Filmmaker Bryan Singer is heading back to TV to direct Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan's new show Battle Creek. The X-Men director is reteaming with David Shore, who he worked with on House, for the project, which stars Law & Order: SVU's Dean Winters and Kal Penn as a detective and a FBI agent who team up to fight crime in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Steely Dan's former singer David Palmer is suing the group over a royalties spat. Palmer claims his work on the band's early tracks helped to give the act its signature sound, but insists he has been paid just over $8,000 (£5,000) in royalties from radio play.
The singer, who quit the group in 1973, insists he is owed more and is suing for unspecified damages, according to TMZ.com.
Sir Elton John raised $5.1 million (£3.2 million) for charity from his 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday (02Mar14). The Rocket Man singer and his partner David Furnish were joined by the likes of Robert De Niro, Jane Fonda, Lady Gaga, Ozzy Osbourne and Taylor Swift for the big Hollywood bash, which also featured a silent auction.
Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has enlisted the talents of Diane Warren, David Foster and Sia for his Australian stage show Strictly Ballroom: The Musical. The Great Gatsby director is producing a musical adaptation of his 1992 film Strictly Ballroom and has since announced the award-winning musicians have provided songs for the production.
He is also working with Australian producer and composer Elliott Wheeler and singer/actor Eddie Perfect.
The stage show centres on a professional ballroom dancer who risks his career when he partners with an amateur.
Strictly Ballroom: The Musical is set to open at Sydney's Lyric Theatre in March (14).
Beach Boys star Mike Love was honoured with a special prize at the 2014 ELLA Awards in California on Thursday (20Feb14), when he was handed the Ella Award by the Society of Singers. During the show, he also performed with Van Halen singer David Lee Roth. The pair belted out Beach Boys classic California Girls.
Percy Sledge's manager has assured fans the R&B veteran is not dying, despite cancelling a U.K. tour after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. The When A Man Loves A Woman singer, 73, was forced to pull out of plans to take part in David Gest's Legends of Soul trek earlier this month (Feb14), leaving the producer to break the news of his friend's health troubles to the audience.
He reportedly told a crowd in Stockport, England, "Percy won't be with us tonight, I'm afraid. He's in hospital with liver cancer. I know we are all going to pray for him."
Sledge's spokesman Mark Lyman has since revealed the star actually underwent surgery to have a cancerous polyp removed from his liver in January (14) , and he was advised by doctors against taking the long-haul trip from the U.S. to the U.K. to give him extra time to recover at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
But Lyman reveals the singer's cancer battle is looking positive and Sledge will resume his live gigs on 1 March (14), when he is booked to perform at the R&B Reggae Festival in Kingston, Jamaica.
Lyman tells the National Enquirer, "He's not dying. In fact, he's going to Jamaica for a concert next week...
"It (the surgery) wasn't a big deal. He was in and out of the hospital in two hours and has been at home ever since."
Arctic Monkeys and One Direction were double winners at the 2014 BRIT Awards on Wednesday night (19Feb14). After opening the ceremony with a fiery performance of their hit RU Mine?, the British rockers took home the trophy for Best British Group, joking that they had lost money by betting on category rivals One Direction to win.
The band also took the stage to accept the coveted Best British Album award for AM, which beat off releases by Rudimental, David Bowie and Disclosure, and frontman Alex Turner delivered a poetic acceptance speech about the resurgence of rock music.
He told the audience at London's O2 Arena, "That rock and roll just won't go away. It might hibernate from time to time... but it's always waiting there, just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash back through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. That rock and rock, it seems like it's faded away sometimes but it will never die. And there's nothing you can do about it."
The band has now won the British Group award three times.
One Direction also took a pair of honours, claiming the Global Success Award for the second year in a row, and picking up the Best Video trophy after winning a live Twitter.com fan vote by a landslide.
An emotional Ellie Goulding kicked off the prize list at the top of the show, when she was handed the award for Best British Female by pop superstar Prince. The win ended years of disappointment since her last BRIT - a Critics' Choice award in 2009.
David Bowie was handed the prize for Best British Male, a prize he last won in 1984, but he did not attend in person, and asked model pal Kate Moss to collect his award, dressed in one of his old stage costumes.
Bruno Mars was named Best International Male for the second time, having previously scooped the gong in 2012, while 17-year-old New Zealander Lorde continued her amazing 2014 by winning International Female, Daft Punk were handed the International Group award, and Bastille were shocked to take home the British Breakthrough Act prize, beating brotherly duo Disclosure, who went home empty handed despite being nominated for four awards.
Live performances came from Katy Perry, who strutted the stage as a day-glo Egyptian queen, Bruno Mars, who bounced around the stage while he performed Treasure, Ellie Goulding and Beyonce, who performed her track XO live on TV for the first time.
It was also a night for onstage collaborations as Lorde and AlunaGeorge singer Aluna Francis teamed up with Disclosure to play a mash-up of their respective hits Royals and White Noise, and Rudimental were joined on stage by Bastille.
Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers closed the show with a medley of Daft Punk's hit Get Lucky and Williams' No. 1 Happy.
The full list of winners is as follows:
British Female Solo Artist: Ellie Goulding
British Group: Arctic Monkeys
British Breakthrough Act: Bastille
British Male Solo Artist: David Bowie
International Female Solo Artist: Lorde
Best British Video: One Direction - Best Song Ever
British Single: Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre - Waiting All Night
International Group: Daft Punk
International Male Solo Artist: Bruno Mars
British Album: Arctic Monkeys - AM
Special Recognition Award: War Child UK
Critics' Choice Award: Sam Smith
Global Success Award: One Direction
British Producer Of The Year: Flood & Alan Moulder
Ellie Goulding and Bruno Mars were the first winners at the BRIT Awards in London on Wednesday night (19Feb14), picking up British Female Solo Artist and International Male Solo Artist at the O2 Arena. The Burn hitmaker fought back tears as she accepted the night's first prize from Prince, who hit the stage with his new girl band 3rdEyeGirl.
The emotional singer said, "Thank you so much, I genuinely am actually in shock... I'm shaking, thank you so much this means so much to me, I can't tell you."
She took to Twitter.com an hour after her big win and added, "so overwhelmed. Thankyou (sic) everyone."
Mars continued an amazing February (14) - after headlining the Super Bowl half-time show - by picking up the International Male Brit award for a second time after previously winning the trophy in 2012.
Meanwhile, One Direction scooped the Global Success Award for the second year and David Bowie and Daft Punk were no-shows for their Best Male Artist and Best International Group honours - supermodel Kate Moss collected Bowie's award and Chic star Nile Rodgers, who worked with Daft Punk on their 2013 mega-hit Get Lucky, was on hand to pick up the duo's prize.
British rockers Arctic Monkeys, who picked up the Best British Group award for a third time, kicked off the awards ceremony with a performance of their hit RU Mine?, while Katy Perry also hit the stage early, dressed as a day-glo Egyptian queen, to sing her latest song Dark Horse.
But neither act could match the grace of the night's special guest, Beyonce, who performed her track XO for the first time on TV at the Brits.
As WENN went to press, the winners so far at the 2014 BRIT Awards are:
Global Success Award: One Direction
Best British Group: Arctic Monkeys
Best British Breakthrough Act: Bastille
Best International Male: Bruno Mars
Best British Female Solo Artist: Ellie Goulding
Best British Male Solo Artist: David Bowie
Best British Single: Waiting All Night by Rudimental
Best International Group: Daft Punk
Best International Female: Lorde
Critics Choice Award: Sam Smith
Katy Perry has been crowned the Woman of the Year at the 2014 Elle Style Awards in London. Kylie Minogue presented the honour to the Roar singer, who was lauded for her success as a chart topper and her efforts to empower women all over the world.
Absent Thor star Tom Hiddleston was named the magazine's Man of the Year. He sent a video message expressing his gratitude.
Meanwhile, Lily Allen and Tinie Tempah were named the female and male U.K. Recording Artist recipients, and Pharrell Williams picked up the International Recording Artist trophy.
Other recipients included Harry Potter star Emma Watson (Actress of the Year) and Bradley Cooper's girlfriend Suki Waterhouse (Model of the Year).
Top fashion photographer David Bailey was handed a Lifetime Achievement honour.
Space drama Gravity scooped a handful of top honours at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday (16Feb14), including a Best Director prize for Alfonso Cuaron. The sci-fi hit, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in outer space, also picked up awards for Best British Film, Best Cinematography, Best Music, and Best Visual Effects.
It was a disappointing night for Oscars favourite 12 Years A Slave - although the drama took home Best Film and Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, it lost out in a string of other top categories, including Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Best Adapted Screenplay, which was instead awarded to Philomena writers Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope.
There was also no trophy for Ejiofor's co-star, newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, who missed out on a Best Supporting Actress honour to Jennifer Lawrence; she was also denied the Rising Star Award, which went to We're The Millers actor Will Poulter.
Cate Blanchett was named Best Actress for her role in Woody Allen comedy Blue Jasmine, and Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi took home the Best Supporting Actor prize, while Dame Helen Mirren was honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement.
Collecting his Best Director award, Mexican moviemaker Cuaron said, "You can't tell from my accent but I consider myself a part of the British film industry. I've lived in London for the last 30 years and I've done almost half of my films in the U.K. I guess I make a good case for curbing immigration!"
The award ceremony's emotional highlight came as Blanchett dedicated her Best Actress trophy to her late friend Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this month (Feb14).
She said, "Phil, your monumental talent, your generosity, and your unflinching quest for the truth, both in art and life, will be missed, not only by me but by so many... Phil, buddy - this is for you, you b**tard! I hope you're proud."
The ceremony at the Royal Opera House was presented by Stephen Fry and featured guests including Leonardo DiCaprio, who presented the supporting actress award, Brad Pitt, Uma Thurman, Prince William, Amy Adams, Emma Thompson, and Stanley Tucci.
The list of 2014 BAFTA film award winners is:
- Best Film: 12 Years A Slave
- Best British Film: Gravity
- Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
- Leading Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave)
- Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
- Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
- Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
- Best Original Screenplay: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell (American Hustle)
- Best Music: Steven Price (Gravity)
- Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
- Best Editing: Dan Hanley & Mike Hill (Rush)
- Best Visual Effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould & Nikki Penny (Gravity)
- Best Sound: Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri & Chris Munro (Gravity)
- Best Production Design: Catherine Martin & Beverley Dunn (The Great Gatsby)
- Best Costume Design: Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)
- Best Makeup & Hair: Evelyne Noraz & Lori McCoy-Bell (American Hustle)
- Rising Star: Will Poulter
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope (Philomena)
- Outstanding Debut: Kieran Evans (Kelly and Victor)
- Best Foreign Film: The Act of Killing
- Best Film Not in the English language: The Great Beauty
- Best Short Animation: Sleeping With the Fishes
- Best Short Film: Room 8
- Best Animated Film: Frozen
- Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema: Peter Greenaway
- BAFTA Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement: Dame Helen Mirren