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.
Rocker Bret Michaels helped to raise thousands to aid the ongoing tornado recovery effort in a small village in Nebraska on Sunday (24Aug14) by headlining a charity show for locals. The Poison star was inspired to take action after visiting Pilger in late June (14) to help with the clean-up effort, days after twin tornadoes ripped through the area, killing two people and destroying over half of the homes and other buildings across the neighbourhood.
He vowed to return to stage a fundraising concert for victims and he made good on his promise this weekend as he hit the stage in the nearby city of Norfolk for the sold out Rock N' Relief event.
During the gig, Michaels presented representatives from local community groups with three cheques, amounting to more than $30,000 (£17,647), via his Life Rocks Foundation to help cover the costs for the continued recovery project.
Rocker Bret Michaels is preparing to bid farewell to two of his longtime bandmates when they perform together for the last time in Virginia on Thursday night (14Aug14). Dirty Ray and Lucky Chucky will bow out of the Poison frontman's solo tour line-up after a decade on the road with Michaels.
In a post on his website on Thursday afternoon, the singer writes, "Tonight’s show for me will be a very Bittersweet moment as two of my best friends and solo band members Bassist Dirty Ray and Drummer Lucky Chucky will exit as best of friends to pursue personal ventures and have helped to find their replacements Bad Boy Bart on Bass and The Manimal Magic Mike half man half beast on the drums.
"Ray and Chuck will be missed and are always considered my great friends. Thanks for over ten awesome years playing music, touring together and helping me continue to make music and living my dream. Rock on my brothers!
"I have chosen my home state of Pennsylvania to kick off the first show with (replacements) Bad Boy Bart and Manimal Magic Mike."
The two new band members will make their debut with Michaels in Reading, Pennsylvania on Friday (15Aug14).
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Pop star Rita Ora has sparked rumours she has taken revenge on her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris by penning vicious lyrics about a former lover in a new song.
The I Will Never Let You Down hitmaker wrote the track after splitting from the Scottish DJ, and she was determined not to hold back, comparing her ex to the devil.
Lyrics in the song, called Poison, include, "Like a serpent/From the Garden of Eden/You are like poison/Running in my blood" and "I open up my windows/I'm so sick of breathing/Every day I'm trying/But I don't remember who I was before you came."
Although Ora has not confirmed who the song is about, fans are speculating the mystery man in the lyrics is Harris.
The 23 year old tells Clash magazine, "This is about my bad luck with love."
Ora split from Harris in June (14). She previously dated Kim Kardashian's younger brother Rob, and has recently been linked to fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger's son, Ricky Hil, after they were spotted on a night out in London in July (14).
John Lithgow's turn as King Lear in New York has failed to conquer the critics. The new production of the William Shakespeare tragedy opened at the outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Manhattan's Central Park on Tuesday night (05Aug14) with Lithgow in the title role opposite Annette Bening, marking her first New York stage part in more than two decades.
Theatre reviewers mostly praised Lithgow's portrayal of the king's decent into madness, but many were scathing about the production.
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls the play "stiff-jointed" and "emotionally numb", while the New York Post's Elisabeth Vincentelli gives it just two stars out of a possible five, adding, "The letdown matches the anticipation."
Frank Schek of The Hollywood Reporter writes, "(The production is) devoid of interpretive insight and lacking emotional immediacy... Lithgow here never plumbs the depth of the tortured Lear, staying stubbornly on the surface... (It is a) dutiful but uninspired production, which never scales the heights of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy."
Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal was particularly scathing about the supporting cast, writing, "Annette Bening... is cautious, even bland, as Goneril, while Jessica Hecht's Regan is fussy and insipid. I wouldn't be surprised if Ms. Bening finds her sea legs - she is, after all, a superlative film actress with classical stage training - but Ms. Hecht is miscast, pure and simple."
Variety's Gordon Cox concurs, writing, "There's no bite... to Annette Bening's matronly Goneril and even less poison in Jessica Hecht's oddly giddy Regan."
A number of reviewers also criticised the staging of the show, complaining that the view of Central Park which usually enhances productions at the Delacorte Theatre was cut off by a brick wall in the set.
Rocker Bret Michaels is set to add lifestyle coach to his resume by hosting his first ever Life Rocks Seminar in Orlando, Florida this autumn (14). The Poison frontman will share his advice on "health, wealth, life, love, music and the pursuit of flawsomeness (sic)" and give attendees tips on "how to succeed through the best and worst of times" at the unique event.
A limited number of tickets for the 24 September (14) conference will go on sale on Friday (08Aug14) and if it's a success, Michaels plans to turn the gathering into an annual affair.
The Life Rocks Seminar is named after his Life Rocks Foundation, which supports research into diabetes and cancer and also backs military veterans' organisations and pet charities.
Actor Jon Voight has blasted Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem for signing an open letter denouncing Israeli military action in Gaza. The married couple and its director pal, Pedro Almodovar, added their names to the missive, which hit headlines earlier this week (29Jul14).
Following the release of the letter, Cruz and Bardem clarified their positions on the ongoing violence in the Middle East, insisting they are only hoping for peace on both sides of the Israel/Palestine conflict.
However, Angelina Jolie's dad has now slammed the Spanish actors in his own open letter for The Hollywood Reporter.
In the note, he writes, "My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry, I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused...
"After years of trying to make peace, the wars they had to fight, being attacked by their enemies, and still being attacked, and finally after years of running into bomb shelters and having hundreds of civilians killed by suicide bombers, civilians being killed in their sleep, stabbed to pieces, finding enough is enough and finally retaliating, instead of my peers sticking up for the only democratic country in that region, they go and take out poison letters against them..."
He continues, "I am asking all my peers who signed that poison letter against Israel to examine their motives. Can you take back the fire of anti-Semitism that is raging all over the world now? You have been able to become famous and have all your monetary gains because you are in a democratic country: America. Do you think you would have been able to accomplish this in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, et cetera?
"You had a great responsibility to use your celebrity for good. Instead, you have defamed the only democratic country of goodwill in the Middle East: Israel. You should hang your heads in shame. You should all come forth with deep regrets for what you did, and ask forgiveness from the suffering people in Israel."
The trio's original letter, headlined Comunicado de la Cultura Contra el Genocidio Palestino, was circulated among Spanish media outlets and suggested Israel's actions were nothing short of a "genocide", and urged European Union officials to condemn "the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip".
Filmmaker Noel Black has died at the age of 77. The director passed away at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California on 5 July (14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He was best known for his film Pretty Poison, which starred Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld.
Black was also nominated for a Best Short Film Oscar in 1966 for Skaterdater.
In addition to his film work, he also directed episodes of TV series The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Hawaii Five-O and the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone.
Sherlock Holmes star Eddie Marsan has been honoured with a top prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival in Scotland. The London-born character actor's role in new movie Still Life has earned him a Best Performance in a British Feature Film award.
Thrilled by the trophy, Marsan says, "Still Life is so special to me because it's such a personal film for its writer and director, Uberto Pasolini. An Italian film, set in London and given its U.K. premiere in Edinburgh - what a wonderful idea."
Joanna Coates' movie Hide & Seek, which received its world premiere at the festival, was named Best British Feature Film and Ice Poison won the award for Best International Film.
The Best Documentary prize was handed to Farida Pacha for My Name Is Salt.