The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is determined to make his London BluesFest show authentic by mastering a special harmonica harness used by his musical hero. Wood and former fellow Stones rocker Mick Taylor are set to perform together at London's Royal Albert Hall on Friday (01Nov13) to pay tribute to blues musician Jimmy Reed.
The veteran guitarist wants to ensure their performance is as authentic as possible, so he has been learning to use the same sort of harmonica harness as Reed.
Wood tells the London Evening Standard, "He is overlooked, he's not a household name. Doing this concert I'm hoping it will be a bit educational - for us and the audience. I'm going to try and get the songs as authentic as possible."
Taylor adds, "It's great to hear Ronnie play the harmonica. We're having a lot of fun."
Veteran British filmmaker Ken Loach is celebrating after bosses at animation giant Pixar stepped in to save his new movie by handing over rolls of special editing tape. Loach is working on a period drama called Jimmy's Hall but he was rapidly running out of the near-obsolete old-fashioned tape he still uses to piece movies together.
After a public appeal for help, several film companies contacted the director and he was overwhelmed when Pixar staff sent him 21 rolls of the specially-numbered tape for his analogue editing machine.
Loach says he is "delighted to know that Pixar is still in love with the same technology as us", and his producer Rebecca O'Brien tells Screendaily.com, "We're so grateful to everyone who cared enough to have a look and just delighted to be able to start numbering again."
Diane Keaton is planning an American remake of British TV drama Last Tango In Halifax. The Annie Hall star has acquired the rights to the BBC romantic drama and will shoot a U.S. version for cable TV channel HBO.
The original programme, about two 70-year-olds rekindling a childhood romance via Facebook, stars Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid, but it is unclear if 67-year-old Keaton plans to take a role in the remake herself.
The drama's writer Sally Wainwright broke the news during a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch in London on Monday (28Oct13) and confirmed she will have an associate producer role in the remake but does not expect to be closely involved.
Last Tango in Halifax was one of the BBC's best performing new shows of 2012 and a second series is set to start in the U.K. next month (Nov13) with a third already planned.
Veteran singers Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late Cowboy Jack Clement were the toast of Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday (27Oct13) as they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Barry Gibb, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris were among the stars who gathered at the venue to salute the three honourees, with Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks and Darius Rucker joining forces to celebrate Rogers' career.
Speaking during the ceremony, Brooks hailed The Gambler hitmaker as a master, saying, "If there was an entertainer university, when it comes to Entertainer 101, I can vouch firsthand that Kenny Rogers would be the professor of that class."
The event also featured a special tribute to Clement, who learned of his Hall of Fame induction five months before he succumbed to liver cancer in August (13), aged 82. He was remembered by two trumpeters, who performed the horn intro to his classic hit Ring of Fire, which he produced for Johnny Cash.
Wanda Sykes' parents refused to attend the comedienne's wedding to her longtime girlfriend in 2008 after falling out with the star over her sexuality. The Monster-in-Law actress, who was previously married to male record producer Dave Hall, 'came out' publicly in November, 2008, a month after tying the knot with her now-wife Alex, but she reveals her conservative mum Marion and dad Harry struggled to accept that she was a lesbian for years and declined to watch Sykes walk down the aisle with a woman.
The 49 year old says, "I was 40 when I came out to my parents... When I came out to my parents, I was having a surgery and my mother and my sister-in-law, they were going to come out here (to Los Angeles) to be with me during the surgery.
"And I said, 'Mum, let me just explain something to you. You know I'm living with so-and-so, I just want you to know that we're not just roommates... She's my girlfriend...' She was like, 'What do you mean?' I was like, 'Mum, come on, you have to have known this... I just want to make sure we're clear on this.' She just fell apart, fell apart and ended up not coming out here for my surgery because she was just that, 'I'm done with you (attitude).'"
Sykes admits the falling out led to a period of estrangement, but they have since patched up their differences and now her mother and father have taken pride in their new roles as grandparents to her and Alex's two young children.
She tells Oprah Winfrey, "We're in a great place right now, my parents are wonderful... They weren't at my wedding, but they were at the kids' last birthday party..."
Rock legend Lou Reed has died at the age of 71, five months after receiving a liver transplant. The exact cause of death was not available as WENN went to press, but reports suggest the former Velvet Underground frontman passed away on Sunday (27Oct13).
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1942, he formed the Primitives and the Warlocks with Welsh musician John Cale. The duo teamed up again to create the Velvet Underground with Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker, and the group became a staple of the late 1960s New York City music and art scene, attracting artist Andy Warhol as a mentor and producer.
The band's 1967 debut The Velvet Underground & Nico is considered one of the most important albums of the 20th century.
Reed, real name Lewis Allan Reed, enjoyed a solo career after splitting with the group in 1970, recording another landmark album - 1972's Transformer, with David Bowie as his producer.
The late rocker also recorded groundbreaking albums Lou Reed, Berlin, Sally Can't Dance and Coney Island Baby, as well as the hits Walk On the Wild Side, Perfect Day and Satellite of Love.
He reunited with Cale in 1991 for the acclaimed Warhol tribute album Songs For Drella and regrouped the Velvet Underground in 1992 for a series of European gigs, including a set at the Glastonbury festival in England.
In the past decade, Reed, a famous student of martial art T'ai Chi, released the double album The Raven, which was based on the work of horror writer Edgar Allen Poe, and, in 2010, he teamed up with heavy rockers Metallica to record 2011's critically-savaged Lulu album.
Famous for his moody, often disagreeable nature, Reed will go down in music history as one of rock's most influential artists. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Velvet Underground in 1996.
He leaves behind his wife, performance artist and songwriter Laurie Anderson.
British singer/songwriter Rumer is hoping to relocate to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania so she can soak up the city's soul while working on a new album. The Slow hitmaker plans to pack her bags and head for America's city of brotherly love, where she'll work as a waitress to fund her visit.
She explains, "This lady gave me her card for real estate and... I'm checking out the neighbourhoods and I want to get a job. I wanna get a waitressing job.
"I don't just wanna be a tourist, I wanna live there and to get to know the neighbourhood you've got to be part of the workforce."
And she has a Philadelphia native helping her find a dream waitressing gig - Daryl Hall.
Explaining her plans to move to his home city during a recent appearance on U.S. TV show Live From Daryl's House, the Hall & Oates star offered to set her up with a job at famous diner Tony Luke's Cheesesteaks.
Hall said, "I can get you a job there... I'm personal friends with Tony Luke."
He added, "I never thought I'd ever have that kind of a connection."
Christina Ricci took over the headquarters of the Council on Foreign Relations in Manhattan, New York on Saturday night (26Oct13) for her nuptials. The actress exchanged vows with her longtime boyfriend James Heerdegen and donned a Givenchy haute couture wedding gown, embroidered with micro pearls for the big event at the Harold Pratt House & Peterson Hall.
Actress Christina Ricci has married her fiance in a romantic ceremony in New York City. The Addams Family star exchanged vows with James Heerdegen on Saturday (26Oct13) in front of close friends and family at The Harold Pratt House and Peterson Hall in the Big Apple's Upper East Side.
The newlyweds then toasted their nuptials with a reception, where guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dessert, reports Us Weekly.
Ricci met Heerdegen on the set of doomed TV drama Pan Am at the beginning of 2012 and they announced their engagement earlier this year (13).
Filmmaker Ken Loach fears his final movie will never be completed as the old fashioned editing equipment he insists on using is rapidly becoming obsolete. The British director is working on the period drama Jimmy's Hall and has signalled he will be walking away from movies after it is finished so he can concentrate on shooting documentaries.
Loach is using an analogue editing machine to fashion the final cut of the film but he is running out of the specially-numbered tape and may have to mothball the movie when his current supplies end.
He tells Screendaily.com, "We're making a start and putting the scenes together. But we're finding that one or two of the support services are fading and one of those is in supplies of numbering tape.
"We're scratching around to find if some numbering tape still exists so we can identify the sound and picture so the film remains in sync."