Veteran actor John Lithgow was left struggling to remember his lines after rain halted an outdoor performance of King Lear in New York City this week (beg21Jul14). The Shrek star is currently appearing in a production of William Shakespeare's tragedy in Central Park, but the play was hit by bad weather in its opening week (beg21Jul14).
One show had to be halted for 45 minutes due to a heavy downpour, and Lithgow, who plays the title role, was left struggling to find his place in the script when the action resumed.
An audience member tells the New York Daily News, "(He said) 'I'm lost'... After some murmuring among the cast, they went back to the beginning of the scene they had been in so he could pick up the thread... The audience was with him the whole way."
A new dispute over the rights to family photos used in Andre 3000's highly-anticipated Jimi Hendrix biopic is reportedly threatening to delay the film's September (14) release. The rock icon's brother, Leon, is said to be unhappy his personal snaps appear in the movie and his name included in the credits, because he claims he never gave Oscar-winning screenwriter-turned-director John Ridley permission to use them.
Lawyers for Ridley, who adapted the script for 12 Years A Slave, are now seeking to remedy the situation as soon as possible in order to avoid having to postpone the cinematic release of Jimi: All Is by My Side, which stars Outkast rapper Andre 3000 as the late star, according to the New York Post.
A source says, "Leon has insisted that his name be removed from the credits and demanded a payment to the charity of his choice for the use of his family photos.
"Ridley's attorneys are bending over backwards to appease Leon."
A film spokesperson has declined to comment on the report.
A Thousand Miles singer Vanessa Carlton has delayed the release of her new album Liberman because she's pregnant with her first child. The star informed fans on social media on Thursday (26Jun14), posting a photo of her bulging baby belly in silhouette.
She wrote, "I can now reveal the reason as to why Liberman will not be released until next summer. See the picture below. No, those aren't a bunch of croissants. We're expecting a baby. "It's healthy and moving around like a champ. I'm bummed to delay the album because it's so special to me and the perfect combination of England and Tennessee. When I put the record on it feels like medicine. I hope it does the same for you... in due time!"
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The baby news comes seven months after the singer wed Deer Tick frontman John McCauley during a ceremony officiated by Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks in Arizona. Carlton suffered from complications from what turned out to be an ectopic pregnancy last year (13), and was forced to cancel tour dates.
Announcing the news on her Facebook.com page in early November (13), the singer revealed she was diagnosed after a concert in October (13), revealing, "It was a fallopian pregnancy (the embryo settled in my tube, which is the width of a straw). This is not considered a viable pregnancy because the fetus cannot develop, and it is a high-risk situation for the mother because of the potential for tubal rupture and internal bleeding."
In the candid Facebook post, the 33-year-old star revealed her right fallopian tube had to be surgically removed.
Punk icon John Lydon is disappointed and shocked following the cancellation of his touring Jesus Christ Superstar musical. The former Sex Pistols star was in rehearsals as King Herod when he learned the show had been cancelled last week (ends30May14).
Reports suggest poor ticket sales were to blame, but a representative for Lydon admits he and castmates Michelle Williams, rocker Brandon Boyd and ex-'N SYNC star J.C. Chasez are still baffled by the news.
In a tweet on Lydon's official Twitter.com page, the rep writes, "Sorry for the delay updating people. We are in as much shock over the cancellation of Jesus Christ Superstar as everyone else.
"Rehearsals had been going extremely well. John was looking forward to being King Herod & working with such a great bunch of people.
"We are all bitterly disappointed. We hope people were not too inconvenienced. We know flights and hotels were booked... We feel for everyone from the fans to the cast and crew who were a joy to work with. If we knew more we would tell you."
The musical was just two weeks from opening night when producers cancelled the tour.
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There are a lot of ideas floating around in Cheap Thrills. They're interesting, they're dense, and they're fruitful endeavors for the world of psychological horror. But they are relegated to floating, never quite anchoring into any real conclusions or statements about their desperate, depraved subjects.
We meet Craig (Pat Healy), a happily married father of one, on a particularly bad day: he loses his job, is slapped with an eviction notice, and — to top it all off — bumps into a pesky old chum (Ethan Embry) from his younger days. A fellow who Craig, a loser in his own right, judges for never having gone anywhere. As the high school buddies catch up, they are roped into the increasingly violent and grotesque high jinks of a pair of thrill-seeking strangers (David Koechner, giving an impressively haunting performance, and a nearly wordless Sara Paxton) with the promise of bright financial futures dangled in front of them. The men, each of thinning pride, gradually give way to monetary temptation as they play along in these treacherous mind games, the biggest mystery being if a limit to their desperation exists.
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Although it's an intriguing venture, the sociological study stops at its thesis question. In truth, the movie's philosophical makeup can be summed up with the Klondike Bar slogan. Still, there is meat to be found: the bubbling lava underneath the crust of Craig and Vince's (Embry) long dormant friendship comes with a few humanistic ditties about breaking free from your past, and the pangs inherent in facing off with someone who knows the you that you've been trying to escape. But these ideas, too, aren't milked to their full potential. The only element of the film that does hit its promised summit: the grossness.
Cheap Thrills does deliver, and then some, on the ick factor. It's not an abundance of gore or violence that does it, but the visceral, intimate nature with which the gore is handled. Everything is up close and personal, all pains really felt. If this is your bag, then Cheap Thrills will come through here. But psychologically, it does little more than present would-be interesting ideas. Fun in the set-up, occasionally thrilling in the delivery, but never particularly fulfilling in the conclusion.
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Actor Rob Brown has filed a lawsuit against bosses at top U.S. retailer Macy's amid allegations of racial discrimination after he was suspected of using a stolen credit card to purchase an expensive watch. The Finding Forrester star, 29, claims he was handcuffed in the company's flagship New York store for no reason in June (13) after buying a $1,350 (£900) Movado timepiece as a gift for his mother, Myra, who had graduated from Metropolitan Community College.
He continued shopping after paying for the watch, but alleges he was quickly surrounded by "at least three" plainclothes officers who detained him and "paraded" him through the store like a criminal as they took him upstairs to be questioned.
The star, who is black, was released without charge after 45 minutes in custody, but the delay made him late to his mum's graduation ceremony.
He has since launched legal action against Macy's chiefs after reading about a similar incident involving another young black man at luxury Big Apple retailer Barneys last week (begs21Oct13), which has prompted calls for rap mogul Jay Z to pull his new holiday collection from their shelves.
Brown, who also starred in Coach Carter and TV drama Treme, is seeking unspecified damages for racial profiling, while he has also charged the New York Police Department cops of violating his constitutional rights.
However, his lawyer John Elefterakis insists the damages claim is just for principle, telling the New York Daily News, "This is about justice, not about money."
Music mogul James Rosemond has been sentenced to life in jail for masterminding a huge drug empire. Rosemond, also known as Jimmy Henchman, was convicted of overseeing a cocaine ring across New York last year (12), along with 13 other charges, including witness tampering and obstruction of justice.
After a lengthy delay, he was hauled before Federal Judge John Gleeson at Brooklyn federal court on Friday (25Oct13) for sentencing, and was handed life behind bars, plus five years.
Judge Gleeson told Rosemond, "You're the kingpin. Not all kingpins necessarily deserve a life sentence but you certainly do. You're a very intelligent and capable person and you chose this life."
After being handed the sentence, Rosemond released a statement through his publicist, which reads, "My Resilience and determination will overcome all adversity and history will vindicate and be kinder to me."
The 48 year old will be back in court next month (Dec13) to stand trial over allegations he hired a gunman to kill Lowell Fletcher, who previously served two years in jail for assaulting Rosemond's then-14-year-old son.
Rosemond previously managed the careers of rapper The Game and R&B stars Akon and Brandy.
British actor Jude Law has assured fans plans are in place to give Sherlock Holmes a third outing on the big screen despite ongoing delays. The Alfie star has appeared as sidekick Dr. John Watson in two movies based on the books of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, opposite Robert Downey, Jr. as the supersleuth, and the last installment, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, hit cinemas in 2011.
Law reveals the whole "team" wants to reunite for a third movie, but plans have been on hold for a while due to scheduling conflicts.
He tells Empire magazine, "I think Warners (Warner Bros.) want it and there's a lot of want from us as a team. We want it to be better than the other two. We want to make sure it's smarter and cleverer, but in the same realm... It's a slow process (getting it together). We're all busy. So getting us together to try to nail that has taken a little bit longer than we had hoped."
In Martha Wells’ new novel Star Wars Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge (out Sept. 24) Princess Leia gets the spotlight. Considering that Del Rey’s ongoing line of Expanded Universe books have charted more than 40 years of Her Worship’s life, what more is there to learn? Easy. Wells is diving deep into the aftermath of the most traumatic part of Leia’s life: the destruction of her home planet, Alderaan. Razor’s Edge is about how, two years after the events of A New Hope, Leia encounters survivors of Alderaan who’ve responded to their loss in a very different, and much more violent, way than she has.
“I think the destruction of Alderaan is such a huge, dark, apocalyptic moment in the middle of an exciting adventure story, and that makes it difficult to address,” Wells says of why previous Star Wars storytelling has often glossed over the planet’s destruction. “It's such a terrible moment for Leia, it's going to affect everything she feels and says and does for the rest of her life. She'll never be free of it, never be past it, she just has to be live with it. And I think to a large extent it would be like that for all the survivors. It was just very interesting to me to think about how different individuals would deal with it, and what their reactions would be, and how it would change them.”
The period of the Original Trilogy has already been largely explored — not just in the movies, but in Marvel’s line of Star Wars comics from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s and, of course, Alan Dean Foster’s classic Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, considered the first Expanded Universe novel. “I actually read the old Marvel comics and Splinter of the Mind's Eye when they came out, but I didn't go back and read them again,” Wells says. “I was a huge Star Wars fan, especially right after the movies came out, and wrote and read a lot of fan fiction set during that period. I did watch A New Hope again, but I'd spent so much time and imagination in that period when I was in high school and college that immersing myself back in it was pretty easy.”
There have been a lot of different interpretations of Leia over the years, many of which emphasize her skills as a diplomat. In Razor’s Edge, Wells wanted to capture the fierce Leia who could blast her way out of the Death Star’s detention block. “I think the key is not just seeing Leia as a stereotypical strong woman character, but as someone who is young but is a leader, who has taken on huge responsibilities, but also as someone who has an epic temper and can be sarcastic, and can make mistakes,” Wells says. “She's not a perfect princess, she's a person with flaws and vulnerabilities who manages to do what she needs to do anyway, and I think those things were conveyed in Carrie Fisher's performance.”
Read on for an exclusive excerpt from the novel.
From the Book, WARS: EMPIRE AND REBELLION: RAZOR'S EDGE by Martha Wells. Copyright (c) 2013 by Martha Wells. Reprinted by arrangement with Ballantine Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved
Metara invited them to sit down. Leia took a seat on one of the couches, and Han flopped down beside her, seemingly unconcerned. Terae’s gaze flicked over them suspiciously, and Leia tried to see her group through the other woman’s eyes: Han dangerous, Sian cool and calm, and Kifar stoic. Leia had no idea what she looked like. She suspected she just looked angry.
She watched Metara silently. She wasn’t interested in exchanging pleasantries, especially as there was no telling how much this delay might already be hurting the injured aboard the merchant ship. She waited to hear what Metara wanted to say.
Metara broke the silence abruptly. “We didn’t watch Alderaan be destroyed and then suddenly decide to become pirates. That isn’t what happened.”
Leia inclined her head slightly. “What did happen?”
Metara took a deep breath. “We were in the outer perimeter of the system. We intercepted some Imperial transmissions and realized that an attack was taking place. We set a course for Alderaan but didn’t arrive in time. We never actually saw the Death Star.” Her expression tightened at the name, as if it still cost her something to say it aloud. Leia knew how that felt. “Our sensors and communications were taken out by the blast wave, and we had to stop and make repairs. We had no idea what had happened, at first. Then we were finally able to make our way back and picked up the edge of the debris field. It was . . . a terrible moment.”
Watching Metara intently, Leia realized that the captain had thought a lot about how she would explain what had happened, though it was doubtful that she had ever cast Leia in the role of the person she would be explaining it to. Perhaps she had rehearsed the speech in her thoughts, imagining herself justifying her actions to her commanding officer, or one of her parents, or a mentor. That didn’t bode well. It meant that Metara had been shoring up her defenses for a long time.
When Leia didn’t respond, Kelvan said, “Everyone on the crew had lost . . . everyone, everything. Our families came from Chianar, Aldera . . .” At the mention of the Alderaanian capital, he shifted in embarrassment and looked away, as if suddenly remembering who Leia was. That she had lost everyone, too.
Her voice a challenge, Terae said, “Where were you, Your Highness? When it happened.”
“I was aboard the Death Star,” Leia said, keeping her tone cool, hoping she was betraying nothing. She had rehearsed this, too, and performed it so often she could do it as evenly as if she were speaking of some minor diplomatic incident.
Terae stared, and Metara’s brow knit. Aghast, Kelvan said, “I thought that was a rumor.”
“There are many rumors about what happened, but that one is true. I . . . escaped,” she said, not looking at Han, “not long after. I was on Yavin Four when the Death Star was destroyed.”
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Incarcerated rocker Jim Gordon has been denied parole until at least 2018 after lawmakers ruled he is still not ready to rejoin society after murdering his mother in 1983. The session drummer, who co-wrote Eric Clapton's classic track Layla and worked with the Beach Boys and John Lennon, was sentenced to 16 years to life after he was convicted of killing his mum at her North Hollywood home.
A lawyer for Gordon, who first became eligible for parole in 1992, appeared before a California board at the incarcerated musician's most recent bid for freedom in April (13) to request a hearing postponement, claiming the 67 year old has now refused to meet with his legal counsel.
However, the request for a delay was rejected and Los Angeles County deputy district attorney Alexis de la Garza argued that he would pose a serious risk to the public if he was released from prison.
She told the three-member panel that the musician, who has long struggled with substance abuse issues, still shows symptoms of schizophrenia and is "medically and psychologically noncompliant", reports RollingStone.com.
She added, "This is one of the saddest cases that we have in prison. We have an individual who is seriously psychologically incapacitated, and he is a danger when he is not taking his medication."
The three-person panel ruled in favour of the prosecution and suggested he be denied parole for five years. The decision will be finalised in August (13).