A reunited Oasis would be the number one draw at next year's (15) Glastonbury festival, according to a new magazine poll in Britain. Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian headlined this year's (14) event, which concluded on Sunday night (29Jun14), and music fans and organisers alike are already looking forward to next year's Somerset, England festival.
And Oasis, who have headlined the weekend event in the past, are at the top of fans' wish lists for a slot on the bill next summer.
The disbanded group has beaten out David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Muse and Fleetwood Mac among the acts festival fans would most like to see at Glastonbury next year, according to the NME.com poll.
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis recently revealed that three headliners have already been booked for next year's festival, and they don't include Prince, who was rumoured to be a special guest artist this year (14).
Bookmakers at William Hill have named Iron Maiden as front-runners to headline Glastonbury 2015 with odds of 7/1, while reclusive Kate Bush, Oasis, Coldplay and U2 all have good odds.
Glee star Lea Michele has publicly thanked Stevie Nicks for her support following the overdose death of the actress' boyfriend Cory Monteith this past summer (13). Michele reveals she was surrounded by good people who went out of their way to help her cope in the days and weeks after the tragedy - and one of more unlikely caregivers was the Fleetwood Mac star.
She explains, "I had so many amazing people reach out to me, there for me through all of this. And I had the pleasure of having Miss Stevie Nicks call me when Cory passed away and she was so wonderful. She sent me the most beautiful letter, as well a necklace that was hers and a book, a beautiful book of pictures.
"She's so insightful, she's so incredible. She wrote to me in this letter, that I will find strength through my music. And, at the time, it was very early in everything and it was sort of hard to grasp on to the fact that anything could help me. But she was right - (music) is and it has and it will continue to be my source of strength in all of this."
Meanwhile, the Glee star, 27, has also heaped praise and gratitude on Kate Hudson, who let her castmate stay in her home as she mourned the loss of her boyfriend.
In an interview with U.S. TV personality Ellen DeGeneres, which will air on her show on Thursday (12Dec13), Michele says, "She was so wonderful to basically give me her home to myself and my family. It was so helpful to just, basically, have a safe place to process, and just have a minute to just breathe before getting back to my house, which just has a lot of memories and stuff. So being some place else to just have a moment was really nice.
"To have that time to just really be in private with this for a moment - before getting back to work and before going home - I'm just so thankful to her."
There's an allure to imperfection. With his latest drama Lawless director John Hillcoat taps directly into the side of human nature that draws us to it. Hillcoat finds it in Prohibition history a time when the regulations of alcohol consumption were subverted by most of the population; He finds it in the rural landscapes of Virginia: dingy raw and mesmerizing. And most importantly he finds it in his main character Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf) the scrappy third brother of a moonshining family who is desperate to prove his worth. Jack forcefully injects himself into the family business only to discover there's an underbelly to the underbelly. Lawless is a beautiful film that's violent as hell striking in a way only unfiltered Americana could be.
Acting as the driver for his two outlaw brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clarke) isn't enough for Jack. He's enticed by the power of the gangster figure and entranced by what moonshine money can buy. So like any fledgling entrepreneur Jack takes matters into his own hands. Recruiting crippled family friend/distillery mastermind Cricket (Dane DeHaan) the young whippersnapper sets out to brew his own batch sell it to top dog Floyd Banner and make the family rich. The plan works — but it puts the Bondurant boys in over their heads with a new threat: the corrupt law enforcers of Chicago.
Unlike many stories of crime life Lawless isn't about escalation. The movie drifts back and forth leisurely popping in moments like the beats of a great TV episode. One second the Bondurants could be talking shop with their female shopkeep Maggie Beauford (Jessica Chastain). The next Forrest is beating the bloody pulp out of a cop blackmailing their operation. The plot isn't thick; Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave preferring to bask in the landscapes the quiet moments the haunting terror that comes with a life on the other side of the tracks. A feature film doesn't offer enough time for Lawless to build — it recalls cinema-level TV currently playing on outlets like HBO and AMC that have truly spoiled us — but what the duo accomplish is engrossing.
Accompanying the glowing visuals and Cave's knockout workout on the music side (a toe-tapping mix of spirituals bluegrass and the writer/musician's spine-tingling violin) are muted performances from some of Hollywood's rising stars. Despite LaBeouf's off-screen antics he lights up Lawless and nails the in-deep whippersnapper. His playful relationship with a local religious girl (Mia Wasikowska) solidifies him as a leading man but like everything in the movie you want more. Tom Hardy is one of the few performers who can "uurrr" and "mmmnerm" his way through a scene and come out on top. His greatest sparring partner isn't a hulking thug but Chastain who brings out the heart of the impenetrable beast. The real gem of Lawless is Guy Pearce as the Bondurant trio's biggest threat. Shaved eyebrows pristine city clothes and a temper like a rabid wolverine Pearce's Charlie Rakes is the most frightening villain of 2012. He viciously chews up every moment he's on screen. That's even before he starts drawing blood.
Lawless is the perfect movie for the late August haze — not quite the Oscary prestige picture or the summertime shoot-'em-up. It's drama that has its moonshine and swigs it too. Just don't drink too much.
Patrick Stewart and Laurence Fishburne will go head-to-head for the Best Actor award at the annual Tony Awards in New York next month.
The ceremony will see stage actors, directors and performances compete for America's annual top theater awards, which will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg on June 7 at the famous Radio City Music Hall.
Star Trek legend Stewart and Fishburne have been nominated alongside British actors Ben Daniels, Mark Rylance and Rufus Sewell.
The female leads battling it out for Best Stage Actress include Eve Best, Deanna Dunagan, Kate Fleetwood, S. Epatha Merkerson and Amy Morton.
The coveted Best Play Award nominations are August: Osage County, Rock 'n' Roll, The Seafarer, and The 39 Steps.
Musical favorites Grease and Gypsy are also up for gongs in the Best Musical Revival category, and Shakespeare's Macbeth and comedy Boeing-Boeing will be competing for the Best Play Revival award.
Best Director for a Play nominees are Maria Aitken for The 39 Steps, Conor McPherson for The Seafarer, Anna D. Shapiro for August: Osage County, and Matthew Warchus for Boeing-Boeing.
Other categories featured at the 2008 Tony Awards include Best Costume, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.
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