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.
Designer Gustave Tassell, who created outfits for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Princess Grace of Monaco, has died, aged 88. Tassell passed away on 9 June (14) of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to his sister.
The Coty Award winner famously created Jackie Kennedy's wardrobe for a tour of India in 1962, when he was called one of America’s hottest new designers.
Tassell was the son of an amusement park tycoon, who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
He was studying art in New York in the late 1940s when he took a job as a window dresser and fell in love with fabrics and designing chic outfits for stylish women. He perfected his craft in Paris in the early 1950s.
Proving that there’s nothing Hollywood won’t reboot if given then chance, a new Scooby Doo movie is reportedly in the works at Warner Bros. According to Variety, the studio is looking to send Scooby, Shaggy, and the gang on another spooky adventure, which will be written by Randall Green. The news comes just a year after Warner Bros. also announced plans for an animated Scooby Doo movie, which is reportedly still on track. Though the last live-action Mystery Gang outings, 2002’s Scooby Doo and its sequel Monsters Unleashed, did well commercially, they weren’t received well by critics and fans of the series, which is why it’s surprising that Warner Bros. would be so intent at taking a third shot at big-screen adventure. After all, the live-action Scooby Doo’s were only slightly better than Yogi Bear. There are plenty of other great classic Hanna-Barbera properties that would make for great films, so why does Scooby get a third shot at big screen success? Think about all of the possibilities that are open…
Wacky Races Concept: Think The Lego Movie meets Speed Racer, with a touch of Mega Mind thrown in. Plot: Set at the Wacky Races Grand Prix, a sprawling, dangerous race that spans three days and covers a variety of terrains, the film charts the highs and lows of all your favorite racers, from Penelope Pitstop to the Ant Hill Mob to the Gruesome Twosome, and sees Dick Dastardly’s desperate attempts to finally experience the glory for himself. Starring: Charlie Day as Dick Dastardly, Isla Fisher as Penelope Pitstop, Bill Hader as Clyde the leader of the Ant Hill Mob, Amy Poheler as the Red Max, and Tom Hanks as the Narrator. Directed By: Edgar Wright.
Inch High, Private Eye Concept: The Maltese Falcon meets Osmosis Jones.Plot: The city is being terrorized by a robber who keeps stealing priceless works of art and jewels from museums and homes. The police are understaffed, and the detectives are at their wits’ ends, and the case has reached a dead end. Then, Mrs. Gotrocks hires Inch High, Private Eye, the most brilliant and tortured detective around to look into the case. But she might not like what he finds… Casting: Casey Affleck as Inch High, Kate Mara as Lori, Josh Brolin as Gator, Tommy Lee Jones as Mr. Finkerton and June Squibb as Mrs. Gotrocks. Directed By: The Coen Brothers.
Hong Kong Phooey Concept: Think 22 Jump Street, but sillier. Plot: Penry Pooch has always wanted to be a cop, but his enthusiasm for the job doesn’t quite balance out his complete incompetence. After failing out of the police academy, he takes a job working as a janitor under the watchful eye of the constantly frustrated Sergeant. One night, when he’s the only one at the precinct, he stops and apprehends a robber, which inspires him to take up crime fighting as Hong Kong Phooey. Luckily, he’s got Spot to help him out of whatever jams he finds himself in. Casting: Will Arnett as Penry, Keith David as Sarge, Anna Kendrick as Rosemary, the telephone operator, and Nick Frost as Spot. Directed By: Shane Black.
The Jetsons Concept: August: Osage County in space. Plot: George Jetson is an ordinary man, living an ordinary life. He loves his family, endures his job and spends his time relaxing with his dog, Astro. But when he catches his wife having an affair with his boss, his world comes crashing down around him, and he’s forced to re-evaluate everything he knew about his life, and decide whether to move forward or move on. Starring: Joaquin Phoenix as George, Sandra Bullock as Jane, Hailee Steinfeld as Judy, and Steve Buscemi as Mr. Spacely, with Art Parksinson as Elroy and Scarlett Johansson as Rosie. Directed By: Spike Jonze.
JabberJaw Concept: Almost Famous meets Jaws, with a dash of Star Trek .Plot: The Neptunes were on their way to becoming the hottest rock band under the seas, until their drummer abruptly left. Then, they discovered Jabberjaw, a 15-foot-tall shark with the skills of Keith Moon, and it seemed like they had it made. But the path to rock stardom is paved with dangers and it’s time for the Neptunes to face them. Starring: Chris Pratt as Jabberjaw, Adam Levine as Clamhead, Malin Ackerman as Bubbles, Zoe Kravitz as Shelly, and Oscar Isaac as Biff. Directed By: John Carney.
Quick Draw McGraw Concept: A better homage to Blazing Saddles than A Million Ways to Die in the West .Plot: The Wild West is a dangerous place, thanks to outlaws, frequent dueling and a lack of modern medicine, but one man is there to keep order in place, and uphold justice where ever he goes… Sherrif Quick Draw McGraw. Unfortunately, he might have finally met his match when the deadliest outlaw in the west rides into his town. Starring: Damon Wayans Jr. as Quick Draw McGraw and Fred Armisen as Baba Looey.Directed By: Mel Brooks, in an ideal world.
Space Ghost Concept: It’s basically Guardians of the Galaxy, but with a monkey instead of a raccoon. Plot: After Zorak, Space Ghosts’ nemesis, escapes from prison, he recruits Black Widow (no, not that Black Widow) and Brak and Sisto in order to form a league of villains that will take over the galaxy and allow chaos to reign, but in order to do so, they need a gauntlet of power, one that only Space Ghost’s sidekick Jace possesses. Can Space Ghost and Jan rescue him and save the universe before it’s too late? Starring: Channing Tatum as Space Ghost, Emma Stone as Jan, Miles Teller as Jace, Idris Elba as Zorak, Dwayne Johnson as Brak, Jason Statham as Sisto, and Nicole Beharie as Black Widow (see, told you she was different!).Directed By: Joss Whedon, of course.
Top Cat Concept: Dancing on the Edge meets GoodFellas.Plot: Set in the 1940s, a group of rag-tag musicians are groomed to become a proper jazz sensation. But in order to do so, they’ll have to overcome prejudice, corrupt managers, in-fighting, and substance abuse and stick by each other through everything. Starring: Anthony Mackie as TC, Lamorne Morris as Brain, Albert Tsai as Choo-Choo, Michael B. Jordan as Fancy-Fancy, Josh Gad as Benny the Ball, Ruth Negga as Trixie, and Sean Penn as Officer Dibble.Directed By: Martin Scorsese.
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Singer/songwriter Sia has asked her Twitter.com followers to help her seek retribution on a dry cleaner who "ruined" her favourite clothing items.
The pop star reveals staff at Metropolitan Garment Cleaning in Jamaica, New York did a terrible job of cleaning her clothes - and when she complained to the owner, he urged her to try to take the matter further.
She took to Twitter.com on Tuesday (17Jun14) and wrote, "Suggestions for revenge/pranks on dry cleaner who ruined favorite things and won't take responsibility? Please discuss."
She later added, "BEST SUGGESTION!! Please write ridiculous terrible reviews HERE," tweeting a link to the cleaners' Yelp page.