Writer and actress Rashida Jones has become the latest celebrity to launch a jewellery line. The Celeste & Jesse Forever star will unveil her 18-piece collection at Los Angeles hotspot Chateau Marmont on Thursday night (14Nov13).
Jones, who is the daughter of music mogul Quincy Jones, teamed up with designer sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder to create Fine by DanniJones.
She joins the likes of Angelina Jolie, Nicole Richie, Kate Bosworth and Heidi Klum, who also boast their own jewellery collections.
Rock legend Iggy Pop is giving music fans a special gift this festive season by hosting two shows on U.K. radio. The punk icon will take to the airwaves as part of a special Christmas line-up on Britain's BBC 6 Music, and he has chosen his favourite tracks to play for listeners.
He says, "To come up with the tunes that fit the concept of each show, I've had to dig back to things that I haven't heard in a long, long time.
"I thought I better check these old numbers to see if they still made the grade for me. They still do."
His first show, entitled Rockin' Rebels, will be broadcast on Christmas Day (25Dec13), while the follow-up, Heartbreak and Heartaches, will air on New Year's Day (01Jan14).
Metallica rocker Lars Ulrich and The Clash stars Mick Jones and Paul Simonon will also host shows around Christmas.
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As the issue of the gun's place in American homes rages on, guns have certainly found a home in modern cinema. A recent study has found that depictions of firearm violence in films rated PG-13 has tripled since 1985, and has even risen above the amount of gun violence in R-rated films. Gun violence and mass shootings continue to rattle our nation, but they have become ubiquitous in our country's most popular films.
Why is this the case? The PG-13 rating was originally introduced in 1985 as a response to two films: Gremlins and Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom. These films straddled the line between children's and adults' entertainment and forced the MPAA to create the new rating. Since then, the PG-13 rating has quickly become the most profitable with seven of the Top 10 films in 2012 receiving the rating. It has become the proven rating for summer blockbusters that want to sweep with the widest broom possible. It's the rating that can cater adult interests while also not restricting children from the theater, resulting in more ticket stubs and more money for the studio. Because of this, many studios aim for this profitable middle ground for their biggest releases, and the top profiting films are usually ones filled with heavy special effects and gun violence. Even gun heavy R-rated franchises have tuned down the gore, language, and sexual content to acquire the much sought after PG-13 rating. Film series like The Terminator, Die Hard, and the Alien series were originally R-rated franchises that released neutered PG-13 sequels.
In a political and social climate where gun violence has become such a sensitive issue, should filmmakers and studios continue to make films filled with gun violence accessible to teens and children? The gun has a long history in film and programming. The original Lone Ranger always wore a colt on his hip as he dispensed justice in the Old West, and Indiana Jones always carried a pistol next to his bull whip. Violence is one of humanity's most basic conflicts — there's a reason why we keep falling back to it for our plots. By our very nature, we are titilated by it, and violence has been a part of the stories we've told each other since the earliest days of storytelling. Violence creates drama, and drama creates movies, and whether it be physical violence, emotional violence, or gun violence, it's something that our brains and hearts are wired to react to, but that doesn't mean onscreen violence leads to violence in real life. While films catering to teens could certainly be more creative in the ways they create conflict than always falling back to violence, and particularly gun violence, this doesn't mean that filmmakers or studios should be barred from creating the films that they want to create. Maybe the answer isn't to restrict the use of guns in film, but to increase the discussion with our children on the differences between what happens on the silver screen and what happens in reality.
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson is set to go head to head with Dame Judi Dench for the Best Actress prize at the British Indie Film Awards. Johansson has been nominated for her role in sci-fi thriller Under The Skin, while Dench landed a nod for her film Philomena, and the two stars will go up against Lindsay Duncan (Le Week-end), Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman) and Saoirse Ronan (How I Live Now).
James McAvoy is up for the Best Actor prize for his role in crime comedy Filth and will compete against Tom Hardy (Locke), Jack O'Connell (Starred Up), Jim Broadbent (Le Week-end) and Steve Coogan (Philomena).
Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine is in the running for Best International Film, along with Blue is the Warmest Color, Frances Ha, Italian movie The Great Beauty and Saudi Arabian/German picture Wadjda.
Nominations for Best British film include Metro Manila, Philomena, The Selfish Giant, Starred Up and Le Week-end.
The prizegiving will be hosted by Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt in London on 8 December (13).
British boybands Mcfly and Busted are uniting to create a supergroup for a U.K. tour next year (14). The two acts teased their plans to join forces last week (ends10Nov13) and on Monday (11Nov13), they held a press conference in London to give fans the details.
Busted stars James Bourne and Matt Willis will hit the stage with the four boys from McFly, Tom Fletcher, Harry Judd, Danny Jones and Dougie Poynter, for an arena trek in April and May 2014.
Former Busted rocker Charlie Simpson, whose departure in 2005 led to the band's demise, will not rejoin the group.
The tour will kick off in Glasgow, Scotland on 19 April (14) and end on 9 May (14) in Manchester, England. The new supergroup will be known as McBusted.
Producers behind Brad Pitt's upcoming movie Fury sparked outrage in Britain on Sunday (10Nov13) by reportedly shooting battle scenes on the day the country honours soldiers who have died in combat. The crew of the World War Two action movie, which stars Pitt as a tank commander, enraged local residents in Oxfordshire, England by shooting scenes on Remembrance Sunday, despite reportedly receiving requests from local authorities to halt filming to observe the memorial.
A hundred British extras are said to have been hired to dress as German and U.S. troops for the shoot, including former soldiers, and were ordered to rampage across fields to create the scene in the early hours of Sunday morning.
War veterans, politicians and local residents have since criticised movie bosses and the film's director, David Ayer.
One actor, who is also an ex-soldier, tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "It's not as if he (Ayer) didn't know that for many of us Remembrance Sunday is the most important day of the year.
"Instead of toasting our forebears whose bravery gave us this life, we were charging through the countryside dressed as marauding Nazis."
Colonel Richard Kemp, a former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, adds, "At the very time a nation pays tribute to those who gave their lives to stop Nazis rampaging across our land it seems grossly insensitive to impose such scenes on villagers."
Shadow Defence Minister Kevan Jones concludes, "I'm astonished producers would not consider it to be inappropriate to film such scenes on Remembrance Sunday. And it is outrageous appeals from locals to reconsider plans to film on such an occasion were ignored."
Representatives for the movie had yet to comment as WENN went to press. Fury, which also stars Shia LaBeouf, is due for release next year (14).
With Parks and Recreation's annoying and surprising hiatus, the actors have had some time to mess around on Reddit. Last week, we had Aziz Ansari's AMA, and this week, his on-screen BFF Retta told Reddit to ask her anything. The actress is internet savvy and endlessly entertaining, and she seems to at least share her character's affinity for snappy answers and Twitter. If you like her answers to this AMA, check out her live tweets of her favorite shows, from Sherlock to Scandal.
The difference between herself and Donna: "I'm much goofier than Donna. Donna does not suffer fools and sometimes I do because I'm more polite."
The Parks and Rec cast member with the best butt: "I would have to say Chris Pratt, now that he's all buff and cock diesel."
Her favorite piece of classical music: "Vivaldi's Gloria."
On Fitz and Olivia from Scandal: "I can only say that the writing of that relationship is so well-done that I root for it, even though I know it's an adulterous relationship. The actors do such a good job, and Shonda and company did such a good job writing it, that I can't help but want them to be together even though I know it's f****d up that he's married."
Her comedic inspirations: "Chris Rock, Tina Fey, honestly right now I'm really into Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler."
Her favorite characters from Orange is the New Black: "Hmm! I'm torn between Crazy Eyes and Tastee. Tastee makes me laugh at every turn, but Crazy Eyes has some depth that I'm dying to get to know about."
Whether the actor (Jim O'Heir) who plays Jerry on Parks and Rec is like his character: "Absolutely not. Jim is the most crass person, dirty-joke telling person I've ever met in my life. Jerry would blanch at anything Jim O'Heir says."
On the absence of Ann (Rashida Jones) on Parks and Rec: I think it will change the dynamic behind the scenes because Amy and Aubrey are so close to Rashida, and then obviously it will change onscreen in that Leslie doesn't have her best friend there so you will lose those interactions but I know the writers will find a way to fill that void. I do think they will come back for future episodes. I don't know but I wouldn't be mad if Idris Elba got added to the cast.
How she treats herself: "With mani-pedis, designer handbags, and online shopping."
The last time she treated herself: "Ha! It was Wednesday, and I bought myself the new Louis Vuitton black vernis Alma bag with the matching zippy wallet. I've been waiting six months for it to come in, and it finally came in. And I bought that bitch."
The Parks and Rec cast member who "can get it":"I can't think of my castmates in that fashion! They are family. But if I had to answer… Rob Lowe."
On BBC's Sherlock: "The Reichenbach Fall f****d me up. I'm dying to see how it's resolved. And I really, really need to know if he's dead or if he is showing up in Watson's imagination. And I love the show. Cumberbatch can get it."
Her favorite Parks and Rec episode: "Well the "Pawnee Rangers" episode. I particularly like the scene where Ben comes out in the Batman suit, because seeing Adam Scott in that Batman suit brought so much joy to every molecule in my body it was unreal."
On Aubrey Plaza: "She can be as awkward as she seems, but I think she does that because she loves to see people's response to it. But she is also a very sweet girl. And I think people would be surprised by that. I probably should not have told you."
Former Sex And The City star Cynthia Nixon had no idea her popular U.S. TV series inspired spin-off The Carrie Diaries, even after its star, Annasophia Robb, introduced herself as the lead character. The Emmy-winning series starring Sarah Jessica Parker ended its six season run in 2004, and went on to spawn two feature films, and although Nixon reprised her role as attorney Miranda Hobbes in both movies, it seems as if she's left the show behind her.
Robb, who plays the younger version of Parker's Carrie Bradshaw, tells Vanity Fair she ran into Nixon at a Broadway show in New York City and excitedly introduced herself to her TV counterpart's best friend, but didn't exactly receive the reception she was looking for.
Robb recalls, "I was at the counter, and I went, 'Oh, hi, I'm on The Carrie Diaries show. I'm a big fan'. It was just kind of one of those New York run-ins. But she had no idea, which is the best part."
While Nixon may not be aware of the reboot, co-star Kim Cattrall recently lauded actress Lindsey Gort, who plays the teen version of Cattrall's iconic character, Samantha Jones in The Carrie Diaries.
Married country stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert reigned supreme at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night (06Nov13) after picking up Male and Female Vocalist of the Year awards. Shelton also took home Album of the Year for Based on a True Story.
Florida Georgia Line were another winning duo - they claimed Vocal Duo of the Year and Single of the Year for their crossover hit, Cruise.
'King of Country' George Strait was honoured with the biggest prize of the night, Entertainer of the Year, marking his third win in the category, but his first since 1990.
He remembered his late father, who died in June (13), in his acceptance speech, saying, "My dad's been having some pretty good conversations up there."
Country music sweetheart Taylor Swift became only the second artist ever to be presented with the Pinnacle Award, and she was left speechless when Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait and Keith Urban all took the stage to salute her. Swift opened for each of the acts earlier in her career.
The Love Story singer eventually said, "They told me this was going to happen, but I didn't know it was going to be all this. My parents aren't just crying, they're bawling at this point."
She then honoured the country artists who have helped her throughout her career, stating George Strait, "taught me to play the songs your fans want to hear" and McGraw and Hill, "have a style that is a pinnacle I will never reach."
The evening was also filled with a plethora of performances, including sets from Luke Bryan, who opened the show, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Tim McGraw, and co-hosts Carrie Underwood and Paisley.
In addition, some of country's biggest names teamed up for special collaborations - Lambert joined Urban; Swift hit the stage with Alison Krauss and Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz teamed up and and the Zac Brown Band performed with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.
Alan Jackson and George Strait also came together for a tribute to the late George Jones, while Kenny Rogers was feted for his tremendous career by Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts.
The full list of winners at the 2013 Country Music Association Awards is:
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Album of the Year: Based on a True Story by Blake Shelton
Single of the Year: Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
Song of the Year: I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice
Musical Event of the Year: Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Music Video of the Year: Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
New Artist of the Year: Kacey Musgraves
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally
Pinnacle Award: Taylor Swift
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award: Kenny Rogers
Miranda Lambert's duet with Keith Urban at the Country Music Association Awards in Tennessee on Wednesday night (06Nov13) will be a full circle moment for the singer - she once supported the Australian star at the beginning of her career in 2005. The two singers will team up to perform We Were Us at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, and Lambert admits the set will be extra special for her - because it wasn't too long ago Urban helped her break into showbusiness.
She says, "I learned a lot from him (Urban). Watching him and sort of coming in not knowing what to do, coming straight out of the clubs and going, 'OK, that's what a concert is supposed to look like'."
And she's thrilled to become Urban's first ever duet partner, adding, "I actually didn't realise this was his first duet ever so I'm pretty honoured, actually."
Lambert and Urban will make up one of many collaborations at the CMAs - Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl will rock with the Zac Brown Band, George Strait and Alan Jackson will perform a tribute to the late George Jones, and Taylor Swift will perform alongside Vince Gill and Alison Krauss.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host the ceremony for the sixth time.