Sir Paul McCartney has added his weight to a campaign against Scottish independence. The Beatles legend has signed an open letter to voters in the country urging them to choose 'No' in a crucial poll over plans for the nation to break away from the rest of the U.K.
McCartney, who penned his classic track Mull of Kintyre in honour of his beloved estate in Scotland, has added his name to the notice, which states: "We want to let you know how very much we value our bonds of citizenship with you, and to express our hope that you will vote to renew them... What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let's stay together."
Other stars who have already signed it include Sir Mick Jagger, Michael Douglas, Sting, and Dame Judi Dench, while singer Morrissey and funnyman Russell Brand are backing the independence campaign.
TV historian Dan Snow is adamant McCartney's support is a major boost to the 'No' campaign, saying, "Sir Paul is one of the world's most respected musicians. We are humbled that he has signed the letter.
"Sir Paul's signature, alongside Sir Mick Jagger's and those of tens of thousands of people from all over the country, shows that English, Welsh and Northern Irish people hope passionately that the Scottish vote to renew their bonds of citizenship with us."
Scotland goes to the polls on the issue in September (14).
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
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Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
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Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
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Sir Paul McCartney has topped a news list to find the top 10 Richest Bassists in the World. The Beatles legend is worth an estimated $1.2 billion, according to therichest.com.
Coming in at number two are Sting and Gene Simmons, both with a net worth of $300 million (GBP176 million).
Rounding out the top five are Roger Waters, U2's Adam Clayton and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Actor Jamie Foxx partied with politicians on Saturday night (16Aug14) by inviting former presidential candidate John Mccain and New Jersey governor Chris Christie to join him onstage for a dance at a star-studded fundraiser. The Ray star was a guest at the annual Apollo in the Hamptons bash and he made an extra special effort to get the party swinging.
He took to the stage and invited Christie to join him for a dance, before Senator McCain got up to join in, swiftly followed by Sir Paul McCartney and director Spike Lee.
After the stunt, Foxx told New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Its always the ones you don't expect. Republicans love to dance - in the Hamptons."
Other guests at the event, organised by business magnate Ron Perelman, included Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Roger Waters, Anjelica Huston, and Don Johnson.
The audience enjoyed performances by Pharrell Williams, Sting, Gladys Knight, and Jon Bon Jovi at the fundraiser, which netted $4 million (£2.4 million) for development projects at New York's famous Apollo Theatre.
At the close of the evening, Nicholson told Page Six, "That was one hell of a night. Christie really held his own. I told him, as he walked back to his seat, 'Governor, you can't let New Jersey down.'"
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.
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The sex comedy is a very tricky genre of film to get right. If it's too focused on the raunchier side of things it becomes an endless string of gags, all attempting to be outrageous for the sake of being outrageous. But if it's too worried about being over-the-top, it might as well be any other generic romantic comedy. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel are the latest to try their hands at it with their latest film, Sex Tape, which hits theaters on Friday. In the film, they play a married couple who film themselves in the act in an attempt to spice up their lives... only to accidentally forward the explicit video to all of their family members, friends, and colleagues. Normally, we'd be a bit wary of any upcoming sex-focused comedy, but both Segel and Diaz are old hands at the genre, thanks to their experience in films by Judd Apatow and the Farrelly Brothers. Therefore, we can only hope that Sex Tape will be the latest film to join the highly-competitive pantheon of sex comedies that are actually good movies. It's a small group, but a prestigious honor to behold. Here are our picks for the films that have already earned the title:
The 40-Year-Old Virgin The film that helped Judd Apatow break into the mainstream and established Steve Carell as a movie star, The 40-Year-Old Virgin has a pretty obvious premise: Andy has made it to 40 without having sex, so his buddies try and help him step up his game. It could have been an unfunny, over-the-top movie about a loser and his creepy friends, but Apatow managed to subvert all of our expectations (well, maybe not the creepy friends), and create a movie with just as much heart as humor. A lot of that is due to Carell, whose Andy is not just awkward and nerdy, but also endearing, goofy, and a genuinely good guy.
Superbad The rare sex comedy that doesn’t actually feature any sex, Superbad was the movie that put Jonah Hill on the path to becoming a two-time Oscar nominee, made Michael Cera the face of awkward teenagers everywhere, and made everyone overuse the McLovin joke for a solid month or so. Much of its success is due to its ability to transform a tired plot – teenagers go on a mission to impress girls so they’ll sleep with them – into a love story between two best friends. Surprisingly sweet and heartfelt but still hysterically funny, Superbad proves that sometimes, a little heart can go a long way.
Easy A Like in her breakthrough film, Superbad, Emma Stone’s character doesn’t actually have sex in Easy A, but that doesn’t stop her from telling everyone she did in order to bolster her reputation. Where most teen sex comedies focus on the guys who are trying desperately to get some, Easy A takes a different approach and looks at the effects that rumors of promiscuity can have on a high school girl’s social standing, and the hypocritical ways that we, as a society, treat sex. A sharp, smart, and endlessly charming film, it’s no wonder that it was the film to turn Stone into a proper movie star.
Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial and screenwriting debut centers on Jon, a Jersey-bred bartender who only cares about his friends, his family, his looks, and his porn. His attempt at a relationship with Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a rom-com-obsessed bombshell, fails when he refuses to give up his Internet addiction for her, and so he is forced to confront his perceptions of what sex and love are. Though the best parts of the film are centered on Johansson, Don Jon is also worth a watch for its original, humorous take on the typical romantic and/or sex comedy.
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Friends With Benefits/No Strings Attached We’re going to tackle these two together since they’re pretty much the same movie, with slightly different casts. Both focus on wise-cracking, good-looking friends who are hooking up, eventually realize that they want more, and come together at the end for a slightly cheesy ending. But even though they cover a lot of the same material, they’re both funny, entertaining flicks starring two incredibly talented actresses – Mila Kunis, as sharp and funny as always and Natalie Portman, refreshingly relaxed and charming – that tackle that whole friends/hookup partners/couple dynamic in a realistic, goofy way.
Risky Business The second Tom Cruise slid across the screen in Ray Bans and tighty-whiteys, he became a star. Not just a movie, but a landmark moment in his career, Risky Business is also one of the best sex comedies ever made. From the dancing to the car crashes to the slapstick-laden Princeton interview, Cruise is at his best in this film: a little brash, plenty arrogant, and incredibly charismatic. It’s no wonder America instantly fell in love with him.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Fast Times at Ridgemont High has become iconic for two things: a young Sean Penn playing the school slacker and the scene where Phoebe Cates climbs out of a pool in a red bikini. But Fast Times has endured hanks to its realistic portrayal of teenagers, their challenges, and their experiences. It’s hilarious, it’s awkward, it’s sometimes moving, but most of all, it’s relates to the teenagers it’s trying to appeal to, and the adults who can look back on it more fondly than their own high school experience.
There’s Something About Mary It seems only fitting to discuss Diaz’s latest sex comedy in relation to her first. As Mary, the irresistible object of everyone’s affections, Diaz is effortlessly funny and completely winning, but the rest of the film is excellent as well. The Farrelly Brothers’ signature gross-out humor is balanced by a healthy dose of heart, which helps us to sympathize with Ted and his quest to win back his dream girl. We get why everyone loves Mary, we get why these tree idiots would be willing to fight over her, and we get a hilarious, weird, and wonderful two hours of entertainment out of it.
Veteran rocker Sting took to the stage to sing with the cast on the opening night of his new musical The Last Ship in Chicago, Illinois. The Police star's show opened at the city's Bank of America Theatre on Wednesday (25Jun14) ahead of its planned Broadway debut in October (14), and the rocker was in the audience with his wife Trudie Styler.
At the end of the performance, Sting took to the stage for the curtain call and led the cast in a song, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Other stars who turned out for the musical's opening included Paul Simon, James Taylor, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung and AC/DC's Brian Johnson.
The show received mixed reviews from critics, who questioned whether the production, set in a doomed shipyard in Sting's hometown in the north of England, could draw in audiences on Broadway.
Steven Oxman of variety writes, "Do you want to live for two-and-a-half hours in a beautifully sad song?... The show currently works as a collection of songs in search of a complete story, or perhaps as a concept album - filled with mood and emotion and character and sensibility, but swaying as it takes on specifics. What seems to be missing is a driving conflict."
The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones adds, "(Many) scenes... still have the air of a semi-staged concept album... The Last Ship already is a worthy and earnest musical, but we know how Broadway loves to take those down. Just look at last season."
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Business Journal concludes, "Most of the theatre crowds in the early going at least will probably have come to hear Sting's music for the show. Fans of his work may find that much of it sounds familiar and pleasant to hear performed in a theatrical setting. But hardcore theatre buffs will soon realise Sting's style of music - for the most part - simply doesn't sit comfortably in a big Broadway musical context."
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Bradley Cooper has landed a new job on the board of directors for Paul Newman's children's charity.
The late Hollywood legend set up The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp organisation in 1988 to provide a summer camp experience for sick kids. Cooper spent a week at the site in Connecticut as a counsellor working with the children, and now he has been given a more permanent role.
He says, "When I spent a week at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp as a counsellor, I was amazed at how the spirit of Camp is able to help kids facing so much escape their illness, make fast friends and remember what being a kid is all about. I am excited to be joining The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp's Board of Directors..."
Newman, who named the charity after the gang in his film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, died in 2008.
Jeff Daniels, Alec Baldwin, Lena Dunham and Zooey Deschanel are among the stars who have paid tribute to legendary cinematographer Gordon Willis following his death on Sunday (18May14). The Hollywood veteran, best known for his work on Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather films, passed away at the age of 82 and his death sent the entertainment industry into mourning.
Daniels, who worked with Willis on 1985 romance movie The Purple Rose of Cairo, reminisced about his time on set with the iconic cinematographer, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "What a privilege it was to be in the middle of his mastery in The Purple Rose Of Cairo," while Girls director/star Dunham credited him as an inspiration, adding, "Gordon Willis was an impeccable and daring artist. May we always view the world as if through his lens."
Deschanel writes, "RIP Gordon Willis, a great artist who shot some of the best movies ever made," Baldwin adds, "Rest in Peace, the great Gordon Willis," and fellow actor Elijah Wood simply offers, "Gordon Willis 1931 - 2014."
A number of filmmakers also offered their condolences in the aftermath of Willis' death and credited him for his work changing the face of cinematography. Directors who offered tributes included One Hour Photo's Mark Romanek and comedy veteran Paul Feig.
Veteran British rocker Robert Plant stunned residents of a small English town earlier this month (Apr14) when he turned out to perform at a church's charity concert. The Led Zeppelin singer joined Traffic frontman Steve Winwood to performed in front of a tiny audience of around 400 parishioners who crammed into the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Northleach, Gloucestershire.
The annual charity event, which Winwood has supported for several years, is organised by Gordon Jackson, a former musician who once played with music greats including Jim Capaldi and Dave Mason.
Jackson tells Britian's Gloucestershire Echo newspaper, "I'm always hopeful when I ask someone. I had his contact detail so I sent him an email asking him if he fancied playing, and got one back within an hour saying yes... I think Steve and Robert have talked about it, but I don't think they've ever played together... Robert performed (Led Zepplin classic) Nobody's Fault But Mine, and he asked Steve if he wanted to sing a verse or two. So they duetted, I don't think they've ever done that before."
The concert raised $8,000 (£5,000), which will be split between the church and three charities - Christian charity Open Doors, The Children's Society, and Christian Aid.