Jude Law's teenage son is launching a music career after interning for British rockers Blur.
Rafferty, 17, whose mother is Law's ex-wife Sadie Frost, was expected to work as a model after landing a clothing campaign and making his runway debut over the summer (14). However, the teenager has now revealed he dreams of making it as a musician after working with Blur. He tells Britain's ES magazine, "I did work experience for Blur for two weeks when they were rehearsing for their reunion gig, because (frontman) Damon (Albarn) is really good friends with my dad. I tuned their guitars and stuff." Rafferty has formed his own band called The Dirty Harrys and they are playing gigs around London. The group is expected to release a debut EP in January (15).
Former Blur star Graham Coxon is auctioning off seven motorbikes from his collection to benefit children's charity the NSPCC. The bikes up for grabs include a 1962 Vespa 200CC VBB and a 1968 Triumph Trophy 650.
Each one is worth between $1,600 (£1,000) and $8,000 (£5,000), while the Triumph Trophy is expected to fetch over $9,600 (£6,000).
Guitarist Coxon says, "These bikes have taken me on a lot of wonderful adventures up and down the country. As a parent, it seems fitting that they should be sold to benefit the NSPCC's important work in supporting and protecting children all over the UK."
Bonhams will stage the sale on 19 October (14).
Rocker Damon Albarn and duo Royal Blood have emerged as the favourites for this year's (14) coveted Mercury Prize in Britain. The former Blur frontman's debut solo project, Everybody Robots, and Royal Blood's self-titled release are the joint favourites to land the best British and Irish album of the year title, according to official bookmakers at William Hill.
However, rival firm Ladbrokes have given FKA Twigs' LP1 and poet Kate Tempest's Everybody Down the edge on its odds list.
The newly-announced shortlist also features Bombay Bicycle Club (So Long, See You Tomorrow), Anna Calvi (One Breath), GoGo Penguin (v2.0), East India Youth (Total Strife Forever), Jungle (Jungle), Polar Bear (In Each and Every One), Young Fathers (Dead) and Nick Mulvey (First Mind).
The 12 acts will compete for a $34,000 (£20,000) prize, which will be announced in London on 29 October (14).
Albarn's nomination is his first since he withdrew his band Gorillaz's self-titled debut from contention in 2001, when he compared the honour to "carrying an albatross around your neck for all eternity".
Singer/songwriter James Blake took home the 2013 Mercury Prize for his album Overgrown.
Netflix has to recognize our true desires (and inherent laziness). Summer weather can be gross. We shouldn’t have to leave the comfort of our homes. If only Netflix knew what we really wanted to watch, then we would be all set. Until then, here are some category suggestions that should be taken into consideration.
All The TV Shows You Were Too Busy To Watch (New Episodes Included Immediately )
Didn’t have time to follow Scandal or How I Met Your Mother? No problem. In a perfect world, Netflix wouldn’t make us wait months after a season finale to watch all the newest episodes. This world would also have every single TV show you couldn’t remember to DVR.
Every Movie With A Sequel Coming Out Soon
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Summer is the season of the sequels. What with 22 Jump Street and Transformers: Age of Extinction slaying the box office, and Dawn Of the Planet of the Apes doing incredibly, it’s easy to tell: sequels are coming. Netflix should be there to help us catch up on the first movie in each series before we make it to the theaters.
Every Michael Bay Movie Ever, So You Can See If They’re All The Same
You want to believe that he has made a movie at least slightly different than a 3-hour-long, explosion packed action film, but you can’t be sure. Will all these movies blur into one massive CGI fight scene, or will you find a gem amongst the pile of Autobot debris? There’s only one way to find out.
Summer Movies, So You Don’t Have to Go Outside ...Cause It’s Hot
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Why go on vacation somewhere hot and sticky, when you can watch someone else do it? With this category, you can set up camp directly next to your air conditioner and buckle down all summer. You can go to the beach without getting sand stuck to your sunscreen'd skin.
All The Movies Where You Can Yell “There’s A Shark Behind You!!” At The Screen
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You’ll be surprised to find out how thrilling it is to warn someone else of their impending doom. If they had just listened to you and gone to the pool instead, they probably would have lived to see another day. Lucky for you they didn’t and you get to keep yelling “Shark. There’s a SHARK!”
Every Cartoon Show You Ever Watched As a Child (Weird Ones Included)
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With Magic School Bus getting a make over and being brought back to life on Netflix, it’s time to revisit some childhood classics. Netflix has already had Hey Arnold and Rugrats on it’s queue. It’s time to see some Darkwing Duck and Tiny Toon Adventures gracing our screens.
Movies To Watch When You Have Absolutely No Idea What You Want To Watch
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The hardest part about watching Netflix is actually picking something to watch. By the time you’ve picked out a movie, you’ve already eaten all the ice cream in your bowl. Netflix needs to sense how indecisive we are and bring out the big guns, like your absolute favorite movie from when you were younger and totally forgot about.
Every Scary Movie That Will Make You Pee Your Pants
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What better way to hide indoors than scaring yourself senseless? At least its summer now, so we have more sunshine than darkness. That means more hours of the day you can spend exploring just how much you can terrify yourself.
British rocker Julian Cope has ruled out ever reuniting his hit 1980s band The Teardrop Explodes. The Reward hitmakers split in 1982 after four years together following a series of disagreements between Cope and keyboardist David Balfe.
The frontman went on to pursue a successful solo career while Balfe set up Food Records, signing hit band Blur and becoming a respected figure in the music industry.
However, Cope is adamant there will be no reunion because discussions with Balfe about possibly getting together always peter out.
He tells Mojo magazine, "I said to Balfe that I feel really bad because, in a world of reunions, there will never be a reunion. I said maybe we should get back together, not as a band, but as a kind of banqueting situation. We were going to have a jolly banquet. But I had a few conversations with Balfey and he's such a dwindler at the moment that I just can't interface with him."
"Well, since Damon's spilled the beans I feel we can all sort of talk about it now." Singer/songwriter Marianne Faithfull is happy to discuss her former addiction to heroin since Blur frontman Damon Albarn spoke out earlier this year (14) to detail his battle with the drug in the 1990s.
British rocker Damon Albarn is writing a family-friendly stage show. The Blur star has previously worked on two experimental operas, Monkey: Journey to the West and Dr Dee, which debuted in Manchester, England in 2007 and 2011, respectively.
However, he is now going more "mainstream" for his latest stage project.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "It's funny for me to say, 'I'm writing a musical', but yes, that's what I'm doing next. It's something that I've always wanted to do because musicals are great when they're done well... It started out with the same subject matter, but was going to be left field, experimental opera. But it's lurched into a mainstream musical for families. I'm trying to summon up the spirit of (Oliver! composer) Lionel Bart."
A teenager has died at England's Latitude festival. The unnamed 17-year-old was airlifted to a local hospital on Saturday afternoon (19Jul14), and died early on Sunday (20Jul14).
A spokesman for the Suffolk music event says, "The young male suffered from an isolated medical condition. The police are not treating this as suspicious."
The event was headlined by Lily Allen, Damon Albarn and The Black Keys, who closed the show on Sunday.
The highlight came on Saturday night, when Graham Coxon joined his Blur bandmate Albarn onstage during a rainstorm.
British pop star Lily Allen has stepped in to save the U.K.'s Latitude Festival after rockers Two Door Cinema Club cancelled their headline slot. The band was due to perform at the event in Suffolk, England on Friday (18Jul14), but they pulled out after frontman Alex Trimble collapsed at an airport in Seattle, Washington while en route to London and was hospitalised with a stomach condition.
Allen has now offered to take over their slot at the festival on Friday, marking her debut at the event just weeks after she performed a huge set at Britain's Glastonbury festival.
The singer says in a statement, "So sorry to hear about Alex from Two Door Cinema Club. However, I am more than happy to step in. I've never been to Latitude but I hear it's fabulous and I can't wait to get my heels on for some serious dancing action on Friday evening - so, so excited."
Other acts performing at the event across the weekend (19-20Jul14) include Blur star Damon Albarn and The Black Keys.
Damon Albarn will always be grateful to soul star Bobby Womack for sharing his musical knowledge with him in the years before his death. The pair became close friends after the British rocker helped Womack achieve a career comeback by involving him in his band Gorillaz, and Albarn insists he will never forget the veteran musician's lessons.
He tells BBC Radio 4's The Last Word show, "In a strange way, I find it very hard to sort of accept that he's not there anymore... For me, he feels very present and I don't quite understand why... He taught me things that will never leave me, and he will never leave me."
The Blur star also recalls working with Womack for the first time, revealing there was a scare in the studio when the star suffered a bout of hypoglycaemia due to his diabetes,
Albarn explains, "He literally just stood there for 45 minutes just singing. Finally at the end there was a silence. I put my arm around him and he was quite cold. I thought maybe he was going to collapse. Some sort of inner voice said to me, 'Go and get him a banana'. And I came back and gave him the banana and he was absolutely fine, but I had no idea he had diabetes."
Womack passed away last month (Jun14), aged 70.