The producers of Julianne Moore and Ellen Page's new civil rights drama Freeheld were left scrambling for a new location after officials at Salesian High School in New York refused to let them shoot there due to the film's "subject matter". The movie is based on a 2007 documentary, which centred on Laurel Hester - a New Jersey cop played by Moore - who challenged government officials and demanded pension benefits for her same-sex partner, Stacie Andree, portrayed by Page, as she battled lung cancer.
A location manager picked Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York to double as the Ocean County, New Jersey town hall, where Hester applied for a domestic partnership with Andree in order to legally pass on her pension after her death.
After first approving the shoot, the school's principal, John Flaherty, informed producer Michael Shamberg that he and the governors had reversed their decision, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Shamberg tells the publication, "They turned us down because of the subject matter."
Shamberg has since sent an email to the school's principal, stating, "(The movie is) not about gay marriage, nor are the women attempting to get married. It is about recognizing the dignity of a woman who was a brave civil servant.
"I believe the theme of the movie is what Pope Francis recognized when he called for the Church to welcome and accept gay people."
Mayor Paul Rosenberg of nearby Rye Brook has since offered up his town hall for the shoot.
Shamberg says, "The mayor personally came to the set and greeted us and introduced his teenage daughters to Julianne. Clearly, there are a lot of different attitudes in the area."
Freeheld also features Moore's Crazy Stupid Love co-star Steve Carrell.
Stars including Sir Roger Moore, Simon Pegg and Steve Coogan headed to London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday (01Oct14) to honour Sir Michael Caine's career. British comedians Coogan and Rob Brydon opened the show with a sketch in which they shared their best impressions of the acting veteran.
The Dark Knight star then talked about his 58-year career with U.K. chat show host Jonathan Ross, while clips from his best-loved movies played onscreen.
British singers Joss Stone and Lance Ellington performed songs from Caine's films Alfie, The Italian Job and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, while other musical scores were played by the London Symphony Orchestra.
The 81 year old told the audience about his repeated attempts to walk away from Hollywood, saying, "I've retired about 30 times and then I always get a script I can't refuse... Now I've retired sort of. I'm doing a second one of Now You See Me, a picture I did about magicians... I do that in December and then I stop. But then someone will give me a script."
Model Jerry Hall, record producer Quincy Jones and comedian David Walliams also attended the event, which raised $120,000 (£75,000) for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
Deep Purple star Roger Glover has revealed he and his bandmates are considering turning down an inevitable induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame after a series of snubs. The rocker insists the honour is "20 years too late" and he no longer cares whether he lands an induction or not after the band was overlooked in 2013 and 2014, despite getting nominated.
Glover tells radio show Noize In The Attic, "We’re kind of ambivalent about The Hall Of Fame. We don’t care about it that much. If they do induct us, then they’re at least 20 years too late as far as I’m concerned.
"They should have done it when Jon Lord was still alive when it probably would have had a bit more meaning.
"If we do get in, and decide to accept it, which is up in the air, we might just say, 'Forget it'."
And the rock legend admits that he and frontman Ian Gillan have differing views on who should join them onstage if they do decide to accept the induction honour: "He (Gillan) says (guitarist) Steve Morse has been in the band for 20 years, but I think Ritchie Blackmore deserves to be there. The right thing, if we ever do it, would be to have both of them there.
"Some of the best and worst things happened to me because of Ritchie. He’s a wonderful, wonderful guitarist, writer and character... We got on really well for years."
Rocker Ian Gillan is planning to pull a Kiss if Deep Purple ever get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - because he refuses to hit the stage with former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. KISS founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons pulled out of a Hall of Fame set in April (14) after they were informed that current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer would not be honoured alongside the pair and former colleagues Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, and singer Gillan insists he'll follow their example if Blackmore's replacement, Steve Morse, isn't included in what many fans think is a long overdue induction.
Gillan says, "It would be unconscionable to think about bringing Ritchie in.
"I don’t have an issue with Ritchie, nor does anyone. I’ve been in touch with Ritchie recently and everything’s cool, so there’s no bitter, personal problem. We’re too old for that and everything’s in the past, but no. That would be out of the question.
"This is the longest that any lineup has ever been together in this band."
Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1993 and Morse has been the band's guitarist ever since.
Oprah Winfrey missed a chance to become a sports team owner when she lost out in a bidding war for the Los Angeles Clippers. The TV titan teamed up with music mogul David Geffen to form a consortium offering a reported $1.6 billion bid for the National Basketball Association (NBA) team, which was put up for sale after owner Donald Sterling became engulfed in a race row.
Winfrey's group lost out to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer, who won the franchise with a bid of $2 billion. The sale has yet to be finalised.
Sterling hit headlines in April (14) over incendiary remarks he made in a leaked tape conversation, which prompted comedian Arsenio Hall to launch a crowd-sourcing campaign in a bid to buy the team himself. He promised to donate the money raised to charity if he failed to earn the billions of dollars needed to buy the Clippers.
Former Traffic and Blind Faith star Steve Winwood is heading back out on the road with another rock legend after teaming up with Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart for tours in 2009 and 2013. This time, the Higher Love hitmaker will be hitting the road with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers for a 28-date North American summer tour, which will include stops at Boston's Fenway Park in Massachusetts and the renovated Forum in Los Angeles.
Winwood thrilled Petty fans in London back in June, 2012 when he joined the American Girl singer and his band for a Royal Albert Hall show. The Brit also joined the band onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in 2008.
Petty and Winwood's summer dates begin with a show in San Diego, California on 3 August (14).
Rocker Ace Frehley has reteamed with Kiss album artist Ken Kelly for his latest release. The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee reached out to Kelly and asked him to create the cover for his upcoming album Space Invader.
Kelly, who created the iconic cover art for two of KISS' bestselling albums, Destroyer and Love Gun, says, "It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace."
Kelly also created the iconic artwork for the classic Conan the Barbarian novels.
Frehley tells Rolling Stone, "I've been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD cover for me and it has finally happened! I couldn't be more excited about the new Space Invader cover and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!"
The album, which features a cover of Steve Miller's The Joker, is scheduled for release in July (14).
Rocker Courtney Love has confirmed her near-20 year war of words with Dave Grohl is over after meeting up with the former Nirvana star at the band's recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. Love and her late husband Kurt Cobain's bandmate have battled publicly over the rights to Nirvana songs for years, but she reveals they got a chance to call a truce at the Hall of Fame gala last month (Apr14).
She tells Pitchfork.com, "On my way to the bathroom, I saw Grohl, and Grohl saw me, and he came up to me... I was like, 'Alright, no matter what happens, we're not going to be b**ches'. That was my attitude going in, and obviously his. Not much else needs to be said. We just both knew it was time to let it go, and we were ready to do it.
"It's been 20 years. We didn't even talk at the funeral. None of us. And so... 20 years of Dave bashing, and me bashing and making it worse, all that s**t. The legal stuff, the trial. We just buried it. It was really deep. "It brings tears to my eyes to even talk about it. There were certain lawyers who called me tearfully and said it was the most moving moment of the night. There were some hecklers who booed me, which was weird and off and scary. I ignored it. I just looked at who was on stage and was like, 'Ah, f**k it!'"
And she admits she even liked Grohl's idea of asking Lorde, Kim Gordon and St. Vincent to join the band onstage at the ceremony, even though she initially couldn't understand why the drummer had invited women to front Nirvana for the night. She adds, "Initially, I thought it was sexist, and a little bit ghettoizing. But then I was like, 'No, Kurt would have loved this'. And there's reality to it. Apparently, no high profile dudes wanted to do it. "The Kim Gordon moment was so punk. Kim gave the punkest performance, the one that Kurt would've approved of the most. It was the punkest thing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has ever seen. I was really proud of that. It was truly a celebration of the spirit of what was subversive about In Utero (album) and (producer Steve) Albini, and what remains punk about Nirvana.
"Me and Kim, we're not BFFs (best friends forever), but I was getting my hair done recently, and my hairdresser said, 'Kim Gordon was asking how you were, she said to tell you hi'. I was like, 'Really? We don't really talk, but tell her hi'. So we've kind of made peace through our hairdresser."
Pj Harvey was Dave Grohl's first choice to front Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week (ends13Apr14), but the British musician turned the opportunity down. The surviving members of the grunge group, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, were joined on stage at the show by an all-star line-up of singers filling in for late frontman Kurt Cobain, including Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde.
Grohl has now revealed he initially asked PJ Harvey to take over vocals, but she said no due to scheduling problems.
The Foo Fighters star tells Rolling Stone, "Kurt loved PJ Harvey. We had always imagined playing our song Milk It from In Utero with her. It's a twisted song, almost like something that could have been on her record Rid of Me, which was also produced by (In Utero producer) Steve Albini. It just seemed to pair up so well. Unfortunately, she couldn't make it."
The rocker goes on to admit he came up with the idea of an all-female line-up of singers after Harvey turned the offer down, adding, "We thought, 'Wait, it has to be all women' Don't even ask anyone else. If we can fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance with these incredible women singing Nirvana songs, then we'll have achieved our own revolution.' It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn't turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future."
Grohl also admits the process was an emotional one for him: "The first time we played together, it was like seeing a ghost. The second time, it was a little more reserved. And the last time we played it was like that f**king Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze pottery wheel scene from Ghost... I hadn't played in that band in 20 years... I'd almost forgotten what it was like to be in a room full of Nirvana."
Actor Michael Ealy is a first-time father after welcoming a son with wife Khatira Rafiqzada. The Think Like a Man star announced the surprising news on America's The Steve Harvey Show on Friday (14Feb14), but did not reveal any details about the baby boy, who is named Elijah.
The actor's About Last Night co-star, Regina Hall, added, "(He is) a beautiful little boy."
Ealy and Rafiqzada exchanged vows in a low-key wedding ceremony in October, 2012, after four years of dating.