In a busy weekend for new releases, Fox's sci-fi thriller "The Maze Runner" looks like the clear favorite to top the box office, as it has the widest release of the weekend and a built-in audience familiar with the book of the same title. Also looking to be a major factor this weekend is "A Walk Among the Tombstones."
Jennifer Hudson is giving fans early access to her upcoming new album JHUD. The singer has teamed up with VH1 to offer a stream of the album. JHUD is the follow-up to Hudson's 2011 release I Remember Me. It features the Pharrell-produced single "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)," featuring T.I.
"Orange is the New Black" star Laverne Cox has signed on to produce and host a new MTV special focusing on transgender youth. The special will be titled "Laverne Cox Presents: The 'T' Word" and it will focus on a group of transgender youths ranging from 12 to 24-years-old. "For many of us, the 'T' in LGBT means more than transgender, it also means truth," Cox said in a statement.
Darius Rucker has revealed that he is currently prepping the release of his first ever Christmas album. News of the holiday release came via Sheryl Crow, who shared a photo in the studio with Rucker earlier this month with the note: "Merry Christmas Baby! (I sang on his upcoming Christmas record)."
The city of Chicago has declared that September 23 will now be known as "David Bowie Day." The decree came from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The announcement was delivered in a written proclamation in which Emanuel describes the art-rock legend as "an undisputed global icon."
Magician Mat Franco has been crowned the newest "America's Got Talent" champion. Franco was the only magician amongst the pool of six finalists, four of whom were singers. He will take the $1 million cash prize and also have his very own headlining show in Las Vegas. "This is just unbelievable. It's outrageous. I can't believe it was me. It all still feels like a dream at this point."
Florida Georgia Line have announced the release of an Anything Goes ZinePak loaded with bonus content. The limited-edition ZinePak includes a 12-track CD, a 64-page magazine with interviews and photos, behind-the-scenes videos, FGL temporary tattoos, a hologram phone sticker and a free digital copy of the album. It will be available only at Walmart and Walmart.com.
Iggy Azalea has inked a new worldwide publishing deal with Sony ATV. "We are incredibly excited to be working with such a fresh and electrifying new talent as Iggy Azalea," Martin Bandier, Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO said of the deal. "She is an incredibly smart and dynamic songwriter and artist and has made an amazing start to what looks set to be a long and successful career."
Cat Stevens has confirmed plans to release a new album next month. The new release, titled Tell 'Em I'm Gone, is due to hit on October 27 and will be released under his current stage name, Yusuf. The release was co-produced by Rick Rubin and Stevens says the new release shows off a musical side that has always been hidden just below the surface.
Rihanna has fired criticism at CBS for pulling her song from "Thursday Night Football." Rihanna's hit song with Jay Z and Kanye West, "Run This Town," was supposed to be used in a pre-game opening segment. However, CBS pulled the song from the piece in light of the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal based on Rihanna's past experience as the victim of domestic scandal.
Tom Hiddleston has reportedly signed on to appear in the forthcoming new King King movie "Skull Island." The project will mark the latest addition in the ever-growing canon of King Kong pictures. Thus far, there is no word on the nature of Hiddleston's role, but it will once again link him into Hollywood's sci-fi elite. He is best known for his role as Loki.
The Rolling Stones are set to release two complete concerts to DVD and Blu-ray later this year. The releases will come as part of Eagle Rock Entertainment's "From the Vault" series. The two releases, titled Hampton Coliseum — Live in 1981 and L.A. Forum — Live in 1975 will be out November 4 and 18, respectively. Both videos will boast fully restored visual content as well.
Model Cara Delevinge has reportedly signed on to appear in the forthcoming adaptation of writer John Green's novel "Paper Towns." Word of her possible involvement in the project first broke earlier this week and both Green and director Jake Schreier say they're thrilled she's on board. "Cara Delevigne's audition blew everyone away (including me!) and she understands Margo profoundly."
Sammy Hagar has revealed that he has canceled his birthday bash due to hurricane damage suffered at the venue site in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The annual event was scheduled to take place at Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina, but the Red Rocker says Hurricane Odile has left the area too far gone.
Clive Davis stopped by the Today Show to announce that the CD/ DVD set Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances is scheduled for release on November 10. "Whitney never had a live album," he said. "I really want everyone to know exactly why during her time she was considered the greatest contemporary singer in the world."