Singer Ellie Goulding has taken the charity ice bucket challenge to a whole new level by daring British royal Prince Harry to take part.
The Lights hitmaker has a connection to the heir after singing at his brother Prince William's wedding to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, and she hopes to convince him to join celebrities all over the world who have taken the plunge for the ALS Association.
Goulding reveals her manager turned down the challenge following her nomination, so she has called out Prince Harry to take his place. In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "So my manager isn't going to do the ice challenge (but donate) so I renominate Prince Harry. Who told me with enough peer pressure..."
The challenge is raising money to battle ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease. Harry has a personal connection to the cause as his aunt, Anne, Princess Royal, is a patron of Britain's Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga have all doused themselves in ice water over the last few days to raise money for the charity.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire blazed its way to glory at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (13Apr14), taking home a trio of top prizes. Co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson fought off competition to land the Best Female and Best Male Performance honours, while the film itself claimed the night's most coveted title for Movie of the Year.
Accepting the Movie of the Year award with co-star Sam Claflin, Hutcherson paid tribute to late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Plutarch Heavensbee in the film franchise. He said, "I know that if Philip were here, he would really think this was really cool and to have him in our movies was one of the coolest things in the world, he's one of the actors I've looked up to my entire life, and we think about him every day on set, so wherever he is, this definitely goes out to him as well."
Meanwhile, Oscar winner Jared Leto scored gold again for his role as transgender HIV sufferer Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, taking home the Best On-Screen Transformation trophy, Zac Efron was feted with the Best Shirtless Performance and comedy We're the Millers won Best Kiss for Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, who also took home the Breakthrough Performance prize. Channing Tatum received the Trailblazer Award and Mark Wahlberg was presented with the Generation Award.
Jordana Brewster was on hand to remember her tragic Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker, who died in an horrific car crash in November (13). She said, "He was humble. He thought about others. He never asked for credit or glory. He was just a really good guy." She then introduced a video montage of Walker's best performances.
Musical appearances at the Los Angeles ceremony, which was hosted by comedian Conan O'Brien, came from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Twenty One Pilots and rapper Eminem and Rihanna, who teamed up to perform their smash hit The Monster live on TV for the first time.
The main list of winners is as follows: Movie of the Year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Female Performance: Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Male Performance: Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Breakthrough Performance: Will Poulter - We're the Millers Best Kiss: Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter - We're the Millers Best Fight: Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs Orcs in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Best Comedic Performance: Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron - That Awkward Moment Best Villain: Mila Kunis - Oz The Great and Powerful Best On-Screen Transformation: Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club Best Musical Moment: Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson performing Everybody in This is the End Best Cameo Performance: Rihanna - This is the End Favorite Character: Shailene Woodley as Beatrice 'Tris' Prior in Divergent Trailblazer Award: Channing Tatum WTF Moment: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street Best Scared-As-S**t Performance: Brad Pitt – World War Z Best On-Screen Duo: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – Fast & Furious 6 Best Hero: Henry Cavill as Clark Kent –Man of Steel Generation Award: Mark Wahlberg.
Irish rocker Bob Geldof has been left heartbroken by the sudden death of his daughter Peaches.
British socialite, model and TV personality Peaches Geldof was declared dead at her home in Kent, England on Monday afternoon (07Apr14) and her father has wasted no time in confirming the tragedy.
Responding to the sad news, which broke on Monday (07Apr14), the Live Aid icon and Boomtown Rats frontman paid tribute to the mother-of-two, who was married to singer Thomas Cohen, calling her, "the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers (craziest) of all of us".
He adds, "We are beyond pain... Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. "How sad that sentence is. Tom and her sons Astala and Phaedra will always belong in our family, fractured so often, but never broken." Peaches' husband has also addressed the sad loss in a brief statement, which reads: "My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday (sic)."
Meanwhile, British celebrities have also offered up their thoughts via Twitter.com. Singer and friend Alexandra Burke writes, "I can't believe Peaches has passed away.. I feel so numb. I've never met anyone so kind before. She was a beautiful person... My heart goes out to her family and her kids... Praying for them all xxx RIP Peaches", and Myleene Klass adds, "The news of beautiful Peaches is utterly devastating, God bless her babies. RIP mama xxx".
Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp also offered up his thoughts, tweeting, "RIP Peaches Geldof, what do you say, my heart goes out to Bob and all his family, I truly am saddened by this horrible news!"
And Ellie Goulding posts, "Even if you think you've got it all figured out, some things still can't be explained or understood. Two beautiful children. RIP Peaches".
Singer Lily Allen also marked her friend's passing, writing, "My thoughts are with the Geldof's (sic) at this awful time. I hope they get to grieve in peace. Peaches, rest in peace gorgeous girl," and Sharon Osbourne adds, "Devastated about @peaches_g. Sending condolences & respect to the Geldof family. It's unimaginable what they must be going through right now."
Peaches' death comes just a day after she tweeted a photo of herself and her late mother, British TV presenter Paula Yates, and shared photos and videos of her two young boys online. Yates died from a heroin overdose in 2000.
The CW Gets Ready For Summer: The CW's summer programming officially kicks off on Tuesday, July 16 at 8 PM ET/PT with the rebooted hit improv comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, and the new dating competition Perfect Score. On Monday, July 29 at 9 PM ET/PT, the ballet reality series Breaking Pointe returns for its second season. The Hunger Games-esque reality wilderness competition The Hunt will premiere on Wednesday, July 31 at 9 PM ET/PT. [via press release]
Lohan to Visit Letterman: Lindsay Lohan will appear on Late Show with David Letterman April 9 to promote her upcoming Anger Management role. It will be Lohan’s first Letterman appearance since 2007 and her first public interview since November, and since she will soon begin a court-ordered stint in rehab and has spent the last week partying in Brazil, there is no shortage of scandalous, controversial topics for Letterman to cover. What will he choose to discuss? [Vulture]
One Mother of a Documentary: To celebrate Mother’s Day, Lifetime will premiere the documentary Dear Mom, Love Cher, revealing the extraordinary life story and perseverance of Cher’s mother, Georgia Holt, on Monday, May 6, at 10 PM ET/PT. The hourlong special includes unprecedented access to the family and features a never-before-heard duet performance with Holt and Cher, along with the long-lost recordings Holt taped more than three decades ago that Cher has re-mastered for commercial release later this year, making her mother’s lifelong dream a reality. "This project started as a gift for my mom’s 86th birthday. Like most things in my family, it was initiated by my sister Georganne, who asked me if I could update mom’s album. So I went big (I’m known in the family for doing that)," Cher says. "My sister and I are proud of our mom and we want to share her with the world." [Via Press Release]
Killer Series Order: A&E's pilot Those Who Kill is nearing a deal to get a series order. Starring Chloë Sevigny and James D’Arcy, the show is an adaptation of a Danish format and revolves around police detective Catherine Jensen (Sevigny) and forensic profiler Thomas Schaffer (D’Arcy), who possess a deep understanding of the serial killers they hunt. Thomas is described as a handsome and intellectual college psychology teacher with a PhD who focuses on serial killer behavior. [Deadline]
CSI Puts a Face to a Name: You'll finally be able to put a face to Capt. Jim Brass' never-before-seen wife on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Annabella Sciorra will guest star as Nancy in a case that hits close to home for the Brass family, first appearing in the season finale and returning for the 14th season premiere. During the finale, titled "Skin in the Game," the team will investigate the disappearance of Ellie Brass (Teal Redmann), the captain's stepdaughter who was last seen in CSI's sixth season. The episode will explore Brass' troubled marriage and the couple's infidelities. [THR]
Global Journey Headed to HBO: HBO Films is developing original movie The Man Who Walked Around the World, based on the book of the same name by David Kunst and Clinton Trowbridge. It chronicles the real life adventures of the Kunst brothers. On June 20, 1970, David and his brother John walked East out of Waseca, Minnesota with a pack mule named Willie Makeit. On October 5, 1974, David walked back into Waseca, Minnesota, this time from the West, becoming the first person confirmed to have circled the land mass of the earth on foot. David started off the journey with his brother John, who was killed by bandits in Afghanistan in 1972, and was then joined by his other brother, Pete, in a show of support. The two completed the trip together. [Deadline]
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Jersey Shore Star Gets A Life: Jenni "JWoww" Farley just landed a recurring role on the long-running soap One Life To Live, which is re-launching on April 29th on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes thanks to The Online Network. She will play Nikki, a bartender hired at the trendy nightclub Shelter, and can mix an Alabama Slammer as well as she can flirt with customers. As Shelter’s newest barmaid, club owner Blair Cramer (Kassie DePaiva) knows that it’s best to keep an eye on Nikki so things don’t get out of control. [Via Press Release]
Scorsese Heads to TV: Miramax and Martin Scorsese have teamed to develop a television series based on Scorsese’s 2002 movie Gangs Of New York (which was released by Miramax). The series will focus on organized gangs at the turn of the century and shortly thereafter in America, not only in New York but in other cities such as Chicago and New Orleans and the birth of organized crime in America. "This time and era of America’s history and heritage is rich with characters and stories that we could not fully explore in a two-hour film," Scorsese says. "A television series allows us the time and creative freedom to bring this colorful world, and all the implications it had and still does on our society, to life." [Deadline]
Grey's Anatomy Hires One Tree Hill Alum: A new doctor is coming to work in Seattle. One Tree Hill alum Hilarie Burton has signed on for a recurring guest role on Grey's Anatomy as a craniofacial specialist who visits Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital to work on a case. She'll make her debut in early May. [E!]
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Once Upon a Time Spinoff Castings: Sophie Lowe and Michael Socha has just been cast as one of the three leads in ABC‘s possible Once Upon A Time spinoff presentation, Once: Wonderland. OUAT creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz focused the presentation in pre-curse Wonderland and the story is told through the point of view of Alice (Lowe), who is surrounded by two major characters, The Knave of Hearts (Socha), a sardonic adventurer, a man of action, a loner and a heart-breaker; and Amahl, described as exotic, soulful and optimistic. Additionally, Peter Gadiot has been cast as Alice's mysterious love interest, Cyrus. Production is slated to begin April 7 in Vancouver, immediately following the season wrap of OUAT. [Deadline, THR]
Dads Casts New Wife: Vanessa Lachey has just joined Fox’s six-episode multi-camera comedy series Dads. She is now a regular after a recent recasting. From the creators of Ted, Dads centers on two successful guys in their 30s, Eli (Seth Green) and Warner (Tommy Dewey), who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads (Peter Riegert, Martin Mull) unexpectedly move in with them. Lachey will play Camilla, Warner’s (Dewey) wife and, the mother of their two children (replacing Erin Pineda in the role). [Deadline]
From a Partner to a Friend: David Krumholtz (Partners) has joined NBC’s Brenda Forever pilot. He will play a close friend of Ellie Kemper's Brenda, a 31-year-old who does her own thing. He’ll appear as a guest star in the pilot, but if the project goes to series, there’s a good chance he’ll be back. The potential series would consist of stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present, creating a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be the woman she is today. [TVLine]
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What happens when you mix Taylor Swift and the musical genre dubstep? That may sound like the beginning of a joke, but thanks to Tuesday's release of Swift's latest single, it’s actually a legitimate question.
"I Knew You Were Trouble," another song from Swift’s upcoming album, Red, debuted last night and it sounds nothing like what you’d expect. Fresh on the heels of the Max Martin-produced pop hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” the new release includes dubstep elements in the chorus.
For those of you unfamiliar with the genre, here's a brief history of dubstep (you're welcome). Dubstep is a type of electronic dance music that is known for its heavier sound and reliance on bass and drums, sometimes incorporating vocals. Originating in the U.K. in the late ‘90s, dubstep rose to popularity in the U.S. in the last few years when producers began to fuse elements of dubstep with heavy metal to create the style Brostep, for which Grammy-winning artist Skrillex is known. As dubstep began to influence some pop artists’ work, the genre enjoyed a rising mainstream popularity. For example, the dubstep fanbase loved pop artist Ellie Goulding way before “Lights” ever hit the radio in the U.S. (thanks to DJ/producer Bassnectar’s dubstep remix of her hit), Alex Clare’s dubstep-influenced "Too Close" hit No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and more and more commercials are now getting the dubstep treatment.
Now that we've got that out of the way, let’s get back to Swift’s surprising foray into the genre. When Swift tweeted last night that “I Knew You Were Trouble” was being released on iTunes, I had no idea what to expect. Certainly another epic story of a failed romance, maybe a couple “Wheeee’s” thrown in for good measure. But when the chorus hit, and I heard that unmistakable wobbling bass, I was speechless. Taylor Swift, and... dubstep? Those were two words I never thought I would utter in the same sentence — ever!
Once I got over my initial shock, I was impressed. This works. But before all you lovers of dubstep and/or haters of Swift jump down my throat, let me explain my reasoning.
First of all, there is just the right amount of dubstep influence in the song (not too much, not too little). This isn’t straight-up dubstep, this is a pop song with dubstep influences. Swift uses certain elements of dubstep in specific parts. For instance, by containing the heavier bass to the chorus, she gives the words an extra oomph, which is appropriate for the message she’s conveying. When Swift debuted a teaser of the song on Good Morning America, she explained the inspiration behind it. “It sounds just as chaotic as the feeling was when I wrote it,” Swift said. It’s about “being frustrated with yourself” for falling for a person you know you shouldn’t have. The dubstep elements add an edgier, harder sound that complements the words she sings.
Another reason why “I Knew You Were Trouble” works is because it shows how Swift is growing as a musician. She is trying out new genres and taking chances. According to Rolling Stone, after 2010’s Speak Now, which she wrote all herself, Red is being co-written with hit-making scribes like Max Martin and Adele collaborator Dan Wilson. Swift wrote all the lyrics, but the resulting album is a mixture of many different genres, including this bass-heavy dubstep anthem. The eclectic nature of the upcoming album will surely keep on surprising listeners, and Swift certainly can’t be accused of doing the same thing over and over.
And last, but certainly not least, this song works simply because it sounds great. Swift doesn’t sound like she’s trying something totally out of her skill set. It sounds natural; it makes me want to get up and dance. It’s catchy... and it’s been on repeat all day.
Watch Swift explain the inspiration behind “I Knew You Were Trouble” on GMA:
Give the new song a listen below and let us know in the comments if you think that Swift’s foray into dubstep works for her:
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While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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