Peter Gabriel has turned reporter by writing an article on the controversial issue of police brutality. The former Genesis star has written a piece for Wired.com pushing for video evidence to be more widely accepted as part of the justice system following the failure to indict two police officers, in New York and Missouri, for killing unarmed black men in separate incidents.
Gabriel insists film footage could have proved what really happened to Eric Garner, who died after reportedly being put in a headlock while in police custody in New York, and secured justice for his family.
He writes, "How is it that despite compelling video evidence, justice can be so elusive for the victims of police brutality? This is a question that has to be asked after the failure of a Staten Island grand jury to indict a New York City police officer for the death of Eric Garner. We live in an age of video. As more and more of our lives are being filmed, we are amassing massive catalogues of potential evidence. Yet so little of this is finding its way into our political, legal or justice systems.
"The evidence being trusted in courts today is most often based on our fallible memories, spoken evidence produced long after the event, which in turn, is being proved to be unreliable at best and often re-imagined. Video has the capability to put more reality into the world of 'remembered' evidence. If we want people to use the legal system to resolve disputes, rather than more dangerous or violent options, the system has to be trusted."
Joan Jett, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde channelled the spirit of the late Kurt Cobain on Thursday (10Apr14) as they performed with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Michael Stipe from R.E.M. paid tribute to the grunge stars as drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic were joined on the podium at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York by Cobain's mother and sister and his widow, Courtney Love.
The Hole frontwoman proved that any bad blood between her and the existing Nirvana duo was in the past by calling Grohl and Novoselic her "family" and hugging them both, before saying, "I just wish that Kurt was here to hear this and feel this and be this.
"Twenty years ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame maybe wasn't (something he'd appreciate), but today he would have appreciated it. He would have appreciated Krist and Dave... his mother and his sister being here..." She went on to dedicate Cobain's posthumous honour to their daughter, Francis Bean Cobain, who missed the ceremony due to illness.
Grohl and Novoselic then welcomed their female collaborators to rock out with them, with Jett taking charge of vocals on Smells Like Teen Spirit, Gordon joining the pair for Aneurysm, and St. Vincent singing Lithium. Royals hitmaker Lorde helped the band close out the Nirvana reunion with All Apologies, which served as the explosive finale of the near six-hour induction ceremony.
Earlier in the night, Bruce Springsteen saluted his longtime backing musicians the E Street Band, and took the time to remember each and every person who had ever been a part of the group, including late saxophonist Clarence Clemons and his sidekick and "consigliere", guitarist Steven Van Zandt. Soul icons Hall & Oates were inducted by The Roots drummer Questlove, but the singers' performance had to be briefly halted midway through a rendition of their 1976 classic She's Gone after experiencing technical problems.
There was no drama from KISS, who were introduced by Tom Morello, as the original line-up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss reunited to join the Class of 2014, although they stuck to their vow not to perform after learning that Hall of Fame bosses would not be honouring current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Stevie Nicks joined forces to honour Linda Ronstadt, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was on hand to praise former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel as a solo artist. Art Garfunkel celebrated the career of Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, and British producer Peter Asher helped to induct the Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Beatles svengali Brian Epstein.
Kiss star Gene Simmons has revealed that he and Paul Stanley turned their backs on the chance to perform at the upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony after learning museum bosses only wanted to honour the original members of the group. The bass player tells Entertainment Weekly Radio that he and Stanley spoke to former bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss after learning they had been inducted at last, and the foursome had agreed that they would all accept the honour, but the current KISS line-up, featuring Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, would perform at the Barclays Center ceremony in New York on 10 April (14).
But then Hall of Fame officials made it clear they only wanted the original line-up onstage.
Simmons says, "Paul and I got on the phone and called Ace and Peter: 'Hey, congratulations. It was an honour to stand alongside you then and we’ll be proud to stand alongside of you at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to accept the award'. And they were gracious and happy... and we went off our separate ways (sic).
"And then we found out the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will only be honouring the original line-up, with Ace, Peter, Paul and myself, and we said, ‘Oh, OK then, we won’t be playing there. We’ll just accept the award. Thank you very much'. And they go, 'What are you talking about?’ and I said, ‘Well, you have a group like the Eagles, who continue to be our contemporaries... and every member that has even been in the Eagles has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but you’re only gonna honour the first line-up that was together for seven years? We’ve been around 40 years!'
"Tommy and Eric have been in the band 20 years - two and a half times longer than Ace and Peter. You’re going to slap them in the face and we’re supposed to get... get up onstage and do it? No, that’s not going to happen."
He adds, "Imagine you’re being invited to be inducted at an award ceremony and you get to bring only the first person you ever went out with in your life. The one, your beloved right now? She can’t come, or he can’t come. They get to stay home, they don’t get honoured'... That’s not going to fly."
KISS will be inducted alongside Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates, among the Class of 2014.
Kiss frontman Paul Stanley is unimpressed with the band's upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction - because he believes museum executives voted the rockers in "begrudgingly". The singer and his bandmates are part of the Class of 2014 being inducted into the Ohio music mecca in April (14), but he insists he isn't exactly celebrating - because KISS should already be there.
He tells Classic Rock magazine, "It (induction) was done begrudgingly and because it had become absolutely ludicrous that they were choosing to ignore us.
"At the end of the day, most people don't realise that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was a privately created establishment and that it has a self-appointed board. It's a perfect case of perception becoming reality. People heard Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and gave it credibility. So whether it deserves the title has to be weighed against who it inducts.
"Was it an honour to be nominated? No. It means a lot to the fans and I understand it because it's validation for them. So, for that reason, I accept graciously and accept on their behalf, (but) my feelings and my ambivalence about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hasn't changed any. Their attitude is elitist and it doesn't reflect the public. It reflects a small group who dictate who meets the criteria that they set up as rock 'n' roll.
"I've always felt the spirit of rock 'n' roll meant not only ignoring your critics, but ignoring your peers and going your own way. I think we've done that pretty much with few exceptions for 40 years. So that same criteria that kept us out has not gotten us in."
Stanley adds, "I scratch my head a little and I also take issue with a certain arrogance within that group. Nonetheless, I look at some of the inductees and any club that has Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and The Who and the Beatles and The (Rolling) Stones is company I don't mind being in and my feelings have nothing to do with any of them; it purely has to do with a system which I think is tainted, corrupted and distorted."
And the rocker warns fans not to expect a performance onstage at the induction ceremony, especially one that includes original members Peter Kriss and Ace Frehley.
He states, "Honestly, I have no plans at the moment to do anything, and that includes playing with Ace and Peter or anyone else. My plan at the moment is to go and accept the award. Anything else, we'll see how it unfolds or unravels."
Guitarist Frehley has previously expressed an interest in performing at the ceremony, but he refuses to be an add-on to the current KISS line-up.
He said, "You can't have me and Tommy (Thayer) both in makeup... I don't have a problem with Tommy and (drummer) Eric (Singer) being there out of makeup if I'm in makeup, because they're a big part of KISS today. (But) they had nothing to do with the beginning of KISS, or the designs or the costumes or the makeup... This is about the celebration of KISS and how it all began and started, and it should be honouring the four original members."
Joining KISS as this year's Hall of Fame inductees are Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Cat Stevens.
KISS frontman Paul Stanley has wrecked fans' dreams of watching the original members of the group performing together when they are inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April (14), insisting a reunion "seems unlikely". The colourful rockers will join Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Nirvana, among others, in the museum's class of 2014 and Stanley insists they will perform at the ceremony - but it won't be an original line-up reunion.
The singer made his feelings clear after a fan asked him about the possibility of including Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in his and bassist Gene Simmons Hall of Fame plans.
Stanley initially wrote, "No way", and then added, "Seems unlikely".
And that paves the way for another Hall of Fame feud - because guitarist Frehley is keen to perform and replace current KISS star Tommy Thayer onstage.
Frehley has said, "You can't have me and Tommy both in makeup... I don't have a problem with Tommy and (current drummer) Eric (Singer) being there out of make-up if I'm in make-up, because they're a big part of KISS today. (But) they had nothing to do with the beginning of KISS, or the designs or the costumes or the make-up... This is about the celebration of KISS and how it all began and started, and it should be honouring the four original members."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez have wed in an intimate ceremony in the groom's native France. The pregnant actress, 46, exchanged vows with the Unfaithful star, 47, at the Chateau des Conde in Vallery on Saturday (13Jul13) in front of just 60 guests, including Martinez's mother, Rosemarie, and brother, Vincent.
Photos obtained by WENN show the bride wearing a traditional white gown as she arrived at the church in a vintage white car, decorated with lace.
According to local reports, a civil union was held first, in accordance with French law, followed by a religious ceremony in the village chapel.
The wedding reception was held outdoors and fireworks lit up the sky in celebration.
Berry began dating Martinez, who previously romanced Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, in 2010 after meeting on the set of their film flop Dark Tide, and they became engaged last year (12).
In April (13), the Oscar winner revealed she was three months pregnant with her fiance's son, a half-brother for her five-year-old daughter Nahla, from her relationship with French Canadian model Gabriel Aubry.
It is Berry's third trip down the aisle; she had previously sworn off marriage following failed unions to baseball player David Justice and singer Eric Benet. It is the first marriage for Martinez.
Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are preparing to wed in the actor's native Paris, France this weekend (12-14Jul13), according to multiple reports. The pregnant Oscar winner, her fiance and her daughter Nahla were photographed arriving at Los Angeles International Airport to board a flight on Wednesday (10Jul13), and sources tell both People.com and Eonline.com that the nuptials are imminent.
The couple became engaged in March, 2012, and will welcome its first child together later this year (13).
If the rumours are true, it will be Berry's third trip down the aisle; she had previously sworn off marriage after failed unions to baseball player David Justice and singer Eric Benet. Martinez, who previously dated Australian pop superstar Kylie Minogue, has never been married.
The ceremony is expected to be an intimate one - discussing her plans last year (12), the actress said, "I do know it will be very small. I haven't been to many weddings, but I went to one this weekend with 250 guests. I thought, 'Wow - so this is a wedding, huh?' I've never had that, nor have I wanted that."
Nahla, five, is Berry's child with her model ex, Gabriel Aubry.
Benet, who was married to Berry from 2001 to 2005, refused to answer questions about his former partner's troubles at a recent Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York, but now he's opening up a little.
He tells In Touch magazine, "I am hoping for the best, praying for the best for Nahla."
Benet's comments come just two weeks after Berry's fiance Olivier Martinez and her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, the father of young Nahla, were involved in a fight at the actress' Hollywood home on Thanksgiving Day (22Nov12).
The altercation was reportedly sparked by Martinez after he criticised the former model for wrecking Berry's plans to move to France with her fiance and her four-year-old.
Meanwhile, Benet reveals that his ex has no contact with his daughter - her former stepdaughter - India.
He adds, "She doesn't have a relationship with Halle. That kind of ended."
David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas consists of six stories set in various periods between 1850 and a time far into Earth's post-apocalyptic future. Each segment lives on its own the previous first person account picked up and read by a character in its successor creating connective tissue between each moment in time. The various stories remain intact for Tom Tykwer's (Run Lola Run) Lana Wachowski's and Andy Wachowski's (The Matrix) film adaptation which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The massive change comes from the interweaving of the book's parts into one three-hour saga — a move that elevates the material and transforms Cloud Atlas in to a work of epic proportions.
Don't be turned off by the runtime — Cloud Atlas moves at lightning pace as it cuts back and forth between its various threads: an American notary sailing the Pacific; a budding musician tasked with transcribing the hummings of an accomplished 1930's composer; a '70s-era investigatory journalist who uncovers a nefarious plot tied to the local nuclear power plant; a book publisher in 2012 who goes on the run from gangsters only to be incarcerated in a nursing home; Sonmi~451 a clone in Neo Seoul who takes on the oppressive government that enslaves her; and a primitive human from the future who teams with one of the few remaining technologically-advanced Earthlings in order to survive. Dense but so was the unfamiliar world of The Matrix. Cloud Atlas has more moving parts than the Wachowskis' seminal sci-fi flick but with additional ambition to boot. Every second is a sight to behold.
The members of the directing trio are known for their visual prowess but Cloud Atlas is a movie about juxtaposition. The art of editing is normally a seamless one — unless someone is really into the craft the cutting of a film is rarely a post-viewing talking point — but Cloud Atlas turns the editor into one of the cast members an obvious player who ties the film together with brilliant cross-cutting and overlapping dialogue. Timothy Cavendish the elderly publisher could be musing on his need to escape and the film will wander to the events of Sonmi~451 or the tortured music apprentice Robert Frobisher also feeling the impulse to run. The details of each world seep into one another but the real joy comes from watching each carefully selected scene fall into place. You never feel lost in Cloud Atlas even when Tykwer and the Wachowskis have infused three action sequences — a gritty car chase in the '70s a kinetic chase through Neo Seoul and a foot race through the forests of future millennia — into one extended set piece. This is a unified film with distinct parts echoing the themes of human interconnectivity.
The biggest treat is watching Cloud Atlas' ensemble tackle the diverse array of characters sprinkled into the stories. No film in recent memory has afforded a cast this type of opportunity yet another form of juxtaposition that wows. Within a few seconds Tom Hanks will go from near-neanderthal to British gangster to wily 19th century doctor. Halle Berry Hugh Grant Jim Sturgess Jim Broadbent Ben Whishaw Hugo Weaving and Susan Sarandon play the same game taking on roles of different sexes races and the like. (Weaving as an evil nurse returning to his Priscilla Queen of the Desert cross-dressing roots is mind-blowing.) The cast's dedication to inhabiting their roles on every level helps us quickly understand the worlds. We know it's Halle Berry behind the fair skinned wife of the lunatic composer but she's never playing Halle Berry. Even when the actors are playing variations on themselves they're glowing with the film's overall epic feel. Jim Broadbent's wickedly funny modern segment a Tykwer creation that packs a particularly German sense of humor is on a smaller scale than the rest of the film but the actor never dials it down. Every story character and scene in Cloud Atlas commits to a style. That diversity keeps the swirling maelstrom of a movie in check.
Cloud Atlas poses big questions without losing track of its human element the characters at the heart of each story. A slower moment or two may have helped the Wachowskis' and Tykwer's film to hit a powerful emotional chord but the finished product still proves mainstream movies can ask questions while laying over explosive action scenes. This year there won't be a bigger movie in terms of scope in terms of ideas and in terms of heart than Cloud Atlas.