Ashton Kutcher, Mariska Hargitay, Howard Stern and Ellen Degeneres have been crowned the kings and queens of U.S. TV in a new magazine rich list. Father-to-be Kutcher earns $100,000 (GBP58,800)-per-episode more than his Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer to top the TV comedy earners list with $750,000 (GBP441,000)-per-show, while Law & Order: SVU star Hargitay leads The Mentalist's Simon Baker in the drama department, with a $400,000 (GBP235,300)-per-episode salary.
America's Got Talent judge Stern ties with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest as the top earning reality TV star with a $15 million (GBP8.8 million)-per-season haul, and DeGeneres remains the queen of daytime television on the annual TV Guide Who Earns What countdown with up to $20 million (GBP11.7 million)-a-year for her daily talk show.
Former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure is hoping to meet dance music star Moby for the first time when he tours America on the Retro Futura Tour later this month (Aug14) after collaborating with the hitmaker last year (13). Moby reached out to the If I Was singer while he was working on his latest album Innocents and asked him if he'd be interested in teaming up.
Ure was working on his own new album, Fragile, and by the time he got to working on tracks Moby had sent him, the Porcelain hitmaker had completed work on the album, so the two stars agreed to work on music for the Live Aid hero's new release instead.
After months of emails and interactions via social media, the pair completed work on new track Dark Dark Night, and now Scottish star Ure is hoping to actually meet Moby on tour.
He tells Billboard.com, "He sent me a couple of tracks he was working on, one of which is the core of Dark, Dark Night. Although I was in the middle of working on Fragile I eventually did my thing to it, adding lyrics and keys and guitar - by which time he had finished and released his album.
"I asked much later if he minded if I include it on my album, as it then felt a part of what I was doing. It works seamlessly with the feel of Fragile.
"We have never met nor spoken, but I'm hoping to change that in the not too distant future."
Ure's Retro Futura Tour with Howard Jones, Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins and other '80s stars begins next week (19Aug14) in New York, ahead of a solo acoustic tour, which begins in Canada next month (Sep14).
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Movie legend Lauren Bacall has died after suffering a stroke at her home in Manhattan, New York. The 89-year-old star of classic films The Mirror Has Two Faces, How to Marry a Millionaire and Key Largo was married to two other big screen greats, Humphrey Bogart and Jason Robards, and she famously romanced Frank Sinatra. Bacall first emerged as a leading lady opposite Bogart in 1944's To Have and Have Not and enjoyed success onstage as well as on the big screen. She scored Tony Awards for her Broadway shows Applause and Woman of the Year, and Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for her role in 1996's The Mirror Has Two Faces. She received an honorary Academy Award in 2009. Her autobiography, By Myself, won a National Book Award in 1980. Born Betty Joan Perske in New York, Bacall's mother was a Romanian immigrant and her father was a New Jersey salesman. After studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, she landed a handful of small off-Broadway productions while making waves as a young model. Rumour has it that the wife of moviemaker Howard Hawks was so taken by the one-time Miss Greenwich Village's beauty when she appeared on the cover of style bible Harper's Bazaar, she suggested her husband should screen test her. That meeting led to her breakthrough as Marie Browning in To Have and Have Not, which became the first of many projects that teamed her up with Bogart. The 'Bogie-Bacall' romance is still considered one of Hollywood's greatest love stories. The stars wed in 1945 and were inseparable until the actor's death in 1957. She also appeared in Bright Leaf, opposite Gary Cooper, and teamed up with fellow big screen pin-ups Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable in 1953's How to Marry a Millionaire. Her leading men also included Henry Fonda and Tony Curtis (Sex & the Single Girl), Paul Newman (Harper), John Wayne (The Shootist) and Jack Lemmon and James Garner (My Fellow Americans). Bacall's voice was used in 2012 Oscar-nominated animated movie Ernest & Celestine and she was reportedly filming crime drama Trouble Is My Business at the time of her death on Tuesday morning (12Aug14).
"I had never been in a film that he directed before and I loved it, loved being directed by him. He's very well-known to be a great director and he is and we were able to improvise, which is the most fun... He's great." Actress Annette Bening found working with husband Warren Beatty on his new Howard Hughes film to be a great acting experience. The untitled new movie, which also stars Lily Collins, Alec Baldwin and Martin Sheen, is set to hit theatres next year (15).
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Another day, another Justin Bieber scandal. In the past, many of Hollywood’s elite have voiced their negative opinions of the Biebs, but recently Orlando Bloom chose to use his fists instead. Early Wednesday morning, it appears that the Biebs and Bloom were in less of a partying mood, and more of a fighting one. It’s not clear what sparked the fight (as if you need a reason to hit Bieber), but we’re totally #TeamOrlando. Bloom joins the ranks of these other celebrity Bieber-haters.
This funny man first tweeted his sincerest feelings about Bieber back in January:
All jokes aside, Justin Bieber is a piece of shit.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 23, 2014
When he appeared on Howard Stern's radio show, Rogen elaborated with a story. When Rogen and Bieber were both guests on a German talk show, a member of Bieber's team reached out to Rogen because the pop star wanted to meet him. It wasn’t exactly the meet up he’d expected.
"[...] I went outside to meet him and he was acting like I asked to meet him. It was very nonchalant, 'Yo man. Wassup,' and I was like, 'What the f*ck, I don't give a f*ck about, I don't want to meet you. Don't act all nonplussed to meet me. I didn't want to meet you. I was totally cool not meeting you… But I was like, fine, I wouldn't have said anything, I was like, 'He's a bit of a motherf*cker. Whatever. He's young, the kid's a dick.'"
In 2012, Bell began his hobby of being Justin Bieber's biggest hater, using Twitter as his weapon. At first, the tweets were pretty tame.
I wouldn't randomly bash @katyperry....bieber however lol
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) July 3, 2012
It didn't stop there, though. Bell continued poking fun at Bieber’s talent and his "crazy" #beliebers over time. It’s become commonplace in the Twitter world for Bell to shoot off a crack or two about Bieber. But more recently, Bell has unleashed his true and honest hatred for Bieber.
When is someone going to tell this idiot he can't draw.His art is almost as bad as his music. Talentless artless pic.twitter.com/N3xiPFfQNz
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) January 16, 2014
Wilde isn’t a fan of how often Bieber is shirtless (same Olivia, same). She took to Twitter last March to rant, “Bieber, put your f*cking shirt on. (unless you lost all your shirts in a fire in which case my condolences and please purchase a new shirt.)” She's since deleted this tweet.
The former Saturday Night Live cast member doesn’t have any fond memories from when Bieber hosted the late-night gig. Hader even considers Bieber the worst host in the show's history.
When he appeared on Conan O’Brien’s show, McHale was asked why someone would egg a house. His quick response was, “Because he’s a f*cking idiot.”
In his interview with Men’s Health, Hamm made it apparent that he believes Bieber is a person without any real life skills.
"Look at Bieber or whoever. You’re like, ‘What the fuck, man? What are you doing? Why?’ There’s no one telling those people no, and it’s a shame. Is there a mom or a dad or a really good friend who can say, ‘Hey, shithead!’ You see people in the world and you’re like, ‘Do you know how a washing machine works? Do you know how to wash a dish?’ Life skills are something we’re missing.”
Jon Bon Jovi:
Bon Jovi, whose career spans longer than Bieber’s life, talked to The London Evening Standard about Bieber’s blatant disregard for his fans, showing up anywhere from an hour to two hours late to his concerts.
"Every generation has guys that do that, none of that is new. [...] Do it once, you can be forgiven. Do it enough times and shame on you. They won’t have you back. Then it just becomes a cliché. It’s really not cool — you’re an asshole. Go to f***in’ work!”
Like some of us, Wilson wanted to look back on the good ol’ Bieber days. We might have separate opinions on what those actually are, however.
Im starting to miss the young, adorable mop bucket peeing, house egging & strip club raging Bieber of 2013. #belieber #DUIeber
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) January 23, 2014
Like Drake Bell, Padalecki has no shame in taunting Bieber on Twitter. During the scandalous “Egg-gate,” Padalecki tweeted the star directly.
"Hey @justinbieber, how much are you paying your friend for pretending that it was HIS cocaine, and taking the fall for you?"
Braff was there to tweet what we all really felt when Bieber’s life became a DUI, drag-racing hot mess.
Who amongst us hasn't drag-raced a Lambo in Miami on pills? #FreeBieber
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) January 23, 2014
Another tweeter-than-deleter, Biggs once went off on a massive Twitter rant, unleashing some intense feelings about the Biebs.
“Can you beat the c*** out of Bieber? Is that what you can do?”
“Maybe the police kept getting contact highs whenever they went over there?”
“I would get my actual jaguar and smear him in meat when I went to make my citizen’s arrest.”
And of course, the most recent, Orlando Bloom:
Bloom finally did what we’ve all wanted to do, if we’re being honest, and took a swing at Bieber. This may not actually count as a fight, but we’re still going to say Bloom totally won.
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Orlando Bloom Throws Punch at Justin Bieber
Bonus points: Bloom's Lord Of The Rings buddy, Dominic Monaghan, had the best reaction to this situation, ever.
.@TheLadBible: Orlando has won infinite lad points after punching Justin Bieber last night in Ibiza For the shire! http://t.co/yotFnVReEj”
— Dominic Monaghan (@DomsWildThings) July 30, 2014
Terrence Howard is urging a judge to overturn his alimony payments because he cannot afford the bill. The Iron Man star split from his third wife Michelle Ghent in 2011 and their bitter divorce was finalised last year (13), when he was ordered to pay $5,800 (£3,625)-a-month in spousal support until 2016.
Ghent claims he owes her $325,000 (£191,200) in payments but Howard has alleged in new court documents obtained by TMZ.com that he could never pay her back because he only receives $5,878 (£3,500)-a-month once he has paid spousal and child support to his second ex-wife, Lori McCommas.
Howard has asked a judge to throw out their divorce settlement, claiming he was pressured into signing it.
The actor married his fourth wife, Miranda, last year (13).
Howard Siler, the Olympic bobsledder portrayed by John Candy in the 1993 movie Cool Runnings, has died after losing his battle with cancer. The retired insurance executive signed on to coach four Jamaican athletes to compete as an Olympic bobsled team. Siler won a bronze medal in the four-man event at the 1969 World Championships and participated with the U.S. Olympic team in the 1972 Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, and the 1980 Games in Lake Placid, New York.
Filmmaker Malcolm D. Lee is returning to write and direct a third installment of the popular film franchise The Best Man. Executives at Universal have sealed a deal with Lee to make The Best Man Wedding, which is slated to hit cinemas in April, 2016.
The entire cast, including Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan and Nia Long, are expected to reprise their roles, according to Deadline.com.
The new film appears to pick up from news Howard's character drops at the end of the The Best Man Holiday, which was released last November (13).
The sequel to 1999's The Best Man became a blockbuster hit upon its release, raking in more than $71 million (£41 million) in the worldwide box office.
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When Hollywood movies were very much "a certain thing," Woody Allen's weren't. An innovator from the get-go, Allen celebrated the possibilities of cinema by contorting and creating, giving us in everything from What's Up, Tiger Lily? straight through his '80s string a filmic style that America hadn't yet seen. Now that he's done his due diligence, Allen seems content to make the sort of pictures that snagged his heart in the first place: the romantic comedies of the '40s and '50s — appropriately, Magic in the Moonlight borrows the Jazz Age setting of classics like Some Like It Hot — that operated in a certain straightforward, delightful fashion. Allen's latest follows the swath of Billy Wilder, Blake Edwards, and Howard Hawks, but aims for the Woody brand with muted doses of his signature nihilism and cantankerous banter. But seven decades after this cinematic golden age and four past Allen's heyday, Magic in the Moonlight's charms wear thin and familiar rather quickly.
Magic in the Moonlight doesn't carry too many surprises; kind of a shame for a flick about magicians and mediums. But it's not the premise that is in principal need of reconstruction, it's the Allen chatter. The movie opens immersed in the fun inherent in the rantings of a misanthropic blowhard illusionist (Colin Firth, whose comic delivery in the early scenes of this movie is markedly impressive) who knows the margins of reality and can barely stomach the thought of some charming charlatan passing as a psychic (Emma Stone) pulling the wool over the eyes of a gaggle of unsuspecting millionaires... whom he also detests for their stupidity, but it's the thrill of the "A-ha!" that drives him to prove the clairvoyant a fake.
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Firth's comical butting of heads — both with the enamored aristocrats (Hamish Linklater plays the hysterically doe-eyed son who is smitten with Stone's Sophie; Jacki Weaver is a giddy matriarch longing to connect with her dead husband) and with the alleged swindler — ensues, opening up an unmistakably Allenian world of privilege-induced idiocy and shirt-stuffing. But what kicks off as great comedy grows tired by the fifth or sixth time we have to hear the curmudgeonly Stanley (Firth) pronounce his skepticism or watch the entrancing Sophie declare her devotion to possibility. After a while, what started out as a classic-era throwback reveals itself to be something with very little to show off, new or otherwise.
Still, even in its most redundant hours, Magic in the Moonlight never dips to levels of unpleasant. Firth and Stone are always a joy to watch, especially when playing rounds of combat. Allen's diatribes about mortality and meaning tire, but never fall dead asleep. And there is something consistently funny about Linklater playing a dead-from-the-neck-up Pittsburgh WASP serenading Emma Stone with a ukulele.
Ultimately, Magic in the Moonlight won't be a memorable trip back to the age of Wilder or Hawks, or a reminder of why you started watching Woody Allen movies in the first place. Instead, it's just a pleasant enough romp with a few hearty laughs and ample opportunities to let your mind wander back to your favorite scene in Sleeper. Ha, yeah, Sleeper. That was a good movie.
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Production on new U.S. drama series Tyrant has been relocated from Tel Aviv, Israel to Istanbul, Turkey amid the ongoing political unrest in the Middle East. The show, starring actor Adam Rayner as the youngest son of a dictator in a fictional Middle Eastern country, has been filming episodes in the Israeli capital, but the escalating violence between Israeli and Palestinian forces has made the area too dangerous to continue.
As a result, producers at the FX network, which airs the programme, moved the shoot to Turkey last week (ends18Jul14) so the cast and crew could complete work on the remaining two instalments of season one.
Showrunner Howard Gordon says, "Tel Aviv was under missile fire and people were running into bomb shelters. I don't think anybody felt physically threatened, but it was not conducive to shooting."
The news about Tyrant's relocation emerges days after a number of top musicians, including Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Paul Anka and the Backstreet Boys, cancelled concerts in Israel in the wake of the escalating conflict.