Out this week
The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 by Joss Stone: The sixth album by the soul singer, comes after LP1 (2011), and is the follow-up to her debut album, The Soul Sessions (2003); features cover versions of 11 songs, including the Rolling Stones’ ‘I Got the Blues’ and Broken Bells’ ‘The High Road’.
God Forgives, I Don’t by Rick Ross: Fifth album by the hip hop artist, his first new release since Teflon Don (2010); includes the songs ‘Touch’N You’ (featuring Usher), ‘Ice Cold’ (featuring Omarion), ‘Maybach Music IV’ (featuring Ne-Yo), and ‘3 Kings’ (featuring Dr. Dre & Jay-Z).
The Watch (starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade) - sci-fi comedy; a neighbourhood watch group is forced into action after accidentally uncovering an alien plot that threatens the world.
Step Up Revolution (starring Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman) - dance drama, fourth instalment in the Step Up film series; an aspiring dancer (McCormick) joins forces with a dance crew to save a neighbourhood.
Killer Joe (starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon) - comedy thriller; a contract killer (McConaughey) is hired by a man (Hirsch) to murder his mother (Gershon).
F ‑Kelly Oxford (@kellyoxford): I love opening an email from an old friend I haven’t heard from and discovering they’ve been hacked.
F ‑Julius Sharpe (@juliussharpe): I’m having a terrible time at SeriousCon.
F ‑Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo): I am sitting outside, looking at my backyard in 3-D.
F ‑Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien): My wife is so cute, always clearing her browser history and throwing the computer out a window when I walk in the room.
F ‑Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman): Let me lay my head on your arm. I can’t sleep unless someone’s enduring a slight discomfort for my sake.
Maya Khabira Rudolph
H Born on the 27th of July 1972 in Florida.
H Younger sister of music engineer Marc Rudolph.
H Her mother, soul singer Minnie Riperton, died from cancer when Maya was six.
H Attended high school with Gwyneth Paltrow.
H Joined Saturday Night Live in 2000 and remained a regular cast member till 2007.
H Has gone on to appear in films such as A Prairie Home Companion (2006), Away We Go (2009), Grown Ups (2010), Bridesmaids (2011), and Friends with Kids (2011).
H Is currently starring in the sitcom Up All Night (2011 - present).
H Upcoming projects include the films The Way, Way Back (2013) and Grown Ups 2 (2013).
H Has three children with director Paul Thomas Anderson.
Also born today: Nick Hogan, Kenny Wormald, Taylor Schilling, Blair Redford, Triple H, Julian McMahon, Cliff Curtis, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Simon Jones, Maureen McGovern, Bobbie Gentry
Voice cast: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, John Ratzenberger
Director: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Tagline: Change your fate.
q ‑Animation; a princess (Macdonald) defies an old custom and brings chaos to her kingdom, and then must try to undo the curse.
q ‑Originally announced as The Bear and the Bow in 2008.
q ‑Pixar’s first fairytale, first female protagonist, and first princess.
q ‑Had a budget of around $185 million; has made nearly $245 million in the first few weeks of its release.
q ‑Has received a mostly positive reception from critics; has been appreciated for its stunning visuals and humour.
q ‑Scored by Patrick Doyle; soundtrack also features the songs ‘Touch the Sky’ and ‘Into the Open Air’, both performed by Julie Fowlis, and ‘Learn Me Right’ by Mumford & Sons and Birdy.
q ‑A video game based on the film has also been published by Disney Interactive Studios.
The Big Screen
Which film has musician Goher Mumtaz seen most recently?
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
“I recently saw Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol when I was coming back from the international tour. I thought this movie would be great, but didn’t like it. I guess too much stunts with no solid story. But I did enjoy Anil Kapoor’s acting in it. I won’t recommend it. The Avengers is fun to watch, but watch it in 3D.”