A mansion Adele once shared with her partner has gone on the market. The Grammy Award-winning singer moved into the huge 10-bedroom property in West Sussex, England in 2012 and was reportedly paying around $25,500 (£15,000) a month to rent it.
Adele shared the house with her boyfriend Simon Konecki and their young son Angelo before moving out last year (13), and now the public has been given a glimpse of the notoriously private star's former home after it went up for sale for $10.2 million (£6 million).
The sprawling estate features a three-bedroom staff apartment and a guest cottage, as well as a leisure complex with two swimming pools and a tennis court.
John Legend has reached out to British singer Adele to offer his services for a duet on her upcoming album. The Rolling In The Deep hitmaker is rumoured to be on the verge of heading into the studio to record her highly-anticipated third album, and Legend admits he wants to be a part of the project.
The singer has reached out to the Brit and hopes Adele will agree to work with him.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I've put the message out to Adele that I think she'd be great to work with. I think that'll happen - it's just a matter of time."
Legend also lists folk band Mumford & Sons among his most wanted collaborators, adding, "I jammed on some Marvin Gaye songs with Mumford & Sons in New York recently... I've got on swimmingly with them since we did a show for David Cameron and President Obama at the White House last year. If the Mumfords ever want to do something, I'd be very open to the idea."
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It has already been acknowledged by pretty much everyone that Netflix has way too many awesome movies, making it virtually impossible to know what to watch and when. House of Cards Season 2 just premiered (and, for many of us, concluded), and basically all of this year's Oscar-nominated documentaries are on there; then there are those 27 movies in your queue that you still haven't gotten to. Well, add these amazing French titles next, because you're gonna need 'em.
It's the French zombie series you've been waiting for. And don't act like you haven't been waiting for a French zombie series.
We all know that there is no feel-good film that feels gooder than the story of the fabulous life of Amélie Poulain. Audrey Tautou's performance continues to be the one thing scientifically proven to make everyone feel all warm and gooey inside.
Little White Lies
Marion Cotillard and François Cluzet take the lead in this critically-acclaimed dramedy about a group of friends with more drama and love between them than is probably healthy. But it sure makes for an excellent story.
Blue Is The Warmest Color
Probably the most controversial, buzzed-about foreign film in a while, Blue Is the Warmest Color is finally going to be available in all its NC-17 glory for the world. Put the kiddies to bed and see what all the fuss was about come February 25. Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos star in the intense, coming of age love story which took home the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or last year.
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Three sleepless nights and a coffee-fueled morning after Labor Day, and I'm still waiting for the kicker. The reversal, the twist, the big reveal that Jason Reitman — a talented filmmaker and prodigious wordsmith who managed such sophisticated character material in each of his previous movies — wasn't actually telling the story I understood it to be. That I missed something altogether, some nectar of honesty buried beneath layers of theatrical pie crust. Owing to the respect I have for Reitman, his starring players Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, and a few fellow film critics who saw beauty in Labor Day, I'll keep on entertaining the idea that I overlooked the picture's authenticity. But for now, I've got to give benefit of the doubt to my senses — hey, we all have deadlines — and concude: this movie is full of s**t.
This is no victimless crime, as Labor Day sets us up in the household of depression- and anxiety-ridden Adele (Winslet) and her 12-year-old son Henry (Gattlin Griffith), promising a tale we never get to hear. The film jumps right into the former's struggles with stinging mental illness and what appears to be a blossoming Oedipus complex in the latter — in The Wonder Years-style narration delivered by a flu-ridden Tobey Maguire, Henry proudly affirms that his mother is his whole life: he gives her back rubs, runs her baths, takes her on dates, and asserts himself her ad hoc husband to eradicate the loneliness that cripples her so (Clark Gregg plays Henry's absent father, a "Buck up, sport" type dad who lives across town with his "better" family). On one of their monthly outings to the Piggly Wiggly, or whatever — the film takes place in a 1987 that you'd swear was actually 1959 — Adele and Henry happen upon Frank (Brolin), a blood-soaked menace on the lam who makes tacit threats at Henry's safety to convince the rattled mother to allow him room and board until he can make a spring for the border.
And then, of course, they fall in love. Once Frank is settled into Adele's spacey Massachusetts two-story, he reveals himself the perfect man who fixes leaks, tends gardens, bakes pies, and whisks the shaken woman out of her decaying shell. It's clear why she takes to him — Frank is a heaven-sent gender reversal of the Natalie Portmans and Kirsten Dunsts and Zooey Deschanels who have fallen from the sky to turn things around for their broken beaus with spontaneity and singing and hamster funerals and cupcakes. In Frank's case, pies. I really can't overemphasize the position of the pies in this movie. They're everywhere.
Past the point of keeping Frank hidden from those pesky neighbors, it doesn't really serve as much concern to Adele — or, far less forgivably, to the movie itself — that he's an escaped con who threatened her son's life in order to earn a place to hide from the cops. Labor Day is not interested in redemption or excuse for Frank; it goes so far as to insist that we're wrong for distrusting him in the first place. But no. This guy, for all his redeeming qualities, is a problem.
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Labor Day is even less interested in honing the authenticity of its other adult lead, Adele, who earns Frank's attention for no discernible reason other than that she seemed vulnerable enough to con into taking him back to her place. After that? Guilt, maybe. A knight-in-shining-armor syndrome that keeps him attracted to such an open wound. Just as Frank lives up to the one-dimensional angelicism of the aforementioned heroines of modern cinema, Adele is the counterpart to their boyfriends. Vacant and passive, just waiting to be saved by people who have nothing going on inside of them other than the drive to play savior. On top of that, she's got a pretty volatile emotional illness in full swing. But it's nothing love can't cure, right?
With so much wrong to cover in regards to the movie's central love story, I haven't even gotten to Henry yet: the good-natured, sexually curious middle schooler through whom the story is told. Although Henry at least has a real relationship with Frank, who stands in as dad and teaches him to play baseball, fix a car, and — of course — bake pies, every one of the boy's interesting conceits that is teased by the movie gets tossed out in favor of... well, that's the million dollar question. We're introduced to Henry through what appears to be a complex relationship with his mother, whom he views in part as a wife — without payoff, or even exploration, this is just some odd and incomplete stuff with which to open a movie. His distrust of Frank is entertained, but discarded almost immediately thereafter. Just about everything that might serve as character work for Henry is dealt with in the film's 3-minute epilogue. Spoilers: there are pies involved.
If it weren't for the severity of the characters' flimsiness, you might not risk an occuluar injury from all the eye rolls provoked by the ridiculous plot maneuvers this movie cranks out. We're talking doors left ajar, oblivious bank tellers, and the idea that James Van Der Beek can be accepted as a police officer materializing at the summit of the film's dramatic climax. All this, not to mention some atrociously goofy dialogue, feels like it was rescued from Nicholas Sparks' waste basket — only in glimmers of Jason Reitman's usual shtick through a loquacious tertiary character (Brighid Fleming playing "Psuedo Juno") who institutes far more narrative turns than she really should are you reminded of whose movie you expected to be watching.
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And these slight reminders might be why Labor Day is such an aggressive failure: it had potential. At the onset of the film, we thought we were diving into something juicy. When things get more ridiculous than you can accept, you convince yourself that it's all going to pay off with an honest, deconstructive revelation. But three days later, I'm still looking for what I missed. The disclosure of the true activity behind the false, theatrical curtain. But there doesn't seem to be anything there: just flat characters, an ill-conceived romance, dead-end arcs, and so many motherf**king pies.
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12 Years A Slave has been given yet another big Oscar boost after landing three nominations for the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association's 2014 Dorian Awards. Director Steve McQueen's acclaimed movie's haul from Hollywood's gay community, includes Film of the Year.
The drama will go up against American Hustle, Blue Is the Warmest Color, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her and Laurence Anyways.
12 Years' star Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated for Film Performance of the Year - Actor, and his co-star Lupita Nyong'o will compete for the Film Performance of the Year - Actress award.
The two will face off with Hollywood heavyweights including Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), James Franco (Spring Breakers), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena) and Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue is the Warmest Color).
In television, Orange Is the New Black, American Horror Story: Coven, Behind the Candelabra, Breaking Bad and Mad Men will compete for TV Drama of the Year, while The Big Bang Theory, Getting On, Girls, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, Modern Family and Veep will duke it out for TV Comedy of the Year.
Among the small screen actors up for Best Performance awards are Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven), Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Robin Wright (House of Cards).
Meanwhile, veteran comedienne Lily Tomlin, who wed her longtime partner Jane Wagner on New Year's Eve (31Dec13), will receive the Timeless Star accolade, which is given to "an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit."
The awards will be announced on 21 January (14), with a formal ceremony to be held in Hollywood on 9 March (14).
Rob Ball/WireImageFollowing in the footsteps of Adele, Ellie Goulding and Haim, British soul singer Sam Smith was this week crowned the winner of the BBC's prestigious Sound of 2014, the industry-voted poll which aims to predict who will achieve the biggest breakthrough over the next twelve months. Here's a brief guide to the 21-year-old.He'd been through six different managers by the time he was 18Something of a child prodigy, Smith's astonishing vocal range was discovered early on, but not one of the six managers he went through by the age of 18 appeared to know the best way to handle his talents, with one in particular attempting to turn him into the next Michael Buble.He's partly responsible for Disclosure's breakthroughThe Lawrence brothers may have built up some impressive buzz on the blogosphere with their classy brand of garage-house. But it was only when they hooked up with Smith on 2012's slinky falsetto-led "Latch" that they first troubled the charts.He already has a UK number one under his beltFurther establishing himself as the number one go-to guest vocalist, Smith then provided the emotive vocal for Naughty Boy's "La La La," a two-step throwback which sold nearly a million copies and topped the UK charts last May.His debut E.P. received rave reviewsProving he is capable of releasing his own material too, Smith then received rave reviews for Nirvana, a self-assured debut E.P. which took in everything from pitch-shifted Timbaland-inspired R&B to The xx-esque melancholic electro-soul.He's worked with Nile RodgersSmith then contributed to one of last year's best superstar collaborations when he hooked up with Chic legend Nile Rodgers and regular cohorts Jimmy Napier and Disclosure for the summery disco-funk of "Together."He's already won a BRIT AwardAs well as topping the Sound of 2014 poll, Smith was also voted this year's BRITs Critics Choice winner, and with "La La La" also receiving a nomination for Best British Single, he could find himself making two acceptance speeches come February 19.His forthcoming debut album is for lonely peopleInspired by both a string of classic soul divas (Whitney, Chaka, Beyonce) and his lack of experience in love, Smith has described his forthcoming debut, In The Lonely Hour, (due for release in May) as "an album for lonely people."
British/Irish pop stars One Direction have been praised for improving the U.K.'s diplomatic relations during a debate in parliament this week (beg16Dec13). The What Makes You Beautiful hitmakers were brought up during a discussion in the House of Lords on Monday (16Dec13) overseen by former British Prime Minister John Major.
Major cited the pop singers as a prime example of how famous British artists can increase trust in the country and improve political clout. He also hailed singers Adele and Susan Boyle, and suggested Britain's royal family, the James Bond franchise, and period drama Downton Abbey have also improved how the nation is viewed overseas.
He told a House of Lords committee, "When people refer to 'the Queen' they almost always mean our Queen. Wherever you go Bond will be known and so, these days, will be Downton Abbey. All of these reflect a rather favourable impression on Britain.
"We've had over 20 British albums top the charts in countries around the world. It's not just the established stars like The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. You have Adele, One Direction, Susan Boyle. Wherever you go, they're household names... That is a background that few countries can match in terms of profile and that is important for our diplomacy."
12 Years A Slave, American Hustle and Gravity look set to dominate the International Press Academy's 2014 Satellite Awards after scoring the bulk of the nominations. Steve McQueen's acclaimed drama, about a black man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 1800s, leads the list with 10 nods, followed by American Hustle and Gravity with eight apiece.
All three films will compete for the coveted Best Motion Picture prize along with Inside Llewyn Davis, Philomena, The Wolf of Wall Street, Saving Mr. Banks, All Is Lost and Blue Jasmine.
12 Years a Slave's star Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated for the Actor in a Motion Picture trophy and he will compete against Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Christian Bale (American Hustle), Tom Hanks, (Captain Phillips), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Matthew McConaughey, (Dallas Buyers Club), and Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street).
Gravity star Sandra Bullock will fight for the best actress award alongside Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Dame Judi Dench (Philomena), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Adele Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color), and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks).
The best directing category includes Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine), Ethan and Joel Cohen (Inside Llewyn Davis), Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), David O. Russell (Hustle), and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street).
In the TV categories, popular drama Breaking Bad topped the list of nominees with four, along with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.
Special honours will go to moviemaker Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station, while his movie's star Michael B. Jordan will receive a breakthrough performance award along with The Book Thief's Sophie Nelisse. Nebraska has been named Best Ensemble, Motion Picture; and Orange Is the New Black landed Best Ensemble, Television.
The Satellite Awards ceremony will be held on 9 March (14) in Los Angeles.
British stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law are nominated for acting prizes at the 2013 European Film Awards for their roles in period blockbuster Anna Karenina. Knightley, who played the title role, will go up against Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Barbara Sukowa (Hannah Arendt) and Luminita Gheorghiu (Child's Pose) for the Best Actress prize.
Law will compete for the Best Actor trophy against Johan Heldenbergh (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Fabrice Luchini (In the House), Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) and Tom Schilling (Oh Boy).
The Best Film nominations include The Best Offer, Blancanieves, The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Great Beauty, Oh Boy And Adele: Chapters 1 & 2.
Veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the prizegiving in Berlin, Germany on 7 December (13).
Scottish singer Annie Lennox was honoured with the Music Industry Trusts Award for her achievements and charity commitments in London on Monday (04Nov13), and Sir Elton John and Adele were among the celebrities who saluted her. Sir Elton, a previous recipient, could not attend the gala in the former Eurythmics star's honour so he sent in a video message, which was played at the event.
He said Lennox's latest accolade was "so well deserved and not only for your extraordinary contribution to music and songwriting but also for your outstanding and tireless work as an HIV and AIDS activist and supporter of woman's rights."
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was also among those who offered up a film tribute, while Adele offered a written tribute in the gala's programme, offering, "So many of her songs have been the soundtrack to my life. Annie Lennox has been a constant part of my life. An example of a brilliant talent that exudes excellence and influence on everyone."
Lennox, 58, performed at the Grosvenor House Hotel gala and admitted she was "very touched and honoured" to receive the award.
She told the audience, "Music has given me a lifetime of experiences and opportunities that I would never have dreamed possible, and I feel very privileged to have been able to become an artist and communicator, especially as a woman."
The event was hosted by BBC broadcaster Jo Whiley at short notice after colleague Paul Gambaccini withdrew from the gala following his arrest last week (ends01Nov13) as part of the Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree sex abuse investigation.