Actress Marlee Matlin became caught up in a Canadian fan's suicide drama on Wednesday (02Apr14) after the teenager declared she was going to take her own life on Twitter.com. The Children of a Lesser God star became panicked after Raena Patatta from Nova Scotia sent her a message via the social networking site and claimed she would be committing suicide at noon.
Matlin retweeted the message for the attention of local police, calling on them to help locate the devotee, who is described on her Twitter page as an 18-year-old quadriplegic.
She later revealed that she had been contacted by a Halifax city cop, who claimed Patatta's tweet had been a sick prank, prompting the Oscar winner to chastise the follower online.
She wrote, "Was informed by @HfxRegPolice (Halifax Police) that follower who threatened suicide was a hoax. I'm so sorry that this person put us all through this.
"I don't often publicly reprimand followers but @Raena2013 you did a terrible disservice to those who are dealing with suicide. Shameful."
However, the events took another surprising turn shortly afterwards as police officials insisted the investigation was still ongoing and Patatta's worrying tweet could actually be genuine.
But the information appeared to be more than Matlin could handle and she decided to sign off from her Twitter account with a warning about the real dangers of mental health, posting: "I'm going to step away from this whole drama of the person who posted a suicide threat. Please, remember mental health is not a joke."
Actress Eva Longoria is convinced reality TV stars like the Kardashian family shouldn't complain about a lack of privacy because they offer their personal lives up as entertainment. The former Desperate Housewives star is convinced a line should be drawn between actors and reality TV stars, who are famous for letting film crews document their daily activities.
She was asked about the issue during an interview on the Nova FM radio station in Sydney, Australia, where a debate about stars' privacy has been raging since Khloe Kardashian was accused of cutting short a TV interview over a question about her baby niece North West.
Longoria says of the issue, "There's definitely things that are off-limits and shouldn't be asked (but) I think it is different for a reality star than it is for an actor. An actor goes out and acts and does work, certain things are left to be private. Reality stars are kind of living out their lives, that's why they are famous, because of the reality of their lives.''
Kardashian has since denied reports suggesting she ended the recent chat when talk turned to sister Kim's baby with rapper Kanye West, blaming the mishap on a technical fault.
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"A new Will Smith movie! What's it about?"
That question sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? That's because you already know. Sure, there are a few odds and ends you might not have caught wind of, but you're never totally in the dark on the plot of one of Will Smith's gestating blockbusters. Because they're all pretty much exactly the same.
Every one of the Fresh Prince's (is it reductive to still call him that?) headliners commits to a rigid formula of pieces so interchangeable that were he alive today, we know who Eli Whitney would deem his favorite Hollywood star.
Brilliance — the new movie that TheWrap is pinning to the 43-year-old actor — is no outlier: In the film, Smith plays a "gifted" government agent who saves a future society from terrorist attacks. Yes, that'll fit quite snugly into the proverbial fill-in-the-blank game that is the rest of his filmography...
BAD BOYSSet in Miami in the present, Will Smith (a cop) saves the city from criminals with the help of Martin Lawrence.
INDEPENDENCE DAYSet in New York and D.C. in the present, Will Smith saves the world from aliens with the help of Jeff Goldblum and the president.
MEN IN BLACKSet in New York in the present and the past, Will Smith (a cop) saves the world from aliens with the help of Tommy Lee Jones.
ENEMY OF THE STATESet in D.C. in the present, Will Smith saves himself from the government with the help of Gabriel Byrne.
WILD WILD WESTSet in D.C. in the past, Will Smith (a cop) saves the president from a criminal with the help of Kevin Kline.
I, ROBOTSet in Chicago in the future, Will Smith (a cop) saves the city from robots with the help of a robot.
HITCHSet in New York in the present, Will Smith saves Kevin James from heartbreak with the help of Eva Mendes.
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESSSet in San Francisco in the past, Will Smith saves his actual son from poverty with the help of hope and perseverence.
I AM LEGENDSet in New York in the future, Will Smith saves himself from zombies with the help of a dog.
HANCOCKSet in Los Angeles in the present, Will Smith saves the city from criminals (and himself) with the help of Jason Bateman andCharlize Theron.
AFTER EARTHSet on Earth and Nova Prime in the future, Will Smith saves his actual son from aliens and animals with the help of Scientology.
So that makes four New Yorks and three D.C.s, three counts of saving the city, two of the world, and two of his son, three movies that involve aliens, three that involve criminals, four movies where he's a cop... and in just about all of them, he's "gifted." Welcome to the game, Brilliance.
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There's a "Will They or Won't They" type of thing going on with The Neighbors. Alien (as in extra-terrestrial) Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo) and Amber Weaver (Clara Mamet) were dating, but due to constant interference from Jane, Reggie's supposed soulmate from his home planet, it looks like they are off now after Weaver threw in the towel in a recent episode. Will they resolve this in a way that'll make people happy by the time that the season ends or will they leave it in a cliffhanger, hoping to be able to continue it in another season. (Hint, it's never a good idea to do that, look at what happened with Terra Nova - we'll never know what was actually going on when they found all those artifacts from other eras in the age of the dinosaurs.)
Mamet - yes, she's a daughter of playwright David Mamet, just like her sister Zosia on Girls - and Jo have a good chemistry behind her sullen teenager mien. It's clear that she still cares about Jackson although they are not together. Witness their looking out the window at each other as they watched movie night at their own home, an activity that was usually shared together, but obviously didn't happen this time due to the breakup.
So what we're looking at may be a Ross/Rachel type of situation, if Ross were an outer space being inhabiting a human form and Rachel made goths look cheery sometimes. This is one of the better opposites attract pairings that I've seen, though, with some really genuinely sweet moments, like when Weaver painted Jacksons' room with glow-in-the dark paint to look like the nighttime sky. It was also painfully obvious that Jackson had strong feelings towards Weaver, with his constantly asking how she felt about him, so this who Jane situation just feels like a temporary roadblock. While I know that there's supposed to be some kind of conflict to drive stories forward, I find Jane a rather irksome overly perky, nearly stalkerish nag who just won't go away.
And hey, if they need good relationship advice between a human and non-human, they could always hit up a certain alien from the planet Ork. Which reminds me that it's a shame that Robin Williams is busy on The Crazy Ones, since he'd be a perfect guest star for this show. Nanoo Nanoo.
Having lived with it for a while, I don't dislike the new Arcade Fire album, Reflektor, nearly as much as the Washington Post did. If nothing else, co-producer James Murphy (ex-LCD Soundsystem) gives the album some grooves, but unfortunately, Win Butler is still the most humorless and self-important frontman in rock since Bono, and the album as a whole feels overblown in the same way that both Neon Bible and The Suburbs did.
So if you've got an hour and 47 minutes to kill, skip Reflektor and watch Marcel Camus' 1959 film Black Orpheus instead. Arcade Fire brought new attention to the film last weekend when the pre-release album preview stream on YouTube was set to scenes of this Brazilian classic. Arcade Fire claim that, like the film, their album is based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, although unlike the basically incomprehensible album, you can see the connection between the film and the myth.
Exquisitely shot and vibrantly colorful, the film was shot in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval, making it a feast for both the eyes and ears. Especially the ears: the soundtrack, by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa, introduced the Northern Hemisphere to bossa nova, the exquisite and stylish blend of samba and American jazz that was native to Rio. Watch the film on its Criterion Collection DVD or Blu-Ray for extra features that put the film into its full musical and historical context, or via Netflix for the film itself. And don't forget to listen to the absolutely essential soundtrack via Spotify.
Actor Donald Sutherland is set to star in, co-write and produce the animated film adaptation of a prize-winning children's book. William Gilkerson's Pirate's Passage won the Governor General's Award for children's literature in 2006, and now Sutherland is hoping to take it to the big screen. He will voice the main character, Captain Charles Johnson, who sails into a Nova Scotia town in 1952 and helps a mother and son save their inn.
Actor Teo Halm has been dropped from the new Boy Meets World spin-off. The Nova star was cast as the older brother of Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel's TV daughter, Riley Matthews, but producers at Disney decided the show, Girl Meets World, would work better without the character.
Halm broke the news on Twitter.com on Saturday (05Oct13), writing, "So guys, Disney decided that it wouldn't work to have an older brother on the show; I won't be on Girl Meets World. Thank you to everyone".
Responding to Halm's message, Fishel wrote, "Teo, you are an incredible talent and I adore you. You may still call me mom."
Savage and Fishel played teenage sweethearts in the original show, which ran from 1993 to 2000.
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Upon hearing that Charlie Hunnam has been cast as the titular sado-masochist in the upcoming film adaptation of EL James' novel Fifty Shades of Grey (the news reported by Deadline), fans of the story have been chiming in with their approval — or lack thereof — of the choice. But looking at it from another angle, is Fifty Shades the right choice for Hunnam at this point in his career? Ever since the polarizing Pacific Rim, Hunnam has been on thin ice with some critics and moviegoers. Working with occasionally abject dialogue, Hunnam gave a performance that has been called out as the worst part of Guillermo del Toro's film. So will something like James' pseudo-porn from the screenwriter behind the groan-worthy Terra Nova be a detriment to Hunnam at this sensitive crossroads?
If he were just another well-sculpted frontman whose career had promise only to marshal action-heavy blockbusters and sultry romances, then we might not even bother with the question of whether or not this is the right time for Hunnam to sign onto Fifty Shades. But the man has talent, and fandom to boot. His Sons of Anarchy role, Jax Teller, has earned him critical praise and public celebration. He proved comically adept as the uncurably suave Lloyd on Judd Apatow's goofy college comedy Undeclared, impressed in a handful of acclaimed dramas, with Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men a standout.
In short, Hunnam has the goods. He can handle real material, not just kaijus and sex dens. And we're afraid that so soon after an unfavorable Pac Rim reaction, Hunnam's assignment to Christian Grey might label him forever a flat actor who juggles lackluster scripts.
Then again, maybe we shouldn't discount Fifty Shades entirely. Maybe Hunnam and newly cast costar Dakota Johnson will derive some provocative chemistry from the story. Maybe screenwriter Kelly Marcel, who is also handling this year's anticipated picture Saving Mr. Banks, has more up her sleeve than a few "Oh my God! A dinosaur!" exclamations. Maybe director Sam Taylor-Johnson will conjure up her Nowhere Boy magic and instill this new project with a hefty dose of character and charm. If all things go as such, this might not be such a bad choice for Hunnam after all.
But try convincing the Fifty Shades fans that he's not a bad choice for the movie...
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Singer-turned-winemaker Sir Cliff Richard is producing a new sparkling rose to mark the birth of Britain's royal baby, Prince George Of Cambridge. The Living Doll hitmaker produces his own wines at a vineyard, Adega do Cantor, in Portugal, and 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the project.
The year (13) also featured the birth of Prince William's new son, so Richard has decided to create a special wine in his honour. He has named the new wine Congratulations - a reference to his chart-topping 1968 hit.
A post on the vineyard's Facebook.com page reads, "Perfect timing! To celebrate Adega do Cantor's 10th anniversary as well as the arrival of the new Royal baby, a new sparkling rose wine from the Syrah grape, 2010 vintage, is scheduled to be available for Christmas and New Year. Congratulations is the latest addition to the Vida Nova range and is sure to be in huge for demand for all celebrations!"
Prince William's wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to the couple's first child, Prince George, last month (Jul13).
Jewish rapper Matisyahu, rocker Travis Barker and pop star Ariana Grande have teamed up for an unlikely collaboration as part of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama's ongoing campaign to promote healthy living. The three artists have recorded a track titled U R What You Eat (Salad Bar) for a new hip-hop inspired album, Songs for a Healthier America, which was put together by officials at Obama's Partnership for a Healthier America organisation and the Hip Hop Public Health group.
Other tunes on the project bring together Ashanti, Gerry Gunn, Artie Green and Robbie Nova, while Shayna Steele, Jeremy Jordan, Our Time Theater kids and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren have joined forces for another song.
Executives at Obama's Let's Move! campaign, which aims to fight obesity and promote fitness among kids, hope the message to lead healthier lives reaches children via the music.
Sam Kass, executive director of Let's Move! and White House assistant chef, says, "Cultural leaders and visionaries in our country can give these messages to kids in a way that's not preachy. Kids are going to be dancing and listening to the music. I think hip-hop in particular - so many kids love hip-hop. It's such a core part of our culture... and particularly in the African-American community and the Latino community, which is being disproportionately affected by those health issues."
Jordin Sparks and hip-hop icon Doug E. Fresh are also among the artists featured on the album - their duet Everybody was released earlier this year (13).
The Let's Move! campaign was launched in 2010 and featured a video from Beyonce, who reworked her song Get Me Bodied and renamed it Move Your Body for the Let's Move! Flash Workout initiative.