Director/producer Ryan Murphy has urged young fans to make a difference in the world by drawing inspiration from The Normal Heart playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer and becoming champions of good causes. The Glee and American Horror Story director escorted ailing Kramer to the stage as he picked up the Outstanding Television Movie honour for his recent TV adaptation of The Normal Heart at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday (25Aug14).
Murphy gave special recognition to the film's actors, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, for lending their star-power to the project - about Kramer's efforts to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in the early 1980s - to help move it into production, almost 30 years after Barbra Streisand obtained the rights to the 1985 play with a view to turning it into a small screen movie.
Stepping up to the mic, Murphy said, "We're only here because of one person, and that's Mr. Larry Kramer. We did this for him.
"Special thanks to our wonderful cast, particularly a shout out to Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, who got this movie made. After 30 years, it took the superpowers of Erin Brokovich and The Incredible Hulk to finally get this thing alive."
Murphy then used the second part of his acceptance speech to encourage young humanitarians to lead the charge for change.
He continued, "We're gonna use the rest of our time to ask young people watching to become Larry Kramers, to find a cause that you believe in that you will fight for, that you will die for. Go online, look up amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), look up the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation."
Murphy wrapped up his speech by dedicating his Emmy to "the hundreds of thousands of artists who have passed from HIV/AIDS since 1981", adding, "Your memory and your passion burns on in us, and this is for them. Thank you."
The filmmaker's moving tribute prompted transgender Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox to take to Twitter.com after the speech and applaud Murphy for his words of wisdom, writing, "#RyanMurphy's speech made me tear up. Bravo."
Sir Elton John is following in the footsteps of his late friend Diana, Princess Of Wales after he was named as the recipient of a prestigious charity award for his work in the fight against AIDS. The Rocket Man hitmaker, who has raised millions for good causes through his Elton John AIDS Foundation, is to be presented with the Harvard AIDS Initiative Leadership Award, which honours individuals who have displayed "outstanding vision, leadership, and courage in the worldwide struggle against AIDS".
The award will be presented to the star during his charity's An Enduring Vision benefit gala in New York City next month (Oct13), and he admits he feels honoured to receive a prize once presented to Princess Diana.
He says in a statement, "When I think of the extraordinary people who have received this honour before me, including my dear, dear friend Princess Diana, I admit to being quite humbled at the thought of being numbered among such august company... I pledge to continue my work for as long as it takes to achieve an AIDS-free generation and ultimately a world without AIDS."
Other previous recipients include Richard Gere and Paul Michael Glaser's wife Elizabeth, who died from an AIDS-related illness in 1994 after contracting HIV through a blood transfusion.
The gala will take place on 15 October (13) at a venue in Manhattan.
Former Starsky & Hutch star Paul Michael Glaser is hitting the road for a seven-month tour of Fiddler On The Roof. The actor has put all his belongings in storage so he can join the U.K. production, which is directed and choreographed by TV dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I've packed up my apartment, put everything in storage and sold my car so I could do this tour. I said, 'I'm gonna toss the deck of cards in the air and see how they fall.' How often in life do you get a chance like that? It celebrates the spirit of mankind with those great numbers like If I Were a Rich Man."
Glaser, who starred in the Oscar-winning 1971 film version, adds of his own financial situation, "Not in monetary terms... (But) losing my wife and daughter made me very different and I am fortunate that I was able to learn from it. I feel more at peace with myself than ever, so I guess I am a rich man."
The star's first wife Elizabeth contracted HIV through a blood transfusion while giving birth to their daughter, Ariel, who was infected with the virus through breast-feeding, and they both succumbed to AIDS-related illnesses in the years afterwards.
Former Starsky & Hutch star Paul Michael Glaser has ruled out ever finding love again as he is happy with single life. The actor's first wife Elizabeth contracted HIV through a blood transfusion while giving birth to their daughter, Ariel, who was infected with the virus through breast-feeding, and they both succumbed to AIDS-related illnesses in the years afterwards.
Glaser went on to marry Tracy Barone, the mother of his teenage daughter Zoe, but they divorced in 2007, and he is adamant he is better off alone.
The 70 year old tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I was never comfortable with celebrity. I have never been really successful in a relationship even with Elizabeth. You hope to grow into a relationship, but then the journey with HIV made things different. I am far better at being alone now."
Former Starsky & Hutch star Paul Michael Glaser keeps the memory of his late wife and daughter alive by holding imaginary conversations with them. The actor's wife Elizabeth contracted HIV through a blood transfusion while giving birth to their daughter, Ariel, who was also infected with the virus, and they both succumbed to AIDS-related illnesses in the years afterwards.
Glaser, 70, admits he still struggles to deal with the loss of his wife, who died in 1994, and their little girl, who passed away in 1988, and he holds conversations with them to help ease his grief.
He tells Britain's Daily Express, "I have conversations with them occasionally. It's usually 'I love you. How are you?' It's not a question of a literal response like words. It's more like an understanding and knowing they are there in me. Is it my memory of them or are they coming to me? I think it's all one and the same. You experience someone's energy over a period of time and they experience yours and together you've created a thing called a relationship."
The couple's son Jake, now 28, was also infected with HIV, and Glaser insists he is coping admirably, adding, "Jake's doing well. He handles his ride and he's got a lot on his plate. His health's good. He's finding his way. He's very committed to helping others and really contributing to life on this planet."
She's graced the cover of countless men's magazines, been a host on young men's network G4 and starred in some pretty big movies (remember I Don't Know How She Does It?). But to the average person (ok, woman), actress/model Olivia Munn is still far from a household name.
Tomorrow, she'll share the big screen with Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, and Alex Pettyfer in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike.
So who exactly is the 31-year-old actress?
1. She's no dummy. Munn majored in journalism and minored in Japanese at the University of Oklahoma.
2. She started out in sports. "I used to be a sideline reporter for Fox Sports, doing college football, and womens’ basketball courtside, so I’ve done it before," she's said.
3. She gets the hate. She caught a lot of flak for her stint on G4's Attack of the Show with her stunts like jumping into a giant pie wearing a French maid’s outfit and gobbling a raw hot dog dangling on a string. "I’m easy to hate. I get it," she told Salon.com. "When I first came to L.A., I would go to these commercial auditions for Target. I’m 110 pounds now, but I used to be 135. And I would go to these auditions and these girls would be, like, in that effortless L.A. look: T-shirt, jeans and flats. I know what it’s like to not think it’s fair for someone to look a certain way and also get the dream job. But it’s ridiculous to say that a woman can’t be funny and also be sexy."
4. She's dated around. She started her career as "Lisa Munn" and embarrassingly dated maligned director Brett Ratner. She moved on to others like Chris Pine and is now linked to The Killing star Joel Kinnaman.
5. She's a fast mover. In 2008, she was #99 on Maxim's Hot 100 List. By 2010, she was #8. And in 2011, she was #2. Could the #1 spot be hers this year?
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Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.
As P.M. Glaser, the actor wrote Chrystallia & The Source of Light with his late wife Elizabeth in mind and he hopes others find strength and resolve in difficult times by reading the fairytale about a brother and sister sharing a final Christmas with their dying mother.
He tells U.S. news show Extra, "I was looking for a way to share what I have learned about loss and helplessness... I was really fortunate; I found a teacher who taught me the difference between being a victim and letting a situation like this really grow your heart and grow your capacity to love."
Glaser, who has also illustrated the book, admits his late wife will always be a huge inspiration for him: "The way in which she met with her journey and dealt with it had a great affect on me."
Elizabeth Glaser died in December, 1994 after becoming infected with Aids from a blood transfusion.
The former One Tree Hill is hoping to raise funds for his favourite charities by giving fans the chance to download Flight of the Cormorant: An Everlast Story.
Devotees can also select which of Murray's three chosen causes will receive their cash.
The charities involved in the initiative are Hunters Hope, To Write Love on her Arms and The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.
The actor has also created a graphic novel surrounding his new literary hero, Derek Everlast, and that will be released in November (11).
A crazed Miley Cyrus fan who was recently released by Georgia officials because there was no room for him in jail has been arrested for a second time.
Mark McLeod, 53, was arrested on Tuesday on an attempted stalking charge after he was spotted loitering around the Georgia set location of the teenage superstar's new movie The Last Song.
According to TMZ.com, McLeod admitted he was trying to make contact with the 16-year-old when he was taken into custody, despite previously being warned by cops to stay away from the singer/actress.
McLeod was initially arrested by Tybee Island Police in Savannah, Georgia, in June and booked on two misdemeanor charges for disorderly conduct after he was overheard making "inappropriate comments" to young Cyrus fans.
A police report of that incident suggested the man had "been camping at Tybee for three or four days and that he had observed Cyrus on her balcony, that he sent her special presents and that he (claimed he) was going to marry Cyrus and even invited the (arresting) police officer to the wedding."
He was released after just a day in custody -- a decision that was frowned upon by the local media and lawmakers in California.
Chatham County Sheriff Al St. Lawrence claimed a local jail was too full to hold McLeod and insisted he did not pose a threat to himself, Cyrus or her fans, saying, "If we had heard something about this guy supposedly being a stalker or he had been charged with a felony, he wouldn't have been released..."
But the decision has backfired and McLeod is now being held behind bars at the Columbia County Detention Center.
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