Airplane! actors Robert Hays and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have reunited to star in a TV commercial written by the team behind the hit comedy film. Hays and Abdul-Jabbar appear together again in the new advert for Wisconsin's tourism agency.
The commercial was penned by Airplane! co-directors and screenwriters Jerry and David Zucker and features a number of classic lines from the film.
The Zucker brothers were raised in the state, while Abdul-Jabbar played for basketball team the Milwaukee Bucks before he took up acting.
Sir Mick Jagger's daughter and granddaughter will reportedly host a joint baby shower over the weekend (15-16Mar14). The Rolling Stones star's daughter Jade recently announced she is expecting a baby, just months after her 21-year-old Assisi confirmed her own pregnancy.
Reports now suggest the mother and daughter will celebrate the impending arrival of both their babies by throwing a joint party at the weekend (15-16Mar14).
The baby shower will be organised by Jagger's ex-wife Jerry Hall, according to British newspaper the Daily Mail.
Hollywood hardman Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing a lawsuit from more than 20 U.S. prisoners who allege he kept them detained in a disease-ridden jail while governor of California. A group of 22 current and former prison inmates are suing officials after a bout of Valley Fever swept through their cells in 2009, when The Terminator actor was in power.
They allege officials kept them housed in a California prison knowing the deadly disease had already claimed the lives of 30 other inmates.
Now it has emerged Schwarzenegger is also named on the lawsuit as a respondent, along with incumbent California Governor Jerry Brown.
The convicts are seeking costs for medical care and damages.
Peaches Geldof, Eliza Doolittle and supermodel Jerry Hall are urging fans to spring clean their closets to raise money for charity. The trio is handing over unwanted clothes to retailer TK Maxx's joint campaign with U.K. charity Cancer Research. The clothes will be sold in the charity's stores across Britain to fund research into childhood cancers.
A timely workout at the gym helped rapper/actor Common land a cameo in the Entourage film. Filmmaker Doug Ellin ran into The Light hitmaker at Equinox in Los Angeles last week (ends02Mar14) and asked him if he would like to appear in the movie.
Common obliged and filmed his one-line cameo on the spot, according to the New York Post.
The rapper is not the only celebrity to make a surprise appearance in the movie - last week, actor Liam Neeson was photographed on set while filming his cameo.
The Entourage movie, which stars Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon, is set to hit theatres next year (15).
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Seventeen years ago, Harrison Ford grumbled four simple words that defined a genre, a demographic, and a country: "Get off my plane." In a pre-9/11 world, there was no shortage of jingoistic glee in a movie like Air Force One, in which a man's man American president doled out justice to a militia of Russian loyalist terrorists who made the silly mistake of attempting to hijack his flight home from Moscow. In 2014, we don't have the luxury of facing a plotline like this with reckless merriment. There's a damp gravity to the premise behind movies like Non-Stop, which in another time would have been nothing more than Taken on a Plane. But rigidly conscious of the connotations that attach to a story about a hijacking of a civilian international flight into John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, Non-Stop doesn't play too fast and loose. It still plays, and has some good fun doing so, but carefully.
From the getgo, we're anchored into the grim narrative of Liam Neeson's U.S. Air Marshall Bill Marks, who settles his demons with a healthy spoonful of whiskey. A dutiful officer even when liquored up, Marks eyeballs every nameless face in London's Heathrow Airport, silently introducing the bevvy of characters who'll come into play later on. After takeoff, Marks finds himself on the unwitting prowl for the anonymous party who's attempting to take down the red-eye through a series of manipulative text messages, well-timed threats, and clandestine killings. Chatty passenger Julianne Moore and flight attendant Michelle Dockery join Marks in his efforts to identify the mysterious criminal before the entire aircraft falls to his or her whims. So less Taken, more Murder, She Wrote.
Our roundup of suspects challenges our (and their) preconceived notions, and quite laughably — most vocal among Neeson's fellow passengers are a white beta-male school teacher (Scoot McNairy), a black computer engineer with an attitude of entitlement (Nate Parker), a softspoken Middle Eastern surgeon whose headwear gets more than a few focal shots (Omar Metwally), a middle-aged white businessman whose latest account landed him more than your house is worth (Frank Deal), an irate black youngster draped in irreverence (Corey Hawkins), and a white, bald, machismo-howling New York cop who secretly accepts his gay brother (Corey Stoll). Just a few talking heads short of Do the Right Thing, Non-Stop manages to goof on each man's (notice that they're all men — Moore, Dockery, and a barely-in-the-movie Lupita Nyong’o are kept shy of the action for most of the film) distaste for and distrust of one another as they each try to sidle up to, or undermine the harried Marks.
Non-Stop plays an interesting game with its characters and its audience, simultaneously painting the ignorance of its characters with a thick coat of comedy while pointing its finger straight out at us with accusations that we, too, thought it was whoever we just learned it wasn't, and for all the wrong reasons. "Shame on you!" Non-Stop chides, adding, "But let's keep going, this is fun!"
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It is fun — that's the miraculous thing. Without any "Get off my plane"s or "Yippee ki yay"s, Non-Stop keeps its action genre silliness in check (okay, there is a moment involving an airborne gun that'll institute some serious laugh-cheers), investing all of its good time in the game of claustrophobic Clue that we can't help but enjoy. It sacrifices some of its charm in a heavy-handed third act, tipping to one side of what was a pretty impressive balancing act up until that point. But its falter is not one that drags down the movie entirely. Fun and excitement are restored, sincerity is maintained, and even a few moments of sensitivity creep their way through. We might not live in a world of President Harrison Fords any longer, but Air Marshall Liam Neesons could actually be a step up.
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Rocker Joan Jett is set to make history at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards this year (14) when she becomes the first female to receive the prestigious Golden God title. The I Love Rock 'n' Roll hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of previous honourees Motorhead, KISS star Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper, who have all taken home the top prize at the Los Angeles event in recent years.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will be another big winner - he will be presented with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement accolade. Metallica took home the award at last year's (13) ceremony.
Meanwhile, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn are among the multiple nominees for the prizegiving, which honours the best in heavy metal.
Ozzy Osbourne's group and their comeback release 13 will face off against Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King and Korn's The Paradigm Shift for Album of the Year, while Jonathan Davis (Korn) and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) have been shortlisted for Best Vocalist, as have Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch).
The Best Guitarist category will be a fight between Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Munky & Head (Korn), Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) and Zoltan Bathory & Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), while Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Fieldy (Korn) and Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold) are among the nominees for Best Bassist.
Best Live Band nods go to Lamb of God, Rob Zombie, Slayer and Motley Crue, among others, and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age will compete for Comeback of the Year.
The awards, not to be confused with Metal Hammer's Golden Gods in the U.K., will take place at Club Nokia in L.A. on 23 April (14).
Rapper Kid Cudi is set to replace actor Rex Lee as an assistant to Jeremy Piven's character Ari Gold in the forthcoming big screen adaptation of TV hit Entourage. Lee's character Lloyd was promoted to a talent representative in the show, and now Cudi has signed up to step into his shoes as talent executive Gold's right-hand man.
The hip-hop star, real name Scott Mescudi, is no stranger to Hollywood - he previously appeared in TV shows How to Make It in America and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and will play himself in new street racing film Need for Speed.
The Entourage movie, which stars Piven, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon, is set to hit theatres next year (15).
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Jerry Seinfeld is known to most people for his iconic hit television sitcom Seinfeld (1989-1998), but his latest web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is clearly his best work.
Interest in the show has been growing since its 2012 premiere, and the recent Seinfeld "reunion" tie-in with the Super Bowl has introduced many audiences to the show for the first time. The show, which streams on Crackle, is straightforward, and the brilliant title is not at all misleading. In each episode, Seinfeld and another comedian drive around in a classic car and share a cup of coffee. It's like a late night talk show but more genuine: Seinfeld chooses fellow comedians he is fond of, his guests aren't there to promote anything, and the conversations feel spontaneous and honest. Although we'll never know if the show is planned like other talk shows, there's a sense that the conversations are mostly improvised, and because Seinfeld's guests are fellow comedians, we trust that they aren't censoring themselves in front of the cameras as, say, a politician or movie star would.
Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is preferable to his famous sitcom because it is his purest artistic statement to date. At this point in his career, the respected comedian can do whatever he wants, and that he chooses to push the creative boundaries with each project is remarkable. In this case, Seinfeld offers a meta-commentary on the art of comedy. His encounters with guests like Louis C.K., Tina Fey, Chris Rock, and Larry David provide glimpses into the entertainment industry and the experience of being a professional comedian. More interestingly, they demonstrate what draws individuals to comedy in the first place. Comedy, Seinfeld and his guests suggest, is the ability to laugh at the absurdity of life and the irrational, meaningless experience of being in it. Whether it is Chris Rock's articulation of why bullying benefits children, Larry David's rant on why it doesn't matter whether he drinks coffee or tea, or Louis C.K.'s justification that he went into debt to buy a boat, there's a sentiment that none of it matters so they might as well laugh at it while they can.
Seinfeld has always been a brilliant observational comic, and most critics and fans deem his self-titled sitcom "a show about nothing." However, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is the ultimate show about nothing, but the irony is that as we follow Seinfeld and friends as they talk about the meaning of comedy and the meaning of life, nothing inadvertently becomes everything. It is doubtful that Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will become as popular as Seinfeld, but as an artistic and comedic expression, it is by far Seinfeld's greatest achievement.
There were so many awesome videos going around for Super Bowl XLVIII, you might have missed one of the most awesome ones ever. In case you were curious as to what Jerry Springer (yes, the "Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!" Jerry) has been up to, he's been reporting for WPIX news and getting kind of drunk while interviewing Rick Ross and French Montana. True story:
So in case you're still unclear as to what you just watched, that was Jerry Springer of the Jerry Springer Show kicking it old school in a bar, with "the two greatest rappers of them all" (because that's what he called them), Ricky Rozay and French Montana (whom we shall now refer to as "Frenchie" from here on out). That bit about the Timex watch? Epic. And yes, Jerry. You should definitely consider a rapping career.
While we don't recommend getting... um... turnt up on the job, we have to appreciate that this moment was, indeed, brought to us by alcohol. And for that, we thank alcohol. And highly advise you to enjoy responsibly, as Jerry Springer clearly did. Also important to note, the Jerry Springer Show still exists! And yes, it is exactly the way you remember it:
That pregnant girl twerking? That was real. And, thusly, Jerry Springer remains the King of trash TV. Someone's gotta hold the title.
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