Producer Jonah Hirsch and filmmaker Danny Abrahms are developing Anne, a virtual reality film based on the life of Jewish teenager Anne Frank, who died in a German concentration camp in 1945, aged 15. The immersive movie will allow viewers to virtually step into the tiny Amsterdam, Holland room where she hid from the Nazis during World War Two.
Drake has replaced 50 Cent as the fifth richest rapper in a new Forbes poll.
Publication editors annually rank the top-earning hip-hop superstars for The Forbes Five, and Drake has made his debut among the top flight for the first time in his career.
His net worth is estimated at $60 million (£41 million), thanks to his music and touring revenue, as well as endorsement deals with Nike, Apple and Sprite, placing him at five on the new survey.
However, Drake, who is signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment label, still has way to go before he climbs further up the poll.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs reigns supreme at number one with a net worth of $750 million (£516 million), while Dr. Dre trails in second place with $710 million (£488 million).
Jay Z takes the third spot with $610 million (£420 million), and rap mogul Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams, whose Cash Money Records is the parent company of Young Money, is fourth with $110 million (£76 million).
50 Cent, who had previously been a regular on the Forbes rich list, tumbled in the rankings after filing for bankruptcy last summer (15). In legal papers lodged in a Connecticut court in July (15), he claimed to owe a string of creditors over $30 million (£21 million).
The Forbes Five results will give Drake another reason to celebrate following the success of his latest album, Views.
The Canadian rapper marked the new release last week (29Apr16) by hosting a party at La Vie nightclub in his native Toronto, where he boasted about his huge first-day sales figures.
“I got a text message that we sold, like, 630,000 something records in one night,” the thrilled 29-year-old said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever done that s**t, so thank you very much!”
“I can’t believe people that don’t contribute to music that criticise music, it just blows my mind. Beyonce – tell them to kiss that a**, that’s what I would do.” Blake Shelton shows his support for Beyonce after the R&B star received criticism for her new country-tinged song, Daddy Lessons, which features on her chart-topping album Lemonade.
Rapper 50 Cent has apologised to a hearing impaired airport employee he mocked on social media after his family threatened legal action.
The hip hop star, real name Curtis Jackson, posted a video of 19-year-old janitor Andrew Farrell pushing a cart of cleaning supplies through Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on Instagram last Sunday (01May16), and when the employee failed to respond to the musician, 50 accused him of being high on drugs.
He said in the clip, “Look at him. What kind of s**t do you think he took before he got to work today? He high as a motherf**ker right here in the airport. Pupils dilated – the new generation is f**king crazy.”
The video went viral before the rapper took it down after realising he had been insensitive when Andrew’s stepfather, Ken Kramer, revealed the teen suffers from social anxiety disorder and hearing impairment.
Kramer informed TMZ he was planning to sue 50 unless the rapper donated $1 million (GBP687,000) to Andrew’s GoFundMe page and apologised to the teenager in person.
The In Da Club star has now apologised to Andrew, stating: “It was certainly not my intent to insult him or the disability community (sic), which is a source of great strength in America. I have apologized personally to him and his family.”
He added, “While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man.”
Farrell’s family has reportedly dropped any legal action against the rap star with sources telling TMZ Ken Kramer and his wife are satisfied with 50’s sincere apology and are no longer chasing him for a $1 million charity donation.
Musician Remo Belli has died at the age of 88.
The drummer passed away in California on 25 April (16) following a bout with pneumonia.
Belli began his career as a drummer for singer Anita O’Day in the 1950s. However, he was best known for creating a synthetic drumhead after growing frustrated with animal-skins because of their limitations.
He went on to found Remo Inc. and also worked with his wife Ami, a doctor, to create wellness programs using rhythm.
Paying tribute to Belli, Emerson Lake & Palmer star Carl Palmer wrote on Twitter.com, “My friend, Remo Belli, will be deeply missed by all of us. I will always think of the good times we had and all of his great ideas.”
Beyonce and Adele have topped a list of the fifty most powerful mothers.
The singers are celebrated in Working Mother magazine, in a list revealed to People Magazine, which also includes country singer Carrie Underwood, How To Get Away With Murder actress Viola Davis and Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett among others.
Beyonce, mother to daughter Blue, four, is celebrated for her savvy as a businesswoman; she earned an estimated $250 million (£172 million) in 2015, according to Forbes Magazine. She recently made a big splash in the athleisure market in partnership with Topshop, her latest venture, Ivy Park. And she’s already grooming musical talent for stardom with her newest business: a music label arm of her company, Parkwood Entertainment, which will feature artists like the Bailey Twins, singer/rapper Ingrid, and Sophie Beem.
Meanwhile Adele, who returned to music after a three year hiatus, broke records with new release 25, the best-selling album of 2015, which has solely been credited with boosting global music business revenues for the first time in almost 20 years.
The mother to son Angelo, three, shared in a recent interview with Vogue magazine, that her son is the most fulfilling part of her life.
Working Mother’s full list of its picks for the 50 Most Powerful Moms will be out later this week (ends08May16).
A man charged with stalking Brooke Shields has accused the model-turned-actress of lying about his alleged harassment.
The Blue Lagoon star reported John Rinaldi to New York police a year ago (15), claiming he had left her strange notes, scared her children, and posted nasty comments about her co-workers on social media.
Rinaldi was subsequently charged with stalking and harassment, and he returned to Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday (02May16), when he maintained his innocence.
The suspect insists he was simply contacting Shields in regards to a possible donation for his charitable organisation, called The Sandy Hook Kids Center, but she mistook his efforts to reach out as harassment.
During the court hearing, Rinaldi embarked on a rant aimed at Shields, blasting her for reportedly committing perjury for making up multiple encounters between the pair.
“Brooke committed a crime,” he told the judge. “She knowingly filed perjury. I never bothered her. The complaints that Brooke wrote, they’re all wrong.”
In the alleged incidents listed on the police report Shields claimed Rinaldi camped outside her West Village home, blocks away from his own residence, followed her into a local Starbucks coffee shop, and attempted to talk to her kids while they were out and about.
Rinaldi, 48, also called out his own lawyer, Daniel Stern, claiming he was not doing enough to defend him, and requested permission to have him replaced.
“He’s not supposed to impose his views,” Rinaldi moaned. “He said, ‘You’re guilty, you’re going to go to jail’. He wouldn’t do anything.”
Rinaldi’s motion for a new lawyer was approved, and the judge set the next court hearing for 20 May (16), reports the New York Daily News.
Demi Lovato knew she had to defend “brave” Kesha after the pop star accused Dr. Luke of abuse.
The Tik Tok star is currently locked in a bitter legal battle with her former mentor and hitmaker, real name Lukasz Gottwald, after claiming he physically and emotionally abused her during their 10-year musical partnership.
Demi admits she doesn’t know what happened between Kesha and the producer, but she insists comments the pop star made in February (16), expressing frustration over “seeing women come forward with their past only to be shot down, not believed & disrespected for their bravery in taking action” was part of a bigger conversation.
“It wasn’t so much about Dr. Luke; that’s not my business what happened or what may have not have happened,” she tells Latina magazine. “The important thing for me is that people are so afraid to come forward when they are sexually abused or raped because 1) it’s not something that’s easy to prove, so you don’t want to go through the whole process and it drags it out (and) 2) Because it’s hard to prove people are so quick to dispel the rumours or not believe you, and therefore nobody’s coming forward and change is only happening in a worse sense.”
The 23-year-old also felt it was important to support Kesha because famous women are constantly pitted against one another.
“I thought it was extremely brave of a pop star in the industry to come out and talk about that,” she continues.
Demi also took aim at Dr. Luke for refusing to let his estranged protege dump her contract with him. Kesha lost her battle to end the deal in March (16). She claims the agreement restricts her from working with any producer by Dr. Luke, but he insists that’s not the case.
“I do believe it’s very f**ked up that he’s not letting her go, aside from all of the other stuff,” Lovato adds.
“Teachers are the real revolutionaries. Thanks for all you do.” Rapper Pitbull, who founded the Sports Leadership Academy of Miami (SLAM) school in 2013, celebrates America’s Teacher Appreciation Day with a special shout out. He is opening a second academy in Las Vegas.
Former Creed singer Scott Stapp has been announced as Scott Weiland’s replacement in Art of Anarchy.
Weiland fronted the group, which also featured Disturbed bassist John Moyer and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, until his death in December (15).
The band released a debut album last year (15).
Stapp announced the news on Tuesday (03May16) to end speculation surrounding his links to another Weiland band, Stone Temple Pilots.
STP released a statement on Twitter, dismissing reports they had hired Stapp, writing: “Despite recent comments, Scott Stapp is not, nor has he ever been considered as the singer for STP.”
Now, a new statement from Stapp reads: “First off, Scott Weiland in STP is irreplaceable. I was recently asked what I’m currently working on in an interview and could not reveal details or announce this new project. This led the interviewer to assume it was STP and he eagerly kept asking for more details. Evidently my response caused confusion.
“I’m excited to share I’ve been working with Art of Anarchy, whose members are Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, formerly of Guns N’ Roses, John Moyer of Disturbed and Jon and Vince Votta. Original announcement was slated for July along with our first single and album to follow but happy to share this announcement sooner to clarify.
“Art of Anarchy is the project that I was referring to in the interview… Always been a fan of STP and I wish them all the best in their search for a new singer.”