Latin star Marc Anthony has completed a long-running project to overhaul an orphanage in the Dominican Republic with his charitable foundation. The singer arrived in the country on Wednesday (02Apr14) to unveil the finished building with his Maestro Cares Foundation, a charity for Latin American children.
The Children of the Christ residence in La Romana will house around 150 abused or abandoned youngsters.
Anthony wrote on Twitter.com, "This morning we are changing lives and building dreams with the opening of our 1st (first) orphanage in the DR (Dominican Republic). First of many with Maestro Cares."
The singer took on the project to improve the facilities at the orphanage back in 2012, adding extra classrooms and a baseball field.
Poet and jazz legend Gil Scott-Heron is set to return to the charts from beyond the grave with his first posthumous album. Plans for the release of Nothing New were announced on Tuesday (01Apr14), on what would have been the icon's 65th birthday.
The project will include stripped-down versions of some of his greatest tracks, including Did You Hear What They Said, Pieces Of A Man, Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams) and The Other Side, which Scott-Heron recorded during studio sessions for his last album, I'm New Here, in 2008.
Nothing New will be released on limited edition vinyl on America's Record Store Day on 19 April (14).
Scott-Heron died in 2011.
Veteran actress Shirley Jones postponed plans to jump out of a plane to celebrate her 80th birthday on Monday (31Mar14) after her family begged her to reconsider. The Partridge Family matriarch declared last week (ends28Mar14) that she wanted to mark her milestone with a daring skydive and follow in the footsteps of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, who took on the hair-raising challenge for his 85th birthday in 2009.
However, Jones' representative reveals her relatives staged an intervention on Sunday (30Mar14) to voice their safety concerns, and the star agreed to stay grounded on Monday.
That doesn't mean the Oscar winner won't be fulfilling her high-flying dreams as she hopes to reschedule the jump for a later date.
Irish band Royseven have split after 11 years together. The group formed in 2003 and enjoyed success across Europe, especially in Germany and Switzerland.
The break-up was confirmed in a post on the band's Facebook.com page on Monday (31Mar14).
It reads: "With heavy hearts we've decided to bring down the curtain on our Royseven adventure. Rather than disappointment, we feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude and satisfaction for the last eleven years of creativity, performance and friendship.
"To those in Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain who worked with us, supported or encouraged us, we'd like to thank you for helping to create experiences that were once mere childhood dreams."
Hollywood mogul Frank Marshall has vowed to keep his upcoming movie projects veiled in secrecy in future following a "ridiculous rumour" which falsely named Bradley Cooper as the next Indiana Jones. The producer, who brought four Indiana Jones movies to the big screen, is said to be working on a fifth instalment in the franchise, and editors at Latino-review.com sparked gossip by suggesting Cooper could be a good candidate to take over from the from original star Harrison Ford.
The speculation eventually reached Marshall, who was outraged by the untrue rumour and has now declared a blackout on all his upcoming projects.
He writes in a series of posts on Twitter.com, "Due to the ridiculous rumours that keep popping up, like agents pipe dreams, I will stop commenting on our projects until I have real news... I can only confirm that Katy Perry will NOT be the new Indiana Jones."
Former Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester has showed off her musical skills once again with a cover of Fleetwood Mac's hit Dreams. The actress joined singer Dana Williams in a video posted on YouTube, in which the pals play guitars for an acoustic version of the 1977 classic.
A Prince Harry lookalike is at the centre of a deceptive new reality TV show, in which eligible women vie to win the doppelganger's heart - unaware he is not the real British royal. Bosses at America's Fox network have given the go-ahead for a series titled I Wanna Marry Harry, in which a ginger-haired man by the name of Matthew Hicks is given a royal makeover to look like Prince William's younger brother.
He will go on a series of romantic dates with 12 American women, all led to believe Hicks is the real deal, hoping their dreams of becoming a princess could possibly come true.
Meanwhile, the real Prince Harry has been romancing model Cressida Bonas since 2012.
I Wanna Marry Harry, which is executive produced by TV mogul Ryan Seacrest, premieres in the U.S. on 27 May (14).
Actor Channing Tatum has made a teenage cancer sufferer's dreams come true after sending her a personalised video and blowing her a virtual kiss. Kansas resident Alisa Finley has been diagnosed with a stage four brain tumour and among her bucket list requests was a kiss from the Magic Mike star.
Tatum heard about the request online and decided to film a brief video message, which has been posted on a Facebook.com page dedicated to the 18 year old's fight.
The footage includes a clip of the Hollywood hunk and his wife, actress Jenna Dewan Tatum, singing along to Pharrell Williams' hit Happy on the red carpet at the Oscars earlier this month (Mar14).
In the video, Tatum says, "Hey Alisa, what's going on? It's Chan... Hi... Just wanted to send you a little vid and say what's up. Hope you're doing good today (sic)...
"We made a little ditty, a little song for you... Just know that you're loved and that we're giving you a big ol' kiss from over here."
He ends the video by blowing a kiss to the camera.
Rapper Pitbull dreams of visiting his roots in Cuba for the first time within the next decade to personally thank fans who have turned him into an underground hero. The Timber hitmaker's parents come from Cuba and he wants to perform in Havana as soon as restrictions between the U.S. and the island nation are lifted.
He says, "To make history in Havana and be able to perform maybe in front of a million, two million people, I'm hoping for that within the next five years. I can picture it in my mind."
Pitbull insists he owes it to Cuban fans to go there, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "I understand them. Yes, there is a big disconnect between the generations. We have generations that grew up in it, and those that fought it, came here (to America) and built everything again. So when it does open up, my goal is to be ready to be able to handle that."
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's daughters are mixed on their parents' career paths - Sunday has dreams of becoming an actress, while her little sister Faith hopes to join her country star dad onstage. The actress admits that, at six, her eldest has no interest in what dad does for a living, but little Faith loves standing in the wings at concerts with her guitar in hand.
Kidman tells U.S. chat show host Jimmy Kimmel, "My oldest daughter... is like, 'Oh, I so don't wanna go and watch daddy play'. I'm like, 'Sunday, at least act a little bit enthusiastic'.
"But the little one will stand there with her guitar side stage, and she's three. I always say to her, 'You stick at that guitar and you can be out there on the stage with your dad'."
Kidman reveals her husband is helping their youngest daughter perfect her music skills, teaching her chords on the guitar - but his role as a judge on American Idol has made him a tough mentor.
She adds, "He's like, 'Hmmm, her pitch...' I'm like, 'She's three!' Musicians' ears, they hear things!"