It's no secret that playing the bad guy is always more interesting than playing a good guy. Being a moustache-twirling baddie is just heaps more fun than being a dour princess or some goody two shoes Prince Charming. Angelina Jolie is sure privy to this fact in a new poster for Maleficent. The poster features our first glimpse of the sneering villain, and Jolie gives the camera her best glare with piercing green eyes that are packed with wicked intentions. While we have to wait for Maleficent to send a chill down our spine this summer, why not assess some of the most wicked looking live-action Disney villains?
Captain Hook (Hook)Dustin Hoffman isn't terribly threatening since he's clearly pushing up the camp in Hook's modernized retelling of the Peter Pan myth. In fact he's sort of a lame-o, but he does win some points for that glorious mustache of his. Just think about how many times he could twirl that thing as he thinks of the best ways to flay Robin Williams alive. Plus, "RUFIOOOOO!"
Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians)The one thing that makes us angrier than killing Rufio is trying to turn 101 puppies into speckled coats that would have been super tacky by the time they got made anyway. Glen Close's Cruella De Vil gets this spot easily. Plus her crazy two-tone hair is more than a little unsettling.
Ravenna (Snow White and The Huntsman)Charlize Theron might have been the only one really flexing their acting muscles in Snow White in the Huntsman and flex them she did because she looked monumentally terrifying in that movie. That scowl she puts on when that weird mirror of hers picks Snow White over her still gives us nightmares, but so does Kristen Stewart's acting.
Maleficent (Maleficent)We obviously haven't seen the film yet, but we can safetly put Jolie's Maleficent on this list by just looking at the poster. From her sallow white skin to her blood red lips, she might as well as be evil personified if she's as terrifying in the film as she is in this first image.
Actress Emilia Clarke was left terrified on the set of Game Of Thrones when her horse bolted and she struggled to control it. The British actress told producers she knew how to ride when she arrived for her very first day of filming, but she soon realised her limited experience on horseback had not prepared her for the demanding role.
Clarke's mount bolted when she lost control and both the actress and the animal had to be calmed by co-star Iain Glen.
She tells The Observer Magazine, "You ask someone: 'Can you ride?' and as an actor you're trained to say yes. But it's one thing doing some riding on a Welsh holiday with your family... Luckily Iain managed to calm me and the horse down at the same time."
Glen adds, "It (the horse) went off with her into the high reeds and I think it slightly freaked her out!"
Toad The Wet Sprocket, a fairly popular band in the '90s, just released their first studio album in 16 years, New Constellation. That's a long time. They've seen President Bill Clinton finish his second term, George W. Bush serve twice and Barack Obama in the middle of his second term. That's a lifetime in music -- kids that were born when their last album came out are today's main pop consumers. Will people wind up buying it or will they fade back into something from the past?
Sure, there was the occasional greatest hits or B-side album, but it wasn't the same as hearing brand new music. But here they are again. Maybe they missed the feeling of making new music together. Who knows? It is a big risk on their parts though, given this current circumstances. Like all of us, 16 years has chenged us - Glen Philips, Randy Guss, Todd Nichols and Dean Dinning aren't in their 20s anymore. The maturity should help their music even more.
It's got to be a whole new world for the band. The last time they released an album, Napster was a person who liked to sleep a lot. Now they not only have to vie for CD sales, they also have to deal with digital rights for sites like iTunes, Spotify and others. The worst thing they had to contend with was someone copying their CD and giving it to a friend of thers, not distributing it to millions through torrent seeding. They have also seen America go from a time of enormous prosperity (which sadly was built upon a house of cards) to several recessions that some wonder if it will ever recover from. So...it's a dicey situation, to say the least.
So far, it's garnered good reviews on Amazon and iTunes, but will that be enough to persuade the non-diehards to buy it? It'll be interesting to see how they weather this new world.
I hope they succeed again just because I think any band as cooly named as Toad The Wet Sprocket (a name derived from a sketch on one of Monty Python's 1970s LPs) deserves to succeed, no matter what.
Katy Perry is planning to ditch pop music and fill her next album with acoustic guitar music. The I Kissed a Girl hitmaker is preparing to release her latest record, Prism, next month (Oct13), but she is already looking to the future and is planning to adopt a totally different sound for the follow-up.
Perry, 28, insists she now wants to model herself on legendary singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell as she moves forward with her career.
She tells Billboard.com, "I'll probably turn into more of a Joni Mitchell. As I inch towards my 30s, I think my fourth record will be more of an acoustic guitar album. That's where I started when I was first discovered by (songwriter/producer) Glen Ballard and got my first record deal. We'll see - I can't get ahead of myself. I'm still doing the work: I'm a good balance of left and right brain, and to be an artist with a long career, you've got to have both... I've got a few records under my belt, and I still feel like a brand-new artist. People still want that truth to cut through."
Prism is Perry's third album under her current recording moniker, but she released another under her real name Katy Hudson back in 2001.
Al Pacino is channelling the spirit of his late father for his role as a salesman in the Broadway version of Glengarry Glen Ross. The actor put in some intense sessions to get into the part of downtrodden sales rep Shelley Levene, and he slowly realised he was using the memory of his father Sal, who died in 2005, as inspiration.
He tells Smithsonian magazine, "I was trying to channel this character and... I felt as though he was a dancer. So sometimes I'd start dancing. But then I realised, guess what, I just realised this today! My father was a dancer and he was a salesman. So I was channelling my old man."
A California judge is refusing to place Amanda Bynes under the conservatorship of her parents until he can review the results from her mental evaluation and speak to the actress himself. The Hairspray star was taken into custody by police on Monday (22Jul13) after she allegedly tried to start a fire in a resident's driveway in Thousand Oaks, close to where her parents live.
She was placed on a psychiatric hold, allowing authorities to keep her under surveillance for up to 72 hours, but the order was extended by two weeks on Thursday (25Jul13), following a hearing in the hospital where Bynes has been confined.
Her concerned parents, Rick and Lynn Bynes, filed legal papers for conservatorship on the same day (25Jul13), requesting control of their daughter's financial and personal affairs until she can get her life back on track, and their case was heard by Ventura County Superior Court Judge Glen M. Reiser on Friday (26Jul13), but he declined to issue an emergency ruling on the matter as Bynes has already been ordered to remain under doctors' care for another 14 days.
Instead, the judge is planning to seek the advice of her medics and have a one-on-one chat with Bynes to gauge her mental state for himself, while he will also review the police report of the alleged fire incident.
In addition, he has asked the actress' court-appointed lawyer, Mary Shea, to interview her client and suggest recommendations ahead of the next hearing into the conservatorship on 9 August (13).
However, it appears Bynes' attorney is preparing to argue the star is of sane mind - she filed an emergency court motion on Friday in an effort to have the 27 year old released from her extended stay in the psychiatric hospital.
Despite the reverberating poetry of one Adele Adkins, this is not the end for Skyfall director Sam Mendes — the filmmaker who instilled a new, dark flavor into Daniel Craig's James Bond for the character's 23rd go at the big screen is officially on board to direct the next 007 feature, as confirmed Sony Pictures via Deadline.
Mendes will be the first filmmaker to direct two consecutive Bond exploits since John Glen concluded his reign over the franchise in 1989. The American Beauty director made Skyfall the eighth highest grossing pictures in world history, forgoing the wizbang gadgetry of his predecessors in favor of a more slow-paced, sensitive severity.
The next Bond flick will also star Craig, and should advance Naomi Harris' Moneypenny to a spotlight role (per the conclusion of Skyfall). Though we'll sadly be without Judi Dench's M, we might be able to hope for a bit more Q (Ben Whishaw) in the follow-up. All that and Mendes back on board makes Bond 24 one of the most attractive blockbuster promises in the foreseeable future. Or at least relatively foreseeable.
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Canadian folk legend Joni Mitchell made a rare, surprise appearance in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday night (18Jun13) - at her own early birthday bash. A host of musicians, including Rufus Wainwright, Glen Hansard and Kathleen Edwards, had gathered at Massey Hall to perform songs from Mitchell's back catalogue in celebration of her upcoming 70th, and the iconic singer/songwriter, who was expected to make an appearance to recite a new poem, stunned fans at the Joni: A Portrait in Song event when she picked up the microphone and treated them to renditions of Furry Sings the Blues and Don't Interrupt the Sorrow.
Explaining her absence from the spotlight, Mitchell told the audience she has been "kinda out of it" due to "health problems", but stated, "Tonight I must say I feel greatly honoured. I wasn't sure if I could sing tonight. I'm still not sure, but I'm going to try."
She also revelled in the celebration of her milestone birthday and thanked the array of artists who had recreated her tunes for the special concert, stating, "They've been so true to the arrangements but they brought something of their own to it. Isn't this a wonderful collection of talent?"
Fans later treated Mitchell to a group rendition of Happy Birthday and after the applause died down, she said, "Thank you, thank you. This is so much fun."
The singer will mark her actual birthday on 7 November (13).
The Script star Danny O'donoghue is often left behind by his bandmates during their free time at music festivals because the singer gets mobbed by fans. The Irish rockers have won a huge fanbase around the world since their first album was released in 2008, but O'Donoghue's star rose even further after he became a coach on U.K. TV talent show The Voice.
The band headlined Britain's Isle of Wight festival on Sunday (16Jun13), but members Mark Sheehan and Glen Power insisted their frontman was now too well known to enjoy the festivities.
Sheehan tells Absolute Radio, "We feel sorry for him, you know. We can go out into the festival, get some food and go out on some of the rides but Danny wouldn't be able to do that.
"He's been catapulted into the limelight. He really can't go anywhere. I almost hate going to the local (pub) with him. He often turns to disguises. He's got this flat cap that he wears a lot but that doesn't work. He's like Godzilla - he's too tall."
Country star Sheryl Crow has postponed a concert in Virginia on Thursday (13Jun13) due to extreme weather warnings. The All I Wanna Do hitmaker was booked to perform in Glen Allen, near the city of Richmond, but severe thunderstorms have been forecast for the night of the show, prompting the singer to reschedule the gig for next month (Jul13).
Alerting her Twitter.com fans to the date change, she writes, "Due to potential extreme weather in the Richmond area & with safety of the audience in mind, tomorrow's show has been moved to Thurs July 11...
"I am so bummed to cancel the Richmond show tomorrow due to potential weather. Please save your tickets for July 11! Can't wait to see y'all (sic)!"
All other dates on Crow's tour remain unaffected.
Mother Nature has caused a number of concert cancellations in the past week - Kings of Leon's headlining set at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York last Friday (07Jun13) was rained out and had to be moved to Saturday (08Jun13), while country singer Jake Owen's Sunday (09Jun13) performance at the CMA Festival in Nashville, Tennessee was cut short after just one song due to an approaching storm.