A Week In News: Grammys Glory, Bad Boy Bieber, Retiring Rockers, And The Wild, Wild West
A Motley Crue announcement, an out-of-this-world Grammys gig and an angry Quentin Tarantino: there wasn't a dull moment in the news this week.
Grammy Awards Glory: Last Sunday's Grammy Awards proved probably the most spectacular ceremony in living memory. The most enviable of all performance line-ups entertained a near-record 28.5 million viewers, with Madonna, Daft Punk, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Dave Grohl all showing off their skills.
As for the small matter of the actual awards, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the evening's big winners whilst newcomer Lorde picked up two gongs and Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kacey Musgraves and Black Sabbath were also prominent victors. This, year, perfect pop princess Taylor Swift went home empty-handed, which made for some pretty funny videos.
Bieber Goes From Bad To Worse: How we long for the day when Justin Bieber's criminal acts are no longer making headlines. Hours after his manager bailed him for drag racing under the influence, eggy Bieber handed himself to Toronto police on assault charges after a limo driver was repeatedly hit last November. Meanwhile, a petition demanding that Bieber be deported speedily surpassed 200K signatures and now warrants an official statement from the White House. We're waiting...
Motley Crue's Press Conference From The Crypt: Rockers Mötley Crüe called a surprise press conference this week and, after arriving in a typically theatrical style in a hearse and plonking themselves down on named tombstones, the band announced that they were embarking on a final tour and had all signed an agreement to never again tour. The metallers shook off cash cow accusations and said they wanted to "go out on top" and with some "dignity." Find out where they'll be headed on their last ever tour here.
Super Bowl Sunday Draws Nearer: It's the Super Bowl on Sunday, not that you'll have failed to notice what with all the online premieres of the adverts that will air during the big game. Fox Sports allegedly charging advertisers around $4m (£2.4) for each 30-second commercial which means we'll only see the world's biggest brands advertised. There's been U2's philanthropic partnership with Bank of America, Budweiser's incomprehensibly adorable puppy ad, Laurence Fishburne's return to his Matrix Morpheus role for Kia, Anna Kendrick's hilarious non-Super Bowl Newcastle Brown ad and Scarlett Johansson's controversial SodaStream sell-out. Who needs TV?
'Dallas Buyers Club' UK Premiere: Having gathered up a bunch of awards and Oscars nominations, Matthew McConaughey's new movie Dallas Buyers Club is set to hit the UK after premiering earlier in the week. Watch the trailer here. With nominations in all the key Oscars categories, the film's success in the UK is a dead-cert and mercifully for McConaughey and co. probably won't be influenced by Jared Leto's shockingly haughty behaviour upon his arrival in London this week. See what we mean here. Make sure you check out the snaps from the premiere, which a triumphant McConaughey attended with his wife Camila Alves.
Game Of Thrones Teasers Tease: The Game of Thrones season four premiere may still be well over a month away but HBO have been keeping fans excited with the simultaneous release of a new trailer and 15 brand new photos ahead of the April 6th US launch. The dark new season is said to be riddle with death and deceit after the horrors of the red wedding and the imminent festivities of the purple wedding. Check out the trailer. As Jon Snow moves up in the world, Tyrion must confront shocking truths and Daenerys rises as a ruthless leader. The tension is killing us, we may have to watch seasons 1, 2 and 3 again in readiness!
Tarantino Calls His Lawyer: Director Quentin Tarantino is taking legal action against Gawker Media after the website publically leaked his already-leaked, now-shelved western script, Hateful Eight, in its entirety. Tarantino had already drawn attention to the leak in a Deadline interview, explaining the proto-movie, described as "like a tense stage play," got out after one of the actors he gave it to betrayed him. Naturally, everyone then wanted to read the script and Gawker provided a way to do so, using "predatory journalism" according to the Kill Bill filmmaker. Read a detailed report here.
George Clooney Graces Reddit: It's been a busy week but we just had to pack this one in. George Clooney took part in a Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' session this week to promote his charitable work and charm the pants off the internet. The actor discussed his favourite hobby (cobbling, actually), as well as being the subject of a vicious Tina Fey jibe and being a notorious prankster. Check out the highlights from his session and don't be surprised if you catch yourself giggling.
Video Of The Week - 'A Million Ways To Die In The West Trailer' [Redband]: The trailer has been dropped for Seth MacFarlane's first live action comedy since Ted, and boy, are we stifling the laughter. In a good way of course, Seth's new comedy western A Million Ways To Die In The West, starring Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris and Sarah Silverman, promises all of the childish jokes Family Guy fans will enjoy alongside a fair bit of gun-toting and whip-cracking. Watch the trailer. Also, check out the seriously wall-worthy, stylised cast posters that have been released, complete with immature puns.