Officials at the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) have agreed to change their parental guidance disclaimers about new family film Paddington after producers complained about a "mild sex references" warning. Even Paddington author Michael Bond, 88, was left dumbfounded by the BBFC's advice to film fans, insisting he had no idea what the board members saw in the film to warrant the warning.
Fearing the disclaimer might keep some concerned parents from cinemas when the film is released in Britain this month (Nov14), the distributors urged the BBFC bosses to relax their warning.
They have now altered the term "mild sex references" to "innuendo".
The film, which features Ben Whishaw as the titular bear, hits cinemas on 28 November (14).
Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr Brown in the movie, previously told the BBC he was stunned by the "mild sex references" disclaimer in relation to a scene, in which he disguises himself as a cleaning woman.
He said, "I was scratching my head thinking, 'What are the censors talking about?' There were four and five year olds watching it (preview screening) the other day laughing uproariously, so I don't think it's going to damage any young children."
Jazz great Louis Armstrong is set to be posthumously honoured at New York's legendary Apollo Theater's Walk of Fame. The iconic musician will have a marker added to the walk in front of Harlem's popular venue on Friday (07Nov14).
Armstrong is one of 18 recipients of the honour, including other greats such as James Brown, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle.
The event will kick off the theater's New Orleans to Harlem Jazz Weekend, and feature a Big Easy-style parade as well as presentations in tribute to Armstrong, who was a native of New Orleans.
Apollo executive producer Mikki Shepard salutes the musicians' contributions to entertainment in a statement which reads: "From Ella Fitzgerald to Duke Ellington to Louis Armstrong, the Apollo's lauded lineage has earned it the distinction of being one of Harlem's original jazz shrines.
"We are excited to celebrate the Apollo's jazz legacy, as well as the birthplace of this genre, by inducting Louis Armstrong into the Walk of Fame and presenting performances by some of the best jazz musicians performing today during the New Orleans to Harlem Jazz Weekend."
Los Angeles police have arrested a man on suspicion of fatally shooting celebrity tattoo artist Trigz. The 40 year old, real name Michael Christopher Pebley, was gunned down outside the Black Derby Smoke Shop in North Hollywood on 9 October (14), shortly after a fight broke out inside the parlour.
Cops have since taken Robert Falon into custody and on Tuesday (28Oct14), he was charged with murder.
His bail has been set at $2 million (£1.25 million), according to TMZ.com.
Trigz, who owned the Sin City Tattoo Shop in Pacoima, California, boasted clients including Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and rocker Travis Barker.
Producer Dj Mustard reigned supreme at the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards, landing four trophies at the annual music prizegiving. The producer/DJ, real name Dijon McFarlane, went into the ceremony nominated in four categories, and was named the victor in each one.
Mustard was named the MVP of the Year, beating the likes of Drake, Jay Z, and Nicki Minaj, as well as the DJ of the Year and Producer of the Year.
His production of hit record My Hitta, by YG and featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, rounded out the awards haul with Track of the Year. The trio also won for Best Collaboration, Duo or Group.
Also taking home two awards were Drake (Album of the Year, Best Hip Hop Video - Worst Behaviour) and Kendrick Lamar (Lyricist of the Year, and Sweet 16: Best Feature Verse).
The ceremony, which aired in the U.S. on Tuesday (14Oct14), but was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, last month (Sep14), was hosted by Snoop Dogg and included performances from Bobby Shmurda, Rich Gang, Migos, and veteran rapper Doug E. Fresh, who received the I Am Hip-Hop Award.
But the most moving performance of the night came from Common, who recruited fellow rappers Vince Staples and Jay Electronica to join him on his track Kingdom.
Common dedicated the song to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old African-American who was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking race riots and protests from citizens in the community and across the country.
Common told the crowd, "We do this for the people. Black people all around this country in America that go through the struggle. We do this for our lost soldiers, our fallen soldiers."
At the end, the MC brought Brown's parents to the stage, as they were received with a round of applause and supportive cheers. The performers as well as the audience lifted their hands up in a moment of silence in honour of Brown.
Rocker Tom Morello has released a track to support the protesters in Missouri seeking justice for the the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. In August (14), race riots between locals and law enforcement officials in Ferguson erupted after Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was shot and killed by a white police officer investigating a robbery.
While a grand jury is still meeting to decide whether the cop who killed Brown will be charged, thousands of citizens gathered in Ferguson on Friday (10Oct14) for "Ferguson October", a planned weekend of four-day protests.
The Rage Against the Machine star and outspoken activist is doing his part to support the protesters by releasing a track called Marching on Ferguson, which was inspired by the events surrounding Brown's death and its impact on the community.
While the song is available to download for free on the Ferguson October website, fans are urged to donate to the cause in order to help the protesters' legal battles.
Morello tells Rolling Stone that while he was inspired by the citizens of Ferguson to write the song, he hopes the track will in turn inspire them to continue their fight for justice.
He says, "100 per cent of the profits from Marching On Ferguson will support defending the protesters in the Ferguson area who have faced attacks, wrongful arrest, and violence from the police.
"I've witnessed countless incidents of racially motivated police brutality in my lifetime and it's time to say 'Enough!' in the name of all those wrongfully killed and abused. For all the courageous men and women raising their voices against injustice in Ferguson, and beyond, give 'em hell. This song is for you."
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).
Grey'S Anatomy star Jesse Williams was one of the thousands who rallied in Missouri over the weekend (ends12Oct14) seeking justice for the the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. In August (14), race riots between locals and law enforcement officials in Ferguson erupted after Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was shot and killed by a white police officer investigating a robbery.
While a grand jury is still meeting to decide whether the cop who killed Brown will be charged, thousands of citizens gathered in Ferguson on Friday for "Ferguson October", a planned weekend of four-day protests.
Williams joined in on Saturday (11Oct14) as they marched 12 miles from Ferguson to nearby St. Louis, demanding the officer under trial be charged with a crime.
The actor documented his weekend on his various social media accounts, posting photos of himself talking to protesters and in the thick of the crowd's march to St. Louis.
One photo, showing Williams giving comfort to a distraught female protester, was posted alongside the caption, "This is a two way street. Ferguson, MO Oct 11, 2014."
Williams is also part of the Question Bridge: Black Males video project team, which is documenting Ferguson October to "archiving the thoughts and concerns of the people and recording Black males asking and answering the questions that matter to them," according to his Tumblr page.
Williams isn't the only celebrity in town to show support for the protests - artists such as Talib Kweli, dead prez, and Jasiri X performed at a free Hip Hop 4 Justice concert on Sunday (12Oct14).
Celebrity tattoo artist Trigz has died after he was shot outside his parlour in Pacoima, California on Thursday night (09Oct14). The 40 year old, real name Michael Christopher Pebley, reportedly worked with clients including Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and rocker Travis Barker.
The shooting occurred following a fight inside his Sin City Tattoo Shop.
Pharrell Williams has become the latest celebrity to urge U.S. leader President Barack Obama to visit Ferguson, Missouri following last month's (Aug14) race riots between locals and law enforcement officials.
The town became a warzone after teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer investigating a robbery, and Williams is among those who feel Obama should have been there to calm tensions.
Pharrell tells CNN, "The President needs to go down there. When your parents come into the room, whether it's you or your cousin that knocked the vase down, you all stand at attention (sic)." Justifying his comments by stating, "I'm not into politics, but I have opinions", the Happy hitmaker insists the Ferguson drama is just the beginning of what could become a big problem for Obama and his aides, adding, "I'm disappointed in the way that it was handled from the government's side... This is a deeper laceration in this country... This is going to be the longest hangover in race relations ever."
But Williams, who believes the police officer at the centre of the Ferguson drama should be punished, insists black youths need to avoid clashes with cops, adding, "When they (police) told him (Brown) to get out of the road, he should have got out of the road (sic); I wouldn't have been in the road in the first place."
Rap stars including The Game Rick Ross 2 Chainz and Sean 'Diddy' Combs have joined forces to record a new protest track dedicated to the African-American teen whose death earlier this month (Aug14) sparked the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Unarmed Michael Brown's death at the hands of a police officer prompted a series of stand-offs between activists, locals and cops, while stars like Lauryn Hill, Nelly, Common and Diddy paid tribute to the dead teen, who was laid to rest two weeks ago.
And now The Game has gathered some of hip-hop's biggest names to record and release the track Don't Shoot, which is dedicated to Brown.
The track also features Fabolous, Wale and Swizz Beatz, among others, while TGT members Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank join a kids choir for the song's chorus.