Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Dr. John will join blues legend Johnny Winter in the studio for his second album of classic covers. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper and Aerosmith star Joe Perry will also guest on the follow-up to Winter's 2011 album Roots.
I'm just going to mention that John Mayer has a lot more Instagram selfies than Katy Perry. Make of that what you will. He only recently got control of his Instagram account, but at the rate he's going, he'll keep posting some dashing and entertaining shots. Here are his best selfies.
GALLERY: John Mayer's Best Selfies
Legendary entertainment reporter Bob Thomas has died aged 92. The Associated Press journalist interviewed stars from James Dean to Tom Cruise, covered 66 Oscars ceremonies, and was one of the first writers to break the news of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963.
John Legend has reached out to British singer Adele to offer his services for a duet on her upcoming album. The Rolling In The Deep hitmaker is rumoured to be on the verge of heading into the studio to record her highly-anticipated third album, and Legend admits he wants to be a part of the project.
The singer has reached out to the Brit and hopes Adele will agree to work with him.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "I've put the message out to Adele that I think she'd be great to work with. I think that'll happen - it's just a matter of time."
Legend also lists folk band Mumford & Sons among his most wanted collaborators, adding, "I jammed on some Marvin Gaye songs with Mumford & Sons in New York recently... I've got on swimmingly with them since we did a show for David Cameron and President Obama at the White House last year. If the Mumfords ever want to do something, I'd be very open to the idea."
Singer John Legend avoids writing sad songs over fears the lyrics will spark rumours of a split from his model wife Chrissy Teigen. The soul star married the brunette pin-up in Italy last year (13) and they have been together nearly a decade, but Legend worries that fans will get the wrong idea about his relationship if he writes a break-up anthem.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "If I write about relationships gone bad in the future, I worry that people will think my marriage has gone bad. Everyone is so focused on my relationship with my wife after writing a really romantic album, and it's interesting to see if people will read things into everything I write. I got known for writing about men who cheat on my first album Get Lifted in 2004 - and my fans won't always want me to be so lovey-dovey in every song."
British comedy troupe Monty Python will split for good after their money-spinning reunion shows this summer (14), according to Michael Palin. The veteran comedians came back together last year (13) to announce plans for a series of gigs in London in July (14), and troupe member Palin is adamant the group has no plans to work together ever again after the residency at the O2 Arena wraps.
He says, "It is entirely about money. I have only one wife, but John Cleese has had a few and Terry Jones has got a mortgage problem. I haven't got a huge amount (of money) stashed away. After the final concert we will all embrace and go our separate ways."
Dancehall star Vybz Kartel was convicted of murder in his native Jamaica on Thursday (13Mar14). The Pon De Floor hitmaker, real name Adidja Palmer, was found guilty of killing his former associate Clive Williams in August, 2011. Williams' body has never been found.
The 11-member jury in Kingston's Supreme Court handed down the verdict less than two hours after starting deliberations.
Also found guilty in the case were Kartel's associates, Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John. A fourth, Shane Williams, was acquitted.
The star is scheduled to be sentenced on 27 March (14).
Last year (13), Kartel was cleared of the 2011 murder of a businessman.
A long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic has stalled again after actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher walked away from the project, citing creative differences. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Fletcher signed on to bring the tragic Queen rocker's life story to the big screen in December (13), with Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw stepping in to replace Sacha Baron Cohen as the flamboyant frontman.
But after just three months, work on the coming-of-age movie has been put on hold again after the filmmaker clashed with producer Graham King, according to Deadline.com. The pair reportedly failed to see eye-to-eye on the direction of the project.
Ironically, Cohen also blamed "creative differences" for his departure from the biopic last summer (Jul13).
A replacement for Fletcher has yet to be announced, but producers are still hoping to start shooting this summer (13).
Surviving Queen members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon will serve as co-producers on the highly-anticipated Mercury film, which was originally scheduled for release in 2012.
Mercury died from an AIDS-related illness in 1991.
After a very deliberately paced casting process, the new adventure in a galaxy far, far away in finally starting to take shape. According to Variety, John Boyega, Jesse Plemons, and Ed Speleers, as well as theater actors Ray Fisher and Matthew James Thomas are all in the running for the lead role in Star Wars: Episode VII. The role is rumored to be a Jedi apprentice, and will likely see the character learning the ways of the Jedi from Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker.
It seems that director J.J. Abrams is targeting relatively unkown actors for the lead roles, a move that worked wonders in A New Hope. In the past, Abrams and other members of the production have been vocal about returning the franchise to its roots, and evoking the qualities that made the original trilogy such a dearly beloved series among fans. After sifting through the short list of actors, we wondered which of the more notable names would go on to make the best Jedi apprentice.
Notable Roles: Moses in Attack the Block.Jedi Potential: Jedis are the stoic protectors of the galaxy. As we saw in Attack the Block, Boyega can do stoic very well. But beyond that, Boyega’s turn in ATB also conveyed a hidden rage burning under the surface of his character, and the ability to give a nuanced performance is important considering how flat the Jedi have come across in the past. Seriously, Star Wars found a way to make Samuel L. Jackson boring.Lightsaber Prowess: In Attack the Block, Moses’ chosen weapon to fight off alien invaders is a katana, which is a weapon only a couple million technological innovations away from a lightsaber. By that logic, Boyega should be a natural, though some bandages might come in handy.
Notable Roles: Todd in Breaking Bad, Landry in Friday Night Lights.Jedi Potential: There’s something inherently goofy about Jesse Plemons. Even when portraying a mush-mouthed sociopath in Breaking Bad, it was hard to stay mad at him. While those characteristics might have worked in the pitch black humor of Breaking Bad, we wonder how this might play in the Star Wars universe, especially considering how seriously the Jedi generally take themselves.Lightsaber Prowess: A true Renaissance man, Friday Night Lights’ Landry Clarke was not only one of the best kickers Dillon High School had ever seen, but he was also the lead singer in the Christian speed metal band Crucifictorious. When you’ve already touched greatness in faith based rock music and high school football, handling a lightsaber should be cake.
Notable Roles: Eragon in Eragon, Jimmy in Downton Abbey.Jedi Potential: Speleers' first taste of fantasy filmmaking came in Eragon, a popular book series that didn't have the legs to last as a succesful film property. Speleers’ character on Downton Abbey, Jimmy, is the confident and charismatic footman at Downton, and his bravado and flirtatious tendancies have often gotten him in trouble at the estate. Words like "bravado" and "charisma" don't usually go hand in hand with Jedi, but afterthe prequel films, we don't think most fans would mind a little diversity in Jedi personalities.Lightsaber Prowess: There isn't much in the way of swordplay on the estate of Downton, but Speleers did get some bladework in while filming Eragon, so a lightsaber shouldn't be too big of an adjustment.
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Notable Roles: Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.Jedi Potential: Thomas' time as the geeky arbiter of justice, Spider-Man, should give him an edge in the Jedi department. The infamous Broadway production was full of high flying wire work, so Thomas should be well equipped to handle any stunts in the upcoming film. In any case, Jedi are sort of the geeks of the galaxy anyway.Lightsaber Prowess: Peter Parker isn't one for swordplay, so Thomas might be a little lost during the lightsaber battles, but all of that Spidey training will still come in handy.
Notable Roles: Muhammad Ali in Fetch Clay, Make Man.Jedi Potential: A virtual unknown in the film world, Fisher doesn't have many big screen credits as of yet, but the young thespian does have a good amount of experience in theater. The actor recently played Muhammad Ali in the off-Broadway production of Fetch Clay, Make Man. Ali was a fierce boxer as well as a thinker, and the Jedi order has the same dichotomy of violence and philosophy. We think Fisher may be more qualified for the Jedi Robes than his IMDB page lets on. He'll certainly be the coolest Jedi ever.Lightsaber Prowess: Honestly, who needs lightsabers when you're the heavyweight champion of the world? The force is strong with this one, even without any laser sword experience.
Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley has heaped praise on Outkast star Andre 3000 for the lengths he went to to perfect his portrayal of rock legend Jimi Hendrix in new biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. The Brit, who adapted Solomon Northup's 12 Years a Slave memoir for the big screen, admits he was blessed when the Ms. Jackson singer was cast as Hendrix - because the hitmaker, real name Andre Benjamin, really wanted to become the guitar great.
Ridley tells RollingStone.com, "I got a musician who can act and an actor who could play. Andre is just a unique talent, and part of that talent that you see also came from a lot of hard work. The first time I met him, he had a curiosity about the world that was equal to what I believe Jimi's curiosity about music and the world was at that time in his life.
"He's got the physicality, he's got the emotional curiosity, he's got the charisma - so, to a degree, he's already there.
"Andre came out to L.A. in January of 2012 and worked with me through April on all aspects of Jimi, from watching video of him to working with a vocal coach to getting as slim and slender as Jimi was at that time period. He didn't just work on playing the guitar, but playing the guitar left-handed.
"That's four months of Oscar-level work as an actor, then another month of working with the actors in Dublin (where the film was shot), and then another month-and-a-half of shooting. That's about seven-and-a-half months of work. He gave that performance because he wanted it.
"It was never going to be a Vegas lounge act. It was always going to be about getting to an emotional honesty with this character, and I cannot say enough about what Andre did."