Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. The 34-year-old singer follows in the footsteps of 2012's honouree, Magic Mike star Channing Tatum, and fended off competition from fellow hunky celebrities including Justin Timberlake, David Beckham and Idris Elba.
Levine was officially handed the title during Tuesday's (19Nov13) live episode of U.S. talent show The Voice, on which he serves as a judge and mentor.
In an accompanying article in the magazine, he says, "As a musician, you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn't really think that this was on the table. I was just amazed and stunned and it almost seemed like they were kidding, but they weren't, so that's cool."
Prior to the announcement, the sexy singer told Access Hollywood that if he picked up the prize, he will be constantly teased by his pals.
He said, "There is no way that I’ll ever be able to live it down. I'm going to be getting pranked by everyone, if it does happen. I'm going to be getting pranked by every single person I know!"
It's been a great 2013 Levine - he became engaged to model Behati Prinsloo in June (13), shot his first feature film and even launched his own men's clothing line at American department store Kmart.
Also making the annual 'hot list' are singers Luke Bryan, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams, actors Chris Pine and Justin Theroux, U.S. talk show host Jimmy Fallon, and Mia Farrow's political journalist son, Ronan Farrow.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin tricked fans at a recent Arcade Fire show by going undercover as a skeleton-masked DJ. The Yellow hitmaker didn't have to travel far for the Canadian rockers' show in London, England, earlier this month (Nov13), and at the suggestion of Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Martin made the most of the concert in his hometown.
In an interview with BBC Radio Two, Butler has confessed that the British singer showed off his skills in the DJ booth during the concert - but, in order to keep the focus on the band, he donned a disguise so fans would not recognise him behind the turntables.
Butler admits, "He (Martin) was out at the DJ booth with me (the other night) wearing a skull mask. It was pretty cool. He was the hype man, he's an amazing hype man... I don't think anyone recognised him."
A special New York screening of an upcoming documentary about Ol' Dirty Bastard had to be scrapped on Friday (15Nov13) after executors of the late rapper's estate issued a legal notice banning the event from going ahead. Dirty: Platinum Edition, which was shot by the star's cousin, Stephon Turner, was set to be shown at the Brooklyn Historic Academy of Music and guests, including fans and his Wu-Tang Clan bandmates Cappadonna and Masta Killa, flocked to attend the inaugural NuHo Film Festival bash.
However, moments before the film was due to be unveiled, organiser Chris Kanik revealed to the crowd that he had just been served with a cease and desist order, preventing the documentary from airing, reports AllHipHop.com.
The notice was sent to Kanik by a lawyer representing Ol' Dirty Bastard's estate, which is controlled by his widow, Icelene Jones.
The movie features exclusive footage and interviews with all of the late star's Wu-Tang Clan crewmembers and the screening had been expected to include a hologram of the rapper, which would have answered questions from the audience.
It's the second time Jones has blocked the use of her husband's likeness being used in public - she also prevented a planned hologram of Ol' Dirty Bastard from gracing the stage with Wu-Tang Clan at America's touring Rock the Bells festival earlier this year (13).
Ol' Dirty Bastard passed away in 2004 from a drug overdose.
"I would like more. I would have another one right away. We've talked about it. He's pretty awesome." Actor Chris Pratt is eager to give 15-month-old son Jack a sibling. The boy is his first child with wife Anna Faris.
No matter what happens, no matter how beaten and battered Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope may find herself, she'll never stay down for long. So is it true for the show itself, which returned for two pretty strong episodes last night that put the City Council story to rest and served as yet another reason to shake a fist at NBC for depriving us of this show while Comedy Thursday continues to burn itself into oblivion. The premises for both episodes were simple: Leslie filibusters to protect voting rights of Eagleton citizens, even though they want to vote her out in favor of Kristen Bell's Ingrid DuForest; and, Leslie hits rock bottom on Halloween after losing the recall election. But what made these two episodes sing was the funny stuff, so let's get straight to that. Here are the top 10 things from last night's hour of smalltown government comedy:
The Funny Stuff, Round 1 ("Filibuster"):
1. Roller skating! Not to be confused with roller blading, Ben's roller-rink birthday party and its accompanying early '90s theme was a delight. If only we could have seen the full choreographed couple's dance to "Losing My Religion" that we were promised.
2. Andy's Back! Chris Pratt's Guardians of the Galaxy schedule opened up briefly to offer this short but sweet vingette as April was able to overcome her usual bitterness to encourage him to fake it until he makes it, "Because everyone sucks but you're awesome."
3. Ron + Donna! Ron's endeavors to beat a Buckhunter-style hunting arcade game was all funny and was a great venue to see his mounting frustration mirrored by Donna's total apathy. Their brief sorjurn to the woods to hunt without a permit? Totally hilarious. And if you thought Donna would play striaght man to Ron's woodsman, you were sorely mistaken. "You know I don't give a f**k."
4. Tatiana Maslany! She's making another in the lost list of Tom's girlfriends come alive, really, for the first time. While her character is still hard to figure out, she's undeniably charming. This was supposed to be the last of her character, but hopefully everyone realizes how wonderful she is and she returns some time in 2014.
5. Jammargarita Mix! Councilman Jamm has been a worthy and frustrating foe, but with Leslie's triumph here it seems Jamm has finally lost his power over her and the council. Even though Leslie won't remain a Councilwoman, the image of her pouring his own freshly made margs on his beautiful curls will surely linger.
The Funny Stuff, Round 2 ("Recall Vote"):
1. Sad Leslie. Scarfing down burgers, dressed in an old t-shirt, and dispassionate even on Halloween, it was a nearly unrecognizable Knope for most of this half-hour. It could have been heartwrenching, but luckily Leslie is such a bighearted character that she can't help but commit even when she's feeling down. Her concession speech was a thing of apathetic beauty: "Eat my shorts, jabronis. Knope out."
2. Ben's Drunk! Hey, remember when Ben was a washed-up old kid mayor? Neither did he, until this episode, which gave Adam Scott the chance to also remind us that he is an all star when playing drunk. Also, shoutout to Ben for making that sweet Li'l Sebastian model, and bonus points for lovingly petting its mane.
3. Tom Sells Out! While the logical conclusion would be that Tom holds out and rides his business into the ground honorably, instead he gleefully sells out for 60 grand. It also provided a nice counterpoint to Ron's steadfast insistance that he would refuse to mass produce his Swanson chairs. Which leads into...
4. Lifestyle Guru! P&R can really hit a sweet spot satirically when it's making fun of the pampered bourgeosie (case in point: Treat Yo'Self!), and Annabelle Porter, who looks suspiciously like an off-brand Jessica Alba and sounds suspiciously like an off-brand Gwyneth Paltrow, is on-point, with her needless, pretentious email blast celebrating the most essential non-essentials Pawnee has to offer.
5. Sick Tats! That pawn shop would have made a great tattoo parlor. Chainsaws were everywhere, and the ink comes from real ballpoint pens! And you can start the countdown until diehard fans of P&R and/or awesomeness start getting Eleanor Roosevelt with a tasteful tattoo of Pat Benatar put on their forearms.
Chris Brown is moving on from his feud with his Los Angeles neighbours by putting his house up for sale. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker has been involved in a number of disputes with residents in his exclusive Hollywood Hills neighbourhood after covering the exterior wall of his home with graffiti.
He was ordered to pay a $376 (£243) fine for unpermitted and excessive signage in May (13) and he has now decided to move on by selling off his property for $1.5 million (£1 million).
TMZ.com reports the star is planning a move to a gated community in Malibu.
Troubled R&B star Chris Brown has left a rehab facility in Malibu, California and will continue to receive anger management treatment in an outpatient programme. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker sought professional counselling on 29 October (13), a day after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanour assault charge relating to a fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel.
However, he has since checked out of the treatment centre and made a start on the community service hours he was ordered to complete as part of his 2009 conviction for beating up his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Speaking to People.com on Thursday (14Nov13), his representative says, "Chris is continuing his rehab programme as an outpatient and is also completing his community service in the Los Angeles area. He appreciates all of your encouragement and support."
Brown had originally been sentenced to 180 days of community labour, in addition to a year-long domestic violence course and five years probation, but his 1,440 volunteer hours were rejected by a Los Angeles judge in August (13) over a discrepancy and he was slapped with another 1,000 hours as his probation was reinstated.
Brown's community service is just part of a long list of upcoming legal woes for the 24 year old - he faces up to four years in jail if prosecutors rule the Washington, D.C. incident, in which he stands accused of punching a 20-year-old man who was attempting to board his tour bus, violated his probation. He is also fighting a lawsuit against a woman who alleges she was assaulted by the star during a night out at a California club in June (13).
And last month (Oct13), Brown filed a countersuit against singer Frank Ocean's cousin, accusing him of provoking a parking lot brawl between the stars' entourages in January (13).
Glastonbury festival founder Michael Eavis has stripped off for a saucy new charity calendar photo. The 78-year-old farmer will appear as Mr. June in next year's (14) Legends Of Somerset calendar.
Smiling Eavis, who covers his modesty by holding a pair of denim shorts up to the camera, is one of 12 local businessmen and celebrities, including Mick Jagger's brother Chris, who agreed to pose for the Macmillan Cancer charity item.
"I'm not like a huge alcoholic or anything, but I always prided myself on being in a pretty good mood. And then I stopped drinking alcohol for eight months and I realised from time to time I got grumpy. It's a nice social lubricant." Actor Chris Pratt noticed changes in his mood after cutting out beer to get into shape for upcoming superhero movie Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Chris Pratt is on a roll (and not into another pit a la his character Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation). According to The Wrap, Universal is eyeing Pratt for the leading male role in Jurassic World.
Assuming the actor does end up taking the role (and is able to figure out a filming schedule that would work with Parks and Recreation), he'll appear on screen alongside Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, and possibly the Life of Pi star Irrfan Khan who is also being sought after for the film. Josh Brolin had originally been in talks for the lead role, but a deal was never made.
If Pratt signs on for the Jurassic Park sequel, then the up-and-coming big-name star could add yet another film to his growing list. Pratt, who has already proved his worth on the NBC comedy alongside Amy Poehler, has been quickly building up his "serious" acting credentials in films like Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. Additionally, he is set to star as Peter Quill in Marvel's 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy, voice the lead role in The LEGO Movie, and appear in The Delivery Man and Spike Jonze's Her. From the looks of it, Pratt doesn't plan on being pinned as the loveably dopey Andy forever. (But we still want a Parks and Recreation and Jurassic Park mash-up, because that just seems like it would be magical.)
Jurassic World, which will be directed by Colin Trevorrow from the script he co-wrote with Derek Connolly, will hit theaters June 12, 2015.
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