English bassist John Gustafson has died at the age of 72. The rocker passed away on Friday (12Sep14).
Gustafson was a member of 1960s bands The Big Three and The Merseybeats.
He also appeared on the original Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack, as Simon Zealotes.
The bassist also co-founded Quatermass with Mick Underwood and Peter Robinson and later played on four studio albums and two live records with the Ian Gillan Band.
Paying tribute to Gustafson on Facebook.com, Quatermass member Bernie Torme writes, "RIP to the great John Gustafson who did so much for music from The Big Three onwards. A true one off.
"Honoured to have met him and chatted back in the day. Here he is with my very good friend Mick Underwood, playing and singing with the fantastic Quatermass. RIP John."
Soul legend Smokey Robinson is urging tycoons investing in the industrial ghost town of Detroit to create thousands of jobs as a boost for local families. The Tears of a Clown hitmaker was born and raised in the city and he went on to forge his stellar career on the roster of Detroit-based record label Motown.
He has watched in despair as his hometown suffers an economic downturn due to the collapse of the car industry, and although some businesses from China and South America are investing in the region, Robinson is adamant it is pointless if they cannot create jobs for locals.
He tells Mojo magazine, "(Detroit suffered) because of (Motown moving to Los Angeles) and the auto industry moving out. It's kinda like in a devastated state right now. I hope something happens to turn it around... Buy up all they want to buy up, but if they don't create jobs it's not gonna mean anything."
Soul veteran Smokey Robinson tours the U.S. counselling drug addicts. The Motown star battled his drug demons until 1986, when a church visit turned his life around, and he has been clean and sober ever since.
Robinson now takes it upon himself to help those suffering from substance abuse issues, and he travels around the U.S. to meet and give advice to addicts in his role as a drugs counsellor.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I did drugs for two and a half years and I was a walking corpse... so I talk to people who've been doing that for 20 years - and they are only 30 years old. How they could last for 20 years doing it I have no idea."
Kevin Costner has settled a lawsuit with movie bosses at Morgan Creek Productions, a week before the case was scheduled to go to trial. The actor accused the executives of hiding profits from his 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves from him, and sued them for the cash in July, 2012.
In his lawsuit, he wrote, "If you're hoping to earn profits based on the success of your film and you want to be paid on a timely basis, then one company you certainly do not want to do business with is Defendant Morgan Creek Productions."
Costner claimed he had received no financial statements from Morgan Creek partners in 2010 or 2011, and the statements were late from 2004 to 2009.
He accused Morgan Creek of diverting money by assigning foreign distribution rights on Robin Hood from Morgan Creek to a foreign company owned by Morgan Creek CEO James Robinson.
Robinson told The Hollywood Reporter at the time of Costner's suit that he and Morgan Creek executives had been "very straight" with Costner over the years, adding that the actor had been paid over $40 million (£23.5 million) for his work on the film.
Costner lost a fraudulent concealment claim that would have entitled him to punitive damages, and he also failed at a conversation claim.
A trial was scheduled to begin on 18 August (14), but lawyers representing the two parties told the judge on Friday (08Aug14) that the case has been settled. An attorney for Morgan Creek has confirmed the settlement to The Hollywood Reporter, although details have not been revealed.
Veteran actress Anne Charleston has fuelled rumours pop star Kylie Minogue is set to return to Australian soap opera Neighbours to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Minogue first found fame playing mechanic Charlene Robinson in the hit drama, and although she quit to pursue her music career in 1988 she has been linked to a potential return on several occasions.
Now Charleston, who played Madge Bishop in the show for ten years, has teased fans by suggesting the pop princess has signed up for a cameo role in a special anniversary episode set to air next March (15).
She says, "The Neighbours special 30th anniversary is coming up. I will probably be involved and it will go to air in March. I think Kylie is on board for the special and I imagine everyone will be in on it because it's a big occasion."
Rapper Lil Wayne is reportedly launching his own sports management company, and soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo will be his top client. The Lollipop hitmaker is already the co-founder of his successful Young Money Entertainment record label, and he's hoping to expand his empire to the sports world.
Sources tell TMZ.com that Wayne has had his sights set on starting a sports management firm for a while, and to make the transition smooth, he has recruited his friend and Portuguese footballer Ronaldo as his first client.
Wayne and his Young Money bosses will be collaborating with company PolarisSports, which is the firm Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes works for.
Insiders reveal Wayne will handle all of Ronaldo's ventures in the U.S., including branding, marketing, and endorsement deals.
While neither Wayne nor Ronaldo have officially commented on the partnership, Ronaldo posted a photo on his Twitter.com page on Thursday (23Jul14) of himself alongside the Prime Minister of Japan and other Japanese politicians, holding up the Young Money hand gesture, which Wayne then retweeted.
If the story is true, Lil Wayne won't be the only rapper to become a sports agent - Jay Z branched out last year and helped land former New York Yankees baseball star Robinson Cano a big deal at the Seattle Mariners.
"We're married, I mean, we've got kids and a family and... we are in it. I think if we do get married it'll be for the kids really, whereas for us we're just... we're happy. There is something beautiful about the security of marriage, but I mean, we'll get there when we get there." Kate Hudson insists marriage is no longer a priority for her. She became engaged to rocker Matt Bellamy in 2011. The couple has a three-year-old son named Bingham together, while the actress is also mum to 10-year-old boy Ryder, from her first marriage to Chris Robinson.
"He's such a wonderful boy. He terrorises Ryder, which is weird because Ryder's so much older than him... Ryder's very patient with him. But he's getting big." Actress Kate Hudson admits Bingham, her three-year-old son with rocker fiance Matt Bellamy, can be a handful for his older half-brother, 10-year-old Ryder, her only child with ex-husband Chris Robinson.
Rapper Yung Joc is heading for divorce. The hip-hop star's high school sweetheart, Alexandria Robinson, has filed papers to end their 13-year marriage after he appeared on U.S. reality show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta last year (13) with his mistress, singer Karlie Redd, according to TMZ.com.
The former couple has three children together.
Dustin Lance Black has paid tribute to Harvey Milk's speech writer Frank M. Robinson following his death at the age of 87. Robinson passed away on Monday (30Jun14) in San Francisco, California. No further details about his death have been released.
A noted sci-fi novelist and journalist, Robinson is best remembered for penning rousing speeches for Harvey Milk, the first openly gay candidate to be elected into office in the U.S.
The politician's story was told in 2008's Oscar-winning film Milk, starring by Sean Penn, and the movie's screenwriter Black has remembered the man who helped the gay activist speak to the masses.
In a post on his Facebook.com page, he writes, "This morning Frank M. Robinson left this world. He was Milk's speech writer, an acclaimed sci-fi author and was like a father to me. To say the earth feels made of quicksand lately makes it sound too solid. Frank, I'll miss your thunderous laughter, your protective love and your razor sharp writer's mind."
His death comes just weeks after Black lost his mother.
Robinson, who made a cameo appearance in the movie, will also be remembered for his books The Power, which was transformed for the big screen in 1968, and The Glass Inferno, which was combined with Richard Martin Stern's The Tower and adapted into 1974's The Towering Inferno starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman.