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Cher To Perform For Autism Speaks Event

Legendary pop singer Cher, is urging her die hard fans to get involved in raising money forAutism Speaks Sound off campaign.

Other famous names to take part are Jack Black, Peter Dinklage, Adam West Breaking Bad’sBryan Cranston and Jim Parsons.

Participating celebrities will record a personalised message for a small donation of $299, which will go towards autism research and advocacy.

Celebrity messages will be available for purchase for one week only, October 7 – 13, 2013. Fans can register online at SoundOffForAutismSpeaks.com to receive a reminder just prior to the October 7 campaign. A limited number of messages will be available from each celebrity on a first come, first served basis.

Fans will have the unique opportunity to specify what they want their chosen celebrity to say in the message. Autism Speaks will send fans a digital file of their message once it has been recorded by their celebrity.

Cher announced her participation over Social networking site Twitter on October 8, urging all her followers to help out for the cause. She tweeted:

“Want me to record a custom message for you? I’m participating in Sound Off For Autism Speaks – it’s time… #SoundOff4AS,”

The star who helped raise awareness for children with facial deformities after starring in the 1985 film Mask co starring Eric Stoltsz. The 67 year old is currently on her “dressed to kill” tour of America, and has campaigned tirelessly for various causes. She uses Twitter prolifically to share her opinions with her followers.

Recently she expressed her dissatisfaction with her fellow A-listers use of the Social networking site by tweeting:

“I don’t like it when all the Little Monsters [Lady Gaga fans] come down on me, I think young artists don’t realise that you have to support one another and there no room for b***hing,” Cher recently told UK newspaper the Telegraph.

“Women stand together and so do artists. You might fight if you don’t like someone but you still have to support them.”

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Stars Unite To Pay Tribute To Late Adam Yauch

One of the most important and influential figures in modern music, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, sadly passed away on Friday (May 4th) after a long battle with cancer. Since his tragic passing, tributes have been made the world over from friends, fans and celebrity admirers, commending the astounding life he lived.

Stars of the rap community spoke positively on the influence that Yauch, or Mca as he was known on stage, with rap superstars including Eminem, Jay Z and Nas each giving their own individual accounts of the hip-hop legend’s legacy. Eminem and Nas both spoke to MTV News about the late wordsmith, producer and philanthropist, with Eminem saying “Adam Yauch brought a lot of positivity into the world and I think it’s obvious to anyone how big of an influence the Beastie Boys were on me and so many others.” Nas, who worked with the Beasties on their last album together, Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, told of how working with Mca was one of the defining moments of his life.

Social network sites, Twitter especially, became awash with respectful homages to the late hip-hop pioneer; Jack Black, Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, members of Weeer, producer Diplo, Lenny Kravitz, Cee-Lo Green, Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and Tom Morello of Rage Against the MAChine are but some of the stars who took to Twitter to voice their sorrow at the unfortunate passing.

The tributes of course did not end on Twitter, with the influence of Mca clearly transcending music. The Dalai Lama gave an official statement to TMZ outlining Yauch’s dedication to the Tibetan people, the two having met a number of times in the past due to their Buddhist bonding.

Weekend Movie Pick: Jack Black In BERNIE!

By Anne M. Raso

Jack Black is in his finest hour since Shallow Hal and School Of Rock in Bernie, a film we here at themacwire.com consider the very best of 2012 (well, so far). You can call it a “gigolo comedy” but it’s really unclear if the lead character–real life convicted murderer Bernie Tiede who is played by Black–is a nice guy or gigolo. His whole hometown seemed to love him, even after he murdered gal-pal Marjorie Nugent and put her body in a freezer in his garage. The speculation over whether Bernie’s a good or bad guy is really what the film is about but what really makes it special is the fact that director Richard Linklater decided to use real townspeople of Carthage, Texas–where the crime occurred–to tell a lot of the story onscreen. It’s like a documentary within a big budget film and this “method” works wonders and gives the audience lots of laughs!

In the film, Shirley MacLaine plays Mrs. Nugent (Bernie’s love interest whose deceased husband Bernie overseas as assistant funeral director and then lives with), and Matthew McConaughey plays the town’s blustery real-life District Attorney, Danny Buck Davidson, who was determined to get to the bottom of the crime. 

We were lucky enough to catch up with the affable JB at the New York press day for Bernie and he clearly enjoyed playing the character. He met with Tiede in jail a couple of times to research the role and they have corresponded via phone calls a couple of times since then. Linklater tried to set up a Bernie screening in the Texas penitentiary Tiede is incarcerated in, but it got denied by the prison board. Too bad! It would have been a cool place for both a screening AND a premiere!

Black remarked to us about visiting Tiede in jail and that he turned out to be just as he imagined him to be: “I was thankful that it reinforced what we had thought–you know, that he was this sweet, soft-spoken guy who was the most popular guy in prison just as he was the most popular guy in the small town of Carthage. That’s just who he is. He has a thing, I think, that he likes to be liked, you know–and maybe too much. I have the same thing. I like to be liked. If I get the feeling that someone is mad at me or doesn’t like me for some reason, I’ll try to win them over.”

Black told us he was an honor to work with co-star MacLaine: “She’s had an incredible career, so it was intimidating at first but then she was very complimentary to me and made me feel like I was worthy to be in her presence and relaxed me by laughing at my stupid jokes. And we had fun.”

Check Bernie out ASAP–it will be one of the most memorable movies of your life. It hits home on a lot of different levels–including the fact that very good and caring people can be VERY bad sometimes!

(Movie still courtesy Millennium Entertainment; headshot of Jack Black after our roundtable interview at the Four Seasons in NYC by Anne Raso.)

Jack Black Defends The Muppets

Jack Black has come to the defense of the popular puppets after Courtney Love reportedly accused them of destroying Kurt Cobain’s legacy by covering a Nirvana song in the latest movie.

The Hole star was said to be upset to discover Smells Like Teen Spirit was used in The Muppets film in a scene featuring Black, and is reported to have told pals the cover was “raping” her late husband’s work.

However, Black is adamant no offense was intended as he is a big fan of the Nirvana frontman.

He tells E! Online, “I beg to differ… That’s absurd, absurd, absurd… I personally hold no one in higher esteem in the world of rock. Kurt Cobain for me is at the top of the pyramid. He was the king… When he died it was sort of the end of rock.”

Miley Cyrus Leads Kids’ Choice Nominations

Miley Cyrus leads the nominations for Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards.

The 18-year-old singer and actress will compete for honours in three categories, Favourite TV Actress – which she will contest with Miranda Cosgrove, Selena Gomez and Victoria Justice – Favourite Singer, and Favourite Movie Actress.

In the musical category, the ‘Party in the USA’ hitmaker faces competition again from Selena Gomez, as well as Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, while Ashley Judd, Kristen Stewart and Emma Watson are also up for Favourite Movie Actress.

Elsewhere, in the film honours, ‘The Karate Kid’ is up for three awards, including Favourite Movie, Favourite Movie Actor for its star Jaden Smith and Favourite Butt-kicker for Jackie Chan.

‘Toy Story 3’ and ‘Shrek Forever After’ will go head-to-head in two categories, with both up for Favourite Animated Movie and ‘Toy Story’s Tim Allen and Tom Hanks competing with ‘Shrek’s Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz in the Favourite Voice from an Animated Movie group.

Cameron – who voices Princess Fiona – told People: “Well, as everyone knows, the kids know their stuff, so I’m always very flattered to be their choice for anything. After all these years, Fiona is very close to my heart and it’s awesome to know that kids around the world love her as much as I do.”

Other notable categories include the Favourite TV Actor, which sees brothers Joe and Nick Jonas compete against twins Dylan and Cole Sprouse for the prize.

Comic Jack Black returns to host the ceremony for a third time.

Voting for the awards opens on March 7.

The Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards take place at the Galen Centre in Los Angeles on April 2.

Nickelodeon’s 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards nominees:


Favourite TV Show:

‘Big Time Rush’


‘The Suite Life on Deck’

‘Wizards of Waverly Place’

Favourite Reality Show:

‘American Idol’

‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’

‘America’s Got Talent’


Favourite TV Actor:

Joe Jonas

Nick Jonas

Cole Sprouse

Dylan Sprouse

Favourite TV Actress:

Miranda Cosgrove

Miley Cyrus

Selena Gomez

Victoria Justice

Funniest TV Sidekick:

David Henrie

Jennette McCurdy

Noah Munck

Brenda Song

Favourite Cartoon:

‘The Penguins of Madagascar’

‘Phineas & Ferb’

‘Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated’

‘SpongeBob SquarePants’


Favourite Male Athlete:

Peyton Manning

Shaquille O’Neal

Michael Phelps

Shaun White

Favourite Female Athlete:

Danica Patrick

Lindsey Vonn

Serena Williams

Venus Williams


Favourite Movie:

‘Alice in Wonderland’

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’

‘The Karate Kid’

Favourite Movie Actor:

Jack Black (‘Gulliver’s Travels’)

Johnny Depp (‘Alice in Wonderland’)

Dwayne Johnson (‘Tooth Fairy’)

Jaden Smith (‘The Karate Kid’)

Favourite Movie Actress:

Miley Cyrus (‘The Last Song’)

Ashley Judd (‘Tooth Fairy’)

Kristen Stewart (‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’)

Emma Watson (‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’)

Favourite Animated Movie:

‘Despicable Me’

‘How to Train Your Dragon’

‘Shrek Forever After’

‘Toy Story 3’

Favourite Voice from an Animated Movie:

Tim Allen (‘Toy Story 3’)

Cameron Diaz (‘Shrek Forever After’)

Tom Hanks (‘Toy Story 3)

Eddie Murphy (‘Shrek Forever After’)

Favourite Butt-Kicker:

Steve Carell (‘Despicable Me’)

Jackie Chan (‘The Karate Kid’)

Robert Downey Jr. (‘Iron Man 2’)

Will Ferrell (‘Megamind’)


Favourite Music Group:

Big Time Rush

Black Eyed Peas

Jonas Brothers

Lady Antebellum

Favourite Male Singer:

Justin Bieber

Bruno Mars



Favourite Female Singer:

Miley Cyrus

Selena Gomez

Katy Perry

Taylor Swift

Favourite Song:

‘Baby’ by Justin Bieber, featuring Ludacris

‘California Gurls’ by Katy Perry, featuring Snoop Dogg

‘Hey, Soul Sister’ by Train

‘Mine’ by Taylor Swift

Other Categories:

Favourite Book:

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ series

‘Dork Diaries’

‘Vampire Academy’ series

‘Witch and Wizard’ series

Favourite Videogame:

‘Just Dance 2’

‘Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem’

‘Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit’

‘Super Mario Galaxy 2’

Jack Black Keeps Fame Hidden From His Children

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Funnyman JACK BLACK refuses to turn his film premieres into family affairs – because his two young sons have no idea they have a famous father.

The School of Rock star admits he’s yet to tell four-year-old Sammy and Thomas, two, exactly what he does for a living – and he’s keen to keep it that way.

Speaking at the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie Gulliver’s Travels, he tells Access Hollywood, “I didn’t bring my babies because they don’t know I’m famous yet. I’m trying to keep it well-hid. They’re like, ‘Whatever. Daddy’s Daddy.’ They think I’m a salesman.” Black isn’t the only celebrity parent keeping his star status under wraps from his little ones – the comedian’s Shallow Hal co-star Gwyneth Paltrow recently admitted she had been hiding her profession from her two children, until her six-year-old daughter Apple found out she was famous from her classmates.

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