My Bloody Valentine frontman Kevin Shields has called on the U.K.'s spy bosses to open top secret files from the 1990s to prove his theory that former Prime Minister Tony Blair secretly orchestrated the 'Britpop' movement. The cult band split in 1997 and did not release any albums during the golden years of 'Cool Britannia' from 1993 onwards, and Shields is glad they were not associated with the cultural phenomenon.
Now he is urging secret service bosses at MI5 to make public their documents from the 1990s as he is convinced Blair, who rose to power on a wave of Britpop-inspired optimism in 1997, was the architect of the entire movement, which features acts like Blur, Oasis and Pulp.
Shields tells British newspaper The Guardian, "Britpop was massively pushed by the government. Someday it would be interesting to read all the MI5 files on Britpop. The wool was pulled right over everyone's eye there."
By now, we know what to expect when we embark on an Aaron Sorkin series: lightning-fast dialogue; references to the golden age of musical theater; a fair amount of preachiness; and a couple of moving montages. From The West Wing to Studio 60 to The Newsroom, the showrunner uses the emotionally manipulative device to lift our spirits and sell that drama. Let's take a look at some of the most memorable scored sequences in Sorkin history.
The Newsroom —"Fix You"
The HBO series is set in recent history, and so uses (some might say "exploits") the incidents we just lived through as plot points. The genius and the ickiness of that strategy are at odds in this uplifting montage where the ACN news team struggles to accurately report the shooting of Gabby Giffords, all to a Coldplay soundtrack.
The West Wing — "Hallelujah"
It's depressing enough to see CJ hear the news that the Secret Service agent who saved her life and scored a date with her met an unfortunate end. Do we really need to lay some Jeff Buckley down on top of that to drive it home?
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip — "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?"
If only the real Studio 60 had had as much success as the fictional Studio 60. There's some premature celebrating going on here.
The West Wing — "Brothers in Arms"
Thanks to this stirring second season montage, Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms" now completely belongs to the Bartlet White House. No subtlety here — just a dramatic thunderstorm, a roomful of reporters, and Martin Sheen showing us how it's done.
The Newsroom — "Let My Love Open the Door"
The second season finale of The Newsroom aired right after last week's explosive Breaking Bad, and soothed a nation with a much-needed pile of warm fuzzies. We sailed into hiatus on champagne bubbles and this Pete Townshend cover by the band Luminate.
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Rebecca Romijn's TV drama King & Maxwell has been axed after just one season on air. The actress starred as a secret service agent-turned-private eye in the crime show, but the series failed to pull in enough viewers, so executives at America's TNT network have decided not to commission a second season.
Romijn was joined in the show by her real life husband Jerry O'Connell, who made a guest appearance during the series.
Pop star Lady Gaga has reportedly been offered a role opposite Colin Firth in upcoming spy drama The Secret Service, according to a U.K. report. The Poker Face hitmaker has previously tested out her acting skills with a part in Robert Rodriguez's action movie Machete Kills, and now she is said to be expanding her Hollywood resume by taking on a small role in the new Matthew Vaughn film.
A source tells Britain's The Sun, "Gaga only had to commit one day to film her scenes early next year... She didn't take much persuading."
Gaga will not be the only pop star making an appearance in the film - fellow singers Taylor Swift, Sir Elton John and Adele have also been brought on board, according to reports.
Colin Firth's wife has stepped in to defend her husband after the actor's drastic weight loss sparked fears for his health, revealing the Oscar winner is just shaping up for a new movie role. The King's Speech star has been pictured showing off a slimmed down figure during an appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, and the photographs have sparked a debate over his thin new physique.
Firth's wife Livia has now spoken out in her husband's defence, insisting he has been in training for his role in Matthew Vaughn's upcoming spy action movie The Secret Service.
In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "Re Colin's weight speculations: he has been asked to train 4 (for) Matthew Vaughn movie! Feeling fit but can't wait to expand again after Xmas!"
British royal Prince William came to the rescue when British actor Will Mellor got caught up in a nightclub scuffle. The future king halted a fight between the 37-year-old actor and another man during an evening out at an exclusive London bar.
Mellor tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I'm not a violent man but I was in a nightclub and I got into a scuffle with another man. The other person got hold of me from behind and said, "He's not worth it, Will." And it was Prince William.
"And then before I knew it there was a secret service (agent) closing in. They thought I was having a scuffle with him, but I wasn't. I got thrown out of the club. On the way out I said, 'Cheers Will'. It still haunts me."
Country star Taylor Swift is set to show off her martial arts skills onscreen after reportedly landing a role opposite Samuel L. Jackson in Matthew Vaughn's new spy film The Secret Service. The Pulp Fiction icon will portray the movie's villain, who kidnaps Swift's character, only for her to escape and exact revenge, according to Britain's The Mirror.
A source tells the newspaper, "She will be required to have some heavy-duty martial arts training in order that her character convincingly kicks Samuel L. Jackson's butt."
The Secret Service, based on Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar's graphic novel of the same name, will also feature Colin Firth and Sir Michael Caine, while soccer superstar David Beckham was recently linked to a cameo appearance too.
Production is set to begin in London and the south of France later this year (13), ahead of a November, 2014 release.
Swift has already started building up her acting resume - she's previously starred on hit U.S. TV shows New Girl and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as well as ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day.
When shots rang out on a November morning, the whole world was changed forever. The assassination of John F. Kennedy sent shockwaves throughout the entire country, but the new film Parkland focuses on the select few men and women who saw it happen. The film seems not to be so much about President Kennedy or his life, but more specifically on the unsung men and women who sprung to action after his death.
Parkland showcases, from multiple perspectives, the race to save the President's life, the events of the investigation, and the life of the family of Lee Harvey Oswald. In a cast littered with Hollywood talent, Paul Giamatti plays the man who mistakenly captures the assassination on tape, Tom Welling and Billy Bob Thornton play secret service agents attempting to catch the shooter, and a scruffy Zac Efron plays a doctor tasked with saving the Commander-in-Chief's life.
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The cast also includes Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Earl Haley, James Badge Dale, and Jacki Weaver. If the trailer is any indication, Parkland looks like the type of meaty historical drama that will have Oscar voters buzzing early next year. At the very least, the film looks to have the 1960's aesthetics nailed right down to the skinny ties and classic cars.
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"Eva Longoria, my friend, called me and said, 'Hey babe... I was gonna have a party for the President... but I can't because there's not three accesses to my home, so we have to do it at yours, OK?' We had a week and a half and they sent three secret service guys, who were with me for that week and a half and they were wonderful." Actress Melanie Griffith on the presidential fundraiser she hosted at her Hollywood home.