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The Black Fairy is Rumple’s mom, so do we have to worry about him betraying the heroes on Once Upon a Time? — Madeline “That’s a great question and that’s a big part of what we deal with, which is the complexity of the situation for Rumple with what he’s facing,” EP Adam Horowitz says. Adds Edward Kitsis: “I would say that as Rumple has been challenged before, once again you will see during the rest of the episodes coming up, there will be sides and he’ll have to pick one, and it will be a very hard decision.”
Once Upon a Time: Which star wanted to rap in musical hour?
The Once Upon a Time musical episode is nearly upon us — and while most of the OUAT cast will be lending their voices to the May 7 hour, there’s one actress who aimed to do a little more.
“I’m hoping to rap,” Parrilla told EW ahead of filming the musical episode. “That’s just the Brooklyn girl in me that wants to rap. I just pitched that idea. I haven’t gotten a response. I am hoping to rap, but it’s highly unlikely.”
While Parrilla was game to lend her voice to the hour, she admits there was some hesitation. “Listen, I love singing in the shower, and in the car, and maybe after a few shots of tequila at a karaoke bar, but I’m not a trained singer,” the actress says. “I trained my voice for many years for acting. It’s a very different kind of thing. But I’m excited.”
“I think I did a musical once in my life when I was 19 years old, so I’m definitely rusty,” Parrilla continues. “It’s been 20 years, but it’s been fun. I think the whole idea of all of us doing something different is exciting too, and we’ve been singing on set, and in between takes, and kind of warming our voices up, but also I think really just gearing up for this really fun episode that we are about to do.”
As for why the denizens of Storybrooke will be breaking into song, Parrilla teases, “Something happens. I don’t think I can really talk about it, but let’s just say it’s not a choice. It kind of comes upon them.”
The meticulously planned debut of the single at 8am on Friday will kick off an Adele-style campaign to establish Harry as the world’s biggest male star. The superfan of David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney wants to be taken seriously as a songwriter and musician – and will distance himself from the teen pop direction of his former band. A source close to the star tells me: “Harry isn’t a typical popstar. This is an art rock project – and he wants to let the music do the talking.” Harry has spent months secretly ensuring that the music has a timeless quality reminiscent of Bowie and Prince at their peaks in the 70s and 80s.
He has rejected the current move towards dance music and his first release will, in fact, run to five minutes long. The song is so shrouded in secrecy that it is on just two iPods, which have no internet connection to stop hackers leaking the tune. Many who have listened to the song have been asked to sign legally binding non-disclosure agreements. Quietly determined Harry has been very personally involved in every aspect of the music, which has been produced by Jeff Bhasker who was behind the international smash hit Uptown Funk. My source adds: “Harry has written the songs and the meanings are very personal to him, based on his life. He has also been playing the guitar and the piano as well. He’s a very modest guy, but it was important to him that this music represented him totally.”
Access to Harry is going to be severely limited during the international campaign. The headline-grabbing star is desperate to avoid discussion of his personal life, especially romances with celebs such as Taylor Swift, Kendall Jenner and Caroline Flack. And he also wants to avoid any discussion about his relationship with his 1D band members, who he has seen just a handful of times in the year-and-a-half since the split. Harry has agreed to appear on BBC1 favourite Graham Norton – but he will only perform and not join the other A-listers on the sofa of the hit chat show. He’ll also appear on US TV institution Saturday Night Live and give one in-depth interview to his BFF Nick Grimshaw on Radio 1 to coincide with the single release.
The source explains: “Harry doesn’t want to talk about his personal life or be asked constantly about One Direction. It’s not his style. He’s spent his entire life having his every move scrutinised. He doesn’t feel the need to do interviews or the promo circuit. There will be a couple of very big appearances to keep TV and radio on board, but it will be very limited and he’s learnt how to say very little. Harry’s idols are people like Bowie and Jagger. He’s closely studied their careers and that’s the direction he is heading in. He loves the sense of mystery they maintained around them.”
Harry’s small team of advisers is led by his manager and close friend Jeff Azoff, the son of music giant and Eagles manager Irving. Also intimately involved are Sony Music Entertainment chief executive Rob Stringer and Sony Music UK chairman Jason Iley – a sign in the importance of Harry’s success to the future of the company. He is being advised on PR by Dawbell, the company that also represents Harry’s close friends and personal mentors James Corden and Gary Barlow. Stringer has said of the project: “We obviously want everything to be beautifully done, because we think he’s here to stay. Harry has stepped up with the vision of someone who’s authentic.”
On Friday, the Trump administration took its anti-press rhetoric to the next level when several outlets, including the New York Times and CNN, were blocked from attending an informal briefing with White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Other outlets including the far-right Breitbart and the Washington Times were allowed in, according to the Hill, one of the outlets that wasn’t permitted access.
The administration’s actions on Friday directly contradict how Spicer previously said the press should be treated.
Back in December, he told Politico’s Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer that the Trump White House would not take the authoritarian step of banning reporters. Read more (2/24/17 3:22 PM)
Harry Styles is teasing something big to come on April 7, and sources tell Billboard it’s a single.
A mysterious television ad – in which an instrumental track is heard as Styles walks through a cloud of smoke – aired in the U.K. Saturday (March 25). At the end of the clip, the singer’s eyes gaze into the camera, just before the date April 7 flashes on the screen.
News of the One Direction star signing a recording contract with Columbia Records was confirmed in June. The April 7 release would be Styles’ debut solo single. - Billboard
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