Singer/songwriter Gary Wright is set to open up about his relationship with late Beatles star George Harrison in a new memoir. The Dream Weaver and Really Wanna Know You hitmaker will publish Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison in October (14).
A press release announcing the new book reads: "Dream Weaver is ultimately a story of a spiritual journey and Gary's lifelong friendship with George Harrison. At 33, Gary Wright was at the highest point in his career. His album, The Dream Weaver, had been on top of the charts for months with two hit singles - Dream Weaver and Love is Alive - and during the summer of '76, he was part of a massive arena tour with Peter Frampton and Yes.
"Earlier, while still living in England, he recorded music with legendary musicians Eric Clapton, B.B King, and George Harrison, who would later become one of his best friends.
"In Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, Wright illuminates key moments in his journey and offers an insider’s look at a tumultuous and revolutionary time in both the music and spiritual realms. Wright details how he formed the legendary rock group Spooky Tooth, and how his close friendship with 'The Quiet Beatle' began and developed over the years as they wrote songs together, pondered philosophical issues, and journeyed to India."
Michael Jackson's mother is working with educators in the King of Pop's native Gary, Indiana to rename a school after the Thriller star. Local officials hope the initiative will boost standards in the town, where six of 17 schools have closed.
Moviemaker Ron Howard, Carole King and Marlee Matlin have led the early tributes to TV and film veteran James Garner, who passed away on Saturday (19Jul14), aged 86. The Rockford Files star died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday evening (19Jul14), and celebrities have flooded Twitter.com with their last respects.
Howard recalled the actor's role in 1966 movie Grand Prix, noting, "RIP James Garner. Admired by all who knew him. When starring in Grand Prix the people around F1 (Formula One) said he had the talent to be a pro driver," while singer/songwriter King remembered working with Garner on the set of Murphy's Romance, adding, "He was one of the nicest people".
Matlin tweets, "Now sad to read my dear friend & costar James Garner passed. RIP sweet Jim Rockford," and Forrest Gump star Gary Sinise, writes, "R.I.P James Garner. Such a lovely man I had the pleasure of working him in 1989 in My Name Is Bill W with James Woods", while Kaley Cuoco - Garner's TV granddaughter in 8 Simple Rules - adds, "I say this with a heavy broken heart. Was an honor working beside u receiving ur bear hugs every day. (love) u Grampa Jim (sic)."
Other tributes have come from singer LeAnn Rimes, Alan Cumming, Stephen Fry, former child star Haley Joel Osment, and Sally Field, who writes, "My heart just broke. There are few people on this planet I have adored as much as Jimmy Garner. I cherish every moment I spent with him and relive them over and over in my head. He was a diamond." Field starred alongside Garner in Murphy's Romance, which earned the actor an Oscar nomination.
Michael Jackson's friends, family and fans joined together on Wednesday (25Jun14) to mark five years since the King of Pop's death. The Thriller hitmaker passed away on 25 June, 2009 after suffering an overdose of anaesthetic administered by his doctor, Conrad Murray, who served two years in jail on an involuntary manslaughter charge for his role in the tragedy.
The fifth anniversary of Jackson's death prompted a flood of tributes on social networking websites, with fans across the world sharing their memories of the pop superstar and making #MichaelJackson a trending topic on Twitter.com.
A number of stars also took to the website to mourn the loss of the singer five years on. British supermodel Naomi Campbell shared a picture of herself posing with Jackson with her hands on his face, adding, "I miss you #MJ #RIP with #angels #kingofpop #loyalfriend #legend# #Icon #MichealJackson in our hearts... (sic)."
Rapper/actor Ludacris adds, "R.I.P. The King Of POP M.J."
Jackson's pop star nephews, Taj, Taryll and TJ Jackson, of 3T, were stranded in Europe on the day of the anniversary due to a strike by French air traffic controllers, but they managed to add tributes to their late uncle before boarding a plane back to California to be with their family. Taryll writes, "To my idol, teacher, uncle and best friend... 'I love you more'. #alwaysinmyheart #love #foreverMJJ #bestofalltime (sic)," while his brother TJ, adds, "Not a day goes by where I don't think about him. And today even more so... His smile, his laughter, his walk, everything. Love you, Doo Doo."
The co-executors of Jackson's estate, John Branca and John McClain, also released a statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the singer's passing. The message, posted on Jackson's official website, reads, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's loved ones today as we remember the kind, gentle and giving spirit who generously shared his amazing artistic gifts with the world along with a limitless empathy for those in need. Time has shown that with each passing year the world's appreciation deepens not just for Michael's talent but also for his lifelong passion to spread peace, unity, love and hope across every culture and society. Michael's friendship, kindness, humour and joyful warmth will always be missed. The world is a far better place for having known him."
A number of memorial events are planned around the world on Wednesday - American fans are set to come together for a candlelight vigil around his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, while other gatherings are planned in countries including Spain, Holland and the U.K. Fans are also expected to visit Jackson's childhood home in Gary, Indiana.
Gary Oldman is under attack from officials at America's Anti-Defamation League after voicing his thoughts about Hollywood's high-powered Jews. In a fiery new Playboy chat, The Dark Knight star says he believes Hollywood is "run by Jews", and revisited Mel Gibson's drink-driving arrest when the actor was ostracised for anti-Semitic remarks he made to a Jewish police officer.
Oldman feels Gibson fell victim to "political correctness" and was treated like an "outcast" in the aftermath of his racial slur scandal.
The Brit adds, "He (Gibson) got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things... We're all f**king hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n**ga or that f**king Jew? I'm being brutally honest here. It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy...
"He said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him... You have to be very careful about what you say."
Oldman's representative Douglas Urbanski has since clarified the actor's comments, insisting the actor was not condoning what Gibson said to arresting officer James Mee, who has also taken issue with the British star's remarks.
But that's not enough for Anti-Defamation League bosses, who insist Oldman should have known better to say what he did.
Organisation director Abraham H. Foxman released a statement on Tuesday (24Jun14), which read: "Mel Gibson's ostracization in Hollywood was not a matter of being 'politically incorrect', as Mr. Oldman suggests, but of paying the consequences for outing himself as a bigot and a hater. It is disturbing that Mr. Oldman appears to have bought into Mr. Gibson's warped and prejudiced world view."
The police officer who arrested Mel Gibson in 2006 has blasted Gary Oldman for wading into the debate over the Braveheart star's racial slur scandal in a new interview. Gibson burst into an anti-Semitic tirade while he was being arrested for drink-driving by a Jewish police officer, James Mee, in California eight years ago, and the case is back in the news this week (beg23Jun14) following the release of Oldman's interview with Playboy magazine.
In the article, Oldman suggests Gibson was unfairly outcast by Hollywood following the scandal, adding, "We're all f**king hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n**ga or that f**king Jew?... It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy..."
Mee has now spoken out to criticise The Dark Knight star for his remarks, telling TMZ.com, "I'm Jewish and why would I say that to discredit my own religious make-p? The N-word is a scary word. I would never even dream of using it. It sickens me that anyone would use that word... Jews have been persecuted and put down over the years. Why would I, as a Jew, do that to other races?... I feel sorry for people that need to say things about other people in order to justify themselves."
Gibson publicly apologised for the outburst, claiming it was a "moment of insanity", and after three years probation, the arrest was removed from his record in 2009.
"Reality TV to me is the museum of social decay. And what passes for music - it's all on that plateau. Who's the hero for young people today? Some idiot who can't f**king sing or write or who's shaking her a** and twerking in front of 11 year olds." British actor Gary Oldman appears to take a swipe at pop star Miley Cyrus, who is known for her 'twerking' dance moves.
British actor Gary Oldman has branded the Golden Globes "meaningless" and called for a boycott of the Hollywood awards show. The Dark Knight star blasted the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's (HFPA) annual prizegiving in a candid new interview with Playboy magazine, describing the event as "ridiculous" and vowing not to attend.
He tells the publication, "(It is) a meaningless event. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is kidding you that something's happening. They're f**king ridiculous. There's nothing going on at all. It's 90 nobodies having a w**k. Everybody's getting drunk, and everybody's sucking up to everybody. Boycott the f**king thing."
The one-time Oscar-nominee also blasts the precarious nature of voting during Hollywood's awards season, adding, "At the (2014) Oscars, if you didn't vote for 12 Years A Slave, you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn't share, but it's not like I'm a fascist or a racist. There's nothing like that in my history..."
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Gary Oldman is convinced Mel Gibson fell victim to "political correctness" and was treated like an "outcast" in the aftermath of his infamous racial slur scandal.
The Braveheart star hit the headlines in 2006 after launching into an anti-Semitic rant while he was being booked for drink-driving by a Jewish police officer in Malibu, California. Gibson publicly apologised, calling the incident a "moment of insanity", and the arrest was expunged from his record in 2009 after he had served three years probation.
However, Oldman is adamant Gibson was unfairly ostracised by the Hollywood community in the wake of the scandal. He tells Playboy magazine, "We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me... I don't know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things... We're all f**king hypocrites. That's what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n**ga or that f**king Jew? I'm being brutally honest here. It's the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy... Mel Gibson is in a town that's run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he's actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him - and doesn't need to feed him anymore because he's got enough dough. He's like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn't turned and said, 'That f***ing kraut' or 'F**k those Germans,' whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That's what gets me. You have to be very careful about what you say."
Oldman's representative Douglas Urbanski has since clarified the actor's comments and insisted The Dark Knight star is not condoning Gibson's behaviour. He tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "On the topic of Mel Gibson, Gary does not 'defend' him... Political correctness is a thing that drives Gary and many many others crazy... In this interview, Gary is doing what many intelligent people do: he is illustrating the absurd by being absurd."
Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle and Gary Oldman have taken on their meanest critics by responding to their vile tweets as part of a TV skit. The stars were among the celebrities who read out real social media attacks as part of the seventh Mean Tweets segment on U.S. late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which aired on Wednesday (21May14).
Roberts could hardly keep a straight face as she read @kemotherapy7's tweet: "There are people who think Julia Roberts is hot!? Her gigantic mouth looks like it will devour an elephant in one bite." She then said, "Thank you kemotherapy7 - and good luck."
Cheadle and Ashton Kutcher simply stared into the camera as they read out their mean tweets, while Courteney Cox responded, "That's sweet!" to @kanara11's "I hate Courteney Cox. I f**king hate her, P**sy hoe."
Andy Garcia, illusionist David Blaine, Jeremy Piven, Emma Stone, Ethan Hawke and comedian Don Rickles also read out their Twitter.com attacks, while Matthew McConaughey quizzically asked, "What the f**k is a d**k turd" when @dippi_mufc called him the name, and Oldman burst into laughter as he read @hoveybenjamin's "Gary Oldman sucks and his accents are f**king annoying as s**t".
But the best response came from Sofia Vergara after she read @mamaowl_kirby's "Sofia Vergara sounds like she has a d**k in her mouth. I hate hearing her talk". The Colombian actress shot back, "What's wrong with having a d**k in my mouth?"