It’s ironic for a show with such a great format, amazing challenges, and a generally insane season to have a finale that feels like a chore. This season of Ink Master was epic. Scott Marshall was a trash-talking mercenary set on winning the seasonal competition. He enlisted Matti Hixson in an attempt to get Sausage eliminated, but instead Sausage made it to the top two. He was talented, quiet, and a generally nice guy. Frontrunner Halo got eliminated despite being sure he’d make it to the finals. Three people had breakdowns. Returning contestant, Kyle Dunbar trashed a fellow artist for freaking out then physically attacked judge, Chris Nunez. All that, and there was a freaking appearance by Hugh Jackman. But this finale felt crammed with so much wasted time.
After years as a rock star, Dave Navarro is not afraid of anything. Especially cutting people off on a reality show. This season finale didn’t opt for juicy reality TV moments. Whenever things would get really tense, Navarro would cut everyone off. They took time to read real tweets including one that accused the judges of favoritism in the Scott vs. Sausage beef. Given the large number of boos from the audience, this may be the case. They also were pretty short when they talked to past contestants. Halo was cut off despite having a debate with another contestant about how he “played the game.” He was one of four former contestants who even said anything.
We were also robbed of the whole point we were there. This is a competitive reality show. We didn’t get a chance to see any elapsed footage of the elaborate 35-hour back pieces getting done. Instead we saw them as sketches and saw them completed. Viewers were asked to vote before even getting the chance to really look over these pieces or hear the judges critiques. Plus, anyone anxiously awaiting the return of Kyle Dunbar to see what he had to say it was cut off. He was a favorite to win but was a bit all over the place all season. Rather than hear what he had to say for himself he got cut off.
Instead of hearing from the former contestants, seeing the current participants working, or even hearing what the judges had to say we got to watch Season 3 winner Joey Hamilton live-tattooing. But honestly, by the time he’s in the studio and they’re filming he’s just adding details. The tattoo doesn’t look particularly different at any point that the show cuts to him. Also, there was more time discussing the format for Season 5 than spending any time with the cast. Season 5 will revolve around rivals and bring back Season 3 rivals Joshua Hibbard and Jason Clay Dunn. We didn’t really need a reel of them fighting to add any excitement to this finale.
In the end, Scott wins amid boos from the audience. It isn’t clear why he won and from Twitter it seemed like Sausage was a favorite. But it’s pretty funny that they did close to the same tattoo. It was a great season and the final pieces really were of equal intensity. However, this finale was overly saturated with product placement, had undefined relationship lines, and seemed both rushed and too long.
Actor Ryan Reynolds had to cut short his honeymoon with Blake Lively to start work on a new movie about the kidnapping of a young girl by a paedophile at the centre of a crime ring.
The Green Lantern star is promoting The Captive at the Cannes International Film Festival in France, and on Friday (16May14), he told reporters that he struggled to get into character for the film because he was on a marriage high - and his new wife joined him for the shoot in his native Canada. Reynolds explained, "I dragged my wife from our honeymoon in Africa and landed her in Sudbury, Ontario in Canada when it was minus 40 degrees, at a roadside motel where we stayed for a month. She coped with it much better than I did."
But the actor admits he found a way to get into character very quickly - by talking to his brother, who is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer. Director Atom Egoyan's film, which also stars Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson and Mireille Enos, is in competition at Cannes.
Meanwhile, in other news from the festival, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has hit headlines after it was revealed he is in talks to star in the movie adaptation of Dave Eggers' bestselling novel You Shall Know Our Velocity, which centres on two friends' global journey with their late pal's ashes.
British actor Timothy Spall has been tipped as an early Oscars contender after wowing critics at the Cannes International Film Festival with his portrayal of 19th century painter J.m.w. Turner in director Mike Leigh's new biopic. Mr. Turner, which documents the British artist's rise to prominence from the mid-1820s, premiered at the annual French festival on Thursday (15May14) and it opened to rave reviews, with The Hollywood Reporter's Leslie Felperin feting the Harry Potter star for his "masterful performance", branding the role one he was "born to play".
Awarding the film five out of five stars, The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw writes, "Every scene in this film is expertly managed; every comic line and funny moment adroitly presented and every performance given with intelligence and love. It is another triumph for Mike Leigh and for Timothy Spall."
Time Out's Dave Calhoun also gave Mr. Turner top marks, declaring it "an extraordinary film, all at once strange, entertaining, thoughtful and exciting", while The Telegraph's Robbie Collin hailed Spall for giving what is probably "the finest performance of his career", and Variety's Scott Foundas predicts the "exquisitely detailed, brilliantly-acted biopic" is "a natural awards contender".
The high praise for Mr. Turner, Leigh's first feature film in four years, has made the movie a hot favourite to win Cannes' prestigious Palme d'Or award, which will be handed out later this month (May14). Other movies in competition include Ken Loache's Jimmy's Hall, David Cronenberg's Map to the Stars and The Homesman, directed by actor Tommy Lee Jones.
Lady Antebellum star Dave Haywood is preparing to become a first-time father. The Need You Now hitmaker and his wife Kelli are expecting their first child this autumn (14).
The parents-to-be took to Facebook.com on Monday (21Apr14) to make the announcement, writing, "So excited for a new Baby A on the way in Sept! And it's a boy!!! -Dave & Kelli".
The news comes just a week after the couple celebrated its two-year wedding anniversary last Monday (14Apr14).
The Haywoods' bundle of joy will be the latest member of the country trio's extended family - last July (13), singer Hillary Scott welcomed her first child, daughter Eisele, with drummer husband Chris Tyrrell.
Mick Jagger and actress Ellen Barkin were among the mourners at tragic designer and stylist L'Wren Scott's Hollywood funeral on Tuesday (25Mar14). Jagger, the fashion icon's longtime boyfriend, helped plan the send off with members of Scott's family.
The private funeral was held at the Hollywood Forever Funeral Home in Los Angeles.
Jagger and Scott's brother Randall Bambrough were among those who shared their memories of the 49-year-old designer, who took her own life in her New York City apartment on 17 March (14), at the service.
The rock star's daughters Karis and Jade read a poem and Psalm 139, respectively, while his other kids Elizabeth, Georgia, James and Gabriel were also in attendance.
Scott's niece Hannah Bambrough read a Shakespeare sonnet and longtime Rolling Stones backing singer Bernard Fowler performed Will the Circle Be Unbroken, accompanied by Dave Stewart.
Country music stars Lady Antebellum will be honoured at the 2014 Grammys on the Hill Awards for their excellence in both music and philanthropic efforts. The trio, made of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, will be given the Recording Artists' Coalition Award during the annual ceremony next month (02Apr14) in Washington, D.C.
The event mixes power players in both music and politics, and the award Lady Antebellum is set to receive is named for a program founded by singers Don Henley and Sheryl Crow.
Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow lauds the Grammy Award winners for their work in and out of the studio, including with their organisation called Ladyaid Fund, which supports children's hospitals in North America.
Portnow says in a statement that reads: "We are proud to honor Lady Antebellum for their artistry and inventiveness in the country arena as well as their philanthropic efforts to make a difference for disadvantaged children here and abroad."
Along with Lady Antebellum, House of Representatives Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will also be honoured for recognising the role music plays in American life.
Iggy Pop has cast doubt on the future of his rock band The Stooges following the tragic death of Scott Asheton, insisting the group won't feel the same without the drummer and his brother. The punk icon is the only surviving member of the original line-up, which was founded in 1967 with bassist Dave Alexander, Asheton and his older brother, guitarist Ron, who died in 2009 - and he admits he is not sure if The Stooges can live on.
The singer has opened up about the band and the loss of Asheton in a tribute piece for Rolling Stone magazine, revealing the drummer died after suffering a heart attack on Saturday (15Mar14), a day before Iggy Pop broke the sad news to fans in a post on Facebook.com.
In the article, Pop praises the 64 year old's musical skills, stating, "Scott played drums with a boxer's authority".
And he admits it will be tough to play The Stooges material without his old pal.
He writes, "I don't want to say that I'm done with the band. I would just say that I feel like the group has always included the Asheton brothers. When Ron passed away, Scott represented him. Nearly everything we play, Ron played on originally.
"I just can't see the band playing in the near future. It would just be wrong. But if something comes up, you should be open to it. It depends on the feeling of the (Asheton) family and the surviving members..."
And Pop, 66, admits he is eager to take a step back from the stage altogether: "I don't feel right now like there's any reason for me to go jumping out onstage in tight Levi's. What am I going to scream about...?
"I have no plans to tour solo. I definitely have no plans to be a touring musician for the next couple of years. I've toured almost every year out of the past 40 years. I'll probably tour again at some point, but I don't know when and I don't know how."
The Stooges drummer and co-founder Scott Asheton has died at the age of 64. Asheton's death was confirmed by Stooges frontman Iggy Pop on Sunday (16Mar14), as the rocker took to his Facebook.com page to announce the news.
He writes, "My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night. Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me.
"My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life."
The cause of death had not been revealed as WENN went to press.
Asheton founded the Stooges in 1967, along with Pop, Dave Alexander, and guitarist Ron Asheton, his older brother who died in 2009.
When the Stooges disbanded in 1974, Asheton went on to pursue other projects, including serving as the drummer for acts such as Sonny Vincent and Scott Morgan, as well as on Pop's solo projects.
Asheton reunited with Pop and the remaining Stooges in 2003, touring and recording with the band until 2011, when he suffered a stroke, forcing him into temporary retirement.
In 2010, Asheton, Pop, and James Williamson were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Former Full House star Candace Cameron Bure is reuniting with her onscreen beau Scott Weinger for an upcoming episode of U.S. sitcom The Neighbors. Just weeks after her TV father figures Bob Saget, John Stamos and Dave Coulier came together for a Super Bowl commercial, the actress is also reuniting with a co-worker from the popular 1990s show.
Weinger, who is also a writer on The Neighbors, recruited his pal Cameron Bure to play his significant other on the show. The two also played long-term teen lovebirds on Full House.
Their reunion will be featured on the season finale of the comedy, which airs in America on 28 February (14).