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If you've ever wanted to see Homer Simpson get squished by a Tauntaun or yeti or something in the name of charity, your wish has been granted.
The Als Ice Bucket Challenge has wended its way through social media over the past month or two, prompting all sorts of people to dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness of Lou Gehrig's Disease, aka amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Of course, awareness isn't the only thing it's supposed to raise; the challenge is supposed to inspire people to make a donation to the Als Association. You can actually make a donation without pouring a bucket of ice water over your head, as per Patrick Stewart's charming video, but where's the fun in that?
No matter how cynical you might be about watching cartoon characters shiver after being doused by ice water, you've gotta admit it's been an effective way to raise funds. »
- Jenni Miller
Patrick Stewart, Kermit the Frog and the Foo Fighters all entertained us with their Als Ice Bucket Challenges, and just when I was ready to stop posting these videos, David Lynch came along and accepted his challenge from both Laura Dern and Justin Theroux. Lynch doesn’t do anything incredibly challenging here, but I couldn’t resist posting the video because … well … it’s David Lynch. Enjoy!
The post David Lynch adds a Double Shot Express to his Ice Bucket Challenge while Playing ‘Over The Rainbow’ on his Trumpet appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
Who hasn’t done the Als Ice Bucket Challenge at this point? We’ve seen Chris Pratt do it, James Wan just posted his video, R2D2 got hit with a bucket full of ice water, and even my own mother tried to give it a go! But this next one is a particularly cool one, and not just because it continues to help spread awareness about a condition we know so little about. Not only did Henry Cavill and Amy Adams choose to accept the challenge, but they opted to do so in full costume on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I can’t imagine the wardrobe department being too thrilled about having that Superman suit absolutely soaked, but it’s a blast to watch and will likely help the campaign get closer to the $80 million mark – if it hasn’t reached it already. Hit »
- Perri Nemiroff
If you are one of those people who’s annoyed by the flood of videos featuring people dumping buckets of ice cold water over themselves, the following video should bring a smile to your face. Personally, I have no issue with anyone taking an ice bucket challenge, so long as they actually donate to the cause – but something tells me, far too many people aren’t. Give it up for Patrick Stewart who may have just officially ended the craze with a bit of class. Enjoy!
The post Patrick Stewart May Have Just Ended the Ice Bucket Challenge with a Bit of Class appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
[As you probably already know, starting on Thursday, August 21, Fxx is running the Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, running through all 552 episodes of "The Simpsons," plus "The Simpsons Movie." To aid in your viewing process, Team HitFix is selecting our favorite episodes from each day, plus an episode or two that you can skip and use as a bathroom or nap break.] Somehow, despite including two different clip shows, Day 3 of Fxx's Every Simpsons Ever Marathon leads us deep into the show's Golden Years, as we finish Season 4, go through Season 5 and most of Season 6, spanning from "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show" through "The PTA Disbands." For the second straight day, we had no trouble picking two favorites apiece and we left out a slew of great episodes including Krusty's Kancellation, Bart's rise to "I Didn't Do It!" fame, James Woods' stint at the Kwik-e-Mart, Homer's trip into space and Lisa's attempts to design a new Malibu Stacy. [The image accompanying this story is from "Marge in Chains" which, if I'm being honest, didn't come close to making our list, but it's the only official image Fxx was able to provide for the episodes airing on Saturday.] My own greatest regret is that I couldn't pick "Treehouse of Horror V," which features "The Shinning" and "Time and Punishment," which are two of my five "Treehouse" segments. However, I stand by the two episodes I chose. And guess what? Day 4 was even Harder, choosing-wise. But that's tomorrow. »
- Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Drew McWeeny, Josh Lasser and Dave Lewis
A classic Star Trek character returns in this week's look-back at a must-watch Tng season three episode...
This review contains spoilers.
In a startling moment of originality, the Enterprise is once again acting as the glorified taxi for a Federation Ambassador and hosting their negotiations. But this time, it's not boring. This time, they're transporting Ambassador Sarek!
Although his entourage seem over-protective of Sarek, insisting that he's excused from all non-essential functions, Sarek himself seems surprisingly energetic. Nonetheless, Picard lets him off the Mozart concert he had planned, and also tells Worf not to bother setting up the Tri-Dimensional Guess Who? Tournament (probably).
When checking out the conference room, Sarek gets uncharacteristically agitated at the unpreparedness of it. Geordi and Wesley don't help the situation by complaining about the smell of the slime the Legaran delegation live in and talking about Wesley's upcoming hot date with Ensign Suzanne Dumont. »
X-Men: Days of Future Past: Back on June 20, director Bryan Singer noted via social media that he and writer Simon Kinberg had agreed that if X-Men: Days of Future Past made more than $700 million at the box office worldwide, they'd each get their first tattooes. The film has now passed that mark, and so Singer kept his word, bringing along Patrick Stewart as a witness. [Instagram] Resident Evil: The Final Chapter: Milla Jovovich is pregnant! Now, that's not usually news that we cover here, but in this case, the actress says that she received confirmation just as she and her husband, director Paul W.S. Anderson, were preparing to travel to South Africa to work on their latest collaboration, the zombie sequel Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. As she wrote...
- Peter Martin
Comic book movies are some of the hottest properties in Hollywood right now. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, Fox’s X-Men (and soon to be Fantastic Four) continuity, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and the new DC Cinematic Universe all include films that have grossed hundreds of millions – and even billions in some cases – of dollars in recent years.
As a result, comic book movies have become a genre with a good reputation. Huge, top class and award winning actors, including the likes of Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Andrew Garfield, Chris Cooper, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Jamie Bell, Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Ben Affleck and Amy Adams, have signed on for roles in them – something that would have been unheard of as recently as twenty or so years ago.
However, the genre could have looked so different and could have taken such a »
- Kev Stewart
In a summer that's been a bit hard on the movie industry, we've still seen some box office success stories. Out of the superhero offerings we've been gifted this summer, X-Men: Days Of Future Past seems to be the one that's risen to the top of the crop. Now that the Bryan Singer directed film has officially crossed $700 million, the man who first brought the X-Men brand to the screen in 2000 has decided to celebrate in a most unique manner: with a tattoo! Courtesy of Singer's official Instagram feed, we see him "getting [his] X-tattoo" with a certain professor of mutant studies looking on in the background. If any of you have "getting a tattoo with Sir Patrick Stewart" on your bucket list, you're going to want to talk to Bryan Singer about how to convince the well respected actor to hang out. No pictures of the tattoo have surfaced »
Poznan, Poland—John Ottman is a traditionalist. The composer for such films as “XMen— Days of Future Past,” “Superman Returns,” “The Usual Suspects,” “X2: XMen United,” and “Apt Pupil,” writes scores in the style of his musical heroes, John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith. Here at the Transatlantyk Festival in Poznan, he talked to attendees about the emotional points film music should hit and lamented the lack of finesse in so many of today’s scores. Ottman is unique among composers in that he serves not only as the scorer for Bryan Singer’s films, he also edits them, which severely limits the amount of time he has to score. He recently emerged out of a three-year work jag that included working on “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “X-Men—Days of Future Past.” My colleague Kris Tapley interviewed Ottman about “Days of Future Past,” in May so I decided to do »
- Melinda Newman
Children and grown-ups alike flocked to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in its first weekend of release, and now Hollywood is betting the the '90s nostalgia wave will last least two more years - on Wenesday, Lionsgate announced that its Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot will hit theaters on Jully 22, 2016. The studio has signed the the writers of Thor, to produce a script off a story by Star Trek's Robert Orci. There are no plot details yet, but knowing that Lionsgate was the studio behind Ender's Game, The Hunger Games and I, Frankenstein, it's likely the Power Rangers movie »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
The arrival of The Expendables 3 leads James to the conclusion that, when it comes to being an action hero, age is just a number...
"All I have produced before the age of 70 is not worth taking into account. At 73 I have learned a little... a little about the real structure of nature, of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes and insects. In consequence when I am 80, I shall have made still more progress. At 90 I shall penetrate the mystery of things; at 100 I shall certainly have reached a marvellous stage; and when I am 110, everything I do, be it a dot or a line, will be alive." - Hokusai, the Japanese artist who painted the famous 'Great Wave off Kanagawa' and kept on creating astounding art until his death at the age of 88.
"I'm too old for this shit." - Roger Murtaugh, the Lapd homicide detective played by Danny Glover »
Making a movie that revolves around time travel instantly creates paradoxes and often plot holes, but managed intelligently, the onscreen logic can make for fun and dangerous storytelling. This is a list is of the highest grossing movies and franchises that use time travel as a main story element (an example of a movie with time travel not as a main story element is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which would have been #4 had it qualified).
I've cheated a bit by grouping franchises together, allowing me to write about more movies. Out of the 18 movies on the list I’ve seen 17, which might mean I really like movies with time travel. All numbers are worldwide box office grosses adjusted for inflation. Box office revenue numbers are from Box Office Mojo and The Numbers. Bits of trivia are from IMDb and Wikipedia. Inflation data comes via the Us Department of Labor. »
- Free Reyes
It’s a good time to be Starz right now. The premium cable network’s new scripted offerings have been met with considerable success, particularly recent arrival Outlander, which received 3.7 million views when combining Starz’s free sampling campaign of the pilot with actual premiere numbers. No longer can Starz simply be considered a lesser HBO; from Black Sails to Power to Outlander, the network is taking steps to cement its status as a home to top-tier programming. Now, Starz has handed a straight-to-series order to another project bound to boost its rep – The One Percent, from Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu.
The premium cable network has picked up 10 episodes of the drama, which is toplined by Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris. Set in the world of organic farming, One Percent focuses on Alfred Murphy (Helms), a member of a dysfunctional family struggling to keep their farm from financial ruin, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sir Ian McKellen recently stepped up to the plate when his Bff Patrick Stewart wasn't available to help a fan propose. In a video posted to YouTube by director Brett Lotriet Best, Best holds up signs to propose to his boyfriend Khalid Shawwa, who's a big fan of Stewart's show Star Trek: The Next Generation. "We all know how you feel about Star Trek's Captain Picard," one of Best's signs reads. "So I searched the galaxy for Patrick Stewart and finally asked his best friend for help!" The vid then cuts to McKellen. "Khalid, I've got bad news for you—it's good news as well—but the bad news is, Patrick Stewart is married," the 75-year-old actor »
The X-Men movie franchise has had its fair share of ups and downs but, on the whole, it has been a very successful endeavour for Fox.
Starting way back in the year 2000, along with Blade two years prior, it is generally considered to be the reason that the superhero movie genre is so enormously successful today.
The franchise has turned previously little-known actors like Hugh Jackman in to global superstars and boasts a plethora of top class acting talent that includes, or at least has included, the likes of Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Brian Cox, Kevin Bacon, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Peter Dinklage.
There have, however, been some fairly terrible errors and some near-misses that threatened to wreck the X-Men as a movie franchise along the way. Had the notoriously hard-to-please comic book movie audiences not been so surprisingly lenient, the franchise »
- Kev Stewart
Is Old Man Logan the cinematic future for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine? Rob hopes so…
Despite playing a character that has lived for centuries in Marvel comics, Hugh Jackman is in the unfortunate position of gradually becoming too old to play Wolverine. Whilst it’s generally accepted that Wolverine does in fact age, it’s at a far more reduced rate than Hugh Jackman, who has no mutant powers (that we know of).
In X-Men: Days Of Future Past, this issue was faced (sort-of) head-on by making future Wolverine slightly grey-haired, like a cross between his younger self and Reed Richards, thereby suggesting that Wolverine’s anti-aging gene (which he could surely sell for amazing money to the cosmetics industry) was beginning to let up in the X-Men movie universe’s future timeline. A decent effort was made to hide the age of Hugh Jackman’s 1970s Wolverine, and, to be honest, »
In the tenth big-screen Enterprise - the fourth for 'The Next Generation' - age catches up with Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his crew as they face marriage and retirement. Unfortunately, it all coincides with Earth's gravest crisis as peace talks between the Federation and the Romulans are sabotaged by Picard's evil clone (a breakout role for British star Tom Hardy). The balance of the cosmos depends on equal parts action and emotion. »
So how do you propose to a die-hard Star Trek-loving partner? For South African director Brett Best, the only answer was drafting Patrick Stewart, otherwise known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Sadly, Stewart was unavailable Pink News reported on Friday. Best though was not to be deterred and asked Stewart's best friend, Ian McKellen, if he minded taking his place for his X-Men: Days of Future Past co-star. McKellen, who officiated Stewart's wedding back in September, filled in admirably, helping Best propose to his boyfriend, Khalid Shawwa. Unsurprisingly, given the star talent, Best told Pink News his video proposal got
- Abid Rahman
It suffered a 63% box office drop in its second week of cinematic release. It was nominated for eleven Golden Raspberry Awards, winning one. It has been singled out as a source of massive regret for much of its cast. It effectively ended two A-list film careers, signaled the decline of Hollywood’s most celebrated guilty pleasure strongman, and doomed its helmsman to a pantheon of lingering disgrace. It torpedoed a multimillion dollar franchise, wiped out two green-lit blockbusters and put one of pop culture’s biggest names into the dark for eight years. It is often cited as one of the worst movies ever made, and was crowned number one by Empire. Years later, its director would be compelled to actually apologize for it. When you collect your wits at last and begin to look at the mess with something approaching rationalization, you will be hard pressed to find a »
- Scott Patterson
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