Archive | July, 2014

Stephen Colbert Throws an All-Star Daft Punk Dance Party

24 Jul

What do you do when Daft Punk is a no-show? Throw an all-star dance party to their hit, “Get Lucky,” without them, of course.

That’s what Stephen Colbert did on Colbert Report Tuesday, calling on the likes of Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Fallon, Matt Damon, the Rockettes, Jon Stewart (via satellite), the entire production of America’s Got Talent and even (inexplicably) former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to groove to “Get Lucky” in what will go down as one of the show’s greatest music videos.

Daft Punk, the enigmatic electro-pop duo, had to skip their scheduled performance on Colbert‘s summer concert series, StePhest Colbchella – “the anti-establishment, convention-destroying rock and roll ethos brought to you by Hyundai” – due to contractual obligations with Comedy Central’s sister network, MTV (read: Daft Punk at Video Music Awards!).

“You see, we booked Click and Clack over here about a month ago,” Colbert explained. “Apparently – and this is a deeply guarded secret, so shhh! – Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards – spoiler alert. Don’t tell anybody, because fun fact: No one told me until two o’ clock yesterday.”

After “Get Lucky” was all danced and done, Robin Thickeperformed his Song of the Summer, “Blurred Lines,” in Daft Punk’s place.

Sophia Grace Might Have Been Cast in ‘Into the Woods’

24 Jul

Sophia Grace Brownlee, the tutu-wearing, Nicki Minaj-singing 8-year-old who regularly appears on Ellen, has apparently been cast as Little Red Riding Hood in Rob Marshall’s movie adaptation of Into the Woods– or, as her Uncle Lucas called it in his Twitter reveal Tuesday, “In to the Wood.”

“Its official, @PrincessSGB (sophia grace brownlee) has landed the part of little red riding hood in the disney movie in to the wood, ” kooky Uncle Lucas wrote. (Imagine the secrets he reveals at Christmas!)

Subsequent tweets have sounded a bit more 1984-ish; “Think I was slightly early,” he wrote Wednesday, before responding to someone else with, “yeah mate let the cat out of the bag abit [sic] early on that one, and the media have picked up on it.” So who knows if this is really true or not?

Either way, Sophia’s BFF Rosie is totally standing emotionless in a corner somewhere, clutching a teddy bear while “No One Is Alone” plays in the background.

Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and a slew of others, opens Christmas 2014.

[via Broadway World]

Kelly Osbourne Opens Up About Troubled Past: I Wanted The Drugs ‘All To Myself’

23 Jul

Kelly Osbourne is all about speaking her mind and her latest interview with Cosmopolitan U.K. is no exception.

Gracing the publication’s September 2013 issue, the Fashion Police host opens up about her past drug addiction and how her mother, Sharon Osbourne, even had her placed in a padded room in order to help her kick the habit.

“I’ve been to rehab seven times and to two mental institutions. My mum even had me put in a padded cell once to scare me, but like a brat I just sat it out until she said, ‘Well, that’s not going to work’,” the 28-year-old tells the magazine. “But what I’ve learnt is that no amount of therapy or medication is going to work unless you want it to. Until you want to be a good person, you will never be one.”

She explains, “I was never one of those people who was like, ‘Let’s party; let’s go and do loads of coke.’ In fact, I would never even tell anyone I had drugs because I wanted them all to myself. I was quite selfish.”

Speaking candidly about the moments that made her want to turn her life around, Kelly says that she realized she needed to change after taking care of her sick her parents.

“When I was 18, I was set to play Lindsay Lohan‘s best friend in Freaky Friday. Then my mum got diagnosed with cancer. I was faced with the choice of a career or spending what could have been the last days of my mother’s life with her,” she says. “I said, ‘F**k you, career, hello, Mother’. I became my mum’s nurse 24/7. I thought I was going to lose her – it was awful.”

And after her dad, rocker Ozzy Osbourne, had an accident on his all-terrain vehicle in 2003, Osbourne remembers how she care fro him: “He couldn’t move from the neck down and was basically a paraplegic, so I slept on the floor by the side of his bed for four months. I brushed his teeth and washed his clothes, and every day we’d put on our swimsuits and I’d shower him.”

“Not many people can say they’ve wiped their mother and father’s arses more than they’ve wiped their own,” she adds.

Kourtney Kardashian Shows Her Stripes in L.A.

23 Jul

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Kourtney Kardashian stepped out in style as she headed out for the day in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star donned a cute striped dress, Chanel canvas sneakers while keeping cool with a beverage from Starbucks.

Kardashian, 34, was also spotted having a chat with longtime love Scott Disick before stepping into a vehicle.

On the same day, the mother-of-two took to her Celebuzz blog to write about her recent family trip to Miami.

“Our first day in Miami we spent at the pool at the Setai hotel,” she wrote. “Our friends all came to hang out, have lunch by the pool and swim! My friend Larsa came with some of her kids and we swam and went shopping. I love the boutiques in Miami because they always have tons of swimsuit options!”

For more on Kourtney Kardashian’s trip to Miami, head over to her blog. For photos of her stylish striped dress, launch the gallery, above.

Doctor Who: The 11th Doctor’s 6 Most Spine Tingling Moments

22 Jul

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I think it’s safe to say that Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Eleventh Doctor has been one of the most popular across the history of the show. While no one was sure what was coming back in 2010, here we are three years later at the end of his run and what a wild ride it has been.

We’ve had one of the most zany and alien doctors, a fresh change from the dark Ninth and more human Tenth Doctors. But it hasn’t been all fun and games with his dark side also appearing quite often in his four year run.

Now we’ve had every standard episode of what Doctor Who Matt will do I’m going to look back on the moments that affirmed his place as The Doctor for us, those times when we were literally gaping in awe at the screen and the times when Matt shined best in the role.

6. Shooting The Gravity Globe

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It was the first two parter of Series 5 and boy did it leave us with a good cliffhanger. With River, Amy, The Clerics and The Doctor trapped by slowly reforming Weeping Angels it looked like they weren’t going to make it, but then Matt provided us with his first big “wow” moment of his run. This scene was much criticized in the promotional trailers as we see The Doctor handling a gun but really it was nothing to worry about, the main focus was his excellent yet short speech to Angel Bob before shooting the gravity globe.

Here we see The Doctor angry about the angels taunts so he decides to do something “incredibly stupid and dangerous” in order they survive. While the moment itself lasts for about 20 seconds his cold deliverance accompanied by Murray Gold’s epic score and the tension of the oncoming angels makes this speech feel so epic. We really feel like he is The Doctor, proved by the simple word “me” when asked what not to put in a trap.

Seeing as this was the first episode Matt filmed for the show he does amazing, showing us he is a force to be reckoned with, not just the strange man that eats fish custard.

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March Book One Review

22 Jul

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There was a moment reading March Book One where I caught myself between pages and thought about the dramatic tension in the story and how it juxtaposed with the smallness of what was happening: black students sitting at a lunch counter in a cafe. It’s unthinkable today to imagine this act would make such a statement on a national level and it’s because of people like John Lewis and the many civil rights campaigners like him that progressed American society in the 1950s and 60s away from the backwards thinking that enforced the reprehensible laws of segregation towards a more enlightened culture where a white person and a black person eating on the same counter doesn’t even register as significant.

March Book One is the first in a trilogy of graphic novel adaptations of Congressman John Lewis’ memoirs from his childhood growing up in the American South with all its injustice and prejudice against black people, to, as a student, becoming an activist in the growing civil rights movement spearheaded by Dr Martin Luther King. Lewis would become a central proponent in organising the famous sit-in protests where groups of black students (and a few white people) would go to cafes and restaurants that refused to serve “coloured people” and simply sit in silent, peaceful protest at the unfair policy for hours at a time.

Like many people, I studied the civil rights movement in high school history and was aware of the sit-in protests but what March does is show how they were created and co-ordinated from the perspective of Lewis, who was there, in a way that I’m sure many people who are familiar with these events on a surface level, weren’t aware of. The training these students – and the fact that so many were students is remarkable – put themselves through where they took turns pretending to be oppressors, abusing one another physically and verbally, to prepare themselves for the real thing, which would unfortunately be much more punishing, is eye-opening.

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It’s one thing to read about the sit-in protests third-hand but it’s something else to read about in comic book form, to actually see how the protests started and played out. It sounds like a mundane recitation of history but writers John Lewis and Andrew Aydin wring so much drama and energy from the source material that it – and I know it’s a clich but its true – brings history to life and gives these events, that happened half a century ago, an unexpected sense of urgency.

John Lewis is one of the few remaining civil rights icons still alive who knew so many of the legends who have passed into history – Dr King, Rosa Parks – that we’re lucky to have him around to share his story with us today. March proves how well suited it is to the comics medium and co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell do a tremendous job of adapting it – Powell especially uses his enormous talents to do justice to the story, paradoxically drawing beautiful art to depict some truly ugly attitudes Lewis and his fellow activists had to endure.

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March Book One is an incredibly moving and inspiring story of a 20th century icon and a unique movement in American history. It’s an important book that’s also an immensely enjoyable and accessible read – March is definitely one of the best books of the year that will have you bolted to your seat reading until the last page as if you were sitting in for change yourself!

March Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell is out now

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Formula 1 2013 Italian Grand Prix – Red Bulls Whip The Prancing Horse

21 Jul

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Red Bull Continue High-Speed Success

Red Bull took their race-winning high-speed package to Monza to deliver a strong performance to wrap up the European season and extend their lead at the head of both championships.

After dominating qualifying at the famous circuit to lock out the front row, the Red Bull cars held off a strong challenge from Ferrari to take two steps on the podium on their way to another intimidating victory. Vettel once again lead from the front to fairly cruise to his 32nd career victory.

Into the Weekend

Two weeks after the mighty Spa-Francorchamps, Formula 1 headed to Monza, the oldest track on the calendar to bring the European season to a close. Another high-speed, low drag circuit, focused on engine power and top speed; it is another wonderfully passionate, emotive circuit that rarely fails to deliver a great weekend.

After dominating at Spa, Red Bull were looking strong as they arrived in Italy, confident after their Belgian performance. Ferrari were seeking a strong performance in front of a capacity home crowd and to try and turn over Red Bull for the victory to steal some much needed points. Mercedes wanted to reverse the disappointment they found in Spa with a good result that one might expect from their strong engine, whilst Lotus were hoping to get back to successful points finishes after they only brought one car home in Belgian.

McLaren were intending to get another good result from their car, which seemed to perform better in low drag conditions, taking them to points and fifth in the constructors last time out. Force India had a disappointing race in Spa and slipped behind McLaren, so they were looking to reverse their fortunes in Italy to capitalise on a key characteristic of their car that has often been so good; their clean aerodynamics and engine power. Torro Rosso were seeking to get both their cars into the points after the promise of Spa failed to pan out for them.

Sauber struggled in their last outing so were seeking to improvement they could find, targeting points. Williams poor form continued in Belgium, with no sign of any increase in their raw pace and were just hoping to get forward and mix it with those chasing the points. Caterham held their position over Marussia in Belgium but had mixed fortunes due to a retirement, and were intending to convert their competitive edge into a result in Italy. Marussia were aiming to close the gap back to Caterham once more and reverse their fortunes of recent races.

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