Electric Daisy Carnival organiser Pasquale Rotella is keen to bring the dance music festival back to California, despite the tragic deaths following the events in Los Angeles in previous years. The popular rave spectacular originally started as a one-day Southern California event in 1997, and it has since expanded to six states, as well as Mexico and the U.K.
However, the festival hasn't been held in Los Angeles since 2010, when a 15-year-old girl died from an event-related drug overdose.
That same year at the EDC, more than 100 revellers were admitted to hospital after fans scrambled to gain access to a gig headlined by Moby. Shortly after, Rotella - the boss of Insomnia Events, which runs the festival - was sued by the City of Los Angeles on multiple counts including civil fraud and unfair business practices.
The controversies led Insomnia executives to move the Los Angeles event to Las Vegas, where it has been for the past three years.
With superstar DJs including Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Avicii on the bill for the 2014 EDC in Sin City, Rotella tells MTV News he is currently working on bringing the festival back to its home state in California, even though he acknowledges it will be an extremely difficult feat to accomplish.
He explains, "I'm looking forward to bringing some of our known festivals back to California. That's where I come from, so it's super exciting to me. There is a huge demand and there is a huge fanbase there - we are in the middle of working that out."
The upcoming festival runs from 20 to 22 June at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
American actress Rosa Blasi has wed after finding love on the Internet. The Strong Medicine star married banker Todd William Harris at Nikita restaurant in Malibu, California on Saturday (03May14).
The pair met through dating website Match.com last year (13), and kept things low-key on their big day by spending just $2,700 (£1,687).
She tells People.com, "At my first wedding the photographer was $10,000 and the liquor bill alone was $12,000, but this entire wedding cost us less than $2,700. That has to be some sort of record!"
Actress Lisa Ann Walter officiated the ceremony.
Blasi was previously married to New York Giants football player Jim Finn. The pair divorced in 2008 after four years of marriage and share a seven-year-old daughter, Kaia.
Former rap rivals Nas and Jay Z reunited on stage at California's Coachella music festival on Saturday (12Apr14) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the I Can hitmaker's classic Illmatic album.
Nas marked the milestone by playing the 1994 release in its entirety, before inviting Jay Z to join him in the spotlight for a rendition of Dead Presidents II, his 1996 track which sampled Illmatic's The World Is Yours.
The 99 Problems icon, who was engaged in a lyrical feud with Nas back in 2001, also treated the audience to a performance of Where I'm From. But he wasn't Nas' only special guest - Sean 'Diddy' Combs later appeared onstage to join Nas for his 1999 single Hate Me Now, hours after the rapper/producer teamed up with another Coachella artist, Pharrell Williams, for Pass The Courvoisier Pt. II with Busta Rhymes.
Paying tribute to Nas during the late set, Combs said, "Nas, you have to understand. If it wasn't for you, hip-hop wouldn't be where it is today." Meanwhile, Jay Z's wife, Beyonce, also made an unannounced appearance on Saturday alongside her sister Solange Knowles at the end of the singer's track Losing You, where they performed a brief choreographed dance routine together.
The 2014 Coachella line-up has already seen performances from Outkast, Muse, Haim, Queens of the Stone Age, Lorde, Pharrell Williams and the Pet Shop Boys, while Arcade Fire, Motorhead, Lana Del Rey and Calvin Harris were among the acts on Sunday's (13Apr14) bill. The artists will do it all again next weekend (18-20Apr14) for the second round of Coachella.
Willie Nelson and late blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble will be the inaugural inductees into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame in Texas. Organisers of the TV concert series have set up the Hall of Fame to mark the 40th anniversary of the Austin City Limits programme.
Show creator Bill Arhos will also be inducted alongside Nelson and Vaughan at a gala on 29 April (14).
Buddy Guy, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and Nelson's son Lukas will perform at the event.
The first Hall of Fame honourees all have Texas roots.
The 40th season of Austin City Limits will begin with a Nine Inch Nails concert, which will air in America on 5 April (14).
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor says, "We've waited a long time to do anything like this. We never thought we'd see the day when Nine Inch Nails would set foot on the ACL stage."
Eighties chart-toppers The Human League are on the verge of a chart resurgence in the U.K. thanks to fans of Aberdeen Football Club in Scotland. The band's Don't You Want Me hit has been adopted by the soccer lovers and it has become an anthem in the stands for Aberdeen's run in the Scottish League Cup, which the club won on Sunday (16Mar14).
To mark the victory, fans have launched a campaign on social media in a bid to get The Human League back to number one. The band, led by singer Phil Oakey, is not expected to chart so high this weekend (23Mar14), but experts predict the song will return to the top 10.
Thanks to the campaign, the '80s act has been offered a spot at Scotland's T in the Park festival this summer (14).
Oakey says, "It has been a long held ambition of ours to play at this iconic festival and we were delighted to be asked to be part of such a diverse and exciting bill. See you all soon."
They will join the likes of headliners Calvin Harris, Biffy Clyro and Arctic Monkeys and Ellie Goulding, Bastille, Pixies, Haim, Manic Street Preachers and Pharrell Williams, among others on the bill at the event in July (14).
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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The Sony Animation sequel was released in September 2013 and went on to gross over $250 million worldwide. In honor of the DVD release, we checked in with directors Kris Pearn and Cody Cameron to learn how they created their wild and crazy world. To read more, check it out at Studio System News.
British comedian Freddie Starr has been re-arrested by police investigating allegations of sexual abuse connected to the ongoing Operation Yewtree scandal. The 70-year-old entertainer was first questioned by authorities connected to the case in November, 2012, and released on bail pending further inquiries.
His latest arrest relates to a further allegation made to detectives, according to Scotland Yard officials.
Starr is scheduled to return to police in February (14) for further questioning.
Operation Yewtree was set up following a series of sexual abuse allegations against late BBC DJ and TV personality Jimmy Savile.
The news of Starr's re-arrest comes just hours after fellow TV stars Bill Roache and Rolf Harris and once-beloved DJ Dave Lee Travis' sexual abuse cases moved forward.
Former BBC regular Travis, who denies 13 counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault between 1976 and 2008, appeared in court in London on Tuesday (14Jan14) to face accusations he groped a 15-year-old girl in his caravan after meeting her at a concert in 1978, while Coronation Street star Roache's assault trial began at Preston Crown Court in England.
Meanwhile, Australian artist and TV personality Harris pleaded not guilty to a string of indecent assault charges at London's Southwark Crown Court, and denied 12 indecent assault charges dating from 1968 to 1986.
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I've heard complaints since September — from Internet commenters and the rare human being I brave contact with — about the wedding weekend parameters of the final season of How I Met Your Mother. Personally, it works for me. I've grown weary of the lazy stories tied to the apartment, MacLaren's, and the external shot of the staircase leading up from MacLaren's to the apartment. There's a new life force in this final season, and it is thanks in part to the urgency inherent in the matrimonial setting. Of course, that isn't to say that an occasional break from that routine can't be fun: "Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra" proves just how much fun it can be.
Throwing all guise of realism out the window, "Slapsgiving 3" might well be the most absurd episode of How I Met Your Mother in years, possibly ever. Admist a MacLaren's flashback, Marshall institutes a second flashback (Inception!) to his tutelige in Shanghai under the three greatest slappers in the history of mankind. A triad of warriors who have trained him in the mastery of the perfect slap so that he might bequeath the skeptic Barney with more pain than he might imagine.
An episode devoted to Community levels of trope parody, How I Met Your Mother banks more on the viewers' familiarity with Kill Bill: Volume 1 than with the movies to which Kill Bill: Volume 1 owes its own identity. But the 30 minutes of nonsense — a completely fabricated account of Marshall's year-long stay in Shanghai, training under these three mystical sages, and love affair with the 106-year-old White Flower — is quite a funny, extremely silly good time.
That doesn't mean the episode won't be exempt to criticism. The complete abandonment of the narrative might ruffle a few feathers. More so, questions are raised upon catching glimpse of Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, and Josh Radnor dressed up in mythical Chinese garb and affecting accents to an eyebrow-raising degree. But it's less a racial joke than it is a cinematic one.
We're not quite sure if this closes the door on the slapping game for How I Met Your Mother. Yes, there is one more slap to go, but only a few weeks left in the series... two independent slaps so close together? That's unprecedented! We're more inclined to believe that we might leave the gang with the one slap hanging over Barney's head forever. Or maybe we'll catch up with the gang in an epilogue scene that shows a 50-year-old Marshall breaking Barney's jaw with his monstrous palm.
Next week, we'll return to form (or this show's equivalent to form). But for a brief break in the monotony, "Slapmarra" was the sort of silly bit of fun to cap How I Met Your Mother's favorite running gag.
How I Met Your Mother airs Monday nights at 8 PM on CBS.
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You can imagine that Renny Harlin, director and one quadrant of the writing team for The Legend of Hercules, began his pitch as such: We'll start with a war, because lots of these things start with wars. It feels like this was the principal maxim behind a good deal of the creative choices in this latest update of the Ancient Greek myth. There are always horse riding scenes. There are generally arena battles. There are CGI lions, when you can afford 'em. Oh, and you've got to have a romantic couple canoodling at the base of a waterfall. Weaving them all together cohesively would be a waste of time — just let the common threads take form in a remarkably shouldered Kellan Lutz and action sequences that transubstantiate abjectly to and fro slow-motion.
But pervading through Lutz's shirtless smirks and accent continuity that calls envy from Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland performance is the obtrusive lack of thought that went into this picture. A proverbial grab bag of "the basics" of the classic epic genre, The Legend of Hercules boasts familiarity over originality. So much so that the filmmakers didn't stop at Hercules mythology... they barely started with it, in fact. There's more Jesus Christ in the character than there is the Ancient Greek demigod, with no lack of Gladiator to keep things moreover relevant. But even more outrageous than the void of imagination in the construct of Hercules' world is its script — a piece so comically dim, thin, and idiotic that you will laugh. So we can't exactly say this is a totally joyless time at the movies.
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Surrounding Hercules, a character whose arc takes him from being a nice enough strong dude to a nice enough strong dude who kills people and finally owns up to his fate — "Okay, fine, yes, I guess I'm a god" — are a legion of characters whose makeup and motivations are instituted in their opening scenes and never change thereafter. His de facto stepdad, the teeth-baring King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins), despises the boy for being a living tribute to his supernatural cuckolding; his half-brother Iphicles (Liam Garrigan) is the archetypical scheming, neutered, jealous brother figure right down to the facial scar. The dialogue this family of mongoloids tosses around is stunningly brainless, ditto their character beats. Hercules can't understand how a mystical stranger knows his identity, even though he just moments ago exited a packed coliseum chanting his name. Iphicles defies villainy and menace when he threatens his betrothed Hebe (Gaia Weiss), long in love with Hercules, with the terrible fate of "accepting [him] and loving [their] children equally!" And the dad... jeez, that guy must really be proud of his teeth.
With no artistic feat successfully accomplished (or even braved, really) by this movie, we can at the very least call it inoffensive. There is nothing in The Legend of Hercules with which to take issue beyond its dismal intellect, and in a genre especially prone to regressive activity, this is a noteworthy triumph. But you might not have enough energy by the end to award The Legend of Hercules with this superlative. Either because you'll have laughed yourself into a coma at the film's idiocy, or because you'll have lost all strength trying to fend it off.
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