July 31, 2013

'Lone Ranger' Will Be A Great Movie in 10 Years, Producer Says

Hollywood mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer has defended The Lone Ranger after it proved a flop with film fans, insisting it will be considered a great movie in the years to come.

Director Gore Verbinski's modern reimagining of the Wild West tale, featuring Armie Hammer as the masked lawman and Johnny Depp as his trusted sidekick Tonto, bombed when it earned just $29.4 million at the U.S. box office on its opening weekend earlier this month.

The movie also failed to impress the critics, but Bruckheimer is adamant its detractors will look back on it with fondness in years to come -- like his 1983 dance classic Flashdance.

He said, "It reminds me of a critic who called Flashdance a 'toxic dump'. Ten years later (the critic) said, 'This is really a good movie. I missed it.' I think (The Lone Ranger is) going to be looked back on as a brave, wonderful film."

Hugh Laurie to Hit Road for U.S. Tour in October; New Album, New Tour

  If any of you  Hugh Laurie (House) fans have seen in him concert, then you know how amazing he is live on stage. Laurie will be hitting the road in October to promote his second album, Didn't It Rain out in the U.S. August 6. For more info, check out the official press release below:

Globally acclaimed recording artist, actor, and performer Hugh Laurie, has announced that he will hit the road for a U.S. tour in October performing in theaters across the country in support of his new album, Didn't it Rain which will be released in the U.S. on Aug 6th.

Laurie will be joined by The Copper Bottom Band, which is David Piltch (bass), Vincent Henry (horns), Elizabeth Lea (trombone), Jean McClain (vocals), and Gaby Moreno (vocals) - and is completed byHerman Matthews (drums) and Mark Goldenberg (guitars).

Didn't It Rain is Laurie's second album and the follow-up to his celebrated 2011 debut album Let Them Talk, was a New Orleans blues driven celebration that included guest vocals from Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Tom Jones. For Didn't It Rain, Laurie follows the trajectory of the blues upstream and into the American heartland. It includes songs dating back to early pioneers W.C. Handy ("St Louis Blues")and Jelly Roll Morton ("I Hate A Man Like You") to more recent artists such as Dr. John ("Wild Honey") and Alan Price of The Animals ("Changes"). Produced by  Let Them Talk producer Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg),  Didn't It Rain was recorded at Ocean Way Studio in Los Angeles in January of this year.

On Aug 3rd, PBS will air "Live On The Queen Mary," an intimate live performance by Laurie with the incomparable Copper Bottom Band filmed -- as the title indicates -- aboard the historical Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. The special includes songs from both Didn't It Rain and Let Them Talk, along with the hilarious and charming repartee that only Laurie can deliver. It's a great night of viewing so check your PBS listings for details. Click here to catch a glimpse.

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Gary Numan Announces New Album 'Splinter' (Songs From A Broken Mind) Released October 14th 2013

You guys remember Gary Numan and his big hit in 1979, "Cars"? I was working in a record store Upstate then when this song was played every ten minutes on AM radio.  In 1981 Gary and his mom and dad were visiting NYC and I got to hang out with them most of the day. I  freelanced  for a couple music mags back then and was happy to interview Gary. His parents were really nice, friendly people from what I remember and Gary seemed close to them.  This is a press release for his  new album to be released On October 14.  

On October 14th Mortal Records presents 'Splinter' (Songs From A Broken Mind), the inspired new album by pioneer, chart-topper and influential artist Gary Numan.

'Splinter' features guitarist Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N Roses), is produced by long-standing collaborator Ade Fenton, and will be followed by a full national headline tour in November.

The album finds Gary on fine dark electronic form; sounding both cutting-edge and classic Numan, it marks his best work since the late 70s, early 80s heyday.

'Splinter''s opening gambit 'I Am Dust' is a statement of intent, combining heavy grind with his archetypal anthemic pop skills. The unsettling whispered verses, crunchy guitars and Hans Zimmer-esque strings on 'Here In The Black' create a sense of menace and drama, whilst more orchestral work adorns the cinematic 'The Calling'.

Slower-burning ballads 'Lost', 'Where I Can Never Be' and 'My Last Day', highlight the album's broad palate, adding elements of subtlety and even beauty in contrast to the album's more aggressive moments.

Gary's knack for sexy, idiosyncratic dancefloor killers is strongly evident on the pounding, growling throb of 'Love Hurt Bleed', whilst 'Who Are You' carries equal clout as-body-music-Numan-style - infectious, but sounding unlike anything else you might hear blasting from a soundsystem.

Although Numan released a straight-to-the-fanbase album 'Dead Son Rising' in 2011, this is his first self-penned full album since 'Jagged' in 2006.

In recent years he's been quoted as an influence by everyone from Lady Gaga to Kanye West, Matthew Dear to Queens Of The Stone Age, The Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Prince and J Dilla, to Boyz Noise, Richie Hawtin and Battles (they released a single 'My Machines' on Warp Records with Numan in 2011).

But while Numan's unique style continues to connect with fans from the worlds of metal, hip hop, electronica, industrial and indie, he remains as focussed as ever in pursuing his own singular vision. 'Splinter' sounds unique, while also utilising new sounds and ideas.

July 30, 2013

Katy Perry Secretly Recorded Background Vocals for Britney's Smurfs Song

Pop star Katy Perry secretly recorded back-up vocals for Britney Spears' new smurfs song Ooh La La.

The Firework hitmaker, who reprises her role as Smurfette in animated movie sequel Smurfs 2, has revealed she is featured on the track her frequent collaborator Bonnie McKee wrote for Britney, which plays over the end credits of the new film.

Perry says, "Me and Bonnie secretly did some background vocals on that song. So maybe listen for our voices."

Katie and Britney posed for pictures together on the red carpet at the weekend premiere and the Toxic singer later revealed on Twitter.com it was their first time meeting - but it won't be their last.

Spears wrote, "So great to see you Smurfette @katyperry! Can't wait for our Vegas date."

Britney is planning a residency in Sin City and it seems Perry might be joining her onstage!

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Nirvana: In Utero - 20th Anniversary Multi Format Reissue - September 23rd 2013

To say that Nirvana's third and ultimately final studio album In Utero was 1993's most polarizing record would be the understatement of a decade. The unadorned sonic rawness of Steve Albini's recording laid bare every primal nuance of the most confrontational yet vulnerable material Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl would ever record. And with its 1991 predecessor Nevermind having sold some 30 million copies, singlehandedly returning honest rock 'n' roll to the top of the pop charts, In Utero was essentially the first record Nirvana would make with any expectations from the public. So from the opening quasi-shamble melodics of "Serve The Servants" through the bittersweet closing strains of "All Apologies," In Utero was the sound of the most incredible yet conflicted rock 'n' roll band of the era at the peak of its powers coming to terms with a generational spokes-band mantle they'd never seen coming-and ultimately surmounting these struggles to make the record they needed to make. As Rolling Stone's David Fricke said in his review at the time, "In Utero is a lot of things-brilliant, corrosive, enraged and thoughtful, most of them all at once. But more than anything, it's a triumph of the will."

Sheryl Crow's New Album "Feels Like Home" Out September 10

Nine-time GRAMMY award-winner Sheryl Crow’s highly anticipated brand new album, Feels Like Home, is available for pre-order today and is due out September 10th* on Warner Bros. Records. The album features her hit single, “Easy,” which is currently Top 20 and climbing. “Writing the songs for this album, after 20 years of writing songs, felt so great because I am still doing what I love, but I’m learning and stretching at the same time,” said Crow of working on the first country record of her career. “It was amazing to be making an album in my community, and have my life still be my primary inspiration. Like the title says, it just felt like home.”

Sheryl Crow fans can pre-order Feels Like Home today on the newly re-launched SherylCrow.com. Three album-themed packages are available featuring Feels Like Home on CD & digital, exclusive new merchandise, and a limited number personalized to fans from Crow. Visit store.sherylcrow.com to see the full fan offers. A never-before-seen live performance video for “Best Of Times” is also premiering this Thursday, August 1, exclusively on RollingStone.com.

July 29, 2013

Celine Dion, Elton John Solidify Vegas As Marquee Destination For Superstars

(Las Vegas)—The reigning queen and king of the Strip, Celine Dion and Elton John, reinvented Las Vegas entertainment as a marquee destination for superstars rather than a dumping ground for has-beens.

The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, home of their respective productions, turned a decade old in March, and the venue remains the chief draw in Las Vegas, with a lineup that now includes hit-list veterans Rod Stewart and Shania Twain.

Prior to the arrival of the classic rock stud and the pop-country darling, a double dose of divadom in the blissfully flamboyant forms of Cher and Bette Midler shared Colosseum space as well, solidifying the venue's stature among acts with intense drawing power.

"We touched a nerve of what Vegas once was, but in a modern fashion," said Jason Gastwirth, senior vice president of marketing and entertainment at Caesars Entertainment Corp. "When the Colosseum rolled out, it changed the paradigm of headliners coming to Vegas at the height of their careers." When Dion opened the $95 million venue in March 2003 with her "A New Day" production, it was a gamble, so to speak. Even with her international fan base, would enough tourists pour into the 4,300-capacity venue several nights a week during her four-year residency to justify her reported $100 million paycheck? Considering that the show sold out 723 times and grossed more than $400 million, it turned out to be a good bet. Dion is back for a renewed residency through next year with her revamped "Celine" show, which features almost as many covers as originals and spotlights the Canadian songbird's love of music.

John, meanwhile, also kept the Caesars Entertainment coffers stuffed with revenue from his 243 shows between 2004 and 2009. That "Red Piano" spectacle, designed by David LaChapelle, was a garish overload of colorful inflatables that often swiped the focus from the singer's stellar pop gems. But John and ostentatious are frequently synonymous, so that hardly deterred fans from flocking.

For his re-imagined "Million Dollar Piano" showcase, which opened in September 2011 and will keep the sometime-Atlanta resident there on select dates through 2014, John, like Dion, is concentrating on the music. (John's recent bout with appendicitis won't affect his upcoming Colosseum shows, Caesars says.) Casual fans can gape at the elegant gold hounds wearing John Lennon-style shades that flank the stage as John belts out "Bennie & the Jets," "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer." But serious Elton-philes will raise an eyebrow in happy surprise when he dovetails into his homage to New York City, "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," and breaks out "Better Off Dead" backed only by mesmerizing percussionist Ray Cooper.

Dion's show also presents plenty of familiar dramatic balladry ("Where Does My Heart Beat Now," "Because You Loved Me," "Beauty and the Beast"). But far more interesting are her frequent forays into unexpected covers such as Janis Ian's "At Seventeen," Billy Joel's "Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)" and an exhilarating tribute to James Bond themes.

"Both us and (concert promoter) AEG will choose an artist with a certain vision in mind, but ultimately it's the artist and creative director who refine that vision," Gastwirth said. "I've never seen a scenario where there hasn't been perfect alignment. These are some of the biggest names in the industry. Each of these shows has a distinctive nature to them; there is no formula." Those artistic visions range from a pair of horses joining Twain onstage to John's new toy, a $1 million piano (nicknamed "Blossom" in honor of jazz pianist Blossom Dearie), which literally lights up with scenes of him singing with KiKi Dee. And then there's Dion's show-closing "My Heart Will Go On," performed under a rising platform and cascading water in a nod to the song's "Titanic" roots. Most shows run a Vegas-friendly 90 to 120 minutes.

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Big Brother 15 Week 5 Spoilers: MVP Nominee and POV Competition Results

Aaryn honored her deal with Helen this week and nominated Spencer and Howard for eviction. Helen’s alliance wants Howard gone and they have the numbers to make it happen, so Howard’s only hope is the Power of Veto.


America’s MVP nominee this week is Amanda. She got to play in the POV competition along with Aaryn, Howard and Spencer. The two randomly chosen players were Jessie and Candice.

Spencer won the veto and will take himself off the chopping block. Aaryn will be forced to name a replacement nominee. Her most likely choice is Candice because of Candice’s close relationship with Howard. The two girls have never liked each other, so that adds to the likelihood that Candice will find herself on the block next to her showmance partner.

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On Broadway: Disney’s Newsies Nichololas Lampiasi In The MP3 Experiement

Last Sunday Newsies’ Nicholas Lampiasi, participated in the MP3 Experiment 10 - created by the company Improv Everywhere. Thousands of people gathered at South Street Seaport to simultaneously listen to an MP3 and follow the instructions they were given on it.

They were told to “blend in” ahead of time so people NOT participating in the event would have no idea what was going.

They were given a list of certain items they needed to bring with them ahead of time, including bubbles, sunglasses, a dollar bill, a paper with their name on it and their high school yearbook quote, and something red.

They were asked to lay down, walk in slow motion, walk backwards in slow motion, go up to someone who wasn’t participating and give them a dollar bill, make a paper airplane and fly it, find someone who looks like them and take a picture with them, and, to blow bubbles.

According to reports, several thousand people participated in the event. Said ten-year old Nicholas, “It was a great event to have been a part of … very New York for sure.”

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Awarding Winning Multi-Platinum Music Artist James Blunt Set To Release Fourth Solo Album, Moon Landing in November

Any James Blunt ("You're Beautiful") fans out there....New album, new tour. First single, from Moon Landing,  "Bonfire Heart" Out now.

Multiple Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter James Blunt will release his fourth studio album MOON LANDING in the U.S. on November 5th. The highly anticipated new album was produced by Tom Rothrock (Beck, Moby, Foo Fighters), who worked with James on his multi-platinum selling debut BACK TO BEDLAM. MOON LANDING also features production from Martin Terefe (KT Tunstall, Martha Wainwright, Jason Mraz). The album’s anthemic first single, “Bonfire Heart,” which was released today was co-written and produced by Ryan Tedder and can be heard here: http://youtu.be/rZB5LnNC-e0

“This is a much more personal album, and also quite back to basics,” commented Blunt. “It’s about me and Tom, the producer, finding where the story all started and where we are now. It’s an album about dreams, longing, first love.” About looking in the mirror and seeing the boy you were, the man you are – and learning to be comfortable with that, flaws and all. About getting back to basics and rediscovering the power of music to communicate emotion directly and honestly, without too much polish or complication.

Since BACK TO BEDLAM was released in 2004, James has had four number one singles and won countless awards including two BRITs, two Ivor Novello Awards, 5 Grammy nominations and a host of MTV awards. He has sold nearly 17 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide and toured around the globe several times over.

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July 28, 2013

Box Office: "The Wolverine" Tops With $55 Million Debut; Plus "Despicable Me 2" Crosses $300 Million Mark

Sometimes even earning the No. 1 spot can be seen as a modest disappointment, or at least that’s what the new narrative around The Wolverine (CinemaScore: A-) would have you believe.

With no competition this weekend, The Wolverine pulled in about $55 million domestically in 3,924 locations — on target with studio estimates, but far below tracking projections, some of which went so far as to predict an $80 million weekend. With the majority of screens showing the Fox tentpole in 3-D, the movie averaged about $14,016 per screen on an estimated budget of $120 million, so this weekend’s performance is really nothing to scoff at. Interestingly, at $55 million, the film is right in line with 2011′s X-Men: First Class which made $55.1 million in its first three days at the box office in early June. But so far The Wolverine is holding steady as the second lowest opening of all of Fox’s six X-Men movies — that title goes to the first in the series which opened at $54.5 million. But X-Men was also released 13 years ago with no 3-D surcharges, so it’s not an entirely fair comparison.

The Wolverine opened internationally this weekend as well to grosses of $86.1 million, playing on 15,152 screens in 101 territories, bringing its worldwide total to about $141.1 million. Fox estimates that audiences were about 58 percet male, and 42 percent under the age of 25. Read more>>
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Doctor Who Script Starring David Tennant Goes Up For Sale At Charity Auction

The script 'Midnight' will be auctioned on August 3, and will benefit the charity Project Motor Mouth run by Janet Fielding - who starred as Tom Baker's companion Tegan in 1981.

The script for 'Midnight' is the tenth episode of the fourth series which aired on June 14, 2008, and the manuscript is full of annotations and drawings by Rusell Davies.

Fans of the sci-fi series will also be able to snap up scripts for 'Impossible Planet' and 'The Satan Pit' autographed by David, in addition to a Perspex panel resembling the Tardis signed by six Doctors and former cast members.

The series' 50th anniversary will see a special appearance from Tennant alongside current Doctor Who star Matt Smith, one month before his departure.

It was revealed last week that the episode will be shown as a "simulcast" in over 200 countries as global broadcasters don't want the one off special to be ruined for fans across the world.

The BBC1 show will be shown in the UK on November 23 at 8pm therefore will be shown at midday in Los Angeles and at 7am in Sydney.

An insider told the Daily Express: "The 50th anniversary special is a massive deal for fans around the world who were petrified the secrets would leak online the moment it aired in Britain."

The one-off episode, will also see the return of previous Doctor Who sidekick Billie Piper, and is expected to be watched by more than 100 million viewers.

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July 27, 2013

Elton John Lined Up For Cameo in "The Secret Service" Film

Sir Elton John is being cast for a cameo role in Matthew Vaughn's new comic book adaptation of 'The Secret Service', in a bid to turn it into a franchise.

The singer would feature as a hardman bashing bad guys in a huge fight scene.

A source told the Sun that the film is going to be a big British movie so Matthew wants to include some iconic British stars.

Brit star Colin Firth has already signed up to play the uncle of the main character - a young tearaway who is recruited by Colin into spy school.

Sir Michael Caine will also be starring, playing a veteran agent.

The original comics by Mark Millar will features cameos by stars like Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill and renowned director Ridley Scott.

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Bonnie McKee "American Girl" Top 40 Debut!

Breakout star Bonnie McKee, who has co-written No. 1 hits for Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Taio Cruz, has watched her solo career heat up to a full boil ever since she unleashed a viral video for her debut single “American Girl” — an anthemic pop tune that showcases her powerhouse voice, knack for big choruses, and nostalgia-tinged lyrical point of view. The viral video (which can be seen here) is packed with celebrity cameos by Perry, Tommy Lee, KISS, Ke$ha, Adam Lambert, Carly Rae Jepsen, Joan Rivers and many others lip-synching along to the song. The star-studded clip, which has seen over one million views, has led to a wave of press attention, with several outlets calling “American Girl,” which is climbing the Top 40 radio chart, the “Song of the Summer.” McKee will perform the song on Good Morning America on August 15th. In addition, McKee has debuted the official video for “American Girl” on VEVO this week already pulling in over a million views.

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July 26, 2013

Stars Send Birthday Messages to Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger's famous friends and fans took to the Internet on Friday, July 26 to send messages of congratulations as the Rolling Stones star turned 70.

The music legend's milestone created a buzz on Twitter.com and the singer was flooded with birthday greetings from devotees from around the world.

Jagger's partner L'Wren Scott gave fans a glimpse into the star's private birthday celebrations by posting a picture of a big pile of gift-wrapped presents on her Instagram.com page with the message, "Happy Birthday Mick Jagger... The most kind and adoring man... Love to you."

The singer's Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood also sent a public birthday message to his friend - in a post on Twitter.com, he wrote, "Hey - Happy birthday Mick Jagger! Enjoy & have fun," while Jagger's ex-wife Bianca added, "Happy birthday Mick Jagger - May the Good Lord shine a light on you warm like the evening sun, xx Bianca."

One Direction star Harry Styles also sent a birthday message to the veteran musician, writing, "Happy birthday Mick Jagger legend," and former U.S. President Bill Clinton also took time to honour the star: "Everyone wants the moves like Jagger... but Mick Jagger, you're one of a kind. Happy Birthday, friend!"

Rocker Lenny Kravitz offered, "Happy Birthday Mick!!!!... Have a good one Bro," while tributes also came in from Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Martin Kemp and Mia Farrow.

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Miley Cyrus Documentary Set For MTV

Miley Cyrus will be the subject of an hour-long documentary that will debut on MTV later this year.

The pop star and actress invited the network's cameramen to follow her as she worked on her upcoming album - her follow-up to 2010's Can't Be Tamed.

MTV's president of programming, Susanne Daniels, says the film will spotlight Cyrus' transition from "Disney princess to legitimate artist and fashion icon".

Meanwhile, MTV bosses have also confirmed they've ordered a second season of Ke$ha's Crazy Beautiful Life docu-series.

The six-part reality series premiered earlier this year.

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July 25, 2013

Rock The Hoodie: An Appreciation By Rising Recording Artist Dayme

(New York)—When recording aritist DAYME first appeared on the music scene a little over a year ago, critics were enthused by her rocking-Joan Jett-directness as well as the theatricality of her performances. The fact that she wrote all her own material tipped off the music industry immediately to a new potential powerhouse.

Her live shows were proof positive that a new, vibrant artist had arrived. Proving the critics right, she has just written and released “Rock The Hoodie,” a passionate and personal musical observation; in light of the recent Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial and verdict.

Says Dayme, “I wrote the song (and shot the accompanying video) right before the verdict because it was close to my heart. The whole episode resonated so strongly within me, that the song almost wrote itself.”

Dayme posted the video online and in two days generated over 400K views. Currently the video is on You Tube’s Most Popular at #2.

The artist admits that several of the comments posted after viewing the video were negative and rather harsh. “I expected negative comments, but to comment further negatively on Trayvon, I found that very disheartening. I think the case revolves around the stand your ground law in Florida. Unity is where we need to be. The law failed him more than the jury is how I see it.”

Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl_TuWtjLxY&feature=youtu.be


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Official Apologises Over Bruce Springsteen's Parking Fines

Council bosses in Leeds, England have apologized after Bruce Springsteen's tour trucks were given parking tickets.

The Boss headed to the city to play for thousands of fans at Leeds Arena on Wednesday night, but drivers of his stage equipment landed in hot water with traffic wardens, who issued fines for parking their vehicles on a side street near the venue.

Council leader Keith Wakefield has now apologized for the move and has revoked the tickets.

He says, "It was somebody being a little bit stupid and zealous. It is an awareness thing. The lorries are supposed to park off-site and then be called into the arena."

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July 24, 2013

Royal Baby Named George Alexander Louis

Baby Cambridge now has a name! Prince William and Kate Middleton announced Wednesday they have named their 3-day-old son George Alexander Louis. His official title is His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. He is third in line to the throne behind dad Prince William and grandfather Prince Charles.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis. The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge,” reads a statement released by Kensington Palace.

Middleton gave birth to George Monday in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. The newborn made his first public appearance the following day outside the hospital. After posing for pictures, the new family headed to Kensington Palace. They spent the night there Tuesday and left for the Bucklebury home of Middleton’s parents earlier today. A palace spokesperson told Us Weekly the Duke and Duchess are taking some “private and quiet time for them to get to know their son.”

July 23, 2013

Prince William and Catherine Thank Hospital Staff in Joint Statement

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have thanked hospital staff for the "tremendous care" they have received following the birth of their baby boy on Monday, July 22.

The royal couple welcomed a son at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London and the new parents are grateful for the help from medical staff.

A statement issued on Tuesday, July 23 reads: “We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received. We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone - staff, patients and visitors - for their understanding during this time.”

Prince William's uncle, Charles Spencer, has added his congratulations to the many well wishes already received.

He tells People.com in a statement, "Such lovely news."

Spencer also recalled memories of his nephew's birth 31 years ago, when he was an 18-year-old student.

He continues, "The teacher rushed into my bedroom to tell me the good news, a bottle of champagne in his hands. Now, 31 years on... we're celebrating this family addition with just as much happiness."

The Duchess' parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, were the first official visitors to see the new baby on Tuesday.

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Selena Gomez Cuts Interview Short Over Justin Bieber Question

Pop star Selena Gomez cut short an interview with a U.S. reporter after he asked about her relationship with troubled singer Justin Bieber.

The singer/actress was chatting to correspondent Dean Richards on America's WGN Entertainment network on Monday when he mentioned Bieber's recent headline-grabbing antics.

He said, "You're... probably as close a friend to Justin Bieber as they come. Is there something about him that we don't get or we don't understand? I mean, there is one story after another of... pretty outrageous behaviour that we're reading about."

Gomez, who was appearing on the show via videolink, refused to answer the question and looked off camera to an aide, before the screen suddenly went blank.

The brunette recently sparked fresh reports of a reconciliation with the Baby hitmaker after previously splitting last year.

Bieber has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent months, showing up hours late for several gigs and falling out with his neighbors in California, while he has also faced allegations he spat in a DJ's face and urinated in a restaurant's mop bucket.

Superman And Batman Movie Headed Your Way In 2015!

  In case you missed it.... More exciting news from Comic-Con. Should be interesting. 

Something super this way comes: Batman and Superman will team up on the big screen for a movie in 2015, Warner Bros. announced this afternoon at San Diego Comic-Con.

"Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder took the stage for a surprise announcement at the tail end of the joint Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures preview panel.

"There's been a lot of speculation about what we're doing," he said, after thanking fans for their support. "It is official that we are going to make another Superman movie."

Kelly Osbourne Planning 2014 Summer Wedding in U.K.

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Singer-turned-TV personality Kelly Osbourne will wed her fiance Matthew Mosshart in her native U.K. summer of 2014.

The 28-year-old daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne confirmed she is engaged to the vegan chef last week, but revealed he had actually popped the question during a romantic New Year's Eve moment on vacation in Anguilla.

Now Kelly's mother, Sharon, has spilled a few details about the happy couple's big plans.

During Monday's episode of her daytime show The Talk, she said, "My daughter Kelly is now officially engaged and she's planning a summer wedding next year at our home in England."

The bride-to-be has also given fans a peek at her custom-made Tiffany engagement ring by taking to her Instagram.com blog on Saturday to show off the new sparkler.

Amanda Bynes Spoken To By Cops Again

Troubled actress Amanda Bynes had another brush with the law on Sunday when she was accused of trespassing at an old people's home in California.

The actress was spoken to by police officers after staff at the facility in Thousand Oaks dialled 911 when she turned up drunk outside the building.

According to editors at TMZ.com, staff called her a cab but eventually contacted cops when they saw the Hairspray star walking back towards the property.

It is not known if Bynes was merely advised by officers to leave the area or given a ticket for trespassing.

The incident is the latest in a string of woes for the actress - she is facing a charge of driving under the influence after allegedly crashing her car into a police vehicle last year, and a further accusation of driving on a suspended licence several months later. She is also accused of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and possessing marijuana after reportedly throwing a bong out of her apartment window during a police raid in May.

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July 22, 2013

It's A Boy For Will and Kate!

Prince William and Kate Middleton became parents of an 8 lb. 6 ounce baby boy late Monday afternoon.

Both mother and child were reported doing well and will remain in the hospital overnight.

Prince William was present for the birth at 4:24 p.m., according to a press release from the royal household.

The release also said the name of the baby, the couple’s first, would be announced “in due course.”

The baby will be third in line to the throne after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father.

Crowds massed outside Buckingham Palace where a formal announcement of the baby’s birth was posted to cheers Monday night.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at St. Mary’s Hospital – where William and his brother Harry also were born – early Monday morning.   Read more> 

Elton John Lands Special Brit Award

Sir Elton John has landed a special BRIT Award in recognition of his lengthy career.

The Rocket Man hitmaker has been unveiled as the first-ever recipient of the Brits Icon Award, which will honor artists who have had a "lasting impact on the nation's culture".

The accolade stands alone from the prestigious U.K. prizegiving, which traditionally takes place in February, and Sir Elton will be handed the trophy at a show in London in September.

He says, "It's a tremendous honor and a real thrill for me to have my work acknowledged in this way, and I'm really looking forward to participating in what promises to be a very special occasion."

The star cancelled a string of shows earlier this month after he was diagnosed with appendicitis, but hopes to be back onstage for events in September.

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A&E Indie Films Partners with Mike Myers on His Directorial Debut SUPERMENSCH


Okay, now this peaks my interest.  Any  fan of 70s rock music and more notably, Alice Cooper knows the name Shep Gordon. For those of you who don't know, he  is the Coop's longtime  manager and good friend.  Hey, he and Alice were always cool to me whenever I needed  an interview or a quick quote  for a story or two.   I can't wait to see when this documentary  airs on A&E as it is also Myers directorial debut which makes it  even more interesting to me. I was lucky enough once  to ask Mike Myers two questions on the red carpet.  I hope this time I could get a full interview.  For more on Supermensch, see the official press release below. 

Kate Middleton In Labor At St. Mary’s Hospital, Labor Is “Progressing Normally”

The wait for the royal baby is almost over! Kensington Palace confirmed Kate Middleton checked into St. Mary’s Hospital in London shortly before 6 o’clock this morning after her labor began naturally. Middleton and Prince William were reportedly accompanied to the hospital by a security team. They made their way to the Lindo Wing through the Cambridge entrance, which is the same entrance Prince Diana used when she arrived at St. Mary’s to give birth to Prince William in the Lindo Wing in 1982.

"Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been admitted this morning to St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London in the early stages of labour," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "The Duchess traveled by car from Kensington Palace to the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital with The Duke of Cambridge."

The Lindo Wing staff said they are “exceptionally proud that this historic moment is happening here.”

Middleton’s labor is said to be “progressing normally.” Once she delivers the baby, a written declaration revealing the baby's gender, weight and time of birth will be posted on an easel outside Buckingham Palace. That information will also be released electronically.

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July 21, 2013

Madonna Remembers Late Friend David Collins

Pop superstar Madonna has expressed her grief following the death of her close friend, Irish interior designer David Collins.

The 58 year old, who designed interiors for many high end fashion boutiques and luxury department stores, passed away on Wednesday, just three weeks after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer.

Madonna was left heartbroken by the news, and she posted a tribute on her Instagram page in memory of her pal.

She uploaded a picture of pink roses with the message, "In memory of David Collins. He was a great talent and A good and loyal friend for 17 years! god bless him and may he R.I. P."

Madonna was spotted flying into London's Heathrow Airport two days after Collins' death wearing a sober black outfit, and she is expected to be among the mourners at his funeral in Ireland this week.

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July 20, 2013

Glee Season Delayed After Cory Monteith Tragedy

Executives at Fox Network have postponed the season premiere of Glee following the death of its star Cory Monteith.

The actor died last weekend (13Jul13) aged 31 after taking a lethal mix of heroin and alcohol.

The first episode of the fifth season of Glee, the show which catapulted him to international fame upon its debut in 2009, was set to hit screens on 19 September (13), but TV bosses have now decided to push it back until 26 September (13).

The musical's creator Ryan Murphy has not commented on how Monteith's death will affect the show.

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July 19, 2013

No Word on 3rd 'X-Files' Film From Series Creator, Chris Carter

The truth is out there: Don't expect a third "X-Files" film.

While series creator Chris Carter was suitably impressed by a boisterous and enthusiastic Comic-Con International crowd clamoring for a third big-screen venture, he remained decidedly noncommittal on the idea.

"We can get to it later," Carter said Thursday, when asked of the possibility at a panel celebrating the Fox series' 20th anniversary. The panel also featured stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, along with writers and producers.

It was not the answer the crowd was seeking about the fate of FBI agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. But those in the audience — including several who had camped out overnight to ensure good seats for the hour-long event — were in a forgiving mood, listening raptly as tales of the show were traded.

"The X-Files," a popular Fox television series, ran from 1993 to 2002 and spawned a pair of feature films.

But the future of the show's big-screen franchise remains as murky as the alien black oil that featured prominently in the popular Fox television series.

While Carter was cool to the proposition of a third "X-Files" film, Duchovny and Anderson were decidedly more amenable.

"I always thought whenever we can come back together, we would, as much as we can, so we will," Duchovny said.

Asked if the show should return to television, a la "24," Anderson replied "No!" then added, "but a film would be great."

Carter noted that the series — now a comic book from IDW Publishing dubbed Season — could find resonance in contemporary times.

"The suspicions and the conspiracy theories are rampant today, so I think that if 'The X-Files' were to come back now, you could do the show now," Carter said.

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Pregnant Kate Middleton Headed To London

A heavily pregnant Kate Middleton is reportedly en route to London from her parents’ Bucklebury home with Prince William. It remains unclear if Middleton is in labor and is headed to St. Mary’s Hospital, or if she is headed to Kensington Palace to await the baby’s arrival there. The baby is due any day now.

A royal rep refused to confirm Middleton has left Bucklebury. "We wouldn't comment on the exact whereabouts of the Duke and Duchess – we wouldn't normally do so in their private time,” the rep said Friday.

Last week, the Duchess of Cambridge made a secret visit to St. Mary’s for a checkup on the baby’s progress. She will give birth at the facility’s Lindo Wing, where Princess Diana delivered Prince William and Prince Harry.

St. Mary’s has been prepared for Middleton’s arrival since July 1. Parking outside the Lindo Wing has been suspended for the entire month and dozens of ladders for photographers have already been stationed outside the building.

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July 18, 2013

2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations Announced

The 2013 Primetime Emmy nominations were announced in Los Angeles on Thursday, by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In the category of Best Actress in a TV Drama, the nominees are: Connie Britton, "Nashville"; Claire Danes, "Homeland"; Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"; Vera Farmiga, "Bates Motel"; Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"; Kerry Washington, "Scandal"; Robin Wright, "House of Cards."

The nominees for Best Actor in a TV Drama are: Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"; Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"; Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"; Damian Lewis, "Homeland"; Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards."

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 22 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and airing live on CBS.

Strong Enough?: Cher Asks for Extra Body Armor in South Russia

(Press Release)—Cher, who recently performed at the opening of a new stadium for a football club in Russia’s restive south, asked for two extra bulletproof vests due to security concerns, a club official said in a Russian TV interview broadcast Thursday.

Local football club Anzhi Makhachkala’s board chairman Konstantin Remchukov said that the star's fears had been prompted by US news coverage of the Russian republic of Dagestan, where the authorities are fighting an Islamist-led insurgency.

“Cher was supposed to be coming for the Anzhi-Arena opening,” Remchukov told the Rossiya 2 TV network. “I know her and her lawyer personally. A few days before, I got a load of sms messages – ‘what’s going on there?’”

“CNN was showing news about a string of terror attacks in the region,” Remchukov explained.

“They asked ‘Could we have a couple of extra bulletproof vests? Are there metal detectors for the fans entering the stadium? Has this event been heavily promoted?’” Remchukov said, adding that they were worried that a well-attended event could become a prime target for terrorist attacks.

After reassuring them, Remchukov said he got a phone call from the club’s owner, fertilizer tycoon Suleiman Kerimov, asking him to accompany Cher from the airport for the June 1 event.

Anzhi Makhachkala won third place in the Russian league last season, but last year football’s governing body UEFA banned teams from playing in the North Caucasus, including in Dagestan, citing security concerns.

Cher, whose father’s family has roots in Armenia, south of the Caucasus mountain range, rose to fame in the 1960s as part of popular music duo Sonny and Cher, her official site says.

With over 40 years in show-business, the singer and actress has an avidly loyal fan base across the globe, and has also been dubbed a “gay icon” by US media.

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Star Trek Into Darkness To Be Released on DVD/blu-ray September 10, 2013 and Digital Hits August 30th

(Press Release)—Lauded by critics as “a sleek, thrilling epic” (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly), “a clever, exhilarating action adventure” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and “stratospherically entertaining” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), director J.J. Abrams’ phenomenal global sensation STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS makes its highly-anticipated debut on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and On Demand on September 10, 2013 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Fans can be the first to own the film on Digital when it arrives three weeks early on August 20th. Boasting “spectacular visual effects” (Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer) and “one of the best villains in recent memory” (Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News) STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS delighted audiences around the world, earning a coveted A CinemaScore.

"I'm excited for viewers at home to check out Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray and DVD," said J.J. Abrams. "They did a great job and I'm thrilled with how everything looks and sounds. We also have some really fun behind-the-scenes special features that we shot on the Red and created entirely in-house at Bad Robot. They really look amazing and unlike anything I've seen on DVD or Blu-ray before." Abrams added "I hope fans enjoy seeing the process that went into making the movie and the truly amazing work of our most spectacular cast and crew."

The STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blu-ray/DVD and Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo packs with UltraViolet™ are bursting with behind-the-scenes material detailing how the filmmakers delivered a rousing epic filled with both spectacle and soul. For the first time, the special features included in the combo packs were produced entirely by Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and captured in spectacular high quality on Red Epic cameras for a uniquely intimate perspective of the filmmakers' process.

July 17, 2013

Julian Lennon Discusses His Father's Legacy on Larry King Now!

Julian Lennon was a special guest on this week's Larry King Now. Watch this revealing interview about his 15 year hiatus, his new album Everything Changes rekindling his passion and why growing up with an iconic father was not a fairytale!

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In Cased You Missed It...MTV VMAS Nominees Announced

Nominees for the 2013 MTV VMA awards have been announced. The event takes place on Sunday, August 25th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Artists to perform at the award show have not yet been announced. We would like to extend a congratulations to all of those nominated for an award.

Check out the nominees below:

Video of the Year
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Best Hip Hop Video
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Drake, “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools”
A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, F–kin’ Problems”
J. Cole feat. Miguel, “Power Trip”

Best Male Video
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Ed Sheeran, “Lego House”
Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools”

Best Female Video
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, “Stay”
Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”

Best Pop Video
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Fun., “Carry On”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
Selena Gomez, “Come and Get It”

Artist To Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
Twenty One Pilots, “Holding On To You”
Zedd feat. Foxes, “Clarity”
Austin Mahone, “What About Love”
The Weeknd, “Wicked Games”
Iggy Azalea, “Work”

Best Collaboration
Justin Timberlake, feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”
Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera, “Feel This Moment”
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding, “I Need Your Love”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”

Best Video With A Social Message
Kelly Clarkson, “People Like Us”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love”
Snoop Lion, “No Guns Allowed”
Miguel, “Candles in the Sun”
BeyoncĂ©, “I Was Here”

Best Rock Video
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
Mumford & Sons, “I Will Wait”
Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up in the Air”
Vampire Weekend, “Diane Young”

Best Art Direction
Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up in the Air”
Janelle Monae feat. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N”
Lana Del Rey, “National Anthem”
Alt-J, “Tesselate”

Best Choreography
Chris Brown, “Fine China”
Ciara, “Body Party”
Jennifer Lopes feat. Pitbull, “Live It Up”
will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber, “#thatPOWER”
Bruno Mars, “Treasure”

Best Cinematography
Thirty Seconds To Mars, “Up in the Air”
Lana Del Rey, “Ride”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
A-Trak & Tommy Trash, “Tuna Melt”

Best Direction
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
Fun., “Carry On”
Drake, “Started From The Bottom”

Best Editing
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me A Reason”
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, “Sweet Nothing”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”