Taylor Swift, No Doubt and Metallica are among the eclectic acts who will perform at America's first Rock In Rio festival next year (15). The Brazilian festival is branching out in 2015 with a U.S. version of the annual event, which will be held in Las Vegas, and the three acts have confirmed slots alongside Linkin Park and John Legend, among others.
Traditionally held in Rio De Janeiro, Rock In Rio was first staged in 1985. The Las Vegas festival will take place over two weekends in May (15) at the MGM Resort.
The first details of the big event were unveiled at an announcement gig in New York's Times Square on Friday (25Sep14), during which John Mayer and Brazilian heavy rockers Sepultura performed.
No Doubt, who appeared at a press conference to launch the event, released a statement, which reads: "We are extremely happy to be taking the stage of Rock in Rio’s first U.S. festival and to be part of such an amazing musical history as the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary."
During the launch gala in New York it was revealed that headliner Swift's pop rival Katy Perry will perform at next year's (Sep15) Rock in Rio event in Brazil, alongside acts like Legend.
Singer John Legend is expanding his TV production resume by signing an overall deal with Legendary Television. The All of Me hitmaker is currently developing a number of small screen shows, including upcoming comedy Fame Whore, and has teamed up with True Detective director Cary Fukunaga to produce an adaptation of historical biography The Black Count for the big screen.
Now Legend and his partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius have landed a deal to come up with projects for the TV studio through their Get Lifted company.
Jackson tells Deadline.com, "We're so excited about the opportunity to work with Legendary... (They) are some of the best in the business and we're excited about all of the possibilities that lie ahead."
Barbra Streisand has thanked her fans for helping her secure an album chart record in the U.S. - becoming the only artist to score a number one in each of the last six decades. The singer's new duets album, Partners, debuted atop the Billboard 200 on Wednesday (24Sep14), and thrilled Streisand has taken to Facebook.com to acknowledge the feat.
She writes, "Hearing the news that 'Partners' entered the charts at #1 was an overwhelming feeling of joy!!
"Being told that I've had #1 albums in six consecutive decades makes me feel truly blessed and grateful to have such loyal fans. I feel you rooting for me and I so appreciate all of your energy and support.
"It's especially sweet since I get to share this moment with my wonderfully talented partners who I had the pleasure of singing with: Michael Buble, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Babyface, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, John Legend, Josh Groban, my beloved son Jason Gould... and last but not least, Elvis Presley... forever The King!"
"My favorite part about my anniversary dinner was the girl who came to our table who john used to bone (have sex with) and also the sea bass." Model Chrissy Teigen reveals an unwanted guest joined her and husband John Legend as they celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Sunday (14Sep14).
Barbra Streisand is desperate to reconnect with Beyonce in the studio after plans to record a duet together fell through. The veteran entertainer has just released her new Partners album, featuring collaborations with all-male artists, including John Mayer, John Legend, Blake Shelton and the late Elvis Presley, but she admits there was one contemporary superstar she was disappointed not to have secured for the project.
She explains, "Beyonce tried to do something. I would love to sing with her, I'm mad for her; I think she's spectacular."
Streisand admits she is not that familiar with other young female stars, but there are a couple of others who have caught her eye.
She adds, "I'd love to sing with Rihanna, Adele, but I don't know all the other girls."
Model Chrissy Teigen gave singer husband John Legend a unique first anniversary gift by treating him to a night at the famous Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris. The All of Me hitmaker and the Sports Illustrated cover girl have been spending their anniversary week in France, and as part of her present to her husband, Teigen took him to one of the world's most famous burlesque clubs.
She posted a photo of herself and Legend posing with a group of the venue's female performers on Instagram.com on Saturday (13Sep14) .
Teigen added the caption, "Took john to see other boobs for our anniversary to make up for the 364 days of the year I'm insufferable (ps they are insanely talented and not just boobs)."
In addition to the Crazy Horse visit, the couple has been visiting the city's famous landmarks and even took in pals Beyonce and Jay Z's last show of their joint On the Run tour.
Teigen and Legend exchanged vows on 14 September (13) in Lake Como, Italy.
Celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman have paid tribute to veteran comedienne Joan Rivers following her death on Thursday (04Sep14). The legendary funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).
Her daughter Melissa announced that her mum passed away just after 1pm local time, and celebrities have been paying tribute to Rivers ever since.
Fellow comedienne and longtime pal Whoopi Goldberg took to Twitter.com to share her condolences, and wrote, "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan."
News of Rivers' death comes weeks after Goldberg also paid tribute to another close friend, Robin Williams, who died last month (Aug14).
Australian actor Jackman lauded Rivers' comedic presence and wrote, "We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed," while Depp called her "An Amazing Individual", and Mel Brooks wrote, "Joan Rivers never played it safe. She was the bravest of them all. Still at the top at the end. She will be sorely missed."
Other tributes from Zoe Saldana and British comedian Ricky Gervais hit Twitter, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne thanked the late comic for being kind to his daughter Kelly - Rivers' co-host on TV show Fashion Police. He wrote, "Not only was Joan a comic genius, she was an amazing woman. Thank you for always having Kelly’s back. You will always be a legend. RIP."
Celebrities also brought levity to the tragedy of her death, recalling catty remarks Rivers had made about them on awards show red carpets. Actress Anna Kendrick said, "Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed", singer Demi Lovato added, "RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR," and pop star Katy Perry joked, "What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart? RIP Joan Rivers. You are a one of a one."
Former Charmed star Rose McGowan recalled that "Joan once said I looked like a whore," and Evan Rachel Wood shared a similar sentiment, and remembered, "She once said I looked like I needed a trip to the VD (venereal disease) clinic..." before adding, "The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in Hollywood."
Girls star and creator Lena Dunham even poked fun at Rivers' self-depricating extensive plastic surgery, and quipped, "I told (comedian Marc) Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory. That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane."
A plethora of comedians also shared their praise for Rivers, including Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Wanda Sykes, Arsenio Hall, Tim Allen and Kevin Hart, as well as celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Boy George, Samuel L. Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, La Toya Jackson, Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Brad Paisley, Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, Maria Shriver, Simon Pegg, William Shatner, Ariana Grande, Vanessa Williams, Julianne Moore and John Stamos.
Jonah Hill poked fun at an ex-girlfriend while picking up GQ magazine's International Man of the Year honour in London on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
The Wolf of Wall Street star took aim at his sixth grade love while accepting the style trophy from Bradley Cooper. Hill said, "Emily, my first girlfriend... You broke my heart and left it shattered. It was really sad. I know you were young and love is wild and you grow apart, but I'm GQ International Man of the f**king Year!"
The twice Oscar-nominated star joined Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Pharrell Williams, Van Morrison, New Order, new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Paulo Nutini among the big style winners, while Johnny Depp presented punk veteran Iggy Pop with GQ's Icon Award at the Royal Opera House.
And the women weren't left out - Kim Kardashian West, who was joined on the red carpet by her husband Kanye West, picked up the Woman of the Year prize and stunned in a custom-designed haute couture Ralph & Russo gown. Reminding the world her full name is now Kim Kardashian West, the reality TV star said, "I want to thank GQ for making me Woman of the Year, and my husband for making me feel like woman of the year every day."
Among those handing over the top prizes at the ceremony Lindsay Lohan, Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Daisy Lowe, Bob Geldof, Pippa Middleton and author E.L. James, who presented her Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan with a Breakthrough Award.
The full list of GQ Men of the Year Award winners is:
Comedian of the Year: John Bishop
Editor’s Special Award: Liam Neeson
Chef of the Year: Tom Kerridge
Designer of the Year: Christopher Bailey
International Man of the Year: Jonah Hill
Writer of the Year: Michael Lewis
Philanthropist of the Year: Tony Blair
Breakthrough Fashion Designers of the Year: Agi and Sam
TV Personality of the Year: Peter Capaldi
Innovator Award: Ewan Venters
Inspiration Award: New Order Hugo Boss
Most Stylish Man: Douglas Booth
Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton
Actor of the Year: Benedict Cumberbatch
Entrepreneur of the Year: Andre Balazs
Special Achievement: Paolo Nutini
Vertu Breakthrough Award: Jamie Dornan
Legend Award: Van Morrison
Solo Artist of the Year: Pharrell Williams
Leading Man of the Year: Colin Firth
Humanitarian of the Year: Ringo Starr
Woman of the Year: Kim Kardashian West
Icon Award: Iggy Pop
Actress Essence Atkins added wedding officiant to her resume over the weekend (30-31Aug14) by presiding over the nuptials between her best friend Gabrielle Union and basketball ace Dwyane Wade. The Bad Boys II star decided against having bridesmaids accompany her down the aisle in Miami, Florida on Saturday, and instead turned to her close pal and former Deliver Us from Eva co-star Atkins and her husband, Jaime Mendez, to lead the ceremony.
Speaking before the weekend celebration, Atkins revealed she got ordained some time ago, but admitted Union and Wade's wedding was going to be her first time serving as an officiant.
She said, "I'm actually officiating the ceremony... My husband and I are officiating the ceremony. My husband did the ceremony for (actor) Alfonso Ribeiro about two years ago and then they (Union and Wade) asked us to do it together, so we are officiating."
Guests at the Chateau Artisan castle ceremony reportedly included comedian Kevin Hart and Wade's basketball star pals LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Carmelo Anthony, while R&B star John Legend was on hand to serenade the newlyweds.
Blues legend Johnny Winter's final album will be a star-studded affair featuring famous friends including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons, Dr. John and Joe Perry. The guitar great passed away suddenly in Switzerland in July (14), but not before he had completed work on a last album, titled Step Back.
His longtime bandmate Paul Nelson has produced the record, which also features Joe Bonamassa and Brian Setzer, and ZZ Top star Gibbons admits it was a dream come true to work with his idol.
He tells WENN, "I never had the opportunity to jam with him (and so) I was content to remain in awe and admiration."
Aerosmith star Perry adds, "If it was not for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar."
Highlights of the album include Perry and Winter's collaboration on Lightnin' Hopkins' Mojo Hand, and Winter's cover of Bobby 'Blue' Bland's Don't Want No Woman with Clapton.