A New York Philharmonic tribute performance to late conductor Lorin Maazel had to be postponed on Monday (14Jul14) after bad weather prompted organisers to call off the outdoor concert. The city orchestra was due to take the stage in Manhattan's Central Park for a free gig, but officials scrapped the event hours before showtime after thunderstorms were forecast in the area.
The Maazel tribute will now take place on Tuesday night (15Jul14), when the New York Philharmonic is due to perform at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.
The classical musicians will play Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings in honour of their former music director, who died on Sunday (13Jul14), aged 84.
Rapper Fabolous was caught up in a terrifying shooting on Sunday night (13Jul14) when a bouncer was gunned down at a New York City nightclub where he was partying. The hip-hop star was enjoying a night out at the La Marina hotspot in Manhattan when an altercation broke out, and a security guard was shot in the neck as he attempted to break up the fight inside the venue.
The bouncer, Andre Obert, 27, was admitted to a nearby hospital and is now said to be in a stable condition. Police are hunting for the shooter.
Fabolous and his entourage were not hurt in the incident. Police confirmed to the New York Daily News that the star was close by when the gun went off, but was not involved.
Lingerie model Lindsay Ellingson is a married woman. The Victoria's Secret beauty and her beau of six years, medical equipment salesman Sean Clayton, tied the knot during an intimate ceremony in Bluffton, South Carolina on Saturday (12Jul14). The couple shared news of its nuptials in a statement to E! News which reads, "Words can't express the joy and happiness we have as we start the next chapter of our lives together with the support and love of our families and friends." Ellingson and Clayton also revealed that their first dance in front of their 85 guests was to Drake's hit Hold On, We're Going Home. Clayton popped the question to Ellingson last November (13) over America's Thanksgiving holiday at his family's home in Ohio.
Filmmakers behind a new Michael Jackson documentary have stepped up their legal battle against the King of Pop's estate executors in a bid to clear the way for the movie's release. Director Craig Williams was recently slapped with a cease-and-desist notice over the rights to footage in Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot, which features clips he shot of the superstar at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York City for Ebony magazine in 2007, two years before his death.
His film also includes interviews with Jackson's friends, photographers and stylists as the superstar prepared for the photo session.
Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Michael Jackson estate, claims the singer never agreed to have his "private moments... publicly and commercially exploited", but Williams hit back with his own lawsuit, insisting he and producers at Noval Williams Films legally obtained the rights after the Jackson family passed on the opportunity in 2011.
Williams and his fellow producers have now filed an injunction against estate bosses in New York's Manhattan Supreme Court, compelling them to respond to the suit within 21 days to speed up the process, according to the New York Post.
Williams is seeking declaratory relief that his film isn't infringing copyrights so they can press ahead with the film's sale and release.
Taylor Swift has turned writer for The Wall Street Journal by penning an article defending the music industry.
In honour of the newspaper's 125th anniversary on Tuesday (08Jul14), the Love Story hitmaker was commissioned to pen an essay for a section called The Future of Everything.
In her article, the 24 year old offers her opinion on the state of modern music, dismissing fears that declining sales and increased piracy have sounded the death knell for the industry.
She writes, "(I'm) one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying... it's just coming alive. There are many (many) people who predict the downfall of music sales and the irrelevancy of the album as an economic entity. I am not one of them. In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work... Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently."
"In recent years, you've probably read the articles about major recording artists who have decided to practically give their music away, for this promotion or that exclusive deal. My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet... is that they all realize their worth and ask for it."
Swift argues that music fans consume differently than they did 20 years ago, detailing the success of her recent record-breaking Red concert tour and the rise of YouTube.com.
Singer Solange Knowles is adamant there is no ill feeling over her infamous elevator bust-up with her rapper brother-in-law Jay Z, insisting: "We are all good."
The pair hit headlines in May (14) when surveillance footage emerged showing Knowles lashing out at her sister Beyonce's husband as they left a party at a New York hotel.
Halo hitmaker Beyonce later issued a statement insisting her husband and sister "each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred", and now Solange has spoken out to reveal the famous family has moved on from the scandal.
She tells Lucky magazine, "What's important is that my family and I are all good. What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that."
Actor Vincent Pastore has gone public with his prostate cancer fight after secretly battling the disease for the past year. The Sopranos star reveals he was diagnosed with the illness in March, 2013, shortly after landing a role as a mobster in Woody Allen's stage adaptation of Bullets Over Broadway and he was so worried cancer would rob him of his chance to shine on Broadway, he kept the news of his health crisis to himself.
He underwent surgery last July (13) and received radiation treatment at White Plains Hospital in New York between November (13) and January (14), all while attending "physically exhausting" rehearsals for the musical in Manhattan.
Pastore finally decided to come clean about his cancer battle to play director Susan Stroman and he was relieved when she didn't fire him from the cast.
He tells the New York Daily News, "I told her that if she had to get rid of me, to just get rid of me. Instead she started to cry. She hugged me and said, 'I will never get rid of you.' It was an amazing moment that gave me the strength to work even harder."
Pastore has also heaped praise on filmmaker Allen for his support throughout the ordeal and he cannot believe he has since made it to his 100th performance of Bullets Over Broadway, which opened in April (14).
He says, "I kept setting goals for myself during this illness. First, make it through rehearsals. Then to previews. I did that. Then to opening night. I did that. Then to 100 performances, a big deal on Broadway. Now I wanna make it to my 68th birthday, July 14th. Now producers are talking to me about maybe taking Bullets Over Broadway to London...
"Now I can officially say, 'OK, I'm a proud prostate cancer survivor.' I feel great..."
The actor is now making it his mission to raise awareness about the disease and he reveals his efforts helped one famous pal spot his cancer early.
He adds, "I warned a lot of my friends to go get checked out. One well-known actor did and he caught his prostate cancer in time."
Orange Is The New Black star Taryn Manning has been granted an order of protection against a former friend who is accused of harassing the actress. Jeanine Heller appeared at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City to face a misdemeanour charge over allegations she bombarded Manning with hundreds of online messages between April (14) and July (14), according to the New York Post.
Heller was freed without bail, but Judge Lisa Sokoloff issued an order of protection banning her from contacting Manning, as well as the actress' mother and the family dog, telling the defendant, "The last person who violated my orders of protection is now in jail."
A homeless man wielding a knife has been arrested in New York City after he attempted to gain access to the TV studio where Good Morning America (GMA) is filmed.
Andre Johnson, 25, is believed to have approached security guards outside ABC Studios in Manhattan's Times Square on Tuesday (01Jul14) and demanded to be let into the building. He was turned away, but allegedly returned carrying a knife and attacked one of the security guards.
Police were called to the scene, and pictures show cops restraining Johnson on the street outside the TV hub. He also allegedly made threats against football player-turned-TV host Michael Strahan, who is a contributor on GMA.
Johnson was arrested and taken to a local police station where he was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing, according to the New York Daily News.
A spokesperson for ABC called the cop a "hero" for tackling the man, and added, "It was a scary situation but thanks to the fast actions of NYPD (New York Police Department) the situation was quickly under control."
Homeland star Mandy Patinkin owes a fortuitous street meeting with Zach Braff for his role in new film Wish I Was Here.
The actor was walking along 7th Avenue in Manhattan, New York with his son Gideon when they spotted Braff - and he's now convinced the meeting served as an impromptu audition.
He says, "Zach tapped me on my shoulder and said, 'My girlfriend wanted to meet you'. We all said 'hi' and nice things to each other and then we walked off in different directions."
"A few months later Zach called me up and said, 'Can I send you a script?' I read it and I laughed and cried and couldn't believe how beautiful it was. He said, 'I'd like you to play the dad. Can you come meet me for breakfast?' "So we met on the upper west side of Manhattan and we had this great meeting. He took a selfie when the breakfast was over and the deal was done!"
Set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.