A Pink tribute star has launched legal action against a drummer who claims she cannot sing in tune and is too old for the act. Collette McLafferty is being sued by Charles Bonfante, who put together a Pink tribute band but was dismayed when a colleague unveiled the proposed lead singer.
Bonfante, of Long Island, New York, claims McLafferty is a terrible vocalist and is not good-looking enough to impersonate Pink, and he wants $10 million (£6.25 million) in damages.
Now McLafferty has hit back, filing a countersuit in Manhattan, New York to insist Bonfante's allegations are "utterly intolerable" and "beyond all possible bounds of decency" and have caused her emotional distress, according to the New York Post.
Pierce Brosnan is campaigning for a black James Bond to take over from current 007 Daniel Craig. In a new interview with Australia’s Herald Sun, the Irish actor, who played Bond in four movies, thinks Colin Salmon or Idris Elba would make great 007s.
He says, "Elba would make a good Bond. Colin Salmon also. May the best man get the job, and may Daniel (Craig) bring home the bacon for as long as he wants."
Salmon portrayed MI6 boss Charles Robinson in three of Brosnan's Bond films, while Elba is considered by many among the frontrunners to replace Craig and become the first black 007.
Craig is currently at work on the latest Bond movie, Spectre.
If there's one thing we've learned throughout the years, it's that it just isn't Christmas until we've watched a slew of movies putting us in the mood. Nobody puts us in the mood quite like the Brits do. It makes sense, considering the king of the Christmas story, Charles Dickens, is British too. Don't believe us when we say the British do it better? Take a look:
Not the only Dickens adaptations on this list, this musical adaptation has the distinction of toting a Golden Globe. Albert Finney won the statue for his turn as the titular Ebenezor Scrooge in this film that your kids will probably love.
Love Actually (2003)
Every British actor, almost ever, is in this movie: Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Freeman, The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln, and even The Maze Runner's Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The film follows eight different couples as they all work out their love lives during the Christmas season. It's so good that you'll love it without questioning its morality (we're looking at you, Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln). It's simply not the holiday season until you've watched this movie at least once. We recommend weekly viewings.
The Holly and the Ivy (1952)
This underrated classic, named for the traditional British Christmas carol and adapted from the Wynyard Browne play, has more to offer than meets the eye. A clergyman who neglected his children has his issues come to the surface during Christmas. The film poses questions about life and the meaning of the holiday in a way that's notedly part Chekhov and part comedy of manners.
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
We're not really into the idea of 'spirit animals,' but if we had one, it would take the form of Bridget Jones. Though this movie isn't technically a holiday movie, the film's premise is fixed on Bridget's New Years' resolution, so it'll help you gear up for that. Plus, Colin Firth wears an ugly Christmas sweater AND plays Mark Darcy, in a nod to his Mr. Darcy days of Pride and Prejudice (the film is a modern adaptation of the Austen novel). It's hilarious and will be your best friend anytime you feel lonely this holiday season. Trust us.
Arthur Christmas (2011)
Santa's clumsy son tries to save one girl's Christmas after realizing his father failed to deliver her gift. Arthur Claus sets off on his mission with his grandfather, a rebellious elf, and a team of reindeer in this funny and enjoyable movie. It's a Golden Globe nominated fresh take on the holiday premise, thanks to its high-tech Santa Claus.
An enormous bag of money falls into the hands of a little boy just days before England converts to the Euro (what?). The Euro part might sound a bit strange, but the Danny Boyle-directed film works on multiple levels. It's enjoyable for kids and adults alike. It'll leave you feeling great about mankind, and that's in the spirit of Christmas after all, isn't it?
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
If your kids didn't love the Albert Finney Dickens adaptation, there's always this version, with Michael Caine playing Scrooge along with The Muppets. Kermit the Frog plays Scrooge's business partner, Bob Cratchit. It may not be the best version of the story, but it'll make you laugh and it'll warm your heart. It's also a great way to introduce kids to the classic Dickens tale!
The Holiday (2006)
The Holiday is the sort of movie that's so good, it's perfectly acceptable to watch all year long. At least, we do. Kate Winslet's performance as a woman with a mean case of unrequited love gives us all the feels. She switches houses with unlucky-in-love Cameron Diaz, and along come Jack Black and Jude Law to sweep the ladies (and the viewers) off their feet. Pour a glass (or a bottle) of wine, and enjoy this movie, whether it's the holiday season or not.
Actor Chris Pratt is in talks to join Denzel Washington in the long-awaited remake of The Magnificent Seven. The Guardians of the Galaxy star is in the early stages of negotiations with studio executives at MGM to appear in the Antoine Fuqua action film, a revamped version of John Sturges' 1960 original, which featured Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Yul Brynner among a group of elite gunmen tasked with protecting a small Mexican village from an invasion of bandits, according to Deadline.com.
Washington was tapped to re-team with his Training Day director Fuqua over the summer (14).
The Magnificent Seven film has been on MGM's slate for some time, with Tom Cruise previously set to appear alongside Matt Damon in 2012.
An early draft for the reboot was penned by True Detective writer Nic Pizzolatto and has since been reworked by The Blind Side screenwriter John Lee Hancock.
If you're searching for some new music that the radio or Spotify hasn't given you yet, look no further. Danny Mercer is on the scene and we predict his voice will win you over, the same way it woo'd us immediately.
Danny is great with first impressions, which is why we know you'll be dying for more music ASAP. When he was in college, he managed to snag the attention of Nasri, then of The Messengers, now frontman of Magic!. Nasri put him to work right away, and a year later, Pitbull's manager Charles Chavez was so impressed with him, he signed on as Danny's manager. After hearing Danny's "Outta Nowhere," Pitbull himself decided to feature him on his album Global Warming, giving him his first big break.
Watch the video for his newest single, "Who Are You Loving Now?" here:
This track is a raggae-inflected bit about jealousy, that really shows off his Latin-influence pop-rock sound. In an interesting bit of irony, the Bogotá, Colombia native attendied Columbia University, getting his English degree in 3 years, and has now signed with Columbia Records.
Get to know more about Danny here (and look for a Hollywood.com exclusive with him in the future!). Now, go like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and subscribe to his YouTube channel, ASAP. You're going to want to be on the watch for any new music from Danny.
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A fashion designer who created Diana, Princess Of Wales' iconic wedding dress has urged her sons William and Harry to put the gown on public display after they inherited it last month (Sep14). The Princes gained possession of the Elizabeth Emanuel creation after Harry turned 30 in September (14), in accordance with the late royal's wishes, and the dress designer has now issued a plea to the pair to place the luxurious garment in a permanent exhibition.
Emanuel tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I'm hoping and assuming that it will go on display at Kensington Palace, as so many people want to see the dress. It's ridiculous that the Diana dress was not in the recent V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) exhibition Wedding Dresses 1775-2104 (in London). They had to make do with a video instead."
A Kensington Palace spokesman says, "The wedding dress and other items that were on display at the Althorp Estate (Diana's family estate) have just been returned to the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. It is too early to say what the long-term plans will be for the wedding dress."
Diana, Princess of Wales wore the sumptuous gown at her wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales in 1981. She died in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.
Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has been tasked with the job of adapting popular gothic novel Phantom Of The Opera for a contemporary new TV drama. The screenwriter and producer is teaming up with executives at America's ABC network for a modern take on the Gaston Leroux story, which famously inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit stage musical.
The new hour-long small screen version of Phantom of the Opera will reportedly feature musical elements similar to that of TV drama series Nashville, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Phantom of the Opera was previously turned into a two-part TV miniseries in 1990, with Charles Dance in the title role, while a film adaptation of Lloyd Webber's musical was released in 2004, starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum.
Actress Archie Panjabi is set to exit hit legal drama The Good Wife after five years on the show. The British star, who has portrayed private investigator Kalinda Sharma since 2009, will leave once her contract with producers at U.S. network CBS expires at the end of the current sixth season.
However, Panjabi won't be gone from screens for long - she has landed a development deal with studio executives at 20 Century Fox Television for her own drama pilot, which is expected to air next year (15).
Casting executive Sharon Klein tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Archie is an Emmy Award-winning dramatic actress, and rightly so. Her work on The Good Wife has been extraordinary, and the time has come for her to star in a project of her own. We couldn't be happier that it will be with us."
News of Panjabi's exit comes seven months after fellow The Good Wife castmate Josh Charles left the series - his character Will Gardner was killed off in March (14).
French crooner Charles Aznavour has postponed a concert after he was hospitalised with an infection. The veteran singer was due to perform in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday (10Ot14) but the promoters had to axe the gig when the 90 year old fell ill.
A statement from Opus One events, released to Armenpress.am, reads, "We have been working with Aznavour for quite a long time and his manager told us about the worsening of Aznavour's condition. He said that the singer has an infectious disease and has been hospitalised."
On Friday, Aznavour's publicist told Europe1.fr, "The singer is a little bit tired and that is all and during the day he will leave the hospital."
It was not known if Aznavour had been released as WENN went to press.