The Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde has blasted young singers for selling sex ahead of music, calling them "porn stars trying to make records". The outspoken Brass in Pocket hitmaker fears there are too many scantily-clad pop stars and rockers filming videos with next to nothing on.
She says, "There's a definite division of what I'd call porn stars trying to make records, and then musicians. If you go and see Kate Bush, you'll see a real musician. She takes care of business the way she wants. If a girl walks on stage and starts playing like Jimi Hendrix, believe me, no one will be asking her to take her clothes off.
"If anyone says, 'I have to do this because my record company told me', that's a lie. The artist is in control of what they're doing. You can always tell anyone to f**k off. If they're under pressure to get their kit off (get naked), maybe they should just be making porn films. Maybe they're in the wrong game."
Hynde isn't singling out anyone for criticism, but her remarks come just days after actress Mayim Bialik took aim at Adriana Grande for wearing "lingerie" to promote her new album. Sinead O'Connor also attacked Miley Cyrus after watching the pop star's Wrecking Ball video, in which the former Disney regular swings about on a huge metal ball, wearing only boots.
British pop star Katy B has shared an emotional tribute to her brother following his death over the weekend (13-14Sep14). The singer's sibling Andrew had been left brain-damaged and paralysed following an accident 18 months ago, and he passed away on Saturday (13Sep14) after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The Lights On hitmaker posted a picture of Andrew as a child on her Instagram.com page, and remembered her beloved brother in a touching message.
She writes, "The most beautiful soul I ever knew passed away. He had a cardiac arrest and his heart stopped. I am still in total and utter shock. My one and only brother Andrew Brien did not deserve to die this young... Andrew had previously had an accident which left him severely brain damaged to the point of being completely paralysed, not being able to talk or move or do anything for him self (sic), almost like a coma state, anyone who knows someone with brain injury will tell you how devastating it is, grieving and missing someone who is still alive.
"I guess he had finally thought f**k this, he is now free of pain and doctors and medication and can now look over all of us, having a good chuckle as he always did... Thank you to his kind kind friends that have come to visit and have raised money for the causes supporting his condition, we are so so grateful, I know we are all so thankful to have known him, I would give anything to have him back here again, but now we must honour his life, hopefully one day my heart will heal."
Actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens' Broadway dreams have been realised - she has been cast as the lead in a new production of beloved musical Gigi.
The High School Musical star will play the title role in the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe production, which will be directed by Eric Schaeffer, the man behind Follies and Million Dollar Quartet. Gigi has previously been played onstage by Audrey Hepburn, and French actress Leslie Caron portrayed the character in Vincente Minnelli's Oscar-winning 1958 film.
British playwright and BAFTA-winning screenwriter Heidi Thomas will revamp the story for the new production, which will open at the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. from 16 January to 12 February (15) before its big New York debut.
Hudgens, who played the role of Gigi in recent readings in New York, says, "I started performing in musicals from a young age, and it has always been my dream to be on Broadway. I cannot wait to get back on stage, singing and dancing these songs and living in Gigi's glamorous world." She adds, "I think it's (musical theatre) the true test. There are no second takes. You've got to bring everything you've got for the most critical of audiences. It's an honour, if anything. I'm over the moon."
Gigi was originally brought to life on the Broadway stage by Days of Our Lives actress Karin Wolfe in 1973, but that production only ran for 103 performances.
The original novel was turned into a 1951 play, starring Hepburn.
Jonah Hill poked fun at an ex-girlfriend while picking up GQ magazine's International Man of the Year honour in London on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
The Wolf of Wall Street star took aim at his sixth grade love while accepting the style trophy from Bradley Cooper. Hill said, "Emily, my first girlfriend... You broke my heart and left it shattered. It was really sad. I know you were young and love is wild and you grow apart, but I'm GQ International Man of the f**king Year!"
The twice Oscar-nominated star joined Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Pharrell Williams, Van Morrison, New Order, new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Paulo Nutini among the big style winners, while Johnny Depp presented punk veteran Iggy Pop with GQ's Icon Award at the Royal Opera House.
And the women weren't left out - Kim Kardashian West, who was joined on the red carpet by her husband Kanye West, picked up the Woman of the Year prize and stunned in a custom-designed haute couture Ralph & Russo gown. Reminding the world her full name is now Kim Kardashian West, the reality TV star said, "I want to thank GQ for making me Woman of the Year, and my husband for making me feel like woman of the year every day."
Among those handing over the top prizes at the ceremony Lindsay Lohan, Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Daisy Lowe, Bob Geldof, Pippa Middleton and author E.L. James, who presented her Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan with a Breakthrough Award.
The full list of GQ Men of the Year Award winners is:
Comedian of the Year: John Bishop
Editor’s Special Award: Liam Neeson
Chef of the Year: Tom Kerridge
Designer of the Year: Christopher Bailey
International Man of the Year: Jonah Hill
Writer of the Year: Michael Lewis
Philanthropist of the Year: Tony Blair
Breakthrough Fashion Designers of the Year: Agi and Sam
TV Personality of the Year: Peter Capaldi
Innovator Award: Ewan Venters
Inspiration Award: New Order Hugo Boss
Most Stylish Man: Douglas Booth
Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton
Actor of the Year: Benedict Cumberbatch
Entrepreneur of the Year: Andre Balazs
Special Achievement: Paolo Nutini
Vertu Breakthrough Award: Jamie Dornan
Legend Award: Van Morrison
Solo Artist of the Year: Pharrell Williams
Leading Man of the Year: Colin Firth
Humanitarian of the Year: Ringo Starr
Woman of the Year: Kim Kardashian West
Icon Award: Iggy Pop
Singer Sinead O'Connor has warned young female pop stars they have been "hoodwinked" into flashing the flesh to sell records. The Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker is adamant the world's top women singers, including Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus, are victims of a record industry conspiracy to get them to shed their clothes.
She has branded the tactic "bulls**t" and fears it is destroying the talent of many young acts, as well as sending out the wrong message to child fans.
O'Connor tells rock magazine Q, "It's hilarious and cleverly done, they're made to think if you get your t**s out, you're a maverick. Bulls**t, obviously. I think people's reasons for making music have changed. It used to be people wanted to make music because we're all f**ked up and degenerate and maniacs and there was no other way of expressing ourselves. Now, they don't even care about the music, it's about how they look, and fame.
"Female musicians have been hoodwinked. All they're doing is looking at their t**s. Their audiences are children and those children are being raised to believe their value is in the size of their t**s and how pretty they are and how many guys want them."
Actor Keith Stanfield has been cast to play a young Snoop Dogg in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic.
The Purge: Anarchy star will join Jason Mitchell, Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. and Corey Hawkins, who will portray the late Eazy-E, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, respectively, in Straight Outta Compton, according to TheWrap.com. Meanwhile, Sheldon A. Smith has been chosen to play rapper Warren G and Carra Patterson from Why Did I Get Married Too? will portray Eazy-E's widow Tomica Woods.
F. Gary Gray will direct the film about Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
The movie is scheduled to hit theatres in August, 2015.
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."
Singer Marianne Faithfull blames the promiscuous attitudes of youngsters during the Swinging Sixties for the child sex abuse scandal engulfing a tide of veteran stars in the U.K. The As Tears Go By hitmaker became an icon of culture-shifting 1960s Britain due to her relationship with Sir Mick Jagger, but she now admits the easy-going attitudes of the era might have had sinister consequences.
Several well known public figures from the time - including singer/artist Rolf Harris and PR guru Max Clifford - have been jailed this year (14) for sex assaults on girls and young women dating back to the '60s, with a number of other household names still under investigation.
The scandal snowballed after veteran DJ and TV presenter Sir Jimmy Savile was unmasked as a serial paedophile following his death in 2011, amid allegations he abused hundreds of children and even had sex with dead bodies in a hospital morgue.
Now Faithfull has revealed she fears the carefree attitudes of '60s Britain are to blame for the outrage.
She tells The Sunday Times Magazine, "I was talking to (a friend) about Jimmy Savile. I said, 'Do you think it's our fault in some way? Was it the Sixties?' You know what I think? I think that these older guys like Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris and the PR man (Clifford), they were really suffering from enormous envy of us: our beauty, our freedom, our lack of shame. Of course we weren't f**king children, or people in morgues. But I think all those people saw us and thought, 'Goddammit' and somehow went mad.
"I didn't know Jimmy Savile at all but I just knew enough to know that I didn't want to be anywhere near him."
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Actress Kristin Scott Thomas was shocked to learn her racy film Only God Forgives was given a 12 age-rating in France.
Thomas stars alongside Ryan Gosling in the gritty 2013 blockbuster, which features brutal violence and explicit sexual scenes, and the film was classed suitable for over-18s only in Britain and rated R, meaning those under 17 need adult accompaniment, in the U.S. Thomas says even she found the film hard to watch at times and was concerned to learn young teenagers could see the movie in France.
She tells Hunger magazine, "I found (the film) incredibly violent, and I was very disturbed by the fact that in France it was given the official seal of approval that any child over the age of 12 could see it... There is no way my 12-year-old son would see that film. I think (the level of violence in films) is disturbing. People should be more affected. I think people are getting more and more used to violence, violent images and sexual images. We're so used to using the word "f**k" now."
Actress Cheryl Hines married Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in Massachusetts on Saturday (02Aug14). The Curb Your Enthusiasm star exchanged vows with the son of late senator Robert F. Kennedy at a ceremony held in the estate of the groom's mother, Ethel, at the Kennedy family's compound in Hyannis Port, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Kennedy and Hines began dating in 2012 and announced their engagement in April (14).
Hines, 48, was previously marriage to management firm boss Paul Young and the pair has a daughter, Catherine Rose Young. They divorced in 2010.
This is the third marriage for 62-year-old Kennedy. He wed Emily Ruth Black in 1982 and they had two children before divorcing in 1994. He then married Mary Kathleen Richardson, with whom he has a further four children.