"Surfing is the only thing I do that gets me any exercise - when I go on tour, I usually gain 10 or 15 pounds because I'm not surfing. At home (in Hawaii) we come straight from the ocean into the studio." Surfer-turned-singer-songwriter Jack Johnson on how he stays fit.
Rocker Jack White's long-standing feud with Black Keys star Dan Auerbach appears to be at the centre of his custody battle with ex-wife Karen Elson - because he doesn't want their kids attending the same school as the Lonely Boy hitmaker's daughter, Sadie. Model Elson has obtained a restraining order against her former husband over allegations he has targeted her with angry emails sparked by decisions about their son Scarlett and son Henry Lee's education and choice of Nashville, Tennessee school.
According to court documents, obtained by The Nashville City Paper, White allegedly pressured Elson to remove the kids from the school they attended with the child of an unnamed Nashville-based entertainer, who the former White Stripes star accused of copying his music.
Emails submitted to the court to support that motion reveal the rival is the Black Keys singer-guitarist, who relocated to Nashville in 2010.
One reads: "My concern with Auerbach is because (sic) I don't want the kids involved in any of that c**p. That's a possible 12 f**king years I'm going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that a**hole with other people trying to lump us in together. He gets yet another free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world."
White, who split from Elson in 2011 after six years of marriage, has been a longtime critic of Auerbach and the Black Keys, claiming the guitarist and bandmate Patrick Carney had copied the music and moniker idea of his own former duo The White Stripes.
Meanwhile, in a court filing on Friday (02Aug13), White responded to his wife's restraining order bid by denying claims he threatened her and asked the court to establish a temporary parenting plan.
The rocker stated he will not oppose the temporary restraining order, but took exception to rules about communications with his kids.
White's attorney Cathy Speers Johnson revealed the singer was upset about Elson's decision to keep their two children longer than he agreed to during a recent trip.
She writes, "The reason for filing this response is that Mr. White does not want to be portrayed as something he is not, violent to his wife or children."
Among his documents filed on Friday were emails from his ex, in which she told him he was a great father.
Funnyman Steve Martin and his bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers have stepped in to replace Mumford & Sons as headliners at the 40th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival on Thursday (20Jun13). The British group has pulled out of a string of shows to allow bassist Ted Dwane time to recover from brain surgery - the musician underwent an operation to remove a blood clot last week (10Jun13).
The band pulled the plug on an appearance at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee last weekend (15Jun13) and its slot was filled at the last minute by Jack Johnson.
Now Martin and his band, featuring Paul Simon's singer/songwriter wife Edie Brickell, will fill in for the I Will Wait hitmakers in Colorado.
Jack Johnson and Daryl Hall & John Oates will share top billing with kids' act Yo Gabba Gabba at the 2013 Life is Good Festival in Massachusetts. The two-day family event will be held at Prowse Farm in Canton on 21 and 22 September (13). The Roots, Dawes and Amos Lee are also on the bill.
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson dedicated his set at the Bonnaroo music festival to Mumford & Sons on Saturday (15Jun13) after they pulled out of the Tennessee event and he landed their headlining slot. Johnson was recruited to replace the folk rockers after they cancelled their appearance following bassist Ted Dwane's surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.
After taking to the stage with a four-piece band, the Hawaiian-born star showed his love for the British group, declaring, "We want to dedicate this whole set to Ted Dwane and all of Mumford & Sons."
He also covered the Grammy Award winners' hit The Cave during his two-hour set.
At a press conference on Friday (14Jun13), Johnson revealed he was already on his way to the festival when he received a phone call offering him the job.
He explained, "As soon as I said yes, I said, 'Holy s**t. I gotta learn a lot of chords and a lot of words really quickly.'"
Day Two of Bonnaroo also featured performances by R. Kelly, Bjork, Solange Knowles, Nas and 'Weird Al' Yankovic.
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson was already on his way to attend the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee when he was told he would be taking over the headline slot from Mumford & Sons. The star was asked to step in to replace the folk rockers after they pulled out of the show so bassist Ted Dwane can recover from surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.
Johnson has now revealed he was already en-route to the event when he received a phone call offering him the coveted headline slot, and the Upside Down hitmaker couldn't believe the coincidence.
He says, "I was on my way to Bonnaroo to sit in on a set with my friends (band) ALO... when we got the call asking if I could possibly help out and cover for Mumford & Sons. I heard the news about Ted Dwane and was happy to know that he was on his way to recovery. I called my band and asked if they were up for it."
Johnson headlines the event on Saturday night (15Jun13).
Sir Paul McCartney stopped his set at Tennessee's Bonnaroo festival on Friday (14Jun13) when he smelled marijuana smoke coming from the audience. The Beatles legend headlined the Bonnaroo music festival on Friday night and played a hit-packed 38-song set and two encores for the delighted crowd.
However, the veteran musician stopped mid-way through the show when he caught a whiff of what he believed to be a cannabis joint coming from the audience.
McCartney insisted the smoke was so strong, he could smell it on stage, telling the crowd, "That's some pretty good weed I can smell up here... Whew! What are you doing to me."
During his performance, McCartney also played his hit Back in the USSR and voiced his support for jailed Russian punk stars Pussy Riot, whose members are serving time for performing a protest song in a Moscow church.
Reunited rap stars Wu-Tang Clan were also among the acts to perform on Friday, while other acts still to play over the weekend include Jack Johnson, who has stepped up to replace Mumford & Sons following the cancellation of their Saturday night (15Jun13) set. The band pulled out after their bassist, Ted Dwane, was hospitalised for brain surgery.
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson has stepped in to replace Mumford & Sons as the headlining act at the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee on Saturday (15Jun13), after the folk band was forced to pull the plug on its performance to allow bassist TED DWANE to recover from brain surgery. The I Will Wait hitmakers had to scrap a series of gigs this week (begs10Jun13) when Dwane was hospitalised with a blood clot on his brain. He has since been discharged after undergoing surgery, but the group has had to pull out of the festival gig.
Their decision left Bonnaroo organisers scrambling for a replacement, but on Friday (14Jun13) they announced Johnson had agreed to hit the stage at short notice.
However, the Better Together hitmaker admits he has some practice to do before the big performance.
He says, "I've got a lot of lyrics and chords to relearn by Saturday night. I was here to play the first Bonnaroo and it is a very special festival to my band. We are excited to hit the stage again."
Johnson warmed up for Saturday's show by performing a surprise set in the Bonnaroo media tent on Friday (14Jun13), when he told reporters: "So the circumstances are pretty unfortunate. I was really looking forward to seeing Mumford & Sons!"
Johnson joins a line-up which already boasts the likes of Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bjork and R. Kelly, although rapper Earl Sweatshirt has had to axe his appearance at the four-day festival after falling ill with pneumonia.
According to Billboard.com, country star Darius Rucker had also been approached to fill in for Mumford & Sons, but his tour schedule didn't allow for a festival appearance on Saturday.
Hollywood's ideas are cyclical. Example: even though Season 8 of 24 was touted as the final season, there were always rumors that the show would return for a feature film outing. That never happened, but franchise don't disappear: 24 is set to come back next season in limited series form. With Touch cancelled by Fox, Kiefer Sutherland is set to return as counterintelligence operative Jack Bauer in a 13-episode run, reports EW. Does that mean 24 is dropping the real time approach? Will the series even take place after the events of Day 8? Who or what is going on?!
Breathe, 24 fans. There's still lots of time on the clock before solid details regarding the series surface. No need to strap the series writers to any chairs and torture them with broken lamp parts just yet.
In anticipation of the new 24 saga, we've wrangled 10 characters from the show's past we're crossing our fingers return. Since anything goes during an episode of the show, we let our imaginations fly:
The secret service agent became a fan favorite simply because he survived longer than most of the other characters on the show. While he didn't appear in 24's final season, Pierce (played by actor Glenn Morshower) evolved from background White House player to ass-kicking government agent up until Day 7 (in that season, he uncovered an assassination plot tied to the President's daughter, Olivia Taylor). If there's a Presidential character in 24's limited run, then Pierce needs to step back up to guard them.
Unlike Secret Serviceman Pierce, many of 24's most lovable characters kicked the bucket at some point over the course of the show's run. But for every silent countdown indicating the demise of a series regular, we got a double gasp-worthy moment of a dead character's return. So depending on when the new series takes place — it could be a "day" in-between previous seasons — or how wacky it's willing to get, killed off cast members could be resurrected. So we suggest bringing back Bill Buchanan, actor James Morrison's CTU agent who went out with a bang saving Jack's life. He was kind of a wooden suit early on Day 4, but a bit of scruff turned Bill into the wise sage of the CTU team.
A little bit smarmy, a little bit heartfelt, and a look that is reminiscent of Dick Cheney, Jude Ciccolella's Mike Novick managed to appear in the first two seasons, fall off the grid, then reappear on President Charles Logan's staff in Season 4. Mike's always played both sides of the field. Any good 24 season requires absurd amounts of shadiness and that's the void Mike easily fills. Especially if…
… a certain diabolical ex-President returns to the cast. Look, I know Logan (Gregory Itzin) shot himself in the head at the tail end of Season 8, but the EMTs explained that he would survive (albeit with a bit of brain damage). Logan is 24's version of Hannibal Lecter: manipulative, soft-spoken, and evil at the core. He can help, he can hinder, but most importantly he takes any mild-mannered thriller plot and turns it on his head. Who knows how his recovery went post-attempted suicide, but it's safe to say Logan could return even crazier than before — and who wouldn't want to see that?
Another deceased 24 character I'll believe is dead when she doesn't return for the new limited series. Nina is wicked, and while all the CTU ladies are staples of the show (we love you, Chloe), few chew up scenery like Sarah Clarke's Nina. We haven't seen her since Day 3 when Jack shot her at point blank range. An intelligent person would believe that's it for Nina — but we've watched too much 24 to fully embrace logic. Either Fast Five style reveal that Nina survived the gunshot or set 24 2in an alternative timeline. Find a way, creators.
Speaking of 24 ladies who give the hulking gents a run for their money, how about reviving Sherry Palmer for another turn in the White House? Setting the limited series within the existing timeline might be the only way to work Penny Johnson Jerald back into the terrorist plotting tapestry of the show, but it's worth it to get the scheming First Lady back (and if she comes packaged with David Palmer, great). Sherry added a Manchurian Candidate touch to the early seasons of 24, an element of paranoia lost down the road when the series relied on atomic bombs and global horrors.
Bearded Jack Bauer
Given: Jack Bauer will return for the new 24 season. Less of a given: He'll return looking like he did in the first episodes of Season 6, after being kidnapped and tortured by the Chinese for 20 months. I love me some Jack Bauer power hour, but I also like broken Jack — and I much prefer a guy on the run, a guy under pressure, a guy with nothing left to lose except the mission he puts on himself, then variations of the "troubled Jack" persona that feel forced (see: heroin addiction). When 24picks back up, here's hoping Jack has had his a** kicked. Severely.
Will Jack have a love interest in the new 24 series? He may not have time, but just in case, let's bring back Connie Britton's Season 5 character to add a bit of hope to an often bleak landscape. As someone who never really like Audrey Raines, Jack's longtime, post-wife gal pal, I'd be happy to see Jack emotionally reconnect with Diane (even if it's an excuse to add Britton's vibrance to the new series).
Behroooooooooz. The son of a sleeper cell ringleader just wanted to make out with his hot blonde girlfriend, but nooooooo — Dad had to involve him in his plot to blow up nuclear power plants. At the end of Day 4, Behrooz was captured by evildoer Habib Marwan never to be seen again. His conclusion is one of the series big question marks (although answered in non-canonical deleted scenes) and he could make a great hero or villain in the revival of the show.
OK, maybe we don't need the infamous Season Two feline to literally make a reappearance in the new run of 24, but we do want something likeKim's run in with a cougar to go down. Levity is important. And adorable, if it comes in the form of a mountain cat.
Bonus: Saul from Homeland
The hit Showtime drama shares a creator with 24 in Howard Gordon, who might just be mad enough to collide his two hit properties into one madcap, Taliban-chasing romp. Jack teaming up with Carrie? Perhaps Mandy Patinkin's Saul could bring them together….
Who do you think should come back for 24 2.0? Voice your returning cast demands in the comments.
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Country icon Willie Nelson kicked off his birthday celebrations last week (18Apr13) by filming a star-studded TV concert in Nashville, Tennessee. The singer, who turns 80 on 30 April (13), was the guest of honour at the intimate tribute show, held at Jack White's Third Man Records office space and taped for an upcoming episode of U.S. series CMT Crossroads.
Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe and Leon Russell were among those who paired up for a series of duets in Nelson's honour, and all the guests later returned to the stage for a rousing group rendition of Whiskey River.
Crow then led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Nelson, who joked to fans, "Who wants a piece of cake? I hope I can come to your 80th birthday party!"
The CMT Crossroads episode will air in the U.S. in late June (13), and proceeds from the star's birthday party concert in Austin, Texas, on 28 April (13) will be donated to the volunteer fire department in West, Texas, following the town's fertiliser plant explosion which killed 14 people last week (ends21Apr13).