Drake's musician father Dennis Graham has received a traffic citation after crashing his car into the side of a building in Memphis, Tennessee. The veteran, a former drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis, lost control of his Jaguar XK8 on Thursday night (12Feb15) when he accidentally stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake and smashed into a street sign, before rolling into a nearby apartment building.
Graham was unable to locate the building manager so he drove home and returned on Friday morning (13Feb15), when he found police assessing the damage.
He was cited for failing to maintain proper control and Graham has since blamed his bulky Timbaland boots for causing the accident, after getting his shoe stuck under the brake peddle.
He tells TMZ.com, "I will never drive in those (shoes) as long as I live."
The damage to the car is estimated to have cost Graham's insurance representatives around $400 (£250).
Drake's father, Dennis Graham, has picked Ze Monroe as his new collaborator after calling for a "classy female rapper" to join him on his career relaunch. Graham, who previously enjoyed success as a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis back in the 1960s, is recording a comeback song and he reached out for recruits on Instagram.com.
Drake's father is preparing to relaunch his career as a musician by calling for a "classy female rapper" to collaborate with.
Dennis Graham previously enjoyed success as a drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis back in the 1960s and now he is keen to take center stage and get back into the studio to record a comeback song. However, instead of making use of his famous son's connections in the music industry, Graham has taken to his Instagram.com page to find someone to feature on his new track.
Alongside a photo of himself, the veteran artist writes, "I am in search of a classy female rapper to collaborate with me on my new single. Not looking for ghetto style rapper serious inquiries only please DM (direct message) me".
Graham has become a familiar face to Drake's fans after joining his son on tour and appearing in his music video for Worst Behaviour. Father and son also teamed up for the recent song Heat of the Moment.
British actors including Eddie Redmayne, Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch and Rosamund Pike look set to dominate the 2015 Academy Awards after the nominations were unveiled on Thursday (15Jan15).
Redmayne earned a Best Actor nod for The Theory of Everything and will go head-to-head with fellow Brit Cumberbatch for his role in The Imitation Game. They will compete with Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and Michael Keaton for Birdman, which is leading the Oscars race with The Grand Budapest Hotel with nine nods apiece.
Brits are also well represented in the Best Actress category with nominations for Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Pike (Gone Girl). Other nominees include Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night).
Knightley picked up a nod for Best Supporting Actress for The Imitation Game and will compete with awards season favourite Patricia Arquette (Boyhood), Laura Dern (Wild), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) and Emma Stone (Birdman) while the nods for the male counterpart went to Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), Robert Duvall (The Judge), Edward Norton (Birdman), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).
Best Picture nominees include The Theory of Everything, Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, Selma, Whiplash, American Sniper and The Imitation Game, which earned eight nominations.
Boyhood moviemaker Richard Linklater, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday (11Jan15), is in the running for Best Director with Birdman's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Foxcatcher's Bennett Miller and Morten Tyldum, who scooped his first awards season nomination for The Imitation Game.
Composer Alexandre Desplat will compete against himself in the Original Score category after being nominated for both The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game, while Interstellar picked up audio nods despite being criticized for its sound quality by cinemagoers last year (14).
The shortlist was announced by actor Chris Pine, directors Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in Beverly Hills, California on Thursday (15Jan15).
Winners will be announced during the ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on 22 February (15), hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.
The complete list of nominees is as follows:
The Theory of Everything - The Imitation Game - Birdman - The Grand Budapest Hotel - Boyhood - Selma - Whiplash - American Sniper
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper - American Sniper
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon - Wild
Marion Cotillard - Two Days, One Night
Best Supporting Actor:
Robert Duvall - The Judge
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
Laura Dern - Wild
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Morten Tyldum - The Imitation Game
Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo - Birdman
Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler
E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman - Foxcatcher
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Jason Hall - American Sniper
Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything
Paul Thomas Anderson - Inherent Vice
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash
Foreign Language Film:
Wild Tales (Argentina)
Animated Feature Film:
Big Hero 6
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Glory - Selma
Grateful - Beyond the Lights
Everything is Awesome - The Lego Movie
Lost Stars - Begin Again
I'm Not Gonna Miss You - Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me
Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game
Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar
Gary Yershon - Mr. Turner
Johann Johannsson - The Theory of Everything
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth
Last Days in Vietnam
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The Reaper (La Parka)
Animated Short Film:
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life
Live Action Short Film:
Aya Boogaloo and Graham Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak)
The Phone Call
Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman
Robert D. Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski - Ida
Dick Pope - Mr. Turner
Roger Deakins - Unbroken
Barney Pilling - The Grand Budapest Hotel
William Goldenberg - The Imitation Game
Tom Cross - Whiplash
Sandra Adair - Boyhood
Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach - American Sniper
Milena Canonero - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Colleen Atwood - Into the Woods
Jacqueline Durran - Mr. Turner
Mark Bridges - Inherent Vice
Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive - Maleficent
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana MacDonald - The Imitation Game
Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis - Interstellar
Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts - Mr. Turner
Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock - Into the Woods
Makeup and Hairstyling:
Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White - Guardians of the Galaxy
Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard - Foxcatcher
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Actress Carey Mulligan was so horrified by a theatre performance that she ran home crying when she found out Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes were in the audience.
The Great Gatsby star was performing in The Seagull on Broadway in 2007 when the director and his then-wife attended the show.
Mulligan was so embarrassed by her work that evening that she refused to meet the famous couple afterwards, and ran home in tears instead. It was the polar opposite of a similar situation with director Steve McQueen while she was appearing in the play Skylight in London earlier this year (14).
Mulligan tells Harper's Bazaar magazine, "On Skylight there were nights I would find out retrospectively that Steve (McQueen) came, for example, and it was the worst show of the entire run. Steve emailed me the next day and was lovely, but it was hands-down the worst show I did, and for the director I most admire. "It was the same on The Seagull the night that Sam Mendes came - I didn't know until afterwards. Someone came to our dressing-room and said: 'Oh, my God! Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet are here.' And I was like: 'Are you kidding?' And I burst into tears. Everyone else from the cast went to do a meet-and-greet with him and I went out the back door. I didn't want to go anywhere near them, I was so ashamed. I just got into a cab, went home and cried... I was rubbish that night."
Jake Gyllenhaal is hoping to make a cool $1 million (£625,000) on his old home in the Hollywood Hills.
The Jarhead star bought the gated compound in 2005 for $2.5 million (£1.6 million) and now it's on the market for $3.5 million (£2.2 million). The 65-year-old, three-bedroom home comes with a celebrity pedigree - the pad's former owner was Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea, according to property website Trulia.com.
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Robin Williams' film career is set to continue despite his death at the age of 63 on Monday (11Aug14).
The Oscar-winning actor passed away in an apparent suicide at his home in Tiburon, California, and he left behind a very active film career, including four projects that are slated to hit the big screen soon.
Williams has two holiday films due for release later this year (14), including indie family comedy Merry Friggin' Christmas, co-starring Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, and Oliver Platt, and he also reprised his role as Teddy Roosevelt for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which is set to hit cinemas in December (14).
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In addition, he starred opposite Breaking Bad regular Bob Odenkirk in the drama Boulevard, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year (14), and Williams also loaned his voice as the animated character of Dennis the Dog in Absolutely Anything, a live-action British comedy starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale, which is slated for release in 2015.
The comedian was also in talks to reprise his role as the beloved Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to the hit 1993 film. Williams, along with director Christopher Columbus, had reportedly met with Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum to polish off a second draft of the script, and they were likely to join the project if talks went well.
Columbus, a longtime friend of Williams, shared his own condolences on Monday, in a statement which reads, "We have lost one of our most inspired and gifted comic minds, as well as one of this generation's greatest actors. To watch Robin work, was a magical and special privilege. "His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of 'genius.' "We were friends for 21 years. Our children grew up together, he inspired us to spend our lives in San Francisco and I loved him like a brother. The world was a better place with Robin in it. And his beautiful legacy will live on forever."
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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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Can we talk about Carey Mulligan for a second? She is everything. Between her past work in brilliant movies like Drive, Shame, and An Education (for which she received an Oscar nomination), and this year’s performance as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, it has to be acknowledged that Mulligan absolutely has the goods. And we have a few more reasons to get excited about the British actor and her impending rise to awesomeness. Here are a few details about her upcoming projects.
Inside Llewyn Davis
The new film from the Coen Brothers has everyone talking, and we can't wait for it to hit theatres either. We've only seen a couple of trailers, but there's a good chance that Mulligan's character Jean is already, most likely our favorite.
Far from the Madding Crowd
Mulligan will play the lead role of Bathsheba Everdene, a beautiful young woman who ends up in relationships with three very different men. Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, we're not sure how the new adaptation will fare compared to the 1967 movie starring Julie Christie. The best part about the cast (other than Mulligan, of course), is Belgian hottie and Rust and Bone actor Matthias Schoenaerts. Fingers crossed that he plays one of the lovers.
Hold On To Me
We don't know too much about this next project, but we're excited to see Mulligan alongside Robert Pattinson, who's well on his way to shedding that Twilight image. Oscar-winner James Marsh is directing the film, and it looks like we can expect good things.
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What defines a man's toughness on TV? Is it showing up to work with a severed thumb? Burning another man's face off on a stove? Telling your wife you'll pick up the dry cleaning and then making it a point to forget? Yes! Yes! And… probably? Here are five dudes that bring the word badass to a whole new level.
5. Ray Donovan, Ray DonovanThis Hollywood fix-it-man (Liev Schreiber) is new to the small screen, yet already has the makings of a legendary TV tough guy. Not only does he beat up L.A.'s bottom feeders for a living (not necessarily a bad thing), he even held a gun to his old man's head and threatened to pull the trigger. If that's not the definition of a dysfunctional family then I don't know what is.
4. Detective Elliot Stabler, Law & Order: Special Victims UnitHe's a tough-as-nails Irish-American who will use whatever means necessary to put away bad guys. Stabler (Christopher Meloni) also has a tattoo of the Crucifixion of Christ on his bicep. Why? Because he can.
3. Jack Bauer, 24If speaking at a low-pitch would quantify a TV character's toughness than Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) of 24 would be off the charts! And how many people do you know that can stay up for an entire day without ever once using the bathroom? That's just painful.
2. Paulie Walnuts, The SopranosAnyone with half-a-brain can argue that all mobsters are tough to some degree. But Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) retains a certain style of toughness for telling his friend-turned FBI information Big Pussy "You were like a brother to me" right before whacking him. With family like that, who needs enemies?
1. Andy Sipowicz, NYPD BlueHe's a hot-headed, racist and homophobe with a big heart and even bigger appetite, yet everyone who works with Detective Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) at New York's 15th Precinct will tell you that deep down he's actually a softie. He may also be the only TV cop in history to have lost a son, a wife, and about a billion different partners and still not break a tear. Now that's tough.
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