Rockers Blink-182 are marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by donating money from their gig on Wednesday (11Sep13) to hospitals in New York. Travis Barker, Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge will play at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn in memory of the thousands who died in America's worst ever terrorist attacks.
According to TMZ.com, the band is donating money raised from the concert to hospitals and medical units, including the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Drummer Barker reportedly asked to donate proceeds to the Big Apple centre after he suffered extensive injuries in a plane crash in 2008.
One of recently retired anime director Hayao Miyazaki's great gifts was adaptation. He transformed Diana Wynne Jones' spectacular novel Howl's Moving Castle into a world of bright colors and melancholy, and he recently spun a tale of genius and wonder out of the story of Japanese airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi. His company, Studio Ghibli, will hopefully continue to create beautiful worlds, but Miyazaki will be missed. Here are a few books that would have benefited from Miyazaki's magical touch.
1. The Phantom TollboothThis classic children's story hasn't been brought to the screen since 1970, and the book's letter trees and number mines would have looked beautiful in Miyazaki's world.
2. The Little PrinceMiyazaki didn't shy away from the philosophical or the surreal, and this classic French tale would have been perfect for him.
3. "The Boy Who Drew Cats"This Japanese fairy tale centers around a boy whose drawings could come to life, and we'd love to see how that would look in Miyazaki's animation.
4. The Secret GardenThis novel exists at the intersection between fairy tales and adult themes in which Miyazaki thrived, and the hidden garden would look specatacular under his direction.
5. The Graveyard BookThis Neil Gaiman book is already in talks at Disney, but Studio Ghibli could have turned the creepy-cute graveyard adventure story into a haunting masterpiece.
6. Alice in WonderlandTim Burton used to be the king of whimsy, but his Alice adaptation fell flat. Miyazaki could have created a far more beautiful world with a lot more surprises.
7. AbaratThis beautifully illustrated fantasy novel creates an amazing world where each island is a different hour of the day, and we'd love to see Miyazaki's take on Clive Barker's illustrations.
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Country star Stephen Barker Liles will have to add one more guest to his wedding list - his fiancee is pregnant with the couple's first child. The country singer's bride-to-be Jenna Michelle Kennedy is expecting a baby in December (13), according to People.com.
Liles, whose bandmate Eric Gunderson became a dad earlier this year (Mar13), says, "It’s perfect timing. December is our freest month of the year so, if all goes according to plan, I’ll be home with Jenna and the baby."
Liles proposed to his girlfriend in May (13) and the couple hopes to wed next summer (Jun14).
Lucas Cruikshank, known to many as "Fred," the hyper and chirpy Internet sensation-turned-Nickelodeon star, nonchalantly announced he is gay in a (what else) YouTube clip. The 19-year-old, who regulary collaborates on videos with friend and Disney channel star Jennifer Veal, took a moment to answer some questions with his bestie and affirmed that yes, he is gay.
The actor goes on to say that while his friends and family have known for a few years, he had not felt the need to discuss his sexuality "on the Internet" until now. Cruikshank is one of the first Nickolodeon stars to come out in an industry that is commonly protective of its young stars, sending a message that not only is a teen audience prepared to accept a gay star post-Chris Colfer, but also could serve as positive encouragement for queer or questioning teens in the vein of "It Gets Better." The actor recieved some positive encouragement himself from Cher; Cruikshank tweeted a message he received from the singer and gay icon about how proud she was of him. Honestly, that would make coming out more than worth it.
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If you judge only by her Oscar-winning performance in The Silver Linings Playbook, you might think that Jennifer Lawrence is well into her 30s. Her performance in David O. Russell's dramedy was so mature and compelling that it's hard to believe she's a mere 23. Yes, the Hunger Games star turns 23 today, Aug. 15, and we're pleased to celebrate what promises to be a long and varied future in the cinema. But what exactly do the coming years have in store for JLaw? After Catching Fire and the Mockingjay movies, and Russell's next picture American Hustle, where will Lawrence take her career? We have some suggestions — or wishes — for Lawrence's career.
23 Roles We'd Love to See Jennifer Lawrence Take
1) Kat Stratford in a 10 Things I Hate About You remake. If she can play 30-year-olds now, she can play high schoolers. And yes, she can manage a bitchface.
2) Jaina Solo, daughter of Leia and Han, in Star Wars VII. Imagine Lawrence levitating X-Wings, cutting up Tauntauns, and stopping by Tosche Station for power converters.
3) Ophelia in a Hamlet adaptation. She can do crazy, we've seen it.
4) At the center of her own Showtime series, a la The United States of Tara or Weeds — a loony young mom with a plot-defining secret.
5) Headlining a Victorian era period piece. Imagine the costumes.
6) Playing Elaine in a Seinfeld movie. Obviously, no one is ever going to make a Seinfeld movie. And if they did, they'd probably cast the actors who were actually on Seinfeld. But imagine it... just imagine it...
7) In a Wes Anderson movie, playing (as per Wes Anderson tradition) a dead-eyed, monotone, nihilistic femme fatale. We buy it.
8) Molly Ringwald's role in a Sixteen Candles remake. Sixteen might be pushing it... how about Twenty-One Candles? Not quite the same ring, but that gives us an idea!
9) Taking Sean Penn's role in a gender-swapping 21 Grams remake!
10) Playing Paul Rudd's daughter in a movie that stars Steve Martin as his dad and Dick Van Dyke as his dad. This is actually an idea that we've been working on for quite some time...
11) Remember My Boys on TBS? That show was pretty good, right? Well, if she was in it, it would have been awesome. Do that.
12) Cher's role in a Mermaids remake.
13) Julia Roberts' role in a Pretty Woman remake.
14) Faye Dunaway's role in a Chinatown remake.
15) Playing herself in a Charlie Kaufman movie about how, in "reality," she's a horrible Machiavellian sociopath.
16) Taking on a Ripley-like role in the follow-up to Prometheus.
17) Becky Sharp in a Vanity Fair adaptation.
18) Samus Aran in a Metroid adaptation.
19) Princess Zelda in a film adaptation of Ocarina of Time, which is incredibly necessary.
20) Janis Joplin in a biographical picture about her life and work.
21) Playing all five sisters in a black comedy about strikingly different quintuplets.
22) The verbose, death-obsessed heroine in a Woody Allen movie.
23) The 13th Doctor.
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Jewish rapper Matisyahu, rocker Travis Barker and pop star Ariana Grande have teamed up for an unlikely collaboration as part of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama's ongoing campaign to promote healthy living. The three artists have recorded a track titled U R What You Eat (Salad Bar) for a new hip-hop inspired album, Songs for a Healthier America, which was put together by officials at Obama's Partnership for a Healthier America organisation and the Hip Hop Public Health group.
Other tunes on the project bring together Ashanti, Gerry Gunn, Artie Green and Robbie Nova, while Shayna Steele, Jeremy Jordan, Our Time Theater kids and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren have joined forces for another song.
Executives at Obama's Let's Move! campaign, which aims to fight obesity and promote fitness among kids, hope the message to lead healthier lives reaches children via the music.
Sam Kass, executive director of Let's Move! and White House assistant chef, says, "Cultural leaders and visionaries in our country can give these messages to kids in a way that's not preachy. Kids are going to be dancing and listening to the music. I think hip-hop in particular - so many kids love hip-hop. It's such a core part of our culture... and particularly in the African-American community and the Latino community, which is being disproportionately affected by those health issues."
Jordin Sparks and hip-hop icon Doug E. Fresh are also among the artists featured on the album - their duet Everybody was released earlier this year (13).
The Let's Move! campaign was launched in 2010 and featured a video from Beyonce, who reworked her song Get Me Bodied and renamed it Move Your Body for the Let's Move! Flash Workout initiative.
Elvis Presley's Cadillac car, his U.S. Army papers, and rare footage of his final ever performance are to go up for auction. The classic 1972 vehicle is among the top lots at a Presley-related sale at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California later this month (Jul13).
The auction also includes rare photographs, documents detailing The King's induction to and discharge from the U.S. military, and more than four hours of film and audio footage of Presley performing shortly before his death in 1977.
The film, which also includes scenes backstage and in the Hound Dog hitmaker's dressing room, was shot as part of the U.S. TV special, Elvis In Concert, which was broadcast shortly after his death, but has never been officially released for sale.
Travis Barker, Britney Spears and Chloe Grace Moretz are among the stars who have reached out to all those affected by the horrifying plane crash in San Francisco, California on Saturday (06Jul13). Two teenagers were killed and more than 180 passengers were injured when an Asiana Airlines plane crash landed at San Francisco's airport, and frightening images of the accident showed the jet on fire as rescue crews battled to extinguish the blaze.
The incident brought back terrifying memories for Blink-182 rocker Travis Barker, who nearly lost his life when the private jet he was travelling in crashed in South Carolina in 2008, and he was among the first to reach out to the victims of the San Francisco disaster.
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "Prayers go out to everybody in the plane crash in San Francisco and their families /loved ones."
While pop star Britney Spears also reached out to those affected, writing, "My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco," and actress Chloe Grace Moretz offers, "My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone affected by the 777 Asiana plane crash. God bless."
Olivia Munn, Holly Robinson Peete and William Shatner were also among the stars who sent messages of sympathy to the victims.
Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler is spearheading a new anti-fur campaign to coincide with this year's (13) pageant. The reality TV star and ex-wife of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has teamed up with three other pageant winners - Shandi Finnessey, Susie Castillo and Alyssa Campanella - to bare all for a new PETA press ad, linked to the animal rights group's I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur billboard campaign.
The quartet of beauties have also filmed a video urging pageant contestants to refuse the fur coats they're offered as gifts.
In the film, Castillo says, "I've been an animal lover all my life, and the more I learned of the torture that animals go through in the name of fashion, I just think it's so unnecessary... It's unbelievable to me.
"I feel blessed to take a stand united and to tell the pageant industry not to support the fur industry."
In addition to starring in the ad, Finnessey has sent a letter to lawmakers in her home state of Missouri, urging them to adopt a no-fur policy.
Meanwhile, in a statement to PETA bosses, Moakler writes, "As long as I'm the director of Miss Nevada, we will never award fur coats as prizes, and I urge my fellow pageant directors to make the same pledge. Kind people today are taking a stand against cruelty to animals, so a fur coat is no prize for a compassionate, socially-aware woman."
The Miss USA 2013 pageant will take place this weekend (16Jun13) in Las Vegas.
It may be the most famous scene in Western literature: Romeo’s declaration of love beneath Juliet’s balcony. So how do you stage it without words? If you stage it as a dance how do you deal with the separation of the two lovers? Sir Kenneth MacMillan provided an easy answer in his choreography for Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. You get Juliet off that balcony and down on terra firma for a pas de deux with Romeo stat. The challenge is that the dancers’ physicality has to be as good as Shakespeare’s words.
Cory Stearns and Gillian Murphy of the American Ballet Theatre meet MacMillan’s challenge as the star-crossed title characters in a new production of Prokofiev’s ballet playing at Lincoln Center through June 15. But they’re lucky. They have the support of the spare-no-expenses American Ballet Theatre ethos. It’s resulted in another sumptuous, soaring ballet.
ABT’s Romeo and Juliet opens on the marketplace of Verona. There’s a wooden stairway, several stalls for vendors, some hay scattered about, all the little organic details the company likes to establish for complete immersion. The marketplace slowly comes alive as the baker arrives, then the blacksmith, then the fishmonger. This is a living space, perfect for MacMillan’s unfussy, down-to-earth choreographic style. He even integrates some elements of northern Italian folkdance into the traditional ballet when he has a group of wheat-toting women perform light clogging. Before you know it, the entire marketplace has erupted in violence with Montagues dueling Capulets via some fierce swordplay.
MacMillan’s democratic style meant populating his stage with a multitude of elements at once and encouraging you to scan about and perceive as many details as possible. That means any of the background peasants get as much attention as Tybalt and Mercutio. Only Romeo and Juliet themselves get the spotlight. As Romeo, Cory Stearns, who’s only been a principal at ABT for two years, is athletic and engaging. The Long Island native is more streamlined than muscular, perfect for capturing a youth in the throes of his first true passion. And Gillian Murphy, a South Carolina prodigy who’s been a principal for eleven years, is appropriately willowy and ethereal.
In bringing life to their characters, Stearns and Murphy are supported by Prokofiev’s propulsive 1935 score, conducted here by Charles Barker. The Russian modernist was a master of narrativizing music, and he’s best known today for teasing out the full drama of his works by assigning themes to each of his characters. One of his most famous pieces, Peter and the Wolf, goes so far as to designate a specific instrument for each animal in the story. Something similar happens here, with flutes corresponding to Juliet and strings to Romeo. But overall, Romeo and Juliet is one of Prokofiev’s looser compositions. In conjunction with MacMillan’s choreography it’s a ballet that exists on the opposite pole from, say, Prokofiev’s score for the film Alexander Nevsky, in which the music is perfectly synchronized with the images — a vision of determinism reflecting a time in which free will seemed unattainable in Russian society.
The one time you feel that level of control in Romeo and Juliet is, of course, the famous “Dance of the Knights,” a brooding, violent piece in which the Montagues and Capulets march with militaristic menace. MacMillan places the two camps in strictly regimented formation as if the Montagues and Capulets are extras in Triumph of the Will. It’s easy to imagine that Prokofiev, living at the height of Stalin’s “show trials” and with the Nazis about ready to march across Europe, might have likened the Montagues and Capulets’ culture of violence to ‘30s fascism. Not traditional romantic music, Prokofiev’s composition seems to underline the lovers’ break from tradition more than their sensual longing. It shows that Romeo and Juliet truly is timeless, because it can be so easily modified to fit the priorities of the time in which it’s retold.
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