John Lennon regretted his political activism and was planning to return to his native U.K. in the months leading up to his murder, according to an old friend of the rocker. The Beatles legend was a famous peace campaigner and an outspoken critic of former U.S. President Richard Nixon following his move to New York City in the 1970s.
But he later confessed to Joe Flannery, the Fab Four's booking agent during the band's early career, that he had gone overboard with his political statements and had made a "t**" of himself.
Lennon was also planning to return to his hometown of Liverpool and wanted to sail into the city on board luxury liner Queen Elizabeth 2 as his fans lined the shore.
According to Britain's Daily Express, Flannery says he spoke to Lennon months before he was shot dead outside his New York apartment in 1980, and recalls, "We enjoyed a lengthy conversation. We talked a lot of rubbish of course. He was very well and happy but he missed Liverpool, he missed the others and he missed London but he told me at one stage that he regretted 'getting too political'. He said that he had made a bit of a 't** of himself'...
"'We should start talking about me coming home, before that b**tard Nixon gets me', he said. I was rather taken aback and asked him to explain. John launched into a diatribe against the former president. He was convinced that even out of office Nixon carried power and wanted him dead.
"He felt some kind of curse was hanging over him... His tone bothered me a little, expressing as it did what sounded like a touch of paranoia. 'It would be good to come home for a bit', he finally stated... He even suggested that I should fly out to New York when the time came to return with him on the liner. I was flattered but mentioned that I wondered whether the QE2 could actually get down the Mersey (river in Liverpool). 'Look into it,' John shouted, 'I want to come home in a blaze of glory.'"
Winslet was just 20 years old when she stepped into the role of Rose opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in director James Cameron's blockbuster hit.
The actress recalls she was so cold shooting one particular sequence, in which she jumps from the doomed luxury liner, her arm hair stood on end and caused complications for Cameron.
She tells People magazine, "The light was catching all the little hairs on my arm and Jim (Cameron) was like, 'We're going to have to shave your arm.' So we stop filming and the make-up artist has a Bic razor and some Gillette shaving foam. It was hilarious."
But Winslet reveals she wasn't the only one affected by the chilly conditions: "Leo was just useless. He was like, 'I don't want to be cold anymore.' I did the looking after. He was a 21-year-old baby."
Network bosses in the U.K. will screen the four-part drama, titled simply Titanic, in April (12), exactly 100 years since the luxury liner sank in the Atlantic after setting sail from Southampton, England.
A team of researchers was employed to ensure the show is as accurate as possible - and Stafford-Clark reveals several anecdotes traditionally associated with the disaster will be exposed as myths.
Among the stories Stafford-Clark insists are untrue are reports the ship's band played Nearer, My God, To Thee as the liner went down, and that a heroic seaman saved hundreds of lives by supervising panicking passengers as they clambered into lifeboats.
He also believes the famous account of first officer William Murdoch's dog saving lives by barking to alert a nearby ship to the location of lifeboats is false, telling the March (12) issue of Reader's Digest, "Unfortunately, it's a great tale without any basis in fact. There's no evidence that Murdoch even had a dog on board."
Luxury liner the Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy after hitting rocks just yards from a dock on the island of Giglio.
Three people have been confirmed dead and more than 70 remain missing as emergency workers continue to hunt for survivors of the disaster, which has left the massive vessel semi-submerged on its side.
It has now emerged Czech beauty Herzigova launched the ship back in 2006, but the ceremony went awry when the Champagne bottle which is traditionally smashed against the hull failed to break.
According to maritime folklore, an 'unsmashed' bottle spells bad luck for the ship.
The ship struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage to America and sank in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on 15 April, 1912, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew.
Divers at salvaging company RMS Titanic Inc. have recovered thousands of items from the wreckage over the years and now the firm's bosses will be entitled to a large windfall after a Virginia judge ruled they own the rights to their sunken treasure.
As per a court order, the trove must be kept together and made available to "present and future generations" for public display and scientific and scholarly research, but the collection will include more than 5,000 pieces of fine china and still-fragrant perfume bottles, worth an estimated total of $189 million (£118 million).
Historians, romantics and fans will be able to bid for the relics at New York's Guernsey's auction house on 1 April (12) as part of a sale to mark the Titanic tragedy's 100-year anniversary.
As with its two predecessors the animated/live-action hybrid Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is positioned to open during the holiday season when demand for family entertainment is high and standards are grievously low. How low you ask? The first two episodes in the franchise 2007’s Alvin and the Chipmunks and 2009’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel earned over $800 million worldwide combined. It hurt to write that last sentence.
You’d think such success would instill a certain pride of craftsmanship in the filmmakers but almost everything about Chipwrecked suggests the opposite from the hackneyed screenwriting to the lazy acting to the cheap-looking production design. The only aspect that truly impresses is the animation of the CG characters who are crisp and detailed and vibrant – a far cry from their human counterparts.
After sitting out much of the Squeakquel Jason Lee his schedule freed up following the cancellation of My Name Is Earl returns as the Chipmunks’ beleaguered manager Dave Seville. Also back for another quick payday as the primary nemesis Ian is David Cross no doubt ruing the three-picture contract he signed.
Dave Ian the Chipmunks and their female counterparts the Chipettes are aboard a luxury cruise liner when a mishap triggered by the ever-disobedient Alvin (Justin Long) casts them overboard and onto a remote tropical island where they embark on a series of sub-comic misadventures finding time in between for the odd ear-splitting rendition of a contemporary pop tune. Songs covered include Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance ” Pink’s “Trouble ” Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor ” Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair ” and LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.”
What’s always amazed me about these films is the impressive roster of actors recruited to voice the Chipmunks and Chipettes – including Long Anna Faris Amy Poehler and Christina Applegate – when digital helium added in post-production renders them all but unrecognizable. Aside from differences in pitch the characters’ voices are nearly indistinguishable from each other.
For those parents who find themselves forced to endure Chipwrecked the best thing I can say about it is that it will keeps your child’s brain occupied without doing serious damage to yours – provided you don’t get a concussion from repeated face-palming.
The Oscar winner's six-part period drama, due to begin filming in Hungary this spring (11), will follow both fictional and historical characters onboard the doomed liner, which builders boasted was unsinkable.
Bosses behind the show insist viewers will be taken on "a heart-wrenching journey through Titanic's last hours".
The show will air in the U.K., U.S. and Australia.
James Cameron scored 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, for his 1997 epic film Titanic, which told the story of the luxury liner that sank after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic in 1912.
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Captain Sean Murphy (Gabriel Byrne) leads a salvage team of five people aboard the tugboat Arctic Warrior with Maureen (Julianna Margulies) as something of a second in command. At a bar one night the crew is approached by a Canadian Air Force pilot (Desmond Harrington) who while monitoring icebergs in the Bering Sea spotted a mysterious vessel. He offers to divulge its location for a cut of whatever it's worth. What the crew finds are the decaying remains of the Antonio Graza an Italian cruise ship thought to be lost at sea for more than 40 years. While scavenging the vessel for valuables the salvage team discovers that something horrendous happened on board four decades ago. To make matters worse the crew starts seeing ghosts including a little girl named Katie (Emily Browning) who warns them to get off the ship before it's too late. Let's just say that the plot involves something about a ghost tricking people into boarding the ship in order to amass a certain amount of souls and complete a mission of sorts. Don't be surprised if you find yourself scratching your head when the ghost's true intentions are revealed--the film leaves many questions unanswered.
Former ER star Margulies (Dinosaur) shares the lead here with Byrne (End of Days) and the most refreshing thing of all is that there is no romance between the two characters. Maureen is a tough and independent woman who has no qualms about living at sea with a bunch of grubby men and Margulies portrays that well. We are told that Maureen and Byrne's character Murphy have a father-daughter-type relationship but that is not explored on screen. While Byrne plays a convincing rugged sea captain his character is never delved into and is dismissed rather abruptly. In fact that is the biggest problem with most of the actors and their characters; they are more like slightly more developed extras brought in to become victims rather than the film's protagonists. Harrington's (We Were Soldiers) character Jack is not as glazed over as the others and the actor conveys the different sides of his personality well enough. The rest of the crew including Ron Eldard as Dodge Isaiah Washington as First Mate Greer Alex Dimitriades as Santos and Karl Urban as Munder do the best they could with the flat and disposable characters they are given.
Ghost Ship opens up with a fantastic scene that involves hundreds of crewmembers and passengers getting dismembered by a high tension wire that slices across the boats main deck. Too bad it's so implausible because unless the wire was lined with razor blades all those bodies wouldn't have been severed so neatly. The massacre is set aboard the Antonio Graza back in 1962 when cruises were still considered a luxury. But when the film zips back to present day it becomes less imaginative and director Steve Beck (Thirteen Ghosts) dips into the old haunted-stories bag o' tricks including ghost reflections in mirrors. But while the gags are a little worn they still scare and are constant enough to keep the film from lagging. The film comes in under 90 minutes which isn't short enough to graze over some of the story's plot holes. The characters for example jump in and out of the icy Bering Sea without the slightest quiver even though their survival time in the 45-degree waters would be measured in minutes. And if Ghost Ship sounds familiar that's because it was made in 1997 and called Event Horizon except that rescue mission was set in the year 2047 aboard a space ship.
Dramatic incidents in the lives of people who book passage aboard a luxury liner as seen through the eyes of Victor Kihlgren, the ship's captain. The pilot episode relates how a young Spanish stowaway named Digo changes the life of a bitter passenger named Selena Royce. The program, produced by Aaron Spelling, is perhaps his first attempt at what would later emerge into "The Love Boat."