Naomi Watts rang in her 46th birthday with the While We're Young cast following the film's premiere in New York on Sunday (28Sep14).
The actress celebrated with co-stars Ben Stiller and Adam Driver, and writer-director Noah Baumbach at an afterparty following the screening at the 52nd New York Film Festival. The group presented the King Kong star with a cake and sang Happy Birthday to her during the bash at Manhattan's Shun Lee Cafe, according to the New York Post's gossip column PageSix.
Today, August 29th, 2014 marks the 21st birthday of Liam Payne. Daddy Direction can legally drink in America! An important thing for us grown-up Directioners. To celebrate the day, we’ve got 21 fun-facts about Liam. Not that boring stuff, like his zodiac sign (Virgo) or his middle name (James, just like his band-mate Niall Horan).
1. He is afraid of spoons. It’s not that weird, it’s kind of cute.
2. Of the band, he’s the only one who comes to work with his hair done. The other band members show up with their hair all over the place, but he won’t leave his house without doing his hair.
3. If he wasn’t a singer, he would make a fabulous journalist:
He might have been drunk, but he actually asked all the questions a fan wanted to know after watching the Brit Awards.
4. His favorite film is the Toy Story trilogy.
5. Liam once told TOTP that he had the best dance moves and he was, “The king of the dance floor!” With his signature 1-2-3 flick. Recognize those moves anywhere?
6. Liam’s dream job, aside from the one he is currently living as a pop-star, is a fire fighter.
7. He once had his underwear stolen (and then later worn) by a fan.
8. If Liam could invent an ice cream flavor, it would be “Krispy Kreme Donut.”
9. He once confessed to owning a pair of pink hair straighteners. We can see the evidence of that here.
10. He has said that Justin Timberlake is one of his biggest inspirations. He also sang “Cry Me A River,” at his 2010 X Factor audition. Good thing too, since look where that got him!
11. Once, he was asked what food he would be, he responded: “I’d be 7 bananas because it’s too much potassium and that’s dangerous.” Gotta love a bad boy.
12. His favorite color is still purple (had to include this because it’s adorable).
13. Liam once had no idea what YOLO and DTF stood for, so he guessed “Yummy Oreos Love Origami” and “Dedicated To Fans.” Better abbreviations, in my honest opinion.
14. Liam wishes he’d written the song “99 Problems,” by Jay Z. We wonder why?
15. All of his band-mates have said he’s got the best abs in the group. We cannot deny this.
16. Liam has a man-crush on Twilight star Taylor Lautner.
17. He has two pet turtles named Boris and Archimedes. He also has an adorable little husky named Loki (with his ex-girlfriend Danielle Peazer).
liam w/ loki is the cutest thing ever #liampayne pic.twitter.com/QM04PgaUru
— Hana (@hana1999hana) August 26, 2014
18. One time Liam was left behind and when the tour bus took off, he started running after it while waving his arms. The rest of the band mistook him for a fan at first.
19. Until he was 19-years-old, Liam suffered from kidney problems (1 scarred and dysfunctional kidney) that kept him from drinking and he had to lead a very careful life. Luckily, he’s all healthy now and can legally drink with his American fans!
20. The one person guaranteed to make him laugh is band-made, Louis Tomlinson! “Even if I’m in a situation where I’m mad at him, the person that can make me smile is Louis. Whatever happens he’ll make me laugh about something.”
21. One of Liam’s tattoos (the feather and lyrics) is dedicated to his Nan.
Happy Birthday Liam! We hope you have an awesome day and get to relax a little, if that's possible to do in the middle of a world tour.
Which is your favorite Liam fact? Tweet us yours along with the hashtag #Happy21stBirthdayLiam!
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Kate Bush has won rave reviews for her comeback concert, with critics hailing the singer's first show in 35 years as "spellbinding", "magical" and "wonderous". The reclusive singer made a return to the stage at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday night (26Aug14), more than three decades after her last gig there in 1979 which effectively marked her retirement from live performance.
Bush's show, the first of 22 dates at the venue, has pulled in a slew of five-star reviews, with critics praising her innovative use of video montages, theatrical dance sequences, operatic performance art and even a mini-play featuring her 16-year-old son Bertie, who also sang with a choir on stage.
She thrilled the crowd with renditions of hits including Running Up That Hill, Hounds of Love, and King of the Mountain, as well as her epic The Ninth Wave.
Critics also revealed Bush's distinctive voice has not been dulled by her years away from the music scene, with Bernadette McNulty of Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper writing, "Her voice was an undiminished roar, surprisingly rich and powerful after such a long break," adding, "There was something thrilling about seeing the often bonkers but still delightful imagination of Bush run free after all this time, apparently untouched by the frenetic pace of the digital world... Still childishly wondrous."
The Daily Mail's Jan Moir describes the show as "magical", adding, "Age has not withered our Kate, but the dancing acrobatics and histrionics of an earlier age were gone... Her voice still sounds terrific - although she no longer includes Wuthering Heights, her first and biggest hit, on her set list... Her music is still audacious and weird, but sometimes it is spellbindingly beautiful, too."
The Guardian's Alexis Petridis, who gives the show five stars out of five, writes, "Over the course of nearly three hours, Kate Bush's first gig for 35 years variously features dancers in lifejackets attacking the stage with axes and chainsaws; a giant machine that hovers above the auditorium... giant paper aeroplanes; a surprisingly lengthy rumination on sausages, vast billowing sheets manipulated to represent waves... and the singer herself being borne through the audience by dancers clad in costumes based on fish skeletons... Her voice too is in remarkable condition: she's note-perfect throughout."
Andy Gill of The Independent concludes, "It's quite stunning, undoubtedly the most ambitious, and genuinely moving, piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage."
A number of celebrity fans were in the audience for Bush's first show, including Bjork, actress Gemma Arterton, and Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour, who is credited with discovering the singer and helping her land her first record deal. Pop star Lily Allen was also at the gig and broke Bush's camera ban by snapping a picture of the stage and uploading it to her Twitter.com page.
Prior to the first show, Bush released a statement urging fans to leave their digital devices at home so they could "share in the experience together".
Veteran entertainers Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow are bringing the likes of Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston back from the dead to feature on their respective duets albums. The Funny Girl icon has been working on Partners for the past two years and on Monday (11Aug14), she unveiled the cover art for the project, revealing a collaboration with the King.
Details about the duet have yet to be released, but he won't be the only big name featured on Partners - Streisand has also headed into the studio with Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Babyface and Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, as well as her younger contemporaries Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Blake Shelton, John Mayer and John Legend.
Her singer son Jason Gould, whose father is actor Elliott Gould, will also make an appearance on the September (14) album after previously joining his famous mum onstage during her U.S. and European tours in 2012 and 2013.
Meanwhile, Manilow has also headed down the collaboration route for his next release, which will be fully comprised of duets with late legends.
In a message on his Facebook.com page, the singer reveals he wasn't completely sold on the idea of another all-star duets album, so he decided to draw inspiration from beyond the grave.
He writes, "I came up with a weird idea: What if I could make duets out of my favorite songs by artists that are no longer with us? What if I could I actually sing with John Denver, Whitney Houston or Judy Garland?
"Well, after months of creating brand new duet arrangements of famous songs done by these legendary artists, I did. I actually sang with them. And we're just about done with the album...
"The album is a miracle. It's been a huge undertaking, musically and technically.
"It was an honor singing with Whitney (I ran for the Kleenex when I heard her voice!), Dusty Springfield, Louis Armstrong and more. I hope you'll like this one. I'm very proud of it. The release date is sometime in late October."
When it comes to romance, nobody's smoother than John Stamos. He made everyone swoon as the guitar-playing, child-rearing Jesse Katsopolis on Full House, he sang and danced his way into their hearts in Bye Bye Birdie, and he probably beat everyone out for Prom King in high school. He can even make yogurt seem attractive. Such is the power of Stamos. If you're looking for a way to win over the hearts of millions, there's no better role model.
Which is exactly why the producers of My Man Is a Loser chose him to play the ultimate playboy-turned-marriage counselor. The film centers around Marty and Paul (Michael Rapaport and Bryan Callen, respectively), two family men who turn to Stamos' character, Mike, for guidance after their marriages start to fall apart. However, their plan to sweep their wives off their feet backfires, as Marty and Paul 2.0 might actually be worse than the original model. Turns out Mike still has a few lessons of his own to learn, and bartender Clarissa (Tika Sumpter) might be just the person to teach him.
In this exclusive clip from the film, Mike guides his buddies through the three Ls of communication - look, listen, and learn - by having them uphold a conversation with three strangers. Apparently it's his talent for paying attention, along with his jet black hair and winning smile, that helps Mike win over all the ladies. Although, if we're being honest, his tenure with Jesse and the Rippers probably helps.
My Man is a Loser will be released in theaters and on VOD on July 25.
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There are certain songs that transport you back to movie scenes as soon as you hear them. Sometimes that makes you feel warm inside, sometimes it inspires you, and other times it gives you the willies. We're taking a look at the songs that we can't help but associate with the big screen, toucing on the greatest inspirational songs in films and the creepiest uses of pop songs in movies. Here, though, we take a look at the songs in movie scenes that touched our romantic hearts.
"Unchained Melody" in Ghost
"Oh, my love... My darling… I've hungered for your touch..." The song was a hit for The Righteous Brothers long before the movie was made, but ever since that opening line and Bobby Hatfield's falsetto can only mean one thing… Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and a pottery wheel.
"Must've Been Love" in Pretty Woman
Roxette's hit from the Julia Roberts film still calls to mind a tangle of red curls looking hopefully out of the back window of a limousine and a sadly dapper Richard Gere looking forlornly from his balcony.
"You Make My Dreams" in (500) Days of Summer
It wasn't the first time that Hall & Oates song was used in a movie, but just try playing it now without thinking about Joseph Gordon-Levitt happily dancing down the street after his hook-up with Zooey Deschanel.
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" in The Lion King
Yes, it's a Disney movie, but it's also Elton John. The song is so linked to the image of lions falling in love that Sir Elton frequently plays the animated clip on screen when he sings it in concert.
"Falling Slowly" in Once
Even if it hadn't subsequently become the centerpiece of the Tony-winning Broadway musical version, the duet by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová in John Carney's movie would still be just as sweet.
"Iris" in City of Angels
The movie about Nicolas Cage's angel who falls in love with Meg Ryan's mortal would probably have faded from memory entirely if not for John Rzeznik's plaintive voice on The Goo Goo Dolls hit.
"When You Say Nothing at All" in Notting Hill
Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts climb over a fence to wander in an English garden. As they share a moment, Ronan Keating's version of the country song plays and suddenly they're the only two people in the world.
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" in Dirty Dancing
When Jennifer Warren sang with Joe Cocker for An Officer and a Gentleman, only the instrumental version of their "Up Where We Belong" played over the climactic scene (similar to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic). In Dirty Dancing, however, Warren's duet with Bill Medley is front and center as Swayze pulls Jennifer Grey's Baby out of the corner.
"I Will Always Love You" in The Bodyguard
Regardless of what you think of her acting, Whitney Houston could sing. We're not sure that we would stop a plane to go kiss Kevin Costner, but we'll watch it all day if we can hear the song and Houston's amazing voice again.
"In Your Eyes" in Say Anything…
According to both parties, John Cusack lobbied director Cameron Crowe to have a Fishbone song playing as his lovesick Lloyd Dobler held his boombox aloft to get Ione Skye's attention. Thankfully, Crowe opted to keep the Peter Gabriel classic.
R&B star Erykah Badu is under fire from human rights activists after performing for Swaziland's controversial King Mswati III. The singer serenaded Mswati for his 46th birthday as a favour for a friend last Thursday (26Apr14), but was unaware of the leader's reputation, which includes criticisms of his polygamy and lavish lifestyle in the poor nation, as well as allegations of torture and human rights abuses.
Human Rights Foundation's Alex Gladstein slams Badu in a statement which reads: "She owes us all an explanation. The king is a kleptocrat who lives in the lap of obscene luxury while most of his countrymen toil in abject poverty for less than $2 (£1.18) a day."
Badu defended her impromptu performance in an interview with the Dallas Morning News in Texas, and explained her friend, American jeweller Jacob Arabo, was organising the birthday party for Mswati and needed a last-minute replacement for a performer who had unexpectedly pulled out of the event.
Badu was recording her album in South Africa at the time, and hopped on a helicopter to attend the celebration in the Mavuso Centre in Manzini, where she sang Happy Birthday then handed the King a gift from Arabo.
She also took to Twitter.com on Tuesday (29Apr14) to defend her actions and wrote, "I was not paid by the KING. I had no idea of the political climate. All the people were smiling when I sang. I was smiling. We ALL felt good in that moment."
Pharrell Williams will always regret missing out on working with Michael Jackson after songs he wrote for the King of Pop were rejected and given to Justin Timberlake instead. The Happy hitmaker penned eight tracks for Jackson more than a decade ago, but the superstar's team rejected the songs and they ended up being used on Timberlake's 2002 debut album Justified.
Williams admits he was deeply disappointed not to have been able to work with Jackson, especially as the superstar later told him how much he liked the tracks.
He tells News.com.au, "I did eight songs for him that never made it to him, that ended up on Justin's record. Later he sang me all those songs and told me they should have been his and I told him they were for him."
Williams adds of his musical hero, "He is the King of Pop, an incredible dancer, an incredible writer, incredible visionary, he changed the world in so many ways. I am just a fan who has been given the opportunity to make music."
Jackson died from an accidental overdose of anaesthetic in 2009.
Former The Streets star Mike Skinner has sparked a war of words with vocalist Leo Ihenacho after dismissing his role in the band as little more than a "session singer". Ihenacho sang on some of the group's biggest hits, including Dry Your Eyes, toured with The Streets and performed alongside Skinner at the BRIT awards in 2006.
He is now attempting to launch a career as a solo star after joining British TV talent show The Voice as a contestant, but his reappearance in the spotlight appears to have irritated Skinner, who took to his official blog to comment on Ihenacho's contribution to the group.
Skinner wrote, "Leo The Lion (Ihenacho) wasn't in the streets. He was a session singer on a few album tracks. He also sang on tour for a bit. He wasn't part of any songwriting."
The remarks have infuriated Ihenacho, who hit back in a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, writing, "You are a total disgrace...!! How f**king dare you... session singer..!!???... Egotistical a**e hole... Explain to the fans why we haven't spoken for years... You refuse to be happy for me... After all these years... You gonna post that..!!!!!... It's just incredible how some people can never ever want others to succeed..."
Singer Sky Ferreira grew up as a close family friend of Michael Jackson when her grandmother worked as the pop superstar's hair stylist. The 21 year old has revealed she was close to the King of Pop when she was a youngster, and often spent time with him and his three children.
Ferreira reveals she sometimes sang to the Thriller hitmaker and even celebrated birthdays at his home, telling Britain's The Guardian, "She (my grandmother) went everywhere with him, so I was always around him and his kids. I had birthdays there, I sang gospel music for him - he was kind of my mentor, so he influenced me, but more as a friend than as Michael Jackson, the pop star."
The singer goes on to admit she was devastated by Jackson's death in 2009, adding, "Everything just kinda stopped, it was the first death I'd ever experienced. But sometimes something will remind me of him and I feel a lot better."