Lana Del Rey has responded to criticism from Kurt Cobain's daughter following a controversial U.K. interview in which the singer seemingly romanticised the deaths of young musicians.
The Video Games sensation came under fire from Frances Bean Cobain earlier this week (beg23Jun14) after talking about the premature passing of artists like the Nirvana frontman and Amy Winehouse in an article for Britain's The Guardian newspaper. The 21 year old took aim at Del Rey in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticise. I'll never know my father because he died young and it becomes a desirable feat because people like you think it's 'cool'. Well, it's f**king not. Embrace life, because you only get one life."
Del Rey has already accused reporter Tim Jonze of asking "sinister" questions about death, and she was quick to respond to Cobain. Replying to her tweet, she wrote, "It's all good. He (the reporter) was asking me a lot about your dad I said I liked him because he was talented not because he died young. The other half of what I said wasn't really related to the people he mentioned/ I don't find that part of music glam either."
Jonze has since published sounds bites from his interview with the singer, and in a follow-up article, wrote, "(Del Rey) seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that's just me doing my job."
It pays to work for filmmaker Nancy Meyers - the director has just cast her former assistant in her new movie. Jason Orley was invited to audition for a key role when Meyers failed to find an actor she liked and now he'll be acting opposite Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in comedy The Intern.
Orley worked for Meyers while she was making 2009 movie It's Complicated. The Intern will mark his acting debut, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the film, Hathaway's character runs an online fashion site, where De Niro's 70-year-old widower lands a job as an intern.
Rene Russo and Nat Wolff will also appear in the film.
"I think they're used to fitting a certain size and they can kinda wrap their head around that, and I think I'm a different size and... maybe even if somebody doesn't work with that, they would just (be) like, 'I won't do a good job. I don't know what to do'." Heavyweight actress Melissa Mccarthy makes excuses for the designers who refused to work with her when she needed a red carpet outfit for the 2012 Oscars.
Singer Lana Del Rey has split from her longtime boyfriend Barrie-James O'neill. The Young & Beautiful hitmaker had been dating the former Kassidy star since 2011, but she recently revealed the two are no longer a couple.
She says, "We are currently not together. He is a wonderful person. But there are some things with which he has to deal. I will not explain it in detail. This was hard on our relationship; I no longer felt free. We'll see how it goes."
The sad news comes just days after Del Rey felt the need to explain comments she made during a dark interview with Britain's The Guardian newspaper, during which she told reporter Tim Jonze, "I wish I was dead already".
The singer's disturbing comments stunned many of her fans and she took to Twitter.com late on Thursday (19Jun14) to try and explain herself. In a series of messages, Del Rey accused Jonze of acting in a "sinister" manner, writing, "His leading questions about death and persona were calculated but hiding sinister ambitions and angles... "I regret trusting the Guardian - I didn't want to do the interview but the journalist was persistent."
Jonze has since defended his article, stating, "Ultimately, the problem with Lana's complaint is that she doesn't seem to know what she's actually complaining about. She's not alleging that I made up her quotes, nor is she claiming that they've been 'twisted' or that we've printed them out of context. Instead she seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that's just me doing my job."
Michael Jackson's eldest son is determined to carve out a career in showbusiness without relying on his family's famous name. Prince Michael stepped into the limelight last year (13) by working as a reporter for U.S. celebrity news show Entertainment Tonight.
He went on to make his acting debut in teen drama 90210 and now reveals he is keen to become an all-rounder in the industry, working as a presenter, actor and director.
However, the 17 year old is adamant he will not use the Jackson name to open doors, insisting he is desperate to make it on his own merit.
He tells Britain's The Sun on Sunday, "I don't expect to walk into roles because of who I am. I want to learn my craft.
"My plan is to work for TV companies, doing what I did for Entertainment Tonight. I had such great fun working for that show and doing interviews. I learned a lot. The feedback I got was really great, too. I want to get more experience.
"We all love movies and I would like to be a director one day. But to be a good director you have to know how an actor works and feels on set.
"I want to learn my craft and experience being in TV shows and possibly movies before I even consider going behind the camera.
"It is not a job to be taken lightly. You need to put your time into learning something properly before overseeing others."
The teenager also spoke about his tragic father ahead of the fifth anniversary of his death on 25 June (14).
He adds, "It's tough. This will be the fifth anniversary of his death... He was the best father anybody could have. He raised us the right way and there is nothing anyone can do to make us forget about him."
Actress Rosario Dawson is set to tackle a new comic book character after landing a role in the new Daredevil series. The Sin City beauty has been cast as a young woman whose efforts to turn around the fortunes of rough New York City neighbourhood Hell's Kitchen bring her face-to-face with the crime-fighting titular superhero.
Dawson will star opposite Boardwalk Empire's Charlie Cox as blind attorney Matt Murdock and his Daredevil alter ego, while Vincent D'Onofrio will portray villainous businessman Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin.
The Marvel role will mark Dawson's first job on a series since Gemini Division in 2008 and her second comic book adaptation following the Sin City movie franchise.
The show is due to air on online streaming service Netflix next year (15).
Singer Lana Del Rey has sparked a war of words with a journalist for Britain's The Guardian newspaper after taking issue with the writer for asking her questions about death during a recent interview. The Summertime Sadness star hit headlines last week (ends13Jun14) when Tim Jonze's article was published, with the 27 year old apparently admitting she found the premature deaths of tragic soul singer Amy Winehouse and rocker Kurt Cobain glamorous, declaring, "I wish I was dead already".
The singer's disturbing comments stunned many of her fans and she took to Twitter.com late on Thursday (19Jun14) to try and explain herself and clear up the controversy. In a series of messages, Del Rey accused The Guardian reporter of acting in a "sinister" manner, writing, "His leading questions about death and persona were calculated but hiding sinister ambitions and angles... "I regret trusting the Guardian - I didn't want to do the interview but the journalist was persistent. Alexis (sic) was masked as a fan."
Her biting remarks, which have since been deleted from Twitter, caught the attention of Jonze, who fired back at Del Rey by publishing another article in The Guardian on Friday (20Jun14), poking fun at her for failing to even remember the name of her interviewer. Jonze went on to defend his angle for the interview, explaining, "It's not pleasant asking a pop star if she thinks the idea of dying young herself is attractive - it's a dark question, but it's not a leading one. She has every opportunity to say no. And she can hardly complain about the subject matter: she'd been talking about her icons all dying young, she named her debut album Born to Die and had spent much of the 50 minutes previous to this point telling me how miserable she was."
He adds, "Ultimately, the problem with Lana's complaint is that she doesn't seem to know what she's actually complaining about. She's not alleging that I made up her quotes, nor is she claiming that they've been 'twisted' or that we've printed them out of context. Instead she seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that's just me doing my job."
Jonze also released a two-minute audio clip from their lengthy chat to prove he had not coaxed Del Rey into making the death declaration.
Ac/Dc will bounce back from the departure of guitarist Malcolm Young by returning to the road by the end of the year (14), according to frontman Brian Johnson. The band was rumoured to be on the verge of a split earlier this year (14) due to Young's health troubles, but they vowed to press on after the musician decided to step down for a hiatus.
Johnson has now revealed the rockers are plotting a new tour and could be back on the road by the end of the year (14).
In a message posted on his car racing webpage, Johnson admits he will have less time to focus on his love of motorsports and his TV show Cars That Rock because he is returning to work with AC/DC.
He writes, "We hope to bring you more (car racing TV) shows in the near future but, of course, there is the slight distraction of my day job with AC/DC - and it looks very likely that we will be on the road again before the end of the year. So stand by for more music - and more Cars That Rock. Thanks - Brian."
Defiant red carpet prankster Vitalii Sediuk is thankful he mistook America Ferrera for Cate Blanchett at the Cannes Film Festival in France last month (May14) - because he's convinced he would be facing a sexual harassment charge if he'd have ambushed the Australian actress. The former Ukrainian journalist was arrested after trying to clamber under a stunned Ferrera's gown at Cannes.
The prank cost him his job at Ukraine's 1+1 TV, but he insists it could have been much worse had he not confused the Ugly Betty star with the Oscar winner from behind.
Sediuk, who is currently serving community service in Los Angeles after attacking Brad Pitt on the red carpet at the Hollywood Maleficent premiere in May (14), tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Actually, I was going for Cate Blanchett. I thought, 'OK, Cate Blanchett is a major star; she'll have the bigger dress'.
"The police asked me, 'Did you see anything?' And I said, 'No, because the dress was many layers'."
Blanchett, by contrast, was wearing a sheer Givenchy skirt.
Sediuk adds, "It would have been a sexual harassment."
And, asked about his red carpet attack on Pitt, Sediuk is refusing to feel bad about his actions, adding, "He has everything you can imagine. And I'm cleaning toilets? Sorry, but excuse me."
British model Jodie Kidd has landed a reporting job with America's CNN network. Kidd, a former show jumper, will become the resident horse expert, using her knowledge to cover equestrian news stories and events.