Pop star Jessie J has been tapped to contribute a song dedicated to the people of Boston for the Finding Neverland musical's upcoming concept album.
The musical adaptation of the 2004 film starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan playwright J.M. Barrie is currently having a successful run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Prior to its move to Broadway next March (15), the show's producers, including Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, are planning a concept album featuring some of music's biggest stars. The Price Tag singer is among the artists to be featured on the album, singing a track called Stronger, which Weinstein has dedicated to the people of Boston in light of the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013, according to the New York Post.
Other singers rumoured to have tracks on the album are Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson, who performed the song Never Neverland at the Tony Awards in June (14).
The Finding Neverland musical, which stars Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly, has broken attendance records for a single production in the theatre's 34-year history, and will run until 28 September (14).
Celine Dion has slashed the price of her Miami, Florida mansion in a bid to get a quick sale. The singer and her husband/manager Rene Angelil have taken $10 million (GBP5.9 million) off the price of their Jupiter Island home, which comes with its own waterpark and golf range.
The massive five bedroom Bahamian-style home also features three pools, a tennis court and guest wing.
Dion recently put all her performances on hold to help her husband through his battle with throat cancer.
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A designer suit worn by Pierce Brosnan in his role as superspy James Bond is expected to fetch more than $12,000 (£7,000) at auction.
The charcoal-coloured, two-piece wool suit by Brioni was sported by Brosnan in 1999 movie The World Is Not Enough and is to go on sale on Thursday (28Aug14).
The lot includes a Turnbull & Asser shirt, a blue silk tie, and a pair of Church's shoes, and has a starting price of $12,000.
Also up for grabs in the Nate D. Sanders online auction is a T-shirt, sweater, and fleece worn by Tom Hanks in hit 2013 film Captain Phillips, which is expected to sell for more than $3,500 (£2,050).
An immaculate edition of a comic featuring Superman's first appearance in print has sold for a record $3.2 million (£1.8 million) in an online auction. The copy of Action Comics No. 1, which has an image of the superhero lifting a car on its cover, set a record price for a comic book sale in the auction on eBay.com.
Website bosses say it smashed the previous record of $2.2 million (£1.3 million) set by a different copy of the same edition in 2011.
It was one of the best preserved copies of the publication ever located and was bought by New York-based dealership Metropolis Comics.
Seller Darren Adams, who owns a comic book shop in Seattle, Washington, says the item was in pristine condition because the original owner had kept it preserved in a chest.
The first edition of Action Comics cost just 10 cents (six pence) when it went on sale in 1938, and only around 50 originals are believed to still be in existence.
A spokesman for Metropolis Comics tells the Associated Press, "It's hard to believe that a kid's 10 cent comic could be worth that much money, but it is Superman. That's an iconic thing. It's the first time anybody saw what a superhero was like."
British pop star Jessie J went through a secret break-up last year (13) as her long-term relationship crumbled.
The Price Tag hitmaker has revealed she was in a relationship which came to an end in 2013, and she chose to keep her heartache private. The singer has poured her emotions into a new song titled You're Lost, I'm Found, and reveals her partner struggled with intimacy issues.
She tells Britain's Event magazine, "Last year I was in a relationship for quite a long time. Not in secret, but I chose for it not to be in public. And I had to leave the relationship because I was doing my best but I wasn't being let in. I've written a song about it called You're Lost, I'm Found. It says, 'I know I'm good enough for you but you won't let me be and one day you'll discover that.' "I wrote all that stuff on my own, very quickly. I really needed to get it all out. It felt amazing."
Earlier this year (14), Jessie J revealed she only dates men now, three years after coming out as bisexual.
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"It's Saturday Night Live!" will forever be the four words we associate with Don Pardo, announcer for the NBC variety show for nearly 40 years, who passed away Monday night at the age of 96 (via CBS News). Since 1975 — with only a single season-long hiatus in the early '80s — Pardo's inimitable timber introduced us to SNL’s stars, featured players, musical guests, and episode hosts, earning a permanent residence in the pop culture realm’s collective auditory cortex. But there’s more to the man than his weekly exclamations from the announcing booth at Studio 8-H. Pardo’s 75-year-long career took him to a multitude of interesting corners that we so often overlook:
Let the Games BeginA staff fixture at NBC, Pardo announced the original iterations of many of its game shows, including The Price Is Right (from 1956 to ’63) and Jeopardy! (from ’64 to ’75), as well as later programs Three on a Match, Winning Streak, and Jackpot! between ’71 and ’75.
Happy Turkey Day!For many years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade presented its army of inflatable cartoon characters with the gravitas of Pardo’s smooth baritone. Pardo announced the annual event for NBC straight up through 1999.
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And That’s the NewsPardo boasted a longstanding career as a news broadcaster, both on radio and television; he started out as a World War II reporter for NBC Radio. On the date of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Pardo announced the tragedy to NBC’s television audience, becoming one of the first parties to report on the death of the 35th president.
He Also Had a Musical SidePardo proved his tastes in music to be rather esoteric when he teamed with the likes of Frank Zappa and Weird Al Yankovic for performances and recordings. Pardo first collaborated with Zappa in 1976 on a rendition of “I’m the Slime,” and then again joined forces with the innovative rock artist for his live album Zappa in New York in ’78.
Five years later, Pardo would pay homage to his game show era by contributing vocally to Weird Al’s “I Lost on Jeopardy” as well as appearing in the music video.
Of Course, He Had His Woody CredAn honorary New Yorker, Pardo managed to work his way into the filmography of Woody Allen, appearing in the 1987 comedy Radio Days as a host of the Name That Tune parody “Guess That Tune.” His acting career beyond the Allen picture includes Honeymoon in Vegas and the John Ritter comedy Stay Tuned.
And He Could Take a JokePardo was a hard worker until the very end — flying back and forth between his home in Arizona and New York City every week to announce episodes of SNL — but was hardly a man who took himself too seriously. This is evident by his self-parodying appearances on The Simpsons and SNL vet Tina Fey’s 30 Rock.
Naturally, we will always remember Pardo best for his work on Saturday Night Live, but there is clearly a lot more to celebrate about the man, his indomitable career, and his unmistakable voice.
A vintage sports car bought by Hollywood icon Steve Mcqueen while shooting classic cop movie Bullitt has sold for $10 million (£5.8 million), almost $2 million (£1.1 million) less than experts hoped. The red, 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was acquired by the actor during filming of the 1968 hit, and he owned it until 1971.
It was put on sale by staff at RM Auctions in Monterey, California over the weekend (16-17Aug14) with hopes that it could fetch as much as $12 million (£7 million), but the vehicle attracted a highest bid of just over $10 million.
It is believed the fact it was formerly owned by The Great Escape star pushed the price of the car up to more than three times its usual value.
Max Girardo, managing director of RM Auctions, says, "There's definitely a multiplier. Any car that's owned by a famous person will have an extra bit to it. When it comes to cars with celebrity provenance, it doesn't get any better than a Ferrari owned by Steve McQueen."
The sale was held as part of Monterey Car Week.
Life can be tough, whether you're dealing with a few "light treason" charges or getting used to your new hook hand. But no matter what your worries, there are little tricks you can use to make things run a little more smoothly. You can find some nifty tips most anywhere, but no family is more rich with life hacks than the Bluths. Yes, Arrested Development has plenty of lessons for dealing with your everyday qualms. Just check out a few below!
1) Have an embarrassing poster hanging up in your room? Worry not! Just cover it up with another, more socially acceptable piece of wall art! Sure, you can’t see the poster you really love, but at least you know it’s there!
2) Training for an exhausting physical competition and worried about your bodily functions! No reason to fret! Just pop a few Oxy-Incontinent pills and you’ll be fit as a fiddle for game day!
3) Constantly throwing parties to which nobody shows up? Forget about it! Just wrangle a few old dolls from the attic and have a pleasant — or invigoratingly contentious — group dinner!
4) Hoping to impress the apple of your eye but don’t have the time to get in shape? Don’t sweat it! Just stick a plush muscle suit beneath your knit polo shirts and you’ll convince everyone you’re truly buff!
5) It’s your kid’s birthday but you don’t have time to run to the toy store? Forget about it! A ball of foil will do in a pinch!
6) Have a big date tonight but don’t have anything planned? Put your fears to rest! A simple shopping cart race will impress anyone seeking a good time!
7) Attending a big business conference and afraid you’ll come off unimpressive? Come on! Just keep reminding everyone how expensive your new suit is! And don’t worry about being consistent with the price, just so long as it’s high!
8) No idea how to get your kids to stop fighting? You’re looking at this all wrong! People will pay big money for video recordings of ad hoc grappling matches!
9) Too many chores, too little time? Never you mind it! Just manipulate a needy, recently estranged family member or in-law into donning the role of a British nanny so he’ll be forced to do them all for you!
10) Has some pesky interloper stumbled upon a heap of financial felonies you may or may not (that’s for the jury to decide!) have commited? No biggie! Just knock him out at an elaborately staged bachelor party, make him believe he is guilty of murder, and you’re in the clear!
11) Can't afford lunch due to your criminal family's recent bankruptcy? No problem! Parmesan cheese and mustard makes for some satisfying cuisine!
12) For that matter, are you light on ingredients for a hearty dinner? Just grab a few old chicken bones or discarded meat chunks, throw ‘em in a pot with some broth and potato… baby, you’ve got a stew going... But you already knew that one.
Tough guy Mickey Rourke threatened to knock out his Ashby director's teeth if the film's cut-price fight co-ordinator messed up his new $100,000 (£59,000) dental work. The Wrestler actor had the work done after his Sin City: A Dame to Kill For co-star Dennis Haysbert dislodged an implant during a fight scene in the new Robert Rodriguez movie.
He explains, "He caught me, first punch - and he's a big dude... He did a great job and it was just an accident... We finished it out and a couple of months after the movie was over, I went to my dentist and he said... 'You have to have the surgery... because it's been 20 years (since the implants were fitted) and your teeth are gonna fall out in your soup'."
Rourke showed off his new teeth during an appearance on U.S. late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday (07Aug14) and explained he feared he'd have to revisit the dentist as he prepared to square off with actor Nat Wolff while filming Ashby in North Carolina.
He said, "I was watching him shaping up and I'm going, 'I'm gonna get hit in my new teeth' - $110,000 worth of teeth... I thought the guy they hired (to co-ordinate the fight scene) was a hack, so I said to the director, I made him a deal, I said, 'Here's the deal... he hits me in the mouth, I'm not gonna hit him in the mouth, I'm gonna come over and I'm gonna knock seven of your teeth out.'
"He (director Tony McNamara) brought in my guy and it went great."
British actor Craig Fairbrass has filed suit against his Hollywood movie managers over allegations they cost him money for his 2014 action film The Outsider. The Cliffhanger star accepted a $25,000 (£14,726) advance to play a military contractor in the movie, but agreed to defer his $40,000 (£23,529) fee from ZG Entertainment managers Mark and Christine Holder until after the film's March (14) release.
His filmmaking partner, The Outsider writer/director Brian Miller, also opted to defer his $15,000 (£8,824) purchase price for the script and instead allowed ZG Entertainment bosses to option his screenplay for just $1 (£0.59).
Miller also postponed collecting his $50,000 (£29,412) payment for directing the movie, which also starred James Caan, and was promised a cut of the film's proceeds, according to Los Angeles court papers, obtained by editors at Entlawdigest.com.
The director and his star claim they have yet to receive the full funds from the Holders and they're demanding an accounting of ZG Entertainment's funds and all profits from The Outsider. Fairbrass and Miller are also seeking damages for breach of contract, fraud and copyright infringement.