Former The Cure star Porl Thompson has legally changed his name to Pearl and vowed to dedicate the rest of his life to art after selling off stage gear and equipment linked to his former band. The multi-instrumentalist, who co-founded The Cure with Robert Smith in 1976 and spent three stints with the band until turning his back on music in 2012, insists only a call from his hero Iggy Pop would make him consider putting down the paint brush and returning to the studio or the stage - and even then it would only be for a short time.
Thompson, who launches his first-ever U.S. art exhibition, Through the Eyes of Birds, at the Mr. Musichead gallery in Los Angeles on Thursday evening (05Mar15), says, "I doubt if I would go back to music in a full-time way unless Iggy Pop calls... If he was looking for somebody, I'd be intrigued - just for a period.
"But the freedom to move about and paint and sketch is the agenda now. I've not given enough time to painting. I've been painting since I was a little boy and I'd like to dedicate my time to that. I don't have a great deal of connection with the music world.
"I've buried myself in what I've been doing. I spend a lot of time on my houseboat in England and I don't get out... You have to immerse yourself in the art."
His debut art show features paintings inspired by his treks through the canyons in Malibu, California over the past 18 months, and the exhibition only came about when Mr. Musichead owner Sam Milgrom spotted the pieces hanging at the home of a friend of Thompson's.
The former rocker tells WENN, "It has taken so long for me to put on a show here because in the past, my commitments with music took up a lot of time... I gave some paintings to friends and they were spotted and Sam at Mr. Musichead showed some interest. I had no intention to do the show; I wanted to build up the work, but it came at the right time."
And, as for the name change, the artist explains, "It's really all about starting afresh. Friends have always called me Pearl and it really seemed to fit with my new path. I'm legally Pearl now. I think it's good for your mind to say, 'Right, that was then, this is now'."
Thompson hasn't completely given up on music - he kept hold of a couple of his old guitars after 2012's gear auction and last year (14) teamed up with DJ and actor Sumach Ecks, aka Gonjasufi, to record tracks for an upcoming "experimental" album.
He adds, "I'd had enough of music in 2012 but I thought he was cool and so we jammed for a few days, but I won't be going out on the road or committing to any music ventures. I'm not really in that area right now.
"I definitely have not enjoyed any of the limelight side of things. I'm quite a private person really, always have been."
Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge is set to meet the cast and crew of hit period drama Downton Abbey during a special visit to the set. The pregnant British royal will make a trip to Ealing Studios in London to meet castmembers including Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Lesley Nicol and Robert James-Collier, as well as the show's creator Julian Fellowes.
The Duchess will view the set where many of the servants' scenes are filmed, and see the show's make-up artists, costume designers and seamstresses at work, while she will also team up with Bonneville to unveil a plaque there.
The visit is set to take place on 12 March (15).
Prince William previously revealed the royals are both big fans of the hit TV show, admitting his wife introduced him to the series following the birth of their son, Prince George, in 2013.
Sam Smith was the toast of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (08Feb15), walking away with four of the six honors he was nominated for, including the coveted Record of the Year.
The British soul sensation kicked off his celebrations early after claiming the very first award of the televised show for Best New Artist. He soon followed it up with the Best Pop Vocal Album for In The Lonely Hour, and was back onstage towards the end of the Los Angeles ceremony to wrap up his big night with wins for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for Stay With Me.
Taking to the stage for the fourth time, Smith poked fun at the ex-boyfriend who inspired the album, saying, "This is the best night of my life. I wanna thank the man who this record is about... Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys!"
Fellow six-time nominees Beyonce and Pharrell Williams each went home as triple winners, while Beck landed Best Rock Album and Album of the Year for Morning Phase - and almost had Kanye West repeat his infamous stage invasion at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he interrupted Taylor Swift to defend his pal Beyonce's honor. This time, the rapper approached Beck as he collected the Album of the Year accolade, which Beyonce was also nominated for, and pretended to head towards the mic, before laughing and returning to his seat in the front row - much to everyone's amusement.
AC/DC got the Grammy Awards off to a rocking start with a hits medley, while Madonna dazzled the Staples Center audience in a red and black matador costume to sing her new release Living For Love, and Rihanna, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney staged the first ever performance of their new collaboration, FourFiveSeconds.
Other performance highlights at the event, hosted by LL Cool J, came from Ed Sheeran and Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne; Katy Perry, who honored victims of domestic violence with a powerful rendition of By The Grace of God; Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige's soulful collaboration on Stay With Me, and Pharrell Williams, who gave his Happy tune a gospel makeover, complete with Hans Zimmer on guitar and Lang Lang on piano.
The full list of winners at the 2015 Grammy Awards is:
Record Of The Year - Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith
Album Of The Year - Morning Phase by Beck
Song Of The Year - Stay With Me (Darkchild Version) by Sam Smith
Best New Artist - Sam Smith
Best Pop Solo Performance - Happy by Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - Say Something by A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Cheek To Cheek by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Best Pop Vocal Album - In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
Best Dance Recording - Rather Be by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
Best Dance/Electronic Album - Syro by Aphex Twin
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album - Bass & Mandolin by Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer
Best Rock Performance - Lazaretto by Jack White
Best Metal Performance - The Last In Line by Tenacious D
Best Rock Song - Ain't It Fun by Paramore
Best Rock Album - Morning Phase by Beck
Best Alternative Music Album - St. Vincent by St. Vincent
Best R&B Performance - Drunk In Love by Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Best Traditional R&B Performance - Jesus Children by Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Best R&B Song - Drunk In Love by Beyonce featuring Jay Z
Best Urban Contemporary Album - Girl by Pharrell Williams
Best R&B Album - Love, Marriage & Divorce by Toni Braxton & Babyface
Best Rap Performance - I by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - The Monster by Eminem featuring Rihanna
Best Rap Song - I by Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap Album - The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem
Best Country Solo Performance - Something In The Water by Carrie Underwood
Best Country Duo/Group Performance - Gentle On My Mind by The Band Perry
Best Country Song - I'm Not Gonna Miss You by Glen Campbell
Best Country Album - Platinum by Miranda Lambert
Best New Age Album - Winds Of Samsara by Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman
Best Improvised Jazz Solo - Fingerprints by Chick Corea
Best Jazz Vocal Album - Beautiful Life by Dianne Reeves
Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Trilogy by Chick Corea Trio
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album - Life In The Bubble by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Best Latin Jazz Album - The Offense Of The Drum by Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Best Gospel Performance/Song - No Greater Love by Smokie Norful
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song - Messengers by Lecrae featuring For King & Country
Best Gospel Album - Help by Erica Campbell
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album - Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. by For King & Country
Best Roots Gospel Album - Shine For All The People by Mike Farris
Best Latin Pop Album - Tangos by Rubén Blades
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album - Multiviral by Calle 13
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) - Mano A Mano - Tangos A La Manera De Vicente Fernandez by Vicente Fernandez
Best Tropical Latin Album - Mas + Corazon Profundo by Carlos Vives
Best American Roots Performance - A Feather's Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash
Best American Roots Song - A Feather's Not A Bird by Rosanne Cash
Best Americana Album - The River & The Thread by Rosanne Cash
Best Bluegrass Album - The Earls Of Leicester by The Earls Of Leicester
Best Blues Album - Step Back by Johnny Winter
Best Folk Album - Remedy by Old Crow Medicine Show
Best Regional Roots Music Album - The Legacy by Jo-El Sonnier
Best Reggae Album - Fly Rasta by Ziggy Marley
Best World Music Album - Eve by Angelique Kidjo
Best Children's Album - I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai) by Neela Vaswani
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling) - Diary Of A Mad Diva by Joan Rivers
Best Comedy Album - Mandatory Fun by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Best Musical Theater Album - Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers; Carole King, composer & lyricist; Original Broadway Cast)
Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media - Frozen (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers)
Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media - The Grand Budapest Hotel by Alexandre Desplat
Best Song Written For Visual Media - Let It Go by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez Best Instrumental Composition - The Book Thief by John Williams
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella - Daft Punk (Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola, arrangers; Pentatonix)
Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals - New York Tendaberry by Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma)
Best Recording Package - Lightning Bolt by Pearl Jam Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package - The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27) by Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors (Various Artists)
Best Album Notes - Offering: Live At Temple University by Ashley Kahn, (John Coltrane)
Best Historical Album - The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 by Hank Williams
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical - Morning Phase by Beck Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical - Max Martin
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical - All Of Me (Tiesto's Birthday Treatment Remix) (Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer (John Legend)
Best Surround Sound Album - Beyoncé (Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer (Beyoncé)
Best Engineered Album, Classical - Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending (Michael Bishop, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
Producer Of The Year, Classical - Judith Sherman
Best Orchestral Performance - Adams, John: City Noir by David Robertson, conductor (St. Louis Symphony)
Best Opera Recording - Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphee Aux Enfers by Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble)
Best Choral Performance - The Sacred Spirit Of Russia by Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance - In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores by Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe
Best Classical Instrumental Solo - Play by Jason Vieaux Best Classical Solo Vocal Album - Douce France by Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, accompanist (Carl Bagge, Margareta Bengston, Mats Bergström, Per Ekdahl, Bengan Janson, Olle Linder & Antoine Tamestit)
Best Classical Compendium - Partch: Plectra & Percussion Dances by Partch; John Schneider, producer
Best Contemporary Classical Composition - Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean by John Luther Adams, composer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)
Best Music Video - Happy by Pharrell Williams
Best Music Film - 20 Feet From Stardom by Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Grammy Trustees Award - Richard Perry, George Wein, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil President's Merit Award - Martin Bandier
Lifetime Achievement Award - George Harrison, Bee Gees, Buddy Guy, Louvin Brothers, Wayne Shorter, Pierre Boulez and Flaco Jimenez.
Robert Pattinson's singer girlfriend Fka Twigs has gone topless for a new magazine shoot. The rising British star has stripped down to her panties for V Magazine, posing only with her nose rings and a clutch of chunky necklaces, while her hands cover her bare breasts.
Fellow musician Tinashe has also shed her clothes for one of the publication's four alternative covers, celebrating 2014's R&B breakouts. The other two front pages feature Jessie Ware and Sam Smith.
In her cover shot, Tinashe dons nothing but a pair of leather hotpants while modelling some furry winter headgear as she wraps her arms around her chest.
Playboy model-turned-reality TV star Hope Dworaczyk has become a mum for the first time. The former Celebrity Apprentice contestant and fiance Robert Smith welcomed baby boy Hendrix Robert Smith on Friday (19Dec14), according to Us Weekly magazine.
Dworaczyk announced the pregnancy in October (14), stating, "My growing waistline is proof and I love every bit of being pregnant! I know I've kept it quiet... but I wanted time for Robert and I to soak it all in and appreciate this blessing."
The sexy star was the 2010 Playmate of the Year.
Birdman looks set to win big at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards after scooping four nominations. The drama has been shortlisted for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, while actors Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone have each landed a nod for their roles.
The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything and Boyhood closely follow with three nominations each, including the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category, which is rounded out by The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Benedict Cumberbatch will compete against Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) and Keaton (Birdman) for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.
Jennifer Aniston has landed a leading actress nomination for her turn in Cake, and she will be up against Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).
Nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role including Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Edward Norton (Birdman), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).
Keira Knightley is up for a supporting actress prize for her turn as codebreaker Joan Clarke and will compete against Boyhood's Patricia Arquette. Other nominees include Meryl Streep (Into the Woods), Emma Stone (Birdman) and Naomi Watts (St. Vincent).
In TV, Modern Family is the one to beat with four nominations across the comedy categories, while House of Cards scooped three nods in the drama categories.
The Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series category was expanded to six nominations due to a tie, and competitors include Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Claire Danes (Homeland), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), and Robin Wright (House of Cards).
Cumberbatch and Ruffalo are both up for two awards at the ceremony. In addition their movie prizes, they will compete for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Cumberbatch for his role in Sherlock: His Last Vow and Ruffalo for The Normal Heart.
The winners will be announced live on 25 January (15).
A first edition copy of author Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral has sold for $80,000 (£50,000) at auction. The book was the top draw at the First Edition, Second Thoughts event at Christie's New York on Tuesday (02Dec14), during which 75 titles, signed and annotated by the writers, were sold off to benefit the city's PEN American Center literary society.
Novelist Don DeLillo's Underworld was snapped up for $57,000 (£35,625), while Roth's Portnoy's Complaint went under the hammer for $52,000 (£32,500).
Other items included titles by rocker/author Patti Smith and Robert Caro and Woody Allen's book version of his Broadway production Play It Again, Sam, which only attracted a closing bid of $4,000 (£2,500).
The whole auction raised over $900,000 (£562,500).
American Pastoral, a family drama set during the Vietnam War, was published in 1997. It has since been optioned for a movie to be directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.
Actor and filmmaker Griffin Dunne has launched a crowd-sourcing campaign in a bid to raise the funds he needs to complete work on the "first and only" documentary about his aunt, famed American author Joan Didion. The Accidental Husband director is collaborating with Susanne Rostock to make We Tell Ourselves Stories to Live, with Didion's help, and he has turned to Kickstarter.com in the hope that fans will donate cash to enable them to turn the project into a reality.
A statement on the campaign page reads: "Our film will tell Joan's story through passages she has chosen (and will read aloud) from her work, as her friends, family, colleagues and critics share their accounts of her remarkable life and writing.
"Patti Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Allison Janney, Graydon Carter, Robert Silvers, and Bret Easton Ellis are just a few of the people we'll interview.
"We want to honor Joan's language, to visualize the stories she tells, to put her words to picture. Joan's obsessive memory, and her sharp and unsettling observations, will be brought to life, using music and images - rare and atmospheric film and stills that encapsulate her words. We will also be using rare archival (items) from Joan's personal life and family history."
Dunne and Rostock unveiled the project on Wednesday (22Oct14) and within a few hours of its launch, over half of the $80,000 (£50,000) fundraising target had been reached.
The filmmakers have until 21 November (14) to hit their total.
British singer Sam Smith looks set to win big at the 2014 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards after scoring four nominations on Tuesday (23Sep13).
The Money On My Mind hitmaker received a nod in the Best Song category for his hit Stay With Me and Best Album for his debut disc In The Lonely Hour, as well as Best Male Act and Best R 'n' B Soul Act nominations. He will compete against stars including British rapper Tinie Tempah and Fuse ODG in the Best Male category, while Rita Ora, Jessie J, Katy B and Robert Pattinson's rumoured girlfriend FKA Twigs will battle it out for Best Female Act.
Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is among the artists who will compete against Smith in the Best Song category, with his track Sing going up against Stay With Me.
Beyonce, Chris Brown, Drake, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams are among those competing for the Best International Act trophy.
British hip-hop duo Krept & Konan also picked up four nominations, closely followed by FKA Twigs with three.
The singer/songwriter, real name Tahliah Barnett, is also up for the coveted Mercury Prize this year (14). Actor Idris Elba received a MOBO Inspiration Award at the nominations party on Tuesday morning. The rest of the winners will be announced at London's Wembley Arena on 22 October (14).
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
Post by Chris Pratt.
Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
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