British author and TV presenter Candida Lycett Green has died, aged 71. The writer passed away on Tuesday (19Aug14) following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Lycett Green wrote 16 books during her career, including the Hadrian the Hedgehog series for children and her memoir Over the Hills and Far Away, in which she described her battle with breast cancer. She recovered in 1999.
She was also one of the founding members of Private Eye magazine in the 1960s and later presented TV documentaries about gardening and English cottages, which inspired spin-off non-fiction books.
Her father was Sir John Betjeman, who was named Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death in 1984.
Soul band The Commodores are suing former bandmate Thomas Mcclary for allegedly using the group's name without permission. The Easy hitmakers, who reached their peak in the 1970s, still perform regularly despite the departure of Lionel Richie and McClary in the 1980s to pursue solo careers.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ.com, McClary is allegedly using The Commodores' name for his current shows. They claim he is confusing fans by calling his group The Commodores featuring Thomas McClary and singing their greatest hits.
The current line-up is seeking the money McClary made from the performances which he used their name to promote.
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is giving fans a chance to win signed memorabilia from the hit series with a scavenger hunt before the Emmy Awards on Monday (25Aug14). The acclaimed series ended a hugely successful five-season run last September (13), making the 2014 prizegiving the last Emmy Awards the show is eligible for.
To commemorate the occasion, Paul, who is hoping for a second acting Emmy for his role as Jesse Pinkman, announced on Instagram.com on Wednesday (20Aug14) that he is planning to dole out prized props and scripts to eagle-eyed fans just before the ceremony kicks off at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
He wrote, "Dear friends, In honor of the Emmys and the final time Breaking Bad will be up for anything the Emmys (sic) I will be holding a scavenger hunt around LA on Monday before the Emmys for all of you Breaking Bad fans.
"There will be signed Breaking Bad scripts, posters, dolls, action figures and some really cool Breaking Bad art hidden all over the Hollywood area. Just wanted to do a little something to say 'Thank You' to everyone that has supported us thru out (sic) the years. We couldn't have done it without you! Happy hunting."
Breaking Bad is up for seven awards, including Best Series, which it won last year (13).
Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl is a dad again - his wife Jordyn Blum welcomed the couple's third child earlier this month (Aug14). The birth of little Ophelia was bittersweet for the rock star, who lost his father James on 6 August (14).
Details about the two life-changing events remain scarce, but a post on The David Grohl Alley Scholarship Program's Facebook page reads: "Bittersweet news - congratulations David Grohl and Jordyn Blum who have welcomed a new baby girl #3 Ophelia Grohl! The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away!"
Grohl and Blum, who have been married for 11 years are already parents to Violet Maye, eight, and Harper, five.
Sara Bareilles has been hit with a lawsuit by an artist who insists her work was used by the singer without her permission. Acclaimed visual artist Maya Hayuk filed documents in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday (20Aug14), claiming Bareilles used her mural called Chem Trails NYC on various promotional pictures and videos without Hayuk's knowledge or permission.
Hayuk painted the massive piece on the Bowery Mural wall near Houston Street earlier this year (14), and Bareilles later posed for photographs and shot footage in front of the art, which was used to promote her album The Blessed Unrest and subsequent Little Black Dress tour.
Hayuk's lawyer, Aaron Silverstein tells the New York Daily News that his client is very "protective" of her work, since "her art is her only source of income," adding, "When her work gets appropriated without her permission, it's painful."
Hayuk is not only suing Bareilles, but bosses at her label Sony Music, as well as executives at fashion brand Coach, as they allegedly used the same mural as the backdrop in online advertisements for their apparel and handbags.
The artist is seeking at least $150,000 (£88,000) in damages in each lawsuit.
Representatives for Bareilles, Sony, and Coach declined to comment due to the pending litigation. The mural in question has since been taken down, as it was meant to be a temporary piece on the rotating Bowery wall.
Potential spoiler warning: Widespread disagreements have spawned in regards to what constitutes a “spoiler” re: The One I Love. The following review details the general premise of the film, as per what I consider to be fair game. However, some other writers (who I respect quite a bit) have insisted that revealing such information would be giving away the movie’s principal twist… which, in my defense, occurs very early on in the movie. Use your judgment and proceed with caution!
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You can practically hear a bright-eyed Mark Duplass shouting, “Here’s an idea!” when you latch onto the beginnings of The One I Love — the real beginning, past the nothing-out-of-the-ordinary setup that introduces Duplass and Elisabeth Moss as a married couple whose relationship has gone sour. On the insistence of their counselor (Ted Danson, who singlehandedly saves the first chapter of this film from succumbing to the doldrums, and then disappears far too soon), the pair take vacation in a remote cabin allotted for the mending of fraying love affairs. Then, the “idea!” kicks in — Duplass and Moss are thrust into a fantastical realm/psychological allegory in which each is faced with the perfect version of one another. Like, in addition to the real versions. Clones. There are clones.
…But, to reiterate, strategically idealized clones, and ones that work to serve any number of the hypotheticals entertained in marriage counseling, couples arguments, or simply inside the head of somebody who considers what he or she might wish to change about the person sleeping six inches to the right.
However, The One I Love fails to make the most of its interesting, dense concept. While it should spend its time playing with the psychologically, sociologically, and philosophically rich premise that it cooks up for Duplass and Moss, the movie gets distracted by the busy work of keeping the fantastical functions in check, of paving its story with a thick layer of mystery, and begging the audience to wonder how they’re gonna get out of this pickle!
Sadly, that’s not where the real meat of The One I Love lies. With the promise of a riveting examination of the mindset behind wishing your own husband or wife was different, smarter, nicer, more attractive, in better shape, a better cook, or simply like he or she used to be, we set up for the very idea that must have gotten Mark Duplass’ heart racing in the first place. But when the movie decides that it'd rather be thrilling, enigmatic, and riddled with twists than an honest human story, its appeal fades away, And far too soon... just like Ted Danson.
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A man who was assaulted during a Hank Williams, Jr. concert in Michigan has died. Robert Kobe, 55, was caught up in a fight with an unnamed 15-year-old boy at the DTE Energy Music Theatre just outside Detroit on Sunday (17Aug14).
According to police reports the teen pushed Kobe during the concert, causing him to fall and hit his head on the concrete floor.
The boy was detained for one night at Oakland County's Children's Village juvenile detention facility and released into his parents' custody, while Kobe, who has been in hospital since the incident, was pronounced dead on Tuesday (19Aug14).
An investigation is still pending, but Kobe's son, Cory Kobe, tells the Detroit Free Press that his father and the teen knew each other prior to the incident, and Kobe may have even provoked the young man.
Cory says, "I want to make sure that this young man gets fair treatment. There are a lot of indications that there was no malicious intent."
Williams, Jr. has yet to comment on the incident.
Sir Cliff Richard has turned down a Portuguese honour in the wake of a sex scandal back in his native England. The singer, who owns property in Portugal, was to be presented with the keys to his adopted city of Albufeira, but he has chosen not to accept the honour, following his denial of a sex offence.
Earlier this month (Aug14), his home in Berkshire was raided by police officers following allegations Richard sexually assaulted a boy under the age of 16 in 1985.
Denying the claims, Richard said, "For many months I have been aware of allegations against me of historic impropriety which have been circulating online. The allegations are completely false. Up until now I have chosen not to dignify the false allegations with a response, as it would just give them more oxygen."
The singer was due to be awarded the Freedom of Albufeira on Wednesday (20Aug15), but did not attend the ceremony.
The city mayor Carlos Silva e Sousa told the Daily Telegraph, "Cliff was invited to receive the gold key of the city because he is a distinguished member of Albufeira. It's a big honour. We are recognising big politicians and figures in civil society. He's not here today because it was his choice.
"It doesn't change my opinion of him. We are very proud of him, he is a big man. He is a very good man and we keep that opinion... I hope to give him the award at some point."
The news comes a day after Richard's publicist revealed the singer would not be returning to Britain from Portugal for a concert at Canterbury Cathedral next month (Sep14).
Country star Garth Brooks has broken his own concert sales record with an 10-night run at Chicago, Illinois' Allstate Arena. The singer, who has just added an 11th night at the venue, becomes the first artist to top 163,000 tickets sold in a single city in North America. Previously, he held the record for a run at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1998.
Brooks has also beaten his personal record for tickets sold in Atlanta, where he will stage seven shows on his upcoming tour, which begins next month (Sep14). The only artist to ever sell out that many consecutive shows at the Philips Arena, Garth has already beaten the record he set at the city's Omni arena in 1996.
Actress Hayden Panettiere has confirmed she is pregnant by nominating her "unborn child" for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Nashville star finally acknowledged she and fiance Wladimir Klitschko are preparing for their first child on Wednesday (20Aug14) by posting footage of pal and co-star Derek Hough tipping a bucket of freezing water over her on Instagram.com.
Panettiere prepared for the cold blast by nominating country singer Kacey Musgraves, her fiance and her "unborn child" to take the challenge next. The actress follows in the footsteps of Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana, who also confirmed she is pregnant in an Ice Bucket Challenge video posted on Tuesday (19Aug14).
She opted to dodge the challenge set her by director James Gunn, and her husband Marco Perego agreed to take the plunge in her place. Celebrities including Panettiere's Nashville co-star Connie Britton, Robert Pattinson, Emily Blunt and Adam Sandler all recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise cash and awareness for charity the ALS Association.