The man who killed John Lennon apologised for acting like "an idiot" at his latest parole hearing earlier this month (Aug14). Mark David Chapman was denied his freedom for the eighth time last week (ends22Aug14) and now the comments he made to the parole board have been released.
He told the panel he was “sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory” when he shot and killed Lennon in New York on 8 December, 1980.
According to ABC News Radio, Chapman said, "My life had sunk into a depressed state. I was drinking... That bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there. I couldn’t resist it. My self-esteem was shot, and I was looking for an easy way out.”
And Chapman even acknowledged that his life outside prison would be difficult, adding, "Many, many people loved him (Lennon). He was a great and talented man, and they are still hurting.
"There is (sic) some people out there that might want to harm me, but I leave it in God’s hands. I trust him. If that (parole) could happen sometime in the future, I will still trust him."
The 59 year old will now have to wait until 2016 before he can re-apply for parole.
John Legend and Lee Ann Womack are set to team up for an upcoming episode of Cmt Crossroads. The singers will hit the stage together for a concert in Franklin, Tennessee in September (14) for the show which pairs up country artists with musicians in other genres.
John Hamlin, the senior Vice-president of music, events and talent at CMT, says, "Having John and Lee Ann join us on CMT Crossroads is going to be an incredible pairing - they are both among the most respected singers in their genres.
"This has all the makings of another classic Crossroads collaboration."
The CMT Crossroads concert series has previously paired up acts including Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley and John Mayer and Carrie Underwood with Steven Tyler.
We got 86 hours of genre-defining television to digest, examine, ruminate on, live in, and yet we’ve still barely managed to pull our minds away from the last three seconds. The Sopranos may be regarded as the greatest dramatic TV series of all time, but four out of five conversations about the show these days surround its divisive ambiguous ending: “So what do you think,” we inevitably say to whomever we’ve found ourselves trading Sal impressions and praise of the “Pine Barrens” episode, “is Tony dead?” On Wednesday, the world found Sopranos creator David Chase’s — so fed up with the resilience of the question that he finally caved in a conversation with Vox writer Martha P. Nochimson — perspective on the matter: (and here’s his answer, for those wishing to stay in the dark)
Of course, Chase maintains that his is not the definitive ruling, that each and every viewer has equal authority on the case of Tony’s survival. Personally, I’ve always held to the belief that the family man/family man never made it out of that Italian restaurant, though I’ve had friends plead the alternative with terrific cases. More important to you than what anyone else thinks (be he a fellow viewer or even the creator of the series in question) is what you think, as your experience and relationship and with the show is yours to understand as you see fit. So what do you think about The Sopranos, and other shows and movies bearing likewise ambiguous conclusions? Let us know!
THE SOPRANOS: Did Tony die?
Yes: As Bobby Bacala said about death, “You probably don’t even hear it when it happens, right?”
No: That would be a thematic copout! Tony lives on with the demons he’s collected.
INCEPTION: Does the movie end in a dream?
Yes: Leo finds himself stuck in the prison (or paradise) of his own subconscious, destined to live forever with the mental projections of his children.
No: Cobb puts the incepting game behind him and returns home to the loving embrace of his children.
BLADE RUNNER: Is Deckard a replicant?
Yes: Just follow the unicorn.
No: But the jury’s out on Harrison Ford himself.
AMERICAN PSYCHO: Was it all in his head?
Yes: The Bret Easton Ellis adaptation is just a metaphorical glimpse into the menace and greed that lines our materialistic society.
No: That much Huey Lewis could turn anyone into a murdering lunatic.
SHUTTER ISLAND: Was it all in his head?
Yes: Man, Leo really needs to start playing folks with a better grip on reality than these dudes seem to have.
No: Trust us, Ashcliffe ain’t no Maui.
TOTAL RECALL: Okay, but was it all in HIS head?!
Yes: The whole thing was a falsified memory… just like we choose to believe about the remake.
No: We don’t want to live in a reality where “Consider this a divorce!” never happened.
BARTON FINK: Speaking of heads, was there a head in Barton's box?
Yes: What else could it be? John Goodman practically told us that outright!
No: The whole episode was a conconction of the writer's own imagination anyhow.
DAWN OF THE DEAD: Do Peter and Francince make it to safety?
Yes: There's gotta be somewhere out there that they can lay low to wait out this nightmare.
No: Humanity is doomed. They're no exception.
LOST: Were they dead the whole time?
Yes: Plane crashed. Passengers died. Island gave them the sort of afterlife they don’t tell you about in Hebrew school.
No: What, you can’t believe in a few smoke monsters, teleporting polar bears, mystical numeric patterns, omnipotent lighthouses, and a pair of immortal twins?
THE SHINING: Do you have any idea what happened at the end of that one?
Yes: Sure, it’s clear as day! He — whoops, gotta go!
No: For that matter, what the hell is going on in this scene?
Comedian Steve Carell has been tapped to star in an upcoming Looney Tunes movie. The 40-Year-Old Virgin funnyman is attached to lead the as-yet-untitled film, which will centre around the fictional Acme Corporation in the popular cartoon world that includes the likes of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
Warner Bros. bosses have recruited X-Men: First Class writers to pen the script, while Carell will reunite with his Crazy Stupid Love co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who are in early negotiations to helm the project.
Plot details of the Acme movie have been kept under wraps, but the film will "not centre on the Looney Tunes characters and is being planned as a CG/live-action hybrid," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Rapper/actor Andre 3000 has credited his role as tragic rocker Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic with saving him from a deep depression following the death of his mother last year (May13). The Outkast star was left devastated when his mum, Sharon Benjamin Hodo, was found dead at her Georgia home, a day after his 38th birthday, but he admits having to focus on preparing to play the late music icon in the movie Jimi: All Is by My Side helped to prevent him from wallowing in his grief.
Andre 3000, who also lost his father, Laurence Walker, nine months later, tells the New York Times, "Honestly... Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day. I needed something to focus on to get me out of my depression and rut. Sometimes, when you're alone, you can let yourself go. I knew if I got on a train with a lot of different people, then I couldn't let them down."
Andre 3000 reveals he almost missed out on the chance to portray Hendrix, who died at 27, because he was convinced he was too old for the job.
He recalls, "I may have said it to John (Ridley, director): 'Man, I'm old. I have grey hair. Get some young unknown kid to play Hendrix.' I turned it down. (But) they kept at it."
John Legend braved severe storms to conclude his North American tour in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday night (26Aug14).
Bad weather moved into the area around the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the hours before Legend was due to perform his final All of Me Tour concert at the outdoor venue.
The storms prompted fears the show would be cancelled as lightning strikes and heavy rain closed in, but Legend took to his Twitter.com page shortly before the concert to assure fans he still planned to perform, writing, "Denver, the show is happening tonight, rain or shine! On stage soon. Only thing that can shut us down is too much lightning. #AllOfMeTour (sic)."
The show went ahead as planned with Legend braving the rain and thunderstorms, and he later thanked fans for enduring the bad weather, writing, "Thank you Denver!!! We made it through the rain!! So much fun tonight! #AllOfMeTour... Tonight was the last North American stop on the #AllOfMeTour. Thanks to everybody who supported us! It was such a special tour!... It's time for a break now. I need it! We start up again in Asia late September."
Actor Zachary Quinto has confirmed reports he is dating model Miles Mcmillan.
The Star Trek Into Darkness star has been linked to McMillan since late last year (13), but the two finally acknowledged the romance on Instagram.com over the weekend (23-24Aug14).
Quinto is currently in New York filming indie drama Michael, in which he plays the ex-boyfriend of James Franco's character Michael Glatze, a gay activist who renounced his homosexuality and became a Christian minister.
Taking a break from the set, Quinto posted a photo of McMillan on the photosharing app, along with the caption, "all this pretend is making me miss my real life baby. can't wait to see you soon @milesmcmillan..." A few days later, McMillan, who has worked for designers including Alexander McQueen, Dior Homme and John Varvatos, shared a photo of Quinto holding a small tot in a baby carrier on his chest, and wrote, "My baby with baby! @zacharyquinto"
Quinto previously dated Glee actor Jonathan Groff for three years until their split in 2013.
The death of Drew Barrymore's half-sister has been ruled an overdose. Jessica Barrymore, 47, had methamphetamine, alcohol, methadone, the pain reliever tramadol and the muscle relaxant/anti-anxiety drug nordiazepam in her system when she died last month (Jul14) and the San Diego County Medical Examiner has listed the death as accidental.
The movie star and Jessica shared the same father, late actor John Drew Barrymore. The Charlie's Angels star released a statement in the days following the tragedy, which read: "Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible."
Shutting off news reports of the Iran-Contra affair, turning down the abrasive rock stylings of the Beastie Boys, and peering through the perpetual mist of airborne cocaine particles that was inherent to 1987 California, film and television director Jeff Franklin dreamed of a simpler time. A time riddled with milkmen and paperboys, a time wherein three grown imbeciles could band together to raise a triad of blonde, plucky sisters together without incurring questioning unto their judgmental capabilities. Even in a time as cynical as the late '80s and early '90s, Franklin's creation Full House managed to thrive on the simple, wholesome, drama-free bounties of pleasant West Coast tomfoolery. Back then, the Tanners and co. didn't need postmodern satire, sociopolitical undertones, sudden character deaths, love triangles, or overarching themes of any kind — they relied (and thrived) simply on being pleasant. But today would be a different story.
With John Stamos pushing to revive the highly successful ABC sitcom (via TV Guide) — in the wake of the Disney Channel's creation of Girl Meets World, no less — we are looking at the considerable, albeit presently quite tentative, possibility that such an entity might in time come to be. But we can't help but wonder how a show about three ceaselessly well-meaning kooks and their frighteningly saccharine communal daughters would fare amid today's TV slate: a community of shows where crooked and criminal, if not entirely amoral, heroes and heroine are the norm rather than the exception.
Cynicism is the life blood of today's TV. Even in our comedic fare — think of Community, Arrested Development, How I Met Your Mother, and even The Big Bang Theory — do we see the proclivity to mock and deconstruct, to tear apart the very fabric of shows like Full House (happy family bouncing from one typical sitcom plotline to the next week after week). Our characters aren't looking to reclaim the era of milkmen and paperboys the way Danny Tanner was, they're looking to shoot down the blind-eyed peurility upheld by this allegedly superior past. So far gone into the muck of irony is today's television viewer that Full House couldn't seem earnest no matter how hard it tried... or, better yet, how naturally earnestness came to it.
But even if we can accept the Tanner/Katsopolis/Gladstone/Gibbler tribe as impeccably genuine, what would be our motivation to watch week after week? Full House, so appropriately named after an immobile edifice, was a show that celebrated its static nature. Every time you set foot into that San Francisco dwelling, you were treated to the same consequence-free merriment that you caught episodes and seasons prior. Yes, this was a treat, not a relegation. But today, we yearn for that through-line momentum. We watch, if for no other reason, to find out what happens next in the chaotic and kinetic, oftentimes toxic, forward narratives of Walter White, Carrie Mathison, and Tyrion Lannister. Hell, one of the most popular shows on today is called Scandal. If that's not telling, then I don't know what is.
Without even a central romance into which to sink our teeth — could we really see Danny, Joey, or any of the girls upholding one half of a riveting will-they-won't-they? — we're hardly draw to "find out what happens on the next exciting episode of Full House," at least not with the same verve to which modern TV has fueled our communal addiction.
Lacking that intertwining drama, today's Full House could seem devoid of life force. Without the scathing bite of sarcasm, it could come off lazy and unclever. And with such an adherence to the traditional format — that which today's comedy routinely turns inside out for sport — it could render not nostalgic but wholly outdated. When Full House came to be in 1987, it was then a throwback, a revival of a simpler time. So what would it be now? A throwback to a throwback? A revival of a revival? A tribute to a time simpler than a time that was simpler? See, just trying to identify it feels like a lost cause.
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If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
Check back to see if some of these other Hollywood hotties have taken the challenge! Tweet us which celebrity you want to see take part in #ALSIceBucketChallenge!
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