It’s been over a decade since Ben Stiller went up against Vince Vaughn in the movies’ most epic game of dodgeball ever seen. Now they’re going to do it again. The pair of actors have come together to film a video that promotes a charity dodgeball game that will bring the Purple Cobras and the Average Joes together again. This time, you have the ability to join in the game.
The video comes from the charity fundraising organization Omaze, who works with movie frequently to help support numerous charities. We’ve seen them set up walk-on roles in Star Wars movies and offer red carpet premiers to various Marvel films, but this time rather than attaching their promotion to a new project, they’re going back in time and picking up an older, though very popular, comedy, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Ben Stiller hosts the video completely in character as White Goodman, and he looks like he just stepped off the set of the movie, nothing has changed. He offers to play dodgeball with the lucky winner of the Omaze drawing, before Vince Vaughn, Justin Long, and Christine Taylor all arrive and offer to let the winner join their team instead. Apparently, there will be a reenactment of the finale of the movie that anybody might be lucky enough to take part in.
According to the Omaze website description, the winner will receive airfare and hotel accommodations to the event, the opportunity to play dodgeball with the group, a photograph with everybody in a custom jersey, and pizza after the game with Ben Stiller. Proceeds from the drawing will benefit the Stiller Foundation, a charity founded by the actor which helps children by providing them with educational opportunities, primarily in Haiti.
Needless to say, if you’re a fan of Dodgeball then this would be a lot of fun. The only thing that’s not 100% clear here is whether the actors will be playing the game in character. Playing dodgeball with Ben Stiller would be great, playing with White Goodman would be better. We’re guessing that since the promo video is shot entirely in character, that’s how the game will go down. It sounds like a great deal of fun, and a fantastic way to raise money for a cause. It’s not a bad way to spend a few bucks if you’ve got the money to spare. You can get a chance to win for as little as $10 and have about the next two months to enter, so if you’d like to play dodgeball with the cast of Dogeball, go donate. Also, you can bring a friend, so, call us?
Grey’s Anatomy has been a phenomenally successful series for ABC over the last 13 years, and it has already produced one hit spinoff. Now, ABC has given an order for a brand new spinoff of Grey’s, and it sounds pretty promising. The spinoff will follow the lives of a group of Seattle firefighters. The network has ordered the project straight to series.
The new show will chronicle the lives of the folks in one Seattle firehouse. The brave men and women who risk everything for the good of others must try to balance their lives and loves with their duty. We’ll see characters ranging from a seasoned captain to a new recruit as they attempt to keep going against nearly impossible odds. Basically, it sounds like Grey’s Anatomy, just set in a firehouse.
The straight-to-series order is a big show of faith from ABC in the new project, which does not yet have a title. That said, the order doesn’t come as a huge surprise. The spinoff hails from Shonda Rhimes, who has launched some of ABC’s most successful series, including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. Throw in the fact that Rhimes already proved capable of launching a successful spinoff thanks to Private Practice, and a straight-to-series order is a relatively safe gamble. Rhimes is on board as executive producer, along with Betsy Beers and Stacy McKee, who will also write for the show.
The straight-to-series bodes well both for the new show and for Grey’s Anatomy. Spinoffs are often tested via backdoor pilots that introduce audiences to characters and plots, and those backdoor pilots don’t always work all that well as the new characters take over from the leads. The spinoff may be able to avoid a clunky backdoor pilot since nobody needs to worry about whether or not it will move forward. The transition could be pretty seamless.
The firefighter series is definitely going to be a different kind of spinoff than Private Practice, which took an established character from Grey’s and shipped her off to a different city far away from Seattle, making crossovers relatively rare. This new spinoff will be set in the same city as Grey’s and probably feature a lineup of brand new characters, unless one of the good doctors of Grey Sloan suddenly decides to pursue a career in firefighting. Given how often things tend to explode into chaos in and around Grey Sloan, I’d say that crossovers between the spinoff and Grey’s could happen somewhat regularly, even if only by virtue of character cameos.
We’ll have to wait and see. ABC hasn’t announced when the spinoff will debut, and it doesn’t appear on the new 2017-2018 fall schedule. Of course, considering last week’s insane Grey’s Anatomy cliffhanger, there’s a chance we’ll get to see folks from the spinoff’s firehouse in this week’s Season 13 finale. Only time will tell.
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Those familiar with the gruff, cockney ‘wide boy’ of gangster movie fame might not realize it, but Britain’s Hardest Man has a deeply humanitarian side.
Danny Dyer has revealed that he’s proud to have had a hand in helping young gay men have the confidence to come out.
The new star heaped praise upon the touching Eastenders storyline his character Mick Carter has been part of, during which he comforts his son Johnny as he reveals to his father that he is gay.
“It was a real positive thing,” Dyer told Jonathan Ross in an interview, to be broadcasted on Saturday night.
“A lot of young gay men, who hadn’t come out yet, they saw that scene and I was getting letters from these guys saying they came out the next day because of it. That’s a powerful thing and I was really proud to be associated with that.”
The 36-year-old actor, who plays the new landlord of the Queen Vic in Albert Square, was none-the-less the victim of Twitter trolls when the scenes were aired. However, far from keeping quiet about the homophobic abuse he was being hurled, he hit back at the online bullies… By showering them with affection.
“They spun it on the head for me, because obviously my perception and what people think I’m about – that I was going to react badly – and instead I just cuddled him and said, ‘Listen, it’s fine, I love you, no problem.’”
Dyer also spoke about his own children, newly born son Arty, and his two daughters, who are 17 and six years old.
‘I’m Not Daniel Day Lewis, I’m Danny Dyer’
“Little Arty. He’s such a beautiful little thing… I just forgot how hard it is,” he said. “We had him two days before I started EastEnders. I’ve been having a few tweets from people saying on Eastenders I look stoned, I looked out of my nut.
“It’s because I’m f**ked. I’m shattered. That’s the hard bit, you go home and you’ve got the bubba there and you’ve got to change his little sh**ty a**e and that – Got to burp him and sterilize bottles. I mean I’m loving it, I was due a son because I’ve got two daughters, so I needed a boy.”
But having an older daughter has posed its own share of problems. How does Britain’s Hardest Man cope, for example, with his eldest offspring having a boyfriend?
“It’s hard work to be fair, but you know what, I think I’ve rung the bell,” he told Ross. “He’s a good kid and that.
“It’s just strange seeing them grow up. She loves him to death. She’s obsessed with him. It winds me up, but it could be worse, he’s a good kid and she loves him and he treats her well.
“As long as a tear doesn’t drop from her eye, then he won’t be walking with a severe limp for the rest if his life,” Danny quipped.
Jennifer Lawrence has been tipped for another lead role in a new David O’ Russell film.
Lawrence, 23, is being considered for the part of US single mum turned entrepreneur, Joy Mangano, in an untitled biopic.
The Hunger Games star is expected to play the Miracle Mop inventor in a female empowerment story about the significant lifestyle changes she experiences.
Annie Mumolo, co-writer of 2012 hit comedy Bridesmaids, has penned the script, while John Davis, John Fox and Ken Mok are producing.
Industry insider The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Russell is in early talks with Fox 2000.
The director has worked with Lawrence on two of her most successful movies to date – Silver Linings Playbook, which won her the Best Actress Oscar in 2013, and American Hustle, which sees her up for Best Supporting Actress on 2 March.
Lawrence is currently tied-up with the next two instalments of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2. She has also committed to a movie adaptation of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, a project of Hunger Games director Gary Ross.
This year’s Oscars see O Russell’s American Hustle competing in 10 categories alongside the other main contenders, Gravity and 12 Years A Slave.
Lawrence will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the 2013 ceremony, when she tripped up the stairs while en route to collect her Best Actress trophy.
We know that the length of Season 7 is going to be cut short, but the new Game of Thrones episodes we have coming this summer will be both the longest and the shortest in the HBO show’s history, according to EW. “We have two episodes over 60 minutes this year,” showrunner Dan Weiss told the site. In addition, the finale of the season will reportedly clock in at whopping 90 minutes. We’re also going to get a slightly shorter one, which is the shortest of all at 50 minutes. Though we don’t know exactly how long the new Game of Thrones episodes over 60 minutes are, if they’re even a few minutes, which amounts to almost another half an episode.
The site explains that HBO hasn’t yet confirmed the run times for the new Game of Thrones episodes, and an unofficial posting showed different lengths. We recently learned that there is a possibility that the eighth and final season of the show won’t hit the cable network until 2019.
At the end of last season, Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) dragons and her immense army were finally on the way to Westeros, where Cersei (Lena Headey) has now become Queen after the death of her children. The Night King’s (Vladimir Furdik in season 6) army is heading south, and a battle appears to be imminent.
Though we don’t know exactly what’s coming in the new Game of Thrones season, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, tweeted this about season 7 last year:
“Just finished reading season 7, s**t gets REAL. I’d start preparing yourselves now… scratch that; nothing will prepare you for this… Holy BALLS.”