Ferdaus Shamim/GettyWith original member Charlie Simpson still refusing to go back to his boyband-with-guitars days now that he's a semi-credible singer-songwriter, Matt Willis and James Bourne, aka the remaining members of mid-'00s UK chart-toppers Busted, have now instead hooked up with the group they undoubtedly paved the way for, McFly, for the latest big pop reunion tour. But which other pop acts could realistically join forces to form in the wake of the newest 'supergroup' McBusted. Here's a look at five potential ideas.Destiny's Child/TLCIt's unlikely that Beyoncé will ever wish to share the limelight with her former Destiny's Child bandmates for more than a few minutes, a la the Super Bowl, ever again. But there's nothing to stop Kelly and Michelle hooking up with T-Boz and Chilli to create the ultimate 90s R&B girlband crossover.Sugababes Versions 1-4The recent reunion of Mutya Keisha Siobhan, the original line-up of the ever-revolving Sugababes, hasn't exactly been a roaring success, while the latest line-up of Jade, Heidi and Amelle has been missing in action ever since 2011. But with a decade of hook-laden hits between them, a show featuring the four various line-ups would undoubtedly reignite both parties' careers.BSBNSYNCBackstreet Boys have already embraced the supergroup concept having toured and recorded with New Kids On The Block. And while Justin Timberlake is too much of a superstar to revisit his teen-pop past for more than a quick MTV VMA medley, the other four members would surely be open to hooking up with their old rivals for a feast of late '90s/early '00s boyband pop.S Club 15The term 'supergroup' might be pushing it here but it would certainly be interesting to see one of the biggest pop groups of the early '00s, S Club 7, team up with the eight members of their mini-me spin-off S Club Juniors – two of which are now in The Saturdays – for a massive S Club Party.Boyzone/WestlifeThey would possibly be the dreariest pop 'supergroup' of all time, but fans of karaoke covers and 'stand up for the key change' ballads would be in pop heaven if Irish boyband Boyzone and their recently-defunct successors Westlife decided to pool their coma-inducing resources together.
British boybands Mcfly and Busted are uniting to create a supergroup for a U.K. tour next year (14). The two acts teased their plans to join forces last week (ends10Nov13) and on Monday (11Nov13), they held a press conference in London to give fans the details.
Busted stars James Bourne and Matt Willis will hit the stage with the four boys from McFly, Tom Fletcher, Harry Judd, Danny Jones and Dougie Poynter, for an arena trek in April and May 2014.
Former Busted rocker Charlie Simpson, whose departure in 2005 led to the band's demise, will not rejoin the group.
The tour will kick off in Glasgow, Scotland on 19 April (14) and end on 9 May (14) in Manchester, England. The new supergroup will be known as McBusted.
Mcfly star Tom Fletcher is battling to overcome a sore throat ahead of the British band's concert in the U.K. on Monday night (06May13). The All About You hitmakers are due to hit the stage at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester, England but the singer admits getting through the gig is going to be a struggle.
Taking to Twitter.com shortly before showtime, he writes, "Got a slight sore throat today, gonna need some help singing tonight Leicester!"
The illness isn't the only problem Fletcher and his bandmates Dougie Poynter, Danny Jones and Harry Judd faced on Monday.
Fletcher reveals, "Our tour bus broke down today. Fun times. Made it to the venue in time for dinner. Bosh."
David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas consists of six stories set in various periods between 1850 and a time far into Earth's post-apocalyptic future. Each segment lives on its own the previous first person account picked up and read by a character in its successor creating connective tissue between each moment in time. The various stories remain intact for Tom Tykwer's (Run Lola Run) Lana Wachowski's and Andy Wachowski's (The Matrix) film adaptation which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The massive change comes from the interweaving of the book's parts into one three-hour saga — a move that elevates the material and transforms Cloud Atlas in to a work of epic proportions.
Don't be turned off by the runtime — Cloud Atlas moves at lightning pace as it cuts back and forth between its various threads: an American notary sailing the Pacific; a budding musician tasked with transcribing the hummings of an accomplished 1930's composer; a '70s-era investigatory journalist who uncovers a nefarious plot tied to the local nuclear power plant; a book publisher in 2012 who goes on the run from gangsters only to be incarcerated in a nursing home; Sonmi~451 a clone in Neo Seoul who takes on the oppressive government that enslaves her; and a primitive human from the future who teams with one of the few remaining technologically-advanced Earthlings in order to survive. Dense but so was the unfamiliar world of The Matrix. Cloud Atlas has more moving parts than the Wachowskis' seminal sci-fi flick but with additional ambition to boot. Every second is a sight to behold.
The members of the directing trio are known for their visual prowess but Cloud Atlas is a movie about juxtaposition. The art of editing is normally a seamless one — unless someone is really into the craft the cutting of a film is rarely a post-viewing talking point — but Cloud Atlas turns the editor into one of the cast members an obvious player who ties the film together with brilliant cross-cutting and overlapping dialogue. Timothy Cavendish the elderly publisher could be musing on his need to escape and the film will wander to the events of Sonmi~451 or the tortured music apprentice Robert Frobisher also feeling the impulse to run. The details of each world seep into one another but the real joy comes from watching each carefully selected scene fall into place. You never feel lost in Cloud Atlas even when Tykwer and the Wachowskis have infused three action sequences — a gritty car chase in the '70s a kinetic chase through Neo Seoul and a foot race through the forests of future millennia — into one extended set piece. This is a unified film with distinct parts echoing the themes of human interconnectivity.
The biggest treat is watching Cloud Atlas' ensemble tackle the diverse array of characters sprinkled into the stories. No film in recent memory has afforded a cast this type of opportunity yet another form of juxtaposition that wows. Within a few seconds Tom Hanks will go from near-neanderthal to British gangster to wily 19th century doctor. Halle Berry Hugh Grant Jim Sturgess Jim Broadbent Ben Whishaw Hugo Weaving and Susan Sarandon play the same game taking on roles of different sexes races and the like. (Weaving as an evil nurse returning to his Priscilla Queen of the Desert cross-dressing roots is mind-blowing.) The cast's dedication to inhabiting their roles on every level helps us quickly understand the worlds. We know it's Halle Berry behind the fair skinned wife of the lunatic composer but she's never playing Halle Berry. Even when the actors are playing variations on themselves they're glowing with the film's overall epic feel. Jim Broadbent's wickedly funny modern segment a Tykwer creation that packs a particularly German sense of humor is on a smaller scale than the rest of the film but the actor never dials it down. Every story character and scene in Cloud Atlas commits to a style. That diversity keeps the swirling maelstrom of a movie in check.
Cloud Atlas poses big questions without losing track of its human element the characters at the heart of each story. A slower moment or two may have helped the Wachowskis' and Tykwer's film to hit a powerful emotional chord but the finished product still proves mainstream movies can ask questions while laying over explosive action scenes. This year there won't be a bigger movie in terms of scope in terms of ideas and in terms of heart than Cloud Atlas.
The British pop star took to Twitter.com to announce the happy news just hours after proposing to his girlfriend of seven years, Giovanna Falcone.
Felton has rushed to congratulate his friend, writing, "Just heard the good news, congratulations mate! Wishing you decades of good times together. All the best to u (sic) and the mrs." Fletcher replied, "Cheers my fellow TF!"
The actor isn't the only star to be celebrating the news - Fletcher's bandmates have also congratulated their pal.
Dougie Poynter wrote, "Congratulations to my good friends Tom and Gi for getting engaged tonight!!!" While Danny Jones has already joked he'll be happy to be Fletcher's best man at the nuptials, "That's awesome mate, many congratulations to you and Giovanna Falcone... No... don't, OK yes I will be your best man! Yes."