The Rundown

Entertainment Express: Jack White, Sia, Speed, Paul McCartney, Matthew McConaughey

Hello from an overcast Los Angeles! Here to talk to Megan Fox and South African-born director Jonathan Liebesman about a couple of heroes-in-a-half-shell. 

* It’s Tuesday the 10th of June, which means Jack White’s album is officially out. After seeing him perform at Governors Ball this past weekend, I am convinced he is one of the consummate artists of our time – with an ability to bring together some of the best in the business. His second solo offering comes ahead of his Bonnaroo performance this weekend, but he’s also doing an NPR show, which will be streamed online later today.  

* In a profile piece in the New York Times earlier this time, Sia spoke about her reticence to be in the public eye, and one way the Australian singer seems to be getting around that is getting others to be in it for her. She performed Chandelier, the single off her forthcoming album, 1000 Forms of Fear, with her back to the audience on Ellen, and on Monday night, actress Lena Dunham performed it as an interpretive dance on Late Night with Seth Myers. I’m just glad we get to see and hear more of her. She’s way too talented just to be writing songs for Rihanna and Celine Dion.

* Is it just me or does it seem like there are a whole bunch of movie anniversaries this year? Ghostbusters will be having a special release in cinemas next week on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, while Napoleon Dynamite celebrated its decade one on Monday night. Today, it’s Speed that commemorates its 20th anniversary. And that concludes today’s installment of Now I Feel Old.

* Matthew McConaughey will be honoured with the American Cinematique award in October this year, just before his next film, Interstellar, releases in November. Looks like the McConaughessance (or however you spell it) will continue for the rest of this year too. No complaints here.

* While we’re sending positive wishes across to Tracy Morgan who’s recovering from this past weekend’s car accident, add Paul McCartney to the list too. McCartney has had to cancel two more weeks of US tour dates as he continues to recover from a virus he picked up last month. Morrissey, too, has had health concerns – again, poor thing – and is also dealing with a virus he picked up. He’s still releasing his spoken word videos though, so take in the latest one here.

[Pic: jackwhiteiii.com]

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