Rap group Cypress Hill is reuniting and releasing its first album as a trio in 10 years. Over the past few years, the Insane in the Brain hitmakers have released their own solo projects, but now hip-hop stars B-Real, Sen Dog and producer DJ Muggs have joined forces once again for a new record.
Lead MC B-Real, real name Louis Freese, describes what fans can expect from their upcoming project in a statement that reads: "We're in the beginning stages but moving along smoothly. The sound is anti-everything that's popular and is in a world of its own."
Cypress Hill, who last worked together in 2004 for their album Til Death Do Us Part, are planning to release the new record next spring (14).
Clint Eastwood's model daughter Francesca has secretly wed Jonah Hill's brother in a low-key ceremony in Las Vegas, according to multiple reports. The 20-year-old blonde obtained a marriage licence from officials in Clark County, Nevada on 17 November (13) and exchanged vows with Jordan Feldstein, who serves as Maroon 5's music manager, on Sunday (17Nov13).
The happy news will come as a surprise to many - the bride, whose mother is actress Frances Fisher, had been dating celebrity photographer Tyler Shields for some time and even documented their relationship on reality show Mrs. Eastwood & Company, in which both appeared with Francesca's stepmother, Dina Eastwood.
The new bride did not wear a wedding ring or make any mention of the nuptials when she attended the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's awards season kick-off party in Los Angeles on Thursday night (21Nov13), when she introduced Kevin Bacon's daughter, Sosie, as 2014's Miss Golden Globe. Eastwood served as the celebrated usher at last year's (13) prizegiving.
The newlyweds posted their marriage certificate in Clark County on Tuesday (19Nov13), according to TMZ.com.
Actor Jonah Hill blames Leonardo DiCaprio for allowing him to get punched for real on the set of The Wolf Of Wall Street - because he failed to object to director Martin Scorsese's painful idea. The Moneyball star reveals the filmmaker shot take after take of a scene, in which Hill's banker character is beaten up by co-star Jon Bernthal, who plays a drug dealer in the crime drama, but Scorsese was not impressed.
Instead, he asked the 29 year old if he minded having Bernthal throw a real punch - and after lead actor DiCaprio did nothing to put Scorsese off the idea, Hill found himself reluctantly agreeing to the beating.
He explains, "(Scorsese) looks at me and goes, 'Hey kid, you wanna try when he hits you for real?' I don't wanna look like a wuss... so I turned to (DiCaprio) to try and make eye contact to say, maybe, 'OK, Marty, maybe do something else'. So I don't answer and I look to Leo and... he completely looks away and leaves me hanging!"
Hill reveals he was "freaking out" about the scene, for which he had to wear fake teeth, but Scorsese was only worried about capturing the perfect shot: "We go out there, we do the scene... (Bernthal) just decks me... I wore big fake teeth and they split and flew out of my mouth...! I'm on the floor and I'm in a daze and I just hear Scorsese (say) out loud, 'His face is swelling, get him some new teeth and let's shoot it!' Someone put some teeth in my mouth and they film my face swell."
The Wolf of Wall Street, about a wealthy stockbroker who becomes involved in crime and corruption, is based on disgraced New York financier Jordan Belfort's memoir.
Actor Jonah Hill was reprimanded on the set of his new movie The Wolf Of Wall Street after his constant chatter disrupted director Martin Scorsese's concentration. The 21 Jump Street star admits he forgot his manners after spending so much time onset and ended up receiving a terse text message from the filmmaker's assistant demanding his silence as the cameras rolled.
He says, "It was always very quiet so (Scorsese) could focus. And about five months in, I guess I just got too comfortable. And I had no idea what I was thinking, but I just started chatting away with one of the producers... and then all of the sudden my phone buzzes and I look at my phone and it's from his assistant Ashley and he goes, 'You need to stop talking.'"
Just this past weekend, we watched Lady Gaga take up the normal-est task in the celebrity trade: playing host on Saturday Night Live. All the mainstream stars do it (just about). Even Kanye West can bridle his derision for all things tangible to stop by Studio 8H for a night of good fun. So, we thought, maybe this means an end to Gaga's oddball streak. Maybe she's setting to rest her bizarre, outsider art nature to become another Patti Page. That's what we thought. But then we saw her new music video, "An ARTPOP Film."
Yes, it's peculiar... but perhaps only at first glance. In fact, we'd wager that — following her gig on SNL — this is Gaga's attempt at "normal." If you look closely enough at each one of the many incarnations she inhabits in the video, you might find a spark of familiarity with an old pop culture mainstay. Maybe Gaga has traversed the catalogue of the American zeigeist, plucking out fan favorites and bringing them to life in "An ARTPOP Film" in hopes of, dare we say it, being just like the rest of us. Don't believe it? Let's take a look.
The video opens around the 20-second mark, after a brief spoken intro by Gaga.
:20 — Here we see Gaga as Kate Middleton, quite apparently. See? That's pretty normal! Kate marked the summit of our society's attention this past year with her pregnancy and the eventual birth of the Royal Baby. Good start, Gaga!:34 — And look, it's Walter White's HAZMAT suit! Breaking Bad has been, undoubtedly, one of the biggest talking points in television, and Gaga's just trying to get in on the conversation. She... doesn't appear to know how to wear the suit, but... it's something.:36 — And while you're doing AMC, here's some zombie teeth a la The Walking Dead. You've got this, LG.:37 — A montage of shots of Doc Brown from Back to the Future, complete with fraying hair and that gadget that was supposed to make him precognitive. Plus, a quick glimpse at :42 of what kind of reminds us of that episode of Friends where Joey wore all of Chandler's clothes. A timeless cinematic classic and the most popular show of the 1990s. Outstanding, Gaga!:44 — ... Is... is she covered in dirt? Wait, that is dirt, right? Okay... okay. Minor slip up, but I'm sure she'll get back on the horse.:46 — There, that's better! She's... rolling around in the dark in her underwear. Kind of like Susan Sarandon in Rocky Horror. Not exactly the epitome of cultural normalcy, but at least it's a movie, right?:47 — Um. Well. She's got the Walter White suit on again, but now she appears to have replaced her face with mop strands. Vaguely reminiscent of one of the Reavers from Firefly, but... no, that's just wishful thinking, isn't it?:53 — Here, Lady Gaga is a washing machine. Those are normal, right?:56 — Okay, so that's kind of like a football uniform, were it made of tattered rags and the innards of a mummified pharaoh. But can we give her points for football?1:04 — There! Singing! Just a human woman singing! Huzzah! Things are really turning ar...1:11 — God dammit, she's Big Gruesome from Wacky Races.1:20 — And that appears to be her attempt at one of our society's everpresent, hypersexualized body wash commercials. A jarring one.1:28 — W-what? Wait, pause the video for a second. What... what is she... is she a fetus? Inside the womb of a transformer? Is that some sort of commentary on the destruction porn cinema to which we are exposing our children?1:29 — Is that Lucy from Twin Peaks? Kind of. Kind of? We'll take it.Still 1:29 — A disembodied synthetic hand. Maybe she liked Lars and the Real Girl. Maybe she likes dismembering things.Still 1:29 — Um...1:30 — Are there bees?Still 1:30 — Oh good, it's Big Gruesome again.1:31 — I'd be more comfortable if you put that scissor down.1:32 — We may have overlooked a theme here. Scissors, wigs... is this Gaga's stab at getting in on the hairstyle craze to which we all adhere so devotedly?1:34 — Oop, no, now she's Big Gruesome strangling a pillow.1:36 — Oh, Gaga, no, please don't cry. I didn't... I didn't mean any of it. I loved Wacky Races. I love bees.1:53 — Oh, maybe that's a go at Orange Is the New Black!1:56 — Hey, Walking Dead again! And bowling!2:00 — And that's Tangela, the least memorable Pokemon! Slipping.2:02 — Pirate. Pirates are always relevant.2:04 — That's not anything.2:05 — Okay, turn off Walking Dead, Gaga. It's not even that good anymore.2:06 — Who is that? Janis Joplin? Benefit of the doubt!2:08 — I'm getting a Jon Heder vibe.2:09 — ...2:10 — Good, more stray body parts.2:12 — Kind of looks like Zadie Smith, doesn't it? Benefit of the doubt!2:14 — Let's go ahead and assume this is an homage to the early King of the Hill episode wherein Bobby practices kissing on a mannequin head from his cousin Luanne's hairstyling class. Because that would be preferable.2:16 — ...2:17 — I'm getting a Black Swan vibe.2:19 — UNCLE FESTER! THERE IT IS! A RECOGNIZABLE, WELL-KNOWN, FAMILY-FRIENDLY POP CULTURE CHARACTER! BOOM! WRAP IT UP, GAGA, YOU'VE DONE IT! YOU'RE DONE! CALL IT A WIN!2:20 — Aaand now you're hanging upside down like a black while rave lights flicker around you in a terribly unsettling fashion.2:23 — I don't feel good.2:24 — Well, we tried.
So it turns out that Lady Gaga does not achieve pop culture normalcy with her new video, "An ARTPOP Film." And in truth, we don't want her to. We don't need Lady Gaga to cater to familiarity or our established parameters. Her entire identity is in the interest of the new, her mission statement is to show us things and ideas that we haven't seen. Not everybody is on board with the result, but everybody should be on board with the effort — to be daring, creative, strange. To be herself. Bravo, Gaga.
And it's catchy, too!
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Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert will be among the country superstars who will take the stage with George Strait at his final show in Texas next summer (Jun14). The newly-crowned Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year will bow out of touring after one last show on his ongoing The Cowboy Rides Away trek - and his last hurrah will be a star-studded one.
Strait will take the stage at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington on 7 June (13), and his famous friends will join him for three songs each.
As well as the aforementioned quartet, Strait will be joined by Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack, according to Country Weekly magazine.
Country singers Faith Hill and Tim Mcgraw have slammed ongoing reports suggesting they are on the verge of a divorce, insisting the rumours are completely made up. The couple's marriage has been under heavy scrutiny for the past several months with many so-called sources claiming the singers are headed for a break-up, but now Faith and McGraw are clearing up those rumours, explaining the negative gossip has been around since the first week they were married.
Hill says, "I wish people would stop buying that stuff (tabloid gossip), and I wish they'd just stop printing that stuff.
"Happy is good. I don't know why happy can't be a story."
Hill and McGraw tied the knot in 1996 and have three children together.
Country star Taylor Swift is reportedly on the hunt for a central London property, which she can use as a base when she visits England. The Love Story hitmaker was spotted looking at posh pads in the British capital's Regent's Park area, just a few miles away from where her former boyfriend Harry Styles lives in Primrose Hill, with a group of friends on Friday (15Nov13).
A source tells Britain's Sunday People newspaper, "Taylor loves London and wants to live here for extended amounts of time, so she's looking for a place. She saw three properties in north west London."
Veteran character actor Al Ruscio has died, aged 89. The TV and movie star, who appeared in Showgirls, The Godfather: Part III, Seinfeld and Bonanza, passed away on Tuesday (12Nov13), according to his daughter.
During his five-decade career, Ruscio played varied characters, but he will perhaps be best remembered as the defiant restaurant manager at Monk's in Seinfeld, and as crime boss Leo Cuneo in The Godfather sequel.
He also appeared on TV in Peter Gunn, The Untouchables, McCloud, Lou Grant, Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, and on the big screen in films like Any Which Way You Can and Jagged Edge.
A lifelong student of the craft of acting, he also created the drama department at the Midwestern College in Denison, Iowa and served as a professor of acting at the University of Windsor in Canada.
He also penned So Therefore... A Practical Guide for Actors, which was published in 2012.