Kasabian rocker Serge Pizzorno is convinced the band was snubbed in the 2015 BRIT Awards nominations due to a "conspiracy" by ceremony bosses to shut rock 'n' roll out. The British group released a new album, new singles and headlined Glastonbury Festival last year (14) but their hard work failed to land them a single mention when the nods were announced earlier this month (Jan15).
Guitarist Pizzorno has now declared his group was deliberately shut out as part of a tactical move against rock music, telling Britain's The Sun newspaper, "It's a conspiracy. They're trying to shut rock 'n' roll out of it. What sort of message does that send to working class rock 'n' roll bands, which the industry is in dire need of?... Kasabian couldn't have done any more last year. It's bulls**t really."
Rock groups including Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, Coldplay, The War On Drugs, The Black Keys and Alt-J all scored nominations for the 2015 ceremony, which will take place in London on 25 February (15).
Lee Daniels has offered to buy Denzel Washington dinner so he can talk the actor into accepting a role on his new TV show Empire. The Hollywood moviemaker is co-creator of the drama, which stars Terrence Howard as a drug-dealer-turned-music mogul, and he wants the Oscar winner to join the cast for a cameo appearance.
Daniels has shared a picture of himself dining with Washington at a restaurant in Los Angeles, and he added in a caption posted on his Instagram.com page, "Trying to talk this one into doing a guest star on Empire. Next week dinner on me."
The Butler moviemaker directed the first two episodes of Empire, which began airing in the U.S. earlier this month (Jan15).
"I've never felt pretty enough to be a model. I think I've provoked feelings with how I look. But not as a beauty but as a mischievous little rascal! My mom always told me beauty comes from within. And I know that's maybe a cliche, but I do believe that. And I think that's what lasts forever." Former Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson admits she is the last person to have expected to land a new contract with the Next Modeling agency for commercials and appearances.
British actor Idris Elba has embarked on an epic road trip from London to Berlin, Germany for a new Jaguar car promotion. The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star, 42, will travel 750 miles (1,200 kilometres) in the Jaguar XE, the most fuel-efficient model ever produced by the luxury auto firm, on a journey which will take him across four countries during wintery conditions in just three days.
The trek, which kicked off on Sunday (25Jan15), will be documented on camera using the vehicle's high-tech 'infotainment' (information and entertainment) system. A series of short films from the adventure will be released over the course of next month (Feb15).
Elba is expected to arrive in Berlin on Tuesday afternoon, when he will DJ at a pop-up party to celebrate the forthcoming release of the Jaguar XE.
Discussing the challenge prior to the drive, Elba said, "My work takes me around the world, but I rarely have the time or luxury of getting behind the wheel for myself. I wanted to do this trip and record the experience through a series of short films.
"I have long been a fan of Jaguar's incredible sporting heritage and have been truly impressed with how the brand has evolved over the past few years. It's a real privilege being the first person to take the new XE on a significant road trip across Europe."
Jaguar Land Rover executive Fiona Pargeter added, "As a keen driver with a passion for cars, technology and music, Idris is the perfect fit to test the new Jaguar XE. We look forward to seeing how he achieves an economical drive despite challenging winter conditions."
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen showed her support for husband Tom Brady's U.S. football team New England Patriots as they romped to victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday (18Jan15), by tweeting from the big AFC Championship game. The quarterback led his team to a 45-7 home win and secured the Patriots a Super Bowl match off with the Seattle Seahawks, and his wife made sure fans knew whose side she was on.
Gisele tweeted, "Tooooooooouchdown!!!!!!" as her husband's team rained down points on the Colts as the rain poured down on Foxborough, Massachusetts.
She also added, "That's the way, uh-huh, uh-huh I like it!!!! #GoPats", and "Wait for it... Wait for it... TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!!!! YEEEAAAHHHH", as she excitedly cheered on the home team.
The Brazilian is sure to be among the celebrities in the crowd for the Super Bowl showdown in Glendale, Arizona on 1 February (15).
Earlier on Sunday, rapper Macklemore and actor Chris Pratt were in the crowd for Seattle's comeback victory over the Green Bay Packers, led by actress Olivia Munn's boyfriend Aaron Rodgers.
Seahawks fan Pratt posted a photo of himself and the Thrift Shop hitmaker and added the caption, "I'm with your boy @macklemore and we just witnessed a miracle!"
The rapper added, "History... #GOHAWKS #SEATTLE."
Jake Gyllenhaal has won over notoriously tough theatre critics to land a slew of "dazzling" reviews for his star turn in Constellations on Broadway.
The Hollywood actor made his Broadway debut opposite British actress Ruth Wilson in Nick Payne's play, which opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater in New York City on Tuesday night (13Jan15), and they have both won high praise for playing star-crossed lovers in the drama.
Ben Brantley of The New York Times describes the pair as "perfectly matched" and brands Gyllenhaal's performance "magnificent", adding, "It's no surprise that Ms. Wilson, a two-time Olivier Award winner, is comfortable with her role's demands. But Mr. Gyllenhaal, whose theatre experience is more limited, is every bit as persuasive..."
The New York Post's Elisabeth Vincentelli praises Gyllenhaal as "subtly wonderful" and calls Wilson "tremendous", while Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News writes, "The cast is swoon-worthy. Gyllenhaal is laid-back and ever-genuine as the passive Roland. Wilson... is sensual and irresistibly carefree - a perfect foil. Together, they have something elusive: combustible chemistry."
Linda Winer of Newsday calls the show "dazzling" and The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney concludes, "Constellations is... a richly affecting experience. That's thanks to the sensitivity of the writing, but also to the warmth, humour and vitality invested in it by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, giving two astonishing performances in a production... that's as rigorous as it is tender."
The rave reviews come as an extra boost for Wilson just days after she won a Golden Globe award for her role in TV drama The Affair.
Russell Brand has urged the world to take a stand against the recent attacks in France by fighting terrorism with "compassion and love". Millions of protesters around the world gathered on Sunday (11Jan15) for 'unity marches' in the aftermath of three days of attacks in France which killed 17 people, including journalists and cartoonists at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
The magazine was reportedly targeted for publishing depictions of the Islamic Prophet Muhammed, and Brand, who is currently "on holiday in a low signal land" has now waded into the debate over the killings.
Brand has published a lengthy rant on his blog in which he urges citizens around the world to unite in "love and tolerate and reach across the fear".
He writes, "Devastation in the City of Love, the New Year already feels tainted, blood stained in January by murder and sieges and grieving widows... As a believer in God I respect the beliefs of all faiths, as a human being I respect freedom of speech...
"I suppose there will now be calls to curb our freedom. There will be tension and fear in mixed communities like the one I live in... The awful fact is that violence of this type is almost impossible to stop...The only answer is in the territory of the spirit, in the deep interconnectedness within us all. In the acceptance that all action on this plane is the manifestation of an inner realm and violence of an inner malady. Our only hope is compassion and love. To marshall vigorously the only terror and violence we can absolutely control; that which is within us individually... I am saying that we must love as passionately as they hate. We must respect as vehemently as they desecrate. It is not easy to be peaceful and loving in the face of dreadful violence but it's all we have."
Country stars Rascal Flatts are set to expand their acting resumes by delving back into history to appear in a mini-series based during the American Civil War. The These Days hitmakers have scored roles in writer Michael Frost Beckner's new TV project To Appomattox, which stars Homeland's Damian Lewis and is helmed by his former Band of Brothers director, Mikael Salomon.
Bassist Jay DeMarcus explains, "A good friend of ours (Beckner), who wrote the episode that we were in of CSI, it's taken him, like, 15 years to write this Civil War mini-series called To Appomattox. It's sort of like Band of Brothers for the Civil War: it follows the same group of guys around from the beginning of the American Civil War to the end."
DeMarcus is also getting involved in the music side of the series, adding: I'm actually going to compose and score the mini-series, and we all have roles in there as soldiers. I'm a confederate soldier named Jessie Dunlap. He's a combination of several different real-life confederate soldiers, and so he's a really interesting character."
Rascal Flatts aren't the only country stars featured in To Appomattox - Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, Kix Brooks and Sara Evans will also make appearances.
The series is expected to air later this year (15).
Folk icon Yusuf Islam has revisited controversial remarks he made about the Islamic fatwa placed on author Salman Rushdie over two decades ago in a new Rolling Stone interview, insisting he was never a supporter of the death threat. Rushdie went into hiding after Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini declared the writer had insulted Muslims with his depiction of the prophet Muhammad in 1988 novel The Satanic Verses - and therefore must die under Islamic law.
Yusuf, aka Cat Stevens, who became a Muslim convert in the late 1970s, sparked controversy in 1989 when he told students in London Rushdie "must be killed".
He added, "The (religious book) Quran makes it clear: If someone defames the prophet, then he must die."
But, addressing the drama in a new Rolling Stone interview, Yusuf wishes people would stop asking him about comments he made over 25 years ago.
He says, "People need to get over it... I've got grey hair now. Come on. I was fool enough to try and be honest and tell people my position. As far as I'm concerned, this shouldn't be the subject of my life."
But the singer/songwriter adds, "I'm a firm believer of the law. I was never a supporter of the fatwa, but people don't want to hear that because they keep saying that I believe in the law of blasphemy. All I'm saying is, how can you deny the Third Commandment? It's an Islamic principle that you must follow the law of the land where you reside."
The publication of Yusuf's remarks comes as the world reacts to the terrorist attack on the offices of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo - gunmen stormed the publication's headquarters in Paris on Wednesday (07Jan15), killing 12 people, including journalists, cartoonists and editor Stephane Charbonnier.
The attack is believed to have been carried out by Islamic extremists upset by cartoons depicting Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Author Rushdie has condemned the atrocities, insisting, "Religion deserves our fearless disrespect", and stating the terrorist attack is a sign of "the deadly mutation in the heart of Islam".
Rushdie and Charbonnier were named on Islamic terrorist group Al Qaeda's 'most wanted' list last year (14). It is believed militants supporting the organisation carried out the Paris attack.
A Million Ways To Die In The West, Transformers: Age Of Extinction, Sex Tape and The Interview will 'fight' for the title of 2014's worst film at the Golden Raspberry Awards in February (15), according to a leaked list of potential nominees. With almost two weeks to go before the official Razzie nominations are announced, awards website GoldDerby.com has obtained the shortlists for Worst Film, Worst Remake, Worst Screenplay, Worst Screen Combo, Worst Director and Worst Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.
Unsurprisingly, Transformers: Age of Extinction comes out on top with nine considerations including Worst Film, Worst Director (Michael Bay), Worst Sequel, Worst Screenplay and Worst Supporting Actor and Actress (Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz and Sophie Miles).
It is closely followed by Seth MacFarlane's critically-mauled A Million Ways to Die in the West with eight nods, including Worst Film, Worst Director (MacFarlane) and Worst Actress (Charlize Theron). Saving Christmas, Sex Tape, Legend of Hercules and Haunted House 2 land six nominations, according to the leaked list, while Pompeii, The Expendables 3 and Johnny Depp's Transcendence bottom out with five apiece.
Cameron Diaz is among the potential nominees in the Worst Actress category with two films, Sex Tape and The Other Woman, and she's also up for Worst Supporting Actress for her role in Annie, while Glee star Lea Michele's voice in Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return earns her a Razzie consideration for Worst Actress.
Seth Rogen's controversial new comedy picks up four early nods, including Worst Film and Worst Actor (Rogen and James Franco), and movie veteran Jane Fonda could land a Razzie for her role as a lesbian matriarch in This is Where I Leave You, while Kelsey Grammer, Mel Gibson and Arnold Schwarzenegger are all under consideration for a Worst Supporting Actor nomination for The Expendables 3.
The Golden Raspberry Awards nominations will be unveiled on 14 January (15).