British pop group S Club 7 have officially agreed to reunite as a seven-piece. The Reach hitmakers split in 2003 after five years together and have been dogged by comeback rumours in recent months.
Three of the members, Jo O'Meara, Paul Cattermole and Bradley McIntosh, began touring small venues in the U.K. under the name S Club 3 in 2008 and were joined by Tina Barrett earlier this year (14).
Now, the remaining three members - Rachel Stevens, Hannah Spearritt and Jon Lee - have agreed to link up for a full band reunion. Their creator Simon Fuller, the former manager of the Spice Girls, will also be supporting their comeback.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "The seven have had a lot of big money offers over the years but they only feel the time is right now... Simon wants this comeback to be even bigger than Take That or (British pop group) Steps."
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Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
The Dark Side of '90s Nostalgia Between the "Fancy" video being played on a loop and the recent premiere of Girl Meets World, nineties nostlgia seems to be at an all-time high. But not everything you loved back then holds up as well as Clueless and My So-Called Life two decades later, VH1 is going to prove it with their rundown of 20 '90s bands you're ashamed to have loved.
You're About to Get Shell-ShockedAnd trust us, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign more than deliver on that promise with their theme song for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Celebuzz has the song, along with some more amazing/terrible lyrics and the criticism that it sounds "exactly like a Michael Bay movie feels."
Weird Al Has a Big Dictionary The smartest man in music released his 14th studio album this week, and it rocketed to the top of the charts on the back of his hilarious parody songs and clever wordplay. In celebration of his achievement, and the joy that Mandatory Fun has brought, FlavorWire has ranked all 8 of the music videos Weird Al has released along with the album.
Treat. Yo. Self... To Retta's Twitter As Donna Meagle, Retta consistently comes up with some of the greatest comebacks, one-liners and truth bombs to come out of Pawnee, Indiana. But she's not just hilarious on television; she's hilarious all the time, and thanks to her Twitter account, you can enjoy her wisecracks as they happen. Hollywood.com has all of her greatest tweets complied in one place to brighten up your day.
Actress and model Kelly Brook has confirmed reports she's engaged to boyfriend David Mckintosh following a whirlwind courtship. The Piranha 3D star, who previously dated Jason Statham and was engaged to Titanic hunk Billy Zane, began dating McIntosh, a former star of British TV show Gladiators, after meeting him at a New Year's Eve (31Dec13) party - and they're already planning a wedding.
Brook appeared to hint at the engagement news on Thursday (20Mar14) in a message posted on her Twitter.com account, which read: "International Day of Happiness... it certainly is."
And now the busty Brit has confirmed the happy news with a photo posted to her Instagram.com page on Monday evening (24Mar14).
The candid snap features a photo of the 34 year old and her 27-year-old toyboy holding a balloon with the word 'engaged' written on it.
Brook accompanied the big reveal picture with the caption: "Lovely weekend in Wigan meeting my new extended Family. Such happy times and excited to share my life with the most wonderful man I've ever met."
The star will become a stepmum when she exchanges vows with McKintosh - he has a two-year-old son, called Logan, from a relationship with former Miss England Rachel Christie, who he split from in December (13), a week before meeting his new fiancee.
Glee's much anticipated 100th episode saw the return of Heather Morris and Dianna Agron, as well as guest stars Kristin Chenoweth and Gwyneth Paltrow. And Chace Crawford was also there, because why not? It was a fairly solid episode, with a lot of emotions and just the right amount of the ridiculousness we've come to expect. Here are the 100 craziest things that happened in the episode.
1. This episode begins with self-satisfied voiceovers from Mercedes and Rachel, which seems about right.
2. They then fight over "The Rachel Chair," which is apparently a thing.
3. Mercedes makes a reference to segregation because she didn't get the "Rachel Chair," and it seems kind of inappropriate, contextually.
4. Dianna Agron tries to look like she's okay with being back on Glee.
5. Glee, mocking Mr. Schuester's rapping does not make the fact that it happened okay.
6. And you should probably make fun of his dancing and general smugness, too.
7. The super folksy April Rhodes (Chenoweth) is back.
8. April taught the Terrible Tina to smuggle meat up her dress. What?
9. Awesome, Glee. April's island doesn't have any pesky destitute locals in it.
10. She also makes a joke about Unique being a virgin, and it is not even close to funny.
11. Someone finally acknowledges that The Warblers are superior to the New Directions.
12. Glee is so used to autotuning everything that Kristin Chenoweth's voice sounds like a robot's. Guys, she can sing.
13. "Raise Your Glass" involves humping, fake drinking, fake (?) drunkenness, lots of other things that should not fly at McKinley High.
14. April slaps Mr. Schue's butt, and no one seems to have a problem with it.
15. Puck says his nickname at school was The Saw. Is this a thing?
16. Chace Crawford's character is named Biff McIntosh.
17. He is apparently the owner of all McIntosh apples.
18. And he calls his mother "mother."
19. Brittany works at MIT now.
20. She also misses scissoring Santana. Risky, Glee.
21. Santana keeps trying to make "The Unholy Trinity" a thing.
22. Despite lots of sexy poses behind tinted glass, "Toxic" is pretty low energy.
23. Chace A.K.A. Biff calls the performance energetic, so he really wasn't paying attention.
24. Even the worst boyfriend in the world would probably watch his girlfriend perform a sexy three-way dance number in front of him. Come on, Biff.
25. Then again, Quinn's curly bang situation distracts from her lingerie.
26. Santana twerks, and that also seems inappropriate.
27. There are way too many characters on this show right now.
28. The fact that Quinn and Santana recently hooked up is not mentioned even one bit.
29. Fondue for Two, the best part of Glee, is back.
30. Brittany's cats make out.
31. Fondue for Two has become a lot more hard-hitting, and it works.
32. Mercedes and Rachel are having a diva-off.
33. Breadstix still appears to serve nothing but breadsticks.
34. "Mike Chang, Asian dancer."
35. Did anyone else forget about Quinn's Ryan Seacrest tattoo?
36. Sue does not make fun of Kristen Chenoweth's aggressive folksiness, which seems like a real missed opportunity.
37. Why does everyone think diva-offs are a real thing? I'm looking at you, Mr. Schue.
38. And poor Kurt gets pulled into the diva-off.
39. This episode is really into interior monologues.
40. Performing "Defying Gravity" (and Chenoweth's guest appearance) is pretty timely, considering Adele Dazeem.
41. Blaine appears, like, once on screen. Not cool.
42. He does, however, look very cute and proud of Kurt.
43. Kristin says "Defying Gravity" should be on Broadway. Ha. Ha. Broadway humor.
44. Mr. Schue says the glee club are all winners in such a simpering, unfortunate way that they are basically all losers for associating with him.
45. Brittany organizes a human chess game.
46. Because nerds love chess, guys.
47. Kiki, the alternative to Siri that Brittany found in a dumpster, is back.
48. Suddenly, McKinley has a giant chess board.
49. "The one thing this country needs more of is teen marriage."
50. Santana holds a dance intervention to "Valerie" to get Brittany to stop making the huge career mistake of working at MIT (?).
51. It succeeds.
52. Heather Morris is still so good at dancing.
53. She can really work a pony-tail.
54. Everyone seems bent on convincing the newly brilliant Brittany that she needs to cover more songs to be happy.
55. In order to perform an acoustic guitar number, Puck decides everyone needs to move to the auditorium, which seems unnecessary.
56. Quinn has to hold her hand to her heart to show that she is experiencing emotion.
57. Everyone laughs a lot after singing "Keep Holding On" and jauntily walks away from Quinn, who is crying.
58. "I'm in love with Biff" is a sentence that is said seriously.
59. Kristin Chenoweth has a really big role in this episode. Maybe (hopefully) they are phasing out Marley.
60. Mr. Schuester says "no more drama," as though he isn't drawn to high school drama like a moth to a flame.
61. Would Mr. Schue die if the glee club ended? It seems possible. What would he do with all his time? Teach?
62. Kitty's expression shows that she is resigned to her fate as mini-Quinn.
63. Santana says, "Can it, troll!" to Rachel, and it is amazing.
64. It's okay, Rachel, we all forget Ryder's name too.
65. Rachel is in a diva-off with everyone.
66. If Rachel is so sick of high school drama, maybe she shouldn't have moved in with her high school frenemies.
67. Rachel equates her rivarly with Mercedes to that of Beyonce and Barbra? What?
68. Glee finally acknowledges the show's extravagant costumes and sets.
69. Bernie Madoff is part of a plot device. Topical.
70. Will Schuester is really disappointed by the flightlessness of April's super flighty character.
71. People in this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mac and cheese commercial dance better than some of Glee's performers.
72. Why is Quinn's Seacrest tattoo such a big deal? What about the pregnancy? The near death while texting and driving?
73. Chace A.K.A. Biff has no redeeming qualities.
74. Quinn violently pinches the bridge of Chace Crawford's nose.
75. On Mercedes and Rachel, all Jake has to say is that "one's black and one's Jewish," which is a hilarious "joke" on this "progressive" show.
76. Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly Holiday glides into the scene, because Kristin Chenoweth buttered the floor.
77. There's a Facebook page for guests of the glee club, which is hilarious.
78. Holly Holiday impersonates William Henry Harrison.
79. She also expresses how dumb it is that Glee is redoing old songs. Thank you.
80. So she performs Pharrell's "Happy."
81. She duets with Blaine, because they needed to include him somehow.
82. Puck has apparently loved Quinn all along.
83. Apparently, MIT squelches femininity and fun.
84. It's pretty easy to forget about Demi Lovato in this episode.
85. Marching music plays when Puck walks, because he is in the military.
86. Quinn and Puck twirl in slow motion.
87. Santana uses the charming expression "gives two poops."
88. Mike Chang remarks on the passage of time and fading of memories, because he is a character who needs lines.
89. Mr. Schue cries.
90. Everyone cries.
91. Holly Holiday says, "Go the way of the dodo," which is definitely something Gwyneth brought to the table.
92. Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth are plotting, which is really scary.
93. Stop trying to make "Gleek" happen, Glee marketing department. It isn't going to happen.
94. Sue barely says anything biting in this whole episode.
95. Tina also doesn't say anything terrible, or anything at all really, so that's good.
96. There is basically no Klain at all, which is pretty unforgivable.
97. Looks like they'll be singing "Don't Stop Believing" next episode. Shocker.
98. Lilies are the lesbian of flowers, says Brittany.
99. Kurt is nostalgic and it's the cutest.
100. Mr. Schue says glee club is over. Cue the existential crisis.
A kids’ movie without the cheeky jokes for adults is like a big juicy BLT without the B… or the T. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted may have a title that sounds like it was made up in a cartoon sequel laboratory but when it comes to serving up laughs just think of the film as a BLT with enough extra bacon to satisfy even the wildest of animals — or even a parent with a gaggle of tots in tow. Yes even with that whole "Afro Circus" nonsense.
It’s not often that we find exhaustively franchised films like the Madagascar set that still work after almost seven years. Despite being spun off into TV shows and Christmas specials in addition to its big screen adventures the series has not only maintained its momentum it has maintained the part we were pleasantly surprised by the first time around: great jokes.
In this third installment of the series – the trilogy-maker if you will – directing duo Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath add Conrad Vernon (director Monsters Vs. Aliens) to the helm as our trusty gang swings back into action. Alex the lion (Ben Stiller) Marty the zebra (Chris Rock) Gloria the hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman the giraffe (David Schwimmer) are stuck in Africa after the hullaballoo of Madagascar 2 and they’ll do anything to get back to their beloved New York. Just a hop skip and a jump away in Monte Carlo the penguins are doing their usual greedy schtick but the zoo animals catch up with them just in time to catch the eye of the sinister animal control stickler Captain Dubois (Frances McDormand). And just like that the practically super human captain is chasing them through Monte Carlo and the rest of Europe in hopes of planting Alex’s perfectly coifed lion head on her wall of prized animals.
Luckily for pint-sized viewers Dubois’ terrifying presence is balanced out by her sheer inhuman strength uncanny guiles and Stretch Armstrong flexibility (ah the wonder of cartoons) as well as Alex’s escape plan: the New Yorkers run away with the European circus. While Dubois’ terrifying Doberman-like presence looms over the entire film a sense of levity (which is a word the kiddies might learn from Stiller’s eloquent lion) comes from the plan for salvation in which the circus animals and the zoo animals band together to revamp the circus and catch the eye of a big-time American agent. Sure the pacing throughout the first act is practically nonexistent running like a stampede through the jungle but by the time we're palling around under the big top the film finds its footing.
The visual splendor of the film (and man is there a champion size serving of it) the magnificent danger and suspense is enhanced to great effect by the addition of 3D technology – and not once is there a gratuitous beverage or desperate Crocodile Dundee knife waved in our faces to prove its worth. The caveat is that the soundtrack employs a certain infectious Katy Perry ditty at the height of the 3D spectacular so parents get ready to hear that on repeat until the leaves turn yellow.
But visual delights and adventurous zoo animals aside Madagascar 3’s real strength is in its script. With the addition of Noah Baumbach (Greenberg The Squid and the Whale) to the screenwriting team the script is infused with a heightened level of almost sarcastic gravitas – a welcome addition to the characteristically adult-friendly reference-heavy humor of the other Madagascar films. To bring the script to life Paramount enlisted three more than able actors: Vitaly the Siberian tiger (Bryan Cranston) Gia the Leopard (Jessica Chastain) and Stefano the Italian Sealion (Martin Short). With all three actors draped in European accents it might take viewers a minute to realize that the cantankerous tiger is one and the same as the man who plays an Albuquerque drug lord on Breaking Bad but that makes it that much sweeter to hear him utter slant-curse words like “Bolshevik” with his usual gusto.
Between the laughs the terror of McDormand’s Captain Dubois and the breathtaking virtual European tour the Zoosters’ accidental vacation is one worth taking. Madagascar 3 is by no means an insta-classic but it’s a perfectly suited for your Summer-at-the-movies oasis.