Actress Jennifer Aniston, 45, is adamant she does not need to have a baby to prove her worth as a woman.
"It is always such an issue, of like are you married yet? Do have you babies yet? And it's just constant... I don't have this sort of checklist of things that have to be done, and... if they're not checked, then I've failed some part of my feminism or my being a woman or my worth and my value as a woman, because I haven't... birthed a child... I've birthed a lot of things, and I feel like I've mothered many things, and I don't think it's fair to put that pressure on people."
Live Aid hero Midge Ure gave up plans for a booze-filled retirement after realising he couldn't fight what he hated about the music industry from a rocking chair. The former Ultravox singer has recorded his first new album in a decade, Fragile, and he admits it's a comeback record that almost didn't happen at all.
He tells Billboard.com, "It's a diary of thoughts and emotions and highs and deep lows I've experienced. I went through huge swatches of doubting my continued involvement in this rapidly changing music industry. (There was) a lot of self doubt as to whether I could write anymore after walking away from my all too constant writing partner Jack Daniels and the realisation that, just maybe, nobody was waiting desperately for new Midge Ure material.
"I realised that if you don't agree with where music is at the moment, where busloads of writers contribute to one song and talent shows are supposed to find us the next John Lennon or Led Zeppelin, then walking away from music isn't going to change anything."
He adds, "Fragile might not change anything, but it makes me feel better about trying to redress the balance."
The new album features Dark Dark Night, a collaboration with Moby but everything else on the record was played and recorded by multi-instrumentalist Ure.
He adds, "I thought of each instrument and what they were doing in relation to the other instruments and melodies as building blocks towards the final production. They all had to contribute something to the overall picture but be melodic at the same time. I hope it sounds like a band rather than one person."
Taylor Swift jumped at the chance to play a pivotal role in new movie The Giver because it was an opportunity to show fans who reach out to her in times of need and sadness they should cherish moments of happiness. Swift was a last-minute addition to the cast of the film, and flew to South Africa to shoot her scenes opposite Jeff Bridges.
The movie veteran has already given the Love Story singer high praise for her acting skills, and Swift tells WENN it was a joy to be on the set of such an important project.
She says, "It was unbelievable to even think I would have the opportunity to work with Jeff. It's just an unbelievable concept that I would get to do this. It's sort of this dream scenario where I get to have a very small role that has a pivotal part of the story but isn't jumping into too deep water.
"It was a story that stuck with me through my childhood and the book is by an author that I respect. It celebrates all the things that I hold really dear and the things that are most important are history, music, art, intellect and our memories. That really had a great deal to do with why I had to be a part of this.
"So many of my fans write to me on Instagram and Twitter saying that they're having such a tough time with life because they can't imagine that we can experience such great pain, such intense loss, such insecurity. And the thing that I wish I could tell them over and over again is that we live for these fleeting moments of happiness. Happiness is not a constant; it's something we only experience once in a while but it's worth it. And I that's what in particular drew me to this movie."
Kanye West is convinced he is under constant surveillance by camera drones which could drop out of the sky and injure his baby daughter.
The hip-hop superstar expressed his fears during a deposition as part of a legal battle with a photographer who is suing him over a scuffle at Los Angeles International Airport last year (13).
West, who was convicted of battery for attacking snapper Daniel Ramos, reveals he is convinced his every move is monitored by futuristic flying machines, and he fears his young daughter North West is in danger.
In the transcript of the deposition, obtained by TMZ.com, the star testifies, "Is your daughter stalked by like drones? Are there drones flying where she's trying to learn how to swim at age one?... Wouldn't you like to just teach your daughter how to swim without a drone flying? What happens if a drone falls right next to her? Would it electrocute her?... Could it fall and hit her?"
Nightwish drummer Jukka Nevalainen is temporarily leaving the metal band to deal with personal health issues. The Finnish group is in the middle of recording its new album, but Nevalainen has made the difficult decision to step away from the project.
Nevalainen posted a video on YouTube.com, on Wednesday (06Aug14) and said, "For a number of years, I have suffered from occasional but very difficult insomnia, something that has been my unwanted companion during many of our tours, too. I've done my best to try to control it or at least to cope with it... There is no 100 per cent cure for the problem.
"During the last month, it has become evident for me that due to my insomnia, I can't fulfill my duties as a musician in the way that I'd want and with the precision that the music deserves. Thus I have decided to step aside from my duties as the drummer of NIGHTWISH during the recording of the forthcoming album and the subsequent tour. I will still be involved in managing the day-to-day affairs of the band, but the dearest and the most important thing, playing, is, for the time being, not possible. Time will tell what the future holds.
"On a personal level, my decision obviously feels indescribably sad. Fortunately, looking at it with some distance, it is 'just' part of the constant, inevitable ebb and flow of life. The sad things are part of it as well as the beautiful, unforgettable experiences and adventures that I've already had the pleasure to experience in spades. Surely, there will still be many adventures ahead, too."
"If beginning this was hard, so is ending it. So maybe I will just quote something fitting."
Wintersun drummer Kai Hahto is set to replace Nevalainen on the forthcoming album, but it is unclear whether he will also join Nightwish for a subsequent tour.
Haim star Este Haim struggles to manage her diabetes on tour because she is unable to get the proper food and exercise she needs to stay healthy. The rocker famously suffered a bout of hypoglycemia on stage at Britain's Glastonbury Festival last summer (13) and she later insisted she had been too busy to eat.
Haim has now revealed she faces a constant battle to control her condition while enduring long days, hours of travelling, and a busy work schedule as part of the girl group.
She tells BBC Newsbeat, "It's due to the fact that your hours are always so different and food is never really constant. When you are trying to figure out, 'OK, if I am eating this food, how much insulin do I have to take?' There is a lot of different factors that go along to treating diabetes, it's exercise, it's diet and insulin.
"Sometimes I can't exercise because I've spent the last 12 hours on flights or I'm exhausted or I don't want to exercise... I think it's something that I have and I have to be responsible for it and own up to it and talk about it."
Veteran entertainer Paul Anka has cancelled his upcoming concerts in Israel amid mounting tensions in the Middle East. The singer was due to perform two shows in Tel Aviv next week (beg21Jul14), but he has now called off the gigs and postponed his trip to the country after clashes between Israeli and Palestinian forces.
A representative for Anka, who plans to reschedule the concerts once the political unrest subsides, says in a statement, "Due to the current situation in the Middle East, Paul Anka and the local promoters will be postponing his upcoming concerts scheduled for July 24 and 26, 2014. Management is in constant communication with our local promoter friends, trying to find a solution to the rescheduled dates. Once this is worked out in the next few days the local promoter will make the announcement.
"We ask all current ticket holders to keep their tickets and await that announcement. Mr. Anka assures you that once the local situation is resolved, he will be there with the latest version of his fantastic performance."
The news comes after Neil Young & Crazy Horse and The Brian Jonestown Massacre cancelled gigs in Israel this week (ends20Jul14) due to the turmoil.
A number of other high-profile acts, including Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey and the Backstreet Boys, are due to perform in the country in the coming weeks.
Theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber obtained paperwork to allow him to undergo legal euthanasia after becoming wracked with pain following his cancer battle.
The Cats writer had treatment for prostate cancer in 2009 but the illness left him with a litany of agonising health issues and he had to dose up on medication just to get through a day of work.
Eventually he became so tired and depressed from the constant pain, Lloyd Webber obtained an official application form for Swiss assisted dying clinic Dignitas as he wanted to end his life.
He tells British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "There were days when I thought that I would do anything to get out of this. I adore my work, and I thought that if I could not do that, then I had nothing more. I went through a moment of deep depression - that awful moment when you think that you must find a way out."
"I actually got the forms for Dignitas. With hindsight, it was stupid and ridiculous, but I couldn't think what to do. I got through the show I was working on, but it was murder. I was on every sort of painkiller there is... I couldn't think what to do. In the end I threw away the forms."
The composer was given the all-clear in 2010.
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Summer: it's a time to relax, soak up the sun, eat mountains of ice cream and tackle the massive pile of books you've been meaning to read. Whether you need to make your way through hundreds of pages of classic literature before school starts up again or you've just been putting off the heavier tomes on your shelf until you have some more free time, reading the classics can sometimes be a slog in the summer. But it's a task well worth undertaking, and not just because it's good to broaden your literary horizons. Many of your favorite films are actually twists on well-worn tales. Sure, they're enjoyable on their own, but the only way to really pick up on the humor of Jane Austen or the references to Shakespeare in a suburban high school rom com is to read the books first. We've rounded up the best movies that become even better, funnier and more charming after you've read the works their based on. Consider it a well-earned reward for a book well read.
10 Things I Hate About YouBased On: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.Most Drastic Change: Aside from the high school setting, he plot was simplified to reduce the amount of characters and false identities. For example, Joey Donner was originally two characters, Gremio and Hortensio. Best Reference to the Source: After Kat almost hits Michael with a car, he calls her a “shrew”; Michael also quotes Shakespearean sonnets several times throughout the film, and Cameron quotes the play itself (“I burn; I pine; I perish”). And there's that one girl who is oddly in love with "William."You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: Almost every name in the film is a reference to something else. Padua High School refers to Padua being the location of the play, and Patrick’s last name, Verona, is where Petruchio is originally from. Kat and Bianca’s last name – Stratford – is a reference to Shakespeare’s hometown.
Clueless Based On: Emma by Jane Austen Most Drastic Change: Updating the film to be about ‘90s Valley girls; none of the character’s names are similar to Austen’s characters.Best Reference to the Source: The wedding fake-out at the end of the film. Since Austen wrote a great deal about the marriage plot, all of her novels end with the heroine getting married. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: While most of the characters have Austenian equivalents, Dionne is an original character, although it could be argued that she represents Ms. Weston. Also, Amy Heckerling cut out the character of Jane Fairfax completely. She is the main obstacle to Emma and Frank Churchill’s relationship; his Clueless doppelganger, Christian, is gay instead.
Bridget Jones’ Diary Based On: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Most Drastic Change: Instead of the large family that Elizabeth Bennet has in the book, Bridget is an only child, and has a large group of friends to give her advice, all of whom vaguely resemble her sisters. Best Reference to the Source: Casting Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. Author Helen Fielding has said that she based the character (both in name and looks) on his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: Instead of Darcy making two proposals, he only makes one; Bridget’s speech when she finds out that he is moving is a reflection of his second confession of love.
She’s the Man Based On: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Most Drastic Change: In the play, Viola just pretends to be a man, and calls herself Cesario, rather than specifically impersonating her brother Sebastian. Best Reference to the Source: The character of Malcolm, who is based on the character of Malvolio, has a pet tarantula named Malvolio. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Books: Like 10 Things I Hate About You, all of the names are either adapted from those of the characters - Duke Orsino is the modern-day equivalent of Orsino, who is a duke, and the restaurant they frequent is called Cesario – or the locations – the school’s name Illyria, is where the play takes place.
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Easy A Based On: The Scarlett Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne Most Drastic Change: In the book, Hester is ostracized for cheating on her husband with a priest; she got pregnant during the affair. In the film, Olive only pretends to sleep with people. Best Reference to the Source: The foreign film that Olive goes to see, courtesy of one of her fake hookups, is called Der Scharlachrote Buchstabe, which translates to The Scarlett Letter.You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: The film is up-front about many of its similarities to Hawthorne’s book, as Olive is studying it in class. Though Olive doesn’t have an affair with anyone, Hester and Arthur Dimmsdale’s relationship is paralleled in the affair that Mrs. Griffith has with Micah.
ScroogedBased On: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Most Drastic Change: At the end of the film, Frank reunites with his love, Claire. However, in the book, too much time has passed for him to reconcile with Belle, and so he is instead content with becoming part of the Cratchitt family. Best Reference to the Original: In addition to Frank Cross joking about “scaring the Dickens out of people,” one of the TV shows he produces is called “Scrooge,” which was an alternate title that Dickens published the story under. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: The Bob Cratchitt part is played by two different characters: Frank’s overworked assistant Grace Cooley and the much-abused yes-man Eliot Loudermilk.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Based On: Homer’s The Odyssey Most Drastic Change: Instead of journeying home after a great war, Ulysses has escaped from a prison chain gang. Best Reference to the Source: The film is filled with references to the epic, but the cleverest is the repeated use of the song “Man of Constant Sorrow,” as the name Odysseus (the Greek equivalent of Ulysses) means “man who is in constant pain and sorrow.” You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: In order to win Penelope’s hand in marriage, all the suitors must string Odysseus’ bow and shoot an arrow through a dozen axe heads, but only Odysseus is strong enough to string the bow. In the film, Ulysseus also strings a bow in order to prove that he is who he says he is, and not an imposter.
Ruby Sparks Based On: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.Most Drastic Change: In the play, Higgins “makes” Eliza by transforming her from a flower girl into a lady, but in the film, Calvin physically creates Ruby, as she is a product of his imagination.Best Reference to the Source: At the end, Ruby becomes her own person, and leaves Calvin behind to do what she wants and become who she wants, which reflects the controversial ending of the play, in which Eliza leaves Henry behind in order to marry Freddy, even though Henry disapproves. The ending of Shaw's play was very controversial when it was first performed, but it was important to him that Eliza doesn't marry Henry. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: Calvin’s brother, Harry, repeatedly warns him to be careful with what he’s doing, and not to disregard Ruby’s emotions, just like how Henry’s friend, Colonel Pickering, constantly warns Henry to be kind to Eliza and to treat her like a real person, rather than an experiment.
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Even more impressive than what Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has to say is how it goes about saying it. But what's the most impressive of all is the fact that the movie is having its conversation in the first place. The fact that a science-fiction blockbuster plopped right in the heat of a Marvel Comics- and Michael Bay-stocked summer, composed of computer generated super-apes and post-apocalyptic San Franciscos, is speaking unabashedly about the futility of war, the corrosivity of guns, the corruptibility of man (and ape), and the intense fallibility of any singular ideology.
So astounding is it that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is delivering these principles that you'll watch with the constant apprehension of a thematic undercut — that a movie like this couldn't possibly carry forth with its desolation of the cells that constitute its summer picture brethren's lifeblood. But the film stays true, never for a moment working to glorify its illustration of violence and hate. Dawn has a lot of ugly things to show us about its world and our own, and it pulls no punches in its presentation.
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That's not to say the movie is at all a chore to watch. Though its mission may be grim, Dawn drives us through a story about the impending war between hyper-intelligent simians and what's left of mankind with an effervescent pulse and rich character. On one side, we have Caesar (mo-capped Andy Serkis) struggling to maintain a just and orderly society of his ape brethren in a swanky little set-up in the woods, hoping principally for communal isolation. On the other, Gary Oldman strives for the very same harmony with his slum of Simian Flu-resistant humans, eyeing the power plant on the apes' turf as the source of a basic human necessity. Neither side wants war, and yet neither side is incapable of seeing the other as a threat to what it wants and needs.
We delight in our time in Ape Kingdom, finding a special fascination in watching Caesar play father to his eldest son Blue Eyes (who endures his own coming-of-age crisis of faith), in clever orangutan Maurice pioneering primate academia, and in battered chimp Koba fostering that Macchiavellian drive the old world knew too well. When the story slips into the inevitable nightmare that spawns between two parties, we have as vivid an idea of who's fighting who as any adventure, sci-fi, or war film has given us in recent years.
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So who do we root for? That's just one of the many blockbuster conventions that Dawn not only avoids but abjectly annihilates. This isn't a story about good versus bad, right versus wrong, or even man versus ape. This is a story where the act is the enemy. Where war, guns, and hate are the criminal, where trust and love are the unfortunate victim. Dawn is outstandingly impressive in its delivery of these ideas: in the construction of a race of post-human apes, its coloring of archetypal characters (like top billing human Jason Clarke and a simple but substantial Keri Russell) as fluorescent, and its unique understanding and adherence to its message's gravity. But, to reiterate, what's even more unique, outstanding, and impressive is the fact that a movie like this is saying these things at all.
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