Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been given a very special wedding present - a pair of rescued chinchillas.
The couple wed in secret in France at the weekend (23Aug14) and now activists at PETA have honoured the animal-loving pair by naming two newly-free pets after them. Brad and Angelina are up for adoption at PETA's Virginia headquarters after the organisation's leaders closed down one of the largest chinchilla ranches in California.
Announcing the furry wedding gift, PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange tells WENN, "Among Brad's and Angelina's kind acts are their animal rescues, as well as making their wardrobes fur-free, so naming two of PETA's rescued chinchillas in their honour seems an apt wedding present. "We can all follow this couple's great example, and help chinchillas like Brad and Angelina, by refusing to wear any real animal fur."
The pets are two of more than 400 chinchillas rescued from Valley View Chinchilla Ranch, where animals deemed not suitable as pets were electrocuted and skinned so their pelts could be made into bedspreads, coats and scarves. PETA bosses have sent the newlyweds a letter alerting them to their wedding present.
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To a weathered cinephile, there might be nothing sadder than a movie like A Most Wanted Man: the sort that is technically perfect, or close to it, but that lacks the panache to earn it hospice in the viewing public's minds and hearts. The latest John le Carré adaptation, a markedly superior film to Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, treats its political thriller with the patience and density that you might imagine a real spy to devote to his missions. Director Anton Corbijn is determined to build a world of espionage as piercingly authentic — if not necessarily in practice (how the hell would some two-bit film critic know what the trade is really like?) than in ambiance — as possible, paying for this triumph with the loss of accessibility and narrative rhythm. Impressively enough, the film never sinks quite to the level of tedium. But it never hits the highs of real encouragement either.
Philip Seymour Hoffman plays German agent Günther Bachmann with a lovable combination of Bond-caliber determination and Office Space schlubbiness — he's a man so entrenched in his job (the "catching terrorists" racket) that his identity beyond the margins of worktime hours seems limited to sips of scotch and silent glowers. Unsurprisingly, Hoffman is A Most Wanted Man's greatest triumph: his access of the obsession and self-deprecation in a man who might have otherwise been a dimensionless vehicle not only rescues his character, but the otherwise stark A Most Wanted Man in entirety.
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Without Hoffman, there is no movie. Despite acceptable turns from costars Grigoriy Dobrygin (as a Chechen Muslim targeted by Hoffman's organization), Rachel McAdams (as the diplomatic attorney driven to help Dobrygin find asylum), and — best of all — Nina Hoss (as Hoffman's colleague and friend), Hoffman is the principal feature keeping A Most Wanted Man alive.
But even at its liveliest, the film never feels particularly vibrant. Always smart, meticulous, and impressive, A Most Wanted Man lacks the nominal imperfections — the quirks and peculiarities — that might result in an active pulse. Ultimately, we are welcome to marvel at A Most Wanted Man, but it'd be nearly impossible to revel in it.
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British singer Joss Stone was given the opportunity to ride with an air ambulance crew during a charity visit in her native U.K. The You Had Me hitmaker is currently back in the U.K. for a brief break in her ongoing world tour, and she took time out to visit the Devon Air Ambulance Trust close to her home in Devon, England.
Stone made the visit to raise awareness and bring in donations for the organisation, which provides helicopter rescues across the south west of England, and she was given the chance to ride with one of the crews.
A statement posted on the star's Facebook.com page, reads, "Back in the UK... Joss went and visited the local Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Charity... Fortunately for us, one of the helicopters was due for its MOT (Ministry of Transport) Service, so Joss and team had a rare opportunity to take a ride with the crew and experience what they do on a daily basis."
Pictures posted on the page show Stone posing with the air ambulance crew and riding in the helicopter with them.
Country star Carrie Underwood has embarked on a trip to Haiti as part of a children's charity mission. The Blown Away hitmaker joined forces with officials from the non-profit Danita's Children organisation, which rescues and provides support for orphaned children and kids in poverty, and headed to the Caribbean nation earlier this week (begs16Jun14) to lend a hand at the group's medical centre.
Underwood has yet to share details about her trip with fans, but Nashville, Tennessee resident Rhae Lauren revealed the singer's involvement on Tuesday (17Jun14), when she tweeted a photo of the star with a group of volunteers on a "dental mission trip".
In the accompanying caption, she wrote, "The girls of the trip getting ready to cross the D.R. (Dominican Republic)/Haiti boarder this morning. Excited for our first day. So proud of everyone and how much we were able to accomplish! @danitaschildren #haiti #dentalmissiontrip (sic)".
Actor Ashton Kutcher rescued a group of stranded motorists on Saturday (24May14) by helping to jump-start their car. The Two and a Half Men star reportedly stopped to help a group of hikers who got stuck on a road in the Hollywood Hills when their car's battery died.
According to editors at TMZ.com, Kutcher told the group he had to drop off a passenger but promised to return and help, and the hikers were stunned when he kept his word.
In a video posted online, Kutcher can be seen helping to connect the battery from his own motor and jump-starting the group's car.
The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon has bought a lame thoroughbred horse in a bid to save him from the track. The philanthropist, who is battling terminal cancer, put up the funds to buy Valediction, after the horse appeared in a PETA expose video. The footage featured videotaped evidence of chronic misuse of drugs to enhance horses' performance and mask their injuries.
PETA discovered that Valediction's legs were covered with circular, evenly spaced scars - the result of freeze-firing, the cruel practice of burning horses' legs with liquid nitrogen to try to stimulate blood flow. After racing in Saratoga, New York in August (13), Valediction's ankles were so swollen that he had to be transported out of a test barn in a trailer. His trainer Rudy Rodriguez was then told by a state veterinarian, "This horse is lame."
The animal underwent surgery for his injures and he was purchased by a PETA agent on behalf of Simon in February (14), when another veterinarian declared the horse was so arthritic that he could never race again. Simon tells WENN, "I was not in the best of shape when I saw PETA's video and heard about the condition of this horse, Valediction, but it was immediately clear the horse was in deep trouble. "He had been run on bad legs to start with and had clearly been injured during the race and had stood there shaking, unable to put weight on his feet."
Valediction has been transported to a farm in Virginia, where he'll live out his life in peace and safety. Simon adds, "When I see him in his blanket eating carrots, I know I helped one great horse... escape the track and live in clover until the day he dies."
R&B singer Christina Milian has taken in three baby opossums after their mother was run over by a car. The AM to PM hitmaker posted a video on her Instagram.com account of the baby creatures, which are commonly confused with their native Australian cousin the possum.
She had put them in a cushioned box under a heat lamp at her home, where she will play mother to them until she takes them to a care centre.
In a post alongside the clip, she writes, "Just saved these 3 little hairy creatures... Found them in the street with their poor Mommy possum run over. I couldn't leave them... we'll take them to wildlife rescue tomorrow... For now hear (heat) lamp and evaporated milk... They're kinda cute when they're little..."
This week's episode of Lost Girl can be summed in two bizarre sentences:
Lauren helps Bo use a Kabbalah bracelet to hack into Dyson’s memories. They have to find a pair of Tom’s shoes that give you Wolverine claws.
No joke! That’s what happened. Luckily, as with most flashback episodes, it gives major origin and character development. Plus, Dyson hasn’t had as much screen time these past few weeks.
Last episode, Dyson was detained by the Una Mens. It seems like it was because he and Bo were sleeping together. The real reason is he allegedly murdered a bunch of humans and Fae. As stated earlier, Bo and Lauren try to find his alibi by entering his memories. But memory travel requires The Red String of Fate which bears a striking resemblance to Madonna’s favorite accessory. This episode brings back the hilarious Dark Fae oracle, Cassie (Vanessa Matsui). She was amazing in the episode “Dead Lucky” as a lollipop-sucking, twerking super Fae. And she did it before Miley.
In Dyson’s memories, Bo literally enters Dyson by reliving his experiences in his body. This opens up a world of double entendre. They go to 1899 France, which bears a striking resemblance to the Old West. Apparently, because Bo is merging with Dyson, their memories blur together and the cast play different roles in his past. Kenzi is a French bar maid, Vex is a bumbling French prince, and Trick is… Trick. Lauren is Dyson’s wood Fae love interest the creatively named Flora Bloom. Zoie Palmer showcases an amazing singing voice and some French vocal styling.
This episode has a lot of bizarre throuple vibes. Lauren and Dyson have seemed to embrace each other as family. Bo has sex with her version Lauren while in Dyson’s body. It makes for a metaphysical three-way. It seems like the writers are just guiding everyone towards television’s first polyamorous relationship. That scratching sound is One Million Moms trying to figure out how to sign a petition on America Online.
The plot of the episode is pretty formulaic. As expected, Bo gets stuck and Lauren saves her. In an interesting twist, Bo rescues Dyson and Kenzi. What’s really juicy is this episode fills in a lot of Dyson and Trick history. We’ve only seen Dyson as the loyal werewolf soldier who gets separated from his pack. He spent the rest of his time as a con-man and a philanderer. Trick even gets his nickname from Dyson sarcastically shrinking the name Fitzpatrick McCorrigan. It’s also revealed that Dyson helped Trick form the Fae community we know and love.
The episode ends with some pretty major questions. The Wander is still being referenced but no one can really place how or why they know his name. The Una Mens are super untrustworthy and are responsible for crimes Dyson was tried for. In their hunt for the Helskór, which are a pair of Tom’s shoes that turn you into a killing machine... unless you’re a worthy warrior. Bo and Kenzi point out that Trick has been shockingly unhelpful in The Wanderer and Una Mens drama. Could this be a clue? Here’s hoping the Wanderer isn’t Trick. Because that would mean that he slept with his daughter so Bo could be his all-powerful mate. Also, the Big Bad question remains: is it the Una Mens or The Wanderer?
SuccuBest Lines of the Episode
"Latin is a dead language!" –Kenzi in response to a monk dying
"Heartwarming. What’s next? Soy candles and a little Tegan and Sarah?" –Cassie the Oracle
"Imminent death, hair-frizzing humidity... yeah, what a snoozefest." –Kenzi
"It stinks here! Dear Period France. Wash!" –Cassie
"I always thought I’d go motel poolside. A twizzler in one hand and Liam Neeson in the other." –Kenzi’s ideal death
This episode focuses on the many faces of Nina Dobrev. Dobrev has portrayed two of television’s most wildly different twinsies (or more realistically doppelgängsies). Elena Gilbert and everyone on the show has been dealing with the onslaught of Katherine Pierce’s schemes, tricks, and violence since Season 1. 100 episodes later it looks like Katherine Pierce is no more. As part of the anniversary episode festivities there are a ton of reappearances by characters that have come and gone.
Elena is still struggling with her break-up with Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). While Caroline (Candice Accola) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) try to console her, Matt (Zach Roering) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) find Damon drinking the pain away. The gang gathers for one of the most mean-spirited drinking games as they compare, and recap for the audience, all of Katherine’s dirtiest deeds. It’s pretty shocking to realize that as one of the most major antagonists on the series, she is responsible for most of the major deaths on the show.
Elena gets a double whammy. She finds out that Stefan (Paul Wesley) slept with Katherine and that Nadia Petrova (Olga Fonda) has kidnapped Matt. Nadia needs a traveler to save Katherine’s life, and in true fashion, she betrays them to a whole mess of witches that want their blood. Elena and Stefan bond and flirt as they’re bled by the group of random Czech witches. Vampires make strange bedfellows. After the witches get a bucketful they let them go which is pretty anticlimactic. However, they probably will use their blood for something major later in the season.
Stefan plays the bigger man by convincing his brother to go back to Elena because she really is good for him. Bonnie’s anchor powers become a topic of discussion and Vicki Donovan (Kayla Ewell) and Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) stop by to make their 100th episode appearance. Sadly, Lexi (Arielle Kebbel) didn’t stop by but she is one of Damon’s most vicious and gratuitously douchey murders.
Katherine is not only dying but plagued by visions that have haunted her for her entire life. Her daughter gets ripped from her arms and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) murders her entire family that’s probably enough to turn someone into a violent sociopath. Damon returns to his more evil ways by trying to kill her and settling for taunting her psychically. Damon has really been redeemed these past few episodes. He turned off his humanity after leaving his friend Enzo to endure the horrible experiments of the Augustine organization. That combined with being manipulated by Katherine for so long and those blue eyes really do make him more redeemable.
Katherine is haunted by her past mistakes and it only gets worse as Damon manipulates her mind. She revisits the first time she ever saw Stefan and realizes that the doppelganger connection might be truer than she thought. Damon uses Elena’s aunt Jenna (Sara Canning) and her biological dad/uncle John Gilbert (David Anders) to taunt Katherine until Nadia breaks his neck. She shows up with a traveler to teach Katherine how to swap bodies and offers up her own body but Katherine refuses.
Stefan uses his vampire dreamwalking to help Katherine deal with some of her more torturous memories and gives them a shiny makeover. He wants to give her some peace in her last days. She dies for a second but refuses to go and literally makes her own heart beat again. Elena is standing over her newly conscious body and gives Katherine her heartfelt and sweet forgiveness. Katherine convinces her, and the audience that she’s ready to die. Then grabs Elena and does the traveler spell to steal her body. The episode ends with a great callback to the season 1 finale with Katherine impersonating Elena.
The Originals Cameo
Klaus returns to Mystic Falls to remind everyone of the misguided Originals series. He teases Caroline and somehow convinces him to sleep with her. Rebekah (Claire Holt) rescues Matt gives him a wink and a smile. She also lets Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) return. Elijah pops up in on of Katherine’s visions.
Tyler is going to lose it when he finds out Caroline slept with Klaus.
Katherine isn’t going anywhere and will find a way to stay on the show. She may also use Elena’s body to get it on with Stefan.
The Travelers are going to be the big enemy this season and someone from the past will probably have been a traveler all along.
Mission BriefingAgent of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns from its winter break swinging, as the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. organization is mobilized to recover agent Coulson, who was abducted by Centipede at the tail end of the last episode. The prickly Agent Hand commandeers The Bus during the search, which has the team on edge. Meanwhile, Coulson's memories are being probed by Edison Po and Raina as they dig deep into his psyche to discover what makes Tahiti so darn magical.
The AgentsEveryone's on deck for this mission — except for Skye, since agent Hand threw her off the jet — but that's not going to stop the world's foremost technogeek from tracking down Coulson and Centipede in her own way, with or without S.H.I.E.L.D.'s resources.
Mission FalloutSkye escapes her debriefing and manages to track down Centipede through the alien artifact black market, and follows their money trail to a settlement that the organization had purchased in the Nevada desert. She tells her team where Coulson is while the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. incompetently follows other leads elsewhere in the world. Meanwhile, Raina, under the guiding hand of the Clairvoyant, continues to teem Coulson's brain for answers. The Clairvoyant sees almost everything, but one of the few things out of his/her field of view is just how Coulson is still alive after being stabbed through the heart. Centipede wishes to use that answer and apply it to its own Extremis-powered soldiers, but Agent Coulson would rather die than let them get the secret ... until curiosity gets the better of him. Raina works her charms on the agent, and suddenly Coulson really wants to know some answers himself, but he isn't too thrilled with what he finds.
It turns out that Coulson's Tahiti memories were fabricated (shocker) and Coulson was really being given a series of incredibly traumatic and creepy operations to bring him back to life. The operation was so painful and unbearable that S.H.I.E.L.D. created magical Tahiti memories and slapped them on top of his memories of the operation like a pretty slipcover masking up an unsightly sofa. The team reaches Coulson and rescues him just in the knick of time and the day is saved, but Coulson is seriously unsettled by the truth. He makes a visit to the doctor who operated on him, and finds out all the gory details of his various operations. It turns out that he had lost his will to live, and was begging to die. I dont think Coulson will "trust the system" as fully as he once did.
Mission Highlights - Mike Peterson is alive! But he's missing a leg, half his body is burned, and he has one of those cybernetic eye bombs that Centipede is so fond of. But he's alive. So that's good, right?- It's just a little ridiculous how preposterously good Skye and her team are at their jobs while the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. is just wildly inept at just everything involved with their daily routines.- "Is that a Roomba?" No... no it isn't.