British pop star Robbie Williams fears Miley Cyrus is heading for a meltdown after enduring months of intense pressure as her career hit a high. The Angels hitmaker - who battled addiction issues after becoming a huge star as a member of British boyband Take That - admits he is concerned Cyrus will falter due to the public scrutiny she has suffered in recent months.
He says, "Miley's got the world talking and looking at her. And the spotlight that's now upon her is rehab-making. It has a detrimental effect on your psyche. I've had a similar light shine on my direction and it f**ks you up - for a long time.
"She's just a kid. She's a kid who looks as though she's rebelling against her father (Billy Ray Cyrus) and rebelling against the industry that put her in a Hannah Montana-shaped box."
Williams' comments come days after the former Hannah Montana star courted controversy once again at Sunday's (10Nov13) MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam, Holland by smoking what appeared to be a marijuana joint as she collected a trophy on stage.
The 20 year old scored a big hit with her latest album, Bangerz, but has been a regular in the headlines for her saucy dance routines and provocative costumes..
As Blockbuster announced on Wednesday that it would be closing down its remaining 300 stores, we are brought to memories of our evenings strolling through those vaguely damp aisles, considering which backup VHS to rent because, somehow, they still haven't gotten that copy of *batteries not included back yet. Blockbuster was a special thing to many of us who grew up in the '90s, offering unique experiences and ushering us into new kinds of movies. Here are a few of our recollections...
Julia EmmanueleI went on my first sleepover when I was in the fifth grade. My mother wasn’t a big fan of them – she claimed that it was because she never experienced one growing up, and therefore didn’t see the point, but I always suspected it was because she thought I would embarrass her if left to my own devices – and so it was a big deal for her to allow me to spend the night at my friend’s house. As we waited for the pizza to be delivered, we stopped at our local Blockbuster to pick out some movies to watch, and as we combed the aisles for something we could agree on, she came across the first Scary Movie.
My friend had older brothers who had seen and loved the film, and so she was determined to see it too. She picked it up, along with two or three other, more age appropriate films, and told me that her father would never notice when he went to check them out. It didn’t take much for her to convince me to go along with her plan, and she was proved right when her father wordlessly handed over the stack of movies to the clerk, along with his own picks. We waited until her parents went to bed to break out the film, which was filled with jokes we didn’t understand because we were far too young. But we had a great time anyway, feeling like rebels for eating candy and watching and R-rated movie at midnight. (I was a very uncool child.) However, my joy was short-lived because when I returned home, I promptly told my older brother all about the movie I had seen the night before in an attempt to show off. Of course, my mother eventually found out about my tiny act of rebellion, and promptly banned me from any more sleepovers, on the basis that she couldn’t trust that I wouldn’t do the same thing again. So, thank you Blockbuster, for teaching me to think twice before I brag about breaking the rules.
Jordan SmithI remember going to Blockbuster with my dad every Friday to rent a movie for the weekend. I would venture down the endless rows of highly stacked video tapes looking for something to fill the weekend. That something almost always had and explosion and a PG-13 rating on the box. On one of these trips, I found a decrepit copy of Star Wars. I watched, and thoroughly enjoyed, but I noticed that a lot of things I knew about Star Wars were absent from the movie. Scenes like Darth Vader telling Luke, "I am your father," which I knew from their place in pop culture's central nervous system, curiously made no appearance. So, the next Friday, I went back to Blockbuster with my dad looking for answers, only to see that there was in fact a sequel: The Empire Strikes Back. I watched Empire and finally heard the iconic line my ears had been burning to hear... but noticed that the movie ends on a cliffhanger, and a sad one at that. "There must be more to this!" I thought. Finally, after one more torturous week of waiting, my dad and I made our way back to Blockbuster for one final tape, Return of the Jedi, and I finally finished the Star Wars saga. Blockbuster gave me my first memory of Star Wars, and taught me that researching a movie before making the trip is probably a good idea.
Casey RackhamI'd like to say that my time with Blockbuster was filled with only good memories, but that would be a lie. Yes, there were more movies than I could have ever hoped for, but the problem was picking just one movie to watch, especially when you went in with a group of your friends. Attempting to pick a movie for a Friday night sleepover with a group of girls is pure insanity. There's no way that they're all going to like the same thing. One friend wants Charlie's Angels while another wants Bend it like Beckham while another wants the new documentary that has just come out (that one was me), which obviously no one wants for a sleepover. So how do you pick? One person doesn't just get to call the shots. The movie is the staple of the sleepover; it has to be a democratic decision.
Well, if you were in my group of friends you played a little game called "Elimination." Here are the rules: We have 20 minutes to run around the store and collect a total of five movies each. Then we all lay the movies on the ground so we can see our collection (I'm sure the Blockbuster employees loved us for that). Then we all "eliminate" the movies for various completely sane reasons: "I don't want to watch Charlie's Angels, Drew Barrymore's voice bothers me," "You can't put in Lord of the Rings every time," and "Casey, we're not watching a documentary tonight." Within an hour (if you're lucky), you should have a winner. Unfortunately, the game isn't fool proof. There is one infamous night that my friends like to bring up every now and then when this girl and I got into a yelling match over which movie should win. We were there for close to two hours, and no one left happy. So no, Blockbuster wasn't the best place for friendships to thrive, but it was quite the experience.
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Actress Drew Barrymore is pregnant with her second child. The Charlie's Angels star and her husband Will Kopelman became first-time parents to daughter Olive last year (12), and her representative has confirmed to People.com that they are set to expand their family.
Editors at UsMagazine.com first broke the news on Monday (04Nov13), after Barrymore appeared to be hiding her stomach in loose-fitting clothing as she stepped out over the weekend (02-03Nov13) at a Los Angeles County Museum of Art gala, where she posed for photos wearing a long, flowing dress.
Barrymore has made no secret of her desire to have more children - last month (Oct13), she told U.S. talk show host Jay Leno she "very much" wanted another baby, joking she wanted to get pregnant "right away".
The pregnancy news emerges just days after Barrymore and art consultant Kopelman managed to offload their marital home in Montecito, California. The six-bedroom property, where the couple wed in June, 2012, was reportedly sold for $6.35 million (£4.23 million) last Wednesday (30Oct13), $1.15 million (£766,670) below their asking price.
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Bill Murray is about to ghost it up... again. The Ghostbuster veteran is set to join the cast of B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, according to a tweet from DreamWorks Animation.
The animated supernatural flick will follow "two bumbling apparitions who find themselves in an extraordinary after-life adventure when they join the Bureau of Otherworldly Operations (B.O.O.) – the ghost world's elite counter-haunting unit – and ultimately must face off against the planet’s greatest haunter." Murray will voice a villainous ghost named Addison Drake (and we can only hope that he's the "greatest haunter" that the plot speaks of).
While the cast includes a star-powered line-up – Seth Rogen, Melissa McCarthy, Rashida Jones, Matt Bomer, and the recently announced Jennifer Coolidge and Octavia Spencer will all voice the comedy – the film didn't seem like it was going to be any different from various other star-packed animations... that is, until Murray signed on. The film's director Tony Leondis (Igor) said: "Bill Murray is the perfect actor to bring this character to life — or should I say 'after-life?'", and we couldn't agree more.
Adding Murray to any movie instantly ups its appeal and makes it standout from the crowd, mostly because Murray stands out from the crowd himself. From Zombieland to Charlie's Angels to Get Smart, Murray manages to turn movies that have the potential to be complete duds into movies that, well, feature Bill Murray, and that makes the film more attractive. He's like the spicy kick of herbs that a bland dish needs. Adding him into the mix almost makes you forget what's going on behind him. So when in doubt, make sure Murray is in your movie.
20th Century Fox will release B.O.O. on June 5, 2015.
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If you're a theater nerd, a Star Wars fanatic, or both, we've got some good news and some bad news for you. Ewan McGregor is set to make his Broadway debut in a revival of Tom Stoppard's play, The Real Thing... but it doesn't open until next year. McGregor will take on the leading role of Henry, a playwright who finds his life beginning to imitate his art when an affair causes turmoil in his marriage as he's attempting to mount his own production about a marriage on the verge of collapse. So far, McGregor is the only actor confirmed for the production, but the team behind The Real Thing will have plenty of time to find the right people to round out the cast.
Although The Real Thing is his Broadway debut, McGregor has starred in numerous productions in London, most notably as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and as Iago in Othello, opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor. He also plays Bill Fordham, the son-in-law of Meryl Streep's abrasive matriarch in the upcoming film adaptation of Tracy Letts' play August: Osage County. His past theater credits are a good sign that McGregor will not only be adept at tackling Stoppard's monologues and philosophical discussions, but also that he won't be intimidated by the shadows cast by Roger Rees and Jeremy Irons, who have played Henry in the past.
The Real Thing was originally scheduled to be part of the Roundabout Theater's spring season, but has been pushed back for an October 2014 opening. It will have a limited run at the American Airlines Theater, where it will close in 2015. McGregor has plenty of film projects to satisfy fans in the meantime — he's currently filming Mortdecai with Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow, and August: Osage County opens in theaters on Christmas Day.
Pop star Lily Allen stepped back into the spotlight on Thursday (31Oct13) by dressing as an alien and performing with fellow Brit Robbie Williams to raise cash for Syrian refugees at a Halloween charity event. The Smile hitmaker, who has been on hiatus since 2010, donned green body paint, a green sequinned dress, and green leopard print tights to attend the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) moneyraiser.
She and former Take That star Williams performed a duet together before mingling with other star guests, including model Jodie Kidd and socialite Jemima Khan, at the event in London.
Actor Ewan McGregor, a UNICEF ambassador, also joined Williams for a surprise rendition of his hit track Angels.
Meanwhile, other stars were enjoying a scary night out at the annual Halloween house party thrown by TV presenter Jonathan Ross.
Nicole Scherzinger dressed as Catwoman for the bash, Simon Pegg revisited his hit movie Shaun of the Dead to pose as a blood-soaked zombie, and Kate Moss and her rocker husband Jamie Hince arrived as Mexican 'Day of the Dead' dolls.
Ross holds a star-studded Halloween party every year at his north London home.
Jared Leto has recruited Kanye West and Lindsay Lohan to appear in his new short film about life in Los Angeles. Serving as a promo for Leto's band 30 Seconds To Mars, the film is titled City of Angels, which is also the name of the group's latest single.
West opens the film by listing everything he likes about Los Angeles, including pools, 1950s architectural homes, glamour and muscle cars.
He also talks about his bittersweet relationship with the city, since his fiancee, Kim Kardashian, gave birth to their daughter North in L.A., but it is also the place where his mother, Donda West, passed away from heart disease and plastic surgery complications in 2007.
In the teaser trailer, West says, "I remember liking it when I was first out there, but I also did lose my mother to that city. And that’s the weird thing because I feel like this city took my mother, but this city also gave me my child."
In addition to West and Lohan, other stars like Lohan, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Juliette Lewis and Selena Gomez, add their thoughts on life in L.A.
Leto explains, "I made this short film so I could share my thoughts on this incredibly special place and talk to others about theirs. It's not so much about this particular city but more about the people who inhabit it. This is for the dreamers who know that sometimes the impossible is indeed possible."
Leto has directed the film, which debuts online on Tuesday (29Oct13), as Bartholomew Cubbins.
Rapper Young Jeezy has been slapped with a lawsuit from the Hells Angels over claims his clothing line copies their famous logo. Bosses at the notorious motorcycle club have instructed lawyers to sue the hip-hop star, alleging his 8732 fashion range has a very similar emblem to their 'Death Head' image.
They want the rapper to pull all clothing featuring the design, and are demanding unspecified damages.
Last year (12) the Hells Angels sued skateboarder-turned-reality star Rob Dyrdek over similar claims he stole their logo and plastered it on T-shirts without their permission. Both parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount in March (13).
Model Doutzen Kroes admits she feels guilty that her pictures in magazines put women under pressure to look perfect. The catwalk beauty, one of the famed Victoria's Secret angels, feels sorry for female fashion fans who have been left insecure by airbrushed shoots in the press.
She tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Sometimes it makes me feel guilty now that I am in this profession that makes certain girls insecure. I always say, I don't look like the picture... If you put me in bad light with no hair and make-up, it's not good... I wake up sometimes like, this is not what I see when I look at the magazine, who is this visitor in the bathroom?"
Kroes' comments come days after the Model Alliance bill was passed into New York law to give underage models the same rights and health and education requirements as young actors and performers.
We consider children angels, and frequently they are. But when they aren't we prefer not to hold them responsible for it, even if they turn out to be bloodsuckers. Which is the point behind the complex vampire saga Let Me In.
Of the two pre-pubescent protagonists, one is a vampire, and one is not: one is a victim of bullying, the other has the strength of an army. It’s a tale of pre-sexual love, an interspecies Romeo and Juliet, with Juliet on 'roids. It's love, without the requisite marriage thing that twists Twilight into politically dubious knots. Instead, it involves a post-feminist gender reversal, where the female protagonist not only takes care of herself, she protects the meek from the terrors of the world while she does.
And unlike the chaste denizens of Twilight, who decide to get hitched to get schtuped, Let Me In is radical in ways no marriage vow could possibly cover. The characters know how important connectivity is in a world where adults often fail at it, and are willing to commit without a guarantee of eternity. Let Me In is political, bold, heroic, and modern, in the quietest possible way.