Oscar-winning film editor Tom Rolf has died at the age of 82. Rolf, whose movie credits include Taxi Driver, The Horse Whisperer, Stakeout, and Jacob's Ladder, reportedly passed away last month (Jun14) but no further details were available as WENN went to press.
Rolf worked as a film editor in Hollywood for 50 years, sequencing several well known blockbusters including Heat, Nine 1/2 Weeks, and WarGames.
In 1984, he won a Best Film Editing Oscar for his work on space drama The Right Stuff, and he was also nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for Taxi Driver.
In 2003, Rolf was given a career achievement honour from the American Cinema Editors society, and he also spent 15 years as a governor at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Rolf was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and emigrated to the U.S. as a young adult before launching his career in the movie industry in 1959.
Harry Potter stars Emma Watson and Tom Felton have paid tribute to late co-star Dave Legeno following his death in California last week (ends11Jul14). Legeno, who starred in the last three instalments of the Harry Potter franchise as werewolf Fenrir Greyback, was found dead in a remote area of Death Valley, California by a pair of hikers. An official cause of death has yet to be released, but he is thought to have suffered from extreme heat-related issues.
Watson, who played female lead Hermione Granger in the films, took to Twitter.com on Saturday (12Jul14) to pay tribute to the actor, writing, "I'm so sad to hear about #DaveLegeno. He was such a lovely man. I hope he is resting in peace x."
Co-star Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, added, "Gutted to hear the sad news about Dave Legeno. He was a true Big, Friendly, Gentleman. Was a pleasure every time we met #BFG #DaveLegeno".
"s**t, lebron is actually making me like him by doing this. going to cavs because he loves ohio." Rocker Flea approves of basketball icon Lebron James' decision to leave the Miami Heat and return to his native Ohio to play for his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
British actor Dave Legeno has died at the age of 50. The Harry Potter star passed away while hiking in Death Valley National Park in California.
His body was found in a remote area by a pair of hikers last Sunday (06Jul14) and local police believe he may have died from heat related issues, according to TMZ.com.
Legeno began his career as a boxer and mixed martial arts fighter under the name Lone Wolf.
He landed his first movie role in 2000's Snatch and went on to appear in Batman Begins. He also featured as werewolf Fenrir Greyback in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2.
Former Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts will embark on a gruelling trek to reach the Machu Picchu historical site in Peru to raise money for charity. The singer will tackle high altitudes, intense heat by day and freezing temperatures at night during her 10-day hike through South America's Andes mountains range before arriving at the famous Inca landmark.
Roberts will undertake the challenge to raise money for U.K. breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!
In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "I'm excited & proud to be climbing Machu Pichu (sic) for the fab charity Coppafeel. Would love ur (sic) support! Anything counts!"
Her mission begins on 25 September (14).
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Even more impressive than what Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has to say is how it goes about saying it. But what's the most impressive of all is the fact that the movie is having its conversation in the first place. The fact that a science-fiction blockbuster plopped right in the heat of a Marvel Comics- and Michael Bay-stocked summer, composed of computer generated super-apes and post-apocalyptic San Franciscos, is speaking unabashedly about the futility of war, the corrosivity of guns, the corruptibility of man (and ape), and the intense fallibility of any singular ideology.
So astounding is it that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is delivering these principles that you'll watch with the constant apprehension of a thematic undercut — that a movie like this couldn't possibly carry forth with its desolation of the cells that constitute its summer picture brethren's lifeblood. But the film stays true, never for a moment working to glorify its illustration of violence and hate. Dawn has a lot of ugly things to show us about its world and our own, and it pulls no punches in its presentation.
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That's not to say the movie is at all a chore to watch. Though its mission may be grim, Dawn drives us through a story about the impending war between hyper-intelligent simians and what's left of mankind with an effervescent pulse and rich character. On one side, we have Caesar (mo-capped Andy Serkis) struggling to maintain a just and orderly society of his ape brethren in a swanky little set-up in the woods, hoping principally for communal isolation. On the other, Gary Oldman strives for the very same harmony with his slum of Simian Flu-resistant humans, eyeing the power plant on the apes' turf as the source of a basic human necessity. Neither side wants war, and yet neither side is incapable of seeing the other as a threat to what it wants and needs.
We delight in our time in Ape Kingdom, finding a special fascination in watching Caesar play father to his eldest son Blue Eyes (who endures his own coming-of-age crisis of faith), in clever orangutan Maurice pioneering primate academia, and in battered chimp Koba fostering that Macchiavellian drive the old world knew too well. When the story slips into the inevitable nightmare that spawns between two parties, we have as vivid an idea of who's fighting who as any adventure, sci-fi, or war film has given us in recent years.
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So who do we root for? That's just one of the many blockbuster conventions that Dawn not only avoids but abjectly annihilates. This isn't a story about good versus bad, right versus wrong, or even man versus ape. This is a story where the act is the enemy. Where war, guns, and hate are the criminal, where trust and love are the unfortunate victim. Dawn is outstandingly impressive in its delivery of these ideas: in the construction of a race of post-human apes, its coloring of archetypal characters (like top billing human Jason Clarke and a simple but substantial Keri Russell) as fluorescent, and its unique understanding and adherence to its message's gravity. But, to reiterate, what's even more unique, outstanding, and impressive is the fact that a movie like this is saying these things at all.
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Prince looks set to finally take a bow at Britain's iconic Glastonbury Festival this weekend (28-29Jun14) as rumours of a surprise appearance heat up. The Purple Rain star pulled out of talks to headline the fabled music event in Somerset, England earlier this year (14) after the news leaked online, and he was replaced by British rockers Kasabian in the Sunday night (29Jun14) closing slot.
Festival founder Michael Eavis insisted Prince was no longer in the running to perform at the event, but multiple reports in the British press suggest Prince is now gearing up for a surprise appearance at the festival on Sunday.
The reports state that Prince is planning to perform a small set away from the main stage, alongside pop star Rita Ora, who he recently collaborated with.
A source tells The Sun newspaper, "He has loved playing the small gigs over the past few months and, even though he got offered the main headline spot, he's now decided to pop up as a surprise... standard Prince style. Rita is over the moon to be going on stage with him, understandably."
Young singer Danielle Curiel, who has worked with Prince on a number of projects, fuelled the gossip about a potential Glastonbury performance with the superstar by hinting about a "huge surprise" in a post on her Instagram.com page, writing, "We have a HUGE SURPRISE and can't wait to tell the world what's gonna happen next with us!"
The message was retweeted on Prince's 3rdEyeGirl Twitter.com page.
Previous rumours suggested Glastonbury revellers would be treated to a secret set by British rockers The Libertines.
Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has received unlikely investment advice from British musician/actor Goldie. The Sing hitmaker has become a wealthy man since shooting to fame, and he has decided to invest his money into property following advice from the electronic music artist, who has been his friend for five years.
Sheeran tells Britain's Heat Radio, "It's Goldie (handing out advice) actually... He rung me up. I'd been in touch with him since 2009, since before anything went well, and the week the album came out, he rung. He's a very, very elusive character, and he rung me out of the blue and he's like, 'You bought a house yet?' and I was like, 'No'. And he was like, 'Buy a house!' and I was like, 'Okay'."
The singer will be playing at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England on Sunday (29Jun14).
Things have not gone well for humanity since James Franco decided to help a chimpanzee get better at puzzles. In the new trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, hitting theaters July 11 — three years after the surprising success of Rupert Wyatt's Rise (which, logistically, really seems like it should follow "Dawn") of the Planet of the Apes — we see that mankind has dwindled to to the likes of Jason Clarke (ape-friendly), Gary Oldman (anti-ape), a couple of dunderheaded drunks who still don't seem to have understand that apes are smart now, and a campfire resident who prophecizes about how apes have the upper hand — opposable thumbs and all — in that they don't need fancy things like electricity or heat.
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But apes don't want war, so insists Caesar, Andy Serkis' top banana chimp who led the '11 picture and incited a revolution with the simple act of cookieing Rocket (and oh what a mistake that seems to have been... like Franco-father, like monkey-son). Caesar wants to live in harmony with the few remaining humans, but his fur-laden brethren don't seem to be on the same page.
Meanwhile, we can only assume that somewhere in the mix, a kindly, well-educated bonobo is developing a serum to boost the intellectual capacity of the horses that the apes have been using as transport, thus leading to a follow-up series in which horse trounces primate-kind.
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"Just landed in Italy! Congrats the San Antonio Spurs!!" Actress Eva Longoria celebrates her hometown basketball team's NBA championship win. The Spurs, featuring her ex-husband Tony Parker, beat the Miami Heat on Sunday night (15Jun14) to win the title.