Everly Brothers star Phil Everly has died, aged 74. The younger of the two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame siblings, Phil passed away in Burbank, California on Friday (03Jan14) of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
His wife Patti tells the Los Angeles Times, "We are absolutely heartbroken."
He and his brother Don had a string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s and influenced the likes of the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel. Their songs included Wake Up Little Susie, Bye Bye Love and All I Have to Do Is Dream.
Everly was born to country stars Ike and Margaret Everly in Chicago, Illinois in January, 1939. He joined the family act as a boy.
He and Don enjoyed their first hit, Bye Bye Love, in 1957, and followed that with another classic, Wake Up Little Susie.
His brother Don will turn 77 in February (14). The stars' mother is still alive.
The news of Everly's death comes just weeks after the release of Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong and singer Norah Jones' new tribute album, Foreverly - their take on the brothers' controversial second album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
In a recent USA Today interview, Armstrong revealed he was a huge fan, stating, "They are so immaculate."
He added, "That record was pretty daring at the time. A lot of other rock guys were trying to go pop. Chuck Berry had a string of big hits, and the same with Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis. And here the Everlys were playing these torch songs and murder ballads. For them to do something so dark and angelic was appealing to me."
The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Actress Alyssa Milano has taken the high road after Jerry Maguire star Jay Mohr appeared to poke fun at her post-baby body in a radio interview over the holidays. The funnyman hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards gala in Las Vegas on 6 December (13) and revealed in a festive U.S. radio chat that he was surprised by attendee Milano's look at the event.
He said, "She's very tiny, in height... It seems like she had a baby and said, 'I don't really give a s**t'... I read it on her gut."
Milano, who gave birth to son Milo in August, 2011, responded in a Christmas Day (25Dec13) tweet, writing, "@jaymohr37 So sorry you felt the need to publicly fat-shame me. Be well and God Bless. Please send my love to your beautiful wife."
Mohr has since taken to Twitter to explain he meant his comments as a joke, writing, "She's (Milano) stunning. I mistakenly thought the absurdity of what I was saying would have been taken as a joke."
The owners of the iconic diner featured in beloved U.S. sitcom Seinfeld have allowed cameras to turn on them once again, in a new film, titled Tom's Restaurant: A Documentary About Nothing Everything. The New York City eatery served as the exterior for the restaurant which Jerry Seinfeld and his pals frequented throughout the nine seasons of the series.
If you have been randomly surfing through the E! network’s schedule or searching for your favorite comedic actors, you may have stumbled upon Burning Love. This series has a bunch of A-list actors and a really irreverent spin on shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Not only is it shocking to see the likes of Adam Scott, Adam Brody, and Michael Cera in this relatively unknown show, but apparently the series started as a wildly popular web show that has featured Kristen Bell, Malin Ackerman, and Jennifer Aniston.
E! is currently airing the second season of The Bachelorette spoof. The State and Party Down alum Ken Marino directs this series and starred in the first season. The current season centers on Julie Gristlewhite (June Diane Raphael), the runner up from the prior season. Like The Bachelorette, Julie has a group of suitors vying for her affection. They include Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars) as Blaze, the hot one, Joe Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as the single dad overly attached to his son, and Michael Cera, as the overly romantic guy. The cast also includes Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll, and Colin Hanks.
It’s insane to see this many great actors in such a small show. There are also cameos by Ben Stiller, Rob Corddry, Rebecca Romijn, and Paul Rudd. This much comedic talent in one place allows for a lot of funny bits and insanely irreverent moments. It also doesn’t shy away from pointing out the stupidity of some of these marriage proposal shows. At times Julie is racist or easily fooled. The guys get overly competitive and all have the unique archetypes of the cast of the popular ABC reality series.
It’s great to see Lo Truglio reunite with his The State co-stars Michael Ian Black and Marino. Along the same lines, Marino starred in Party Down with Scott, Hansen, and Martin Starr.
The series is definitely worth catching for a laugh. The second season is currently airing on E! and the full three seasons are available for viewing on Yahoo. Check out the series trailer:
Producer Allan Mckeown has lost his battle with prostate cancer at the age of 66. McKeown passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday (24Dec13).
He began his career as a hairdresser in the 1960s in the U.K. for celebrity clients including The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Michael Caine.
He shifted careers in 1969 and became one of Britain's first independent television producers working on several U.K. and U.S. shows including Tracey Takes On, which won six Emmy Awards in 1997, with his actress wife Tracey Ullman.
McKeown also founded a a group which acquired the ITV franchise in the south east of England. He sold his share in 1996.
In addition to his TV work, McKeown also produced stage shows including The Big Love, Jerry Springer The Opera and Lennon, and films Villain, Get Carter and XYZ.
McKeown was most recently working on Indian comedy series Mumbai Calling.
He is survived by Ullman, who he married in 1983, and their two children.
Actor Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn are planning to throw their twin daughters their very first birthday party three days after Christmas - and they hope that this will be the year their kids be willing to be open more presents. The Hollywood couple have plenty to celebrate in December because the birthdays of their twin daughters, Charlie and Dolly, fall on 28 December (13).
However, the pair tells People magazine that because their four year olds get spoiled with presents from Santa on Christmas Day, the girls tend to get tired of opening gifts by the time their birthday comes around.
Romijn admits, "We can't even get them to open presents on their birthday. They're like, 'We're still sick of presents from Christmas'.
"Their birthday gets lost. So, they're like, 'Do we have a birthday?' Because they go to all these birthday parties for everybody else, so I think we owe them a birthday party."
O'Connell adds, "Somewhere they can jump up and down, lose their minds, get tired and hopefully go to sleep early."
Oregon rockers Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks have scored their own flavour of ice cream to celebrate the release of their new album. Bandmembers have teamed up with bosses at New York's Momofuku Milk Bar to create the frozen treat, which has been named Cinnamon and Lesbians, after their track of the same name.
Full details of the dessert's ingredients have yet to be revealed, but it will be served up to fans from early January (14) for a limited time to coincide with the release of their album Wig Out At Jagbags.
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks aren't the first celebrities to land their own ice cream flavours - actor Alec Baldwin, jam band Phish and late Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia have all had Ben & Jerry flavours created in their name.
Wedding Crashers filmmaker David Dobkin is in talks to take charge of a movie biopic based on the life of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Movie studio executives at Warner Bros. have been developing the currently-untitled project since 2009 and have now asked Dobkin to direct, according to Variety.
The lead role has yet to be cast, but if Hefner has his way, Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. will take on the part.
The Queen scribe Peter Morgan is writing the script and Jerry Weintraub is producing.
Model Jessica White is making a move into music after signing a record deal. The runway beauty, who is currently the face of make-up giant Maybelline, has been signed to music management company Title 9 Productions.
She will release a debut album next year (14), according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
White is currently in the studio working on tracks with producer Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis, who has created tunes for Wyclef Jean, Mary J. Blige and Beyonce.
You expect a bit of schmaltz from a movie about the making of Mary Poppins. But schmaltz doesn't entail a sentiment lathered so thickly that it's feels like an anti-depressant commercial, or material so broad that it's insulting to believe that audiences above the age of five can relate to the emotionality onscreen. Saving Mr. Banks takes for granted that its viewers are fans of traditional Disney, seeming to confuse Disney fans for Disney characters, and insinuating that we bear the intellectual sophistication thereof.
The real victim, of course, is the character of P.L. Travers (Emma Roberts, charming as she can be with this material), who incurs a fraction of a storyline about overcoming (or learning to live with?) her latent childhood traumas. As a young girl in Australia (as we learn in intermittent flashbacks — by and large the dullest part of the movie, but such a hefty piece of it), young Travers adored her merry, whimsical alcoholic father (Colin Farrell, playing a character that feels as grounded in reality as Dick Van Dyke's penguin-trotting screever Bert), enchanting in his Neverland mannerisms while her chronically depressed mother watched the family crumble into squalor.
Forty-odd years later, the themes of Travers' childhood inform (sometimes directly, right down to presciently repeated phrases) her resistence to allow her novel Mary Poppins to take form as a Disney movie. In the absence of a reason for why she might have a sudden change of heart about a feeling to which she has apparently held so strongly for two decades, Travers opts to fly out to California to meet Walt Disney (Tom Hanks, wading through the script without any of the energy we know he has in his back pocket) and discuss the adaptation process.
When it's not insisting upon clunky "melting the ice queen" devices — like nuzzling Travers up to an oversized stuffed Mickey Mouse to show that, hey, she's starting to like this place! — the stubborn author's time in the Disney writer's room is the best part of the movie. Working with (or against) an increasingly agitated creative team made up of Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, and B.J. Novak, Travers protests minor details about setting and character, driving her colleagues mad in the process. It is to the credit of the comic talents of Whitford and Schwartzman (who play reserved agitation well beside Novak's outright hostility — he's doing mid-series Ryan in this movie, FYI) that these scenes offer a scoop of charm. But Travers' gradual defrosting poses a consistent problem, as it is experienced over the slow reveal of her disjointed backstories in a fashion that suggests the two are connected... but we have no reason to believe that they are.
The implications of the characters' stories — depression, child abuse, alcoholism, handicaps, and PTSD — are big, and worthy of monumental material. But the characters are so thin that the assignment of such issues to them does a disservice to the emotionality and pain inherent therein. A good story might have been found in the making of Mary Poppins, and in the life and work of P.L. Travers. Unfortunately, Saving Mr. Banks is too compelled to turn that arc into a Disney cartoon. And much like Travers herself, we simply cannot abide that.
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