Ringo Turns 77!
Ringo Starr celebrated his 77th birthday today (Friday) with what has become his annual worldwide noontime "Peace and Love" event.
As it has for the past three years, it took place in front of the Capitol Records tower in Hollywood, where a few hundred fans gathered for the ceremony, which was streamed worldwide over the Internet. Similar events, minus Ringo, were held in cities in various time zones around the world, with the L.A. gathering being the next to last, with only Hawaii following it.
Ringo was accompanied by friends such as his brother-in-law Joe Walsh, director David Lynch, musician buddies Matt Sorum, Edgar Winter and Richard Page and serenaded by a band that included singer Jenny Lewis, accordionist Van Dyke Parks, bassist Don Was, drummer Jim Keltner and keyboardist Michael Bearden, Ringo took the stage right before noontime to lead the crowd in a "Peace and Love" salute.
Queen/Freddie Mercury Biopic On The Way?
The film about Freddie Mercury and Queen is finally close to "actually happening."
Brian May tells Rolling Stone, "We've been 12 years on this trail, but I think we're very close now to an announcement, which will signify that Fox has given the green light to actually supply the money. So yes, I think we're very close."
But he says he and his bandmates' involvement is limited basically to the soundtrack. "We'll be taking care of the music, supervising the way it's done, which is another great project. But we're not really making the film. We've stayed with it for the last 12 years to shepherd it to the right place where we feel it would do Freddie justice. We only get one shot at this, and that's it."
This is the third attempt at the film after Sacha Baron Cohen left the project in 2013 over creative differences with May and Roger Taylor, who are serving as producers along with Queen manager Jim Beech. Later there were discussions with Ben Whishaw, known for playing Q in the James Bond films since 2012, to take over. Remi Malek -- best known for the TV series Mr. Robot -- is now on board, and May says he thinks Malek "will be incredible."
Metallica Has Another Million Seller!
Metallica have crossed the million-copies-sold mark with Hardwired...to Self-Destruct.
The exact figure so far, according to Billboard, is 1,004,000. Some of that total was helped by fans taking the album as download with their ticket purchase for the band's tour.
This is Metallica's 12th album to sell at least a million copies since the SoundScan era started in 1991 -- that figure includes all of their studio albums, including the ones released in the 1980s. Overall, they've sold 58 million albums in the U.S. in that time span and have the biggest album -- their self-titled 1991 release, with 16.6-million sold.
Show Biz Buzz...
Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild are expecting their second child. The couple's first child, Lily Grace Victoria Rothschild, was born last July.
Taylor Lautner (Twilight) and Billie Lourd (Scream Queens) have broken up. They were first romantically linked late last year. Billie is the daughter of the late Carrie Fisher.
Joan Lee, the wife of comics icon Stan Lee, died Thursday in L.A. at the age of 93. The couple had been married for 70 years. (People)
Teen Wolf will return for its final season July 30th on MTV.
FOX is dealing with more allegations of sexual harassment aimed at one of its hosts.
FOX Business Network announced that his has suspended Charles Payne, the host of Making Money, after a frequent guest on his show accused him of forcing her into a sexual relationship. Payne acknowledged having a "romantic relationship" with a married female political analyst at FOX for about three years. Payne, who is also married with kids, apologized to his family in a statement.
The woman, who has not been named, was not an employee of Fox but says she stayed in the relationship with Payne because she feared that leaving him would hurt her chances of landing a job with the network. Fox released a statement saying, "We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy for any professional misconduct. This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner."
This is the latest accusation of sexual harassment to hit FOX over the past year, which has led to the removal of the network's former boss Roger Ailes and its most popular host Bill O'Reilly.