Gerry & The Pacemakers star Gerry Marsden has been forced to pull out of a British nostalgia tour after falling ill. He'll be replaced on the British Invasion Tour across the U.S. by former The Hollies star Terry Sylvester.
A spokesperson for the Ferry Across the Mersey singer says, "It is with deep regret that Gerry has had to withdraw from the British Invasion U.S. Tour due to a sudden illness. Gerry is extremely sad to be letting his fans down; however, he hopes the tour is a great success and wishes his fellow artists a happy and wonderful tour."
The 10-date tour, scheduled to begin on Tuesday (09Sep14), will also feature Paul McCartney's former Wings sidekick Denny Laine, Billy J. Kramer and Mike Pender’s Searchers.
Legendary disco star Sylvester has been remembered with a plaque on the Rainbow Honor Walk in San Francisco, California, 26 years after his death. The flamboyant You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) singer, who became known as the Queen of Disco, lost his battle with HIV/AIDS in 1988, aged 41.
The boxer who inspired SYLVESTER STALLONE's ROCKY character is set for the biopic treatment. Rocky Marciano's brother Peter and son Rocky Marciano, Jr., are working with executors of the estate and director/writer Dustin Marcellino on 49-0/The Brockton Blockbuster.
A statement from Marcellino reads: "Rocky Marciano was my great grandfather's all-time favorite fighter, which was passed down to all of us in the Marcellino's family.
"The Marcellinos and the Marcianos have truly become family during the development of this project and we are honored to tell this generation about a man, a son, a brother, a husband and a father who rose up out of the streets of Brockton to change the world in his generation."
Marciano, Jr. adds, "My father is still counted as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time and if he were alive today he would be proud that we are working to bring the true story of his life to the big screen. I am thrilled that the Marciano family; together with City of Peace films is working on a movie that will tell the story about my father... the real Rocky story."
The movie will be filmed in Marciano's hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts.
The boxing great died in a plane crash in August, 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday.
The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes bravely offered up himself as a punching bag when mixed martial arts pin-up Ronda Rousey confessed to struggling with nerves as she prepared for a pivotal fight scene in the film. Hughes asked Rousey how she fought nerves before a big fight and she told him she threw a few punches in her dressing room, he reluctantly offered himself as a target.
He explains, "Ronda's first scene ever was with Sly (Sylvester Stallone) at a bar and she was really super nervous. I said, 'What do you do before a big fight?' And she said, 'I like to spar in a room and get that nervous energy out'.
"So I said, 'You need to hit something? Let's find something to hit!' She said, 'But I wanna hit you. Put your arms up'.
"I'm thinking, 'Ronda's just gonna hit my hands,' so I put my arms up and she goes, 'wham!' The next day I was getting dressed and my kids were there and said, 'Dad, what's that?' I had this huge black mark and a broken rib. I said, 'I got beaten up by an actress!'"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Seth Rogen are among almost 200 stars who have signed a statement calling for peace in the Middle East. The Creative Community For Peace's document has attracted signatures from all over the entertainment industry amid calls to end violent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian troops in Gaza.
In the statement, the stars urge politicians to find a resolution and end the fighting, while they also come out in support of Israel and criticise the Palestinian Hamas organisation.
The letter reads, "We, the undersigned, are saddened by the devastating loss of life endured by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza. We are pained by the suffering on both sides of the conflict and hope for a solution that brings peace to the region... While we stand firm in our commitment to peace and justice, we must also stand firm against ideologies of hatred and genocide... We join together in support of the democratic values we all cherish and in the hope that the healing and transformative power of the arts can be used to build bridges of peace."
Other stars to have signed the statement include Kelsey Grammer, Minnie Driver, Mayim Bialik and Joel and Benji Madden.
Sylvester Stallone is making plans to bring his own life story to the big screen, according to his mother. The Rocky star has written and directed a number of projects throughout the years, and he has now focused his attention on making a movie about his upbringing and lengthy career in Hollywood.
His mother Jackie tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Sylvester is doing the story of his life, his own biog(raphy). He's got Rambo V to film and he'll be going to Budapest to begin the Expendables 4 - so he's filming his biopic in between."
Kelsey Grammer is shaping up in the hope Sylvester Stallone invites him back for the fourth Expendables film. The Frasier star admits he had a ball playing Bonaparte in the action film sequel, but would like to spend more than a week on set next time around.
He tells WENN, "I'm tougher than a lot of people think! If you know anything about my personal life you'd realise that hands down! I always wanted to work with Sly and never knew it would happen. I would see him at a mutual friend's kid's birthday party and I thought, 'I wish I could find a way to work with this fella'.
"I went after this in a way... and when I flew into Bulgaria to shoot scenes I had to get out of Transformers for a week... They (producers) just organised four days for the character of Bonaparte and I had the best time with Sly. It was a revelation to me in terms of just how smart and how improvisatorial (sic) Sly can be as well; and generous with his time and generous with his acting.
"I was so happy to work with Sly and to find out how fantastic he really is and I've been impressed ever since. I hope we do something again together. We fleshed out my character, Bonaparte, to a point where I hope he comes back and maybe he could kick some a** next time, because I'm ready to. I'm working out each day! I'm punching people on the street just to see..."
But new dad Grammer has some physiotherapy to get through before he's Expendables ready - the actor recently damaged his ankle playing tennis.
"He (producer Avi Lerner) offered me this job and I said, 'Sure, why not have me read the script? Let’s talk money'." Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan reveals he's in talks to join Sylvester Stallone's Expendables action film franchise.
"I (want to be) against all the Expendable guys - but as a good-bad guy. I'm a good guy at the end. If I go against them, I stand out. Otherwise I'm (part of) the group... Sly, I thank him so much. He really helped me to get into the Hollywood market. I'll do almost whatever he says I should do." Martial arts star Jackie Chan is circling a villainous role in the next Expendables movie after turning down Sylvester Stallone's offers to join the all-star action movie franchise in the past.
Actor Jason Statham's life flashed before him as he found himself trapped in a military vehicle at the bottom of the Black Sea after losing control of the truck on the set of his new action movie The Expendables 3. The former Olympic diver told the Today show he almost drowned when the brakes failed and he ran over a jetty while test driving the vehicle in Bulgaria, and now he has expanded on the story, revealing he felt sure he would die.
Statham tells late night host Jimmy Fallon, "It wasn't a close shave... This was serious.
"I'm in the truck... and I slam on the brakes and nothing happens... Next thing you know I've hit two cameramen (and) they literally thought I'd killed them and a split second later I'm going nine feet over the edge of this concrete jetty and I'm going down towards the Black Sea. I'm thinking, 'I've gotta get out of this'.
"I'm trying to prise myself from behind the wheel to get out the window. The windows are down. The truck hits the water and the water just slams me back and we're just sinking fast, straight to the bottom.
"I'm 60 feet at the bottom of the Black Sea, stuck in the mud, thinking, 'Hang on a minute... This is how it ends!'"
The tough guy's survival instinct "kicked in" and he lived to tell the tale of his near-death experience.
He explains, "You pull yourself out the window, start grabbing at the wall and try to get the surface... (but) they don't call it the Black Sea for nothing. It was a total nightmare.
"At that point, you really do understand who your friends are - I'm looking around... and I say, 'Where's Sly (Sylvester Stallone)?' and he's still on the side of the dock with his iPhone going, 'Jason, you need a towel?'"