Rock band Foo Fighters will headline the closing concert for British royal Prince Harry's Invictus Games competition in September (14). The Everlong hitmakers will top the bill for the gig, which celebrates the end of the Paralympic-style sporting competition for wounded military personnel, which was organised by the royal.
The rockers announced the news on their Facebook.com page, writing, "Invictus Games, look out... THE FOO FIGHTERS ARE COMING. What a perfect way to finally return to the UK for the first time in years... been waaaay too long (sic)! Thanks for having us, it is truly an honour to come play for these incredible men and women. Can't wait to do our thing for you."
Also scheduled to perform at the concert in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are Ellie Goulding, British rockers Kaiser Chiefs, James Blunt and singer/songwriter Ryan Adams.
The closing concert will take place on 14 September (14) and highlights will be broadcast in the U.K.
Two bands have cancelled their sets at an upcoming Ohio music festival over headliner R. Kelly's past allegations of sexual violence and assault. Ohio-based bands Damn the Witch Siren and Saintseneca recently announced they have axed their gigs at the upcoming Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus in August (14) after festival organisers revealed the controversial R&B singer is one of the headlining acts.
Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography, based on a sex tape he allegedly made with an underage girl in 2002, and although he was later cleared of all charges, the case has proven to tarnish his reputation.
The band members of Saintseneca are among those who won't let Kelly forget about the scandal, explaining their decision to quit the gig in a statement which reads: "We feel R. Kelly's selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault.
"We feel it is an affront to all survivors, who are already often overlooked and forgotten in our society."
The musicians also announced plans to hold an alternative concert to benefit victims of sexual assault.
In addition to the bands, bosses at local radio station WCBE 90.5 FM decided to pull their sponsorship of the event, also citing Kelly's participation in the festival.
Fashion Meets Music Festival co-founder Bret Adams has defended adding Kelly to the bill, noting that the singer was acquitted in 2008, and adding, "We're not the morality police."
The inaugural music festival also features fellow headliners O.A.R. and Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams.
Singer/songwriter Ryan Adams has credited a hypnotherapist and medical marijuana with helping him get back onstage after a crippling inner ear disorder. The Wonderwall singer was diagnosed with Meniere's disease a few years ago and his ear problems led to cancelled tour dates and the break-up of his band.
At the time, Adams threatened to walk away for good, but now he's recording a new album and hoping for the best.
He tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I said, 'I'm not playing music anymore and I'm scared to play live and I feel jaded. All I ever do is disappoint people and I leave the stage'.
"All of a sudden you start seeing double and then my hand starts shaking, and then it's like you're in an elevator and the bottom just drops out and your bones feel 1,000 pounds."
"My life changed a lot. More people are like, 'Hey, man!' And I don't think that's from my role in (TV series) John Adams. But it only changed as much as I engaged with it, and I learned very quickly: 'Don't ever engage with it. Just JKL (Just Keep Livin')'." Jennifer Aniston's actor fiance Justin Theroux keeps Matthew Mcconaughey's life motto in mind whenever the paparazzi presence becomes a little too overbearing.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman rejected a plan to set up a trust fund for his children shortly before his death.
The actor passed away in February (14) after suffering a heroin overdose, and he left the bulk of his estate to his longtime partner Mimi O'Donnell, the mother of his three children.
Court documents filed as part of the proceedings have revealed the star discussed a plan to set up a trust for his children with his accountant in the year before his death, but rejected the idea because he didn't want his kids to grow up spoiled.
Attorney James Cahill, Jr., who has been appointed to protect the interests of Hoffman's children, Cooper, 10, Tallulah, seven, and Willa, five, revealed the actor's discussions with accountant David Friedman in the paperwork filed at Manhattan Surrogate's Court in New York City.
In the documents, obtained by the New York Post, Cahill, Jr. states that Friedman "recalled conversations with (Hoffman) in the year before his demise where the topic of a trust was raised for the kids and summarily rejected by him" because he didn't want them to grow up as "trust-fund kids".
The documents also reveal Hoffman wanted O'Donnell to be given spousal rights even though they were not married, with Friedman stating that the actor "simply did not believe in marriage".
Actress Amy Adams is hoping more people follow her lead and start saluting returning soldiers by performing good deeds for them. The Man of Steel star hit headlines recently when she gave up her first-class seat on a flight from Detroit, Michigan to Los Angeles so a military man could travel home in comfort.
Adams is thrilled the story became such a big deal, but she didn't like the fact the attention was turned on her, and not the soldier.
She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood, "I feel like a lot of attention has been paid to me, and I'm grateful that people are latching onto a positive story, but the whole point was to draw attention to the soldier.
"I wish more people were paying attention to him right now - or to them."
Actress Amy Adams has landed a fashionable new role as the face of luxury Italian clothing brand Max Mara. The Oscar winner will feature in the company's autumn/winter (14) ads, wearing cosy outerwear and oversized sunglasses and posing with a caramel leather handbag.
Adams takes over the role of spokesmodel from fellow screen star Jennifer Garner, the wife of her Batman Vs. Superman co-star Ben Affleck.
Rap veterans Public Enemy stunned revellers with a surprise performance at a New York block party hosted by director Spike Lee on Saturday (28Jun14) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his movie Do The Right Thing. A slew of celebrities, including Wesley Snipes, rapper/actor Mos Def, comedian Dave Chappelle and singer Erykah Badu, took part in the event, which was held on the same block in Lee's native Brooklyn where the cult film about racial tensions was shot back in 1999.
Lee documented the occasion with a series of snaps on Instagram.com and alongside one image, he wrote,"10,000 people showed up, danced, sang, rap (sic) and had a great time. Thank you to everyone that showed mad love for the 25th anniversary of Do The Right Thing".
He later posted a picture of Public Enemy's Chuck D onstage and added, "For the finale Public Enemy was the surprise guest artists. When (they) came on stage... people went nuts."
Lee will have more to celebrate on Monday (30Jun14) after Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams declared 30 June Do the Right Thing Day.
The Brooklyn block party took place a day after Lee attended a special screening of Do The Right Thing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he signed autographs and took part in a question and answer session with director John Singleton.
The film was introduced by the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and also featured a pre-recorded video message from U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who reminisced about watching the movie on their first date.
The President said, "I took her to this new movie everybody was talking about, directed by a guy that not that many people had heard of... So Spike, thank you for helping me impress Michelle, and thank you for telling a powerful story...
"Do the Right Thing still holds up a mirror to our society, and it makes us laugh, and think and challenges all of us to see ourselves in one another."
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If you've ever seen the movie American Hustle, you should already know that Amy Adams is pretty much the best. We now have more proof of this fact.
The actress was preparing to board a flight back to Los Angeles from Detroit when she did something few celebrities are willing to do. She reportedly gave up her first class seat on the plane to a soldier who she noticed sitting at her gate. Adams swapped with him, and sat in coach for the duration of the flight. Although she didn't do it for the attention, we can't help but applaud this random act of kindness.
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Oscar winner Amy Adams showed her gratitude to a U.S. soldier on Friday (27Jun14) by offering him her first class seat on a flight to Los Angeles. The American Hustle star was waiting to board a plane in Detroit, Michigan when she noticed the man in uniform standing at the same gate.
She quietly approached airline representatives and asked to swap seats with him, taking his place in coach.
Fellow passenger, U.S. sports broadcaster Jemele Hill, noticed the secret swap and expressed her admiration for Adams in a post on her Twitter.com page.
She wrote, "Just saw actress Amy Adams do something incredibly classy. She gave her 1st class seat to an American soldier. I'm an even bigger fan now."
Adams, whose father was a military man, was introduced to the soldier before heading to economy class to find her seat.
She isn't the first celebrity to make such a kind gesture - comedienne Amy Poehler gave up her first class seat to a new mum and her baby on a flight to Los Angeles to New York last month (May14).