Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards is planning to return to Fiji next month (Oct14) for the first time since his near-death accident there in 2006. The veteran musician fell from a tree in the tropical destination and suffered a severe head injury. He was flown to New Zealand where he underwent emergency brain surgery, and the band put its A Bigger Bang tour on hold while he recovered.
Richards is due back in Australia in October (14) to restart the Down Under leg of the Rolling Stones' latest tour which was postponed following the death of Sir Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott earlier this year (14).
The guitarist is planning to fly to Australia via Fiji and return to the scene of his accident.
He tells the New Zealand Herald, "I figured it out, I'm going to go via Fiji, where I'm going to chop down the tree that I fell out of the last time I was there... and spend a few days getting rid of the jetlag, and then I can pop down to Australia. Because the jetlag is the hardest thing around trips like that. Everybody's waking up and tripping over each other and falling asleep in rehearsals."
Sir Mick Jagger paid a musical tribute to his late girlfriend L'Wren Scott at a memorial service in New York. Scott took her own life in March (14) and a private funeral was held in Los Angeles later that month. Her close friends and family attended a memorial service at St. Bartholomew's Church in the city to celebrate the fashion designer's life on Friday (02May14).
The Rolling Stones frontman sang Bob Dylan's Just Like a Woman as a musical tribute to his longterm girlfriend. He and Scott's brother Randy Bambrough also spoke a few words to the guests. Jagger's son James and Scott's niece, Hannah Bambrough, both read poems, and the singer's grandchildren, Mazie and Zak, read Psalm 23 from the Bible.
R&B singer Lisa Fischer, who has been a back-up singer for the rockers for years, also performed her version of Amazing Grace. Jagger's bandmates Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards attended the service, along with actresses Julianne Moore, Ellen Barkin, Meg Ryan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Munn and Renee Zellweger, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and film directors Martin Scorsese and Baz Luhrmann.
Sir Mick Jagger's Rolling Stones bandmates have voiced their support for the singer following the sudden death of his girlfriend L'Wren Scott, with guitarist Keith Richards insisting: "No one saw this coming." The veteran rockers have called off their tour of Australia and New Zealand, which was due to kick off in Perth on Wednesday (19Mar14), to give the singer time to grieve after his fashion designer partner was found dead in a suspected suicide on Monday (17Mar14).
Jagger's bandmates have now spoken out for the first time since the tragedy to publicly show their support for the singer.
Richards says, "No one saw this coming. Mick's always been my soul brother and we love him... we're thick as thieves and we're all feeling for the man," while bassist Ronnie Wood assures fans Down Under the rockers hope to reschedule the tour soon, adding, "This is such terrible news and right now the important thing is that we are all pulling together to offer Mick our support and help him through this sad time. Without a doubt we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can."
Drummer Charlie Watts adds, "Needless to say we are all completely shocked but our first thought is to support Mick at this awful time. We intend to come back to Australia and New Zealand as soon as it proves possible."
Actress Nicole Kidman has been left "heartbroken" by the apparent suicide of her close friend and stylist L'Wren Scott. The longtime girlfriend of Sir Mick Jagger was found hanging in her New York apartment on Monday (17Mar14) and her untimely death prompted an outpouring of emotion from celebrity friends and fans, including Bette Midler, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Olivia Wilde and Jagger's former wife, Bianca.
The Rolling Stones frontman added his tribute in a post on his website on Tuesday (18Mar14), admitting he was "still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way", and now Kidman's representative has addressed the tragedy, revealing the Australian actress is too dumbstruck to pay her respects publicly.
Her spokesperson tells Yahoo.com, "Nicole and L'Wren were close friends for 25 years. Nicole is heartbroken and in shock right now and unable to say anything."
Meanwhile, model Cory Kennedy has revealed that Jagger's bandmate Keith Richards' family has also been hit hard by the sad news.
She tells UsMagazine.com, "I spoke to (Richards' daughter) Alexandra Richards and her mum Patti (Hansen) is having a really tough time."
And guitarist Ronnie Wood's ex-wife Jo tells CNN, "She (Scott) was like this statuesque, floating around, elegant woman (sic). Very hard to get close to, but at the same time she would always be really lovely to you.
"I can't believe that she took her life... It's very, very sad. My heart really goes out to Mick... He's devastated, he's absolutely devastated. It must be a real, real shock to him."
The Stones were in Perth, Australia preparing for a gig when news of Scott's death hit the headlines. The band has since postponed a series of dates Down Under.
The Rolling Stones have scrapped their upcoming Australia and New Zealand tour dates to allow frontman Sir Mick Jagger time to mourn the death of his longtime girlfriend L'Wren Scott. The rockers arrived Down Under on Sunday (16Mar14), ahead of a date in Perth on Wednesday (19Mar14), but the band pulled the show early on Tuesday (18Mar14), a day after fashion designer Scott's body was found hanging from a scarf in her New York apartment.
Now the Brown Sugar hitmakers have pulled the plug on the entire seven-date trek, which was to include stops in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland.
A statement issued to WENN reads: "The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 ON FIRE tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L'Wren Scott.
"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement."
Fans have been advised to hold on to their tickets until new dates are announced.
The news of the tour postponement emerges on the same day Jagger broke his silence about Scott's passing.
A message posted on his official website reads: "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way. We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves.
"She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me. I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received. I will never forget her."
Jagger, who started dating Scott in 2001, left Australia for New York shortly after the tragic news broke to help take care of funeral arrangements.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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The cast of Edgar Wright's superhero adventure, Ant-Man is growing at an exponential rate, and after the recent additions of Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Michael Pena to the cast, Evangeline Lilly is now being considered to play the female lead.
Lilly is no stranger to genre film, after spending six years battling smoke monsters on Lost, and appearing in Peter Jackson latest The Hobbit movie. While the jury is still out on who the actress will play in the upcoming film, the scuttlebutt over at Variety is hinting that she might be cast as the daughter of Hank Pym (Douglas), and a love interest to Scott Lang (Rudd, Ant-Man himself). Since Lily is taking her first step into comic book filmmaking, we wondered what roles the rest of her Lost castmates could play. We've already heard rumors of Josh Halloway being considered to play Aquaman, or some other DC fixture, in the bizarrely cast Batman vs. Superman. We think his casting as Aquaman could work, given he plays the hook-handed and more roguish version of the character, and not the vintage boy scout of the sea of yesteryear that probably cries a lot after watching Finding Nemo. So now that we're in Lost mode, which superheroes can we match up with the other islanders?
Matthew Fox (Jack)What Character?: The Red HoodWhy: The Red Hood is a former incarnation of Robin who gets blown up by the Joker and feels betrayed that Batman never killed the dastardly clown in retaliation. Those are some Jack-level daddy issues. We've already seen Fox play maniacal in Tyler Perry Presents: Alex Cross, so maybe he could pull it off in a future Batman movie.
Terry O'Quinn (Locke)What Character?: Lex LuthorWhy: Terry O'Quinn is already bald so that's already a mark in his favor, but his period as "Evil Locke" showed that the actor exuded the right mix intelligence, charisma, megalomania to be Superman's greatest foe.
Naveen Andrews (Sayid)What Character?: ArchangelWhy: Archangel or Warren Kenneth Worthington III was a young rich playboy whose mutant powers manifested into a pair of giant wings that allowed him to fly. Several very comic book-like plot developments turned him into a dark and misunderstood anti-hero. Sayid had a similar slide into darkness during Lost and, Naveen Andrews is well-equipped to play a similar character.
Emilie de Ravin (Claire)What Character?: JubileeWhy: Jubilee is a young and feisty member of the X-Men. Actress Emile De Ravin has a lot of the same exuberance and sweetness that has made the character such a popular addition to the X-Men mythos over the years.
Dominic Monaghan (Charlie)What Character?: SpeedyWhy: Green Arrow's troubled sidekick grappled with a crippling drug addiction, and is generally underappreciated in the comics world for being the sidekick of a character whose only ability is to shoot arrows pretty well. Who is better to play Speedy than Dominic Monaghan, who plays a wounded drug addict extremely well in Lost.
Jorge Garcia (Hurley)What Character?: The KingpinWhy: Jorge Garcia has always played the nice guy, but maybe it's time for some career diversity. We want to see the actor take on a role that's really a 180 from anything that he's done before.
Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim (Jin and Sun)What Character?: The Wonder TwinsWhy: One of Lost's most crushing moments was the demise of Jin and Sun. In fact, we still wonder why Jin didn't leave Sun behind, no matter how painful it would have been, to raise their baby, but that's an Internet rant for another day. Bringing the actors back in roles where they would hardly ever be separated from each other is the only remedy for our post-Lost blues.
Harold Perrineau (Michael)What Character?: The PunisherWhy: Michael lost his only son on the island, and has done some unsavory things in order to find him. Loss has driven him to do some terrible things, but deep down he's still a good guy, just a bit misguided with the methods he uses.
Malcolm David Kelley (Waaaaaaaaaalt)What Character?: Franklin RichardsWhy: Walt seemed like a normal kid in Lost's first season. That is until he started using creepy backwards speak and was revealed to have some sort of mystical connection with the island that had viewers going "What the f**k is up with that kid". He could definitely play Franklin Richards who also seemed normal, before becoming a reality-warping mutant.
Michael Emerson (Ben Linus)What Character?: Doctor OctopusWhy: Michael Emerson played the manipulative and intelligent Ben Linus in Lost, and he'd be perfect to play Dr. Otto Octavius in the new Spider-Man series.
Charlie Sheen has been granted visitation rights with his twin sons Bob and Max as his custody battle with ex-wife Brooke Mueller continues. The actor was furious when the boys were placed under the temporary guardianship of Mueller's brother Scott in November (13), and has publicly slammed his ex-wife, the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and the judge handling the case despite a gag order that meant he could be held in contempt of court.
During a hearing in California on Tuesday (17Dec13), Mueller said she had no interest in pursuing the charge against the Anger Management actor and a judge granted Sheen two 120-minute monitored visits a week, according to TMZ.com.
Providing he receives good reviews from the Los Angeles DCFS, the actor's time with the boys will be gradually increased until the parents are sharing custody of the children equally.
The twins were placed in the custody of another of Sheen's ex-wives, Denise Richards, following a drugs raid on Mueller's house in May (13), but in November (13), Richards claimed she could no longer manager the boys' increasingly bad behaviour.
Mueller's brother was then given temporary guardianship.
Charlie Sheen has hit out at his ex-wife Denise Richards after reportedly discovering he will not be spending Christmas with his daughters. Sheen is said to have been planning to join his former partner and their two daughters, Sam, nine, and Lola, eight, over the holidays, but sources tell TMZ.com the girls' mother has pulled the plug on the plans.
The actor has now taken to his Twitter.com account to vent his fury at Richards, posting a picture of a baseball bat given to the couple as a wedding souvenir chopped into pieces, with the caption, "The lie is over. I'm done being treated like a relative with a one-way ticket... DuhNeese."
Reports suggest the Anger Management star will also spend the holidays apart from the twin sons he shares with Brooke Mueller.
The four-year-old boys, Max and Bob, will be with their temporary guardian, Mueller's brother Scott, while the former couple's custody battle continues.
Charlie Sheen has ignored a court-appointed gag order and blasted officials at Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in an online rant. Earlier this month (Nov13), a judge warned the actor that he could face jail time if he violated an order relating to his ongoing custody battle with his ex-wife Brooke Mueller and spoke publicly about the case or the reality TV star's drug use.
He tested the ruling on 8 November (13) when he attacked DCFS bosses after they approved plans for his former brother-in-law, Scott Mueller, to take over as temporary guardian of the actor's twin sons.
In a Twitter.com rant, he wrote, "so lemme see if I got this straight. my twin boys are now in harms way and in grave danger. being 'raised' by a gaggle of incompetent and lascivious marionettes all ruled and fooled by an adderol (sic) snorting husk called Brooke. and guess what CPS and 'I'm Italian' judge anus-brain, you may have gagged me temporarily, but mark my unspoken words, anything happens to my boys, and you will know get to know me, know who I truly am, a loving father. tag - I'm it."
He later added, "and if this means being jailed for loving and trying to protect my children, then go for it. I have as many friends on the inside as i do out here. my passion WILL NOT be silenced. you are all now standing in my way. I'd recommend a shift in your geography."
The outspoken star escaped legal action following that tweet, and took aim at the DCFS officials again on Tuesday (26Nov13), using cryptic alternative acronyms for the agency.
He wrote, "Dungeness Crab Fo Shizzle. Dooshes Can't Foil Sheen. Disengaging Charlie Feels Safe. Deny Completely Forensic Stats."
Mueller lost custody of the four-year-old twins she shares with Sheen in May (13), following a drugs raid on her home.
She subsequently checked in to a rehab facility and Sheen's other ex-wife Denise Richards took the boys in. She gave up caring for the twins last month (Oct13) after claiming they had become unruly and had started to bully her daughters and pick on the family pets. She urged DCFS bosses to consider having the boys evaluated for behavioural issues.
The twins' uncle has moved in to his sister's former home to care for her sons as she attempts to to regain custody.
A judge has yet to comment on Sheen's latest rant.