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Los Angeles, Dec 7: Pop star Lady Gaga says she was addicted in the past because it made her feel like a teenager.
The 27-year-old says drugs helped her forget her level of fame.
"The thing that I really fell in love with about it is that I completely forget that I am famous just totally forget about it, and I just take a puff and I am me when I was 17 again and there is something quite creative and liberating about it," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Gaga as saying.
However, she recently vowed to curb her drug use and wild behaviour because she does not want to die young, like Amy Winehouse.
"I want to live and. »
- Diksha Singh
Lana Del Rey has dropped her short film entitled Tropico, directed by Anthony Mandler, who’s also attached to direct Daniel Radcliffe in Tokyo Vice next year. Del Rey’s music has been noted for its cinematic sound and its references to various aspects of pop culture, particularly that of the1950s and 1960s Americana. The self-described “gangsta Nancy Sinatra,” draws influence from Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Britney Spears, as well as from poetry and film noir. However, Tropico is somewhat of a change; billed as “an epic tale based on the biblical story of sin and redemption,” with Del Rey in the role of Eve. The 27-minute long film features the songs “Body Electric,” “Gods And Monsters” and “Bel Air” from her Paradise Ep, with each song accompanying one of three chapters of the story. The video premiered at The ArcLight Hollywood, and at the event, she »
London, Nov 22: Amy Winehouse father Mitch has admitted that he will never allow a Hollywood biopic to be made out of his daughter's tragic life.
According to Digital Spy, at the annual Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball in London's Dorchester Hotel, he said that finding the appropriate tribute to the soul sensation was extremely difficult, the Mirror reported.
He said a concert would be amazing, but it sounds great just in theory, as in practice it's not so easy.
The singer had died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 in July 2011, after a very public battle with alcohol and drug addiction. (Ani) »
- Ketali Mehta
However, Simon Cowell and the producers of the U.S. series love to remind us week after week of what an overseas success story the show is. Problem is, it's an utter mess here in the States. And no matter how many times they work One Direction into the conversation, »
BBC One has confirmed the song choices and dance styles for this weekend's edition of Strictly Come Dancing.
This Saturday (November 23) will see the eight remaining contestants returning to the Strictly ballroom after last week's trip to Blackpool.
The songs and dance styles in full are as follows:
Ashley and Ola - Waltz to 'I Will Always Love You' by Claudia Streza
Patrick and Anya - Viennese Waltz to 'A New Day Has Come' by Celine Dion
Abbey and Aljaz - Paso Doble to 'You Got The Love' by Florence and the Machine
Sophie and Brendan - Rumba to 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' by Amy Winehouse
Mark and Iveta - Foxtrot to 'It's a Beautiful Day' by Michael Bublé
Susanna and Kevin - Cha Cha Cha »
Time for the Top 10 performances on "The X Factor." The theme this week is British Invasion, so "Live and Let Die" ushers in the judges. Mario Lopez also informs us that it's another double elimination week, so going home will be "devastating." He does know that only one of them wins, right?
Cowell starts pimping his two remaining acts right out of the gate. We'll see, Cowell. We'll see.
1. Jeff Gutt, "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen
Why is he sitting on the iron throne? That's kind of weird. Anyway, Jeff Gutt is no Freddie Mercury. Sure, he could be a Bon Jovi impersonator, but the high Freddie stuff is not his friend -- he's way, way flat.
Looking at the whole field, Gutt should definitely stick around. He's got chops. But this was not a great week. Demi and Simon call it his best performance yet -- are they deaf? Did he »
It's British Music Night on "The X Factor," which means that the Top 10 Finalists will sing... oh, pretty much whatever they want to. Except for Restless Road. They may struggle a bit. I'm still going to be missing Sweet Suspense, which missed out on doing a Spice Girls song, and Rachel Potter, who missed out on... something or other. With Duffy, Adele and Amy Winehouse all within this week's nebulous theme, is Khaya Cohen ready to move up the leaderboard? Will we pretend that Irish music counts for this theme and that Alex & Sierra can fulfill their life's destiny »
- Daniel Fienberg
Lady Gaga doesn't believe she'll suffer the same fate as fellow musical great Amy Winehouse. During a Z100 radio interview on Friday, Nov. 8, the "Dope" singer said she won't be joining the 27 Club—the nickname given to the group of performers who died just three years shy of turning 30. Other "members" included Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. The "Do What U Want" singer—who has spoken regularly and candidly about her drug use—said she relies on drugs to feel imaginative. "I do put that pressure on myself; I have to be high to be creative. I need that. That's an error in my life that happened for over 10 years," Gaga »
She sauntered into Chalky White's Onyx Club in the third episode of Boardwalk Empire's fourth season wearing a long, fur-lined coat and a magnetic stare – and we haven't been able to take our eyes off of her since. Her name is Margot Bingham, and she has transformed what could have been a one-note performance into the breakout role of the season. Bingham's character, Harlem jazz-and-blues chanteuse Daughter Maitland, clocked in at a total of two minutes of screen time during her first appearance on the 1920s HBO drama, »
After winning Best Musical at the Tony Awards this summer, Cyndi Lauper's "Kinky Boots" now competes at the Grammys for Best Musical Theater Album. Can it triumph again? Lauper made her Grammy Awards debut in 1984, winning Best New Artist against Corey Hart, Sheila E., Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and The Judds. She is one of only of eight artists to be nominated for the top four categories in the General Field and win Best New Artist. The others are Bobbi Gentry (1967), Christopher Cross (1980), Tracy Chapman (1988), Mariah Carey (1990), Paula Cole (1997), Amy Winehouse (2007), and Fun. (2012). Lauper has received 14 nominations in various genres fields ranging from Pop to Rock to Dance to Blues to Arranging. All but one of those bids resulted in losses, but this year she may add Musical Show to her diverse list of Grammy field nods. At the Grammys, unlike the Tonys, the Best Musical Theater Album award includes both new Music. »
Chug, chug, chug. The X Factor keeps lurching along despite an embarrassing voting glitch and record-low ratings. And it's doubtful its lackluster, borderline unwatchable Eighties night will help matters.
After last week's clusterfuck that saw all of America's votes thrown out on the very first night viewers had their say, it's hard to feel invested. And since the show had to scrap last week's elimination in favor of a do-over, they unceremoniously tossed Boys category member Carlos Guevara at the beginning of this week's show. (What gives with not bringing »
Market attendees woke up to the grim reality of Hollywood on Thursday after it emerged that Focus Features International (Ffi) is to close at the end of December.
Industry observers have been virtually unanimous in the belief that the October shake-up heralded the demise of Focus Features in its current incarnation as an arthouse specialist.
As news got out that co-founder James Schamus was on his way out, the New York office would close and incoming CEO Peter Schlessel would preside over a consolidated hub in Los Angeles, thoughts turned inevitably to the fate of the sales division.
All 16 Ffi employees in London were notified that the company was shuttering at what will have been an acutely sensitive time as Alison Thompson and her team prepared for the market.
Ffi will continue to sell territories on existing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The X Factor got down with Motown Wednesday night as the Top 12 performed hits from the legendary record label. Make that the Top 13: The live show kicked off with a surprise, as Josh Levi, who was eliminated from the Boys team by mentor Paulina Rubio last week, was invited back as a wild card. Levi, 15, sang "Who's Loving You" by the Jackson 5, and earned raves from the judges, including Simon Cowell who said, "You went from zero to hero." Nashville bartender Rachel Potter, 29, part of Kelly Rowland's Over 25s, put a country twist on "This Old Heart of Mine, »
- Wade Rouse
Like that expensive cheese in your fridge that unexpectedly presents with a patch of furry blue mold, The X Factor is the reality competition that asks the eternal question: To toss the whole package into the trash compactor with a satisfying whirr — or to press the Ctrl+Scrape+Eat button.
Tonight’s Season 3 Top 13 performance night spent two hours framing said debate: There was the awfulness we’ve come to expect from Fox’s “other” singing competition: Mario Lopez’s automatonic hosting style; the overblown production — including a premature Gospel chorus! — for selected “chosen” contestants; seizure-inducing lighting; Paulina Rubio’s comic ineptitude. »
- Michael Slezak
Josh proved he’s not just a wildcard — he’s a superstar in the making! Did you love his performance as much as we did?
Proving oldies never go out of style, The X Factor‘s final 13 contestants — last week’s final 12, plus one surprise wild-card return — took on some of Motown’s most beloved classics on the competition show’s Nov. 6 episode. Some contestants, like Josh Levi, shone bright. Sadly, others fell flat, basically confirming their spot on tomorrow night’s chopping block. Read on for HollywoodLife.com‘s take on the evening, including our favorite acts!
‘The X Factor’: Top 13 Take On Motown… To Varying Degrees Of Success
Josh Levi – the surprise wildcard who got a chance to return and redeem himself – kicked off the night with a soulful performance of “Who’s Loving You,” which the judges loved. Simon Cowell even told him that this performance »
- Andy Swift
Nobody nurses a broken heart better than mom. While a source tells People Rumer Willis and boyfriend Jayson Blair, 29, have split after more than a year together, the actress, 25, put on a brave face and hit the stage at Sayers Club in Hollywood Tuesday night for her weekly performance. Looking "refreshed and vibrant" in the audience was mom Demi Moore, 50, who sipped on a can of Red Bull and clapped and whistled enthusiastically after each song her daughter performed, says an onlooker. "Rumer seemed really happy that her mother had come out to support her," adds the source. "Right after she got off stage, »
- Melody Chiu
Week one of the live performances is over on The Voice, and now we patiently wait for the results, but I can tell you who’s not going home, and that’s 16-year-old Jacquie Lee. Her performance on Nov. 5 was just the beginning!
When Jacquie auditioned for The Voice, she brought down the stage with Amy Winehouse‘s “Back To Black.” No, the coaches didn’t turn immediately. However, her performance just kept getting better, and both Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton both spun around for her.
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In the knockout rounds, she sang “Stompa” and “House of the Rising Sun.” Not only did she sound incredible, »
- Emily Longeretta
It's quite been a while since the BBC show saw such a dramatic outburst from a disgruntled guest. So we present 15 similar moments of madness and controversy from the series - from Preston stomping off, to Dappy flying in - below:
Preston took an immediate dislike to being described by Simon Amstell as a "professional celebrity" on introduction, before Amstell joked that his band The Ordinary Boys have no fans. But it was when he began to read extracts from Preston's then-wife Chantelle Houghton's biography - with the line "The photoshoot was for the Daily Mail, which made me feel really posh and upmarket" - that he stormed off the show in disgust. He »
I remember exactly where I was when I learned of the deaths of Kurt Cobain, Princess Di, and Amy Winehouse.* The same is true with regard to the sad news of a number of more recent celebrity deaths, when I have been positioned in front of a computer screen, watching Twitter reactions flash before me that add an additional layer to my emotions. But somehow I have no recollection of where I was or what I was doing when, twenty years ago, I heard the news that River Phoenix had died.I was, indisputably, a fan. I adored him in Stand by Me, which I watched repeatedly on VHS. I pasted his face to my lime-green bedroom walls, tearing the pictures out of fan magazines. In the video store, I'd try to convince my parents to let me rent the R-rated movie A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, »
- Jen Doll
London — Altitude Film Entertainment, the film company launched last year by Will Clarke, has moved into U.K. distribution with the launch of Altitude Film Distribution, which will be headed by Hamish Moseley.
Its initial release slate includes an untitled docu about British singer Amy Winehouse, from the team behind “Senna,” director Asif Kapadia and producer James Gay-Rees, both of whom have recently set up Playmaker Films.
Also in the lineup is Morgan Neville’s docu “20 Feet From Stardom,” a crowd-pleasing tribute to backup vocalists. The film, which received its world premiere at Sundance, grossed $4.7 million at the U.S. box office, where it has become the most successful docu of this year.
Altitude will also release “The Loch,” a character-driven horror thriller co-produced by Altitude with James Watkins, and co-written by Watkins with Simon Duric, who will also direct. The pic is skedded to shoot next year, and will star Peter Mullan. »
- Leo Barraclough
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