Former Village People star Randy Jones is a married man after exchanging vows with his partner of 30 years on Thursday (12Sep13). The disco group's original cowboy wed Will Grega, a Wall Street software developer, in New York on the eve of his 61st birthday, wearing his trademark stetson and a Swarovski rhinestone-encrusted tuxedo, reports the New York Daily News.
They celebrated the nuptials at a joint birthday party for Jones and actor pal Keith Collins at Manhattan hotspot The DL on Friday night (13Sep13).
In the days leading up to the wedding, Jones told WENN, "Calling NYC home for four decades, and seeking marriage equality for nearly as long, we could not have chosen to be married in any other city in the world."
Jones and Grega previously tied the knot at a Big Apple club in 2004, but the union was not legally binding as the same-sex marriage bill was only passed in the state in 2011.
Purity Ring and Tegan & Sara will be among the acts competing for this year's Polaris Prize in Canada. They join the likes of Metric, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Colin Stetson and Young Galaxy on the shortlist to find the nation's best album.
The list was announced at The Drake Hotel in Toronto by Polaris founder Steve Jordan on Tuesday (16Jul13). The winner will be announced at a gala held in Toronto on 23 September (13).
Feist won last year's $30,000 (£20,000) prize for her album Metals.
A bejewelled belt buckle worn by Larry Hagman in the original run of Dallas is set to go under the hammer in Los Angeles. J.R. Ewing's ruby-encrusted silver and gold accessory, featuring the villainous oil tycoon's initials, is expected to fetch between $3,000 (£1,875) and $5,000 (£3,125) when it goes up for sale at the Bonhams auction house in L.A. on 5 May (13).
It is one of several personal pieces belonging to Hagman, who lost his battle with cancer last November (12).
A leather director's chair the actor used on the set of Dallas and a collection of Hagman's beloved Stetson cowboy hats are among the other lots at the auction.
There's an allure to imperfection. With his latest drama Lawless director John Hillcoat taps directly into the side of human nature that draws us to it. Hillcoat finds it in Prohibition history a time when the regulations of alcohol consumption were subverted by most of the population; He finds it in the rural landscapes of Virginia: dingy raw and mesmerizing. And most importantly he finds it in his main character Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf) the scrappy third brother of a moonshining family who is desperate to prove his worth. Jack forcefully injects himself into the family business only to discover there's an underbelly to the underbelly. Lawless is a beautiful film that's violent as hell striking in a way only unfiltered Americana could be.
Acting as the driver for his two outlaw brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clarke) isn't enough for Jack. He's enticed by the power of the gangster figure and entranced by what moonshine money can buy. So like any fledgling entrepreneur Jack takes matters into his own hands. Recruiting crippled family friend/distillery mastermind Cricket (Dane DeHaan) the young whippersnapper sets out to brew his own batch sell it to top dog Floyd Banner and make the family rich. The plan works — but it puts the Bondurant boys in over their heads with a new threat: the corrupt law enforcers of Chicago.
Unlike many stories of crime life Lawless isn't about escalation. The movie drifts back and forth leisurely popping in moments like the beats of a great TV episode. One second the Bondurants could be talking shop with their female shopkeep Maggie Beauford (Jessica Chastain). The next Forrest is beating the bloody pulp out of a cop blackmailing their operation. The plot isn't thick; Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave preferring to bask in the landscapes the quiet moments the haunting terror that comes with a life on the other side of the tracks. A feature film doesn't offer enough time for Lawless to build — it recalls cinema-level TV currently playing on outlets like HBO and AMC that have truly spoiled us — but what the duo accomplish is engrossing.
Accompanying the glowing visuals and Cave's knockout workout on the music side (a toe-tapping mix of spirituals bluegrass and the writer/musician's spine-tingling violin) are muted performances from some of Hollywood's rising stars. Despite LaBeouf's off-screen antics he lights up Lawless and nails the in-deep whippersnapper. His playful relationship with a local religious girl (Mia Wasikowska) solidifies him as a leading man but like everything in the movie you want more. Tom Hardy is one of the few performers who can "uurrr" and "mmmnerm" his way through a scene and come out on top. His greatest sparring partner isn't a hulking thug but Chastain who brings out the heart of the impenetrable beast. The real gem of Lawless is Guy Pearce as the Bondurant trio's biggest threat. Shaved eyebrows pristine city clothes and a temper like a rabid wolverine Pearce's Charlie Rakes is the most frightening villain of 2012. He viciously chews up every moment he's on screen. That's even before he starts drawing blood.
Lawless is the perfect movie for the late August haze — not quite the Oscary prestige picture or the summertime shoot-'em-up. It's drama that has its moonshine and swigs it too. Just don't drink too much.
A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.
Saunders and her pal Joanna Lumley were handed the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Award for their TV show Absolutely Fabulous, and the pair donned flamboyant costumes for the 2002 prizegiving.
They were surprised when the event took a sombre turn, and Saunders admits she has "never been so embarrassed".
She tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "We got made honorary New Yorkers. It was a ceremony at the Senate in New York, during Gay Pride week... so we went and I thought this will be a good old night.
"I said to Joanna... 'Let's go dressed up.' So I got a white hat with the stars and stripes around it, a great white suit...
"So we went dressed up looking like clown versions of ourselves to, honestly, one of the most serious events I've ever been to. Lots of songs for people who had died, there was tears and slow piano playing.
"Whoopi Goldberg introduced us with such a lovely citation... I've honestly never been so embarrassed in my life. I had a stetson with a stars and stripes (flag) coming out of it!"
The pair later attended another party in the city and felt much more comfortable with their outfits. Saunders adds, "We then went on to a gay club where they'd done a lookalike contest and suddenly I was with my people."
The TV villain, famed for his portrayal of sleazy oil tycoon J.R. Ewing, is auctioning off mementos he has collected over the years following the sale of his ranch in Ojai, California.
The items up for grabs include antiques, art and furniture, as well as costumes and props from his TV shows, which are all set to go under the hammer on Saturday (04Jun11), and Hagman ensured the auction hit the headlines by riding a horse through the streets of Los Angeles.
He was joined by Gray, who played his wife Sue-Ellen on the hit TV show, who also rode a horse to the sale's opening party at Julien's Auction House.
Hagman even wore his trademark Stetson hat, several of which are up for sale, and told reporters, "When people know that you collect hats, they send you hats from all over the world.
"I've collected a lot of things in my life - about 60 years of collection - and I don't have any place to store it anymore. And why store something like that? Share it with other people. That's the fun thing."
Gray was equally enthusiastic about the sale, insisting it brought back happy memories from their time on the show: "There were many items that I saw and it brought back these great times together. I've known Larry 33 years."
Oh golly does it feel good to have the Doctor back! It's been a rough 8 months since we last had an adventure with Doctor Who (yes, there was Christmas, but everyone knows that what happens on a shark-drawn carriage stays in the shark-drawn carriage) but we're finally back and holy hell is it scary.
Now part of the problem with starting a season (series, whatever) with a two parter is that we're left unresolved for a week. We have seven days to squirm, having been teased with some big knowledge bombs. So if the episode felt a little off to you, that's perfectly normal and acceptable. It's not a typical episode, but it was one great way to start off a season.
'Hello Sweetie' - River Song
Let's start where all good things begin: the end. Amy is pregnant, wildly firing a gun at a girl in an Apollo space suit, Rory and River have discovered an underground lair and are quite possibly under attack. Steven Moffat sure knows how to leave us hanging, yeah? So when the alien (popular opinion has been calling them The Silence and pegging them as the Big Bad for the season but I still think that is up in the air) told Amy that there were two things she needed to tell the Doctor, besides his whole death thing, it turns out she is pregnant. Why couldn't she tell him that? Well pregnant ladies can't run and that's what most companions do: run. And since she wants to keep running with the Doctor, she was hesitant to say anything. But boy did she pick the right time to tell him.
And who might the girl be in the space suit? It'd be too easy to say that's Amy’s child, but she did seem to have a strong gut reaction when she fired the gun at that person. Although it should also be noted that River had stomach pains too when she went below. Perhaps those creepy Dementors-in-a-suit effect women in a negative way like that. Guess we'll find out next week.
'Canton, on no account follow me into this box and close the door behind you.' - The Doctor
Now one of the big problems about having a two parter is that the "next time" segment at the end always seems to slightly spoil the next episode. Like we know Rory and River are about to be in trouble but we clearly see them alive in the next episode. But we do see them (Amy and Rory) with those creepy tally marks on their bodies so who knows what happens to them. And finally, does anyone think that room beyond the hatch that Rory and River found had a vague TARDIS-like feel to it? If those creepy guys are indeed The Silence and are the Big Bad, that would go with the person we heard in the preview saying they've killed hundreds of Time Lords. Interesting thought to mull over (also interesting, in the preview you can definitely see the Ninth and Tenth Doctors' TARDIS interior exploding, so if that is some sort of Time Lord tech that could be a link).
Let’s take a moment and just get in general agreement here: whatever those things are/were, they are SCARY. You forget them after you turn your back? Their mouths open when they blow you up? And that voice? This was definitely a jump behind the couch episode if there ever was one. Though I must say, they look quite spiffy in a suit.
'Her name was Joy.' - Silence
And that takes care of the end, but let's travel back to tube beginning and see what happens. HOLY SHIT THE DOCTOR DIED IN THE FIRST TEN MINUTES WHAT THE HELL??? Now I highly doubt Moffat has the balls to just flat out call the end of the show like that, but it was one hell of a beginning. And the crazy thing is he really died. No regeneration, they burned his body in a lit effigy (confession time: I’m only a recent fan of Who and I am only extremely knowledgeable of the new series. Most of the classic stuff I’m aware of but I haven’t seen everything. So if the Doctor has died like this before in the classic series, I’m not aware). I'm sure they'll get around it somehow but it's going to be one crazy ride to get there. Will he survive? Of course. Time is bumpy like that.
So who shot him? River obviously. Her story is so vague and seemingly dark that of course the only person she could kill to wind up in jail would be the Doctor. Or it could very well be Amy too. The doctor obviously knows who it is and though he says something to the person before being blasted, he doesn't try to run or defend himself. So it could be Amy since there is something special about her. And it could be Rory too because why not? Just speculating here.
'I wear a Stetson now. Stetson's are cool.' - The Doctor
But let's not forget about the special guest this episode: America's greatest treasure! The Utah desert! This is one thing I am really digging about the Eleventh Doctor’s adventures: the sheer cinematic scope of everything. The Ninth and Tenth Doctors' adventures were really grand compared to the classic stuff but Steven Moffat has truly turned it up a notch. Everything just feels better and I really doubt their budget was increased that much. But whatever, it looks like this season has some bloody brilliant cinematography and that’s amazing.
I’ve honestly been twiddling my thumbs waiting for this season to start so I could start reviewing it. This season is going to be amazing and I really can’t wait for it to happen. I’ll be going in depth every week so stick around. It’s no fun being brilliant with no one to stand around being impressed, after all.
The actor played ruthless oil tycoon J.R. Ewing in all 13 seasons of the TV phenomenon but recently admitted he wasn't sure if he wanted to return for the new update.
He said, "I don't know if it's worth it. I'm thinking about it. I'd like to know who's doing it, who's writing it and who's in the show. I don't want to work every day and I'd like not to have to promote it. So, we'll see."
But bosses at U.S. network TNT have persuaded the veteran actor to make an appearance - producers have confirmed to the BBC that Hagman has signed a deal.
Original stars Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray will also return.