British rocker Julian Cope has ruled out ever reuniting his hit 1980s band The Teardrop Explodes. The Reward hitmakers split in 1982 after four years together following a series of disagreements between Cope and keyboardist David Balfe.
The frontman went on to pursue a successful solo career while Balfe set up Food Records, signing hit band Blur and becoming a respected figure in the music industry.
However, Cope is adamant there will be no reunion because discussions with Balfe about possibly getting together always peter out.
He tells Mojo magazine, "I said to Balfe that I feel really bad because, in a world of reunions, there will never be a reunion. I said maybe we should get back together, not as a band, but as a kind of banqueting situation. We were going to have a jolly banquet. But I had a few conversations with Balfey and he's such a dwindler at the moment that I just can't interface with him."
R&B star Robin Thicke tackled his critics head-on on Tuesday (01Jul14) after taking part in a Twitter.com chat, which had been bombarded with negative comments.
Bosses at U.S. TV network VH1 faced a backlash on Monday (30Jun14) after attempting to field questions from Twitter users for the Thicke session using the hashtag #AskThicke, but the promotional stunt backfired as detractors used the opportunity to attack the singer instead.
The star's reputation has taken a hit over the past year after he was accused of misogyny over the controversial lyrics to Blurred Lines, which many women's rights campaigners claimed promoted sexual violence, while he faced further criticism over his split from wife Paula Patton earlier this year (14) following allegations of his infidelity.
Critics took advantage of the #AskThicke tag and one Twitter user wrote, "Did you really write a rape anthem as a love song for your wife and are you still wondering why she left you?", while another took aim at Thicke for attempting to woo actress Patton back by naming his new album, Paula, after her and issuing multiple public pleas to her, taunting, "How many times do you expect Paula to forgive your bs (bulls**t)..."
The VH1 Twitter chat still went ahead as planned on Tuesday, with Thicke even addressing some of the more critical comments after declaring, "I'm a big boy. I can handle it."
When one fan asked, "Why didn't you write a whole album for her when you were WITH her?", he replied, "She's always been my muse only this time from a distance".
In response to another asking, "Do you honestly think that what you're doing is going to win Paula back?", he wrote, "I have no idea. I just want the world to know how special she is".
Another tweeter suggested he should give his estranged wife some space - and not write songs about her and name his new album after her. The fan wrote, "If you cherish #Paula as much as you say, why can't you respect her desire for space & time to think & heal?" Thicke responded, "If you listen to the album you wouldn't ask that question."
He was also asked if he's still in touch with the 2 Guns star, and replied, "Yes because our child comes first." The former couple has a four-year-old son, Julian Fuego.
Sir Jimmy Savile sexually assaulted victims aged five to 75 and "interfered" with dead bodies, according to a report into his sickening campaign of abuse at hospitals across the U.K. The DJ and BBC broadcaster was unmasked as a serial paedophile following his death in 2011, with a police investigation uncovering more than 450 cases of sexual abuse.
Savile is also alleged to have molested male and female patients after being given access to hospital wards and mental health facilities in England.
An independent investigation into incidents across 28 National Health Service (NHS) hospitals has now found that at Leeds General Infirmary in the north of England, he abused 60 people, ranging from children to pensioners, 33 of whom were patients.
Incidents ranged from lewd remarks and inappropriate touching to sexual assault, as well as three allegations of rape.
The first accusation of abuse stems back to 1960, when Savile was in his 30s, to as recently as 2009, when he was in his 80s.
An investigator on the panel, which faced the press in London on Thursday (26Jun14), also repeated "incredibly disturbing" claims that Savile is suspected to have interfered with dead bodies in the morgue at Leeds General Infirmary while acting as a volunteer porter in the 1980s.
Julian Hartley, chief executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said, "This is a profoundly shocking report in which for the first time we are able to gain a clear picture of the abuse perpetrated by Jimmy Savile during his involvement with our hospitals in Leeds, in particular the Leeds General Infirmary, which started in 1962 and continued through to late 2000s."
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Pop star Robin Thicke has named his upcoming album after his estranged wife Paula Patton as he continues his desperate fight to woo her back.
The Blurred Lines hitmaker and his actress wife announced their split in February (14), and Thicke has been determined to mend their relationship ever since. His latest effort comes in the form of his seventh album, which has been titled Paula, according to Rap-Up.com.
Thicke debuted the first single from the record, Get Her Back, at the Billboard Music Awards last month (May14). The song is a heartfelt ode to Patton, his high school sweetheart and mother of his son Julian.
Robin Thicke is reportedly set to unveil an emotional new song about his attempts to woo back his estranged wife Paula Patton. The stars, who were childhood sweethearts, confirmed their split in February (14) after almost nine years of marriage, and Thicke has since made public pleas for a reconciliation onstage at several of his concerts.
Reports now suggest the star has written a song about the split and his attempts to reunite with his wife and is preparing to debut it at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (18May14). The track is titled Get Her Back and TMZ.com reports it features the lyrics "All I wanna do is make it right... I gotta get her, go get her back / I gotta treat her right / I gotta cherish her for life... I should've kissed you longer / I should've held you stronger / And I'll wait for forever for you."
The former couple is parents to a young son named Julian.
Revered cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has announced his retirement. Theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber's brother has revealed he can no longer perform at a high standard due to a herniated disc in his neck, which has left him unable to hold his bow properly.
The 63 year old says, "I am devastated. There were so many exciting plans that cannot now come to fruition... I need time to reflect and to consider this sudden and distressing life-changing situation."
He adds, "I have had an immensely fulfilling career and feel privileged to have worked with so many great musicians and orchestras but now I have to move on."
His final concert will take place at the Forum Theatre, in Malvern, England on Friday (02May14), but he has no plans to become a recluse, adding, "I would like to use the knowledge I have gained through my life as a musician and an educator to give back as much as I can to the music profession, which has given me so much over the years."
The news ends a 42-year stage career, which began in 1972 when Lloyd Webber performed Sir Arthur Bliss' Cello Concerto in London.
Paying tribute to his brother, Lord Lloyd Webber says, "I had known of Julian's difficulties for some while and, like him, I was hoping this (retirement) would not come to pass. Music has lost one of its finest performers."
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As grand as the themes of good and evil, needs and deservings, power and responsibility and such forth are, superhero movies are generally pretty straightforward in premise: hero stops villain from wreaking havoc. As off-putting as this kind of simplicity might sound, it's usually the right way to go. If you pack enough substance into your characters and adhere your plot to these linear margins, you can actually wind up saying a healthy amount (and having a lot of fun). The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets half of this formula down pat. Although Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker is still a moreover undistinguished identity, his emotional magnitude (re: his relationship with Gwen Stacy) is enough to keep him valid through the storm of lunacy that is his second feature. And it's not even that lunacy that holds him back. The problem isn't how wild his conquests are, how silly some of the action sequences feel, or how absolutely bonkers his villains turn out to be. It's all the other stuff (and yes, if you can believe it, there's a ton more going on in this movie than what I've already mentioned — that's the issue). All the plot twists, tertiary mysteries, ominous flashbacks, abject reveals, and weightlessly sinister pawns in this brooding game that, save for its fun with the baddies, takes itself way too seriously. All that stuff that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 thinks is necessary to make Peter Parker matter? It actually does just the opposite.
Peter is at his best when he's playing Tracy and Hepburn with the girlfriend he's perpetually disappointing (the eternally charming Emma Stone), or trying to win back the favor of the only remaining parental figure from whom he's rapidly slipping away (Sally Field, reminding us why she's a household name), or angling to connect with the mentally unstable engineer who just wants people to notice him (Jamie Foxx working his comic shtick with a frightening zest). We have the most fun with Peter when he's playing the simplest games, and we connect best with him on similar ground. But Peter and company, at the behest of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise's Sandman-sized aspirations, spend so much time exploring new avenues: the secrets surrounding the death and work of Richard Parker, the behind-the-curtains operations of OsCorp, the nefarious goings on in the waterside penitentiary Ravencroft.
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As a result of the grand stab at world building, there is just so much stuff that Peter has to wade through in this movie, dragging the likes of Gwen and his boyhood friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan, mastering angst, menace, and upper-class privilege all at once) into the dark crevasses of narrative waste. With so many diversions into the emotionally vacant, deliberately joyless explorations of Parker family origin stories, secret brief cases, and underground subways — The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rivals Captain America: The Winter Soldier in complexity, but forgets the necessary ingredient of fun — we barely have enough energy left when the good stuff hits.
And in truth, the good stuff isn't really good enough to sustain us through all the duller periods. Garfield and Stone do have laudable chemistry. Foxx is a hoot as Peter's maniacal new foe, especially when paired with the grimacing DeHaan. And the action, while often straying from any aesthetic authenticity, is nothing shy of neat-o. It's all passable, occasionally worthy of a hearty smile, but rarely anything you'll be definitively pleased you took the time to see.
But beyond coming up short in the micro, the film's regal downfall is its scope. With so much to do, both in accomplishing its own necessary plot points and setting up for those to come in future films, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn't seem to take time to make sure it's having fun with its own premise. And if it isn't having fun, we won't be either.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is filled — and I mean jam-packed — with genre-bending, action-heavy, sportily tense and relentlessly sinuous, sky-high-concept and maniacally bonkers stuff. Polygonal mayhem that aims, and impressively so, to top the Marvel lot in ideas, deconstructing every thriller staple from government corruption to talking computers to odd couple agents gone rogue. But oddly enough, the moment in the Cap sequel that I find most arresting several weeks after seeing the film is our peaceful reunion with Steve Rogers, trotting merrily around the Washington Monument as the sun rises on our nation's capital.
The scene is shot from far overhead, a low pulse/high spirits Chris Evans reduced to a shapeless blur as he repeatedly (but politely!) laps fellow jogger and veteran Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie)... and yet it might be the closest we feel to Cap throughout the movie.
The Winter Soldier has a lot to worry about in the delivery of its content. Managing a plot as ambitious and multifaceted as its own, with themes as grand as the scope of the American mentality — as represented by Steve Rogers, raised in the good old days of gee-golly-jingoism — it doesn't always have the faculties to devote to humanizing its central troupe. Cap isn't left hollow, but his battles with the dark cloud of contemporary skepticism play more like an intriguing Socratic discussion than an emotional arc. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, a character who ran circles around her Avengers co-players in flavor, feels a bit shortchanged in that department here (in her closest thing to a starring role yet, no less).
Mackie's Falcon, a regular joe who is roped into the calamity thanks largely to his willingness to chat with a fellow runner — a rare skill, honestly — is less of a problem. He doesn't have much to do, but he does it all well enough. Dynamic though he may be, Mackie keeps things bridled as Cap's ad-hoc sidekick, playing up the along-for-the-ride shtick rather than going full (or even half) superhero. We might want more from him, knowing just how fun he can be, but it's a sating dose. The real hunger is for more in the way of Black Widow, Cap, and — perhaps most of all — the titular villain.
Still, these palpable holes pierce through a film that gets plenty right. As elegantly as Joe Johnston did the Spielberg thing back in 2011, Joe and Anthony Russo take on the ballots of post-innocence. They aren't afraid to get wild and weird, taking The Winter Soldier through valleys that feel unprecedented in superhero cinema. We're grateful for the invention here — for Robert Redford's buttoned-up Tom Clancy villain, for the directors' aggressive tunneling through a wide underworld of subterranean corruption, and especially for one scene in an army bunker that amounts to the most charmingly bats**t crazy reveal in any Marvel movie yet. We might be most grateful, though, for a new take on Nick Fury; here, the franchise gives Samuel L. Jackson his best material by a mile.
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But in the absence of definitive work done in our heroing couple, a pair rich in fibers but relegated to broad strokes and easy quips in this turn, most of it amounts to a fairly good spy thriller, not an ace-in-the-whole neo-superhero masterpiece... which, justly or otherwise, is what we've come to expect and demand from these things.
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Veronica Mars has made history. Along with films like Serenity (an adaptation of the TV show Firefly) and the questionable direct-to-DVD Dead Like Me movie, it brought a sense of closure and excitement to fans everywhere. When a show gets prematurely canceled, fans have a hunger for some more quality time with their favorite characters. Veronica Mars proved that that want is enough to drive the production of a feature film. Using Kickstarter, the folks behind the movie established seed capital and revealed the market for television revival films.
A great program can get the axe for any number of reasons. For example, Claire Danes wanted to pursue a career in movies, so she was instrumental in the cancellation of My So-Called Life. Shows like Popular or Freaks and Geeks were ahead of their time and got prematurely canceled due to low ratings. Television involves a lot of juggling, competition with other networks, and actor politics. Film adaptations are a quick way to tell a story and provide fans with what they want.
Here is our list of television series that deserve to be forever immortalized in film.
This show had everything: a love story, lush cinematography, musical numbers, magic, and procedural crime drama tropes. However, the show did not find its footing in ABC’s line-up. Despite a bevy of amazing guest stars and genuinely entertaining moments, the show was rushed off with a hasty 30-second wrap up to series-long storylines. A film could incorporate all of the magic of the series while also providing the writers with a chance to explore the mythology of a pie-maker who can resurrect the dead, and maybe find the opportunity for him and his undead love Chuck to touch.
Popularity Potential: It may be a tough sell to audiences beyond fans of the show. However, given the success of Frozen, musicals aren’t going anywhere. It also has such a fresh unique premise with a storytelling format that would befit the big screen.
This comedy helped reinvigorate the ensemble comedy after the genre’s post-Friends lull. The show has a firm grasp on comedy today with fun cutaways and outrageous plots. It captures dating in an age of hipsters, the Internet, and bizarre new rules. Each season ends with a wedding, so why not a film about the most epic wedding ever? A movie could focus on the craziest of bridezillas Penny Hartz (Casey Wilson) while reviving a lot of the dangling subplots of the series.
Popularity Potential: The film could easily appeal to more than just established fans: romantic comedy audiences, Wayans family advocates, and people looking for a fun comedy could enjoy this film.
Ryan Murphy has proved himself to be a powerhouse producer with the success of Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story. However, Murphy he’s had limited success in films (lest we forget Eat Pray Love). But his first series, Popular, would be great fodder for a movie. This series was ahead of its time. It talked about Manolos and the mystique of Gwyneth Paltrow before it was cool. His characters Mary Cherry and Nicole Julian were progenitors to Lea Michele’s character on Glee and Jessica Lange’s characters on AHS.
Popularity Potential: None of the core cast members have a huge name draw but Murphy’s huge celebrity rolodex could bring some major star names. Fans would enjoy answers to the cliffhanger ending and fans of all of Murphy’s other shows could enjoy a snarky comedy.
It’s hard to remember when Jessica Alba broke into showbiz. It wasn’t her role in the Glitter-reminiscent dance movie Honey, or her parts in Fantastic Four and Good Luck Chuck. No, it was James Cameron’s insanely amazing action series Dark Angel. A young Alba played Max, a girl genetically modified with hybrid DNA who used her abilities to fight for justice in a post-apocalyptic Seattle. The twist: terrorists released an electro magnetic pulse that turned America into a third world country. Sadly, the Cameron connection could not save the series from being eclipsed by Buffy and Alias. However, this show definitely has the makings of an epic James Cameron movie. Plus, Alba’s ex-hubby and co-star Michael Weatherly could use the career boost since he’s now relegated to NCIS.
Popularity Potential: James Cameron, ‘nuff said.
This British superhero series Misfits started out great, but a revolving cast and a monotony of sesonal arcs kind of left the final season with a dud of an ending. A movie could bring back a lot of the cast members and guest stars and have them take on a major foe. Considering Robert Sheehan’s turn in Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Iwan Rheon’s role on Game of Thrones not exactly panning out in the stardom department, they should be willing and able to return to their old stomping grounds.
Popularity Potential: Attack the Block proved the sci-fi genre could work with a chav makeover. Anyone interested in sci-fi and comedy would be up for a Misfits flick.
Freaks and Geeks
Every Judd Apatow production feels like a Freaks and Geeks reunion, so why not just have one? The cast’s 10-year high school reunion would be a who’s who of Hollywood, blended with Apatow’s comedy flair. Plus, a comedy about a high school reunion is no more or less inspired than the plots of This Is 40 and Funny People.
Popularity Potential: Audiences are bound to like someone from the cast. Plus, Apatow is synonymous with box office success.
Pop star Robin Thicke and his estranged wife Paula Patton reunited for a family outing in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday (08Mar14) for the first time since announcing their split last month (Feb14). The couple has separated after almost nine years of marriage, and the Blurred Lines hitmaker has been using his current tour to make his intentions for a reconciliation known.
He told fans at a recent show in Virginia that he was "trying to get my girl back", before performing his 2007 hit Lost Without U, which Patton inspired, and he had the beauty on his mind again in New York on Friday (07Mar14), when he made an impassioned speech about the importance of never giving up.
He said, "One thing I've learned about love is you find that special person, you find that special someone, you got to do whatever it takes, you know, to never give up... you got to love your family right, you got to love your children right... We gotta learn to forgive each other, learn to love each other... no matter who it is in your family or relationship... 'cause you're always gonna need your friends and family."
Thicke's public pleas appeared to have softened Patton's resolve - he landed a weekend reunion with the actress as they treated their son Julian to a day out in Vancouver, where the Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol star is currently filming the big screen adaptation of popular fantasy computer game World of Warcraft.
The meet-up occured two days before Thicke's 37th birthday on Monday (10Mar14), which he spent partying in Hollywood with a group of male friends, including Leonardo DiCaprio.