Iggy Pop has been cast as the eye-stealing Sandman in horror movie maestro Dario Argento's new film. The director and his star are now helping producers raise the money needed to make low-budget horror movie The Sandman via a crowdfunding campaign.
Argento will mine author E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 short story Der Sandmann for his film - about a creepy villain who steals the eyes of sleep-deprived children.
Iggy Pop, whose film credits include Cry Baby, Tank Girl, The Crow: City of Angels and Sid & Nancy, is urging his fans to donate to the cause so he can play the role of a lifetime.
He says, "I have long been thrilled and fascinated by the amazing films of Mr. Argento, all of which are master works. Yes, and also compellingly strange, beautiful, and full of relentless terror.
"If I could play the Sandman for him it would make my life complete."
The campaign launched on Wednesday (08Oct14) and had already received over $9,800 (GBP6,125) in donations as WENN went to press. The initiative ends on 8 November (14).
Argento and his leading man are offering up set visits and dinners with them in return for sizeable donations, while one fan will be able to pay his way into the film - he or she will be part of a scene featuring the Lust For Life hitmaker.
A bizarre video of Angelina Jolie pacing around a filthy New York City apartment has emerged online.
The 16-minute clip, which is believed to have been shot at the Ansonia Hotel building in New York City in 1999, was posted online by U.S. tabloid the National Enquirer on Tuesday night (08Jul14).
Angelina Jolie In Dirty Drug Den
It shows Jolie looking extremely thin, with messy, dyed blonde hair, walking around an untidy room covered in soda cans and piles of clothes, and talking on the phone.
She is heard discussing family issues with a caller said to be her actor father Jon Voight.
The man who shot the footage, a former drug dealer named Franklin Meyer, alleges the actress was one of his clients and the video was taken with her consent.
Jolie has been open about her past battles with drugs before she turned her life around and became a Hollywood superstar.
Officials in the quiet English town where punk icon Sid Vicious grew up have addressed a growing controversy surrounding the prospect of commemorating the late Sex Pistols star. The bassist, real name John Ritchie, lived in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent between 1965 and 1971 and the rocker is on a list of celebrities being considered for a commemorative plaque to mark his links to the town.
Bosses at the town's Civic Society will decide which celebrity to honour later this year (14), but some residents feel Vicious shouldn't even be on the list.
One local tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Nobody wants to be reminded that Sid Vicious lived here. He was a vile man and died as he lived - surrounded by filth and misery."
However, Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society chairman Alastair Tod insists the punk rocker's inclusion is justified and promises to defend the decision should Vicious ultimately be chosen for the honour.
Tod tells MailOnline, "We're all prepared to argue the case if necessary. We would be prepared to defend the inclusion of any of the names on our list. It's only a longlist, though, and I think Sid Vicious is probably an outlier. It's not for me to make the final decision."
Vicious died of a heroin overdose in 1979, while on bail after being arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
Stage and screen veteran Marc Platt has died, aged 100. The singer and dancer, who originated the role of Dream Curly in the 1943 Broadway production of Oklahoma! and portrayed Daniel Pontipee in the 1954 movie musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, died in Marin, California on Saturday (29Mar14).
Platt also danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1930s and teamed up onscreen with the likes of Rita Hayworth in Tonight and Every Night and Down to Earth, and comedian Sid Caesar in Tars and Spars. He also appeared on TV in shows like Sky King, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp and Matlock.
Once the film and TV roles dried up, Platt and his late wife Jean Goodall opened a ballet school in Florida..
U.S. comedy veteran Sid Caesar has died at the age of 91. The TV icon's friend and collaborator Carl Reiner and biographer Eddy Friedfeld confirmed the sad news on Wednesday (12Feb14).
Caesar starred on beloved 1950s TV variety show Your Show of Shows and went on to host Caesar's Hour, and he also appeared in films like It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Airport 1975, Silent Movie and Grease.
Flowers will be placed on his Walk of Fame star in Hollywood on Wednesday afternoon.
Newsman Larry King was among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Caesar on his Twitter.com page on Wednesday (12Feb14). He wrote, "Sorry to learn about the passing of Sid Caesar-a dear friend, a comic genius & an American classic. There will never be another one like him."
Whoopi Goldberg added her tribute on Twitter too, writing, "Life...doing her thing, another great has passed Sid Caesar. Funny man We honored him at the very first Comic Relief. RIP turn turn turn", while Arnold Schwarzenegger posted, "We've lost one of the greats. Sid Caesar was a fantastic comedian and entertainer. His quadlingual schtick was always a hit. We'll miss him."
The son of Jewish immigrants, Isaac Sidney Caesar began his career in the late 1940s and won his first Emmy Award in 1952 as a regular on Your Show of Shows. He was also Emmy nominated for his appearances in Mad About You and Love & War.
Caesar was also a theatre veteran and earned a Tony Award nomination for his multiple roles in 1962 Broadway musical Little Me, based on the book by Neil Simon. He later starred alongside Carol Channing and Tommy Lee Jones in a Broadway production of Four on a Garden in 1971, and also performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the late 1980s.
He was also an accomplished saxophonist and studied the instrument at the Julliard School of Music before becoming an actor/comedian.
He was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 and received a career achievement award from the Television Critics Association in 2001. He was also voted America's Best Comedian by Motion Picture Daily's TV poll in 1951 and 1952 and won a Sylvania Award in 1958 for his work in television.
Caesar's autobiographies, Where Have I Been and Caesar's Hours, both chronicled his struggle to overcome alcoholism and drug addictions.
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Since it’s January and there are bound to be some big snowstorms — unless you live in a warm enough climate that you never get any snow — we’ve compiled a list of the best movies for a snowy day. Make some hot chocolate, add some of those little marshmallows, and curl up under a blanket to keep warm while you watch these chilly flicks.
Grumpy Old Men
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were at their best when they played two feuding neighbors fighting over a new girl on the block in Grumpy Old Men. It’s perfect for a good laugh.
A classic from the '90s, Cool Runnings tells the semi-true story of a Jamaican bobsled team debuting at the Olympics. It’s sure to be at least as entertaining as the Sochi Olympics (if not more).
The Day After Tomorrow
Watch other people freeze to death while you’re nice and warm inside during a non-apocalypse.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
A bunch of kids travel to a magical land trapped in a never-ending winter and save the day. Plus James McAvoy is shirtless for a brief bit in the beginning.
For horror and Stephen King fans, Dreamcatcher is the perfect winter movie about friends camping in Maine during the winter. Also aliens.
The Coen brothers’ Fargo is perfect for anyone who can put up with a Minnesotan accent and likes crime dramas in snowy towns.
Another childhood classic — though not necessarily a fantastic movie — is Snow Dogs. It stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as a Miami man who inherits a team of sled dogs, then wackiness ensues.
Liam Neeson’s recent thriller about a man surviving in the Alaskan wilderness is both entertaining and educational — in case you’re ever stranded in Alaska.
If you’re in the mood for animation and some very, very, very vague history, Ice Age is the way to go. Besides, Sid the sloth is our spirit animal on lazy days.
If you’re taking a snow day, you might as well watch Snow Day. It’s the age-old tale of kids who don’t want to go to school versus the creepy guy that drives the snowplow — classic.
What’s in a name? Everything if you’re a rock star. Majority of people are born with boring, everyday names - unless, of course, you’re born to a 20th century celebrity, in which case your name is a fruit, Disney character, or another entry from the MeSoUnique dictionary. In order to be larger-than-life celebrities, these rockers opted for a larger-than-life name.
Here’s a rundown of rockers with some of the best names that their mamas don't call them by.
Marilyn Manson (Brian Hugh Warner) The artist formerly known as Brian Hugh Warner came up with his stage name by combing the names of 2 infamous icons from the 1960s: Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. He chose the 2 celebs because he wanted to have the “fakest stage name of all” to reflect the phoniness of show business. Well played, Brian.
Axl Rose (William Bruce Rose, Jr.) Before his name was synonymous with rock star douchebaggery, Axl Rose was called William Bruce Rose, Jr. The name we’ve all come to love and loathe him by came from the name of one of the first bands he was in when he first moved to Los Angeles: AXL. Of course, there is that whole anagram story…
Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick MacManus) Declan MacManus may sound like the name of a capo from the Westies, but it’s actually the birth name of post-punk rock god Elvis Costello. Costello took his name from his musician father’s stage name (Day Costello) and Elvis Presley.
Cat Power (Charlyn Marie Marshall) Cat Power sounds like the slogan of a felinist wanting to empower kitties everywhere, but really the indie rocker’s stage name came from a guy wearing a Caterpillar trucker cap. Power was part of a band that needed a name for their first show, and after seeing a man in a “Cat Diesel Power” hat, she knew she found the name. Though she ended up moving to New York a couple years after, the name stuck and she’s been Cat Power ever since.
Slash (Saul Hudson) Back in the 70s, when someone said “Better call Saul,” they were talking about Saul Hudson. Slash got his nickname from family friend and actor Seymour Cassel, who started calling him the name due to the fact that he was always in a hurry and never in one place for a long period of time.
Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg) Iggy Pop has long been called the Godfather of Punk, but his real name sounds like the name of an 80-year-old Russian history professor. After serving as the drummer for The Iguanas, Mr. Osterberg officially became Iggy. The “Pop” came after a friend of the Stooges, Jimmy Pop, lost all his hair, including his eyebrows, prompting Iggy to shave off his eyebrows in tribute and consequently being dubbed Iggy Pop.
Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor) John Graham Mellor sure doesn’t sound like the name of the frontman of one of the original punk bands, so it’s no surprise that he changed his name. Before he was Joe Strummer, though, he went by Woody Mellor, in honor of folk legend Woody Guthrie. He used this moniker during his time with the 101’ers and a couple years before the Clash was born, changed his name to Joe Strummer. The “Joe” was to signify that he was nothing special, just a “regular joe,” and the “Strummer” pertained to his rather lackluster rhythm guitar skills.
The Cramps: Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) & Poison Ivy (Kristy Marlana Wallace) “Hi, my name is Lux Interior and this is my wife, Poison Ivy.” Few people get to drop opening lines like that, but the 2 permanent members of psychobilly pioneers the Cramps were an exception. Interior not surprisingly took his name from an old car commercial, while Ivy (who also went by Ivy Rorschach) stated the name had come to her in a dream.
Brody Dalle (Bree Joanna Alice Robinson) With a name like Bree Joanna Alice Robinson, you’re either going to become a Type A debutante who looks up to Paris Hilton, or you’re going to drop every part of your name and become one of the most hardcore lead singers of a punk rock band. Luckily for the world, Bree Robinson opted for the latter and changed her name to Brody. Before she adopted her last name from crazy/badass French actress Beatrice Dalle, however, she was known as Brody Armstrong (aka Tim Armstrong’s wife). A Rolling Stone tongue-makeout session with Josh Homme later, Brody Armstrong officially became Brody Dalle.
Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie) Born John Simon Ritchie, Sid Vicious went on to personify the defining aspects of punk rock – rebellion, attitude, and safety pins. The story of the Sex Pistols is one of abrupt fame coupled with an even speedier decline, and Vicious’ scandalous life and tumultuous relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen made for a punk rock fairytale, where there’s no such thing as a happy ending. The best part of all this, though, is that the dude was named after a hamster. After being bit by Johnny Rotten’s fuzzy, lovable hamster Sid, the then-John Ritchie said, “Sid is really vicious!,” and Rotten decided that a star was born.
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Sid Bernstein, the man who is credited with bringing The Beatles to America, has died. The legendary concert promoter, who staged shows for the Fab Four and The Rolling Stones, passed away on Wednesday (21Aug13). He was 95.
Bernstein was the brains behind The Beatles' first New York shows at Carnegie Hall shows in 1964 and their fabled Shea Stadium show in New York in 1965. He also promoted The Rolling Stones' first five U.S. gigs.
He also attempted to persuade the Fab Four to reunite in 1976 and 1979 for charity shows.
Bernstein also worked with Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Liza Minnelli, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix, among others.
Jake Johnson kept it pretty under-the-rug before his New Girl days, never earning much attention for his bit parts scattered throughout the film and television world. That's because he wasn't acting at all (don't let that dastardly IMDb fool you). No, in fact, he was in truth spending most of his time over in Belarus, building churches and mansions under the pseudonym "Antoni Gaudi." Or perhaps it is "Jake Johnson" that is the pseudonym? We're not sure which, but at least one of these nyms is pseudo!
And look at him now, prancing around on Fox's beloved sitcom, thinking that just because he's beard-free, nobody can recognize him as the renowned architect and creative pioneer. We know that everyone in showbiz lies about their age, Johnson, but passing for 30 when you're pushing 161 is a bit excessive. We're onto you, Nick Miller.
The Internet has experience in outing the immortal:
"Money, cash, hoes, money, cash, chicks"? Clearly an ironic reappropriation of the Roaring '20s overindulgence, meant to take a few stabs at the decade for resulting in the financial struggles of the Great Depression... an era through which Jay-Z clearly lived as evidenced by this 1933 photograph of him in Harlem.
And, of course, the timeless entry of Nicolas Cage, immortal vampire, world traveler, and The Croods voiceover artist. Tried to hide in plain sight all these years, but forgot to learn the simple trick of adapting to normal human behavior to make his cover all the more convincing.
Let this be a lesson to you, ageless figures are living among us. It doesn't matter how well you immerse yourself in a Zooey Deschanel comedy or a movie about stealing the Declaration of Independence. We will find you. And we will write about you. And then we'll probably go play Snood.
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The producers of Transformers 4 appear to be taking a page out of the Glee Project playbook. The result, however, may be something that we actually could never see on American television today.
Paramount Pictures, and their Chinese partners who are co-producing Transformers 4, China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Entertainment, are launching a reality competition series in the People's Republic to cast four actors in the film. The show, set to launch in June, is called Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search, and it'll be looking to fill roles with two Chinese thesps who already have professional acting experience and two who've never worked professionally before. A rotating panel, made up of former AMPAS head Sid Ganis (currently the chairman of Jiaflix Entertainment), Transformers producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura, casting director Denise Chamian, Paramount distribution chief Megan Colligan, and two representatives of the Chinese film world — Jia Qi and Liang Longfei — will judge the competition.
Two things may strike you about this: First, it goes to show just how invested Hollywood is in tapping into the emerging, and highly lucrative, Chinese film market; second, it seems a lot like The Glee Project. Except that it isn't. The concept of The Glee Project was to find a singing, dancing, theater geek (or Gleek) to play a supporting character for a few episodes on an increasingly cultish show with a niche fanbase. The Glee Project itself would air on an even more niche network: Oxygen. Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search is looking for talent for one of the biggest worldwide entertainment properties imaginable. Even if the roles that are in competition are small, the visibility of whoever gets cast will be giant. Especially in China, where reality TV has become hugely popular and audiences are very hungry for competition shows.
In fact, it may be that the Transformers reality show could only happen in China these days. Compared to the U.S., Chinese reality TV culture, though extremely profitable, is still in its infancy. Competition shows and dating shows dominate the marketplace, not the kind of faux-documentary reality TV focused on pseudo-celebrities that now gluts E! and Bravo. China is basically where American reality TV was 11 or 12 years ago, when Survivor was still king, American Idol was getting ready to launch, and The Bachelor first re-introduced the idea of harem-style dating. China's probably still a few years off from something like a Real Housewives of Guangzhou.
In that period from 2000 to 2003, it might have still been possible to launch a high-profile casting competition series for a blockbuster film. That's because at that time, reality TV fame was not an end in itself, like it has since become. Colleen Haskell parlayed her fleeting notoriety on Survivor into the Rob Schneider vehicle, The Animal. Fellow alum Colby Donaldson did the same with a notable appearance on Curb Your Enthusiasm in which he fought with someone who'd lived through the Holocaust about who was the greater "Survivor." American Idol was designed to launch actual music careers. Anderson Cooper didn't want to be stuck hosting The Mole, so he used that gig to trade up to a legitimate journalism gig on CNN. And though the kind of micro-budget indies it featured are the furthest cry from Transformers 4, Project Greenlight was a docuseries that shed light on people who wanted to be filmmakers... not reality TV stars.
Reality TV stardom was not always the all-consuming end goal, like it has since become for pseudo-celebs like Kim Kardashian who have turned themselves into brands with a reality TV show as the most effective vehicle for communicating those brands to the public. Kim K. may take bit parts in movies or release s****y songs like "Jam" every now and then, but those are just side projects compared to the cash cow of Keeping With the Kardashians and its various spinoffs. She's making a helluva lot more money on those shows than she ever could with a supporting role in Transformers 4.
As American reality TV began to become an ouroboros end goal in itself, competition shows related to film and TV casting began to fizzle out. The WB's short-lived 2005 series, The Starlet, in which judges Faye Dunaway and Vivica A. Fox tried to cast several competing actresses for a role on One Tree Hill was the lowest rated show on any network that year. Fox's On the Lot, a tarted-up competition among aspiring filmmakers to win a development deal from executive producer Steven Spielberg and judges Carrie Fisher and Gary Marshall similarly fizzled. (Marshall's choice commentary didn't help matters: "A buddy film between a rat and mouse. Now that's what I want to see!") Scrappy upstart filmmakers would turn to YouTube, and the old mainstay of film festivals, to get their work noticed — not a reality show.
The fact that Paramount and its partners is looking to cast several actors via a reality competition series in China doesn't really say as much about Hollywood's pandering to the Chinese film market as it does the fact that China may be one of the few places where a show like that could still have a chance.
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