Pharrell Williams has landed a cameo in the new basketball video game he has scored. The Happy hitmaker not only curated the much-anticipated NBA 2K15's soundtrack, he appears on the court, wearing his signature 'Smokey Bear' hat.
Announcing the cameo on Instagram.com, he writes, "#YourTimeHasCome to meet me in @2K #NBA2K15. New face scan technology will make it possible for us to meet face-to-face in one scene."
Williams also posted footage of his video game appearance.
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."
Veteran movie star Burt Reynolds is preparing to lift the lid on his failed romances with actresses Sally Field and Loni Anderson in an upcoming memoir. The Boogie Nights star, 78, developed a reputation as a ladies' man during his Hollywood heyday, dating the likes of Faye Dunaway and Kim Basinger, and enjoying marriages with British comedienne Judy Carne and Anderson.
He previously admitted his biggest regret in his personal life was letting go of the love of his life, Steel Magnolias star Field, and now he is set to reveal all about the relationships in But Enough About Me.
The autobiography, which will feature a foreword by his pal and Deliverance co-star Jon Voight, will also detail his friendships with fellow showbiz legends Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood and Bette Davis, and it will revisit his most famous screen projects, including Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard and Boogie Nights, which earned him an Oscar nomination for his role as porn director Jack Horner.
A statement released by Reynolds reads: "Setting the record straight is something that I have wanted to do for a while now, and with this book I will. This will be a project that will go into many areas I have never discussed."
But Enough About Me is scheduled for release by publishers at G.P. Putnam's Sons next year (15).
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R&B legend Diana Ross is reportedly giving her son Evan the wedding present of a lifetime by performing when he marries singer Ashlee Simpson. The couple is thought to be tying the knot in August (14), and Simpson's soon-to-be mother-in-law will take on the role of wedding singer, according to E! News.
The insider also reveals The Supremes icon will be joined on stage by her daughter Rhonda Ross Kendrick. Ross and Simpson will reportedly exchange vows at one of his mother's sprawling mansions in either Los Angeles or Connecticut, and fellow music legends Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson are expected to be among the guests.
This will be actor Ross' first wedding and the second for Simpson, who was married to Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz from 2008 to 2011. She has a six-year-old son, Bronx Mowgli, with the rocker.
Soul man Smokey Robinson has become the latest music veteran to announce plans to record an album of duets. Smokey & Friends will feature new renditions of the singer's biggest hits with stars like Sir Elton John and James Taylor.
Elton will join Smokey on The Tracks of My Tears, while Taylor will guest on a cover of Marvin Gaye's Ain't That Peculiar, which Robinson co-wrote.
Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson will produce the album, which is scheduled for release in September (14).
More guests for the album will be announced in the coming weeks.
Music veteran Smokey Robinson has been sued by his former lawyers over allegations he has failed to settle an outstanding bill. The 74-year-old Motown star is the target of a lawsuit filed by officials at Los Angeles-based firm King Holmes Paterno & Berliner, who allege Robinson owes them $170,000 (£106,250).
However, the star's representative insists lawyers at the company negotiated agreements without their client's permission and he has refused to settle the bill. He plans to countersue the firm over the matter, according to TMZ.com.
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Plenty of singers try their hand at acting… some successfully (Cher, Barbara Streisand) and others not so successfully (Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, etc.). There are times, though, when we're bowled over by the musical talents of our favorite actresses.
Whether it's voicing an animated heroine or taking an unexpected role in a big budget musical, these actresses have proven that they have the pipes to belt out a tune while still delivering top-notch acting performances.
When many people saw the credits for Disney's Frozen, they assumed that Bell was just providing the speaking part for Anna, that surely it was someone else singing on "Love Is an Open Door." Even some hardcore Veronica Mars fans had lost sight of the fact that Bell came from a musical theater background or forgot about her appearance in Refer Madness: The Musical.
So, a lot of people find Hathaway pretentious and annoying… it doesn't change the fact that the girl can sing. Audiences were surprised when her character started singing in one of her early films, Ella Enchanted, but by the time of Les Miserables, we were all aware that she had the ability. Still, her powerful rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" surprised just about everyone.
When Seyfried was first starting out in Mean Girls, we thought she was just another soap opera actress (she appeared on As the World Turns and All My Children) making a jump to the big time… which she subsequently did with her role on HBO's Big Love. Little known to the public, she had training in not only musical theater, but opera. It wasn't until 2008's Mamma Mia! that audiences got a taste of her singing… and then came her performance as Cosette in Les Miserables. C'est magnifique!
Stone doesn't sing much because of some vocal cord issues, but when she was younger she was part of VH1's In Search of the New Partridge Family. She also did some backing vocals for the remake of The Waitresses' "I Know What Boys Like" from The House Bunny. It was her performance during the school assembly scene of Easy A,where she rocked the disco classic "Knock on Wood," that left audiences wondering if it was really her voice. It was indeed, and she was spectacular.
For years, Streep was known as the premier actress of her generation, though not as a performer with any musical ability. Starting with 2006's Prairie Home Companion, however, Streep has been unafraid to put her voice out for public consumption. She looked like she was having a blast playing the lead in Mamma Mia! opposite Seyfried and will soon be back on the big screen playing the Witch in the film adaption of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
Despite starting her career doing Broadway musicals as a girl, the new "It" singing actress first came to notice with largely non-musical roles in Twilight and Up in the Air (although we did get a glimpse with her karaoke version of "Time After Time"). It wasn't until she killed as the reluctant a capella participant in Pitch Perfect that audiences fell in love with her voice. The actresses even scored a hit single with her version of "Cups (When I'm Gone)" from the soundtrack. With roles in Into the Woods and Pitch Perfect 2, we'll get plenty of opportunities to continue enjoying her vocal talent.
Her work with M. Ward on their She & Him projects have turned Deschanel into a legitimate recording artist, but she's still better known for her acting in movies like (500) Days of Summer and her TV show New Girl. Every Christmas the actress pops up in one of her earlier film roles as Will Ferrell's love interest in Elf singing holiday classics and she's set to appear in Barry Levinson's musical comedy Rock the Kasbah.
Adams may be a five-time Academy Award nominee and might turn heads on the red carpet with her plunging necklines, but she knows her way around a song as well. The actress made a believable live-action Disney princess in Enchanted, including taking center stage during the big production number "That's How You Know." She apparently likes to sing in kiddie fare, because her other big on-screen musical moments mostly happened with Jason Segel, Kermit and Miss Piggy in The Muppets.
Paltrow's mother, Blythe Danner, started her film career in the musical 1776 and she has an uncle that's an opera singer, so she comes by her vocal abilities honestly. After making her on-screen singing debut in Emma, she starred in her father Bruce Paltrow's Duets, where her collaboration with Huey Lewis on Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'" spawned an adult contemporary hit. Besides having a recurring spot on TV's Glee, Paltrow also got her twang on in Country Strong.
Music veteran Smokey Robinson wants to have a long talk with Justin Bieber to lecture him on the importance of trying to be a good role model to his young fans.
The 20-year-old singer has been in a downward spiral in recent months following a number of legal troubles, including a DUI arrest in Florida, allegations he threw eggs at a neighbour's home in California, and accusations he was involved in the alleged assault on a limousine driver in his native Canada. Robinson, 74, who has been in the music industry for more than 50 years, has now expressed a desire to help the youngster, and he wants to make him realise how his actions affect his legion of young followers.
He tells People.com, "I know Justin pretty good. But I would love to sit him in a room somewhere and talk with him for an hour just one on one... I would tell him that the guys that you're doing this stuff for, and in front of, and with, they have nothing to lose. He's not only living for himself anymore. He's too popular. So his image, and what he does, has influence on a lot of young people, so he needs to think about that."
Robinson explains that Bieber needs to distance himself from his bad boy behaviour, adding, "He just divorces himself from that. That's what he does. He just divorces himself from that element and gets himself together."
Soul icon Smokey Robinson is suing his ex-wife Claudette Rogers Robinson to prevent her from profiting from songs he wrote during their 27-year marriage. The veteran singer is reclaiming the rights to tracks penned before 1978 from bosses at Jobete Music Co. under the copyright termination law, which allows musicians to recover control of their tunes after 35 years.
However, he wants a judge to make it clear that his former The Miracles bandmate Rogers Robinson, who he divorced in 1986, will not be entitled to 50 per cent of any future income the tracks generate, after she demanded half of all interest, royalties and advances from the songs in question, citing California's community property law.
The legendary musician insists his ex's claims are "incorrect" and is seeking a declaratory judgement to terminate and "recapture" the copyrights to tunes he wrote and co-wrote for The Miracles and The Temptations, such as My Girl, Tears of a Clown, You've Really Got a Hold on Me and Get Ready, as well as hits he helped create for other Motown artists early on in his career, like Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and Brenda Holloway.
In legal papers filed in Federal Court in California, the 74 year old's lawyers write, "Defendant did not write any part of the musical compositions at issue. Plaintiff wrote them during the parties' marriage, which ended in 1986...
"(The) 1976 Copyright Act expressly provides that these 'recaptured' copyrights belong to the author alone, which is plaintiff. Moreover, the 1976 Copyright Act precludes any transfer of those copyrights before the terminations themselves are effective. Thus, any transfer of such rights to any third party, whether defendant or a music publisher, was barred by the 1976 Copyright Act, and is therefore null and void."
Robinson, who has two children with his first wife, wed his current spouse, Frances, in 2004.