Opera star Andrea Bocelli faced a last-minute customs nightmare prior to the launch of his family wine collection in Australia on Tuesday night (16Sep14) - crates were only released hours before the event. The singer took over the Otto in Sydney to give local wine lovers a taste of his family's blend, but a last-minute snag threatened to derail the event.
The shipment from Bocelli's home in Tuscany, Italy only arrived at its destination hours before the singer turned up with his wife Veronica Berti.
And there was another near-disaster as blind Bocelli entered the event - he knocked over a glass of his wine
The singer's family has made classic Italian wines on their estate in Tuscany for over 300 years, and his mother and brother still run the vineyards.
Patrick Duffy's murdered parents had a cameo in the reboot of his TV hit Dallas after the actor dug out a box of family photos dating back to the 1920s to complete a crucial prop. Crewmember Andrea Cantrell was tasked with creating a Ewing family photo album when the sex-and-scandal drama returned to screens after a 21-year absence in 2012.
She struggled to find appropriate pictures as many of the new cast members could only provide recent snaps, and her efforts were further hampered because the image of two original Dallas stars - late actors Jim Davis and Barbara Bel Geddes - are controlled by the handlers of their estate.
However, just when Cantrell thought her task was hopeless, veteran star Duffy provided a cache of old family photos, and his own parents looked so convincing as Ewings that the images were placed in the photobook and appeared onscreen in the show.
In a blog post for UltimateDallas.com, Cantrell writes, "This photo album was a very tough prop to fabricate because the images that I had of our current cast members were too recent and few to fill up several pages.
"I really wanted to bring back the nostalgia of the original series by using old photos but unfortunately I was unable to use Barbara Bel Geddes or Jim Davis' photos because their estate owns the rights to their images... I was running out of time...
"Then Patrick Duffy became my hero. He asked his wife to send a box of pictures. The pictures I received from Patrick were perfect! They were black and white photos from the 1920s through the 1980s of Patrick's parents and him as a baby through teenager to young man. Patrick's mother had a resemblance to (Ewing matriarch) Miss Ellie which made a photo of her holding baby Patrick exactly what we needed. So I started the process of getting clearance, I asked Patrick if he could get permission for the use. He told me that his parents were no longer alive and he would sign consent for use. I was elated!"
Duffy's parents Terence and Marie were shot dead during a robbery at the bar they owned in Montana in 1986, and Cantrell insists she became emotional when she heard the tragic tale, adding, "I had at least 150 original photos on my desk of Marie and Terrence (sic). I had all of Patrick's memories in my hands and I was brought to tears by this act of generosity and trust. This turned out to be the most important prop of my career."
British dance group Crystal Fighters are "completely heartbroken" following the death of their drummer. The group pulled out of an appearance at a Spanish music festival this weekend (13-14Sep14) and news of Andrea Marongiu's passing subsequently emerged online on Friday night (12Sep14).
The band has now confirmed the sad news in a message posted on Facebook.com which reads, "It is with deep regret and great sadness that we announce the tragic passing of our drummer and friend, Andrea Marongiu. Andrea was not only one of the most brilliant, skillful and charismatic drummers to have ever graced the stage, but also an incredibly kind, fun and loving friend to us all. Our condolences go out to anyone who was lucky enough to have known him, and most particularly to his family.
"We are all completely heartbroken by this news and we can't hold back the tears as we write this message to you. Andrea, thank you for all the incredible joy and life you brought to this band and to our lives for the last four years. We love you and we miss you more than words can say right now."
No further details about Marongiu's death were available as WENN went to press.
Colombian rocker Juanes is set to make his acting debut on new U.S. comedy drama series Jane The Virgin. The show, an English-language adaptation of hit Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, stars Gina Rodriguez as titular character Jane, a religious young woman who is artificially inseminated by accident.
Juanes will portray a music producer who is considering collaborating with Jane's mother Xiomara, played by actress Andrea Navedo, reports EW.com.
The programme, which will debut in America next month (Oct14), will also feature a number of songs from the La Camisa Negra hitmaker's latest album, Loco de Amor.
Shutting off news reports of the Iran-Contra affair, turning down the abrasive rock stylings of the Beastie Boys, and peering through the perpetual mist of airborne cocaine particles that was inherent to 1987 California, film and television director Jeff Franklin dreamed of a simpler time. A time riddled with milkmen and paperboys, a time wherein three grown imbeciles could band together to raise a triad of blonde, plucky sisters together without incurring questioning unto their judgmental capabilities. Even in a time as cynical as the late '80s and early '90s, Franklin's creation Full House managed to thrive on the simple, wholesome, drama-free bounties of pleasant West Coast tomfoolery. Back then, the Tanners and co. didn't need postmodern satire, sociopolitical undertones, sudden character deaths, love triangles, or overarching themes of any kind — they relied (and thrived) simply on being pleasant. But today would be a different story.
With John Stamos pushing to revive the highly successful ABC sitcom (via TV Guide) — in the wake of the Disney Channel's creation of Girl Meets World, no less — we are looking at the considerable, albeit presently quite tentative, possibility that such an entity might in time come to be. But we can't help but wonder how a show about three ceaselessly well-meaning kooks and their frighteningly saccharine communal daughters would fare amid today's TV slate: a community of shows where crooked and criminal, if not entirely amoral, heroes and heroine are the norm rather than the exception.
Cynicism is the life blood of today's TV. Even in our comedic fare — think of Community, Arrested Development, How I Met Your Mother, and even The Big Bang Theory — do we see the proclivity to mock and deconstruct, to tear apart the very fabric of shows like Full House (happy family bouncing from one typical sitcom plotline to the next week after week). Our characters aren't looking to reclaim the era of milkmen and paperboys the way Danny Tanner was, they're looking to shoot down the blind-eyed peurility upheld by this allegedly superior past. So far gone into the muck of irony is today's television viewer that Full House couldn't seem earnest no matter how hard it tried... or, better yet, how naturally earnestness came to it.
But even if we can accept the Tanner/Katsopolis/Gladstone/Gibbler tribe as impeccably genuine, what would be our motivation to watch week after week? Full House, so appropriately named after an immobile edifice, was a show that celebrated its static nature. Every time you set foot into that San Francisco dwelling, you were treated to the same consequence-free merriment that you caught episodes and seasons prior. Yes, this was a treat, not a relegation. But today, we yearn for that through-line momentum. We watch, if for no other reason, to find out what happens next in the chaotic and kinetic, oftentimes toxic, forward narratives of Walter White, Carrie Mathison, and Tyrion Lannister. Hell, one of the most popular shows on today is called Scandal. If that's not telling, then I don't know what is.
Without even a central romance into which to sink our teeth — could we really see Danny, Joey, or any of the girls upholding one half of a riveting will-they-won't-they? — we're hardly draw to "find out what happens on the next exciting episode of Full House," at least not with the same verve to which modern TV has fueled our communal addiction.
Lacking that intertwining drama, today's Full House could seem devoid of life force. Without the scathing bite of sarcasm, it could come off lazy and unclever. And with such an adherence to the traditional format — that which today's comedy routinely turns inside out for sport — it could render not nostalgic but wholly outdated. When Full House came to be in 1987, it was then a throwback, a revival of a simpler time. So what would it be now? A throwback to a throwback? A revival of a revival? A tribute to a time simpler than a time that was simpler? See, just trying to identify it feels like a lost cause.
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Full House star John Stamos is reportedly spearheading a reboot of the popular U.S. family sitcom, and has already recruited most of the cast to return. Stamos, who has an ownership stake in the programme, has been working with executives at Warner Bros. TV to bring back the beloved show, which ran from 1987 to 1995.
According to TVGuide.com, original executive producer Bob Boyett and creator Jeff Franklin are actively involved in developing a revival, with Franklin tapped to write the new version.
Reports suggest actresses Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are all on board to return, while Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are also involved in the project.
No word on whether Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who doubled up as Michelle Tanner on the show, will be a part of the reboot.
The cast has remained tight-knit since the show ended, and the programme itself still earns solid ratings with nightly repeats on the Nickelodeon network.
Model Jodie Kidd and her former soldier beau exchanged vows in West Sussex, England on Saturday (16Aug14) following a whirlwind romance. David Blakeley proposed to the British beauty during a vacation in India in December (13, just weeks after the couple started dating.
Kidd shared the news of her secret engagement in an interview with Hello! magazine, in which she gushed, "It's absolutely brilliant. We are totally chuffed (pleased) and on cloud nine. David and I got on from the start and things have moved quickly. We are in love and very happy. He is an amazing man."
The couple wed at the Holy Trinity church in Plaistow, where guests included the bride's make-up artist sister Jemma and their brother Jack.
This is the first marriage for Blakeley, whose 2012 book, Pathfinder: A Special Forces Mission Behind Enemy Lines, became a bestseller, and the second for Kidd, who split from internet entrepreneur Aidan Butler after an 18 months union in 2007.
She has a two-year-old son, called Indio, from her previous relationship with Andrea Vianini.
Veteran entertainers Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow are bringing the likes of Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston back from the dead to feature on their respective duets albums. The Funny Girl icon has been working on Partners for the past two years and on Monday (11Aug14), she unveiled the cover art for the project, revealing a collaboration with the King.
Details about the duet have yet to be released, but he won't be the only big name featured on Partners - Streisand has also headed into the studio with Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Babyface and Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, as well as her younger contemporaries Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Blake Shelton, John Mayer and John Legend.
Her singer son Jason Gould, whose father is actor Elliott Gould, will also make an appearance on the September (14) album after previously joining his famous mum onstage during her U.S. and European tours in 2012 and 2013.
Meanwhile, Manilow has also headed down the collaboration route for his next release, which will be fully comprised of duets with late legends.
In a message on his Facebook.com page, the singer reveals he wasn't completely sold on the idea of another all-star duets album, so he decided to draw inspiration from beyond the grave.
He writes, "I came up with a weird idea: What if I could make duets out of my favorite songs by artists that are no longer with us? What if I could I actually sing with John Denver, Whitney Houston or Judy Garland?
"Well, after months of creating brand new duet arrangements of famous songs done by these legendary artists, I did. I actually sang with them. And we're just about done with the album...
"The album is a miracle. It's been a huge undertaking, musically and technically.
"It was an honor singing with Whitney (I ran for the Kleenex when I heard her voice!), Dusty Springfield, Louis Armstrong and more. I hope you'll like this one. I'm very proud of it. The release date is sometime in late October."
Lionel Richie and Reba Mcentire will join Andrea Bocelli for the international debut of Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night in Italy. The benefit trip will bring 100 philanthropic donors and special guests from all around Tuscany, Italy to the charity bash, which will also be attended by Sophia Loren. Bocelli will sing along with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, directed by Zubin Mehta.
McEntire, who will be handed a special honour commemorating her long-term support for charities during the evening, and Richie will join previously announced performers Ronnie Dunn and Sinbad.
Bocelli's longtime collaborator David Foster will direct the proceedings.
The festivities will culminate with the star-studded gala dinner on 7 September (14) at Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
The event will benefit the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.