Captain & Tennille star Daryl Dragon has been left baffled by his wife's decision to file for divorce, insisting he "can't figure it out". The hitmaking couple behind 1970s chart smash Love Will Keep Us Together recently hit headlines after Toni Tennille moved to end their marriage weeks after their 39-year anniversary, but former Beach Boys keyboardist Dragon admits her actions have left him heartbroken - especially because they are still living together in Arizona.
The 71 year old, who suffers from a Parkinson's-like neurological condition, tells U.S. tabloid the National Enquirer, "This divorce was Toni's idea. I can't figure it out. She says she's divorcing me for 'spiritual reasons'. But she also says over time her philosophical beliefs have changed and that our values have changed. But she hasn't been any clearer than that.
"Despite this, I still love Toni. We are not planning on selling the home, but things are changing by the day. It is frightening."
Captain & Tennille, the hitmaking couple behind 1970s smash-hit Love Will Keep Us Together, have split. Toni Tennille, real name Cathryn Antoinette Tennille, has filed for divorce from her songwriting partner husband Daryl Dragon in Prescott, Arizona.
The retired couple became lovers while touring with The Beach Boys in the early 1970s and wed in 1974, just before Love Will Keep Us Together launched their Grammy-winning pop career.
Captain & Tennille's hits also included Do That to Me One More Time and Muskrat Love.
They also hosted their own TV variety series in the mid 1970s.
Singer Toni Tennille has found a new calling after training her pooch to become a therapy dog and becoming a volunteer at an Arizona hospital. The Captain & Tennille star and her Australian shepherd Smoky cheer up patients once a week at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott as part of the Pets Are Warm Support programme.
A source tells the National Enquirer, "Every Thursday that Toni is in town, she and Smoky show up at the centre to visit the patients. Toni is a real sweetheart. She's generous and gives freely of her time. Her dog is super-friendly, and very well-behaved, and whenever they are in the building, they light up the place.
"Sometimes patients are a bit taken back - insisting they know Toni from somewhere... Most patients eventually figure out who she is."
And the Grammy Award winner sometimes even performs during her visits.
First there was Sonny and Cher, then Donny and Marie, followed by The Captain and Tennille. Could fellow Canucks Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen be the next big musical duo? I'm going to go out on a (maple tree) limb and say probably not, but that doesn't preclude them from trying. Bieber and Jepsen released a sneak preview of a duet that will appear on Jepsen's upcoming album on Wednesday. The song, called "Beautiful," is a sugary sweet jingle about loving someone perfectly. "You're not trying to be perfect, nobody's perfect, but you are to me," the two sing.
Okay, so there's something strange about this. While I will not go so far as to say that Justin Bieber "discovered" Jepsen — she had already appeared on Canadian Idol and released a successful debut album — he certainly did introduce her music to the American masses. Therefore, there's a degree of sense involved with the two recording a duet. I mean, if I were a rising pop star I would cling to Justin Bieber's coat tails for dear life. But did the duet have to be a love song?
Maybe it's ageist of me, but hearing Jepsen, 26, and Bieber, 18, sing about falling in love (presumably with one another) is icky. It also rings a bit false. In all of their appearances together, there has never been one iota of chemistry between the two stars. And we, as listeners, are supposed to buy that they are in love? I can hear the naysayers now, "But it's just a song! It's not real!" I know this. I also know that when I listen to this song, I hear two parts grafted together. It's hard to picture Jepsen and Bieber in the same room together, let alone serenading one another.
Bieber and Jepsen's voices, both adorably raspy, compliment one another and, I said before, a duet is only logical. But I don't think a cutesy ditty was the best way to go about this. A playful show of one-upmanship would have better suited their relationship. Not to mention, Jepsen's smash hit single "Call Me Maybe" took off not just because of its catchy hook, but because its lyrics were clever and original. The song is charming in its slightly deprecating self-awareness. "Beautiful," however, lacks the subtlety and cheekiness we love in "Call Me Maybe."
Instead of pouring on the sugar, Jepsen and Bieber should have added a little sauce. This song thoroughly scrubs Jepsen's already squeaky-clean persona of all character and its blandness ensures that this new duet will have none of the cross-over appeal of "Call Me Maybe." On the bright side, 27 million Beliebers are sure to love it. Take listen to "Beautiful" below — and tell us what you think.
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Indie writer Diablo Cody is set to make her first foray into directing. The Juno scribe will direct, as well as write, Christmas flick Lamb of God for Mandate Pictures. The religious-themed flick follows the story of a woman who loses her faith in God after a plane crash, but rediscovers it in it Vegas while living “the life of a sinner.” I find the assumption that Las Vegas is a wretched hive of scum and villainy kind of quaint, in this day and age. It's like being afraid of Times Square. On her Tumblr, Cody reassures us that the film is “not the cynicism-fest implied by the log line. It’s a nice Christmas story.”
Mandate Pictures and Diablo Cody have collaborated before, on Cody-scripted projects Juno and the upcoming Young Adult. Perhaps because of this prior relationship, Mandate is willing to give Cody her first shot at directing. Cody seems eager to step into the director’s chair. “If I hear a certain type of music for a scene, I don’t have to shyly suggest it. I can use it. If I picture an actor in a role, I can offer them said role” The writer said on her Tumblr. “I’m accustomed to riding shotgun...and for the first time, I get to be the Captain and Tennille. Holy shit.”
Cody’s films have been divisive in the past, her high-concept premises and pop-culture saturated scripts have inspired derision as well as admiration. While her films can be obnoxiously twee, she hardly exceeds the standard set by your average navel-gazing male indie protagonist. That quote above about Cody being able to choose the music has me worried, if she has total control we might get a soundtrack that’s even more obnoxious than Juno’s.
Source: SlashFilm, Honest To Blr