A widely praised conceptual artist-turned-filmmaker who had been called "a born provocateur" and "a reluctant subversive," Steve McQueen's features were captivating in their simplicity and minimalism....
Broadway's Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me is to close early due to disappointing ticket sales.
The stage show, based on the music of the late rapper, officially opened at New York City's Palace Theatre on 19 June (14) and less than two months after its debut, the curtain will come down for the last time on Sunday (20Jul14).
Producer Eric L. Gold made the announcement on Monday night (14Jul14), attributing declining sales to the show's ultimate demise. He says, "We are so proud to be a part of this ground breaking production... My hope is that a production of this calibre, powerful in its story telling, filled with great performances and exciting contemporary dance and music will eventually receive the recognition it deserves."
"It saddens me that due to the financial burdens of Broadway, I was unable to sustain this production longer in order to give it time to bloom on Broadway. Tupac's urgent socially important insights and the audiences' nightly rousing standing ovations deserve to be experienced by the world."
The production reportedly cost $8 million (£4.7 million) to stage, and, after receiving mixed reviews from critics, box office figures have been declining ever since the show began previews on 2 June (14).
Movie icon Steve Mcqueen's son is to return to the site of his father's Le Mans movie this weekend (06Jul14) for the classic car race, 44 years after his first trip to the track. Chad McQueen was just a boy when he joined his dad on location and now he's backing a new documentary about the making of the 1970s film, which resumes filming in France on Friday (04Jul14).
McQueen: The Man & Le Mans, co-directed by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna, features stock footage of McQueen on set as he strives to make "the ultimate racing motion picture".
It will include interviews with five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell, David Piper, who lost a leg during filming, and McQueen's co-star in the film, Sigi Rauch.
Chad McQueen tells WENN, "I remember my time as a boy on the set in Le Mans as though it were yesterday, so it is exciting to return. My dad set out to make the most realistic racing film ever, and it was one of the most personally important films in his career, which is why now, more than 40 years later, I believe he would have been proud that it has become one of the greatest stories about racing ever told."
Dustin Lance Black has paid tribute to Harvey Milk's speech writer Frank M. Robinson following his death at the age of 87. Robinson passed away on Monday (30Jun14) in San Francisco, California. No further details about his death have been released.
A noted sci-fi novelist and journalist, Robinson is best remembered for penning rousing speeches for Harvey Milk, the first openly gay candidate to be elected into office in the U.S.
The politician's story was told in 2008's Oscar-winning film Milk, starring by Sean Penn, and the movie's screenwriter Black has remembered the man who helped the gay activist speak to the masses.
In a post on his Facebook.com page, he writes, "This morning Frank M. Robinson left this world. He was Milk's speech writer, an acclaimed sci-fi author and was like a father to me. To say the earth feels made of quicksand lately makes it sound too solid. Frank, I'll miss your thunderous laughter, your protective love and your razor sharp writer's mind."
His death comes just weeks after Black lost his mother.
Robinson, who made a cameo appearance in the movie, will also be remembered for his books The Power, which was transformed for the big screen in 1968, and The Glass Inferno, which was combined with Richard Martin Stern's The Tower and adapted into 1974's The Towering Inferno starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman.
Kim Kardashian had no idea opera superstar Andrea Bocelli would be singing at her wedding until she began walking down the aisle. The reality TV star wed rapper Kanye West in a lavish ceremony in Florence, Italy last month (May14), and guests including John Legend and director Steve McQueen watched as she arrived to the sound of Bocelli's singing.
However, Kardashian thought the song was pre-recorded because West had hired Bocelli without her knowledge.
She tells Dailymail.co.uk, "I got up the altar and didn't even see him (Bocelli) standing there. And I turned around when my sisters were helping me fix my veil, and I did a double-take - I thought it was a CD of him singing.
"He sounded so amazing. And it was really him. I was blown away. It was so Kanye to have him there. I should have expected that.
"He seems to be able to... surprise me and that's hard to do. The fact that he can surprise me is really good."
Actor Denzel Washington is reportedly in talks to re-team with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua on The Magnificent Seven remake. Tom Cruise originally signed on to appear alongside Matt Damon as one of the gang of gunslingers in MGM's version of John Sturges' 1960 film, but dropped out of the project last year (13).
Now movie executives are hoping to reunite Washington and Fuqua for a script rewritten by The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock.
The original movie, penned by True Detective writer Nic Pizzolatto, starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz as seven renegades who are recruited to protect a Mexican village from an invasion of bandits.
The Magnificent Seven was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa film Seven Samurai and was followed by three sequels - Return of the Magnificent Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven and The Magnificent Seven Ride Again.
Tracey Emin's iconic messy bed art installation is expected to fetch as much as $1.9 million (£1.2 million) when it goes under the hammer this summer (14). The controversial artwork, a replica of the bed where Emin reportedly spent a week after a bad break-up, launched her career and caused uproar when it was named as a contender for the 1999 Turner Prize. Emin was beaten to Britain's top art award by filmmaker Steve McQueen.
The installation, which features a soiled bed sheet, vodka bottles and cigarette butts, was bought by art collector Charles Saatchi for $240,000 (£150,000) in 2000, and is now set to go on sale at Christie's Auction house in London among with other pieces from his collection.
The piece is expecting to fetch between $1.3 million (£800,000) and $1.9 million (£1.2 million).
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are reportedly spending their first days as newlyweds on a secret honeymoon in Ireland. The couple tied the knot on Saturday (24May14) in Florence, Italy, and on Sunday (25May14) they jetted west for a stay in County Cork, Ireland, according to multiple reports.
Editors at the Irish Independent report the rapper and his reality TV star wife arrived by private jet at Cork Airport and were whisked away for a five-day honeymoon at an undisclosed location.
However, their post-wedding getaway will be cut short as they are expected to attend West's stylist's wedding in Prague, Czech Republic next weekend (begs30May14), according to E! News.
West and Kardashian's week-long celebrations began in Paris, with Kardashian enjoying her bachelorette party on Thursday (22May14), and festivities continued on Friday (23May14) with a lavish luncheon at fashion mogul Valentino's mansion in the French countryside, and a dinner party with their celebrity friends later that night at the historic Palace of Versailles.
Lana Del Rey performed a set following the dinner, and guests included Alexander Wang, director Steve McQueen, illusionist David Blaine, Serena Williams, and rappers Big Sean and Tyga.
The actual wedding ceremony was held in Florence and was attended by 100 of their closest friends and family at the historic Forte di Belvedere, a 16th-century-era fortress on top of a hill overlooking the Arno river.
E! News reports Kardashian's mum, Kris Jenner, gave an emotional speech during the reception, while West also gushed about his new bride and the Kardashian family, calling them "the most remarkable people of our time".
An insider reveals that the newlyweds' first dance was to an Etta James mash-up, and West even took the mic to perform live.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have wed in Florence, Italy. The couple flew in separately from Paris, France, where they partied with family and friends on Friday night (23May14).
Reports suggest the newlyweds had planned to exchange vows at the Chateau de Versailles, but French law stood in their way as neither bride nor groom resides in the country.
Instead, they toured the grounds of the historic palace on Friday afternoon, before hosting a pre-wedding cocktail party with a performance from Kardashian's favourite singer Lana Del Rey.
West was the first to arrive in Florence for the nuptials on Saturday morning. His bride and several guests touched down hours later.
The big event at the medieval Forte di Belvedere began just before 5pm local time, when guests, including John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen, started arriving.
Classical star Andrea Bocelli is said to have serenaded the couple during the ceremony, while afterwards, Legend reportedly made an emotional speech before taking to the piano to play a number of hits including All Of Me and Ordinary People.
Reports suggest the wedding party wasn't the only thing to arrive from Paris - the wedding's flowers made the trip too, with roses flown in from Belgium as well.
Meanwhile, bosses at Adidas chose the wedding day to launch their new 2014 World Cup soccer advert, which features music by Kanye West.
The new commercial for The Dream: All In or Nothing features the rapper repeating the words God Level over footage of soccer superstars like Lionel Messi and Dani Alves.
Lana Del Rey performed at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's lavish pre-wedding dinner in France on Friday night (23May14). The singer/songwriter was West's surprise for his bride-to-be, who reportedly started sobbing when Del Rey appeared on a makeshift stage at the bash, held at the historic Palace of Versailles, and performed three songs.
The Summertime Sadness singer has a special place in the couple's hearts - the rapper hired an orchestra to perform her track Young & Beautiful when he proposed at AT&T Stadium in San Francisco, California on Kardashian's 33rd birthday last year (13).
Guests at the pre-wedding party included Valentino, Alexander Wang, director Steve McQueen, illusionist David Blaine, Serena Williams and rappers Big Sean and Tyga.
A classic car owned by Hollywood icon Steve Mcqueen could fetch as much as $12.8 million (£8 million) when it goes under the hammer this summer (14). The Great Escape star bought the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 while working on the film Bullitt, and he had the silver car sprayed red. He owned the vehicle until 1971 when he sold it.
The car is now set to be sold by RM Auctions in Monterey, California in August (14).
Max Girado, of RM Auctions, declined to give an estimate of its expected sale price but experts believe it could fetch as much as $12.8 million.
Girado tells Britain's Daily Express newspaper, "When it comes to cars with celebrity provenance, it doesn't get much better than this."
Awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honors List for his services to the Arts
Awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to Visual Arts
Grew up in West London
Won the Turner Prize for his film installation work and exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, England
Directed second feature starring Michael Fassbender, playing a sex addict, in "Shame"; also co-wrote with Abi Morgan
Feature directorial debut with "Hunger," about a Northern Irish prison hunger strike; also co-wrote with Enda Walsh; film starred Michael Fassbender
Named the Official War Artist for Iraq in association with the Imperial War Museum
A widely praised conceptual artist-turned-filmmaker who had been called "a born provocateur" and "a reluctant subversive," Steve McQueen's features were captivating in their simplicity and minimalism. A devotee of the <i>nouvelle vague</i> style of the 1960s French New Wave, McQueen started his film career off with a series of experimental shorts exhibited in an unusual fashion, including screening without sound and/or on multiple art gallery walls rather than a conventional screen. Known for his meticulous sense of detail and guarded personality, McQueen maintained that his work was apolitical, though this was disputed, given its implied criticism of how the British government treated Irish Republican Army prisoners and displayed reluctance to suitably honor military personnel killed during the Iraq war. One of the few artists to garner instant acclaim upon transitioning to feature films, McQueen's "Hunger" (2008) and "Shame" (2011) - both starring Michael Fassbender - were heralded for their quiet, refined power and McQueen was cited as one of Britain's most promising and creative directors. This early promise was met in "12 Years a Slave" (2013), a harrowing period drama that won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for McQueen.