SLASH, Joan Jett and Billy Corgan were honoured with career achievement prizes at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards (APMA) in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday night (21Jul14). The former Guns N' Roses star was presented with the Guitar Legend Award by Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry, Jett accepted the Icon Award, and Smashing Pumpkins rocker Corgan was handed the Vanguard Award during the ceremony at Voinovich Park, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame building.
Corgan said of the awards ceremony, "What's great about Alternative Press is it still kind of stands for the alternative counter culture. Maybe it's not as much of a counter culture as it once... I'm happy to just be part of the alternative culture," while Slash added in a post on Twitter.com, "Receiving the Gtr (Guitar) Legend award from APMA was quite the honour. Receiving it from friend & mentor Joe Perry put it over the top."
Other winners included Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie, who won the Best Vocalist prize and took to the stage to perform Frank Sinatra classics Luck Be A Lady and Fly Me To The Moon with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
The show, hosted by Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus, also included performances from The Misfits, Fall Out Boy and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendan Urie is suing a former roommate over a series of unauthorised cash withdrawals from his bank account. The singer claims Shane Valdez took advantage of him after he gave him access to his personal bank account to pay shared living expenses between 2008 and 2010.
In the suit, obtained by TMZ.com, Urie states he didn't realise Valdez was allegedly stealing from him until November (13) - when he noticed his former roommate had made 70 withdrawals, totalling over $127,000 (£79,000).
Valdez reportedly confessed to taking the money, but his attorney insists the cash was used to make a documentary about Urie's life. Urie claims he and Valdez had never discussed a film project.
The defendant tells TMZ.com, "We were best friends for a long time and there is nothing about his claims that are true."
Stars have reached out to American sports hopeful Michael Sam after he 'come out' as gay just months before he is expected to be drafted into the National Football League (NFL). The 24-year-old is a star defensive lineman for the University of Missouri, and one of the standout college players who experts predict has a very high chance of becoming a pro if drafted into the NFL in May (14).
On Sunday (09Feb14), Sam publicly acknowledged his sexuality in interviews with ESPN and the New York Times, stating, "I am an openly, proud gay man."
He tells ESPN, "I understand how big this is. It's a big deal. No one has done this before. And it's kind of a nervous process, but I know what I want to be... I want to be a football player in the NFL."
If drafted, Sam would become the very first openly gay player in the NFL.
He tells the New York Times, "I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it. I just want to own my truth."
Since his announcement, celebrities have flooded Twitter.com to send their support to the athlete, including singer Ricky Martin who writes, "Congratulations brave man!!!" while actor Michael Urie adds, "Bravo, Michael Sam!"
Basketball star Jason Collins, who made similar headlines last year (13) after becoming the first professional male athlete in America to come out, took to the microblogging site to reveal he had been meeting with Sam to share his own experience with being honest with his sexuality in the public eye.
He writes, "For the past 2 days I have met with @MikeSamFootball here in LA. He is a great young man who has shown tremendous courage and leadership. I can't wait to cheer for whatever lucky team that drafts @mikesamfootball."
Panic! At The Disco's concert in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday night (07Feb14) had to be evacuated after the venue's floor began to crack. Hundreds of fans were ushered out of the city's historic Tabernacle venue just two songs into the show when the building's floor gave way.
Video footage taken at the gig shows the moment the floor cracked under the weight of the crowd, and fire marshals began evacuating the audience from the venue.
Gig-goer John Anderson told Ajc.com, "The situation could have been much worse and a large crack developing in a floor with hundreds of people on it is a major problem. As somebody who was on the floor at the time, I am very appreciative that an expert was there doing their job so well, and that helped keep us safe."
The rest of the concert was cancelled and the band subsequently apologised for the disaster in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "Atlanta you rocked so hard we literally broke the floor and you set the record for the shortest... show ever! Glad no one got hurt."
Singer Brandon Urie added, "We broke the venue with our floor collapsing rock!... But don't worry. We're working on rescheduling the show."
Country rocker Corey Smith was due to play at the venue on Saturday (08Feb14), but his show was also cancelled while structural engineers worked on the flooring problem.
Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie is still mad at singer Fiona Apple after she refused to let the band sample her song Every Single Night. Urie claims they wanted to use Apple's vocals on their summer (13) release Miss Jackson, but she would not grant them permission.
He tells Revolt TV, "We tried to get the publishing cleared and she was not having it. She was so bummed on us. She was like, 'No, I'm not letting that band sample my stuff.'
"I was kind of bummed, I was like, 'Really? I love your stuff, I love you Fiona,' but then afterwards I was like, 'You b**ch.' I was so mad. I mean, I'm still a huge fan of hers, but yeah I was pretty p**sed."
The intriguing rumor about casting for Broadway's upcoming revival of Of Mice and Men was quickly confirmed, and now we know that Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) and James Franco (everything else) will be our leads. Neither is without a great deal of talent (though some might argue that Franco's talents don't lie, as he would have us believe, in every art form), but the announcement still raised some eyebrows. "Huh," we all said, collectively. But this show wouldn't be the first time that Broadway has brought such seemingly disparate actors together. Here are some of the more memorably unexpected onstage duos.
Nick Jonas and Beau Bridges — How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
When the youngest Jonas took over the role of J. Pierrepont Finch from Daniel Radcliffe and Darren Criss in the revival, he was paired up with veteran thespian Beau Bridges as his boss, J.B. Biggley. Their big moment as a delightfully mismatched stage team is a musical production number that involves mimed, old-timey football and Jonas ending up on Bridges's shoulders.
Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon — Grace
These actors are heavyweights , and both of them have plenty of stage experience. The fun here is picturing the totally chill Rudd hanging out with Shannon, the human embodiment of intensity, for eight shows a week.
Alicia Silverstone and Henry Winkler — The Performers
The Performers didn't last very long and begs the question, "Who thought a romantic comedy set at the Adult Film Awards would?" But the show left its mark in the annals of Broadway history by pairing up Cher Horowitz and the Fonz within its ensemble, in one big meta-celebration of the coolest kids in school.
Diddy and Audra McDonald — A Raisin in the Sun
When a stage virgin who's willing to leverage his industry power and put up a lot of cash to play a legendary role in a legendary play, you'd do well to ground that production with a stalwart talent. Say, a five-time Tony Award winner?
Panic! At The Disco drummer Spencer Smith has pulled out of the rockers' current U.S. tour to allow himself extra time to deal with his drug and alcohol addiction. The percussionist went public with his substance abuse struggles in July (13) in an open letter to fans, revealing he began popping pills and drinking heavily to combat feelings of anxiety and depression.
He checked himself into a rehabilitation programme last year (12) in a bid to address his problems, and a newly-sober Smith recently rejoined his bandmates on the road for their summer (13) trek with Fall Out Boy.
However, after performing a handful of shows with Panic! at the Disco, Smith has chosen to sit out the rest of the group's live dates to continue his recovery away from the pressures of the spotlight.
Frontman Brendan Urie broke the news to fans in a post on the group's official website late on Wednesday (08Aug13), writing, "Spencer and I have been through a lot of hurdles together, but witnessing one of my closest friends immersed in such a battle has been the most difficult...
"It's become evident Spencer still needs more time to take care of himself. I can't expect him to be fighting addiction one minute and be fully immersed in a national tour the next. With all that said, the tour will continue without Spencer while he is away getting the help he needs. Thank you all for your support and kind words."
It is not yet clear who will replace Smith on drums for the band's next show in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday (09Aug13).
Tom Hanks, Bette Midler and Nathan Lane's latest theatre turns in New York have landed them nominations for the 2013 Drama Desk Awards. Hanks (Lucky Guy) will compete against Lane (The Nance) for the Outstanding Actor prize, while Vanessa Redgrave (The Revisionist) is in the running for the Outstanding Actress title, as is Up in the Air's Amy Morton (Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).
Other stand-out nominees include Midler (I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers), who will fight against Ugly Betty star Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar) for Outstanding Solo Performance, and actor-turned-bluegrass musician Steve Martin (As You Like It), who is mentioned in the category of Outstanding Music in a Play.
The 58th annual Drama Desk Awards, which celebrate the best in New York theatre, look set to be a big night for Off-Broadway production Giant and short-lived Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody - both are up for nine trophies.
The accolades will be presented during a ceremony at The Town Hall in New York City on 19 May (13).
Partners has been taken off the air with immediate effect after failing to win over viewers.
The show also featured Ugly Betty star Michael Urie, David Krumholtz and Sophia Bush.
The comedy, created by the brains behind beloved series Will & Grace, revolved around the friendship of two business partners - one gay and one straight.
CBS' freshman comedy Partners has been canceled, Deadline reports. Developed by Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, the series has been pulling in, on average, a tepid 6.5 million viewers and a weak 2.4/6 in adults 18-49. That's well below the numbers seen by the Eyeball's hit comedies How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Mike & Molly. The CBS audience just didn't warm to the on-screen friendship of Michael Urie and David Krumholtz, as a gay man and heterosexual respectively, which Kohan and Mutchnick based on their own relationship as best friends and business partners.
Oddly enough, though it routinely placed third in the 18-49 demo in its 8:30 p.m. Monday night timeslot, and fourth in total viewership, Partners is nonetheless the highest rated show to be axed so far this season, following the cancellations of the even lower rated Animal Practice on NBC and CBS's own Made in Jersey (which the network now plans to revive on Saturday nights.) Kohan and Mutchnick's previous series, $#*! My Dad Says, starring William Shatner, was also euthanized quickly by CBS last season, following an 18-episode run.
CBS has not yet responded to Hollywood.com's request for confirmation about Partners' cancellation.
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