Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman longs to have another baby and hopes "every month" to fall pregnant.
The Oscar winner has two young daughters with her country singer partner Keith Urban, as well as two adopted kids with her ex-husband Tom Cruise, but she is still hoping for one more. She tells Australian radio station KIIS 1065's The Kyle and Jackie O Show, "I'm baby crazy. I just love kids... I hope every month that I'm pregnant... But I never am. I would be jumping for joy if I was... It won't happen. No, I'm 47. It won't happen... Well my grandmother had her last baby at 49 so you never know..."
Country singer Keith Urban was forced to cancel a charity concert performance on Thursday (11Sep14) following the death of his wife Nicole Kidman's father.
Dr. Anthony Kidman was pronounced dead in hospital after suffering a fall while visiting Nicole's sister Antonia in Singapore. Local police are investigating the incident.
The You'll Think of Me hitmaker was scheduled to perform at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California on Thursday night but pulled out of the gig and boarded a private jet to be by his wife's side in Nashville, Tennessee, according to TMZ.com. Kenny Loggins agreed to fill in for Urban at the last minute.
Meanwhile, Kidman's publicist Leslee Dart has issued a statement about the tragedy, which reads: "Nicole and her family are in shock by the sudden death of her father. She appreciates the outpouring of support and kindly requests privacy during this very difficult time."
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Singer Carrie Underwood struggled to contain her tears as she accepted her award at the 2014 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Honors on Tuesday (09Sep14).
The Before He Cheats hitmaker received the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award at the music prizegiving ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee and she battled through tears as she tried to thank her husband Mike Fisher onstage.
Underwood, who is expecting her first child, later poked fun at her emotions on Instagram.com, writing, "Had such a great night at the ACM Honors! Now everyone can go back to making fun of me for crying during my speech!"
Other honourees included Kris Kristofferson and Dean Dillon, who shared the Poet's Award, and Ronnie Milsap and Toby Keith, who won the Career Achievement Award. Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott also performed a medley of hits by Shane McAnally, who won the ACM's songwriter of the year award.
Country superstar Keith Urban gave his wife Nicole Kidman the ultimate wedding anniversary present at a gig on Wednesday (25Jun14) when he dedicated a song he wrote about their relationship to the actress.
The You'll Think of Me hitmaker was onstage in Melbourne, Australia when he turned his attention to his wife of eight years, who was in the audience. After a fan shouted out "Happy anniversary!", Urban responded, "It is tonight. My wife and I are celebrating eight years of marriage tonight. And she's here tonight."
He then recalled a moment before their wedding, which inspired a track titled Once in a Lifetime. Urban said, "This is a true story... Nic and I had just gotten engaged in September of 2005. And we were planning our wedding, which was going to take place here in Australia, in June. "A couple months or so before our wedding, we were in our hotel and we were talking about the future and I could tell that Nic was getting very nervous about the thought of marrying me. It's a big thing you know. It's a big thing to get married. It takes an enormous amount of trust and a leap of faith."
The singer continued to reassure Kidman, who was previously married to Tom Cruise, that he was going to be "her man, forever", hoping there was a way to show her that he would never leave her side.
The day after their conversation, Urban hit the music studio and wrote Once in a Lifetime, which he dusted off for fans - and Kidman - on Wednesday.
He said, "This is called Once in a Lifetime. Eight years, baby girl, this is for you tonight my love; I love you so much."
Musicians Carla Bley, George Coleman and Charles Lloyd have been selected to receive America's most prestigious jazz award next year (15). Composer Bley and saxophonists Coleman and Lloyd will be made Jazz Masters and handed a $25,000 (£15,625) fellowship, while Chicago, Illinois jazz club owner Joe Segal will also be feted by officials at the National Endowment for the Arts.
The quartet will be honoured during a ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center in April (15).
This year's (14) honourees included pianist Keith Jarrett, saxophonist Anthony Braxton and bassist Richard Davis.
A letter written by John Lennon complaining about his rock star friends Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson fetched $84,000 (£53,000) at auction in London. The former Beatles star wrote the letter titled 'A matter of pee' to producer Phil Spector, complaining that he was being held responsible for a series of bizarre incidents after the musicians were threatened with eviction from the recording studio. He admits that it was Moon and Nilsson who urinated on the mixing console.
The note, which dates from Lennon's 'Lost Weekend' between 1973 and 1975 when he separated form Yoko Ono, was later given to guitarist Jesse Ed Davis who worked with the Beatles star.
It was expected to fetch between $6,400 (£4,000) and $9,600 (£6,000) at the auction but sold for seven times that estimate when a private buyer snapped it up for $84,000 last week (ends22Mar14).
Louise Cooper, from Cooper Owen Music Media Auctions, says, "This price reflects the fact that it has never been on the market before and refers to so many famous people of the time."
Kurt Cobain is set to be immortalised in comic book form thanks to a tribute which will be released on the 20th anniversary of his passing. The Nirvana frontman died from a shotgun wound at his home in Seattle, Washington in April, 1994 and to commemorate the music icon's legacy, writer and artist Jayfri Hashim has created Tribute: Kurt Cobain in honour of the beloved rocker.
The book will tell the story of Cobain's life, from his days starting out as a musician to his battle with the pressures of success and fame.
Bluewater Productions publisher Darren G. Davis explains the importance of the the comic books in a statement: "The Tribute line of comic books tells the stories of people that have made a significant difference in the world while they were with us. It is a way for us to honor these people who have made a difference in the world.
"Not only is this a great way to understand the importance of his contribution to music, but it is a great tool for kids to read about him in a different medium."
Other artists featured in the Bluewater Tribute line of comic books include John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Keith Richards.
Tribute: Kurt Cobain will be published on 2 April (14).
A note written by John Lennon complaining about his rock star pals Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson is set to go under the hammer on Friday (21Mar14) Lennon was working with a group of musicians during recording sessions for his 1975 covers album Rock 'n' Roll but the antics of Nilsson and The Who drummer Moon infuriated bosses at A&M Studios in Los Angeles.
The former Beatles star wrote a letter titled 'A matter of pee' to producer Phil Spector, complaining that he was being held responsible for a series of bizarre incidents after the musicians were threatened with eviction.
Lennon writes, "Phil - Should you not yet know it was Harry and Keith who p**sed on the (mixing) console. Jerry (Moss, A&M boss) now wants to evict us or that's what Capitol tells us. Anyway tell him to bill Capitol for the damage if any. I can't be expected to mind adult rock stars nor can May (Pang - Lennon's girlfriend and assistant) besides she works for me not A+M . I'm about to p**s off to (rival studio) Record Plant because of this c**p."
The note, which dates from Lennon's 'Lost Weekend' between 1973 and 1975 when he separated form Yoko Ono, was later given to guitarist Jesse Ed Davis who worked with the Beatles star. It is expected to fetch between $6,400 (£4,000) and $9,600 (£6,000).
Louise Cooper, of Cooper Owen Music Media Auctions in London, tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "This is a rare note in that it mentions so many well-known figures from that era... The note will be of huge interest to Lennon and Beatles fans around the world. And the provenance is excellent, coming as it does from Lennon's session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis."
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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With the Oscar nominations coming out this week, we've decided to take a stab at predicting which big pictures will earn recognition this year. Here are our Oscar nomination predictions... and, because we felt terrible leaving a few of our favorites off these dismally pragmatic lists, hopes.
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BEST PICTURE 12 Years A Slave American Hustle Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Inside Llewyn Davis Lee Daniels’ The Butler Nebraska Philomena The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST DIRECTOR Alfonso Cuaron, GravityJoel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis Steve McQueen, 12 Years a SlaveDavid O. Russell, American HustleMartin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST ACTOR Christian Bale, American HustleChiwitel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave Leonard DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall StreetMatthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers ClubRobert Redford, All Is Lost
BEST ACTRESS Amy Adams, American HustleCate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock, GravityJudi Dench, PhilomenaEmma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Enough Said Her Inside Llewyn Davis Lee Daniel’s The Butler Nebraska
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 12 Years a Slave August: Osage County Philomena Short Term 12 The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Barkhad Abdi, Captain PhillipsDaniel Bruhl, Rush Bradley Cooper, American HustleMichael Fassbender, 12 Years a SlaveJared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Jennifer Lawrence, American HustleLupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a SlaveJulia Roberts, August: Osage CountyJune Squibb, Nebraska Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels' The Butler
BEST PICTURE 12 Years A Slave GravityInside Llewyn Davis HerFrances Ha NebraskaPacific Rim The World’s End The Wolf of Wall Street The Way, Way Back
BEST DIRECTOR Alfonso Cuaron, GravityJoel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis Steve McQueen, 12 Years a SlaveSpike Jonze, HerMartin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST ACTOR Christian Bale, American Hustle Bruce Dern, Nebraska Chiwitel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave Leonard DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
BEST ACTRESS Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock, Gravity Greta Gertwig, Frances Ha Brie Larson, Short Term 12 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY HerInside Llewyn Davis NebraskaThe Way, Way Back The World’s End
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 12 Years a Slave Lone Survivor PhilomenaShort Term 12 The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave Will Forte, Nebraska John Gallagher Jr., Short Term 12 Justin Timberlake, Inside Llewyn Davis
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Allison Janney, The Way, Way Back Scarlett Johansson, Her Carey Mulligan, Inside Llewyn Davis Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave Sarah Paulson, 12 Years a Slave
BEST PICTURE12 Years a SlaveAmerican HustleCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubGravityHerInside Llewyn DavisNebraskaSpring BreakersThe Wolf of Wall Street
BEST DIRECTORJoel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn DavisAlfonso Cuaron, GravitySteve McQueen, 12 Years a SlaveDavid O. Russell, American HustleMartin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST ACTORChristian Bale, American HustleBruce Dern, NebraskaChiwetel Eijofor, 12 Years a SlaveTom Hanks, Captain PhillipsMatthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
BEST ACTRESSAmy Adams, American HustleCate Blanchett, Blue JasmineSandra Bullock, GravityJudi Dench, PhilomenaEmma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYAmerican HustleBlue JasmineHerInside Llewyn DavisNebraska
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY12 Years a SlaveBefore MidnightCaptain PhillipsLone SurvivorThe Wolf of Wall Street
BEST SUPPORTING ACTORBarkhad Abdi, Captain PhillipsMichael Fassbender, 12 Years a SlaveJames Franco, Spring BreakersJared Leto, Dallas Buyers ClubKeith Stanfield, Short Term 12
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSSally Hawkins, Blue JasmineJennifer Lawrence, American HustleCarey Mulligan, Inside Llewyn DavisLupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a SlaveJune Squibb, Nebraska
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BEST PICTURE12 Years a SlaveFrances HaGravityHerInside Llewyn DavisNebraskaShort Term 12Spring BreakersThe Wind RisesThe Wolf of Wall Street
BEST DIRECTORNoah Baumbach, Frances HaJoel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn DavisAlfonso Cuaron, GravitySpike Jonze, HerMartin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST ACTORBruce Dern, NebraskaLeonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall StreetOscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn DavisJoaquin Pheonix, HerRobert Redford, All Is Lost
BEST ACTRESSCate Blanchett, Blue JasmineAdèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest ColorGreta Gerwig, Frances HaScarlett Johansson, HerBrie Larson, Short Term 12
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYBlue JasmineFrances HaHerInside Llewyn DavisNebraska
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYFrozenShort Term 12The Spectacular NowThe Wind RisesThe Wolf of Wall Street
BEST SUPPORTING ACTORAdam Driver, Inside Llewyn DavisMichael Fassbender, 12 Years a SlaveWill Forte, NebraskaJames Franco, Spring BreakersKeith Stanfield, Short Term 12
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSAmy Adams, HerTracey Fairaway, Enough SaidSally Hawkins, Blue JasmineCarey Mulligan, Inside Llewyn DavisLupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
BEST PICTURE 12 Years a Slave American Hustle Before Midnight Captain Phillips Gravity Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska Philomena The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST DIRECTOR Alfonso Cuaron, GravitySpike Jonze, HerSteve McQueen, 12 Years a SlaveDavid O. Russell, American HustleMartin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST ACTOR Bruce Dern, NebraskaLeonardo Dicaprio, The Wolf of Wall StreetChiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a SlaveTom Hanks, Captain PhillipsRobert Redford, All Is Lost
BEST ACTRESSAmy Adams, American HustleCate Blanchett, Blue JasmineSandra Bullock, Gravity Judi Dench, PhilomenaBrie Larson, Short Term 12
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY American Hustle Blue Jasmine Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 12 Years a Slave Before Midnight Captain Phillips Lone Survivor The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Barkhad Abdi, Captain PhillipsDaniel Bruhl, RushMichael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall StreetJared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Sally Hawkins, Blue JasmineJennifer Lawrence, American HustleLuptia Nyong'o, 12 Years a SlaveJulia Roberts, August: Osage CountyOprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels' The Butler
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BEST PICTURE 12 Years a Slave Captain Phillips Frances Ha Gravity Her The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Frozen Rush This Is the End The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST DIRECTOR Alfonso Cuaron, GravityRon Howard, RushSpike Jonze, HerSteve McQueen, 12 Years a SlaveMartin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST ACTOR Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station Joaquin Phoenix, Her
BEST ACTRESS Amy Adams, American Hustle Sandra Bullock, Gravity Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha Scarlett Johansson, Her Brie Larson, Short Term 12
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY American Hustle Gravity Her Inside Llewyn Davis This is the End
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Captain Phillips The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Iron Man 3 This is the End The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips Daniel Bruhl, Rush Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street Jared Leto, The Dallas Buyers Club
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle Luptia Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave Sarah Paulson, 12 Years a Slave Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels' The Butler