Originally filmed and released in 1971, the classic kid lesson movie of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory became a bit of a sleeper hit that crept across America and became a classic. The movie was replayed again and again on TV for years afterwards, and the golden ticket prize inside the chocolate bar that the movie’s hero wins has been replicated in jokes and references repeatedly. In 2005 the movie was released again in a new version, with actor Johnny Depp taking the role of Willy Wonka much further than Gene Wilder ever did, and it to become a success of its own as well. The second version resonated with audiences of another generation and had the same effect. So where are all those actors today? Many are grown up now and have had some interesting tales of their own as well.
In the original Willy Wonka Peter Ostrom played the original hero of the film, Charlie Bucket. He was the boy who found the last golden ticket, the big prize that would allow any winning child to visit Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. Harkening from Cleveland, Peter was the perfect pick for the average boy surrounded by a bunch of greedy rich brats touring the chocolate factory.
Today, Peter still has his golden ticket from the movie props, however his life ticket wasn’t film or acting. Ironically, Peter was more at home around horses, and he decided to become a veterinarian instead with a specialty in large farm animals. Today, he still works his medical craft in the greater regional Cleveland area, but occasionally he whips out his golden ticket for the age-old fans.
In the remake of Willy Wonka it was Freddie Highmore who won the casting to be the remake Charlie Bucket directed by Tim Burton. High more was a classic pick with a marketing-perfect smile. And Highmore already had heavy experience with his role in Finding Neverland.
Today, Freddie Highmore continues in his acting, but he won’t let his casting be put in a rut. Going the opposite direction from nice, Highmore was cast as Norman Bates in a four-year TV series dubbed the Bates Motel, and he continues to be pitched roles for additional projects today.
When the former 21 Jump Street actor took on the role of Willy Wonka in the Burton remake, Depp clearly wanted the character to be very different and evolved from the original one portrayed by Gene Wilder. Rumored to have used Michael Jackson’s late life behavior as a model, Depp recast Wonka as an androgynous, mentally-disturbed character with an entire life story behind him separate from the immediate film plot. It worked.
Despite his success a movie pirate later on, today Depp rides the rough sees of real life, becoming damaged by an ugly divorce from Amber Heard as well as accusations of spousal abuse. While Depp has defended himself vigorously, the entertainment industry is fickle and has immediately dropped him from projects to distance their brand from Depp.
Better known as one of the bratty kids with the cowboy hat in the original movie, Paris was a natural generational move into entertainment. Both his parents were working actors on both stage and TV commercials. Paris himself already had a resume of early parts as well when picked for Willy Wonka.
Once done with the original movie, Paris actually stopped acting for a while and spent a normal life growing up. He attended New York University for college and started a travel agency business specializing in those who want to travel with a backpack. Paris also tried his hand in a number of other industries as well as behind the scenes work in film production. In the last decade Paris has decided to cash in on his prior fame, attending conventions regularly to make some fame income off of his original casting.
Helena Bonham Carter
Along with Depp, Carter has been a favorite for Tim Burton movies, and she was in the heydey of the Burton productions when picked to play her role as Mrs. Bucket in the remake.
Carter has continued to play esoteric and different roles since, and has found herself repeatedly cast across from Johnny Depp in other films as well. More interestingly, she played interesting cranky characters in the Alice Through the Looking Glass film with Anne Hathaway, and she switched gears to play a part in the remake of Ocean’s 8.
Known as Augustus Gloop in the original film, Michael played the rich bratty kid who ended up blowing up like a giant blueberry balloon mid-story. Bollner played the role of the insatiable kid eating candy extremely well, and his German accent was authentic. He had to learn English for the film.
Today, Bollner has been living the life of a well-established accounting firm owner in Germany, although he had originally wanted to continue being an actor as a child.
Who can forget Veruca Salt, the mean girl with a tongue made of barbwire in Willy Wonka? Julie Winter played the role in the remake version of the movie, and was another casting discovery of Tim Burton. After her vivid success in the Burton version, everyone expected that Winter was going to continue with roles for years to come as Willy Wonka was her breakthrough initial piece.
Winter had other ideas. She was originally from Sweden and decided film was not her passion in life. Returning back to her home country, Winter went to school in Sweden and has is well on her way through medical school there. Just imagine being able say my doctor is Veruca Salt! It might raise eyebrows at a party.
Grandpa Joe was a stalwart protector of Charlie Bucket in the original film, sacrificing and finding ways to make the rough world give a little back to Charlie Bucket, his grandson. Jack Albertson played the role magnificently, and he won many awards over his acting career before passing away.
Albertson died from cancer at the beginning of the 1980s at age 74.
Mike Teavee remade in the second film was played by Jordan Fry. Jordan also realized a first success with the film being his first cast in a movie that went to theaters versus TV. That said, Fry had been acting previously.
Today, Fry continues to act, but the roles he has picked up have not been comparable to the remake Wonka film. One could argue he fits the classic mold a successful child actor and struggling adult actor, a common Hollywood issue of the decades.
Always dramatic in any role he plays, audiences got to be spooked by Lee’s role as Willy Wonka’s mean, dentist father in the remake of the movie. No wonder Depp’s character was so warped growing up. Interestingly, Lee simply put on a cape and took the same brooding character over to Star Wars land to play his last big theater role most people remember, Count Dooku in the Star Wars franchise as well as Saruman in The Hobbit.
Christopher Lee has now passed on. But his voiceovers continue to linger on well past his time, with the actor having completely a library of roles and voice pieces for Disney and the Star Wars TV offshoots.
Julie Dawn Cole
The original Veruca Salt was played by Julie Cole, and she defined the rich bratty girl character for years to come with her acting.
Cole continued acting through the rest of the 1970s after the original film was released, and she continued to enjoy an acting career on British television as well through the 1980s. Today, she has a multi-talented career in an acting school for children (who better to teach child acting?), a fitness trainer, and a psychotherapist.
He being the man who played the original Willy Wonka, Gene Wilder produced a lifetime of characters, films and comedy that resonated well into the 1980s after the 1971 Wonka film was made. Wilder went on to big laughs in the classic B&W spoof of Young Frankenstein as well as the Mel Blanc comedy, Blazing Saddles.
Time was not kind to the man who could remember a thousands scripts and punch lines, however. Wilder passed away in 2016 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a debilitating memory and cognition loss condition.
Macaulay Culkin And Brenda Song Welcome Baby Boy Named After Culkin’s Sister
Regardless of the ups and downs faced by former child star Macaulay Culkin over the years, his name still manages to trigger beautiful memories for people both old and young.
Many people fail to see him beyond his role in the Home Alone movies(afterall he was absolutely adorable) but now hearing that he is not only in a relationship but also welcoming a child has set the internet in a flurry.
Additionally it is with another former child star, Brenda Song, known for her role as a spoiled rich kid in the TV show “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”
As per a statement to TODAY, the couple welcomed the boy on April 5, who weighed six pounds and 14 ounces, in a Los Angeles hospital. It’s their firstborn and the couple is clearly elated.
Dakota Song Culkin is the name they’ve chosen for their bundle of joy. If you’re wondering who Dakota is, well, she was Culkin’s sister who passed away thirteen years ago in 2008. According to the announcement, the new three-person family is happy and healthy.
The couple said, “We’re overjoyed.”
The “Home Alone” star, hit a new milestone in 2020 when he reached age forty and made everybody feel elderly, has previously expressed his intention to create a child, his girlfriend who is a former Disney celebrity.
He informed Esquire last year, “We prepare a lot.” “We’re working it out and figuring out how to make the timing work. Hardly anything sparks you on with your lady coming into the bedroom and saying, ‘Honey, I’m ovulating.’
Despite his meteoric rise to fame as a teen, Culkin is now at ease in his relationship with Song.
“People think I’m crazy, a kook, or mentally ill. Strange. He told the paper, “Cracked.” “But I’ve never really put myself forward until the most recent year or two. But that’s something I can appreciate. It’s also like, “Well, everybody, stop being so surprised that I’m reasonably well-adjusted.”
“Look at me,” he continued, “I’ve got money, I’ve got fame, I’ve got a beautiful girlfriend, a beautiful home, and beautiful animals.” “It may have taken me a long while to get here, and I had to have that talk with myself and ask myself, “Honestly, Mack?” It isn’t all evil. I have nothing I want and much less that I want. “I’m fine, man.”
Meanwhile, Song, who is 33, has been waxing poetic about her relationship with Culkin.
In 2020, she informed Esquire that, “Individuals are unaware how incredibly kind, loyal, nice, and smart he is.” “Truly, what distinguishes Mack is that he is unapologetically himself.
“Mack is aware of who he is and is perfectly content with it. And that, to me, is a very enticing feature. He’s put in a lot of effort to become the guy he is.”
Now what everyone is wondering is whether wedding bells will be ringing soon and if they intend to make the family any bigger.
In the meantime, everyone is basking in happiness for the cute couple and wishing them and Dakota all the best.
‘Gorilla Glue’ Viral Phenom Gives Back to Charity After Fundraising Success!
We hesitate to think about what it might be like to be judged by the internet for our worst moments in life. We shudder when thinking back to our time in childhood, long before social media and viral Tweets were a thing. Tessica Brown unfortunately is not going to have the same benefit. Brown went viral recently after uploading a video of herself to the social media app TikTok.
In the video, the Gorilla Glue Girl (@im_d_ollady) used a bottle of Gorilla Glue Adhesive Spray after running out of her own hair freezing spray, a product named Got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray. For people not into hair care, freezing sprays are used to mold and hold hair into a specific place, oftentimes used as an alternative to pivot from the slicked-back ponytail. The video begins with Tessica Brown, a teacher from Louisiana, rubbing her hand over her hair while saying, “It don’t move. I’ve washed my hair 15 times, and it don’t move.”
Tessica was, of course, talking about her failed experiment using Gorilla Glue as a last-minute adhesive spray. Tessica would go on to explain that she had continually washed and re-washed her hair in an attempt to fix the issue. The glue stuck and her hair remained stuck with it. The story would quickly go viral, garnering reactions from people in every nook and cranny of the world. Along with the attention came serious fundraising efforts for the poor woman, ending up with thousands in her GoFundMe Account. The attention would also bring with it potential solutions for her hair problem. It wouldn’t take long for Tessica to connect with an LA-based surgeon by the name of Dr. Michael Obeng.
Dr. Obeng would offer to fix Tessica’s hair for free and a week later the procedure would become a success. Before the culmination of the story, Tessica had gained substantial donations through her GoFundMe account. Originally the account had been established to just raise $1,500 to pay for operating expenses on the gorilla glue. After more than $20k had been donated to the account, Tessica knew that she had to do something special with the money.
After the procedure was successfully performed, Tessica would end up with most of her hair still in place, a stark departure from her prior fears. In order to thank Dr. Obeng for his work, after the physician had offered to perform for free, Tessica would decide to donate the vast majority of her fundraiser money toward a foundation close to Dr. Obeng’s heart, the Restore Foundation. The vast majority of the funds will be donated to the foundation while Tessica keeps just enough to pay for her travel and emergency room visits.
The Restore Foundation is a non-profit backed by Dr. Obeng himself. The goal of Restore Worldwide, as it is also called, is to give back to disadvantaged folks around the world who are in need of aesthetic and plastic surgery. The goal is to provide life-saving and life-changing surgeries for people who would otherwise never have the opportunity to receive them. The Restore Foundation has already changed and saved hundreds of lives throughout Ghana and other disadvantaged countries in Africa.
At the time of this writing, Tessica’s video on TikTok hard garnered north of 16 million views alone. Since her TikTok fame came to fruition, the story has been picked up and passed around by every other major social media platform, creating millions of additional views in the process. We wonder now, was the gorilla glue pain worth the viral fame?
The 20 Most Pause Worthy Moments in Movie History!
If you grew up with a VHS Player in your living room, you probably learned to get pretty handy with the pause and rewind buttons. With DVDs and streaming services ruling the day, those same skills are being put to the test! Hollywood is well known for putting together scandalous, exciting, and scintillating entertainment that can leave us dropping our jaw. Today, we are going to look at 20 moments in Hollywood history that we had to pause again and again and again!
Welcome to the 20 most paused moments in cinematic history!
Kim Ng Has Become the First Female MLB’s General Manager
The Miami Marlins has hired Kim Ng as its first new general manager. The hiring has made her the first female GM of Major League Baseball. NG is a 51 years old Asian American who has served as senior vice president of MLB for nine years.
She has also worked as assistant general manager for Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees. These teams have made to the playoff eight times and won the World Series titles three times.
According to Bruce Sherman, the Principle owner of Miami Marlin, the entire leadership is looking forward to working with Kim Ng. The ownership group hopes that Ng will work to improve the skills of Miami Marlins’ players.
Ng is an experienced individual and a champion-level skilled coach who will play a key role in Miami Marlins’ success – said Derek Jeter, the CEO of Marlins. Besides, her extensive work in streamlining youth baseball will grow the game among Miami youth as she will continue making substantial efforts to encourage the South Florida Community.
The Highest-Ranking Woman in Baseball
Kim Ng broke into the baseball game as an intern and spent her time to carry out operations in the Chicago White Sox. She is considered the highest-ranking woman when it comes to baseball operations among the 30 league teams. She is the first female general manager in all major North American sports leagues for men.
She entered the major league as an intern, and after many years of hard work and determination, she has become the honorable general manager of Miami Marlins. Ng said she is happy to lead Miami Marlins as the next general manager.
Ng is determined to build a team that would achieve successes in the major league. She will make substantial efforts to build for a long term in Florida and develop collaborative, forward-thinking baseball operation with dedicated and talented staff.
An Inspiration for Millions of Women
According to Rob Manfred, the MLB commissioner, everyone at the major league baseball is happy and thrilled for Ng as well as the opportunity she has earned with Miami Marlins. Ng’s appointment will make history in baseball and other professional sports.
Her role as a general manager is a great example for millions of girls and women who love to play softball and baseball. The leadership skills, the hard work, the record of achievements, and dedication throughout her career led to this incredible outcome. Rob Manfred said that he wishes Ng all the best as she starts her career as a general manager with Miami Marlins.
It is indeed an incredible achievement to become the first female general manager in major league baseball. Ng said that young boys and girls would take notice of this and realize that they can achieve anything they dream of.
Kim NG directed baseball operations with MLB and worked with the front offices of many league clubs around the world. She is looking forward to developing a sophisticated policy for the Miami Marlins, enable them to experience new heights of success.
Mersey Marine Goalkeeper Celebrates a Game Win & Birthday With Fans
For Mersey Marine player Bayleigh Passant, he wanted to do something different for his twentieth birthday. So, the famous soccer player and goalkeeper decided to do something for the fans. The day was already special with Passants work contributing to his team winning and becoming a seat in the FA Cup third round of competitions. As soon as the game was over, off Passant went to the local market for a surprise.
Suddenly, much to the amazement of the fans and club aficionados, Passant walks up to the crowd with a bag full of merriment and drinks to celebrate both the game win as well as his own birthday. The fans were flabbergasted. This was all after quite a bit of impressive work on the field, where the goalkeeper made sure none of the opponents even had a chance to make a mark by refusing to give anyone a point at all. The game ended 1-0 in favor of Mersey, and Passant was a player of day in that performance.
How did the rest of the world find out about this little after-game soiree? Electronically, of course. Much of that recognition was due to one fan, Stuart Wilks-Heeg, being smart enough to post photos of the celebration and after-game medley on Twitter. He summed up the unexpected extra game bonus as one of his top moments of 2020, seeing his favorite team win in the FA Cup as well has having a drink with the goalkeeper to boot.
Even better, Passant made no effort to hide himself from fans, passerbys and photogs. He was out on the street right after the game, walked right into the local market still wearing his game kit, and handed out beers at the field gate while still in full game uniform. As Stuart noted, many felt like they just went back in time, celebrating with their hero players in person and hanging out with legends in the real flesh.
All in all, more than three cases of lager were handed out to the available fans, and Passant was right in the middle of it. For Marine, Passant’s team, the entire night was an unbelievable turn of events. Few expected a non-league team to make a showing much less hammer through a full position into the FA Cup. Everybody from the players to management to admin were going nuts with the turn of events in their favor. What will really put things over the top is if Passant’s ends up being faced with another team from Mersey as their competition in the next round. An all-Mersey game will literally bring out the stoppers and make the entire town go bonkers rooting for one side or the other.
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