R&B veteran Kevin Thornton is taking his original Color Me Badd bandmates to court in a bid to ban former frontman Bryan Abrams from returning to the line-up. Thornton claims the singer, who voluntarily quit the I Wanna Sex You Up group in 2013 to deal with a series of personal issues, recently managed to convince fellow member Mark Calderon to "allow him back into the band" in place of new vocalist Martin Kember, who has been performing with Color Me Badd in Abrams' absence.
The plaintiff alleges Abrams and Calderon have since been trying to exclude him from the group and its company, CMB Entertainment LLC, which was formed upon the three stars' reunion in 2010.
Thornton is asking an Indiana judge to dissolve the firm, arguing it was created under false pretences as he believes Abrams was not sober, as he stated at the time, when he signed the agreement.
In addition, he is requesting damages for emotional distress, allegedly caused by Abrams' extreme conduct as he reportedly attempted to push Thornton out of the band.
Thornton is hoping to resolve the issue before Color Me Badd hit the road for a number of shows in 2015, with Kember still billed as part of the trio's line-up.
Actress Sofia Vergara took time out of the Screen Actors Guild Awards afterparties on Sunday (25Jan15) to congratulate her fellow countrywoman Miss Colombia after she was crowned Miss Universe. Paulina Vega beat Miss USA Nia Sanchez to claim the prestigious title at property mogul Donald Trump's annual pageant in Florida on Sunday night and Vergara wasted no time in celebrating the 22 year old's win with a congratulatory post online.
The Modern Family star, who was attending the SAG Awards in Los Angeles at the time of the beauty contest, took to her WhoSay.com account after the results news broke and shared a photo of Vega to mark the occasion.
In the accompanying caption, she simply wrote, "Barranquilla!!!!! Miss Universe!!!!", referring to Vega's native city.
Singer Ricky Martin also celebrated Vega's big win by uploading a congratulatory voicemail message in Spanish for the business administration student via Twitter.com.
Former Miss USA, Shanna Moakler, who now serves as a director for the Miss USA contests, also tweeted about the pageant results, writing, "Over the moon happy for @missusa 1st runner up at Miss Universe!! I am so proud and so honored to have been apart of your journey. I love u (sic).
"Congrats to Colombia Universe! and ALL the national directors, this has been such an honor... thank u #MissUniverse for an incredible show!"
The competition featured performances from Latin hunk Prince Royce and singer Nick Jonas, while the star-studded judging panel included actor/model William Levy, Gloria Estefan's producer husband Emilio Estefan, and Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.
Last year's (14) Miss Universe contest was won by Venezuela's Gabriela Isler.
"As we were walking, David (Oyelowo) was like, 'Wow, this is quite a spectacle, isn't it?' This was nothing like the walk they took originally, but I think to have the spirit and energy of the movie resonate in such a way with the people of the community... you live for that." Selma producer and actress Oprah Winfrey was blown away by the turn out and enthusiasm of locals in Selma, Alabama on Sunday (18Jan15), when they joined the film's stars to march through the city to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 civil rights protest, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., that provided the backbone for the Oscar-nominated movie.
Oprah Winfrey and her Selma castmates celebrated America's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day early on Sunday (18Jan15) by marching through Alabama with civil right activists. Hundreds joined Selma producer and star Oprah, director Ava DuVernay and leading men David Oyelowo and Common, among others, as they marked the 1965 protest that provided the backbone for the Oscar-nominated movie.
The quartet and activists marched from Selma City Hall to the city's Edmund Pettus Bridge, where civil rights protesters were beaten by police officers 50 years ago this year.
This time the peaceful protest ended with Common and John Legend performing their Golden Globe-winning song Glory from the film.
Americans celebrate Dr. King's birthday on Monday (19Jan15).
Selma stars David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey and Common are set to retrace Martin Luther King, Jr.'s steps on Sunday (18Jan15) by marching in Alabama to mark the civil rights icon's birthday. The revered activist led the voting rights protest from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 and the historic event has been documented in new biopic Selma, with British actor Oyelowo portraying King.
The movie earned two Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song on what would have been King's 86th birthday on Thursday (15Jan15), and to highlight the occasion, the stars of the film are preparing to join forces with director Ava DuVernay and march this weekend.
The commemorative event will take place on the eve of America's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday (19Jan15).
The day-long march will begin with a question and answer session with the cast and filmmakers for students and teachers of Selma High School. The talk will be moderated by Congresswoman Terri Sewell.
Mayor George Evans will then deliver a community address at Selma City Hall, followed by prayers at local churches, before the Selma stars march to Edmund Pettus Bridge.
The festivities will wrap up with a screening of the Oscar-nominated movie at the Selma Walton Theater, two days after U.S. President Barack Obama hosts the film's stars at the White House for a similar screening on Friday (16Jan15).
Were you paying attention to the big screen and all the Hollywood happenings in 2014? We thought we'd kick off the New Year with a quick look back over the last 12 months of WENN movie news and pose a few questions to one and all that might just help you recall some magical moments at the cinema, or some hot gossip from the year just gone.
The prize for the winner? Bragging rights and a front row seat to the 2015 Oscars in your own living room! Best of luck!
1. The Fault in Our Stars was based on a book written by which author?
a. John Green
b. John White
c. James Green
d. James Brown
2. What song did not feature on the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy?
a. I'm Not in Love
b. Mama Told Me Not to Come
c. Spirit in the Sky
d. Hooked on a Feeling
3. From which hit animated movie did the catchy tune Everything is Awesome come?
a. Muppets Most Wanted
b. The Lego Movie
c. How to Train Your Dragon 2
d. Mr Peabody and Sherman
4. Game of Thrones star Kit Harington starred in which epic disaster film based on true events?
b. 300: Rise of an Empire
5. The son of which longtime Hollywood couple starred alongside Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 22 Jump Street?
a. Colin Hanks, son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
b. Oliver Hudson, son of Bill Hudson and Goldie Hawn
c. Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
d. Wyatt Russell, son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn
6. Which of the following was not a cast member in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?
a. Andy Serkis
b. James Franco
c. Jason Clarke
d. Gary Oldman
7. Get On Up was a biopic based on the life of which legendary musician?
a. James Brown
b. Stevie Wonder
c. George Clinton
d. Smokey Robinson
8. Which Hollywood veteran portrayed the family matriarch in This Is Where I Leave You?
a. Anjelica Huston
b. Jane Fonda
c. Bette Midler
d. Dame Judi Dench
9. Which musical did The Amazing Spider-Man star Emma Stone make her Broadway debut in?
d. Les Miserables
10. Which one of these celebrities was NOT part of Ellen DeGeneres' famous 'selfie' taken during the 2014 Academy Awards?
a. Channing Tatum
b. Kevin Spacey
c. Matthew McConaughey
d. Jared Leto
11. Which actress celebrated her one-year wedding anniversary to her tennis pro husband on New Year's Eve?
a. Ashley Tisdale
b. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
c. Naya Rivera
d. Ginnifer Goodwin
12. Who will play the villain in the next James Bond movie?
a. Quentin Tarantino
b. Mark Strong
c. Christoph Waltz
d. Bryan Cranston
13. Which country do the two actors who played Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma come from?
14. Who rang in 2014 with Charlize Theron and has since become her boyfriend?
a. Sean Penn
b. Chris Pratt
c. Mark Wahlberg
d. Joaquin Phoenix
15. Name new mum Scarlett Johansson's daughter.
16. Which famous Jessica played Matthew McConaughey's grown-up daughter in Interstellar?
a. Jessica Alba
b. Jessica Biel
c. Jessica Chastain
d. Jessica Lange
17. Which Brit picked up the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May for his portrayal of grumpy artist J.W. Turner?
a. Colin Firth
b. Timothy Spall
c. Ray Winstone
d. Alan Rickman
18. What was the highest grossing movie of 2014?
a. Transformers: Age of Extinction
b. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
c. Guardians of the Galaxy
d. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
19. Which awards season favourite was filmed over 12 years?
20. In what film did Jennifer Lawrence debut her singing voice, scoring a chart hit all around the world?
a. Silver Linings Playbook
b. American Hustle
c. X-Men: Days of Future Past
d. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
21. What is the bestselling music soundtrack on iTunes this year?
c. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
d. Guardians of the Galaxy
22. He ended 2014 a newlywed with a hit movie, called The Theory of Everything. Name the British actor who married fiancee Hannah Bagshawe in England on 15 December.
a. Benedict Cumberbatch
b. Timothy Spall
c. Eddie Redmayne
d. Colin Firth
23. Why did model-turned-actress Milla Jovovich announce she was putting the next film in her Resident Evil franchise on hold in August?
a. Script problems
b. Financial issues
c. Her director husband Paul W.S. Anderson had abandoned the movie
d. She was pregnant
24. In 2014, this actor played Moses and became a new dad. Name him.
a. Joel Edgerton
b. Chris Pratt
c. Christian Bale
d. Mark Wahlberg
25. Another new dad, Chris Hemsworth, was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2014, but who's the lucky actress, the mother of his kids, who gets to cuddle up to him every night?
a. Eva Mendes
b. Elsa Pataky
c. Scarlett Johansson
d. Jessica Alba
The Oscars are supposed to be a barometer for greatness in the movie industry, but sometimes the Academy just misses the mark. Think about it: Three Six Mafia has an Oscar, but Leonardo DiCaprio does not. Snubs inevitably happen every year and some are more egregious than others. As we prepare for the next batch of nominations, let us reflect on some of the biggest snubs that still have us scratching our heads.
1. Leonardo DiCaptio in The Departed
Leo has been nominated a lot, we know this, but he was at his best in this Martin Scorsese flick. It still pains us that this wasn’t his year.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road
We thought Leo/Kate Winslet reunion would equal Oscar magic. But alas, it was not to be.
3. Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can
We still love this movie and think he was fantastic as con man Frank Abagnale Jr. Technically he played more than character, as Frank faked his way into becoming an airline pilot, a doctor and a lawyer.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator
Last Leo one, we promise. But man did he do a good job playing Howard Hughes’ descent into madness.
5. Brokeback Mountain
With the exception of Ang Lee winning for Best Director, Brokeback Mountain got completely shut out of the Oscars. Crash beat it for Best Picture in an upset, and Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams all inexplicably lost in their categories despite delivering amazing performances.
6. Alfred Hitchcock
Can you believe the Master of Suspense never won an Oscar for directing? Despite all of his directing techniques that are now famous, poor Hitch never got Oscar recognition. Couldn’t they have at least given him the Best Cameos in All His Films award?
7. James Dean
We expect that if James Dean had lived longer than his young 24 years, he would have taken home Oscar gold. But the impressive trifecta of films he made during his much-too-short career (A Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant) are enough to make us sad he never won.
8. Saving Private Ryan
This Steven Spielberg wartime epic starring Tom Hanks was beat out for Best Picture by Shakespeare in Love. Rumblings have indicated power producer Harvey Weinstein’s purse strings – rather than the film’s merit - are what actually got Shakespeare the gold.
9. Marilyn Monroe
The iconic bombshell never got to make a breathy Oscar acceptance speech. She was probably most deserving for her part in Some Like It Hot, but it just wasn't in the cards.
10. Amy Adams
Doesn’t it seem like she gets nominated every year? She’s like the female Leonardo DiCaprio at this point. She was great in The Fighter and she was our favorite part of American Hustle last year. Such a shame.
11. Robert Redford
Redford, aka the Brad Pitt before Brad Pitt, has never won an Oscar for acting. He nabbed one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People and got a Lifetime Achievement award in 2002, but the founder of the Sundance Film Festival was never acknowledged for the talent that made him famous.
12. Paul Newman for The Hustler
It took Paul Newman way too long to claim his Oscar glory. He was notoriously snubbed all throughout his prime years – most notably for The Hustler in 1962. The Academy finally gave him an honorary award in 1986 and then a Best Actor Oscar in 1987 for his role in the subpar sequel to The Hustler - The Color of Money.
13. Citizen Kane
This film has been number one on so many AFI Greatest Movies of All Time lists that we kind of just assumed it had won the Oscar for Best Picture. Not so. The Orson Welles masterpiece was beat out by How Green Was My Valley, a movie about a Welsh mining village.
14. Michael Fassbender in Shame
When you put aside the jokes about "best performance by a penis in a movie," you’ll realize that Fassbender actually turns in an Oscar-worthy performance in Shame (clothed or unclothed). We’ll give him time though – we think a statuette is in his future.
15. Ewan McGregor
Ewan (or as we like to call him: every straight man’s mancrush) has turned in some brilliant work over the years – like his roles in Beginners and The Impossible. But sadly it seems it wasn’t enough to catch the Academy’s attention.
16. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp does not have an Oscar. We repeat: Johnny Depp does not have an Oscar. How can the guy who played iconic characters in Edward Scissorhands, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Finding Neverland be lacking a trophy, you ask? It’s a mystery for the ages.
17. Jessica Chastain
Remember when Jessica Chastain had like a million movies come out in 2011? In luckier years, we think at least ONE of those would have gotten her a win. Maybe 2015 will be her year.
18. Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice
Reese Witherspoon beat her out that year for Walk the Line, but Keira would have had our vote for her pitch perfect portrayal of Jane Austen heroine Elizabeth Bennett.
Talk about a beautifully made film. It even won the Golden Globe for Best Drama that year, which is usually a sign that an Oscar imminent. Nope. No Country for Old Men took it instead. Guess nothing beats a Coen Brothers film with an ambiguous ending.
20. Short Term 12
If you've seen this gem of an indie movie starring a riveting Brie Larson, you'll understand why this was a major snub. It was one of the best movies of 2013, but presumably because it was so small, it didn't get any awards love. Travesty.
21. Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smashed
Another small movie, but a huge Oscar-worthy performance by Winstead as a young wife coming to terms with sobriety. Or at least worthy of a nomination. Pay better attention, Academy!
Who do YOU think has been snubbed? Tell us on Twitter by following the links below!
Rockers Chris Cornell and Duff Mckagan are joining newly reunited grunge supergroup Mad Season for a special concert. The Seattle, Washington-based band only released one album, Above, in 1995, and the remaining members are coming together to mark its 20th anniversary for a special performance in their hometown next year (15).
The gig is part of the Seattle Symphony's Sonic Evolution series, which pays tribute to the city's musical past. For the second half of the evening, Original Mad Season members, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin will take to the stage with Soundgarden frontman Cornell and former Guns N' Roses bassist McKagan.
The two will fill in for Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley, who died in 2002 following battles with addiction, and Walkabouts bassist John Baker Saunders, who died of a heroin overdose in 1999.
The new iteration of Mad Season will be joined by the symphony and members of Seattle's Vocalpoint! ensemble for specially arranged versions of the band's songs, such as River of Deceit, I Don't Know Anything and Long Gone Day.
Mad Season's Sonic Evolution series will take place on 30 January (15).
Birdman is continuing its nominations haul by scooping seven nods for the Golden Globes on Thursday (11Dec14). The drama is up for prizes including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Michael Keaton and supporting role nods for Emma Stone and Edward Norton.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is up for Best Director, and the Birdman soundtrack is also shortlisted for Best Original Score.
The Imitation Game and Boyhood closely follow with five nominations each, while The Theory of Everything scoops four. All three are up for the Best Motion Picture - Drama prize and will compete against Selma and Foxcatcher.
Steve Carell will battle against Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) for leading male in a drama for his role in Foxcatcher. Other nominees include Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), David Oyelowo (Selma), and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).
In the leading female category, nominees include Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).
Other nominees in the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy category include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Into the Woods, Pride and St. Vincent.
Julianne Moore has bagged two nominations for separate roles - leading actress in a drama for Still Alice and Best Supporting Actress for Maps to the Stars, and Mark Ruffalo has achieved a similar feat by landing a second nomination for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie for The Normal Heart.
Pop stars Lorde, Lana Del Rey and Sia Furler will also compete against each other for Best Original Song. The Royals hitmaker provided the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, while Furler worked on the musical Annie, and Del Rey on Big Eyes.
In TV, miniseries Fargo leads the way with five nods, while True Detective scoops four and Orange is the New Black leads the comedy categories with three.
Fargo is up for the Best TV Miniseries or Movie prize while its stars Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, and Colin Hanks have all earned nods.
The winners will be announced on 11 January (15) at a ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
George Clooney will be handed the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contribution to the film industry.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Best Motion Picture, Drama:
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Drama:
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo - Selma
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Drama:
Jennifer Aniston - Cake
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon - Wild
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay - Selma
David Fincher - Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy:
Amy Adams - Big Eyes
Emily Blunt - Into the Woods
Dame Helen Mirren - The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore - Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhane Wallis - Annie
Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy:
Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Bill Murray - St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix - Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz - Big Eyes
Best Animated Feature Film:
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
Best Foreign Language Film:
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture:
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture:
Robert Duvall - The Judge
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Original Score:
Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson - The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez - Birdman
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar
Best Original Song:
Big Eyes - Big Eyes
Glory - Selma
Mercy Is - Noah
Opportunity - Annie
Yellow Flicker Beat - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I
Best TV Series, Drama:
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Best Actress in a TV Drama Series:
Claire Danes - Homeland
Viola Davis - How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson - The Affair
Robin Wright - House of Cards
Best Actor in a TV Drama Series:
Clive Owen - The Knick
Liev Schreiber - Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey - House of Cards
James Spader - The Blacklist
Dominic West - The Affair
Best TV Series, Comedy:
Jane the Virgin
Orange is the New Black
Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series:
Lena Dunham - Girls
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
Gina Rodriquez - Jane the Virgin
Taylor Schilling - Orange is the New Black
Best Actor in a TV Comedy Series:
Louis C.K. - Louie
Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Ricky Gervais - Derek
William H. Macy - Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor - Transparent
Best TV Miniseries or Movie:
The Normal Heart
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Maggie Gyllenhaal - The Honourable Woman
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand - Olive Kitteridge
Frances O'Connor - The Missing
Allison Tolman - Fargo
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Martin Freeman - Fargo
Woody Harrelson - True Detective
Matthew McConaughey - True Detective
Mark Ruffalo - The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton - Fargo
Best Supporting Actress in A Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie:
Uzo Abudo - Orange is the New Black
Kathy Bates - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt - Downton Abbey
Allison Janney - Mom
Michelle Monaghan - True Detective
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Matt Bomer - The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming - The Good Wife
Colin Hanks - Fargo
Bill Murray - Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight - Ray Donovan.
Actress Kirsten Dunst is heading to the small screen for the upcoming season of TV drama Fargo.
The Spider-Man star has landed a leading role in the Emmy-winning crime thriller, which is an adaptation of the hit 1996 Coen Brothers film of the same name.
Dunst is set to play a "small town beautician with big city dreams", while former Breaking Bad star Jesse Plemons has been cast as her supportive husband.
The series will mark Dunst's first stint as a series regular on a TV drama - she previously appeared on medical drama ER in 1996.
Season two of Fargo will premiere next autumn (15). The acclaimed first season featured Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks and Martin Freeman.