Newlywed singer/songwriter Linda Perry is reuniting with her 4 Non Blondes bandmates for an upcoming charity benefit, 20 years after the group split. The 90s rockers will hit the stage on 10 May (14) at the An Evening With Women event, which frontwoman Perry has organised for years.
She admits the reunion wasn't at the top of her wish list as she planned the gig, explaining she tried calling on other artists to headline the show.
She tells the Associated Press, "This year everybody's off the market, everybody's busy."
It was only then that Perry turned to her old pals: "The thought was kind of sweet. I was like, 'Oh, why don't I just for the night, just for this one event, one time only, call up the band and see if they want to be part of this?'. It's perfect, actually. It actually makes sense to do it now."
But Perry reveals the call must have come as a surprise to her former bandmates, because they haven't kept in touch following their 1994 split.
She adds, "I don't talk to them at all. I have no idea what Christa (Hillhouse) has been up to. I don't know what Dawn (Richardson)'s been doing. Roger (Rocha) I've seen in the mix of things here and there. Not in a million years would I be thinking that this would be happening."
The gala will be hosted by comedienne Margaret Cho at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton hotel and will raise funds for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.
Previous performers have included Christina Aguilera, Ozzy Osbourne, Sia and Courtney Love.
At some point in the early years of the 21st century a bunch of Hollywood executives must have gotten together and decided that animated films should be made for all audiences. The goal was perhaps to make movies that are simultaneously accessible to the older and younger sets with colorful imagery that one expects from children’s films and two levels of humor: one that’s quite literal and harmless and another that’s somewhat subversive. The criteria has resulted in cross-generational hits like Wall-E and Madagascar and though it’s nice to be able to take my nephew to the movies and be as entertained by cartoon characters as he is I can’t help but wonder what happened to unabashedly innocent animated classics like A Goofy Movie and The Land Before Time?
Disney’s Winnie The Pooh is the answer to the Shrek’s and Hoodwinked!’s of the world: a short sweet simple and lighthearted tale of friendship that doesn’t need pop-culture references or snarky dialogue to put a smile on your face. Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall found some fresh ways to deliver adorable animation while keeping the carefree spirit of A.A. Milne’s source material in tact. Their story isn’t the most original; the first part of the film finds Pooh Piglet Tigger and Owl searching for Eeyore’s tail (a common plot point in the books and past Pooh films) and hits all the predictable notes but the second half mixes things up a bit as the crew searches for a missing Christopher Robin whom they believe has been kidnapped by a forest creature known as the “Backson” (it’s really just the result of the illiterate Owl or is it?).
The beauty of hand-drawn animation all but forgotten until recently is what makes Winnie the Pooh so incredibly magnetic. There’s an inexplicable crispness to the colors and characters that CG just can’t duplicate. It’s a more personal practice for the filmmakers and should provide a refreshing experience for audiences who have become jaded with the pristine presentation of computerized imagery. The film is bookended by brief live-action shots from inside Robin’s room an interesting dynamic that plays up the simplicity of youth ties it to these beloved characters and brings you right back to memories of your own childhood.
With a just-over-an-hour run time Winnie the Pooh is short enough to hold the attention of children but won’t bore the parents who will love the film mainly for nostalgic musings. Still it’s the young’uns who will most enjoy this breezy bright and enchanting film that proves old-school characters can appeal to new moviegoers.
Zack De La Rocha, the lead singer of Rage Against the Machine, has quit the politically outspoken rock band, saying in a statement Wednesday that the band's "decision-making process has completely failed." The singer didn't detail any problems other than to say that the L.A.-based rap-metal quartet's "artistic and political ideal" had been undermined.
Rage, which has advocated causes such as the Zapatista uprising in Mexico and the rights of workers in sweatshops, performed at a protest rally outside the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in August. And bassist Tom Commerford was arrested at the MTV Video Music Awards in September when he jumped onto a piece of the stage at Radio Music City Hall while the group Limp Bizkit was accepting an award.
The remaining band members haven't made any public statements.
JA RULES RULES BILLBOARD: New York rapper Ja Rules knocked Radiohead from the top of The Billboard 200 albums chart this week, moving 276,000 units of "Rule 3:36" for the week ended Sunday, according to SoundScan. Radiohead's "Kid A" tumbled to No. 10.
Over on The Hot 100 singles chart, Christina Aguilera spent a third week at No. 1 with "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)."
SWAN SONG FOR PUMPKINS: The Smashing Pumpkins, who announced their breakup in May, will play two farewell shows in their hometown of Chicago on Nov. 29 and Dec. 2, Rolling Stone reports. The Pumpkins are currently on tour in Europe. Tickets for the Chicago shows go on sale Oct. 21.
SCARY SPICE IN CUSTODY FIGHT: The fight between Mel B of the Spice Girls and her estranged husband, Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar, over their daughter, 20-month-old Phoenix Chi, moved to a British courtroom today, Reuters reports.
The couple, who completes their divorce next month, had agreed that Gulzar could see the child every other weekend. Gulzar now wants the child every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and at all times when the Spice Girl is away. The private hearing is expected to last three days.
AGUILERA's EX-MANAGER FIRES BACK: Steven Kurtz, the former manager of Christina Aguilera, has issued a statement in response to the teen pop singer's lawsuit filed last week. "Knowing Christina's intelligence and independent mind, I am hopeful that, upon reflection, Christina will question the motive of those persons who have encouraged her to pursue this baseless litigation and isolated her from those who have contributed to her success," Kurtz said in the statement. Them's fighting words.
BRITNEY AND MANAGERS SUED: Britney Spears and her management team are being sued by a company called DNA Visual Business Solutions, Entertainment Weekly reports. The company says it was hired to design Spears' official Web site britneyspears.com but was never paid.