The Rundown

Entertainment Express: Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Gone Girl, Gotham, Friends

Hello from a lovely New York City, where world leaders will be heading into the Big Apple for the Big UN General Assembly debate.

* Oscar-nominated actors Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio, newly minted UN Peace Messenger, joined around 400 000 people who took to the streets of New York to call for world leaders to urgently address the issue of climate change. A UN Summit will be taking place tomorrow on the subject, where DiCapio is going to be speaking, and the aim of the march was to make sure people don’t just pay lip-service to climate change but actually do something about it. It was incredible to see all the people who had come out – some had been bussed in for the march from all over the US – for the cause, and to know that Ruffalo and DiCaprio were there in the crowd with them.

* Emma Watson gave a moving speech at the launch of the He4She Campaign about the need for men to come on board in promoting gender equality. Phumzile Mlambo-Nguka, my fellow South African, who is the head of the UN Women organization, thanked the actress for the work she’s been doing since becoming the organization’s promotional face. Kiefer Sutherland and Forrest Whitaker are also on board with the aims of UN Women – all in line with Mlambo-Nguka’s greater goal of using the entertainment world to enlist men and boys in making sure equal rights and opportunities are afforded to both sexes.

* The reviews for Gone Girl are out. David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel has its premiere on Friday night, at the opening of the New York Film Festival. So far, the critics reviews are positive, as expected they would be. The story seems well-suited to Fincher’s directing style, and I’m more eager than ever to see what he’s done with it.

* The story of just how Bruce Wayne became Batman has long fascinated comic book fans – some of whom grew up to be writers and TV show creators. Tonight, Bruce Heller (The Mentalist) reveals the new series Gotham, centred on the origin story that takes audiences back to a time when Commissioner Gordon was just a rookie and our Caped Crusader was but a boy who just lost both his parents. It stars Ben McKenzie and Jada Pinkett Smith, among others, including precocious 13-year old David Mazouz as young Mr Wayne.

* Today is the official day we were all introduced to Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey 20 years ago. Also it’s the day you can now buy special anniversary box sets to commemorate the 2 decades (and how old we’ve all got in the process). No doubt the Central Perk pop-up coffee shop will be extra busy today!


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