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The staff and chief executives of Wme completed the Als Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday. See video: Vin Diesel, American Hero, Challenges Vladimir Putin to the Ice Bucket Challenge After being challenged to philanthropic action by their client Hugh Jackman, along with the cast of the upcoming film “Pan,” CEOs Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel led the talent agency's employees outside and proceeded to get wet. As per the rules of the challenge, Whitesell and Emanuel nominated three other CEOs to follow in their soaking-wet footsteps: CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapin and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. »
- Travis Reilly
Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible 5 director Chris McQuarrie have just upped the game for the Als Ice Bucket Challenge. Rather than a measly single bucket, the pair had bucket after bucket of ice water poured on them, taking the hits for Mission: Impossible cast and crew who had been challenged but were not there to join them. Pan stars Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, and Garrett Hedlund challenged the Mission: Impossible team Monday. In turn, Cruise and McQuarrie challenged Paramount execs Adam Goodman and Brad Grey, as well as Skydance's David Ellison. In other words, they are asking their Mission:
- Aaron Couch
Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible 5 director Chris McQuarrie accepted the Als ice bucket challenge on Tuesday after being nominated by Hugh Jackman and the cast of Pan. The guys took on a pretty heroic task - because the filming of the fifth installment of the action series hasn't officially started and the cast and crew of the movie are not all together yet, they were doused in ice cold water once for every person that was challenged. Basically, they accepted the challenge about eight times. You have to see it to believe it, so watch Tom's incredible effort in the video above, then check out more of the best celebrity Als ice bucket challenges we've seen so far. »
Actor Tom Cruise is being honored with the Japan Cool Content Contribution (J3C) Award for acting for his performance in Edge Of Tomorrow (2014) from the Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro), the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Meti), and the Consulate General of Japan, Los Angeles. The 2nd Annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Awards Ceremony will be held on September 13, 2014 at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles.
For the first time, the J3C Awards will be held in conjunction with the La EigaFest (Japan Film Festival). The 4th Annual La EigaFest, presented by the Japan Film Society, will be held September 12th – 14th at the Egyptian Theater.
- Michelle McCue
Wme put itself on ice Tuesday afternoon, becoming the latest participant in the viral Als Association campaign sweeping the nation in the dog days of summer. The talent agents were challenged by clients Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara and Garrett Hedlund (who, along with their Pan cast and crew, also nominated Mission Impossible 5 and Star Wars’ entire casts and crews) to either dump a bucket of ice water over their heads or donate to the organization. (Cruise and Mi:5 director Christopher McQuarrie have already responded.) Wme co-ceo Patrick Whitesell quickly organized the effort, sending out an agency-wide
- Rebecca Sun
It’s hard enough to pick movies that connect with audiences. Today, studio chiefs like Gianopulos must navigate a rapidly shifting landscape where consumer demands, piracy and the collapse of the DVD market, as well as increasing competition from online diversions and quality cable TV shows, are wreaking havoc on the financial underpinnings of the film business. Media companies like Fox’s parent 21st Century Fox are on a quest to grow bigger in order to compete with digital superpowers like Google and pending mergers between cable and telco giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and At&T and DirecTV. Gianopulos’ uberboss, 21st Century Fox chief Rupert Murdoch, made a surprise $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner that was rejected and he subsequently withdrew. But consolidation, it seems, is coming.
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- Brent Lang
Celebrities just can't stop pouring buckets of ice on themselves.
Celebrities just can't stop pouring buckets of ice on themselves for a good cause.
Though it seemed like every A-list celebrity had participated in the Als Ice Bucket Challenge over the weekend, there were still a few stars left that decided to jump on this charity bandwagon on Monday.
From James Franco ice-bucketing without wearing pants, to Britney Spears giving the best reaction to a bucket of ice being poured on a person, here's a few more of our favorite stars that are participating in this wildly popular charity challenge.
Watch: 12 More Must-See Celebrity Ice Bucket Challenges
6. Garth Brooks
7. James Franco
8. Jimmy Kimmel
9. Ben Affleck
Post by Ben Affleck.
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If you’ve logged onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in the last two weeks, chances are you've seen a slew of videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on their heads. The "Ice Bucket Challenge," which has raised over $22 million dollars so far, is a campaign that supports the awareness of Als (Amyotropic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Compared to the $1.8 million Asla made during the same time last year, it's clear the challenge is working.The viral event requires those challenged to film themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads within 24 hours or they have to donate $100 to an Als charity of their choice. The contenders who accept the challenge must then post their video on social media and challenge more of their friends (or enemies) to complete to follow suit.Note: Many people who opt for a cold dunk end up donating as well. »
- tooFab Staff
Diane Keaton is to be honoured in this year’s Zurich International Film Festival by receiving the Golden Icon Award.
The American actress, producer and director is no stranger to accolades. She won a whole host of awards for Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, and in 2005 was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. Keaton has appeared in many features during her career, but she’s perhaps best known for The Godfather Trilogy, Something’S Gotta Give, Marvin’S Room, Baby Boom and Manhattan. Oh, and Look Who’S Talking Now, obviously.
Keaton will receive her award on 1st October, and to celebrate her life’s work the festival is screening Keaton’s most recent romantic comedy, And So It Goes. Keaton herself will introduce the film, in which Michael Douglas also stars. It’s an interesting choice – we can’t say this movie has received the most positive of reviews. »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Advice to reader: It's best to watch the following videos with Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" playing on repeat. The summer has taken a decidedly chilly turn since celebs began accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge - you know, the social media-driven stunt that's been dominating your newsfeed this month in an effort to raise awareness and money for Lou Gehrig's disease. (Participants must decide within 24 hours whether they want to dump arctic H2O on their heads or donate $100 to the Als Association in the most common variation of the challenge.) Cold water, bikinis, a good cause: Really, it's »
- Alison Schwartz, @alisonbrooke
The summer blockbuster season isn't what it used to be. We no longer have to wait until July for Hollywood's epic spectacles, with studios now lining up their tentpole releases as early as March - this year we saw the likes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theatres before the calendar had ticked over to May.
With The Expendables 3 out in cinemas now and pretty much bringing the curtain down on the summer's biggest releases, Digital Spy has flicked back through the calendar to rank this summer's box office big guns from worst to best.
Despite an ever-expanding cast list that hoovered up Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas, Sylvester Stallone's third Expendables outing landed with more of a whimper than a bang. Franchise favourites like Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren were criminally underused, leaving us »
Height. It’s a funny old thing; it’s potentially the one thing that we can’t really change about ourselves. Yes if people want to appear taller they can stick on some heels (not that easy for the males) but how does one make themselves shorter? I’ve never really been overly bothered about how tall people are but my other half has a strange fascination with finding out the height of various actors and actresses. Strange I know but it’s a pretty good knowledge to have as it occasionally comes in handy in a quiz environment. From our extensive research on imdb I know that Amanda Seyfried is absolutely tiny at 5’2 ½ and Jared Padalecki is well on his way to giant status at 6’4”.
If like him you suffer from this odd thirst for knowledge then we’ve got the infographic for you. We’ve managed to get »
- Kat Smith
Hugh Jackman shared a touching Throwback Thursday image via Instagram on Thursday, Aug. 14, remembering the late Robin Williams and their time together at the 2011 Tony Awards. Jackman, who was one of the first to respond to the tragic news on Monday, Aug. 11, that the beloved comic actor had been found dead in his Los Angeles home, made it clear that his good friend Williams remained in his thoughts as he shared the snap of the pair of them backstage at the awards ceremony three [...] »
Hollywood continues to mourn the sudden loss of Robin Williams, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 63. Friends and fans have posted their thoughts online, including some fellow stand-up comics, his "Good Will Hunting" co-star Ben Affleck, "Happy Feet" co-star Hugh Jackman, and the real Patch Adams. Updated - Matt Damon's statement: "Robin brought so much joy into my life and I will carry that joy with me forever. He was such a beautiful man. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him. I truly hope people in the media can find it within themselves to give his family some privacy during this horrible time." Ben Affleck's statement: "Heartbroken. Thanks chief - for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He »
- Dave Lewis
So far, 2014’s highest grossing “summer movie” (in what now seems like a four-and-a-half-month “summer”) was Captain America: The Winter Soldier with about $260m. That’s the lowest domestic gross for the summer’s biggest hit since Mission: Impossible II in 2000, and it was reached with the addition of inflation, 3D and IMAX. I’m not about to make a sky-is-falling claim here; there were a lot of factors and coincidences that went into having a crop of blockbusters that didn’t reach the heights of any of the past 13 years. But when the equation used to be $300 – 400m = blockbuster franchise, it’s worth stopping to ponder what these shifting numbers mean for the future of the biggest of Hollywood business. The endless franchises are running thin, not imploding. Last summer, every film nerd with an IP address was reposting Spielberg’s comments about the inevitable demise of Hollywood’s current mega-budget system. All »
- Joshua Coonrod
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, »
The Lonely Island Movie
Universal Pictures is developing The Lonely Island’s feature after acquiring a pitch from the group. Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone will star and produce the comedy along with Apatow (Knocked Up, Bridemaids, This Is 40).
The Lonely Island achieved fame during Samberg’s stint on Saturday Night Live, which ran from 2005 to 2011. Schaffer and Taccone were writers on the NBC comic sketch show. Among their best known music videos were for “D--k in a Box,” “I’m on a Boat,” “Jizz in My Pants,” “Like a Boss” and “Lazy Sunday.”
The Lonely Island has also released three albums – Incredibad (2009), Turtleneck & Chain (2011) and The Wack Album (2013). For The Wack Album, The Lonely Island was able to assemble an impressive roster of artists, »
If Hollywood and theater owners are depressed about the summer box office, they might be even more worried about what's coming this Fall. September is always a mixed bag, but at this point it looks like there won't be any blockbuster like "Gravity" to get people excited this October. In fact, it will be shocking if any film in September or October debuts to over $40 million. Just a few months ago there was some reason for some optimism. Late September player "The Equalizer" with Denzel Washington should easily play for a few strong weeks, Robert Downey, Jr. is returning with a potential awards player in "The Judge," Seth Rogen and James Franco are reuniting for R-rated comedy "The Interview" and footage from Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" turned heads from CinemaCon to Comic-Con. Unfortunately, and both due to production reasons, the latter two films have pushed to Christmas and February 2015 respectively. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Ziggs - League of Legends Cosplayer: Jessica Nigri * Photographers: David Ngo & Darshelle Stevens Jinx: Lyz Brickley Cosplay........................................................................ X-Men: Days of Future Past - Quicksilver Cosplayer: Jessica Nigri * Photographer: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future. X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be directed by Bryan Singer ("Usual Suspects"). The cast includes: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Booboo Stewart, Omar Sy, Fan Bingbing, Evan Jonigkeit, Adan Canto and Josh Helman, X-Men: Days Of Future Past hits UK »
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