Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones have teamed up to record an album of duets, inspired by the music of The Everly Brothers. Both big fans of rock 'n' roll siblings Don and Phil Everly, the Grammy Award winners hit the studio to craft Foreverly, a new 12-song collection inspired by the brothers' 1958 album of Americana tunes, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
Armstrong and Jones recorded the album in just nine days.
The punk rocker says, "I've been a big fan of The Everly Brothers since I was a little boy. A couple of years ago, I discovered Songs Our Daddy Taught Us for the first time, and I fell in love with it. I was playing it every day and thought it would be a cool idea to re-do the record, but with a female singer. I thought of Norah because she can sing anything, from rock to jazz to blues, and I knew her harmonies would be amazing.
"I thought the songs would take on a different meaning working with her, and she has a really good ear for arrangements. I was mainly intrigued by these old traditionals, country songs, and hymns."
Jones adds, "Billie Joe's enthusiasm about the songs and his low-key, open approach to the music was very inviting. He wasn't set in his ideas, which made it fun for us both to sort of discover what felt right for us, musically."
The album will be released in November (13).
Actor Alec Baldwin has slammed his musical film Rock Of Ages, insisting it was a "horrible" movie. The 30 Rock star, who played a fictional rock club boss in the movie, insists he knew a week into filming the project - an adaptation of the 2006 Broadway musical - was destined to be a box office flop, but stayed onboard because it gave him the chance to work with director Adam Shankman and co-stars Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
He says, "It was a complete disaster. A week in you go, 'Oh God, what have I done?' The plane is buffeting, the engine is on fire."
The movie cost an estimated $75 million (GBP50 million) to make, but only grossed $38.5 million (GBP25.6 million) at the U.S. box office.
Singer Morrissey's tell-all memoir has become the U.K.'s fastest-selling rock book in its first week of release, outstripping Keith Richards' life story. The tome, titled Autobiography, has sold 34,918 copies since its release last Thursday (17Oct13), the biggest first-week sale of a musician's memoir since official records began in 1998.
The Rolling Stones legend Richards' hit book Life sold 28,213 in its opening week in 2010.
The record-breaking figure is a double triumph for the former The Smiths frontman, as his memoir has also topped the U.K. book sales chart, taking over the number one position from Mad About The Boy, the new Bridget Jones novel by Helen Fielding.
I had a decidedly bizarre relationship with this most recent episode of How I Met Your Mother. To begin, I watched the half-hour comedy via the good graces of my DVR (for which I allot a portion of my salary in lieu of breakfasts) at around 3 in the morning, after waking up from a nap I didn't remember deciding to take. In my fugue state, everything hit harder. The jokes (I couldn't help but laugh at every misplaced "What the damn hell?!"), the sentiment, the Indiana Jones references, and the episode's "dark" conclusion. That especially.
See, How I Met Your Mother doesn't exist in the world of It's Always Sunny or Arrested Development or Seinfeld. It exists in a world with a pulsing heart, one that wants us to care about its quirky quintet. It seems too often, though, that the show tries to have its cake and eat it too: to bank on the bounties of black comedy while still riding on a sympathetic undercurrent. We've already come to recognize all of the group's core members (with the possible, and that's being generous, exception of Marshall) as horrible people. Lily goes out of her way to refer to Barney as a sociopath — probably true — in this episode. But when it comes to gags like the conclusive twist in "Knight Vision," we reach a point that's beyond bearable. At least to those of us watching in the hyper-emotional state immediately between two sleeps.
Robin and Barney spend the episode trying to convince their rigid minister that they are worthy of his approval and of his church. So, they use the sweetest, most romantic love story they can conjure up: Marshall and Lily's, the whole "we met in college and have been together ever since" ordeal, adopting their personas (and nicknames, to comical nonsensicality — the stern minister fawning over monikers like "Barnmallow" and "Robinpad" earned a good laugh) in place of their own far more... colorful... personal history.
When Lily's intrusion sparks the revelation that Robin and Barney swiped the story, they lose the minister's approval, and a place in his church. But the pair realizes that they prefer their true story — a story of deceit, heartbreak, lechery, adultery, and various other sorts of undesirable behavior — launching into a vivid recollection of the past nine years they have spent together. The shock of their narrative actually kills the minister, leaving them in want of a new official to oversee the wedding.
Theory: Don't Robin and Barney have a friend who is struggling with the decision to become a judge? Perhaps this new position is the answer to our question of what Marshall and Lily will ultimately decide to do (move to Rome for her career vs. stay in New York for his).
And so, while Robin and Barney sulk over having to find a new minister at the last minute, we cringe at their unintentional hand in the death of this man. It's the sort of thing that should haunt you, one would think, not just serve as a plot device. While this sort of black humor might feel right at home in Sunny or its dark brethren, HIMYM needs to make up its mind on where it wants to lie. It's a rare achievement for a show to manage such sinister comedy and still earn our "aww"s. And since How I Met Your Mother is certainly more concerned with the latter, it should really steer clear of gags like these.
Meanwhile, Ted tries to sleep with Anna Camp. He doesn't. But don't worry. The Mother is coming soon.
Footnote: In the sleep to follow my viewing of this episode, I had a How I Met Your Mother-themed dream. In it, Barney kissed Ted, tearfully professing his undying love for him and his long-guarded homosexuality. It was very moving, and very exciting. I was disappointed to wake up to realize this never actually happened.
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Michael Douglas is playing down reports suggesting he and his estranged wife Catherine Zeta-Jones have reconciled, insisting he has not yet returned to the family home in Connecticut. The two stars split this summer (13) but Douglas has made it clear on several occasions they're not heading for a divorce - just taking a break from each other.
Both have been spotted wearing their wedding rings in recent weeks and now the separation talk has turned to hope for a reconciliation following reports the estranged couple was spotted together recently in Greenwich, Connecticut.
But Douglas insists the news isn't that good yet.
He tells U.S. news show Extra, "I haven't been home yet... I've been in New Mexico making a picture called The Reach for the last five weeks... So, I look forward to getting home, but that wasn't me... Must've been a look alike."
More than 45 former Bond girls have posed for photographs as part of a new exhibition. Actresses including Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton, Grace Jones and Jill St. John sat for a shoot with snapper Taryn Simon to celebrate the superspy movie franchise.
Simon wrote to 57 former stars of the 007 films, and only ten declined to take part - including the very first Bond girl, Ursula Andress, and British actress Gemma Arterton, who had a brief role in 2008's Quantum of Solace.
Some actresses referenced their part in the famous franchise, such as Goldfinger star Eaton, who wore a dress with a flash of gold colouring, while others, including Live and Let Die's Jane Seymour, chose simply to pose in elegant eveningwear.
Simon tells British magazine Stella, "All the women had complete freedom to choose the clothes and poses they wanted... Each woman who is not there is still represented by a blank space on the wall, together with a tag giving her name and the film in which she appeared."
The exhibition, titled Birds of the West Indies, will open at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania later this year (13) before heading out on tour.
Actress Rashida Jones has slammed female celebrities for showing off too much skin, urging them to "stop acting like whores". The Parks and Recreation star, who is music mogul Quincy Jones' daughter, has taken a stand against the likes of Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and other artists who flash too much flesh.
While she doesn't name particular celebrities in an unprovoked Twitter rant, Jones calls on all her followers to reflect on what they see in music videos and at awards shows.
In a series of posts, she writes, "This week's celeb news takeaway: she who comes closest to showing the actual inside of her vagina is most popular. #stopactinglikewhores.
"Let me clarify. I don't shame ANYone for anything they choose to do with their lives or bodies. BUT I think we ALL need to take a look at what we are accepting as 'the norm'.
"There is a whole generation of young women watching. Sure, be SEXY but leave something to the imagination."
But, giving her serious tweet a comic touch, Jones adds, "Also, calling on all men to 'show me dat (that) a**'."
Jones' posts come weeks after Miley Cyrus' provocative performance with Robin Thicke during the MTV Video Music Awards and her Wrecking Ball video, in which she swings about on a metal ball and chain wearing only boots, as well as Rihanna's latest music video for Pour It Up, in which she shows off her pole dancing skills while donning nothing but a diamond-studded bra and thong.
America, meet Tom Mison.
Those who are in on the ground floor of the Sleepy Hollow phenomenon are already familiar Mr. Mison as Ichabod Crane, the show's man out of time. With only a few episodes in the bag, the series has all the makings of a cult hit. And its male lead is primed for the superstardom that goes right along with that. We've got Mison down on our scorecard for the next big thing in British imports. (Perhaps Benedict could extend an invite to one of his cheekbone-polishing parties?) Here's why we're totally in to the new guy.
He's got character.
Tom's Crane isn't the quivering coward we were introduced to by Washington Irving and Walt Disney. This version is gallant, intelligent, and endlessly sassy. Ichabod's constant irritation with modern inventions alone is worth the price of admission.
He's Jane Austen-approved.
Mison also starred as the courteous and innocent Mr. Bingley in the 2008 Pride and Prejudice-inspired miniseries Lost in Austen. There's nothing about playing an Austen hero that could do anything to make a leading man less attractive.
On first read, he also thought the Sleepy Hollow premise was totally insane.
But thank goodness we all got over that.
He hearts Ewan McGregor, his Salmon Fishing in the Yemen co-star.
As one should.
He has fantastic chemistry with his castmates.
We love the absolutely bananas Sleepy Hollow because of its pedal-to-the-floor committment to its own craziness. But we also love the interplay between Mison and his co-stars Nicole Beharie and Orlando Jones. The Abbie/Crane partnership is essential to the series and it lends some essential emotional grounding. Plus, they're awfully pretty together.
In the wake of Kris and Bruce Jenner’s split, it’s become glaringly obvious that 2013 hasn’t been a happy year for too many couples.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth called it quits after their year-long engagement. They confirmed in September what we had been hearing rumors of for almost as long as we’ve been hearing about their engagement.
As heartbreaking as it is to hear, no one can deny the rumors anymore. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are taking some time apart. No legal action has been taken yet, and fingers crossed none will be taken in the future. Maybe if they hold out to 2014 they can come out on top and together again.
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, two beloved Game of Thrones stars, called it quits earlier this year. Fortunately for Harington, Leslie wasn’t as heart broken as her character was over Jon Snow. No arrows in the back needed here folks!
Surprising almost nobody, George Clooney and Stacy Keibler split this summer. Another one bites the dust! Oh wait, too soon?
The Vampire Diaries stars Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev broke many beating hearts in May after their rumored split. Their love is still hanging on in The CW’s show, but who can deny Somerhalder’s not so cryptic tweet on May 9: ‘A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: People change and forget to tell each other. –Lillian Hellman, playwright (1904-1984).’
Hopefully the remainder of 2013 will stay quiet with the news of heartbreak in Hollywood and maybe 2014 will bring together happier and long lasting relationships for all.
Legendary singer Neil Young is set to be feted by officials at the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing. The revered musician will follow in the footsteps of previous honourees Jimmy Iovine and Quincy Jones in January (14), when he is celebrated for his "commitment to excellence and ongoing support for the art and craft of recorded music".
A statement from Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow reads, "It is with great honour that we pay tribute to a musical icon who has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who created it intended, and who has continually set precedents of excellence within the music community.
"The contributions of Neil Young are innumerable, as is his incomparable body of work, and we look forward to an unforgettable evening with this legendary artist."
The seventh annual ceremony will take place at Village Studios in Los Angeles in the week leading up to the 2014 Grammy Awards.
This will not be the first time Young has been feted by the Recording Academy - in 2010 he was named 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year and honoured with a tribute concert featuring performances by Elton John, Wilco and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.