April 25, 2014

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The many facets of Leo DiCaprio: The Wolf of Wall Street

By Michael Russnow
As Oscar voters continue to mark their ballots until this Wednesday, I wonder what goes into their thinking? Do they vote specifically for what they believe is the best achievement of last year, a surprising performance and accomplishment or is it a cumulative assessment of someone’s career?
For all these reasons, and not just one, I’m going against the grain of what appears to be the general consensus and strongly suggest that Leonardo DiCaprio deserves the Oscar this year for The Wolf of Wall Street, even more than favorite Matthew McConaughey.
This doesn’t in any way diminish McConaughey’s performance in Dallas Buyers Club. It was terrific, and the subject matter of the film made it that much more compelling. However, DiCaprio’s execution, in my view, was even more powerful, in particular as it was a totally different characterization and portrayal than we’ve ever seen from the actor before.
It’s hard to realize sometimes that Leo has been in filmdom’s consciousness for twenty-one years, since he was elevated from his sitcom supporting role in ABC’s Growing Pains to the wow factor engendered in his major debut role opposite Robert De Niro in This Boy’s Life. Later in 1993 that respect was magnified when he stole What’s Eating Gilbert Grape from Johnny Depp and was rewarded with his first Oscar nomination at the age of nineteen.
For the next several years, he continued to intrigue audiences with a different assortment of characters, sometimes in mixed films such as Basketball Diaries and Total Eclipse, in more respected fare such as Marvin’s Room and Romeo and Juliet, and finally emerging as a superstar in Titanic.
Since then he has won fans and critical plaudits for his work in Catch Me If You Can, a young Howard Hughes in The Aviator, as a South African in Blood Diamond and an undercover policeman in The Departed, sometimes Oscar nominated, more times not and sometimes robbed of a nod as in the case of J. Edgar and last year’s Django Unchained.
Through it all, he has mostly been acclaimed for quirky dramatic performances until finally his well-known personal impishness came forth comedically in The Wolf of Wall Street. In this film, which I mostly liked but not entirely, Leo displayed so many facets, delivering emotional high points while also sometimes hysterically funny, that I wonder if his excellence has become so expected we don’t realize how different the role is and [...]

Boycott Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice – Fire Donald Trump Jr.

HollywoodNews.com: Boycott Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” show UNTIL Donald “Animal Killer” Trump Jr. is FIRED! Who wants to see a heartless, arrogant, animal killer on national television?
Congratulations to Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, who cancelled being a sponsor of “Celebrity Apprentice,” and denounced Donald Trump Jr., who serves as a judge on the current season, for posing for photos with dead animals he killed on a hunt in Zimbabwe.
“I am totally disgusted by the hunting pics I have seen and was surprised to see them,” Lemonis told TMZ.
Animal butchery. Donald Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, kill an elephant, leopard, and many more animals in sick African killing. It is despicable. According to TMZ.Com Donald Trump Jr. said “Yes, I Killed Those Animals… and I’m PROUD of It!” The Trump name is being tarnished. The Trump brothers should be ostracized by society at large.
So, more companies should stop any and all business activities with the Trumps until Donald Trump Jr. is FIRED. How cruel can educated and privilege young men be?
IMPORTANT NOTE: In addition, they do it in a country that is run by a murderous dictator, Robert Mugabe. So, the Trumps are helping Mugabe’s dictatorship to continue his reign of terror against his own people.
See photos of the killings at TMZ.COM
“Like all animals, elephants, buffalo, and crocodiles deserve better than to be killed and hacked apart for two young millionaires’ grisly photo opportunity. If the Trumps want to help villagers, they have plenty of resources at their disposal… Left alone, animal populations regulate their own numbers based upon the availability of food and secure habitat… The money spent on hunting fees in this case could have gone toward the building of a school or hospital or planting an orchard, any of which would have had a lasting positive effect on the villagers, rather than patronizing them and reducing them to hunting guides for spoiled, bored, visiting American millionaires,” said the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
This was the response on twitter by Don Jr. “I have no shame about the pics. I HUNT & EAT game … I’m a hunter, for that I make no apologies… You think we wasted the meat? It fed a village for a month… I’m a hunter, I won’t cower from that because of some losers… Actually the money from hunting fees preserves animals [...]

Trump’s sons brutal African killings

HollywoodNews.com: Animal butchery. Donald Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, kill an elephant, leopard, and many more animals in sick African killing. It is despicable. According to TMZ.Com Donald Trump Jr. said “Yes, I Killed Those Animals… and I’m PROUD of It!” The Trump name is being tarnished. The Trump brothers should be ostracized by society at large.
In addition, companies that believe in animal rights should stop any and all business activities with the Trumps. How cruel can educated and privilege young men be?
In addition, they do it in a country that is run by a murderous dictator, Robert Mugabe.
See photos of the killings at TMZ.COM
“Like all animals, elephants, buffalo, and crocodiles deserve better than to be killed and hacked apart for two young millionaires’ grisly photo opportunity. If the Trumps want to help villagers, they have plenty of resources at their disposal.” said PETA.
This was the response on twitter by Don Jr. ” I have no shame about the pics. I HUNT & EAT game … I’m a hunter, for that I make no apologies.”
Photos by TMZ.com and ecorazzi.com
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MTV Movie Awards Are Back!

HollywoodNews.com: Fans will fall in love with their favorite movies from the past year all over again and get a first-look at films to come when MTV returns to the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards.” The 21st annual award show will air LIVE on Sunday, June 3rd at 9PM (ET/PT). MTV also announced that this year’s telecast will be executive produced by Jesse Ignjatovic of Den of Thieves for the first time.
Known as one of the most outrageous and distinctive televised award shows, the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will feature its trademark individuality and irreverence. Fusing the network’s musical core with the wonder, scale and energy of the movie-going experience, the telecast is set to provide more laughs, surprises and one-of-a-kind moments with Hollywood’s biggest stars gathering to honor fan-favorites from the past year and beyond.
“Just as Jesse has done with our ‘Video Music Awards’, we know he’ll infuse this year’s ‘Movie Awards’ with creative, musical and cinematic elements that fully tap into the sense of awe our audience experiences in a movie theater,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “In his inspired hands, this year’s show will be re-imagined to deliver a telecast that reflects our audiences’ favorite films, music and stars.”
The “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching nearly 600 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming & content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.
Jesse Ignjatovic of Den of Thieves has served as executive producer for the “MTV Video Music Awards” for the past five years, including the “2011 Video Music Awards” that scored MTV’s biggest audience in the network’s history.
The “2011 MTV Movie Awards” delivered a 3.9 rating among P12-34, averaging 4.5 million viewers, and its largest audience among teens since 2004 – a 5.4 rating overall, and whopping 8.3 rating among female teens.
The show kept its tradition as Hollywood’s most atypical and irreverent awards show, with host Jason Sudeikis providing laugh-out-loud moments, a surprise appearance by Justin Bieber, a naughty-but-nice presentation by Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, GENERATION AWARD winner Reese Witherspoon providing a message of female empowerment, and the stars of the night’s big winner “The Twilight Saga: [...]

Oscars: Billy Crystal Was Far From His Best

By Michael Russnow
HollywoodNews.com: The Academy Awards was a lot better than last year’s offering and generally moved along pretty well. However, Billy Crystal’s performance was mixed. Sometimes he was spot on and in other instances resorted to forced humor that missed its mark.
After Morgan Freeman’s opening we saw Billy in an uninspiring repeat of what he’d done so well many times before, inserting himself into reproductions of well-known clips from the top films. Maybe it’s because he’s done it so many times. It’s true that he hasn’t been host since 2004, and we often enjoy an entertainer repeating his or her best work, but like an aging singer whose voice doesn’t hold up when the muscles sag, what was downright hysterical in past years, like when he came out as Hannibal Lecter in 1992, this go-around didn’t work too well for me in 2012.
The one exception was from The Descendants, when George Clooney recreated his visit to his comatose wife, played by Crystal lying in bed. Clooney’s kiss was so heartfelt it provided a big laugh. The Justin Bieber bit from Midnight in Paris wasn’t bad. Not so much the scene with Tom Cruise from Mission Impossible, nor was Crystal’s business spoofing The Help or Tintin particularly funny.
Oddly when he segued into his Oscar medley it worked better, with the lyrics sharp and engaging. After that, it was hit and miss. Sometimes very clever and other times flat. And when the latter happened he often responded defensively, at one point indicating the band in the pit liked the joke. He also was a bit insensitive regarding the age of some of the nominees as he mentioned octogenarians Christopher Plummer and Max von Sydow, followed by senility jokes at their expense. Considering that Crystal himself is pushing 64 and that ageism besetting Hollywood is rampant with many talented professionals unemployed, it’s just not funny anymore.
As the three hour ten minute show progressed, they whizzed through awards at a relatively rapid pace. Instead of starting with a celebrity award, such as supporting actor and actress, they began with Tom Hanks presenting Oscars for cinematography and art direction, both of which went on the scorecard for Hugo.
There was a montage of film clips that moved along all right, but, unless I missed one, it appeared that it was as if movie history began with 1969′s Midnight Cowboy, because none of the featured films [...]

Marie Colvin: Syrian Government Stop the Madness NO MORE KILLINGS!

HollywoodNews.com: Syrian government Stop the Madness NO MORE KILLINGS!
Marie Colvin killed: Syrian forces had pledged to kill ‘any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil’
“Our mission is to report these horrors of war with accuracy and without prejudice,” said Marie Colvin. “The Syrian army is simply shelling a city of cold, starving civilians.”
Today it was confirmed that the war correspondent Marie Colvin has died in the Syrian city of Homs.
Marie Colvin was killed alongside French photographer Remi Ochlik, 28, in a rocket attack on the besieged city of Homs.
What is the world waiting for? We keep watching women and children being killed and we do NOTHING. Call/email your congressman/senator… do something to put pressure on the White House… the killings MUST STOP
R.I.P Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik
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The Help Should Win the Oscar for Best Picture

HollywoodNews.com: It is almost that time again; time to see what people are wearing as well as who says what in their acceptance speeches. Also, this year it’s the return of Billy Crystal as host. Yes, it’s Oscar time and while the world won’t know until this Sunday who actually wins these awards, here are who Americans think should win some of the top honors.
This year, one in five Americans (21%) believes that The Help should win the Academy Award for best picture while one in ten (9%) say the Oscar should go to War Horse. Next on the list is Moneyball (7%) followed by The Artist (6%), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (5%) and The Descendants (5%). Small percentages believe the Oscar should go to Hugo (3%), Midnight in Paris (3%) and The Tree of Life (2%). One-third of Americans (34%) are not sure who the best picture Oscar should go to this year and 6% say it should go to none of the nominated films.
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,239 adults surveyed online between February 13 and 15, 2012 by Harris Interactive.
There is a bit of a gender difference for best picture. For women, it is clear as three in ten (29%) say The Help should win best picture. Men are a little more divided as 13% say The Help but 12% say Moneyball.
Best Actor and Actress
When it comes to the best actor statue, almost one quarter of Americans (23%) say George Clooney should win for The Descendants followed by 16% who say Brad Pitt should win for his role in Moneyball. One in ten (10%) believe the Oscar should go to Gary Oldman for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, followed by 7% who say Jean Dujardin should win for his role in The Artist and 1% who believe the award should go to Dimian Bichr for A Better Life. Just over one-third of Americans (35%), however, say they are not sure who should win the best actor Oscar and 7% believe none of the nominated actors should win.
For best actress, there are two actresses at the top as 23% of Americans believe Viola Davis should win for her role in The Help while 22% think the award should go to Meryl Streep for her portrayal of The Iron Lady. One in ten believe Rooney Mara should win [...]

Hollywood Star’s Death Places Spotlight on Xanax

HollywoodNews.com: The circumstances of Whitney Houston’s demise have dominated headlines and search trends since news outlets first reported of her death. Her struggle with addiction was covered extensively by the media, and even discussed candidly by Houston herself during several high-profile interviews. Though toxicology reports needed for definitive answers have yet to be released, there has been no delay in rumors and speculation regarding what drugs may have been involved in the loss of this legendary and undeniably gifted songstress. Xanax (generic name alprazolam) and alcohol have been named specifically. Whether or not these substances are ultimately named as factors in Houston’s death, the mere perception that they could be raises questions – particularly about prescription psychiatric drugs. Here are some answers.
What is Xanax?
Xanax is a prescription medication for anxiety disorders (some outlets have incorrectly reported that it is an anti-depressant). It works by acting on GABA receptors, the “brakes” of the brain. It is part of the benzodiazepine class of medications and is in a larger group of medications commonly referred to as “downers” or “sedatives.”
While many people with anxiety disorders benefit from treatment with them, benzodiazepines have the potential to become addictive and can be abused. Drugs that people feel the effects of quickly and that leave the system quickly are more likely to be abused. Of the benzodiazepines, Xanax is one of the fastest acting and most potent.
Are all anxiety medications potentially addictive?
No. There are other kinds of medication for anxiety that affect the brain differently than Xanax and the other benzodiazepines.
Are drugs like Xanax dangerous?
All drugs have risks, which increase when they are not used as they should be. For example, overdoses of the commonly used over-the-counter drug Tylenol are the leading cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. Benzodiazepines like Xanax can put the brakes on the brain too much, particularly the part that controls breathing. When too high a dose of these medications is used, especially if they are combined with other substances that affect breathing – such as alcohol – breathing can become too slow or shallow or even stop completely. Per SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), over three quarters of benzodiazepine-related ER visits in 2002 involved at least two substances. Alcohol was by far the most common second substance. Doctors who prescribe these medications routinely warn patients not to drink alcohol while taking them. Medications like [...]

Syria: Medicine as a Weapon of Persecution

HollywoodNews.com: PLEASE STOP THE MADNESS – The Syrian regime is conducting a campaign of unrelenting repression against people wounded in demonstrations and the medical workers trying to treat them, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.
While MSF cannot work directly in Syria, it has collected testimonies from wounded patients treated outside the country and from doctors inside Syria. The testimonies, collected from several people from various parts of the country, point to a crackdown on the provision of urgent medical care for people wounded in the ongoing violence in Syria.
“In Syria today, wounded patients and doctors are pursued, and risk torture and arrest at the hands of the security services,” said Marie-Pierre Allié, MSF president. “Medicine is being used as a weapon of persecution.”
Most of the wounded do not go to public hospitals for fear of being arrested or tortured. When a wounded person is admitted to a hospital, a false name is sometimes provided to hide his or her identity. Doctors will provide false diagnoses to help patients elude security forces, which search for patients with wounds consistent with those sustained in protests and demonstrations.
PLEASE STOP THE MADNESS. DO WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DO TO HELP!
To read more go to www.doctorswithoutborders.org
Article by Doctors Without Borders. Photo by Doctors Without Borders
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Who Invented the Oscars?

HollywoodNews.com: The founders of the now infamous Academy were a motley crew as individuals, but when they first converged in Hollywood, then just a small town with dirt roads, sparks flew and fueled a common dream: to bring artistic validity to their beloved new medium.
Today, movies are so ingrained in our culture it is hard to imagine a time when former cowpunchers, prospectors, vaudevillians, even junk dealers made up the rules as they went along. Prohibition and the Great Depression were keeping everyone on edge, and the business was rife with murders and drug scandals. Something had to happen. And so on January 11th, 1927, thirty-six members of Hollywood’s elite and not-so-elite came together at the behest of MGM chief Louis B. Mayer. From Cecil B. DeMille to Mary Pickford, Harry M. Warner, who owned a bike shop before launching the revolutionary “talkie” The Jazz Singer, even Joseph M. Schenk, freed from jail just in time to discover Marilyn Monroe – each guest was more colorful than the last. Although they didn’t know it yet, these thirty-six achievers and dreamers gave birth to a golden child.
Who were these movers and shakers who would change movies forever? And what about Oscar, their famous son? He is fast approaching his 100th birthday, and is still the undisputed king of Hollywood. Yet with such dynamic parents, what else could we expect?
In Debra Pawlak’s new book, Bringing Up Oscar, readers will learn, as Pawlak tells USA TODAY in an interview, all about these 36 founders. “They were from all walks of life, but in 1927, these were all people who were at the top of their game in Hollywood,” Pawlak says. And what was their motivation? “Movies were getting bad press. Temperance groups had succeeded in outlawing alcohol, so they turned their attention to Hollywood. There was no place in the industry where people could come with their disputes, and people in the industry needed to support one another,” Pawlak continues in the interview. The Wall Street Journal explains further that “to a great extent, the formation of the Academy was an act of aspirational pride. Within little more than 20 years, the American movie itself had morphed from a parlor amusement into an art form of subtlety, grace and astonishing commercial success. The Academy’s founders wanted recognition for their life’s [...]

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