Rockers Pink Floyd are dedicating their first new album in 20 years to late keyboardist Richard Wright. The Comfortably Numb hitmakers will unveil The Endless River in November (14).
The material is based on a series of tracks David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Wright originally recorded in 1994, during studio sessions for their last record, The Division Bell.
Gilmour and Mason decided to revisit the songs following Wright's death in 2008 and now they will be releasing the tracks in his memory.
In a statement, Gilmour writes, "We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album.
"With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."
Drummer Mason adds, "The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognising a lot of what he does (sic) and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."
British actor Daniel Radcliffe has made good on a two-year promise to pay back members of an Irish youth soccer team after borrowing money from them for a cab fare. The Harry Potter star reportedly partied with the Dublin Minor Football team back in 2012 after a big win, but found himself without cash to get home after the bash.
He was loaned the funds by generous team members, and on Thursday (18Sep14), they were finally reimbursed.
Former Dublin soccer player Conor Mullally shared a Twitter.com photo of a handwritten message from Radcliffe, alongside a 50 Euro ($64/£40) note.
The accompanying caption reads, "Two years later,Daniel Radcliffe pays us back the taxi fare from that infamous night #gent".
In the actor's letter, the 25 year old wrote, "Hi guys, So, thanks again for paying for my cab! I couldn't live with myself if I didn't honour my word and pay you back. Once again, great meeting you all. Hope this covers it."
Actor Paul Bettany fired himself from his directorial debut when he realised he couldn't cope as filmmaker, writer, producer and star. The Priest star initially planned to play a supporting character, opposite his real-life wife, Jennifer Connelly, in homeless drama Shelter, but he quickly realised he had taken on too much when pre-production began.
He explains, "As a producer, I had hired myself and then, as a writer/director, I fired myself from the picture much to everybody's surprise who had financed the film.
"I think it was a smart move in the maelstrom of trying to make your first film in just over 20 days. There's not a great deal of time to go to the toilet, let alone research and play a part, so I was very glad to opt out."
Bettany is terrifically proud of the film he made, which was inspired by a homeless couple he ran into on the streets of New York.
He tells WENN, "There was this homeless couple who lived outside my building and after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, we were evacuated - very dramatic - and went to higher ground. I used to see them every day and say hello to them on the school run and when we got back, I never saw them again.
"I just started to write because I thought there was something good to focus a story about judgment on, because I didn't want to write a polemic about homelessness being bad because everyone knows that. But how we judge people I thought was really interesting. There's an almost aggressive response that they must've done something to deserve being there and that really intrigued me.
"We're all innocent and we're all worthy of forgiveness and we're all deserving of a home and that's really what the film is about for me."
Actress Jennifer Connelly is at the centre of a lawsuit over a leaky roof at her New York City home. The Wimbledon star paid for repairs to her apartment when she bought the property but it began leaking again during a storm in 2010, causing $262,000 (£154,000) worth of damage.
Her insurance company paid out, but the construction firm that oversaw the earlier repairs is blaming Connelly for the leak, alleging she let the roof fall into disrepair, according to TMZ.com.
Editors at the website report bosses of the company want a judge to order the actress to settle the bill if they are blamed for the leak.
French actor Gerard Depardieu is convinced he can down 14 bottles of wine in a single day. The Green Card star has opened up about his boozing habits in a new interview, revealing he can consume copious amounts of alcohol without feeling drunk.
Depardieu, who underwent heart surgery in 2000, admits he often starts the day by drinking Champagne in the morning and is adamant he can down more than 10 bottles of wine.
The 65 year old tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "When I'm bored, I drink. Apart from compulsory moments of abstinence. After bypass surgery, and also because of cholesterol and stuff, I have to be careful... But if ever I start drinking I can't drink like a normal person. I can absorb 12, 13, 14 bottles per day...
"(Before my heart operation) I was asked to tell the doctor about my consumption. So I said, 'Here it goes'. It starts at home with Champagne or red wine, before 10am. Then again Champagne. Then pastis (liqueur), maybe half a bottle. Then food, accompanied by two bottles of wine. In the afternoon, Champagne, beer, and more pastis at around 5pm, to finish off the bottle. Later on vodka and/or whisky. But I'm never totally drunk, just a little p**sed. All you need is a 10-minute nap and voila, a slurp of rose wine and I feel as fresh as a daisy...
"What I like in being drunk is the moment when you're alive and enthusiastic. Full stop. But when you have been there 10, 15, 20 times, 30 times, then you start losing track. There's more to life than being drunk."
Peter Gabriel was named a Prog God at the 2014 Progressive Music Awards in London on Thursday (11Sep14). The former Genesis star was honoured for his pioneering contribution to the world of prog rock.
He joins Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson and Rick Wakeman as a recipient of the trophy.
Wakeman was feted again on Thursday, when he picked up the Best Live Event prize for the 40th anniversary tour of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.
Other winners included Camel co-founder Andy Latimer, who was handed a Lifetime Achievement Award, Curved Air singer Sonja Kristina, who took home the Guiding Light Award, and enigmatic The Enid frontman Robert John Godfrey, who picked up the ceremony's Visionary Award.
Meanwhile, Transatlantic's Kaleidoscope was named Album of the Year and Dream Theater picked up the Band of the Year trophy.
Game Of Thrones star Alfie Allen is giving up on life in Los Angeles and moving back to London. The British actor, younger brother of singer Lily Allen, emigrated to America to pursue a career in Hollywood, but he has now decided to leave the U.S. and head home to London.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I felt at home there (L.A.) as soon as I got my car and was driving around Beverly Hills, but I've decided to trade it in for London. Here is my home and I want to shake things up here again - check out the scene and perhaps do more theatre."
Allen recently finished shooting a part in Keanu Reeves' new film John Wick.
Britney Spears' mother is urging the pop superstar to move on from her latest break-up by dating several suitors at once.
The Toxic hitmaker ended her relationship with David Lucado, her boyfriend of 18 months, in August (14), amid allegations of his infidelity and the singer reveals her mom, Lynne, is eager for her to have a little fun while she splits her time between her concert residency in Las Vegas and her home in Los Angeles.
Spears, who ended her engagement to agent Jason Trawick in early 2013, insists she is doing "OK" following the recent love split because "everything happens for a reason". And the 32 year old admits she is starting to warm to her mom's advice. She says, "(Single life in Vegas) is mindblowing. My mom's like, 'You need to date three or four guys at one time and just have a lot of fun'. And I was like, 'We're not that old school (traditional) anymore, I guess I could try to do that!'."
Meanwhile, comedian Jimmy Fallon has given Spears a little help in finding love again by signing her up to online dating app Tinder. The singer made a surprise appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (09Sep14) and, during her visit, the TV host revealed he had created a Tinder profile for Spears, with her permission.
However, Spears pretended she wasn't exactly excited to be featured on the app, sarcastically commenting, "Oh yeah, I'm thrilled!"
She then joined Fallon to take part in a funny sketch titled the Pros and Cons of Dating Britney Spears, revealing she loves nothing better than snuggling in bed and watching TV.
Country music legend Glen Campbell is to release the song he wrote about his Alzheimer's battle as his final tune. I’m Not Gonna Miss You is the the last song the Rhinestone Cowboy hitmaker recorded with producer Julian Raymond before his condition forced him to quit the business.
The track was recorded for the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which was released earlier this year (14).
The song will be available as a download on 30 September (14), the same day as the release of the documentary soundtrack album, which also features The Band Perry's rendition of Gentle on My Mind and Home Again by Campbell's daughter Ashley.
The singer's family checked him into a care facility earlier this year (14) when his memory lapses and confused state made him a danger to himself around the home.
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Liza Minnelli was unable to attend Joan Rivers' funeral on Sunday (07Sep14) as she is preparing to undergo back surgery following a fall at her home.
The singer/actress wanted to pay her last respects to the veteran funnywoman at her memorial service in the Big Apple, but Minnelli recently took a tumble which left her unable to walk. She is preparing to undergo spinal surgery, and could not make it to Rivers' star-studded send-off on Sunday.
Minnelli tells the New York Post, "I couldn't go to Joan Rivers' funeral, which I desperately wanted to because I loved her, but I couldn't go because I can't walk. I'm in bed. Going in for surgery. I broke my lower back. Remember a few years ago I was in a wheelchair because I had trouble with my spine? They operated on it then. Well, now, again. They'll have to fuse it. I was picking up my dogs - and they jumped. And I got twisted and fell. I thought it's nothing. But it wasn't nothing. It became something. After an X-ray, seems I busted it and have to have it fused. The operation's next week."
Rivers died at the age of 81 on 4 September (14).