Jack Black's hit film School Of Rock is set for a small screen makeover. The 2003 movie, in which Black portrayed a struggling musician who becomes a supply teacher and helps his young students form a rock band, is being adapted for a new musical comedy series on America's Nickelodeon network next year (15).
The film's director, Richard Linklater, has signed on as an executive producer for the kid-centred show, and casting is expected to be announced soon.
The original movie, which also featured iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove, Sarah Silverman and Joan Cusack, is also being developed into a stage musical by theatre mogul Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Singer Nicole Scherzinger is reportedly in talks to star in a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical Cats in London's West End. The former Pussycat Dolls star is in "very early discussions" to take on the role of glamorous feline Grizabella, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Scherzinger, who recently served as a judge on The X Factor in the U.K., already has ties to Lloyd Webber - she performed at the 25th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera in 2011, singing the title song alongside four former Phantoms, including Simon Bowman and Earl Carpenter.
Cats is slated to return to the West End stage later this year (14) after closing in 2002.
Theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber is set to sue the promoter behind the failed North American revival of Jesus Christ Superstar to recover his costs. Poor ticket sales prompted Michael Cohl to scrap the new production in May (14) as cast members John Lydon, Michelle Williams, Brandon Boyd and J.C. Chasez were in rehearsals for the 51-date tour.
Now Webber and his partners at the Really Useful Group have announced plans to launch a lawsuit against Cohl in a bid to recover the production costs for the project, which was due to hit the stage two weeks after the abrupt cancellation.
Lloyd Webber's spokesperson says, "(RUG) is taking legal action against Michael Cohl’s Options Clause Entertainment following his cancellation of the 2014 North American Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
"The Really Useful Group (RUG) has no option but to proceed with legal action to recover its costs associated with the project and, in turn, satisfy outstanding payments to suppliers and contractors."
Cohl has yet to respond to the lawsuit news.
Theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber obtained paperwork to allow him to undergo legal euthanasia after becoming wracked with pain following his cancer battle.
The Cats writer had treatment for prostate cancer in 2009 but the illness left him with a litany of agonising health issues and he had to dose up on medication just to get through a day of work.
Eventually he became so tired and depressed from the constant pain, Lloyd Webber obtained an official application form for Swiss assisted dying clinic Dignitas as he wanted to end his life.
He tells British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "There were days when I thought that I would do anything to get out of this. I adore my work, and I thought that if I could not do that, then I had nothing more. I went through a moment of deep depression - that awful moment when you think that you must find a way out."
"I actually got the forms for Dignitas. With hindsight, it was stupid and ridiculous, but I couldn't think what to do. I got through the show I was working on, but it was murder. I was on every sort of painkiller there is... I couldn't think what to do. In the end I threw away the forms."
The composer was given the all-clear in 2010.
British actress Gemma Arterton battled nerves ahead of her performance at a tribute concert for musical theatre legend Sir Tim Rice. The former Bond girl was joined a host of musicians including The Who star Roger Daltrey, Rufus Wainwright, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Rice's long-term collaborator Andrew Lloyd-Webber to celebrate the works of the Oscar-winning songwriter on Tuesday (08Jul14).
Arterton sang with an orchestra during the show at London's Southbank Centre, and she posted a picture of the stage on Twitter.com ahead of her big moment, adding, "My first proper public singing performance tonight. Here's me doing the soundcheck. No pressure..."
The tribute show, titled Tim Rice: A Life In Song, will be televised in the U.K. later this year (14).
Arterton will soon be showcasing her vocal skills on a regular basis in the Made in Dagenham musical, which opens in London in October (14).
Victoria and David Beckham have dismissed allegations linking them to an alleged tax avoidance scheme, insisting they have always paid their bills "in full".
The couple has become the latest big names to be linked to a movie-funding company which is among a number of schemes facing a government probe over claims they exploited loopholes in the system to help investors claim tax relief.
Reports suggest many investors could face hefty bills in the coming months as officials look into whether such schemes are legitimate.
However, a representative for the Beckhams has now spoken out to dismiss allegations the superstars ever knowingly participated in a tax avoidance scheme, saying in a statement, "The Beckhams have always paid their taxes in full and have never been involved in aggressive tax avoidance schemes. They have also been long-time supporters of the creative industries."
Theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has also been linked to the Ingenious Media movie company, which has helped fund films such as Avatar and Life of Pi, adds, "(I was) investing in the British film industry... At no time did I consider it solely a tax scheme."
The news comes after a number of other British stars were linked to alleged tax avoidance schemes, including pop star George Michael, members of rock group Arctic Monkeys and actor Sir Michael Caine, in a list obtained by Britian's The Times newspaper.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is eyeing a movie adaptation of his musical Cats after confirming the show will return to London's West End later this year (14).
The theatre impresario's show will hit the stage again at the London Palladium in December (14) after a 12-year absence, and Webber has now revealed he is eager to see the show adapted for the big screen.
He says, "The other thing that's happening is them (my musicals) being made into movies... There is considerable talk at last about Cats being made into a movie so it gives me a chance to think about the material and how that can happen."
Webber's Evita is also returning to London, taking over from We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre in September (14).
Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular musicals Cats and Evita are set to return to the West End stage later this year (14). Cats, which closed 12 years ago, will open at the London Palladium in December (14) and Evita, starring Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow, will take over from We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre in September (14).
Theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber is considering leaving his native Britain and moving to the U.S. The Cats creator suffered disappointment with his latest musical Stephen Ward, which closed in March (14) after just four months on stage in London, and Webber admits he is now considering moving to America to create shows for a different audience.
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "I feel that it is time for me to go home, back to America. They were the first people to discover me and maybe now is the moment to say I am coming home."
Webber and his writing partner Sir Tim Rice first found fame in 1971 when their musical Jesus Christ Superstar opened on Broadway. The show opened in New York a year before it hit theatres in London.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's ex-wife Sarah Brightman has reportedly paid over $48 million (£30 million) in a bid to become the first star to perform in space. The opera singer will train on a Russian Soyuz capsule in the autumn (14) ahead of a trip to the International Space Station next year (15), according to The Guardian.
Officials at Space Adventures, who offer up trips into space for non-astronauts, have confirmed the Phantom Of The Opera star's involvement in the trip, revealing she will pay millions for a 10-day stay aboard the station.
Chairman Tom Shelley says, "She's absolutely 100 per cent committed. She's putting together her mission plan now."
Lady Gaga is also hoping to perform a song from a Virgin Galactic ship in 2015, but it is not clear as to whether her space 'gig' will take place before or after Brightman's.
It's also not known what track or tracks Brightman will perform at the International Space Station, but she once scored a hit with I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper when she was a member of 1970s U.K. pop act Hot Gossip.