Month: February 2012

Sad News: Monkee Davy Jones Dies At Age 66 in Florida

The Monkees singer Davy Jones has died aged 66.

The lead singer of the ‘Daydream Believer’ group – which also consists of original members Micky Dolenz, 66, and 70-year-old Peter Tork – passed away from a heart attack earlier today (29.02.12), a representative confirmed to TMZ.com.

An official from the medical examiner’s office for Martin County, Florida, told the website they received a phone call from the Martin Memorial Hospital informing them that Davy had died.

Davy leaves behind four daughters, Talia Elizabeth, 43, and Sarah Lee, 40 from his marriage to Linda Haines, and Jessica Lillian, 30, and 23-year-old Annabel Charlotte from his marriage to Anita Pollinger.

The pop icon – who was born in Manchester, North West England – married 33-year-old TV presenter Jessica Pacheo – who he met in 2006 – in August 2009.

In May 2011, the singer said he was having some of the happiest times he’s ever had in his life with Jessica.

He explained: ”We have love. We have friendship. She’s also aware of what I’ve done in music, and the fact that I no longer really need to prove anything.”

Davy joined The Monkees in J in 1965 along with Micky, Peter and Michael Nesmith – who did not rejoin the group for their shows last year – and they went on to record a number of hit records including ‘Daydream Believer’, ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ and ‘I’m a Believer’.

Last year, the pop/rock group – who were created to appear in their own TV show in the 60s – reformed for a 45th anniversary tour, but they ended up scrapping some dates amid reports of fall outs between the group.

At the time, Micky wrote on his Facebook page: ”Dear Fans and Friends, The Monkee Tour has, indeed, been cancelled but for reasons that I cannot discuss at this time. I can say that the reasons pertain to business and are internal matters.

”Needless to say, I am disappointed but the situation was unavoidable and I want to apologise to all the fans out there who will not be able to experience what was a wonderful show indeed. Regretfully, Micky (sic).”

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Zac Efron Fans Swamp Him Upon Arrival in Brazil

The High School Musical’ actor looked sharp as he landed at Sao Paulo International Airport but had to fight his way through the crowds. Zac Efron is a huge star among Brazilian teens thanks to his Disney films and he raised eyebrows when it was announced he was visiting stores at two smaller cities as well as Sao Paulo to promote Brazilian denim line John John. Following the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Paris Hilton and J-Lo, he is the latest international star to promote a brand in the South American country. He was due to fly by helicopter to open stores at shopping centers in Ribeirao Preto and Campinas before returning to Sao Paulo.

Disney’s Epic Adventure "The Lone Ranger" Begins Production


Production has commenced on location in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “The Lone Ranger.” The film reunites the filmmaking team of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters—producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski—with Johnny Depp, who created Captain Jack Sparrow in his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated performance and contributed the voice of the title character of Verbinski’s Academy Award-winning “Rango.”

Depp plays spirit warrior Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” with Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “J. Edgar”) starring in the title role. Depp and Hammer are joined by a prestigious international cast which includes Tom Wilkinson, two-time Academy Award nominee (“Michael Clayton,” “In the Bedroom”) and Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner (“John Adams”); William Fichtner (Jerry Bruckheimer’s productions of “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down”); Emmy Award-winner Barry Pepper (TV’s “The Kennedys,” “True Grit,” “Saving Private Ryan”); James Badge Dale (“The Grey,” TV’s “The Pacific” and “Rubicon”); Ruth Wilson (television’s “Jane Eyre” and “Luther”); and two-time Academy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”). The film is slated to open on May 31, 2013.

“The Lone Ranger” is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

 

Just In Case You Missed It…Oscar Winners Kermit The Frog and Miss Piggy

Not a dry eye was in the house, as Miss Piggy — dressed by Zac Posen with shoes by Christian Louboutin, jewelry by Fred Leighton and hair by Kim Kimble — and long-time partner Kermit the Frog took to the red carpet at the 84th Annual Academy Awards (Feb 26) where they were presenting, marking the fifth appearance by the Muppets on the telecast. The Muppets was nominated and won for a ‘Best Song’ for ‘Man or Muppet’ written by Bret McKenzie.

Kid Rock and The Detroit Symphony Orchestra team Up To Keep Music In Detriot

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 8 p.m., the unprecedented pairing of Kid Rock, Leonard Slatkin – “America’s Music Director” – and the men and women of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will take the stage of Detroit’s historic Fox Theatre for a one-night only fundraising concert to raise critical funds for the legendary orchestra. The idea was originally conceived by Kid Rock and Rock Ventures Founder Dan Gilbert to help save the DSO. Tickets are available for $100, $150, $250 and $350 and a limited number of “Rock the Symphony” VIP packages, which include premiere seating and access to an exclusive after party, will be made available for the event. “As a musician, and of course a Detroiter, I am proud to be supporting this longstanding cultural institution,” said Kid Rock. “And while I know these ticket prices are more than what my fans are used to paying, I am confident that whatever happens when we put the Twisted Brown Trucker Band, a 80 piece orchestra, and ‘Bawitdaba’ together will be well worth the price of admission.”

Trend Alert: Painting the Town Red! The Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Shortly after The 84th Annual Academy Awards, Hollywood’s most elite flocked to the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, but not without a quick costume change. To party the rest of the night away, stars such as Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, and Jennifer Lopez transformed outfits to sparkle in ruby shades!

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Dancing With The Stars Season 14 Cast Revealed

Spring time means the return of Dancing with the Stars, so on Tuesday’s Good Morning America the new cast of season 14 was revealed along with their pro dancer match-ups. The 12 celebrities will have just 3 weeks to prepare their first performance for the March 19 premiere.

The cast includes:

Singer Gavin DeGraw, 35, dancing with Karina Smirnoff

Little House On The Prairie child star Melissa Gilbert, 47, dancing with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

8-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight, 67, dancing with Tristan MacManus

The View co-host Sherri Shepherd, 44, dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy

Extra host Maria Menounos, 33, dancing with Derek Hough

Family Matters actor Jaleel White, 35, dancing with Kym Johnson

Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan, 20, dancing with Chelsie Hightower

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, 37, dancing with Peta Murgatroyd

Former Tennis star Martina Navratilova, 55, will dance with Tony Dovolani

Soap star Jack Wagner, 52, dancing with Anna Trebunskaya

Cuban actor and model William Levy, 31, dancing with Cheryl Burke

Singer Katherine Jenkins, 31, dancing with Mark Ballas

Simon Cowell Splits From Fiancee?

Simon Cowell has split from fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy, according to one of the music mogul’s friends.

The X Factor judge proposed to the American Idol make-up artist in 2010, but split rumors have been rife since he vacationed with a group of women without her in January of this year.

Cowell recently insisted he was confused about the romance, saying, “I’m vulnerable. It’s not on, it’s not off, it’s somewhere in the middle. I don’t know if I will ever get married, but I am happy.”

However, his pal Zeta Graff, who was with the star on the sun-soaked vacation, claims the engagement is off.

She tells Britain’s Daily Mirror, “Mezhgan was lovely but it was all too much for Simon. As soon as he hears the words ‘stability’ and ‘future’, I think it all became a bit too much.”

“She was too needy, but he did try. Simon needs a woman who isn’t defined by him, who has her own career or wealth.”

“Someone who doesn’t depend on him. But he and Mezhgan are still friends.”

Elton John’s Son Zachary Steals Limelight At 2012 OscarsBash

Elton John was joined by a cast of A-list celebrities and high profile business representatives as he held his annual Oscars-viewing Aids fundraiser in Los Angeles last night (February 26, 2012) The Elton John Aids Foundation Oscar Viewing Party – to give it the correct title – was held at West Hollywood Park and the guest list included the blue-haired Katy Perry and the actress Fran Drescher. The star guest though, was undoubtedly Elton John and David Furnish’s adopted son Zachary.

The Daily Mail has published photographs of Elton, David and Zachary together. Zachary, who celebrated his first birthday on Christmas Day 2011, was dressed in a suit that carried an emblem with his name on. He looked every bit the fashionista that you might expect of a boy raised in a household with one of the pop world’s most iconic stars. Their adopted son was a focal point for Katy Perry who looked on, amused, as Zachary was entertained by Fran Drescher’s Pomeranian puppy. Esther – the dog – was a source of great amusement to Zachary, who can be seen reaching out to stroke the brown fluffy pooch.

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Elton John’s annual Oscars Viewing Party. The multi-award winning songwriter continues to organise events such as this one to raise both money and awareness for the prevention and treatment of Aids. Rather than the red carpet of the Oscars, Elton’s event has a white carpet for the stars to arrive on and he told reporters “We’re getting bigger and bigger, which means we’re raising more money. And the money gets to people who actually need it.”

David Bowie To Reissue ‘Starman’ On Record Store Day 2012

“Starman,” the 1972 David Bowie single, will be re-released on April 21 in celebration of Record Store Day. The day of April 28, 2012 marks the occasion of the track’s 40th anniversary. The A-side of the disc will feature the original single version, while the B-side features a live version of the track which was performed on the Top of the Pops television program. Record Store Day, which will mark its fifth iteration this spring, celebrates the spirit of local music shops.