Singer Sinead O'Connor has warned young female pop stars they have been "hoodwinked" into flashing the flesh to sell records. The Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker is adamant the world's top women singers, including Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus, are victims of a record industry conspiracy to get them to shed their clothes.
She has branded the tactic "bulls**t" and fears it is destroying the talent of many young acts, as well as sending out the wrong message to child fans.
O'Connor tells rock magazine Q, "It's hilarious and cleverly done, they're made to think if you get your t**s out, you're a maverick. Bulls**t, obviously. I think people's reasons for making music have changed. It used to be people wanted to make music because we're all f**ked up and degenerate and maniacs and there was no other way of expressing ourselves. Now, they don't even care about the music, it's about how they look, and fame.
"Female musicians have been hoodwinked. All they're doing is looking at their t**s. Their audiences are children and those children are being raised to believe their value is in the size of their t**s and how pretty they are and how many guys want them."
Singer/actor Harry Belafonte and actress Maureen O'hara are set to be honoured at the Governors Awards later this year (14). The Carmen Jones star will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which is given to "an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry," while O'Hara will be feted with an honorary Academy Award at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles on 8 November (14).
Announcing the new honours on Thursday (28Aug14), Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, "The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime.
"We're absolutely thrilled to honour these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November."
Singer Sinead O'Connor has had her face tattoos lasered off less than a year after getting the inkings.
The Nothing Compares 2 U hitmaker publicly unveiled her new body art last September (13), showing off the letters 'B' and 'Q' in red ink on her cheeks during a performance at Britain's Bestival music festival. She later revealed the letters are the initials of a man named Brendan Quinlan, with whom she had enjoyed a brief romance.
However, less than a year later, O'Connor became mortified by the embarrassing artwork and she has undergone a surgical procedure to have the tattoos removed.
She tells rock magazine Q, "(They became) stupid s**t on my face."
Bridesmaids star Chris O'dowd told fans he is preparing to become a first-time father while taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday (27Aug14). The actor posted a video of himself on Twitter.com accepting the task from "a bunch of b**ody idiots" who nominated him to douse freezing cold water over his head in an effort to raise funds and awareness for the ALS Association.
After his wife, Dawn O'Porter, drenched her husband with the water, he nominated his The IT Crowd co-star Richard Ayoade and "Baby O'Porter", as he panned the camera over to his wife who revealed her baby bump and poured a small cup of ice water on her burgeoning belly.
This will be the first child for the couple, which tied the knot in 2012.
Dozens of stars have now taken part in the water stunt campaign, which aims to raise awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease.
It’s particularly impressive when a movie whose premise alone seems to have been written with the intention of incurring heavy gasps can actually conjure up something rather genuine. Whereas Starred Up’s central maneuver — sticking a delinquent teenager in adult prison right alongside, as it just so happens, his no good father (“Oh my!”) — seems like the kind of contrivance that entails thick melodrama and Oscar reel-friendly climactic scenes, the movie plays everything close to the ground. It favors kindling over explosives, a paced climb over vertical leaps, and — most importantly — criminal men over criminal monsters.
In fact, the victory of the film is just how reasonable its characters seem from the get-go. While the crime and prison genres more often than not approach their antiheroes with the mission of giving audiences an unexpected look at the humanity within bad men, Starred Up takes the reverse — more original and perhaps more valuable — approach: slowly waking its viewers up to the badness that inflicts these humans.
Yes, we have an immediate understanding of how the malicious and unpredictable Eric (Jack O’Connell) wound up in prison ahead of his years, but at no point are we dealing with a character whose erraticism drags him all the way south of empathetic comprehension. Though a more patient and poised man, Eric’s father Neville (Ben Mendehlson) is too understood from all fronts: he’s a survivor whose Machiavellian instincts would have more than likely landed him in prison at one point or another. It’s this intellect and wisdom, though, that endears him to us. And to Eric.
We’re not forced to wade through a marshland of temperate drama before we see Eric and Neville “finally make up.” Right off the bat, we’re given the relationship the movie wants us to see, steeped in the conversation it wants us to have: one about masculinity. Between the two men, within the contexts of Eric’s mandatory group therapy sessions with counselor Oliver (Rupert Friend) and a collection of seasoned inmates — don’t worry, this flick never goes that false and sappy route that most therapy movies employ — and scattered throughout various corners of the prison, we witness talk of masculinity. But once again, Starred Up isn’t hitting us over the head with gaudy exclamations. The power of this movie is in its lack of interest in the dramatic and its preference, instead, of the humane.
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Irish singer Sinead O'Connor insists she has known about allegations of a VIP paedophile ring at the heart of the British Establishment "for years". Investigators are probing claims of a huge child abuse conspiracy involving some British politicians and other public figures dating back to the 1960s.
It is alleged a dossier naming some of those involved was destroyed during a cover-up, and O'Connor - a veteran campaigner against child abuse - has now spoken out to insist the paedophile ring was an open secret in Westminster and those involved have been protected by a "hundred-year silence order" which buries the evidence.
She tells Q magazine, "(I've been) educating myself, offstage... (I've known about it) for years. Everyone knows about that... I didn't used to believe in Satan and now I f**king do."
Jimmy Page's guitar sequence on Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love has been voted the Greatest Guitar Riff of all time in a new U.K. poll. The song topped a list of 100 riffs put together by a panel of DJs, critics and record producers for BBC Radio 2 listeners to vote on.
Reacting to the news, a shocked Page, says, "I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces, but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive.
"There was this intent to have this riff and the movement of it, so it was menacing as well as quite sort of caressing."
Guns 'N' Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine land in second place, while AC/DC's Back In Black takes the third spot. Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water and Derek And The Dominoes' Layla round out the top five.
Jackass star Steve-O is facing a police investigation after confessing he was responsible for a SeaWorld freeway sign prank that upset theme park bosses.
The TV personality, who is a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), posted a video on YouTube.com on Wednesday (20Aug14) showing him defacing a billboard in San Diego, California Steve-O changed the sign to read 'Sea World Sucks' as a protest against the way killer whales are treated at the popular aquatic tourist attraction.
In the footage, which he titled Breaking the Law, the prankster says, "I'm putting my foot down for (whale) Shamu. If doing that was wrong, I don't want to be right! Screw you, SeaWorld!"
However, Steve-O may be facing legal troubles following his public confession. A representative for the California Highway Patrol has confirmed an investigation has been launched, telling Los Angeles news station KTLA the highway patrol was given "a case of alleged vandalism for investigation and possible prosecution in connection with the incident".
A statement from the California Department of Transportation adds, "We consider defacing public property at a cost to state taxpayers an unlawful act and a dangerous distraction for motorists. Not figured into the equation is the danger to highway workers and the inconvenience to motorists."
A spokesperson for the department adds the sign cost more than $7,000 (£4,118) to be replaced.
George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis has sparked engagement rumours after showing off a massive diamond ring on her left hand. The Italian model/actress was photographed sporting the large bauble on her left ring finger while walking in Los Angeles on Tuesday (19Aug14), and made no effort to hide the giant sparkler.
According to E! News, Canalis and her rumoured fiance, spinal surgeon Brian Perri, are planning to tie the knot on 14 September (14) in Sardinia, just two days after her 36th birthday.
Ironically, Clooney is also planning an autumn wedding in September to British lawyer Amal Alamuddin, at his home in Lake Como, Italy.
Canalis split from Clooney in 2011 after 18 months together, and she went on to enjoy an on/off romance with Jackass star Steve-O.
Jackass star Steve-O has confessed he is the guy behind a Sea World freeway sign prank that upset themepark bosses in May (14). The animal-loving stuntman has revealed he added the 'Sucks' billboard to the Sea World mileage indicator in San Diego, California as a protest against the way killer whales are treated at the aquatic tourist attraction.
Steve-O has now posted a video on YouTube, in which he alters the freeway sign to read 'Sea World Sucks'.