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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Philip Seymour Hoffman returned to the spotlight for the first time since his rehab stint to speak at an awards ceremony in New York City on Tuesday (11Jun13). The Capote star, who spent more than 20 years sober, completed a 10-day treatment program to tackle substance abuse issues last month (13) following a relapse in 2012.
He subsequently returned to work filming on location in Europe, and on Tuesday he was back in the spotlight at the Envision Awards.
Hoffman spoke of his memories working with Sony Pictures Classics co-founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, who were honoured with a prize for their work in the film industry.
Actresses Candice Bergen and Marcia Gay Harden also made speeches at the ceremony.
Country star Stephen Barker Liles has proposed to his longtime girlfriend - and she said yes. The Love and Theft singer/guitarist popped the question to Jenna Michelle Kennedy on the beach in Fort Myers, Florida on Tuesday (28May13).
He tells People.com, "Jenna and I were planning on a sunset dinner at Fresh Catch Bistro, and I called ahead and told them... to say that the table wouldn't be ready for 30 minutes so that we had to kill some time and walk on the beach."
Barker Liles had a friend set up cameras on the sand to capture the special moment, but his cover was almost blown when she quizzed him about the snappers: "(She) asked what they were doing, and I said, 'Probably just watching the sunset!' Then we walked closer and I got down on one knee and begged her to be mine forever.
"I am so blessed to have (Kennedy) in my life and for us to become one. She is my best friend and I am so grateful for the Lord bringing her into my life."
The couple is planning to wed next May (14).
It's a special time for Love and Theft - Barker Liles' bandmate Eric Gunderson recently became a dad to a son named Camden.
Teen superstar Justin Bieber helped rocker Travis Barker earn major cool points with his seven-year-old daughter on Friday (24May13) after stopping by their Los Angeles home to hang out with the youngster. The Baby hitmaker posed for a photo with little Alabama on his motorbike and she became the envy of all of her friends when she posted the picture on Instagram.com later that day.
In the accompanying caption, she wrote, "Justin Bieber came by and I took a picture with him on his motorcycle. He is really nice and he brought me a sk8 (skate) board".
Bieber sent the Blink-182 star a link to the snap via Twitter.com on Tuesday (28May13) and complimented him on his "cutie" of a kid, prompting the proud dad to reply, "Thanks, you made her day".
Funnyman David Walliams has ruled out pursuing a Hollywood career, insisting he has taken inspiration from fellow Brits Rowan Atkinson and Ronnie Barker by staying away from Tinseltown. The Little Britain star has enjoyed brief roles in several movies, including 2004 zombie film Shaun of the Dead, but he is determined to remain in his native U.K. instead of relocating to California.
Walliams is adamant his refusal to head to Hollywood will not endanger his career, and he cites Atkinson, Barker, and comedian Peter Kay as examples of how to achieve long-term success while living in Britain.
He tells Event magazine, "I don't want to be thousands of miles away. I like my life here. Ronnie Barker never made a Hollywood movie and he's a legend. (Sometimes) I ask myself, 'What would Peter Kay do?' or 'What would Rowan Atkinson do?' I think they are people with incredible careers who have managed to do it their own way."
Duff Mckagan, Nikki Sixx and Pete Wentz are among the stars who have paid tribute to Jeff Hanneman following his death on Thursday (02May13). The Slayer guitarist and founding member passed away at a hospital in California after suffering liver failure at the age of 49, and his musical peers have taken to Twitter.com to pay their respects. Motley Crue bassist Sixx writes in a post, "My condolences to his family, the band and all his friends and fans", while Wentz adds, "Rest in peace Jeff Hanneman. (1991 Slayer album) Decade of Aggression is the first cd I ever bought with my own money. Sad day." Blink-182 star Travis Barker mourns, "The world lost a legend today", McKagan laments, "I'm so very soory (sic) for your loss Hanneman family" and singer/songwriter Andrew WK observes, "Jeff Hanneman will always be a metal god. A true master, he gave energy and excitement to millions, and will continue to." A post on Nickelback's Twitter page reads, "Jeff Hanneman was an amazing guitar player - all 4 of us grew up listening to Slayer. He will be greatly missed by all." Elijah Wood and Zakk Wylde also posted their condolences on the site.
Fallen producer Scott Storch has locked himself away in the studio to focus on his music comeback after overcoming a serious drug problem. The hip-hop hitmaker famously blew his $30 million (£18.75 million) fortune on drugs, girls and flash cars, but his party lifestyle came to an abrupt halt in 2009 when he realised he'd burned through all of his money.
He filed for bankruptcy that year (09) and checked into a rehabilitation facility in Florida in a bid to beat his substance abuse issues, and now Storch claims he's clean and sober and ready to rebuild his reputation.
The beatmaker, who previously collaborated with stars including 50 Cent, Beyonce and Pink, admits his love for music has been reignited once more and he's keeping himself out of trouble by throwing himself into his work.
He tells AllHipHop.com, "I think I'm finally falling in love with music again. I lost the passion for a while... due to public personal issues and stuff I went through...
"As time goes by, the clarity I'm gaining everyday, I feel like my music is getting better. More vivid and just effortless... I'm really focused in the studio, doing more production than ever. I'm like a studio junkie now...
"I'm doing just fine. I'm living a healthy life... I just (sic) been very secluded in the past few months and just in the studio focusing on that... I didn't forget how to make hits... I do this... I'm inspired and hungry. I got a big appetite for success right now."
Storch also reveals he's been considering a new career as a DJ to subsidise his income and raise the profile of his new music: "The DJ is really making some serious paper (money) and it's a good venue (clubs) to solicit your own records. I'm trying to do something a little different, similar to the way Travis Barker and DJ AM did."