The Forte office is looking pretty glum, with news that 63-year-old funny man Robin Williams unfortunately passed away on Monday morning at his home in North Carolina. The actor best known for some of his roles in Bicentennial Man (1999), Good Morning Vietnam (1987), Flubber (1997) and Jumanji (1995) will always be remembered for making us laugh and inspiring children worldwide to let their imagination run free.
Soundwave has been teasing us ahead of their 2015 event by releasing the odd name here and there. If you haven’t been keeping tabs, so far you’re looking at Monuments, Butcher Babies, Patent Pending, Coldrain and The Interrupters. With the 2015 outing set to introduce a bumper two-day event, you can expect a truckload more to come your way.
Would you spend an intimate evening with a Bengal tiger? Would you play basketball with an axolotl? Then why would you spend Christmas with family when you can spend Christmas with Unwritten Law’s Steve Russo and Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson? The lads are teaming up for an acoustic Christmas double-header where the only thing that will be more plentiful than the songs will be the eggnog. The Corner – December 19.
It looks as though Ed Helm may be making his way back to the small screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Helm is in negotiations to star in One Percent, a drama series about a farmer struggling to keep his business afloat. Ed Harris and Hillary Swank are also in negotiations. One Percent is set to be directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, known for his work behind the lens of Babel and 21 Grams.
There is nothing like a good ‘Best Of’ compilation to add to your collection. A little later this year Ozzy Osbourne will release Memoirs of a Madman, a 17-track compilation of his biggest tracks as a solo artist. A cool bonus is an accompanying DVD featuring music videos, unreleased live performances and interviews. If you want to shell out a few extra bucks, a special bundle will also feature a 2-LP set and an autographed poster.
The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia gang have a lot of wisdom. Well, wisdom may be a stretch but let’s go with it. In January 2015 the fantastic five will release The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today, a book detailing their tips on how to make the most successful you – today! How better to go about your New Year’s resolution than with life tips from the pros.
Due to overwhelming success, good guy Damien Leith has teed up a bunch of encore Without a Fight tour dates. The tour keeps the spotlight on 2013’s Chapter Seven, an acoustic folk-pop release that gave a farewell handshake to his previous label Sony while saying hello to his new home at Social Family Records. Leith was crowned Australian Idol in 2006. Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club – September 5 & September 6.
Creator of the Tekken series, Katsuhiro Harada, says that fans can expect the latest in the series about the Mishima family to be released before the end of the year. Harada took to Twitter following the release of the latest trailer, engaging fans one-on-one in what can be expected. Meanwhile, the head of Epic Studios Japan, Taka Kawasaki, confirmed that a PC version of the game is happening.
It looks as though the much-talked about Kurt Cobain biopic is due to begin within the next year or so. Speaking with Ruben Nepales of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Courtney Love said: “I do have a say in it. So do Frances, and Krist and Dave (Grohl), for that matter, if it touches on Nirvana – and it will. I am leading the charge because it’s time to do this.” Will we finally find out who shot Kurt Cobain?
Trick or treat? Well, a little of both if you’re a fan of Kele Okereke. The Bloc Party frontman has announced details of his second solo release, the follow-up to 2010’s The Boxer. The new release is titled Trick and is set for release in October. A statement on the album describes it as “standing at the crossroads of club history, old-school soul and modern electronic R&B, with a distinctively British twist”.