Jake Hooker, the musician who co-wrote classic track I Love Rock 'N' Roll, has died, aged 61. The guitarist/songwriter passed away in Malibu, California on Monday (04Aug14) just days after the birth of his first grandchild.
His actress ex-wife Lorna Luft, daughter of iconic performer Judy Garland, says in a statement, "After a weekend of such joy with the birth of our granddaughter... I have learned that Jordan's grandfather, my former husband Jake Hooker, passed away... Jake was an accomplished musician and the father of my children. We are heartbroken. I have no other plans but to grieve with my children and be grateful for the gift that is our precious Jordan, my mother's first great grandchild. We ask that you respect our privacy during this most difficult time."
Hooker, who was born Jerry Mamberg, began his career by forming the band Arrows with his friend Alan Merrill. They scored a number of chart successes, and their track I Love Rock 'n' Roll later became a huge international hit when it was covered by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts in 1982.
Arrows hosted their own music show in the U.K. featuring guests including Marc Bolan and The Bay City Rollers, before splitting in 1977.
Hooker later retired from music and moved to California after marrying Luft, but the union, which produced two children, ended in divorce in 1993.
A Honduran musician has been charged with the murder of actress Dina Merrill's great-niece, according to U.S. reports. Nedenia Dye, a businesswoman and the great-granddaughter of U.S. socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post, was found dead with several stab wounds on Sunday (22Dec13) in her home in Roatan, Honduras.
Officers have since arrested and charged Dye's lover, Caribbean musician Lenin Roberto Arana Carlos, with her murder.
Honduran police official Alex Madrid tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Senora Dye was murdered by Lenin Roberto Arana Carlos, also known as the musician Canario, with whom she was in a romantic relationship. We believe she was a victim of domestic violence. He allegedly killed her because he wanted to get crack. It was apparent he was under the influence of drugs. He has been charged with her murder. Her body has been transferred to the mainland for an autopsy."
A family member adds, "She (Dye) was a generous person, always the life and soul. Nedenia went to Roatan about 15 years ago on the (ship) Sea Cloud and never left, founding an upscale spa. She wanted to help this musician."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Veteran entertainer Donny Osmond made a triumphant return to the Las Vegas stage on Tuesday night (03Sep13) for the first time since suffering a bizarre buttock injury in July (13). The Puppy Love hitmaker was performing with his sister Marie at the Flamingo hotel and casino earlier this summer (13) when he leaped on a piano and collapsed in pain.
The 55 year old underwent surgery to fix the torn muscle, forcing him to sit out a series of gigs, with Marie calling on their brother Merrill to step in as a temporary replacement.
The latest run of The Donny & Marie Show kicked off on Tuesday and Osmond was happy to be back.
Taking to his Twitter.com page before the concert, he wrote, "Rehearsals start in about 10 min... Tonight is the first show since surgery/rehab. Great to be back in Las Vegas."
However, Osmond's live comeback wasn't without one or two jabs from his cheeky sister, who poked fun at his need for stylish walking aids onstage.
In a Twitter post on Wednesday (04Sep13), she wrote, "Back on the boards @FlamingoVegas Feels great to be back. It's me, @donnyosmond & his flashy canes. Really???"
Veteran entertainer Donny Osmond is aiming to return to the Las Vegas stage in September (13) after a torn buttock muscle forced him to sit out a series of joint shows with his sister Marie. The pop star was performing with his sibling at the Flamingo hotel and casino last month (Jul13) when he leaped on a piano and aggravated an existing injury.
The 55 year old underwent surgery to repair his gluteus maximus, and he has since been resting up while Marie continues to honour their gigs, with their brother Merrill stepping as a temporary replacement.
Osmond has now opened up about the injury in a post on his official website, revealing he is working hard on his recovery and is hoping to be back on stage by September.
He writes, "I recently underwent a fairly routine but a fairly invasive surgery which is requiring a lot of rehab, recovery time and that I stay off my feet. Today, I'm happy to report that I'm doing much better, and will return to Las Vegas on September 3.
"Because of the nature of the injury, there will be some changes made to the show in Vegas. But, if there is one mantra I've lived with throughout my life, it's that 'the show must go on!' And, that's exactly what I'm going to do. And, hey... why not throw in a few new elements to the Donny & Marie Show."
Veteran pop star Donny Osmond has been forced to sit out his Las Vegas cabaret show after tearing his buttock muscle during a performance. The 55 year old was onstage with his sister Marie at the Flamingo hotel and casino recently when he leaped on a piano and aggravated an existing injury, according to LasVegasSun.com.
Reports suggest Osmond had to undergo surgery to repair his gluteus maximus and is now resting up. His brother Merrill has replaced him onstage with Marie and the Globe reports another singer is being groomed to stand-in for Donny on a more permanent basis until he's fully recovered.
His fun-loving sister says, "I've always known he's been a butt - but now he's proven it."
The Titanic star has re-teamed with his Gangs of New York director Martin Scorsese for a fifth collaboration with the big screen adaptation of businessman Jordan Belfort's memoir, which chronicles his life in banking and his stint behind bars for money laundering.
Filming will begin in New York City this weekend (25-26Aug12) and DiCaprio has been preparing for the lead role by spending time at the Manhattan headquarters of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
The Hollywood actor spent Tuesday morning (21Aug12) shadowing bank employees at the One Bryant Park building, spending most of his time on the stock-trading floor, according to the New York Daily News.
DiCaprio's co-star Hill, who plays the main character's best friend and business partner, also went to the office and shadowed a "lower-level, yet successful derivative sales associate".
The publication reports they were both due back at the building on Wednesday (22Aug12).
The Smokey and the Bandit star owes almost $1.2 million (£730,000) in payments, dating back to last year (10), according to a new lawsuit.
Reynolds is reportedly trying to sell the sprawling property for $8.6 million (£5.4 million), despite it being valued at just $2.4 million (£1.5 million)
Now officials at Merrill Lynch Credit Corporation are seeking a court order for the home to be sold, reports Britain's Daily Mirror.
The property includes a private cinema and hair salon.
The 1950s pin-up-turned-TV show hostess passed away at her home in Beverly Hills on Monday (27Jun11) following a long battle with ill health.
Originally a model, Stewart went on to star opposite Gene Kelly in Brigadoon in 1954, as well as enjoying a role as a sexy princess in The Adventures of Hajji Baba.
She appeared in 18 films in total during the 1950s, before marrying game show creator Merrill Heatter and retiring. She returned to the spotlight in the 1970s when she became a hostess on U.S. programme Gambit, before swapping for a turn on late night game show High Rollers.
She is survived by Heatter and their two children, Stewart and Gabrielle.
The TV star, best known for his role as Eddie Winslow in hit 1990s series Family Matters, filed for legal separation from the model-turned-author last month (Feb10), citing irreconcilable differences.
The former couple has no children, although Steffans is mum to a 13-year-old son from a previous relationship.
It is McCrary's second short-lived marriage - his previous union to Juliette Merrill Vann ended in divorce in 2006 after a year as husband and wife.