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Chris Evans wished Robert Downey Jr. a happy birthday with a classic line from Avengers: Endgame. Downey Jr. is more than likely celebrating his 55th birthday indoors and practicing social distancing with a few family members. There will not be a huge party with dozens of people, though he could do so digitally through the use of social media. Regardless, the former Captain America actor is making sure Downey Jr.'s birthday does not go unnoticed.
Robert Downey Jr. started the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the first Iron Man movie in 2008. Chris Evans later followed in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and the two had instant chemistry together on the big screen when it came time for 2012's The Avengers. Now, Chris Evans is wishing Downey Jr. a very happy birthday. He posted an image of the two in character at Avengers HQ and captioned it with, 'Happy birthday to one of my absolute favorites! Love you 3000,' which is now a classic line from Avengers: Endgame.
Happy birthday to one of my absolute favorites! Love you 3000, @RobertDowneyJrpic.twitter.com/xkJmOivAdw— Chris Evans @ChrisEvans April 4, 2020
'I love you 3000' is what Tony Stark tells his daughter early on in Avengers: Endgame. Stark has seemingly given up on the idea of returning to the superhero world after the events of Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. So, he starts the movie out as a somewhat content family man out in the country. However, when Earth's Mightiest Heroes try to get the band together, Stark, begins to get pulled back into the world, despite denying it early on. Before we know it, he's looking for ways to work with the Pym Particles to get the time heist plan going.
From there, MCU finally see Steve Rogers and Tony Stark bury the hatchet after years of strife. It was the closure that many felt the characters needed and it was inevitable. In real-life, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. also needed some closure with the superhero world. Both actor frontloaded fans by teasing that Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame could be the end of the line for their days within the MCU, which wasn't exactly what everybody wanted to hear. After years of training and intense shooting days, Evans and Downey Jr. were ready for a much-needed breather.
So, Avengers: Endgame gave Steve Rogers and Tony Stark proper send offs. Stark went from the billionaire, self-involved brat to the hero who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save the universe from Thanos. Rogers, who has always done what he thought was best for others, finally did what was best for himself as he went back in time to spend his remaining years with Peggy Carter. While Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. may not share scenes on the big screen again together, they, along with the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, remain friends off the screen. You can check out Chris Evans' Twitter birthday message to Robert Downey Jr. below....
On Friday, February 21, BTS made a promotional stop at SiriusXM studios in New York as the Korean supergroup often does in cities they tour in. However, this time around, panic over the coronavirus is rising, and a byproduct of that is inaccuracies about the spreading disease born out of ignorance. One such incident occurred on The Howard Stern Show, and clearly, the infamous shock jock wasn’t thrilled about it. He threw staffer Salvatore “Sal” Governale right under the bus the following Monday.
“BTS is from Korea and Sal was freaking out,” Stern explained to his millions of faithful listeners. “BTS was here at Sirius on Friday and Sal was saying, ‘There’s no way those guys don’t have the coronavirus.’ He was like every asshole.”
Stern is a well-known germophobe, and even he wasn’t concerned about sharing the building with BTS. He’s also not a big fan of spreading racially charged misinformation, and the rest of the staff joined him in blasting Sal over his remarks.
Stern then pointed out that BTS are Korean not from China where the current outbreak was first identified and co-host Robin Quivers weighed in with her view: that BTS and their team “are touring all the time” in fact, the band had been splitting time between the U.S. and Korea this past month and producer Gary Dell’Abate noted that “every celebrity who walks through the [SiriusXM] door is traveling all over the world — not just Asians.”
Despite being presented with pretty big holes in his theory, Governale refused to budge.
“I walked into the lobby and it was like Chinatown, out of control, there were so many Asian people,” he said on the air. “These people are traveling, they’re not locals, they’re going from country to country to country. It’s a dangerous situation. You got to look at it that way — they’re on airplanes; they’re in hotels.”
By the next morning, Stern’s inbox was flooded with angry comments about Governale, and the host not only unloaded them on the air, but fully agreed with the overall consensus.
“I got so many emails about what an idiot you are for avoiding a Korean boy band.” One commenter labeled Governale, as well as fellow “Stern Show” staffer Ronnie Mund who made comments about avoiding Chinese food, as “f–ing old, racist pieces of s–t,” as well as “misinformed.”
Stern even chimed in to say, “I’m super paranoid about diseases and germs, but you came off as racist.”
Coincidentally, President Trump is scheduled to host a press conference this afternoon about the spread of the Coronavirus to the United States.
The show's traditional proscenium frame is gone, replaced by a less static, more sculptural set design covered in Swarovski crystals, while Rolex unveils a polar-themed Green Room.
When designer Jason Sherwood first got a call from producer Lynnette Howell Taylor about working on this year's Academy Awards telecast, she asked how he would change up the Oscars stage if he had the chance. 'Well I would obliterate that typical proscenium frame that exists around the stage,' says Sherwood, 30, recalling the early October 2019 conversation.
While he didn't yet have a concrete idea of what he would do, he did tell Howell Taylor, 'it would be really, really different from what it's been.' A few days later, he had a deck of ten sketches to present — 'these sculptural swirling elements' — that formed the bedrock of the show's 2020 set design, revealed in a rendering on Wednesday.
Sherwood's set design for the Feb. 9 show at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre features a sculptural shell swoops out at the top toward the audience, while in the center of the stage is a revolving spiral element, weighing 1,100 pounds, that can be raised up and down to reveal presenters. The stage design is covered in more than 40,000 Swarovski crystals and will be, as Sherwood describes it, 'embedded with screen surfaces' in some places.
Explains Sherwood, 'Instead of bringing in a 16 by 9 screen and playing clips onto that, we are using the stage to create a dimensional feeling and making it feel to the people in the audience and watching it at home that they are surrounded by these swirling images of the movies. As someone is presenting, the image will seem to kind of swirl around them — whereas in a typical Oscar show, you sort of lower in a screen to play a clip. We wanted to go in different directions that would feel as contemporary as varied as the films of the year.'As for why he's not a fan of proscenium frames, Sherwood says, 'It feels more old-fashioned and it can make the show feel more like a classic presentation that's sort of far and away from us. I believe the contemporary world we live in is more immersive and environmental than that and that we can serve up something that feels more dynamic,' says Sherwood, who previously has designed world tours for Sam Smith, the Spice Girls and Sara Bareilles and who won an Emmy last year for production design ofRent: Live.
2020 marks the 13thyear that Swarovski is providing its signature crystals for the set design. The Austrian company's association with Hollywood dates back to 1932 when Marlene Dietrich wore its jewelry pieces in the film Blonde Venus.
It also is the fifth year that Swiss luxury timepiece maker Rolex has collaborated with the Academy to create the official Green Room, where presenters can hang out before going on stage.
Rolex's design for this year's Green Room...