Rocker Morrissey has branded bosses of his former record label Harvest "cheap" for asking him to read extracts from his memoir to promote a new album. In a furious statement, titled Please Close The Door Behind Me, the former The Smiths frontman blasted company chiefs over his short-lived deal, slamming it as "sorrily botched" and accusing them of fostering an atmosphere of "mutual mistrust" and "fashionable pessimism".
He also blames them for failing to promote his new record, World Peace Is None of Your Business, with traditional promo films, and accuses the company of "beheading" him by ending their deal weeks after the album was released last month (Jul14).
In a lengthy statement, the Suedehead hitmaker blames the downfall of his deal with the company on a suggestion that he should read extracts of his bestselling memoir, Autobiography, to promote the album.
Morrissey writes, "In response to 77 million questions I can only say this much on the subject of the Harvest drama. It is quite true that Harvest initially appeared like a saintly beacon of light... It all seemed too good to be true. It was...
"The label suggested I come to Los Angeles and read passages from Autobiography in front of selected audiences. As frightening as that idea was, I hung on, desperate to believe that Harvest were not as cheap as they now looked...
"Mutual mistrust exploded between Harvest and I, and with fashionable pessimism, the label boss yawned and ordered the surface smartness of dropping World Peace is None of Your Business three weeks after its release. There, now! This would not have happened to the Teletubbies.
"Sorrily botched the project may now be, but it's worth it to get Morrissey out of our Inbox. Yes, I can be intensely persistent, and I certainly have an over-active fantasy-life, but the Harvest experience tells us that despite the blinding flash of teeth and smiles, it doesn't take much for the coin to flip and suddenly we're all compromised and shattered."
Bono's daughter Eve Hewson once pulled a prank on singer Justin Timberlake after finding his number in her famous father's address book. The actress was just 11 when she called the Suit & Tie hitmaker and started asking him questions from a quiz on the back of a cereal box.
She says, "We pranked a lot of people, but he was the one who answered. A few other people answered, but they hung up the phone.
"I think he didn't hang up because he was getting the answers right and he enjoyed that. He seems like a guy who likes to get it right."
"We had a girls' day! I went over and hung out with Katie and her daughter, Suri. We had our nails done, ate sushi and talked about what our lives are like and everything else that girlfriends talk about." Singer Taylor Swift bonded with her The Giver co-star Katie Holmes off-set as they do not share any scenes together in the new film.
Hit comedy The Inbetweeners 2 has soared to the top of the U.K. box office chart with opening weekend (08-10Aug14) takings of $21.3 million (£12.5 million). The comedy sequel, which stars James Buckley and Simon Bird, knocked Guardians of the Galaxy from the top spot. The superhero blockbuster fell to number two with takings of $5.7 million (£3.3 million).
The sequels continued to reign at the box office as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hung on at number three with $3 million (£1.7 million) and Planes 2: Fire & Rescue made it to number four at around the $1.7 million (£1 million) mark.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 rounded off the chart at number five, taking $1.5 million (£893,792).
The Inbetweeners 2 set a new British cinema record with its mid-week opening, which netted £2.7 million ($4.6 million).
Cartoon characters can be attractive. While everyone liked Johnny Bravo and Fred from Scooby Doo, there are a lot underrated, cute cartoon guys. Some of them, you used to totally crush on hardcore. Others, they were your tightly-kept secret. Either way, there is no judgment here.
Twister, Rocket Power
We were probably supposed to crush on Otto Rocket, but he just didn’t do it for us looks wise. Plus, Otto was super competitive and a jerk 90% of the time. Twister was goofy and cute and almost always nice.
Max, A Goofy Movie
So technically, Max isn’t a human. But with Goofy as his dad, it’s pretty hard not to be surprised by how cute Max turned out. A crush is only fair.
Danny Phantom, Danny Phantom
Danny made life tough. Did we like him better with dark hair or his white, ghost-fighter hair? Those are decisions too tough for a preteen to make. Also, blue eyes or green eyes? We were never able to choose.
Tommy and Dil, All Grown Up!
The Pickles brothers turned out really cute. Dil was kind of young for us to consider, but we admired his looks and quirky personality. But Tommy, well he was right around our age (since he technically turned 1 in 1991) and we really loved that purple hair.
Chuckie and Phil, All Grown Up!
Tommy and Dil weren’t the only ones who upgraded to major cuties. Once Phil stopped eating worms, you were able to put him in the crush category. Chuckie's new glasses were actually pretty chic, too.
Edd, Ed, Edd, n Eddy
With Ed and Eddy as his competition, it really wasn’t hard for us to pick Edd. He’s a cartoon crush we kept a secret for many years.
T.J. Detweiler, Recess
T.J. gave off a bad boy vibe, but not bad enough to actually be a bad guy. He loved recess, you loved recess. You two would have been a match made in kick ball heaven.
Cosmo, Fairly Odd Parents
Cosmo was not very bright. He’s actually the dumbest character on the show, which seems hard since Timmy and his dad are both equally dim, but Cosmo was easily everyone's favorite. His hair and matching eyes added to his cutness.
Alden was cute. There is no question there. But this show was vastly underrated, so he might not have been on your friends' radars. He certainly was on yours. If you had braces back in 2001, Alden gave you hope that boys would still find you cute.
Shaggy, Scooby Doo
Fred might have had his ascot, but Shaggy had unlimited amounts of goofy charm. His red pants and green shirt combo is what stole our hearts.
You can have ours. Any day. We still want to be Pokémon trainers and could really use the help. Ash was too annoying to be considered cute.
Gerald, Hey Arnold
This boy was smooth. We don’t care if his best friend was blonde, with a football-shaped head. Gerald was the interesting one. We would have hung out with him any day.
The Professor, The Powerpuff Girls
Thinking the professor was cute was pretty much same thing as finding your best friend’s dad cute. You didn’t tell anyone, but you couldn’t help how you felt.
Did we miss any cartoon characters that you crushed on? Sound off in the comments below!
Hollywood actor Steven Seagal performed at a concert for pro-Russian separatists in Crimea on Saturday (09Aug14). The Under Siege star is a keen supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin and sparked controversy when he defended the leader's invasion of the peninsula in March (14), calling the leader's actions "very reasonable".
Putin sent troops into Crimea to annex the region from the Ukraine and reclaim it as a Russian territory, and Seagal has shown his support for pro-Russian citizens by performing with his blues band at a concert organised by Russian nationalists.
He took to the stage in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, where Russia's fleet of ships is based, and the separatists' flag hung in the background as he played the guitar.
The actor was dropped from the bill of an Estonian music festival this summer (14) for his controversial remarks.
We may have discovered photographic evidence of the most adorable playdate in history. Thank you, Jessica Simpson:
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Simpson's new baby hung out with Donald Faison's baby boy, and that makes us incredibly happy. These two are the cutest.
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Actor Thomas Jane is returning to the small screen to play a futuristic detective in a new sci-fi series based on the popular The Expanse book series. The Hung star will portray Detective Miller in the new Syfy channel 'space opera', which is set to premiere in America in 2015.
The Expanse is a thriller set 200 years in the future. The series follows the case of a missing young woman who brings Jane's detective character and a rogue ship's captain together in "a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history".
Police officers were sent to Robert Picardo's home on Friday night (04Jul14) to investigate a 911 call. A call was placed to the emergency services from the property but the dialler hung up, prompting cops to race to the scene.
Officers interviewed the Star Trek: Voyager actor and his wife, Linda Pawlik, over allegations they were involved in a bust-up, but the star denied suggestions the spat turned physical, and no arrests were made, according to TMZ.com.
The couple, which has been married for 30 years, filed for divorce in 2012.
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Actress Cameron Diaz has stepped up her relationship with rocker Benji Madden after introducing him to her whole family as they celebrated America's Independence Day holiday weekend (04-06Jul14).
The couple, which reportedly began dating in May (14), travelled from Los Angeles to Florida to attend a Diaz family reunion and it appears the Charlie's Angels star's relatives are big fans of her new beau.
A source tells Eonline.com, "They flew into Orlando and then drove to Tampa where they met up for a reunion. They also spent a few days at the beach on Anna Maria Island, where Cameron's family has a house."
"It was a great vacation and they had a blast spending time with Cameron's nieces and nephews. Cameron and Benji are like big kids themselves. They were having a great time jumping over waves and splashing in the water. They were giving the kids piggyback rides and seemed like the best babysitters ever. "The kids all couldn't wait to hang out with Cameron and Benji was right there with her having fun."
The insider adds, "He fit in well. Everyone hung out together for several days and seemed bonded by the end of the trip."
Diaz's previous boyfriends include Justin Timberlake and Jared Leto, while the Good Charlotte rocker famously dated socialite Paris Hilton.