Singer/songwriter Paul Simon feels sorry for his fellow rock stars Bono and The Edge over criticism of their Spider-Man musical – he suffered the same agony when his 1998 Broadway play was panned.
The U2 rockers penned the soundtrack for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, but the show has failed to impress critics and was recently put on hiatus following the exit of director Julie Taymor.
It is currently being given a major revamp ahead of an official opening on 14 June (11) – and Simon sympathises with the musicians as his Broadwaymusical The Capeman closed after just three months following a slew of poor reviews.
The Bridge Over Troubled Water hitmaker tells Mojo magazine, “Yeah, The Capeman went through what (the) Spider-Man (musical) is going through now, but in its day The Capeman was the most expensively produced musical to fail, or so they said.
“Back then there was a lot of resentment about people from the rock ‘n’ roll world coming to Broadway, and I met the full force of that. I didn’t choose Broadway people as my collaborators and we didn’t court the powers that be. So when we started to stumble and fail, they said, ‘Good, you think it’s easy to come here and do that?’ It’s actually pretty hard.’ And they were right. Except we didn’t have any attitude or sense of entitlement about Broadway.”
And Simon has also given a clear hint he’s planning to revive his biggest disaster, adding: “The play definitely had its flaws, but it was much harder than they said it was. It will probably be back again in 2012.”
Ashton Kutcher is eager to boost his earning potential by ploughing money into the internet – he’s invested in a new travel website.
The actor, who landed one of the biggest jobs on TV after taking over from troubled Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men, is a huge fan of the web and was one of the first celebrities to become hooked on social networking phenomenon Twitter.
And the star is hoping his online knowledge will make him an internet entrepreneur after he invested a large sum into airbnb.com – a site which helps users plan their vacations.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the site is a place “where people can list and book places and things (apartments, sailboats or even the occasional castle) for traveling and vacations.”
Fans of the original hit BBC franchise “Torchwood” will notice Captain Jack Harkness sporting a new version of his iconic coat in the new season “Torchwood: Miracle Day” set to premiere on STARZ on Friday, July 8th at 10pm ET/PT. The military inspired piece of sci-fi couture was previously made of wool, appropriate for the Wales climate where the series was first shot. The newly redesigned version is a cashmere blend that gives the attire more movement, better fit and breathability for the U.S. installment that was primarily shot in Los Angeles. Series creator Russell T Davies tasked the show’s costume designer, Shawna Trpcic (“Dollhouse,” “Firefly” and “Angel”) to make a new version of Jack’s iconic coat.
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish will compete against soccer star David Beckham and singer Rod Stewart to be named Britain’s Dads of the Year.
Sir Elton and Furnish, who welcomed baby Zachary last Christmas (10) with the help of a surrogate mother, are the first gay couple to be shortlisted for the Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year prize.
Australian singer Peter Andre, who took the title last year (10), has also been nominated, along with British pop star Gary Barlow.
A spokesperson for the contest says, “Peter Andre, the reigning champion, has once again made the shortlist so it will be interesting to see if he can become the first dad to win the title two years in a row.” The winner will be determined by public vote and announced on Britain’s Father’s Day next month (19Jun11).
Jeff Conaway’s manager, Phil Brock, has confirmed the actor died Friday morning. Brock tells People magazine Conaway was taken off life support and passed away at 10:03 a.m. The 60-year-old, who was best known for his roles on Grease and Taxi, had been in a coma since he was found unconscious in his home on May 11. Conaway was suffering from pneumonia and sepsis.
“Jeff was taken off life-support (Thursday) afternoon. His family chose to take him off of life-support based on advice from physicians. They thought for several days that the situation was hopeless,” Brock tells People.
“We loved Jeff as a person. We respect him. We know his personal struggles are all over. He was a kind, gentle soul who loved to perform, from small theater to Broadway,” Brock added.
Conaway began his acting career in the 70s and shot to fame after starring alongside Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in Grease. He went on to star in dozens of films. Conaway’s career was often overshadowed by his addiction to drugs and alcohol. His battle with addiction to cocaine, prescription pain meds and alcohol was chronicled on the first two seasons of Celebrity Rehab. He first sought treatment for substance abuse in the mid-80s.
Lady Gaga kicks off the summer concert series at Good Morning America by performing to a record crowd capacity in Rumsey Playfield.
Following his three wins at The 56th Ivor Novello Awards for ‘Album’, ‘Most Performed Work ‘ and ‘Songwriter of the Year’, Plan B has released a special version of ‘Hard Times’ taken from his UK triple-platinum selling album The Defamation of Strickland Banks. The Ivor Novello Awards celebrate, honor and reward excellence in songwriting / composing and continue to be acknowledged as the most widely coveted awards for British and Irish songwriters and composers in the world.
This new version of ‘Hard Times’ features vocals from Sir Elton John and Paloma Faith and all proceeds from the track will be going to benefit victims of the Japan Tsunami and Pakistan Floods. It is currently available for purchase through iTunes (and all digital retailers) in the UK only as of now.
Ryan Reynolds is hoping his upcoming superhero blockbuster The Green Lantern is a hit at the box office as has already researched potential plotlines for follow-up films.
The actor stars as the title character in the DC Comics adaption, which is set for release next month (Jun11).
Movie bosses have reportedly been in talks to continue the story in future releases – and Reynolds is already dreaming up storylines.
He tells Total Film magazine, “I looked ahead at a few other Green Lantern comics just in case we were doing a sequel or a third film, like where could this go? You do your due diligence before you sign on.”