Nobody could have predicted this amidst the Twilight hysteria that started in 2008, but Robert Pattinson is getting some serious indie cred under his belt. Having worked with directors like David Cronenberg, Francis Lewis, and James Gray over the past few years, it's safe to say that Pattinson has made serious strides since his role as Edward Cullen. Next up—a gangsta film with Harmony Korine? Yes, this is real.
Pattinson reached out to the Spring Breakers writer/director some time ago and has since confirmed that Korine wrote a Miami-set gangster movie for him. There are no other details at this time, but with these two names on board, there's already plenty reason to get excited about this project.
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The Kinks rocker Ray Davies was forced to miss his induction into America's Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday (12Jun14) following the death of his sister. The musician was one of the big names selected by museum officials in May (14) but he skipped the ceremony in New York City after his sibling Joyce passed away.
The Waterloo Sunset hitmaker accepted the honour via video, and he also took to Facebook.com to write, "I am profoundly honoured to have been inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and disappointed not to have been at the event in New York but I felt it necessary to be near my family at this sad time of my sisters (sic) funeral.
"I wish to thank everyone at the Songwriters Hall of Fame who voted for me and give a special thanks to all the loyal Kinks fans who have stood by us all these years. I hope to repay such loyal support by trying my best to continue to write songs in the future that are worthy of such an accolade."
Jon Bon Jovi was on hand to pay tribute to Davies at the ceremony, performing his hits You Really Got Me and All Day and All of the Night at the end of the show.
Other acts honoured included Scottish singer Donovan, Graham Gouldman of the band 10cc, singer/songwriter Mark James, who penned Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds, and Jim Weatherly, who is known for writing Gladys Knight & The Pips hits Neither One of Us and Midnight Train to Georgia.
Performers such as Miguel, Chita Rivera, Chubby Checker and Jackie Evancho also took to the stage at the event.
The driver of Tracy Morgan's limousine has spoken of his horror at seeing his passengers trapped in the twisted wreck after the devastating crash which left the comedian fighting for his life.
The 30 Rock star was travelling in a limo bus on his way home from a stand-up show in the early hours of Saturday morning (07Jun14), when the vehicle collided with a truck and overturned. Morgan's comedy writer friend James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair died in the accident, and the comedian was admitted to hospital in a critical condition after suffering numerous injuries including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs.
The driver of the limo, chauffeur Tyrone Gale, has now opened up about the horrific accident, revealing he attempted to help his passengers in the upturned vehicle, but struggled to reach them in the chaos. He tells the New York Daily News, "I climbed around and heard Tracy screaming for help. I climbed up on the body of the limo bus... but I couldn't reach them... I just remember the impact. We didn't know which way was up, which way was down. I don't know if we flipped several times or one time. I saw the condition of everybody, and I knew it would just make it worse if I tried to pull them up and out of the vehicle."
Harris Stanton, another comic who was travelling in the limo, suffered a broken wrist in the crash, and admits he feels lucky to be alive. He adds, "I didn't get hurt as bad as they did. I was lucky... It's (McNair's death) sad. It's very sad." Morgan underwent surgery on his broken leg on Sunday (08Jun14) and is expected to spend several weeks in hospital as he recovers from his injuries.
Lily Allen is following in her actor father's footsteps by releasing an unofficial World Cup tune.
The Smile singer's new tune Bass Like Home is an ode to all the things she loves about her native England, including William Shakespeare, John Lennon, the Queen, lager and soccer star Paul Gascoigne.
Her father Keith Allen and his band of comics, Fat Les, enjoyed chart success with unofficial England World Cup tune Vindaloo in 1998. That track was co-written by Blur star Alex James.
Beloved Wizard Of Oz tune Somewhere Over The Rainbow is to be named a Towering Song at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame gala. The 75-year-old Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg tune, which Judy Garland sang in the 1939 movie, will join Take Me Out To The Ballgame, Moon River, Bridge Over Troubled Water and A Change Is Gonna Come, among the other Towering Songs.
The 45th annual Hall of Fame event will be held in New York on 12 June (14).
Previously announced inductees Include Ray Davies, Donovan, Graham Gouldman, Mark James and Jim Weatherly, while the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award will be presented to songwriters/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Sony Music Entertainment Chairman and CEO Doug Morris will be honoured with the Hitmaker Award and Imagine Dragons star Dan Reynolds will receive the Hal David Starlight Award.
Music mogul Del Bryant will be presented with the Visionary Leadership Award.
Scottish actor James Mcavoy accidentally shot his co-star Josh Helman when they were playing around with BB guns on the set of X-Men: Days Of Future Past. The Atonement star, 35, enjoyed socialising with younger cast members in breaks between filming the action movie and they particularly loved racing around the trailer, firing BB air guns at each other.
McAvoy once got carried away and accidentally shot the newcomer in the face with a pellet, and Helman's fiancee gave him a scolding for the prank.
He tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "There's a young actor called Josh Helman and he plays the young Stryker and he was coming after me, he had it coming, and as I was running away, I flicked one off behind me, so to speak, I just popped it off and shot him right (on his chin) and I broke his skin and I got told off by his fiancee.
"She came round to my trailer and she was like, 'Hey, how you doing, I'm Josh's fiancee, I heard you shot him in the face... that's not cool', and I went, 'Ah, it was just a bit of fun' and she went, 'No, really man... James, take it down a minute, it's really not cool'... and I was like, 'Okay, I'm just going to go phone my wife and cry a bit'."
Actors Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James Mcavoy put in a bizarre performance in an interview on U.K. TV on Friday night (02May14), dancing, singing, and even punching each other. The X-Men: Days of Future Past co-stars appeared on chat series The Graham Norton Show and spent the entire interview joking, bursting into song, and treating the audience to a dance routine.
At the beginning of the show, Jackman joked that Fassbender needed coaxing to leave his trailer on set and they used the Robin Thicke hit Blurred Lines to get him in the mood to work. The men then left the show's set and returned as the controversial song played before doing a few choreographed moves while the audience screamed and cheered.
Throughout the interview, Fassbender regularly burst into song, particularly Africa by Toto, and showed the audience how he makes synthesizer noises with his mouth.
Fassbender and Jackman also randomly burst into song, giving lines from Shakespeare's play Macbeth the musical theatre treatment.
McAvoy contributed to the bizarre atmosphere by punching Jackman in the arm, demonstrating a game the actors played on the film set. McAvoy explained that he punches the Wolverine actor with full force and it does not affect him, yet when Jackman hits him with his hardest punch, McAvoy ends up with a huge bruise on his arm.
Actor Jamie Dornan is already reaping the benefits of his leading role in the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie because it has taught him how to walk correctly. The Northern Irish star admits he has had issues with his gait throughout his life, and always adopted a toe-bouncing swagger to hide his awkwardness.
A director working on Dornan's TV drama The Fall noticed his strange stride, but the actor was only able to correct his walk when he learned to dance the foxtrot for a scene in the upcoming movie adaptation of E.L. James' racy book.
Dornan tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "I always had a complex about the way I walked and people would comment on it. I walked on my toes and when I did The Fall, the director asked, 'Is that part of the character or just the way you walk?'
"My wife tried to help by making me lean back and then in Fifty Shades my character has to dance the foxtrot and the teacher said, 'Do it as though you are walking; heel to toe.' No one had ever told me that was how you walk and now I am applying it every day!"
The Kinks frontman Ray Davies and Scottish singer Donovan are to be inducted into America's Songwriters Hall of Fame. The class of 2014 will feature the Lola hitmaker and Donovan, who rose to fame in the 1960s with hits like Mellow Yellow and Catch The Wind, alongside British rocker Graham Gouldman of the band 10cc, singer/songwriter Mark James, who penned Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds, and Jim Weatherly, who is known for writing Gladys Knight & The Pips hits Neither One of Us and Midnight Train to Georgia.
The five honourees were selected by museum officials from a list which also included Madonna, Vince Gill, Cyndi Lauper, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Cat Stevens, Linda Perry and Led Zeppelin stars Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
The inductions will take place in New York on 12 June (14).
As far as a successful adaptation of a novel to a movie goes, Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic at least gets it right in hitting all the important plot points of the book. Father dies: check. Children move to their grandmother’s house and are cooped up in the attic for years: check. The oldest children, Cathy and Chris, develop an incestuous relationship: check (and yikes). Children learn of their mother’s deceit: check. Children escape: check.
The casting of Flowers in the Attic was spot on; the actors chosen to play the Dollangangers certainly look the part of the perfect family, which causes their friends to refer to them as Dresden Dolls. Heather Graham portrays the mother, Corrine, while Chad Willett plays Chris Sr. As for the eldest son, they managed to find an actor, Mason Dye, who looks very much like a younger version of his father. Kiernan Shipka narrates the story as the eldest daughter, Cathy, while Ava Telek and Maxwell Kovach play the twins. However, it’s Ellen Burstyn as the feared grandmother who really pulls out all the stops in her role. Burstyn is the biggest name attached to the film and she certainly proves to be the heavyweight of the cast.
I have to give the movie credit for not shying away from the more controversial aspects of Flowers in the Attic. As the two-hour TV movie follows the twists and turns laid out like a road map by the novel, Cathy and Chris develop their romantic relationship for which the book is most famous. Although, as fans of the book can tell you, the night Cathy and Chris finally get together (yeah, they go all the way) is much less violent than in the original story. Flowers in the Attic makes the relationship as uncomfortable for the audience as possible.
However, despite the casting and the accuracy of the adaption, Flowers in the Attic still falls flat. It’s difficult to make the audience feel as if years are passing throughout a two-hour movie. It’s hard to take lines like “We’re not children anymore, can’t you see that?” seriously when the actors don’t look as if they’ve aged a day. Earlier in the movie, Chris tells Cathy that she should hope to develop curves like a dress form — when clearly the audience can see that Shipka already has all those curves.
Even more than the unrealistic dialogue, though, is the fact that the audience never really gets to know the characters. The movie is so busy checking events and plot points off the list that it never stops to take a breath. The end result is a movie that might look like a good adaptation — they did cover everything — but feels too rushed and harried. You could say Flowers in the Attic is much like the dolls that Cathy references in the opening monologue: pretty and seemingly all there, but with no substance.