Dec 07 2013
The guitar that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold at auction on Friday for a record $965,000 (£590,000).
Christie's auction house did not immediately identify the absentee buyer of the sunburst Fender Stratocaster. The instrument went for the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction, Christie's said.
The festival performance cemented Dylan's move from acoustic folk to electric rock 'n' roll.
Now viewed as a defining moment that irrevocably changed American music, the raucous, three-song electric set at the Rhode Island festival was met with boos from some in the crowd, and folk purists saw Dylan as a traitor and a sellout.
The presale estimate by Christie's for the guitar, which was sold with its original black leather strap and Fender hard shell case, was $300,000 (£183,000) to $500,000 (£306,000).
The previous record for a guitar sold at auction was held by Eric Clapton's Fender, nicknamed Blackie, which sold at Christie's for $959,500 (£587,000) in 2004.
With a classic sunburst finish and original flat-wound strings, Dylan's guitar had been in the possession of a New Jersey family for nearly 50 years. Dylan left it on a private plane.
The pilot's daughter, Dawn Peterson of Morris County, New Jersey, said that her father asked Dylan's management company what to do with the guitar but nobody ever got back to him.
Last year, she took it to the PBS show "History Detectives" to have it authenticated, and experts matched the wood grain on the instrument to close-up colour photos of the guitar taken at the 1965 festival.
Dylan's attorney and his publicist didn't respond to email and phone requests for comment. Dylan and Peterson, who declined to be interviewed, recently settled ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Dec 07 2013
Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint are both up for prestigious theatre awards.
The pair, who appeared in the films over 10 years, are among the names shortlisted for the What's On Stage Awards.
Daniel is nominated for best actor for his role in The Cripple Of Inishmaan, while Rupert is shortlisted for newcomer of the year after making his stage debut in a revival of Jez Butterworth's Mojo.
The other best actor nominees are Lenny Henry, James Bond co-stars Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear, and James McAvoy.
James' wife, Anne-Marie Duff, is nominated for best actress along with Hayley Atwell, Suranne Jones and Tanya Moodie.
Dame Helen Mirren completes the shortlist after she was recognised for her role as the Queen in The Audience.
Rory is also recognised for his writing talents with his playwriting debut, The Herd, nominated for best new play.
David Walliams is among the nominees for best supporting actor for his role in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Barry H umphries is up for best solo performance for his farewell tour as Dame Edna Everage at the London Palladium.
The nominations, which come from theatre fans, were unveiled at an event at the Cafe de Paris in London.
The stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's C harlie And The Chocolate Factory got six nods including Douglas Hodge for best actor in a musical for his performance as Willy Wonka. The Light Princess, the National Theatre musical written by Tori Amos, also got six nominations with five for The Book Of Mormon and Once.
Theatregoers have until midnight on January 31 to vote for the winners, which will be announced at a ceremony in the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End on Sunday ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Dec 07 2013
Rapper Jay Z led all artists with nine Grammy nominations on Friday, but newcomers Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis edged out industry heavyweights for nods in the top categories of the annual music awards.
Jay Z picked up nominations in nine categories across pop and rap, including best pop duo performance for "Suit & Tie" with Justin Timberlake, and best rap album for his July release, "Magna Carta...Holy Grail."
But the 44-year-old Brooklyn, New York-born rapper failed to land solo nods in the top Grammy categories for record, song, and album of the year, scoring only one as a producer on Lamar's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City" record, nominated in the album of the year category.
Lamar's album will face off against Sara Barielles' "The Blessed Unrest," French electro-dance duo Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," Taylor Swift's "Red" and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" for album of the year.
Seattle rapper-producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis capped their stellar rise over the past year from the independent music scene into mainstream pop with seven nominations, including song of the year for "Same Love," featuring Mary Lambert, and the coveted best new artist category.
"It feels very, very, very surreal. I don't think it's ever going to feel normal. ... It's something that we never ever thought was possible when we were making this album," Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, said backstage.
The duo will be facing off with Lamar, country music singer Kasey Musgraves and British singers James Blake and Ed Sheeran for the best new artist accolade, which has been won by Adele and FUN. in recent years.
California rapper Lamar, 26, also picked up five nominations in the R&B and rap categories. Singer-producer Pharrell scored seven ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Dec 07 2013
Kelly Clarkson has admitted she doesn't feel attractive in her pregnancy.
The former American Idol winner is expecting her first child with new husband Brandon Blackstock but said she has yet to get the pregnancy "glow".
She told Ellen DeGeneres on her US chat show: "You're not attractive when you're pregnant.
"Like, everybody tells you you glow and your hair is pretty and your nails are pretty. That's total c***. My nails are short, my hair still falls out like it's not all lush and beautiful and I have no glow. Unless it's like something left over from a bad throw up. It's horrible."
Kelly, 31, has previously said she has been suffering from morning sickness and told Ellen that she throws up "a good dozen times a day".
"It's like, bad," said the star. "I vomited before coming out here and I had a peppermint so you didn't [know]... I know, it's like, so gross."
The Tie It Up singer has said she thinks she is having a girl, although she has yet to find out the baby's gender.
"I totally want to know right now," she said. "It doesn't even matter, because honestly, the name we picked, if it's a boy or a girl, it's the same name. You won't guess it. It's a random name. It's not like some weird famous person that's gonna be like, Blue Jazz."
Dec 06 2013
In a surprise move, Bryan Singer today revealed the title of the next chapter of 20th Century Fox's popular X-Men franchise. May 27, 2016 will see the release of X-Men: Apocalypse!
Apocalypse, created by Louise and Walter Simonson, made his debut in X-Factor #6. The world's first mutant, En Sabah Nur was born in Egypt around 3,000 BC and used advanced technology to make himself an eternal conquerer, believing whole heartedly in survival of the fittest.
The character's most popular storyline, "The Age of Apocalypse," ran in the X-Men books beginning in 1995. Set in a parallel reality formed by interference to the timeline, "The Age of Apocalypse" saw Professor Charles Xavier murdered before he could form the X-Men. Instead, a very different take on the team began with Magneto leading them through a post-apocalyptic America ruled by mutants.
Since next summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past involves a time travel storyline, it's likely that a filmic take on "The Age of Apocalypse" could spin out of the new film's ending. It's certainly something that 20th Century Fox has considered as ComingSoon.net has learned that domains like AgeofApocalypsemovie.com have been registered by the studio for years. What's more, Singer's new film is set to introduce key "Age of Apocalypse" characters like Bishop (Omar Sy) and Blink (Bingbing Fan).
At this stage, however, all that's confirmed is the May 27, 2016 release date, which puts X-Men: Apocalypse up against Walt Disney Pictures' Alice in Wonderland 2.
X-Men: Days of Future Past, meanwhile, hits the big screen May 23, 2014.
Dec 06 2013
Dianna Agron is set to reprise her Glee role for the show's 100th episode.
Show creator Ryan Murphy previously announced that all the original cast members had been invited back.
Now he has tweeted: "Dianna is IN for Glee 100th!"
Dianna, who played Quinn Fabray in the high school series, had also hinted: "There will be some news today that I think might make many of you happy... it makes me happy too."
Later she added that Glee's 100th was "going to be fun..."
Dianna, who did not appear in the fifth series of the musical drama, previously insisted there were no hard feelings when she did not appear in the Cory Monteith tribute episode.
"I've nothing but love for that show and everybody involved in it, and it was such a huge part of my life. I think it's equally hard when I'm not there every day any more," she said.
Ryan has also confirmed that Mark Salling, Amber Riley, Harry Shum Jr, Kristin Chenoweth and Heather Morris are all in the 100th episode.
Dec 06 2013
Two people are in custody after they allegedly tried to steal parts of the Porsche that crashed killing Paul Walker and another man.
Authorities said they had arrested a teenager, while the second suspect agreed to turn himself in.
The alleged theft occurred as the Porsche Carrera GT was being towed from the accident scene shortly after the crash on Saturday night, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.
Jameson Witty, 18, who was arrested at his home in Los Angeles, was being held on $20,000 (£12,000) bail, the sheriff's office said in a statement.
The other suspect is a 25-year-old man whose name has not been released.
Walker, 40, who starred in all but one of the Fast & Furious blockbuster films, was killed when the Porsche smashed into a light pole and tree then caught fire.
Walker's friend Roger Rodas, 38, who was driving, was also killed in the crash.
The families of both men sent investigators dental records to help identify the bodies, which were badly burned.
A memorial at the site of the crash in Santa Clarita, outside Los Angeles, has drawn fans and friends of the star.
Investigators have said speed was a factor in the accident, but are still trying to determine what caused Mr Rodas to career out of control and crash.
Walker had been on a pause from shooting the seventh
Dec 06 2013
Idris Elba has led the tributes from the showbiz world following the death of Nelson Mandela.
The British actor - who played the former South African president in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom - said he was grieving alongside the rest of the world.
"I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba's family," said the star. "We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honoured to be associated with him. He is in a better place now."
Stars from the worlds of film, TV and music have tweeted messages and released statements after it was announced that Mandela had died at the age of 95.
South African actress Charlize Theron said: "My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever." She added: "There will never be words to say what I'm feeling right now. I am saddened to the depths of my soul. Truly."
U2 frontman Bono, who met Mandela on many occasions, said: "It was as if he was born to teach the age a lesson in humility, in humour and above all else in patience.
"In the end, Nelson Mandela showed us how to love rather than hate, not because he had never surrendered to rage or violence, but because he learnt that love would do a better job. Mandela played with the highest stakes.
"He put his family, his country, his time, his life on the line, and he won most of these contests. Stubborn til the end for all the right reasons, it felt like he very nearly outstared his maker. Finally, he ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Dec 06 2013
Nicole Scherzinger was named top TV personality at a women of the year event.
The X Factor judge and former Pussycat Dolls star was not the only winner from the ITV talent show as the 2011 champs Little Mix were named best exports.
They triumphed at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Of The Year Awards which were staged at the V&A Museum in London and hosted by Fearne Cotton.
Chart-topping singer Ellie Goulding took the music star prize while fellow pop act Paloma Faith was named style icon.
I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! presenters Ant and Dec were given the ultimate men prize in recognition of their years as top TV entertainers. The pair sent an acceptance speech filmed in Australia as they worked on their ITV show this week.
Dec Donnelly said: "We just want to say how thrilled, excited, honoured and randy we are to be your men of the year. It's quite a thrill for us isn't it?"
And Ant McPartlin went on: "We were going to celebrate but unfortunately you didn't send us the award."
After being handed a makeshift version featuring two nude figures with fig leaves, Dec added: You know, we're not gay, we're just friends."
More than 400 guests were attending the bash which also recognised Baroness Doreen Lawrence who was given the e ditor's choice and saw Sheridan Smith given the UK actress prize.
The winners included:
:: Ultimate Music Star - Ellie Goulding
:: Ultimate TV Personality - Nicole Scherzinger
:: Ultimate Export - Little Mix
:: Ultimate Style Icon - Paloma Faith
:: Ultimate Radio Personality - Jameela Jamil
:: Ultimate Accessories Queen - Lulu Guinness
:: Ultimate Sports Woman - Christine Ohuruogu
:: Ultimate Men ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Dec 06 2013
Rihanna has revealed that she is already looking forward to becoming a mother.
The Diamonds singer, who previously dated rappers Chris Brown and Drake, admitted she may have to wait a while, because she has yet to find the right man.
"One day I will have kids. I look forward to the day when I'm gonna be a mum," she told UK Glamour.
"But I'm nowhere close. I don't even have a potential baby daddy!" added the 25-year-old.
Rihanna - who graced the cover of the magazine's January issue - also revealed how a chat with mum Monica Braithwaite inspired her to get her "fearlessness" back, and be more confident and assertive with her life and career.
"I had to regain my fearlessness because it did go away for a bit. My mother said something to me a few years ago: 'I've seen something in your eyes I've never seen before: fear.' She was like, 'No, this is not you'. I just got back to being OK with myself," she said.
"I can't run from (the haters). You can't change who you are. It's important for me to know who I am and work with that. They're gonna keep knocking away until all this comes crashing down. But I'm not ever gonna crash. I'm in control," she added.
The singer admitted her experiences of bullying when she was at school helped her to deal with the constant scrutiny.
"I got teased my entire school life. What they were picking on I don't understand," she said.
"But I'm not victimised - I'm grateful. I think those experiences were strategically put together by God for the preparation of being in the music industry. It's so easy for me to deal with the bull**** ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)