Panic! At The Disco turned a Westboro Baptist Church picket into a fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign by pledging $20 (£11.76) for every protester who showed up at their concert on Sunday night (20Jul14). Hours before taking to the stage for their Kansas City, Missouri tour stop, the rockers discovered the religious extremists were planning a protest outside the venue, and they decided to put a positive spin on the demonstration.
The musicians announced on Twitter.com that for every member of Westboro to show up at the protest, the band will donate $20 (£11.76) to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a civil rights organisation which works to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
Following the concert, they took to the microblogging site to reveal how much money they raised for the charity, writing, "Thank you (Westboro Baptist Church) for the update on the total amount you donated to @HRC today. $20X13= weak. We're going to make it an even $1,000. We will also be donating 5 per cent of our total merch (merchandise) sales from this show to @HRC."
A screenwriter has set his sights on hiring Val Kilmer and rocker SLASH for his Breaking Bad spin-off show if it gets fully funded on Kickstarter.com. Larry Shepherd, from California, was left unsatisfied with the series finale of the Emmy-winning show which ended last year (13), and he's hoping fellow fans will support his quest to add a new story to the Breaking Bad universe.
Shepherd launched a campaign on the crowdfunding website last month (Jun14), calling on fans to donate to his spin-off, titled Anastasia. He describes the series as picking up where Breaking Bad left off.
Anastasia will focus on the professional and personal lives of two U.S. Marshals who were investigating drug kingpin Walter White.
Shepherd has billed Kilmer and Slash for the primary role, and is eager to feature guest stars such as Robert Downey, Jr., Neil Young, Eminem and Dick Van Dyke, but none of the celebrities have yet to comment on their possible involvement.
Shepherd is planning a 10-episode season if he funds the project by 1 August (14), but as of Wednesday (16Jul14), he has only raised $390 (£227) of the $500,000 (£291,706) goal.
Sci-fi sequel Transformers: Age Of Extinction has destroyed its rivals to land at the top of the U.K. box office chart. The action movie, starring Mark Wahlberg, took $19.8 million (£11.7 million) in its opening weekend (11-13Jul14), easily outstripping its nearest challenger How To Train Your Dragon 2, which netted $13 million (£7.7 million).
TV sitcom spin-off Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie was toppled from its perch at the top and sunk to third place, with $1.7 million (£1 million), and romantic drama The Fault in Our Stars dropped from second to fourth, with $949,664 (£558,626).
It was a disappointing opening weekend for Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo's new comedy Begin Again - the movie limped into fifth place with takings of just $775,944 (£456,438).
Actor Robbie Amell is joining the cast of superhero TV series The Flash as one half of DC Comics duo Firestorm. The star will portray maintenance worker Ronnie Raymond, who plays a key role in transforming Grant Gustin's character Barry Allen into The Flash.
In the comics, Raymond is involved in a nuclear accident with physicist Martin Stein which allows them to fuse together to create the superhero Firestorm.
The role in the Arrow spin-off reunites Amell with his The Tomorrow People producer Greg Berlanti, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Amell says, "I'm so excited to join forces with Greg Berlanti and The CW (U.S. TV network) again on The Flash. Being brought into the DC Universe is a dream, I can't wait to get started!"
The Flash will premiere in America in October (14).
A Connecticut man has been arrested and charged with assaulting author Colum Mccann following a fight outside a New Haven hotel last month (Jun14). The writer, who won the 2009 National Book Award for Fiction for Let the Great World Spin, was hospitalised with significant facial injuries on 28 June (14) after he allegedly attempted to help a woman involved in a dispute with her partner.
Police launched an investigation to identify and track down the suspect, and on Monday (07Jul14), Michael Mott turned himself in to authorities and allegedly confessed to the beating, which left McCann unconscious.
Mott, 34, has since been slapped with charges for assault and family violence breach of peace.
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J.K. Rowling has sent Harry Potter fans into a spin by posting a story update online.
The author posted a 1,500-word article on her Pottermore.com website to give readers a glimpse into the adult lives of the main characters. Written in the style of a newspaper article by fictional journalist Rita Skeeter, the piece focuses on the grown-up goings-on of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, played by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in the film franchise.
Rowling tells fans her title character is in his 30s and has a "couple of threads of silver" in his black hair, while Granger is now Deputy Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Grint's character works at his brothers' company Weasley's Wizard Wheezes and his red hair is "thinning".
The article reveals Potter is married to his best friend's sister, Ginny Weasley, who is a journalist, and gives fans updates on their pals Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood.
The publication of the short story comes after it was revealed that Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is to be filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden site in England, where all the wizard movies were shot.
The final book in the Potter series was released in 2007, while the last film hit cinemas in 2011.
Cult British comedy Mrs. Brown's Boys D'movie landed a second week at the top of the U.K. box office by scooping $3.5 million (£2.1 million) in ticket sales over the weekend (04-06Jul14). The film, a spin-off of U.K. sitcom Mrs. Brown's Boys, held off competition from The Fault in Our Stars, which took $1.6 million (£961,000), to hold on to the number one position.
Comedy sequel 22 Jump Street remained in third place, with weekend takings of $1.1 million (£663,000), and animated action movie How to Train Your Dragon 2 took fourth, with $807,000 (£475,000).
The weekend's only new release, comedy Tammy, rounded out the top five, with ticket sales of $800,000 (£471,000).
Actor Joe Manganiello is writing a script for his True Blood character in the hope of scoring his own spin-off movie. The hit supernatural drama is currently in the midst of its seventh and final season, but Manganiello won't be part of the finale, as his werewolf counterpart, Alcide Herveaux, was shockingly killed on the latest episode, which aired in America on Sunday (06Jul14).
During a recent interview with MTV News, the Magic Mike star hinted that he's eager to continue playing Alcide in his own project, which he hopes will be approved by Charlaine Harris, who penned the novels on which the series is based.
He reveals, "I would love to do an Alcide movie at some point. I'd love to do a one-off, a spin-off adventure somewhere, in the way that Wolverine had.
"I'd love to be able to do that, in the world of werewolves. I actually started writing a script, and was thinking maybe one of these days I'll call up Charlaine... She said if I ever came to her house she'd make me dinner, so maybe I'll go down to her house and pitch it to her.
"Nobody's really done the werewolf movie right, to me. I just don’t know that anybody's really got it right. True Blood was right on the edge of it. It was there. If we take it the next step further, it could go."
Kim Kardashian's brother Rob sent gossip bloggers into a spin on America's Independence Day (04Jul14) by tweeting about a mystery son he'd fathered. The reality TV star took to Twitter.com on the eve of the big holiday and wrote about spending the 4th of July with his "little man".
He quickly deleted the tweet but not before it was picked up by online news outlets.
Reports at the end of last year (13) suggested Rob had a secret four-year-old son in Miami, Florida, but he had never confirmed the story.
As gossips tried to find out more about his mystery son, Kardashian, who previously dated Rita Ora, returned to Twitter.com early on Friday to reveal he was joking.
He wrote, "Those who know me know I play and I do NOT have a Son. Y'all got my mama emailing me asking if I have a Son lol goodness hahaha."
Warner Bros. bosses are taking J.K. Rowling back to the studio where they filmed the Harry Potter movies. The Warner Studios Leavesden site in England will be the location for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - the adaptation of a Potter spin-off.
The studio bosses shot all the Harry Potter films there, and have since acquired the property, which they are now in the process of expanding.
Fantastic Beasts is based on a Rowling companion book to the Potter series and she is writing her first screenplay for the film, which is expected to hit cinemas at the end of 2016.