The Doors fans heading to Paris, France to mark what would have been Jim Morrison's 70th birthday on Sunday (08Dec13) will be treated to a reading performance from the tragic singer's actor pal Richard Bohringer. The French star will read from Morrison's poetry on the eve of the big day, during which fans are expected to gather at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery.
The weekend festivities will also include a performance by another Morrison acquaintance, Phil Trainer, and a gallery showing of Gunter Zint's 1968 Doors European Tour photos and Robbie Freeman's UCLA photos of Morrison.
Tribute band Strange Doors will conclude the birthday celebration with a gig at the Alhambra in Paris on 8 December.
French film director Patrice Chereau has died after a battle with lung cancer. The celebrated cinema, opera and theatre director, whose work includes acclaimed Oscar-nominated film La Reine Margot (Queen Margot), died at the age of 68 in Paris, France on Monday (07Oct13).
French President Francois Hollande says, "The cultural world is mourning. France loses an artist... who is its pride across the world."
Chereau gained international success with 1994 period movie La Reine Margot, which went on to win the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in the same year and also scooped five honours at the Cesar Awards, the French version of the Oscars.
He also directed critically-acclaimed films Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train, His Brother, and Intimacy starring British actor Mark Rylance.
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Whoever said that the best things in life are free must've been jamming to a mixtape. The joy of trying to save cassette tape from being eaten up by a 1988 stereo may have passed us by, but digital mixtapes still have the best components of their predecessors: free samples of new music from our favorite artists. There’s only a few months left of the year and artists releasing new mixtapes will have a lot to live up to, since 2013 saw the release of tons of great new music in the hip hop world. The latest mixtape to hit the web waves is Lil Wayne’s Dedication 5, finally released on September 1 after a 36-hour delay. Though it’s too soon to say how well Lil Wayne’s newest effort will hold up against other releases slated to come out this year, here’s a rundown of some of 2013’s best mixtapes thus far.
Yelawolf: Trunk Muzik Returns After his 2011 debut album Radioactive, Yelawolf came back with a vengeance (and a killer beard). Produced entirely by WillPower, Trunk Muzik Returns features Yelawolf’s trademark polished, 100mph flow set against some of the most refreshing beats that have been heard in rap lately. With contributions from A$AP Rocky, Raekwon, Paul Wall, and more, it’s safe to say Trunk Muzik has most definitely made its return.
Standouts: “Firestarter,” “F.A.S.T. Ride,” “Catfish Billy”
Harry Fraud: Adrift After working with French Montana for the infectious “New York Minute,” wonderboy producer Harry Fraud quickly rose to become one of the most sought-after producers in the hip hop scene. He released Adrift in March 2013 as a prequel to his High Tide EP, which was released a month later. The mixtape is a diverse compilation of songs that Fraud produced over the last year, showing his prowess as a producer and his knack for putting a NYC stamp on everything he does. Adrift features unreleased tracks from numerous rappers, including Chinx Drugz, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, and tons more.
Standouts: French Montana – “Lay Low,” Young Roddy – “4 The Money,” Adrian Lau – “Sunday”
Big K.R.I.T.: King Remembered In Time Who knew electric guitars and crying babies could make for a kickass album intro? Big K.R.I.T., that’s who. The Southern rapper dropped King Remembered In Time earlier this year to rave reviews and is continuing to carve out place for himself in the rap world. Big K.R.I.T. has already proven that he’s rather ambitious when it comes to sampling and King Remembered In Time is no different: the mixtape has samples from everyone from James Blake to Cody ChestnuTT working seamlessly against his skillful spits. King Remembered In Time features the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Trinidad Jame$, Ashton Jones, and Future.
Standouts: “REM,” “Serve This Royalty,” “Life Is A Gamble”
Chance the Rapper: Acid Rap At only 20 years old, Chance the Rapper has already made an impressive mark in the rap world. The former suspended-from-high-school student turned Chi-town rapper has a uniquely chameleon vocal delivery that changes as quickly as a teenager’s mood. Chance sounds like a nervous first-timer at open mic night, a Tiny Toons character with an overabundant helium supply, and a matter-of-fact raconteur all within the thirteen-song mixtape. Including kickass collabs with Action Bronson, Nate Fox, and Noname Gypsy, Acid Rap is definitely one of the mixtapes of the year.
Standouts: “Juice,” “Acid Rain”
The Underachievers: Indigoism Repping the Beast Coast movement strong is Issa Dash and AK, aka The Underachievers. The Brooklyn duo started to drop tracks in 2012 on YouTube and signed with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder record label not too long after. Their debut mixtape, Indigoism, was released in February of this year and firmly put The Underachievers on map of new NYC talent to look out for. The lauded Indigoism is full of conscious, spiritual, and hard rhymes, all spat out at 500 words per minute (because really, who needs breathing?).
Standouts: “So Devilish,” “Herb Shuttles,” “Land of Lords”
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Harry Connick, Jr. has joined the line-up for an upcoming Edith Piaf tribute in New York. The crooner will team up with Marianne Faithfull, Duffy, Beth Ditto and Charles Aznavour for the Beacon Theatre show on 19 September (13), which will mark the 50th anniversary of Piaf's death and the American debut of France's premier music festival, Francofolies.
The singers taking part in the tribute will be backed by an orchestra featuring American and French musicians.
A pair of food truck vendors in Minnesota have been forced to change their company name after Twisted Sister guitarist J.J. French threatened to take legal action against them for trademark infringement. Wesley Kaake and Cody Allen purchased the food truck, The Twisted Sister House of Hunger, from two sisters back in 2011, however they recently received a cease-and-desist letter from French's legal team, urging them to alter the eatery's name or else face a court battle.
An excerpt of the notice reads, "It is the opinion of our client, with which we concur, that your use of the name Twisted Sister will cause dilution of our client's famous mark and will cause confusion among consumers."
As a result, the pair has now shortened the title of their mobile business to House of Hunger, but the chefs are still shocked by all the drama.
Allen says, "I don't know how somebody can get a 20-foot aluminium box mixed up with an '80s rock band. We never refer to ourselves solely as Twisted Sister. We're in the food industry, not the entertainment industry."
Here comes the bride: the weekend of July 13 was full of celebrity weddings.
According to E! News, Halle Berry tied the knot with her French actor boyfriend Olivier Martinez on Saturday in Chateau des Conde in Vallery, France. The actress kept her wedding plans under wraps, opting for an intimate ceremony to mark her third marriage, but glimpses of the beautiful white vintage wedding car (below) tell us that it was an elegant affair. C'est magnifique!
Berry wasn't the only celebrity to get hitched this weekend; ABC late night television host Jimmy Kimmel wed longtime girlfriend and Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Molly McNearney on Saturday in Ojai, California. The star-studded wedding was attended by the likes of Matt Damon, Howard Stern, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Aniston, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Ellen Degeneres, and Portia de Rossi. Just to name a few.
But that's not the end of the celebrity wedding news. Kelly Osbourne is now officially engaged to vegan chef Matthew Mosshart. The Fashion Police star confirmed their engagement to Hello! magazine, stating, "'I've never felt this close to another human being, ever. People say we're co-dependent but we just want to be together all the time."
Wedding bells were certainly ringing in Hollywood this weekend. So who's next?
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Veteran musician Nile Rodgers is celebrating after his collaboration with Daft Punk passed the one million sales mark in just 69 days of release in the U.K. The Chic star scored a number one hit around the globe with Get Lucky, taken from the French duo's latest album Random Access Memories, and now the song has become the first track in the U.K. to pass the million mark in 2013.
Rodgers admits he is delighted with the achievement, telling OfficialCharts.com, "The fact that Get Lucky has sold a million copies in the U.K. is one thing, but to do it in 69 days?! I'm awestruck... It's absolutely remarkable, because no-one was prepared for this! I've had big records and number ones; I have had records that were number one in the United States but nowhere else...
"I've had records which have done well... But to have this ubiquitous record, that is a hit everywhere... it's amazing to me! I'm out on the road and I can hear it wherever I go. I'm flabbergasted!"
Martin Talbot, chief executive of Britain's Official Charts Company, adds, "This is another impressive achievement by Daft Punk, who have reached this landmark in super-quick time."
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone refused to attend his daughter Tamara's wedding party in France earlier this month (Jun13) as he feared the lavish four-day celebration was "too much". The billionaire racing boss flew to the French Riviera to give his daughter away when she married Jay Rutland in an extravagant ceremony, which was part of four days of events rumoured to have cost around $5.4 million (£3.5 million).
The socialite reportedly hired chart-topping acts Sir Elton John, Lionel Richie and Mark Ronson to perform during the celebrations, but Bernie admits he left before the end as he didn't see the point of the parties.
He tells Britain's The Times, "I don't celebrate. I don't see the point. I went to my daughter's wedding last week and walked her down the aisle. But I didn't go to the celebrations the next day. I went home. I was there to do a job (give her away) and was happy to do that. I didn't want to hang around. The whole thing was a huge affair, too much really."
However, the 82-year-old mogul insists he didn't open his wallet for his daughter's big day, leaving his ex-wife Slavica to foot the extortionate bill: "I didn't pay for it. My ex-wife did."
Bernie and Slavica, who also have a 24-year-old daughter named Petra, divorced in 2009.
Louis Leterrier's magician movie Now You See Me creates a ragtag Robin Hood team out of a collection of dissimilar illusionists: Jesse Eisenberg's card trickster, Woody Harrelson's mentalist, Isla Fisher's daredevil, and Dave Franco's sleight-of-hand street performer. After an enigmatic meeting, the foursome bands together to pull off the biggest magic show imaginable: using their assorted skills to rob a French bank and subsequently evade the wrath of the FBI (with Mark Ruffalo leading the investigation).
Here, we have six clips from the fun thriller, in which the quad works its way through an international heist, some heated police interrogation, and a few personal squabbles. Check out the videos, and catch Now You See Me in theaters on Friday, May 31.
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British singer Alison Moyet performed at funnywoman Dawn French's wedding in April (13). The Harry Potter star, who split from first husband Lenny Henry in 2009, married Mark Bignell in St. Austell, England.