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Poet, songwriter and children's author Shel Silverstein is to be the subject of a new Hollywood biopic.
Director McG is developing a film about the man behind Johnny Cash's classic A Boy Named Sue and Dr. Hook's Sylvia's Mother, based on Lisa Rogak's book A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein.
Silverstein suffered a heart attack and died in 1999.
"You've got to have the girls' night out to complain about your husband or whatever it is. You have some fun, then you can go and enjoy the work, and you can take pride in it (marriage) instead of it depleting you and being a burden." Jessica Alba credits a good moaning session with her gal pals for her healthy six-year marriage to producer Cash Warren.
Pop rocker Avril Lavigne is suing concert organisers over allegations she has yet to be paid for a gig she performed in New York City last year (13). The Sk8er Boi star alleges bosses at live streaming company 2VLive agreed to pay her $500,000 (£294,118) in three installments to perform the gig on 25 September (13) and carry out a number of promotional appearances.
In legal documents, filed at a court in Los Angeles and obtained by TMZ.com, Lavigne claims she received the first payment of $125,000 (£75,529), but has yet to be handed the rest of the money.
She is suing to recoup the cash.
Former As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has lost his bid to shave time off his prison sentence after he was found guilty of plotting to kill his wife. The rocker's lawyer argued his client's time behind bars should be reduced by the amount of time he served while under "house arrest" as he awaited sentencing, but in a Del Mar, California court on Friday (18Jul14), Judge Carlos Armour denied the request, explaining that credit only applies to inmates held in lieu of bail.
He stated, "He was privately monitored, not by the Sheriff who controls those in custody in this County. Therefore, those custody credits are denied."
Lambesis was sentenced to six years behind bars in May (14).
He was arrested in May, 2013 after handing an undercover cop, pretending to be a hitman, cash and instructions of how to gain entry to his wife's home.
Prior to his sentencing, the singer expressed his remorse and told authorities that his steroid use was "affecting many decisions in my life". He insisted, "I am not a risk to her (wife Meggan) in the slightest way."
Rapper Common once forged basketball great Michael Jordan's signature to make money. The Light hitmaker had the prestigious job of serving as a ball boy for the Chicago Bulls when he was growing up in Illinois, and he decided to make extra cash by calling on the sports icon for an autograph to give to a fan.
In an interview on U.S. talk show Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (16Jul14), Common recalled, "I was 12 years old and it was Michael Jordan's first year (on the team) so it was incredible experience. I was watching him become one of the greatest athletes ever.
"One time some guy asked me to get Michael's autograph. So I told him, 'I'll get you an autograph for $5.' And I went and said, 'Mike, sign this autograph for me.' He said, 'You sign it.'
"So I went and signed it and I took it back and the kid was like, 'Man, this ain't (sic) Mike's autograph!' I spelled Michael wrong. I was just trying to get my $5."
Britney Spears was left embarrassed on Sunday (13Jul14) after forgetting to pay a restaurant bill following a mix-up with her security guard. The Toxic hitmaker enjoyed a light lunch with her boyfriend David Lucado at The Cheesecake Factory in Thousand Oaks, California and told her waitress the $30 (£18) bill would be picked up by her bodyguard.
She and Lucado then left the eatery, but her guard assumed the meal had been paid for and did not return to hand over the cash.
Spears was later made aware of the mix up and has since settled her debt with the restaurant.
Her representative tells TMZ.com the singer feels "horrible" about what she insists was an honest mistake.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the pulse-pounding action film Sabotage, from the director of End of Watch and the writer of Training Day. When DEA task force leader Breacher Wharton (Schwarzenegger) storms a heavily armed cartel safe house, rogue members of his team use it as a cover to steal $10 million in cash. But just when they think their secret is safe, agents are killed off one-by-one, and everyone is a suspect, including the squad itself. Co-starring Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway and Mireille Enos, Sabotage is an explosive tale of betrayal and trust that critics call “a tense, action-packed thrill ride!”
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Veteran singers Loretta Lynn and Jackson Browne are set to be saluted with lifetime achievement prizes at the 2014 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. Country icon Lynn will be recognised for her songwriting success, while social activist Browne will receive the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award.
Blues musician Taj Mahal and Latin accordionist Flaco Jimenez will also be feted with the respective lifetime achievement awards for performance and instrumentalist.
The accolades will be presented to the quartet during the Americana Awards ceremony on 17 September (14).
Roseanne Cash, Robert Ellis and Jason Isbell lead the nominees for the event with three nods apiece.
Texas rocker Sharleen Spiteri has thrown her weight behind a campaign to shame YouTube bosses into paying musicians more money for streaming their songs. Staff at the online video-sharing website are gearing up for the launch of a subscription music service but several record companies are pressing for more royalties before agreeing to sign up.
Now Say What You Want hitmaker Spiteri has joined them, warning that without proper remuneration, songwriters will not be able to earn enough money to survive.
In a statement, released through the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), she says, "Songwriters fully support independent record labels in their fight to get better terms and deals from YouTube. It's about time we all made some noise about the way they negotiate with take-it-or-leave-it deals.
"It might be a little easier for writers like myself who also perform, but for those who do not and now have to rely on streaming income, the current rates are just not enough."
Actor/director Mel Gibson has no plans to pour his own money into future film projects, because making movies independently has become an extremely costly business. The Braveheart star invested his hard-earned cash into controversial films The Passion of the Christ in 2004 and Apocalypto in 2006, but he admits his experiences getting those projects onto the big screen have turned him off the idea of doing it all again without the monetary support of big studio bosses.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "It's tricky... Nobody would have financed them, they more or less worked, but I would never have got anyone else to finance them.
"I'm out of that business of financing my own films because they (studio chiefs) see you coming and take you for a ride. I'm not a fool."
He adds, "It's difficult for the things I deem worthy to direct, where you can get a really good compelling story out of - nobody else has much faith in it and never did."