Musician John Mayer has split from his manager Michael McDonald after 13 years together. No reason for the break has been given, but McDonald confirmed the news in a statement that reads, "After 13 years, John and I are parting ways. It's been a magnificent journey, which began before his debut album, and along the way has included seven Grammy awards, years of massively successful tours around the world, and over 20 million albums sold. I hold John's talent in the highest regard and wish him nothing but the best."
McDonald, who also manages other artists such as Passion Pit, St. Lucia, and Ray LaMontagne, finalised the split on Tuesday (03Dec13).
Mayer is currently on the second leg of his John Mayer Live In Concert tour in North America.
Lovebirds Katy Perry and John Mayer have posed in their first portraits together for the cover art of Mayer's new single, Who You Love. The couple is showing a rare public display of affection in a new photoshoot for their song collaboration from Mayer's sixth studio album, Paradise Valley.
The black and white cover image, taken by snapper Mario Sorrenti, shows the Roar hitmaker lounging on a couch with her hand lovingly touching her beau's neck, as he sits on the floor playing his guitar, while another shot in the series captures Mayer's flirtatious side as he kisses Perry's neck.
In an interview with the Associated Press in August (13), Mayer opened up about their duet, hoping listeners would look past their celebrity relationship and enjoy the song for what it is.
He explains, "If the music is framed correctly and quality, and if it's right and the soul is there, it would be the highest compliment to the record if somebody said or people said, 'I don't even think about it being about a relationship, I just hear it as a great song.'"
Some celebrties like to use Twitter as their creative writing class and can spout off some truly random tweets. This week's stars, however, took to Twitter to muse about the intracacies of life, like unconditional love, being kind to your fellow humans, and Beyoncé (because of course). Rainn Wilson also took the time to ask the one question that everyone in the world has been asking.
Remember, kids: cocaine-buying Rep. Trey Radel was into hip-hop, so let this be a warning about the dangers of the Congressional lifestyle.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) November 21, 2013
Those Congressman are so hard.
There are Beyoncé songs and there are the song we listen to in between Beyoncé songs. #MakeupTrailerMorningTruths
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) November 16, 2013
Not positive, but guessing that Anna's a Beyoncé fan?
Put in the work & kill 'em with kindness...or your bare hands. (kindness is less messy). #FinishStrongFriday
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 22, 2013
If someone would know, it'd be The Rock.
The most disturbing thing a person can say to another person is 'do you like to party'
— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) November 21, 2013
Rashida gives us the ultimate of all truths! Those 5 words are never not suspect.
Yes, unconditional love sometimes feels like being hit by a car... Or being on fire... How does it feel to you?
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) November 20, 2013
Take a gander, kids - this is what starts going through your mind when you date John Mayer.
Why isn't Suri Cruise on twitter yet?
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) November 23, 2013
Taylor Swift was surprised to receive a sweet phone call from the ex-boyfriend who inspired her Red album after he listened to the record's deeply personal lyrics. The singer, who is known for writing about her love life in her songs, has revealed her 2012 record was based around one particular romance which ended badly, so she was shocked to hear from the man in question after he heard the tracks.
She tells New York Magazine, "(I) heard from the guy that most of Red is about. He was like, 'I just listened to the album, and that was a really bittersweet experience for me. It was like going through a photo album.' That was nice. Nicer than, like, the ranting, crazy emails I got from this one dude. It's a lot more mature way of looking at a love that was wonderful until it was terrible, and both people got hurt from it - but one of those people happened to be a songwriter. So what are you going to do? Did you not Wikipedia me before you called me up (for a date)?"
The Love Story star also admits that not all of her dates make it into her lyrics as some are not exciting enough to mention. She adds, "If I go on two dates with a guy and we don't click, I'm not writing a song about that. It didn't matter in the emotional grand scheme of things. There's a lot that goes on in daily life that isn't really worth turning into a verse and a chorus."
Swift has previously been linked to stars including John Mayer, Harry Styles, Taylor Lautner and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Katy Perry sparked engagement rumours at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday night (10Nov13) when she was spotted wearing a sparkling ring on her wedding finger. The music event in Amsterdam, Holland was a big night for Perry as she scooped the award for Best Female and performed her new track Unconditionally while suspended in mid-air.
However, it was her choice of jewellery which caught the attention of fans as the Firework superstar was seen wearing a diamond band on her left hand, sparking speculation that her relationship with John Mayer could be heading in a new direction.
The couple has been dating on/off for two years. Perry was previously married to British comic Russell Brand from 2010 to 2011.
Pop star Katy Perry has confessed she fell in love with a female friend as a teenager. The I Kissed a Girl hitmaker was forced to hide her feelings from her pal at the time, but now insists mystery girl had a huge impact on her life.
She tells France's Entrevue magazine, "When I was 15, I fell in love with a female friend. I thought she was beautiful and wanted to be like her. She had such a crazy impact on my life, but I never told her how I felt."
The singer, who is now dating musician John Mayer, insists she will never rule out having a relationship with a woman, and also reveals her celebrity crush, adding, "I've told my boyfriend that if Scarlett Johansson wanted to go out with me, I'd let her. No problem. Female beauty can be incredibly powerful... Actually, I'm obsessed with beautiful women and their elegance. I like the paradox of appearing innocent and sexy all at once."
WENN.comIt now seems difficult to imagine anyone other than Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in the lead roles of The Hunger Games. But due to the phenomenal success of the novels, the majority of the cast faced super-tough competition to land a part in the film. Here's a look at five characters who in an alternate universe would have been played by somebody completely different.Katniss EverdeenAround 50 actors reportedly auditioned for the series' hero, the most high-profile of which were Abigail Breslin, Chloe Grace Moretz, Hailee Steinfeld and Emily Browning. The last of these shares something in common with J-Law: both actresses had previously missed out on the role of Bella in Twilight.Peeta MellarkAmerican Horror Story's Evan Peters, X-Men: First Class' Lucas Till and Magic Mike's Alex Pettyfer were all in contention for the male lead, as were Liam Hemsworth and Alexander Ludwig, both of whom of course went onto play Gale and Cato respectively.Gale HawthorneHad Miley Cyrus' ex been cast as Peeta instead, then Arrow star Robbie Amell, Disney Channel graduate David Henrie and former Hannah Montana regular Drew Roy would all have been poised to take his place.Haymitch AbernathyAccording to various sources, John C. Reilly was in the frame to play the middle-aged victor of the 50th Hunger Games until Woody Harrelson was selected ahead of his fellow Oscar nominee at the last minute.Finnick OdairDespite publicly professing his love for the series, Glee actor Grant Gustin missed out on the role of District 4 tribute Finnick Odair, who will first be seen onscreen in Catching Fire, to Pirates Of The Caribbean star Sam Claflin.
"I actually am dating my crush. I had a crush on him for a long time, and it just so happens we fit together great." Katy Perry reveals she was pining for her current boyfriend John Mayer long before they started dating.
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We can divide the incoming audience of Kimberly Peirce's Carrie remake into three categories. First, dutiful fans of the original — just about any modern day cinephile, or regular human being who was at least a teenager in the mid-1970s. A collective who might be expecting, based on a passage of four decades and an insightful director like Peirce, something altogether different than Brian De Palma's horror classic. As much as we might have loved the old version, we're not heading to theaters to see it reproduced with Chloë Grace Moretz standing in for Sissy Spacek.
Second, we have the group who never got around to De Palma's Carrie, or at least who do not remember it with any particular fondness, but who hold Stephen King's novel in high regard. A group who might expect the epistolary form of the narrative to translate to screen in some inventive way, telling Carrie White's story the way that King did back in his early days.
Finally, the youngest of the lot: those who never saw, never read, maybe even never heard of Carrie, but who are flocking to theaters out of love for the young Moretz and in hopes of a good scare. These are likely to be the participants most satisfied — although it is the goal to approach every new feature film as a work independent from all predecessors and source material, anyone who has seen the '76 Carrie will have a hard time eviscerating the connotations from his or her head while watching the new venture.
Just shy of a shot-for-shot remake, Peirce's Carrie doesn't come through on many of the progressive tones or innovations than might arise from connotations with the film's director. When the film does deviate, those in the know will wonder why — why the transformation of the Billy Nolan character (played here by Alex Russell, previously by Jon Travolta) from lowly dufus into a criminal mastermind? Why the changes in Carrie's understanding of her classmates' ultimate misdeed (we won't say more, just in case you're in Category 3), or in her scenes at home to follow? To those who can't seem to get De Palma off the mind, it'll be difficult to justify these very few changes... especially in light of the overwhelming presence of his shadow cast by the new movie's decision to operate in such conjunction with everything we saw in the '76 version (even including the comic relief "gettin' ready for prom" scene).
But even those without a Carrie on their shoulders will feel that this film lacks the gravity it intends. The glossy feel of this Hollywood high school robs Carrie White of her desperation, her classmates of their cruelty, and the climax of its authentic severity. The only place where Carrie does knock its powerful material out of the park is with Julianne Moore, whose Margaret White is so impressively chilling, so embedded in darkness and fear that she's genuinely difficult to watch. But in the otherwise "campy" world of this Carrie, Margaret and the third act darkness just feels dreadfully unpleasant, and to no identifiable end.
What is Carrie saying and doing with all this horror? Unhooking itself from the clasps of dramatic weight, genre fun, and cinematic tribute, the film floats freely without much of an identity. Although the material is enough to get you through the movie, and the performances decent enough to at least see where a new life might have been breathed into a more inventive script, you won't leave Carrie without much in the way of answers. Just one big question: "Why did they bother?"
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Katy Perry has confessed writing her new album, Prism, helped her get out of the depression she was under after divorcing Russell Brand. The Roar hitmaker found herself in a deep slump last year (12), after the British comic filed for divorce in December 2011.
She previously admitted to Billboard that she had suicidal thoughts after her marriage breakdown and now she's opening up about what helped her come out of the dark time in her life.
Perry tells Entertainment Tonight, "I came out of a small depression by writing this record. There's a song called By the Grace of God which is a vulnerable song.
"One line talks about me laying on the bathroom floor and looking in the mirror and deciding to stay. You don't really have to read between the lines. There's really kind of heavy material there. It's one of the darkest songs on the record."
For the album, which comes out 22 October (13), Perry used the eye-opening experience to not only create honest music, but to work on her own well-being too.
"Everybody asked me how I got through that (dark time), but I think there's a higher power that was helping to push me in a more positive direction. I did a lot of self reflection. I did a lot of work on myself healed up some spots that needed to be healed. A lot of self- therapy."
Perry and Brand's split came just a year after they married in India, but the singer has found love again and is dating John Mayer.