Country stars Lady Antebellum are set to be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The Need You Now hitmakers will be recognised in the performer category, alongside fellow honourees including rockers Wet Willie, songwriter Ed Roland, blues singer Francine Reed and comedian Jeff Foxworthy.
Gospel star Wally Fowler will be inducted posthumously, 20 years after his death.
Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, who is a Georgia native, admits he is still coming to terms with the surprise news.
He says, "We've never been a part of something like this before. It's pretty special hearing the words 'Lady Antebellum' and 'hall of fame' in the same sentence. We really feel honoured to be included."
The 36th annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards ceremony is due to take place in Atlanta on 11 October (14).
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Courtney Love is hoping to launch production on a Kurt Cobain biopic in the next 12 months.
The rocker has offered her full support to the filmmakers linked to the project and has come to terms with the fact she won't get to approve who plays her late husband in the movie - but she's happy with the actors lined up for the role.
She says, "The biopic should start within the next year or so (and) I won't name names, because I don't want to jinx it for anyone, but these are 25 year olds who are blond, gorgeous and the new Brad Pitts. There's a ton of those. Some are really good actors, not just pretty faces. I don't want to be the person who makes that decision."
And she admits that she and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain, together with the rocker's former Nirvana bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, will oversee the project when cameras start rolling.
She adds, "I do have a say in it. So do Frances and Krist and Dave for that matter, if it touches on Nirvana - and it will. I am leading the charge because it's time to do this."
Love put aside almost two decades of bad feeling between her and Nirvana stars Grohl and Novoselic when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April (14), hugging the stars and paying tribute to them during her speech on behalf of Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994.
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San Diego Comic-Con is nerd culture's second Christmas, and every year the annual ode to all things geek gets bigger and better, with film studios jostling each other for the biggest moment of the weekend. This year, the con's legendary Hall H will likely be the home of some game-changing reveals, dizzying sizzle reels, and exclusive trailers that may just be worth the dozen or so hours of waiting on line to get in. Here's a look at what we're expecting from the big film studio panels at Comic-Con:
Jupiter Ascending: The Wachowskis' latest, Jupiter Ascending, was supposed to make landfall this summer but was delayed just a few weeks away from its expected release date and sent to February — which is basically Hollywood's graveyard for lackluster films. This year's con has to be all about assuaging fears and ensuring fans that the film isn't a complete disaster. Showing a lengthy, eye-popping sequence from the film would be a great way to keep expectant fans at ease.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: As it turns the bend toward the final film in the franchise, The Hobbit series is pretty much in cruise control. We know what to expect from Peter Jackson's last hurrah in the Tolkien-verse but flames can still be fanned. We're hoping for some new footage for the upcoming film and more, since Jackson will be in attendance.
Mad Max: Fury Road: We've seen some dusty set photos from this post-apocalyptic epic, and the cast looks appropriately dirty and world weary, but what we really want to see is some footage. Since the film is set to release next May, a trailer of some sort is surely imminent.
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice: Curiously absent from the list of films showing at the Warner Bros. panel, Dawn of Justice is the biggest question mark of the con. Can Warner Bros. really walk into Hall H without a bit of Batman up their sleeves? We're gonna go with no. We're betting the studio is saving something huge for a giant payload of hype to end their conference with. If not, then Marvel has already won Comic-Con - if you believe in the notion of winning these sorts of things. Considering we've already seen glimpses of Affleck kitted out in the Bat Suit and the new Bat Mobile, we're gonna need something pretty cool.
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Marvel's Avengers sequel is bar-none the biggest film at the con, and since the film has been shooting for months at this point, and the cast is descending on San Diego for the event, there's definitely going to be something big showing. If not, expect San Diego to be scorched to the earth in the ensuing fan rage.
Ant-Man: After losing longtime director Edgar Wright and a very worrying scramble to find a suitable replacement, Ant-Man, formerly Marvel's most promising film, is looking worse for wear. Some fans even swore off the film entirely the second Wright was jettisoned from the project. Some serious damage control is on the bill this year. The studio needs to show something tangible, like a costume or some early footage, to get the hype machine rolling again.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Since Guardians is so close to release, some Hall H faithful are expecting a screening of the film. We're doubtful that Marvel will preview the entire movie, but we are expecting to see a lengthy preview of the film. Perhaps something like the 17 minutes of the finished film shown to journalists earlier this month.
Everything Else: Sure, Marvel is king of the mountain now, but keeping that title means keeping everyone happy in the near and distant future. Marvel should add a couple more pin-drops to their map of Phase 3, and announce some anticipated films like Black Panther and Captain Marvel, but also dish about upcoming projects like Thor 3 and Doctor Strange.
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X-Men: Apocalypse: Since Days of Future Past just dropped earlier this summer, we're not expecting a whole lot on the X-Men side of things, but the studio would be remiss if they didn't at least hint at something X-Men related, especially given the great post-credit sequence at the end of the last film.Fantastic Four: With its oddball casting, Fantastic Four might be the most heavily scrutinized superhero film to appear at the con. Since shooting has already begun, Fox needs to prove to fans that they know what they're doing. Some test footage from the project would be great.
Everything Else: Everyone's making huge, interconnected franchises these days, and we wonder if Fox will put it's own hat in the ring. Even though their list of properties is pretty scant, the promise of a sprawling blockbuster universe might be too appealing to resist. Can there be a X-Men/Fantastic Four meet-up? Stranger things have happened. Otherwise, also expect additional news and clips from Let's Be Cops, The Maze Runner, The Book of Life, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and hopefully, a first trailer for Hitman: Agent 47.
ParamountTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The film is basically out at this point, so there really isn't much to do besides add some last minute fuel to the hype machine. The film does have its share of detractors due to Michael Bay's involvement and a mixed reaction to the new turtle designs. An early screening to Comic-Con attendees might win the film some brownie points with fans.
Interstellar: This is one instance where less is most certainly more. Christopher Nolan's mysterious space adventure is probably the year's biggest question mark, and that's the way things should be. Universal should keep its cards close to its vest and let the enigmatic nature of the project be its own marketing tool. The Nolan pedigree will likely brig in a big audience. A new trailer would be fine, but lets keep the plot points to a minimum.
Pharrell Williams added another major honour to his trophy cabinet on Friday (04Jul14) after picking up the Raymond Weil International Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London. The Happy hitmaker was honoured for his most recent hits, which also include Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and Get Lucky, his collaboration with Daft Punk.
Other winners at the prestigious lunchtime gala included former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who picked up the O2 Silver Clef Award, Sir Tom Jones, who was presented with the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award and Black Sabbath.
In addition to the prizegiving event, the awards ceremony also serves as a charity for Nordoff Robbins, which provides therapy to adults and children suffering from various diseases and conditions.
Prizewinner Page says, ''I played on the original Silver Clef show that was way back at Knebworth, which had Cliff Richard and Pink Floyd and I played with Robert Plant there. I went to the Nordoff Robbins centre the other day and they told me that the centre was established from that charity concert, so that was really nice to find out.
"When I was at the centre I met someone who was a recipient of the work the charity is doing and it was quite a moving experience I have to say. When you see the results that they get you can see it's what you always believed music could do. Music is a great communicator... Music has a power.''
The 02 Silver Clef Award Winners are:
Pharrell Williams - Raymond Weil International Award
Paloma Faith - Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award
Giorgio Moroder - American Express Innovation Award
Gareth Malone - PPL Classical Award
Laura Mvula - Jack Daniel's Best Newcomer Award
Sir Tom Jones - Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award
Chas & Dave - Investec Icon Award
Black Sabbath - AEG Live Ambassadors of Rock Award
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Singer Lorde has responded to Iggy Azalea's critical comments about her Kurt Cobain tribute performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction concert in April (14), but refuses to spark a war of words with the rapper.
The Royals hitmaker hit the stage with Nirvana stars Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic as part of a tribute to Cobain and his music. The Fancy singer enjoyed Lorde's performance, but did did not find it "appropriate", stating she thought the singer-songwriter's former bandmates should have chosen Cobain's peers to front them at the induction ceremony.
She told Billboard magazine, "Nothing against her, but I think when you're doing a tribute to someone that's dead, generally it should be the person's peer. Lorde is not Kurt Cobain's peer. No matter if she killed the performance or not, I just don't think it's appropriate."
The 17 year old has now responded to Azalea telling Confidential, "I enjoyed it. I had a good time. That's all that mattered. "I've been in a position where I've said something in an interview where I've thought, 'Damn, I wish I could take that back'. I don't know how (Iggy) is feeling about it. But anyone who's doing well deserves respect, and I respect what she's doing."
Comedian/actor Dave Chappelle surprised the news anchors on U.S. breakfast show Today on Tuesday (17Jun14), when he knocked on the window holding up a sign advertising his Radio City Music Hall shows, which are set to take place in New York on Wednesday (18Jun14). The Half Baked star then gave an impromptu interview about the upcoming performances.
Actor/comedian Dave Chappelle is set to hit the stage with rapper Nas for a show at Radio City Music Hall. The reclusive Half Baked star will perform alongside the One Mic hitmaker on 23 June (14) in New York to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the rapper's album Illmatic.
He says, "There was an artist I really wanted to work with. You know I'm a big fan of hip hop music and its the 20th anniversary of arguably one of the best hip hop albums ever made. That album is Illmatic, that artist is Nas. So I am very lucky to be able to say I am, I will be playing... at Radio City Music Hall with Nas and a 45-piece orchestra. It's going to be beautiful."
Rapper Iggy Azalea has taken aim at Nirvana stars Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic's decision to hit the stage with Lorde at their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction concert, insisting the Kurt Cobain tribute was inappropriate.
The Fancy hitmaker has no problems with Joan Jett and Kim Gordon appearing with the surviving Nirvana bandmates, but she has taken issue with Lorde and St. Vincent, who also performed at the New York gala in April (14).
The outspoken rapper tells Billboard magazine, "Nothing against her (Lorde), but I think when you're doing a tribute to someone that's dead, generally it should be the person's peer. Lorde is not Kurt Cobain's peer. No matter if she killed the performance or not, I just don't think it's appropriate."
Meanwhile, in a new Rolling Stone interview, Grohl admits he regrets not spending more time with Lorde at the Hall of Fame ceremony. He says, "I barely got to say two words to her. She flew from God knows where, and we rehearsed the song (All Apologies) once. Then we walked onstage and did it."
The Foo Fighters delighted fans in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday night (17May14) by staging a surprise show at the city's Preservation Hall. The Best of You hitmakers invited devotees to join them in the courtyard of the historic venue just hours before showtime by posting a photo on Twitter.com of frontman Dave Grohl with two members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band alongside the message, "So...NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana), what're you guys up to tonight?".
Fans flooded the area and were treated to another unexpected appearance by Arcade Fire stars Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, who joined the Preservation Hall Jazz Band onstage as the show openers for a rendition of traditional local song Iko Iko.
The Foo Fighters, who had spent the past few days recording new songs in the venue, then took over and played a 90-minute performance, during which Grohl shared details about their musical journey in the city.
Discussing the band's album recording process, he said, "This time, I feel like we really have gotten it right. We stayed here long enough so we learned a little bit about the city. We made a lot of friends."
He added to the crowd, "We've been to a lot of great places, we've jammed with a lot of great people. But this week in this city has changed our band forever."
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band later returned to the stage with musician Trombone Shorty to belt out the rockers' 1995 single, This Is a Call.
This isn't the first surprise show Grohl's put on for fans - he recently played unexpected gigs in Washington, D.C. and Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month (May14).