"Thanks to everyone in Utah who supported the Manilow Music Project! Here are some of the instruments that have been donated... Keep them coming!" Barry Manilow shares a photograph on Facebook.com of the items he collected from fans at a show in Utah to donate to local education facilities through his scheme, the Manilow Music Project.
Disco supergroup K.c. & The Sunshine Band are to be honoured in California on Saturday (06Jul13) when they're inducted into the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Band leader Harry Casey will unveil the 357th star and longtime pal Barry Manilow will help salute the hitmaker.
Casey says, "I am truly thrilled and overjoyed that Barry would come be part of this ceremony. Our careers have criss-crossed for years and our friendship has always remained and I couldn't think of anyone better to present us with this award than Barry."
In the most recent installment of the Paula Deen saga, the celebrity chef has cut business ties with her long-time agent Barry Weiner, who helped make her a Food Network star as well as launch a media and merchandising empire.
According to The Associated Press, the New York agent who worked with Deen for more than a decade was key to putting her show Paula's Home Cooking on the Food Network. However, in the weeks following Dean admitting under oath to using the N-word, the Food Network chose not to renew her contract, pulling all of her shows from the air. Around the same time, the 66-year-old Butter Queen was also dropped by several business partners, including Sears, Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, J.C. Penney, The Home Depot, and Smithfield Foods. Soon after, Ballantine Books, the publisher of Paula Deen's New Testament, announced that it had cancelled publication of her upcoming cookbook despite advance purchases already establishing it as the No. 1 seller on Amazon.
In an email acquired by The Hollywood Reporter, Deen's spokeswoman, Elana Weiss, said,"Paula Deen has separated from her agent. She and her family thank him for the tireless effort and dedication over the many years." Deen offered no reason for her parting with Weiner, but did not blame him for her recent troubles, simply aknowledging that she "wishes him well in all future endeavors."
"Barry and [television producer] Gordon [Elliott] felt like there was a show somewhere inside this Paula character that could be very successful," Deen wrote in her book, Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin'. "They probably courted Food Network for two years trying to push me at them." Deen also recalled in her book,"Barry is affectionately known in my family as Barry Cuda. Perfect name for an agent."
It's yet to be determined whether Deen and "Barry Cuda" will remain friends in the wake of their fallout, but something tells me his affectionate nickname has died along with their business partnership...
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Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb has decided against attending a planned memorial service for his brother Robin because he doesn't "need to stand in a church" to mourn his sibling. Robin died last year (12) after a battle with cancer, and his relatives are planning to host a service of remembrance in his honour at London's St. Paul's Cathedral later this year (13).
However, Barry is adamant he will not fly back from his home in Florida to attend the memorial.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "No, I can't do that (attend the service), because for me the grieving is over. It would throw me back into that dark place again... (I will leave it to Robin's close family)... or whoever really feels they have to do that...
"Robin is always with me. I don't need to stand in a church or be in some place where there's a ritual."
Bee Gees star Barry Gibb made the agonising decision to leave his dying brother Robin's bedside to fly to America for the birth of his granddaughter. Robin passed away at a medical centre in England last year (12) after a long battle with cancer, and his brother Barry was across the Atlantic at his home in Miami, Florida when the news came through.
Barry has now revealed he was in the U.K. with his brother shortly before his death, but had to leave his bedside to support his son Travis as his wife Stacy gave birth.
Robin died two days after his brother flew back to the U.S., and Barry admits he was faced with an impossible decision.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "We'd (Barry and his wife Linda) had to leave Rob in hospital two days before (he died), because our son Travis and his wife Stacy were about to have our granddaughter, Taylor. They needed our support - the attention of Mum and Dad. So, from birth to death. It was such a dichotomy."
Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb only found out his brother Robin was losing his battle with cancer when he saw pictures of his gaunt appearance in a newspaper. The singer admits he grew apart from his sibling in recent years, and barely spent any time with him before his death from cancer in 2012.
Gibb has now revealed he had no idea Robin's condition was so serious until he saw his picture in a newspaper.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I didn't realise Robin was seriously ill for about a year, when I began to see the pictures of him in the paper. I thought something's wrong here - but I couldn't get any answers out of anyone.
"No one called from his house. I'd probably do the same thing - who wants to be thought of as an invalid? I don't think they knew how serious it was going to become, but I think they knew two years before, or a year at least, before I knew.
"Dwina (Robin's wife) started to tell us things gradually, and about six months before Robin passed she began to be very open with us. We were hearing stories: the fact he didn't want to go into hospital, that he didn't want to have chemo. All the signs that you know something's really wrong."
Gibb, who lives in America, took a newspaper cutting to his doctor to ask his opinion on his brother's health and was told he should fly back to his native Britain to visit as soon as possible.
He adds, "I showed my doctor in Miami a newspaper picture of Robin and he took one look and said: 'You've got to go and see your brother.' I asked him for a prognosis because no one in England would give me one, and he said: 'Three to six months. Go as soon as you can.'
"We flew over to see him. He was extremely weak but he seemed OK otherwise. We laughed about a lot of things and we sort of made up. At least we were together, and we were talking to each other and laughing."
Gibb also reveals he later visited his brother after he had slipped into a coma, and sang to him while he was unconscious.
He wrote the song, titled The End of the Rainbow, especially for Robin and intends to include it on his next album.
Veteran crooners Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow thrilled spectators in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (04Jul13) by performing a spectacular concert to celebrate America's Independence Day. Thousands flocked to the city's National Mall to watch the Fourth of July extravaganza, which included an emotional performance from Diamond, who sang his anthem Sweet Caroline in tribute to victims of the recent Boston Marathon bombing.
The event also included a video message from Lincoln director Steven Spielberg before celebrated composer John Williams conducted the National Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the film's soundtrack.
Manilow closed the show by singing Let Freedom Ring prior to the big fireworks display.
In New York, Mariah Carey performed as part of the Macy's Fourth of July 2013 show and singer Usher curated the fireworks.
Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb will forever be haunted by the fact he didn't get along with his brothers Maurice and Robin when they were alive. The star was plunged into a deep depression last year (12) after Robin lost his battle with cancer, leaving Barry as the only surviving Gibb brother following the death of Maurice in 2003, and the trio's youngest sibling Andy in 1988.
Barry admits he wasn't close to his bandmate brothers, and wishes they hadn't drifted apart in later years.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "You see, it wasn't just the loss of my brothers, it was the fact we didn't really get on. And so I've lost all of my brothers without being friends with them.
"When Maurice passed, Robin and I just didn't feel like the Bee Gees anymore, because the Bee Gees were the three of us. So while Robin went around saying, 'I'll always be a Bee Gee', he didn't really want that: he wanted to be Robin Gibb, solo artist...
"During the last five years, Robin and I could not connect in any way. A similar situation, I can imagine, would probably be Lennon and McCartney. That same kind of distance occurred between them. The fact that you couldn't get over obstacles or issues in your life."
Gibb also regrets not being there to say goodbye properly before he lost his siblings, adding, "What drove me down was that we didn't get a chance to really say goodbye. The only time I felt we made up was when I kissed Robin on the head the last time I saw him before he died. I didn't get to see Andy before he died, and I never got to Maurice before he died. Mo (Maurice) died in two days, so that was very quick and a great shock to everyone."
Two goofballs rattling around the desert — one uptight and twitchy, with a nice smile and a healthy head of hair, the other slathered in face paint and prancing about like a certified loon — on a high stakes mission of some nebulous sort, occasionally breaking from their humorous bickering to hop a runaway train or match pistols with the sort of criminals who exude the very odor of evil. That's The Lone Ranger in a nutshell. There's nary a moment in Gore Verbinski's latest Johnny Depp venture when you're challenged, provoked, or asked to use your brain even for a minute. Whether this is a problem — as it might be in the eyes of the scrutinizing critic who thinks even commercial art forms should leave its spectators with new questions — is up for debate. But to all those on board with setting eyes agape and just soaking in some visually inspired, harmonically engaging, and comically enchanting nonsense, The Lone Ranger is a triumph.
The setup is almost immaterial, albeit outrageously kooky: dutiful attorney John Reid (Armie Hammer) is killed along with his gruff but good-hearted sheriff brother after the two saddle up to apprehend a vicious escaped criminal, Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner). Afterwards, a "spirit horse" tells a very Deppian Native American that the fallen lawyer is destined to return to life to save... um, whatever it is that need be saved. See? It's bonkers, and barely rooted in the mythology surrounding the iconic American character.
But this thoroughfare of zaniness proves that the movie not only serves its purpose as easy entertainment, it embraces it. Cracking wise at its own expense throughout its two-and-a-half-hour run (yes, it is 150 minutes long, dipping in interest in a handful of its middle low points), The Lone Ranger is never above silly humor, reality bending, or fourth wall destruction. Time and time again, the film seems to ask, "What is the funniest thing we can get here?" forgoing character, adherence to era-appropriate speech patterns, or general logic in the meantime. And this is the right move.
Yes, a few eye rolls might be incurred by a 19th century Native American muttering a sarcastic "What's with the mask?" when brought face to face with a meathead Ranger Reid on a quest for new allies. But would we prefer a film so reverent that it was humorless? One that paid more mind to legitimate world building than to one-off chuckles? A story that took itself, dare we say, seriously? In some instances, sure. But with its inherently ridiculous source material, The Lone Ranger knows that its main goal is to have fun, no matter the cost.
So we hop aboard horses and renegade locomotives, we blow up bridges and battle off crusading conmen, we slink into brothels and don railway worker disguises. We pull every silly trick in the book along with the Lone Ranger and Tonto, happy to accompany them as they dash through exciting action sequences and bicker wittily in a stellar, sun-baked Old West. And in all these efforts, we and The Lone Ranger reign victorious. When topheavy middle chapters take the stage, laying groundwork for the excitement to come, we might find ourselves yawning and checking our watches. But thankfully, a deadpan Depp shtick or laughably earnest Hammer routine is always right around the corner. All in all, the film is a riotous train ride through a beautiful countryside... it just tends to stall at one or two stations.
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One Direction have triumphed over bands including The Rolling Stones and Coldplay to take a coveted prize at the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards. The pop group has been named Best Live Act ahead of the annual prizegiving in London on Friday (28Jun13), seeing off competition from a number of high profile stars to win the public vote.
One Direction are currently on tour in America and unable to pick up the prize in person, but bandmember Harry Styles says of the honour, "Thanks to everyone who voted for us to win the Nordoff Robbins Best Live Act 2013. We are over the moon. Congratulations to Nordoff Robbins on another amazing Silver Clef Awards. What an incredible charity, helping people with music therapy."
Other acts on the 2013 list of honourees include The Kinks rocker Ray Davies, singer Jessie Ware, Coldplay, Barry Gibb, Labrinth and Alison Moyet.