The Who star Roger Daltrey and former Spice Girls singer Melanie Chisholm were among the famous faces who turned out to honour late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury at a charity gig marking his 67th birthday. The Queen AIDS Benefit in support of The Mercury Phoenix Trust took place in London on Thursday night (05Sep13) and a host of stars turned out for the event to help raise money to fight AIDS, including Monty Python's Eric Idle, funnyman Stephen Fry and singer Pixie Lott, as well as Queen star Brian May.
Daltrey and Chisholm were among the performers, along with classical star Alfie Boe.
The evening also included an auction to raise money for The Mercury Phoenix Trust, the charity set up after Mercury's death in 1991, and prizes sold off included a signed photo of Katy Perry dressed up as the famous singer, a guitar owned by Taylor Swift, and a trip to New York to meet Robert De Niro.
After the event, Chisholm tweeted, "I feel such a lucky girl having the chance to honour the great Freddie Mercury last night... Thank you!!!" while May posted a picture from the gala and added, "Freddie's party tonight in Mayfair. Thanks to all!"
He adds in a message to Chisholm, "Thanks so much for tonight, dear Mel. You sure DID do Freddie justice !!! You're just great. Respects! And love (sic)."
The Twilight hunk was voted Best Actor and Best Dressed at the bash at London's Hammersmith Apollo.
British rapper Plan B won the Best Album honour for his hit The Defamation of Strickland Banks, while folk rockers Biffy Clyro's Bubbles was named Best Song.
TV series The Inbetweeners was the winner of the Best Show award at the ceremony, which was attended by Katy Perry, Tinchy Stryder, Pixie Lott and The Wanted.
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.