Hugh Jackman's actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness is convinced she will win her campaign to overhaul adoption laws in her native Australia. The Jindabyne star is a patron of the Adopt Change organisation, which is pushing for a reform of regulations to speed up the adoption process and boost the number of parentless children being housed.
The campaign is now gathering pace as Adopt Change staff are working with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and Furness is adamant all their efforts will pay off.
She tells the country's Herald Sun newspaper, "I'm so excited and I've learnt so much from this experience. It shows if you stick at something, you are going to get results. We are talking about changing a whole culture. We are in the process of doing that.
"We are working with the Prime Minister's office and we are looking to really make a difference to so many children. It feels really good."
Kanye West became embroiled in a dispute with British dance music veteran Aphex Twin after the DJ accused the rapper of using a song sample without permission. West used a portion of Aphex Twin's track Avril 14th in a song called Blame Game from hit album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
The British star, real name Richard James, has now revealed the sample prompted a dispute with West as he had to fight the rapper to gain recognition for his work.
He tells Pitchfork.com, "Is it a sample? I actually don't know what it ended up being in the end, I'm so slack. I know that he tried to f**king rip me off and claim that he'd written it, and they tried to get away with not paying. I was really helpful, and when they first sent it to me, I was like, 'Oh, I can re-do that for you, if you like,' because they'd sampled it really badly and time-stretched it... I was like, 'I'll just replay it for you at that speed if you want.' And they totally didn't even say 'hello' or 'thanks,' they just replied with, 'It's not yours, it's ours, and we're not even asking you any more.'"
James eventually won a writing credit on West's record.
Lindsay Lohan has confirmed reports she's planning to write a memoir, but insists it won't be as racy as some have suggested. The actress, who is preparing to hit the London stage in Speed-The-Plow, tells MailOnline.com that fans hoping she'll reveal all about her sex encounters with celebrities will be disappointed.
She says, "I would never write to violate someone else or objectify them; that's not my intention. I like to write because it's like therapy for me. I want to put (out) a lot of photos and cool stuff; it will probably be like a trilogy, like Harry Potter, because there's so many.
"I've kept journals my whole life, since when I was a kid and stuff and I think I have a lot to say. I worked with a lot of girls in India that have gone through a lot of stuff, and a lot of kids who have gone through family issues or who get subjected to DUI (driving under the influence) or anything like that and then the pressure of just being better.
"I feel like my book will be more about that than anything else because there's the excitement of the life that I have lived but I've seen a lot and if I can help anyone that might feel like it's OK to screw up, it's OK to feel lonely, or ugly or to feel overweight or underweight."
Lohan appears to be picking up the pieces of her life after years of legal woes and substance abuse issues led to jail time and several rehab experiences, both voluntary and court-imposed.
She checked out of rehab a year ago (Aug13) and has kept herself out of the headlines ever since as she attempts to revive her acting career in the West End.
Tom Hanks has turned his passion for collecting old typewriters into a lucrative new venture after teaming up with award-winning game developers at Hitcents to create a new iPad mobile app for fans of old school keyboards. Hanx Writer recreates the experience of a manual typewriter, but "with the ease and speed of an iPad".
The new venture launched on Thursday (14Aug14) and is available for free via AppStore.com/HanxWriter.
The Oscar-winning Captain Phillips star says, "No longer must you surrender modern luxuries, like the 'DELETE' key. With Hanx Writer, you'll hear the rhythm of your work with 'SHOOK SHOOK' or 'FITT-FITT'."
The Hanx Writer app comes with wireless keyboard support and each document can be emailed, printed, and shared. Invitations, letters, and notes can be personalised with the complimentary Hanx Prime Select typewriter. Users also have the ability to change font colour, add pictures to title pages and create multiple documents.
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan is terrified she will make a huge mistake onstage during her theatrical debut in Speed-The-Plow. The Mean Girls star has been trying to get her acting career back on track since she left rehab last year (13) following a series of legal troubles and battles with substance abuse.
Lohan hopes her theatre debut on the London stage will re-establish her as actress, but the pressure to deliver is making her nervous.
She tells MailOnline, "I think it's just the idea of when it starts, on opening night, that's what makes me the most nervous. I'll probably mess up on the first night just out of fear.
"I'm excited about the rehearsals, I'm going to be nervous at first obviously... But I think the more I get comfortable on the stage in rehearsals, the better it will be. I'm nervous for the show. I'm scared."
Lohan will begin rehearsing the role of Karen in the play on 25 August (14). The production will open at London's Playhouse Theatre on 24 September (14) and run until November (14).
Pop star Laura Mvula has joined a campaign to boost creativity among British schoolchildren after accusing TV talent shows of narrowing kids' ambitions. The Scottish singer is adamant most youngsters in the U.K. now see appearing on a reality show such as The X Factor or Britain's Got Talent as their number one aim.
The former teacher is determined to help children broaden their horizons in music so she has signed up as an ambassador of the BBC's Ten Pieces project, which challenges kids to create their own art from a classical composition.
Mvula tells Stella magazine, "When I was teaching, if I asked the kids about their ambitions, 70 or 80 per cent would say Britain's Got Talent or X Factor. I have nothing against the shows, but when kids think they have only one option it upsets me.
"Children have all sorts of creative abilities that are nothing to do with singing into a microphone. There's so much scope in music. But it's all about pushing people on to platforms at lightning speed."
Other musicians to back the project include former Catatonia rocker Cerys Matthews and pianist Julian Joseph.
Rap pioneer Rev Run is close to losing 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) after hiring a conditioning coach to get him fit. The 49-year-old former Run-D.M.C. star felt the need to get healthier when his first grandchild was born in February (14), and his serious slim-down is really paying off.
The rapper and TV personality, real name Joseph Simmons, tells the Los Angeles Times, "I have a gym in my house, and I’ve been doing a lot with a lady named Angelica who comes and trains with me, so I’ve been lifting weights and push-ups and all types of exercises that she comes up with.
"My wife and I have been walking lots together, which is something I’m proud of. It’s nice to get out in nature and just walk. This is a change for me, but it makes me happy. I’m a grandfather now, and I want to be able to keep up with my granddaughter when she starts running around.
"I have someone who weighs me every week. It creates responsibility for me. I’ve lost (over) 20 pounds, but I feel like I need to pick up speed with my weight loss. I want to be able to say I’ve lost 30 pounds soon."
Actor Chris Pratt hit the NASCAR race circuit in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday (27Jul14) after he was invited to drive the pace car for The Brickyard 400. The Lego Movie star was the guest of honour at the big race, also known as The John Wayne Walding 400, and admitted it was a "dream come true" to be asked to get behind the wheel of the safety vehicle, which leads the first few laps of the race as drivers build up their circuit speed.
Pratt even got the chance to meet and have a picture taken with racing champ Jimmie Johnson, and it appears the experience has turned the movie star into a new NASCAR fan.
He tells the Associated Press, "I can't believe it's taken me 35 years to see NASCAR in person. This is unbelievable. I am seriously hooked."
Jeff Gordon raced to victory to claim his record fifth Brickyard 400 title, days before he turns 43.
Lindsay Lohan has reported a man to police after he camped outside her hotel. The Mean Girls actress was staying in the Chiltern Firehouse hotel in London while she rehearsed for the play Speed-The-Plow and she became concerned for her safety when a man camped outside the building to catch a glimpse of her.
According to Britain's Sunday People newspaper, the admirer sent marriage applications to the accompanying restaurant to get Lohan to sign.
A source tells the publication, "Lindsay's really shook up about it all. This man just wouldn't leave her alone. He knew where she was staying and was always there, waiting. She's been really scared."
Staff at the hotel called cops over the incident, and a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police says, "On 17 July, police received an allegation of harassment. There have been no arrests."
Lohan has since moved out of the hotel to a luxury apartment in the Mayfair neighbourhood.
For whatever reason, I cannot effectively connect to a motorized vehicle as a sentient character. Planes, Cars, Transformers, Herbie, KITT, Jerry Van Dyke's mother. Maybe it's because I never learned to drive. More plausible theory: Every big or small screen attempt to allot sentience to a motorized vehicle has been grievously underwhelming. Okay, I'll give you Knight Rider. But the latest example of the endeavor, Planes: Fire & Rescue, is no Knight Rider. It's barely even a Cars. The feature from DisneyToon Studios is as hollow as you can imagine a 3D animated movie to be. And this degree of vacancy feels like more than just a waste of time for the targeted youth.
Dane Cook's celebrity racing plane Dusty Crophopper, a leading man completely without hue — and don't think children's movie heroes are exempt from the expectation of nuance; Woody, Wall-E, Remy, were all leagues more recognizable than the anonymous Dusty — busts one of his principal cogs and learns that he can't exceed a certain speed or else he'll crash. In other words he'll never race again. So with an existential crisis on the horizon, and a town in jeopardy, Dusty switches gears and decides to learn how to become a firefighter.
In large part, Planes: Fire & Rescue is a love letter to public servants, opening with a title card that dedicates the film to the brave men and women who work to keep our towns and cities safe. In this element alone is the film passable, propagating appreciation for a line of work that bears unquestionable merit. But the story surrounding this message is so tattered and lifeless that it'd be surprising if any of Planes' target youths access the throughline moral.
Dusty's personal journey jumps from one quasi-conflict to the next, each piece representing a fraction of a story that we've seen in other animated films, so that you're never given the opportunity to connect with him over any of his qualms. His shattered dreams of racing, his newly evident mortality, his struggle to find new purpose, his quest for self-betterment, his drive to help others. All are teased, none are explored.
And the characters surrounding Dusty are even worse, the lot composed of sexist and racial stereotypes that are far more uninteresting than they are genuinely offensive. Every secondary player is a one-off joke, and not a good one; the only laughs in the flick come from the occasional play on words, but even for a pun-junkie will that tread wear thin.
With characters this shallow and plotlines this scattered, your kids cannot possibly engage with a movie like Planes: Fire & Rescue. They'll relegated to staring at it, retrieving little more than bright colors, speedy scenes, goofy voices, and the obscenely frequent flatulence joke. This is clearly all Planes thinks that kids can handle, but that's an egregious affront to a demographic that fueled the works of classic Disney, golden age Pixar, and Hayao Miyazaki. I think they can manage a few well-crafted airplanes.
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