A convicted killer portrayed by Macaulay Culkin in 2003 movie Party Monster is set for release after 17 years behind bars. Former club promoter Michael Alig was found guilty of the manslaughter of Andre Melendez in 1997. The victim's dismembered body was discovered in the Hudson River the previous year (96).
Alig has been eligible for parole since 2007, and although several prison boards have denied his request, he is now expected to be freed on 5 May (14).
Alig was one of the notorious Club Kids who found fame on the New York City party scene in the early 1990s. Culkin played him in Party Monster, the Home Alone star's first film as an adult.
A trip to the wig store, a masquerade ball, and an appearance by Donald Faison, all set to a song by The Shins? It can only be the teaser trailer for Zach Braff's latest stint in the director's chair, Wish I Was Here. In the film, Braff stars as Aidan Bloom, an actor, husband, and father in his mid 30s who finds himself unable to pay for his children's private school when his father gets sick. He decides to home school them instead, and the results are nothing like what he expected. Wish I Was Here, which was funded entirely via Kickstarter, also stars Kate Hudson, Joey King, Mandy Patinkin, and Josh Gad.
And, like a (d)evolution of his feature debut Garden State, this movie seems like it will pack in enough painfully hip, twee, aggressively artistic, and downright annoying elements to make you stand on an abandoned piece of heavy machinery and scream into a quarry. Here's a roundup of all of these "ughhh" moments that we noticed in the Wish I Was Here trailer.
Opening on a Wall of Wig Heads Okay, we get it, you're artsy. Does this have anything to do with the film?
Affirmations of People Being "Unique and Awesome" Everybody knows that the inspirational message is supposed to come at the end of the trailer, not the beginning. It's film 101!
Carrying Around Money in a Plastic Jug It's annoying and unweildy. The people in line behind you at the store need to get on with their lives.
Everyone's Dressed Like SuperheroesAnd not a single Batman, Spider-Man or Captain America is anywhere to be found.
Soundtrack by The Shins You're just making it easy for people to make fun of you now, Zach Braff. Think outside of the emotionally-driven indie rock box for a change.
Lens Flare If we don't like it when J.J. Abrams does it, we probably won't like it when you do it.
Everyone's on Their Phone Are those kids even old enough to own smart phones? And don't they know it's rude to play on your phone when you're supposed to be watching a movie?
Zach Braff, Space Explorer Wait, all of a sudden this is a sci-fi movie now? What happened to the quirky, indie thing you were doing three seconds ago?
Donald Faison Appears Briefly...And everyone wishes they could be re-watching Scrubs instead. Remember the musical episode? Good times.
Glass Breaking, Fire, Screaming in Rapid Succession We're assuming it's some kind of metaphor for inner turmoil.
So. Much. Genre-Bending.There's a period masquerade, a space adventure and a weepy tear-jerker, all in a midlife-crisis indie. How many movies are in this one movie? Is this Braff's attempt to make Inception?
Soft-Lit Suburban Streets Again, we get it, you're artsy. You don't need the fake fireflies to drive the message home. Less is more, Zach Braff.
Veteran actress Shirley Maclaine has booked a multi-episode arc on Glee. The Oscar winner will portray a New York socialite, who becomes a mentor and benefactor for Darren Criss' character, Blaine, in a series of upcoming episodes, according to E! News.
Maclaine, who also has a recurring role on Downton Abbey, joins the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker, who have all served as guest stars on the programme.
Maclaine is set to make her Glee debut later this month (Apr14).
"Slash did a drawing of Aerosmith before he got into rock and roll and I asked him if I could buy it and he said 'No'. I said, 'Can we rent it?' So we put it in the inside cover of our last album." Rocker Steven Tyler on using former Guns N' Roses guitarist SLASH's fan art for their 2012 record Music from Another Dimension! Aerosmith and Slash are joining forces for a joint North American tour this summer (14).
SLASH and Aerosmith are heading out on the road together this summer (14) after announcing plans for a huge North American tour. The Let Rock Rule trek will begin in New York on 10 July (14) and end two months later (Sep14) in Canada.
The two acts confirmed dates during a press conference at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on Tuesday (08Apr14), during which Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler told fans and the media, "Looking forward to inciting a riot and building the tribal bonfire even higher - it's a win win with Slash."
The former Guns N' Roses guitarist added, "Aerosmith is one of my all time favourite bands, and one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time. It's an honour for me to go out and tour with them and keep the rock 'n' roll banner flying high."
Reports of the tour first surfaced last week (ends04Apr14) when Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry took to the streets of Los Angeles with graffiti artist Risk and 'tagged' various buildings with his band's logo, and the tour announcement date of 4.8.14. Drummer Joey Kramer hit buildings in Downtown Austin, Texas for a similar stunt with artist Chunk.
Slash and Aerosmith aren't the only big-name double act hitting the road in America and Canada this summer - Linkin Park will join 30 Seconds to Mars for a string of dates; KISS and Def Leppard have teamed up, and last week (ends04Apr14), Jeff Beck and ZZ Top announced plans for a co-headlining tour.
Rocker Joe Perry appeared to risk arrest earlier this week (beg31Mar14) by scrawling graffiti promoting Aerosmith's upcoming tour all over a Los Angeles building. The guitarist was joined by a local street artist at a production studio in the early hours of Thursday morning (03Apr14) and tagged the building's wall with the slogan 'Aerosmith Let Rock Rule 8.4.2014'.
The guerilla marketing campaign was carried out to promote the rock act's upcoming trek with Slash, and it is believed the full details of the dates will be released on Tuesday (08Apr14).
However, one person who wasn't too happy about the street art was the building's owner, who tells TMZ.com he had to hastily paint over the graffiti before a photoshoot on Thursday.
Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are two of the biggest names in pop music, and rank amongst the most famous women in the world. The duo are idolized by tweens, teens, and their parents, all of whom flock to their concerts and sing gleefully along with each singer's mountain of hits.
Their shared history with John Mayer aside, Swift and Perry also may be among the best liked female celebrities, not just with the public but with their peers. Each singer seems to have as many friends as they do music videos. Heck, they're even friendly with each other, with Perry once stopping by a Swift concert to sing "Hot N Cold." With most of the world wanting to hang out with either Swift or Perry, we ask the question... who would you rather have as a BFF?
Swift, 24, seems to collect friends the way that Star Wars fans collect action figures, and isn't afraid to share the experience with her fans. When she took a road trip with Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss, the duo posted photos documenting every step of the way on Instagram. She also has been known to post videos from her exploits with Modern Family's Sarah Hyland. "She's just the most down-to-earth person," Hyland told PEOPLE magazine. "She just seems like a really true friend."
Swift can seemingly also turn people around with her bubbly personality. In an interview with a New Zealand magazine, Lorde said that she didn't think that it was good to promote Swift's unattainable perfection to young women. So, Swift sent her roses and soon after the two spent some time hanging out. The singer is unapologetic about her habit of seemingly being friends with every young female celebrity that she meets (which has also included, among others, Ashley Greene, Emma Stone and Lily Aldridge), once told Parade magazine, "I make new friends all the time! I don't think twice about it. If you're trying to filter out the people who, God forbid, know who you are or have heard your music before — I don't see that as a reason to be weirded out and not be friends with someone."
Perry, 29, is only a little bit older than Swift, but comes across as more mature (and more risqué). The daughter of Christian ministers, Perry doesn’t go too wild, but she doesn't mind if her friends do. The singer joked about equally famous bestie Rihanna in an interview, saying, "We all know how much weed you smoke." Her longtime pal, Raising Hope's Shannon Woodward, has been known to post pictures of them having a grand old time goofing around with each other, and once even did a video parody of Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" using Perry's cat in a starring role.
Perry has remained steadfastly loyal to Woodward and DJ Mia Moretti, going back to their days as struggling young women in Los Angeles. For a little more glamour, she's also been known to pal around with Kate Hudson, in part because Perry's real last name is Hudson. Not only is Perry a good friend, she's a good sister. As her Twitter followers know, back in February of this year the singer helped with the delivery of her sister's baby... in her sister's living room. If she's willing to jump in and lend a hand with a home birth, it's hard to imagine that there's any crisis where Perry wouldn't help out a friend.
Vote below and let us know which of the pop princesses you'd rather hang out with.
Shia Labeouf has exited Barry Levinson's new movie Rock The Kasbah, according to a U.S. report. The Transformers actor joined the star-studded cast last month (Feb14), but is now no longer part of the comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Reasons for his departure have not been revealed, but sources tell editors at the industry publication that it was an "amicable parting."
Rock The Kasbah stars Bill Murray as a washed-up music manager who lands a career boost when he takes on a pop wannabe from Afghanistan. The movie's cast also includes Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel.
British actor Idris Elba showcased his rapping skills on Monday night (24Mar14) when he made a surprise appearance on stage with singer/producer Mr Hudson. The musician was launching his latest album at London burlesque club The Box when he welcomed The Wire star onstage to perform with him. Elba, who DJs under the name Driis, reportedly rapped his way through two tracks from the new record in front of a crowd that included actor Kiefer Sutherland, who is in London to film hit TV show 24. Hudson documented the special moment by posting a picture of his performance with Elba on his Twitter.com page, adding, "#stepintotheshadows (new single) #mrhudson #idriselba #thebox #Smirnoff (sic)."
Rock legend Jimmy Page's photographer daughter has launched a new exhibition featuring her shots of guitar greats like her dad, SLASH and Brian May. Scarlet Page's Resonators show, which started at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Monday (24Mar14), also features candid portraits of Sir Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.
Sales of the framed photos will benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The show coincides with the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, which also began at the Albert Hall on Monday. The exhibition will run for a month.