British singer Sam Smith is in talks to record the theme tune for the next James Bond movie, according to a U.K. report. The Stay With Me singer would follow in the footsteps of superstars including Adele, Madonna and Dame Shirley Bassey if he is picked to sing the anthem for the next film in the 007 franchise.
Bond star Daniel Craig is reportedly keen for Adele to follow up on her 2012 Oscar-winning theme tune for Skyfall, but producers are said to want to sign up Smith instead.
A source tells British newspaper The Sun, "Sam is our top choice. He has the profile, cool image and astonishing voice to record a Bond theme.
"And there is only so long we can hold out for Adele. Daniel Craig was pushing for her because she did such a great job last time around."
The coveted job would be a major boost for 22-year-old Smith's already blossoming career and it would mark the first time a British male singer has recorded the Bond theme tune in three decades. Rocker Simon Le Bon was the last British male to sing a Bond theme when he recorded A View to a Kill with Duran Duran in 1985.
The Vines rocker Craig Nicholls avoids using the Internet and refuses to own a cell phone, insisting he finds modern technology impossible to comprehend. The Australian singer/guitarist, who suffers from Asperger syndrome, is adamant he feels "no connection" with the world and admits he cannot even drive a car.
Nicholls, who is preparing to release new album Wicked Nature, the follow-up to the band's 2011 record Future Primitive, tells NME magazine, "I really have no connection to anything. I can't drive a car, I don't have a mobile phone, I can't work computers or the Internet or anything. I don't understand it, so I don't fit in. It seems alien to me but it's this big part of most people's everyday lives."
Newlywed pop star Cher Lloyd is already planning to start a family with her husband Craig Monk. The British singer, 20, married hair stylist Monk in a secret ceremony in November (13), less than three years after they first met in the salon where he worked.
The Want U Back hitmaker has now revealed she is loving life as a doting wife and is already planning to have children.
She tells British magazine Fabulous, "I love being married. I love being a wife. People think I'm young because I'm just 20, but where I come from it's normal to get married at 16... I'm actually very old-fashioned. Craig had to ask my dad permission to marry me. Every day I have his tea (dinner) on the table and I want kids very soon."
Filmmakers behind a new Michael Jackson documentary have stepped up their legal battle against the King of Pop's estate executors in a bid to clear the way for the movie's release. Director Craig Williams was recently slapped with a cease-and-desist notice over the rights to footage in Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot, which features clips he shot of the superstar at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York City for Ebony magazine in 2007, two years before his death.
His film also includes interviews with Jackson's friends, photographers and stylists as the superstar prepared for the photo session.
Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Michael Jackson estate, claims the singer never agreed to have his "private moments... publicly and commercially exploited", but Williams hit back with his own lawsuit, insisting he and producers at Noval Williams Films legally obtained the rights after the Jackson family passed on the opportunity in 2011.
Williams and his fellow producers have now filed an injunction against estate bosses in New York's Manhattan Supreme Court, compelling them to respond to the suit within 21 days to speed up the process, according to the New York Post.
Williams is seeking declaratory relief that his film isn't infringing copyrights so they can press ahead with the film's sale and release.
Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic were so desperate to achieve their dream of performing at Britain's iconic Glastonbury Festival that they ditched their holiday plans to play a last-minute set. The band was drafted in as an emergency replacement when Canadian DJ duo Chromeo pulled out of a planned appearance at the event last weekend (27-29Jun14).
Twin Atlantic took Chromeo's place on the John Peel Stage as support for main headliners MGMT on Saturday (28Jun14), and they have now revealed they took a drastic step to fulfil their Glastonbury dream.
Singer Sam McTrusty tells Scotland's Daily Record newspaper, "(Bassist) Ross (McNae) had arranged to go to a couple of Hebridean islands with his wife and get some time away.
"(Drummer) Craig (Kneale) had this whole big trip planned to go to Oslo to see Pearl Jam play with a couple of friends and a girlfriend. He has a Pearl Jam tattoo and is in the fan club so it is a big deal that he dropped that and we got to go and play Glastonbury."
However, the band's performance was bittersweet for McTrusty as he missed out on seeing some of his favourite acts at the event.
He adds, "The only negative was that we were on at the same time as the Pixies, who are one of our favourite bands, and we clashed with 30 minutes of Metallica and Jack White."
A judge has issued an arrest warrant for country singer Sara Evans' ex-husband over allegations he has failed to keep up with child support payments. The musician divorced Craig Schelske in 2007 and they have been locked in a custody battle over their three kids since 2011.
According to TMZ.com, there is now a warrant out for Schelske's arrest after he allegedly fell behind with child support payments to his former wife.
The report also suggests Schelske has filed for bankruptcy, listing $333,000 (£208,000) of debts to Evans, among other creditors.
In documents obtained by the website, he claims to only have chickens, firearms, books and DVDs as assets.
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If you've ever seen Marion Cotillard in a film and asked yourself, "Is that the same actress from ____?" we are here to help. As the French film star-turned-American film star is preparing for the upcoming release of The Immigrant — her highly-anticipated film with Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner — we look back at 10 of her many amazing performances and attempt to rank them. This is a near-impossible task when they're all so brilliant, and Cotillard has taken on a myriad unforgettable characters over the years. For those not entirely familiar with the name, here are 10 reasons to get to know her, and for her biggest fans, feel free to disagree and share your own ranking in the comments.
10. Public Enemies
In the 2009 film from director Michael Mann, Cotillard played John Dillinger's lover, Billie Frechette. She beat out a slew of American actresses to play the singer/waitress who stole the outlaw's heart.
9. Little White Lies
In the fantastic French comedy directed by her partner Guillaume Canet, Cotillard delivers a memorable performance as Marie. After a good friend is critically injured, she and a group of pals have a complicated and drama-filled vacation during which Marie smokes pot, takes a lover, and offers true support to the ones who need it most. It's a rebellious sort of character that we often see Cotillard playing, but it never gets old.
8. A Very Long Engagement
Another beloved French film star takes the lead in this one, but even alongside Audrey Tautou's standout performance, Cotillard holds her own as Tina Lombardi. She gives a thrilling performance as a vengeful prostitute, taking down the men responsible for her lover's death. Her story functions as a great parallel to Audrey's character Mathilde, who is also searching for answers about her missing lover, but goes about it in a far less violent way.
7. Midnight in Paris
"You have just about one of the best faces ever" — truer words were never spoken. Cotillard as Picasso's lover and muse (Adriana) is probably one of the most perfectly cast roles. She embodied all of the nostalgia and Parisian enchantment we associate with this amazing film.
As the wife of Italian filmmaker Guido Contini, Cotillard slays all in this epic revenge, burlesque scene that took her out of her housewife role and brought her back to the stage. The film adaptation of Maury Yeston's musical centered around a host of talented actresses as Guido's women — Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson, and Nicole Kidman all delivered strong performances. But it's Cotillard as Mrs. Contini who manages to cut her husband down and bring the director to his knees.
5. The Dark Knight Rises
Moviegoers everywhere got the shock of their cinematic lives back in 2012 when Cotillard, initially thought to be the sweet and lovely philanthropist Miranda Tate, revealed herself as the daughter of Ra's al Guhl. That slow knife, and the story of her childhood escape from hell on earth made her one of the most excellent villains we'd ever met.
After her role in Christopher Nolan's Oscar-winning film, Cotillard finally started to become more of a household name for American audiences. She shocked, swayed, and frightened us as Mal -- a woman, a dream, a projection of the subconscious of her husband, protagonist Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio). Stuck between reality and limbo, her haunting and violent presence brought much of the tragic beauty to this powerful narrative.
3. Love Me If You Dare
Over 10 years ago Cotillard found love on the film set of Love Me If You Dare. She and Guilluame Canet now have a little boy together, but they started out in a brilliantly dark story about young love and a game of dare gone terribly wrong (or terribly right, depending on how you like your film endings).
2. Rust and Bone
A troubled boxer and an orca trainer who suffers a terrible accident develop an intense bond in this dark and brilliant tale based on the short stories of Craig Davidson. In one of her finest hours, Cotillard plays Stéphanie and her onscreen transformation from one type of woman, to another, to another is thrilling to witness. Her powerful chemistry with Matthias Schoenhaerts (who also delivers a knockout performance) makes the film a heartbreaking, spectacular experience in love, pain, and family.
1. La Vie En Rose
As amazing as she has been in all of these other performances, nothing compares to Cotillard's turn as beloved French singer and performer Édith Piaf in the 2007 biopic La Vie en Rose. The actress became the first to win a Best Actress Academy Award for a French-language role, as the powerhouse performance simply could not be compared to anything else that came out that year. Cotillard was unrecognizable as Piaf, and brought to life one of the most compelling true stories of our time.
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Are you anxiously awaiting a Mean Girls reunion? Well, if Ramona Singer has her way, you’ll get it... with a significantly different (and older) cast. She’ll be playing Patina Gorge, the Queen Bee in Mean Hurls. This time the film is set in Manhattan and features a “beautiful” blonde who takes out all of her anger about her philandering husband out on the women around her. She hurls insults, spells, and whole glasses of wine. We should say that this film is actually a fever dream brought about by a psychotic break Ramona had while seeing all the other Housewives in bathing suits.
Revenge of the Eyelander
Sonja Morgan A.K.A. In-the-Red Sonja invites Aviva Drescher and Ramona, the Eyelander, over for sunbathing and brunch. Aviva and Sonja butter themselves up and reveal shockingly sexy bikini bods. Ramona calls to tell Sonja she isn’t coming. It seems the Eyelander and In-the-Red Sonja are gearing up for war. Clearly Ramona has no intentions of leaving their tête-à-tête from last episode alone. Instead, she goes to a designer house with LuAnn desperate Lesseps and Carole Radziwill. She proceeds to act like a toddler by insulting the light fixtures, ripping removable wallpaper, and trying to break unbreakable plates. Spoiler alert: even throwing a ceramic plate into a pool won’t break it. Then she reveals all of Sonja’s financial problems to the ladies… and all of America. Sonja’s town house has gone into trusteeship because she is behind with her enormous debt. It’s ironic Ramona would air out Sonja’s money woes and not her husband’s cheating ways.
Does Carole Eat?
Carole is the tiniest housewife in NYC. She looks so frail. Contrary to what was reported by big butt enthusiast Sir-Mix-a-Lot, the red beans and rice did in fact miss Miss Radziwill. Next to her, Heather Thomson looks like a giant. Let’s face it, Heather has a slammin’ body. It’s sort of ironic that she re-invented Spanx. Or did she? Apparently, she and Spanx are suing each other over who wore it best. Hopefully Heather’s next business isn’t vajazzling, skinny sangria, or a fabric store because we know people in those businesses. She decides to drink the pain away with beer, tequila, and pizza at Carole’s house. Carole takes the opportunity to reveal she’s having a refresh. Nope, it’s not smaller veneers. She’s getting a major apartment remodel and documenting it on TV. “Yay,” said absolutely no one. She wants to get gold-leaf on her ceiling and move her office into her kitchen. Apparently, all she cooks in there is toast and English muffins. Doesn’t she microwave things, reheat leftovers, or fry an egg? New Yorkers famously don’t use their ovens but they still make more than toast. If this were Mean Hurls, she could just eat Kalteen bars.
Drescher vs. Drescher: Happily Divorced
Aviva invites her ex-husband infamous Housewife bedder Harry Dubin over for dinner. They have a delightfully awkward family dinner with her husband, ex-husband, eldest son and two youngest who resemble Precious Moments dolls. Everything’s great as they prepare to send her son off to sleep away camp, until her husband Reid says something really creepy, “Most important, I don’t want you to do what I did, which was, in the middle of the night, sneak over to the girls' bunks in the night and go into their rooms and play with them.” To add insult to injury the editors cut the audio to make it the most pregnant, loaded, and rapiest pause in Housewife history. It’s a missed opportunity. It would have been a great time to have Reid’s cousin Fran Drescher walk in, wearing a leopard mini-dress, sit on the table and talk about playing Yentl in her camp’s production in Flushing, Queens.
Curse of the Eyelander
Kristen Taekman’s words with Ramona last episode just might have gotten her cursed by the Eyelander. She meets with modeling agent Craig Lawrence, who doesn’t realize he’s being filmed. He calls her old and tells her to move to a smaller market like Wisconsin. There isn’t much money to be made in modeling in small markets. There’s just more opportunities. Also, there is such a thing as celebrity modeling and Kristen will get more work now that she’s been on TV.
It seems like the Eyelander magic brings nothing but discord. During a casual afternoon of wine-tasting, LuAnn calls Sonja a b**ch. Then the evil googly eyed magic burrows its way into Sonja’s brain. She tries to talk about a deal she made with department stores but can only speak in nonsensical phrases. It’s shocking. Ramona seems the most unhinged, sloppy, and loopy, but is the most aware. Meanwhile, Sonja seems so lucid and together and has no idea what’s going on.
Ramona stops by as Sonja is cleaning her bathroom to further her embarrassment. She winces as she sees Sonja’s laundry hanging on a drying rack. What do you expect? She’s broke. Sonja somehow secures a spa day for all the ladies. While LuAnn, Heather, and Carole relax and share a tub of mud, everyone else fights. Ramona reveals that she called a friend of Sonja’s young boyfriend’s mother. This resulted in Sonja getting stood up. Kristen, the cartoonish voice of reason, points out maybe Ramona’s jealous. Ramona flings her glass on Pinot scalding her. After all, Ramona Pinot does have trace elements of estrogen, stem cells, and pixie urine. When Kristen retaliates by splashing her she says that she was never Kristen’s friend anyway. Little does Kristen know the only thing that can stop Ramona is buried deep underground the abandoned studio of Bethenny – The Mace of Menopause.
Real Houselines of New York
"I’ve been putting up with Ramona’s Ramona-ness for years now." – LuAnn
"Ramona, it’s a designer house not a frat house." – Carole
"She has great legs. Legs are not my thing." – Aviva
"This is too acidic. Like urine." – Aviva showcasing her sommelier skills
"The reason people buy the toaster ovens after reading the recipes in my newsletter is... sex." – An exerpt from Sonja’s business prospectus
"Mileage, what am I, a station wagon?" – Kristen
"Sonja is the only person I know who can play off bankruptcy fabulously." – Kristen
"Sonja likes any good-looking guy that she finds sexually attractive, and she thinks between her legs before her head." – Ramona
"You threw pinot on her and took penis away from me." – Sonja
"I teach my kids not to hit, not to throw. Did Ramona not get that memo 65 years ago?" – Kristen
Two members of British singer Rebecca Ferguson's extended family were wounded in a suspected drive-by shooting in England last week (begs31Mar14). Karl and Craig Dures, who are the uncle and grandfather of Ferguson's two children with her ex-partner, who is also called Karl Dures, were shot in the street in Liverpool on Tuesday (01Apr14).
A source tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, “This is very scary for everyone. Rebecca is absolutely shocked by it.”
The men are said to be in a stable condition at Royal Liverpool Hospital.
Ferguson is yet to comment on the incident, but took to Twitter.com on Saturday (05Apr14) to write, "Blessed with an amazing family, we have someone looking down on us counting all our blessings god is good (sic)!"
Veteran British singer Boy George stalled plans to reunite his 1980s pop band Culture Club in 2011 because he wasn't "quite ready" to resume his role as the group's flamboyant frontman. The Karma Chameleon hitmakers had previously hoped to reform to mark their 30th anniversary with a tour, but the trek never materialised and George now admits he was the one who was hesitant to kickstart a new Culture Club era, nine years after their last get-together.
However, the star has already started working with bassist Mikey Craig, guitarist/keyboardist Roy Hay and drummer Jon Moss on the band's first new album since 1999's Don't Mind If I Do, and reveals they will take their show on the road in the next year.
During an appearance on Los Angeles-based daytime show The Talk on Monday (17Feb14), he said, "We are gonna do something (on the road). We've been writing in London, kinda, the last few months. That's been really exciting and I'm actually gonna be working this week with Roy, because he lives in L.A., so we're actually gonna be writing this week, so that's the next big thing.
"But I needed to kinda be ready for that drama! No, I'm kidding! We started talking about it a couple of years ago and I just didn't feel like I was quite ready for that sort of note, because that's a big thing. So we're gonna do (release) something hopefully the end of this year or next year."