The Nolans sisters reached an "uneasy truce" while bandmember Bernie Nolan was battling cancer, but they revived the family feud after her death last year (13), according to sister Coleen Nolan. The singing siblings have endured a tense relationship over the last few years and Coleen admits she fell out with her sisters Anne and Denise in 2006.
The rift was cemented when Anne was left out of a 30th anniversary reunion tour in 2009, but Coleen admits they banded together for the sake of their sister when Bernie was diagnosed with cancer for a second time.
She died last July (13), and Coleen admits the sisters sadly returned to their warring ways after the family tragedy.
In her new autobiography, No Regrets, she writes, "There has been a lot written about the Nolans' so-called reunion and how Bernie's death has brought us together again. I hate to be the one to spoil that particular fairytale but it's not entirely true and... I refuse to lie - the sad truth is sometimes family bonds that have been bitterly broken just cannot be fixed.
"When Bernie was ill Denise and I both did our best to come to an uneasy truce. But once Bernie had died the truce appeared to be over. I hoped we could move on but soon after, she wrote on her website that she doubts we can ever be friends and, sadly, that's the truth... People say that life's too short to spend it squabbling with those you love. It is - Bernie taught us this. But it's also too short to spend your life being made to feel sad or guilty by somebody who supposedly loves you. I'm not going to do it any more and I feel that chapter is finally closed."
Rocker Thurston Moore has blasted a female blogger for "gender fascism" after she criticised the former Sonic Youth frontman for discussing the affair which ended his marriage to his bandmate Kim Gordon. The veteran musician recently opened up about finding love with book editor Eva Prinz in an interview with British magazine The Fly, admitting they are now living together in London following his split from Gordon in 2011.
He said, "I'm in a really romantic place with Eva; we've kinda been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat's been out of the bag a while now...
"I've had some life issues. In your 40s and 50s things can change in ways that upset the order of things that have been established over 25 years-plus of marriage. It's really distressing. You have to work through it... (but) I'm involved in a really sweet relationship and it really does make me happy, it truly does."
His candid comments prompted one Jezebel.com blogger to brand Moore a "d**k" for gushing about the woman he cheated with, but the rocker has since hit back to defend himself.
In an angry post on Facebook.com, he writes, "Jezebel is gender fascism. By not having any real critical facility to understand, in their case, men in relationship to women (presumably them) they opt to promote hate by imperialist blather. By couching it in feminism is a distinct lack of class, but i'm sure they're having a bit of online fun and when they grow up maybe they'll glean the complexities of real life and love."
Liam Neeson channelled his Taken character as a former CIA agent during a surprise appearance on U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live this weekend (08Mar14) to jokingly threaten Russian President Vladimir Putin over the military invasion of the Ukraine. The Northern Irish star opened Saturday's programme by appearing alongside funnyman Jay Pharoah, as President Barack Obama, and condemning Putin for sending in troops to the Crimea in a parody of his action character Bryan Mills.
In his gruff movie voice, Neeson said, "Recently, I got a very disturbing call. Crimea had been taken. I hate it when things are taken.
"Mr. Putin. Vladimir. I've never met you. I don't have experience in international diplomacy. But what I do have is a very particular set of skills. Skills that would make me a nightmare for someone like you... By which I mean I'm an actor. In Hollywood. With a lot of connections."
Neeson's cameo kicked off an episode of hilarious spoofs as Girls star Lena Dunham served as the guest host and poked fun at her penchant for getting naked onscreen.
In her opening monologue, she quipped, "I am so honoured to be here hosting SNL and it's also really intimidating to be up here on this stage. But there is an old saying, if you're nervous about giving a speech, just imagine the audience naked. Or at least imagine they haven't seen you naked."
She later stripped off to portray Biblical figure Eve as she eats the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, asking God, "Can you please not apple shame me right now? Seriously, I know I committed original sin, but at least it's original. I think I deserve some credit for that. Or at least a publishing deal."
Dunham also fulfilled her dream of appearing on TV drama Scandal by playing 'Gladiator' newcomer Kelsey in an amusing parody, opposite comedienne Sasheer Zamata as Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope character.
It is no rare practice for television shows, mostly comedies, to take on a new genre for an episode or two. Community does it on a pretty regular basis. Scrubs has been known to dabble. How I Met Your Mother tried it (unsuccessfully – #HowIMetYour Racism much?). And Pretty Little Liars was the most recent show to pick up the fan-pleasing gauntlet of genre-hopping. So, who's done it best? Let's see:
5. Pretty Little Liars - "Shadow Play"
Ah, Pretty Little Liars: the manna of the pre-teen generation (and surreptitious guilty pleasure for everyone else). They turned out a noir-homage episode that managed to marry the black and white glamour and dry wit of noir with their own brands of popular fashion and one-liners (a union which, awesomely enough, produced Mona in a gold lamé dress saying, "That was the last carrot stick").
4. Community - "Epidemiology"
"Epidemiology" is one of my all-time favorite episodes of Community – in fact, all of the Halloween episodes are great for the costumes alone. Britta's T-Rex outfit is iconic (and Troy and Abed's heavily constructed Aliens cosplay ain't half bad either). This zombie homage is just the right mix of hilarious (Zombie Jeff pretending to be cool) and absurd (the zombie disease stems from food bought at a steep discount from an army surplus store), with just enough suspense to make it genuinely scary.
3. Scrubs - "My Musical"
Come on, this is the episode that brought us the pure, unfiltered joy that is "Guy Love" (Zach Braff and Donald Faison's more recent collaboration, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was a nice call back for fans). I'd love it even if only for the unforgettable lyric, "We can figure out what's wrong with you/By looking at your poo."
2. Community, again - The Paintball Trilogy
The three paintball episodes of Community have it all – "Modern Warfare" riffs on action movie tropes like jumping on/and or away from grenades, "A Fistful of Paintballs" gives us the Sergio Leone tribute we never knew we needed, complete with a kick-ass opening titles, and "For a Few Paintballs More" got Star Wars to a T, right down to an Abed-as-Han and Annie-as-Leia kiss. The show has a lot of great tribute episodes, but the paintball trio might just be the most fun.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Once More, with Feeling"
Buffy may win in terms of set up: it's no Adderall-induced fantasy (PLL), nor is it a brain tumor (Scrubs), or even government experiment food (Community) – nope, it's a good old demon who makes people spontaneously combust through song and dance! The musical numbers (all in different styles – rockabilly, ballad, pop, Fred and Ginger – even Disney princess!) are delightful, but it's not all fluff: the songs also act as something of a truth serum, and it's in "Once More, with Feeling" that the Scooby gang finally finds out that Buffy was resurrected from heaven. It's a huge emotional turning point in the season, and it's revealed through song and dance. TV at its best, people.
So what are your favorite genre-benders? Share in the comments!
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has turned down an offer from Liam Neeson for a personal tour of the Big Apple's largest stable as the actor fights a proposed ban on horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. The Taken star has become a leading advocate for carriage drivers, who he claims will be robbed of their livelihoods if a celebrity-backed campaign to outlaw the popular tourist activity is successful.
Neeson, who is good friends with one of the drivers, fellow Irishman Colm McKeever, insists allegations of horse mistreatment are unfounded and offered to take De Blasio and city council members to visit one of the stables themselves, but his offer has been snubbed.
The actor arrived at the stables on Sunday (09Mar14) to speak with press about De Blasio's decision to decline his invitation, and criticised the politician for not showing up.
Neeson said, "He should have manned up and come. I'm disappointed he's not here... These horses are well cared for. It's a connection with our past, it's a connection with our history.
"And it has to be said - the great white elephant in the room, four prime locations on the West Side of New York that realtors must be salivating to get their hands on."
De Blasio, who vowed to ban horse-drawn carriages as part of his election campaign last year (13), says, "I respect Liam Neeson a lot, I'm a big fan of his work. But the fact is, I put forward a plan and a vision and the people ratified it in an election and that's what matters most."
While the mayor is insistent he will not budge from his stance, he does reveal he will visit the stables soon.
De Blasio adds, "The reason I want to visit the stables and will do it when the schedule allows is because we want to work with the folks who operate those horse carriages and get them new opportunities in other types of related work... We want to make sure we're listening to their concerns as we do it, but I'm clear about where we need to go."
Neeson's pro-carriage campaign faces strong opposition from actors including Alec Baldwin, Pamela Anderson, Anjelica Huston and Glee star Lea Michele, who have all rallied against the use of horses for commercial purposes.
Actor Wilmer Valderrama has realised his dream of working with Robert Rodriguez after the director created the villain in the TV adaptation of cult movie From Dusk Till Dawn with the star in mind. The 34 year old, known for playing lovable, shy Fez in hit sitcom That '70s Show, reveals he blindly signed up to the project because he was such a big fan of Rodriguez - and he was flattered after learning he would be leading the cast as crime lord Carlos, a role created specially for him.
Valderrama tells People.com, "After an initial audition, I got a text from (Rodriguez) that said, 'Hey, I handcrafted this character for you that a lot of people haven't seen you do.'
"I now have that text on my wall. I said, 'Yes' without knowing what I was playing and 24 hours later I was playing the villain."
The actor reveals his former TV co-stars, including Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, are overjoyed for him for landing a role working with his idol.
He says, "I stay in touch with everyone from my That '70s Show cast and they are so proud of me getting to do this. They have known me since 1997, '98 and they know how obsessed I have been with everything that Robert has ever done."
From Dusk Till Dawn is based on the 1996 vampire film of the same name, which starred George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino as criminals who stumble across a nightclub filled with vampires.
Valderrama will co-star in the new TV version with Miami Vice veteran Don Johnson as Sheriff Earl McGraw, with G.I. Joe: Retaliation actor D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz taking the roles played by Clooney and Tarantino respectively.
The Mindy Project is on the bubble. In other words, send help! The show has struggled out of the gate, but it's managed to hold on for one and a half, lovely, hilarious seasons. And we want – nay, need – a third.
The show has too much to offer before it goes riding off into the sunset – it's too young to die, and here's a few reasons why:
* Brendan DeLaurier: I may or may not have an obsession with Brendan – he's my favorite of Mindy's exes (so move on over, shoe store mogul Casey and oral surgeon Bill Hader). His reaction to Maria Menounos' rendition of "Santa Baby" ("You were offering up your womanhood to Santa in exchange for material gifts!") may just be one of my favorite lines on the show, ever. Heck if Danny Castellano wasn't on the scene, I'd be pulling for a reunion: his douchey pretentiousness is unparalleled in its hilarity.
* Peter and Morgan Forever: As Danny and Mindy have grown closer and closer, Peter and Morgan have spent a lot of recent storylines together (guess fifth-wheel castmate Dr. Reed has his unhealthy relationship with food to keep him company). Even better, they've been thrown together by mutual shipping of Mindy and handsome-lawyer-Cliff – they spent the entirety of "You've Got Sext" sending him … you guessed it, sexts from her phone, and they recently (heartwrenchingly) convinced him to get back together with her following their break-up. And watching them suffer through the dulcet strains of Cliff sobbing along to Jewel through the air vents? A+.
* Will-They-Won't-They?: No good romantic comedy is complete without a will-they-won't-they couple, and The Mindy Project has the ace in the hole with that one. Mindy and Danny started out quite adversarial, but have grown closer and closer as friends, and in the midseason finale, they finally kissed. But it's far too soon for it all to be peaches and cream – Mindy even hinted at the fact that their impromptu airplane makeout may lead to some regret; so it looks like the two are in for some more turbulence. And we need them to be able to see them through their bumpy ride to happily ever after.
The Mindy Project is a show that's only improved with time (I'm not even going to make the standard "fine wine" joke) and our lives simply wouldn't be the same without it.
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It's Saturday night. The game is on. The town is yours. You're ready to go. But you need a little cinematic pep-talk. A movie that'll get your adrenaline rushing top speed. Something with action, adventure, excitement... hell, maybe even something fantastical every so often. This week, our Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommendation for Saturday Night Fever is Battle Royale.
It says a lot when a movie's title becomes a permanent fixture in the international lexicon. The 2000 Japanese action movie Battle Royale is an unmistakably influential piece of cinema, predating America's fight-to-the-death franchise The Hunger Games by more than a decade. The movie, itself adapted from a 1999 novel, centers on a junior high school student who is thrust into a lethal competition with his classmates at the whim of the government.
Making everything in American cinema look tame by comparison, Battle Royale is not only brutal but skillfully delivered, with dazzling aesthetics, fun characters, and the emotional throughline of the hero's journey to overcome the death of his father. There are few films as capable of kicking up your pulse, and even fewer that can do so and still maintain an artistic air.
You can watch Battle Royale on Netflix, and check back tomorrow for our Lazy Sunday pick.
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For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Looks as though the familiar yell of the original jungle warrior himself, Tarzan, will once again be heard in theaters the world over, with Warner Brothers announcing a release date of July 1, 2016 for the live-action 3D adventure. Sound exciting? Hardly – in fact, here’s why Tarzan is already doomed to fail: CGI.
Yes, the darling of modern movie-making is, unfortunately, sure to zap all the juice out of this once-ripe papaya of pulp heroes. After all, is there anything truly menacing about a pixilated puma or a computer-rendered rhinoceros? No – and that was truly a major appeal of Tarzan, specifically, taking viewers into a world most would never go: the deepest, darkest climes of Africa, complete with a real person interacting with the most-dangerous of jungle beasts.
Sure, those "darkest climes" of cinema yore were simply another Hollywood back lot (and fancy editing made the "menace" seem more real than in actuality) but replacing actual animals with near 100 percent CGI versions will surely remove any of the genuine intrigue and excitement – particularly with Tarzan’s pal Cheetah. It’s one thing to suspend disbelief with a King Kong or Planet of the Apes (both of which depict animals larger-than-life, or creatures of pure fantasy). It is quite another to immediately recognize a phony chimp, complete with an actor looking in the general direction of the post-production induced co-star.
Look for Tarzan 3D to swing to the ground with a large, loud thud – even with stars such as True Blood's Alexander Skarsgård, Margot Robbie, and Sam Jackson attached.
After a global search, sixteen finalists are brought to Hollywood, divided into four teams and will engage in elimination-style competitions to produce a short film. Each week the short films will be critiqued by a studio executive, film critic and guest judge with the viewers voting on their favorite. The final winner gets a meeting with Spielberg, an office at Dreamworks and $1 million to fund their next project.