Anyone who has had to battle cancer knows that it tends to do damage to your body. Not to mention the fact that some treatments for the disease can have the same effects. The treatment(s) also can damage a person’s wallet as some are not covered by insurance and the longer the need for treatments, the more expenses a patient can go through.
For Oscar-nominated actress Karen Black, she has been fighting against ampullary cancer for more than two years. The rare cancer has taken its toll on Black and though it seemed she might actually beat it, her condition has worsened.
With few options left to her, as well as funds, the only hope that seems available is an experimental treatment in Europe. Since the treatment is not covered by insurance, the actress has turned to crowd funding in hopes to raise the necessary funds.
In November 2010, the 73-year-old actress was diagnosed with ampullary cancer. Since then, she has had treatments up to the point where she was told that she no longer had cancer. Unfortunately, this was only temporary as her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, acknowledged that his wife’s health has deteriorated this year and that the cancer had returned in full force. He also explained that Black is so weak that she mostly stays in bed and weighs 96 pounds, down from when she weighed 156.
With her health continuing to get worse, Eckelberry said that “Karen has been confronting the fact that she would die soon if she didn’t do something.” Being that their funds are almost gone and few options left to them, Eckelberry decided to start the website GoFundMe, which is a campaign called “Help Karen Beat Cancer” in an attempt to raise funds for the only treatment that might help her. It is a two-month cancer treatment that is in Europe and experimental.
The website was launched on March 14th and Eckelberry explained the reason for it was that since her diagnosis, the couple has exhausted their money and needed a way to come up with funding.
He writes in the campaign “So here is the big question: Why would someone like Karen need money? Yes, she was an actress in movies, but most of the high-paying work dwindled out many years ago. She has a modest pension and medical insurance (thank goodness), but as anyone knows who has fought cancer, that is not enough. We have nothing left. And the European treatment is not covered by insurance.”
With the goal of reaching $32,000 for her treatment, the campaign has been a success raising more than $36,000 as of Tuesday.
A message was posted on the website saying, “Everybody thank you so much for the donations and kind thoughts. Karen and are touched beyond belief. It’s so great to know she can make this trip. I promise to keep everybody updated. Any additional money that is raised beyond our goal will go towards my going with her. THIS IS AMAZING THANK YOU SO MUCH.”
Eckelberry mentions that doctors have given their approval for Black to undergo the experimental procedure, though he has not mentioned details regarding the treatment.
He wrote, “Karen’s family physician of many years called us two weeks ago and told us of success she has had with several of her patients doing a treatment in Europe as part of a clinical study there. I cannot go into more details now, but I promise I will in the future as we get involved. I will say that this is a medically supervised program and it targets Karen’s kind of cancer. In fact, we personally know two of the patients that have had remarkable recoveries from cancer there. So we know it works, and right now it is her best and only shot.”
Since being diagnosed in 2010, the actress has had a third of her pancreas removed and in mid-2011, was told that she was disease-free. However, in December 2011, Black had to have a tumor removed and had to undergo two operations this year since the return of the cancer.
Her form of cancer, known as ampullary cancer, is “rare and similar to pancreatic and bile duct cancers.” According to the Mayo Clinic, “the cancer is located where the bile duct and pancreatic duct meet and can block bile from flowing through the bile ducts and into the small intestine, causing the skin and eyes to turn yellow (jaundice) and other symptoms.”
Black received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1970’s “Five Easy Pieces.” Though she has steadily worked for more than 40 years, she is best known for being in classic films such as “Nashville,” “Airport 1975” and “The Day of the Locust.” In 2003, she appeared in Rob Zombie’s horror film “House of 1000 Corpses.”
‘Now & Then’ Coming To Netflix; Here’s Netflix August Movie And TV Show Lineup
The nostalgic movie about female bond and friendships is coming to Netflix this August.
The 1995 coming-of-age film Now & Then will be giving the nostalgic feel to Netflix as the streaming service announced that it will be available for streaming this August.
“Grab your bikes and find your best friends because ‘Now and Then’ will be available to stream on Netflix US starting August 1,” Netflix tweeted, along with a photo of the full cast from the ’90s hit.
In the film, four childhood friends reunite and reflect on their adventures, including the memories of the unforgettable summer of 1970.
The younger versions of the group are played by Gaby Hoffmann (Samantha), Christina Ricci (Roberta), Ashleigh Ashton Moore (Chrissy), and Thora Birch (Teeny) — with the women they grew up to be — played by Demi Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson, and Melanie Griffith, respectively.
Lesli Linka Glatter directed and I. Marlene King wrote the screenplay for the film. Later on, King went on to develop the fan-crazed suspense series Pretty Little Liars.
Although the film received mostly negative reviews upon its release, it proved to be a moderate financial success and gained a cult following over time because of its representation on women friendships. The film grossed over $37.5 million with just a $12 million budget.
Now and Then also came with a memorable soundtrack, which included hits like “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” by Diana Ross and The Supremes with The Temptations, and “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5.
In 2012, a television series was in development that was supposed to be adapted from Now and Then but was later on scrapped. King was supposedly the writer for the series, too.
Back in 2015, King spoke at the 20th anniversary of the film saying: “It was on ABC Family but they wanted to change it so the ‘now’ was present day and the ‘then’ would be the ‘90s,” King said. “I didn’t want to do that — I felt that kind of ruins how special the movie is.… To me, there will never be a 1970s again, so to try to set it in the ‘90s when we had cell phones and things like that, I don’t think it would work.”
She also said she loves when fans approach her about the film, to this day.
“Mothers are now sending me notes saying they’re showing it to their daughters,” she said. “I feel like it’s become this timeless movie, and unfortunately more movies like this aren’t out there, so people I think have latched on to Now and Then as an example of what we were just talking about: positive girl friendships. And I think it’s become this iconic movie, and that’s awesome!”
The film drops August 1st on Netflix. But here are other TV shows and movies that will be available on the streaming platform next month:
A Cinderella Story
Crematorium: Season 1
Funny Games (US)
Lord of War
Maz Jobrani: Immigrant
Surviving Escobar, Alias JJ: Season 1
The Addams Family
The Astronaut’s Wife
The Hollywood Masters: Season 1
The Last Mimzy
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Number 23
The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1
The Truth About Alcohol
The Wedding Party
Tie The Knot
Who Gets the Dog?
Wild Wild West
Jab We Met
The Invisible Guardian
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 3
Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later: Season 1
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 7
Diary of an Exorcist – Zero
Atypical: Season 1
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 3
True and The Rainbow Kingdom: Season 1
Arthur and the Invisibles
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo
A New Economy
All These Sleepless Nights
Murderous Affair: Season 1
The Sweet Life
Dinotrux: Season 5
Glitter Force Doki Doki: Season 1
I Am Sam
Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1
What Happened to Monday
Hide and Seek
Gomorrah: Season 2
Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast
Sadie’s Last Days on Earth
Disjointed: Part 1
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 5
Once Upon a Time: Season 6
Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face
The Good Place: Season 1
MCU Commits To Diversity; Valkyrie Gets A Bisexual Storyline
Fans are all for it!
Marvel has confirmed that Valkyrie is the first LGBTQ+ character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige confirms that the Asgardian warrior will have an LGBTQ+ storyline in the new movie, Thor: Love and Thunder. The Marvel films producer also hinted that this LGBTQ+ representation would not be limited to the new Thor film alone.
Feige said, “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4.”
Valkyrie, who is played by Tessa Thompson, is confirmed to be bisexual based on reports. What’s great is that Thompson is a real-life LGBTQ+ icon herself. Thompson’s non-hetero-normative portrayal of Valkyrie earned praises when she first appeared in Thor: Ragnarok.
During the San Diego Comic Convention, Thompson teased about Valkyrie’s LGBTQ+ storyline. When asked what Valkryie will do as the king of the new Asgard, Thompson responded that she would search for her queen.
“As the new king, she needs to find her queen,” Thompson happily announces to a cheering crowd. “That will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”
Valkyrie has always been Bisexual
The decision to make Valkyrie an LGBTQ+ character may seem like a sudden change of pace for Marvel. However, anyone familiar with the Fearless Defenders comic book series affirms that she has always been a bisexual character.
In the series, Valkyrie has an exciting relationship with Dr. Annabelle Riggs, an archaeologist who acquired an Asgardian statuette. Valkyrie met Dr. Riggs after she accidentally triggered a melody using the statuette on a Viking mass grave. In the very first issue of the comic, Valkyrie and Dr. Riggs share a passionate kiss.
Though only confirmed for Thor: Love and Thunder, Valkyrie’s bisexuality were addressed earlier in Thor: Ragnarok. A scene was supposed to show her bisexuality through a glimpse of a woman leaving the Valkyrie’s room. However, the filmed clip was ultimately cut because it distracts the audience to an essential point of the story.
Despite the scene being deleted, Thompson did her best to portray Valkyrie’s sexuality. In the scenes of flashback, Valkyrie is shown training and fighting alongside her Valkyrie sisters. When the Hela, the Goddess of Death and Thor’s exiled sister, murdered the rest of the warrior clan, Valkyrie’s agony goes beyond her despair for her fallen sisters.
Thompson shares that she channeled the loss of a loved one in the scene to subtlety hint Valkyrie’s bisexuality. “There’s a great shot of me falling back from one of my sisters who’s just been slain,” Thompson shares in an interview. “In my mind, that was my lover.”
In Twitter, Thompson also talked about Valkyrie’s bisexuality right after the release of Thor: Ragnarok. Thompson answered fans’ questions about the film and her character.
Marvel and LGBTQ+ representation issue
Although Valkyrie is the first LGBTQ+ character in Marvel Studios’ MCU, Marvel Comics have long included LGBTQ+ characters in their storyline.
Appearing in 1979’s X-Men Comics, Northstar a member of a fictional Canadian superhero team called Alpha Flight. Northstar is a mutant with the ability to fly and create photonic energy blasts. He is the first openly gay character in the Marvel Universe. He’s also the first married gay man, marrying his longtime boyfriend, Kyle Jinadu in 2012.
Drax’s daughter, Moondragon, is also an openly-bisexual character in the Guardians of the Galaxy comic series. Also known as Heather Douglas, Moondragon is a telepath, telekinetic, and martial arts practitioner.
Speculation of Marvel introducing these characters soon has gained praise from fans and the LGBTQ+ community.
In the past, Marvel has not addressed the issue of representation well. Similar to the decision on Thor: Ragnarok‘s deleted scene, some of the known LGBTQ+ characters in Black Panther were not explicitly stated.
Two of Dora Milaje are lovers, but they did not get any speaking lines. Fans criticized Marvel for not taking the opportunity for LGBTQ+ representation.
In Avengers: Endgame, a Grieving Man in a support group, talked about losing his gay partner. Critics did not like this scene because it was a haphazardly thrown in to please those who’ve been clamoring for representation.
Marvel’s Phase 4 has given hopes to a more diverse representation starting with Valkyrie’s LGBTQ+ storyline. Marvel plans to introduce more superheroes with a slate of films and TV series until 2021. Fans hope that Northstar and Moondragon will be added to the MCU soon.
LOOK: A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood Trailer
Based on Tom Junod’s work in 1998, the movie will tell how the kindest man in television told children to always be kind
Sony Pictures Entertainment dropped the first official trailer of A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. Tom Hanks is playing Steve Rogers, the friendly TV personality that reminded everyone to be good.
Mirrored with the original “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the trailer starts with Mr. Rogers singing the classic theme song. This time, it’s Hanks who is doing the singing and asking the audience, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”
Just like the host himself, Hanks — with gray hair and a nicely-pressed suit — changes into a red cardigan and some sneakers. He even does the iconic shoe toss.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is not a biopic about Rogers’ life but is instead, inspired by the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers (Hanks) and Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys), a cynical journalist assigned to write a profile of the long-running television host in 1998.
Based on the trailer, we see that Junod is given a new name, Lloyd Vogel who arrives on the iconic set of PBS’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, where he plans to interview Fred Rogers for Esquire’s “heroes” issue.
“This piece will be for an issue about heroes,” Rhys’ character tells Rogers in the new clip. “Do you consider yourself a hero?”
He responds, “We are trying to give the world positive ways of dealing with their feelings.”
“There are many things you can do,” Rogers offers up. “You can play all the lowest keys on the piano at the same time.”
Vogel is a fictional character based on Tom Junod’s original work. Like in real life, he documents about the effect Rogers’ optimistic kindness had on millions of people. He initially accepts the job with a cynical approach as his wife (Susan Kelechi Watson) asks him not to “ruin her childhood,” in the trailer.
The skeptical journalist overtime shifts his perspective on life and eventually turns a new leaf as he begins to see the world with more positivity as he got to know Mister Rogers more.
Towards the end of the short 2-minute trailer, a group of subway riders sings “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” to Rogers, who beams and says they did a wonderful job. A tasteful and heart-warming scene that represents how much Mister Rogers has touched people’s lives not only for children but in all ages.
The feel-good film will attempt to give the same effect that Mister Rogers once did. Known as the kindest man in television history, the original “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” aired for 31 seasons since 1968 and came to an end in 2001.
Unfortunately, Rogers died in 2003.
Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) directs the film. The screenplay, based on Junod’s Esquire article and written by Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue.
Also starring in the movie are Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper.
Last year, Won’t You Be My Neighbor—a documentary about Fred Rogers was the surprise hit of the summer, which received positive reviews from critics and viewers. Furthermore, it did good with box office, grossing more than $22 million in ticket sales.
Filmmaker Morgan Neville, who directed the 2018 documentary said: “I think what he was trying to do is teach us how to be human. This new medium was coming television. He recognized something from the moment he saw it, that many generations of children were going to be raised by this thing, and that somebody had to use that as a tool to help children.”
As part of the marketing for the film, a Facebook group for “Mister Rogers’ Helpers” is advertised at the end of the trailer, exhorting the audience to spread his “legacy of kindness.” The name of the group is a reference to a story Rogers cited a number of times: that his mother always told him, during times of trouble, to “look for the helpers.”
In other news, the film was supposedly slated for a much earlier release in October 2018, but the movie’s set was a site of a tragedy when the Emmy-winning sound mixer James Emswiller fell from a two-story building during filming and died.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is now slated to release around Thanksgiving on November 2019.
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