Jack White has decided to cut down the amount of hours he spends in the recording studio for the sake of his children. The former White Stripes star has two kids, Scarlett, eight, and Henry, six, with his ex-wife Karen Elson, and the rocker admits he has changed his work schedule so he can spend more time with the youngsters.
He tells Britain's BBC Radio 1, "I used to record 12, 14 hours a day when I work on records, I don't do that any more... I try to work less hours so I can be with them in the evening or the morning. I try to work around the kids, I guess - they kind of control me."
The Black Keys star Patrick Carney has defended rock rival Jack White over his leaked email shame, insisting the former The White Stripes star did not deserve to have his private thoughts laid bare in public. Carney and his bandmate Dan Auerbach have long been at loggerheads with White after he accused them of copying his musical style and band name for their duo.
Last year (13), an email from White to his ex-wife Karen Elson - sent in the midst of the former couple's custody battle - was leaked to editors of a news website, who reported White told Elson he did not want their children attending the same school as Auerbach's kids and branded his rival an "a**hole".
Now drummer Carney has responded to the incident, admitting White "sounds like an a**hole" in the email but has been treated unfairly and did not deserve to have his private remarks aired in public.
Carney tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I actually feel embarassed (sic) for him... I don't hold grudges, man. I really don't. We've all said f**ked up s**t in private, and divorce is hard...
"I really think personal things are personal things... Everybody should be scrutinised? I don't believe that. I think that if you come off with a strong platform or moral agenda, then, yeah, maybe you should be scrutinised if there's a conflict there. Like, if you're a TV evangelist who's doing something awful. But you're a f**king rock musician, you're a f**king actor, you're a f**king model or whatever. It's your job, you know what I mean? No one's doing anything illegal, it's just that people are living lives that get complicated."
The genesis of Universal's 47 Ronin is almost as tragic as the actual history that the movie is culling from. As the story goes, Universal saw the sprigs of talent sprouting from fresh faced director Carl Rinsch, whose previous experience was limited to just a couple of commercials and a nifty short film. The studio decided to ease the new director into feature filmmaking by cutting him what amounts to virtually a blank check, and giving him charge over a multi-national samurai fantasy epic. Almost impossibly, the film isn't a complete disaster. It's just a minor one.
47 Ronin follows the classic story of the titular team of warriors, a group of disgraced samurai who band together to seek revenge against a merciless warlord that betrayed and killed their master. But this isn't your grandfather's version of the story. 47 Ronin is an international affair, and it's covered with a veneer of Japanese mysticism and a thick coating of Hollywood lacquer, but east meets west rather uncomfortably, and it's mostly due to Keanu Reeves. Reeves' character is clearly crowbarred into the story that has no room for him, and it's plainly obvious where the seams of the story were stretched in order to patch him into the narrative. Reeves plays Kai, a half Japanese, half English orphan who is adopted by the samurai clan. His character serves no real purpose beyond being white, slicing things until they die, and playing the male lead of the most superfluous love story of the year. Rinsch simply can't make the inclusion of the character feel organic in any way, and "Kai" ends up feeling like a calculated studio move. It's a shame that the film spends so much time on Reeves when the real star is clearly Hiroyuki Sanada, who plays off the stoic samurai most believably among the rest of the cast.
It's also shame that with all the mysticism pumped into the story, there's no magic in the actual center of the film, the ronin themselves. The only personality trait a samurai is allowed to possess seems to be unerring stoicism, and between all 47 ronin, there are probably only three distinct samurai with any discernible character traits beyond an intense need to brood, and you'll probably only remember those three by the time the credits roll, only to promptly forget about them only a few hours later. Thankfully, Rinko Kikuchi's slinky and treacherous witch adds some much needed camp and personality to the mostly forgettable human characters.
And that's the issue with 47 Ronin. It's largely forgettable. When your film takes on a historical legend like the tale of the 47 ronin, a story that has been told and told again ad nauseum over the years, you really need to justify your own version. There are reels and reels of film dedicated to this story, and 47 Ronin doesn't manage to add anything significant to the canon. It promises to weld myth and history together, but does so clumsily, and while some of the action scenes are exciting, especially a particularly inspired set piece that involves the ronin noiselessly breaking into a heavily guarded fortress, the film is a bore when it's not clanking swords together.
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47 Ronin is a film with many stories. As much as it is a tale about the revenge of four dozen masterless samurai, it's also the tale of an inexperienced filmmaker swallowed up by the enormity of blockbuster filmmaking. Most of all though, It's proof that you shouldn't cram Keanu Reeves into a movie that doesn't really need Keanu Reeves. What you're left with is a dull and bloated samurai epic that has its moments, but feels largely unnecessary.
Rocker Jack White's divorce from estranged wife Karen Elson has been finalised. The former White Stripes star and the British beauty separated in 2011 after six years of marriage, and Elson filed for divorce last year (12).
Now their split is finally official after a judge in Nashville, Tennessee signed the divorce agreement on 26 November (13).
Elson has been named as the primary resident parent for the couple's two children, daughter Scarlett and son Henry.
White, who also retained rights to all his musical businesses including his record label Third Man Records in the agreement, was granted a total of 150 days a year with his kids.
Despite the fact the two reportedly split amicably, Elson obtained a restraining order against the rocker in August (13), over allegations he targeted her with angry emails because he didn't want their kids attending the same school as rival rocker Dan Auerbach's daughter, Sadie.
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Models and musicians – the pairing is as perfect as pancakes and syrup. Just last week, U2 bassist Adam Clayton married his model girlfriend Mariana Teixeira de Carvalho in Dublin, entering a long, distinguished line of rockers who have said “hell yeah” to fashionistas and models around the globe.
Here’s a rundown of some of the best model/rocker pairings over the years.
Kate Moss and Pete Doherty Kate Moss may be happily married to The Kills’ Jamie Hince, but before there was Jamie, there was her busted relationship with Pete Doherty. Moss was hardly a vision of innocence herself, but hooking up with a notorious, self-admitted junkie made for pure tabloid gold. Drugs and scandal followed, with Doherty claiming everything from “loving her bones” to saying that Moss was a “nasty old rag” who once kicked him in the head. In his mind, the pair broke up because, according to Doherty, “I can’t buy her diamonds.”
Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley The Piano Man definitely loves his statuesque blondes, and supermodel Christie Brinkley is no different. Brinkley starred in Joel’s video for “Uptown Girl,” which, contrary to popular belief, wasn’t actually written about Brinkley, but another one of Joel’s model exes – Elle McPherson. The pair married in 1985, but their marriage was strained due to Joel’s philandering and love for booze, and they finally divorced at the end of 1993.
Jack White and Karen Elson This couple was smoking hot and seemed like they were made for each other. White and Elson met when the former starred in the White Stripes video for “Blue Orchid,” and the pair married in 2005. Although they divorced 6 years later, they were awesome enough to hold a divorce party in 2011, so everyone thought that all was well between the two. However, lately Elson has accused White of basically being a douchebag (who really has it out for the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, for some reason), and White has countersued her in what’s become a messy ending for the once-reigning Couple of Cool.
Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge Son of a preacher turned rock star who has fire-sex meets California girl at overexposed music festival, and they live happily ever after – that’s essentially the story of Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill and Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge. The two met at Coachella in 2011 and married later that year. Their daughter, Dixie Pearl Followill, was born in June last year.
Simon Le Bon and Yasmin Parveneh Not all model/rocker pairings end badly. Simon Le Bon has been married to Yasmin Parveneh since 1985. At the time of their marriage, their relationship was all over the gossip headlines – Le Bon was the lead singer of Duran Duran, one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, and Parveneh herself was one of the highest-earning models of the decade.
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo Previously trying his darndest to be the Leonardo DiCaprio of the pop world, Adam Levine has had a long list of models by his side. His latest model girlfriend, Behati Prinsloo, is set to be his future wife, putting to rest his image of the perpetual pop bachelor. Though the pair had briefly broken up and Levine wasted no time in hooking up with model Nina Agdal, the two got back together and decided to get engaged.
Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond, Jr. When Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond, Jr. hooked up in 2008, it seemed like a match made in hipster heaven. Usually seen in paparazzi photos holding hands and walking dogs, the relationship was rumored to be much rockier than it initially seemed, and the couple finally broke up a year later. Deyn has definitely dated her share of rock stars, including The Paddingtons’ Josh Hubbard, Phantom Planet’s Alex Greenwald, and Last Shadow Puppets frontman and solo artist Miles Kane. The world is waiting for a supergroup of all the model’s exes, hopefully called Deyn’s Discards.
Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter Like Billy Joel, Rod Stewart likes his women tall and blonde (and nearly identical-looking). In 1990, Stewart married model Rachel Hunter, the woman responsible for millions of young men saving up their dollars for Sports Illustrated issues in the 90s. The two separated in 1999 and officially divorced in 2006, and Hunter went on to have it going on as “Stacy’s Mom,” while Stewart – what else? – married another model.
Iman and David Bowie Arguably one of the coolest couples ever, Iman and David Bowie have been married since 1992. The union of Ziggy Stardust and the most gorgeous advocate for social aid had the entertainment world in a frenzy. Forget haters, barely anyone thought that this marriage would last, but twenty-one years later, the couple is still going strong.
Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour From the documentation of his behavior in the media, it’s safe to say that anyone who dates Axl Rose is probably making up for some bad karma in a past life. Allegations of physical abuse, theft, and violence Rose’s relationship with Seymour, but for some reason, the couple still decided to get engaged. The engagement was short-lived, due to Rose accusing Seymour of being unfaithful (because why would anyone cheat on a prize like Axl Rose?) and the couple finally broke up.
Keith Richards and Patti Hansen Who would’ve ever thought that Keith Richards would be the guy to be married to his wife for thirty years? Richards married model Patti Hansen in 1983 and have been together since then. A couple that makes it through drugs, rock and roll, Mick Jagger, and everything in between, is definitely a couple that stays together.
Paulina Porizkova and Ric Ocasek When these two hooked up, most people were scratching their heads, thinking “….what?” The gorgeous, then-19 year old Paulina Porizkova was featured in the Cars’ video for “Drive,” and although lead singer Ric Ocasek was still married at the time (and 35 years old), the two started dating and have been together ever since. Porizkova has also gone on to say that Ocasek is better-looking than George Clooney.
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills And the award for the most notorious rocker/model pairing goes to Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. Mills is a former model, famous for 2 things: having a prosthetic limb as part of her leg and for trying to suck Sir Macca drier than anyone else ever could. The pair married in 2002 and divorced 6 years later, with the divorce becoming a highly-publicized affair for the settlement amount that the celebrities were fighting for. Mills wanted £125 million – McCartney offered £15.8 million. Because is £15.8 million is obviously pennies, Mills kept fighting for more, eventually ending up with a total of £24.3 million, plus £35,000 per year to take care of their daughter. The best part of this is that Mills fancies herself to be a charity campaigner.
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Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren and pop star Ellie Goulding are among the leading ladies representing Britain in the latest fashion campaign for U.K. retail giant Marks & Spencer. Model/musician Karen Elson, boxing champion Nicola Adams, Vogue's Grace Coddington and artist Tracey Emin also feature in the new advertisements, which salute Britain's best women from the worlds of entertainment, music and sport.
The striking images, snapped by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz, feature quintessentially British backdrops, such as lush green hills and the River Thames.
Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, Executive Director Marketing and Business Development at M&S, says, "Annie was the perfect choice to shoot a campaign of this magnitude. Annie's photography has become synonymous with defining key moments in the history of brands over the years and, as such, we feel that this campaign is the ideal way to illustrate M&S' move into a new era."
The Black Keys star Dan Auerbach is embroiled in a messy divorce battle with his estranged wife, who allegedly attempted suicide during their turbulent marriage. Auerbach split from Stephanie Gonis earlier this year (13), and now they have filed legal documents to end their union.
In the paperwork, the musician accuses his former partner of trying to commit suicide by slashing her legs in front of their young daughter, Sadie, while Gonis claims she was pushed to harm herself after years of turmoil in the couple's relationship.
According to documents, obtained by TMZ.com, Gonis has admitted herself to a treatment centre in a bid to overcome her issues.
Auerbach has been handed temporary custody of their little girl, while Gonis has supervised visitation rights.
It is not the only messy court battle Auerbach is caught up in - he was named in rock rival Jack White's custody suit against Karen Elson as The White Stripes star doesn't want his kids attending the same school as Sadie.
The request comes after years of resentment between Auerbach and White, who accuses The Black Keys star of copying the music and moniker idea of his own former duo, The White Stripes.
Rocker Jack White's long-standing feud with Black Keys star Dan Auerbach appears to be at the centre of his custody battle with ex-wife Karen Elson - because he doesn't want their kids attending the same school as the Lonely Boy hitmaker's daughter, Sadie. Model Elson has obtained a restraining order against her former husband over allegations he has targeted her with angry emails sparked by decisions about their son Scarlett and son Henry Lee's education and choice of Nashville, Tennessee school.
According to court documents, obtained by The Nashville City Paper, White allegedly pressured Elson to remove the kids from the school they attended with the child of an unnamed Nashville-based entertainer, who the former White Stripes star accused of copying his music.
Emails submitted to the court to support that motion reveal the rival is the Black Keys singer-guitarist, who relocated to Nashville in 2010.
One reads: "My concern with Auerbach is because (sic) I don't want the kids involved in any of that c**p. That's a possible 12 f**king years I'm going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that a**hole with other people trying to lump us in together. He gets yet another free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world."
White, who split from Elson in 2011 after six years of marriage, has been a longtime critic of Auerbach and the Black Keys, claiming the guitarist and bandmate Patrick Carney had copied the music and moniker idea of his own former duo The White Stripes.
Meanwhile, in a court filing on Friday (02Aug13), White responded to his wife's restraining order bid by denying claims he threatened her and asked the court to establish a temporary parenting plan.
The rocker stated he will not oppose the temporary restraining order, but took exception to rules about communications with his kids.
White's attorney Cathy Speers Johnson revealed the singer was upset about Elson's decision to keep their two children longer than he agreed to during a recent trip.
She writes, "The reason for filing this response is that Mr. White does not want to be portrayed as something he is not, violent to his wife or children."
Among his documents filed on Friday were emails from his ex, in which she told him he was a great father.
Jack White's estranged wife Karen Elson has obtained a restraining order against the rocker over allegations he has targeted her with angry emails. The couple parted ways in 2011 after six years of marriage, but the British model/singer revealed they had remained close friends for the sake of their two kids, Scarlett and Henry Lee.
However, last month (Jul13) she requested a protection order to keep the White Stripes star away from her, insisting his temper was out of control and that he had bombarded her with aggressive emails.
Elson also claimed she feared for her own safety, as well as the safety of her children, reports TMZ.com.
A judge in Tennessee granted the order and banned White from making "any contact with wife whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties' minor children".
A hearing regarding custody of their kids will be held on 29 August (13).
Kate Winslet is no stranger to superb fashion sense -- years of dazzling on the red carpet are proof of that. But whether she's at an awards show or lounging around in sweats, it looks like the talented actress can rock just about any look, no matter the occasion. Forget extravagant dresses, this girl looks good even without the glitz and glam. So it's really not surprising St. John chose her to be the face in their new spring 2012 campaign ads.
New photos of the ad just hit the web and I must say the 36-year-old star has never looked better. Lounging on the sofa, Winslet is the epitome of sexiness and sophistication in her St. John duds, putting my entire wardrobe to shame. (Seriously, if only I looked this good at home). Suffice to say, the brand should be very happy with how the photos came out -- and apparently they are. E! Online reports that the label's creative director, George Sharp, gushed about the Oscar winner, saying, "Kate embodies the elegance of the St. John woman."
And the feeling is mutual. In a statement regarding the campaign, Winslet said, "It has been a great experience working with St. John. I am very excited for this upcoming season, George and St. John have created wonderfully chic and effortless styles for the modern woman." Past faces of St. John include the likes of Angelina Jolie, Gisele Bündchen and supermodel Karen Elson, but clearly Winslet is the best of the bunch. Whatever she's selling, I'm buying.
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