Rockers Arctic Monkeys were the big winners at the 2014 NME Awards in London on Wednesday (26Feb14) after taking home a trio of top honours. The Fluorescent Adolescent hitmakers, who headed into the ceremony with eight nominations, picked up the first prize of the night, for Best Live Band, and followed it up with the Best Album accolade for AM and Best British Band.
But it wasn't all about the Arctic Monkeys - their hit Do I Wanna Know? lost out to Disclosure's White Noise in the Best Track category, and Best Music Video went to Eagulls for Nerve Endings.
Lily Allen claimed the title of Best Solo Artist, but appeared a little shocked as she collected the trophy and told the crowd, "This is kind of dumb because David Bowie is in this category, and Jake Bugg, so this goes to you guys, not me! Thank you."
Meanwhile, Blur star and Innovation prize winner Damon Albarn was given the honour of introducing Sir Paul McCartney as the recipient of the one-off Songwriter's Songwriter award, in celebration of his phenomenal career.
As he took to the podium at the O2 Academy Brixton, the Beatles icon recalled reading the NME magazine during his youth and confessed to pulling off a prank with his Fab Four bandmates years ago, revealing: "One of the things we used to like to do was plant false stories in the NME and we actually got one in that George (Harrison) was Billy Fury's cousin, but he wasn't...!"
After a brief technical glitch, Blondie were honoured with the night's final accolade, the Godlike Genius award, and they wrapped up the event by hitting the stage for a hits medley, kicking off the set with their 1979 smash One Way or Another.
Other performances during the night came from the likes of The Horrors, Belle and Sebastian, and Metronomy, who teamed up with female trio Mutya Keisha Siobhan to open the show with Love Letters.
The main list of winners at the 2014 NME Awards is as follows:
Best British Band - Arctic Monkeys
Best Live Band - Arctic Monkeys
Best Album - AM by Arctic Monkeys
Best Track - White Noise, Disclosure
Best Solo Artist - Lily Allen
Best New Band - Drenge
Best International Band - Haim
Best Music Video - Nerve Endings by Eagulls
Best Music Film - Made of Stone, directed by Shane Meadows
Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution to Music - Belle and Sebastian
Philip Hall Radar Award - Fat White Family
Songwriter's Songwriter Award - Sir Paul McCartney
Godlike Genius - Blondie
Innovation - Damon Albarn
Best Festival - Glastonbury
Best TV Show - Breaking Bad
Oprah Winfrey asked permission from Forest Whitaker's wife so she could get cosy with the star in a bid to create chemistry for Lee Daniels' The Butler. The media mogul, who plays Whitaker's onscreen partner in the hit drama, would often rub the actor's shoulders and hold hands with him in a bid to create real chemistry for the film, but insists she spoke to his real wife, Keisha, about it first.
She tells U.K. talk show Loose Women, "I wanted to have real chemistry (in the film). I would just sort of ease my way over and go behind him and rub his shoulders and just stand there and rub his shoulders.
"Sometimes sitting on set I would purposely go and sit next to him, I would put my hand on his knee and start rubbing his knee... I called his wife first and said 'You know, I'm trying to build a relationship' and it actually worked."
Whitaker, who plays a butler who worked at the White House under eight consecutive presidents, previously said of Winfrey's dedication to the role: "It was an amazing experience for me. (Winfrey) was so committed to our relationship. In between the scenes, when we're trying to develop our rapport and continue to build our connection, she would be so generous, she would rub my back, or, you know, we'd walk hand in hand to the set and talk, and I think it led to the magic of us being able to really be connected in the film."
You remember Gina (Queen Latifah) from Barbershop 2? She's the one who worked at a beauty shop next door to the barbershop and gave Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer) all kinds of grief. In Beauty Shop the widowed Gina has moved from Chicago to Atlanta so her daughter can attend a prestigious music school. With scissors in hand Gina quickly becomes the most sought-after stylist at a chic-chic salon. Unfortunately the guy who runs it is a superficial egotistical jerk named Jorge (pronounced "Hor-eh") (Kevin Bacon) who tosses his weight--and his stringy hair--around a lot. Obviously the headstrong Gina isn't going to stand for that nonsense for very long. She eventually tells him off and storms out to open her own shop taking a few choice clients with her. And what a shop it is! The ever-creative and determined Gina stocks it with her own hair products or "hair crack" as it's lovingly referred to a cappuccino maker and a myriad of colorful employees who also aren't afraid to speak their minds. So grab a seat under the hairdryer and watch how these women get busy.
Beauty Shop also has a myriad of animated performers. Everyone seems to be having a great time except maybe the Queen Bee herself. In Barbershop 2 Latifah's Gina got to be one of those full-of-life supporting players sparring with Cedric the Entertainer and delivering some of the film's better moments. Now that the actress has to carry the film she also has to play it straight most of the time which doesn't suit her quite as well as it did for Ice Cube. But she still manages to infuse her own particular brand of charm every once in awhile when the film warrants it. The rest of the cast keep things light and lively especially the over-the-top Bacon who plays Jorge as a cross between one of those pretentious hair salon owners we all know and a bit player in a bad disco movie complete with a faux Austrian accent and gold chains. It's good to see him have some fun. It's also good to see Alfre Woodard who plays one of the shop's more eccentric hairdressers wearing low-cut leopard prints and spouting poetry by Maya Angelou. Also making an impression are Alicia Silverstone as the token white girl in the salon who eventually gets a ghetto makeover; and Keisha Knight Pulliam all grown up from playing little Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show as Gina's lackadaisical sister-in-law.
Initially it's fun to see the same Barbershop dynamics applied to Beauty Shop this time from a woman's point of view. Director Bille Woodruff (Honey) does a nice job setting up all the different personalities in the shop from the sardonic to the bubbly to the unconventional as the women talk about anything from bikini waxes to men crying during sex to interracial love. It's amusing and will hit home for many of the women in the audience but you'll soon realize Beauty Shop's script is far more tame and predictable than outrageous. Basically Beauty Shop doesn't have an Eddie character which is what makes the Barbershops work so well. He's there to say the most outlandish--and sometimes offensive--things that make people stop think and then laugh their butts off. Beauty Shop only touches upon social and cultural differences never really digging in deep and rarely making you laugh out loud.