Bowie's Dvd To Make Up For Cancelled Gigs

DAVID BOWIE is thrilled two Irish gigs of his recent world tour are being turned into an upcoming DVD - because it will make up for the cancellation of 10 European concerts in June (04).

DAVID BOWIE: A REALITY TOUR is due out on 19 October (04) and features 30 tracks shot last year (22-23NOV03) at a former train depot in Dublin.

The ZIGGY STARDUST singer was devastated when a blocked artery forced him to pull out of the gigs, but hopes fans will find some comfort in being able to see what they missed.

25/08/2004 09:01

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Susan Sarandon Details Relationship with 'Idol' David Bowie 4302485 News

Susan Sarandon, the Hollywood actress best known for Thelma and Louise, has detailed her relationship with David Bowie. Sarandon said the pair got together when working together on the British horror movie The Hunger.

Susan SarandonSusan Sarandon at the Tammy premiere

"He's worth idolising. He's extraordinary. That was a really interesting period. I wasn't supposed to have kids, and I'm the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn't ever in a mode where I was looking to settle down and raise a family, so that definitely changes the gene pool you're dipping into," she said in an interview with The Daily Beast.

"But Bowie's just a really interesting person, and so bright. He's a talent, and a painter, and...he's great."

Sarandon married Chris Sarandon in1967 though divorced 12 years later. She was in a relationship with the actor Tom Robbins from 1988 to 2009.

More: Read our 'Tammy' review

More: David Bowie promises new music

"...in terms of hooking up with movie stars, I got married really young, which knocked out most of my 20s to be fucking around. There have been a couple of famous, pretty interesting ones. One rock star, and another actor. But I'm pretty much a nester and tend to be monogamous," she said.

The interview - certainly worth a read in full - also details Sarandon's stance on Woody Allen's marriage to Soon-Yi Previn.

"I think he really tore that family apart in a way that was horrible, and hasn't really dealt with the aftermath. He's always had a reputation for being with younger girls, I mean younger girls. And also, that young woman was very vulnerable, and I think it was very hard for the siblings, and certainly for Mia. You just don't go there. You don't go there", she said.

Susan Sarandon, the Hollywood actress best known for Thelma and Louise, has detailed her relationship with David Bowie. Sarandon said the pair got together when working together on the British horror movie The Hunger.

Susan SarandonSusan Sarandon at the Tammy premiere

"He's worth idolising. He's extraordinary. That was a really interesting period. I wasn't supposed to have kids, and I'm the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn't ever in a mode where I was looking to settle down and raise a family, so that definitely changes the gene pool you're dipping into," she said in an interview with The Daily Beast.

"But Bowie's just a really interesting person, and so bright. He's a talent, and a painter, and...he's great."

Sarandon married Chris Sarandon in1967 though divorced 12 years later. She was in a relationship with the actor Tom Robbins from 1988 to 2009.

More: Read our 'Tammy' review

More: David Bowie promises new music

"...in terms of hooking up with movie stars, I got married really young, which knocked out most of my 20s to be fucking around. There have been a couple of famous, pretty interesting ones. One rock star, and another actor. But I'm pretty much a nester and tend to be monogamous," she said.

The interview - certainly worth a read in full - also details Sarandon's stance on Woody Allen's marriage to Soon-Yi Previn.

"I think he really tore that family apart in a way that was horrible, and hasn't really dealt with the aftermath. He's always had a reputation for being with younger girls, I mean younger girls. And also, that young woman was very vulnerable, and I think it was very hard for the siblings, and certainly for Mia. You just don't go there. You don't go there", she said.

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David Bowie Fan? Then We Have Some Good News 4288022 News

David Bowie has promised that more new music is on the way, following his surprise comeback in 2013. A statement from the musician was read out at a fundraising event for the Terrance Higgins Trust in a bar in Denmark Alley, London.

David BowieDavid Bowie at the Webby Awards in 2007 [Getty/Bryan Bedder]

It read: "This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon. David."

Bowie's spokesperson has confirmed that the statement was indeed written by him.

More: Read our David Bowie 'Where Are We Now?' single review

In one of the biggest surprises to hit the music business in decades, Bowie recorded new album The Next Day before releasing first single Where Are We Now? completely unannounced earlier last year. The album peaked at number two in the US Billboard charts and topped the UK albums chart.

David BowieWill David Bowie ever tour again? [Getty/Jo Hale]

Fans had hoped the new music would encourage Bowie to perform live - and there was some speculation that he would headline Glastonbury Festival - however, he is yet to announce any touring plans. 

After winning Best British Male at the Brit Awards in February, Bowie sent supermodel Kate Moss to collect his award for him, writing in his speech, "I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male - but I am, aren't I Kate? Yes. I think it's a great way to end the day. Thank you very, very much and Scotland stay with us."

More: Read our David Bowie 'The Next Day' review

David Bowie has promised that more new music is on the way, following his surprise comeback in 2013. A statement from the musician was read out at a fundraising event for the Terrance Higgins Trust in a bar in Denmark Alley, London.

David BowieDavid Bowie at the Webby Awards in 2007 [Getty/Bryan Bedder]

It read: "This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon. David."

Bowie's spokesperson has confirmed that the statement was indeed written by him.

More: Read our David Bowie 'Where Are We Now?' single review

In one of the biggest surprises to hit the music business in decades, Bowie recorded new album The Next Day before releasing first single Where Are We Now? completely unannounced earlier last year. The album peaked at number two in the US Billboard charts and topped the UK albums chart.

David BowieWill David Bowie ever tour again? [Getty/Jo Hale]

Fans had hoped the new music would encourage Bowie to perform live - and there was some speculation that he would headline Glastonbury Festival - however, he is yet to announce any touring plans. 

After winning Best British Male at the Brit Awards in February, Bowie sent supermodel Kate Moss to collect his award for him, writing in his speech, "I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male - but I am, aren't I Kate? Yes. I think it's a great way to end the day. Thank you very, very much and Scotland stay with us."

More: Read our David Bowie 'The Next Day' review

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From Kanye to Kurt: Musicians Who Started Out With Ordinary Jobs 4221150 News

Everybody’s got to earn a living somehow and when you're an aspiring rock star you might end up having to take a few bad jobs along the way to pay the bills. Take these 10 for example, who certainly learnt the meaning of a hard day’s work before finding fame.

Ozzy OsbourneOzzy, an enemy of both bats and cows

 Ozzy Osbourne

The Prince of Darkness had many jobs before finding fame with Black Sabbath, trainee plumber, apprentice toolmaker, car factory horn-tuner, and slaughterhouse worker. Yes before he ever bit the head off a bat he actually killed cows for living. Yuck.

Kanye West

He’s now a Vogue cover star, but back in his pre fame days Kanye was probably exclusively rocking Gap polo shirts. The rapper used to work as a sales assistant for the clothing brand, but apparently they didn't pay him too well. As he raps on ‘Spaceship’, “let's go back, back to the Gap, look at my check, wasn't no scratch, so if I stole, wasn't my fault.” However we're sure by now his earnings have evened out.

More: Kanye West's Lengthy Wedding Speech

Brandon Flowers

Before finding fame with the Killers, Las Vegas born Flowers made the most of the city's tourism industry and took a job as a bell hop at the Gold Coast Hotel. Soon after he answered an advert in a local paper asking for musicians and well, the rest is history.

Mick Jagger

Sixteen year old Mick Jagger once held a part time job as a porter at Bexley psychiatric hospital. Sounds quite mundane right? Well Mick certainly knew how to have some fun on the job as he allegedly lost his virginity to a nurse one night in a hospital cupboard. Yep that sounds like Jagger.

MorrisseyMorrissey wants to make sure you've paid youre taxes

Morrissey

Trust Morrissey to have the most drab pre fame job of them all. The former Smiths frontman once briefly worked as a clerk for the Inland Revenue. However young Steven was obviously spending his days daydreaming about music as his letters to the NME from the period will attest. On one, about Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, he signed off, “PS: I work for the Inland Revenue - am I still allowed to be a punk?” Yes you are Morrissey, but only cause it’s you.

Next: What did Kurt Cobain and Rod Stewart do before music?

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon wasn’t exactly living on a prayer before his band hit the big time, instead he was earning a wage making Christmas tree decorations. Now he’s a famous rockstar things seem to have come full circle for Jon as a quick Google showed there are countless Christmas baubles out there featuring the singer’s trademark smile. Actually they’re pretty freaky.

Rod StewartRod Stewart, was he really a grave digger?

Rod Stewart

That story that Rod Stewart once working as a gravedigger has become part of the gravelly voiced singer’s legend, but sadly that one’s not entirely true. In his autobiography Rod states, “there were a couple of Saturdays up at Highgate Cemetery, earning a few quid by measuring out plots and marking them off with string.” He continues to describe himself as “was no more a gravedigger than Gordon Ramsay was a gravedigger who played for Rangers.” Darn, but he did once have a newspaper round.

David Bowie

At the tender age of thirteen David Bowie took the rather unglamorous job of butcher’s delivery boy. As boring as it sounds, it was all for a good cause as the future icon used his wages to help pay for saxophone lessons with legendary sax player Ronnie Ross.

More: Nirvana Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Kurt Cobain

Kurt probably found out the true meaning of grunge when he worked as a janitor for Lemon’s Janitorial Service. Speaking of his former bandmates prior career Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic revealed, “Here was a man who would never clean his kitchen or take out the garbage, or do those kind of chores, but Kurt Cobain was not a lazy person. Basically he cleaned toilets – that’s how he paid for that demo.” That demo would eventually lead to the band securing a record deal, meaning Kurt never had to clean toilets again.

Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow, put her talents to good use pre fame

Sheryl Crow

Before finding fame, Sheryl put her musical talents to good use by working as a music teacher for autistic children in St. Louis. But after a few years of teaching and moonlighting as a singer in a covers band Sheryl packed up and moved to L.A. to pursue her dream. We’re guessing she hasn’t looked back since.

Everybody’s got to earn a living somehow and when you're an aspiring rock star you might end up having to take a few bad jobs along the way to pay the bills. Take these 10 for example, who certainly learnt the meaning of a hard day’s work before finding fame.

Ozzy OsbourneOzzy, an enemy of both bats and cows

 Ozzy Osbourne

The Prince of Darkness had many jobs before finding fame with Black Sabbath, trainee plumber, apprentice toolmaker, car factory horn-tuner, and slaughterhouse worker. Yes before he ever bit the head off a bat he actually killed cows for living. Yuck.

Kanye West

He’s now a Vogue cover star, but back in his pre fame days Kanye was probably exclusively rocking Gap polo shirts. The rapper used to work as a sales assistant for the clothing brand, but apparently they didn't pay him too well. As he raps on ‘Spaceship’, “let's go back, back to the Gap, look at my check, wasn't no scratch, so if I stole, wasn't my fault.” However we're sure by now his earnings have evened out.

More: Kanye West's Lengthy Wedding Speech

Brandon Flowers

Before finding fame with the Killers, Las Vegas born Flowers made the most of the city's tourism industry and took a job as a bell hop at the Gold Coast Hotel. Soon after he answered an advert in a local paper asking for musicians and well, the rest is history.

Mick Jagger

Sixteen year old Mick Jagger once held a part time job as a porter at Bexley psychiatric hospital. Sounds quite mundane right? Well Mick certainly knew how to have some fun on the job as he allegedly lost his virginity to a nurse one night in a hospital cupboard. Yep that sounds like Jagger.

MorrisseyMorrissey wants to make sure you've paid youre taxes

Morrissey

Trust Morrissey to have the most drab pre fame job of them all. The former Smiths frontman once briefly worked as a clerk for the Inland Revenue. However young Steven was obviously spending his days daydreaming about music as his letters to the NME from the period will attest. On one, about Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, he signed off, “PS: I work for the Inland Revenue - am I still allowed to be a punk?” Yes you are Morrissey, but only cause it’s you.

Next: What did Kurt Cobain and Rod Stewart do before music?

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon wasn’t exactly living on a prayer before his band hit the big time, instead he was earning a wage making Christmas tree decorations. Now he’s a famous rockstar things seem to have come full circle for Jon as a quick Google showed there are countless Christmas baubles out there featuring the singer’s trademark smile. Actually they’re pretty freaky.

Rod StewartRod Stewart, was he really a grave digger?

Rod Stewart

That story that Rod Stewart once working as a gravedigger has become part of the gravelly voiced singer’s legend, but sadly that one’s not entirely true. In his autobiography Rod states, “there were a couple of Saturdays up at Highgate Cemetery, earning a few quid by measuring out plots and marking them off with string.” He continues to describe himself as “was no more a gravedigger than Gordon Ramsay was a gravedigger who played for Rangers.” Darn, but he did once have a newspaper round.

David Bowie

At the tender age of thirteen David Bowie took the rather unglamorous job of butcher’s delivery boy. As boring as it sounds, it was all for a good cause as the future icon used his wages to help pay for saxophone lessons with legendary sax player Ronnie Ross.

More: Nirvana Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Kurt Cobain

Kurt probably found out the true meaning of grunge when he worked as a janitor for Lemon’s Janitorial Service. Speaking of his former bandmates prior career Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic revealed, “Here was a man who would never clean his kitchen or take out the garbage, or do those kind of chores, but Kurt Cobain was not a lazy person. Basically he cleaned toilets – that’s how he paid for that demo.” That demo would eventually lead to the band securing a record deal, meaning Kurt never had to clean toilets again.

Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow, put her talents to good use pre fame

Sheryl Crow

Before finding fame, Sheryl put her musical talents to good use by working as a music teacher for autistic children in St. Louis. But after a few years of teaching and moonlighting as a singer in a covers band Sheryl packed up and moved to L.A. to pursue her dream. We’re guessing she hasn’t looked back since.

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Why '20 Feet From Stardom' Deserved The Oscar for 'Best Documentary' 4128979 News

In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, pundits were divided about which documentary would win the big prize, most predicting The Act of Killing, the innovative, staggeringly powerful exploration of Indonesia's death squads. But anyone who had seen the background singer doc 20 Feet From Stardom knew it was probably more likely to take the award.

Darlene Love 20 Feet From StardomDarlene Love in '20 Feet From Stardom'

Not only is the film a hugely crowd-pleasing movie that leaves audiences smiling and tapping their toes in joy, but it has serious subtext as well, examining America's civil rights struggle through the eyes of musical artists. It also makes a potent statement about today's digital, auto-tuned recording industry in which non-singers make records and do their own backing vocals, but neglect to infuse their records with the passion and energy that fills the classic songs of the past few decades.

More: read our review of '20 Feet From Stardom'

In 20 Feet From Stardom, the filmmakers and singers recount fascinating personal stories about the making of iconic hits by Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, Ike and Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and many more, giving audiences a glimpse behind the scenes of their favourite records of all time.

And even more important is the way the film puts names and faces to the voices that we never knew were all over our our record collections. These women have massive personalities, and they make the film so memorable that in retrospect it seems impossible than any other movie could have won the Oscar on the big night.

More: Is '20 Feet From Stardom' the perfect music documentary?

Watch the 20 Feet From Stardom trailer:
4089550-0;noautoplay; 20 Feet From Stardom - Trailer - 28.03.2014 09:44:20

In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, pundits were divided about which documentary would win the big prize, most predicting The Act of Killing, the innovative, staggeringly powerful exploration of Indonesia's death squads. But anyone who had seen the background singer doc 20 Feet From Stardom knew it was probably more likely to take the award.

Darlene Love 20 Feet From StardomDarlene Love in '20 Feet From Stardom'

Not only is the film a hugely crowd-pleasing movie that leaves audiences smiling and tapping their toes in joy, but it has serious subtext as well, examining America's civil rights struggle through the eyes of musical artists. It also makes a potent statement about today's digital, auto-tuned recording industry in which non-singers make records and do their own backing vocals, but neglect to infuse their records with the passion and energy that fills the classic songs of the past few decades.

More: read our review of '20 Feet From Stardom'

In 20 Feet From Stardom, the filmmakers and singers recount fascinating personal stories about the making of iconic hits by Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, Ike and Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and many more, giving audiences a glimpse behind the scenes of their favourite records of all time.

And even more important is the way the film puts names and faces to the voices that we never knew were all over our our record collections. These women have massive personalities, and they make the film so memorable that in retrospect it seems impossible than any other movie could have won the Oscar on the big night.

More: Is '20 Feet From Stardom' the perfect music documentary?

Watch the 20 Feet From Stardom trailer:
4089550-0;noautoplay; 20 Feet From Stardom - Trailer - 28.03.2014 09:44:20

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Placebo, Outkast, Bombay Bicycle Club Lead Record Store Day 2014: Race You There! 4118543 News

The vinyl list has been released for this year's Record Store Day, which will be celebrated by 240 independent music shops throughout the UK with over 600 exclusive releases available. More big-name acts than ever before have lent their music to the unique event, which is designed to save the nation's record shops from the threat of online shopping and big corporations.

Haim
Californian Sister Trio Haim Are Contributing Vinyl-Based Music To Record Store Day 2014.

Placebo, Green Day, Outkast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, Disclosure, Dinosaur Jr, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Jake Bugg, The Flaming Lips, Elbow, Fleetwood Mac, Haim, Richard Hawley, and Johnny Cash represent just a handful of the most high profile LP or EP releases this year with an eclectic range of genres for music fans to flick through.

Korn
Like It Loud? Don't Miss Korn's Record Store Day Release.

Record Store Day UK co-ordinator Spencer Hickman said: "When I held the first Record Store Day in the UK seven years ago I never dreamt that the event would grow so huge. From having five shops take part in the first year with no products - to today where we have 240 shops and over 600 exclusive releases. "It is testament to their enduring quality- the people who work in, the customers that shop in them and the amazing music to which that they have introduced generations of people," he added, via Gigwise.

Bruce Springsteen
The Boss' 'American Beauty' Will Be Released On Vinyl On Record Store Day.

Shops will throw open their doors on the morning of April 19th (a Saturday) for shoppers to burst in and pick up some priceless releases before they all sell out. Metal music has an especially strong representation on the list this year, with such delights as Cannibal Corpse, Slipknot, Bathory, Carcass/Cerebral Bore, Korn and plenty of others preparing to tear your record player to pieces.

Fans of disbanded groups or deceased artists should get excited too: as well as an exclusive Cash release, there'll also be music from The Byrds, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Nina Simone and The Grateful Dead to look forward to.

Record Store Day will take place on 19 April 2014. For a full list of participating stores, head here. Are you planning to camp out this year?

More: Placebo have just released 'Loud Like Love' - listen to the title track here.

More: Outkast's Andre 3000 has not only reformed his band, but has also starred as Jimi Hendrix in a biopic about the legendary guitarist - watch a clip here.

The vinyl list has been released for this year's Record Store Day, which will be celebrated by 240 independent music shops throughout the UK with over 600 exclusive releases available. More big-name acts than ever before have lent their music to the unique event, which is designed to save the nation's record shops from the threat of online shopping and big corporations.

Haim
Californian Sister Trio Haim Are Contributing Vinyl-Based Music To Record Store Day 2014.

Placebo, Green Day, Outkast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, Disclosure, Dinosaur Jr, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Jake Bugg, The Flaming Lips, Elbow, Fleetwood Mac, Haim, Richard Hawley, and Johnny Cash represent just a handful of the most high profile LP or EP releases this year with an eclectic range of genres for music fans to flick through.

Korn
Like It Loud? Don't Miss Korn's Record Store Day Release.

Record Store Day UK co-ordinator Spencer Hickman said: "When I held the first Record Store Day in the UK seven years ago I never dreamt that the event would grow so huge. From having five shops take part in the first year with no products - to today where we have 240 shops and over 600 exclusive releases. "It is testament to their enduring quality- the people who work in, the customers that shop in them and the amazing music to which that they have introduced generations of people," he added, via Gigwise.

Bruce Springsteen
The Boss' 'American Beauty' Will Be Released On Vinyl On Record Store Day.

Shops will throw open their doors on the morning of April 19th (a Saturday) for shoppers to burst in and pick up some priceless releases before they all sell out. Metal music has an especially strong representation on the list this year, with such delights as Cannibal Corpse, Slipknot, Bathory, Carcass/Cerebral Bore, Korn and plenty of others preparing to tear your record player to pieces.

Fans of disbanded groups or deceased artists should get excited too: as well as an exclusive Cash release, there'll also be music from The Byrds, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Nina Simone and The Grateful Dead to look forward to.

Record Store Day will take place on 19 April 2014. For a full list of participating stores, head here. Are you planning to camp out this year?

More: Placebo have just released 'Loud Like Love' - listen to the title track here.

More: Outkast's Andre 3000 has not only reformed his band, but has also starred as Jimi Hendrix in a biopic about the legendary guitarist - watch a clip here.

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A Week In News: Miley, Jimmy Fallon and British Brilliance at the BRITS 4083207 News

Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour 2014

Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Controversy: Miley Cyrus has predictably upped the ante on her controversial media storm by making sure all eyes are on her during her currently touring Bangerz show. The concerts have been packed with the usual raunchy and cringe-worthy stunts, including faking a "Monica Lewinski," getting freaky on the bonnet of a car, snogging Katy Perry and doing some pretty unsightly things to a hot dog. Her pre-teen fans are obviously revelling in it but their outraged accompanying parents have called for the tour to be axed. Check out the whole debate.

BRIT Awards Stuffed With Surprises: The biggest awards evening on the UK music industry calendar - the BRIT Awards - was held on Wednesday and saw a typically spectacular showcase of pop talent, rising up to meet the benchmark set by the Grammys. In a hurry? We've picked our ten best moments. He may not have even attended but David Bowie became the most talked-about star of the evening when he won the prize for Best British Male and sent Kate Moss to read his acceptance speech.

Daft Punk were predictably the best international band whilst Ellie Goulding was Best British Female and Bastille were crowned Breakthrough Act. Brit rockers Arctic Monkeys had a stonker of an evening, pulling off the record-breaking feat of being the only band to have picked up the "double whammy" pairing of British Group and Best Album three times. Alex Turner's apparent drunken acceptance speech was not one to be missed and neither were the surprise performances from Beyoncé and Prince alongside Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Arctic Monkeys.

Lupita Nyong'o's green Dior gown

Cinematic Brilliance Celebrated At BAFTAs: Last Sunday saw the annual British movie event, the BAFTAs, where the world's biggest stars stepped out in their finery to celebrate an unmatched year in filmmaking. Gravity was the evening's biggest winner with six gongs to 12 Years A Slave's two. However, Steve McQueen's slavery drama managed to get one in over Gravity, taking the coveted Best Film honour in an evening stuffed with truly exemplary British entertainment. Highlights included Brangelina's matching ensemble, Lupita Nyong'o's green Dior gown and Tinie Tempah's high-five with Prince William.

'The Lego Movie' Continues Box Office Empire: The Lego Movie has emerged as the top box office movie for a third weekend, earning $31.5m (£18.9m) and blocking out major rivals Pompeii, The Monuments Men, 3 Days To Kill and Robocop with ease. Read out review here. The sweet, energetic and funny animated comedy charmed critics and now is having the same effect on adults and kids alike as it continues to open worldwide. Check out the trailer and some pretty awesome stills and whilst you're here, read up on some whimsical and interesting Lego facts too!

Guardians of the Galaxy

'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Trailer Finally Released: Marvel has sure built up fan anticipation to the max head of the release of new superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy. After a frustratingly short teaser was dropped this week, the full trailer was launched for the movie which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as the intergalactic crew of misfits. Marvel is taking a gamble by releasing a film with an entirely new crew of characters. Before the movie's 1st August release, familiarise yourself with the characters here.

Jimmy Fallon Takes 'Tonight Show' Baton: We'd barely been given time to lament the departure of Jay Leno but now the new and sprightly The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has made himself comfy in the outgoing host's chair. Fallon kicked off his inaugural show with a hilarious 'Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing' skit with Will Smith and ended the same week with an equally giggle-some 'History of Rap' piece with Justin Timberlake. Too funny! On a darker note, why was Leno shoe-horned out after two decades?

Video Of The Week - 'Only Lovers Left Alive': The trailer has been out for some time but Friday saw the UK premiere of Jim Jarmusch's achingly stylish vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive. Tilda Swinton and Thor's Tom Hiddlestone cut a formidable pair as a vampire couple struggling to retain their anonymity in the modern day. Dark, brooding, sexy , and Detroit: check out the trailer, oh, and if you're worried: it's SO not Twilight and here's why.

Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour 2014

Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Controversy: Miley Cyrus has predictably upped the ante on her controversial media storm by making sure all eyes are on her during her currently touring Bangerz show. The concerts have been packed with the usual raunchy and cringe-worthy stunts, including faking a "Monica Lewinski," getting freaky on the bonnet of a car, snogging Katy Perry and doing some pretty unsightly things to a hot dog. Her pre-teen fans are obviously revelling in it but their outraged accompanying parents have called for the tour to be axed. Check out the whole debate.

BRIT Awards Stuffed With Surprises: The biggest awards evening on the UK music industry calendar - the BRIT Awards - was held on Wednesday and saw a typically spectacular showcase of pop talent, rising up to meet the benchmark set by the Grammys. In a hurry? We've picked our ten best moments. He may not have even attended but David Bowie became the most talked-about star of the evening when he won the prize for Best British Male and sent Kate Moss to read his acceptance speech.

Daft Punk were predictably the best international band whilst Ellie Goulding was Best British Female and Bastille were crowned Breakthrough Act. Brit rockers Arctic Monkeys had a stonker of an evening, pulling off the record-breaking feat of being the only band to have picked up the "double whammy" pairing of British Group and Best Album three times. Alex Turner's apparent drunken acceptance speech was not one to be missed and neither were the surprise performances from Beyoncé and Prince alongside Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Arctic Monkeys.

Lupita Nyong'o's green Dior gown

Cinematic Brilliance Celebrated At BAFTAs: Last Sunday saw the annual British movie event, the BAFTAs, where the world's biggest stars stepped out in their finery to celebrate an unmatched year in filmmaking. Gravity was the evening's biggest winner with six gongs to 12 Years A Slave's two. However, Steve McQueen's slavery drama managed to get one in over Gravity, taking the coveted Best Film honour in an evening stuffed with truly exemplary British entertainment. Highlights included Brangelina's matching ensemble, Lupita Nyong'o's green Dior gown and Tinie Tempah's high-five with Prince William.

'The Lego Movie' Continues Box Office Empire: The Lego Movie has emerged as the top box office movie for a third weekend, earning $31.5m (£18.9m) and blocking out major rivals Pompeii, The Monuments Men, 3 Days To Kill and Robocop with ease. Read out review here. The sweet, energetic and funny animated comedy charmed critics and now is having the same effect on adults and kids alike as it continues to open worldwide. Check out the trailer and some pretty awesome stills and whilst you're here, read up on some whimsical and interesting Lego facts too!

Guardians of the Galaxy

'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Trailer Finally Released: Marvel has sure built up fan anticipation to the max head of the release of new superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy. After a frustratingly short teaser was dropped this week, the full trailer was launched for the movie which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as the intergalactic crew of misfits. Marvel is taking a gamble by releasing a film with an entirely new crew of characters. Before the movie's 1st August release, familiarise yourself with the characters here.

Jimmy Fallon Takes 'Tonight Show' Baton: We'd barely been given time to lament the departure of Jay Leno but now the new and sprightly The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has made himself comfy in the outgoing host's chair. Fallon kicked off his inaugural show with a hilarious 'Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing' skit with Will Smith and ended the same week with an equally giggle-some 'History of Rap' piece with Justin Timberlake. Too funny! On a darker note, why was Leno shoe-horned out after two decades?

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24th February 2014 3966686
BRITs Winner David Bowie Beset By Trolls After Urging For Scotland To "Stay With Us" 4078164 News

David Bowie has been swamped by Scottish nationalists after his BRIT Awards acceptance speech last night urged the British country to not seek independence and rather "stay with us." Bowie was not present at the music awards to collect his own trophy so instead sent model Kate Moss to the stage to read out his acceptance speech.

David Bowie
David Bowie Incited Ire After His BRITs Acceptance Speech Urged Scotland To Stay In The UK.

At 67, Bowie became the oldest ever recipient of a BRIT when he received the British Male Artist of the Year prize last night. Bowie's friend Moss took to the stage wearing one of the pop star's Ziggy Stardust leotards from the seventies that had been tailored to fit her. Bowie's speech began in typically surreal fashion, as Kate read "In Japanese myth the rabbits from my old costume which Kate is wearing live on the moon. Kate comes Venus and I from Mars."

The speech continued, "I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the Best Male but I am, aren't I Kate? I think it's a great way to end the day, thank you very, very much." However, the speech drew fury from viewers watching the televised coverage when Kate finished with the incendiary "And Scotland, stay with us."

Kate Moss
David Bowie Sent Kate Moss To Collect His BRIT Award & Read His Acceptance Speech.

With a single comment, Bowie became the first high-profile celebrity to offer his two cents on the controversial independence debate. Hundreds suddenly took to social media, decrying Bowie's comments in pretty abusive ways. Furious Scottish nationalists flew into a frenzy on Facebook and Twitter collectively forming the army of Scottish independence supporters know as 'Cybernat' who are known for their quick-tempered abuse directed at anyone who voices an opinion that opposes theirs.

One Twitter user, Ken McGill, wrote "Many thanks to David @DavidBowieReal for patronising the Scots via a p***ed up super model. @BRITAwards I'm sure it did the trick" whilst another enraged user wrote "Jog on @DavidBowieReal jog on! Next time Scotland will ask if we want your worthless opinion!"

David Bowie Blonde Hair
In Not So Many Words, The Trolls Warned Bowie To Back Out Of The Debate & Deemed His Opinion Invalid.

Many used Bowie's non-attendance at the music event as a reason to attack his opinions. "@DavidBowieReal , if you get a model to read out your speech, as you can't be bothered to turn up, Shut the f*** up about my country," tweeted Gordon Keen.

One Lily Zotou issued a less profane argument via Facebook, warning "Stay out of the Scottish Independence debate - you know nothing of the issues, and have nothing to contribute to it." That's what you get from kicking a wasp's nest, there's plenty more where that came from too!

David Bowie has been swamped by Scottish nationalists after his BRIT Awards acceptance speech last night urged the British country to not seek independence and rather "stay with us." Bowie was not present at the music awards to collect his own trophy so instead sent model Kate Moss to the stage to read out his acceptance speech.

David Bowie
David Bowie Incited Ire After His BRITs Acceptance Speech Urged Scotland To Stay In The UK.

At 67, Bowie became the oldest ever recipient of a BRIT when he received the British Male Artist of the Year prize last night. Bowie's friend Moss took to the stage wearing one of the pop star's Ziggy Stardust leotards from the seventies that had been tailored to fit her. Bowie's speech began in typically surreal fashion, as Kate read "In Japanese myth the rabbits from my old costume which Kate is wearing live on the moon. Kate comes Venus and I from Mars."

The speech continued, "I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the Best Male but I am, aren't I Kate? I think it's a great way to end the day, thank you very, very much." However, the speech drew fury from viewers watching the televised coverage when Kate finished with the incendiary "And Scotland, stay with us."

Kate Moss
David Bowie Sent Kate Moss To Collect His BRIT Award & Read His Acceptance Speech.

With a single comment, Bowie became the first high-profile celebrity to offer his two cents on the controversial independence debate. Hundreds suddenly took to social media, decrying Bowie's comments in pretty abusive ways. Furious Scottish nationalists flew into a frenzy on Facebook and Twitter collectively forming the army of Scottish independence supporters know as 'Cybernat' who are known for their quick-tempered abuse directed at anyone who voices an opinion that opposes theirs.

One Twitter user, Ken McGill, wrote "Many thanks to David @DavidBowieReal for patronising the Scots via a p***ed up super model. @BRITAwards I'm sure it did the trick" whilst another enraged user wrote "Jog on @DavidBowieReal jog on! Next time Scotland will ask if we want your worthless opinion!"

David Bowie Blonde Hair
In Not So Many Words, The Trolls Warned Bowie To Back Out Of The Debate & Deemed His Opinion Invalid.

Many used Bowie's non-attendance at the music event as a reason to attack his opinions. "@DavidBowieReal , if you get a model to read out your speech, as you can't be bothered to turn up, Shut the f*** up about my country," tweeted Gordon Keen.

One Lily Zotou issued a less profane argument via Facebook, warning "Stay out of the Scottish Independence debate - you know nothing of the issues, and have nothing to contribute to it." That's what you get from kicking a wasp's nest, there's plenty more where that came from too!

20th February 2014 3966686
The Brits' Split Personality: Bowie, Arctic Monkeys And 1D Rule The Show 4077786 News

David Bowie still knows how to steal the show. He proved as much during Wednesday’s Brits, without even attending the ceremony. Bowie won best British Male during the 2014 ceremony, making something of a comeback after his last win in 1984. His latest album, The Next Day, represents an musical achievement, unrivaled in the past two decades at least. Without once appearing onstage, Bowie stage-managed his first album in a decade, and managed to top the UK Album Chart and go to Number 2 on the Billboard Chart. In short, congrats to David Bowie, who, at 67, continues to win everything.

David Bowie
David Bowie. That is all.

In other Brit news, the winners this year were quite a diverse bunch, from Bowie to the Arctic Monkeys to One Direction. Indie quartet the Arctic Monkeys, who achieved new heights and international recognition with their 2013 album AM, unsurprisingly picked up the Brit for Best Album too. This prompted frontman Alex Turner to launch into an ever-so-slightly smug victory speech. “That rock-and-roll it just won’t go away. That rock-and-roll, it seems like it’s fading away sometimes, but it will never die,” Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner said as he received the band’s second gong of the night for the Mastercard British album of the year. The Arctic Monkeys also picked up Best Group, to which Turner reacted with “There’s that fifteen quid we put on One Direction to win down the drain.” Solid burn.

Arctic Monkeys, Brit Awards
Alright, no need to get smug.

In a sense, it was as much the Sheffield rockers’ show as it was Bowie’s. Before winning the most important categories of the night, the Arctic Monkeys opened the show with their Opening the event with their track “R U Mine”, in the shadow of giant versions of the letters “AM”, flaming and suspended in mid-air. Not a bad way to make their Brits debut.

But don’t worry, 1D didn’t go home empty-handed either. The band picked up the global success award, as well as the best video, where the winner was decided by a Twitter vote (naturally). With 17.8 million devoted Directioners, who follow them on Twitter, winning was a given.

One Direction, Brit Awards
One Direction also won some stuff.

David Bowie still knows how to steal the show. He proved as much during Wednesday’s Brits, without even attending the ceremony. Bowie won best British Male during the 2014 ceremony, making something of a comeback after his last win in 1984. His latest album, The Next Day, represents an musical achievement, unrivaled in the past two decades at least. Without once appearing onstage, Bowie stage-managed his first album in a decade, and managed to top the UK Album Chart and go to Number 2 on the Billboard Chart. In short, congrats to David Bowie, who, at 67, continues to win everything.

David Bowie
David Bowie. That is all.

In other Brit news, the winners this year were quite a diverse bunch, from Bowie to the Arctic Monkeys to One Direction. Indie quartet the Arctic Monkeys, who achieved new heights and international recognition with their 2013 album AM, unsurprisingly picked up the Brit for Best Album too. This prompted frontman Alex Turner to launch into an ever-so-slightly smug victory speech. “That rock-and-roll it just won’t go away. That rock-and-roll, it seems like it’s fading away sometimes, but it will never die,” Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner said as he received the band’s second gong of the night for the Mastercard British album of the year. The Arctic Monkeys also picked up Best Group, to which Turner reacted with “There’s that fifteen quid we put on One Direction to win down the drain.” Solid burn.

Arctic Monkeys, Brit Awards
Alright, no need to get smug.

In a sense, it was as much the Sheffield rockers’ show as it was Bowie’s. Before winning the most important categories of the night, the Arctic Monkeys opened the show with their Opening the event with their track “R U Mine”, in the shadow of giant versions of the letters “AM”, flaming and suspended in mid-air. Not a bad way to make their Brits debut.

But don’t worry, 1D didn’t go home empty-handed either. The band picked up the global success award, as well as the best video, where the winner was decided by a Twitter vote (naturally). With 17.8 million devoted Directioners, who follow them on Twitter, winning was a given.

One Direction, Brit Awards
One Direction also won some stuff.

20th February 2014 3966686
BRIT Awards: David Bowie Prized With Best British Male, Kate Moss Accepts Award 4077529 News

Music icon David Bowie shows age is just a number as he wins big at the 2014 BRIT Awards in London on Wednesday night (Feb 19th).

The 67 year-old, who beat fellow nominees Jake Bugg, James Blake, John Newman, Tom Odell, was awarded with the Best British Male Solo Artist prize.

And to present the prestigious honor was none other than former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher.

When revealing Bowie had won the award, Gallagher told the audience, "You didn't think he would actually be here? He is too cool for this s**t."

But to replace the 'Space Oddity' singer was another equally as glamorous star, supermodel Kate Moss.

The 40 year-old beaut walked onto to the platform, looking very vintage as she wore one of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust outfits he made famous at the height of his career, to collect his first BRIT in 30 years.

The outfit is called 'Woodland Creatures' but is more well-known as the 'rabbit costume'.

Kate told the audience, "Good evening ladies and gentleman, David has asked me to say this."

"In Japanese myth the rabbits from my old costume that Kate's wearing live on the moon," she continued. "Kate comes from Venus and I from Mars, so that's nice. I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male, but I am, aren't I Kate? I think it's a great way to end the day."

The speech concluded with, "Thank you very, very much and Scotland - stay with us."

Read what big awards One Direction and Arctic Monkeys won at the 2014 BRITS here

Bowie's award comes off the back of a surprising return to the music scene after a ten year absence, the legendary performer released his 24th studio album 'The Next Day' in March of last year (2013), and this was enough for him to collect the same accolade he last won in 1984.

The Next Day
'The Next Day' album cover

Music icon David Bowie shows age is just a number as he wins big at the 2014 BRIT Awards in London on Wednesday night (Feb 19th).

The 67 year-old, who beat fellow nominees Jake Bugg, James Blake, John Newman, Tom Odell, was awarded with the Best British Male Solo Artist prize.

And to present the prestigious honor was none other than former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher.

When revealing Bowie had won the award, Gallagher told the audience, "You didn't think he would actually be here? He is too cool for this s**t."

But to replace the 'Space Oddity' singer was another equally as glamorous star, supermodel Kate Moss.

The 40 year-old beaut walked onto to the platform, looking very vintage as she wore one of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust outfits he made famous at the height of his career, to collect his first BRIT in 30 years.

The outfit is called 'Woodland Creatures' but is more well-known as the 'rabbit costume'.

Kate told the audience, "Good evening ladies and gentleman, David has asked me to say this."

"In Japanese myth the rabbits from my old costume that Kate's wearing live on the moon," she continued. "Kate comes from Venus and I from Mars, so that's nice. I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male, but I am, aren't I Kate? I think it's a great way to end the day."

The speech concluded with, "Thank you very, very much and Scotland - stay with us."

Read what big awards One Direction and Arctic Monkeys won at the 2014 BRITS here

Bowie's award comes off the back of a surprising return to the music scene after a ten year absence, the legendary performer released his 24th studio album 'The Next Day' in March of last year (2013), and this was enough for him to collect the same accolade he last won in 1984.

The Next Day
'The Next Day' album cover

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Tonight's BRIT Awards Preview: Who's Performing, Who's Up For A Prize? 4076379 News

All set for the BRIT Awards this evening? Indeed, Britain's biggest night of music awards will take place today and we're feeling pretty excited for the ceremony, which is set to be as spectacular as ever. Of course, if it was purely based on sales, most of the awards would go to One Direction, who have sold 3.19 million albums in the past year. Luckily that's not the case and the awards look set to be handed out to a diverse range of acts who've made their mark on music this year.

Katy Perry
Nominated 'International Female Solo Artist' Will Be Bringing Her Pop Hits To Tonight's Ceremony.

This year's musical entertainment will be provided by Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding Arctic Monkeys, Rudimental, Bruno Mars, Bastille, and Lorde but a rumour has arisen that Prince may make a surprise performance with his band, 3rdEyeGirl. The funk singer has been delighting Londoners with surprise gigs over the past week so it's highly plausible that he'll make the BRIT Awards his final London date.

Haim and Arctic Monkeys are the top two most-nominated acts, with six and eight nom respectively. It has been speculated that after their Mercury-nominated album AM smashed the charts this year, the Sheffield rockers could be set to nab a historical double: the Best Album and Best Group awards. Only three bands have won the double twice, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Manic Street Preachers, but the Monkeys are looking strong to make it a hat-trick.

Arctic Monkeys
As Well As Being Up For Eight Awards, Arctic Monkeys Will Perform At The BRITs.

An exciting feature to look out for at tonight's ceremony will be the punk-styled statuettes which have been designed by milliner extraordinaire and Gaga bestie, Philip Treacy, who follows in the footsteps of Vivienne Westwood, Peter Blake, and Damien Hirst. Treacy's design will feature an understated black-and-white trophy with a large Mohawk on it.

This year's BRITs looks set to welcome an uncharacteristically large host of newcomers into the awards winners club. New Zealand's Lorde is the most notable example with a nod for Best International Female Solo Artist. Relative music newbies, Bastille, Rudimental, London Grammar, Laura Mvula, John Newman and Naughty Boy are all up for awards after a virtually unmatched year of British music.

Haim
Californian Trio Haim Are Up For Six BRIT Awards.

There'll be many eyes on the Best British Male Solo Artist gong this time round, as David Bowie could be set to take home the award 30 years after his first win along with the Mastercard British Album of the Year. It has been pointed out that Bowie's rivals, Jake Bugg, John Newman, James Blake and Tom Odell, are all young enough to be the pop veteran's grandchildren but this is unlikely to count for anything after Bowie's triumphant return last year with The Next Day.

The BRIT Awards will be broadcast live tonight with full coverage on ITV from 8pm-10.15pm.

All set for the BRIT Awards this evening? Indeed, Britain's biggest night of music awards will take place today and we're feeling pretty excited for the ceremony, which is set to be as spectacular as ever. Of course, if it was purely based on sales, most of the awards would go to One Direction, who have sold 3.19 million albums in the past year. Luckily that's not the case and the awards look set to be handed out to a diverse range of acts who've made their mark on music this year.

Katy Perry
Nominated 'International Female Solo Artist' Will Be Bringing Her Pop Hits To Tonight's Ceremony.

This year's musical entertainment will be provided by Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding Arctic Monkeys, Rudimental, Bruno Mars, Bastille, and Lorde but a rumour has arisen that Prince may make a surprise performance with his band, 3rdEyeGirl. The funk singer has been delighting Londoners with surprise gigs over the past week so it's highly plausible that he'll make the BRIT Awards his final London date.

Haim and Arctic Monkeys are the top two most-nominated acts, with six and eight nom respectively. It has been speculated that after their Mercury-nominated album AM smashed the charts this year, the Sheffield rockers could be set to nab a historical double: the Best Album and Best Group awards. Only three bands have won the double twice, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Manic Street Preachers, but the Monkeys are looking strong to make it a hat-trick.

Arctic Monkeys
As Well As Being Up For Eight Awards, Arctic Monkeys Will Perform At The BRITs.

An exciting feature to look out for at tonight's ceremony will be the punk-styled statuettes which have been designed by milliner extraordinaire and Gaga bestie, Philip Treacy, who follows in the footsteps of Vivienne Westwood, Peter Blake, and Damien Hirst. Treacy's design will feature an understated black-and-white trophy with a large Mohawk on it.

This year's BRITs looks set to welcome an uncharacteristically large host of newcomers into the awards winners club. New Zealand's Lorde is the most notable example with a nod for Best International Female Solo Artist. Relative music newbies, Bastille, Rudimental, London Grammar, Laura Mvula, John Newman and Naughty Boy are all up for awards after a virtually unmatched year of British music.

Haim
Californian Trio Haim Are Up For Six BRIT Awards.

There'll be many eyes on the Best British Male Solo Artist gong this time round, as David Bowie could be set to take home the award 30 years after his first win along with the Mastercard British Album of the Year. It has been pointed out that Bowie's rivals, Jake Bugg, John Newman, James Blake and Tom Odell, are all young enough to be the pop veteran's grandchildren but this is unlikely to count for anything after Bowie's triumphant return last year with The Next Day.

The BRIT Awards will be broadcast live tonight with full coverage on ITV from 8pm-10.15pm.

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