Authorities in Las Vegas have confirmed a man who died at the 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival passed away after suffering an ecstasy overdose. California resident Montgomery Tsang, 24, collapsed in the parking lot upon leaving the annual music event in June (14) and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
On Wednesday (09Jul14), Clark County coroner's officials ruled his death an accident, noting Tsang overdosed on the popular club drug. A pre-existing heart condition was also a factor in his death, according to Billboard.com.
Tsang was just one of three EDC concertgoers who lost their lives at the festival, but the cause of their deaths has yet to be determined.
At this year's (14) event, nearly 800 revellers were treated for medical conditions, and 25 were admitted to local hospitals. Several dozen were also arrested by police on drug charges.
This isn't the first time tragedy has overshadowed the festival. In 2012, organisers distanced themselves from two deaths which occurred after revellers attended the event.
Veteran movie star Burt Reynolds is preparing to lift the lid on his failed romances with actresses Sally Field and Loni Anderson in an upcoming memoir. The Boogie Nights star, 78, developed a reputation as a ladies' man during his Hollywood heyday, dating the likes of Faye Dunaway and Kim Basinger, and enjoying marriages with British comedienne Judy Carne and Anderson.
He previously admitted his biggest regret in his personal life was letting go of the love of his life, Steel Magnolias star Field, and now he is set to reveal all about the relationships in But Enough About Me.
The autobiography, which will feature a foreword by his pal and Deliverance co-star Jon Voight, will also detail his friendships with fellow showbiz legends Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood and Bette Davis, and it will revisit his most famous screen projects, including Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard and Boogie Nights, which earned him an Oscar nomination for his role as porn director Jack Horner.
A statement released by Reynolds reads: "Setting the record straight is something that I have wanted to do for a while now, and with this book I will. This will be a project that will go into many areas I have never discussed."
But Enough About Me is scheduled for release by publishers at G.P. Putnam's Sons next year (15).
It might not be as glamorous as Cannes or as cool as Sundance, but the Los Angeles Film Festival has just as much to offer as its larger counterparts. Between high-profile premieres of blockbuster films, international competition entries and some of the most exciting indies around all premiering at LAFF every year, there's plenty to pay attention to. But if you were unfortunate enough to let the this year's fest — which ran from June 11 to 19 — we've got you covered with a rundown of the most talked-about films to premiere at LAFF, and what the critics are saying about them. Now you can make all of your friends think you're cooler than you actually are.
They Came Together The Amy Poehler/Paul Rudd romantic comedy you’ve been waiting for is less about the relationship between the central couple, Joel (Rudd) and Molly (Poehler), and more about skewering every last trope of the genre. Written and directed by Wet Hot American Summer’s David Wain, the film lovingly parodies the traits, characters, conversations, and comically large apartments that appear in every rom com ever made, while allowing two funny, good looking people to fall in love in an entertaining way.
“The script’s on-the-nose descriptions of each character (as described by the characters themselves) actually works to frame them as self-aware people forced to play out roles we have seen before and allows the hilarious cast to play within those lines. Poehler and Rudd have a natural chemistry that makes them believable as the two leads in love, but their comedy also blends well making it clear they are having fun with each other and the characters they are playing.” – Allison Loring, Film School Rejects
"Wain leads his well-known cast through spoofs of such classics as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, The Graduate and the sharp-elbowed comedies of Tracy and Hepburn. Each gag makes you wish you were watching the original, although a clench between Joel and his grandmother (Lynn Cohen) that almost leads to incestuous coupling deserves credit for sheer audacity. Most of the time, however, the actors on the screen seem to be having much more fun than the audience will." - David D'Arcy, Screen Daily
Cut Bank A small town crime drama set in Cut Bank, Montana that centers on a former high school football star (Liam Hemsworth) desperate to find a way out of his town. After he accidentally films the murder of the town mailman, he is offered a reward that would give him enough money to leave for good, but things aren't a simple as they seem, and he finds himself caught in a tangled web of deception and danger.
"...Shakman lets the scenes unfurl with a clunky pace and little verve, simply exaggerating the irony and naivety in the town as his main go-to points. It only makes sense that [John] Malkovich’s sheriff has never fired his gun and carries an aversion to violence; likewise with Palmer, who itches non-stop after a Miss Cut Bank pageant title even while she wants nothing more than to skip town. Thankfully humor seeps in through the edges of the film and its characters, sometimes on purpose and other times not." - Charlie Schmidlin, The Playlist
Dear White People A satire of college movies that tackles race relations and privilege in society, Dear White People follows four students as an Ivy League university — golden boy Troy (Brandon P. Bell), activist radio host Samantha (Tessa Thompson), Colendra "Coco" Conners (Teyona Parris), who has dreams of being a reality TV star, and shy misfit Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) — after a planned "African American"-themed party thrown by a group of white students starts a riot on campus.
"If it ultimately feels modestly edgy rather than shocking or dangerous, 'Dear White People' nonetheless provokes admiration for having bothered to ask some of the hard questions without pretending to know any of the answers. It also works as a fine showcase for its actors: Fleshing out characters that could have been little more than one-note mouthpieces, Williams, Thompson, Parris and Bell all make strong, distinctive impressions, with Thompson perhaps the standout as the film’s sharpest and most enigmatic figure." - Justin Chang, Variety
The Last Time You Had Fun With a cast full of comedians and sitcom alums, The Last Time You Had Fun puts a grown-up twist on the standard "wild night out" comedy. After Ida (Eliza Coupe) forces her sister Alison (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) to blow off some steam with her, they find themselves bickering and partying with Clark (Kyle Bornheimer) and the sweatpants-clad Will (Demetri Martin), as the four of them attempt to have the most fun that four older, dysfunctional adults could possibly have.
"Granted, the excesses of Bridesmaids or The Hangover are not essential to sparkling relationship comedy, but Fun lacks an edge, or even much of an attitude. Blandly risqué situations, featherweight banter and a hint of implied sexual impropriety have all the heft of an extended cable sitcom episode. Or maybe it’s the casting, which draws extensively on the TV comedy background of the four leads, who all acquit themselves adequately but can’t achieve sufficient character differentiation within the ensemble. Undistinguished locations, flat lighting and primarily static setups perpetuate the small-screen aesthetic, which at least bodes well for the film’s transition to home entertainment formats." - Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter
Echo Park The debut film from photographer Amanda Marsalis, Echo Park is a story about two people who come together "across cultural, economic and racial boundaries." Sophie (Mamie Gummer) is an unhappy housewife who moves from her Beverly Hills home to the up-and-coming neighborhood of Echo Park in order to shake up her predictable boring life, who finds herself drawn to Alex (Tony Okungbowa) after she buys his couch. But their burgeoning relationship might have to be put on hold, since he's about to leave for London...
"It’s Marsalis’ direction, and the fine performances from Gummer and Okungbowa that elevate the film above what it might have been, given the issues with the script and story that hover around the edges of cliché and stereotype (the worst offender: Sophie’s mother). While the dialogue, especially the scenes between Sophie and Alex, works well, the story beats are oddly laid out, rushing through some important character and relationship establishing moments, and dwelling too long in moments where the characters are making frustrating, selfish choices. Still, the end of the film avoids falling into the traditional romantic film trap, leading to a message that’s a bit more complicated and nuanced than expected." - Katie Walsh, IndieWire
Actress Vanessa Hudgens is set to take the lead in a reading for the revival of musical Gigi, before the production returns to Broadway next year (15). The High School Musical star is set to take on the titular role of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris at the turn of the 20th century in a New York City reading before a full production premieres at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in January (15), ahead of the show's eventual Broadway debut later in the year.
Tony Award winners Kate Burton and Victoria Clark will also take part in the reading.
Hudgens' only other professional theatre credit came in 2010, when she played Mimi Marquez in the Hollywood Bowl production of hit musical Rent in Los Angeles.
Actor Gethin Anthony has been cast as convicted murderer Charles Manson in a new TV drama. The Game of Thrones star will appear alongside former The X Files actor David Duchovny in a 13-part show, titled Aquarius, which centres on a Los Angeles police sergeant's hunt for the serial killer in the 1960s, according to TVLine.com.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters actor Grey Damon and Bunheads' Emma Dumont have also joined the series, which is being penned by Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman's John McNamara.
Anthony joins a list of actors who have played Manson onscreen - they include Jeremy Davies, Steve Railsback, Adam Wilson and Stephen Cardwell.
Actor Dean Cain is considering a run for public office in the state of California. The Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman star is unhappy with the current state of politics in America and insists if nothing changes, he will consider launching a campaign for a seat in the U.S. Congress.
He tells breakfast show Today, "I think that good people don't often run and it's a cliche. So I'm certainly considering it. It's not something I'm doing in the near future, but if we continue down this track, maybe I'll have to."
Two former American Idol contestants have lost a $40 million (£25 million) discrimination lawsuit against MTV. Corey Clark and Jaered Andrews were both disqualified from the reality singing competition in 2003 and filed a lawsuit against the channel and its parent company Viacom for discrimination in 2012.
Andrews and Clark, who infamously claimed he had an affair with then-judge Paula Abdul, sued over how they were characterised by a reporter regarding their disqualification, and Clark cited reports suggesting he was kicked off the show for concealing his various run-ins with the law.
U.S. District Judge William Haynes has now thrown out the case at a court in Tennessee, ruling the media reports are not actionable for libel because they were based on published facts.
Clark also failed in three other attempts to sue MTV, with the judge rejecting claims under the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and the Personal Rights Protection Act, and an allegation of invasion of privacy.
Clark and Andrews are still pursuing a lawsuit against American Idol bosses, along with eight other singers, arguing they were booted off the show because of their race.
The Man Of Steel sequel, which will feature Ben Affleck as Batman, has been named Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Warner Bros. executives revealed the blockbuster's title on Wednesday (21May14) as production began in Michigan.
Zack Snyder is directing the film, in which Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Clark Kent, aka Superman.
The movie will also feature Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Batman's manservant Alfred and Holly Hunter, while Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will reprise their characters from Man of Steel.
Actor Jeff Bridges and singer Sheryl Crow are teaming up to co-host a star-studded benefit to launch this year's Austin City Limits. The Texas-based TV concert series is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, Bridges and Crow are will host and perform at a gig on 26 June (14).
The evening will also include sets from the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, Kris Kristofferson and Bridges' Crazy Heart collaborator, musician/record producer T-Bone Burnett.
Portions of the concert will be aired as part of a primetime special in America on 3 October (14), and proceeds from the event will benefit Austin TV station KLRU-TV, the network behind the Austin City Limits TV shows, which began in 1974.
The Avengers stars including Mark Ruffalo and Chris Evans have come together to make a cancer-stricken fan's dream come true. Brit Stratford Caldecott, 60, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2011 and doctors have now given him just weeks to live. His daughter, Sophie, launched a social media campaign appealing to Marvel bosses to send her father a DVD of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as Caldecott, a huge Marvel Comics fan, is too ill to make it to the cinema.
Using the hashtag #CapForStrat, users on Twitter and Instagram began taking photos of themselves holding up signs appealing to the cast of The Avengers and actors from TV series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to join the cause. Ruffalo, who plays The Hulk in the blockbuster franchise, was the first to send his support with a photo of himself holding up a sign which read: "Banner/Hulk for Strat! #CapForStrat". He added the caption: "Hang tough Strat! We are pulling for you."
Ruffalo's co-stars soon followed suit, with Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, and Cobie Smulders as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actors Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, and Elizabeth Henstridge all sending in their "Strat Selfies". Thanks to their star power, the campaign has worked - Marvel chiefs have agreed to organise a special screening of the latest Captain America movie at Caldecott's home in England.
Daughter Sophie says, "We've actually achieved what we wanted to achieve in that Marvel have got in touch and are going to arrange for dad to see The Winter Soldier at home, hopefully next week. And the selfies of support for him from the cast are just a wonderful cherry on top that are making him smile. I'm going to get them all printed out and stick them by his bed for when times get tougher."