Police have launched an investigation after a statue of TV legend Ed Sullivan was stolen from an exhibition in Los Angeles on Sunday (28Sep14). The solid bronze artwork, worth around $45,000 (£28,000), stood outside the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences headquarters in North Hollywood as part of an outdoor exhibit featuring statues of small screen stars.
Los Angeles Police Department spokesman John Catalano says, "We're looking at some of the (CCTV) video tape that we have from the area. We're following up on some leads that we have and we're hoping to get the statue returned to the Academy of Arts & Sciences as soon as we can."
Sullivan's grandson, Vincent Precht, insists the late star would have been amused by the theft, telling TV station KCAL9, "My grandfather would be very proud and happy because he always liked a story and he always liked to be in the middle of a story, to hear that his statue was taken, of course we want it back, but he would have liked it, I think."
Part of the backdrop that The Beatles performed in front of when they made their U.S. TV debut on the Ed Sullivan Show is to be auctioned off as part of the upcoming The Fest for Beatles Fans in Los Angeles. A portion of the Sullivan Show's set is expected to go under the hammer for $550,000 (£344,000) next month (Oct14).
Auction highlights also include a rare copy of the Fab Four's Yesterday and Today album featuring the mythical 'Butcher' cover, on which John, Paul, George and Ringo posed with chopped up dolls, and the band's first U.S. contract with Vee Jay Records.
The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February, 1964.
Actor John Hawkes is set to make his official New York stage debut in new play Lost Lake. The Lincoln star will play the owner of a run-down lakeside property opposite The Devil Wears Prada's Tracie Thoms.
Daniel Sullivan will direct the Off-Broadway production, penned by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn.
The show is slated to begin its run at the New York City Center this autumn (14).
Hawkes has previously only graced the stage in a special charity show as part of Broadway's 24 Hour Plays in 2006.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has matched a U.S. pop chart record set by the Beatles after taking her hit Fancy to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The hip-hop star also lands a spot at number two as a guest on Ariana Grande's Problem, making her the first artist since the Fab Four in 1964 to land the top two places on the chart with her first two Hot 100 hits.
The Beatles managed the feat with I Want to Hold Your Hand and She Loves You over 50 years ago, following their breakthrough appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Azalea also becomes only the 15th act to score a one-two punch at the top of the countdown in the same week, and just the third woman behind Mariah Carey in 2005 and Ashanti in 2002. She also becomes only the fourth solo female rapper ever to top the Hot 100 - Lauryn Hill, Lil' Kim and Ludacris' sidekick Shawnna previously landed at number one.
It's a great early birthday gift for Azalea, who turns 24 on 7 June (14). Her Fancy ends John Legend's reign at the top of the Hot 100 with All of Me. The ballad slips two spots to three on the new chart, while Pharrell Williams' Happy and DJ Snake and Lil Jon's Turn Down for What round out the top five.
Meanwhile, Coldplay have stormed to the top of the U.S. album charts with the biggest first-week sales of 2014. Their new release, Ghost Stories, sold 383,000 copies to become the band's fourth Billboard 200 number one. It's also the first release to top 300,000 sales in a week this year. Country star Brantley Gilbert's Just As I Am debuts at two with impressive first-week sales of 211,000, and Michael Jackson's posthumous release Xscape slides a spot to three. Former number ones the Frozen soundtrack and the Black Keys' Turn Blue round out the new top five.
British actor Roger Lloyd-Pack had to be cut from the Only Fools And Horses reunion at the last minute because of his failing health. The funnyman lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in February (14) shortly before the cast reunited for the first time in 10 years to film a one-off skit for U.K. charity telethon Sport Relief.
Jim Sullivan, son of the show's late creator John Sullivan, has now revealed Lloyd-Pack was due to reprise his role as hapless roadsweeper Trigger in the reunion, but the script had to be re-written when it became clear he would not be well enough to perform.
Sullivan tells British magazine Radio Times, "We were all shocked and saddened at the news of Roger Lloyd-Pack's death. We had originally written Trigger into the sketch and Roger was supportive of the whole thing. We had heard that he had been unwell, but had no idea how serious it was. It wasn't until shortly before filming that we heard he was too poorly to perform, such was his eagerness to be involved - a true testament to his character."
Sullivan goes on to insist the reunion really is a one-off as the cast has no plans to film a full series, adding, "It's... good to be able to set the record straight about some of the rumours... that we're writing a new series etc. None of it is true. It really is just a one-off sketch... There was only ever one writer of Only Fools and Horses, and without him, there can be no more."
The reunion sketch will air as part of the Sport Relief telethon in the U.K. on Friday (21Mar14).
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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An autographed copy of The Beatles' second U.S. album gifted to George Harrison's throat doctor 50 years ago is set to go under the hammer at a memorabilia auction next month (Mar14). The Meet The Beatles! vinyl was signed by Harrison and his bandmates and given to Dr. Jules Gordon as a thank you after he successfully treated the singer/guitarist for tonsillitis in February, 1964.
The treatment allowed him to perform as part of the Fab Four's U.S. TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show days later after missing out on rehearsals.
The lot is expected to fetch at least $10,000 (£6,250) when it goes up for grabs as part of RR Auction's March Marvels of Modern Music sale.
Other Beatles keepsakes also featured in the auction include a sketch of a naked woman and a sheep by John Lennon and a signed first pressing of their debut EP, Twist and Shout, both of which have starting bids of $1,000 (£625).
Sir Paul McCartney compared his return to New York's Ed Sullivan Theater to a school reunion when he headed back to the venue which hosted the Beatles' first ever U.S. TV gig with bandmate Ringo Starr. The veteran musicians recently paid a visit to the historic venue to celebrate 50 years since the band's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on 9 February 1964, and they were given a personal tour of the building by TV host David Letterman, who now presents his own talk show from the theatre.
The musicians admitted the stage set felt much smaller than when they first performed there 50 years ago, with drummer Starr telling Letterman, "I'm so excited coming back... I've been back hundreds doing the shows with you... But now I'm here, I'm looking out the window... We're back on this stage again. The memory I have was it was four times bigger (back then) - we thought there was (sic) thousands of them (audience members)."
Meanwhile, McCartney compared the visit to a school reunion, adding, "It's like going back to your old school isn't it...? It looks little now but we thought it was huge."
The interviews with Letterman will air in the U.S. on Sunday night (09Feb14) during a TV special as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Letterman has marked the occasion on his show during the week by inviting artists to perform Beatles tributes. The artists involved were Lauryn Hill, Broken Bells, Sting, Lenny Kravitz and the Flaming Lips, who performed with John Lennon's son Sean.
John Lennon's singer son Sean teamed up with rockers The Flaming Lips to pay tribute to The Beatles with a cover of Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds during Thursday's (06Feb14) U.S. broadcast of the Late Show With David Letterman. The TV gig was part of a week-long series of performances to mark the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's first American TV gig, which took place on 9 February, 1964 at New York's Ed Sullivan Theater, where the Letterman show tapes.
The Beatles will be honoured at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to mark 50 years since the band's first U.S. press conference there. The New York Port Authority, the organisation which manages the airport, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's first trip to America by hosting an event at the central terminal on Friday (07Feb14).
Officials will unveil a plaque marking the band's landing at 'JFK' exactly five decades after the musicians first touched down there on 7 February, 1964.
The two surviving Beatles - Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr - will be guests on The Late Show With David Letterman two days later on Sunday (09Feb14) to mark the 50th anniversary of the group's American TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.