Twin Peaks director David Lynch fears he upset Kanye West by turning down the chance to take charge of the rapper's Blood On The Leaves video. The moviemaker, who directed a recent Duran Duran concert film, tells the Daily Beast he met with West after raving about the rap star's song in an interview and the odd couple discussed a video collaboration for the track.
He says, "I was going to do the music video for Blood on the Leaves, but it never happened. I didn't come up with any ideas that I thought he would like. Kanye came up to the house one day. Kanye's a good guy, and a great musician. I loved the song, and that's what brought us together, but I couldn't come up with ideas that thrilled either one of us.
"I feel I let him down a little bit."
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As much as we love Disney songs, we can't help but hold in even higher esteem Disney song parodies. A variety of cartoons, like The Simpsons, Family Guy, and The Critic, have given us particularly favortable, irreverent send-ups of our favorite just-a-bit-too-earnest classics from Walt's canon. Here are a few of the funniest, most clever, and all around catchiest Disney song parodies.
"See My Vest"
From: The SimpsonsA Parody of: "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the BeastDegree of Genius: High. Mr. Burns embracing the classic Disney showstopper to celebrate his love of animal furs is terrific macabre comedy.
"I Need a Jew"
From: Family Guy A Parody of: "When You Wish Upon a Star" from PinocchioDegree of Genius: Admittedly pretty clever, considering the fact that it's one long joke about Jewish stereotypes.
"Beauty and King Dork"
From: The CriticA Parody of: The title song from Beauty and the BeastDegree of Genius: It's a quick one, but the inclusion of singing dust busters, a Mork and Mindy reference, and Jay Sherman's attempts to cover up the embarrassing lyrics make for one of the best gags on the list.
"Just the Same Old Heroine"
From: AnimaniacsA Parody of: "Just Across the River Bend" from PocahontasDegree of Genius: Yes, it's a show directed at children, but it is easily the most biting, articulate satires of the Disney formula of the lot.
"Duff Beer for You, Duff Beer for Me"
From: The SimpsonsA Parody of:"It's a Small World"Degree of Genius: Well, it does accurately capture how horrifying and haunting that song is.
"The Surprises in Life"
From: AnimaniacsA Parody of: "Circle of Life" from The Lion KingDegree of Genius: As much a chronicling of man's inevitable existential crises as it is a Disney song parody, this one is just as likely to make you cry as it is to make you laugh. Deep stuff.
"It's a Wonderful Day for Pie"
From: Family GuyA Parody of: Disney schmaltz in generalDegree of Genius: Catchy, but not quite up to par with the likes of its peers.
From: The South Park movieA Parody of: "Part of Your World" from The Little MermaidDegree of Genius: True, this is a far looser parody than the others on the list, but Trey Parker and Matt Stone nail the tone and style of the Disney "I Want" number in general. And it's sung by Satan, so that makes things all the sweeter.
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British actress Sheridan Smith has been thanked by police for helping officers deal with an escaped cow. The Quartet star was driving in her car in Lincolnshire, England when she found an escaped bull blocking the road, so she called the emergency services to capture the animal.
Smith wrote in posts on Twitter.com on Wednesday (13Aug14), "Did my bit for nature today, there was a bullock... on the loose so I pulled my car across the road to stop traffic hitting it... rang police & the farmer & after a long chase the lovely beast was finally home & dry. Ahhh village life eh (sic)?!"
Local police officers posed for photos with the actress following the incident and wrote in a message to the star, "Thanks for your help I don't think he was happy being caught though (sic)."
Rocker Bret Michaels is preparing to bid farewell to two of his longtime bandmates when they perform together for the last time in Virginia on Thursday night (14Aug14). Dirty Ray and Lucky Chucky will bow out of the Poison frontman's solo tour line-up after a decade on the road with Michaels.
In a post on his website on Thursday afternoon, the singer writes, "Tonight’s show for me will be a very Bittersweet moment as two of my best friends and solo band members Bassist Dirty Ray and Drummer Lucky Chucky will exit as best of friends to pursue personal ventures and have helped to find their replacements Bad Boy Bart on Bass and The Manimal Magic Mike half man half beast on the drums.
"Ray and Chuck will be missed and are always considered my great friends. Thanks for over ten awesome years playing music, touring together and helping me continue to make music and living my dream. Rock on my brothers!
"I have chosen my home state of Pennsylvania to kick off the first show with (replacements) Bad Boy Bart and Manimal Magic Mike."
The two new band members will make their debut with Michaels in Reading, Pennsylvania on Friday (15Aug14).
"He is nearing six months. We did just take him to the doctor, and he's an enormous child. He's in the 95 percentile for height and weight. So I've got a beast on my hands." New mum Megan Fox reveals her son Bodhi is a big boy for his age.
Rapper A$Ap Rocky is set to release a documentary chronicling his time as the opening act for Rihanna's Diamonds Tour last year (13).
The five-part series, titled SVDDXNLY (Suddenly), will premiere on website Noisey.vice.com on 5 August (14) and will feature appearances from Drake, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg.
Director and producer David Laven tells The Hollywood Reporter, "He's been on a rapid rise, and it's kind of the thing about the film title - it may not be so straightforward, but he rose to fame overnight."
"Literally, two days in (to filming)... Rocky was just like, 'Can you guys just stay with us the whole tour?'... We came back and started editing, and this seven-minute piece we were going to make turned into an hour-long film."
The series will also include songs from the hip-hop star's upcoming instrumental album Beauty & The Beast: Slowed Down Sessions (Chapter 1).
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Snarky live-tweeters, start preparing your best one-liners: NBC's got another live musical coming to your teleivison screens, and the casting process for Peter Pan Live! has finally begun. This time around, though, it will be Allison Williams who will endure the brunt of the Internet's sarcasm, as THR announced this morning that the Girls star is set to take on the title role. Williams, whose talent for singing has become the premise for many an episode of the hit HBO show, will join Christopher Walken, who has already been cast as Captain Hook in what will likely be the strangest cast ever assembled.
Still, as Twitter started pitching Girls and Peter Pan mashups and YouTube started re-cutting Marnie's music video to fit in scenes of the classic film, we couldn't help but think it was slightly unfair that Williams was the only cast member getting the Disney treatment. After all, doesn't everyone dream about being a princess or fighting pirates or hanging out with enchanted silverware? Shouldn't Lena Dunham and Co. get the chance to experience some magic as well? In an attempt to spread the happiness and pixie dust around, we've matched each member of the Girls cast with their Disney counterpart, including a slightly more fitting option for Williams, should everything go perfectly on December 4.
Jemima Kirke: Alice, Alice in Wonderland Alice is by far the dreamiest Disney character, which makes her the perfect fit for Girls’ resident free-spirit. Like Alice, Kirke is probably thinking about whatever avant-garde, slightly-odd-but-mostly-cool things she has going on at the moment instead of paying attention to whatever you’re saying, she probably hangs out with all kinds of edgy, eccentric people, and she’s probably brave and plucky enough to find her way through any surreal situation she finds herself in. Although, if we’re being honest, her style is probably much closer to the Mad Hatter than Alice’s boring dress and apron combo.
Allison Williams: Marie, The Artistocats Allison Williams is the prim and proper member of the Girls cast, the girly, impeccably put together one, so no offense to Peter Pan, but if she were any Disney character, she would most likely be the feminine, feisty Marie from The Aristocats. Sure, they can both have divisive personalities, but neither one is the type to back down from a challenge, and besides, there’s nobody out there with better manners, hair or fashion sense. Just imagine Williams in a big pink bow – it fits her personality perfectly, doesn’t it?
Zosia Mamet: Piglet, Winnie the Pooh While Zosia Mamet isn’t quite as neurotic or anxious as Shoshanna, she’s still the perfect match for Pooh Bear’s best friend. Both are the tiniest ones in their group of friends, both have a tendency to talk quickly and ramble on during conversations, and both seem like they’re perpetually worried about something they probably have no control over. Most importantly, though, both seem like they’d be happiest curled up with a big cup of tea and a good book.
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Lena Dunham: Belle, Beauty and the Beast The first thing we learn about Belle is that she’s not like anyone else in her village, and everyone thinks she’s weird because of it. The first thing we learned about Lena Dunham when Girls premiered in 2012 was that she was going to be unlike anyone else on TV, and most people thought she was weird because of it. Plus, both have a love of literature – Belle reads constantly and Dunham has a book coming out soon – and they both hang out with an eccentric cast of characters. Belle’s friends just happen to be sentient household items.
Adam Driver: Roger, 101 Dalmatians Adam Driver is probably the least like his character on Girls, which makes him difficult to match up to a Disney character. Still, in the end, there’s one clear winner among all of the Princes and talking animals: Roger, the charming, artistic, slightly goofy hero from 101 Dalmatians. Like Roger, Driver is all arms and legs, towering over everyone else around him, both are incredibly dedicated to their work, and both have partners (off-screen, in Driver’s case) that describe them as brilliant. And really, what is “Please Mr. Kennedy” if not the “Cruella De Vil” of its time?
Alex Karpovsky: Milo, Atlantis: The Lost Empire Perhaps the most underrated member of the Girls cast, Alex Karpovsky often gets overlooked in favor of his more attention-grabbing or taller cast members. So it only seemed appropriate to match him with someone equally underrated, from a likewise-underrated film: Milo, the protagonist of Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Both are slightly nerdy, both are big-hearted, both are intelligent and both are generally forgotten in conversations about HBO or Disney. It’s okay, guys, we appreciate you.
British pop band Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine have paid tribute to their touring talisman Jon 'fat' Beast following his death at the age of 51. The Only Living Boy In New Cross hitmakers employed Beast as a compere and warm-up act on tour, and he quickly became a hit with fans for encouraging them to bellow an insulting chant about his weight.
Beast became a permanent fixture at the band's live shows, and the duo - Jim 'Jim Bob' Morrison and Les 'Fruitbat' Carter - have posted a message on their official website as a tribute to their pal following his death on Sunday (27Jul14).
They are also helping to promote an online campaign to raise money for Beast's family.
The statement reads, "We were very saddened to hear that the legendary Jon Fat Beast passed away this morning. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Jon's legacy is many things but none of them are financial. If Carter fans would like to help give him a decent send off that would be brilliant."
Beast had been battling ill health but the cause of his death has not been made public.
Morrison tells British newspaper The Independent, "He didn't have any money and he had been in and out of hospital for the past few years. We got a message a couple of days ago that he was quite seriously ill then pretty much a day later we found out he had died...
"He was a very lovable character. He asked us to come on tour but we said no and he just turned up. The audiences really liked him."
Pan's Labyrinth star Alex Angulo has died in a car accident. The veteran Spanish actor, who was nominated for Goya Awards three times, was 61 when he passed away over the weekend (19-20Jul14).
He appeared in over 60 films after choosing acting as a career in his early 20s, following a stint as a teacher.
He made his movie debut in Accion Mutante in 1993, and earned Goya nominations for performances in The Day of the Beast, Dying of Laughter and The Great Vazquez.
He played the role of Doctor in Guillermo del Toro's cult 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth.
A live-action version of Disney animated classic Dumbo is in the works. Transformers franchise writer Ehren Kruger has been tapped to pen the script for the upcoming feature, which will introduce a family arc into the story, in addition to the original tale about a circus elephant with big ears who befriends a mouse and learns how to fly, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The original film was released in 1941 and won an Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture.
This isn't the only live-action version of an animated film in the works by Disney executives - they are also developing a Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella remake.