Actor, producer and director William Greaves has died at the age of 87. The filmmaker passed away on Monday (25Aug14) in his native New York after suffering from a long illness.
Greaves began his career in entertainment as an actor with the American Negro Theatre, alongside fellow members Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier and appeared in films such as 1949's Lost Boundaries and 1974's Lost in the Stars.
He was also known for co-hosting and executive producing groundbreaking 1960s TV news show Black Journal, which won him an Emmy Award in 1970.
He moved away from acting after becoming frustrated by the lack of opportunities for black stars and relocated to Canada, where he became a documentary-maker, covering topics including the civil rights movement and boxing great Muhammad Ali's 1971 championship bout against Joe Frazier, in a 1975 film titled Ali, the Fighter.
He also made the comedy Symbiopyschotaxiplasm: Take One, about a director facing a backlash from his cast and crew. The 1960s film was only released in 2005, but has since become a cult favourite.
Sin City creator Frank Milleris thrilled his 300 graphic novel has forced Iranians to rewrite history. The comic book, which inspired director Zack Snyder's cult film, landed Miller a lifetime ban from Iran after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called it "an act of cultural and psychological warfare".
But joking about his "fatwa" in a new Playboy interview, Miller admits he's happy the Iranians got upset about the book and film.
He explains, "What I love is that I actually made the Iranian government change its historical policy toward Persia. It went from despising the empire of Persia to all of a sudden loving it, after 300.
"Persia had been a globe-spanning empire, then Muhammad came along and changed the mentality and rewrote all the histories. Iran's days of empire are long gone, and they were just looking for something to get p**sed off about."
Lionel Richie and Reba Mcentire will join Andrea Bocelli for the international debut of Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night in Italy. The benefit trip will bring 100 philanthropic donors and special guests from all around Tuscany, Italy to the charity bash, which will also be attended by Sophia Loren. Bocelli will sing along with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, directed by Zubin Mehta.
McEntire, who will be handed a special honour commemorating her long-term support for charities during the evening, and Richie will join previously announced performers Ronnie Dunn and Sinbad.
Bocelli's longtime collaborator David Foster will direct the proceedings.
The festivities will culminate with the star-studded gala dinner on 7 September (14) at Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
The event will benefit the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
Hair plaits that once belonged to country icon Willie Nelson are set to go under the hammer as part of a memorabilia auction in New York. The clumps of hair were cut off by Nelson in 1983 and given to fellow country star Waylon Jennings, who died in 2002, as a show of solidarity to support Jennings' attempt at sobriety.
They are listed among 500 items that once belonged to Jennings, including Buddy Holly's motorcycle, which he was given after the Peggy Sue hitmaker's death in 1959, Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves and a robe and a letter John Lennon sent to the singer.
The items are being sold at Guernsey's auction house at the instruction of Jennings' wife of more than 30 years, singer Jessi Colter.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali's annual Celebrity Fight Night gala is set for a trip to Italy. Every year, stars gather in Arizona to honour the boxer at the charity bash, but this year (14), the event is on the move - it will be staged in Italy for the first time, at the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.
Andrea Bocelli has been booked to perform with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra directed by Zubin Mehta, and Italian actress Sophia Loren will be the guest of honour.
Leading up to the 7 September (14) gala, Bocelli will host a tribute to Loren at his Tuscany home, Forte dei Marmi, just days before the big screen beauty turns 80.
The gala itself will feature a charity auction, with items including a dinner with Robert de Niro and Billy Crystal.
All proceeds will benefit the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
"You could tell that he was gonna be a star. I didn't know him until he did the show... It was like Muhammad Ali in the Olympic Village, like, he just knew he was gonna get the gold." Comedian Dave Chappelle recalls Kanye West's first TV performance on his show.
Curb Your Enthusiasm star Cheryl Hines is about to join America's most famous family after becoming engaged to Robert Kennedy, Jr.
The actress and the attorney have been dating since 2012 and reports suggest they confirmed their engagement news at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix, Arizona on 29 April (14). The marriage will be the second for Hines and the third for 60-year-old Kennedy.
"Did you ever hear Muhammad Ali curse? Would you curse in front of your kids? To your mother? (Collaborators) Marsha (Ambrosius), Lianne (La Havas), Janelle (Monae)... They're all my sisters. We shouldn't curse at them. We need to treat all of them, and all people, like royalty." Prince insists he won't be swearing in his songs anymore.
Celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been jailed for eight years for a series of sex attacks dating back to the 1970s. The public relations guru was convicted of eight charges of indecent assault on Monday (28Apr14) following a trial in which several women told how he groped and molested them after dazzling them with his showbiz links.
Some of the attacks took place at his office in London, and Clifford was accused of luring several victims with the promise of movie or modelling work.
Clifford, whose clients have included Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali, Simon Cowell, and Frank Sinatra, had told Southwark Crown Court in south London that all the women were lying, but on Friday (02May14) he was sentenced to eight years behind bars.
Judge Anthony Leonard told Clifford the offences were "not trivial but of a very serious nature" and he had "shown no remorse" throughout the trial and led a "double existence".
The judge told him he would serve half his sentence before being considered for release.
Speaking before the sentencing hearing, Clifford told Sky News, "It's not the best day of my life, is it? But that's how it is. I just have to face up to it."
Clifford had been cleared of two further charges of indecent assault, and a single charge on which the jury could not reach a verdict has now been left on file and will not be proceeded with.
Celebrity publicist Max Clifford is facing a possible jail sentence after he was convicted of eight sex assaults on Monday (28Apr14). The public relations guru, whose clients have included Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Simon Cowell, and Marlon Brando, used his star status as a cover to abuse young women in a series of attacks dating back to the 1960s.
Clifford had denied the allegations, telling Southwark Crown Court in south London that his accusers were all lying and had invented the incidents.
However, on Monday, the 10-strong jury found Clifford guilty of eight charges of indecent assault. He was cleared of two other indecent assault charges, and the jury failed to reach a verdict on an 11th count.
Speaking outside court after the verdict, Clifford said, "I have been told by my lawyers to say nothing at all."
Clifford is due to be sentenced on Friday (02May14).