Easy listening superstar Jimmy Buffett has launched an online TV network so fans can stream his concerts live. The singer's Margaritaville TV has been well received by his 'Parrothead' devotees, who have flocked to the seven broadcasts available earlier this year (14), and as Buffett plans for his latest stream on Friday night (25Jul14), he tells Billboard even he's staggered by the feedback.
He says, "It has been unbelievable. There was one element of my inner circle that thought we'd be cannibalising ourselves by going on television. But I played my instincts, and I haven't had one person say they'll watch it instead of going to the show. They do both.
"They watch the (online) shows and get charged up to go see it in person. And there are other people that can't get to a show that absolutely love the fact we're doing it.
"My friends in Bora Bora now can punch (the shows) up on the screen and watch it while they're having dinner. It makes it a Parrothead world now, not just a nation. I think it's the way you're going to get to see us in the future. The number of shows is going down. We're taking off a little more time every year. We're not going anywhere, but this way people can make it to any show, even if we're not playing around where they are."
Buffett also has his own 24-hour Margaritaville satellite radio network, which offers fans the chance to listen to his music and live concerts.
"I don't really love talking about this stuff, but the thing we told everyone at the beginning of the year is true. We are very close, we are not together... That's the truth... and that's it... There's a lot of love. So there's nothing... No scandal I'm afraid. I wish I could give you scandal." Coldplay star Chris Martin dismisses reports suggesting he and estranged wife Gwyneth Paltrow are back together during a recent interview with Los Angeles DJ Valentine, which will feature on his show on Monday (28Jul14).
Actress Jennette Mccurdy has broken her silence following the cancellation of her hit kids TV show Sam & Cat, revealing she has now left the Nickelodeon network altogether and hopes to move on with her life. The hit iCarly and Victorious spin-off, which also featured singer Ariana Grande, was axed earlier this month (Jul14) following a stand-off between McCurdy and producers, which led to her refusing to attend this year's Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards to pick up the Best TV Comedy prize.
Grande has already posted a lengthy statement about the show's demise on Facebook, and now McCurdy has spoken out as part of a Reddit.com fan chat on Thursday (24Jul14).
It appears she was unhappy with her role model status that landed her in trouble with TV bosses when images of her in just her underwear appeared online earlier this year (14).
She wrote, "I am not a role model. I don't claim to be, I don't try to be, and I don't want to be. This world is one seemingly most keen on judgment and negativity, despite all the hearts and smiley emoticons. To remove myself from the role model battle, the falsified standard set by the bubblegum industry, is - in my eyes - to remove myself from the counterintuitive battle of attempting to be something perfect while being glaringly aware of my imperfections."
And she clearly isn't making any apologies for the saucy images she claims an ex-boyfriend posted online, which landed her in hot water with Sam & Cat bosses.
She added, "I am proud of the way I live my life. I am proud of my choices. I am proud that no one can call me fake or say I don't stand up for myself. I am proud that my friends and family would say that I'm a good person. Calling a celebrity a role model is like calling a stranger a role model.
"The knowledge you have of a celebrity is no more than a caricature drawn by media tastemakers specializing in selling you an image you’re dying to buy. It’s good to have heroes, but you have to look for them in the right places. They say don’t look for true love in a bar, well I say, don’t look for role models on screens...
"Sure, I still love my teddy bears. I still love a heart emoji (the white heart in the pink box is my favorite) and I still have a soft spot for American Girl dolls. I still love a cute dress, a good pop song, and a vanilla-scented candle. But these things don't define me or determine that I am any kind of a role model. What defines a person as a role model is the way they live their life. And no offense, but none of you know how I live my life."
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To a weathered cinephile, there might be nothing sadder than a movie like A Most Wanted Man: the sort that is technically perfect, or close to it, but that lacks the panache to earn it hospice in the viewing public's minds and hearts. The latest John le Carré adaptation, a markedly superior film to Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, treats its political thriller with the patience and density that you might imagine a real spy to devote to his missions. Director Anton Corbijn is determined to build a world of espionage as piercingly authentic — if not necessarily in practice (how the hell would some two-bit film critic know what the trade is really like?) than in ambiance — as possible, paying for this triumph with the loss of accessibility and narrative rhythm. Impressively enough, the film never sinks quite to the level of tedium. But it never hits the highs of real encouragement either.
Philip Seymour Hoffman plays German agent Günther Bachmann with a lovable combination of Bond-caliber determination and Office Space schlubbiness — he's a man so entrenched in his job (the "catching terrorists" racket) that his identity beyond the margins of worktime hours seems limited to sips of scotch and silent glowers. Unsurprisingly, Hoffman is A Most Wanted Man's greatest triumph: his access of the obsession and self-deprecation in a man who might have otherwise been a dimensionless vehicle not only rescues his character, but the otherwise stark A Most Wanted Man in entirety.
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Without Hoffman, there is no movie. Despite acceptable turns from costars Grigoriy Dobrygin (as a Chechen Muslim targeted by Hoffman's organization), Rachel McAdams (as the diplomatic attorney driven to help Dobrygin find asylum), and — best of all — Nina Hoss (as Hoffman's colleague and friend), Hoffman is the principal feature keeping A Most Wanted Man alive.
But even at its liveliest, the film never feels particularly vibrant. Always smart, meticulous, and impressive, A Most Wanted Man lacks the nominal imperfections — the quirks and peculiarities — that might result in an active pulse. Ultimately, we are welcome to marvel at A Most Wanted Man, but it'd be nearly impossible to revel in it.
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This weekend, you have two choices in the way of fantastical, action-packed blockbusters. On the one hand, you have something from the old stockyards: Brett Ratner's Hercules, a light-hearted take on the Ancient Greek myth about the epitome of alpha-male machismo (with, appropriately, Dwayne Johnson playing the lead). On the other, we have something rather new: the limit-pushing Lucy, which draws ideas from the most progressive of quantum theories and packs them into a Scarlett Johansson shoot-'em-up. Surely there is room enough in our summer movie schedule for these heroes of past and future glory, respectively. But when faced off against one another, which comes out the champion?
POWERS AND ABILITIES
Hercules' super strength, while mighty impressive in its own right, pales in comparison to everything Lucy's got going on in her rapidly evolving brain. Things kick off with simple tricks like mind-reading and telekinesis... but pretty soon (without spoiling anything), Lucy's abilities get far more expansive.
We never really get to know much about Lucy. She likes her club music and loves her mom, but what else do we have to sink our teeth into? But there's no anonymity with Hercules, with whom we're all familiar enough thanks to our sixth grade English teachers.
The Rock has charisma, sure, and sold a few laughs in Michael Bay's supreme Pain & Gain. But Johansson is a bona fide actor, capable of charm and chills alike. Although she's not giving a performance at the caliber of Lost in Translation or Her in Lucy, she's still adept in every sequence.
Hercules is all about believing in yourself, standing up for what's right, sticking by your friends, making your own destiny... all that . Lucy is essentially about the meaninglessness of human existence. Less fun.
BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS
Even with the benefit of its familiar source material and likable central star, Hercules is predicted to suffer at the hands of ScarJo's Lucy.
MOST IMPORTANLY, HOW ARE THE MOVIES?
Both good, neither great. We'd give Lucy the edge for originality and Luc Besson's superior visual flair, although Hercules' spirit is indelibly more inviting. Check out our reviews for Hercules and Lucy, and sound off below with your own votes.
Michael Douglas can't wait to see the Broadway musical adaptation of his hit film War Of The Roses - because he thinks it will be hilarious. The movie star portrayed a husband trying to end his marriage in the 1989 film, which also starred Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, and he'll be one of the first in line to see the stageshow.
He tells WENN, "It's fabulous, a great idea... There should be a lot of great sight gags."
And Douglas might be in the running to reprise his character onstage: "I always say I want to do Broadway. I did some theatre years ago and I was watching (wife) Catherine (Zeta-Jones) doing A Little Night Music and she was having all those hours versus movie hours, and of course, with actresses, it's a little more with hair and make-up; two shows twice a week.
"I say I want to do it and I would love to, but I haven't. I'm lazy."
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Wealthy bachelor Colin lives in Paris, where his hobbies include developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas. When Colin learns that his best friend Chick, a fellow acolyte of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend's party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloé, and before they know it they're dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a rapturous romance. But their whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe a flower begins to grow in her lungs. To save her, Colin discovers the only cure is to surround Chloe with a never-ending supply of fresh flowers.
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"The secret to love and women is - if you're lucky, you get a good one, and they stick around. If you're real lucky, they'll stick around for a long time. If not, you move on. But, I haven't given up." Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan hopes to find love again after his divorce from Linda Kozlowski was finalised this week (beg21Jul14).
Taylor Swift turned love guru by doling out advice to a fan who asked the singer for dating tips on Instagram.com.
A fan called Hannah left a comment under one of the Love Story hitmaker's pictures on the photosharing app earlier this week (22Jul14), writing to Swift about a boy she likes who has a girlfriend of his own.
She wrote, "There's a guy Taylor... who I have the biggest crush in the whole wide world on, and he'll never like me back... @taylorswift can you give me some advice maybe. I love you."
The music superstar, who has had her fair share of public relationships, surprisingly wrote back a sincere note back to Hannah with her advice on what to do in the situation.
Swift wrote, "About this guy. I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized. When you have a broken heart, the first thing a stranger will ask is 'how long were you two together?' As if your pain can be determined by how long you were with someone. Or if you were with them at all."
"I don't think that's how it works. I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind. You are loving someone purely because you love them, not because you think you'll ever have your affections reciprocated. You are admiring something for its beauty, without needing to own it."
"Feel good about being the kind of person who loves selflessly. I think someday you'll find someone who loves you in that exact same way."
A flabbergasted Hannah wrote back, "You have no idea how much this means to me, thank you. You understand and that means so much. I feel like you're the big sister I don't have. Thank you, I really did need to hear that from you."
Hip-hop mogul Master P has apologised to his estranged wife, Sonya, for going public with her alleged drug troubles. The Make 'Em Say Uhh! hitmaker, real name Percy Miller, has been opening up about his estranged wife's personal problems ever since she filed for divorce to officially end their 24-year marriage in October (14).
The move sparked a custody battle over the former couple's minor children and prompted Master P to speak out about Sonya's reported struggle with addiction, insisting he would give her whatever she wanted if she got clean.
He said, "I ain't (sic) been with her in seven years, but I love my family (and) that's my kids' mother...
"One thing I wanna say is drugs is really killing a lot of families and I'm not gonna let it destroy my family... We're good... but my whole thing is, she can have it all if she gets herself together; it's about her kids, it's about this family..."
Sonya Miller has denied the accusations, and now Master P admits he was in no position to detail his wife's issues in the media.
Speaking to U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams, he says, "I want to apologise to her, to be honest with you, because I'm not perfect, nobody's perfect but I'm at a good stage in my life right now.
"I don't have a right to say whatever she needs to do. That was just me kind of like, getting back... if somebody says this about you, knowing I been (sic) taking care of somebody for 20-something years, it kind of hurt a little bit. But at the same time, I feel like in my life, it's about my kids, it's about our kids. Whether we never be together, we gotta take care of our kids (sic)."
Master P has also laughed off Sonya's claims that she has been living on welfare payments from the U.S. government, insisting she has always been well taken care of by both him and their rapper/actor son Romeo.
He adds, "I'm just saying, if she's living with Romeo, that mean (sic) she's living a beautiful life. Let's be honest. If our relationship don't (sic) work, she has her son Romeo, who's successful, she will be all right."