James singer Tim Booth has wrecked fans' dreams of a sequel to his acclaimed 1996 album collaboration with composer Angelo Badalamenti by insisting Booth & The Bad Angel was a wonderful one-off. The Sit Down singer was recently reminded of the time he spent songwriting and recording with the man behind the haunting Twin Peak theme when Badalamenti sent him a forgotten outtake from their sessions together.
Booth says, "Angelo just sent me a song he found recently on a piece of tape, and he didn't tell me what it was and I started listening to it, thinking, 'F**k, he's written a song with a singer that sounds just like me - and he didn't ask me to sing?'
"Halfway through I realised that it was me... and it was like, 'Oh, OK, I'm not so upset'. It was cool.
"I have great memories of recording Booth & the Bad Angel and I'd love to work with him again because I adore the man. We didn't have a bad word to say to each other, but I think that album was a one-off - and I'm not complaining.
"Many people have tried to work with Angelo, including Leonard Cohen and Bono and (David) Bowie. I think I was very blessed to work with him on one album. And we were lucky enough to work with (guitarist) Bernard Butler and the engineer was Nigel Godrich. Two years later he did OK Computer with Radiohead. We had a great team."
Former supermodel Beverly Johnson is celebrating another addition to her family - her daughter Anansa Sims has given birth to her third child. Plus-sized model Sims and her husband David Patterson welcomed son Dean Danny Benjamin Patterson on Friday (20Jun14), and took to Twitter.com on Monday (23Jun14) to make the announcement.
Sims, 35, and the former American football star are already parents to son David Bernard III, 19 months, and two-year-old daughter Ava.
Veteran British actress Patsy Byrne has died, aged 80. The star passed away on 17 June (14) at Denville Hall, a retirement home for elderly actors in London.
Byrne was most famous for her role as Nursie in cult British comedy Blackadder II in the 1980s. She also enjoyed a long-running role in sitcom Watching and appeared in the BBC's 1999 TV adaptation of David Copperfield.
Her most recent credit was for U.K. TV drama Holby City in 2006.
After hearing of her passing, her fellow Blackadder castmember Stephen Fry tweeted: "Oh lord no! I've just heard that Patsy Byrne, darling Nursie has died. Hope St Bernard has welcomed her to eternal rest. Adorable woman."
Byrne's death came just a week after her Blackadder co-star Rik Mayall passed away aged 56 on 9 June (14). His Lord Flashheart character famously flirted with Byrne's Nursie in the show.
A message posted on the Blackadder Facebook.com page reads, "Very saddened to hear that Blackadder has lost another amazing actor. RIP Patsy Byrne AKA Nursie AKA Bernard. You and Flashheart can flirt for an eternity now."
The Santa Claus star David Krumholtz is a first-time dad. The actor, who played Bernard the Elf in the beloved festive film, and his wife, Vanessa Britting, welcomed daughter Pemma Mae Krumholtz last week (ends04Apr14).
The TV star took to Twitter.com on Saturday (05Apr14) to announce the news, writing, "I am a parent", and on Sunday he shared a photo of the couple's new bundle of joy with the caption, "The girl of my dreams."
Krumholtz and Britting wed in 2010.
British actor Ralph Fiennes is set to return to London's Royal National Theatre for the first time in seven years for a new production in 2015. The Schindler's List star will lead the cast in a revival of George Bernard Shaw's political drama Man and Superman, which will open at the National in February (15).
The new season line-up for the iconic venue will also include new plays by Tom Stoppard and David Hare.
Fiennes previously hit the stage at the National Theatre as the title character in a 2008 production of Sophocles' tragedy Oedipus, while his last stage role was in a 2011 run of William Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.
British funnyman David Walliams is set to reunite with actress Sheridan Smith for a new West End production of My Fair Lady. Walliams first appeared alongside the Quartet star in a stage version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in London earlier this year (13).
They are now teaming up again for a West End production of the classic musical, based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, with Walliams taking on the role of Professor Henry Higgins and Sheridan playing the character of Eliza Doolittle.
The characters were made famous by Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn in the 1964 film of the same name.
The new show is set to be directed by theatre mogul Michael Grandage.
The Doctor Who Christmas special is an institution. The holiday isn't quite complete until you snap your family out of their food comas and drag them in front of the television to visit with the guy who really knows if you've been naughty or nice this year. This year's episode will be a rough one, as we'll say goodbye to Matt Smith, but we're sure he'll have a worthy send-off. How do the other modern Who specials stand against each other? We've ranked them for you.
8. "The Next Doctor" (2008)
Yes, Walking Dead fans, that is the Governor. It's really too bad he was stuck in this ho-hum Tenth Doctor adventure which we almost always skip during the Christmas Day marathon.
7. "The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe" (2011)
The Eleventh Doctor plays Father Christmas to a war widow who's trying to give her children one last happy holiday before she tells them their father is dead. "Because what's the point in them being happy now if they're going to be sad later. The answer is, of course, because they are going to be sad later." Merry Christmas, everybody!
6. "The Runaway Bride" (2006)
We get a preview of the fabulous fourth season when the Tenth Doctor meets certified queen Donna Noble on the day of her wedding. He saves her from marrying a slave to a giant alien spider; she sasses him at every opportunity.
5. "A Christmas Carol" (2010)
Eleven helps mean old scrooge Michael Gambon access his feelings — and accidentally gets engaged to Marilyn Monroe — while Rory and Amy are relegated to a subplot on a crashing ship. Some Time Lords have all the fun.
4. "Voyage of the Damned" (2007)
This is what a Doctor Who Christmas should be. Goofy, over-the-top, melodramatic, and packed with weird looking aliens, the ghost of Kylie Minogue, and finally — a guy named Alonso. And for bonus points, David Tennant wearing the hell out of a tux.
3. "The End of Time" (2009)
If you like a little angst with your eggnog, then we've got just the episode for you. It's the Tenth Doctor's farewell tour. And while it's not easy to watch, it's a tour-de-force in all aspects, especially his scenes with Wilf (Bernard Cribbins). Goodbye, Ten. We don't want you to go either.
2. "The Snowmen" (2012)
There's a TARDIS in the clouds, you guys. It's magical.
1. "The Christmas Invasion" (2005)
The 2013 special promises to be slicker than ever, but there's something so charming and comforting about "The Christmas Invasion" and its arts-and-crafts effects. (Remember the spinning tree?) And in his first full episode, Tennant endears himself instantly to a slew of skeptical fans who were assured that yes, this was still their Doctor.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sutton Foster took the stage together. No, they haven't teamed up for a Broadway show, a new television series, or a Modern Family/Bunheads crossover (which would be awesome). But the theater-loving stars came together Tuesday to announce the nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards. (They are the hosts for this year's show, after all, so it only made sense that these two would have the honors of making the big announcement.)
Check out which plays and actors are nominated for Tony Awards for their work on the stage this year.
2013 Tony Awards Nominations:
Best Play:The Assembled PartyLucky GuyThe Testament of MaryVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Best Musical:Bring It On: The MusicalKinky BootsMatilda The MusicalA Christmas Story, The Musical
Best Book of a Musical:A Christmas Story, The MusicalKinky BootsMatilda The MusicalRodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Revival of a Play:Golden BoyOrphans The Trip to BountifulWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Revival of a Musical: AnnieThe Mystery of Edwin DroodPippinRodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Laurie Metcalf, The Other PlaceAmy Morton, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeHolland Taylor, AnnCicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Tom Hanks, Lucky GuyNathan Lane, The NanceTracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeTom Sturridge, Orphans
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: A Christmas Story, The Musical Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Hands on a Hardbody Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green Lyrics: Amanda Green Kinky Boots Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Matilda The Musical Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Carolee Carmello, Scandalous Valisia LeKae, Motown The Musical Patina Miller, Pippin Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella Rob McClure, Chaplin Billy Porter, Kinky Boots Stark Sands, Kinky Boots
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Carrie Coon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Judith Ivey, The Heiress Judith Light, The Assembled Parties Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:Danny Burstein, Golden Boy Richard Kind, The Big Knife Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots Victoria Clark, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella Andrea Martin, Pippin Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:Charl Brown, Motown The Musical Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical Terrence Mann, Pippin
Best Costume Design of a Play: Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac Ann Roth, The Nance Albert Wolsky, The Heiress Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical Dominique Lemieux, Pippin William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best Direction of a Play:Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Bartlett Sher, Golden Boy George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy
Best Direction of a Musical:Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots Diane Paulus, Pippin Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical
Best Choreography:Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical Peter Darling, Matilda The Musical Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots Chet Walker, Pippin
Best Orchestrations:Chris Nightingale, Matilda The Musical Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, Motown The Musical Danny Troob, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best Scenic Design of a Play:John Lee Beatty, The Nance Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties David Rockwell, Lucky Guy Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy
Best Scenic Design of a Musical:Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Scott Pask, Pippin David Rockwell, Kinky Boots
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy Donald Holder, Golden Boy Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary Japhy Weideman, The Nance
Best Lighting Design of a Musical:Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots Kenneth Posner, Pippin Kenneth Posner, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical
Best Sound Design of a Play:John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary Leon Rothenberg, The Nance Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy
Best Sound Design of a Musical:Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, Pippin Peter Hylenski, Motown The Musical John Shivers, Kinky Boots Nevin Steinberg, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:Bernard GerstenPaul LibinMing Cho Lee
Regional Theatre Award:Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA
Isabelle Stevenson Award:Larry Kramer
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:Career Trainsition For DancersWilliam CraverPeter LawrenceThe Lost ColonyThe four actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro
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With the confirmation that French DJ duo Daft Punk have signed with Columbia Records, rumors of a new album are getting harder, better, faster, stronger.
The band has been highly influential on the dance and DJ scene for years, but most will know them from Kanye West's Grammy Award-winning 2007 tune, "Stronger." It was Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" that was sampled on the track to give it its electric edge and chorus. Previously, the duo put out the majority of their recordings through EMI's Virgin Records, so the signing is a huge get for Columbia Records. Hollywood.com has reached out for confirmation, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
Rumors about the new album have been circulating for months — especially after famed dance producer Nile Rodgers discussed his work with the duo in a video from August at the UK's Camp Bestival. And his praise for their collaborative efforts certainly didn't quell any rabidity, either, explaining that Daft Punk are "geniuses" and that his work with them is "as great as being in the studio with [David] Bowie. It's as great as being with [Rodger's famed disco/funk band Chic's] Bernard Edwards. It's as great as the best stuff I've ever done with Duran [Duran] or Madonna." That is no small amount of praise, coming from as accomplished a producer as Rodgers.
And those rumors continued to gain traction after a continued series of tiny divulgences that included a post on Rodgers' own blog, featuring a photoshopped image of the producer with the band. In the post titled "2013 Won't Be Boring," Rodgers makes only a brief mention of the duo — "The next time I set foot in Japan, my collaboration with Daft Punk would have started to hit people's eardrums" — but seems to confirm the suspicions that a release in 2013 from the group is imminent.
If a new album by Daft Punk is indeed coming out in 2013, it would be the group's first since 2005's Human After All — their fourth overall, not including their contributions to the 2010 Tron: Legacy movie soundtrack.
When the album comes out, will you be pulling a LCD Soundsystem and have Daft Punk playing at your house (at your house)? Let us know in the comments (and don't forget to set them up, kid. Set them up)!
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The saucy smash hit, which is set for a Hollywood film adaptation, beat Victoria Hislop's The Thread, 1356 by Bernard Cornwell, The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson, Kate Mosse's Citadel, and Me Before You by JoJo Moyes to claim the prestigious title on Tuesday (04Dec12), when the winners were announced at a ceremony in London.
J.K. Rowling missed out on the UK Author of the Year award to Hilary Mantel for Bring Up the Bodies, but it wasn't all bad for the Harry Potter writer - her first adult fiction work The Casual Vacancy was picked up for adaptation into a BBC TV series on Monday (03Dec12).
The Who rocker Pete Townshend also lost out at the event - his memoir, Who I Am, was overlooked in the Autobiography/Biography of the Year category in favour of U.K. sportscaster Clair Balding's My Animals and Other Family.
There was good news for British comedian David Walliams - he emerged victorious in the Children's Book of the Year group for his novel Ratburger, while crime writer Ian Rankin was presented with a special Outstanding Achievement Award for his hugely successful career.