Elton John has given screenwriter Lee Hall access to his diaries to help him with the writing of the upcoming Rocketman biopic. Hall, speaking with the BBC, said Elton is eager to make a true to life film: "One day, he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab . . ."
Peter Marquardt, who played the drug lord Moco in Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi," has died. He was 50. Marquardt, who was best known for playing the white-suited drug lord in Rodriguez's classic film, also appeared in Rodriguez's subsequent films "Desperado," "Spy Kids 3-D" and "The Shadow People." He was cast in "El Mariachi"—despite not speaking Spanish.
Lil Wayne has launched his own sports management agency with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo as his first client, say several sources. According to TMZ, the Young Money Boss has partnered with Polaris Sports to handle Ronaldo's marketing, endorsement deals, and modeling. Polaris is an affiliate of CAA and GestiFute, the firm for which Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes is employed.
The Zac Brown Band have released a behind the scenes video showing fans the making of their latest single "All Alright" from The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 EP. In the vid, ZBB are seen in their own Southern Ground Studios in Nashville along with Foo Fighters fronter Dave Grohl. The visual highlights how the band recorded the album as a band instead of tracking each part.
Jessie J debuted a curly new hairdo while performing at the Wales Access All Eirias festival on Saturday. The long locks were a departure for J, who is typically seen wearing ponytails and bobs. She hit Twitter earlier in the week to tell her fans she's dedicated to them: "One thing I strive for is to be consistent. Whether it's 5 people in an audience or 50 thousand . . ."
The first trailer of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I" has been released. The teaser features Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Julianne Moore as the leader of the outlaw District 13, President Alma Coin. Natalie Dormer ("Game of Thrones"), who plays Capitol film director Cressida, is also seen in the clip, along with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as rebel leader Plutarch.
Blur have released Live at the Budokan, a rare recording of their 1995 live performance in Tokyo previously only available in Japan. The LP, taken from the band's Great Escape tour, drops August 11. The November 8 show was held before 20,000 fans at the famed venue. Previous rockers to record live albums there are Cheap Trick, Bob Dylan and Ozzy Osbourne.
James Gunn, director of "Guardians of the Galaxy," and the film's lead actor Chris Pratt, told fans that they can expect a sequel to the film during a panel discussion at Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend. "Yes, I'm writing and directing the sequel to #GuardiansoftheGalaxy for theaters July 28 2017. But first go see the first one out next week!" Gunn added on Twitter.
Garth Brooks broke his own previous ticket sales record by selling 180,000 tickets to his upcoming Chicago residency in under three hours. Brooks' comeback tour, which kicks off on September 4, sold all three lots of tickets for his ten Chicago shows at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
Quentin Tarantino confirmed at Comic-Con that "The Hateful Eight" is back on track, and that he plans to direct. Responding to the question in San Diego, Tarantino said "yeah - we're going to be doing 'The Hateful Eight'." Quentin previously said he planned on killing the project after the script was leaked online. He sued Gawker for giving out details on how to obtain the script.
Nicki Minaj will be featured in an upcoming episode of the Cartoon Network animated series Steven Universe. Minaj stars as Sugilite, the mighty and powerful fusion of Garnet and Amethyst, two of the show's magically powered "gems" who help protect the world. In the same episode, Estelle gives voice to the character Garnet.
Jennifer Lopez turned 45 in style, accompanied by high-profile friends including French Montana and Fat Joe. The "I Luh Ya Papi" songstress posed with Montana, whose girlfriend, Khloe Kardashian, also attended the bash, and Joe, both of whom later posted pictures to their Instagram accounts from the party.
Zack Snyder tweeted the first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman ahead of the Warner Bros Comic-Con presentation. In the photo, the superhero stands on a cliff wielding a sword before a fiery and smoky setting. "Great time at #SDCC this year! #WonderWoman #DCTrinity," Snyder captioned the picture. The cast of the film also features Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
Keyshia Cole has released the album cover for her sixth studio album, Point of No Return. The art sees Keysh sitting on the door of her convertible, while alone on an isolated desert road. "There's definitely more sexy songs on this album than I've ever done," Keyshia told Fuse. "I'm excited to see what the people think about that, so we'll see how receptive they are."
Aretha Franklin was scolded by a Johnny Rockets employee in Niagara Falls, Canada last week. Franklin ordered a hamburger at the restaurant chain and proceeded to eat her sandwich in the store. An employee noticed that she was eating inside after having asked for a take-out and reprimanded her, saying that she was not allowed to eat in because she ordered for take-out.