Former pop star Eydie Gorme has died, aged 84. The singer passed on Saturday (10Aug13) in Las Vegas with her husband and musical collaborator, Steve Lawrence, by her side. No cause of death has been made public, but reports suggest she had been battling cancer.
A statement from Lawrence reads, "Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time."
Gorme started her career working as an interpreter for the United Nations, but made her recording debut in 1950 with the Tommy Tucker Orchestra, and her big break came when she was hired as a regular on The Tonight Show, singing duets with her husband-to-be Lawrence.
She married Lawrence in 1957 and they worked as a musical duo, Steve and Eydie, but her biggest hit was a solo effort, 1963's Grammy-nominated track Blame It on the Bossa Nova.
Gorme won several Grammy Awards during her career, both for her solo work and for her recordings with her husband, and the stars later became regulars on the nightclub circuit, while they also appeared together on Broadway in a musical called Golden Rainbow.
They continued touring into the 2000s before Gorme retired in 2009. Among their many accolades, the couple was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
She is survived by Lawrence and their son, David. Their other son, Michael, died in 1986 aged 23 from an undiagnosed heart condition.
A number of stars have paid tribute to Gorme since news of her death broke, including veteran crooner Tony Bennett, who took to his Twitter.com page to write, "America has lost a great vocalist. RIP Eydie Gorme."
Actor/musician Steve Martin also expressed his sadness on the social networking website, and songwriter Diane Warren added, "Las Vegas please dim your lights tonite (sic) for Eydie Gorme. RIP."
Actor Cory Monteith's penultimate movie All The Wrong Reasons will debut at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival in the Glee star's native Canada. Director Gia Milani's ensemble movie, in which Monteith plays a store clerk, also features Emily Hampshire, Kevin Zegers and Karine Vanasse.
The film was shot a year ago (12) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The news of the world premiere in September (13) comes just over a week after Monteith's death in a Vancouver, Canada hotel on 13 July (13). The local coroner concluded the Glee star died due to an alcohol and heroin overdose.
Canadian artist Alex Colville has died at the age of 92. A message posted on his official website states he "passed away peacefully" at his home in Nova Scotia on Tuesday (16Jul13).
After starting his career as a painter in the Canadian military during World War II, Colville went on to gain acclaim for his detailed depictions of everyday scenes.
His work was exhibited in some of the world's most renowned galleries, including the Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
He was presented with his homeland's highest civilian honour, the Companion of the Order of Canada, in 1982, and his Man on Verandah painting set the record for a work by a living Canadian artist when it sold for $1.3 million (£832,000) in 2010.
Another of Colville's works, the Horse and the Church, appeared on a Canadian stamp in 2002.
His death comes months after his artist wife, Rhoda, passed away aged 91 in December (12).
Controversial singer Chris Brown is facing further resistance over his upcoming concert in Canada as another sponsor has pulled its support for the gig. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is scheduled to headline the Energy Rush event in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 31 August (13) but the decision to include Brown on the bill has been met with negative reactions from the local community.
Bosses at telecommunications firm Rogers Communications axed their support of the gig after Brown was announced as a headliner and now representatives from the Centre for Arts and Technology-Halifax have also announced their decision to withdraw funding.
A statement on the educational facility's official Facebook.com page reads, "Due to the recent announcement of Chris Brown as Energy Rush’s featured artist, we have officially withdrawn our sponsorship from this event. When we became a sponsor of Energy Rush, we were not aware of who the featured artist was going to be at that time... We feel that pulling our sponsorship is the best option given the feature artist’s reputation. As an educational institution, we can’t ignore the sentiments expressed on campus that participating in this year’s event goes against our collective values."
The decision was made public on Monday (15Jul13), the same day the singer's probation was revoked by a Los Angeles judge as he fights hit-and-run charges following a minor car accident in May (13).
Brown's probation relates to his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. If found guilty of violating his probation, he faces up to four years in jail.
Chris Brown's representative has criticised the sponsors of a Canadian concert who pulled out of the event after discovering the controversial singer is among the performers. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is scheduled to headline the Energy Rush concert in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 31 August (13), but bosses at telecommunications firm Rogers Communications, one of several sponsors of the show, decided to axe their support for the gig after learning of Brown's inclusion on the bill.
A spokesperson for the company told E! News, "Rogers has been a sponsor of the Energy Rush concert series for the last seven years... Our agreement to continue sponsorship of the series was made before Chris Brown's appearance was announced.
"However, as soon as he was confirmed as one of eight performers, we decided to withdraw our sponsorship at this time. We have shared a great partnership with the local radio station for the last seven years and we appreciate their understanding of our decision."
A representative for the star, whose bad boy antics have made headlines in recent years, was quick to criticise the decision, adding, "It's a shame that some people are so short-sighted and uninformed. Chris is an award-winning artist whose goal is to inspire and entertain. He engages in many philanthropic endeavours to support his community and communities worldwide...
"Chris strives to learn from his past and to grow as a person, as we should all do. Chris is looking forward to being a part of the Energy Rush Concert Series."
Brown is currently on probation for his 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna and was allegedly involved in a car park bust-up with singer Frank Ocean in January (13).
Fifty Shades of Grey fans, grasp on tightly to your blindfolds, chains, and metal balls, because we're that much closer to whipping the exceedingly anticipated film-adaption into production. The kinky adaption from Focus Features and Universal Pictures already scored Kelly Marcel as screen writer, and now the inevitablely risqué flick has found itself a director: Sam Taylor-Johnson.The filmmaker, wife of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is best known for her directorial debut Nowhere Boy, which chronicled the origins of John Lennon's life (and helped to launch her husband's acting career). The British director will venture into the Red Room of Pain, setting Anastasia Steele under the command of the domineering, jaw-droppingly gorgeous Christian Grey.
Michael De Luca, producer of the hot and steamy project, shared how Taylor-Johnson snagged the coveted role as director. According to Deadline, De Luca stated, "Sam's unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion, and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia's relationship to life. EL James' characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed, and Sam is a natural fit." Bravo, Sam!
And for all the obedient Christian Grey submissives worried about the film leaning on the side of caution, don't fret: the eroticism and S&M scenes will not be dulled down. It will be rated NC-17, so we're expecting to practically watch porn on the big screen pretty much. Follow Cori on Twitter @gimmegimmeCOR | Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @Hollywood_comMore:'Fifty Shades of Grey' Screenwriter May Adapt 'The Little Mermaid'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie Finds a Writer'Fifty Shades of Grey' Will Be Rated NC-17
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Mr. Christian Grey is releasing Kelly Marcel from his red room of pain as she dives under the sea. Kelly Marcel, who has the steamy duty of adapting EL James S&M-filled novel '50 Shades of Grey into a film, is working on a deal with director Joe Wright to rewrite the classic underwater tale 'The Little Mermaid.'Making the transition from writing about whips and chains to mermaids and flounder is a logical path for Marcel. Well, not really. I would love to say that there's so many resemblances between the spanking ways of Christian Grey, the copper-haired domineer, and the swimming skills of Ariel, the little mermaid, but frankly… there really is none. Marcel, creator of the TV series Terra Nova, is really trying to show just how versatile of a writer she is. I suppose we can assume that after looking at Hans Christian Anderson's fable The Little Mermaid, Marcel's thoughts were "Look at this fable, isn't it neat. Wouldn't it make my screenplay collection complete?"
Mr. Christian Grey is releasing Kelly Marcel from his red room of pain for a quick dive under the sea. Screenwriter Marcel, who has the steamy duty of adapting the E.L. James' S&M-filled novel Fifty Shades of Grey into a film, is working on a deal with director Joe Wright to rewrite the classic underwater tale The Little Mermaid, according to Deadline. Making the transition from whips and chains to mermaids and flounder is a logical path for Marcel. Well, not really. I would love to say that there's so many similarities between the spanking ways of Christian Grey, the copper-haired domineer, and the swimming skills of Ariel, the little mermaid, but frankly… there really aren't any. Marcel, creator of the TV series Terra Nova, is Really trying to show just how versatile of a writer she is (I suppose we can assume that after looking at Hans Christian Anderson's story The Little Mermaid, Marcel's thoughts were, "Look at this fable, isn't it neat? Wouldn't it make my screenplay collection complete?"). But hopefully, she won't meld her mentalities on these projects and wind up with a version of the Little Mermaid not suitable for children...
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Will Smith fans rejoice! The talented actor is back in full force with the epic action/sci-fi movie After Earth, and he brought son Jaden Smith for the ride.
It's a thousand years after humanity was forced to abandon Earth, and humans have settled on a distant planet called Nova Prime. But teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) is forced to navigate the harsh terrain left behind when his spacecraft crashes on the now inhospitable planet. The only other survivor is his father Cypher Raige (Will Smith), who is critically injured and Kitai's only lifeline through his perilous journey.
Hollywood.com sat down with Will Smith to discuss his sci-fi inspirations (hint: it starts with "Star" and ends with "Wars"), the concept of fear (according to the film’s tagline, "Fear is a choice"), as well as playing father and son on-screen again with Jaden.
"I just love that, specifically with this movie, the father and son relationship is very similar to mine and Jaden's real life relationship," says the actor. "So it was a great opportunity for he and I to talk in character about the emotional issues of Cypher and Kitai, and secretly address some of Will and Jaden's stuff."
After Earth hit theaters May 31. Check out our video for our full interview with Will Smith above.
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Don't blame little Jaden Smith. It really isn't his fault. It's easy to giddily accept this lamb of slaughter and and rip it apart. Especially when it's a rich lamb born to a superstar father who has effortlessly placed him in a career path many never achieve, despite their hard work or talent.
All petty jealousy aside, children of nepotism are nothing new and often we come to embrace them graciously (e.g. Michael Douglas, Josh Brolin, Angelina Jolie). It's the way they're introduced that decides whether it's nobility taking their rightful place in royalty or sandpaper being crammed down our throats.
Will Smith seems to have taken a "that's my boy and you'll love him no matter what" approach to bringing his son into the acting profession. Not that it couldn't work. It could even be endearing, but sometimes a quiet, humble intro can be more effective than one done with explosions and special effects.
In a bit of heavy, front-loaded exposition we learn that 3000 years from now mankind has, you guessed it, abused and polluted mother earth to a point where it is uninhabitable for humans. We now survive on a planet called Nova Prime, where we speak in a dialect that's a cross between Southern hospitality and Jamaican. Will Smith is Cypher. Wait, don't roll those eyes yet! He's a special caliber of space ranger called a "ghost." They're named so due to their lack of fear when battling a vicious alien species that can only respond to a human's anxiety. In case you can't understand Jaden Smith's unintelligible narration this is all shown to you through an overblown opening sequence, including Cypher calmly walking in slow mo slicing an alien's throat while others around him panic. You can almost see this as Will saying to young Ja, "Yeah, boy, this might be your story, but I'm still the star."
Cypher returns home and finds his son Kitai (Jaden) longing for his father's approval and love. He takes him on a mission to earth, hoping for a bonding session along the way. They hit an asteroid field causing them to crash land on Earth, killing everyone except the father and son duo. Their only hope of rescue is a far off beacon separated by acres of dangerous forests. Made immobile by a broken leg, Cypher slaps a wrist communicator on Kitai and lets him know it's time to man up. Or, metaphorically, it's Papa Smith telling Jaden it's time to earn his keep. At this point junior Smith must carry the rest of the film burdened by a simplistic obstacle-course plot. He gets attacked by baboons, a bug, a bird, and some mutated mountain lions, which all lead to a final boss battle with one of the big bad aliens daddy used to fight.
Again, it's not Jaden's fault. He's off acting against nonexistent animals while Pop sits back and takes over the role of basically an emotionless, I-could-give-a-s**t narrator. Smith has made a big deal about acting with his son. That's fine - if you ACT WITH YOUR SON. Editing in scenes where you talk to him through a wrist phone doesn't count.
It's frustrating. Especially considering that the idea to make this a big budget sic-fi epic was all Will Smith's. Smith Senior has fallen into the trap most actors and directors succumb to when their whole careers have been built on blockbusters, and this is the inability to scale back. This is a father and son coming of age story. This could have been a modest tale set against a camping trip gone wrong. Too modest? Okay, maybe a jungle or the Outback. Point is, the tenderness of seeing a stern father opening up to his rebellious child is lost against the egotistical need to throw spaceships and monsters our way.
Not to say this isn't admirable in other ways. It's shallow, but some of the action scenes are fun for kids who can handle the intensity. The art direction, on the other hand, is beautiful, the technology taking on a more organic look, appearing almost alien itself.
M. Night Shyamalan comes out the best here, if only for sneaking out the room while most of the criticism is hurled towards Will and Jaden. As usual, most people laughed at the promotions as they tried to guess what twist would await them at the final conclusion of the movie. Many sighed with relief after discovering his duties were only left to directing, even if at times it played to his trademark quiet drama, bordering on tedium. A nice lemon twist wouldn't be so bad now, huh?
As for Will Smith, if a blockbuster is what you're seeking for your son, then skip the pretense. Slap a black suit on him, some shades, and let him play your cute sidekick. See you two in MIB 4.
Review courtesy of our friends at Spill.com. Listen to the full audio review here!
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