Dec 17 2013
Country music legend Ray Price has died at the age of 87 after battling pancreatic cancer.
The Country Music Hall of Famer had returned to his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, Texas, only days ago to receive care.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, but ended aggressive treatments on Thursday after the disease spread to his liver, intestines and lungs.
His wife, Janie Price, relayed what she called her husband's "final message" to his fans.
It said: "I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them.
"I appreciate their support all these years, and I hope I haven't let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus.
"I'm going to be just fine. Don't worry about me. I'll see you again one day."
Mr Price, one of the greatest voices of country music, is credited with revolutionising the genre with number one hits including Crazy Arms and City Lights.
Earlier this month, he told Rolling Stone magazine: "I just like what I've done and how it's worked out, and it's been great.
"I haven't lost my voice, thank God for that."
Mr Price also gave country music singer-songwriter Willie Nelson his start, as his road-show bass player.
Born on January 12, 1926, in a tiny East Texas town called Peach, he joined the Marines at 17 before making his first record in 1949 and signing with Columbia in 1951, where he became close friends with Hank Williams.
More than 60 years later, he was looking forward to the release of his next album.
He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
On Monday, Mr Price's death was reported by mistake by his son.
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Dec 17 2013
X Factor winner Sam Bailey has said she hopes the paparazzi will respect her family life now she has been catapulted to fame.
"With regards paparazzi being outside my house, I've got two children so I hope they'd have that respect," she told Sky News.
Reacting to former X Factor star Harry Styles of One Direction winning a court order to prevent a group of photographers from following him, she said she cannot yet get her head around the fame she will experience.
"I don't feel famous like that," she said.
"That's Harry Styles for crying out loud. I've just come out of a competition where I've been in a bubble so I can't see it like that yet … but I'll get advice, I'll be OK".
The former prison warden added: "With regards to the intrusion side of it, hopefully they'll have respect for me - not interfering with my private life.
"It goes hand-in-hand, you have to make these sacrifices, but I'd give autographs, I don’t mind giving people the time of day," she said, admitting she used to wait outside venues for East 17 and Take That stars when she was younger.
It is expected Bailey could follow in the footsteps of her favourite bands this weekend with a Christmas Number One.
Her debut single Skyscraper is currently at the top of the download charts, and she told Sky News it would be a dream come true if she is still up there at the weekend.
"It would be amazing; I listen to the Christmas Number One every year, so to think my single is in the running, it's just amazing," she said.
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Dec 17 2013
Harry Styles has won a court order stopping the paparazzi from harassing him.
The 19-year-old One Direction singer applied to the High Court as a last resort after trying to persuade a number of photographers to stop their behaviour voluntarily, according to his counsel David Sherborne.
He told Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, who first granted the order against the unidentified individuals last Monday: "This is not a privacy injunction.
"Mr Styles is not trying to prevent fans approaching him in the street and taking photos.
"He remains happy to do that, as he always has.
"Rather, it is the method or tactics which have been used by a certain type of photographer."
The injunction against "Paparazzi AAA and others" prevents them from pursuing the singer by car or motorcycle, placing him under surveillance, loitering or waiting within 50 metres of his place of residence to monitor his movements or take photos of him.
Mr Sherborne said the case concerned a number of paparazzi photographers - four of whom were in the process of being identified.
A request had been made to the DVLA seeking the names and addresses of the keepers of the vehicles which were identified as belonging to the four, and a letter had been sent to the photographic agencies which engaged them or used their photos.
The judge continued the injunction until another hearing in the week beginning January 13 which will decide how the action should proceed.
Styles, who performed with his bandmates on The X Factor final at the weekend, did not attend the brief hearing.
Dec 17 2013
The music industry is worth an annual £3.5bn to the British economy - much more than previously thought, a report has revealed.
Figures from UK Music , the trade body for the recorded and live music industry, show how much profit the sector makes and how much its 100,000 full-time workers are paid - a combined amount known as gross value added (GVA).
They also reveal music businesses generate £1.4bn every year from exports, while British chart-toppers including Emeli Sande, Adele and Ed Sheeran, whose albums dominated the 2012 sales chart, boost the UK's international brand and reputation by an estimated £72m.
Until now, it has been difficult to measure exactly how much the music industry is worth.
Figures from the vast majority (86%) of record labels and music publishing companies are stored using inaccurate codes, while smaller companies and freelance workers earning less than the £79,000 VAT threshold do not feature in statistics at all.
UK Music, which described the existing estimates as "flawed", pored through pages of data from thousands of businesses to calculate the GVA figure.
It found musicians, composers, songwriters and lyricists contribute the most (£1.6bn) to the economy and also employ seven out of every 10 people who work in the sector.
Live music contributes £662m, followed by recorded music (£634m), music publishing (£402m), music representatives (£151m), and music producers and recording studios (£80m).
Jo Dipple, chief executive of UK Music, said the results prove the industry is a "substantial contributor to the economy".
"Our music might be fun, but it's also a formidable asset to the UK," she said.
"The Government has said it wants to support the creative industries, but until now it's not had the precise data to hand. It does now.
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Dec 17 2013
Scarlett Johansson has joked about having a "huge ego".
The Hollywood star was chosen to be the face of Dolce and Gabbana's new fragrance The One alongside Matthew McConaughey.
Asked about her latest role, she told the Daily Mail: " Why am I The One? Because I am an actor and all actors think that they are The One. It's part of our huge egos and makes us so successful in some areas of our lives and not in others."
Scarlett also joked about having a sharp sense of humour, following Woody Allen's comment that she is "wittier" than him.
"Am I the funniest woman in Hollywood? It depends on the time of day but, of course, I think I am absolutely hilarious - that comes with the ego territory of acting," she quipped.
The 29-year-old, who is engaged to French businessman Romain Dauriac, revealed she is excited to become a mother in the future.
"I would like to have my own family, that would be nice. They say it's never the right time and I am sure that's true, but I think you have to plan it like anything else," she said.
"At some point it is something I look forward to. I am fortunate in that I have had a long career - 20 years - that has been very diverse.
So, you know, picking a time to plan a family feels like something that I could do and not feel as though I was missing out," she added.
Scarlett, who next stars as a computer-generated voice in Spike Jonze's Her, said she would like to do a silent film.
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Dec 17 2013
Ronnie Wood has revealed that his wife Sally Humphreys has been mistaken as being his daughter.
The Rolling Stones guitarist admitted that people tend to wrongly think that his 35-year-old wife, whom he married in December 2012, is his offspring, because of the 31-year age difference. Ronnie's daughter Leah, with second wife Jo, is the same age as Sally.
He told Hello!: "Once in a while, she gets mistaken for my daughter."
Sally said: "We were getting off a plane just recently and someone said loudly, 'Oh my God, it's Keith Richards.' Then, to make it worse, they asked, 'Are you his daughter?' I was thinking, 'Please, just stop talking'."
The theatre producer said they're not fussed about the age gap, saying that they are soulmates.
She continued: "But that is the age gap, so it isn't unreasonable for someone to think that. It seems to bother other people more than it bothers us, and then you have to remember that you don't know those people because the people who do know us don't flinch about it.
"But it is what it is, and honestly maybe it's the old-soul-young-soul thing, but we don't notice it."
The theatre producer revealed she wished Ronnie was younger, so they would be able to grow old together.
"Do I wish Ronnie was younger? Yes, but only from the point of view that you can't go on forever so it's about the amount of time we'll have together," she said.
Dec 17 2013
Beyonce's latest album, which was released unexpectedly last week, has become the fastest selling ever on iTunes.
Apple said nearly 830,000 copies of the self-titled album were downloaded globally in only three days, including some 617,000 copies in the US.
The singer unveiled the digital-only album on December 13 along with 17 accompanying videos.
"I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it (before). I'm bored with that," Beyonce said after the release.
"I feel like I'm able to speak directly to my fans. There's so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans.
"I felt like I didn't want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out.
"I just want this to come out when it's ready and (for it to be) from me to my fans."
In January, David Bowie also used iTunes for the surprise debut of his first single in 10 years.
The "shock" strategy could become more common, partly because it helps prevent hyped-up albums leaking onto the internet before their official release.
Lee Ann Callahan-Longo, general manager of Beyonce's production company, said: "We had a multitude of things we were trying to accomplish, some things we were trying to avoid, and this turned out to be the right perfect plan for us."
She added: "It wasn't easy and we were really careful.
"It started with a very small core group of people and only grew when necessary in order to make something happen.
"It got a little dicey there and concerning as we got closer and closer as the circle had to widen."
The 14-track self-titled album features collaborations with Beyonce's husband Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake.
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A sequel to Shakespeare in Love may be developed after The Weinstein Company and Miramax united for a new co-production deal.
The new "multi-year" deal will see work begin on a possible sequel to the 1998 Best Picture Oscar winner, as well as a Rounders sequel.
Miramax films Good Will Hunting, Flirting With Disaster and Swingers may also be developed into television series as part of the deal, which will see "library-derived and original development projects covering some of the most iconic titles in the Miramax library".
Miramax was founded by The Weinstein Company co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein, but they parted ways with the company in 2005.
"As some of the greatest independent filmmakers in history, Harvey and Bob built Miramax into one of the most recognisable and powerful brands in Hollywood.
"The iconic library they created has enabled us to capture the value of the digital distribution revolution and harvest revenue far greater than we ever imagined," said Thomas J. Barrack Jr., Chairman of the Board of Miramax.
"Reuniting Harvey and Bob with the acres of cinematic diamonds that is the Miramax library, and combining the two companies' powerful distribution capabilities, will create an unparalleled partnership in cinematic excellence," Barrack added.
The first co-productions are expected to begin in early to mid-2014.
Shia LaBeouf has apologised to comic book author Daniel Clowes after being accused of plagiarising his work.
The Transformers star's short film HowardCantour.com, which he wrote and directed, surfaced on Vimeo yesterday (December 16) and Clowes fans quickly pointed out the similarities between LaBeouf's film and the comic creator's 2007 work Justin M Damiano.
Both pieces centre around a film critic, with LaBeouf's film using dialogue from Clowes's original story without credit.
Clowes told BuzzFeed that he was "shocked" by the similarities between the two works.
"The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I've never spoken to or met Mr LaBeouf," Clowes said.
"I've never even seen one of his films that I can recall - and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can't imagine what was going through his mind."
LaBeouf has since taken to his Twitter feed to apologise for lifting Clowes's story.
"Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work," he wrote.
"In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation.
"I'm embarrassed that I failed to credit Daniel Clowes for his original graphic novella Justin M Damiano, which served as my inspiration.
"I was truly moved by his piece of work and I knew that it would make a poignant and relevant short. I apologise to all who assumed I wrote it.
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has knocked Frozen off the top spot at the US box office.
The Peter Jackson-directed sequel to last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, based on the book by JRR Tolkien, debuted at number one this weekend with $73.6m.
Star Martin Freeman spoke to Digital Spy earlier this month about reuniting with his Sherlock co-star Benedict Cumberbatch for the Hobbit sequel, in which they acted out a pivotal scene between Bilbo and the dragon Smaug.
While Frozen continued strongly this week with $22.1m at number two, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas premiered in third place with $16m.
The top five was rounded out by Jennifer Lawrence's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World.
The US weekend box office top ten in full (studio estimates, all figures in US dollars):
1. (-) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $73,675,000
2. (1) Frozen - $22,184,000
3. (-) Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas - $16,000,000
4. (2) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $13,150,000
5. (4) Thor: The Dark World - $2,700,000
6. (3) Out of the Furnace - $2,320,000
7. (5) Delivery Man - $1,872,000
8. (9) Philomena - $1,756,000
9. (7) The Book Thief - $1,675,000
10. (6) Homefront- $1,637,000