Jennifer Lopez managed to squeeze in three costume changes during her American Music Awards tribute performance to Latin music legend Celia Cruz by ripping off a loose black dress to reveal a colourful salsa ensemble, before stripping down to a lilac fringed bodysuit. The singer's medley set at the Los Angeles prizegiving marked the 10th anniversary of Cruz's death.
Jennifer Lopez will present a tribute to late Latin music legend Celia Cruz at the 2013 American Music Awards on 24 November (13). The singer will mark the 10th anniversary of the star's death at the ceremony, which will take place in Los Angeles.
Also newly added to the line-up for the show are Katy Perry, who will open the ceremony with a performance of her new single Unconditionally, and R&B stars TLC.
They will join Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Florida Georgia Line, Miley Cyrus and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis among the night's performers.
Pitbull will host the show and perform his new single Timber with Ke$ha.
Soccer idol David Beckham thrilled the stars of boyband One Direction by making a surprise visit to their gig in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (08Aug13). Singer Niall Horan took to Twitter.com to tell his fans the retired sports ace had brought his sons Brooklyn, 14, Romeo, 10, and eight year old Cruz, along with daughter Harper, two, backstage to meet the boys after the gig.
He writes, "Met our footballing hero! Mr David Beckham! He brought the boys and the little girl to see us! What a nice man! So courteous!"
One Direction are set to play a further three shows at Los Angeles Staples Center this week (ends11Aug13) as part of their Take Me Home world tour.
Woody Allen likes Louis C.K.. A lot. Not only was he enough of a fan of the standup comic's slice-of-life FX series Louie to cast him in Blue Jasmine (out July 26) Allen came to appreciate C.K.'s gifts so much while making the movie that he's determined to act opposite him in a future film. "He's clearly such a sweet guy," Allen told The New York Times. "I'd love to do a movie with him and me, a comedy. I'm looking for some idea that would work, for the two of us to do." Even more remarkable, he's also considering a return to standup, which he hasn't actively been involved in since the Jack Paar '60s.
Those who think of Woody Allen's latter-day efforts as primarily nostalgia pieces — crammed with moth-eaten euphemisms like "making love" to describe any sexual encounter and scored by his personal collection of crinkly jazz LPs — may be surprised that he'd find such a kindred spirit in Louis. Sure, there's a generation gap there. Allen is 77, and C.K. is 45. But Allen's shown an admirable openness when it comes to casting his recent films. Who would have thought that Owen Wilson would prove his jittery avatar in Midnight in Paris? Or that Scarlett Johansson and Penélope Cruz would become his recurring, post-millennial muses? In the Times piece, Allen even says that his next project is "the perfect movie for Colin Firth and Emma Stone." If you stop to think on it, C.K. is really the perfect partner to complement Allen's vision. Certainly much more so than Larry David, whose neo-Borscht Belt attitude hearkens back to Allen's "earlier, funnier movies" but felt out of place amidst the existential musings of down-and-dirty Big Apple character study Whatever Works.
Louie is, at heart, a study of futility, which is also Allen's primary theme. Much of what C.K.'s FX alter ego experiences could be described as "Anhedonia," the original title of Annie Hall — a movie also about a standup comic dealing with a parade of exes and relationships that go nowhere. C.K. doesn't have many of Allen's iconic nebbish-isms, but the slice-of-New-York-life structure and sensibility of Louie makes each 20-minute episode feel like a mini Annie Hall. Whether dealing with rude fans or shallow showbiz types, Louie's trying to keep his head above the muck in a city he simultaneously loves and finds sullied and discover somewhere in it a lick of truth. Louie's failed sitcom pilot from Season 1 — complete with much younger, overly hot wife — feels like the lazy sketch show Woody works on in Manhattan. The Matthew Broderick-starring Godfather remake he's cast in could have been made by Alan Alda's "if it bends, it's funny!" producer in Crimes and Misdemeanors. You could argue there's no comedian today who bottles literacy and raunch the way Allen always has as effectively as Louis C.K..
Allen even went so far as to say that he's considering a return to standup. That's something he hasn't actively done in decades, though he does continue to perform live as a clarinetist with his jazz band. In the Times he said that he was inspired to give standup another try after seeing the 85-year-old Mort Sahl do it. "Since I saw him, I’ve just been toying with the idea," Allen said. "I would love to see if I could. Just getting together an hour of stuff to talk about would be a lot of work." It's hard not to think, though, that his working friendship with C.K., arguably the finest practioner of the form today, also encouraged this idea. Far from being a stodgy, talky filmmaker for old folks, Allen's always shown his capacity for synthesizing the new. But if he does return to standup, if he does star in a film opposite C.K., it'll show something else: that at 77 he's still a risktaker too. And we'll be the ones to share in the reward.
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Sharon Osbourne and her son Jack have been honoured in Los Angeles for their work to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis. The reality TV stars were presented with a joint Medal of Hope award by Jack's sister Kelly Osbourne at the 20th annual Race to Erase MS gala on Friday (03May13).
Jack Osbourne, 27, announced he had been diagnosed with the neurological condition last summer (Jun12), and he and his family have been using their fame to accelerate the campaign to find a cure for the disease ever since.
Speaking before the event, rock matriarch Sharon admitted she has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from her friends and relatives after going public with her son's health crisis.
She said, "We feel totally spoilt by our friends and family and everybody has been amazing with us. At times like this you realise how lucky you are to be surrounded by so many friends."
And Jack was full of praise for the strength his mum has shown in the months since his diagnosis.
He added, "If anyone is deserving it's her because she's been more out front about this than anyone. She's been so supportive - it's nice that it's a family affair."
Jack's wife, Lisa Stelly, also attended the bash, while other guests included singers Rod Stewart, Melanie Brown and LaToya Jackson, who were treated to performances by Sir Elton John and R&B star Taio Cruz.
Leonardo DiCaprio showed his generous side by handing over $61,000 (£38,000) to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) at the organisation's Media Awards on Saturday (20Apr13). The Titanic star attended the Los Angeles event to honour lawyer Steve Warren, but he also supported the gay rights group by donating $25,000 (£16,000) during a pledge drive conducted by actor Wilson Cruz.
During the evening's auction, DiCaprio placed the winning bid of $22,000 (£13,750) for an African holiday package, which included two plane tickets and a four-night stay at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.
He also splashed out an additional $14,000 (£8,750) for a photo of blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe, reports EOnline.com.
The British sportsman played his final game for the L.A. team against Texas' Houston Dynamo on Saturday (01Dec12), winning 3-1 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Beckham was given a standing ovation from fans at the stadium when he was substituted in injury time.
His sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz helped him celebrate the victory by joining him on the winners' podium after the match, and Scottish actor Gerard Butler also joined Beckham for official photos taken with the MLS trophy.
Beckham announced plans to leave the U.S. squad last month (Nov12), insisting, "In my time here I have seen the popularity of the game grow every year. I've been fortunate to win trophies, but more important to me has been the fantastic reception I've had from fans in L.A. and across the States. Soccer's potential has no limits in this wonderful country and I want to always be part of growing it."
The sports ace announced last week (20Nov12) he will be leaving U.S. club Los Angeles Galaxy next month (Dec12) but insisted he hopes his family will remain based in California.
Now rumours are sweeping the Internet that the Beckhams are heading back to London after former Spice Girls singer Victoria was reportedly spotted on a guided tour of the fee-paying Harrodian School in Barnes, London on Tuesday (27Nov12).
She spent an hour checking out the institute's facilities with her three sons Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, and seven year old Cruz, and chatting to dozens of excited schoolchildren.
Speaking after his announcement to leave LA Galaxy last week, Beckham told America's NBC, "Whatever happens, L.A. will be regarded as our home... We will keep our house in L.A. We are not guaranteeing that we are moving back to England."
Happy Veteran's Day! Do you know how 100% of all Veterans like to spend their evening? Reading television tidbits, of course! (That may or may not be a lie, actually. We haven't asked any veterans yet.) And so we bring you the biggest and best news from around the small screen and package them in one, easy-to-digest post here, for you. Because we care. Now dig in!
Anthony Bourdain is 'Fighting Mad' at Travel Channel: With the final episode of his eight-season show No Reservations in the can, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is pretty ticked off at the advertising executives at his old network. In a post on his personal Tumblr account, Bourdain lambasted the network for using his image without his consent to sell Cadillacs in what is likely an integrated marketing effort drummed up to capitalize on the network's tent pole series' final installment. Says Bourdain about the issue: "The network made a commercial, with me endorsing a product, and hadn’t even bothered to ask me." Uh-oh, I smell a lawsuit! [Anthony Bourdain]
Matthew Lillard is Reporting for Duty: Well here's a sentence you don't see every day: Career resurgence enthusiast Matthew Lillard has joined a drama pilot from Homeland executive producer Meredith Stiehm, called The Bridge. Adapted from the Scandinavian series I Bron, FX's The Bridge will revolve around a detective duo from the United States and Mexico, tracking down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. Annabeth Gish and Ted Levine also star. Creepy! [THR]
90210 Scores NFL's Terrell Owens: Man, Beverly Hills is the place to be to get guest stars, huh? After an already-impressively-packed season of the CW reboot that's featured Grant Gustin, Tegan and Sara and Taio Cruz this season alone, former footballer Terrell Owens is joining the cast for a one-episode cameo. He will be a guest at a celebrity-filled auction in the famous zip code. Sounds swanky! [TVLine]
CW Gets a Vanishing Act: The folks over at The CW has signed on to develop a series titled Jane Whitefield, based on the main character in the book series Vanishing Act by Thomas Perry. Written by Natalie Chaidez, the series will focus on the center heroine from the stories (yes, her name is Jane Whitefield), who searches for the true identity of her biological parents while also running a private investigation/"eraser" company (because of course—the two fit together so naturally). [Deadline]
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Chasing Mavericks is one of those hoary "based on a true story" movies that borders on hagiography. It's a fictionalized take on the early life of surfing wunderkind Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston) and his attempt with the help of his mentor Frosty (Gerard Butler) to conquer the giant waves known as "mavericks." Although the beaches of North California and their crashing waves are gorgeous the story and the acting don't hold water. Chasing Mavericks is more interested in showing Moriarity to be a hero than an actual person and the movie suffers for it in the end.
Weston plays Moriarity as a 15-year-old and although Weston is still in his early twenties he looks disconcertingly older. The tan make-up doesn't help and neither does his hollow performance which is mostly just him looking wide-eyed and earnest. He's not given much to work with the challenges he has to overcome not given much weight at all. Moriarity's dad left when he was a kid and his mom (Elisabeth Shue) is often drunk and can't keep a job. This could have been an interesting development — Jay has to take care of her and loan her money and lives in what looks like a cubbyhole in the living room — but it's given short shrift. The movie Moriarity patiently does her laundry and wakes her up for work instead of what a normal 15-year-old would do which would probably include at the very least some choice four letter words or acting out. Although his mentoring at the hands of Butler's Frosty does explore some of Jay's pain and fears he's not particularly affected by anything. He just shakes it all off like a shaggy dog who's spent a day at the beach.
Other plot developments are equally toothless and without any real consequence. He has a bully who verbally taunts him but eventually respects him. His best friend is either doing or selling drugs given his shady goings-on and wads of dough in his pocket. Moriarity holds a torch for his childhood friend Kim (Leven Rambin) who is apparently embarrassed to be seen with him but even she isn't all that bad. It's like an after-school special that runs for 105 minutes (but feels much longer).
His crusty mentor Frosty is supposed to be a damaged man whose passion for surfing trumps everything even it seems supporting his family. At one point it's clear he's lied to his wife about going to do construction work but she just sort of shrugs it off. Brenda (Abigail Spencer) knows Frosty's love for the ocean and how it heals him from past tragedies so she mostly tolerates his behavior aside from a few sharp remarks. As his voiceover indicates (delivered by Butler with an accent that goes in and out) these "Children of the Tides" are simply drawn to the ocean even if it kills them. The passion trumps all as it surely did in the life of the real Jay Moriarity.
The footage of the men surfing is the centerpiece of the story which is probably why everything else feels like an afterthought. Even this is uneven though. Some of it is obviously Butler and Weston — Butler was injured on the set while filming a surfing scene — but the faraway shots don't really match up. It's not clear if this is archival footage or if it's just poorly edited and filmed. A few scenes in the movie look startlingly different all cloudy grays with Butler haggard and thinner and although it could be just a really ham-handed way to visually indicate grief this interlude looks like it's from an entirely different movie. A perk of Chasing Mavericks is its "alternative" music soundtrack that is immediately recognizable and surprisingly on point with songs from Mazzy Star Matthew Sweet and the Butthole Surfers popping up at appropriate times.
While surely the people involved in making the film are dedicated to preserving Jay's memory and inspiring others it's hard to take it seriously or be emotionally moved by such a blatantly unblemished portrayal. Real tributes show that grit and shortcomings of their subjects as much as why they're heroes.