Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried has her sights set on portraying tragic singer/songwriter Eva Cassidy on the big screen. As she promotes her new movie portrayal of former porn queen Linda Lovelace, the actress admits she has another biopic or two on her mind.
She says, "I'd like to play Eva Cassidy, I'd like to play Hillary Clinton."
The 27 year old is the perfect age to portray Cassidy, who died of melanoma in 1996, aged 33.
Seyfried adds, "Eva has an amazing story and then she was gone. She has this whole catalogue of music - she's amazing. It's tragic. I love singing too, I love her music and I would love to play her. That would be fun."
Singer Linda Ronstadt has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The 67-year-old multi-Grammy Award winner has opened up about her struggle with the degenerative disorder in a new interview, revealing it has robbed her of her singing voice.
She tells the American Association of Retired Persons' monthly AARP magazine, "I couldn't sing and I couldn't figure out why. I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had. And it didn't occur to me to go to a neurologist.
"Parkinson's is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, 'Oh, you have Parkinson's disease,' I was completely shocked. I wouldn't have suspected that in a million, billion years."
Ronstadt, who released her last album in 2006 and recently penned a memoir, Simple Dreams, which will be out next month (Sep13), fears she'll never be able to sing again, adding, "No one can sing with Parkinson's disease. No matter how hard you try."
She tells the AARP in an interview to be published next week (beg26Aug13) that she was diagnosed with the neurological disorder eight months ago.
She isn't the only star currently battling Parkinson's - boxing legend Muhammad Ali and actor Michael J. Fox are both sufferers.
The Strokes star Julian Casablancas has thanked fans for their support following the death of his father, modelling industry mogul John Casablancas. Casablancas, the co-founder of Elite Model Management, passed away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier this month (Jul13) after a battle with cancer and the singer took to his Twitter.com page on Saturday (27Jul13) to thanks devotees for their words of comfort.
He writes, "Thanks for all the kind words. It's been a tough two weeks."
The musician also shared a link to an emotional letter penned by his mother Jeanette Christiansen, who encouraged Casablancas to set up his modelling agency.
She writes, "A lot has been said and a lot has been written about John and about this business. Some of it true and a lot of it untrue. I backed Johnny 100 per cent when he wanted to change... the modeling (sic) industry. He stood up for women and fought for them to earn more so they could make fruitful careers... I am saying good-bye, dear John. I am so thankful for the years that we had together and for our son Julian."
The letter also states that Casablancas was laid to rest in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday (27Jul13) in accordance with his wishes.
Casablancas is credited with "inventing" the supermodel and helped launch the careers of numerous high-profile models including Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Heidi Klum and Claudia Schiffer.
Fashion's most famous faces have been plunged into mourning following the death of agency boss John Casablancas. Casablancas, who founded the famous Elite Model Management company, passed away in his adopted home of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday (20Jul13) following a battle with cancer, according to the New York Times.
The 70 year old was responsible for launching the careers of some of the industry's most-well known stars, including Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Claudia Schiffer, and he is credited with ushering in the era of the world's first supermodels in the 1990s.
His death has prompted an outpouring of grief on social networking websites from stars of the modelling world.
Supermodel Joanna Krupa remembered her friend and mentor in a post on Facebook.com, writing, "RIP John Casablancas... one of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life and the Closest friend and mentor... The creator of the biggest supermodels in the world. May his legacy live forever and his kind heart. He will be missed."
Alessandra Ambrosio writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Sad Day! Rest in peace John Casablancas! Thank you for all!" and Adriana Lima adds, "Just found out sad news on the passing of John Casablanca (sic). My thoughts and prayers are to (his family)."
Casablancas is survived by family members including his famous son Julian Casablancas, lead singer of The Strokes.
Gay icon Melissa Etheridge's former partner is fighting to stop the singer/songwriter from taking their kids on tour with her. Tammy Lynn Michaels' request for an emergency hearing regarding the care of the former couple's six-year-old twins was denied by a Los Angeles judge on Friday (12Jul13), but a court date has been scheduled for next month (Aug13) to review the case.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ.com, the actress fears her kids are at risk of illness because they haven't been vaccinated against diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, measles and chicken pox.
She is also worried the twins will be exposed to rowdy female rock fans, who "remove their shirts and bras and throw them on stage".
Lynn Michaels also doesn't want her kids being around drugs, claiming, "There is use of marijuana on the tour bus and in the dressing rooms."
The former couple split in 2010 and the singer/songwriter recently announced she was planning to make use of California's new same sex marriage laws and wed her fiancee Linda Wallem.
Late Irish star Bernie Nolan left behind a journal full of her happiest memories for her teenage daughter. The singer lost her battle with breast cancer on 4 July (13) at the age of 52, three years after she was first diagnosed with the disease.
Now her sister Linda has revealed Bernie gave a special notebook to her 14-year-old daughter Erin in her final hours.
Linda tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "Erin was Bernie's whole world, and she wanted to continue to be able to influence her life. So she left a diary for her. It is personal between mother and daughter - full of the memories they share."
She also details how the entire family sang to Bernie as the end neared: "When we knew the time was close... we opened Champagne to toast Bernie's life. We put a glass next to her bed, she would have gone mad if we had left her out!
"On Thursday morning we got up early to be with her. (Her husband) Steve and Erin held her close. We told her not to be frightened and that we loved her."
A funeral for the star is scheduled to take place on 17 July (13).
Bernie Nolan is to be laid to rest alongside the ashes of her stillborn daughter in accordance with her final wishes. The Irish star lost her battle with breast cancer on Thursday (04Jul13) at the age of 52, three years after she was first diagnosed with the disease.
Nolan planned her funeral down to the last detail and the ceremony is to be held at the Grant Theatre in Blackpool, England where the singer and her siblings performed in their early years as the Nolan Sisters.
Her sister Linda tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, "There could be no better place for Bernie's funeral... the theatre was our lives. Bernie was a born performer and she did summer seasons and pantomime at the Grand."
Nolan's other sister Maureen adds, "We even played for The Queen (Elizabeth II) there. Bernie would be so pleased to be back there."
The funeral, which will take place on 17 July (13), will be followed by a ceremony at a nearby crematorium where her ashes will be interred next to those of her stillborn daughter Kate, who she lost in 1997.
However, the star's family face yet more heartache as they must first get Kate's ashes removed from the children's area of the crematorium in order for the pair to be finally reunited, in accordance with Nolan's wishes.
Linda explains, "(Kate) is buried in the children’s area so we are trying to sort the paperwork out so they can be together again. It is what Bernie wanted... to finally be with her baby."
Irish singer Bernie Nolan has died at the age of 52. The Nolans star passed away on Thursday (04Jul13) after losing a long battle with breast cancer.
She was first diagnosed with the disease in 2010 and was given the all-clear after six months of treatment, but last October (12) she revealed the cancer had returned.
In March (13), it emerged Nolan was losing her fight for life and had moved out of a hospice to end her days at her home in Surrey, England. She died at the property on Thursday.
A spokesman for the star says, "Bernie passed away peacefully this morning with all of her family around her. The entire family are devastated to have lost beloved Bernie, a wonderful wife, adoring mother and loving sister, she is irreplaceable. They kindly ask people to respect their privacy at this difficult time."
Bernie Nolan was the lead singer of the singing siblings girl group, which shot to fame in 1979 when their track I'm In the Mood for Dancing became a global hit, and the band went on to sell millions of records worldwide.
When the group's success began to wane in the mid-1980s, she moved into acting, and in 1994 she left The Nolans to pursue it full-time after an acclaimed role in stage play The Devil Rides Out.
In 2000, Nolan landed a regular role in respected British soap opera Brookside before switching to crime drama The Bill in 2002, where she stayed for three years before leaving in 2005. She continued to enjoy theatre and TV roles in the U.K., and in 2005 she also revived her singing career by releasing her debut solo album, All By Myself.
Nolan leaves her husband Steve Doneathy, their teenage daughter Erin, and her sisters/bandmates Anne, Denise, Maureen, Linda, and Coleen Nolan, and brothers Brian and Tommy.
Lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge is celebrating the news gay people can now wed legally in California by planning her own nuptials. Minutes after U.S. Supreme Court judges declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) "unconstitutional" and High Court officials also overturned California's Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage, on Wednesday (26Jun13), Etheridge went public with her plans to wed fiancee Linda Wallem.
The singer/songwriter told CNN, "It is about family and I love my four kids. I called my now-fiancee. I'm looking forward to marrying my partner of three years... I'm going to get married in the state of California. I woke (the kids) up this morning telling them the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA... I love everybody out there. It's a great day.
"Love is love and America is beautiful... I'm proud to be an American."
The Come to My Window singer also shared her wedding news with followers on Twitter.com, writing, "I look forward to exercising my American civil liberties and getting fully, completely and legally married this year to my true love of over three years, Linda Wallem."
Etheridge split from her former partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, in 2010. The couple shares custody of seven-year-old twins Johnnie and Miller. She also has two kids from a previous relationship with director Julie Cypher.