Rapper will.i.am has scored his 10th number one in the U.K. singles chart with It's My Birthday. The Black Eyed Peas star's new song, featuring Cody Wise, has shot to the top of the countdown, knocking Ariana Grande's Problem into second place.
Coming in at number three is Ella Henderson's Ghost, while The Vamps' Somebody To You and George Ezra's Budapest round out the top five, in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Meanwhile, in the U.K. albums chart, Ed Sheeran's X holds on to the number one spot for the third week in a row.
Manic Street Preachers' Futurology is new at two, followed by Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke at three.
Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage place fourth and fifth on the charts, respectively.
Conductor and composer Lorin Maazel has died at the age of 84. The musician passed away from complications following a bout with pneumonia on Sunday (13Jul14) in Castleton Farms, Virginia.
Maazel was best known for his work as the director of the Vienna State Opera in Austria, the Pittsburgh Symphony in Pennsylvania, the Munich Philharmonic in Germany and the New York Philharmonic.
He also composed his own operas starting with 1984, which was based on the George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
In 2009, he founded the Castleton Festival, which showcases new and established opera talent, with his wife, Dietlinde Turban Maazel.
Singer Gina Glocksen has given birth to a baby girl. The former American Idol star welcomed her first child with husband Joe Ruzicka in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday (10Jul14), reports People.com.
The couple appears to have drawn inspiration from popular fantasy book series Game of Thrones for the newborn's first name - they have called her Daenerys 'Dany' Josephine.
Author George R.R. Martin's novels feature a character called Daenerys Targaryen, who is played in the hit TV adaptation by British actress Emilia Clarke.
Glocksen has since debuted the little girl online in a pair of photos on Instagram.com.
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Summer: it's a time to relax, soak up the sun, eat mountains of ice cream and tackle the massive pile of books you've been meaning to read. Whether you need to make your way through hundreds of pages of classic literature before school starts up again or you've just been putting off the heavier tomes on your shelf until you have some more free time, reading the classics can sometimes be a slog in the summer. But it's a task well worth undertaking, and not just because it's good to broaden your literary horizons. Many of your favorite films are actually twists on well-worn tales. Sure, they're enjoyable on their own, but the only way to really pick up on the humor of Jane Austen or the references to Shakespeare in a suburban high school rom com is to read the books first. We've rounded up the best movies that become even better, funnier and more charming after you've read the works their based on. Consider it a well-earned reward for a book well read.
10 Things I Hate About YouBased On: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.Most Drastic Change: Aside from the high school setting, he plot was simplified to reduce the amount of characters and false identities. For example, Joey Donner was originally two characters, Gremio and Hortensio. Best Reference to the Source: After Kat almost hits Michael with a car, he calls her a “shrew”; Michael also quotes Shakespearean sonnets several times throughout the film, and Cameron quotes the play itself (“I burn; I pine; I perish”). And there's that one girl who is oddly in love with "William."You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: Almost every name in the film is a reference to something else. Padua High School refers to Padua being the location of the play, and Patrick’s last name, Verona, is where Petruchio is originally from. Kat and Bianca’s last name – Stratford – is a reference to Shakespeare’s hometown.
Clueless Based On: Emma by Jane Austen Most Drastic Change: Updating the film to be about ‘90s Valley girls; none of the character’s names are similar to Austen’s characters.Best Reference to the Source: The wedding fake-out at the end of the film. Since Austen wrote a great deal about the marriage plot, all of her novels end with the heroine getting married. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: While most of the characters have Austenian equivalents, Dionne is an original character, although it could be argued that she represents Ms. Weston. Also, Amy Heckerling cut out the character of Jane Fairfax completely. She is the main obstacle to Emma and Frank Churchill’s relationship; his Clueless doppelganger, Christian, is gay instead.
Bridget Jones’ Diary Based On: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Most Drastic Change: Instead of the large family that Elizabeth Bennet has in the book, Bridget is an only child, and has a large group of friends to give her advice, all of whom vaguely resemble her sisters. Best Reference to the Source: Casting Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. Author Helen Fielding has said that she based the character (both in name and looks) on his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: Instead of Darcy making two proposals, he only makes one; Bridget’s speech when she finds out that he is moving is a reflection of his second confession of love.
She’s the Man Based On: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Most Drastic Change: In the play, Viola just pretends to be a man, and calls herself Cesario, rather than specifically impersonating her brother Sebastian. Best Reference to the Source: The character of Malcolm, who is based on the character of Malvolio, has a pet tarantula named Malvolio. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Books: Like 10 Things I Hate About You, all of the names are either adapted from those of the characters - Duke Orsino is the modern-day equivalent of Orsino, who is a duke, and the restaurant they frequent is called Cesario – or the locations – the school’s name Illyria, is where the play takes place.
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Easy A Based On: The Scarlett Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne Most Drastic Change: In the book, Hester is ostracized for cheating on her husband with a priest; she got pregnant during the affair. In the film, Olive only pretends to sleep with people. Best Reference to the Source: The foreign film that Olive goes to see, courtesy of one of her fake hookups, is called Der Scharlachrote Buchstabe, which translates to The Scarlett Letter.You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: The film is up-front about many of its similarities to Hawthorne’s book, as Olive is studying it in class. Though Olive doesn’t have an affair with anyone, Hester and Arthur Dimmsdale’s relationship is paralleled in the affair that Mrs. Griffith has with Micah.
ScroogedBased On: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Most Drastic Change: At the end of the film, Frank reunites with his love, Claire. However, in the book, too much time has passed for him to reconcile with Belle, and so he is instead content with becoming part of the Cratchitt family. Best Reference to the Original: In addition to Frank Cross joking about “scaring the Dickens out of people,” one of the TV shows he produces is called “Scrooge,” which was an alternate title that Dickens published the story under. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: The Bob Cratchitt part is played by two different characters: Frank’s overworked assistant Grace Cooley and the much-abused yes-man Eliot Loudermilk.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Based On: Homer’s The Odyssey Most Drastic Change: Instead of journeying home after a great war, Ulysses has escaped from a prison chain gang. Best Reference to the Source: The film is filled with references to the epic, but the cleverest is the repeated use of the song “Man of Constant Sorrow,” as the name Odysseus (the Greek equivalent of Ulysses) means “man who is in constant pain and sorrow.” You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: In order to win Penelope’s hand in marriage, all the suitors must string Odysseus’ bow and shoot an arrow through a dozen axe heads, but only Odysseus is strong enough to string the bow. In the film, Ulysseus also strings a bow in order to prove that he is who he says he is, and not an imposter.
Ruby Sparks Based On: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.Most Drastic Change: In the play, Higgins “makes” Eliza by transforming her from a flower girl into a lady, but in the film, Calvin physically creates Ruby, as she is a product of his imagination.Best Reference to the Source: At the end, Ruby becomes her own person, and leaves Calvin behind to do what she wants and become who she wants, which reflects the controversial ending of the play, in which Eliza leaves Henry behind in order to marry Freddy, even though Henry disapproves. The ending of Shaw's play was very controversial when it was first performed, but it was important to him that Eliza doesn't marry Henry. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: Calvin’s brother, Harry, repeatedly warns him to be careful with what he’s doing, and not to disregard Ruby’s emotions, just like how Henry’s friend, Colonel Pickering, constantly warns Henry to be kind to Eliza and to treat her like a real person, rather than an experiment.
Actor George Clooney is determined to continue his feud with a British tabloid by rejecting an apology from the newspaper's bosses.
The Ocean's Eleven star slammed Mailonline.com - the website of the Daily Mail newspaper - for publishing a false story about his upcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin, suggesting his future mother-in-law was unhappy with her daughter's choice of suitor.
Editors at the tabloid issued an apology this week (beg07Jul14), insisting the story was "not a fabrication" but accepting it was "inaccurate".
However, the Hollywood heartthrob is refusing to draw a line under the feud and has publicly rejected the apology.
In a new article for USA Today, published on Friday (11Jul14), he writes, "I thank the Mail for its apology. Not that I would ever accept it, but because in doing so they've exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid."
Clooney is expected to wed human rights lawyer Alamuddin later this year (14).
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Late U.S. comedian George Carlin has landed his own street honour in New York.
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation on Wednesday (09Jul14) allowing a block in the comic's native Morningside Heights neighbourhood to be renamed George Carlin Way.
Previous efforts to have another street in the area named after Carlin in 2008 fell through after officials at the nearby Corpus Christi Church objected to the honour because of his public disdain for organised religion.
Joseph Rosenberg of the Catholic Community Relations Council tells the New York Daily News, "It was an acrimonious relationship. But we're pleased with the resolution. "The church just didn't want the sign to be on the block where Corpus Christi Church was. We were never opposed to a street co-naming, we just didn't want it on that block."
Carlin died of heart failure in 2008.
Police in the U.K. have launched an appeal for information after a 21-year-old music fan was brutally attacked at Britain's Sonisphere festival over the weekend (05-06Jul14). George Cook, from Surrey, England, was hospitalised and underwent a five-hour operation to fix a metal plate to his jaw after he was beaten by a group of three men at the rock festival on Friday night (04Jul14).
Cook is now recovering at home, and police have launched a hunt to find those responsible.
A Hertfordshire Police spokesman says, "One serious incident occurred which saw a 21-year-old man from Surrey suffering serious injuries following an assault in the Red 2 campsite on Friday night, July 4. He received injuries to his face and jaw which require surgery. It is believed three offenders were involved in this assault."
The event was headlined by Iron Maiden and Metallica.
Actors Scarlett Johansson and Jonah Hill have joined the all-star line-up of the Coen Brothers' new movie Hail Caesar!.
George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Channing Tatum had already been attached to the Hollywood studios period comedy and now two more big names have been added to the fold.
Johansson previously worked with the Coen Brothers on their 2001 film The Man Who Wasn't There, while the project will mark another movie reunion for Hill and his 21 Jump Street co-star Tatum.
Celebrating the news on Twitter.com, Hill writes, "Hail, Caesar! So damn excited to get to work with the Coen Brothers!"
Filming is expected to begin this autumn (14), although a release date has yet to be set.
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Actor Robert Redford is set to portray veteran U.S. newsman Dan Rather in new movie Truth.
The Captain America: The Winter Soldier star will appear alongside Cate Blanchett, who will play Rather's producer Mary Mapes in a film based on her 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and The Privilege of Power.
Truth will centre on the controversy surrounding Rather's 2004 report which claimed former U.S. President George W. Bush was allowed to serve in the Texas Air National Guard in order to avoid fighting in the Vietnam War.
The story faced harsh criticism after it was broadcast and Mapes lost her job at CBS News.
The Amazing Spider-Man screenwriter James Vanderbilt will adapt the screenplay and make his directorial debut on the project, which is expected to begin production this autumn (14).
Hollywood stars Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling are set to become first-time parents, according to multiple U.S. reports. The Hitch beauty, 40, is said to be seven months pregnant.
The couple began dating in 2011 after shooting crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines together.
Representatives for the actors had yet to respond to requests for a comment as WENN went to press.
The baby news comes five months after Mendes, 40, denied rumours she was expecting after asking to undergo a manual body search at an airport security checkpoint instead of walking through the X-ray scanners.
She laughed off the speculation at the time, telling U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, "It's (the baby rumours are) so ridiculous. It all started because I didn't want to go through the scanners at the airport. You know those X-ray scanners, which are really creepy? They basically see you naked. And not only that, but there's a radiation aspect to it. So I always opt out. I always ask for a personal pat-down... (Tabloid reporters thought) that was good enough reason to say 'Hey (she's pregnant)'."
When DeGeneres pressed her further about whether there was any truth to the pregnancy rumour, Mendes replied, "Oh God! No, no no!"
Mendes previously dated filmmaker George Augusto, while Gosling, 33, enjoyed romances with his The Notebook co-star Rachel McAdams and Sandra Bullock.