Mum's Labour Pain Keeps Charlize Grounded

Actress CHARLIZE THERON called her mother almost immediately to share the news of her GOLDEN GLOBE nomination - only to be reminded of how much of a pain she was to give birth to.

South African Theron received a nod in the best actress category for her efforts in MONSTER, and when she got the news early Thursday (18DEC03), she decided to share it first with her proud parent.

She says, "I didn't wanna call my mom too early because she tends to think that somebody's died when you call her up too early. So I waited for like an hour or so.

"My mom didn't take long to remind me that it took her 36 hours to deliver me. As far as she's concerned, 'You win as many awards as you awards, but it still took me 36 hours - don't forget!'

22/12/2003 01:23

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New 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Teaser Trailer Hits The Web. It's Insane. [Trailer] 4304596 News

While Mad Max has never been a docile franchise, we were still surprised at just how ridiculous the “Western on wheels” – as creator George Miller described it – looks with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron leading the cast. Check it out for yourself below.

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Tom Hardy takes on Mad Max

It’s the first trailer for the fourth Mad Max: Fury Road, and it follows a slew of new pictures and information all revealed surrounding this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Set in a dystopian future in the plains of arid Australia, Max is charged with combating crazed gangs that roam the lands on emphatically – and terrifyingly - decorated vehicles. 

More: Director George Miller Speaks On Purposely Avoiding Use Of CGI In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

One of the more prominent aspect of this new trailer, considering it doesn’t enlighten us with regards to plot, beyond what we already know anyway, is the stunt work, which is aided by incredibly realistic explosions and, of course, slow motion. "We decided to literally do every car that’s smashed is smashed, every stunt is a real human being, even the actors do a lot of their own stunts, and so on," Miller said of the film’s stunt work. 

Hardy, who is currently filming “Legend” in which he plays both Ronald and Reggie Cray, has the daunting task of taking on the Max mantle – a character beloved in cult circles and one that is sure to garner more attention now that the Dark Knight actor is centre stage. His performance as Bane certainly galvanised a large section of comic-book aficionados. 

More: check out this mammoth picture piece from Mad Max: Fury Road

"Of course it's based on the same character that they'll play, the lone warrior in the wasteland disengaged from the rest of the world," explained Miller in a press conference. "But naturally Tom brings his Tom Hardy-ness to it, and the story is different to some degree. The character is different to some degree."

Watch the teaser trailer for Mad Max below
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While Mad Max has never been a docile franchise, we were still surprised at just how ridiculous the “Western on wheels” – as creator George Miller described it – looks with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron leading the cast. Check it out for yourself below.

Mad Max
Tom Hardy takes on Mad Max

It’s the first trailer for the fourth Mad Max: Fury Road, and it follows a slew of new pictures and information all revealed surrounding this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Set in a dystopian future in the plains of arid Australia, Max is charged with combating crazed gangs that roam the lands on emphatically – and terrifyingly - decorated vehicles. 

More: Director George Miller Speaks On Purposely Avoiding Use Of CGI In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

One of the more prominent aspect of this new trailer, considering it doesn’t enlighten us with regards to plot, beyond what we already know anyway, is the stunt work, which is aided by incredibly realistic explosions and, of course, slow motion. "We decided to literally do every car that’s smashed is smashed, every stunt is a real human being, even the actors do a lot of their own stunts, and so on," Miller said of the film’s stunt work. 

Hardy, who is currently filming “Legend” in which he plays both Ronald and Reggie Cray, has the daunting task of taking on the Max mantle – a character beloved in cult circles and one that is sure to garner more attention now that the Dark Knight actor is centre stage. His performance as Bane certainly galvanised a large section of comic-book aficionados. 

More: check out this mammoth picture piece from Mad Max: Fury Road

"Of course it's based on the same character that they'll play, the lone warrior in the wasteland disengaged from the rest of the world," explained Miller in a press conference. "But naturally Tom brings his Tom Hardy-ness to it, and the story is different to some degree. The character is different to some degree."

Watch the teaser trailer for Mad Max below
4304169-0;noautoplay; Mad Max: Fury Road - First Look Trailer - 28.07.2014 12:19:37

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Max Rockatansky is a formidable traveller of the Australian outback, still fighting against the dystopian setting whereby population is low and resources are few. He is still suffering from past traumas - the loss of his family due to rogue criminals - and is scarred from his frequent rescue missions of the various tribes he has come across over the decades. This time, however, he is more prepared than ever to deal with the ever growing brutality of the ruffians out to kill him, and as usual he is prepared to be just as savage in order to survive. It's been a long time since any kind of law and order was held in the world, so sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. On his latest journey for peace, he meets Furiosa; a woman desperate to live life once again and is convinced that her childhood hometown on the other side of the desert holds the key to tranquility in her life.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' is the fourth installment of the dystopian action franchise which began with the first movie in 1979. Once again the movie series sees Oscar winning director George Miller ('Happy Feet', 'Babe: Pig in the City', 'The Witches of Eastwick') at the helm, who co-wrote the screenplay alongside Nick Lathouris and Brendan McCarthy. It hits movie theaters in 2015.

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A Week In Movies: Guardians Holds Two Premieres, Plus First Glimpses Of Fifty Shades, The Imitation Game And Mad Max: Fury Road 4301412 News

Guardians of the Galaxy

In the wake of especially strong buzz from critics who have seen the film, the cast of  assembled for their world premiere in Los Angeles this week, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker. They then dashed across to London for a Leicester Square premiere, where they were joined by Disney/Marvel colleagues Mark Hamill and Chris Hemsworth, plus Diesel's Fast & Furious costar Elsa Pataky. The film opens next week. Browse through our gallery of the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy - Los Angeles, California, USA. We also have some shots of celebrities at the 'Guardians of Galaxy' premiere in London.

Luc Besson's new action romp Lucy opens today in the US and next month in the UK. In a new short feature, Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman give a backstage look at working with Besson on the movie, including glimpses of the crew filming elaborate action scenes. The clip ends with a brief trailer for the finished film. Watch 'Lucy - Luc Besson' Featurette.

Opening in September, Get on Up is a biopic about Godfather of Soul James Brown, played by Chadwick Boseman (42) alongside Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help), the film looks colourful and extremely energetic. Watch 'Get On Up' International Trailer.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
There's another clever viral trailer this week for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, featuring Donald Sutherland as President Snow addressing the population of Panem. Although this time there's an unexpected interruption. The film hits cinemas in November. Watch 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - Mockingjay Lives' Teaser Trailer.

It was announced this week that Benedict Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game will open this year's London Film Festival in October. And a new trailer promises a strikingly strong biographical drama about Alan Turing, the computer pioneer who helped crack Germany's Enigma code and shift the course of World War II. Cumberbatch instantly leaps to the front of the Oscar race for the film, which costars Keira Knightley and Mark Strong. It opens in November. Watch 'The Imitation Game' Teaser Trailer.

A new trailer also arrived this week for the hotly anticipated adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, even though it doesn't open until next February. The film stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, and the trailer's pretty steamy. It caused a meltdown on Twitter. Watch 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Trailer.

Mad Max: Fury Road

And more than 30 years after his last Mad Max movie, and a decade after he started work on a follow-up, filmmaker George Miller released an extensive set of photos for his reboot Mad Max: Fury Road, which stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. Most of the movie was shot in Namibia in 2009, but production has continued over the last five years. The film finally opens next May. 'Mad Max: Fury Road' - New Stills and Poster Appear From Comic Con [Pictures].

Guardians of the Galaxy

In the wake of especially strong buzz from critics who have seen the film, the cast of  assembled for their world premiere in Los Angeles this week, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker. They then dashed across to London for a Leicester Square premiere, where they were joined by Disney/Marvel colleagues Mark Hamill and Chris Hemsworth, plus Diesel's Fast & Furious costar Elsa Pataky. The film opens next week. Browse through our gallery of the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy - Los Angeles, California, USA. We also have some shots of celebrities at the 'Guardians of Galaxy' premiere in London.

Luc Besson's new action romp Lucy opens today in the US and next month in the UK. In a new short feature, Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman give a backstage look at working with Besson on the movie, including glimpses of the crew filming elaborate action scenes. The clip ends with a brief trailer for the finished film. Watch 'Lucy - Luc Besson' Featurette.

Opening in September, Get on Up is a biopic about Godfather of Soul James Brown, played by Chadwick Boseman (42) alongside Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis and Dan Aykroyd. Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help), the film looks colourful and extremely energetic. Watch 'Get On Up' International Trailer.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
There's another clever viral trailer this week for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, featuring Donald Sutherland as President Snow addressing the population of Panem. Although this time there's an unexpected interruption. The film hits cinemas in November. Watch 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 - Mockingjay Lives' Teaser Trailer.

It was announced this week that Benedict Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game will open this year's London Film Festival in October. And a new trailer promises a strikingly strong biographical drama about Alan Turing, the computer pioneer who helped crack Germany's Enigma code and shift the course of World War II. Cumberbatch instantly leaps to the front of the Oscar race for the film, which costars Keira Knightley and Mark Strong. It opens in November. Watch 'The Imitation Game' Teaser Trailer.

A new trailer also arrived this week for the hotly anticipated adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, even though it doesn't open until next February. The film stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, and the trailer's pretty steamy. It caused a meltdown on Twitter. Watch 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Trailer.

Mad Max: Fury Road

And more than 30 years after his last Mad Max movie, and a decade after he started work on a follow-up, filmmaker George Miller released an extensive set of photos for his reboot Mad Max: Fury Road, which stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. Most of the movie was shot in Namibia in 2009, but production has continued over the last five years. The film finally opens next May. 'Mad Max: Fury Road' - New Stills and Poster Appear From Comic Con [Pictures].

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' - New Stills and Poster Appear From Comic Con [Pictures] 4299698 News

Max Max: Fury Road was one of the most anticipated films at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, and in line with the film’s extended coverage, an exclusive piece of Comic Con Artwork alongside a selection of first look stills has been released for your consummate delectation.

Tom HardyTom Hardy as the weathered motorcycle enforcer, Mad Max

It's been nearly 30 years since the last sequel in the franchise hit theatres, becoming the top-grossing Australian film and holding the Guinness record for most profitable film for decades. The plot sees the titular character fight delinquency in a dystopian future filled with zealot motorcycle gangs and high crime.

More: Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Put the 'Fury' in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Fury Road sees Tom Hardy step into the fold as Mad Max himself. Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicholas Hoult and Zoë Kravitz also star in the film, which has been in the franchise creator, George Miller’s mind since at least 2003, when he announced that a script had been written for a new film.

The project was then plunged into insecurity following “development hell”. Political sensitivities then took hold as filming locations such as Namibia proving to be a security concern following the U.S’s decision to tighten travel and shipping restrictions. The Iraq war then provided what looked like the final nail as Mad Max’s plot was considered to be politically incendiary. 

Mad MaxGeorge Miller's latest vision of a dystopian future

But production picked up, and the casting of Tom Hardy in the lead role really helped to gather momentum for the film, which, according to Jason Boland – an Australian Photographer who has been taking stills on the set for Mad Max: Fury Road “is going to be epic."

Next page: see more pictures from 'Mad Max: Fury Road'.

 

He added to the Sydney Morning Herald: "What [production designer] Colin Gibson and George have done creating that world, it's so exciting for people involved in the process. It quite possibly could reinvigorate the whole live-action action film again." He also spoke on Hardy, saying: “And Tom is intense. He's going to be a great Mad Max."

Mad Max: Fury Road will hit theaters on May 15 2015.

Mad Max: Fury RoadCrazed gangs terrorize the arid landscape

Nicholas Hoult in Mad MaxNicholas Hoult transforms from the kid that threw a loaf of bread at a duck once

Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult in Mad MaxHoult, Theron star in Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road posterThe official poster for 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road

Tom Hardy playing Mad MaxHardy deals some serious damage as Mad Max

Charlize Theron in Mad Max Fury RoadTheron is almost unrecognisable in Mad Max: Fury Road

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Max Max: Fury Road was one of the most anticipated films at the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, and in line with the film’s extended coverage, an exclusive piece of Comic Con Artwork alongside a selection of first look stills has been released for your consummate delectation.

Tom HardyTom Hardy as the weathered motorcycle enforcer, Mad Max

It's been nearly 30 years since the last sequel in the franchise hit theatres, becoming the top-grossing Australian film and holding the Guinness record for most profitable film for decades. The plot sees the titular character fight delinquency in a dystopian future filled with zealot motorcycle gangs and high crime.

More: Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Put the 'Fury' in 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Fury Road sees Tom Hardy step into the fold as Mad Max himself. Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicholas Hoult and Zoë Kravitz also star in the film, which has been in the franchise creator, George Miller’s mind since at least 2003, when he announced that a script had been written for a new film.

The project was then plunged into insecurity following “development hell”. Political sensitivities then took hold as filming locations such as Namibia proving to be a security concern following the U.S’s decision to tighten travel and shipping restrictions. The Iraq war then provided what looked like the final nail as Mad Max’s plot was considered to be politically incendiary. 

Mad MaxGeorge Miller's latest vision of a dystopian future

But production picked up, and the casting of Tom Hardy in the lead role really helped to gather momentum for the film, which, according to Jason Boland – an Australian Photographer who has been taking stills on the set for Mad Max: Fury Road “is going to be epic."

Next page: see more pictures from 'Mad Max: Fury Road'.

 

He added to the Sydney Morning Herald: "What [production designer] Colin Gibson and George have done creating that world, it's so exciting for people involved in the process. It quite possibly could reinvigorate the whole live-action action film again." He also spoke on Hardy, saying: “And Tom is intense. He's going to be a great Mad Max."

Mad Max: Fury Road will hit theaters on May 15 2015.

Mad Max: Fury RoadCrazed gangs terrorize the arid landscape

Nicholas Hoult in Mad MaxNicholas Hoult transforms from the kid that threw a loaf of bread at a duck once

Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult in Mad MaxHoult, Theron star in Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road posterThe official poster for 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road

Tom Hardy playing Mad MaxHardy deals some serious damage as Mad Max

Charlize Theron in Mad Max Fury RoadTheron is almost unrecognisable in Mad Max: Fury Road

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Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron Put the 'Fury' in 'Mad Max: Fury Road' 4268267 News

On July 25th, "Entertainment Weekly" released the first images for their July 4th issue featuring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron clad in dystopian military garb. This is some of the first press materials for the reboot of the classic Australian action franchise Mad Max. 

Tom HardyTom Hardy stars in Mad Max [Photo: Getty images, credit: Ben Pruchnie]

George Miller, the man who first brought Mad Max to the big screen returned to helm this new installment of the beloved post-apocalyptic action series. According to Miller, the film keeps the dialogue to a minimum, opting instead for blistering action sequences and threadbare characterization.  "I wanted to tell a linear story-a chase that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes," the filmmaker told "EW." 

The film was shot in Namibia's desert for seven grueling months in order to capture the vivid desolation that the creators envisioned for their epic actioner. Taking up Mel Gibson's mantel this time round is Tom Hardy as the iconic Max Rockatansky, while Charlize Theron will play the formidable Imperator Furiousa, a tough-as-nails commander (and likely partner in crime for Max) whose left hand is replaced by what appears to be a steel claw. Hardy explained the formidable challenge of filming a major motion picture to "EW." "It was mental in a brilliant way," said Hardy. "You have no concrete, no coffee shops. We were in the middle of a sandpit."

More: Why 2014/2015 could be Tom Hardy's time to shine

In updating the franchise, the director is working with a significantly larger budget than his '70s and '80s creations, Miller has adopted CGI and modern film-making techniques to heighten the visceral quality of the film, while staying true to the ideas that made the originals such classics. "In this crucible of very intense action, the characters are revealed," Miller said. 

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron costars in 'Mad Max' [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Jason Merritt]

The film will also feature a who's who of young Hollywood including Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Riley Keough. It's safe to say that industry execs have build not just a new addition to the series, but the modest hopes of restarting the franchise. 

Since the inception of the "Max Mad" films, Miller has gone on to create several other noteworthy films including the feature film adaptation of John Updike's novel The Witches of Eastwick featuring Jack Nicholson and the Happy Feet films, but no other project is so closely associated with the Australian director than the films that brought then 23-year-old  Mel Gibson into the spotlight for the very first time. Miller tells "Entertainment Weekly" that his concept for Fury Road actually came to him in 2000, but the idea took over a decade to make its way into production. Mad Max: Fury Road is currently slated for May 2015.

More: Tom Hardy joins Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Revenant'

On July 25th, "Entertainment Weekly" released the first images for their July 4th issue featuring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron clad in dystopian military garb. This is some of the first press materials for the reboot of the classic Australian action franchise Mad Max. 

Tom HardyTom Hardy stars in Mad Max [Photo: Getty images, credit: Ben Pruchnie]

George Miller, the man who first brought Mad Max to the big screen returned to helm this new installment of the beloved post-apocalyptic action series. According to Miller, the film keeps the dialogue to a minimum, opting instead for blistering action sequences and threadbare characterization.  "I wanted to tell a linear story-a chase that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes," the filmmaker told "EW." 

The film was shot in Namibia's desert for seven grueling months in order to capture the vivid desolation that the creators envisioned for their epic actioner. Taking up Mel Gibson's mantel this time round is Tom Hardy as the iconic Max Rockatansky, while Charlize Theron will play the formidable Imperator Furiousa, a tough-as-nails commander (and likely partner in crime for Max) whose left hand is replaced by what appears to be a steel claw. Hardy explained the formidable challenge of filming a major motion picture to "EW." "It was mental in a brilliant way," said Hardy. "You have no concrete, no coffee shops. We were in the middle of a sandpit."

More: Why 2014/2015 could be Tom Hardy's time to shine

In updating the franchise, the director is working with a significantly larger budget than his '70s and '80s creations, Miller has adopted CGI and modern film-making techniques to heighten the visceral quality of the film, while staying true to the ideas that made the originals such classics. "In this crucible of very intense action, the characters are revealed," Miller said. 

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron costars in 'Mad Max' [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Jason Merritt]

The film will also feature a who's who of young Hollywood including Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Riley Keough. It's safe to say that industry execs have build not just a new addition to the series, but the modest hopes of restarting the franchise. 

Since the inception of the "Max Mad" films, Miller has gone on to create several other noteworthy films including the feature film adaptation of John Updike's novel The Witches of Eastwick featuring Jack Nicholson and the Happy Feet films, but no other project is so closely associated with the Australian director than the films that brought then 23-year-old  Mel Gibson into the spotlight for the very first time. Miller tells "Entertainment Weekly" that his concept for Fury Road actually came to him in 2000, but the idea took over a decade to make its way into production. Mad Max: Fury Road is currently slated for May 2015.

More: Tom Hardy joins Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Revenant'

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Gwyneth Paltrow Finds Googling Herself ‘Like War’ While Charlize Theron Likens It To ‘Rape’: Backlash Grows Over Actresses Insensitive Comments 4222424 News

While speaking to tech site Re/Code on Tuesday (25th), Gwyneth Paltrow chose to liken reading negative comments about herself online to war. Then, days later, Charlize Theron caused outrage when she compared her experiences of Googling herself to rape in an interview with Sky News. Unsurprisingly both actresses' comments have been met with a furore of online backlash with many asking how the two women could be so insensitive.

Charlize TheronCharlize's comments have caused outrage in recent days

Paltrow said on Tuesday,”You come across [online comments] about yourself and your friends, and it’s a very dehumanising thing.” Adding “It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanising thing, and then something is defined out of it. My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience."

Her words immediately angered many online, including Cindy McCain, wife of US Senator and Vietnam veteran John who wrote on Twitter, “Gwyneth Paltrow is a joke. Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke!” Adding, “My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her.”

More: Backlash Over Gwyneth Paltrow's War Comment

Then there was Charlize Theron who, while on the promotional tour for comedy, A Million Ways To Die In The West was asked by a Sky News reporter if she’s ever Googled herself. Theron replied “I don’t do that, so that’s my saving grace. When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start I guess feeling raped.”

Twitter users were quick to criticise Charlize for her comments with one writing "She should try telling that to a real rape victim”, and another adding, "how stupid to comment about press intrusion the same as being raped. Makes my blood boil!!”

More: Did Charlize Theron Cross The Line When Comparing Intrusive Press To Rape?

For many both comments have gone to show just how out of touch celebrities can be with real, serious issues. After all, planet Hollywood is often in its own little bubble, which doesn't often incorporate the harsh realities faced by many in day to day life. As some have pointed out, Paltrow, who as the daughter of an actress and a director in Hollywood, enjoyed a privileged upbringing, incomparable to the lives of those facing death during war.

Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth likened online hate to war earlier in the week

But in contrast Charlize suffered an abusive upbringing with an alcoholic father who was later shot and killed by her mother after suffering years of abuse. She also filmed a television advertisement on behalf of Cape Town Rape Crisis in 1999 and was named a UN Messenger of Peace in 2008. So, shouldn't she have known better?

Both actresses' are yet to apologise for the remarks but the media storm is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Maybe next time Charlize and Gwyneth will choose their words a little more carefully, especially if they're looking for public sympathy.

While speaking to tech site Re/Code on Tuesday (25th), Gwyneth Paltrow chose to liken reading negative comments about herself online to war. Then, days later, Charlize Theron caused outrage when she compared her experiences of Googling herself to rape in an interview with Sky News. Unsurprisingly both actresses' comments have been met with a furore of online backlash with many asking how the two women could be so insensitive.

Charlize TheronCharlize's comments have caused outrage in recent days

Paltrow said on Tuesday,”You come across [online comments] about yourself and your friends, and it’s a very dehumanising thing.” Adding “It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanising thing, and then something is defined out of it. My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience."

Her words immediately angered many online, including Cindy McCain, wife of US Senator and Vietnam veteran John who wrote on Twitter, “Gwyneth Paltrow is a joke. Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke!” Adding, “My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her.”

More: Backlash Over Gwyneth Paltrow's War Comment

Then there was Charlize Theron who, while on the promotional tour for comedy, A Million Ways To Die In The West was asked by a Sky News reporter if she’s ever Googled herself. Theron replied “I don’t do that, so that’s my saving grace. When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start I guess feeling raped.”

Twitter users were quick to criticise Charlize for her comments with one writing "She should try telling that to a real rape victim”, and another adding, "how stupid to comment about press intrusion the same as being raped. Makes my blood boil!!”

More: Did Charlize Theron Cross The Line When Comparing Intrusive Press To Rape?

For many both comments have gone to show just how out of touch celebrities can be with real, serious issues. After all, planet Hollywood is often in its own little bubble, which doesn't often incorporate the harsh realities faced by many in day to day life. As some have pointed out, Paltrow, who as the daughter of an actress and a director in Hollywood, enjoyed a privileged upbringing, incomparable to the lives of those facing death during war.

Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth likened online hate to war earlier in the week

But in contrast Charlize suffered an abusive upbringing with an alcoholic father who was later shot and killed by her mother after suffering years of abuse. She also filmed a television advertisement on behalf of Cape Town Rape Crisis in 1999 and was named a UN Messenger of Peace in 2008. So, shouldn't she have known better?

Both actresses' are yet to apologise for the remarks but the media storm is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Maybe next time Charlize and Gwyneth will choose their words a little more carefully, especially if they're looking for public sympathy.

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Did Charlize Theron Cross The Line When Comparing Intrusive Press To Rape? 4221367 News

Charlize Theron may have gone too far with her most recent derogatory comments.

The 38 year-old actress is feeling the backlash of making a very inappropriate comparison while speaking with Sky news.

Press are known for being intrusive, but according to Theron, being subjected to the media's scrutiny is the same as being raped and that "every aspect" of her life is just "fodder for an article."

The Hollywood star made the comparison when the reporter asked her if she Google's herself. "I don't do that, so that's my saving grace," she said. "When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped."

But when given the chance to rectify making such an unnecessary statement, Theron chose to stick to her word.

"Well, when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe it's just me," she explained. "Some people might relish in all that stuff but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I am very protective over them."

However, living in the life isn't all bad, and Theron did express a little gratitude for having such a glamorous lifestyle.

"I can't be concerned about what some idiot is going to write online about my short skirt or something like that," she said. "Yes, to fly first class to London, to be able to do that with my son and my family, I am definitely not jaded about any of that stuff. But it doesn't mean that every aspect of my life all of a sudden becomes fodder for an article."

Since this interview was published many have taken to social media to criticize the Academy-Award winner for her comments.

MORE: Charlize Theron: Red Carpet Events Are Weird

One Twitter user wrote, "She should try telling that to a real rape victim, and another added, "How stupid to comment about press intrusion the same as being raped. Makes my blood boil!!"

MORE:  Charlize Theron Is Happily Unmarried

Charlize has yet to apologize for her remarks.

Charlize Theron
Theron received a heavy backlash from social media for the "rape" comment

Charlize Theron may have gone too far with her most recent derogatory comments.

The 38 year-old actress is feeling the backlash of making a very inappropriate comparison while speaking with Sky news.

Press are known for being intrusive, but according to Theron, being subjected to the media's scrutiny is the same as being raped and that "every aspect" of her life is just "fodder for an article."

The Hollywood star made the comparison when the reporter asked her if she Google's herself. "I don't do that, so that's my saving grace," she said. "When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped."

But when given the chance to rectify making such an unnecessary statement, Theron chose to stick to her word.

"Well, when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe it's just me," she explained. "Some people might relish in all that stuff but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I am very protective over them."

However, living in the life isn't all bad, and Theron did express a little gratitude for having such a glamorous lifestyle.

"I can't be concerned about what some idiot is going to write online about my short skirt or something like that," she said. "Yes, to fly first class to London, to be able to do that with my son and my family, I am definitely not jaded about any of that stuff. But it doesn't mean that every aspect of my life all of a sudden becomes fodder for an article."

Since this interview was published many have taken to social media to criticize the Academy-Award winner for her comments.

MORE: Charlize Theron: Red Carpet Events Are Weird

One Twitter user wrote, "She should try telling that to a real rape victim, and another added, "How stupid to comment about press intrusion the same as being raped. Makes my blood boil!!"

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Charlize has yet to apologize for her remarks.

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Theron received a heavy backlash from social media for the "rape" comment

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'A Million Ways to Die in the West' Is Grown-Up, Gross-Out Comedy 4221087 News

After Judd Apatow relaunched the adult comedy in 2005 with The 40 Year Old Virgin, he has dominated the genre by collaborating with his pals from his iconic 1999 TV series Freaks & Geeks, including James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel.

A Million Ways to Die in the WestSeth MacFarlane in 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

This expanding team of actors and filmmakers are responsible for everything from Anchorman to Forgetting Sarah Marshall to Pineapple Express to Bridesmaids, not to mention the hit TV series Girls. In 2009, Todd Phillips briefly threatened Apatow's dominance with The Hangover, but neither the sequels nor Phillips' other feature Due Date caught on.

More: read our full review of 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

Enter Seth MacFarlane, who created his own empire on television with the animated series The Cleveland Show, American Dad and Family Guy. He made the convincing leap to the big screen with Ted in 2012, hosted the Oscars in 2013 and now returns to cinemas with his Blazing Saddles-style Western lampoon in A Million Ways to Die in the West, in which he also makes his leading-man debut.

The script may rely a bit too heavily on the easiest vulgar jokes imaginable, and MacFarlane's anachronistically scrubbed-up face and one-note performance may limit him as an actor, but the film keeps audiences laughing all the way through. And with Ted 2 on the way next year, it looks like MacFarlane has only just begun his ascent to become king of the adult comedy market.

More: watch the trailer for 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

After Judd Apatow relaunched the adult comedy in 2005 with The 40 Year Old Virgin, he has dominated the genre by collaborating with his pals from his iconic 1999 TV series Freaks & Geeks, including James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel.

A Million Ways to Die in the WestSeth MacFarlane in 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

This expanding team of actors and filmmakers are responsible for everything from Anchorman to Forgetting Sarah Marshall to Pineapple Express to Bridesmaids, not to mention the hit TV series Girls. In 2009, Todd Phillips briefly threatened Apatow's dominance with The Hangover, but neither the sequels nor Phillips' other feature Due Date caught on.

More: read our full review of 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

Enter Seth MacFarlane, who created his own empire on television with the animated series The Cleveland Show, American Dad and Family Guy. He made the convincing leap to the big screen with Ted in 2012, hosted the Oscars in 2013 and now returns to cinemas with his Blazing Saddles-style Western lampoon in A Million Ways to Die in the West, in which he also makes his leading-man debut.

The script may rely a bit too heavily on the easiest vulgar jokes imaginable, and MacFarlane's anachronistically scrubbed-up face and one-note performance may limit him as an actor, but the film keeps audiences laughing all the way through. And with Ted 2 on the way next year, it looks like MacFarlane has only just begun his ascent to become king of the adult comedy market.

More: watch the trailer for 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

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'A Million Ways To Die In The West': Should We Listen To Critics? 4220987 News

A Million Ways To Die In The West is released today in the US and UK and will surely be a huge draw for fans who enjoyed Seth Macfarlane's last comedy, Ted. The Family Guy star's wicked and often inappropriate sense of humour proved a huge hit with his debut live action movie but critics have warned that the formula isn't necessarily repeated in the comedian's sophomore effort.

The comedy has hit a bum note on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, accruing an embarrassing 33% rating amongst reviewers. The Telegraph's Tim Robey barks out angry and wounding soundbites such as "flatly atrocious" and "unamusing tumbleweed" but offers a nugget for the more immature fans: "if you want to find out how much scope the Old West contains for jokes about violent bowel movements, this is very much a movie for you."

The Guardian's Mike McCahill gives the movie a similarly low rating, saying "Fans of Ted's aggressively scattershot misanthropy may be left wanting by Seth MacFarlane's mock-western follow-up" before adding "the dragging pace means the overall hit rate is down on even late-period Family Guy."

More: Seth Macfarlane paranoid about pizza delivery booby traps.

"MacFarlane is a very funny dude, and there are times "A Million Ways to Die" is indeed funny," begins the LA Times' Betsy Sharkey before taking her review on a turn for the worse with criticisms such as "half-baked" and "problematic rather than provocative."

"MacFarlane's scenes play very much like his appearances on talk shows, a smart, funny guy with an slightly goofy grin, though a few moments in "West" edge closer to his 2013 gig hosting the Oscars, remembered mostly for its meanness," the critic states.

Watch the 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' trailer here.

Meanwhile, The Examiner gives the movie a solid but unremarkable three star rating, describing the picture as a collection of Macfarlane's "sophomoric gags with his usual brand of wit to make for a funny but uneven jaunt into tumbleweed territory."

Travis Hopson identifies Theron as the star of the show, saying "Theron proves to be the real comedic heavyweight as the tough-as-nails Anna, knocking down preconceived notions of a female's place in that society."

However, he fails to chuckle at Macfarlane, who "dabbles in exploring deeper themes but more often than not gives way to an endless stream of fart and poop jokes, profanity, and labored racial humor."

More: Seth Macfarlane wants to release a Christmas album with Norah Jones.

Should we be deterred? Well, Macfarlane's comedies are never exactly going to be classed as high-brow but it should at least be ensured that the jokes and gags keep rolling until the credits. If you enjoyed Ted, you're sure to be set of chuckling by a view of the movie's cheeky red-band trailer which gives a glimpse into the typically toe-curling set-ups and politically inappropriate hilarity.

A Million Ways To Die In The West is released today in the USA and UK.

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Seth Macfarlane's 'A Million Ways...' Hasn't Sat Well With Critics, But Who Really Cares Anyway?

A Million Ways To Die In The West is released today in the US and UK and will surely be a huge draw for fans who enjoyed Seth Macfarlane's last comedy, Ted. The Family Guy star's wicked and often inappropriate sense of humour proved a huge hit with his debut live action movie but critics have warned that the formula isn't necessarily repeated in the comedian's sophomore effort.

The comedy has hit a bum note on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, accruing an embarrassing 33% rating amongst reviewers. The Telegraph's Tim Robey barks out angry and wounding soundbites such as "flatly atrocious" and "unamusing tumbleweed" but offers a nugget for the more immature fans: "if you want to find out how much scope the Old West contains for jokes about violent bowel movements, this is very much a movie for you."

The Guardian's Mike McCahill gives the movie a similarly low rating, saying "Fans of Ted's aggressively scattershot misanthropy may be left wanting by Seth MacFarlane's mock-western follow-up" before adding "the dragging pace means the overall hit rate is down on even late-period Family Guy."

More: Seth Macfarlane paranoid about pizza delivery booby traps.

"MacFarlane is a very funny dude, and there are times "A Million Ways to Die" is indeed funny," begins the LA Times' Betsy Sharkey before taking her review on a turn for the worse with criticisms such as "half-baked" and "problematic rather than provocative."

"MacFarlane's scenes play very much like his appearances on talk shows, a smart, funny guy with an slightly goofy grin, though a few moments in "West" edge closer to his 2013 gig hosting the Oscars, remembered mostly for its meanness," the critic states.

Watch the 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' trailer here.

Meanwhile, The Examiner gives the movie a solid but unremarkable three star rating, describing the picture as a collection of Macfarlane's "sophomoric gags with his usual brand of wit to make for a funny but uneven jaunt into tumbleweed territory."

Travis Hopson identifies Theron as the star of the show, saying "Theron proves to be the real comedic heavyweight as the tough-as-nails Anna, knocking down preconceived notions of a female's place in that society."

However, he fails to chuckle at Macfarlane, who "dabbles in exploring deeper themes but more often than not gives way to an endless stream of fart and poop jokes, profanity, and labored racial humor."

More: Seth Macfarlane wants to release a Christmas album with Norah Jones.

Should we be deterred? Well, Macfarlane's comedies are never exactly going to be classed as high-brow but it should at least be ensured that the jokes and gags keep rolling until the credits. If you enjoyed Ted, you're sure to be set of chuckling by a view of the movie's cheeky red-band trailer which gives a glimpse into the typically toe-curling set-ups and politically inappropriate hilarity.

A Million Ways To Die In The West is released today in the USA and UK.

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Seth Macfarlane's 'A Million Ways...' Hasn't Sat Well With Critics, But Who Really Cares Anyway?

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Charlize Theron Likens Press Intrusion To Rape As She Promotes 'A Million Ways' 4220900 News

Charlize Theron has spoken out on the subject of the media and how she is tired of being pursued and scrutinised by the press at her every turn. The South African-born actress likened the media's feverish interest in her personal life to rape and didn't back down when challenged about the strong comparison she had just made.

"I don't [Google myself] - that's my saving grace," she told Sky News in a video interview as the conversation moved on to her portrayal in the gossip media. "When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped," she added sternly.

When quizzed as to whether she meant to use rape as a comparable sentiment, the actress replied: "Well, when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe it's just me. Some people might relish in all that stuff but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I am very protective over them.

More: Charlize Theron thought she was going to die on set of new film.

"I don't always win that war but as long as I don't have to see that stuff or read that stuff or hear that stuff then I can live with my head in a clear space, which is probably a lot healthier than living in that dark room," Charlize continued.

Watch the 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' trailer.

Theron is currently promoting her latest movie, the Seth Macfarlane comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West, but the Sky interviewer noted that a great deal of the press coverage surrounding the actress had been centred on the length of her skirt or the cut of her tops.

Watch Charlize Theron's video interview here.

Theron was solemn in her response, saying "I can't be concerned about what some idiot is going to write online about my short skirt, I can only take responsibility for myself." However, she did admit that her life was better for having such a high paid job.

More: Charlize Theron lashes out at Chelsea Handler over gluten-free gift.

"There is a part of my job that is incredibly lovely - to fly first class to London, to be able to do that with my son and my family and I am definitely not jaded by any of that," she said, adding "My job has made my life incredibly blessed and good and I am very grateful for that, but it does not mean that every aspect of my life all of a sudden becomes fodder for an article.

"I try to protect against that as much as I can."

Charlize Theron
Charlize Has Spoken Out On The Subject Of Press Intrusion.

Charlize Theron has spoken out on the subject of the media and how she is tired of being pursued and scrutinised by the press at her every turn. The South African-born actress likened the media's feverish interest in her personal life to rape and didn't back down when challenged about the strong comparison she had just made.

"I don't [Google myself] - that's my saving grace," she told Sky News in a video interview as the conversation moved on to her portrayal in the gossip media. "When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling raped," she added sternly.

When quizzed as to whether she meant to use rape as a comparable sentiment, the actress replied: "Well, when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe it's just me. Some people might relish in all that stuff but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I am very protective over them.

More: Charlize Theron thought she was going to die on set of new film.

"I don't always win that war but as long as I don't have to see that stuff or read that stuff or hear that stuff then I can live with my head in a clear space, which is probably a lot healthier than living in that dark room," Charlize continued.

Watch the 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' trailer.

Theron is currently promoting her latest movie, the Seth Macfarlane comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West, but the Sky interviewer noted that a great deal of the press coverage surrounding the actress had been centred on the length of her skirt or the cut of her tops.

Watch Charlize Theron's video interview here.

Theron was solemn in her response, saying "I can't be concerned about what some idiot is going to write online about my short skirt, I can only take responsibility for myself." However, she did admit that her life was better for having such a high paid job.

More: Charlize Theron lashes out at Chelsea Handler over gluten-free gift.

"There is a part of my job that is incredibly lovely - to fly first class to London, to be able to do that with my son and my family and I am definitely not jaded by any of that," she said, adding "My job has made my life incredibly blessed and good and I am very grateful for that, but it does not mean that every aspect of my life all of a sudden becomes fodder for an article.

"I try to protect against that as much as I can."

Charlize Theron
Charlize Has Spoken Out On The Subject Of Press Intrusion.

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