Suede drummer Simon Gilbert has been struck down with a bout of tuberculosis. The British rockers have temporarily recruited former Elastica drummer Justin Welch to keep the beat at Suede's upcoming shows in Denmark and Spain while Gilbert recovers from the infection.
A statement posted on the band's Facebook.com page reads, "We are sorry to report that Simon Gilbert has contracted tuberculosis, a condition that is only treatable with a prolonged period of antibiotics and rest. Because of this he is unlikely to be able to perform with Suede at the forthcoming shows in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Barcelona (Spain). However, both Simon and the band feel that these shows must go on and thus the group will be rehearsing with long-term friend of the band Justin Welch to make sure that this can happen."
The Trash hitmakers add, "Simon wants everyone to know that he is receiving great care and that he is sure that his recovery will be as speedy as possible."
Seal has offered a public apology for publishing an angry online rant in defence of his The Voice co-star Joel Madden after cops found a small amount of cannabis in the rocker's Australian apartment. The Good Charlotte frontman had a brush with the law on Sunday (09Jun13) when officers discovered a small stash of marijuana after searching his serviced accommodation at The Darling hotel in Sydney.
Cops decided against pressing charges and Madden thanked officers for the way they handled the situation, but that didn't stop Seal, who works with Madden on the Aussie TV show, from aiming a furious tirade at the Australian media for reporting the scandal.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, he writes, "All my brother (Madden) has done since he's been here is serve this country by attending numerous kids' hospitals, homeless shelters, provide time and love for disabled kids... and not to mention bring hope to aspiring artists... across the nation with his authenticity and heart. Yet having a joint in the privacy of his hotel room is worthy of front page news?
"Way to respect a guest in your country trash media, way to make us feel welcome. Keep it up... sure we'll be back next year... and yes, I say we because it's just a matter of time before you gun us all down...
"It's a shame. I for one will not stand by and watch you attempt to destroy my brother, you gun one you gun us all!... I'm done here. Can't wait to go home."
The soul singer's outburst hit headlines Down Under, but he later deleted the tweets and apologised for his comments, writing, "I want to apologise for my rant earlier. Joel is one of my best friends and I was really hurting for him. I want to say I have loved being in Australia, I've loved working on The Voice and with an incredibly talented group of Australian artists.
"It's been almost 11 weeks away from my kids and me saying 'I can't wait to go home' was me missing being home with them."
Rapper Flo Rida's manager was ejected from Miami Heat's Eastern Conference Finals showdown with the Indiana Pacers on Monday night (03Jun13) following a heated encounter with basketball star Jeff Pendergraph. With just over two minutes remaining in the game, Pacers player Pendergraph and Heat reserve Rashard Lewis were sent off by referee Ken Mauer after an on-court stand-off, prompting Flo Rida's manager Lee Prince, who was sitting courtside at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida to trash talk the visiting sportsman and his teammates.
The officials decided he was too much of a distraction and asked him to leave. Prince protested, but the Low hitmaker intervened and was overheard telling his handler, "You're my manager, but you've got to get out of here now."
Flo Rida was caught on camera smiling as his manager was leaving the arena.
He stayed until the end and watched his Heat team win the game and move on to the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. The best of seven series will begin on Thursday (06Jun13).
Also watching the big game were fellow Heat fans David Beckham and Justin Bieber, who showed his support by wearing a team cap.
An investigation has been launched following an explosion at California's Disneyland theme park. A bomb squad was immediately dispatched to the attraction in Anaheim, California on Tuesday (28May13) and visitors were evacuated after a small blast in the Toontown area of the resort.
Police officers secured the area and subsequently concluded the incident was caused by dry ice inside a plastic bottle which exploded in a trash can.
Toontown was reopened around two hours after the blast and police are investigating whether the incident is linked to other dry ice explosions in trash cans which have occurred around Anaheim in recent months, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Alec Baldwin fell victim to Internet pranksters on Monday (27May13) when his Twitter.com account was illegally accessed - for the second time this year (13). A message promoting diets appeared on the former 30 Rock star's page - and he was less than impressed with the hack, which came just three months after his account was accessed without his permission in February (13).
In a series of posts, he writes, "This f**king hacking weight loss s**t. GOOOOOODDD!!! IGNORE this weight loss trash. I mean, I'm all for weight loss. But DAMN!!!"
Baldwin's Twitter drama comes after pop superstar Cher's account on the site was compromised by imposters over the weekend - the Believe hitmaker's page also displayed a message about a diet brand.
The Sopranos stars James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa's new family movie Nicky Deuce has come under fire for allegedly perpetuating negative stereotypes about Italian Americans. The Nickelodeon film, about an Italian American teenager who turns to gang-related activities to impress his friends, is set to premiere in the U.S. on Monday (27May13), and bosses at the Italian American One Voice Coalition are urging parents to boycott the movie, claiming the project is racist and damaging to their heritage.
Group president Manny Alfano says, "These trash-television purveyors now want to brainwash a new generation with this insidious and hurtful stereotype of Italian Americans. We are appealing to all parents - please, don't let your children watch this garbage.
"It is beyond reprehensible that a children's network like Nickelodeon would so grossly abdicate any semblance of corporate responsibility and target young children with a racist, stereotypical movie on Italian Americans."
The film stars former iCarly regular Noah Munck.
Rocker Richie Sambora has lashed out at his bandmate Jon Bon Jovi, urging the frontman to stop discussing his decision to bow out of the group's current world tour. The guitarist pulled out of Bon Jovi's North American shows in April (13), citing a "personal matter". He subsequently extended his break and will miss the upcoming European and South African legs of the band's Because We Can trek.
In a recent interview, Jon Bon Jovi gave an enigmatic answer as to why Sambora was struggling to fulfil his commitments, saying, "It's getting more and more difficult every day to not just sit here and say something... Because all I can say is this - it's for personal reasons."
Now Sambora has warned his longtime bandmate to keep quiet about the hiatus, and even accuses the singer of suggesting he is not an essential part of Bon Jovi performances.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I don't have any major problems in life right now, I love my fans and I feel bad for them at the moment. Bottom line.
"My opinion is Jon wants to see if he can pull off stadiums by himself. He is making it very difficult for me to come back. Enough with the trash-talking! Jon needs to stop talking about me publicly. I am fine working very hard on my fashion company Nikki Rich and this is a private matter."
The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis has cut back on his boozing after an altercation with a Jaguar driver and his passenger following a drunken night out in New York City. The funnyman was walking home when the motorist almost hit him on a crosswalk, prompting angry Galifianakis to slap the car with his hand as it whizzed by.
The driver stopped the motor and he and his pal confronted the actor in the street.
He recalls, "I keep walking... and I turn around and it's two six-foot-six guys... and they both, at the same time, spit in my face... I was so stunned. They walked away... and I remember reaching into a trash can and grabbing a beer bottle, and saying to myself out loud, 'Nobody spits in Zach Galifiankis' face'.
"I threw the beer bottle at the car - and it missed! That's one of the reasons why I decided to cut back a little bit."
This week’s edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List features five fanstastic shows that will make you giggle with excitement and gasp from all the amazing moments that will soon flood your TV screens. Let's get right into it and talk some trash about the season finales of Arrow and Psych, a great guest spot on The Middle, the premiere of Baby Daddy, and everyone's favorite serial killer drama Hannibal (well, at least until The Following comes back).
1. Arrow: Holy S**tballs!
This season on Arrow it's been one crazy roller coaster ride of awesomeness, and when the finale airs tonight be prepared to for your jaw to hit the floor and your heart to skip a beat. Star Stephen Amell — a.k.a. the world’s most wonderful human — promised me that we’re going to get a lot of character shifts in tonight’s episode, entitled “Sacrifice.”
“The neat thing about the finale is that so much of this season has just been with people with facades,” Amell explains. “Towards the last two episodes, all of those just melt away because danger is so perilously close. We get to see characters interacting in a way that they haven’t all season.”
Emily Bett Rickards, the amazing girl behind Team Arrow's IT expert Felicity Smoak, promises tonight’s hour is going to be even more action-packed than what we've seen so far... and who would have thought that was even possible? "It’s bigger than you can imagine. I don’t think I breathed [while] reading the script,"Rickards says with a smile. "There is so much going on...It’s exhausting. I hope you all sleep well after watching it." Nope. We’ll be too busy tweeting about it!
Rickards has been promoted to series regular for Season 2, so what can we expect to see from Felicity next year? "I expect to learn more about her outside lair life," Rickards predicts. "I think as a regular you have to see more of her as opposed to just being in the lair. She probably doesn’t leave the computer too often, but maybe she’s working out now, maybe she’s going on a few runs in her free time. She’s got to stay fit somehow!"
I’m currently doing a happy dance right now — and you should be too! Why? Well the fact that Rickards is coming back next season means that she survives tonight’s finale! Unfortunately, one character will not be so lucky. I know for a fact that one of our beloved Starling City residents is going to die in tonight’s finale, and while I cannot tell you who it is, I can leave you with these vague and ominous words from Stephen Amell: “Really crazy stuff is happening and no one is ever safe.”
2.Psych: A Game-Changing Finale
Hmm… I’m sensing that you would like me to give you some Psych spoilers from the show's Season 7 finale. So here goes! In two weeks — that’d be May 29 for all those without a calendar or simple mathematical skills — Psych’s season finale, “No Trout About It,” will see a new case alter the series as we know it.
This episode has everything! Murder, intrigue, new characters, snow cones, a high-speed chase, Shawn’s dad hitting on some random lady, and a member of the Brat Pack! That’s right Weird Science fans, '80s star Anthony Michael Hall guest stars in the finale as Harris Trout, an impeccably dressed yet extremely eccentric police consultant who is recruited by the mayor to help make the SBPD run more efficiently.
Believe me when I say this is one extremely odd fella — and that’s saying a lot since we’re talking about Psych, the leader in quirky TV characters. Fun fact: Hall’s appearance on the comedy makes him the the fourth member of the big screen’s “Brat Pack” to appear on Psych, following in the footsteps of Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, and Judd Nelson. Aww! All we need is Emilio Estevez and we’ll have the entire Breakfast Club as Psych alums!
Anyway, back to the episode. Shawn and Gus are called in to investigate a very special case involving the murder of a man who isn’t even dead yet. The victim has actually been poisoned and he comes to our dynamic duo for help on finding his killer — but of course things are not always what they seem and there are plenty of twists and turns along the way. I’ll leave you with this little nugget: This season ends on a huger than huge cliffhanger and the entire premise of the series could forever be changed. Dun dun duuuun!
3.Baby Daddy: A Change of Heart
Confession: I think ABC Family's Baby Daddy is hilarious. It’s quick-paced, filled with fun yet relatable characters, and features a baby that doesn’t talk (Lily from Modern Family is my nightmare).
Here’s what you can get excited for in Season 2 – which premieres Wednesday, May 29 bee tee dubs: Ben is kinda, sorta, totally into Riley, Riley is still super into Ben, Danny is dating a Russian supermodel, and Tucker’s dance moves have never been better. Oh, and Bonnie uses Emma as baby bait to hit on a man — but what else is new?
Throughout the Season 2 premiere, Ben is desperately trying to prove to Riley that he’s not “that guy” but unfortunately actions speak louder than words. Let’s just say that by the end of the second episode, there’s not one but three guys vying for Riley’s heart.
Luckily I will be having lunch with the cast next week so feel free to hit me up on Twitter and I will pass along all of your burning Baby Daddy questions!
4. Hannibal: Fit For a Fiddle
Fannibals will find Thursday night’s newest installment of Hannibal to be music to their ears. The episode, titled "Fromage," is anything but cheesy. Now, cheese may be everyone’s favorite thing (I’d like to think that’s a scientific fact), but everything is far from gouda in the lives of Will and Hannibal (sorry about the lame cheese pun).
First up, sexual tension is mounting between Will and a certain potential paramour and many questions will be addressed. Will there finally be a lip-lock between these two? And if so, how will it affect their friendship? The whole thing will have certain folks jumping for joy while others will worry about the potential fallout.
But keep in mind that Will isn’t the only one with secret admirers — Hannibal has one as well! Food for thought: Murderpeople are quite curious with the way they exchange secret messages. This week’s serial killer is fascinatingly grotesque and focuses on the one thing we know Hannibal respects above all: the arts. Also, a character we've known since the pilot will be fall victim to music's sweet sound.
But don’t get so baroque-n up about it (now a bad music pun), because the developments that follow the not-so-shocking-but-also-yes-totally-shocking death will lead the bromantical relationship between Hannibal and Will down a different path. All the mind games and manipulation have reached a breaking point, and there’s no way all of this can be wrapped up neatly with a bow. At least Will’s seemingly deteriorating mental state will make sure of that. Oh, and bonus points if you can spot the reference to Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs in this episode!
5.The Middle: Jack is Back!
When we bid adieu to 30 Rock earlier this year, it was a difficult time because I’ve absolutely adored seeing sweet-as-pie Kenneth on my TV screen each and every week. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that Jack McBrayer would be guest starring on one of my favorite comedies: The Middle!
I had the extreme pleasure of chatting with McBrayer in anticipation of his hilarious role in tonight’s episode, “The Ditch,” and to answer your question: Yes, he is just as delightful as you would hope — and so is his new character. “I play dentist Dr. Goodman. He hires Frankie to work in his office and he’s kind of like a big man-child,” McBrayer says with a laugh.
Since McBrayer will be playing a dentist tonight, I made sure to ask him if he took and extra measures to make sure his chompers would be pearly white on camera. The actor exclaimed, “Why of course, Leanne! My teeth are like my bread and butter. They’re so big, so you can bet I made sure they were sparkling before I came to set.”
Just like Kenneth, Dr. Goodman is what we’d call a people-pleaser. McBrayer explains, “He’s not really one for confrontation so Frankie’s at times overbearing and mothering personality kind of pushes him over in the office.” Well, that’s a bit of an understatement! When Frankie alludes to a line full of people that she’s a doctor, she tries to keep up the charade and take charge of Dr. Goodman when one of the people she fibbed to shows up at the office. Yikes!
McBrayer’s character is very similar to his 30 Rock alter ego, meaning that he’s about as frightening as a basket full of kittens.Don’t believe me? Take a look at this clip from tonight’s episode to see his lack of ferocity for yourself!
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Alec Baldwin's wife has taken a swipe at editors of a top New York newspaper over a report suggesting the pair was spotted arguing on the streets of the Big Apple on Friday (10May13). The 30 Rock actor and his pregnant wife, Hilaria, were snapped on a stroll in Manhattan with their pet dogs and in some of the images, Baldwin appears to be gesturing angrily at his partner while standing in the middle of the sidewalk.
Reporters at the New York Daily News ran pictures of the couple alongside an article suggesting they were in the middle of a fight, but Hilaria has shot down the speculation on her Twitter.com page.
Posting a link to the story, she writes, "My husband wasn't yelling at me, he was telling me how he feels about the Daily News."
Baldwin has long had a rocky relationship with the New York press, taking aim at them last year (12) over claims a number of photographers interrupted his then fiancee's yoga class to get a photo of her engagement ring.
He blasted the paper on Twitter.com, writing, "Shame on the no-talent trash from the Daily News for invading the privacy of 75 people in a yoga class to take a picture of someone. In NYC, it's common knowledge that the News is trying to give the (New York) Post a run for its $ in the slime dept. Clearly, they're succeeding."
Baldwin has also been embroiled in a number of run-ins with photographers from the local media, who camp out daily outside his Manhattan home in a bid to snap pictures of him with his family.