Country star Carrie Underwood will take on her first big-screen role in Soul Surfer, a drama based on the true story of surfing champion Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm in a shark attack in 2003, when she was just 13. Race to Witch Mountain and Bridge to Terabithia‘s AnnaSophia Robb has been cast as Hamilton; Underwood will play church youth group leader Sarah Hill, while Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt will play Hamilton’s parents. The cast also features Lorraine Nicholson and Kevin Sorbo. Principal photography starts this week in Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii. Sean McNamara will direct from a screenplay he wrote with Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Schwartz (Baywatch co-creator), and Michael Berk based on the best-selling autobiography Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton.
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Reuters is reporting that Sly Stone filed a $50 million lawsuit against his former manager Jerry Goldstein yesterday, claiming fraud and 20 years of stolen royalties. Stone, 66, the frontman of 1960s and ’70s band Sly and the Family Stone, alleged that Goldstein had diverted an estimated $20-$30 million of royalties to fund a lavish lifestyle. The musician also claimed that his ex-manager registered the band’s name (Sly and the Family Stone) as his own property and used it borrow millions of dollars.
Filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the suit seeks damages of $50 million and asks for a full accounting from royalty collection companies to determine how much had been taken from Stone.
A History of Violence actress Maria Bello has signed on to star in HBO’s drama Emergency Sex, a series in development that will be written by Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Beaufoy will also be an executive producer alongside Russell Crowe. The series is inspired by the book Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures: A True Story From Hell on Earth, by Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, and Andrew Thompson. The Hollywood Reporter says the show “revolves around the larger-than-life exploits of expatriate nongoverment-organization workers who find their sanity tested in the face of atrocities, loneliness, and primal desires.”
The proposed merger between ticketing company Ticketmaster and concert promoter Live Nation won approval today from the U.S. Justice Department, according to Yahoo! News. The idea of the two music business giants uniting has been heavily criticized by Bruce Springsteen, among others. In February last year, the Boss wrote on his official blog that, “the one thing that would make the current ticket situation even worse for the fan than it is now would be Ticketmaster and Live Nation coming up with a single system, thereby returning us to a near monopoly situation in music ticketing.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Roger Friedman, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie are in the midst of planning a sequel to “We Are the World,” the collaborative single released 25 years ago. The duo have reportedly reached out to singers like Usher, Natalie Cole, and John Legend, and hope to gather the musicians during Grammy weekend. All proceeds will go to Haiti relief.
Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment announced on Tuesday the creation of a joint venture to produce and distribute music, TV, film, and digital content, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Coming just days after Cowell announced that he was leaving American Idol, his new five-year partnership with Sony will pool the TV and music assets of his X Factor and Got Talent shows on both sides of the Atlantic as well as a musical roster that includes such hitmakers as Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle. In exchange, Cowell will regain partial control of his production company, Syco, which had been 100-percent owned by Sony. “I have had a fantastic relationship with Sony for many years and I am delighted we are launching this venture together,” Cowell said in a statement.
This morning, the Recording Academy announced a raft of more bold-faced presenters for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, which will air live on CBS Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Amongst the names? Tween idols (Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber), actors (Jeff Bridges, Josh Duhamel, Kristen Bell), previous Grammy winners (Norah Jones, Ricky Martin, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr) and one reigning Billboard chart queen (Ke$ha).
They all join previously announced performers and/or nominees, including Best Album nominees Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, the Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift (all of whom will perform), plus Bon Jovi, Maxwell, Pink, Green Day, Lady Antebellum, and the Zac Brown Band.
Nick Cannon is adding another MC gig to his resume. The America’s Got Talent host will serve as morning drive host on CBS Radio’s top 40 New York station 92.3 NOW (WXRK-FM). Cannon’s show will feature music, celebrity interviews, pop culture and lifestyle talk. Cannon begins his show Jan. 19.
A New York federal court reinstated an antitrust lawsuit that accuses major record labels of fixing prices and terms for music to be sold over the Internet, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs said that they entered into joint ventures and licensing that, in effect, created artificial price floors for downloaded music and wholesale prices of 70 cents per song when competitor’s distributed their music. Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann, one of three judges on the panel, said, “Some form of agreement among defendants would have been needed to render the enterprises profitable.”
Madonna’s recent “Sticky & Sweet” tour is set for release on DVD, Blu-Ray, and CD on March 30, according to a release from Live Nation. The release of the concert, which the live music company claims was the most successful tour by a solo artist in history and was seen by more than 3.5 million people in 32 countries, will include many of Madonna’s hits, including “4 Minutes,” “Like a Prayer,” “Hung Up,” and “Ray of Light.” The version that will be released was filmed on the singer’s stop in Buenos Aires, which included Madonna’s performing Evita hit “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” The DVD will also feature 30 minutes of footage from backstage on the tour.
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