Veteran pop singer Alvin Stardust has died, aged 72. The My Coo Ca Choo hitmaker, real name Bernard William Jewry, passed away at home surrounded by his wife Julia and family on Thursday (23Oct14), his manager tells Sky News.
He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.
Jewry first burst onto the pop scene in Shane Fenton and the Fentones in the 1960s and they enjoyed a string of hits on the U.K. music chart.
After they split, Jewry took time out of the spotlight and returned years later in 1973, under the alias Alvin Stardust, producing hits such as Jealous Mind and I Feel Like Buddy Holly.
Stardust also enjoyed an acting career with brief appearances in U.K. TV shows Doctors, The Grimleys and British soap opera Hollyoaks. He also performed in musicals Godspell and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
He had been largely absent from the music industry since the 1980s, but was planning to make a pop comeback in November (14) with his first album in 30 years.
The glam rocker was married three times and had four children.
Nicole Kidman has dismissed rumors she has banned her husband Keith Urban from cavorting with models in his music videos.
The promo for Urban's recent single Somewhere in My Car featured a raunchy scene between a male and female model, and it sparked rumors the singer had decided against participating himself on instruction from his famous wife. However, Kidman is adamant she has no problem with her husband getting close to other women on video shoots because it is all part of the job.
When asked about the rumors during an appearance on Australian radio station KIIS 1065's The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Kidman replied, "No, I'm an actor, I would let him, of course. I think for him, he doesn't feel comfortable acting at all... Whenever anyone gets him to try to act he's like, 'Ahh no'. He doesn't like it at all."
Robert De Niro dedicated his Friars Club honour to late pal Robin Williams on Tuesday night (07Oct14), revealing it was difficult for him to enjoy a career-spanning gala without the funnyman. De Niro received only the fifth Entertainment Icon Award the Friars Club has bestowed in its 110 year existence in New York and admitted he missed Williams, who committed suicide at his home in California in August (14).
Following performances from music legends Sting, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, and video tributes from Ricky Gervais, Meryl Streep, Billy Crystal, Keith Richards and Barbra Streisand, among others, De Niro took to the stage still moved by a clip of his film Awakenings, in which he starred with Williams.
The movie great said, "No one made me laugh like Robin. Of course, it was more than the jokes, he had so much humanity, just look at his face in that scene. He was a wonderful actor, sure, but those feelings were real. No one could fake that kind of love and compassion."
De Niro then dedicated the award to his "dear friend".
Samuel L. Jackson and Beyonce are among the stars who have paid tribute to legendary Bond villain Geoffrey Holder following his death on Sunday (05Oct14). The dancer/actor, who passed away aged 84 after a battle with pneumonia, was best known for playing villainous voodoo henchman Baron Samedi opposite Sir Roger Moore's 007 in 1973 Bond move Live and Let Die.
His passing has sparked an outpouring of grief in the entertainment industry, with stars including Jackson offering tributes.
The Pulp Fiction legend posted a picture of himself with Holder on his Twitter.com page, adding, "I brush up against fame all the time, but encountering greatness is Rare! RIP Mr Holder!!"
Music superstar Beyonce uploaded a black and white portrait of Holder to her website with the caption, "Geoffrey Holder was a man with as much talent as he had charisma. May he rest in absolute peace. - B."
Oscar winner Marlee Matlin adds, "RIP Geoffrey Holder - multi-talented Broadway star & true gentleman", while director Edgar Wright remembers him as one of the best Bond villains, adding with a reference to the closing scene of Live and Let Die, "I would like to think that Geoffrey Holder is not dead but sitting on the back of a train laughing maniacally into camera. RIP Baron Samedi."
Maroon 5 have been accused of glamorizing violence against women in their gory new music video which has been branded "sickening" by anti-rape and domestic violence campaigners.
In the promo for new track Animals, which features the lyric "Baby I'm preying on you tonight. Hunt you down and eat you alive", the band's frontman Adam Levine plays a butcher who stalks a beautiful blonde, portrayed by his wife, model Behati Prinsloo. They are later shown writhing together suggestively while soaked in fake blood and hacking at an animal carcass. Another scene depicts Levine being rejected by the woman in a nightclub before cutting to an image of the pair naked in bed together, and it has sparked outrage among anti-violence activists.
Sandra Horley, Chief Executive of British domestic violence charity Refuge, tells WENN, "I am sickened by this video. Both the lyrics of the song and the imagery trivialize and glamourize violence against women. Stalking is a crime that destroys lives. Refuge works tirelessly to challenge the negative attitudes that trivialize and excuse violence against women. This video shows just how far we still have to go."
Helen Wardman of the U.K.'s Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre adds, "Stalking and violence towards women should not be trivialized or portrayed as acceptable in the entertainment industry. This video minimizes the seriousness of this crime (stalking). It is disrespectful to victims who have to cope with the very real impact of fear and trauma."
Levine and Prinsloo both seem unphased by the negative reaction as they have continued posting stills from the video on their Instagram.com pages. Prinsloo writes in a caption, "It's out and it's bloody, ready for Halloween?? @maroon5 @adamlevine music video husband boom?? Animals?? Fake blood (sic)."
Foo Fighters fans have surpassed a crowdfunding target to bring the band to Cornwall, England for a show, marking the second campaign to successfully reach its goal in the U.K. Fans of the Everlong hitmakers launched a drive on Crowdfunder.co.uk on Monday (29Sep14) asking fellow enthusiasts to donate money in a bid to bring the band to Cornwall in the south west of England.
The organisers of the Cornwall campaign cite the county's "thriving music scene", and hope a visit from the Foo Fighters will "bring in the big names that we deserve to have visit."
Fans surpassed the $242,886 (£150,000) target in just three days, raising more than $254,632 (£157,191) with 53 days left to run.
The successful campaign comes days after fans raised enough money for a Foo Fighters gig in Birmingham, England. The trend was started weeks ago by a devotee in Richmond, Virginia, who was successful in securing a gig in his hometown.
Frontman Dave Grohl and his bandmates have yet to confirm if they will play the U.K. shows.
Justin Bieber will voice the iconic KITT car used in David Hasselhoff's 1980s TV series Knight Rider for the actor's upcoming comedy.
The Baby hitmaker was pictured filming scenes inside the classic vehicle with the former Baywatch actor earlier this week (begs22Sep14) and a star of the film, comedian Jim Jefferies, has confirmed Bieber will be the voice of the indestructible Pontiac Firebird Trans AM, replacing the original voice of William Daniels. Jefferies tells The Insider with Yahoo!, "Justin Bieber is the voice of KITT in this movie - you can't say that every day."
Hasselhoff adds, "He (Bieber) called me and asked me for a favor. I called him back and said, 'As a friend, could you do me a favor'. And he said, 'Yes'. And you know what? I did his favor first because I love the Bieb. I think he's a cool kid, and he gets a bad rap. He's a good guy, and I like his music. I've known him for five years, since the European Music Awards. I called him and said, 'Would you do me a favor?' And he said, 'Yes'."
Bieber has appeared in a number of films as himself and he played a teenage serial killer in two episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2010 and 2011.
The comedy, currently titled Killing Hasselhoff, is about a man who tries to win a bet by hiring an assassin to kill the actor.
The only way you could possibly understand any of these issues is if you're from Tree Hill. Since, there is only One Tree Hill and it's your home.
1. When you're trying to join the basketball team, but your half brother (that lives with your asshole dad who pretends you don’t exist) is being a total dick:
2. When you try to help out a pretty girl and she verbally attacks you:
3. When you’re just trying to tutor someone and they’re all like “Don’t say I never gave you anything”:
4. When you tell your best friend that you’re just tutoring his asshole half-brother, but wind up marrying him:
5. When you're trying to give the valedictorian speech at your high school graduation, but your water breaks:
6. When you try to go to your senior prom, but your psycho stalker won't let you:
7. When you picked the boys you want, put them on the door, and your then best friend totally disregards everything:
“Peyton! He’s on the DAMN DOOR under me!”
8. When you love a guy and want your best friend to be happy for you, but they love him too, and things get real complicated:
9. When you're trying to get a heart transplant, but a dog steals and eats your new heart:
10. When you're just trying to casually attend a wedding but get kidnapped by your crazy nanny:
11. When you decide it's a good idea to marry one of three girls you've loved, call them, and ask them to meet you at the airport so you can fly to Vegas:
12. When you think it's a good idea to get married in high school and then are shocked when things don't work out perfectly:
13. When you just want to be friends with people and they decide to always leave:
14. When you're just trying to have a nice day on the beach but someone tries to baptize you:
15. When you were always trying to be a really diligent student but your sisters were secretly getting you high:
16. When you're trying to have a normal relationship with your boyfriend but then the stalker that looks like his dead wife decides to shoot you:
17. When your trying to enjoy your wedding day, but the limo flips over a bridge:
18. When you can’t understand why you’re dad is weirded out that your Nanny Deb is dating your Uncle Skills:
19. When you totally forget you have a kid and your kid is like “WTF are you talking about dad?”:
20. When you’re just trying to come home to wife and kids and get kidnapped:
Scott boys, getting kidnapped like it's nobody's business.
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Songwriter and instrumentalist Johnny Rotella has died, aged 93. The musician's son, John Rotella, confirmed his father passed away peacefully in his sleep in Van Nuys, California on 11 September (14), just days before his 94th birthday.
A statement from Kathy Spanberger, head of music publishing company Peermusic, reads, "He was not only a gifted songwriter but also a renowned musician and raconteur. I will miss the lunches... I had with Johnny because we got to sit back and listen to the wonderful stories of the days he worked with the greats in our business, including Sinatra, Goodman and Glenn Miller."
While growing up in New Jersey, Rotella played clarinet and saxophone in an array of bands throughout his teens, and after military service in World War Two, he relocated to California, began work as a studio woodwind player and became established on the music scene.
Rotella wrote the anthem Nothing But the Best for Frank Sinatra and recorded with Neil Diamond, Frank Zappa and Steely Dan.
He was a sought after session musician, a band regular on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour variety show in the 1970s, and he wrote more than 200 songs, performed by the likes of Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and Doris Day.
Rockers Poison are in talks to hit the road again in 2015. Singer Bret Michaels and drummer Rikki Rockett and company often get together for corporate shows and are booked to perform their hits at private concerts booked for October (14) and January (15), and now there are plans to perform for the real fans again.
Michaels tells the Cleveland Scene, "It looks like it (tour) will happen. It's been a few years. We just want to put together the right package and show to celebrate with everyone.
"When the time's right, I'm sure it will happen. We are all just in different places right now, but we are never done making music."
Poison last regrouped for a tour as part of North America's Rock Of Ages dates with Def Leppard in 2012.