Rock 'n' roll legend Little Richard is considering retirement after declaring he "doesn't feel like doing anything now". The Tutti Frutti singer almost collapsed during a rare show in Washington, D.C. last summer (Jun12) after falling ill during a gig at the Howard Theatre - and he hasn't performed since.
Now, after turning 80 in December (12), he feels the time is right to step back from the spotlight.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he says, "I am done, in a sense, because I don't feel like doing anything right now."
Interviewer Neil Strauss reports the singer/songwriter now spends his days designing clothes and praying, and the hitmaker has started thinking about the legacy he'll leave after death.
Little Richard, real name Richard Penniman, tells the publication, "I think my legacy should be that when I started in showbusiness, there wasn't no such thing as rock 'n' roll... When I started with Tutti Frutti, that's when rock really started rocking."
Oscar winner Christoph Waltz is stepping into the world of classical music after signing up to direct his first opera. The Django Unchained star recently told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung he will be in charge of a new production of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Waltz, a longtime opera fan, also described his latest venture as "an experiment" in the interview.
The show is scheduled to debut on 15 December (13) at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, Belgium, and is expected to transfer to London's Royal Opera House in 2016.
The Austrian-born star studied opera in the early days of his career as a performer.
With Rebel Wilson as host of the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, audiences can expect a show with a few jokes about body image, Australia, and, of course, the comedienne's vagina. But when such jokes take over the entire night? It's a little hard to pick out some genuinely good moments.
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Lil Wayne may not be back on stage sagging his pants and rapping out the lyrics to "No Worries" just yet, but he is on the track to recovery. On Monday, he was discharged from the hospital after spending six days recovering following multiple seizures.
Young Money Entertainment President Mack Maine revealed the news on Twitter. "Thanks to Cedar Sinai for everything!!! @LilTunechi has been officially been released and is headed home....God is great" he wrote Monday night.
Thanks to Cedar Sinai for everything!!! @liltunechi has been officially been released and is headed home....God is great
— Mack Maine (@mackmaine) March 19, 2013
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On Friday, many people falsely believed that Lil Wayne was in a medically induced coma. But Weezy cleared up the hoax by taking to Twitter to update fans on his condition. "I'm good everybody," he wrote Friday. "Thx for the prayers and love."
I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.
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The French businessman was forced to step down as the IMF's chief last year (11) after he was caught up in a hotel rape scandal. Charges against him were dropped, but the fall-out cost him his job and his marriage.
Adjani recently told French publication Journal de Dimanche the film, to be directed by Abel Ferrara, will be hard hitting, revealing, "It should be fascinating because we have a director who isn't French in charge and he's going to go where it hurts... With him, there's no risk of being politically correct."
And newswoman Sinclair is delighted with the casting.
She tells local paper Le Parisien she's a big fan of Adjani's 1988 movie Camille Claudel, in which the actress starred opposite Depardieu.
Sinclair tells the newspaper, "I like that woman a lot."
And Depardieu insists he won't be holding back anything as the disgraced businessman Strauss-Kahn - because he found him to be "arrogant" throughout the rape scandal.
Announcing the casting earlier this year (12), the actor said, "Because I don't like him I'm going to do it."
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Frank Doelger and Carolyn Strauss won the Outstanding International Producer Prize for Game of Thrones, Woody Harrelson was named Best Actor for his role in Game Change and Modern Family’s Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan were named Best International Producers of a Comedy Series as the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival wrapped up with the ceremony.
Also honoured were Jason Priestley and Tina Fey, who were recipients of acting awards, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which was named the Best Drama, and Desperate Housewives, which took home the Best Comedy trophy.
Meanwhile, The Bold and the Beautiful was named Best Soap Opera.
Individual awards also went to Mille Denisen (Best Actress in a Drama Series for Danish show Rita) and Henning Baum (Best Actor in a Drama Series for German thriller The Last Cop).
A decade-long gap between sequels could leave a franchise stale but in the case of Men in Black 3 it's the launch pad for an unexpectedly great blockbuster. The kooky antics of Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) don't stray far from their 1997 and 2002 adventures but without a bombardment of follow-ups to keep the series in mind the wonderfully weird sensibilities of Men in Black feel fresh Smith's natural charisma once again on full display. Barry Sonnenfeld returns for the threequel another space alien romp with a time travel twist — which turns out to be Pandora's Box for the director's deranged imagination.
As time passed in the real world so did it for the timeline in the world of Men in Black. Picking up ten years after MIB 2 J and K are continuing to protect the Earth from alien threats and enforce the law on those who live incognito. While dealing with their own personal issues — K is at his all-time crabbiest for seemingly no reason — the suited duo encounter an old enemy Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) a prickly assassin seeking revenge on K who blew his arm off back in the '60s. Their street fight is more of a warning; Boris' real plan is to head back in time to save his arm and kill off K. He's successful prompting J to take his own leap through the time-space continuum — and team up with a younger K (Josh Brolin) to put an end to Boris plans for world domination.
Men in Black 3 is the Will Smith show. Splitting his time between the brick personalities of Jones and Brolin's K Smith struts his stuff with all the fast-talking comedic style that made him a star in yesteryears. In present day he's still the laid back normal guy in a world of oddities — J raises an eyebrow as new head honcho O (Emma Thompson) delivers a eulogy in a screeching alien tongue but coming up with real world explanations for flying saucer crashes comes a little easier. But back in 1969 he's an even bigger fish out water. Surprisingly director Barry Sonnenfeld and writer Etan Cohen dabble in the inherent issues that would spring up if a black gentlemen decked out in a slick suit paraded around New York in the late '60s. A star of Smith's caliber may stray away from that type of racy humor but the hook of Men in Black 3 is the actor's readiness for anything. He turns J's jokey anachronisms into genuine laughs and doesn't mind letting the special effect artists stretch him into an unrecognizable Twizzler for the movie's epic time jump sequence.
Unlike other summer blockbusters Men in Black 3 is light on the action Sonnenfeld utilizing his effects budget and dazzling creature work (by the legendary Rick Baker) to push the comedy forward. J's fight with an oversized extraterrestrial fish won't keep you on the edge of your seat but his slapstick escape and the marine animal's eventual demise are genuinely amusing. Sonnenfeld carries over the twisted sensibilities he displayed in small screen work like Pushing Daisies favoring bizarre banter and elaborating on the kookiness of the alien underworld than battle scenes. MIB3's chase scene is passable but the movie in its prime when Smith is sparring with Brolin and newcomer Michael Stuhlbarg who steals the show as a being capable of seeing the future. His twitchy character keeps Smith and the audience on their toes.
Men in Black 3 digs up nostalgia I wasn't aware I had. Smith's the golden boy of summer and even with modern ingenuity keeping it fresh — Sonnenfeld uses the mandatory 3D to full and fun effect — there's an element to the film that feels plucked from another era. The movie is economical and slight with plenty of lapses in logic that will provoke head scratching on the walk out of the theater but it's also perfectly executed. After ten years of cinematic neutralizing the folks behind Men in Black haven't forgotten what made the first movie work so well. After al these years Smith continues to make the goofy plot wild spectacle and crazed alien antics look good.
The Green Card star is to play the lead role in the biopic of France's disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been accused of sexually assaulting a chambermaid and was questioned by police over an alleged prostitution ring.
Depardieu knows exactly how to play the scandal-hit Frenchman, because Strauss-Kahn displays traits he abhors in his countrymen.
The actor tells Swiss chat show RTS, "He's not loveable. I think he's a bit like all the French, a bit arrogant. I don't much like the French in any case. And he's very French - arrogant, smug.
"He's playable. I will do it because I don't like him... We can all have filthy thoughts, and it's well known these guys with huge power can be like that. But I will not try to inhabit the role too deeply as I have never been moved by people who have no dignity."
The film will be directed by Abel Ferrara.
Director Abel Ferrara has confirmed the casting news to newspaper Le Monde, adding that Isabelle Adjani will portray the International Monetary Fund boss' wife Anne Sinclair.
Strauss-Kahn was charged with sexually assaulting a maid at the Sofitel New York Hotel last year (11).
Following an investigation, the charges were dropped, but the economist quit as IMF leader after news of the scandal broke.
In a new interview with MTV, The Dirt co-writer Neil Strauss has revealed screenwriter Rich Wilkes has drawn up his wish list of stars, who he'd like to see as the rockers in the movie.
Strauss explains, "He told me who he'd love to see in the film. Here's who he sees: Brad Pitt as David Lee Roth, Jared Leto as Vince Neil, Jack Black or Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Ozzy Osbourne... Justin Timberlake as their first manager, Sam Rockwell as Mick Mars, Ashton Kutcher or Russell Brand as Tommy Lee. He's got it all thought out. That would be amazing."
But Strauss admits that although the first draft of the screenplay is amazing, there are issues about actually turning it into a film.
He adds, "I really hope they make it. I think it will be great. I think they're just scared because it's obviously going to be a hard R (rated) movie. I think they're worried they won't make enough money off it."
Drummer Tommy Lee recently stated Rob Zombie was onboard to direct the film. Zombie has since denied that.