La Toya Jackson has dismissed reports suggesting she has married her fiance and business manager, Jeffre Phillips. Online reports suggested the couple had tied the knot in Los Angeles on Friday (06Dec13), with close friends and family, including the late King of Pop's mother, Katherine Jackson, and his eldest son, Prince, in attendance.
However, the pair has since cleared up the rumours in a joint statement, which reads, "The rumors that La Toya Jackson married her longtime business partner Jeffre Phillips are completely false. The reporting outlet should be embarrassed for their mistake and at least make an effort to find facts to back up their story before reporting."
Meanwhile, the singer-turned-reality TV star has taken to her Twitter.com blog to further set the record straight, writing, "Thank you all for your congratulations on what you thought was a marriage. It was a rumor. I'M NOT MARRIED!"
The couple met in 1999. Jackson was previously married to her former manager Jack Gordon from 1989 to 1996.
Singer La Toya Jackson has married her longterm business partner, according to a U.S. report. Michael Jackson's sister tied the knot with Jeffre Phillips on Friday (06Dec13) in Los Angeles, according to Us Weekly magazine.
The event was reportedly attended by close friends and family including the late King of Pop's mother, Katherine Jackson, and his eldest son, Prince.
A source tells Us Weekly, "(Phillips has) been by her side forever and they already live in the same building in L.A. He has invested her well in real estate and other business dealings so she is financially in great shape. And he's always with her. They are the very best of friends and Jeffre is part of the family by now."
The star was previously married to her former manager Jack Gordon from 1989 to 1996.
Irish actor Jack Gleeson is set to quit acting after his run on Game Of Thrones ends to focus on becoming a philanthropist. The 21 year old, who plays King Joffrey Baratheon in the hit TV series, admits he has already grown tired of the film and TV industry - and he's keen to move on to a more rewarding career.
He tells British newspaper The Independent, "It was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing Game of Thrones perhaps the reality was made too real for me.
"The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn't something I gravitate towards."
Gleeson, whose screen acting career began over a decade ago with an uncredited role in Reign of Fire, has recently been working with aid agency Goal in Haiti to improve the lives of those who were affected by the 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 230,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless.
He continues, "I'd been looking to use the celebrity I've got from the show to bring awareness for causes Goal supports...
"It was inspiring to see the improvements being made in Haiti, to see the motivation of the people to improve the quality of life. People are eager to get on with their lives and be resilient."
Now that Heisenberg's journey has come to an end, there's no monarch more twisted than Game of Thrones' King Joffrey. But the smug little face you just want to punch inside out actually belongs to a well-rounded 21-year-old (WHAT?! Yep, it's true) named Jack Gleeson, who has decided he wants the sadistic meglomaniac to be his last role.
Gleeson told The Independent (via The Wrap) the success of GOT showed him the disparity between the lifestyle of a TV star and the troubles in the real world, and made him reevaluate his choices. But Gleeson says, "I'm 21, so it's hard to decide what kind of course life will take," he said. But so far, Gleeson spends exponentially more time contributing to charity work in Haiti than cursing the Starks and clenching his fists.
There will certainly be a snot-nosed-entitled-little-brat-shaped-hole in Hollywood. It will no doubt be quickly filled by a dozen other child actors, but none will do it so well as Gleeson does. Until then, though, we can still look forward to the next season of Game of Thrones, sure to be chock-full of King Joffrey, in early 2014.
Veteran movie star Bruce Dern is convinced shooting John Wayne in the back in The Cowboys wrecked his film career because he became known as the man who killed The Duke. The 77 year old was on course to join pals like Jack Nicholson and Robert Redford on Hollywood's A-list but struggled to find work after his character, Long Hair, shot Wayne's Wil Anderson in the 1972 western.
He recalls, "It was 8.30 in the morning when we did the scene, Wayne was incredibly s**tfaced (drunk) on Wild Turkey, a bottle and a half. I could smell it on him, and he leans into me and says, 'Oh, how they're gonna hate you for this'."
Dern, who is the father of actress Laura Dern, reveals Wayne was right and for years strangers would approach him in the street and say, "You killed my buddy!"
Movie fans are starting to come up to him in the street again, but this time they are full of compliments for his latest role in acclaimed new Alexander Payne movie Nebraska, in which he plays a deluded old man who believes he's won $1 million and must travel from his home in Montana to Nebraska to collect the money.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "You walk down the street and people come up and shake your hand. I never had this happen except for when I killed John Wayne and they they just go... 'You f**king b**tard!'"
Dern picked up the Best Actor award at France's Cannes Film Festival for his role in Nebraska and now he is a frontrunner for a top Oscar prize next year (14).
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The only similarities shared by Ridley Scott's last two directorial efforts were Michael Fassbender and a good deal of disappointment. In 2012, Scott returned to the sci-fi game and the universe he created in Alien — arguably the best film in the genre's history — with Prometheus, a film that dazzled in scope and aesthetic conscience but that left us wanting more in the realm of story (we'll chalk that lethal ending up to Damon Lindelof's rewrites). Just this past weekend, Scott released his next picture: the Murphy's Law crime drama The Counselor, which too was not a complete failure but seemed to discount the power of its weird, otherworldly script from novelist Cormac McCarthy. But recent shortcomings aside, the filmmaker is a versatile and highly skilled one. A force so talented that his announcements, even the one about a sequel that might have underwhelmed us, has us excited. Scott spoke to Empire magazine for its latest issue, revealing that the script for the developing Prometheus 2, is complete.
He says, "Prometheus 2 is written. I have already got the next two films ready to go. That will be 2014, 2015." This time around, scripting duties lie with Jack Paglen, a newbie who will make his feature debut with another ambitious picture, Wally Pfister's Transcendence. If the sequel can hone in with a bit more attention to detail and an intention to complete the interesting story that its predecessor opened, Prometheus 2 could very well offer up a formidably satisfying, inspiring return to the sci-fi game for Scott.
Also on Scott's plate is an adaptation of Joe Haldeman's The Forever War, which Scott calls "one of the last great science-fiction books." The story revolves around an interstellar warfare between humanity and an alien race. Commenting on his choice to adapt the novel: "We’ve finally got a very good draft of that for Fox. I thought I'd left science-fiction for too long, that I had better climb back in. Prometheus was a great experience for me. Chasing number two, we can start evolving the grand idea."
Additionally, Scott mentions on the muddled status of Blade Runner 2 ("Yeah, we're working on [it] right now - that will happen sooner or later") and his viewpoint on his developing Biblical epic Exodus ("F**king huge"). So, rest assured there.
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Neil Young reunited onstage with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills for the first time in seven years at his annual Bridge School Benefit in California on Saturday (26Oct13). Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were among the highlights of the star-studded benefit, which also included performances from Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Heart, Elvis Costello and his wife Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket and fun.
Young opened the show by performing a rendition of Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind before breaking into acoustic versions of Heart Of Gold and Comes A Time, which he sang with his wife Pegi.
Non-Young highlights included Costello's rendition of the Hollies' King Midas in Reverse with the band's Graham Nash, and Arcade Fire's rousing set.
The Canadian band was added as a last-minute replacement for The Killers, who pulled out of the benefit earlier this month (Oct13).
Frontman Win Butler told the audience at the Bridge School gig, "Neil emailed us a few days ago. They needed a pinch hitter, so we looked at our schedule. There's nowhere else on earth we'd rather be."
Young joined the band onstage for a new track they introduced as "I Dreamed A Neil Young Song".
CSNY took the stage just before midnight and kicked off their hour-long reunion set with Just A Song Before I Go.
The first night of the 2013 Bridge School Benefit weekend shows ended with an all-star rendition of Teach Your Children.
The annual charity concert continues on Sunday (27Oct13) with Tom Waits joining the line-up.
A teen drama is nothing without a Prom episode or two. But what about Prom's younger sister, the Homecoming dance? Homecoming may be lower profile, but it's just as traumatic. Maybe you were stressed by the the school year's first mad dash for dates; the big game; or the invasion of alumni with nothing better to do. Or maybe you were the Homecoming King or Queen, in which case you were probably too social to be sitting at home obsessing over every episode Dawson's and Buffy. And isn't that the real tragedy? Here's what you missed.
Dawson's Creek — "The Dance"
"What kind of high school memories will you have if all you did in high school was bitch and moan about everything?," Andie asks. "Bitching memories," says Joey. "Moaning memories," says Dawson. And no wonder, since every high school milestone on this show involved some kind of overwrought drama. In this season two episode, Dawson's learns a couple of uncomfortable truths the night of the Homecoming dance. First, that his weirdly, overtly sexual parents are separating; and second, that Joey and a still in-the-closet Jack like, totally made out. Good luck with that, Jo.
Friday Night Lights — "Homecoming"
Of course, the Homecoming episode of the mostly perfect football drama focuses more on the game than the dance. Paralyzed QB Jason Street returns to the stadium for the first time since his accident and leads his team onto the field. Tyra and Billy make a business deal and a tidy profit from planning a post-game kegger. And, after his poor performance in front of a college scout, Smash decides to juice, setting the stage for one hell of a Kyle Chandler lecture down the road.
Vampire Diaries — "Homecoming"
High school dances are full of heartbreak, but only on Vampire Diaries will you see someone's heart literally being pulled out of his chest. It's a showdown with Klaus to a soundtrack by guest starring band My Morning Jacket on the mid-season finale of season three.
Roseanne — "Homecoming"
No frou-frou dresses or weepy teen heart-to-hearts here. Dan hosts a 20th anniversary party for his football team and begs his family to be on their best behavior. Roseanne ignores this request completely and sets her sights on breaking up Becky and Mark.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer — "Homecoming"
At their last Homecoming, Buffy and Cordelia go head to head for Homecoming Queen. The feuding frenemies end up sharing a limo, but are waylaid by Slayerfest '98 competitors, who are in a race to off Buffy and Faith, for whom they mistake Cordelia. They escape with their lives and make it to the dance just in time to find out that they both lost.
Halloween is just around the corner, and while there are plenty of R-rated scary movies to indulge in for the holiday, we love a good not-so-scary kid flick as well. Folks like Tim Burton and stop-motion master Henry Selick have been making powerfully good movies for years, and even though alternate universes and headless pumpkin kings don’t scare us like they used to, we still love watching these films.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack The Pumpkin King has become as much of a staple around Halloween time as witches on broomsticks, and ghosts and ghouls. He’s an icon -- a rock star -- and we all fell in love with him when Burton and Selick brought us the unforgettable story of holiday worlds colliding.
The phrase I see dead people took on new meaning with this story of a little boy with a special, frightening gift. Little Paranorman may have been unique in that he communicated with the dead, but his story has a universal message, where outcasts and so-called geeks trump bullies and the popular crowd. And, naturally, they end up saving the world from the wrath of the dead.
Another brilliant work from Henry Selick, we’re going to have to be honest and admit that this not-so-scary kid movie is actually pretty damn scary at times. Little Coraline finds a portal to another universe, discovering that Other Mothers and Other Fathers are not always so awesome, once you start seeing what’s behind their black-button eyes.
Tim Burton’s Oscar-nominated film put a fun spin on a familiar story. A young boy loses his beloved dog, and decides to bring him back from the dead. Of course, Sparky the dog is much changed and the dramatics ensue. Visually, Frankenweenie is a great piece of work -- a black and white film, classic Burton, plus the voices of actors like Winona Ryder and Martin Landau make this one a not-so-scary kid movie must-see for adults.
Don’t act like you haven’t been waiting around all year for this one to start popping up on ABC Family. Hocus Pocus defined many-a childhood and introduced a lot of us to a Sarah Jessica Parker that is long gone, but never forgotten.
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Airport novel racks across the globe are standing at half mast this week. Tom Clancy, the king of the American spy thriller, sadly passed away on Tuesday. But even after his death, his legacy in film lives on in movies like the newest Chris Pine actioner Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
In the new trailer, Pine takes over the role of Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst working undercover for a sleazy billionaire with an even sleazier European accent (Kenneth Branagh, also the film's director). When Jack discovers a terrorist plot that threatens to dismantle the world's economy, he is forced out of his cozy office and must become a full-fledged field agent under the guidance of his handler (Kevin Costner). Keira Knightley also stars as Jack’s wife who finds herself pulled inexplicably into the depths of covert intrigue.
The trailer is buzzing with tons of frenetic action and a lot of slick spy machinations. I’m expecting at least four double-crosses and at least three characters to reveal themselves to be double agents by the time the credits roll.
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