A Week In News: 'Divergent' Dominates, A "Conscious Uncoupling," And Teenage Turtles Suit Up
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin's was the split nobody saw coming this week, as Kate Bush's tour sells out and Joan Rivers stuck the knife into Lena Dunham.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Split: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced this week that they were splitting up. Well, instead they described their split as a "conscious uncoupling," a phrase that drew scorn and mockery from the internet. The pair had reportedly been testing their separation for a year and finally decided to go public. In an entry on the Iron Man star's website, the couple explained that being parents to their two children was the priority for them right now.
L'Wren Scott's Will: The last will and testament of the late fashion designer L'Wren Scott has been made public. The former model was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment on Monday 17th March whilst her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, was on tour with the Rolling Stones. Jagger is the only named beneficiary in L'Wren's will, with her adoptive siblings explicitly denied any of her $9 million estate. Scott's sister, Jan Shane, has lashed out at the Jagger's for turning the designer's death into a "media circus" - read about what else she had to say.
Kate Bush Tour: Iconic British pop star Kate Bush gave her fans the news they never thought they'd receive when she announced an eventual 22-date residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Here's our pick of ten of her best songs. The 'Wuthering Heights' singer's planned 2014 live shows will be her first in 35 years and naturally all sold out within 15 minutes. Read the full story here.
Christine McVie Back In Fleetwood Mac: More exciting music news this week came when it was announced that singer and keyboardist Christine McVie would not only be returning to legendary British-American rock group Fleetwood Mac, but that the band would embark on an extensive North American tour and were seriously considering writing a new album. Find the full tour date list here. The news has delighted Fleetwood Mac's fans who will see their favourite band return to its apex Rumours line-up. Find out why Christine wanted back in the band.
Joan Rivers Gets Personal On Lena: Comedian Joan Rivers has shocked the media after she targeted Girls star Lena Dunham in a lengthy rant on The Howard Stern Show. The 80 year-old TV personality not only branded the writer "fat" but accused her of promoting obesity among her fans. Despite Stern's best attempts to play down his guest's outspoken views, Joan was "on fire" as she voiced her distaste for Dunham's body shape, despite Lena having always resolutely stood by her body positive philosophy. Read highlights from Rivers' rant here.
'Divergent' Dominates: Teen sci-fi flick Divergent has owned the box office upon its first weekend of opening, raking in $56 million - over three times more than fellow opener The Muppets Most Wanted. Watch the Divergent trailer here. Neil Burger's adaptation of Veronica Roth's popular YA fiction series proved that reviews do not equate to commercial success and looks set to take the box office by storm again this weekend. Hear Roth talking about her franchise in our featurette.
Attack Of The Turtles: Heads up, fans of '80s superhero franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! The first trailer has been released for the Jonathan Liebesman-directed, Michael Bay-produced reboot of the endlessly popular comic book franchise about a bunch of wise-cracking, crime-fighting, anthropomorphic turtles. Catch it here. Megan Fox, Whoopi Goldberg and William Fichtner star in this seriously cool-looking action blockbuster, which is set to be released this year. Check out photos from the TMNT shoot in New York, and find out how the Turtles tried to disguise themselves.
Wu-Tang Clan Do It Differently: Rap unit Wu-Tang Clan have announced that they'll be releasing just one copy of their upcoming new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which will be a 31-track double LP. Six years of hard work will culminate in the new record, which will be toured through museums and art galleries to be heard through headphones. Find out more here. "This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king," said RZA. Does that mean a curse will be unleashed upon the album's holder?
'Frank' To Lead Sundance London: If you love your indie movies quirky, weird, slightly sprinkled with celebrity and with a funky soundtrack, you need to make sure you don't miss Lenny Abraham's London Sundance opener, Frank. Starring Michael Fassbender as the titular, Frank Sidebottom-inspired masked character, Frank also sees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson along for this freakishly wonderful celebration of avant-garde pop music. Frank is an enigmatic band leader who is unapologetic about his refusal to take off his papier-maché head - with some hilarious consequences. See some stills from the surreal movie.
Video Of The Week - 'Blue Ruin': Blue Ruin is proof of the standard of filmmaking that can be achieved with a miniscule budget. When director Jeremy Saulnier asked Kickstarter for $35,000 he received $38,000 and got to work making this comically dark story of revenge, the cinema release of which is only just around the corner. Macon Blair plays Dwight, a vulnerable and homeless man who has hit rock bottom years after his parents' murder. He learns that his parents' murderer has finally been released from jail and decides to clean himself up and get firearm trained so that he can seek his revenge. Watch the trailer here.