Old 97's rocker Rhett Miller has been forced to pull the plug on a series of New York gigs after learning he had haemorrhaged his vocals cords. The singer/songwriter struggled through an Old 97's gig in Dallas, Texas at the weekend (06Apr13) and now he has been told to rest his voice for at least a week.
Explaining his condition in a series of posts on Twitter.com, Miller writes, "This vocal cord situation is crazy. It feels like I have a cherry tomato stuck in my voice box."
He adds, "Not being allowed to talk makes me realize just how much I must talk when I am allowed. How does anyone put up with me?"
His voice problems are not expected to affect any Old 97's gigs - the band returns to the road with a gig at the Forth Worth Music Festival in Texas on 17 May (13).
Singer Rhett Miller has been ordered not to speak for a week after damaging his vocal cords at a show in Dallas, Texas last week (07Apr13). The Old 97's frontman has pulled out of two gigs in Hudson Valley, New York as he recovers.
In posts on Twitter.com page, Miller writes, "After blowing my voice out on Sunday, I have now got full-blown hemorrhaged (sic) vocal cords. Very painful. Complete vocal rest for a week. Had to cancel a couple of Hudson Valley appearances in the next two days, for which I feel pretty bad."
The alt-country star admits he is struggling to cope with the vocal injury, which also silenced British soul star Adele back in 2011.
He adds, "This vocal cord situation is crazy. It feels like I have a cherry tomato stuck in my voice box. And not talking? How does one do that? Not being allowed to talk makes me realise just how much I must talk when I am allowed. How does anyone put up with me?"
Miller is next due on stage for a solo concert on Thursday (18Apr13) in Washington, D.C., while his band the Old 97's is scheduled to play the Fort Worth Music Festival in Texas on 17 May (13).
The visual effects guru, Tim Miller, will now take on his first full-length feature directing job with this installment of X-Men history, X-Men Origins: Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds is expected to return as Deadpool after showing up in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as the terminally ill mercenary seeking to find a way to obtain Wolverine's healing ability. This will surely be a test for Miller, who has worked on the visual effects for several other X-Men films, but it seems that he's at least got a solid foundation to work with. The script from Zombieland writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, is "perfect" according to Reynolds.
Well, at least a few of the actors who participated in Paramount's criminally bad GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra seem to have developed a sense of shame, since only a handful of actors will be returning for the Jon Chu-directed sequel. Either that or their characters didn't fit into Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick's script. Or Paramount felt like scaling back from the original pic's reported $175 million budget. But I like to think it's the shame.
The news comes straight from GI Joe star Rachel Nichols, who Tweeted "GI JOE 2 News Flash: The only characters to return in the JON CHU directed sequel will be SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW, and DUKE…" Which means that Nichols herself won't be returning, despite her stating in a recent interview with the New York Post that she would "jump to do it in a second."
With only Lee Byung-Hun (Storm Shadow), Ray Park (Snake Eyes) and Joe star Channing Tatum (Duke) returning, we can probably also say goodbye to Dennis Quaid and Sienna Miller, not to mention Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose madcap performance as "The Doctor" almost made the movie bearable.
Paramount Pictures has enlisted the creative skills of director Jon M. Chu for its high-priority sequel G.I. JOE 2, the follow up to 2009's Rise of Cobra that starred Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller, Dennis Quaid and more. The success of the filmmaker's most recent outing (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) was supposedly the deciding factor for Paramount as he beat out F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) and Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) for the gig.
The script for the second picture comes from the in-demand duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland), who have been commissioned for many high profile films since the success of their last movie. Casting is now the biggest issue as the sequel moves toward a fall start date. The studio is first going for Tatum, but will likely be able to coax many of the others the return as well.
Chu's involvement all but guarantee's that GI JOE 2 will be a 3D affair as his last two features were, and I'm cool with that as long as there aren't any dancing ninja's frolicking around between frames.
Brace yourself Dr. Laura. This clueless teen queen (Natasha Lyonne) has it all: good looks a football captain boyfriend and a popular pair of pom-poms. But her candy-colored world crumbles when her panicked parents stage an intervention after finding a Melissa Etheridge poster that leads them to conclude she's a friend of Ellen. After being carted off to an anti-gay rehab camp for teens the perky princess must choose between the straight and narrow-minded or the love that dare not speak its name.
The quirky ensemble casting is half this film's fun. Lyonne is charming as the pepster tempted by T&A and she sparks onscreen with swanky and sexy co-star Clea DuVall who plays the butch femme fatale suitor (alarmingly reminiscent of Nancy McKeon's Jo from "The Facts of Life.") Drag queen supreme RuPaul is unrecognizable out of his high heels and even higher blond wig wearing a "Straight is Great" T-shirt as a macho militant ex-gay counselor. Cathy Moriaty is sweetly sinister as the homophobic headmistress and Mink Stole steals scenes as the uptight upright meddling mom.
Kudos to Jamie Babbit for tackling this hot-potato topic but this well-intentioned film too often misses its mark turning potentially comical scenes into unbearably awkward moments. Babbit fouls when tugging at the heartstrings but hits home runs when the humor is at its broadest.