A 33-year-old man has been arrested and charged with aggravated battery for allegedly biting two revellers during the Arctic Monkeys' set at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Illinois on 1 August (14). Sergio Vicenteno has been accused of the random attacks, according to Cook County State Attorneys Office spokesman Steve Campbell. He has not yet entered a plea.
Prosecutors claim Vicenteno bit one concertgoer on the shin, and then attacked the man's friend, Ben Lenet, when he tried to intervene.
Another friend chased Vicenteno away.
Lenet, whose skin was broken by the bite, has been tested for hepatitis and HIV and is currently on a course of antibiotics.
A new musical tracing Gloria Estefan's life will hit the Broadway stage next year (15). Previews for On Your Feet! will begin in October (15) and the production will open on 5 November (15).
Prior to the Broadway run, the show will open at Chicago's Oriental Theatre in Illinois for a five-week summer run from 2 June (15).
The musical will chronicle Estefan and her husband Emilio's journey from Cuba to Miami, Florida and her rise to superstardom. The show will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, the man behind the dance steps on Jersey Boys and Memphis.
Announcing the latest news about the much-anticipated musical, producers have also launched an international online talent search for wannabes to fill roles in the production, while open casting calls will begin next month (Sep14) in New York and Miami.
Estefan says, "Finding the right performers to tell our story on the Broadway stage is the most important step in this project. Our own journey together started in Miami, a city that has been such an inspiration to us both, and it only felt right that the city be a cornerstone of our search for the next generation of bright talent."
Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi is making the transition into the reality TV industry to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at her work and personal life. The singer has teamed up with producers at Telemundo-affiliated network mun2 for Sin Filtros Y Sin Complejos (Unfiltered and Unapologetic), which will follow her as she completes her De Pelicula tour across the Americas.
Trevi isn't the first Latin star to land her own reality show - singer Larry Hernandez and the late Jenni Rivera also found success on the small screen.
News of the show comes six months after Trevi threatened legal action against the producers of new biopic Gloria, starring Sofia Espinosa as the singer, insisting she didn't authorise the script.
The movie is set to tell the story of Trevi's glittering 1990s music career, which came crashing down in 2000 when she was arrested in Brazil along with her manager, Sergio Andrade, on suspicion of luring kids into a child porn ring.
She spent almost five years behind bars before she was cleared of the charges in 2004.
Lindsay Lohan, Lily Allen and Kylie Minogue were among the stars who turned out to help British rocker Noel Gallagher celebrate his birthday at a party in London on Thursday night (29May14). The former Oasis star turned 47 on Thursday and he spent his big day in the studio working on new music.
In the evening, he hosted a star-studded party at London hot spot Chiltern Firehouse for celebrity guests including Hollywood actress Lohan, who was spotted leaving the bash with a mystery man in the early hours of Friday morning (30May14).
Other attendees included pop stars Allen and Minogue, Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am, fashion designer Stella McCartney, Kasabian rocker Sergio Pizzorno, and model-turned-actress Suki Waterhouse.
German filmmaker Helma Sanders-Brahms has died at the age of 73. The director passed away on Tuesday (27May14) in Berlin, Germany following a long illness.
Sanders-Brahms began her career as a model and TV presenter before moving into writing, producing and directing films.
After training with Italian filmmakers Sergio Corbucci and Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sanders-Brahms started making documentaries and feature films including Shirin's Wedding, Deutschland, Germany Pale Mother and My Heart Is Mine Alone.
Shakira has turned her video for the official FIFA World Cup anthem into a family affair by including footage of her soccer star boyfriend Gerard Pique and their son Milan. The Colombian pop superstar premiered the promo for La La La (Brazil 2014) online on Thursday (22May14).
There are also cameos from Pique's peers Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Eric Abidal, Neymar, James Rodríguez, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao, but her 16-month-old son steals the show when he follows in his father's footsteps and kicks a ball in the video. The World Cup in Brazil will bring back special memories for Shakira and Pique - they met for the first time at the soccer tournament in South Africa in 2010.
Meanwhile, Shakira's hit Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time in 2010.
It is no rare practice for television shows, mostly comedies, to take on a new genre for an episode or two. Community does it on a pretty regular basis. Scrubs has been known to dabble. How I Met Your Mother tried it (unsuccessfully – #HowIMetYour Racism much?). And Pretty Little Liars was the most recent show to pick up the fan-pleasing gauntlet of genre-hopping. So, who's done it best? Let's see:
5. Pretty Little Liars - "Shadow Play"
Ah, Pretty Little Liars: the manna of the pre-teen generation (and surreptitious guilty pleasure for everyone else). They turned out a noir-homage episode that managed to marry the black and white glamour and dry wit of noir with their own brands of popular fashion and one-liners (a union which, awesomely enough, produced Mona in a gold lamé dress saying, "That was the last carrot stick").
4. Community - "Epidemiology"
"Epidemiology" is one of my all-time favorite episodes of Community – in fact, all of the Halloween episodes are great for the costumes alone. Britta's T-Rex outfit is iconic (and Troy and Abed's heavily constructed Aliens cosplay ain't half bad either). This zombie homage is just the right mix of hilarious (Zombie Jeff pretending to be cool) and absurd (the zombie disease stems from food bought at a steep discount from an army surplus store), with just enough suspense to make it genuinely scary.
3. Scrubs - "My Musical"
Come on, this is the episode that brought us the pure, unfiltered joy that is "Guy Love" (Zach Braff and Donald Faison's more recent collaboration, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was a nice call back for fans). I'd love it even if only for the unforgettable lyric, "We can figure out what's wrong with you/By looking at your poo."
2. Community, again - The Paintball Trilogy
The three paintball episodes of Community have it all – "Modern Warfare" riffs on action movie tropes like jumping on/and or away from grenades, "A Fistful of Paintballs" gives us the Sergio Leone tribute we never knew we needed, complete with a kick-ass opening titles, and "For a Few Paintballs More" got Star Wars to a T, right down to an Abed-as-Han and Annie-as-Leia kiss. The show has a lot of great tribute episodes, but the paintball trio might just be the most fun.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Once More, with Feeling"
Buffy may win in terms of set up: it's no Adderall-induced fantasy (PLL), nor is it a brain tumor (Scrubs), or even government experiment food (Community) – nope, it's a good old demon who makes people spontaneously combust through song and dance! The musical numbers (all in different styles – rockabilly, ballad, pop, Fred and Ginger – even Disney princess!) are delightful, but it's not all fluff: the songs also act as something of a truth serum, and it's in "Once More, with Feeling" that the Scooby gang finally finds out that Buffy was resurrected from heaven. It's a huge emotional turning point in the season, and it's revealed through song and dance. TV at its best, people.
So what are your favorite genre-benders? Share in the comments!
Actor Franco Nero is set to reprise his role as Django nearly 50 years after he originally portrayed the gunslinger on the big screen. The Die Hard 2 star first appeared as the character in Sergio Corbucci's cult 1966 movie Django, and he returned in the film's 1987 sequel Django Strikes Again.
The original film has spawned a series of movies, including Quentin Tarantino's 2012 hit Django Unchained, which starred Jamie Foxx in the title role and featured Nero in a cameo as a slave trader.
The new film, Django Lives, will be set in 1915.
Nero will play a consultant to producers of silent movie westerns, who finds himself at odds with racketeers.
Latin rocker Sergio Vallin is building a music school in his Mexican hometown. The Mana star is pouring his hard-earned money into the construction of the new guitar centre in Aguascalientes with plans to offer lessons from leading musicians as visiting professors.
He tells Billboard.com, "These kids are hungry to play, so I want to give them a space with the best infrastructure and the best programmes.
"I spent 10 years with another (charity) programme, but now I'm going independent and launching what will be a school for guitar. The notion is to teach all styles: flamenco, jazz, blues, classical. And in addition to the classes at the school I want to bring to my city great musicians; not just guitarists, but great instrumentalists."
The Bosnian War is not frequently tackled by major motion pictures in Hollywood. It takes a director with an intimate relationship with such a tragedy to really bring its history and implications to life onscreen. Sergio Castellitto, director of the new film Twice Born, strives for a vivid illustration of the hardships intrinsic of this conflict — on locals and visitors alike — all the while telling a tremendously personal story of a mother and the son she fought so hard to have.
We got a chance to ask Castellito a few questions about his drama, which stars Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch as a couple struggling with the conflicts of love, family, and war all at once.
One would assume, from watching this film, that the Bosnian War has some degree of personal or historical significance to you. Can you talk a little bit about why you felt impelled to tell a story about this specific era?After the dissolution of former Jugoslavia, the last great European war exploded, and this same war we europeans somehow ignored. It’s enough to think that while we Italians went to spend summer holidays on the beaches of Rimini and the Adriatic coast, on the opposite coast something terrible was just starting to occur. In the frame of this last war of Europe, there is the extraordinary story of this girl who carries out this personal little war: maternity.
On that token, what sort of relationship did you have with this book?I have the chance and the privilege to be married to a great Italian writer, Margaret Mazzantini, author of Twice Born and also of Don’t Move, my first film as director. It would have been a pity not to take advantage of that. I have always followed Margaret’s writing process since the very first drafts of her books, I give her editing suggestions and in the meanwhile I start to unbury the images that are concealed behind the words she writes. That’s a very thrilling process.
You accomplish the impressive task of making Penelope Cruz actually look aged and worn in the present day scenes. Did you ever consider using different sets of actors in fear of not being able to achieve this effect (as some films do when depicting two different eras), or were you always set on using the same actors playing older and younger?Playing a character who crosses many years is always a challenge that actors use to like very much. Penelope was just in the right age to embrace a character who had to represent both youth and maturity.
This is a finely, deeply human drama, but you can't say that there are not a fair amount of "twists" in the movie. At various points, you learn different clues about the parentage of Pietro: that he's not his father's son, that he's Diego's son, that he's not Gemma's son, that he's not Diego's son! Are you at all a fan of the sorts of films that live and breathe on twists and reveals? Can you talk a little bit about intertwining these notes with your story as to balance the information with the substantial drama?This movie is first of all an extraordinary love story between Gemma and Diego and just like every love story it is passionate, exciting, even wicked and foolish. This love story becomes adult when Gemma finds out she is sterile and she lives this condition as a dramatic disablement, even though she is a progressive woman. She will find that child in the less predictable puddle and she’ll succeed taking light out of that. As my wife uses to say “artists are the inventors and the unveilers of secrets”. This movie invents and unveils secrets, it tries to frame secrets in order to unveil the truth at the end. Every single character has a secret and holds it tight. Every single character is pursuing a dream and in that dream, there is the secret.
I have heard that Nirvana songs are notoriously difficult to get the rights to, because the band has so much artistic integrity. Was it difficult for you to obtain the rights to the music you used? Did you earn their favor due to the content of your movie?Actually we just let Nirvana have the screenplay, they read it and they found the project ethically worthwhile and – as much as they can be strict – Twice Born was granted the copyright. It’s a great honor for me and for the whole project.
Beyond Nirvana, music plays a tremendous role in this movie, what with Bruce Springsteen peppered throughout and characters playing their own assortment of instruments. Can you speak a little on the role of music in your life, or what role you might think it would play in the lives of characters working through circumstances like these?One of the scalpels that’s always been used in cinema is melodrama. It’s a way to cut wounds and let sounds and lights bleed out. I used different kinds of music, from classical to pop/rock that fitted better to frame the historical era, though always trying to compose a balanced musical score of sounds, lights and words. As a matter of fact I think that the emotionally epic part has to be sustained also on the soundtrack level.
The overall tone of this film, especially in the latter half, is quite somber. Yet there are moments of merriment, especially from your character of Gemma's father and his relationship with Diego. Is there a reason you opted to take on one of the film's primary sources of pep and light? Do you find that your stories need this kind of "relief," and do you enjoy (as a director and an actor) being the one to relay it into the films?I just wanted to describe characters and their dreams through their humanity that can be sometimes tragic, sometimes funny. Besides [the fact that] I believe in happy endings, I think directors have to represent happy endings, because life is so painful and punishing, at least in cinema we deserve to find relief.
Twice Born is available in theaters and On Demand now.
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