•   
  •   
  •   

Entertainment Rock of ages: The world's biggest music stars, then and now

09:20  04 october  2022
09:20  04 october  2022 Source:   starsinsider.com

Boots and Brews attracts a crowd of over 7,000 country music fans

  Boots and Brews attracts a crowd of over 7,000 country music fans Despite the triple-digit heat wave, more than 7,000 people attended the country music festival, Boots and Brews, headlined by Brad Paisley on Saturday at Central Park. Boots and Brews is an annual country music festival that takes place in Morgan Hill, Ventura and Santa Clarita. The last Boots and Brews in Santa Clarita was in […]Some fans bought tickets for the 2020 festival, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and held onto them until Saturday.

There’s an interview with Alan Rickman from 1991; you can find it on YouTube. At the time, he was best known for his roles as criminal mastermind Hans Gruber in Die Hard and the tyrannous Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. The journalist – American – asks him, “Do you like playing villains?” The actor’s lip begins to curl. “Sure… it was fun.” He explains, patiently, that he’s done other things. The journalist ploughs on: “You don’t intend to keep playing these hyperbolic Hollywood villains?” Rickman, presumably now saying swear words in his head, replies, “Prrrrobably not”; he doesn’t think, as an actor, there’s anywhere else to go. The exchange only becomes more enjoyable once you’ve read his diaries, published today and covering his life and career from 1993 up to his death in 2016. Few things irritated Rickman quite so much as a journalist’s inane questions. Perhaps it was only Gruber that was a fan of Time magazine.

FSU QB Jordan Travis spotted with walking boot, crutches after leaving Louisville game with leg injury

  FSU QB Jordan Travis spotted with walking boot, crutches after leaving Louisville game with leg injury Travis was tackled awkwardly by the ankles. He had to be helped off the field and did not return. Florida State QB Jordan Travis exited the game in the second quarter with an apparent leg injury. pic.twitter.com/I79xJgo7FJ— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 17, 2022 Travis was later spotted walking on crutches with a walking boot on his left leg. Florida State QB Jordan Travis has a walking boot on his left leg after being injured in the first half of Friday's game vs. Louisville(: @Warchant) pic.twitter.

But that villain label did stick. Which Rickman baddie hurt you the most? (For me, the disloyal, Joni Mitchell CD-buying husband in Love Actually, of course.) Perhaps it’s ironic, given he seemed so keen to escape it, that Rickman ended up being best remembered for playing the sneering Professor Severus Snape in Harry Potter. Or perhaps it’s fitting. Snape, who languidly uttered words about how to “bewitch the miiind and ensnaaare the senses”, was cold, disapproving, enigmatic and – as it turned out – not whom he appeared. He was a villain masquerading as a hero. Rickman, with his distinctive lugubrious voice and penetrating stare, seemed hard of exterior – but after his death, stories emerged of his generosity. He gave money to acting students; his visibly emotional Truly, Madly, Deeply co-star Juliet Stevenson said on Newsnight that the acting community felt it had “lost the steering wheel in our car”. Emma Thompson, whom he appeared alongside in Sense & Sensibility and Love Actually, and directed in The Winter Guest, writes in the foreword, “There was something of the sage about him – and had he more confidence and been at all corruptible, he could probably have started his own religion.”

Chris Rock Isn't Interested In Returning To The Academy Awards After The Will Smith Fiasco

  Chris Rock Isn't Interested In Returning To The Academy Awards After The Will Smith Fiasco Power Book III Raising Kanan 2x07 Season 2 Episode 7 Trailer - No Love Lost - Episode 207

Rickman’s air of disdain was infamous; he was cherished for it. It was a quality that managed not to put people off, but, in fact, to draw us further in, seeming to indicate a sense of discernment; the occasional, hard-won smile hinted at a private, carefully governed sense of mischief. His death from pancreatic cancer was unexpected and shocking; it felt like a pillar had fallen. He was 69 but it seemed untimely, as if there should be much more. There was plenty that we still wanted to know. His diaries, then, offer an irresistible glimpse into the mind of an actor who excelled at playing buttoned-up men.

In ‘Love Actually' (Universal Pictures) © Provided by The Independent In ‘Love Actually' (Universal Pictures)

We have his crankiness, of course – but these journals also uncover someone who was, surprisingly, a social butterfly. His circle of friends was wide and eclectic, featuring Ruby Wax, Neil Kinnock, Edna O’Brien and, of course, Thompson. He and his wife Rima Horton, who writes the afterword, were always having people for dinners that seemed to go on until about 4am. He often recounts going to fancy department stores to buy people gifts. He sounds like he was a very good friend. (I wish he’d been mine, but he would have hated me, because I’m a journalist.) Many of his verdicts are unexpectedly cutting – but some are just joyfully unexpected. Mamma Mia was “good fun, but could easily be sensational. Some real choreography… would help”. He apparently spent his last months on the sofa watching Don’t Tell the Bride and Say Yes to the Dress.

Everything to know about ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 31, from its new network to its new producer

  Everything to know about ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 31, from its new network to its new producer “Dancing with the Stars” is back for 31st season — with a twist. The long-running series moved to Disney+ from ABC for Season 31. Here’s everything to know about the current installment and what you can expect. Is “Dancing with the Stars” returning for Season 31? Yes, and also Season 32. The show was renewed for a 31st and 32nd season on April 8, so you won’t have to wonder about its status once Season 31 wraps up.

His diaries burst with life – but they also made me quite sad. Rickman seemed to possess a feeling of being perpetually misunderstood. He took his work incredibly seriously and was impatient when others didn’t. “I don’t know who is right or wrong. I am difficult, temperamental, uncommunicative; others are sentimental, effect-driven, undisciplined,” he writes about the 1993 shoot of Mesmer. He reached so much for greatness that he sometimes seemed to overthink it, writing often of turning down projects. “When I think of the yeses and nos and maybes of this last year, the mind boggles. All I have are my instincts but they are appallingly diluted and redirected by second-guessing other people’s opinions,” he says in one entry. “Write to Brian Friel – say no to his play,” in 1994. And a few days later, in a sentence that made my blood run cold, “Eventually reading scripts of Persuasion and Madness of George. Both no.” Imagine if Alan Rickman had been in Persuasion!

Rickman in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1’ (Warner Bros) © Provided by The Independent Rickman in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1’ (Warner Bros)

The projects he did choose often failed to meet expectations. He won an Emmy for the lead role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny, a film in which he was often at loggerheads with director Uli Edel. He seemed faintly embarrassed in his Bafta speech for Robin Hood, declaring the win “a reminder that subtlety isn’t everything”. He was uncompromising – and maybe he should have compromised more. The Harry Potter films, Love Actually, Sweeney Todd and Sense & Sensibility were mainstream hits, but Rickman was never the star. For such an esteemed performer, he was in a surprising amount of flops (the critically mauled National Theatre production of Antony & Cleopatra, Gambit, The Butler, and A Little Chaos, which he directed himself) and never won an Oscar. But he never did seem to find the right project – he never got his King’s Speech or Darkest Hour, or even Paddington 2. Imagine if Alan Rickman had been in Paddington 2!

Nothing seems to have mattered more to Rickman than the endeavour to make great work. He took acting gravely seriously. Are actors “always to be so patronised”, he laments at one point. And although he might have made different choices and been in better films, it was that seriousness that, in the end, stands as his legacy. That and Hans Gruber, of course.

‘Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries’ is out now

From news to politics, travel to sport, culture to climate – The Independent has a host of free newsletters to suit your interests. To find the stories you want to read, and more, in your inbox, click here.

Album: Endangered small rock wren crowns New Zealand's Bird of the Year .
This undated file photo shows a small alpine rock wren in New Zealand. (Photo by David Hallett/Xinhua) They are classified as nationally endangered and are threatened by introduced predators such as stoats, mice and rats which raid their nests. Rock wrens are one of two surviving species from an ancient wren lineage unique to New Zealand. WELLINGTON, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- The endangered small alpine rock wren pīwauwau has won New Zealand's Bird ofThey are classified as nationally endangered and are threatened by introduced predators such as stoats, mice and rats which raid their nests. Rock wrens are one of two surviving species from an ancient wren lineage unique to New Zealand.

usr: 1
This is interesting!