That Benedict Cumberbatch from the BBC's Sherlock is the subject of gay erotic fixations across the Chinese Internet will undoubtedly be complicated by the coming out of Andrew Scott, the actor portraying Jim Moriarty on the same series.
Quietly conceding his sexuality in an interview with The Independent, the actor may have inadvertently provided fodder for the slash fiction frenzy in China that fantasizes Holmes and Watson as happily compromised. Hopefully the inevitable sexual three-way will not threaten the deep working connection between the heartthrob crime fighters. That would be bad for all of us.
Making matters worse, Scott's depiction of Sherlock's nemesis beat out Martin Freeman's John Watson for best supporting actor at last year's BAFTA Awards. Yikes. Bad set up for a love triangle, that sort of competition. Dudes are messy when it comes to that stuff.
Demi Moore, Jack Black, Taylor Lautner, SLASH, Marilyn Manson and Vanilla Ice were among the guests at Adam Sandler's annual party on Wednesday night (04Dec13). The actor puts together the yearly bash with his Happy Madison production company, and the 2013 event brought a star-studded crowd to the Pickwick Gardens venue in Burbank, California.
Twilight star Kellan Lutz and Glee's Chord Overstreet were among the guests, while former 'NSync singer Joey Fatone, dancer/actress Julianne Hough and funnyman David Spade also turned out.
Sandler performed with his band and a number of stars joined him on stage for a jam session, including Manson, Slash, Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and actor/rocker Jack Black.
Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen was among the guests, and she shared her star-spotting with fans on her Twitter.com page, writing, "I just saw... Marilyn Manson, Jack Black, Ann Wilson, Joe Walsh, Slash and Tom Morello all jam out at Adam Sandler's Xmas party. Happy girl!"
For some of us, smart is sexy. So fetishizing Sherlock Holmes might actually be, well, elementary. But in China, where homoerotic slash fiction webmasters have risked prison, lovin' on Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock is quite a commitment.
ForeignPolicy.com reports that Cumberbatch's Holmes is the stuff of a burgeoning erotic fixation. His tongue is the source of unholy speculation, and we are not talking about his rapier wit. There are suggestive videos packed with furtive glances between Holmes and his protégé, Dr. Watson, and photo-manipulated kisses. In one story Holmes even deduces that Watson is moonlighting as a porn star to pay off his medical school student loans. Just imagine where that episode leads.
The Chinese blogosphere is already host to an array of slash fiction, but this particular articulation of "the love that dares not speak its name" is slightly ironic in terms of the colonial past of these two cultural players. Which might be the beauty of popular entertainment, and the borderless public spaces of the Internet. Governments have limited power when people vote with their — ahem — hearts.
Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver stars SLASH, Duff Mckagan and Matt Sorum's new supergroup is planning a star-studded benefit in Hollywood next month (Nov13). The group, Kings of Chaos, will perform with guitar great Steve Stevens, Corey Taylor, Glenn Hughes and actors Juliette Lewis and Gary Dourdan onstage at the Avalon Hollywood on 18 November (13) to raise money and awareness for conservationist Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, an international organisation dedicated to saving dolphins from slaughter and exploitation.
The concert, billed as Tokyo Celebrates The Dolphin, will be the group's only North American performance in 2013.
Organiser O'Barry tells WENN, "We'll add a few Japanese friends to our line-up and rock the socks off Tokyo. There isn't a better way to bring Westerners and Japanese people together than rock and roll and the world should also know about the wonderful relationship between Japanese people and dolphins in the Tokyo Islands."
Longtime O'Barry supporter Sorum adds, "I'm thrilled to bring a bunch of superstars together for a fun night with fans. The main thing is to keep creating awareness for the Dolphin Project and everyone involved."
Kings of Chaos made their Australian live debut in April (13) at the Stone Music Festival in Sydney and the group toured South and Central America last year (12) under the name Rock 'n' Roll Allstars.
The supergroup will embark on a new South American tour at the end of November.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine recently received a full season order, and it's hard not to see why, since the show has definitely been on a roll lately. The sixth episode, "Halloween" may not have been as funny as its previous two, but it was a solid half-hour of television nonetheless. It also brought back the Peralta/Holt dynamic that got the show off to such a great start, but it managed not to lose the supporting characters in the shuffle.
It's Halloween at the Nine-Nine, the busiest and spookiest night of the year, and when the cops are making fun of the idiots who have gotten themselves locked up, Peralta states that he is such a great detective that he would be a master criminal. Of course, when Holt comes along to refute that statement, Peralta issues himself a challenge: if he can steal Holt's medal of valor from his office before midnight, Holt has to do all of his paperwork and publicly state that "Jake Peralta is an amazing detective-slash-genius", but if he fails, he will work the next five weekends without overtime, and he won't tell everyone about the time that he saw Holt on short-shorts outside of work. This sets off a chain of events that involves several costumes, a painful fall through a ceiling, and several kidnapped pigeons.
Even though we really enjoyed seeing Peralta work with the other officers last week, it was nice to see Andy Samberg get a chance to play off of Andre Braugher again. They have a wonderful chemistry, and Holt's stern nature worked well to balance out some of Peralta's wackier antics. In fact, even when he was stuffing pigeons into the air vents above Holt's office, Samberg was relatively restrained. It seems like the writers have finally found the perfect blend of zany and capable. The last two episodes have featured Peralta actually showcasing his smarts and talent as a detective, which was much needed in order to keep the character from flying off the rails. Having Peralta win the bet through an elaborate plan that involved all of the other officers was a perfect touch, and it allowed him to be the criminal mastermind he always wanted to be and still demonstrating how well everyone works as a team.
During the bet, Santiago and Boyle were on costume duty, attempting to catch some drug dealers at a local party. Santiago, of course, hates Halloween, while Boyle loves it — his Mario Batali costume was just weird enough to be perfect for him — and so he's determined to help her see past the drunken idiots that take over the holiday in order to see the good in it. Boyle's speech about Halloween bonding friends together gave the episode a nice, sentimental touch, and the two had a great dynamic. It's been great to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine play around with team pairings in the last few episodes, and no matter how weird they seem at first, the cast seems to have so much fun with each other that it translates to the screen. It was also a great chance to show off some of Melissa Fumero's comedic chops. Her crawling around on the floor of the club was one of the funniest moments of the episode, and her disgusted outrage on when she wonders how the drink spilled on her can be "hot and cold at the same time" was perfect.
The other great thing about "Halloween" was that it finally revealed some more information about Diaz, who previously seemed like the most one-dimensional of the characters. Like Holt and Peralta, Stephanie Beatriz's deadpan delivery is a great compliment to Terry Crews' shouting, and even though the show didn't reveal too much information about Diaz, it was enough to make her feel like a proper member of the team.
Episode Highlights: - Samberg's perfect delivery on "What would Bill say?" after Peralta is forced to keep Hillary Clinton and Kim Jong Un from making out. - "Kind, Sober, and Fully Dressed. We've found the name of Santiago's sex tape." - Peralta: "What does your skin taste like?" Gina: "Dina Lohan. I'm wearing her face lotion." - "Well, on the one hand I fell through the ceiling and onto a pencil, but on the other hand, I bruised my brain."- The best visual gag of the night was Peralta attempting to chase pigeons into a pillowcase with a baguette. - Gina and Peralta share a friend named Natasha, who recently had a baby and has a dog with lupus. - Peralta interrupting his explanation to Holt of how he and the team carried out the heist with, "And that's when I saw a sexy robot, and we got our flirt on."
Jamie Foxx is attempting to hook up a supergroup to end all supergroups for a new track on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. The Oscar winner and chart-topper, who plays villain Electro in the new Spider-Man movie, has created a new track, called Chasing Spiders, and he wants to get in the studio with Rihanna, Slash and Travis Barker to record it.
He tells Men's Fitness magazine, "Rihanna will sing the hook, Slash will play the guitar and Travis Barker will play the drums. Fingers crossed."
Foxx also has the video worked out - it will feature a 60-piece orchestra of comic book supervillains and superheroes.
He adds, "When it (music) really ramps up, when the orchestra comes in, that's when you see the big fight. Imagine the orchestra playing and then, in slow motion, breaking their instruments and running from everything."
"I acted in an episode of Tales From the Crypt in the 90s, and it was boring and long and I couldn't do it for more than three or four takes, so I said, 'F**k it'. It's just not where I want to be." Rocker SLASH has no plans to turn his new movie production company Slasher Films into a vehicle for an acting career.
Several Irish politicians have criticised U2 frontman Bono for moving his band's business overseas to slash its tax bill. The singer and anti-poverty campaigner claims the decision to move U2's business to the Netherlands is in line with Irish government policy on tax competitiveness, dismissing the band's critics as "the cranky left".
But some Irish Members of Parliament (MPs) are adamant the Beautiful Day hitmakers should be paying more tax in their native country to help its economic recovery.
Irish MP Roisin Shortall tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "Everybody needs to put their shoulder to the wheel in terms of bringing Ireland back to recovery and it would be great to see U2 and Bono play their full part in that."
Imprisoned Russian punk star Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been hospitalised behind bars, days after embarking on a hunger strike. The Pussy Riot rocker began refusing all food last Monday (23Sep13) in an effort to protest conditions she had allegedly been subjected to at the Mordovia prison colony, which included claims of abuse from staff and reports that inmates were being used by officials as "slave labour".
Tolokonnikova was placed in an isolation unit for her own safety following her complaints, but on Friday (27Sep13), doctors moved her to the jail's medical ward, according to local news reports.
Specific details about what the 23 year old is being treated for have yet to be revealed.
Her hospitalisation occurred hours after she was dealt a double blow on Friday when authorities threw out her bid to slash her two-year sentence and refused her request to be transferred to another incarceration facility.
Tolokonnikova and two fellow Pussy Riot bandmates - Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - were jailed in 2012 amid uproar over a protest song voicing their opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church.
Samutsevich was freed in October (12) when her sentence was commuted, and Alekhina will learn the outcome of her bid for early release next month (Oct13). If it is rejected, she and Tolokonnikova will not be eligible for release until March (14).
Bands that tour together go through all kinds of ups and downs. Let's face it - if you spend more time with your bandmates than your own family for good amounts of time, people are going to get on each other's nerves. It's a given. Especially since there tend to be multiple strong artistic personalities all vying for supremacy and there will be inevitable clashes. There's screaming, yelling and possible flying projectiles. Then people usually suck it up and move on. These bands couldn't get past those conflicts and found themselves breaking up, depriving fans of more albums together. Here's five examples of world-known groups who fractured.
There really hasn't been a phenomenon as gigantic as the Fab Four were when they first hit the music scene in the sixties. The mere sight of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison or Ringo Starr either in person or on TV could send fans into fits of gleeful shrieking. After unparalleled success for years, the band broke up in 1970, a decade after its creation. There were many causes, not one singular event. They stopped touring four years before the split and their manager died in 1967, but the final straw was the collapse of their shared company Apple Corps, Ltd. and an ensuing intra-band legal battle over who should look after their business affairs, ruthless Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein or McCartney's new father-in-law Lee Eastman. Solo careers also contributed to the demise. After a sustained period of brilliance, the band was no more, Sadly, there will never be any reunion, with the shooting of Lennon in 1980 and Harrison's death from cancer in '01.
Another supergroup that formed not too long after The Beatles. After seeing Syd Barrett, their guitarist, leave from too much drug use, they brought in a new guitarist, David Gilmour, who quickly proved himself as one of the best in the business. Soon there was growing tension between Gilmour and frontman Roger Waters, who wanted to control all aspects of the band. First they fired Rick Wright, their keyboard player - he doesn't appear on the last Waters/Gilmour Floyd album, The Final Cut. They then split and there was a huge fight about the Pink Floyd band name. Gilmour reunited with Wright and drummer Nick Mason to make two more albums (though when they were touring to promote the first non-Waters album, they had to have lawyers on call on every city so they could play any songs that Gilmour had co-written with Waters). There has been a recent thawing in the ice, as Gilmour and Waters have played together at several concerts, including the legendary guitarist making an unannounced appearance during Waters' The Wall tour. It's a shame that fans were deprived for decades of the collaboration, though and Wright is now dead, so we will never see a full Pink Floyd again.
The Police burst onto the scene in 1978 with the hit song 'Roxanne.' There was a period of time after that where Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland could lay claim to being in the biggest rock band in the world. But the group was so tired of each other after the end of the Synchronicity Tour in 1984 that they split up. They briefly reunited to do another version of 'Don't Stand So Close To Me', but they had to use a drum machine in place of Copeland, since he had broken his collarbone. It was an argument over drum machines that turned out to be the final straw that led to the group's undoing. Sting wanted to use an incredibly complicated one and Copeland used another. Copeland actually credited his drum machine as the inspiration to become a composer. The band reunited for a concert tour but they haven't done any new studio albums. Sting actually just released another solo album, further dashing any more reunion hopes.
This band serves as a warning for those groups that include family members. The fallout is Liam and Noel Gallagher, two brothers, who now despise one another to the point that one of them would turn down tens of millions of dollars to reunite. There was a lot of success early on with the the release of their first album, Definitely Maybe in 1993. They had an even bigger hit in their next album, (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Sadly, there were continual conflicts amongst themselves and various bandmembers kept quitting. Finally, after the birth of his son and a scary incident involving a fan running onstage and assaulting him, Noel got so fed up with Liam (a fight where Liam broke his guitar didn't help) that he quit the band in 2009, replete with a dramatic announcement on the band's website. So that's where we are, and it looks like nothing's going to break the (Wonder)wall between them.
Guns N' Roses
While the group has never actually 'broken up' in the sense that the other four have, it's a far cry from the lineup that was featured in Appetite For Destruction. The only constant has been lead singer Axl Rose. The first to go was Izzy Stradlin, who had problems with how Rose ran the band and his less-than-stellar treatment of fans. He also found it hard to be sober among a group of hard-partying rockers. After that began a steady trickle of band members leaving, including guitar legend Slash, until it was Rose with a whole new band. There was so much bad blood that Axl Rose refused to attend the '12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions if it meant being in the same room as the other orignal members. It's a shame, since this current incarnation is a pale shadow of the powerhouse that took the world by storm in the late '80s.
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