Organisers of Australia's Splendour In The Grass festival are scrambling to find a replacement for British band London Grammar after they became the third act to drop out of the music event within a week. The trio cancelled the appearance on Monday night (21Jul14) due to an unspecified illness, just days before the festival kicks off on Friday (25Jul14).
The musicians announced the news in a post on their Facebook.com page, writing, "It's with great sadness that we must announce the cancellation of our trip to Australia & Splendour in the Grass this week due to illness. This is an incredibly sad situation for us as our last visit was one of the most memorable of our careers, but we do not feel that we can currently deliver the level of performance that you all deserve from us. Our fans in Australia have been hugely supportive of our music since the very beginning, and it pains us to have to disappoint any of you..."
London Grammar also pulled out of Scotland's T in the Park Festival earlier this month (Jul14) to allow singer Hannah Reid to recover from throat problems.
They are the third act to cancel an appearance at the Australian music event within a week. Saturday's (26Jul14) headliners Two Door Cinema Club axed their set after lead singer Alex Trimble was hospitalised with stomach problems last week (ends20Jul14).
U.S. rock band The Wild Feathers also scrapped their set due to scheduling conflicts.
Folk act City and Colour will be promoted to the headline spot on Saturday, while British band Foals and Australian rockers Mt Warning have also been drafted into the line-up. London Grammar's replacement is yet to be announced.
The Byron Bay Festival will take place this weekend (25-27Jul14) and feature acts including Lily Allen and Outkast.
Actress Emily Osment is lending her voice to the upcoming reboot of 1980s cartoon Rainbow Brite. The former Hannah Montana star has been cast to play the title character in the new series, which features the return of the young girl who brings colour to the world.
Osment posted a photo of her first script for the show on Instagram.com, and added the caption, "First day on the job! Very stoked to be back doing some animation this summer. See you soon! Love, Emily aka Rainbow Brite."
The original 13-episode series premiered in 1984, and soon spawned dolls, live action specials and an animated movie.
Osment has previously voiced characters in Seth McaFarlane's hit cartoon Family Guy and Disney's Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil.
British actress Gemma Arterton is hoping to collaborate with her sister on a writing project. The Quantum of Solace star is eyeing a move behind the scenes, and wants to work with her actress sister Hannah.
Hannah, who stars in new movie Walking on Sunshine, tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "We would quite like to write something together, something that is really our own... That is something we are thinking seriously about."
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Jean M. Auel's classic novels The Clan Of The Cave Bear are set to be adapted for the small screen.
Moviemaker Ron Howard is executive producing a mini-series based on the bestsellers and Maleficent screenwriter Linda Woolverton has penned the pilot episode, which is set to debut on U.S. cable channel Lifetime next year (15).
Auel's six-book series, which has sold over 60 million copies globally, is set more than 25,000 years ago, when Neanderthals shared the planet with the first early modern humans.
The books inspired a 1986 movie, starring Daryl Hannah.
Electronic band Chvrches made history at T in the Park Festival in Scotland this weekend (11-13Jul14) by performing three times. The Scottish trio first played its scheduled set in King Tut's tent on Friday (11Jul14) and made a surprise performance on Sunday (13Jul14) afternoon in the BBC Introducing Tent.
They pulled double duty by performing again that evening to cover for British band London Grammar, who had to pull out as lead singer Hannah Reid was ill, and the third gig set a record for the number of sets played by one act at T in the Park.
Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry tells Scotland's Daily Record, "All the times when people ask us why we don't move to London, this is the one time they can believe us, as we're the local band who can step in when people are ill."
Chance The Rapper and London Grammar pulled out of performances at Scotland's T in the Park music festival this weekend (12-13Jul14). The hip-hop star was scheduled to hit the stage on Sunday (13Jul14), but he took to his Twitter.com account on Saturday (12Jul14) and revealed he would no longer be appearing at the annual event.
The rapper explained he was cutting down on his hectic touring schedule, but did not offer up a reason for the cancellation.
He wrote, "slowin down on doin so many shows. but aint s**t could stop me from playing @lollapalooza (in Chicago, Illinois) keep me in your prayers (sic)".
The news comes weeks after Chance The Rapper was forced to pull out of a show in Alabama in May (14) because of a mystery illness.
Meanwhile, London Grammar cancelled their performance on Sunday to allow singer Hannah Reid time to recover from a lost voice. Scottish electronic band Chvrches stepped in as a replacement for the British pop trio.
Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller and Franz Ferdinand were among the many acts that hit the stage on Sunday.
A teen who went missing while attending the Toronto stop of the Vans Warped Tour on Friday (04Jul14) has been located. Hannah Batty, 15, was among the thousands of revellers at The Flats at Molson Amphitheatres venue, but was separated from her group of friends at around 8pm local time.
Canadian police soon launched an investigation to find Batty, asking fellow concertgoers to check cell phones and cameras for any photos or videos she may have inadvertently appeared in as bands such as Bayside, For Today, Bad Rabbits, The Color Morale and Get Scared rocked out on the venue's various stages.
Luckily on Wednesday (09Jul14), Toronto Police officials released a statement announcing Batty had finally been located and thanking the public for their assistance in finding the teen.
No further details were released.
Canadian police have launched an investigation to locate a teenage girl who went missing while attending the Toronto stop of the Vans Warped Tour on Friday (04Jul14). Hannah Batty headed to The Flats at Molson Amphitheatres venue with friends, but she became separated from the group and was last seen at the lakefront concert at around 8pm local time, reports Billboard.com.
Authorities are now appealing to fans, bands, crewmembers and vendors for any information about the 15 year old, who had been sporting long blue hair, a Ghost Town T-shirt and cut-off denim shorts as she attended the rock gig.
They have asked people to check cell phones and cameras for any photos or videos she may have been inadvertently appeared in as bands such as Bayside, For Today, Bad Rabbits, The Color Morale and Get Scared rocked out on the venue's various stages.
Air New Zealand bosses have removed a sexy in-flight safety video featuring models Christie Brinkley, Chrissy Teigen and Hannah Davis following a backlash over allegations the film is sexist. The Safety in Paradise video also starred fellow bikini-clad beauties Jessica Gomes and Ariel Meredith instructing airline passengers on what to do in the event of an emergency.
The short film drew heavy criticism from some consumers, who objected to the clip being shown on board, and even prompted them to launch a petition on Change.org calling for it to be taken down.
Air New Zealand chiefs have now removed the clip from its air crafts, but insist their actions have nothing to do with the allegations of sexism.
Airline spokeswoman Emma Fields tells Eonline.com, "We typically change out our safety videos every few months.
"As scheduled we began phasing in the Bear Essentials of Safety video featuring (TV survivalist) Bear Grylls on our fleet around a week ago and this process is almost complete."
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Whether you loved the way it neatly wrapped things up or hated the cheesy fairy tale ending it gave the series, the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been, for the most part, the only real glimpse that fans got at the lives of Harry, Ron, and Hermione after their time at Hogwarts concluded. Though many have been able to get their fix of the Wizarding World through the snippets that J.K. Rowling has posted on Pottermore, she's been silent on the fate of the Golden Trio and the rest of Dumbledore's Army... until Tuesday morning, that is. In honor of the Quidditch World Cup — which conveniently coincides with the muggle world's World Cup — the author has released a series of short stories and mock articles about the game, its history, and now its famous spectators.
But while the always reliable Rita Skeeter has filled us in on what Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny have been up to in the years since school (working as an Auror, helping George run Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, working up the ranks in the Ministry, and becoming a Quidditch reporter, respectively), there are still so many more characters whose fates were not addressed. In fact, Rita's article brings up more questions than answers, since everything it reveals leaves us wanting to know more about the Wizarding World. On the off chance that Rowling is looking for inspiration for another Pottermore update, we'd recommend she start by tackling some of these burning questions:
Where’s Draco Malfoy? We don’t expect Draco to be hanging out with Dumbledore’s Army any more now than he did when they were all at Hogwarts, but does Rowling really expect us to believe that he would pass up any opportunity to swan around a VIP area and brag about his success, real or exaggerated? Surely, if everyone were gathering at the World Cup, he would be there, flanked by Crabbe and Goyle and ready to start a fight, just as he always was. Draco Malfoy never shies away from a potential spotlight.
Did Lee Jordan Ever Make It as a Quidditch Announcer? Perhaps the greatest sports announcers – real or fictional – of all time, Lee Jordan had a gift for adding color and sass to even the most boring of calls, and even if Professor McGonagall didn’t appreciate his admittedly biased reporting, readers certainly did. It’s hard to imagine a career that suits the Weasley twins’ former partner-in-crime better.
How Does Rita Have Trouble Telling the Weasley Boys Apart? They might all have red hair, freckles and hand-me-down clothes, but all of the Weasley boys are distinct entities, and if she’s already got Ron and Bill down, it shouldn’t be too difficult for her to figure out the other three. Here’s a cheat sheet: if he looks self-important, slightly nerdy, and wears glasses, it’s Percy; if he’s ruggedly handsome and desert-worn, it’s Charlie, and if he has one ear, is constantly joking around and seems like there should be another one of him standing right there, it’s George.
Has Luna Mellowed Out Since School? Rita seems intrigued by Luna’s World Cup outfit, but we’re a little disappointed by it. What happened to the elaborate roaring lion’s head she broke out for a Gryffindor vs. Slytherin match in the sixth book? Where are her radish earrings or her Spectrespecs or her colorful shoes? This is the tamest Luna costume we’ve seen, and it makes us a bit worried that she’s lost some of her unique, spacey edge.
What Did Hannah Abbott Do Before She Married Neville? The epilogue revealed a bit about what the other potential Boy Who Lived has been up to since school has ended, but we know next to nothing about the new Mrs. Longbottom. What were her school years like? What did she get her OWLs in? How did she and Neville meet and fall in love? How long have they been married? What did she do for work before deciding to become a Healer and move to Hogwarts with Neville? Forget the Marauders; we want to hear a lot more about Neville and Hannah.
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Where’s Angelina Johnson? There’s no way that the former Gryffindor Captain would let her husband George Weasley attend the Quidditch World Cup without her. After all, this is the one person who was as obsessed with the sport as Oliver Wood, who captained the team with a drive and determination that would have made even her predecessor request a day off. The only possibly explanation, therefore, is that she’s a Chaser on the English National Team and was getting ready for the match at the time Rita observed her friends.
Is Hagrid Still Working at Hogwarts? That mention of Neville and Hannah hoping to move to the school’s grounds reminded us of the only non-dormitory living quarters we’ve seen: Hagrid’s hut. So, naturally, we’re curious as to what the Wizarding World’s foremost foster parent to dangerous animals is up to now. Is he still working as the Keeper of the Keys and Grounds? Did he and Madame Maxime ever manage to work things out? Did he ever get his pet dragon? For the sake of everyone else on the Hogwarts grounds, we’re hoping the answer to that last one is still “no.”
Is Professor McGonagall Still Headmaster? She was, after all, the natural successor to Dumbledore. And more importantly, is she still the toughest, kindest, smartest, most sensible and admirable woman in the Wizarding World? Actually, we can just answer that one ourselves. She definitely is.
Who’s the Current Minister of Magic? We know that the Department of Magical Transportation falls under Percy’s jurisdiction, and that Hermione is, as expected, quickly working her way up the ranks at the Ministry, and is currently the Deputy Head of Magical Law Enforcement. But what we don’t know is who Hermione would potentially be outsing as Minister of Magic, should she ascend to the position. Last we heard, it was Kingsley Shacklebolt, but knowing the Wizarding World as well as we do, it’s entirely possible that power has changed hands since then.
Who Is Still Hiring Rita Skeeter as a Writer? Was the Daily Prophet so desperate for subscriptions that they kept her on? Or does the Wizarding World have its own version of TMZ, where Rita can write and publish all of the gossip her QuickQuotesQuill can possibly come up with? Is there a publication out there that could keep up with the sheer number of slander lawsuits she’s probably had filed against her?
Charlie Weasley Is Basically the Wizarding World’s Equivalent of George Clooney, Right? Handsome bachelor, more focused on his glamorous job than his love life, unlikely to settle down any time soon, but making people swoon everywhere he goes? All Charlie needs is a villa in Italy, and they’d be the exact same person.