Rockers Depeche Mode have scrapped an upcoming Kiev concert following a week of violence in the Ukraine capital. The British trio was billed to perform there later this week (26Feb14), but singer Dave Gahan and his bandmates have formally cancelled the International Exhibition Center gig due to the "civil unrest and instability in Kiev and the whole of Ukraine."
A message, posted on the band's website, reads: "The safety and security of the band, crew and fans is the highest priority, and at this time it is not possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable concert experience for everyone involved.
"The band’s thoughts are with the Ukrainians during this challenging period and they sincerely look forward to the next time they can perform for the fans in Kiev and Ukraine."
Reports suggest more than 80 protestors and police officials were killed during clashes in the days before widely unpopular Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted after setting the military against civilians calling for his resignation.
Depeche Mode performed in Poland on Monday night (24Feb14) as their Delta Machine Tour surges through eastern Europe.
Eric Bercovici, the screenwriter who adapted and produced James Clavell's novel Shogun into an epic mini-series, has died, aged 80. He passed away at his home in Hawaii on Thursday (20Feb14).
Shogun was a critically-savaged ratings winner when it aired in the U.S. in 1980, and became the biggest success of Bercovici's career.
The writer was the son of screenwriter Leonardo Bercovici. He studied at Yale University and set out to follow in his father's footsteps, but his own screenwriting career was derailed when his dad was blacklisted as part of Hollywood's McCarthy-era communist witchhunt.
Bercovici opted to work in Europe and wrote episodes of I Spy and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Punk act The Exploited have scrapped all dates until May (14) to allow frontman Wattie Buchan time to recover from a heart attack he suffered onstage at a gig in Portugal. The singer collapsed during a show in Lisbon last week (ends14Feb14) and was hospitalised immediately.
A band spokesperson says, "We are sorry to say that due to a severe illness that Wattie can't continue with the tour. He will be in hospital for at least a week. Thanks for all the get well messages."
The Scottish punk group was on the road in Europe with Hatebreed and Napalm Death.
Rapper The Game is facing the prospect of axing his tour of the U.K. and Europe because his immigration visa has been blocked. The hip-hop star - real name Jayceon Terrell Taylor - is due to take his Blood Money shows to Britain and mainland Europe this month (Feb14) but they are now in jeopardy after he was turned away by U.K. customs on Thursday (20Feb14).
He writes on Twitter.com, "UK government hasn't cleared my visa yet so I... wasn't allowed thru (sic) customs. I sincerely apologize. I'll keep u (sic) updated."
The tour is due to begin in Manchester, England on Saturday (22Feb14).
Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is to be recreated in London for a special screening event. The new movie, which stars Ralph Fiennes as a concierge accused of murder, is set in a fictional hotel in eastern Europe and the set is to be brought to life as part of an immersive cinema experience event in the U.K. capital.
Organisers behind the Secret Cinema events have previously recreated classic films for screenings in warehouses, which are often mocked up to look like the films sets complete with props and actors, and now they will do the same for new releases.
The Grand Budapest Hotel will be recreated, complete with dining rooms, restaurants and a spa, at a secret location to coincide with the film's U.K. release date in March (14).
Secret Cinema's artistic director Fabien Riggall says of the screening, "When you do Dirty Dancing or Lost Boys people have played the film in their minds constantly. But this has the added benefit of being a surprise."
Dame Helen Mirren is in talks to star in a new movie about a real-life Jewish refugee who battled Austrian officials for the safe return of art stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II. The Queen star is slated to portray Maria Altmann in The Golden Lady, about the four decades she spent fighting government officials in Austria after learning they had taken charge of art pieces including The Lady In Gold, Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which belonged to her uncle, and was valued at over $130 million (£81.3 million).
In 2006, the paintings were returned to Altmann and her relatives.
My Week With Marilyn filmmaker Simon Curtis is set to direct the movie, with production slated to begin in the summer (14) in the U.S. and Europe.
Swedish singer Alice Babs has died at the age of 90. Babs, born Hildur Alice Nilsson, passed away from complications from Alzheimer's disease on Tuesday (11Feb14) in Stockholm, Sweden.
Her daughter, singer Titti Sjoblom, tells Swedish newspaper Expressen, "We are truly glad for these past few months that we shared with our dear mother."
The singer was best known for her work with jazz icon Duke Ellington. She began collaborating with him in 1963, when she performed with his orchestra in Europe.
In 1972, Babs became the first non-opera singer to be named Sweden's royal court performer and she subsequently was made a member of the Royal Academy of Music.
In addition to her musical credits, she also appeared in several films, including Swinging at the Castle, Swedish Girl and Song of Stockholm.
Rapper Nipsey Hussle is a wanted man after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. The hip-hop star is accused of missing a court date on Thursday (13Feb14) relating to a 2012 charge of driving on a suspended licence, according to TMZ.com.
The website reports a judge subsequently issued a warrant for his arrest. The rapper is currently on tour and is due to head to Europe later this month (Feb14).
Miley Cyrus set out to shock as she launched her Bangerz tour in Canada on Friday night (14Feb14) complete with butt-baring costumes, graphic images of sex toys, and her signature saucy dance moves. The former child star launched her North American shows at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver and wowed the crowd with a concert that included her huge hits Wrecking Ball and We Can't Stop, covers of Dolly Parton's Jolene and Outkast's Hey Ya, and past singles Can't Be Tamed and Party In The U.S.A.
However, it was Cyrus' costumes and stage sets which garnered the most attention - she kicked off the gig by emerging from the centre of a giant picture of her own face, launching herself down a pink slide shaped like her tongue as she performed her Britney Spears collaboration SMS (Bangerz).
The pop star later changed into a skimpy green leotard covered in sparkling marijuana leaves, which left her buttocks on full display, to writhe on top of a rotating gold SUV.
Another saucy costume included a red and gold bodysuit with a sparkly heart plastered across her behind, while the big screens showed controversial cartoon images of drug paraphernalia and sex toys.
Cyrus also danced with a big foam finger, similar to the one she used onstage with Robin Thicke during their headline-grabbing set at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13), and rodeoed on a giant, floating hotdog.
Before the show, Cyrus confessed her opening night nerves to fans in a post on her Twitter.com page, writing, "I don't know if it's Valentines Day or Bangerz Tour but I'm most definitely having a panic attack."
Cyrus' North American tour concludes in New York in April (14) before heading to Europe.
Actor Bill Murray made the most of a recent promotional visit to Germany by taking a lightning overnight trip to neighbouring Czech Republic. The Groundhog Day star headed to Europe for the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this month (Feb14) in support of his new movie The Monuments Men.
He was desperate to visit Prague, so he made a quick late-night trip to the Czech capital and stunned his co-stars by arriving back in Berlin in time for his promo duties the following day.
Matt Damon, who stars alongside Murray in the World War II drama, tells U.K. talk show host Graham Norton, "He is so cool. We were due to have a cast dinner and Bill walks up and says, 'I might miss dinner tonight,' and I'm like, 'Are you not feeling well?' and he says, 'No, I'm going to go to Prague.'
"I said, 'It's five hours away by train, you're going to get there at midnight, and he was like, 'Yeah, but I've never been there.' He was back for nine the following morning, spot on time for the press!"