Veteran hip-hop mogul Master P is turning his life story in a movie trilogy. The rapper, real name Percy Miller, has unveiled plans for his own series of biopics, with the first instalment, The Ice Cream Man, documenting his early upbringing and the formation of his own label, No Limit Records in 1990.
The title pays homage to his hit 1996 album of the same name.
Casting is currently underway, with production due to begin next year (15). A director has yet to be attached to the project.
Master P will follow up the first film with sequels TRU and No Limit The Empire, which will explore his rise to fame and his dominance of the rap charts in the mid-to-late 1990s.
A release date for The Ice Cream Man has yet to be announced, but it won't be the only hip-hop biopic to hit movie theatres - director F. Gary Gray is taking charge of N.W.A. film Straight Outta Compton, which is expected to be released next year (15).
British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos is planning to open up about her recent drugs in a new TV documentary. The N-Dubz star, who was cleared of supplying drugs to an undercover reporter in a London court on Monday (21Jul14), will speak candidly about her legal hell in Tulisa: The Price of Fame, which is expected to air in the U.K. next week (begs28Jul14).
Rock icon Billy Joel is set to be honoured with America's prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The Piano Man star has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Library of Congress award, which is named after iconic composer George Gershwin and celebrates the lifetime achievements of a living musical artist.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington says, "Billy Joel is a storyteller of the highest order. There is an intimacy to his songwriting that bridges the gap between the listener and the worlds he shares through music. When you listen to a Billy Joel song, you know about the people and the place and what happened there. And while there may be pain, despair and loss, there is ultimately a resilience to it that makes you want to go to these places again and again."
"Importantly, as with any good storyteller, the recognition experienced in a Billy Joel song is not simply because these are songs we have heard so many times, but because we see something of ourselves in them."
A flattered Joel adds, "The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career and the Library's decision to include me among those songwriters who have been past recipients is a milestone for me."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member will be presented with the accolade at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November (14).
Previous recipients include Paul Simon, Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Carole King, who made history last year (13) as the first woman to ever claim the Gershwin Prize.
Brooke Shields is set to lift the lid on her controversial relationship with her mother in a new book. The actress/model shot to fame as a child star under the guidance of her mum Teri, who managed her daughter and helped her land provocative jobs including a role as a young prostitute in 1978 film Pretty Baby and a series of sexy Calvin Klein adverts as a teen.
Teri faced criticism for allowing her young daughter to tackle such controversial work, and Shields is now planning to put her side of the story in print in a new book.
She tells America's Social Life Magazine, "The reason I wanted to write the book is not to say: 'You didn't understand: She was the best mother in the world'. I'm not holding her up on a pedestal, nor am I painting her as a villain or a victim... You know what's so funny about a lot of the things that they (the critics) were pushing back on her for? Those things were the least of my worries. I was exploited? I was in school full time... Seriously, the opportunities I had... I wasn't worried about what they were saying... We would go to (famed New York nightclub) Studio 54 together, but I would be home by 11."
SLASH, Joan Jett and Billy Corgan were honoured with career achievement prizes at the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards (APMA) in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday night (21Jul14). The former Guns N' Roses star was presented with the Guitar Legend Award by Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry, Jett accepted the Icon Award, and Smashing Pumpkins rocker Corgan was handed the Vanguard Award during the ceremony at Voinovich Park, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame building.
Corgan said of the awards ceremony, "What's great about Alternative Press is it still kind of stands for the alternative counter culture. Maybe it's not as much of a counter culture as it once... I'm happy to just be part of the alternative culture," while Slash added in a post on Twitter.com, "Receiving the Gtr (Guitar) Legend award from APMA was quite the honour. Receiving it from friend & mentor Joe Perry put it over the top."
Other winners included Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie, who won the Best Vocalist prize and took to the stage to perform Frank Sinatra classics Luck Be A Lady and Fly Me To The Moon with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
The show, hosted by Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus, also included performances from The Misfits, Fall Out Boy and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
Thai director Panna Rittikrai has died, aged 53. The action moviemaker passed away at a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday (20Jul14) after a battle with liver disease.
Rittikrai was a martial arts expert who started his career as a stuntman and actor, and went on to work as a choreographer, setting out fight scenes and stunts in a number of films.
He rose to fame internationally with the release of 2003's Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior starring Tony Jaa, which featured his stunt choreography. He later turned his hand to directing and took charge of movies including Bangkok Knockout and Ong-Bak 2 and 3.
The man convicted of murdering former child actor Jay R. Smith in 2002 has died in prison. Charles Wayne Crombie, 64, passed away at North Nevada Correctional Center's Regional Medical Facility on Thursday (17Jul14) after suffering from a chronic medical condition.
Wayne had been imprisoned since 2005, when he was sentenced to serve two terms of 20 years to life behind bars for the fatal stabbing of the 87-year-old star, who rose to fame in the 1920s as a castmember of popular comedy shorts Our Gang, aka The Little Rascals.
Smith had reportedly befriended homeless Crombie and allowed him to live in his shed, but Crombie repaid his kindness by killing him and dumping his body in a desert. His remains were found in October, 2002.
Beyonce is to take up a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nearly 20 years before she is eligible for admission as bosses launch an exhibition dedicated to the pop superstar.
The singer's stage costumes from her 2013 Super Bowl performance will be put on display at the institute's museum in Cleveland, Ohio alongside pieces from music legends including Michael Jackson and David Bowie.
The exhibition will also feature the iconic leotard she wore in her Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) video, an outfit from her Crazy in Love promo and a Givenchy gown worn to the 2012 Met Gala in New York City.
Curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger says of the exhibition, "We felt that (Beyonce) really needed to take her rightful place alongside Aretha Franklin and the Supremes and Janis Joplin."
A spokesperson for Beyonce adds, "For an artist to be able to have a presence where all of her idols and mentors live, it is a big deal. It's very meaningful to an artist when you feel like you've accomplished certain levels and to be asked to be part of this before she's eligible, I think that's really special."
Beyonce will first become eligible for a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2022 as a member of Destiny's Child, and as a solo artist in 2027. The Beyonce show will debut at the museum on Tuesday (22Jul14).
A video showing Kanye West rapping in a record store as a teenager has emerged online. The Stronger star was just 19 when the footage was shot in the Fat Beats shop in New York City in 1996, five years before he found fame by collaborating with Jay Z in 2001.
The tape was shot by the store's general manager, DJ Eclipse, who recently rediscovered the clip, and it shows West rapping about subjects including his hometown of Chicago, Illinois and singer Alanis Morissette.
Rocker Gene Simmons has dashed Kiss fans' hopes of an original line-up reunion following the group's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in April (14), insisting there's "not a chance" of a get together. As Simmons and frontman Paul Stanley prepare for a residency in Las Vegas while touring with Def Leppard, devotees are hoping that Ace Frehley and Peter Kriss will join them onstage - but the bassist insists current bandmates Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer will never be replaced.
He tells The Tampa Tribune, "We've already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn't be fair to Tommy and Eric. It wouldn't be right."
Simmons and Stanley refused to perform at the Hall of Fame gala after learning Thayer and Singer would not be honoured alongside Frehley and Kriss.
The bass player adds, "We only did the induction with Ace and Peter because the fans wanted it. But it was a slap in the face that they didn't acknowledge Tommy and Eric. They've been in the band longer than Ace and Peter."