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.
Singer Jessica Simpson shed a few extra pounds in the lead-up to her weekend (05Jul14) wedding by adopting a strict vegan diet.
The blonde beauty has been showing off a slimmer figure in recent months after losing the pregnancy pounds from carrying her second child, son Ace, last year (13) with the help of a food plan from Weight Watchers, for which she is a spokeswoman.
However, Simpson wanted to make sure she looked her absolute best when she exchanged vows with former American footballer Eric Johnson in California on Saturday, so she temporarily cut out all animal products from her diet. A source tells UsMagazine.com, "Jessica did a vegan diet for about two weeks leading up to the wedding."
The newlywed also reportedly boosted her vitamin levels by getting "quite a few" B12 shots to help maintain a healthy brain and nervous system.
Simpson has since returned to her meat-eating ways - at a pre-wedding Independence Day bash on Friday (04Jul14), guests were treated to a feast of beef brisket, smoked barbecue baby back ribs, fried chicken and grilled shrimp, as well as a variety of pies and watermelon.
Simpson isn't the first superstar to go vegan - Jennifer Lopez recently adopted the plant-based diet to get her in tip-top shape for the release of her new album AKA, while Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z also tried a 22-day vegan challenge last year (13).
Actors Annette Bening, Ellen Burstyn, Lucy Liu, John Lithgow and Nathan Lane and director Oliver Stone were among the stars in the audience for Kenneth Branagh's final Macbeth performance at New York's Park Avenue Armory on Sunday night (22Jun14). The production of the classic Shakespeare play came to an end after a sold-out limited run, which lasted less than three weeks.
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has vowed to grow up and put his wild ways behind him now he is the co-owner of a British soccer club. The singer was announced as the new boss of England's Doncaster Rovers club on Thursday (19Jun14) after his takeover bid with former chairman John Ryan was finally accepted.
The deal was completed just weeks after Tomlinson was caught up in a drug scandal last month (May14) when a leaked video appeared to show him smoking marijuana with bandmate Zayn Malik.
Tomlinson has now acknowledged he needs to grow up and change his behaviour so he can be taken seriously as a businessman.
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I have to mature a little bit... This is life-changing for me. I'm going to have to start acting dead serious... I can't be a big kid anymore or play pranks. I am absolutely going to be very involved in the club.
"I will be committing a lot of time to it. I've said that I want to be across absolutely everything... I guess am a businessman now.
"I know there will be a few eyebrows raised about me doing this. But hopefully the results go a certain way and we'll create a successful club."
Tomlinson follows in the footsteps of Sir Elton John, who became the boss of the Watford soccer team in 1976, and he hopes to get tips from the pop veteran, saying, "I had thought about seeking his advice - but how on earth do you get in touch with Elton John? I don't know. Hopefully this will send the message out!"
Rapper Iggy Azalea has scored a fourth week at the top of the U.S. pop charts with her summer hit Fancy. The Australian also extends her one-two punch atop the Billboard Hot 100 because Ariana Grande's hit Problem, on which she features, stays put at two as well for a fourth week.
Only the Beatles held the countdown's top two spots with their first U.S. releases in the same week back in 1964. Iggy has another eight weeks to go to match their record.
Canadian four-piece MAGIC! rockets into the new top five at three with their hit Rude, while John Legend's ballad All of Me drops a spot to four and Jason Derulo's Wiggle holds at five.
James Franco and Chris O'dowd's Broadway play Of Mice And Men has recouped its $3.8 million (£2.38 million) costs in just 12 weeks. The stage revival, based on the John Steinbeck novel of the same name, is the latest success on the Great White Way - Bryan Cranston's All The Way also moved into profit recently after making back its $3.9 million (GBP2.44 million) investment.
The promoter behind John Lydon and Brandon Boyd's all-star Jesus Christ Superstar musical scrapped the tour two weeks before opening night due to "horrific" ticket sales. The spectacular, which was also set to feature former Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams and J.C. Chasez, was cancelled last month (May14) after tour producer Michael Cohl realised it would be a disaster.
Opening up about his decision for the first time, he tells Billboard.com, "We realised we had a problem the day we went on sale.
"We all worked very hard reinventing things, rethinking things, fighting the good fight, and it just got to the point... We had to make the right business decision... We've questioned a thousand things - if we had gone with one or two lead superstars, if we had gone with a cheaper ticket price. We knew that this was a very risky project... (but) we thought we had a shot."
Lydon and company were in rehearsals for the 54-city arena tour when they heard the news, and the former Sex Pistols star has since spoken of his disappointment.
Punk icon John Lydon is disappointed and shocked following the cancellation of his touring Jesus Christ Superstar musical. The former Sex Pistols star was in rehearsals as King Herod when he learned the show had been cancelled last week (ends30May14).
Reports suggest poor ticket sales were to blame, but a representative for Lydon admits he and castmates Michelle Williams, rocker Brandon Boyd and ex-'N SYNC star J.C. Chasez are still baffled by the news.
In a tweet on Lydon's official Twitter.com page, the rep writes, "Sorry for the delay updating people. We are in as much shock over the cancellation of Jesus Christ Superstar as everyone else.
"Rehearsals had been going extremely well. John was looking forward to being King Herod & working with such a great bunch of people.
"We are all bitterly disappointed. We hope people were not too inconvenienced. We know flights and hotels were booked... We feel for everyone from the fans to the cast and crew who were a joy to work with. If we knew more we would tell you."
The musical was just two weeks from opening night when producers cancelled the tour.
A Jesus Christ Superstar tour starring punk icon John Lydon has been cancelled less than two weeks before its first performance due to poor ticket sales. The former Sex Pistols star was set to hit the stage to play Biblical villain King Herod on the North American tour of the hit musical, which was due to kick off a 50-city trek in New Orleans, Louisiana on 9 June (14).
Also starring in the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage show was Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, former Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams, and ex-'NSYNC star JC Chasez. Newcomer Ben Forster was set to play the lead role after starring in the London revival.
The cancellation was announced on the show's official website on Friday (30May14), and promoter Michael Cohl reveals it didn't make "business sense" to go ahead with a tour that wasn't selling.
He tells the New York Times, "It became obvious the shows were in trouble but we tried until the last moment to give it every chance to turn around. In the end it just did not make business sense to continue and we didn't want the cast to endure playing to disappointing audiences."
After the news broke, Boyd expressed his sadness on Twitter.com, writing, "I got fired from #JesusChristSuperstar today... but so did the rest of the cast so we're all sad together. Yeah, it's true. Tour cancelled."
Forster poured his emotions into a message, writing, "My heart is broken. My beautiful talented cast and company I adore. This wonderful show & opportunity is over. I'm so sorry. I am devastated... I am in New Orleans. I was mid rehearsal with JC Chasez on the floor. Going they (through) the end of the show. U (sic) guys must know we were ready for this (show)... I am so devastated. I'm sorry to everyone who got tickets and flights. Whoever f**ked it up I hate u (sic). But I forgive you, I'm Jesus... well was."
Michael Jackson has made pop chart history in America from beyond the grave by becoming the only solo artist to score top 10 hits in five successive decades. The King of Pop's Love Never Felt So Good duet with Justin Timberlake rockets into the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 at number nine, giving Jackson an unmatched feat.
The new hit is the late superstar's 29th top 10 - he scored his first in November, 1971, when Got to Be There landed at number nine on the countdown. In total, he has spent a record-breaking 42 weeks in the Hot 100 top 10.
His latest chart feat comes just days after Jackson appeared in hologram form for a show-stopping spectacle at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (18May14).
Meanwhile, John Legend's All of Me lands a third week at number one, while Australian rapper Iggy Azalea's Fancy moves up a spot to two and Ariana Grande's Problem, which features Azalea, returns to the top three.
Pharrell Williams' former chart-topper Happy and DJ Snake and Lil Jon's Turn Down for What round out the new top five.