Chance The Rapper's brother is facing charges following an arrest for assault last month, according to U.S. reports. Michael Taylor Bennett was detained by police in Chicago, Illinois last week (ends19Oct14) for allegedly assaulting an intoxicated man for reportedly stepping on his foot at a party.
The 19-year-old victim was treated at a local hospital and required stitches to treat wounds on his head after Bennett and his friend, Jake Kalmin, allegedly punched, stomped on and kicked him, according to DNAinfo.com.
On Thursday (16Oct14), Bennett turned himself in to police and was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.
He is currently being held on $75,000 (GBP46,875) bond.
Michael Jackson has been named Forbes magazine's highest-earning dead celebrity for the second year in a row.
Publication researchers claim projects linked directly to the King of Pop pulled in $140 million (£87.5 million) over the last 11 months, in part due to his second posthumous album release, Xscape. His ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley's father Elvis Presley comes in at two on the list with an estimated $55 million (£34.4 million) in earnings, and Charles Schulz, the man behind the Peanuts cartoons, is third. Elizabeth Taylor, who kept Jackson off the top in 2012, is fourth on the new poll, while reggae legend Bob Marley rounds out the top five.
Rockers Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe and Matt Bellamy are among the stars who have designed custom Carparelli guitars for a charity benefiting children who live in war zones. The instruments will be auctioned off at Bonhams New York on 9 November (14) and proceeds will benefit War Child USA.
Former R.E.M. frontman Stipe tells RollingStone.com, "No person, and certainly no child, should have to endure what many of these children have lived through, and in some cases, still live in. I am honoured to be able to make a small contribution towards helping them. Thank you War Child for that opportunity."
Film director Gus Van Sant, former Cure guitarist Pearl Thompson and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood have also contributed their custom-created guitars to the cause.
Van Sant adds, "War Child's mission to bring war-affected communities the resources that their circumstances demand is not only crucial and appropriate, but speaks to a fundamental quality we have as humans to respond and react to injustice, even when we're not directly affected ourselves.
"I'm grateful to be able to take part in a response and to support War Child's programs that make a difference in the lives of over 375,000 war-effected children a year."
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has won a slew of solid reviews for her West End debut in Speed-The-Plow, with critics hailing her performance as "perfectly creditable" and insisting she has "real presence" on stage.
The Mean Girls star faced the notoriously tough theatre critics on the opening night of the show at London's Playhouse Theatre on Thursday night (02Oct14), and garnered a largely positive response. The Guardian's Michael Billington branded the production "tame" and "under-powered" but insisted Lohan was on top form, writing, "Lindsay Lohan gives a perfectly creditable performance in this revival of David Mamet's acerbic, anti-Hollywood satire. Whatever her colorful past, Lohan brings on stage a quality of breathless naivety that is far and away the most interesting thing in (the show)... She holds the stage with ease and doesn't let the side down."
Paul Taylor of The Independent was also impressed with Lohan's stage debut, writing, "Given the circumstances and the glare of publicity, it would have been understandable if she had succumbed to traumatic mutism at tonight's press performance, so it's good to report that she was completely on top of the script... Bravo to Lindsay Lohan for... turning in a deftly delineated characterization... She has real presence."
The Daily Express' Simon Edge adds, "She has a reputation as a director's nightmare who doesn't turn up to rehearsals back home, so much the better: who wouldn't pay to see a historic A-list car-crash?... I'm sorry to be the bearer of disappointing tidings, but pile-up it ain't."
Dominic Cavendish of the Daily Telegraph concludes, "Lindsay Lohan... made her stage debut with a surprising - and smouldering - degree of style. True, she fluffed a line and needed an off-stage prompt - but given the pressure to prove herself, that's just-about pardonable... She delivers enough of the goods... to hold her head up high."
Lohan ended the show by showering the audience with gold glitter and later attended a star-studded press night afterparty at London's National Liberal Club. Her mother Dina was in the crowd for the opening night show after flying in from New York for the occasion.
Freddie Mercury's lost duet with Michael Jackson has made it onto Queen's latest hits and rarities album. Just weeks ago, Queen drummer Roger Taylor confessed he could only hope that the track, There Must Be More To Life Than This, would feature on the new release after revealing that dealing with the Jackson family and the King of Pop's estate officials was like "wading through glue".
But it seems all parties have come to an agreement, because the unreleased song, recorded in the early 1980s, will appear on Queen Forever, which is scheduled for release in November (14).
The track, remastered by super-producer William Orbit, is not completely new to Mercury fans as he featured a solo version on his 1985 album Mr. Bad Guy.
Queen's two-disc new album will also include the completed version of Let Me in Your Heart Again, which was cut from the group's 1984 album The Works, and a new version of Mercury's solo hit Love Kills.
Guitarist Brian May calls the new collection "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits".
Meanwhile, Taylor calls the compilation "a definitive collection of Queen's timeless love songs".
Welsh actor Michael Sheen is to direct and star in a special stage performance of Dylan Thomas' play Under Milk Wood. The Masters of Sex star will perform alongside Scandal actress Kate Burton, the daughter of late actor Richard Burton, during the one-off production at the 92nd Street Y community centre in New York, where the play first premiered in 1953.
Sheen will read the part of First Voice, the role Thomas played during the original read-through of the drama about the residents of a Welsh fishing village.
The free performance will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales on 26 October (14), the eve of the centenary of Thomas's birth.
Sheen says, "To perform it again and give it new life in the same place where it was first born really, then that's incredibly thrilling and very moving... And for it to go out at the same time on the radio in Wales, knowing that everyone in Wales will be able to listen to it at the same moment as people in New York are able to sit and listen to it as well, it's terrific."
Sheen took on the First Voice role for a BBC Wales TV adaptation in May (14). Richard Burton also played the part in the 1972 film version opposite his on/off wife Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
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Odds have it that you’ve been put off by Joan Rivers at one point or another. Just a few weeks back, before health problems took way for the 81-year-old comedian, a good chunk of society took umbrage with a her expression of antipathy for the Palestinian civilians killed in a military attack. Throughout her years in film, television, the stage, and every red carpet we can remember, Rivers has taken heat for a wide variety of jokes that the world deemed too crass, insensitive, or otherwise politically incorrect. But Joan, who believed in comedy above all else — whose principal devotion was not to any one individual, group, or political leaning, but to the very idea of the laugh — never let up.
Rivers must have understood that this was the kind of attitude — no, ideology —necessary to weather the challenges of starting a career in the boys’ club that was the comedy world of the 1960s… hell, that remains the comedy world to this day. But the vigor with which Rivers established herself was wholly important for not only the future of women in comedy, but for the very idea of comedy altogether.
This bravado demanded that her targets be indiscriminate: she’d mock individuals as beloved as Elizabeth Taylor and Adele, mine comedy from events as sensitive as the Holocaust and the Ariel Castro kidnappings. With each new “crossing of the line,” as it were, Rivers would face more and more backlash. Rivers carried through in the face of professional setbacks — like the cold shoulder of Johnny Carson (after she accepted a television series opposite The Tonight Show) and 18-year-long banishment from the late night institution where she got her start — as well as personal tragedy, notably the suicide of her husband Edgar Rosenberg. Throughout all, Rivers entrenched herself in comedy and vice versa, proving often that she was her favorite thing to make fun of.
It is unlikely that Rivers, an active force in comedy for more than half a century and riddled with tenacity up to the end of her life, didn’t offend each of us at one time. While her legions of watchers and listeners might hold true to the ideals of sensitivity, compassion, and courtesy — all perfectly legitimate values, in fact — Rivers’ allegiance was to one thing only, and she held true to this maxim without a hiccup. Whether it was a conscious decision to remain strong and convicted in the face of adversity, attack, and the relentless erosions of life, or simply the nature of the acerbic and cunning Brooklynite, Rivers wore the philosophy like a glove: making people laugh is what she was here for. And she sure as hell made sure to do it.
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Queen drummer Roger Taylor has spoken out about his dealings with the executors of Michael Jackson's estate over his plans to release a forgotten King of Pop/Freddie Mercury duet, revealing they have been "difficult" to deal with. Taylor and his bandmate Brian May were hoping to add the song the two late music icons recorded together on the upcoming album Queen Forever, but the estate bosses are refusing to grant permission.
The rocker tells the London Evening Standard, "William Orbit did a really nice mix of one of our tracks with Michael and I'm pretty certain that will be on Queen Forever. But it's been like wading through glue."
Taylor is still hopeful that he and May will be given the OK to include the track, admitting he's still not sure what will make the new album.
He adds, "We've got some great new tracks that haven't been heard and there's an interesting selection of older stuff."
May and Taylor are currently on tour with former American Idol star Adam Lambert.
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You probably had your share of reactions to the 2014 Video Music Awards, ranging from entertained and ecstatic to snide and sarcastic. But logical dictates that Twitter has you beat in the snark department. Of course, not all of the social media world's reactions were riddled with irony. Check out everything Twitter had to say about the VMAs' list of winners.
Why does Lorde sound like the girl with the nose spray from Neds Declassified school survival guide
— Danielle Russo (@Daniellerussoxo) August 25, 2014
its so crazy how katy still out here winning awards when i dont know a single katy perry fanatic
— gr*ce (@teenbloggr) August 25, 2014
Like it or not, Taylor Swift's dancing is what we all look like when we're home alone haha
— Mac Faoro (@macfaoro) August 25, 2014
Drake isn't at the VMAs because he's still sitting in that chair pic.twitter.com/O6ypjlKhyX
— Chuck Bass⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (@lostsvxl) August 25, 2014
Last year she twerked on Robin Thicke and this year she accepted a Moonman on behalf of a homeless youth foundation. Miley Cyrus y'all.
— ayah (@cyruscake) August 25, 2014
Ummmmm of course Beyoncé killed it she is Beyoncé she had to there is no other way for Beyoncé to do things she doesn't know how to not
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) August 25, 2014
@edsheeran you are such a genuine legend, So good to see ya, and congratulations x
— Ashton Irwin (@Ashton5SOS) August 25, 2014
I WAS ABOUT TO SAY I COULDN'T BE MORE PROUD BUT THIS HAS SERIOUSLY TOPPED IT OFF @ArianaGrande pic.twitter.com/j1CjMDI0xZ
— Emi (@MistyAriana) August 25, 2014
Actor Orlando Jones is using the popularity of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness about gun violence in America. Some of the world's biggest names, including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Ben Affleck, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears have doused themselves with icy water and posted the footage on social media as part of the new charity phenomenon, aimed at raising money and awareness for the ALS Association, which is attempting to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease.
The Sleepy Hollow star commends his fellow celebrities for their efforts and has pledged to donate to the cause, but he also wants to bring attention to another issue in America - gun violence and militarised police forces.
Jones explains the controversial police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Missouri and the escalating violence prompted by the killing in Ferguson, Missouri inspired him to speak out.
In a hard-hitting new video, in which Jones dumps bullets over his head instead of ice water, he says, "This past week I've watched an American city become something akin to a war zone... It all seems to stem from some sort of militarised police force threatening the rights of people to assemble (in protest).
"I'm asking something very hard of myself, I'm challenging myself to listen without prejudice, to love without limits and to reverse the hate..."