Rock band Foo Fighters will headline the closing concert for British royal Prince Harry's Invictus Games competition in September (14). The Everlong hitmakers will top the bill for the gig, which celebrates the end of the Paralympic-style sporting competition for wounded military personnel, which was organised by the royal.
The rockers announced the news on their Facebook.com page, writing, "Invictus Games, look out... THE FOO FIGHTERS ARE COMING. What a perfect way to finally return to the UK for the first time in years... been waaaay too long (sic)! Thanks for having us, it is truly an honour to come play for these incredible men and women. Can't wait to do our thing for you."
Also scheduled to perform at the concert in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are Ellie Goulding, British rockers Kaiser Chiefs, James Blunt and singer/songwriter Ryan Adams.
The closing concert will take place on 14 September (14) and highlights will be broadcast in the U.K.
Singer/songwriter Ryan Adams has credited a hypnotherapist and medical marijuana with helping him get back onstage after a crippling inner ear disorder. The Wonderwall singer was diagnosed with Meniere's disease a few years ago and his ear problems led to cancelled tour dates and the break-up of his band.
At the time, Adams threatened to walk away for good, but now he's recording a new album and hoping for the best.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I said, 'I'm not playing music anymore and I'm scared to play live and I feel jaded. All I ever do is disappoint people and I leave the stage'.
"All of a sudden you start seeing double and then my hand starts shaking, and then it's like you're in an elevator and the bottom just drops out and your bones feel 1,000 pounds."
Nancy Sinatra, Nikki Sixx, Marie Osmond and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest have led the music world's tribute to broadcasting legend Casey Kasem following his death early on Father's Day (15Jun14). The legendary radio DJ's death was confirmed by his daughter Kerri in a post on her Facebook.com page, and the stars have started paying their respects.
Taking to Twitter.com to remember the America's Top 40 host, DJ Seacrest recalled the 82 year old's famous catchphrase, writing, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars. We’ll miss you, Casey", while Motley Crue star Sixx adds, "RIP Casey Kasem who inspired all of us in radio & turned millions of people onto music. Sending love to @KerriKasem, family and friends."
Osmond called Kasem an "industry icon", while Sinatra tweets, "Casey Kasem, one of the most decent men I ever knew... 'keep reaching for the stars...' look for The Light, godspeed."
Other tributes have come from the members of 'N SYNC, Bryan Adams and TV host Carson Daly.
Satellite radio bosses at SiriusXM set up a 24-hour marathon of Kasem's American Top 40 countdowns upon hearing the news of his death.
The network's vice-president of Music Programming, Kid Kelly, says, "Casey Kasem was the undisputed king of weekly music countdown shows and we will miss him... He was a positive, friendly companion on radio, delivering perfectly crafted information that tied real listeners to their favourite artists. We’ve been honoured to carry his Countdowns on our 70s channel for years and we hope to continue; his voice and approach is one of a kind and generations of listeners have loved that he has been their musical guide.”
Kasem died of complications from dementia at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Washington.
Between Marvel's ever-expanding cinematic universe, Sony's tangled web of Amazing Spider-Man characters, and the way Fox keeps rolling out X-Men films, Hollywood is in the middle of a veritable superhero onslaught. However, NikkiFinke.com reports that things are only just getting started, with DC and Warner Bros. planning to roll out their own interconnected series very soon. In addition to Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the studios are working on a Justice League movie and solo films for Wonder Woman and Shazam, as well as a Flash/Green Lantern crossover and yet another outing for Superman.
Warner Bros. was set to officially unveil the plans at this year's Comic-Con, along with new details about the upcoming Sandman film with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a tentative release schedule that would take them well into 2018. According to the site, the studio has been working on this for some time, and even delayed the release of Batman Vs. Superman so that it would better fit with the rest of the planned universe. With so many films lined up for such a short period of time (expect at least two DC films a year for the next four years) it can be a little difficult keeping track of everything on the slate. We've run down everything we know about the upcoming DC/Warner Bros. universe, along with the reasons you should get excited about them. Although it is kind of hard to be enthusiastic about two Man of Steel sequels.
Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Release Date: May 2016 Who's In It: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Laurence Fishburne will all reprise their roles from Man of Steel, and will be joined by Ben Affleck as Batman, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. What We Know About It: Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but it will feature Superman facing off against a "older, worn-down" Batman in some capacity. The film's also supposed to be both a follow up to Man of Steel and a prequel for the Justice League movie, so Wonder Woman and Cyborg will be involved in some capacity, although thus far it's not known how much screen time they'll get. How Excited We Are For It: Anything that gets fans as riled up as this film has is definitely worth seeing. As of right now, though, it's hard to predict if it will live up to all of its hype.
Shazam Release Date: July 2016 Who He Is: Originally known as Captain Marvel, Shazam is the altar ego of sports reporter Billy Baston, who was given magical powers by an ancient wizard who wanted Billy to help people. When he says "Shazam!" he is transformed into a super-human with powers from six mythical heroes: wisdom from King Solomon, strength from Hercules, stamina from Atlas, the power of Zeus, courage from Achilles, and speed from Mercury. What We Know About It: Not much. A Shazam film was rumored to be in the works until recently, when Peter Segal (who was on board to direct) left the project, citing the difficulties of turning Shazam's story into a film. Nobody was expecting it to turn up on the schedule, especially with such a close release date. How Excited We Are For It: It's hard to be excited about a project that nobody saw coming, but we're definitely intrigued to find out more. However, if this is indeed the secret DC character that The Rock has been hinting at recently, we're officially on board.
Sandman Release Date: December 2016 Who's In It: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to produce the project, and is also rumored to be starring as Dream. What We Know About It: To start, it has nothing to do with the other comic book movies that Warner Bros. is working on. The film, which is based on Neil Gaiman's wildly popular series, has been in development for 25 years, but this time Gaiman is involved in production, which is a good sign. However, the script is being written by David Goyer, which could cancel out some of that goodwill. How Excited We Are For It: Cautiously optimistic. The release date is the biggest sign of confidence we've seen so far, but there are still too many elements up in the air for us to to completely drop our guards.
Justice League Release Date: May 2017 Who's In It: Thus far, we're guaranteed to see Affleck, Cavill, and Gadot as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, respectively, as well as Ray Fisher as Cyborg. The studio has yet to cast the remaining team members, although Matt Damon and Jason Momoa have both been rumored for Aquaman. What We Know About It: It will be DC and Warner Bros' answer to The Avengers, so expect lots of action, explosions, and angst. It should also be connected to Batman Vs. Superman in some way, but that's all that's been revealed thus far. How Excited We Are: We're going to have to see Batman Vs. Superman first, but we're definitely looking forward to this one. Hopefully, the studio will use this as an opportunity to add some much-needed levity to the dark, gritty universe they're currently building. What's the point of a superhero film without the wisecracks?
Wonder Woman Release Date: July 2017 Who's In It: The only one we can say for sure is Gadot as Diana Prince a.k.a. Princess Diana of Themyscira a.k.a. Wonder Woman.What We Know About It: Next to nothing. DC and Warner Bros have wavered for so long on making a Wonder Woman movie that we have no idea what to expect, although we do have very high hopes. How Excited We Are For It: Are you kidding? We'd buy tickets now if we could. Fans have been clamoring for a Wonder Woman movie for so long that it's hard not to be a little skeptical about its chances of actually making it into theaters, but until we hear otherwise, we're just going to enjoy knowing that a Wonder Woman film is finally on its way.
Flash/Green Lantern Release Date: December 2017Who's In It: Though the DC universe technically already has a Green Lantern in Ryan Reynolds, they haven't hinted at whether he'll be reprising his role, or if they're looking in a new direction (probably the latter).What We Know About It: Again, next to nothing. We don't even know which iteration of the Green Lantern will be part of the team. It would make sense to continue with Hal Jordan, but if they're looking to differentiate this Lantern from Reynolds', they might be better off choosing a different alter ego. How Excited We Are For It: Not very. The last Green Lantern film was terrible, so we don't have a lot of confidence that this one will be better, and we can get our Flash fix with the upcoming CW show, so we won't be marking our calendars for this one just yet.
Man of Steel 2 Release Date: May 2018 Who's In It: Cavill, of course. We also wouldn't be surprised to see Adams, Fishburne, and Diane Lane come back, since they've all signed on for Batman Vs. Superman... unless any of them faces a grim fate in that film, which isn't too unlikely.What We Know About It: It will most likely deal directly with the events of Batman Vs. Superman and Justice League, although we are suprised to hear of this "official" Man of Steel sequel, considering Warner Bros. has been billing Batman Vs. Superman as such for some time now. How Excited We Are For It: We're in favor of anything that promises to get the memory of the first Man of Steel out of our head. Here's a chance to fix your mistakes, Warner Bros.
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British actress Emily Blunt is reportedly in talks to join the star-studded Man Of Steel sequel. The new mum, whose first action film Edge of Tomorrow hits cinemas in the U.S. this weekend (beg06Jun14), has been linked to a new role in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Details of her part aren't known, but some bloggers have suggested she is in the running for Catwoman. If she signs on, she'll join a cast that includes Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons and Amy Adams.
Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River has been lambasted by movie critics following its premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival on Tuesday (20May14). The Notebook actor stepped behind the camera for the fantasy thriller, previously titled How To Catch A Monster, which stars Mad Men beauty Christina Hendricks as a struggling single mum who is drawn into a dark underworld in a mysterious town on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan.
The movie was unveiled this week, but it drew mixed reactions from attendees, many of whom booed the picture, while a few others tried to counter the negativity with a smatter of applause. Reviews for the film proved to be far from favourable, with Variety's Justin Chang branding it an "altogether inauspicious writing-directing debut for Ryan Gosling", and quipping, "Lost is indeed the operative word for this violent fairy tale".
The muddled storyline for the film, which also features former Doctor Who star Matt Smith as a neighbourhood troublemaker and Gosling's real-life girlfriend Eva Mendes as a nightclub boss who performs bloody rituals, also drew scathing comments from the Telegraph's Robbie Collin, who awarded it just one out of five stars and declared it "mouth-dryingly lousy". He noted similarities to the work of David Lynch, Gosling's Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn and David Cronenberg, but added, "These filmmakers' ideas and imagery aren't developed, they're simply reproduced."
Kate Muir from The Times also dismissed the movie as a "lurid mash up of Lynch, Refn and (artist) Edward Hopper. In a bad way", while Mark Adams of ScreenDaily.com called the film "an over-cooked affair that lacks a much needed wit and humour to go alongside its self-aware art intentions".
Singer Jenny Lewis has credited the recording of her new album with pulling her through "one of the most difficult periods" of her life, after suffering a meltdown following the break-up of her cult band Rilo Kiley and the death of her estranged father. The star recruited rocker Ryan Adams and his musician pal Mike Viola to help her complete The Voyager, her first solo album in six years, and she admits channelling her pain and emotions into her songs proved to be the therapy she desperately needed.
She tells RollingStone.com, "Making The Voyager got me through one of the most difficult periods of my life.
"After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn't sleep for five straight nights. Many of the songs on The Voyager came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn't shut down...
"This record was the hardest one I ever made. The Voyager tells that story: the longest night of my life and the journey to finally getting some rest."
Lewis lost her dad at the end of 2010 and disbanded Rilo Kiley the following year (11).
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Last year was celebrated as one of the biggest years in black cinema, if not the biggest. Such a year (with films like Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and 42) culminated with 12 Years A Slave taking home the Academy Award for Best Picture. And now that 2014 is offically underway, one wonders if we can expect another big year for black films and black directors. Will there be room for more than just one film about the black experience at next year's Oscars?
Well the good news is that there are a number of exciting new projects set for a 2014 release. Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler will team up with Michael B. Jordan again for the movie Creed (a quasi-Rocky spinoff), and Spike Lee's highly-anticipated Da Sweet Blood of Jesus has completed filming and is set for a 2014 release. Although Oldboy flopped and his 2012 film Red Hook Summer left much to be desired, many of us still can't resist a good ol' Spike Lee joint.
One film that's also been getting lots of buzz is Justin Simien's feature debut Dear White People. First off, amazing title. And secondly, the film snagged Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent this year and their trailers and clips pretty hilarious:
Belles is another film we're excited about. The period piece, set in 18th century England, tells the complex story of mix-raced young woman raised in nobility. Amma Asante will direct the movie (her second feature film), inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle.
And although there is no release date yet for the new Lee Daniels movie (featuring the first gay action hero, played by Alex Pettyfer), the follow-up project to last year's The Butler has us plenty excited (along with his upcoming Janis Joplin biopic with Amy Adams). This year Daniels will also team up with his Precious lead Gabourey Sidibe again, along with Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson for a new FOX television series Empire.
Many other directors of color are on the rise this year and it's definitely a good thing. Here's hoping critics and audiences take note and embrace some of these great talents and their upcoming work.
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Singer and actress Mandy Moore and her husband Ryan Adams celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on Saturday (15Mar14) with a 1950s-themed prom for their pals. The Saved star and friends like actress Minka Kelly dressed up in period gear for the bash at the American Legion Post in Los Angeles.
The happy couple booked former Stray Cats star Slim Jim Phantom and his band to perform at the party, which was held five days after the actual anniversary (10Mar).
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard threw a party to celebrate their engagement in Los Angeles on Friday (14Mar14). The Rum Diary co-stars reportedly became engaged in December (13) and the 27-year-old beauty further fuelled the claims after being photographed wearing a sparkler on her engagement finger at a number of public events.
A host of celebrities attended the festivities at Carondelt House in the city, including director Jerry Bruckheimer, Marilyn Manson, Rick Ruben and Ryan Adams, according to a report by TMZ.com.
Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler said as he left the event, "I love that he's in love... we were all dancing and it was beautiful... Johnny's mum (Betty) is the most beautiful woman."