British singer Jessie J overcame her fear of heights to perform a lofty gig in London on Tuesday (12Nov13). The Price Tag hitmaker was joined by fellow singers Conor Maynard and James Arthur to switch on the Christmas lights in the British capital's famous Oxford Street before hitting the stage to perform a small concert on the roof of the Selfridges department store.
The singer later posted a snap on Instagram.com showing herself performing, revealing she faced her fears of heights to perform above the city streets. She writes, "I did it! I performed on a stage really high up! I faced my fear! Thank you so much to everyone who came out and sang with me and made it less scary!"
Irish boyband Boyzone are set to return to the Childline Concert stage 16 years after they helped launched the annual British benefit. The reunited quartet will open the show at the Dublin O2 arena on 20 November (13).
The band, along with the late Stephen Gately, played at the first-ever Childline Concert in 1997 and announced the news of its comeback appearance in a statement released on Monday (04Nov13).
It read: "We can't wait to open the show at Childline later this month. It's an event that has a special place in Boyzone's heart. To be back on our home turf as we celebrate our 20th anniversary means so much to us all."
The Wanted, Shane Filan, Conor Maynard and Little Mix are also billed to perform at the benefit.
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The success of Ender's Game rests on the shoulders of one grand assumption: that everybody in the audience, everybody in the world, wishes they could have gone to space camp. And for the most part, that's true. The idea of space camp was, even to those of us stricken with cloying vertigo, heaven. We all wanted to don astronaut suits and float through anti-gravity rooms, blasting away at each other with lasers and learning the tricks of the extraterrestrial warfare trade. Those dazzling dreams are the principal meat of Gavin Hood's adaptation of the controversial classic — the majority of the time we spend with Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), we're alongside him in battle school. We're watching video footage of a battalion laying waste to an army of invaders, and zipping weightlessly along in high-stakes games of space rugby. So, through these chapters, we're having fun.
And it's not entirely untethered fun. Along the way, Ender endures the sort of coming-of-age traumas we've seen in every preteen protagonist from Sean Astin to Daniel Radcliffe. He doesn't fit in. He doesn't know who he is. He doesn't like what he's becoming. It's not difficult material to wrestle with, but it's just enough substance to give us a reason for caring about whether or not he beats the Napoleonic school bully in tactical games, or wins special affection from fellow soldier Hailee Steinfeld.
But this story of a growing boy struggling with his intellectual gifts and emotional curses finds itself planted clumsily in the middle of a movie that wants to be about something else. Even if you've read the book, or heard the "big reveal" from loud-mouthed friends of yours who don't revere spoiler etiquette, you'll be surprised by the ending for Ender. Because it comes out of nowhere.
The character's emotional journey is bound so tenuously to the narrative around him that you'll be confused at exactly what is going on when the two collide. You'll question whether or not you nodded during a scene that might have tied everything together, or challenge your own capacity for picking up subtle signals. Don't be so hard on yourself; Ender's Game wants to conquer two worlds (one inside its hero, the other outside its spaceships), but doesn't dive far enough into either to make it so. The script only scratches the surface of its science-fiction backdrop, and only the broadest of strokes are painted with Ender — he's not a complex enough character to warrant the psychological suspension of disbelief that the film eventually asks of its viewer.
But he doesn't need to be, nor do these tasks really need to be conquered, for Ender's Game to be a good time. With just enough of a sob story to ground the movie, a surprisingly warm performance by the larger-than-life headmaster (Harrison Ford) — that is, when he's not standing up slowly and peering in awe directly through the camera — and, most importantly, all the anti-gravity fun you can ask for, Ender's Game works just fine for anyone looking to float free from the world for two hours.
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Patti Smith, Jack White and Marcus Mumford joined forces on Sunday (29Sep13) to stage a three-hour concert in New York celebrating the folk music featured in new movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Elvis Costello, The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst and The Decemberists' Colin Meloy were also among the stars who performed at the special event, organised by the movie's directors Joel and Ethan Cohen and producer T Bone Burnett.
The show also included a collaboration between Mumford and folk legend Joan Baez, who teamed up to sing John Fahey's Give Me Cornbread When I'm Hungry.
The British star couldn't contain his excitement as Baez left the stage, exclaiming to the audience, "That's f**king Joan Baez, man! Everyone's been too cool to have one of those OMG (oh my god) moments."
The Mumford & Sons frontman went on to invite the movie's star, Oscar Isaac, into the spotlight to duet on Bob Dylan tracks I Was Young When I Left Home and Fare Thee Well, which feature on the film's score.
Mumford's actress wife, Carey Mulligan, also appeared on stage during the gig to perform Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby with Gillian Welch and Rhiannon Giddens from another Coen Brothers movie soundtrack, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Town Hall concert, titled Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, raised funds for the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
Carey Mulligan and John Goodman will be showing off their musical skills at a concert to celebrate the folk music from their new movie Inside Llewyn Davis. Directors Joel and Ethan Coen and producer T Bone Burnett, who teamed up for the soundtrack of hit film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, will stage the show at The Town Hall in New York City on 29 September 29 (13).
A portion of the proceeds from the gig, titled Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis, will benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
Artists like Joan Baez, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Mulligan's husband Marcus Mumford, Conor Oberst, Patti Smith and Jack White will also perform.
British pop star Conor Maynard was evicted from his flat after his neighbours complained about his wild parties and constant stream of visitors. The Can't Say No hitmaker was asked to leave the property after his landlord received complaints from neighbours who wrongly thought he was a drug dealer owing to the number of people who visited him at all hours.
Maynard, 20, later penned apology letters to his neighbours just before moving out.
He tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, "At my last flat the neighbours complained about me so many times it was ridiculous. So I got evicted. They basically thought I was a drug dealer because I had so many people visiting and played such loud music.
"I got warnings all the time and eventually the landlord said, 'Leave quietly or I'll evict you'. Well I didn't leave quietly so I got properly evicted. I wrote apology notes for all my neighbours - but only about a week before I left."
Pop sensation Conor Maynard was left red faced when he was treated to a lap dance by comedian Johnny Vegas during an appearance on a U.K. TV show on Thursday (16May13). The Can't Say No hitmaker cringed as the funnyman donned a long blonde wig and gyrated in front of him in honour of the singer's new track Vegas Girl.
After his appearance on comedy panel show Celebrity Juice, Maynard took to his Twitter.com page to poke fun at the embarrassing situation, writing, "So I'm guessing no one will listen to 'Vegas Girl' in the same way after tonight... hahaaaa."
Country star Taylor Swift is adding to her property portfolio after securing a $17.75 million (£11.1 million) deal for a new seaside home in Rhode Island. The I Knew You Were Trouble hitmaker recently went house-hunting along America's north-east coast with her mother Andrea, father Scott and younger brother Austin, and she appears to have settled on a lavish estate in the town of Westerly.
The property, which boasts five bedrooms and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, had reportedly been on the market for $20 million (£12.5 million) - but Swift managed to use her charms to negotiate the lower price.
Swift is fast establishing herself as a savvy property owner - she allegedly made a profit of almost $1 million (£625,000) earlier this year (13) after selling off an oceanside estate in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, near the compound owned by the Kennedy family. The singer briefly dated Conor Kennedy, the teenage son of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., last summer (12).
Scottish actor Brian Cox broke character during a recent production of The Weir to order a theatregoer to silence a ringing cell phone. The Troy star is appearing in Conor McPherson's show at London's Donmar Warehouse, but he halted his performance after hearing noise from the audience.
A source tells Britain's Daily Mail, "It was a very intense moment and this phone kept ringing. Everyone was cringing and praying it would stop but it went on and on. Finally, Cox flipped and said menacingly, 'Please just stop it, whoever it is, just stop it!'"
The publication reports a woman in the audience quickly silenced her phone, and Cox continued with his performance.
Earlier this month (Apr13), fellow Scottish actor James McAvoy also broke character during his performance of Macbeth to berate a theatregoer for filming the play on a cell phone.
Prince William's single younger brother, who is currently serving as a military helicopter co-pilot in Afghanistan, has topped the Top 40 Bachelors list compiled by America's Town & Country magazine.
Harry made the list ahead of Hollywood's most famous bachelors - Clooney and Nicholson.
Magazine editors write of the 28-year-old royal, "Prince William's baby brother flirts and flies Apache helicopters with equal aplomb... He loves dressing up - in everything from ill-fated fancy dress to his birthday suit."
The list also featured a number of other European royals, including Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark, Grace Kelly's grandson Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi of Monaco, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, and Prince Amedeo of Belgium.
A number of sports stars were also granted top bachelor status - golfer Adam Scott, American football player Tim Tebow, and baseball star Jeremy Lin were all included, while celebrity offspring also featured highly.
Bryan Ferry's four sons, Merlin, Isaac, Otis, and Tara, won a mention, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Patrick and Clint Eastwood's actor son Scott. Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriend Conor Kennedy was also included, along with twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss and Hollywood veteran George Hamilton.