Erasure's Andy Bell and Vince Clarke have been turned into creepy animated monks for the video of their take on festive Latin carol Gaudete. The synth-pop duo has teamed up with Martin Meunier, who helped director Tim Burton create his stop-animation characters in James and the Giant Peach and Coraline, for the promo.
In the video, Bell and Clarke's animated doppelgangers perform the song made famous by folk group Steeleye Span as hooded monks in a roofless and forgotten church on a snowy Christmas night.
The track is the first single from the duo's new Christmas album Snow Globe, which is released on 11 November (13).
The Who, the Pixies and actress Evan Rachel Wood have led tributes to rock legend Lou Reed, who died on Sunday (27Oct13), aged 71. The former Velvet Underground frontman passed away five months after a liver transplant and the rock world has been stunned by the tragic news.
A post on The Who's official Twitter.com page reads: "R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side", while Frank Black and his Pixies bandmates add, "R.I.P. LOU REED....A LEGEND."
Kings of Leon star Nathan Followill, British rocker Carl Barat, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Adams, Nile Rodgers, former My Chemical Romance star Gerard Way, The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo also marked the sad news by taking to Twitter, while new mum Wood stated, "I am really bummed out today. Lost one of the greats."
Weezer also offered up their thoughts about Reed's passing, tweeting, "R.I.P Lou Reed - VU (Velvet Underground) was a big influence when weezer was being formed, and (producer) Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him."
Meanwhile, rock historian Martin Lewis, who has produced an upcoming DVD box-set of Amnesty International concerts that feature Lou Reed prominently, performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen and others, tells WENN, "Lou Reed was an exceptional pioneering musician who inspired both his contemporaries and those who followed after him.
"He generously supported Amnesty International from the very start of the Human Rights Concerts series, performing at all six concerts on Amnesty's A Conspiracy Of Hope U.S. tour in June, 1986. He recently very graciously gave his blessing for the release of those historic performances as part of Amnesty's DVD box-set of the concerts.
"He was a remarkable musician and humanitarian. He will be greatly missed by everyone - including the human rights movement that he was passionate in supporting."
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Blah, blah, blah, The Hunger, yadda yadda Nosferatu. You're still a neophyte if you've never seen George A. Romero's brilliant and trangressive Martin. It's Romero's favorite film. Now think about that for a minute.
On the surface, Martin seems like any other conflicted vampire in a genre that has fine-tuned portrayals of reluctance. But look again. Martin does not sulk through the streets of Paris, or even Forks. Martin takes place in disheveled Pittsburgh.
Our anti-hero isn't sucking his victims dry on a velvet four-poster in a European Castle. It's in the working-class bedrooms of a failed steel town. He's not roaming the boulevards with glamorous courtesans. He's alone, staring at his reflection in a discount furniture warehouse window.
Martin, Dear Vampire Acolytes, is pure punk.
And where creatures of the night are normally sex gods, Martin's libido and his need for blood are so confused, even he doesn't know what's what. He is trapped in the hinterland between desire and survival, which is of course true for each and every one of us.
We just never get to say it. Well, not with such a deft mix of wryness and remorse.
A new tour of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy starring the original TV show's lead actor Simon Jones has been axed due to poor ticket sales. Jones, who played hapless hero Arthur Dent in the 1980s series as well as in the longrunning radio BBC radio show, had reprised his role for a U.K. wide trek this month (Oct13), but bosses at The Radio Production Company have pulled it from the stage with immediate effect.
A statement from the team reads, "The Radio Theatre Company deeply regret to announce the immediate cancellation of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show 2013 Tour.
"Although a well-loved show, Hitchhiker's Live has been subject to the same extreme economic pressures as many productions touring the U.K. this autumn... As a result in the last 24 hours we have had no option but make the extremely hard and painful decision to stop the tour."
The story was adapted for the big screen in 2005 and starred Martin Freeman as Dent, alongside Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, and Zooey Deschanel.
The characters from The Hobbit sequel are set to appear on stamps and minted coins in New Zealand. Mail officials have created the postage and currency items, featuring Bilbo Baggins, Thranduil and Azog, to mark the release of the second movie in the trilogy - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Last year (12), bosses at the agency released stamps ahead of the first film and this year they will feature new characters, including warrior Tauriel and Bard the Bowman.
A statement from the New Zealand Post's head of stamps and collectibles Simon Allison, reads, "We had orders from Kazakhstan, Iceland, Libya, Bolivia and the Canary Islands - there are Hobbit movie fans literally around the globe that can't wait to get hold of the New Zealand Post-produced stamps and coins.
"Based on last year's experience, we know news of this release will spread far and wide and the orders will start pouring in. We'll be shipping Gandalf the Grey to Greece and they'll be going bonkers for Bilbo Baggins first day covers in Brunei."
The movie, which stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom, is set to hit theatres in December (13).
Constantin Film learned two valuable lessons after releasing The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. One is that young adult readers are fickle, and two is that continually yelling that your movie is a huge deal doesn't make it a huge deal. After the domestic box-office take failed to come remotely close to it’s $60 million budget, production was smartly halted on its sequel, City of Ashes. Now, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that production of the sequel will start back up again next year, against all tenants of general common sense.
Even in the face of City of Bones' disappointing box-office numbers, Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz remains confident. "The fan response, from the blogosphere and the thousands of mails we have received, has encouraged us to keep going," Moszkowicz told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's been overwhelmingly positive, in contrast to some other YA titles."
Even if you are able to entertain fans that were already familiar with the book series, that does not translate into a successful film. The studio needs to focus its efforts on attracting fresh eyes to the project, or the second film will likely do just as bad or worse than the first one. Moszkowicz goes on to say, "We are analyzing what we did wrong with the first film -- particularly with the positioning and marketing -- and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise [for City of Ashes]."
The issue facing The Mortal Instruments series might be that there is simply an oversaturation of young adult novels on the cinematic horizon. With The Hunger Games series still postioned as the reigning king of teenage angst, and the upcoming Divergence nipping at its heels, is there any room for the generic-looking The Mortal Instruments series? Only time and ticket receipts will tell.
Movie executives at German company Constantin Film are moving forward with a sequel to THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, despite the film's box office failure earlier this year (13). Production for The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes was shelved after the first installment of the franchise underperformed globally, making just over $100 million (£66.6 million) and reportedly failing to break even.
But fans have campaigned for a sequel and now executives have agreed to green light the follow-up, which will start shooting next year (14).
Constantin Film's head of film and TV, Martin Moszkowicz, tells The Hollywood Reporter, "The fan response, from the blogosphere and the thousands of mails we have received, has encouraged us to keep going. It's been overwhelmingly positive, in contrast to some other YA (young adult) titles.
"We are analysing what we did wrong with the first film, particularly with the positioning and marketing, and what changes we have to make. We are working with a great group of people to reposition the franchise (for City of Ashes). The readers of Mortal Instruments are older than you might think. That may have been one issue in our marketing, that we focused too much on a very young audience segment."
Former real-life couple Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower are expected to return for the sequel.
Actress and dancer Larri Thomas has died, aged 81. The star famously performed a striptease for Dean Martin at the start of The Silencers and appeared in South Pacific, The Pajama Game, Guys & Dolls and Road to Bali, opposite Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
Thomas also served as a stand-in for Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music and had small parts in those films, too.
In addition, she worked alongside Dean Martin on his popular NBC variety show and danced with Fred Astaire on his live TV specials.
Peter Gabriel's lost home video footage from the 1986 Amnesty International A Conspiracy Of Hope U.S. tour has been unearthed and restored for an upcoming DVD. The rocker kept his video camera running on plane and bus trips from venue to venue and backstage, capturing candid moments with tourmates like Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt and U2, but he thought he'd lost the footage when he was approached by RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998 producer Martin Lewis, who was putting together a visual celebration of the star-studded Amnesty International Concerts.
Lewis tells WENN, "Peter Gabriel was obsessive with the camera but when I asked if I could use the footage he told me it (camera) had got nicked (stolen) and he had no idea where the footage was.
"I found some of the tapes in a barn in upstate New York and then set about condensing and restoring his footage from the 10-day 1986 tour into a three-minute film to be included as an extra segment for the package.
"It was amazing. I had read that the musicians on the tour staged an impromptu jam session in a Ramada Inn in Atlanta, Georgia. That was there and there were 11 minutes of U2 jamming with members of Peter Gabriel and Lou Reed's bands."
The six-disc DVD box-set and two-disc companion CD will be available from 5 November (13) and features performances at the human rights organisation's groundbreaking musical events throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It includes concert footage featuring U2, The Police, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Youssou N'Dour, Tracy Chapman and Alanis Morissette.
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas is still waiting to receive the final script for his new film about the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, weeks before production is set to begin in South America. The Desperado star is set to join Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro in The 33, which will document the 69 days 33 Chilean miners spent trapped underground after a shaft collapsed in 2010.
Director Patricia Riggen is expected to start shooting on location in late November (13), but Banderas suggests there may be a slight delay.
He tells Spanish news agency EFE, "Everything (for the project) started quite a while ago, more than a year-and-a-half, but so far, right now, despite having a commitment with the producers of the film, I still have not received the final script."
However, the actor can understand why screenwriters are taking their time to finish the script.
He says, "They're continuing to work on it, cleaning it up, having conversations with those people who experienced this event... Whenever you play a person who existed, along with the acting work, there's a sense of responsibility, because it's a living character."
Riggen is also still searching for a replacement to step in for Jennifer Lopez, who was reportedly forced to pull out of the drama in September (13) due to scheduling clashes with her upcoming return as a judge on reality show American Idol.
The 33 is currently scheduled for release next year (14).