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Originally posted 05/24/2013 08:35AM
To the moon, Leo!
An unnamed bidder at Thursday night's amFAR Cinema Against AIDS Charity auction paid $1.5 million for a trip into outer space with Leonardo DiCaprio during the group's 20th anniversary gala at the Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc.
A few minutes later, after a lot of encouragement from guest emcee Sharon Stone, another couple paid $2.3 for two seats on the same Virgin Galactic voyage. All told, the evening brought in $25 million for the cause, up from $11 million last year.
All three astronauts will spend three days in training with DiCaprio in Texas and then sit next to him when they blast into the stratosphere aboard one of Sir Richard Branson's new fleet of spaceships.
Originally posted 03/10/2013 02:00PM
Nevermind the movie stars – it was Dame Shirley Bassey who delivered one of the most memorable highlights at this year's Academy Awards.
Performing her iconic James Bond theme "Goldfinger" as part of the film franchise's 50th anniversary, the singer, who also sang the Bond themes for "Diamonds are Forever" and "Moonraker," proved she's still got the pipes (and a physique to die for) at 76 years old.
Born in Wales, she started singing in her teens in local clubs and earned early fame with chart-topping hits like "As I Love You" in 1959. After reaching American audiences with her Bond themes, Bassey continued to tour and record in the '80s and '90s, and in 1999 was given the title "Dame Commander" for her contributions to the arts by the Queen.
Though she still performs today, the grandmother of four lives a quiet life in Monaco.
Originally posted 02/25/2013 02:55PM
It was a great night for music at the Academy Awards on Sunday – particularly for the ladies.
But who really knocked it out of the park?
Jennifer Hudson's performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" brought the audience to its feet, while Barbra Streisand delivered a wonderful tribute to Marvin Hamlisch with her rendition of "The Way We Were."
Originally posted 02/20/2013 07:00PM
Strike up the band, for Sunday night's Oscars promise to be very musical.
In the most detailed preview yet of what is to be expected – and what isn't – the 85th annual Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron tell Deadline.com that their special tribute to the resurgence of movie musicals in the past decade will star Les Misérables nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway with costars Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tevit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter; Dreamgirls Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson; and Chicago winner Catherine Zeta-Jones.
"What we don't want to do is play it safe," says Zadan about the show in general, admitting – repeatedly – that the job of producing it is "enormous."
Originally posted 10/05/2012 11:15AM
It's official: Britain's most iconic young singer has recorded the new theme song for the country's most iconic movie series.
And not surprisingly, Adele's take on James Bond doesn't sound half bad at all.
Below is her track for the upcoming Bond movie Skyfall, and Adele has opened up about the excitement of recording it.
Originally posted 06/01/2012 08:35AM
Ten years ago, to mark her 60 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth was serenaded by the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Ricky Martin, Eric Clapton, Tony Bennett, Sir Paul McCartney and Queen's Brian May, who played a rock guitar version of "God Save The Queen" on the roof of Buckingham Palace.
Come Monday, besides a return appearance by Sir Paul, Her Majesty will find an entire band up on her roof, when the British pop-ska band Madness plays its hit "Our House" as the centerpiece of that day's Diamond Jubilee celebration.
Other name attractions set to perform, as confirmed by the BBC: Elton John, singing "Your Song, I’m Still Standing" and "Crocodile Rock"; Robbie Williams, "Mack the Knife"; boy band JLS, "Everybody in Love" and "She Makes Me Wanna"; as well as Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder and Shirley Bassey, with her classic (and highly appropriate for this occasion) "Diamonds Are Forever."
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