Rockers Ac/Dc have fuelled rumours about the absence of Phil Rudd by sharing a promotional picture of their new line-up without the drummer. The percussionist was rumoured to have sat out the band's video shoot in London earlier this month (Oct14), with reports suggesting he was called away at the last minute and replaced by drummer Bob Richards.
The Back In Black hitmakers now appear to have confirmed Rudd was absent from the double shoot, for new songs Play Ball and Rock Or Bust, by releasing a promotional picture which shows him missing from the line-up.
The snap features singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, guitarist Angus Young, and Stevie Young, who has stepped in to replace his uncle Malcolm Young, who is battling dementia.
"It was done in 10 days, and I've never played better. I hope it's as good as I remember when I came away from the studio. It's pretty damn good." Ac/Dc drummer Phil Rudd is a big fan of the group's new album.
Ac/Dc drummer Phil Rudd is adamant the band will "never retire" despite Malcolm Young's serious health woes. Young is currently taking a hiatus from the band while he battles undisclosed medical issues, and his nephew Stevie has stepped in to replace him as the group prepares to launch a new album and a 40th anniversary tour.
News of Young's troubles prompted a slew of retirement rumours, but drummer Rudd is adamant the show will go on for as long as possible.
He says, "We were never going to retire. It'll never happen. Angus (guitarist Angus Young) will never retire and as long as Angus never retires I won't f**king retire either."
Rudd adds of the Back In Black hitmakers' tour plans, "There is an AC/DC tour planned for the 40th anniversary of the band, but I don't know all the details yet... Everything's great in the band, we're ready to fire up on all cylinders again."
Now that the halfway mark has hit between the dawn of a hopeful 2014 and the inevitable exasperated gasp of relief that another year of harrowing grief is finally over, we're inclined to look back on the past six months of cinematic glory. First, we set our sights to the best performances of the year, both leading and supporting. Next, we turn to movie scenes and moments — the funny, shocking, moving, and just plain weird instances that stuck with us long after we stepped out of the theater. Here's a quick list of some of the most memorable movie scenes and moments we've seen so far in 2014.
The evolution sequence in NoahDarren Aronofsky's account of the great flood jumped levels in progressive thinking when it included a scene that comfortably meshed creationist beliefs with the science of evolution. The sequence, which followed an aquatic amoeba as it grew into a fish, then a lizard, then a series of mammals, until ultimately becoming the impetus for mankind, is not just intellectually rich, but visually dazzling.
Gustave's prison break in The Grand Budapest HotelEvery chapter in Wes Anderson's latest film is terrific fun, but Ralph Fiennes on the run from the law (and the vicious Adrien Brody) is about as merry as it gets... even with the haunting undercurrent in an approaching World War.
The opening sequence in BorgmanThe mysterious Danish picture Borgman institutes an excitement, a levity, and a curious nature all at once with its terrific opening sequence, wherein the title character is drawn from his home underground for unexplained reasons and forced to flee the wrath of angry villagers, and help to liberate his friends from the same.
The "Spaceship, spaceship, spaceship!" gag in The Lego MovieServing primarily as a punchline to a long gestating joke, Charlie Day's Lego character's manic exclamation of his favorite word is the biggest laugh in a very funny movie.
Scarlett Johannson abducting a man with neurofibromatosis in Under the SkinJonathan Glazer's bizarre film is nothing if not evasive, but peaks in its enigmatic nature when the nameless hero/villain Scarlett Johansson, herself of mysterious origins, abducts and seems to warm to a man afflicted with a facial deformity. Cue the process of undress and cannibalistic black liquid floors...
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Ken Watanabe's big moment in Godzilla"Let them fight."
The end credits of 22 Jump StreetChris Miller and Phil Lord embrace their love of genre parody in the post-narrative moments of 22 Jump Street, in which they send their starring duo through a long line of false sequels (entailing their attendance at med school, military school, traffic school... there are a good dozen of these, all of 'em funny).
The statutory rape endorsement in Transformers: Age of ExtinctionLet's get this straight: we're simply in awe of this scene due to how god damn bizarre it is, not at all on board with its message (or even its artistic merits in a movie about robot wars). We can't help but think about Mark Wahlberg challenging the validity of 20-year-old Jack Reynor's romantic relationship with 17-year-old Nicola Peltz, only to see Reynor pull a laminated document from his pocket that exempts him from all legal ramifications of dating a minor. Weird as all hell.
The getaway scene in Night MovesNear unprecedented tension hits when Jesse Eisenberg and his two fellow eco-terrorists attempt to flee the scene after programming a time bomb to detonate an ecologically destructive dam. The trio sits on the midnight river, hoping to avoid both the eyes of passersby and the wrath of a deadly explosive. It's edge-of-your-seat kind of stuff.
Liam Neeson grabbing a gun in mid-air while the airplane aboard which he is a passenger hurdles into oblivion as a team of hijackers attempts to take the whole thing hostage in Non-StopRight?
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The Quicksilver scene in X-Men: Days of Future PastEvan Peters spends very little time onscreen in the latest X-Men picture, but his talents are milked for all their value when he is charged with dashing around a slow-motion Pentagon kitchen to the soothing tunes of Jim Croce.
The grade school scene in SnowpiercerThe most disturbing, macabre, and wickedly fun scene in a movie that has no shortage of any of those three qualities, a very pregnant Allison Pill's grade school seminar in the back half of Snowpiercer stands out as the film's most enjoyable achievement. Pill sells the hell out of lunacy in this sequence.
Paul Rudd walks into a bar in They Came Together Our favorite joke in They Came Together, narrowly beating out Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler's mutual love of fiction books, is Rudd's sullen conversation with a highly redundant barkeep who, let's just say, calls 'em like he sees 'em. Over and over and over.
Nicolas Cage asking a neighborhood kid if he's still MMA fighting in Joe I have no idea why I love this so much, but one brief exchange in the sleepy, somber movie Joe has Cage chatting with a young neighbor in a bodega, asking about how his martial arts practice has been going. It's incredibly peculiar and charming, though I don't expect any of that to carry through here.
The Zola computer reveal in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Although we weren't crazy about the second Captain America movie, we have to tip a hat to the reveal that Toby Jones' Nazi scientist has been living on for the last 70 years in the form of a bulky yet surpemely efficient supercomputer. The sort of weird stuff that we love to see in the crevices of Marvel flicks.
Ac/Dc drummer Phil Rudd has been ordered to hand over more than $61,000 (£38,000) following a dispute with former employees at his restaurant in New Zealand. Three former staff members at Phil's Place in Tauranga filed a case with the country's Employment Relations Authority (ERA) alleging they were unfairly dismissed by the rocker in 2012.
Alice and Janelle Kiwa and Hayden Clark claimed they were sacked by Rudd after a takeaway meal he ordered arrived late, and they filed a claim for unfair dismissal.
Rudd insisted the trio was treated fairly, but officials at the ERA have ruled against him, declaring the three former employees were unjustifiably dismissed.
The star has been ordered to pay each of them compensation for lost income and distress, as well as legal costs. The total sum amounts to in excess of $61,047 (£38,154).
The restaurant was closed after the incident. It has since reopened.
Ac/Dc star Phil Rudd has been cleared over allegations he lied about a previous drug conviction in order to obtain a helicopter pilot's licence. The drummer pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in New Zealand following a police raid on his boat in 2010, but the charge was later quashed by a judge and wiped from his record.
However, the legal battle was revived when he bought a new helicopter in 2012 and applied to renew his pilot's licence.
Executives at New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) alleged Rudd, 59, had failed to mention his drug conviction, and he was charged with falsely filling out the medical questionnaire for the licence by failing to mention his previous drug use.
However, the charge was dismissed when the case when to court on Tuesday (04Mar14). During the hearing at Tauranga District Court, Rudd admitted a separate charge of failing to maintain a logbook and was fined $710 (£444) plus costs, according to Sunlive.co.nz.
Every year, the approach of the holidays brings with it a slew of movies overflowing with tinsel, kisses under the mistletoe, and family fights that get resolved over hot cocoa. The trailer for the upcoming film All Is Bright, however, promises none of those things. Instead, the black comedy seems like the perfect antitode to all of those treacle-y sweet holiday movies - anyone who has ever gotten frustrated around the holidays will find Paul Giamatti sawing apart an inflatable snowman cathartic.
The film, which is director Phil Morrison's first since 2006's Junebug, centers around Dennis (Giamatti), a French Canadian ex-con who leaves prison to discover that his daughter thinks he's dead and his former partner, Rene (Paul Rudd), is dating his ex-wife. Jobless, homeless, and hopeless, he teams up with Rene once again to sell Christmas trees in New York around the holidays in the hopes of making some fast cash. Although Rudd's charming loser promises to bring most of the humor to the film, he seems set to be overshadowed by another great performance by Giamatti. However, the real pressure is on Morrison: after eight years, critics and fans will be dying to see how well the film stacks up against Junebug.
All Is Bright will be avilable On Demand on September 20, and in theaters October 4 , well before the egg nog hangover sets in.
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Clueless stars Donald Faison and Stacey Dash are to reunite on the small screen 18 years after they first appeared as high school sweethearts in the cult coming of age movie. The pair starred as Murray Duvall and Dionne Davenport in the 1995 film, alongside Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd, and went on to reprise their roles in the spin-off Clueless TV series, which ran from 1996 to 1999.
Now the duo is set to play on-screen lovers once again in an upcoming episode of U.S. sitcom The Exes in which Dash play will play a woman who is seduced by Faison's character Phil Chase.
The episode airs in the U.S. on Wednesday (10Jul13).
"She was only fif... teen... years... old."
Perhaps the most iconic piece of dialogue in contemporary international cinema, depicting the climactic, shuddering horror in a man's descent from glory to grief. The philistines will no doubt associate this phrase with its origin in the '69 crime epic The Italian Job. But those with a more sophisticated palette will recognize the most artistic recitation of this line as that belonging to Michael Winterbottom's The Trip: a meandering wonder of nuanced comedy that starred Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as themselves on a tasting tour throughout England. After feasting primarily on their own senses of self-aggrandizement, Steve and Rob will return again for another road comedy send-up in The Trip to Italy, which Deadline reports has just been picked up for American distribution by IFC Films.
The Trip is one of those rare gems that was perfect in its individual form but whose characters and style are entirely condusive to another round of comedy. There are always more movies to quote and impressions to duel over. And now that Steve and Rob are high-tailing it to Italy, we wonder which residents of the boot will receive the Michael Caine treatment?
The obvious first choices are Robert De Niro and Al Pacino (impersonated in The Trip), but what about some authentic first generation Italians? Roberto Benigni, Isabella Rosellini, and Joel McHale (hey, he was born in Rome)? We look forward to each and every one of the pithy, passive-aggressive conversations shared by the contentious comedians in The Trip to Italy. And yes, we'll even take another round of nothing but Caine-isms.
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The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the Spotlight Lineup of films for its 11th annual fete, taking place April 17-28 in Manhattan. It’s an impressive roster of much of the indie world’s greatest talent, including a new buddy comedy from the director of Junebug starring Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd, Richard Linklater’s highly anticipated follow-up to Before Sunset, a few notable documentaries, and an experimental take on Star Wars courtesy of hundreds of diehard fans. Here are the ones that caught our eye:
Almost Christmas—Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd are two Quebecois ne’er-do-wells who come up with a get rich quick scheme to sell Christmas trees in New York City. The only proble is that Rudd’s character has just stolen Giamatti’s wife. It’s director Phil Morrison’s first feature since his elegant, Ozu-esque Junebug earned Oscar love in 2006.
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Before Midnight—Richard Linklater is on the verge of turning the ongoing saga of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) into a narrative version of the Up Series. Nine years elapsed between 1995’s Before Sunrise and older, wiser follow-up 2004 Before Sunset. Now, nine years have passed again, and the third installment, Before Midnight, finds Jesse and Celine at another crossroads in their eternal “ships that pass in the night” relationship. This time the beautiful European setting where they exchange loving glances and probing conversation is Greece.
Byzantium—Director Neil Jordan of Interview With the Vampire fame is training his lens on immortal bloodsuckers once again. Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan play a mother and daughter on the run for possibly supernatural reasons.
Prince Avalanche—After high-profile bro-comedy duds Your Highness and The Sitter, David Gordon Green goes back to his subtle indie roots. Reminiscent of the quiet lyricism of George Washington, Prince Avalanche stars Emile Hirsch and, once again, Paul Rudd as road workers repainting a highway in a fire-damaged forest during the summer of 1988.
Adult World—Emma Roberts plays an aspiring poet who has to take a job at a local sex shop, Adult World, in order to make ends meet. The on thing keeping her going? A mentorship with professionally eccentric writer John Cusack.
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me—At 87, the Broadway legend is as irascible as ever. Now Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Hal Prince and more weigh in on what Stritch’s career has meant to them. We’ll drink to that.
Gasland Part II—The Oscar nominated 2011 documentary about hydraulic fracking gets a wider focus in this follow-up, showing how the energy extraction technique can cause earthquakes and even be used as part of anti-terror psychological operations tactics.
Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia—Few Americans, period, have ever had a more interesting life than Gore Vidal. The famously revisionist—infamously prickly—author and critic was good friends with Amelia Earhart as a kid, sparred on-air with William F. Buckley, and wrote the book (Lincoln) that convinced Michele Bachmann to leave the Democratic party for the Republicans. The late Christopher Hitchens and more remember him as the quintessential man of letters.
AND A BONUS EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Star Wars Uncut—Project curator Casey Pugh put out a call for hundreds of Star Wars fans and amateur filmmakers to assemble 15-second snippets of Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope using mixed-media alternatives: animation, stop-motion, live-action reenactments, which when put together recreate George Lucas’ film in its entirety, just very, very differently.
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