The stars of British pop group Take That suffered a travel nightmare on a flight from Los Angeles to London this week (beg16Jun14) when the plane they were travelling on was forced to make two unscheduled landings. Gary Barlow and two of his bandmates, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, were heading back to their native Britain after spending time in California recording a new album, but the journey, which usually takes around 11 hours, turned into a 24-hour travel marathon.
The plane was diverted to Toronto, Canada due to unspecified technical problems, and continued onwards after the fault had been fixed, according to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper.
However, the plane had to touch down again in Shannon, Ireland as the crew had worked all of their allocated hours and could not complete the journey. The passengers moved to a different plane and continued on to London's Heathrow Airport, where they landed on Thursday night (19Jun14).
Donald was subsequently asked about the travel problems by a fan on Twitter.com, and he added of the drama, "Believe it or not it's actually true! Bleeding nightmare."
"@GaryBarlow is a good, standup man. He needs everyone's support. Remember, there are two sides to every story. He is a decent human being." Sharon Osbourne offers embattled Take That star Gary Barlow her support amid a new tax scandal swirling around the singer. Reports suggest Barlow and his Take That bandmates Mark Owen and Howard Donald are facing the possibility of having to pay millions in back taxes after allegedly investing in a tax avoidance scheme.
British pop star Gary Barlow was subjected to a disgusting message about his baby tragedy by a hacker who broke into his Twitter.com account on Monday (12May14). A mystery cyber-crook accessed the Take That star's official page on the social networking site and wrote a sickening, offensive message about Barlow's fourth child, who was delivered stillborn in 2012. The post was deleted within an hour.
It is believed the hack was in response to reports over the weekend (10-11May14) that Barlow and his Take That bandmates Mark Owen and Howard Donald are facing the possibility of having to pay millions in back taxes after allegedly investing in a tax avoidance scheme.
Several leading politicians have called for Barlow to be stripped of his Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal over the scandal.
Pop star Gary Barlow has been urged to hand back a top honour from the British Establishment over claims he invested in a tax avoidance scheme. The singer and two of his Take That bandmates - Mark Owen and Howard Donald - are reportedly facing the possibility of paying millions in back taxes after a partnership they invested in was branded a tax scam by a judge.
All three singers have declined to comment on the report but several leading politicians have called for Barlow to hand back the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal he was awarded in 2012 for services to entertainment.
Margaret Hodge, leader of the U.K.'s Public Accounts Committee, says Barlow "might want to show a bit of contrition by giving back his OBE", and another Member of Parliament (MP), Charlie Elphicke, tells The Times newspaper, "People who have seriously abused the tax system should be stripped of their honours."
However, Barlow has since received the backing of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who told TV show Good Morning Britain, "I don't think that's necessary, frankly. Gary Barlow has done a huge amount for the country... He's raised money for charity, he's done very well for Children in Need so I'm not sure (he should hand back) his OBE in respect of the work he has done."
Barlow, Donald, Owen and their manager are said to have invested $105 million (£66 million) into a partnership company that was later allegedly exposed as an elaborate tax avoidance scheme.
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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Former Spice Girls stars Mel C and Emma Bunton have reteamed in the studio to sing the England soccer team's official World Cup tune. The veteran pop stars joined Gary Barlow, Katy B and Kimberley Walsh for the World Cup single in conjunction with the Sport Relief charity.
Former soccer stars Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, David Seaman and Glenn Hoddle will be part of the accompanying video, which will debut on 21 March (14).
The World Cup kicks off in Brazil this summer (14).
Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher is to remain in an artificially-induced coma as doctors fight to save his life following a skiing accident. The retired racing driver fell and hit his head during a family skiing trip in Meribel, France on Sunday (29Dec13) and he is currently in a critical condition at The Grenoble University Hospital Center.
Schumacher's doctors addressed the media on Monday morning (30Dec13) to give an update on the sportsman's condition, revealing the accident was "particularly serious" and he suffered bruising to the brain, a blood clot and significant swelling.
Professor Jean-Francois Payen explained that Schumacher underwent an operation to treat the clot and relive pressure, and he will now remain in an artificially-induced coma.
Payen said, "This accident was particularly serious... he was operated on immediately after a brain scan. For the moment we are not able to express ourselves as to Michael Schumacher's future. He has been induced into an artificial coma... he is having treatment to limit cerebral haematoma... The situation is considered to be critical... we are working hour by hour. His condition is considered to be extremely serious... It's far too early to be able to say anything as far as prognosis is concerned...The family is at his bedside."
Payen also dismissed media reports suggesting Schumacher underwent a second operation since his admission to the hospital, and insisted the helmet he was wearing saved his life.
A number of stars from the world of sport have since taken to Twitter.com to express their shock following the accident, including Schumacher's former Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa, fellow Formula 1 ace Jenson Button, racing driver Dario Franchitti, boxer Joe Calzaghe, and British soccer stars Gary Lineker and Michael Owen.
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Vince Vaughn's new movie Delivery Man is in theaters now and, while he may not be an Oscar-winning A-lister, many of us have a favorite Vince Vaughn movie that has brought us great joy over the years. Vaughn tends to play this protoypical, ordinary dude who finds himself in somewhat extraordinary -- or at least bizarre -- situations. Although he could totally be accused of playing different variations of a character that is really, well, Vince Vaughn himself, you gotta admit that you dig it. Here are just a few memorable Vince Vaughn characters that we totally love.
Peter La Fleur, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
He literally owned a gym called "Average Joe," which is hilarious. And when he went up against Ben Stiller's Globo-Gym we all found ourselves rooting for the underdog.
Gary Grobowski, The Break-Up
Remember that douchey boyfriend you had who wouldn't do the dishes, and then wouldn't move out even after you dumped him? Yeah. That was Vince Vaughn in The Break-Up, and it was a lot more fun to experience watching Jennifer Aniston manage the drama.
Beanie, Old School
Will Ferrell and Luke Wilson may have been the standout stars of this 2003 comedy, but Vaughn's character was hugely important to the crew. Beanie's boredom and dissatisfaction with his everday life as a soccer dad became the inspiration behind the coolest, old school-est, fraternity ever.
Jeremy Grey, Wedding Crashers
Vince Vaughn has had a lot of memorable roles, but watching Gloria (Isla Fisher) terrorize him for an entire movie was nothing short of splendid. She may have been a stage-5 clinger, but she totally broke him down in the end. It was awesome.
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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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The actors will join Cole Hauser in the western remake, which has previously starred Bill Pullman, Gary Cooper and Joel McCrae. It was also a classic Cecil B. DeMille movie in 1914.
Wister's 1902 novel also inspired a beloved 1960s TV series.
Ryan Little will direct the latest adaptation, according to Moviehole.net.