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When it comes to using celebrity star power to urge citizens around the world to follow medical experts’ advice on slowing the spread of the coronavirus, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been a very vocal presence with his informative and entertaining social media videos. But, now, the Terminator actor is taking his activism even further.
On Tuesday, Schwarzenegger joined fellow actor Edward Norton and a group of philanthropists in launching the Frontline Responders Fund, which seeks to raise $5 million in order to quickly put medical supplies in the hands of healthcare workers. As has been widely reported, there is a growing shortage of masks, gowns, and critical supplies, so when Schwarzenegger saw an opportunity to help, the actor didn’t hesitate to drop a $1 million donation and lend his name to the campaign:
“Our doctors, nurses and hospital staff are the real action heroes of this crisis. I just play one in the movies. We have an opportunity and a responsibility to provide them with personal protective equipment right now to keep them safe as they fight this virus, so when I heard about Flexport.org’s plan, this was a no-brainer to me,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger. “With all of the courageous work they are doing on the frontlines to keep us safe, buying a few hundred thousand masks with a million dollars is the least I can do. Please take a moment to join me in supporting our heroes.”
According to The Daily Beast, the fund has already secured a $25,000 donation from Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, and computer scientist Paul Graham matched Schwarzenegger’s $1 million contribution. In a statement addressing the fears and anxiety of healthcare workers, Norton said, “We can’t wait on someone else to solve this problem.”
Meanwhile, true to form, Schwarzenegger is hard at work promoting the campaign to his million of Twitter followers:
I never believed in sitting on the couch and complaining about how bad things are, I always believed we should all do our part to make things better. This is a simple way to protect our real action heroes on the frontlines in our hospitals, and I’m proud to be part of it. https://t.co/F7s1dh0YFz
— Arnold @Schwarzenegger March 24, 2020Via GoFundMe, The Daily Beast
Like all the best comedies, Gavin & Stacey became a cultural touchstone in Britain after it launched in 2007.
There are easy ways to measure this, like the hatful of awards it took home, and the step ladder it provided creator James Corden on his way to stardom in the U.S. But there are also the intangible things that swirl around great comedies, like the catchphrases that infiltrate everyday conversation, or the memes that flood your timeline.
Either way, what started as a simple show about a blind date that brings together people from two bewilderingly different backgrounds, has grown into a cherished landmark in UK television history.
It was why, even 12 years on, Corden and Gavin & Stacey‘s co-writer Ruth Jones were still regularly asked if they would ever return to the split worlds of Barry Island and Billericay they created for BBC Three. They found many ways to say “no” — until May 2019 that was, when they suddenly said “yes.” Corden tweeted a picture of the script, with the caption: “Ruth Jones and I have been keeping this secret for a while.”
His revelation that the show was returning for a one-off special lit-up the internet his tweet alone got nearly 300,000 likes and provided BBC One with the jewel in the crown of its Christmas Day line-up. But getting to that point, and keeping the plans under wraps, was no easy task, as Jones explained at a screening in London to celebrate the return of Gavin & Stacey.
“The intention was always there [to bring the show back], even though I always used to lie in the press and say, ‘No, we’re not doing anymore.’ Because until we absolutely knew we had something, there was no point in telling anybody,” she explained. “We wanted to be sure it was going to be good.”
In the years that Gavin & Stacey was off-air, Corden and Jones would regularly exchange messages with lines and ideas for characters, she said. In one message, Jones adapted the lyrics to Adele’s song Hello for her character Nessa Jenkins, changing the word “hello” to “alright” to suit her thick Welsh lilt.
“Every now and again, one of us would say, ‘Shall we do another one?'” Jones said, but it was not until last year that their conversations became serious and they found time in their diaries to create a special episode after quickly dismissing the idea of doing a fourth series.
They first came together in September 2018, with Corden emptying his schedule by recording back-to-back episodes of his CBS show, The Late Late Show With James Corden, and Jones flying out to Los Angeles for a long weekend. Over that handful of days, they broke the back of a plot for the hour-long episode. Five months later, Jones was out in LA again to get...
EXCLUSIVE: Terminator star Linda Hamilton, Mandell MaughanBajillion Dollar Propertie$ and Canadian actor Alex Barima The Exorcist are set for recurring roles opposite Alan Tudyk in Syfy’s Resident Alien, based on the Dark Horse comics series by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. The series hails from Universal Content Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment and Amblin TV.
Adapted for television by Chris Sheridan Family Guy, Resident Alien follows a crash-landed alien named Harry Tudyk who, after taking on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor, slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth — ultimately asking the big life questions, “Are human beings worth saving?” and “Why do they fold their pizza before eating it?”
Hamilton will play General McCallister, a high-ranking general who seemingly plays by the rules and runs a tight ship but secretly oversees a covert operation looking for aliens.
Maughan will portray Lisa Casper. Even though she looks soft and innocent, she's a high-strung badass. General McCallister Hamilton dispatches her to find the mysterious alien.
Barima is David Logan. Recently dismissed from the military, General McCallister also enlists David to search for the mysterious Alien.
In addition to Tudyk, they join previously announced cast Sara Tomko, Corey Reynolds, Alice Wetterlund and Levi Fiehler.
Hamilton is best known for the role of Sarah Connor in the Terminator franchise, most recently starring in 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate. Hamilton was nominated for both an Emmy and two Golden Globe awards for her work in the CW series Beauty and the Beast, and received her third Golden Globe nomination for her performance in USA Network's A Mother’s Prayer. Hamilton is repped by Innovative Artists.
Maughan is best known for her role on the hit show Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ and the comedy Me, Myself & I starring Bobby Moynihan. Her other credits include Sean Saves The World, The Millers, House Of Lies and Undateable. Mandell is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and managed by Silver Lining Entertainment.
Canadian actor Barima's credits include The Exorcist, Riverdale, Man In The High Castle and feature film Adventures in Public School. He is repped by Carrie Wheeler at Carrie Wheeler Entertainment Group and Adam Levine at Industry Entertainment.
A few months ago – in what then seemed a little foolish, but now seems like an act of pure clairvoyance – I invested in a home theater. And when I say that, I mean an actual movie screen that is installed on a wall, with an HD projector and a sound system. I even bought a miniature popcorn maker that looks like the kind you see in theaters. What made this foolish was I live in Manhattan and it’s not like there’s a ton of space to go around anyway, let alone an entire wall devoted to a 92-inch projector screen. To be fair, it’s a nice looking screen. My thought process was that, for work, I watch a lot of movies at home and wouldn’t it be nice to basically have my own screening room?
Like a lot of these kinds of projects, I did use it quite a bit at first during awards season with all the screeners rolling in but, then, I started using it less and less. Honestly, sometimes I just like the idea of building something more than I do the finished project. Anyway, the point is, this week, as we all practice social distancing, the home theater has been getting quite a workout. Movies right now are a literal escape from reality. And what I mean by that is: if I’m not watching a movie in this makeshift theater room, I’m watching the news. With no sports anymore, it’s now basically either a full-length feature film or hour after hour of nonstop virus coverage. We all have to take a break from the news sometimes, even for this.
The last couple of nights we watched the original Terminator and then Terminator 2: Judgement Day. With Terminator: Dark Fate now available for your home viewing pleasure a movie I liked quite a bit, I’ve been thinking more and more about why these first two pretty spectacular movies can’t seem to quite nail the third one. And a third movie has been attempted four times now.
It’s weird, I’ve never watched Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day back to back before. Or, at least, over the span of just a couple days, giving them my full attention. When is the last time you watched the original Terminator? Like really watched it. This isn’t a surprise, but it’s pretty incredible. And, yes, the headline of this piece that calls this a “hot take” is for the most part sarcasm. What makes it so great is that it’s just so simple. You see, there’s an almost indestructible bad guy and he won’t stop until he kills Sarah Connor or she, somehow, kills him. That’s pretty much it. Yes, there’s a pretty nifty backstory about a future war and how Sarah’s future son, John, becomes an important leader. But my favorite scene is when Michael Biehn’s Kyle Reese is trying to explain to Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor the ramifications of the future, she just kind of stops him and says something about how this all makes her head hurt. Yes. And it’s good they don’t take too much time trying to flesh out the World Building of all this. That’s where the...