Mike Epps has signed on to star as Richard Pryor in the upcoming biopic from director Lee Daniels ("The Butler"). Oprah Winfrey announced the news on Instagram, posting a pic of her and Daniels with Epps, noting "just finished a great 1st read session." Winfrey plays Pryor's grandmother, Marie Carter, according to Entertainment Tonight. Pryor grew up with Carter, who ran a brothel.
Young Jeezy was arrested for possession of an assault rifle in Irvine, California on Sunday. The weapon turned up, according to TMZ, in the investigation into the shooting at Wiz Khalifa's concert in Mountain View, CA, where a man was shot to death. Eric Johnson, 38, was shot five times while backstage at the Shoreline Amphitheater on Aug. 22.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has announced a handful of tour dates to support her debut solo album Crush Songs, which will be released this fall. K.O. performs three gigs at McKittrick Hotel's Manderley Bar in New York City from Sept. 9-11, followed by a show Sept. 12 at Le Poisson Rouge, also in NYC.
Warner Bros. is considering a re-imagined version of the hit 90s sitcom "Full House." John Stamos (Uncle Jesse), original exec producer Bob Boyett and creator Jeff Franklin are said to be involved. On a recent episode of "Watch What Happens Live," Stamos said that he was "working on a twist on a sequel," adding that nothing was set in stone.
Stevie Nicks has released a lyric music video for "Lady," a cut from her upcoming album 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault. The songs in the solo effort were written by Nicks between 1969 and 1995, and produced by Nicks, Dave Stewart (the Eurhythmics) and Waddy Wachtel.
Chris Soules, a former contestant from "The Bachelorette," will be the next contestant on "The Bachelor." Soules, known to fans as Farmer Chris, competed during Andi Dorfman's recently concluded season. "I mean, coming from a small town I never really expected to have this opportunity to be on either show let alone to be the lead on The Bachelor, so it's been awesome," said Soules.
Alice Cooper is set to release Raise the Dead - Live from Wacken on Oct. 21 as a CD/DVD combo. Footage and audio for the release is culled from Alice's 2013 concert at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany.
The 22-song set features a bevy of classic Cooper hits along with covers of the Doors ("Break on Through") and the Who ("My Generation").
Eminem has announced the impending release of his greatest hits collection. The two-disc set features one disc of his own hits, while another disc features new songs by artists signed to his Shady Records label. Shady XV celebrates the label's 15th year anny, and includes cuts from Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12 and Yelawolf.
Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, KISS demon Gene Simmons, and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic are among the top ten richest bassists in the world, according to Richest.com.
Former Beatles bass player Paul McCartney tops the list with a reported worth of $1.2 billion.
Garth Brooks will receive the first ASCAP Centennial Award in celebration of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 100th anniversary. The event goes down at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC on November 17. "Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people . . ."
Aerosmith took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during a show in Texas on Monday night. The band was challenged by Motley Crue, and, for their part, passed on the challenge to Quentin Tarantino, Fleetwood Mac, Cheap Trick, the Dalai Lama, and the road crews for Aerosmith and Slash.
Beyoncé performed a 15-minute medley at the MTV Video Music Awards, afterwards accepting the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award from her husband Jay Z, who called her the "greatest living entertainer." "I'm so full . . . I'm filled with so much gratitude," a tearful Bey said, accepting the award. "I'll just thank God for this moment."
Billy Joel will receive the first ASCAP Centennial Award in celebration of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 100th anniversary. The event goes down at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC on November 17. "Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people . . ."
Martin Scorsese will direct the pilot for the TV spin-off of his 2010 film "Shutter Island." Tentatively titled "Ashecliffe," the show focuses on the island mental hospital located in Boston's harbor. The events of "Ashecliffe" take place before the events of "Shutter Island." According to Deadline, the series explores "the secrets and misdeeds perpetrated by [the] founders" of the hospital.
Kim Kardashian will star on an episode of CBS' "2 Broke Girls" set to air in the fall. Kim hit Twitter to make the news public. "Shooting an episode of #2BrokeGirls with @OfficialKat & @BethBehrs! Can't wait for you to see it 10/27 @ 8pm on #CBS." She didn't say whether she'd be playing herself or another character.