Canadian singer/songwriter Grimes has defended her decision to go ahead with a planned Russian gig next month (Nov13), insisting she cannot ignore her persecuted gay fans there. Officials at human rights groups have urged entertainers to boycott Russia after lawmakers recently passed federal legislation which bans the "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships to minors" and effectively puts visiting performers on alert that they could be arrested for making any homosexual reference during a show.
Gay actor Wentworth Miller pulled out of a film festival appearance over the new law as a protest, but stars like Sir Elton John have refused to pull the plug on Russian concerts.
And now Grimes, real name Claire Boucher, has joined the list of performers who are refusing to be scared away, insisting she plans to perform at a scheduled private party in Moscow next week (beg03Nov13), despite criticism from her fans.
In a new post on Tumblr.com, she writes, "I do not feel bad about it. I don't think that denying and ignoring the gay community in Russia is cool.
"It doesn't hurt the government if I refuse to tour there. Just regular people. So I don't think it's wrong to be doing this. Refusing to go to Russia would only hurt fans."
Lou Reed succumbed to liver disease at his home in Long Island, New York, according to the late rocker's doctor. The former Velvet Underground frontman died on Sunday (27Oct13) after battling poor health for months.
Dr. Charles Miller, who performed a liver transplant on Reed at the Cleveland Clinic in April (13), tells the New York Times that the rocker returned to Ohio last week (bes21Oct13) for further treatment.
The medic told Reed his condition could no longer be treated, and the singer/songwriter opted to return to the home he shared with his wife Laurie Anderson.
The doctor says, "We all agreed that we did everything we could."
Tributes from the music world have been pouring in for Reed since news of his death was released. Blondie stars Debbie Harry and Chris Stein and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne added their thoughts about the rock star in statements on Monday (28Oct13).
Harry wrote, "I'm so sad that he's gone but his hypnotic voice telling a story of a Perfect Day, or the devil let loose in White Light/White Heat will live forever."
Her bandmate Stein added, "Lou was one of a handful of originals. I don't think that the conditions that created him will again even be approximated, let alone duplicated."
And Byrne stated, "His work and that of the Velvets was a big reason I moved to NY and I don't think I'm alone there. We wanted to be in a city that nurtured and fed that kind of talent."
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Sure, she may put the “mess” in “hot mess,” but love her or hate her, Courtney Love is a bona fide rock star. To coincide with her upcoming LP later this year (with a working title of Died Blonde), Love will be releasing a 400-page autobiography, reportedly titled Courtney Love: My Story.
The memoirs will take a deep look into the life and times of one of the most notorious women in rock, including Love's drug use, stripper stint, and relationships with Kurt Cobain, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, and Edward Norton. Don’t expect Love to go into juicy, tabloid-worthy details, though – in an interview with Billboard magazine earlier this year, Love said, “[T]here's some salacious things about myself, but there's certainly no kissy-telly. I don't do kiss-tell. It's not that. In fact, you'd think I was the Virgin Mary from his book so far -- but that doesn't mean there's not juicy parts in it. It's just juicy parts about ME, not other people."
Courtney Love as Virgin Mary? This already sounds amazing.
Love could’ve just written a book made up of her psycho tweets and we all could've died happy, but hopefully her memoirs will live up to their expectations of being a Bible of Crazy. Courtney Love: My Story is reportedly scheduled for release on December 15, just in time for Christmas. Don’t front – you know you want this in your stocking.
New British stage show This Is My Family triumphed at the U.K. Theatre Awards on Sunday (20Oct13) after scoring two top prizes. The Sheffield, England production, from Calendar Girls screenwriter Tim Firth, follows two teens, their stressed parents, a bawdy aunt and a forgetful grandmother as they embark on a disastrous camping holiday. It was named best musical, while veteran actress Sian Phillips was handed the honour for best supporting performance.
The ceremony proved to be great for the ladies - Cush Jumbo earned the title of best performance in a play for A Doll's House, Janie Dee landed best performance in a musical for Hello Dolly!, and Blanche McIntyre was unveiled as best director for a production of Chekhov's The Seagull.
Actor Simon Callow was another honouree - he received an award for outstanding contribution to the British stage, while Edward Petherbridge, director Sir Jonathan Miller and playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn were all also celebrated at the event, which celebrates the best in regional theatre across Britain.
Country rocker Marc Trovillion has died after suffering a fatal heart attack at the age of 56. The ex-Lambchop bassist passed away last week (09Oct13) at his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Trovillion co-founded the band in 1987 and performed on all of the group's early recordings until he decided to quit following the release of 2002's Is a Woman.
He also served as a songwriter for the group, penning tunes like The Theme from the Neil Miller Show and I Sucked My Boss's D**k.
His former Lambchop bandmate Jonathan Marx has paid a touching tribute to Trovillion, insisting his spirit will live on in the group.
A statement released to NashvilleScene.com reads in part: "No matter where Lambchop might have been... Marc's steady, solid bass playing and his innate sense of humor served as the glue that kept Lambchop together...
"Listen to any Lambchop recording up through Is a Woman, and that's not just Marc's bass playing you hear - all around the notes, you're hearing his freewheeling spirit, his love of music, food, drink and people. Though Lambchop eventually swelled to include more than a dozen members, and though Marc himself stopped playing regularly with the band after he relocated to Chattanooga a decade ago, that spirit has always remained a guiding force - and it will continue to as long as Lambchop is a band... He will be dearly missed."
Rap mogul Master P's wife has filed for divorce. Sonya Miller is keen to end the couple's 24-year marriage and she cites "irreconcilable differences" for the split.
She has requested full custody of the couple's four minor children and spousal support.
Sonya filed a request for child support from the rap boss, real name Percy Miller, in 2011, but, according to TMZ.com, the couple never officially ended its marriage.
In the latest episode of New Girl, Nick Miller gets a big bag of money. You'd think that would result in authentic hilarity — whenever the character runs rampant with a new treasure (like his London Fog trenchcoat or his "dead dad pass"), we all reap the benefits. But when Nick comes into the possession of a monetary parcel from his father's estate in this week's episode, we break into a story about Jess discretely paying off her boyfriend's mountain of debts while he gets his portrait done (like fancy rich people are wont to do) and wastes away at his bar.
A week after Nick gleefully opens up about his feelings (which should be seen as a far greater victory than "being responsible with money," in honesty), he proclaims to Jess that he refuses to change for her or for anyone else. He won't open a bank account, won't pay his bills, won't abandon his irrational hatred of all socioeconomic constructs, won't even entertain the notion of growing up. When Nick finds out that Jess has been using his cash to satisfy his unpaid bills without his knowledge, the two hit a fissure. And sure, as different as they are, Nick and Jess should come to blows over the discrepancies in their ideologies. But there are many errors in the way that "The Box" handles this kind of endeavor.
For one, Jess is barely recognizable this week (save for her affection for a giant spool of yarn). She isn't operating with a pulse of her own, playing with her hypersensitivity and enthusiastic idealism in contrast to Nick's curmudgeonly and depressive mentality, but instead just as a generic voice of reason. "Pay your bills!" is not an exclamation that needs to come from Jess; fiscal responsibility is not specific to her character. And to put such a grave face on a situation that ultimately results in Nick deciding he wants to change and mature for Jess, the issue should really involve a characteristic that is unique to her very unique personality.
Last week's episode would have offered a better venue for the sort of fight-epiphany-reunion that we see in the second half of "The Box." Jess is, and has been from the moment she entered our lives, someone so all-encompassingly embedded in the idea of feelings. She is not someone who is particularly embedded (at least beyond the degree of any other normal human being) in money or responsibility. And although this episode is primarily Nick's, and the conflict his to overcome, it would really be more appropriate (for a story that intends such weight) if he were to face off with Jess in her purest form, not some generic antagonist.
On the other side of the episode is New Girl's even bigger misstep: Schmidt. He's a bad person. We have come to feel that he is a bad person. So no, we're not pained when we watch him struggle with the idea of being a bad person. We're not happy when we see him overcome these fears and realize that he might actually be a good person. We are... admittedly, slightly amused when he visits a rabbi (in the wonderful form of Jon Lovitz) to pontificate on how to be a better person. But Schmidt is doing nothing to win back our favor. So no, we aren't going to "care" about him or his shortcomings. Not until he proves he's worthy of that again.
And I think Winston lost his cat.
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Proof of Marilyn Monroe's cosmetic surgery procedures and details of a 1957 ectopic pregnancy are to go under the hammer as part of a macabre auction lot in California. The tragic screen icon's X-rays, medical records and doctors' notes, are to be sold at Julien's Auctions Icons and Idols event next month (9-10Nov13).
Highlights of the odd lot include Monroe's skull X-ray and notes from the office of Dr. Michael Gurdin, M.D. from 1958, which are expected to fetch between $15,000 (£10,000) and $30,000 (£20,000).
The patient was listed as Marilyn Miller, to protect her identity, and the doctor noted that her chief complaint was "chin deformity".
The records offer a fascinating medical history that begins in 1950 and ends in 1962, just months before the star's death.
Listed are a 1956 bout of Neutropenia in England; an ectopic pregnancy in New York and a 1950 cartilage implant in the chin that the doctor observed had slowly begun to dissolve.
A spokesman for the auction house tells WENN, "Those with knowledge of the implant procedure have explained that this was done in association with a tip rhinoplasty, a procedure involving the tip of Marilyn Monroe's nose only."
The last entry of the medical files is fascinating - dated June 7, 1962, it reports a fall at between 2am and 3am resulting in swelling and tenderness of the nose.
Monroe was brought to Dr. Gurdin by her psychoanalyst Dr. Ralph Greenson. Her alias at the time was Miss Joan Newman.
Included in the file are "six X-rays including frontal facial bones X-rays, a smaller X-ray that is a composite of the right and left sides of her nasal bones and four small dental X-rays into the roof of Monroe's mouth, looking upwards toward her nasal bones".
Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home on 5 August, 1962.
The Julien's Auctions Icons and Idols event will also feature William Shatner's signed shirt and boots from the Star Trek series, a mask worn by Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger, a Katherine Walker-designed dress owned by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, a tracksuit James Gandolfini wore on The Sopranos, and the wedding gown Julie Andrews wore in The Sound Of Music, which is valued at an estimated $30,000 (£20,000) to $50,000 (£33,330).
At the end of the second episode of this season of Elementary, detective Sherlock Holmes was talking to his partner/trainee, Joan Watson, about the death of a former patient of hers. He then offered to accompany her to the grave site the next time she went. There was a pause as they both looked at each other and then she said she would like that. My immediate reaction was, "Oh, they are NOT going there already, are they?"
I know that every show thinks there has to be some sexual tension to grab viewers, but forcing that would make this one jump the shark way too quickly. We want to see the intellectual sides of the two characters, where they both learn from each other. Jonny Lee Miller plays Holmes as an aloof, detached sort, caring only about the problem in front of him. He came a bit out of his shell earlier in the episode, asking Watson if she was going to pursue a particular avenue involving loaning money to the son of her dead patient. He then advanced her more than she asked for, but seemed content to let her choose her own course of action despite expressing earlier reservations.
The other thing is (avoid this if you have not seen the first season) that Holmes should be very wary of love after finding that the woman that he had been grieving all those years had turned out to be his greatest adversary, Moriarty. Having him fall for Watson and vice versa would make no sense. Then again, I'm not a scriptwriter.
The last thing that we need is for the show to suddenly devolve to sudden sideways glances while the two are investigating something or having their hands suddenly touch when reaching for a particular clue. I know, there's always a subset of people who want to 'ship' two characters on a show. There's those who waited forever to see Rick Castle and Kate Beckett get together on Castle. The phenomenon first came into play on Supernatural when Sam Winchester told his brother Dean during an episode when the characters went out into the 'real world' that people on internet boards wanted to pair those two together. "But...but...we're brothers!" Dean spluttered. Sam's only answer was a shrug.
Elementary just seems to work better with its present equation and I think that even nudging it into 'shipping' territory would be a grievous mistake, The ghost of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is probably nodding his head at this. It's elementary, really.
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