celebrities

Miley Cyrus Cancels Concert After Hospitalization

Miley Cyrus In Concert - Auburn Hills, MI
Miley Cyrus performs at The Palace Of Auburn Hills on April 12, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Chris Schwegler—Retna Ltd./Corbis

The 21-year-old singer had an allergic reaction to antibiotics but has been tweeting apologies and updates to her fans from the hospital

Miley Cyrus canceled a concert in Kansas City, Mo. on Tuesday after being hospitalized, a spokeswoman said.

Cyrus, 21, had a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. A statement from Cyrus’ publicist reported that the “Wrecking Ball” singer is on “medical rest” at the advice of her doctors.

She sent emoji-filled tweets to fans saying she was in “good care” thanks to some “amazing” doctors.

[AP]

movies

Paul Walker’s Surprising Replacement in Fast & Furious 7

Cody, Caleb and Paul Walker
Cody, Caleb and Paul Walker at Caleb's wedding on October 19, 2013. chardphoto.com—Splash News/Corbis

Though film production was halted after Paul Walker died in a car accident in November, the latest installment of the successful franchise will continue with the help of his family, Caleb and Cody Walker

Filming on Fast & Furious 7 will continue with Paul Walker’s brothers filling in for the late actor.

A statement published on the official Fast & Furious Facebook page revealed that Caleb and Cody Walker have helped the production complete the action scenes that were not shot before Paul Walker died in a car accident in November. Walker, 40, completed most of his filming before his death.

“We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue,” the statement reads. “We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career.”

Universal Pictures suspended production on Fast & Furious 7 in December following Walker’s death. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his character will retire in the upcoming film, not be killed off.

movies

Five Pop Culture Documentaries That Hollywood Should Make

Stephen King Portrait Session
Stephen King Ulf Andersen—Getty Images

With so many documentaries out this year, here are a few subjects that filmmakers should target next

It’s only April and already there’s a rare collection of pop culture documentaries to tickle the mind: Mike Myers squeezed the life out of legendary rock ‘n’ roll manager Shep Gordon with Supermensch, Jeff Radice expanded the civil rights history of Dock Ellis with No No: A Dockumentary, Charlie Lyne waxed nostalgic over 200 coming-of-age classics in Beyond Clueless, Alexandre O. Philippe studied zombies with Doc of the Dead and Frank Pavich brought justice to Jodorowsky’s Dune. While there’s also been a handful of vastly important political documentaries — see: Damnation, The Immortalists, and The Great Invisible — something must be said of the films that manage to teach and entertain at the same time.

Those are the documentaries that don’t exactly scare you: for every Taxi to the Darkside, there’s also a 20 Feet from Stardom, and while critics and filmmakers can argue forever on what’s more impacting, both get you in the seats. What’s more, both are equally integral to the form. Here’s a shortlist of subjects that might prove fruitful for any documentarians looking to put the lens on entertainment.

Bonnaroo Music Festival

Founded in 2002, Bonnaroo has since become the go-to North American music festival, rivaled only by Goldenvoice’s Coachella in Indio, CA. Each June, the festival takes over a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN and showcases the most acclaimed talent in music history. Past performers include Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, The Police, Kanye West, Radiohead, The Beach Boys — the list goes on. While there have been several fan-sourced documentaries over the years, there’s been no authoritative documentary so far. Think about Michael Wadleigh’s breathtaking Woodstock, or even D.A. Pennebaker’s classic Monterey Pop — both legendary pictures that captured a movement and a generation. It’s high time someone does the same for the ‘Roo. And properly.

“The Fatty Arbuckle Curse”

For decades, producers have tried to get a proper film going about the violent silent film actor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. A popular screenplay circulated around Hollywood over time eventually landed in the hands of John Belushi, then John Candy, and then Chris Farley. Notice a trend? Not surprisingly, the series of young deaths has spawned what many refer to as “The Fatty Arbuckle Curse,” since the script popped up so close to each actor’s respective deaths. Similar to Jodorowsky’sDune, it would be entertaining to see what exactly happened with this failed project, and it might come at a good time, too. Currently, HBO is adapting Arbuckle’s life for the small screen based on David A. Yallop’s The Day the Laughter Stopped with Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet at the lead. Fingers crossed?

Gilda Radner

In an era of Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey and Amy Schumer, it would be wise to turn the page back to one of the earliest female comics: Gilda Radner. With the exception of a TV movie and an episode of E! True Hollywood Story, in addition to the occasional Saturday Night Live retrospectives, there hasn’t been a proper documentary about the late star. But what a story to tell! Despite an early death, Radner lived one hell of a life, what with her stint at 30 Rock, her one-woman Broadway show, her film appearances and marriage to Gene Wilder. Given that her peers aren’t getting any younger, this is one subject that deserves a little priority. Our advice? Start with Radner’s heartbreaking memoir, It’s Always Something.

Stephen King

Forty years later, Stephen King remains just that: a king. The Maine writer has sold over 350 million copies of his books, and he shows zero signs of slowing down. There are many layers to his psyche, whether it’s his fascination with classic rock, his longtime support of the Boston Red Sox or his reasoning for buying the van that nearly killed him… and that’s what would make him such an engrossing subject to study. What’s more horrifying than stepping into the mind of the creator? So far, nobody’s accomplished it: the 1999 documentary Stephen King: Shining in the Dark is both incomplete and inconsequential, while the various one-hour spots on TV don’t even scratch the surface of the famed genre writer. No, someone needs to get intimate with the New Englander, even if it means a visit to Pet Sematery, a tour through Salem’s Lot or a drive with Christine.

Alonzo Mourning

Few basketball players live a life like Alonzo Mourning. Currently, the former All-Star is Vice President of Player Programs and Development for the Miami Heat and devotes much of his time to charity work in and around Miami. But here’s the thing: He wasn’t always the nice guy. For a long time, he was often considered one of the many bad boys of the NBA, an edge that twice earned him NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award and a spot on the NBA All-Defensive Team. (Go read about his 1998 on-court fight with ex-teammate Larry Johnson. It’s wild.) This year, Mourning will receive the praise he deserves when he’s inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Why not accompany the event with a full-length documentary? Who knows — perhaps the Heat’s prospective threepeat might turn some gears for No. 33.

celebrities

Lindsay Lohan’s Mom Pleads Guilty To DWI In NY

(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) — Actress Lindsay Lohan’s mother has pleaded guilty in New York to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.

Newsday (http://bit.ly/Qacqop ) reports Dina Lohan also pleaded guilty to speeding during her court appearance Tuesday on Long Island.

The Nassau County prosecutor says Lohan is expected to be sentenced June 3 to a conditional discharge and 100 hours of community service. She will also pay a fine.

Police said Lohan was driving 77 mph in a 55 mph zone when she was arrested on Sept. 12 in Oyster Bay. They said her blood alcohol level was more than double the legal limit.

Television

Letterman Successor Stephen Colbert Will Appear on Late Show Next Week

The program's current host David Letterman will share the stage with his replacement, when Colbert comes on the show as a guest. Letterman announced earlier this month his plans to retire in 2015

Current Late Show host David Letterman will welcome his future replacement, Stephen Colbert, as a guest on the show next week, CBS announced Tuesday.

Letterman announced earlier this month his plans to retire in 2015. CBS quickly named Colbert, who currently hosts Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, as Letterman’s successor.

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert said after he was revealed as Letterman’s eventual replacement. Looks like he’ll have a shot at that once again.

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Pixar Is Sending Fans On An Easter Egg Hunt

Pixar has been hiding recurring objects in its movies since "Toy Story," and a new, seasonally-themed video asks fans to seek them out

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Right in time for the holiday, Pixar is sending fans on an Easter Egg hunt to find hidden inside jokes throughout its films.

Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3, says that the Pixar team has used recurring items—like a grape soda bottle cap— since the first film in the franchise. The above video asks viewers to keep their eyes wide open and searching for obscure references.

Music

Real Estate’s “Crime” Video Has It All: Undead Skateboarders, Celebrity Cameos and Pottery

A funny video from a seriously talented band

While Funny or Die is best known for making viral comedy videos, the website does make the occasional foray into the world of music — and its latest is the video for Real Estate’s “Crime.”

Directed by Tom Scharpling, the video stars actor Andy Daly from HBO’s Eastbound & Down and Comedy Central’s Review as a stand-in for Scharpling himself.

In the intro to the clip, “the director” explains that he is completely broke and is more than willing to sacrifice his creative vision in order to complete the video. If that means adding a few product placement deals for online pottery sales, a novel about hormonal undead skateboarders, some reminiscences about the good old days and a brief appearance by the Westboro Baptist Church, so be it. For a few extra bucks, “Scharpling” even sold some air time to a Thai restaurant, where the band performs during the video.

Real Estate’s Atlas is out now on Domino. Unfortunately Jared Frankel’s novel Blood Lords is not currently for sale.

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Watch the Trailer for Reproductive Rights Rom-Com Obvious Child

Saturday Night Live alum Jenny Slate stars

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The new trailer for Obvious Child — starring Jenny Slate and Jake Lacy of The Office fame — doesn’t shy away from the signs that it’s a comedy. Farting? Check. Stand-up sets? Check. Bad break-ups and silly dates? Check and check.

Unplanned pregnancy and abortion? Those too. (And yes, it’s still a romantic comedy — not an advocacy film.)

Slate plays Donna, a New York comedian struggling with her career, her relationships, her family and pretty much everything else. When she meets Max, played by Lacy, it seems like he might take her mind off things — until their fun night has some major consequences. The movie also stars Gaby Hoffman, Polly Draper, Richard Kind and David Cross, to add to the comedy checklist, and arrives in select theaters June 6.

Television

What’s Next For That Actor From Game of Thrones?

Game of Thrones
HBO

If you haven't watched Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones, you probably don't want to read this spoiler-filled update

Note: Spoilers ahead.

Many fans who saw Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones, where the series’ resident psychopath King Joffrey was poisoned and killed at his own wedding, are still reeling. But the actor who plays Joffrey is already moving on.

For the past three years, Irish actor Jack Gleeson has masterfully embodied evil as the spoiled brat who becomes the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Yet after his character’s ghastly death, the 21-year-old actor says he plans to retire completely from acting.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly in the wake of the pivotal episode, Gleeson explained, “I’ve been acting since age eight. I just stopped enjoying it as much as I used to. And now there’s the prospect of doing it for a living, whereas up until now it was always something I did for recreation with my friends, or in the summer for some fun. I enjoyed it. When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it. It’s not like I hate it, it’s just not what I want to do.”

Gleeson, who comes across as gracious and humble in interviews, started his on-screen acting career with roles in Batman Begins and A Shine of Rainbows. But it was his turn as Joffrey in Thrones that really put him on the map. In a show filled with amoral or despicable characters, Gleeson’s character stood apart as the worst of the pack, a sadistic and cowardly fiend with unmitigated power to boot.

In fact, George R. R. Martin, the author of the GoT books from which the HBO series is based on, even admitted to EW that he feared Gleeson’s experience playing such a hated character could have put him off of acting. “He created someone that everyone hates, and everyone loves to hate, and that’s a considerable feat of acting,” said Martin. “I feel a little guilty that he’s quitting acting now. I hope that playing Joffrey didn’t make him want to retire from the profession because he does have quite a gift for it.”

“He’s very perceptive and he played this loathsome character and somehow made him more loathsome. He created someone that everybody hates, and loves to hate, and that’s a considerable feat of acting.

“I feel a little guilty that he’s quitting acting now. I hope that playing Joffrey didn’t help make him want to retire from the profession because he does have quite a gift for it and could have a major career as an actor.”
Read more at http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/146682/Did-Playing-Joffrey-Make-Jack-Gleeson-Quit-Acting-Game-Of-Thrones-Author-George-R-R-Martin-Hopes-Not#xdoUGvYXFcJrUH1t.99

“He’s very perceptive and he played this loathsome character and somehow made him more loathsome. He created someone that everybody hates, and loves to hate, and that’s a considerable feat of acting.

“I feel a little guilty that he’s quitting acting now. I hope that playing Joffrey didn’t help make him want to retire from the profession because he does have quite a gift for it and could have a major career as an actor.”
Read more at http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/146682/Did-Playing-Joffrey-Make-Jack-Gleeson-Quit-Acting-Game-Of-Thrones-Author-George-R-R-Martin-Hopes-Not#xdoUGvYXFcJrUH1t.99

Yet Gleeson has been quite open in the past about his feelings on celebrity culture in general and his own unpleasant experience with fame, which go deeper than any one toxic role. In a long and wide-ranging talk given at the Oxford Union last year, Gleeson said that fame not only “embarrasses” him, but he also feels that being a celebrity is an exercise in “dehumanization.” Despite admitting that he once dreamed of being a famous actor, Gleeson said the reality was far different: “I detested the superficial elevation and commodification of it all, juxtaposed with the grotesque self-involvement it would sometimes draw out of me. Being a faceless member of a mob, I soon realized, is far more comforting than teetering on a brittle pedestal one inch off the ground.”

Now, with the sudden and brutal death of Joffrey, it looks like Gleeson can work on returning to that faceless mob. He’s currently a student at Trinity College in Dublin, though he’s said he no longer is drawn to academia. He said he’s not yet sure what type of career he’d like to embark on.

But is there any hope for Thrones fans, who might have hated Joffrey, but have come to appreciate Gleeson’s obvious talent? Maybe. Gleeson did discuss a potential return to the screen with EW, jokingly saying, “When I’m destitute in 10 years time, I’ll accept any script!”

Music

7 Artists From Coachella to Check Out (Even If You Didn’t Go to the Festival)

2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - Day 1
The Knife performs at Coachella Frazer Harrison—2014 Getty Images

Missed the California fest? You can still enjoy the best artists who played there

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival took over Indio, CA this past weekend and will repeat the feat this weekend. Between performances by headliners Arcade Fire, OutKast and Muse, plus sets by Calvin Harris, Beck, Pharrell Williams, Lorde and surprise guest appearances by Jay Z, Beyoncé and Blondie’s Debbie Harry, there was a lot to see at the festival.

But if you’re hitting the festival circuit later on in the season — or if the heat, crowds and surprise appearances by Justin Bieber aren’t your thing — here are seven bands to check out, either at Coachella’s second weekend or as far as you can possibly get from the maddening crowds:

Banks

Jillian Banks, who performs simply as Banks, makes yearning seem like a worthwhile pastime when she sings about it in her seductive voice. The singer marries her R&B inflected tunes and warm vocals with big production and electronic beats to create magnetic pop songs. Her debut album isn’t due out for months, but the singles released so far warrant setting Spotify on repeat.

Listen: “Warm Water”

Future Islands

Baltimore synth-pop punks Future Islands just released a new album this week, and it seems like the fourth time is the charm for the band, as they’re finally earning some well-deserved buzz. The three-piece drags listeners across their musical threshold with songs that range from quietly introspective to industrial new wave, all topped by the unforgettable, raspy-yet-smooth vocals of singer Samuel T. Herring (who is worth the effort to see live).

Listen: “Seasons (Waiting On You)”

MS MR

MS MR make high drama pop music with a gothic edge that is hard not to dance to. The Brooklyn duo of singer Lizzy Plapinger and producer-instrumentalist Max Hershenow craft deftly dark songs that bring to mind alt-’80s bands — if acts like Siouxsie and the Banshees and Sisters of Mercy had iPods filled with Katy Perry songs and developed a knack for making dance party anthems.

Listen: “Hurricane”

The Knife

The Swedish electro-pop collective made their first stateside appearance in eight years at Coachella — and they made it count. Belatedly touring in support of their experimental early 2013 album Shaking the Habitual, the band turns mere concerts into exuberant stage shows that are equal parts Willy Wonka-inspired performance art and ecclesiastical youth group gatherings that make for instant parties and mandatory viewing for music fans.

Listen: “A Tooth For An Eye”

Ratking

Fronted by two 20-year-old rappers, Wiki and Hak, alongside producer Sporting Life, Ratking represents the next generation of New York rappers. The band was raised on a steady diet of Notorious B.I.G. and Black Star, and they put that education to good use on their debut album, So It Goes. They’ve already earned comparisons to fellow Coachella performer OutKast for their fast-paced rhymes and socially-conscious lyrics that cover everything from love and money to gentrification and police brutality.

Listen: “So Sick Stories, feat. King Krule”

Jagwar Ma

The Australian band makes music that sounds like they are the lone holdouts of the early ’90s Madchester scene (think: Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and the Soup Dragons). On their albums, they deliver an updated twist on a throwback sound, crafting psychedelic indie rock with seriously danceable trip-hop beats. Live, their crowd-pleasing tracks make for an irrepressible celebration that feels unstoppable.

Listen: “The Throw”

Courtney Barnett

This 24-year-old Australian singer-songwriter plays rambling folks songs that cover typical topics like relationships and gardening, but with a keen eye for detail and a sharp sense of humor. Her dynamic and sophisticated songs are filled with clever lyrics that, when parsed, read like novellas — but don’t underestimate her ability to write a catchy song out of a fuzzy guitar melody, an undulating piano run and a simmering bass line.

Listen: “Avant Gardener”

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