"If I see that link on my Facebook feed one more time," single people collectively thought as one hive mind this week, "I'm repossessing every wedding gift I've ever given."
Blogger Seth Adam Smith wrote a piece on marriage that went viral when it appeared on the Huffington Post. Titled, "Marriage Isn't For You," the op-ed details Smith's struggle with the convention and his epiphany that he wasn't walking down the aisle to please himself, but rather to make his girlfriend happy. Because we know that always works out well. He describes his revelation as a rejection of the "Walmart philosophy, which is if it doesn't make you happy, you can take it back and get a new one." No word on how his new wife feels about being compared to a swivel chair from aisle 17.
Somehow, this dubious philosphy struck a chord with married pople all over social media. And frankly, it's putting the rest of us off the whole subject. If marriage is such a trial, why did I have to take a bus and three trains out to your ceremony in East Whatever, USA? Am I now supposed to congratulate you on Facebook for enduring the sacrifice and hardship of spending every waking moment with the love of your life?
Because the film version with Gerard Butler as a lovable rake who forces himself to settle for Amanda Seyfried is inevitable, we want to know what you think of Smith's piece. Is it spot-on or misguided? Are you as sick of it as we are? Discuss in the comments!
Happy Day of the Dead everyone! Here's some entertainment news from the scariest week of the year, some of it spooky, some of it just bizarre.
Katy Perry and Robert Pattinson drunkenly sang Boyz II Men together. Watch the hilarious video at The A.V. Club.
Of course there will be a TV show about sloths. It is called Meet The Sloths, and Animal Planet promises it won't be as slow as you'd expect. Kristen Bell is psyched! Read more at Variety.
There is a figure skating tribute to Breaking Bad. Read what that entails at Hollywood.com.
Olympus Has Fallen gets a far too obvious, stupidly-titled sequel. Read what it's called at The Hollywood Reporter.
Britney Spears can recite Vincent Price's opening to "Thriller."It's kind of goofy and adorable. Check it out at Vulture.
Fittingly, Jon Hamm sometimes requires three shaves a day. Read what the Mad Men makeup artist has to say about the rest of the cast's cosmetic requirements at OK!.
A Star Wars blooper reel emerges. See how embarrassing it is at Hollywood.com.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman are back to save the White House... oh, wait... this just in: They're saving London this time. The fearsome threesome are heading back to the big screen for London Has Fallen, a sequel to 2013's Olympus Has Fallen, according to IGN.
The second Fallen flick will follow the U.S. Secret Service agent (Butler), the U.S. president (Eckhart), and the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (Freeman) as they work their magic to thwart an attack on London during the funeral of the British prime minister. Olympus director Antoine Fuqua will not return to direct the sequel, but Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger, who both penned Olympus, will return to write London.
While Olympus was beat out by the competing white house take-over film (White House Down) at the box office this past summer, it doesn't appear as if its producers were afraid to make the first move this time around. But considering that White House Down came out on top, pressure is presumably now on its producers to come up with a sequel. All they need to do is get Channing Tatum to reprise his role as Cale, the hero-by-circumstance — that is, if they can pry him away from his scandalous burlesque club reality show...
Filming is scheduled to begin in London in May 2014.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman have signed on for a sequel to surprise box office hit Olympus Has Fallen. The thriller about a terrorist attack on the White House was a big hit at the global box office earlier this year (13), and the film's three stars are reteaming for a follow-up, set overseas.
However, director Antoine Fuqua won't be back for London Has Fallen.
Sure, Hollywood is full of movies like Disaster Movie, Fred Claus, and whatever new rom-com Gerard Butler is in, but every now and then a movie comes out that tries to educate the audience about a social issue via a true story. While documentaries are usually the go-to medium to convey a little-engine-that-could story, sometimes a few big-name actors are needed to help spread the word. That’s why many have realized that to tell a true story about social issues to the public -- one that may not have gotten as much attention as it deserves -- a major motion picture might be the way to go.
The most recent film to do so is Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, a drama based on the 1863 autobiography of the same name that tells the story of a free black man (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into a slavery. It is a story that, unfortunately, not many people knew of before the film was made. But thanks to those who thought the story was worth telling, the public now has the opportunity to reassess the issue of slavery and witness a story of true importance.
If a film based on a true story is done well (such as 12 Years a Slave), and if it stays closer to non-fiction than fiction, at the end of it we are more well-informed than we were when we entered the theater, and really, who wouldn’t want to be smarter?
Here are some of our favorite movies that shed light on real-life stories of importance:
12 Years a SlaveThe subject of America’s history with slavery has long been at the core of numerous movies, yet this story seemed to slip through the cracks until now. McQueen’s film tells a powerful human story of tragedy as it follows a free black man named Solomon Northup who is sold into slavery. The film reminds us of the horrors of America’s past and lets us reflect upon the unbelievable cruelty of others. It also reminds us that not every story about slavery has been told yet.
ArgoWhile this adaptation of CIA operative Tony Mendez's book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah Bearman's Wired article "The Great Escape" took flack for transgressing from the facts of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, the movie did it’s job: It brought to light an untold story of American and Iranian hostility.
Hotel RwandaBased on real life events in Rwanda during the spring of 1994, the film follows Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) as he attempts to rescue his family and thousands of refugees from the horrors of the Rwandan Genocide. It brings to life the issues of genocide, the results of violence, and the political corruption that ran rampant at the time.
The Killing FieldsThis drama is based on the experiences of two journalists (Cambodian Dith Pran and American Sydney Schanberg) during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. The film successfully sheds light on a totalitarian regime and the mass murder of millions of Cambodians.
Fruitvale StationIn another recent real-life story portrayed through film, Fruitvale Station follows the 2009 shooting of an unarmed young black man named Oscar Grant in Oakland, California, and in the process tells a powerful story of police brutality.
Erin BrockovichWhile Erin Brockovich is definitely a little lighter in tone than the other five films, it nevertheless tells a dramatization of the true story of woman (played by Julia Roberts) who went up against a big corporation, PG&E, that was knowingly harming citizens with contaminated groundwater. Plus, Roberts won an Oscar for it.
Somewhere between your typical rom-com and a biting subversion of your typical rom-com lies Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's clever, well-intentioned look at everything the genre has been doing wrong for the past many years. From the get-go, we have something altogether more gutteral than what you'd find in your usual Valentine's Weekend releases. Yes, JGL's hero follows tradition by packing a deal-breaker vice, but instead of being engaged to another woman (The Wedding Planner), living with his parents (Failure to Launch), or being just not that into her (He's Just Not That Into You), Gordon-Levitt's titular "Don" Jon Martello Jr. entertains a chronic addiction to pornography. So, right out the gate, it's already more interesting than anything with Gerard Butler.
In his directorial debut, Gordon-Levitt works to ground all of the tropes to which we're culturally accustomed. He subverts the picture perfect but colorless leading lady with Scarlett Johansson's crass, acerbic, ultimately abrasive Barbara Sugarman. He opts out of the traditional meet-cute in favor of a lustful exchange of glances between two people who share nothing more than a physical attraction. He replaces your standard pristine backdrop with a club-laden Jersey, injecting a snapshot of road rage every so often for good (albeit artistically clumsy) measure. At every step, as loudly as Gordon-Levitt seems to be screaming his deconstructions, we have a bit of fun. In large part, this is because the people playing along are doing so with gusto.
The usually affable Gordon-Levitt doesn't earn, or even ask for, our affections as the decidedly dense Don Jon, but he's a hoot when he yammers on thickly to his bros and superiorly meathead father, played with a hysterical lack of tact by Tony Danza. Johansson, likewise embedded in such a thick gravy of the Dirty Jerz, carries her domineering character well past the beneficial chuckles of familiar stereotypes into areas of authentic flavor. And midway through the show, we are treated to the usual flair of Julianne Moore, sans Mid-Atlantic accent, careening through the extremes of human emotion as the sort of character she plays best: the loon. We have a great time with all of them — the stars and their back-up players (Glenne Headly is good for a handful of laughs, as is Jeremy Luke as Don Jon's perpetually agitated pal) — and are only shortchanged when it comes to the landing of Don Jon's sincerity.
Having so much fun with its quirks, Don Jon forgets to lend any real weight to the central conflict of its hero's addiction (perhaps why the film dropped the word from its original title). It forgets to flesh out its central character in either direction, or to beef up the leading lady enough to provide a substantial opponent to the long line of Rachel McAdams roles it seems to think so lowly of. Placing such a heavy focus on the flimsiness of the rom-com genre, Don Jon doesn't exactly provide something with more substance underneath as much as it does provide something with a more inventive surface.
But its surface does offer a good enough time to make Don Jon work. It won't change your mind about romantic comedies, offer new insight into the struggles of addiction, or least of all alter the way you look at Jersey, but as a song-and-dance, the film and its performers are charming, endearing, and fun.
Oh, and there's a whole lot of porn in this movie, so keep that in mind.
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Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush has joined Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in ancient history epic Gods Of Egypt. The Australian actor has reportedly signed on to play sun god Ra in director Alex Proyas' ambitious movie. Game of Thrones star Coster-Waldau will portray Horus, while Butler is very close to signing up for the role of Set, the god of the desert.
Scottish actor Gerard Butler is in talks to play Set, the god of the desert, in director Alex Proyas' epic Gods Of Egypt. He is in negotiations to play the rival of Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's Horus.
Katie Holmes, Olivia Wilde AND Gerard Butler are among the big names who will host New York's free Global Citizen Festival on 28 September (13). They will be joined by will.i.am, Erin Heatherton, Deborra-Lee Furness, Karolina Kurkova and Freida Pinto. Alicia Keys and John Mayer will headline the event, which aims to help tackle poverty worldwide.
Gerard Butler can add sports entrepreneur to his resume after buying a stake in a West Indies cricket team. The Scottish actor has invested in the Jamaica Tallawahs, who play in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League contest, after he was introduced to the event by his pal Ajmal Khan, founder of the Limacol CPL.
Butler plans to travel to Trinidad on Friday (23Aug13) to support his new team when they play rivals Barbados Tridents.
He tells Britain's Daily Record, "I've had the opportunity to watch some of the matches. It is obvious that this tournament is the home of the greatest party in sport so I wanted to get in on the fun. As a Scotsman, I definitely have an appreciation of cricket."