The Good Wife star Alan Cumming has turned journalist to write an impassioned plea to his fellow Scots to vote for independence. The actor has been a vocal supporter of the 'Yes' campaign ahead of the referendum in Scotland on Thursday (18Sep14) when voters will go to the polls to decide whether they want to leave the United Kingdom.
Cumming, who is currently appearing in the Broadway production of Cabaret, flew back to Glasgow last week (ends14Sep14) to continue campaigning during a break from the show, and he has now penned an emotive piece for the New York Times.
The star cannot vote as he moved to the U.S. and became an American citizen, but he is urging his countrymen to make the effort to hit the polling stations.
He writes, "The atmosphere is extraordinary. The whole country is engaged as never before. There has never been anything so politically important to me... This is not about hating the English. It is about democracy and self-determination. Scotland is weary of being ruled by governments it did not vote for... The Yes campaign is about hope for a fairer, more caring and prosperous society; the No campaign says only: better the devil you know.
"I am an optimist. Westminster's leaders, like the rest of the world, may have only just cottoned on, but independence is a step we Scots have been contemplating carefully for a long time. After 16 years of devolution, we don't need training wheels any more. We can go it alone."
Rocker Vince Neil has let slip plans for Motley Crue's final shows, revealing the band will return to the site of their first gigs and perform a fan-only concert at the Whisky a Go Go after a three-night stand at a Los Angeles arena. The singer joined his bandmates to announce their farewell tour earlier this year (14), and as fans await for the second leg of dates next month (Oct14), Neil reveals there are already plans for the group's swansong.
He tells Las Vegas Weekly, "Rumour has it, the last few shows are going to be Vegas and L.A., because we wanted to end in 2016 in Los Angeles, where we started.
"After New Year's, we'll do three nights at one of the arenas in L.A. and then do a special show at the Whisky a Go Go on our 35th anniversary."
Bandmate Tommy Lee recently told Rolling Stone, "We want to finish where we started. There's talk about the Staples Centre and the Forum, though it might end with a 1am show at the Whisky. F**k, we all used to live around the corner from that club."
And bassist Nikki Sixx added, "After we take the final bow, I'm gonna drive home alone with the radio off. I'll go past the Roxy, the Rainbow and the Troubadour. I'll open the door to my house and be like, 'Where did all the f**king years go?' Then I'll close the door and wait for the next chapter."
The next leg of the band's farewell tour will kick off in Oklahoma on 10 October (14).
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 Maggie Gyllenhaal has been urged to join her husband Peter Sarsgaard in adopting a vegan diet after she confessed to eating ants and a live lobster. The Secretary star admitted in an interview with a British magazine that she tucked into raw beef with charred ants and a live langoustine during dinner at a top Danish restaurant with her husband of five years.
She told The Times Magazine, "My husband and I went to Noma in Copenhagen recently which is 'the best restaurant in the world'. At one point I was given a live langoustine, then raw beef with charred ants on it. They were delicious - much easier for me to eat than the langoustine. I'm not equipped to judge that kind of food, but I was curious. Peter and I hadn't been alone together in weeks, but we had this one night. It was an emotional experience, alive experience."
However, activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are urging the screen star to ditch her meat-based diet and join actor Sarsgaard by going vegan.
A spokesman tells WENN, "That meal must have been hell for Maggie's vegan husband to sit through. The kindest person is the one who considers and respects the smallest, most vulnerable inhabitants of this world and would never delight in their suffering. If Maggie is looking for an 'emotional' culinary experience, some of the best high-end vegan food - which Forbes magazine named the top food trend of 2013 - is served in Los Angeles, and it's good for the heart."
DJ Calvin Harris has scored his fifth number one single on the U.K. music charts with Blame. The track, featuring English singer John Newman, has beaten Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz's Prayer in C to the top of the charts.
Harris' previous number one singles include I'm Not Alone, Sweet Nothing, Under Control and Summer.
He also featured on two other top songs; Dizzee Rascal's Dance Wiv Me and Rihanna's We Found Love.
Rounding out the top five are Sam Smith's I'm Not the Only One, Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora's Black Widow.
Meanwhile on the albums chart, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant has scored this week's (ends14Sep14) highest new entry with Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar.
Plant's 10th solo album debuted at number two behind Smith's In The Lonely Hour.
Ed Sheeran's X, Royal Blood's self-titled Mercury Music Prize-favoured eponymous album and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage sound out the new top five.
Never before The Guest has a film so accurately reproduced that feeling you got upon entering a popular upperclassman’s Halloween-themed red cup party. That combination of bated excitement, casual danger, and vaguely sexual panache is eminent from minute one in the fun, “retro” thriller, once Dan Stevens (himself a package of excitement, danger, and sexual panache altogether) pays a visit to the average suburban Petersons, revealing himself to be an army buddy of their deceased eldest son.
The fact that there’s more to Stevens’ David than meets the eye should be evident from the second the film opens. Making no bones about keeping its secrets close to the chest, The Guest allows itself to have as much fun with the “mysterious stranger” gambit as possible. That we are brought to realize over and over how little we know about David, and how far we may be from figuring out The Guest’s puzzle, is what makes it such a delight to watch. In short, we never quite know what David is going to do next, and it’s always fun to watch him do it.
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Of course, the fun is ours alone, as the Peterson’s 20-or-so-year-old daughter Anna (Maika Monroe) is charged to unearth the true intentions of her family’s houseguest. Steady tension (the affable kind) builds to ribald chaos (still relatively affable) and ultimately unbridled dementia (despite its subject matter, this movie never wants to assault or alienate, and really never does) as Anna, David, the Petersons, the neighborhood do-nothings, and a few other unexpected parties find themselves ensnared in a maniacal and yet somewhat whimsical game of “What the hell is going on and how do we stop it?”
If The Guest really suffers from anything it is from its simplicity. The movie is fun, articulate, and charismatic, but ultimately gets done everything it has to between titles and credits. Like David, The Guest is a supreme soldier: concerned with doing its job as meticulously as possible and deigning not to cross the appropriate margins thereof. As such, the flick might not stay too long with any of us after it's over and done with, but it proves all the while to be a fun, evocative good time. So, pretty much exactly like all those high school Halloween parties... or high school in general.
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Taylor Swift's pal Ed Sheeran has followed the Love Story singer's lead and opened up about a mystery rival who stole his girlfriend in a new radio interview. In a new Rolling Stone interview, Swift reveals she now tries to avoid an unnamed pop star who attempted to wreck her Red Tour by swiping dancers, and now Sheeran has revealed a fellow Brit, who he thought was a pal, stole his girl, prompting him to pen the song Don't.
Appearing on U.S. shock jock Howard Stern's radio show, Sheeran confirmed that the song is about a girl who cheated on him while they were staying in the same hotel, adding his love rival was a "mate".
He told Stern, "I was just a bit like, 'Erm, not cool, but...' We haven't really spoken since then."
The radio host then pressed his guest for the identity of the friend, asking if it was "the guy from One Direction", prompting Sheeran to respond, "Well, it depends which one you're talking about."
That remark alone sent gossips into overdrive as they suggested the girl in question could have been Ellie Goulding, who briefly dated Niall Horan or Swift, who romanced Harry Styles at the end of 2012.
Sheeran has previously dismissed rumours suggesting that Swift was the ex who became a muse for Don't.
U.S. radio shock jock Howard Stern was hesitant to give a eulogy for late friend Joan Rivers as he was convinced he was the wrong man for the job. The America's Got Talent judge was among the many stars who attended the veteran comedienne's glamorous New York City funeral on Sunday (07Sun14), days after she died after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation.
During his daily radio show on SiriusXM on Monday (08Sep14), Stern admitted he wasn't sure he could deliver a proper eulogy for the beloved funnywoman.
He explained, "To be at her funeral yesterday was really probably the most remarkable service I have ever been witnessed to... I got there early because I had gotten a call from (Joan's daughter) Melissa like a day and a half before the service, asking me if I would speak. I said to her, 'Melissa you're asking the wrong guy.'
"But I said. 'I'll do it I will do anything for Joan, I'll do anything for you (Melissa).'"
With only a day to prepare, Stern sought out the help of fellow comedian Louis C.K. for advice on the speech, and said, "I was in touch with Louis C.K. and he'd written me and he said, 'You know, Joan really deserves a great sendoff because of her impact.'
"He said something very profound: 'Joan was like an aunt or a best friend who could make everything better. And even in times... after lets just say 9/11 or the country just seems to be going downhill or things just seem to be bad... she would crack a joke, and you know this is true, when she would crack a joke, you didn't feel so alone. You felt like we were all together and you felt like oh maybe things aren't so bad.'"
He continued, "Louis said probably the loneliness and the unhappiness of life - what else could ease that despair than a great comedian? That's what great comedians do. Great comedians have the ability to snap you out of this sadness, this loneliness...to set it all right again and she was really really a top pro."
Stern also admitted he shed some tears at the touching service thanks to Hugh Jackman, who honoured Rivers' memory with a rendition of Peter Allen song, Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage.
Stern said, "He starts singing it quietly and part of the song is clap your hands together. He made everyone get up and start clapping their hands to the song. I was so f**king moved by this guys performance. I had tears. Now, you know me. I'm a big scumbag. I don't get moved. I appreciated this guy so much. Hugh Jackman. You know f**king Wolverine."
This morning it was announced that Kate Middleton and Prince William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting Royal Baby #2! We could not be any happier for them than we are right now. Prince George is our favorite member of the Royal Family, but we think being an only child can carries a particular burden. He needs a sibling! Someone for him to pass on his legacy on to. A brother or a sister (please be a sister, please) that he can teach all of his wisdom too.
Like, how to accept a gift like royalty:
Prince George has perfected the art of kindly telling people to back off:
He needs to show someone how to feign interest as well as him:
He's going to have to teach his baby sibling how to wave when they're a day old:
Who else is Prince George supposed to discuss his mother's magical hair with than his baby sib?
He must do his duty to his country and show his sibling how to be as enthusiastic as possible:
He needs help putting their daddy in his place:
Even their mom might need a talking to:
A little sibling can help him put the peasants down:
He's the king of playtime right now, but without a sibling, he has no one to steal toys from and get away with it:
Congratulations to the happy family! We're very excited to hear more news about Royal Baby #2 as this pregnancy progresses.
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It’s particularly impressive when a movie whose premise alone seems to have been written with the intention of incurring heavy gasps can actually conjure up something rather genuine. Whereas Starred Up’s central maneuver — sticking a delinquent teenager in adult prison right alongside, as it just so happens, his no good father (“Oh my!”) — seems like the kind of contrivance that entails thick melodrama and Oscar reel-friendly climactic scenes, the movie plays everything close to the ground. It favors kindling over explosives, a paced climb over vertical leaps, and — most importantly — criminal men over criminal monsters.
In fact, the victory of the film is just how reasonable its characters seem from the get-go. While the crime and prison genres more often than not approach their antiheroes with the mission of giving audiences an unexpected look at the humanity within bad men, Starred Up takes the reverse — more original and perhaps more valuable — approach: slowly waking its viewers up to the badness that inflicts these humans.
Yes, we have an immediate understanding of how the malicious and unpredictable Eric (Jack O’Connell) wound up in prison ahead of his years, but at no point are we dealing with a character whose erraticism drags him all the way south of empathetic comprehension. Though a more patient and poised man, Eric’s father Neville (Ben Mendehlson) is too understood from all fronts: he’s a survivor whose Machiavellian instincts would have more than likely landed him in prison at one point or another. It’s this intellect and wisdom, though, that endears him to us. And to Eric.
We’re not forced to wade through a marshland of temperate drama before we see Eric and Neville “finally make up.” Right off the bat, we’re given the relationship the movie wants us to see, steeped in the conversation it wants us to have: one about masculinity. Between the two men, within the contexts of Eric’s mandatory group therapy sessions with counselor Oliver (Rupert Friend) and a collection of seasoned inmates — don’t worry, this flick never goes that false and sappy route that most therapy movies employ — and scattered throughout various corners of the prison, we witness talk of masculinity. But once again, Starred Up isn’t hitting us over the head with gaudy exclamations. The power of this movie is in its lack of interest in the dramatic and its preference, instead, of the humane.
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Three-part documentary investigating the facts and fantasy's about aliens, UFO's and rumored government cover-ups. NASA's top officials, government-funded scientists, priests, alleged channelers, New Age mystics, and "alien abductees" share both facts and fantasy about extraterrestrial life.