British singer Paloma Faith has blamed social media for ruining the mystique of music superstars. The Picking Up The Pieces hitmaker admits she tried to keep her personal life private when she first entered the music business back in 2009, but had to reveal all to boost her appeal to fact-hungry fans.
Faith is now convinced reclusive rock icon David Bowie is the industry's last real star.
She tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "There's no mystery or excitement about being a pop star any more. People know everything now, there's no stone unturned with social media.
"It was brilliant that David Bowie won a BRIT Award (in February) and totally deserved, he's an incredible artist and the last of a generation. I wish they didn't know everything about me.
"Originally when I got in the music business I wanted to be mysterious but I realised I wouldn't get anywhere so became really open. It's the only way to sell records now."
"I'd play anywhere. I don't care about the drama. I got misunderstood for something I said when I was reacting to someone in the audience recently. Not to mention I was really drunk... I'm a musician, I play my music, and I don't really worry about the rest... I don't like to be disrespected, but nobody likes that... It's not that big of a deal." Queens Of The Stone Age star Josh Homme attempts to explain his "F**k the Grammys" outburst after his end-of-ceremony jam with Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor was cut short by Grammy Awards bosses.
Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock's go-to fashion guru Elizabeth Stewart has topped The Hollywood Reporter's new list of Power Stylists. Stewart beat out Petra Flannery, who counts Amy Adams, Claire Danes, Emma Stone and Zoe Saldana among her clients.
Director Spike Lee will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his cult movie Do The Right Thing by attending a special screening at the 16th annual Ebertfest in Illinois. The 1989 release, about racial tensions boiling over on a hot day in Brooklyn, New York, won high praise from revered film critic Roger Ebert, who rated the drama four out of five, and now the moviemaker will honour the memory of the late writer by marking the big occasion at the film festival set up in his name.
The event will take place at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign on 25 April (14).
Lee won't be the only director toasting a 25-year milestone at the festival - Oliver Stone will also join fans for a screening of Born on the Fourth of July.
Ebert died in April, 2013, aged 70.
Plenty of actors have lent their voices to prime time animated series like The Simpsons or movies like The Croods and Toy Story. But it’s hard to imagine Saturday Morning Cartoons with huge stars. A lot of people are shocked to find out that the original voice of Shredder on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star James Avery, or to recall which Star Wars veteran was behind The Joker. Perhaps you weren't aware of the big names behind some of these childhood favorites...
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
A group of teenagers use magic rings to harness the elements and to summon Captain Planet, an environmental superhero. Each episode, they battle villains trying to pollute the environment. Whoopi Goldberg voices Gaia, the spirit of the Earth and their boss. What a lot of children at the time didn’t realize is the show’s villains are all played by major celebrities. Meg Ryan is Dr. Blight, a disfigured doctor who works with a sarcastic British computer. Jeff Goldblum plays Verminous Skumm, a mutated rat creature with a fondness for toxic waste. Sting even appears on the show as the creatively named Zarm. Other villains are played by Hollywood veterans Martin Sheen, James Coburn, Malcolm McDowell, and Ed Asner. Major celebs also stop by for guest appearances including Danny Glover, Louis Gossett Jr., and even Elizabeth Taylor.
This Disney cartoon creates a mythology where stone gargoyles come to life when the sun sets. It also has a bizarre Star Trek connection. Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis play series villains David Xanatos and Demona. There are also performance by other The Next Generation stars Michael Dorn, Brett Spiner, LeVar Burton, and Colm Meany. The captains of Deep Space Nine, Avery Brooks, and Voyager, Kate Mulgrew, appear on the cartoon. Nichelle Nichols even makes an appearance.
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman is probably the most star-studded cartoon in television history. The series features appearances by stars from the 1970s to today. 1970s icons like Adrienne Barbeau, Michael York, and Marilu Henner pop by the series. Bewitched actress Elizabeth McGovern plays her last role ever on the cartoon. Mark Hamill, a.k.a. Luke Skywalker, finds a career resurgence playing The Joker. Night Court’s Richard Moll, The Beastmaster Marc Singer, and Melissa Gilbert all bring 1980s nostalgia playing major characters. Bruce Wayne’s various love interests include Heather Locklear, comedian Julie Brown, and Supergirl Helen Slater. There are also appearances by future celebrities like Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss and Megan Mullally.
Similarly, this Man of Steel cartoon has a ton of television actors lending their voices. Superman is voiced by Wings star Tim Daly and Lois Lane is Desperate Housewives star Dana Delany. Sitcom stars Peri Gilpin, Brad Garett, and Joely Fisher all appear on the show.
Smash-hit Mormon musical The Book Of Mormon is to debut in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the faith's headquarters is based. The show, which pokes fun at Mormon missionaries in Uganda, will run for a month at The Capitol Theatre next summer (15).
The venue is less than half a mile from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' flagship temple.
South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker's irreverent production debuted on Broadway in 2011. The show's West End production received six Olivier Awards nominations on Monday (10Mar14).
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When Meryl Streep won the Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actress in 2009 for her performance in the film Doubt, she encouraged Hollywood executives to give her co-star and Best Supporting Actress nominee Viola Davis a substantial part in a future project. “My God, somebody give her a movie,” Streep exclaimed to the A-list audience in her acceptance speech.
At the time, Davis was mostly known for her theater work , but her scene-stealing performance in the Oscar-nominated Doubt was impossible to ignore. Despite Davis' memorable presence and Streep's special shout-out, however, Davis' talents have been wasted on small, unsubstantial roles in Hollywood films developed for bigger movie stars like Hugh Jackman and Julia Roberts. Five years later, the question remains: Where is Davis' movie?
With the exception of Doubt, Davis' only other juicy film role has been Aibileen Clark in The Help. Davis is fantastic in the film, and she rightfully earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress (and wrongfully lost to Meryl Streep's cringe-worthy performance in The Iron Lady). However, critics were correct to acknowledge that The Help isn't exactly the kind of film black actresses are looking for. Melissa Harris-Perry, for example, claimed that The Help whitewashes history and perpetuates stereotypes the black community has been trying to move away from for years.
Perhaps the criticism would be less pronounced if Davis continued to star in major Hollywood films after The Help, but that hasn't been the case. Despite box office success and nominations from the major awards groups, Davis' association with The Help hasn't catapulted her to the movie star she deserves to be.
Of course there are many great actresses who never get their chance to shine, and there are just as many terrible actresses who get paid millions to open a film on 3,000 screens. That's the nature of a business that rewards popularity more than talent. However, Davis' case is unique precisely because when given her chance to carry a film as she does in The Help, she knocks it out of the park. She turns a potentially corny drama into a must-see cinematic event, and audiences around the world flocked to see her, despite the above criticisms.
I suspect that Davis is living comfortably and enjoying the success she's received thus far. She's probably just grateful to be a working actress. However, after seeing her be the best part of films that were made to be carried by millionaire movie stars like Roberts in Eat Pray Love and Jackman in Prisoners, it's infuriating to know that Davis hasn't been given the opportunity when so many other A-list movie stars are allowed to fail time and time again.
Whether this has to do with the racism of Hollywood or Davis' inept agent, I'm not sure, but it's about time that Davis gets the leading role she deserves.
U2 have scrapped plans to release a new album in 2014 so they can spend more time working with top songwriters/producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth. The Irish rockers are reportedly delaying the release of their next album until 2015 just weeks after frontman Bono told USA Today he and his bandmates were hoping to release new material this summer (14).
Reports suggest the band has also axed a planned tour that was to begin in September (14). The dates are now expected to begin next summer (15).
Last month (Feb14), drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. blamed the group's work on Oscar nominated Best Song Ordinary Love for the album delay, and guitarist the Edge told Rolling Stone earlier this year that the group had "about 30 songs we're really excited about, in various states of being finished."
Rapper Rick Ross has come up with the greatest extravagance after hiring a Los Angeles marijuana dispensary assistant to fly out to Florida once a month to roll his joints. The high-living hip-hop heavyweight reveals he fell for his new assistant's talents during a trip to California and now he's about to make her the richest blunt-roller in America.
Ross tells Rolling Stone, "She's got pretty, green eyes. I'm gonna fly her in once a month for a three-day period to roll all of my weed, 'cause I ain't smoking with n**gas no more. I need a chick rolling my s**t."
Guitar greats including SLASH, Brian May, Peter Green, and Jeff Beck have been photographed with their most beloved instrument for a new charity exhibition. The rockers joined other stars including Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera, MC5 rocker Wayne Kramer, and the Stone Roses' axeman John Squire for the display, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
They all posed for snapper Scarlet Page while clutching their most treasured guitar, and the images will be exhibited at London's Royal Albert Hall during the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs later this month (Mar14).
Page confesses one of the hardest stars to convince to take part was Fleetwood Mac's Green, telling Mojo magazine, "I felt truly honoured that he said yes and, aware that photography is not one of his favourite things, I tried to keep it as quick and painless as possible."