Producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark are developing two animated films, Rio and Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, for the stage. The beleaguered superhero musical's lead producers, Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, are setting their sights on two new projects which will transform the hit films into musicals.
Cohl and Harris tell the New York Times they are hoping to open Rio, based on the 2011 film about two blue macaws falling in love, in the titular city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in time to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics.
If the run proves successful, they are hoping to bring the production to Broadway.
As for Chipwrecked, the producing duo is developing a live stage show about the trio of musical chipmunks, and a tour of theatres across the U.S. is expected next spring (15).
Cohl and Harris also revealed they have nixed plans to bring Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark to Las Vegas, and instead are focusing on an arena tour, which is expected to open late 2015 or early 2016.
Cohl says in a statement, "Las Vegas was never a done deal; it's simply a market that we were exploring - among other possibilities - and still are. Our favorite possibility for the future life of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark always has been the arena tour, and we are thrilled that it has materialized."
The musical, which features a score by U2 stars Bono and The Edge, ended its three-year run in January (14). The show was troubled with months of delays and setbacks, including the exit of director/writer Julie Taymor, a number of injuries sustained by castmembers, and a ballooning budget which made it the most expensive Broadway production of all time at $75 million (£44 million).
Stars including singers Bono and Robin Thicke and supermodel Cara Delevingne helped raise more than $25 million (£14.7 million) for Leonardo DiCaprio's charity at a party in St. Tropez, France on Wednesday (23Jul14). The Titanic actor threw a star-studded bash in the French resort to boost funds for his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and the event attracted a slew of celebrities including Selena Gomez and Jared Leto.
An auction was held at the town's Domaine Bertaud Belieu winery, and the lots included a Harley-Davidson motorcycle signed by Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, which sold for more than $673,000 (£395,882), and a Damien Hirst artwork which fetched $6 million (£3.5 million).
U2 frontman Bono auctioned off a guitar and also performed for guests, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The inaugural fundraising gala was in aid of DiCaprio's foundation, which aims to protect the environment and save endangered species.
Madonna's manager Guy Oseary has landed another major talent after signing on to represent Alicia Keys. The multi-Grammy winner has confirmed Oseary and his business partner Ron Lafitte will be overseeing her career.
The Maverick bosses' clients also include Pharrell Williams and OneRepublic, while Oseary recently signed U2 as a new client.
He has been the mastermind behind Madonna's career for a decade.
A reunited Oasis would be the number one draw at next year's (15) Glastonbury festival, according to a new magazine poll in Britain. Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian headlined this year's (14) event, which concluded on Sunday night (29Jun14), and music fans and organisers alike are already looking forward to next year's Somerset, England festival.
And Oasis, who have headlined the weekend event in the past, are at the top of fans' wish lists for a slot on the bill next summer.
The disbanded group has beaten out David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Muse and Fleetwood Mac among the acts festival fans would most like to see at Glastonbury next year, according to the NME.com poll.
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis recently revealed that three headliners have already been booked for next year's festival, and they don't include Prince, who was rumoured to be a special guest artist this year (14).
Bookmakers at William Hill have named Iron Maiden as front-runners to headline Glastonbury 2015 with odds of 7/1, while reclusive Kate Bush, Oasis, Coldplay and U2 all have good odds.
U2 frontman Bono is calling out bosses at Apple for not sufficiently promoting their partnership with his global non-profit organisation, (RED). The Beautiful Day hitmaker spoke at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France on Saturday (21Jun14) to discuss the company he co-founded in 2006 to make businesses and consumers more aware of the battle against AIDS.
Since its inception, (RED) bosses have teamed with executives at big-name companies including Nike, Starbucks, Gap, Armani, Beats Electronics, and Apple, which has branded the signature red colour and logo on many of its products such as the iPod, iPad, and iPhone.
However, when Bono spoke to the audience at Cannes Lions, with Apple's Senior Vice President of Design, Jony Ive, sitting on stage with him, the rocker wasn't afraid to criticise Apple.
He explained, "One of the reasons it's such a credit to have Jony Ive on the stage is because Apple is so f**king annoyingly quiet about the fact they've raised $75 million. Nobody knows!"
Bono held up his (RED) iPad cover and noted that the logo was barely noticeable, and said, "Where's the (RED) branding? Nobody can see that. This is modesty run amok. This is the Apple way. They're like a religious cult."
Earlier in the day, Bono was presented with the inaugural Cannes LionHeart award to mark his "innovative use of commercial brand power, which has made a significant and positive difference to people or the planet."
The (RED) charity has raised more than $250 million (£147 million) to highlight HIV and AIDS research in Africa, according to the organisation's website.
Jay Z and Beyonce's upcoming On The Run Tour is on track to become the second highest-grossing trek per show in history, despite reports of poor ticket sales. The hip-hop supercouple is embarking on a joint trek across North America this summer (14) and recent speculation suggested the dates were failing to sell out.
However, according to an analysis by editors at Forbes magazine, the On The Run Tour is on pace to sell one million tickets, equalling a gross total of around $100 million (£62.5 million).
With only 20 shows scheduled for the U.S., this will put Jay Z and Beyonce second only to U2's 360 Tour between 2009 and 2011, which grossed $6.7 million (£4.2 million) per show.
The couple is expected to rake in nearly $5 million (£3.1 million) with each performance.
The trek kicks off on Wednesday (25Jun14) in Miami, Florida. Jay Z and Beyonce will make more stops in the U.S. before two dates at the Stade de France in Paris, France in September (14).
U2 stars Bono and The Edge have become directors on the board of legendary guitar company Fender. The Irish rockers will team up with bosses at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation to help them pursue new growth strategies and technologies for the business.
Company co-chairman Mark Fukunaga branded Bono a "visionary in the music world" with the business skills and creativity to improve the business, and he hailed guitarist The Edge as an "innovator of unique sounds through his use of technology".
The Edge, real name David Evans, says, "(This is) something of a kid in a candy store situation for me. I've been a fan of Fender guitars from the beginning, playing them on all the most important U2 tours and albums. But I'm most interested in working with the Fender design team on some new ideas."
Bono adds, "When a festival-goer wears a Fender t-shirt, they are saying a lot about themselves. They love music, they're independent-spirited, they're proud of this truly American company, a nexus of technology and culture which, in the end, can't be copied no matter how hard the giants try. I'm excited to be part of developing newer technologies with Fender, as well as helping protect the jobs and commitment to excellence of their age-old craft."
The Rolling Stones have been crowned the kings of the live stage after grossing more than $1.56 billion from their concerts in the past 24 years. Billboard magazine editors have polled the 25 biggest touring acts since 1990 and the Brown Sugar hitmakers, who are currently on their 14 On Fire world tour, have come out on top, playing a total of 538 shows to more than 19.67 million people around the world.
Irish rockers U2 place second on the Top Live Artists list, banking $1.51 billion over 526 gigs, while Bruce Springsteen comes in third with $1.19 billion over 727 shows.
Madonna and Bon Jovi round out the top five, while Elton John, Celine Dion, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Metallica and Coldplay also feature in the survey.
The Irish filmmaker behind hit 2007 movie Once is working on a new project with U2. Dublin-born musician and director John Carney has revealed he is returning to Ireland to develop Sing Street, which will feature songs written by U2's Bono and The Edge.
The film, set in the 1980s, surrounds a teenager who is forced out of his private school and into a tough inner-city institution, where he finds refuge in music.
Carney, a former member of Irish band The Frames, wrote the script and will direct the movie, which is loosely inspired by his own life.
Filming is set to start in September (14).
Rare U2 and Velvet Underground recordings are set to hit auction blocks in England and Chicago, Illinois. The four-song recording of U2 performing live in Holland back in 1980 comes with unreleased photos and a previously unheard 15-minute interview featuring frontman Bono and guitarist The Edge discussing their hopes for the band and attacking American rock music.
The rarity package is expected to go under the hammer at Stockport, England's Omega Auctions for $1,600 (£1,000) on 30 May.
Meanwhile, an early Velvet Underground acetate from 1966, which sold at auction in 2006 for $25,200 (£15,750), is on sale again.
The Scepter Studios recording, which features songs that were later released on the group's 1967 debut The Velvet Underground & Nico, is back up for auction via Chicago store Shuga Records.
Ten per cent of the sale will benefit a local animal rights charity.
Legend has it that the band's one-time mentor/manager Andy Warhol paid for the recording time by giving the studio boss one of his paintings.