Pop star Kylie Minogue is to be feted with a top honour in her native Australia in recognition of her lengthy career. The Spinning Around hitmaker will receive the 2013 JC Williamson Award, which is given to individuals who have "made an outstanding contribution to the Australian live entertainment and performing arts industry".
Minogue says in a statement, "What an honour to be included in such incredibly talented and inspirational company. A moment like this makes me so proud to represent the Australian entertainment industry. As a country we have, and we nurture, extraordinary talent. Long may this continue!"
Minogue will share the honour with arts philanthropist David Blenkinsop, and the pair will pick up their prizes at The Helpmann Awards at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia on 29 July (13).
Previous recipients of the prize include Dame Joan Sutherland and Barry Humphries.
British film and TV star Diane Clare has died, aged 74. The actress passed away four years after the death of her husband, author Barry England, according to Britain's Daily Telegraph. No further information was available as WENN went to press.
Clare racked up a number of roles throughout the 1950s and '60s, including the part of Angela Lansbury's daughter in The Reluctant Debutante, even though she was just 12 years younger than her onscreen mum.
She also played a nurse in the 1958 movie Ice Cold in Alex alongside Sir John Mills, and appeared in classic horror movie The Plague of the Zombies in 1966. Her last film role was in The Hand of Night in 1968.
She is survived by her daughter Kate and son Christopher.
Actress and TV host Wendy Williams has postponed her Broadway debut after falling ill with a sinus infection. The star was due to start playing Matron 'Mama' Morton in hit show Chicago on Tuesday (25Jun13), but she will now take to the stage on Friday (28Jun13) to allow herself time to recover from the illness.
Producer Barry Weissler tells BroadwayWorld.com, "Wendy is one of the most delightful and energetic talents to have graced our stage in a while. She came down with a minor sinus infection... but thankfully she's working with a fantastic team of doctors and specialists, and I'm happy to report that she'll be back in fighting shape very soon."
Williams will play to audiences at New York City's Ambassador Theatre until 11 August (13).
The Clash star Mick Jones and The Kinks rocker Ray Davies have joined the star-studded list of honourees at Britain's upcoming Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards. The two musicians will both be given prizes in honour of their career achievements at the upcoming ceremony in London, with Jones taking the coveted O2 Silver Clef Award and Davies landing the Hard Rock Cafe Ambassadors of Rock Award.
The Kinks star says of the honour, "Thank you Nordoff Robbins. To be named your Hard Rock Cafe Ambassador of Rock is fantastic."
Singer Jessie Ware has also been included on the list of honourees with the Best Newcomer prize, joining previously announced winners including Coldplay, Barry Gibb, Labrinth and Alison Moyet.
The Silver Clef Awards will take place at the London Hilton hotel on 28 June (13).
Johnny Depp has reportedly dropped out of a planned biopic about notorious gangster Whitey Bulger. The Edward Scissorhands star was set to play the notorious Boston, Massachusetts crime lord, who was at the top of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Most Wanted List for almost two decades, in Barry Levinson's upcoming film.
But, according to industry reports, producers had a hard time finding a buyer for the project at France's recent Cannes Film Festival, and asked Depp to take a $10 million (£6.5 million) pay cut to accommodate a new budget.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the veteran refused and now studio bosses are scrambling to find a replacement.
There are currently two other films about Bulger in the works - Matt Damon is slated to portray the crime boss in a movie directed by his pal Ben Affleck, while Peter Facinelli has secured the rights to adapt Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas' book Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob for a rival movie.
Bee Gees star Barry Gibb is set to be feted at the upcoming Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards in Britain in honour of his lengthy career. The singer will be the recipient of the lifetime achievement award at the London prizegiving, which is staged to raise money for the charity's scheme to provide music therapy to vulnerable adults and children across the U.K.
Gibb, who has produced songs for artists including Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross during his career, is overjoyed with the accolade as he is a fan of the organisation's work.
He says, "Having had music play such an important role in my own life for over 50 years I can truly appreciate the work Nordoff Robbins do, using music to transform other people's lives."
The Bee Gees picked up a special achievement prize at the awards in 1993, and Gibb will receive his honour at the ceremony on 28 June (13).
Actresses Kirsten Dunst and Brie Larson will be the toast of the upcoming Maui Film Festival in Hawaii next month (Jun13) after each landing top prizes. The Spider-Man star will be feted with the Pathfinder Award for her "eclectic choices" and "charismatic performances," while young 21 Jump Street beauty Larson will be handed the Rising Star Award.
A statement from festival director Barry Rivers reads: "They are both not only beautiful women inside and out but are also talented nearly beyond description and uniquely passionate in their portrayals of the characters they bring to life."
The stars will be celebrated during the five-day event, which kicks off on 12 June (13).
Sarah Connolly and pianist Steven Osborne were to toast of the classical music world on Tuesday (14May13) after picking up top prizes at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards in Britain. Mezzo-soprano Connolly was named the winner of the Silver Lyre trophy for Best Solo Singer, while Osborne landed the award for Best Instrumentalist.
Kirill Karabits, the principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, won the Conducting Award. Other winners included composers Gerald Barry and Rebecca Saunders and the Birmingham Opera Company's world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Mittwoch aus Licht (Wednesday from Light).
There's no business like show business and no people like show people, so it only makes sense for a reality competition to help those said people wind up in said business. Enter: Showville, AMC's new original unscripted program in which small town Americana get a shot at the big time.
The 8-episode series — which premieres on Thursday, May 23 at 9 PM ET — follows competitors in a small town talent show featuring local acts, who will get a chance to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight. The episodes will chronicle the process of the talent over the course of a few days, including working with actor/director Alec Mapa and choreographer Lisette Bustamante, and their eventual make-or-break performance. The winner of Showville gets $10,000 and, of course, bragging rights to being a hometown hero. AMC describes the hour-long episodes of Showville as "a celebration of performing, and a fond, funny look at the lives, workplaces, and families of these acts and what happens to them when Hollywood comes to town."
Watch the Showville promo, made exclusive to Hollywood.com in which America's new favorite underdogs (guys like Barry) take center stage, below.
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Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon have led the tributes to concert promoter Barry Fey following his death on Sunday (28Apr13). The 73 year old, who was based in Colorado, had been recovering from hip-replacement surgery, but his official cause of death was not known as WENN went to press.
Now Osbourne, who worked with Fey in the early days of his career with Black Sabbath, has issued a statement through the band's Facebook.com page.
He writes, "Barry Fey was a gentleman and a great friend. He was the first U.S. promoter to believe in Black Sabbath and gave us our first American tour. The music world has lost a great man. My heart goes out to his family."
In a post on her Twitter.com page, Ozzy's wife Sharon adds, "My condolences to the family of Barry Fey. He was a dear friend to Ozzy & I & the 1st promoter to give Sabbath a US Tour in the 70s. RIP Barry."
The Osbournes wrote forewords for Fey's 2011 memoir Backstage Past, which featured tales from his career.
As well as Black Sabbath, Fey also promoted acts including The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix.