Former Nirvana rocker Chad Channing has opened the door for a return to the band by insisting he would love an onstage reunion with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. Channing joined the band in 1998 but left by mutual agreement in 1990, just over a year before they shot to global superstardom with their 1991 album Nevermind.
He is adamant he still considers himself an honourary member of the group and now he has spoken out about his hopes for a reunion.
Channing tells NME magazine, "It'd maybe be something like Dave playing guitar and singing and Krist doing bass. That'd be about the only arrangement I could think of that we could pull off."
In July last year (13), Grohl and Novoselic performed together in Seattle, Washington with Sir Paul McCartney - it was only the second time they have shared a stage in their hometown since Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain died in 1994.
Joan Jett, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde channelled the spirit of the late Kurt Cobain on Thursday (10Apr14) as they performed with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Michael Stipe from R.E.M. paid tribute to the grunge stars as drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic were joined on the podium at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York by Cobain's mother and sister and his widow, Courtney Love.
The Hole frontwoman proved that any bad blood between her and the existing Nirvana duo was in the past by calling Grohl and Novoselic her "family" and hugging them both, before saying, "I just wish that Kurt was here to hear this and feel this and be this.
"Twenty years ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame maybe wasn't (something he'd appreciate), but today he would have appreciated it. He would have appreciated Krist and Dave... his mother and his sister being here..." She went on to dedicate Cobain's posthumous honour to their daughter, Francis Bean Cobain, who missed the ceremony due to illness.
Grohl and Novoselic then welcomed their female collaborators to rock out with them, with Jett taking charge of vocals on Smells Like Teen Spirit, Gordon joining the pair for Aneurysm, and St. Vincent singing Lithium. Royals hitmaker Lorde helped the band close out the Nirvana reunion with All Apologies, which served as the explosive finale of the near six-hour induction ceremony.
Earlier in the night, Bruce Springsteen saluted his longtime backing musicians the E Street Band, and took the time to remember each and every person who had ever been a part of the group, including late saxophonist Clarence Clemons and his sidekick and "consigliere", guitarist Steven Van Zandt. Soul icons Hall & Oates were inducted by The Roots drummer Questlove, but the singers' performance had to be briefly halted midway through a rendition of their 1976 classic She's Gone after experiencing technical problems.
There was no drama from KISS, who were introduced by Tom Morello, as the original line-up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss reunited to join the Class of 2014, although they stuck to their vow not to perform after learning that Hall of Fame bosses would not be honouring current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Stevie Nicks joined forces to honour Linda Ronstadt, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was on hand to praise former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel as a solo artist. Art Garfunkel celebrated the career of Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, and British producer Peter Asher helped to induct the Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Beatles svengali Brian Epstein.
Kurt Cobain is set to be immortalised in comic book form thanks to a tribute which will be released on the 20th anniversary of his passing. The Nirvana frontman died from a shotgun wound at his home in Seattle, Washington in April, 1994 and to commemorate the music icon's legacy, writer and artist Jayfri Hashim has created Tribute: Kurt Cobain in honour of the beloved rocker.
The book will tell the story of Cobain's life, from his days starting out as a musician to his battle with the pressures of success and fame.
Bluewater Productions publisher Darren G. Davis explains the importance of the the comic books in a statement: "The Tribute line of comic books tells the stories of people that have made a significant difference in the world while they were with us. It is a way for us to honor these people who have made a difference in the world.
"Not only is this a great way to understand the importance of his contribution to music, but it is a great tool for kids to read about him in a different medium."
Other artists featured in the Bluewater Tribute line of comic books include John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Keith Richards.
Tribute: Kurt Cobain will be published on 2 April (14).
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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Production on the seventh instalment of the Fast & Furious film series is set to resume in the coming weeks following the death of franchise star Paul Walker, according to new cast member Kurt Russell. The Thing star was cast in Fast & Furious 7 to play a "father figure" to Vin Diesel and Walker's characters, but he is now unsure about how his character's storyline will move forward following the actor's tragic passing.
He tells EW.com, "At the time, we were talking about (my character) possibly going into a future episode as a sort of father figure to Vin and Paul's character (sic) - or possibly die in Fast & Furious 7. The character was created to go either way, and it will be interesting to see what they do now, if there's any change in that. I don't know if there will be. But obviously, they're working hard on doing what they have to do to try to make that thing work.
"I think they're going to gear up again in February or March, so we'll see."
However, Russell is grateful he had the chance to work with Walker before his untimely demise in a car crash in November (13).
The acting veteran continues, "That was a terrific guy. I just met him on the (movie set) and I was just very struck by how similar our lives are and how we looked at life. All the things he did outside of acting that he really enjoyed were similar to the things that I like to do. He was a hell of a good guy."
Meanwhile, studio executives are set to meet with the franchise stars on Friday (10Jan14) to discuss plans for the future of the highly popular movies.
In a Facebook.com post on Thursday (09Jan14), Diesel wrote, "(Friday) we meet with the studio, regarding the future of the Fast saga... and the completion of Seven."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Actress Katey Sagal was among the terrified travellers trapped in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for hours last week (01Nov13) after a gunman opened fire in her terminal. Authorities shut down the building and grounded hundreds of flights on Friday after Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, allegedly shot and killed a Transport Security Administration (TSA) official at a Terminal 3 checkpoint, and injured several others.
Actor James Franco and singer Nick Jonas used their Twitter.com accounts as the drama unfolded to reveal that they had been left stranded on flights halted by the emergency, and now the Sons of Anarchy star has opened up about her horrifying experiences in the terminal itself.
She tells U.S. talk show host Katie Couric, "I was there. I was in Terminal 3, I was in the lockdown area for about six hours. It was frightening, it was absolutely frightening to me."
The real-life incident has prompted Sagal to call on TV writers to continue tackling the issue of gun control in America onscreen in a bid to encourage further discussion about how to crack down on shooting crimes - just like her husband, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, did with the show's recent season six premiere, which featured a storyline about a boy who opens fire in a school.
She says, "In terms of the television show, the fact is that people should be continuing that conversation.
"My husband, who wrote that episode, he felt that it was a show about a club that runs guns, that's what they do and the lead character is a guy with a couple of kids so it would make sense that that kind of thing would happen. And I think that in his mind it continued the conversation, which, whether it upsets you or... I mean, it's a horrible thing to have to acknowledge, but it's going on and we need to keep talking about it."
The controversial Sons of Anarchy episode aired in America in September (13), less than a year after the nation was rocked by the Sandy Hook school massacre last December (12), when 20 young children and six adults were murdered. The tragedy was the latest school shooting to hit headlines and has prompted fevered discussion about the need for tighter gun control laws.
Kurt Russell's casting in the next Fast & The Furious movie has been confirmed by a photo. Vin Diesel posted the shot of himself and co-star Paul Walker alongside Russell, while filming a scene for Fast & The Furious 7 online on Wednesday (25Sep13). He accompanied the snapshot with a caption that read, "Kurt Russell, such an honor to work with."
Veteran actor Kurt Russell is reportedly revving up to join the cast of the next Fast & Furious sequel. The Big Trouble in Little China star, 62, who played a maniacal motorhead in Quentin Tarantino's 2007 Grindhouse movie Death Proof, has been linked to a role in the upcoming seventh installment of the car racing films, according to industry publication Variety - although details about his part have yet to be revealed.
If Russell signs on, he won't be the only new face to appear alongside stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker - Jason Statham will also be joining the cast after featuring briefly in the closing scenes of Fast & Furious 6.
Fast & Furious 7 will be directed by original Saw filmmaker James Wan.
Former Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic returned to the stage in Seattle, Washington on Friday night (19Jul13) to perform with Sir Paul McCartney. The Safeco Field appearance marked only the second time the drummer and Novoselic had performed together in Nirvana's hometown since Kurt Cobain's death in 1994.
McCartney tells Rolling Stone magazine, "We hatched that plan a couple of weeks ago. Dave was going to come up to Seattle with his family, and I said to him, 'Do you think there's any chance the guys would fancy (a reunion)?' He said, 'Well, let me ask.' And they fancied it. So we thought, 'Let's go and flip 'em out'."
Grohl and Novoselic stepped up onstage to back McCartney on Cut Me Some Slack - the original song he and the Foo Fighters star recorded for Grohl's Sound City documentary last year (12).
The Nirvana bandmates also joined McCartney and his band on Beatles classics Get Back and Helter Skelter and Little Richard's Long Tall Sally.
McCartney admits the big surprise was completely drama free: "When you're playing with guys like that, you realise that they've been to the heights of fame, so they're used to it. They're not gonna freak. And they're hell of musicians, so we learned everything really quickly. That's what's great about playing with guys like that."
"They're powerful. It's a great power to have them on stage with you. I mean, my band's great, but when you augment it with Nirvana, that's greater."