A recording of the Billy Elliot stage show has beaten Denzel Washington's new thriller The Equalizer to the top spot in the U.K box office chart. The beloved British theatre production, based on the 2000 film starring Jamie Bell, stormed U.K. cinemas this weekend (26-28Sep14), bringing in $3 million (£1.9 million).
The feat put the filmed stage show narrowly ahead of Washington's Hollywood blockbuster which took just $22,323 (£13,952) less.
After two weekends at the top, fantasy-comedy The Boxtrolls moved down to number three with sales of $1.8 million (£1.1 million).
British comedy What We Did On Our Holiday entered the chart at number four, netting $1.3 million ($810,000), while Liam Neeson's A Walk Among Tombstones dropped from second to fifth place with sales of $960,000 ($600,000).
Monty Python's 1979 comedy Life Of Brian is to be screened in a U.K. town 35 years after local officials banned the movie over its "blasphemous" content. City officials in Truro, in Cornwall, south west England, took offence to the religious themes in the film, in which a man named Brian is born on the same day as Jesus Christ and mistaken for the Messiah.
They banned the movie along with a number of other local authorities in Britain, but the order has since been lifted due to a change in the law and Life of Brian is now to receive its premiere in Truro at a charity screening in December (14).
The film will be screened at Truro's Plaza cinema and the event will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Reunited boy band G.o.d. will make U.S. concert history in November (14) when they become the first South Korean act to perform stadium shows since Bigbang played concerts on the east and west coast in 2012. The beloved K-pop group recently extended a South Korean reunion tour from two to 10 shows and now the bandmates are heading overseas, bringing their 15th anniversary concerts to America. They have announced plans to play arena shows in Los Angeles and New Jersey.
The group parted ways in 2005 after singer Yoon Kye Sang left to pursue an acting career. The band's comeback single The Lone Duckling is one of the K-Pop Hot 100's biggest hits of 2014.
g.o.d has since released a comeback album, Chapter 8.
The band will play at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on 7 November (14) and at New Jersey's Prudential Center two days later.
"Happy national poison blackberries day! Why is that a thing? Who figured that out? How do u celebrate? Think I'm sitting this one out... Wait... hold up... #NationalCoffeeDay??? Let's start a petition to rename that #SarahMichelleDay?" Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is baffled by Monday's odd 'national holidays' in the U.S.
Re-energised rockers Queen have added U.K. arena dates to their ongoing world tour after selling out venues in America with new frontman Adam Lambert. The Hammer To Fall rockers will play seven arena dates next year (15) with Lambert on vocals.
The shows will be part of a European tour, which begins in Newcastle, England on 13 January (15).
Drummer Roger Taylor insists the band's current success is largely down to frontman Lambert, a former American Idol contestant.
He explains, "Each time we've worked with Adam with our music, he's just the most incredible frontman. He's sensational. He has this amazing range."
Meanwhile, the band will release its new remastered hits album, Queen Forever, in November (14).
Actress Elizabeth Mcgovern is set to embark on her first U.S. tour with her band Sadie & The Hotheads. The American Downton Abbey star and her bandmates formed the group in 2007 and toured Europe earlier this year (14) as the opening act for Mike & The Mechanics - and now she's ready to head home and face American audiences.
She tells the Associated Press, "I think it's coming at the right time since we slowly built experience with each other.
"I feel like we're more ready than we've ever been... I go there with more confidence than I would have in the past."
The folk-rock band band will set out on a 10-city tour beginning on 4 December (14) in Washington.
She continues, "It's a slightly funny experience for fans of the show to come hear the music because it's such a different world to the show (Downton Abbey) itself.
"When we first started touring there would be a lot of people carrying Downtown Abbey books... and I could see a look of surprise on their faces because it isn't what you expect. I mean it's not a classical quartet of violins."
Pop superstar Cher has postponed her U.S. tour for a second time after struggling to recover from a viral infection. The music veteran halted her Dressed to Kill trek earlier this month (Sep14) after falling sick, but was due to resume the shows on 15 September (14) in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
However, the show was pushed back until December (14) and Cher has now postponed the rest of her upcoming dates after doctors advised to take more time to recuperate.
Cher's representative says, "The initial viral infection affected her kidneys which has delayed Cher's recovery time. Cher's doctors have advised her to extend her rest period and expect her to make a full recovery"
A statement from the star reads, "I want to thank all my fans for their good wishes, patience and prayers. The doctors assure me that I will be totally well by November 9th and ready to perform my show. I'm truly sorry that I can't get on the stage sooner. But, the good news is that I'm on the mend and feeling better every day. I can't wait to see you all."
Cher has also addressed her ongoing health issues in a series of posts on Twitter.com, which read, "I'm so sorry I had 2 (to) move shows & disappoint u (you). I don't cancel unless I can't get up. This virus is a killer... I hate being sick & deplore cancelling... I (forgot) 2 say sorry 4 (for) s**ewing up plans, disappointing (everyone)... Believe I am desolate, because I've disappointed u (sic)."
The postponed dates include stops in New Jersey and New York which have been pushed back until December (14).
She is due back on stage in Lubbock, Texas on 9 November (14).
Former Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-Jhave scored their first number one album in the U.K. This Is All Yours, the group's second album, has debuted at the top of the new Official Chart Company countdown.
Thrilled band leader Gus Unger-Hamilton says, "We're over the moon to see our album at number one. It was never something we thought we'd achieve, but it's our fans who have put us there, so we owe this to them."
Barbra Streisand's duets album Partners and releases by Sam Smith and George Ezra round out the new top four, while 80-year-old Leonard Cohen scores a high entry at five with Popular Problems.
Meanwhile, Jessie J has returned to the top of the Official Singles Chart with her Bang Bang collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. The feat is Jessie J's third number one.
And U.S. chart-topper Meghan Trainor has made chart history in the U.K. by becoming the first American to enter the Top 40 on streams alone. All About That Bass has hit the number 33 spot ahead of its official release this week (beg29Sep14).
Denzel Washington is back at the top of the U.S. box office after winning over film fans with his latest action movie The Equalizer. The actor's latest release beat The Maze Runner to the top spot, doubling up the adaptation of James Dashner's young adult novel's weekend take with $35 million (GBP22 million).
It's the third-best opening of Washington's career, behind American Gangster and 2012's Safe House, and it's the top September opening for an R-rated movie.
The Maze Runner is the globe's biggest film of the week.
Family film The Boxtrolls, This Is Where I Leave You and Dolphin Tale 2 round out the new U.S. box office top five.
Taylor Swift, No Doubt and Metallica are among the eclectic acts who will perform at America's first Rock In Rio festival next year (15). The Brazilian festival is branching out in 2015 with a U.S. version of the annual event, which will be held in Las Vegas, and the three acts have confirmed slots alongside Linkin Park and John Legend, among others.
Traditionally held in Rio De Janeiro, Rock In Rio was first staged in 1985. The Las Vegas festival will take place over two weekends in May (15) at the MGM Resort.
The first details of the big event were unveiled at an announcement gig in New York's Times Square on Friday (25Sep14), during which John Mayer and Brazilian heavy rockers Sepultura performed.
No Doubt, who appeared at a press conference to launch the event, released a statement, which reads: "We are extremely happy to be taking the stage of Rock in Rio’s first U.S. festival and to be part of such an amazing musical history as the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary."
During the launch gala in New York it was revealed that headliner Swift's pop rival Katy Perry will perform at next year's (Sep15) Rock in Rio event in Brazil, alongside acts like Legend.
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