Actress Rumer Willis showed her support for her younger sister Scout on Thursday (19Jun14) by hitting the red carpet at a Los Angeles fundraiser for the Free the Nipple female empowerment move wearing a cropped white T-shirt featuring a monochrome print of three breasts. Rumer, the eldest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, told reporters, "I thought I would represent a little bit!" Scout Willis, 22, recently walked around topless in New York to campaign against Instagram.com's no nudity policy.
Australian actress Caitlin Stasey has stunned followers on Twitter.com by posting topless pictures of herself online. The Reign star shared a series of explicit images, which show her baring her breasts, on her social media account on Thursday (19Jun14) as part of the #FreeTheNipple campaign, which calls for a change in Instagram.com's no nudity policy.
The drive was highlighted by Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Scout last month (May14) when she marched through the streets of New York City topless.
After uploading the pictures, which were later removed, Stasey slammed critics of the campaign, writing, "Your body shouldn't be a prison because of the way other people will see it. Be dressed, be undressed, it is YOUR vessel."
She then added: "Shout out to those following me 4 (for) t*t pics only, you're like those who watched Sex & The City just for the sex. You'll get bored eventually."
"She’s very bold... I give her mad props for that. I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to do it... I support her and I think that’s all that matters." Rumer Willis supports her sister Scout's online protest about women's rights to bare their breasts on Instagram.com. Scout took to the streets of New York City topless to tackle the photo-sharing website's anti-nudity policies.
It's a truth almost universally acknowledged that Aquaman isn't very cool. The co-founding member of the Justice League and the King of Atlantis gets a pretty bad rap from most people, and it's easy to see why. To most outward appearances, he's pretty useless out of the water, and unless it's unseasonably humid, you'd probably rather have Superman by your side in a land battle. Aquaman might not have the best reputation as of now, but things look to be turning around for the hero. After months of talks, the former Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa has signed on to play Aquaman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. At first glance, Momoa doesn't seem to be a good fit for Aquaman. The muscular actor skyrocketed to fame playing the imposing and deadly Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, but there's nothing terribly imposing about the DC swimmer. He's usually clad in a bright stretchy orange jumpsuit with scales, and sports finely coifed blond hair. But we're thinking this version of Aquaman will take some inspiration from a different version of the character.
The 1990s did some terrible things to comic books. Many of our favorite characters were changed for the worse, and some were even given updated costumes dripping in misguided turn-of-the-century angst. In fact, the entire industry almost folded in on itself after the comic book market collapsed. But while these dark times almost killed superhero comics altogether, they did wonders for Aquaman. That extra dose of angst was actually good for the character; writer Peter David took the underwater boy scout and turned him into a rough burly seaman with a hook for a hand, a fierce mane of hair, and a new badass disposition. Now the King of the Seas actually looked the part.
This was a character for a new age of readers. One that inspired fear and respect, and one that is mostly unknown to those that didn't spend their formative years in the nose of a comic book. While most people laugh at the very idea of Aquaman, it's easy to imagine Momoa stepping into this version of the character, especially after watching Khal Drogo terrorize the great plains of Essos in Game of Thrones.
But even without the cool updated look, Aquaman has always been as cool as it gets. That's right, we said it, Aquaman is cool. Sure, the outfit is silly, but every superhero outfit is silly when you think about it (Batman is running around in stubby bat ears yelling about his no parents and he gets eight movies). This is a character that controls the earth's waters, and the last time we checked, the earth was made up of 80 % of that stuff. He also has an entire kingdom of sea creatures as his beck and call. No, not just little guppys and jelly fish but giant squids, sharks, andwhatever ancient beasts are still lyind dormant in the depths of the ocean. He could probably pop out a Kraken if he really tried. On top of all this, he still has super strength, even on land. We think he easily earns his place on the Justice League.
These days, the Aquaman in the comics has since reverted the character back to a more classic look, but if Momoa's casting is any indication, the upcoming film will take many of its cues from the burly '90s Aquaman. In any case, Aquaman is a hero that deserves a second assessment, and it looks like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice might reintroduce the character to a generation of naysayers. Resist all you want, but we're betting a few of you might have a new favorite hero once 2016 rolls around.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Scout Willis has defended her decision to walk the streets of New York City topless, insisting her "high-profile family" gives her a platform to protest. Last week (28May14), the 22 year old stripped down to campaign against Instagram.com's no nudity policy, and came under fire for posting pictures of the protest online.
On Monday (02Jun14), Willis posted an article on female-focused website XOJane.co.uk, in which she explains why she decided to take such a scandalous risk. She writes, "I understand that people don't want to take me seriously. Or would rather just write me off as an attention-seeking, over-privileged, ignorant, white girl. I am white and I was born to a high profile and financially privileged family. I didn't choose my public life, but it did give me this platform. A platform that helps make body politics newsworthy."
Willis continues, "I walked around New York topless and documented it on Twitter, pointing out that what is legal by New York state law is not allowed on Instagram... What I am arguing for is a woman's right to choose how she represents her body... No woman should be made to feel ashamed of her body. "I never claimed to believe that my actions... would solve anything - far from it. But what they did achieve was to provoke conversations about gender equality and body positivity that are both necessary and sorely lacking..."
She concluded, "I call out to every person moved by this to take physical - as well as digital - action, and help transform what started out as a casual topless stroll into something resembling true change. While in the meantime, my breasts and I return to a more casual form of a protest beneath my favourite sheer tank top."
"It would be naive to say I didn't think it would cause a controversy, a buzz. But never did I expect the outpouring - both of media attention, as well as incredibly positive support." Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Scout tells the New York Post she is overwhelmed by the amount of attention her recent topless stroll in New York City has attracted. The 22 year old took to the streets of the Big Apple in just a floral skirt on Wednesday (28May14) to protest Instagram.com's no nudity policy.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Scout has stripped down to protest Instagram.com's no nudity policy. The 22 year old took to the streets of New York City in just a floral skirt on Wednesday (28May14) to show off her objection to the social networking site's policy of banning female nudity in any context.
In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "Legal in NYC but not on @instagram. What @instagram won't let you see FreeTheNipple."
She adds, "My comfort with my body should not be dictated by how others perceive me. However, I don't wish to force this view on anyone. If you don't like what you see, simply unfollow me."
"I love that every time I find a box of Girl Scout cookies I'm pregnant. Guilty: I'm having a thin mint." Pop star Pink fails to clear up rumours suggesting she's pregnant with her second child in a cryptic tweet posted on Friday (23May14).
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Million Dollar Arm takes a lot for granted when it comes to its audience. It assumes that anyone paying to see this film must care about baseball. Odds are it's right — you've got to have some motivating factor beyond Jon Hamm's jawline. But it assumes you care enough that it doesn't matter how little its characters seem to. We see so few instances involving any carnal appreciation for the game throughout the bulk of the picture, least of all from cranky and materialistic sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm), that when the final act treats us to its coup de grâce tearjerkers we can't help but feel like we're being thrown one hell of a curveball.
But that isn't the worst of the film's assumptions. As a last ditch effort to find a ringer both talented and bankable enough to save his career, J.B. throws caution to the wind and high tails it to India on a scouting mission for strong-armed cricket bowlers. So casually racist that you'd think this film takes place long before 2008, J.B. hates everything about cricket (...why?) and India on the whole, submitting immediately to the idea that he's in a third-rate wasteland where nothing can get done, nobody knows anything, and any young boy would be elated to get out of dodge. And Million Dollar Arm has no interest in proving him wrong: The film never second-guesses (and assumes we won't either) the notion that Big Leagues hopefuls Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma) would be happier and better off in America. It assumes we won't take any issue with the idea that two boys from India must have never seen an elevator, a television, or a moment of good fortune. Sure, they might not have... but it's as if Million Dollar Arm expects us to believe there is no other option when a wide-eyed Sharma wanders through a Californian hotel like Wall-E exploring the starliner.
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The film gives itself so much regrettable leeway while carting through the necessary points of its true story, jumping from the laughable inception of J.B.'s plan to move his search overseas to the languid introduction of the two boys (neither of whom is given any backstory) and their entry into the MLB's consideration. But scattered throughout are beats and scenes that seem ripped from a different script entirely — J.B.'s gradual appreciation of Dinesh, Rinku, and much bemoaned translator, documentarian, and aspiring baseball coach Amit (Pitobash Tripathy) as his surrogate family. Of course the vast majority of his emotional realizations come at the behest of his beautiful, kooky tenant Brenda (Lake Bell), but the kids are usually at least nearby.
It's shocking how much the personal material does to salvage Million Dollar Arm, though. J.B.'s relationship with Dinesh, Rinku, and Amit, and — perhaps more importantly — the relationships between Dinesh, Rinku, and Amit themselves are funny, warm, and flavorful enough to give this otherwise faceless movie some real character. Secondary players Bill Paxton and Alan Arkin do little to surprise, playing disgruntled and unconscious respectively, but there's a reason these guys are always called on to do the same thing. And if that's not enough for you, Aasif Mandvi's kids keep throwing up. It plays both like an extended metaphor about the hidden joys in family life and a non sequitur gag from Tomcats. Take your pick.
Million Dollar Arm's charming points are strong enough to distract at times from its boisterous misgivings, but they peer through in the end. Not every baseball movie needs hair-tustling and eye-welling. Not every baseball movie warrants a Pride of the Yankees elegy about the glories of the diamond. But Million Dollar Arm wishes it was one of these movies (so much so that it actually rips the Lou Gehrig speech right out of Gary Cooper's mouth). Still, instead of building a story about the love of baseball or even about the magic of this story, Million Dollar Arm keeps all its genuine energy on a bunt: the story of some jackass who warms up to a couple of kids after a while. Not a bad play, but hardly the grand slam it was going for.
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With only a week and change having passed since the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we no doubt feel the question living fresh in our minds: can we ever judge a remake without considering its predecessors? The conversation about the stark contrast in critical favor between Marc Webb's release and Sam Raimi's trilogy (the second installment of his franchise in particular) buzzed loudly, and we imagine the volume will keep in regards to Gareth Edwards' Godzilla. But it'll be a different sound altogether.
The original Godzilla, a Japanese film released in 1954, reinvented the identity of the monster movie, launched a 30-film legacy, and spoke legions about the political climate of its era. The most recent of these films — Roland Emmerich's 1998 American production — is universally bemoaned as a bigger disaster than anything to befall Tokyo at the hands of the giant reptile. With these two entries likely standing out as the most prominent in the minds of contemporary audiences, Edwards' Godzilla has some long shadows cast before it. And in approaching the new movie, one might not be able to avoid comparisons to either. It's fair — by taking on an existing property, a filmmaker knowingly takes on the connotations of that property. But the 2014 installment's great success is that it isn't much like any Godzilla movie we've seen before. In a great, great way.
This isn't 1954's Godzilla, a dire and occasionally dreary allegory that uses the supernatural to tell an important story about nuclear holocaust. A complete reversal, in fact, first and foremost Edwards' Godzilla is about its monsters. Any grand themes strewn throughout — the perseverence of nature, the follies of mankind, fatherhood, madness, faith — are all in service to the very simple mission to give us some cool, weighty, articulate sci-fi disaster. Elements of gravity are plotted all over the film's surface, with scientists, military men (kudos to Edwards for not going the typical "scientists = good/smart, military = bad/dumb" route in this film — everybody here is at least open to suggestion), doctors, police officers, and a compassionate bus driver all wrestling with options in the face of behemoth danger. The humanity is everpresent, but never especially intrusive. To reiterate, this isn't a film about any of these people, or what they do.
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The closest thing to a helping of thematic (or human) significance comes with Ken Watanabe's Dr. Serizawa, who spouts awe-stricken maxims about cryptozoology, the Earth, and the inevitable powerlessness of man. He might not be supplying anything more substantial than our central heroes (soft-hearted soldier Aaron Taylor-Johnson, dutiful medic and mom Elizabeth Olsen, right-all-along conspiracy theorist Bryan Cranston), but Watanabe's bonkers performance as the harried scientist is so bizarrely good that you might actually believe, for a scene or two, that it all does mean something.
Ultimately, the beauty of our latest taste of Godzilla lies not in the commitment to a message that made the original so important nor in the commitment to levity that made Emmerich's so pointless, but in its commitment to imagination. Edwards' creature design is dazzling, his deus ex machina are riveting, and the ultimate payoff to which he treats his audience is the sort of gangbusters crowd-pleaser that your average contemporary monster movie is too afraid to consider.
In fairness, this year's Godzilla might not be considered an adequate remake, not quite reciprocating the ideals, tone, or importance of the original. Sure, anyone looking for a 2014 answer to 1954's game-changing paragon will find sincere philosophy traded for pulsing adventure... but they'd have a hard time ignoring the emphatic charm of this new lens for the 60-year-old lizard, both a highly original composition and a tribute in its way to the very history of monster movies (a history that owes so much to the creature in question). So does Godzilla '14 successfully fill the shoes of Godzilla '54? No — it rips them apart and dons a totally new pair... though it still has a lot of nice things to say about the first kicks.
Oh, and the '98 Godzilla? Yeah, it's better than that.
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