Animal rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have gone hog wild after reading Kid Rock's new Rolling Stone magazine interview - because it starts off with a boar kill on his estate in Alabama. Rock, real name Robert Ritchie, takes journalist Patrick Doyle to a pen on his land, where he has caught three elusive hogs, and shoots two. His girlfriend, Audrey, kills the third.
In his write-up, Doyle describes the moment his host "points the pistol between one of the sow's eyes" and shoots after saying, "Bye".
The journalist recalls, "It collapses and writhes on the ground, running in place on its side for several seconds, its hooves rattling the cage... The other pigs go silent. One rubs its snout on the dead sow."
Rock says, "His a** is done", as he hands a rifle to his girlfriend, who kills a second boar - and he shoots another.
The host later holds a party in his barn and shows the "video of the hog execution on his Apple TV".
Attempting to explain his interview subject's act, writer Doyle adds, "Because hogs are a non-native species with high reproductive rates, hunters are encouraged to kill them year-round."
However, the explanation does not sit well with PETA officials, who have taken aim at Kid Rock for killing the hogs.
A spokesperson for the organisation tells WENN, "Anyone who does such a thing is psychopathically cruel. There are no words to describe the sort of human being who deliberately chooses to bully, frighten, and harm those who are in his power. Bullies are always desperate to prove they aren't the pathetic, soulless individuals they know themselves to be. We pity his (Kid Rock's) children."
A lost Sherlock Holmes tale written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has been unearthed 100 years after it was written. The story, entitled Sherlock Homes: Discovering The Border Burghs And, By Deduction, The Brig Bazaar, is believed to have been written by the legendary author in 1904 to help raise money to rebuild a bridge in the Scottish town of Selkirk which had been destroyed by flooding.
The story was discovered by 80-year-old Walter Elliot, who tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I have no idea if it has ever been published - I've never seen it. I've always been interested in history and my family has always passed on stories and I suppose this was one of the stories that was passed down."
The Beloved sleuth stories have been developed into a number of screen adaptations including a TV series featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and movies starring Robert Downey, Jr.
Chrissy Amphlett's widower fought back tears as he unveiled a road in Melbourne, Australia which has been named in honor of the late Divinyls frontwoman.
The I Touch Myself hitmaker died in 2013 at the age of 53, following a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, and more than 7,000 fans campaigned for the star to be remembered in the city where she launched her career in the 1970s.
After a long battle with local officials, the proposal to rename a road Amphlett Lane was accepted and the singer's husband Charley Drayton turned out to unveil the new street sign at a special ceremony on Wednesday (18Feb15).
Drayton fought back tears as he gave a speech about his late wife, telling the audience, "Nothing really lasts forever, but today's a lot different - we're all here in Amphlett Lane and it's here forever."
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle also attended the ceremony, and added, "This was just meant to be. A great idea to commemorate a music icon of Melbourne... This will become a destination for music lovers, to remember a wonderful contributor to the world of music in Chrissy Amphlett."
The street also features a mural which depicts Amphlett's tunic costume and her beloved pet dogs.
Downton is abuzz with an impending party .. but when are they not having one?
Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) is surprised by the appearance of the newly named Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen). They begin to bond and Mary begins to resemble her former self. Is it too much to hope for the slight-delivering, passive aggressive Lady Mary from Series 1? Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) invites Michael Gregson (Charles Edwards) in the hopes that he will win the respect of her parents. Good luck, Lady Edith ... you’re the 1920’s answer to the Cathy comics. Ack! Terence Sampson (Patrick Kennedy) arrives on the scene and convinces everyone to play cards including Earl Grantham (Hugh Bonneville). Luckily, Mr. Gregson wins back all the money and exposes the dirty dealings of Sampson.
Meanwhile, everyone seems to be really inconsiderate of poor Tom (Allen Leech). A guest asks him about Lady Sybil. Isobel (Penelope Wilton) arrives to the party despite mourning. Then in true shady fashion she complains about her sadness to Tom despite the fact that he’s a widower. Sure, she lost a child but is it anyone’s place to give someone survivor’s guilt? Tom confesses that he doesn’t feel like he belongs with the family. Scheming Miss Braithwaite (MyAnna Buring) brings him a huge glass of whiskey and then shows up at his room late in the night.
The drama: Lady Rose MacClare (Lily James) surprises everyone, including Lady Mary, by bringing down Matthew’s old phonograph. Lord Grantham has Australian opera singer Nellie Melba (Kiri Te Kanawa) dine in her room until Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern) corrects his error. Also, what the hell is going to happen if anyone founds out that Tom slummed it with Braithwaite?
Carson (Jim Carter) is his usually stern self as everyone is working double duty in entertaining mode. Lord Gillingham’s valet (Nigel Harman), known only as Mr. Gillingham, arrives on the scene and befriends Anna (Joanne Froggatt) much to Mr. Bates’ dismay (Brendan Coyle). Trying to impress Ivy (Cara Theobold) Jimmy (Ed Speleers) falls and hurts his hand. A broke Mr. Molesley (Kevin Doyle), has been complaining all over town how broke he is and taking odd jobs. And yet, when asked to be a footman in place of Jimmy, he complains a lot.
Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) has a panic attack. Alfred (Matt Milne) makes the sauce and discovers a love for cooking. Anna has a headache so she excuses herself during the opera performance. In a disturbing turn of events, Anna gets violently raped by Mr. Gillingham. Too scared to tell her husband, she enlists Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) for help in covering it up. This is a huge departure from Downton's normal drama. Is having lovable and sweet Anna attacked too far or is it the right level of drama for the show? After all, times are changing as we approach the 1920s.
The drama: Anna can’t tell Mr. Bates because she’s worried he will go nuts and kill her attacker. Clearly, he’s a little unhinged. If memory serves he didn’t even kill his wife despite being arrested for her murder.
What does one say to a singer? - Lord Grantham
Screaming in the servant’s hall, singers chatting to his lordship and a footman cooking the dinner what a topsy-turvy world we’ve come to. - Carson
I’m afraid Tom’s small talk is very small. - Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith)
The New York Times reported that an American judge ruled that Sherlock Holmes, along with friends and foes John Watson, Mycroft Holmes, Moriarty, and more of Arthur Conan Doyle's characters, are now in the United States public domain. The judgement means that no copyright law applies to the use of story elements in any Holme adventures published before 1923. There were a few after that, so adaptors have to take care to not run up a bill with the author's estate by using any characters or plots introduced in those later works. But forget that advice, because we are all set with Sherlock reboots at the moment.
Unless you're as culturally clueless as the detective himself, you know that the character has had a massive renaissance these last few years. Robert Downey Jr. imbued Holmes with serious swagger in the Guy Ritchie-helmed 2009 film version. Between that movie and its sequel, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and writer Mark Gatiss launched a phenomenon to drive the internet to insane acts of meme-ing in 2010 with the slick BBC series. And CBS got into the game with its own modernized take Elementary, this time set in New York City and with a Joan, not a John. Even our collective obsession with forensic procedurals hinted at the successful resurgence of this character. There wouldn't be an NCIS without Sherlock Holmes.
And now he's free. And it's tempting. But between Jude Law and RDJ's chemistry; Benedict Cumberbatch's cheekbones; and Jonny Lee Miller's mania, there just isn't room out here for another version. At least not a good one. Any attempt to create a Holmes that doesn't directly copy any of these interpretations will just lead to a watered-down or barely recognizable imitation. And Sherlock deserves better than that.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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A collection of autographed Polaroid photos featuring stars like Robert De Niro, Sean Connery and Meryl Streep are expected to fetch up to $30,000 (£20,000) at auction next month (Nov13). Photographer Tim Boxer swapped his Nikon F professional camera for a cheap Polaroid to snap his celebrity subjects after finishing professional shoots with them during the 1970s and 1980s and he persuaded the famous faces to sign the candid, instantly-developed pictures there and then.
He amassed a total of 212 rare snaps over the years, including shots of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's widow, Jacqueline Onassis, pioneering artist Andy Warhol, and a 12-year-old Brooke Shields after she shot to fame in controversial movie Pretty Baby in 1978.
The photos are now set to go under the hammer at Doyle New York on 25 November (13), reports the New York Post.
British actor Jude Law has assured fans plans are in place to give Sherlock Holmes a third outing on the big screen despite ongoing delays. The Alfie star has appeared as sidekick Dr. John Watson in two movies based on the books of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, opposite Robert Downey, Jr. as the supersleuth, and the last installment, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, hit cinemas in 2011.
Law reveals the whole "team" wants to reunite for a third movie, but plans have been on hold for a while due to scheduling conflicts.
He tells Empire magazine, "I think Warners (Warner Bros.) want it and there's a lot of want from us as a team. We want it to be better than the other two. We want to make sure it's smarter and cleverer, but in the same realm... It's a slow process (getting it together). We're all busy. So getting us together to try to nail that has taken a little bit longer than we had hoped."
Every movie has its quotable moments, but sports movies are the best. They can inspire even more than regular movies. Here are 10 that may get you to jump out of your chair and do 10 pushups right away. Or something like that.
1. Field of Dreams
"The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time." - When reading this, people are legally obligated to use James Earl Jones' bass voice.
2. A League of Their Own
"Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!" -- Tom Hanks' Jimmy Duggan was in need of sensitivity training when talking to his female players.
"You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!" - Mickey's promise to Rocky while training him could have been dangerous if true. At the very least, you'd hate to be in the next stall.
4. Slap Shot
"I'm listening to the f-----g song!" - Steve Hanson's reply to the referee giving him a warning during the national anthem about possibly dirty play never fails to make me laugh. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one.)
5. Raging Bull
"You didn't get me down, Ray." -- Jake LaMotta's retort to Sugar Ray Robinson after their fight shows Robert De Niro at his best.
6. Bull Durham
"Wow. Anything that goes that far needs a stewardess on it." -- Truth be told, I could just have nine Bull Durham quotes here and they'd all be great. Crash Davis' explanation to Nuke LaLoosh about just playing and not thinking things too deeply is sage advice indeed. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one.)
"IT'S IN THE HOLE!!" -- Too bad some idiot co-opted Carl Spackler's quote and made it "GET IN THE HOLE!" whenever Tiger Woods was about to shoot.
8. The Sandlot
"You're killing me, Smalls!" -- This might be the most-used catchphrase in the history of ever.
9. Chariots of Fire
"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure." - Many people could say the same thing about what their best talent makes them feel like.
10. Major League
"Juuuuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside." -- Bob Uecker's character, announcer Harry Doyle, makes me crack up every time I hear his play-by-play of Ricky Vaughn's first pitch. (NSFW Language: You might want to wear headphones or close your office door for this one)
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In the 1980s and 90s, photographer Andrew Brucker had the priviledge of photographing some of today's hottest stars — only, back then, they were nobodies.
From Robert Downey Jr. and Alec Baldwin to Naomi Watts and Marisa Tomei, Brucker snapped these superstars when they were just fresh-faced newbies. Vulture has compiled 20 of the striking photographs, taken from Brucker's new book 8x10, in a gallery.
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