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A "psycho" One Direction fan allegedly killed her pet dog after the stars of the British pop group didn't follow her on Twitter.
The obsessed admirer allegedly broke her beloved Chihuahua's neck after a desperate message to four of the band's five singers went ignored.
She initially tweeted the boys from her @illumivato account on Aug. 29, according to widespread reports in South American and Spanish media.
"Follow me or I'll break my dog's neck," she wrote in a post accompanied by a snap of a pooch being pinned down on the floor.
Unsurprisingly, her message was not picked up by the "Live While We're Young" warblers, who receive millions of tweets every day.
Fed up with the lack of a response, she again took to the microblogging site several days later.
Writing specifically to Liam Payne, she reportedly wrote: "I love you. Follow me. My dog has just died."
One Direction receive millions of tweets each day and didn't reply to the threat.
She included a picture she said showed her in tears as she cradled a little dog that appeared to be dead.
Fans of the band, dubbed "Directioners," were outraged by her alleged antics and swiftly condemned her.
Labeling her a "psycho," they urged Twitter to ban her account. One was so angry she set up a Change.org petition to get her removed.
Mya Fhya, who has so far attracted more than 2,500 signatures to her cause, said the girl had also posted other distressing images.
"She has pictures of animals in blenders, a dog with guns up to its head, a picture of her strangling (what looks to be her mom) [...] basically implying that if she does not get more followers she will kill all of these beings," Fhya wrote.
The @illumivato account has since been suspended.
Some have said that the story is a hoax or that the pictures she used were not of her own dog and that she was simply trying to grab the singers' attention.
The girl's real name and location have not been revealed. One Direction has not yet commented on the incident.
In other news, she recently admitted to being a longtime redditor, under the username JanelleMonae.
Sources: 1, 2
yes my queen get dem upvotes on r/hiphopheads
Plastic surgery has always been a touchy subject in Hollywood.
Even though some of Tinsletown's most famous faces do appear to have been augmented in some fashion, there are still plenty of stars out there who've spoken out against making any changes.
However, The Talk's Julie Chen just revealed a shockingly different photo of herself from her younger years, and confessed about the reasons behind undergoing an operation to make her eyes bigger.
The 43-year-old Chinese-American shared on her show that in the beginning of her career, she was told by a former boss that her features would prevent her from becoming a news anchor.
"I have to live with every decision that I've made," she said. "And it got me to where we are today. And I'm not going to look back."
Let's see who else is opening up about their views on going under the knife.
Earlier this year, Naomi Watts graced the cover of Australia's Good Health magazine and candidly opened up about her views on plastic surgery.
"Never say never—and I certainly don't judge anyone who does it," she said. "But most of the characters I play are going through some kind of emotional turmoil, so my job requires me to have expression."
Meanwhile, Salma Hayek has revealed that she's hasn't altered her appearance in any way, shape or form.
"I've never had anything done on my face—I've never had dermabrasion or peels or injections of any kind, nothing."
When asked what she thought about people who do undergo plastic surgery, she explained to Allure magazine,
"It's like the uniform of a generation and it's not necessarily beautiful. It's not wrinkled-looking, but it's not beautiful."
Another beautiful star who's outspoken against going against Mother Nature is Olivia Wilde.
The actress told Glamour magazine, "I am so saddened and grossed out by young women who look like creepy, old aliens because of their new Barbie noses and lips."
But it looks like supermodel Cindy Crawford has a more forgiving view on the matter.
The 44-year-old explained to Ladies' Home Journal that she supports antiaging procedures up until a certain point.
"I've tried Botox, but it scares me," Crawford confessed. "Plastic surgery is really scary, but as long as you don't use these things to change your face, I think it's OK."
Tamar Braxton revealed her post-baby body and newborn Logan Vincent Herbert on the cover of October's issue of Ebony magazine.
The singer and reality star is barely recognizable with her darker hair, much different from her blonde do. The 36-year-old new mom opened up about her abusive past relationship saying it has changed how she handles relationships today.
"I haven't always been vocal about my feelings, especially in a relationship," she told the magazine. "Now, I make sure that I'm very vocal about my feelings, everybody knows how I feel." In an episode of Tamar & Vince, Braxton revealed being pulled by her hair by an ex-boyfriend, but never gave additional details about what actually happened. She said she's not ready to open up about the abuse, but hints that she may candidly talk about it in the future when she's ready.
Nowadays, Braxton is focused on her healthy relationship with husband Vincent Herbert and baby Logan. Although she previously expressed fears of being a first-time parent, Braxton told Robin Roberts on ABC's Good Morning America that parenting is "going great."
"Logan is the love of my life. He's a great kid and he sleeps all night," she said.
Tamar said she's been getting a lot of help and advice from her family. "Motherhood is great...I'm loving every moment of it...My mother gives a lot of advice. Toni gives a lot of advice, and I'm making sure I raise my baby to the best of "their" ability (laughs)," Tamar said in an interview.
Braxton's latest album, Love & War is currently in stores now.
Sources 1, 2, 3
Celebrity hair stylist, international trendsetter and one half of Percy & Reed, Wella Style Ambassador Adam Reed reveals the hair shapes and styles to try this autumn/winter 2013
One of the world’s leading hairstylists, Adam Reed knows all there is to know about tress trends. Here he reveals to Cosmo why Beyonce’s bob seems dated, that the 'midi' length is trending and what the easiest up-do is to try this season. Follow Adam’s winter 2013 hair rules and you’ll be bang up to date.
Follow Adam’s winter 2013 hair rules and you’ll be bang up to date.
What are the biggest haircut trends this autumn/winter 2013?
Michelle Williams in the Louis Vuitton ads (pictured)! It is soft and feminine and on the longer side of short without being a bob, although there is nothing wrong with a bob if you keep it soft - think Karlie Kloss (pictured below left). Add colour to define and add texture, adding a soft invisible gradient. A great product for mainlining colour is Wella’s Color Recharge conditioners available in 6 shades (£11.85).
Will Beyonce’s new ‘lob’ spark more bob cuts?
I am afraid that, although I think that it suits Beyonce, that type of long bob is a bit dated. To keep it up to date you will need to look at Karlie Kloss (pictured) for inspiration, soft, shattered and face framing. A great styling product for the ‘lob’ is the SP Light Oil Spray which will add shine and luminosity to the hair (£18.50).
Do you think we’re going to see more super-short cuts?
I think that we will be going for more of a middle-length, moving away from short-short or the bob length, go for the soft textured midi.
Keanu Reeves has embarked on a whole new kind of excellent adventure, making his directorial debut at TIFF with yesterday’s opening of Man of Tai Chi. The kung fu flick stars Matrix stuntman and martial artist extraordinaire Tiger Chen (who, even in his red carpet best, showed off his stock-in-trade) as a tai chi master lured into the high-stakes world of underground fighting. A scruffy-faced Reeves hit the Ryerson Theatre to talk about playing the film’s big baddie. “I enjoy playing bad guys,” he said. “Bad guys have a really uncomplicated passion. They just need, want, give. It’s fun.” And this from an actor who has made “vacant” a patented emotional pose. At any rate, we bet the fight scenes are stirring.
Nicole Kidman has been knocked over by a cyclist and according to reports, is planning on pressing charges.
The actress was returning to her hotel after attending the Calvin Klein show on Thursday as part of New York Fashion Week.
Nicole fell to the ground after being hit by a photographer named Carl Wu, who was apparently racing to try and take a picture for her.
According to TMZ Nicole is furious and wants to press charges against the paparazzo.
Police and an ambulance were called and Nicole was treated for minor injuries.
The star was seen hobbling into her hotel with one shoe on as she escaped from the scene after the nasty spill.
She was helped up by assistants and was seen rubbing her right leg which bore the brunt of her weight when she hit the ground.
A security guard was seen wrestling the bicycle of Wu as he lay sprawled on the floor outside the Carlyle hotel.
It is illegal to ride bicycles on the sidewalk in New York City and it is likely that Wu was slapped with a ticket.
Before the accident Nicole had been having a pleasant day viewing one of her favourite designer's Spring/Summer 2014 collection.
While at the Calvin Klein show Nicole showed off a new bob haircut which framed her pretty face and her youthful complexion was clear as she wore minimal make-up aside from pink lipgloss.
The actress was also highlighting her teeny tiny waist in a dress which was nipped in with a thin gold belt.
Lindsay Lohan is making headlines once again -- for all the right reasons. The 27-year-old actress is soaking up her post-rehab freedom without overdoing it -- attending the recent Purple Magazine & Proenza Schouler Event held during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC. The redheaded Long Island native showed up to the event on Wednesday, Sept. 11, looking refreshed and absolutely gorgeous.
The star stepped out for the evening showing off her curves in a tight-fitted, cleavage-baring black vintage dress with an Alaia belt. She accessorized the piece with Christian Louboutin heels, and Cartier and Karma El Kahlil jewelry. Lohan was also joined by jewelry designer friend Markus Molinari and stylists Samantha Myer and Johnny Wujek.
The sophisticated look is certainly a step up from a more haphazard ensemble she sported two weeks ago. On Aug. 20, the former Disney starlet dared to bare when she was spotted wearing a long white blouse with no pants heading to dinner.
The star seems to be changing her ways since being released from a 90-day court-mandated rehab stay on July 30. In a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey on an episode of Oprah's Next Chapter that aired Aug. 18, Lohan explained she hopes to "work really hard and stay focused" and "regain the trust of people" in her career. Since then, Lohan cancelled a trip to Europe (after Winfrey voiced her concerns) and has reportedly moved into an apartment with her younger sister Ali, 19, in NYC's Greenwich Village.
LOL at her calling out the interviewer for fangirling (fanboying?) on Tom.
She has a penchant for retro-style clothing, often stepping out in an array of elegant dresses.
And Dianna Agron modelled one of her best looks yet on Thursday.
The 27-year-old Glee star was simply stunning in a sapphire dress featuring cap sleeves and sheer detailing at the bust.
The blonde beauty was leaving the Good Morning America studios where she was making an appearance to promote her new movie.
While accessories in matching hues often don't work, Dianna's clutch bag and gorgeous Christian Louboutin stilettos in the same colour as her dress were the perfect touch.
Dianna had even painted her fingernails blue, tying the entire ensemble together perfectly.
A natural beauty, Dianna wore minimal make-up on her complexion and had her hair styled straight.
Dianna was on the morning show to promote her new movie The Family, in which she stars alongside Michelle Pffifer and Robert DeNiro.
The film is about a well-known mafia family who enter the witness protection program and relocate to Normandy, France, but don’t exactly have the easiest time settling in.
The Family is scheduled to be released on September 13 in the US and November 1 in the UK.
Meanwhile, Dianna is also on a high at the moment due to her new relationship with Australian restauranteur, Nick Mathers.
And according to sources, things are moving fast between the pair.
'It's pretty new, but it's serious,' a source told Us Weekly.
'Nick is amazing, from Australia. [He's an] incredible designer [and has] great restaurants like Ruby's Burgers in Australia and NYC, Goldie's and Eveleigh. He's a really super sweet, lovely guy.'
Mathers has reportedly 'been telling all of his friends about' the blonde bombshell.
Dianna was last said to be dating blue-eyed British hunk Christian Cooke, who stars in the latest Romeo and Juliet film due out October.
The Burlesque actress previously romanced director Henry Joost and actors Sebastian Stan, Alex Pettyfer, and Dave Franco.
As she scampers across the foyer at the National Theatre, apologising for being a few minutes late, you wouldn’t peg Antonia Thomas as cinema’s next big thing. Closer up it’s different: sumptuous hazel eyes with an energy and charisma that are made for the camera. But she comes with no airs or graces whatsoever. She grabs a cup of tea (‘gotta be earl grey’) and a baguette, plonks herself down at the café table we’re sharing, and starts enthusing about the play she’s rehearsing.
It’s all very low key, yet with one film already out this year (the Stone Roses homage Spike Island), two more to come and a further two due for release in early 2014, the girl sitting opposite me in a baggy brown jumper, jeans and Converse is a star in the making.
‘It’s been an amazing year,’ she says. ‘It does feel exciting – everything’s bubbling. I didn’t know it was going to happen like this. I was just hoping to do some film. Then suddenly, all these amazing projects materialised.’
It’s a fool’s errand trying to predict which of her upcoming movies might be the one that makes it big. But if asked to choose from Northern Soul, the story of the 1970s dance movement with Steve Coogan, or Hello Carter, a London-based comedy executive-produced by Michael Winterbottom, or science-fiction thriller Scintilla, I’d plump for Sunshine on Leith instead.
You may recognise the name actually – it’s the film of the musical of the songs of The Proclaimers, the Scottish pop-folk twin brothers best known for their hit ‘(I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles’. It has been directed by Dexter Fletcher, a one-time star himself in films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels whose first directing gig, Wild Bill, got rave reviews last year. With Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks in the lead, Sunshine on Leith has that infectious Mamma Mia! feel of serious actors having a blast.
And Antonia shines in it, playing Yvonne, a headstrong English nurse working in Edinburgh who falls in, then out, and then eventually back in love again with a young Scottish soldier called Davy, recently returned from Afghanistan. Naturally, we close with them professing in song how they would walk 500 miles for one another, which leads to an all-singing, all-dancing finale on the Mound in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle with hundreds of happy Scots bouncing along in the chorus line.
Antonia laughs at the memory: ‘Lots of them were extras, but many were random people who just turned up and joined in! It felt weird performing so publicly. You have to forget other people are there, judging and looking at you, and just get on with it. It’s part of the job, but when you’re doing a film you usually expect to be on a closed set – it’s not normally so public!’
You suspect Antonia took it in her stride – she has music and performance in the blood. At the Thomas household in London’s Blackheath there was always music in the background. Her father David is an opera singer and elder sister Emma is trained in musical theatre.
Her mother, a psychologist, is Jamaican-born (Antonia loves Jamaican food, and the Thomases have a house in Dominica, which Antonia describes as, ‘like Jamaica was 50 years ago, undeveloped and gorgeous’) and that brought another side to her childhood. ‘My upbringing has always been quite equal in terms of cultural influences,’ she says. ‘But it’s unlikely that anything could prepare you for a job that involves belting out Proclaimers songs on camera, in Edinburgh and in public.
‘I’d done musicals for the National Youth Music Theatre when I was little, but it’s a completely different thing for screen. The first day, when we did a read through, we were all thinking, “We’re all going to have to sing in a minute.” It was just so daunting. But everyone was in the same boat, and, anyway, it’s the Proclaimers – come on, who wouldn’t get carried away?’
They filmed in Edinburgh and Glasgow just before Christmas last year. Antonia is a dyed-in-the-wool Londoner. What did she make of the Scots? ‘My boyfriend in the film [Davy] thinks that there’s some kind of irreconcilable difference between Scots and English people and that they should hate each other, but that’s not how we found it at all. I had an amazing time.’
For one scene Antonia and her co-star George MacKay, who plays Davy, had to climb up the mini mountain Arthur’s Seat, for their first kiss. ‘That was one of the most memorable moments. Can you see that I’m shivering when I’m singing? It was just so cold! But fun too. It was moments like that when you go, “We’re really lucky to be doing this as a job – because we’re just playing and having a great time.”’ That’s Antonia all over – she has a zest and a zip that have not been crushed by an industry that can be ruthless. You sense that she’ll be ‘playing and having a great time’ for many years to come, because she marries that relish for the work with a toolkit of talents.
If Sunshine on Leith tested out her vocal skills, for example, Northern Soul presented an entirely different challenge. Set in the 70s, the film tells the story of two Northern boys whose worlds are changed for ever when they discover black American soul music, and Antonia’s character Angela is supposed to be a brilliant dancer. ‘I did ballet when I was younger [at the City of London School for Girls], and then at drama school [Bristol Old Vic] they drilled us in several kinds of dance styles. But Northern Soul was something else. It was, like, throw away your rigid structure and just be really relaxed. It was the opposite of everything I’d learnt.’ Some of the dancers on the film were professionals who had spent years honing their skills.
The two lead actors had been working on their dancing for two years; whereas Antonia had three weeks to make herself look like one of the best movers on screen. ‘It was real fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants stuff. Every day we were drilling and drilling. The first day of filming was one of the big dance numbers. It was in a hall in Bury and the whole soul community had been invited – these big, burly 50-year-old blokes. Elaine [Constantine, the director] wanted to make sure that every single detail was right. We were in full 70s garb. I said, “Are you joking; they’re going to think I’m so crap.” But when we’d finished the burly blokes were weeping – they were just so pleased.’
It’s become a bit of an Antonia special to take on the kind of daunting tasks that other actors might balk at – and pull it off. Her first screen role was on Channel 4’s Bafta-winning superhero drama Misfits. She played Alisha, a bossy amazon whose superpower was that she could instil instant sexual arousal in anyone she met. One of Antonia’s first scenes involved doing something unmentionable with a bottle. It was quite a baptism for a girl who had finished drama school just the day before.
‘I’d say that the most uncomfortable I’ve felt is doing some of the stuff I had to do in Misfits. The bottle scene was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I really didn’t want to do it. I had to think hard about the job because of the nature of the character. But in the end it was just such a brilliant opportunity and I couldn’t turn it down.’
Misfits was Antonia’s big break. She stayed with the show for three years, leaving in 2011. Roles followed in ITV’s Homefront, in which she played a young wife whose husband is killed in Afghanistan, and then the big run of movies that mark 2013 as Antonia’s breakthrough year.
For now her base is in a flat in Borough, Southeast London, just down the road from the National. We meet during rehearsals for Home, a play about homelessness that stands in stark contrast to some of her more high-profile screen work. ‘It’s a real challenge – it’s a verbatim play so the words all come from interviews with young homeless people. The statistics are ridiculous – there are something like 77,000 young homeless people in London.’
Although the subject matter intrigued Antonia, what she was really hankering after was theatre work. The stage is her first love, she says. Her boyfriend is also an actor, and though she’d rather not reveal his name, she does admit that trying to build a relationship when you’re both in a job that demands constant travel can cause problems.
‘It is hard. This industry can be frustrating because sometimes when the work comes you’ve got to go with it. That’s not easy when it comes to relationships. But we’ve made it work so far and I think both being actors you kind of understand how the other one works. I think it gets difficult when you start getting jobs overseas. I’ve got friends that have to go to America, and I think that is hard.’
I suggest that with the slew of work she has coming out this year showcasing her talents it can’t be long before she too is off to America. But Antonia has other ideas. ‘I’d love to be in a period drama – that’s my obsession. But being a mixed-race actress, there aren’t so many roles you’re right for. There are lots of period stories to be told with ethnic people in them, but the stories that are being told are not those ones. And that’s frustrating. No, it’s not an easy industry, but so far I have been lucky, so I will keep going.’
Lucky? Talented, more like. Don’t be surprised if next year’s Downton Abbey features a mixed-race, singing, dancing role – if, that is, Hollywood hasn’t whisked Antonia away already.
Sunshine On Leith will be in cinemas from 4 October
And this happened (no pictures, though):
Sources: 1, 2, TIFF photos uploaded here and here
UK rapper Tinie Tempah links up with Swedish singer-songwriter John Martin (famous for being the vocalist of the recent Swedish House Mafia and Avicii hits) in "Children of the Sun". The up-lifting track serves as single #2 off Tinie's upcoming sophomore album, "Demonstration", due in stores November 4th. Listen to a radio-rip above!
Can we give John Martin the title of king of hooks?. Each he's featured in is amazing! Unlike that urban flop nobody cared for, "Trampoline", "Children of the Sun" sounds more like a song from Tinie Tempah we grew to love thanks to his radio-friendly hit singles on "Disc-Overy". Beat is loud and stirring, Tinie brings a sick flow to the verses, and Sweden's John Martin steals some of the spotlight away with the the help of his uplifting hooks. "Children of the Sun" was premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show today (September 12), but will not be officially released and available on iTunes till October 28.
Michelle being perfect and flawless on Live with Kelly and Michael.
Mark Gordon has put STUDENT BODY, BEST BOY and HEROES 4 SALE into development.
“Student Body” is a drama project being written by Jacob Forman. The story is being kept under wraps, but Forman’s writing has always lent itself to tension and suspense and we can hope that, although currently labeled as a drama, these elements will find their way into the final product.
Forman penned the horror-thriller “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”, which is finally getting the theatrical release it deserves. His scripts for “Handsome Devil” and “Dead West” are currently in development.
Like “Student Body”, the logline for “Best Boy” and “Heroes 4 Sale” are being kept secret. “Best Boy” has Robert Rodriguez directing from a script by Nick Thiel, with Michelle Pfeiffer attached to star while “Heroes” is being written by Jeff Bushnell.
Gordon, who is repped by CAA, recently produced “2012″, “Source Code” and “The Details” and serves as an executive producer on a slew of shows including “Army Wives” and “Criminal Minds.”
my aunt doesn't like Michael. I asked her why and she said he used to be a jackass when he played football?...anyway, hail to the queen
Fiona (Jessica) returns from LA to reunite with daughter Cordelia (Sarah) the headmistress of Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. The pair lock horns over instruction of the school's four remaining students: trouble teen star Madison (Roberts), tough girl Queenie (Sidibe), enigmatic Nan (Brewer), and shy Zoe (Farmiga).
Evan Peters talking to Teen Vogue
You may not have heard of the name Tim Bergling, but you might be aware of his music.
Swedish born Bergling - aka Avicii - is the man behind one of this summer's big hits, his chart-topping masterstroke 'Wake Me Up' (which features Aloe Blacc).
And his star looks set to continue to rise with the release of his debut album 'True' on Monday September 17.
The DJ and record producer, who is still only 24 years old, caught up with us ahead of his iTunes Festival show this week to discuss working with guitar legend Nile Rodgers, how his charity is helping millions worldwide and why he'll never “cheat” his fans...
Congratulations on the massive success of 'Wake Me Up'. It seems to have connected with so many people. At what stage did you think it might be special?
To be honest, I never did. 'Wake Me Up' is one of those songs that is a bit of a risk. I felt cautious when I created it. Up until that point, I had only recorded classic club or dance tracks. 'Wake Me Up' was a huge step forward for me musically. It is a mixture of genres that you wouldn't necessarily expect to be put together. I was massively worried that people wouldn't react but, thankfully, everything that has happened this summer with the song has been amazing.
Tell us about the first time you debuted the track.
Oh, man, the fans didn't get it! It was at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami back in March. Aloe Blacc was there playing with me. It was good for us because we had a banjo and fiddle on stage and we were doing a bluegrass version of the song. I looked out at the crowd and people looked shocked. I knew they would be.
You knew they'd be shocked?
I expected it. I knew people wouldn't be able to listen to the song without prejudice. Once the dust had settled, I had to ask myself whether it was a good enough to song to work. I wondered 'will people take to this or will they still hate it in a few months time?'. It was a big question.
So you weren't confident in the song, then?
I was so confident in my ability but I was second guessing myself. The management and my team worked so hard on it and you never know what will happen. This summer has been amazing, though – everything has gone so well. I have realised I can let my guard down and relax a bit!
Interestingly, you've worked with a whole range of artists on your forthcoming debut album True. Most notably Nile Rodgers and Mac Davis (who wrote 'In the Ghetto' and 'A Little Less Conversation' for Elvis Presley). What was it like collaborating with legends like those?
It was absolutely amazing. I learned so much through those guys. We worked on a whole bunch of songs together and I'm meeting Nile soon after iTunes Festival. Right from the start, we got along musically. Nile Rodgers really inspired me and what we've done on the tracks has been amazing.
He's been responsible for one of the songs of the summer with Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky'. What makes him so special?
Well, you can't buy the experience he has. He is such a unique talent and is a musician who continues to inspire not just me but a whole bunch of artists. I read somewhere recently that his guitar has been a part of over $2 billion worth of music.
I know! We'd be in the studio and I'd tell him a song I loved growing up and he'd say 'Oh, really? I played guitar on that track'. It was amazing!
You've also worked with upcoming artists such as Imagine Dragons. Are there any new artists you'd love to see break through this year?
One of the negatives about my job is that I feel I'm out of the game. Whereas before I'd constantly be listening to new stuff and getting inspired, these past few months I've been so engrossed in my album that I haven't had time. I can't wait for True to be released and then I can get back to what I know and feel comfortable with: getting inspired and discovering brilliant new music.
You've been touring since 2007.
Yeah, I've been living and breathing music for seven years. I've been constantly on tour in that time.
Does it feel strange releasing an album so far into your career?
It's definitely a late time to release a debut album, isn't it? The truth is, I never thought I would release one. It was only when I noticed my body of work was growing uncontrollably. I was in Los Angeles during some studio time and I was continuously collaborating. It got to the point where I knew I had to release these songs. I'd never intended to do an album. I was happy to go on releasing singles forever! But I realised I wanted to record a complete album. I didn't want these songs to go to waste or not be current. I felt so attached to them all. They are like my children.
Was there a specific moment when you realised “I have to do an album!”, then?
Not a specific moment exactly. The success of electronic music and dance music over the last few years definitely contributed to the decision.
Talking of the electronic music scene, you've been criticised by some for incorporating live instruments into your sets. How important is the use of live instruments for you as a performer?
I think music is about melody. I would never cheat my fans. Music is a universal language – it doesn't matter if its a synth or a banjo. I could play a guitar synth these days and people wouldn't be able to tell the difference but the vibe you get with live instruments is difficult to re-create. Live instruments gives music a different quality.
Why do you think people have a problem with you using instruments?
I don't know. I don't understand that pretentious attitude of not listening to something because it has a banjo or something. Not everybody can perform with live instruments but it's so fun to play around with and have access to. I'm not an amazing instrumentalist by any means but I work with all these talented guys who come together to make my experience what it is. They help me out and give me the chance to learn off their brilliant talents. I still find myself learning new things each and every day.
Your career isn't purely music-orientated, though. In 2011, you set up House for Hunger, a charity dedicated to alleviating global hunger.
It's something I'm passionate about. House for Hunger was started two years ago by me and my manager.
How did it come about?
We'd been asked to do loads of stuff for charity in the period before that. We'd been touring and playing shows for a few years and we felt we could help. But, we wanted something we were fully committed to and could own. We didn't want to half-ass it.
How successful has the project been?
It's been great. We did a 27 day tour of America which raised over $1million. We didn't make a penny off touring – everything went to House for Hunger. The main thing which inspired it was that we wanted it done properly and done well.
What does the future hold for House for Hunger?
The aim is to get it to continue to grow. We'd love to get our friends involved and other musicians to raise awareness. We are dedicated to it and we want to take it as far as we can.
Chrystal Workman continues making shocking claims in her bid to undo the court ruling that stripped her of custody of her daughter, Ariel Winter ... now she's raising phantom allegations of sexual molestation.
Workman filed legal docs, obtained by TMZ, in which she claims her 15-year-old daughter has accused her of "sexual abuse or sexual molestation." Workman says, "I adamantly deny these accusations."
Here's the problem. the "Modern Family" star has never hinted at sexual molestation in her guardianship case. She has only alleged physical and emotional abuse, so it's confounding as to why Workman is denying something that was never raised in court.
But there's more. Workman also claims her other daughter gave her cancer. Workman says of Shanelle Gray, who now has legal guardianship of Ariel, "I believe the reason I got cancer was from the stress of the situation Shanelle put me through of missing my child when she was not there...
Cara Delevingne is known for her goofy demeanor and silly faces, and the supermodel was up to her usual antics backstage at New York Fashion Week.
The 21-year-old, who recently admitted that she thinks Fashion week is 'horrible' because it tires her out, was photographed making faces with model pal Georgia May Jagger as they got beautified before walking in the Marc Jacobs show last night.
In one photo taken backstage, the British beauty opens her mouth as Georgia May pretends to shoot her with a golden gun-shaped pendant hanging around her neck.
The stunning models were given a boyish make-over for the runway show that closed out Fashion Week, wearing peroxide blonde wigs styled into choppy bobs.
Despite Cara's current status as model-of-the-moment, the Marc Jacobs show was the only one she walked in this week, after explaining she was taking a break from modeling to focus on her acting.
She told Industrie magazine: 'Fashion Week is horrible,' before adding: 'I mean it isn't horrible really, it's amazing. But having to work that much every day is.'
Cara was also spotted sitting on the front row with Georgia May and singer Sky Ferreira - who also made a cameo on the catwalk - at a runway rehearsal before the big show.
The girls - Cara in leather leggings and Georgia in a silver bodycon dress - were sporting swimming cap-style headwear they presumable had to wear underneath their blonde wigs.
In spite of her dislike for the event, Cara looked every inch the top model as she strutted down the catwalk in Marc Jacobs' military-inspired designs, in sombre hues of forest green, navy blue and black.
Sportswear-inspired sweatshirts were given a Victorian touch with high ruffled necks, embroidered patterns and fringe details.
For his much-anticipated show, Marc Jacobs went with a severe weather-inspired theme, with a catwalk strewn with cigarette butts, empty beer cans and piles of black sand.
Fittingly, the city experienced a summer thunderstorm outside as spectators watched the presentation inside the Lexington Avenue Armory.
'The weather, the experience, the rain, this sideways rain, everybody fanning themselves, I think that it kind of just adds to the effect of what it takes to put on some kind of show like this,' said Julianne Hough, who added she felt 'lucky' to be there.
The luckiest models wore Hawaiian print Bermuda shorts and sequined tourist sandals, the flat Velcro-close ones that grandma might wear with socks.
That floral print, though, turned into some fabulous eveningwear that wasn't as exaggerated as some of the opening dresses, but with the same drama.
One of the best looks was a cocktail dress with navy beads against a black background.
It was the peaceful, pretty moment, like waves in moonlight, when it's too dark to see the cigarette butts or Starbucks cups.
Jackets with puffy sleeves, wide shoulders and embroidery, though, seemed most likely to land on the must-have lists of Jacobs fans or the coolest marching band player you know.
Jacobs is considered New York's most influential designer, so the stylists, retailers and editors will have something to talk about as they board planes to cross the Atlantic to see what London, Milan and Paris have to offer for next spring.
Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston talks to Vickie Scullard about his love of reading — and why books should be available to all. He is the young lad who grew up in Little Hulton and went on to star as the ninth incarnation of The Doctor — in Doctor Who. Before then, Christopher Eccleston made his name alongside Ewan McGregor in the low-budget thriller Shallow Grave, directed by another local lad Danny Boyle.
And for his next role, the 49-year-old returns to sci-fi in Hollywood blockbuster Thor: The Dark World, playing Malekith the Accursed, leader of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim and Thor’s arch-enemy.
But despite all these starring roles in film and television, it is reading where his true passion lies.The actor is a self-confessed “avid reader”, so when the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) asked him to get involved with its reading day, he was happy to help.
Christopher lent his voice to the Read for RNIB Day exclusive performance of Now That You’ve Died written by author Patrick Ness, which was performed at The Roundhouse in Camden.
And off the back of this, Christopher was asked if he would help build awareness for the charity’s biggest ever fundraising event, Read for RNIB day on October 11, which aims to make reading more accessible for blind and partially sighted people.
The father-of-one, who was head boy at Joseph Eastham High School, said: “I was first approached by the RNIB about two months ago to get involved with a narration. “Patrick Ness wrote a piece called Now That You’ve Died, which I thought was brilliantly written, moving, but also profound and humorous. The piece is sight specific and is performed in the dark to give you a feeling what it might make you feel like if you were blind or partially sighted. I did a narration for it and it was staged at the Roundhouse in Camden. We hope that in the future it will be re-done in other venues around the country.”
Christopher, known for his distinctive accent, has also been asked to take part in recording audio books. He said: “I used my own northern accent in the narration. They specifically asked me to do that. I’m going to record some audio books too, although there isn’t a date or any details yet.
“The next big thing I’m supporting is the national awareness day for RNIB for people who are blind or visually disabled. When I heard that there are only seven per cent of books available for blind or partially sighted people I was shocked. I have been a professional actor for 20 years and I’ve got a bit of a name for myself — and if you’re given the opportunity to highlight something that you care about, I think I’ve inherited the social conscience from my parents to do that.”
The RNIB is urging people across the North West to take part in the Read for RNIB day to raise money by dressing up as book characters, second hand book sales and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Every penny raised will help provide vital reading services such as braille, talking books and giant print for the estimated two million adults and children with sight loss in the UK.
A quick clip on how the reading experience was made:
“Beyonce was the most beautiful girl I’d ever seen. . . and she’d still be mine if I’d not cheated on her.”
On meeting Beyonce through Kelly Rowland during a church youth group session when he was 13, and she was 11:
She was just so shy, she was a bit of an outcast at school and didn’t even sing in the choir. For two years I didn’t know she could sing. We spent hours watching movies together and playing Connect 4.
On their first kiss:
It was just after Beyonce’s 15th birthday. I surprised her with Brian McKnight concert tickets and it happened that night. I had got popcorn and as we were sitting in our seats I dropped it. As we both went down to grab it we bumped heads, and locked into our first kiss.
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