Athlete and model Lolo Jones has joined the U.S. Olympic bobsled team. The top hurdler has been selected among the nine women who will compete for the national team at the Sochi Games in Russia next year (14).
The 31 year old first joined the U.S. team last year (Oct12) and competed in the World Cup bobsledding competition in November, 2012. She also won gold at the FIBT World Championships in January (13).
Singer/songwriter Elvis Costello has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the oldest independent school of music in the U.S. The Oliver's Army hitmaker picked up his diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, at a special ceremony on Friday (25Oct13), following in the footsteps of music icons Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and Quincy Jones.
Costello took part in a 90-minute career retrospective, where he took questions from the audience and discussed his collaborations with Sir Paul McCartney, his latest album Wise Up Ghost and modern music devices including the iPod.
According to RollingStone.com, Costello also revealed that he only recently discovered his mother Lilian's involvement in a "minor smuggling ring" - she helped bring jazz albums to England from the U.S. when records were scarce in the aftermath of World War II.
Legendary producer Quincy Jones is suing bosses at Sony and Michael Jackson Productions, accusing them of cutting him out of profits from the late King of Pop's music. The music mogul claims he is owed a royalties fortune from the use the reworked tracks from the albums Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad, which he produced for Jackson.
Jones alleges songs he recorded have been edited and remixed for new ventures such as the This Is It movie and the Jackson Cirque du Soleil stage show, so that music bosses don't have to pay him royalties.
Howard Weitzman, lawyer for the Michael Jackson Estate, tells TMZ.com, "The estate of Michael Jackson was saddened to learn that Quincy Jones has filed a lawsuit seeking money from Michael's estate. To the best of our knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael."
Jones is requesting at least $10 million (£6.7 million).
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.
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.