"Im 85 days sober!" Australian pop star Daniel Merriweather marks a milestone in his alcohol battle. The singer checked in to rehab to sober up in the aftermath of a nasty crash last year (12) which led to a drink-driving conviction.
Australian pop star Daniel Merriweather checked into rehab to sober up in the aftermath of a nasty crash which led to a drink-driving conviction. The singer was banned from the road for 14 months this week (beg22Apr13) after pleading guilty to charges of drink-driving, careless driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident stemming from an incident in Melbourne in December (12).
Merriweather has now revealed the accident prompted him to enrol in rehab in a bid to turn his life around.
He tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "The car accident was a catalyst for some serious changes in my personal life. I decided to check myself into rehab and live completely sober. It's the best thing I ever did. This is how I want to live my life now. I now feel very strongly about letting people know how destructive alcohol and drug abuse can be. There is a light at the end of the tunnel if you feel these things are affecting your life in a negative way.
"I've had close friends die from alcohol and other substances and other friends go down very dark roads. I was well and truly on that road and it took this accident to shake some sense into me... I made a really bad decision to drive and feel awful about the whole thing. I'm just so lucky that no one was hurt in the accident."
The star insists he has been sober for more than two months and is already feeling the benefits. He adds, "With the help of family and my close friends, I was able to rid myself of these things... It's still early days, but the rewards of sobriety are already being felt. This is a new chapter in my life and I've never felt better."
Australian pop star Daniel Merriweather has been banned from the road after crashing his car while drunk and fleeing the scene of the accident. The singer/songwriter was involved in a collision in Melbourne last December (12) when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a parked car.
Police later found the 31 year old was more than three times over Australia's drink driving limit.
He appeared at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (24Apr13) and pleaded guilty to charges of drink driving, careless driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
Magistrate Donna Bakos told the star his behaviour was "very foolish". Merriweather was banned from driving for 14 months and fined $821 (£513), and he will need to complete a driver education course before he is allowed back on the road.
Pop star Daniel Merriweather and Hear'Say singer-turned-TV presenter Myleene Klass have had their accounts on the site illegally accessed this week (begs29Oct12), and the Mean Girls actress was the latest target on Tuesday night (30Oct12).
She took to her page to remove a message posted without her permission, and told fans, "My twitter was hacked, please ignore the last tweet."
A massive hit never ends at its own conclusion for better or worse. Lost Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland The Blair Witch Project and other pop culture milestones spawned plenty of imitators of wavering quality that trickled on to screens until the phenomena tapered off. Joyful Noise the new film starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton is one these auxiliary creative endeavors a direct descendant of the cheeky drama/comedy/musical hybrid Glee. But instead of teenage issues and pop covers Joyful Noise swaps in familial struggles gospel tunes and a sizable serving of Christian faith. The combination results in a movie that lacks the jazz hand energy of Glee but packs good-natured laughs to keep someone awake for its two hour duration. More "noise" than "joyful."
Mere minutes after the passing away of choir leader Bernie Vi Rose (Latifah) inherits the position—along with a serving of negative vibes from Bernie's wife G.G. (Parton) who was hoping to take the job herself. The new responsibility is only the beginning of Vi Rose's troubles as she attempts to balance her rebellious daughter Olivia's (Keke Palmer) raging hormones her son Walter's (Dexter Darden) Asperger's syndrome her husband's absence during a military stint and her own old school God-faring ways. Hardships are whipped into further chaos upon the arrival of Randy G.G.'s rambunctious horny grandson who shows up at rehearsal with an eye on Olivia and undeniable vocal skills. Randy's rock and roll edge is readily embraced by the group but even with the national gospel championship on the line Vi Rose isn't ready to toss tradition aside.
Joyful Noise is a mixed bag sporadically entertaining when director Todd Graff (Camp Bandslam) lets his two commanding stars flex their comedic muscles or belt soulful tunes. Latifah and Parton can do both with ease—Latifah has a natural charm while Parton essentially fills the "kooky Betty White" here—but instead of letting the two fly Graff breaks up the action with overwrought drama and bizarre side character stories. The script injects a lot of ideas into the picture—loss of faith modernizing ideologies coping with tragedy sexuality under the eye of God—but every tender moment is fumbled. A gut-wrenching conversation between Vi Rose and her autistic son should have weight and the actors do their best but the material doesn't service the emotional complexity of the scenario. Instead it opts to cut to a musical number. Another sequence involving the overnight demise of another character is even played for comedy even when it causes one woman to question her beliefs.
Thank God for the musical numbers which have enough energy to brush the flimsier moments under the rug. The Glee-inspired pop tune covers (Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror " Usher's "Yeah"—both tailored with religious modifications) aren't nearly as interesting or powerful as the straight-up gospel songs. But unlike the tunes Joyful Noise doesn't have rhyme or reason. A mishmash of played out character stereotypes narrative cliches and enjoyable but erratic music the movie feels more like a cash-in than it should. Latifah and Parton are a sizzling duo but the vehicle built for them is a clunker. As Vi Rose might say the only way to have a great time at Joyful Noise is to believe. Really really hard.
The Terminator Salvation star was handed the honour at a glitzy ceremony in Sydney on Thursday night (19Nov09).
Worthington was humble in accepting the trophy, telling the assembled crowd, "I think it would be arrogant to say these are the qualities you should have as a man and I think that other people should be able to assess where you are in life and your good qualities. So, as long as you can make people happy, that's what you should be aiming for."
True Blood star Ryan Kwanten landed the Actor of the Year award, while Empire Of The Sun was named Music Act Of The Year.
Soul singer Daniel Merriweather earned the Breakthrough Star of the Year honour.