Sir Paul McCartney made the best of his recent ill health as the break from work allowed him to spend more time with his wife and take his first proper vacation in years. The Beatles legend was hospitalised in Japan in May (14) after he fell sick with a virus, prompting him to cancel the rest of his Asian tour and push back his planned dates in the U.S.
McCartney returned to his native U.K. to recover, and was later pictured bouncing back to health on a sun-soaked vacation with his wife Nancy Shevell in Ibiza, Spain before restarting his American tour on 5 July (14).
The 72-year-old musician has now revealed he actually enjoyed his sick leave as he relished the chance to rest and recuperate.
He tells Rolling Stone, "People say to me, 'Aw, that must have been terrible for you.' Well, no, actually. No one ever tells me to rest! It was like summer holidays in school or something. I thought, 'Yeah, I can get into that'. I just took it really easy at home in England..."
McCartney reveals he had time to read a film script written by his son, experiment with some new music, and take up jogging before heading off on a vacation.
He adds, "My son-in-law had a film script - plenty of time to read that. I started jogging a bit. The weather was great, so that was cool. And then I went into my recording studio and did some music that I didn't have to do, some experimental stuff. That was a really nice musical awakening, and it made me feel better... One part of this rest program was, I said to Nancy, 'Hey, we can take a holiday! A real holiday, where we go away.' So we went away to Ibiza."
Looks like they won't be "live from New York" any longer. After a difficult, uneven season that saw an influx of new cast members, controversy and the loss of Head Writer and "Weekend Update" host Seth Meyers halfway through the year, Saturday Night Live is by cutting down its slate of featured players down to a more manageable size. Brooks Wheelan announced that he would be leaving Tuesday morning on Twitter (via a joke, natch). Later in the day, it was announced that Noël Wells and John Milhiser also wouldn't return after they failed to make an impression with audiences this year. Those announcements come about a month after Nasim Pedrad, one of the current longest-running cast members, would be leaving to work on Mulaney.
But just because they won't be on SNL any longer, that doesn't mean that it's the last we'll ever see of Wheelan, Wells, Milhiser and Pedrad. There are plenty of people who only lasted a couple of seasons on the show and then went on to become major stars: Sarah Silverman, Damon Wayans, Rob Riggle, and Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., to name just a few. With that in mind, we decided to take a look back at their tenure on SNL in order to best predict what's next for Wheelan, Wells, Milhiser and Pedrad. Although if any one of them is going to wind up playing a superhero, our money's on Heshy.
Brooks Wheelan What’s Next: Wheelan doesn’t have a lot lined up at the moment, though he does have a short film titled Lose Yourself, Save Yourself, where he plays Fighter 2. His Strengths: Possibly because he comes from a standup background rather than a sketch one, Wheelan didn’t create very many memorable characters, and his most significant moments on the show were his two appearances as himself on “Weekend Update,” where he would warn audiences against the dangers of getting terrible tattoos and binge drinking. Where We See Him: Wheelan seems to embody the same kind of “goofy, wisecracking All-American” guy that actors like Jake Johnson or fellow SNL alum Jason Sudeikis trade on. We could easily see him bringing some of the energy to a sitcom where he plays the sarcastic straight guy to a group of off-the-wall characters. Still, his weirdly funny exterminator bit with Ed Norton proves he’s capable of some truly strange characters, and so we could see him playing smaller, supporting roles in films for a while as a variety of strange, obnoxious characters. And of course, there’s always his stand up career to fall back on…
Noël Wells What’s Next: Wells has the TV series Gentleman Lobsters, which is slated for a 2014 premiere. She’s also a photographer in her spare time, and her work has been showcased in exhibitions and been printed in magazines. Her Strengths: Though they were slightly hit and miss – her Nancy Grace was four minutes of eye twitches and catchphrases – Wells made the biggest impact on the show through her impressions, most notably, playing Lena Dunham in the season premiere’s parody of Girls. Where We See Her: Though her talent with impressions and slightly offbeat characters would serve her well on another sketch show, something along the lines of Inside Amy Schumer or Key and Peele, Wells most reminds us of two other early SNL departures: Jenny Slate and Casey Wilson. Like them, Wells has a quirky charm to her that would serve her well in indie films (she actually earned solid reviews for her work in last year’s Forev) and in an ensemble sitcom, where she would be free to play up her weirder side.
John Milhiser What’s Next: Like Wheelan, Milhiser has a short film on his slate, Little Horribles, and he also starred in the indie film Camp Takota, which is available online. His Strengths: Milhiser didn’t get much of a chance to make an impression on audiences, although eh did show off a pitch-perfect Jon Cryer impression during a Family Feud sketch. He did, however, have one highlight during his tenure, a sketch where he and Lady Gaga played “encouraging” stage parents helping their child through a talent show performance, which let him show off his goofier side, and his ability to execute a high kick. Where We See Him: Milhiser strikes us as a Ben Falcone or Nat Faxon-type, someone who pops up in different things all the time, playing characters with varying levels of insanity and oddity. He’s definitely shown that he can play both weird and silly characters, but since he didn’t make that much of an impression, he’ll probably be “that guy from that thing” for a while, until he manages to find the right project to help him break out.
Nasim Pedrad What’s Next: After five years on SNL, Pedrad is leaving in order to play Jane, the roommate of John Mulaney’s character on the FOX sitcom Mulaney. Her Strengths: During her time on the show, Pedrad played a wide variety of characters, including Kim Kardashian, Arianna Huffington, Bedelia, the awkward teenager whose best friend is her mother and Shallon, the world’s most dangerous fifth grader. Though she never made the kind of impression that Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon have, she’s become a vital part of the ensemble over the past five years, thanks to her ability to inhabit both the sanest and the oddest human beings. Where We See Her: Hopefully, her role on Mulaney will be exactly what she needs to properly break out, since she never quite managed to on SNL. From there, we could see her following a similar career path to Wiig or Tina Fey, playing both broad comedy and more serious roles in both television in movies. Alternatively, she could become more of a Michaela Watkins/Ana Gasteyer- type, and becoming the go-to actress for slightly odd, scene-stealing characters.
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Actress Katherine Heigl has dismissed rumours she is hard to work with on set. The Knocked Up star was the target of a feature by The Hollywood Reporter last year (13) suggesting she and her producer/manager mother Nancy Heigl are "difficult" to work with.
The actress was promoting her new show State of Affairs at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday (13Jul14) when she was asked about the allegation, and she insisted she is not unpleasant to her co-stars and crew.
Heigl says, "I certainly don't see myself as being difficult; I would never intend to be difficult. I don't think my mother sees herself as being difficult. "It's always important to everybody to conduct themselves professionally and respectfully and kindly so if I have ever disappointed somebody, it was never intentional."
Sir Paul McCartney showed he has recovered from the virus that left him hospitalised in Japan when he returned to the stage for a concert in Albany, New York on Saturday (05Jul14). The Beatles legend, 72, took two months out from his world tour to recuperate after spending six days in a Tokyo medical centre in May (14), suffering from a viral infection.
He was forced to axe concerts in Japan and South Korea, along with seven shows in the U.S., but he resumed his Out There tour in Albany on Saturday. During the gig, he dedicated song My Valentine to his wife Nancy Shevell.
McCartney is due to perform 19 shows on the U.S. leg of his tour.
Pop star Demi Lovato stunned the audience at a prizegiving in New York City on Monday (23Jun13) by revealing her late grandfather was gay.
The Skyscraper hitmaker was among the celebrity presenters at Logo TV's Trailblazers ceremony, which honours those who have championed lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, and took to the stand to announce hit show Orange Is the New Black as the winner of one of the night's awards. Lovato then shared her own experiences with the LGBT community, explaining how her own grandfather had 'come out' in the 1960s.
She told the crowd, "I've never spoken about this before, but my grandfather was a trailblazer himself. He was brave enough to come out in the 1960s, and I feel that a lot of my spirit has come from him. He passed away a few years later and I only wish he could have been able to see all the progress that has been made. "It's such an honour to be welcomed and embraced by the LGBT community, so thank you very much."
Others honoured at the event included U.S. basketball's first openly gay player Jason Collins, who was presented an award from pop star Lance Bass, and Ugandan gay rights activist John Abdallah Wambere, who received his prize from rocker Michael Stipe.
Sir Paul McCartney is ready to return to work after his shock hospitalisation last month (May14), according to his former bandmate Ringo Starr. The Beatles star axed his Asian tour in May (14) after he was admitted to a medical facility in Japan with a virus.
He was pictured looking well while celebrating his 72nd birthday in London last week (ends22Jun14) and on Sunday (22Jun14), he was spotted relaxing on the Spanish island of Ibiza with his wife Nancy Shevell.
According to Starr, McCartney is bouncing back to full fitness and is ready to get back on stage and continue his world tour.
The drummer tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I spoke to him while he was in hospital. He said he was doing OK. Now he is getting fit and getting ready to rock."
McCartney is due to resume his Out There world tour on 5 July (14) in New York.
It pays to work for filmmaker Nancy Meyers - the director has just cast her former assistant in her new movie. Jason Orley was invited to audition for a key role when Meyers failed to find an actor she liked and now he'll be acting opposite Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in comedy The Intern.
Orley worked for Meyers while she was making 2009 movie It's Complicated. The Intern will mark his acting debut, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the film, Hathaway's character runs an online fashion site, where De Niro's 70-year-old widower lands a job as an intern.
Rene Russo and Nat Wolff will also appear in the film.
Sir Paul McCartney is recovering from his recent bout of bad health with a sun-soaked vacation on the Spanish island of Ibiza. The Beatles legend was hospitalised in Japan last month (May14) after falling sick with a virus, and he scrapped his entire Asian tour to give himself time to heal.
He jetted back to his native Britain as soon as he was well enough to travel, and he has now headed off on a break with his wife Nancy Shevell ahead of his American tour, which kicks off in New York on 5 July (14).
McCartney was pictured relaxing on a beach in Ibiza and swimming in the sea with Shevell on Sunday (22Jun14).
Sir Paul McCartney has bounced back from his shock hospitalisation last month (May14) to celebrate his birthday with friends at a dinner in London. The Beatles legend cancelled the Asian leg of his world tour in May (14) after he was hospitalised in Japan with a virus. He flew home to London a week later to recover and was subsequently pictured looking frail and sickly.
McCartney also postponed the first dates on his U.S. tour, which was due to start in June (14), to give himself more time to rest.
However, he was pictured looking well and in high spirits when he headed for dinner at The Ivy restaurant in the British capital with his wife Nancy Shevell and a host of celebrity pals on Tuesday (17June14), the evening before his 72nd birthday.
He was joined by Ringo Starr's wife Barbara Bach, George Harrison's widow Olivia and the Eagles musicians Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey and their wives.
McCartney is scheduled to resume his Out There tour in Albany, New York on 5 July (14).
Rocker Dave Grohl has scored his own TV series - he'll front a new show about America's most famous recording studios. The Foo Fighters frontman will host and produce the as-yet-untitled programme for America's HBO network.
The series will expand on Grohl's acclaimed Sound City documentary, in which he chronicled the story of fabled Los Angeles recording space Sound City Studios, where Nirvana recorded their classic album Nevermind.
For the new series, Grohl will go beyond the Los Angeles city limits and visit recording studios in New York, Chicago, Seattle, and Nashville.
Grohl will also interview musicians, like KISS star Paul Stanley, Heart's Nancy Wilson and The Eagles' Joe Walsh, who have recorded albums at each facility.