Oscar-winning film composer A.R. Rahman is to honoured with a doctorate from America's Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. The Indian musician behind scores for Slumdog Millionaire, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Million Dollar Arm, will receive an honorary doctorate at a concert celebrating his career in October (14).
Rahman will perform with students and faculty members at the gala, and conduct a master class at the Berklee Performance Center.
He says, "I'm deeply moved to receive an honorary doctorate from such a distinguished school, which has contributed so much to the world of music. I'm especially proud and honoured the college is graciously establishing a scholarship in my name for future generations of musicians to follow their dreams."
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Actor Rob Lowe has been tapped to play a murdered hotel heir in an upcoming TV movie.
The Hollywood veteran has been cast as Ben Novack, Jr., the slain millionaire heir to popular Miami, Florida resort, the Fontainebleau hotel, in Beautiful and Twisted.
The film will also star Candice Bergen as Novack Jr.'s mother, Bernice, and Spanish actress Paz Vega, who will portray the hotel boss' wife, Narcy, a former stripper.
In 2012, Narcy Novack was sentenced to life behind bars after she was found guilty of murdering her husband.
"I wish I could cook Indian food because I could start a restaurant and have an alternative career. There aren't any good Indian places in L.A.!" Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto regrets not being able to cook a good Indian meal.
Nigella Lawson's ex-husband has sparked outrage after paintings inspired by the former couple's infamous throttling scandal went up for sale on his art website. The British celebrity chef split from multi-millionaire art collector Charles Saatchi last year (13) after images emerged showing the businessman with his hands around his wife's neck outside a London restaurant.
The state of their marriage then became the focus of a high-profile court battle involving the couple's former assistants.
Now the scandal is rumbling on after it emerged artists are selling work inspired by the brutal incident through Saatchiart.com.
One painting, by an artist called D Udaiyan, features the former couple's faces superimposed onto the bodies of TV cartoon characters Bart Simpson and Homer Simpson, who is renowned for strangling his son in fits of anger.
The piece is up for sale for $10,000 (£6,250).
Defending the decision to allow the sales through his website, Saatchi tells Britain's Daily Mail, "Would it have been a better story if I had censored artists whose work might be personally disobliging?"
A representative for the site adds, "Saatchi Art does not believe in censorship unless the material is pornographic or incites racial hatred."
The Expendables star Terry Crews is adding another hosting gig to his resume as he is set to emcee the 30th Annual Television Critics Association Awards in Beverly Hills, California on 19 July (14). The former American football star-turned-actor, who also stars in sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, was recently tapped as the new host of longrunning game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Police in the U.K. have launched an investigation into the abusive hatemail aimed at J.K. Rowling after the Harry Potter author made a big donation to an anti-Scottish independence campaign. The writer, who lives in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, courted controversy last week (ends13Jun14) by handing over $1.6 million (£1 million) to the Better Together Campaign ahead of a referendum in September (14) to determine whether the nation should leave the U.K.
She expressed fears the country would be left isolated and its economy irreversibly damaged if it breaks free from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but her outspoken views upset Scottish nationalists who slammed the multi-millionaire on Twitter.com, accusing her of siding with the British elite.
The Internet backlash prompted British Prime Minister David Cameron to condemn the nasty messages, insisting there is "never any place for abusive behaviour in whatever sphere of life", and now Scottish authorities have started looking into the incident over allegations of "online criminality".
Scotland's senior prosecutor claims those responsible for posting "grossly offensive" messages aimed at Rowling will face police action.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has waded into a row over J.K. Rowling's donation to an anti-Scottish independence campaign after she was bombarded with abuse online. The Harry Potter author took the controversial step to hand $1.6 million (£1 million) of her own money to the Better Together Campaign ahead of a referendum in September (14) on whether Scotland should leave the U.K.
Rowling, who lives in Edinburgh, explained she fears the country could be left isolated and its economy irreversibly damaged if it breaks free of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but she received a huge backlash on social media.
Scottish nationalists took to Twitter.com in their droves to slam multi-millionaire Rowling, accusing her of being a crony of the British elite and claiming she had no right to tackle the topic as she is English.
Now Cameron, whose Conservative party Rowling opposes, has spoken out to denounce the online anger, insisting there is "never any place for abusive behavior in whatever sphere of life".
Rowling is yet to comment on the abuse, but in an article on her official website, she explains her decision to hand over the money in detail, writing, "It is because I love this country that I want it to thrive. Whatever the outcome of the referendum on 18th September, it will be a historic moment for Scotland. I just hope with all my heart that we never have cause to look back and feel that we made a historically bad mistake."
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Jennifer Lawrence has signed on for her third project with director David O. Russell in a film titled Joy.
The 23-year-old actress previously collaborated with the filmmaker on American Hustle and her Oscar-winning role in Silver Linings Playbook, and now she is teaming up with O. Russell yet again for the rags-to-riches tale about Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. Mangano, a single mother of three kids, became a millionaire after launching the cleaning product on American shopping network QVC, and her company has since grown exponentially with her additional inventions.
Lawrence first mentioned the project during a recent appearance on U.S. chat show Live! With Kelly and Michael, revealing the director already had her in mind for the unique role. She explained, "He recently texted me at, I think, 4 in the morning, and was like, 'I think I want to make a movie about the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. You want to do it?' And I was like, 'Yeah'."
50 Cent has slammed allegations he orchestrated an attack on rapper Slowbucks to steal his gold chain following an incident onstage at the recent Summer Jam concert in New Jersey. The In Da Club hitmaker was performing at the annual hip-hop festival on 1 June (14) when a fight broke out towards the back of the stage after Slowbucks was reportedly banned from the area.
He later claimed his chain had been yanked by a 50 Cent affiliate in the altercation and blamed the superstar for the snatched jewellery, but now 50 is hitting back, insisting he has no reason to steal.
In a video clip released to TMZ.com, the multi-millionaire G-Unit frontman addresses Slowbucks directly and blasts the false accusations, stating, "Stop telling TMZ I can keep your chain boy. I don't snatch chains, this don't make no sense (sic)."
Former tennis ace Monica Seles is set to walk down the aisle after becoming engaged to her boyfriend of five years, millionaire businessman Thomas Golisano. At 72, the sportswoman's husband-to-be is 32 years her senior. He is the former owner of New York ice hockey team the Buffalo Sabres and is currently campaigning to buy American football team the Buffalo Bills.
Three people's lives are drastically changed when they are suddenly given one million dollars each by an eccentric billionaire in this pilot to a prospective new series which the producers hoped would equal the success of the original one that ran from 1955 to 1960 -- with Robert Quarry now in the role of Michael Anthony (then played by Marvin Miller), executive secretary to the mysterious John Beresford Tipton and deliverer of those weekly tax-free million-dollar cashier's checks.