Director Quentin Tarantino rounded up some of his most famous collaborators including Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell to participate in a live reading of his leaked script The Hateful Eight on Saturday (19Apr14).
In January (14), the Pulp Fiction filmmaker scrapped plans to shoot the Western after an early draft of his screenplay made its way online without his permission. Despite the axe, Tarantino teamed up with organisers at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Film Independent programme to oversee a one-night live reading, starring Jackson, Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern, who have all appeared in at least one of Tarantino's films.
At the the event at the Ace Hotel, Tarantino fit the bill by donning a black cowboy shirt and hat and told the crowd, "After the script was leaked I had no desire to make it... I'm working on a second draft and I will do a third draft, but we're reading from the first draft. The (script's) Chapter 5 here will not be the Chapter 5 later, so this will be the only time it is seen ever."
The saga, set in a snowy Wyoming a few years after the American Civil War, was performed across three hours, with Tarantino reading stage directions and even stopping actors to re-read lines or "stick to the page" if they started to stray from the script. Tickets to the event were sold for $150 to $200 (£89-£119), with all proceeds benefiting Film Independent.
Mariah Carey's rapper/actor husband Nick Cannon realised the importance of Easter at an early age when he got up onstage at church and attempted to perform a rendition of Michael Jackson's Thriller. Cannon was a big fan of the King of Pop growing up and he chose to debut his Thriller performance on one of the holiest days of the year.
He recalls, "The pulpit was the stage. I remember being four years old and I had to do an Easter speech. I'd been practising all week. I had it all memorised and I was excited and wearing this bright yellow suit.
"I went up there and I did my speech but I stayed longer and started singing Michael Jackson's Thriller. It was in the middle of church and everybody was like, 'Get off the stage!' I had the bug and I didn't want to leave.
"I guess Thriller doesn't go over very well on Easter Sunday!"
The song and its iconic video is all about the ghouls and ghosts that haunt us in the night.
Now he's a dad, Easter is a big deal for himself and Carey: "You'll probably see me in an Easter Bunny costume."
Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell is battling a bout of pneumonia. The actress shared a photo of herself on Twitter.com on Monday (14Apr14) with a surgical mask over her face as she carried one of her young kids. In the accompanying caption, she wrote, "Ugh - I got Puenomonia (sic)!! They made me wear this MJ (Michael Jackson) mask!"
Rock Of Ages producer Matthew Weaver is developing a musical based on U.S. variety show Soul Train. The hit programme was originated by late TV mogul Don Cornelius and was broadcast in America from 1971 to 2006.
The series featured guest musicians including Michael Jackson, Elton John and Destiny's Child performing on the show, while audience members danced along to the music.
Weaver has now been handed the task of adapting the concept for a new Broadway production.
He says, "Don Cornelius created a television show that became a cornerstone in American culture and I am excited and honoured to be bringing it to the stage. We are putting together a top-notch team of artists to ensure Soul Train is the hippest trip on Broadway."
Michael Jackson's mother Katherine is liable to pay more than $800,000 (£500,000) in trial costs to concert promoters at AEG Live after unsuccessfully suing them for the King of Pop's wrongful death. Katherine Jackson failed to prove AEG executives were responsible for the Thriller hitmaker's 2009 passing after a jury ruled in favour of the entertainment company in October (13).
The defendants subsequently asked a judge to bill the Jackson matriarch for their legal fees, which amounted to over $1.2 million (£800,000), but she challenged the fees in papers filed in December (13).
AEG bosses have since revised their invoice and on Monday (14Apr14), Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued a tentative decision ordering Jackson to pay up.
The ruling will be finalised after AEG executives submit the amended list of costs.
Jackson's attorney, Kevin Boyle, is planning to review the final documents before deciding on whether or not to appeal.
Katherine still maintains AEG bosses negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for her son as he prepared for his This Is It concerts in London. Murray was ultimately convicted of killing the singer with a fatal dose of Propofol and he was released in November (13) after spending two years in prison.
Demi Moore and Anjelica Huston were among the stars who turned out for a lavish party in California on Saturday (12Apr14) to celebrate music mogul Sandy Gallin's marriage to partner Bryan Fox. The 73 year old, who managed acts including Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand, exchanged vows with the actor, 34, at his lawyer's office in New York City in February (14) after deciding to get married on the spot.
They made up for not sharing their nuptials with friends and family by hosting a huge party at Nobu restaurant in Malibu, California over the weekend (12-13Apr14).
Guests included Moore and Huston, as well as Shirley MacLaine, Jennifer Grey, Joan and Jackie Collins, Martha Stewart, Donna Karan, and Calvin Klein, with comics Steve Martin and Martin Short providing the laughs during speeches toasting the couple.
Michael Jackson's brothers are determined to challenge the King of Pop's ex-wife Debbie Rowe if she attempts to fight for custody of her two children. Reports suggest the former nurse, the biological mother of Prince and Paris, is concerned for the pair's welfare under the care of their legal guardians, grandmother Katherine Jackson and uncle TJ, and is planning to file court papers to take them in herself.
However, the late superstar's siblings, Tito, Randy, Jermaine and Jackie, insist Rowe has no right to uproot the teens after agreeing to give Michael full custody of Prince and Paris in exchange for a big cash payout following their 1999 divorce.
A statement issued by The Jacksons to TMZ.com reads: "(The children) are well loved and well taken care of. We are quite taken back (sic) that Ms. Rowe has decided now to enter their lives, after she abandoned her children many years ago for money.
"Our only desire is to see our niece and nephews continue to go on with happy, healthy and safe lives. We will do everything and anything with in our power to help make that happen."
Michael was also father to youngest son Blanket, although the identity of the 12 year old's mother has never been revealed.
The King of Pop died in 2009.
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe has decided to marry the late King of Pop's pal, gay porn producer Marc Schaffel, after previously insisting they were not engaged. Reports surfaced last month (Mar14) suggesting Rowe was set to tie the knot with Schaffel, after she was photographed wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring.
Rowe denied the claims, but she has since come clean about the relationship, revealing she initially turned down the proposal because she feared she had terminal cancer, after doctors found irregularities with her lymph nodes.
However, test results have shown that the former nurse, who is mother to Jackson's two eldest children Prince Michael and Paris, is actually suffering from autoimmune disease sarcoidosis, which is not life-threatening, and now she has decided to marry Schaffel.
She tells TMZ.com, "He loves me, knows my kids, loves my kids and we'll see where this goes."
The couple has yet to set a wedding date.
Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Leary and Kate Bosworth saluted their movie star pal Kevin Spacey on Wednesday night (09Apr14) at a special gala hosted by officials at New York's Museum of the Moving Image. Kim Cattrall, Tony Bennett, Penn Badgley, Chazz Palminteri and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg were also among the guests who turned out to honour the two-time Oscar winner as he was presented with a career achievement award.
A number of his film co-stars took the stage to reminisce about their experiences of working with Spacey in between clips of films such as Margin Call, American Beauty, Glengarry Glen Ross, L.A. Confidential and Beyond The Sea.
Leary recalled how the actor's famous mimicry skills would keep them entertained in between takes on 1994's The Ref, and he couldn't help but take a swipe at his old friend as he closed his speech, quipping, "Kevin, I love you like a brother and I'm so happy that you've reached the age now that they're giving you glass awards, and I hope some day soon we can work together again."
Spacey's The Negotiator and A Time To Kill co-star Jackson praised the 54 year old for making acting "exciting", adding, "He makes it fun. He reminds us why we wanted to do it in the first place... He lights up the screen alongside any of the greats, because he is just that."
Meanwhile, tribute notes from U2 rocker Bono and former U.S. President Bill Clinton were also read out to the crowd.
Speaking to WENN before the gala kicked off, Spacey admitted that following in the footsteps of previous honourees such as Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Steven Spielberg meant a lot to him having trained and perfected his craft in the Big Apple.
He said, "It's humbling, when I look at the list of people who have gotten this award in the past... But I love this city, I love New York, I love film and it's a big deal."
But the night wasn't without drama - museum co-chairman Herbert S. Schlosser, 88, fainted downstairs at the Manhattan event before the dinner even got underway and had to be taken to hospital by paramedics.
Long-running German variety show Wetten, Dass...? has been cancelled. The programme, which regularly attracts A-list Hollywood and music stars and features them betting on the antics of regular people, has been on the air since 1981, but it will end in December (14), according to bosses at German public broadcaster ZDF.
Madonna, Will Smith, Michael Jackson, Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber and Tom Cruise were among the superstars who hit the studio for the top-rated programme.
Wetten, Dass...?'s high came in 1985 when over 23 million viewers tuned in to watch a special. The show's low came in December, 2010, when an aspiring 23-year-old stuntman became a quadriplegic after suffering a horrific accident live on air, while trying to jump over five moving cars.
The live broadcast, which was to feature Bieber, was cancelled.
Ratings have been sliding for years and February's (14) show sank to a ratings low of less than six million viewers. Saturday night's (05Apr14) special brought in less than seven million.