Heavy rockers Korn are facing a legal battle with their former drummer David Silveria after he filed a lawsuit demanding a share of the money the band has made since his exit. Silveria parted ways with the Freak on a Leash hitmakers in 2006, but claims he was taking a hiatus and wanted to return to the line-up in 2013.
He alleges his former bandmates refused to let him rejoin, and he is now suing them for a share of the profits they have made since his departure.
In documents obtained by TMZ.com, Silveria insists he never gave up his legal interest in the group and asks a judge to order the band to hand over their accounting records to his legal team.
He is also asking to dissolve the legal partnership.
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis was dealing with a form of schizophrenia at the height of his mental health troubles. The rocker has been open about his past struggles with depression and anxiety, and he has now revealed that in the 1990s, he was also suffering from panic attacks and a form of schizophrenia.
The condition causes symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions, and Davis, 44, admits it was a scary time in his life because he became convinced the people around him were trying to poison his food.
In a video made for the You Rock Foundation, a charity which helps sufferers of depression, Davis says, "It was the most horrible thing when I got my first panic attack. I thought I was going to die. I didn't know what was going on... It was when I was drinking...
"It's so hard to deal with anxiety and depression because you don't know what's going on; you feel like you're going crazy. And eventually because I started getting really paranoid and thinking that medicine was bad for me... I wouldn't take any kinds of meds or anything like that... I actually turned a little bit schizophrenic for a while. Anxiety can do that to you... I was feeling like my food was going to be (poisoned)... People were trying to poison me... It was a really, really tough time..."
Winona Ryder and director Edgar Wright will be among the star-studded panel judging the competition at next year's (15) Sundance Film Festival. Ryder and Wright, along with True Detective director Cary Fukunaga, will preside over the U.S. Dramatic Jury competition, while Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan and actress/writer Brit Marling are part of the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, which recognises science in film.
The jury members will vote on a number of films featuring stars including Viola Davis, James Franco, Jennifer Lopez, Ewan McGregor, Ryan Reynolds and Jesse Eisenberg.
The annual festival, which was founded by Robert Redford, runs from 22 January to 1 February (15) in Utah.
Mr. Turner is the film to beat at the upcoming London Film Critics' Circle Awards after landing seven nominations. The biopic of painter J.M.W. Turner is nominated for Film of the Year, British Film of the Year and Director of the Year for Mike Leigh, while Timothy Spall earns nods in the Actor of the Year and British Actor of the Year categories. Marion Bailey is also recognised for her supporting role.
Mr. Turner is closely followed by Birdman with six nominations. Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Under the Skin all have five. They are all nominated for Film of the Year, alongside Whiplash, Nightcrawler and foreign language movies Ida and Leviathan.
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) join Spall in both male acting categories. Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) round out the Actor of the Year category, while Tom Hardy (Locke, The Drop) and Jack O'Connell (Unbroken, Starred Up) complete the British Actor of the Year nominees.
Julianne Moore has two nominations for best actress for her roles in Maps to the Stars and Still Alice. She will compete against Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night, Scarlett Johansson for Under the Skin and Essie Davis for horror movie The Babadook.
Emily Blunt (Into the Woods), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) will battle it out for the British Actress of the Year prize.
Other nominees for Director of the Year include Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman) and Richard Linklater (Boyhood).
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 18 January (15).
Former Korn star David Silveria has blasted his ex-bandmates for not inviting him to join them on the road when they play their debut album in its entirety next year (15). Korn will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their self-titled first album next year by playing it from track to track on tour, but Silveria won't be a part of the line-up that hits the stage and he's more than a little sore.
The drummer tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I feel like it was wrong to go play this record without me, because I was just as much of a creative input as any of these guys while writing and making this record. So I think it was wrong to do it without me... I just think they should've asked me to come play the tour."
Silveria quit the band in 2006, a year after guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch departed. Welch has since returned to the line-up.
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis recently told The Pulse Of Radio he felt Silveria, who now runs a restaurant in California, had lost his passion for music, stating, "He really didn't like playing drums. The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens. Good for him, he wanted to move on and do something else."
Former Korn drummer David Silveria has apologised to fans for skipping the band's 20th anniversary tour. The group is marking two decades since their release of its self-titled debut record in 1994 by heading out on tour and playing the album in full at the shows.
Many fans had hoped Silveria, who left the group in 2006, would rejoin his former bandmates to celebrate the milestone, but the drummer has now confirmed he will not be taking part.
In a message posted on Facebook.com, he writes, "To all the Korn fans around the world, I want to thank you with all of my heart for all of the success. Without the fans Korn would just be a hobby. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our debut release, I'm sorry to all the fans that I couldn't be there on tour to celebrate - but that's just the way it goes."
Silveria has never confirmed the reason why he left, but Korn frontman Jonathan Davis previously insisted his colleague had lost his passion for music, telling The Pulse Of Radio, "David was there to write beats but he wasn't really there - he really didn't like playing drums. The first two albums, I think he really enjoyed playing and then after that, he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens."
Members of heavy metal band Korn have paid tribute to their former tour guitarist Shane Gibson following his death this week (beg13Apr14). Gibson passed away at an Alabama hospital on Tuesday (15Apr14) aged 35 after suffering complications relating to a blood clotting disorder.
The musician acted as the band's tour guitarist for three years from 2007 and also played in frontman Jonathan Davis' sideproject group The SFAs.
Members of Korn have now paid tribute in a statement which reads, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shane Gibson's friends, fans and family following the passing of our dear friend. Shane Gibson was Korn's touring guitarist from 2007 to 2010 and a member of Jonathan Davis' solo band, The SFAs. He will be greatly missed."
The band's full-time guitarist, Brian 'Head' Welch, also offered his own tribute, praising Gibson for helping out following his departure in 2005.
He says, "I've never had the pleasure of meeting Shane, but I'm honoured he was able to fill my spot after I left Korn. He was an amazing guitarist. Hopefully we can jam together in the next life. RIP brother."
His bandmate James 'Munky' Shaffer adds, "Shane Gibson, you were an amazing guitar player and an amazing person. Your kindness and talent will be missed. I'm very fortunate to have known you."
In 2010, Gibson formed avant-garde metal group stOrk, which is due to release a second album this month (Apr14).
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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Rocker Joan Jett is set to make history at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards this year (14) when she becomes the first female to receive the prestigious Golden God title. The I Love Rock 'n' Roll hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of previous honourees Motorhead, KISS star Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper, who have all taken home the top prize at the Los Angeles event in recent years.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will be another big winner - he will be presented with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement accolade. Metallica took home the award at last year's (13) ceremony.
Meanwhile, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn are among the multiple nominees for the prizegiving, which honours the best in heavy metal.
Ozzy Osbourne's group and their comeback release 13 will face off against Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King and Korn's The Paradigm Shift for Album of the Year, while Jonathan Davis (Korn) and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) have been shortlisted for Best Vocalist, as have Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch).
The Best Guitarist category will be a fight between Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Munky & Head (Korn), Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) and Zoltan Bathory & Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), while Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Fieldy (Korn) and Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold) are among the nominees for Best Bassist.
Best Live Band nods go to Lamb of God, Rob Zombie, Slayer and Motley Crue, among others, and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age will compete for Comeback of the Year.
The awards, not to be confused with Metal Hammer's Golden Gods in the U.K., will take place at Club Nokia in L.A. on 23 April (14).
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You can imagine that Renny Harlin, director and one quadrant of the writing team for The Legend of Hercules, began his pitch as such: We'll start with a war, because lots of these things start with wars. It feels like this was the principal maxim behind a good deal of the creative choices in this latest update of the Ancient Greek myth. There are always horse riding scenes. There are generally arena battles. There are CGI lions, when you can afford 'em. Oh, and you've got to have a romantic couple canoodling at the base of a waterfall. Weaving them all together cohesively would be a waste of time — just let the common threads take form in a remarkably shouldered Kellan Lutz and action sequences that transubstantiate abjectly to and fro slow-motion.
But pervading through Lutz's shirtless smirks and accent continuity that calls envy from Johnny Depp's Alice in Wonderland performance is the obtrusive lack of thought that went into this picture. A proverbial grab bag of "the basics" of the classic epic genre, The Legend of Hercules boasts familiarity over originality. So much so that the filmmakers didn't stop at Hercules mythology... they barely started with it, in fact. There's more Jesus Christ in the character than there is the Ancient Greek demigod, with no lack of Gladiator to keep things moreover relevant. But even more outrageous than the void of imagination in the construct of Hercules' world is its script — a piece so comically dim, thin, and idiotic that you will laugh. So we can't exactly say this is a totally joyless time at the movies.
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Surrounding Hercules, a character whose arc takes him from being a nice enough strong dude to a nice enough strong dude who kills people and finally owns up to his fate — "Okay, fine, yes, I guess I'm a god" — are a legion of characters whose makeup and motivations are instituted in their opening scenes and never change thereafter. His de facto stepdad, the teeth-baring King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins), despises the boy for being a living tribute to his supernatural cuckolding; his half-brother Iphicles (Liam Garrigan) is the archetypical scheming, neutered, jealous brother figure right down to the facial scar. The dialogue this family of mongoloids tosses around is stunningly brainless, ditto their character beats. Hercules can't understand how a mystical stranger knows his identity, even though he just moments ago exited a packed coliseum chanting his name. Iphicles defies villainy and menace when he threatens his betrothed Hebe (Gaia Weiss), long in love with Hercules, with the terrible fate of "accepting [him] and loving [their] children equally!" And the dad... jeez, that guy must really be proud of his teeth.
With no artistic feat successfully accomplished (or even braved, really) by this movie, we can at the very least call it inoffensive. There is nothing in The Legend of Hercules with which to take issue beyond its dismal intellect, and in a genre especially prone to regressive activity, this is a noteworthy triumph. But you might not have enough energy by the end to award The Legend of Hercules with this superlative. Either because you'll have laughed yourself into a coma at the film's idiocy, or because you'll have lost all strength trying to fend it off.
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