Actor Jamie Foxx partied with politicians on Saturday night (16Aug14) by inviting former presidential candidate John Mccain and New Jersey governor Chris Christie to join him onstage for a dance at a star-studded fundraiser. The Ray star was a guest at the annual Apollo in the Hamptons bash and he made an extra special effort to get the party swinging.
He took to the stage and invited Christie to join him for a dance, before Senator McCain got up to join in, swiftly followed by Sir Paul McCartney and director Spike Lee.
After the stunt, Foxx told New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Its always the ones you don't expect. Republicans love to dance - in the Hamptons."
Other guests at the event, organised by business magnate Ron Perelman, included Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Roger Waters, Anjelica Huston, and Don Johnson.
The audience enjoyed performances by Pharrell Williams, Sting, Gladys Knight, and Jon Bon Jovi at the fundraiser, which netted $4 million (£2.4 million) for development projects at New York's famous Apollo Theatre.
At the close of the evening, Nicholson told Page Six, "That was one hell of a night. Christie really held his own. I told him, as he walked back to his seat, 'Governor, you can't let New Jersey down.'"
Footage gathered from the last four superstar-studded Amnesty International concerts and tours have been digitally restored for release on a new 17-hour DVD/CD box set, which will hit the market next month (Nov13). Music historian Martin Lewis, a co-creator and co-producer of the human rights organisation's iconic A Secret Policeman's Ball concerts in the U.K., has painstakingly collected 12 hours of concert footage from two Amnesty shows in Chile (1990) and Paris (1998), the 1986 A Conspiracy Of Hope U.S. tour and 1988 Human Rights Now! world tour, which featured Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel and Sting, for the package. He has also unearthed and shot five hours of bonus material, including Gabriel's never-before-seen tour video and new interviews with the Sledgehammer hitmaker, Sting and Springsteen, among others.
The six-disc DVD box-set and two-disc companion CD, titled RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998, will be available from 5 November (13) and also include concert footage featuring U2, The Police, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Youssou N'Dour, Tracy Chapman and Alanis Morissette.
The release coincides with the 25th anniversary of the six-week, five-continent Human Rights Now! world tour, headlined by Springsteen, Sting, Gabriel, Chapman and Youssou N'Dour
Lewis tells WENN, "Musicians innately understand key components of human rights such as freedom of expression. It's at the heart of what they do.
"The rock music community has been spectacular in its support for Amnesty. These concerts broke new ground in galvanising audiences to become involved. They fused cause and content in an inspirational way. It's been an honour to work with Sting, Bruce, Bono, Peter and the other artists in restoring and producing these concerts for home release."
Sting adds, "Amnesty in my opinion, is probably the most civilised and civilising of human organisations. It uses the writing of letters or the commerce of ideas and opinion to change the world rather than a gun or an army or an air force. And that seems to be very civilised to me. And that seems the only way that we will get positive change in the world. And so Amnesty's a fantastic flagship for that idea. I feel very proud of my association with it. And it's ongoing."
And Gabriel states: "The world is a much better place for knowing that Amnesty's around it. There's still an amazing amount more work that needs to be done... that must be done. But Amnesty International have made an extraordinary start."
Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen and Sting joined Tom Hanks on Sunday (14Apr13) to cheer on the actor's wife Rita Wilson at the opening night of her new singing gig in New York City. The actress/singer is headlining a week of concerts from 14-20 April (13) at Manhattan nightclub 54 Below, not far from where Hanks is performing in Broadway show Lucky Guy.
The Big star took the time to see Wilson launch her engagement, and he made his presence in the audience felt.
According to the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, Wilson performed Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and at the end of the song, Hanks yelled out, "Yes!"
Wilson also gave a shout-out to her husband from the stage - before singing Baby, I'm Yours she admitted the track reminded her of her first kiss and quipped, "No offence, honey!"
Director Mike Nichols, actor Edward Burns and former supermodel Christy Turlington were also in the crowd.
My mother always taught me to never judge a book by its cover — and the same general principle can probably be said about TV shows. If we judged a show by its title, then popular gems like Mad Men and Game of Thrones could be taken in an entirely different context (angry men and a game about toilet seats? No thank you!). So the fact that CMT is moving forward with four new series called Redneck Intervention, Chainsaw Gang, Full Metal Racket and Rock Raiders (The Hollywood Reporter reports) should be met with an open mind... or at least we could try.
While shows featuring former rednecks, dumpster divers and a family-owned gun range don't exactly scream "must see TV," the network big wigs assure fans that these shows are well worth a second look. “These shows represent a bolder CMT; with new series that are grounded and peppered with characters that are inherently funny, loud and a bit crazy," says EVP of development and programming Jayson Dinsmore. "We believe these series will keep CMT viewers laughing, or crying from laughing for hard."
Redneck Intervention will kick off the network’s new wave of shows September 15. The hour-long, eight-episode series will center on former rednecks who are confronted by friends and family who believe they should return to their country roots. Meanwhile, Chainsaw Gang — a 10-episode reality series — will also premiere this fall and feature Stacy Poitras and a group of the country’s premier chainsaw artists who battle blades breaking and chainsaws bursting into flames (don't try this at home, kids).
Full Metal Racket and Rock Raiders are both scheduled to make their debut in 2013. One will follow three generations of the Sumner family, which runs Knob Creek Gun Range, and the other will focus on collectors Robert Reynolds and Stephen Shutts, who travel the country in search of valuable music memorabilia. We'll let you guess which one is which.
Now the only question that remains is: will any of these ridiculous-sounding shows earn a spot on your DVR? Sound off in the comments below!
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Even before Iron Man made its first million on Thursday, the Hollywood suits behind the movie confirmed what was already logical: There will be a sequel.
At the premiere for this summer’s first surefire juggernaut, Viacom’s Sumner Redstone and Paramount Pictures’ Brad Grey told Entertainment Tonight that a follow-up to the movie would be released during the same week of 2010--assuming all goes well at the box office this weekend.
Just what does “well” mean?
B.O. prognosticator Steve Mason is predicting a weekend haul of $102 million, which, Mason says, would probably translate to a total domestic gross of $275-$300 million. Not a bad way to kick off blockbuster season, er, summer.
If the hypothetical Iron Man 2 were to open on Friday, April 30, 2010, the start of that year’s summer would shape up to look something like this year’s since the third Chronicles of Narnia installment, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is already slated for May 7, 2010. (Similarly, this summer’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is to be released May 16, two weeks after Iron Man.)
The Jon Favreau-directed superhero movie, starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role, has already been the recipient of overwhelmingly positive reviews to go along with its built-in fanboy anticipation.
Tom Cruise's first movie under his new United Artists moniker has been selected to open the upcoming AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival.
The movie mogul became a partner in UA last year after he was unceremoniously dumped by Paramount boss Sumner Redstone over public comments he made about Scientology.
Cruise stars in political thriller Lions for Lambs--the first production for the new-look United Artists--which will premiere at the film festival on Nov. 1.
The film, directed by Robert Redford, also stars Redford and Meryl Streep.
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Over 40 key entertainment execs met with a top aide from the Bush administration Sunday at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, to discuss a seven-point White House message to be broadcast worldwide.
At the historic meeting, Karl Rove, a senior adviser to President Bush, met with several top Hollywood brass, including: co-hosts Sherry Lansing, chairman of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group and Jonathan Dolgen, chairman of the Viacom Entertainment Group; Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone; and Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
The discussion concentrated on creating public service announcements but did not emphasize any kind of propaganda or tampering with content in movies and television programs.
"We're not going to set out in any way to influence opinion in a manner which can be construed as a propaganda effort backed by the administration," Robert Iger, president of The Walt Disney Co., told the Associated Press.
"This is a recognition that Sept. 11 was a day that changed the world and if we can step forward and help our country contend with how their world has changed, I think that's the patriotic thing for us to do."
Some of the points Rove proposed to the Hollywood execs to help reach the America public included that the war is directed at terrorism, not the Islam nation; that Americans should reassure their children; and that there should be support for American troops and their families.
No further meetings have been set but the studio brass will now confer with one another to solidify "some concrete forms and plan of action," Lansing told the Hollywood Reporter.
The Bush administration will establish a regular and continuing communication with Hollywood.