Weezer and Jane'S Addiction will be among 10 bands performing classic albums in their entirety at this year's (14) 10th anniversary Riot Fest in Chicago, Illinois. The Offspring, NOFX and Slayer will also hit the stage to revamp hit albums like Smash, Punk in Drublic and Reign in Blood, respectively.
Chicago's Riot Fest & Carnival takes place in September (14), and will feature rock act Gwar's first performance since the death of frontman Dave Brockie in March (14).
Pussy Riot stars Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will also take part in an interactive panel with other Russian artists and once-imprisoned activists at the festival.
SLASH and Aerosmith are heading out on the road together this summer (14) after announcing plans for a huge North American tour. The Let Rock Rule trek will begin in New York on 10 July (14) and end two months later (Sep14) in Canada.
The two acts confirmed dates during a press conference at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on Tuesday (08Apr14), during which Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler told fans and the media, "Looking forward to inciting a riot and building the tribal bonfire even higher - it's a win win with Slash."
The former Guns N' Roses guitarist added, "Aerosmith is one of my all time favourite bands, and one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time. It's an honour for me to go out and tour with them and keep the rock 'n' roll banner flying high."
Reports of the tour first surfaced last week (ends04Apr14) when Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry took to the streets of Los Angeles with graffiti artist Risk and 'tagged' various buildings with his band's logo, and the tour announcement date of 4.8.14. Drummer Joey Kramer hit buildings in Downtown Austin, Texas for a similar stunt with artist Chunk.
Slash and Aerosmith aren't the only big-name double act hitting the road in America and Canada this summer - Linkin Park will join 30 Seconds to Mars for a string of dates; KISS and Def Leppard have teamed up, and last week (ends04Apr14), Jeff Beck and ZZ Top announced plans for a co-headlining tour.
The Pussy Riot backlash has begun - members of the punk group have turned on the two recently-freed stars, accusing them of forgetting about "the aspirations and ideals" of the movement. Hours before Maria Alyokhina and Nadia Tolokonnikova were introduced onstage at Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home Concert in New York by Madonna on Wednesday night (05Feb14), an open letter from Pussy Riot officials, taking aim at the two rockers, was published online.
The anonymous writer, who posted the missive on Pussy Riot's Livejournal, confirmed Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were no longer members of the organisation.
The letter reads: "We are very pleased with Masha (Alyokhina)'s and Nadia's release. We are proud of their resistance against harsh trials that fell to their lot, and their determination by all means to continue the struggle that they had started during their stay in the colonies.
"Unfortunately for us, they are being so carried away with the problems in Russian prisons, that they completely forgot about the aspirations and ideals of our group - feminism, separatist resistance, fight against authoritarianism and personality cult, all of which, as a matter of fact, was the cause for their unjust punishment."
The two rockers were convicted of hooliganism in 2012 following a protest against Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church. They were released from prison in December (13) as part of an amnesty deal.
The open letter continues: "Instead of the names of Nadia and Masha, the poster of the (Amnesty International) event showed a man in a balaclava with electric guitar, under the name of Pussy Riot, while the organizers smartly called for people to buy expensive tickets.
"All this is an extreme contradiction to the very principles of Pussy Riot collective: We are all-female separatist collective - no man can represent us either on a poster or in reality. We belong to leftist anti-capitalist ideology - we charge no fees for viewing our art-work, all our videos are distributed freely on the web, the spectators to our performances are always spontaneous passers by, and we never sell tickets to our 'shows'.
"Our performances are always 'illegal', staged only in unpredictable locations and public places not designed for traditional entertainment. The distribution of our clips is always through free and unrestricted media channels. We are anonymous, because we act against any personality cult, against hierarchies implied by appearance, age and other visible social attributes. We cover our heads, because we oppose the very idea of using female face as a trademark for promoting any sort of goods or services.
"The mixing of the rebel feminist punk image with the image of institutionalised defenders of prisoners' rights, is harmful for us as collective, as well as it is harmful for the new role that Nadia and Masha have taken on."
Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova have yet to comment on the letter's content.
Pussy Riot star Maria Alekhina has sensationally alleged she was forcibly freed from prison against her will, branding her early release a publicity stunt. Alekhina and her bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were set free on Monday (23Dec13), three months ahead of their planned parole date in March (14), as part of an approved presidential amnesty to mark the 20th anniversary of Russia's post-Soviet constitution.
Alekhina has now revealed she planned to refuse the offer of early release but was given no choice as guards were ordered to free her.
She says, "I intended to refuse my early release but they had their orders, and so I was brought here. Now I'd like to meet with human rights activists, start solving the problems of our penitentiary system and pursue a career in human rights."
In a telephone conversation with a reporter from Russian TV channel Dozhd, she adds, "I do not think it is a humanitarian act, I think it is a PR stunt. My attitude to the president has not changed."
Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were jailed in 2012 for hooliganism following a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow church. A third member of the band, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was also jailed but was freed in October, 2012 when her sentence was commuted.
Two incarcerated members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot could be home by the start of 2014 if President Vladimir Putin signs off on an amnesty deal. A Kremlin human rights adviser has revealed the Russian leader is seriously considering letting Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina walk free almost three months before their prison terms are currently set to end.
The two rockers were jailed for two years in 2012 after they were found guilty of an act of hooliganism following a protest against Putin inside a Moscow church.
According to Reuters, Putin has told his presidential human rights council to make suggestions for an amnesty to mark the 20th anniversary of the passing of Russia's post-Soviet constitution in December 1993.
Rights council chief Mikhail Fedotov believes the two jailed Pussy Riot members are on the list.
The Standells star Dick Dodd has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 68. The one-time TV Mouseketeer was also a member of revered surf rock act the Bel-Airs.
The drummer and singer recorded sports anthem Dirty Water with The Standells and 1960s hit instrumental Mr. Moto with the Bel-Airs.
He passed away on Friday (29Nov13) in a California hospital, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Dodd joined America's popular TV show The Mickey Mouse Club in 1955, aged nine, and, as a member of The Standells, he appeared in Riot on Sunset Strip and Get Yourself a College Girl.
The jailed members of Russian punk act Pussy Riot have filed a request to replace the remainder of their two year prison sentence with community service. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who began their stint behind bars last spring (12) and were convicted of hooliganism in August (12) following a protest gig in a Moscow cathedral, are hoping to take advantage of a clause in Russian law that would allow them to return to their families.
The rockers' lawyer, Irina Khrunova, has petitioned Russian authorities asking them to consider allowing her clients to serve out the rest of their prison term as community volunteers - a clause that is available to non-violent criminals.
Otherwise, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina, who were denied parole earlier this summer (13), won't be walking free until March (14).
Khrunova insists the fact that the two feminist punks have small children at home will aid their latest bid to get out of prison.
Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova has already offered the jailed Pussy Riot stars a job with her charity Podari Zhizn if they are handed community service.
Russian punk act Pussy Riot have taken aim at the nation's leader, Vladimir Putin, again in a new video posted on YouTube.com. Three members of the all-girl group were jailed on hooliganism charges for staging a protest against Putin in a Moscow church last year (12) and two of them are still behind bars, serving out a two-year sentence.
However, the threat of upsetting the President hasn't deterred the remaining members of the group, who avoided arrest last time around, from continuing the band's campaign to discredit him.
In the new video for Like a Red Prison - the band's first promo for almost a year - Pussy Riot attack Putin's hold on Russia's oil industry as four members of the masked punk collective dance on oil pipelines.
From portraying a sadistic Bond villain to the world's most notorious cannibal, Mads Mikkelsen is so good at playing bad. But in The Hunt, a Danish film by director and screenwriter Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration), Mikkelsen does a complete 180 and plays a wronged, innocent man.
Lucas (Mikkelsen) is a kindergarten teacher beloved by students and community members alike. But when a little girl falsely accuses him of sexual abuse, he becomes persecuted by his friends and neighbors. The audience suffers along with Lucas as his life spirals into desperate chaos. Lucas' pain, grief, and frustration is all the more immediate thanks to Mikkelsen's powerful performance — one that earned him Best Actor at the 2012 Cannes Festival.
Hollywood.com sat down with Mikkelsen to hear about his experience making this heartbreaking, incredible film. And, because we couldn't resist, we dug for some dirt on Season 2 of Hannibal.
Hollywood.com: Congratulations on the film, first of all. I thought it was incredible — hard to watch at times, but incredible. What drew you to the project initially?Mads Mikkelsen: The script itself was extremely beautiful and heartbreaking — and frustrating to read, because I got the same sense that the audience gets, a sense of frustration. You feel the need to do something, hit someone, kill someone! We spent a lot of time discussing why we had that feeling of danger, if it's something we should change. Should [Lucas] do more? We realized, no, he's reacting the right [way]. He's going straight to the source, to the kindergarten, straight to his friends; he's doing everything right in a civilized manner, but the doors are going clomp, clomp, clomp [closing in his face]. So he's realized that he could scream up louder and he would be guilty in the town's eyes. If he was quiet, he's still guilty ... So it's really frustrating to read, because he's doing what I probably would've done myself and that was not enough. So, that was a major reason. And working with Thomas [Vinterberg, the director]. I've always wanted to do so. We've known each other for years and we never had the chance to do anything, but then all of a sudden it came along.
How was it working with Annika Wedderkopp, who played Klara? Your relationship with her is obviously the crux of the movie. How did you build that trust and that rapports with her? Well, it's basically… it's my job to figure that you can tell the girl as much as you want. I just had to spend time with her and have fun with her. And she is a kid. Just have fun and ask and play and go for a walk so she'd feel comfortable with me. And that was established the same way with the guy who plays my son [Lasse Fogelstrøm].
Basically for me, it's just hanging in there, because I cannot plan, and I don't think that should be too much of an actor's job to plan too much anyway ... With kids, you've got to hang in there, forget your planning, and be as honest as you can with the scene. Then you probably become better than you normally are. So, I think it's a gift working with kids. I can see there being a problem for people who are used to planning their own scene, but they would rarely act with the other guy anyway.
Well, Annika was really wonderful.She was absolutely fantastic. She was a gift. Obviously the way she looks, the way she's so natural with the things she's doing — and the thing with her nose [mimes wiping his nose]. The best thing about the whole thing was that when she was done doing something that was quite emotional, she would just jump into the corner and play with her friends. She was not affected by it at all, which is like, "Oh, thank God!" Because, that could be a long day if we have to build her up every time.
There are a few scenes that stand out in my mind as being particularly intense — the grocery store scene and the church scene near the end. They're engrossing for sure, but also hard to watch because they seem so real and the emotions are so strong. How did you prepare for those?They were both scenes that were highly anticipated by me and Thomas — like, finally! Finally, I get to do this! They are very different scenes in terms of what we're trying to say. I mean, they're both stuff that starts happening, spur of the moment. Obviously, in the supermarket, when he's being humiliated, and he comes back for a split second and doesn't know what to do, he head butts the guy. And the others go, "We didn't see that coming from this guy!" And [the viewers] all go, "Yes! Thank you!" So we as an audience, it's very interesting, could not live with him treating this in a civilized manner. We enjoy when he become uncivilized, just like the others. That's what we enjoy and that's very interesting. Do we really give up and say that you cannot win this battle in a civilized manner, you can only do this as an animal? That's very interesting. That was not truly a difficult scene, [we were] just playing and we enjoyed it — and we hurt ourselves! There was a lot of blood. But it was a cool, good day.
The church was a different thing. It was an 11-hour day, we shot the same thing over and over again. But what we did was, we just had an idea of what the scene should do to the character — and the character originally just comes to the church, he didn't mean to make a riot or anything, a stand. The only stand he wanted to make was "I'm allowed to be here. I'm part of the community. I'm not going to be beaten by you guys." And then obviously when the choir starts to sing and everything, the emotion sets in and he can't control it. He stands up and makes a very embarrassing situation for everyone. But luckily, it also opens up people's eyes. So that's the second stand.
What we did [to film] was, we didn't exactly know when and how to do it and what I would be affected by. I said, "Listen, why don't we just do the scene? Why don't we just make them say what they do, I come in, and then just get the choir and if I feel like it, I will get up and confront my friends somehow. I don't know how and I don't now why and I don't know where it's going to end." So we didn't tell any of the other actors or any of the extras that this is going to happen, and nobody in the choir. So we did it. And it was actually me against a whole village, personally the first time we did it, which obviously creates a lot of tension between us and it's a very awkward situation to be in, even as an actor. And then we tried to copy that, take the best parts and sculpt it a little, but basically that was the fundamental foundation of the scene. And it was a long day, but it was a beautiful scene. It was a beautiful scene that he finally got to do this. We wanted him to be a little frustrated and it turned out that the song [Lucas sings along with the congregation] was so heartbreaking and [the situation] was so unfair for my character or me or whoever, I kind of cracked every time I was trying to sing it. That was beautiful, but we couldn't anticipate that that would happen. But we could copy it after we did it the first time. So it was of those classic try it and surprise the other actors. And after that, we tried to put it in the schedule.
What makes this movie so unique and so effective is that the audience never doubt Lucas' innocence. But, that's the complete opposite of what you're doing on Hannibal right now, where it's all about deception. How was it to go from one to the other?Well yeah, in many ways it's the same drawer — but also obviously not. What we've done with Hannibal, which is quite interesting, is that is he's full of empathy, as opposed to Will Graham... who's also full of empathy but he cannot control it at all, it's controlling him. I am totally in control of my empathy, meaning I will decide if I'm sad, I will decide if I'm happy. I will decide if I'm being influenced by music or if I'm angry. It's a totally controlled thing, but every time he goes with an emotion, he's honest with it. He's not a psychopath who momentarily believes it, he's very honest with it. He's an honest man — and he's not said one lie in the whole show. We made a big, big thing over that: I will not have one lie. Try to make him as honest as possible. So yes, there are similarities in the way I approach this as an actor, but there's obviously a tiny wink in the eye as Hannibal, which there is absolutely not in the character of Lucas. And the wink is very very small in Hannibal. I have read a couple places where they would like a much bigger wink, but we couldn't do that. Because obviously those two cops [played by Lawrence Fishburne and Caroline Dhavernas] would see it. If the audience sees it, they should see it. So, we can't go there.
Obviously — and I'm sure you get this question all the time — Hannibal Lecter is such an iconic character. But you've really made him your own. How do you feel about the audience's, and the critics', reaction to you in the role Anthony Hopkins made famous?I tried not to read too much in the beginning, because when people have reactions they have been mixed — and I understand why. You have Anthony Hopkins doing it to perfection, so you anticipate something down that alley. But at the same time, as a critic, you don't want it to be that alley, because you can't match it. I understand, it's a very thin blade for me and for the critics as well. The fact that people have thought, "He's not doing anything, he's not evil enough. He should be much more evil. What is happening?" You can't take that super serious — but I'm listening to it — because we can't go down that path, because he's not in prison, he's right in the face of people. He has to have friends and so he has to be humanized. In all his private moments, we see who he is.
But I hear it and I understand that frustration, but we have been there ourselves and we had to make the decision that we couldn't go down that path. So if people embrace what we're doing and they like it, we're happy with that. Of course we could've done something else, but I don't think [audiences] would've bought it the same way. I'm super happy that a lot of people like it. There were big shoes to fill and the only reason why we could get a yes — and I think that Brian wanted to do it — was that if he's a different Hannibal. He's still Hannibal, he's just outside the prison, so he's bound to be a different person.
So now, going into Season 2, we have a different dynamic between Hannibal and Will Graham. What would you like to see happen?I'm curious about whether the Will character is going to be out in the open that he knows and I know. If that's the case, it's one thing. But if Will's still confused, it's a different thing. Oh, even more interesting! If Will plays that he doesn't know, he's conning me now. If he's doing that, that's going to be interesting — that he's playing the game on me now. That's going to be very interesting, seeing what path they want to go down. I kind of like that last one that he's going to play me as well. But, I will be surprised if I didn't know.
Well, Hannibal seems to always know everything.He is such an annoying guy! He knows everything about the human nature, the fruits, anything about the food, any kind of music, instruments from the last millennium… He's really annoying in that sense. He's also a psychiatrist who doesn't necessarily want to hear his clients talk, which is rare. He likes to talk himself.
The show is so stylized, between the graphics, the mood, and even the suits you wear. Does it add an extra layer for you to step into those costumes?
It does. We obviously have to remember that the Hannibal character — not only in all the films, but also in all the books — he is extremely elaborate. He's a three-piece suit man in love with language — he's not from England, he's from Lithuania, which is good. Good for us, but that doesn't mean he doesn't love the English language. Obviously he would find American banal [if he did]. For him, he's either going to eat it or he doesn't want to hear about it. We now know that a man in a three-piece suit, if he collects art and listens to opera, he's definitely a killer. You know that. We didn't know that in the '80s, that was definitely something that happened in those days, so it's still there. We have to do [the wardrobe and stylization] because it's in the books. He is a different kind of person than the other guys. Even more so, I have to be even more trustworthy as much as I can. If I was so weird all the time, I mean, we couldn't get away with one episode. I'm just weird enough.
Going back to The Hunt again for a minute. The end of the movie is a bit ambiguous, but I walked away thinking that Lucas is always going to live in fear, always going to be persecuted. And I was wondering if that's what you were trying to portray. And just generally, what were you hoping audiences would leave with?It's definitely what we were trying to portray. We did not want to put a face or a person on [the hunter], we even wanted to leave it maybe in his imagination. The scene that most pointed at this ambiguity is when my son is getting the rifle. That's the only scene in the film where Thomas' approach is a little stylistic, in the sense that everything I see [in the scene] is realistic, then I look at all my friends and see that they are all standing, looking at me. And that is stylistic. That is definitely something that [Lucas] feels. They are not staring at me, looking at me. But I see these people that I once loved and who once loved me and I can't read their faces. I have no idea what they are going to feel about me tomorrow. And for that reason, the end was really that I cannot stay here, it's never going to be the same.
Follow Abbey On Twitter @Abbeystone | Follow Hollywood.Com On Twitter @Hollywood_Com
More:All the Questions 'Hannibal' Season 1 Left Unanswered NBC Renews 'Hannibal' For Season 2Is 'Hannibal' A Worthy Successor to 'Silence of the Lambs'?
From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
"I'd like to say 'Free Pussy Riot'!" Maggie Gyllenhaal joined the celebrities seeking the freedom of two jailed members of Russian punk act Pussy Riot during an appearance on comedian Craig Ferguson's late night U.S. show on Friday (21Jun13). The bandmates were sentenced to serve two years behind bars last summer (12) on hooliganism charges following a protest gig in a Moscow church.