Sir Ian Mckellen has been advised not to travel to Russia by the U.K.'s Foreign Office bosses over safety concerns. The openly gay Lord of the Rings star has been told that his sexuality could make him a possible target in the country, where same-sex relationship propaganda is banned.
And McKellen is stunned a country with a rich history of celebrating gay men in the arts could be so dangerous in 2013.
McKellen tells Britain's Radio Times, "That's why I can't go... They couldn't protect me from those laws.
"Two and a half hours from London! In the land of (composer Pyotr Ilyich) Tchaikovsky, (ballet impresario Sergei) Diaghilev, (ballet dancer) Rudolf Nureyev - gay artists whose sexuality informed their work."
Pierre Sarkozy, who performs under the name DJ Mosay, was taken to hospital in Odessa after falling sick with a mystery illness, according to a spokesperson for the French Embassy.
Pierre, who is also a rap producer, was in the city to perform at the club Tchaikovsky on Tuesday (24Jan12) but the show was called off after he failed to turn up, according to the Associated Press.
The DJ is the French leader's eldest son by his first wife, Marie-Dominique Culioli.
Adam Shankman will direct the film for New Line Cinema, according to Deadline.com.
The movie, about the toys that come to life at Christmas, will be released in late 2013.
The Nutcracker has been a beloved seasonal ballet, written by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, for over 200 years.
ORLANDO BLOOM, MALCOLM McDOWELL and ANIKA NONI ROSE gave the works of William Shakespeare a new spin in Los Angeles over the weekend when they joined conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a classical take on 'The Bard'. The three movie stars recited selections from Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest and Hamlet as Dudamel and his orchestra performed pieces from Tchaikovsky, inspired by the plays.