Motown legend Diana Ross is in talks to perform at Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival next year (15), according to a U.K. report. The Chain Reaction hitmaker is in discussions with organisers to follow in the footsteps of country icon Dolly Parton by filling the 'legends' slot on the main Pyramid Stage.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Glastonbury bosses were thinking it was going to be impossible to top Dolly. But now it looks like they will get Diana Ross, which will be incredible... It won't be cheap but she's worth every penny. She still tours around the world and puts on a fantastic show."
Music legends including Dame Shirley Bassey, Brian Wilson and Johnny Cash have previously performed at the music event. Parton wowed the crowds at this year's festival in June (14).
Veteran British actor Sir Patrick Stewart is among the celebrities who have given a voice to statues as part of a new art project in the U.K. Dozens of stars have recorded monologues for the Talking Statues Speak Their Minds project, which provides voices for famous sculptures in London and in Manchester, England.
Stewart has provided a voice for the statue of the Unknown Soldier at London's Paddington Station, The Wire's Dominic West read a piece for the Achilles monument in the city's Hyde Park and Doctor Who star Jenna Louise Coleman took on The Reading Girl statue in Manchester Central Library.
Other famous voices taking part include actors Russell Tovey and Hugh Dennis.
Rapper Nelly has created a college tuition scholarship in honour of Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer earlier this month (Aug14). Policeman Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Brown, a suspected robber, in Ferguson, Missouri and the incident has sparked a series of protests in the state.
Nelly, who grew up in Missouri, has chosen to put a positive spin on the controversy and has set up the scholarship fund in Brown's name. It will help to put teenagers selected by Brown's family through university.
According to TMZ.com, Nelly, rapper T.I., actor Kevin Hart and professional basketball player Al Jefferson will donate $15,000 (£8,800) a year to the fund.
Rapper J.cole has paid tribute to a black teenager killed by a police officer in Missouri by releasing a new song dedicated to him. Darren Wilson shot unarmed Michael Brown, who was suspected of stealing a box of cigars from a suburban St. Louis store, on 9 August (14), and the incident has sparked a series of tense protests between African-Americans and civil rights leaders and officials in the state.
As Governor Jay Nixon, President Barack Obama and Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson join forces in a bid to end days of violence, hip-hop star Cole has released Be Free to voice his frustrations with the deaths of African-American men in the U.S.
In a post on his website, Dreamvillain.com, he writes, "That coulda (sic) been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I'm tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don't give a f**k if it's by police or peers. This s**t is not normal. I made a song. This is how we feel."
Cole is not the only celebrity to speak out about the incident in Missouri - John Legend, Kerry Washington and Mark Ruffalo have voiced concerns over the treatment of protesters by police following the shooting.
Legend took to Twitter.com to voice his opinion, writing, "I believe these cops are intentionally trying to inflame the situation. They want an excuse. Recall the local cop telling those 'animals' to 'bring it' on (news channel) CNN... He wants a fight.
"Calling us 'animals' has been the language to justify slavery... Dehumanization and racism go together."
Meanwhile, R&B star Frank Ocean took to Tumblr.com to comment on an image of Governor Nixon standing in front of a black woman as he addressed the slaying of Brown and wrote, "You see that black woman standing up there? I wonder if she was called to stand behind the governor because she’s black. I wonder if i’m supposed to think Missouri’s gov’t is pro-black because of her being stood up there with those other black men being all black and everything. I wonder if she was off the clock while she stood up there... then i wonder if she was getting paid for her time off like the guy who shot Michael 8 times."
"Everybody grieves in their own way. When I heard about Robin’s death, I was shocked, confused angry, regretful, and above all, sad. All I wanted was to talk to my family and friends and cry... While Robin and I had not talked in a few years, there is no question he had a great impact on my life. He was as warm and talented as everyone says, and a joy to be around. It’s as if my favourite teacher died." Robin Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Mara Wilson shares her feelings in the aftermath of the funnyman's death.
Rockers Heart have pulled out of plans to perform in Ohio on Wednesday night (13Aug14) to deal with a "family emergency". The Barracuda hitmakers, featuring sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, were booked to hit the stage at the Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Kettering, but they scrapped the gig just hours before showtime.
In a series of Twitter.com posts on Wednesday afternoon, a Heart representative writes, "For those of you who were planning on attending the show tonight at Kettering, OH, it is being postponed due to a family emergency.
"We will make an announcement as soon as the show has been rescheduled. Please hold on to your tickets."
Details about the incident which prompted the cancellation have yet to be revealed.
Former Dexter star Michael C. Hall is set to return to the small screen in a miniseries written by acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. Nearly a year after wrapping his role as the serial killer in an eight-series run, the Emmy winner will star in the drama God Fearing Man, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The programme centres on the true story of Canadian minister Herbert Emerson Wilson who moonlighted for years as one of the most successful American bank robbers in the early 20th century.
God Fearing Man is one of two unfinished projects by Kubrick, who died in 1999.
His son-in-law and Full Metal Jacket collaborator Philip Hobbs is set to produce the project.
Hall, who has previously earned six Emmy nominations for his role in Dexter and Six Feet Under, recently wrapped a run on Broadway in The Realistic Joneses, starring Marisa Tomei and Toni Collette.
"A couple of guys I know have a picture of themselves laughing in New York. They'd asked Robin Williams for a photo so he took one of them." British rocker Ricky Wilson reveals a personal story about late funnyman Robin Williams.
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Stars including Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham are leading calls to raise awareness of mental health issues following the death of Hollywood legend Robin Williams.
The Mrs. Doubtfire star was found dead at his home in California on Monday (11Aug14) at the age of 63, and initial reports suggest he committed suicide. His publicist confirmed the actor had been suffering from depression in the months before his death, and he also spent years battling addiction issues. He had checked into rehab over the summer (14) to "maintain his sobriety".
The news of his death has sent shockwaves around the Hollywood community, and a number of stars have now reached out to fans to campaign on behalf of others struggling with mental illness. Lady Gaga, who runs the Born This Way Foundation to help young fans, writes in a series of posts on Twitter.com, "Rest in Peace+Laughter Robin Williams. Perhaps this tragedy will shed light on the seriousness of depression. You made us all so so happy... Please reach out to Bornthiswayfoundation.org if you are struggling with depression, mental illness or addiction. You are not alone."
Rock legend Alice Cooper also asked any fans suffering from depression to see a doctor, adding, "#RobinWilliams gone. If you struggle with #depression SEE a doc! (sic)"
Actress Dunham held a minute's silence on the set of her TV show Girls after hearing of Williams' passing, and she has also joined calls to raise awareness of mental illness, writing, "A tragic reminder that the conversation about mental health CANNOT stop. Money, fame, artistic freedom - none of it is a barrier."
Tom Hanks' actress wife Rita Wilson, who was a friend of Williams, adds, "I will remember your warmth, kindness, unparalleled talent, generosity, beautiful children, Robin Williams... To anyone struggling with this issue, US suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255."
Funnyman Steve Martin has led tributes to his pal Robin Williams, following the Mrs. Doubtfire star's death on Monday (11Aug14). Williams was found dead in his home in Marin County, California. He was 63. Reports suggest he committed suicide.
Martin took to Twitter.com on Monday afternoon, shortly after the sad news broke and wrote, "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
David Steinberg, Williams' manager for 35 years, said in a statement: "Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soul mate, I will miss you."
Cher added, "Oh Robin... He was Sweet LOVELY,Man. He ran high voltage,Mind Always Going, It was who he was.I Know Well..Many X's from High There is Only Low.So Sad", while Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Mara Wilson writes, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."
Genie. You're free. pic.twitter.com/FWQWPDPP42
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 11, 2014
Other Twitter tributes have come from Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Rihanna, Rita Wilson, Steve Carell, Jared Leto, Morgan Freeman, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer, John Cusack, Jenny McCarthy, Logan Lerman, Evan Rachel Wood, Sharon & Jack Osbourne, Pink, Ellen DeGeneres, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty, Josh Groban, Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Ashley Tisdale, Marlee Matlin, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, and Mia Farrow, who posted, "No! Robin Williams you were so loved."
Miley Cyrus never met Williams, but admits the news of his death hit her hard: "I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop."
And Lindsay Lohan adds, "Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences."
His former co-stars Henry Winkler and Minnie Driver were also among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Williams. Happy Days star Winkler wrote, "To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold... Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE", while his Good Will Hunting castmate Driver added, "My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family."
One of the late funnyman's final co-stars, Joel McHale, states, "RIP @robinwilliams. You were one of the very best that ever was. You were one of my heroes."
And Williams' Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, who recently reteamed with Williams in U.S. TV comedy The Crazy Ones, has revealed she's "devastated" by the sad news of her longtime friend's death. The actor's The Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar simply posted nine photos of herself with Williams on Twitter.com.
Other thoughtful words came from Glee stars Chord Overstreet and Lea Michele, who wrote, "So heartbreaking to hear the terribly sad news about the amazing Robin Williams, thank you for bringing so much laughter and joy to us all", and Kevin Spacey, who added, "Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure."
He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama also acknowledged the entertainer's impact to people all over the world in a statement which reads: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. "But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. "The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
Meanwhile, a tribute has been posted on a billboard outside Los Angeles' Laugh Factory, where Williams often performed. It reads: "Robin Williams. Rest in Peace. Make God laugh."