Ted Nugent has attacked Idaho casino bosses who have axed his upcoming show at the Worley venue over his outspoken views. Coeur d’Alene Casino owners cited the rocker's "history of racist and hate-filled remarks" when they pulled his upcoming date (04Aug14), and now Nugent is firing back, claiming he has become a victim of America's liberals over his anti-Barack Obama and pro-hunting beliefs.
He tells Radio.com, "They literally have an army assigned to destroy Ted Nugent. To call me a racist is a clear act of desperation. Because everybody knows I’m not a racist!
"My bass player Johnny Gunnel happens to be a black guy. My bass player Marco Mendoza was born in Mexico! Are you kidding me? I pay tribute to Martin Luther King in my songs, I’ve always said my music is a direct result of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, and all the black musical heroes of my life."
Further attacking what he calls the "sick, stoned, hygiene-challenged (director) Michael Moore fans", the Cat Scratch Fever rocker adds, "They call in and complain that I’m a racist, they claim I’m a paedophile, that I dodged the draft. They call all the promoters, they call all the venues, they call all my sponsors, every day. Meanwhile, what am I doing? I’m going to rock my a** off tonight. And tomorrow night. And the next night."
Nugent is currently touring to promote his new album Shutup & Jam!
"I wait until it's really late, get stoned, go to the Jefferson Memorial, and just sit there and read the walls. I've done that a few times." Tom Petty loves to visit his historical hero's monument whenever he's touring through Washington, D.C.
Australian actor Guy Pearce credits rocker Nick Cave with helping to end his drug-taking by offering him a role in 2005 movie The Proposition. The star became a heavy marijuana smoker as he struggled to follow up his role in 2000 thriller Memento with another blockbuster.
For the majority of 2002, he was housebound and cut himself off from all contact so he could spend his days smoking pot, but it was a surprise call from fellow Australian Cave, who was working on a soundtrack to the Western movie, that turned his life around.
Pearce tells Australian GQ magazine, "There was no conscious reason to my all-day, everyday pot smoking other than I was overworked and thought being high was great fun. It's a terrible thing to advocate, but I'm not the first person to talk about drug taking and creativity in the same sentence and the fact is, I was hooked on it... I loved the altered state marijuana brought me and I really enjoyed making music and delving into films through the prism of pot...
"Strangely, it was Nick Cave who got me out of it. The phone rang at home and of course I was stoned and didn't answer. This big baritone voice started on the answering machine: 'Look I'm sorry to be calling you at home, Guy. It's Nick Cave. We've sent you a script and I dunno if you're interested...' By now I was giggling under the sofa going, 'Faaaark (sic) man, it's Nick Cave'."
The role relaunched Pearce's career and he has since starred in a number of big Hollywood productions, including The Hurt Locker.
A word of warning: Jenny Slate is about to blow up in a big way. The young comedian has been cultivating her career right in the periphery of mainstream attention, but that all might change with her star-making role in the Sundance gem Obvious Child, a dark indie comedy that blindsided festival goers and might give Slate her ticket to becoming a more recognizable figure in Hollywood. Really, you should hitch your ride to her wagon now, so that when everyone's fawning over comedy's biggest it-girl in a few years, you'll be way ahead of the curve. Slate has been appearing in movies on television for a while now; she had a micro stint on SNL where she's most well-remembered for dropping the F-bomb on national television. But besides giving the FCC another headache, the comedian has appeared in recurring roles on Parks and Recreation, Bob's Burgers, Hello Ladies, and House of Lies. She was also the creative force and voice behind the viral-hit, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. But one of her lesser known gems: the web series "Catherine."
Written by Slate and collaborator and husband Dean Fleischer-Camp, the series stars Slate as the titular Catherine, and it's a tough one to describe... perhaps frightfully mundane. There's no other way to aptly describe the kooky web-series besides smashing two opposing adjectives together and hoping it all makes sense. The story, told in 12 parts, follows Catherine as she goes to work, talks to co-workers, orders bread and butter sandwiches, and... that's pretty much it. But it's oddly fascinating.
It's an odd experiment in comedy and tone. The actors read their lines in a flat, peculiar monotone, but paired with subtle musical cues, everything begins to feel really creepy, like something is seriously wrong with these people. In an interview with Splitsider, Slate described the creation of the series: "I was super stoned at my house, and Dean [Fleischer-Camp] and I were talking about the idea of 'what is normal and what is neutral.' Not trying to be being boring and not trying to not be funny, but what is exactly straight down the middle? What is it when you're not trying to do anything? You're not trying to be boring; you're not necessarily trying to be funny. You're just existing somewhere in the middle. I started to act out this scene that you see in episode one of 'Catherine.' It made us laugh really hard, so we started to write down more."
It's not for everyone... it might not really be for anyone. But check it out and see if it clicks with your sense of humor.
Check out the first episode here, and find the rest of the series on YouTube.
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne wants to update fans on the life of his famously chaotic family in a one-off special episode of their hit reality TV show The Osbournes. The Black Sabbath star gained a whole new army of younger fans after opening up his home to TV cameras for the fly-on-the-wall documentary, which ran for four seasons from 2002.
He later said he could never face watching the show as he was "stoned during the entire filming", but now the Paranoid hitmaker has confessed he would love to revisit the programme one more time to show fans how the family is coping a decade later.
He tells Q magazine, "I wouldn't mind maybe doing one episode; The Osbournes now, what's happened to us all, that kind of thing, but I don't know that we'd want to do a full series. It's up to the boss. Mama (wife Sharon). The thing is, it was real reality... I watched my kids end up on drugs, I watched my wife nearly die of cancer... The Osbournes' success in the first place, I think, was the editing; there were hours and hours they couldn't use because I was f**ked up all the time."
Russell Crowe has defended his Twitter.com remarks about the celebrity boycott of the Sultan of Brunei's Dorchester Collection hotels, insisting no amount of hate mail will make him change his mind. Celebrities like Sharon Osbourne, Sir Richard Branson and Stephen Fry have offered public support to the gay rights protests held outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air and other places owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah following the introduction of new laws in Brunei calling for Muslims caught performing homosexual acts to be stoned to death.
The stars have called for a boycott of the places he owns, but Crowe stood up for staff at the hotels on Monday (19May14), insisting the proposed stay-away would hurt them too.
In a tweet on Monday, he wrote, "I don't agree with the boycotting of Dorchester Collection hotels. It only hurts the hard working staff who I consider friends."
His remarks upset followers on Twitter and some sent him nasty notes, insisting that he change his mind.
But Crowe is defiant, stating, "Sending me abuse will not stop my support of Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Trans Gender rights. The laws that Brunei are adopting are hideous, however, throwing the staff of Dorchester Collection Hotels under the bus to make a political point is not acceptable to me...
"these are hard working people with families and I guarantee you they come from all walks of life.
"to me, it is not acceptable collateral damage to ignore them. These are people I know, people I consider friends."
He adds, "the decision to enact these laws is reprehensible and horrifying. Pressure your govt (government) to cease trade contact, refuse to use Brunei oil."
Russell Crowe has thrown the Dorchester Collection hotel group a lifeline as celebrities continue to back a boycott of the Sultan of Brunei's luxury sites. Stars have turned their backs on places like the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles over the Sultan's new anti-gay legislation back home - and they're urging fans to do the same.
Sharon Osbourne, Stephen Fry and Sir Richard Branson are among the high-profile celebrities who are supporting the boycott, and R&B icon Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds reportedly scrapped his wedding at Dorchester Collection pad the Hotel Bel-Air on Saturday (17May14) over the Sultan's anti-gay laws, and Kim Kardashian moved her bridal shower from the Beverly Hills Hotel.
But Crowe thinks the boycott is bad idea - in a tweet on Monday (19May14) he wrote, "I don't agree with the boycotting of Dorchester Collection hotels. It only hurts the hard working staff who I consider friends." Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently following the introduction of proposed new laws in Brunei calling for Muslims caught performing homosexual acts to be stoned to death.
"In the season finale of The Newsroom last year, Jane Fonda had a throwaway line where she was stoned and says, 'I'm going to get the Allman Brothers back together'. After it aired, I got a letter from the Allman Brothers' manager saying the band had never broken up... I couldn't apologise enough." Writer Aaron Sorkin on his biggest boob on The Newsroom.
R&B icon Kenneth 'babyface' Edmonds has reportedly scrapped his wedding at a luxury hotel in Beverly Hills, California amid an ongoing campaign against its owner. The singer/producer had planned to exchange vows with fiancee Nicole Patenburg at the Hotel Bel-Air on Saturday (17May14), but has decided to pull out of the venue over anti-gay laws that the Sultan of Brunei, who owns the hotel, has instituted in his homeland.
The couple has now moved the reception to another Beverly Hills hotel, according to TMZ.com.
Babyface is the latest star to protest against Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's international Dorchester Collection empire after the introduction of proposed new laws in Brunei calling for Muslims caught performing homosexual acts to be stoned to death.
Among the celebrities calling for a boycott of his hotels are Ellen DeGeneres, Sharon Osbourne and Stephen Fry, while Kim Kardashian reportedly scrapped plans to hold her bridal shower at the Beverly Hills Hotel, also owned by the Sultan, last weekend (10-11May14).
The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast is set for a venue change due to the Beverly Hills Hotel's links to the Sultan of Brunei. Just hours after the organisers of the Night Before the Oscars party ended their relationship with the hotel's bosses, the people behind the Women in Entertainment soiree announced they are moving on after 20 years at the Beverly Hills landmark.
Both parties are upset about anti-gay laws that the Sultan of Brunei, who owns the hotel, has instituted in his homeland.
Ellen DeGeneres and Brits Sharon Osbourne and Richard Branson have already joined a widespread boycott of the hotels Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah owns, after learning of a severe new anti-gay penal code introduced in Brunei last week (ends02May14), which calls for Muslims caught performing homosexual acts to be stoned to death.
Bosses at The Hollywood Reporter have notified the Beverly Hills Hotel management that they will not be holding the Women in Entertainment breakfast there in December (14).
The party is held to celebrate the annual list of the 100 most powerful women in entertainment.
Oprah Winfrey was honoured with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award last year (13).
Movie mogul Lansing's husband, William Friedkin, is among the celebrities calling for a boycott of the hotel.