Veteran entertainers Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow are bringing the likes of Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston back from the dead to feature on their respective duets albums. The Funny Girl icon has been working on Partners for the past two years and on Monday (11Aug14), she unveiled the cover art for the project, revealing a collaboration with the King.
Details about the duet have yet to be released, but he won't be the only big name featured on Partners - Streisand has also headed into the studio with Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Babyface and Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, as well as her younger contemporaries Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Blake Shelton, John Mayer and John Legend.
Her singer son Jason Gould, whose father is actor Elliott Gould, will also make an appearance on the September (14) album after previously joining his famous mum onstage during her U.S. and European tours in 2012 and 2013.
Meanwhile, Manilow has also headed down the collaboration route for his next release, which will be fully comprised of duets with late legends.
In a message on his Facebook.com page, the singer reveals he wasn't completely sold on the idea of another all-star duets album, so he decided to draw inspiration from beyond the grave.
He writes, "I came up with a weird idea: What if I could make duets out of my favorite songs by artists that are no longer with us? What if I could I actually sing with John Denver, Whitney Houston or Judy Garland?
"Well, after months of creating brand new duet arrangements of famous songs done by these legendary artists, I did. I actually sang with them. And we're just about done with the album...
"The album is a miracle. It's been a huge undertaking, musically and technically.
"It was an honor singing with Whitney (I ran for the Kleenex when I heard her voice!), Dusty Springfield, Louis Armstrong and more. I hope you'll like this one. I'm very proud of it. The release date is sometime in late October."
Celebrities including Molly Ringwald, Joe Jonas and Christina Perri headed to the Dodger Stadium on Sunday (10Aug14) to see Sir Paul McCartney's first Los Angeles performance in four years. The former Beatles star graced the stage at the sports ground for the first time since the Fab Four's gig at the venue in 1966.
His hotly-anticipated return was watched by a number of celebrities who shared pictures and videos of the set on social media.
Jonas uploaded a video of McCartney's firework finale display and filmed the crowd going wild while The Breakfast Club actress Ringwald made a commentary about the performance on Twitter.com.
She wrote, "Listening to Paul McCartney sing a love song to John Lennon. Totally got me," later adding, "Sir Paul knows his way around a great singalong. #PaulMcCartney #heyjude"
She also uploaded a picture of the rocker singing his fellow Beatle George Harrison's song Something, while playing Harrison's ukelele.
Perri uploaded a video of the legend singing Let It Be and wrote, "Only paul can make me sob and smile at the same time."
The concert was part of McCartney's Out There tour. He last played a gig in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010.
Olivia Newton-John has taken a 'selfie' photograph with her movie alter-ego Sandy from 1978 musical Grease. The character has been immortalised as a waxwork by Madame Tussaud's Hollywood, and the actress attended the unveiling in Las Vegas, where it will go on display for a week before being shipped to Los Angeles.
Actor John Krasinski treated co-star Anna Kendrick to a special surprise by organising an impromptu trip to Elvis Presley's Graceland estate on her birthday. The former The Office star is currently directing and co-starring in a new film called The Hollars with Kendrick, who plays her pregnant girlfriend in the drama.
When Krasinski discovered the actress turned 29 on Saturday (09Aug14), he decided to take a break from filming in Mississippi and headed to Memphis, Tennessee to Presley's former mansion.
The Pitch Perfect star took to Instagram.com on her birthday and posted a photo of herself in front of the rock 'n' roll legend's iconic home, adding the caption, "Krasinski found out it was my birthday and organized a trip to Graceland. #WorldsBestBoss #References"
Kendrick also shared a picture in front of Presley's signature white and gold jumpsuit, while she attempted to do her best lip curl impression.
While The Hollars, which also features Richard Jenkins, Margo Martindale and Josh Groban, marks the first collaboration between Kendrick and Krasinski, the actress also stars alongside his wife, Emily Blunt, in the upcoming movie musical, Into the Woods.
"This was one record that saved my life. That record helped me get sober so she played a big part in my rebirth. That record helped me so much. I never told her that but it did." Sir Elton John took comfort from Kate Bush's 1986 duet with Peter Gabriel, Don't Give Up, while he was recovering from drink and drug addiction.
Hollywood publicist Mack Newberry has died, aged 89. The public relations guru, who represented stars including Dolly Parton, passed away in Florida on Friday (08Aug14). Reports suggest he died of natural causes.
Newberry worked at Los Angeles-based PR firm Solters Roskin Friedman for more than a decade and worked with stars including Parton, Donny and Marie Osmond, Carol Burnett and John Denver, and he also handled publicity for the Grammy Awards, film premieres and movies including My Girl.
"They'll all turn up finally ready with praise once I'm out of earshot. Who cared... about John Lennon in the years leading up to his death? No one." Morrissey insists all his critics will offer up praise for the singer/songwriter when he dies.
Sinead O'Connor has publicly acknowledged her first husband for coming to her aid following a recent medical and financial meltdown, and reviving her love for music. The exhausted singer returned home to Ireland after cancelling a series of U.S. dates last year (13), when the drugs she was taking to battle depression turned her into a wreck.
But her problems had only just began when promoters started suing her for pulling the plug on concerts.
She tells Billboard magazine, "Within the week it was being alleged that people I would have leapt in front of a bullet for had been financially f**king me over," and admits she feared "these motherf**kers were going to have my soul".
But, in among all the chaos, her ex-husband, producer John Reynolds, swooped in to save his former wife.
She adds, "John Reynolds saved my a**. "
He helped her battle her former aides and the financial mess and then introduced her to his favourite blues musicians, like Buddy Guy and Howlin' Wolf.
She says, "I got so into what they were saying, writing the facts of life and keeping things very simple and not sugarcoated."
Reynolds also helped his ex create songs for her acclaimed new album I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.
Sir Elton John is turning sports coach to lead a team of tennis professionals in a charity match in London. The Rocket Man hitmaker will face off against a group led by former tennis champion Billie Jean King at the Royal Albert Hall, turning the prestigious concert venue into a sports arena for one night only on 7 December (14).
The longtime pals will coach teams featuring the likes of Kim Clijsters, John McEnroe, Tim Henman and last year's (13) Wimbledon Ladies' Singles finalist Sabine Lisicki at the Kings' World Team Tennis Smash Hits event.
Proceeds from the sporting extravaganza will benefit the singer's Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Assuming you were born around 1983 and that your social circle in the early grammar school years consisted of a rigidly impermeable foursome, we can conclude indisputably that you spent a good deal of your time playing Ninja Turtles. Unlike other pop culture-inspired imagination games, Ninja Turtles never allowed for turn taking as far as the central roles were concerned. Maybe you’d alternate occupancy of Luke, Han, and Chewy when playing Star Wars, or switch off between Margaret and Jimmy for games of Liquid Sky. But when it came to Ninja Turtles, the margins were set before recess even began: you were either the leader, the tough one, the smart one, or the goofball. Without exception.
But are such stark roles present in any other pop culture phenomena? We’d have to imagine so. As such, we sought to our favorite foursomes from the entertainment world and took a stab at assigning them their respective Ninja Turtles.
LeonardoJerry, the leader (who, incidentally, derives all of his moral fiber from the noble Superman)
RaphaelGeorge, the truly "dark and disturbed" member of the group
DonatelloElaine, the intellectual — she did graduate from Tufts (her safety school), and she scored a 151 on an I.Q. test
MichelangeloKramer, the hipster dufus
THE HOGWARTS HOUSES
LeonardoGryffindor, house of the daring and noble
RaphaelSlytherin, house of the severe and ambitious
DonatelloRavenclaw, house of the wry and intellectual
MichelangeloHufflepuff, house of the spirited and kind
SEX AND THE CITY
LeonardoCarrie, the glue, the narrator and the center of everyone's attention
RaphaelMiranda, stubborn and cynical enough to walk away from the love of her life (twice!)
DonatelloCharlotte, the conservative, overachieving Ivy League grad obsessed with everything appearing perfect
MichelangeloSamantha, who has never passed up a chance to see and be seen
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LeonardoPaul: "Think globally, act locally."
RaphaelJohn: "Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground."
DonatelloGeorge: "When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there."
MichelangeloRingo: "Peace and love. Peace and love."
LeonardoCaptain America, the wholesome, morally didactic good guy
RaphaelThe Hulk, the "muscle" who is tortured by his own demons
DonatelloIron Man, the tech genius who never hesitates to let his teammates know how much smarter he is than they are
MichelangeloThor, who's just kind of an idiot
LeonardoDawson, proving that having your name in the title doesn't save you from being the biggest buzzkill
RaphaelPacey, the rebellious, wise-cracking screw up of your teenage dreams
DonatelloJoey, smart - she went to Worthington! - sweet, and innocent, and always likely to end up in a bad situation
MichelangeloJen, the reformed party girl with a heart of gold and a chip on her shoulder
LeonardoMeg, the oldest sister and de facto head of the household
RaphaelJo, strong-willed and at odds with her siblings (and herself)
DonatelloBeth, who is shy, wise, and musically adept
MichelangeloAmy, the li'l one with the penchant for art
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LeonardoRay, the heart and soul of the group
RaphaelPeter Venkman, the rebel who plays by his own rules (and forces everyone else to accommodate)
DonatelloEgon Spengler, the smartest in a team of scientists
MichelangeloWinston, who is also there
THE MT. RUSHMORE PRESIDENTS
LeonardoGeorge Washington, the diplomat who kicked off American democracy
RaphaelAbraham Lincoln, the agonizingly depressed hero who took to the front lines
DonatelloThomas Jefferson, the braniac wordsmith who wrote the Declaration of Independence
MichelangeloTheodore Roosevelt, the loon who used to fight bears and whatnot
LeonardoBlanche, the open-minded, creative sort
RaphaelSophia, a master of caustic wit
DonatelloDorothy, the smartest of the lot
MichelangeloRose, the ditz
THE FACTS OF LIFE
LeonardoBlair, who was rich and blond, so she was the natural choice for the central role in an '80s sitcom
RaphaelJo, who wears a leather jacket
DonatelloNatalie, who basically acts like she's 40 at age 15
MichelangeloTootie, who wears rollerskates all the time
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THE FANTASTIC FOUR
LeonardoSue Storm, the levelheaded voice of reason
RaphaelThe Thing, who is, as one might expect, pretty pissed about being a giant rock
DonatelloMr. Fantastic, the hyper-intellectual
MichelangeloJohnny Storm, the jag who's always jumping around and lighting stuff on fire, because he thinks it's cool
STAND BY ME
LeonardoGordie, the courageous leader
RaphaelChris, the young punk who has stolen his share of milk money
DonatelloVern, the timid perpetual bullying victim
MichelangeloTeddy, the kooky thrill-seeker
LeonardoHannah, who at the very least sees herself as a well-adjusted leader of mankind
RaphaelJessa, the alleged loose cannon who is riddled with dark passengers
DonatelloMarnie, the uptight would-be sophisticate who tries to manufacture life experience by the book
MichelangeloShoshanna, the young nutter butter who garners the least respect
LeonardoReggie Rocket, the smart, even-tempered overachiever
RaphaelOtto Rocket, the troublesome bad boy
DonatelloSam Dullard, the awkward intellectual
MichelangeloTwister Rodriguez, the idiot comic relief
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LeonardoCady Heron, the acceptable human being
RaphaelRegina George, the villainous upstart
DonatelloGretchen Wieners, kind of just by default
MichelangeloKaren Smith... see "Thor"
LeonardoVinnie Barbarino, the boring (albeit charming) leader
RaphaelJuan Epstein, the tough guy with whom everybody knows not to mess
DonatelloArnold Horshach, the dorky dweeb
MichelangeloBoom Boom Washington, the loudmouthed goofball
A special thanks to writers Angie Han (an easygoing Michelangelo type) and Rudie Obias (a total Raphael, with respect) for helping to mastermind this piece, and to everyone else who contributed their varied expertise to the cause.
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