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Friday
Dec282012

J.J. Abrams Makes Dying Man’s Wish Come True

Zade Rosenthal/Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Call it a Christmas miracle: After word spread on social website Reddit that a 41-year-old Trek fan with terminal cancer, named Dan, wanted to see the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness before he died, his wife reportedly received a call from director J.J. Abrams.

“J.J. Abrams just called Dan’s wife and left a message. He’s going to try to arrange a screening for Dan, either of the film or at least of the 9 minute promo reel,” Dan’s friend, Grady Hendrix, a writer and founder of the New York Asian Film Festival, posted on Reddit Thursday.

The new Trek film is not scheduled for release until May 2013.

“I’ll never say anything bad about J.J. Abrams again. Seriously. He is now beyond reproach as far as I’m concerned,” Hendrix wrote.

A rep for Abrams did not respond to ABCNews.com’s request for comment.

Dan, whose last name is unknown, has been battling cancer for several years and only has weeks to
live, according to the original post Christmas Day from his wife and another friend:

“My amazing healthy film buff husband diagnosed with leukemia (CML) at 38 had to endure 3 rounds of chemo before they found a bone marrow donor match had a Bone Marrow Transplant, which was MORE chemo, full body radiation & lots of other horrific things….then endured/survived 3 major infections + a massive GI bleed that put him in the hospital 10+ times over 3 1/2 years not to mention 100′s of doctors visits…. he is my hero; I am his caregiver – I would do anything to help him…. he is now ravaged by a new TOTALLY UNRELATED cancer, (isn’t that a f***er?) an aggressive and EXTREMELY rare vascular tumor that is crowding out his healthy liver tissue… they grew under treatment; there is nothing left to do but make him comfortable, at 41, he is jaundice & his liver is enlarged, his body has had enough, he has weeks to live…”

Dan’s wife went on to say that her husband had planned to see the extended Star Trek preview during a screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey but was hospitalized instead.

Thursday, the friend who posted the original plea for help, updated Reddit users with the good news:

“Holy cow everybody!!! I just heard from his wife that they are going to do it!! I don’t know who it what the path was to get there but thank you so much to everyone that tried to help!!!”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Aug292011

Lady Gaga as Jo Calderone: Brilliant or Creepy?

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- We've gotten used to seeing Lady Gaga in improbable heels, lace headdresses and see-through leotards. Even the infamous meat dress wasn't that much of a surprise.

But her showing at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night provoked more than a momentary eyebrow raise. As Jo Calderone, a poor man's James Dean with a Joisey accent, Gaga offered a lengthy monologue on fame, fell off a piano, and attempted to make out with Britney Spears.

Like all her stunts, it left an impression. But beyond that, was it...brilliant? Creepy? Or something else entirely?

The VMA audience couldn't turn away. Spears gaped watching Gaga's opening speech; British singer Adele looked genuinely concerned when she tumbled off a piano during the guitar-heavy rendition of "You and I."

It's actually not the first time Gaga has brought out her male alter-ego. Last year, she gave an interview and posed for Vogue Japan as Jo Calderone; she also dressed up as him for the cover of her single "You and I."

But she took the act to another level at the VMAs.

Gaga reportedly used the men's restroom at Los Angeles' Nokia Live Theatre all day Sunday. And before presenting Spears with the video vanguard award, she confessed, "I used to hang posters of her on my wall and touch myself while I was laying in bed." She then leered at Spears and moved in for a kiss but got shot down: "I've done that already," Spears said, referencing her mini-makeout with Madonna at the 2003 VMAs.

Alter egos aren't new in the music world -- even the queen of this year's VMAs, baby-on-board Beyonce, toyed with an alternate persona in the past. For critics, Gaga's stunt was a departure from the norm, and that's worth praise.

"As the night wore on, the character became a little tiresome, not to mention inconsistent," mused Michael Musto, culture critic for the Village Voice. "But I thought it was a pretty bold step, even if a lot of the folks in the blogosphere are screaming 'Annie Lennox ripoff!'"

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