Rocker Courtney Love has blown $27 million (£16 million) funding her rock 'n' roll lifestyle and settling lawsuits.
The Hole singer married Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in 1992 and was left millions when Cobain died two years later (94). She has been riddled with financial woes throughout the years and she has now confessed her losses have reached almost $27 million.
Most of these funds have been blown on her extravagant lifestyle and funding a string of legal settlements.
Love tells Australia's Style magazine, "I lost about $27 million - I know that's a lifetime of money to most people, but I'm a big girl, it's rock 'n' roll, it's Nirvana money, I had to let it go... I make enough to live on, I'm financially solvent, I focus on what I make now."
Little-known Canadian actor Izaak Smith and industry newcomer Chattrisse Dolabaille have been respectively cast as producer Timbaland and rapper Missy Elliott in a new TV biopic based on the life of tragic R&B star Aaliyah. Nickelodeon regular Alexandra Shipp recently stepped in to replace Zendaya Coleman as the late Try Again hitmaker for the film project, and now TV bosses have found the people they want to play Aaliyah's music mentors.
Smith previously appeared in 2010's Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and 2012's Mirror, Mirror, while Aaliyah: Princess of R&B will mark Dolabaille's professional acting debut.
However, the latest casting decisions have not gone down well with many fans, who have taken to Twitter.com to express their disappointment, insisting slim and light-skinned Dolabaille, in particular, looks nothing like Elliott, who was previously known for her short stature and heavy frame.
One Twitter user wrote, "Whoever is doing the castings for @lifetimetv needs to be fired with the quickness (sic)... Did you even try with the Missy Elliott casting? Like you know she's like seven shades darker with hips right? #LifetimeCastings", while another joked, "Lifetime should let (basketball icon) Magic Johnson's son play Missy in the Aaliyah movie @lifetimetv #lifetimecastings".
Lifetime executives have yet to respond to the criticism.
It's not the first time the project's casting directors have come under scrutiny - Coleman faced a similar backlash when she was first picked to play Aaliyah in June (14), before dropping out weeks later.
The biopic has also been blasted by members of Aaliyah's family, who have since announced plans for their own big screen film based on Aaliyah's life story, with singer B. Simone in the lead role.
The singer was just 22 when she died in a plane crash in 2001.
Actress Megan Fox has defended her Transformers co-star Shia Labeouf over his recent headline-grabbing antics. The troubled actor has been involved in a string of odd stunts, including wearing a brown paper bag on his head while walking the red carpet at a German film festival, and he was arrested for disrupting a Broadway production of Cabaret and charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and harassment.
LaBeouf briefly enrolled in an outpatient rehab program to tackle his drinking following the Broadway outburst, and Fox is not concerned his recent antics will turn into a lifetime of troubles for her old friend.
Fox tells the New York Daily News, "I'm not worried about Shia. I love my Shia. He's perfectly fine."
She adds, "I haven't talked to him in a couple of years, but I don't worry about him. He's a brilliant kid, talented and funny... There's no reason to worry."
In 2009, Fox denied rumours she was dating LaBeouf, but he later insisted they "hooked up" while making the two Transformers films.
"I have been asked to do a reunion many years ago... I don't know if I would, but whenever I see them, I feel like we have a connection, these Angels, because we're like the... original Angels... And, the president of Victoria's Secret promised me a lifetime supply of Victoria's Secret products, even after I decided to leave the company. But once I left, he only let me have it for a year. So I have a bone to pick." Retired model Tyra Banks considers a return to the catwalk for lingerie firm Victoria's Secret.
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Guardians of the Galaxy grooved its way to a cool $94 million intake over the weekend, proving that Marvel can get as weird and silly as its wants and people will still flock to the theaters. It’s a huge moment for the studio, proof that Marvel is king of the superhero mountain top. But we have to wonder what the box office results would have looked like if anyone else had dared to make a Guardians of the Galaxy. What if the film didn’t have the big red Marvel stamp sewn into every inch of marketing? If Guardians didn’t tease its tenuous connections to the Avengers cinematic universe, would people have still coughed up nearly a hundred million dollars to see it? The answer: no way.
The truth is, if any other studio tried to make a film about a tree, a misanthropic raccoon, and two green people, it would have been laughed out of the theaters without making its money back. If the film were was just an original script with no ties to comic books, it would have a hard enough time just getting made, let alone becoming the biggest August opening of all time. But since this flick isn't simply Guardians of the Galaxy but Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, a talking racoon has suddenly become the key to box office success.
Guardians of the Galaxy doesn't look or feel like any of what Marvel has ever done before. The film is much more of a space opera than your standard superhero flick, but the film doesn't need superheroes to be successful. In building its universe, Marvel has created a phenomenon of must-see movies. The studio has turned its films into a mosaic, a puzzle of films to be sorted out and put together by fans, pieces that come together to form one larger picture. Even though Guardians is the weirdest piece yet, it still has necessary connections to other movies. Marvel has created a fleet of unmissable films. If you want to understand everything that happens in Avengers: Age of Ultron, you better make sure to see Guardians of the Galaxy. It's a spectacular marketing plan, one helped by the fact that Marvel's films are generally pretty good, but one that doesn't leave a whole lot of room for other blockbusters without recognizable source material or connections to larger franchises. Sadly, the only way an space opera like Guardians of the Galaxy could have survived in today's film market is if it's a part of a Marvel's cinematic universe.
The sad truth is that big sci-fi blockbusters don't do well unless they're a part of some larger franchise or well established universe of films. It’s why the nearly great Edge of Tomorrow only managed to scrape together $28 million in its opening weekend. We bet if the Tom Cruise sci-fi actioner was proceeded by the page flipping Marvel title card, it would have made twice its opening weekend gross. We're also willing to bet that if Marvel had created a story about giant robots beating back a swarm of monsters and set it in their cinematic universe, it would have made three times as much money as Pacific Rim, a film whose lifetime domestic gross amounts to what Guardians of the Galaxy made in half a week. Sadly, films like Edge of Tomorrow and Pacific Rim only prove to studios that there's no use in tyring to produce blockbusters that aren't already a part of recognizable franchises or universes. People aren't interested anymore.
British/Irish boyband One Direction are offering fans the chance to win the trip of a lifetime in exchange for donations to a cancer charity. The Story Of My Life hitmakers have teamed up with website Prizeo.com to offer fans a chance to win a trip to Miami, Florida for the last show of their Where We Are world tour.
Everyone who donates to charity Stand Up To Cancer will be entered in the prize draw regardless of how much they give, and the winner and a friend will be flown to Miami from anywhere in the world, put up in a hotel, and given the chance to meet the band and watch the show from VIP seats at Miami's Sun Life Stadium on 5 October (14).
Various sums of donations will also earn supporters bonus prizes, with $42.50 (£25) pounds being rewarded with an exclusive bracelet while donations of $170 (£100) will earn either a signed lyric sheet or vinyl record.
Michael Jackson's iconic Neverland ranch is to be sold by a billionaire's private investment firm.
According to sources, Tom Barrack's company Colony Capital is planning to put Neverland on the market. The firm currently own a primary stake in the estate after a deal made in 2007, when it purchased the $23 million loan (£14 million) Jackson owed to private investment group, Fortress Investment.
A representative for Jackson's estate tells in a statement, "We are saddened at the prospect of the sale of Neverland which, under the agreement negotiated during Michael's lifetime, Colony has the right to sell.
"The estate will maintain Michael's family home in Encino, including its iconic recording studio there... We hope and trust that any new owners of Neverland will respect the historical importance and special nature of this wonderful property."
Jackson bought the California property in 1988 and stayed there until his child molestation trial in 2004.
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Whitney Houston's mum Cissy Houston has slammed an upcoming TV biopic about the late singer, calling on filmmakers to "let her rest".
Actress Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in 1995's Waiting to Exhale, is planning to make her directorial debut with I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story for America's Lifetime network.
However, she does not have support from Houston's mum, who has now spoken out against the made-for-TV movie. A statement to Entertainment Tonight reads, "Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family's objections."
"No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with (ex-husband) Bobby (Brown). In the two years since Whitney's death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn't know her."
"We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please please let her rest."
While the release date for the movie has yet to be revealed, the main cast has already been made public - former America's Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta is set to play Houston, R&B singer Deborah Cox will provide the vocal tracks, and Final Destination 5 star Arlen Escarpeta will play Brown.
Denzel Washington is to be honoured for his contribution to cinema at the upcoming San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain. The Training Day star will be presented with the coveted Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award during the event's opening gala in September (14).
The presentation will take place ahead of the European premiere of the Oscar winner's new movie, The Equalizer, which will be screened during the film festival.
Previous winners of the Donostia award include Julia Roberts, Sir Ian McKellen, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and last year's (13) winner Hugh Jackman.
Rock icon Billy Joel is set to be honoured with America's prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The Piano Man star has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Library of Congress award, which is named after iconic composer George Gershwin and celebrates the lifetime achievements of a living musical artist.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington says, "Billy Joel is a storyteller of the highest order. There is an intimacy to his songwriting that bridges the gap between the listener and the worlds he shares through music. When you listen to a Billy Joel song, you know about the people and the place and what happened there. And while there may be pain, despair and loss, there is ultimately a resilience to it that makes you want to go to these places again and again."
"Importantly, as with any good storyteller, the recognition experienced in a Billy Joel song is not simply because these are songs we have heard so many times, but because we see something of ourselves in them."
A flattered Joel adds, "The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career and the Library's decision to include me among those songwriters who have been past recipients is a milestone for me."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member will be presented with the accolade at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November (14).
Previous recipients include Paul Simon, Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Carole King, who made history last year (13) as the first woman to ever claim the Gershwin Prize.