Veteran actor/singer Jack Wagner has credited a "spiritual awakening" with inspiring him to return to music after a nine-year absence. The former Melrose Place star, who scored his first U.S. chart hit with All I Need in 1984, admits he never expected to return to the recording studio following 2005's Dancing in the Moonlight, but he was taken by surprise last summer (13) when he found himself bursting with creativity.
The 54 year old says, "I never expected to want to write music again, want to record again, it's been years and years for me, so to have what I call a light go off, a spiritual awakening, back in August, 2013, I would literally sit in my room there and bang out eight new songs. For me, it was unexpected and a real, great journey so far (sic)."
Wagner released his comeback album On The Porch earlier this year (14).
David Cassidy's driving while intoxicated (DWI) case has been adjourned until September (14) as the singer/actor's lawyer continues to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors. The Partridge Family star was slapped with the felony charge last summer (Aug13), when he was pulled over at a police checkpoint in Schodack, New York.
Cassidy's lawyer, Lucas Mihuta, was allowed to appear on the 64 year old's behalf at a plea hearing in Schodack Town Court on Wednesday (30Jul14) as his client lives in Florida, and he successfully requested an adjournment to allow the two sides to work out technical legal issues for the deal.
Town Justice Bruce J. Wagner set the next court date for 3 September (14).
However, the star risked the wrath of prosecutors after it was later revealed he was actually in the area at a horse racing event at Saratoga Race Course.
Authorities were alerted to his location after a Twitter.com post by a representative for the New York Racing Association announced Cassidy's attendance and one prosecutor admitted they were "disturbed" by the news.
Officials are expected to agree to reduce the felony charge for Cassidy, who was convicted of DWI in Florida in 2011, to a misdemeanour.
Further details about the plea deal have yet to be released, but Mihuta reveals Cassidy is determined to move on from his legal troubles as he continues to seek help for his alcohol problems.
Mihuta says, "He's anxious to put this behind him and to focus more on his treatment and sobriety than legal matters."
Cassidy was sentenced to serve 90 days in rehab and ordered to complete an alcohol awareness programme in March (14) after pleading no contest in California to a charge for driving under the influence (DUI) following another arrest in January (14).
That incident marked the veteran's third DUI since 2010, and he recently came clean about the seriousness of his alcoholism, admitting, "If I take another drink, I'm going to die."
Alice Cooper has paid tribute to his longtime guitarist Dick Wagner following the musician's death on Wednesday (30Jul14). In a lengthy statement, the School's Out rocker, who co-wrote hits like Only Women Bleed and I Never Cry with Wagner, calls his late friend a "one of a kind" talent.
Cooper writes, "Even though we know it's inevitable, we never expect to suddenly lose close friends and collaborators.
"Dick Wagner and I shared as many laughs as we did hit records. He was one of a kind. He is irreplaceable. His brand of playing and writing is not seen anymore, and there are very few people that I enjoyed working with as much as I enjoyed working with Dick Wagner.
"A lot of my radio success in my solo career had to do with my relationship with Dick Wagner. Not just on stage, but in the studio and writing. Some of my biggest singles were ballads what I wrote with Dick Wagner. Most of (album) Welcome to My Nightmare was written with Dick. There was just a magic in the way we wrote together. He was always able to find exactly the right chord to match perfectly with what I was doing.
"I think that we always think our friends will be around as long as we are, so to hear of Dick's passing comes as a sudden shock and an enormous loss for me, Rock N Roll and to his family."
Wagner, 71, passed away from respiratory failure in a Phoenix, Arizona hospital.
Alice Cooper's former guitarist Dick Wagner has died just two weeks after undergoing heart surgery. The 71 year old musician, who wrote the power ballads I Might as Well Be on Mars and Only Women Bleed, checked into a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this month (Jul14) after experiencing breathing difficulties. He developed a lung infection after doctors cleared his arteries.
Dogged by health woes in recent years - he previously suffered a heart attack and stroke, as well as kidney failure, and fell into a coma - Wagner's family members were hoping he'd recover from his latest brush with death, but the rocker passed away on Wednesday (30Jul14).
Wagner also worked with Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, among others, and he was also a member of the groups The Frost and Ursa Major, which briefly featured Billy Joel. However, he was perhaps best known as a member of Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare band.
He co-wrote six tracks on that album, and toured extensively with Alice throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. He teamed up with Cooper again in 2011 for Welcome 2 My Nightmare.
Paying tribute to the veteran on Wednesday, Kiss star Gene Simmons says, "Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman. (He) will be missed.
Longtime Alice Cooper collaborator Dick Wagner is recovering after undergoing heart surgery. The 71 year old guitarist, who wrote the power ballads I Might as Well Be on Mars and Only Women Bleed, checked into a hospital last week (ends11Jul14) after experiencing breathing difficulties.
He developed a lung infection after doctors cleared his arteries, according to Classic Rock magazine.
Wagner's son Robert tells the publication, "Prayers are welcome right about now. My dad is still in the hospital with a deep lung infection. Tomorrow they will wash his lungs. Doesn't sound fun, but I'm hoping it works and he can breathe again."
The rocker has been dogged by health woes in recent years - he previously suffered a heart attack and stroke, as well as kidney failure, and fell into a coma. His medical issues kept him from touring for over five years.
Wagner returned to the road with his Maestro of Rock Band in 2011.
As well as Cooper, the guitarist/songwriter has worked with Lou Reed and KISS.
Actress Pauline Wagner has died, aged 103. The star passed away in Montrose, California on 2 May (14), her manager Steve Vilarino has confirmed.
Born in 1910, Wagner made her film debut in King of Jazz in 1930, before starring in movies such as College Lovers, Lady Killer and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.
She famously stood in for Fay Wray in the iconic Empire State Building scene in 1933 classic King Kong, as the actress was shooting in Britain at the time.
Wagner was on the books at legendary Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer before stepping out of the limelight in 1941.
Her first husband was actor Mike Lally. She went on to wed Judge Alfred J. McCourtney, who died in 1975.
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Stop the presses. Repeat, stop the presses. In addition to planning a four-part television miniseries event with uncut footage from Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino is now planning to write a comic book based on the hero Jamie Foxx played on screen. But here's the twist—Matt Wagner is actually writing the piece (based on Tarantino's plot ideas) and will be incorporating the character of Zorro.
The Django Unchained/Zorro crossover comic will be brought to us by DC Entertainment and Dynamite Entertainment, and although the Django Freeman/masked man mash-up might sound a bit surprising at first, it's ultimately exciting. This is especially true for the creator. Of the project, Tarantino says, "I'm very very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt... It was reading his Zorro stories that convinced me what a good idea it was to join these two icons together. And the story idea we came up with is thrilling, and I think will be an exciting new chapter for both characters.”
So no, we're not ready for all of this epic. But it still sounds amazing.
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Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is set to develop a crossover comic book series featuring Django Unchained's Django Freeman and Zorro. The Pulp Fiction director has teamed up with comic book writer Matt Wagner and is penning the script for the series, which will bring the two movie heroes together.
A statement from Tarantino reads: "I'm very very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt.
"It was reading his Zorro stories that convinced me what a good idea it was to join these two icons together. And the story idea we came up with is thrilling, and I think will be an exciting new chapter for both characters."
The books are slated for release later this year (14).
Actress Lily Tomlin has slammed Beyonce for creating an image that "sells a lot of sex to teeny-boppers". The 9 to 5 star has long been a feminist pioneer, making strides in the movie industry and remaining open about sharing her life with her wife Jane Wagner.
When asked by editors at gay news site PrideSource.com what she thinks about the Drunk in Love hitmaker calling herself a "modern-day feminist", Tomlin hit out at the singer.
She says, "Yeah, well, I think that's great, and what can I say? She is a pretty popular woman and she's married to a very powerful man, but she's still selling sex. She's selling a lot of sex to teeny-boppers. I don't know. Who are her fans? Everybody?..."
"I like her! I don't dislike her! But I don't pay any attention to that because - I mean, she's fantastically beautiful and dances, but, you know, it's very suggestive. If I was a 10 year old, I would try to emulate her like most 10 year olds do... The culture is so sexualised with girls and women."
"I shouldn't even talk about Beyonce because, hard as it is to believe and as much as she is present in the culture, I'm not terribly conversant with Beyonce. If you played her songs, I wouldn't necessarily recognise them. I'm familiar with her image and how incredibly vivacious and sexual she is to watch, so I just chalk it up to the culture. I don't pay any attention to it anymore."
Game Of Thrones star Pedro Pascal has been cast in a new drama series about notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. The Chilean actor will portray Mexican Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officer Javier Pena, who embarked on a real-life mission to Colombia to capture and kill the cocaine kingpin.
Escobar will be played by Elysium actor Wagner Moura in Narcos.
The casting is good news for Pascal - his Game of Thrones character Oberyn Martell was killed off in bloody fashion in season four's The Mountain and the Viper episode, which aired in the U.S. last weekend (01Jun14).
Narcos is slated to premiere on online streaming service Netflix next year (15), reports Deadline.com.