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Sean Penn's latest movie, "The Gunman," bombed at theaters this weekend.
The film was the 54-year-old actor's turn at attempting his own action thriller.
Instead, the movie debuted to $5 million.
The Open Road Films production cost as much as $40 million to make, according to the LA Times. "The Gunman" also starred Javier Bardem and Idris Elba.
The film looked like it was trying to capitalize on the recent success of action thrillers starring the 62-year-old Liam Neeson. However, with Neeson's latest, "Run All Night," not being as big a draw as his other flicks, it may be time that the "Taken" frenzy has run its course.
Penn isn't especially known for action thrillers despite 2013's "Gangster Squad." That film was delayed from 2012 after a theater shooting and was given a January release.
Penn also isn't a big theater draw right now. His last big film was 2008's "Milk" for which he won an Oscar.
Margot Robbie left jaws on the floor after her breakout performance in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
You know the scene. Pink dress. Long legs. Seductive purr. Leonardo DiCaprio hits the floor at the sight of her.
Since then, the Aussie actress has captured roles in major blockbusters set for release over the next two years. In honor of Robbie's newfound success, we're looking back at how she became a Hollywood star.
Born in 1990, Margot Robbie grew up on her grandparents' farm on Australia's Gold Coast. A business-savvy child, she would make up magic tricks and put on shows, charging anyone who wanted to learn her tricks.
She bought her first surfboard at a garage sale when she was 10. "I'm happiest when I'm surfing or out on the farm hunting wild pigs ... or riding around on motorbikes," she said in a 2008 interview.
Source: Yahoo! Canada
As a teen, she worked as a subway artist at a Subway in Melbourne. (Six months after Robbie landed her first major acting role, Subway hired her for a commercial. "I got paid like 20 times the amount I ever earned there," Robbie says.)
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Starting June 1, anyone will be able to purchase domains ending in .sucks, .adult, .porn, and hundreds of other options, with new suffixes released every month.
So to protect Taylor Swift's name and brand, the singer's team has reportedly already purchased TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) — the nonprofit group behind this expansion of generic top-level domains, or gTLDs — is allowing public figures and companies to get ahead of the game by purchasing domains before they open to the public.
"For example, Microsoft has already registered Office.porn and Office.adult," Stuart Lawley, CEO of ICM Registry, which operates the .porn and .adult top-level domains, told CNN Money. "The same goes for TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult."
Starting in June, "It's first to the buzzer," Lawley said.
It's a smart move for Swift to claim her name before the trolls can, but the popstar has always been business savvy. She recently trademarked lyrics from her latest album, beat the paparazzi out of a $100,000 payday, and in a controversial move, pulled all her music from Spotify because "piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically."
But according to CNN Money, "Icann claims that its program to expand gTLDs will be beneficial for all internet users, because descriptive domains, such as .healthcare, .deals, and .amsterdam, help ensure web users arrive at their intended destination."
"To me it's very responsible," said Steve Miholovich, SVP of marketing at Safenames, a domain registrar and advisory firm for websites. According to CNN, he added that "another benefit to having more descriptive domains is greater parental control over which websites their children visit.
"Blocking isn't always as easy for .com adult content sites."
Ever wonder where your favorite animated movies are actually set?
Designer Martin Vargic of Halcyon Maps created this infographic to show exactly where the 124 most popular animated films of all time took place.
"All locations were either explicitly stated/shown in the movies, derived from the evidence within the movie, or derived from the original work the movie was based in," Vargic wrote on Halcyon Maps.
Vargic also noted that movies that took place in a radically different universe — such as "Treasure Planet" and "Wreck-It Ralph" — were not included on the map.
Check it out below.
Let's zoom in on the key so it's a bit easier to read:
Many of the movies were set in North America.
A few of the films have obvious settings — "Bee Movie," "Lilo and Stitch," and "The Princess and the Frog" — but other such as "Bambi" are a bit less clear. "Placing some of the movies on the map was very difficult and required a lot of research (including looking through fan theories or studying where are various animal species geographically distributed)," Vargic wrote.
Most of the films were set in North America and Europe, but there are a few other clusters around the map. All of the Studio Ghibli animated films — "Ponyo," "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Princess Mononoke," and "The Wind Rises" — were set in Japan.
The list used the best grossing animated movies, but it was also significantly based upon the top 100 animated movies list from Rotten Tomatoes, according to Vargic.
Here is the full list.
1. 101 Dalmatians — English countryside
2. A Bug's Life — Texas/Mexico border
3. A Goofy Movie — New York City
4. Akira – Tokyo
5. Aladdin – At the Jordan River
6. Alice in Wonderland – English countryside
7. Anastasia – St. Petersburg
8. Antz – New York
9. Arthur Christmas – North Pole
10. Atlantis: The Lost Empire – Atlantic Ocean
11. Bambi – Western US/Canada border
12. Beauty and the Beast – middle France
13. Bee Movie – New York
14. Beowulf – south Sweden (Götaland)
15. Big Hero 6 – San Francisco
16. Bolt – Los Angeles and New York
17. Brave – Scotland
18. Brother Bear – Alaska
19. Cars – Arizona/Nevada
20. Cars 2 – London (and numerous other locations)
21. Cinderella – south France
22. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Bermuda
23. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Bermuda
24. Coraline – Ashland, Oregon
25. Corpse Bride – rural France (possibly England)
26. Despicable Me – Albuquerque, New Mexico (and numerous other locations)
27. DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp – north California coast (and numerous other locations)
28. Dumbo – Florida
29. El Dorado – south Mexico
30. The Emperor's New Groove - Peru
31. Epic – Connecticut
32. Ernest and Celestine – Belgium
33. Finding Nemo – Sydney
34. Fantastic Mr. Fox – north England
35. Flushed Away – London
36. From Up on the Poppy Hill – Tokyo
37. Frozen – south Norway
38. Happy Feet – near Adelie Land, Antarctica
39. Happy Feet 2 – near Adelie Land, Antarctica
40. Hercules – Greece
41. Home on the Range – Nevada
42. Hotel Transylvania – Romania (Transylvania)
43. How to Train Your Dragon – Hebrides
44. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Paris
45. Chicken Little – US Midwest
46. Chicken Run – northwest England
47. Ice Age – Alaska
48. James and the Giant Peach – chiefly New York
49. Kung Fu Panda – rural southern China
50. Kung Fu Panda 2 – southern China coast
51. Lady and the Tramp – New England
52. Lilo and Stitch – Kauai, Hawaii
53. Lion King – East African Rift
54. The Little Mermaid – Danish Virgin Islands
55. Madagascar – New York and Madagascar
56. Madagascar 2 – Near the Nyiragongo volcano
57. Madagascar 3 – Monaco (and other locations)
58. Mary and Max – Melbourne
59. Megamind – Michigan
60. Meet the Robinsons – southern Canada
61. Millenium Actress – southern Japan
62. Monsters vs Aliens – San Francisco
63. Mulan – Beijing
64. My Neighbor Totoro – Tokyo
65. Over the Hedge – eastern Oregon
66. The Owls of Ga’hoole – southern Australia / Tasmania
67. ParaNorman – Massachusetts
68. Persepolis – Tehran, Iran
69. Pinocchio – Collodi, Italy
70. Peter Pan – US Midwest
71. Planes – Ohio
72. Pocahontas – Virginia
73. Polar Express – North Pole
74. Ponyo – Japan
75. Princess and the Frog
76. Prince of Egypt – Sinai peninsula, Egypt
77. Princess Mononoke – northern Japan
78. Puss in Boots – Andalusia, Spain
79. Rango – Nevada
80. Ratatouille – Paris
81. Rio – Rio de Janeiro
82. Rio 2 – Amazon rainforest, Brazil
83. Rise of the Guardians – North Pole
84. Robin Hood – Sherwood Forest, England
85. Romeo and Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss
86. Shark Bait – near Dominican Republic
87. Shark Tale – the Bahamas
88. Shrek – Germany
89. Sleeping Beauty – middle France
90. Snow White – Germany
91. Song of the Sea – Ireland
92. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut – Colorado
93. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron – Dakota region
94. Spirited Away – Japan
95. Surf's Up – French Polynesia
96. Tangled – Bodensee, Germany
97. Tarzan – Gabon
98. Teacher's Pet – Florida
99. The Adventures of Tintin – Morocco (and other locations)
100. The Incredibles – Chicago
101. The Iron Giant – Maine
102. The Jungle Book – middle India
103. The Great Mouse Detective – London
104. The Illusionist – north Scotland
105. The Rescuers – US southern coast
106. The Rescuers Down Under – Australian outback
107. The Secret World of Arrietty – Japan
108. The Simpsons Movie – Oregon and Alaska
109. The Smurfs – New York
110. The Smurfs 2 – Paris
111. The Wild – New York and Mozambique coast
112. The Wind Rises – Tokyo
113. Tokyo Godfathers – Tokyo
114. Toy Story – Ohio
115. Triplets of Belleville – France and New York (in an alternate universe)
116. Turbo – Los Angeles
117. Up – Angel Falls, Venezuela
118. Yogi Bear – Yellowstone Park, Wyoming
119. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – English countryside
120. Waltz with Bashir – Lebanon
121. Who Framed Roger Rabbit – Los Angeles
122. Winnie the Pooh – southern England
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For years, Salma Hayek, the Mexican and American movie and TV actress, director, and producer, refused to engage with social media.
In an interview with Facebook’s EMEA vice president Nicola Mendelsohn at Advertising Week Europe in London on Monday, Hayek (star of “Once Upon A Time In Mexico,” “Grown Ups” and executive producer of “Ugly Betty”) said she would rather “be present” with people when she meets them rather than being distracted by texts or scrolling through her news feeds.
She said: “I’m a rebel, I don’t want to do what everyone else does. I really did resist it. I had this idea that you should always be present, not always calling, texting, when I’m with you, I’m with you. I feel sometime people are not so present because of social media. You need to look up at people around you.”
But her fans have convinced her otherwise and Hayek has finally given in. She only opened a Facebook account recently (her official page has been running for some while, but it appears that Hayek has not been personally updating it,) and on Tuesday she will launch her first Instagram account.
The Instagram account will be devoted to fan art, in addition to documenting her glamorous life and her charity work.
“For me it’s a beauty that through social media I can actually have a connection with fans, it’s a way of saying thankful and showing more about me. I hashtagged myself yesterday and it moved me to tears to see there were so many pictures people had put up, so many artists that had [put paintings up of me.] Some of them are so good I thought, OK, today we are going to launch the Facebook and tomorrow we are going to launch Instagram for the first time,” Hayek said.
She added: “On Instagram I want to celebrate those people who took their time to draw my dress, face, and so what I’m going to do is … celebrate their work, some are so talented. It’s a way to connect and say thank you.”
Avon is the advertising campaign Hayek is most “proud” to have worked on
Later on in the session, Hayek also discussed the ad campaign she was most proud to have personally worked on: Avon.
Hayek explained that she could have chosen to work with a more “glamorous” company, but she wanted to work with Avon because many mothers where she grew up in Mexico took jobs at Avon to earn a living and help send their children to school. She said Avon also helped empower women financially: Those without access to education, but also those who wanted to gain financial independence so they could escape domestic violence.
Hayek revealed that she even convinced the brand to switch its core corporate social responsibility messaging from working with cancer charities to raising awareness of domestic violence. Since making that switch the company has raised more than $90 million for domestic violence charities, she said.
Hayek believes the wider advertising industry still has a lot of work to do in order to portray women in a more positive light, although it has come a long way.
She said: “The ad industry is making an effort to portray powerful women because it is beginning to dawn on them — and probably social media has something to do with it — that before they were saying this is what people want. With social media, [the industry] is beginning to realize many things. First of all: Their consumer right now. Women in their 50s have a lot more of the means to buy things and we are not like before when people said if you are 50, you are finished. So you are supposed to be ugly and not work any more and stay at home: You’re done. Uh-uh that’s not happening any more.”
The ad industry has now discovered who women really are thanks to the "peaceful revolution" provided my social media, Hayek added: “I think that women are saying also, wait a minute, I don’t want to be a stick, I want curves/ I don’t want to starve myself to death, I want to eat. I want to be healthy and this is the kind of food I want to eat. Advertising is beginning to discover women and women are saying tho is who we are and what we want. Whereas before it was: This is what you are supposed to be, follow my lead. And because of social media that’s not happening any more, I think we are empowering ourselves more and more. We are changing the advertising. The consumer is.”
Following Sunday's exciting teaser, Paramount Pictures released a full-length trailer for its upcoming Summer tentpole "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation," marking the fifth installment of the franchise starring Tom Cruise.
Much of Cruise's recent box office success has been driven by the last two movies in the franchise. Since "Mission: Impossible 3" came out in 2006, only one of Cruise's non-"Mission" vehicles has crossed the $100 million-dollar mark at the domestic box office. That movie was 2014's "Edge of Tomorrow," which barely crossed the threshold, according to boxofficemojo.com.
"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" comes out on July 31st.
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The Wall Street Journal reports that a gorgeous Bel-Air estate formerly owned by country singer Kenny Rogers has sold for $50 million.
The hillside mansion went on sale last year for $65 million while it was still under construction, but was taken off the market until the home was finished last December.
Known as Lionsgate, the property was enlarged from its original 9,359 square feet to a whopping 24,000 square feet with a guest house that has an additional two bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The main home has nine bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, as well as a ballroom, saltwater pool, 12-seat home theater, and even a refrigerated wine room.
With two acres of property, the estate also has a tennis court, gym with a sauna, and an outdoor glass elevator next to the pool.
Rogers purchased the home in the ‘70s, according to the WSJ. He added two lion statues to the main gate and renamed the property “Liongate.”
The current sellers of the home are a mystery, but the listing agent told the WSJ last year that “they are European and purchased the home for personal use,” adding that they put the mansion up for sale because they hadn’t spent enough time in Los Angeles.
The property was sold byHilton & Hyland’s agent Mia Trudeau.
This is Liongate Estate, the 24,000-square-foot property that just sold for $50 million. The home has a tennis court, saltwater swimming pool, and outdoor glass elevator.
The home sits on two acres of property, and both of its Bel-Air entrances are gated. Rogers was the owner to add those lions to the gate (he's a Leo).
Let's go inside the mansion, shall we?
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Paul Hollingsworth and his daughter Hailee joined forces to recreate Jurassic Park using $100,000 in Legos. Paul has been making films with his daughter for the past few years. Animation has been a great bonding experience for the two. It has also been a way for Hailee to learn to use math in practical situations and build upon her storytelling and problem solving skills.
With the use of stop-motion, motion controlled camera rigs, after effects composition and an original score composed by Voodoo Highway, Paul and Hailee were able to put together an incredible film in just 3 months.
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The National Geographic Channel allegedly blocked a reporter from attending a premiere because the journalist has covered the ongoing scandal surrounding Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.
CNN media reporter Tom Kludt wrote on Twitter that his press pass for for the Monday premiere of National Geographic Channel's "Killing Jesus" was denied "out of respect" for O'Reilly.
"Killing Jesus" is based on O'Reilly's bestselling book of the same name.
"I was going to attend the red carpet event tonight for the premiere of 'Killing Jesus,' but a publicist just said my credential was denied," Kludt said. "National Geographic publicist said that after reviewing my coverage, they have declined my credentials 'out of respect' for Bill O'Reilly. I've never covered a red carpet before, so I'm a little bummed."
Reached for comment, the National Geographic Channel confirmed to Business Insider that Kludt would not be allowed into the event. However, Chris Albert, senior vice president of communications at the channel, said the slight was simply because the premiere needed to cut one reporter due to space issues.
"As we were finalizing the carpet list, we realized that our red carpet was overflowing. CNN had numerous requests for credentials and we needed to limit it to one crew. So we decided to decline a reporter who by his own admission doesn’t cover red carpets. But we would like to thank Tom for bringing all this extra attention to our premiere tonight for 'Killing Jesus,'" Albert said in a statement.
Kludt covered O'Reilly's recent controversies in which the Fox News star is accused of fabricating stories about his early reporting years. Notably, Kludt published an audiotape that appeared to contradict O'Reilly's claim that he was outside the house of a Lee Harvey Oswald associate, George de Mohrenschildt, the night he shot himself in 1977. In the audio tape, O'Reilly is heard asking about the suicide and declaring his intent to visit de Mohrenschildt's Florida home.
After the CNN story was published, a former O'Reilly colleague, Bob Sirkin, backed up his account of the incident. Sirkin said he was with O'Reilly at the time and the Fox News host was definitely at the scene of the suicide. O'Reilly has passionately denied fabricating stories and pointed to Sirkin's statement as validation of his truthfulness.
"It remains preposterous for anyone to claim that O'Reilly and I were not in Florida before, during, and following de Mohrenschildt's death," Sirkin said.
Questions have also been raised about O'Reilly's description of time he spent in Argentina covering the Falklands War in 1982.
Kludt did not immediately a return request for comment from Business Insider. However, he posted a followup tweet noting some "irony" about his situation:
On Sunday, we got the first teaser trailer from the latest film in Tom Cruise’s “M:I” franchise, “Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.”
Filled with the usual jump cutting of action-packed moments while reintroducing us to Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team, the trailer concludes with a shot of Cruise hanging outside a large plane taking off.
But this is just the latest in crazy stunts showcased in the “Mission: Impossible” trailers. And the crazier the featured stunts, the more money the movie has raked in at the box office.
Let’s take a look back.
“Mission: Impossible” (1996)
Cruise launches the “M:I” franchise with legendary director Brian De Palma at the helm. Along with establishing the Ethan Hunt character for a generation who weren’t around for the 1960s TV series, there were also some great stunts throughout. And though most will remember Hunt hanging from wires trying to break into CIA headquarters, the most insane stunt was teased in the trailer.
It was Hunt leaping from an exploding helicopter onto a moving train while inside a tunnel.
For the late ‘90s, this was a marvel in CGI wizardry. And audiences certainly wanted to see it on the big screen as the film took in $458 million worldwide. Firmly cementing the “M:I” franchise.
“Mission: Impossible 2” (2000)
So how do you follow up Tom Cruise leaping from an exploding plane onto a train? You hire action legend John Woo to direct the sequel.
The trailer shows off Cruise’s motorcycle talents, though we also have to endure a Limp Bizkit rendition of the iconic “M:I” theme music. But Woo definitely ups the level of stunts, the major one showing Hunt and the bad guy playing chicken on bikes and on the moment of impact leaping in the air to fight one another.
The result was an $88 million bump at the box office as “M:I 2” took in $546 million globally.
“Mission: Impossible 3” (2006)
Perhaps it was because the world had changed since 9/11 and people didn’t want to see Tom Cruise blow things up, or director J.J. Abrams turning to a darker place for Ethan Hunt to explore in this edition of the franchise, but audiences found themselves less excited for “M:I 3” and it showed at the box office. Though it was number one its opening weekend the film only took in $398 million total worldwide. The lowest earner of the franchise to date.
And from the trailer you can see there isn’t that “wow” moment the others have. The closest is Cruise running from an explosion on a bridge; the shock knocking him into a car. The scene pales in comparison to jumping from an exploding helicopter, and people began to question if Cruise could still lead action films.
“Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol” (2011)
The trailer of the fourth film proved Cruise could still open an action movie. In one of the craziest predicaments yet, we find him scaling the tallest building in the world — the Burj Khalifa in Dubai — reportedly without a stunt double.
The stunt worked as “Ghost Protocol” is the highest grossing film in the franchise with $695 million globally.
We can only imagine what the hanging-from-a-plane stunt in the “Rogue Nation” trailer (which, by the way, Cruise also did on his own) will do for the film’s box office.
Here’s the full trailer that was released today, with a longer airplane hanging portion.
Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) presidential campaign speech inspired a Twitter meme on Monday for its similarities to John Lennon's famous song "Imagine."
Cruz, speaking at Liberty University in Virginia, repeatedly called on his audience to "imagine" a better, more conservative world.
"Imagine a simple flat tax that lets every American fill out his or her taxes on a postcard. Imagine abolishing the IRS," Cruz said at one point.
Democrats, reporters, and other observers repeatedly made fun of Cruz on Twitter his "imagine" refrain. But, in a clip flagged by Bloomberg News, Public Radio International's "The Takeaway" show took their Cruz teasing a step further and produced a full mashup of Cruz's speech and Lennon's tune.
Listen to it below.
When iconic filmmakers like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg need music for their films they turn to one person, composer John Williams.
From all of the “Star Wars” movies to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” Williams’ music is as memorable as the films themselves.
However, it seems the 5-time Oscar winner is scaling back on his work load.
This marks the first time a “Star Wars” films will not be composed by Williams, now 83 years old.
Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat will be on the project, which will be directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones.
Desalt recently won an Oscar for his original score of “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Last week, DreamWorks announced that John Williams had backed out of Spielberg’s next film, “Bridges of Spies” due to a “minor health issue, now corrected.” Thomas Newman, who just finished the latest James Bond movie, “Spectre,” will be taking over.
In another first, “Spies” is the first time in three decades a Williams composition will be absent from a Spielberg film.
But don’t worry, there’s more Williams music on the way. He did compose the score for “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens,” which opens in theaters December 18.
He’s also written scores for the upcoming “Jurassic World” and is attached for “Indiana Jones 5,” once more re-teaming him with Spielberg.
In February, "Stay With Me" singer Sam Smith took home four top awards at the Grammys.
Since then, the 22-year-old London-native has been increasingly focused on his health, posting his workouts and healthy meals to his 3.2 million Instagram followers.
Today, he is noticably thinner.
"The key is about it being real, getting back in the kitchen, cooking from scratch, making sure they are not relying on junk processed convenience food," she told ABC News last week.
And judging by Smith's recent Instagram photos, he seems to be following Freer's rules.
"Hot water for lunch for me!! Thanks @ameliafreer !!!! Love you really x #fastingishorrific"
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Do not insult Taylor Swift's grammar.
The Princeton Review recently tried to use the singer's lyrics as an example of bad grammar — except it misquoted the lyric in question.
In a section titled "Grammar In Real Life," the practice test says, "Pop lyrics are a great source of bad grammar. See if you can find the error in each of the following."
After mentioning lyrics from Katy Perry, Whitney Houston, and Lady Gaga, the materials attempt to call out a line from Swift's song "Fifteen."
The practice test reads:
"Somebody tells you they love you, you got to believe 'em."
But the actual lyric goes:
"Somebody tells you they love you, you're gonna believe them."
A Swift fan caught the error and posted a picture of the page in question from the Princeton Review materials, captioning it, "I was just having an amazing time studying for the SAT and now I feel attacked."
Swift responded via her Tumblr, writing: "Not the right lyrics at all pssshhhh. You had one job, test people. One job."
She tagged her post, "#ACCUSE ME OF ANYTHING BUT DO NOT ATTACK MY GRAMMAR."
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Tuesday morning actress and sex symbol Angelina Jolie announced that she had both of her ovaries removed in a preventative surgery to reduce her risk for ovarian cancer after some signals of precancer turned up on a routine scan.
"I did not do this solely because I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation," Jolie clarified, in her New York Times essay about removing her ovaries. But that was a major part of her decision.
What's the risk?
Mutations in the BRCA genes (there are two, named 1 and 2 respectively) increase a person's risk for cancers, including breast and ovarian. Only about 0.25% of the general population has mutations in one of these genes.
While this is only a small amount of the population, someone who carries a mutation in one of these genes is much more likely than the average person to get cancer. A New England Journal of Medicine study indicates that having a mutated BRCA gene increases your lifetime risk of breast cancer to between 60% and 85%, and a lifetime risk of ovarian cancer between 15% and 40%, depending on the gene and the mutation.
The mutation is present in about 2% of female breast cancer cases and 10 to 15% of ovarian cancer cases.
Men with BRCA mutations are also at an increased risk for cancer, including male breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancers.
One dangerous mutation
Genes are the blueprint for the proteins that make up every cell of our body. They are made of a code of DNA letters, which sometimes are copied wrong when cells multiply, creating a mutation in the gene. When a gene is mutated, it could stop working correctly, which may result in health problems.
In the case of the BRCA mutations, the normal BRCA genes act as "tumor suppressors" — genes that protect cells from growing out of control and becoming cancerous. Unmutated BRCA genes help repair mistakes in genes that are commonly made when a cell multiplies and play a role in the "cell cycle" which regulates how quickly cells grow and multiply.
Therefore, a non-functioning BRCA gene could let tumors develop and also fail to prevent other cancer-promoting mutations.
Any given cell usually needs more than one mutated tumor-suppressor gene to become cancerous, however, which is why having one mutated BRCA gene isn't necessarily a death sentence.
Another important note on mutations in the BRCA genes — they aren't all the same. Mutations in different parts of the gene have different effects. Not all mutations break the gene completely — and there is no definitive test to tell if you have a BRCA gene that is fully broken or still works just fine even with a mutation.
In 10 to 15% of cases where doctors see a mutation in the gene they can't say whether it will break the gene and contribute to cancer risk.
In Jolie's case, however, her doctor reportedly said that her mutation carried a 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. She has previously lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.
A lifetime of risk
Since discovering her risk, Jolie had her breasts removed to prevent breast cancer, and now, after showing pre-cancerous signals on a test, has had her ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed. As Jolie wrote for the New York Times:
Then two weeks ago I got a call from my doctor with blood-test results. "Your CA-125 is normal," he said. I breathed a sigh of relief. That test measures the amount of the protein CA-125 in the blood, and is used to monitor ovarian cancer. I have it every year because of my family history.
After ultrasounds, a fully body scan, and blood tests put her in the clear for cancer, Jolie decided to stop waiting to have the ovary removal surgery. It is a difficult choice for many women; the surgery will put Jolie into early, forced menopause and she won't be able to have more children naturally.
She doesn't think that every woman should jump to this drastic surgical intervention, though:
I did not do this solely because I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation, and I want other women to hear this. A positive BRCA test does not mean a leap to surgery. I have spoken to many doctors, surgeons and naturopaths. There are other options. Some women take birth control pills or rely on alternative medicines combined with frequent checks. There is more than one way to deal with any health issue. The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally.
But for Jolie the choice was simple: "I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, 'Mom died of ovarian cancer.'"
Note: We relied heavily on the National Cancer Institute's wonderful, but very technical, summary of the Genetics of Breast and Ovarian Cancer for this post.
British actor and comedian James Corden took over hosting duty for Craig Ferugson on "The Late Late Show" on CBS Monday night.
Corden, who is a big star in England, is not yet a household name in America. However, after just one night, he proved that he could fit right in, as he already got a chance to bond with one of America's favorite stars.
Tom Hanks stopped by the "Late Late Show" to reenact the actor's most iconic movies in just eight minutes.
Watch the full, funny video here:
Mila Kunis appeared as a guest and revealed that she is "maybe" married to Ashton Kutcher.
Corden's "Into the Woods" co-star Meryl Streep stopped by in a pre-taped video, as did Lena Dunham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Simon Cowell, Chris Rock, Eddie Redmayne, Joel McHale, Simon Cowell, George Lopez, Billy Crystal, Katie Couric, Chelsea Handler, Shia LaBeouf, Allison Janney, and CBS President Les Moonves.
But one of the biggest surprises was Jay Leno, who controversially came out of retirement to take back the "Tonight Show" while Conan O'Brien was host. In the video, Leno trains Corden to be a late night host "Whiplash" style. Leno also proves he at least has a sense of humor about his reputation, as he ends the video by claiming, "in three months, this show will be mine."
Corden's reign is off to a solid start: Nielsen estimates that his "Late Late Show" is 17% above the Late Late Show season average when Ferguson hosted from September through mid-December.
It is hard to tell yet whether those numbers will remain consistent, given that there is always a curiousity factor in the first night of somebody's hosting tenure. But given that a lot of successful late night hosts, including Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon, took time to establish their comedic voice, it is promising to see how much confidence Corden has right out of the gate. Things could change even more in September once he has Stephen Colbert as a lead-in.
Now, if only he could get Hanks to stick around for a few more episodes.
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For more than a decade, "Top Gear's" bombastic host Jeremy Clarkson and controversial TV personality Piers Morgan have been engaged in a brutal and entertaining feud.
Clarkson is currently awaiting a judgment about his future – he got into a "fracas" with a "Top Gear" producer, which the BBC is investigating. A decision over whether he will stay or go as a host is expected this week.
But this past Saturday, an unexpected voice of support surfaced.
In his Daily Mail column, Morgan himself revealed that the combative duo had declared a truce after a "five-hour long drinking session at a pub" last summer.
According to Morgan, Clarkson initiated the the peacemaking process by sending the fired-CNN host an early morning text message requesting that they "end it."
At the pub, the "Top Gear" host told Morgan:
I’m going through a difficult divorce, my first ex-wife has also came out of the woodwork to give me hell, I’m smoking too much, drinking too much, my back hurts, I’m all over the papers with this N-word scandal, I’m at war with my BBC bosses, and my mother has just died. I simply don’t have the energy for you any more.
Graciously, Morgan replied by telling Clarkson that he was glad the feud was coming to an end because he had run out of "vile epithets" to direct at arch-nemesis, as well as ways to call Clarkson "fat and useless."
The feud began more than a decade ago when Morgan — then the editor of the Daily Mirror — published compromising photos of Clarkson with a female BBC executive who was not his wife.
In 2003, the feud reached a boiling point after Clarkson threatened Morgan with physical violence and threw a glass of water on him onboard the last flight of the Concorde.
A year later, Clarkson carried out his threat and punched Morgan three times in the head at the National Press Awards, causing him to bleed profusely. Morgan still carries a scar on his temple from the incident, while Clarkson suffered a broken finger.
At the end of the their extended drinking session, Morgan revealed that Clarkson's daughter Emily showed up in time to find the besotted pair and take a photo. Morgan then got his son, a "Top Gear" fanatic, on the phone and introduced Clarkson as his "new best friend."
In his column, Morgan wrote in support of his former sworn enemy, now friend, Clarkson,
I sensed that Jeremy’s just like pretty much every other 50-something in life; angst-ridden from damaged relationships, grieving loved ones, irritated by work-related issues, and battling inner demons.
While the much-maligned Morgan asked his readers to avoid pitying the "Top Gear" star, he did ask then to empathize with Clarkson, with the hope that Jeremy can sort out his life.
Showtime Networks has just picked up a new hedge fund drama called "Billions," according to a press release.
The 12-episode series "is a complex and contemporary drama about power politics in the New York world of high finance."
The show was written by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and financial journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin.
The series stars Damian Lewis, who plays a hedge fund titan Bobby "Axe"Axelrod, and Paul Giamatti, who plays US Attorney Chuck Rhoades.
Lewis appears to have been doing his homework in preparation for the show.
Production is scheduled to begin later this year. The show is set to debut in 2016.
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Jimmy Fallon's lip sync battles have been a huge hit on "The Tonight Show" and now he's bringing the hilarious game to Spike TV. Watch as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson takes on Taylor Swift, and John Krasinski takes on Tina Turner. LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen will host "Lip Sync Battle," debuting April 2.
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