On a Thursday morning in his Toronto hotel room, Elton John is in high spirits. He is 12 months into a three-year farewell tour that has sold out arenas and sports stadiums around the world, and earned some of the most rapturous reviews of his 50-year career. “The last time I had notices like this I had a full head of hair and the writer had to spend half the review explaining who I was,” is how he puts it. His musical biopic Rocketman has grossed nearly $200m at the box office. And he’s about to publish his autobiography, Me. Full disclosure: I spent three and half years working with John on the book. I was both delighted and impossibly flattered to be asked, but work on it got off to a deeply peculiar start. The first interviews took place on the set of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, in which he had a cameo role that involved wearing one of his old stage costumes. Thus, I enjoyed the disconcerting experience of interviewing Elton John while he was dressed as Elton … [Read more...] about ‘This is a very good question, Bob Dylan’: Elton John, interviewed by famous fans
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20. My Baby Just Cares for Me (1987) After it was used for a perfume ad, Nina Simone’s jazz classic made it into the top 10 in the autumn of 1987. Inspired, no doubt, by the (non-Aardman) video for a successful re-release of Jackie Wilson’s Reet Petite earlier in the year, this music video became a second bite at claymation-meets-1950s. Peter Lord, who directed, went with a sultry singing cat and some artistic shots of piano keys. 19. Next (1990) Aardman Animation secured a high-profile commission from Channel 4 at the end of the 80s: a five-part short film series called Lip Sync, mostly comprising animation of pre-recorded interview material. Next, directed by Barry Purves, deviates from the concept: its basic gag is that William Shakespeare himself is auditioning for an uninterested Peter Hall. On the stage, Shakespeare whizzes through references to every one of his plays; Hall couldn’t be less impressed. Clever. 18. Going Equipped (1990) A more orthodox … [Read more...] about Aardman’s 20 best films – ranked!
Paula Abdul refuted a rumor Wednesday that she dated Keanu Reeves after he starred with her in the Rush Rush music video. The 57-year-old singer was asked about it by a caller while appearing on Watch What Happens Live in a little pink dress with plunging neckline. 'Paula, were the rumors true that you were dating Keanu Reeves after he starred in the Rush Rush video. Please say yes,' said the caller. Rumor refuted: Paula Abdul refuted a rumor Wednesday while on Watch What Happens Live that she dated Keanu Reeves after he starred with her in the Rush Rush music video 'I wish,' Paula said. Paula did reveal that she accidentally saw Keanu, 55, in his underwear. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Paula Abdul, 57, admits she had plastic surgery to get a... The X Factor: Paula Abdul 'set to return to as a judge on... Ryan Seacrest 'would be interested' in working with original... America's Got Talent: Simon Cowell reunites with Paula Abdul... Share this article Share … [Read more...] about Paula Abdul refutes rumor of dating Keanu Reeves but admits seeing him in underwear doing air guitar
100 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Quentin Tarantino’s latest jaw-dropper bumps Kill Bill: Vol 1 off the list in gloriously irreverent fashion. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star as a fading western star and his mutt-loving stunt double in this relaxed and loving roast of bygone Tinseltown. CS Read the review 99 Bright Star (2009) An early lead for Ben Whishaw as the ailing John Keats romancing Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) is the tremulous soul of this underappreciated Jane Campion drama. The butterflies are too tropical for Hampstead, but the rest is spot-on. CS Read the review 98 The Dark Knight (2008) The only comic book movie to make the cut is Christopher Nolan’s genre masterpiece: fatalist, bracing and forever the legacy of Heath Ledger, posthumously awarded an Oscar for his terrifying performance. CS Read the review 97 Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Michael Moore’s finest hour: a blazing juggernaut with George W Bush, the Iraq war, the media, democracy and us, … [Read more...] about The 100 best films of the 21st century
John Legend, DJ Khaled and YG gave an emotional tribute performance for late rapper Nipsey Hussle at the BET Awards on Sunday night. The Racks In The Middle hitmaker - who was shot to death at the age of 33 outside his store in South Los Angeles in March - was also posthumously honored with the Humanitarian Award at the star-studded event. Rapper T.I. proudly presented the award, recognizing his music and community activism, to his family and girlfriend Lauren London. John Legend and DJ Khaled teamed up for an emotional tribute performance for late rapper Nipsey Hussle at the BET Awards on Sunday night Honored: Rapper Nipsey Hussle - who died at the age of 33 in March - posthumously received the Humanitarian Award at the star-studded event; he s pictured in February 2019 English singer and songwriter Marsha Ambrosius kicked off the passionate medley tribute with a shortened rendition of Real Big. 'If you Nipesy Hussle let me hear you say yea, yea,' … [Read more...] about John Legend and DJ Khaled give a spirited and emotional tribute performance to Nipsey Hussle as late rapper is honored at 2019 BET Awards