Ill McCartney halts tour
Paul McCartney is canceling his entire Japan tour because of illness.
The former Beatle got a virus last week and canceled several appearances, apologizing online to his fans.
Now, his organizers say he is not well enough to do any of the concerts in Japan, including the one set for Wednesday at Nippon Budokan hall, where the Beatles performed during their first Japan tour in 1966.
The official site of McCartney’s “Out There Japan Tour 2014” said his doctors are ordering him “complete rest.”
McCartney, 71, is still scheduled for a concert in Seoul on May 28 at Jamsil Sports Complex Main Stadium, followed by 19 U.S. performances.
Minaj wants suit tossed out
Rapper Nicki Minaj has asked a federal judge in Atlanta to toss out a lawsuit filed against her by her former wig designer.
In a lawsuit filed in February, Terrence Davidson accuses Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name “Nicki Minaj,” and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality TV show and a wig line, and misappropriating his designs. Lawyers for Minaj filed a motion Friday to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Davidson failed to state a valid claim.
Estefan musical is in the works
Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio hope to have the musical based on their life dancing on Broadway next year.
Producers said Tuesday “On Your Feet!” will premiere in Chicago this summer before landing at a Nederlander theater in the fall. Jerry Mitchell, who directed “Kinky Boots,” will helm the show, with Sergio Trujillo choreographing.
The Estefans were both born in Cuba and together became musical luminaries in Spanish and English, winning Grammy Awards and fans across the U.S. with crossover hits like “The Rhythm is Going To Get You,” ‘’Conga” and “Words Get in the Way,” in addition to helping the careers of other artists including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada.
Critics pan Gosling film
Ryan Gosling debuted as a film director at the Cannes Film Festival with a stylish, theatrical fable that critics quickly slammed.
The first screening of Gosling’s “Lost River” played Tuesday for one of the festival’s most packed crowds, who surely got something they weren’t expecting. “Lost River” is a baroque fairy tale set in the ruins of Detroit, filmed with bold, florid cinematography and a lurid, David Lynch-like atmosphere.
Immediate reaction from critics was largely negative. Variety’s Scott Foundas called it a “first-rate folie de grandeur.” The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin dubbed it “dumb-foundingly poor.”
But there were also cheers from festival-goers for “Lost River,” which screened in the afternoon ahead of its evening premiere. Some acknowledged that the film, whatever its failings, was vibrant, ambitious and gave more focus to the imagery than most actors-turned-directors do.