Reunited British rockers The Babys are serving up a holiday treat for fans with the release of their first new music in over three decades. The group rose to fame in the late 1970s with hits like Isn't It Time and Every Time I Think of You, before parting ways in 1981.
However, original members Tony Brock and Wally Stocker have since reconnected and hired two new members from the U.S. - singer and bassist John Bisaha and guitarist Joey Sykes.
The quartet, which is currently on a comeback tour, will unveil new track Not Ready to Say Goodbye online this week (begs25Nov13), with plans to drop an album full of new material in early 2014 - the stars' first studio release since On the Edge in 1980.
Stocker says, "When releasing our first single we discussed that it had to have the flavour of what we were known for some thirty-odd years ago", while Brock adds, "It was just magical putting the new song together. By the time I finished putting brass and strings on it, I knew we had the goods."
The Wanted star Nathan Sykes stunned fans by joining his girlfriend Ariana Grande for a romantic duet on stage in London on Thursday (07Nov13). The British singer and his pop star girlfriend headed to Rise Nightclub in central London where Grande performed an exclusive gig for fans, and Sykes lent a helping hand by joining her on stage to perform their single Almost Is Never Enough.
The couple, which went public with its relationship in September (13), was later snapped enjoying a meal together at London restaurant Manna.
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After weeks of conflict, bros all over the world can finally take comfort in the news that the Entourage film is set to enter production. According to writer and director Doug Ellin, the cast managed to hug it out and have all signed on to make the movie a reality. Jerry Ferrara, who played Turtle, also confirmed the news via Twitter last night. But while some people are rejoicing, and others are asking if it's suddenly 2007 again, we're left wondering what the plot of the film will entail. After watching Vincent Chase's (Adrian Grenier) rise and fall (and rise and fall) in Hollywood and his friends various successes and failures for eight seasons, are there any stories left for the Entourage film to tell?
It's undeniable that the show's quality dropped during its last few seasons, and it felt like the writers were recycling old plots in order to fill air time, and watching Vince miraculously escape any consequences for his actions over and over became a bit tedious. In honor of the film moving ahead despite the conflicts and criticisms, we've brainstormed 10 possible plots for the Entourage movie, so that they don't have to keep putting the characters in the same situations again and again.
1. Since the storylines on Entourage are often inspired by real-life events, the most likely plot for the film would center on Vince attempting to get the movie version of a successful television show that he starred in off the ground. However, tensions arise when he discovers that several of the cast members have decided to hold out on signing films contracts until they are paid the same amount of money as Vince, who became the show's breakout star. Things get even worse when Eric, who produced the show and is trying to produce the movie, calls the stars "greedy" to TMZ. Luckily for them, Turtle bonds with one of the actors, and together they help broker a deal while giving cheerful interviews to the media, exciting legions of frat-boys fans the world over.
2. In another storyline inspired by real-life events, Vince makes his Broadway debut in a play by David Mamet, alongside several well-respected theater actors. However, barely two months into the run, he gets sick and drops out the play immediately, leaving the cast in the lurch and surrounded by bad publicity. When his replacement gets better reviews than he did, Vince goes on the defensive, which only brings about more negative press, and he is forced to lay low for a while. He finally manages to turn his luck around when E convinces him to star in a PBS miniseries, which makes people respect him again. The chances of the Entourage writers using this plot depend on how frustrated they are with Jeremy Piven at the start of production.
3. Instead of continuing from where the show left off, the team behind Entourage decides to scrap a film about Vince and the guys and instead give fans what they really want: a feature-length version of Queens Boulevard. Since it was Vince's breakout role, the movie has been referenced on the show often, and the tagline "I am Queens Boulevard" has become one of the show's most famous lines. Alternatively, the writers are inspired by Hearts of Darkness and decide to turn the Entourage film into a mockumentary detailing the making of Queens Boulevard, and the nightmare of working with Billy Walsh, the most unstable director in Hollywood history.
4. In an attempt to lure in a new audience, Entourage goes highbrow with Turtle and Drama Are Dead, a Tom Stoppard-inspired film which outlines the major events of the series through the eyes of two of the more minor characters. Due to salary disputes, only Ferrara and Kevin Dillon actually appear in the film, but Vince, E, and Ari are all mentioned throughout. At the end, the two are ambushed by mafia hitmen after being unknowingly sold out by Vince after her couldn't pay back the money he owed for a drug deal.
5. The Entourage team decide to find comedy in a more domestic set-up, and the film follows E and Sloan in their attempts to raise their kids in their Westchester mansion. Between one of their kids being bullied at school, attempting to help another break into show business as a child actress, and Sloan's ongoing conflicts with the obnoxious neighborhood mothers who look down on her for not raising their kids vegan, they think things can't possibly get worse until Vince, who is unable to properly function without E around, moves to New York and into their pool house. Vince gets into hilarious hijinks while babysitting the kids during the day and throwing massive parties at night. However, in a touching happy ending, he finally learns to grow up and let go.
6. After the producers read on Twitter that the young people of today love when things get "meta", the film follows Vince's attempts to get a television show based on his life and his friends off the ground. Having never produced a show before, Vince must work with writers, casting directors and studio heads in order to get Hangers-On optioned. It eventually gets picked up by HBO and becomes a massive hit, but some of the people in his life are unhappy with their portrayal, causing Vince to have an internal battle against protecting their feelings and making good television. There are at least three references to the film Inception.
7. Deciding that they've told all of the stories they could about Vince, E, Drama and Turtle, the writers instead decide to focus the Entourage movie on the true star of the show, Lloyd. After winning a harassment lawsuit against his former boss, Ari Gold, Lloyd decides to open his own talent agency, and is immediately inundated with clients. He makes a promise to himself never to verbally abuse his employees, which helps the company's roster of top agents grow quickly. However, his unbelievable success is putting a strain on his relationship with his fiancé Tom, and Lloyd must balance work and love while trying to plan the most outrageous wedding Hollywood has ever seen. When they eventually make it down the aisle, Ari is his man - the two reconciled during the film's third act.
8. Hoping to rebuild their roster of celebrity chefs, Drama gets offered a cooking show by Food Network. His builds his culinary empire quickly, and suddenly finds himself richer and more famous than his brother. He hires Turtle to manage the business side of things, which upset E, who thinks Turtle isn't qualified enough. However, they must set find a way to band together when Drama insults Guy Fieri on a morning talk show, sparking the tackiest and worst-dressed feud in celebrity history. When Drama opens up a pop-up restaurant outside of Guy's Time Square eatery, Guy challenges him to a cook off of epic proportions, which will be televised after the hot dog eating contest on the Fourth of July. Paula Deen will attempt to recover from her recent scandals by making a cameo.
9. M. Night Shyamalan comes aboard the project as the new writer and director, hoping to boost his profile after a string of flops. The boys fly to a remote village in the countryside in order to start work on Vince's next film, only to discover that the cast and crew are being mysteriously killed, one by one. Mark Whalberg will take on the role of the gruff detective in charge on investigating the murders after his wife, a costume designer, dies tragically on set. Shyamalan's twist is that the scripts are possessed and killing people, and only Turtle makes it to the end. It gets uniformly negative reviews, but still inexplicably becomes a hit.
10. After years of their storylines being criticized as unrealistic, the Entourage film takes a more true-to-life approach in seeing where all of the characters have ended up. As a consequence of his constant stupid decisions, Vince has endured a second stint in rehab and a nasty divorce from his reporter wife, Sophia. He mostly makes ends meet through nightclub appearances and a string of mediocre films. E is also divorced, and has moved back to California to live with Vince and manage his mostly C-List clients. He and Sloan have joint custody of their child, but he still pines over her. By the end of the film, he is hopefully on his way to being a decent human being again. Drama's had a spike in popularity after a cable network decides to reboot Viking Quest. He's made a few guest appearances on the show, but mostly makes his living by appearing at fan conventions. Turtle owns a medical marijuana dispensary. Ari retired for good after all of his anger led to a minor heart attack, but his presence at home drives his wife crazy.
Or something like that.
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Singer Ariana Grande headed straight back into the recording studio after hearing Nathan Sykes' vocals on their duet Almost Is Never Enough because she refused to be outdone by The Wanted star on her own single. They recorded their parts separately for the track, but when Grande received the boyband member's verses for the song, she was so impressed, she felt it necessary to step up her efforts and improve on her own performance.
She tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "Our manager Scooter Braun emailed me and said, 'Check this out.' Nathan killed it. I had to go back in the studio and sing more because he came in and did these vocal gymnastics and took it through the roof. I was like, 'This is my album, boy.'
However, the 20 year old admits she is always her toughest critic when it comes to her work: "I tear myself to pieces and I am an extraordinarily tough critic. In fact, I'm probably the most self-deprecating really hard-on-myself-person you've ever met in your life. I want to make sure I'm proud of everything I'm putting out there."
Grande and Sykes only met after the track was complete and have since found chemistry in real life, going public with their budding romance last month (Sep13).
Wanda Sykes' parents refused to attend the comedienne's wedding to her longtime girlfriend in 2008 after falling out with the star over her sexuality. The Monster-in-Law actress, who was previously married to male record producer Dave Hall, 'came out' publicly in November, 2008, a month after tying the knot with her now-wife Alex, but she reveals her conservative mum Marion and dad Harry struggled to accept that she was a lesbian for years and declined to watch Sykes walk down the aisle with a woman.
The 49 year old says, "I was 40 when I came out to my parents... When I came out to my parents, I was having a surgery and my mother and my sister-in-law, they were going to come out here (to Los Angeles) to be with me during the surgery.
"And I said, 'Mum, let me just explain something to you. You know I'm living with so-and-so, I just want you to know that we're not just roommates... She's my girlfriend...' She was like, 'What do you mean?' I was like, 'Mum, come on, you have to have known this... I just want to make sure we're clear on this.' She just fell apart, fell apart and ended up not coming out here for my surgery because she was just that, 'I'm done with you (attitude).'"
Sykes admits the falling out led to a period of estrangement, but they have since patched up their differences and now her mother and father have taken pride in their new roles as grandparents to her and Alex's two young children.
She tells Oprah Winfrey, "We're in a great place right now, my parents are wonderful... They weren't at my wedding, but they were at the kids' last birthday party..."
Talk show titan and actress Oprah Winfrey suffered a serious backlash from TV viewers after portraying the therapist gay comedienne Ellen Degeneres' sitcom character 'came out' to in 1997. The funnywoman made her sexuality known during an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the mid-1990s, and DeGeneres followed up the public confession by making her title character on hit comedy Ellen 'come out' on air too.
However, The Puppy Episode, which featured scenes with DeGeneres' onscreen persona discussing her lesbian love life with her counsellor, played by Winfrey, prompted a flurry of hate mail that the media mogul had never experienced before.
Discussing the incident on a special episode of her TV show Oprah's Next Chapter, which aired in America on Sunday (27Oct13), the African-American superstar revealed, "I played the therapist on that show... and got the most and worst hate mail of my entire career after doing it, like 'Go back to Africa' hate mail."
Ellen became the first series in TV history in which the main character was openly gay, and fellow lesbian comedienne Wanda Sykes has credited DeGeneres' brave move with paving the way for future actors to also embrace their sexuality on air.
She says, "I give it to Ellen, I really do... Ellen jumped on the grenade."
The Wanted star Max George has broken fans' hearts by confirming he's dating a supermodel. The singer, who was briefly linked to Lindsay Lohan last year (12), has fallen for Adam Levine's ex Nina Agdal, and admits the couple is in its "honeymoon period".
He tells Britain's new! magazine, "We've known each other for about a year. We've been friends for a while and then a couple of months ago we met up and thought, 'Let's take the next step'.
"We're very much in the honeymoon period. She's awesome. She's like a best mate as much as a girlfriend. I've finally found a girl!
"I've always liked having a girlfriend. I've just not managed to settle down for the last two years."
He's not the only band member currently in a high profile romance - Nathan Sykes recently confirmed reports he's dating singer/actress Ariana Grande.
The Wanted star Nathan Sykes' romance with Ariana Grande is getting very serious very quickly - he took the pop star and actress back home to Gloucester, England to meet his parents at the weekend (06Oct13). The boy band star admits he was nervous about the family get together but his folks fell in love with the former Victorious star, who confirmed reports she was dating Sykes last month (Sep13).
He explains, "I took her back to Gloucester... to meet all my family. I was so scared, you don't even realise. But my family thinks she's amazing and they're like, 'Nathan, how?' and I'm like, 'I don't know'. I don't think anyone can ever punch above their weight, but I feel very lucky, put it that way."
And he admits his bandmates are also big fans of his girlfriend, telling blogger Perez Hilton, "They love her. They feel really protective over her. They've taken her under their wing. I'm always like, 'Don't lead her astray, boys'. They adore her.
"She's the easiest person to get on with... She's amazing, I'm so happy... She's a really special girl. I think the world of her and I hope we'll be together for a very long time."
Singer/actress Ariana Grande has branded her former boyfriend a "liar" after he accused her of cheating on him. Grande announced her split from Australian singer Jai Brooks earlier this year (13) and it has now emerged he blames her new romance with The Wanted's Nathan Sykes for their break-up.
In a post on his Twitter.com page, Brooks writes, "Yes I was cheated on. Yes it does suck. Yes I was left for another man."
However, the former Victorious star has hit back at the comments, insisting Brooks is wrong.
Grande took to Twitter to send a message to her ex, writing, "Woke up this morning in complete and utter shock... I guess I shouldn't be so surprised... You said to me if I didn't come back to you, you'd make me look bad to the entire world... I'm no longer afraid of you or your lies anymore."
Grande went public with her relationship with British pop star Sykes last month (Sep13) after they were photographed holding hands and kissing during a date at Disneyland, California.
"To be honest, I always liked Selena, but I really did not want to go that side because Justin would kill me! I would probably receive a call from (mutual manager Scooter Braun) telling me to stay away!" The Wanted star Nathan Sykes briefly considered romancing Justin Bieber's ex Selena Gomez before he began dating singer/actress Ariana Grande.