Michael Jackson has been named Forbes magazine's highest-earning dead celebrity for the second year in a row.
Publication researchers claim projects linked directly to the King of Pop pulled in $140 million (£87.5 million) over the last 11 months, in part due to his second posthumous album release, Xscape. His ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley's father Elvis Presley comes in at two on the list with an estimated $55 million (£34.4 million) in earnings, and Charles Schulz, the man behind the Peanuts cartoons, is third. Elizabeth Taylor, who kept Jackson off the top in 2012, is fourth on the new poll, while reggae legend Bob Marley rounds out the top five.
Elvis Presley's actress granddaughter Riley Keough has appealed to fans to donate to her fundraising campaign to help her build a school in poverty-stricken Nepal. The Magic Mike star has teamed up with officials at youth empowerment organisation buildOn to provide kids in one community in the South Asian country access to education.
However, she needs the support of generous fans to help her reach her goal of $30,000 (£17,647), with just $5,975 (£3,515) raised as WENN went to press.
On her page at act.buildon.org, Keough writes, "Help me build a primary school in Nepal through buildOn by making a donation. The process is fast, easy, and secure. I truly appreciate any support you can provide. It will benefit a great cause and help spread literacy...! Thanks so much for your generosity!"
Keough's actress pal Jaime King has given her backing to the charity campaign by sharing a link to the fundraiser on her Twitter.com page and writing, "Please help my dear (friend) Riley Keough raise 30k to build a school in Nepal with BuildOn."
The 25 year old is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and her ex-husband Danny Keough.
Elvis Presley's ex-wife Priscilla has pleaded with the superstar's fans to "please calm down" after reports suggested two jets previously owned by the King were set to be removed from the grounds of his Graceland home. Estate officials at the Memphis, Tennessee mansion were recently said to have asked the current owners of the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II to find a new home for the planes as they were exercising their option to end a 30-year agreement to keep them at the Graceland tourist attraction.
The news sparked outrage among some devotees, who complained about the removal online, but now Priscilla Presley has spoken out about the situation, insisting they are still trying to work out a deal with owners at OKC Partnership in Memphis to keep the jets at Graceland.
In a post on her Facebook.com page, Priscilla writes, "please calm down, we're in the midst of negotiations."
Bosses at Elvis Presley Enterprises, who operate the venue, installed the planes at Graceland in the mid-1980s.
The Hound Dog II was previously owned by Hustler magazine boss Larry Flynt.
Graceland officials have asked the current owner of Elvis Presley's planes to remove them from the grounds of his home in Memphis, Tennessee. The Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II will no longer be among the attractions at the Graceland estate from April, 2015.
Bosses at Elvis Presley Enterprises, who operate the Graceland tourist attraction, have written to the planes' owners at OKC Partnership in Memphis, revealing they are exercising their option to end a 30-year agreement to house the jets that the King once owned.
The two planes have been a tourist attraction since the mid-1980s.
The Hound Dog II was previously owned by Hustler magazine boss Larry Flynt.
La Bamba star Lou Diamond Phillips is to make his Australian stage debut in the royal role that helped launch his theatre career almost 20 years ago. The actor will replace Jason Scott Lee in the Melbourne production of The King & I.
A torn calf muscle has forced Lee to withdraw from the show.
Reports suggest Phillips flew in to start rehearsals on Monday (30Jun14), and he'll hit the stage as the King of Siam, opposite Lisa McCune, on 10 July (14).
Phillips made his Broadway debut as The King in 1996, opposite Donna Murphy. Phillips played the role for more than 550 performances and won a Theatre World Award. He was also nominated for both a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award.
The actor cannot wait to hit the stage when the show opens, stating, "I am honoured to once again inhabit the role of The King... I have great passion and respect for the role and am especially excited to bring my interpretation to a new continent."
The news comes a day after it was announced Japanese actor Ken Watanabe would be making his Broadway debut in a revival of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical about the real-life relationship between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher, who he enlists to tutor his wives and children.
Miranda Lambert has found an unlikely fan in Elvis Presley's ex-wife Priscilla. The socialite and actress' high-profile marriage to the King served as inspiration for Lambert's new tune Priscilla, and the former Mrs. Presley has taken to Instagram to voice her approval.
Presley uploaded a photo of herself and daughter Lisa Marie Presley at a computer, and wrote, "@LisaPresley and I are listening to your song Priscilla. Love it! Best of luck with your new album."
Lambert didn't exactly need a lot of luck - she rocketed to the top of the U.S. album charts on Wednesday (11Jun14).
Prepare to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but one of eyes... crazy eyes. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Years Zone! Sometime after destroying all the other housewives from Season 1, Ramona Singer a.k.a. Eyelander, must have absorbed too much power and entered into an alternate dimension. In this world, despite making Eliza Doolittle sounding refined, Ramona is insanely wealthy and above it all. Even though she spent last season’s girls' trip acting like a child with Sonja Morgan, her getting splashed with water warrants a first-degree assault charge. Compared to the gals of RHONY 1.0 Ramona was spunky and delightful. However, compared to actual Manhattan socialites and business women she seems like a boozy old broad.
Sexless in the City
Carole Radziwill seems to be fallen asleep after marathon watching Sex and the City and is dreaming about being Carrie Bradshaw. She’s a successful writer and journalist so why not bemoan her dead end love life? She heads to her totally awesome Los Angeles apartment and invites her girls... they’re literally girls, much younger than she is. They dish about her book and failed love life. Is this a pitch for a spin-off? She plays a voicemail from a guy who cancels a date because he’s entered a relationship. Is she on Match.com? This seems like a typical OkCupid experience. Carole Radziwill, just like us. Later, she and Kristen Taekman meet with Richard Easton, the creepiest looking matchmaker in all the land. He may be able to guarantee you a marriage proposal from a wealthy man, but it will cost you a newborn babe or something more powerful the crazy eyes of an Eyelander. If Carole goes missing this footage may be subpoenaed.
Sonja Morgan Presents: Nothing
The show’s resident Samantha, Sonja Morgan, stops by to talk to Josh Taekman about business. She spouts out the entire contents of her America Online inbox including a great opportunity with a Nigerian prince. He tries to get her to focus, hire a team, and establish a business plan with priorities. Instead she just wants to say buzzwords. Later, Sonja joins LuAnn desperate Lesseps and Ramona for anti-gravity yoga. They all try in vain… to look young and hip.
Guess Who’s Ruining Dinner
Ramona stops by Heather Thomson’s couples dinner an uninvited guest, her gay pet Shane Stevens. Way to set the gay community back by treating a him like some accessory, and worse yet, breaking the rules of fine dining. Did I miss something? When did Ramona become the Queen of Manhattan? With her thick accent, new wealth, and husband allegedly cheating on her, she belongs in New Jersey. Fabellini! Heather invites everyone to dinner because the girls are all taking a trip. Ramona acts smug about the fact the girls are going to the Berkshires because no celebrities she knows go there. Clearly Ramona is in an alternate universe where she thinks she’s Meryl Streep. But the joke is on her: in a Twilight Zone twist, she’s the only one who thinks that. The reason Aviva Drescher is not in this episode is because this is all in a dream. She’ll wake up in a world where Ramona is married to George Clooney… and he’s cheating on her, too.
Malice’s Adventures in the Berkshires
The ladies set sail, via SUV, to Heather’s house in the Berkshires. It’s a beautiful, ultra-modern vacation home. It’s also very large for a summer house with great furniture and a ton of land. Meanwhile, Ramona calls it the garage. Heather has the patience of a saint because Ramona is irritating, tacky, and rude. Doesn’t Ramona know Heather assassinated Biggy Smalls for insulting her Spanx? She also has the nerve to order air conditioning to Heather’s home. Calling producers and making it a big production is a little too much. After all, she’s not NeNe Leakes or Lisa Vanderpump.
Malice: Threw the Drinking Glass
The ladies decide to go for a dip in the pond. Ramona is shocked that they’ll have to carry their own canoes. Has no one met Heather? She’s low maintenance. It is funny seeing these batty old broads trying to navigate doing things for themselves. While on the canoe, Ramona starts drinking and complaining. She complains about Josh commenting on Sonja’s businesses at the couple’s dinner. This is after she mentions that Carole and Sonja were not invited because they have no one in their lives. Kristen hears what they’re saying and innocently splashes Ramona. Ramona flings a glass in her face and tries to hit her with an oar. To add insult to injury she storms off and leaves a bleeding Kristen without apologizing. Ramona is starting to make LuAnn look like a vital part of the show and maybe she needs to go the way of Jill Zarin.
Real Houselines of New York City
"You’re f**king bananas." – Josh Taekman about Sonja’s businesses
"Ramona forgets the one thing that’s crucial... the phone call. Phone call: I’m not coming to your anniversary party. Phone call: I’m bringing a random person to your couple’s dinner party." – Heather to Ramona and her uninvited guest
"She’s afraid they’re gonna take it before she gets back." – LuAnn on why Sonja never leaves her townhouse
"I’m willing to try anything once… including anal. No don’t put that in!" – Carole
"To be honest, I could do without Ramona today. But at least I have someone who’s going to look as dumb as me." – Sonja
"My house is cool, my house is not tacky not like some people’s." – Heather to Ramona
"Ramona is the oldest after all. And you know what they say about menopoause: Old people do like to stay cool in the summer." – Heather
"You guys are f**king crazy. I’m out of here." – Carole before jumping off the boat
Lisa Kudrow is set to reprise her role in cult TV favourite The Comeback when it returns for a limited run after nearly a decade off the air. The former Friends actress starred in the mockumentary-style comedy in 2005, but the series was cancelled after just one season.
The show earned three Emmy nominations and has gained popularity in subsequent years, and now bosses at America's HBO network have officially announced it will return with six new episodes this autumn (14). In The Comeback, Kudrow plays washed-up sitcom actress Valerie Cherish, who stars in her own reality show in an attempt to re-ignite her career.
Kudrow shares her enthusiasm for returning to the quirky role in a statement, which reads: "It was almost too fun play Valerie Cherish the first time around. I look forward to revisiting this resilient and ironically self-unaware character." The Comeback was created by Kudrow and Sex and the City creator, Michael Patrick King.
Executives at America's HBO network are reportedly in talks with Lisa Kudrow to resurrect her short-lived sitcom The Comeback. The former Friends actress starred in the mockumentary-style comedy in 2005, but the series was cancelled after just one season.
The show earned three Emmy nominations and went on to become a cult favourite, and now network executives are setting their sights on its return.
According to Deadline.com, HBO heads are in discussions with Kudrow and co-creator/executive producer Michael Patrick King to bring the show back for a limited run.
The Comeback centres on washed-up sitcom actress Valerie Cherish, played by Kudrow, who stars in her own reality show in an attempt to re-ignite her career.
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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