British rapper Example is taking a break from music to enter the film industry, according to a new report. The Midnight Run hitmaker, real name Elliot Gleave, will reportedly be moving away from performing onstage next year (15) in the hope landing more movie roles after his upcoming film debut.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "He has always wanted to be an actor and is keen to get his name out there in the film industry... If that means his music has to take a back seat then so be it."
The star, whose wife is expecting their first child, appears in upcoming drama The Boy with the Thorn in His Side, which is due out next year (15).
British rapper Example is adding radio presenter to his resume after landing his own weekly show on popular U.K. station Capital FM. The Midnight Run hitmaker, real name Elliot John Gleave, will take over the airwaves for three hours on Saturday nights starting this weekend (15Feb14).
He says, "To host my own show, and have the chance to play some of the freshest dance tracks to Capital's listeners across the country, goes even further in cementing the great relationship we already have. I can't wait to get stuck in!"
Example isn't the only musician-turned-radio broadcaster - former JLS boyband member Marvin Humes also has a mix show on Capital FM, while Spice Girls singer Emma Bunton co-hosts the breakfast programme on rival station Heart Radio.
British rapper Example was abducted by Serbian gangsters after playing a gig in the country. The Midnight Run hitmaker, real name Elliot John Gleave, claims he was taken to a boat where he was bizarrely ordered to join in a karaoke session.
He only managed to escape after diving overboard and making a frantic swim for the shoreline.
The rapper tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper, "They kind of just put their arm around me and took me to their car and back to their boat to do karaoke. I was trying to get away and they were very calmly but forcefully saying 'No. You're not going anywhere.' I knew if I didn't get off the boat I was going to be on it for much longer than I wanted to be.
"There were guns and s**t knocking about and these weird prostitute people. I dived off and swam to shore. They were all laughing at me as they sailed off. I don't know if that's rock 'n' roll. It's just weird."
British hip-hop star Example is joining Noel and Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller and Kasabian as the latest ambassador of a U.K. cancer charity for teens. The rapper, real name Elliot Gleave, has agreed to help promote and raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust, which The Who rocker Roger Daltrey founded in 2000.
Last year (12), the Stay Awake hitmaker performed at concerts held to benefit the organisation at London's Royal Albert Hall, and he admits he is looking forward to getting more involved with the trust.
Example says, "When Teenage Cancer Trust asked me to be an ambassador I was honoured. After meeting many of the young people at my Royal Albert Hall show and visiting five of the (hospital) units to see the work they do first hand, there was no way I could refuse.
"It's important to feel like an individual rather than a patient and to meet other young people who you can relate to, and Teenage Cancer Trust makes this happen."
To raise money for the charity, Example is auctioning the Versace jacket he wore to the Brit Awards last year (12) and an autographed pair of shoes via eBay.com.
Professor Green was forced to miss the wedding of fellow British rapper Example last month (May13) in order to work on his third album. Example - real name Elliot Gleave - married actress/model Erin McNaught in her native Australia on 18 May (13), and the star asked his pal to be a guest at the ceremony, but Professor Green had to stay behind to finish his latest project, Growing Up in Public.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "We'd planned to (attend), but the album's not done yet so I couldn't."
Professor Green, real name Stephen Manderson, is planning his own wedding to socialite Millie Mackintosh this summer (13), and admits he is eagerly awaiting his bachelor party.
He adds, "I'm not having a finger, let alone a hand in it. I'm just letting the lads do whatever they want to me. I look forward to it - as long as I'm not chained to a naked midget. I've got no idea what they are going to do."
The hip-hop star is adamant snaps from his big day will not end up in a magazine, stating, "Definitely f**king not. No f**king way. It's a wedding! It's one of the most personal days of your life. Why the f**k would you sell that? I'm not into that s**t in any way."
While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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