Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter skipped his sister's wedding in California on Saturday (08Feb14) to celebrate his own impending nuptials with his fiancee in Las Vegas. The pop star was noticeably absent as his family, including younger brother Aaron, joined model Angel Carter at her wedding to Corey Conrad at the Newhall Mansion in Piru, reports UsMagazine.com.
Instead, Nick headed to Sin City with his fitness expert partner, Lauren Kitt, to throw a huge joint bash at the Ghostbar venue.
The couple combined its bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the singer documented the night in a series of pictures posted on his Twitter.com page.
Carter proposed to Kitt last February (13).
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is to make his big screen debut opposite original Freddy Krueger Robert Englund in a new horror film. The rocker took a step into the movie business by launching a production company called Living Breathing Films with his bandmate Shawn Crahan last year (12).
He is now moving into acting after landing a role with A Nightmare on Elm Street star Englund in new film Fear Clinic.
The horror movie is reportedly based on Englund's 2009 TV series of the same name and is due for release later this year (14).
Taylor's addition to the cast was announced via a post on Slipknot's official Facebook.com page.
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has moved to silence speculation about the future of the band by dismissing rumours of an imminent split. Fans of the heavy rock group were thrown into a panic earlier this month (Dec13) when drummer Joey Jordison announced he had left the band after 18 years.
Taylor fuelled gossip about a rift in the band by refusing to comment on the reasons behind Jordison's exit, saying, "Legally and respectfully, I can't say a lot about it... We're trying to protect him, trying to protect us... It's difficult."
However, he has now moved to silence mounting speculation that Slipknot is on the verge of breaking up.
He writes in a post on his Twitter.com page, "For those who think The Knot are falling apart, you are greatly and sadly mistaken. Bring on 2014. Great things are coming. Stay tuned..."
The late Corey Haim was sodomised on the set of a 1986 movie by someone who has become "one of the most successful people in the entertainment industry", according to his longtime friend Corey Feldman. In his upcoming memoir, Coreyography, the Stand By Me star opens up about the sexual abuse he and Haim suffered early in their careers as child actors.
In an excerpt obtained by the New York Post's Page Six, Feldman recalls a story Haim, then 14, shared about his experience on the set of Lucas, in which an "adult male convinced him that it was perfectly normal for older men and younger boys in the business to have sexual relations, that it was what all the guys do. So they walked off to a secluded area between two trailers... and Haim allowed himself to be sodomised."
Feldman claims he too was abused by an older man, who he identifies as Ron Crimson, a pseudonym. The actor alleged Crimson introduced him to drugs, and left him "revolted" one night when he performed oral sex on the teenager.
He writes, "I desperately wanted him to stop, but I was afraid of losing my friend."
And perhaps the most disturbing moment in the book comes as Feldman recalls a photograph of himself and Haim at his 15th birthday party surrounded by five paedophiles.
He adds, "I would begin to realise that many of the people I had surrounded myself with were monsters."
In the wake of the tragic passing of castmember Corey Monteith, Glee is moving forward into its fifth season and has just started production on the special tribute episode to the young actor. The third epsiode of the new season will revolve around the death of Monteith's character Finn Hudson, a staple of show since its first season. In an intimate gesture, no cause of death will be revealed and the episode will instead focus on each character dealing with the aftermath and celebrating the character's life.
Episodes dealing with the death of a series' actor can work to bring closure for viewers both in terms of the loss of the actor and the character he or she portrayed. That loss permeates and layers the show: at once, we are watching characters dealing with death, as well as watching castmates losing a comrade. Keeping the heavy performativity of Glee in mind, the episode is said to be "gut wrenching," with reports that "you will cry from beginning to end." Performances from Naya Rivera, as well as Monteith's girlfriend on and off the screen, Lea Michele, are reported to be particularly memborable, with both actresses having close bonds with the performer. Costar Jane Lynch tweeted Wednesday that the episode is "the most memorable thing," inspiring hope that it will provide the send off fans are looking for.
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Incarcerated rapper C-Murder was granted a brief moment of freedom on Saturday (03Aug13) after authorities gave him permission to attend his grandmother's funeral The embattled hip-hop star, real name Corey Miller, is currently serving life at Lousiana State Penitentiary after being found guilty of murdering 16-year-old Steve Thomas in a New Orleans, Louisiana nightclub
Miller was permitted to spend the day in mourning with his family and friends at the ceremony but photographs of the rapper posted on Instagram.com proved that he was still under severe restrictions, as he was snapped wearing handcuffs and his prison orange jumpsuit.
The 42-year-old star posed for family photos with his three daughters, hip-hop star brother Master P and nephew Lil Romeo, who later took to his Twitter.com page to show his support for his uncle.
He wrote, "Being able to just sit & have a conversation w/my uncle (C-Murder) was a blessing. We gonna get you home Uncle C! Love ya."
Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has urged fans to contact police if they have any information which could lead to the recovery of more than $30,000 (£20,000) worth of musical equipment following a raid on his Iowa home. The masked rocker's property, as well as storage units he rents in Des Moines, was targeted while Taylor and his wife were away in Europe, and he reported the thefts on Sunday (07Jul13).
Taylor has now taken to his Twitter.com page to highlight his plight, writing in a series of posts, "Thank you all for your concerns. I appreciate them and all that the Des Moines community is doing for me. If you have any info please contact the West Des Moines PD (police department)."
The star also dismissed reports suggesting guitars which belonged to late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray were among the items stolen, clarifying, "The basses stolen were not Paul's personal basses. They were Paul Gray Signature Basses from (brand) Ibanez."
Former child star Corey Feldman looks set to pull out of his role in a U.K. production of White's Lies due to a lack of funding. The Stand By Me actor was cast as a womanising divorce lawyer for the European premiere of the production at the upcoming Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland next month (Aug13).
However, he took to his Twitter.com page on Wednesday (10Jul13) to tell followers his trip to the U.K. is in danger of being called off.
In a series of posts, he writes, "I hav (have) some very sad news 2day (today). It's not 100 per cent yet, just wanna giv U (give you) the heads up. It seems my UK trip is being cancelled due 2 (to) lack of funds. I'm very very upset about this, & still hoping 4 (for) a miracle, but as of right now, I will no longer be appearing in Whites Lies (sic) at this time.
"U (sic) all know how much I love u, and I wanna B (be) there so badly!! But I do hav (sic) a son 2 (to) take care of, and I must always put his needs b4 (before) mine... it's not my funds, it's the producers of the play, I'm not a producer of it, I was just hired as an actor."
The original off-Broadway production of White's Lies was widely panned by the American media and closed in June 2010 after 46 performances.
There's a moment at the beginning of Iron Man 3, Marvel Studio's latest attempt at world domination, where Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark is suffering from some major PTSD akin to an Iraqi war veteran or a child who survived corporal punishment in Catholic school. What is causing him sleepless nights and panic attacks? We're given some vague answers about "what happened in New York" and a "wormhole," but never, once, does anyone utter what really happened to the character since the last time we've seen him: The Avengers.
In that movie – which combined the comic-book-company-come-movie-studio's Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Incredible Hulk, into one superteam – Tony Stark et al were faced with a bunch of aliens that flew in through a wormhole and attacked New York City. So even if viewers had seen the first two Iron Man movies, but not The Avengers, they would have no idea what the heck Tony Stark was whining about. Houston, we may have a problem here.
When it launched its "Avengers Initiative," Marvel took a revolutionary approach to movie making. The company wasn't creating a franchise that was a litany of unrelated blockbusters (think the never-ending James Bond films). It consciously made the choice to make interrelated movies that would build up to a bigger whole. The result was last summer's geek holiday The Avengers, the third highest-grossing movie of all time and the fastest to make it past the $1 billion mark at the box office.
This strategy makes sense for a comic book studio because the business model totally apes the way that Comic-Con denizens have interacted with these characters for decades. Nearly every one of the Avengers has his own comic book (sadly, there aren't many "hers") and they all get together in several different titles about the team as a whole. The roster is constantly changing and evolving as the mythology and the characters get more and more complex. So far, taking this approach to Hollywood seems to be working in Marvel's favor. At least for now.
"I think one of the most interesting things about Marvel's foray into making their own films is there is this shared universe that fans are excited about and there is nothing like that in movies before," says Sean Howe the author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story. "I think it's really exciting to watch non-comic readers see what this huge fictional tapestry is." But what happens when viewers come late to that tapestry? They don't see a work of art, they see a bunch of jumbled pictures that don't seem to quite fit together or make sense on their own.
Non-comic readers aren't used to consuming their content in the same way as fans. The more complicated the interconnections between these movies get, the more difficult it is for new viewers to hop in and check out any old movie. "I'd be less likely to see a sequel if I knew that seeing the previous movies would drastically affect my enjoyment of the future movies," says Corey O'Connell, a 25-year-old, who lives in New York and hasn't seen any of Marvel's previous movies. "To me, a great adaptation appeals to both 'knowing' and 'unknowing' audiences who are both familiar and unfamiliar with the source material, and I'm turned off by the idea that I need to see previous films to enjoy a current one."
Most of the dozen Avengers virgins I talked to said that they would be unlikely to see any of the future movies (Iron Man 3 is just the kick off to Marvel's phase 2 which includes Thor and Captain America sequels as well as new movies for Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, which culminates in Avengers 2 in 2015). Those who didn't care whether or not they had seen the previous movies were the ones who didn't seem to care about or connect to comic book fare in general.
"I don't think there's anything that could make me actually want to see a Marvel movie, honestly," says Amanda Dye, a 27-year-old grad student in New York. "If I for some reason did decide to go to see one, I probably wouldn't care too much about not having seen the previous movies."
But as the universe gets more and more complicated, the road to alienation could be pretty quick. "If I felt I had to see the previous movies – I don't know that I would see the current one simply due to time investment. If they could stand alone then I would be more interested," says Laura James, a 44-year-old corporate trainer from L.A.
Many uninitiated Marvelites had faith that the producers and directors of the studio's fare wouldn't create a movie that would be too complicated for anyone to just jump on in like watching one episode of Law & Order: SVU during a day-long marathon. "I imagine the directors/producers would make a movie anyone can just jump into," says Parker McGuire, a 25-year-old musician in Nashville (the city, not the ABC show). "[If they didn't], it'd be a major letdown. I would basically be my mom watching any TV show/movie having to ask a million questions to whoever I saw it with. Also, I feel like it'd be 'giving them what they want' if I paid money to rent or order the first movie after seeing the sequel, therefore I wouldn't."
Even Marvel expert Howe admits that, in the '90s, Marvel's comics got so convoluted that they became inaccessible to outsiders. "That's the trade off with such a rich narrative that just keeps going on and on, the trade off is that there is no simple way of summarizing that for new audiences," Howe says. If that were to happen to the movies, which have budgets as big as the Hulk's underwear, there's potential for the audience erosion, putting Marvel on a slow path to bankruptcy with no way to goose its numbers.
Is that the destiny of the movies, to get overly complicated? Some think it has already happened. Alex Erikson, a 25-year-old writer in New York admits to having fallen asleep during The Avengers. "I actually had seen all of the Iron Man movies at that point, and ended up seeing Captain America (which I enjoyed much more than The Avengers) after the fact. I hadn't seen the others, but was with some pretty devout nerds who had brought me up to speed as to the basic details I needed, or so I thought," he says, adding that the confusing nature of the plot was like taking an Ambien. "There was so much going on that wasn't explained, or you had to be super-familiar with the back stories to understand the nuance of, that I succumbed [and fell asleep]."
By doubling down on continuing this interconnected universe, Marvel doesn't seem to care that much about attracting new fans (but with such a huge hit on their hands, they hardly need more people to be interested in their offerings). Howe, for one, is excited to see where all this leads because he thinks that getting audiences familiar with characters will breed better storylines and more audience involvement in the outcome. These days studios will reboot a franchise faster than Lindsay Lohan will change rehab facilities, so seeing a property continue on for the better part of a decade is new and fertile ground. But even that has its pitfalls; RDJ is almost too long in the tooth to play Iron Man and even Chris Hemsworth might need to be recast for Thor 6 in 2027.
Howe also makes a very good point that audiences these days are more accustomed to catching up on pop culture to stay with the times. "There are a lot of people who watch Game of Thrones every week. For 10 years people have gotten really accostumed to going all in for TV shows and to ask people to watch five other movies to find out what's going on wouldn't be too demanding," he says.
Those who said that having to know all the movies would deter them from seeing Avengers 2 also said that there are other factors that might still lure them to the cineplex. In most instances they credited the writers and directors – like Joss Whedon and Kenneth Branagh, which Marvel already employs – as the big draw. "I make superhero exceptions for Batman because I grew up with the Tim Burton ones and I like Chris Nolan. So if Matthew Weiner [who created Mad Men] wanted to do a Superman with Jon Hamm I might check it out," says Abby Davis, a 28-year-old Manhattanite who works in high education.
Taking all these things into consideration, no matter how big the Marvel Universe gets on screen, there will still be plenty of fans who are dying to spend even more time with there favorite characters in a dark theater. And if having to know the backstory of 27 different super powered aliens keeps hordes away from the theater, there is one sure-fire way to get the uninitiated to buy a ticket. Everyone I polled said they'd go see a movie if their significant other asked. Guess there is one thing more powerful than Thor — or knowing what is going on in a damn action movie.
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Let's be honest, no matter how much you might love your family, any getaway, gathering, road trip, holiday, or vacation with them is bound to be a little horrifying at times. Of course, your family was never hunted in your own home by a gang of arrow-wielding lunatics wearing terrifying animals masks as they try to pick you off, one by one. Or, hey, maybe they have. Different families have different traditions.
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The first preview for the long-in-the-works horror flick You're Next has hit the web, and much like those unsettling teaser posters, this should give you sufficient nightmares until it arrives in theaters on August 23. While the clip is being touted as a full trailer, it's almost more of a teaser, considering its focus on the sheer horror aspect of the home invasion movie. But despite being as terrifically scary and often times downright upsetting and unnvering as it is, there's also more Cabin in the Woods-esque in-joke humor than this preview would leave you to believe.
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The trailer also (wisely) leaves out a song that plays repeatedly at key points in the movie, and focuses on the ensemble as a whole. But, if you peer your eyes from the safety of the palms of your hands, try to keep a look out for breakout star Sharni Vinson (pictured), who kicks some serious ass in the gruesome, but surprisingly great, moviegoing treat. Lionsgate was wise to pick this one up, as the festival favorite has got all the makings of a sleeper horror hit.
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Watch it below, if you dare. And maybe reconsider moving your next family outing to a less remote location.
[Photo credit: Corey Ransberg/Lionsgate]
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