Actor Al Pacino, rock band the Eagles, and singer James Taylor have been named among the 2016 Kennedy Center honourees.
The stars will be feted alongside soul legend Mavis Staples and Argentine pianist Martha Argerich at a gala in Washington, D.C. on 3 December (16).
The surviving members of the Eagles were selected to be honoured last year (15), but postponed their appearance due to bandmate Glenn Frey’s health issues. He passed away in January (16), a month after last year’s ceremony.
“We accept this honor in memory of our comrade and fellow traveler, Eagles founder Glenn Frey,” a statement from the band reads. “The members of the band hailed from different regions of this great nation and we always felt very fortunate that our music was embraced by people from all walks of life, all over the world.”
“I am grateful and deeply humbled by this unexpected and extraordinary honor,” a statement from Pacino adds, while a statement from Taylor reads, “The prospect of attending the Kennedy Center Honors again, this time as an honoree, is astonishing. I am deeply moved to be included in such august company.”
Johnny Depp’s daughter is helping to cheer up dad as he hides out in the Bahamas amid his divorce drama.
Model and actress Lily-Rose Depp has visited her father on the private island he owns in the Bahamas to give the actor a boost as he battles his estranged wife Amber Heard.
“He has no plans to return to Los Angeles,” a source tells People. “He misses nothing about L.A. but his kids, and they are visiting him in the Bahamas.”
His son Jack, 14, is expected to arrive on the island with his mother, Vanessa Paradis, this weekend (25-26Jun16), according to reports.
“Having his kids around is always great for him. He has really missed his kids,” the source says. “He likes being surrounded by people and everyone is trying to cheer him up.”
Depp flew straight to his Bahamas retreat after wrapping up a European tour with his rock band The Hollywood Vampires earlier this month (Jun16). The divorce drama unfolded while he was overseas, with Amber filing for divorce and then requesting a protection order against Johnny while he was out of town.
The couple was set to face off at a court hearing in Los Angeles on Friday (17Jun16), but that was postponed on Thursday (16Jun16), amid reports the estranged couple is attempting to thrash out a divorce deal.
A temporary restraining order against the actor was reissued. Amber has accused her estranged husband of subjecting her to emotional and physical abuse throughout the couple’s 15-month marriage – a claim Depp strongly denies.
She showed up to court last month (May16) to request a protection order sporting a bruised face, claiming Depp had thrown an iPhone at her during a final row at the couple’s Los Angeles home.
The official hearing on Heard’s permanent restraining order request has been rescheduled for 15 and 16 August (16).
Folk rocker Billy Bragg paid a special tribute to slain politician Jo Cox at the Glastonbury festival on Thursday (23Jun16).
The A New England singer led a chorus of folk anthem We Shall Overcome during a short and sombre set at Glastonbury’s Park Stage.
Cox was murdered earlier this month (Jun16) by a man who disagreed with the Labour Party politician’s stance on whether or not Britain should exit the European Union.
During his performance, Bragg appeared onstage with women wearing sashes in Suffragette colours, while people among the crowd held up placards reading #moreincommon, referencing one of Cox’s most famous speeches.
Chris Brown is facing a lawsuit from a former employee who is accusing the singer of attacking him.
Mike G claims he was hired by the Fine China star in 2012 to help him clean up his image, and helped the R&B hitmaker with his finances and his alleged substance abuse issues.
However, according to TMZ, he was attacked by Brown last month (May16) without provocation. Mike G claims he was hospitalised following the alleged altercation.
He also claims Brown began to mock him on his social media pages, bragging about the incident.
Mike G’s lawsuit comes a few days after Brown was accused of stomping on a fan’s head while staging a nightclub appearance during the Cannes Film Festival last month (May16).
Brown was performing at the Gotha nightclub in Cannes on 18 May (16), when he appeared to step on a man’s head.
Malek Mokrani claims he was hospitalised with neck and head pains as a result of Brown’s supposed actions.
A representative for Brown has yet to comment on the report, but Mokrani is reportedly planning to file a police report over the incident, which was caught on video obtained by TMZ.
Led Zeppelin have won a copyright infringement case over their classic song Stairway to Heaven.
A federal jury rejected a lawsuit alleging that songwriters Jimmy Page and Robert Plant stole the opening guitar riff of the anthem from a tune written by the late Randy Wolfe.
An eight-person jury decided there was not enough evidence to support claims by the estate of the late Spirit songwriter/guitarist that the beginning of Stairway to Heaven was grabbed from Spirit instrumental Taurus on Thursday (23Jun16) after a week-long trial in Los Angeles.
Page and Plant testified during the trial, insisting they had no knowledge of Wolfe’s Spirit track before they composed Stairway To Heaven. They were both cleared of any wrongdoing on Thursday morning.
Before his death, Wolfe was often asked about the similarities between his 1968 instrumental and Led Zep’s 1971 tune, but he always refused to take legal action.
Upon his death, relatives decided it was time to seek possible compensation.
“I was obsessed with the books… I’m so upset that there isn’t a real place like that. At the movies I did all the midnight screenings, I dressed up as Hermione… I broke twigs on my tree and made it look like a wand.” Blake Lively was a big fan of the Harry Potter books and films.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated the 2016 Saturn Awards with eight wins on Wednesday night (22Jun16).
The record-breaking instalment of the sci-fi franchise went into the Burbank, California ceremony with 15 nominations and took home eight honours, including the top prize of Best Science Fiction Film, beating out the likes of Ex Machina, Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian and Terminator: Genisys.
Harrison Ford’s return as Han Solo earned him the Best Actor trophy, while Adam Driver landed Best Supporting Actor.
The Force Awakens also won Best Writing, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Make-Up and Best Special Effects.
Guillermo Del Toro’s horror film Crimson Peak landed three wins – Best Horror Film, Best Actress for Jessica Chastain, and Best Production Design.
Other winners in the film categories included Charlize Theron (Best Actress for Mad Max: Fury Road), Ridley Scott (Best Director for The Martian), Ant-Man (Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture), Furious 7 (Best Action/Adventure Film), and Bridge of Spies (Best Thriller)
In the television category, The Walking Dead scored three wins for Best Horror TV Series, Best Supporting Actress (Danai Gurira) and Best Younger TV Actor (Chandler Riggs).
Earning two wins each were Hannibal (Best Action/Thriller TV Series and Best Supporting Actor for Richard Armitage) and Outlander (Best Fantasy TV Series and Best Actress for Caitriona Balfe).
Best Science Fiction TV Series went to Continuum, Bruce Campbell’s return as Ash Williams won him Best Actor for Ash vs Evil Dead and William Shatner scored the Best Guest Star prize for his stint on supernatural drama Haven.
Shatner’s Star Trek family also had a big night as his former co-star Nichelle Nichols was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while writer/producer Brannon Braga, who was behind both the TV series and feature films, was honoured with the Special Recognition Award.
Doctor Who star John Barrowman hosted the awards, which are presented by officials at the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.