Celebrated British sculptor David Wynne has died, aged 88. The artist, famed for his friendship with The Beatles, passed away on 4 September (14). No more details about his death were available as WENN went to press.
Wynne created a number of famous sculptures which are dotted around London, including a gate dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II at Hyde Park. His royal connection also included sittings with a number famous faces including Charles, Prince of Wales and the Queen herself.
He became close friends with The Beatles after creating a sculpture of the Fab Four in 1964, and he is credited with introducing the band to their guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Wynne's famous works include likenesses of late actor/director Lord Richard Attenborough and Shergar, the famous racehorse which was stolen in 1983 and never found.
Actor Viggo Mortensen put his linguistic skills to the test in new movie Far From Men by learning French and Arabic for the project. The Lord of the Rings star, whose father is Danish, has previously showed off his vast knowledge of foreign languages by speaking Danish, Russian, Swedish, Spanish and German on film, but he pushed himself a little further for the upcoming French-language drama by picking up phrases in Arabic to accurately portray Daru, a former soldier-turned-schoolteacher caught up in Algeria's war of independence.
Mortensen admits practising his French and Arabic onscreen in director David Oelhoffen's movie was part of the appeal of the project.
He tells the Associated Press, "You only can improve if you're challenged. You either learn or you fail."
The actor also went out of his way to find good tutors to help him perfect the accents.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "For Daru, it was important for him to speak French with an accent that would be particular to this guy from this part of Algeria and an Arabic that was correct. I worked hard on that. The French took a little longer just to make sure it was right...
"I think I worked (on the accents) a lot. I worked for months and in Spain, where I live, I found someone who was from North Africa, and he helped me a lot. I looked at the whole script, and I made sure I could say it all in Arabic and made sure it was Arabic from that region."
Mortensen's efforts appear to have paid off - Far From Men, also known as Loin des hommes, premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday (30Aug14) to generally positive reviews.
A beauty queen stripped of her title as Miss Asia Pacific World is refusing to return her $100,000 (£58,900) crown until she receives a public apology from pageant bosses for accusing her of theft. May Myat Noe recently became Myanmar's first international beauty queen after winning the title in South Korea, but she was dethroned last week (ends29Aug14), with competition spokesman David Kim accusing her of becoming untrustworthy.
He then alleged she had run off with the pricey tiara after learning she was to be stripped of the honour.
However, Noe is now fighting back, and in a press conference held in Myanmar on Tuesday (02Sep14), the 16 year old told reporters she never intended to steal the accessory, but she is now demanding Miss Asia Pacific World chiefs say "sorry" to her before she hands it back.
She said, "I'm not even proud of this crown. I don't want a crown from an organisation with such a bad reputation."
Noe alleges pageant executives lied about her age, claiming she was two years older than she really is, and put pressure on her to undergo plastic surgery to boost her bust size - but she refused the operation.
French actress Marion Cotillard was left disgusted by the U.K.'s phone-hacking scandal. British tabloid the News of the World was shut down by owner Rupert Murdoch in 2011 amid uproar at revelations that some journalists had illegally accessed the voicemail messages of hundreds of celebrities, including Sir Paul McCartney, Hugh Grant, and Jude Law, as well as members of the public.
The Dark Knight Rises star Cotillard was horrified by the intrusion into privacy and insists lawmakers in the U.K. should follow her native country's example of tough media control.
She tells The Observer Magazine, "Having your picture taken in the street and put in a magazine won't change your life. But what happened to people in England, hacking phones. It's vomit. It's sick. This f**king changes your life... If someone is cheating on their wife in the street and pictures are taken, fine, that's their risk."
British Prime Minister David Cameron's former press adviser Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months in July (14) for overseeing a culture of phone-hacking while he was editor of the News of the World. Several other journalists who worked under him on the paper were also jailed.
British comedian Ricky Gervais will revisit his famous The Office character David Brent for a new film spoof. The funnyman, the star and co-creator of the original The Office TV series, reprised his role as the cringeworthy manager last year (13) for a string of sold-out stage shows with his fake band Foregone Conclusion.
He recently revealed he had been filming behind-the-scenes footage at various gigs across the U.K. in the hopes of transforming the footage into a movie in the style of iconic rock parody This Is Spinal Tap - and now Gervais has signed a deal with BBC Films to make the project happen.
Life on the Road will feature interviews with Brent over a decade after The Office ended in 2003 as he attempts to reinvent himself as a rock star.
A press release from BBC executives reads: "We find out what Brent is doing now and what's happened in the last 15 years since his redundancy from his beloved (paper company) Wernham Hogg.
"He's a sales rep now, selling cleaning products up and down the country, but has never really given up on his dream of being a rock star."
The actor has since taken to his Twitter.com account to clear up any confusion about the mockumentary, writing, "Just to be clear, I am not making an 'Office' movie. I'm doing a documentary film about David Brent trying to be rock star. Just Sayin (sic)".
The film is due to go into production next year (15).
Gervais' David Brent character first appeared onscreen in the U.K. in 2001 when the first season of The Office aired.
Director Zachary Shedd has appealed to independent film fans to help fund his forthcoming movie by launching a crowdfunding campaign online. The filmmaker is seeking $25,000 (£14,706) to put towards costs for Americana, about an alcoholic movie editor who tries to get to the bottom of his actress sister's murder after she is shot and killed outside a party for their new project.
Shedd has recruited Gossip Girl actor David Call and House of Cards star Rachel Brosnahan to lead the cast, but he is seeking financial backing from devotees to help him reach his funding goal.
The Kickstarter.com campaign had raised just over $17,000 (£10,000) as WENN went to press, with nine days left to hit its target.
Shedd isn't the first filmmaker to turn to crowdfunding to finance a movie - Zach Braff, Simon West and Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas have all recently turned to the public for help to make their big screen dreams a reality.
Actor Chris Pratt plans to visit sick children while dressed as his superhero character from new movie Guardians Of The Galaxy after taking his costume home when the cameras stopped rolling.
The actor plays the space superhero group's leader Peter Quill/Star-Lord, and dons an iconic red jacket as he attempts to save the world.
In an interview with Panzer TV promoting the film, Pratt reveals he secretly took his costume from the set in order to do good following the movie's release.
He admits, "I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone and go visit kids. "If it was a big enough movie, to where it would mean something to a kid who's sick in the hospital - for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them - I'll do that. I think that's awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?..."
"Right now, it means high profile, cool jobs coming up, big press tour, and all the excitement of it all. But none of that really means anything. The coolest things would be that my son can one day see this, and that maybe I can go affect some kids in a positive way; be a good role model for them."
Guardians of the Galaxy, which also stars Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel, opens on both sides of the Atlantic on Friday (01Aug14), and studio bosses have already announced a sequel, which is expected to hit cinemas in 2017.
Singer Jason Mraz is aiming to follow in the footsteps of David Bowie and the Beastie Boys by becoming only the third musician to perform in each of New York's five boroughs on the same tour. The California-based I'm Yours hitmaker announced the mini Big Apple residency on Wednesday (16Jul14), during a press conference at the Empire State Building landmark, revealing he will play shows in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan in September (14) in celebration of his new album, YES!.
He will wrap up the gigs with two shows at the city's iconic Radio City Music Hall, before heading to Europe to continue his world tour.
Brooklyn natives the Beastie Boys previously completed the feat, while British rocker Bowie trekked across the five boroughs in 2002 as part of his Heathen Tour.
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Over the course of her career, Cameron Diaz has played everything from an ogre princess to a crime-fighting angel to the most irresponsible teacher of all time. But though she's best known for starring in goofy, raunchy comedies, Diaz's resume is filled with varied compelling roles that don't get talked about nearly as much as her underwear dance in Charlie's Angels. In fact, we'd go so far as to say that over the course of her career, Diaz has steadily delivered surprising, awards-worthy performances that often get overlooked by both the press and the public. In honor of her latest film, Sex Tape, arriving in theaters Friday, we've taken a look back at Diaz's life and career to pinpoint every single performance that shocked, moved, and impressed us... and, in a just world, would have impressed the Academy as well.
The CounselorLet’s get this out of the way: yes, Diaz’s character does have sex with a car. It’s a shame, though, that the hubbub surrounding that scene overshadowed everything else about her performance, which is insane in the best possible way. As Malkina, the calculating girlfriend/partner in crime to Javier Bardem’s Reiner, Diaz turned everything up to 11 to give an over-the-top, off-the-wall performance that is more entertaining than attempting to figure out what’s happening with Bardem’s hair. Despite a star-studded cast and a script by Cormac McCarthy, Diaz was easily the most memorable thing about The Counselor, as well as the most compelling.
ShrekOkay, so the Oscars don’t honor voice over work. That doesn’t mean that Diaz’s work as Princess Fiona isn’t worthy of praise. With anyone else voicing her, Fiona would probably turn out to be another cookie-cutter animated princess – kooky, sure but not downright weird, and probably not willing to convince a bird to sing itself to death or having a burping contest with an ogre. Diaz gives Fiona an absurd amount of personality, depth and fun, making her feel as alive as she would if it actually ere Diaz up on that screen.
My Best Friend’s Wedding Julia Roberts get all of the attention, but her Julianne Potter would be nothing without Diaz’s sweet, warm-hearted Kimmy Wallace. A character like Kimmy could have easily been one-dimensional: an unrealistic perfect girl meant to make the protagonist jealous. But Diaz’s Kimmy is a fully realized person; she’s not just sweet, she’s also naïve and awkward and genuinely open-hearted. And her ability to turn what would otherwise be a painfully embarrassing karaoke scene into an endearingly goofy moment deserves much more credit than Roberts letting Dermot Mulroney go.
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Being John Malkovich And you thought The Counselor was a strange movie. In Being John Malkvoich, Diaz plays Lotte, the unhappy, pet-obsessed wife of John Cusack’s Craig, who enters into a relationship with Craig’s work crush Maxine (Catherine Keener) while inside the head of John Malkovich. It would be easy to let the craziness of the plot outshine the characters, but Diaz, wearing a horrendously frizzy wig and a series of unflattering outfits, uses the opportunity to give a weird, intense, complex performance that is, unfortunately, often forgotten in favor of her comedic ventures.
There’s Something About Mary The Mask may have put her on the map, but it was the Farrelly Brothers’ comedy that really made Diaz a star. The entire movie hinges on her being the most irresistible woman in the universe, so she needs to win over the audience in addition to the characters. Diaz does exactly that. Her performance is bright, charming and effortlessly funny, and it’s not hard to see why everyone fell in love with her hilarious and heartwarming character.
In Her Shoes In Her Shoes is a much better movie than it appears in its trailer, and much of that is due to Diaz’s performance as Maggie, the free-spirited wild child sister of Toni Collette’s Rose. It would be easy to turn Maggie into a flighty, one-dimensional character, but Diaz manages to turn a somewhat trite reveal – Maggie is dyslexic and has trouble reading and doing basic math – into an opportunity to showcase the insecurity, doubt, and hurt that has turned Maggie into the frivolous party girl that she is. It’s a surprisingly layered performance for a light-hearted movie about the relationship between sisters, and Diaz easily holds her own opposite Collette and Shirley MacLaine, both of whom received more attention.
Vanilla Sky Whether you loved Vanilla Sky or found it impossible to get past Tom Cruise’s melted face, there’s no denying that Diaz’s performance was the standout of the film. As Julie, the suicidal, jealous ex-girlfriend of Cruise’s David Aames, Diaz is simultaneously terrifying and heartbreaking, showcasing all of the hurt, anger, and instability that drive her to extreme measures. More than just the femme fatale or the vindictive ex, Diaz’s Julie is a tour de force performance that unfortunately got overshadowed by some terrible prosthetics.
A signature guitar used onstage by The Who's Pete Townshend back in the 1970s is up for auction online. The red Gibson SG the rocker played during a gig in Cleveland, Ohio and later gifted to local DJ David Spero has gone on sale as part of Lelands.com's Spring 2014 Catalog Auction.
The axe featured a reserve price of $2,500 (£1,471), but it had already attracted bids of more than $3,327 (£1,957) as WENN went to press.
The Gibson SG also comes with a letter of authenticity from Spero, who went on to become the personal manager of Townshend's pal Joe Walsh.
The guitar isn't the only piece of The Who memorabilia up for grabs - music equipment believed to have been used by late drummer Keith Moon during the band's Quadrophenia Tour around 1973 and 1974 have also been placed under the hammer with a reserve of $1,000 (£588). That lot, featuring bronze timbale drums, a cymbal, two drum heads and Moon's drum stool, had yet to attract any bids at press time.
The auction ends on 25 July (14).