Brian Johnson has sent his best wishes to his Ac/Dc bandmate Malcolm Young as he battles ill health in hospital. The band was rumoured to be on the verge of a split earlier this year (14) due to Young's health troubles, but they vowed to press on after the musician decided to step down for a hiatus.
Johnson has now revealed his friend is in hospital, but he remains hopeful of a recovery.
He tells TeamRock Radio, "We miss Malcolm, obviously. He's a fighter. He's in hospital, but he's a fighter. We've got our fingers crossed that he'll get strong again.
"Stevie, Malcolm's nephew, was magnificent, but when you're recording (a new album) with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn't well, it's difficult. But I'm sure he was rooting for us. He's such a strong man. He's a small guy, but he's very strong. He's proud and he's very private, so we can't say too much. But fingers crossed, he'll be back."
No further details about Young's health battle have been given.
Johnson goes on to reveal work on the band's new album has been completed after a number of studio sessions in Canada.
He adds, "We're done. I'm very excited and we've got some great songs. I wanted to call the album 'Man Down'. But it's a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that."
Ac/Dc will bounce back from the departure of guitarist Malcolm Young by returning to the road by the end of the year (14), according to frontman Brian Johnson. The band was rumoured to be on the verge of a split earlier this year (14) due to Young's health troubles, but they vowed to press on after the musician decided to step down for a hiatus.
Johnson has now revealed the rockers are plotting a new tour and could be back on the road by the end of the year (14).
In a message posted on his car racing webpage, Johnson admits he will have less time to focus on his love of motorsports and his TV show Cars That Rock because he is returning to work with AC/DC.
He writes, "We hope to bring you more (car racing TV) shows in the near future but, of course, there is the slight distraction of my day job with AC/DC - and it looks very likely that we will be on the road again before the end of the year. So stand by for more music - and more Cars That Rock. Thanks - Brian."
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Long emancipated from its reputation as the place where has-beens go for one last snag at the limelight, television is attracting big screen folks at the top of their games. A new league of blockbuster movie stars, admired thespians, and Oscar-nominated filmmakers alike are flocking to the comforts of premium cable, all with intriguing projects in tow. Here are a few big name figures taking to the TV game with promising prospects.
Who's that again? The guy who directed Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, The Fountain, and NoahWhat's he working on? MaddAddam, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's speculative sci-fi novel trilogy (Oryx and Crake, Year Of The Flood, and MaddAddam).For whom? HBO.What's the deal? The story depicts a dystopian future in which genetic engineering has swept the human race. Aronofsky might direct, and is executive producing with his fiancée Brandi-Ann Milbradt and regular collaborator Ari Handel.[Deadline]
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Who's that again? Iron Man.What's he working on? An untitled drama about a drug rehab community set in 1980s Venice Beach.For whom? Showtime.What's the deal? Downey obviously has personal ties to the project considering his history with drug abuse; he and his wife Susan are producing, and Orange Is the New Black writer Gary Lennon is handling the script (so we can expect some wit).[Deadline]
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Who's that again? Walter White from Breaking Bad, Hal from Malcolm in the Middle, or Tim Whatley from Seinfeld, and President Lyndon Johnson on ol' Broadway.What's he working on? A narrative adaptation of the Conn and Hal Iggulden book Dangerous Book for Boys.For whom? No word just yet.What's the deal? Although the Igguldens' book takes form as a "how to" manual of sorts, Cranston's television series will draw a narrative out of the variety of rituals established as recommended rites of passage for American youngsters.[Variety]
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Outspoken moviemaker Spike Lee has blasted embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling again, insisting the sports boss has to be ousted from the National Basketball Association immediately. The Malcolm X director waded into the racism drama swirling around businessman Sterling at the end of last month (Apr14), insisting recorded remarks he made about African-Americans to an ex-girlfriend were "tainting the league and tainting America".
Sterling hit headlines on 27 April (14) when audio of him rebuking his ex for posting a photo of herself with basketball legend Magic Johnson on Instagram went viral.
The ill-advised remarks prompted an immediate backlash, with celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Clippers fan Queen Latifah calling for a boycott of Sterling's team.
Basketball superfan Lee added his thoughts to the mix, telling CNN that Sterling's remarks make the Clippers boss look like a slave owner.
He says, "I don't know the bylaws of the league but he (Sterling) has to go... because he's tainting all the other 29 partners, he's tainting the league, and he's tainting America.
"When you hear something like that, that is the mentality of a slave master. He sees his players as slaves."
And he has repeated his concerns during an interview with Anderson Cooper, whose chat with a remorseful Sterling aired on Sunday (11May14).
Addressing Sterling's claims that all his players love him, despite what he said, Lee raged, "That sounds like a (slavery) plantation owner: 'My darkies love me!'"
He added, "This thing is getting volatile now."
Sterling has been handed a lifetime ban from the NBA and league officials are working on a plan to strip him of ownership of the Clippers.
"I didn't know they were going to do that because Malcolm is a very proud man. It is a debilitating disease, it's f**king horrible and I hate it! But I don't want to say much more than that because Malcolm is a very private guy." Ac/Dc star Brian Johnson was blindsided by the decision to announce news of his bandmate Malcolm Young's hiatus from the group due to illness.
Ac/Dc guitarist Malcolm Young has ended days of speculation by confirming he is taking a break from the band due to ill health. The Back In Black hitmakers were thrust into the spotlight this week (beg13Apr14) when reports emerged suggesting they were planning to announce their retirement due to the failing health of one of the bandmembers.
Frontman Brian Johnson silenced rumours of an impending split by insisting the band still plans to hit the studio in May (14) to record new material, and now the group has confirmed Young will stand down to focus on his health battle.
A statement from AC/DC reads, "After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.
"In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family's privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music."
No details about Young's illness have been confirmed.
Johnson has said of his colleague's health crisis, "One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it. He is very proud and private, a wonderful chap. We've been pals for 35 years and I look up to him very much."
Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston is the latest star to land a publishing deal.
The multiple-Emmy winner will lift the lid on his life and career in the book, highlighting the five seasons he spent on the acclaimed TV series as chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White.
A statement from the actor reads: "Walter White taught me a lot - some of it useful, some of it dangerous. With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad."
Cranston, who is also known for his comedic roles in Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle, is currently starring on Broadway as former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way. His book, released through publishing house Scribner, is scheduled to hit shelves in autumn 2015. The announcement comes in the same week Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer and rocker Flea confirmed they are also working on autobiographies.
Bryan Cranston reunited with his Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul on Tuesday night (11Mar14) after dashing from his Broadway show to join the young actor at the afterparty for the New York premiere of his new film, Need For Speed. The former Malcolm in The Middle veteran was still sporting grey streaks in his hair from All The Way, in which he portrays former U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Denzel Washington's son, John David Washington, has landed his first major acting role. The former American football player will star in Ballers, a TV series produced by Dwayne Johnson, according to Deadline.com.
The show chronicles the lives of several Miami, Florida-based athletes and will also feature Johnson and former American football player Donovan Carter.
Washington has one other screen credit to his name - he appeared in his father's 1992 movie Malcolm X.
Johnson knows a lot about Miami sports - he was a member of the University of Miami's national championship football team in 1991.