Reformed hellraiser Shaun Ryder received a bullet in the mail after agreeing to take part in U.K. reality TV show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!. The former Happy Mondays frontman gained a legion of new fans when he signed up for the jungle-based survival programme in 2010 and impressed viewers with his forthright nature, eventually finishing second.
However, he has now revealed not everyone was a fan of his antics in the Australian rainforest - one angry viewer posted him hate mail when he returned to the U.K, including an envelope containing a bullet.
Ryder tells Q magazine, "People see you eating a kangaroo's k**b on the telly and they think you're getting too big for your boots."
British band Happy Mondays have scrapped a show in England on Wednesday (04Dec13) due to "unforeseen circumstances". The Kinky Afro hitmakers, who are currently on a U.K. tour after reforming last year (12), pulled the plug on a planned concert at The Forum Hertfordshire venue in Hatfield, England on Wednesday night.
A statement from the venue reads, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Happy Mondays concert on Wednesday has been cancelled.
"We regret to inform you that the show will not be rescheduled; refunds can be obtained from point of purchase. Sorry for any inconvenience caused."
The rockers, led by Shaun Ryder, axed their Australian tour earlier this year (13) due to drummer Gary Whelan's ill health.
Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder is searching for the perfect actor to play him in a warts-and-all dramatisation of his autobiography. Bosses at British network ITV are planning to serialise Ryder's best-selling memoir Twisting My Melon, which recounts the rock wildman's craziest moments.
Ryder, who has since kicked his addictions to heroin and crack cocaine, insists he wants to be portrayed as realistically as possible and is involved in the search for the right man for the role.
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "We've got a meeting in a couple of weeks where we start to look at the actors who could play me."
Ryder was previously portrayed by Danny Cunningham in 2002 movie 24 Hour Party People.
Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder has spoken out in defence of Miley Cyrus, insisting her recent headline-grabbing behaviour is simply part of her rock and roll persona. The former Hannah Montana star has become a tabloid regular of late after shocking fans with her raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13), when she danced provocatively with Robin Thicke, and then stripping off to appear naked in the video for her single Wrecking Ball and professing her love for ecstasy and marijuana.
The 20 year old's behaviour has split fans and critics alike, but Ryder claims her actions are typical of any youngster in her position - she's just showing her true rock and roll colours.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I think Miley Cyrus is great. She's a kid, she's young. If she wasn't having sex and doing drugs, she wouldn't be rock and roll. That's what it's all about..."
Cyrus hit headlines again this week (ends10Nov13) after visiting a cannabis cafe in Amsterdam, where marijuana can be legally consumed, on two consecutive nights - first with DJ Afrojack on Thursday (07Nov13), when they spent three hours at the eatery, and then again with British supermodel Cara Delevingne on Friday (08Nov13). The pop star is in the Netherlands to perform at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday (10Nov13).
Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder has opened up about a UFO encounter he experienced when he was 15, insisting he's still convinced he wasn't seeing things. The Step On singer, who was a big part of Britain's 'Madchester' rave scene in the early 1990s, is an alien enthusiast and he'll front a new TV show about UFO sightings around the world.
Ryder insists he's the perfect person to host the series - because he knows exactly what it's like to come face to face with alien spaceships.
He has previously told how he encountered UFOs at least twice in his teens, and he has now opened up about one of the sightings, telling Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I was 15 years old and I was on my first job. I'd left school and I had a job as a messenger boy at the post office. It was about 6.30 in the morning - still dark but just coming light. I was coming to the bus stop and I saw this light in the sky.
"It looked like a ball of light that was just zooming about. It sort of hovered there, then it zoomed off. I was a pretty straight kid when I was 15 - there was no drink or drugs. So that's what really set me off thinking, knowing that there's definitely something out there."
He had a similar experience months later when he saw "hundreds of lights going across the sky", while waiting for a bus in Salford, England.
Reformed rock hellraiser Shaun Ryder repeatedly turns down requests to shoot a fly-on-the-wall reality show, insisting his home life is now so boring it would fail to attract any viewers. The Happy Mondays frontman has shot a four-part documentary, titled Shaun Ryder On UFOs, for the History Channel, in which he searches for proof of alien life.
The series was devised following his hit appearance on the U.K.'s I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2010, when Ryder was bombarded with offers of TV work as soon as he left the Australian jungle.
Most network executives want him to shoot an Osbournes-style 'at home' show - but the former drug addict is adamant his life is now too dull to film.
Ryder tells Q magazine, "When I came out of the jungle I was was offered all sorts of telly (television) but didn't fancy any of it... (It was) reality stuff, mainly. I always get asked to do Ozzy Osbourne-type ones, 'At Home With The Ryders'. That's just not gonna happen. I've two young kids and I'm home with them. We go to the park and watch (animated kids' show) Peppa Pig. 'At Home With The Ryders' would be f**king boring."
British rocker Bez has turned his back on his rock 'n' roll antics to live in a hippie commune in Wales. The Happy Mondays percussionist became notorious in the 1990s for his hard partying with bandmate Shaun Ryder, but he has now quit his wild lifestyle for a more sedate existence on a farm.
The star, real name Mark Berry, has teamed up with several friends from his hometown of Manchester, England to buy a plot of land in south Wales, where they aim to grow their own food and become self-sufficient.
He tells NME magazine, "It's a shared farm. You divide the work and try to become self-sufficient and live a community lifestyle rather than being part of the consumer culture. It's a gentle revolution type thing."
The Raven takes a solid foundation (the works of Edgar Allan Poe) gives it an interesting twist (a Se7en-esque crime riff on Poe's existing works) and squanders the opportunity into an unwatchable 111-minute film fit for no audience. One part CSI one part Saw the thriller plods its way through bloody setup after bloody setup as Poe (John Cusack) accompanies Detective Fields (Luke Evans) in search of the author's fiancee Emily (Alice Eve). She's been kidnapped by a murderous literary-inclined madman prompting Poe to put on his Sherlock hat and scream a lot.
Turns out the inventive demises of Poe's characters recreated by the faceless serial killer aren't that exciting — at least in the hands of director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta Ninja Assassin). The Raven is a straightforward procedural souped up with Victorian era production design but the unique setting doesn't forgive any of the ineptitude on display in the other aspects of the film. Poe is forced by the murder to chronicle his villainous exploits for the Baltimore newspaper — the perfect way to torture an entitled author and a dramatic hook to draw us into the antics. But McTeigue abandons the slow burn quality that could have been in favor of buckets of blood. The grisliness of the killings is one of the film's obsession red splashing across the screen as a pendulum guts a random victim. The Raven's gore earns the film's R but it's out of place.
Cusack's performance as Poe is befuddling. At times he's an egomaniac a wise thinker an action hero — he's completely in flux and every ounce of the movie's attempted seriousness vanishes. Never before has a part cried out for Nicolas Cage's signature brand of crazy-eyed manic heightened realism. Late in the film Poe and a team of police frantically search for his wife-to-be in a crypt. He calls out "EMILLLLLLLLYYYYYYY" in what sounds like the actor's best Ron Burgandy impression. Cusack doesn't know what movie he's in and there's no one around to help him.
There's little to enjoy in The Raven even on the surface. The muddy and dull cinematography looks like it was shot with a pea soup filter drab period-costuming and production design making squinting even more imperative. There's a strong core idea that dimly flickers under the bland mess of ideas flopping around in the movie — one Cusack and McTeigue even seem capable of pulling off. But The Raven is a spilled quill of ink sopped up with scare tactics and over-the-top performances. Less nevermore than never began.
"I won't say which members of the original line-up I've spoken to but there is a lot to look forward to next year." British rocker Shaun Ryder teases fans about plans to reunite the original line-up of his band, The Happy Mondays.
Normally when a film about a historical figure finds its way into “awards watch” season you expect a certain level of intrigue from its content.So My Week With Marilyn should by all accounts deliver a little bite. Marilyn Monroe is a staple of American culture. We all know her face her voice her classic lines her wardrobe “malfunctions ” her tumultuous relationship history her power over men and of course that ugly little truth we like to brush under the carpet: the pill addiction that eventually cost her her life. This film purports to give us a look at the “real” Marilyn – the one the millions of representations of her haven’t already shown us. The problem is that by the time the film attempts to explore the darker corners of Monroe’s (Michelle Williams) existence we like our protagonist Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) are already under her spell. Just as we start to condemn her or look at her problems without the biased nostalgic eye most of us are afflicted with the film waves its magic Marilyn wand and quickly abolishes those less glamous notions. The result is a splendid yet decidely indecisive journey with a very complicated and often misunderstood woman
We meet plucky young Colin as he embarks on his first foray into feature films. It’s his dream and thanks to a connection to Sir Lawrence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) he’s got a shot at working on a film. But it’s not just any movie; it’s The Prince and Showgirl a marriage of American and English sensibilities starring Olivier and Monroe. When Colin arrives he’s just a third assistant director to Olivier – essentially a go-fer – and can do little but admire Marilyn without hope. He takes up with a wardrobe girl named Lucy (Emma Watson) and goes about his duties. Of course things don’t stay this simple. His newness lends itself to a bit more flexibility so when Olivier’s rigid practices clash with Marilyn’s laissez-faire style and the production begins to slow to a glacial pace Colin is a natural fit to become Marilyn’s willing ally. Their friendship grows as Olivier’s temper comes to a boiling point and the result makes Marilyn a film tinged with a choice number of harsh realities – but as soon as they rear their ugly heads Monroe’s ever-present spell casts itself over them.
Of course this isn’t so much a criticism of the film as it is criticism of the weight given to the content. My Week With Marilyn is beautifully shot allowing the nostalgic air of London and Monroe in the 50s to take the lead with a few contemporary flairs to help keep us along for the ride. Every detail is impeccable from the music to the settings to the dialog. There isn’t a single weak link in the cast. Redmayne displays all the youth and earnest vigor demanded by his young character. Though her character teeters between a layered enigma and the girl the entire world knows Williams handles each angle as easily as Marilyn handles the men around her. Supporting cast members Julia Ormond (as Vivien Leigh) Judi Dench (as Dame Sybil Thorndike) and Branagh put their wealth of experience to tremendous use. Lesser known actors like Dougray Scott and Dominic Cooper take on American accents with minimal issues and handle their supporting characters with ease – and Watson delivers her usual (but welcome) lovely precocious act.
There’s really nothing wrong with My Week With Marilyn. It’s lovely. It’s smart. It’s extremely well-crafted. It’s a good film. But it does little to excite a reaction beyond that. And when you’re dealing with someone we know as well as most of the world knows Marilyn I doubt I’m the only one who expect a little more…va va voom.