Lady Gaga has made it into the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after telling fans she is "just trying to change the world one sequin at a time".
The famous phrase is included in the new, eighth edition of the publication, which lists iconic or inspirational phrases from those in the public eye. The Poker Face singer's famous words will now appear next to those of historical figures such as Charles Darwin. Other stars who have made it to the new edition include British comedian Jack Dee and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Eco-warrior Jack Johnson is urging fans to "green" his concerts by cycling to them and using his bike valet service backstage. The surf-rocker has created an initiative to encourage gig-goers to pedal to shows - and win prizes for parking their bicycles.
A post on the Better Together singer's new JackJohnsonBikeValet.org website reads: "Help to green a Jack Johnson event by making your travel to the venue climate neutral and bike to the show! And because cool people doing cool things deserve cool stuff, participants of the Jack Johnson Bike Valet will automatically be entered into a day-of random drawing for some cool prizes including Jack Johnson signed swag!"
Fans can even use the website to plan ahead and pre-check their bikes at gigs.
Upcoming shows in California next week (beg25Aug14) will all have bike valet sites.
Actor Jamie Foxx partied with politicians on Saturday night (16Aug14) by inviting former presidential candidate John Mccain and New Jersey governor Chris Christie to join him onstage for a dance at a star-studded fundraiser. The Ray star was a guest at the annual Apollo in the Hamptons bash and he made an extra special effort to get the party swinging.
He took to the stage and invited Christie to join him for a dance, before Senator McCain got up to join in, swiftly followed by Sir Paul McCartney and director Spike Lee.
After the stunt, Foxx told New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Its always the ones you don't expect. Republicans love to dance - in the Hamptons."
Other guests at the event, organised by business magnate Ron Perelman, included Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Roger Waters, Anjelica Huston, and Don Johnson.
The audience enjoyed performances by Pharrell Williams, Sting, Gladys Knight, and Jon Bon Jovi at the fundraiser, which netted $4 million (£2.4 million) for development projects at New York's famous Apollo Theatre.
At the close of the evening, Nicholson told Page Six, "That was one hell of a night. Christie really held his own. I told him, as he walked back to his seat, 'Governor, you can't let New Jersey down.'"
Newlywed Jessica Simpson has no plans to give her daughter Maxwell and son Ace another sibling. She revealed the news on Sunday (20Jul14) as she posted an Instagram shot of herself posing with pal Kathryn Sykora's son Jack. In the accompanying caption, she wrote, "I love you Jack, but I do not want another!!." The singer wed former American footballer Eric Johnson earlier this month (Jul14).
Music legend Stevie Wonder paid tribute to fellow soul star Bobby Womack as he closed the London Calling Festival on Sunday night (30Jun14). The Superstition hitmaker headlined the final day of the event in the British capital, following on from Saturday night's (29Jun14) bill-toppers Aerosmith.
Wonder thrilled fans with a hit-packed set, performing classics including Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours and Higher Ground
He also used his time on the stage to honour music veteran Womack following his death on Friday (27Jun14).
The star told the crowd the moment was extra poignant for him as he last saw Womack on a previous trip to the U.K., saying, "It's always a painful thing when we lose someone in this industry, but each time we lose someone, we can say we are left with their musical history. I saw him last right here in England.
"I want to give my condolences to his family and hope that he is in the best place spiritually. Please give a hand to Bobby Womack!"
Wonder and his band then burst into a cover of Womack's track If You Think You're Lonely Now, adding, "We picked out a song we thought was appropriate."
Other performers at the festival, partnered by Britain's Absolute Radio station, included Paloma Faith and Jack Johnson. (LR/WN)
Coldplay singer Chris Martin has something to smile about following news of his marriage break-up - his band has tied U2 for the most number ones on America's Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart. New single Magic is the British group's 11th chart-topper and brings them level with U2, who edged ahead last month (Mar14) when their tune Invisible hit number one.
Both bands have extended their lead on the Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson, who each have nine number ones.
Coldplay first hit the top of the Adult Alternative Songs countdown with In My Place in 2002.
The news comes just two weeks after Martin and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow announced they had separated.
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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Rapper Common is hoping to make his Broadway debut as boxer Jack Jefferson in The Great White Hope. The Light hitmaker has reportedly auditioned to take on the role made famous by James Earl Jones in the 1967 production of Howard Sackler's play.
According to the New York Post, Common's reading for producers was "excellent," but financing is standing in the way of the show's return to the stage.
The 41 year old has reportedly offered to help pay for the production.
The Great White Hope centred on a boxer fighting in the era of racial segregation in the U.S. and was a fictionalised story about the life of boxing champion Jack Johnson.
Jones earned a Best Actor in a Play Tony Award for his performance.
Week after week, it gets tougher to drum up something to say about New Girl. It's not because the episodes have been overwhelmingly bad; they are simply far less interesting than they used to be. At the show's onset, New Girl was a subtle (relatively) play on gender politics. Somewhere in the second half of the first season, we became surprisingly adhered to the characters and got deeper, heavier episodes about the likes of Nick and Schmidt (we've yet to see Winston's transformative episode, and I don't think we ever will). But themes have waned, stories have tempered, and Season 3 on the whole has been a good deal less insightful than its preceding years. But the biggest crime is that the jokes just aren't working anymore.
You can see where New Girl is trying to pack its funny: there's a quick scene in this week's episode, "Exes," that shows a lonely Schmidt shouting playfully into his cavernous refrigerator at a bowl of elusive grapes, breaking down in tears moments later as he eats them. The joke is not very dissimilar from a Season 2 beauty that saw Nick giving life to a dish of nuts before he too erupted into hysterics. Maybe it's because we saw a near identical gag enacted by the superior comedian Jake Johnson, but something about the Schmidt/grapes routine (which should, for all intents and purposes, be the episode's best laugh) just feels forced.
The plot of the episode isn't much better: Nick's ex-girlfriend Caroline (Mary Elizabeth Ellis, from days of New Girl past) has gone bananas over the idea that Nick and Jess are now dating, accusing their relationship of spawning from an act of infidelity on Nick's part and losing all sense of logical control. If we remember correctly, Caroline was never... psychotic. The show did hint that she might have been on the selfish side, but we didn't understand her to be the sort of character who'd stalk and attack her ex-boyfriend years after the conclusion of their relationship over the presumption that he might have cheated. What gives, New Girl?
So, to resolve the issue, Jess phones her own ex Berkley (Adam Brody), with whom she has maintained a close friendship... a friendship that Nick insists is fueled by Berkley's lasting desire to sleep with Jess. Of course he is proven right in the sort of cartoonish twist that sitcoms like this love to pull with ostensibly earnest characters like Berkley. But without many a laugh throughout the story (Brody does deliver a couple of good jokes, his send-off line being my favorite) it is all quite predictable, and all to very little end.
That little end of which I speak involves Nick's revelation that he has been in love with Jess since the day he met her. He admits this to Jess and Caroline in order to clear the air and woo the viewing audience. Sure, it's sweet, but doesn't pack the same oomph that New Girl always used to. Maybe it's because Nick, as we've known him, has been a character defined by his failure. His driving force was his desperation, and we watched him so vigorously to see if he might grab at a scrap of happiness or self-worth one of these days. Now that things are working out peachy for him, we don't really know what to do. We're glad for Nick and all, but the show suffers.
Across the hall, the gags are multiplied, in the Three's Companiest way possible. Schmidt, Coach, and Winston all aim to use Schmidt's loft to seduce strange women (in two cases that "strange" means "unfamiliar to them," in Winston's it just means "weird" — Bertie's back!), going by false names, mixing up their bedrooms, and enacting as many other screwball playboy highjinks as you can imagine. It has its moments, though a New Girl in its prime could have done wonders with this idiotic plot. Still, it is a good showcase of the occasionally overshadowed talents of Damon Wayans Jr. (who is so funny that he earns a hearty chuckle with the throwaway line, "Don't drink the water by the bed, it's got my contacts in it") and Lamorne Morris ("I am Frank Skabopolis! ... Is this helping?").
While New Girl hasn't entirely lost its charms, we aren't seeing the old magic that made it occasionally uproarious and occasionally quite sensitive. Falling in the realm of "passable" in both sections, we get an episode like "Exes." Not bad, but not the best New Girl can do... we hope.
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Can Mark Burnett, the man that created a television sensation with Survivor and earned ratings gold with The Bible, do the same thing with Mexican wrestling? That's what writer-director-producer Robert Rodriguez is hoping after his fledging El Rey Network cable channel announced plans to launch a U.S. based lucha libre show in conjunction with Burnett's One Three Media and Lucha Libre AAA, the top wrestling league in Mexico. The hour-long show will begin airing during the second half of 2014.
This isn't the first time that Hollywood has tried to make U.S. audiences care about the Mexican wrestling sensation. Jack Black donned a mask as a would-be wrestler in Nacho Libre and an animated show called ¡Mucha Lucha! aired on Kids' WB from 2002-'05. Those weren't the real thing, however, with wrestlers in stylized masks flying off the top rope and doing moves like tornillos and planchas.
"Wrestling is a billion-dollar business in the U.S.," Burnett said in the press release announcing the partnership. "Our new lucha libre will make that market even bigger."
The last time that U.S. professional wrestlers wore masks on a regular basis, Vince McMahon was still wearing ugly plaid sports jackets as an announcer, the broadcasts aired on WTBS (when there was still a 'W'), and it was called Georgia Championship Wrestling. By the time that Hulk Hogan, 'Captain' Lou Albano and Cyndi Lauper were taking wrestling mainstream on MTV in the mid-'80s, the masked wrestlers were a thing of the past.
So, can an upstart lucha libre league cut into McMahon's WWE dominated market? Crossing over into the non-Latino market might still be a tough sell. The style of wrestling — athletic and high-flying —is exciting and entertaining. The issue, as it's been in the past, will be the masks. Whether it's Hogan or John Cena or The Rock, U.S. audiences are accustomed to seeing faces.
The key for Burnett and company will be to highlight the acrobatic style, while quickly luring viewers into storylines of the Técnicos versus the Rudos: the good versus the bad. 'Heroes against villains' in wrestling is a storyline template that WWE audiences are well acquainted with.
If Burnett could get 100-plus million people to watch a History Channel miniseries about The Bible, who's to say that he can't get English-speaking audiences to sample the sizzle of lucha libre? At the very least, his track record lends credibility to El Rey's effort, which just might give the network a pierna (leg) up.