Production on new U.S. drama series Tyrant has been relocated from Tel Aviv, Israel to Istanbul, Turkey amid the ongoing political unrest in the Middle East. The show, starring actor Adam Rayner as the youngest son of a dictator in a fictional Middle Eastern country, has been filming episodes in the Israeli capital, but the escalating violence between Israeli and Palestinian forces has made the area too dangerous to continue.
As a result, producers at the FX network, which airs the programme, moved the shoot to Turkey last week (ends18Jul14) so the cast and crew could complete work on the remaining two instalments of season one.
Showrunner Howard Gordon says, "Tel Aviv was under missile fire and people were running into bomb shelters. I don't think anybody felt physically threatened, but it was not conducive to shooting."
The news about Tyrant's relocation emerges days after a number of top musicians, including Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Paul Anka and the Backstreet Boys, cancelled concerts in Israel in the wake of the escalating conflict.
John Mellencamp's 20-year-old son is facing a charge of underage drinking following an incident in Indiana earlier this month (Jul14). Hud Mellencamp was allegedly caught consuming alcohol by Monroe County police on 10 July (14). He has been summoned to appear in Monroe Circuit Court for a hearing on 25 September (14).
It's the latest legal woe for young Mellencamp - he and his 19-year-old brother Speck are heading to trial over accusations they beat up a man last summer (13).
The boys, who are free on bail, are due to attend a pre-trial conference over the felony battery charge in Monroe County on Thursday (24Jul14).
Bombay Bicycle Club rocker Jack Steadman has branded the Arctic Monkeys' alleged involvement in a tax avoidance scheme "disgusting". The Cornerstone hitmakers were recently named in a list of celebrities, including George Michael and Sir Michael Caine, who allegedly invested in a variety of business schemes that exploit loopholes in the system to help their backers avoid paying hefty tax bills.
Steadman calls the practice "quite disgusting" and adds to BBC Radio 5 Live, "I'm also aware of how quickly you can change as a person, not that it forgives you. I'd be lying if I said I'd be like this my whole life, because I'm sure the Arctic Monkeys when they were young boys in Sheffield and you asked them this question (about tax avoidance) they would say, 'Absolutely not, this is horrific'. But the things that have happened to them and what they'd been thrown into has definitely had a huge effect on them."
He also vows to never participate in such a scheme, adding, "I live in this country and I use services like the NHS (National Health Service) and these services need money from people to use them so I'll always pay my taxes."
The Backstreet Boys have cancelled a string of gigs in Tel Aviv due to the ongoing unrest between Israelis and Palestinians. The grown-up boy band was scheduled to play shows in the city at the end of July (14), but the concerts have been cut from their schedule.
A statement from the group reads: "This is a major disappointment for the band and fans as this was to be our first visit to Israel and we looked forward to meeting our fans."
Promoters are attempting to re-book the band for 2015.
In recent days Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Paul Anka have also cancelled concerts in Israel in the wake of the escalating Middle-East conflict.
Backstreet Boys star Brian Littrell is nursing cuts and bruises after injuring himself on stage. The pop group is currently touring Europe, and the singer has revealed he hurt himself during a show this week (beg14Jul14) when he walked into a projection screen on stage.
Littrell shared a picture of his face covered in cuts, and added in a message on Instagram.com, "Ok I jacked my head pretty good the other night... Lights went out and BANG!!! Right into the low hanging screen... Saw some stars for a bit... Or maybe I was in a cage match... That sounds better... Haha..."
Veteran rocker Rod Stewart is hoping to move back to his native Britain from California so his two youngest sons can be educated in the U.K. The crooner has lived in Los Angeles since 1975, and has been raising his two boys with wife Penny Lancaster in the U.S.
However, Stewart is now hoping to bring his family back to Britain so the boys, Alastair, eight, and Aiden, three, can go to a U.K. school, and he has even purchased a new home in Essex, England ahead of the move.
Stewart is quoted by Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper as saying, "This place (Britain) is still in my heart. We are planning hopefully on moving back in about 18 months so my kids can grow up here. It's not definite. But this is where me and Penny, this is where we come from."
Veteran entertainer Paul Anka has cancelled his upcoming concerts in Israel amid mounting tensions in the Middle East. The singer was due to perform two shows in Tel Aviv next week (beg21Jul14), but he has now called off the gigs and postponed his trip to the country after clashes between Israeli and Palestinian forces.
A representative for Anka, who plans to reschedule the concerts once the political unrest subsides, says in a statement, "Due to the current situation in the Middle East, Paul Anka and the local promoters will be postponing his upcoming concerts scheduled for July 24 and 26, 2014. Management is in constant communication with our local promoter friends, trying to find a solution to the rescheduled dates. Once this is worked out in the next few days the local promoter will make the announcement.
"We ask all current ticket holders to keep their tickets and await that announcement. Mr. Anka assures you that once the local situation is resolved, he will be there with the latest version of his fantastic performance."
The news comes after Neil Young & Crazy Horse and The Brian Jonestown Massacre cancelled gigs in Israel this week (ends20Jul14) due to the turmoil.
A number of other high-profile acts, including Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey and the Backstreet Boys, are due to perform in the country in the coming weeks.
Actress Gabrielle Union and her fiancee Dwyane Wade have banned cell phones and cameras from their upcoming wedding. The Bad Boys II star is set to marry the basketball player on 30 August (14) in Miami, Florida, and an invitation, obtained by TMZ.com, reveals security at the bash will be tight.
Guests will meet at a local hotel before being transported to an undisclosed location for the wedding, and they have been asked to allow "at least 30 minutes to process through security at the venue".
They are instructed to leave cameras and cell phones behind to "protect our privacy" and bring along photo identification.
Guests have also been asked to dress in formal attire with all men wearing black, and women in white.
"No more than an hour. I know that sounds pretty harsh, but I want my boys to be outside playing. It's so important to me that they're involved in sports - for discipline and health." Soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria limit their kids' time in front of the TV and computer.
Actress Chloe Sevigny has welcomed a new member into her family after her brother Paul tied the knot with his designer fiancee Sophie Aschauer. The couple wed in the bride's native Austria last weekend (12-13Jul14) and the Boys Don't Cry star was among the guests.