With no immediate career prospects or any idea of what she wanted to do with her life, Jackie Thomas was ”just going with it”. Now the 22-year-old former meatworker has a record deal, a new car and a future in the spotlight.
Lea Michele reportedly fears she’ll never get over Cory Monteith’s death. The 26-year-old actress had been dating her Glee co-star for more than a year when he died suddenly from an overdose of heroin and alcohol on July 13.
Australian singer and dancer Tim “Timomatic” Omaji knows a thing or two about TV talent shows. He made his mark on So You Think You Can Dance in 2009, placing seventh, and then appeared on Australia’s Got Talent in 2011, placing third.
X-Factor contestant Fletcher Mills has hit back at cyber bullies who have taken to his Facebook page to tell him he’s “ruining the show”. Since Mills was announced as the wild card winner – earning him a place back on the X-Factor show after being sent home – cyber trolls and bullies have bombarded his Facebook page with vitriol
CAVEMAN Caveman (Shock) There are moments of melodic and cleverly arranged promise in this New York indie five-piece’s follow-up to 2011’s CoCo Beware (which this reviewer quite liked as a slow-burner but which mostly smouldered beneath the radar) but the band’s tendency to sand the edges off their tracks with synth-washed soundscapes prevents most tracks from blossoming, let alone bear any fruit. The repetition of building each track to a crescendo using that layered synth becomes tedious, detracting from layered mid-album highlights Over My Head and Pricey whose great reverbed guitar lines and thoughtful change-ups are drowned by that familiar cadence
UKTV’s Top of the Lake managed to end with both a bang and a whimper – the whimper being from viewers who had finally managed to persuade themselves that Al the policeman (David Wenham) was a good guy after all. It turned out that he was unimaginably worse than the series’ ostensible villains, the brutal alcoholic drug lord and suspected child-rapist and his pitbull sons
TRUE HALLUCINATIONS Ex Cops (Shock) Shoe-gazing often patched over the stains of half-arsed ability with swirling reverb and torrents of forced harmonising. The success – both critical and downloaded – of Ex Cops’ Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun is that their dreamy pop is anchored with rock-solid vocals and shining blue-sky melodies.
Bradley Cooper is still dealing with the “aftershock” of his father’s death. The 38-year-old Academy Award-nominated actor suffered a great loss after patriarch Charles died of cancer in January 2011.
HOUSE ON FIRE Jeff Healey Band (Shock) If you were around at the time, probably the most enduring memory of blind Canadian guitarist Jeff Healey was his small part role as Cody the leader of the house band in the 1989 Patrick Swayze movie Road House.
The Game fights dirty — at least according to rapper 2Eleven, who says Game sucker punched him at Lil Wayne’s birthday party last week … and that’s why Game got his ass kicked out. 2Eleven Had No Idea The Game Wanted To Fight With Him 2Eleven tells us, he had no idea Game even wanted to […]