James Franco has pulled out of starring and directing upcoming movie Garden Of Last Days just two weeks before shooting was set to start, according to a U.S. report. The Milk star was expected to begin work on the project on 10 July (13), but editors at Deadline.com reveal he has stepped away from the film after a disagreement with financiers at Millennium over the crew he wanted to hire.
Franco had signed on to the project in April (13) and the movie was set to be based on the 2008 novel The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III.
Former Lcd Soundsystem star James Murphy has been tapped to compose the music for Hollywood couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz's upcoming Broadway play. The actors, who are married in real life, are set to share the stage in Mike Nichols' revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal during a limited 14-week run at New York City's Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
According to Vulture.com, Murphy has been brought on board to contribute a score for the drama, which happens in reverse chronology and centres around a man whose wife is having an affair.
Betrayal will open on 27 October (13).
Murphy has been keeping busy since LCD Soundsystem disbanded in 2011 - he is producing Arcade Fire's next album and has also recorded with Andre 3000.
Jennifer Lopez and Alan Cumming were the toast of the 2013 amfAR Inspirational Gala on Thursday (13Jun13) when they were feted for their tireless philanthropy efforts. Guests including Uma Thurman and Liza Minnelli gathered to salute the pair at The Plaza hotel in New York, where they were treated to a performance by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Vogue magazine contributing editor Andre Leon Talley was on hand to present Lopez with the Humanitarian Award in recognition of her work with the amfAR organisation, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and her own Lopez Family Foundation, while Scottish actor Cumming received the Award of Courage from his close pal Minnelli for his continued work to promote public health and AIDS research.
Fashion designer Valentino Garavani was also celebrated at the bash, although he was unable to attend, leaving supermodel Iman to collect the Award of Inspiration on his behalf.
The gala raised funds for The Foundation for AIDS Research, with tickets priced at $1,200 (£774) each.
Rapper Big Boi is recovering after undergoing knee surgery on Wednesday (29May13). The Outkast star, real name Antwan Andre Patton, injured himself during a performance at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Illinois on Sunday (26May13) and subsequently called off the rest of his tour shows this week (begs27May13).
The musician has been sharing pictures of his damaged left knee on his tumblr.com page, and on Wednesday he revealed to fans he had undergone an operation at a medical centre in Atlanta, Georgia and was facing six weeks of recovery.
Alongside a photograph of himself in a wheelchair, he added, "God Bless Atlanta Sports medicine for a successful Knee Surgery fixed my torn Patella. Man this bout to be a long 6 weeks."
Big Boi's upcoming tour dates have reportedly been pushed back to September (13).
Rapper Andre 3000 is in mourning following the death of his mother. Sharon Benjamin Hodo was found dead in her Georgia home earlier this week (begs27May13), but no further details surrounding her death were available as WENN went to press.
A representative for the Outkast star, real name Andre Benjamin, has since confirmed her passing to editors at Billboard.com.
The rapper's rep called on fans to carry on supporting Benjamin Hodo's The Starlight Camp organisation, which helps underprivileged children, instead of sending flowers to mark her passing.
Rapper Big Boi has cancelled a string of concerts after injuring his leg during a gig in Illinois on Sunday (26May13). The Outkast star, real name Antwan Andre Patton, was performing at the Summer Camp Music Festival when he sustained the injury, and he took to his tumblr.com page on Monday (27May13) to tell fans about the mishap.
Uploading a photo of himself on crutches and with his left leg strapped up, he added, "Injured my leg on stage yesterday, headed to the A (sic) for some test."
He subsequently axed his Monday night show in St. Louis, Missouri, and also cancelled his tour stop in Birmingham, Alabama at the weekend (02Jun13).
It is not yet known if the remainder of his concerts will be affected, but Big Boi returned to his tumblr account on Tuesday (28May13) to update fans about his condition - and hinted that he is facing a lengthy hiatus.
Alongside a photograph of his bandaged leg elevated on a stool, he stated, "Shout out to the good folks at (treatment company) Game Ready and my Orthopedic surgeon 6 weeks then we back outchea (sic)."
British boyband star Marvin Humes has been nominated for the U.K. title of Celebrity Dad of the Year, just a week after becoming a first-time father. The JLS singer welcomed daughter Alaia-Mai with his wife, The Saturdays beauty Rochelle Humes, on 20 May (13) and he's already receiving high praise from organisers of the Premier Inn award for taking on his daddy duties.
Humes is shortlisted alongside the likes of retired soccer ace David Beckham, Australian singer-turned-reality TV regular Peter Andre, Take That stars Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams, and Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish, who became fathers for a second time in January (13).
British comedian David Walliams and actors James Corden and James Buckley are also in the running for the prize.
The winner is set to be announced in the run up to Father's Day on 16 June (13).
Barlow took home the award last year (12).
Blackstreet star Chauncey Black has filed a lawsuit against his former bandmate Teddy Riley over the rights to the group's name. The 44 year old alleges Riley has been performing under the band's name without his permission.
Black, who recently purchased the name, insists Riley no longer has any performing rights to the moniker, and the No Diggity hitmaker is seeking damages for trademark infringement.
A representative for Riley tells TMZ.com, "At this time we have no comment on any of the ridiculous and frivolous claims apparently being made by Chauncey Andre Hannibal aka 'Black.'"
Hip-hop icon Dr. Dre surprised graduating students at the University of Southern California on Friday (17May13) by making an unannounced appearance at their commencement ceremony. The Still D.R.E. hitmaker's pal and business partner, Interscope Records boss Jimmy Iovine, delivered the commencement speech to the class of 2013 after receiving his own honorary degree, and he had a special guest join him onstage to celebrate.
Introducing Dre, Iovine said, "Walking around USC today, it seems like everyone's a doctor, which is funny 'cause I brought my partner here today, who also happens to be a doctor. So, in the words of the great Slim Shady (Eminem), will the real Dr. Dre please stand up and join me on stage?"
Stepping up to the podium, the rapper referenced the school's athletic teams as he told the students: "I am excited and I am proud to now be a member of the Trojan family. I would also like to say congratulations to the University of Southern California's Class of 2013."
Dre and Iovine's appearance at the USC graduation came just days after they announced plans to donate $70 million (£45 million) to the school to fund the establishment of the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, which will provide four-year programs for students starting next year (14).
Music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have teamed up to donate $70 million (£45 million) to a California university to fund a new academy. The hip-hop star, whose real name is Andre Young, and record label executive Iovine have handed the huge sum to bosses at the University of Southern California.
The donation will help build the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, which will provide four-year programs for students, starting next year (14).
A statement from the university's President C. L. Max Nikias reads, "The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media. We are committed to encouraging our students to use their intellectual and creative resources to effect change in all segments of society. Our goal is to ensure that the academy is the most collaborative educational program in the world."