Taylor Swift shut down Hollywood on Thursday evening (23Oct14) as thousands of fans flocked to a free gig she was staging as part of an appearance on late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Shake It Off singer soundchecked for the open-air Hollywood Boulevard gig on Thursday afternoon and waved to fans who had arrived early in the hope of catching a glimpse of the star.
The gig had just begun when WENN went to press.
Swift is not the first star to close the fabled street for a Kimmel gig - Audioslave, Sir Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake have also shut down Hollywood Boulevard for free shows.
Rage Against The Machine star Tom Morello has urged social media users to stop playing out petty disputes in public forums following his online spat with the owner of a restaurant in Seattle, Washington. The rocker was furious after he and his friends were refused entry to The 5 Point Cafe on Friday night (26Sep14) after performing with his former Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell at benefit show nearby.
He sniped about his experience in a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, and the restaurant's owner later stepped up the feud by accusing the star of demanding special treatment.
Morello has now attempted to end the row by explaining what happened on the night in question, and offered to return to the restaurant to make peace. He also urged fans to put a stop to similar online feuds before they get out of hand.
He says in a statement, "I regret that my Twitter salvo about the treatment I received at a Seattle restaurant and the subsequent digital tempest in a tea pot may have taken away from the important work of (the 15 Now minimum wage drive) and the Seattle show I played on their behalf... When next in Seattle, I would be happy sit down over a beverage - or sooner on the phone - and discuss the matter to conclusion with all concerned... (After the restaurant row) we decamped to the trusty, attitude-free, (pancake house) IHOP where we enjoyed a drama-free stack of hotcakes... To be clear: at no point did myself or anyone in our party 'demand special treatment,' a 'private room' or any other ridiculousness. I was, however, p**sed at the rudeness of the doorman to my friends and my younger brother..."
However, the restaurant's owner David Meinert has added a furious response to Morello's statement, posting in a message on Facebook.com, "Maybe you don't realise you were acting the punk, but you were... Next time, don't call, IHOP is glad to take your money and donate it to right-wing politicians so keep going there and supporting the very thing you claim to rage against. Pathetic."
Rage Against The Machine star Tom Morello is raging against the staff of a Seattle, Washington restaurant after he and his friends were refused entry after a gig on Friday night (26Sep14). The guitarist was turned away from The 5 Point Cafe after performing with his former Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell at the 15 Now benefit event nearby, and he was not happy.
Taking to Twitter.com, he urged followers to "spread the word", writing, "Five Point restaurant in Seattle is the worst. Super rude & anti-worker. S**ttiest doorman in the Northwest. P**ck."
His angry tweet prompted a response from the cafe's owner, David Meinert, who took to Facebook and stated, "For the record, Tom Morello, The 5 Point is totally pro worker. Sorry if you had an issue with our staff, but typically our staff is awesome, and when they are not, it's usually a reflection of the customer. Act like a p**ck = get treated like a p**ck.
"Rock stars don't get special treatment at The 5 Point. We couldn't give less of a s**t."
He later added, "Turns out Tom and his crew didn't get let in as the place was at capacity and there was a line. No one was being let in. According to our doorman, who I totally trust, Tom and his crew were all totally rude."
Former Audioslave bandmates Chris Cornell and Tom Morello staged a mini-reunion in Seattle, Washington on Friday night (26Sep14) when the Soundgarden singer joined the guitarist onstage at the El Corazon venue as part of a charity benefit.
Rage Against The Machine drummer Bradley Wilk is heading for divorce after separating from his wife. Selene Vigil-Wilk filed papers to end their union in Los Angeles County Superior Court this month (Jun13), according to TMZ.com.
She has asked for joint legal custody of their two children, but requested primary physical custody as well as spousal support.
Wilk, a founding member of Rage Against the Machine who has also played for Audioslave and Black Sabbath, married his wife in 2005.
Beyoncé and R&B singer R. Kelly were the big winners at the 14th annual Billboard Music Awards last night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas with four trophies apiece, while 50 Cent, Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz and Shania Twain each won three awards.
Destiny's Child singer Beyoncé, who is enjoying solo success, took home awards for Hot 100 female artist, new R&B artist, new female artist and a special Hot 100 award for most weeks this year at No. 1 (17 weeks), Billboard.com reports. Kelly, who faces multiple child pornography charges in two states, walked away with awards for Hot 100 producer, R&B producer, Hot 100 songwriter and R&B songwriter.
Both performed on the broadcast, Beyoncé belted out her new single, "Me, Myself & I," while Kelly sang his No. 1 R&B hit "Step in the Name of Love." The show, emceed by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, also featured performances from Evanescence, No Doubt, Foo Fighters and Pink.
Rapper 50 Cent, who did not attend the award ceremony, took the top prize, artist of the year, as well as R&B artist and rap artist, while Canadian country-pop singer Twain won top country artist, country albums artist and country album for Up. Hip-hop trio Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz captured prizes for R&B/hip-hop group, independent album artists and independent album of the year for Kings of Crunk.
For the first time, the Billboard Awards recognized the sales of legally downloaded music tracks, honoring hip-hop duo OutKast's hit single, "Hey Ya!" as the digital track of the year.
The Billboard Awards honor the year's chart-topping artists. The winners are determined by the magazine's year-end chart listings, which are based on airplay compiled by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems and record sales culled by Nielsen SoundScan and radio information.
Here is a list of winners:
Artist of the year: 50 Cent
New female artist of the year: Beyoncé
Duo/group of the year: 3 Doors Down
New group artist of the year: Evanescence
Hot 100 female artist of the year: Beyoncé
Hot 100 group of the year: 3 Doors Down
Hot 100 producer of the year: R. Kelly
Hot 100 songwriter of the year: R. Kelly
Hot 100 award for most weeks at No. 1: Beyoncé (17 weeks with "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z and "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul)
R&B artist of the year: 50 Cent
R&B/hip-hop group of the year: Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
R&B producer of the year: R. Kelly
R&B songwriter of the year: R. Kelly
New R&B artist of the year: Beyoncé
New male R&B artist of the year: Chingy
Rap artist of the year: 50 Cent
Country artist of the year: Shania Twain
Country albums artist of the year: Shania Twain
Country album of the year: Up! (Mercury)
Modern rock artist of the year: Audioslave
Modern rock track of the year: "Headstrong," Trapt
Rock artist of the year: Audioslave
Rock track of the year: "Headstrong," Trapt
No. 1 Classical crossover artist of the year: Josh Groban
No. 1 Classical crossover album of the year: Closer, Josh Groban (Warner Bros.)
Independent album artists of the year: Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
Independent album of the year: Kings of Crunk Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz (TVT)
Bestselling single of the year: "This Is the Night"/"Bridge Over Troubled Water," Clay Aiken
Mainstream top 40 track of the year: "Where Is the Love," Black Eyed Peas
Digital track of the year: "Hey Ya!," OutKast
No. 1 rhythmic top 40 title of the year: "Right Thurr," Chingy
Soundtrack single of the year: "Bring Me To Life," Evanescence
Century Award: Sting
It might have been early in the morning, but that didn't stop everyone from Dido to Moby to Evanescence's Amy Lee from showing up at the announcement of the 46th annual Grammy Award nominations this morning at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
OutKast, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams are tied for the lead with six nominations apiece. Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, Eminem, the Neptunes' Chad Hugo, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Skaggs, Evanescence, Luther Vandross and the late Warren Zevon are close behind with five noms each.
The four big categories--album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist--reflect the dominance of rap, hip-hop and R&B artists in mainstream music as well as the renewed popularity of rock music.
Up for album of the year are Missy Elliott's Under Construction, Timberlake's Justified, Evanescence's Fallen, the White Stripes' Elephant and OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
Hip-hop duo's OutKast's single "Hey Ya!" will go head-to-head for record of the year against Black Eyed Peas' "Where is the Love?," Beyoncé and Jay-Z's "Crazy in Love," Eminem's "Lose Yourself" and Coldplay's "Clocks."
For song of the year, which goes to the songwriter as opposed to the recording artist, nominees are Linda Perry for Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," Eminem and Luis Resto for Eminem's "Lose Yourself," Richard Marx and Luther Vandross for Vandross' "Dance With My Father," Avril Lavigne and the Matrix for Lavigne's "I'm With You" and the late Warren Zevon and Jorge Calderon for Zevon's "Keep Me in Your Heart."
Sean Paul, 50 Cent, Evanescence, Fountains of Wayne and Heather Headley will compete for the best new artist award.
The Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be telecast on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. (EST/PST).
Here is a partial list of nominations (a full list of nominees is posted on Grammy.com):
Album of the Year
Under Construction, Missy Elliott
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Outkast
Justified, Justin Timberlake
Elephant, The White Stripes
Record of the Year
"Crazy In Love," Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z
"Where Is The Love?," Black Eyed Peas featuring Justin Timberlake
"Lose Yourself," Eminem
"Hey Ya," Outkast
Best New Artist
Fountains Of Wayne
Song of the Year
Linda Perry for "Beautiful" (performed by Christina Aguilera)
Richard Marx and Luther Vandross for "Dance With My Father"
Avril Lavigne and The Matrix (Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock) for "I'm With You"
Jorge Calderón and Warren Zevon for "Keep Me In Your Heart"
Jeff Bass, Marshall Mathers (aka Eminem) and Luis Resto for "Lose Yourself"
Best Rap Song (NEW!)
Calvin Broadus (aka Snoop Dogg), Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams for "Beautiful" (performed by Snoop Dogg Featuring Williams and Uncle Charlie Wilson)
Shawn Carter (aka Jay-Z), Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams for "Excuse Me Miss" (performed by Jay-Z Featuring Williams)
Mike Elizondo, Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) and A. Young for "In Da Club" (performed by 50 Cent)
Jeff Bass, Marshall Mathers and Luis Resto for "Lose Yourself" (performed by Eminem)
Missy Elliott and Tim Mosley for "Work It" (performed by Elliott)
Best Rap Album
Missy Elliott, Under Construction
50 Cent, Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Jay-Z, The Blueprint2 - The Gift & The Curse
Outkast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Best R&B Album
Erykah Badu, Worldwide Underground
Blu Cantrell, Bittersweet
Aretha Franklin, So Damn Happy
Isley Brothers Featuring Ronald Isley aka Mr. Biggs, Body Kiss
Luther Vandross, Dance With My Father
Best Contemporary R&B Album
Ashanti, Chapter II
Beyoncé, Dangerously In Love
Mary J. Blige, Love and Life
Anthony Hamilton, Comin' From Where I'm From
R. Kelly, Chocolate Factory
Best Rock Album
Foo Fighters, One By One
matchbox twenty, More Than You Think You Are
Nickelback, The Long Road
Best Rock Song
Evanescence, "Bring Me To Life" (David Hodges, Amy Lee and Ben Moody)
Train, "Calling All Angels" (Charlie Colin, Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood)
Bruce Springsteen and Warren Zevon, "Disorder In The House" (Jorge Calderón and Warren Zevon)
The White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army" (Jack White)
Nickelback, "Someday" (Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake and Ryan Vikedal)
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
The White Stripes
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful"
Kelly Clarkson, "Miss Independent"
Dido, "White Flag"
Avril Lavigne, "I'm With You"
Sarah McLachlan, "Fallen"
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Lil' Kim and Christina Aguilera, "Can't Hold Us Down"
Tony Bennett and k.d. lang for "La Vie En Rose"
Pink and William Orbit for "Feel Good Time"
Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples for "Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking"
Sting and Mary J. Blige for "Whenever I Say Your Name"
Best Pop Vocal Album
Christina Aguilera, Stripped
George Harrison, Brainwashed
Annie Lennox, Bare
Michael McDonald, Motown
Justin Timberlake, Justified
Best Pop Male Vocal Performance
George Harrison, "Any Road"
Michael McDonald, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Sting, "Send Your Love"
Justin Timberlake, "Cry Me A River"
Warren Zevon, "Keep Me In Your Heart"
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Ry Cooder and Manuel Galbán for "Patricia"
Dave Koz, "Honey-Dipped"
Randy Newman, "Seabiscuit"
The Brian Setzer Orchestra, "The Nutcracker Suite"
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Bette Midler Sings, Bette Midler
Rosemary Clooney Songbook, Rosemary Clooney
The A Wonderful World, Tony Bennett and k.d. lang
As Time Goes By…The Great American Songbook: Volume II, Rod Stewart
The Movie Album, Barbra Streisand
Best Spoken Word Album For Children
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Eric Idle
Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix, Jim Dale
Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf/Beintus: Wolf Tracks, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and Sophia Loren
Tell Me A Scary Story, Carl Reiner
Winnie-The-Pooh, Jim Broadbent
Best Spoken Word Album
Fear Itself, Don Cheadle
Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right, Al Franken
Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton
Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, Nikki Giovanni
When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden, Bill Maher
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Patty Loveless, On Your Way Home
Martina McBride, This One's For The Girls
Dolly Parton, I'm Gone
Shania Twain, Forever And For Always
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Willie Nelson and Norah Jones, Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want To Get Over You)
Willie Nelson and Toby Keith, Beer For My Horses
June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash, Temptation
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet, It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
James Taylor and Alison Krauss, How's The World Treating You
Best Country Album
Faith Hill, Cry
Lyle Lovett, My Baby Don't Tolerate
Willie Nelson and Ray Price, Run That One By Me One More Time
Willie Nelson, Live And Kickin'
Shania Twain, Up!
Compilation, Livin', Lovin', Losin' - Songs of the Louvin Brothers
Top Story: Travolta Regrets Turning Down Chicago Role
Actor John Travolta says he made a big mistake in turning down a starring role in the Academy Award-winning musical Chicago, Reuters reports. "I'm still angry with myself that I turned down the role of the lawyer in Chicago that Richard Gere then got," Travolta said in a German Bunte magazine excerpt released ahead of publication on Thursday. The 49-year-old Saturday Night Fever star said that while Gere did a great job with the dance numbers in Chicago, he would loved to have shown them all what he could do--one more time. Chicago, based on the 1975 Kander & Ebb/Bob Fosse Broadway musical of the same name, dominated the Academy Awards and won the coveted Best Picture Oscar.
Bravo's Queer Eye a Ratings Hit
Cable channel Bravo's premiere episode of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, in which five stylish gay men make over a straight man, set new ratings records for the network, Reuters reports. According to Nielsen Media Research, the show's Tuesday 10 p.m. bow set new records for the cabler among total viewers, households, audiences aged 18-49, and audiences aged 25-54. Bravo said the show attracted 1.64 million total viewers, which made it the No. 2 ad-supported cable network during the hour. Bravo had previously ranked No. 38 in that hour for the season to date.
Sharon Stone To Appear on The Practice
Sharon Stone, best known for her role in 1992 thriller Basic Instinct, is set to appear on three episodes of the ABC legal drama The Practice this fall, The Associated Press reports. Series creator David E. Kelley wouldn't discuss Stone's character but said there is a possibility she will stick around for more. The Practice is returning for its eighth season without stars Dylan McDermott, Lara Flynn Boyle. But Steve Harris, Camryn Manheim, Michael Badalucco and Jessica Capshaw will be back, joined by newcomers James Spader and Rhona Mitra.
Low Ticket Sales Cause Lollapalooza Show Cancellation
Promoters had to cancel the July 26 Lollapalooza rock concert in Vernon Downs racetrack in central New York because of low ticket sales and increased production costs, the AP reports. The revival tour was to feature Jane's Addiction, Audioslave, the Donnas, Queens of the Stone Age, Incubus and Jurassic 5. Laura Cohen, a publicist for Lollapalooza, said the Vernon Downs show was the second date dropped from the tour. Lollapalooza also canceled its opener in Ionia, Mich., in mid-June because of "staging and technical difficulties with the event site." The tour opened July 5 in Noblesville, Ind., instead.
Cuban Singer Celia Cruz Dead at 78
Legendary Cuban-born singer Celia Cruz, known as the "Queen of Salsa," died Wednesday at her home in New Jersey at the age of 78, Reuters reports. A representative for Cruz said the singer had been suffering from cancer and had been in a coma. Cruz, a Grammy Award-winner who recorded more than 70 albums, was born in Cuba but defected to the United States 1960. She was famed for her vocal talent, outrageous costumes, wild wigs and her trademark phrase: "Azucar!"-Spanish for "Sugar."
Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Shields Dead at 68
Pulitzer-prize winning author Carol Shields, author of more than 20 books, died at the age of 68 after a long battle with breast cancer, Reuters reports. Shields earned international success in 1993 with her novel The Stone Diaries, a fictional biography of a woman who drifts through the role of child, wife, widow and mother. The novel went on to win a Pulitzer Prize as well as Canada's Governor General's Literary Award. Shields lived the last years of her life in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband. She was the mother of five children.
Role Call: Tucci Boards Spielberg's Terminal
Stanley Tucci has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg's Terminal for DreamWorks Pictures. Tucci joins Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Chi McBride in the film, which revolves around a Balkan immigrant who makes an airport transit lounge his home after he learns that his passport has been voided and he's been left without a country. Terminal is set to begin shooting in September in Los Angeles.
Top Story: Sharon Stone and Hubby Phil Bronstein Split
Sharon Stone and her husband, San Francisco Chronicle Executive Editor Phil Bronstein, are headed for divorce court. According to The Associated Press, Bronstein filed his petition for divorce Thursday in San Francisco County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. Stone, 45, and Bronstein, 52, were married Feb. 14, 1998, and have a 3-year-old son, Roan. They said in the joint statement that they were committed to being great parents and having a friendship, as parents, going forward. Bronstein made headlines two years ago when a 7-foot-long Komodo dragon bit his left foot at the Los Angeles Zoo during a private visit arranged by Stone. The Basic Instinct star, meanwhile, was also in the news in 2001 when she was treated for a brain hemorrhage at the University of California.
Oscars Invite 87 Countries for Foreign-Language Consideration
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has asked 87 countries to submit films for foreign-language Oscar consideration, Variety reports. In order to qualify, a film must have a predominantly non-English dialogue track in the submitting country's official language and is also required to have had a minimum run of a week at a public theater in the home country between November 2002 and September 2003. Nominees will be announced Jan. 27. The 76th Academy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 29 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
Theater Bans Young Children
A movie theater in Kansas City, Mo., has banned children under six in a bid to accommodate its adult clientele. According to Reuters, the Cinemark Palace is no longer showing movies rated G or PG and fliers posted in the lobby announce that as of July 4, the theater will show "adult films, independent films and films geared toward adult audiences." The Palace also has a VIP room where adults can sit in recliners and drink alcohol while watching a movie. A spokeswoman for Dallas-based Cinemark USA said they are not trying to exclude children but reinforcing a more adult-oriented film menu.
Kutcher Sticks With That '70s Show
It's nice to see that all that fame hasn't gone to Ashton Kutcher's head. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor has struck a new deal with That '70s Show production company Carsey-Werner-Mandabach that will keep him on the Fox sitcom through the 2004-05 season. The '04-'05 pact will reportedly bump Kutcher's per-episode salary to the low six-figure range, which means he will make somewhere between $5 million-$7 million for each 25-episode season. Kutcher, who is already under contract for the upcoming 2003-04 '70s Show season, is also creator/executive producer/star of MTV's hidden-camera prankster series Punk'd.
NBC Leads Key Demo, CBS Nabs Total Viewers
NBC leads the pack in the adults 18-49 demographic five weeks into the summer ratings period but CBS is the most-watched network in total viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Fox, meanwhile, is running second to NBC in adults 18-49, and ABC is fighting to stay tied with CBS for third place in the key demo. The Big Four networks are taking significantly different approaches with their summer scheduling strategies, with NBC running a steady stream of reality shows, while CBS has so far relied on reruns of its regular schedule. ABC has run its crop of new sitcoms while Fox is sticking to a new slate that includes American Idol Jr., American Juniors.
Lollapalooza Opens Saturday
Lollapalooza, the concert that toured summer stages from 1991 to 1997, opens Saturday in Indianapolis after a six-year hiatus. Audioslave, Incubus and Jurassic 5 are set to headline along with Jane's Addiction, who are promoting their first new album since 1990's Ritual De Lo Habitual. In addition to enjoying the music, concertgoers will be able to use cell phones to interact with giant plasma screens set up on the grounds, and visit the X-Box tent to play any of 140 X-Box video game consoles, the AP reports.
SoundScan Compiles Sales of Music Download
Nielsen SoundScan has begun compiling sales of permanent music downloads, which will be included in Billboard's new download tracks chart. Sales data will initially come from the digital-music services run by Apple Computer, Liquid Audio, MusicNet, RealNetworks and Roxio, but streams and other non-permanent digital-music sales will not be included. This week's top three digital track sales are "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z, followed by Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent" and Coldplay's "Clocks."
Role Call: McConaughey To Star in Don Cheadle's Directorial Debut
Matthew McConaughey is in negotiations to star in Tishomingo Blues, which will mark the feature directorial debut of actor Don Cheadle. The pic, an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard bestseller, is set in Mississippi and centers on a circus high diver staying at the Tishomingo Lodge & Casino who witnesses a murder by local members of the Dixie Mafia. The project is expected to begin production Sept. 2.
Top Story: Oscar Organizers Say Show Will Go On
The Oscars show producer Gil Cates told nominees at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday that the show will go on--whether or not there is a war, Reuters reports. As the United States prepares for a possible invasion of Iraq, many nominees wondered whether discussing war at the March 23 awards ceremony would be appropriate. "If we go to war," Cates cautioned, "the telecast will reflect that reality both in those parts of the show that we can control and those parts that we can't control--your acceptance speeches."
Broadway No Longer Dark
Striking musicians settled a contract dispute with theater producers Tuesday to end a walkout that shut down 18 musicals since Friday, Reuters reports. The dispute that led to Friday's strike was over minimums, the smallest number of musicians required for a Broadway orchestra. After 12 hours of talks the union agreed to a smaller number of musicians in the largest Broadway theaters and both sides said that the theaters would reopen Tuesday night.
Brits Invade Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Clash, the Police, and Elvis Costello and the Attractions on an emotional night at the Waldorf Hotel in New York Monday night, Reuters reports. British influence dominated the ceremony, as did antiwar sentiments expressed by a number of star musicians--a contrast to the recent Grammy Awards. "When people take to the streets to stop the war, the spirit of the Clash is there," Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello said. The Clash accepted their honors without vocalist-guitarist Joe Strummer, who died of heart failure last December at age 50.
Minnelli's Lawyers Call It Quits
Two lawyers for actress Liza Minnelli quit Monday, saying their relationship "has completely broken down" over a civil suit involving the aborted sale of her Beverly Hills home, claimed by Minnelli stepmother, and a couple who tried to buy it last year. Reuters reports that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge was scheduled to decide whether to allow lawyers Arthur Barens and Robert Kaufman to bow out of the case but Minnelli hired a new attorney, making a court ruling unnecessary. Last August Merhdad Saghian and Stephanie Jarin claimed Minnelli backed out of her agreement to sell the home to them for $2.75 million.
Erotic Mag Loses Suit Against Oprah
The publisher of a magazine of erotica and sadomasochism who claimed Oprah Winfrey's magazine of the same name was tarnishing his trademark lost a court battle yesterday, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge John Koeltl threw out the lawsuit filed by Ronald Brockmeyer, who bought the trademark--a stylized letter "O" in large type enclosed in double arrow marks--in 1996. Koetl said readers could not confuse Brockmeyer's magazine containing photos of "whip-bearing, naked women engaged in sadomasochistic and lesbian acts" with Winfrey's publication, which is aimed at helping women improve their lives guided by the performer's values.
Dion Promises Family-Oriented Show in Las Vegas
Singer Celine Dion, who launches her three-year stint in Las Vegas on March 25, promises to keep the show family-oriented. According to Reuters, Dion tells Time magazine that people think her husband-manager, Rene Angelil, is going to gamble away all their money and their son is going to be raised by strangers. "We don't live in a casino, and I'm not going to change diapers on a craps table," Dion tells the magazine. Dion says she will leave home at 4:30 in the afternoon and be home by 10:30 at night. According to the singer, the casino doesn't want the show to go any longer than 90 minutes because "they want people to go back and lose money" at the slot machines.
Variety reports: Universal Pictures is remaking its classic monster film The Creature From the Black Lagoon, developed by a producer Gary Ross, whose father, Arthur Ross, wrote the original 1954 screenplay. The original Creature, which became a camp classic, featured the Gill Man terrorizing archaeologists in the Amazon while falling in love with a beautiful girl played by Julia Adams... Disney meanwhile has bought remake rights to the 1937 film Topper as a vehicle for director Adam Shankman and star Steve Martin. The original picture starred Cary Grant as a man haunted by a married pair of madcap ghosts... DreamWorks has bought the rights to Action News, which will feature Will Ferrell as a pompous newscaster in the 1970s who is matched with an ambitious and talented female journalist.