Canadian rockers Rush are to be honoured for their charity work by the organisation behind the country's JUNO Awards. Bosses of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) are to hand the group the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for their "devotion to philanthropy".
The bandmembers, who have worked with charities including the Toronto Food Bank and Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation, say in a statement, "We are sincerely grateful to be recognised as this year's recipients of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. We are proud, honoured and humbled to be in the company of all Canadians who find it within their hearts to help those in need."
Rush will receive the award at 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards in Ontario, Canada on 14 March (15). Previous honourees include Neil Young and Bryan Adams.
Singer/songwriter Jennifer Warnes has penned an essay tribute to her one-time duet partner Joe Cocker, who died earlier this week (22Dec14). The Up Where We Belong singer reveals she grew up worshipping gravel-voiced Cocker and had a photo of him performing at Woodstock on her wall at home.
She writes, "The picture of Joe frightened my mother, but I reassured her. 'No mom, he's an emotional visionary'."
In the statement, obtained by Billboard.com, she adds, "I didn’t know then, but I know now, that if you wish for something with your whole heart, it has a pretty good chance of coming true.
"In the early 80s, other than a few great pairs such as Ella and Louis, Loretta and Conway, duets were not common on the charts. Music that year was weighted down with synthesizers and rhinestone jumpsuits.
"I was home watching one of those less than wonderful Grammy telecasts when Joe appeared singing I'm So Glad I’m Standing Here Today with the Crusaders. His voice was like a knife cutting through me. He laid his heart right on the table. I also knew right then that we would sing together."
Her premonition came true when she was chosen to join Cocker on the song Up Where We Belong for the 1982 soundtrack to An Officer & a Gentleman.
He adds, "That beautiful song by Will Jennings, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Jack Nitzsche fell into our hands. The movie wanted us. Things just fell together. I agree that the pairing of a rough Sheffield blues guy with a folkie-pop girl seemed odd. To make it worse they dressed me in taffeta, Joe in a suit, it was crazy. We looked like two prom kids.
"In 1983 we toured the big wide world and never lip-synced once. That was our rule, no lip-syncing. Every performance was the real deal, a free falling skydive. Geronimo! Joe took his liberties with the song and I chased after. Singing with Joe was often risky and always thrilling. Those are great memories that I will keep in my heart."
Warnes admits she felt "sick" when she heard Cocker had lost his battle with lung cancer.
She adds, "With a new dread, I realized yesterday that we will never sing our song again. That thought makes me feel sick. We met last year in Berlin to sing together. I didn't know that would be our last time.
"Joe won my heart completely when I first saw the movie Woodstock. He won millions of hearts with that film. But it was a young girl's dream come true to later become Joe’s singing partner. I will always love him and always miss him."
The pair's chart-topping duet won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and netted Warnes and Cocker a Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Grammy.
U.S. baseball player Oscar Taveras has died in a car crash at the age of 22. The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder was killed on Sunday (26Oct14) in the Dominican Republic.
His girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, 18, also perished in the accident.
Taveras made his Major League Baseball debut in May (14) following a stint with minor league team St. Louis Cardinals' affiliate team, Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.
Paying tribute to the sports star on Twitter.com, actress Alyssa Milano writes, "Oscar Taveras... Rest with the angels."
MLB commissioner Bud Selig adds, "All of us throughout Major League Baseball are in mourning this evening, shocked by the heartbreaking news of the accident involving Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend in the Dominican Republic. Oscar, a young member of the baseball family, was full of promise and at the dawn of a wonderful career in our game, evident in his game-tying home run against the Giants exactly two weeks ago.
"With heavy hearts, tonight we play Game 5 of the 2014 World Series in the memory of these two young people. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of both individuals, as well as to Oscar's teammates and the entire Cardinals organization."
One Direction's new album Four comes out November 17th. They just released the first offical song from the album, "Steal My Girl," but that's not enough. November is still far away. Us Directioners need more. Now.
As an entertainment writer, I cannot provide you with new music. But I can try to help pass this horrible waiting time with something I do have access too: One Direction GIFs. I hope this helps.
First, to set the tone, please put this song on BLAST before you scroll any further:
Remember at this year's Brit Awards when they won, Harry had to run onto the stage, and Liam was pretty drunk?
And we get one of the best memes ever.
Or when Louis did this while they were accepted an AMA award last fall?
Since we are all paitently waiting for new music, and obviously that means we're waiting for new music videos, why don't we look at some of the best music video GIFs so far?
"Best Song Ever," more like best GIFs ever:
"Kiss You," well, 1D when can we kiss you?
We want to "Live While We're Young" with them:
"One Way or Another," we're going to get new music:
They've defintely got that "One Thing" to make us all happy:
Because they know that's "What Makes You Beautiful":
They've also helped us all make some "Midnight Memories":
"Story Of My Life," I could look at these GIFs all day:
While we wait for the One Direction: Where We Are one-weekend only event, we might as well look at the best This Is Us GIFs:
Better yet, why don't we look at these amazing, recent GIFs from the Where We Are tour:
Like, the time when Harry brought a little boy up on stage with them:
Or when he danced so beautifully with Niall:
Liam's dancing deserves it's own section:
Might I present your 1D loving hearts with Harry The Banana:
Now, go back and reread this to quench that 1D thirst. Then, share it with all of your Directioner friends who are suffering while we wait for more music. And make sure, if you haven't already, to pre-order Four now.
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The true mark of a good romance movie is the cry factor. If you cry a little, then it was a good movie. If you cry a lot, then it was a great movie. These movies all made you sob, at least once, even if it was just for a minute (or the whole 3 hours...).
GIPHY/New Line Cinema
GIPHY/New Line Cinema
Romantic because: They're polar opposites, but obvious soulmates, even after years apart. Despite their differences and arguments, Noah and Allie fall in love with each other so deeply, nothing can change that, and they'd be anything for each other: "If you're a bird, I'm a bird."
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The fact that Noah kept this notebook for Allie and read it to her every single day after developing Alzheimers, even on the days she didn't recognize him (most days).
GIPHY/20th Century Fox
GIPHY/20th Century Fox
Romanitc because: Jack and Rose fall for each other despite their very obvious differences in class and personality. It's a whirlwind romance, spanning less than a week in time, that eclipses the major point of the movie -- the boat sinking.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jack giving up his life so that Rose can live, telling her to "Never let go."
Bonus: Seeing them reunited after Rose passes away in her 90's and they're young again. We're all still sobbing through the pain.
Sleepless In Seattle
Romantic because: You know why it's romantic - finding love again after losing someone. But what makes this movie sweet is the fact that Jonah cares so much about his father, he'd do anything to make sure he's happy again, which leads to a new relationship.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: That meeting at the top of the Empire State Building (which is an awesome reference to a reunion between Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember).
A Walk To Remember
Romantic because: What isn't lovable about the bad boy falling for the sweet, reserved Christian girl? Especially when she's told him not to fall in love with her. Landon changes for the better because of this relationship and becomes the adorable boyfriend who wants to fulfill his girlfriend's tame bucket list.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Jamie walking down the aisle at her and Landon's wedding, despite how sick she is. Then the blow to our hearts was delivered and we couldn't handle things.
Romantic because: Summer romance, parents who don't understand, an older boy...it's all appealing to the teenage girl who wants a relationship like that. Baby and Johnny's dancing also makes everyone's lives a littler steamier.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "Nobody puts baby in a corner."
When Harry Met Sally
Romantic because: Who doesn't want to wind up with their best friend? Okay, maybe not everyone, but it's kind of ideal if you've got a best friend who is of the sex you're attracted to.
The most romantic aspect: They actually wind up together. Friends can become lovers and it's not weird.
Romantic because: It shows that not every relationship is even closely alike and that even though it's a movie and going to have a happy ending as a romance, you don't have to mirror your relationship based off of someone else. You can have your own.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: Andrew Lincoln's poster board scene (that he will never live down, no matter how many walkers he kills on The Walking Dead).
You've Got Mail
Romantic because: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Just kidding (not really). It's a film that not only brought online dating to the forefront way before it's time, but it also highlights how big business effects personal stores, but that those people behind everything aren't all bad.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: "I wanted it you be you." PASS THE TISSUES!
Romantic because: She might be a prositute, but the film nevers takes on a nature that would ever make you think she's immoral. It's also kind of hilarious, yet sweet, for the man to hire her as his escort to fall in love with her.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: When he shows up at her apartment, instead of going to the airport, and he climbs the fire escape with a bouquet of roses clutched between his teeth.
P.S. I Love You
Romantic because: Holly finding out what Gerry has left for her after his passing, to help ease her pain. Even though we only see their relationship in snippets as she grieves, this movie beautifully portrays the love that Gerry had for his wife.
The most romantic aspect to trigger the cry factor: The whole movie? Yup, the whole freaking thing. If you weren't a wreck after this movie, you might need to get your soul checked out.
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Upon hearing of Robin Williams' death, I witnessed many a friend attempt to choose his or her favorite of the actors' many terrific films... most of these attempts dissolved into chaotic indecision. So let's make it easier — while Williams' dramatic genius is well documented in pictures like Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society, his penchant for the dark and twisted well chronicled in Insomnia and One Hour Photo, we'll always have a very special place in our hearts for his comedy. As such, we limit our expedition to this realm: which is Robin Williams' funniest role?
There are a few candidates that leap out as frontrunners — Mrs. Doubtfire, for one. It's hard to top a film in which a grown man, disguised as a husky Scottish nanny, tosses a piece of fruit at Pierce Brosnan. But we'd be remiss to discount some of Williams' other laugh riots: He's delightful in the courageous and sharp Good Morning, Vietnam. He's outrageously kooky in the oddball dark comedy The Fisher King. And without even showing his face, he's a tour de force in Disney's Aladdin. Peruse the complete list of Williams laughers below, and then chime in with your feelings.
MRS. DOUBTFIREWilliams plays a newly separated father of three who dresses up like a kindly housekeeper in order to spend time with his estranged kids.Funniest moment: An unexpected run-in with the legal representative charged with determining his aptitude as a parent (and human being) forces Williams to dash from room to room, donning and shedding his Mrs. Doubtfire disguise, juggling accents and sticking his face in pies.
GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM Williams plays a 'Nam-based disc jockey keeps his Army base lively with his irreverent radio show.Funniest moment: Any one of Williams' rapid fire on-air bits (much to the chagrin of the stuffed shirts in charge).
THE FISHER KINGWilliams plays a delusional derelict who entertains Medieval fantasies years after the death of his wife.Funniest moment: Williams' forceful escort of new friend Jack (Jeff Bridges) across the street, completely unfazed by oncoming traffic.
POPEYEWilliams plays a live action version of the animated sailor on a perplexing and listless quest through the neighborhood of Sweethaven.Funniest moment: Williams' genius is in his sardonic murmurs; after every ridiculous affirmation by one of the lively Sweethaven residents, Williams will mutter something nearly unintelligible and certainly hilarious under his breath.
THE BIRDCAGE Williams plays a gay nightclub owner who is married to his star performer (Nathan Lane) and father to a notably ungrateful young buck (Dan Futterman) who brings his girlfriend and her conservative parents over for dinner... prompting Lane to dress up as a woman. We're noticing a trend.Funniest moment: In truth, Williams is the straight man in this picture, letting Lane take most of the broad, wild comedy. But he does have plenty of good deadpan one-liners to enjoy.
PATCH ADAMSWilliams plays a doctor who holds dear to the maxim that laugher is the best medicine when he makes it his mission to lift the spirits of his ailing patients.Funniset moment: That old lady squeezing noodles can't be beat.
ALADDINWilliams plays an all powerful Genie, tasked with the wishes (and friendship) of dopey street rat Aladdin when the latter discovers his magical lamp.Funniest moments: It's gotta be his entrance. Williams puts on a veritable stand-up routine when he meets "Al" for the first time in the dank caves below the desert.
Which is your favorite? Cast your vote!
Cartoon characters can be attractive. While everyone liked Johnny Bravo and Fred from Scooby Doo, there are a lot underrated, cute cartoon guys. Some of them, you used to totally crush on hardcore. Others, they were your tightly-kept secret. Either way, there is no judgment here.
Twister, Rocket Power
We were probably supposed to crush on Otto Rocket, but he just didn’t do it for us looks wise. Plus, Otto was super competitive and a jerk 90% of the time. Twister was goofy and cute and almost always nice.
Max, A Goofy Movie
So technically, Max isn’t a human. But with Goofy as his dad, it’s pretty hard not to be surprised by how cute Max turned out. A crush is only fair.
Danny Phantom, Danny Phantom
Danny made life tough. Did we like him better with dark hair or his white, ghost-fighter hair? Those are decisions too tough for a preteen to make. Also, blue eyes or green eyes? We were never able to choose.
Tommy and Dil, All Grown Up!
The Pickles brothers turned out really cute. Dil was kind of young for us to consider, but we admired his looks and quirky personality. But Tommy, well he was right around our age (since he technically turned 1 in 1991) and we really loved that purple hair.
Chuckie and Phil, All Grown Up!
Tommy and Dil weren’t the only ones who upgraded to major cuties. Once Phil stopped eating worms, you were able to put him in the crush category. Chuckie's new glasses were actually pretty chic, too.
Edd, Ed, Edd, n Eddy
With Ed and Eddy as his competition, it really wasn’t hard for us to pick Edd. He’s a cartoon crush we kept a secret for many years.
T.J. Detweiler, Recess
T.J. gave off a bad boy vibe, but not bad enough to actually be a bad guy. He loved recess, you loved recess. You two would have been a match made in kick ball heaven.
Cosmo, Fairly Odd Parents
Cosmo was not very bright. He’s actually the dumbest character on the show, which seems hard since Timmy and his dad are both equally dim, but Cosmo was easily everyone's favorite. His hair and matching eyes added to his cutness.
Alden was cute. There is no question there. But this show was vastly underrated, so he might not have been on your friends' radars. He certainly was on yours. If you had braces back in 2001, Alden gave you hope that boys would still find you cute.
Shaggy, Scooby Doo
Fred might have had his ascot, but Shaggy had unlimited amounts of goofy charm. His red pants and green shirt combo is what stole our hearts.
You can have ours. Any day. We still want to be Pokémon trainers and could really use the help. Ash was too annoying to be considered cute.
Gerald, Hey Arnold
This boy was smooth. We don’t care if his best friend was blonde, with a football-shaped head. Gerald was the interesting one. We would have hung out with him any day.
The Professor, The Powerpuff Girls
Thinking the professor was cute was pretty much same thing as finding your best friend’s dad cute. You didn’t tell anyone, but you couldn’t help how you felt.
Did we miss any cartoon characters that you crushed on? Sound off in the comments below!
Beyonce helped to lift the spirits of 100 teenagers in her native Texas by inviting them to attend her On The Run tour stop in Dallas.
The superstar donates batches of tickets from each of her shows to local charities which spread positive messages to young people, and one of the organisations chosen last week (ends25Jul14) included Hanna 4 Hope, a non-profit group founded by the parents of schoolgirl Hanna Clark, who took her own life in April, 2013, aged 15, after a bad break-up. The charity is aimed at encouraging youths and parents to discuss the topic of suicide in a bid to prevent another such tragedy.
Beyonce's representatives contacted Hanna's mother, Raina Clark, via email to offer up the free tickets and she admits she initially thought the message was a hoax. She recalls, "When I received it through the website, I was like, 'Is this for real? Is this a joke or a scam?'."
The invite was for real and Clark was able to treat a large group of teens involved in her charity to Beyonce's gig with her rapper husband Jay Z at the AT&T Stadium on Tuesday (22Jul14).
She says, "I mean, we're completely thankful for just having the honour of being invited." Her husband Tim adds, "Every time we look at these teens, it's a representation of Hanna. It touches our hearts. They have a passion for our mission and to see the joy on their faces when they walk in this place, and when they hear Beyonce... it's awesome, just awesome."
Filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin have broken their silence following the death of a camera assistant on their Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider, insisting they have committed no crime. Director Miller and his writer/producer wife were shooting a dream sequence on a train trestle in Wayne County, Georgia in February (14) when an oncoming train disrupted filming. Sarah Jones lost her life when the train hit her.
The filmmakers, who surrendered to local authorities on Sunday (13Jul14), have pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges filed against them, and now they've released a statement through their attorney.
Miller and Savin write, "In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people will know that this was not a crime: we never had criminal intent; we would never knowingly or intentionally put anybody’s safety at risk. This was a horrible tragedy and a horrific accident.
"We have remained silent out of respect for the family of Sarah Jones, their loved ones and all of the crew who were injured on that very sad day.
"Our hearts are broken, our spirits are broken. We have young children and can only imagine with immense sadness the heartbreak of losing a child. We are praying for Sarah’s family."
A third producer, Jay Sedrish, turned himself in to police in Georgia on Thursday (17Jul14).
The trio has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.
Several civil suits have also been filed against MIller, Savin, Sedrish and other individuals and entities associated with the film.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse have cancelled their upcoming concert in Israel due to political unrest in the country. The rockers were scheduled to perform in Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv on Thursday (17Jul14), but have decided to axe the show because of the security risk.
A spokesperson for Young says, "It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we must cancel our one and only Israeli concert due to tensions which have rendered the event unsafe at this time. We'll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace."
The representative adds, "(Young) will be making donations to both the Louise Tillie Alpert Youth Music Centre of Israel, and Heartbeat, two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together."
Tensions between Israeli and Palestinian military forces have risen in recent weeks following the killing of three abducted Israeli teenagers and a Palestinian youth in the disputed West Bank territory, prompting them to launch missile strikes against one another.
The story, set in St. Louis, follows the adventures of a group of middle-class teenagers who find fun and romance at the local shopping mall. In the pilot episode, Doug tries to save his sister Karen from Keith, a guy with a bad reputation with girls.