"I have four children and I cannot imagine walking through life every day knowing there were people on earth who wanted to take my four children's lives and my wife's life. And then to leave and go and do it anyway. The question I asked myself constantly was, 'How did he do it?'" David Oyelowo on his admiration for slain civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who he portrays in new movie Selma.
The Prodigy star Liam Howlett has hit out at the modern wave of dance music DJs, branding them "mindless jokers" and accusing them of "laziness" for using pre-programmed setlists at gigs. The Firestarter hitmakers are preparing to release their first new album for six years in March (15), and they have revealed they were galvanised into making a new record after seeing an unnamed star DJ at a concert on the Spanish party island of Ibiza.
Howlett tells British magazine Guide, "We did a gig in Ibiza, and I'm not a great fan of the place, but it isn't an attack on the island, it's an attack on these mindless f**king jokers that arrive in their Learjets, pull a USB stick out of their pockets, plug it in and wave their hands in the air to a pre-programmed mix.
"I can't name names, but our lighting guy pulled out a CD, and said this is blah blah blah's set, and I'm like, 'What do you mean?' Turns out that our lighting guy plays it from the front of house while this DJ is onstage pretending to push buttons.
"Maybe I'm an angry person, but I was infuriated by this laziness. What's all that s**t about? You can't build a scene around that, it's never going to last or be credible. What happened to spontaneity, man? To a beat that comes out of nowhere, like, 'Rarrrr!' I still get a buzz off that. So I went out of my way on this record to avoid any of the typical dance music s**t."
David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey were among the stars who turned out for a special screening of their movie Selma at the White House. The British actor, who plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in the civil rights drama, met U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during the event on Friday (16Jan15) at their official residence in Washington, D.C.
He attended with his wife, Jessica, and their kids as well as his father Stephen, and New York Post gossip column Page Six reports that Obama was full of praise for Oyelowo's young son, saying, "As handsome as David is, I am sure we'll see a lot more from his son, who is even more handsome."
Selma star/producer Winfrey was also on hand for the screening along with director Ava DuVernay and rapper Common, who collaborated with John Legend on the film's Oscar-nominated song Glory.
British rocker Noel Gallagher has vowed never to let his collaborative album with psychedelic collective Amorphous Androgynous "see the light of day" because he can't be bothered to re-mix the whole record. The former Oasis star initially announced the project in 2012, but he subsequently revealed he was "not happy" with any of the mixes the experimental rockers had turned in and warned fans the music may not get the release they had planned.
At the time, Gallagher admitted he was just too exhausted to work on the album after the success of his debut solo record and tour, and now he claims the original tracks will remain buried for good.
He tells NME magazine, "Initially, when they delivered it, they managed to pull off the trick of recording the quietest CD of all time.
"When I got it, I couldn't hear it and was like, 'Is it broke (sic)?' But for all the great ideas on it... I was in the middle of a tour, that last album had blown up, the mixes weren't right. And by the time I got back off tour I was just like, 'I'm not f**king putting out another record, I can't be arsed'. I was frazzled and had glandular fever. I was f**ked."
However, that doesn't mean Gallagher won't be using aspects of the experimental songs for his own new material after revealing his track The Right Stuff, from his upcoming album Chasing Yesterday, began life as an Amorphous Androgynous collaboration.
He says, "The (song) in this record is vastly different from the first one, which had a lot of noodling and f**king about. It's become quite psychedelic, jazz, f**king whatever you wanna call it."
"As we were walking, David (Oyelowo) was like, 'Wow, this is quite a spectacle, isn't it?' This was nothing like the walk they took originally, but I think to have the spirit and energy of the movie resonate in such a way with the people of the community... you live for that." Selma producer and actress Oprah Winfrey was blown away by the turn out and enthusiasm of locals in Selma, Alabama on Sunday (18Jan15), when they joined the film's stars to march through the city to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1965 civil rights protest, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., that provided the backbone for the Oscar-nominated movie.
"I think we all have this understanding that he was this womanising, syphilitic, bloated, genocidal Elvis-like character. The truth is, he had a 32-inch waist and he remained that way for quite a long time. He was the pre-eminent sportsman in his court. He was much taller than anyone else. His beautiful, pale complexion was often remarked upon by commentators... You might see him composing something on the lute." Homeland star Damian Lewis on his portrayal of English king Henry VIII in the upcoming BBC adaptation of Dame Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.
Oprah Winfrey and her Selma castmates celebrated America's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day early on Sunday (18Jan15) by marching through Alabama with civil right activists. Hundreds joined Selma producer and star Oprah, director Ava DuVernay and leading men David Oyelowo and Common, among others, as they marked the 1965 protest that provided the backbone for the Oscar-nominated movie.
The quartet and activists marched from Selma City Hall to the city's Edmund Pettus Bridge, where civil rights protesters were beaten by police officers 50 years ago this year.
This time the peaceful protest ended with Common and John Legend performing their Golden Globe-winning song Glory from the film.
Americans celebrate Dr. King's birthday on Monday (19Jan15).
Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons and Darryl 'Dmc' Mcdaniels celebrated the 30th anniversary of their pioneering rap group Run-Dmc at their first U.K. show in more than a decade on Sunday (19Jan15). The duo performed hits including It's Tricky, King Of Rock and My Adidas at London's Scala as part of a gig to mark the 30th anniversary of Vodafone's first U.K. mobile call.
McDaniels and Simmons were joined by Game Of Thrones actor Raleigh Ritchie at one point as he realised a lifelong dream to perform with the rappers on a rendition of their Aerosmith collaboration Walk This Way.
The duo also took time out to pay tribute to late DJ Jason 'Jam Master Jay' Mizell during the set.
Mizell was murdered in a studio altercation in Queens, New York, in 2002.
Calling on fans at the gig to wave peace signs above their heads in tribute, Simmons said, "Several years ago my DJ was killed by violence. We need to stop the violence in hip-hop. This is for Jam Master Jay, our former soldier."