Hollywood actor Owen Wilson has teamed up with The Killers to star in the video for the band's annual Christmas single. The rockers will release a new track called Christmas In L.A. on 1 December (13) to coincide with World Aids Day, marking the eighth year they have offered up a festive song to raise money for good causes.
Frontman Brandon Flowers has now revealed Wilson agreed to appear in the video, along with fellow actor Harry Dean Stanton.
He tells Britain's Metro newspaper, "You'll never see us smile or let our hair down as much as when we do the Christmas stuff. It always turns out to be a lot of work but it's really refreshing...This year, the song's about a struggling actor in L.A. who misses the traditional Christmas. We got Owen Wilson to do the video, and there are cameos from Harry Dean Stanton and an animated (late rocker) Warren Zevon, which is bad-a**. I'm so excited about it - talk about the stars aligning."
The single will raise money for AIDS charities.
The Killers rocker Brandon Flowers removes his jewellery before mingling with fans at gigs after a bracelet was stolen from his wrist during a concert in the U.K. The Mr. Brightside hitmakers were performing a show in Newcastle, England when frontman Flowers decided to head out on one of his trademark walkabouts among the audience.
He was upset when he returned to the stage and realised a chain was missing from his arm - so now he always removes his wedding ring and other valuables before shaking hands at gigs.
Flowers tells Q magazine, "I've lost a bracelet or two. I won't say in which town. I don't want to get into trouble... OK, it was Newcastle. I don't wanna lose my wedding ring! I put them back on after the gig."
The Killers star Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. was left shaken after spotting a UFO on a road trip through Nevada. The drummer worked as a luggage courier for an airline before shooting to fame, and he was heading across the U.S. desert on a job when he spotted a strange light in the sky.
The rocker was dumbstruck as he watched the mysterious laser-like object dip behind a mountain range before zipping up into the sky in a blinding flash of light.
Vannucci, Jr. tells Q magazine, "I was driving to the middle of Nevada on (Route) 95 North and I saw this red dot in the sky, almost like a laser pointer kind of red but it was bigger and it was doing all these motions like normal flight patterns and then it would zip down and go really quick.
"I pulled over. I didn't have a phone at the time and I tried to radio people and no one heard me. Then it went behind this mountain range and it was six at night so the sun was going down and there was this giant flash of light afterwards, like a strobe, and it was gone. It was crazy. I'm not making any of that up."
Actress Dianna Agron has taken on the role of The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers in the band's new video, Just Another Girl. The Glee beauty transformed into a rock star for the promo and stepped into the character of Flowers as she walked through a brief history of the band's discography.
Agron begins the video by walking on to a set with the four remaining members playing their instruments behind her. She then strolls through a giant sound stage, which shows the sets from the band's previous videos.
She dons a moustache similar to Flowers' in All These Thing I've Done, passes by the wedding scene in When You Were Young, and throughout the video even wears an identical jacket to Flowers' costume in Human.
Agron took to Twitter.com to express her thanks to the band and director Warren Fu, writing, "You're the best. thanks for having me play. Such a great time."
This is the second single from The Killers' Direct Hits album. The first track, Shot at the Night, featured an appearance by Dark Shadows star Bella Heathcote.
Mickey Knox, the actor who inspired Woody Harrelson's character in Natural Born Killers, has died, aged 92. The former blacklisted star, who was novelist Norman Mailer's onetime brother-in-law, appeared in films like Knock on Any Door, The Godfather: Part III, and I Walk Alone.
He also served as the English dialogue writer on two classic Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns: Once Upon a Time in the West and The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.
Knox was blacklisted during the McCarthy era of the late 1950s. He moved to Europe to become a screenplay translator.
Actor Eli Wallach, who starred in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, convinced director Leone to use Knox as a translator on the set.
In 2004, he penned the memoir The Good, the Bad and the Dolce Vita: The Adventures of an Actor in Hollywood, Paris and Rome. Mailer supplied the introduction.
Knox died on 15 November (13).
Couldn't stay up to see your favorite late night talk shows? Check out what you missed this past week starting with...
The Art of SurpriseMariah Carey and Jimmy Fallon shock several die-hard Mariah fans to almost frightening levels.
An Unhappy BirthdaySome cynics say you're just one day closer to dying on your birthday. The Killers may have taken that to a whole new level with their grim birthday song for Jimmy Kimmel.
Lip FlipBilly Crystal and Jimmy Fallon try to read each other's lips.
A Deep Dish Served ColdJon Stewart's culinary rant shows that some rivalries go run deeper than a Chicago-style pizza.
Walk This WayBill Cosby took the scenic route for his epic entrance on The Tonight Show.
I Love You, ManConan O'Brien has evidence that Will Arnett and Jason Bateman make the cutest couple.
Cracking the Top 10Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been nothing but a gold mine for the late night hosts. Letterman takes his shot on the Canadian politician with his Thursday night Top 10 List.
A Host of TroubleListen in on Craig Ferguson and Jay Leno's conversation about why hosting the White House Correspondents' Dinner is such a difficult job.
Game OnJimmy Fallon and Ice-T show off Sony's next-gen console, PlayStation 4.
The Human Fire ExtinguisherStreet magician David Blaine was thirsting to put out a fire on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Eminem led the winners at the 2013 Mtv Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Holland, on Sunday (10Nov13), taking home two awards and securing his lead as the artist with the most EMAs ever. The rapper won the Best Hip Hop prize and was awarded the the Global Icon trophy for his continued success over the last decade. He has now won 15 MTV EMAs - more than anyone else.
He also took to the stage to perform Berzerk and Rap God before Will Ferrell, dressed as his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy, presented him with his Global Icon accolade.
Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had led nominations ahead of the ceremony, but Timberlake went home empty handed, while the hitmaking duo had to make do with the prize for Best New Act.
Miley Cyrus stole the spotlight during the ceremony - the former Hannah Montana star performed twice, opening the event with a rendition of her We Can't Stop hit accompanied by a leather-clad little person, who she groped and spanked. Miley then returned to the stage for an impassioned performance of Wrecking Ball, which won her the Best Video award.
Her pal Katy Perry scooped the award for Best Female and performed her new track Unconditionally, while and absent Justin Bieber was named Best Male for the second year in a row. He accepted his award via a video link from South America, where he is currently on tour.
Other performance highlights came from Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Icona Pop, Robin Thicke, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.
Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character appeared in a number of skits throughout the night, guiding the viewers around Amsterdam with a canal trip accompanied by Daft Punk lookalikes and making a confused visit to the city's famous red light district.
LMFAO star Redfoo hosted the evening and donned nine different costumes, including one which appeared to be edible.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Song: Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Best Female: Katy Perry
Best Male: Justin Bieber
Best Pop: Justin Bieber
Best New Act: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Live Act: Beyonce
Best Hip Hop: Eminem
Best Rock: Green Day
Best Electronic: Avicii
Best Alternative: Thirty Seconds To Mars
Best Video: MIley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Best Look: Harry Styles
Best World Stage: Linkin Park - Mexico 2012
Biggest Fans: Tokio Hotel
Best Push: Austin Mahone - April 2013
Best Worldwide Act: Chris Lee, China
Harry Styles and Tokio Hotel were early winners at the Mtv Europe Music Awards on Sunday (10Nov13) after picking up honours on the pre-show red carpet. Dizzee Rascal and Ellie Goulding were recruited to help unveil the night's first award winners and announced Styles had claimed the Best Look trophy, beating off competition from Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Rita Ora. Meanwhile, Tokio Hotel claimed the Best Fan award.
Neither of the winners were on hand to accept their awards.
The big show is currently taking place in Amsterdam, Holland. Miley Cyrus, Eminem and The Killers are among the acts who will be performing and Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead this year's nominations with five apiece.
Eminem has been named a last-minute addition to the bill at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Holland on Sunday (10Nov13). The rapper announced the news by posting a 15-second video online on Friday (08Nov13). In the cryptic footage, a mystery man places a mixtape in a boombox placed on a European street and presses play.
As he walks off, the music to Eminem's hit single Berzerk plays - and the screen cuts to an ad for the latest MTV awards show.
The rap star will join Miley Cyrus, The Killers, Robin Thicke and Katy Perry on the bill.
Eminem has 13 EMA wins - more than any other artist. Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead this year's nominations with five apiece.
Rockers The Killers are planning another hiatus just weeks after speculation about the band's future surfaced after bassist Mark Stoermer's chose to sit out the group's Asian tour. Fans feared the worst when guitarist Dave Keuning then told the NME he was sick of touring and the band pulled out of an appearance at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit in California.
But the Human hitmakers have since confirmed they will be performing at the MTV European Music Awards in Holland on Sunday (10Nov13) and drummer Ronnie Vannucci has revealed there's no split - but he and his bandmates need to "take a breather".
The tells The Hollywood Reporter that The Killers' MTV EMAs gig this weekend will be their last for a while, adding it will be "a little while" before they regroup.
He says, "I don't think it will take an unnaturally long time for us to get guys together, but it's time to take a breather and ground out a little bit... I think everybody is looking forward to putting their feet up for a little while and having some normalcy."
Frontman Brandon Flowers has already revealed that he's planning to make another solo album and Vannucci is hoping to record a follow-up to his 2011 album Big Talk, adding, "I think I want to make another record. I'm already starting it. I like to keep moving. I love that notion of momentum. I think some of the guys are just going to chill out, keep writing probably, make sure to get some rest."