Blondie rocker Debbie Harry is set to perform a mini-residency at New York's iconic Cafe Carlyle next year (15). The punk icon, who rose to fame in the 1970s playing to sweaty revellers at the Big Apple's legendary CBGB club, will play for a crowd of a different nature at the upscale Upper East Side lounge when she makes her debut there on 24 March (15). She will perform until 4 April (15).
Former Glee singer/actor Cheyenne Jackson has also booked a string of January (15) gigs at the Hotel Carlyle venue, which is famed for hosting stars like the late Elaine Stritch and director Woody Allen, who plays weekly shows there with his New Orleans jazz band.
Paul Simon paid tribute to his late friend Phil Everly by performing at an intimate benefit concert in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday (29Oct14). The veteran singer/songwriter was recruited by Everly's wife Patti, who organised the private event and had no one else in mind but Simon for the headlining role.
She tells Rolling Stone, "Phil loved hanging out with Paul and telling their stories when they toured together. And Paul loved Phil so much. So how can you not call Paul for your first choice? He starts playing and the world stops."
Simon, who helped reunite Everly with his brother Don for Simon & Garfunkel's Old Friends Tour in 2003, was introduced to the stage by singer Brenda Lee.
He kicked off the eight-song set with the classic The Sound of Silence, and soon followed with other favourites, including Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, The Boxer, Mrs. Robinson and a cover of the Beatles' Here Comes the Sun.
Simon even brought up Lee to join him for All I Have to Do Is Dream, and his rendition of When Will I Be Loved, which was written by Everly, brought tears to Patti's eyes.
The event was held at the Belle Meade house, which is featured on U.S. country music drama Nashville, and the show's stars, including Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Carmack and Charley Rose were present for the event.
Proceeds from the concert went to the COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) Foundation, an organisation which raises funds and awareness for the same disease Everly died from earlier this year (Jan14).
When Jordin Sparks was just 17, she won season six of American Idol and rose to instant fame and success. The stresses that come along with the industry sparked the Grammy-nominated singer’s first migraine: "Trying to navigate through all the stresses that came with that was very crazy, and I suffered my first migraine."
Stress is a trigger for many migraine sufferers. For Sparks, "stress comes in a whole bunch of different packages and comes from different places and people and things." One can only assume that her very public breakup from Jason Derulo would be a major source of stress for the 24-year-old songbird. Just some of the breakup rumors include: infidelity, an unplanned pregnancy, and pressure to propose, to name a few. Thankfully, Sparks has discovered Excedrin Migraine as a great source of relief for her stress-induced migraines. Go to Facebook.com/Excedrin to read more about how Sparks has been able to find migraine relief as well as stories from other migraine sufferers.
Headaches and breakups aside, Sparks appears to be in very good spirits, laughing and showing off her megawatt smile throughout our sit-down. And she has lots of things going on in her life besides a breakup. For starters, she’s starring in a movie alongside Nicolas Cage.
"It’s still surreal… I had this moment of like, This is happening. I’m actually in a movie with Nicolas Cage." Sparks is talking about the apocalyptic thriller Left Behind, in theaters now. She read all the books growing up and is thrilled to be in the film. "It’s a very interesting movie to a part of… I was very happy to be a part of that." Perhaps this is the beginning of a burgeoning new movie career for the singer.
We may be seeing more of the American Idol vet on the small screen, returning to her roots at Idol in some form in the future. She said she would love to come on the show as a mentor. When asked if she would ever consider being a judge, she seemed reluctant: "You know I don’t know if I could be. Well… If you would have asked me that a couple years ago, I probably would have said no… Now that it’s been about eight years... I feel like I could."
She does have an opinion about current judges JLo, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. Although she is a "huge fan of all of them individually," she told us, "I do have an allegiance to the original judges." Who doesn’t miss the original three - Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson?
Sparks is currently in the studio working on her new album and told Hollywood.com: "It’s coming a lot sooner than you think." The platinum-selling artist told us to expect her third album to drop before the end of 2014. It’s been five years since she’s put out any new music and Sparks said her new sound is "very different," and you can expect it to not really sound like her old stuff at all. "I’ve grown a lot. I’ve experienced a lot. I feel like I’m coming into my womanhood and stepping into that, so… I can relate to different things now." She certainly has been through a lot recently and all that life experience and emotion will undoubtedly come through in her songs. She told us to "expect the unexpected."
Click here to view showtimes and purchase tickets to Sparks' new film Left Behind.
Hip-hop stars Common and Questlove and actors Jon Hamm and Kerry Washington have joined U.S. President Barack Obama in a new public service announcement calling for an end to sexual violence on college campuses. Music producer Randy Jackson, actresses Rose Byrne, Connie Britton and Mayim Bialik and Vice President Joe Biden also feature in White House officials' It's On Us campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the rising number of student sexual assaults across the U.S..
Mad Men star Hamm opens the ad by saying, "It's on us to stop sexual assault", while Washington continues, "To get in the way before it happens."
The celebrities go on to urge young men to protect female friends by making sure they get home safely.
The PSA was unveiled on Friday (19Sep14) and Obama underlined the importance of rallying support for the campaign by stating, "Our society still does not sufficiently value women. We still don't condemn sexual assault as loudly as we should.
"Unless women are allowed to reach their full potential, America cannot reach its full potential. So we've got to change. It is on all of us to reject the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and to refuse to accept what's unacceptable.
"Our nation's success depends on how we value and defend the rights of women and girls."
Celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman have paid tribute to veteran comedienne Joan Rivers following her death on Thursday (04Sep14). The legendary funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).
Her daughter Melissa announced that her mum passed away just after 1pm local time, and celebrities have been paying tribute to Rivers ever since.
Fellow comedienne and longtime pal Whoopi Goldberg took to Twitter.com to share her condolences, and wrote, "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan."
News of Rivers' death comes weeks after Goldberg also paid tribute to another close friend, Robin Williams, who died last month (Aug14).
Australian actor Jackman lauded Rivers' comedic presence and wrote, "We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed," while Depp called her "An Amazing Individual", and Mel Brooks wrote, "Joan Rivers never played it safe. She was the bravest of them all. Still at the top at the end. She will be sorely missed."
Other tributes from Zoe Saldana and British comedian Ricky Gervais hit Twitter, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne thanked the late comic for being kind to his daughter Kelly - Rivers' co-host on TV show Fashion Police. He wrote, "Not only was Joan a comic genius, she was an amazing woman. Thank you for always having Kelly’s back. You will always be a legend. RIP."
Celebrities also brought levity to the tragedy of her death, recalling catty remarks Rivers had made about them on awards show red carpets. Actress Anna Kendrick said, "Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed", singer Demi Lovato added, "RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR," and pop star Katy Perry joked, "What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart? RIP Joan Rivers. You are a one of a one."
Former Charmed star Rose McGowan recalled that "Joan once said I looked like a whore," and Evan Rachel Wood shared a similar sentiment, and remembered, "She once said I looked like I needed a trip to the VD (venereal disease) clinic..." before adding, "The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in Hollywood."
Girls star and creator Lena Dunham even poked fun at Rivers' self-depricating extensive plastic surgery, and quipped, "I told (comedian Marc) Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory. That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane."
A plethora of comedians also shared their praise for Rivers, including Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Wanda Sykes, Arsenio Hall, Tim Allen and Kevin Hart, as well as celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Boy George, Samuel L. Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, La Toya Jackson, Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Brad Paisley, Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, Maria Shriver, Simon Pegg, William Shatner, Ariana Grande, Vanessa Williams, Julianne Moore and John Stamos.
U.S. TV host Carson Daly welcomed his third child with fiancee Siri Pinter on Wednesday (20Aug14). The Voice U.S. presenter shared images of his newborn daughter, named London Rose Daly, on America's Today show on Thursday (21Aug14) via the FaceTime cell phone app.
He tells the show, "Baby and Siri are right here. They're doing very well. It's incredible. We thought this was going to happen on Saturday and it didn't. We went home. It was a long couple days of waiting... Like out of a movie, I sped to the hospital and they were literally waiting for me to get there and we had our beautiful baby girl."
Daly became engaged to Pinter in October (13) following a six-year relationship. They have two other children, Jackson James, five, and Etta Jones, aged 23 months.
Orange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling celebrated her 30th birthday in New York City nightclub Catch Roof over the weekend (26-27Jul14) with Joshua Jackson, Rose Byrne and Byrne's boyfriend Bobby Cannavale. Her TV co-stars, including Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne, also joined the party.
Denzel Washington's A Raisin In The Sun has joined plays featuring James Franco and Bryan Cranston among the most financially successful Broadway projects this season after recouping the $4.25 million (2.7 million) it cost to stage. The show, which scooped the Best Revival award at Sunday's (08Jun14) Tonys, recouped the cash just days before the end of its run on Sunday (15Jun14).
The revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play has grossed over $1 million (GBP625,000)-a-week throughout its 14-week limited engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
A Raisin in the Sun also features LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo, who also picked up a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
Other plays that have recouped their investment on Broadway this season include Franco's Of Mice and Men; Cranston's All the Way, which was named Best Play at the Tonys; The Glass Menagerie, with Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto; Betrayal, with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz; the Shakespeare’s Globe's Twelfth Night and Richard III double bill, and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays.
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Ever since the rumors started swirling several months ago, the Internet has been waiting impatiently for a Star Wars VII casting announcement that included Oscar winner and instant style icon Lupita Nyong'o. They finally got that wish on Monday morning, when StarWars.com revealed that she would be joining the cast along with Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie. The pair join an impressive cast for the latest installment of the franchise, with acclaimed actors like Oscar Isaac, Max Von Sydow and John Boyega all playing significant roles. However, when it comes to buzz, they all pale in comparison to Nyong'o, who has won over both critics and fans since her breakout performance last year in 12 Years a Slave.
Casting an Academy Award winner is a big deal for a major blockbuster like Episode VII, but Nyong'o is far from the first winner to journey to a galaxy far, far away. Since the first film was released in 1977, the Star Wars franchise has featured several Oscar winners and nominees on both sides of the camera, and seen several of its alum take home the award later on. In honor of Nyong'o's casting, we've rounded up all of the actors, writers, directors and editors who fall in the middle of the Venn Diagram of "Oscar winners and nominees" and "involved in the Star Wars universe."
Academy Award Wins
PRE-STAR WARS: -Nyong'o, who won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 12 Years a Slave at this year's awards, is the third actor who has taken home an Oscar before starring in one of the Star Wars films, and the fifth team member to hold the distinction. -Alec Guinness won Best Actor in 1957 for his work in The Bridge on the River Kwai, before he played everyone's favorite Jedi Master and mentor, Obi Wan Kenobi. He later earned an Oscar nomination for the part. -Composer John Williams, who has been nominated for a total of 49 Oscars, won his first for Best Scoring Adaptation and Original Score Song in 1971 for Fiddler on the Roof. Since then, he's won four more, including Best Original Score in 1977 for Star Wars. -Ben Burtt had established himself as a talented editor with two Best Sound Editing Oscars in 1982 and 1989 before he edited The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
POST-STAR WARS: -James Earl Jones, who provided the iconic voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films received an Honorary Oscar in 2011.-Natalie Portman won Best Actress for playing Nina Sayers in Black Swan in 2010, five years after her final installment of the trilogy was released. -Director Sofia Coppola played one of Queen Amidala's handmaidens in The Phantom Menace, and then went on to win Best Original Screenplay in 2003 for her film Lost in Translation. She was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture that year.
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Academy Award Nominations
PRE-STAR WARS: -Before he created the franchise that eventually became Star Wars, George Lucas made American Graffitti, and was nominated for Best Director and Best original Screenplay in 1972 for his hard work. Five years later, he was nominated in those same categories for the first installment in the series. -Terence Stamp was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1962 for his work in the film Billy Budd, 30 years before he played Supreme Chancellor Valorum in The Phantom Menace. -His co-star in that film, Samuel L. Jackson, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 for his performances as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, a first of many iconic characters. -Marcia Lucas received an Oscar nomination in 1974 for Best Editing alongside Verna Fields for American Graffiti, before winning the same award three years later for Star Wars, with Richard Chew and Paul Hirsch. -Liam Neeson was nominated for Best Actor in 1993 for his heartbreaking performance in Schindler's List before stepping into the role of Obi Wan's mentor, Qui Gon Jinn in 1999.
POST-STAR WARS: -After he played Han Solo, Harrison Ford was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1985 film Witness. -Keira Knightley, who played one of Amidala's handmaidens in one of her first film roles, was nominated for Best Actress in 2005 for her turn as Elizabeth Bennet in Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice. -Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi with Lucas, was nominated for Best Original Screenplay in 1984 and 1992 for The Big Chill and Grand Canyon, respectively, and Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture in 1989 for The Accidental Tourist.
Other Awards Of Note
-Three of the key supporting characters in Attack of the Clones were played by actors who were nominated or have won AFI and AACTA awards, the Australian equivalent of the Oscars and the BAFTAs. They are: Rose Byrne, Joel Edgerton, and Jack Thompson. -Ford has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and C3PO, R2D2, and Darth Vader have their "footprints" outside of the TCL Chinese Theater. -Christopher Lee, who played Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith has never been nominated for an Oscar, but he has been knighted, made a Commander of Order of the British Empire and a Commander of the Venerable Order of Saint John, been awarded both the BAFTA and BFI Fellowships, and is a French Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. He was also a war hero, serving as part of the RAF Intelligence and Special Forces during World War II, and was attached to the SAS for a time during his service. He also once climbed Mt. Vesuvius right before it erupted and fronts several heavy metal bands, because he's cooler than the rest of us could ever hope to be.
"If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I'd say first that I don't know there's a definitive answer, as, in my opinion it's subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers. That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others... and would rather hear any of them anytime rather than me!" Axl Rose responds to a new online poll which placed his at the top of the world's greatest singers list.