Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger has been pictured with a mystery brunette in Switzerland following the loss of his long-term partner L'Wren Scott. The singer was photographed spending time with the woman on a hotel balcony in Zurich while the band was in town for a show on 1 June (14).
In one shot, Jagger is pictured sitting down on the balcony while the brunette leans in from behind and appears to kiss his hair.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "He's worked very hard to get the Stones back on the road. He's a single man and he's Mick and he's having some fun. No one has a clue who this girl is - not even his security people."
The band is back on the road again after calling off a tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of Jagger's fashion designer partner, who committed suicide in March (14) while the singer was Down Under.
Actor Hugh Jackman has credited luck and a producer's good memory for giving him the the opportunity to play his signature role Wolverine in the X-Men movies - because another actor was cast before him. Filmmakers originally wanted Scottish star Dougray Scott to play the superhero, but he had to drop out of the film in 2000 because of scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible II.
Jackman says, "From my first audition to the last one was about nine months. Because I auditioned, I got a fair way up the chain (but) didn't get the part.
"And then, luckily, it was (a) producer who kind of grabbed my tape out of one of those bins somewhere and said, 'Remember this guy?' So I was lucky..."
Scott wasn't the only actor up for the coveted role - Jackman's pal Russell Crowe was also offered the part, but declined and suggested director Bryan Singer consider his fellow Antipodean for the film.
The 45 year old has played Logan/Wolverine in seven films over 14 years and provided the voice of the mutant in video games X-Men: The Official Game and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Singer/actress Jill Scott is set to receive an honorary doctorate from her alma mater Temple University. The He Loves Me hitmaker will be feted with a Doctor of Humane Letters on Thursday (15May14) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
School president Neil D. Theobald says, "(Her) values and achievements embody the mission and ideas of the university."
Scott studied secondary education at Temple before dropping out because of financial constraints.
Sir Mick Jagger paid a musical tribute to his late girlfriend L'Wren Scott at a memorial service in New York. Scott took her own life in March (14) and a private funeral was held in Los Angeles later that month. Her close friends and family attended a memorial service at St. Bartholomew's Church in the city to celebrate the fashion designer's life on Friday (02May14).
The Rolling Stones frontman sang Bob Dylan's Just Like a Woman as a musical tribute to his longterm girlfriend. He and Scott's brother Randy Bambrough also spoke a few words to the guests. Jagger's son James and Scott's niece, Hannah Bambrough, both read poems, and the singer's grandchildren, Mazie and Zak, read Psalm 23 from the Bible.
R&B singer Lisa Fischer, who has been a back-up singer for the rockers for years, also performed her version of Amazing Grace. Jagger's bandmates Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards attended the service, along with actresses Julianne Moore, Ellen Barkin, Meg Ryan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Munn and Renee Zellweger, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and film directors Martin Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann.
Former R.E.M. star Peter Buck has formed a new band with ex-Sleater-Kinney singer Corin Tucker. The unnamed new group, which also features Scott McCaughey and former Swans star Bill Rieflin, will open Buck's upcoming solo shows in Portland, Oregon this week (ends02May14).
Tucker and Buck have been longtime collaborators - she has appeared on both of Buck's solo records, while the guitarist and McCaughey joined her onstage for a Sleater-Kinney reunion last year (13).
Former Queensryche rocker Geoff Tate has spoken out after reaching a settlement with his former bandmates over the use of the group's name on Monday (28Apr14), confessing he's glad the matter was resolved before it became a "nightmare" court case. Tate filed a lawsuit against Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson shortly after he was fired from the band in 2012, insisting that he alone should be able to tour under the Queensryche banner.
The singer lost a bid for a temporary injunction to ban his former bandmates from performing as Queensryche without him, and on Monday (28Apr14), the two parties reached an "amicable settlement" over the naming rights.
According to the settlement, Jackson, Rockenfield and Wilton will now be "the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche", while Tate has been given "exclusive rights" to perform the songs from the albums Operation: Mindcrime I and II in their entirety "as a unique performance".
In his first interview since the agreement was reached, Tate tells Billboard.com, "I'm very happy that it's (legal battle) over and done and we can all move on with our lives. It's been a long, bitter two years.
"We've been trying to work something out for months and months and months, and it's like any kind of lawsuit - it's just slow going. But finally I think the realisation that going to court over the whole thing was going to be a huge nightmare and huge financial mess for everybody that (we) really started to look at it more seriously and realistically (sic)."
And explaining the full extent of the agreement, Tate states, "It's pretty similar to the Pink Floyd settlement, where one group got the name and Roger Waters got The Wall. It's very similar to that. I retain Operation: Mindcrime and everything revolving around that, and they got the name, so it's a win-win for everybody."
Tate adds he will continue to tour under the Queensryche name this summer, adding, "We're both allowed to do all of our pre-contracted dates as they were advertised, so once those dates are over then it all changes... I think my last date as Queensryche is September 1st, August 31st, something like that."
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As grand as the themes of good and evil, needs and deservings, power and responsibility and such forth are, superhero movies are generally pretty straightforward in premise: hero stops villain from wreaking havoc. As off-putting as this kind of simplicity might sound, it's usually the right way to go. If you pack enough substance into your characters and adhere your plot to these linear margins, you can actually wind up saying a healthy amount (and having a lot of fun). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets half of this formula down pat. Although Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker is still a moreover undistinguished identity, his emotional magnitude (re: his relationship with Gwen Stacy) is enough to keep him valid through the storm of lunacy that is his second feature. And it's not even that lunacy that holds him back. The problem isn't how wild his conquests are, how silly some of the action sequences feel, or how absolutely bonkers his villains turn out to be. It's all the other stuff (and yes, if you can believe it, there's a ton more going on in this movie than what I've already mentioned — that's the issue). All the plot twists, tertiary mysteries, ominous flashbacks, abject reveals, and weightlessly sinister pawns in this brooding game that, save for its fun with the baddies, takes itself way too seriously. All that stuff that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 thinks is necessary to make Peter Parker matter? It actually does just the opposite.
Peter is at his best when he's playing Tracy and Hepburn with the girlfriend he's perpetually disappointing (the eternally charming Emma Stone), or trying to win back the favor of the only remaining parental figure from whom he's rapidly slipping away (Sally Field, reminding us why she's a household name), or angling to connect with the mentally unstable engineer who just wants people to notice him (Jamie Foxx working his comic shtick with a frightening zest). We have the most fun with Peter when he's playing the simplest games, and we connect best with him on similar ground. But Peter and company, at the behest of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise's Sandman-sized aspirations, spend so much time exploring new avenues: the secrets surrounding the death and work of Richard Parker, the behind-the-curtains operations of OsCorp, the nefarious goings on in the waterside penitentiary Ravencroft.
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As a result of the grand stab at world building, there is just so much stuff that Peter has to wade through in this movie, dragging the likes of Gwen and his boyhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan, mastering angst, menace, and upper-class privilege all at once) into the dark crevasses of narrative waste. With so many diversions into the emotionally vacant, deliberately joyless explorations of Parker family origin stories, secret brief cases, and underground subways — The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rivals Captain America: The Winter Soldier in complexity, but forgets the necessary ingredient of fun — we barely have enough energy left when the good stuff hits.
And in truth, the good stuff isn't really good enough to sustain us through all the duller periods. Garfield and Stone do have laudable chemistry. Foxx is a hoot as Peter's maniacal new foe, especially when paired with the grimacing DeHaan. And the action, while often straying from any aesthetic authenticity, is nothing shy of neat-o. It's all passable, occasionally worthy of a hearty smile, but rarely anything you'll be definitively pleased you took the time to see.
But beyond coming up short in the micro, the film's regal downfall is its scope. With so much to do, both in accomplishing its own necessary plot points and setting up for those to come in future films, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn't seem to take time to make sure it's having fun with its own premise. And if it isn't having fun, we won't be either.
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Rockers Queensryche have been allowed to continue performing under the band's name following a lengthy legal battle with former frontman Geoff Tate. The singer has been fighting with his ex-bandmates Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Scott Rockenfield since he was forced out of the group in June, 2012, and Tate subsequently lost a bid for a temporary injunction to ban the trio from performing as Queensryche without him until they could resolve the issue.
The two parties have since reached an "amicable settlement" over the naming rights, reports Billboard.com.
A joint statement, released on Monday (28Apr14), reads: "According to the agreement, original Queensryche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton along with recent members, Todd LaTorre and Parker Lundgren, will now be the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche, performing selections from their entire musical catalog that spans over 30 years of material.
"Original Queensryche lead singer Geoff Tate will continue to record, perform and pursue a variety of other creative endeavors and, as part of the agreement, will have the exclusive rights to perform (songs) 'Operation: Mindcrime I' and 'II' in their entirety as a unique performance.
"Both sides wish each other well and are excited about what the future holds. We want to thank the fans for standing beside us through this ordeal and look forward to sharing our music with you for years to come."
Pop star Kylie Minogue, Jason Derulo and British singers Ed Sheeran and John Newman were among the performers at Australia's top TV awards ceremony in Melbourne on Sunday night (27Apr14). The four stars all took to the stage during the 2014 Logie Awards, along with Australian singer Tina Arena and U.S. duo MKTO, with Derulo kicking off the show at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Minogue returned to the podium after her performance to present the night's top honour, the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on TV, to small screen veteran Scott Cam.
Other big winners on the night included Elizabeth Moss' crime drama Top of the Lake, which was named Most Outstanding Mini-series Or Telemovie, and Redfern Now, which landed Most Outstanding Drama Series.
Newlywed actress Asher Keddie topped off a sensational month by collecting two Silver Logies, for Most Outstanding Actress and Most Popular Actress, just weeks after she married her artist boyfriend in Fiji.
Following the show, Minogue faced a backlash on Twitter.com from fans who claimed the pop star had mimed her performance of her new single I Was Gonna Cancel, but the singer hit back at the criticism by insisting she was singing live.
She writes in a post on the social networking website, "Yes, we did something different and YES, I was singing live."
Lady Antebellum star Dave Haywood is preparing to become a first-time father. The Need You Now hitmaker and his wife Kelli are expecting their first child this autumn (14).
The parents-to-be took to Facebook.com on Monday (21Apr14) to make the announcement, writing, "So excited for a new Baby A on the way in Sept! And it's a boy!!! -Dave & Kelli".
The news comes just a week after the couple celebrated its two-year wedding anniversary last Monday (14Apr14).
The Haywoods' bundle of joy will be the latest member of the country trio's extended family - last July (13), singer Hillary Scott welcomed her first child, daughter Eisele, with drummer husband Chris Tyrrell.