Veteran rocker Rod Stewart has been slapped with a $5 million (£2.94 million) lawsuit over allegations he ripped off a photographer's work by recreating an image to promote his Las Vegas residency. Photographer Bonnie Schiffman captured a shot of the back of the Maggie May hitmaker's trademark bouffant hairstyle back in the 1980s and licensed it for the cover of his 1989 box set, Storyteller.
She claims she was approached by Stewart's representatives in 2010 seeking permission to use the picture once more to publicise his comeback shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Sin City, but she refused after allegedly being offered just $1,500 (£882) for the photo rights.
However, she was shocked when the advertisements were released ahead of his 2013 gigs as they featured an eerily similar snap of Stewart from behind. The alleged photo copy was also printed on tickets for the live shows.
She is now demanding compensation for what she insists is a blatant rip off of her previous work and has named both Stewart and bosses at Caesars Palace in the copyright infringement case, according to TMZ.com.
Veteran crooner Rod Stewart is attempting to worm his way out of a 70th birthday party after his wife started planning a huge bash to mark the milestone in January (15). The Maggie May singer hits 70 on 10 January, 2015, and his partner Penny Lancaster is planning to bring all of his family and friends together for a star-studded bash in his honour.
However, Stewart is unimpressed with the party plans and is hoping to find a way to get out of it.
He says, "My wife is trying to organise a big 70th birthday party and I'm trying to get out of it. Birthdays don't mean anything to me. I don't think birthdays mean as much to guys as they do to women. Birthdays come and they go and they don't worry me at all."
Stewart also insists that turning 70 will not inspire him to retire, adding, "It's something that can't go on forever obviously, but I am booked all the way through 2015. I've got the energy, the voice is in good stead, the people are still coming out to see me which I very much appreciate. And I'm still enjoying it."
Singer Rod Stewart has put his rare Ferrari up for sale for more than $1 million (£583,399). The Maggie May hitmaker is parting ways with his 1990 F40 model, which will go up for auction in Burbank, California next month (02Aug14) by classic car auction company Auctions America.
His sports car has less than 7,900 miles on the clock, is in "excellent condition", and is one of just 1,315 F40s produced from 1987 to 1992.
Organisers believe Stewart's Ferrari could sell for up to $1.3 million (£760,000).
Last month (Jun14), Stewart put his Lamborghini Miura sports car up for sale for $1.4 million (£900,000).
Veteran rocker Rod Stewart is set to perform at the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony later this month (Jul14). The athletics competition will kick off in Glasgow, Scotland with a launch event at the city's Celtic Park football stadium on 23 July (14) and organisers expect as many as 40,000 sports fans to attend, with millions more watching on TV.
The event's bosses hope the Maggie May hitmaker's inclusion on the bill, which also features Scottish stars Susan Boyle and Amy MacDonald, will lift excitement ahead of the occasion.
Chief executive David Grevemberg says, "We have always said that the opening ceremony will present Glasgow and Scotland to a global audience. But when we got to welcome an iconic talent like Rod Stewart it takes the excitement and anticipation for the opening ceremony to a whole new level."
Australian pop star Kylie Minogue has reportedly signed on to perform at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, which will be held at Glasgow's Hampden Park football ground on 3 August (14).
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If you take the unpredictability, the philosophical depth, and the groundbreaking artistry out of a Twilight Zone episode, you'll be left with something like The Signal: a "dude wakes up in a weird place and everything's different and he doesn't know why" story, lacking in most of the merit, but still packing a good sum of the entertainment factor. Although it's hardly the stimulating piece of thought provoking sci-fi that it might aim to be, The Signal is a thoroughly enjoyable romp through the avenues of B-movie kitsch, kookiness, and half-baked imagination.
The film does the trick in establishing palpable characters. However rote they may be, MIT student Nic (Brenton Thwaites), post-millennial geek Jonah (Beau Knapp), and Nic's girlfriend Haley (Olivia Cooke) are colored bright enough to cart us through the bizarre world soon to ensnare them with no dearth of empathy. We meet the trio at the tail end of a cross-country road trip; Haley is moving to the West Coast with plans reeking of a "fresh start" mentality, despite her affirmed devotion to the recently crippled Nic and their relationship. During their travels, Nic and Jonah are contacted by an anonymous hacker of renown, Nomad, and driven to find his secret hideout in the middle of nowhere. Naturally, exploration of a remote cabin leads our heroes to ultimate doom: they wake up the next morning steeped in a set of strange, often incomprehensible, and consistently titilating circumstances.
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Government facilities, men in spacesuits (Laurence Fishburne leading the bunch), dense interrogations, disturbing footage, and lanced memories... all of the Rod Serling traditions, each injected with an intimate connection gratis of our mumblecorey introduction to the early 20s trio. As we follow Nic on his endeavor to figure out what the hell is going on and get himself and his friends the hell out of dodge, we're driven both by the mystery and the personal evolution of the characters at hand.
Granted, neither one is offering particularly stellar material: Nic's character arc is basic at best, ditto the "big questions" circling the enigmatic setting. But the saving grace of The Signal, odd as it may be, is that we're never really expecting to be impressed. From the get-go, we feel as though we're stepping into a particularly hokey second-rate feature. It's the embrace of this identity, and the appreciation for a movie of this aesthetic, that can help to carry us to the end (the big reveal!) with plenty of enjoyment.
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Movie fans don’t always agree with the critics, it’s just a fact of life. However, Rotten Tomatoes has become the place to find out both the audience and critic ratings of any film so viewers can compare and make an informed decision. While critics and fans agree on a lot of films, there are many comedies that reviewers panned even though they were loved by the audience. We’ve put together a list of the 10 most surprisingly rotten comedies because, at least on these occasions, the critics are totally wrong!
Wet Hot American SummerCritics Score: 31%Audience Score: 82%The cult hit that is Wet Hot American Summer remains popular among fans to this day, possibly because its cast included some major comedians like Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Michael Ian Black, and Bradley Cooper.
Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveCritics Score: 45%Audience Score: 57%Though Jim Carrey’s wacky humor isn’t appreciated by everyone, to some, Ace Ventura is one of the funniest movies they’ve ever seen. If nothing else, it’s certainly unique.
Tommy BoyCritics Score: 44%Audience Score: 91%The comedy starring two Saturday Night Live favorites, Chris Farley and David Spade, is a classic! It’s surprising that Tommy Boy received such a low score, and if you narrow the Rotten Tomatoes score from all critics to just the top critics, the score goes down to 18%.
Billy MadisonCritics Score: 46%Audience Score: 80%It may be debatable which of Adam Sandler’s films is his best, but many fans are sure to name Billy Madison. Even if it’s not the best Sandler comedy, it’s easily top five.
Super TroopersCritics Score: 35%Audience Score: 90%Perhaps its silly humor didn’t appeal to the critics, but it did make Super Troopers a hit among movie viewers.
Bring It OnCritics Score: 64%Audience Score: 66%Rotten Tomatoes failed us all around on this one. Bring it On is one of the funniest movies of the past two decades. “We’re awesome, we’re hot, we’re everything you’re not.” You tell ‘em, girls.
Hot RodCritics Score: 40%Audience Score: 64%As Andy Samberg’s first lead role, Hot Rod was the movie that launched his career — with the help of Saturday Night Live, of course. Cool beans!
National Lampoon’s Van WilderCritics Score: 18%Audience Score: 74%Sure, Van Wilder may be a gross-out comedy, but it also launched Ryan Reynolds’ career. And if you can sit through it without laughing, you are a stronger person than I.
The Hot ChickCritics Score: 21%Audience Score: 60%Rob Schneider adopting the airs and mannerisms of a teenaged girl, plus Rachel McAdams portraying a gross small-time crook? C’mon, it’s one of the best body-switching comedies out there.
Grandma’s BoyCritics Score: 18%Audience Score: 86%Another silly-and-gross comedy that critics weren’t amused by is Grandma’s Boy. However, its raunchy humor was such a hit among fans that the movie’s ratings have the biggest disparity of all the comedies on this list.
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr.'s wife Sara Kapfer may soon be asking the Jerry Maguire star to 'show me the money' after filing for legal separation. Kapfer submitted papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday (22Apr14), citing irreconcilable differences.
According to the documents, obtained by TMZ.com, Kapfer is requesting joint legal and physical custody of the pair's three children, with child support to be determined at a later date.
The actor and Kapfer were high school sweethearts and wed in 1994, three years before he won an Oscar for his portrayal of Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire.
One Direction's Niall Horan is set to host a charity soccer match next month (May14) featuring his bandmates Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne. Horan, who is unable to play after having surgery on his knee in January (14), will act as manager for an all-star team that includes his fellow One Direction singers at a soccer ground in Leicester, England on 26 May (14) to raise money for an autism charity.
The Irish singer writes in a post on his Twitter.com page, "Doin (sic) a charity football game at Leicester City's stadium on the 26th of May, Louis and Liam are on my team, I'll be the manager!... Big names involved! In aid of Irish autism (charity)!...Can't wait for the game! Gona (going to) be great! Make sure ya (you) get ur (your) tickets!"
Horan's team also includes veteran music legend Rod Stewart, as well as British pop singer Olly Murs and former Boyzone star Keith Duffy. They will take on a squad assembled by former U.K. soccer star Robbie Savage, and the full line-up of players will be announced later this month (Apr14).
Money raised by tickets sales for the game will be donated to autism charities Irish Autism Action and U.K. Hearts And Minds Challenge.
Tomlinson has previously appeared in several charity soccer matches, and even landed a deal with his beloved English club Doncaster Rovers.
Rod Stewart is teaming up with Santana for a joint tour of North America. The veteran crooner has recruited guitar great Carlos Santana and his band for a series of shows called The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs, which will cover the U.S. and Canada.
The concerts kick off in Albany, New York on 23 May (14).
Stewart has previously toured with rocker Steve Winwood, while Santana shared the stage with the Allman Brothers Band.
Veteran crooner Rod Stewart marked his impending 69th birthday this week (beg06Jan14) by hosting a special dinner with his family in Los Angeles. The Scottish star celebrates his big day on Friday (10Jan14), and he marked the occasion early by taking his California-based relatives out for a meal at a restaurant on the city's famous Sunset Boulevard.
The group included Stewart's grown-up children Kimberly, Sean and Ruby, as well as the singer's wife Penny Lancaster.
During the meal, the Maggie May hitmaker was seen sporting a comedy red nose, and his daughter Ruby posted a snap to her Instagram.com page at her father's request.
She writes in a caption, "My dad asked me to capture this moment and to 'send it around the world' for his 69th birthday... Hope he is not disappointed with a mere 1823 people (Instagram followers)..."