All-girl group All Saints reunited for their first festival performance in a decade in Chelmsford, England on Saturday (16Aug14). The group, fronted by sisters Natalie and Nicole Appleton, was among the big draws on the first day of the annual V Festival - and the ladies didn't disappoint, performing a string of big hits, including Booty Call, Never Ever, Pure Shores and Under The Bridge.
They also covered tunes by Kanye West, Jay-Z and Azealia Banks.
It was a big day for the ladies at the two-site festival - Lily Allen, Blondie, Rita Ora, Janelle Monae, Katy B and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were also on the bill at both Hylands Park, Chelmsford and sister site Weston Park in Staffordshire, England.
Justin Timberlake headlined the first day in Chelmsford, taking the stage with his big band in a Tom Ford suit. He thrilled one festivalgoer, who was celebrating her birthday, by posing for a 'selfie' with her during his set.
Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Elbow and Kaiser Chiefs were also among the highlights of Saturday's festival, while The Killers headlined the event in Staffordshire with Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen, Rudimental, Ora and Jason DeRulo among the top attractions there.
The Killers thrilled fans with their rendition of Iggy Azalea's Fancy, with frontman Brandon Flowers telling the crowd, "We've sort of been working on something and we wanted to show you a little bit of it, if you don't mind hearing it."
The low point of the first day came when rockers Manic Street Preachers had to scrap their planned performance at Hylands Park after suffering travel issues in Hungary.
The Welsh rockers were in the country for a gig at the Sziget Festival on Friday (15Aug14) and they were due to fly to the U.K. for their V Festival slot in Chelmsford, England on Saturday, but the band was forced to cancel after getting stuck on a plane for five hours at an airport in Budapest before the flight crew informed them the aircraft would not be taking off.
The band did make it to the stage for their set at the Staffordshire site on Sunday (17Aug14). All acts who played the Chelmsford site on Saturday repeated their performances at Weston Park on Sunday, and vice-versa.
Gospel singer Wayne Haun is celebrating after landing a 12-nomination haul ahead of this year's (14) Dove Awards. Officials at the Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for their 45th annual prizegiving on Wednesday (13Aug14) and Haun leads the pack, while artists Hillsong United, Lecrae, Matt Maher and American Idol star Mandisa land five nominations apiece.
Mandisa, Maher and Hillsong United will compete for the coveted Song of the Year trophy, alongside For King & Country, Matthew West, Natalie Grant, The Perrys, Karen Peck and New River, Brian Free & Assurance and Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, while Casting Crowns, NeedtoBreathe and Switchfoot will fight for Artist of the Year honours with Hillsong United, Lecrae and Mandisa.
The Gospel Awards will be held in Nashville, Tennessee in October (14).
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is reportedly in talks to revive classic movie musical West Side Story. Executives at Fox have released the title for a remake after hearing Spielberg is keen to develop the movie, according to Deadline.com.
A screenwriter has not yet been hired and the director has not revealed any details about the remake.
West Side Story, which starred Rita Moreno and Natalie Wood, was originally released in 1961 and picked up 10 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Music.
The daughter of Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies has been found guilty of a charge relating to an anti-fracking protest. Natalie Hynde was arrested last summer (13) during a protest at a proposed gas drilling site in West Sussex, England.
Her trial at Brighton magistrates court in England concluded on Monday (24Feb14) as the 31 year old was found guilty on a charge of "besetting" the exploratory drilling site by gluing herself to a friend and preventing access to the site for several hours.
Hynde, who denied any wrongdoing, was given a 12-month conditional discharge, which means she must stay out of trouble for the next year, and ordered to pay $640 (£400) costs and a victim surcharge.
Her pal Simon Medhurst, 55, was handed a $320 (£200) fine and also ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.
Hynde and Medhurst claimed their intention was to create a "striking and symbolic" image that would draw attention to the controversial method of extracting natural gas, but the judge ruled their actions "went beyond reasonable freedom of speech".
Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies' daughter is set to stand trial next year (14) on a charge relating to an anti-fracking protest. Natalie Hynde, 30, was arrested over the summer (13) as she protested against a proposed gas drilling site in West Sussex, England.
She has denied a charge of trespassing, and appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (18Dec13) for the first day of her trial.
However, the case was adjourned and she will now stand trial next year (14). The activist, who is free on bail, will be back in court on 17 March (14).
Fashion mogul Dame Vivienne Westwood took to the streets with protesters in the U.K. on Friday (16Aug13) to demonstrate against fracking. The designer marched past a proposed drilling site in West Sussex, England along with around 1,000 other activists as part of ongoing protests against the controversial gas-extraction method.
Westwood waved a placard as she marched, and later explained her involvement in the protest to the Press Association, saying, "I'm anti-fracking and I'm here to protest. There has been no debate. They are trying to rush this thing through, for what? It's not going to go away. We don't know whether it will do good or bad. I'm sure it's bad and the only people who are going to benefit from it is this energy company who are associated with the Government... It won't supply energy security whatsoever. It will actually store up trouble for the future, financially as well as environmentally."
Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies' activist daughter, Natalie Hynde, was arrested during a protest at the same site last month (Jul13).
Fracking has also caused outrage in the U.S. - Yoko Ono set up a campaign against the practice last year (12) and won support from stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore and Lady Gaga.
Dixie Chicks star Natalie Maines included a cover of Dan Wilson's Free Life on her new solo album as a tribute to former incarcerated West Memphis Three member Damien Echols and his wife Lorri. The singer was one of the leading celebrity campaigners fighting for the release of the three Arkansas men imprisoned for the murders of three boy scouts in 1993.
Echols, who was sentenced to death in 1994, and friends Jessie Misskelley, Jr. and Jason Baldwin were released in 2011 after serving 18 years behind bars for a crime most people - including Maines and Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder - believe they did not commit.
The singer admits Wilson's anthem has meant a lot to her ever since the day her friend Echols won his freedom.
She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "That song is about the West Memphis Three. The words, to me, speak to their first year of freedom. I sang that song at a rally for them in Arkansas when they were still in prison, and Damien Echols' wife Lorri said she listened to the board tape of that song every day until his release. So I put that song on there for her and for them, and to speak to that time of my life.
"The day they got released was the greatest day of my life. I hate to say even more than the birth of my children. Don't tell them that! But it's something else to witness people get their lives back after 18 years of false imprisonment."
The West Memphis Three didn't win their freedom outright with pardons - Echols, Miskelley, Jr. and Baldwin had to enter Alford pleas, which allowed them to assert their innocence while acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them, before they were released. They were freed with 10-year suspended sentences.
We've learned not to get too attached to Jane Got a Gun cast members. We've seen Michael Fassbenders, Jude Laws, and Bradley Coopers alike come and go from the production — not to mention original writer/director Lynne Ramsay — so any new names thrown into the mix are to be met with reservation.
The latest: Ewan McGregor, who is climbing aboard this sinking ship to take on the role formerly inhabited by Cooper (and formerlier inhabited by Law). Deadline reports that the actor will be joining fellow Star Wars vets Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton, taking on the central villain in the Western drama.
The reunion will take place in the Old West, where McGregor will lead a gang of outlaws in the seizure of renegade Noah Emmerich, whose wife Portman calls upon a spurned, gunslingin' lover Edgerton to rescue him.
But of course, all that is just tentative. At the rate of Jane dropouts (and , perhaps we might be seeing Emmerich give way to more prequel trilogy replacements pop in and out — maybe Liam Neeson will sub in for Emmerich? Maybe Lucas will step in as director? Maybe Jar Jar will play the horse?
In the meantime, revel in the original union of McGregor and Portman...
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Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of March 18 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down.
Take it Easy With a Mimosa
Dear God, Amanda Bynes Is Losing It: Look, as a woman it's not hard to see why another lady might feel a certain tingly sensation when it comes to Drake, but no one wants him to "murder [their] vagina."
Speaking of Train Wrecks, Lindsay Lohan Has Another Mug Shot For Her Collection: She's got so many, you could make a Brady Bunch title card with them.
This Miley Magic Only Happened Once: Bring back the twerking unicorn, girl.
We're Supposed to Be Surprised That Rihanna's Bus Had Weed on It: Right, because the woman who Instagrammed a bouquet of marijuana definitely didn't take any of it on tour with her. Trapped on a bus for hours at a time? That's no place for recreational drugs.
Let Your Hair Down: Grab a Midday Fruity Cocktail
We Really Need to Get Over Jon Hamm's Penis: We're not going to stop admiring it, just maybe the chatter part could go away?
Late Night Wars Are Back: And once again, everyone is obsessing about it like someone forced to choose between a Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch flavored Doritos Locos taco.
Nicki Minaj's Nipples Never Seem to Fit In Her Clothes: Sounds like our girl could use a tailor.
Natalie Portman's Movie Is Haunted: Or something. Jude Law and another big player dropped out days into production of Jane's Got a Gun.
Kim and Kanye are Either Dumber Than We Thought, Or They're Evil Geniuses: They're naming their baby North West. As in the direction.
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Ryan Gosling Isn't Going to Act For a While: NOOOOOOO.
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