Rapper Iggy Azalea has added five more Teen Choice Awards nominations to her resume after the prizegiving's second shortlist was unveiled on Thursday (17Jul14). The star earned just one nod for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist when the first wave of nominations were announced last month (Jun14), but now her smash hit Fancy will battle for the titles of Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song and Choice Summer Song.
She has also landed a double mention for Choice Single Female Artist for Fancy and her Ariana Grande collaboration Problem, while the two pals will face off for the honour of Choice Summer Music Star: Female.
Grande is in the running for Choice Break-Up Song too, for her Break Free track with Zedd.
Meanwhile, comedy sequel 22 Jump Street will be a strong contender in the movie categories, picking up nods for Choice Summer Movie and Choice Movie Chemistry for stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Both actors are also up for Choice Summer Movie Star alongside Melissa McCarthy (Tammy), Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Dwayne Johnson (Hercules).
In the TV category, Pretty Little Liars continues to dominate with three nominations in the Choice Summer TV Star shortlist for Tyler Blackburn, Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell. Fellow cast members Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish will contend for Choice TV Female Breakout Star and Choice TV Villain, respectively.
The winners will be announced on 10 August (14).
Actress Elle Fanning has reportedly been cast to star in the movie adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2006 short story How To Talk To Girls At Parties.
John Cameron Mitchell will direct the film, which will centre on an alien tourist who wants to escape her tour group and finds love with a schoolboy who enjoys art and music.
Eazy-E's son has cleared up reports suggesting he was upset he was not cast as his father in the N.W.A. biopic, insisting actor Jason Mitchell has his full support. Eric Wright, Jr. insists comments attributed to him about his disappointment over not winning the role in Straight Outta Compton were taken out of context - and he's not mad that Ice Cube cast his own son to play a younger version of himself, while overlooking him.
He tells RollingStone.com, "I'm not upset about (the casting). What (Ice) Cube did was a great thing and (he's) a loving father... Besides my father, that's the person I was inspired by; that's like an idol to me."
Wright, Jr. goes on to explain he has made himself available to Mitchell, who will portray his late father, in a bid to help him perfect the role.
He continues, "Jason has come to my grandmother's house, where I was born and raised, where my father was born and raised and where N.W.A started. I reached out to him to give him the support and any advice he needs. He has a big burden on his shoulders, to bring forth the character and legacy of my father and the legacy of N.W.A, period."
Eazy-E's son is feeling disappointed after he was left out of the cast of upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Lil' Eazy-E, real name Eric Wright, Jr., had hoped movie bosses would let him play his late father in the new movie about the legendary hip-hop group, but newcomer Jason Mitchell has been given the role instead.
The 30 year old tells TMZ.com he is disappointed with the decision, adding, "I am my father. I look like him. I sound like him."
Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. will portray his own father in the film, but Dr. Dre's son Curtis Young also faced disappointment when the role of his dad was given to actor Marcus Callender.
Wright, Jr., who was just 11 years old when his rapper father died from an AIDS-related illness in 1995, previously said of the movie role, "I'm the perfect man for the role. Who better to play him in the N.W.A. days? Like father, like son - no make-up needed."
Cabaret performer and songwriter Michael Brown has died at the age of 93. The musician lost his battle with lymphoma at his New York home on 11 June (14).
Brown began his entertainment career in the late 1940s after landing a gig at legendary Big Apple cabaret mogul Julius Monk's Le Ruban Bleu venue and penned songs for all of the guru's revues, including Four Below in 1956, Dressed to the Nines in 1960 and Dime a Dozen in 1962.
He also worked on Broadway, writing tunes like Lizzie Borden for Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952, which was later adapted into a film directed by Harry Horner, and Indoor Girl, which was performed by singer/actress Pearl Bailey in a 1954 production of Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's House of Flowers.
Lizzie Borden was later recorded by the Chad Mitchell Trio vocal group, which also popularised another of Brown's songs, The John Birch Society.
Brown's success allowed him and his wife, Joy Williams Brown, to support author pal Harper Lee financially for a whole year while she completed work on her literary classic To Kill a Mockingbird in 1956. They broke the news to the writer with a Christmas note which read: "You have one year off from your job to write whatever you please. Merry Christmas."
To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee's only published book, was released in 1960 and earned her the Pulitzer Prize.
Rap mogul Dr. Dre halted plans for his son to portray him on the big screen in N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton over fears he didn't have enough acting experience. F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the rise of the California rap group, which included Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella, and their split in 1991.
The cast was announced last week (ends22Jun14) and includes O'Shea Jackson, Jr., playing his father Ice Cube, and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E.
Newcomer Marcus Callender landed the role of Dre, but the hip-hop veteran's aspiring actor/rapper son Curtis Young reveals he auditioned for the role first.
He says, "I actually tried out for the role, 'cause the casting company called me. But my father wanted somebody with more acting experience, and I haven't been acting for a long time, so I'm happy for the guy that got the role. It's one of those things where we want what's best for the movie and for the film. I had a lot of fans that were upset about it, but whatever's best for the film."
The biopic is set for release in 2015
Soul songwriter/guitarist Teenie Hodges has died, aged 68. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges passed away on Sunday (22Jun14) at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas due to complications from emphysema. His death comes just three months after a pneumonia scare landed him in hospital following an appearance at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas in March (14).
Family friend Lawrence 'Boo' Mitchell tells The Commercial Appeal newspaper, "It's a huge blow to Memphis music. Teenie was an icon as a songwriter and guitarist. Guitarists all around the world loved and imitated his playing. But Teenie... man, he was one of a kind."
Hodges, who is credited with helping shape the music scene in Memphis, Tennessee, played guitar in bands from the age of 12.
In 1965, he joined his two brothers in Hi Rhythm Section, the house band which worked on hit soul recordings with Al Green, Ann Pebbles, Otis Clay and Syl Johnson. He is most famous for co-writing Green's hits Take Me to the River and Love and Happiness.
A short film about his career, titled Mabon Teenie Hodges: A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original, was released in 2013. He also featured in a documentary called Take Me To The River, which was shown at SXSW this year (14).
Grammy Award-winning producer Mark Ronson expressed his sadness at the news on Twitter.com on Tuesday (24Jun14), writing, "So sad to hear that Teenie Hodges has passed away. He's one of the greatest soul guitar players ever + he co wrote 'Love And Happiness'. RIP (rest in peace)... Teenie Hodges was also an incredibly kind dude who I had the good fortune to spend time around back in March. Alot (sic) of people will miss him."
Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean Cobain has criticised Lana Del Rey for "romanticising" the death of young musicians like her father.
The Summertime Sadness star hit headlines earlier this month (Jun14) when she spoke about the premature deaths of artists like Nirvana frontman Cobain and soul singer Amy Winehouse, declaring, "I wish I was dead already".
Del Rey has since criticised The Guardian's Tim Jonze over the interview, calling him "sinister" and sparking a war-of-words with the journalist, who alleged the star "doesn't seem to know what she's actually complaining about".
The controversial comments have now attracted the attention of Cobain's daughter, who was just a baby when her father died in 1994 at the age of 27. In a post on Twitter.com, which has since been deleted, the 21 year old writes, "The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticise. I'll never know my father because he died young and it becomes a desirable feat because people like you think it's 'cool'. Well, it's f**king not. Embrace life, because you only get one life."
Frances later added, "I'm not attacking anyone. I have no animosity towards Lana, I was just trying to put things in perspective from personal experience."
The news comes after Del Rey cited Frances' mother, Courtney Love, as a friend and inspiration, telling French radio network France Inter, "Courtney Love's a big inspiration. I like her, I talk to her a lot. I just went (to) her show... when she was playing in London. I like people who are similar to her, like Joni Mitchell types or Stevie Nicks, who are both strong female characters.''
The new N.W.A. biopic appears to have cost the planned sequel to Jeremy Renner's The Bourne Legacy a 2015 release. Sources close to the productions tell The Hollywood Reporter that director Justin Lin's Bourne sequel, starring Renner as Aaron Cross, has been pushed back to the summer of 2016 to make way for Straight Outta Compton.
The news comes just hours after movie executives confirmed the cast for the N.W.A. film, announcing Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. will portray his father in the rags to riches story, alongside Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E, respectively.
The biopic will now be released in August, 2015, taking over the Bourne film's release date.