Daft Punk and rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are in for a good night at the 2014 Grammy Awards after each landing a trio of nods in the main categories announced during a televised nominations special on Friday night (06Dec13). The French hitmakers' Random Access Memories will face off against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist for Album of the Year, alongside Taylor Swift (Red), Sara Bareilles (The Blessed Unrest) and Kendrick Lamar (good kid, m.A.A.d city), while their summer smash, Get Lucky, will compete for the Record of the Year title against Imagine Dragons' Radioactive, Lorde's Royals, Bruno Mars' Locked Out of Heaven and Robin Thicke's collaboration with T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines.
Daft Punk and Thicke are both nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, which features competition from Pink and Nate Reuss (Just Give Me A Reason), Rihanna and Mikky Ekko (Stay) and Justin Timberlake and Jay Z (Suit & Tie).
Meanwhile, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Same Love has earned a mention for Song of the Year, a category which also features Pink's Just Give Me A Reason, Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars, Katy Perry's Roar and Lorde's Royals.
The hip-hop stars are shortlisted for Best New Artist, alongside Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, James Blake and Kacey Musgraves.
The full list of nominees were unveiled following the broadcast of the Grammy Nominations Concert Live event from Los Angeles, with Jay Z actually leading the pack with nine nods, including Best Rap Album for Magna Carta... Holy Grail and Best Rap Performance for Tom Ford.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis racked up a total of seven nominations, as did Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams, while Drake scored five.
LL Cool J hosted the nominations ceremony from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live venue, where Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and T.I., and Keith Urban and Miguel all performed. Sets by Taylor Swift and Katy Perry also featured in the show, live via satellite from their own gigs in Sydney, Australia and Toronto, Canada, respectively.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on 26 January (14).
Actor Ethan Hawke attempted to serenade a New York audience with an apology song after play, Macbeth, had to be cancelled on Thanksgiving eve (27Nov13) due to production issues. The show at Lincoln Center, New York was halted after just 20 minutes when technicians were unable to make mechanical trees, which are part of the play, move.
In a bid to keep theatre fans happy, Hawke took to the stage with a guitar and offered to perform, but was left red-faced when he couldn't think of an appropriate song.
After an audience member suggested he attempted Taylor Swift's You Belong To Me, the Training Day star began to strum the tune, but stopped after realising he really did not know the song.
Hawke said, "That's enough! Have a happy Thanksgiving and good night," and walked off stage.
Macbeth, which also stars James McAvoy's actress wife Anne-Marie Duff, opened last week (begs18Nov13) to dire reviews. The production will run until 12 January (14).
Prince William channelled his inner musical talents by hitting the stage with Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift during a charity event on Tuesday (26Nov13). The British royal hosted the Winter Whites Gala in Aid of Centrepoint at Kensington Palace to raise cash for homelessness.
Swift and the rocker were invited to perform at the star-studded event, and the Prince surprised guests by joining the singers on stage for a performance of Bon Jovi's hit Livin' On A Prayer.
A video posted on YouTube.com shows the royal singing to the chorus of the track with the stars.
Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery, Oscar winner Colin Firth, and James Blunt also attended the royal event, and Jon Bon Jovi was presented with the Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award for his humanitarian work.
Taylor Swift came face to face with a real fairytale prince on Tuesday (26Nov13) after dashing to London following her four-trophy win at the American Music Awards on Sunday night (24Nov13) for a meeting with Prince William. The Love Story hitmaker was among the celebrity guests at the Winter Whites Gala in Aid of Centrepoint at Kensington Palace, where the British royal made a point of stopping to chat with her and compliment the singer on her stunning crystal gown.
Swift told reporters she was thrilled to be a part of the evening - her first royal engagement - and stunned by the gala's winter wonderland theme, which included imported snow.
She said, "It is so incredibly exciting to be performing at Kensington Palace. With the snow, the lighting, the decorations, it's all so Christmas-y. It's kind of surreal, right? I'm at a palace!
"I'm just soaking it all in. It's going to be a great night."
And after her meeting with the Prince, the giddy country star gushed, "He's so funny!"
Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery, Oscar winner Colin Firth and James Blunt also attended the royal bash, and Jon Bon Jovi, who was photographed posing with Swift on the blue carpet, was presented with the Centrepoint Great Britain Youth Inspiration Award for his humanitarian work.
The main cast for the much-anticipated movie adaptation of E.L. James' bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey has been set following the hiring of Eloise Mumford as Kate Kavanagh. Mumford has signed on to play sexy student Anastasia Steele's best friend in the film, which will star Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson has also cast Luke Grimes as Christian Grey's brother, Elliot; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia's close friend, Jose; and Jennifer Ehle as her mother, Carla.
Mark Wahlberg has revealed he fought to secure the film rights for erotic bestseller Fifty Shades Of Grey and almost fired his agent when the deal fell through. The Fighter star had hoped to produce the movie adaptation of E.L. James' popular novel but lost out to Michael De Luca.
Both men took part in a recent producers' roundtable chat for The Hollywood Reporter, which prompted Wahlberg to recount his high hopes for the film.
He said, "I almost fired my agent, Ari, over (it) - not because I wanted to play the part. We were aware of the book very early on, and we were close to securing the rights, and then we get into this bidding war. We were so close to having (it)..."
De Luca, who recently locked in the cast after hiring Jamie Dornan to replace Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey, joked Wahlberg would have made a good leading man in the film, stating, "He (Grey) looks a lot like Mark Wahlberg. I mean, the woman wrote a fantasy: a square-jawed, tall, broad-shouldered, genius, billionaire Adonis..."
The comparison prompted Wahlberg to respond, "Sounds like Brad Pitt to me."
Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the film, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in 2015.
Late soul man James Brown is set to be exposed as a crazy oddball in a new documentary from the man behind the explosive new Bettie Page film. As The Help director Tate Taylor develops his Brown biopic, with 42 star Chadwick Boseman as the star, Mark Mori is making a very different film that will shed light on the Godfather of Soul's private life.
He tells WENN, "He's got a little secret part of his life. These are people who worked with him that have stepped forward and want to tell the story.
"Maybe I shouldn't boil it down to one word but the one thing they all agree on is he's crazy! The kind of ends he would go to to do things are kind of amazing and his public life is different than his private life in major ways."
Mori hit the headlines earlier this month (13) after revealing he had stumbled across never-before-seen shots of pin-up Page while researching his new film on the beauty icon.
Bon Jovi, One Direction and Pink were among the big winners at Thursday's (14Nov13) Billboard Touring Awards in New York. Jon Bon Jovi and his bandmates took home three prizes for Top Tour, Top Draw and Eventful Fans' Choice Award for their high-grossing Because We Can trek, while boy band One Direction were honoured with the night's Breakthrough Award.
Pink landed the Top Boxscore trophy for her string of sell-out shows at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia this past summer (13).
The Rolling Stones scored the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award for their 50 & Counting Tour, and country stars George Strait and Taylor Swift picked up the 2013 Billboard Legend of Live and the Top Package Award respectively.
The full list of 2013 Billboard Touring Award winners is:
Top Tour: Bon Jovi
Top Draw: Bon Jovi
Top Boxscore: Pink
Top Comedy Tour: Jeff Dunham
Top Package: Taylor Swift’s Red Tour, featuring Ed Sheeran, Joel Crouse, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line & Casey James
Breakthrough Award: One Direction
Top Festival: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, Calif.
Top Arena: O2 Arena, London
Top Venue - Under 10,000 Seats: Radio City Music Hall, New York
Top Venue - Under 5,000 Seats: The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Top Club: House of Blues, Orlando, Florida
Top Amphitheater: The Gorge, George, Washington
Top Promoter: Live Nation
Top Agency: Creative Artists Agency
Top Manager: Bon Jovi Management
Humanitarian Award: Marcie Allen, president of MAC Presents
Eventful Fans' Choice Award: Bon Jovi
Concert Marketing & Promotion Award: The Rolling Stones
Legend of Live: George Strait
Hauler of the Decade Award: Vans Warped Tour
Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson and Margot Robbie have emerged as frontrunners for the lead in the latest Terminator movie. Director Alan Taylor has already started screen testing the actresses for the role of young Sarah Connor in the prequel, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as the title character.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clarke and Larson will be tested next week (beg11Nov13), while sources tell the publication that producers are also interested in Robbie.
Connor was played by Linda Hamilton in the classic James Cameron-directed Terminator movies, while Clarke's Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headey played the freedom fighter character in TV spin-off Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Taylor Swift has been given the royal seal of approval as she has been asked to headline a charity gig at the home of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge. The U.S. pop star will be the main attraction at the event at London's Kensington Palace later this month (Nov13), topping a bill that also features Jon Bon Jovi and James Blunt.
The concert is in aid of homelessness charity Centrepoint, and Swift has been swatting up on her knowledge of royal etiquette ahead of her big night.
She tells the BBC, "I'm really excited. I'm really stoked. This is the first thing I've performed at for any kind of royal engagement - very, very honoured... I've been asking about (the royal protocol). I think I'm really safe if I just shake hands and be polite."
When asked if she has a plan for small talk with Prince William, Swift replies, "That's being presumptuous in that (you're) assuming I'll meet (him). First, I'll just be polite enough to not assume I'm going to get to meet them."
The Winter Whites Gala is scheduled to take place on 26 November (13).