U.S. comedian Jimmy Fallon has challenged Prince to a table tennis match after the pop superstar changed his mind about a paddle-off with the late night show host earlier this year (13). The funnyman was thrilled when his one-time musical guest's handlers told him that the Purple Rain singer was to take him on at ping-pong because Fallon was convinced he could beat the star.
Recalling his near-clash with Prince on his Late Night show on Friday (12Jul13), when the singer's Under the Cherry Moon co-star Kristin Scott Thomas was his guest, Fallon said, "(His people) called and go, 'Prince wants to play ping-pong with you...' I go, 'Look, we'll have ping-pong ready, if Prince wants to play, and we'll play... and I'll beat his a** too.'
"They call back and they go, 'Prince wants to play ping-pong with you but not on camera... He just wants to do it for fun, he thinks you'll be fun to play ping-pong with.'
"He came on the show and we never played ping-pong, never brought it up... but Prince, if you're out there, I'm ready to play. I've got my paddles ready buddy."
The new-look Stone Temple Pilots, featuring Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, have scheduled another festival slot in Florida. The group will co-headline the first annual Rockwave Festival in Fort Myers on 21 September (13) alongside Jane's Addiction.
Bennington was the surprise replacement for Scott Weiland when he was kicked out of the band earlier this year (13), and he has already played a couple of shows with the rock act.
In May (13), he told Rolling Stone magazine his side project looks set to become a semi-permanent thing.
The singer, who surprised fans when he stepped up to perform with Stone Temple Pilots at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast in May (13), told the magazine that he's more than happy to front two major rock bands at the same time.
He explained, "When you get together and put a new piece in, there's a whole different energy. For us, the creative juices have just been flowing. We've been writing, we have tons of great ideas... It is a good position to be in, and for us, all we care about is going out, making the legacy as great as it needs to be, as great as people expect it to be, and coming out with new music that lives up to that standard."
And the Comic-Con news just keeps on coming!
Vampires, werewolves, geeks, serial killers, secret agents and more are set to dazzle fans at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego. Warner Bros. has just unveiled their lineup, and it's looking like 17 of their fan-favorite series will be in attendance. Take a look at the full lineup below to find out when stars from The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, and more will be taking the stage.
Wendesday, July 17:– Pilot screenings of Almost Human, The Tomorrow People, and The 100, as well as a special presentation of The Originals featuring never-before-seen footage.
Thursday, July 18:- MAD: Producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.
Friday, July 19:- Almost Human: Stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, and executive producer J.H. Wyman. - The Big Bang Theory: Executive producers Steven Molaro and Bill Prady and the writers- Childrens Hospital: Creator/star Rob Corddry and executive producers David Wain and Jonathan Stern join cast members Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Ken Marino and Rob Huebel. - The Following: Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, and Valorie Curry join executive producers Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega. - Nikita: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa, and Noah Bean join executive producer Craig Silverstein. - The 100: Series stars Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Marie Avgeropoulos, and Henry Ian Cusick join executive producers Matthew Miller and Jason Rothenberg. - The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad: Producers Milo Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff and creators/stars John Dale and Michael Hobert.
Saturday, July 20:- Arrow: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes joining executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. - The Originals: Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin, and Charles Michael Davis join executive producer Julie Plec. - Person of Interest: Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman join members of the cast for their third visit to Comic-Con. - Revolution: Series stars and creator/executive producer Eric Kripke. - The Tomorrow People: Series stars Robbie Amell, Mark Pellegrino, and Peyton List with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer and Danny Cannon. - The Vampire Diaries: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham and Candice Accola join executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries.
Sunday, July 21:- Supernatural: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Mark A. Sheppard with executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer. - Beware the Batman: Producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson. - Teen Titans Go!: Producer Aaron Horvath joins members of the voice cast, including Greg Cipes and Scott Menville.
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Liberace's former lover Scott Thorson has revealed all about his fling with "best friend" Michael Jackson in a new TV interview. Thorson, who was portrayed by Matt Damon in the recent TV movie adaptation of his memoirs Behind the Candelabra, claims Liberace isn't the only late showman he was intimate with - he also had a sexual relationship with the King of Pop.
He tells Access Hollywood, "It was a loving relationship. He was my best friend back then because I was going through a lot of trauma with Liberace. He also knew I was on drugs. He was very against drugs back then."
Thorson claims he was introduced to Jackson by Liberace in 1977 and he romanced the King of Pop for several years, but the truth never came out because the singer refused to take a lie detector test.
He explains, "I passed two lie detector tests, and they offered Michael a lie detector test, but Michael refused, and then of course the Jackson family denied it."
Former Guns N' Roses rockers SLASH and Duff Mckagan became the latest stars to join Stone Temple Pilots as they performed with new frontman Chester Bennington at a charity gig on Thursday night (30May13). Bennington was honoured by the MusiCares organisation at a special benefit show in Los Angeles on Thursday, and he showed off his latest collaboration with Stone Temple Pilots after recently stepping in to replace fired frontman Scott Weiland.
The group was joined by Slash and Duff McKagan for a performance at the city's Club Nokia venue, where Bennington was handed the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the organisation's MAP Fund, which gives musicians access to addiction recovery treatment.
Bennington says of the award, which was presented to him by his Linkin Park co-star Mike Shinoda, "It's an honour, it's a very cool thing. It feels good. It's nice to be recognised for something like this."
After the gig, Slash wrote in a post on his Twitter.com page, "Awesome time at Music Cares MAP Fund tonight. Jamming with STP band & (Chester Bennington) & (Duff McKagan) was a memorable moment for sure."
Weiland previously insisted he was "hurt" to hear Bennington had taken his place in Stone Temple Pilots, and the latest collaboration with Slash and McKagan will be a further blow for the singer, as he previously played with them both in Velvet Revolver.
Rocker SLASH has given the new Stone Temple Pilots line-up a big boost by insisting the band sounds great with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as frontman. Bennington stepped in to replace fired singer Scott Weiland and made his live debut with Stone Temple Pilots at the KROQ Weenie Roast concert in Los Angeles on 18 May (13).
He will join the band again at the 2013 MusiCares Map Fund Benefit gig in L.A. on Thursday (30May13), when Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan will also step up onstage.
The guitarist now has nothing but praise for Weiland's replacement after rehearsing with Bennington and the band on Wednesday (29May13).
He tweeted, "I gotta say, it's a real pleasure playing w/ (with) Dean Deleo. The guitars compliment each other nicely. The whole (Stone Temple Pilots) is great... & the haters are going to hate, but (Chester Bennington) sings the s**t out of the STP songs... Of course, playing with (Duff McKagan) is always awesome."
Ironically, Slash and McKagan also fired Weiland from their band Velvet Revolver in 2008. They have yet to find a replacement.
British pop star Kimberley Walsh has to rely on the Internet for dates and details while writing her autobiography as her memory is so poor. The former Girls Aloud singer announced last month (Apr13) she is working on a tell-all book detailing her life story just weeks after the band's surprise split in March (13).
When she sat down to work on the memoir, Walsh realised she was struggling to recall precise details of her career and the shows she had performed with the group - so she researched her own history online and pestered long-term boyfriend Justin Scott for his help.
She tells British magazine Hello!, "When Girls Aloud broke up in March it was such a definite end of an era in my life that I thought it would be a lovely way to tie the whole thing up and finish that chapter... It was quite hard (to recall everything). I've had to search the Internet for places and dates, but Justin is good at jogging my memory."
Walsh also reveals she will allow her fellow former bandmates - Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, and Sarah Harding - a sneak peak at what she has written about them before publication, adding, "I'll give them their bits to read and hopefully they'll be fine."
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland felt "hurt" and "surprised" by his bandmates' decision to replace him with Linkin Park star Chester Bennington for a recent festival set. The singer exited the group in February (13) and is now embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with his former colleagues, who have sued the star over claims he wrecked their 20th anniversary tour.
The band bounced back last weekend (18May13) for a performance at the KROQ Weenie Roast concert in Los Angeles, with Bennington taking over vocal duties, and Weiland admits he was blindsided by the news.
In a letter to fans posted on his website, Weiland writes, "Like everybody else out there, I read about my band, Stone Temple Pilots, and their recent performance this past weekend with a new singer. To tell you the truth, it took me by surprise. And it hurt."
He goes on to criticise the group for continuing without him, adding, "The band that played last weekend was not Stone Temple Pilots and it was wrong of them to present themselves as that... They don't have the legal right to call themselves STP because I'm still a member of the band... It's misleading and dishonest to the millions of fans that have followed us for so many years. When I tour on my own, it's never as Stone Temple Pilots. It's as Scott Weiland. The fans deserve to know what they're getting... If my former bandmates want to tour with a new singer, that's their prerogative. I don't give a f**k what they call themselves, but it's not Stone Temple Pilots."