The Who star Roger Daltrey is still suffering the ill effects of an eye injury he sustained while performing with Gary Glitter almost 15 years ago. The veteran band was preparing a live rendition of its rock opera Quadrophenia in the late 1990s, and the stars enlisted a string of special guests, including Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and glam rocker Glitter.
During a rehearsal, Daltrey was struck in the face by a microphone stand being wielded by the Rock and Roll hitmaker, and he reveals he still regularly uses medical drops to keep the vision in his left eye steady.
He tells Britain's The Sunday Times Magazine, "My left eye's still giving me trouble. It was a hell of a blow. I was out for 20 minutes. How it didn't kill me I don't know. The next day I went on stage holding the eyeball in with a patch. The eye wanted to leave the face."
Dame Helen Mirren has won another award for playing The Queen. The great Brit, who picked up a Best Actress Oscar in 2007 for portraying the top royal in The Queen, was named Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday (17Nov13) - this time for her performance in West End stage play The Audience.
Othello co-stars Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear were both honoured with Best Actor trophies for their performances as Othello and Iago, while Dame Maggie Smith and Andrew Lloyd-Webber received special awards at the Savoy Hotel gala.
The Downton Abbey star was feted with the Evening Standard Theatre Icon Award, while impresario Lloyd-Webber was recognised for his contribution to musical theatre.
There were also accolades for Kevin Spacey, who was honoured for his work at London's Old Vic theatre, and to funnyman and author David Walliams for his performance as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along was named 2013's Best Musical, while director Lucy Kirkwood picked up the Best Play award for Chimerica.
The event was hosted by Homeland star Damian Lewis.
Actress Majandra Delfino has become a second-time mother after welcoming a baby boy with her husband David Walton. The Roswell beauty and actor Walton, who are already parents to a daughter named Cecilia, welcomed baby Louis in Los Angeles last week (10Nov13), a month before his due date.
Walton tells People.com, "Louis is as healthy as can be... We couldn't be happier with our very early Christmas gift."
The actors married in Miami, Florida in 2011 and welcomed 17-month-old Cecilia in June last year (12).
David Tennant has been named Britain's favourite ever Time Lord ahead of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary celebrations. The Scot played the time-travelling Doctor between 2005 and 2010 and has topped a poll by RadioTimes.com to find viewers' most beloved incarnation of the cult TV figure.
He gained 56 per cent of the vote, followed by current Time Lord Matt Smith, who will be stepping down later this year (13) to make way for the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
In third was Tom Baker, who played the character from 1974 to 1981, fourth went to Christopher Eccleston, who only lasted one run when the show was rebooted in 2005. The top five was rounded out by 1960s Doctor Who Patrick Troughton.
Meanwhile Tennant's sidekick, Billie Piper, was named as best companion, followed by Elisabeth Sladen and Catherine Tate.
A 50th anniversary special will air in the U.K. later this month (Nov13).
Rocker Beck has blamed a "severe" spinal injury for forcing him to scale back his music output in recent years. The Loser hitmaker, 43, went public his health issues in an interview with Argentina's Pagina/12 newspaper, admitting the ailment has hindered work on the follow-up to 2008's Modern Guilt.
In the article, which has been translated into English on TheFutureHeart.com, he says, "I had some injuries. I had severe damage to my spine, but now it's improving so I'm back in the music. It was a long, long recovery. Lately I concentrated on playing guitar. Do not think I can move again as before, although I can give a lot onstage."
Beck, who is due to release his 12th studio album, Morning Phase, next year (14), also reveals he had an album of new material in late 2008, but the tracks "stopped ringing fresh" for him and he abandoned the work until 2010, when he resumed the project.
The musician has not been completely out of the public eye during his health struggle - he contributed to albums by Charlotte Gainsbourg, Thurston Moore and a collection of Philip Glass remixes, and he also reworked David Bowie's Sound + Vision earlier this year (13).
Morning Phase, which is set to be unveiled in February (14), is described as a "companion piece" to Beck's 2002 album Sea Change, which focused on acoustic tracks.
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David O. Russell has carved out a nice little niche for himself in the front pocket of the Oscars for the past few years. But before that, the director had a long, dark period between the Clooney-punching debacle of Three Kings, the Lily Tomlin-punching debacle of I Heart Huckabees, and his triumphant return with The Fighter in 2010. In that period, he says in The Hollywood Reporter's annual Directors Roundtable, he actually wrote a handful of scripts, both personal projects and commercial ones commisioned by studios, all of which remain unproduced. But now, with his career on the upswing, some of those scripts are resurfacing as possible films. Surprisingly, most of the films were comedies or genre films, and there's even a horror script he's trying to get produced that's set to be directed by Eli Roth.
Hold the phone — Eli Roth? He of the Cabin Feveing, Grindhouseing, Inglourious Basterding fame? Hardcore splatter and gore with some self-aware irony don't seem like typical Russell fare. Even before he settled into his current style of broad but lovable blue-collar screwups, he never dipped into that type of physical violence, and always seems to leave his characters with something that they were looking for, even if they've been disappointed along the way. Never has a literal bloodbath been the selling point of one of his films. His characters tend to rage against existential panic and fear, not scream in the face of a masked murderer. But if Russell is going to the master of gore, he might be looking for a departure from his usual work. The only detail he let slip in the interview was that "it's emotional." All right, so it isn't Hostel. But when these two minds collide, what could happen?
Xenophobic Panic: Both directors have written about do-gooders who realize they've wildly misjudged what they're doing in a foreign envionment. From the soldiers in Three Kings to the students in The Green Inferno, their films have explored the different ways their central characters deal when they leave their comfort zone and go somewhere new. Somewhere beyond just a new country or a new city, but a new world somehow. And, of course, things go horribly wrong.
Self-Destruction: Be it from an ill-fated vacation into the sticks or the use and abuse of drugs, both men are fascinated with how characters make the choices that ruin them. There's always a key moment in horror films where the fate of everyone is sealed, be it because of getting busy by Crystal Lake or moving in to the Overlook Hotel. But the best horror bases these choices in character flaws. There's no easy answer to why someone becomes a drug addict or refuses to treat mental illness, and maybe if there were fewer easy answers in horror films (Charge your cellphone! Don't split up! For the love of god, don't have sex at Camp Crystal Lake!), there'd be more of a reason to stay invested in their journies.
Emotional Violence: One of the things that struck audiences about the performances in Silver Linings Playbook was their rawness. Beyond the usual hamminess that can guaruntee Oscar nominations, there were relationships at stake. A reticent father and a distant son. The first flirtation that could mean either love or disappointment. As the characters raged and ranted, that was the core we were hoping stayed protected. And in the horror medium, that's missing right now. You can watch a bus full of teenagers get ripped to pieces, but only the odd film (a Cabin in the Woods, maybe) can really make you worry about whether or not they're really friends. If Russell's script grounds those relationships, then Roth's skill with effects could make the pain expressed literal, so we can barely look at the screen for fear of seeing some frank emotional truths and eyeballs rolling on the ground.
Former Frasier star David Hyde Pierce is returning to the Christopher Durang's play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as a director for the show's Los Angeles premiere next year (14). The actor took a leading role in the production when it opened in New York last year (12), and now he's replacing director Nicholas Martin for the show's Mark Taper Forum run, which will star Christine Ebersole.
As director Alexander Payne has grown more complex in his storytelling over the years, so have his unusually driven characters. Some might argue that Payne's films feel a tad too convoluted. But even those living steadfastly in this camp should loosen up their expectations and be prepared to be surprised by Nebraska, which could be consider Payne's purest (and most melancholy) work yet.
It’s no wonder Payne chose to shoot this minimalist film in black and white. The movie offers a rather stark portrait of a man in his twilight years, following Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), who has fallen so far down a spiral of complacency, his only hope for a worthwhile future is some vague promise from a Publisher's Clearing House-like sweepstakes letter.
Dern plays a man so unkempt, his nose hair has grown to become part of his beard. Woody seems to have long given up on life until he receives the fateful sweepstakes packet in the mail. His wife Kate (June Squibb taking misanthropy to grand passive-aggressive heights) and his son David (Will Forte playing restrained with wounded heart) can only roll their eyes. So Woody decides to walk to the address on the envelope in Lincoln, Nebraska from his ramshackle Billings, Montana home with his "winner's certificate" in hand.
The bleak wintery landscape Woody tries to shamble across — until David catches up with him on several occasions — provides the perfect metaphor for this zombie of a father. David ultimately caves and offers to drive him. Along the way, mom joins the trip, as does their second son Ross (Bob Odenkirk). As they pack into David's vintage Subaru Forester, the road becomes much more than a route to redemptive treasure. It becomes a sort of time machine, as they meet close relatives who have become distant and encounter old family friends who still hold a grudge.
Working from a script by newcomer Bob Nelson, Nebraska has a darker tone than usual for Payne. But, as ever, Payne knows how to linger on a reaction shot for levity, especially if it's a dim, open-mouthed face. The film is mostly about the performances. Squibb particularly rises to grand task, timing her denouncements of those alive and dead with grim humor. Dern infuses Woody with a subtle fragility below a stubborn, cantankerous exterior. The pain of regret weighs heavy on this man, but Dern keeps his emotions buried as deep as possible. One cannot forget praise for Forte, who must play a sort of straight-man to his scenery-chewing elders. In the end, the viewer will come to understand the relationship that so closely binds this family together.
Because the performances are so strong and, as usual, the characters so soulful, it seems a shame that Payne succumbs to a temptation for retribution for David, during one brief scene toward the end. He reaches too far beyond his character. But it’s a slight misstep in an otherwise modest film. Even when the filmmakers must offer a resolution that some might fault for too much sugar coating, there is a subtle flip side that what has happened is only a bitter-sweet bandage on the inevitable. As he did with his last film, The Descendants, Payne does not resort to sentimental hokum but offers a poignant portrait of aging with the burden of regret.
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The crown Victoria Beckham wore on her wedding day is to go up for auction next month (Dec13). The former Spice Girls singer wore the gold headpiece set with large diamonds during her fairytale nuptials in 1999, when she married soccer star David Beckham, and it has been showcased in museums in London and Belgium ever since.
Now the crown's designer Slim Barrett has decided to sell the piece, called East of Paris, through London auction house Bonhams.
He says, "Inspiration for East of Paris came from my love of Eastern design and Parisian haute couture. I set out to fuse the two styles."
It is expected to fetch between $27,000 (£18,000) and $37,500 (£25,000).
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Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, and Sam Claflin from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sat down to interview each other using questions that fans had sent in. The hilarity that ensued is guaranteed to make you love the cast even more (if that's possible) and will get you more pumped for the sequel, as if you weren't already counting down the minutes (10,440, as of 6 PM tonight). Here's the clip, and the 7 best moments.
1. When asked what the toast at Peeta and Katniss' wedding would be, Hutcherson sputters, "To a long and prosperous life full of... bread and happiness and... (throwing his hands up, looking at Lawrence, and laughing) we're not having a toast! We'll let you do the toast at the wedding. I'm not doin' the toast at the wedding, absolutely not."
2. When asked what her favorite scene to shoot was, Malone says, "Getting interviewed by Caesar... and just seeing Stanley (Tucci) up close... I kind of got to spit all over him."
3. The cast is asked, "If you could take only one thing from your bathroom into the arena, what would it be?" Hutcherson replied: "A plunger, next question." Laughingly, Lawrence said, "Poop. If someone pulled out poop I'd be like, OKAY!" (Hands raised)
4. Hutcherson asks Claflin, "Was our onscreen kiss the best you've ever had?" Claflin replies, "I definitely had butterflies (and winks at Hutcherson)." New romance alert! But they're probably just referring to when Finnick gives Peeta CPR. Claflin then says, "I've got a tendency to kiss dead people." After an awkward silence he clarifies, "In movies! Like in Snow White!"
5. After Hutcherson asks Lawrence a silent, telepathic question, Lawrence replies, "My favorite part of shooting in Hawaii was running into the water and peeing with you!" (Hutcherson and Lawrence high-five).
6. When Claflin is asked whether Finnick's trident or his charm is more powerful, Claflin replies, "Um, my trident. I can't kill people with my charm." Hutcherson quickly chimes in with, "Can't you? You are English." (And yes, his accent is oh so charming... definitely a powerful tool).
7. Malone asks the boys to choose the right underwear for their wetsuits. Hutcherson says, "I wore a thong! Like Cisco!"
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