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Why Does Tom Cruise Do His Own Stunts?

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Why Does Tom Cruise Do His Own Stunts?
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It’s a fair question. Why does Tom Cruise do his own stunts?

In the trailer below there are some sneak peeks of the action in the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout and what is supposed to amaze us is that the star is putting his own life and limb at risk by actually being in the shots.

“Look!” (we’re supposed to think) “That’s really him jumping off a skyscraper and latching on to the the rotors of a Huey! Wow. That’s just dumb…”

Doesn’t he know that there are hundreds of stuntmen who would literally die for the job?

And plenty who already have…

That’s the point. A-List stars don’t even have to lift a cup of coffee on camera. There’s always a “stunt hand” crew member hanging around looking for work. Let’s not even get started on the butt doubles…

So, there has to be an angle to the strategy of conditioning an audience to expect to see Tom Cruise in the same kind of danger his character is facing.

Only, he kinda isn’t.

The people involved in setting up these, admittedly, eye-popping and nerve pulsing action sequences have made it all as “safe” as possible. But, one can only assume they’re even more elaborate and idiot-proof (hmmm…) because THE STAR OF THE MOVIE IS IN THEM!!!

Truth be told, although we can see it really is Tom, there’s no real chance to make this an acting chop. He’s always wearing the same face: “Outside I’m calm. Inside, I’m like, “Oh, Shhhhhhiii…!)”

The more likely reason behind this insane tactic is to make up for Tom Cruise’s legendary lack of, shall we say, dramatic skills?

He’s not known for a particularly wide range…

And, he’s getting a bit jowly, let’s face it.

It’s hard to criticize one of the biggest and most popular movie stars in history, but…

Hey! Tom Cruise!

Time to get a stuntman…

 

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Kylie Jenner has a GoFundMe page

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Soon after Forbes Magazine declared that Kylie Jenner is on track to become one of the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, comedian The Fat Jewish created a fundraiser campaign on GoFundMe for Jenner.

In the August issue titled America’s Women Billionaires, Forbes Magazine estimated Jenner’s net worth to be $900 million, taking into account her product endorsements, reality show deals including Keeping Up With TheKardashians, Kylie Cosmetics line and the Kendall + Kylie clothing line.

The Fat Jewish, also known as Josh Ostrovsky, created the “LET’S GET KYLIE JENNER TO A BILLION” GoFundMe page to help Jenner, 20, push her net worth to $1 billion.

“Kylie Jenner was on the cover of Forbes Magazine today for having a net worth of 900 million dollars, which is heartbreaking. I don’t want to live in a world where Kylie Jenner doesn’t have a billion dollars. WE MUST RAISE 100 MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP HER GET TO A BILLION, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. LINK IN BIO TO DONATE,” he detailed in the campaign mission statement.

Ostrovsky, 36, shared to his 10.5 million Instagram followers (@thefatjewish) the link to the GoFundMe campaign.

The campaign has so far raised $98 in donations by 19 people.

To further add controversy following Forbes Magazine labelling of Kylie Jenner as ‘self made billionaire,’ social media are in an uproar with the crowd funding effort.

Ostrovsky received criticism on his Instagram post such as:

katrinamaruani – I hope this is a joke… otherwise this is #embarrassing considering there’s children without food in this very moment”

natalieatsplants – That money better be donated to a worthy cause. Why should we care if she’s only made a million dollars. this is ridiculous.”

kris5556 – let’s donate to wash all that makeup off at the end of the day but we have half the us on food stamps please”

Forbes reported that Kylie Jenner’s $900 million net worth has superseded older sister Kim Kardashian West, valuing at a net worth of $350 million.

Since the launch of Kylie Cosmetics two years ago, Jenner has sold in excess of $630 million worth of makeup.

In light of the fundraising campaign, PageSix reported that donations will given away if the campaign does not reach the $100 million target.

Ostrovsky said, ‘All money will be donated to something awesome, like a charity that feeds people who don’t have food’.

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Whitney Houston’s family “horrified” over sexual claims

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Whitney Houston’s family are shocked by sexual allegations documented in the new Whitney film.

Director Kevin Macdonald interviewed close family and friends to the late singer, exposing both Whitney Houston and her half brother, Gary Garland, were allegedly molested by their cousin, Dee Dee Warwick, during their childhood.

Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, released a joint statement with niece Dionne Warwick to People, highlighting that the family first heard of such claims two days prior to the film’s release back in May at the Cannes Film Festival.

The statement revealed: “We cannot overstate the shock and horror we feel and the difficulty we have believing that my niece Dee Dee Warwick… molested two of my three children”.

“… The idea that [Dee Dee] would have molested my children is overwhelming and for us unfathomable… Neither I, Dionne, nor my son Michael… has ever heard these allegations; we have never heard anything remotely connected to the crimes charged against Dee Dee in the film. How can that be fair to my daughter, to Dee Dee, or to our family?”

Despite having to live most of her life in the public eye, Cissy Houston defends her daughter stating the public has no right to “know every intimate detail of her life beyond what she herself revealed during her lifetime… if she was molested I do not believe she would have wanted it to be revealed for the first time to thousands, maybe millions of people in a film.”

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Cissy Houston with daughter Whitney Houston

The Whitney director Macdonald, 50, revealed to Vanity Fair, back in May, that he “managed to persuade Mary Jones, who was Whitney’s longtime assistant and probably knew her in her last years more than anybody,” to open up about the molestation claims, as featured in the documentary.

“She talks about what Whitney felt and what effect it had on her. So we changed the whole cut at the very last minute. It was kind of a detective story to get that piece of information, which changed how I felt about Whitney and how I felt about the story”.

People magazine reported revealing the information was a difficult decision for Mary Jones, “she confided in me and I struggled tremendously deciding whether to share this secret or keep to myself”.

Jones goes on further to say, “I deeply love and respect Dionne, Cissy and their entire families, and my intention was never to embarrass anyone in the family, but rather to bring to light that Whitney was subjected to something painful and troubling as a child. And it’s something that happens to other innocent kids and goes unspoken too much… I decided to share the story so that people might understand that throughout her entire life Whitney carried this with her, and the weight of it was immense. Whitney was a wonderful woman, an angel, and she did not drag herself down all alone — there was a cause.”

Before the film debut, director Macdonald revealed on Good Morning America that Gary Houston “was molested when he was a kid by a woman in the family and he thought also Whitney had been as well.”

In Whitney, Gary Houston, 60, alleges Dee Dee Warwick molested him when he was 7 to 9 years old. He had no prior knowledge of Whitney’s alleged abuse leading up to the film’s release.

Gary further revealed in an interview on Good Morning America, “I was 8 [or] 9 years old and I was being fondled with from time to time. It was a situation I didn’t understand. I knew it was abnormal.”

Cissy Houston and Dionne Warwick concluded their joint statement: “After people have seen the film they will draw their own conclusions and we are not trying to change that. We just want people to know there is another side. While the filmmakers certainly had the legal right to make this film, I wonder at the moral right.”

No charges were ever filed against Dee Dee Warwick.

Dee Dee Warwick passed away in 2008. The Grammy-nominated soul singer sang backup vocals for stars including Aretha Franklin. Dee Dee Warwick is the sister of Dionne Warwick, and both are nieces of Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother.

Whitney Houston, who was 18 years younger than Dee Dee Warwick, died in February 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel from drowning and the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.

Whitney is now out in theatres.

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Kaley Cuoco marries Karl Cook

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The Big Bang Theory star officially said ‘I do’ to Karl Cook in an intimate ceremony with close family and friends in San Diego, California on Saturday.

The actress posted the announcement of the couple’s nuptials on Instagram.

“Legally KCSQUARED 6-30-18,” captioned the black and white photo of the newlyweds kissing in a stable decorated with florals.

Cuoco, 32, looked stunning in a full-length lace wedding dress with a floor-length lace cape that draped over the gown.

Legally KCSQUARED 6-30-18 ❤️

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Fans were given glimpses of the lavish occasion via Instagram, including Big Bang Theory co-star Mayim Bialik’s post.

Ok let’s party!!! #kcsquared 💋 💕

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The actress first dated Cook, a 26-year-old professional equestrian – in March 2016 – after their first encounter at a horse show.

On her 32nd birthday – in November 2017 – Cuoco got engaged to Cook, who is the son of billionaire businessman and Intuit software co-founder, Scott Cook.

In a recent People magazine interview, Cuoco described her future husband as her “soulmate” and is her “perfect match”.

“He lets me wake up in the morning and say, ‘I want to go and rescue rabbits.’ And he’s like, ‘Alright, let’s get a coffee and let’s go.’ And that is him. We are the same, our views are the same, our morals are the same, he is my perfect match.”

Cuoco was previously married to tennis player Ryan Sweeting, 30. The pair separated in 2015 after being married for just 21 months.

The 32-year-old opened up in Cosmopolitan: “I honestly thought I wouldn’t get married again. My ex ruined that word for me. I married someone the first time who completely changed. The person I ended up with was not the person I originally met. And that wasn’t my fault – that was his. I knew how much I had to give and how much I wanted to receive. I knew just to be patient… I had to go through a lot of things, but it brought me to Karl.”

Congrats to the newlyweds!

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