Reunited girl group All Saints are teaming up with 1990s boy bands East 17 and Let Loose for a joint tour. The Never Ever hitmakers reunited last year (13) and have been on the road supporting the Backstreet Boys at shows around the U.K.
Now the singers - Shaznay Lewis, Melanie Blatt and sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton - have confirmed plans to head out on the road again for a joint tour with a number of other 1990s pop acts.
All Saints will joint East 17 and Let Loose on the Another Time Another Place tour, as well as Atomic Kitten, Big Brovaz and Ace of Base frontwoman Jenny Berggren.
The tour kicks off in Cardiff, Wales on 14 November (14).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is filled — and I mean jam-packed — with genre-bending, action-heavy, sportily tense and relentlessly sinuous, sky-high-concept and maniacally bonkers stuff. Polygonal mayhem that aims, and impressively so, to top the Marvel lot in ideas, deconstructing every thriller staple from government corruption to talking computers to odd couple agents gone rogue. But oddly enough, the moment in the Cap sequel that I find most arresting several weeks after seeing the film is our peaceful reunion with Steve Rogers, trotting merrily around the Washington Monument as the sun rises on our nation's capital.
The scene is shot from far overhead, a low pulse/high spirits Chris Evans reduced to a shapeless blur as he repeatedly (but politely!) laps fellow jogger and veteran Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie)... and yet it might be the closest we feel to Cap throughout the movie.
The Winter Soldier has a lot to worry about in the delivery of its content. Managing a plot as ambitious and multifaceted as its own, with themes as grand as the scope of the American mentality — as represented by Steve Rogers, raised in the good old days of gee-golly-jingoism — it doesn't always have the faculties to devote to humanizing its central troupe. Cap isn't left hollow, but his battles with the dark cloud of contemporary skepticism play more like an intriguing Socratic discussion than an emotional arc. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, a character who ran circles around her Avengers co-players in flavor, feels a bit shortchanged in that department here (in her closest thing to a starring role yet, no less).
Mackie's Falcon, a regular joe who is roped into the calamity thanks largely to his willingness to chat with a fellow runner — a rare skill, honestly — is less of a problem. He doesn't have much to do, but he does it all well enough. Dynamic though he may be, Mackie keeps things bridled as Cap's ad-hoc sidekick, playing up the along-for-the-ride shtick rather than going full (or even half) superhero. We might want more from him, knowing just how fun he can be, but it's a sating dose. The real hunger is for more in the way of Black Widow, Cap, and — perhaps most of all — the titular villain.
Still, these palpable holes pierce through a film that gets plenty right. As elegantly as Joe Johnston did the Spielberg thing back in 2011, Joe and Anthony Russo take on the ballots of post-innocence. They aren't afraid to get wild and weird, taking The Winter Soldier through valleys that feel unprecedented in superhero cinema. We're grateful for the invention here — for Robert Redford's buttoned-up Tom Clancy villain, for the directors' aggressive tunneling through a wide underworld of subterranean corruption, and especially for one scene in an army bunker that amounts to the most charmingly bats**t crazy reveal in any Marvel movie yet. We might be most grateful, though, for a new take on Nick Fury; here, the franchise gives Samuel L. Jackson his best material by a mile.
But in the absence of definitive work done in our heroing couple, a pair rich in fibers but relegated to broad strokes and easy quips in this turn, most of it amounts to a fairly good spy thriller, not an ace-in-the-whole neo-superhero masterpiece... which, justly or otherwise, is what we've come to expect and demand from these things.
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Seven of the surviving members of rock group Kiss will reunite at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - if only to sit at the same table. Band founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley pulled out of a performance at the induction ceremony this month (Apr14) after learning that their current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer would not be honoured by Hall of Fame officials, who simply wanted to salute the group's original line-up.
Now Simmons tells Rolling Stone magazine that he and Stanley have invited Singer and Thayer to sit at their table during the ceremony on 10 April (14), along with guitarist Bruce Kulick, who played in Kiss from 1984 to 1996.
Kulick tells the magazine that guitarist Vinnie Vincent will not be joining the Hall of Fame party, insisting the rocker is hard to track down: "He's kind of the Howard Hughes of KISS."
Kulick, Thayer and Singer will join original KISS bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss at the ceremony in New York.
Veteran crooner Julio Iglesias has yet to meet his son Enrique's longtime girlfriend Anna Kournikova. The pop star has been dating the retired tennis ace and model for over a decade but his father has confessed he has never met the beauty.
Iglesias tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I have to tell the truth, I have never met Anna. Yes, my wife, and my kids and his brothers have, but I have never met her, no, no, never."
But he approves of his son's choice of lover, adding, "Anna is very beautiful. They have good taste, my kids."
Slipknot star Corey Taylor has taken aim at his Kiss heroes for allowing past dramas to upset one of the band's biggest nights at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Like many KISS fans, Taylor was looking forward to seeing the band perform at the prestigious event next month (Apr14), but founders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have decided not to play live after learning museum bosses had no plans to honour their current bandmates.
Instead, only ex-band members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley will be inducted alongside the longtime KISS stars, and Stanley and Simmons have refused to perform with them.
Taylor has now weighed in on the controversy, insisting the bandmates should put the fans first.
He says, "It’s like, 'Can you guys just put aside your petty issues and realise that without one another you wouldn’t have been able to do this? Can you just set stuff aside and do one show for the fans as the original line-up again? And then you never have to see each other again!
"That’s just me laying it straight. I might not ever get a kind word from anybody in that band anymore, but I think it’s petty and I think it’s ridiculous! Figure it out! Show respect, because sometimes it’s not about you, it’s about the fans."
"I keep thinking about Ace and Peter: 'What are they doing now? Where are they?' It's gotta be close to the end. How do you make any money? How do you pay your bills?" Kiss star Gene Simmons often wonders how his former bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss cover their expenses.
Girls' third season has had many detractors, a few supporters, a moreover healthy slew of watchers, a large percentage therein of HBO Go password stealers, a ton of recappers, at least one psychoanalyzer, and some ambiguous number of folks interracting with the show in a wide variety of creative, progressive, and destructive ways. Personally, I loved it throughout — the light, the dark, the cynical, the humanistic, the sad, and the funny all worked for me, though not without some qualitative hiccups. Here's a quick look back at Lena Dunham's third year on HBO, and a quick assessment of where we've seen her take her characters over the past 12 weeks.
WHEN THE SEASON STARTED OUT...
We saw Hannah in an ostensibly happy, loving, and emotionally balanced relationship with Adam, who had moved in with her to resume their romance following last season's downward spiral for the pair (each had endured an explosive relapse — Hannah with OCD, Adam with alcoholism). Creatively, Hannah's eBook deal was coming together gratis of editor David Pressler-Goings, while Adam was struggling with rediscovering his own passions.
Marnie was shattered over her recent breakup with Charlie, which was somehow sparked by the decision to collaborate on a homemade pizza.
We found Jessa stuck in a drug rehab center upstate, making enemies galore as she accosted her fellow addicts for their "pedestrian" turmoils.
Neither Shoshanna nor Ray were dealing with their breakup too well, the former burning the candle at both ends with a compulsive "life to the fullest" marathon and a drive to ace all her classes, and the latter sulking acerbically.
AS THE SEASON PROGRESSED...
After Pressler-Goings died suddenly, Hannah lost her book deal and was forced to take a day job writing advertorial at GQ (a place she immediately considers herself "too good for," but sticks with anyhow).
Meanwhile, Adam opted to pursue his latent love for acting in a more serious way, throwing his old reservations out the window and actually going on auditions.
We also got to meet Adam's sister Caroline, a flighty and manipulative lunatic who moved in with Hannah and Adam briefly (much to Adam's chagrin), aiming to drive them apart before Hannah kicked her out (also to Adam's chagrin).
Marnie got a cat. She was still sad.
Back in town, Jessa kicked drugs and got a painfully dull job at a baby clothing store.
After running into Ray at Hannah's birthday, Shoshanna began to entertain renewed feelings for him. Her sexual and academic drives progressed.
Adam landed a role in a Broadway production of Major Barbara. As a result, Hannah began to worry (thanks to the cynical wisdom of Patti LuPone) that he would soon "outgrow" her.
Marnie began a sexual relationship with Ray. She was still sad.
Somehow, Jessa's sole rehab buddy Jasper tracked her down in New York City, courting her through a drug relapse and drumming up a ton of destructive patterns in the young woman. All of this added to Shoshanna's love- and school-related stress.
Also, Elijah returned, in traditional form, and Adam made a theater pal named Desi who caught Marnie's eye.
In this week's season finale, Hannah got accepted into a prestigious creative writing grad school program in Iowa, reigniting her own sense of self-worth after a multi-episode bout of diminished confidence.
We saw Adam's Broadway debut! Although the audience seemed impressed by his performance, Adam considered the night a failure after he lost focus following Hannah's revelation that she might be moving to Iowa (which she told him just before showtime). The two had a tremendous fight, leaving their relationship in flux, but not robbing Hannah of her glee over being accepted into the aforesaid MFA program.
Also, Caroline is back, and pregnant with Laird's (Hannah's oddball junkie neighbor) baby.
Marnie fessed up to Shoshanna about her relationship with Ray, and finally kissed Desi... even after admitting that she has only been validating herself as a sexual object. Old habits die hard. Desi's girlfriend didn't have a ton of kind words for Marnie.
Pretty much out of nowhere, Jessa helped her new employer, an elderly photographer, attempt suicide, only to call 911 at the last minute when the woman changed her mind.
Not a good week for Shosh. In addition to the above news, she found out that she would not be graduating on time due to having failed one of her classes (thanks in large part to her adventurous escapades). She also hit Ray with the information that she wants him back, only to be calmly rejected.
SO WHAT NOW?
We predict we'll see Hannah relocate to Iowa and Adam sink into the world of theater (a for-the-cameras kiss from one of his castmates seemed like it could be hinting at the show's interest in pairing him with a new ladyfriend next season).
We're not so sure about Marnie, though we'd like to see her access some new insight and focus herself on her own passions instead of her goal to satisfy and entrance men.
Jessa? We have no idea, but that gal deserves a win.
Thrown into a handful of whirlwinds this week alone, the graduation-obsessed Shosh might showcase her most explosive arc yet, having lost everything she wanted and believed in (at least that's how she'll have seen it).
What are your predictions and hopes for next season?
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Actor Denis Lawson turned down an invitation to feature in one of the Star Wars prequels as the franchise "bores" him. The Scottish star played ace pilot Wedge Antilles in George Lucas' original trilogy and was asked by the director to assume the role of his character's relative, Raymus Antilles, in 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith.
However, Lawson had no interest in rejoining the franchise even though it would have given him the opportunity to star alongside his nephew Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan 'Ben' Kenobi in the film.
He tells The Scotsman newspaper, "Honestly, I made the first Star Wars film in 1976 and it doesn't really interest me. I know it's interesting to other people but I get really bored talking about it. Sorry."
Kiss founding member Paul Stanley has stepped up his feud with bosses at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by accusing them of giving other bands like the Grateful Dead preferential treatment. Stanley and his bandmate Gene Simmons turned down the chance to perform at their induction ceremony next month (Apr14) after learning that longtime members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer are not eligible for the honour because they were not part of the original line-up.
The pair have publicly argued with the Hall of Fame Foundation's CEO Joel Peresman, complaining that founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss were only in the band for the first seven years, whereas current members Singer and Thayer have played with KISS for 20 years.
Stanley has now written an open letter to Peresman, accusing the foundation of favouritism, citing their decision to let rock band Grateful Dead induct 12 members from an ever-changing line-up back in 1994, including behind-the-scenes songwriter Robert Hunter.
In the letter, which the singer posted on the KISS official website, Stanley writes, "The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame continues to attempt to restore its questionable credibility and glimpses behind the facade with nonsense and half truths.
"The truth is Joel Peresman and the rest of the decision makers refused to consider the induction of any former KISS members and specifically the late Eric Carr and Bruce Kulick who were both in the band through multi-platinum albums and worldwide tours and didn't wear make-up.
"There is no getting around the reality that the Hall Of Fame's favouritism and preferential treatment towards artists they like goes as far as asking the Grateful Dead how many members they wanted the hall to induct and following their directive while also including a songwriter who was never in the actual band".
He concluded, "Let's just accept the truth as it is and move on."
Original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has dismissed the band's current line-up as "half a cover band" following a bust-up over who should perform at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Remaining founder members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley turned down the offer to perform at the ceremony in April (14) when they learned that only the original members of the band had been invited to perform, as current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer are not being inducted.
Stanley also implied he was not confident enough in Frehley and original drummer Peter Criss' ability to perform, telling Billboard, "Honestly, I don't want to roll the dice and possibly negatively impact on what I personally have been involved in building for 40 years. I have too much invested at this point."
However, Frehley has since hit back at the suggestion, citing a performance with Criss to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Eddie Trunk's rock radio show in October (13) as proof they can still play.
He tells Revolver, "I've been reading stuff on the Internet and Paul and Gene have been insinuating that maybe Peter and myself don't have it anymore, which is a load of c**p. We proved otherwise at Eddie's party, but aside from that, it's very misleading. I think somehow they wanted to validate the current line-up. I don't have a problem with the current line-up. It is what it is - it's half a KISS cover band."