Veteran crooner Sir Tom Jones is reportedly set to lift the lid on his lengthy career by writing a tell-all book. The Welsh singer has signed a lucrative deal with a U.K. publishing house, and is expected to reveal all about his friendships with stars including Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, according to Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper.
The book is reportedly set for release in autumn 2015.
Pop star Rita Ora is to replace Kylie Minogue as the latest judge on The Voice UK.
The R.I.P hitmaker took to Twitter.com on Tuesday (23Sep14) to announce she has signed up to star in series four of the British reality TV show, which is slated to air in the U.K. next year (15). Ora, who joins returning judges will.i.am, Kaiser Chiefs frontman, Ricky Wilson and Sir Tom Jones, writes, "Let's have some fun... Looking forward to the blind rounds and spinning in my big red chair. Excited!"
She follows in the footsteps of previous judges Kylie Minogue and British singer Jessie J.
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am says, "Sir Tom Jones is our rock, Ricky is awesome and it's our pleasure to welcome the very talented Rita Ora. Rita is sweet, spicy and sassy - she's going to be a great addition to the Coaches team."
Rocker Neil Young is putting his marriage woes behind him to join Pearl Jam and Soundgarden at the annual Bridge School Benefit concert he started with his estranged wife Pegi in 1986. Florence and the Machine, Tom Jones, Norah Jones and Band of Horses will also perform, and Young's wife Pegi will hit the stage with her band the Survivors.
Young stunned fans last month (Aug14) when it was revealed he had filed for divorce after 36 years of marriage.
The rocker has since been linked to actress Daryl Hannah.
Young has been separated from Pegi since April (14) although they have agreed to continue supporting their adult son Ben, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
The Youngs held the first Bridge School Benefit concert in October, 1986. This year's event will be held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in California on 25 and 26 October (14).
We opened 2014 with heated anticipation for the next great turns from Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, Christopher Nolan, Lars von Trier, and a number of other cinematic vets. But the year has also treated us to a hefty sum of noteworthy first timers. We've caught a wide variety of debut attempts over the course of these past eight months, with enough qualitative range to incite reactions from "The next Hitchcock!" to "I might be able to get you a gig with my friend who does wedding videos, but don't tell him you know me." Here's a quick rundown of the debut flicks we've seen so far in '14, from great to terrible.
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Palo AltoDirector: Gia CoppolaWhy we're already on her bandwagon: In the vein of her aunt Sofia, the young Gia Coppola showcases an indubitable understanding of upper class ennui.
Hide Your Smiling Faces Director: Daniel Patrick CarboneWhy we're already on his bandwagon: Carbone's primarily wordless coming-of-age drama shows off his patience and pensiveness, not to mention his ability to skirt the self-importance than many films of Smiling Faces' ilk seem to bear.
Obvious ChildDirector: Gillian RobespierreWhy we're already on her bandwagon: It's funny as hell even within the margins of genre tradition, and sweet without succumbing to Hollywood sugar.
THE VERY GOOD
Zero MotivationDirector: Talya LavieShows promise of: A knack for absurdist humor and grounded character relationships alike.
It Felt Like LoveDirector: Eliza HittmanShows promise of: A uniquely keen empathy for how young people conduct themselves, both internally and among one another.
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The Bachelor Weekend/The StagDirector: John ButlerShows potential in: A good sense of humor, especially when it veers closer to Apatow than McKay.
Are You HereDirector: Matthew WeinerShows potential in: Social commentary through character construction, but Weiner needs a better handle on cinematic pacing.
The One I LoveDirector: Charlie McDowellShows potential in: Big ideas, and the presentation thereof, but lacks in the ultimate execution of where they can and ought to go.
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Beneath the Harvest SkyDirector: Aron Gaudet and Gita PullapillyThere's room for improvement regarding: A sharper attention to the characters and story, which occasionally fade out of focus at the behest of a vivid North Maine setting.
LullabyDirector: Andrew LevitasThere's room for improvement regarding The acerbic but knowing humor shared by the central family members, in favor of the intense melodrama that the film feels impelled to stuff itself with from time to time.
Cheap ThrillsDirector: E.L. KatzThere's room for improvement regarding: The energy set toward invoking a truly interesting story or course of events, rather than the allowance of the "weird" or "dangerous" to take the wheel altogether like it does here.
TammyDirector: Ben FalconeThere's room for improvement regarding: An authentic commitment to the sincerity in the characters, in place of wild and wacky antics like jetski crashes and deer mouth-to-mouth... though these were probably studio notes, we have to assume.
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Winter’s TaleDirector: Akiva GoldsmanWhat we hope he gets right next time: A more defined storytelling goal. While some of the film's elements worked in a vaccuum, Goldsman had been gestating a Winter's Tale adaptation for years, coming out the gate with something that is oddly both convoluted and terribly narrow.
MaleficentDirector: Robert StrombergWhat we hope he gets right next time: More Angie.
A Coffee in Berlin/Oh BoyDirector: Jan Ole GersterWhat we hope he gets right next time: A better understanding of the fine line between cheeky and irritating.
Earth to EchoDirector: Dave GreenWhat we hope he gets right next time: Ditch the essentially pointless found footage antic and hone in on the fleeting spirit of the kids.
TranscendenceDirector: Wally PfisterWhy we're nervous for his future: Pfister is a skilled cinematographer, but his grasp of character, story, and ambiance seem dangerously absent.
Goodbye to All ThatDirector: Angus McLachlanWhy we're nervous for his future: Ambitions seem to fall shy of originality, settling instead on retreading the same indie dramedy territory we've seen time and time again, but without any discernible charisma.
If I StayDirector: R.J. CutlerWhy we're nervous for his future: A dastardly aesthetic, paper-thin characters, a devoted marriage to teen movie cliches, and a potentially dangerous mentality driving the story altogether do not bode well for Cutler's future behind the camera.
Behaving BadlyDirector: Tim GarrickWhy we're nervous for his future: Because he thought this horrible thing could work.
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Former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure scored a first onstage at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday night (29Aug14) when he performed Visage hit Fade to Grey for the first time. Ure, who was playing as part of the Retro Futura tour alongside The Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey and Howard Jones told fans at the gig he had never played the song he co-wrote live.
Live Aid hero Midge Ure will perform Ultravox's hit Vienna with a full orchestra as part of an upcoming concert to launch this year's (14) Ryder Cup golf tournament. The singer, who is currently on tour with Howard Jones and the Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey in America, will perform the classic track with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Glasgow's SSE Hydro on 24 September (14).
He won't be the only Scot on the bill - Texas, Amy Macdonald and Eddi Reader will perform, while Chic's Nile Rodgers will hit the stage with the orchestra for classical versions of his Daft Punk collaboration Get Lucky, as well as Chic tunes Good Times and Le Freak.
The concert will help launch the Ryder Cup's Europe versus America clash at Gleneagles in Perthshire.
Former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure is hoping to meet dance music star Moby for the first time when he tours America on the Retro Futura Tour later this month (Aug14) after collaborating with the hitmaker last year (13). Moby reached out to the If I Was singer while he was working on his latest album Innocents and asked him if he'd be interested in teaming up.
Ure was working on his own new album, Fragile, and by the time he got to working on tracks Moby had sent him, the Porcelain hitmaker had completed work on the album, so the two stars agreed to work on music for the Live Aid hero's new release instead.
After months of emails and interactions via social media, the pair completed work on new track Dark Dark Night, and now Scottish star Ure is hoping to actually meet Moby on tour.
He tells Billboard.com, "He sent me a couple of tracks he was working on, one of which is the core of Dark, Dark Night. Although I was in the middle of working on Fragile I eventually did my thing to it, adding lyrics and keys and guitar - by which time he had finished and released his album.
"I asked much later if he minded if I include it on my album, as it then felt a part of what I was doing. It works seamlessly with the feel of Fragile.
"We have never met nor spoken, but I'm hoping to change that in the not too distant future."
Ure's Retro Futura Tour with Howard Jones, Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins and other '80s stars begins next week (19Aug14) in New York, ahead of a solo acoustic tour, which begins in Canada next month (Sep14).
British soul sensation Sam Smith was left stunned by reports suggesting he is the frontrunner to record the theme tune for the next James Bond movie, insisting it's "all news to me". Sources told multiple news outlets that the Stay With Me hitmaker was in talks to team up with 007 producers to croon the lead song for Daniel Craig's latest outing as the suave superspy, following in the footsteps of artists like Adele, Madonna, Tom Jones and Dame Shirley Bassey.
Smith claims he has no knowledge of the negotiations, but he'd love to tackle a Bond theme if given the chance.
He tells NME.com, "No, I have no idea what that (report) was about and I know as much as you do. You probably know more than me; I didn't even read the article.
"I think it's something everyone would love to do, but yeah, it was all news to me. I won't say any more on it."
Smith admits he is a big fan of Jack White and Alicia Keys' Bond theme, Another Way To Die, which was crafted for 2008's Quantum of Solace.
He says, "I love that; I thought it was amazing. Her voice and his voice together, I thought, was really interesting."
The next Bond film is due for release next year (15).
British rocker Danny Jones tied the knot with model Georgia Horsley on Saturday (01Aug14). The McFly guitarist and singer exchanged vows with the former Miss England beauty at a ceremony held in North Yorkshire, England, becoming the third member of the band to wed.
Bandmates Tom Fletcher, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter were all in attendance, with Poynter's pop star girlfriend Ellie Goulding also a guest.
Other attendees included McBusted members James Bourne and Matt Willis.
Jones and Horsley announced their engagement in July last year (13) when the musician shared a picture of himself and his partner showing off her engagement ring on Twitter.com.
The couple began dating in 2009 following Jones' split from Horsley's Miss England successor Laura Coleman.
British author Terry Rawlings has revisited the death of Rolling Stones star Brian Jones for an updated version of his acclaimed 1994 book Brian Jones: Who Killed Christopher Robin?. Rawlings insisted the Stones co-founder was murdered 20 years ago, and now he's offering up new evidence he has uncovered since the original book's release to further prove his claims.
The updated edition features an interview with former Rolling Stones road manager Tom Keylock, in which he reveals a contractor who had fallen out with the rock star confessed to killing Jones.
The late Keylock, who died in 2009, claims builder Frank Thorogood admitted to killing Jones on his deathbed in 1993.
The rocker was found drowned in his swimming pool in July, 1969.
In a new interview with Britain's Mojo magazine, Rawlings says, "Brian was definitely murdered and there was a cover-up... It's not a crackpot theory; it's what happened."
Jones' death was last reviewed by police in 2009 following the investigation of hundreds of documents pertaining to the incident by a British journalist, but the case remains officially closed. The original coroner's report stated "death by misadventure" and noted his liver and heart were heavily enlarged by drug and alcohol abuse.