Gary Barlow is convinced Take That fans are not interested in the group's tax avoidance scandal. The veteran British boyband hit headlines in May (14) when it emerged that Barlow and his bandmates, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, had sheltered around $32 million (£20 million) in a controversial investment scheme.
However, Barlow is confident the scandal will not tarnish the group's popularity.
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "It's a problem. It's something we've got to get to the bottom of and sort. Our fans, they want to buy our records, and watch our tours. They're not interested."
Despite his certainty that their fans will remain loyal, he insists he cannot discuss the issue for legal reasons: "We can't talk about it. And to be honest it's actually a private thing."
Owen adds, "It has been a bit tricky what's gone on - it's not the easiest. Hopefully by this time next year, the tax thing will be sorted out, we'll be doing live shows and it will be a positive time for us."
The comments come after Jason Orange announced his departure from the group last month (Sep14).
Orange was the only member who was not involved in the scheme and Donald is adamant the scandal had "absolutely nothing" to do with his exit.
The remaining members of British boyband Take That begged Jason Orange to stay in the group. Orange announced his departure last month (Sep14), leaving Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald to press ahead with the release of the band's next album without him.
Speaking to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, Barlow says, "We've known for a while that Jay was like 'I don't know if I'm doing this or not.' At the end of last year we said, 'We're going to start, is that OK?' You can see how you feel during the year. We left a big space for him on the record."
Donald explains the group played Orange some of the new music in a bid to entice him to stay, adding, "Me and Mark played it to him in the hope he'd think. 'Yeah, I'll get onboard.'"
Despite attempts to keep the group together, Owen admits they had to face up to the reality of the situation: "We hit the point where we could do nothing else. Then it became real."
Orange's departure is the second the group has suffered after Robbie Williams left in 1995 and embarked on a solo career before briefly rejoining in 2010.
Legendary hitmaker Jeff Lynne has replaced Jason Orange in Take That, becoming the group's secret fourth member. The Electric Light Orchestra leader, who recently staged a comeback show in London's Hyde Park, has been working in the studio with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, hoping to get them back to the top of the charts.
Lynne has quite a pedigree as a producer - he was also the mastermind behind supergroup the Traveling Wilburys and he has worked with living legends Sir Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson.
Take That's new album, III, will be released in December (14). A new single, called These Days, will debut on Friday (10Oct14).
Orange announced he was leaving the group last month (Sep14).
Jason Orange has quit veteran boy band Take That. The 44-year-old singer reveals he told bandmates Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald he did not want to commit to recording and promoting a new album last week (ends19Sep14).
A statement from him reads: "I have spent some of the best years of my life with Take That and I'd like to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey, including my bandmates, who I feel are like brothers to me.
"Most especially my gratitude goes to all of the good and kind, beautiful and ever-loyal fans of the band, without whom none of this could have been possible. Thank you."
He adds, "I know how much Mark, Gary and Howard enjoy writing and making music. They know that they have my full support and encouragement to continue on with what is to be another chapter for the band."
The rest of the group has also released a statement about the split. It reads: "We first became aware of Jason's reservations a couple of years ago but had hoped that by giving him the desired time and space he may begin to feel differently. This has not been the case and we now have to accept and fully respect his decision, which we know hasn't been an easy one."
Orange joined Take That in November, 1990 and remained with the group until the band split in 1996.
After a stint in film and theatre, he rejoined the band for a reunion tour in 2005.
If you’ve even given the Internet a cursory glance over the last few weeks, you’re probably aware that Chris Pratt is having a moment right now. Thanks to a starring role in Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the biggest movies of the year, even people who’ve never seen an episode of Parks and Recreation or Everwood are being clued into his goofy, lovable charms. But playing Peter Quill is bound to have more long-term effects on Pratt’s career than simply giving him a venue to showcase his French-braiding skills – the question that remains is whether these will be positive effects.
Obviously, getting to play a superhero in a Marvel film is going to be amazing for any actor. They’re easily the biggest, most-exciting films of the year; they guarantee you plenty of press attention and new fans, and open you up to countless new opportunities and projects. But what about the times Pratt won’t be protecting the galaxy? Actors who star in superhero and sci-fi franchises often struggle to break out of the shadow of their famous characters. Leonard Nimoy and George Takei will always be Spock and Sulu, no matter what other projects they pursue; despite the beard, Mark Hamill is still known as Luke Skywalker; even Michael Keaton has yet to surpass his Batman fame. Once you become recognized for a single, beloved character, it’s hard for fans to see you any other way, which could result in Pratt being stuck as Star-Lord for the rest of his career.
Despite being part of one of the most iconic franchises of all time, only Harrison Ford was really able to break away from his Star Wars character, which he did by jumping straight into the Indiana Jones series. Pratt is taking a somewhat similar path, following up Guardians of the Galaxy with Jurassic World, which should help keep him in people’s minds as something other than Star-Lord. Still, from what we’ve heard, Pratt’s character Owen seems to be similarly confident and wise-cracking, which could result in him being typecast as the good-looking jokester. Considering the fact that Pratt only just stopped being typecast as the “chubby, dumb best friend,” that’s not necessarily a step forward, even if it does guarantee him more leading roles. And since there are so many more actors in Hollywood who specialize in those kinds of roles, it means that Pratt will face a lot more competition for parts.
Becoming known solely as Star-Lord could also make it harder for Pratt to play the kind of supporting character roles that he’s done well with lately, like the underdog baseball player in Moneyball and the good-hearted but doofy colleague in Her. Now that he’s considered a leading man, he might not be considered for those roles anymore. Even if he is, it could be hard for audiences to see him as anything else, which could pull them out of the film. Sure, Star-Lord’s a nice guy and all, but who would actually believe that he’s working at a company that writes love letters?
Look at some of Pratt’s superhero contemporaries: it doesn’t matter what film Robert Downey Jr.’s in, he’s most likely playing the handsome jerk. Scarlett Johansson is almost always the tough girl. And Jeremy Renner is... constantly overlooked. It would be very easy for Pratt to get typecast as the rule-breaking wisecracker. That’s not to say he wouldn’t be great at those parts – he obviously plays them well – but it does put him in a box.
However, Pratt does have an extensive background in television, which gives him an advantage over some of his fellow Marvel heroes. Andy Dwyer and Peter Quill have a fair amount of similarities, but where one is a schlubby slacker, the other is an adventurous go-getter. And both are different still from Bright Abbott, the obnoxious football player Pratt played on Everwood. He’s already proved that he has the range to handle a variety of characters, and now that people are finally paying attention to him, that should help open him up to a different slate of roles and opportunities. Pratt’s got the talent and the charm to play almost anything, as his extensive sitcom past proves, so to keep him locked into one type of character for the rest of his career would be disappointing.
British singers including Marvin Humes and his wife Rochelle, Kym Marsh and Pixie Lott have recited war poetry, including pieces by Wilfred Owen and Laurence Binyon, to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Video footage of their readings will be released online daily until 4 August (14), the date when Britain declared war on Germany in 1914.
The stars of British pop group Take That suffered a travel nightmare on a flight from Los Angeles to London this week (beg16Jun14) when the plane they were travelling on was forced to make two unscheduled landings. Gary Barlow and two of his bandmates, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, were heading back to their native Britain after spending time in California recording a new album, but the journey, which usually takes around 11 hours, turned into a 24-hour travel marathon.
The plane was diverted to Toronto, Canada due to unspecified technical problems, and continued onwards after the fault had been fixed, according to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper.
However, the plane had to touch down again in Shannon, Ireland as the crew had worked all of their allocated hours and could not complete the journey. The passengers moved to a different plane and continued on to London's Heathrow Airport, where they landed on Thursday night (19Jun14).
Donald was subsequently asked about the travel problems by a fan on Twitter.com, and he added of the drama, "Believe it or not it's actually true! Bleeding nightmare."
Welsh actor Michael Sheen's Rest of the World team was victorious over an all-star England squad at the 2014 Soccer Aid charity match on Sunday (08Jun14). Sheen, who left the game with an elbow injury after just 15 minutes, captained a team of former international soccer stars and celebrities, including actors Sam Worthington, Jeremy Renner and James McAvoy, TV chef Gordon Ramsay, former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne, and Glee star Mark Salling at the sporting fundraiser in Manchester, England.
His team beat the England side 4-2 thanks to three goals from Dutch ex-pro Edgar Davids and one by Byrne.
The biennial event, organised by British singer Robbie Williams, raises money for UNICEF UK.
Williams helped manage the 2014 England team, which included his former Take That bandmate Mark Owen, JLS star Marvin Humes, singer Olly Murs and actor Jack Whitehall, after ruling himself out of the action with a back injury.
"@GaryBarlow is a good, standup man. He needs everyone's support. Remember, there are two sides to every story. He is a decent human being." Sharon Osbourne offers embattled Take That star Gary Barlow her support amid a new tax scandal swirling around the singer. Reports suggest Barlow and his Take That bandmates Mark Owen and Howard Donald are facing the possibility of having to pay millions in back taxes after allegedly investing in a tax avoidance scheme.
British pop star Gary Barlow was subjected to a disgusting message about his baby tragedy by a hacker who broke into his Twitter.com account on Monday (12May14). A mystery cyber-crook accessed the Take That star's official page on the social networking site and wrote a sickening, offensive message about Barlow's fourth child, who was delivered stillborn in 2012. The post was deleted within an hour.
It is believed the hack was in response to reports over the weekend (10-11May14) that Barlow and his Take That bandmates Mark Owen and Howard Donald are facing the possibility of having to pay millions in back taxes after allegedly investing in a tax avoidance scheme.
Several leading politicians have called for Barlow to be stripped of his Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal over the scandal.