The Misfits star Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein is keen to reunite the original line-up of the punk group for a new album and tour. The guitarist and his bandmates Jerry Only and Glenn Danzig fell out in the early 1980s and split in 1983, but Frankenstein tells Alternative Press it's time for him to bring the group back together.
He says, "I'm the only one that's gonna get the original line-up back together. So I think I'm going to work on that, and hopefully I can pull the two bulls together. I am going to make an attempt, and I wanna do it. I'll put what I'm doing right on the f**king side."
He reveals Danzig, Only and himself staged a meeting and discussed a possible reunion in 2002, but plans fell apart when an unknown party leaked the news: "It didn't happen and it's a shame. It's stupid that we're not doing it. It would be huge."
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If anyone deserves a well-crafted and considerate biopic from Hollywood, it's Tupac Shakur. The rapper, whose life story has risen to the stuff of legend, is in serious need of his own film. Tupac was full of intelligence and dark charisma, and his passionate lyrics were sharp enough to cut through the thick fog of mid '90s competition as he brought a hard-edged originality to West Coast hip hop. He was a singularly interesting and multi-faceted figure, and it's almost sacrosanct that his story is depicted on film the right way. Now, director John Singleton has stepped up to the task. The filmmaker, who actually knew Shakur personally after directing him in the 1993 film Poetic Justice, is set to helm the long-awaited biopic. Singleton, who was originally linked to the project back in 2011, has inked a new deal to rewrite, produce, and direct the film. The task of bringing Tupac's story to the big screen is not one for the faint of heart, and there are several ways that such a touchy project could go seriously wrong. Since his death, Tupac has become nothing short of a mythic figure in the music world, and there's a load of pressure weighing on Singleton brining his story to the big screen just right. Here are the thing's that the director would need to focus on in order to create a great Tupac biopic.
His Early InfluencesTupac Amaru Shakur, whose name originates from a Peruvian revolutionary that fought for his freedom against Spanish rule, has an incredibly interesting childhood. While most biopics would do better to steer away from focusing on the entire life of their subjects Tupac's early life is actually quite fascinating and the story would actually flourish from spending at least a little time examining the rapper's beginnings. Tupac's parents, Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland, were both high ranking members of the Black Panther Party, and just a month before Tupac was born, his mother was acquitted of charges against the United States. Tupac's stepfather, Mutulu Shakur, spent time on the FBI's Most Wanted list, and was imprisoned for planning an armored truck robbery for the Black Liberation Army. His parents' controversial political affiliations and ideologies clearly trickled down into his music, and that influence is worth a mention, even if it's a quick one.
The MusicEven though his life outside of his lyrics almost threatened to overshadow his music, Tupac was primarily a musician when all was said and done. The man himself is a legend, but it was the music that burrowed its way into our hearts and minds. A big focus of the biopic needs to be dedicated to recreating the his music respectfully. We should get a glimpse at Tupac's creative method, and witness the genesis of his biggest hits, and most noteworthy songs. Singleton only needs to look towards 2005's Hustle and Flow to see how to really capture hip hop's creative process in a truly affecting way.
The East Coast/West Coast RivalryIt may be obvious to say, but a large portion of the film should focus on the deadly rivalry that brought Tupac's life to an end. The music feud that escalated from verbal jabs in song lyrics to real violence that spilled it's way onto the streets was hip hop's darkest hour, and should be given it's due reverence. Tupac's death, and the later death of his chief rival, The Notorious B.I.G., changed rap music and music in general forever. the complicated and intriguing story needs to be heavily examined.
ParanoiaDuring the early to mid '90s, The East Coast/West Coast rivalry racheted up a couple dozen notches after Tupac was shot by unknown assailants at Quad studios, an attack that he believed to be orchestrated by Sean "P.Diddy" Combs, Biggie, and other members of Bad Boy Records. Because of this and other events, Tupac was incredibly paranoid in the last few years of his life, and these feelings seeped their way into the lyrics of his songs like "Hit em Up" and "Hail Mary." We should see that paranoia play out on screen in Tupac's depiction.
No SugarcoatingFor all his talents, Tupac Shakur was still only human at the end of the day. He was deeply flawed man and his brushes with trouble, including constant and pervasive legal issues, an alleged sexual assault, various physical altercations, and the mysterious shooting of a six-year-old, are all a part of his legend. In order to tell a truthful tale about Tupac's life, Singleton shouldn't gloss over the more unpleasant details. It would be doing him a disservice not to highlight the messier parts of his history.
Producers behind director Joe Wright's forthcoming Peter Pan movie are giving aspiring actors the chance to star as the boy who never grew up by holding open auditions in the U.K. Casting calls have been sent out for boys of all ethnic backgrounds, aged between 11 and 13 and no taller than five feet four inches (1.65 metres), to attend auditions for the lead role at London's Wembley Arena on 23 February (14).
The lucky young actor selected to portray Peter Pan will join a cast which already includes Hugh Jackman, as pirate villain Blackbeard, while TRON: Legacy actor Garrett Hedlund has also been tapped to play Pan's arch-enemy, Captain Hook, as a younger man.
The Warner Bros. project, which is expected to be released in the summer of 2015, is the latest to revolve around J.M. Barrie's classic tale - there are also films in the works at Columbia and Disney, with the likes of Channing Tatum and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross attached.
We love horror; we love the edge-of-our-seats, don’t-watch-it-with-the-lights-off, scare-the-pants-off-us type of horror. So far, AMC’s The Walking Dead has been our go-to for scares on television, but Syfy’s Helix has tossed their show into the mix. Though showrunner for Helix, Steven Maeda, hates any comparison between the two series, they do fall into the same category. Helix is a dramatic sci-fi thriller series, similar to the zombie hit, but that’s where the comparisons end.
Helix revolves around a group of doctors from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a research center in the arctic in order to stop an outbreak of an unknown virus. Helix combines the best aspects of a thriller — crazed infected people going on murderous rampages, crawling through the air ducts, and leaping out from the shadows — with all the great staples of drama — conspiracies, lies, and a love triangle (because why not?). Plus the unknown virus has a serious ick factor: in the first episode it turns two scientists into bags full of black goo (cue the dry heaving).
It’s hard not to see the similarities between The Walking Dead and Helix. They both deal with a virus that infects and changes people. However, while The Walking Dead deals with the aftermath of a virus and what it takes to survive that kind of destruction, Helix focuses on the outbreak as well as the struggle to contain and cure the virus. That being said, fans of The Walking Dead are sure to love Helix as well, and vice versa. These are the two best horror dramas TV has to offer at the moment.
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James Franco is many things — an actor, a writer, a painter, a professor, and a poet, to name just a few — but of all of his roles, he is possibly best at being the enigma that is James Franco. Therefore, it's fitting that in his latest film, Maladies, he plays to his strengths and takes on a role very similar to who he is as a person. In the film, Franco plays a recently retired soap opera actor name James, who has stepped away from the spotlight to pursue writing. He lives with his emotionally distant sister, Patricia (Fallon Goodson) and his good friend Catherine (Catherine Keener), and is attempting to write a great memoir of his life, a feat that is complicated by the fact that he has recently begun hearing voices.
Watching the trailer, it's easy to become a bit confused about the premise of the film, and the role Franco is playing. Is he playing James Franco, or just another actor who happens to be named James? Is this a period film, or is everyone just hipsters? What's his memoir about? We figure the best way to understand what's happening in the trailer for Maladies is to break everything down, question by question.
So, is James Franco just playing himself? Yes and no. Although he shares many of the same traits, like a desire to leave acting for writing and a long run on a soap opera, James is a fictional character. However, he is somewhat based on Franco, so technically, Franco's playing an adapted version of himself.
That makes no sense. Is he or isn't he? The short answer: not really.
When does this take place? In the 1960s, which explains why the trailer feels like a period film.
Did James Franco direct this? No, the film was written and directed by Carter. Just Carter. Like Madonna or McLovin, he only needs one name.
Well, okay. Who is Carter, then? Carter is a visual artist and a director who has worked with Franco in the past, on the film Erased James Franco. The two are good friends, and plan to collaborate on many more projects in the future.
So, James Franco isn't playing himself. Is Catherine Keener playing herself?No, she's playing a fictional character named Catherine. She is a cross-dressing artist who lives with James, and the two of them have a pact to finish each other's life work if one of them should die.
Is her character based on anybody? According to Franco, Catherine is a fictional representation of Carter, and the friendship that the two of them share. He told The Believer, "In Maladies the two characters make a pact that if one of them dies the other will finish the dead person’s work. I would be honored to make such a pact with Carter, because he understands me better than most." He has also called the director his "double."
Okay, so it's a movie about James Franco and Carter's friendship, but they're not playing themselves. Yep. You got it.
So where do the soap operas come in? James, the character, was an actor on a popular soap opera before he left to dedicate his time to writing.
Like James Franco, then? Yes. In fact, Franco took his role on General Hospital after Carter encouraged him to. It was part of his preparation for the film.
Is the James from the movie an actor on General Hospital?They haven't said what soap opera his character is on. But, probably not.
Is James' soap opera character named Franco, like the real Franco's was on General Hospital? Probably not, but that would be awesome, wouldn't it?
What's with the sister?James and Catherine live with his sister, Patricia, who is described in the plot summary as being "mentally detached."
Does James have a "malady" as well? Yes. James has left his job because of a mental illness. The synopses have described him as having schizophrenia, although Carter said that he actually has "an unknown mental illness."
Does Carter have something specific in mind, even though it's not revealed to the audience? In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Carter said that he never wanted James to have one specific illness: "I studied The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is the book that they republish every 10 years that lists all of the ailments that a person could have. It’s just for doctors. So I went through all of those and I wanted James' character to have every ailment in it, which is absurd, I know. That’s what he was suffering from, the unknown to everything at once."
So, if James has a "malady" and so does Patricia, does Catherine have one too? No. But she's gay, which isn't considered an illness now, but could have been in the 1960s, when the film is set.
Is that where the title comes from? Yep. See, you've got the hang of this.
Whose voice is that in the trailer? The narrator is voiced by Ken Scott, but the voice functions both as the voice in James' head and a narrator.
Something is bugging me. I feel like there already was a movie wherein James Franco played himself as a schizophrenic soap opera actor.You're right. Maladies will be the second movie of that description. The first was Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is), which James Franco and director Ian Olds put together from footage of the actor on General Hospital. It was weird.
Okay. I think I've got it. One more question. Shoot.
When will Maladies be released? On March 21.
Cool. One final final question: why wasn't Franco nominated for an Oscar for Spring Breakers? We may never know. Perhaps the Academy didn't appreciate the way he whispers "Spring breaaak" like the rest of us did.
Irish singer Ronan Keating is recovering after undergoing surgery last week (ends02Feb14). The Boyzone star had an operation for an unknown ailment at the Lister Hospital in London.
On Sunday (02Feb14) he showed off bandages on his stomach in a picture on Twitter.com, writing, "This time last week I was on the operating table. Check out my Battle wounds. Thanx for all your well wishes (sic)."
Keating had previously told fans his girlfriend Storm Uechtritz had been looking after him, writing, "Back on my Feet. Thank you one and all for your kind words. Storm Uechtritz the chicken soup really worked. Thanx to all."
The singer has not revealed why he needed surgery, but reports in the Irish press suggest he had his gallbladder removed.
A spokesman for Keating refused to confirm to WENN details of the star's surgery.
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After the record-breaking premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the show steadily declined in ratings. Fans began to lose hope in a television series worthy of being associated with the Marvel cinematic universe. However, Marvel and ABC are looking for success elsewhere on TV: with the new series based on Agent Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger.
Very little is known about Agent Carter since the show is still in the beginning stages of production — according to Deadline, ABC head Paul Lee said the pilot script is finished and awaiting the green light. We know that the script was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who penned Captain America 1 & 2. Lee also confirmed that Haley Atwell would reprise the role of Peggy Carter for the series.
A separate Deadline report claimed Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas have signed on as writers and executive producers. The pair created the CW series Reaper; they’ve also written for Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Hawaii Five-O, and Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse.
Despite all the unknown factors, we have high hopes for Agent Carter. Not only will it have a lead female character — something Marvel has been lacking in both its films and TV series — the writing and production team sound extremely promising.
It’s far too early to make any serious predictions, but we’re certainly hopeful Agent Carter is at least as successful as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., if not more so.
Police officers made a mystery trip to Miley Cyrus' home on Saturday (01Feb14). Three cops in two squad cars arrived at the Wrecking Ball hitmaker's mansion in Studio City, California on Saturday afternoon.
Although the reasons for the visit are currently unknown, Cyrus was seen welcoming the officers at her home's front gate, before letting them onto the property.
The officers were spotted leaving the house shortly afterwards.
Earlier on Saturday, Cyrus had told fans on Twitter.com that she was home alone and enjoying listening to music by Sky Ferreira.
She wrote, "Rockin out to sky ferreira by myself in my favorite hat of all time BE VERY JELLY (jealous) OF MY SUPER COOL SATURDAY."
A teenager who attempted to steal Kim Kardashian's identity and illegally transfer thousands of dollars from her bank account has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years behind bars. Luis Flores, Jr. gained access to the reality star's personal details, including her credit card and social security numbers, and then attempted to change the primary social security number on several accounts to his own.
The amount he stole from Kardashian's account remains unknown, but the thief also targeted her mother, Kris Jenner, and was allegedly able to steal $71,000 (£44,375) from her, according to editors at TMZ.com.
Flores, 19, was caught by U.S. Secret Service agents in May (13), when he attempted to order replacement cards for the accounts and have them sent to his own address in Florida.
He has now been sentenced to time in a federal prison.
Ashton Kutcher, Bill Gates and Tom Cruise were also allegedly targeted by Flores.
A rare handwritten note by artist Lucien Freud is set to fetch $4,800 (£3,000) when it goes up for auction in March (14). The artist wrote the letter to teenage student Katie Wilson in 1996 in response to her request for help with her art project.
Now she is in her 30s, Wilson is parting with the letter, which is still mounted as part of her school coursework. It will go on sale at Bonhams in London on 19 March (14).
A Bonhams spokeswoman says, "As a succinct statement of Freud's artistic aims this could hardly be bettered. By 1996 Freud had attained international fame as a modern master - a status he never lost - and yet found the time to send a very personal and considered reply to an unknown student."
Freud, who died in 2011 at the age of 88, was most famous for his nude portraits. He struck up a surprising friendship with model Kate Moss when he painted her naked while pregnant with her daughter Lila Grace in 2003.