Former TV doctor Eriq La Salle turned real-life hero last weekend (26-27Jul14) when he rushed to the aid of a car crash victim in California. The ER star, 52, was at a book signing event in Marina Del Rey on Saturday (26Jul14) when a young woman was struck by an elderly driver directly outside the venue.
An eyewitness tells America's Star magazine, "He was there signing his new book, Laws of Wrath, but when the car smashed into the building, he ran outside. When he saw the victim pinned against the wall, he held her hand and comforted her and kept telling her she was going to be all right and stayed until the fire department arrived. He was so sweet!"
La Salle portrayed Dr. Peter Benton on the hit medical drama for the show's entire run from 1994 to 2009.
Married actors David Duchovny and Tea Leoni appear to have rekindled their on/off romance on a family vacation. The X-Files star, 53, initially separated from Leoni in 2008 after 11 years of marriage as Duchovny underwent therapy for sex addiction. They later reconciled, but split once again in 2011.
Neither actor filed for divorce, but the pair, which has two children, seemed to be moving on from the failed relationship last year (13) by putting its marital home in New York up for sale.
However, a new report in America's Star magazine suggests Duchovny and Leoni, 48, are giving their marriage another chance and they recently put their love on display during a getaway to the Big Apple's Fire Island retreat.
An eyewitness tells the publication, "They were smiling and cuddling up with one another. They walked hand-in-hand and shared a kiss.
"They seemed like the perfect family."
The stars are parents to 15-year-old daughter Madelaine and 12-year-old son Kyd.
Steven Spielberg is lined up to create a permanent Holocaust memorial in Britain. The Schindler's List director set up the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation in 1994, an institute which aims to capture visual testimonies of Holocaust survivors. The Foundation has filmed around 52,000 two-hour eyewitness accounts in its 20-year history.
Members of the Holocaust Commission, set up by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in January (14), hope Spielberg will help launch a similar project in the U.K., by capturing stories of survivors who now live in the country. These video accounts will create a permanent British memorial, details of which are being kept under wraps.
Britain's Justice Minister Simon Hughes says, "It is our intention to speak to Mr. Spielberg. I think the Commission will want to create a group of volunteers who can capture these audio-visual testimonies from across Britain."
The Commission hopes to create the memorial by April next year (15) to mark 70 years since the British liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, where approximately 37,000 prisoners, mostly Jewish, died between 1943 and 1945.
British actor Michael Sheen has sparked rumours he is dating comedienne Sarah Silverman after they were spotted getting close at a party in Los Angeles. The pair partied together at the bash in West Hollywood last Thursday (06Feb14), according to Usmagazine.com.
An eyewitness tells the publication, "They were making out at Soho House. They were all over each other for a lot of the night."
Silverman also attended Sheen's 45th birthday party at Craig's restaurant in Los Angeles last week (beg03Feb14) along with Demi Moore, his Masters of Sex co-star Lizzy Caplan, and former partner Kate Beckinsale.
A source says, "Sarah and Michael came and left together. She drove. When they left, Sarah opened her trunk so Michael could put all of his gifts in and then they drove away."
Sheen and Beckinsale split in 2003 after eight years together, while his relationship with actress Rachel McAdams came to an end in 2013.
Silverman previously dated talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
Miley Cyrus' ex-fiance Liam Hemsworth has sparked rumours he is dating Nina Dobrev after he was spotted on a date with the actress in Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend (07-09Feb14). The two were photographed at Corner Tavern on Friday (07Feb14) and an eyewitness insists they were "definitely acting couple-y (sic)."
The insider tells Celebuzz.com, "They stayed around two to three hours and Nina left before Liam, and as she was leaving they gave each other a good night kiss... (and) she ran off into a car service with her friend."
Dobrev is currently in Atlanta filming season five of Vampire Diaries and Hemsworth is in town working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts 1 and 2.
Hemsworth broke off his engagement to Cyrus last year (13), while Dobrev previously dated her Vampire Diaries co-star, Ian Somerhalder, from 2010 to 2013.
American Hustle star Amy Adams broke down in tears during a taped appearance on U.S. interview show Inside the Actors Studio when she remembered working with tragic Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt and The Master. The Oscar winner was chatting to host James Lipton on Wednesday (05Feb14) when she was suddenly overcome with emotion, according to audience members.
One eyewitness tells UsMagazine.com, "She was sobbing and couldn't finish most of her sentences.
"Amy talked about how he was the greatest actor she had worked with, and couldn't even tell stories about him without crying. She said to the audience of acting students, 'I wish you all could have had the chance to work with him'."
Hollywood's heavyweights have all paid tribute to Hoffman, who died of a suspected drug overdose on Sunday (02Feb14), and his closest celebrity friends Joaquin Phoenix, Justin Theroux, Cate Blanchett and Ethan Hawke have visited the actor's longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell and their kids to pay their respects.
Blanchett also pulled out of planned TV interviews on Thursday (06Feb14), so she wouldn't have to talk about her late friend.
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Lone Survivor isn't a film for the faint of heart. It's a film that beats you down and only lets you up for a few precious moments before the credits roll, but that emotional throttling is what helps make the film such a powerful experience.
Peter Berg's Lone Survivor tells the story of Operation Red Wings, primarily focusing on a group of four Navy SEALs who are sent to the mountains of Afganistan to capture or kill a member of the Taliban. The plan goes wrong, and the team has to fight for their lives to escape the enemy-infested area. The film does a marvelous job of ratcheting up the tension before collapsing into its main action sequence, one that is as thrilling as it is unsettling. The long sequence brings forth memories of the infamous D-Day opening of Saving Private Ryan, except this film's fire-fight stretches out the violence like a medieval torture device. The langourous scene is, at times, hard to sit through. Each moment slips by in coiled tension. It's undoubtedly uncomfortable, and the film makes a point to never make the violence fun or enticing. The action isn't consequence-free, and every bullet fired carries weight, making the scenes brutal and unrelenting because of it. The film takes on the aura of a horror movie that wants you to feel every second that ticks by, and director Berg makes sure that a pressing hopelessness starts to weigh on the viewer just as it does on the soldiers.
Mark Wahlberg is plenty capable as Marcus Lutrell, a member of the SEAL unit that is sent on the mission. The supporting cast plays its parts admirably by believably infusing a diverse set of personalities and values into the soldiers, while still keeping them in tune with the same military culture that governs much of their thoughts and actions. There's a great scene where a difficult decision has to be made, and the viewer gets to see the different directions to which some of the character's moral compasses are tuned. Sometimes the right thing can mean different things to different people when the risk of death is on the table. The real standout in the cast is Ben Foster, whose SO2 Matthew Alexson swirls with barely contained fury. He is darkly intense and has electric screen presence that really starts to manifest when the bullets star flying and things become dire.
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For all the good will that the film builds up in its first and second act, the final third of the film hits some snags as history demands that the story take itself to a different location, sacrificing some of the tension that it has built up. In the last 30 minutes of the film, there are some odd tonal choices that don't gel with the tension brimming in the first half. A comedic scene involving a language barrier stands out in particular.
The movie makes a point to steer clear of any political judgment, and it doesn't try to lay blame for the botched mission on any one head. And while the film never outwardly states and opinion on the conflicts that America found itself embroiled in during this time period, the searing brutality depicted in the movie highlight that no one should be subjected to the pain that these men were faced with. Made abundantly clear is the soldiers' willingness to drop everything and serve their country the best way they know how. Lone Survivor tries to honor the soldier, but not glorify war.
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Lone Survivor is at its best when it makes you feel the worst. It gives soldiers their due reverence by showcasing the true terror of the battlefield, and while the film does start to sag a bit in its third act, it's still more than worth the experience in order understand the consequences of war, and its toll on the people in the trenches.
Actress Keri Russell has sparked rumours of a new romance with her TV co-star Matthew Rhys following her recent split from her husband of seven years. The Austenland star's publicist confirmed Russell's marriage to Shane Deary was over earlier this month (Dec13), revealing they had been living separately since "early summer" (13).
Now it appears Russell has already moved on - she was spotted enjoying some Christmas shopping with Rhys around her Brooklyn, New York neighbourhood in the run up to the holidays, and reports suggest they are more than just friends.
An eyewitness tells People.com, "They looked very much like a couple. They were laughing and walking closely together."
The pair was also seen sharing a romantic lunch at ABC Kitchen in Manhattan, with another source telling the New York Post's Page Six column, "Seeing the way they are together I could have sworn they were a couple. They were so touchy-feely, drinking and laughing."
Russell and Welsh actor Rhys both star in new TV spy drama The Americans.
Representatives for both celebrities have yet to comment on the report.
The Los Angeles premiere of Jessica Biel's new thriller The Truth About Emanuel was almost shut down on Thursday night (05Dec13) after organisers failed to obtain a permit to use an area outside the theatre. Bosses at the ArcLight Hollywood were thrown into a panic as a fire marshal threatened to cut short the bash after guests gathered in a courtyard connected to the venue, but they managed to convince the safety official to allow the premiere to continue.
An eyewitness tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "Jessica Biel was on her way, so people were freaking.
"After a lot of sweet talk from event organisers, the marshal agreed to let them finish, and joked he wanted a ticket (to the film)."
The Truth About Emanuel, about a troubled girl who becomes obsessed with a mysterious neighbour, also stars Kaya Scodelario and Alfred Molina.
Top chef Giada De Laurentiis suffered from an on-set scare on Saturday (23Nov13) when she sliced open her finger while cooking on live TV. The American culinary expert was on hand to cook some of her favourite dishes for the Food Network's annual Thanksgiving special, which aired live in the U.S.
While she was attempting to cut turkey she had prepared, she missed the meat and sliced open her left index finger instead.
De Laurentiis tried to cover up her pain, but an eyewitness tells Radar Online that she was trying her best not to pass out on TV.
The source says, "She seemed to go pale and got very quiet putting pressure on it and whispering to (co-host) Ina (Garten) that it was bad. She looked like she was about to faint."
The chef later took to Instagram.com to post a photo of her injured finger, before and after receiving stitches, and wrote, "Before & After..... an adjustment to my normal mani (manicure)! Back to normal in 2 wks (sic)."
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