Model Jodie Kidd and her former soldier beau exchanged vows in West Sussex, England on Saturday (16Aug14) following a whirlwind romance. David Blakeley proposed to the British beauty during a vacation in India in December (13, just weeks after the couple started dating.
Kidd shared the news of her secret engagement in an interview with Hello! magazine, in which she gushed, "It's absolutely brilliant. We are totally chuffed (pleased) and on cloud nine. David and I got on from the start and things have moved quickly. We are in love and very happy. He is an amazing man."
The couple wed at the Holy Trinity church in Plaistow, where guests included the bride's make-up artist sister Jemma and their brother Jack.
This is the first marriage for Blakeley, whose 2012 book, Pathfinder: A Special Forces Mission Behind Enemy Lines, became a bestseller, and the second for Kidd, who split from internet entrepreneur Aidan Butler after an 18 months union in 2007.
She has a two-year-old son, called Indio, from her previous relationship with Andrea Vianini.
James singer Tim Booth has wrecked fans' dreams of a sequel to his acclaimed 1996 album collaboration with composer Angelo Badalamenti by insisting Booth & The Bad Angel was a wonderful one-off. The Sit Down singer was recently reminded of the time he spent songwriting and recording with the man behind the haunting Twin Peak theme when Badalamenti sent him a forgotten outtake from their sessions together.
Booth says, "Angelo just sent me a song he found recently on a piece of tape, and he didn't tell me what it was and I started listening to it, thinking, 'F**k, he's written a song with a singer that sounds just like me - and he didn't ask me to sing?'
"Halfway through I realised that it was me... and it was like, 'Oh, OK, I'm not so upset'. It was cool.
"I have great memories of recording Booth & the Bad Angel and I'd love to work with him again because I adore the man. We didn't have a bad word to say to each other, but I think that album was a one-off - and I'm not complaining.
"Many people have tried to work with Angelo, including Leonard Cohen and Bono and (David) Bowie. I think I was very blessed to work with him on one album. And we were lucky enough to work with (guitarist) Bernard Butler and the engineer was Nigel Godrich. Two years later he did OK Computer with Radiohead. We had a great team."
TV titan Oprah Winfrey has joined the cast of her Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma. Winfrey is producing the film alongside Brad Pitt and now she is set to portray civil rights protester Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman who tried to register to vote and was denied by a sheriff.
The movie will reunite the 60 year old with her Lee Daniels' The Butler co-star David Oyelowo, who will play King, while Cuba Gooding, Jr. will star as American civil rights lawyer Fred Gray, British actor Tom Wilkinson has signed on to play former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Tim Roth will portray controversial U.S. governor George Wallace.
Echo And The Bunnymen star Ian Mcculloch joined Arcade Fire to perform at the Canadian band's show in London on Friday night (06Jun14). The group played the first of two concerts at London's Earls Court venue ahead of their huge headlining gig at Glastonbury festival later this month (Jun14), and they thrilled the crowd by bringing out a special guest.
McCulloch took to the stage with the group to perform his 1983 track The Cutter.
During the show, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler also voiced his dismay at plans to demolish the Earls Court arena, which has previously hosted gigs by legendary artists such as Led Zeppelin and David Bowie, telling the audience, "We wanted to do (play at) Earls Court before they tear it down for condos. Get your bids in now. Hope they're cheap."
Arcade Fire star Win Butler has responded to criticism from fellow rocker Laura Jane Grace over the band's decision to cast The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield as a transgender woman in a new video. The Against Me! singer, who is transgender, took aim at the Canadian rockers for hiring an actor to play the role in the promo for their new gay anthem We Exist.
In a tweet posted last week (ends23May14), she wrote, "Dear @arcadefire, maybe when making a video for a song called 'We Exist' you should get an actual 'Trans' actor instead of Spider-Man?"
But Butler is standing by his decision to ask Garfield to play the lead in the new promo, stating, "For a gay kid in Jamaica to see the actor who played Spider-Man in that role is pretty damn powerful, in my opinion."
He tells The Advocate, "There was just so much thought and love that went into the video I don't personally see it as negative. I can totally see the sensitivity of the issue."
In the video, Garfield's character shaves his head before dressing up in women's clothing. He is then assaulted by a group of men before entering a dream sequence. The promo ends with the actor taking the stage during Arcade Fire's performance at Coachella, in character.
The video's director, David Wilson, has revealed he considered using a transgender actor for the role: "Before I got on the call, I thought, 'Is this the right person, should we be using a transgender person?' But... Andrew's commitment and passion toward the project was just overwhelming. For an actor of that caliber (sic) to be that emotionally invested in a music video is just a very special thing. It just completely made sense."
Grace is refusing to back down and has returned to Twitter.com to take aim at Butler for his response to her initial tweet.
She writes, "The implication that a homeless Jamaican LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth living in a sewer is going to feel empowered because a... straight white male actor in movies they can't afford to see stars in a music video they'll never watch? That's like so wtf (what the f**k)?"
She adds, "If the song was called anything else I wouldn't have even had a problem with it. It's called 'We Exist' and there is literally no signs of that existence represented. Should have been called 'They Exist'."
British model Jodie Kidd is set to marry boyfriend David Blakeley after a whirlwind romance. The blonde beauty met her ex-army soldier beau last summer (13), and in December (13), Blakeley proposed while on holiday in India.
The couple has now shared the news of their secret engagement in an interview with Hello! magazine, in which Kidd gushes, "It's absolutely brilliant. We are totally chuffed (pleased) and on cloud nine.
"David and I got on from the start and things have moved quickly. We are in love and very happy. He is an amazing man."
Blakeley adds, "I've never felt like this before. I knew it was different from the moment I met Jodie. I absolutely feel it is something extremely special and unique and irreplaceable with Jodie.
This is the first marriage for Blakeley, whose 2012 book, Pathfinder: A Special Forces Mission Behind Enemy Lines, became a best seller, and the second for Kidd, who split from internet entrepreneur Aidan Butler after an 18 months union in 2007.
She also has a two-year-old son called Indio from her previous relationship with Andrea Vianini.
Lindsay Lohan was left fighting back tears during a recent TV taping after she attempted to prank call Oprah Winfrey, only for the media mogul to gush about how proud she is of the embattled actress' progress.
The Mean Girls star paid a visit to the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday (07Apr14) and offered to share her contact details for Winfrey so the TV host could surprise their mutual pal on air.
She said, "I think maybe I should just call her right now. Should we call Oprah? I think so. Do you have a phone? Have we got a phone?" A reluctant Letterman finally agreed to the stunt and pretended to pose as Lohan's assistant after Winfrey picked up. He said, "Yes, can I speak to Oprah Winfrey please? Hi, this is, uh, Lindsay Lohan's secretary."
When Winfrey asked, "Who is this?", Letterman gave in and confessed, "It's Dave, Oprah. It's Dave."
He then asked The Butler star how she thought Lohan was doing after completing a court-ordered stint in rehab last summer (13) and filming her own reality show, Lindsay, which is produced by, and airs on, Winfrey's OWN network in America.
Praising Lohan, Winfrey said, "I think she's doing OK... I think she's doing really OK. I think to have cameras following you around for every phase of your life and you're trying to pull your life together, I think that's a really difficult thing. "We're really pleased that she's making some progress." A smiling Lohan appeared to wipe away tears as the call ended. The interview is due to air on Wednesday night (09Apr14).
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Actor Forest Whitaker was the big winner at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday night (22Feb14) after landing a trio of prizes. Whitaker picked up the Chairman's Award in recognition of his stellar acting career and his charity work, while he also took home one of the night's most coveted prizes - the Best Actor in a Motion Picture trophy for his role in Lee Daniels' The Butler.
He was also feted for his sideline as a producer as his drama Fruitvale Station was named Best Independent Film.
Lee Daniels' The Butler star David Oyelowo won Best Supporting Actor, but the film lost out on the Best Motion Picture Award to 12 Years A Slave. The slave drama's Oscar-nominated star Lupita Nyong'o was also named Best Supporting Actress.
Other awards went to Angela Bassett, who won Best Actress for her role in Black Nativity, and comedian/actor Kevin Hart, who claimed the Entertainer of the Year title. Pregnant actress Kerry Washington was named Best Actress in a Television Drama Series for her role in Scandal, which also won the prize for Best Television Drama Series.
In the music categories, Beyonce was honoured as Best Female Artist and John Legend was named Best Male Artist, while Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams landed the Best Group or Collaboration title for their hit single Blurred Lines.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards, which celebrate diversity in film, TV, music and literature, took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California and also featured a performance by Stevie Wonder and a tribute by Oprah Winfrey to late South African president Nelson Mandela.
Denzel Washington's eldest son is set to follow dad into acting after landing a role in a new TV series, while rehabbing an American football injury. John David Washington had to put his National Football League career on ice after tearing his achilles, but he won't be sitting around idle as he waits to get back on the field - he'll appear in Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's new project, Ballers.
His proud dad says, "He was about to try out for the (New York) Giants... and tore his achilles last summer, and out of the blue he gets an opportunity to audition for a new HBO series; he went up against 150 guys and got the part. He's co-starring with The Rock."
John David isn't the only Washington kid making waves in Hollywood - the actor's daughter Olivia, who is a New York University graduate, appeared in Lee Daniels' The Butler, and his son Malcolm is a filmmaker.