Now Morgan Freeman Can Help You Find Your Way On The Road

Morgan Freeman has one of the most distinctive and pleasant sounding voices among today’s actors.

Which is probably why he was asked to guide drivers using Google’s navigation app Waze. Plus he drove Miss Daisy after all. Just imagine being lost and then hearing the comforting voice of Morgan Freeman… Makes me want to get a driver’s license!

The actor isn’t doing this solely out of a need to help us mortals though. It’s part of the promotional campaign of his upcoming film London Has Fallen, a sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen.

Clever PR that is also great fun for drivers. What we’d call a win-win situation.

Photo via movieactors.com

Jimmy Kimmel Quizzes Couple On Terrifying Roller Coaster

No celebrity was involved in this roller coaster ride, but I just love these things too much not to post. It’s basically a Disney ad, but, as I said, it’s too good to ignore.

Jimmy Kimmel let a married couple ride a roller coaster at Disneyland while they had to ask 20 questions about which Oscar nominee was behind them. It sounds stupid, but it’s hilarious. Especially since I’m terrified of roller coasters myself and can only imagine the feeling… Eek.

Iconic Authors Harper Lee And Umbert Eco Passed Away

Two of literature’s greats have passed away.

American author Harper Lee and Italian author Umberto Eco both died yesterday on the 19th.

Harper Lee was the writer of the Pulitzer Prize winning 60’s novel How To Kill A Mockingbird, dealing with the subjects of rape and racial inequality in the American South. It later became a critically acclaimed film with Gregory Peck.
Harper Lee never published another novel until last year, when the sequel Go Set A Watchman was released.

Writer, philosopher and literary critic Umberto Eco was probably most known for his 1980 best-seller In The Name Of The Rose. The book is a murder mystery taking place in an Italian monastery in the 14th century. It later became a successful film starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater.

Both authors were in their 80’s when they passed away in their respective homes.

Rest In Peace

Photos via svt.se & bbc.com

BAFTA Awards – Winners & Videos

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, also knows as the BAFTA, had its prestigious awards ceremony on Sunday.

Here are this year’s winners:

Film
The Revenant – Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon

Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short – Adam McKay, Charles Randolph

Leading Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

Leading Actress
Brie Larson in Room

Supporting Actor
Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies

Supporting Actress
Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs

Director
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant

Animated Film
Inside Out – Pete Docter

Outstanding British Film
Brooklyn – John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nick Hornby

British Short Film
Operator – Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan

EE Rising Star
John Boyega

Make-Up And Hair
Mad Max: Fury Road – Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin

Cinematography
The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki

Original Music
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone

For more winners, visit the BAFTAs.

Photo via independent.co.uk

Now, some fun/good videos from the night:

 

Song Of The Week: Fantasy

4 February legendary musician Maurice White passed away. He was the founder of Earth, Wind & Fire and created some of the most iconic tunes of the 70’s.

Since yesterday also was Valentine’s Day I figured it would be nice with a classic romantic and spiritual EWF numer this week.

Ladies & Gents, here’s Fantasy:

Come see victory, in the land called fantasy
Loving life, a new decree,
Bring your mind to everlasting liberty

Our minds will explore together, old worlds, we conquer, forever
We then, will expand love together, as one

Rest In Peace Maurice White

Coldplay, Beyoncé & Bruno Mars Entertain At Super Bowl Halftime Show

More Beyoncé now. She’s been unavoidable this weekend. Unless you haven’t been online until… now.

The American musical extravaganza in the form of the Super Bowl halftime show took place yesterday. American football and music have become an important combo. Especially when the Super Bowl turns 50.

Let’s start with the National Anthem though. It’s a big deal for artists, and this year none other than Lady Gaga got to sing it. If you still didn’t think she could sing, you were proven wrong:

The American National Anthem is the only one I know that is so powerful, it can make  anyone shed a tear when sung right.

Then came the halftime show. And it wasn’t just one band or artist. No.
Coldplay were the headline act. Then came Bruno Mars and his guys. Then, to top it all off, Beyoncé. Because why not.

I must say, I was left sliiightly unimpressed by it. It was a joyful and entertaining little show, but not spectacularly great.

I feel almost bad for Coldplay since people only seem to be raving about Beyoncé’s part today, as always. But the guys’ were good too and I can’t see Bey as being the be-all and end-all of everything. She was smart and payed homage to Michael Jackson’s classic performance with her outfit and she did a good job. That’s it. Bruno Mars and his crew were a fun addition.

All in all, it was a nice show.

Prince Solo Shows Wow International Crowd

On Thursday the 21st Prince turned his Paisley Park complex into an international music gala castle featuring only him. Hard to believe that it was the first time in Prince’s career he didn’t share the stage with anyone but his piano and mike!

If you haven’t had a chance to ready anything about the event yet, I know that you’ll want to know the setlist NOW, so here it is:


“Baby”
“I Wanna Be Your Lover”
“Dirty Mind”
“Do Me, Baby”
“Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)”
“Free”
“A Case of You” (Joni Mitchell)
“Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” (Traditional)
“The Beautiful Ones”
“U’r Gonna C Me”
“Condition of the Heart”
“Raspberry Beret”
“Paisley Park”
“Sometimes It Snows In April”
“I Love U, But I Don’t Trust U Anymore”
“The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”
“Unchain My Heart” (Ray Charles)
“Baltimore”
“Rock and Roll Love Affair”
“Starfish and Coffee”
“The Breakdown”
“Anna Stesia”

First of all, if you happen to be familiar with Prince you can see that quite a few of the tracks are very emotional pieces. Just the fact that he played Anna Stesia makes me almost purple with envy!

If you haven’t heard the song – try to find someone who can guide you to it. It is such a masterpiece of emotions, dark, haunting, spiritual and impossible to forget.

Have you ever been so lonely
That you felt like you were the
Only one in this world?

Have you ever wanted to play
With someone so much you’d take
Any one boy or girl?

Anna Stesia come to me
Talk to me, ravish me
Liberate my mind…

Two shows in a row Princey did, so that as many as possible could enjoy the atmosphere. Not bad. Tribute to David Bowie was payed by Prince saying “I only met him once. He was nice to me. He seemed like he was nice to everybody.”

Rolling Stone’s writer Keith Harris seemed very pleased with the night, describing it as “emotional” and “familiar melodies splintered into virtuosic cascades for a dreamlike effect, as though Prince was remembering the birth of his career in real time.” The unique shows were quite intimate with only a little over 1000 people per show.

I’m wishing more and more I could have been there. Like seriously. SEEEERRRIOUSLY.

Nevertheless, there were al lot of other people who actually were there. On forums I could read about plenty of people from Europe and all kinds of places on Earth traveling to the US just for these shows. That’s dedication! And quite typical in the Princedom.

Because of people having flown in from far away, the gates were opened the day after as well and people could continue to party. Prince was lurking in the background while old school funkster Larry Graham and Shelby J played on stage.

Apparently Prince had also offered some people cookies. Homemade ones? Who knows… But the idea of Prince not only doing pancakes, but also baking cookies, is fantastic!

Unfortunately photos weren’t allowed, so there’s nothing to show. Just imagine it.

Photo via onenation.livenation.com

Prince Performs At Paisley Park Tonight

In case anyone forgot and still has time to rush to the United States…

As I’ve reported before, Prince cancelled his European tour and changed it into a two day gala event at his Paisley Park estate near Minneapolis. Tonight the first show starts.

Old and new hits and some unknown material is to be expected. I’ve also read something about there perhaps being the opportunity to buy a physical copy of his latest album. Fans still do that, ya know. Fans even fly from Europe to the US for this. Not me though… *sigh*

Hope people there have fun and I can report some more details tomorrow!

Photo via blog.thecurrent.org.

Song Of The Week Dedicated To David Bowie

It’s a sad sad day.

Rock icon David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69, after battling cancer. This only two days after his birthday and the release of his new album Blackstar.

I literally gasped when I read the news this morning. I think I genuinely thought he was immortal. It is truly surreal to think he is not. Some people have that talent, that body of work, that personality that seems larger than life. David Bowie was that kind of person. Artist. Rule breaker.

But Ziggy Stardust will live on in the hearts of millions of people. It becomes obvious how many he touched when one surfs the Internet. People are in shock. They are mourning. Music is tremendously powerful and speaks to the very chore of one’s being.

I don’t feel like the right person to write about the artist that was David Bowie, so I rather refer you to other sites for that. TIME, for instance, has an article you can read.

I will, though, dedicate my Song Of The Week to the legend. I first had another artist posted, but that doesn’t feel right now.

It’s Bowie’s last single, which came out only a few days ago. Lazarus is quite an eery piece as it seems he knew he was about to die. But it’s hauntingly beautiful.

I would like to end this, though, with another piece that I’ve never stopped to love, especially due to the lyrics. The classic Life On Mars.

Rest In Peace Ziggy Stardust. David Bowie.

Photo via bjournal.co

Beyoncé Joins Coldplay For Super Bowl Halftime Show

Looks like the upcoming Super Bowl Halftime Show, which is watched by millions of Americans and others and is a huge deal for any artist, is going to be pretty spectacular this year!

Not only are Coldplay performing as the main act plus Bruno Mars, now it’s been confirmed that also Beyoncé is going to bust a move on stage!

Last time she did that was three years ago and when Bey hits the stage, people go crazy. Even Beyoncé goes crazy, as we  can remember from the now infamous faces she pulled. Don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about.
So, it is preeeetty safe to say that the event will have a HUGE TV audience.

The date is 7 February, mark your calendars!

Photo via idolator.com