"There is some truth to it. The idea of tantric sex is that sex is a spiritual act. I don't know any purer and better way of expressing a love for another individual than sharing that wonderful... I call it a sacrament. I will stand by it; not for seven hours, but the idea... Seven hours includes (a) movie and dinner." Sting jokes about his famous quote about marathon tantric sex sessions with his wife Trudi Styler.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon and Edward Norton joined thousands of eco-activists on the streets of New York City on Sunday (21Sep14) to demand more action on climate change. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, acting couple Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Evangeline Lilly, and rocker Sting and his producer wife Trudi Styler also took part in the Big Apple leg of the People's Climate Change march.
Sedgwick took to her Twitter.com blog during the demonstration and declared, "Today I march (for) the future. #ActOnClimate (Our) only hope is to ban (sic) together And demand change", while actor John Leguizamo revealed his teenage child had also joined in, writing, "My daughter went to protest for global warming counter programing! 14 and already an activist! So proud".
The event attracted as many as 300,000 people and was billed as the biggest march for climate change action in history.
After the march, Ruffalo tweeted, "The #PeopleClimateMarch today was undeniably a historic moment in the fight against #climatechange ignorance 310k people strong!"
Other People's Climate Change demonstrations also took place in cities including Paris, France, Melbourne, Australia and London, where campaigners included Harry Potter co-stars Emma Thompson and Bonnie Wright.
The marches were planned to raise awareness about the cause ahead of the United Nation's climate change summit in New York on Tuesday (23Sep14), where new U.N. Messenger of Peace on Climate Change DiCaprio will address attendees.
Veteran rocker Sting took to the stage to sing with the cast on the opening night of his new musical The Last Ship in Chicago, Illinois. The Police star's show opened at the city's Bank of America Theatre on Wednesday (25Jun14) ahead of its planned Broadway debut in October (14), and the rocker was in the audience with his wife Trudie Styler.
At the end of the performance, Sting took to the stage for the curtain call and led the cast in a song, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Other stars who turned out for the musical's opening included Paul Simon, James Taylor, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung and AC/DC's Brian Johnson.
The show received mixed reviews from critics, who questioned whether the production, set in a doomed shipyard in Sting's hometown in the north of England, could draw in audiences on Broadway.
Steven Oxman of variety writes, "Do you want to live for two-and-a-half hours in a beautifully sad song?... The show currently works as a collection of songs in search of a complete story, or perhaps as a concept album - filled with mood and emotion and character and sensibility, but swaying as it takes on specifics. What seems to be missing is a driving conflict."
The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones adds, "(Many) scenes... still have the air of a semi-staged concept album... The Last Ship already is a worthy and earnest musical, but we know how Broadway loves to take those down. Just look at last season."
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Business Journal concludes, "Most of the theatre crowds in the early going at least will probably have come to hear Sting's music for the show. Fans of his work may find that much of it sounds familiar and pleasant to hear performed in a theatrical setting. But hardcore theatre buffs will soon realise Sting's style of music - for the most part - simply doesn't sit comfortably in a big Broadway musical context."
British rocker Sting has dismissed rumours suggesting he is set to leave the U.K. for good after putting his London mansion on the market. The Police star recently sold a house in the British capital, and now his nine-bedroom family home overlooking St James's Park is on the market for more than $36 million (£20 million).
The sale news prompted rumours that Sting and his wife Trudie Styler are planning to make America their permanent base, but the musician is adamant the couple is simply downsizing after the last of their children left home.
He tells Britain's Event magazine, "It's (the house) just too big. The kids have all gone and there are just so many empty bedrooms. We're just rattling around. But we are not leaving. I love England. I'm still English."
Rock superstar Sting has vowed to spend his vast fortune before he dies to ensure his children don't live off his wealth when he is gone. The former Police frontman is worth an estimated $288 million (£180 million), and he is adamant his six kids - Eliot, Joe, Mickey, Jake, Fuchsia, and Giacomo - won't inherit his estate.
The musician, who is married to film producer Trudie Styler, hopes his decision not to make his brood millionaires will ensure they all work to achieve their own success.
The singer, who is the son of a hard-working ship builder, tells Britain's Event magazine, "My generation all assumed we would have a better standard of living. The one that we spawned cannot assume that. "With my children there is great wealth, success - a great shadow over them - so it’s no picnic at all being my child. I discuss that with them; it’s tough for them."
"I told them there won’t be much money left because we are spending it! We have a lot of commitments. What comes in we spend, and there isn’t much left. "I certainly don’t want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks. They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate."
"Obviously, if they were in trouble I would help them, but I’ve never really had to do that. They have this work ethic that makes them want to succeed on their own merit. People make assumptions, that they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, but they have not been given a lot."
British rocker Sting is set to make millions in the London property boom by selling off two of his homes for a huge profit. The Police star recently sold a house in Green Park for $12 million (£7.5 million), and now he has put his nine-bedroom mansion over looking St James's Park on the market for more than $36 million (£20 million), according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
The publication reports Sting and his wife Trudie Styler bought the expansive property for around $9.1 million (£5.7 million) in 2003, so he is set to make around $24 million (£15 million) profit.
The couple is now mainly based in New York.
James Mcavoy's new movie Filth was almost mothballed as executives failed to rase enough funds - until Sting's producer wife Trudie Styler stepped in. The Wanted actor stars as sleazy police officer Bruce Robertson in the big screen adaptation of Irvine Welsh's 1998 novel of the same name but the film nearly fell at the first hurdle as the production was still $1.05 million (£700,000) short of its budget when shooting was about to start.
Director Jon S. Baird even poured his own money into the project but he and his colleagues were still forced to spend their festive holidays desperately ringing around to secure the final funds, and they almost gave up hope until Styler stumped up the rest of the cash.
He tells Britain's Daily Record, "That was a tough Christmas. I thought I'd lost all my money and we were bashing phones on Christmas Day (25Dec12) and Boxing Day (26Dec12), trying to save our movie. (But Styler) saved the day."
In return for her movie-saving funds, Baird even cast Styler in a small role in the film - as a madam in a Hamburg, Germany brothel which McAvoy's character visits.
Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner lied to classmates about her father's profession while growing up so they wouldn't discover he was a famous singer. The Borgias star, 29, attended Britain's prestigious Marlborough College, alongside the likes of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton, but she hated the idea of her affluent peers finding out about her dad's job.
She tells Britain's The Times, "I never told people who my parents were. It was my idea of hell. At one school I told everyone he was a lawyer. I didn't want to be separate. I wanted to be like everyone else. I still struggle with it. It's fine, it's part of who I am. It's nice not to be known as 'the daughter of'. I haven't found it's opened too many doors and even if it did, you still have to be good."
However, Sumner, whose mother is film producer Trudie Styler, insists she was never ashamed of rumours surrounding his lengthy tantric sex sessions.
She adds, "It was massively blown out of proportion. It was a joke, which became the biggest, stupidest story everyone became obsessed with. I definitely wasn't embarrassed, but it wasn't something we discussed around the dinner table."
In This Means War – a stylish action/rom-com hybrid from director McG – Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Chris Pine (Star Trek) star as CIA operatives whose close friendship is strained by the fires of romantic rivalry. Best pals FDR (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) are equally accomplished at the spy game but their fortunes diverge dramatically in the dating realm: FDR (so nicknamed for his obvious resemblance to our 32nd president) is a smooth-talking player with an endless string of conquests while Tuck is a straight-laced introvert whose love life has stalled since his divorce. Enter Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) a pretty plucky consumer-products evaluator who piques both their interests in separate unrelated encounters. Tuck meets her via an online-dating site FDR at a video-rental store. (That Lauren is tech-savvy enough to date online but still rents movies in video stores is either a testament to her fascinating mix of contradictions or more likely an example of lazy screenwriting.)
When Tuck and FDR realize they’re pursuing the same girl it sparks their respective competitive natures and they decide to make a friendly game of it. But what begins as a good-natured rivalry swiftly devolves into romantic bloodsport with both men using the vast array of espionage tools at their disposal – from digital surveillance to poison darts – to gain an edge in the battle for Lauren’s affections. If her constitutional rights happen to be violated repeatedly in the process then so be it.
Lauren for her part remains oblivious to the clandestine machinations of her dueling suitors and happily basks in the sudden attention from two gorgeous men. Herein we find the Reese Witherspoon Dilemma: While certainly desirable Lauren is far from the irresistible Helen of Troy type that would inspire the likes of Tuck and FDR to risk their friendship their careers and potential incarceration for. At several points in This Means War I found myself wondering if there were no other peppy blondes in Los Angeles (where the film is primarily set) for these men to pursue. Then again this is a film that wishes us to believe that Tom Hardy would have trouble finding a date so perhaps plausibility is not its strong point.
When Lauren needs advice she looks to her boozy foul-mouthed best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler). Essentially an extension of Handler’s talk-show persona – an acquired taste if there ever was one – Trish’s dialogue consists almost exclusively of filthy one-liners delivered in rapid-fire succession. Handler does have some choice lines – indeed they’re practically the centerpiece of This Means War’s ad campaign – but the film derives the bulk of its humor from the outrageous lengths Tuck and FDR go to sabotage each others’ efforts a raucous game of spy-versus-spy that carries the film long after Handler’s shtick has grown stale.
Business occasionally intrudes upon matters in the guise of Heinrich (Til Schweiger) a Teutonic arms dealer bent on revenge for the death of his brother. The subplot is largely an afterthought existing primarily as a means to provide third-act fireworks – and to allow McGenius an outlet for his ADD-inspired aesthetic proclivities. The film’s action scenes are edited in such a manic quick-cut fashion that they become almost laughably incoherent. In fairness to McG he does stage a rather marvelous sequence in the middle of the film in which Tuck and FDR surreptitiously skulk about Lauren's apartment unaware of each other's presence carefully avoiding detection by Lauren who grooves absentmindedly to Montel Jordan's "This Is How We Do It." The whole scene unfolds in one continuous take – or is at least craftily constructed to appear as such – captured by one very agile steadicam operator.
Whatever his flaws as a director McG is at least smart enough to know how much a witty script and appealing leads can compensate for a film’s structural and logical deficiencies. He proved as much with Charlie’s Angels a film that enjoys a permanent spot on many a critic’s Guilty Pleasures list and does so again with This Means War. The film coasts on the chemistry of its three co-stars and only runs into trouble when the time comes to resolve its romantic competition which by the end has driven its male protagonists to engage in all manner of underhanded and duplicitous activities. This Means War being a commercial film – and likely an expensive one at that – Witherspoon's heroine is mandated to make a choice and McG all but sidesteps the whole thorny matter of Tuck and FDR’s unwavering dishonesty not to mention their craven disregard for her privacy. (They regularly eavesdrop on her activities.) For all their obvious charms the truth is that neither deserves Lauren – or anything other than a lengthy jail sentence for that matter.
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