Murray shakes his head. “Nope,” he says. “I don’t want to.”
At first my heart sinks (what’s wrong with me?!) but I quickly realize that Murray is kidding. It’s the first of many jokes that he will crack over the next 20 minutes.
We take seats at the bar at the Horseshoe Tavern. Nerdy without being awkward and youthful without being childish, Murray has a friendly spirit that makes me feel like I am talking to an old pal. He pushes his hair away from his forehead and orders a pint of Stella from the bartender.
“It’s definitely largely effortless,” Murray says of the comedy that he and bandmate Chris Cain bring to every aspect of their career. “There’s no plot to being funny. I think that’s sort of our default setting for better or worse.
“I think it would be much more taxing for us to feel like we had to be very, very cool,” he continues. “That would be much more emotionally strenuous I think.”
The Brooklyn-based duo formed back in 2000 when The Killers and Franz Ferdinand were ruling the airwaves. And while they never got that commercially successful in North America, We Are Scientists are incredibly popular in the United Kingdom.
“We live in a world where we kind of have this weird commercial station in Europe, whereas in North America we still operate like an indie band, which I think is good for us,” Murray says. “I think we sort of are happy with both worlds without feeling the desperation that kind of comes with this side.”
While in the UK the band would be playing large theatres, here in Toronto they play the modest Horseshoe Tavern – and are more than okay with it.
Tom Felton, known for his sassy portrayal of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movie franchise, is going to start a music career, reports CHARTattack.com.
The FeltBeats website recently announced that the 22-year-old blonde beauty has signed a record deal with independent label Six Strings.
The label confirmed the rumours on Twitter, tweeting on Thursday (July 15): “Tom Felton has signed and the album is very much on its way.”
Felton has already put out a few EPs and YouTube videos of his performances, so this record label will not actually be the first time we hear him musically. Still, he has admitted that he originally started making music as a joke.
Academy Award winning actress Sandra Bullock has a temporary restraining order against a man who has been accused of stalking her, reports Perez Hilton.
This is not the first time that 41-year-old Thomas James Weldon has been accused of stalking the actress. Bullock first obtained a restraining order against Weldon back in 2003 but it expired in 2009. He entered a Tennessee mental institution voluntarily, and Bullock sued the state to require them to let her know when he was released from the institution.
Last month Weldon showed up in a Wyoming emergency room saying he suffered from anxiety and he told the hospital staff that he drove all the way from Tennessee hoping to meet Bullock in her Jackson Hole home.
While it is not known exactly when Weldon was released from the mental institution in Tennessee, an August 6 hearing has been scheduled for a three-year order against him.
The Jersey Shore strike is quickly ending as the show’s stars are getting their demands met. Snooki has reached a deal with producers, reports TMZ, that has her earning “substantially more money than before.”
A TMZ source involved in the negotiations told the site that a deal was reached late last night (July 19) and that Snooki is incredibly happy with the results. A dollar amount has not been revealed, but it is apparently “definitely great compensation.”
Snooki is due to start shooting the show again in a day or two.
Hip-hop star Ice-T was arrested in New York City while taking his dog to the vet with his wife, Coco, reports Perez Hilton.
Ice-T was allegedly driving on a suspended license and was pulled over for driving while not wearing a seat belt. He was taken into custody in Chelsea but has apparently already been released.
We just hope the dog got to the vet ok!
Diddy scheduled a crazy 4th of July party at the Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, but it had to be shut down before the star even had the chance to get there, reports Perez Hilton.
According to Hilton’s sources, police were called in to close down the club after over 500 uninvited party-goers tried to get inside the shindig. The casino called the party shut down a “proactive decision” to keep the 1,800 or so actually invited guests safe.
“I just shut down Atlantic City!” Diddy said on his Twitter. “The party was so crazy I couldn’t even get in! 10 thousand people showed up. …I was ready to party!”
Tough luck, Diddy. Tough luck.
Jon Gosselin of Jon and Kate Plus 8 fame is writing a book, Perez Hilton reports. Written with the help of his life coach, Sylvia Lafair, the book is to be titled A Slice Of Life: Jon Gosselin’s Story.
“The book is about having eight kids all at once when he was under the age of 30,” Lafair said. “It includes some of the lessons that Jon has been learning with helpful hints on how he is working to re-frame his relationship with his family including his two brothers and his mother … It also explores how the death of his father affected him.”
Lafair, who reportedly works with Jon for$10,000 (U.S.) per session, said Gosselin is working towards his rebirth.
“Jon called because his life was not working,” she said. ”I think sometimes people have to get to their worst place to find out what they need in order to climb out of it. This past year has been like that for Jon.”
“Watching him is like a vaccination that’s taking effect,” Lafair continued. “I hear it in his voice … He has a more thoughtful way of stopping and asking questions … He wants to be the most effective father. He wants to find a way to speak for his generation in terms of getting married, divorced and raising kids and finding a better way to live his life.”
The newest James Bond movie, James Bond 23, has officially been cancelled, Perez Hilton reports.
MGM Studios is going bankrupt and cannot afford to make the movie. It was to be directed by Sam Mendes and once again star Daniel Craig as the badass title role.
MGM is apparently looking for a new buyer to finance the film, but until then they will be canceling scheduled productions, or at the very least postponing them indefinitely. The Hobbit still appears to be on the go-ahead, though.
Bilbo sure dodged that bullet!
I walk into the dressing room at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto to meet with pop singer and guitar sensation Orianthi. With her blonde hair tied in pigtail braids under a hat, she stands up to greet me. Orianthi reaches out one hand to shake mine, and in the other hand she holds a stuffed animal chicken. Apparently I am the only one in the room who finds this peculiar.
“I grew up with chickens and I want to have a chicken out on the road with me but I can’t,” she says, staring at the stuffed toy that now sits on the coffee table in front of her. “Everyone keeps giving me chickens, stuffed ones, so hopefully I’ll get a real rooster. That would be awesome. I’ve had chickens as pets since I was really young.”
At this point everyone in the room is giggling, including Orianthi and I. She flashes a gorgeous smile that lets me know she does not take herself too seriously. And for someone who became instantly famous for being Michael Jackson’s main guitarist in This Is It, that is no easy feat.
“A lot of people say that,” Orianthi says of the fact that even though she now has an established singing career of her own, she is still widely known as the girl who played guitar for Michael Jackson. “I don’t want to break away from that because I got to work with him for three months. … It was such an awesome time and I wish he was still around.”
The legendary film director has said that he believes Rupert Grint, known more commonly as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, could be the next big thing in male acting, reports PerezHilton.
“I thought [Grint] was a great actor in the Harry Potter movies,” Scorsese reportedly told sources. “In a lot of scenes, the boy stole the show.”
Scorsese explains the importance of branching out into different roles to avoid risk of being typecast as Ron Weasley forever.
“He will always have respect for the movies that gave him such a huge break, but at his age it’s important he doesn’t become a typecast,” the director said. “He has to do something really out of his comfort zone in the next few years – play a gangster, play a dirty cop, play a kid with learning difficulties. I would be interested in working with him.”
“I would have no issues casting him as a gangster, he is a very talented young man,” he continued. “When Leo [DiCaprio] was in Titanic and Romeo and Juliet, nobody saw him becoming a bad ass in movies like The Departed. But he has become one of the greatest actors of all time. The very same could be true for Rupert.”
Strong words from an important man! Pressure’s on, Rupert!
Following in the footsteps of other hip hop artists like Ludacris and Diddy, rapper T.I. is reportedly going to make his own signature alcohol.
According to PerezHilton, T.I. is teaming up with Remy Martin to launch a T.I. blend of cognac. To add to the mix, Dr. Dre (who? Sorry, we “forgot about Dre”) is also set to release his own blends of cognac and sparkling vodka.
Celebrities are slowly taking over every aspect of the commercial world. What’s next, Lady Gaga lampshades?
The Latin singer, who recently featured the Jersey Shore cast in his music video for the song “I Like It,” is apparently a fan of the MTV reality show, reports E! Online. He is even entertaining the idea of collaborating on a song with Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.
“I wouldn’t mind it,” Iglesias told E! Online of the idea of collaborating on a song “The Situation,” who recently released is own single, titled, fittingly, “The Situation.”
“I mean, a lot of it comes down to the song, but it would be fun,” Iglesias continued. He added that despite their onscreen behaviour, the Jersey Shore crew was quite professional on the set of his music video.
“They were very easy to work with,” Iglesias said. “You watch the show and you see all this drama and all these fights and you’re like, ‘Oh my God, all of this is going to be going on during the video!’ It wasn’t like that at all. Once I got to hang ut with them, the guys were so nice and I’m actually a big fan now.”
Iglesias’ first bilingual album, Euphoria, is available July 6 exclusively at Target.
Phildel lived a happy life in London, England, until she was eight years old. She used to play concerts for her mother on her little toy piano. Then her parents divorced and her mother remarried to a strict and abusive man. Phildel’s step-father banned music from their household, claiming it to be an unholy waste of time.
“It was probably the worst 10 years of my life,” Phildel (yes, it is her real name; it is a compound name of her Chinese father, Philip, and Irish mother, Della) told andPOP about growing up without music. “It was absolutely awful.”
She grew up depressed and isolated, unable to practise and listen to the one thing that kept her happy. Forced to play music in secret, Phildel would spend her spare time at school in the music room, playing on the school piano. It was there that her talent for the art took shape.
Jay-Z has joined the latest celebrity-designed headphone trend, reports PerezHilton, following such other artists as Dr. Dre and Lady Gaga.
Jay-Z’s company, Roc Nation, partnered with Skullcandy to create the snazzy-looking headphones that come in black, brown and white.
“Our passion is creating amazing music,” Jay-Z said. “We’re dedicated to delivering the best in live performances and now with the Roc Nation / Skullcandy partnership, we’re offering the best way for people to experience the soundtrack of their lives.”
These headphones are going for $149.95 (US). Apparently listening to the soundtrack of your life costs quite a pretty penny.
Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi, who found each other on the completely legitimate love show The Bachelor just a few months ago, have ended their engagement, reports E! News. That brings the total number of failed Bachelor pairs to 13.
“Jake and Vienna have split and appreciate the respect for their privacy at this time,” Pavelka’s rep said in a statement.
It’s okay, one of them is bound to end up on another season of The Bachelor and fine “true love” for real this time.
Because we can bet you’re already counting down to the next season of Glee, here’s a little update for you.
While not much information has been released as of yet, PerezHilton has confirmed that singer Charice will be joining the cast of the hit Fox TV show.
Apparently Charice will play a foreign exchange student with an amazing voice that makes Rachel jealous. Cat fight!
The pop singer was reportedly thrown out of the New York Yankees’ clubhouse after a recent game, reports NME.com. Apparently Gaga was drunk and started hitting on some of the players despite the fact that their wives and families were standing nearby.
Photographs of the superstar show her wearing an unbuttoned Yankees shirt revealing a black bra. Scandalous, Gaga! What would all your little monsters say?
According to TMZ, the King of Pop is set to star in a new video game that will essentially be a “dance karaoke.” Unlike many other ventures surrounding the deceased Jackson, apparently the pop singer’s estate is totally on board for this plan. Basically, gamers will see Jackson dancing on screen and then will be challenged to imitate his movements.
The game, currently untitled, will be available on multiple gaming platforms including Wii and Xbox 360. The Xbox version will include Microsoft’s new Kinect motion capture technology which will allow players to participate in the game without holding a controller.
Also in the Xbox version, the player will be judged based on full body moves; the game will process the player’s movements and display them on screen, dancing alongside Jackson.
If that wasn’t spectacular enough for aspiring Princes of Pop everywhere, the game also includes a karaoke feature which will allow players to sing along to Jackson songs and even funk up their voices with an autotune feature.
The game is being developed by Ubisoft (the same company behind Assassin’s Creed and Ghost Recon) and they have apparently secured permission from Jackson’s estate, so this is sure to go ahead. The game is scheduled to be released sometime before Christmas.
In an interview with MTV, the Twilight star talked about what kind of music she listened to on the set of New Moon to get her into the Bella Swan character, but went on to say that during the filming of Eclipse she’d just listen to her regular favourite tunes, reports MuchMusic.com.
Apparently, that regular music consists largely of Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.
“‘The Climb’ is my theme song, and I’m sticking to it,” Stewart said.
Stewart sang on The Runaways, so we think it would be pretty ridiculous (awesome) if she joined forces with Cyrus for a duet. Just sayin’.
While when Glee first hit televisions across the continent in mid-2009 it was nothing more than an odd-ball Fox series trying to take flight, today it is one of the most popular shows on the tube.
Before the show reached its current level of popularity, creators contacted artists whose songs they thought would fit the show. Two such artists turned the offer down: Bryan Adams and Coldplay, MuchMusic.com reports.
“At the beginning a lot of people didn’t know what we were and asked to see pages [in advance], but I refused because I didn’t want to set precedent of them having any involvement,” said Glee creator Ryan Murphy. “My favourite rejection was Bryan Adams. Coldplay and Bryan Adams were really the only rejections. But Coldplay called a week ago and said, ‘We’re sorry,you can have our catalog.’”
A “The Scientist” duet between Rachel and Finn? Brilliant.