Rock veteran Robert Plant was stopped for speeding by cops in Morocco in May (14) but was let off after haggling with them over the size of the fine. The former Led Zeppelin frontman was driving through the African nation when his vehicle was pulled over by traffic officers for breaking the speed limit.
He was ordered to hand over a fine of $136 (£80) but after chatting to the cops and offering to pay whatever they demanded, he was given a discount and got away with paying just $54 (£32).
Plant tells Uncut magazine, "I got nicked for speeding in Morocco... Two cops said I was doing whatever it was. I said in French, 'I don't think so. The sun was in your eyes.' They said, 'It's 500 dirham ($136). Go and sit in the car.'...
"Finally they called me over into the coolness underneath a stanchion and said, 'How much do you want to give us?' I said, 'How much do you think you should be taking from me?' They held the 500 I'd given them and said, 'Take what you want.' I said, 'No, give me what you think you should.'
"They're looking at each other going, 'He doesn't seem like a bad guy.' So I said, 'The sky is blue and everything in the world is fine.' As soon as I said that, 300 dirham came straight back. It was great, those moments where you're just playing with people and they're playing with you."
Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and J.J. Abrams have rallied together to save the U.S.' last analogue film manufacturer from closure. The Kodak factory in Rochester, New York is the last remaining U.S. outlet for movie tape, which has rapidly declined in popularity in recent years due to a majority of directors shifting to digital methods of shooting.
Tarantino, Abrams, Nolan and Judd Apatow have teamed up to urge major Hollywood studios to keep ordering the product so it will not become obsolete.
Studios bosses are expected to make a commitment to film to appease the directors, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Abrams, who is currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on film, tells the newspaper the format "sets the standard for quality... There's something about film that is undeniably beautiful, undeniably organic and natural and real... Film sets the standard and once it's no longer available, the ability to shoot the benchmark goes away."
Tarantino lobbied Bob Weinstein, co-founder of The Weinstein Company studio, to consider the idea. Weinstein says, "It's a financial commitment, no doubt about it... But I don't think we could look some of our film-makers in the eyes if we didn't do it."
Rocker Robert Plant has hit back at his Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page in their ongoing spat over a reunion. Guitarist Page has made no secret of his wish to expand on the Whole Lotta Love hitmakers' 2007 comeback with a full tour, but singer Plant is reluctant to revisit the past.
In an interview with The New York Times earlier this year (14), Page accused Plant of "playing games" and said he was "fed up" of the ongoing reunion saga, and now Plant has hit back.
He tells Uncut magazine, "I'm not my brother's keeper. And he, really, as a pro, should know better than that... I feel for the guy. He knows he's got the headlines if he wants 'em. But I don't know what he's trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled. The only game I play really is making great music with people who are really vibrant and positive."
Rapper Nelly has risked the wrath of boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. by taking a swipe at the boxing champ's lack of education moments after denying the pair is feuding. The two stars fell out earlier this year (14) after Nelly began dating the sportsman's ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson, just weeks after she split from the fighter.
The boxer took aim at Nelly during a radio interview in May (14) after news of the blossoming romance emerged, prompting the Hot In Herre hitmaker to fire back via a post on social media.
Nelly was quizzed about the alleged feud during a TV appearance on U.S. sports commentary show Highly Questionable on Monday (28Jul14), when he was asked to detail the extent of his issues with Mayweather, Jr.
However, Nelly insisted there was no fall out, saying, "I don't have a beef (problem) with Floyd Mayweather...", only to then take aim at the boxer by adding, "I think the whole thing is misunderstood. I try to understand where he's coming from, which is a little hard to do...
"But... it's kind of hard talking to a guy who hasn't graduated from high school."
Zoe Saldana has learned to embrace her body flaws after deciding to relax her work-out and diet regime in the past year. The pregnant Avatar star has bared all for the September (14) cover of Britain's fitness and lifestyle magazine Women's Health, but explains she doesn't look her best because she hasn't been exercising as much as she used to.
The 36-year-old mum-to-be, who posed for the photoshoot weeks before going public with her baby news, says, "This past year I've had to start letting go. My body dictated it as if saying, 'Slow the f**k down!'
"I'm less toned. I do look in the mirror and see things I don't want... (but) I do feel beautiful in a way that even when I was working out a whole lot, I sometimes didn't, because there have been times that I was really slender and I didn't like that I sometimes looked a little too muscular and flat-chested. You'll never be completely happy, so, at the end of the day, it's like, 'F**k it! Just be happy, regardless."
In her revealing new cover shoot, a seated Saldana poses with her knees tucked into her chest to cover up.
The drummer for U.S. chat show David Letterman's house band was once a member of Kiss for a night. Revered session musician Anton Fig, who had played on two KISS albums as well as guitarist Ace Frehley's debut solo record, was initially drafted in to replace Peter Criss in 1980, but he was dismissed hours later when Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons decided to go in a different direction.
Frehley recalls, "We were looking for a new drummer and we auditioned about a dozen drummers, including Eric Carr. I called up Paul and Gene, because I had been working with Anton on my solo record, and I said, 'Why don't we get Anton Fig to play drums?' and they both agreed.
"So I called up Anton and said, 'You're in the band'. He was thrilled. He couldn't sleep all night. The next day, Paul and Gene calls (sic) me and says, 'You know what, I don't think Anton's a good choice'. So I had to do the dirty work and call Anton and say, 'Sorry, Anton, you're not in the band'. He was elated and then he was let down."
Criss officially left KISS in May, 1980, prompting the band to postpone a European tour. He was replaced by Eric Carr.
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Arcade Fire have been left baffled by the avalanche of online file-sharing because music fans will regularly buy expensive coffee but expect to get records for free.
The Canadian rockers insist they are not bothered about advances in music technology changing the way consumers listen to records, but they cannot understand where fans' priorities lie.
Frontman Win Butler tells Q magazine, "I mean, I don't necessarily feel qualified to personally fight against cultural changes. It's kind of like having an opinion about... the weather or something like that. It's just happening. I think it's good to stand up for artists' rights and I do think as it stands there's a general problem with the idea of music and film as, like, infinite content. That well runs dry pretty fast if you have access to everything all the time."
Fellow bandmember Richard Reed Parry adds, "There's that weird dichotomy where people go and spend six dollars on a fancy coffee and think that records are free. Something's got to give."
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The promotional campaign for the upcoming Sin City sequel has suffered another setback after U.S. TV bosses rejected a trailer for the film over actress Eva Green's sexy wardrobe.
The Casino Royale star initially hit headlines in May (14) when officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) banned an advertising poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, because it featured Green brandishing a gun while wearing a sheer white robe over her bare breasts.
Movie bosses had to re-edit the billboard picture to make the outfit appear less raunchy in order to meet the MPAA's censorship guidelines, but now they are facing the prospect of also having to alter Green's appearance in the trailer for the upcoming film amid concerns from ABC network executives, who have refused to air the preview footage due to Green's attire.
Marketing chiefs at the movie's distributor Dimension Films are appealing the decision. A source tells the New York Daily News, "ABC rejected a trailer, saying Green appears to be naked in the same sheer, white nightgown. Dimension was told to remove the offending footage if they want the trailer to air."
Green previously admitted she was baffled by the furore caused by the sexy film poster, telling Vanity Fair magazine, "I find it a bit odd. It seems like it's all just publicity - a lot of noise for nothing. You have so many more violent things in the movie business and this is kind of soft. I'm not naked. It's suggested. I find it really sexy, actually. It's kind of beautiful. But if it shocks people, I don't know what to do about it. I don't want to upset anybody."
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which co-stars Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis, is due to open in cinemas in late August (14).
James star Tim Booth has a pioneering British dentist to thank for his good health after the tooth doctor ended an agonising two-and-a-half year neck injury with a four-hour jaw operation. Booth seriously injured his neck while onstage at a gig in the U.S. in the late 1990s and underwent emergency surgery. He was forced to wear a brace as top doctors attempted to figure out what he had done and how it could be fixed.
The singer feared he'd have to curb his energetic stage act forever as menial tasks became difficult for him.
He tells WENN, "For two-and-a-half years I was disabled; I wore a neck brace onstage and I couldn't carry a shopping bag. I I tried every specialist there was and nobody could fix it."
But his problems were solved by a clever dentist.
Booth adds, "He gave me a brace for my jaw, which changed the relationship between my spine and my jaw. Literally, within four hours, I could do everything again. Remarkable work.
"The procedure was almost outlawed in the U.K. There were five of these guys and four of them lost their insurance because they (dentistry governing body officials) don't want there to be seen to be a connection between the jaw and the spine - because then the whole orthodontist profession gets called into question.
"It was the craziest thing. Now I can do anything again. I'm back to jumping into the audiences again and dancing like a lunatic. I'm told that I broke a stagediving record at a show in Athens because I went into the audience for four or five minutes and kept singing.
"People can't believe it. They're like, 'A dentist fixed your spine? You're nuts'."
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Diane Keaton doesn't rate her acting skills - she can only play characters like herself and she's terrible at accents.
The movie veteran is revered in Hollywood circles, but she insists her talents are limited.
She explains, "I'm me and I can fit into roles and I can really identify with roles I'm playing with, but I'm not really capable of becoming somebody else. I don't know how to do it exactly."
"I'm not great with accents. I've done an accent and I got a lot of flack for my accent. That's how bad it was in Crimes of The Heart. I knew a lot of friends who were really from the South and they said, 'Huh?' I tried really hard but I failed."
"I think, in The Little Drummer Girl, I tried an English accent in one scene and it was horrid. I'm limited."
The misadventures of Shelley Hewitt, a woman married for the second time, who finds her life plagued by the constant intrusion of her first husband, Ivan, who seeks to win her back. In the pilot episode, Ivan tries to impress Shelley when a scheduling mixup reunites them for the weekend at a mountain cabin.