New York's Electric Zoo festival has been cut short due to storms. Music fans were evacuated from the the Randall's Island event on Sunday (31Aug14) as extreme weather conditions threatened to cause havoc at the site.
Organisers have apologised to festival-goers, stating, "Ultimately our main concern is for the safety and security of all attendees, artists and staff."
Kaskade and Skrillex were all scheduled to headline the three-day event's final night when it was cancelled.
The second day of Jay Z's Made in America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was also affected by severe weather conditions.
Fans were asked to leave the site and find cover in "protected areas" late on Sunday afternoon, and after about an hour, gates were re-opened around 7.30pm local time.
As a result of the storm delay, the acts scheduled to perform the rest of the night were pushed back an hour, with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Tiesto, and Kings of Leon set to close out the two-day festival.
Kings of Leon star Nathan Followill, who is making his stage comeback after a tour bus accident derailed the band's North American tour, took to Twitter.com to pray for better weather, writing, "Dear thunderstorm, please go away so I can play some rock and or roll. So much for it always being sunny in Philadelphia."
Reclusive singer Kate Bush credits her son Bertie with inspiring her to return to performing live. The Wuthering Heights hitmaker made her stage comeback at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday night (26Aug14), 35 years after her last tour.
Her 16-year-old son Bertie features in the three-hour production and Bush thanks him in the concert's programme for being the driving force behind her return.
She writes, "Without my son Bertie, this would never have happened. Without his encouragement and enthusiasm, particularly in the early stages when I was very frightened to commit to pushing the 'go' button, I'm sure I would have backed out.
"Throughout he has been my chief consultant, my editor, my confidant. In order for him to be part of this, which has always part of the deal, he has had to work really hard in order to keep his school commitments as well as his commitments to the show.
"He is a very talented actor and beautiful singer, as you will witness and he brings something special to the show through his presence. Thank you Bertie. Thank you so much."
Bush also made a dedication to her son during her performance on Tuesday. Her sold-out 22-date run at the venue concludes in October (14).
Last night, One Direction's front man, Harry Styles, got engaged! Well, sort of.
The band performed the first of two shows at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on their Where We Are tour. Towards the end of their concert, Styles paused between songs to ask the crowd if there was really a girl there in a wedding dress.
To rewind a little bit, yesterday Priya went to a One Direction concert. In a wedding dress.
THIS CHICK LEGIT SHOWED UP TO THE CONCERT IN A WEDDING DRESS pic.twitter.com/1l0H423rZV
— (Mad)ison| yesterday (@frickfrakhoran) August 13, 2014
Other 1D fans were posting pictures of her all over Twitter and Instagram.
went to a 1D concert, got a pic with a girl in a wedding dress pic.twitter.com/hiZzLwp5kc
— bridget (@bridgetelison) August 13, 2014
Even her own brother hopped on board the selfie train.
Yo I gotta pic with psycho wedding dress girl at the 1D concert. Do we look alike lol? #WWAPhilly #weddingdress pic.twitter.com/0zYt9JRTeq
— shriji thakker (@shrobro) August 13, 2014
So of course, this news managed to reach Harry Styles. Being the sweetie that his is, Harry made all of Priya’s dreams come true:
Make sure your sound is on for this Vine. WARNING: There are some serious screaming fans.
Now every fan will be attending One Direction concerts looking like this:
"HARRY PROPOSED TO A FAN THAT WAS WEARING A WEDDING DRESS" @Harry_Styles next concert... #MTVHottest One Direction pic.twitter.com/95seVbCsDO
— ☯ℓєηα✖ (@JngerLena) August 14, 2014
Congrats Priya and Harry! We're dying of jealousy, but can we get a wedding invite?!
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Upon hearing of Robin Williams' death, I witnessed many a friend attempt to choose his or her favorite of the actors' many terrific films... most of these attempts dissolved into chaotic indecision. So let's make it easier — while Williams' dramatic genius is well documented in pictures like Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society, his penchant for the dark and twisted well chronicled in Insomnia and One Hour Photo, we'll always have a very special place in our hearts for his comedy. As such, we limit our expedition to this realm: which is Robin Williams' funniest role?
There are a few candidates that leap out as frontrunners — Mrs. Doubtfire, for one. It's hard to top a film in which a grown man, disguised as a husky Scottish nanny, tosses a piece of fruit at Pierce Brosnan. But we'd be remiss to discount some of Williams' other laugh riots: He's delightful in the courageous and sharp Good Morning, Vietnam. He's outrageously kooky in the oddball dark comedy The Fisher King. And without even showing his face, he's a tour de force in Disney's Aladdin. Peruse the complete list of Williams laughers below, and then chime in with your feelings.
MRS. DOUBTFIREWilliams plays a newly separated father of three who dresses up like a kindly housekeeper in order to spend time with his estranged kids.Funniest moment: An unexpected run-in with the legal representative charged with determining his aptitude as a parent (and human being) forces Williams to dash from room to room, donning and shedding his Mrs. Doubtfire disguise, juggling accents and sticking his face in pies.
GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM Williams plays a 'Nam-based disc jockey keeps his Army base lively with his irreverent radio show.Funniest moment: Any one of Williams' rapid fire on-air bits (much to the chagrin of the stuffed shirts in charge).
THE FISHER KINGWilliams plays a delusional derelict who entertains Medieval fantasies years after the death of his wife.Funniest moment: Williams' forceful escort of new friend Jack (Jeff Bridges) across the street, completely unfazed by oncoming traffic.
POPEYEWilliams plays a live action version of the animated sailor on a perplexing and listless quest through the neighborhood of Sweethaven.Funniest moment: Williams' genius is in his sardonic murmurs; after every ridiculous affirmation by one of the lively Sweethaven residents, Williams will mutter something nearly unintelligible and certainly hilarious under his breath.
THE BIRDCAGE Williams plays a gay nightclub owner who is married to his star performer (Nathan Lane) and father to a notably ungrateful young buck (Dan Futterman) who brings his girlfriend and her conservative parents over for dinner... prompting Lane to dress up as a woman. We're noticing a trend.Funniest moment: In truth, Williams is the straight man in this picture, letting Lane take most of the broad, wild comedy. But he does have plenty of good deadpan one-liners to enjoy.
PATCH ADAMSWilliams plays a doctor who holds dear to the maxim that laugher is the best medicine when he makes it his mission to lift the spirits of his ailing patients.Funniset moment: That old lady squeezing noodles can't be beat.
ALADDINWilliams plays an all powerful Genie, tasked with the wishes (and friendship) of dopey street rat Aladdin when the latter discovers his magical lamp.Funniest moments: It's gotta be his entrance. Williams puts on a veritable stand-up routine when he meets "Al" for the first time in the dank caves below the desert.
Which is your favorite? Cast your vote!
When drag queens, rock and roll legends, murderous social climbers and tap dancing gangsters come together, it can only mean one thing: the Tony Awards. The biggest night on Broadway made its way to Radio City Music Hall Sunday night to celebrate the best and most unforgettable performances of the season, and while the show had its fair share of historical moments, show-stopping numbers and mind-blowing spectacle, the 2014 Tonys stood out for another reason – they were just plain weird.
From the moment that host Hugh Jackman hopped his way across the screen as part of the opening number it was clear that this year’s awards were going to be a memorable event, and between the impromptu rap numbers, the countless teleprompter issues and Neil Patrick Harris giving everyone a lap dance, the night only got stranger and stranger. It might be hard to believe that there's anything stranger than the idea of Barney Stinson in heels and a miniskirt or Rocky becoming a hit musical, but this year's Tonys managed to make both of those things seem downright normal with all of the confusing moments and odd numbers they unveiled, starting with that opening bit...
Hugh Jackman Bounces Back to Broadway After handing over hosting duties to Harris for the last several years, everyone was expecting Jackman to go big for his return to the Tonys stage. Instead, he went old-school, and spent four minutes hopping around Radio City Music Hall, meeting with all of the actors and checking out all of the shows, in an homage to Bobby Van’s “Take Me to Broadway.” It was a nice tribute to his love of the theater, but for an award show that prides itself on big production numbers and a host who loves a great song-and-dance moment, it was a slightly confusing, slightly underwhelming choice.
Clint Eastwood Loses the Teleprompter We’re not sure if the teleprompters weren’t working or if the champagne was just flowing a little too freely backstage, but almost every presenter struggled to get their words out (or, in Fran Drescher’s case, to read the names in the right order). However, no mispronunciations or flubbed cues held a candle to the rambling, confusing speech that Eastwood gave before giving out the directing awards. We think it had something to do with directing, the theater and the importance of remembering your glasses before you head out onstage, but we’d be lying if we said we could follow any of the nonsense he mumbled.
Neil Patrick Harris Licks Samuel L. Jackson’s Glasses Well, technically Hedwig did. During his raucous performance with the rest of the cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Harris took to the audience to make Orlando Bloom take part in a “car wash,” give Sting a lap dance, and make out with his husband David Burtka. Somewhere in there, he decided to steal the glasses of the most intimidating man in the audience, thoroughly clean them with his tongue and the place them delicately back on his face. See that mix of bewilderment, fear, and excitement on Jackson’s face? That’s the only appropriate reaction to have in a situation like that.
Jackman, T.I. and LL Cool J Rap The Music Man If you’ve ever listened to a recording of The Music Man and thought that what Harold Hill really needed were some sick beats, we have some good news for you. Over a beat from Questlove, Jackman, T.I. and LL Cool J (because the Tonys air on CBS) freestyled about the hardships of making a living by selling trombones, while the older members of the audience stood there uncomfortably, looking confused and terrified.
Rocky: The Musical Is All Scrap, No Song Look, when your whole show builds to an elaborate, full-contact boxing match complete with an announcer, jumbotron and full-scale ring, you want to show off all of the hard work and preparation that went into putting that number together. Still, would it have killed the Rocky producers to have their leading man Andy Karl sing a few bars? This is the Tony Awards, after all; if we wanted to watch people fight without bursting into song, we’d switch over to Game of Thrones.
Jennifer Hudson Gets an 11 O’Clock Number (Literally) We’re all for producers using the Tonys to preview some of the shows headed to the Great White Way in the upcoming season, but that doesn’t explain why the number promoting Finding Neverland – a show that won’t open for another year, featuring a performer who isn’t even part of the cast – interrupted the biggest awards of the night and forced the producers of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder to rush through their Best Musical acceptance speech. Maybe if someone had kept Eastwood on script, Hudson’s diva moment could have come at a more appropriate point in the show. Like as a replacement for whatever dreary song Sting broke out.
Sting is Writing a Musical This one’s self-explanatory.
Who Wrote Jackman’s Bits? If nothing else, this year’s Tony Awards were an experiment to see whether a three-hour show could be carried on nothing but Hugh Jackman’s charisma. Most of his bits were a little odd, relying on his good looks and smooth voice to carry him through to the next introduction, as if the whole show were thrown together during his downtime on the X-Men press tour. The fact that everything still worked is a testament to the sheer force of Jackman’s charm, and our willingness to forgive a great deal for a well-executed soft shoe.
"I wore really disgusting pyjamas. Me and (my) make-up artist snuggled up together. I slept for four hours. It was great." Actress Emily Blunt on the final flight from Paris to New York City during her whirlwind 24-hour, three city press tour for her upcoming film Edge of Tomorrow on Wednesday (28May14), which began with a screening in her native London.
Bruce Springsteen thrilled fans at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday (03May14) when he chugged back a beer offered to him by a devotee as he made his way through the crowd during the show.
The Boss and his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inducted backing group the E Street Band stormed through a three-hour set as part of their headlining slot at the event in Louisiana - but it was one magic non-musical moment that will live on for many devotees there to see the marathon gig. Springsteen accepted a beer from one fan and knocked back the drink to rousing applause. He made it a special night for another fan when he kept true to tradition and invited her to dance with him onstage during a rendition of Dancing in the Dark.
As well as the hits and rarities, the rocker also brought guests onstage - former Rage Against the Machine star Tom Morello, who stepped in to replace Springsteen's guitarist sideman Steven Van Zandt on tour last year (13), performed a duet of The Ghost of Tom Joad, and John Fogerty, who joined the headliner for a rousing rendition of his Creedence Clearwater Revival hit Proud Mary.
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On paper, Sleepy Hollow sounds like a hot mess. The show reimagines the old legend with a sexy Ichabod Crane, a headless horseman charged with ushering in the apocalypse. Toss in John Cho from Harold and Kumar as a zombie, and a liberal sprinkling of clues found in the Bible of George Washington. Yes, that George Washington. But in practice, the show has become one of the biggest hits of the season. With the finale notching nearly 7 million viewers, Sleepy Hollow was certainly one of the most unique, entertaining, and audacious offerings of the season.
At the Television Critics Association press tour, Fox chairman Kevin Reilly declared the death of Fox’s traditional pilot season. Pilot season is when most networks choose their shows for the new season. Some of the pilots ordered will go to series and some will not, but the process is harrowing for creatives. Reilly pointed out this process isn’t conducive to the kind of interesting, ground-breaking, and watercooler chat-worthy programming Fox wants to develop. Instead, the station is going to adopt a cable approach to programming.
What does this have to do with Sleepy Hollow? As one of the most original offerings of the new season (and one of the best), Sleepy Hollow rose above the fray of new shows because it was truly audacious.
While Fox is throwing away their pilot season, they should also be taking notes on what makes great shows like Sleepy Hollow into critically beloved smashes. Here are four important lessons from Ichabod and Abbie:
1. Don’t be afraid to get weird.Sleepy Hollow has far and away one of the weirdest premises of any show on television. Most networks shy away from anything too crazy. They instead look for TV comfort food, something audiences are familiar with. The problem? Competition from an expanding cable universe, and now even streaming sites, mean audiences are becoming less interested in comfortable. Don’t be afraid to embrace concepts way, way left of center.
2. Do something no one else is doing.There are a million shows on television about cops, lawyers, serial killers, and doctors. There’s no way to stand out from the pack in this format. Those professions are interesting, sure, but those stories have been told a million times and a million different ways. One of the reasons Sleepy Hollow stood out this fall season is because it looked like nothing else on television.
3. Promote diversity.Diversity on the small screen is important, yet television is still overwhelmingly white. Sleepy Hollow is an incredibly diverse show, with actors of all different colors playing major roles in the narrative. The small screen needs more figures like Abbie Mills. The characters of color on Sleepy Hollow aren’t just sidekicks, like you might find on most other programs, they’re three-dimensional people. As mentioned, audiences are tired of seeing the same thing every week on screen. Representation is important, and diversity opens up new avenues for storytelling.
4. Have fun.During Sleepy Hollow’s first season, Ichabod Crane wore skinny jeans, bonded with an On Star agent, and was downright horrified to learn what Thomas Jefferson was up to in his free time. The show might have been non-stop action and adventure, but it wasn’t afraid to have fun. Some television shows take themselves much too seriously and drown in their own dour glominess. Sleepy Hollow reveled in its camp appeal, while always staying true to its story. If Fox is looking for another audacious hit, fun should be part of the equation.
What do you think? What are some lessons Fox can learn from Sleepy Hollow? Share in the comments!
Music icon Prince surprised fans by playing an open soundcheck in London on Tuesday (04Feb14). Just days after hosting an impromptu listening party in New York City after the Super Bowl on Sunday (02Feb14), the Purple Rain hitmaker took to the stage at the Electric Ballroom venue around midnight, backed by his all-female band 3rd Eye Girl.
The singer performed songs from his upcoming album, Plectrum Electrum, but also sang his 1987 hit I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man for the second of his three encores.
After his hour-long set, he thanked revellers for their support, and hinted the gig wouldn't be the last at the Camden venue, saying, "You sound like 10 thousands (sic). We love each and every one of you... That was the soundcheck, come back tomorrow for more. We will be here tomorrow, a bit earlier and a lot funkier."
Earlier in the day, Prince held an informal press conference at the east London home of British soul singer Lianne La Havas, who he met last year (13) while she was on tour in the U.S.
The rocker and his band gathered in La Havas' living room and treated reporters to two acoustic tracks from the new record.
Prince told the group, "We're going to be here until people don't want to hear us anymore... We'll work our way up, if people like us, to bigger venues."
The last time Prince played multiple tour dates in the U.K. was in 2007, when he took the stage at the vast O2 Arena over 20 nights.
Country superstar Garth Brooks has added a fourth date to his sell-out comeback concerts in Ireland due to huge demand. The Red Solo Cup hitmaker announced last month (Jan14) that he is warming up for his upcoming world tour return with three dates at Dublin's Croke Park in July (14).
The gigs mark his first performances in the country since 1997, and his first major shows since he stepped out of the spotlight in 2001, and after the 200,000 tickets available sold out in less than an hour on Thursday (30Jan14), Brooks has added another date.
Remarking on troubles for fans in the city of Limerick, where cops had to be called following skirmishes outside a ticket-selling venue, Brooks says, "I heard there may have been some difficulties in Limerick.
"We're going to make sure that those people who want the tickets, get the tickets. They were sweet enough to stand in line."
Peter Aiken, from the event's organiser Aiken Promotions, adds, "It is hard to believe that an artist could play four nights in a row at Croke Park, but thanks to the co-operation of Croke Park and the huge support of the fans we are delighted to be announcing today this fourth date for The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event."
Brooks will follow up the shows with a world tour, which is slated to kick off in the autumn (14).