Pop star Ariana Grande has been given reason to smile after topping the U.K. singles chart with her hit song Problem. The singer's collaboration with rapper Iggy Azalea has climbed to number one thanks to the Official Charts Company's new rules, which combines retail sales with online streaming data.
The chart triumph comes two days after Grande pulled out of an Independence Day (04Jul14) holiday performance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to visit her sick grandfather in hospital in Florida.
Problem edges out former The X Factor contestant Ella Henderson, whose track Ghost takes second place, ahead of George Ezra's Budapest at three.
Meanwhile, British musician Ed Sheeran holds on to the number one title in the U.K. albums chart with X, while boyband 5 Seconds of Summer debuts its self-titled project at two.
Ezra's Wanted On Voyage, country queen Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke and Michael Jackson's classic release Bad round out the new top five.
Ezra and Parton both saw big boosts in sales following their performances at Britain's Glastonbury Festival last weekend (27-29Jun14), while Jackson's chart success comes days after the fifth anniversary of his death.
Singer Lana Del Rey has scored her second number one album in the U.K. with Ultraviolence. The Young & Beautiful hitmaker's third studio record has beaten out Linkin Park's The Hunting Party for the top spot.
Rounding out the new top five is Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour, Coldplay's Ghost Stories and Kasabian's 48:13.
Meanwhile, teenage X Factor star Ella Henderson lands a second week at the top of the pop charts with Ghost, while 5 Seconds Of Summer's Don't Stop lands at number two.
Ed Sheeran's Sing comes in at number three and George Ezra's Budapest and Sam Smith's Stay with Me round out the new top five.
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Tina Fey, Nick Jonas, and Shailene Woodley are all keeping busy on sets this week. Find out exactly what and where they're filming below:
If you're in downtown Atlanta this week, make sure you look up. Crews have been busy rigging zip lines on rooftops all over downtown, including the top of the Peachtree Center, for the movie Insurgent. On Friday, stuntmen were seen testing the rigs so we can only assume filming will take place this week. The Divergent sequel, which stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, and Ansel Elgort, hits theaters March 20, 2015.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are teaming up again this summer for The Nest. The comedy duo is also back in New York for the movie about two sisters who go home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell their house. It was also just announced Maya Rudolph has joined the cast making it a true SNL reunion! Today, you can find the ladies are filming off of Mamaroneck Ave in White Plains, N.Y.
Nick Jonas is returning to the small screen this fall for Navy St. The DirecTV series centers on a mixed martial arts gym in Venice, Calif. run by Alvey Henderson (Frank Grillo), whose drug addiction kept him from making it big as a fighter. Jonas plays his youngest son. Navy St. has been filming at the Nelles Correctional Facility in Whittier, Calif. for several weeks. Nelles was also the primary filming location for Kristen Stewart's latest movie, Camp X-Ray.
To find out where else your favorite stars are filming, check out my daily filming locations at OnLocationVacations.com!
Fans of late funnyman Rik Mayall have given the star a top 10 U.K. hit just days after his death. The Drop Dead Fred star failed to chart with his World Cup anthem four years ago, but thanks to a social media campaign launched the day after his death on Monday (09Jun14), Noble England has debuted at number seven on the new U.K. singles countdown.
The patriotic tune features Mayall revamping lines from Shakespeare's Henry V to invoke the Battle of Agincourt between the English and the French.
Meanwhile, teenage X Factor star Ella Henderson has debuted at the top of the charts with Ghost, and Kasabian have toppled Sam Smith to claim the top spot on the album countdown. Smith's In the Lonely Hour falls to three, while Coldplay's Ghost Stories stay put a two.
Critically acclaimed movie Mrs Henderson Presents is to be transformed into a stage musical. The 2005 film, which starred Dame Judi Dench and late actor Bob Hoskins, charts the success found by London's Windmill Theatre in the 1930s when the owners added female nudity to their performances.
The new production, which is still in the early stages of development, is being helmed by Sir Elton John's former manager John Reid and has already attracted award-winning songwriter Don Black.
Speaking to Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper Reid say, "(The film's cast) can't, of course, be replaced, but it is the music that will be the key. We have the great Don Black on board, so I'm sure we will do it justice."
Ann B. Davis' former The Brady Bunch co-stars have paid tribute to the late actress, who died on Sunday (01Jun14). The 88 year old, who played beloved housekeeper Alice Nelson on the classic sitcom, passed away from a subdural haematoma after slipping and hitting her head in the bathroom at her home in Los Angeles.
After receiving news of her death, Florence Henderson, who played family matriarch Carol Brady, took to Twitter.com and shared her grief, writing, "I'm so shocked & saddened to learn my dear friend & colleague Ann B Davis died today. I spoke with her a few months ago & she was doing great."
Maureen McCormick, the show's Marcia Brady, tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I admired Ann B so much as an actor... She was one of the greats. Most of all, I admired her heart. She was a dear friend... deep, honest and true. She was one of my earliest role models, and that continues to this day. She made me a better person. How blessed I am to have had her in my life. She will be forever missed."
Eve Plumb, Jan Brady on the sitcom, told TheWrap.com that Davis was "an amazing lady", adding, "She was great to work with, and I have wonderful memories of our scenes together on The Brady Bunch." Plumb continued, "She was kind and generous to all of us on set. Although we hadn't seen each other as often as we may have wanted to in the last few years, I am sure she knew she held a very important place in my heart. My thoughts are with her family and friends."
Meanwhile, a slew of celebrities have added their own condolences, including Christina Applegate, who tweeted, "Ann B Davis. How many mornings I have spent with you. RIP", and while actress Marlee Matlin added, "I grew up wanting to be Marcia Brady but with 4 kids, I turned into Alice the Maid. RIP Ann B. Davis."
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With only a week and change having passed since the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we no doubt feel the question living fresh in our minds: can we ever judge a remake without considering its predecessors? The conversation about the stark contrast in critical favor between Marc Webb's release and Sam Raimi's trilogy (the second installment of his franchise in particular) buzzed loudly, and we imagine the volume will keep in regards to Gareth Edwards' Godzilla. But it'll be a different sound altogether.
The original Godzilla, a Japanese film released in 1954, reinvented the identity of the monster movie, launched a 30-film legacy, and spoke legions about the political climate of its era. The most recent of these films — Roland Emmerich's 1998 American production — is universally bemoaned as a bigger disaster than anything to befall Tokyo at the hands of the giant reptile. With these two entries likely standing out as the most prominent in the minds of contemporary audiences, Edwards' Godzilla has some long shadows cast before it. And in approaching the new movie, one might not be able to avoid comparisons to either. It's fair — by taking on an existing property, a filmmaker knowingly takes on the connotations of that property. But the 2014 installment's great success is that it isn't much like any Godzilla movie we've seen before. In a great, great way.
This isn't 1954's Godzilla, a dire and occasionally dreary allegory that uses the supernatural to tell an important story about nuclear holocaust. A complete reversal, in fact, first and foremost Edwards' Godzilla is about its monsters. Any grand themes strewn throughout — the perseverence of nature, the follies of mankind, fatherhood, madness, faith — are all in service to the very simple mission to give us some cool, weighty, articulate sci-fi disaster. Elements of gravity are plotted all over the film's surface, with scientists, military men (kudos to Edwards for not going the typical "scientists = good/smart, military = bad/dumb" route in this film — everybody here is at least open to suggestion), doctors, police officers, and a compassionate bus driver all wrestling with options in the face of behemoth danger. The humanity is everpresent, but never especially intrusive. To reiterate, this isn't a film about any of these people, or what they do.
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The closest thing to a helping of thematic (or human) significance comes with Ken Watanabe's Dr. Serizawa, who spouts awe-stricken maxims about cryptozoology, the Earth, and the inevitable powerlessness of man. He might not be supplying anything more substantial than our central heroes (soft-hearted soldier Aaron Taylor-Johnson, dutiful medic and mom Elizabeth Olsen, right-all-along conspiracy theorist Bryan Cranston), but Watanabe's bonkers performance as the harried scientist is so bizarrely good that you might actually believe, for a scene or two, that it all does mean something.
Ultimately, the beauty of our latest taste of Godzilla lies not in the commitment to a message that made the original so important nor in the commitment to levity that made Emmerich's so pointless, but in its commitment to imagination. Edwards' creature design is dazzling, his deus ex machina are riveting, and the ultimate payoff to which he treats his audience is the sort of gangbusters crowd-pleaser that your average contemporary monster movie is too afraid to consider.
In fairness, this year's Godzilla might not be considered an adequate remake, not quite reciprocating the ideals, tone, or importance of the original. Sure, anyone looking for a 2014 answer to 1954's game-changing paragon will find sincere philosophy traded for pulsing adventure... but they'd have a hard time ignoring the emphatic charm of this new lens for the 60-year-old lizard, both a highly original composition and a tribute in its way to the very history of monster movies (a history that owes so much to the creature in question). So does Godzilla '14 successfully fill the shoes of Godzilla '54? No — it rips them apart and dons a totally new pair... though it still has a lot of nice things to say about the first kicks.
Oh, and the '98 Godzilla? Yeah, it's better than that.
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British acting legend Bob Hoskins has died, aged 71. The Who Framed Roger Rabbit star passed away on Tuesday night (29Apr14) after suffering from a bout pneumonia.
His wife Linda and children Alex, Sarah, Rosa and Jack said in a statement, "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob. Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia. We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support."
Hoskins began acting in the 1960s and shot to fame in 1980 British gangster classic The Long Good Friday, following up with an acclaimed role 1986 drama Mona Lisa, for which he won Best Actor honours at the Golden Globes and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
He received a second Golden Globe nomination for Who Framed Roger Rabbit and starred in other notable movies including Hook, Maid in Manhattan and Mrs Henderson Presents, for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe. He even picked up accolades for his TV work - he won at International Emmy Award for Best Actor for his role in British drama series The Street.
Hoskins last appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012, before he announced his retirement. He decided to step away from the film industry after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
A sprawling home in Henderson, Tennessee which once belonged to late music legend Johnny Cash has been sold for $2 million (£1.2 million). The mansion, which the country music star and his wife June Carter Cash called home for more than 40 years, is off the market after bosses at limited liability company Lakehouse Holdings purchased the property.
The estate was sold by Bee Gees star Barry Gibb and his wife Linda, who bought the house in 2005, promising to preserve the Cash legacy. They also hoped the setting would serve as an inspiration in their own music.
The Gibbs, whose main residence is in Miami, Florida, were planning to completely renovate and restore the lake-front house in 2005, but a fire in 2007 destroyed much of the mostly wooden structure.
The seven-bedroom home was built in 1968, and served as a setting in 2005 Cash biopic Walk the Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.
Emmy-nominated TV and music producer Ken Greengrass has died at the age of 87. Greengrass passed away on 10 April (14) in New York after a brief illness, according to Variety.com.
He began his career as a trumpet player before moving into TV, producing several specials including A Piece of Cake, C'mon Saturday and How the Beatles Changed the World.
Greengrass was also a longtime member of the New York Friars Club, a celebrity comedy organisation, and was responsible for bringing the group's annual celebrity roasts to TV in 1998. He also served as the executive producer of the Easter Seals and Cerebral Palsy Foundation telethons.
In addition to his TV career, Greengrass served as a manger to many celebrities, including Diahann Carroll, Florence Henderson country music supergroup The Highwaymen and Art Garfunkel.