A rap battle between hip-hop veterans Keith Murray and Fredro Starr was cancelled at late notice on Sunday (28Sep14) over payment issues. The two rappers showed up at The Atrium in Atlanta, Georgia ready to put their rhyming skills to the test at The MC Wars New World Order II gig, but after an initial delay, the event, including a second match-up between Bonecrusher and Mike Jones, was called off.
Taking to Twitter.com to vent his frustration, Murray wrote, "So I'm at this battle and the promoter didn't come with the money for us and he did some slick s**t and shut it down MC WAR f**ked up".
Starr also took aim at the promoters on his blog, adding, "jankypromoters the battle didnt go down. i was there ready 2 go (sic)!!"
Rockers Chad Smith, Duff Mckagan, and Mike Mccready formed a supergroup for a one-off performance at a charity benefit hosted by Will Ferrell on Friday (19Sep14). The Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer put aside his "feud" with Ferrell to support the comedian's Cancer for College fundraising event at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Smith was joined onstage by Guns N' Roses guitarist McKagan, Pearl Jam star McCready, country singer Brandi Carlile and bassist Stefan Lessard to perform a version of the Rolling Stones hits Honky Tonk Women and Jumpin' Jack Flash under the supergroup name I P**sed My Pants.
Ferrell, who played the cowbell during the first song, frequently supports the Cancer of College cause due to his friendship with founder Craig Pollard.
The Anchorman star's rivalry with Smith began earlier this year (14) after Ferrell mocked the similarity of their appearance. Their light-hearted feud culminated in a drum battle on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in May (14).
Pregnant singer Carrie Underwood is set for a double celebration this week (beg01Sep14) after landing a top nomination at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards just days after announcing she is expecting her first child. The Before He Cheats hitmaker, who is married to ice hockey player Mike Fisher, confirmed her happy news on America's Labor Day holiday on Monday (01Sep14), and now she is celebrating a top nod at the CMAs after the nominations were announced on Wednesday (03Sep14).
Underwood will do battle with pop star Taylor Swift for the Female Vocalist of the Year title along with Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride.
Country veteran Lambert is also nominated for the Album of the Year prize for her Platinum record, which will compete with Luke Bryan's Crash My Party, Fuse by Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley's Riser and Eric Church's The Outsiders.
Lambert is also the only woman nominated for the coveted Entertainer of the Year prize. She will take on her husband Blake Shelton, as well as Luke Bryan, George Strait and Keith Urban.
The Male Vocalist of the Year will be a battle between Bentley, Church, Bryan, Urban and Shelton, while the award for Vocal Group of the Year will be contested by Lady Antebellum, the Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry, the Eli Young Band and Little Big Town.
Underwood will host the prizegiving with fellow country star Brad Paisley in Nashville, Tennessee on 5 November (14).
True Detective, Breaking Bad and House Of Cards are among the shows leading the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. True Detective's stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey will battle it out for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series prize, and they will compete with Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards).
The hit crime show is also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series alongside Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Downton Abbey and House of Cards.
Scandal's Kerry Washington is in the running for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award along with Claire Danes (Homeland), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), and Robin Wright (House of Cards).
Modern Family will vie for the Outstanding Comedy Series gong for the fifth year running and faces competition from The Big Bang Theory, Veep, Orange Is the New Black, Silicon Valley and Louie.
Fargo will face American Horror Story: Coven, Bonnie & Clyde, Luther, Treme, and The White Queen to be named Outstanding Miniseries.
The nominees were announced in Los Angeles on Thursday morning (10Jul14) by The Office actress Mindy Kaling and TV host Carson Daly.
Comedian Seth Meyers will host the 66th annual awards ceremony on 25 August (14).
The main list of nominees is as follows:
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Lena Dunham - Girls
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
Melissa McCarthy - Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Louis C.K. - Louie
Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Ricky Gervais - Derek
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes
William H. Macy - Shameless
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Lizzy Caplan - Masters of Sex
Michelle Dockery - Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Kerry Washington - Scandal
Robin Wright - House of Cards
Claire Danes - Homeland
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Woody Harrelson - True Detective
Matthew McConaughey - True Detective
Kevin Spacey - House of Cards
Outstanding Drama Series:
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie:
Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock: His Last Vow
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the Edge
Martin Freeman - Fargo
Mark Ruffalo - The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton - Fargo
Idris Elba - Luther
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie:
Helena Bonham Carter - Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver - Return to Zero
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson - The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig - Spoils of Babylon
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie and Clyde
The White Queen
Outstanding TV Movie:
The Normal Heart
The Trip to Bountiful
Sherlock: His Last Vow
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama:
Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad
Jim Carter - Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
Josh Charles - The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin - Homeland
Jon Voight - Ray Donovan
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama:
Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt - Downton Abbey
Lena Headey - Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski - The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks - Mad Men
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy:
Andre Braugher - Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver - Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family
Ty Burrell - Modern Family
Fred Armisen - Portlandia
Tony Hale - Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy:
Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen - Modern Family
Allison Janney - Mom
Kate Mulgrew - Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky - Veep.
Psychic to the stars Kenny Kingston has died at the age of 87 after a long battle with a cardiovascular disease. The beloved seer, who boasted Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Lucille Ball, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and John Wayne among his celebrity clients, passed away on Monday (30Jun14).
He was the first psychic to appear on primetime television in the U.S., on programmes such as The Flip Wilson Show, and he was a regular on variety hits hosted by Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin and Steve Allen.
Kingston went on to front his own online radio show, which ran until 2011, and he also found success with the Kenny Kingston Psychic Hotline, which fans looking for career and romantic advice would seek out.
He also penned five books on the spiritual world and was often approached by media outlets for insights from dead stars, like Monroe, who became one of his spirit companions from beyond the grave.
Kingston is survived by his partner of 35 years, Valerie Porter.
Rock legend Billy Joel has given New York Rangers ice hockey fans a new anthem to sing in the Stanley Cup finals after allowing his 1982 hit Allentown to be reworked as Rangertown. The New York native has given his bandmember Mike DelGuidice his blessing to cover the classic tune, which is expected to debut at Madison Square Garden on Monday night (09Jun14), when the Rangers will do battle with the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the championship series, reports the New York Post.
The Kings are currently leading the series 2-0 after winning their first two home games.
Joel has been performing a monthly residency at the Garden, the home of the New York Rangers, since January (14).
Beloved U.S. radio and TV personality Casey Kasem has died at the age of 82. The entertainer, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, passed away on Sunday morning (15Jun14).
Confirming the sad news on her Facebook.com page, the broadcaster's daughter Kerri writes, "Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad."
Born Kemal Amin Kasem, the Detroit, Michigan native began his radio career in the mid-1950s, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to serve in the Korean War.
He ended up landing a job on the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network and decided to pursue a career in broadcasting after the war, heading to San Francisco, California, where he honed his skills as a DJ and became known for his rock 'n' roll trivia.
He went on to work at stations across the U.S., before launching his popular weekly chart show, the American Top 40, in 1970. He hosted the programme until 1988, and again from 1998 to 2004, and served as presenter on two spin-off series, the American Top 20 and the American Top 10.
On the radio countdown shows, he became famous for his signature send-off, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
He moved into voice acting in the 1960s, lending his vocals to Batman's sidekick Robin in the 1968 superhero cartoons, but Kasem was perhaps best known for providing the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise, a job he retained from 1969 until 1995 and once again from 2002 to 2009.
His other TV credits included Battle of the Planets, Cliffjumper and the original Transformers cartoons, while he made acting cameos in the original Hawaii Five-O police drama, Saved by the Bell, Charlie's Angels, Columbo and the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and appeared in independent sci-fi/horror movie The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant, alongside Bruce Dern. He also made a cameo in 1984's Ghostbusters.
Kasem was honoured for his lengthy career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on his 49th birthday in April, 1981 and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992.
His final years were blighted by ill health following his retirement in 2009, and he became the subject of a bitter family rivalry as his three eldest children, Julie, Mike and Kerri, from his first marriage to Linda Myers, battled with his second wife Jean, the mother of his youngest child Liberty, over his care.
In May (14), he was admitted to a Washington hospital, where he was treated for dementia, sepsis and and Parkinson's disease.
His daughter Kerri Kasem was appointed his conservator last month (May14), and last week (ends13Jun14) was granted permission to withhold medication, food and water from her ailing father. On Friday (13Jun14), his wife Jean filed legal papers opposing that decision, insisting her husband was not close to death.
Among the first people to pay tribute to Kasem, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk honoured the broadcaster's animal rights efforts, telling WENN, "PETA joins in mourning the passing of former American Top 40 host Casey Kasem. From always touting the importance of going vegetarian to flying to Las Vegas at his own expense to speak out against an entertainer who beat orangutans backstage every night before his act, Kasem was proud to use his distinctive voice to support many social causes, including animal protection."
And a statement from Ken Howard, the president of the Screen Actors Guild, which Kasem joined in 1966, reads, "For many, the multitalented Casey Kasem was the voice of popular music, and his long-running countdown programme brought exposure for many of his fellow union members. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends, and may we all remember him best by ‘reaching for the stars'."
The Beastie Boys have been awarded $1.7 million (£1.06 million) in damages for copyright infringement. The hip-hop group's lawyer, Kevin Puvalowski, had been seeking at least $2 million (£1.2 million) in compensation from bosses at Monster Beverage Corp., after they admitted to using the rappers' songs without permission in a 2012 online video tribute to late band member Adam 'MCA' Yauch.
The defendant's attorney, Reid Kahn, claimed his clients incorrectly thought they had the authority to use the music, which included hits Sabotage and Make Some Noise, and on Wednesday (04Jun14) asked jurors at New York's Manhattan federal court to award the band no more than $125,000 (£78,000), as the Beastie Boys' demands were "contrary to common sense".
However, the jurors sided with the legendary rap stars when they delivered their verdict on Thursday (05Jun14).
The decision wrapped up an eight-day trial, during which surviving members Michael 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz took the stand to give evidence and revealed they had promised their late bandmate that they would fight any commercial exploitation of the band's music.
Will Smith is reportedly in talks to portray the real-life doctor who discovered the concussion syndrome which is plaguing America's National Football League (NFL). The untitled film will be based on Dr. Bennet Omalu's GQ article Game Brain, in which the forensic neuropathologist detailed his findings after performing an autopsy on deceased football player Mike Webster.
Parkland's Peter Landesman will write and direct the movie, while Ridley Scott is on board to produce, according to Variety.com.
The news of Smith's rumoured involvement comes days after he dropped out of the film adaptation of of Marcus Sakey's bestselling book Brilliance due to scheduling issues.
Landesman's movie is not the only film about sports-related concussions in the works - bosses at Parkes/MacDonald Productions are developing a project based on the book, League Of Denial: The NFL, Concussions And The Battle For Truth, while Isiah Washington is set to star in Game Time Decision.
The surviving members of the Beastie Boys have vowed not to record new music under the group's name after making a promise to late rapper Adam 'Mca' Yauch before his death in 2012. The hip-hop trio has not released any new material since 2011 album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, and Michael 'Mike D' Diamond reveals fans won't be hearing anything else from the Beastie Boys now that co-founder Yauch is no longer alive.
He revealed the news during a New York court hearing in the band's ongoing copyright infringement battle against the bosses of Monster Beverage Corp, who stand accused of using five of the band's tracks in a promotional video without permission. During his testimony on Friday (30May14), Diamond admitted he and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz had made a vow with Yauch to prevent any new music being released without each member's input.
Testifying at Manhattan Federal Court, the Sabotage hitmaker said, "We have not been able to tour since MCA, Adam Yauch, died. We can't make new music." Diamond returned to the witness stand on Monday (02Jun14), when defence lawyer Dana Susman attempted to depict the band as hypocrites after the rapper claimed they had turned down "a lot of money" after producers behind Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent film Sabotage asked them for permission to use their 1994 song of the same name.
Diamond revealed they had rejected the offer because they "weren't fans of Mr. Schwarzenegger's recent... work", but Susman called the rapper out and suggested they had subsequently backtracked as their song was used as the action man's walk on music during a recent appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Susman alleged the band had received a fee of $600 (£375) in exchange for allowing a snippet of the track to be used, but Diamond insisted he had no knowledge of the deal and claimed any agreement would have been because they are "fans of that show", reports the New York Daily News. The Beastie Boys had previously performed on Fallon's previous programme, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, prior to Yauch's death.