Denzel Washington's A Raisin In The Sun has joined plays featuring James Franco and Bryan Cranston among the most financially successful Broadway projects this season after recouping the $4.25 million (2.7 million) it cost to stage. The show, which scooped the Best Revival award at Sunday's (08Jun14) Tonys, recouped the cash just days before the end of its run on Sunday (15Jun14).
The revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play has grossed over $1 million (GBP625,000)-a-week throughout its 14-week limited engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
A Raisin in the Sun also features LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo, who also picked up a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
Other plays that have recouped their investment on Broadway this season include Franco's Of Mice and Men; Cranston's All the Way, which was named Best Play at the Tonys; The Glass Menagerie, with Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto; Betrayal, with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz; the Shakespeare’s Globe's Twelfth Night and Richard III double bill, and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays.
The Rolling Stones have been crowned the kings of the live stage after grossing more than $1.56 billion from their concerts in the past 24 years. Billboard magazine editors have polled the 25 biggest touring acts since 1990 and the Brown Sugar hitmakers, who are currently on their 14 On Fire world tour, have come out on top, playing a total of 538 shows to more than 19.67 million people around the world.
Irish rockers U2 place second on the Top Live Artists list, banking $1.51 billion over 526 gigs, while Bruce Springsteen comes in third with $1.19 billion over 727 shows.
Madonna and Bon Jovi round out the top five, while Elton John, Celine Dion, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Metallica and Coldplay also feature in the survey.
Katy Perry introduced the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles from the roof of the Capital Records building. The pop star recalled driving around L.A. in her "little beat-up car" that eventually got repossessed and hearing one of her songs on a local radio station for the first time.
In the pre-taped segment, the singer said, "This is the city where everyone comes to Roar. This is Los Angeles, the centre of the music universe. And this is the iHeartRadio Music Awards."
Pitbull opened the show on Thursday evening (01May14) by performing Wild Wild Love with girl band G.R.L. on the back of a prop yacht on the Shrine Auditorium stage.
The rapper also performed his Timber duet solo without Kesha, who has yet to perform for the first time following a stint in rehab earlier this year (14). The Tik Tok singer's voice could be heard but she was a no-show onstage.
Rihanna claimed the first-ever iHeartRadio Music Award when her song Pour It Up was named Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year. Pitbull accepted the honour on behalf of the absent singer, who was reportedly stuck in traffic on a local Los Angeles freeway.
The rapper was back onstage minutes later to accept the Best Collaboration prize for his hit duet with Kesha, and Miley Cyrus landed an award for Best Lyrics for her 2013 hit Wrecking Ball.
The sick star was unable to make it to the ceremony, so her father Billy Ray Cyrus picked up the honour on her behalf and said, "As a dad, I can't begin to tell you how much your thoughts, your love, your support for my family and Miley mean to all of us."
The pop star is still recovering from an allergic reaction to sinus medication.
Luke Bryan, Ed Sheeran and Bastille were also among the early performers, while Blake Shelton, Drake, Shakira, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams are all billed to perform at the prizegiving and Michael Jackson's new tune Love Never Felt So Good will debut during the show.
Meanwhile, the telecast also featured pre-taped anecdotes about L.A. from Chris Martin, John Legend, Lady Gaga and Iggy Azalea.
More than 60 million U.S. radio listeners have voted for the awards.
Sir Elton John is set to ring in 2015 onstage after booking a New Year's Eve gig (31Dec14) in New York City. The Rocket Man legend is currently in the midst of his Las Vegas residency show, The Million Dollar Piano, which will keep him in Sin City for the majority of the year, but he is already looking ahead to 2015 and has decided to spend the first hour of the new year with fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The gig will mark Elton's first ever New Year's Eve concert in the Big Apple.
He follows in the footsteps of his old pal Billy Joel, who rang in 2014 at the same venue.
Acting icon Robert De Niro and crooner Michael Buble were honoured for their philanthropic efforts at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night on Saturday (12Apr14). The 20th annual event attracted stars from movies, music and sports to the Phoenix, Arizona gala, which raises funds in support of the legendary boxer's fight to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.
The Raging Bull star was given the night's big prize, the 2014 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award, which was handed to De Niro by his Analyze This co-star Billy Crystal.
Singer Buble was also presented with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award by country artist Reba McEntire, who served as the host for the evening.
Ali himself was not able to attend his event due to a stomach bug, but other celebrities, including Sex and the City's John Corbett and politician Robert Kennedy, Jr., were on hand to support the cause.
Country music siblings The Band Perry took the stage to entertain attendees, while Buble, McEntire and Kenny Rogers also performed.
A live auction was also held during the event, where a VIP treatment package at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 sold for $15,000 (£8,967), while two lucky bidders each paid $500,000 (£298,918) to have dinner with McEntire in her home. But the biggest draw of the night was a dinner with De Niro, Crystal and former New York Yankees general manager Joe Torre, which went for $1 million (£597,836).
Over $8 million (£4.8 million) was raised during the event, boosting the total raised in the 20 years of Celebrity Fight Night to $95 million (£56.8 million). Funds will benefit the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Medical Center's Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as other charities.
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David Ayer's Sabotage is just the latest stop in Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback tour, though it probably won't do the actor too many favors. Schwarzenegger plays John "Breacher" Wharton, the leader of an elite DEA task force that specializes in taking down drug cartels. Each member of the team is a blunt instrument drunk off of their alpha male (and female) machismo, but to be fair, they are damn good at what they do. They're masters at going in hard, killing whoever needs killing, and heading to the strip club and drinking themselves into a stupor before the next round of street sweeping. Unfortunately, it turns out years of busting cartel bosses and being deeply unpleasant to everyone you come into contact with eventually catches up to you, and members of the squad start dying in ghastly and elaborate ways. And just like that, we have what basically amounts to an Agatha Christie novel with a gym membership and a pile of meth.
Unfortunately, and as expected, giving Agatha Christie a couple of reps at the gym and a pile of drugs turns her into a blithering idiot, because Sabotage is incredibly stupid. The central mystery somehow manages to be both preposterous and predictable at the same time. The film's one saving grace is its action. The action scenes are adrenal and exciting and unbelievably gory. Bloated corpses are poked and prodded, viscera hangs like ropes from a rafter. This film takes immense pleasure in being completely disgusting. It’s downright gleeful about it. Here's a full shot of a soiled toilet, just because. Here's a piece of skin hanging on some metal, why not. Isn't that cool?
While Sabotage does manage to thrill in spurts and stutters, there's absolutely nothing beating at the heart of the film. All of the main characters are completely and utterly repugnant, and you'll pity anyone who has to endure their company throughout the film. When characters do start to die, you won't feel all that broken up about it. In fact, you may even feel a twinge of joy, like the earth was suddenly unburdened from a pure source of rampant douchebaggery. Just imagine the most disgusting, and off-putting person you can, and then give them a gun, a badge, and a fierce sense of entitlement, and you have every single member of the film's DEA squad. They're all terrible.
And if that weren't bad enough, the acting ranges from mediocre to terrible. The usually wonderful Olivia Williams and the capable Sam Worthington continually forget which continent they're on, their accents dropping in an out like a bad radio connection; Schwarzenneger has a complete inability to emote anything apropos of the situation at hand. When looking upon a pile of ooze that was formerly in the shape of one of his best friends, his disappointment is more akin to seeing a temporarily occupied gym bench on chest day. All of the charm the actor showcased in something like the recent Escape Plan is washed out by Breacher's moping about his dark past, and when Schwarzenneger isn't allowed to be fun, then he's completely boring.
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Really, I should hate Sabotage. It’s a completely stupid and mean spirited film, but there’s a strange charm to the depravity of it all. There's an audaciousness to it. The film goes as far as it can to push limits, and succeeds at being appaling. It’s a film that knows how stupid and ugly it is and champions that fact. It’s playing in its own filth, and as gross as that is, at least it’s having fun. This is the kind of film that will be in heavy rotation at the local frat house. That’s doesn’t mean the film is good or even okay, but if you like watching horrific violence, awful mysteries, and awful people being awful, then boy do I have a film for you.
Billy Joel is attempting to offload his Hamptons beach house in New York for the second time in five years. The rock legend, who bought the mansion from Jaws star Roy Scheider in 2007 for $16.8 million (£10.5 million), initially decided to place the mansion up for sale in 2009, but the property failed to sell and he removed it from the market. However, the singer is now trying to sell the pad once again and has listed the home for $23.5 million (£14.7 million).
"Somebody sent me a video saying it's the Number One video on YouTube with four million hits in the last hour... If it is number one, just go ahead and announce my retirement and tell your readers that I wanted to quit while I was ahead. Tell them I've gone to Tennessee to cut hay with Justin Bieber." Billy Ray Cyrus jokes about retirement now that his Achy Breaky Heart revamp has become such a big hit.
Soul songstress Gladys Knight is contributing thousands of dollars of her own money towards a project to save an abandoned North Carolina school where her mother once worked. The Midnight Train To Georgia hitmaker and her husband Billy McDowell have reportedly paid $85,000 (£53,125) for the segregation-era school in Canton, North Carolina and are raising funds to turn it into a public recreation centre.
Editors at TMZ.com report Knight and McDowell are now helping to raise the estimated $2 million (£1.25 million) renovation cost and the couple hope the project will help to preserve the community's history.
Knight's mother worked at the school as a janitor but the building has been remained unused since the 1950s when schools in the area were integrated.
Last week word hit the streets that Miley Cyrus, daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, pop star/twerker extraordinaire was on her way to becoming TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year in the reader polls. As in, the definitive human being of 2013. Now on the one hand, you could argue that Miley Cyrus deserves this moment. With her music videos and live performances she’s sparked conversations about racial and cultural appropriation (and misappropriation), feminism (or lack thereof) in pop culture, and she even put Sinead O’Connor back on the map for a moment. So maybe she is the person of the year. But deep down, when we look at the other nominees for TIME’s list, we know there’s something wrong with that. So here are a few ways we can save our culture and make the world a better place, should Miley Cyrus actually become the Person of the Year.
Read Malala Yousafzai’s Book
Miley Cyrus being named Person of the Year is only disturbing in that it highlights the people she beat out. One of those people is Malala Yousafzai, the teenage girl who was targeted by the Taliban for speaking out for the rights of young girls in Pakistan. She survived critical gunshot wounds to the head and continues to speak out as a feminist, though her life is still in danger. She recently got a book deal, and we should all probably read it, whether Miley Cyrus wins Person of the Year or not.
P.S. There's still time to vote for Malala HERE.
Read Any Book, Probably
If Miley wins, it will be proof that we really are living in a time where people just aren't reading enough. If we value the Twerk Queen over some of the other folks on that list, we probably need to read up on those people. Or read anything. Seriously, there are many great books. The Old Man and the Sea, Beloved, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. There are many, many other great books out there. Let's take a step away from Twitter (just for a minute!) and grab a good ol' fashioned book.
Make Sure Any Child You Meet Who Knows The Name ‘Miley Cyrus’ Also Knows The Name ‘Malala Yousafzai’
Mileys Cyrus is the name on everyone's lips right now. Fine, whatever. But you can do your part to make the world a better place by making sure that any child (or adult, for that matter) who mentions or invokes the name of Miley also gets a little lesson in current, twerk-free events. Malala Yousafzai could serve as an especially good lesson.
Donate To Any Scholarship Fund That Isn’t Juicy J’s Scholarship Fund For Twerking
Because nobody out here should be supporting Juicy J's scholarship for twerking. Nobody. Oh, and because there are so many other worthy causes. Angelina Jolie, for example, recently donated a hefty sum to the Malala Fund. Not a bad idea.
Create Your Own Non-Twerking Fund
There are a million ways (big and small) to give back and make the world a better place. Why not use this Miley Cyrus Person of the Year situation to get inspired and make a change? Seriously guys. We can't just let this happen and do nothing.