Author Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book which inspired the hit stage musical Wicked, is set to be honoured with a lifetime achievement prize at the 2014 Lilly Awards. The ceremony, which fetes women in theatre, will take place in New York on 2 June (14).
Singer Lionel Richie is set to receive the 2014 BET Lifetime Achievement Award next month (Jun14). The Hello hitmaker will be feted at the Nokia Theatre ceremony in Los Angeles on 29 June (14).
He will also perform at the event, which will be hosted by actor/comedian Chris Rock.
Past recipients of the award include soul icons Whitney Houston, James Brown, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight and Diana Ross.
The Walking Dead producer Glen Mazzara is developing a sequel to classic 1976 horror movie The Omen. Mazzara will write the script and executive produce the project for America's Lifetime network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Damien will follow the movie's main character as he comes to terms with the fact that he is the Antichrist. In addition to the Damien TV movie, Mazzara is also developing a prequel to Stephen King's classic 1980 film The Shining, titled Overlook Hotel, for the big screen.
Gordon Willis, the cinematographer behind The Godfather trilogy, has died aged 82. Willis passed away on Sunday (18May14).
No further details of his death have been released. In a career spanning 50 years, Willis worked on films including End of the Road and Klute, but is best known for his long-running collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen.
He oversaw the cinematography on Coppola's classic Godfather films, and worked with Allen on movies including Annie Hall, Manhattan and Zelig. He received two Oscar nominations for Zelig and The Godfather: Part III, and was given an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar in 2010.
Paying tribute, American Society of Cinematographers President Richard Crudo says, "This is a momentous loss. He was one of the giants who absolutely changed the way movies looked."
Actor Malcolm Mcdowell will be feted with the Life Career prize at the upcoming Saturn Awards in June (14). The British star is set to receive the lifetime achievement honour from officials at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films in recognition of his storied five-decade career.
Best known for his starring role in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, McDowell has also appeared in classic films including Caligula, if.... and Halloween.
The nominees for the 40th annual awards were announced in February (14), with Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug leading the pack with eight nominations apiece.
Prizes will be given out during a ceremony in Los Angeles, California on 26 June (14).
Outspoken moviemaker Spike Lee has blasted embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling again, insisting the sports boss has to be ousted from the National Basketball Association immediately. The Malcolm X director waded into the racism drama swirling around businessman Sterling at the end of last month (Apr14), insisting recorded remarks he made about African-Americans to an ex-girlfriend were "tainting the league and tainting America".
Sterling hit headlines on 27 April (14) when audio of him rebuking his ex for posting a photo of herself with basketball legend Magic Johnson on Instagram went viral.
The ill-advised remarks prompted an immediate backlash, with celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Clippers fan Queen Latifah calling for a boycott of Sterling's team.
Basketball superfan Lee added his thoughts to the mix, telling CNN that Sterling's remarks make the Clippers boss look like a slave owner.
He says, "I don't know the bylaws of the league but he (Sterling) has to go... because he's tainting all the other 29 partners, he's tainting the league, and he's tainting America.
"When you hear something like that, that is the mentality of a slave master. He sees his players as slaves."
And he has repeated his concerns during an interview with Anderson Cooper, whose chat with a remorseful Sterling aired on Sunday (11May14).
Addressing Sterling's claims that all his players love him, despite what he said, Lee raged, "That sounds like a (slavery) plantation owner: 'My darkies love me!'"
He added, "This thing is getting volatile now."
Sterling has been handed a lifetime ban from the NBA and league officials are working on a plan to strip him of ownership of the Clippers.
Former 'N Sync star Lance Bass will be inviting fans to celebrate with him as he ties the knot with fiance Michael Turchin as part of a televised special. The singer-turned-TV and radio personality and his actor/model beau have yet to set a date for their nuptials, but Bass has revealed that they will get married before the end of the year (14).
He tells website GayStarNews.com, "We're filming it for an (U.S. network) E! wedding special. It will probably air around Valentine's Day (14Feb15), so it has to be before Valentine's Day I know that." Bass admits that he is eager to watch his big day on TV, because when he was growing up as a closeted gay man in conservative Mississippi, he never imagined same sex marriages would exist, let alone be played out on TV.
He explains, "Growing up in the South, all you think about is family and who you were going to marry. At that time, of course, I was kidding myself that I was going to marry a girl and I always dreamed of that wedding and starting a family. Never in my lifetime did I think that I'd be able to get married legally. "It's just amazing how fast everything is going right now and I'm just honoured to be able to share my wedding with the world. As a little gay kid growing up in Mississippi, I would have loved to have turned on the television and see that happen and say, 'Oh my gosh, there's nothing wrong with me and I can have that'."
Kanye West gave an aspiring rapper the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform for him on the streets of New York City. The Stronger hitmaker was walking home with his fiancee Kim Kardashian in Manhattan's SoHo neighbourhood, when a young man approached him to ask if he could demonstrate his hip-hop skills.
In video footage acquired by TMZ.com, the aspiring rapper told West that he had actually performed for him in the past, but the Grammy winner brushed him off and was not impressed with his impromptu set. The rejection only fueled the MC to work harder and perfect his rhymes.
West allowed the young hopeful to rap while they were walking to their apartment, and when they reached the doors, West decided to stay behind to listen to the man finish his verse.
When he was done, West smiled and said, "It sounded good man. But I'm gonna get some sleep."
The two shook hands and West joined his fiancee inside.
Hip-hop artist Dj E-Z Rock is set to be honoured at the Hip Hop Hall of Fame ceremony later this month (May14). The rapper, real name Rodney Bryce, died after suffering a diabetic seizure last month (Apr14), and he'll be remembered on 19 May (14) by stars like Talib Kweli, Brand Nubian, Slick Rick, MC Busy Bee, Nine and Rakim, who will perform a tribute to him at the ceremony in New York.
Wonder Mike and Master Gee of The Sugarhill Gang, Spoonie G & The Treacherous Three and Busy Bee Starski will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the event, and Ralph McDaniels, the founder of TV show Video Music Box, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The show will be hosted by Roxanne Shante and DJ Mell Starr.
Legendary music producer Quincy Jones will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Seattle International Film Festival organisers. Jones will receive the accolade during the premiere of jazz documentary Keep on Keepin' On on 4 June (14).