Legendary soul group Tower Of Power are set to ring in 2014 with a new lead singer. The So Very Hard to Go hitmakers' current vocalist, Larry Braggs, recently revealed he would be moving on to new projects at the end of 2013, and fans will get the first glimpse of his replacement, Ray Greene, at a New Year's Eve (31Dec13) concert in Lincoln, California.
Bandleader Emilio Castillo says, "On New Year's Eve Tower of Power will be debuting their new lead vocalist Ray Greene. He's an exciting soulful singer that was chosen by the band unanimously over all of the great singers that auditioned, and the whole band is totally excited to get started on a new era of Tower of Power with Ray Greene at the helm.
"We want to thank Larry Braggs for 13 years of phenomenal singing with the band. He's been one of the best singers Tower of Power has ever had, and we wish him total success in all of his endeavours. Larry is a member of our musical family for life.
"2014 will be a year of change and growth for all of us, and we're all looking forward to it. As they say in the Olympics, 'Let the games begin!!!' A new era is about to unfold."
Tower of Power have a string of live shows lined up for the New Year and will join Journey and the Steve Miller Band on a joint summer tour from May (14).
A series of never-before-seen photos of late adult actress-turned-anti-porn activist Linda Lovelace are going on display in a special exhibit at the Museum of Sex in New York City. The raunchy pictures were taken by the late Milton H. Greene, who was known for photographing Marilyn Monroe, and they will be included in a tribute to the Deep Throat star.
The Eve of Porn exhibition, which opens on Monday (09Dec13), will also feature what is believed to be the actress' final interview in a new documentary titled, Linda Lovelace's Loose Lips: The Last Interview. The film was shot by author Legs McNeil in 2000, two years before Lovelace died (02).
McNeil tells the New York Post, "It's her story with her telling it. It's kind of like her last will and testament."
Lovelace, real name Linda Boreman, died from injuries sustained in a serious car accident in April, 2002.
She was recently brought back to life on the big screen by Amanda Seyfried in this summer's biopic, Lovelace.
Playing second fiddle to a more famous sibling can be rough. Just ask Fred Claus (Vaughn) a regular guy who has had to grow up under the shadow of his little brother Nicholas Claus (Paul Giamatti) aka Santa. That’s a big shadow to say the least both figuratively and literally. As an adult Fred has pretty much steered clear of his family but when he finds himself in dire need of some fast cash he calls his brother. Pleased as punch to hear from him Nicholas nonetheless makes him a deal: If he comes up to the North Pole for a visit and to help out the few days before Christmas then Fred can have the money. Fred reluctantly agrees and soon he’s being whisked off in Santa’s sleigh by head elf Willie (John Michael Higgins). But once Fred gets to the North Pole nothing seems to go right and soon he is the cause of much chaos--which unbeknownst to Fred causes Nicholas even more stress since his North Pole operation is one step away from being shut down by a cold-hearted efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey). Can Fred quit being bitter in time to save his brother’s livelihood? Of course he can. Hmmm Vince Vaughn minus the R-rated Wedding Crashers/Old School irreverence? It’s a stretch. Seeing the comic actor playing it PG is a little weird but you might enjoy how Vaughn infuses his unique energy into Fred Claus. From getting all the elves to boogie down in Santa’s workshop to going on one rant after another (on his brother: “He’s a clown a megalomaniac a fame junkie!”) to pilfering money on the street and then being chased by Salvation Army Santas it’s all good. Giamatti too seems a little out of his comfort zone as the saintly St. Nick. The actor who usually plays such endearing sad sacks has already played against type to great effect this year as the maniacal bad guy in Shoot ‘Em Up but he isn't nearly as successful in doing the flipside of that in Fred Claus. And what the hell is Kevin Spacey doing in this? As the villain of the film he fills the shoes nicely but he is almost too good at it (natch) for such a feel-good family film. Even Higgins--a character actor who is usually so hilarious in films such as The Break Up and all of Christopher Guest’s movies—has to shed the cheekiness and sugar himself up for Fred Claus. There’s also Rachel Weisz as Fred’s beleaguered girlfriend (you heard right) and Kathy Bates as the Claus boys’ mother who always sees Fred as inferior to her other son to fill out a cast of big names doing family fare. Director David Dobkin is a Vince Vaughn favorite having directed him in Wedding Crashers and Clay Pigeons but like his muse Dobkin seems a little out of place guiding this material. Granted Dobkin creates a pretty magical North Pole complete with an entire city of little dwellings a Frosty Tavern and a huge domed Santa’s Workshop. The montage of Fred delivering presents on Christmas Eve—falling down chimneys stuffing cookies in his face zooming around in the sleigh—is also well done. But overall Fred Claus is a Vaughn vehicle—even as sugary sweet and family-friendly as it is--and all Dobkin really does is turn the camera on and let the man do his stuff. Dan Fogelman's script is also so very bland full of any number of holes and only picks up once Vaughn starts to improvise. Bottom line: If you’re looking to take the kids to a sweet Christmas movie and are a Vince Vaughn fan then Fred Claus is for you.