Authors Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler have made literary history by becoming two of the first four American writers ever to make it onto the Booker Prize list. The 2014 'longlist' was announced on Wednesday (23Jul14) - the first time Americans have been eligible for the coveted best fiction award in the 46-year-old history of the prize.
The literary honour has previously only been handed to citizens of Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth.
In announcing this year's list, members of the prize committee revealed 154 books had been entered for the 2014 Booker Prize.
The list, which includes fellow Americans Siri Hustvedt and Richard Powers, now stands at 13 and a shortlist of six books will be announced on 9 September (14). The winner will be named in mid-October (14).
The books on the long list are:
Joshua Ferris' To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Siri Hustvedt's The Blazing World
Howard Jacobson's J
Paul Kingsnorth's The Wake
David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks
Neel Mukherjee's The Lives of Others
David Nicholls' Us
Joseph O'Neill's The Dog
Richard Powers' Orfeo
Ali Smith's How to be Both
Niall Williams' History of the Rain.
Fans were left disappointed and stranded after organisers of New York's The Hudson Project music festival cancelled Sunday's (13Jul14) performances due to bad weather. The annual festival in Saugerties kicked off on Friday (11Jul14), but by Sunday afternoon, heavy rain hit the site and local officials suspended all activities until further notice.
However, around 8pm local time, organisers decided to call the festival off, axing sets by Bassnectar, Capital Cities, and Action Bronson.
A post from The Hudson Project's official Twitter.com account reads, "We regret to announce that we are canceling the remaining performances this evening due to safety concerns associated with inclement weather."
DJ Bassnectar was slated to be the closing act on Sunday night, and he shared his frustration with fans on Twitter.
He wrote,"Holy F**k! Police just announced Hudson is officially postponed for rain and cannot resume F**KING HEARTBROKEN NEW YORK
"All Hudson Project Bass Heads: we are SO BUMMED never been rained out before! Mother Nature do what She wanna do.
"I really do not cancel shows for any reason. I never have. Not once. It's killing me to not come thru 4 everyone @hudson_project I love you."
Richard Pryor's son has given Nick Cannon his blessing to play his father in a new biopic. Cannon has made several strong hints that he will portray the iconic comedian in the movie, but no official confirmation has been announced.
Earlier this month (Jul14), two of Pryor's children - son Richard Pryor, Jr. and daughter Rain - told TMZ.com they worried Cannon would not do justice to the role, insisting they would rather see Marlon Wayans land the part.
However Pryor, Jr. has now been convinced Cannon is the right man for the job after seeing how committed he is to the role, telling New York Post gossip column Page Six, "I am actually very excited about it now. He changed my mind by how he is delving into it... He did the small thing of using his left hand instead of his right hand, he picked up smoking to try and emulate my dad, he's let his hair grow out... he's looking into who my dad really was, looking into his childhood, who he was raised by and around, and he is interested in talking to me about who my dad was."
Pryor died in 2005, aged 65.
Rocker Mike Dirnt is following his Green Day bandmate Billie Joe Armstrong into the movie industry by signing up to produce a new independent film. The bassist has teamed up with the American Idiot hitmakers' manager Pat Magnarella to co-produce upcoming drama Crickets, penned by his longtime pal and bar owner Alfredo Botello.
Crickets follows the relationship between two estranged brothers after one is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Dirnt, who revealed in May (14) that his wife Brittney had been diagnosed with breast cancer, admits he was drawn to the project by the moving storyline, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "I've been - and a lot of people have been - affected by illnesses and it's a very relatable thing."
He adds, "I'm just kind of tired of junk food movies. Here's something that's a feel good, feel bad and feel everything movie."
In addition to producing, Dirnt will also help with the movie's soundtrack.
Green Day have previously contributed to film soundtracks for The Simpsons Movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, while Armstrong has also tried his hand at acting, with roles in TV series Haunted, medical drama Nurse Jackie and forthcoming musical drama Like Sunday, Like Rain.
Bradley Cooper's return to the Broadway stage in The Elephant Man has been delayed by a month due to scheduling conflicts. The American Hustle star is set to reprise his role of severely deformed John Merrick in the play, which is based on the real life story of Brit Joseph Merrick, marking his first stint on the Great White Way in eight years.
However, a spokesman for the producers tells the New York Times that the production, which was slated to begin previews in October (14), has been pushed back to November (14) because of a scheduling conflict. No further details have been given.
The show will officially open on 7 December (14) and the original 13-week run has now been extended to 14 weeks.
Cooper previously starred in The Elephant Man at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts in 2012, and he was last seen on Broadway in 2006, when he co-starred with Julia Roberts in Three Days of Rain.
Pop stars One Direction were soaked on stage at a show in Italy as they performed through a torrential rain storm. The British-Irish boyband played a show at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino in Turin, Italy on Sunday (06Jul14), but the concert was marred by a heavy downpour.
The stars refused to let the rain stop the concert, and pictures show them struggling through their set as the weather worsened. The singers' clothes were soaked through and they were spotted using towels at the side of the stage in an attempt to dry off.
After the show, bandmember Niall Horan wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "I don't think I've witnessed rain like that in years! Jesus we got a right soaking! Unbelievable scenes," and Louis Tomlinson added, "Great show tonight! Great laugh in the rain!!"
Harry Styles also mentioned the weather, but insisted the wet show was a lot of fun, adding, "Thank you for having us Turin. You were very loud, We were very wet. Hope you had fun. Ciao .x"
Two of Richard Pryor's children are against Nick Cannon portraying the late comedian in an upcoming biopic. Cannon sparked speculation he will play the late comedy icon by dropping hints in a series of snaps on Instagram.com over the weekend (28-29Jun14).
During an interview with TMZ.com on Wednesday (02Jul14), he refused to confirm his role but admitted he is growing facial hair, adopting a retro hairstyle and taking up smoking so he is prepared when the movie goes into production.
However, two of Pryor's children - his eldest son Richard, Jr. and daughter Rain - do not approve of the casting, telling editors at the publication they fear Cannon will not do the character justice and they would prefer actor Marlon Wayans to step into the role.
Director Lee Daniels has been attached to the project and Eddie Murphy and Michael B. Jordan have also been linked to the role. Pryor died in 2005 aged 65.
Purple Rain star Apollonia returned to Prince's Paisley Park compound in Minnesota for the first time in 30 years on Saturday night (28Jun14) to celebrate the anniversary of the film in which she played the pop superstar's lover. Apollonia Kotero was the guest of honour for Prince's eight-song set before a specially invited audience of friends, fans and Prince associates, and she thoroughly enjoyed the gig.
In a Facebook.com post, she wrote, "He had a cool chair for me on the stage at his side and I sat there transfixed on every note, every move, every vocal. After every song I yelled and clapped my a** off. It was so amazing it made me sweat."
Prince gave the singer a tour of his Minneapolis base after the gig, and showed her "all my images painted on the walls".
She added, "'Hey, that's me!' I said. He just laughed in that cool way he does."
Prince looks set to finally take a bow at Britain's iconic Glastonbury Festival this weekend (28-29Jun14) as rumours of a surprise appearance heat up. The Purple Rain star pulled out of talks to headline the fabled music event in Somerset, England earlier this year (14) after the news leaked online, and he was replaced by British rockers Kasabian in the Sunday night (29Jun14) closing slot.
Festival founder Michael Eavis insisted Prince was no longer in the running to perform at the event, but multiple reports in the British press suggest Prince is now gearing up for a surprise appearance at the festival on Sunday.
The reports state that Prince is planning to perform a small set away from the main stage, alongside pop star Rita Ora, who he recently collaborated with.
A source tells The Sun newspaper, "He has loved playing the small gigs over the past few months and, even though he got offered the main headline spot, he's now decided to pop up as a surprise... standard Prince style. Rita is over the moon to be going on stage with him, understandably."
Young singer Danielle Curiel, who has worked with Prince on a number of projects, fuelled the gossip about a potential Glastonbury performance with the superstar by hinting about a "huge surprise" in a post on her Instagram.com page, writing, "We have a HUGE SURPRISE and can't wait to tell the world what's gonna happen next with us!"
The message was retweeted on Prince's 3rdEyeGirl Twitter.com page.
Previous rumours suggested Glastonbury revellers would be treated to a secret set by British rockers The Libertines.
Actor Rob Lowe has opened up about his vacation terror as French floods threatened to wash himself and his family away during a recent break in Grasse. The star is back in America after the disaster, which one of his sons caught on camera and posted online.
The frightening footage showed flood waters engulfing the Lowes' vacation house, ripping down trees and washing away cars.
Lowe tells U.S. news show Extra, "When I looked out the bedroom window and saw a BMW car floating by... I knew it was probably time to call the rescue people.
"We were very lucky, we got rescued by amazing first responders... We got 12 inches of rain in two hours in the South of France... It's amazing how quickly it could all turn.
"My son and all his high school buddies were on a celebratory Euro trip with us, so they got memories they were not planning for that they're never gonna forget, that's for sure."