Peter Gabriel's lost home video footage from the 1986 Amnesty International A Conspiracy Of Hope U.S. tour has been unearthed and restored for an upcoming DVD. The rocker kept his video camera running on plane and bus trips from venue to venue and backstage, capturing candid moments with tourmates like Lou Reed, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt and U2, but he thought he'd lost the footage when he was approached by RELEASED! The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998 producer Martin Lewis, who was putting together a visual celebration of the star-studded Amnesty International Concerts.
Lewis tells WENN, "Peter Gabriel was obsessive with the camera but when I asked if I could use the footage he told me it (camera) had got nicked (stolen) and he had no idea where the footage was.
"I found some of the tapes in a barn in upstate New York and then set about condensing and restoring his footage from the 10-day 1986 tour into a three-minute film to be included as an extra segment for the package.
"It was amazing. I had read that the musicians on the tour staged an impromptu jam session in a Ramada Inn in Atlanta, Georgia. That was there and there were 11 minutes of U2 jamming with members of Peter Gabriel and Lou Reed's bands."
The six-disc DVD box-set and two-disc companion CD will be available from 5 November (13) and features performances at the human rights organisation's groundbreaking musical events throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It includes concert footage featuring U2, The Police, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Youssou N'Dour, Tracy Chapman and Alanis Morissette.
Paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamas senator Pleasant Bridgewater are facing charges of conspiracy to extort $25 million (£17.2 million) from the grieving star after his teenage son Jett suffered a fatal seizure at the resort in January (09).
The pair reportedly threatened to release a Refusal of Treatment/Transportation form, which Travolta signed after requesting paramedics drive his son to the airport. He initially believed it would be faster to fly the 16 year old to a hospital in Florida for treatment, but subsequently changed his mind.
Bridgewater and Lightbourne supposedly planned to leak the document to the press, suggesting Travolta's actions had delayed treatment for his son.
During closing arguments in a Nassau courtroom on Monday (19Oct09), the prosecution asked the jury to focus on the secret recordings of negotiations between the accused and Travolta's attorneys, insisting the evidence should be enough to convict them.
On one tape, Lightbourne can be heard telling Travolta's attorney Michael McDermott, "I was poor all my life, you know, me and my family. We struggling (sic) all my life. I wanted to do things for charity all of my life. I assume I'm in a position now, not only for me to help the less fortunate out there - so that figure ($20 million) just come (sic) to my head."
Defence lawyers have argued that Lightbourne and Bridgewater were set up by Travolta's legal team - but prosecutor Bernard Turner has told the court, "They were just trying to do the right thing. They shouldn't be vilified for doing the right thing."
The defence is set to outline its closing arguments on Tuesday (20Oct09).
Lightbourne and Bridgewater have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Fresh off his Emmy win for the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, Tom Hanks is already thinking ahead. Hanks will first play a train conductor in the Robert Zemeckis-directed pic Polar Express in what Variety describes as "the most CGI-ambitious holiday film since Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The Castle Rock project centers on a boy whose belief in Santa Claus results in a fantasy trip to the North Pole aboard a magical train. The film is slated for release for the 2004 holiday season. Afterwards, Hanks will star in the Coen brothers-helmed Ladykillers, a remake of the 1955 comedy that starred Alec Guiness and Peter Sellers. The film is about an old landlady who unknowingly rents rooms to a group of thieves looking for a hideout.
After one of his fans was killed by a drunk driver outside a radio station in Los Angeles, singer Justin Timberlake has decided to tackle the issue. According to Reuters, Timberlake will write and produce a public service radio and TV spot on behalf of Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving (RADD) to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving among young people.
This is not about space. Lance Bass' production company, A Happy Place, has optioned Gordon Korman's kids book Nose Pickers From Outer Space--OK, so it is about space--for Grease director Randal Kleiser, Variety reports. The book is part of a series about an alien who attempts to save the earth from destruction by impersonating a fourth-grade exchange student. The alien race carries computers in their noses. Bass would likely play one of the nose pickers.
Owen Wilson will play Hutch to Ben Stiller's Starsky in the action comedy Starsky & Hutch, set for a February start, Variety reports. The movie is based on the popular television show Starsky & Hutch, which ran from 1975-1979, and originally starred Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul. Snoop Dogg also stars in the role of Huggy Bear.
Def Jam Records is teaming up with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films to produce a military comedy for Redman and Method Man. According to Variety, the film is a fish-out-of-water story that follows the duo's misadventures after they join the military and embark on a covert overseas campaign. Redman and Method Man have been on a roll following last year's How High. The two will star in New Line's upcoming urban comedy Ghetto, Inc. and will play drug cops in an untitled comedy for Universal.
Two men who allegedly paid street people to fight each other as part of the Internet video sensation Bumfights were arrested in San Diego, Reuters reports. Zachary Bubeck and Ryan Edward McPherson were charged with conspiracy, solicitation of a felony crime and illegally paying people to fight. The arrests followed a three-month probe into the tapes, which Bumfights producers claim to have sold more than 300,000 of over the Internet for $19.99 apiece. "Bumfights, Vol 1" is touted by its producers as "the fastest-selling independent video" featuring "drunks" and "crackheads." The tape shows bedraggled men engaging in fistfights and acts of self-abuse in exchange for cash, food, liquor and hotel rooms. They were warned not to tell authorities about their compensation.
The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that AOL Time Warner and the Walt Disney Co. are in talks to merge CNN with ABC News to create "a stand-alone news powerhouse." But CNN News Group Chairman and Chief Executive Walter Isaacson told staff in an internal memo obtained by Reuters Tuesday that while talks have periodically occurred between CNN and other news groups, no deal was in the works. "The idea is intriguing and we expect that these talks will pick up again from time to time," Isaacson said, but added, "at this time, CNN is not close to making a deal."
The sisters of Mexican singer/actress Thalia were reportedly ambushed and possibly kidnapped after leaving a Mexico City theater, The Associated Press reports. Family members have refused to file a police report, a common occurrence in Mexico because relatives often fear officials may be involved. Thalia married Tommy Mottola--head of Sony Music and the former husband of singer Mariah Carey--in December 2000.
Alex Michel, star of ABC's The Bachelor, may be content with the girl of his choosing (Amanda) after Thursday's two-hour finale, but ratings indicate audiences are drooling for more.
According to Nielson Media Research, 18.2 million viewers tuned in to find out which woman Michel would choose, making the show second only to CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. But don't worry, ABC is getting ready to tie the knot on part two of The Bachelor. And the guys won't get to have all the fun--a network source revealed that ABC is casting Bachelorette as well. No word on when the shows will air.
Although Baretta star Robert Blake couldn't post bail to get himself out of jail while awaiting the trial for the murder of his wife Bonny Lee Bakely, he did manage to free his bodyguard, Earle Caldwell. The Associated Press reports Blake posted $1 million bail on Friday for Caldwell, who has pleaded innocent to one charge of conspiracy to murder Bakely.
The BBC reports Catherine Zeta-Jones joined singer Charlotte Church and former cricket player Ian Botham for the last two miles of a 229-mile, 9-day walk for charity in Wales on Saturday.
Dennis Quaid (The Rookie) must really like sports in the movies. The AP reports he's slated to star as Lee Petty, father of NASCAR record-winning champ Richard Petty, in an as-yet-untitled biopic of the driver.
Chicago police are still unsure if sex tapes allegedly featuring R&B singer R. Kelly and a woman who was not his wife involved any lawbreaking, but if new reports are true Kelly could be in some pretty hot water. On April 3, Sparkle, a singer who made the 1998 hit "Be Careful" with Kelly, identified the unknown woman in the tape as her 14-year-old niece to radio DJ Adimu of the Beat (KKBT), SonicNet Music reports. Police won't confirm if there is any truth to Sparkle's story.
Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue kicked off her European tour in Wales on Friday night with a futuristic show, the BBC reports, as she emerged from a Terminator-style robot wearing her signature thigh-high silver boots. You go, girl!
Rockers Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones and singers Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Lenny Kravitz will all appear together on one upcoming episode of The Simpsons, the BBC reports. No word on when the show will air.
The irreverent VH-1 talk show Late World with Zach will air its final original episode Thursday at 11 p.m., CNN reports. Although it has only been on air since March 4, viewership was lower than expected.
Sean Penn presented Kevin Spacey and Warren Beatty with awards Thursday night at the 45th San Francisco International Film Festival, the AP reports. Spacey took home the Peter J. Owens Award for "brilliance, independence and integrity as an actor," and Beatty was given the Akira Kurosawa Award for lifetime achievement in directing.
Singer Michael W. Smith won six awards at the 33rd Annual Dove Awards for Christian music, CNN reports. The show took place Thursday night at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.
Examination of the unexplained circumstances and conspiracy connections behind such stories as the assassination of President Kennedy, the World Trade Center bombing, child-abuse allegations against Michael Jackson, and the death of Clinton advisor Vincent Foster.