The original line-up of cult indie rockers Veruca Salt launched its reunion comeback on TV in America on Wednesday night (21May14) with a performance on talk show Conan. The hitmakers returned to the stage for the first time in 18 years to belt out their song Seether and new track The Museum of Broken Relationships on the eve of a new tour.
Founding member Nina Gordon quit the group in 1998, leaving guitarist Louise Post to continue as Veruca Salt with an ever-changing line-up.
Veruca Salt kick off a summer reunion tour in Portland, Oregon on Thursday night (22May14).
The original line-up of rock band Veruca Salt is reuniting for the first time in 14 years and releasing a new album on Record Store Day (19Apr14). Alt rockers Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack and Jim Shapiro have hit the studio together for the first time since 1998, when Gordon left the band to pursue a solo career.
While other musicians have been added to the line-up during the band's long tenure, the new album will be the first record in 14 years with the original members.
The special vinyl record features their hit Seether, along with two new songs titled The Museum of Broken Relationships and It's Holy.
Veruca Salt recorded two hit albums in the 1990s, including 1994's American Thighs and 1997's Eight Arms to Hold You.
Hemlock Grove hits Netflix April 19 and there's very little known about the brand new horror series, aside from the fact that the NSFW trailer scared (and grossed) the hell out of everyone in the Hollywood.com offices. Producer Eli Roth really does have a way with blood... and guts... and maggots... and bones protruding from skin. You get the idea.
But we generally know what the series is about (werewolves), who it's from (Roth), why it's a big deal (Netflix's original programming slate), but who are all of these sexy (but also kind of terrifying) people bringing the book-to-series adaptation to life?
Stars As: Olivia Godfrey, matriarch of the wealthy Godfrey family.Notable Qualities: Cold, disarming stare; Apparent insatiable lust, which probably makes her a bit of a MILF.I Know That Face...: Yes, you definitely do. She's the mutant who stole Wolverine's heart in the X-Men movies: Jean Grey.Crush Potential: She's a hot mom with a dark side. Do the math.
Stars As: Roman Godfrey, son of Olivia and Dr. Norman Godfrey.Notable Qualities: Good at smoldering; often found fighting with his lusty mother; not averse to teaming up with presumed werewolf gypsies to solve murders.I Know That Name... Right?: Sort of. Bill is brother to True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård and son to Stellan Skarsgård. He's also got four names (Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård) and was in 2012's Anna Karenina with Kiera Knightley.Crush Potential: He's practically got a pedigree as the younger brother of Alexander, plus he's pretty damn handsome. Yeah, you'll be crushing.
Stars As: Peter Rumancek, a gypsy and quite possibly a werewolf.Notable Qualities: He's 17, considered "trailer trash" and a gypsy, and he teams up with the town's richest guy his age to solve a murder? You can bet his life is going to get all kinds of rough. It also means he's totally going to have sexual tension (and – we're guessing – then some) with Roman's sister.I Have No Idea Who This Guy Is: He's Canadian, so you guessed it! He was on Degrassi as Declan. American audiences may know him a little better at the son of Jason O'Mara's hero on the short-lived Fox Sci-Fi series Terra Nova. Crush Potential: Tortured werewolf? Duh.
Stars As: Letha Godfrey, another of the wealthy Godfrey brood.Notable Qualities: Pretty, blonde, likely to attract scruffy gypsy boys like Peter.I Have No Idea Who This Girl Is: The lovely Australian lady hasn't done much stateside, so this is a bit of a break for her. However, (fun fact) her cousin Radha Mitchell has had some success in the U.S. and is presently starring in ABC's Red Widow. Crush Potential: Look at that gorgeous face. Yes, dudes, there's crush potential.
Stars As: Dr. Norman Godfrey, husband of Olivia and father to Roman and Letha.Notable Qualities: Ruggedly handsome; he yells a lot in the trailer, so we're assuming as the patriarch of a wealthy family, he's seeking order in a world that's about to go completely nuts; owner of a biotech facility that could have something to do with the murder Roman and Peter are trying to solve.I Know His Face...: Do you like Drew Barrymore movies? Even the ones where she messes with history and fairy tales and murders a British accent while playing a French girl? Then you probably recognize this rascal from Ever After, Barrymore's strange twist on the classic Cinderella tale.Crush Potential: He seems a little sinister so far, but hey, whatever floats your boat.
Stars As: Lynda Rumancek, gypsy mom extraordinaire to Peter (could this casting be any better?).Notable Qualities: She's a gypsy and her son is telling people he's a werewolf. Prepare for sass. I Know Her Face...: You'd netter know her face, she was in such classic films as Mystic Pizza and Say Anything... plus she was a regular on Six Feet Under (if you didn't watch it, scurry over to Netflix right now, slacker). She also introduced the founding members of the band Veruca Salt to one another, so, you're welcome.Crush Potential: She's a pretty lady, but my guess is that's not what she's here for.
Stars As: Shelley Godfrey, youngest daughter of the wealthy, aloof Godfreys.Notable Qualities: She's apparently incredibly creepy, which is appropriate because you can bet the name "Shelley" (with an E) is an homage to Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. I Have No Idea Who This Girl Is: You wouldn't. This is her first acting gig.
Stars As: Peter's former friend Christina Wendall.Notable Qualities: She's a teenage girl who's mad at her best friend, who's a hot 17-year-old guy; the sparks will most certainly fly.I Have No Idea Who This Girl Is: This is her first project of note, through from the looks of the trailer, it may the start of many more.Crush Potential: She's pretty, she's young, why not?
Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler
More:'Hemlock Grove' Giveaway: Yay Free Swag!'Canceled' Doesn't Mean Canceled on TV, And That's a ProblemStudy: Women on TV Murdered More Violently Than Men
From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His Character? (Vulture)
There's something about Louisiana. It's just a little hard to be down all the time, when you're in the "Home of the Dawg," Randy Jackson's own Baton Rouge, La. Plus, as Keith Urban points out, "All the good music is from the South." It's just a good time down in Louisiana, and during American Idol's fourth round of auditions, that much was clear.
There wasn't a moment of unrest nor a single sob story that dipped into the well of melodrama. It was simply an hour of goofy judge antics, good voices, and a few requisite unfortunate souls. (We're not reinventing the wheel, here.) It was just about as sweet as the smell of a crawfish boil on the Bayou.
First up, was Miss Baton Rouge, and the sign that things were going to be nice and easy in Baton Rouge. Megan Miller was in an accident just before her audition, but she doesn't spend much time feeling sorry for herself or milking her situation for sympathy. No sir. She's got surgery scheduled immediately after her audition, but she puts on her favorite heels, struts (as much as one can on crutches) into the judging room and shows off her natural, beautiful voice with a little dose of humor at her own expense (crutches make great fake microphones). She doesn't draw attention to the scrapes on her legs and arms, but instead tries to direct all attention to her voice (you know, that thing she's there to show off). Of course this girl is getting a ticket to Hollywood, but not because she made us get all misty over her hardship. She's going to Hollywood (after a successful surgery, to boot) because she's got the goods. Plain and simple.
But the talented people keep coming and their sad stories, while present, are kept in check. Seventeen-year-old Charlie Askew is socially-awkward. His parents joke that he's got Charlie Askew Syndrome because no doctor would diagnose the shy guy's social awkwardness. But from what we can see, he's just a sweet, shy kid. "I'm bad at communicating in a firsthand sort of way," he says with a laugh as America collectively sighs, "Aww." And that's all well and good, but when Charlie finally sings (a little of "Breakthrough" by Queen and a lot of "Nowhere Boy" by David Bowie), the last thing anyone is thinking about is the kid's social fears. His sweet, androgynous tone is haunting and lovely, especially when he takes on the Bowie song. It's a perfect choice, because as Keith notes, "The tone, it's not of a gender ... like Bowie or something." Much like Kez Ban before him, Charlie brings a voice unlike any we've ever seen on the series, and one that could take us to a whole new place if sticks around past group week.
For Randy's mission, he's sent a hop, skip, and a jump down to New Orleans to the world famous Cafe Du Monde to pick up Maddie Assell (and hopeful some of those mouth watering beignets), a teenager on vacation with her grandmother, who's just nominated her for an Idol audition (and who happens to be the sauciest grandma ever). When she stops by the next day to sing her lil song, she chooses "Oh Darling," citing Beyonce, Adele, and former Idol contestant Haley Reinhart as her influences. She's certainly got her own sound though, and the raw goods, but her runs are out of control. She's definitely someone who figured out that she could handle some incredible flourishes in her singing, but she overuses her giftand it sounds a bit messy. Still, auditions are about raw talent and Maddie's got it, and a golden ticket. Now, let's just hope she brings her hilariously strange grandmother along for the ride so she can keep telling Ryan Seacrest things like "I want to kidnap you and take you home with me."
After a brief trip into the Idol producers' latest parody reel, True Bad (it even adds a sexy, dark filter to the action to give it the real dingy True Blood feel). Hey, at least they're trying to keep the tone deaf stretches of auditions somewhat interesting. Still, I imagine I would have liked to see the girl who made Randy scream (yes, scream) "NONONONONONO" and who walked out of her audition yelling "I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY WOULDN'T CHOOSE ME" like a murderous Veruca Salt.
Thankfully, that nonsense is followed with an adorable, gorgeous, talented guy: Paul Jolley. Idol attempts to make a background story out of the fact that Paul just lost his grandfather, but this is about as melodramatic as the episode gets. When he gets down to business, singing Rascal Flatts' "I Won't Let Go," it's clear we've just happened upon someone important in this competition. He sounds like a sweet, countrified Josh Groban, and with those eyes (that chin, that smile, those shoulders), he's what music industry experts might call a total jackpot. Here's to more from Paul come Hollywood week.
Bosses at California auction house Profiles in History expect the purple velvet frock coat, wool and camelhair slacks, off-white shirt, purple and violet lame vest and satin bow tie to sell for up to $120,000 (£75,000).
Other highlights include the everlasting gobstopper given to actress Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt, as a souvenir from the set, and the Golden Egg used by Cole in the I Want it Now musical number in the film.
The egg comes with a notarised copy of a letter from the actress, which reads in part, "The Filming of this scene and Veruca's demise was actually filmed on my 13th birthday. The egg was presented to me at the end of the day's shoot as a birthday present."
Also up for grabs at the July (12) auction: Cole's screen used Golden Ticket, a prop Wonka Scrumdidlyumptious bar and an Oompa Loompa costume worn by one of the actors portraying the industrious Wonka factory workers.
The film, based on Roald Dahl's beloved story and starring Gene Wilder as reclusive chocolate factory owner Willy Wonka, is one of the most famous children's films of all time.
And 40 years on, the kids who played the lucky Golden Ticket winners got together on America's Today show to discuss their favourite moments shooting the movie.
Peter Ostrum, who played the film's lead Charlie Bucket, says, "I have very fond memories of making the film, working with (Grandpa Joe) Jack Albertson and Gene Wilder, they were both super people to work with."
Julie Dawn Cole, who played Veruca Salt, revealed she sneaked down to look at the candy-filled set during filming, while Denise Nickerson, who played Violet Beauregarde, laughed about how she was blue for 72 hours after shooting her famous blueberry scene.
Co-stars Paris Themmen and Michael Bollner also appeared on the show.
Ryan Seacrest calls Simon Cowell "pompous"
Ryan Seacrest, host of Fox's hit series American Idol, dissed acerbic judge Simon Cowell during a visit to Singapore, where a local version of the program is planned. "I think that he's pompous. I think that he's arrogant. So my feelings about him, and the way that I address him on air, are very real," Seacrest said Wednesday in an interview with the Straits Times newspaper. "I think he says things that are at times a bit too harsh and could probably convey them in a different light so that they don't crush a young person's dream." But the 29-year-old emcee added that Cowell was a good friend and the "most honest" of the show's three judges, according to excerpts published by The Associate Press. A record 65 million phone votes were cast in the finale of the latest American Idol season, which saw 19-year-old single mother Fantasia Barrino crowned the third Idol winner.
Catherine Zeta-Jones' stalker charged
A 33-year-old woman was charged in Los Angeles last week with stalking Catherine Zeta-Jones and making threatening phone calls, Reuters reports. According to a statement released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Dawnette Knight was arrested at her Beverly Hills apartment after a four-month investigation, during which time Zeta-Jones was the target of numerous threatening letters and phone calls. Knight was arraigned on one count of stalking and 25 counts of making "terrorist threats." She remains in custody. The British actress is married to Hollywood veteran Michael Douglas, and won an Academy Award last year for best supporting actress in the hit musical Chicago.
Pat O'Brien joins ET spinoff
Pat O'Brien is leaving Access Hollywood for a new gig as the Los Angeles anchor of The Insider-- a new spinoff of Access Hollywood's rival Entertainment Tonight set to premiere Sept. 13. AH executive producer Rob Silverstein said Wednesday that O'Brien's contract with the show was expiring and his departure was amicable. Sources told Reuters that former Good Morning America correspondent Lara Spencer will serve as O'Brien's New York counterpart on The Insider, while Access Hollywood East Coast correspondent Billy Bush will relocate to Los Angeles to share anchor duties with Nancy O'Dell, who has been with the show since it launched in 1996.
Johnny Ramone's wife says guitarist isn't dying
Johnny Ramone, who has been living with prostate cancer for several years,
was recently admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with
what his physician called a "complication from the cancer." Ramone’s
hospitalization set off a nationwide media deathwatch earlier this week.
According to MTV.com, his wife Linda Ramone was so dismayed by the funereal
headlines that she authorized Ramone’s doctor to explain his condition to
the media--despite the fact that the 55-year-old guitarist refused to issue
a corrective press statement. Dr. David Agus told MTV News Wednesday that
Ramone is now on a new, experimental therapy and predicts he will be going home
in the near term. "He's not dying," Linda said. "He was OK for years, and
he's fine now. He's in the hospital, but he's not in ICU. And I think he may
be leaving by tomorrow."
Screener issue rises from the ashes
Following a year of controversy over the Motion Picture Assn. of America's (MPAA) controversial screener ban, which bowed under legal action brought on by the indie film community, the issue is once again on the forefront. According to Reuters, Oscar voters could receive specially encoded promotional DVDs during the upcoming awards season. The discs would have to be played on a new system from Dolby Inc. unit Cinea, which would be sent to all members. Last year, major studios resorted to sending out watermarked VHS tapes because DVDs were considered more susceptible to piracy.
Franchise Pictures held accountable
A California jury on Wednesday ordered the production company Franchise Pictures to pay $77 million to Germany's Intertainment AG for padding production costs for about a dozen films such as Sylvester Stallone's Driven, Reuters reports. The legal dispute arose from a 1999 contract, in which Intertainment agreed to fund 47 percent of production costs for about a dozen big-budget U.S. films in return for European distribution rights. In some cases, however, Intertainment unknowingly picked up the entire tab for the big budget films, Intertainment's attorney Scott Edelman told Reuters. Other films included The Whole Nine Yards starring Bruce Willis and The Art of War starring Wesley Snipes.
Transient charged with grisly murders
Keven Lee Graff, a 27-year-old homeless man, has been accused of beheading 91-year-old Robert Lees, a once-blacklisted screenwriter best known for writing Abbott and Costello comedies, as well as stabbing Lees' neighbor, Morley Engleson, to death, Reuters reports. Police say that Graff murdered Lees, then cut off his head and ran with it to Engleson's home. There, police said, he interrupted the physician speaking on the phone and stabbed him to death. Graff was charged with murder with special circumstances, meaning that prosecutors could seek the death penalty against him if he is convicted, Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office told Reuters. Graff was arrested on Monday near the gates of the Paramount Pictures studio in Hollywood, one day after Lees and Engleson were found slain.
Role Call: Chocolate Factory casts kids, Bow Wow in Bounce
Director Tim Burton has rounded out his young cast for his updated Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, including Anna Sophia Robb as Violet Beauregarde, Jordan Fry as Mike Teevee, Julia Winter as Veruca Salt and Philip Wiegratz as Augustus Gloop. British actor Freddie Highmore had previously been cast in the title role of Charlie, while Johnny Depp will portray Willy Wonka ... Rapper Bow Wow (grown up for being 'Lil Bow Wow) and Chi McBride are teaming up for Roll Bounce, a roller-skating comedy. Set in the '70s, story revolves around X (Bow Wow) and his pals, who rule supreme at their local roller-skating rink, but when the doors close, the boys venture into foreign territory--uptown's Sweetwater Roller Rink, complete with over-the-top skaters and beautiful girls. Through his preparation for the showdown of the season, X manages to find himself and also help his dad (McBride) get back on track.
Kit Bowen contributed to this report.