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.
Disney's $225 million blockbuster The Lone Ranger may have tanked on its opening weekend, but there's no denying it was quite visually beautiful. Before the film's July release, Hollywood.com spoke with one of the masterminds who brought the movie's look to life: costume designer Penny Rose. Rose has made a name for herself in the wardrobe world with her work on films like The Parent Trap, Evita, and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Here's what she had to say about the new Western:
What were your influences in creating the wardrobe for this film? I tried to do it authentically: 1850, mid-America. I might have exaggerated a bit, i.e. Helena Bonham Carter's character, but I would say I've done it authentically.
How was designing for such an iconic character?I just started from scratch to be honest. When they cast Armie Hammer, that tells me a lot because he's a handsome young man, six foot six. I hope we have created the 2013 iconic Lone Ranger, because he's different. He doesn't bare any resemblance to the original television version. Even our mask is a new and improved mask in every way. The two things are like like chalk and cheese.
What was the process of designing the mask?Joel Harlow, the makeup designer, has to take all the credit for the mask. Instead of using a kind of joke shop Halloween mask, we have a mask that's molded to his face. There was obviously a lot of discussion about a long action movie with an actor whose face you hardly ever see, so it was a complex and involved process because we wanted it to be sexy and attractive.
How was working with Johnny Depp again?It's always a great pleasure.
There was a little bit of controversy over the casting of Johnny Depp as a Native American. Did that affect the way you chose to dress his character? First of all, he does have Native American blood, and secondly, he was adopted by the tribe during filming. I have to say, during the whole year we worked on the movie, I never heard a whisper of it, so I'm surprised it's reared its head now. I don't think any controversy is legitimate. He's an actor playing a part, so that would like be like saying Sir Ben Kingsley can't play Gandhi because he's not an Indian. I mean an Indian from India, not a Native American Indian.
Were you involved very much in the makeup design?We worked together, but I have to say he does deserve all the credit because Joel Harlow is a genius. You may quote me.
How long did it take to transform Johnny Depp into Tonto? Some days an hour, some days a bit longer. If he was working consecutive days, I don't think they took it all off, so the next day they kind of had to go over it rather than start from the beginning.
Was there a lot of work in choosing the cowboy hat design? Yes, but based on logistics rather than anything else, because the set of rules in front of us were: handsome man, in a mask, with a hat. So if you take those three environments we had to work with, the hat couldn't be too wide. It couldn't be too tall because of his height. I didn't want the hat to wear him — I wanted him to wear the hat, so we tried on maybe 20. And we ended up with this hat from Stetson because the color was right, the fabric was right, they were really helpful in getting the shape right, and it worked with the mask.
Were there any other logistical problems, shooting in the desert for example?Well, there's always a logistical problem about keeping the actors cool. Clearly, in 1850 people didn't have summer wear and winter wear, so when you see the Lone Ranger, he kind of needs to have his jacket on. He doesn't look as powerful and interesting in shirt sleeves. So then I made an effort to make the jacket really, really lightweight. With Tonto, it's slightly the reverse because at one point when we were shooting it was below two, which meant that he was bare chested in very cold conditions. It's really the climatical difficulties, that I want the actors to be comfortable.
Were there a lot of extras to outfit for this movie? Yes, I don't know the grand total but maybe a couple of thousand. We had between four and five hundred on a third of the days.
This new version of the Lone Ranger seems a little less colorful than the original? Is that a decision that went into the costuming as well?We took the position that we wanted to make our own Lone Ranger, so I didn't decide that I wanted to make it not colorful — it just turned out that it was simpler because it looked more elegant.
The original Lone Ranger wears a bright red scarf, for example.Well, Armie wears a red scarf but it's more wine-colored than bright red, and that was nothing to do with the two things, it's just the way it worked.
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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.
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."
So far, during the course of this column, we’ve examined the disappearances of child actors and Hollywood royalty; of great genre directors and television stars who were once household names. The causes of these disappearances have ranged from ill-advised career choices to the decision to purse a career in politics. Or, in the case of Sean Connery, it was less a disappearance and more a retirement after a long and legendary career. Today’s subject made a similar choice, but under tragic circumstances. Today we send a search party after Rick Moranis.
Why We Love Him
Moranis got his start on the Canadian sketch comedy television show SCTV. This landmark series was the launching pad for a veritable heap of renowned comedic talents. This list includes, but is by no means limited to, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Harold Ramis, Catherine O’Hara and Dave Thomas. Moranis and Thomas created a duo of characters known as the McKenzie Brothers who derived much of their humor from being overzealously Canadian. The characters proved to be so popular that they were given their own movie in 1983: Strange Brew.
The very next year, Moranis landed a role that would forever define him as a performer and would inform the vast majority of characters he would play from that point forward. He played Louis Tully, Sigourney Weaver’s hopelessly nerdy neighbor in Ghostbusters who has the grave misfortune of being turned into a demon dog. This nerdiness would translate well to his next major film role. In 1986, he was cast as Seymour Krelborn in Frank Oz’s film adaptation of the musical Little Shop of Horrors. His thick glasses and high-water trousers were his signature armor of dweebiness, and yet his haplessness and sincerity made him instantly likeable.
In 1987, Moranis was among the stunning ensemble cast of Mel Brooks’ Star Wars parody Spaceballs. He was comedic gold as the evil Dark Helmet and has some of the best lines in an already incredibly quotable film. He also proved just as charmingly hapless as a villain as he did as a hero. He would follow this by reprising his role as Louis in Ghostbusters II before portraying wacked-out professor Wayne Szalinski in Disney’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. By then, Moranis had made nerdiness an artform.
What Happened to Him?
In 1991, Rick Moranis’ beloved wife Anne, with whom he had two children, passed away from liver cancer. By this point in his life, he was already growing restless with the Hollywood system and found little reward in it. In addition, Rick was struggling to raise his two children on his own. As a result, he announced his retirement from acting in 1997. Moranis has not appeared in a live action film since.
Where He’s Been
He was offered the role of the governor in 2001’s Evolution, but deferred the role to his friend Dan Aykroyd. Between 1997 and 2001, all was quiet on the Moranis front. In 2003, he lent his voice to the Disney film Brother Bear. In fact, since his retirement, the only brief reappearances made by Moranis have been animated films for which he provided voice work. Evidently, his decision to retire was not one entered into lightly.
Rick has remained relatively off the cinematic grid since his retirement. Even with limiting himself to animated films, the last of those that he did was Brother Bear 2 in 2006. What is often most interesting about researching these MIA celebrities is finding that they have been dabbling in other artistic mediums or even entirely separate occupations. In the case of Rick Moranis, the new medium in which he decided to dabble was that of comedic country music. In 2005 he released an album entitled ‘’The Agoraphobic Cowboy.” I don’t think I’m alone in my hope that Rick Moranis will soon trade in his Stetson for a pair of suspenders and pocket protector and return to the big screen. The state of modern comedies could be greatly improved by his return…Zuul knows it couldn’t hurt.
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.