Punk icon Patti Smith has responded to criticism from members of a Christian group who have blasted her for planning to play at a Christmas concert for Pope Francis. Smith will perform at the Auditorium Conciliazione venue in Rome, Italy on 13 December (14), after reportedly receiving a personal invite from the Pontiff.
Leaders of Portosalvo, a local Catholic organisation, object to her performing for the Pope because of the lyrics to her 1975 hit Gloria, which includes the line, "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine."
However Smith has now hit back at her critics, telling British newspaper The Guardian, "I'm not playing to the Pope. He may not even be there! But I expect there'll be a bunch of cardinals... It's a Christmas concert for the people, and it's being televised. I like Pope Francis and I'm happy to sing for him. Anyone who would confine me to a line from 20 years ago is a fool!
"I had a strong religious upbringing, and the first word on my first LP is Jesus. I did a lot of thinking. I'm not against Jesus, but I was 20 and I wanted to make my own mistakes and I didn't want anyone dying for me. I stand behind that 20-year-old girl, but I have evolved. I'll sing to my enemy! I don't like being pinned down and I'll do what the f**k I want, especially at my age."
Taylor Swift, Lindsay Lohan, Zoe Saldana and Tyson Beckford have led tributes to designer Oscar De La Renta, who died on Monday (20Oct14).
Shortly after news of his death hit the headlines, celebrities lit up social media with fond farewells and kind words. Swift, who heard the news as she began her day in Australia, took to Instagram and wrote, "My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory."
Lohan posted a quote from the designer, adding, "'Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny - #RIPOscar. A remarkable one of a kind legend." Zoe Saldana writes, "Iconic legendary genius, gone but definitely not forgotten #OscarDeLaRenta. My heart goes out to the De La Renta family." Actor/model Beckford adds, "RIP Oscar, I will truly miss you. 22 yrs (years) of your kind words", and Nicky Hilton tweeted, "What a sad day for the fashion industry. An icon is gone. RIP Oscar de la Renta."
Twitter tributes also poured in from Jamie Lee Curtis, Alyssa Milano, Garcelle Beauvais, Isabelle Fuhrman, Padma Lakshmi and fashion experts Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and Christian Siriano, while actress Rita Wilson added, "A great has left us. #OscarDeLaRenta Thank you for adding such beauty to the world, along with elegance, class and grace." Gloria Estefan, a big fan of de la Renta's work, recalled he was "a big part of 3 of my life's biggest moments", adding, "Made Grammy dress 4 performance and win for 'Mi Tierra', dress I wore to perform for the Pope and my daughter-in-law's wedding dress."
After the President of the United States and the Queen of England, and maybe even the Pope, James Bond seems to be one of the most well traveled people out there. While he may be a fictional character, he sure has racked up those Sky(fall)Miles. With 22 films under his belt, Bond has journeyed all over the world — and then some. But while his missions have landed him in some of the world's most exotic places around the continent — sometimes more than once — how many miles has Bond actually traveled throughout all of his movies? Hollywood.com decided to crunch the numbers to discover the answer.
Trip One: Dr. No - 1962
London, England to Kingston, Jamaica: 4687.76
Kingston to Crab Key, Jamaica: 37.84
Trip Two: From Russia with Love - 1963
London, England to Istanbul, Turkey: 1555.71
Istanbul to Belgrade, Formerly Yugoslavia, now Serbia: 505.28
Belgrade to Zagreb, Formerly Yugoslavia, now Croatia: 228.63
Zagreb to Venice, Italy: 179
Trip Three: Goldfinger - 1964
Unidentified Drug House in Mexico (let's place it in Mexico City, Mexico) to Miami Beach, Florida: 1288.99
Miami Beach to London, England: 4429.32
London to Geneva, Switzerland: 464.71
Geneva to Baltimore, Maryland: 4036.68
Baltimore to Bluegrass Fields, Kentucky: 426.01
Trip Four: Thunderball - 1965
Château d'Anet, near Dreux, France to London, England: 195.92
London to Nassau, Bahamas: 4347.61
Nassau to Miami, Florida: 186.93
Trip Five: You Only Live Twice - 1967
Hong Kong, China to Tokyo, Japan: 1791.22
Tokyo to Kobe, Japan: 263.37
Kobe to Matsu Islands, China: 1083.46
Trip Six: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service - 1969
Estoril, Portugal to London, England: 992.47
London back to Estoril: 992.47
Estoril to Bern, Switzerland: 1023.76
Bern to London: 464.82
London to Piz Gloria, Switzerland: 497.11
Piz Gloria to London: 497.11
London to Piz Gloria: 497.11
Piz Gloria to Estoril: 1028.16
Trip Seven: Diamonds Are Forever - 1971
Tokyo, Japan to Cairo, Egypt: 5949.64
Cairo to London, England: 2184.26
London to Amsterdam, Netherlands: 222.30
Amsterdam to Los Angeles, California 5560.70
Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Nevada: 224.84
Las Vega to Baja California, Mexico: 364.86
Trip Eight: Live and Let Die – 1973
London, England to New York City, NY: 3464.99
NYC to San Monique (let's use Mustique Island), Caribbean: 2076.31
San Monique to New Orleans, Louisiana: 2192.49
New Orleans back to San Monique: 2192.49
Trip Nine: The Man with the Golden Gun – 1974
London, England to Beirut, Lebanon: 2150.17
Beirut to Macau, China: 4724.01
Macau to Hong Kong: 38.70
Hong Kong to Bangkok, Thailand: 1075.52
Bangkok to Private Island in the Yellow Sea within boundaries of Red China: 2088.35
Trip 10: The Spy Who Loved Me - 1977
Alps in Austria to Cairo, Egypt: 1524.95
Cairo to Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy: 1429.61
Trip 11: Moonraker - 1970
London to Vaux-le-Vicomte, California (let’s say Los Angeles, because that’s where they filmed in Calif): 5446.58
Los Angeles to Venice, Italy: 6142.23
Venice to Rio, Brazil: 5873.97
Rio to Outerspace (lets put him on the moon): 238900
Trip 12: For Your Eye Only - 1981
London, England to Madrid, Spain: 785.90
Madrid back to London: 785.90
London to Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy: 650.65
Cortina d'Ampezzo to Corfu, Greece: 618.28
Trip 13: Octopussy – 1983
Undisclosed Latin America Country believed to be Cuba to London, England: 4547.01
London to Delhi, India: 4174.46
Delhi to East Berlin, Germany: 3595.50
East Berlin back to Delhi: 3595.50
Trip 14: A View to a Kill – 1985
Siberia to London, England: 3494.68
London to Berkshire, England: 49.78
Berkshire to Paris, France: 241.82
Paris to Chantilly, France: 23.87
Chantilly to San Francisco, California: 5555.56
Trip: 15: The Living Daylights – 1987
Gibraltar to Bratislava, Formerly Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia: 1411.23
Bratislava to London, England: 801.26
London back to Bratislava: 801.26
Bratislava to Vienna, Austria: 34.10
Vienna to Tangiers, Morocco: 1419.66
Tangiers to Jail Cell in Afghanistan: 4070.13
Trip 16: Licence to Kill (1989)
Key West, Florida to Cay Sal Bank, Bahamas Banks (Caribbean): 125.55
Cay Sal Bank to Bimini: 145.66
Bimini to Fictional Isthmus City (can pinpoint in Panama City, Panama): 1158.65
Trip 17: GoldenEye – 1995
Arkhangelsk, Russia to Monte Carlo, Monaco: 1925.18
Monte Carlo to London, England: 641.69
London to St. Petersburg, Russia: 1305.73
St. Petersburg to Cuba: 5537.10
Trip 18: Tomorrow Never Dies – 1997
Oxford, England to Hamburg, Germany: 495.88
Hamburg to Saigon, Vietnam: 5905.19
Saigon to Ha Long Bay, Vietnam: 699.68
Trip 19: The World Is Not Enough – 1999
Bilbao, Spain to London, England: 585.40
London to Scotland (no specific area, so lets say capital, Eidenburgh): 331.97
Eidenburgh to Baku, Azerbaijan: 2592.75
Baku to Kazakhstan: 991.65
Kazakhstan back to Baku: 991.65
Baku to Istanbul, Turkey: 1912.57
Total 20: Die Another Day – 2002
Pukchong, North Korea to Hong Kong: 1488.22
Hong Kong to Havana, Cuba: 9112.47
Havana to Iceland: 4010.64
Iceland to North Korea: 4945.27
Trip 21: Casino Royal – 2006
Prague, Czech Republic to Madagascar: 5157.65
Madagascar to London, England: 5628.09
London to Nassau, Bahamas: 4347.61
Nassau to Miami, Florida: 186.93
Miami to Montenegro: 5488.98
Montenegro to Venice, Italy: 398.25
Venice to Lake Como, Italy: 152.93
Trip 22: Quantum of Solace – 2008
Siena, Italy to London, England: 778.29
London to Port au Prince, Haiti: 4467.40
Port au Prince to Bregenz, Austria: 4923.16
Bregenz to La Paz, Bolivia: 2440.35
La Paz to Kazan, Russia: 8217.17
Out of 22 movies, Bond has traveled 448,245.19 miles in total. Thanks to DistanceFromTo.com for helping us ring these totals!
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Rosie O'Donnell (who emceed the event) and Adam Sandler each won two awards. O’Donnell, in fact, picked up the highest honor of the evening, the Hall of Fame Award for her humor and charity work.
Other orange blimp winners included the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Melissa Joan Hart and Mandy Moore.
And in a surprise career move, Robert De Niro (yes, Robert De Niro) presented an award, as did LL Cool J, 98 Degrees, Carly Pope and Leslie Bibb from the WB’s "Popular" and Mel Gibson.
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Ten musical performers were recognized, including the Backstreet Boys, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan (with 'N Sync), Enrique Iglesias, Mariah Carey, Rage Against the Machine and Santana. Martin nabbed the male entertainer of the year award for shaking his bon-bon while Lopez, also of bon-bon fame, and Aguilera, of future bon-bon fame, received awards for female entertainer and new female entertainer, respectively.
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