Gary Barlow is convinced Take That fans are not interested in the group's tax avoidance scandal. The veteran British boyband hit headlines in May (14) when it emerged that Barlow and his bandmates, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, had sheltered around $32 million (£20 million) in a controversial investment scheme.
However, Barlow is confident the scandal will not tarnish the group's popularity.
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "It's a problem. It's something we've got to get to the bottom of and sort. Our fans, they want to buy our records, and watch our tours. They're not interested."
Despite his certainty that their fans will remain loyal, he insists he cannot discuss the issue for legal reasons: "We can't talk about it. And to be honest it's actually a private thing."
Owen adds, "It has been a bit tricky what's gone on - it's not the easiest. Hopefully by this time next year, the tax thing will be sorted out, we'll be doing live shows and it will be a positive time for us."
The comments come after Jason Orange announced his departure from the group last month (Sep14).
Orange was the only member who was not involved in the scheme and Donald is adamant the scandal had "absolutely nothing" to do with his exit.
The remaining members of British boyband Take That begged Jason Orange to stay in the group. Orange announced his departure last month (Sep14), leaving Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald to press ahead with the release of the band's next album without him.
Speaking to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, Barlow says, "We've known for a while that Jay was like 'I don't know if I'm doing this or not.' At the end of last year we said, 'We're going to start, is that OK?' You can see how you feel during the year. We left a big space for him on the record."
Donald explains the group played Orange some of the new music in a bid to entice him to stay, adding, "Me and Mark played it to him in the hope he'd think. 'Yeah, I'll get onboard.'"
Despite attempts to keep the group together, Owen admits they had to face up to the reality of the situation: "We hit the point where we could do nothing else. Then it became real."
Orange's departure is the second the group has suffered after Robbie Williams left in 1995 and embarked on a solo career before briefly rejoining in 2010.
Legendary hitmaker Jeff Lynne has replaced Jason Orange in Take That, becoming the group's secret fourth member. The Electric Light Orchestra leader, who recently staged a comeback show in London's Hyde Park, has been working in the studio with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, hoping to get them back to the top of the charts.
Lynne has quite a pedigree as a producer - he was also the mastermind behind supergroup the Traveling Wilburys and he has worked with living legends Sir Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson.
Take That's new album, III, will be released in December (14). A new single, called These Days, will debut on Friday (10Oct14).
Orange announced he was leaving the group last month (Sep14).
Jason Orange has quit veteran boy band Take That. The 44-year-old singer reveals he told bandmates Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald he did not want to commit to recording and promoting a new album last week (ends19Sep14).
A statement from him reads: "I have spent some of the best years of my life with Take That and I'd like to thank everyone who has been a part of my journey, including my bandmates, who I feel are like brothers to me.
"Most especially my gratitude goes to all of the good and kind, beautiful and ever-loyal fans of the band, without whom none of this could have been possible. Thank you."
He adds, "I know how much Mark, Gary and Howard enjoy writing and making music. They know that they have my full support and encouragement to continue on with what is to be another chapter for the band."
The rest of the group has also released a statement about the split. It reads: "We first became aware of Jason's reservations a couple of years ago but had hoped that by giving him the desired time and space he may begin to feel differently. This has not been the case and we now have to accept and fully respect his decision, which we know hasn't been an easy one."
Orange joined Take That in November, 1990 and remained with the group until the band split in 1996.
After a stint in film and theatre, he rejoined the band for a reunion tour in 2005.
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).