02:29 PM EDT 05/06/2013
Originally posted 05/03/2013 12:55PM
A megalomaniacal terrorist unleashes a rash of bombings across the United States. Innocent people die. A nation reels in horror. No, these aren’t the latest headlines – they're the set-up of the latest Iron Man movie, already igniting controversy.
For some viewers, that plotline about a terrorist known as The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) cuts too closely to the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by the Tsarnaev brothers earlier this month. It certainly caused a hush to fall over the crowd at the film's glitzy Los Angeles premiere at the El Capitan Theatre last week.
The film's stars addressed the issue at a press conference last week, with Don Cheadle (who plays Col. James Rhodes) stressing that the film was finished well before the bombings earlier this month, and that there is no political agenda.
"The job of this film is to entertain," he said. "That's what we're hoping to do."
Originally posted 03/08/2012 01:30PM
The film KONY 2012 premiered Monday March 5, at 12 p.m. PST. By noon Thursday, more than 35 million views had registered on YouTube.
With the help of Facebook and Twitter, Jason Russell's documentary has even captured the attention of celebrities including Ryan Gosling, Rihanna, Oprah and Justin Bieber.
The slickly produced 30-minute video follows Russell's efforts since 2006 to raise awareness around the world about Uganda's guerrilla leader Joseph Kony, whose terrifying actions have landed him the top spot of the International Criminal Court's most wanted list. Kony's rebel group has kidnapped thousands of children, turning the boys into child soldiers and the girls into sex slaves.
In a determination to "make Kony a household name," so that Uganda military can find and arrest him, Russell has met with key politicians and his Invisible Children campaign has targeted 20 "culture-makers," including Tim Tebow, Angelina Jolie, Ryan Seacrest and Taylor Swift.
Originally posted 10/14/2008 12:20PM
Robert Downey Jr. will be getting a new sidekick in Iron Man 2.
Don Cheadle is replacing Terrence Howard in the sequel, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Cheadle, 43, will step in as Jim Rhodes, best friend to Downey's Tony Stark/Iron Man, who in the Iron Man comic books later becomes the armor-wearing hero War Machine.
Originally posted 06/30/2008 01:00PM
Don Cheadle was honored at the Los Angeles Film Festival Sunday night by actress Halle Berry, who gave a personal – and informative – speech about her fellow actor.
After congratulating Cheadle, 43, whom she affectionately calls "Che Che," on receiving the Spirit of Independence Award, Berry coyly told the audience which included Jennifer Beals, Julia Nixon, Illeanna Douglas, and Loretta Devine: "I'm here to tell you tonight what you don’t know about Don Cheadle."
In Halle Berry's own words, here are some fun facts about the Hotel Rwanda actor:
Originally posted 12/13/2007 02:50PM
George Clooney and Don Cheadle accepted the Peace Summit Award Thursday for their work bringing attention to the atrocities in the Darfur Region of the Sudan.
"Don and I are here today to speak for those voices that can't be heard over the sound of the violence. We're here to plead for help," Clooney said during a news conference in Rome where the ceremony was held.
Originally posted 11/26/2007 08:00PM
George Clooney and Don Cheadle will be sharing a prestigious honor for their efforts to bring peace to Africa's war-torn Darfur region, awarded by a collection of Nobel laureates.
The 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates – a group that includes former Soviet President Michael Gorbachev, former President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu – will present the actors with the 2007 Peace Summit Award at its annual meeting in Rome next month.
Originally posted 08/23/2005 10:15AM
Don Cheadle nabbed an Oscar nomination for his role as hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in 2004's critically acclaimed film Hotel Rwanda. But it was a recent trip to the country and neighboring states that made a lasting impression on Cheadle.
Originally posted 12/22/2004 06:00AM
Critics may be universally praising Don Cheadle's performance in Hotel Rwanda, but don't ask the actor to watch himself in the film, or in any other. "All I can see is everything I'm doing wrong that is a sham and a fraud," Cheadle, 40, told the Los Angeles Times. "I look at it like, 'Ugh, Don, you missed that. You weren't there in that moment. You liar!' "
Originally posted 12/20/2004 06:00AM
Some of Insider's favorite celebs are crisscrossing the globe for the holidays. Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross will jet from Los Angeles to the cold Northeast to see her family in Massachusetts where she plans to "sit around and open presents and eat," she tells us. Texan Hilary Duff plans to spend her first-ever Christmas in Los Angeles, as does Bostonian Mark Wahlberg and his 15-month-old daughter, Ella: "It's very weird with the pink houses and the palm trees and 80-degree weather. But my family's coming in from Boston, so it'll be nice." The O.C.'s Benjamin McKenzie will head to Vienna and Budapest on a family vacation. Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani, who spent time with his family in London last year, will trade-off and go see her family in Anaheim, Calif. Vanessa Carlton plans to go horseback riding in Arizona. Ashlee Simpson and her parents will head to Hawaii – "No cameras," she insists – while Usher heads off to St. Barts in the Caribbean: "It's cold. I gotta go somewhere warm." Party-hopper of the year Paris Hilton will celebrate Christmas with her family in Aspen before hitting Florida for double-duty on New Year's Eve: She'll open the new club Paris in Orlando, then jet to South Beach to count down to midnight at the Shelborne Beach Resort. Other members of the nightclub elite who have RSVP'd to ring in the new year there include Vin Diesel, Lindsay Lohan, Gisele Bundchen and Owen Wilson.
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