"A Time to Kill, people still stop me to talk to me about what an important film it was, and you know, they made it into a Broadway play this year... Who played my part? Well f**k him, he wasn't any good!" Kevin Spacey wasn't a fan of Patrick Page's performance as District Attorney Rufus Buckley in the stage adaptation of his classic 1996 crime thriller. The play closed last year (13) less than a month after its official launch, due to poor ticket sales.
Singer Rufus Wainwright has launched an online campaign to fund the recording of his opera. The Canadian star composed Prima Donna himself and premiered the show in Manchester, England in 2009. Wainwright now wants to record the music for a CD and digital release ahead of plans for a concert tour, so he is asking members of the public to donate their own cash to fund the studio project. He has set up a page on Pledgemusic.com urging fans to give generously. In a message posted on the page, he writes, "It is vitally important to me that Prima Donna be properly recorded and released so that I can tour a concert version of it in the coming year, and I have decided to do this with the help of both PledgeMusic and the incredible BBC Symphony Orchestra which in turn requires your generous support. Quality studio opera recordings are extremely expensive and too time consuming to pull off these days, and it seems that a once vibrant recording industry is no longer what it was and new methods are needed to get the music out." Wainwright is offering fans special rewards in return for their donations. For $99 (£62) they will be given the chance to sing on stage with the star at one of his shows, while $1,500 (£938) buys a producer's credit and access to the recording sessions wrap party, and for $50,000 (£31,250), Wainwright will play a private concert for the lucky donor.
Folk star Martha Wainwright is adding author to her resume to pen her first memoir. The Far Away artist has landed a deal with publishers at Flatiron Books for Stories I Might Regret Telling You, which will detail her upbringing as the daughter of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and the late Kate McGarrigle, and as the sister of fellow singer Rufus Wainwright.
The 37 year old will also open up about her "strange love affairs" and her experiences with drugs and alcohol during her youth.
The book is scheduled for release in early 2016.
Katie Holmes ended her fashion partnership with stylist Jeanne Yang after realising the label would not survive as she prepared to relaunch her acting career. The Batman Begins star and her best friend launched Holmes & Yang in 2009, but earlier this month (Mar14), a representative for the actress confirmed the pair had parted ways professionally.
Reports suggested the pressures of running a business between New York and Los Angeles had contributed to the split, but now Tom Cruise's ex-wife has spoken out about the decision, admitting she didn't want the fashion business she launched with her pal to suffer as she concentrated on acting work.
She tells Britain's Elle magazine, "I loved every minute of my time working on Holmes & Yang. I remain passionate about the design aesthetic we created, and I am so happy with what Jeanne and I accomplished.
"However, I am now concentrating on acting and motherhood, which did not leave the label the time and attention it deserved."
Promoting the label's last collection in the pages of the publication, she adds, "I'm really thrilled that the final showcase for Holmes & Yang is in Elle - I had a blast at my shoot for the magazine. It is fantastic to feel like it's ending on a high."
Holmes has already lined up her next project - she will be heading back to TV to star in a new as-yet-untitled show from P.S. I Love You director Richard Lagravenese, playing the philanthropist wife of Rufus Sewell's character.
The role will mark her first starring role in a TV series since Dawson's Creek ended in 2003. Shooting is due to begin in the Big Apple later this year (14).
Actress Katie Holmes is heading back TV to star in a new show from P.S. I Love You director Richard Lagravenese. The Batman Begins star has not held a starring role in a TV series since Dawson's Creek ended in 2003.
Her last TV stint was a two-episode appearance on How I Met Your Mother in 2013.
The 35 year old will play the philanthropist wife of Rufus Sewell's character in the as-yet untitled series, which will film in New York later this year (14).
Legendary soul star Diana Ross is set to receive the Ella Fitzgerald Award this summer (14) when she makes her debut as a headliner at the Montreal Jazz Festival in Quebec, Canada. The I'm Coming Out hitmaker, who will turn 70 later this month (Mar14), will be honoured for her repertoire, range and versatility at the 35th annual event as she marks her 55th year in the music industry.
Rufus Wainwright, Michael Buble, Bobby McFerrin and Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite will also join Ross on the bill.
The Montreal Jazz Festival will take place from 26 June to 6 July (14).
Sir Mick Jagger and singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright have shared their playlists with British Airways bosses as part of a new inflight programme that will allow fans to listen to their favourite tracks as they fly. Kicking off the new initiative in March (14), Jagger will introduce passengers to artists like Malian singer Salif Keita and late Nigerian star Fela Kuti, while Wainwright will offer up songs by Angelique Kidjo and The Gloaming in April (14).
Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman, Brian Eno, Jamie Cullum and Steve Martin have also been approached by British Airways bosses and asked to create playlists of their favourite tunes.
Miramax via Everett Collection
The incomparable Kevin Smith recently announced that Jesus Christ would be taking on mankind in his new movie Helena Handbag. A few days later the director had decided that the storyline would work better as a musical play. Many fans of Kevin Smith don't actually care what form this project takes. If Kevin Smith is making anything that has anything to do with religion and -- specifically Christianity -- then we're all in. And in case you forgot how awesome Smith is at marrying religious doctrine with comedy, here are five unforgettable scenes from his epic 1999 movie Dogma.
Salma Hayek, The Muse Turned Skripper
You know you're a Kevin Smith fan when you hear the song Candy Girl, and suddenly find yourself missing Jay and Silent Bob.
Jesus Christ Owes Chris Rock Money, Obviously
In which we meet Rufus, the 13th apostle who teaches us everything we need to know about Jesus. Lesson 1: never, ever lend Jesus money. Ever.
Bethany Meets The Metatron, Voice Of The One True God
Alan Rickman is everything. That is all.
Ben Affleck Might Need A Nap
In one of the less comedic scenes of the film, we see the anger and pain of the angels through Ben Affleck's rant against God. Say what you want about Affleck, but when Damon compares him to the Morning Star in this scene it total makes sense. He's terrifying!
What If God Was One Of Us/Alanis Morissette?
If you thought God was a white guy with a beard, or Morgan Freeman, or Kanye West you have been sadly mistaken. We all know that Alanis Morissette is God, and she'll blow your fricken head off. Then she'll put on a frilly white skirt with flip-flops and a fly-ass metallic jacket because she's God.
Paramount via Everett Collection
One of the most respected authorities on the greatest films of all time is the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Movies" list, first presented in 1998 and revised in 2007. For those who want to view some of the films considered the greatest ever, Netflix has you covered, providing viewers with 13 titles on the list through their streaming service. Take a look at what's available.
The General (1926)
Buster Keaton's silent comedy epic based on the true story of a train conductor during the Civil War may not appeal to most modern audiences (and it didn't to critics upon its release either) but it is now considered one of the greatest films of all time.
High Noon (1952)
The classic Western stars Gary Cooper as a retired sheriff who steps up to protect a frontier town from a notorious outlaw and Grace Kelly as his Quaker wife who wants him to stay out of it.
Double Indemnity (1944)
Considered one of the greatest examples of film noir, Double Indemnity tells the story of an insurance investigator (Fred MacMurray) who gets roped into a murderous insurance scheme by a conniving woman (Barbara Stanwyck).
Another quintessential Western, it stars Alan Ladd as wandering gunslinger Shane who ends up in the middle of a deadly Wyoming land dispute.
The oldest film on the list, D.W. Griffith's silent epic tells four parallel stories relating to morality through history.
Duck Soup (1933)
The classic Marx Brothers' comedy tells the story of Rufus. T. Firefly's (Groucho) appointment to leadership of the fictional, bankrupt country Freedonia which is on the brink of war.
The African Queen (1951)
Humphrey Bogart won his only Oscar as a Canadian riverboat captain traveling with uptight missionary Katharine Hepburn down an African river to blow a hole in a German blockade during the onset of WWII.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Paul Newman and Robert Redford cemented their place in cinema history with their portrayal of the legendary outlaws.
Forrest Gump (1994)
You can re-watch the smash hit starring Tom Hanks as the Alabama man with an IQ of 75 for the 100th time.
Yup, the disaster epic that might be more popular to hate than like made the list. It's not as bad as people say. I'm sure millions of women who were teenagers in the late '90s would agree.
Oliver Stone's tale of a young soldier in the Vietnam War has gained acclaim as one of the greatest war films of all time.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
This Tarantino instant classic telling several sordid, interconnected tales revolving around a surreal L.A. criminal underworld is one of the most widely-loved films of recent decades.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Spike Lee became an icon with his tale of racial tension erupting in Brooklyn.
Is that you, Rufus Scrimgeour and Bill Weasley? Well, yes it is, but this time Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson have left Harry Potter behind and teamed up in the time-traveling romantic comedy About Time. The film follows 21-year-old Tim (Gleeson) as he learns from his father (Nighy) that the men in his family can time travel. Tim uses his new-found skill to try and swoon the lovely Mary (Rachel McAdams).
Our own Julia Emmanuele sat down with the 7pair and talked about everything from on-set bonding to Richard Curtis to the onslaught of female-fandom the film is sure to bring Weasley... I mean, Gleeson.
About Time is now in theaters.