British rocker Jarvis Cocker has signed up to judge a Pulp karaoke contest in New York City. The band's frontman will preside over the competition, which will be held at the Industry City venue in Brooklyn on 7 August (14).
Interested participants must tweet why they're eager to perform in front of Cocker, and chosen entrants will pick a tune from a selection of Pulp tracks, including All Time High, Babies, Common People, and Do You Remember The First Time.
All karaoke contest participants will receive tickets to the screening of Pulp's new film Pulp: A Film About Life, Death, and Supermarkets, which will be held before the competition, and the winner will receive special prizes.
Cocker and the film's director, Florian Habicht, will also participate in a question-and-answer session with fans after the screening.
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."
Actress Courteney Cox is to marry her rocker boyfriend Johnny Mcdaid in his native Northern Ireland, according to a new report. The former Friends star and the Snow Patrol musician, who announced their engagement last month (Jun14) after a year of dating, flew into his hometown of Derry, Northern Ireland on Wednesday (23Jul14).
Local reports suggest the couple is in town to celebrate the engagement with McDaid's family and friends, and look at potential wedding venues.
A source tells the Belfast Telegraph the stars have chosen to hold the wedding in Northern Ireland.
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Whitney Houston's mum Cissy Houston has slammed an upcoming TV biopic about the late singer, calling on filmmakers to "let her rest".
Actress Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in 1995's Waiting to Exhale, is planning to make her directorial debut with I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story for America's Lifetime network.
However, she does not have support from Houston's mum, who has now spoken out against the made-for-TV movie. A statement to Entertainment Tonight reads, "Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family's objections."
"No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with (ex-husband) Bobby (Brown). In the two years since Whitney's death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn't know her."
"We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please please let her rest."
While the release date for the movie has yet to be revealed, the main cast has already been made public - former America's Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta is set to play Houston, R&B singer Deborah Cox will provide the vocal tracks, and Final Destination 5 star Arlen Escarpeta will play Brown.
Corrosion Of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin has been forced to sit out of the group's upcoming tour after tearing his rotator cuff. In a statement released on Tuesday (22Jul14), the band reveals Mullin has been "playing through pain" and he has chosen to get the problem "repaired and rehabbed" rather than play on.
Former KYLESA drummer Eric Hernandez will replace him on the road in New Zealand and Australia before the band returns to the U.S. in mid-August (14).
Benedict Cumberbatch's codebreaking drama The Imitation Game has been chosen to open the BFI London Film Festival in October (14). The Sherlock star portrays British computer expert Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma codes during World War II. Keira Knightley also stars as fellow codebreaker Joan Clarke.
Actor Ben Whishaw has replaced Colin Firth as the voice in the upcoming film version of kids' TV show Paddington. Oscar winner Firth announced he was quitting the project last month (Jun14), and now producers have chosen Skyfall star Whishaw to take his place as the voice to the beloved bear.
Director Paul King tells the U.K.'s Daily Mail that Whishaw is the perfect replacement for Firth, saying, "He breathes and he speaks and he sounds like Paddington, rather than the most beautiful chocolate-voiced man (Firth) on the planet
Paddington, which also stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters and Peter Capaldi, is scheduled to hit U.K. cinemas in November (14) and arrive in the U.S. on Christmas Day (25Dec14).
Death hasn't cost the war hero Louis Zamperini his role as Grand Marshall of next year's (15) Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. Tournament of Roses bosses have decided to honour the 97-year-old subject of Angelina Jolie's new movie Unbroken, an Olympic athlete-turned-World War II hero, at the parade.
Zamperini, who died on 2 July (14), was chosen as the 2015 Grand Marshall in May (14).
Tournament of Roses president Richard Chinen says, "Louis Zamperini was and will continue to be the embodiment of the 2015 Tournament of Roses theme, Inspiring Stories."
Zamperini's life story inspired the bestselling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption and a movie adaptation, directed by Jolie, will be released at Christmas (Dec14).
Arcade Fire's album Reflektor and Drake's Nothing Was The Same are among the top nominees for Canada's prestigious Polaris Prize. Mac DeMarco (Salad Days), Basia Bulat (Tall Tall Shadow), Jessy Lanza (Pull My Hair Back) and Shad (Flying Colours) also make the shortlist, alongside releases from Owen Pallett, Shad, Tanya Tagaq, Timber Timbre and Yamantaka/Sonic Titan.
The winner will be chosen by a panel of media professionals and unveiled on 22 September (14).
Arcade Fire previously walked away with the 2011 trophy and the accompanying $30,000 (£17,647) cheque for their 2010 album, The Suburbs.
Rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor landed the award last year (13) for their comeback record Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, but snubbed the prizegiving and criticised organisers for throwing such a costly corporate-sponsored show "during a time of austerity".
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British actress Keira Knightley wishes she had attended drama school to learn her trade instead of making all her mistakes in the public eye.
After several roles in TV programmes and films as a child, Knightley made her big screen debut aged 14 in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 1999.
She was thrust into the spotlight after starring in Bend It Like Beckham in 2002 and became a big-name Hollywood star a year later when she appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean.
However, the actress admits her early success left her little chance to learn the finer points of the profession and she was often subjected to "brutal" criticisms of her performances.
She tells British newspaper The Guardian, "I've definitely done all my learning publicly. And I've had to develop a thick skin because of that. So yeah, there would have been a comfortable way of doing it where I went to drama school and could have made tons of mistakes."
"If you could choose how success happens, that's what I would have chosen. But of course you can't. And if a moment comes, you have to jump, because it probably won't come around again. So I chose to jump, knowing it was going to be brutal because I hadn't learned enough. I didn't know what I was meant to be doing."