Pop star Katy Perry has offered her condolences following the death of a 16-year-old girl whose cover of Roar became an Internet hit. Cancer patient Olivia Wise became an online sensation earlier this year (13) after a recording of her singing Perry's popular track hit the web, and the pop star was so moved, she recorded a special video message for the teen.
Wise, who was suffering from a brain tumour, passed away on Monday (25Nov13), and Perry was quick to remember the youngster for her bravery.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Olivia Wise, I can hear you singing with the angels now. Your spirit & strength has inspired me & so many others... May you rest in peace."
"I've snogged (kissed) her and what I learned was, you have to use tongues even if you're not a lesbian... We had to do a snog. The angel gives her an orgasm in Angels in America. (Director) Mike Nichols can get anyone to do anything." Emma Thompson on kissing Meryl Streep.
British singer Robbie Williams has made U.K. pop history by scoring the albums chart's 1,000th number one with his new release, Swings Both Ways. The Angels hitmaker notched up his 11th solo chart-topper, equalling Elvis Presley, 57 years after Frank Sinatra earned the first ever U.K. number one.
The Beatles hold the record for the most releases to hit the top of the albums countdown with 15, although Williams also has four more accolades under his belt from his time as a member of boyband Take That.
Swings Both Ways left Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2 trailing in second place, while Jake Bugg entered at three with Shangri La.
In the singles chart, Lily Allen climbed to the top with her cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know, which features in Christmas TV advertisements for leading British retailer John Lewis. She also racked up another hit at nine with her new track Hard Out Here.
Meanwhile, rockers Bastille debuted at two with Of The Night, and Williams' ex-Take That bandmate Gary Barlow landed at three with solo release Let Me Go.
The man who brought to life the world of Middle-earth will now be brought to life himself. According to The L.A. Times, Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment are pairing up to produce a biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien that will explore the origins of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
The project, which is titled Tolkien for now, will follow the life of the famed fantasy author and dig deep into the experiences that inspired his epic tales of adventure (most likely his time at Pembroke College and in World War I). The film will be penned by the Tolkien fan/expert/groupie David Gleeson (Cowboys and Angels).
While there have been past attempts at developing Tolkien-inspired films (Mirkwood), Tolkien is set to be the first official biopic of the author, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Given that the second Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug, is hitting theaters by year's end, and that the third and final adaptation of The Hobbit is set to come out in 2014, now might just be the perfect time to introduce a biopic of the writer. A story about the beloved Tolkien is sure to bring in a bigger audience in the heat of all of this Hobbit hype.
And even though Tolkien will probably not be filled with as much action or as many elves as LOTR and The Hobbit are (there'll be some, of course, but not as many), if the film follows in the vein of 2004's Finding Neverland as the L.A. Times suggests it might, then the biopic could receive as much critical acclaim as the Peter Pan-inspired film did. (Finding Neverland, which explored the life of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, was nominated for Best Picture.)
Until Tolkien makes his way to the big screen, fans of Bilbo Baggins can head to theaters on Dec. 13 to see Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Fox Searchlight executives are developing a biopic about famed author J.R.R. Tolkien. The writer, who penned classics such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, is the latest literary legend set to have their life played out on the big screen.
The film will chronicle the key moments which led Tolkien to create his iconic books, including his service in World War I, his role as a code breaker-in-waiting during World War II, and his friendship with Chronicles of Narnia author, C.S. Lewis.
Cowboys and Angels director David Gleeson, a self-confessed Tolkien superfan, will pen the screenplay.
Blink 182 frontman Tom Delonge is set to release a Christmas-themed children's book. The guitarist and father-of-two, who also fronts Angels and Airwaves, collaborated with illustrator Mike Henry to create The Lonely Astronaut On Christmas Eve.
Described as a "wistful story for the young and young at heart alike", the book tells of a spaceman spending a solitary Christmas Eve on the moon who is visited by extraterrestrial characters bearing gifts.
Pre-orders for a limited edition package containing a hardback first edition of the book with a certificate of authenticity signed by DeLonge, a digital version of the story, an etched acrylic ornament and a limited edition T-shirt are priced at $50 (£31).
DeLonge and Henry are also planning an auction of the book's original artwork on website CharityBuzz.com later this month (Nov13), with proceeds going to the Rady Children's Hospital Foundation in San Diego, California.
Kandi Burruss reveals her studio has been redone since that unfortunate incident with the spin-off, The Kandi Factory. Now it showcases her “No Scrubs” gold record and horrible taste in bubblegum furniture. She assures her assistant Don Juan -- that's his actual name, folks -- that his job and their coins are secure. She also takes time out of her day to watch her daughter sweep the basketball court and use the magic of TV editing to make basketball shots. Meanwhile, she ignores her daughter's obvious discomfort about her marriage.
NeNe Leakes is not adjusting well to being relegated to Atlanta. The New Normal was canceled, for obvious reasons. Glee has been pushed back due to the untimely death of Cory Monteith. In true Bravo shade, the producers cut to a shot of Nene saying, a beat after hearing about Cory’s death, “I feel my life is over.” It’s not NeNe….it’s not! The shadiest part of it all is NeNe is showing her Bravo loyalty by having the Top Chef cookbook in prominent placement in her kitchen. Way to show your loyalty, Bravo.
Cynthia Bailey is doing her best to milk remove her fibroids. It’s great that she made it through surgery with flying colors. But if she has the energy to change out of her hospital gown into her pre-surgery ensemble she shouldn't feel like she was hit by a train, bus, car and bike. She gets hit by a whammy when she thanks Peter for taking care of her and he tells her that she was mean because they weren’t having enough sex.
Porsha Stewart is lucky because her mother Precious Unctuous Diane, her half-sister, and her tiny toy dogs are on hand to help her trash her ex-husband, Kordell Stewart. He packed up all of her belongings including her wedding dress and damaged some of her belongings. In an interesting twist, Porsha and Kandi find out that Kordell may have held on to her anal beads. Porsha also confesses she may have been beaten shaken a few times. The gay rumor mongering is starting to border on homophobic. Porsha, you may want to stop before you anger the gods that control Bravo the gay community.
Speaking of divorce conflict family, Phaedra Parks and Apollo, God of Ex-Cons, are dealing with martial marital tension. At a photo shoot to commemorate their new baby, the couple have a spat about Apollo not getting to have his own life.
Meanwhile, in the Kenyaverse, Kenya Moore is getting evicted moving out of her house. Despite winning the suit against her landlord for slander, she still wants to rub it in her face. That includes twerking all over the house, singing songs off key, and wearing her landlord’s wedding dress. Her landlord responded by calling the cops to have her removed. Her landlord doesn't miss the opportunity to give a description of Kenya as having a weave, contacts, and implants.
Philosophy According to the Housewives
Kandi on Economics: I love love and all but I love business and money, too. Hello!
Porsha on Homophobia: This is not something that a man would do, this is not something that a husband would do. This is something that a queen would do who is being dramatic and he wants to let me know, woman to woman, that he doesn’t give a damn about anything we had together.
Phaedra on Race Relations: It was my idea to dress all in white because white is refreshing. And black people in white look like little black angels. I love it.
Cynthia on Feminism: Once a week is a pretty reasonable amount of time to do the damn thing with your husband. But if for some reason, we hit the lotto, and I don’t have to work anymore, I am perfectly happy to just be a sex slave if I’m asked.
British singer Robbie Williams has reached out to his former fiancee Nicole Appleton following the reported breakdown of her marriage to Liam Gallagher, insisting she is a "sweetie" who deserves to be happy. The state of Appleton's relationship with the ex-Oasis frontman has been at the centre of speculation since July (13) when it emerged the rocker is embroiled in a legal battle with an American journalist over claims he fathered her young daughter.
Gallagher is rumoured to have moved out of the couple's marital home in September (13).
Williams, who has endured a long-running feud with his one-time friend Gallagher, has now spoken out to offer his sympathies to Appleton, who he was engaged to in the late 1990s.
The Angels hitmaker tells Britain's The Sun, "I have a very big soft spot for Nic because she's a very decent person.
"I feel sorry for her as she deserves to be in a good place, in a happy marriage, and I thought she was with Liam. But it would appear that they weren't.
"Nicole really doesn't deserve all that from Liam. I've very, very fond memories of her. She's a sweetie."
Appleton began dating Gallagher in 2000, two years after breaking off her engagement to Williams. She married the rocker in 2008 and they share a son, Gene.
Actress Jaclyn Smith is set to testify in Ryan O'Neal's upcoming legal battle over an Andy Warhol portrait of his late parter Farrah Fawcett. O'Neal is heading to trial to fight University of Texas officials who claim the silkscreen, which is valued at around $30 million (£20 million), is rightfully theirs, claiming that Fawcett left her entire art collection to the institution following her death in 2009.
The piece is one of two Fawcett portraits by Warhol - one is hanging in the university's gallery, while O'Neal claims the disputed picture was given to him by the artist, who was a close friend.
During his deposition, the Love Story veteran revealed that Fawcett had taken his version of the painting in 1998, a year after she caught him in bed with another woman. He admitted to retrieving the artwork following his longtime partner's passing in 2009 and placing it in his Malibu, California home.
The case is due to be heard in a Los Angeles court this week (begs11Nov13), and the late actress' Charlie's Angels co-star Smith has been listed on the witness list.
O'Neal is also due to testify, as is his son with Fawcett, Redmond, and the former couple's photographer pal Alana Stewart.
Robbie Williams was left $750,000 (£500,000) in debt after breaking his contract with Take That. The singer walked away from the British boyband at the height of their fame in 1995 to focus on a solo career, but quitting the group turned out to be a costly endeavour after record executives demanded $2.2 million (£1.5 million) from him.
He tells BBC Radio 4, "For reasons I can't go into because certain people like suing me - and they like winning - there was a big need for me to get out of my contract and out of that record company.
"I think I made a million or something in Take That and then it cost me a million and a half to get out of the deal. So as a 20 year old I ended up coming out of Take That owing £500,000."
The Angels hitmaker bounced back in a big way by becoming one of the biggest selling artists in U.K. chart history and he is now estimated to be worth around $157 million (£105 million). He rejoined his bandmates in 2010 for an album and tour, but is now back working as a solo artist.