Lily Allen is following in her actor father's footsteps by releasing an unofficial World Cup tune.
The Smile singer's new tune Bass Like Home is an ode to all the things she loves about her native England, including William Shakespeare, John Lennon, the Queen, lager and soccer star Paul Gascoigne.
Her father Keith Allen and his band of comics, Fat Les, enjoyed chart success with unofficial England World Cup tune Vindaloo in 1998. That track was co-written by Blur star Alex James.
Actress Emily Blunt hid her pregnancy on the set of action movie Edge Of Tomorrow until her co-star Tom Cruise figured out the truth when she stopped taking part in hair-raising stunts. The two screen stars play alien-battling soldiers in the new sci-fi movie, and shooting on the film wrapped before the British actress fell pregnant with her first child.
However, after conceiving, she had to return to shoot some additional scenes, and Top Gun star Cruise suspected something was amiss when he noticed Blunt was no longer keen to perform her own stunts.
She tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "For some additional photography I was pregnant but it was still early and I wasn't really telling anyone. So Tom was confused as to why I wasn't engaging with all the stunts, as I was game when we did them originally. So I told him I was growing a human. He was so cute about it and protected me - he almost went overboard on helping me. In the end I had to say, 'Tom. I'm fine, I can do stairs!'"
Blunt gave birth to daughter Hazel, her first child with her husband John Krasinski, in February (14).
Gender-bending Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst thrilled gay fans in the U.K. on Saturday night (25May14) when the bearded drag queen took the stage at the city's top nightclub. The Austrian singer, real name Tom Neuwirth, gave a dazzling performance G-A-Y, where Kylie Minogue and Miley Cyrus have recently performed sets.
Wurst prepared for the big gig by sitting down for an interview with British TV host Graham Norton, who introduced the entertainer at G-A-Y.
During the chat, the singer revealed Sir Elton John sent a bouquet to congratulate her on her win, and she had even received a tweet from Cher, adding, "I was so excited to receive the tweet, which said, 'Darling, you deserve a lovelier name and better wig'."
Wurst also told Norton that she hopes to host the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria next year (15).
Actors John Goodman and Ken Watanabe have signed up to voice Autobots in Michael Bay's upcoming movie Transformers: Age Of Extinction. The Monuments Men star Goodman will provide the voice of Hound, while Watanabe has joined the all-star cast as Drift.
They join Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) and Frank Welker (Galvatron) among the voice stars of the new blockbuster, which is currently in post-production. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer and Sophia Myles are among the human stars of the movie.
Announcing the latest casting news in a statement released on Thursday (08May14), director Bay says, "I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers. And to re-team with Peter and Frank, who have brought Transformers characters alive from the beginning. "I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best voice talent in the business, and together we will introduce several exciting new robots to fans of the franchise around the world."
Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment in the franchise, will be released in cinemas at the end of June (14).
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds is set to receive the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award at the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. The Radioactive hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Taylor Swift and John Legend when he is feted with the prize, which was created in 2004 and named in honour of Hall of Fame Chairman Emeritus Hal David to celebrate the work of young songwriters.
Current organisation chairman Jimmy Webb says, "Dan Reynolds is a dream ticket for the Songwriters Hall of Fame Starlight Award.
"He has helped create truly contemporary rock 'n' roll with the band Imagine Dragons. A sound at once musically literate and issue driven yet founded on solid composition and songwriting. We are extremely happy to join Dan with the other distinguished alumni who have received the Starlight."
The Kinks frontman Ray Davies, Scottish singer Donovan and 10cc rocker Graham Gouldman are among the stars who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2014, while another top accolade, the Johnny Mercer Award, will be presented to music duo Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, and industry mogul Doug Morris will receive the Hitmaker Award.
The presentations will take place in New York on 12 June (14).
American journalist Curtis Bill Pepper has died at the age of 96. The newsman passed away on Friday (04Apr14) at his home in Todi, Italy, according to the New York Times.
Pepper began his career at The New York World-Telegram in 1938 and later became a foreign correspondent in Italy for United Press and then CBS after World War II.
In 1956, he was hired by Newsweek to open its Rome division and was bureau chief there for 11 years before leaving to become a freelance writer.
He was best known for his profile pieces on famous figures including Laurence Olivier, Marcello Mastroianni and Mother Teresa and he also authored eight books.
Pepper is survived by his sculptor wife Beverly Pepper and their two children - poet Jorie Graham and theatre and film director John Randolph Pepper.
A long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic has stalled again after actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher walked away from the project, citing creative differences. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Fletcher signed on to bring the tragic Queen rocker's life story to the big screen in December (13), with Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw stepping in to replace Sacha Baron Cohen as the flamboyant frontman.
But after just three months, work on the coming-of-age movie has been put on hold again after the filmmaker clashed with producer Graham King, according to Deadline.com. The pair reportedly failed to see eye-to-eye on the direction of the project.
Ironically, Cohen also blamed "creative differences" for his departure from the biopic last summer (Jul13).
A replacement for Fletcher has yet to be announced, but producers are still hoping to start shooting this summer (13).
Surviving Queen members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon will serve as co-producers on the highly-anticipated Mercury film, which was originally scheduled for release in 2012.
Mercury died from an AIDS-related illness in 1991.
Irish TV personality Graham Norton has slammed the country's national public service broadcaster after company bosses handed thousands of dollars to opponents of gay marriage. Chiefs at broadcaster RTE agreed earlier this month (Feb14) to pay $111,800 (£69,880) to two journalists and four members of the Iona Institute, a right-wing Catholic group which opposes gay marriage, after being threatened with legal action for branding them homophobes.
Howver, talk show host Norton has slammed the decision to settle the case as "absolutely moronic", telling Irish magazine Hot Press, "I'm not registered to vote in Ireland but I do pay the licence fee there and I'm f**king furious that some of my money has gone to these idiots. RTE settling wasn't gutless, it was absolutely moronic."
Irish drag queen Panti Bliss called four members of the Iona Institute and journalists John Waters and Breda O'Brien "horrible and mean about gays" during an episode of the Saturday Night Show, leading to the six individuals threatening legal action for defamation.
When David Mamet's play Sexual Pervesity in Chicago was adapted into the 1986 movie About Last Night, the self-absorbed Chicago twenty-somethings were played by Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, and Elizabeth Perkins. In the 2014 remake, those parts are now being played by Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Kevin Hart, and Regina Hall and nothing about that seems unusual. It isn't that Mamet's play has changed much in the 40 years since he first wrote it, it's that some of the audience's preconceived notions of who can play what role have.Just as it happened with the reworked The Karate Kid that featured Jaden Smith in the title role made famous by Ralph Macchio, About Last Night takes a '80s story and adds some ethnic diversity to come up with something new. Well, there's a whole lot more movies from the '80s that are just sitting there waiting for just such a redo. Here are five stories that would work just as well in a more coloful version.
Molly Ringwald playing the forgotten girl on her birthday, in love with an older boy and tormented by geeks in the John Hughes classic. Everything about the story still works, including the Chicago suburban setting that was ultra-white in the '80s. Disney Channel stalwart Coco Jones is the right age to play the teenager in love, and Zoe Kravitz would make a fine addition as her attention-hogging older sister. So what if Jones and Kravitz don't look alike? Ringwald looked nothing like her onscreen family in the original. In the all-important older guy role, someone like 90210's Tristan Wilds could provide the smolder. The only real issue would be what to do with the original's exchange student, The Donger. That was a role so racially regrettable that it doesn't exactly have a place in today's world.
In Mike Nichols' film, Melanie Griffith played the secretary that secretly takes over for her out-of-commission boss (Sigourney Weaver), proves a capable business woman, and wins the affection of Harrison Ford. The Griffith character would have to be called an assistant now, but otherwise there isn't much about the story that needs to change. Use someone like Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) or Tika Sumpter (Ride Along) as the underling trying to get ahead, maybe Halle Berry or even Gabrielle Union as the obnoxious boss and Taye Diggs as the love interest, and update the setting from a generic New York investment bank to the entertainment idustry. What Hollywood assistant doesn't want to push the boss out of the way and take over?
Sure, people remember the soundtrack but how many people remember the story? A steel-worker by day who dances in a bar by night, all while dreaming of making it as a legitimate professional dancer, and is pursued by her rich boss. Back then she wasn't really a stripper, but now she would have to be and she'd be trying to break into something hipper than ballet. The role could also be played this time by someone that can legitimately dance, since Jennifer Beals, the original star, was famously replaced by a body double. Someone like That Awkward Feeling's Jessica Lucas would work, or else there's got to be a Janelle Monáe back-up dancer that's ready to break out.
Tiger Woods broke on the scene nearly 20 years ago, so a golf comedy set at a country club and featuring a diverse cast shouldn’t be any big deal. It's near sacrilege to many to consider remaking such a beloved classic, but a new version would be shooting for a whole new audience. After all, golfers of all colors are tired of reciting the same tired lines from the original. Start with Hart taking on the Rodney Dangerfield role of the rich guy that doesn't like the country club set. Imagine letting Hart riff on a bunch of rich people while dressed in ugly golf garb, throw in Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah as the wacky grounds keeper, and it just flows from there. You could have a who's who of comedy going... Godfrey, Chris Rock, Mike Epps, Katt Williams, Faizon Love… there would be a part for just about everyone. Heck, even Eddie Murphy might be convinced to do the Judge Smails role that Ted Knight made famous. That would be top notch.
Three Men and a Baby
Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg were three well-off bachelors sharing a fabulous midtown Manhattan apartment that have their lives interrupted by a baby being dropped off at their doorstep. The idea of guys taking care of babies continues to be played for laughs, most recently in the sitcom Guys with Kids. What has been missing since Three Men is the angle of the guys being rich, Type A personalities. Take Jesse L. Martin, Tyler Perry and Damon Wayans Jr., move the setting to Hollywood, make them all successful and sharing a Charlie Sheen-type playpen, and then let a baby screw up their lives. It's comedy gold.
The Kinks frontman Ray Davies and Scottish singer Donovan are to be inducted into America's Songwriters Hall of Fame. The class of 2014 will feature the Lola hitmaker and Donovan, who rose to fame in the 1960s with hits like Mellow Yellow and Catch The Wind, alongside British rocker Graham Gouldman of the band 10cc, singer/songwriter Mark James, who penned Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds, and Jim Weatherly, who is known for writing Gladys Knight & The Pips hits Neither One of Us and Midnight Train to Georgia.
The five honourees were selected by museum officials from a list which also included Madonna, Vince Gill, Cyndi Lauper, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Cat Stevens, Linda Perry and Led Zeppelin stars Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
The inductions will take place in New York on 12 June (14).