Rocker Alice Cooper refuses to worry about his nightly onstage 'death' stunts going wrong as ending his life in front of a packed house is his ideal way to go. The veteran star always gets 'hanged' or 'beheaded' as the highlight of his live shows, and he cheated death in 1988 when a safety wire keeping him from danger snapped.
However, the School's Out hitmaker is adamant he is not scared of the illusion going wrong during a gig because there is no better place for a committed rock 'n' roll star to die.
He tells Britain's Notebook magazine, "You mean I might actually get beheaded? C'mon, that's the way Alice would want to die. Right there on stage in front of 10,000 screaming fans."
Veteran British actor Tim Pigott-Smith has bowed out of his role in a West End play after breaking his collar bone. The 68-year-old star, who has had parts in movies such as Alice in Wonderland and Quantum of Solace, has been appearing in King Charles III at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, but is now taking a break while he recovers from the injury which was reportedly sustained in a car accident.
A statement released by London's Almeida Theatre, where the play originated before its West End transfer, reads, "Tim Pigott-Smith has been involved in an accident and broken his collarbone. While he recovers we are lucky that his fully rehearsed understudy, the terrific Miles Richardson will play the role of Charles. We wish Tim all the very best for a speedy recovery."
Actress Julianne Moore is set to be feted by organisers at the Museum of the Moving Image for her career achievements. The four-time Oscar nominee will receive the New York City museum's annual 'Salute' at a gala on 20 January (15) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film, theatre and television.
A statement from the museum's board of trustees co-chairman Herbert S. Schlosser reads, "With her unforgettable performances in (upcoming films) Still Alice and Maps to the Stars, and her role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, this is Julianne Moore's year. She is a fearless and versatile performer who has created so many powerful performances in film and television."
Past honourees include Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and Kevin Spacey, who was given the award earlier this year (14).
Rockers Crystal Castles' manager has hinted the band might not be over, just hours after frontwoman Alice Glass announced she's leaving the group. On Wednesday (08Oct14), Glass announced she would be departing the electronic duo in favour of pursuing a solo career, writing on Twitter.com, "Although this is the end of the band, I hope my fans will embrace me as a solo artist in the same way they have embraced Crystal Castles."
However, later that day, the duo's manager told NME there might be more to come, hinting, "There will be twists and turns ahead for Crystal Castles, I wouldn't bury the dead just yet!"
Glass formed Crystal Castles in Toronto in 2004 with instrumentalist Ethan Kath.
Rockers Crystal Castles have split because frontwoman Alice Glass wants to pursue a solo career. The electro duo, consisting of Glass and producer Ethan Kath, formed in 2004 and released their last album in 2012.
On Wednesday (08Oct14), the singer announced her departure citing "professional and personal" reasons, writing on Facebook.com, "I am leaving Crystal Castles. My art and my self-expression in any form has always been an attempt towards sincerity, honesty, and empathy for others. For a multitude of reasons both professional and personal I no longer feel that this is possible within CC. Although this is the end of the band, I hope my fans will embrace me as a solo artist in the same way they have embraced Crystal Castles."
Veteran actress Marian Seldes has died, aged 86. Seldes passed away at her home on Monday (06Oct14) following a long, undisclosed illness.
Her brother Timothy Seldes announced her death in a statement which reads: "It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died. She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theatre, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family."
Her impressive career spanned 60 years and she was considered an American theatre legend. She made her Broadway debut in 1947 in the Robinson Jeffers adaptation of Medea.
She was one of acclaimed playwright Edward Albee's go-to actresses, appearing in such plays as Tiny Alice, The Play About the Baby and Three Tall Women.
In 1967, she won her first Tony Award for her supporting role in Albee's A Delicate Balance.
Seldes was nominated for four more Tony Awards, including nods for her roles in Father's Day, Ring Round the Moon, Dinner at Eight, and Deathtrap, for which she also holds a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for her four-year run without having missed a single performance.
She last appeared on the Great White Way in 2007 for Terrence McNally's Deuce. In 2010, she received the prestigious Tony Lifetime Achievement Award.
Seldes also made her mark in many films including Truman, Mona Lisa Smile, August Rush and Leatherheads, as well as TV shows such as Murphy Brown and Sex and the City.
Seldes also served as a professor at Julliard performing arts school, having a roster of drama students including Viola Davis, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Kline, Christopher Reeve, and Robin Williams.
She is survived by daughter Katharine Claman Andres, her only child with first husband Julian Claman. Her second husband, writer/director Garson Kanin, died in 1999.
Julianne Moore made a special connection with an Alzheimer's disease sufferer while researching her latest role in Still Alice. The actress met with Alzheimer's patients like the one she portrays and found each experience as "devastating" as the next, but one fellow red head, who was close to Moore's age, really left her shaken up.
She tells Closer magazine, "(Sandy) had a hell of a time coping with the disease. One of the reasons I connected with her is that she has red hair - we look very similar.
"(Writer) Lisa (Genova) made my character 50 (years old) and not 80, because that way you're able to talk about Alzheimer's as an actual disease, not a condition of ageing."
Actress Mia Wasikowska has broken her silence about working with eccentric actor Shia Labeouf, revealing she struggled to connect with the method actor. LaBeouf previously made it clear that he and the Alice in Wonderland star didn't get along on the set of 2012 film Lawless, telling Page Six she wanted to quit the movie because of him.
He said, "She was calling her attorney, like, 'Get me the f**k out of here'."
And now the Australian actress has opened up about the experience, telling the Huffington Post, "He's a very method actor, and so I was on the receiving end of the method.
"You meet so many different people, and sometimes you connect with them and you share that you have a similar approach and sometimes you don't, and you just have to let them do their thing and hope it doesn't affect you too deeply."
Rocker Alice Cooper is giving his fans a chance to own his old clothes after opening a thrift store in Arizona last week (ends21Sep14). Alice's Attic will be stocked with pieces from the Welcome to My Nightmare hitmaker's personal collection.
He tells AZCentral.com, "I'm a shopaholic. When I'm on tour, I come home with 10 suitcases full of clothes. So I just go through and say, 'OK, store, store, store, store.' A lot of good labels. Everything that's mine was worn."
A portion of the proceeds from the store will benefit Cooper's Rock Teen Center, which is across the street from his new store.
He continues, "Eventually what I'd like to do is since we teach music and art and everything, we should also teach retail.
"We should teach them (kids) to run a cash register because a lot of kids that aren't musically inclined, it's another way of training them. It's sort of, like, anything you can do to get them away from the street life. Because the street life, there's only two endings for that. In jail or dead. Anytime you can give a vocation to a kid, that's what you do."
The Allman Brothers star Gregg Allman is to be feted with a Living Legend award at the upcoming Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony. The rocker will join Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper, among other recipients of the trophy, on 4 November (14) in Hollywood.
He says, "I am so very honoured to be receiving this award from Classic Rock. The magazine is one of my favourites and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers."
Publication editor Sian Llewellyn adds, "Gregg has touched the lives of rock fans all over the globe for over four decades. I'm thrilled that we can call him Classic Rock Magazine's Living Legend 2014."
The accolade comes during a difficult year for Allman - his movie biopic Midnight Rider was stalled in February (14) following the death of a camera assistant on the set of the film. Sarah Jones was filming in Georgia, when she was hit and killed by a train. Allman attempted to pull the film from production altogether after the fatal accident.
The pilot for the series of the same title. The story of Alice Hyatt, a would-be singer working as a waitress at Mel's Diner, a less than fashionable roadside diner in Phoenix, Arizona. The pilot episode depicts Alice's first days as a waitress and her involvement with a man who tells her he is an agent and can help further her singing career (in reality he is a hosiery salesman seeking only to date Alice).