Tragic blues icon Janis Joplin is set to be immortalised on a postage stamp thanks to officials at the U.S. Postal Service. The Piece of My Heart singer is the latest addition to the organisation's Music Icons series, which has previously included Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, whose stamp was released in March (14).
Joplin's stamp features a photo of the smiling star, wearing round-rimmed, tinted sunglasses and a feather boa draped over her head from the cover of her 1972 In Concert album.
The stamp will go on sale in August (14).
Joplin died from a drug overdose in 1970.
Former Private Practice star Kate Walsh showed off her pole dancing skills during a visit to Ellen DeGeneres' U.S. daytime talk show on Tuesday (15Apr14). The actress donned a feather boa and attempted a series of sexy dance moves in a bid to earn more followers on Twitter. Thanks to the viral video, Walsh garnered at least 13,000 more followers, taking her total to over 513,000.
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Forget the television commercials that try to reduce August: Osage County to either some madcap romp or some cheery family comedy. This film is dark. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts, who adapted his script for this big screen version, the black humor of the play does not necessarily translate on screen. Instead, it feels like a bleak downward spiral of a family so full of bitterness and resentment, it’s on the verge of implosion.
As directed by John Wells, the film version of August: Osage County may not feel like a fun movie, but it’s a terrific study of a family on the brink. As he steers the drama to slow-burning heights, anger both repressed and unchecked coil around each other like two boa constrictors trying to consume the other. The lengthy conversations swell to epic confrontations that are a sight to behold.
The cast offer up sincere performances that take the story to another arena that’s more heartbreak than humorous. Violet (Meryl Streep) first appears on screen with short-cropped gray, scraggly hair, chain smoking while both cursing and sweet-talking her husband (Sam Shepard) in a drunken stupor as he attempts to hire service aide Johnna (Misty Upham). “Are you an injun?” Violet asks her.
Violet is an old time "casual racist." But she also has mouth cancer and a habit of abusing pain killers. She seems constantly on the edge of boiling over. She can’t seem to bear her proximity to the end while everyone else watches. Hell hath no fury like a narcissist on the edge of death.
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The target of much of her anger falls on, but is not limited to, her three daughters. She treats eldest Barbara (Julia Roberts) as a threatening equal (dad’s favorite), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson) with passive-aggressive disdain and the youngest, Karen (Juliette Lewis), with mean, outright insignificance. It’s such a varied pallet of abuse that it would be decadent if it didn’t come off as so cruel. All actresses hold their own, feeding off Streep and the rich script, which offers up one skeleton after another in the family’s history of unresolved issues.
Streep’s work in August: Osage County could be among the best of her many great performances. She plays an unlikable, often cruel character, which is all the more reason to appreciate how she can turn the angry, abusive matriarch into a sympathetic woman. In the end, your heart will break for what she knows have been missteps in raising a family. Too egotistical a wretch to rise above her failures for a kind word, she seems to clash with her own zealous pride, which gradually unravels through the course of the film.
Wells, who comes to this film — his second feature — after directing several episodes for the Showtime dysfunctional family series Shameless, also seems inspired by the source material. He dresses up the mise-en-scene appropriately. The film’s washed out browns and yellows capture the rotting malaise of a family barreling toward disintegration. The music is moving in parts, if somewhat manipulative. This is an emotional roller-coaster of a film.
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Ultimately, as it’s based on a play, August: Osage County is about performances. Wells gives the actors plenty of room to tear into the material, even if it fails to rise to the play’s black comedy. But who cares if August: Osage County does not necessarily pull that off? It instead offers a rather twisted, morose family drama that features some of the year’s best acting turns.
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Actor/rocker Jared Leto has a transgender Dallas, Texas teen to thank for his transformation in new movie Dallas Buyers Club because a long chat with him helped the star perfect his role as Rayon in the film. Leto's performance has earned him considerable Oscar buzz and he reveals the role really took off after an emotional meeting with a fan of his rock act Thirty Seconds to Mars.
The actor was interviewing devotees for the group's new Closer to the Edge film and when he said goodbye to one teenager, called Daniel, he knew the kid had more to say.
Leto tells Nylon magazine, "I went to give him a hug goodbye, and I felt, like, a bandage... I said to my camera guy, 'Go get his mom'. And his mom comes over and starts crying and says, 'Daniel has been living as a boy for months now, and I don't know what to do. I want to accept her, but I'm also confused.'
"The girl was bound, hiding her breasts. So we got her back in there and sat down for this phenomenal interview. It was amazing, all the wisdom that flowed out of this young kid , as is often the case with people challenged with these obstacles... That set me off on the right foot.
"In Hollywood, we often see this role as the drag queen, dancing on the table in the feather boa - cliche, a stereotype. That experience with Daniel was one of the reasons I played Rayon as a transsexual and not a drag queen."
Transformers star Anthony Anderson was left red-faced when his teenage son shouted out his parents' safe sex phrase while dad was beating him with kinky toys. The actor admits he was disciplining his son after he had been suspended from school - and, after chasing him into his bedroom, he started using items from his bedside "love chest" to "whoop his a**".
Anderson tells U.S. chat show host Arsenio Hall, "I coaxed him to run into my bedroom because I got this new toy that my wife didn't know about that I was gonna use on her a little bit later that night... It's a four-part harness unit that I restrain her by her wrist and her ankles, so it's under the bed ready.
"Little did my son know I'm surprising him with it now, so he jumps on the bed, I jump on his back, I throw the Velcro cuffs around him and he's looking at me, like, 'What the hell?'
"He's strong, he breaks one of the straps and kicks the belt out my hand. Our love chest is next to the bed, so I start digging in the love chest and whooping his a** with things in there - I'm pulling out boa feathers (sic), I'm pulling out soft leather straps... and I'm about to come down on him and my son just looks at me and his eyes go wide and he goes, 'Blueberry cupcake, blueberry cupcake...'
"I immediately stopped. I said, 'Oh my God, where did you learn that word (sic) from?' He said, 'I hear momma scream it sometimes and the noise stops...' Blueberry cupcake is our safe word."
Spritz on some perfume and get to work, because the wait for Britney Spears' new album is over! Sure, it isn't technically released until next week, but the pop superstar announced via her Instagram account that her eighth studio album, Britney Jean, will be available to stream for free on iTunes all week... just in time for your long, holiday car ride. But, in order to appreciate the new album, and the Spears of today, we must first pay homage to the superstar of yesteryear, by celebrating the streaming of Britney Jean with a Week of Britney.
We've come up with a week's worth of Spears-themed activities that celebrate all of the great eras of her career, all week long, so that you're prepared for the album's release on December 3.
Day One: ...Baby One More TimeIn order to best capture the spirit of Spears' debut album, you'll need to ensure that your wardrobe consists primarily of crop tops and baggy cargo pants, perfect for dancing on boardwalks or basketball courts. If you're a truly dedicated fan, go all out with a replica of the schoolgirl outfit work by Spears in the "Baby One More Time" video, although clunky, square heeled shoes and pink hair pom poms are required for accuracy. Spend your morning on the beach, staring emotionally out towards the ocean, and dancing underneath the boardwalk, before treating your friends to milkshakes that you deliver on roller blades. Make sure to chew plenty of bubble gum during the day, so that people understand that you're trying to physically embody the idea of bubble gum pop. End your day with a double billing of Drive Me Crazy and Spears' episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Day Two: Oops! I Did It AgainThe wardrobe for day two is a bit more complicated, as there is really only one outfit that sums up Spear's second album: the red leather catsuit from her "Oops! I Did It Again" music video. If you've got some spare time on your hands, give sewing your own custom catsuit a try. But if you need to buy one, ensure that it includes both a mock turtleneck and another pair of awkward, clunky shoes. After you've finished rescuing the Hope Diamond from the depths of the ocean, spend your afternoon learning the chair choreography from the "Stronger" video. If your family has arrived early for Thanksgiving, perform it for them wearing a nude-colored, sequined two-piece outfit like the one Spears wore for her 2011 VMAs performance. Finally, wind down by perching atop the highest balcony in your home, wearing your favorite pink ballgown over some jeans (to give it a casual twist), and sprinkle glitter down onto the people below.
Day Three: BritneyYou've grown up some now, so it's time to showcase your new-found adulthood with plenty of ripped jeans, strategically unbuttoned white shirts, and smoky eye makeup that you forgot to take off three days ago. Most of your day will be spent dancing in dingy warehouses or opulent penthouses, although you will finally be able to wear more stylish shoes. To ensure that your performances are as accurate as possible, borrow a yellow boa constrictor to wear around your neck. Around sunset, find a nice, quiet spot in the desert to contemplate the fact that although you're no longer a girl, you're not yet a woman. Make sure that your jeans are as torn up about the situation as you are. Finally, finish off the evening with a re-watch of the cinematic masterpiece that is Crossroads, and re-enact the pivotal karaoke scene with your friends. If you've spent the last few days dating the most famous member of a boy band, now if the time to break things off and explore your independence.
Day Four: In The ZoneToday will involve several costume changes, in order to properly reflect the growth and change that Spears underwent during this time in her life. If you are flying somewhere for the holidays, choose the most attractive person on your flight, and using your dance moves, seduce them into revealing themselves as some sort of spy. If you're travelling on land, why not rent a motorcycle? Use the weird scarves tied to your arm to lure a handsome stranger into riding with you through the city at night. Once you've arrived at your destination, change into an oversized white button-down and a baseball cap, and make your way through the throngs of paparazzi into your bathroom to take a long, relaxing bath and reflect on the end of your relationship with that boybander. When you're done, change into some denim shorts and Ugg boots, and then unwind with several bags of Cheetos and a few episodes of Britney and Kevin: Chaotic. If you can, try and find a backup dancer of your own to marry.
Day Five: Blackout After you start of the day with a weird, mumbling, awkward rendition of "Gimme More," divorce the backup dancer you married yesterday and accessorize all of your outfits with a bobbed, hot pink wig. Although you'll continue to give the people around you music to dance to, spend the day relaxing and recovering from the stresses of following in Spears' footsteps. Finally, when you're ready, end the night by collecting an armful of VMA moon men and begin launching your first of several comebacks.
Day Six: Circus Most of your day will consist of performing, so if you could find a way to build your own personal three-ring circus to use as a stage, that would be ideal. If not, why not try causing chaos in your office by singing to one of your co-workers about him being a "womanizer"? Or, instead, get into the Thanksgiving spirit by donning your best '50s housewife ensemble and baking a pie, before reverting back to your flamboyant stage outfits? When all of your work is done, enjoy spending plenty of quality time with your family before capping off the evening with Spears' Glee tribute episodes. Feel free to take inspiration from the characters and recreate as many iconic Spears moments as you can, preferably in that miniature circus you built earlier.
Day Seven: Femme FataleSince the week is winding down, it's time to have a dance party with Spears' album Femme Fatale. For your wardrobe, stick with with black and white, and make liberal use of accessories like elbow length-gloves and a giant, feathery vest. Make sure to decorate your room with all of the gold and platinum records you've sold in order to provide the ideal backdrop for dancing until the world (or just the night) ends. After you're done dancing, find yourself a comfortable seat, and have your friends and family sing for you, while you judge them on whether or no they've got the X Factor. Recruit your annoyingly self-absorbed cousin to sit next to you and talk in a British accent. Cap off your evening by watching The Smurfs 2 with some of the younger members of your family, and relax before it's time to get back to work, b**ch.
Once you've completed your Week of Britney, you're all ready to buy Britney Jean when it's released on December 3.
Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has spoofed Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball video by stripping down to a thong for a hilarious skit. Cyrus' latest music video featured the former child star swinging naked on a wrecking ball and licking a sledge hammer, and fun-loving Hogan couldn't wait shoot his own version of the racy clip.
The surreal advert for Hogan's new web hosting company Hostamania opens with two men eating coloured crayons before the wrestler enters wearing a thong and feather boa and riding a wrecking ball.
The clip ends with Hogan slapping his own butt while still clinging to the steel pendulum.
Now that two film adaptations of kid-lit classic Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs are bonafide box office hits, Hollywood should be back at the well, seeking out the next family blockbuster. We're shocked that some of our favorite childhood reads have yet to be optioned and CGI-ed into marketable films. For your consideration, here are five such tiny tomes we hope get the adaptation treatment someday soon.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
The Wayside series, like other books on our list, was adapted for a TV special. But the weird and wonderful world of that absurdist middle school has the potential to be magic on the big screen. Fitting in every detail of all the 30th-story students would be impossible, but we demand at least the inclusion of Sammy, a kid who turned out to be a dead rat in a raincoat, and Jenny, who wears a motocycle helmet and has a dog named What.
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble
Reading Rainbow graduates will remember the tale of Jimmy's escaped pet. The book details the madcap events of a very chaotic school field trip and definitely calls for a big-budget animated feature.
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
This one is a no-brainer. The ode to motherly devotion would inspire massive ticket sales to its weepy fans and might even have some Oscar potential with the right casting. Paging Meryl Streep.
The Amelia Bedelia Series by Peggy Parish
Tom Hanks's name has been attached to this project for several years, but we still don't have the Amelia Bedelia movie the world so desperately deserves. May we suggest Melissa McCarthy as a wild card to play the confused housekeeper?
Superfudge by Judy Blume
Generation Y would come out in droves to see a skillful adaptation of Judy Blume's story of sibling rivalry. And it would make a star out of the unknown kid chosen to play Fudge, the world's most annoying little brother.
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