Pop star Nick Jonas has reached out to fans online to assure them he is safe after landing at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) terminal where a shooting broke out on Friday (01Nov13). A gunman opened fire on a Transport Security Administration (TSA) official at a Terminal 3 checkpoint at around 9.30am local time, prompting police to evacuate the building and its surrounding areas.
Authorities claim the suspect, who has since been identified as 23-year-old Paul Anthony Ciancia, used a rifle to kill one employee before engaging in a shoot out with airport cops, injuring at least seven others.
Earlier, unconfirmed reports suggested Ciancia had been killed, while sources now tell the Los Angeles Times that he is in custody and in critical condition.
All flights in and out of LAX were grounded as a result, and actor James Franco took to his Twitter.com page to reveal that his plane was among those affected.
Now Jonas has told fans of his experiences on Twitter after arriving at the LAX terminal which has been temporarily shut down.
He tweeted, "Landed at LAX... to the news that there was a shooting in the terminal my plane was supposed to deplane at... Currently waiting on the plane in a remote parking area. I am safe. Praying for the victims of this shooting."
Meanwhile, Glee star Mark Salling has been forced to scrap plans to spend the weekend (01-03Nov13) in Dallas, Texas after his flight out of Los Angeles was axed.
He writes on Twitter, "Otw (on the way) to lax and I hear there was a shooting at the terminal I'm going to. No Dallas for me this weekend, hope everyone is ok. I hate u (sic) LAX".
A host of celebrities, including Salling's Glee co-star Amber Riley, Alyssa Milano, Kelly Osbourne and Josh Groban, have expressed their shock and horror online, while Billy Ray Cyrus tweets, "Thoughts and prayers for all the victims and those affected by the shooting at LAX today."
The intriguing rumor about casting for Broadway's upcoming revival of Of Mice and Men was quickly confirmed, and now we know that Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) and James Franco (everything else) will be our leads. Neither is without a great deal of talent (though some might argue that Franco's talents don't lie, as he would have us believe, in every art form), but the announcement still raised some eyebrows. "Huh," we all said, collectively. But this show wouldn't be the first time that Broadway has brought such seemingly disparate actors together. Here are some of the more memorably unexpected onstage duos.
Nick Jonas and Beau Bridges — How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
When the youngest Jonas took over the role of J. Pierrepont Finch from Daniel Radcliffe and Darren Criss in the revival, he was paired up with veteran thespian Beau Bridges as his boss, J.B. Biggley. Their big moment as a delightfully mismatched stage team is a musical production number that involves mimed, old-timey football and Jonas ending up on Bridges's shoulders.
Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon — Grace
These actors are heavyweights , and both of them have plenty of stage experience. The fun here is picturing the totally chill Rudd hanging out with Shannon, the human embodiment of intensity, for eight shows a week.
Alicia Silverstone and Henry Winkler — The Performers
The Performers didn't last very long and begs the question, "Who thought a romantic comedy set at the Adult Film Awards would?" But the show left its mark in the annals of Broadway history by pairing up Cher Horowitz and the Fonz within its ensemble, in one big meta-celebration of the coolest kids in school.
Diddy and Audra McDonald — A Raisin in the Sun
When a stage virgin who's willing to leverage his industry power and put up a lot of cash to play a legendary role in a legendary play, you'd do well to ground that production with a stalwart talent. Say, a five-time Tony Award winner?
Sir Paul McCartney's new video for Queenie Eye has debuted online with features from an array of stars, who appear as ghosts in the studio as the former Beatle records the track at Abbey Road Studios in London. Johnny Depp appears seated at the feet of McCartney's piano, listening to the tune on his headphones, while his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss dances on the instrument as the room fills up with celebrities.
Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Sean Penn, Gary Barlow, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman and Jude Law all soak up the atmosphere in the fabled studio space, while British funnyman James Corden can't contain himself as he dances around.
Last week, E! News reported that Kate Moss and Johnny Depp were reuniting for Paul McCartney's newest music video "Queenie Eye." Though the couple (who dated from 1994-1998) never share a shot together, they do share the screen with a ton of other celebrities. Check out the video below and see if you can count the famous faces… it's next to impossible to get them all on the first try.
After a few viewings (and a few google searches), I counted 17 in total, though it's definitely possible there are more. Check below the video for all the celebs we spotted:
1. Depp2. Moss3. Meryl Streep4. Tom Ford5. Alice Eve6. Lily Cole7. Jude Law8. Sean Penn9. Chris Pine10. James Corden11. Jeremy Irons12. Gary Barlow13. Tamara Rojo14. Laura Bailey15. Tracey Ullman16. Sir Peter Blake17. Jack Savoretti
Phew, seriously, only Paul McCartney could pull this one off.
While McCartney has a history of using famous faces in his videos, such as Natalie Portman in "My Valentine," "Queenie Eye" goes to a whole new level in including celebrities from around the world. And while the the video is definitely impressive, it's special for reasons other than the wall–to–wall stars. Filmed in London's Abbey Road studios, the video is also where The Beatles' first single "Love Me Do" was recorded.
Though the star-studded grouping is already intriguing fans to watch, the song "Queenie Eye" will probably be a hit in its own right. The single, which is the first to be released from Paul McCartney's latest album New, has all the makings of becoming our favorite fall tune. And hey, there's no argument here, the 71-year-old has still got it.
Be sure the check out New which landed in stores Oct. 15, and listen for "Queenie Eye" on your favorite station, it won't take too long before it gets stuck in your head.
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When it comes to our cherished childhood properties, we generally approach the idea of contemporary adaptation or reboot with hesitance as opposed to excitement. We don't want to see the television shows, cartoons, or comic strips we loved unconditionally "ruined" for a new generation by a commercial lens or a creative force without the appropriate appreciation for the works in question. At the top of the list for a good sum of Americans born in the latter half of the 20th century is Charles Schulz's Peanuts, rating more sacred than just about any other piece of childhood scripture. Naturally, living within a pop culture era that has churned out more bastardized reimaginings to old favorites than we can count — notable examples: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, James Wong's Dragonball: Evolution, Tim Hill's Alvin and the Chipmunks/Garfield/developing Short Circuit movies (we know it isn't fair to cast out a movie that's still in the works, but we're making an educated guess here) — we approach the news of a developing Peanuts movie with apprehension. But buried deep beneath the cynicism is that blip of hope (cemented inside of us, funnily enough, by the never-give-up attitude of one Charlie Brown) that this movie might actually work. And that hope is abetted by the announcement that Paul Feig will be producing the Fox project.
Those new to Feig fandom will raise an eyebrow at the reports from Deadline. His contemporary image has him connoted with hard R send-up comedies — Bridesmaids, The Heat, and his developing Melissa McCarthy spy flick and Channing Tatum-led gay rom-com. But if you know Feig from his Freaks and Geeks days, then you know precisely why he's the perfect pick for Schulz's universe. In essence, a lot of what Feig transmitted to the small screen in his one-season wonder could be likened to the themes of Schulz's comic strip. His main characters were sad, confused, lonely big dreamers at ceaseless odds with the kooky, convoluted, decidedly bleak world around them. But, just as Schulz did so masterfully with his cartoon, Feig never let his program feel defeatist. As low as Lindsay Weir might have plunged from her once stellar personal and academic stature, latching desperately to her existential crisis that was the plotline of the show, we never felt that she was "gone for good." We never felt that her brother Sam would be destined forever to a life of being bullied, or that Nick Andopolis would be overwrought with those troubling psychological maladies for all time. Feig always let us feel that there was a chance... a chance that maybe, maybe this time, Lucy wouldn't pull that damn football away.
Feig tells Deadline, "Growing up, Peanuts was my Star Wars. Charles Schulz's characters influenced everything in my career, especially Freaks And Geeks. I'm thrilled I finally get to be pals with Charlie Brown and Snoopy." So with the grounded, imaginative, somber, and overall hopeful ideology of Feig set to instill into this new incarnation of Peanuts, we do indeed look forward to something special.
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Country star Taylor Swift defied her music managers' advice not to contribute a new song to the One Chance movie soundtrack after falling in love with the real-life underdog story. The film stars actor James Corden as cell phone salesman Paul Potts, who shot to fame as an opera singer after winning Simon Cowell's reality TV show Britain's Got Talent in 2007.
Swift reveals she was on a recording break when she heard about the soundtrack opportunity, and she had to fight her representatives to break her radio silence and create the song Sweeter Than Fiction.
She says, "I had to fight to do this because I try to take a break in between albums and try to give people a minute to not hear me on the radio.
"I had to go around and ask people, 'Can I please, please put something out even though we're supposed to be going quiet?' My management, my label were like, 'No new music until the next album comes out.' Then I saw the movie and I was like, 'I have to be a part of this.'"
Swift teamed up with fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff to pen the upbeat track and they had no trouble coming up with ideas for the tune.
She adds, "Getting to see the struggles and triumphs of someone who never stopped chasing what he was after really inspired me. It's a beautiful movie and I just wanted to share it with as many people as I could."
Pearl Jam and Sir Paul McCartney have been beaten to the top of U.K. albums chart by young singer/songwriter John Newman. The 23-year-old Brit edged out the rock veterans to claim number one with his debut release Tribute, leaving Pearl Jam trailing in second with Lightening Bolt and The Beatles legend taking third place with New.
In the U.K. singles countdown, OneRepublic score their first British number one with Counting Stars, replacing last week's chart-topper, Miley Cyrus' hit Wrecking Ball, which slips to two.
Rounding out the top five are boyband Lawson with Juliet, James Blunt with Bonfire Heart and Rap God by Eminem.
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein ordered a professional singer to recreate opera star Paul Potts' vocals on the set of new movie One Chance after realising actor James Corden is tone deaf. Gavin & Stacey creator Corden plays Britain's Got Talent winner Potts in the upcoming biopic, and he was convinced he could handle the high notes in the singing scenes.
But within seconds of starting his first take, Weinstein ordered him to stop his out-of-tune squawking and booked a trained singer instead.
Corden tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I had an idea I could sing the opera. I said to Harvey Weinstein, our producer, 'I think I can do it,' so I had singing lessons. Harvey came down to the set and I literally got a quarter of the way into Nessun Dorma, when he said, 'No, no, we need to get somebody else!'"
Funnyman James Corden promised to name his son after Sir Paul McCartney if The Beatles legend agreed to take part in a comedy skit for charity. The Fab Four star joined the Gavin & Stacey creator in a fundraising sketch for British charity Comic Relief in 2011, in which he was shown telling Corden he was too "tubby" to go to Africa on an aid mission.
Now the comedian has revealed how he used strong-arm techniques and light-hearted bribery to convince McCartney to take part in the spoof.
Corden tells U.K. chat show host Graham Norton, "I laid it on very thick, telling him, 'People won't die if you do our sketch'. It makes it very difficult for people to say no. He said, 'B**ody hell James, I've heard some groveling in my time'. I then said, 'That's nothing, if you'd said no I was going to say I would name my unborn child after you,' to which he said, 'If you promise to do that I'll do the sketch'. And that's why my son is called Max McCartney Kimberley Corden."
Freaks and Geeks is notable not only for launching the careers of James Franco, Jason Segel, and Linda Cardellini, but also for accurately capturing the painful awkwardness of adolescence. Now, thanks to The Fine Brothers, you can relive those awkward years of your life over and over again through their interactive Freaks and Geeks video game. That's right: someone made a Freaks and Geeks video game. The Internet is a magical place.
The game allows players to guide Lindsay Weir through her newfound friendship with the Freaks through a series of choose-your-own-adventure style questions that each result in a different outcome. Want to see what would have happened if Lindsay changed her mind and went back to Millie? You can make that choice for her and explore the consequences. While only the "Freaks" half of the game is currently available, The Fine Brothers promise that players will be allowed to attempt to navigate life as Sam and the "Geeks" very soon. The show's co-creator and producer Paul Feig has even given the game his seal of approval, and tweeted a link out to his followerss.
In addition to Freaks and Geeks, The Fine Brothers have created interactive games for television shows like Saved By the Bell and Lost, as well as a game that allows players to determine the fates of Twilight characters Bella, Edward and Jacob. Plus, if you're a fan of 8-bit, television-inspired video games, but want more freedom than simply choosing your own adventure, there's always Journey to the Center of Hawkthorne, based on the game played by the characters in the season 3 finale of Community. Because if you can dream it, there's someone online willing to make it a reality.
Bask in your uncomfortable, high school glory and play Freaks and Geeks: The Interactive Game below.
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