Singer Brad Paisley is set to use his signature country style to design his very first clothing collection.
The "Celebrity" hitmaker is adding fashion designer to his resume, and collaborating with U.S. western wear retailer Boot Barn to create the Moonshine Spirit line. Paisley will help create a large array of items, including boots, hats, jeans, shirts, jewellery and T-shirts, adding his personal "modern, country music edge". Paisley shares his enthusiasm for the new venture in a statement which reads: "Boot Barn and I have created what I think is an authentic and very wearable line of country clothing. It's hip, modern, progressive, rugged and country - ready for the stage and ready to go out on the town. "It's a great time to launch Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. It embodies the enthusiasm of my new album, Moonshine in the Trunk." The Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley collection will debut at the grand opening of the Nashville, Tennessee Boot Barn store on 24 October (14), and the entire collection will be available online and in U.S. stores from 1 December (14).
Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer dedicated a performance of his The Dark Knight theme tune to the movie's late star Heath Ledger. The German musician played a concert in London on Friday (10Oct14), reviving his iconic movie music with a live orchestra, and he took the opportunity to honour Ledger, who played The Joker in the 2008 Batman blockbuster but died before it was released.
Zimmer dedicated The Dark Knight music to the late actor, telling the audience, "When Heath died I thought I should make the score simpler but then I knew he would have wanted the edge kept in it."
The composer was joined on stage by rocker Johnny Marr, his collaborator on The Amazing Spiderman 2 soundtrack, and Happy hitmaker Pharrell Williams at his second gig at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday night (11Oct14).
U2 star The Edge's plans to build a luxury retreat high above Malibu, California have suffered another setback after officials at the California Coastal Commission postponed consideration of his controversial compound following a deluge of complaints from locals. National Park Service officials, local politicians and environmental groups have inundated the CCC panel in recent days, urging them to shut down the rocker's development plans, claiming the project would cause irreparable harm to the coastline and destroy habitat, while also posing an extreme fire danger.
But The Edge, real name Dave Evans, is taking the setback in his stride - a spokeswoman calls it "a procedural hiccup".
She tells the Los Angeles Times, "We’ll be back in January," and insists that The Edge plans to work with the CCC officials to ensure compliance.
The rocker has been fighting to secure permission to build five houses and an access road on Sweetwater Mesa in the Santa Monica Mountains since 2006.
Blues guitarist Walter Trout has been readmitted to a California hospital after suffering complications from a liver transplant earlier this year (14). The 63 year old received a new liver in May (14) and this week (ends05Oct14), he was admitted into the intensive care unit at UCLA with sepsis.
In a message on Facebook.com, his wife, Marie Trout, writes, "I know - it seems like a deja vu! But the liver biopsy that was scheduled for Monday, ended up either activating internal bacteria or inserting new ones in the bloodstream (the most likely scenario). Walter felt great before the biopsy, and as soon as he woke up after it, he was shivering and quickly developed a fever, low blood pressure, quick pulse, and irregular heart beat; the sure signs of serious infection.
"The biopsy thus directly caused it or activated it. But either way, he has another bout of sepsis. The results of the biopsy were inconclusive, and so tonight more tests were scheduled. But first they now have to deal with the sepsis."
No longer in intensive care, Trout has been taken off the critical list and transferred to a regular hospital room.
His wife adds, "Further tests will show if there even is or was a problem with the new liver at all. We had a magnificent weekend in Las Vegas. Walter felt great all weekend as well as Monday before the biopsy. And after it, he was once again close to the edge..., (but) bottom line is this: Walter will pull through this one too. Just watch!"
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has won a slew of solid reviews for her West End debut in Speed-The-Plow, with critics hailing her performance as "perfectly creditable" and insisting she has "real presence" on stage.
The Mean Girls star faced the notoriously tough theatre critics on the opening night of the show at London's Playhouse Theatre on Thursday night (02Oct14), and garnered a largely positive response. The Guardian's Michael Billington branded the production "tame" and "under-powered" but insisted Lohan was on top form, writing, "Lindsay Lohan gives a perfectly creditable performance in this revival of David Mamet's acerbic, anti-Hollywood satire. Whatever her colorful past, Lohan brings on stage a quality of breathless naivety that is far and away the most interesting thing in (the show)... She holds the stage with ease and doesn't let the side down."
Paul Taylor of The Independent was also impressed with Lohan's stage debut, writing, "Given the circumstances and the glare of publicity, it would have been understandable if she had succumbed to traumatic mutism at tonight's press performance, so it's good to report that she was completely on top of the script... Bravo to Lindsay Lohan for... turning in a deftly delineated characterization... She has real presence."
The Daily Express' Simon Edge adds, "She has a reputation as a director's nightmare who doesn't turn up to rehearsals back home, so much the better: who wouldn't pay to see a historic A-list car-crash?... I'm sorry to be the bearer of disappointing tidings, but pile-up it ain't."
Dominic Cavendish of the Daily Telegraph concludes, "Lindsay Lohan... made her stage debut with a surprising - and smouldering - degree of style. True, she fluffed a line and needed an off-stage prompt - but given the pressure to prove herself, that's just-about pardonable... She delivers enough of the goods... to hold her head up high."
Lohan ended the show by showering the audience with gold glitter and later attended a star-studded press night afterparty at London's National Liberal Club. Her mother Dina was in the crowd for the opening night show after flying in from New York for the occasion.
Veteran actress Honor Blackman fears Bond movies have lost their edge because producers are desperate to emulate the Bourne franchise. The Brit starred as iconic Bond girl Pussy Galore in 1964 007 hit Goldfinger and although she is a huge fan of the more recent spy movies starring Daniel Craig, she is adamant they have lost the tension of the earlier films in the series.
Blackman blames the change in formula on the newer movies in the franchise not being based on original stories by Bond creator Ian Fleming.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "The trouble today, I think, is that they try to rival those Bourne Identity things, tearing over rooftops. Which is exciting in a way but not nearly as exciting as the battle of wits that went on in Goldfinger."
U2 star The Edge has won a long-running battle to develop his land in California. The Irish musician has been fighting for permission to build five homes in Malibu since 2006, and he can now move forward with the project after he was given the green light by officials at the California Coastal Commission, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Edge, real name David Evans, had his plans for the development rejected several times over the last few years, but has agreed to make a series of compromises including scaling down the size of the estate.
Rocker Damon Albarn and duo Royal Blood have emerged as the favourites for this year's (14) coveted Mercury Prize in Britain. The former Blur frontman's debut solo project, Everybody Robots, and Royal Blood's self-titled release are the joint favourites to land the best British and Irish album of the year title, according to official bookmakers at William Hill.
However, rival firm Ladbrokes have given FKA Twigs' LP1 and poet Kate Tempest's Everybody Down the edge on its odds list.
The newly-announced shortlist also features Bombay Bicycle Club (So Long, See You Tomorrow), Anna Calvi (One Breath), GoGo Penguin (v2.0), East India Youth (Total Strife Forever), Jungle (Jungle), Polar Bear (In Each and Every One), Young Fathers (Dead) and Nick Mulvey (First Mind).
The 12 acts will compete for a $34,000 (£20,000) prize, which will be announced in London on 29 October (14).
Albarn's nomination is his first since he withdrew his band Gorillaz's self-titled debut from contention in 2001, when he compared the honour to "carrying an albatross around your neck for all eternity".
Singer/songwriter James Blake took home the 2013 Mercury Prize for his album Overgrown.
U2's shock new album will not scoop a single Grammy Award next year (15) because its official release date misses the honours deadline by two weeks.
The Irish rockers thrilled fans on Tuesday (09Sep14) when they announced a new record, Songs of Innocence, would be given away free to anyone who uses Apple's iTunes music downloading service. It means up to half a billion music lovers around the world can get access to the new record, but it will not hit stores until 14 October (14) - ruling out a Grammys nod.
The deadline for entrants to the 2015 Grammy Awards passes on 30 September (14), two weeks before Songs of Innocence is available in shops.
A Grammys spokesman tells Billboard, "The album must be commercially available in order for it to be eligible, and the official release date determines its eligibility in a particular awards year. In this case, the album is commercially available on October 14, 2014, so it will be eligible for consideration for the 58th Grammy Awards (in 2016)."
Michael Keaton, Timothy Spall and Eddie Redmayne have emerged as early favourites for the coveted Best Actor prize at next year's (15) Oscars. As movie critics sharpen their pencils to vote for the year's top film performances, it seems the 2015 Best Actor race will be one of the most fiercely fought.
Spall has been the top man since he won gold at Cannes for his lead role in biopic Mr. Turner, but now the Los Angeles Times has earmarked Keaton for the trophy, thanks to his role in Birdman, and The Hollywood Reporter is confident Redmayne's turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything will make him an Oscars season favourite.
The Hollywood Reporter recently honoured Redmayne and his co-stars Felicity Jones and James Marsh with a Breakthrough in Film award at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and editors called the My Week With Marilyn star's performance "landmark".
Meanwhile, America's top critics have given Keaton the edge in the first serious odds list on awards season go-to website GoldDerby.com.
The former Batman is a 13/5 favourite, ahead of Steve Carell in Foxcatcher and Redmayne, while Spall and fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) also make the early top five.
GoldDerby's critics have given Amy Adams (Big Eyes) the Best Actress edge over fellow former Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (Wild) and Jessica Chastain (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby), while the Best Picture race is wide open.
The early top picks are Boyhood, Birdman, Angelina Jolie's upcoming biopic Unbroken, Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Interstellar and Brad Pitt's Fury.