Country legend Dolly Parton stole the show at Britain's Glastonbury Festival on Sunday (29Jun14) as she fulfilled her "lifetime" dream by performing at the event to an audience of more than 100,000 fans.
The field in front of the main stage was packed to capacity for the veteran singer's hotly-anticipated late afternoon set, and she walked on to the stage as the huge crowd chanted her name. Wearing a sparkly silver and white top with matching trousers, Parton ran through a volley of classics including Jolene, 9 to 5, Coat of Many Colors, I Will Always Love You, Islands in the Stream, and a medley of hits including Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You and Real Love.
She was joined onstage by rocker Richie Sambora for her version of Lay Your Hands On Me, and she even performed a rendition of late British funnyman Benny Hill's TV show theme tune and a bizarre new track inspired by the festival's famous mud. Parton also thrilled the crowd by recalling several amusing anecdotes from her career, and told them it was her ultimate ambition to perform at the iconic festival, saying, "It is such an honour and such a thrill to be here at Glastonbury Festival. I've been waiting a lifetime for this... This is a real thrill and a real treat."
The country icon's set took place shortly after she was presented with a special plaque by Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis to celebrate surpassing 100 million album sales worldwide. During the presentation, she said, "I've been so busy making records for the past several decades, I didn't realise I had racked up so many sales. What a great honour to know that I have so many fans that have supported me through the years... I feel very honoured and proud."
British rockers Kasabian are due to close the festival on Sunday night.
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Sandra Bullock's space thriller Gravity added to its trophy haul on Thursday (26Jun14) by winning five prizes at the annual Saturn Awards. The blockbuster was named Best Science Fiction Film, Bullock picked up Best Actress and Alfonso Cuaron was named Best Director, while the movie also took prizes in the editing and special/visual effects categories.
Spike Jonze's Her was also a top winner, taking Best Fantasy Film, Best Writing, and Best Supporting Actress for Scarlett Johansson.
Iron Man 3 was named Best Comic-to-film Motion Picture, while its stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Sir Ben Kingsley were hailed as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.
In the TV categories, Hannibal and Revolution tied for the Best Network Television Series Release award. Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen was named best TV actor and best TV actress went to Vera Farmiga for Bates Motel.
Supporting trophies went to Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Melissa McBride (The Walking Dead).
Malcolm McDowell was honoured with a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his five-decade career in Hollywood.
The annual ceremony celebrates the best of science fiction, fantasy and horror films.
Country superstar Keith Urban gave his wife Nicole Kidman the ultimate wedding anniversary present at a gig on Wednesday (25Jun14) when he dedicated a song he wrote about their relationship to the actress.
The You'll Think of Me hitmaker was onstage in Melbourne, Australia when he turned his attention to his wife of eight years, who was in the audience. After a fan shouted out "Happy anniversary!", Urban responded, "It is tonight. My wife and I are celebrating eight years of marriage tonight. And she's here tonight."
He then recalled a moment before their wedding, which inspired a track titled Once in a Lifetime. Urban said, "This is a true story... Nic and I had just gotten engaged in September of 2005. And we were planning our wedding, which was going to take place here in Australia, in June. "A couple months or so before our wedding, we were in our hotel and we were talking about the future and I could tell that Nic was getting very nervous about the thought of marrying me. It's a big thing you know. It's a big thing to get married. It takes an enormous amount of trust and a leap of faith."
The singer continued to reassure Kidman, who was previously married to Tom Cruise, that he was going to be "her man, forever", hoping there was a way to show her that he would never leave her side.
The day after their conversation, Urban hit the music studio and wrote Once in a Lifetime, which he dusted off for fans - and Kidman - on Wednesday.
He said, "This is called Once in a Lifetime. Eight years, baby girl, this is for you tonight my love; I love you so much."
Spanish writer Ana Maria Matute has died. She was 88. She suffered a heart attack in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday (25Jun14), according to her son.
Hailed as one of the greatest authors of post-Civil War Spain, she was best know for her works Los Abel (The Abels) and Los Soldados Lloran de Noche (Soldiers Cry By Night).
Her last novel, Family Demons, is set to be published posthumously in September (14).
Matute garnered many of her homeland's top literary prizes during her career, including The Miguel de Cervantes Prize, an accolade honouring the lifetime work of writers using the Spanish language.
Mel Gibson will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic in July (14). The Braveheart star will follow in the footsteps Dame Helen Mirren, Jude Law and John Malkovich when he receives the Crystal Globe award in recognition of his career as an actor, producer and director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, festival tradition dictates that the recipient creates a short, humorous film featuring the accolade, which is used as a trailer in following years.
The 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival runs from 4-12 July (14).
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R&B legend Diana Ross is reportedly giving her son Evan the wedding present of a lifetime by performing when he marries singer Ashlee Simpson. The couple is thought to be tying the knot in August (14), and Simpson's soon-to-be mother-in-law will take on the role of wedding singer, according to E! News.
The insider also reveals The Supremes icon will be joined on stage by her daughter Rhonda Ross Kendrick. Ross and Simpson will reportedly exchange vows at one of his mother's sprawling mansions in either Los Angeles or Connecticut, and fellow music legends Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson are expected to be among the guests.
This will be actor Ross' first wedding and the second for Simpson, who was married to Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz from 2008 to 2011. She has a six-year-old son, Bronx Mowgli, with the rocker.
Veteran Kiss star Gene Simmons is set to share the secrets to his business success in a new self-help book. The heavy rocker is working on Me, Inc.: Build An Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business in a bid to share lessons learned on his road to success and help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their ideas into money-making machines.
Describing Simmons as a "marketing and finance wizard" and "the quintessential self-made man", a statement from executives at HarperCollins Publishers reads: "KISS did not become one of the most successful rock bands in history by accident.
"Long before they first took the stage, Gene Simmons and (bandmate) Paul Stanley had a clear-cut operating plan for their business. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages over 3,000 licensed merchandise items.
"In addition to KISS, Simmons' lucrative ventures include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record company. A recipient of the Forbes lifetime achievement award, this brilliant executive runs all of his businesses on his own - no personal assistant, few handlers, and as little red tape as possible."
The book is due for release later this year (14).
Simmons is already an established author - he teamed up with Stanley for the 2012 release Nothin' To Lose to tell the story of the group's formation back in 1973.
Between their grown-up adaptations of Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind and their upcoming biopic slate, which includes films about Whitney Houston and Aaliyah, Lifetime is re-establishing itself as the go-to channel for tactless entertainment. Sure, it’s not high art, but it is fun to watch with a few drinks and a carton of ice cream, and what else do you really need after a long week? Still, one of their upcoming films has the potential to take that absurdity and turn it into must-see TV: The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.
Based on multiple independently-conducted interviews – and not, thankfully, Dustin Diamond’s 2009 memoir – the film will chronicle all of Bayside’s dirtiest secrets, and promises to change the way you look at the classic teen comedy, if you’re one of the few who made it through Diamond’s press tour without being traumatized. Thus far, all that’s been revealed is the cast, who you can check out on BuzzFeed, but the network is keeping the lid on what kind of shocking secrets will make it into the film. Going by the rumors, speculation and secondhand gossip that have circulated over the years, though, we’d say the film has plenty of shocking revelations up its sleeve; the Saved by the Bell story has it all.
Sex If you believe even a fraction of what Diamond wrote in his memoir, everyone was hooking up with one another behind the scenes at Bayside. And we do mean everybody: all three girls are rumored to have slept with Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffany-Amber Theissen slept with a few of the show’s memorable guest stars, and Diamond was apparently picking up girls left and right at Disneyland. What else would you expect to happen with a bunch of teenagers stuck together for hours on end?
Drugs Despite the gang’s memorable refusal of drug use on the show, Diamond maintains that everyone was actually getting high off-camera. Apparently, Theissen's dressing room was the place to hang out if you were interested in lighting up. The actor formerly known as Screech also alleged that Gosselaar was using steroids during his time on the show, which the latter had since denied. Whether it’s true or not, you can bet it’ll show up in the movie.
Scandal Between the rumors of NBC paying hush money to a girl who accused Lopez of sexually assaulting her, Diamond’s revelation that he had a relationship with Linda Mancuso, the network’s Head of Children’s Programming, and the speculation that executives and producers were abusing their power over the stars of the show, there are more potential twists and turns in this story than all of V.C. Andrews’ novels put together.
Falls From Grace After spending five years as straight-laced Jessie Spano, Elizabeth Berkley decided to branch out with a role in the NC-17 cult classic Showgirls, a move that sent her career into a tailspin for years afterwards, even if it did give the world a new way to pronounce “Versace.” Thanks to his father’s mishandling of his Saved by the Bell earnings, Diamond went broke as an adult. Although, if he hadn’t needed the money, he might never have written his wonderfully terrible memoir, and there would so much less juicy Saved by the Bell gossip in the world…
In-Fighting With this many teenagers in one place, there must have been plenty of drama. Though there haven’t been too many fights or feuds at Bayside, Diamond does maintain that he was picked on and left out of things by the rest of the cast. Maybe they were just trying to help him get into character?
Sweet '80s Fashions Saved by the Bell was on during the finest period in American fashion: the late '80s and early '90s. Since everything is more ridiculous in hindsight, expect plenty of acid-washed denim, teased hair, garish print and color combinations, crop tops and bows – and that was just Kelly’s wardrobe. We don’t even know how they’re going to tackle every ridiculous thing that Slater wore.
The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story premieres on September 1 at 9pm on Lifetime. We're so excited, we're so scared!
Actors Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mario Lopez are set to have their lives played out on the small screen in a new made-for-TV movie about their popular teen sitcom Saved By The Bell.
A film titled The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story is set to premiere on America's Lifetime network on 1 September (14), chronicling the behind-the-scenes drama at the programme, which ended its four-season run in 1993.
According to Variety.com, the film is based on interviews with the cast and crew members, and will also include events depicted in actor Dustin Diamond's 2009 memoir, Behind the Bell, which details offscreen relationships and cast members' personal problems.
The original casting director for Saved by the Bell, Robin Lippin, was tapped to find modern-day equivalents for the main group of actors. The film's cast includes Degrassi: The Next Generation's Dylan Everett as Gosselaar, Shameless actor Sam Kindseth as Diamond, and Supernatural star Tiera Skovbye as Elizabeth Berkley.