Rocker Steven Tyler and Duran Duran co-founder Nick Rhodes are among the stars who have added their touching tributes to late music icon Lou Reed following his tragic death on Sunday (27Oct13). The former Velvet Underground frontman passed away at the age of 71, five months after undergoing a liver transplant, and The Who, The Pixies and Weezer were among the first acts to express their sadness at the news online.
Messages of condolence have continued to flood in from celebrities far and wide, and now Aerosmith singer Tyler has taken to his Twitter.com blog in memory of his late pal, writing, "RIP to a great friend a fellow musician. From maxes to the masses you made the world sing. I love you Lou!"
Veteran British pop star Rhodes has shared his favourite memory of Reed with fans via Duran Duran's website, revealing he first bonded with the late star after inviting him to play with the Rio hitmakers at a charity gig back in their 1980s heyday.
He writes, "It was quite surreal for everyone in the band, as less than a decade earlier, we had been fans listening to his music in our teenage bedrooms. Lou turned up at the Beacon Theatre with his guitar and amplifier to soundcheck, we rehearsed Walk on the Wild Side and Sweet Jane together, he was thrilled with the arrangements we had done, so we parted company for a few hours and next met, later that evening onstage.
"When Simon (Le Bon, singer) introduced our hero, Lou, my heart sank as it sounded as though the entire audience began to boo. Lou was unfazed and smiling, so we launched into the songs. It wasn't until afterwards when the sound of the crowd intensified, that I realised they were all affectionately shouting Lou, not boo... Long live Lou Reed!"
Meanwhile, The Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow has issued a statement on Reed's passing, hailing the Grammy winner as "an exceptionally gifted singer, songwriter, and musician", adding, "We have lost a true visionary and creative leader, and his groundbreaking work will forever hold its rightful place in music history."
Actors Alec Baldwin and Susan Sarandon, director Wes Craven and electro-pop pioneer Gary Numan have also tweeted tributes, while Cyndi Lauper posts, "I still can't believe Lou Reed passed away. I'm sorry for his family's loss. greatful (sic) for his music and the influence he had on my music", and Nikki Sixx shares, "RIP Lou Reed.Thank you for your beautiful/dark lyrics/music and stance on life.You inspired me from my teenage years right up till (sic) today."
A yacht owned by Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton has been found at the bottom of a marina. The veteran singer's 65-foot (19.8-metre) ship, named Rendezvous, sank stern-first in Lake Mead on Friday (18Oct13) while it was in a slip at Arizona's Temple Bar marina, according to National Park Service representative Christie Vanover.
There were no passengers on the boat at the time of the incident, which took place while Newton and his wife were on vacation outside of the U.S., reports The Associated Press.
It's almost Halloween and that means we are in for at least one channel replaying a Halloween movie. If we're lucky, it'll be the John Carpenter version, not the Rob Zombie one. That sad thing is that the the fans destroyed what could have been a good horror franchise: They wanted Michael Myers back despite his becoming a trite bogeyman like Jason Vorhees of Friday the 13th and Freddy Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street in numerous sequels.
See, originally Carpenter planned to only feature Myers in Halloween 1 and 2 and then being a whole series of Halloweens that would feature a different story, starting with Halloween III: Season of the Witch, but the movie's poor performance and reviews made them decide to bring back Myers, which I thought was a poor idea.
When Halloween first came out, it was one of the first of its kind, with the silent, unstoppable Myers with that eerie white William Shatner mask (seriously, wouldn't you at least think "KHANNNNNN!" right before Myers killed you?) and the eerie soundtrack. When it originally ended (H20) and then was rebooted again by Zombie, it had become a laughingstock. People tended to laugh and hoot at scenes that were supposed to be scary and the fact that nothing short of a nuclear bomb could kill Myers made it farcical. It's a good thing that the Halloween/Friday the 13th crossover never happened, since it would still be going on after 332,402 hours of them taking whacks at each other.
Halloween could have been great if allowed to expand on its original idea after the third movie, but surrendering to the tired slasher trope, no matter what window dressing was applied to the outside, was just lazy. The producers could have pushed past the cookie-cutter mold, but that didn't happen here. Anytime a franchise, no matter how cliche, is sensed as possibly being created, they will run that idea into the ground before the public finally throws up their hands and say, "Enough!" Horror movies are especially guilty of that. I'm looking at you, Saw.
So, when I see the original Carpenter classic, I'll kick back, have a beer and wonder what could have been.
British pop star Alexandra Burke is the latest star to strip off in the name of animal rights after she was left horrified by the brutality of fur farms. The Bad Boys hitmaker has completely disrobed for a new campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in the organisation's longrunning 'I'd rather go naked than wear fur' drive.
Burke admits she was apprehensive about going nude, but felt compelled to act after seeing videos of animals being killed for their hides for fashion.
She says, "I was nervous about posing nude as I've never done it before. It was uncomfortable initially, but the photographer made me feel relaxed and at ease.
"Ultimately I love my body, so it was great to do something for a worthwhile cause. When I found out what happens to animals on fur farms my heart just sank. I have animals and the thought of someone hurting them so they can be turned into a coat makes me sick.
"Anyone thinking about buying or wearing fur should watch PETA's videos of animals suffering on fur farms - after seeing them, I can't imagine anyone would want to be caught dead in fur."
Getty ImagesWhile the pick-and-choose nature of the digital market has almost rendered the Greatest Hits album obsolete, there are some career retrospectives which would have struggled to sell even if their respective record labels paid audiences to buy them. Here's a look at five compilations which would have been more suitably titled Greatest Hit.
Lou Bega – Beautiful World (A Little Collection Of Lou Bega’s Best)Borsalino hat-wearing Lou Bega joined the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias in the Latin pop explosion of 1999 with his irresistibly catchy cover of Perez Prado's "Mambo No. 5," reaching number one in nearly every country in continental Europe. But unlike his fellow hip-shakers, he miserably failed to sustain its success. Follow-up "Tricky, Tricky" peaked at a lowly No. 73 in the US while his last three albums even sank without trace in his native Germany, making 19 out of the 20 tracks on this 2013 compilation entirely surplus to requirements.
Crazy Frog – Best Of Crazy HitsIncredibly, the computer-animated amphibian who terrorized pop in the mid-'00s with his impossibly irritating moped engine impersonation scored five UK Top 20 hits and two US Top 40 albums before he was thankfully retired. But released four years after making the leap from ringtone adverts to the charts, surely no-one would have been in the mood to hear 40, that's 40, examples of his ring-ding-ding brand of pop.
Tag Team – The Best OfAtlanta hip-hop duo Tag Team didn't really make much effort to distance themselves from their one-hit wonder tag, re-recording 1993 US No. 2 hit "Whoomp! (There It Is)" twice a year later for Addams Family Values and the Houston Rockets, and then again in 1995 for an all-star Disney version. It also appears on this 2000 compilation three times, although how many people would sit through the other seventeen tracks to get to the House and Spanish mixes remains to be seen.
Hilary Duff – Most WantedPredating Miley, Selena and Demi's transition from the Disney Channel to the US Hot 100, tween favourite Hilary Duff has probably now earned the right to release a retrospective. Less so in 2005 when she was only two albums and two US Top 40 hits into her career. Amazingly, despite the fact that most of her fans would have only bought the majority of its material during the previous two years, Most Wanted reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Chesney Hawkes - The Very Best Of Chesney HawkesRecently and unexpectedly heard in both of Duncan Jones' critically-acclaimed big-screen efforts, Moon and Source Code, Chesney Hawkes' "The One & Only" is one of the more cherished one-hit wonders of the early '90s. But having failed to bother the charts ever since, it still doesn't justify this 2005 20-track collection.
More:These Bands Shouldn't Have Kept GoingCharlotte Church Gig Draws Just 75 Fans7 Influential Debut Albums Of The '00s
From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
It often happens - you walk out of a movie and have forgotten the plot, the acting, who was actually IN the movie...but the music stays with you...and stays...and stays. You don't mind the songs taking up residence in your head and wind up buying the soundtrack, thus making it a good thing that you went to this bad flick. Here are some of the most mediocre movies with great soundtracks.
1. Purple Rain (1984)
Can't remember a thing about the movie, but "When Doves Cry" is still stuck in people's brain for decades. Prince's outfits here also gave Dave Chappelle infinite fodder for his comedy. The rock legend even used Chappelle dressed up as him for the cover of his latest single.
2. Singles (1992)
This soundtrack had such music legends like Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden while the movie's biggest draw was a long-haired Matt Dillon. Somehow, I think the music people got it much better.
3. Rocky IV (1985)
Russian menace Ivan Drago couldn't break this soundtrack - it was packed with such great music from Survivor, Kenny Loggins, and of course...James Brown. No wonder Rocky Balboa was inspired to come back and beat him. Oops. Sorry, spoilers.
4. Batman Forever (1995)
Val Kilmer wasn't the best Bruce Wayne, portraying him as possibly the most bland billionaire/superhero in cinema history. He made Michael Keaton look caffeinated by comparison. Really big hit songs by U2 and Seal helped make the soundtrack memorable, though. Music videos for both tunes got really heavy rotation on MTV, back when music was the primary impetus behind the channel, not reality TV.
5. The Crow (1994)
This movie got notoriety with Brandon Lee's death during filming more than from being good. The soundtrack was not a tragedy, though. It rocked, though - with the Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure and Rage Against the Machine. While it did spawn a couple of sequels, people don't really remember the original.
6. Juice (1992)
This was an OK movie that had the late Tupac Shakur in it, but it had an all-star rap soundtrack, including Naughty By Nature, Eric B. and Rakim, EPMD and Big Daddy Kane. Decades from the movie's release, people are still listening to songs like "Uptown Anthem", but the movie languishes in history.
7. The Beach (2000)
This movie sank faster than the boat in Leo DiCaprio's previous one (some film called Titanic), but it was buoyed by a soundtrack that included dance/electronic movie gods Underworld and Leftfield.
8. American Graffiti (1973)
This is a decent film that some dude named Harrison Ford appeared in before he became known as Han Solo, but it had so many great oldie songs on the soundtrack that you felt like you were transported back to 1962.
9. Vanilla Sky (2001)
This was a forgettable Tom Cruise vehicle, which was rare at the time since everything he touched turned to gold at the time the movie came out. The film has some beautiful music, including Sigur Ros' "Svefn g Englar," so we can thank the movie for raising awareness of that awesome band, at least.
10. Threesome (1994)
This was NOT an adult film, but starred Lara Flynn Boyle, Adam Baldwin, and Josh Charles. The soundtrack had several great artists, including Duran Duran, U2, Bryan Ferry and Tears For Fears - which means they should have at least titled that "More than A Threesome."
More:10 Great Double Albums'Game of Thrones' Adds Sigur Ros As Extras5 Awkward Band Reunions
From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
U.S. reality TV star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino sank so low in his battle with prescription drug addiction, he was unable to get out of bed and dress himself. The former Jersey Shore star enrolled in rehab last year (13) after becoming hooked on painkillers following an injury on TV talent contest Dancing With The Stars.
He has since kicked the habit using counselling and specialist medication, and now he has detailed the moment he realised he needed help.
Sorrentino tells the Associated Press, "All I had to do was get dressed for a family function and I couldn't do that. The shirt was laid out, the belt, the pants, everything. The shower was on. I couldn't even get out of bed. (I thought) 'If I can't do that how am I going to continue?'...
"People would say, 'Mike's not the same Mike we've seen before.' (I was like) I don't know what they're talking about... I was suffering a disease."
However, Sorrentino is adamant his addiction did not extend to alcohol or harder drugs: "Those rumours were definitely false. I didn't mix anything."
He adds of his recovery, "The roller coaster of fame and fortune is definitely a ride in itself but to get to recovery is something special... There is hope out there and you can get help."
Singer Carrie Underwood's hockey player husband Mike Fisher was left with two red bite marks on his hand after he was bitten by a chipmunk. Animal lover Underwood begged her husband to rescue the critter when it managed to sneak into their home, and she filmed him as he cornered the chipmunk in the bathroom.
In a Vine video posted on Saturday (31Aug13), Underwood explains to viewers that "a squirrel got into our house" - before being corrected by Fisher. She is also heard pleading, "Don't hurt it!"
But it was the Nashville Predators player who ended up getting hurt after the chipmunk sank its sharp teeth into his hand.
In a second clip, Fisher holds up his hand to show the bite marks and quips, "Newfound respect for the mighty chipmunk."
Underwood later tweeted, "The chipmunk is back outside where it belongs! Chipmunk -1, Mike Fisher's hand -0."
Former child star Todd Bridges is constantly left annoyed by people who continue to question whether he is clean and sober because he has stayed out of trouble for more than two decades. The Diff'rent Strokes actor sank into a downward spiral of drug addiction after the hit show came to an end in 1986, after allegedly suffering abuse at the hands of his father and being sexually molested by his former agent.
He struggled through a string of arrests, a spell in prison and time in rehab, before finally managing to overcome his substance abuse issues with the help of his mother's tough love.
The 48 year old is now approaching 21 years of sobriety, but he still has to field queries about his past problems, and now he's had enough.
He tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "I am going on 21 years sober. They (people) still ask my agent, 'Is he OK?' I haven't been in trouble in 21 years! You have not seen me on the news, in handcuffs or in trouble, in 21 years! Why are you still asking if I'm OK? That's a problem."
And Bridges admits he has mastered the art of avoiding temptation in Hollywood - something he claims young stars like Lindsay Lohan could learn from too.
He says, "I've learned a very valuable lesson and the lesson is: you do your job and you go home and you don't get involved in anything going on on the sets. You don't care about anything else, all you worry about is yourself. And that keeps you out of trouble and that keeps you from being talked about. Just do your job and go home."
Lohan is working on rebuilding her acting career after recently completing a court-ordered 90-day stint in rehab.
British boyband One Direction are bringing some oceanside glamour to their Los Angeles residency by staying in a replica of doomed liner Titanic. The Live While We're Young hitmakers are playing five concerts in the city this week (ends11Aug13) and they decided to live in style by renting out an eye-catching home shaped like a ship.
The six-bedroom property in Bel Air, which costs $27,000 (£18,000) a week to rent, is modelled on the Titanic and stretches over six floors in homage to the enormous liner which sank on its maiden voyage from the U.K. to New York in 1912.