Willie Nelson's annual Farm Aid benefit concert will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina in September (14) and feature stars including Jack White, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. The event takes place on 13 September (14).
Bombay Bicycle Club rocker Jack Steadman has branded the Arctic Monkeys' alleged involvement in a tax avoidance scheme "disgusting". The Cornerstone hitmakers were recently named in a list of celebrities, including George Michael and Sir Michael Caine, who allegedly invested in a variety of business schemes that exploit loopholes in the system to help their backers avoid paying hefty tax bills.
Steadman calls the practice "quite disgusting" and adds to BBC Radio 5 Live, "I'm also aware of how quickly you can change as a person, not that it forgives you. I'd be lying if I said I'd be like this my whole life, because I'm sure the Arctic Monkeys when they were young boys in Sheffield and you asked them this question (about tax avoidance) they would say, 'Absolutely not, this is horrific'. But the things that have happened to them and what they'd been thrown into has definitely had a huge effect on them."
He also vows to never participate in such a scheme, adding, "I live in this country and I use services like the NHS (National Health Service) and these services need money from people to use them so I'll always pay my taxes."
Actor Fred Savage has reunited with his The Wonder Years co-stars for the first time in 16 years for a special TV interview.
The former child star, who played lead character Kevin Arnold in the coming-of-age sitcom, recently sat down with cast members Josh Saviano, Alley Mills, Jason Hervey, Olivia d'Abo and Danica McKellar, who portrayed his love interest Winnie Cooper, to reminisce about their time on the late 1980s series for U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America.
During the interview, which aired on Tuesday (15Jul14), Savage admitted he was a ball of nerves as he filmed his first ever onscreen kiss with McKellar, confessing, "It was terrifying! We were both really scared and nervous and didn't know what was gonna happen, if we were gonna do it right. All that stuff (their characters experienced) was very real..."
Savage adds, "I see these episodes, and I remember shooting. It's an incredible kind of time capsule for us. I mean, this was our childhood."
Meanwhile, actor Dan Lauria, who played Savage's TV dad Jack Arnold, credited the young stars' parents with keeping the kids focused and grounded on set, helping them avoid the pitfalls of fame as they grew up in the spotlight.
Lauria, who was interviewed separately, said, "I think that's why they're all still involved in the (entertainment) business. You know, Josh is a big entertainment lawyer, Jason's a producer and Fred's a director. All this crap about kids from TV shows having terrible lives? Look at The Wonder Years. They all did great."
The series ran from 1988 until 1993.
Now that the halfway mark has hit between the dawn of a hopeful 2014 and the inevitable exasperated gasp of relief that another year of harrowing grief is finally over, we're inclined to look back on the past six months of cinematic glory. First, we set our sights to the best performances of the year, both leading and supporting. Next, we turn to movie scenes and moments — the funny, shocking, moving, and just plain weird instances that stuck with us long after we stepped out of the theater. Here's a quick list of some of the most memorable movie scenes and moments we've seen so far in 2014.
The evolution sequence in NoahDarren Aronofsky's account of the great flood jumped levels in progressive thinking when it included a scene that comfortably meshed creationist beliefs with the science of evolution. The sequence, which followed an aquatic amoeba as it grew into a fish, then a lizard, then a series of mammals, until ultimately becoming the impetus for mankind, is not just intellectually rich, but visually dazzling.
Gustave's prison break in The Grand Budapest HotelEvery chapter in Wes Anderson's latest film is terrific fun, but Ralph Fiennes on the run from the law (and the vicious Adrien Brody) is about as merry as it gets... even with the haunting undercurrent in an approaching World War.
The opening sequence in BorgmanThe mysterious Danish picture Borgman institutes an excitement, a levity, and a curious nature all at once with its terrific opening sequence, wherein the title character is drawn from his home underground for unexplained reasons and forced to flee the wrath of angry villagers, and help to liberate his friends from the same.
The "Spaceship, spaceship, spaceship!" gag in The Lego MovieServing primarily as a punchline to a long gestating joke, Charlie Day's Lego character's manic exclamation of his favorite word is the biggest laugh in a very funny movie.
Scarlett Johannson abducting a man with neurofibromatosis in Under the SkinJonathan Glazer's bizarre film is nothing if not evasive, but peaks in its enigmatic nature when the nameless hero/villain Scarlett Johansson, herself of mysterious origins, abducts and seems to warm to a man afflicted with a facial deformity. Cue the process of undress and cannibalistic black liquid floors...
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Ken Watanabe's big moment in Godzilla"Let them fight."
The end credits of 22 Jump StreetChris Miller and Phil Lord embrace their love of genre parody in the post-narrative moments of 22 Jump Street, in which they send their starring duo through a long line of false sequels (entailing their attendance at med school, military school, traffic school... there are a good dozen of these, all of 'em funny).
The statutory rape endorsement in Transformers: Age of ExtinctionLet's get this straight: we're simply in awe of this scene due to how god damn bizarre it is, not at all on board with its message (or even its artistic merits in a movie about robot wars). We can't help but think about Mark Wahlberg challenging the validity of 20-year-old Jack Reynor's romantic relationship with 17-year-old Nicola Peltz, only to see Reynor pull a laminated document from his pocket that exempts him from all legal ramifications of dating a minor. Weird as all hell.
The getaway scene in Night MovesNear unprecedented tension hits when Jesse Eisenberg and his two fellow eco-terrorists attempt to flee the scene after programming a time bomb to detonate an ecologically destructive dam. The trio sits on the midnight river, hoping to avoid both the eyes of passersby and the wrath of a deadly explosive. It's edge-of-your-seat kind of stuff.
Liam Neeson grabbing a gun in mid-air while the airplane aboard which he is a passenger hurdles into oblivion as a team of hijackers attempts to take the whole thing hostage in Non-StopRight?
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The Quicksilver scene in X-Men: Days of Future PastEvan Peters spends very little time onscreen in the latest X-Men picture, but his talents are milked for all their value when he is charged with dashing around a slow-motion Pentagon kitchen to the soothing tunes of Jim Croce.
The grade school scene in SnowpiercerThe most disturbing, macabre, and wickedly fun scene in a movie that has no shortage of any of those three qualities, a very pregnant Allison Pill's grade school seminar in the back half of Snowpiercer stands out as the film's most enjoyable achievement. Pill sells the hell out of lunacy in this sequence.
Paul Rudd walks into a bar in They Came Together Our favorite joke in They Came Together, narrowly beating out Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler's mutual love of fiction books, is Rudd's sullen conversation with a highly redundant barkeep who, let's just say, calls 'em like he sees 'em. Over and over and over.
Nicolas Cage asking a neighborhood kid if he's still MMA fighting in Joe I have no idea why I love this so much, but one brief exchange in the sleepy, somber movie Joe has Cage chatting with a young neighbor in a bodega, asking about how his martial arts practice has been going. It's incredibly peculiar and charming, though I don't expect any of that to carry through here.
The Zola computer reveal in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Although we weren't crazy about the second Captain America movie, we have to tip a hat to the reveal that Toby Jones' Nazi scientist has been living on for the last 70 years in the form of a bulky yet surpemely efficient supercomputer. The sort of weird stuff that we love to see in the crevices of Marvel flicks.
The Who star Roger Daltrey has hinted the band's upcoming 50th anniversary tour will be their last. The rock legends will hit the road in Britain in the autumn (14) for a series of special shows to mark their five decades in the music industry, and frontman Daltrey has sparked retirement rumours by describing the trek as "the beginning of the long goodbye."
The singer made the comment in a post on the band's website, while his bandmate Pete Townshend adds, "Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big woodcutter's beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions. We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we're lucky to be alive and still touring. If I had enough hairs to split I would say that for 13 years since 1964 The Who didn't really exist, so we are really only 37."
The band's tour kicks off in Dublin, Ireland on 26 November (14) and concludes in London on 17 December (14).
British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor wept with pride while watching her young brother perform at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival. The Murder On The Dance Floor hitmaker performed on the Avalon Stage on Friday (27Jun14) and managed to see her brother Jack play drums for British singer John Newman on the same day.
Ellis-Bextor admits she was in tears during his performance, telling Britain's Sunday Mirror, "My brother is eight years younger and plays drums for John Newman. My mum used to cry when I played which I thought was silly, but tears were streaming down my face. It was embarrassing."
Mark Wahlberg and the other stars of the new Transformers movie have recorded a special video message to wish Chinese school students luck in their exams. The fourth movie in the sci-fi series, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, is partially shot in China and will receive its world premiere in Hong Kong ahead of its release on 27 June (14).
The film will hit cinemas just days after the country's schoolchildren take important college entrance exams, so Wahlberg and his young co-stars Nicola Peltz and Jack Raynor recorded a video message to wish them good luck.
In the clip, Wahlberg says, "Hey everyone, I'm Mark Wahlberg... The annual college entrance exam is coming, so I'd like to wish all of you students out there lots of luck, and don't forget to catch Transformers 4 - after the exam!"
Long-lost video footage of Sir Sean Connery's first-ever lead role on TV has been unearthed, 57 years after it was first broadcast. The former James Bond star portrayed struggling boxer Malcolm 'Mountain' McClintock in the 1957 play Requiem for a Heavyweight, which aired live on the BBC. There was no official recording by the U.K. network, but director Alvin Rakoff taped the show for his own archives and stored it away in his attic, and he only remembered having footage of the live event during a recent interview.
Recalling his decision to film the play, he tells the BBC, "I had suddenly thought: 'Maybe this is an important piece,' and I spoke to the man in the sound booth and asked him to do a reel-to-reel so he had an audio recording, and he did." A young Michael Caine also featured in Rakoff's remake of Requiem for a Heavyweight, which was originally created for U.S. TV and starred Jack Palance in the lead role. Palance had been due to reprise his part as McClintock for the BBC version, but he pulled out and the director credits his then-girlfriend, Doctor Who actress Jacqueline Hill, with convincing him to cast newcomer Connery.
He says, "I got a call from his (Palance's) agent who said: 'Jack ain't (sic) gonna show'. Something better had come up and he didn't want to come to England. "She (Hill) said, 'Have you seen Sean...? The ladies will like him', which was quite a remarkable statement but it was true, women adored him and so I called him and narrowed it to two fellows and Sean got it."
The premiere of Penny Dreadful was a little all over the place, but this week's episode has enough "Oh s**t!" moments to match wits with Sunday must-see shows like Game of Thrones and Mad Men. This episode introduces Doctor Who alum Billie Piper as Brona Croft. She’s like Lora Croft: Tomb Raider, if her powers included a thick Irish accent and consumption. Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), of the classic Oscar Wilde story, also joins the mix. The show is also establishing characters better and creating the right blend of mystery and the occult, though there still is a little too much pageantry when they introduce a literary figure
The Cold (Literally) Opening
This episode begins with a woman alone in a park in the freezing cold. She may or may not be a prostitute, and one with a taste for apples that have been wrapped with the front pages of newspapers. We catch glimpse of a headline about Jack the Ripper. Then, boom — she gets killed. It looks like each episode might begin with a murder. It also looks like Jack the Ripper may be supernatural and part of the show.
“I Never f**ked a Dying Creature Before…”
Brona Croft meets a drunken Ethan Chandler at the bar. He’s drunk because he just witnessed the fact that there’s an entire world of man-eating creatures that exist. She lives above the bar and charms him with her anti-industrial take on the world. After he buys her breakfast, she leaves in search of money. Where does that take her? She heads right into the lair of Dorian Gray. He’s taking photos of her for no clear reason. But he does have an affliction of a portrait that keeps him young and beautiful but is his only weakness. He seduces Brona out of her clothes and then they have sex…but he finds out she has consumption. Then he says, “I never f**ked a dying creature before…” Classy! Brona resumes being bosom buddies with Ethan Chandler and they seem to be becoming fast friends. Meanwhile, Ethan gets a letter from a mysterious father. So he must be rich and in Penny Dreadful, England to escape something major that happened in the States.
What Did She Just Séance?
Sir Malcolm Murray and Vanessa Ives are still trying to solve the mystery of his missing daughter Mina and what the hell is the creature they killed last episode. Sir Malcolm stops by to help the police with a set of brutal murders but only secures a chance to peek at the next crime scene. Sir Malcolm and Vanessa attend a séance held by their friend Ferdinand Lyle, the Egyptian expert who looks like he belongs in The Hunger Games. Vanessa and Dorian Gray strike up a conversation and he flashes his love of rings. The medium Madame Kali (Helen McRory) bears a striking resemblance to Narcissa Malfoy. She doesn’t seem too connected to the spirit realm but really does connect with a spirit. And then, that spirit seems to possess Vanessa. She starts spilling major secrets about Sir Malcolm. It’s unclear if its Mina or if Malcolm lost another child. She also drops the C-word a good seven or eight times. Then she runs from the party and uses the strangest pick up line ever. She rubs blood on a guy's face and they have sex. Stranger things have worked, and lets face it, she’s Eva Green. Ferdinand does make some headway in the hieroglyphs and realizes that this creature is an undead creature that feeds on others and it may be after Vanessa.
Of Mice and Reanimated Men
Victor Frankenstein and his new reanimated friend start bonding. He is teaching him how to live again and even helps him pick a name. They scroll through Shakespeare classics and choose Proteus. It’s really sweet watching them bond and its unclear whether Victor reanimated him to be his lover, friend, or if he’s part of his family. Over the course of the episode Proteus starts singing and resembling a real person. A really scarred person. Their relationship is really sweet and so Victor takes him out. They happen upon Ethan and Brona. They arrive home and really connect in their friendship…until a hand rips through Proteus. Is it because he used undead parts? Nope. The huge reveal is Victor Frankenstein’s first monster is back and he’s pissed.
Things are getting juicy. What is Ethan hiding and will he date Brona? What’s Dorian Gray’s role in this story? What happened to Frankenstein's first monster? What the hell is Vanessa Ives?
Rocker Jack Antonoff is using Craigslist.com to promote the upcoming album from his new band Bleachers. The fun. guitarist has taken to the classified advertisements website to promote his side project's debut album, which is due for release on 15 July (14).
Antonoff posted a listing in the musicians section for the New Jersey area under the title: "Artist seeking 'Strange Desire'", referring to a lyric from one of the tracks on the new record.
He added, "'Strange desire' is something that came to me a few weeks ago when I was working on the last song I wrote for the bleachers album. The lyric is, "feeling like i never was young I followed a dream and a strange desire.
"It was just something that came out in a scratch vocal take off the top of my head and I didn't realise how important it was in that moment. That line speaks to my entire life over the past 14 years of writing and being on tour. I do feel like I'm constantly mourning a childhood I never had. Mostly because I dealt with a lot of loss in the most formative years of my life. That ties into a lot of the lyrics on the album."