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Sir Paul McCartney has enlisted his famous friends including Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Kiss and The Cure to record a tribute album featuring covers of his songs.
Artists including Willie Nelson, Barry Gibb, Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Def Leppard and Alice Cooper have also recorded tracks for The Art of Paul McCartney, which features songs from The Beatles, Wings and his solo career.
Notable inclusions are Chrissie Hynde's version of Let It Be, Billy Joel singing Live and Let Die, Bob Dylan's Things We Said Today, and The Cure's cover of Hello Goodbye, which they recorded with the music veteran's son James.
The album is set to hit shelves in November (14).
Actor Johnny Depp is set to show off his musical talents on a new record based on unfinished Bob Dylan songs. The Alice in Wonderland star visited the Los Angeles' Capitol Studios to watch the recording session for producer T Bone Burnett's Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, but ended up filling in for Elvis Costello on the guitar for the song Kansas City.
Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, which also features Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, is set for release this autumn (14) to coincide with a new documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, directed by Sam Jones.
The lyrics come from Dylan's 1967 Basement Tapes sessions.
This isn't the first musical venture for the Depp - the actor is currently working with The Beatles legend Paul McCartney on a secret project with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, while he has also become a familiar sight at Aerosmith and Willie Nelson concerts after joining them onstage on various occasions.
I would never be so bold as to declare any one Simpsons quote the funniest of the lot. With 25 seasons (and about 10 good ones) it'd be impossible to allocate inarguable superlatives to a single line, moment, character, or even episode. But even if candidates for all-time favorites are perpetually up in the air, there are a dozen or so instances from the prolific series that stick with me consistently. Quotes and gags that pop into my head multiple times a week, sometimes with only the slightest provocation, diverting brain power from the legion of more important things I might be wise to pay more attention to. A few of these examples aren’t even especially funny (at least not in comparison to some other gems from the show), but have for some reason found a comfortable home just beneath my conscious thought.
In celebration of The Simpsons' imminent arrival in our lives in two whole new ways — in its first full-series marathon on FXX, and in its pioneer journey to digital distribution (via EW) — I couldn't resist paying tribute to these moments back upon these neurological leeches from one of my favorite TV series. Please chime in with your own!
"'Give me five bees for a quarter,' you'd say."Speaker: Grampa SimpsonEpisode: "Last Exit to Springfield" (Season 4, Episode 17)Context: Strikebreaker Abe begins reminiscing on the good old days during a meeting with business mogul Monty Burns. Eventually, his rambling takes him to the above quote about the alleged mid-20th century colloquialism for American currency.Pops into my head whenever: Someone asks me to make change.
"That's my dad's shootin' car!"Speaker: Nelson MuntzEpisode: "Bart the Mother" (Season 5, Episode 22)Context: Juvenile delinquent Nelson introduces Bart to his father's prized possession.Pops into my head whenever: I see a car. Seriously. Any car.
"So I says to Mabel, I says..."Speaker: BartEpisode: "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)" (Season 8, Episode 9)Context: None.Pops into my head whenever: There's a lull in conversation aching for placeholder smalltalk.
"Then I go and spoil it all by doing something stupid like explooode yooou."Singer: Sideshow BobEpisode: "Black Widower" (Season 3, Episode 21)Context: After an ostensibly romantic musical montage, Sideshow Bob reveals his true intentions behind marrying Marge's sister Selma Bouvier: he aims to kill her!Pops into my head whenever: I hear a Frank Sinatra song.
"Oh no! My brains!"Speaker: Hans MolemanEpisode: "Team Homer" (Season 7, Episode 12)Context: An ether-induced Mr. Burns ostensibly drills a hole into the brain of perpetually unfortunate Hans Moleman.Pops into my head whenever: Anything causes me duress or anxiety (which, if you know me, you know is no rare occurrence).
"No wires at all! Except one."Speaker: Principal SkinnerEpisode: "We're on the Road to D'ohwhere" (Season 17, Episode 11)Context: After procuring a cherished ringtone (Bart groaning in sorrow) for his "brand new cell phone," Skinner brags about the lack of wires weighing the phone down... before pulling out the one necessary, and particularly bulky, cord. Pops into my head whenever: I hear somebody discussing cell phones.
"The ironing is delicious."Speaker: BartEpisode: "Grift of the Magi" (Season 11, Episode 9)Context: Bart mocks Lisa for her stint in detention via Springfield Elementary's new academic regime (under which he is thriving), highlighting the unusual turn of events for the siblings... or trying to.Pops into my head whenever: Anything unexpected happens. This is the perfect example of a quote that isn't outrageously funny but that has proved itself a resilient go-to quote, due largely to its simplicity (and all-purpose nature).
"WHOOO'S NEEELSOOON?!"Shouter: HomerEpisode: Once again, "Bart the Mother" (Season 5, Episode 22)Context: Prompted by Marge, Homer asks Milhouse where the conspicuously absent Bart might be... but Homer doesn't bother leaving his seat at the kitchen table, he simply shouts out the window across the alley to get his answer. Upon hearing that Bart is over at Nelson's place, he has one last question for Milhouse.Pops into my head whenever: Anyone I know mentions an unfamiliar name.
"Play it... cooooooooool."Speaker: Homer/GrampaEpisode: "Lady Bouvier's Lover" (Season 5, Episode 21)Context: Homer aims to teach his father how to woo Marge's mother, bestowing his lessons of "cool" through the means of a funky little ditty.Pops into my head whenever: I'm faced with giving advice (usually unsolicited) to a friend (usually unrequited)
"Why did I have the bowl, Bart? Why did I have the bowl?"Speaker: MilhouseEpisode: "The Canine Mutiny" (Season 8, Episode 20)Context: Milhouse is bemoaning Bart's troublesome dog Santa's Little Helper. He accuses Bart of lying for the pup when he allegedly ate Milhouse's goldfish, a crime that Bart attempted to cover up by trying to convince Milhouse he never had a goldfish.Pops into my head whenever: Honestly, there is no organic trigger for this. I just think about it a lot.
"Your store is being robbed, Apu!"Speaker: HomerEpisode: "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love" (Season 13, Episode 4)Context: Homer tries to write legitimately prescient fortune cookie fortunes. This is one of them.Pops into my head whenever: I open a fortune cookie.
"No! No one's going Catholic!"Speaker: MargeEpisode: "Lisa Gets an A" (Season 10, Episode 7)Context: Bart asks a stressed out Marge if the family can convert to Catholicism for the "Communion wafers and booze."Pops into my head whenever: Anyone asks my endorsement on any plan, significant or menial.
"I hate every ape I see from chimpan-A to chimpan-zee..."Singer: Troy McClureEpisode: "A Fish Called Selma" (Season 7, Episode 19)Context: Prolific actor McClure performs the final scene of the hit musical, Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off!Pops into my head whenever: Anyone mentions the original Planet of the Apes, any Planet of the Apes apes follow-up feature, apes, chimpanzees, the alphabet, hatred, Broadway musicals, music in general, The Simpsons, television, or most other things. Few contributions to the English language have affected my life so prominently.
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Former The Brady Bunch star Ann B. Davis has died, aged 88. The actress, best known for her role as lovable housekeeper Alice Nelson on the classic TV series, passed away on Sunday (01Jun14) at her home in Los Angeles.
A family friend tells CNN she suffered a subdural haematoma (a collection of blood on the surface of the brain) after slipping and hitting her head in the bathroom, and never regained consciousness. Davis starred in The Brady Bunch until the end of its five-year run in 1974, and went on to reprise her role in a number of spin-off series, including The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, The Brady Brides and The Bradys.
She also made a cameo as a truck driver in the 1995 feature film The Brady Bunch Movie. Prior to her role as Alice, Davis starred on U.S. sitcom The Bob Cummings Show, for which she won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She also appeared in other programmes including The John Forsythe Show and Love American Style.
Davis earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
Soul man Lionel Richie still has fond memories of shooting the iconic Usa For Africa We Are The World video in 1985, insisting he could write a book about the all-star get together. Richie co-wrote the charity anthem with Michael Jackson as a response to Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? and he still chuckles about some of the anecdotes from the video shoot.
He tells Entertainment Weekly, "We were sitting there and we're doing Bob Dylan's part, and Bob turns to me and Michael and says, 'How do you want me to sing it?', and we all looked at each other like, 'What?' He said, 'How do you want me to sing it?'
"And Stevie (Wonder) said, 'There's a choice we're making...' in Bob's voice, and Bob says, 'Oh, OK, I got it!' Are you kidding me? Stevie had to show Bob!
"Or Stevie showing Ray (Charles) where the bathroom was. That was funny. It's like, 'I'll show you where it is, Ray. Follow me!' And Stevie took Ray by the hand and took him down the hall. And I kept thinking, 'What did we just see?'"
But, joking aside, the song and the video had a massive impact in Africa, where Richie has become a tribal king many times over.
He adds, "I am a member of every tribe in Africa... It's overwhelming, to the point where Nelson Mandela told me, 'You are now a member of every family and every tribe in Africa'. And he was right. I go there and I just must tell you, it's a welcome home. It's not like I'm a visitor. I'm home."
Actress Jennifer Aniston enjoyed a brief, secret romance with her co-star Charlie Schlatter while they were filming a TV adaptation of film classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, according to former set assistant-turned-magazine editor Jim Nelson.
Nelson, who now serves as Editor-in-Chief of America's GQ, reveals he used to be an assistant for one of the show's comedy writers in 1990 and discovered Aniston had become involved with her onscreen brother Schlatter, who tackled the title role made famous by Matthew Broderick.
In a piece for the new edition of GQ, he writes, "To Aniston worshippers, I can offer little dirt. "She was lovely, kept to herself on the set, smoldering a bit like her outraged character, 17-year-old Jeannie Bueller. She was a brunette then, with none of (her Friends character) Rachel Green's bob or self-possession. "GQ can exclusively report that everyone on set thought she was hot, including Schlatter, with whom she had a brief, torrid romance - while playing, it must be said, his older sister. To we immaturions on the show, this seemed extra-hot. Like performative incest."
The romance and the TV series didn't last - Ferris Bueller was axed midway through its first season, but Aniston went on to land her big break on Friends in 1994. She is now engaged to actor Justin Theroux, while Schlatter is now a married to Colleen Gunderson.
Rocker Neil Young has followed Beyonce's pre-Christmas (13) example and released a new album online without any fanfare. The Canadian star released his new covers album A Letter Home, which features versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Gordon Lightfoot, on Friday (18Apr14).
Announcing the sudden release on his website, Young describes A Letter Home as "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology".
The album was reportedly recorded at Jack White's Third Man Records base in Nashville, Tennessee last year (13), but neither Young nor White confirmed online rumours about the project.
Beyonce pulled a similar stunt at the end of 2013, releasing her self-titled new album by simply alerting fans of its existence via social media.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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"My original script was called California and it was about a couple of teenage boys trying to score some weed." Nebraska screenwriter Bob Nelson jokes about his screenplay for director Alexander Payne's hit film. Nelson picked up two screenplay honours for Nebraska at the Independent Spirit Awards in California on Saturday (01Mar14).
Birthday girl Lupita Nyong'o and her movie 12 Years A Slave were the toast of the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on Saturday (01Mar14). On the eve of the Oscars, the stars braved torrential rain at the beach and watched Steve McQueen's movie adaptation of Solomon Northup's slave drama pick up five of the biggest awards, including Best Feature, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Nyong'o).
Otherwise, it was an afternoon of favourites - Cate Blanchett and Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto picked up the rest of the acting prizes.
But the big talking point was Paula Patton, who made her first red carpet since announcing her marriage split from Robin Thicke.
The full list of winners is:
Best Feature: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Best Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Best First Feature: Fruitvale Station
Best First Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska
John Cassavetes Award: This Is Martin Bonner
Best Female Lead: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Male Lead: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: 20 Feet from Stardom
Best International Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Robert Altman Award: Mud
Piaget Producers Award: Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston
Someone to Watch Award: Shaka King, Newlyweeds
Truer than Fiction Award: Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn