Singer Maxine Jones is relaunching her court fight over the use of En Vogue's name after declaring bankruptcy following her legal defeat. The pop star, who left the R&B group in 2012, lost a court fight against former bandmates Cindy Herron and Terry Ellis last year (13) and was ordered not to use the moniker for performances.
Herron and Ellis were granted sole use of the name.
Jones has since declared herself bankrupt with debts of around $250,000 (£156,000), and now she is appealing against the ruling, according to TMZ.com.
Jones is seeking the right to perform under the name En Vogue so she can pay off her debts.
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Mad and scattered though it may be, The Zero Theorem feels like business as usual for Terry Gilliam. If you’ve seen what the visionary filmmaker can do with emotional chaos, fantastical concepts, and corporate dystopias in the Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, and Brazils of cinema past, then you’ll find this latest venture to be less a new exploration of Gilliam’s yet untapped imaginings and more a 'Best Of' reel honoring his greatest cinematic elements to date. In short, while amply pleasant, Zero Theorem is nothing new for the director.
That Gilliam’s adherence to the visual penmanship that has carried with him for decades has become “pleasant” — perish the thought: comfortable — might be its biggest fault. The dynamic “new”-ness of the aesthetic and rhythm in his early features is what made it so compelling a style. Showing little evolution in Zero Theorem, and perhaps even the hint — via a few cloyingly unoriginal sci-fi constructs, like a personalized video advertisement that follows Christoph Waltz down the street — that Gilliam has fallen behind the times in his sociopolitical commentary.
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It’s a horrifying notion that Zero Theorem might be an act of regression for Gilliam (even after a decade of critical maligned work), and one that reverberates as we feel Waltz’s turn as a gifted recluse awaiting tell of the meaning of life amount to little more than cuteness. Alongside him are players equally limited by the fluffy nature of the piece: Melanie Thierry as a batty woman who takes a liking to Waltz’s Qohen, David Thewlis as his troublesome and inept supervisor, Lucas Hedges as a technical prodigy and petulant teen in whom Qohen finds an unwanted sidekick… oh, and a white-haired Matt Damon as “The Management.” Just as the members of Zero Theorem’s Orwellian society are accused of being, each of the film’s players amounts more or less to a tool, a cog in a competent but hardly challenging machine.
The script is no more or less inspiring, just another vehicle to get Gilliam’s wildfire set piece construction and gallant metaphysical ideology running again. It’s all lovely, funny, and an entirely nice way to spend two hours. But it’s hardly the sort of work the director was once assured to deliver.
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Rising R&B star August Alsina has reached out to fans from his hospital bed after waking up from a three-day coma following his concert collapse in New York on Monday night (15Sep14). The No Love singer lost consciousness midway through his performance and stumbled off stage and into the crowd.
He was admitted to a local medical centre, where Alsina's representative revealed he was being treated in an intensive care unit after suffering several seizures brought on by exhaustion and dehydration.
He has since regained consciousness and has wasted no time in assuring fans he is on the road to recovery via Instagram.com.
On Friday (19Sep14), Alsina shared a photo of himself in his hospital bed with his best friend by his side, and in the caption, he wrote, "This is a bit graphic but i wanted to share this w/ (with) every follower of mine. iWoke (sic) up out of a 3 day coma... &This guy @banggang_moneyteam right here never once left my side. What I'm tryna (sic) say is cherish the ones in life who cherish you & take good care of yourself. Your life can be gone in a split second'. I'm recovering well and thankyou (sic) for all of your prayers & concerns."
Alsina had to scrap a show in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday (16Sep14) due to his hospitalisation. It is not yet known when he will be well enough to return to the stage, but U.S. dates scheduled until early October (14) are still live on his website.
"There's been a very depressing and distressing thing that's happened in the news... Mayim Bialik from Blossom and The Big Bang Theory has come out against the movie Frozen... I feel that Frozen is the best Disney movie ever made. I've seen it 250 times. I can say it, I have every word memorised, (and) I love it like the rest of America." Outspoken comedienne and mother-of-five Rosie O'Donnell strongly disagrees with actress Mayim Bialik's heavy criticism of the Oscar-winning children's movie. Bialik took aim at the Disney film on her blog earlier this week (begs15Sep14), accusing filmmakers of setting a bad example to young girls by featuring female characters with "Barbie doll proportions".
Gospel star Donnie Mcclurkin is playing through the pain on tour after undergoing surgery on his vocal cords. The Didn't You Know singer went under the knife last month (Aug14) to remove pre-cancerous cells in his throat and he admits coming to terms with the operation was "tough" as he feared he would be unable to sing again.
The procedure left him with a raspy voice, but his doctors are confident he will make a full recovery and McClurkin has been praying his voice will grow stronger by the day as he performs for fans on the Festival of Praise tour across the U.S.
McClurkin admits he contemplated pulling out of the shows due to his vocal issues, but he is glad he didn't.
Speaking before the tour kicked off on Wednesday (17Sep14) in Houston, Texas, he told the Associated Press, "I've got a lot to live for, and I had to make myself realise that. As hard as it was, I had to pull myself out of it. I started praying more. And each time I tried to sing, it becomes a lot better. It's going to take a moment, but it won't be so problematic that I can't perform."
McClurkin isn't the only ailing body on the bill - Fred Hammond is still getting used to being back on his feet after undergoing surgery on both knees in January (14).
He said, "We're not 100 per cent, but trying to get better. But maybe people need to see that."
McClurkin added, "God uses imperfect and broken people. If we can go through our cycle and still produce, that means anybody can. This (tour) is predicated on our willingness."
The Festival of Praise trek also features fellow gospel stars Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams.
The true mark of a good romance movie is the cry factor. If you cry a little, then it was a good movie. If you cry a lot, then it was a great movie. These movies all made you sob, at least once, even if it was just for a minute (or the whole 3 hours...).
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Romantic because: They're polar opposites, but obvious soulmates, even after years apart. Despite their differences and arguments, Noah and Allie fall in love with each other so deeply, nothing can change that, and they'd be anything for each other: "If you're a bird, I'm a bird."
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The fact that Noah kept this notebook for Allie and read it to her every single day after developing Alzheimers, even on the days she didn't recognize him (most days).
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Romanitc because: Jack and Rose fall for each other despite their very obvious differences in class and personality. It's a whirlwind romance, spanning less than a week in time, that eclipses the major point of the movie -- the boat sinking.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jack giving up his life so that Rose can live, telling her to "Never let go."
Bonus: Seeing them reunited after Rose passes away in her 90's and they're young again. We're all still sobbing through the pain.
Sleepless In Seattle
Romantic because: You know why it's romantic - finding love again after losing someone. But what makes this movie sweet is the fact that Jonah cares so much about his father, he'd do anything to make sure he's happy again, which leads to a new relationship.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: That meeting at the top of the Empire State Building (which is an awesome reference to a reunion between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember).
A Walk To Remember
Romantic because: What isn't lovable about the bad boy falling for the sweet, reserved Christian girl? Especially when she's told him not to fall in love with her. Landon changes for the better because of this relationship and becomes the adorable boyfriend who wants to fulfill his girlfriend's tame bucket list.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jamie walking down the aisle at her and Landon's wedding, despite how sick she is. Then the blow to our hearts was delivered and we couldn't handle things.
Romantic because: Summer romance, parents who don't understand, an older boy...it's all appealing to the teenage girl who wants a relationship like that. Baby and Johnny's dancing also makes everyone's lives a littler steamier.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "Nobody puts baby in a corner."
When Harry Met Sally
Romantic because: Who doesn't want to wind up with their best friend? Okay, maybe not everyone, but it's kind of ideal if you've got a best friend who is of the sex you're attracted to.
The most romantic aspect: They actually wind up together. Friends can become lovers and it's not weird.
Romantic because: It shows that not every relationship is even closely alike and that even though it's a movie and going to have a happy ending as a romance, you don't have to mirror your relationship based off of someone else. You can have your own.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Andrew Lincoln's poster board scene (that he will never live down, no matter how many walkers he kills on The Walking Dead).
You've Got Mail
Romantic because: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Just kidding (not really). It's a film that not only brought online dating to the forefront way before it's time, but it also highlights how big business effects personal stores, but that those people behind everything aren't all bad.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "I wanted it you be you." PASS THE TISSUES!
Romantic because: She might be a prositute, but the film nevers takes on a nature that would ever make you think she's immoral. It's also kind of hilarious, yet sweet, for the man to hire her as his escort to fall in love with her.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: When he shows up at her apartment, instead of going to the airport, and he climbs the fire escape with a bouquet of roses clutched between his teeth.
P.S. I Love You
Romantic because: Holly finding out what Gerry has left for her after his passing, to help ease her pain. Even though we only see their relationship in snippets as she grieves, this movie beautifully portrays the love that Gerry had for his wife.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The whole movie? Yup, the whole freaking thing. If you weren't a wreck after this movie, you might need to get your soul checked out.
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Billy Crystal reduced Whoopi Goldberg to tears on U.S. TV on Friday (19Sep14) as they reminisced about their late friend Robin Williams. The When Harry Met Sally actor was a guest on Goldberg's daytime talk show The View, and during his appearance, he recalled how he and Williams would spend hours on the phone to one another each of the four times the Ghost actress was selected to host the Oscars.
Crystal explained, "We were very protective of Whoopi. When you would host the Oscars and... Robin would be in San Francisco and I'd be in L.A... she'd do an opening, phone would ring. 'How do you think she's doing, boss?' and I was going, 'It was good, really strong opening; it was great'. Five minutes later you'd done your first intro (and he'd call again): 'What do you think?', (I'd reply), 'I think it was really good'.
"The whole show would be the two of us on the phone."
The touching tale brought tears to Goldberg's eyes and she struggled to regain her composure as she held Crystal's hand.
After wiping away her tears, the comedienne offered up her own recollections of working with her two old pals during the Comic Relief USA charity shows, saying, "I would just sit and you didn't want to do anything, you'd just want to watch these fools."
She also recalled meeting Williams early on in her career at The Comedy Store in San Diego, California, where he promptly took Goldberg under his wing: "(He) babysat me and took care of me for as long as I can remember and we've aged together and grown up together... There was nothing that we couldn't do together."
Williams took his own life last month (Aug14) after a long battle with depression.
Actor Anthony Anderson has become close friends with Prince after the pop superstar attempted to convert him to his Jehovah's Witness faith at a party. The Hustle & Flow star was thrilled to be invited to a bash at the Kiss singer's Los Angeles home many years ago, and couldn't believe his luck when Prince insisted on chatting to him before he left.
Anderson recalls, "He cornered me at the elevator in his house one day, trying to convert me to be a Jehovah's Witness. He was two inches from my face and I made the mistake of looking at him in his eye; Jamie Foxx said, 'Never look him in his eye'.
"He was like, 'Anthony, I hear things are going on in Hollywood with my brothers and sisters. Is everything OK...?' He was like, 'Can I have your number to call you...?' He finally came back and got my number and we've been cool ever since."
But he rarely gets invited to parties and gigs by Prince himself, adding, "He has his people call me... and they're like, 'Prince would like you to come to the party... Prince would like you to come up to the suite for pizza and pasta!' I'm like, 'Alright, it's like 3am...' When Prince summons you to the suite or to the house, you show up.
"I went to Vegas while he had a show in Vegas... a few months ago in New Orleans at the Essence Festival, I went to the show and went backstage and introduced my publicist to him and then hung out with him until about 5.30 in the morning."
Actress Tea Leoni will always treasure her relationship with ex-husband David Duchovny because their two children are the "greatest gifts on the planet". The X-Files star moved to end the couple's on/off marriage for good in June (14), six years after the pair initially separated and Duchovny underwent therapy for sex addiction.
The split was finalised last month (Aug14), but Leoni insists her ex will always hold a special place in her heart as they work together to raise their son Kyd, 12, and daughter Madelaine, 15.
She tells Parade magazine, "Listen, David gave me the two greatest gifts on the planet; I don't know how I could ever hate him. We've always loved each other, and we adore these kids.
"I'm not playing stupid - I understand feelings can get hurt and things can get icky. We've had our moments like that. But these kids are too important, and he feels the same way, I know it. He's a good guy..."
Leoni and Duchovny wed in 1997.
"It does make tipping an awkward situation, because it's like you don't wanna to be cheap, obviously, but you don't wanna be obnoxious; you don't wanna leave, like, a car. You wanna be, like, cool... I was shoe shopping recently, and I said, 'Oh, can you bring me a size eight...' They go back there and bring me another shoe and I felt so bad so I'm like pulling out a 20 ($20) to give to this guy... I was with my girlfriend and she was like, 'What are you doing?'" Actress Kaley Cuoco Sweeting hates the fact her huge The Big Bang Theory salary is public knowledge. She reportedly makes $1 million (£625,000) per episode thanks to a new deal.