June Carlson was a teen-age actress during the late '30s. She most frequently appeared in the "Jones Family" series of films. In 1947, she appeared in the notorious exploitation film Mom and Dad, a ca...
Rockers Cheap Trick are facing legal action from their drummer and former manager over allegations of breach of contract. Percussionist Brad Carlson, aka Bun E. Carlos, stopped touring with the Surrender hitmakers in 2010, but he and his bandmates signed an agreement that made him a full member of the group, who would continue to have a say in the band's future business endeavours.
However, Carlson, who made a handful of appearances onstage with his old pals in 2011, claims bandmates Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen and bassist Tom Petersson have failed to honour the deal, and have left him out of recording sessions for a new album and have signed new contracts for the group without his consent.
He also alleges he was not consulted over the trio's decision to fire David Frey as their manager in June, 2012, therefore rendering the termination "null and void".
In the joint lawsuit, which was recently filed in an Illinois court, Frey accuses Zander, Nielsen and Petersson of failing to fully compensate him for almost $363,000 (£240,000)'s worth in expenses.
Frey states he agreed to charge the amount to his personal credit card following "a horrific accident in July, 2011", when the stars were almost killed in a stage collapse at the Ottawa Bluesfest in Ontario, Canada.
The defendants promised to hand back the amount in installments, but those payments are said to have stopped after his employment was terminated and a cheque they sent to cover the remaining amount of $71,790 (£47,860) bounced due to insufficient funds.
Carlson and Frey are seeking damages for a slew of charges, including breach of contract, trademark infringement and false advertising. The other Cheap Trick members have yet to respond to the lawsuit.
At some point in the early years of the 21st century a bunch of Hollywood executives must have gotten together and decided that animated films should be made for all audiences. The goal was perhaps to make movies that are simultaneously accessible to the older and younger sets with colorful imagery that one expects from children’s films and two levels of humor: one that’s quite literal and harmless and another that’s somewhat subversive. The criteria has resulted in cross-generational hits like Wall-E and Madagascar and though it’s nice to be able to take my nephew to the movies and be as entertained by cartoon characters as he is I can’t help but wonder what happened to unabashedly innocent animated classics like A Goofy Movie and The Land Before Time?
Disney’s Winnie The Pooh is the answer to the Shrek’s and Hoodwinked!’s of the world: a short sweet simple and lighthearted tale of friendship that doesn’t need pop-culture references or snarky dialogue to put a smile on your face. Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall found some fresh ways to deliver adorable animation while keeping the carefree spirit of A.A. Milne’s source material in tact. Their story isn’t the most original; the first part of the film finds Pooh Piglet Tigger and Owl searching for Eeyore’s tail (a common plot point in the books and past Pooh films) and hits all the predictable notes but the second half mixes things up a bit as the crew searches for a missing Christopher Robin whom they believe has been kidnapped by a forest creature known as the “Backson” (it’s really just the result of the illiterate Owl or is it?).
The beauty of hand-drawn animation all but forgotten until recently is what makes Winnie the Pooh so incredibly magnetic. There’s an inexplicable crispness to the colors and characters that CG just can’t duplicate. It’s a more personal practice for the filmmakers and should provide a refreshing experience for audiences who have become jaded with the pristine presentation of computerized imagery. The film is bookended by brief live-action shots from inside Robin’s room an interesting dynamic that plays up the simplicity of youth ties it to these beloved characters and brings you right back to memories of your own childhood.
With a just-over-an-hour run time Winnie the Pooh is short enough to hold the attention of children but won’t bore the parents who will love the film mainly for nostalgic musings. Still it’s the young’uns who will most enjoy this breezy bright and enchanting film that proves old-school characters can appeal to new moviegoers.
Britney plans to take it down a notch
Newlywed Britney Spears has decided to take a break so she can "enjoy life" and "chill" with her new husband, Kevin Federline. In an open letter on her official Web site, the pop princess said, "My prerogative right now is to just chill and let all the other overexposed blondes on the cover of Us Weekly (magazine) be your entertainment." Spears's publicist told Reuters on Monday that the singer was merely keeping a low profile until the first of next year to "spend some time with her husband." "Going and going and going is all I've ever known since I was 15 years old," Spears wrote on her site. "Right now…I really want to watch (the film) Saved! with Mandy Moore and reruns of Sex and the City. I want to enjoy all the simple things that I missed over the past few years due to working way too much."
Etheridge recoups from breast cancer surgery
Rocker Melissa Etheridge is recovering at home after undergoing two surgeries for breast cancer, Reuters reports, and is planning to begin chemotherapy soon. "The good news is they took out the tumor and a few lymph nodes, only one of which was positive (for cancer)," Etheridge, 43, said in a statement posted on her Web site on Friday. "I still have both of my breasts, and whether I will keep them is a bridge I have to cross later." The singer says she'll continue to work on an upcoming greatest hits album, as well as develop a pilot TV comedy for ABC in which she'll play a single lesbian raising a child with a straight roommate.
Stewart, Carlson squabble
The Daily Show's Jon Stewart and CNN's Tucker Carlson had it out Friday on CNN's Crossfire, slinging insults at one another and accusing each other of being politically biased, The Associated Press reports. On the show, Stewart said he thought Crossfire was "partisan hackery" and did little to advance the cause of democracy. "You have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably," Stewart told Carlson on the show, to which Carlson responded, "You need to get a job at a journalism school, I think." "You need to go to one," Stewart shot back. Carlson on Monday said The Daily Show host looked ridiculous during his CNN appearance and was a sellout for publicly backing Democrat John Kerry for president. Stewart wasn't talking about the confrontation on Monday, a spokesman told AP, but Comedy Central executive Tony Fox said Stewart has been a longtime critic of cable news networks and their political argument shows.
Disney heads into a courtroom battle
After many years of legal maneuvering, the lawsuit regarding Michael Ovitz's brief tenure at the Walt Disney Co. is finally making its way into a small Delaware courtroom, Variety reports. The suit, filed by the Walt Disney Co. shareholders against the company's board of directors, claims that Disney chief Michael Eisner in 1995 engineered the deal to hire his friend Ovitz, one of Hollywood's most powerful talent agents and co-founder of Creative Artists Agency, as president. But when things didn't work out, rather than firing him, Disney's board awarded Ovitz a $140 million severance package, a major faux pas in the eyes of the shareholders. They seek $200 million from Ovitz and the board. "We think the trial should be a textbook on how corporations should not be run," Steven Schulman, the lead attorney representing the shareholders, told Reuters.
Lane rescues London's Producers
Tony-winning Nathan Lane rushed to London to take over The Producers role he immortalized on Broadway, after actor Richard Dreyfuss had to pull out due to a herniated disc in his shoulder, Reuters reports. In the demanding role of Max Bialystock, Dreyfuss had been set to sing and dance with his co-star, British comedian Lee Evans, as Leo Bloom. "The trouble is I'm not actually here," Reuters reports Dreyfuss quipped during rehearsals. "I am here in London but my body hasn't actually arrived yet." The show will still open as scheduled on Nov. 9 with Lane stepping in on a temporary basis for two months.
Lawsuit against Bardot thrown out
A French court has thrown out a defamation lawsuit against Brigitte Bardot, ruling that the former sex kitten had been provoked into calling Marc-Olivier Fogiel, the host of Radio Courtesy, "a little jerk," during a broadcast in 2003, AP reports. Fogiel was pressuring the actress to discuss her best-selling controversial book Un cri dans le silence (A Cry in the Silence), and while the judge said the off-the-cuff remark was "injurious," it could be excused. Bardot was convicted in June, however, for inciting racial hatred through her book. The court said her comments amounted to comparing Muslims to "invaders, cruel and barbaric." Bardot and her publishing house, Editions du Rocher, were fined $6,050 each, AP reports.
June Carlson was a teen-age actress during the late '30s. She most frequently appeared in the "Jones Family" series of films. In 1947, she appeared in the notorious exploitation film Mom and Dad, a cautionary tale about teenage sex that was banned in several states for featuring footage of an actual childbirth. Earlier, Carlson had appeared in another exploitation venture Delinquent Daughters (1944). She appeared in a couple more features during the late '40s and also worked occasionally in early television. Carlson's career was over by the late '50s and she retired from acting. She died of an aneurysm at age 72 in San Clemente, California.