Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of PeaceAssociated Press 11:05 am | Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
UNITED NATIONS—Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie roles have made him an international star, but his long and little-known commitment to preserving the global environment has led to his new role — as a UN Messenger of Peace.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Tuesday that the 39-year-old American actor will join 11 other prominent world figures who advocate on behalf of the UN as Messengers of Peace including Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, primatologist Jane Goodall and conductor Daniel Barenboim.
Ban told a news conference that the DiCaprio “is not just one of the world’s leading actors” but he has “a longstanding commitment to environmental causes.”
He said DiCaprio will focus his UN role on climate change issues.
“His global stardom is the perfect match for this global challenge,” the secretary-general told a news conference.
Ban said DiCaprio’s first act as a Messenger of Peace will be to address the climate summit he is holding next Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting, which 120 world leaders are expected to attend. Ban said the aim is to promote commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions and pave the way for a global climate agreement in 2015.
DiCaprio established a foundation in 1998 with a mission to promote the Earth’s last wild places and build a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world. According to the UN, the foundation through grants, media projects and public campaigns and appearances by DiCaprio, has brought attention and funds to three areas — protecting biodiversity, conservation of oceans and forests, and climate change.
DiCaprio said in a statement that he is honored to be a Messenger of Peace and support the secretary-general “in his efforts to address one of the most important issues we face as a global community.”
“I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history — it is a moment for action,” he said. “How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet.”
DiCaprio gained international fame for his role in “Titanic” and has been nominated for five Academy Awards, including for “Aviator” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” He won Golden Globes for his performance in “Aviator” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
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Selfie by remotePhilippine Daily Inquirer 9:00 am | Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
School commitments stopped Aya, daughter of filmmaker Carlitos Siguion-Reyna and scriptwriter Bibeth Orteza, from attending the “Hari ng Tondo” screenings at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.
In one of the parties, Orteza and entertainment writer Baby K. Jimenez tagged along with the Inquirer’s Hollywood correspondent, Ruben Nepales, who introduced them to Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke.
Orteza couldn’t resist asking the star for a snapshot holding an iPhone with Aya’s picture. “He gamely said yes,” Orteza reported. Bayani San Diego Jr.
Skeptic joins Blaine in water tank routineBy Allan Policarpio | Philippine Daily Inquirer 8:00 am | Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Unlike traditional and carnival-variety magicians, David Blaine wears neither a tux nor a top hat from which he can pull out a rabbit. He doesn’t wield a wand or lug around boxes, strings, velvet curtains and mirrors. Scantily clad assistants to saw in half? None of that.
Give him a deck of cards, plus one willing spectator, and Blaine can spend an entire afternoon pulling one dumbfounding trick after another.
In fact, he utilized plain water to great effect in the opening routine of his recent show at Smart Araneta Coliseum called “Real or Magic,” mounted by Ovation Productions.
In his usual black shirt and cargo pants, the American illusionist began his act by downing copious amounts of water, warning—in between bottles— about drinking too much of the liquid too quickly.
“Water intoxication” could be fatal, he said. “The stomach can barely hold 3 liters,” he pointed out, as he chugged his third liter. “I fasted, so I could do this.”
He took a swig of a flammable fluid and heaved it toward a torch that quickly caught fire. With an air of nonchalance, the magician turned himself into a human spout, dousing the flames with all the water he had drunk.
The crowd, mostly young fans with their parents, was promptly reduced to a chorus of “oohhs” and “ahhs,” before breaking into resounding applause. “How did he do that?” the boy next to us asked his father. He would ask the same question again and again throughout the show.
Blaine rose to stardom a few years ago for his addictive television specials in which he took magic from the stage to the streets, where he cornered bystanders to be his audience. He dished out card tricks, levitated, turned coffee in a mug into coins and guessed the names of complete strangers’ loved ones. Reactions were always the same—a piercing shriek or a mouthful of curses, followed by crackling laughter.
Doing his thing on stage didn’t elicit quite the same level of engagement for Blaine and those seated far from the stage mostly had to settle with watching on the jumbo screens. So the illusionist, who made his debut on US television in 1997, proceeded to recreate that distinct street magic experience by personally plucking volunteers from the crowd.
Card tricks have always been Blaine’s bread and butter, and he did a couple of the most popular ones in this show. The most impressive of the lot was making a crinkled card lodged in the middle of the deck appear on top with a mere snap of his fingers. Or the one in which he added three cards to the 10 that a volunteer was holding without going near her.
Blaine likewise stunned his fans with the puzzle trick: He asked a young girl to pick one of the 2,000 differently shaped pieces inside a glass vessel. The one that the girl drew turned out to be the missing piece in a preassembled puzzle hidden on the left side of the stage.
He had the faint-hearted screaming, cringing and looking away from the screens when he asked another girl to impale his hand with an ice pick. There was no blood but the pick made a bump on David’s palm, threatening to go through the skin.
Outside of the nifty little tricks, Blaine has also been called an “endurance artist” due to high-profile stunts that push physical and mental capabilities—for instance, being suspended upside down for 60 hours, spending seven days in a transparent coffin with just 15 centimeters of head room and being encased in a block of ice for 62 hours.
Blaine ended the show using what he started it with—water, 2,000 liters of it, inside a water tank installed at the back end of the patron section. He was to hold his breath underwater for as long as he could. (His record time is 17 minutes and 4.4 seconds, accomplished in 2008 during a live telecast of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”)
Three minutes into the routine, a skeptical woman volunteered to join Blaine (and some fish) in the tank to rule out trickery. She didn’t last more than a few seconds.
Up till then, Blaine had remained calm and kept his movements to a minimum; he managed a wink or a nod whenever the fans—some of whom held their breaths as well—erupted into cheers with each passing minute. Others crowded around the tank to take photos.
On the six-minute mark, Blaine started showing signs of struggle—he looked strained, eyes shut and veins on his neck bulging. As he reached his 10th minute, his body started convulsing. The clock read
10:29:15 when he surfaced, gasping for air—it was a record on this Asian tour, the emcee declared, nowhere near his all-time record but still very impressive.
By that time, we were asking the question: “How did he do that?”
Hubby ‘reunites’ with ex; wife turns on waterworksPhilippine Daily Inquirer 1:03 am | Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Rushes spy noticed Glib Starlet’s eyes swollen. GS had wept buckets that day before appearing in public with Playboy Hubby.
Intrigue-mongers went to town: Was it because a new project had reunited PH with Old Flame?
GS knows that PH has trouble separating fact from fiction. Last time she went ballistic, it was because of another on-screen reunion—PH with Noisy Costar.
GS should realize that, with PH’s track record, she would never run out of reasons to get jealous.
It’s a small industry; PH has exes galore.
Mole can’t understand why Colorful Celeb continues to flaunt a lavish lifestyle—posting photos of travels abroad in social media.
CC, also a self-styled fashionista, shows off expensive designer duds online.
CC should go easy on the ostentatious posts, which could incur the ire of Industry Players. CC failed to pay IPs for a project they earlier worked on.
Whenever the IPs inquired about the unsettled bill, CC pointed to an assistant who, in turn, pointed back to CC.
It was the classic runaround.
Showbiz Maven claims to have uncovered the identities of personalities in a Rushes item.
The tattletale involves Cute Heartthrob who is being stalked by Giddy Psychopath.
SM thinks the blind item is about Affable Idol, whose friendliness is misinterpreted as flirtation by Infatuated Insider.
II calls up AI at unholy hours, SM says. Same thing that GP does to CH.
No wonder Alluring Nymphet is paranoid.
Perhaps she’s familiar with the saying, “If he cheated with you, he will cheat on you.”
AN fooled around with Current Sweetheart while still entangled in the beefy arms of Dashing Hunk.
Apparently, AN and CS hooked up while they were drunk as skunks.
Is this why AN gets antsy when CS goes bar-hopping without her?
Quite a “drinking” problem for AN, huh?
From the Inquirer tabloid Bandera:
Flamboyant Personality has hit rock bottom. Pals say FP refuses to go out and just stays home all day, moping.
There are no offers for FP, who used to be in demand here and abroad.
Now there are no offers for shows and FP’s career is in limbo.
Top of the Talk Shows
For those who missed last weekend’s TV gabfests (and why we are moved, if we are moved):
- Chiz Escudero, asked about his relationship with fiancée Heart Evangelista’s parents: “Darating din ’yun. Hindi lang dapat siguro minamadali.” (Not yet there, huh?)
- Iza Calzado, asked why she didn’t bring her boyfriend Ben Wintle to the event: “’Di ko siya sinasama ’pag sobrang laking show biz events. Naii-stress ako … kailangan ko pa siyang intindihin kung ano ang isusuot niya.” (He can’t do that?)
- Zanjoe Marudo on doing gay roles: “Nag-e-enjoy nga ako.” (Swish!)
- Jodi Sta. Maria on her love life: “All is well.” (Ah.)
- Jodi, asked if she would soon marry Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla: “Hindi pa … May kanya-kanya pang plano.” (Ha?)
- Kris Aquino, asked if ex-husband James Yap is ready to be a stage father to their son Bimby: “Dapat lang! Karangalan niya ’yun na ganun ka-cute ang anak niya, ’no!” (Parang galit yata.)
- Billy Crawford, asked if he was suspended from “It’s Showtime” after being detained for malicious mischief: “[ABS-CBN] just wanted me to rest and assess everything [so I can] make the right decisions.” (How … corporate.)
- Billy on rumors that he was high on drugs: “I do not use drugs; I never will.” (Promise?)
- Billy expresses remorse for his actions: “Wala akong nasaktan, but I apologize to all. I’m a public figure; I should be more responsible.” (Hindsight is 20-20, yes indeed.)
- Kris Bernal, asked if she’s seducing “Hiram na Alaala” costar Dennis Trillo: “Hindi ah! ’Di naman ako ganu’ng klase. Siyempre pahabol pa rin ako!” (So it’s true: Courtship is running after him, until he catches her.)
- Kris B on her kissing scene with Dennis: “Malambot ang mga labi niya … mahusay siyang artista so, ibig sabihin mahusay din siya humalik!” (That gives us pause.)
- Manny Pacquiao on including hosting duties for “Sports Science” in his busy schedule: “Time management lang ’yan. ’Di ko nililimitahan ang kakayanan ko.” (This, too.)
Startalk, The Buzz
Toronto trophy seals war flick’s status as Oscar bet12:55 am | Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
OTTAWA—“The Imitation Game,” a biopic of British code breaker Alan Turing starring Benedict Cumberbatch, won the Toronto film festival’s top prize Sunday, confirming its status as an Oscars contender.
Morten Tyldum’s World War II-era drama also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Allen Leech of the hit television series “Downton Abbey,” and features a rare German Enigma code machine from the war.
“There was something very subtle, uncompromising and unusual about [Turing] but also very quiet and stoic,” Cumberbatch, who has been generating Oscar buzz for his portrayal of the computer science pioneer, said earlier this week in Toronto.
“He didn’t knowingly martyr himself. He didn’t see himself as a victim nor a hero, he just did work and behaved true to his nature.”
Turing was a brilliant Cambridge mathematician who broke Nazi German codes for the British military during World War II, helping to shorten the war.
He ended his life in sadness, committing suicide in 1954 at age 41, two years after being convicted of homosexuality, a crime at that time. He was awarded a posthumous pardon by Queen Elizabeth II last December, following a long campaign by supporters.
Sunday’s prize puts “The Imitation Game” among the early Oscar front-runners.
Three of the past six winners in the fest went on to win Oscar Best Picture—“12 Years a Slave,” “The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Cumberbatch, star of the TV series “Sherlock,” played a somewhat sympathetic plantation owner in “12 Years.”
“Imitation” was not the only biopic to earn rave reviews in Toronto. “The Theory of Everything,” based on a memoir by Stephen Hawking’s first wife, Jane, saw British actor Eddie Redmayne play young Hawking as a student.
Film portrayals of Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer and notorious Colombian cocaine trafficker Pablo Escobar were likewise well-received.
“Imitation” took the Toronto film festival’s People’s Choice Award ahead of Isabel Coixet’s “Learning to Drive,” about a writer (Patricia Clarkson) who finds solace in driving lessons with a Sikh instructor (Ben Kingsley).
Also in the running was Theodore Melfi’s feature debut “St. Vincent,” starring Bill Murray as a cantankerous, cash-strapped, loose-living retiree.
The audience voted the vampire drama “What We Do in the Shadows” Best Horror, and “Beats of the Antonov,” about Sudanese refugees, Best Documentary.
Jury prizes went to “Margarita, with a Straw,” “Time Out of Mind” (starring Richard Gere) and “May Allah Bless France!”
The festival posted a record industry delegate attendance, more than 5,000 from 80 countries, and its highest film sales to date, after a bidding war for the distribution rights for Chris Rock’s “Top Five.”
In total, 41 films were scooped up and will be released in theaters and online over the coming months, including “Before We Go,” “The Cobbler,” “Maps to the Stars,” and “Sunshine Superman.” AFP