When we first saw photos from Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Paris Couture show on Wednesday, we thought the designer’s tribute to Amy Winehouse — models in behive wigs, outfits slightly askew, as an a capella doowop band performed her hits — sounded playful and kind of sweet. Apparently, her family disagrees.
“The family was upset to see those pictures, they were a total shock,” Mitch Winehouse reportedly told The Sun, accusing the fashion house of cashing in on Amy’s image. (This coming from a grieving father who’s publishing a memoir about Amy due out this summer, but you know, he’s doing it for the kids.) Many agree that it was not in the best taste, what with the models’ smeared makeup and cigarettes not showing Amy at her best, and say JPG probably should be pledging some cash to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the way her Fred Perry Collection has done. We’re torn.
Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse have more than a few things in common: gorgeous voices, singular style, massive hair game. Are those similarities enough to suggest Gaga would be be a good choice to play Amy Winehouse in a potential biopic? According to Amy’s Dad Mitch Winehouse, yes. “I have heard that Lady Gaga is keen to play Amy in a film. I donâ€™t know what her English accent is like but itâ€™s not just an English accent she would have to perfect â€“ itâ€™s an English-Cockney-Jewish accent so she better start practising now,â€ Mitch allegedly told Britain’s Mirror. “But she would be great.” Plus, a role like this seems like clear Oscar bait. Then Gaga would be half way to an EGOT!
Unfortunately for fans currently squealing over the thought of Gaga donning the beehive and going method with the tattoos, Papa Winehouse, who met Lady Gaga‘s parents at Tony Bennett‘s birthday party, allegedly explained to Britain’s Daily Mail he would “never allow the songs to be released” for use by filmmakers. Mitch’s response might come as a reaction to rumors that Amy’s ex Reg Traviss was attempting to produce a biopic of the singer. So what do you think? Would Lady Gaga make an amazing Winehouse, or does that film have disaster written all over it? And not a fun disaster like Showgirls?
Well, we can be sure of at least one thing regarding Amy Winehouse’s death: there’s no possible cause that won’t be incredly sad. Currently the singer’s family is alleging that Amy Winehouse’s death was due to seizures brought on from her withdrawal from alcohol. “She had a series of seizures brought on by this binge drinking and then stopping to drink….I think it’s what the doctor said, I think she had a seizure and this was the time when there was no one there to rescue her,” the singer’s father Mitch Winehouse claims on Anderson Cooper’s new show Anderson, which premieres today. Let’s see…yup, yes, that is still heart-breaking.
Mitch, along with Amy Winehouse‘s mother Janis Winehouse, use their interview with Cooper to defend their claim that the Back In Black singer had not done drugs in three years, as well as promote their newly-formed Amy Winehouse Foundation. Says Winehouse’s father, “We are hoping to raise money, we will raise money for disadvantaged children suffering with drug abuse, illl health,” i.e. the only thing that would make this whole affair any less deeply, deeply tragic.
In death as in life, Amy Winehouse‘s legacy seems to be the ability to take a whole mess of pain and turn it into something that touches people very deeply. Following Amy Winehouse’s death almost two weeks ago, People claims that the singer’s family intends to open the Amy Winehouse Foundation in her $4 million London home. The charity will reportedly help children in need; those heading up the organization will release their official mission statement on what would have been Winehouse’s 28th birthday, September 14.
“The foundation is going to help thousands of people. That is Amy’s legacy,” the singer’s father Mitch Winehouse tweeted this week, adding today, “Once again, thanks for your beautiful messages. I will keep you all informed as to the progress of the foundation. Mitch.” In the meantime, the Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett duet “Body and Soul,” recorded earlier this year for Bennett’s album Duets II, will be sold as a benefit single for the foundation, a great idea considering we were all going to buy it and listen to it in the fetal position anyway.
The only thing sadder than Amy Winehouse’s death would be if her death came as the result of her attempts to get sober. While Amy Winehouse’s autopsy earlier this week proved inconclusive, and toxicology reports won’t yield results for 2 to 4 weeks, the singer’s family are reportedly of the opinion that Amy Winehouse’s cause of death was alcohol withdrawal. People confirms with those close to the Black To Black performer that they feel this may be the case, given that Amy abruptly quit drinking within the last month, against the advice of doctors to cut back gradually to avoid complications. “Abstinence gave her body such a fright, they thought it was eventually the cause of her death,” a source tells the British paper Sun.
Meanwhile, rumors of a Amy Winehouse album of her unreleased material is rumored, but remains unconfirmed. Britain’s The Guardian reports that, “A spokesman close to Universal, the mother company of the singer songwriter’s label, Island Records, said the singer had put down the ‘framework’ of around a ‘dozen’ new songs.” Unless every single one of those new jams is a dubstep remix of “F— Me Pumps,” we should all get prepare to be completely devastated all over again, if/when it ever gets released.
Amy Winehouse’s funeral was held this morning in London’s Edgewarebury Cemetery, followed by a cremation ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium, attended by family and friend, including Kelly Osbourne and Winehouse’s frequent collaborator and producer Mark Ronson. Amy Winehouse’s autopsy, performed yesterday, proved inconclusive; toxicology tests will take two to four weeks to yield results.
According to TMZ, Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse gave a eulogy during Amy’s service, which was lead by a rabbi and performed in English and Hebrew. Mitch said, in part, “Goodnight my angel … Sleep tight. Mommy and Daddy love you ever so much,” before encouraging the attendants to sing along with the closing song, Carole King‘s “So Far Away,” all of which makes us want to lie down in a dark room and listen to “Tears Dry On Their Own” on repeat for a few more hours.
Amy Winehouse‘s cabbie father Mitch is starring in an online chat show, it’s been announced. The singer’s dad – who’s become a famous face in his own right through Amy’s very public drug addiction – is set to host a fairly random-sounding segment on new web channel Liv where he interviews stars in his very own black cab. Budget-tastic!
The show, called “Mitch Winehouse’s Showbiz Rant,” sees Pop Winehouse interview another crazy mess, David Hasselhoff, in the first episode. Brilliant flash of post-modern genius or total barrell-scraping cheapo nonsense? Watch the first ep and decide for yourself… personally, we’re a fan of old Mr W, but think his talents deserve better than the £4.27 this “show” clearly cost to make. [Video: Living TV]