Singer Lana Del Rey has sparked a war of words with a journalist for Britain's The Guardian newspaper after taking issue with the writer for asking her questions about death during a recent interview. The Summertime Sadness star hit headlines last week (ends13Jun14) when Tim Jonze's article was published, with the 27 year old apparently admitting she found the premature deaths of tragic soul singer Amy Winehouse and rocker Kurt Cobain glamorous, declaring, "I wish I was dead already".
The singer's disturbing comments stunned many of her fans and she took to Twitter.com late on Thursday (19Jun14) to try and explain herself and clear up the controversy. In a series of messages, Del Rey accused The Guardian reporter of acting in a "sinister" manner, writing, "His leading questions about death and persona were calculated but hiding sinister ambitions and angles... "I regret trusting the Guardian - I didn't want to do the interview but the journalist was persistent. Alexis (sic) was masked as a fan."
Her biting remarks, which have since been deleted from Twitter, caught the attention of Jonze, who fired back at Del Rey by publishing another article in The Guardian on Friday (20Jun14), poking fun at her for failing to even remember the name of her interviewer. Jonze went on to defend his angle for the interview, explaining, "It's not pleasant asking a pop star if she thinks the idea of dying young herself is attractive - it's a dark question, but it's not a leading one. She has every opportunity to say no. And she can hardly complain about the subject matter: she'd been talking about her icons all dying young, she named her debut album Born to Die and had spent much of the 50 minutes previous to this point telling me how miserable she was."
He adds, "Ultimately, the problem with Lana's complaint is that she doesn't seem to know what she's actually complaining about. She's not alleging that I made up her quotes, nor is she claiming that they've been 'twisted' or that we've printed them out of context. Instead she seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that's just me doing my job."
Jonze also released a two-minute audio clip from their lengthy chat to prove he had not coaxed Del Rey into making the death declaration.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and rapper Biz Markie have joined the cast of the Sharknado sequel. Sharknado 2: The Second One will debut in America on 31 July (14), just over a year after the original movie aired and became an instant hit.
Salt-N-Pepa star Sandra Denton has also joined the cast alongside professional wrestler Kurt Angle. They will play a former New York City mayor and a New York fire chief, respectively.
Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will reprise their roles as Fin and April, while new cast members include Kelly Osbourne, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath and Andy Dick.
One Direction star Liam Payne overcame an Olympic gold medal winner to emerge victorious in a wrestling match. The British singer took part in the game as part of his band's 1D Day promotional event, a seven-hour live webstream which they filmed in America on Saturday (23Nov13).
Payne, who has long harboured a dream of becoming a professional wrestler, took on American champion Kurt Angle, who won gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia and was a regular with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
The singer dressed in a yellow and green suit, complete with a mask, emblazoned with his wrestling stage name The Payne Train, and managed to floor Angle to claim victory in the ring.
Payne's bandmate Zayn Malik was ringside for the match, and he laughed about his friend's surprising victory, saying "Usually Liam just gets beaten up on the tour bus!... It's the first time I've seen him flip like that!"
After the fight, Angle joked about his defeat to a pop star: "It's gonna haunt me the rest of my life."
The seven-hour show also featured a guest appearance by supermodel Cindy Crawford, who taught the boyband stars how to perfect a runway walk, while Harry Styles and Niall Horan recreated the iconic pottery wheel scene from Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze's movie Ghost.
The comedy skits also included the boys posing with lookalikes named Wrong Direction, Styles attempting to cook a meal and failing, and a number of bizarre world record challenges.
"It's gonna haunt me the rest of my life." U.S. wrestling star Kurt Angle after losing a staged bout with One Direction singer Liam 'The Payne Train' Payne as part of the group's 1D Day celebration - a seven-hour livestream event, during which the boy band members partied with Doctor Who fans at a 50th-anniversary bash and taped a performance on the U.K.'s X Factor.
Jumping back into Glee after a summer-long hiatus, you expect a lot to happen. As a show that introduces a new melodramatic plot point with every new camera angle, Glee delivers episodes — season premieres especially — on the pretense of new stories, but doesn't really give much in the way of significant seedlings in Season 5's "Love, Love, Love." This is especially troublesome as the episode is attached to the music of the most iconic band of the 20th century: The Beatles.
"Yesterday"Glee works the songs of The Beatles into the moreover unsubstantial issues faced by the McKinley High students and alumni. Rachel might got get a part in Funny Girl (she probably will, but she doesn't seem to know that), so she belts one of the most moving numbers in Western pop culture: "Yesterday." Certainly, we understand the connotations that extend beyond the reality of the series. But within the canon, the song hardly is hardly used to its full potential.
"Drive My Car"The Rubber Soul number was chosen to represent the budding love affair between Artie and Kitty. We join the duo at a bumper car ride for the occasion, which hits a wall when Kitty is revealed to be too concerned with her image to admit to dating a dork in a wheelchair (doesn't popularity at this school hinge on being progressive by now, though?). Here, we might have liked a more substantial number to illustrate Artie's heartbreak or Kitty's vile vanity, but this episode of Glee seems to have it all backwards
"Got to Get You Into My Life"Here, we have the real heart of the episode: Blaine professing his love to Kurt, apologizing for past infidelity, and pledging to be true forever more. This one kind of works, as well as any Glee Beatles cover can.
"A Hard Day's Night"Santana and Rachel dish out this fun, fast-paced album-header as they "slave away" in a diner run by a guy whose xenophobia hints at an apparent ignorance to the fact that he works in New York City. Not much else to say about this one.
"I Saw Her Standing There"I will never be able to approach this song without thinking of Rain Man, and will never be able to appreciate a cover of this song that does not have to do with the strained but significant relationship between a depressed narcissist and his estranged autistic brother. Otherwise, the male members of the glee club's performance of the song for Tina, who herself has been feeling lonely and bitter lately, is actually quite sweet, and uniquely appropriate to the weight of the number.
"All You Need Is Love"And finally, the big showstopper: Blaine proposes to Kurt using an elaborate ballroom symphony, a collection of most of his close friends and family, and a short but warm speech about how much he loves him. And Kurt accepts, reluctance notwithstanding, as his heart seems to know what it really wants.
More Beatles to come next week!
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Wrestling legend Kurt Angle is checking himself into a rehabilitation centre following an arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). The professional wrestler/actor was taken into custody on Thursday (01Aug13) after cops pulled over his car in Wise County, Texas and detected the odour of alcohol, reports TMZ.com.
It was the 44 year old's fourth booze-related arrest in the last six years, and Angle took to his Twitter.com page on Friday (02Aug13) to announce he is heading into a treatment centre to try to kick his demons.
He tweeted, "In light of recent events I will immediately be entering a rehabilitation center. I am confident that in taking these steps I can begin to address necessary changes in my life."
S4E5: Our episode opens with real life husband and wife, Sons of Anarchy creator, Kurt Sutter and Katey Sagal, as Otto and Gemma respectively. Gemma visits Otto in prison, and he pleads with the queen of the Sons to convince Clay to find out who killed his beloved Lou-Anne. Jefferson meets up with Juice, and the sheriff keeps the pressure on Juice to give him info on the club, since he “heard a rumor” that the Sons added drugs to their gun-running operation. Jax comes home from the run with two large handfuls of cash as payment, which he gives to Tara to put away in a safety deposit box. It’s time for your weekly hour–long trek through bad road.
“If you don’t want that, I’m sure I can find someone to spend it for you.”–Clay
The guys begin their weekly meeting talking about who killed Lou-Anne. Clay hands all the boys their cut of the drug run money. Piney protests and gives his portion back. Piney begins to show his hand to the president; explaining that he has letters that reveal the truth that Clay killed John Teller. Despite Clay’s denial, Piney plays his hand fully; Clay is to cut the deal off with the Galindo cartel by the end of the week or Piney will show the club the letters. After realizing that it’s been Tara who’s been feeding Piney the untold history of the Sons, Clay confers with Gemma and demands that they need to stop the co-founder of the club and the mother of their grandson from conspiring together. Gemma demands that Clay not do anything to either party until she can find the letters because without the letters, Piney’s got nothing. It looks like the crotchety old man is willing to go down to avenge his friend and possibly save the club he helped found.
“I’m between a big rock and a very hard place here.”–Unser
With the paranoia mounting, Clay goes to see Unser and asks the former sheriff to find the letters and deliver them to him. As he leaves, Gemma comes for her weekly bud delivery, and to know what Clay wanted. After some beating around the bush, Gemma finds out the truth and asks Unser to do the same thing, except to deliver the letters to her. Instead of handing them over, Unser is sickened by the truth – that Teller wanted to take the club legit and Clay killed him for it. Unser tries to burn the letters but before he can, Clay comes back to read them. Once again, shortly after Clay leaves, Gemma comes back and is convinced by Unser that he only burned the letters. Gemma knows better as evidenced the next morning, when she presents the ashen letters to Clay as proof that “Nobody can hurt us.” It’s how these stories have been presented over the years that have kept the show running strong. Just when you think every angle is covered, several more crop up.
“Call Georgie and tell him that Sorority Girl #1 had a change of heart.”–Dondo
Bobby, Tig, Juice, Chibs, and Jax visit local porn producer Dondo, and end up hassling the ‘Hoff in the process. David Hasselhoff’s cameo on the show is understated but still memorable as he asks the club to murder Georgie (Tom Arnold) for his involvement in Lou-Anne’s death (didn’t he know that’s what they were going to do anyway?). Georgie arrives and is instantly tied up for the club to interrogate him about what happened to Lou-Anne. Instead of obliterating their old enemy, Jax and Clay think that using Georgie to aid the club and Gemma’s quest to stop the construction of Charming Heights greatly outweighs revenge at the moment. Georgie can offer up investors to push Hale into a wall.
Bobby is elected to tell Otto about everything. Bobby apologizes to Otto for sleeping Lou-Anne and lets him know that Georgie is the one who killed Lou-Anne, but Bobby can’t bring himself to tell Otto they’re keeping Georgie alive for now and instead tell the one-eyed Son that they have avenged his wife. Meanwhile Opie finds out about Lyla’s birth control pills and decides to take his frustrations out by bedding Georgie’s whore. After a heart-to-heart with Jax, the harsh truth is that Opie still misses Donna.
“We need to insert the hook deeper into his mouth, before stepping out from behind the magic curtain”–Potter
Potter’s case is mounting and he asks his new friend, Sheriff Jefferson, to make sure Juan Carlos (Juice) will help them by bringing Jefferson a sample of their shipment. Jefferson knows the implications if someone were to get hurt due to him playing the race card. Potter assures him that his name will be stricken from the record, which we quickly learn can’t be done. With few options left, Juice reluctantly decides to grab the sample for Jefferson and his “string puller.” Unfortunately for Juice, Chibbs realizes that one key of coke is missing. Unbeknownst to and unfortunately for Jefferson, Potter doesn’t seem to care at all for his new Sheriff friend.
The title of this episode is “Brick,” and there are all kinds of literal and figurative bricks being hurled through just about every plot strand of the season so far, like Juice’s literal brick of coke, and the letters being a brick that is seemingly bound to shatter the club to its very core. The missing brick is not going to sit well with the Galindo cartel. Potter is most certainly going to have either Juice or Jefferson’s blood on his hands by season’s end, if not his own. Missing bricks are not good for any foundation, and Sons of Anarchy is being dismantled from all angles. The show is about the Sons so, of course, the club will survive, but which members will still be around by the end of the season? They’re being flung everywhere and as this show has proven in the past, people are bound to get dead real fast when trying to play their hands ever faster.
Virginia State Troopers pulled over the Olympic gold medallist after another driver spotted his vehicle swerving on a highway in the state and reported him in the early hours of Sunday (04Sep11), according to TMZ.com.
Angle was taken into custody at Warren County Jail and later released after posting $2,000 (£1,250) bail.
Cops were called to the town of Robinson by Angle's girlfriend, who accused the star of following her, just hours after she had taken out a protection from abuse order against him.
When officers apprehended him, Angle, 40, claimed he hadn't seen his partner and was merely looking for a hotel. When cops searched his car they found human growth hormone Hygetropin, which is illegal without a prescription.
He was arrested on "charges of violating a protection from abuse order and possession of human growth hormone" reports FoxNews.com.
Angle is a four time WWE World Champion and won an Olympic gold medal in heavyweight freestyle wrestling at the 1996 games in Atlanta, Georgia.
Top Story: Wynonna Judd Sentenced on DUI Charge
Country singer Wynonna Judd, who was arrested last month for drunk driving near Nashville, Tenn., will lose her driver's license for one year and must perform 200 hours of community service, The Associated Press reports. Judd, 39, was pulled over Nov. 13 for driving 47 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. After consenting to a Breathalyzer, Judd blew a .175--more than twice the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent. Judd said in a written statement after her arrest that she had been celebrating her impending nuptials and a friend's birthday "and clearly let my excitement get the best of me." Judd married D.R. Roach, her longtime bodyguard, in a private ceremony in Leiper's Fork, Tenn., on Nov. 22, according to her official Web site. On Tuesday, sessions Judge John Brown gave Judd the choice of 48 hours in jail or the community service--an option available to any first-time drunken driving offender in Nashville. Judd received an 11-month, 29-day suspended sentence, during which time she will be on probation, and she must pay almost $1,000 in court costs and fines.
Williams Takes Stage in Baghdad
Comedian Robin Williams took to an outdoor stage at Baghdad International Airport Tuesday in a U.S. military show that also featured actress Shannon Tweed, wrestler Kurt Angle and stock car driver Mike Wallace. According to the AP, Williams kicked off his comedy routine with "Goooood morning Bagh-dad"--a play on his 1987 movie Good Morning, Vietnam. Williams entertained a crowd of about 200 American and Australian soldiers.
Ben Affleck To Start Daytona 500
Ben Affleck, whose sci-fi thriller Paycheck opens Dec. 25, will take on a new role in February. According to the AP, Affleck has accepted Daytona International Speedway's invitation to be the grand marshal at the upcoming Daytona 500. Affleck, a NASCAR fan, will begin the Feb. 15 race with the traditional command to the 43-car field: "Gentlemen, start your engines." John Travolta started last year's Daytona 500.
Man Sues Sony Over Wedding Planner
A Virginia Beach man has filed a federal copyright infringement lawsuit, claiming the 2001 romantic comedy The Wedding Planner starring Jennifer Lopez copied his screenplay. Jeffery R. Ballard's lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Norfolk this month, accuses the companies that made and distributed the film, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, of illegally basing The Wedding Planner on a screenplay he wrote in the 1990s titled, In the Palm of My Hand, about a wedding planner who falls in love with a client. He is seeking unspecified damages and a share of the profits from the movie, Reuters reports, adding that a Sony spokesperson declined to comment.
J.Lo Rocks the Vote
Jennifer Lopez has taped a public service announcement urging politically disengaged Americans to register to vote, Us Weekly magazine reports in its latest issue, set to hit newsstands Friday. According to Reuters, the TV spot, which was taped Dec. 12 in New York City, will debut during the Super Bowl telecast in January and run on MTV throughout 2004 leading up to the November presidential election. The magazine reports that J.Lo registered to vote via Rock the Vote's Web site on the day she filmed the PSA.
Model Heidi Klum Expecting
German supermodel Heidi Klum is expecting her first child with Flavio Briatore, the managing director of Renault's Formula One team, the AP reports. Klum, 30, and Briatore, 53, have been together for about a year. Klum declined to say when the baby was due or whether she already knew the sex of the child. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model separated from her husband of five years, hairstylist to the stars Ric Pipino, last November.
Singer Mary J. Blige Weds Record Producer
Singer Mary J. Blige married record producer Kendu Isaacs at her Bergen County, N.J., home Dec. 7, People magazine reports in its Dec. 22 issue. According to the magazine, a guest played "Here Comes the Bride" on the piano, and Blige's mother and sister cooked up a menu of oxtail, barbecued chicken, crab, red rice and salad. "He completes me in the areas that I'm weak in. He's an analytical brain. I'm a creative brain. We pray together. We read the Bible together," Blige is quoted as saying on her official Web site.
Prime-Time Nielsen Ratings From Dec. 8-14
Relying heavily on Survivor: Pearl Islands and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS took half of the top 10 spots in last week's prime-time viewership numbers, compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 8-14. The top shows were: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS; Survivor: Pearl Islands-Finale, CBS; Survivor: Pearl Islands, CBS; Survivor: Pearl Islands-Reunion, CBS; ER, NBC; 60 Minutes, CBS; Average Joe, NBC; Trista and Ryan's Wedding, ABC; Without a Trace, CBS; NFL Monday Night Football: St. Louis at Cleveland, ABC.
Role Call: Suvari Goes Six Feet Under, Pardue's Chasing Fate
American Beauty star Mena Suvari is re-teaming with the film's Oscar-winning writer Alan Ball for a six-episode arc on the HBO series Six Feet Under. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Suvari will play a student attending the same art school as Lauren Ambrose's character Claire ... Kip Pardue (The Rules of Attraction) will play the lead role in the romantic comedy Chasing Fate, being developed by Madonna's Maverick Films. Pardue will pla