Chris Brown will lead the way at the 2014 Soul Train Awards after scoring seven nominations. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is bouncing back from months of legal troubles, which included a prison stint earlier this year (14) after he was kicked out of a court-ordered rehab programme for anger management, and now he has been given a career boost. He will compete for the titles of Song of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance and Best Collaboration for his track Loyal, featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga.
His New Flame duet with Usher is shortlisted for Video of the Year, while he will fight for Best R&B/Soul Male Act against the likes of five-time nominee Pharrell Williams, Trey Songz and John Legend.
Meanwhile, Williams will go head-to-head with Beyonce, who has notched up six nods, for Album of the Year. Other nominees in the coveted category are John Legend, Drake, Janelle Monae and Michael Jackson, whose posthumous release, Xscape, makes the shortlist.
Beyonce and Monae are also in the running for Best R&B/Soul Female Act, alongside Jennifer Hudson and Jhene Aiko.
The 2014 Soul Train Awards, which celebrate the best in black music, will take place in Las Vegas on 7 November (14).
Director John Landis is planning to release Michael Jackson's Thriller music promo in 3D next year (15) after settling a legal battle with the late entertainer's estate. Landis, who directed the 14-minute video, battled Jackson's executors over money he was allegedly owed for his work on the iconic film, but both parties reached a confidential settlement in 2012.
Now the legal fight is over, Landis plans to revamp the 1983 short and re-release it 2015. He is in talks to show it in cinemas and release it on DVD.
Landis tells the New York Daily News, "That lawsuit went on for so many years, (but) we settled and they paid me finally... And so, actually there is something happening with Thriller.
"It is going to reappear in a highly polished and three-dimensional way that is very exciting on the big screen... I cannot tell you any more... I might have to kill you."
Paperwork obtained from the Jackson estate shows many other projects are in development including Internet games, a film, a documentary and a Broadway play about the singer's life.
Jackson died in 2009, aged 50.
Singer John Legend is expanding his TV production resume by signing an overall deal with Legendary Television. The All of Me hitmaker is currently developing a number of small screen shows, including upcoming comedy Fame Whore, and has teamed up with True Detective director Cary Fukunaga to produce an adaptation of historical biography The Black Count for the big screen.
Now Legend and his partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius have landed a deal to come up with projects for the TV studio through their Get Lifted company.
Jackson tells Deadline.com, "We're so excited about the opportunity to work with Legendary... (They) are some of the best in the business and we're excited about all of the possibilities that lie ahead."
Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson has wed again. The Glee actor exchanged vows with entrepreneur Jason Landau at a friend's estate in Encino, California on Saturday evening (13Sep14).
Jackson tells People.com, "This means a new beginning for us. It was love at first sight and this is just the culmination of that."
The 39-year-old star wore a black Calvin Klein tuxedo while Landau was styled by John Varvatos.
Guests included Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Alicia Silverstone.
Cheyenne was previously married to Monte Lapke from 2011 to 2013. The actor met Landau in rehab last year (13). They announced their engagement in February (14).
Jackson says, "We've both been through a lot in our lives. We got sober together. Now we sing and we dance together. It blows my mind."
G.I. Joe: Retaliation star Adrianne Palicki is engaged to wed top stuntman Jackson Spidell. The couple met in October (13) on the set of forthcoming assassin thriller John Wick, in which Spidell performed stunts for Palicki's co-star Keanu Reeves, and now the pair is set to tie the knot.
It will be the first marriage for the 31-year-old actress, whose representative has confirmed the engagement news to Eonline.com.
The groom-to-be's impressive list of film credits include this year's (14) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and last year's (13) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and The Expendables 2, in which he doubled for action man Chuck Norris.
Spidell has also appeared in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Conan the Barbarian, and TRON: Legacy, while he also served as assistant fight co-ordinator on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
Celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman have paid tribute to veteran comedienne Joan Rivers following her death on Thursday (04Sep14). The legendary funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).
Her daughter Melissa announced that her mum passed away just after 1pm local time, and celebrities have been paying tribute to Rivers ever since.
Fellow comedienne and longtime pal Whoopi Goldberg took to Twitter.com to share her condolences, and wrote, "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan."
News of Rivers' death comes weeks after Goldberg also paid tribute to another close friend, Robin Williams, who died last month (Aug14).
Australian actor Jackman lauded Rivers' comedic presence and wrote, "We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed," while Depp called her "An Amazing Individual", and Mel Brooks wrote, "Joan Rivers never played it safe. She was the bravest of them all. Still at the top at the end. She will be sorely missed."
Other tributes from Zoe Saldana and British comedian Ricky Gervais hit Twitter, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne thanked the late comic for being kind to his daughter Kelly - Rivers' co-host on TV show Fashion Police. He wrote, "Not only was Joan a comic genius, she was an amazing woman. Thank you for always having Kelly’s back. You will always be a legend. RIP."
Celebrities also brought levity to the tragedy of her death, recalling catty remarks Rivers had made about them on awards show red carpets. Actress Anna Kendrick said, "Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed", singer Demi Lovato added, "RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR," and pop star Katy Perry joked, "What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart? RIP Joan Rivers. You are a one of a one."
Former Charmed star Rose McGowan recalled that "Joan once said I looked like a whore," and Evan Rachel Wood shared a similar sentiment, and remembered, "She once said I looked like I needed a trip to the VD (venereal disease) clinic..." before adding, "The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in Hollywood."
Girls star and creator Lena Dunham even poked fun at Rivers' self-depricating extensive plastic surgery, and quipped, "I told (comedian Marc) Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory. That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane."
A plethora of comedians also shared their praise for Rivers, including Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Wanda Sykes, Arsenio Hall, Tim Allen and Kevin Hart, as well as celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Boy George, Samuel L. Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, La Toya Jackson, Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Brad Paisley, Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, Maria Shriver, Simon Pegg, William Shatner, Ariana Grande, Vanessa Williams, Julianne Moore and John Stamos.
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
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Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
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Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
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Sideways star Paul Giamatti has given F. Gary Gray's N.W.A. biopic some real star power after signing on to play music mogul Jerry Heller in the film. Heller, who represented Elton John, Pink Floyd and Journey, managed the rap act that featured Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.
He also founded Ruthless Records with N.W.A. star Eazy-E.
Giamatti joins producer Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. who will portray his dad in the movie, Straight Outta Compton, and other actors including Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins.
It's not the first time he'll play a ruthless music boss on the big screen - he portrayed Tom Cruise's slippery manager Paul Gill in Rock of Ages.
Music promoter Joe Isgro has pleaded not guilty to gambling, conspiracy and money laundering charges. Isgro, who helped Michael Jackson, Billy Joel and Elton John secure radio airplay in the 1980s, stands accused of running an illegal gambling operation for the mob, according to the New York Daily News.
Police claim Isgro and six others used banned gambling software owned by the infamous Gambino crime family to run the online operation from 2005.
On Wednesday (30Jul14), Isgro, who also served as an executive producer on the 1992 film Hoffa, appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court, where he entered his plea and posted $250,000 (£147,058) bond.
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The Beatles approached director Stanley Kubrick to make a film adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings novels back in their heyday, according to moviemaker Peter Jackson.
The Fab Four starred in five movies during their career, including A Hard Day's Night and Help! in the 1960s, and when they were considering their third film, the musicians went to Kubrick to discuss adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's books into a movie version but the author had not yet sold the rights.
Tolkien eventually released the book for film adaptation and Jackson brought the franchise to cinemas from 2001.
The director tells Deadline.com, "The Beatles once approached Stanley Kubrick to do The Lord Of The Rings. This was before Tolkien sold the rights. They approached him and he said no. I actually spoke about this with Paul McCartney. He confirmed it. I'd heard rumours that it was going to be their next film after Help. John Lennon was going to play Gollum. Paul was going to play Frodo. George Harrison was going to play Gandalf, and Ringo Starr was going to play Sam. And a lot of other people were going to play other roles."
"Paul was very gracious; he said, 'It was a good job we never made ours because then you wouldn't have made yours and it was great to see yours.' I said, 'It's the songs I feel badly about; you guys would have banged out a few good tunes for this. You were The Beatles, after all. It's a shame we missed out.'"