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Famous Fans Reflect on Adam West’s Death

Adam West died Friday night in Los Angeles at the age of 88. The actor, who famously played Batman in the 1960s series Batman, lost his brief battle with leukemia.

 

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fan’s lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family stated.

 

In recent years, West had become active in voice work. His dulcet tones graced Family Guy as the corrupt Major of Quahog since 2000. A man who was able to laugh at himself, he made guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory as well as The Simpsons. He returned to voicing the Caped Crusader in The New Adventures of Batman and Legends of the Superheroes.

 

The actor’s film appearances included 1959’s Young Philadelphians and 1964’s Robinson Crusoe on Mars.

 

When word of his death got out on Saturday, numerous stars, including Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Conan O’Brian, Seth McFarlane, Neil Gaiman, and Batman co-stars Burt Ward and Julie Newmar vocally celebrated West’s life.

 

Newmar referred to him as, “Exemplar… A knight to the end.”

 

Batman‘s Robin, Brian Ward expressed sorrow over losing his friend of over 50 years. “We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together,” he stated to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

In a tweet, McMarlane wrote: “Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend.”

 

And Affleck, the most recent thespian to helm the role of Batman, tweeted, “Adam West exemplified heroism… Thank you for showing us how it’s done.”

 

West, whose role as Batman limited his career in some ways, was clearly a hero to all who knew him. His legacy will continue on through the influence he had on others.

 

Russell Brand Reveals He Auditioned For a Boy Band

Today, movie audiences know Russell Brand for such comedies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Rock of Ages. Music fans know him for once being married to pop star Katy Perry. Once upon a time though, Brand could have been a music star himself.

 

Brand recently appeared on James Corden’s Late Late Show to discuss upcoming projects, but Corden was interested in a bit of his past as well. “Is it true,” Corden asked him during the talk show, “that you auditioned for the boy band Five?”

 

Five, or 5ive as it is typically written, was created in the mid nineties by the same team that put together the girl power group Spice Girls. It consisted of five young men who remained together to sell 30 million albums and embark on several concert tours around the UK for several years. They were popular across Europe and Asia, but by 2001 had broken up, with a few different reunions attempted over the years that followed.

 

Brand admitted that yes, he had auditioned to be a member of the group when it was being formed. Brand joked that when he was younger he “made many mistakes,” giving the audience a chuckle. He and one of his friends, during a period when he was recreationally using drugs, decided it would be a lark to audition.

 

Brand recounted the story of the audition, in which he brought alcohol with him and set it down on the desk, before he sang “More Than Words” by Extreme. He said, “it was a disaster,” and added that by the end of his audition, everyone was “looking down in disappointment.”

 

Corden and Brand agreed that Brand would have been the maverick in a boy band – the troublemaker and first one to break away. Oh, what could have been.

 

Brand can next be heard in Despicable Me 3. He voices Dr. Nefario for the animated movie.

 

 

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Celebrities: Remembering Adam West

Adam West, the tall, handsome actor who created a fan sensation during the 1960s when he portrayed Batman on television in a zany spoof series, passed away on June 9th after a brief battle with leukemia. The 88-year old star has continued working into his senior years.

 

Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Adam West graduated from Whitman College before carving out a career as a disc jockey, announcer and actor. His distinctive, deep voice and striking good looks helped bring him to the attention of advertising companies and casting agents. Soon he obtained roles in broadcast TV commercials. He also appeared in guest roles on several popular television shows, including a number of Westerns. His television performances eventually led to his selection to play the character of Batman in a humorous sitcom spoofing the exploits of the Caped Crusader. The role quickly propelled him into the national media spotlight.

 

Batman (1966-1968) developed a cult following during its brief prime time run, a phenomenon which continued during extensive re-runs. A number of stars appeared as memorable guest villains on the hit TV series, including popular comic Cesar Romero and actor Burgess Meredith. The popularity of the TV series may have contributed in some measure to the success of later Batman films.

 

The television parody generated a lot of media coverage in the United States; both Adam West and his co-star, Burt Ward, had to battle studio typecasting for years in the aftermath of the successful series. Adam West eventually appeared in several roles which paid homage to his early portrayal of Batman, even spoofing himself during guest voice roles on popular animated series. In addition to acting frequently in roles on a number of television programs and working as a narrator, the actor sometimes made celebrity appearances. When he finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April, 2012, he humorously alluded to the cult status of the original Batman television show by addressing the audience as “citizens of Gotham”.

 

Phil Collins Has to Cancel Shows Because Of Head Injury

Phil Collins, the singer of hits such as Against All Odds and In The Air Tonight has had to cancel his shows because of a head injury he has received. This of course has disappointed fans, and they are hoping he gets well. Phil Collins suffers from drop foot, a condition that he has gained after a back operation. He has a hard time walking because of his condition and is therefore more prone to these occurrences.

 

Phil Collins is known for his distinct voice and his drumming abilities. One of his trademarks is singing the ending of his song In the Air Tonight while drumming. His complex techniques bring about an impressive show. In his recent tour, he has allowed his son to take on the drumming of the song. His son does have the same drumming talents as his father. Therefore, he has not disappointed with his abilities.

 

Phil has also sung for movies such as Tarzan and Brother Bear. Phil has kept himself busy bringing out inspired songs which really touch the soul. He has spent 10 years away from the stage only to come back to give his fans something they want.

 

Phil has inspired many fans. He is one of those artists who know how to make every one of his songs sound better in concert than on the album. He brings a lot of energy to the stage even to this day. He is also someone who has no problem talking to his fans and keeping them updated. Phil Collins is someone who is very appreciative of his fans and is always willing to give them something in return for their support.

 

Adam West, “Batman” Actor, Dies at 88

Adam West, the actor most famous for playing Batman in the 1960s show, has died at the age of 88. According to a representative, he died from leukemia.

 

He made his professional debut in Hollywood by appearing in 1959s “The Young Philadelphians,” which had starred Paul Newman. He played supporting roles in a variety of tv shows and movies including 1965s “The Outlaws is Coming,” the last movie to star the Three Stooges.

 

In 1966, he starred in “Batman,” which featured a campy and comic take on the character. The show was known for its outrageous villains and quickly became a hit. While West had enjoyed playing the character, he chafed against the affects playing Batman had on his later career. Since he had been pigeonholed as a goofy superhero, he had trouble getting other parts. He also disliked the increasingly dark take on the character that developed during the 70s and 80s.

 

West provided the voice for Batman in various cartoons like 1977s “The New Adventures of Batman” and “The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians.” He later provided the voice for Mayor Grange in “The Batman” (2004-2008).

 

West had wanted to play Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 movie, but he was considered too old at 60 for the part. Burton had considered casting him as Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father instead.

 

In 1994, West wrote his autobiography, which was called “Back to the Batcave.” By now, West was considered a pop culture icon and appeared in several tv shows and movies. He played an aging action hero in some of these. In the 1990s show “Goosebumps,” he portrayed the Galloping Gazelle, a superhero on the brink of retirement.

 

West was married three times. His first two marriages soon ended in divorce, but his third marriage to Marcelle Lear lasted from 1970 to his death. He had two children by his second wife, two children by his third wife and two step-children by his third wife.

 

 

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Could Angelina Jolie Join The X-Men Franchise?

Very interesting casting news surrounds the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix feature. FOX’s motion pictures executives are trying to draw in Angelina Jolie to appear in the film. Wanting her to appear in the film is one thing. Whether she actually accepts an offer is another matter.

 

Right now, no confirmation exists whether or not talks, formal or informal, are taking place. Interestingly, Jolie’s name is also floating around in the Universal Dark Universe’s reboot of The Bride of Frankenstein.

 

Angelina Jolie recently lent her voice to Kung Fu Panda 3 and has been far more active as a producer than as an actress lately. A featured role in a sure to be successful franchise appeals to any performer. The question here is “Does a major star such as Angelina Jolie want to appear in a supporting role in a superhero movie?”

 

Only Angelina Jolie knows the answer. Truthfully, as long as the screenplay for the new X-Men film is not a dud, there is no reason why it would hurt her career or stature. The X-Men films, overall, have been quite excellent. Not every entry delivered critical acclaim. The most recent film, X-Men Apocalypse, was not exactly well-received although the box office was strong.

 

Jolie is not in a position where she needs a franchise to continue her career. Still, being attached to a successful film never hurts. Whatever role Jolie is being considered for might even be a recurring role for future X-Men entries.

 

Why would FOX be so enthusiastic about courting Jolie for a role?

 

Since Hugh Jackman is no longer a part of the series, FOX probably wants to add a little star power to the project. The popularity of Jackman definitely helped the series at the box office. The spinoff Wolverine films were big moneymakers as well.

 

If signed, Jolie may be a solid replacement for Jackman. Nothing is for sure just yet. Fans of the X-Men movies surely hope something happens. Jolie truly would be a welcome addition to the films.

 

 

Harry Styles Sings “Two Ghosts” on the Late Late Show

Pop and rock superstar singer Harry Styles performed the song “Two Ghosts” against the backdrop of London on Thursday, June 8. This was part of his appearance on the Late Late Show. Late-night host James Corden had taken his American-based show to London for three consecutive nights on June 6, 7 and 8.

 

The stunning performance took place outdoors on the roof of Central Hall Westminster just as it was getting dark. Dramatic camera angles showcased Styles, accompanying his singing with guitar, as well as his band members. When the camera panned out, a spectacular view of downtown London, including Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, was in clear view.

 

Styles, 23, rose to fame in recent years as part of One Direction and in May released his debut solo album “Harry Styles.” The song “Two Ghosts” provides a unique ballad sound with artful lyrics that many listeners believe are about Styles’ former flame Taylor Swift. Some of the touching lyrics include “We’re just two ghosts swimming in a glass half empty” and “Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat.”

 

The heartthrob English singer also appeared on the Late Late Show for a full week in May while it was in its home location of Los Angeles, California. With the release of his self-titled debut solo album, Styles has been expanding his fan base from younger listeners, many of them female, to fans of rock and alternative sounds.

 

Styles is set to tour the world starting in September, and this week he announced a massive arena tour throughout the world for spring and summer 2018. This comes as fans of the massively popular musician and songwriter clamor to get tickets to his sold-out shows.

Tom Cruise And Top Gun 2 In Flight

Tom Cruise will star in a much anticipated sequel for Top Gun next year. Top Gun 2 is in the works and will apparently be a reality. The news of the sequel comes directly from the biggest star of the original.

 

Original producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a subtle hint with Cruise concerning the sequel back in January. Cruise took it one step further by confirming the existence of the movie on the Australian morning show Sunrise.

Cruise said the movie is definitely “happening.”

 

That means fans of the original flick will get to see a sequel three decades after. Top Gun was released in 1986. It starred Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer. The original movie propelled Cruise into bigger stardom. His military haircut and trademark sunglasses were staples of the movie.

 

Cruise plays renegade pilot Pete Mitchell. Mitchell learns about flying and love during his training with the United States Navy. His nickname “Maverick” stood for his rebellious nature and courage to go against the system. His co-pilot and friend “Goose” was killed during the original film.

 

The original involved several iconic scenes worth watching. Cruise sings karaoke to McGillis to win his flight instructor over. The song is “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”

 

Cruise will next star in “The Mummy” on the big screen in June.

First Lady Melania Trump Earning Style Icon Status During Overseas Tour

While in her role as First Lady, Michelle Obama would wear an eye-catching piece, and the item would sell out in minutes. Kate the Duchess of Cambridge will put on a gorgeous frock, and that, too, will instantly disappear from stores.

 

Now First Lady Melania Trump is having the same fashion icon effects as women rush to copy her presidential style. She stepped out of a chauffeured SUV today in Sicily, dazzling in a colorful floral coat by designers Dolce & Gabanna. The price tag is $51,500. Talk about La Dolce Vita!

 

Melania wowed the crowd as she made her way for a visit to the Chierici Palace City Hall of Catania. Sicily is the final stop on President Trump and Melania’s first foreign overseas tour. On Friday and Saturday, the President will meet with other G7 leaders at a summit in Taormina.

 

The floral silk coat is quite a showpiece, described as a vivid bouquet of embellishments with ribbons, sequins, embroideries and appliques. The designers are proud of their work and for supporting the First Lady. While other designers have backed away in dressing Melania Trump because of disagreeing with her husband’s political philosophy, D&G have stood by Melania, happy to offer her stylish pieces to wear at grand events.

 

The famous designer pair are showing off photos of Melania draped in the gorgeous floral coat at their Instagram page.

 

The blooming 3D coat has instantly sold out in stores. That’s what star power does.

Johnny Depp and the Future of Pirates of the Caribbean

The new Pirates of the Caribbean movie arrives on Memorial Day weekend of 2017. The new entry in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, has not exactly thrilled critics. The film has only about a 31% positive score on the Rotten Tomatoes meter. For the core group of POTC fans, critical and even fellow audience member ratings mean very little. They just want to see Johnny Depp playing the Captain Jack Sparrow role one more time.

 

Per producer Jerry Bruckheimer, once Depp chooses to leave the Pirates franchise, the seafaring ghostly franchise will finally be sunk. No Depp means no more Pirates films.

 

Would Johnny Depp choose to leave the role?

 

This is a hard question to answer as no movie fan can figure out what the actor’s current plans for his future are. The Pirates movies are financially rewarding. People buy hundreds of millions of dollars in movie tickets, merchandise, Blu-ray discs, and more. Depp knows this franchise is a cash cow for all involved. Continuing with Pirates continues to keep him gainfully employed in a high-profile, high-paying role.

 

Sadly, few of Depp’s other films have been box office magic. If it were not for the Pirates films being box office gold, the disastrous Lone Ranger film probably would have sunk his career for good.

 

Depp likely would be interested in staying with the Pirates films. There is no upside to leaving the series.