Bruno Mars' tour of Australia has been marred by illness after the star fell sick on the road. The singer kicked off his Moonshine Jungle dates Down Under last month (Feb14), but he has now been forced to axe his show in Brisbane on Friday (07Mar14) due to a bout of ill health.
A statement posted on the website of the gig venue, the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, reads, "Due to illness, Bruno Mars' sold out performance... at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre - Friday March 7 - will not proceed and has been rescheduled to Thursday March 13 at the same venue. All tickets held for tomorrow night's Brisbane show will be valid for the new date without need for exchange."
No details about the Grenade star's health battle have been revealed.
Mars' concert in Sydney on Saturday (08Mar14) was still on track as WENN went to press.
R&B star Bruno Mars has established a special scholarship programme in his name to send talented students to the Grammy Foundation's summer music camp over the next five years. The Treasure hitmaker has joined forces with officials from the Recording Academy and the Hawai'i Community Foundation to support financially-strapped, aspiring musicians via the Bruno Mars Scholarship Fund.
Applicants from Mars' native Hawaii will be given special preference.
One lucky high school student will be selected each year until 2018 to have all tuition fees covered to attend Grammy Camp, which has provided training for youths interested in pursuing careers in the music industry for the past 10 years.
The deadline for applications for the 2014 training camp is 31 March (14).
This year's Grammy Camp will be held in four locations across the U.S. with programmes in Nashville, Tennessee, St. Paul, Minnesota, Los Angeles and New York from June to August (14).
Lee Daniels' The Butler looks set to become the toast of the 2014 NAACP Image Awards after picking up eight movie nominations on Thursday (09Jan14). The biopic is up for all the major movie categories, including Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing for Daniels.
The actors in the film were also acknowledged, with Forest Whitaker among the nominees for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Oprah Winfrey (Outstanding Supporting Actress), and Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo and Terrence Howard (Outstanding Supporting Actor) all landing nods.
Lee Daniels' The Butler will face competition from 12 Years a Slave, Fruitvale Station, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and The Best Man Holiday for the top prize of Outstanding Motion Picture.
In the small screen categories, House of Lies, Modern Family, Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Game, and The Soul Man will fight it out for the Outstanding TV Comedy Series, while Boardwalk Empire, Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, The Good Wife, and Treme will battle for the top spot in the Outstanding TV Drama Series category.
TV acting nods have gone to stars such as Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Kevin Hart (Real Husbands of Hollywood), LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family).
In music, Bruno Mars, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke will compete for Outstanding Male Artist, and Beyonce, India.Arie, Janelle Monae, Ledisi and Mary J Blige will face off for Outstanding Female Artist.
Timberlake, Thicke, Legend, Wilson and Monae, were also nominated for the Outstanding Album prize.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards, which celebrate diversity in film, TV, music and literature, will be held next month (14).
Pop stars One Direction and Katy Perry emerged victorious at France's 15th annual NRJ Music Awards on Saturday (14Dec13) after each winning two top honours. The What Makes You Beautiful hitmakers earned prizes for Video of The Year for their hit track Best Song Ever and also took home the award for the International Duo/Group of The Year.
Bandmate Harry Styles later took to Twitter.com to share the happy news with fans, writing, "Thank you so much to NRJ for having us. Thank you everyone who voted! You, me, oui (yes)."
Perry was another double winner at the ceremony, which was held at the Cannes Festival Palace in the south of France, as she scooped the International Female Artist of the Year title and landed International Song of the Year for her hit single, Roar.
Meanwhile, Bruno Mars was named International Male Artist of the Year and British singer James Arthur claimed International Breakthrough of the Year.
Other winners at the 15th annual NRJ Music Awards included Louis Delort (Francophone Breakthrough of the Year), Tal (Francophone Female Artist of the Year), Stromae (Francophone Male Artist of the Year) and Christophe Mae, who was presented with the NRJ Award of Honor.
Much like the somber melodies that float throughout its 105-minute runtime, Inside Llewyn Davis will remain lodged in your head weeks after you and the film first meet. With Oscar Isaac's "Fare thee we-e-ell..." ringing daintily in your ears, you'll shuffle out from the grasp of the Coen Brothers' wonderland of gray, but you won't soon be able to relieve yourself of what is arguable the pair's best film yet. Llewyn's is a story so outstandingly simple — he's a man who's s**t out of luck, and not especially deserving of any. He wakes up, loses his friend's cat, plays some music, and wishes things were better. And yet his is the Coens' most invigorating and deftly human tale yet.
Llewyn Davis makes the bold, but practical, choice of never insisting that we love its hero. He's effectively a jackass, justifying all the waste he has incurred with the rudeness he showers on the majority of those in his acquaintance. But Llewyn Davis isn't the villain here, either. The villain is the industry, and all the uphill battles inherent to its machinations. The villain isn't Llewyn's substantially more successful contacts — an old pal Jim (Justin Timberlake) and new fellow couch-surfer Troy (Stark Sands), but the listening public that prefers their saccharine pop to his dreary drips of misery. The villain isn't Llewyn's resentful old flame Jean (Carey Mulligan), no matter how many volatile admonitions she might shoot his way, but the act of God surrounding their unwitting adherence to one another. And it's not even the cantankerous and foul Roland Turner (a delightfully hammy John Goodman), but the endless, frigid open road of which each man is a prisoner (if the film has one flaw, it's that this segment carries on just a bit too long, but that might very well be the point). The villain is the cold.
Call it all a raw deal. But the real dynamism isn't in the challenges that happen outside Llewyn Davis, but in the determined toxicity brewing inside as he meets each and every one.
But this isn't the Coen Brothers' Murphy's Law comedy A Serious Man — we don't watch a chaotic pileup of every imaginable trick that the devil can manage to pull. Llewyn is steady throughout, not burying Llewyn deeper but keeping him on the ground, with the fruit-bearing branches forever out of his reach. In its narrative, Llewyn Davis is as close to natural life as any of the filmmakers' works to date. Perfectly exhibited in a late scene involving a trip to Akron, Llewyn isn't a cinematic construct, but the sort of person we know, so painfully, that we are very likely to be... on our bad days.
Still, working in such a terrific harmony with the grounded feel of Llewyn himself, we have that Coen whimsy in their delivery of 1960s New York City — rather, a magic kingdom painted in the stellar form of a 1960s New York City. And not the New York City we're given by the likes of Martin Scorsese or Woody Allen. Closer, maybe, to Spike Lee or Sydney Lumet, but still a terrain unique to moviegoers. A New York that's always recovering from a hostile rain, and always promising another 'round the bend. One that flickers like a dying bulb, with its million odd beleaguered moths buzzing around it against the pull of logic. There is something so incredibly alive about the Coens' crying city; this hazy dream world's partnership with half-dead, anchored-to-earth portrait like Llewyn is the product of such sophisticated imagination at play.
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And to cap this review of one of the best features 2013 has given us, it's only appropriate to return to the element in which its identity is really cemented: the music. Without the tunes bobbing through the story, we'd still likely find something terrific in Llewyn Davis. But the music, as beautiful as it is, is the reason for the story. As we watch Isaac's hopeless sad sack drag himself through Manhattan's winter, past the helping hands of friends and into the grimaces of strangers, as we struggle with our own handfuls of nihilistic skepticism that any of this yarn is worth the agony (or that our attention to its meandering nature is worth the price of a ticket), we are given the rare treat of an answer. Of course it's all for something. Of course it's all about something. It's about that beautiful, beautiful music.
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The MTV European Music Awards were held in Amsterdam on November 10, and other than a few tryhard moments (side-eye to Miley), the show was full of good times, Ron Burgundy, and Iggy Azalea’s nether regions. Here are some Twitter highlights from celebs who attended the ceremony.
last night was a blurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr thanks @katyperry for hosting pic.twitter.com/WLmP1L006k
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 11, 2013
Miley is so hard, don’t you know? She smoked a joint on television! Sure, smoking a joint onstage in Amsterdam is about as rebellious as eating a burger onstage in America, but still – Miley is following the “How to Be a Rebel 101” handbook to a T by now claiming to not remember much of the awards. Doubt that was the weed though, sweets...
Obsessed with this photo! @RonBurgundy RT @thewhitmore: Stay Classy!! http://t.co/0gCGZHTKtP #MTVEMA
— MTV EMA (@mtvema) November 10, 2013
Hands down, Ron Burgundy was the greatest thing about the event. His romantic bike ride with Daft Punk pretty much made the whole weekend.
I love award. http://t.co/aSbJdiJ3TZ
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) November 11, 2013
Man of few words meets the Anchorman himself.
Someone sang "I love the way" in the hallway, I turn around it's @BrunoMars. My organs fell out. I'm a corpse. I'm dead. HES SO NICE #MTVEMA
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 10, 2013
Ariana went on a confession-a-thon about her love for Bruno Mars on her Twitter. After she put her organs back in, of course.
If you think this involves my vag lips your mistaken And yeah I'm posting it just to let you know I... http://t.co/Wzv3z5woWE
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) November 10, 2013
You just know the conversation’s going to be good when these 8 words start a sentence: “If you think this involves my vag lips...”
Fun. star Nate Ruess is set to become the latest singer to front Queen when he joins the band at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas this weekend, according to reports. Sources tell Billboard.com the pop star will reportedly sing Somebody to Love and Fat Bottomed Girls during the group's performance at the event, which will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
He'll share the mic with Adam Lambert, who became Queen's regular stand-in singer last year (12).
Ruess will also hit the stage with fun. on Friday night (20Sep13), when Katy Perry, Elton John, Keith Urban, Muse, Tiesto and Chris Brown will also perform.
Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Miley Cyrus and Bruno Mars will be among the stars headlining the event on Saturday (21Sep13).
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss, Bruno Mars, Tim Mcgraw and the Dixie Chicks have all cancelled concerts in Canada after severe floods hit Calgary. Officials in the city declared a state of emergency last month (Jun13) as a result of heavy downpours, which caused major devastation throughout the area.
Calgary's Saddledome arena was badly hit by the floods, and venue bosses have been forced to call off a number of high-profile gigs as they begin the massive clean-up operation.
The concerts were part of a series held in connection with the annual Calgary Stampede, which has also been affected by the flood problems.
Stampede chief executive Vern Kimball says of the axed gigs, "We understand that this news is disappointing and we're disappointed too... It became evident late (on Monday) to the Stampede and the (venue bosses) that the services necessary for an acceptable concert experience just weren't available given the current status and limitations of the building.
"Given the size of the four shows, and that they're all intended for indoor setup with tailored effects and lighting, there was no feasible alternative to host any one of these shows at another Calgary venue during Stampede."
Organisers hope to reschedule the gigs.
Controversial comedian Tracy Morgan has been confirmed to host the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas next month (May13), just days after his jokes prompted fans to walk out of a show in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday (13Apr13). The former Saturday Night Live regular upset women's rights campaigners Down Under with overly sexual references and the explicit content of his material.
Women's rights activists, including Melinda Tankard Reist, who runs female-focused campaign group Collective Shout, branded Morgan's show sexist and called for fans to boycott the rest of his dates in Australia.
Morgan addressed the controversy during his performance in Perth on Monday (15Apr13), stating, "All I'm trying to do is make people laugh... It's fear. (Tankard Reist) doesn't understand me... I love her anyway."
The drama Down Under hasn't prompted Billboard Music Awards bosses to reconsider asking him to host and Morgan admits he's honoured to be "a part of one of music's biggest nights".
He says, "When you look at the artists who have come up through Billboard over the years, it's incredible. And how can you say no when Prince is going to be there!"
As well as Prince, Justin Bieber, Miguel, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars will perform at the ceremony, which will be held at the MGM Grand on 19 May (13).