British actress Zoe Wanamaker has voiced her support for Martin Freeman's turn as Richard Iii, applauding him for attracting new audiences to theatre. The Sherlock star's appearance in the Shakespeare play at London's Trafalgar Studios theatre has been met with mixed reviews, with one critic branding his performance "disappointingly underpowered" and others criticising the staging of the production.
There have also been complaints that some fans of Freeman's TV roles have behaved badly at the shows, interrupting the performance with inappropriate cheering, and actress Maureen Lipman complained, "The producers are aiming for people who spend most of their day with wire in their ears. It is not so much Richard III as Richard the rock concert."
However, Wanamaker insists Freeman should be praised for filling theatres with audiences who would not normally visit stage shows.
She tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "If Martin is getting people who would normally watch television or go to the cinema into a theatre for the first time - especially when it's Shakespeare - then that's great. It's essential that as many different people should cram into our theatres as possible and see the beauty of what is put on."
Justin Timberlake surprised 12-year-old fan Robbie Dwible with tickets to his Hammerstein Ballroom show in New York on Thursday (10July14). Dwible, who suffers from a painful skin condition, was given a limousine ride to and from the concert and even met the Mirrors hitmaker backstage.
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Superhero blockbusters X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Captain America: The Winter Soldier will battle it out at the inaugural mtvU Fandom Awards later this month (14).
The nominees for the fan-voted prizes are split across four categories: movies, TV dramas, TV comedies and animation. Films including The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Hobbit will be competing for the best fanbase title.
TV shows in the running include comedies Glee, How I Met Your Mother and New Girl and dramas Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Vampire Diaries. South Park and Family Guy are named in the animation category.
Fans vote online to ensure their favourite film or TV show makes it into the next round. The productions with the lowest number of votes will be knocked out until one nominee is left from each category. They will then compete for the Fandom of the Year title.
The special Best Fandom Forever award is also up for grabs for movies including Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings and TV shows including Doctor Who, Sherlock and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The winner will be decided based on the number of times they are mentioned on the MTV Tumblr.com blog page.
The awards will be handed out at the Petco Park baseball stadium on 24 July (14) as part of the annual Comic-Con festival in San Diego, California.
Ahead of the prizegiving, rockers Linkin Park will headline the inaugural MTV Fan Fest concert.
Highlights from the gig and the awards show will be broadcast on the mtvU channel on 27 July (14).
Pharrell Williams added another major honour to his trophy cabinet on Friday (04Jul14) after picking up the Raymond Weil International Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London. The Happy hitmaker was honoured for his most recent hits, which also include Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and Get Lucky, his collaboration with Daft Punk.
Other winners at the prestigious lunchtime gala included former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who picked up the O2 Silver Clef Award, Sir Tom Jones, who was presented with the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award and Black Sabbath.
In addition to the prizegiving event, the awards ceremony also serves as a charity for Nordoff Robbins, which provides therapy to adults and children suffering from various diseases and conditions.
Prizewinner Page says, ''I played on the original Silver Clef show that was way back at Knebworth, which had Cliff Richard and Pink Floyd and I played with Robert Plant there. I went to the Nordoff Robbins centre the other day and they told me that the centre was established from that charity concert, so that was really nice to find out.
"When I was at the centre I met someone who was a recipient of the work the charity is doing and it was quite a moving experience I have to say. When you see the results that they get you can see it's what you always believed music could do. Music is a great communicator... Music has a power.''
The 02 Silver Clef Award Winners are:
Pharrell Williams - Raymond Weil International Award
Paloma Faith - Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award
Giorgio Moroder - American Express Innovation Award
Gareth Malone - PPL Classical Award
Laura Mvula - Jack Daniel's Best Newcomer Award
Sir Tom Jones - Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award
Chas & Dave - Investec Icon Award
Black Sabbath - AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock Award
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is holding out hope for a collaboration with Lady Gaga after meeting the pop superstar backstage at a recent gig. The Breaking the Law rocker met Gaga for the first time when he was a guest at a recent concert in San Diego, California - and now the odd couple is making plans to hit the studio together.
Halford says, "I've been a huge fan of Gaga since she first burst on the scene. I just love everything that lady represents. First and foremost, her voice is extraordinary. I love her voice. She's an accomplished musician, she plays piano really well, she's just a great songwriter. And she's a beacon of hope for a lot of people in the world.
"(Meeting her) was a real moment come true. We didn't really have much time to talk. She's busy. I'm busy, but we've agreed to get together at some point and just hang out and maybe do something. I don't know if that will ever happen, but I love her to death."
R&B star Bruno Mars made a young car crash survivor's dreams come true on Saturday (28Jun14) by inviting the fan to his show in Cleveland, Ohio and serenading her from the stage. Zumyah Thorpe lost her pregnant mother and two sisters in an horrific car accident last year (13). The 11 year old suffered a traumatic brain injury which impacted her motor skills and she only regained the ability to speak again by learning the words to tracks by Mars.
The Grenade hitmaker learned about Thorpe's tragic story and subsequent recovery via social media and he decided to reach out to the child so he could meet her when his tour touched down in Cleveland this weekend.
He met Thorpe and her family before his gig and treated them to a private four-song set before presenting her with a teddy bear, while he also gave them tickets to attend his concert on Saturday, when he performed his hit Just the Way You Are for the pre-teen.
Mars later took to his Instagram.com account to share a photo of himself with a smiling Thorpe. In the accompanying caption, he wrote, "Tonight's show was dedicated to this amazing young woman. I love you, Zumyah."
He also uploaded a second snap of him giving Thorpe a kiss on the cheek and added, "Zumyah tonight you gave my band and I something we've never felt before. You're an inspiration to the world! #WeLoveYouZumyah."
Miley Cyrus sent a terminally-ill young fan a personal video message just an hour before her death last Friday (13Jun14). Caley Camarillo, who was suffering from cystic fibrosis, had long been an admirer of the Wrecking Ball hitmaker and even had a chance to meet her idol a few years ago while Cyrus was on tour.
Upon learning that her young fan did not have much longer to live, Cyrus recorded a video for Caley, which her mother, Teresa, posted on Facebook.com.
In the video, Cyrus says, "Hey Caley it's Miley. I've been talking to your mama the past few days. I know we met a few years ago but I want to let you know that I'm still praying for you, I'm still thinking about you, I'm sending you some love, and I just want you to know that you on are on my mind and in my heart and I just wanted to send you a quick message to say hello to you." She ended the clip by blowing a kiss to the camera.
Teresa wrote in a post on Facebook that Caley had the chance to watch the singer's video shortly before she passed away, and lauded Cyrus' generosity.
The devastated mum wrote, "Miley Cyrus was the very first celebrity that Caley was into and the very first celebrity she met... Miley Cyrus sent this to Caley and she was able to watch it an hour before she had passed. She managed to let out a smile. I take great comfort in this for some reason."
Two days after the 12 year old's death, Cyrus took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the young fan, stating that her Bangerz concert on Sunday (15Jun14) in Lisbon, Portugal was dedicated to Caley.
Sir Mick Jagger met the brunette he was recently photographed with on a hotel balcony in Switzerland three weeks before the death of his girlfriend L'Wren Scott. The British rocker hit headlines earlier this month (Jun14) when he was snapped with the young woman on a hotel balcony in Zurich while the band was in town for a concert on 1 June (14).
One image showed the female companion lean forward and kiss a seated Jagger on the head, sparking rumours of a new romance.
The mystery female has since been identified as 27-year-old American ballet dancer Melanie Hamrick, who actually first met Jagger three weeks before fashion designer Scott took her own life in March (14).
A spokesperson for Jagger has confirmed to Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper that he and Hamrick were introduced when members of her dance company were given backstage access at the Stones' show in Tokyo, Japan on 24 February (14).
However, sources tell the publication nothing happened between them until they reconnected this month (Jun14).
Reports of Jagger's new fling less than three months after Scott's death angered the designer's sister Jan Shane, who blasted the 70-year-old singer's behaviour.
Shane told Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper, "These pictures make me wonder what Mick is really thinking and feeling. His daughter says that he is still heartbroken and devastated about losing my sister, and then you see these photos - he will never change."
Boyband One Direction concluded weeks of good deeds on Sunday (08Jun14) by meeting with a group of sick youngsters at London's Wembley Stadium ahead of their final show at the venue. The Story Of My Life hitmakers are ambassadors for the Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity, which grants wishes for kids battling severe or life-threatening medical issues, and they have previously gifted sick fans with tickets to their shows.
On Sunday, the boys met with 53 poorly youngsters at the concert venue before the last of their three shows there, and answered their questions and posed for pictures with them.
The boys have raised $480,000 (£300,000) during the Ireland and U.K. leg of their Where We Are world tour by asking ticket buyers to also donate to charity. The donations are to be split between Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The charitable pop idols are also donating 80 cents (50 pence) from every ticket sold in Ireland and Britain to the Stand Up To Cancer charity and have raised $960,000 (£600,000).
Niall Horan also raised more than $480,000 for good causes by organising a star-studded charity soccer match last month (May14).
Rapper Cam'Ron has apologised to fans for missing a gig in London this week (beg02Jun14). The star had been due to play his first concert in the city in several years at The Forum in Kentish Town on Tuesday night (03Jun14), but the gig was called off at the last minute after the audience had already entered venue.
When it was announced that Cam'ron would not be gracing the stage, the news was met with jeers and cat calls from the irritated crowd.
The star has now taken to Instagram.com to explain his absence and apologise to fans who were left waiting for him to appear.
Cam'ron appears to suggest there were safety concerns over the show, writing, "Sorry to all my fans dat (that) came to da (sic) show but as u (you) can see they tried to line me up. And only da (sic) barber lines me up... They had 15 (people)... in front of da (sic) stage (that rushed the stage) and 35... outside... And I was wit 2 (people)... The people that brought me here were very very nice... but when I asked where the (security) was at? (That they were suppose to have) they never showed them to me... Not s**tting on them cause they were cool... But we can't play when it gets down to hammer time... So no I didn't get robbed... No I didn't get jumped... I was chillin (sic)... To rest of London... Love y'all... I really do and apologise again.. But y'all (others)... y'all blew yak chance again (sic)... Dumb a** gangsta's (sic)..."
Mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos and tenor Placido Domingo perform opera arias and duets in this concert taped live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House on February 28, 1982. The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra plays operatic overtures and preludes, and accompanies the singers under the baton of conductor James Levine.