Country singer Josh Gracin is "safe" after posting an apparent suicide note on his Facebook.com page on Thursday (14Aug14). The former American Idol finalist updated his account with a cryptic message that seemed to be aimed at his wife Ann, hinting that he may have been thinking about taking his own life.
He wrote, "I've loved her for 17 years... I made mistakes... I admitted them, told her the truth and she turned her back on me when I needed her help the most. Please remember me as someone who gave his all in his music... Pray for my family as they carry on in this world without me. Goodbye."
A concerned family member saw the post and called police to the star's home in Spring Hill, Tennessee, where they found his wife, but not Gracin, according to TMZ.com.
The officers reportedly reached Gracin by phone and managed to get him back to his house without incident.
Gracin's manager Amy later updated fans on Facebook, writing, "First, thank you everyone for your prayers and concern. Josh is safe and with his family now. We ask that you please respect their privacy during this time and continue sending your well wishes. I promise to update you soon."
She also announced his scheduled appearance at Friday's (15Aug14) Live on the Levee show in Charleston, West Virginia had been cancelled, and country singer Trent Tomlinson will perform in his place.
Gracin, 33, is a former member of the United States Marine Corps and finished in fourth place in the second season of American Idol. He has four children with wife Ann.
The news of Gracin's suicide scare comes days after another Idol alum, Michael Johns, passed away on 2 August (14). His cause of death has not been revealed.
Liam or Harry? Niall or Zayn? We can't forget about Louis. Who do you choose?! Believe me, it is a TOUGH decision. Why should we have to choose between 5 beautiful men? They're all equally wonderful. And they have accents. It's not fair to choose. But if you have to, I can help. After seeing them in Philadelphia on their Where We Are tour (Thanks Sony!) I have ample evidence to support each guy.
Here are your reasons, starting from youngest to oldest:
Harry Styles (2/1/1994)
He’s not afraid of being goofy, like at all.
He will PROPOSE to you if you show up to the concert in a wedding dress.
His dancing is a strange mix of wiggling his legs while pointing his fingers.
*** On August 13th, 2014, he took his headband off and it was AMAZING***
He will stop in the middle of a performance to read a book.
He spends a great portion of the concert just waving at fans.
He enjoys spraying water like this:
This lip bite:
He will sing someone else’s verse in a song and mess it up adorably.
He’s silly enough to recreate popular vines.
Niall Horan (9/13/1993)
He’s the only Irish band member and he will never let you forget that.
He’s got the best hand gestures out of the entire band.
Even Zayn can’t keep up.
Niall is actually a fanboy(girl) at heart:
He looks great holding a puppy.
He plays the guitar, a lot.
And it’s REALLY hot.
It’s easily one of the hottest things you’ll ever witness.
Honestly, this is all you should need to become a Niall girl/guy.
Actually, I’m sorry. This is what you need:
BIGGEST PLUS: This is still true.
Liam Payne (8/29/1993)
Liam does what thousands (millions) of people want to do...smack 1D butts.
Liam gets really into singing the lyrics to every song.
Liam is the god of wearing jorts.
Who knew jorts were even in again? Liam did, that’s who.
His eyes crinkle when he laughs.
He also laughs a lot when he’s on stage.
Cause he’s having an awesome time, obviously.
Liam knows exactly how to get a crowd jumping.
He can dance AND sing like Michael Jackson.
He is comfortable with his body, because he is PERFECT the way he is.
This song and dance combination:
Zayn Malik (1/12/1993)
He can hit notes so high, you’ll feel it in your bones.
He is very pensive. You two could have deep discussions.
This is what he looks like with his hair slicked back and holding a (fake) guitar.
He has an adorable little giggle/smile.
Here is that hair & giggled combined:
I’m so sorry if you’re a Zayn girl now and just fainted.
He actually listens to choreography very well.
His entire face, really.
Louis Tomlinson (12/24/1992)
His arm tattoos could make a saint swear.
His hair is so long now that he’s perfected the hair flip.
He’s got an adorable little smirk.
Even he knows he has a nice butt.
Just look at those eyes when he sings:
He can teach us a new style of how to vogue.
Did you choose one? Maybe these options made it harder on you. If you still can't decide, just be like me and say you're equally dedicated to all five members. One Direction started the U.S. leg of their tour in East Rutherford, NJ on August 5th and will be making some Midnight Memories around the country until October 5th.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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For concert films of the past 25 years, Michael Jackson’s This is It is tops with $261M in global box office. One Direction’s This Is Us will stand out for the group’s popularity- and its director, Morgan Spurlock - while it looks to beat Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never concert doc, in second place with $99M globally. Check out more on the story, One Direction's sales numbers, and the top grossing concert films at Studio System News.
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In today's economy, there aren't a good many industries on which you can rely. Yes, some things will always be fail-safe investments: apple sauce, bolo ties, cavern tours. But ranking above them all is the ageless phenomenon of the boy band. When the entity first hit American culture, we were skeptical. A handful of dudes? No instruments? Cacophonous flailing? But it caught on. And many long menudos later, we are still smack dab in the heat of boy band fever. As such, any frugal frontiersman of the American capital knows what what to do: get in on the action. Start your own boy band. And since we here at Hollywood.com are foremost a catalyst for the fiscal upswing of the common man, we're here to tell you just how to do it.
Part I: Get Some MembersKnow a bunch of legitimately talented musicians with a passion for the craft and a vast appreciation for everything from Beethoven to Neil Young? Lose 'em! What you need is...A dreamboat: The soft-eyed, half-smiling Aryan type who looks like he learned how to smile from watching the opening credits of Beverly Hills 90210.A "dark side"-type: The brooding brunette, sensitive and in touch with his cerebral pangs. Someone you just want to hug to let him know that it's all going to be okay.Maybe a thuggy one? From the streets... or, you know, that one kind of shady cul-de-sac across the street from the garden center.Two other guys: Know any unemployed dudes who have nothing going on? (Does one of them have wacky hair?) They're in.
Part II: Style!Think being yourself and devoting to your natural image is the way to go? Be a teacher. You're in a boy band now, take notes:Hair: Frosted tips are always in season.Clothes: Either too much or too little — something flashy, loud, and seemingly displaced in time. Or just go shirtless, shirtless works.Accessories: No more than one member may bear each of the following: tinted sunglasses, tattoo, eyebrow ring, ankle bracelet, pet snake.
Part III: RelationshipsHere's one of the most important components of boy bandistry: your romantic relationships. You and your fellow members must abide by the following rules of the industry:Date another pop icon: A fellow musician, preferably, although a budding movie star could also work.Reunite with your high school sweetheart: Odds are, you're not presently dating the same person you were back in high school. If you are, good for you! If not, call the old flame up and organize a "just for the fans" romance. People really eat up the hometown love shtick.Get a stalker: For the member of your band who is not presently ready to settle down, a stalker will do the trick. Since you're not famous enough to warrant one yet, maybe see if your best pal's creepy little sibling who had a crush on you back in elementary school is available. Send some tantilizing notes, just to fan the flames.Way-too-early engagement: And for the member of your band who is far too ready to settle down, a fiancée! Doesn't matter who it is, the "But he's so young!" or "But they just met!" conceit will overshadow the actual human beings in question.
Part IV: The MusicImmaterial.
Part V: The BreakupHowever much you grow to love the gig or your fellow band members, you must terminate things while they're still hot. You want people begging for a reunion, not groaning over the group that just doesn't know when to quit. Here are a few acceptable reasons to offer:Solo careers: All of your members (or at least the two most important ones) decide to pursue careers of their own, be it in music, acting, production, or something weird like writing. Creative differences: Spats like these happen all the time. Maybe one member gets too controlling. Maybe another is concerned about selling out, wants to get back "to the art" of it all. Have fun with this one!Love triangles: The most volatile choice of them all — could it be that a mutually beloved third party got between two members? Egad, the drama! The headline-worthy drama! It's a risky course of action, but when it pays off, it really pays off.
So there you have it. Your own five-part, fail-safe guide to starting your own boy band. We wish you the best of luck — you're fighting the good fight.
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One Direction doesn't seem to be likely to fall from grace anytime soon. The band drew record-breaking ratings for The Today Show with their Rockefeller Plaza performance on Tuesday morning, has just released its second album Take Me Home, and has even earned a vigilant enough fanbase to receive live animals as gifts. The next step: movies! Sony Pictures has announced that One Direction will be the focus of a 3D film, directed by accomplished documentarian Morgan Spurlock.
You might know the filmmaker's name from one of the many big- and small-screen projects he has churned out over the past decade. Spurlock is most famous for his 2004 fast food takedown Super Size Me, and has since directed and produced films like Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?, Freakonomics, and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, which is his own personal statement on Hollywood's habitual product placement. He also created the Hulu series A Day In the Life.
The new One Direction movie, which is being produced by Simon Cowell (who discovered the band on the United Kingdom's The X Factor), will focus on band members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson, and their achievements and personal journeys into the spotlight. Spurlock, a highly stimulating filmmaker, will likely provide an interesting take on the band's experiences with new fame and success, and perhaps on the industry itself.
The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kytt reports that the film is set for release on Aug. 30, 2013.
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Sure, Bar Refaeli is good at topping Maxim magazine's 2012 Hot 100 list and attractively rolling around in sheets, but, for us, it's not always about the the looks. (Okay, so, most of the time it is. But we dare you to tell us if there's another reason you've already decided to buy pre-sale tickets for Magic Mike.) Or about the ladies — what about the hottest, most talented men in the world? Between a Baldwin revealing a secret musical talent and a handsome actor upstaging co-stars in a stripping contest, these are the gifted men who have us totally buggin'. (Remember the '90s, guys?!) Our ranking standards? We judge based on which man puts the biggest smile on our faces. From top to bottom, here we go:
1. Joe Manganiello: Yes, the handsome True Blood star may make us growl as shirtless werewolf hunk Alcide, but we're downright panting imagining his strapping stripper role in Magic Mike. Oh, wait, we said we'd judge based on talent? Let me rephrase: We're downright panting imagining the Scream Award-winning actor's strapping stripper role in Magic Mike.
2. Henry Cavill: It's a bird, it's a plane... wait, no, it's Henry Cavill, reviving Superman's place on the big screen! Being able to graduate from sucking up to King Henry VIII to big-budget film — Cavill is a promising rising star, he is, he is.
3. Mark Zuckerberg: The newly wed billionaire may have lost a few friends after Facebook's stock plummeted yesterday, but we'd still respond to his pokes.
4. Prince Harry: Our sincere apologies to Wate. Or Killiam? Or why am I trying to make a nickname for the couple? But after seeing prince debut his music talents playing the tambourine in a music video, we'd certainly bow to this royal rock star.
5. The Boys of One Direction (Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson): They may have placed third on the seventh season of The X Factor UK, but now they are tearing up the radio... and making us wonder if we should report ourselves to our neighbors.
6. Phillip Phillips: A name so nice, we have to say it twice! The American Idol Top 2 finisher makes us wish "We've Got Tonight"... and many, many more nights.
7. Ben Feldman: We all love Jon Hamm, but Mad Men has a new Don Draper. But, unlike the series' serious, dour leading man, Feldman spirited Michael Ginsberg is as faithful as he is creative. We'd like him to hit us in the face with a Sno Ball. Euphemisms!
8. Adam Scott: The ideal candidate for romance is the kind of guy who "super-did" Model UN in high school, makes a mean calzone (when he's not working on his claymaysh), and has his very own Bat-suit. Adam Scott's Parks and Rec character Ben Wyatt meets all these requirements. Plus, he's handsome and friends with Jon Hamm. We have an in!
9. Michael Phelps: This year is a big one for Phelps: He confirmed to Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes that he will be retiring after the London Olympics are done. And we'd be there to share many a five-dollar foot-longs with the athlete. C'mon, minds out of the gutter, people.
10. Kanye West: Imma let you finish, but the musician would no doubt interrupt us if he didn't score a place on a best list. So, for that reason, we'll happily admit to wanting to play third wheel with him and Kim Kardashian, even though we all know he just wants fish sticks.
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It seems like a missed opportunity to call a movie Saving Mr. Banks, when it could just as appropriately be named after a far more recognizable P.L. Travers character: Saving Mary Poppins. But then again, the title could be an apology for the lack of subtlety in Disney's film adaptation of Mary Poppins, with which author Travers took issue — her displeasure with the movie is the focus of Saving Mr. Banks, after all. Plus, the title as it stands was enough to rope in new A-list cast members Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. Still, Saving Mary Poppins seemed like a safer bet.
Alas, Saving Mr. Banks will feature Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (born Helen Lyndon Goff — but you know writers), during negotiations to sell the rights to her now iconic character to Disney for a film adaptation. Hanks will embody Walt Disney himself, probably downplaying the head-freezing and anti-Semitism, who spent 14 years trying to convince Travers to accept a business relationship with his company.
As previously noted, Saving Mr. Banks will focus on Travers' eventual dissatisfaction with the otherwise cherished Disney movie, which suggests that the film might lean towards the promotion of artistic integrity, and the evils of selling out. The title refers to the Mary Poppins character Mr. Banks, as played by David Tomlinson in the '64 film.
John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie) is set to direct, despite the fact that this doesn't appear to be a sports movie that will make you cry a little.
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