Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter is the latest famous face to launch an online crowdsourcing campaign to raise funds for his new horror movie. The singer is making a move into the film industry, and has co-written Evil Blessings with filmmaker Sxully Essex.
Carter is seeking $85,000 (£56,000) to help cover the cost of the project and has created a page on fundraising website Indiegogo.com for fans to donate.
In return, he is offering a number of "perk packages" to backers, including a poster, concert tickets, or even an Executive Producer credit.
Carter says, "The reason I'm looking to crowdfund this film is because it not only helps me to gauge interest in this project but it also gives my fans out there an opportunity to get access to what I'm doing."
Spike Lee, James Franco and Zach Braff are among the stars who have launched similar online fundraisers for their projects.
Bluesman T-Model Ford has died at his home in Mississippi. He passed away after suffering respiratory failure on Tuesday morning (16Jul13).
A late-starter, the cult star, real name James Lewis Carter, taught himself to play guitar when he was 58 years old and began writing songs about his troubled life, which included six marriages and a prison stint for killing a man in self-defence.
Ford, who released seven albums throughout his career, leaves behind 26 children.
Clarksdale, Mississippi Mayor Bill Luckett, who co-owns the city's Ground Zero Blues Club with actor Morgan Freeman, said Ford was "a master of old-school blues", adding, "His music would take you right back to the heart and soul of the Delta, back in the day."
Mamma Mia! star Stellan Skarsgard is close to signing on to Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella blockbuster, joining a cast that features Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter. The Scandinavian star is in talks to play the king's adviser in the ambitious live-action adaptation of the beloved fairytale, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lily James will play the title character in the film, to be directed by Branagh, and Game of Thrones hunk Richard Madden has been cast as the story's Prince.
Blanchett will portray the wicked stepmother, Bonham Carter the fairy godmother, and Downton Abbey star Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger will play stepsisters.
R&B superstar Beyonce suffered a minor setback as she prepared to close out the 2013 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday (07Jul13) after a technical glitch delayed her performance by 30 minutes. The Irreplaceable hitmaker was the highly-anticipated headlining act on the final night of the annual three-day event, but fans at the sold-out show were forced to wait a little longer for their pop idol to appear as engineers worked quickly to fix malfunctioning video screens which surrounded the stage.
The issue was soon resolved and Beyonce kicked off the concert by launching into her female empowerment anthem Run the World (Girls).
She kept the audience entertained throughout her 90-minute set, playing hit after hit with songs like End of Time, Get Me Bodied, Crazy in Love and Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It), and dedicated her ballad Flaws and All to the city, which she claimed had "inspired my music so much".
She also performed her new song Grown Woman and belted out a rendition of I Will Always Love You as a tribute to the late Whitney Houston.
Beyonce wasn't the only artist to face technical problems at the festival on Sunday - R&B singer Luke James, who has opened for the superstar on a handful of dates on her ongoing The Mrs. Carter World Tour, also struggled through some sound issues as he performed.
Helena Bonham Carter is getting back into fantasy again, this time as Cinderella's fairy godmother in the live-action adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Bonham Carter has played her fair share of fantasy characters, from Harry Potter's Bellatrix Lestrange to the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland, so it's safe to say she knows what she's doing. She's also knocks pretty much everything she does out of the park; Cinderella should be no different.
The film will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and will star Downton Abbey's Lily James as Cinderella, Cate Blanchett as her evil stepmother, and Game of Thrones' Richard Madden as Prince Charming. Thank the old gods and the new that Madden will make his way back into our hearts after being so gut-wrenchingly torn from our small screens.
We haven't seen Bonham Carter since she played the horrible and hilarious Madame Thénardier in Tom Hooper's Les Misérables, but don't think that means she hasn't been busy. At the start of next month, she'll be seen alongside Johnny Depp in Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger.
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Helena Bonham Carter is set to reunite with her ex-boyfriend Kenneth Branagh as the Fairy Godmother in a new movie version of classic fairytale Cinderella. Branagh will direct the live-action fantasy, which will feature Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and Lily James as Cinderella.
Reports suggest Game of Thrones star Richard Madden, Downton Abbey's Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger are also in talks for roles in the project.
Superstar Beyonce battled through a sore throat to headline The Sound of Change charity concert in London on Saturday (01Jun13). The R&B beauty thrilled fans at Twickenham Stadium by belting out hits including Run the World (Girls), Halo and Crazy in Love with her rapper husband Jay-Z, but she admitted to U.S. reporter Samantha Guthrie before the gig that she was struggling with a slight illness.
A clip of the newswoman's backstage interview with Beyonce aired on breakfast show Today on Monday (03Jun13), prompting co-host Natalie Morales to comment on the singer sounding "a little hoarse", to which Guthrie replied, "She did. She said she was struggling with her speaking voice. I said, 'How are you gonna sing?' She said, 'Oh it's different vocal cords.' Let me tell you, she sang her heart out; gave a great performance."
Jennifer Lopez, Florence + The Machine, John Legend, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding were also among the acts on the all-star line-up, while Madonna, Salma Hayek, James Franco and Blake Lively all made appearances onstage to promote education, health and justice for women worldwide through the Chime for Change foundation.
The sold-out female empowerment benefit helped to raise over $4 million (£2.6 million) for the cause.
Beyonce, who overcame a secret bout of tonsillitis at the start of her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in April (13), will have a few weeks to rest her voice and recover - she doesn't kick off the North American leg of her trek until 28 June (13), when she will hit the stage in Los Angeles.
Beyoncé must have known that telling ABC News she was wants a baby sister for her and Jay-Z's daughter Blue Ivy would get the rumor mill churning – even if she wisely followed it up with "someday." But apparently, it's not just her candid words that are getting the masses going: new Beyoncé pregnancy rumors are gaining traction all because Bey wore a belt.
The New York Post sites the ever-important presence of "chattering" among "music insiders" as the main proof for a new rumor that Beyoncé is pregnant with baby number two, but bolsters the argument with word from last Monday's Met Gala (above). At New York's annual style-fest, Bey wore a black and gold gown with a dangerously high slit and, more importantly, a high-waisted belt. Because the famously curvy singer never favors the figure flattering high-waisted look (never ever, ever) she must be hiding a baby bump.
The Post also resurrected claims that Beyoncé is only allowing approved photographers to capture her mid-dance-move during her international Mrs. Carter Show tour. That's definitely a ploy to keep her pregnancy from leaking to the press and not at all a reaction to the fierce, Hulk-esque images that came out of the Super Bowl halftime show. (You know, the ones her publicist tried to eradicate from the Internet.)
So, in conclusion, chill out, everyone.
If Queen B really was pregnant, do we think she'd be gyrating her way around the world for the next four months on an exhausting tour? Let's wait until she starts rubbing her belly on stage at a major awards show before we give any weight to these rumors. Deal?
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Before Armie Hammer remakes one classic television show with a movie star (The Social Network actor will play opposite Tom Cruise in a big screen adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) he's first got to debut his other remake of a classic television show with a movie star: this summer's The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp.
On Wednesday, Hammer helped introduce the 20 minutes of footage from the Disney flick (he was not lone, however, as he was accompanied by his co-star Ruth Wilson and producer Jerry Bruckheimer) that were seen by a lucky few at last week's CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
The footage, which — SPOILERS AHEAD, Kemosabe — takes place about 15 minutes into the action caper's running time, finds Hammer's clean cut lawyer John Reid attempting to arrest Depp's Tonto under some pretty rough and tumble circumstances: the two are on a train that is not only in the middle of a takeover by a gang of outlaws, but the train just happens to be speeding down unfinished railroad tracks.
With John and Tonto (with Depp the full-on Native American garb, the overall look including his bird headdress, and makeup he came up with for his take on the character) quite literally attached to one another by a chain, the two must thwart off the evil Butch Cavendish's (William Fichtner) goons while on top of the speeding locomotive. In one instance, Depp's Tonto kicks a baddie through one of the train's windows, only to have him fall out of the other side of the train completely. (Yes, if you were wondering, the action and dialogue looks and sounds exactly like what you'd expect out of a blockbuster set for July 4th weekend).
After the train inevitably crashes and Tonto and John miraculously survive — despite the locomotive stopping within an inch of their lives — the bumbling John takes the cool and collected Tonto into custody. Along the way, we also meet John's heroic Texas Ranger brother Dan (James Badge Dale), who gives his little sib a hard time for his courtroom demeanor and his nearly-botched arrest attempt on the runaway train.
Back in town, Dan — who seems to have all the luck (as well as the hand of John's former love Rebecca, played by Wilson, despite the fact that the two still have eyes for each other) — enlists his brother to ride along with him and his group of rangers to find and stop Cavendish. Dan gives his brother their late father's badge, making him an honorary deputy. Meanwhile, Dan and Rebecca's young son sees Tonto in his jail cell, where he is chanting and making motions that create a bird-like shadow, scaring the boy off.
When Dan and John ride off into the desert on their justice mission, in the midst of their brotherly ribbing (Dan makes fun of the size of John's crisp white cowboy hat) they come across a lone white horse standing on a mountain, which Dan explains is a spirit horse that can take you to the other side.
Cut to: John... presumably on the other side. Well, next we see him he's high above a shaky looking wooden structure on an even taller mountain. John, dressed in entirely new clothes (though, his shoes are missing) and with paint on his face, almost steps off the tall structure. He somehow makes his way down (though in the footage we watched, it's uncertain exactly how he gets there) and comes across Tonto talking to the same white horse he saw before.
John soon learns that he is the only survivor of an ambush that killed his brothers and the fellow rangers. Tonto explains to John that he went to the "other side." Tonto was sent a sign that he was to join John on his journey. Later that night, as the two sit by campfire (joined by some ravenous, terrifying CGI jack rabbits), Tonto explains that he is on his own mission to thwart the ploys of Cavendish, a mission that John ruined by arresting Tonto on the train.
When John discovers that one of the rangers betrayed the group, ultimately causing the death of his brother, he vows revenge. But Tonto explains that John was supposed to die, so he must ride with him on his mission in disguise (donning his famous black mask which covers his eyes). He tells his new friend "Kemosabe" that together, they can find justice.
In these 20 minutes alone, it's fairly apparent that when it comes to Disney's take on The Lone Ranger, what you see is what you get: a big, rollicking adventure peppered in with humor (Depp delivers zingy one-liners like "Bird angry" and "Horse is stupid" in the Native American voice inflection as we've heard it for years on the big screen), eye candy (Depp and Hammer, who both look and feel their parts), a predictable romance (with Dan out of the picture, it's a safe bet John and Rebecca will reunite) and more action, loud noises, and sweeping shots of the vast landscape than you can shake a stick at.
Think Cowboys and Aliens, but with Indians instead of aliens... or the Pirates of the Caribbean getting shipwrecked in the middle of the wild west.
Bruckheimer, who has seen the first four Pirates films take in over $1.2 billion at the U.S. box office alone, has no problem drawing the comparison to the two. The producer told Hollywood.com at the footage screening, "Everybody says, 'Oh, it's a Western, nobody's gonna go see it', but Pirates was a good story and it transcended pirate movies. [The Lone Ranger] transcends Westerns."
We'll see the rest of what Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger has to offer when it rides into theaters on July 3.
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Pop superstar Beyonce is continuing to titillate fans on her world tour after showing off another saucy bodysuit featuring fake nipples as she performed in Croatia on Wednesday night (17Apr13). The Crazy in Love hitmaker shocked fans as she kicked off The Mrs. Carter Show trek in Belgrade, Serbia on Monday (15Apr13) when she donned a headline-grabbing gold glitter costume, designed by The Blondes, which featured the emphasised outline of breasts, complete with faux nipples.
She switched up her stage outfits for the second date on her tour in Zagreb, Croatia and replaced The Blondes one-piece with an embroidered, gold leotard by Ralph & Russo, which was also adorned with fake nipples.
Beyonce, who also sports costumes created by fashion icon Julien Macdonald, Emilio Pucci and DSquared2 during her live shows, will continue on the European leg of her tour until the end of May (13), before returning to North America.
Meanwhile, the beauty has recruited rising R&B singer Luke James to support her on select European dates - he will open for Beyonce from 24 April (13), when she hits the stage in Paris, France.
Announcing the news, Beyonce says: "Luke James is a gifted singer and songwriter and what he does on stage with his pure falsetto is incredible.
"I am excited to have him join the tour and to introduce this soulful singer to an audience in Europe that will be discovering a true star."