NBC has announced that SNL will return on February 27 with Jennifer Lopez pulling her second double-duty spot as host and musical guest (a feat she previously pulled off in February of 2001). The star will be plugging her return to the big screen in The Back-Up Plan and her new album Love? (both slated for April).
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Lady GaGa was the big winner at the 30th annual BRIT Awards in London, winning all three awards she was nominated for, including Best International Album. Jay-Z won Best International Male Solo Artist, and Lily Allen was honored as Britain’s Best Female Solo Artist. Other honorees included:
British Male Solo Artist: Dizzee Rascal
British Breathrough Act: JLS
British Group: Kasabian
British Album: Lungs, by Florence & the Machines
British Single: “Beat Again,” by JLS
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Jim Morrison is headed to a theater near you. The feature-length documentary, When You’re Strange: A Film About the Doors will hit theaters on April 9. Directed by Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion) and narrated by A-list Doors fan Johnny Depp, When You’re Strange has been popping up on the festival circuit recently everywhere from Sundance to San Sebastian to Santa Barbara. The film is a mix of archival and previously unseen footage of the legendary ’60s L.A. quartet behind such classics as “Light My Fire,” “Riders on the Storm,” and “The End” and led by the charismatic Morrison who died in 1971. The film’s soundtrack will be released on March 30.
Here’s your chance to own a little piece of history. According to the Associated Press, the cash-strapped music label EMI is looking to unload Abbey Road studios, the legendary recording mecca (and tourist attraction) where the Beatles recorded some of their most famous songs, including those on their final studio album, 1969′s Abbey Road. While EMI would not comment on the sale, it’s believed that the studio could raise tens of millions of dollars. EMI has seen several high-profile acts like Radiohead and the Rolling Stones jump ship amidst cutbacks resulting from its acquisition by the private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners in 2007. EMI originally bought the Georgian town house in London’s residential St. John’s Wood neighborhood in 1929 and turned it into one of the industry’s most cutting-edge studios where such rock n’ roll classics as Radiohead’s OK Computer and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon were recorded.
Madonna, who showcased many of Alexander McQueen‘s most spectacular creations over the years, released a comment about the late fashion designer, who was found dead in his London home yesterday of an apparent suicide. Her statement reads: “Lee McQueen was a truly unique visionary in the world of fashion. A creator of beauty. What a tragedy.”
More Alexander McQueen:
Fashion designer Alexander McQueen, 40, found dead in London home
PopWatch: Remembering Alexander McQueen: What was your favorite creation?
Gallery: 12 Unforgettable Alexander McQueen designs
Scott Borchetta, whose Big Machine Records released Taylor Swift’s Fearless, has responded to criticism of Swift’s questionably off-key duet with Stevie Nicks during Sunday’s Grammy telecast, according to The Tennesseean. “Maybe she’s not the best technical singer, but she’s probably the best emotional singer,” he said. “She’s an extraordinary songwriter and her vocal performances are getting better. Everybody is not perfect on any given day.”
More about Taylor Swift at the Grammys:
Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks’ Grammys duet: Out of sight, or out of tune?
Taylor Swift collaborator Butch Walker on their much-discussed Grammy performance: ‘a lot of people give her unnecessary grief’
Taylor Swift wins Album of the Year: Did the Grammys get it right?
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.
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.”
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