A man who allegedly claimed to be a stylist working for Johnny Depp and rocker Brandon Flowers has been arrested in New York City. David Tripp is accused of impersonating a celebrity stylist to obtain designer clothes from upmarket Manhattan stores using a stolen credit card.
The 31 year old is alleged to have targeted a Jil Sander store in April (14) claiming to be fulfilling an order for his boss Johnny Depp, and at a Marc Jacobs boutique, where he is believed to have told employees he was obtaining clothes for The Killers frontman Flowers to wear in a photoshoot.
Marc Jacobs manager Brian Britt became suspicious and alerted police, who arrested Tripp.
He has since been charged with identity theft and grand larceny, and released on bail. Tripp has branded the allegations against him "unequivocally inaccurate and unjust," according to The New York Times.
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish celebrated the superstar's 67th birthday on Friday (28Mar14) by hosting the grand opening of their new Las Vegas bar. The Rocket Man hitmaker and film producer Furnish were joined by actor Nicolas Cage, legendary producer Quincy Jones, rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne and her daughter Kelly, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, actress Britt Ekland and funnyman David Spade, among others for the launch of FIZZ Las Vegas.
The Champagne lounge, a collaboration between Furnish and nightlife gurus Michael Greco and Steven Kennedy, is located next to Caesars Palace's famed Colosseum theatre, where Elton is currently performing a Sin City residency.
Furnish tells USA Today, "Fizz is an extension of our personal style. Spending so much time in Las Vegas with Elton's performance schedule, we wanted a space that would reflect our personal style and become an extension of the way we entertain at home."
And he tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "Once people are inside, it's very small and intimate... We bring the lights down to make it really, really chic and warm and welcoming. It's very much an extension of the way we would do things."
Elton turned 67 on 25 March (14).
The Killers star Brandon Flowers, Local Natives and Father John Misty have joined forces to feature in a new short film about country legend Johnny Cash's new posthumous album Out Among The Stars. The 15-minute long film features the acts talking about their love for Cash's songs prior to performances of covers of I Came To Believe, Baby Ride Easy and Out Among the Stars, which all feature on the new release.
The Killers honoured late rock legend Lou Reed on the night he died by singing one of his hits at a gig in Las Vegas. The Velvet Underground star passed away in October (13) at the age of 71 after a battle with liver disease, and The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, who duetted with Reed on a 2007 track called Tranquilize, admits he was devastated by the loss.
The band was booked to play a show in their native Las Vegas on the day Reed died, so Flowers honoured his hero by adding The Velvet Underground's 1969 track Pale Blue Eyes to the setlist at the last minute.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "Spending time with Lou was surreal because of the folklore that surrounds him. We were scared to death, but he was sweet, and great to work with. The night he died, we played a show in Las Vegas and sang Pale Blue Eyes in tribute."
The Killers are determined to continue their tradition of recording an annual Christmas rock song even though the bandmates might not be together next Christmas - because the project provides a festive boost for AIDS charities. The Mr. Brightside hitmakers released Christmas in L.A. earlier this month (Dec13), marking their eighth consecutive year of putting out a Yuletide-themed track.
They first recorded a Christmas song in 2006 when they released A Great Big Sled, and frontman Brandon Flowers insists the Las Vegas-based band will continue the tradition as all money raised from the singles goes to AIDS charities.
Flowers says, "Because World Aids Day is 1 December, it made sense to have (the 2006 charity record) be a Christmas song. Now it's become tradition.
"We've gotten creative with Christmas. We've had a Santa who's hunting you down to a beautiful Mexican woman whose birthday is on Christmas, a song about Joseph and the conundrum he must have found himself in."
Speculation is rife the band is planning a hiatus year in 2014, so that Flowers and his bandmates can concentrate on solo projects.
Gabriel Olsen/GettyFrom the latest festive release from Brandon Flowers and company to a moving dedication to the late Paul Walker, here's a look at five of the best songs to have been unveiled over the past seven days.Clean Bandit – "Rather Be"Combining the soulful vocals of Jess Glynne with their typically inventive fusion of classical music and classic house, British quartet Clean Bandit also continue their inspired run of videos with the story of a Japanese fan whose daily life is dominated by hallucinations of the band.The Killers – "Christmas In L.A."Once again embracing the holiday spirit with their eighth Christmas single in eight years, the Las Vegas outfit team up with folk-rock outfit Dawes for a melancholic tale of a struggling Hollywood actor forced to spend the big day thousands of miles away from his loved ones.Blood Red Shoes – "The Perfect Mess"The first taster from the duo's fourth album sees lead vocalist Laura-Mary Carter deliver a furious parting shot to a man who's used up all his nine lives on a ferocious slice of garage rock which suggests she's not a woman to be messed with.RZA – "Destiny Bends"Teaming up with soul singer Will Wells, the Wu-Tang Clan star pays a heartfelt tribute to the late Paul Walker with this touching ballad about the times they shared together on the upcoming remake of Luc Besson's District 13.Haim – "Forever (Giorgio Moroder Remix)"Following on from his guest appearance on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, electro pioneer Giorgio Moroder now stamps his mark on Haim's debut single with an anthemic blend of thumping Italo disco beats, throbbing synths and the odd flashes of his signature vocoder.
Hollywood actor Owen Wilson has teamed up with The Killers to star in the video for the band's annual Christmas single. The rockers will release a new track called Christmas In L.A. on 1 December (13) to coincide with World Aids Day, marking the eighth year they have offered up a festive song to raise money for good causes.
Frontman Brandon Flowers has now revealed Wilson agreed to appear in the video, along with fellow actor Harry Dean Stanton.
He tells Britain's Metro newspaper, "You'll never see us smile or let our hair down as much as when we do the Christmas stuff. It always turns out to be a lot of work but it's really refreshing...This year, the song's about a struggling actor in L.A. who misses the traditional Christmas. We got Owen Wilson to do the video, and there are cameos from Harry Dean Stanton and an animated (late rocker) Warren Zevon, which is bad-a**. I'm so excited about it - talk about the stars aligning."
The single will raise money for AIDS charities.
The Killers rocker Brandon Flowers removes his jewellery before mingling with fans at gigs after a bracelet was stolen from his wrist during a concert in the U.K. The Mr. Brightside hitmakers were performing a show in Newcastle, England when frontman Flowers decided to head out on one of his trademark walkabouts among the audience.
He was upset when he returned to the stage and realised a chain was missing from his arm - so now he always removes his wedding ring and other valuables before shaking hands at gigs.
Flowers tells Q magazine, "I've lost a bracelet or two. I won't say in which town. I don't want to get into trouble... OK, it was Newcastle. I don't wanna lose my wedding ring! I put them back on after the gig."
Actress Dianna Agron has taken on the role of The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers in the band's new video, Just Another Girl. The Glee beauty transformed into a rock star for the promo and stepped into the character of Flowers as she walked through a brief history of the band's discography.
Agron begins the video by walking on to a set with the four remaining members playing their instruments behind her. She then strolls through a giant sound stage, which shows the sets from the band's previous videos.
She dons a moustache similar to Flowers' in All These Thing I've Done, passes by the wedding scene in When You Were Young, and throughout the video even wears an identical jacket to Flowers' costume in Human.
Agron took to Twitter.com to express her thanks to the band and director Warren Fu, writing, "You're the best. thanks for having me play. Such a great time."
This is the second single from The Killers' Direct Hits album. The first track, Shot at the Night, featured an appearance by Dark Shadows star Bella Heathcote.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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