Rock band Foo Fighters will headline the closing concert for British royal Prince Harry's Invictus Games competition in September (14). The Everlong hitmakers will top the bill for the gig, which celebrates the end of the Paralympic-style sporting competition for wounded military personnel, which was organised by the royal.
The rockers announced the news on their Facebook.com page, writing, "Invictus Games, look out... THE FOO FIGHTERS ARE COMING. What a perfect way to finally return to the UK for the first time in years... been waaaay too long (sic)! Thanks for having us, it is truly an honour to come play for these incredible men and women. Can't wait to do our thing for you."
Also scheduled to perform at the concert in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are Ellie Goulding, British rockers Kaiser Chiefs, James Blunt and singer/songwriter Ryan Adams.
The closing concert will take place on 14 September (14) and highlights will be broadcast in the U.K.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman rejected a plan to set up a trust fund for his children shortly before his death.
The actor passed away in February (14) after suffering a heroin overdose, and he left the bulk of his estate to his longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell, the mother of his three children.
Court documents filed as part of the proceedings have revealed the star discussed a plan to set up a trust for his children with his accountant in the year before his death, but rejected the idea because he didn't want his kids to grow up spoiled.
Attorney James Cahill, Jr., who has been appointed to protect the interests of Hoffman's children, Cooper, 10, Tallulah, seven, and Willa, five, revealed the actor's discussions with accountant David Friedman in the paperwork filed at Manhattan Surrogate's Court in New York City.
In the documents, obtained by the New York Post, Cahill, Jr. states that Friedman "recalled conversations with (Hoffman) in the year before his demise where the topic of a trust was raised for the kids and summarily rejected by him" because he didn't want them to grow up as "trust-fund kids".
The documents also reveal Hoffman wanted O'Donnell to be given spousal rights even though they were not married, with Friedman stating that the actor "simply did not believe in marriage".
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If you've ever seen the movie American Hustle, you should already know that Amy Adams is pretty much the best. We now have more proof of this fact.
The actress was preparing to board a flight back to Los Angeles from Detroit when she did something few celebrities are willing to do. She reportedly gave up her first class seat on the plane to a soldier who she noticed sitting at her gate. Adams swapped with him, and sat in coach for the duration of the flight. Although she didn't do it for the attention, we can't help but applaud this random act of kindness.
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Actor Alec Baldwin has been honoured with the key to the city of Central Falls, Rhode Island. The Departed star was feted in the state's smallest city on Saturday (07Jun14) in recognition of his generous donations to Central Falls' financially-strapped Adams Memorial Library.
Baldwin has become a key supporter of the library in recent years after reading a New York Times article about the money troubles which prompted officials to close the public building in 2011.
He donated $10,000 (£6,250) to help bosses re-open the centre and handed over another $5,000 (£3,125) in 2012, despite having never visited the place.
Baldwin received the key to the city from Mayor James Diossa on the library steps, before receiving a tour of the building he has helped fund.
The politician later took to his Twitter.com page to share a snap of the pair together, and in the accompanying caption, he wrote, "Thank you @AlecBaldwin for supporting the City of Central Falls!"
The actor later hosted a fundraiser for the Adams Memorial Library in nearby Providence.
Gospel star Professor Melvin Crispell has died at the age of 46. The musician passed away last Thursday (29May14) at Carolina Medical Center in Pineville, North Carolina.
An official cause of death has yet to be released, but reports suggest he died following minor surgery as a result of complications related to diabetes.
Crispell, who was known for his musical talents on the church organ, was credited with penning a string of gospel hits, including Hezekiah Walker's Jesus Is My Help and Wonderful Is Your Name, and James Hall Worship & Praise tracks Caught Up and He Took My Place.
Paying tribute to Crispell on Twitter.com, singer Yolanda Adams writes, "Melvin Crispell is a legend whose music influenced choirs & musicians. His legacy will live on through the music God birthed through him."
Chris Brown will spend his 25th birthday behind bars after the Los Angeles judge who sentenced him to jail time almost two months ago ruled he must remain incarcerated for at least another week. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin jailed the R&B singer on 14 March (14), after Brown was dismissed from a rehab facility, violating the terms of his court-ordered anger-management treatment, related to his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
The Kiss Kiss singer was back in court on Thursday (01May14) hoping to get the gift of freedom for his upcoming birthday on 5 May (14), but Judge Brandlin told him he would have to remain in jail for at least another week as he deals with ongoing legal woes. The lawmaker ruled Brown would remain incarcerated unless a resolution on the terms of his probation in the Rihanna case could be agreed between prosecutors and the star's attorney Mark Geragos before a scheduled hearing on 9 May (14).
The singer also faces a misdemeanour assault trial in Washington, D.C., relating to a fight outside a hotel last year (13). Brown's bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, has already been found guilty of assaulting 20-year-old Parker Adams, but the star's trial has been postponed until June (14).
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Looks like Brie Larson is going to break everyone's hearts once more. The Short Term 12 star has landed the lead role in Room, the big screen adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel about a woman and her young son trapped in a single room for years. Room is the fourth high-profile role that Larson has landed recently, after Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, Matthew Quick's Silver Linings Playbook follow-up The Good Luck of Right Now, and Mark Wahlberg's crime drama The Gambler. With such a diverse list of projects on her plate for the near future, it seems as if Larson has a number of possible career trajectories available to her. Will she choose to stick with the quiet indies that have brought her so much acclaim thus far? Will she give up dramas for a while and embrace her comedic side? Is there a major role in a big-budget franchise in her future?
We've taken a look at Larson's upcoming projects and used them to predict where we see her career headed if they become big successes. No matter what happens, you should get to know Larson's work now, so that you can brag that you knew about her first.
Room Although it’s hard to predict what direction Room will take (the novel is told from the perspective of five-year-old son), it’s clear that Larson has a difficult, emotionally intense role in front of her. We could see her career following in the footsteps of Marion Cotillard, whose Hollywood breakthrough was similarly complicated and layered, and who has gone on to play many more dark and complex characters. Since Larson was rumored to be in the running for a role in the upcoming Terminator film, she should have no problem landing a role in a major franchise, like Cotillard, although we see her in one of the more inventive big-budget films. Perhaps something along the lines of Inception? A Cotillard-like career would also allow her to continue to work in smaller indie films, as well as to mix her serious, weighty projects with lighter fare, in much the same way that Cotillard followed La Vie en Rose with Nine and Midnight in Paris with Rust and Bone. And if we don’t see Larson at the Oscars for Room, then it should only be a matter of time before she, like Cotillard, takes home a trophy.
Trainwreck With Judd Apatow at the helm and Amy Shumer writing and starring, Trainwreck is both the only outright comedy and the most mainstream of her upcoming films. Larson’s proven that she can do comedy well, having played supporting roles in 21 Jump Street and United States of Tara, so it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if her breakthrough came about as the result of her showcasing those comedic chops. From there, she could stick to comedies, a la Leslie Mann, whose supporting roles in Apatow’s projects have allowed her to transition into carrying films on her own. But we think it’s more likely that Larson would emulate someone like Sandra Bullock, who has managed to do both comedy and drama. Like Bullock, Larson would probably stick to starring in big-budget comedies for some time (we see her taking on slightly weirder projects like The Heat rather than becoming a rom com darling), before finding the perfect dramatic role to help her transition back into more serious work. Thus far, Larson has managed to balance her roles in a similar fashion to Bullock, so it shouldn’t be too difficult for her to find a way to keep a foot in both worlds. Besides, she's so talented and charming that she could easily become the successor to Bullock’s “America's Sweetheart” title, as well as being a future Best Actress contender.
The Good Luck of Right Now Based on the novel by Matthew Quick, who wrote Silver Linings Playbook, The Good Luck of Right Now is a dramedy about four outsiders who come together to form an unlikely family as they deal with pain, loss and major tragedies. Larson would play a librarian who believes herself to have been abducted by aliens, who falls in love with Bartholomew, a 30-something man who is dealing with the death of his mother by writing letters to Richard Gere. The Good Luck of Right Now is a quirky comedy, with a script by Mike White, and so we could see her following in the footsteps of the queen of independent cinema, Parker Posey. Posey has had a long career that ranges from comedies to dramas and small, independent films to big, studio ventures, and since Larson seems to be interested in working on a wide range of projects, including Dazed and Confused and the comedies of Christopher Guest, it seems likely that she might be headed on a similar career path. Posey is also every popular show's go-to guest star, with a particularly memorable appearance on Louie and Parks and Recreaction. With stints on Community and The Kroll Show under her belt, it seems like Larson might already be following in her footsteps. Plus, Larson's got the "endearingly quirky" thing down, so she should have no trouble becoming Hollywood's new indie darling.
The Gambler In this remake of the 1974 James Caan film, Larson will play the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg, who will take on the role of a professor whose gambling habits threaten to ruin the lives of him and everyone he care about when he gets in over his head with some loan sharks. It’s a dark, gritty supporting role, and we don't see Larson being brushed off as just another "supportive girlfriend-type." Instead, we predict it could set her on an Amy Adams-type career path, as Adams managed to transform another "girlfriend" role in The Fighter into one of the most compelling characters in the film. Although Adams was a more established actress at the time, there are a lot of similarities between her and Larson, from their breakthrough roles in quiet, realistic indies (Junebug for Adams and Short Term 12 for Larson) to their penchant for goofy, over-the-top comedies (Talladega Nights and The Muppets vs. 21 Jump Street) it seems an apt comparison. Emulating Adams would allow Larson to continue to take darker, serious roles in both big-budget and indie films without having to totally abandon her comedic side, and since critics are already predicting that she will soon be an Oscar fixture, Adams seems like an ideal career role-model for Larson.
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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Hollywood hunk Leonardo DiCaprio looks set to bounce back from his Oscars snub to be the big winner at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards after picking up six individual nominations. The Titanic actor, who missed out on a Best Actor prize at the Academy Awards on Sunday (02Mar14), is up for titles including Best Male Performance, Best Shirtless Performance and Best-Onscreen Duo with Jonah Hill for his turn as bad boy stockbroker Jordan Belfort in The Wolf Of Wall Street.
The film itself is nominated for eight prizes, as is American Hustle, while The Hunger Games: Catching Fire follows closely behind with seven. All three films are up for Movie of the Year, alongside 12 Years A Slave and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Competing with DiCaprio for Best Male Performance are Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club).
The actresses vying for the Best Female Performance award are Amy Adams (American Hustle), Jennifer Aniston (We're the Millers), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), and Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave).
As well as the serious acting honours, the ceremony also celebrates the light-hearted side of film, including a prize for the best kissing scene - this year's (14) contenders include Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams for American Hustle, and James Franco, who won a nod for smooching both Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens in Spring Breakers.
The winners will be announced at the prizegiving in Los Angeles on 13 April (14). The ceremony will be hosted by Conan O'Brien.
Bourne director Paul Greengrass is to be honoured for his moviemaking achievements at Britain's upcoming Jameson Empire Awards. The British filmmaker, who directed two of Matt Damon's Bourne blockbusters, is to receive the Empire Inspiration Award at the annual ceremony in London next month (Mar14).
Greengrass' drama Captain Phillips also looks set to be a big winner at the prizegiving after scoring five nominations, including a Best Director nod for the moviemaker and a mention in the Best Film category.
The picture will go up against 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire for the top trophy.
Captain Phillips' star Tom Hanks will also compete for the Best Actor trophy with Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), James McAvoy (Filth), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf Of Wall Street), and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug).
The Best Actress trophy will be fought out between Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).
The competitors for Best British Film include Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Filth, Rush, Sunshine On Leith and The World's End.
The awards, which are voted for by film fans, will be handed out on 30 March (14).