Veteran TV actor Ed Nelson has died at the age of 85. The star passed away on Saturday (09Aug14) in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Born Edwin Stafford Nelson, the New Orleans, Louisiana native served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman before launching his screen career in the mid-1950s, when he appeared in low-budget films such as Attack of the Crab Monsters.
His big break came in 1964, when he starred in popular soap opera Peyton Place as Doctor Michael Rossi. The show ran for five years until 1969, and he later featured in a TV movie spin-off, titled Murder in Peyton Place.
His other TV credits include The Detectives, The Untouchables, The Rockford Files, Quincy M.E. and The Twilight Zone.
Nelson's final screen appearance was in 2003 movie Runaway Jury, based on the novel by John Grisham and starring John Cusack, Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman.
Hair plaits that once belonged to country icon Willie Nelson are set to go under the hammer as part of a memorabilia auction in New York. The clumps of hair were cut off by Nelson in 1983 and given to fellow country star Waylon Jennings, who died in 2002, as a show of solidarity to support Jennings' attempt at sobriety.
They are listed among 500 items that once belonged to Jennings, including Buddy Holly's motorcycle, which he was given after the Peggy Sue hitmaker's death in 1959, Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves and a robe and a letter John Lennon sent to the singer.
The items are being sold at Guernsey's auction house at the instruction of Jennings' wife of more than 30 years, singer Jessi Colter.
Willie Nelson's annual Farm Aid benefit concert will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina in September (14) and feature stars including Jack White, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. The event takes place on 13 September (14).
Former The Brady Bunch star Ann B. Davis has died, aged 88. The actress, best known for her role as lovable housekeeper Alice Nelson on the classic TV series, passed away on Sunday (01Jun14) at her home in Los Angeles.
A family friend tells CNN she suffered a subdural haematoma (a collection of blood on the surface of the brain) after slipping and hitting her head in the bathroom, and never regained consciousness. Davis starred in The Brady Bunch until the end of its five-year run in 1974, and went on to reprise her role in a number of spin-off series, including The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Brides and The Bradys.
She also made a cameo as a truck driver in the 1995 feature film The Brady Bunch Movie. Prior to her role as Alice, Davis starred on U.S. sitcom The Bob Cummings Show, for which she won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also appeared in other programmes including The John Forsythe Show and Love American Style.
Davis earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
Fleetwood Mac star Christine Mcvie and The Specials founder Jerry Dammers have been honoured with distinctions at the 2014 Ivor Novello songwriting awards in London. McVie was handed a lifetime achievement award at the 59th annual event, while Free Nelson Mandela hitmaker Dammers, dubbed "the Tsar of ska" by presenter Mick Jones, picked up the Inspiration Award.
Musician and producer Nile Rodgers enjoyed his second honour in as many days - he claimed the Ivors' International Award a day after old pal Simon Le Bon surprised the Chic star with the Legends Award at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza on Wednesday (21May14).
Jimmy Page handed the Outstanding Contribution prize to fellow British guitar great Jeff Beck, while Mumford & Sons walked away with the award for International Achievement, and Tom Odell was named Songwriter of the Year.
The ceremony was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.
The full list of winners at the Ivor Novello Awards is:
Most Performed Work - Let Her Go by Passenger
The Ivors Classical Music Award - John McCabe
Best Television Soundtrack - Ripper Street by Dominik Scherrer
Best Contemporary Song - Retrograde by James Blake
International Achievement - Mumford & Sons
Best Original Film Score - The Epic Of Everest
The Ivors Inspiration Award - Jerry Dammers
Album Award - Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Outstanding Contribution To British Music - Jeff Beck
Best Song Musically And Lyrically - Strong by London Grammar
Songwriter Of The Year - Tom Odell
Outstanding Song Collection - The Chemical Brothers
Lifetime Achievement - Christine McVie
Special International Award - Nile Rodgers.
There are certain songs that transport you back to movie scenes as soon as you hear them. Sometimes that makes you feel warm inside, sometimes it inspires you, and other times it gives you the willies. We're taking a look at the songs that we can't help but associate with the big screen, toucing on the best love songs in films and the creepiest uses of pop songs in movies. Here, though, we take a look at the songs in movie scenes that pumped us up and made us ready to face anything the world might throw at us.
"Change" in Vision Quest
Matthew Modine's wrestler scales a peg board while John Waite's hit drives him on. It got our heart pumping in 1985 and some things ain't ever going to change.
"Eye of the Tiger" in Rocky III
Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" was still used for the training montage in the third Rocky film, but Survivor's chart-topping smash does a nice job of getting things going as Sylvester Stallone pummels some opponents while Mr. T looks on angrily.
"That Thing You Do" in That Thing You Do
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to hear your song played on the radio for the first time, we're guessing that it would be pretty close to the way that The Wonders react in Tom Hanks' directorial debut. By the middle chorus, you want to jump around with Liv Tyler and Steve Zahn, too.
"Twist and Shout" in Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Okay, so it's a little bit odd that Matthew Broderick's Ferris knows all the words to Wayne Newton's "Danke Schoen," but let's not nitpick. There isn't anyone that wouldn't love to jump on a float and lead all of downtown Chicago in an impromptu musical number set to The Beatles.
"Don't You Forget About Me" in The Breakfast Club
"Does that answer your question? Sincerely, The Breakfast Club." We're all the same deep down was the message of the movie and Simple Minds made it unforgettable. You throw that fist up, Judd Nelson! Throw it up high!
"Tiny Dancer" in Almost Famous
We've all been there… you're sick of your life and your friends and everything else. Then the perfect song comes on the radio and things melt away. Cameron Crowe managed to meld Kate Hudson and Elton John into the perfect antidote for the tedium of a tour bus.
"Footloose" in Footloose
"Let's dance!" Kevin Bacon screams just before Kenny Loggins' hit starts the joyful teen toes tapping in the '80s megahit. We're still not sure how all of them know how to breakdance since it was banned just before that, but we still dance along with Chris Penn's rhythmically challenged Willard anyway.
"You're the Best Around" in The Karate Kid
How can Ralph Macchio's Daniel possibly beat the Cobra Kai? With the love of Elisabeth Shue and the help of Joe Esposito's rousing pop ditty, of course. Not even the great William Zabka is a match for that.
"Danger Zone" in Top Gun
Loggins was the master of the soundtrack in the '80s when seemingly every movie had to have a hit song attached to it. No matter what you think of the jingoistic message of the Tom Cruise classic, it's hard not to get a little bit pumped up as he flies off into the danger zone.
"Maniac" in Flashdance
Sure, we all know that Jennifer Beals had a butt-double for the famous running in place dance warm-up set to the Michael Sembello song, but the combination of music and action made it a butt worth striving for. Years later, it still makes you want to run out and take a spin class.
"My Sharona" in Reality Bites
Janeane Garofalo's bangs are still just as unfortunate now as they were in 1994, but we still want to dance when she leads Winona Ryder and Steve Zahn into the impromptu convenience store dance party upon hearing The Knack classic on the radio.
"I Got a Name" in Django Unchained
Only Quentin Tarantino would think to stick Jim Croce's 1973 hit in a movie set in the 1800s, but as Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz ride off to fight injustice, we all know that the former slave has a name and that name is Django.
"Let It Go" in Frozen
If there's a more rousing ode to girl power than Idina Menzel's instant classic from the Disney smash, we haven't heard it.
Rocker Eric Clapton has recruited pals Willie Nelson, Tom Petty and John Mayer for tracks on a new tribute album to honour late singer/songwriter J.j. Cale. The Wonderful Tonight hitmaker has arranged for an all-star line-up to lend their talents to Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze: An Appreciation of J.J. Cale, a project which features 16 of the celebrated musician's tracks reimagined by the guitar great.
Announcing plans for the album, Clapton reveals he wanted to shine the spotlight on Cale's work, saying, "I'm just the messenger."
The project will also feature contributions from Mark Knopfler, Derek Trucks and Don White and is due for release in July (14).
Cale, who penned Clapton's hits Cocaine and After Midnight, died from a heart attack in California last year (13).
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We all know the saying about how you can't pick your relatives but you can pick your friends. Unfortunately, in high school, most people are limited to those other poor souls that are slouching through the halls to get from class to class.
Every teen movie made has seemingly adhered to some form of the cliques that occur in high school, those groupings based on looks, interests or intelligence that make up the social caste system. What if, however, you could make your own clique, using characters from those films that fit into those stereotypical profiles? It would certainly have made for a more entertaining high school experience, as well as at least one killer party. Who would we pick? Here's our choices...
VIEW GALLERY: The Ultimate Teen Movie High School Clique
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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British royal Prince Harry, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and actor Richard E. Grant were among those who turned out to remember Nelson Mandela at a memorial service in London on Monday (03Mar14). The civil rights icon died in December (13) aged 95, and he was remembered at a service at London's Westminster Abbey on Monday.
More than 2,000 mourners turned out, including actor Grant, Prince Harry, who represented his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at the service, and the U.K.'s current leader Cameron, as well as former Prime Ministers Sir John Major and Gordon Brown.
Other attendees included Mandela's daughter Zenani and South African activist Desmond Tutu, who spoke during the service.
The memorial ended with a rendition of South Africa's national anthem. A special stone will be laid in Mandela's honour at Westminster Abbey.