"It was an unpleasant place to be in her head... to be in her mind was like being in prison, like in the dining hall of a prison where you hide a shiv in your hair in case you have to cut somebody." Meryl Streep didn't enjoy playing drug-addicted family matriarch Violet Weston in the movie adaptation of hit play August: Osage County.
Cult singer/songwriter Beck turned his star-studded Los Angeles show on Sunday (24Nov13) into a family affair when his father stepped up to conduct the orchestra backing him at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. David Campbell conducted the 61-piece Los Angeles Philharmonic at his son's third Song Reader concert.
They welcomed Jack Black, Childish Gambino, Jarvis Cocker and actor John C. Reilly to the stage, but perhaps the night's highlight came when Oscar winner Anne Hathaway joined Jenny Lewis to harmonise with Beck on the song Last Night You Were a Dream.
Aside from the performances, there were also spoken word moments delivered by lyricist Van Dyke Parks and filmmaker Allison Anders, among others.
Heavy rocker Lemmy has no desire to have his band Motorhead inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after officials failed to take care of memorabilia he loaned to them for display. Fans of the group have long campaigned for the Ace of Spades hitmakers to be recognised for their career achievements at the prestigious museum in Cleveland, Ohio, but the veteran singer admits he is unconcerned about the honour as he doesn't hold the accolade in high regard.
He tells the New York Times, "Well, I was not very impressed when I visited the place. I mean, they borrowed my Ace of Spades tour jacket and a pair of boots off me (sic) to have in a display, and I never got them back. They lost them.
"I don't have any resentment (about losing the souvenirs). I mean, it was just an employee (who misplaced them), obviously."
Musicians become eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their first release. Motorhead marked that milestone in 2002, but have yet to be named among the contenders for induction.
Splash NewsAlec Baldwin's recent career could be mistaken for one extremely long audition for the role of The Incredible Hulk. Only last week, his weekly MSNBC show was suspended for two episodes after he was filmed using a homophobic slur against a photographer during a New York street encounter. But it's not just photographers who don't like him when he's angry. Everyone from his eleven-year-old daughter to American Airlines flight attendants have felt the wrath of the Thomas & The Magic Railroad star for next to nothing over the past few years. Here's a more in-depth look at five of his victims.Ireland BaldwinBaldwin's most astonishing rant was directed towards his then eleven-year-old daughter Ireland in 2007 after she missed a pre-arranged phone call. Foregoing any chances of a "Father of the Year" award, the raging actor repeatedly called her a 'rude little pig' while also taking a pot shot at her mother, Kim Basinger, who later denied getting her revenge by leaking the voicemail to the press.Jay From StarbucksA poor unfortunate barista named Jay had the misfortune to catch Baldwin on one of his many off days when he apparently failed to treat the star with the utmost worship, resulting in a very personal and public review on his favourite platform for abuse, Twitter: "Starbucks on 93 and B’Way. Uptight Queen barista named JAY has an attitude problem."American Airlines Flight AttendantsUnable to tear himself away from the importance of playing Words With Friends, Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight in 2011 after he refused to turn off his smart phone. Despite inconveniencing hundreds of his fellow travellers, the word game addict still believed he was the wronged party and subsequently launched into a misogynistic rant on where else but Twitter.The New York PostAfter claiming that the New York Post's Gary Miller had assaulted him outside his home earlier this year, Baldwin was then accused of hurling a string of racial slurs at the photographer. When asked about the allegations by one of the newspaper's reporters, a charming Baldwin then replied, "I want you to choke to death."Daily Mail Journalist George StarkCertainly not the first celebrity to take issue with a story printed on the venomous Daily Mail website, Baldwin perhaps understandably took umbrage with journalist George Stark following the claim that his wife Hilaria had been tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral. Less understandable is the vicious and vile way he chose to respond, describing the hack as "a toxic little queen" while also threatening to "put his foot up his f****ng ass."
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Before X-Men fans can start lining up to see Days of Future Past when it arrives in theaters in 2014, the cast needs to head back to Montreal and do some re-shoots. The news comes after it was recently reported by Hypable that the latest installment in the X-Men franchise is reportedly the second most expensive film 20th Century Fox has ever made, costing around $225 million. The only film that is more expensive? James Cameron's Avatar, which cost an impressive $237 million. But the ridiculously large price tag for the film got us thinking: is there anything out there that is ridiculously expensive and yet still cheaper than the new X-Men movie?
In honor of the film entering re-shoots and its massive price tag only growing bigger, we've found seven insanely expensive things that cost less than X-Men: Days of Future Past.
A NASA Space Shuttle and a Commercial Flight Into Space - $28,550,000If you ever dreamed about traveling into space, you can finally make those dreams a reality for the low price of $250,000. That's how much it would cost for a commercial flight into space, courtesy of Virgin Galactic. Of course, if you don't want to travel alongside other people, and would prefer instead to have a spacecraft all to yourself, NASA has started a program in which they sell used space shuttles for an asking price of $28.8 million. The best part? When you buy a shuttle, they throw in an engine for free. Now, that's a deal.
An Exact Replica of the Royal Wedding - Just over $32 million Prince William's 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton was a global event, watched by millions across the planet and the mobs gathered outside of Westminister Abbey. But if you're looking to plan a royal wedding of your own, it will only cost a little over $32 million. That includes the designer dress, the lavish ceremony, the custom designed cake, and of course, all of the security needed to keep Kate and William's special day from being ruined by over enthusiastic revellers. The entire cost was split between Kate's family and the royal family, so it should be no problem for the average millionaire to throw a similar spectacle.
A Chance to Be James Bond, Plus the Most Expensive Car in the World - $57,700,808 Being the most famous secret agent in the world isn't cheap: between cars, gadgets, designer suits and plenty of martinis — shaken, not stirred — 007 would probably cost British taxpayers just over $5 and a half million. Although, what's a few million when it comes to protecting the nation from maniacal super villains who cry blood? After you're done protecting your country and spending the night with beautiful, exotic women, it will come time to reward yourself. Why not buy yourself the most expensive car currently on the market, a Ferrari GTO? It'll only run you a cool $52 million, and you'll continue to be the coolest spy in pop culture history.
Charles Xavier's Westchester Mansion - $58,180,386 That's right, for about a quarter of the cost of the upcoming X-Men film, producers could have simply bought a Westchester mansion and turned it into the headquarters for Professor X. If you're a die-hard X-Men fan with a few million dollars lying around, why not treat yourself to a luxurious and high tech home where you can probably screen Days of Future Past in private. After all, it's got to be easier than attempting to turn yourself in Wolverine.
Actually Becoming Batman - $134,735,100 The best thing about Batman is that he is the kind of superhero that anyone can become. He doesn't need any radioactive spiders or gamma rays to become the hero that Gotham deserves, just lots and lots of cash. And if you've got that kind of money in the back, you too can treat yourself to a batmobile, costume, underground lair, and all of the weapons your heart desires and still come in under the budget of the new X-Men movie. Unfortunately, though, the price tag doesn't include trips to the doctor after you give yourself laryngitis with your growly bat-voice.
Paying the Salaries of Both the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks - $188,154,135 Currently, the Brooklyn Nets have the most expensive salary cap in the NBA, dividing a total of $101,291,208 amongst Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams and the rest of the boys. Their cross-town rivals the New York Knicks have the second most expensive payroll, and their roster — which includes Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Metta World Peace/Ron Artest — runs them $86,862,927. For less than it costs to make this film, you could pay the entire salaries for both teams, and still have money left over to spend on courtside seats and dinners at the 40/40 club. Becoming a sports mogul has never looked more affordable.
Your Own Hogwarts Castle - $204 million If you were the kind of child who cried when you didn't receive a letter from Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, but now have loads of money to spend on frivolous things, have we got some great news for you. For the low, low price of only $204 million, you can build your own School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and finally live your dream of being a wizard. Eat all of your meals in the Great Hall, sort your friends into their respective houses, sneak out of the dormitories and explore the dungeons, look after the three-headed dog sleeping on the third floor, and live just like Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but without that annoying threat of death. The price doesn't include a Forbidden Forest, but it would be hard to find a hippogriff to put in there anyway.
Stars including pop singer Pixie Lott and supermodel Jerry Hall turned out to support a fundraiser in honour of Amy Winehouse in London on Wednesday night (20Nov13). The late singer's parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse, hosted the Amy Winehouse Foundation's third annual benefit, which raises funds for the charitable organisation set up in the star's memory following her death in July, 2011.
The Winehouse family was joined by celebrities including Lott, Hall, actress Barbara Windsor and JLS star Oritse Williams, who all had kind words to say about the tragic Back To Black hitmaker.
Williams said, "Amy was one of my biggest musical inspirations. I studied her albums when I was a kid so I had to be here."
Hall added, "She was so talented. What a loss," while Lott said, "I love anyone who's got a soulful, amazing voice and she definitely had that. My favourite song was Love is a Losing Game because of the amount of soul that's in it."
It’s impossible to choose who wore what bun best, because they all wear them so differently, and let’s get real. They all wear them so well. No spoilers here, just a fun look at different ways to make the same hairstyle work so perfectly!
GALLERY: Who's Got The Best Buns?
Fans of The Best Man Holiday may have waited almost 15 years for it to arrive, but another installment in the series will hit theaters much sooner. A sequel to the holiday rom-com is already in development after the film had a massively successful opening weekend, where it made $30.6 million, just a few million shy of beating out Thor 2 for the top spot. Deadline reports that the film's writer, director, and producer Malcom D. Lee is now in talks with Universal to develop a third film, which star Morris Chestnut seemed to confirm in a recent interview. According to Chestnut, the film's box office success gave the studio the confidence they needed to make another film, and Lee has already started coming up with storylines for the next installment.
In addition to earning huge box office returns, the film also got very positive reviews, which is not only satisfying for fans of the original film, but will also likely help the The Best Man Holiday attract a new audience. According to critics, the large gap between films has also helps movie-goers who haven't seen the original film to follow the story and engage with the characters just as well as those who have. The positive buzz surrounding the film was likely another significant factor in Universal's decision to greenlight a follow-up.
The movie's ensemble, which includes Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Melissa De Sousa and Harold Perrineau, are not contracted for a third movie, and since they all reportedly took a significant pay cut for The Best Man Holiday, it seems very likely that the stars can expect a raise this time around. Everyone seems to be willing to return for another film, although given the controversy that Howard stirred up over his salary negotiations for Iron Man 2, there's a chance that there could be a few conflicts when it comes time for the cast to sign on for the next movie.
The Best Man Holiday is currently playing in theaters.
Lady Gaga will bid farewell to New York City's iconic Roseland Ballroom next year (14) by performing the venue's last ever shows. Reports which emerged last month (Oct13) suggested the hall will close its doors after 50 years, during which the likes of Madonna, Beyonce, the Rolling Stones and Metallica have graced the stage.
Gaga has now confirmed she will play a number of shows at the Roseland before bosses take it out of business.
A post on her Facebook.com page reads, "Lady Gaga will help shut down her hometown venue with a real New York theatrical affair! Gaga will play the final shows EVER at the Roseland in a very intimate residency."
The Poker Face superstar will perform four shows in March and April (14).