Actor/singer David Cassidy has opened up about his recent arrest and battle with alcoholism, confessing, "If I take another drink, I'm going to die". On Monday (24Mar14), the seventies pop icon pleaded no contest in a California court to driving under the influence (DUI) following his arrest in January (14).
After receiving a sentence to serve 90 days in rehab and complete a nine-month alcohol program, Cassidy is ready to face his battle with the disease head-on after a troubling few years.
In an interview with Piers Morgan, Cassidy admits, "If I take another drink, I'm going to die, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. I'm dead. You know, they say it's a slippery slope.
"It's not a slippery slope. It's from 12:00 to 6:00 on the clock and the whole face is ice. One sip, one drink, because there is no such a thing, not to an alcoholic. You have one and you're done. I'd be done."
The I Think I Love You hitmaker adds, "I am most definitely an alcoholic. And the interesting thing about it and the way you end up with multiple DUIs - I never got arrested for anything until I was basically 60 years old... I had been lying to myself and consequently lying to everyone else about my disease."
The 63 year old's January arrest was his third DUI since 2010, but his troubles worsened in February (14), when his wife of 23 years, Sue Cassidy, filed for divorce.
When asked how his drinking affected his marriage and its eventual demise, Cassidy divulges, "She'd (Sue) just say it made me an ass. It made me a fricking d**k (sic). I wasn't authentic. It's because I have an allergy to it. My personality changes I'm not aware of it. I never stop talking. It's obnoxious. It's embarrassing."
But the singer is hopeful for the next phase in his life, recalling the "spiritual experience" that completely changed his attitude on the future of his well-being.
He explains, "I dropped to my knees and I felt something go through me... I felt this experience that was just, thank you God. I felt this relief. I begged it and I was crying and weeping like a little boy, like a sobbing little infant, like I'm sure I did many times as a kid. And I felt this incredible sense of relief because I stopped lying to myself."
Seventies pop icon David Cassidy has been sentenced to serve 90 days in rehab following his latest DUI arrest. The actor/singer must check in to a live-in rehab facility for alcohol abuse, according to TMZ.com.
Cassidy was arrested in Los Angeles in January (14) and pleaded no contest to the charge in court on Monday (24Mar14).
In addition to rehab, the I Think I Love You singer was also sentenced to 60 months probation. He must also complete a nine-month alcohol program.
The star reportedly enrolled in a rehab clinic of his own free will last month (Feb14).
His January arrest was Cassidy's third DUI since 2010.
It's almost become a game — how many things can be blamed on Miley Cyrus? When she went out on her Bangerz tour, mothers — none of whom had apparently been paying attention to what the singer's been up to since Hannah Montana — took to the web to complain about her antics, comparing the stage show to porn and lamenting the fact that their children had been exposed to it. Joe Jonas wrote a tell-all essay for New York Magazine, where he revealed that it was peer-pressure from Cyrus and Demi Lovato that got him to smoke pot for the first time. When she subsequently lit up a joint on stage in Amsterdam, she was labeled out of control. Months after, she caught a ton of flak for her "twerking" at the MTV Video Music Awards, the Internet exploded with rumors that Cyrus was the real reason behind the break-up of Robin Thicke and his wife, Paula Patton.
Now, Katy Perry is taking shots at the singer after Cyrus tried to kiss her at a concert, telling an Australian television show that she backed away from the smooch because, "God knows where that tongue has been." Even something as simple as being photographed using a teleprompter during a concert in Denver — a practice that did not originate with Cyrus — becomes national tabloid fodder. All that's missing at this point is Vladimir Putin issuing a statement saying that Cyrus is the real cause behind the unrest in the Ukraine.
Do a search for Cyrus' name and you'll return a lot of self-righteous posturing about her habit of not wearing clothes and her professed love of marijuana. The problem with all of this is that when you boil it all down, there's absolutely nothing wrong with what Cyrus is doing. In fact, if anything, it's a savvy career move.
Cyrus' image make-over isn't the first of its kind. When Drew Barrymore wanted to be seen as something more than the girl from E.T., she posed for Playboy and flashed David Letterman on national television. Within the music industry, Cyrus still has a ways to go before she tops the dual masters of self-promotion, Madonna and Lady Gaga. Heck, Madonna was kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera years before Cyrus thought of it, and Gaga has been naked (or nearly) so often that it doesn't even register anymore.
So, why does what Cyrus is doing bother so many people? Is it because there's a segment of the audience that feels like they've watched her grow up on her Disney Channel show? Is it because she comes from a country music background with its more "traditional" values and with none other than Dolly Parton as her godmother? Or is it just that even now, people have difficulty with a young woman flaunting her sexuality?
The truth is that as a culture there are continuous mixed messages about female sexuality. Being sexy is valued, but being overtly sexual can go either way. When Jennifer Lawrence goes on Conan and tells a story about sex aides, it gets treated as something cute. If Kim Kardashian does the same thing, the nicest label that gets attached to her is "vapid." Madonna and Gaga are hailed as smart business women for parlaying an image based largely on sex into millions of dollars, but Spears is continuously portrayed disparagingly for doing the same thing. Cyrus was bashed for the tone of her concerts, but mothers routinely take their daughters to Perry's shows that feature skimpy costumes, stripper poles and a variety of accoutrements tied to her breasts. How does any young female performer that's coming up know what's over the line, when the line isn't the same for any two women?
To her credit, Cyrus does not take the criticism without hitting back. When Jonas made his comments, she responded to the New York Times that, "If you want to smoke weed, you're going to smoke weed. There's nothing that two little girls are going to get you to do that you don't want to do." When Perry called her out, she took to Twitter to shoot back about Perry's ex-boyfriend John Mayer, "Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we all know where THAT (tongue) been."
She also has a sense of humor about it, appearing on Saturday Night Live two different times in the fall to make fun of the furor over her behavior. Parton, who was never shy about using her own sexuality to gain notice, has defended her goddaughter as well, telling a London newspaper, "It's not easy being young. You almost have to sacrifice your damn soul to get anything done."
Unlike Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan, Cyrus appears to know exactly what she's doing. If she's to blame for anything, it's for showcasing again the double-standards that get applied to strong, young women.
Britney Spears' little sister is a married woman - country singer Jamie Lynn married fiance Jamie Watson in Las Vegas on Friday (14Mar14). The 22 year old exchanged vows with her 31-year-old beau at the Audobon Tea Room.
The bride's father walked her down the aisle and her daughter Maddie was the flower girl. Big sister Britney and her boyfriend David Lucado were among the guests, and her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James were ring bearers for their aunt and new uncle.
Thrilled Britney took to Twitter on Saturday to congratulate the newlyweds, writing, "So happy I could be a part of my little sister's big day... Yesterday was magical. Congrats @jamielynnspears!!"
This is Jamie Lynn's first wedding; she was previously engaged to Maddie's father, Casey Aldridge.
Rocker Gene Simmons once talked Eddie Van Halen out of joining Kiss by insisting the guitar great would be miserable as Ace Frehley's replacement. The bass player tells Guitar World magazine that Van Halen came close to leaving his namesake band and joining KISS in the early 1980s following a series of spats with frontman David Lee Roth.
Simmons recalls, "He was so unhappy about how he and Roth were - or weren't - getting along. He couldn't stand him. And drugs were rampant."
The guitarist invited Simmons out for dinner in New York to sound him out about the possibility of him becoming a member of KISS, but the Detroit Rock City hitmaker told Van Halen his band wasn't big enough for the both of them - and singer Paul Stanley.
Simmons says, "I told him, 'Eddie, there's not enough room. You need to be in a band where you can direct the music. You're not going to be happy in Kiss'. I talked him out of it. It didn't fit."
Instead, Vinnie Vincent, who joined the rock icons for their dinner date, signed on as KISS' new guitarist.
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."
The opening of a new Los Angeles production based on the life of actor/singer Paul Robeson has been postponed after its star Keith David was injured. Phillip Hayes Dean's stage show, titled Paul Robeson, was due to be unveiled at the city's Ebony Repertory Theatre on Friday night (14Mar14) but the opening has now been delayed until further notice.
The move comes after There's Something About Mary star David, who plays the title role, sustained a knee injury.
Wren T. Brown, the theatre's founder, says, "Keith was crestfallen that he couldn't do the show."
The company is hoping to resume performances on 21 March (14).
Paul Robeson was a pioneering black actor and singer who rose to prominence on Broadway during World War II. The play about his life debuted on the Great White Way in 1978 with Star Wars actor James Earl Jones playing Robeson.
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Performing is performing. ‘Nuff said. But there are different skills for singing and acting. You wouldn’t want a dance track by Patrick Stewart featuring Ian McKellan (okay, bad example, that sounds awesome). You also wouldn’t watch The English Patient with Justin Bieber. Or Apollo 13 with the boys from 98 Degrees. Or Crossroads with Britney Spears. But music artists like Mark Wahlberg, Queen Latifah, and Mandy Moore have all found great success by answering the call of the silver screen. Acting and singing are two different skills but some singers have managed to give some really amazing performances. Here are a few of our favorites.
Alecia Moore (Pink) in Thanks for Sharing
This heartfelt dramedy about sex addicts slipped under the radar. However, Pink’s performance shows that she’s more than just a singer... and acrobat. Her choice to use her real name to distinguish her acting from her music shows she’s serious. She plays a no-nonsense girl, which is pretty true to form, but she captures the humanity of the burden of sex addiction.
Mariah Carey in Precious
It’s hard to imagine the insanely high maintenance Carey without makeup. However, for her role in Precious, Carey abandoned her diva image in favor of playing a stern social worker. Carey’s acting abilities have incorrectly tied to the ill-fated flop Glitter. However, Carey is able to embody roles that are way more folksy and real than her media persona. Carey also deserves an honorable mention for her role in the film WiseGirls. The film is forgettable but her performance as a smart-mouthed waitress is impressive.
Cyndi Lauper in Vibes
Lauper rarely gets her due as an actress. She is an amazing performer and is only an Oscar away from EGOT-ing. Her thick New York accent puts her in that Joe Pesci category of actors who must play New Yorkers or Italian Americans. All the same, in the 1980s Lauper had top billing in a comedy about psychics starring Jeff Goldblum. The film did not do well box office wise but Lauper proves herself to be both compelling and funny.
Whitney Houston in Waiting to Exhale
It’s sad that Houston’s amazing talent is often eclipsed by her personal issues. Not only was she an amazing singer, she was a very gifted actress. Her role in this drama, based on the popular Terry McMillan novel, showcased not only her solid acting chops but also her ability to draw an audience. She was able to hold her own against the likes of Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine.
Diana Ross in Mahogany
Ross is an icon. Her songs are timeless. Her performance in this film is legendary. She plays a young girl who gets transformed into a supermodel with tons of booze and poor choices along the way. Plus, her love interests are Norman Bates and Lando Calrissian. Pop reference overload.
David Bowie in Labyrinth
Bowie’s performance in this bizarre children’s movie shaped a generation. They were either scared by goblins, engrossed in the music, or titillated by Bowie’s royal jewels visible in his tights. Bowie does deserve some credit for the acting challenge of performing exclusively with Muppets. Jennifer Connelly is one quarter Muppet, right?
Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls
Hudson earned an Oscar for her role in the film version of this popular musical. She has the pipes to sing the popular song “I Am Telling You.” She also has the ability to shine as the breakout star of this blockbuster. She is scrappy yet vulnerable, and proved to be the surprising highlight of this star-studded film.
Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur in Poetic Justice
Both Jackson and Shakur acting experience before Poetic Justice. Jackson did a lot of television shows like Fame and Diff’rent Strokes, which was an extension her squeaky clean pop star image. Shakur also kept his gangsta rap image for his role in Juice. Both actors stepped out of their comfort zones in this 1990s classic. Jackson opted for a harder exterior and a rougher neck. Shakur showed his softer side. Check out this clip that has enough F-bombs to rival Wolf of Wall Street.
Rocker Jimmy Page is set to receive an honorary degree from the Berklee College of Music. The Led Zeppelin star will be feted at a ceremony on 10 May (14) at Boston University's Agganis Arena in Massachusetts.
In an email to RollingStone.com, Page writes, "It's truly an honour to be the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate at Berklee as the music of America has been a primary driving force in my early years and pivotal to my musical development."
Jazz pianist Geri Allen, singer/songwriter Valerie Simpson and jazz trumpeter Thara Memory will be celebrated alongside Page.
Past Berklee honourees include David Bowie, Carole King, Loretta Lynn and George Clinton.
British singer Beverley Knight is set to continue her stint in London's West End after landing a leading role in hit Broadway musical Memphis. The Shoulda Woulda Coulda hitmaker made her musical stage debut last year (13) when she took over the lead female role in The Bodyguard, and received a Whatsonstage.com Award nomination for her work.
She will now star as a club singer desperate for her big break in the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, which is scored by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, when it arrives in London later this year (14).
The soul-themed show is due to open at London's Shaftesbury Theatre in October (14).