Sarah Jessica Parker has been forced to move a hot tub to a different location on her New York property following a neighbour's complaint. The Sex and the City star's businessman neighbour, Maurice 'Sonny' Cohn, recently sold his home in the Hamptons, but before the sale could be approved the buyer requested Parker and her husband, Matthew Broderick, move the tub closer to their property line. Parker was "extremely gracious" about the issue and obliged, according to the New York Post.
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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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Veteran British entertainer Cilla Black will mark her 50th year in showbusiness by starring in a new sitcom. The 1960s singer-turned-TV host is set to return to primetime TV in a new comedy, Led Astray, with her longtime pal and fellow entertainer Paul O'Grady.
The pair will play siblings in a pilot, written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the team behind beloved U.K. sitcom Birds of a Feather.
The show, which will air on the BBC in Britain next year (14), will mark Black's first foray into comedy acting since the 1970s. Last month (Sep13), she threw a star-studded bash in celebration of the 50th anniversary of her first single, Love of the Loved, which was written by Beatles legends John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney and produced by George Martin.
Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb has taken a trip down memory lane by paying a visit to his old school in Manchester, England. The singer visited Oswald Road Primary School on Monday (30Sep13) and was greeted by enthusiastic staff and children as he toured the grounds and classrooms.
In honour of their guest, pupils put on a disco-dancing display and sang along to some of the Bee Gees' most famous songs.
Gibb was asked by one student whether he ate in the school cafeteria or brought food from home, and he told the youngster, "I used to have sugar sandwiches or bread and butter with sugar, or bread and butter with tomato ketchup and that's what we used to bring to school."
The star also paid a visit to his childhood home, where he first learned how to sing with his late brothers Robin and Maurice Gibb.
The Stayin' Alive hitmaker, who is in the midst of a solo tour, made the visit after performing a concert in the city on Sunday (29Sep13).
Legendary composer John Williams' iconic Star Wars theme has been voted the U.K.'s most popular movie soundtrack in a new BBC poll. The dramatic Oscar-winning tune beat Ennio Morricone's The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and Leonard Bernstein's composition for West Side Story, which were ranked second and third, respectively.
The top five was rounded out by the main Lawrence of Arabia theme by Maurice Jarre and Bernard Herrmann's Vertigo.
A BBC spokesperson says, "With almost a quarter of the audience votes, John Williams' Star Wars Theme topped a list that spans 64 years of cinema soundtrack history. Williams' soundtrack remains to this day the highest-grossing orchestral film music recording of all time and secured him his third Academy Award in 1977."
Music from The Dark Knight Rises, Psycho, Grease and The Sound of Music also appear in the Sound of Cinema poll, which was voted for by the public.
"Hold me close, young Tony Danza." Phoebe from Friends is not the only one to mess up song lyrics (or make them better, in our humble opinion). We've all crooned out some variation of "I blow bubbles when you are not here" while singing along to Macy Gray's hit "I Try." Then there are the folks who claim to be "feelin' so fly like a cheese stick." And who in the world is Jimi Hendrix talking about kissing in "Purple Haze"?
To set the record straight, Spotify has released a playlist of the 10 most misquoted song lyrics. Check out the full rundown of the correct lyrics and the strange words that people think they hear — the comparisons are unsurprisingly hilarious.
But sometimes bizarre lyrics aren't misquotes at all. We've compiled a list of ten correct song lyrics that are so strange that they sound wrong:
1. Third Eye Blind, "Semi-Charmed Kind of Life""The sky it was gold, it was rose / I was taking sips of it through my nose""Smiling in the pictures you would take / Doing crystal meth / Will lift you up until you break"
2. Tyler the Creator, "Yonkers""And stab Bruno Mars in his goddamn esophagus""Threesomes with a fucking triceratops, Reptar""So how about I start a team of leaders / And pick up Stevie Wonder to be the wide receiver?"
3. Donovan, "There Is A Mountain""First there is a mountain / Then there is no mountain / Then there is"
4. The Beatles, "I Am The Walrus"The entire song. But if you insist on examples, here are some higlights:
"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together / See how they run like pigs from a gun, see how they fly / I'm crying.""Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come / Corporation tee-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday / Man, you been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long.""I am the eggman, they are the eggmen / I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob.""Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye."Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess""Expert textpert choking smokers"
Okay, that's more than enough...
5. Elton John, "Solar Prestige A Gammon""Solar prestige a gammon / Kool kar kyrie kay salmon / Hair ring molasses abounding / Common lap kitch sadin poor floundin"
6. Steve Miller Band, "The Joker""Some people call me Maurice / Cause I speak of the pompitous of love"
7. Johnny Cash, "Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart"“And now you say you’ve got me out of your conscience / I’ve been flushed from the bathroom of your heart”
8. Jimmy Webb, "MacArthur Park""Someone left the cake out in the rain / I don't think that I can take it 'cause it took so long to bake it / And I'll never have that recipe again… Oh no."
9. They Might Be Giants, "Birdhouse in Your Soul"I'm your only friend / I'm not your only friend / But I'm a little glowing friend / But really I'm not actually your friend / But I am
10. Britney Spears, "Ooh La La""So baby come with me and be my ooh la la"
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Gangs Of New York star Iain Mccoll has died at the age of 59. The actor, best known for his roles in U.K. TV shows City Lights and Rab C. Nesbitt, passed away at a clinic in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday (04Jul13) after a long battle with cancer.
McColl's City Lights co-star Andy Gray has paid tribute to his pal, praising his comedic talents and promising to raise a glass in his memory.
He tells the Daily Record, "We were a bit of a double act in a way. We had a lot of laughs on set. We would do five-page scenes and Iain would get the big laugh at the end with just one line. He'd come in and steal it. There was nobody quite like him - he was a true character.
"We will have a... drink for him and relive happy memories of our big, daft (silly) Iain. Our sadness will be tinged with a lot of laughter and funny memories but my thoughts are with his family."
McColl first announced his cancer diagnosis in 2008, and was later believed to have beaten the disease, with Rab C. Nesbitt writers even re-introducing his character Dodie to the show in 2011.
He is survived by his three children Rhianan, Ciaran and Maurice.
An online crowdsourcing campaign to fund a planned sequel to children's classic Where The Wild Things Are has been shut down after publishers for late author Maurice Sendak objected to the book. British illustrators Geoffrey O. Todd and Rich Berner launched a bid on Kickstarter.com to raise $38,750 (£25,000) for their project, Back to the Wild, which would pick up the story where Sendak left off and be dedicated to his memory.
However, the effort was pulled by Kickstarter bosses after they received a legal notice from HarperCollins executives alerting them to the violation of the estate executors' right to create related works.
Sendak, who died last year (12), famously refused to pen a sequel to the hit picture book and previously stated, "People said, 'Why didn't you do Wild Things 2? Wild Things 1 was such a success'. Go to hell. Go to hell. I'm not a whore. I don't do those things."
The popular book was adapted for a 2009 live-action movie by director Spike Jonze.
Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb will forever be haunted by the fact he didn't get along with his brothers Maurice and Robin when they were alive. The star was plunged into a deep depression last year (12) after Robin lost his battle with cancer, leaving Barry as the only surviving Gibb brother following the death of Maurice in 2003, and the trio's youngest sibling Andy in 1988.
Barry admits he wasn't close to his bandmate brothers, and wishes they hadn't drifted apart in later years.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "You see, it wasn't just the loss of my brothers, it was the fact we didn't really get on. And so I've lost all of my brothers without being friends with them.
"When Maurice passed, Robin and I just didn't feel like the Bee Gees anymore, because the Bee Gees were the three of us. So while Robin went around saying, 'I'll always be a Bee Gee', he didn't really want that: he wanted to be Robin Gibb, solo artist...
"During the last five years, Robin and I could not connect in any way. A similar situation, I can imagine, would probably be Lennon and McCartney. That same kind of distance occurred between them. The fact that you couldn't get over obstacles or issues in your life."
Gibb also regrets not being there to say goodbye properly before he lost his siblings, adding, "What drove me down was that we didn't get a chance to really say goodbye. The only time I felt we made up was when I kissed Robin on the head the last time I saw him before he died. I didn't get to see Andy before he died, and I never got to Maurice before he died. Mo (Maurice) died in two days, so that was very quick and a great shock to everyone."
Singer Barry Gibb has credited his wife with encouraging him to embark on a solo tour following the death of his brother Robin last year (12). The Bee Gees star was plunged into a deep depression after Robin lost his battle with cancer last May (12), leaving Barry as the last surviving Gibb brother.
Gibb, who also lost his brothers Andy in 1988 and Maurice in 2003, admits he struggled to cope with the loss until his wife Linda told him to tackle a tour in memory of his beloved siblings.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "This is all down to my wife. She told me to get off my backside and stop going along with the whole idea that everything was finished for me. She said, 'You've got music, so make music!' That was her kicking me, so I decided to jump right in."
Gibb sold out every date of his Mythology Tour in Australia earlier this year (13), and admits he carried on the Bee Gees' family tradition during the trek by inviting his eldest son Stephen to play guitar and Maurice's daughter Samantha to sing with him onstage.
He says, "I have a fantastic band and Sammy jumped in and my eldest, Stephen, too. We created this show that really celebrates everything we ever did, or as much as we could put in to a show. I feel good. I felt a lot worse last year with all the stress over Robin."
Gibb is bringing his concerts to the U.K. with shows planned for Birmingham, Manchester, and London, England later this year (13).