Movie veteran Robert Duvall showed off his comedy skills on U.S. TV on Wednesday (12Mar14) when he teamed up with Matthew Mcconaughey's irreverent brother Rooster on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Duvall, who was a billed guest on the show, brought out his prankster pal and asked Kimmel to present a photo of the two men baring their backsides to the host's friend Howard Stern as a belated 60th birthday gift.
The Godfather star then set McConaughey up for a great joke as Rooster crowed about his little brother's Oscar win earlier this month (Mar14).
Duvall said, "I've got an Oscar too," prompting McConaughey to respond, "Yeah, but his fans are still alive!"
Rooster then explained that he and Duvall have become great friends over the years, adding the two men have a lot in common.
He explained, "We both actually have younger wives and both of them are named Luciana. Mine's young enough to be my daughter, his is young enough to be his granddaughter!"
Duvall chuckled and recalled a magical moment while he was courting actress/director Luciana Pedraza: "She said, very romantically when we first met, 'I wonder what it's gonna be like when we grow old together', and I said, 'I already am old!'"
The 83 year old's fourth wife is 41 years younger than him. The couple wed in 2004.
Singer Billy Joel has agreed to donate a portion of the profits from his upcoming birthday (09May14) concert to pal Howard Stern's animal charity campaign. The proceeds from the Madison Square Garden show will benefit North Shore Animal League's Bianca's Furry Friends campaign, which is headed by the DJ and TV personality and his wife Beth.
The money will help fund a second floor for the Port Washington, New York facility and expand animal care.
Joel's birthday bash is part of a year-long residency for the Piano Man at Madison Square Garden.
Comedienne Chelsea Handler was once left unable to move at a party at Jane Fonda's house after taking a double dose of Quaaludes. The This Means War star reveals she decided to try the body-paralysing drug after being offered the substance by a friend - but the depressant turned her into a mess.
She tells U.S. shockjock Howard Stern, "I went over to Jane Fonda's house one night and I did a Quaalude. I had never done a Quaalude before. My friend had one. She gave me two Quaaludes. Jane has these dance parties. So I took both of them and that was a disaster.
"I'm a pretty good drinker, I know how to handle myself. I couldn't move (after this). Every time I'd get up I'd fall back down!"
Handler shared her drug dilemma with the legendary actress and was pleasantly surprised by her calm reaction.
She says, "I told Jane that I took two Quaaludes and she said, 'Well then you better sit down and not get up for a while.' She didn't care. She's super cool."
But Handler insists she's done with mind-altering substances and claims she will simply stick to alcohol from now on: "I'm 39 now. I can't do all those drugs anymore."
The funnywoman isn't the only celebrity to confess to taking Quaaludes - director Martin Scorsese once took the drug for a plane flight and used his own experience to help Leonardo DiCaprio act out a scene in The Wolf of Wall Street, in which his Jordan Belfort character finds himself stuck at a country club when the drug kicks in.
Actor Jonah Hill has been made an honorary Best Buy employee after boasting about calling customer care representatives at a store in Hawaii as part of his preparation for The Wolf Of Wall Street. The Moneyball star chatted to workers at the U.S. electronics store over the phone for hours a day as he attempted to perfect his fast-talking, drug-taking Donnie Azoff character - and he reveals employees would always make time for him as he rambled on about products and payment options with no intention of buying anything.
Hill told radio host Howard Stern he spent a lot of time on the phone, calling Best Buy stores as he struggled to speak clearly with the fake teeth he had to wear for the role.
He explained, "I had this really difficult accent and lisp and I had these big fake teeth and I couldn't talk... You couldn't understand what I was saying, so, for a month and a half beforehand, our accent coach was like, 'You've got to talk with these things in for two hours every day'.
"No one from my life is gonna sit with me (to do this), so I would call (department store) Target and Best Buy as Donnie, and just talk about different products for an hour and a half every day."
And the big reveal has impressed Best Buy bosses.
He explains, "I've told this story before and the other day Best Buy sent me a blue Best Buy shirt, so I'm an honorary employee there, so if this (acting) doesn't work out... don't worry about me, man, I'm taken care of."
Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva has reportedly lost the settlement agreement she made following her split from the actor after violating a confidentiality agreement. Grigorieva and Gibson became embroiled in a heated custody battle in 2011 which eventually resulted in the Lethal Weapon star agreeing to pay her $750,000 (£484,000) in instalments until 2016.
On Wednesday (19Feb14) editors at TMZ.com reported that the Russian songwriter had filed for bankruptcy and now the website's writers claim the settlement agreement has also been revoked after she violated a gag order preventing her from discussing her time with the actor.
Court sources tell the website the violation relates to an interview Grigorieva gave with radio shock-jock Howard Stern in October (13), during which she described her relationship with Gibson as "painful and dark".
Her comments were allegedly enough for a judge to rule that she had violated the order, which prevents her from discussing her life with the actor, and she will not receive the remaining instalments of her settlement, which are said to amount to $375,000 (£234,375).
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Treading water at the very surface of RoboCop, there is an idea. A dense concept, ready and willing to provide no dearth of dissection for any eager student of philosophy, psychology, political science, physics — hell, any of the Ps. To simplify the idea on hand: What separates man from machine? It's a question that is not just teased by the basic premise of José Padilha's remake of the 1987 sci-fi staple, but asked outright by many of its main characters. And then never really worried about again.
We have principal parties on both sides of the ethical quandary that would place the security of our crime-ridden cities in the hands of automatons. Samuel L. Jackson plays a spitfire Bill O'Reilly who wonders why America hasn't lined its streets with high-efficiency officer droids. Zach Grenier, as a moralistic senator, gobbles his way through an opposition to the Pro-boCop movement. We hear lecture after lecture from pundits, politicians, business moguls (a money-hungry Michael Keaton heads the nefarious OmniCorp...) and scientists (...while his top doc Gary Oldman questions the nature of his assignments while poking at patients' brains and spouting diatribes about "free will"), all working their hardest to lay thematic groundwork. Each character insists that we're watching a movie about the distinction between human and artificial intelligence. That even with an active brain, no robot can understand what it means to have a heart. But when Prof. Oldman tempers his hysterical squawking and Samuel L. Hannity rolls his closing credits, we don't see these ideas taking life.
In earnest, the struggle of rehabilitated police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) — nearly killed in the line of duty and turned thereafter into OmniCorp's prototype RoboCop — doesn't seem to enlist any of the questions that his aggravated peers have been asking. Murphy is transformed not just physically, but mentally — robbed of his decision-making ability and depleted of emotional brain chemicals — effectively losing himself in the process. But the journey we see take hold of Murphy is not one to reclaim his soul, although the movie touts it as such. It's really just one to become a better robot.
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Meanwhile, RoboCop lays down its motives, and hard: Murphy's wife and son (Abbie Cornish and a puckish young John Paul Ruttan) lament the loss of Alex, condemning his dehumanization at the hands of Raymond Sellars' (Keaton) capitalistic experiments, and sobbing out some torrential pathos so you know just how deep this company is digging. Weaselly stooges (Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Jackie Earl Haley) line the OmniCorp roster with comical wickedness. Overseas, killer combat bots take down peaceful villages, unable to work empathetic judgment into their decision to destroy all deemed as "threats." And at the top, figures of power and money like Sellars and Pat Novak (Jackson) speak the loudest and harshest, literally justifying their agenda with a call for all naysayers to "stop whining." Clearly, RoboCop has something to say.
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And when it's devoted to its outrage, RoboCop is terrifically charming. The buzzing political world is just a tiny step closer to ridiculous than our own; the pitch meetings at OmniCorp are fun enough to provoke a ditching of all the material outside of the company walls. And one particular reference to The Wizard of Oz shows that the movie isn't above having fun with its admittedly silly premise. But it loses its magic when it steps away from goofy gimmicks and satirical monologues and heads back into the story. We don't see enough of Murphy grappling with the complicated balance between his conflicting organic and synthetic selves. In fact, we don't see enough "story" in Murphy at all. First, he's a dad and a cop. Then, he's a RoboCop. But can he also be a RoboDad? With all of its ranting and raving about the question, the film doesn't seem to concerned with actually figuring out the answer.
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Late comic Robert Schimmel's widow has been sued by his daughter over claims she failed to hand over inheritance money. The funnyman, who was a regular on Howard Stern's radio show, died in a car crash in Phoenix, Arizona in 2010. He was aged 60.
Now his daughter Jessica Katz has issued a lawsuit against his widow Melissa, who Schimmel had been divorcing at the time of his death. It accuses her of failing to pay Katz and another sibling the money promised to them, according to TMZ.com.
It is stated they are seeking $25,000 (£15,600) each.
A lawyer dealing with Schimmel's estate has told TMZ.com they are dealing with his debts before they make payouts to his heirs.
The comic had six children. Two, daughter Aliyah and son Jacob, were involved in the car accident which claimed his life.
A host of Hollywood superstars turned out to help controversial broadcaster Howard Stern celebrate his 60th birthday at a glitzy bash in New York on Friday night (31Jan14). The shock jock was surrounded by a slew of celebrities as he celebrated the milestone at the iconic Hammerstein Ballroom in the Big Apple.
Pals including Heidi Klum, Robert Downey Jr. and Bryan Cranston were among the guests, who were entertained by performances from Adam Levine, John Mayer, Steven Tyler and Jon Bon Jovi.
Girls star Lena Dunham also hopped on stage to roast the birthday boy, who famously once branded her a "little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill" before later apologising.
And the night took a raunchy turn when Stern's longtime radio sidekick Robin Quivers was given a lapdance by a topless Ryan Phillippe.
"Being Howard Stern's wife is a lot of pressure. There are a lot of women that are in love with him and (there's) a lot of scrutiny with his fans. And sometimes I feel not worthy. I'm just a girl from Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) living a dream with a wonderful man. Yeah, it's hard sometimes." Beth Ostrosky Stern on the stress of being married to popular U.S. shock jock Howard Stern. The couple wed in 2008.
Oscar nominee Jonah Hill was so excited at the prospect of working with his "absolute hero" Martin Scorsese on The Wolf Of Wall Street, he accepted the job for just $60,000 (£37,500). The Moneyball star accepted the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) union minimum to get the chance to work with the revered filmmaker for almost seven months.
He made the revelation during a radio interview with U.S. shock jock Howard Stern on Tuesday (21Jan14), admitting he auditioned for the role of drug-taking swindler Donnie Azoff and then had to wait for two months before learning he had won the part.
Hill said, "They gave me the lowest amount of money possible... and I said, 'I will sign the papers tonight. Fax me the papers...' I said, 'I wanna sign them before I go to sleep tonight, so they legally can't change their mind'.
"It was the minimum... I think... 60 grand before commissions and taxes for almost a seven-month shoot."
And the actor insists he has never once regretted signing on for such a low figure: "I would sell my house and give him (Scorsese) all my money to work for him... and I would do it again in a second. It's not about money for me.
"Scorsese, he's the best in the world at what he does... Every actor in the world wants to work with Martin Scorsese."
The Wolf of Wall Street, based on the wild lifestyle of disgraced New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort, is also shortlisted for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for Scorsese at the Academy Awards.