Rockers Air Supply are set to be inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame. Bandmates Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell will be feted during the 27th annual ARIA Awards in Sydney, Australia on 1 December (13).
A statement from Hitchcock reads, "It is a great honour for us, and it was something that was totally unexpected.
"We are certainly excited to come home to Australia and to have fun with everybody and we want to say thank you to all who participated in our ARIA Hall Of Fame induction. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Previous inductees include Billy Thorpe, Kylie Minogue and INXS.
The Jacksons are set to salute music mogul Berry Gordy by performing in his honour at an upcoming gala for Ebony magazine. The Motown Records founder will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the publication's annual Power 100 celebration in New York next month (Nov13) and Michael Jackson's brothers will hit the stage to pay tribute.
Gordy famously signed the band, then fronted by a young Michael and known as The Jackson 5, to the legendary label in 1968, giving them their first big break in the music industry.
The cast of Broadway's Motown The Musical, which tells Gordy's life story, will also perform at the event.
Other honourees who made the Power 100 list, which ranks the biggest players in the black community, include: Scandal star Kerry Washington, director Lee Daniels, actor Michael B. Jordan, musician-turned-activist Harry Belafonte and U.S. President Barack Obama, who has been named Powerbroker of the Year.
Nick Cannon will host the Power 100 ceremony at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall on 4 November (13).
Veteran rockers The Who are to retire from the stage after one last world tour to mark their 50th anniversary. Surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, who formed the band in 1964, are planning a spectacular series of gigs to mark their half century next year (14) but insist it will be their last time out on the road.
The band wrapped up a tour of its classic album Quadrophenia at London's Royal Albert Hall in July (13) but both rockers have had health issues in recent years - Daltrey needs regular throat check-ups after having a pre-cancerous growth removed in 2010 and Townshend uses special earpieces to combat recurring tinnitus.
Earlier this year (13), singer Daltrey hinted the Substitute hitmakers might mark their 50th anniversary after witnessing fans' reactions to The Rolling Stones' reunion gigs last year (12).
Townshend has now backed the idea of an anniversary tour, telling the London Evening Standard, "For the 50th anniversary we'll tour the world. It'll be the last big one for us. There are still places we've not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven't heard us play all the old hits."
Eccentric rock legend Frank Zappa's son Dweezil is to mark the 40th anniversary of his late dad's fabled 1973 three-night Roxy & Elsewhere stint in Los Angeles by recreating the shows at the same venue. Dweezil Zappa will perform three Zappa Plays Zappa shows at the Roxy on 7-9 December (13) to commemorate the three dates (8-10 December) his father played there in 1973 with his Mothers of Invention band.
The gigs will launch a series of events marketed as The Year of Zappa by the bosses of the rocker's trust. Details of gigs and happenings that will take place throughout 2014 are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday night (23Oct13), the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra will mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the city's Walt Disney Concert Hall with a presentation of the world premiere of Zappa's 200 Motels.
Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen will lead the city band, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale in the production, which will feature soloists and characters from Zappa's 200 Motels film and a band that includes Mothers of Invention star Ian Underwood and Zappa collaborator Scott Thunes.
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Godzilla may finally get the film treatment he deserves. The hype behind next year's Godzilla roared at Comic-Con 2013. Con-goers who squeezed into Hall H approved of the trailer, which was reported to include at least another monster and had a serious tone.
Recently, leaked trailers of the film have hit the Internet, cluttering Twitter and Facebook feeds. Since they haven't been official, websites have been forced to take them down. But what was there for that brief time was good. Damn good. And popular.
A Dailymotion video garnered more than 100,000 views in just a matter of hours. YouTube had it. Movie sites praised the one minute and change trailer, uploading it on their site while collecting tons of viewers; people flooded the comments section about how strong the potential of Godzilla could be.
Why did the trailers get taken down? Whether Warner Bros. did this on purpose is unknown. Either way, it is a brilliant marketing ploy. Fans want to see the Big G in a serious American movie. That campy 1998 version starring Ferris Bueller won't cut it.
Director Gareth Edwards has promised Godzilla will be what fans are craving. Like Christopher Nolan did with the Dark Knight trilogy.
If you dig hard enough, there might be a trailer still up. What was there, however, featured destruction — busted trains, debris everywhere, holes in buildings. The majority of the trailer’s audio is J. Robert Oppenheimer's speech about the creation of the atomic bomb with this part standing out: “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”
Of course during this time we see monster arms and legs and finally, Godzilla shouts his signature roar at the end.
A second trailer shows soldiers parachuting out of a plane to fight back against the mythical beast. Again, this trailer is serious stuff. You'll have to dig to find this one as well.
Disgraced British TV presenter Stuart Hall has been rearrested and quizzed over new child sex abuse allegations. The 83-year-old former BBC sports broadcaster, who is serving a 30-month jail term for abusing children as young as nine, was taken from his prison cell to a police station in northern England on Wednesday (23Oct13).
It is believed he was questioned about claims from two new alleged victims, one of whom has accused Hall of raping her regularly over a period of several years.
Hall was jailed earlier this year (13) after he admitted 14 charges of indecent assault. Following his jailing, two more women came forward to allege he had abused them when they were aged between 12 and 15. The new allegations date back to 1974.
On Tuesday (22Oct13), Hall was stripped of his Officer of the Order of the British Empire medal over his child abuse shame.
Rapper Nelly made sure Arsenio Hall honoured a baseball bet the pair made earlier this month (Oct13) by taking charge of the comedian's U.S. chat show on Monday night (21Oct13) and introducing the host as a rapper. The two friends bet each other their team would move on to baseball's World Series with Hall offering to perform Nelly's Country Grammar on his show if his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers were beaten in the National League Division Series by the rapper's St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals clinched their place in the finals on Friday night (18Oct13) and Nelly returned to the show on Monday to make sure Hall came through on the bet.
Nelly said, "Ladies and gentlemen, because I won and he lost... Performing the hit classic, a song by all American traditions should be one of the biggest in your hearts, not only in your minds, here to perform the hit smash Country Grammar, please welcome your loser, Arsenio Hall."
Hall stepped out wearing an Ozzie Smith Cardinals shirt and performed a segment from the hit.
Disgraced British broadcaster Stuart Hall is to be stripped of his prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal over his child abuse shame. The 83-year-old former BBC sports presenter is currently serving a 30-month sentence for sex attacks on children as young as nine, dating back to the 1960s.
Hall was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for services to broadcasting and charity, but officials are now preparing to strip him of the honour, according to the BBC.
The presenter, also known for fronting hit British game show It's a Knockout, pleaded guilty to 14 charges of indecent assault at a court hearing May (13).
Rapper Ja Rule has mastered the art of cooking after using his time behind bars to perfect his culinary skills. The Always On Time hitmaker, real name Jeffrey Atkins, was released from Ray Brook Federal Prison in Saranac Lake, New York earlier this year (13) after serving sentences for attempted illegal gun possession and tax evasion.
It has now emerged the rapper opted to cook his own food during his two-year stint in prison because he did not take a liking to the food served inside.
He tells TMZ.com, "It's not too good... I didn't really eat prison food. I didn't go to the chow hall (canteen) too much... We usually just cooked in our dorm... In jail it's pretty crafty, so we made everything, we made lasagna, you know cheesecakes, we ate a lot of fish, a lot of salmon, and stuff like that."
Animal lovers Kristen Bell, Alyssa Milano and Ke$Ha are calling on fans in Los Angeles to help lobby city council members to pass a ban on bullhooks and end elephant cruelty. Dance music star Moby, rocker Billy Corgan and actresses Emily VanCamp and Taryn Manning are also among the celebrities lending their support to The Humane Society of the United States' campaign to rally support ahead of a council vote on Wednesday (23Oct13).
They are urging devotees on their social networking sites to reach out to local politicians to prohibit the use of the sharp metal weapon, which is used to poke, prod, and strike elephants on their skin to force them to perform circus tricks.
Issuing a rallying call to her Twitter.com followers, pop star Ke$ha writes, "Los Angeles! Please help @HumaneSociety banthebullhook (sic) in LA, Elephants need YOU!"
Others taking part in the campaign include singer Colbie Caillat, rocker Dave Navarro and hip-hop icon Rev. Run's designer daughter Angela Simmons.
Animal rights activists willing to make their voices heard in person at the council meeting have been asked to wear yellow shirts and meet other campaigners outside Los Angeles City Hall on Wednesday morning.