Pop superstar Justin Bieber has found a new hobby - he showed off his graffiti skills by tagging a wall in Bogota, Colombia on Wednesday night (30Oct13). The Baby hitmaker paid tribute to his dead hamster by spraying 'R.I.P. Pac' above an image of a frog, and then appeared to show his support to embattled Chris Brown by writing 'Free Breezy' in another spot. The R&B singer, who is nicknamed Breezy by his fans, is currently seeking treatment for anger management after he was arrested for assault in Washington, D.C. on Sunday (27Oct13)
The intriguing rumor about casting for Broadway's upcoming revival of Of Mice and Men was quickly confirmed, and now we know that Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) and James Franco (everything else) will be our leads. Neither is without a great deal of talent (though some might argue that Franco's talents don't lie, as he would have us believe, in every art form), but the announcement still raised some eyebrows. "Huh," we all said, collectively. But this show wouldn't be the first time that Broadway has brought such seemingly disparate actors together. Here are some of the more memorably unexpected onstage duos.
Nick Jonas and Beau Bridges — How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
When the youngest Jonas took over the role of J. Pierrepont Finch from Daniel Radcliffe and Darren Criss in the revival, he was paired up with veteran thespian Beau Bridges as his boss, J.B. Biggley. Their big moment as a delightfully mismatched stage team is a musical production number that involves mimed, old-timey football and Jonas ending up on Bridges's shoulders.
Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon — Grace
These actors are heavyweights , and both of them have plenty of stage experience. The fun here is picturing the totally chill Rudd hanging out with Shannon, the human embodiment of intensity, for eight shows a week.
Alicia Silverstone and Henry Winkler — The Performers
The Performers didn't last very long and begs the question, "Who thought a romantic comedy set at the Adult Film Awards would?" But the show left its mark in the annals of Broadway history by pairing up Cher Horowitz and the Fonz within its ensemble, in one big meta-celebration of the coolest kids in school.
Diddy and Audra McDonald — A Raisin in the Sun
When a stage virgin who's willing to leverage his industry power and put up a lot of cash to play a legendary role in a legendary play, you'd do well to ground that production with a stalwart talent. Say, a five-time Tony Award winner?
Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been confirmed to play Quicksilver in the new Avengers film. The Kick-Ass star has been the rumoured frontrunner for the role since June (13), but a scheduling conflict with the Godzilla reboot movie, which Taylor-Johnson also stars in, almost derailed his chances of appearing in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
However, the issue has reportedly been worked out and Taylor-Johnson will take on the superhero role, according to TheWrap.com.
Quicksilver is the twin brother of the Scarlet Witch, who will be played by Elizabeth Olsen.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which also stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, is set to hit theatres in 2015.
Fun-loving film fans want to be superhero Thor and The Hunger Games' Katniss for Halloween in America this year (13). Bosses at movie ticket website Fandango.com have surveyed movie buffs to find out which costumes are most popular for parties and trick-or-treating and Chris Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence's characters have come out on top.
Among men, Henry Cavill's Superman and Iron Man are also popular, while Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West from Oz: The Great & Powerful and Elizabeth Banks' The Hunger Games character Effie Trinket come in second and third, respectively, for women.
Meanwhile, Despicable Me's Minions have topped Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. and Monsters University as the most popular kids costumes this year.
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The next big thing in sci-fi might be the perplexing sight of a World War II-era battleship hurtling through the endless vacuum of space. As ridiculous as that sounds, Skydance Productions has tapped Christopher McQuarrie to write and direct Star Blazers, an American live-action adaptation of the classic '70s Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato. The original anime series was translated for American television audiences under the name Star Blazers, but this will be the first time the series will get the American big screen treatment.
In Star Blazers, a future Earth comes under attack from an alien menace that destroys the Earth's atmosphere, forcing humanity to burrow underground to survive. A crew is tasked with blasting into space in a battleship retro-fitted with alien technology in order to retrieve a piece of alien technology that will revive the Earth's ecosystem and save the human race.
Skydance Productions is hoping that Star Blazers becomes the next massive franchise hit. Director and writer McQuarrie has a fair amount of action films under his belt, but nothing as large scale or just downright kooky as a flying warship from the 1940's. McQuarrie has written screenplays for Jack Reacher (which he also directed), The Tourist, Jack the Giant Slayer, and most notably, The Usual Suspects. Hopefully his flair for screenwriting will help us buy into the ridiculous idea that throwing a battleship into space is humanity's best option in an alien attack.
Embattled R&B star Chris Brown will reportedly spend up to three months in rehab in an effort to resolve his anger issues. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker checked into a treatment centre in Malibu, California on Tuesday (29Oct13), a day after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanour assault charge following a weekend (27Oct13) fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel.
The singer stands accused of allegedly punching a 20-year-old man who was attempting to board his tour bus, and the incident could land him in jail for a maximum of four years if Los Angeles prosecutors feel his latest arrest violates his probation from his 2009 assault conviction following a fight with his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Sources tell TMZ.com that Brown is serious about his rehab stint, adding the singer is eager to get to the root his temper troubles and is open to undergoing treatment for as long as three months.
An insider tells the website, "The rehab facility has been told to take him (Brown) apart and put him back together."
Brown's decision to seek professional counselling prompted him to pull out of a Halloween concert in New York on Tuesday (29Oct13).
We're hesitant to believe that Chris Brown, the man who has gone on record with such a brazen dearth of remorse for having savagely beaten his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, has truly reformed, or shows any signs of doing so. This past weekend, Brown was arrested for assaulting two men who attempted to take a photo with the music artist, tossing homophobic slurs at the pair all the while. After being released from jail on Tuesday following a reduced charge from felony-grade to misdemeanor-grade assault, Brown has opted to announce his entry into anger management rehab, as reported by People.
The reports include a statement from Brown's rep, which says, "Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility. His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point." Some might identify this as a direct contrast to Brown's past claims that he has moved on from his days of violence, or his attorney's affirmation that the singer committed "no crime" in this most recent incident.
But if Brown is truly looking to change, accepting after some unforeseen epiphany that he does have psychological maladies that require rehabilitation, then we must encourage that. As reluctant as we may be to forgive him, we should at least be eager to see this sort of behavior barred from happening again. But we're inclined, at least in part, to think the worst of this movie: maybe he's just trying to avoid jail time, a la Lindsay Lohan. Maybe he's trying to bolster his image. Maybe he's trying to build up an arsenal against future attacks on his proclivity for violence.
Hey, as long as it keeps him away from the rest of the world for a while.
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Troubled R&B star Chris Brown has checked into a rehab facility just a day after appearing in court on assault charges following a fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel. The singer was taken into custody after allegedly lashing out at a 20-year-old man who was attempting to board his tourbus early on Sunday (27Oct13), and he appeared in court on Monday (28Oct13) to fight the charges. He pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanour and was released on bail.
And now it appears Brown has decided to seek help for his temper troubles - a representative has revealed he has checked into rehab to tackle his anger management issues.
A statement reads: "Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility. His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point."
Brown was scheduled to headline a New York radio station's Halloween party on Tuesday (29Oct13), but organisers were forced to scrap the event.
The singer's anger problems began at the beginning of 2009 when he beat up then-girlfriend Rihanna during a fight on the eve of the Grammy Awards. Brown is still on probation for that assault and faces up to four years in prison if Los Angeles prosecutors feel his latest arrest violates his probation.
The Kiss Kiss singer and his entourage were also involved in a New York City club fight with rapper Drake in 2012 and a car park scuffle with Frank Ocean in January (13). He also trashed a backstage area and broke a window after a difficult TV interview with newswoman Robin Roberts in March, 2011.
Then, in June (13), a 24-year-old woman accused Brown of assaulting her after his show at a California nightclub. She alleged that he shoved her to the ground, badly injuring her knee. The accusation against him was later dropped.
WENN/Chris JepsonThose eleven artists who will walk away from London's The Roundhouse empty-handed on Wednesday night shouldn't feel too disheartened as while the Mercury Prize remains arguably the most prestigious award in British music, it's by no means a guarantee for a long-lasting career. Indeed, although the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal and two-time winner PJ Harvey have only gone from strength to strength since picking up the £20,000 cheque, the history of the ceremony is littered with artists who disappeared off everyone's radar virtually the moment their name was read out. Here's a look at five forgotten recipients.Roni SizeInstrumental in drum 'n' bass' mainstream breakthrough, Roni Size's win over Radiohead's OK Computer and The Prodigy's The Fat Of The Land with his 1997 debut, New Forms, may have come as a shock but certainly wasn't undeserved. However, the dreadlocked producer then appeared to scurry back into the underground almost as quickly as he'd escaped from it. Talvin SinghArguably the most leftfield winner, Talvin Singh's re-interpretation of Indian classical music on 1999's OK beat the likes of Blur's 13 and The Chemical Brothers' Surrender to the prize. A William Orbit-esque career path appeared to await when Madonna recruited the tabla player for 2000's Music but his contribution only appeared as a Japanese bonus track and his subsequent releases sank without trace.Ms DynamiteHailed as the voice of her generation, Ms Dynamite's blend of hip-hop, R&B and socially-conscious lyrics enamoured the judges enough to award her inventive debut, A Little Deeper, the prize back in 2002. However, preachy 2005 follow-up Judgement Days forgot to include any semblance of a tune, while her peace-loving reputation took a bit of a battering a year later when she pleaded guilty to punching a male police officer.KlaxonsThe leading figures of the mid-'00s nu-rave scene, The Klaxons triumphed over Amy Winehouse's Back To Black in 2007 with their trippy debut, Myths Of The Near Future. But originally rejected by their label for being too experimental, second album Surfing The Void was released to near total apathy in 2010.Speech DebellePerhaps the reason for the panel's play-it-safe approach in recent years, Speech Debelle was a virtual unknown before she was unexpectedly handed the prize ahead of Florence + The Machine and La Roux with 2009's Speech Therapy. Responsible for the lowest-selling Mercury Prize winning album ever (just 15,000 copies), she still remains a virtual unknown.
The organisers of a Halloween party gig in New York have been forced to scrap the event because embattled R&B star Chris Brown can no longer appear. Brown was arrested following a fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel on Sunday (27Oct13) and he spent Monday in court fighting assault charges. He pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanour and was released on bail.
But it appears the events of the past three days have upset the Kiss Kiss singer's plans to headline the 92.3 NOW's Halloween show on Tuesday night (29Oct13) - and event bosses have now pulled the plug on the gig.
Announcing the news in a statement, they wrote, "Unfortunately, due to recent events, 92.3 NOW's Halloween show scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 29 has been cancelled. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will be refunded in full."
The gig was supposed to be reunited girl band Danity Kane's comeback show - they were billed as Brown's opening act.