Duran Duran star Nick Rhodes has signed up to front an advertising campaign for a collection of revolutionary new anti-ageing face creams. The keyboardist, 52, will help to promote genetically-formulated skincare range Geneu, which was created by Christofer Toumazou, chief scientist of Imperial College London's Institute of Biomedical Engineering.
He will also be heavily involved in other marketing aspects of the products, before its launch later this summer (14).
He tells London's Evening Standard newspaper, "I just love beautiful brands. I am going to shape the visuals, the website, the store, the photography, the graphic design. It is a very exciting new project."
Six previously unheard recordings by late British singer/songwriter Nick Drake are expected to fetch at least $425,000 (£250,000) at auction. Fellow folk star Beverley Martyn reveals the tapes are in "pristine" condition, despite being recorded 46 years ago. The tracks, including versions of Fruit Tree and Cello Song, were made months before the 1969 release of Drake's debut album Five Leaves Left.
She tells Independent.co.uk, "He was young, he sounds full of fun, he sounds light and his guitar playing is absolutely excellent. It really shows that he didn't need to have this whole layer cake of strings."
Martyn claims she decided to sell off the tapes due to her own failing health, adding, "Someone else should be able to enjoy it."
The memorabilia will go under the hammer at London auction house Ted Owen and Company on 31 July (14).
News of the auction emerges three months after Martyn shared another of Drake's unheard compositions, a duet between the pals, titled Restless Jane. It was included on her album The Turtle And The Phoenix.
Drake was just 26 when he committed suicide in 1974.
Pop star Demi Lovato has hit the studio with Nick Jonas to create music for a new collaborative side project. The Camp Rock co-stars have been close friends ever since their days working for Disney, and while Lovato has gone on to be a successful solo artist, Jonas has separated from his siblings in The Jonas Brothers and ventured into acting.
In an interview with MTV, the Skyscraper hitmaker reveals they have now reunited to work on a new track, and hints it could result in them forming their own act. She says, "I did write an amazing song with Nick Jonas and we want to do something with that, but we are not quite sure, so maybe we can do a side project together. We may or may not have picked out the band name already."
However, fans will have to wait a little bit longer for a Lovato/Jonas supergroup. She adds, "I know he's working on his new album too, so it might not be for awhile, but the two of us... I'm always writing songs and he's always writing songs. "Inevitably we end up on the same team, musically. It just always happens."
Jonas recently served as the creative director for Lovato's Neon Lights concert tour. The singer famously dated Nick's elder brother, Joe. They split in 2010.
Stars including Stephen Fry, Colin Baker and Robert Lindsay have paid tribute to British comedy actor Sam Kelly, who has died aged 70. The veteran star passed away on Saturday (14Jun14) after a lengthy illness.
Confirming his death, his agent Lynda Ronan said, "Sam Kelly died peacefully... after a long illness bravely fought.
"He does not leave any family but a host of friends who were his chosen family. His death is a great loss to them and the profession."
After news of his death broke, stars from screen and stage took to Twitter.com to pay their respects to the beloved actor.
Fry wrote, "Very saddened to hear about Sam Kelly's death. He played a splendid Hitler in a comedy drama called Stalagluft I made with Nick Lyndhurst..."
Former Doctor Who star Baker, who went to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art alongside Kelly, added, "Cannot believe that lovely Sam Kelly has died. We were at drama school together - lovely, funny, talented chap. So sad."
Sherlock actor Mark Gattis also tweeted, "Desperately sad news that the wonderful Sam Kelly has left us. Such a funny, talented man and one of the good guys," while Lindsay, who was preparing to perform in West End show Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, wrote, "Feel so depressed about the amazing Sam Kelly's passing how do we manage a second comic musical tonight? we dedicate it to him RIP."
Kelly was best known for his roles in classic U.K. sitcoms 'Allo 'Allo! and Porridge. He also appeared in longrunning comedies Barbara, On the Up, Black Books, and his film work included 2010 family film Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang and Mike Leigh's 2002 movie All or Nothing.
Fleetwood Mac star Christine Mcvie and The Specials founder Jerry Dammers have been honoured with distinctions at the 2014 Ivor Novello songwriting awards in London. McVie was handed a lifetime achievement award at the 59th annual event, while Free Nelson Mandela hitmaker Dammers, dubbed "the Tsar of ska" by presenter Mick Jones, picked up the Inspiration Award.
Musician and producer Nile Rodgers enjoyed his second honour in as many days - he claimed the Ivors' International Award a day after old pal Simon Le Bon surprised the Chic star with the Legends Award at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza on Wednesday (21May14).
Jimmy Page handed the Outstanding Contribution prize to fellow British guitar great Jeff Beck, while Mumford & Sons walked away with the award for International Achievement, and Tom Odell was named Songwriter of the Year.
The ceremony was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.
The full list of winners at the Ivor Novello Awards is:
Most Performed Work - Let Her Go by Passenger
The Ivors Classical Music Award - John McCabe
Best Television Soundtrack - Ripper Street by Dominik Scherrer
Best Contemporary Song - Retrograde by James Blake
International Achievement - Mumford & Sons
Best Original Film Score - The Epic Of Everest
The Ivors Inspiration Award - Jerry Dammers
Album Award - Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Outstanding Contribution To British Music - Jeff Beck
Best Song Musically And Lyrically - Strong by London Grammar
Songwriter Of The Year - Tom Odell
Outstanding Song Collection - The Chemical Brothers
Lifetime Achievement - Christine McVie
Special International Award - Nile Rodgers.
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It's always risky when two costars spark up a romance behind the scenes (even riskier when it's more than two), but some of the greatest onscreen love affairs have been born from the practice. After playing a couple in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man, the first chapter of Sony's ever-growing film series, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone ventured into the tempestuous waters of real life dating, sustaining their relationship into and beyond the production of their Spidey sequel, which hits theaters this week. As such, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 showcases a notable spike in the duo's screen chemistry: as director Marc Webb, producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad, and Garfield and Stone themselves seem to feel, the second chapter of Peter Parker's story is where his love story with Gwen Stacey really blossoms into that special kind of love we only find around holidays, airport pickups, and cinema.
Stone and director Webb both chimed in about how much Peter and Gwen's relationship has grown since The Amazing Spider-Man:
Emma Stone: "I loved the way their relationship evolves in this second movie. The clarity and maturity that Gwen has achieved in this second movie [is] I think because of the death of her father, honestly. I think it’s brought her life into sharp focus, and so she’s really following her destiny. I think that’s one of the most inspiring parts about their relationship, is that it’s two incredibly equal parties."
Marc Webb: "I think their relationship has matured, but what both those characters are dealing with in at this point that they weren’t dealing with last movie was self-actualization. Gwen in particular is finding her own path and her own destiny. Peter Parker starts the movie kind of having an idea of who he is on the inside, and Gwen is going to go to London, she’s going to have a career, she’s going to be a doctor, she’s going to study molecular medicine, she’s going to save people in her own right. That independent spirit, that pluck, that Nick and Nora, that Thin Man, Tracy/Hepburn dynamic that began in the first movie where each of them are giving each other s**t is emblematic of their independent spirit. Which is the thing that draws them to each other, and it’s the thing that going to pull them apart. Anyone that’s been in love for the first time, you know what that feels like. I think that’s a different texture that we haven’t seen before."
All parties seem to agree that the sweeping Union Square scene is where that affection is showcased in earnest:
ES: "My favorite scene is [Peter and Gwen] reuniting after a year, in Union Square. That’s pretty definitive of what Gwen and Peter do for each other. No matter how much hardship is happening in their lives, they tend to bring out the best in each other ... and they just have some undefinable quality of magic between them, and love. That night and that scene."
Matt Tolmach: "Can I tell you something about that scene? We were in the middle of Union Square — Avi and I have said this over and over: we love shooting in New York, this movie is a love letter to New York, but you guys have got to change the weather. We were in the middle of Union Square and it was freezing, and it was the middle of the night, and I’m sure it was raining and snowing and all that stuff, and there were bags of garbage, and whatever, I’m going off on a tangent. And this scene was being shot and Marc made a decision, and a very smart one, to allow Andrew and Emma to have the freedom to play with the scene. We were huddled around these little heaters in our protective tents and everything and all of a sudden you just forgot everything. There was a magical quality to what happened that night in that scene. It’s not a coincidence, I guess, that it shows up that way in the movie. There was something really incredible about these two actors, and that scene and what it meant in the movie. It was sort of spectacular."Avi Arad: "When you have a great actress, and you give her the proper material, now you have a real scene."
MW: "In terms of things that were fun to play, that scene that started off in Union Square, I remember I got a deep case of the feels when I was watching those guys do that scene. They hadn’t seen each other in a year, and it just felt so innocent and so pure. It was so weirdly simple, but I think it gives the relationship a really palpable foundation. [to Andrew Garfield:] I don’t know what it was like to shoot for you guys…"Andrew Garfield: "It was great, it was fantastic. Because she’s such a great actor and you created a great space for us to breathe and really see each other, as opposed to being obligated to try and get anywhere. I felt like that was a really great night, because we were allowed to see where the scene went, so that was really exciting. I really like the crossing the street [shot]..."MW: "That was your idea."AG: "But the way it was executed was really fun."MW: "You had an idea for the music... Garfield was describing that moment when he sees her. He’s just walking through the street, totally oblivious to the traffic..."AG: "As if my body was taking over. That was exactly how survival goes. My brain just goes, [robotically:] 'I have to be with that person.'"MW: "And he talked about cartoons and how when the skunk gets a smell and just floats across. It was that kind of idea. But you had a very specific piece of music in your head from Punch-Drunk Love, the theme from Punch-Drunk Love. But that was really beautiful. Every once in a while when you’re doing the movie, so many of the scenes are about building, the action in particular, it’s about finding little moments, but creating them is not as pure as moments like that, where you’re just like, 'Oh, this is cinema...'"
Catch true romance (and also a whole bunch of other bonkers things) in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, hitting theaters Friday.
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Stars including Ellen Degeneres and Stephen Fry have backed a boycott of a hotel group owned by the Sultan of Brunei over a proposed new anti-gay law in the country. A number of fashion industry moguls, including shoe designer Brian Atwood, have urged both stars and members of the public to avoid staying in hotels which are part of the Dorchester group, which includes the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air in California and the Dorchester in London.
The campaign is to protest against plans for a new law stating that anyone caught committing a homosexual act in Brunei should be stoned to death.
U.S. TV host Ellen DeGeneres, who is married to actress Portia de Rossi, has vowed to boycott both of the California hotels in future, writing in a post on her Twitter.com page, "I won't be visiting the Hotel Bel-Air or the Beverly Hills Hotel until this is resolved."
Openly gay British actor Stephen Fry has revealed he has cancelled an upcoming stay in one of the group's hotels, the Coworth Park Hotel in Berkshire, England, as part of the protest.
In a series of messages on Twitter.com, he writes, "Not that you were necessarily going to stay there, but time to boycott the Dorchester Group... Send them a message... Cancelled in nick of time: discovered (Coworth Park Hotel) that I was booked into is part of the Dorchester Collection."
A spokeswoman for the Dorchester Collection tells WWD.com, "We are sensitive to the fact that any such potential withdrawal of business directly impacts our employees, who represent the full diversity of society. We continue to abide by the laws of the countries we operate in and do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind."
British rockers Arctic Monkeys are hoping to crown a triumphant 12 months by landing one of the biggest prizes in music after their acclaimed record Am was nominated for Best Album at the U.K.'s Ivor Novello awards. The group's fifth disc missed out on the Mercury Prize last year (13), but it won the British Album of the Year honour at the BRIT Awards in February (14).
It also ranked highly in a number of end-of-year music polls in 2013, and was named NME magazine's best album of the year.
Now it has emerged the record is on the shortlist for a prestigious Ivor Novello award, lining up against Sing to the Moon by newcomer Laura Mvula and Push the Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for Best Album.
British singer John Newman has earned his first nomination in the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category for his single Love Me Again, which will go up against tracks by bands Palma Violets and London Grammar.
Scottish singer Emeli Sande is nominated once again after scooping two awards at the 2013 prizegiving - her single Clown will compete against Olly Murs' Troublemaker and Let Her Go by Passenger in the PRS for Music Most Performed Work category.
The ceremony, which honours excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing, will take place in London on 22 May (14).
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It seems like the general mission statement of your usual coming-of-age drama is to take the lighter fare of growing up, all those moments that we took for granted until our wistful recollections years later, and pull back the curtain on just how important they always were. The first kisses, the first fights, the first sips of beer — these are the elements that have lined the genre since before American Graffiti and Breaking Away. But in earnest, there is no cookie cutter mold for the coming-of-age experience. Romance and high jinks could well take a backseat — or fall out of the picture altogether — when your childhood is shaped by something like the subject matter of Hide Your Smiling Faces, an altogether inviting and merciless picture about the sudden death of a young boy, and the aftermath as experienced by two of his close friends.
Ostensibly, this is a movie about death — about what it means to lose a friend, a child, a neighbor. About what it means to understand, for the very first time, the idea of mortality, of impermanence, of loss. And through the often silent (though never to a fault) journeys of two brothers, young Tommy (Ryan Jones) and preteen Eric (Nathan Varnson), we see a version of "death" not often granted to the screen. Director Daniel Patrick Carbone doesn't seem too strained to avoid the theatrical, a weighty humanity sewn effortlessly into the every move, breath, and rare word ventured by the suffering boys. We're not treated to Rabbit Hole-esque diatribes or Oscar bait explosions in a movie whose subject matter might beckon the like. We're carted through an impressively effective journey inside the boys as they battle not only with their pain, but with the inscrutable parameters set for their expression of it.
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But the struggles of Tommy and Eric aren't limited to the time frame of human grief. Just as coming-of-age movies that present kisses and fights as representative glimpses into an endless stretch of the human condition, the brothers' experience with death is truly a bold rock with which their road to maturity is paved. The tragedy brings to the forefront issues that won't fade over time: the stinging confusion inherent in figuring out how to feel, what to think, and what to show about everything. Scenes involving Tommy's own gateway into the kissing world, and Eric's sudden rift with a friend he thought he understood (and about whom, in losing that understanding, he no longer knows how to feel) highlight just how expansive these themes are. They, in fact, might be the only permanent thing there is.
Even in its sincerity, Hide Your Smiling Faces doesn't fall shy of cinematic — shot in the beautiful New Jersey woodlands, we explore defunct bridges, silent dirt roads, and rotting old houses that feel impossibly lived in, courtesy of just how closely we are welcomed to the boys themselves.
A story about life and death alike, Hide Your Smiling Faces handles both in a fashion you won't often see in film. In its tackling of the former — of growth and discovery — it is haunting, harsh, and sad. In the latter, it isn't afraid to access joy, hypocrisy, and beauty. On each side of its impossibly vast fence, Hide Your Smiling Faces gives us something touching, tremendous, and new. Mending the two, we wind up with something altogether beautiful.
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One Direction star Harry Styles agreed to arrange an $8,000 (£5,000) loan for British rocker Matt Healy during a prank on U.K. radio. The 1975 frontman joined BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw for his breakfast show on Wednesday (26Mar14) and took part in the Call or Delete game, which involves guests prank-calling someone famous in their phonebook.
After failing to get through to Niall Horan, Healy rang Styles and told him he urgently needed to borrow some money to get him out of a sticky situation.
Healy said to Styles, "Basically I need five grand (£5,000) I'm in Chalk Farm (north London) and I'm having an emergency... it's actually quite a serious situation. I've got two guys in here in a phonebox with me, one of them just keeps pointing at a photo of (Take That singer) Mark Owen, it's really weird I don't know what that means, and it's really threatening. Do you reckon you could get Niall to come down and sort me the cash?"
Styles did not realise the call was a prank and agreed to arrange the loan for Healy, saying, "OK, well we're in Bristol (England). But let me go and I'll get my assistant to call you and she'll sort it out."