James singer Tim Booth has wrecked fans' dreams of a sequel to his acclaimed 1996 album collaboration with composer Angelo Badalamenti by insisting Booth & The Bad Angel was a wonderful one-off. The Sit Down singer was recently reminded of the time he spent songwriting and recording with the man behind the haunting Twin Peak theme when Badalamenti sent him a forgotten outtake from their sessions together.
Booth says, "Angelo just sent me a song he found recently on a piece of tape, and he didn't tell me what it was and I started listening to it, thinking, 'F**k, he's written a song with a singer that sounds just like me - and he didn't ask me to sing?'
"Halfway through I realised that it was me... and it was like, 'Oh, OK, I'm not so upset'. It was cool.
"I have great memories of recording Booth & the Bad Angel and I'd love to work with him again because I adore the man. We didn't have a bad word to say to each other, but I think that album was a one-off - and I'm not complaining.
"Many people have tried to work with Angelo, including Leonard Cohen and Bono and (David) Bowie. I think I was very blessed to work with him on one album. And we were lucky enough to work with (guitarist) Bernard Butler and the engineer was Nigel Godrich. Two years later he did OK Computer with Radiohead. We had a great team."
Newlywed British pop star Cheryl Cole has been given another reason to celebrate after scoring her fourth solo number one single in the U.K. with Crazy Stupid Love. The Fight For This Love singer becomes only the third British female in the history of the nation's charts to achieve such a feat, following in the footsteps of former Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell and Rita Ora.
Celebrating the success of her first single in two years, Cole says, "It feels great to be back but even more special to have achieved my fourth number one. So exciting!"
Crazy Stupid Love, featuring rapper Tinie Tempah, was released in the U.K. just days after she announced she had wed her boyfriend of three months, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
It debuted ahead of Magic!'s Rude at two and Ghost by Ella Henderson at three.
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran racks up a fifth week at the top of the U.K. albums chart with X, making it the longest-running number one since Adele's 21 spent 11 straight weeks in pole position in 2011.
Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke - The Best Of climbs to second place and Sam Smith rounds out the top three at three with In The Lonely Hour.
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Summer: it's a time to relax, soak up the sun, eat mountains of ice cream and tackle the massive pile of books you've been meaning to read. Whether you need to make your way through hundreds of pages of classic literature before school starts up again or you've just been putting off the heavier tomes on your shelf until you have some more free time, reading the classics can sometimes be a slog in the summer. But it's a task well worth undertaking, and not just because it's good to broaden your literary horizons. Many of your favorite films are actually twists on well-worn tales. Sure, they're enjoyable on their own, but the only way to really pick up on the humor of Jane Austen or the references to Shakespeare in a suburban high school rom com is to read the books first. We've rounded up the best movies that become even better, funnier and more charming after you've read the works their based on. Consider it a well-earned reward for a book well read.
10 Things I Hate About YouBased On: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.Most Drastic Change: Aside from the high school setting, he plot was simplified to reduce the amount of characters and false identities. For example, Joey Donner was originally two characters, Gremio and Hortensio. Best Reference to the Source: After Kat almost hits Michael with a car, he calls her a “shrew”; Michael also quotes Shakespearean sonnets several times throughout the film, and Cameron quotes the play itself (“I burn; I pine; I perish”). And there's that one girl who is oddly in love with "William."You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: Almost every name in the film is a reference to something else. Padua High School refers to Padua being the location of the play, and Patrick’s last name, Verona, is where Petruchio is originally from. Kat and Bianca’s last name – Stratford – is a reference to Shakespeare’s hometown.
Clueless Based On: Emma by Jane Austen Most Drastic Change: Updating the film to be about ‘90s Valley girls; none of the character’s names are similar to Austen’s characters.Best Reference to the Source: The wedding fake-out at the end of the film. Since Austen wrote a great deal about the marriage plot, all of her novels end with the heroine getting married. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: While most of the characters have Austenian equivalents, Dionne is an original character, although it could be argued that she represents Ms. Weston. Also, Amy Heckerling cut out the character of Jane Fairfax completely. She is the main obstacle to Emma and Frank Churchill’s relationship; his Clueless doppelganger, Christian, is gay instead.
Bridget Jones’ Diary Based On: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Most Drastic Change: Instead of the large family that Elizabeth Bennet has in the book, Bridget is an only child, and has a large group of friends to give her advice, all of whom vaguely resemble her sisters. Best Reference to the Source: Casting Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. Author Helen Fielding has said that she based the character (both in name and looks) on his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: Instead of Darcy making two proposals, he only makes one; Bridget’s speech when she finds out that he is moving is a reflection of his second confession of love.
She’s the Man Based On: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Most Drastic Change: In the play, Viola just pretends to be a man, and calls herself Cesario, rather than specifically impersonating her brother Sebastian. Best Reference to the Source: The character of Malcolm, who is based on the character of Malvolio, has a pet tarantula named Malvolio. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Books: Like 10 Things I Hate About You, all of the names are either adapted from those of the characters - Duke Orsino is the modern-day equivalent of Orsino, who is a duke, and the restaurant they frequent is called Cesario – or the locations – the school’s name Illyria, is where the play takes place.
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Easy A Based On: The Scarlett Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne Most Drastic Change: In the book, Hester is ostracized for cheating on her husband with a priest; she got pregnant during the affair. In the film, Olive only pretends to sleep with people. Best Reference to the Source: The foreign film that Olive goes to see, courtesy of one of her fake hookups, is called Der Scharlachrote Buchstabe, which translates to The Scarlett Letter.You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: The film is up-front about many of its similarities to Hawthorne’s book, as Olive is studying it in class. Though Olive doesn’t have an affair with anyone, Hester and Arthur Dimmsdale’s relationship is paralleled in the affair that Mrs. Griffith has with Micah.
ScroogedBased On: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Most Drastic Change: At the end of the film, Frank reunites with his love, Claire. However, in the book, too much time has passed for him to reconcile with Belle, and so he is instead content with becoming part of the Cratchitt family. Best Reference to the Original: In addition to Frank Cross joking about “scaring the Dickens out of people,” one of the TV shows he produces is called “Scrooge,” which was an alternate title that Dickens published the story under. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: The Bob Cratchitt part is played by two different characters: Frank’s overworked assistant Grace Cooley and the much-abused yes-man Eliot Loudermilk.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Based On: Homer’s The Odyssey Most Drastic Change: Instead of journeying home after a great war, Ulysses has escaped from a prison chain gang. Best Reference to the Source: The film is filled with references to the epic, but the cleverest is the repeated use of the song “Man of Constant Sorrow,” as the name Odysseus (the Greek equivalent of Ulysses) means “man who is in constant pain and sorrow.” You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: In order to win Penelope’s hand in marriage, all the suitors must string Odysseus’ bow and shoot an arrow through a dozen axe heads, but only Odysseus is strong enough to string the bow. In the film, Ulysseus also strings a bow in order to prove that he is who he says he is, and not an imposter.
Ruby Sparks Based On: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.Most Drastic Change: In the play, Higgins “makes” Eliza by transforming her from a flower girl into a lady, but in the film, Calvin physically creates Ruby, as she is a product of his imagination.Best Reference to the Source: At the end, Ruby becomes her own person, and leaves Calvin behind to do what she wants and become who she wants, which reflects the controversial ending of the play, in which Eliza leaves Henry behind in order to marry Freddy, even though Henry disapproves. The ending of Shaw's play was very controversial when it was first performed, but it was important to him that Eliza doesn't marry Henry. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: Calvin’s brother, Harry, repeatedly warns him to be careful with what he’s doing, and not to disregard Ruby’s emotions, just like how Henry’s friend, Colonel Pickering, constantly warns Henry to be kind to Eliza and to treat her like a real person, rather than an experiment.
Police in Illinois have cancelled a concert featuring rapper Chief Keef over security concerns. The hip-hop star was set to perform at the Olympic Theater in Cicero on Saturday (14Jun14) but local authorities have decided to pull the plug on the gig.
Police Superintendent Bernard Harrison has confirmed his force fears Keef's presence at the venue could spark violence.
He tells the Chicago Tribune, "We have indications from intelligence sources that there were going to be problems and there have been many problems at his concerts in other places. I spoke to the director of the theater myself and asked if he could cancel the concert. He complied with my request."
It is the latest blow for the embattled rapper in recent weeks - he was evicted from his home earlier this month (Jun14) for allegedly falling behind on the rent, and his cousin Blood Money was shot and killed in Chicago in April (14).
U.S. reality TV star Bethenny Frankel has settled her lengthy custody battle with with estranged husband Jason Hoppy. Frankel and Hoppy have been embroiled in a bitter dispute over their four-year-old daughter, Bryn, since separating in 2012, but the matter has finally been resolved with both parties receiving joint custody, according to Hoppy's attorney Bernard Clair.
A statement to People magazine reads: "My client is delighted that this custody battle has been resolved; that his co-parenting status has been acknowledged; that the parties' child will have the benefit of being raised by both parents; and most importantly, that his daughter will no longer be at the mercy of a high-profile courtroom battle.
"Jason wishes Bethenny only the best of luck, and he looks forward to sharing with her all of the joyous occasions, milestones and blessings that will be coming up in his daughter's future."
When Frankel took the stand for the first time last week (28May14), the former chat show host wept as she recounted her difficult home life after the breakdown of her marriage to Hoppy, and insisted on primary custody of Bryn.
The former star of The Real Housewives of New York City married Hoppy in 2010 and their relationship was documented in reality TV series Bethenny Ever After.
The Angels frontman Doc Neeson has died at the age of 67. The rocker, real name Bernard Neeson, passed away on Wednesday (04Jun14), 17 months after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012. He had been undergoing chemotherapy.
In a post on Facebook.com, The Angels drummer Buzz Bidstrup writes, "It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to Bernard 'Doc' Neeson today. He left this world early this morning and I join music lovers everywhere in mourning this great man."
His sons add in a statement, "We love you Dad. You couldn't have made any of your sons more proud of you if you tried."
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1947, Neeson emigrated to Australia with his family when he was 13. After a brief stint in the army, he got into music, performing with Moonshine Jug and String Band with Rick and John Brewster.
They went on to call themselves The Angels, with Neeson as the lead singer, and they had hits across four decades with songs including Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, Take a Long Line and Caught In The Night.
Neeson walked away from the group in 1999 after he was badly injured in a car accident, but the group reunited in 2008. They scrapped all their planned performances after Neeson was diagnosed with the brain tumour in 2012.
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The much-derided title notwithstanding, Selfie looks like quite the promising pilot, and here are a few reasons why.
5. People may be groaning about the title, but...
A TV show with a focus on social media is actually kind of a great idea. Already, lots of shows make heavy use of conventions like texts being displayed on screen, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Selfie looks like it's going to cover everything from viral videos to being "Insta-famous," and what a way to connect with that coveted 18 to 34 demographic, eh?
4. It's time for an Asian American male romantic lead!
Asian American men are traditionally emasculated by pop culture (see: Long Duk Dong), so it's great to see the hero of a romantic story portrayed by Korean American actor John Cho. Plus, we know from his excrutiatingly awkward (yet ultra-relatable) elevator rides with the girl of his dreams in Harold and Kumar that he's going to absolutely kill at the romantic comedy genre.
3. Speaking of the ever-awesome John Cho...
Dude has serious comic chops — have you seen Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle? Or his cameo on How I Met Your Mother? Or 30 Rock? The list goes on — basically, Cho as a modernized Henry Higgins is a stroke of genius.
2. And the other lead?
Doctor Who alumnus Karen Gillan is certainly no stranger to excellent comic timing either. And we're more than excited to see her particular brand of humor on American TV — we've missed her ever since the Weeping Angels spirited Amy Pond away to the 1930s!
1. Everyone loves Pygmalion/My Fair Lady!
It's the mother of all makeover stories, after all. Heck, the story has been told so many times we can barely keep track, yet we've thoroughly enjoyed each version. Here's a refresher: the original Greek myth Pygmalion, to George Bernard Shaw's play of the same name, to the musical My Fair Lady, to the '80s prom movie, She's All That. See? All delightful!
British rocker Simon Taylor-Davies has raised over $4,000 (£2,500) for a U.K. cancer charity after successfully completing the London Marathon on Sunday (13Apr14). The Klaxons guitarist pounded the pavement for the annual 26-mile (41.8-kilometre) race through the British capital and passed the finish line in a respectable four hours, 20 minutes and three seconds.
The funds raised from the Virginmoneygiving.com sponsorship, which is still open to the public, will benefit the Prostate Cancer UK organisation, and Taylor-Davies is determined to continue his work with the charity in the future.
He tells NME.com, "I am incredibly proud to have run and helped raise awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. They are doing a fantastic job to raise awareness amongst men. I'm a keen runner and know what it's like to be part of a group of guys. So I want to be part of this ever-growing movement of men that will help inspire change."
Taylor-Davies' bandmates also made sure to send their best wishes to him in a Twitter.com message after the event, writing, "A gigantic congratulations to Simon for completing the London Marathon today !!!"
But he wasn't the only rocker trading his guitar for running shoes on Sunday - Suede star Bernard Butler also took part in the marathon.
We don't want to be reductive here — we think the Hannah/Adam rise and fall is interesting, the Jessa relapse is emotional, and the desperation exhibited by both parties in the Marnie/Ray relationship is exemplary. But the greatest takeaway from this week's episode of Girls, and perhaps the season overall?
Adam's British accent.
True, this was not the first time this year that we heard Adam try his hand at a Londian affect in preparation for his role in a Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's play Major Barbara. But it was the first time we were treated to Adam's go at an energetic h-dropping salutation: "'ello!" he exclaimed midway through the episode, upon hearing a rapping at the chamber door of his mate Ray's flat. Or something.
Up until now, we thought we had Adam's vocal range pegged: vaguely Midwestern and '60s-era outer space cowboy musician. But his Shaw storyline has thrown us for a loop. Now all we want from Adam Driver (as opposed to Adam Sackler) is a series of British roles.
A Shakespeare AdaptationPreferably a comedy, since Driver's knack for the accent is wholly hilarious.
A Guy Ritchie Crime ThrillerBefore he was tarnishing Sherlock Holmes, Ritchie was making passable action-filled, comedic crime movies, like Snatch. Driver as a British street tough would be enchanting.
A Ricky Gervais SitcomAlthough Driver's accent is a bit more heightened and hyperbolic than Gervais' naturalistic style, the earnest twentysomething could play well against the oft smarmy Gervais.
A Mary Poppins RemakeSaving Mr. Banks proves that Disney is, to this day, infinitely proud of its bastardization of P.L. Travers' children's book. So why not give it another go, this time with Driver taking on Dick Van Dyke's all-smiles bastardization of the Cockney speak?
A Wallace & Gromit ShortThere's the winner.
But of course we shouldn't distract from Hannah, Jessa, Marnie, or Ray — each worked with particularly interesting material this week. Hannah quit her job in a, once again, Patti LuPone-inspired huff. Jessa got a job as the assistant to photography maven Mary Hartman2, one that could have been Marnie's were she not too vain and self-doubting to dare present herself in the confrontational light that the gifted artist wanted in her second-in-command. Marnie continued to exhibit her insecurities when she vied for the romantic affections of Desi, continuing to understand herself to be of value only when boys want to sleep with her. So she slept with Ray, who, like her, is just fragile and desperate enough to fall into the arms of the sort of person he considers "beneath" him. It's a wonderful relationship these two have brewing... especially now that Hannah knows about it (yes, she walked in on them, without regard, in the final moments of the episode).
All that is well and good. But Adam's accent is weller and better. Pip pip.
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Rock icons Iggy Pop, New Order and Patti Smith took to the stage in New York City on Tuesday night (11Mar14) to headline the 24th annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert. The event, in aid of helping to preserve Tibetan culture, included an energetic performance from Pop, who powered through his tracks Sister Midnight and Nightclubbing, before he joined New Order stars Bernard Sumner, Phil Cunningham, and Tom Chapman for a rendition of Love Will Tear Us Apart.
Smith tackled Perfect Day, by late legend Lou Reed, and shouted out to the crowd, "Don't forget it - use your voice."
Pop and Smith have performed at the concert on several previous occasions.