Al Jourgensen is set to be transformed into a superhero in his own comic book series. The Ministry rocker has teamed up with British artist Sam Shearon to launch Ministry: The Devil's Chord - The Chronicles of Alien F. Jourgensen.
The 13-issue series will follow title character Alien F. Jourgensen, a budding musician, and is expected to premiere at Comic-Con next summer (14).
A statement from Jourgensen, reads: "I've been wanting to step away from music for a bit, switch gears. I met Sam and then POOF (sic)! Sam turns me into a superhero. Ya (sic), I'll sign up for that!"
Each issue will be based on a Ministry album and Jourgensen is hoping to include his fellow musicians in the series.
He says, "I'd love to have people like Trent Reznor, Billy Gibbons and Billy Haynes be characters in the series. I mean, who doesn't want to be a superhero?"
The younger brother of Jimi Hendrix has given up his long-running legal battle with his stepsister Janie over control of the guitar legend's estate. Leon Hendrix was frozen out of his late brother's inheritance following the death of his father Al in 2002.
A legal battle followed, with Leon claiming his stepsister had taken advantage of their sick father to gain sole control of Experience Hendrix LLC, the company which oversees the use of the rock legend's music, but he failed to convince the courts and has now vowed to give up the fight.
Leon, who struggled with drugs as Hendrix shot to fame and was in prison when the rocker died in 1970, now insists he is at peace after dropping the argument with Janie.
He tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "I let it go. I'm not going to let things eat me away. I don't like that feeling and anxiety. I said, OK you won, I'll let it go. I said have a good life... She doesn't like me. She won't talk to me... She's out of my mind. I feel sorry for her."
A recording of a Beach Boys performance thought to have been lost forever has been recovered at the home of a British music fan. The BBC special Live In The Studio was recorded at a show by the California Girls hitmakers at the Playhouse Theatre in London, and was broadcast in 1964.
When it was broadcast again two years later, music fan Ian Gane recorded it on his new reel-to-reel tape recorder and it has sat gathering dust in a cupboard at his home in Bristol, England ever since.
The tape, thought to feature the only recording of the band's original line-up - Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine - performing outside the U.S., came to light when Gane loaned it to a radio DJ for a special programme.
The original mastertapes of the performance were lost when BBC bosses recorded over them, and chiefs at the Beach Boys' record label Capitol have now purchased the recording from Gane.
He says, "Everyone recorded things off the radio back then. What most people did was, they'd put a microphone next to the speaker, but I wired directly into the radio to get the best quality."
Three of the tracks were included on a recent six-disc box set, Made In California, to celebrate 50 years. It is not known if Capitol bosses intend to release the rest of the tape.
As Boardwalk Empire is imbued with a larger population than most Asian countries, it's always helpful to take a step back and give some thought to where each of the HBO drama's characters are setting up to go at the beginning of every new chapter. The Season 4 premiere set a number of familiar faces on their courses for the next set of episodes…
Nucky ThompsonNow a bachelor, standing knee-deep in that same narcissistic lust for troubled showgirls that has plagued him since the Lucy days, Nucky takes an interest in Eddie Cantor's new onstage sidekick, using his ominous reputation as a tool to entice her (and scare detractors like Cantor). Meanwhile, Nucky manages a peace treaty with kingpins Masseria and Rothstein, albeit one that feels oh so fragile.
Al CaponeEternally affixed on his public image, Capone goes nuts when a local newspaper runs reports of his and Johnny Torrio's malfeasances but with his name misspelled as "Caponi." We see Al's childlike rage build as he yearns for notoriety and respect.
Chalky WhiteA businessman on the rise, Chalky institutes a deal with a talent agent… one who faces a nasty end when Chalky's right hand man, Dunn Purnsley, finds himself in one severely twisted love triangle.
Eli and Will ThompsonPutting his best foot forward in the fathering game, Eli is really riding his oldest son Will to stay studious, healthy, and righteous. Will, on the other hand, wants in on the family business. And, of course, he will probably get involved pretty soon.
Gillian DarmodyPoor Gillian. Poor, pathetic, corrosive, evil Gillian. With a legion of prostitutes over whom to loom no longer, Gillian has taken to turning tricks herself, roping in big bucks for her encounters with deep-pocketed businessmen. Her latest client, played by Ron Livingston, seems like the sort we'll be seeing quite a bit this season. Additionally, we find Gillian on the villainous side of a heated legal battle for custody of Tommy Darmody — also fighting to adopt the child: Richard's flame Julia and her father, Mr. Sagorsky. Which brings us to…
RichardStill pretty glued to the whole "killing people" thing, we see Richard take down three nameless cads over the course of the episode, but a far more surprising conclusion faces our favorite character: he goes home. Back to the farm, where he reunited at long last with his twin sister. So does this mean he can finally be happy? Maybe? Please?
Where will the season take these characters? And which old favorites are we looking forward to seeing pop up next week?
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Have you ever thought to yourself, "Why is Hollywood not making more superhero movies?" Well, I'm here to tell you that you're not alone. Here are five caped crusaders that have been wrongfully deprived of their own billion-dollar movie franchise.
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The Ambiguously Gay DuoIt worked as a comedy bit on SNL, and if anyone has the industry pull to make it happen, it's Lorne Michaels. Plus, when you take into account that Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert voiced the characters Gary and Ace, respectively, well then, turning The Ambiguously Gay Duo into a movie is clearly a no-brainer.
Bluntman and ChronicLet's face it, Kevin Smith's career has been in the toilet ever since he decided to pick a fight with Harvey Weinstein over the marketing of Zack and Miri Make a Porno. I mean did anyone even see Cop Out? He really needs this.
AquamanIf Entourage has taught us anything, it's that the superhero-deprived public is bursting at the seams to make Aquaman the highest grossing movie in the history of the universe. Look out caped crusaders, there's a new hero in town – and this one's wearing fins!
Fall Out BoyHe may have already been the inspiration for a pretty horrible rock band from the mid-2000s, but The Simpsons character has all the makings of a classic superhero. He's young, bookish, and is known to utter the memorable catchphrase, "Jiminy Jillickers!" Plus, I hear that Matt Groening could really use the extra scratch.
FartmanNow that he's a judge on America's Got Talent, Howard Stern is once again relevant. So what better way for the King of All Media to build on his recent surge in popularity then by once again donning the Fartman costume? Throw Howie Mandel in as his gassy sidekick, Fartboy, and you've got yourself a winner!
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Books have always been a popular source of material for films. Novels often contain intricate details and sub-plots that are often found in the cutting room floor to accommodate a movie's average two-hour runtime. As more often than not, the book is more superior than the film adaptation in many ways.
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Rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club paid a touching tribute to frontman Robert Levon Been's late father at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday (03Aug13) by performing a cover of his band The Call's biggest hit. Michael Been died after suffering a heart attack while working as a soundman for his son's band at Belgium's Pukkelpop festival in August, 2010, and to mark the near-anniversary, his son performed a rendition of The Call's Let The Day Begin, which became an anthem for Al Gore during his 2000 U.S. presidential campaign.
The three-piece was among many highlights at the 2013 SSMF, which was headlined by Linkin Park, and also featured sets by AWOLNation, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, Wale, Warren G and Asher Roth.
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson dedicated his set at the Bonnaroo music festival to Mumford & Sons on Saturday (15Jun13) after they pulled out of the Tennessee event and he landed their headlining slot. Johnson was recruited to replace the folk rockers after they cancelled their appearance following bassist Ted Dwane's surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.
After taking to the stage with a four-piece band, the Hawaiian-born star showed his love for the British group, declaring, "We want to dedicate this whole set to Ted Dwane and all of Mumford & Sons."
He also covered the Grammy Award winners' hit The Cave during his two-hour set.
At a press conference on Friday (14Jun13), Johnson revealed he was already on his way to the festival when he received a phone call offering him the job.
He explained, "As soon as I said yes, I said, 'Holy s**t. I gotta learn a lot of chords and a lot of words really quickly.'"
Day Two of Bonnaroo also featured performances by R. Kelly, Bjork, Solange Knowles, Nas and 'Weird Al' Yankovic.
Funk legend George Clinton has asked U.S. President Barack Obama to order a federal probe into music copyright laws after alleging he has been cheated out of millions of dollars. The Parliament star is currently embroiled in several lawsuits over the rights to his songs, and earlier this year (13) he was even told to hand ownership of four of his classic tracks to his former lawyers to help settle a $1.5 million (£967,000) debt.
Clinton is adamant dozens of songs by modern-day hip-hop artists including Jay-Z and Sean 'Diddy' Combs - formerly known as Puff Daddy - have contained samples from his back catalogue but he has not been paid for their use.
Now he has written to Obama asking for a federal investigation as he alleges some record label bosses band together to win lawsuits.
He tells Uncut magazine, "We just sent a request to the President of the United States to save the funk. We got a list of names, my entire family, to BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) requesting all our cheques. Other artists are involved in it, too. We gonna have us a Twitter army!...
"All the record companies (are) banding together, because all of them have samples. It's a cartel, and its long arms reach the copyright office, BMI, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), all of them, so we have no choice but to go straight to the President. Hopefully the President danced to the music at one time. We've seen him singing Al Green, we know he has some funk!...
"We're trying to keep it isolated to one record, but I'm really talking about all of them: Snoop Dogg, Puffy, Dre, Jay-Z, Public Enemy, Eminem, Michael Jackson. I'm talking about all these records for the past 25 years, we had samples on all of that, and we don't get a penny from any of it... We're asking for a federal investigation into the whole thing, because (the record labels) are effectively a monopoly, they back each other up on all these court documents and s**t."
Janet Jackson has joined the billion dollar club. The All For You hitmaker has boasted a multi-million dollar fortune for years, but now she has joined her new husband, retail entrepreneur Wissam Al Mana, and the elite group of moneymakers whose bank balances top $1 billion, according to industry publication Variety.
The singer has raked in a total of $260 million (£168 million) in album sales thanks to the success of Control, Janet and Rhythm Nation 1814, and she has also taken in another $81 million (£52 million) from music and book publishing fees.
Jackson's multiple sold-out world tours have contributed another $458 million (£295 million) to her net worth, with an additional $81.5 million (£53 million) coming from tour sponsorships and licensing fees.
The 47 year old has also banked an impressive $304 million (£196 million) from her box office roles in 2000's The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Poetic Justice and For Colored Girls.
The superstar's whopping personal fortune puts her in good company - Madonna, filmmakers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, and media mogul Oprah Winfrey have all made the ultra-exclusive list.