Veteran entertainer Paul Anka has cancelled his upcoming concerts in Israel amid mounting tensions in the Middle East. The singer was due to perform two shows in Tel Aviv next week (beg21Jul14), but he has now called off the gigs and postponed his trip to the country after clashes between Israeli and Palestinian forces.
A representative for Anka, who plans to reschedule the concerts once the political unrest subsides, says in a statement, "Due to the current situation in the Middle East, Paul Anka and the local promoters will be postponing his upcoming concerts scheduled for July 24 and 26, 2014. Management is in constant communication with our local promoter friends, trying to find a solution to the rescheduled dates. Once this is worked out in the next few days the local promoter will make the announcement.
"We ask all current ticket holders to keep their tickets and await that announcement. Mr. Anka assures you that once the local situation is resolved, he will be there with the latest version of his fantastic performance."
The news comes after Neil Young & Crazy Horse and The Brian Jonestown Massacre cancelled gigs in Israel this week (ends20Jul14) due to the turmoil.
A number of other high-profile acts, including Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey and the Backstreet Boys, are due to perform in the country in the coming weeks.
Zendaya Coleman has thrown her support behind Alexandra Shipp as the actress prepares to take over the lead role in the upcoming Aaliyah biopic. Coleman was hired to play the late R&B superstar in a new TV movie about her life, but pulled out over fears the project "felt a little rushed".
The actress also revealed she was bombarded with negative comments from Aaliyah fans who insisted she was not right for the role, and she hopes her replacement, Nickelodeon regular Shipp, will not have the same problems.
She says, "Congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah. I only hope that she does not have to deal with half the haters that I had to deal with. And remember that we are all human beings trying to do what we love to do. Let's practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate. Alright."
Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is scheduled to debut on America's Lifetime network later this year (14). The singer died in a plane crash in the Bahamas in August, 2001.
The remains of beloved U.S. broadcaster Casey Kasem have reportedly gone missing. The eldest daughter of the radio and TV regular, who died last month (Jun14), has revealed she has no idea where her father's body is.
A family spokesman says, "When we called the mortuary on July 15, they couldn't tell us where Casey was. Then they said they couldn't confirm or deny whether he was there."
Officials at the Santa Monica Police Department have since contacted the mortuary and confirmed the body had been moved. The owner of the mortuary has also verified the body has not been in his care for at least two days.
Kerri Kasem and the broadcaster's other kids from his first marriage have been waging a war with his widow Jean for well over a year after claiming she had refused to let them visit their ailing father. Kerri was eventually given the authority to implement end-of-life measures for her father in the days leading up to his death after he went missing in Washington.
In an effort to appease her stepmother, Kerri gave Jean permission to plan her father's funeral, but after learning his remains had still not been buried or cremated, she filed a motion to reclaim the broadcaster's body for an autopsy.
Jean Kasem has denied her late husband's remains are missing.
"I made the call. When I found out Tate was directing, I was like, 'You better find me something for me to do Tate. I don't care what it is, but you better find something, because I'm a big James Brown fan.' And he did, he's very loyal that way." Actress Octavia Spencer would have done anything to land a role in her director pal Tate Taylor's new James Brown biopic, Get On Up. The Help star portrays Aunt Honey in the film, opposite 42 actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays the late Godfather of Soul
"Any good actress wants to be Viola Davis when she grows up... I'm trying to get there." Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is full of praise for her The Help co-star, who she reunites with in new James Brown biopic Get On Up.
TV executives behind hit TV musical series Glee have lost a copyright appeal in the U.K. after challenging a ruling over the show's branding. Broadcasters at Twentieth Century Fox were hit with legal action in 2011 by bosses at Comic Enterprises, the owners of a chain of British comedy stores called The Glee Club, who alleged the programme's popularity had affected their business as customers had been confused by the similarity in name and had been "put off" from attending shops after learning they were not affiliated.
A judge ruled in the plaintiffs' favour in February (14), ordering Glee producers to change the name of the show for U.K. broadcasts or pull the show from screens completely.
The defendants challenged the decision, claiming the name change was unnecessary, unfair and disproportionate, but on Friday (18Jul14), the ruling was upheld in London's High Court.
Twentieth Century Fox executives have also been ordered to hand over an interim payment of $170,000 (£100,000) in damages. A final amount will be determined at a later date.
Looks like Westeros could use a Jerry Springer of its own. Despite leaving the show in a shocking, violent manner three years ago, Sean Bean revealed to Vulture that he wants to make another appearance on Game of Thrones… if only to settle a custody dispute. The former Ned Stark was delighted to find out that the show might be planning some flashbacks in the upcoming season that would allow him to drop by the Seven Kingdoms and clear up some “unfinished business”: “I'm obviously not Jon Snow's dad. And you need that to be revealed at some point, don't you? So Bran would kind of be the one having the flashback, and he would see Ned praying, right? And revealing those things?”
Before you get too excited, though, nothing about the flashbacks or Jon Snow’s true lineage has officially been confirmed, but it does seem as if Bean agrees with the popular fan theory that posits that Jon is actually the son of Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark, and Rhaegar Targaryen. The theory, which is based on several key pieces of evidence presented in the books that unfortunately didn’t make their way into the show, states that Lyanna and Rhaegar ran away together, and when Ned found her in the middle of the war, in a bed filled with blood, he made her a promise that he kept for the rest of his life. That promise was to raise her son as his own, and keep him safe from Robert Baratheon, her betrothed, who would kill the baby for being a Targaryen. As the series has grown in length and popularity over the years, this idea has become one of the most dominant points of speculation, and a video breaking down all of the evidence supporting it recently went viral.
While we still have to wait for George R.R. Martin himself to confirm or refute the theory, it would have a major effect on the series if it were true. Firstly, being the son of Rhaegar would not only mean that Jon is Ned’s nephew, but Daenerys’ as well, which gives him a claim to the Iron Throne. In fact, it would give him a better claim to becoming King of Westeros than the one Dany has, since he would be Rhaegar’s immediate heir. However, it seems unlikely that Jon would be able to actually rule the kingdom, since unless Rhaegar and Lyanna married in secret, he would still be a bastard. He could, of course, be legitimized in some way – much like Ramsay Bolton was at the end of Season 4 – but even then, as a member of Night’s Watch, he wouldn’t be allowed to own property or wear a crown. Depending on what happens in the sixth book, he might be able to find a loophole in those rules, but as of right now, Jon’s loyalty is to the Wall.
Therefore, it’s hard to really predict the exact repercussions that Jon’s true lineage would have on Westeros as a whole. Some fans have speculated that having both Stark and Targaryen blood would make Jon the “Song of Ice and Fire” that is mentioned in the title of the series. Since some Starks are wargs, and some Targaryens have the kind of powers normally associated with dragons, it could be possible that Jon has some kind of power as well, which Martin will likely reveal later in the series.
The “Ice and Fire” could also have something to do with Dany. Fans have been waiting for her and Jon to interact for years now, and if they are related, that could make a meeting between the two much more likely. Perhaps their shared lineage would allow them to form an alliance of some sort, as Dany’s army and Jon’s command of the Wall would be beneficial to both of them. Alternatively, it could create some kind of competition between them, especially since Dany has lived her whole life believing that she is the only person in Westeros who should rightfully inherit the Iron Throne.
There’s also been speculation that Jon being Lyanna’s son makes him the third part of the Three-Headed Dragon that is if often talked about, which prophecies the person meant to rule Westeros. Some fans believe that the three people who make up the dragon’s heads are the children whose mothers died in childbirth: Dany, Tyrion, and Jon. Martin noting that Ned made his promise to Lyanna while she was in a “blood-soaked” bed seems to imply that she died giving birth to Jon, which makes him a likely candidate to be one of the dragon’s heads. Others think that the Three-Headed Dragon is made up of three people with Targaryen blood, since Aemon I conquered Westeros with two other people, and so Jon, Dany and Maester Aemon would be the ones the prophecy refers to. Alternatively, being the embodiment of the “Song of Ice and Fire” thanks to his parents could mean that Jon is Azhor Ahai, the prince who has been promised by the Lord of the Light to lead the people out of darkness. If fans have correctly predicted what will happen in Book 6, then it seems like Jon might indeed be the savior of the Seven Kingdoms.
Regardless of whether any of this is true, Jon discovering who his parents really are would be important to him on a personal level, as it would finally give him a sense of self and belonging. He has spent his whole life feeling like an outsider, and he has never been able to fit in with any group. If he can learn where he truly comes from, he might be able to find some kind of inner peace, and then maybe he can stop moping around so much. Still, we’ll have to wait until Martin finishes the series in order to find out if any of these theories are correct, and get the answers we’ve been clamoring for. Although, at the rate he’s going, we’ll probably never get any answers at all.
Former As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has lost his bid to shave time off his prison sentence after he was found guilty of plotting to kill his wife. The rocker's lawyer argued his client's time behind bars should be reduced by the amount of time he served while under "house arrest" as he awaited sentencing, but in a Del Mar, California court on Friday (18Jul14), Judge Carlos Armour denied the request, explaining that credit only applies to inmates held in lieu of bail.
He stated, "He was privately monitored, not by the Sheriff who controls those in custody in this County. Therefore, those custody credits are denied."
Lambesis was sentenced to six years behind bars in May (14).
He was arrested in May, 2013 after handing an undercover cop, pretending to be a hitman, cash and instructions of how to gain entry to his wife's home.
Prior to his sentencing, the singer expressed his remorse and told authorities that his steroid use was "affecting many decisions in my life". He insisted, "I am not a risk to her (wife Meggan) in the slightest way."
"I'm sure there will be plenty of people who will say horrible things... But you can't worry about it. People like to gossip. They bond over it. They don't bond over complimenting famous people. I'm always the first person to defend Gwyneth Paltrow. Or any woman in a position of power, like Martha Stewart or Oprah, who gets burned. Because they have paved the path for so many other women who are doing something they believe in." Actress Blake Lively refuses to listen to critics as she prepares to follow in Paltrow's footsteps and launch her own lifestyle website, Preserve.
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller is set to play the villain on the TV adaptation of comic book series The Flash after signing up to portray Leonard Snart. In the popular DC Comics, Snart's alter-ego, Captain Cold, is the leader of the Rogues, and a dastardly enemy of The Flash.
Grant Gustin will portray Barry Allen, who becomes the speedy superhero, on the show, which will debut in America later this year (14).
Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Robbie Amell and Tom Cavanagh have also joined the cast.