Actor Johnny Depp is set to show off his musical talents on a new record based on unfinished Bob Dylan songs. The Alice in Wonderland star visited the Los Angeles' Capitol Studios to watch the recording session for producer T Bone Burnett's Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, but ended up filling in for Elvis Costello on the guitar for the song Kansas City.
Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, which also features Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, is set for release this autumn (14) to coincide with a new documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, directed by Sam Jones.
The lyrics come from Dylan's 1967 Basement Tapes sessions.
This isn't the first musical venture for the Depp - the actor is currently working with The Beatles legend Paul McCartney on a secret project with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, while he has also become a familiar sight at Aerosmith and Willie Nelson concerts after joining them onstage on various occasions.
Veteran crooner Sir Tom Jones, singer Charlotte Church and classical star Katherine Jenkins are to join Hollywood actor Michael Sheen in a new TV adaptation of Dylan Thomas' play Under Milk Wood. A new small screen adaptation of the story has been put together with an all-star Welsh cast to mark the centenary of the poet's birth and 60 years since the BBC radio debut of Under Milk Wood, which focuses on the residents of a Welsh fishing village.
Jones plays haunted seafarer Captain Cat while the cast also includes Sheen, Fantastic Four actor Ioan Gruffudd, and Brothers & Sisters star Matthew Rhys, who ironically played Thomas in 2008 movie The Edge of Love.
Singers Jenkins and Church have also landed roles in the production, along with opera star Bryn Terfel.
Jenkins tells the BBC, "It was wonderful to be involved in a project celebrating such a great Welshman. It's also been such a joy to collaborate with so many other Welsh artists whom I respect and admire. I hope the results are a fitting tribute."
The 60-minute TV feature is due to air in the U.K. in May (14).
A new movie adaptation of the play is also in development staring Welsh actor Rhys Ifans.
Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford have signed up to help music producer T Bone Burnett turn lost Bob Dylan lyrics into songs for a new tribute album. My Morning Jacket star Jim James and Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops have also joined the project.
Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is set for release this autumn (14) to coincide with a new documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, directed by Sam Jones.
The lyrics come from Dylan's 1967 Basement Tapes sessions.
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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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are back together, according to the Hollywood legend's mother. The celebrity couple separated in 2013 after 13 years of marriage, but have since been spotted together with their kids, Dylan and Carys, sparking rumours they are working to save their union.
Now Douglas' mother Diana Dill has revealed her son and the Welsh beauty are giving the marriage a second chance.
She tells Britain's The Sun on Sunday newspaper, "I knew they would work it out. They're both gentle people, not hysterical. They're always very affectionate and easy with each other. I figured the more everybody stayed out of it the better."
Dill's husband, Donald Webster, adds, "They're together, we know that. They spent three long vacations together. Something is working. They are both absolutely crazy about the kids, who are remarkable."
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones showed off a united front at the Super Bowl on Sunday (02Feb14) - the Hollywood couple was briefly spotted together at the big game. Reports initially suggested Douglas was at the game with the couple's son Dylan, but now there's photo evidence that his wife was there too - further proving that the pair is working on its problems following a much-publicised separation which began last year (13).
Wrapped up in a red shawl, a smiling Zeta-Jones was spotted with her husband and son as opera star Renee Fleming belted out the National Anthem just before the start of the game.
The Douglases were among the many stars who were at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey for the Super Bowl - Hugh Jackman took his brother, John Travolta, Sir Paul McCartney and Kevin Costner treated their wives to an evening out and celebrity suites were packed with famous faces like Beyonce and Jay Z, Forest Whitaker, Whoopi Goldberg, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Jennifer Garner and supermodels Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio.
Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood and Welsh actor Celyn Jones are teaming up to play poets Malcolm Brinnin and Dylan Thomas in a new period movie. Set Fire to the Stars, which will be directed by Andy Goddard, will explore the relationship between the two writers.
Another Welshman, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, has been commissioned to compose the score for the movie, which will start shooting in Wales next month (Feb14).
Brinnin was a North American poet who was instrumental in introducing Thomas to American readers in the early 1950s.
Brinnin went on to document his friend's final years in his book Dylan Thomas in America.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones put on a united front for 2014 by ringing in the New Year together during a family skiing holiday. The Hollywood couple announced their separation over the summer (13), but have sparked rumours of a reconciliation over the last few months as they have been seen spending time together with their children.
Douglas and Zeta-Jones appeared to be reunited after they jetted off together for a post-Christmas ski break with their children, Dylan and Carys, in Quebec, Canada.
They celebrated the holiday together and Douglas marked the occasion by posting a number of family photographs online.
The snaps, which were published on his Facebook.com page, show the family posing in skiing kit, waving their ski poles in the air on top of a snow-covered mountain.
Douglas captioned the snaps, "Happy New Year from Quebec, Canada... where it is minus 10F."
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones fuelled rumours of a reconciliation after they were photographed spending time together over the Christmas holidays. The Hollywood stars announced their separation over the summer (13), but they reunited at Halloween (31Oct13) to take their two children trick-or-treating.
Douglas was forced to play down rumours of a reconciliation back in October (13), but the former couple has now fuelled gossip about the state of the marriage after they were spotted together in New York City over the holidays.
They were seen walking through Manhattan with their children, Dylan, 13, and Carys, 10, enjoying a meal at a restaurant before taking in a showing of Broadway musical Motown.
The family outing ended with a trip to the movies to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Both stars were wearing their wedding rings during the trip.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have reunited for the first time to take their children trick-or-treating. The Wall Street star and Zeta-Jones separated earlier this year (13) but put aside their differences on Thursday (31Oct13) to partake in the Halloween tradition with their son and daughter.
However, Douglas admits he wasn't properly prepared for the fright night and picked out a random mask from a Halloween store - without realising it was actually the costume for a serial killer from the Friday the 13th horror film franchise.
He tells U.S. morning show Live! with Kelly and Michael, "My son, Dylan, was a hobbit and my daughter, Carys, was a flapper girl, Catherine was Snow White and I was late trying to figure out something to do. So I grabbed a mask in the store and I thought it said, Mike Myers (the actor),' I said, 'Mike Myers has a Halloween mask?' So I put it on and I said, 'I don't remember this character,' and I'm walking around and everyone is looking at me saying, 'Ooh,' and I said, 'What?' and they said, 'It's Michael Myers from Friday the 13th, it was the guy who stabbed everybody'."
News of their reconciliation emerges just days after Douglas sported his wedding ring on the red carpet for his new film, Last Vegas, and took a "very important call" from Zeta-Jones while attending the New York premiere on Tuesday (29Oct13).
A source told the New York Daily News the couple has reconciled: "She called to wish him good luck and he said, 'Thanks honey.' The only reason she wasn't by his side is because she didn't want to take attention away from the film. It was Michael's night. She wanted to say hello and didn't realise he was on the carpet already."