Alice Cooper has paid tribute to his longtime guitarist Dick Wagner following the musician's death on Wednesday (30Jul14). In a lengthy statement, the School's Out rocker, who co-wrote hits like Only Women Bleed and I Never Cry with Wagner, calls his late friend a "one of a kind" talent.
Cooper writes, "Even though we know it's inevitable, we never expect to suddenly lose close friends and collaborators.
"Dick Wagner and I shared as many laughs as we did hit records. He was one of a kind. He is irreplaceable. His brand of playing and writing is not seen anymore, and there are very few people that I enjoyed working with as much as I enjoyed working with Dick Wagner.
"A lot of my radio success in my solo career had to do with my relationship with Dick Wagner. Not just on stage, but in the studio and writing. Some of my biggest singles were ballads what I wrote with Dick Wagner. Most of (album) Welcome to My Nightmare was written with Dick. There was just a magic in the way we wrote together. He was always able to find exactly the right chord to match perfectly with what I was doing.
"I think that we always think our friends will be around as long as we are, so to hear of Dick's passing comes as a sudden shock and an enormous loss for me, Rock N Roll and to his family."
Wagner, 71, passed away from respiratory failure in a Phoenix, Arizona hospital.
"I'd be open to it. I think we got some stones left unturned and there's some latitude for us to build on. I'd love to get back in the suit and do some things that I've learned how to do now that I didn't know how to do then." Movie star Wesley Snipes is keen to return to the Blade franchise for a fourth movie.
For all that the Internet has talked about Guardians of the Galaxy and Boyhood and each of the movies that has, at some point in the past few months, been dubbed the “most anticipated film of the year,” there really only is one film that earns the title in earnest: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. It’s his first film since wrapping up the Batman trilogy, Matthew McConaughey’s first film since winning an Oscar, and it has a plot that’s more tightly guarded than whatever’s happening on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. There’s no way that any other film released in 2014 can hold a candle to Interstellar.
Look, it doesn’t really matter what we write here, because we both know that you’re too busy watching the trailer to find out what Nolan pictures when he imagines outer space to actually care what the article says. We could try and give you’re a brief overview of the plot (Earth has run out of resources and the only solution to solving the crisis is to send McConaughey up into space); we could try and posit some theories about who Jessica Chastain is playing (although, let’s be real, there’s only one logical option); we could talk a bit about the first glimpse we’ve gotten at McConaughey’s fellow astronauts (all very good looking, all very philosophical); we could even break down the poetry that Michael Caine recites in voice over to look for clues (it’s Dylan Thomas, for what it’s worth), but it doesn’t really matter.
That’s the thing about being the hands-down most anticipated film of the year: it doesn’t matter what anyone has to say about it, as long as it’s exciting. And while the first teaser trailer was a bit underwhelming sepia-toned for all the hype that Interstellar has received, this one delivers on all fronts. It’s explosive, beautifully-shot, packed with emotion and effects and just enough plot details to keep things intriguing without giving everything away. It’s epic. It’s enticing. It made us feel things.
But most importantly, it just makes you want to see the movie even more. So, sorry Richard Linklater and Chris Pratt – this year has really just been a countdown to Interstellar. Only four more months to go until November 4.
"I'm not exaggerating when I say it's one of the best shows that I've seen in years. It's up there with an Oasis show or the Stone Roses or something. It's kind of incredible to watch - she's a real force. There's no two ways about it, she's meant to be up there doing that... I'm not close to Miley, I don't know her very well, but I feel proud of her." British singer Lily Allen is a big fan of her upcoming tourmate Miley Cyrus.
Robert Pattinson has no hard feelings about his ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart after she torpedoed their romance by locking lips with a married moviemaker in 2012, insisting infidelity is "normal" among young lovers. The British actor's relationship with his Twilight co-star was rocked two years ago, when Stewart was photographed kissing her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in a Los Angeles car park.
The illicit romance prompted Pattinson and Stewart to briefly split, before parting ways for good last year (13), while it also destroyed Sanders' marriage to model/actress Liberty Ross. Their divorce was finalised last week (ends25Jul14).
Pattinson has now opened up about the infamous fling in a candid new interview with Britain's Esquire magazine, admitting the worst part of the scandal was having to discuss it in public.
Brushing off the cheating controversy, he says, "S**t happens, you know? It's just young people... it's normal! And honestly, who gives a s**t?
"The hardest part was talking about it afterwards. Because when you talk about other people, it affects them in ways you can't predict."
The actor's dramatic personal life has also turned him into a paparazzi target, but Pattinson insists he "doesn't understand" the media's obsession with him.
Earlier this year (14), the actor sold off the Los Angeles property he once shared with Stewart, and he admits he won't miss having snappers camped outside his home.
He explains, "(The paparazzi) photographed anyone who came up to the gate, anyone who rang the bell, and they followed any car that came in and out. I used to dress up my assistant as me, and get him to drive off with like five cars following him around for hours..."
And he jokes, "Whenever I see a bunch of paparazzi hanging out, I always think, 'Oh God, what have they found out!' Oh, THAT love child! I totally forgot!'"
Country star Brad Paisley has purposefully ignored a plea from label bosses not to leak his upcoming single, just days after allowing fans to preview his whole album online. The Celebrity hitmaker came under fire from Sony Music Nashville executives over the weekend (26-27Jul14) after deciding to post snippets from each track from his next album, Moonshine in the Trunk, on his Twitter.com blog.
Sony chiefs chastised the singer for the unauthorised move and removed the clips from the Internet, but an undeterred Paisley continued to risk their wrath on Wednesday (30Jul14), when he shared snapshots of his email exchange with Sony's Gary Overton, who explicitly begged the star not to leak the title track from the album.
In the message, Overton wrote in part, "I know you're really excited about your fans hearing your new music and that's why you've been leaking it on Twitter. That's cool. Wish you would have told us first. But please don't leak the song 'Moonshine' because we have a big promotion planned for it. We want to release it in a unique, one-of-a-kind way. Thx (thanks). You're the best!"
Paisley then revealed his response to Overton, which read, "Gary- Okay. So promote the song Moonshine in the trunk -Got it!", and proceeded to share a link to the tune's audio on YouTube.com.
In the accompanying caption, the cheeky singer wrote, "So you heard the man. Promote the song Moonshine. Here we go. Buckle up."
However, Sony chiefs were keeping a close eye on Paisley and minutes later the track was pulled.
In follow-up tweets, the star posted, "Did they pull it?... Darn darn darn darn Darny darn darn (sic)!!!!!!!"
Prior to the latest leak, Paisley took to his Twitter blog to make it clear he was not looking to get kicked off Sony, despite filing a $10 million (£5.9 million) lawsuit against them for breach of contract and unpaid royalties earlier this year (14).
He wrote, "Let me say: I love recording at Sony. I love my manager, my publicist, my agent. But yes, I'm doing this largely on my own."
Katy Perry is considering becoming a mother in the next five years, and she insists she doesn't need a man to realise her baby dreams.
The Dark Horse singer, who was briefly married to funnyman Russell Brand and dated singer/songwriter John Mayer, is currently single, but she's not letting her unlucky-in-love status interfere with her baby plans.
She tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I want to be doing that in the right time, and that's not in the next two years, you know? Maybe it's in a five-year plan, but I need to really be able to focus 100 per cent of my attention on it. I don't really want to take the child on tour. Not until, like, birth through five is over."
"I don't need a dude... It's 2014! We are living in the future; we don't need anything... I'm not anti-men. I love men. But there is an option if someone doesn't present himself."
Katy Perry has fired back at critics who took aim at her decision to dress dancers up as big-bottomed, buxom Egyptian mummies on her Prism tour, insisting the race controversy over the costumes was blown up over nothing. Twitter followers reprimanded Perry when images from the stage show first surfaced, with many suggesting the pop star had crossed a race line by poking fun at black stereotypes.
One fan wrote, "Just saw the pictures of Katy Perry and the mummies...uh...this is not okay. And white feminists, we need to be active in saying so."
Other fans defended Perry and now the singer herself has addressed the controversy in a new Rolling Stone interview.
She says, "As far as the mummy thing, I based it on plastic surgery. Look at someone like Kim Kardashian or Ice-T's wife, Coco. Those girls aren't African-American. But it's actually a representation of our culture wanting to be plastic, and that's why there's bandages and it's mummies.
"I thought that would really correlate well together... It came from an honest place. If there was any inkling of anything bad, then it wouldn't be there, because I'm very sensitive to people."
She adds, "I guess I'll just stick to baseball and hot dogs, and that's it! I know that's a quote that's gonna come to f**k me in the a**, but can't you appreciate a culture? I guess, like, everybody has to stay in their lane? I don't know."
Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson was left shocked and stunned after learning his great-grandfather had been accused of murdering his aunt while tracing his family tree on U.S. genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?
The Modern Family star recently taped his voyage of ancestral discovery for producer Lisa Kudrow's TV series, and reveals he had no idea there was a dark secret in his family's past.
He tells People.com, "We followed my great-grandfather's line, and I had no information about him at all. He passed away before my dad was even born. "The exploration started with a crazy reveal, and we found some really dark stuff in the very distant past."
Ferguson never met his great-grandfather, but he was surprised to learn of his alleged crime because he was so close to his grandmother - the accused killer's daughter. He continues, "I knew he was the man who raised my grandmother, who I loved so much and I know what kind of woman she turned out to be. I can't imagine anyone who was bad who could raise such a wonderful person."
"I thought it couldn't get any crazier than that moment, and it just kept getting more interesting as we went along. It (tracing your family tree) really does affect you in a very profound way. It's like a ball of yarn. It just keeps unravelling and you want to get to the end."
The actor's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? airs in America on Wednesday night (30Jul14).
Actor Chris Pratt knew he had to lose weight when casting directors rejected him midway through auditions because of his size. The Guardians of the Galaxy star got in shape for the film with a strict diet and workout plan, and now insists his excess fat was preventing him from becoming a leading man.
Pratt tells Reuters, "I had been embarrassed doing auditions where I was 35 or 30 pounds overweight and I wasn't mentally or physically sharp. Like G.I. Joe, I could see their eyes glaze over halfway through the audition and that hurts your feelings...
"I didn't know who I was and what I was capable of doing. I had done a lot of sidekick characters, I had put on a lot of weight over the eight years I had been with my wife. We'd been in love and eating fabulous foods and drinking wine and I was getting more work than before by playing the schlubby sidekick characters."