Mitch Hurvitz, the creator behind "Arrested Development," has signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to create, develop, and produce an original series. The deal comes nearly a year after the streaming service brought back "Arrested Development" for a 15 episode fourth season. "We are lucky to be in business with Mitch Hurwitz, a true genius with one of the most distinctive voices . . ."
JoJo joined her Atlantic Record label mate B.o.B. for an acoustic performance of "John Doe," a cut from the latter's latest album Underground Luxury. Bobby Ray played guitar on the cut while Jo filled in for Priscilla Renea on vocals before an intimate crowd. According to Stupid Dope, the muted rendition brings new life to the song.
Uma Thurman has ended her six year engagement to financier Arpad Busson. The pair began dating in 2007 after attending a private dinner together in Milan and got engaged in 2008. "It's true," a source told Us magazine of the split. The pair were supposed to attend the Room to Grow Spring Gala together in NYC on April 8, but Uma showed up alone without wearing her engagement ring.
The impressive global reach of Taylor Swift has prompted one New York Times columnist to compare Swift to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. In a recent column, writer Nicholas Kristof reflects on a recent trip to Ukraine where he saw Swift's impact on teen culture: "The kids here learn English and flirt in low-cut blue jeans," he writes.
Lorde has been announced as one of the headliners for the upcoming Boston Calling fest, which goes down at the city's City Hall Plaza from September 5 to 8. The remaining four headlining acts are the National, the Replacements, Nas with the Roots and Neutral Milk Hotel. Typically, the event features only three headliners.
Bruce Springsteen released the four song EP American Beauty on Record Store Day on vinyl only. The album is now available for digital download from iTunes and Amazon. Three of the tunes - "American Beauty," "Mary Mary" and "Hey Blue Eyes" - were recorded during the High Hopes sessions, while a fourth track, "Hurry Up Sundown," comes from an unknown session.
Former Smiths fronter and animal rights activist Morrissey has lashed out at Canadian authorities - in particular the Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, whom he accused of complicity in the slaughter of seals. Writing on the Moz zine, True to You, Morrissey said that he blames the regressive policies of the Canadian government.
Laura Prepon ("That 70s Show," "Orange Is the New Black") has denied rumors that she is dating Tom Cruise. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Prepon said that she was flattered but surprised to hear the gossip: "I'm flattered because I think he's hot, so I'm like, 'Oh, that's nice,' and apparently he's very gentlemanly with me. Apparently we get along great . . ."
A demo from the band Molimo, featuring former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, has been found in a collection of old vinyl in a barn in upstate New York. Molimo recorded a demo for RCA in 1971, but had it shelved. Two years later Ace would hook up with KISS. The disc was discovered by record collector Chris Reisman, who had to dig through thousands of LPs.
Kellie Pickler is set to feature on an upcoming episode of ABC's Nashville scheduled to air May 7. The episode, titled "All or Nothing With Me," will also feature a guest spot from first lady Michelle Obama. The pair play themselves, showing up at a charity concert at Fort Campbell organized by the show's character Luke Wheeler (Will Chase).
Drew Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman have welcomed their second daughter Frankie into the world. The pair, who now have two young girls, announced the news in a statement: "Happy to announce that today we are the proud parents of our second daughter, Frankie Barrymore Kopelman." The couple also have a one-year-old daughter, Olive. "Olive has a new little sister."
Damon Albarn has opened up about his comments to Q magazine on his history of heroin use. The Blur singer admitted to using the drug while spending time in Africa and has now clarified the statement to underscore that he does not condone heroin use.
Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave") topped the list of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful. The 31-year-old Mexican born Kenyan actress says that she long thought beauty was what she saw on TV: "Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair," she told the mag. Eventually, her mother "always said I was beautiful. And I finally believed her at some point."
Neil Young has quietly released a new covers album A Letter Home exclusively on vinyl. A Letter Home, currently for sale via the Third Man website, features Young performing songs by the likes of Bruce Springsteen ("My Hometown"), Bob Dylan ("Girl From The North Country") and Willie Nelson ("On the Road Again," "Crazy").
Without a major new release on DVD and Blu-ray this week, acclaimed crime-drama "Big Bad Wolves" looks like the most prominent new title hitting the home market, followed by indie "Barefoot" and heralded documentary "The Trials of Muhammad Ali." But even though there aren't many major new releases, there are a couple of older titles getting new Blu-ray editions.