Rockers Machine Head have postponed their North American tour to finish their new record. The metal band was due to hit the road this autumn (14), but announced on Wednesday (17Sep14) that they have decided to hold off on live gigs to perfect their album, Bloodstone & Diamonds.
The rockers released a statement which read, "It is with great disappointment that MACHINE HEAD must announce the postponement of our North American tour this fall.
"Our new album, Bloodstone & Diamonds, has taken longer to complete than expected and we had to make the difficult choice to either delay the album, let it go out as incomplete, or cancel the tour in order to properly finish and promote the album in the caliber it needs to be done. We decided postponing the tour was the best decision for the record.
"We feel this record is a milestone, we have something truly special here, but getting there has been a challenge. Our vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn just returned from a press tour where he was playing rough mixes and incomplete versions of songs for the press just to try and keep everything on time for our November release date."
The postponed dates will be rescheduled for the beginning of next year (15), but the band's European tour, slated to begin in November (15), will go on as scheduled.
Bloodstone & Diamonds is set for a release on 10 November (14).
Colin Firth feared he would look old and decrepit playing Emma Stone's love interest in Woody Allen's new film Magic In The Moonlight, because of their 29-year age gap. The King's Speech star, 54, plays an illusionist who sets out to unmask a bogus clairvoyant, portrayed by Stone, 25, in the comedy, and admits he feared the audience's reaction to his onscreen romance with The Amazing Spider-Man.
Firth tells The Independent, "I was very aware of it (age gap) at the beginning, when I found out who was playing the roles. At the time I thought, 'I'm going to seem so old and washed up next to Emma Stone!' I wasn't exactly relishing being on the unflattering end of that.
"Once we were underway, other things came to the fore. But people are going to draw attention to it. I get it. I really do understand. It's noticeable."
Many critics have made the point that Allen should have cast an older woman or a younger leading man, but the film is still a hit among many fans of the director.
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A crewmember working on new post-apocalyptic teen movie The Maze Runner was admitted to hospital after he was bitten by a rattlesnake.
The male staff member was removing the reptile from the set in Louisiana when he suffered the bite, and was taken to a local medical centre for treatment. Love Actually actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster reveals the set was plagued with snakes throughout the shoot, but the bitten crew member went on to make a full recovery.
He tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "We were seeing 10 snakes a day at the beginning and then by the end we were still catching four a day... Not all poisonous, but we had five different types of venomous snakes and two different kinds of poisonous spiders... He (the crew member) got bit, but it was fine. He got bit by a little baby rattlesnake. He did get rushed to the hospital, but he was the only one." Brodie-Sangster stars in the movie along with Dylan O'Brien and Will Poulter.
Veteran actress Dame Angela Lansbury is taking her award-winning role in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit on the road. The Murder, She Wrote star has played medium Madame Arcati in the beloved comedy both on Broadway in 2009 and in London's West End earlier this year (14) to critical acclaim.
Now she's set to go on a North American tour beginning on 9 December (14) in Los Angeles, with additional stops in San Francisco, California, and Toronto, Canada, ending the run in Washington, D.C. next March (15).
The 88 year old, who won her fifth Tony Award for her performance in the 2009 Broadway revival, will be joined by her West End co-stars Charles Edwards and Jemima Rooper, as well as her former New York castmates, Susan Louise O'Connor and Sandra Shipley.
The production will be directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Michael Blakemore.
George Harrison's son Dhani and stars like Beck and Norah Jones will honour the late Beatle as part of a 'Harrison Week' on U.S. late-night host Conan O'Brien's show. The TV personality will turn his Conan show into a daily tribute to one of his heroes, beginning on Monday (22Sep14).
Harrison Week will coincide with the release of box set The Apple Years: 1968-75, which features the beloved singer/songwriter's first six solo albums.
The late Beatle's legacy will also be celebrated in the week after the Conan engagement at an event dubbed George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison. Dhani Harrison and Jones will also perform at that concert, scheduled for 28 September (14) at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, along with Brian Wilson, Brandon Flowers and 'Weird Al' Yankovic.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Sweet Relief, a charity that aids struggling musicians.
Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson has wed again. The Glee actor exchanged vows with entrepreneur Jason Landau at a friend's estate in Encino, California on Saturday evening (13Sep14).
Jackson tells People.com, "This means a new beginning for us. It was love at first sight and this is just the culmination of that."
The 39-year-old star wore a black Calvin Klein tuxedo while Landau was styled by John Varvatos.
Guests included Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Alicia Silverstone.
Cheyenne was previously married to Monte Lapke from 2011 to 2013. The actor met Landau in rehab last year (13). They announced their engagement in February (14).
Jackson says, "We've both been through a lot in our lives. We got sober together. Now we sing and we dance together. It blows my mind."
One-time abuse victim Rihanna's introduction to U.S. TV's Thursday Night Football special was yanked at the last minute on Thursday (11Sep14) and replaced with an interview with embattled league commissioner Roger Goodell amid the sport's ongoing domestic violence drama.
Rihanna’s Jay Z collaboration Run This Town was billed as part of the launch of the 2014 season of the CBS show, but network bosses decided the programme should open with a more serious message following the recent Ray Rice scandal.
Rice was arrested earlier this year (14) following an altercation with his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sickening footage of the incident has since been released and earlier this month (Sep14) the sportsman was kicked off the Baltimore Ravens roster and banned from playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Goodell came under fire from the media and women's rights groups for not acting sooner in dealing with Rice, amid accusations he and NFL bosses don't take domestic violence seriously enough. The commissioner has since spoken out about the scandal, dismissing reports that suggested the footage of Rice knocking his now-wife unconscious was made available to NFL executives in April (14), and his exclusive interview with CBS newswoman Norah O'Donnell was replayed at the beginning of the Thursday night football coverage, as well as a chat with Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti.
As a result, Rihanna's reworked Run This Town, featuring a comedic segment starring Don Cheadle, was axed.
Announcing the decision hours before the big game, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said, "We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone coverage." Ironically, the featured game was a clash between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Rihanna was a victim of abuse in 2009 when her then-boyfriend Chris Brown attacked her during a fight on the eve of the Grammy Awards. The R&B singer is still on probation following his violent actions.
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Nicki Minaj has blasted TV bosses at America's CBS network for cutting parts of her Fashion Rocks performance on Tuesday night (09Sep14).
The rap star was far from happy when she discovered that over-cautious TV chiefs had opted not to show her Anaconda in full, instead turning the camera on audience members and panning out for wide shots when they feared Minaj's butt-shaking routine was about to become too risque.
Now Minaj has released a statement to fans, which reads: "My darlingz (sic), I wish you could've seen the choreography on the 2nd verse of ANACONDA last night. It was absolutely divine. CBS decided not to show it. "Had they told us this before, we would have changed the choreo so that you guys could see the full performance from beginning to end. They already had you tuned in tho."
She then added, "Artists spend so much of their own money, time and passion to deliver their fans great performances. But ultimately, our art usually falls into the hands of people who care nothing about our art and creativity. Promise you'll get to see this new choreo soon."
Pharrell Williams has become the latest celebrity to urge U.S. leader President Barack Obama to visit Ferguson, Missouri following last month's (Aug14) race riots between locals and law enforcement officials.
The town became a warzone after teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer investigating a robbery, and Williams is among those who feel Obama should have been there to calm tensions.
Pharrell tells CNN, "The President needs to go down there. When your parents come into the room, whether it's you or your cousin that knocked the vase down, you all stand at attention (sic)." Justifying his comments by stating, "I'm not into politics, but I have opinions", the Happy hitmaker insists the Ferguson drama is just the beginning of what could become a big problem for Obama and his aides, adding, "I'm disappointed in the way that it was handled from the government's side... This is a deeper laceration in this country... This is going to be the longest hangover in race relations ever."
But Williams, who believes the police officer at the centre of the Ferguson drama should be punished, insists black youths need to avoid clashes with cops, adding, "When they (police) told him (Brown) to get out of the road, he should have got out of the road (sic); I wouldn't have been in the road in the first place."
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While it would take a special kind of bravery (and madness) to attempt a film adaptation of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, its “world of possibilities” message is one that can find a cozy home in most any story about growing up. Cozy is just the word to describe Dolphin Tale 2 and its endeavor to carry forth the spirit of Dr. Seuss' final book.
The clean-as-a-whistle family film uses its effectively flawless hero, the high school-aged Sawyer (Nathan Gamble), to celebrate the bounties of stepping out of your comfort zone and into the world. Throughout the film, Sawyer wrestles with a tough decision: does he accept a fantastic opportunity to spend a semester studying marine biology at sea through Boston University, or does he keep anchored to his work at the Clearwater Marine Hospital for fear of leaving his friends — both human and dolphin — behind when he fears they might need him the most?
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Sawyer’s conflict carries forth as he and his colleagues (Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Harry Connick Jr.) search for a new cohabitant for amputee dolphin Winter, whose aged pool-mate Panama passes on in the beginning of the movie. The time spent with the animals is the movie’s greatest asset: Tensions hike whenever the team apprehends an ailing dolphin — one bears visible skin injuries, one is undersized and initially contentious with Winter — and the well-being of each rescued creature makes for consistent, palpable drama. Much lighter but perhaps doubly as charming fare surrounds a wounded sea turtle that Hazel (Zuehlsdorff) takes special attention to… and with whom Clearwater’s unofficial mascot Rufus the pelican falls ostensibly in love. Near lethal levels of cuteness ensue.
While the wildlife material thrives on this kind of potent wholesomeness, the human stories suffer just a bit from a complete lack of teeth, incurring boredom on two or three occasions. Nevertheless, Dolphin Tale 2’s heart is admirable and more often than not affective. Saywer and Hazel collect life lessons courtesy of their family, colleagues, aquatic friends, and an occasional Morgan Freeman speech (he’s got a doozy involving a pocket watch metaphor), all to the thematic end of growing up. Founding itself on the values of seizing responsibility and setting sail out into the world, the saccharine, sleepy sequel could actually be a pretty valuable experience for young viewers.
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The story of Father Dan Cleary, an uptight, conservative priest, and Sister Agnes, a free-spirited, streetwise nun, and the bickering that ensues when the two join forces and open a mission amid hookers, drunks, teenage gangs, and runaways.