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Bradley Cooper has landed a new job on the board of directors for Paul Newman's children's charity.
The late Hollywood legend set up The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp organisation in 1988 to provide a summer camp experience for sick kids. Cooper spent a week at the site in Connecticut as a counsellor working with the children, and now he has been given a more permanent role.
He says, "When I spent a week at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp as a counsellor, I was amazed at how the spirit of Camp is able to help kids facing so much escape their illness, make fast friends and remember what being a kid is all about. I am excited to be joining The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp's Board of Directors..."
Newman, who named the charity after the gang in his film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, died in 2008.
Madcap Jackass star Johnny Knoxville is relieved two store employees who quit after appearing in his Bad Grandpa film have returned to work. One female worker walked away from her job at Galaxy Foods in Apex, North Carolina after an encounter with Knoxville's Irving Zisman and another woman, who chased the character after spotting him performing a shoplifting prank without her knowledge, also quit.
But the TV and movie stuntman admits he has been keeping an eye on the two women after learning his actions led to them becoming unemployed - and he's glad they've both returned to their jobs.
In a Reddit.com chat on Thursday (05Jun14), one fan asked Knoxville if he knew the first lady was back at the grocery store and the funnyman replied, "yes i knew she quit her job that day,and i knew she eventually went back to work. we had never had anyone quit there (sic) job before so we were very concerned.
"we monitored that situation closely and were very happy when she went back. the other lady in the shoplifting scene, the one that chased us out into the parking lot, she quit her job too. and for a much longer time. thankfully she went back to work too."
Top model Lara Stone lost a big job after revealing she was pregnant. The Dutch stunner was fired by bosses at a major fashion brand after making them aware she was expecting her first child with comedian husband David Walliams.
Stone tells Porter magazine she had only just found out she was with child and couldn't hide her joy - but the good news quickly soured.
She says, "I was really upset at the time. I hadn't yet had my three-month scan and I felt really vulnerable about everything. I no longer had a job. That was it - I had to just stop everything that I knew; the way my life was."
And she also tells the magazine she struggled to bounce back after giving birth: "Once the baby was out, I was like, 'What the hell is going on? My arms don't fit into my sweaters'. I couldn't get my jeans over my knees. I couldn't find a bra that fitted me. I had body dysmorphia but the wrong way round."
The 2014 CMT Music Awards kicked off with a star-studded video intro on Wednesday night (04Jun14), with host Kristen Bell in search of a co-host for the ceremony. She "interviewed" comedian Tom Arnold, Sean Hayes, and her real-life husband Dax Shepard for the job, but with the help of pals Malin Akerman and Cheryl Hines, decided to go solo. The clip also featured a parody of Jay Z's recent elevator brawl with sister-in-law Solange Knowles, as Luke Bryan was forced to break up the duelling members of Florida Georgia Line, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard in a lift.
The producers of the forthcoming Ant-Man movie are scrambling to find a replacement for director Edgar Wright after filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber became the latest prospect to turn down the job. Wright quit the Marvel film adaptation last month (May14) after falling out with studio executives, and they subsequently entered into talks with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' Adam McKay.
On Sunday (01Jun14), he revealed he had walked away from negotiations due to other commitments, and bosses subsequently turned their attentions to Thurber, who directed DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story and last year's (13) We're The Millers with Jennifer Aniston.
However, he, too, has rejected the role, according to movie blog ThisIsInfamous.com.
Reports suggest Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer is another top target for Ant-Man chiefs, who previously promised fans Wright's exit would not impact their scheduled release date of July, 2015.
Paul Rudd will take on the role of the titular superhero, while Michael Douglas, Michael Pena and Evangeline Lilly have also been cast in the highly-anticipated movie.
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Here’s the thing about The Fault in Our Stars: you are most likely going to cry. Regardless of whether or not you actually enjoy the movie, or how invested you become in the star-crossed love story at its core, or even how stoic and cold-hearted you think you might be, you're probably going to end up like everyone else in the theater, bawling over the traumas of first love and the unfair tragedy of cancer. It's best to just accept that up front.
Based on John Green's best-selling novel, this tear-jerker centers on Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 16-year-old with a dark sense of humor about the disease that requires her to tote around an oxygen tank at all times. At the request of her parents, she attends a cancer survivor support group led by an overly religious, desperate-to-be-hip survivor (a hilarious Mike Birbiglia, who could have used a few more scenes) in a church basement. There, she meets Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort), a handsome, charming boy who lost his leg to cancer. The two bond over some common interests – she shares her favorite novel An Imperial Affliction, he stays on the phone with her all night – and their steadfast refusal to allow anyone to treat them or their disease with kid gloves. And of course, they fall in love.
Like the film, they approach the disease with a twisted sense of humor, poking fun at everything from the group leader’s constant references to the “literal heart of Jesus,” their medication intake, and the most appropriate things to waste your wishes on. Despite being a movie about cancer, The Fault in Our Stars is surprisingly funny, with most of the laughs coming from their friend Isaac (an also underused Nat Wolff). It’s actually Isaac who feels the most like a real teenager, cycling rapidly through the stages of grief after his girlfriend dumps him right before a major surgery. The weight of the film, however, rests squarely on Woodley’s shoulders, and she does an excellent job as Hazel, balancing her sharp wit and sheer determination with the right amount of frailty and fear. Though she has enough magnetism and charm to make even the most pretentious, literary speeches sound somewhat natural, it’s the smaller moments where she really shines.
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Like his co-star, Elgort’s natural charm is an asset to the film, even if Augustus isn’t nearly as deeply realized as Hazel is. He’s a teenage dream of a boy – handsome, smart, and funny, with a tragic past, and the ability to win over everyone he encounters – and Elgort’s charisma and easy smile helps make some of his more pretentious quirks feel slightly more natural. His chemistry with Woodley is the strongest thing The Fault in Our Stars has on its side, and it’s hard to watch the way they light up in their scenes together and not root for Hazel and Gus’ love to triumph over all.
Fans of the novel will be thrilled that the film sticks so closely to the source material, although it does smooth over a lot of the issues present in the text. Though the most iconic lines and speeches are in tact, the streamlined narration cuts down on some of the more profound declarations that the characters make, allowing them to speak more like real people. Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber's determination to play up the characters' dark sense of humor also helps greatly, punctuating some of the more maudlin scenes with a much needed laugh. Still, it doesn’t all work. Hazel and Gus’ visit to the Anne Frank House gets a cloying voice-over, and it remains the worst possible place for the couple to share their first kiss. Interspersing the new dialogue with Green’s monologues can be clunky at times, and Gus’ metaphor probably works much better as a literary conceit than as something a real human being would do. And when the third act of the film pulls out all of the stops to ensure there isn’t a dry eye in the theater, the film lays on the sap a bit too thick in its treatment of its big tragedy.
But by that point in the film, after having bawled your way through half a bucket of popcorn and several tissues, it probably won't matter. Because that beautifully lit, perfectly soundtracked heartbreak is the selling point of Hazel and Gus' doomed love story, and precisely the appeal of any good cancer movie – and if the ruined mascara and muffled sobs are any indication, The Fault in Our Stars is a good one.
Pharrell Williams has invited British singer Foxes to join him on tour after impressing the hip-hop superstar with her cover of his hit song Happy. The pop newcomer performed a unique mash-up of the Oscar-nominated track with Massive Attack's Teardrop during a BBC Radio 1 session earlier this year (14).
The reworked version of Happy wowed Williams and he had his people reach out to Foxes to offer her a job on his upcoming European trek.
Foxes tells the BBC, "He heard it and invited me on his tour. Apparently that's how it came about. You don't get a personal phone call, unfortunately."
The singer is hopeful the support slot will lead to a new collaboration with Williams, but she adds, "I won't badger him."
She continues, "It's just amazing to be going on tour with such an incredible artist. His music has gone worldwide."
Irish actor Chris O'dowd visits his doctor twice a week after struggling with vocal issues and "various bangs and bruises" during his Broadway run of Of Mice And Men. The Bridesmaids star, who made his Broadway debut in the stage revival of John Steinbeck's classic play, admits he had no idea how tough life on the stage would be and reveals he has really suffered for his art.
He tells the Associated Press, "I definitely have found it harder on my voice and my body than I was expecting. I always somewhat guffawed at the idea that it could be a tiring job to work three hours a day, but I'm going to the doctor twice a week with various bangs and bruises and swollen vocal chords."
O'Dowd portrays the mentally disabled Lennie Small, opposite James Franco's field worker George Milton, and he confesses he based his character on an old acquaintance.
He says, "(Small is based on) a neighbour of mine in London. His name was David. Though I never asked him, I would say he had mild Down syndrome and he had certain tics and stuff."
O'Dowd's dedication to the role has paid off - he has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.
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Since Edgar Wright stepped down as director of the upcoming Ant-Man movie, speculation about who Marvel would pick to replace him has been steadily growing. Currently, the two frontrunners are We’re The Millers director Rawson Thurber and Ruben Fleischer, the latter of whom is best known for his work on Zombieland and Gangster Squad. However, according to The Wrap, Ant-Man isn’t the only blockbuster franchise hoping to convince Fleischer to step behind the camera, as he is reportedly being considered to take the helm of Ghostbusters 3.
Like Ant-Man, Ghostbusters 3 has been in the works for a long time, and has weathered everything from the death of Harold Ramis to the difficulties of finding a replacement for Ivan Reitman to Bill Murray’s refusal to reunite with his former co-stars. Having Fleischer on board would be a major step in the right direction for the project, mostly because it would allow them to actually make that tentative 2015 start date. If the rumors are true, it puts Fleischer in the difficult position of having to decide between two major blockbuster films. To make things a little easier on him, we've broken each film down to see whether the rewards outweigh the risks and whether ants or ghosts are better suited to his sensibilities.
Ant-Man Tentative Start Date: Mid 2014 with July 17, 2015 as the planned release date. That doesn’t give Fleischer a lot of time to prep for the film, or to squeeze in or finish up any other projects beforehand. How Well He Fits the Project: His previous films have shown that he’s talented at handling both comedy and action in a way that would be useful for handling Harold Pym's adventures and super powers. Ant-Man isn't a particularly serious character, and so having someone on board who knows how to inject some humor into the proceedings while still keeping the fight sequences intense and impressive would be a major asset for the film. Creative Control: Marvel has all of their properties under strict control, as everything needs to work well in the overarching Cinematic Universe, both in terms of plot and tone. Though he’ll be able to add his own flare to the character, everything still needs to be approved by Marvel first, which limits just how inventive he’ll be able to get. Pressure From Fans: High. Comic book fans tend to be very particular about the way their favorite characters are adapted, and they won’t hesitate to make their displeasure known if Fleischer messes something up. After all, people are still making fun of Ben Affleck for Daredevil, and Tobey Maguire’s career hasn’t been able to rebound from Spider Man 3. Wright also had a lot of good will amongst that community as well, so they might be a bit more hesitant to accept Fleisher’s version of the film. Risks: Making an Ant-Man film in the first place is something of a risk, considering he’s a lesser known superhero with a weird set of powers, but both fans and critics have come to expect a certain level of quality from marvel’s films, and won’t be willing to cut Fleischer very much slack if the film isn’t good. Plus, Ant-Man is meant to kick off the next round of the Universe and will most likely impact every film that comes out afterwards, including future Avengers projects, and that’s a lot of pressure to put on someone directing their first superhero film. Rewards: Marvel’s films almost always do well, and so even this far in advance, it seems likely that Ant-Man will be at least a modest hit. Fleischer is coming off of two critical and financial flops – 30 Minutes or Less and Gangster Squad – so directing a major, successful blockbuster could go a long way in helping him out of his slump. It also puts him in the running for a lot of other, varied projects, which would help him break away from the comedy-with-a-touch-of-action comfort zone he’s been stuck in. A successful Marvel film would have a major impact on his career, and could even help him establish his name in Hollywood.
Ghostbusters 3 Tentative Start Date: Early 2015, and since The Playlist reports that Fleischer is a new father, the time off could play a significant role in convincing him to take the job. How Well He Fits the Project: Though he’s got plenty of experience with action, Fleischer’s forte is clearly comedy, which makes him a solid fit for Ghostbusters 3. The film needs someone who understands the goofy, irreverent tone of the original, without turning it into a parody of itself, and Zombieland proved that he can do just that. Plus, he’s already got a relationship with Bill Murray, so even if he can’t convince him to step back into the jumpsuit, at least he understands the style of comedy that a Ghostbusters film needs. Creative Control: Though Reitman and Dan Aykroyd will be heavily involved in the film, Fleischer will have a lot more creative freedom with Ghostbusters 3 than he would on a Marvel property. Fleischer would need to come with an inventive way to revisit the characters in order to keep the film from feeling stale, and comedy naturally allows for more creativity than a rigidly structured superhero universe does, so it could truly be Fleischer’s version of a Ghostbusters film. Pressure From Fans: Low. Very few people actually have faith in Ghostbusters 3, and since people are already expecting it to be a trainwreck, Fleischer doesn’t really have any pressure on his shoulders. Whatever he does has got to be better than what people are expecting him to turn out. Risks: There aren’t a ton of risks with this one: Fleischer has already proven that he can handle a supernatural comedy well, and expectations are already pretty low. However, Fleischer really needs a his next film to be a success – either critically or commercially – in order to help him out of the rut he’s currently in, and Ghostbusters 3 has a lot going against it. If the film bombs terribly, it would be very hard for his career to recover. Rewards: Because the risks are lower, so are the rewards. However, if Ghostbusters 3 is a hit, it not only helps Fleischer recover from his recent flops, but it also helps open up opportunities for other big comedy films. He might still have trouble breaking out of his comedy niche, but at least he would be in the running for plenty more major comedy blockbusters.
Actor Charlie Hunnam was left "heartbroken" after he was forced to quit the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie. The Sons of Anarchy star won the coveted role of Christian Grey last summer (13), but he exited the project months later, and now admits the decision was a difficult one.
He tells Life & Style magazine, "I felt like I had an interesting take on that character and felt like I could have done a good job of playing Christian Grey, otherwise I wouldn't have taken it on in the first place.
"When you put the time into something like that and a character comes alive in your mind, it's heartbreaking not to be able to play him... It was definitely kind of heartbreaking having to say goodbye to that character and not bring it to life."
Following Hunnam's departure, Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan was cast opposite Dakota Johnson, who will play Anastasia Steele in the movie, which is due out next year (15).