Country singer Josh Gracin is "safe" after posting an apparent suicide note on his Facebook.com page on Thursday (14Aug14). The former American Idol finalist updated his account with a cryptic message that seemed to be aimed at his wife Ann, hinting that he may have been thinking about taking his own life.
He wrote, "I've loved her for 17 years... I made mistakes... I admitted them, told her the truth and she turned her back on me when I needed her help the most. Please remember me as someone who gave his all in his music... Pray for my family as they carry on in this world without me. Goodbye."
A concerned family member saw the post and called police to the star's home in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where they found his wife, but not Gracin, according to TMZ.com.
The officers reportedly reached Gracin by phone and managed to get him back to his house without incident.
Gracin's manager Amy later updated fans on Facebook, writing, "First, thank you everyone for your prayers and concern. Josh is safe and with his family now. We ask that you please respect their privacy during this time and continue sending your well wishes. I promise to update you soon."
She also announced his scheduled appearance at Friday's (15Aug14) Live on the Levee show in Charleston, West Virginia had been cancelled, and country singer Trent Tomlinson will perform in his place.
Gracin, 33, is a former member of the United States Marine Corps and finished in fourth place in the second season of American Idol. He has four children with wife Ann.
The news of Gracin's suicide scare comes days after another Idol alum, Michael Johns, passed away on 2 August (14). His cause of death has not been revealed.
Three upcoming TV series are hitting the streets of New York City today. Here's a closer look what you can expect from each show and where you can find them filming.
Marvel recently announced Daredevil will premiere on Netflix in May 2015, forcing fans to wait longer than they had anticipated to check it out.
The 13-episode series will follow the Marvel superhero Daredevil, a blind lawyer named Matt Murdock who fights for justice in the courtroom by day before transforming into a vigilante crimefighter by night. The new adaptation stars Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, and Rosario Dawson in an undisclosed role.
You can catch Daredevil filming at Murray and Church St in NYC right now.
The Mysteries of Laura
Debra Messing is back in NYC to star in this NBC series about a homicide detective who has to balance the pressures of work with the pressures of raising rambunctious twin boys as a single mom.
Today, The Mysteries of Laura is filming at 37th St and 5th Ave in New York.
This new CBS series stars Tea Leoni as the Secretary of State who is determined to get thing done, even if it means breaking a few rules. Like The Mysteries of Laura, the series also follows her character home where she has to contend with her husband and two teenage children.
Madam Secretary is filming at E 52nd and 3rd Ave in Manhattan today.
Check out more filming locations in NYC and around the country in my Daily Filming Locations.
True Blood star Deborah Ann Woll has been cast as Daredevil's love interest in a new TV series based on the comic book superhero's adventures. Woll will portray Karen Page in the upcoming Marvel series, which will also feature Rosario Dawson and Vincent D'Onofrio.
Page was previously played by Ellen Pompeo on the big screen in 2003, opposite Ben Affleck's Daredevil.
The character was created by Stan Lee and made her debut in comic book form in 1964.
The new TV series will debut on Netflix next year (15).
Ironically, just like her new TV boyfriend Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Woll's real-life beau is battling blindness - E.J. Scott was diagnosed with choroideremia - a rare genetic disease that causes blindness - just after the couple fell in love.
Director James Toback has fired back at the journalist who suggested films like his 1987 romantic comedy The Pick-Up Artist inspired Elliot Rodger's killing spree in Isla Vista, California last week (23May14) . The 22-year-old son of The Hunger Games assistant director Peter Rodger killed six and injured a further 13 in a shoot-out on Friday, hours after leaving a videotaped "manifesto" expressing his frustration and bitterness about his inability to enjoy the wild student experience he expected.
In a piece in the Washington Post on Sunday (25May14), film critic Ann Hornaday suggested the frat comedies of director Judd Apatow may have left Rodger with unrealistic expectations, and compared the killer to Robert Downey, Jr.'s character in Toback's 1987 film.
Hornaday wrote, "Rodger resembled a noxious cross between Christian Bale’s slick sociopath in American Psycho, the thwarted womanizer in James Toback’s The Pick-up Artist and every Bond villain."
Responding to the comments Toback tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "The demented and evil Elliot Rodger bares the same resemblance to Robert Downey, Jr. in his charmingly self-mocking performance in The Pick-up Artist as Ann Hornaday does to a rationally competent movie reviewer - which is to say less than zero.”
On Tuesday (27May14) Seth Rogen took to Twitter.com to slam Hornaday for suggesting his roles in Apatow's films contributed in any way to Rodger's actions, tweeting, "I find your article horribly insulting and misinformed... How dare you imply that me getting girls in movies caused a lunatic to go on a rampage."
The brouhaha that erupted over Stephen Colbert being named as successor to David Letterman's chair as host of CBS' The Late Show once again shined a light on the ongoing battle for the hearts and minds of the American public that is still raging between comedians and conservative pundits.
When news broke of Colbert's new role — providing him with potentially a much larger audience than his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report — right-wing commentators, especially Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh went on the offensive, decrying CBS' choice as the potential undoing of America.
It was just the latest volley in the feuds that have been going on for years… or at least since Jon Stewart took over The Daily Show in 1999. When the Hollywood Reporter released its list of the 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media, the list included a healthy dose of both conservative commentators (O'Reilly, Fox News' Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity) and comedians (Stewart, Colbert, Jimmy Fallon).
It used to be that comedians made fun of politicians and the political types would just ignore it. That was in the days before cable gave comedians significantly more leeway to discuss politics than Johnny Carson could've ever imagined. To counter what they viewed as liberal bias, conservatives developed their own media stars to keep politicians from having to get dirty. So, who's winning the battle?
O'Reilly seems to by turns enjoy his tete-a-tetes with Stewart and to be infuriated by the platform that Comedy Central has given Stewart and Colbert to promote a "liberal agenda." Where he seems to have fun with Stewart, that playfulness doesn't always extend to Colbert, who based his character and show largely on O'Reilly. "Colbert has built an entire career on pleasing the left," O'Reilly said on his show. "It'll be hard to fathom that 40% of Americans who describe themselves as conservative will watch Colbert."
O'Reilly isn't alone in his view that comedians are undermining the message that conservative policymakers are trying to deliver. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has long sparred with Bill Maher over the views that he expresses on his HBO show. Coulter, whose books include How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), is a frequent guest on Real Time with Bill Maher, offering a counter to the host on everything from welfare reform to immigration. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, first on The View and now on Fox & Friends, has also frequently called out comedians — most notably her former View co-hosts Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg — while promoting her own largely conservative views on subjects. As President Barack Obama found out, the conservative pundits don’t want politicians in on the joke either. When the President appeared on Zach Galifianakis' web series Between Two Ferns, O'Reilly and others went after what the felt was Obama's flippant treatment of a serious issue (healthcare reform). Of course, when O'Reilly said that "Abe Lincoln wouldn't have done it" it led to a series of jokes.
Really, the comedians largely have it easy. Making fun of politicians is a time honored tradition, and an American birthright. From newspaper cartoonists to Will Rogers to Saturday Night Live, there's always been someone taking shots at the powers-that-be. The difference is that more and more, comedians are offering an actual opinion on their beliefs beyond just the jokes, something that Maher on Politically Incorrect and one of his HBO predecessors Dennis Miller (now a conservative radio host) helped make fashionable. O'Donnell and Janeane Garofalo have long been outspoken on their views on gun control, women's rights, and a variety of other issues. While Stewart, Colbert, John Oliver and the rest of the Daily Show group point out hypocrisy in both political parties — similar to what SNL has done for nearly 40 years — they make little effort to conceal their glee at puncturing holes in the façades of conservative political figures like Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum. In a recent commentary on The Daily Beast, comedian Dean Obeidallah opined that conservatives "fear comedy because they aren't good at it."
Not everyone is thrilled with the political influence that comedians like Stewart and Colbert have come to wield. "The problem becomes, are they the principle source of information for the country? Do they begin to move in and occupy the place that Walter Cronkite occupied or Edward R. Murrow occupied?," media analyst Marvin Kalb said. "The unfortunate answer now is 'Yes,' they are occupying that space. The danger there is that people begin to take it too seriously and they begin to think that the joke is the reality."
Whether it's good or bad, there's little doubt that potshots from both sides, pundits and comedians, will continue unabated for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, we know enough as a society not to take either side too seriously… whether they're joking or not.
Rapper Kanye West and his fiancee Kim Kardashian have been given the green light to proceed with legal action against a YouTube.com co-founder accused of leaking video footage of their engagement online. The couple filed suit against Chad Hurley last year (13) after accusing him of crashing the big event at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California in October (13) and then breaching a confidentiality agreement he had signed by secretly videotaping the romantic moment and posting the footage on his MixBit website.
Hurley attempted to fight back against the lawsuit, claiming it should be dismissed on the grounds of free speech, because he only shared the short clip after seeing other photos from the bash online.
However, Superior Court Judge Ruth Ann Kwan rejected Hurley's motion on Tuesday (18Mar14), insisting the one-page document he signed clearly stated it was a confidentiality agreement.
West and Kardashian are seeking unspecified damages.
The elaborate proposal was filmed exclusively for the reality TV star's Keeping Up With the Kardashians series.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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The Kinks frontman Ray Davies and Scottish singer Donovan are to be inducted into America's Songwriters Hall of Fame. The class of 2014 will feature the Lola hitmaker and Donovan, who rose to fame in the 1960s with hits like Mellow Yellow and Catch The Wind, alongside British rocker Graham Gouldman of the band 10cc, singer/songwriter Mark James, who penned Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds, and Jim Weatherly, who is known for writing Gladys Knight & The Pips hits Neither One of Us and Midnight Train to Georgia.
The five honourees were selected by museum officials from a list which also included Madonna, Vince Gill, Cyndi Lauper, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Cat Stevens, Linda Perry and Led Zeppelin stars Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
The inductions will take place in New York on 12 June (14).
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If we can learn anything from Miley’s tongue-lashing, no-clothes-wearing, twerk through 2013, it’s that celebrities have more media savvy than you’d think. Social media will make and break careers in the future. Viral videos have become the sex tapes of the 2010s. So it’s no surprise that a bizarre video Vin Diesel posted on his Facebook page has made him the talk of Hollywood.
To celebrate the early success of Riddick’s Blu-ray and DVD sales, Diesel decided to share a bit of a kooky video of him lip-synching “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry and Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love.” However, he randomly breaks into a frank business discussion after his own personal dance party. But the question is … what’s his thinking behind the video?
Diesel is the king of sequels. At first glance, Pitch Black and Fast & The Furious didn’t seem like they would spawn even one let alone multiple sequels. However, Diesel hasn’t starred in a film that wasn’t a sequel for years. Is this video an attempt at Diesel angling for more attention? It worked for Miley. Could his suggestive dancing and halfhearted crotch grabs be an attempt to get on the cast of Magic Mike 2? His Jersey Shore-reminiscent dancing is better than some of the cast members (Adam Rodriguez, Alex Pettyfer) of the 2012 male-stripper drama. After all, that was a huge boost to Matthew McConaughey’s notoriety.
Maybe he’s practicing lip-synching for Fast & Furious 7. Do the drag racers of the Fast & Franchise meet drag queens? Is Diesel going to go undercover as Lynne Diesel, or better yet Miss Diesel Ann-Gin to infiltrate drug runners at a drag show? As implausible as that plot may be that would be an epic storyline! It'd also would be great brand integration with RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6.
Either way, Diesel is laughing all the way to the bank. He won the Internet with a video that included bizarre celebrity behavior, a reference to something topical (The Grammys) and a plug. Achievement Unlocked! Now an entire cross-section of people who haven’t been thinking about Diesel is having second thoughts.
On Thursday night, The Sound of Music Live! somehow managed to pull in 18.5 million viewers. Yes... seriously. So, if you weren't one of the 18.5 and you don't have a Twitter then you should probably know that the show didn't have such an amazing viewership because it was good. Nah, it was actually pretty awful. Carrie Underwood's singing was perfection, but that girl has no acting ability whatsoever. Plus, Stephen Moyer took on the role of Captain Von Trapp. Yup, you read that right. Vampire Bill from True Blood played the iconic Captain Von Trapp. But hey, not all was lost. The show actually made for a hilariously awesome Thursday night due to the combination of this drinking game and the invention of live tweeting. So, in honor of this totally absurd remake, we're taking a look at the best celebrity reactions.
The Nazis probably would have left them alone if they didn't yodel. No one likes yodeling. #SoundofMusic
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 6, 2013
Nazi's where total dicks #justsaying #SoundofMusic #SoundofMusicLive
— Cameron (@CameronDiaz) December 6, 2013
Mr Von Trap is strange. Not that I have 100% credibility
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 6, 2013
The Sound of Music Live is tonight and Carrie Underwood’s “favorite things” should be people who haven’t seen Julie Andrews in the original.
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) December 5, 2013
Is it my 10 yr old samsung or is the lighting a little to "period"? #TheSoundOfMusicLive #seemsdark
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) December 6, 2013
The Sound of Music: the feel good family musical of the year about leaving your fiancée to boink the nanny.
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) December 6, 2013
Tonight they will finally put back the original scene where Von Trapp sucks the blood out of Maria. #soml
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 6, 2013
This Nazi looks like a young Al Gore. #TheSoundOfMusic
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 6, 2013
Wow there's so much fake fun happening! #SOML
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 6, 2013
I'm glad Carrie wore her sensible pumps for the hike to Switzerland. #Phew #SoundofMusic #WeOut
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 6, 2013
And, although not celebrities exactly, these tweets also made our list.
Ladies, if you're in the woods and some dude in knickers starts singing about how young you are, RUN #TheSoundOfMusicLive
— The Soup (@TheSoup) December 6, 2013
YOU ARE 16, GOING ON 17 AND I'M ASSUMING YOU'D LIKE PIZZA FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY DINNERRRRRRR #BuyDiGiorno #TheSoundOfMusicLive
— DiGiorno Pizza (@DiGiornoPizza) December 6, 2013
Ruh roh, no one cast sexual chemistry in #SoundOfMusic
— Crushable.com (@crushabledotcom) December 6, 2013
If Britney Spears can get through 2007, we can get through the Sound of Music live
— samir mezrahi (@samir) December 6, 2013
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