Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson has died while training to compete in this year's America's Cup. The gold medallist drowned in San Francisco Bay, off the coast of California, after his catamaran capsized on Thursday (09May13).
San Francisco Fire Department officials have confirmed the Brit is dead and a teammate was left with serious injuries.
Both men were brought ashore and taken to the St. Francis Yacht Club, where paramedics performed CPR on Simpson. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
It is not clear what caused the Artemis Racing catamaran to capsize.
The 34th annual America's Cup begins in September (13).
British actor Andrew Garfield has landed the lead role in Martin Scorsese's passion project Silence 25 years after the director first began drafting a script for the film. The Amazing Spider-Man star will tackle the role of Father Sebastiao Rodrigues, a Christian missionary who arrives in 17th century Japan in pursuit of his mentor, in Scorsese's adaptation of the 1966 novel by late Japanese author Shusaku Endo.
Scorsese first started work on a script after reading Endo's novel in 1988 but after decades of false starts, the moviemaker has finally managed to secure funding for the project.
The Last Samurai's Ken Watanabe is attached to co-star and filming will begin in June 2014, according to Variety.com.
Rocker Andrew W.K. thrilled Ramones fans in New York on Saturday night (04May13) when he stepped up onstage to front Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg concert at Santos Party House. The only living member of the Ramones and the Party Hard hitmaker ripped through 90 minutes of classic tunes, including Judy Is a Punk, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend, Sheena is a Punk Rocker and Rock & Roll High School.
Lil Kim's former business manager is suing the rapper for millions in lost revenue following an alleged series of failed deals. Andrew Ro claims his former client's past behaviour has cost his company, International Rock Star Corp, a fortune in endorsement opportunities.
He claims he struck a licensing deal with Lil Kim last year (12) and put in place plans to help her launch a range of products, including a perfume line, vodka drink and a Steve Madden shoe collection, but all the ideas went south when the rap star failed to attend project meetings - unless she was being paid to be there, and then refused to promote the product.
In papers obtained by TMZ.com, Ro claims his former client fired off a cease and desist letter regarding future projects after cutting ties with him, but now he's coming after her, stating her antics cost his company $15 million (£9.4 million).
Duff Mckagan, Nikki Sixx and Pete Wentz are among the stars who have paid tribute to Jeff Hanneman following his death on Thursday (02May13). The Slayer guitarist and founding member passed away at a hospital in California after suffering liver failure at the age of 49, and his musical peers have taken to Twitter.com to pay their respects. Motley Crue bassist Sixx writes in a post, "My condolences to his family, the band and all his friends and fans", while Wentz adds, "Rest in peace Jeff Hanneman. (1991 Slayer album) Decade of Aggression is the first cd I ever bought with my own money. Sad day." Blink-182 star Travis Barker mourns, "The world lost a legend today", McKagan laments, "I'm so very soory (sic) for your loss Hanneman family" and singer/songwriter Andrew WK observes, "Jeff Hanneman will always be a metal god. A true master, he gave energy and excitement to millions, and will continue to." A post on Nickelback's Twitter page reads, "Jeff Hanneman was an amazing guitar player - all 4 of us grew up listening to Slayer. He will be greatly missed by all." Elijah Wood and Zakk Wylde also posted their condolences on the site.
Bassist Andrew Seward has quit punk rock band Against Me! The musician is adamant there is "no drama" in his departure from the group, insisting he just wants to reassess his priorities.
In a post on the band's website, he writes, "I reached a point where I need to focus on other things. Respect to (bandmates) Laura (Jane Grace) and James (Bowman). The last 10 years ruled."
Grace, known as Tom Gabel before coming out as transgender last May (12), adds, "It's heartbreaking to know that Andrew won't be standing next to me out on stage the next time I stand upon one. Andrew's been a solid partner. Some of the best sleep I've ever gotten has been in the back of a 15 passenger van with him behind the wheel.
"He's got a steady hand and has always been someone I've trusted. The definition of a good friend. I wish him all the best in his journey."
And Bowman writes, "It's been an honor and privilege to stand on stage with Andrew for the past 10 years. I am sad to see him go, but I wish nothing but the best for him moving forward."
Seward joined the group in 2002.
Mcfly rocker Harry Judd is to team up with British sports stars to host a charity cricket match at his former school. The pop star's event at Uppingham School in Rutland, England will pitch a team of famous faces from the world of sport and entertainment against a team of pupils to raise money for good causes.
Judd's team will include former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff and bowler Steve Harmison, as well as former soccer stars Lee Dixon and Robbie Savage, and swimmer Mark Foster.
Proceeds from the event on 9 June (13) will be handed to the Teenage Cancer Trust and Eyes Alight. Judd previously raised money for the two organisations by running the recent London Marathon.
When asked why he chose the path of boxing, Rocky Balboa offered a simple, though rather elegant, explanation: "Because I can't sing or dance." Now imagine if he could, and you'll get a pretty good idea of what's in store: a Rocky musical, the latest film adaptation to be mounted for Broadway. The Hollywood Reporter shares that a team of Alex Timbers (director), Thomas Meehan (writer), Stephen Flaherty (composer), and Lynn Ahrens (lyricist) will be transforming Sylvester Stallone's Oscar winning picture into a song-laden stage production; Stallone himself weighed in on the forthcoming project:
"I couldn’t be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of Rocky Balboa has been brought to spectacular life onstage," Stallone told THR. "Alex Timbers and the entire creative team ... have made [the character's] story as exciting, heart-breaking, and inspiring as it was when Rocky first went the distance onscreen."
It was 1976 when Stallone brought his now iconic character to Hollywood for the first of six (so far) times. The Best Picture victor, among the most beloved of sports films, is so full of memorable lines, scenes, and emotional instances, that it'll be quite the endeavor to turn the lot of them into musical numbers. So which Rocky's thick-tongued slurs, Adrian's squawking admonitions, Paulie's crass cackles, or Mickey's endearing insults will earn their own showstoppers? Here's one example already:
"The Italian Stallion"An upbeat overture, introducing the audience to its lovable hero: Rocky Balboa.
"Be a Thinker, Not a Stinker"Apollo Creed's Gilbert & Sullivan style romp about the merits in education trumping the glory in athletic stardom.
"Eat Lightning, Crap Thunder"The first powerhouse number of the play: a fired up Mickey puts Rocky through the wringer with this operatic call to arms.
"Ya Don't Have to Kiss Me Back"To follow, a softer entry: Rocky professing his affection for leading lady Adrian, offering the chance to refuse his courtship in this duet.
"Eat the Bird"Perhaps the emotional crux of the film, Paulie's vigilant ballad, directed toward his sister Adrian in a moment so wrathful, it'll warrant a therapeutic intermission immediately afterward.
"I Ain't No Bum"The tenderness hits a peak when Rocky channels all of the pain he has felt over his modest intellect and poor choices, declaring to the audience that he has more to him than everyone thinks.
"A Damn Monster Movie"At last, the real showstopper! The showdown between Rocky and Apollo Creed, an orchestrated song pitting the two against one another in the ring. Whole lotta dancin'.
"A Couple of Coconuts"Finally, following the big match, we reunite Rocky with Adrian, allowing him the happy ending of his true love's embrace.
Fill in the gaps with your own suggestions!
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Hollywood actor Russell Crowe attended a dawn service of remembrance in Australia on Thursday (25Apr13). The Gladiator star, who was born in New Zealand but is now a resident of Australia, was among the crowds who turned out for an early morning service to mark Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance Down Under for troops who died in battle.
Crowe attended a service in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales and was joined by The Lord of the Rings cinematographer Andrew Lesnie and movie producer Andrew Mason.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, he writes, "Up early for the dawn service kids... Lest we forget... Very nice dawn service at Coffs Harbour, thousands turned out from little babies to great grandparents, great to see Anzac Day... Thanks to the 3 cafes on the main street of Coffs Harbour who were open for breakfast after dawn service, all doing a roaring trade..."
He also implored anyone who didn't get up early to attend a daybreak service to mark the occasion in another way, adding, "Didn't make dawn service?, get off your chuffa (sic) & attend the march in your town or city, very least take a minute to reflect and give thanks."
Anzac Day is traditionally commemorated in a series of dawn services and marches to honour those who have fallen in battle, as well as troops still serving. The occasion is marked in New Zealand, as well as Australia.
Singer Sarah Brightman is hoping to record a song in space during her eight-day adventure onboard a Soyuz rocket. The classical star, who was married to Andrew Lloyd Webber, will become the first professional musician to blast off into orbit in 2015, when she joins two other passengers for a trip to the International Space Station and back.
And she's also hoping to become the first star to record in space.
She tells Spinner.com, "It's an amazing time. It's a very creative time. The whole journey has inspired a lot in my artistic life which I didn't really expect. You always think a journey like that is more technical, but it's exactly the opposite.
"Everybody who goes up - engineers, doctors - they're on the space station in what they're trained in doing. Going up in the private sector as a space traveller, what I can do best is sing. That is what I would like to see if I could do in zero gravity. If anybody would like to share in that, I'd love to be able to connect in music if I can."
Brightman reveals she has already passed the first set of medical and physical tests and now she faces training in Russia.
The I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper singer adds, "I went to Houston (Texas) and did the first set of medicals. Obviously there is physical risk involved. I got through that part. It was almost unprecedented. They told me I am extremely healthy for my age. The second part was going to Russia, where you're tested psychologically. I didn't think I could get through it. Apparently everybody shakes the most before the psychological parts. Your heart is being monitored. You're not aware of the time. But I got through with flying colours."
She will train for six months in Russia prior to her 2015 departure.