Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon flew to the Spanish island of Ibiza to honour Nile Rodgers at a music industry event this week (beg19May14). The Rio hitmaker headed to the International Music Summit (IMS) to surprise Rodgers, his longtime friend and collaborator, at the event's annual industry dinner on Wednesday (21May14).
The singer paid tribute to the Chic star's career before presenting him with the Legends Award accolade.
Le Bon then performed with Rodgers, bringing funk icon George Clinton and Labelle singer Nona Hendryx onstage for a rendition of We Got The Funk.
The Duran Duran star writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Amazing night in Ibiza at IMS event to celebrate Nile Rodgers... Favourite moment of the evening was sharing the stage with Nile Rodgers, Nona Hendrix (sic) & George Clinton for an impromtu (sic) We Got The Funk."
A brief video of the performance was also shared on Duran Duran's Facebook.com page.
R&B icon Patti Labelle is preparing to head out on a new reunion tour with her Labelle bandmates to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their hit song Lady Marmalade. The legendary singer last teamed up with Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx for a series of live shows in 2009, following the 2008 release of their first full-length album in 32 years, Back to Now, and on Thursday (20Feb14) she announced plans for another get-together.
Speaking on U.S. talk show Watch What Happens Live, she says, "Forty years ago was the date of (the release of) Lady Marmalade. Forty years ago we did that song, and we plan to tour again this year."
The saucy smash, which was covered by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim in 2001, hit the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart upon its release in August, 1974 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.
LaBelle split in 1977 to pursue solo careers, but they continued working together off and on, and officially reunited the band in 2005.
Sir Elton John once presented R&B icon Patti Labelle with a diamond ring as a thank you for feeding him when he was a struggling musician. The Lady Marmalade hitmaker befriended Elton in the mid-1960s when she used to perform with her band The Bluebelles at nightclubs in London, where the rocker - then known by his real name Reginald Dwight - was working as a musician with the backing group Bluesology.
They would unwind after shows by playing card games for money, but the men were no match for LaBelle and her bandmates Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx, and the ladies would often clean up - leaving the guys broke.
LaBelle took it upon herself to cook up feasts for their financially-strapped pals and send them home with leftovers, and after hitting the big time as Elton John, Dwight decided to show his gratitude to his good friend by presenting her with a big rock - and she still treasures it to this day.
She explains, "They had no money so I would make food at my flat (apartment), invite them all over and feed them. Elton took my Tupperware (food storage container) back in the day... but he replaced my Tupperware by giving me a big diamond ring that I have at home. It's there and it's beautiful."
It was the trickle of pee heard around the world. Cannes attendees were aghast and/or amused an infamous scene from The Paperboy that shows Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron; this is apparently a great salve for jellyfish burns which were covering our Ken Doll-like protagonist. (In fact the term protagonist should be used very loosely for Efron's character Jack who is mostly acted upon than active throughout.)
Lurid! Sexy! Perverse! Trashy! Whether or not it's actually effective is overshadowed by all the hubbub that's attached itself to the movie for better or worse. In fact the movie is all of these things — but that's actually not a compliment. What could have become somethingmemorable is jaw-droppingly bad (when it's not hilarious). Director Lee Daniels uses a few different visual styles throughout from a stark black and white palette for a crime scene recreation at the beginning to a '70s porno aesthetic that oscillates between psychedelic and straight-up sweaty with an emphasis on Efron's tighty-whiteys. This only enhances the sloppiness of the script which uses lines like narrator/housekeeper/nanny Anita's (Macy Gray) "You ain't tired enough to be retired " to conjure up the down-home wisdom of the South. Despite Gray's musical talents she is not a good choice for a narrator or an actor for that matter. In a way — insofar as they're perhaps the only female characters given a chunk of screen time — her foil is Charlotte Bless Nicole Kidman's character. Anita is the mother figure who wears as we see in an early scene control-top pantyhose whereas Charlotte is all clam diggers and Barbie doll make-up. Or as Anita puts it "an oversexed Barbie doll."
The slapdash plot is that Jack's older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey) comes back to town with his colleague Yardley (David Oyelowo) to investigate the case of a death row criminal named Hillary Van Wetter. Yardley is black and British which seems to confuse many of the people he meets in this backwoods town. Hillary (John Cusack) hidden under a mop of greasy black hair) is a slack-jawed yokel who could care less if he's going to be killed for a crime he might or might not have committed. He is way more interested in his bride-to-be Charlotte who has fallen in love with him through letters — this is her thing apparently writing letters and falling in love with inmates — and has rushed to help Ward and Yardley free her man. In the meantime we're subjected to at least one simulated sex scene that will haunt your dreams forever. Besides Hillary's shortcomings as a character that could rustle up any sort of empathy the case itself is so boring it begs the question why a respected journalist would be interested enough to pursue it.
The rest of the movie is filled with longing an attempt to place any the story in some sort of social context via class and race even more Zac Efron's underwear sexual violence alligator innards swamp people in comically ramshackle homes and a glimpse of one glistening McConaughey 'tock. Harmony Korine called and he wants his Gummo back.
It's probably tantalizing for this cast to take on "serious" "edgy" work by an Oscar-nominated director. Cusack ditched his boombox blasting "In Your Eyes" long ago and Efron's been trying to shed his squeaky clean image for so long that he finally dropped a condom on the red carpet for The Lorax so we'd know he's not smooth like a Ken doll despite how he was filmed by Daniels. On the other hand Nicole Kidman has been making interesting and varied career choices for years so it's confounding why she'd be interested in a one-dimensional character like Charlotte. McConaughey's on a roll and like the rest of the cast he's got plenty of interesting projects worth watching so this probably won't slow him down. Even Daniels is already shooting a new film The Butler as we can see from Oprah's dazzling Instagram feed. It's as if they all want to put The Paperboy behind them as soon as possible. It's hard to blame them.