Nirvana rocker Krist Novoselic has backed Eddie Vedder's recent anti-war speech by writing an impassioned essay calling for peace. During a concert in England earlier this month (Jul14), the Pearl Jam frontman launched into a rambling rant about war, telling the crowd, "There are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill!... They're looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn't belong to them. They should get the f**k out and mind their own f**king business."
Vedder was not specific about who he was targeting, but he has been criticised by Israeli groups, who feel sure his frustrations were aimed at them amid their ongoing conflict with Palestine.
Now Novoselic has come out in defence of Vedder in a post on his blog, which reads, "Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world."
The former Nirvana bassist adds, "Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic.
"The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity. It is time to stop repeating the same old arguments, dogma and hate speech. It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticised and not the singer from a rock band.
"In addition, both sides need to make hard decisions about finding a settlement to the catastrophe that is Israel/Palestine. Thanks Eddie for sharing your feelings. I stand with you my friend!!!"
At the end letter, Novoselic posted a video clip of John Lennon and Yoko Ono singing Give Peace a Chance.
Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder lost his cool at a gig in England on Friday (11Jul14) and stopped the show to protest the world's warmongers. The ticked-off Alive singer halted the group's gig in Milton Keynes to rant, telling fans, "There are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill!"
He added, "They're looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn't belong to them. They should get the f**k out and mind their own f**king business."
As fans cheered his anti-war stance, Vedder added, "What the f**k...? They're f**king dropping bombs on each other. What the f**king f**k?"
The group then performed a cover of Edwin Starr's peace anthem War, before Vedder returned to his rant, stating, "Everyone's the f**king same, so why are people at war? Stop the f**king s**t, now! Now! Now! We don't want to give them our money. We don't want to give them our taxes to drop bombs on children!"
Vedder was not specific about who he was targeting, but he has been attacked by Israeli groups, who feel sure his frustrations were aimed at them amid their ongoing conflict with Palestinian leaders.
British actor Toby Kebbell has become the frontrunner to play villain Doctor Doom in the new The Fantastic Four movie. The 31 year old looks set to beat out the likes of Jack Huston, Domhnall Gleeson, Eddie Redmayne and Sam Riley to land the menacing role in the much-anticipated action film, according to Variety.
If he signs on, the War Horse star will join a cast of other rising actors, including Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell.
Julian McMahon previously played Dr. Doom in 2005's Fantastic Four and its sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007.
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have each landed nominations for the American Cinema Editors' (ACE) Eddie Awards. Cuaron's behind-the-scenes work on his space disaster movie has earned the Mexican a nod for Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic), alongside 12 Years a Slave's Joe Walker, Chris Rouse for Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks' Mark Livolsi, and Eric Zumbrunnen and Jeff Buchanan for Her.
Meanwhile, the Coen brothers have scored a mention in the Comedy or Musical category under their moniker Roderick Jaynes for Inside Llewyn Davis. They will compete against American Hustle's Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten, August: Osage County's Stephen Mirrione, Kevin Tent for Nebraska, and Thelma Schoonmaker for The Wolf of Wall Street.
The nominations will give Gravity and Inside Llewyn Davis big Oscars boosts - the winner of either the dramatic or comedy/musical film Eddie categories have gone on to claim the Oscar for Best Picture in seven of the past 11 Eddie Awards shows, while the Eddie victor in the best edited dramatic feature shortlist has gone on to win the Academy Award for editing in nine of the past 11 years.
The 64th annual ACE Eddie Awards will take place in at the Beverly Hilton in California on 7 February (14).
Country singer Leann Rimes is counting her blessings at the end of a nightmare journey which included a seven-hour drive through a blizzard, severe delays and seeing a plane burst into flames at a Colorado airport. Rimes had been on her way home to Los Angeles following a winter vacation with her husband Eddie Cibrian at a popular celebrity ski location when they witnessed a horrifying plane crash at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport on Sunday (05Jan14).
The singer and her family then had to drive for hours through severe weather conditions in order to catch a flight to Los Angeles from Denver, Colorado and she later took to her Twitter.com page to document their troubles and assure fans they had arrived home safely.
She writes, "We are just getting off the plane in L.A. This has been quite a day. Counting our blessings even more so after seeing a tragedy & driving 7 hrs (hours) to Denver through tons of snow and traffic. Would have missed our flight if it wasn't delayed. We are being watched over, that's for sure... Hope all the other travellers make it home safely and many prayers for the victims & their families of the Aspen crash in this heartbreaking time."
One person was killed and another two injured when the Bombardier Challenger 600 plane crashed and burst into flames as it attempted to land at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport.
The winter vacations of stars like Leann Rimes and comedian Kevin Nealon have come to a sickening halt following a plane crash at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Colorado. Both stars saw the private jet crash and burst into flames as it attempted to land at the airport, which is a main destination for celebrity skiing fans.
Country singer Rimes, who was holidaying with her husband Eddie Cibrian, took to Twitter.com minutes after the crash and wrote, "So sad. Horrible plane crash we just saw happen at the Aspen airport."
Nealon has added, "Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing... Fire trucks and other emergency vehicles still at scene. No word on survivors or who was on jet but I can't imagine there are survivors."
In fact one person was killed and two injured in the accident.
The Weeds star later added, "Airport is closed now. I think I'll drive back to LA after seeing that."
A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman has confirmed the Bombardier Challenger 600 plane crashed while attempting to land.
The genesis of Universal's 47 Ronin is almost as tragic as the actual history that the movie is culling from. As the story goes, Universal saw the sprigs of talent sprouting from fresh faced director Carl Rinsch, whose previous experience was limited to just a couple of commercials and a nifty short film. The studio decided to ease the new director into feature filmmaking by cutting him what amounts to virtually a blank check, and giving him charge over a multi-national samurai fantasy epic. Almost impossibly, the film isn't a complete disaster. It's just a minor one.
47 Ronin follows the classic story of the titular team of warriors, a group of disgraced samurai who band together to seek revenge against a merciless warlord that betrayed and killed their master. But this isn't your grandfather's version of the story. 47 Ronin is an international affair, and it's covered with a veneer of Japanese mysticism and a thick coating of Hollywood lacquer, but east meets west rather uncomfortably, and it's mostly due to Keanu Reeves. Reeves' character is clearly crowbarred into the story that has no room for him, and it's plainly obvious where the seams of the story were stretched in order to patch him into the narrative. Reeves plays Kai, a half Japanese, half English orphan who is adopted by the samurai clan. His character serves no real purpose beyond being white, slicing things until they die, and playing the male lead of the most superfluous love story of the year. Rinsch simply can't make the inclusion of the character feel organic in any way, and "Kai" ends up feeling like a calculated studio move. It's a shame that the film spends so much time on Reeves when the real star is clearly Hiroyuki Sanada, who plays off the stoic samurai most believably among the rest of the cast.
It's also shame that with all the mysticism pumped into the story, there's no magic in the actual center of the film, the ronin themselves. The only personality trait a samurai is allowed to possess seems to be unerring stoicism, and between all 47 ronin, there are probably only three distinct samurai with any discernible character traits beyond an intense need to brood, and you'll probably only remember those three by the time the credits roll, only to promptly forget about them only a few hours later. Thankfully, Rinko Kikuchi's slinky and treacherous witch adds some much needed camp and personality to the mostly forgettable human characters.
And that's the issue with 47 Ronin. It's largely forgettable. When your film takes on a historical legend like the tale of the 47 ronin, a story that has been told and told again ad nauseum over the years, you really need to justify your own version. There are reels and reels of film dedicated to this story, and 47 Ronin doesn't manage to add anything significant to the canon. It promises to weld myth and history together, but does so clumsily, and while some of the action scenes are exciting, especially a particularly inspired set piece that involves the ronin noiselessly breaking into a heavily guarded fortress, the film is a bore when it's not clanking swords together.
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47 Ronin is a film with many stories. As much as it is a tale about the revenge of four dozen masterless samurai, it's also the tale of an inexperienced filmmaker swallowed up by the enormity of blockbuster filmmaking. Most of all though, It's proof that you shouldn't cram Keanu Reeves into a movie that doesn't really need Keanu Reeves. What you're left with is a dull and bloated samurai epic that has its moments, but feels largely unnecessary.
Singer Leann Rimes and her actor husband Eddie Cibrian are preparing to let the cameras into their lives after landing their own reality TV series. The couple's relationship has been well documented since they hit the headlines in 2009 when they embarked on an affair while playing lovers in TV movie Northern Lights.
Both were married at the time, Cibrian to reality TV star Brandi Glanville and Rimes to dancer Dean Sheremet, but have since split from their respective partners and were wed in 2011.
However, their marriage has been far from perfect thanks to an ongoing bitter feud with Glanville, and the trials of their relationship, their careers and co-parenting Cibrian's two sons with his ex-wife will be the subject of the new VH1 reality show, tentatively titled LeAnn & Eddie.
The six-episode series is scheduled to debut in the U.S. later this year (13) or in early 2014.
A planned TV spin-off based on Eddie Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop has been ditched after failing to land a deal with network bosses. Murphy helped develop the proposed series with director Shawn Ryan, and executives at America's CBS were initially keen to shoot a pilot.
However, the network pulled the plug on the project earlier this year (13), and Ryan has told fans he struggled to sell the concept to rival channels.
Taking to Twitter to announce the news, he writes, "Sad to report that efforts to land Beverly Hills Cop pilot at another network have failed. This iteration is dead for now."
However, fans of the hugely successful movie series, which ran from 1984 to 1994, will reportedly get the chance to see a fourth film on the big screen.
Ryan adds, "Good news for fans of franchise is that the pilot tested so well, it has caused Paramount to put another BHC movie into development."
In the TV series, Murphy was set to reprise his role as Axel Foley to advise the character's son Aaron, the new Beverly Hills Cop.
After sinking our teeth into 12 mouthwateringly delectable courses, we finally arrived at Hannibal's "Savoureux" on Thursday. As promised, the NBC drama's Season 1 finale featured a face-off between Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen), but perhaps not in the way viewers had expected.
In Network television, the good guys are practically guaranteed to come out on top (on cable channels, not so much — just ask the Stark family), so Thursday's cliffhanger ending came as a shock. This isn't HBO, it's NBC, so why is Will the one stuck behind bars while Hannibal smirks from the outside? Because Hannibal is not afraid to take chances.
While Hannibal's first season was nowhere near perfect — I was often frustrated by the way it would stray from plot lines for episodes at a time while pursuing less interesting tangential stories (such as Franklin's thread) — it consistently pushed the boundaries of Network television, both in terms of style and substance. And ultimately, as we saw in the penultimate and finale episodes, all those frustrating loose ends were tied together — if not yet tied up — in a satisfying, fascinating way.
By the end of the finale, as we cut away from the chilling callback shot to The Silence of the Lambs, it's clear that Season 2 will be a whole different monster from Season 1. Will finally has control over his facilities once again, but now (in my least favorite trope) he will have to prove his sanity and innocence while the evidence stacked against him. Showrunner Bryan Fuller told E! News, "We saw the character as such a victim in the first season. Now Will Graham who has lost everything and has nothing left to lose is going to be a much scrappier, bolder main character in season two." Personally, I can't wait.
But while events came together nicely, that's not to say there were resolved. Looking ahead to Season 2, here are our lingering questions:
1. First and foremost, how much is known about Will's brain disease? It's clear that Alana discovered his brain swelling, but we don't yet know the full extent of its effect on Will.
2. What exactly is going on with Hannibal and his psychiatrist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson)? The two of them like to dance around the "attack" made on Dr. Du Maurier by a former patient, but things in that department seem sketchy. What precisely did she mean when she said her former patient "swallowed his tongue"? And this may be overreaching, but when Hannibal and Dr. Du Maurier discussed their "veal" dinner it seemed to me like she was hip to the fact that Hannibal favors more verboten cuts of meat.
3. Fuller tells E! News, "[Will] vomited up that ear. He was feeling nauseous and took his medicine and then couldn't keep it down, and then everything else in his stomach came up and that everything else was Abigail Hobbs' ear." So then, how did the ear get inside his stomach? Was Hannibal able to feed him during one of his episodes?
4. On that note, how often is Hannibal lurking around Will's home? We saw Hannibal futz with Will's lures once, but the FBI found lures for all five of the Copycat Killer's victims. Was Hannibal surreptitiously planting the lures during his house calls with Will, or was he lurking around more than the audience — or Will — knew?
5. What happened to Jack Crawford's wife? After the episode that focused on her cancer diagnoses we never saw her again. Is she okay? Is her marriage with Jack okay? I liked her, I'd like to see more of her.
6. Do we know what happened to the rest of Mirium Lass? Does Hannibal still have her body stashed somewhere, ready to trot out once again should that be necessary?
Any other questions Hannibal left unanswered? Sound off in the comments!
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