"For 20-odd years, I had the best seat in the house, watching the best frontman in the world. Do we miss him? Of course. Every day." Queen drummer Roger Taylor still misses the band's charismatic singer Freddie Mercury, who died from an AIDS-related illness in 1991.
Flamboyant rock icon Freddie Mercury was so obsessed with his image, he stored his trousers under his mattress to keep them wrinkle-free while he slept. The late Queen legend was known for his magnetic stage presence and his outrageous outfits, but now the band's drummer Roger Taylor has lifted the lid on how the star remained so sharply-dressed.
Taylor tells the January (13) issue of Reader's Digest, "After we formed Queen, he used to come down and stay at my parents' house. Mum loved it. He was always immaculately turned out and she could never understand how he got his trousers so perfectly creased. In fact, after he took them off, he would lay them dead straight under his mattress on the floor. He pressed them while he was sleeping!"
A second man accused of stealing the roof from the sportscar Paul Walker took his last ride in has been released on bail after surrendering to police on Tuesday (10Dec13). Los Angeles authorities charged both Anthony Janow, 25, and Jameson Witty, 18, with one felony count of grand theft of personal property on Monday (09Dec13), amid allegations they stole parts of the wreckage of the Porsche Carrera GT that the Fast & Furious star and his pal, driver Roger Rodas, were in when they crashed on 30 November (13).
They also face misdemeanour counts of destroying evidence.
Witty was arrested last week (ends06Dec13) and released from custody, while Janow handed himself in to authorities at the San Fernando court house for booking on Tuesday. He has since been released on $60,000 (£40,000) bail.
Both men face up to four and a half years behind bars if convicted.
Meanwhile, Walker's family is reportedly set to hold a private funeral for the star at Hollywood's Forest Lawn Memorial Park after his remains were released by coroners this week (begs09Dec13).
Sources claim the tragic actor's Fast & Furious franchise co-stars, including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster, will be among those invited to attend the small family memorial.
Kendrick Lamar has become such a big deal over the past year or so that any name associated with his automatically gets props. SZA is a young, up-and-coming artist from New Jersey and she recently signed to Kendrick’s label TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment). To say that this girl is "dope" or "talented" would be a gross understatement. She is a breath of fresh air in a pop culture universe that generally encourages women to be either half-naked and talented, or fully-naked and talentless before they start getting recognition. From what we’ve seen and heard of SZA she is a true musician, with her own unique style that she has held onto thus far (and she is neither half-naked or fully-naked). If she must be compared to anyone, she could be aligned with someone like Solange, and she’s got a voice reminiscent of Tweet (remember "Call Me"?) There’s even a little Corinne Bailey Rae in there too, and folks have even been comparing her to the great Frank Ocean.
Check out her latest video below for "Teen Spirit," which premiered on Vogue last month. And get to experience more of her music HERE. With the right backing — and maybe a feature or two from her label mate Kendrick — we’re hoping that SZA is the next big thing.
Tragic actor Paul Walker's remains have been claimed by his parents and transported to a local mortuary, according to a U.S. report. The Fast and the Furious star perished in a fiery car crash on 30 November (13) after the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT he was a passenger in slammed into a tree and exploded.
Walker's body had been at the L.A. County Coroner's Office during an investigation into his death, but the coroner has finished his report and released the movie star's remains to his family, so they can begin to plan his funeral, according to TMZ.com.
An autopsy report indicated the 40 year old died from traumatic and thermal injuries resulting from the accident.
Funeral plans have not been officially released, but Walker's representatives have revealed a "global tribute" will take place.
A message posted to Walker's Facebook.com page reads, "We've seen the most incredible outpouring of support from Paul Walker fans over the past week. To those who have attended the many tributes worldwide, posted heartfelt messages online, and supported his charity Reach Out Worldwide - we'd just like to say THANK YOU.
"Your gestures of love have meant so much. We promise to keep you updated via Paul's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram."
Meanwhile, Walker will reportedly be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California - the same cemetery where Michael Jackson, Brittany Murphy, John Ritter and Lucille Ball are buried.
Actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher has been handed the job of bringing Freddie Mercury back to life on the big screen in a new biopic starring Ben Whishaw as the tragic Queen rocker. Skyfall star Whishaw was tapped as the frontrunner to take over from comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as the flamboyant frontman in October (13), and now his involvement has been confirmed by executives at production firm GK Films.
Sacha Baron Cohen quit the project in July (13), citing "creative differences".
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor Fletcher will helm the as-yet-untitled project after impressing movie bosses with his directorial debut, the critically-acclaimed Wild Bill, in 2011, and his subsequent Sunshine on Leith project, a film adaptation of the hit musical featuring the songs of The Proclaimers.
Surviving Queen members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon will serve as co-producers on the long-awaited Mercury film, which was originally scheduled for release in 2012.
Mercury died from an AIDS-related illness in 1991.
United ArtistsDespite the fact that the majority of action films would cease to exist without them, the campaign to introduce an Oscar honoring the best stuntmen and stuntwomen of the year has been constantly rejected since 1991. Jason Statham became the latest star to speak up for those 'risking their necks' in the name of entertainment last month, describing the repeated snubs as 'a total injustice.' Here are five death-defying stunts which suggest the Transporter lead has a point.The Spy Who Loved MeEasily the most awe-inspiring opening to a Bond movie, stuntman Rick Sylvester almost didn't survive his breath-taking ski-jump off Canada's Asgard Peak when one of his detached skis very nearly ripped his Union Jack-themed parachute.Police StoryJackie Chan is unlikely to ever trouble the Oscars for his acting skills but he certainly deserves a statue for his stunt work. None more so than on 1985's Police Story where he jumps from the top floor of a shopping mall, slides down several storeys of light bulbs and smashes into a glass ceiling.Ben-HurCGI would no doubt be used to create Ben-Hur's legendary chariot race these days, but back in 1959 it was an actual human being, Joe Canutt, who was given the responsibility of pulling off the film's most death-defying stunt. An unexpected bounce which threw him into the air as his chariot leaped over the wreckage of another only makes it even more spectacular.Raiders Of The Lost ArkStuntman Terry Leonard had previously had his legs run over while attempting a similar series of dangerous stunts during The Legend of the Lone Ranger the same year. But thankfully, he managed to get knocked over the hood of a truck, crawl underneath the speeding vehicle and drag himself to safety without suffering a serious injury in Indiana Jones' first outing.Ong-BakLead actor and trained martial artist Tony Jaa could have taken up this entire list with the jaw-dropping feats he performed in 2003's Ong-Bak. But the bike fight scene in which he leaps from a raging inferno, spins through the air and delivers a knock-out kick with his legs aflame is perhaps the most impressive.
Thousands of fans gathered together for a car rally in Santa Clarita, California last week (ends06Dec13) to pay their respects to the late Paul Walker. The Fast & Furious star died in a car crash on 30 November (13), and nearly one week after his death, Walker's fans came together to mourn him at the site of the tragedy.
The unofficial event was organised via social media, and while it was scheduled to start at noon, mourners began arriving as early as six in the morning to pay their respects.
According to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, an estimated 5,000 fans took part in the event, and more than 1,000 cars drove past the site of the crash. Many were high-performance vehicles, a nod to the actor's blockbuster racing franchise.
Walker died alongside friend Roger Rodas during an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide, after the Porsche Carrera GT Rodas was driving slammed in a light pole and a tree before bursting into flames. An autopsy confirmed Walker died from his injuries.
Scottish actor David Tennant and Bond legend Sir Roger Moore are among the stars who have designed special cards to raise money for a multiple sclerosis charity. The gifts have been put up for sale on eBay.com along with certificates of authenticity to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, which supports patients diagnosed with the disease.
Tennant's card features a sketch of a birthday balloon, while Moore's is adorned with an amusing doodle featuring two fish.
Other celebrities who have designed cards for the charity sale include Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville and actor Richard E. Grant.
Tributes left at the spot where Paul Walker died on Saturday (30Nov13) are to be cleared by city officials amid concerns they are causing a hazard for motorists, according to a U.S. report. The actor and his friend Roger Rodas perished in a car crash between Kelly Johnson Parkway and Hercules Street in Santa Clarita, California, and fans have since rushed to pay their respects by leaving flowers, candles and posters on the site.
However, according to editors at TMZ.com, Santa Clarita city officials fear the memorabilia has piled up and created a problem for road users, so the tributes are to be removed.
Officials will also enforce a no parking policy near the scene of the crash.