Actors Mia Farrow and Dylan Mcdermott have led the tributes to their former co-star Lord Richard Attenborough, following the British movie icon's death on Sunday (24Aug14). The exact cause of death has yet to be revealed, but Attenborough had been living in a nursing home with his wife, Sheila Sim, and was confined to a wheelchair after suffering a serious fall in 2008.
McDermott, who starred alongside Attenborough in the 1994 reboot of Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street, took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the man who played Kris Kringle, and wrote, "Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. U (sic) were the best Santa ever."
Their co-star and former child actress Mara Wilson also added, "Sir Richard Attenborough was the only Santa Claus I ever believed in. A wonderful man. Still in shock right now. May he rest in peace."
News of Attenborough's death comes almost two weeks after Wilson's Mrs. Doubtfire co-star, Robin Williams passed away after committing suicide.
Mia Farrow, who worked with Attenborough in 1964's Guns at Batasi, also added her own tribute to her friend, and wrote, "Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP 'Pa' - and thank you," as well as comedian Ricky Gervais, who added, "RIP Richard Attenborough. One of the true greats of the silver screen."
Other Twitter tributes have come from Edgar Wright, former 007 star Samantha Bond, Rob Schneider, Stephen Amell, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who noted that Attenborough's "acting in 'Brighton Rock' was brilliant, his directing of 'Gandhi' was stunning," and adding, "Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema."
Born in Cambridge, England, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II before pursuing an acting career.
He made his debut as a sailor in the 1942 film In Which We Serve and gained popular acclaim playing ruthless young thug Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock in 1947, eventually becoming a staple of countless British films over the next 30 years.
An accomplished stage actor, Attenborough was one of the original cast members of The Mousetrap, which went on to become the longest-running play in London's West End.
In the 1960s, he expanded his range of acting, taking on a variety of roles that exposed him to a wider audience - most notably as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett in 1963's The Great Escape.
Hitting his stride, Attenborough won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1967 and 1968 - for The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Dolittle.
But he'll be most fondly remembered for his behind-the-camera skills. In the late 1950s, he formed a production company, Beaver Films, and directed his first picture, Oh! What A Lovely War, in 1969.
He later scooped the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars in 1982 for his epic Gandhi, which also won him another Golden Globe Award the following year.
Other directorial credits followed - notably the 1992 biopic Chaplin, and classic 1993 movie Shadowlands - before Attenborough made a welcome return to the screen in 1993 as eccentric John Hammond in Jurassic Park.
Attenborough won a total of eight Oscars during his career. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967, and a knighthood came in 1976. In 1993, he was bestowed the honour of life peer, becoming Baron Attenborough, of Richmond upon Thames, London.
And in 2006, Attenborough and his brother David, a popular broadcaster and beloved nature expert, were awarded the title of Distinguished Honorary Fellows of the University of Leicester in recognition of their services to the university.
Attenborough was also later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Drama from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and was an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.
On Boxing Day 2004, tragedy struck Attenborough's family when his eldest daughter Jane, her daughter Lucy, and her mother-in-law, also named Jane, died in the devastating Asian tsunami.
His family is expected to make a full statement about his death on Monday (25Aug14).
Hair plaits that once belonged to country icon Willie Nelson are set to go under the hammer as part of a memorabilia auction in New York. The clumps of hair were cut off by Nelson in 1983 and given to fellow country star Waylon Jennings, who died in 2002, as a show of solidarity to support Jennings' attempt at sobriety.
They are listed among 500 items that once belonged to Jennings, including Buddy Holly's motorcycle, which he was given after the Peggy Sue hitmaker's death in 1959, Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves and a robe and a letter John Lennon sent to the singer.
The items are being sold at Guernsey's auction house at the instruction of Jennings' wife of more than 30 years, singer Jessi Colter.
Rapper Dmx has followed in The Game's footsteps and put his name forward to fight America's most infamous Neighbourhood Watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, in a celebrity boxing match in March (14). Zimmerman, who was last year (13) acquitted of murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin during a street altercation in Florida, recently agreed to take part in a celebrity fight night and it appears a line of possible opponents is quickly forming.
The Game, who has an image of Martin tattooed on his leg, admitted this week (begs27Jan14) he would take pleasure in resoundingly defeating Zimmerman, while DMX has now voiced his hopes of stepping into the ring with him to fight for "every black person who has been done wrong (sic) in the (legal) system".
However, the embattled rapper, who has spent recent years in and out of jail, warns he would have no regard for rules if he was allowed to take part, and he has even threatened to urinate on his opponent if he wins.
The X Gon' Give It to Ya rapper tells TMZ.com, "I am going to beat the living f**k out of him... I am breaking every rule in boxing to make sure I f**k him right up. Once I am done with him, I am going to whip my d**k out and p**s on him... Zimmerman is a piece of s**t and that's what he needs to drink."
Zimmerman's opponent for the fight has yet to be confirmed.
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Reno Wilson may be EVEN funnier in person. The hilarious actor dishes about life on the set of Mike & Molly, his role as Officer Carl McMillan and what he has in common with Jennifer Aniston, while keeping us laughing the entire time. One of the most fun interviews we’ve ever had!
Reason 1: Reno started our chat with some beat-boxing magic.
So Molly has decided on a career change: next up she'll be a writer and will conduct a ride-along. Can you give us a sneak peek as to how the ride-along goes awry?
You didn’t even ask. You just knew it was going to go awry! It’s uncomfortable for Mike because it kind of invades his personal space. Let’s be honest, the squad car is like his own personal therapy couch. Now she’s in the picture. This season you’re going to see a lot more police work. This is actually the first time she rides along, and she sees something happen. Nothing serious for Mike and Carl, but it doesn’t bode well with Molly. It’s glass, glass and somebody’s ass...Can I say that?
With all of the extra police work, will we see any guest stars? Anyone you'd like to guest star this season?
We do, we do. I always wonder why his grandmother raised him. What happened to his parents? I would love it if Richard Roundtree played my dad. I want Shaft to be my dad. I was at a function a couple months ago, and that is one good-looking man. I said that to him and he said, ‘Takes one to know one.’ I came home and told my wife, "Hey baby, Shaft said I’m good looking," and she said, "Shut your mouth," and I said, "I’m just talking about Shaft."
Reason 2: Reno then schooled us on our non-existant knowledge of Shaft and proceeded to sing Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning theme song to the '70s blaxploitation classic.
Do you all hang out outside of work?
Yeah! We're pathetic! We can’t see each other enough. Billy and I have known each other for 9 years. Our kids play together. We go to birthday parties, holiday parties.
Do you have any comedic freedom on the show?
Our scripts are so tight. I speak kind of fast on the show, but I think the rhythm of our show is fast. We stay tight, tight, tight on the script.
How is it working on the set?
I gotta tell you, our set is the most thankful, grateful group of people you can be around. This is the best set I’ve ever been on. We’re on the old Friends stage. We’re still trying to figure out whose dressing room we're in. I think I’m in Matt LeBlanc’s room. None of us know, but we're all trying to figure it out.
Trivia Fact: Jennifer Aniston and I graduated high school together: same year, same class, same school Performing Arts High school, 1987. Soon I’ll be known for my haircut this season, and everybody will be getting the Carl.
Reason 3: Watch the show to find out!
Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has opened up about breaking his hand, insisting he suffered the painful injury by drunkenly punching a wall. The rocker split a bone in his right hand during recording sessions for the British band's new album AM, and surgeons had to insert a metal plate under the skin to help heal the injury.
Helders has remained coy about how the damage occurred, but now he has suggested he lashed out at a wall in frustration and immediately regretted it.
He tells rock magazine Q, "It wasn't a fist fight with a person, no. I didn't hurt anybody, except for myself. It was... a bizarre incident... with a wall... that was harder than I expected... The next day I did (feel like a fool)... It was just me being stupid.
"I weren't (sic) even that angry, cos (sic) I'm not an angry person. I was just messing about, drunk. Everyone I've told said, 'We've all done it.' I just managed to hit the wrong wall. The bone popped out - not out of the skin but it was stuck up. I went to my girlfriend, 'I think we need to go to hospital.' They put a plate in it. I'm having it taken out at Christmas."
However, Helders' bandmate Alex Turner later cast doubt on the drummer's explanation for the injury, adding, "Oh, is that what he told you?... Yeah, he's been telling some people that..."
The broken hand is the second major injury Helders has suffered in recent years - in 2010 he broke his left arm sparring with a pal during a workout in a boxing ring.
Let's face it, celebrity comebacks are about as irresistible as the run-through-the-streets-naked meltdowns that usually precede them. (We've got our eye on you, Bieber!). Movie audiences are very forgiving, after all, especially when stars appear to have learned from their mistakes. Here's our list of the five best comeback roles in recent Hollywood history.
5. Andrew Dice Clay in Blue JasmineWoody Allen's decision to cast the washed-up, foul-mouthed comedian in his latest film, Blue Jasmine, left a lot of people scratching their heads…until they actually saw it. The role was Clay's first in over a decade, and he's now earning Oscar buzz for his lively portrayal of an embittered ex-husband.
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4. Mickey Rourke in The WrestlerRourke was being heralded as the next Marlon Brando before a sojourn into professional boxing and other oddball side trips had him disappear from the spotlight. But it was his gritty performance as a washed-up wrestler than earned him a 2008 Academy Award nomination, as well as a rare second act as a Hollywood star.
3. Robert Downey Jr. in Iron ManBy the early 2000s, Robert Downey Jr. was all but finished: the latest in a long list of promising young actors overtaken by drugs and alcohol. But after finally getting himself clean, Downey began to slowly rebuild his career, which culminated with his sterling performance as the wisecracking tech genius turned superhero Tony Stark in 2008's Iron Man.
2. Ben Affleck in ArgoA mere nine years after "Bennifer" and Gigli, Ben Affleck proved just about everyone wrong by winning the Best Picture Oscar for Argo. Guess he did have talent all along.
1. John Travolta in Pulp FictionHad Quentin Tarantino not decided to take a chance on the presumably past-his-prime actor back in 1994, classics like Battlefield Earth would never have seen the light of day.
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Remember when Drive came out and everyone was all 'Oh my god, look at how quiet and crazy and insane and (duh) broodily-attractive Ryan Gosling looks in this film!'? Well, if you enjoyed the Goose on his silent-psycho game but wished it had more eastern influence, look no further than Only God Forgives, the latest team-up between Gosling and Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn.
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This time, Kristin Scott Thomas is in on the neo-noir crime ride — playing Gosling's mother while looking both unfairly fabulous and fascinatingly terrifying as far as mafia godmothers go. She's not a regular mom, she's a cool mom! And you'll be swimming with the fishes if you disagree.
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The film focuses on the story of Julian (Gosling), a man who fled Bangkok after killing a cop ten years prior. He and his brother run a Thai boxing club as a nice little front for the family's drug-smuggling operation, run by mom Jenna (Thomas). Things only get more complicated from there, though, after another murder puts the heat hot on their collective tail. Blood ensues. Apparently the script was the "strangest thing" Gosling's ever read! Peep the red band trailer, below.
Only God Forgives hits US theaters July 19, 2013.
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For those of us who are single this Valentine's Day, Community's second episode of its fourth season was a welcome respite from all the candy hearts, balloons, and ubiquitous red/pink/fuschia clothing. Thanks to a little thing called postponement, Community's Halloween episode shifted from the original October airdate right on down to Feb. 14. And for a Halloween episode, this week's journey to Greendale is gooeier than a Russell Stover's mystery truffle.
The study group gathers to go to Vicki's halloween party, but there's a problem: Pierce locked himself in his panic room and he needs help. Jeff is back on the "at-odds-with-Pierce-train" and he's convinced that Pierce is lying because he doesn't want everyone to go to the party without him. When the Dean comes in, dressed as boxing ring girl to Jeff's shirtless boxer, he changes his tune and they head off to save Pierce.
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Once they enter Pierce's palacial home, decked out like the 1980s in space, they speak to Pierce via the security system and embark on a hunt through the house to find the code to let him out, which he has conveniently forgotten on account of all the old. Jeff and Britta break off, allowing the human ham bone (Halloween!) to psychoanalyze Jeff and get to the root of his daddy issues. Jeff belittles Pierce as they explore the house and find various pieces of the senior Hawthorne's wardrobe. It's clear Jeff is rejecting Pierce's continuing obsession with his father's approval, even after his death, because he's afraid to want his father back in his life. "Remember when this show used to be about a community college?" But we know it's true. The harder Jeff insists that he doesn't need his father, the more we know it's true. Especially when he hides from Britta after revealing he has his dad's phone number and has yet to use it. And even more especially when he sits down and actually calls the number at the end of the episode. Could Jeff really be growing?
And as Jeff finds himself, he also finds the red notebook and Pierce's code. It's the same as the security code as the surveillance system, making this whole search totally pointless, except for the part where Jeff learned something about his feelings about his dad. But whatever. And that's when the real haunting begins. The walls start shaking, and the stucco behind Troy starts to expand as as if a human is crawling out from within. Of course, it turns out that Pierce somehow managed to create the whole haunting himself, including the part where someone who kind of looked like a really tall Mr. Hawthorne Sr. was standing behind Annie in the mirror. It turns out Pierce was upset that he wasn't invited to Vicki's party, but he didn't like Vicki enough to scare her, so he scared the study group instead. It's okay, we can "aww" here.
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But that's not all, Abed is especially impressed by the shadowy figure Pierce hired to watch him sleep. You know, that thing that paranoid old people totally do all the time. Pierce immediately thinks it's the ghost of his father and relocks the panic room, until an unaccounted for figure approached the door and opens it. It's Gilbert, his half brother and super secret guest star Giancarlo Esposito. The shot as he enters the room is not unlike the toe-to-head shot that revealed the demise of Esposito's character on Breaking Bad, and it's hard to believe that wasn't intentional. Gilbert is back because he came to give Pierce the deed to the house, but found he missed being Mr. Hawthorne's assistant so much that he secretly became Pierce's for the past two weeks until he was discovered.
Pierce, in a rare moment of compassion, says that he doesn't need an assistant but that he'd love for Gilbert to be his roommate, and suddenly, we're treated to the cutest and also most unlikely to be cute scene in the history of television. I may actually miss Pierce when Chevy Chase's final episode airs.
In other news, Troy and Britta's progress is progressing, and Shirley is concerned it's progressing too fast. Being the God-fearing, slut-shaming woman Shirley can sometimes be (in the sweetest possible way), she's concerned that her favorite study group member might be pressured into wild, crazy Britta sex. And when she tells Troy Britta might have a heftier "stuff" (i.e. sexual) appetite than he does, he panics almost as much as he did that time Annie chloroformed the janitor. Luckily, by the end of the night, Britta is prepared to take her tired ham bone home, cuddle with Troy, and watch a few episodes of that show he's been telling her so much about, Inspector Spacetime.
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For a Halloween episode, this week sure delivered a Valentine's appropriate ending.
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Screw it, everyone gets an A (but here's why):
-Shirley is dressed as Princess Leia, her husband is Han Solo, and her kids are Ewoks. +100
-"I have a mask you can wear. One that doesn't zip at the mouth." -Shirley +50
-Annie is Jeff's ring girl so she dresses as the girl from The Ring.+30
-"I'm sure as stuff not your sexy little ring girl." -Annie +70
-Troy and Abed are dressed as Calvin and Hobbes +ALL OF THE POINTS
-"No sweat, Boba Fett" -Troy +10
-"Why does he have so many collars? SECRET DOGS." -Troy in Pierce's special gym +30
-Abed living his dream: watching his friends' drama on the security cameras like they're a TV show. +1000
-"Please Pierce, don't die slightly before your time." -Troy +15
-"We do some things. We do a lot of things. (Shirley gasp) Not all the things. Things." -Troy about him and Britta +20
-Jeff is dressed as a flimsy excuse for shirtlessness. -50
-"If you knew what spooked me, you'd call me crazy and old." -Pierce
"No one's going to call you, Pierce."-Jeff -20
-"I didn't leave my short term memory at Coachella." -Jeff to Britta +40 (for accuracy)
-Jeff skips the party to go home and call his dad.+4000
-Britta is dressed as a ham bone.+200
-"Calling for help, a classic call for help." -Britta +10
-"Holy Helen this place is huge." -Britta +0
-Britta wants to watch Inspector Space Time with Troy.+100
-Pierce has a picture of young Chevy Chase in his bedroom. +80
-"Ghosts cant go through doors stupid, they're not fire." -Pierce +30
-"Vicki didn't invite you, why didnt you scare her?" - Shirley
"I hate her." -Pierce +1000
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For months (even years) after his brutal 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna, R&B singer Chris Brown was Hollywood's Public Enemy No. 1. His blatantly remorseless attitude, shirt-ripping morning show freak-outs and overall belligerence rubbed people the wrong way (go figure!).
But over the past year, the 23-year-old has slowly started succeeding again, despite some rather public detractors.
The latest triumph? Authorities have concluded their investigation into the June 14 bar fight between Brown and his rival, Drake. Investigators have determined that neither will face criminal charges as the result of an alleged nightclub brawl, reports TMZ. Sources indicate that there was not enough evidence to move forward with charges and that the surveillance video in the club where the musicians and their entourages allegedly hurled bottles at one another was so dark and blurry that authorities couldn't make any use of it.
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Also, this weekend, Brown reunited with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Rihanna, after she flew to Berlin, Germany to watch him perform on Thanksgiving Day and joined him for the after-show party at a nightclub. The pair were photographed getting into a car together and Rihanna posted on Twitter.com, "All alone in my big ole (sic) jet!!! See u soon lover … Happy Thanksgiving everyone … Berlin. Carpe Diem (Brown’s world tour)."
And the good news doesn't end there. Earlier this month, Brown signed a modeling contract with Wilhelmina International agency. And his high-profile performances at this year's Grammy and Billboard Awards have drawn criticism but also publicity and helped propel album sales for the singer.
What do you think, readers: Is the Breezy hatred starting to disappear? Have you forgiven and forgotten? Let us know in the comments!
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