Actor Nathan Lane is set to become the latest celebrity to add children's writer to his resume with the release of his own picture book. The Birdcage star has inked a publishing deal with editors at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers to detail the adventures of his spoiled French bulldog in Naughty Mabel.
He is teaming up with his partner, Devlin Elliott, to write the story, while Dan Krall will provide the illustrations.
The book is the first in a planned series of Naughty Mabel books and is due for release next autumn (15).
Lane joins the likes of comedian Jim Carrey, actress Jessica Lange, singer Ricky Martin and rocker Keith Richards, who have all recently released kids' books.
Jazz star Diana Krall has postponed her new album and U.S. tour after falling ill with pneumonia. The singer has pushed back the release date of her new record Wallflower from October (14) to February (15) because of her bout of sickness.
She has also been forced to move the tour to next year (15) after medics told her it could take months for her to recover.
In a statement, Krall says, "I'm deeply saddened that I will have to postpone the release of my new album Wallflower and the Wallflower U.S Fall Tour until next year. I've been battling a severe case of pneumonia and am under doctor's orders to rest for the next few months in order to regain my strength and good health."
It isn't the first time Krall has had to cancel due to illness - last year (13) she postponed a concert in New York due to an upper respiratory tract infection.
Rocker Neil Young is to headline four Canadian charity shows in January (14) to benefit the Athabasca Chipewyan Indians. Young's Honor the Treaties shows will help raise funds for the tribe as elders battle oil company bosses and politicians who are fighting to strip them of their land.
Young will be supported by Diana Krall on the four dates.
Proceeds from the shows will go directly to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Legal Defense Fund.
Neil Young reunited onstage with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills for the first time in seven years at his annual Bridge School Benefit in California on Saturday (26Oct13). Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were among the highlights of the star-studded benefit, which also included performances from Arcade Fire, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Heart, Elvis Costello and his wife Diana Krall, My Morning Jacket and fun.
Young opened the show by performing a rendition of Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind before breaking into acoustic versions of Heart Of Gold and Comes A Time, which he sang with his wife Pegi.
Non-Young highlights included Costello's rendition of the Hollies' King Midas in Reverse with the band's Graham Nash, and Arcade Fire's rousing set.
The Canadian band was added as a last-minute replacement for The Killers, who pulled out of the benefit earlier this month (Oct13).
Frontman Win Butler told the audience at the Bridge School gig, "Neil emailed us a few days ago. They needed a pinch hitter, so we looked at our schedule. There's nowhere else on earth we'd rather be."
Young joined the band onstage for a new track they introduced as "I Dreamed A Neil Young Song".
CSNY took the stage just before midnight and kicked off their hour-long reunion set with Just A Song Before I Go.
The first night of the 2013 Bridge School Benefit weekend shows ended with an all-star rendition of Teach Your Children.
The annual charity concert continues on Sunday (27Oct13) with Tom Waits joining the line-up.
Neil Young's upcoming Bridge School Benefit Concerts this coming weekend (26-27Oct13) will stream for free in its entirety on YouTube.com. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Queens Of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Fun, Heart and Jenny Lewis are among the acts on the bill.
Hey Jude, see if you can wrap your head around this one. Two of the greatest, most influential legends of rock 'n' roll are fusing for what is one of the coolest, if not strangest, collaborations in music history. During Wednesday night's all-star 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Sir Paul McCartney will be performing with "Dave Grohl and Friends."
According to Rolling Stone, some of Grohl's friends, in addition to McCartney and Diana Krall, includes fellow founding member of Nirvana Krist Novoselic and former touring guitarist Pat Smear. In other words, Wednesday night's concert will tout the long, long-awaited Nirvana reunion... featuring a member of The Beatles filling in for the late Kurt Cobain. On the Twitter page for Grohl's other great rock band, Foo Fighters, they cryptically promise, "We have something very special for you tonight NYC..."
You can take a minute to let this all sink in.
Speaking of letting this information all sink in, this is what Sir Paul (who will also serve as musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend) recently told the U.K.'s The Guardian regarding his upcoming collaboration: "I didn't really know who they were. They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said, 'Whoa? You guys haven't played together for all that time?' And somebody whispered to me: 'That's Nirvana. You're Kurt.' I couldn't believe it."
Whether or not McCartney will actually sing any of Nirvana's classics (imagine just how different "Smells Like Teen Spirit" would sound) what we do know is that he will join Grohl and co. to "jam with some mates." Hopefully McCartney will also get another chance to jam with his other mate Bruce Springsteen at tonight's event. No way will New York City cut their mics.
The legendary-evening-in-the-making 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert — which also has scheduled performances by The Rolling Stones, Eddie Vedder, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, The Who, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin, and Kanye West — will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and air on 37 television networks and 27 websites, making it the most widely distributed live music event ever. Check out the full list of places to watch here.
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Keith Urban has scored his first number one on the Billboard 200 U.S. album chart.
The country star's Defying Gravity has debuted at the top of the charts with 171,000 first-week sales, beating Prince to number one by just 3,000 sales.
Prince's LotusFlow3r debuts at two, giving the pop superstar his 14th top 10.
Jazz star Diana Krall scores her highest chart position with Quiet Nights, which crashes in at three, while hits compilation Now 30 and the soundtrack to Miley Cyrus' new film Hannah Montana: The Movie round out the new top five.
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Jazz stars Hank Jones and Diana Krall have joined a host of politicians in paying tribute to the late pianist and composer, Oscar Peterson.
The multiple Grammy winner died of kidney failure at his home in Toronto, Canada, on Monday. He was 82.
Peterson was one of jazz's most celebrated musicians, releasing more than 200 albums in his 68-year career. His virtuoso style was envied by many and unmatchable by his peers, and his astounding recordings won him eight Grammy Awards, including a lifetime achievement accolade in 1997.
Remembering Peterson on Monday night, pianist Jones expressed his shock at the tragic news.
He said: "It's hard for me to believe, even now. I just thought Oscar would be around for another 100 years. This is one of the saddest days of my life." Krall added, "(Peterson was) my person I looked up to."
Others who have paid tribute to the jazz legend include Canada's Governor General Michaelle Jean and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and French president, Nicholas Sarkozy, who hailed Peterson as a "bright light of jazz".
The late star rose to fame at the tender age of 14 after winning a TV talent contest, and he went on to work with fellow musical greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Nat 'King' Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.
In his later years, Peterson--who was born in Montreal, Canada--received the country's highest civilian honor and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. He also became the first living Canadian to be honored on a postage stamp.
He was also set to be presented with the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Founder's Award next year.
Peterson is survived by his fourth wife, Kelly, their daughter Celine, and his six children from previous relationships.
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Jackson peeved over new Eminem video
Michael Jackson isn't laughing over rapper Eminem's mocking him in his recently release video "Just Lose It" and is asking cable music stations to remove it, The Associated Press reports. In the video, Eminem is dressed up as Jackson and is seen with a group of boys jumping on a bed behind him as he sings about Jackson's child molestation allegations. In other scenes his hair is burning a la Jackson's 1984 Pepsi commercial shoot incident and his nose is shown falling on the floor. "I am very angry at Eminem's depiction of me in his video," Jackson said Tuesday in an interview with comedian Steve Harvey on a Los Angeles radio station. "I feel that it is outrageous and disrespectful. It is one thing to spoof, but it is another to be demeaning and insensitive." Black Entertainment Television has been the only cabler to agree to pull the video. The network's president and founder, Robert Johnson, said he felt it was inappropriate to disparage a celebrity, AP reports.
Friends, family gather for Reeve memorial
Actor/activist Christopher Reeve, who died Sunday of heart failure, was remembered Tuesday in a private ceremony at his family's home in Pound Ridge, New York, Reuters reports. About 100 close friends and family members gathered for the memorial. "The Reeve family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of support shown to them," said spokesman Wesley Combs. "It is clear that Christopher Reeve has touched the hearts of millions of people around the world and that is the legacy he leaves behind." The Superman actor became an ardent campaigner for spinal cord research after being paralyzed in a horse riding accident nine years ago.
Pop princess Britney Spears admitted she wouldn't mind changing her last name after marring 26-year-old dancer Kevin Federline last month, Reuters reports. "I probably will, Britney Federline, I like that," Spears told Germany's Bunte magazine. "Society probably won't allow me but I would like to change it." The star also told Bunte she hopes to start having children soon. "There are a few things I want to take care of this year before I have my baby," she said. "I'd love to have a baby already. But I've got to take care of some things first…I want to become a mother. I'm crazy about children…next year, when I'm 23 I'll be ready."
CSI Tops Ratings
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was at the top of the heap in the Nielsen ratings for the week of Oct. 4-10, AP reports. CBS won the week, averaging 13.8 million viewers followed by NBC (9.9 million); ABC (9.7 million); Fox (7.8 million); the WB (4 million); and UPN (3.7 million). The top 10 shows were: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS; Without a Trace, CBS, 21.3 million; CSI: Miami, CBS; Desperate Housewives, ABC; Survivor: Vanuatu, CBS; Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS; ER, NBC; CSI: NY, CBS; Lost, ABC; Two and a Half Men, CBS.
Fox has 30 days to appeal hefty FCC fine
Fox isn't saying whether it will appeal a fine of more than $1 million levied against it by the Federal Communications Commission over an episode of Married by America, an unscripted series that allowed viewers to match up a cast of single men and women by popular vote. The agency said the April 7, 2003 episode, which featured Las Vegas strippers performing at cast member's bachelor and bachelorette parties, was indecent and patently offensive. "The episode includes scenes in which partygoers lick whipped cream from strippers' bodies in a sexually suggestive manner," the FCC said. "Although the episode electronically obscures any nudity, the sexual nature of the scenes is inescapable." The agency voted unanimously to fine each of the 169 Fox TV stations that aired the program $7,000. Fox has 30 days to appeal the fines, which total $1,183,000, AP reports.
Mel Gibson donates $10 million to hospitals
Mel Gibson donated $10 million to Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and the Cedars-Sinal Medical Center to help care for children from foreign countries, AP reports. "Through this remarkable contribution, the generosity of Mr. Gibson will transform the lives of children throughout the world," Dr. Edward McCabe, physician-in-chief of the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, said. The donation will help children with serious medical conditions who are unable to be treated in their own countries. The children who will benefit from Gibson's donation will be recommended by Healing the Children.
Cruise, Winfrey to emcee Nobel concert
Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey will host December's traditional Nobel Peace Prize Concert on in Oslo, Norway, honoring the 2004 laureate, the AP reports. Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, 64, became the first African woman to win the coveted peace prize. Entertainers booked to play the December 11 show include British teen soul singer Joss Stone, jazz singer Diana Krall, pop singer Cyndi Lauper and Patti Labelle.
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report.