Sir Ian McKellen Has No Time To Officiate Weddings As Gandalf, Thanks

If you’ve ever contemplated asking Sir Ian McKellen to officiate your wedding, here’s a tip: don’t ask him to appear in costume. 

The 77-year-old actor turned down an offer made through a mutual friend to wed Napster founder Sean Parker and his now-wife, Alexandra Lenas. Parker was throwing a Tolkien-esque wedding. McKellen is famous for playing Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” film trilogies. 

“I said, ‘I am sorry, Gandalf doesn’t do weddings,’” the actor reportedly told the Daily Mail. “I don’t go dressing up, except in plays and things.”

McKellen was not aware the request came from Parker. It’s probably a good thing the actor ended up turning down the wedding, as it became a controversial affair for Parker and his wife. 

For the ceremony, which took place in an ecologically sensitive area of Big Sur, California, in June 2013, Parker reportedly built a cottage, fake ruins, waterfalls, staircases and a huge dance floor near iconic redwoods. The entire celebration ended up setting the billionaire back over $2.5 million in fines (He later said he “conceded” to pay the sum to the California Coastal Conservation for conservation programs, and the Ventana Inn & Spa, which owns the land, but was not fined).

Parker did manage to land at least one person from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy at his wedding ― costume designer Ngila Dickson. Dickson outfitted each guest in Middle-earth-esque costumes, so at least some were getting turnt for Tolkien, even if Gandalf couldn’t be there. 

Source - Huffington Post

Goodbye 'Iron Man,' hello 'Ironheart'

When the comic book character RiRi Williams takes over the "Iron Man" suit, she will not be known as "Iron Woman."

Instead, Williams has been christened "Ironheart."

"Ironheart" writer Brian Michael Bendis told Wired that "Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some."

"Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare," Bendis said. "And Ironheart, coined by [comic book editor] Joe Quesada, after I told him my planned story for Riri, speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole."

Bendis has partnered with artist Stefano Caselli to tell Ironheart's story in this fall's "Invincible Iron Man #1."

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New ‘Game of Thrones’ Character Descriptions Revealed for Season 7

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” won’t be returning until summer of next year, but fans can expect important nuggets of information to be revealed long before then. Just a few days ago, Watchers On the Wall even unveiled a casting announcement for some new roles.

Most of these descriptions are military in nature, and because the show has already covered most of the plot lines of the books, it’s hard to say if any of them will be main characters or not. Still, we can speculate. So what say you, “GoT” experts? Do any of the below casting calls and explanations (pulled directly from the Watchers On the Wall website) sound like they’re more than their vague characteristics suggest? Do you agree with the Watchers’ theories? So many questions! Let us know in the comments.

  • General, in the age range 40 – 55. He’s a senior military officer, and they’re looking for a white actor who uses the British RP accent. The actor is needed for the week of September 6th.
  • Priest, in his 60’s. He’s a venerable priest with moral authority and gravitas. The show is seeking a white actor, using an RP accent, with characterful face for this part. He’s scheduled to shoot one week, from September 22nd.
  • Warrior, in the 35 – 45 age range. The character is a tough-looking bruiser with the attack skills of a pit bull, and the actor needs to be great at fighting. He has a “considerable” amount of dialogue as well. It’s described as an “excellent part for a top-end actor.” Helpful clues in the description? We know it’s not a Dothraki character as the actor for the role is required to be white, and they’re asking for a neutral and non-posh English accent. This role is currently scheduled to shoot across October.
  • Gate Guard, in his 20’s. The character is described as a “Confident, characterful, straight-talking Northern lad with a great face to play across a very excellent series of scenes.” They’re looking someone with wit, timing, and charisma. He’s currently scheduled to film between mid-October and mid-November.
  • City Guard, in his 30’s. The show is casting for a city guard who intercepts a suspicious-looking person on his nightly patrol. They require an RP accent for this one. He’s set to shoot for a week in mid-October.
  • Merchant, in his 40’s. The merchant appears at an inn during a busy evening. They’re seeking a character actor, for a non-combatant role. His appearance is more open, including ethnicity/race. That suggests a character appearing somewhere in Essos- or a place we’ve never been before, since Daenerys is now on the move. This part is scheduled to shoot the first week of November.
  • Lovely Lady. Ah yes, what would “Game of Thrones” be without its courtesans and nudity. The show is casting for an attractive young courtesan who is sure of her own mind. It’s described as a “good speaking part” and casting notes that full nudity is required for the role. Similar to the merchant, the lovely lady’s physical appearance is open, indicating this role is for somewhere on Essos, or at a new location. She’s scheduled to shoot for one week in early October.
  • Young Lord in his late 20’s. He’s a tall, handsome young lord, and the show is looking for a white actor who uses the RP accent. He’s scheduled to shoot in the week commencing September 20th.
  • Lieutenant, in his 20’s. The character is described as an athletic, physically fit, and disciplined warrior. Appearance-wise, they’re looking for someone not white, with Middle Eastern descent mentioned. This bears the hallmarks of a Dothraki character description. He’s set to shoot several days across three weeks, between mid-September and mid-November.

(via The Wrap)

Eddie Murphy says he refused cocaine from Robin Williams and John Belushi

Eddie Murphy says he refused cocaine from Robin Williams and John Belushi.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter in a recent podcast, the 55-year-old said: “[John] Belushi and Robin Williams offered me some blow and I didn’t take it.”

Murphy, who claims Belushi called him a “tight-ass” for rejecting the drugs, used to hang out regularly with the hard-partying stars.

“Then, years later, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s a trip,'” he added.

Williams, who battled cocaine and alcohol addiction, checked himself into rehab for depression shortly before he committed suicide in 2014. Belushi died of a fatal overdose in 1982.

Murphy also spoke to the publication about never winning an Oscar.

“They [the Academy] don’t have a hand in what gets made, you know? They can’t control it if nothing came in that black folks was in ... was Oscar-worthy. So it’s not them. The studios gotta start making more stuff where black folks get quality stuff ... I’ve been making movies for 35 years and I’ve played everything from an old lady to a donkey, so I can’t be on here talking about, ‘They don’t give us enough roles’ and diversity.”

This article originally appeared on News.com.au

Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie says goodbye in his hometown

Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip played its last tour stop at the hometown of lead singer Gord Downie.

The band announced in May that Downie has terminal brain cancer and planned its summer tour as a "way of dealing with the news."

    "This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us," the band said in a statement before the performance Saturday night.

    For 30 years, Tragically Hip has been one of Canada's most successful acts, racking up 14 Juno awards and nine No. 1s. And Downie, 52, is one of its most charismatic singers.

    The almost three-hour show in Kingston, Ontario, featured music from throughout the Tragically Hip music catalog -- including fan favorites like Nautical Disaster, Bobcaygeon and Ahead by a Century, CNN partner CBC News reported.

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    How To Catch The George Carlin Pre-9/11 HBO Special That Got Yanked

    George Carlin was a comedian who was never afraid to push boundaries. He was a natural storyteller who could swear like a sailor and make people laugh at jokes that no other comedian could possibly deliver at the time he was doing it. Still, even he knew that there can also be a wrong time and place for outrageous humor to push the envelope. In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Carlin cut some jokes that he had planned for his twelfth HBO special, and we'll finally have to chance to hear those jokes for the first time. A recording of Carlin's 2001 comedy routine will soon be available for purchase and download.

    The new comedy album of sorts comes eight years after George Carlin's death, so it's an unexpected treat for fans who have been missing his brand of humor in recent years. The unreleased material was recorded over two nights: September 9 and September 10, 2001. The album will be called I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die, and the name is really enough of a clue as to why Carlin would have wanted to rework his act after 9/11. Some of the jokes were not cut entirely; rather, Carlin tweaked them and included them in his Complaints and Grievances HBO special/album. I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die will be the first time that the entire act will be released without the post-9/11 changes, and it will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital.

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    Trudeau To See The Tragically Hip In Kingston In What Could Be Band's Final Show

    TORONTO — Justin Trudeau plans to join Tragically Hip fans Saturday night in Kingston, Ont., as they pay tribute to the prolific Canadian rock band.

    Trudeau spokeswoman Kate Purchase says the prime minister has tickets to the last stop on the "Man Machine Poem" summer tour.

    Many consider this to be the final show for the Hip as lead singer Gord Downie faces terminal brain cancer.

    Tickets sold out almost immediately as fans raced to get seats and faced off against scalpers who used complex bot programs to grab extra tickets and sell them at a marked-up price.

    The concert will be broadcast on CBC television, radio and through digital platforms, and many fans have already planned viewing parties across the country. Some communities have also set up public screenings in parks and arenas.

    Trudeau wasn't sure whether he would make it to a Hip tour stop when asked in June. He said he was lucky enough to see the band perform at many concerts, and has met Downie several times.

    "Gord Downie is someone I have an extraordinary amount of respect for," he told a news conference.

    "His status as an extraordinary Canadian creative force and icon is not to be understated."

    Source - Huffington Post

    Metallica Opened Up About Their Rough Start In The First Look At ‘The Early Years’

    People really love anything they can get their hands on from the Metallica‘s early yeah-hehs years. Their demo cassette was the biggest seller of 2015’sRecord Store Day, but that was more than a year ago and those cassettes have probably warped in the heat by now. Luckily, Spotify is here to slake the thirst for Metallica fans with their punctuation-filled documentary Landmark – Metallica: The Early Years.

    The four-part doc covers Metallica from their formation in 1981 on up to the release of 1984’s Ride the Lightning. The first episode will cover how James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich met, a bit of which is revealed in the first trailer up top.

    “When I met Lars, he was pretty much a stinky European kid,” Hetfield said, before revealing that Ulrich showed him the sounds that would form the basis of Metallica. “He introduced me to a whole other world of music.”

    Ulrich is much less flowery in his examination of their meeting, though he’s just as quick to put James down.

    “[Hetfield] was really awkward,” he said.

    All four episodes of the documentary will drop on August 18, going into the recording of Lightning and the group’s rise to one of the biggest bands in the world.

    Source - Uproxx

    Holy comeback! Adam West and Burt Ward are back as Batman and Robin

    There's only one appropriate response to news of this magnitude: do the Batusi.

    Adam West and Burt Ward, television's original Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder, are heading back to Gotham City.

     Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders reunites West and Ward as Batman and Robin in a feature-length animated film set in the universe of the '60s TV series. The dynamic duo is also joined by the voice of Julie Newmar, who played TV's Catwoman.

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    Ellen DeGeneres defends her Usain Bolt tweet some claimed was racist

    Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres defended herself on Tuesday after some claimed that a humorous Usain Bolt tweet sent out from her social media accounts a day earlier was racist.

    “I am highly aware of the racism that exists in our country,” @TheEllenShow tweeted. “It is the furthest thing from who I am.”

    DeGeneres’ popular Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts often feature funny images that have been altered to include her. On Monday, her accounts sent out a picture of her riding on Bolt’s back during Sunday’s 100 meter semifinal with the suggestion she’d like to use the Jamaican sprinter’s word-class speed to get her errands done faster.

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    Taylor Swift donates $1 million to Louisiana flood relief

    Taylor Swift has donated $1 million dollars toward Louisiana flood relief efforts after torrential rains have displaced 20,000 residents and left at least 11 people dead.

    "We began The 1989 World Tour in Louisiana, and the wonderful fans there made us feel completely at home," Swift said in a statement to CNN. "The fact that so many people in Louisiana have been forced out of their own homes this week is heartbreaking. I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers their way during this devastating time."

      Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in the wake of the disaster that has damaged at least 40,000 residences.

      "We are going to need volunteers to get mud out of homes," Edwards said Tuesday. "Not everyone can do this on their own."

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      Kevin Smith slams online troll who wished his daughter dead

      Director Kevin Smith is taking on an online troll who called his daughter "ugly" and "talentless" and wished her dead on Instagram.

      Smith posted on Facebook the comment he says his 17-year-old daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, received after posting a picture of herself on Instagram. Smith writes that his daughter took the comment in stride and was "bemused by the bitterness."

      He says the commenter would be better off making his "own dreams come true, instead of slamming others for doing the same."

      Smith directed his daughter in "Yoga Hosers," which is set for wide release next month.

      Source - Fox News

      Selena Gomez to Justin Bieber: ‘If you can’t handle the hate, don’t post pictures of your girlfriend’

      The commentary is so intense, Bieber has said he may make it harder for people to reach him via social media: “I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”

      That statement prompted a harsh response from his pop singer ex.

      In a comment captured by the Shade Room, Gomez sided with the Beliebers and wrote: “If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol -it should be special between you two only. Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you.”

      The Sorry hitmaker went on to respond to the criticism from Gomez and his fans. He wrote: “It’s funny to see that people used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love.” In another comment, he added: “I’m not one for anyone receiving hate. Hope u can all be kind to my friends and each other. And yes I love my beliebers.”

      The 22-year-old only recently began to follow Gomez on social media again. He previously unfollowed her on social media websites in November 2014 after the pair split.

      In what could be deemed as “shade” toward the Stratford native, Gomez went on to post a series of photos of herself with her fans on Sunday night and captioned one with, “My whole life. You matter most. Thank you for letting me do what I love everyday,” while she disabled the comments section on the post.

      Source - GlobalNews.ca

      The Walking Dead: Time to Dissect the Latest Info About Season 7

      Ready for more Walking Dead?

      If you said no, we totally understand. While the return of AMC's biggest show sounds like a great thing, it also means we have to face the fact that someone's dead, and dead in a truly terrible way.

      Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his BFF Lucille (a baseball bat covered in barbed wire) made contact with one of many possible characters at the end of season six, and no matter who it ends up being, it's not going to be pretty.

      Despite the fact that we're in between seasons, Walking Deadcustomer service representative Chris Hardwick dusted off theTalking Dead set tonight for a quick look at what's to come in season seven. It was, as usual, not very revealing. This show's pretty secretive, and it seems that not even Hardwick knows all that much about what's to come.

      Regardless of how little we know, it sounds like we should be ready to hold onto our hats and cower under anything it's possible to cower under as we wait for this season to arrive.

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      'Ocean's Eight' will have all-female lead cast with Anne Hathaway and Rihanna

      Another grand caper is underway, but this time with an all-female crew of thieves.

      Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter and rapper Awkwafina are close to deals to join Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway and Cate Blanchett for the Warner Bros. heist film "Ocean's Eight," according to sources close to the production.

      The casting of the spinoff, which was first reported by Deadline, follows the studios' successful "Ocean's Eleven" franchise. This time the crew will be all women.

      Casting is still going on, and there's been no word on who will fill the role of the eighth member. The film has been under development for some time.

      The franchise -- three films so far -- starred George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, followed bank robbers who pulled off extravagant heists in Las Vegas and Europe. The series has made more than $1.1 billion worldwide at the box office.

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      REVIEW: The Tragically Hip’s 2nd Toronto show on Man Machine Poem tour

      TORONTO – The Tragically Hip’s second Toronto show on the Man Machine Poem tour on Friday night was nothing short of pleasure and business.

      Looking long and lean, The Hip’s frontman Gord Downie walked on stage at the Air Canada Centre wearing a now-signature flashy purple suit and hat as bandmates Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay saluted the chanting sold-out crowd.

      Grouped tightly around Downie on stage, the band opened up the show at 8:37 p.m. Downie launched into the band’s 1992 hit “Courage,” sparking a four-song set from the Fully Completely album.

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      Box Office: 'Sausage Party' Cooking Up $25M Debut, 'Pete's Dragon' No Match

      Adult offering 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' starring Meryl Streep, is doing modest business in its debut; holdover 'Suicide Squad' will easily beat all three new films, but no one's sure how much the anti-superhero film will fall.

      Sausage Party, the R-rated animated comedy from Sony and Annapurna, is boiling over at the Friday box office, according to early predictions.

      The latest irreverent offering from producers/writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg is headed for a $13 million Friday from 3,013 theaters for a domestic debut of $25 million to $30 million. Friday's haul will include a stellar $3.3 million earned in Thursday-night previews.

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      'Rogue One' trailer brings back Darth Vader for new 'Star Wars' film

      Cue "The Imperial March."

      Darth Vader made his evil, yet very brief, return to the "Star Wars" universe as Disney (DIS)'s new trailer for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" gave us a small glimpse of the classic galactic villain in the upcoming film.

      The trailer for "Rogue One" debuted during NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympic games from Rio on Thursday night.

      The ominous preview begins with subtle notes to John Williams' well-known "Imperial March" score as Forest Whitaker's character, Saw Gerrera, proclaims that "the world is coming undone. Imperial flags reign across the galaxy."

      The two minute long trailer then takes viewers on a journey into a world before "Star Wars," illustrating that the film takes place just prior to the 1977 original.

      A bunch of the iconography of the classic franchise is there, like Star Destroyers, stormtroopers and the Death Star.

      "This is our chance to make a real difference," Felicity Jones' character says before coming face to face with a one of the Empire's TIE Fighters.

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      Paul McCartney: Yoko Ono and I are 'mates'

      Times does indeed heal wounds.

      In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Paul McCartney reflects on his career as a member of the Beatles and says he and John Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono, are in a good place.

        Ono has long been blamed for breaking the band up after she became involved with Lennon. McCartney said the group didn't do well with her constant presence back then.

        "We weren't sexist, but girls didn't come to the studio -- they tended to leave us to it," he said. "When John got with Yoko, she wasn't in the control room or to the side. It was in the middle of the four of us."

        But McCartney said his "big awakening was, if John loves this woman, that's gotta be right. I realized any resistance was something I had to overcome."

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        'Star Trek: Discovery' will feature a female lead and a gay character

        On the same day CBS went on the defensiveabout the lack of diversity on its fall schedule, "Star Trek: Discovery" executive producer Bryan Fuller made clear that his new series will not have that problem.

        Fuller announced Wednesday that the new show will feature a female lead character and honor the franchise's history of inclusion.

          "'Star Trek' started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast. You had a Russian with a black woman and an Asian man amongst a Vulcan, which is a different kind of diversity," Fuller told reporters at a panel for the show at the Television Critics Association press tour. "We're absolutely continuing that tradition."

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