Country stars Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Carrie Underwood will be feted with special prizes at the 2014 ACM Honors. For The Good Times hitmaker Kristofferson will be one of four songwriters to receive the Academy of Country Music Poet's Award, alongside George Strait collaborator Dean Dillon and late stars Buck Owens and Cowboy Jack Clement, while his old pal Haggard will be presented with the Crystal Milestone Award in recognition of his lengthy career.
Underwood will pick up the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, while veteran Ronnie Milsap and Toby Keith will be honoured with the Career Achievement Award, and Rascal Flatts will be celebrated for helping to establish and promote country music around the world.
The eighth annual ACM Honors will be handed out at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on 9 September (14).
R&B star Ne-Yo has gone public with his new romance following a split from his longtime girlfriend. The So Sick hitmaker began dating Monyetta Shaw in 2009 and they welcomed daughter Madilyn in 2010 and son Mason in 2011, but the couple split last summer (13) and now the singer has moved on with video vixen and model Crystal Renay.
She has been sharing photos of the new couple together on her Instagram.com page, and Ne-Yo confirmed the budding relationship last week (ends25Jul14) by posting a shot of her kissing him on the cheek.
He opened up about Renay in a recent radio interview with New York's Hot 97, saying, "We are in a good place... She has much promise. Yes, much promise. Quality."
Ne-Yo also revealed he did not want to keep his personal life a secret from fans, explaining, "You know what, at this point in my career, at this point in my life... I'm 34 years old, I don't have time to be hiding.
"Of course, there are some things you keep personal and private because you're a human being. But, on the other side of it, I ain't got time to be hiding nothing and all that (sic). It is what it is."
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali's annual Celebrity Fight Night gala is set for a trip to Italy. Every year, stars gather in Arizona to honour the boxer at the charity bash, but this year (14), the event is on the move - it will be staged in Italy for the first time, at the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.
Andrea Bocelli has been booked to perform with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra directed by Zubin Mehta, and Italian actress Sophia Loren will be the guest of honour.
Leading up to the 7 September (14) gala, Bocelli will host a tribute to Loren at his Tuscany home, Forte dei Marmi, just days before the big screen beauty turns 80.
The gala itself will feature a charity auction, with items including a dinner with Robert de Niro and Billy Crystal.
All proceeds will benefit the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
Jay Z, Spike Lee and Billy Crystal are among the sports fans honouring New York Yankees star Derek Jeter in a new TV tribute ad. The RE2PECT commercial features fans and celebrities alike saluting the baseball great with his own iconic cap tilt. Jeter will retire as a professional baseball player at the end of the current MLB season.
Former Lostprophets star Stuart Richardson smashed a platinum record to pieces in anger at frontman Ian Watkins' sickening child sex offences. Watkins was convicted of a number of shocking abuse charges, including the attempted rape of a baby, last year (13). He was sentenced to 35 years behind bars and the band, which formed in Wales in 1997, split shortly after.
Now members Richardson and Lee Gaze have spoken out about their shock and disgust for their disgraced ex-bandmate and the music they made with him.
Speaking to Britain's The Guardian, bassist Richardson explained how he believes their music has been tarnished by Watkins' actions, and he recently vented his fury by smashing an award he received for sales of their hit third album Liberation Transmission.
He says, "I don't know how his badness can't cancel out our music. We had platinum records in our houses, awards. I smashed Liberation Transmission the other day. The rest are in the garage and they'll probably never come out again."
Glaze adds that he will never be able to listen to their material from that time again: "I can't. It's tainted, because he was the voice of the band, and it was his lyrics."
They also reveal how they confronted Watkins in 2012 when his drug taking got out of hand. Glaze adds, "We had an intervention with him to get him off coke, and he denied he was doing it, and then a year later he was addicted to crystal meth. The gigs in 2012 were awful - on tour, he was barely functioning; he'd miss cues for songs and wasn't interacting with (the) audience. He really didn't spend much time with us. I'm quite a loner, anyway, and we weren't close... We were operating on a fractured basis, where we would only get together to do our job."
The pair has since formed a new band, Lost Devotion, with other ex-Lostprophets rockers Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson. Former Thursday star Geoff Rickly is acting as frontman.
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Production on J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode Vii film will be suspended for two weeks in August (14) as a result of Harrison Ford's onset injury.
The veteran actor, 71, sustained a broken leg in early June (14) when the door of the Millennium Falcon spacecraft fell on top of him while shooting at the U.K.'s Pinewood Studios.
He underwent surgery and was recently photographed back on his feet with the help of a special supportive crutch, less than three weeks after the accident. Filming continued in Ford's absence, but now Disney studio executives have decided to halt production for a fortnight next month (Aug14) to allow Abrams to rework the shooting schedule.
However, Disney bosses insist Star Wars: Episode VII is still "on track" to wrap this autumn (14) and will be in movie theatres for its planned December, 2015 release date.
Meanwhile, Abrams has added two new castmembers to the film - acting newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson - although details about their roles are being kept under wraps.
They join the likes of Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis and original franchise stars Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in Episode VII.
Mel Gibson will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic in July (14). The Braveheart star will follow in the footsteps Dame Helen Mirren, Jude Law and John Malkovich when he receives the Crystal Globe award in recognition of his career as an actor, producer and director.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, festival tradition dictates that the recipient creates a short, humorous film featuring the accolade, which is used as a trailer in following years.
The 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival runs from 4-12 July (14).
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Film fans in New York City have voted director Rob Reiner's 1989 comedy When Harry Met Sally their must-see summer movie.
Those attending screenings as part of the recent Tribeca Film Festival in the Big Apple were asked to name their favourite film for a simultaneous screening in all five city boroughs. The votes have been counted and When Harry Met Sally came out on top.
As a result, the movie, starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, will be screened for free at outdoor venues in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island on Tuesday (24Jun14) as part of the first-ever Film For All Campaign.
Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, and Eva Longoria were among the stars honoured at Women In Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday (11Jun14). Blanchett was feted with the Crystal Award for ladies who have helped expand the role of women in the entertainment industry while Scandal star Washington was presented with the Lucy Award for Innovation in Television by the show's creator Shonda Rhimes.
The Australian Oscar winner used her acceptance speech to urge her peers to take chances, saying, "A creative career is only as good as the risks you take with it." Washington told the audience, "When we step up for ourselves, we create opportunity, whether it's because we inspire other people or we employ other people" and later took to Twitter.com, writing, "What an inspiring night! THANK U (you) #wif - Women In Film! Was an honor 2 (to) be part of tonights (sic) celebration."
Desperate Housewives star Longoria was presented with Norma Zarky Humanitarian award and Rose Byrne scooped the MAXMARA Face of the Future trophy. Frozen director Jennifer Lee was honoured with the Dorothy Arzner Directors award and was presented with the prize by the film's star, Kristen Bell. The gongs were handed out at a ceremony at Los Angeles' Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
Denzel Washington's A Raisin In The Sun has joined plays featuring James Franco and Bryan Cranston among the most financially successful Broadway projects this season after recouping the $4.25 million (2.7 million) it cost to stage. The show, which scooped the Best Revival award at Sunday's (08Jun14) Tonys, recouped the cash just days before the end of its run on Sunday (15Jun14).
The revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play has grossed over $1 million (GBP625,000)-a-week throughout its 14-week limited engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
A Raisin in the Sun also features LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo, who also picked up a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
Other plays that have recouped their investment on Broadway this season include Franco's Of Mice and Men; Cranston's All the Way, which was named Best Play at the Tonys; The Glass Menagerie, with Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto; Betrayal, with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz; the Shakespeare’s Globe's Twelfth Night and Richard III double bill, and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays.