Singer Rufus Wainwright launched his first ever opera, Prima Donna, at the Manchester Palace Theatre in England Thursday.
Prima is the story of a "faded operatic soprano about to return to the stage after a six year lay-off," that was initially commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera in New York, but was ultimately denied because Wainwright refused to translate the script from French to English.
"When I started writing the opera it was in French and it takes place in Paris. It made sense - I was brought up in Montreal and I can speak French. The music started to reflect the language. But the Met wanted to commission an American work."
Britney Spears has finally been granted a restraining order against ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Britney's father Jamie Spears has been working since January to restrain Ghalib, Britney's former business manager Sam Lufti and her attorney Jon Eardley from communicating with her, following bouts of bizarre behavior and incidents of hospitalization over the last year.
"He's been in touch a little. The apologies come, and he was like, 'I made a big mistake.' And I'm like, 'Yeah, yeah. I know. Go ahead and say what you need to say to feel better and to sleep at night."
First, the rapper announced the five dates he'll be performing on the Fall Out Boy tour (April 14 in Denver, April 17 in Grand Prairie, TX, April 18 in Houston, April 24 in Charlotte and April 25 in Columbia, MD), citing his "chance to bring my music not only to hip-hop fans, but to a broader music audience."
Then, 50 announced that he'll be replacing Forest Whitaker in the upcoming Sylvester Stallone movie The Expendables!
"Trust me, the change of Forest Whitaker to 50 Cent a.k.a. Curtis Jackson is a good one."
The 23-year-old performed seven songs at the birthday party of billionaire John Caudell's 21 year-old daughter Wednesday night, and earned herself a $1 million paycheck!!
Caudell owns Phones4U, one of the largest independent mobile phone retailers in the UK, and has a history of hiring singers to perform at his special events. Two years ago, he paid Diana Ross $250,000 to sing at his girlfriend's 40th birthday party.
We'd love to see who performs if and when they get married!
Actress Natasha Richardsonhas died following a tragic skiing accident Monday that left her in critical condition. She is survived by hubsand Liam Neeson, mother Vanessa Redgrave and sister Joely Richardson.
Neeson's publicist Alan Nierob has released a statement:
"Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time."
The latest issue of Rolling Stone is offering up a steamy package of Gossip Girl photos, including a cover of an ice cream-sharing Blake Lively and Leighton Meester,and cast image of everyone together in bed.
"Let's say I date a guy who really does nothing but damage me. And you've spent time, you've spent effort, and you've put everything into trying to make that work. And it didn't. So you write a song about it. It was worth everything if you write a song about it."
"To all the Top Model hopefuls who were affected by the New York casting, we are doing everything we can to make sure that ALL the girls who weren't seen, get an opportunity to audition -- we'll update you on our plans very soon."
Two music videos directed by Heath Ledger before his unexpected death in January 2008 will be released this year.
The videos are for Modest Mouse's "King Rat," and Grace Woodroofe's cover of David Bowie's "Quicksand."
Says Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock:
"My fiance and some of us in the band went out on a boat with [Ledger] and his family and friends and talked about the idea. The idea sort of dropped, but then he just sent me an email saying that he wanted to do it."
"Some people are just born stars. You either have it or you haven't, and I was definitely born one. Even as a kid I always had eyes on me, like bees on honey. I was always outrageous and I was always very smart."