British songwriter Sir Tim Rice will be honoured with the BMI Icon Award next month (Oct14). The lyricist, best known for his theatre productions with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, has been chosen to receive the prestigious prize from Broadcast Music International (BMI) bosses for his achievements in songwriting at the annual BMI London Awards.
BMI president Michael O'Neill says, "Sir Tim Rice's extraordinary creativity has given the world some of the most beloved songs... He is one of our era's most admired and respected lyricists, a leading author and sought-after commentator."
Previous recipients include Van Morrison, Bryan Ferry and Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon.
The ceremony will take place on 13 October (14) at London's Dorchester Hotel.
Bryan Cranston turned up the heat at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday night (25Aug14) by comically grabbing his former Seinfeld co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus for a steamy lip-lock as she made her way to the stage to accept the prize for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The Veep star's win occurred moments after she and Cranston reunited onstage to present the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series trophy to The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons. During the presenting segment, the actress commented on how much Cranston looked like her character Elaine's one-time boyfriend, dentist Tim Whatley, and when the Breaking Bad star revealed he actually was the actor who played the doctor, Louis-Dreyfus proceeded to ignore him. After the kiss, she quipped, "Yeah, yeah, he was on Seinfeld, yeah."
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Long emancipated from its reputation as the place where has-beens go for one last snag at the limelight, television is attracting big screen folks at the top of their games. A new league of blockbuster movie stars, admired thespians, and Oscar-nominated filmmakers alike are flocking to the comforts of premium cable, all with intriguing projects in tow. Here are a few big name figures taking to the TV game with promising prospects.
Who's that again? The guy who directed Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, The Fountain, and NoahWhat's he working on? MaddAddam, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood's speculative sci-fi novel trilogy (Oryx and Crake, Year Of The Flood, and MaddAddam).For whom? HBO.What's the deal? The story depicts a dystopian future in which genetic engineering has swept the human race. Aronofsky might direct, and is executive producing with his fiancée Brandi-Ann Milbradt and regular collaborator Ari Handel.[Deadline]
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Who's that again? Iron Man.What's he working on? An untitled drama about a drug rehab community set in 1980s Venice Beach.For whom? Showtime.What's the deal? Downey obviously has personal ties to the project considering his history with drug abuse; he and his wife Susan are producing, and Orange Is the New Black writer Gary Lennon is handling the script (so we can expect some wit).[Deadline]
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Who's that again? Walter White from Breaking Bad, Hal from Malcolm in the Middle, or Tim Whatley from Seinfeld, and President Lyndon Johnson on ol' Broadway.What's he working on? A narrative adaptation of the Conn and Hal Iggulden book Dangerous Book for Boys.For whom? No word just yet.What's the deal? Although the Igguldens' book takes form as a "how to" manual of sorts, Cranston's television series will draw a narrative out of the variety of rituals established as recommended rites of passage for American youngsters.[Variety]
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Miranda Lambert has extended her reign as the new queen of country after leading the nominations for the 2014 CMT Music Awards. The Mama's Broken Heart singer is up for six trophies at this year's event - two as a solo act, two for her We Were Us duet with Keith Urban and two with her band the Pistol Annies.
Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan have landed five nods each, while Urban and Taylor Swift have four each to take to the CMT Music Awards on 4 June at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena in Tennessee.
The night's big prize for Video of the Year will be a battle between Blake Shelton and Pistol Annies (Boys 'Round Here), Carrie Underwood (See You Again), Eric Church (Give Me Back My Hometown), Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan (This Is How We Roll), Hunter Hayes (I Want Crazy), Kacey Musgraves (Follow Your Arrow), Keith Urban with Miranda Lambert (We Were Us), Luke Bryan (That's My Kind of Night), Miranda Lambert (Automatic), Taylor Swift (Red), Thomas Rhett (It Goes Like This) and Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban (Highway Don't Care).
Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic (Counting Stars), Jake Owen (Days Of Gold), Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks (Rhiannon), Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie (Oh No/All Night Long), The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy (My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark) and Willie Nelson and Neil Young (Long May You Run) - all from CMT TV specials - are up for the CMT Performance of the Year prize.
Lesbian comedienne Ellen Degeneres has beaten the likes of producer/writer Ryan Murphy and actor Neil Patrick Harris to be named the most powerful gay celebrity in America. The talk show presenter and Oscars host has topped Out magazine's annual Power List, ahead of Apple CEO Tim Cook at two and U.S. newswoman Rachel Maddow at three.
Glee and American Horror Story creator Murphy was placed sixth, while How I Met Your Mother star Harris took the seventh spot.
Other notable mentions include Glee actress Jane Lynch at 20, X-Men director Bryan Singer at 28 and R&B star Frank Ocean at 42.
Juno star Ellen Page, who 'came out' in February (14), makes her debut on the list at 29.
Miranda Lambert made history and ruled the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (06Apr14), earning three top prizes, including Female Vocalist of the Year for the fifth time in a row. The House That Built Me singer became the only female artist to win the honour five consecutive times, edging out Reba McEntire, who won the award for four successive years, and seven in total.
Lambert also took home the Record of the Year prize for her song Mama's Broken Heart, as well as the Vocal Event of the Year prize for her duet with Keith Urban, We Were Us, which was handed out on the red carpet before the ceremony began.
Country music icon George Strait won the ultimate prize of the night for Entertainer of the Year, beating out Taylor Swift, Lambert, her husband Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. The latter two also co-hosted the event for the second year in a row.
Follow Your Arrow hitmaker Kacey Musgraves followed up her two Grammy wins in February (14) with the Album of the Year award for Same Trailer Different Park, and boasted, "I'm really proud to be a woman representing country music," in her acceptance speech.
For the second year in a row Jason Aldean picked up the Male Vocalist of the Year title, and other winners included The Band Perry (Vocal Group of the Year), Florida Georgia Line (Vocal Duo of the Year), Justin Moore (New Artist of the Year), Lee Brice (Song of the Year for I Drive Your Truck) and Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw, featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban (Video of the Year).
Garth Brooks presented veteran singer Merle Haggard with the Crystal Milestone Award to mark his 50th anniversary in the industry, and George Strait and Lambert teamed up to sing a medley of his hits, including The Bottle Let Me Down and I'm a Lonesome Fugitive.
The achievement coincided with Haggard's 77th birthday, and Brooks led the entire audience in serenading the singer on his big day.
The ceremony was also filled with stand-out performances, including sets from George Strait, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow and Toby Keith.
In addition, a number of artists joined forces for special collaborations - Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan teamed up for a pyrotechnics and bicycle stunt show during their performance of This is How We Roll; Tim McGraw was joined by his wife Faith Hill for a duet of Meanwhile; Stevie Nicks joined Lady Antebellum for a rendition of Rihannon, and The Voice stars Shelton and Shakira gave the country night a Latin feel as they reworked her song Medicine.
Prior to Sunday's ceremony, Carrie Underwood was given the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap were handed the Career Achievement Award, and Rascal Flatts were honoured with the Jim Reeves International Award for their success overseas.
The full list of winners is:
Entertainer of the Year: George Strait
Album of the Year: Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Group of the Year: The Band Perry
Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean
Song of the Year: I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice
Record of the Year: Mama's Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert
New Artist of the Year: Justin Moore
Vocal Duo of the Year: Florida Georgia Line
Vocal Event of the Year: We Were Us by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
Crystal Milestone Award: Merle Haggard
Video of the Year: Highway Don't Care by Tim McGraw, featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban
Gene Weed Special Achievement Award: Carrie Underwood
Career Achievement Award: Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap
Jim Reeves International Award: Rascal Flatts
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Kimora Lee Simmons has reported tied the knot with her banker boyfriend Tim Leissner in a secret ceremony. The model-turned-fashion designer has yet to confirm the news that she has wed for a second time, but her ex-husband, rap mogul Russell Simmons, has fuelled the rumours by defending his former wife amid reports she's dating Cash Money Records CEO Bryan 'Birdman' Williams are dating.
In a tweet on Wednesday (19Feb14), Simmons, wrote, "All of us love @OfficialKimora but the fact is she is happily married. Tim has been family for a while now."
Kimora and Leissner, an executive at American investment banking firm Goldman Sachs, were spotted sporting rings on their left wedding fingers during a vacation in December (13). During their island getaway to St. Barts, the couple was joined by her ex-husband and their two daughters, and her son, Kenzo, with ex-boyfriend Djimon Hounsou.
Kimora and the music mogul finalised their divorce in 2009, while she and Hounsou split in 2012 after five years of dating.
Miranda Lambert and Tim Mcgraw will lead the way at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards after scoring seven nominations apiece. The House That Built Me beauty will attempt to defend her title as the Female Vocalist of the Year after taking home the accolade for the past four years; she will compete against Sheryl Crow, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and double Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves, while the star is also in the running for Entertainer of the Year, a category which also features her husband Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Swift and George Strait.
Lambert is also up for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for Mama's Broken Heart, which was co-written by Musgraves, and she has earned a double mention in the Vocal Event of the Year shortlist for her Keith Urban duet We Were Us and Boys 'Round Here with her band Pistol Annies.
Meanwhile, McGraw's Two Lanes of Freedom is nominated for Album of the Year, and Highway Don't Care will give Lambert a run for her money in the Single Record, Vocal Event and Video of the Year categories.
The Male Vocalist of the Year honour will be a fight between six-time nominee Urban, Bryan, Lee Brice, Shelton and Jason Aldean, while the acts up for Vocal Duo of the Year include Big & Rich, Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square, and Vocal Group of the Year features Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry.
Bob Dylan has earned his first ACMA nomination for Song of the Year - he wrote Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum's hit Wagon Wheel.
The nominees were announced online by stars including Katy Perry and actress Beth Behrs, and the winners will be revealed at a ceremony on 6 April (14). Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to host the prizegiving from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.