Pop icon Gary Numan enlisted the help of rockers Trent Reznor and Dave Navarro to support his application for a permanent U.S. visa. In 2011, the British singer made plans to emigrate to California with his wife, Gemma, and three daughters, and he asked his famous pals to provide testimonies about his character and work ethic when applying to the U.S. Government for permanent residency in the country.
He asked the Nine Inch Nails frontman to vouch for his talent, hoping Reznor's recent Oscar win for Best Original Score for The Social Network would help strengthen his application, along with several other famous friends.
Numan tells Australia's Herald Sun, "It was about two weeks after he won the Oscar that we filed the application with his testimonial letter, so that was quite good timing and quite helpful.
"Dave Navarro from Jane's Addiction wrote one, Alan Wilder from Depeche Mode, I had some really cool people coming to help me out. It's embarrassing calling up your friends and saying, 'Do you mind writing a letter to tell the U.S. Government how amazingly brilliant I am?'"
Numan relocated to America in 2012.
Much like the somber melodies that float throughout its 105-minute runtime, Inside Llewyn Davis will remain lodged in your head weeks after you and the film first meet. With Oscar Isaac's "Fare thee we-e-ell..." ringing daintily in your ears, you'll shuffle out from the grasp of the Coen Brothers' wonderland of gray, but you won't soon be able to relieve yourself of what is arguable the pair's best film yet. Llewyn's is a story so outstandingly simple — he's a man who's s**t out of luck, and not especially deserving of any. He wakes up, loses his friend's cat, plays some music, and wishes things were better. And yet his is the Coens' most invigorating and deftly human tale yet.
Llewyn Davis makes the bold, but practical, choice of never insisting that we love its hero. He's effectively a jackass, justifying all the waste he has incurred with the rudeness he showers on the majority of those in his acquaintance. But Llewyn Davis isn't the villain here, either. The villain is the industry, and all the uphill battles inherent to its machinations. The villain isn't Llewyn's substantially more successful contacts — an old pal Jim (Justin Timberlake) and new fellow couch-surfer Troy (Stark Sands), but the listening public that prefers their saccharine pop to his dreary drips of misery. The villain isn't Llewyn's resentful old flame Jean (Carey Mulligan), no matter how many volatile admonitions she might shoot his way, but the act of God surrounding their unwitting adherence to one another. And it's not even the cantankerous and foul Roland Turner (a delightfully hammy John Goodman), but the endless, frigid open road of which each man is a prisoner (if the film has one flaw, it's that this segment carries on just a bit too long, but that might very well be the point). The villain is the cold.
Call it all a raw deal. But the real dynamism isn't in the challenges that happen outside Llewyn Davis, but in the determined toxicity brewing inside as he meets each and every one.
But this isn't the Coen Brothers' Murphy's Law comedy A Serious Man — we don't watch a chaotic pileup of every imaginable trick that the devil can manage to pull. Llewyn is steady throughout, not burying Llewyn deeper but keeping him on the ground, with the fruit-bearing branches forever out of his reach. In its narrative, Llewyn Davis is as close to natural life as any of the filmmakers' works to date. Perfectly exhibited in a late scene involving a trip to Akron, Llewyn isn't a cinematic construct, but the sort of person we know, so painfully, that we are very likely to be... on our bad days.
Still, working in such a terrific harmony with the grounded feel of Llewyn himself, we have that Coen whimsy in their delivery of 1960s New York City — rather, a magic kingdom painted in the stellar form of a 1960s New York City. And not the New York City we're given by the likes of Martin Scorsese or Woody Allen. Closer, maybe, to Spike Lee or Sydney Lumet, but still a terrain unique to moviegoers. A New York that's always recovering from a hostile rain, and always promising another 'round the bend. One that flickers like a dying bulb, with its million odd beleaguered moths buzzing around it against the pull of logic. There is something so incredibly alive about the Coens' crying city; this hazy dream world's partnership with half-dead, anchored-to-earth portrait like Llewyn is the product of such sophisticated imagination at play.
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And to cap this review of one of the best features 2013 has given us, it's only appropriate to return to the element in which its identity is really cemented: the music. Without the tunes bobbing through the story, we'd still likely find something terrific in Llewyn Davis. But the music, as beautiful as it is, is the reason for the story. As we watch Isaac's hopeless sad sack drag himself through Manhattan's winter, past the helping hands of friends and into the grimaces of strangers, as we struggle with our own handfuls of nihilistic skepticism that any of this yarn is worth the agony (or that our attention to its meandering nature is worth the price of a ticket), we are given the rare treat of an answer. Of course it's all for something. Of course it's all about something. It's about that beautiful, beautiful music.
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The only thing stranger than Simon Cowell's eraser-shaped head is the fact that he is currently dating Carmen Electra. The X Factor judge confirmed to Ryan Seacrest during his radio show that Electra (who has a long dating history of "Say what now?" men that includes Dennis Rodman and Dave Navarro) is not his "girlfriend" but they do "date." While Electra, 40, has had a more notorious love life, Cowell, 53, is no stranger to unexpected couplings, either. The music mogul had a long-running on-and-off relationship with pop star Sinitta, which started when she was just 14. (He is nearly ten years her senior.)
While the Cowell and Electra (Cowlectra? Electrawell?) is one of the more bizarre pairings to come out of Hollywood in a while, the two join a long lineage of Tinsel Town odd couples. Check out some of the other duos that have made us all go "Hmmm...."
Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin
Sure, they were both former child stars, but that didn't make the pairing of bona fide beauty Mila Kunis and troubled tabloid regular Macaulay Culkin any less strange. Even more eyebrow-raising? The mismatched duo dated for over eight years. Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy
Let's do some math: half of the Olsen twins is dating the half brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who is almost twice her age. It adds up to one incredibly creepy pairing that looks more like a kidnapping than a relationship.
Amber Tamblyn and David Cross
Before having the most hipsterrific wedding in the history of Hollywood, the Arrested Development funny man and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants actress turned heads with their noticeably significant age gap and arguably different levels of attractiveness.
Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett
Like Carmen Electra (bet you didn't think we could compare Julia Roberts to Carmen Electra, did you?) the Oscar-winning actress has had an eclectic love life. But this was none more evident than when the beautiful movie star wed goofy looking (sorry!) country singer Lyle Lovett. The pair eventually split in 1995 after less than two years of marriage.
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
One could argue Jolie's strangest pairing was her Oscar date brother, but since we've scrubbed that image clean out of memory, we'll go with BBT. In the throws of her wild child, blood vile-wearing days, the gorgeous actress was married to the guy who became famous for saying "French fried potaters" for almost 3 years, during which time they apparently had a lot of sex and creeped everyone out.
Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend
Totally shallow to think it, we know. We know.
Brigette Nielsen and Flavor Flav
Take your pick about what's weirdest about these exes: that they met on Flavor of Love, that they were actually kind of a cute couple, or that the clock-wearing rapper/reality star could reasonably be considered one of the action starlet's more normal conquests — as she also has been with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Drew Barrymore and Tom Green
When Barrymore first got married she was practically still a child (she was 19 when she wed Jeremy Thomas in 1994), but her second marriage was to someone who behaved just like one. The lovely actress, who had made her transition into adorable pixie at this point, was married to MTV jokester/goon Tom Green for a year while the whole world kept waiting to find out if this was one of his pranks.
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson Musical worlds collided in the most bizarre, unsettling way imaginable when Elvis Presley's daughter married the King of Pop. Their infamous MTV Video Music Awards kiss was one for the ages.
Soon-Yi Previn and Woody Allen The odd Hollywood coupling that started and ends them all: Woody and Soon-Yi. The legendary director became romantically involved with the adopted daughter of his longtime partner Mia Farrow, who was 20 years his junior. It's still pretty creepy to think about, but at least it's given the Farrows some seriously delightful Twitter fodder.
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September 11th drama United 93 has hurtled into the Oscar race after picking up two Best Film prizes in a day.
Hours after claiming the top honor from the Washington, D.C., Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), the stirring film was voted 2006's Best Picture by the New York Film Critics Circle.
It took the movie writers five attempts to break a three-way deadlock between United 93, The Queen and The Last King of Scotland.
Forest Whitaker, Helen Mirren and Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson continued their push for Academy Awards, claiming New York's Best Actor (The Last King of Scotland), Best Actress (The Queen) and Best Supporting Actress (Dreamgirls), respectively.
Jackie Earle Haley, a new name in the race for Oscar gold, picked up the Circle's Best Supporting Actor award for his role in Little Children.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Picture: United 93
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker--The Last King of Scotland
Best Actress: Helen Mirren--The Queen
Best Director: Martin Scorsese--The Departed
Best Foreign Film: Army of Shadows
Best Screenplay: Peter Morgan--The Queen
Best Supporting Actor: Jackie Earle Haley--Little Children
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson--Dreamgirls
Best Cinematographer: Guillermo Navarro--Pan's Labyrinth
Best Non-Fiction Film: Deliver Us from Evil
Best First Film: Ryan Fleck--Half Nelson
Best Animated Film: Happy Feet
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Carmen Electra has slammed media reports she is dating Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, insisting, "there's not an ounce of truth" to any of the rumors.
The former Baywatch star announced her split from rocker husband Dave Navarro last week and media reports already had her getting cozy with Foxx.
Witnesses swear they spotted the newly single star hanging out at Hollywood hot spot Element last Saturday, but Electra says it's not true.
In fact, she claims she was at home that night watching TV--with Navarro.
Regarding the Foxx rumor, she tells People magazine, "Dave thinks it's funny, but I'm upset because there's not one ounce of truth (to it)."
Though officially split, the couple are still living together for now in their Beverly Hills home.
A source close to the actress says, "There's a positive way of remaining friends."
Navarro was still wearing his wedding ring at the July 23 taping of his TV reality show Rock Star: Supernova, but still ogled co-host Brooke Burke and exclaimed, "Damn, she's hot!"
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Carmen Electra has sparked rumors she is dating Jamie Foxx, after they were spotted leaving a New York City gig through the backdoor this week.
The former Baywatch beauty announced her split from rocker husband Dave Navarro only last week, but she is already getting up close to Oscar winner Foxx at a secret Gnarls Barkley show at the Big Apple's Element venue.
A source tells PageSix.com, "Jamie's arm was around Carmen more than once and whispers were exchanged several times.
"No one saw them kissing, but they left together out the back. It seemed like they were out on a date."
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It's true Celine Dion took an extended break at the end of 1999, in part, to start a family, but for crying out loud, she's not there yet.
Celine Dion That's why the pop chanteuse is suing the National Enquirer for $20 million over a report saying she was pregnant with twins. The tabloid reported the "pregnancy" in its Feb. 1 issue, with a picture of Dion under the headline "Celine - I'm Pregnant With Twins."
"This thing has really upset me," said Dion in a statement read by her lawyer as the suit was filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. "Since that story came out, everyone has been congratulating me and I have to keep telling them that it's not true. I only wish it was true and I hope and pray that some day it will be."
Added her attorney Martin Singer: "Not only is the news false, but the weekly gave the impression that Mme. Dion had revealed her pregnancy during an interview which, in fact, never took place".
The 31-year-old singer's suit alleges misappropriation of the right of publicity, "false light invasion of privacy", unfair competition and unfair business practices, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Dion knows the tabloid wars well. In 1998, she sued a French rag for saying she was unable to conceive a child.
Dion has said she is taking two years off from her career to spend time with husband/manager Rene Angelil, who is being treated for skin cancer.
BABY TALK: Actor Billy Baldwin and Wilson Phillips alum Chynna Phillips welcomed their first child, daughter Jamison, on Sunday night at a New York hospital, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The babe weighed in at 7 pounds 2 ounces. Baldwin says mother and daughter are doing fine.
"I'm ecstatic," says the actor, who happily added that his wife's delivery was "easy."
Baldwin, 37, and Phillips, 32, wed in 1995.
SUPERNATURAL HONOR: How does Carlos Santana top tying Michael Jackson's Grammy record? By getting a town square built for him.
The guitarist's Mexican birthplace, Autlan de Navarro, is planning to honor him by building a square, a statue and placing his name on a local street, town officials said Monday.
``The square is in the southern part of the town, and it's almost finished,'' Autlan spokesman Marco Rodriguez told Reuters. ``We want to inaugurate it as 'Carlos Santana Plaza' in the second half of the year.''
The plaza will be decorated with a statue of Santana and other local musicians, including one of the 52-year-old rocker's father, Jose.
``Carlos himself suggested that,'' Rodriguez said. ``He wanted to have statues of other musicians, including his father.''
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Meanwhile, Oscar nominees Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore and Haley Joel Osment will be presenters at the March 12 Screen Actors Guild Awards, set to air on cable's TNT. ...
Non-Oscar contender Will Smith leads the field with four nominations going into Nickelodeon's 13th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, to be held April 15 at the Hollywood Bowl. The actor/rapper is up for favorite movie actor, favorite song, favorite male singer and favorite song for a movie -- all derived from the mostly adult-loathed "Wild Wild West." ...
OBITUARY: The widow of screen legend Gary Cooper died Feb. 18 in her New York home, it's been learned. Veronica Cooper Converse was 87. Gary Cooper died of cancer in 1961.