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).
The holiday season is finally upon us and if you're anything like us, you're probably struggling to find gifts for some of your loved ones. Everyone has a favorite TV show, and if you're lucky, that TV show has a big enough following that means when Christmas comes around each year, you can find a gift perfectly tailored to that show.
1. This "Shut It Down" wine glass, so you can drink your wine in style while watching Scandal every Thursday.
2. An Olivia Pope & Associates t-shirt, because your real job isn't as cool.
3. This classic frame quote, because if a man wants you, he's got to prove it.
4. This shirt supporting which team you are on.
The Walking Dead fans:
5. This lego Daryl Dixon, so you can have your own Daryl for adventures.
6. A Zombie apocalypse bracelet for your best friend, so they know who to have on their team when the end comes.
7. This wall decal to warn your friends and family of the dead inside.
8. The Offical Zombie Survival Kit, because it's perfect for a zombie apocalypse, or just a general emergency.
9. These coasters with brutally honest (and hilarious) quotes from the show.
Game of Thrones fans:
10. This mug with Jon Snow's motto, because Crows Before Hoes.
11. This underwear declaring which house of Westeros you belong to.
12. These beautiful direwolf bookends that any member of the Stark family would die for.
13. These his and hers Khal/Khaleesi matching necklaces to give your loved one to prove how much you care.
Breaking Bad fans:
14. This blue meth candy, in case you've ever wanted to try (candy) meth, but not get hooked.
15. This insanely appropriate "Let's Cook" cutting board.
16. A shirt that shows where you work.
17. For the Mac user in your life, this Walter White decal so they'll never be too far from him.
American Horror Story fans:
18. This sweatshirt that says it all.
19. This mug dedicated to the baddest witches to ever exist.
20. This necklace that will help you keep Twisty close to your heart.
21. This phone case that has love for every season of AHS.
22. This protection necklace, because Sam and Dean want to keep you safe.
23. These rings so you and your besties can express your deepest emotions for each other.
24. This sweatshirt with the Family Motto.
25. For the uber dedicated fan, get them John Winchester's journal.
Sons of Anarchy fans:
26. This poster featuring a very good-looking Jax (Charlie Hunnam).
27. This personalized SOA zippo lighter.
28. Jax Teller's son ring, if you're a really big fan with some money.
Once Upon A Time fans:
29. Henry's leather book cover for your iPad, so you can e-read in style.
30. This intricate, beautiful locket inspired by Emma Swan.
31. These hand painted sneakers for the OUAT fan to step out on the town in.
The Big Bang Theory fans:
32. This Soft Kitty pillow to snuggle with every time you're sick or sad.
33. The Rubik's Cube tissue box, seen on The Big Bang Theory.
34. Why should the human's only benefit? Get this Bazinga! dog collar for your pet.
Modern Family fans:
35. This wall art with quite possibly the best Phil Dunphy quote to ever exist.
36. This Jay Pritchett shirt that perfectly describes how he feels.
37. This shirt that shows how well Phil handles pressure.
38. This necklace, which acts as the key to 221B Baker Street.
39. This "High-Functioning Sociopath" sweartshirt that we can all kind of relate to.
40. And finally, because it's the holiday season, get this card to truly express your love for someone.
If all else fails, a Netflix subscription is only $7.99/month.
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Actor Dylan Baker is set to join the cast of Broadway show The Audience as former Prime Minister John Major. The Spider-Man star will appear alongside Helen Mirren, who will reprise her role as Queen Elizabeth II, and Tony-winner Judith Ivey, who will play former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the stage show.
The Audience originally ran in London last year (13) and featured Geoffrey Beevers, Michael Elwyn, Richard McCabe and Rufus Wright, who will also reprise their roles in the New York show.
The Audience will open in March (15) at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
Veteran British rocker Jack Bruce has died at the age of 71. The Cream bassist passed away at his home in Suffolk, England on Saturday (25Oct14) after a battle with liver disease.
In a statement, his family says, "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts."
His publicist Claire Singers adds, "He died today at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family."
Bruce played bass and sang with legendary 1960s rock trio Cream, alongside guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, and he also performed with a slew of British blues luminaries during his career, including the Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Alexis Korner's Blues Inc.
The Office ended May 16, 2013. That might only be a year and a half ago, but with fall TV in full swing, The Office fans can feel the show's presence missing from our lives. Can't they just reunite and make new episodes already? Every other show/movie is getting redone or sequels or put on Netflix, why not skip the waiting period and do it now?
1. This show taught us amazing life lessons, like that you can be both feared and loved.
2. We also learned this very useful bit of advice about mistletoe.
3. The show gave us aspirations that we could do more than just sit in an office.
4. Kelly Kapoor is the reason we know what to say to sound smart.
5. And Michael broke the very important news over who loves pizza.
6. Kevin taught us all what dreams really are.
7. Our inner child smiled when Dwight used this insult we've been throwing at our friends since we could read.
8. This show introduced u s to a new National holiday.
9. They gave us hope to one day create such an amazing holiday card with our own co-workers.
10. Characters like Jim created places no one ever knew they wanted, but once we heard of them, we needed them.
11. But speaking of Jim, The Office also showed us that office romances can bloom into the most powerful and amazing things in the world.
12. The show gave us the perfect insult for Negative Nancys.
13. It also reminded us there are too many people on this planet.
14. Prison Mike let everyone know why we should never wind up in prison.
15. Stanley gave everyone a new life motto.
16. Jim and Dwight gave us very tough decisions. Did we love Jim as Dwight?
17. Or Dwight as Jim, more?
18. And honestly, is TV really even funny anymore if people aren't force-feeding Kevin vegetables?
What do you miss the most about The Office? Tweet us your answers!
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Mark Wahlberg confirmed reports his brother Donnie and actress/model Jenny Mccarthy wed in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday (31Aug14) by tweeting his congratulations.
The couple teased the media in July (14) when announcing plans to wed in McCarthy's hometown of Chicago on 15 August, but reports suggest the nuptials took place in suburb St. Charles over the weekend - and groom Wahlberg's movie star brother was a no-show. He may have missed the wedding, but Mark made an effort to congratulate his brother on his big day, tweeting, "Congratulations@DonnieWahlberg and @JennyMcCarthy, so happy for you both today."
The actor, his wife Rhea Durham and their kids also filmed an Instagram video congratulating the newlyweds and posted it online, revealing they were celebrating daughter Ella's 11th birthday in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile in St. Charles, McCarthy's former The View co-star Sherri Shepherd was on hand for the ceremony at the Hotel Baker, as well as Wahlberg's New Kids on the Block bandmates Jordan Knight and Danny Wood, according to local newspaper The Courier-News.
The wedding is the second for both stars - Wahlberg has two sons from his nine-year marriage to Kim Fey, which ended in divorce in 2008, and McCarthy shares a son, Evan, with her ex John Asher. They divorced in 2005.
A number of guitars once owned by Gerry Rafferty are set to go under the hammer. The lots include a white Fender Esquire guitar, which the Scottish musician appeared with in the 1988 video for his track Shipyard Town and is believed to have once belonged to Beatles legend George Harrison.
Rafferty's instruments will go up for sale at the Bonhams auction house in London on Wednesday (25Jun14).
Bonhams representative Stephen Maycock says, "Gerry is an extremely well-known and well-loved artist who had fantastic success over a long period.
"One of the exciting aspects of this sale is that they have come directly from Gerry's personal collection. It's the perfect provenance for collectors as the object gives them a personal link back to the musician."
The Baker Street icon passed away in 2011 after suffering liver failure.
Other items going under the hammer include a dinner suit once worn by George Harrison's bandmate John Lennon and a note from Ringo Starr to a girlfriend.
One of rock group Queen's most famous early concerts is to be released as a CD, DVD and Blu-Ray 40 years after it was recorded in London. Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 chronicles the then-up-and-coming band onstage at the fabled venue and features over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official Queen live album.
The concert came days after Queen were invited to perform their new single Seven Seas of Rhye on U.K. TV music show Top of the Pops after David Bowie had to pull out of an appearance at the last minute. The TV slot helped Queen sell out The Rainbow, and producer Roy Thomas Baker opted to film the show and record it for a planned live album.
However, the gig served as the group's launch into the big time - and they put Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 on hold to record breakthrough album Sheer Heart Attack. A spokesperson for Eagle Rock Entertainment, the company behind the new release, tells WENN, "As a result the already completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives. Now, a remarkable 40 years later, Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 has finally surfaced, providing an invaluable record of emerging superstars demonstrating their talent."
The project will be released in September (14) in a variety of formats, all newly mixed and mastered. These range from a standard two-CD package, a DVD, an SD Blu-ray, a gate-fold double vinyl, a quadruple vinyl boxed set, and a super deluxe collector's edition, which features two CDs, a DVD and Blu-Ray, a 60-page hardback book containing rare photographs, and various items of memorabilia such as reproductions of the tickets, show souvenir programme and poster, as well as material from the band members' personal archives.
The tracklisting includes Flick Of The Wrist, Killer Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye and Stone Cold Crazy. News of the release comes as Queen stalwarts Brian May and Roger Taylor prepare for a North American tour with Adam Lambert replacing the late Freddie Mercury as frontman.
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has been added to the cast of the new Star Wars movie. The 12 Years A Slave star joins Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, John Boyega and original franchise stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker in Episode VII, which began shooting at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England on 16 May (14).
Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie will also join the cast for the much-anticipated film, which is set to hit theatres in December, 2015.
Announcing the new casting news on Monday (02Jun14), producer Kathleen Kennedy says, "I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape."
It has begun. After what felt like an eternity of rumors, casting calls, blind hearsay, and yet even more rumors, Star Wars: Episode VII is finally finally filming. In the wee hours of the morning, Director J.J. Abrams signaled the start of filming with a tweet from the Bad Robot twitter account showing a picture of a production clapper bearing title of the sequel, along with the caption "#dayone." Like the pop of a marathon gun, the race to shoot a great Star Wars sequel is on, but now comes the hard part. Shooting a blockbuster, and especially shooting a Star Wars blockbuster, is not a task for the faint of heart, and series creator George Lucas struggled mightily to complete his epic space opera. The production of the original film was plagued with setbacks, and it's frankly a miracle that we're even celebrating the creation of a seventh Star Wars film given the barriers Lucas had to overcome to get his originall film made. Take a look at all the stumbles, issues, and setbacks involved with creating the first Star Wars.
The film was rejected twice before finding a distributorBack when the billion dollar franchise was just a few scrawled notes and a big idea, George Lucas approached United Artist with a pitch for a space opera called The Star Wars. The studio passed on the idea, and Lucas went on to make American Graffiti before returning to his Star Wars project two years later. After tinkering with the story, Lucas wrote a 13-page treatment for the project and presented it this time to Universal, who similarly rejected it, deeming it too strange and complaining that science fiction wasn't popular enough at the time to merit such an expensive film. The film was eventualy picked up by 20th Century Fox, and the rest was history.
Filming in Tunisia was a painLucas originally envisioned Tatooine as a lush jungle planet, but the idea of shooting on location in a jungle seemed more problematic than it was worth, so Lucas decided to change the home of the Skywalkers into a desert planet instead, and began filming in Tunisia. Unfortunately for Lucas, the switch in shooting locations wasn't without its own issues. Shooting fell behind schedule when the set was hit with a rare Tunisian rainstorm. The set was also plagued with electronic breakdowns and prop malfunctions, one of which injured C-3P0 actor Anthony Daniels.
And no one seemed to care about the project except for LucasBefore Star Wars began making actual dividends, the film had it's fair share of doubters, as any film would, but even the cast and crew had a hard time taking Lucas and his epic space opera seriously. Much of the crew laughed off the project as a kid's film and rarely put in their all into filming. Kenny Baker, who played R2D2, thought the film would be a massive failure. Even Harrison Ford had his doubts, remarking how weird some elements of the film were, including Princess Leia's buns and Chewbacca, who he claimed looked like a "giant in a monkey suit."
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Lucas' own frustrations hampered the filmFacing a film that was grossly overbudget and well behind schedule, the enormity of blockbuster filmmaking became almost too much for Lucas. The director frequently clashed with his crew over creative differences and was largely dissatisfied with the look of costumes and sets, most of which failed to live up to his vision. He became visibly depressed and passed on his frustrations to his actors while providing little in the way of direction. Things got so bad that during post-production, the filmmaker was diagnosed with hypertension and exhaustion, and was warned to slow down by doctors.
The first cut was a complete disasterAfter struggling to get his film finished on time, Lucas was disappointed to learn that the first cut of the film was, in his eyes, a "complete disaster." The first edit by film editor John Jumpson was so bad, it is said that 30 to 40 percent of the footage didn't make it to the final version of the film. Lucas ended up switching his editing team, employing his wife, Paul Hirsch, and Richard Chew to finish the job right.
The greatest directors of the time weren't crazy about itIn 1977, Lucas screened a rough cut of the film for some of his directing buddies, a list that now reads like a who's who of legendary directors, including Steven Spielberg, Brian De Pama, and John Milius. The cut was the very definition of rough. James Earl Jones signature baritone wasn't the voice behind Darth Vader, paper arrows stood in for blaster beams, and instead of a space battle between the Millennium Falcon and TIE fighters, footage of WWII dogfights was spliced in. Reaction to this early cut of the film was lukewarm at best, with Spielberg being the only one of the directors who clearly enjoyed the film. On the other hand, the studio execs greatly enjoyed the early cut of the film, with producer Gareth Wigan saying, "This is the greatest film I've ever seen."