Pop star Lorde has landed the honour of curating the album soundtrack for the upcoming The Hunger Games movie sequel. The Royals hitmaker will hand pick the artists she wants to appear on the accompanying musical project for director Francis Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and the teen will also provide the first single from the disc.
She says, "Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance.
"The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people."
The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, will be released this autumn (14), ahead of the film's premiere in November (14).
Nobody could have predicted this amidst the Twilight hysteria that started in 2008, but Robert Pattinson is getting some serious indie cred under his belt. Having worked with directors like David Cronenberg, Francis Lewis, and James Gray over the past few years, it's safe to say that Pattinson has made serious strides since his role as Edward Cullen. Next up—a gangsta film with Harmony Korine? Yes, this is real.
Pattinson reached out to the Spring Breakers writer/director some time ago and has since confirmed that Korine wrote a Miami-set gangster movie for him. There are no other details at this time, but with these two names on board, there's already plenty reason to get excited about this project.
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A lost version of Led Zeppelin's rock anthem Stairway To Heaven is to feature on a remastered release of the band's IV album later this year (14), despite an ongoing spat with the estate of the late Randy California over the epic song. U.S. attorney Francis Alexander Molofiy is attempting to take the British rockers to court over claims Stairway to Heaven was inspired by his late client's track Taurus, which he wrote as a member of late 1960s act Spirit.
Back in May (14), Molofiy announced he was hoping to prevent Led Zep from releasing the remastered album, stating, "The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on Stairway to Heaven. It's been a long time coming."
Led Zeppelin star Jimmy Page has called the legal threat "ridiculous" and now he has discovered an alternative take of one of the most celebrated songs in rock in the group's archives, and he's planning to release it after 40 years.
The new version of the song will feature on a companion disc to the new release, which will also include other alternative versions of IV tracks.
Singer Darius Rucker and his Hootie & The Blowfish bandmates have become the latest musicians to enter the booze business with their own brand of beer. The rockers have teamed up with tastemakers at Palmetto Brewing Co. in their native South Carolina and officials at Florida-based firms Cigar City Brewing and Rock Brothers Brewing to create Hootie's Homegrown Ale, which is made with Carolina gold rice and lemongrass.
The new drink will be served up at the group's 12th Annual Hootie Homegrown weekend bash in Daniel Island, South Carolina on 8 and 9 August (14), and will go on sale in the U.S. soon afterwards.
Fans will also be helping a good cause by picking up a six-pack of the new ale - a portion of proceeds from the brewing venture will benefit the band's Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, which aims to improve public education issues in their home state.
They aren't the only rockers to enter the beer business - Iron Maiden, Status Quo's Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi, Motorhead and Mastodon all boast their own brand of booze.
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Moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola gave his Bram Stoker's Dracula star Gary Oldman a coffin to help him prepare to play a 300-year-old vampire.
The actor was struggling to get into character during a pre-shoot retreat in Napa Valley, California and he asked the director for tips only to return home to Los Angeles and find a coffin on his doorstep.
He says, "I kept it in my garage. I think he wanted me to have sex in it. He kind of hinted at it."
"On a wild night... when I was a drinker back in the day, people just ended up at the house and when they were leaving, I wanted to impress them and I had a little switch inside the house and the garage door would open and the light would come on over the coffin and I said, 'Check this out...' They never came back!"
Stars including Robert Redford, Whoopi Goldberg, and Francis Ford Coppola gathered in California over the weekend (19-20Jul14) to pay tribute to Oscar-winning actress Sophia Loren.
The Italian beauty was honoured at the annual Napa Valley Festival del Sole in Oakville, California on Saturday night (19Jul14), and several Hollywood stars attended the event.
Goldberg recalled how her mother advised her to view Loren as a role model when she first got into acting, and Redford praised the Two Women actress for rising out of her working class roots to become a major movie star.
Apocalypse Now director Ford Coppola raised a few smiles when he told guests he had enrolled on a scholarship at a military academy as a young man and kept his spirits up by pinning a photograph of a young Loren to a wall at his quarters.
Goodfellas actor Robert De Niro and former U.S. President Bill Clinton were among those who sent video tributes to the 79-year-old actress.
Guests were treated to an outdoor performance of a specially-written piece by composer Daniel Brewbaker, followed by a $700 (£411)-a-head dinner. The Bella Italia: A Tribute to Sophia Loren event took place at the Far Niente Winery in Oakville.
"I guess you wouldn't want to get into a fight with Phil Spector, he'd have a gun in every pocket and he'd be itching to use them." Pixies rocker Black Francis would be wary of tussling with the notorious music producer, who is serving 19 years-to-life in prison for shooting actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.
As the summer reaches its peak and the Fourth of July swiftly approaches, it's time to look back on the six months of 2014 that have passed in order to evaluate where we stand in terms of pop culture. But while most lists and articles choose to only focus on the best, most exciting, and most memorable moments that have occured in television and movies so far this year, we feel this retrospective wouldn't be complete without a look back on all of the worst that Hollywood has offered us in 2014. From unfunny, offensive premieres to movies that are held together by crude jokes and slow-motion sword fights to the once great shows that have seen a dramatic decline in quality, there's plenty to repress about the year in entertainment. Allow us to refresh your memory...
Dads Nobody had high expectations for Dads. It was a live-action Seth MacFarlane comedy about two immature best friends whose fathers move back in with them. It was probably never going to be a great sitcom. And yet, nobody expected just how terrible Dads actually turned out to be, an unfunny combinations of racism, misogyny and the way it turned two great character actors (Martin Mull and Peter Reigert) into walking fart jokes. Thankfully, Fox decided to put everyone out of their misery by cancelling the show in May, even though everyone blocked it from their minds well before that.
The Other Woman The Other Woman had everything it needed to be a success: two talented, likeable comedias in Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz, a well-worn dramatic trope at the center of its plot, an attractive leading men, Nicki Minaj, and an early summer release date that ensured it wasn’t competing with any major blockbusters. Unfortunately, it also had a terrible, unfunny, insultingly stupid script that managed to somehow tell a story about women who bond over their cheating significant other in the most misogynistic fashion imaginable. Truly, The Other Woman did the impossible.
Sherlock, Season 3 For a while, it seemed as if the BBC’s modern adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories could do no wrong. They were smart, well-written, well-acted, and well-directed; more like mini-movies than a television series. But then the third season premiered, and instead of the sharply crafted mystery we had come to expect, we got a pandering, oddly-paced, awkwardly-written show that shunted the cases to the side in favor of plotholes and fangirl fodder. The fact that we had to wait three years for Sherlock to make such a disappointing return only compounded all of our issues into a giant letdown of a season.
Super Fun Night After her breakout roles in Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, America wanted nothing more than to spend more time with Rebel Wilson. Unfortunately, they changed their minds once her TV show, Super Fun Night, premiered. Everything that they loved about Wilson – the accent, the confidence, the charm, the wit, the jokes, the sweetness – was gone, and in its place was an painfully awkward, unfunny show with a painfully awkward, unlikable protagonist with an American accent. Luckily, Pitch Perfect 2 is set to hit theaters soon, at which point everyone will forget that Super Fun Night ever happened, and our perfect image of Wilson as the ideal best friend will be restored.
That Awkward Moment Like The Other Woman, That Awkward Moment is a marvel. It’s a film that takes another familiar premise (in this case, friends making a pact to stay out of relationships, only to fall in love) and three of the most charming, talented and good looking young actors in Hollywood (Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan) and squanders its potential on bad voice overs and boner jokes. Also, Efron’s character might have been a sociopath. Regardless, That Awkward Moment felt like less of a disappointment than an insult to intelligent audiences everywhere.
House of Cards, Season 2 If we were to ask you what the worst thing about the first season of House of Cards was, chances are you’d say the convoluted policy talk, Francis petty feuds, or or the unrealistic way he managed to get away with everything. Unfortunately, showrunner Beau Willimon disagreed with the rest of us, and made those three elements the focus of the entire second season. He must have assumed that we’d be too distracted by Kevin Spacey chewing the scenery to mind the boring, long-winded and convoluted discussions of foreign policy, the comic idiocy of President Walker, the far-fetched plots designed to conveniently dispose of characters who asked questions, and the fact that Francis had turned from a manipulative power player into a full-blown cartoon villain. We wouldn’t be surprised if next season, he wore a top hat and a monocle and twirled his mustache during his asides to the camera.
The Legend of Hercules If you were in the Twilight films and your name isn’t Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, or Anna Kendrick, your biggest career challenge is overcoming the stigma of being a supporting player in the most devisive movie series of all time. So we don’t blame Kellan Lutz for branching out into leading man territory with The Legend of Hercules. How was he to know that the film would be stupid, nonsensical and only tangentially related to its source material? Or that it would be a cheap-looking, boring, plodding mess that lacked any sense of fun? Really, he was just trying to be something other than Emmett Cullen for a change.
A Million Ways to Die in the West Seth MacFarlane has not had a great year so far. First, critics reacted to Dads as if someone had dumped a pile of hot garbage on their freshly mowed lawn, and then he made A Million Ways to Die in the West, a comedy that basically shot Blazing Saddles in the face. Terribly unfunny, over-reliant on references and repeated jokes and a waste of a stellar cast, the worst thing about the film was the fact that it completely lacked MacFarlane’s voice, which, while not for everyone, at least has a distinctive comedic perspective. At least there’s always Ted 2, right?
I Wanna Marry Harry Sometimes, a network isn’t just content to put crap on television to fill airtime during the summer. Sometimes, they want to provoke a reaction – any reaction – and so they come up with a show that crushes your soul, and destroys any lingering hope you might have had in not only the future of television, but also society as a whole. In 2014, that show was I Wanna Marry Harry, a festering sore disguised as a reality TV competition in which girls are tricked into competing for the affections of a potato with legs. And that’s the nicest way I could possibly describe that show.
The Cancelation of Enlisted What hurts the most about losing Enlisted, Fox’s funny, original and criminally underrated show isn’t the fact that the network made it impossible for the show to gain a following and then used its lack of ratings as an excuse for cancelation. It’s not that we lost a wonderful, well-written show that could be both hysterically funny and incredibly moving. It wasn’t even that the world never got a chance to appreciate the talents of the wonderful ensemble, all of whom created hilarious, realistic, delightful characters. No, what hurts the most about the decision to cancel Enlisted is that it was announced in the same week that I Wanna Marry Harry premiered. Never has a metaphorical slap in the face felt so painful.
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Sir Elton John has urged religious leaders around the world to throw their support behind gay marriage because "times have changed".
The music superstar entered into a civil partnership with film producer David Furnish in his native Britain in 2005, and the couple is planning to marry next year (15) after gay marriage was officially legalised in the U.K. in March (14). Elton John has now declared religious institutions need to accept same-sex unions in order to cement equal rights for gay couples.
He tells Sky News, "The church hierarchy, the traditionalists, might be up in arms about it but times have changed. If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen. He was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together and that is what the church should be about."
The Rocket Man star also lavished praise on Catholic leader Pope Francis, calling him "wonderful" and hailing him as a forward-thinking Pontiff, adding, "He's excited me so much by his humanity... He's taken everything down to the humility of faith. He's stripped it down to the bare bones and said it's all basically about love and inclusiveness. That has to be encouraged by the Church of England as well."
Frank Sinatra's first driver's licence has sold at auction for $15,757 (£9,848). The legendary singer's New Jersey permit, which was issued in 1934 - when the crooner was just 19 years old, features the misspelled name of "Francis Sintra" and lists his address as 841 Garden Street, Hoboken.
The yellowed piece of paper went up for sale on the website of Massachusetts-based RR Auction and the winning bid when the sale closed on Thursday night (26Jun14) was placed by a mystery buyer.
The new owner of the text-only licence, which Sinatra obtained just one year before he landed his big break in the music industry, also claims a letter to the state Commissioner of Motor Vehicles from the lawyer of a man who had been involved in a car crash with the star.
The missive, written in 1940, suggested Sinatra's "driving privileges be revoked until he pays up" for damages.