. They've also endured shootouts. Drug deals, dangerous criminals, and sexbots have also brought them closer. Dorian notices Kennex's lack of action in the dating pool. Kennex found his android pal a place to charge overnight. Dorian didn't want to hang with those stale, MX-43 androids at the police station.
Their bromance is constantly evolving and took a large step after Kennex stood up for his partner. An MX dispelled Dorian's theory about how a murder victim was killed. The MX constantly rebuked Dorian's ideas. What did Kennex do? He shot the MX's face off. Dorian revealed his own theory on their bromance later on in a car ride.
"You like me," Dorian said."No, I don't," Kennex responded."Yes, you do.""No.""You definitely do.""How do you come by that conclusion?""The MX. You shot it because it insulted me. You like me.""No, I shot the MX 'cause it wouldn't shut up.""No. You shot it 'cause you like me.""Keep talking, I'll prove my point.""It's okay, John... I like you too."
See, the duo is evolving. Kennex wouldn't shoot an android in the face if it didn't offend Dorian (okay, maybe he would, he does have anger issues). But if Kennex is to overcome his rage, it will be because of his partner. Dorian is happy to be a cop and he would do anything to help Kennex. Cheer up, Kennex — you have your health, you have a job, and you work with Valerie Stahl (Minka Kelly). Having a coworker like her will make any bromance worth tolerating.