Rocker Steven Tyler and Duran Duran co-founder Nick Rhodes are among the stars who have added their touching tributes to late music icon Lou Reed following his tragic death on Sunday (27Oct13). The former Velvet Underground frontman passed away at the age of 71, five months after undergoing a liver transplant, and The Who, The Pixies and Weezer were among the first acts to express their sadness at the news online.
Messages of condolence have continued to flood in from celebrities far and wide, and now Aerosmith singer Tyler has taken to his Twitter.com blog in memory of his late pal, writing, "RIP to a great friend a fellow musician. From maxes to the masses you made the world sing. I love you Lou!"
Veteran British pop star Rhodes has shared his favourite memory of Reed with fans via Duran Duran's website, revealing he first bonded with the late star after inviting him to play with the Rio hitmakers at a charity gig back in their 1980s heyday.
He writes, "It was quite surreal for everyone in the band, as less than a decade earlier, we had been fans listening to his music in our teenage bedrooms. Lou turned up at the Beacon Theatre with his guitar and amplifier to soundcheck, we rehearsed Walk on the Wild Side and Sweet Jane together, he was thrilled with the arrangements we had done, so we parted company for a few hours and next met, later that evening onstage.
"When Simon (Le Bon, singer) introduced our hero, Lou, my heart sank as it sounded as though the entire audience began to boo. Lou was unfazed and smiling, so we launched into the songs. It wasn't until afterwards when the sound of the crowd intensified, that I realised they were all affectionately shouting Lou, not boo... Long live Lou Reed!"
Meanwhile, The Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow has issued a statement on Reed's passing, hailing the Grammy winner as "an exceptionally gifted singer, songwriter, and musician", adding, "We have lost a true visionary and creative leader, and his groundbreaking work will forever hold its rightful place in music history."
Actors Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon, director Wes Craven and electro-pop pioneer Gary Numan have also tweeted tributes, while Cyndi Lauper posts, "I still can't believe Lou Reed passed away. I'm sorry for his family's loss. greatful (sic) for his music and the influence he had on my music", and Nikki Sixx shares, "RIP Lou Reed.Thank you for your beautiful/dark lyrics/music and stance on life.You inspired me from my teenage years right up till (sic) today."
British actress Natalie Dormer is hoping her new role as a filmmaker in The Hunger Games sequel will help to keep her out of a corset after portraying historical queens. The sexy star portrayed Anne Boleyn in The Tudors and Elizabeth in Madonna's W.E. as well as Victoria in Heath Ledger's period drama Casanova, and now she's keen to play modern and futuristic roles.
She tells WENN, "I have played royalty, but, like Kate Winslet or Helena Bonham Carter, I very much believe that I can depart from that in the future and challenge those perceptions of me. I think I'm doing that with things like The Counsellor and The Hunger Games, which I'm so chuffed (happy) to be part of."
And Dormer is playing down reports she comes from a long line of aristocrats, insisting online information about her background is false: "It's one of these fabricated Wikipedia facts that is completely false. I don't know my heritage at all; I've never traced it! There was a woman, called Jane Dormer, in the Royal Court who happened to have the same family name as me, but I think that's as far as it goes."
Jane'S Addiction are to honoured with the 2,509th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Perry Farrell and his bandmates will unveil their plaque on Hollywood Boulevard a day before Halloween (30Oct13).
Hollywood Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez tells WENN, "We are excited to honour our hometown guys on our famous Walk. They are one of the most popular rock bands around and we expect many fans at this exciting event."
More than 45 former Bond girls have posed for photographs as part of a new exhibition. Actresses including Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton, Grace Jones and Jill St. John sat for a shoot with snapper Taryn Simon to celebrate the superspy movie franchise.
Simon wrote to 57 former stars of the 007 films, and only ten declined to take part - including the very first Bond girl, Ursula Andress, and British actress Gemma Arterton, who had a brief role in 2008's Quantum of Solace.
Some actresses referenced their part in the famous franchise, such as Goldfinger star Eaton, who wore a dress with a flash of gold colouring, while others, including Live and Let Die's Jane Seymour, chose simply to pose in elegant eveningwear.
Simon tells British magazine Stella, "All the women had complete freedom to choose the clothes and poses they wanted... Each woman who is not there is still represented by a blank space on the wall, together with a tag giving her name and the film in which she appeared."
The exhibition, titled Birds of the West Indies, will open at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania later this year (13) before heading out on tour.
A fan farewell to Bryan Cranston's Breaking Bad character is to be streamed live on YouTube.com. Devotees of the TV drama, which ended in America last month (Sep13), will gather in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday (19Oct13) for a memorial to fictional chemistry teacher-turned-drug dealer Walter White - and fans across America will be able to watch the proceedings live.
YouTube bosses have partnered with owners at Vernon's Steakhouse, who are hosting the post-funeral reception.
The event will also include a memorial tribute to Breaking Bad characters Hank Schrader, Steve Gomez and Jane Margolis.
A replica of the Breaking Bad RV and the SUV that was part of the scene in which Hank and Gomez were killed will also be driven to the funeral, which is scheduled to start at for 4.30pm local time.
Breaking Bad was set and filmed on location in and around the city.
A.C.O.D. reunites funny guy Adam Scott with current Parks & Rec co-star Amy Poehler and Party Down's Jane Lynch to create a sarcastic and realistic rom-com dealing with this generation's detached views of marriage and divorce.The Film ArcadeCarter (Scott) is in his thirties when he realizes that what he thought had been therapy post his parent's separation was actually an author penning a book about children of divorce. Shenanigans ensue and eventually another chronicle of the same type is released about the kid-subjects as they enter their adult lives. Per usual, the film ends with a wedding and everyone's happy (ish.) The real question is: just how true does this hold to those who actually are the offspring of divorced parents? Not every situation is going to be as extreme as the one portrayed in A.C.O.D.—with Carter's parents virtually ruining his childhood—but his issues are somewhat universal to youngsters who witnessed their parent's marriage crumbling.Relationship-wise, Carter is hesitant to enter into a true commitment with his current beau (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and this is attributed to the wayward one that was held between his parents Hugh (Richard Jenkins) and Melissa (Catherine O'Hara).When problems arise and his mother and father, who were once estranged from each other, begin a sexual relationship again, Carter runs away rather than dealing with it. This can also be looked at as a manifestation of his desire to run from any sort of confrontation because of the intense arguments he witnessed as a child.Most situations like Carter's don't end with everyone coming together happily and gracefully, but A.C.O.D. definitely resonates with those actual adult children of divorce.
Nowadays, a modest celeb is almost as rare as a narwhal, especially when they have so many outlets to tweet their greatness to us peons. Flaunting personalized dollar bills or talk about birthing goddesses is just another walk in the park for these big-headed celebs.
Money on my mind #pouritup http://t.co/GhSEC1R7Z6
— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 1, 2013
If you haven’t seen Rihanna’s new video for “Pour It Up,” you’re missing out on her dry humping her throne (not a euphemism, unfortunately) and throwing around money like it’s going out of style. Never mind the fact that it looks like she’s in a knockoff of Motel 6 in the pic she posted, Rihanna wants to remind us of her baller ways. What shutdown?!
Feeling big headed!!! LOL colettestore crfashionbook @karllagerfeld riccardotisci17
Breaking news: Kim Kardashian takes a true-to-life selfie!
The head is crowning. ARTPOP birthing pains #NoEpidural SPREAD 'EM Venus the goddess is coming!
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 1, 2013
Gaga tweeted this a few days before the cover of ARTPOP was released, and as usual, it left us scratching our heads as to wtf she was going on about. Birthing Venus? Gaga a goddess? Teach us your humble ways, Gaga. Of course, then we saw the cover and we were still left scratching our heads.
I Should Just Stop Tweeting, The Human Consciousness Must Raise Before I Speak My Juvenile Philosophy. Shouts Out To @TIME
— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) October 5, 2013
I truly wish I could go back and do my undergrad again, just so I can major in Juvenile Philosophy and be advised by Professor Smith. On one hand, it’d be nice if Jaden took his own advice, but if he did, we wouldn’t have gems like this.
Heartbreaker goes out to Oprah Winfrey. Love u girl http://t.co/QkvjzYX5n0
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) October 7, 2013
Um, “girl”? How awesome is the visual of Bieber saying “Love u girl” to Oprah?! That’s like saying, “wurd homez @GOD.”
Wilmer Valderrama and Jane Lynch's new animated series Murder Police has been pulled from TV network Fox's programming slate. The police-centred cartoon, which includes characters voiced by the stars, had been picked up for a 13-episode run, but, after viewing early cuts of the show, TV executives were reportedly displeased with the direction the show was headed, and they are now shopping it to cable networks, according to TVGuide.com.
There's something out there that not even light can escape, where not even the most seasoned actor can guide a show into strong enough ratings to be renewed for a second season. Where not even the blaze of the strongest sun can provide enough warmth for a show to survive. That seems to be the case with Modern Family.
I was rooting for How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest of Your Life) to be successful due to Sarah Chalke. I have been a big fan of hers since her days on Scrubs. She's a fantastic comedic actress that really learned the ropes early on a popular sit-com when she replaced Lecy Goranson as Becky on Roseanne. Alas, not even she could escape this: the show was canceled before its first season even completed its run. Suburgatory wasn't canceled, but after this past season, it jettisoned Alan Tudyk and Rex Lee, which reduces the show to dwarf star status (yes, it's astronomy humor - just go with it).
This seems to continue a trend: Happy Endings and Don't Trust The B in Apartment 23, both really smart and funny shows that never got the audience appreciation that they deserved, both aired after Modern Family initially. Sadly, the Krysten-Ritter-led Apartment 23 choked worse than her character Jane on Breaking Bad and found itself canceled despite including the awesomeness that was James Van Der Beek. Happy Endings made it to another time slot, but even that was not enough to save it.
What is it that brings about these poor ratings? Is it because their lead-in is such a great and popular show that anything that is viewed as being lesser than it is left behind? Or do people just want to see Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara and then switch off the television regardless of what is on next? ABC needs to figure out what is going on, pronto. Otherwise the space following it will continue to be an empty place devoid of loyal followers.
The latest to try her hand is Rebel Wilson. Unfortunately, her show Super Fun Night has been critically panned. Its premiere got somewhat decent numbers, but it remains to be seen if it can become a stronger show that can take that slot immediately after Modern Family. Wilson's got quite the uphill climb, but perhaps one day there will be a success story that can compete with its stronger lead-in. Of course, that might mean that science is broken, since nothing escapes a black hole...
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Actress Natalie Portman has launched a contest for teenage girls who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The Oscar winner's own love of science prompted her to sign on to her role as astrophysicist Jane Foster in Marvel's Thor: The Dark World, and now she wants to encourage other young women to become involved in the field through the comic giant's Ultimate Mentor Adventure.
The competition's finalists will have an opportunity to conduct interviews, participate in experiments and interactive events, as well as meeting inspirational female figures in the sciences.
A film short about the girls' experiences will be shown prior to the opening day screening of Thor: The Dark World.