Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley scored a great deal while planning to record his new album Space Invader - a fan offered him the use of his studio in remote California a cut-price rate. The rocker was hoping to complete his latest release on a budget and feared studio costs would spiral out of control and lead to him having to rush the project, but a mega-fan came to his rescue.
Frehley tells WENN, "My studio in Westchester burned down and I was looking for somewhere special, and I have a very dear friend, Matt Swanson, who lives in Turlock, California and he's a real big businessman in Turlock and he owns stores and acres and acres of crops and he's a huge fan and we met about five years ago. Leading up to the recording process he told me, 'I've got my own recording studio up in Turlock, you've got to come and check it out...' so I took him up on it and I loved the studio. He gave me an incredible deal.
"Before that, I didn't even know where Turlock was - it's in the middle of nowhere, farming community. It was ideal for me because I have Attention Deficit Disorder from all the years of drink and drugs, so working in a studio where there's not a lot of traffic, in a town where there's not much going on and there's no nightlife, I found that very appealing.
"I'd record for eight or 10 or 12 hours, then you go back to the hotel and go to sleep. You wake up and go back to the studio. There's nothing else to do there, which means it's the perfect place for me to record."
Pop sensations One Direction were forced to abandon their hotel in Peru earlier this week (beg28Apr14) after crowds of hysterical fans sparked security concerns. The Story Of My Life hitmakers flew to the Peruvian city of Cusco for a brief break from the South American leg of their Where We Are world tour and paid a visit to the ruins of Inca city Machu Picchu.
However, when they returned from the historical landmark police officials urged the band and their entourage to stay away from the Palacio Nazarenas hotel where they were intending to spend the night as officers battled to control a crowd of more than 250 frantic fans who had blocked all entrances to the building.
The band instead stayed in another posh hotel in the remote Sacred Valley, before jetting to Santiago, Chile for two shows on Wednesday and Thursday (30Apr-01May14).
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"Six seasons and a movie!" has long been the rallying cry of Community fans who hope to keep their beloved show from getting canceled, but it might soon become a reality. Not long after creator Dan Harmon promised in an interview with HitFix that even "if the movie has to be made out of clay and duct tape in my basement, then that's how the movie will be made," TVGuide reports that talks have begun about transferring the study group to the big screen. Although the project is still in its beginning stages, Justin Lin has been mentioned as a possible director. Having directed several episodes of Community in the past, including the first paintball epic, "Modern Warfare," he would be a good fit to helm the project.
Of course, news about a Community movie wouldn't be possible without that much anticipated sixth season. Fortunately for fans, though, a renewal seems to be highly likely, especially since NBC has struggled to find a new hit comedy for their Thursday Night lineup this year. Harmon also seems to feel confident in a sixth season, as it was recently revealed that the April 17 season finale will end on a cliff-hanger, which should made it easy for the show to segue into its final 13 episodes.
However, as exciting as the possibility of six seasons and a movie is, it's hard to imagine what a Community movie could possibly entail. Because the show prides itself on the ability to jump from genre to genre and construct elaborate, detailed homages to every pop culture phenomenon on the planet, it's hard to predict what path the writers would choose for a film. Do they shoot for a realistic comedy, or go for broke with an over-the-top action thriller? An introspective character study or a stylized film noir? The possibilities are practically endless, so we've come up with five potential plots of our own, based on what we, as fans, want to see on the big screen. Spoiler: the answer is Garrett. We always need more Garrett.
Advanced Explorations in AstronomyThe writers of Community have dipped their toes into science fiction before, but we'd like to see them commit fully to going boldly where no study group has gone before. The film kicks off with Inspector Spacetime arriving at Abed and Annie's apartment in his flying police box to ask them to accompany him on an intergalactic mission to fight the Blorgons, who have somehow captured Troy. Desperate to save their friend, they agree, and convince Jeff, Britta, Shirley, and Dean Pelton to come with them as backup. Well, the Dean didn't really need to be convinced; he was just following Jeff. Their journey through the deepest reaches of space and time forces them to confront aliens, roguishly handsome bounty hunters, and Britta's determination to prove that the whole adventure is Abed having a psychotic breakdown. Halfway through the film, they will discover that Chang has somehow stowed away on their ship, which immediately puts their lies in danger. Pierce's hologram will also make a cameo appearance, although he won't actually help much, and the Dean will discover that his hoodie is actually a time-hoodie.
Financial Management and Marine BiologyOn his travels around the world, Troy accidentally stumbles across an old map that promises to reveal the location of buried pirate treasure. With LeVar Burton as his trusty first mate and more rum than all three Pirates of the Carribbean films put together, he sails back to Colorado in order to recruit his study group to join him on his quest for a cut of the treasure. Of course, on their way to the remote island where the caverns containing the treasure are located, they encounter all kinds of difficulties: Shirley and Britta manage to offend native colonies and get kidnapped, forcing them to work together to be freed, Troy and Abed's friendship is tested when Troy refuses to let Abed take control of the quest, Annie accidentally becomes the captain of a rival pirate ship, LeVar might be plotting a mutiny, and Jeff finds himself at odds with the rest of the crew when they discover he's not doing his share of the work. Somehow, they make it to the caverns, where they discover that Chang has followed them with a crew of his own (one that includes Duncan, Vicki, Garrett, and Todd) and he's determined to get to the treasure before the study group.
Advanced Sociological EducationIn her post-Greendale life, Annie has made a new group of friends, but she finds herself unable to connect with their stories about college adventures. Deciding that she never had a real "college experience," she decides that the third time's the charm, and enrolls at a major state school. Troy and Abed decide to tag along with her, and are recruited by a fraternity full of nerds to use their immense movie knowledge in order to transform them into the coolest house of Greek Row. However, their new home is thrown into tension when one of Troy's old football buddies, still undergrads all these years later, pressure him into rushing the athletic frat. Meanwhile, Britta comes to visit Annie and becomes the leader of a young anarchist collective, who want to hear her stories about New York and help her rage against the man. Shirley finds a group of her own with a group of mothers who went back to school, only to find that she misses the weirdness and freedom that the study group gave her, and Annie's having a hard time finding anyone at all to hang out with. Back at Greendale, the Dean has become so despondent at the loss of his favorite students that Jeff gives in and decides to help him take down the university's obnoxious dean. There will be guitar smashing, toga parties, wild pigs on the lawn, evil professors, and that one really annoying a capella group that won't stop forcing people to listen to them sing.
Custody Law in the Tech MarketplaceThe study group spoofed David Fincher in Season 5, but this time around, they're going to channel his most mainstream film: The Social Network. Abed comes up with an idea for a new social media app and Troy uses some of his new millions to invest in it. All seems to be going well until, under Jeff's council, Abed starts cutting Troy's shares, as he's too busy running Hawthorne Wipes to keep up with the app's progress. He decides to sue Abed, and calls Jeff's former colleague Alan (Rob Corddry) in as council, setting up a double legal showdown. Meanwhile, Britta and Shirley realize that Abed's app was inspired by a conversation they had with him in the study room, and decide to sue him for stealing their ideas. Dean Pelton is pressured by the superintendent to sue Abed as well, since he developed the app of Greendale's property. Annie will be Jeff's assistant, who convinces Troy and Abed to drop the lawsuit and repair their friendship, and there will be cameos by Garrett, Neil, and Magnitude, all of whom have been brought in as character witnesses. Abed will also recite, word for word, part of Jesse Eisenberg's deposition-room monologue, until Jeff points out that not only is it a reference, it's completely irrelevant to the matter at hand.
Advanced Military History In a third alternate timeline, Chang's plan to take over Greendale succeeded, and over time he expanded his dictatorial rule until he managed to take over the whole country. Civilization has been divide up into groups, and forbidden from interacting with one another in order to prevent them from rising up and taking down the Chang Dynasty, as he's come to call it. When he discovers that the study group is organizing an underground resistance, he forces them to compete against each other in a televised battle to the death. Although there were some early casualties (Leonard, we hardly knew ye), Jeff eventually realizes that they only way out of this situation is for everyone to band together. They come up with a plan to pretend to keep attacking each other, while really working together to take Change's arena down from the inside. Once Troy stops crying and Shirley comes down from her jungle-induced power trip, the rebellion is under way. Dean Pelton, meanwhile, is creating more and more elaborate outfits to express how worried he is about Jeff, and Professor Hickey infiltrates Chang's government as a mole.
British actor Aiden Turner has pleaded not guilty to allegations of domestic violence following an arrest in November (13). The former All My Children star, 36, was taken into custody after reportedly throwing a remote control at his girlfriend's face during an argument at their Los Angeles home.
He was subsequently charged with four misdemeanours and he entered his not guilty plea during a court hearing just before the Christmas holidays.
He has been ordered to return to court on 22 January (14), according to the New York Daily News.
Turner has yet to comment on the legal trouble, but it appears he is deciding to focus on his career - in a Twitter.com post on Monday (30Dec13), the actor revealed he will be guest starring in an upcoming episode of TV drama Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by sharing a link to a news article about his casting as international criminal Vanchat on the programme. His appearance is due to air in America on 7 January (14).
With Christmas a little over two weeks away, the major networks have slowly begun to roll out their holiday programming. Then there's shows like Nashville and Sons of Anarchy, both of which are airing all new episodes – they count too, you know! Here's what else you need to be watching this week.
NashvilleRemember what a really good network drama was like? You know, the type that didn't involve a bloodied body part with a heinous killer on the loose? (Looking right at you, CSI!) Yeah, turns out they still exist, with ABC's Nashville being one of the best dramas on network TV. Of course it always helps when you have Connie Britton in your cast. Maybe just a little. A new episode of Nashville airs Wednesday at 7 PM ET on ABC.
Sons of AnarchyClay is dead, the Irish are out of the picture, and a lot is now hanging in the balance for Jax and the boys as season six of Sons of Anarchy comes to a close. Sorry, going to go a bit off topic here, but could anyone really have seen Charlie Hunnam playing the lead role in next year's big screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey? That would have just been ... weird. The season finale of Sons of Anarchy airs tonight at 7 PM ET on FX.
Anger ManagementHis personal life may be filled with drama (seriously, how many porn stars can one man date?!), but Charlie Sheen is clearly still at the top of his game as the star of FX's hilarious sophomore comedy Anger Management. And after all this time, all the producers of Two and a Half Men got was (gasp!) Ashton Kutcher! A brand new episode of Anger Management airs Thursday at 9:30 PM ET on FX.
It's A Wonderful LifeThe holiday classic returns to television, and this year NBC is going all out by airing It's A Wonderful Life in amazing 3D! Okay, that's not true, but wouldn't it be cool if it was? You can check out Frank Capra's warmhearted drama for about the billionth time this Saturday at 8 PM ET on NBC. And although 3D glasses are not required, that shouldn't stop you from wearing them. You know, to make a fashion statement.
Frosty ReturnsJimmy Stewart not doing it for you? Then you can just as easily turn the dial (do those still exist?) to CBS, which will be airing 1992's Frosty Returns at 9:30 PM ET. And what better way to muster up the holiday spirit then by watching a towering yeti coming to life to save Christmas? Brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it.
British actor Aiden Turner has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at their home in Los Angeles. The former All My Children star stands accused of hurling a remote control at his partner's face following an argument on Monday night (25Nov13), leaving her with a small cut and a black eye.
He was taken into custody on a felony domestic violence charge, but sources tell TMZ.com the case is likely to be downgraded to a misdemeanour because the injuries were minor.
The 36 year old separated from his wife Megan Marshall, mother of his baby daughter Ciella, in 2010 after four years of marriage.
Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone anthem has landed a video almost five decades after the song was first released. The promo, which debuted on Dylan’s website on Tuesday (19Nov13), marks the release of new 47-disc box set, The Complete Album Collection Volume 1, and features the folk-rock icon singing, and TV game show host Drew Carey and comic Marc Maron, among others, miming along to the words of the song.
Fans can switch between channels featuring the different performers using an interactive Internet remote control device.
"Every so often, if I see movies on that I'm in, I'll stop and watch for about two seconds and then I'll throw the converter (remote control) away and feel really weird." Rachel Mcadams can't bear to watch herself onscreen.
There are few comedians with delivery quite like Rebel Wilson's. She's a master of deadpan lines, and everyone knows jokes are funniest when people are forced to feel uncomfortable. She won our fat hearts as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect, and brought the same dry wit and unnerving humor starring alongside Lizzy Caplan in Bachelorette. So when it was announced that Rebel created and is starring in the new series Super Fun Night on ABC, obviously we were intrigued. Maybe we cleared our schedules and set our DVRs to record three weeks in advance. The results, however, were the television equivalent of Y2K.
Wilson plays Kimmie Boubier, an awkward underdog armed with an office job and a few equally awkward friends. She sets out in the city to find herself, but the only thing worth finding is the remote control. The dry, unsettling Rebel Wilson we have come to know and love has been replaced with a generic snoozefest. There are a few funny seconds sprinkled into an otherwise anticlimactic 22 minutes. The wasted potential is a travesty uglier than Betty.
The pilot episode got poor reviews, so ABC launched the series with what was originally the second episode. Maybe the show is meant to appeal to the masses airing Wednesdays at 9:30 PM after Modern Family, or maybe we're watching a comedic genius sell out far too early in her career. Either way, there doesn't appear to be anything super fun about Super Fun Night.
The Game of Thrones theme music (above) is dramatic, sweeping, complex, and sends instant shivers down fans' spines. The entire opening titles sequence is considered must-watch, don't-touch-that-remote two minutes of television in a way few openers are. It never gets old, it never gets stale. And while the clockwork map of Westeros is impressive, it is the music that elicits such a strong emotional reaction in viewers.
So who is the mastermind behind such a sprawling composition? Surely he must be a musical prodigy genius who spends his days buried beneath mountains of loose-leaf staff paper, permanently hunched over his piano, and rarely sees the light of day. He must be pale and have glasses (the mark of every nerd), he must smell a little and wear wrinkled khakis. He's got to be, for lack of a better term, an über nerd. Right?
Wrong! Turns out, Ramin Djawadi, the composer of Game of Thrones' epic theme, is super dreamy. Yeah, we were shocked, too.
The 38-year-old German-born composer, pictured above, is a total dreamboat. He is like, 1950s star high school quarterback who would give you his letterman's jacket but is now all grown up dreamy. He is like, gaze into his sea green eyes and get lost in a fantasy dreamy. He's like, "Oh yeah, I know I have perfect dimples. Want me to make you your favorite dinner and massage your aching feet while you stare at them?" dreamy.
Djawadi is far dreamier than any composer has any right to be — it's darn near a crime to hide that perfect visage in a sound mixing room. It should be in front of the camera! And realizing how attractive Djawadi is has shaken our confidence in the entire movie-making system. Is every pencil-pushing, keyboard-tapping, computer-typing music maker this good-looking? Who else has Hollywood hidden away in the dark recesses of productionland?
But, if it's any consolation (and we admit it might be a bit of one) Djawadi may also be the aforementioned music über nerd. Djawadi graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 1998, and then was recruited by Hans Zimmer to join Remote Control Productions. Since then, he has racked up composer credits on films such as Blade: Trinity, Clash of the Titans, and Red Dawn as well as TV shows such as Prison Break (which earned him an Emmy nomination) and Person of Interest. Oh yeah, and now he's hard at work on the score for the eagerly-anticipated Pacific Rim.
But let's talk about his eyes some more. And his hair…
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