Dionne Warwick is set to have her debts cleared after filing for bankruptcy last year (13). The 73-year-old star was declared bankrupt at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newark, New Jersey last year after running up more than $10 million (£6.25 million) in debts due to unpaid taxes.
A bankruptcy trustee filed legal documents on Tuesday (18Mar14) requesting that Warwick be excused from paying off the bill, which dates back as far as 1991.
If successful, she will also be able to keep her personal assets including furniture, artwork, diamond earrings, fur coats, and $1,000 (£625) in cash.
Johnny Cash's family is celebrating the late singer's birthday with an inaugural bash at the museum set up in his memory in Nashville, Tennessee. The Walk the Line legend would have turned 82 years old on 26 February (14), and to keep his legacy alive, relatives and bosses at The Johnny Cash Museum are hosting a three day star-studded event from 28 February to 2 March (14).
Museum founder Bill Miller tells country music site TheBoot.com, "We are thrilled to bring back the Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration and even more so to bring it to Nashville for the first time.
"We have a long tradition of bringing Johnny's fans together with his family, friends and peers in an intimate celebration of his life."
His son, John Carter Cash, and brother, Tommy Cash, are both expected to perform at the event, which will also feature surprise celebrity guests.
Cash died in 2003 at the age of 71 from complications from diabetes. The museum opened last April (13).
With every Avenger getting their own movie (including the utterly lame Ant-Man) and Quicksilver in contention for both The Avengers: Age of Ultron and X-Men: Days of Future Past, it seems ridiculous that there aren't more X-Men movies. It's a no brainer. The world is ripe with characters, so why not cash in, Fox?!? However, because of some dubious management by Bryan Singer a lot of X-Men were introduced then not used. Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) is a character with a ton of possibly storylines. He was introduced but only given a total of 3 lines over the course of two films. Here are 10 possible X-Men characters and teams that could use their own movie.
Character: A psychic with the ability to create telepathic knifes and telekinetic katana swords.
The Movie: Betsy Braddock is a blind British psychic who lost her eyes in a fight with a fellow mutant. She is kidnapped by The Hand, a legion of Japanese assassins, and her body switched with Kwannon, a gifted assassin.
Why: Psylocke is one of the hottest X-Men and this origin story could be like a super-powered Kill Bill revenge tale.
2. X-Factor (Government Agency)
Team: A team of mutants gets formed by the government to deal with mutant issues. Some members include Polaris, a green-haired beauty with the powers of Magneto, Forge, a man with the power to control machinery, and Shard, a computer program from the future.
The Movie: In the wake of the events of the various X-Men films, a government agency enlists the help of some mutants. They take on a mysterious mutant enemy (choose any X-men ally or villain). However, is their biggest enemy the government?
Why: It’s unclear as of yet how X-Men: Days of Future Past will leave the fate of mutants with the government. However, the end of X-Men: The Last Stand had Beast (Kelsey Grammer) in a government position and X-Men: First Class showed the inherent interest in a mutant government team. It would be easy to create a team in the same universe that dealt with different problems.
3. X-Factor (Detective Agency)
Team: Madrox the Multiple Man is a man whose deepest insecurities and personality flaws can take shape in duplicates of himself. He forms a detective agency to handle the issues of Mutant Town, a small neighborhood in NYC.
The Movie: A noir style detective with a snarky inner monologue. Madrox forms the team including Strong Guy, a guido with super strength, Wolfsbane, a Christian werewolf, and Siryn, his main squeeze, a woman with a sonic scream.
Why: This imprint of the comic was a definite genre shift. It allows for super-powered action while also playing with old time movie conventions.
Character: Longshot is a mutant with the power to control luck.
The Movie: Longshot must traverse an alternate dimension where reality TV has become a form of government under the control of slave master, Mojo. He falls for Dazzler a mutant pop star with the power to turn sound into light lasers that could wound, hypnotize, and blast.
Why: Given the success of The Hunger Games, it wouldn’t be too far off for a Longshot movie to be successful. Plus, who wouldn’t want a sexy blond actor like Austin Butler, Chord Overstreet, or even Alexander Skarsgård to join the ranks of the X-Universe.
5. New Mutants
Team: The sophomore class of X-Men. Members include Cannonball, who can blast imperviously through the air, Mirage, a Vietnamese girl that can possess people and Mirage, a Native American girl that could manifest your worst fears in corporeal mirages.
The Movie: Under the tutelage of Magneto, the young mutant team is formed not understanding their leader’s ulterior motives. The must figure out where their allegiances lie.
Why: It would be nice to have an X-Movie that actually focuses on the school environment and showcases young mutants enjoying their powers.
Team: Under the leadership of the super-psychic Cable, this team of militiristic mutants takes on edgier vilains. Some members include the luck manipulating Domino, cat-like Feral, and and super-fighter Shatterstar and Rictor, a mutant with seismic abilities.
The Movie: Cable forms a group of young mutants to take a more militiristic approach to mutant rights.
Why: As edgy as Wolverine can be, it'd be nice to have an anti-hero approach to super-powered people that do needs has to get done.
7. Mr. Sinister & The Maurauders
Character: Mr. Sinister is a genius doctor obsessed with genetic mutation and has a legion of super powered followers.
The Movie: The enigmatic mutant doctor forms a team comprised of young mutants and clones and uses them in his obsession with creating a super mutant.
Why: To date, no super villain has had their own movie.
8. Young X-Men
Team: This group of mutants is made up of Dust, a Muslim girl that can turn into sand, Anole, a gay teen with lizard-like features who can regrow limbs, and Rockslide, a boy made of rocks.
The Movie: A group of young mutants battle a religious leader obsessed with destroying their race. They unite with their unique abilities to save their race.
Why: This team has the largest number of new X-Men currently in the comics, and it's recent enough that the characters can have fit into any storyline, and the possible religious angle is a fresh approach.
9. Generation X
Team: A group of mutants taught by the White Queen including fan favorite Jubilee, Penance, an autistic girl with diamond hard skin and claws, a boy with cosmic energy in his chest (Chamber), a girl that could rip off her skin to reveal surprises underneath (Husk), and a Latin teen with extra stretchy skin.
The Movie: Emplate, a mutant who feeds on other mutants starts hunting after his sisters M and Penance. They meet a group of young mutants that help them ward off their brother.
Why: The team was already the subject of a TV movie with a cult folowing. All the characters are contained into one family group would make it easy to tell the story without too much exposition. Not to mention it's the most racially diverse team of X-Men.
Team: An entire underground community of mutants that live underneath the sewers lead by Callisto and her awesome eyepatch.
The Movie: Humans discover the underground world and the mutants must defend themselves.
Why: We've established humans hate and fear mutants but haven't explored it on-screen.
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Christmas is coming up and that means plenty of movies with a similar theme are coming out. Then there's always that 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story. All this holiday goodness begs the question: What are the worst and weirdest Christmas movies? There are quite a lot of them but I narrowed it down to 10.
Surviving Christmas (2004)
I feel bad for making this the worst one since it includes the late James Gandolfini, but it just is a crass film that leaves nothing to the Christmas spirit. It was a shame, since I have also always been a big Christina Applegate fan and I've never been a Ben Affleck hater. This is the movie to leave in people's stockings if they have been really rotten all year.
Santa Claus (1959)
Wait. What? A movie that has Santa Claus, Lucifer and Merlin the Wizard that wasn't made during the drug-fueled 1960s or '70s? Well, it was made in '59, which was right on the cusp of all the impending insanity.
Christmas With The Kranks (2004)
It's weird. Tim Allen appears in one of my favorite Christmas movies, The Santa Clause, and then he also appeared in this dreck. Jamie Lee Curtis was also in it and at one point I just found myself hoping that Michael Myers would appear and start stabbing everyone.
Santa's Slay (2005)
Bill Goldberg couldn't wrestle. He certainly can't act, as you can see. He didn't look that fearsome either - he looked like a deranged Duck Dynasty cast member. The title was also a horrible pun.
Deck The Halls (2006)
Again, I felt really bad putting this one up, since Danny DeVito is one of my favorite comedy actors of all time. That said, not even the diminutive actor could save this trainwreck of a movie that did nothing to embrace the spirit of the season.
Santa With Muscles (1996)
The other bad Christmas movie that featured a wrestler. As far as I know, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and John Cena have yet to make any holiday-themed movies, but there's still time.
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Great. A slasher movie about Santa. I think even the trailers gave kids enough nightmare material, let alone the movie itself. The worst thing? It actually spawned a sequel, which could have made this list, but I deliberately ruled out any sequels.
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964)
Ah yes. Now we're in the '60s and in the thrall of those psychedelic-drug fueled films. Groovy baby. I'm sure the nation was too stoned at the time to realize that this movie was ridiculous for pairing together Santa and Martians.
The Santa Clause 3 (2006)
Remember when I said that I liked the first Santa Clause? Well, this was the sound of the wheels coming off. The franchise came to a screeching thud and even Allen seemed to have a "I'm getting a briefcase full of cash for my payment, right?" look in his eyes in all his scenes.
Jack Frost (1998)
I just couldn't get past the fact that the snowman that Michael Keaton's character's spirit imbued looked like an even grumpier Ed Asner. That in itself was one of the more mixed messages sent from the film. Also, if you do rent it - make sure that it's this one and not the one about a homicidal snowman.
I said it last week, and I'll say it again this week: this show sure is hitting its stride. A lot happened in this whopper of an episode, all set against the fatalistic (though slightly forced) background of a simulated air raid. Where to start?
Well, Ethan seems like a logical choice; he seems happily domestic with Virginia (you almost forget that he punched her). But all's not well – he learns he is effectively fired from the hospital. A quick confrontation with Scully reveals that it was Masters' poor performance review that barred Ethan from being hired. Thinking jealousy over Virginia is the root of it, he gets into it with Bill, only to find that it was instead Libby's near-immaculate conception that got him the bad rap. He puts Masters in his place, telling him scathingly, "I'd do it again." *Mic drop*
And speaking of the Scullys, Margaret Scully is back! After she's forced to realize that divorce is not really an option for a middle-aged woman (mid-century, remember?), she promptly decides to fix her marriage. Bless her soul, she heads back to the bar and strikes up a conversation with a prostitute, in the hopes of picking up "some of the tricks of the trade." Yep, and if looks could kill ... but after a few words, the prostitute's won over, and agrees to help. After Margaret outlines her husband's likes and dislikes (LIKES: Opera, Agatha Christie. DISLIKES: Looking at her during sex, topless Tahitian women), the prostitute gets right to the skinny: "He's queer!" Margaret's response? "It's very queer, yes." After some tough talk and a couple of giggles, she heads home. The subsequent scene is pure heartbreak – she grabs one of Barton's ties and curls up into the fetal position.
The next time we see her, she's going for a cathartic swim. Who else should she run into but Dashing Dr. Langham? He's also had some pretty world-bending news: he's just found out that one of his partners in The Study (it earns capitalization, right?) is pregnant. Player-douche that he is, he's done absolutely nothing about it, but even so, he claims he's had a worse day than Margaret. (Sorry buddy, think Margaret takes this one.) Despite their messy break-up, they're able to find comfort with each other as they float and contemplate falling.
Virginia, on the other hand, is a woman of action. She tracks that poor pregnant woman down, and hands her a fat envelope of cash. She also has a chance meeting with Dr. DePaul, and she's finally able to charm her: next time we see DePaul, she's dolled up with her hair down from her severe bun. Poor thing does her best "Virginia" in hopes of receiving more funding from the chancellor, but doesn't quite get it right ("What a delightful necktie – what would you call that color?"/"Red" *crickets*). And in addition to befriending DePaul, the ever-astute Virginia has managed to put together the pieces: Masters' demeaning attempt to pay her for "conducting research" with him + new knowledge of Libby's pregnancy = something fishy. She confronts Masters, and accuses him of carrying on a not only physical, but emotional affair with her; an affair he guiltily (and cruelly) wrote off by paying her for it. She's hit the nail on the head, of course, and she tops it all by admitting that she paid the pregnant woman out of their research funds, promptly quits her job, storms out on him...
...and walks right into Dr. DePaul's office and hires herself. After hearing of DePaul's failed attempt at catching a fly with honey (as opposed to her usual vinegar), she informs her of their next strategy. It's moments like these (excellent) ones between Virginia and DePaul that remind us that Masters of Sex is one of the few shows on air with a female executive producer (go Michelle Ashford!). As the show reaches its climax (I didn't even mean that sexually, I swear), we're all on tenterhooks to see where the final two episodes will take us.
* Jane and Lester (yay?) I'll ship anything.
* (Regarding golf): "What's your wife's handicap?"/"Stella had polio as a girl..." may have been one of the best pieces of dialogue ever.
Singer Ne-Yo has taken a bite out of reports he walked away from an $800 (£533) meal without settling his bill. Bosses at Manhattan nightspot Negril claimed the Monster hitmaker and a group of pals enjoyed food and drinks at the eaterie last month (Oct13), but walked away without paying.
The venue's manager even followed Ne-Yo to a nearby club to recoup the cash but the bill has still not been paid - and now the star has shrugged off the claims by insisting he's too wealthy to try to get a free meal.
When quizzed about the allegations by TMZ.com, an angry Ne-Yo replied, "Anybody that knows me knows that I don't have to dine and ditch... $800, seriously?"
Rocker Bruce Springsteen helped to raised $250,000 (£166,670) for wounded U.S. veterans on Wednesday (06Nov13) by auctioning off the guitar around his neck at a New York benefit gig. The Born to Run legend was among the line-up of performers at New York Comedy Festival's Stand Up For Heroes fundraiser at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, and he even tried his hand at a few dirty jokes after funnymen Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Jim Gaffigan all kept their acts clean.
Walking onstage, he said, "I'm puzzled. I think this is the first night of comedy for a soldiers' audience where the entire night went by without anybody telling any dirty jokes. I don't get it. I can't let that happen..."
After landing a few laughs with his sex jokes, he performed a trio of songs, including a cover of Suicide's 1979 song Dream Baby Dream and his rock anthem Dancing in the Dark, and then invited fans to bid on his acoustic guitar.
He even offered up a free one-hour lesson and invited the winning bidder to attend a recording session at his New Jersey home, pushing the final figure up to $250,000.
The figure helped swell the night's charity figure to $750,000 (£500,000). The cash will help aid injured servicemen and women through newsman Bob Woodruff's Stand Up For Heroes organisation.
British rocker Roger Waters also performed at the annual event, taking the stage with a band of wounded warriors for renditions of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, Sam Cooke's A Change Is Gonna Come and John Lennon's peace anthem Imagine.
A New York restaurant manager is waiting on singer Ne-Yo to hand over $800 (£533) after he reportedly left the eaterie without settling his bill. The R&B star headed for an evening out with a group of pals at Manhattan nightspot Negril earlier this month (Oct13), and they racked up a large bill for drinks and food.
But bosses of the restaurant are still waiting for the star to settle the $800 check after he walked out without paying, according to the New York Daily News.
Editors at the publication allege the venue's manager even followed Ne-Yo to a nearby club to recoup the cash but the bill has still not been paid.
A source tells the newspaper, "Someone in the group promised they'd be back tomorrow to pay up."
Actress Tilda Swinton has donated more than $2,000 (£1,333) towards the cost of a prominent Russian gay rights activist's funeral. Following the death of 36-year-old Alexei Davydov from kidney failure last week (ends29Sep13), the Michael Clayton star donated the cash through an online service set up to help fund his burial.
Davydov's fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) campaigner Nikolai Alexeyev has taken to Twitter.com to thank Swinton for her generosity, writing, "BRAVO and HUGE THANKS to British actress Tilda Swinton for the donation to cover the funerals of our friend and activist Alexey Davydov."
The Oscar winner risked incarceration in July (13) when she took to the streets outside the Moscow Kremlin, home of President Vladimir Putin, and defiantly held a rainbow flag to show her support for gay rights in the country.
The move came after Russian officials passed a bill banning "gay propaganda" in June (13).
Oscar winner and singer Jamie Foxx has offered to rap a song as former U.S. leader President Bill Clinton in return for donations to the University of California's Promise for Education campaign. Precious star Monique and Beach Boy Mike Love have also offered treats to students to raise cash for the six-week initiative.