Victoria Beckham has officially ruled herself out of any future Spice Girls reunions, insisting her appearance at the London Olympics was her last with the band. The Wannabe hitmakers, who first split in 2000, reunited for a world tour in 2007 and 2008 and teamed up once again for a special performance at the Olympic Games closing ceremony in 2012.
The Spice Girls are reportedly considering a deal to hit the road with the Backstreet Boys to mark their 20th anniversary in the U.K. later this year (14), and bandmate Melanie Chisholm recently revealed they might tour as a quartet because Beckham is no longer interested in returning to her pop roots alongside Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Geri Halliwell.
Chisholm, aka Sporty Spice, said, "We've talked about it (a reunion). Victoria doesn't want to, which we completely understand. We are so proud of her and her incredible foray into fashion; it's incredible what she's achieved as a designer. The four of us could consider it maybe. We have Victoria's blessing to do that."
And now Beckham has made it clear she will never perform as a member of the Spice Girls ever again. Making the declaration in a 40 Facts About Me survey for People magazine, she writes, "I appeared for the last time with the Spice Girls at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games."
Beckham previously admitted she had simply become too busy to juggle motherhood and her fashion career with another reunion tour after their 2008 trek left her exhausted.
A Washington, D.C. judge has rejected a motion to dismiss Chris Brown's assault charge, clearing the way for his trial to begin as scheduled next week (begs14Apr14). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker's lawyer, Mark Geragos, was in court on Monday (07Apr14) and argued that prosecutors had abused the grand jury process in preparations for the upcoming trial, which relates to a fight involving the singer and his bodyguard Christopher Hollosy outside a hotel in October (13).
However, Judge Patricia Wynn dismissed Geragos' claims of misconduct, and now Brown will have to stand trial for the misdemeanour as scheduled on 17 April (14).
Brown, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge, was not in attendance for Monday's hearing - he is still en route from a Los Angeles jail to the U.S. capital after being placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals last Wednesday (02Apr14). The long journey involves multiple stops across the country as the U.S. Marshals pick up other prisoners along the way.
Brown was jailed last month (Mar14) after violating his 2009 probation from his assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna by getting kicked out of a Malibu, California rehabilitation centre, where he had been seeking court-ordered anger management treatment.
Embattled R&B star Chris Brown has been placed under the custody of U.S. Marshals as he makes his way to Washington, D.C. in shackles onboard a plane. The singer was picked up from a Los Angeles jail and escorted to a holding facility in San Bernardino on Wednesday (02Apr14), prior to his long journey to the U.S. capital, where he is facing trial for misdemeanour assault relating to a fight outside a hotel in October (13).
Brown, who was jailed last month (Mar14) after violating his probation in connection to a 2009 assault conviction, is expected to board a plane on Thursday (03Apr14), but it won't be a direct flight to Washington, D.C. - the flight has multiple stops planned, including one in Oklahoma, so the U.S. Marshals can pick up other prisoners along the way, according to TMZ.com. Website editors report the group will not actually arrive in D.C. until Sunday (06Apr14).
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, is due to appear before a D.C. judge on Monday (07Apr14) in a bid to have his client's charges dropped ahead of the trial start date on 17 April (14).
If the request is denied, Brown will have to remain in jail until his day in court.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker's problems began last month March (14) when he was asked to leave a Malibu rehabilitation centre, where he had been seeking court-ordered anger management treatment.
A Los Angeles judge is considering a request from Chris Brown's lawyer to let the singer walk free from jail in time for a court hearing in Washington, D.C. later this month (Apr14). Mark Geragos was in court on Tuesday (01Apr14) calling for time with his client before the assault trial, relating to a fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel last year (13).
The lawyer told the court that he is outraged by the very suggestion that Brown could be shackled, hauled out of L.A. County Jail and sent directly to his hearing.
According to TMZ.com, Geragos argued that his client should be allowed to prepare for trial properly before flying back to Washington, D.C. as a free man on 17 April (14).
Brown has been behind bars since he violated probation last month (Mar14), after getting kicked out of a rehab facility in California.
Chris Brown's lawyer is hoping to save the singer more jail time by agreeing a civil settlement with the alleged victim in the star's assault case, according to a U.S. report. The embattled R&B star was jailed last week (ends16Mar14) for violating a court order to complete a stint in rehab and will remain behind bars until the end of April (14) when he is due to stand trial on an assault charge.
The case relates to an alleged fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. in November (13) and if found guilty, Brown could be sent to prison for up to four years because he will have violated probation stemming from an attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, has been in talks with the alleged victim's lawyer to negotiate a civil settlement and drop the criminal case against the 24-year-old singer, according to TMZ.com.
The website's editors allege a deal is close to being finalised.
Embattled R&B star Chris Brown's jail time has been extended to the end of April (14) in a bid to keep him out of trouble until his next court hearing. The 24-year-old singer was arrested and taken into custody on Friday (14Mar14) after he was asked to leave a Malibu, California rehab facility for reportedly violating the centre's rules.
As a result of his dismissal, lawmakers in California ruled he had violated a court order to complete a rehab stint.
The judge who sentenced Brown after he was arrested and charged with beating up then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 initially ordered the singer to live in the Malibu, California rehab facility for 90 days in an effort to sort out his anger issues, but he extended the star's rehab stay earlier this month (Mar14), and instructed Brown to stay put until his ongoing assault case, relating to a fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. in November (13), was over.
On Monday (17Mar14), Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin refused a request to allow Brown to complete rehab at another facility and set a probation violation hearing for 23 April (14).
Judge Brandlin also told the singer and his attorney Mark Geragos that he was concerned about remarks the star allegedly made while in rehab about the use of guns and knives, and ruled Brown should stay behind bars.
Chris Brown's lawyer has petitioned a judge to block a settlement payment to a woman who alleged the singer assaulted her during a night out in California last year (Jun13). Deanna Gines claimed she suffered torn ligaments in her right knee after the star pushed her to the ground at the Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim.
Police decided not to pursue the case, so Gines sued the singer and club owners over her alleged injuries.
Brown filed a countersuit, but the owners of the nightclub settled with Gines for $15,000 (£9,375).
However, the 24 year old's lawyer, Mark Geragos, is asking a judge to block the settlement because he feels it will unfairly affect their case and leave Brown solely responsible, according to TMZ.com.
Meanwhile, the Kiss Kiss hitmaker's on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran has filed a declaration stating Brown never came in contact with Gines.
Plenty of actors have lent their voices to prime time animated series like The Simpsons or movies like The Croods and Toy Story. But it’s hard to imagine Saturday Morning Cartoons with huge stars. A lot of people are shocked to find out that the original voice of Shredder on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star James Avery, or to recall which Star Wars veteran was behind The Joker. Perhaps you weren't aware of the big names behind some of these childhood favorites...
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
A group of teenagers use magic rings to harness the elements and to summon Captain Planet, an environmental superhero. Each episode, they battle villains trying to pollute the environment. Whoopi Goldberg voices Gaia, the spirit of the Earth and their boss. What a lot of children at the time didn’t realize is the show’s villains are all played by major celebrities. Meg Ryan is Dr. Blight, a disfigured doctor who works with a sarcastic British computer. Jeff Goldblum plays Verminous Skumm, a mutated rat creature with a fondness for toxic waste. Sting even appears on the show as the creatively named Zarm. Other villains are played by Hollywood veterans Martin Sheen, James Coburn, Malcolm McDowell, and Ed Asner. Major celebs also stop by for guest appearances including Danny Glover, Louis Gossett Jr., and even Elizabeth Taylor.
This Disney cartoon creates a mythology where stone gargoyles come to life when the sun sets. It also has a bizarre Star Trek connection. Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis play series villains David Xanatos and Demona. There are also performance by other The Next Generation stars Michael Dorn, Brett Spiner, LeVar Burton, and Colm Meany. The captains of Deep Space Nine, Avery Brooks, and Voyager, Kate Mulgrew, appear on the cartoon. Nichelle Nichols even makes an appearance.
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman is probably the most star-studded cartoon in television history. The series features appearances by stars from the 1970s to today. 1970s icons like Adrienne Barbeau, Michael York, and Marilu Henner pop by the series. Bewitched actress Elizabeth McGovern plays her last role ever on the cartoon. Mark Hamill, a.k.a. Luke Skywalker, finds a career resurgence playing The Joker. Night Court’s Richard Moll, The Beastmaster Marc Singer, and Melissa Gilbert all bring 1980s nostalgia playing major characters. Bruce Wayne’s various love interests include Heather Locklear, comedian Julie Brown, and Supergirl Helen Slater. There are also appearances by future celebrities like Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss and Megan Mullally.
Similarly, this Man of Steel cartoon has a ton of television actors lending their voices. Superman is voiced by Wings star Tim Daly and Lois Lane is Desperate Housewives star Dana Delany. Sitcom stars Peri Gilpin, Brad Garett, and Joely Fisher all appear on the show.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Even without having read Mark Helprin's novel Winter's Tale, I have the unshakable feeling that Akiva Goldsman's film adaptation does not do the story justice. Speckled throughout the moreover colorless movie are hints of an intriguing idea — a fantasy epic about an angel-demon bureaucracy coexisting with the human race throughout the span of 20th century New York City, operating within the parameters of a didactic miracle-granting system — an idea that doesn't come close to its full potential. In 118 minutes, we barely scratch the surface of the world in which an apparently immortal Colin Farrell finds himself. We see him cavort with Russell Crowe, a malicious gang-leader with netherworld origins, seek guidance from a mystical Pegasus, and carry out his destiny as the savior to a mysterious red-haired girl. But we never truly understand why any of this is happening. Not that it gets particularly confusing; on a plot level, it's all quite simple. But that's the problem — it shouldn't be.
The central conceit of the film is that everyone is put on this Earth with a divine "mission" to uphold. Farrell's gives us the narrative of Winter's Tale, introducing the various rules and officers of the supernatural regime along the way. Abandoned as a baby and brought up under the criminal regime of a Manhattanite from Hell (Crowe), Farrell ascends from orphan to petty thief to horse whispering renegade to whimsical lover of a dying Jessica Brown Findlay to ageless messiah... all without much clarity on the nature of the story (or stories) he's occupying, save for two ham-fisted scenes of exposition — one with Graham Greene (not the dead author) and one with Jennifer Connelly, who shows up halfway through the movie for some reason.
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The world that Farrell is woven into has so many bright spots: we're on board for miracle quests, a magic-laden New York City, flying horses, and one of the biggest stars in Hollywood giving a cameo as the epitome of evil. Everything we see is fun, but it all flutters away as quickly as it arrives. We don't want quick bites of the way angels and demons do business with one another on the streets of Manhattan, we want the whole meal. A more thorough exploration of Helprin's world wouldn't just be doubly as interesting as the thin alternative we're offered in Goldsman's adaptation, it'd also fill in all the comprehensive gaps in Farrell's emotional throughline
We don't really understand so much of what happens to Farrell. Even when we're offered tangible explanations, we have no reason to understand why the Winter's Tale world works in such a way that Farrell might survive a 300-foot fall, develop amnesia, or sustain youth for a full century. What's more, we don't understand why Farrell's tale as a cog in this mystical machine is any more important than anyone else's. Or, if it's not, and we're simply asked to watch him carry out his quest as a glimpse into the vast, enigmatic system that Winter's Tale is ostensibly founded upon, we ... we don't understand enough of that world itself.
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We're never invited close enough to any of the movie's attractive features for them to matter. So even when the movie does offer entertaining bits — in its fantastical elements, its detail of New Yorks old and new, or Farrell's admittedly charming romance with Findlay — we're not engaged enough to really connect with any of them.
Still, the flying horse is pretty cool.
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