McCartney treated for virus
Paul McCartney is on the mend after being treated for a virus that led him to cancel his tour in Japan.
McCartney, 72, received treatment at a hospital in Tokyo, publicist Perri Cohen said in a statement Thursday.
The former Beatle is expected to make a complete recovery and will be taking time to rest. McCartney canceled his entire “Out There Japan Tour 2014” this week because of his illness.
The tour is scheduled to resume June 14 in Texas.
Ailing Angelou to miss tribute
Maya Angelou will not attend the 2014 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she will be honored.
Major League Baseball cited “health reasons” in saying the 86-year-old won’t make it to the luncheon before next Friday’s Civil Rights Game in Houston.
Angelou canceled an event last month in Fayetteville, Ark., because she was recovering from an “unexpected ailment” that sent her to the hospital.
Robin Roberts will be the keynote at the baseball event, which will also honor Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and football great Jim Brown.
Angelou said in a statement she respects MLB for holding the annual event.
Series to provide shot at fame
Exactly what does it take to make it in Hollywood? Thanks to Harvey Levin, one fame-hungry family is about to find out.
Levin is co-producing a new reality series, “Famous in 12,” so named for the number of episodes on the CW that the good-looking clan from sleepy Beaumont, Calif., will get to prove themselves. But they won’t be alone: Levin’s TMZ machine will help.
The Artiaga family, a writer-mom and model-daughter among them, were plucked from 10,000 videos submitted more than a year ago, Levin said Thursday by phone from Los Angeles.
He called the series a “social experiment” to test the boundaries of building an empire on limited to no talent.
The series from Levin and Renegade 83 will premiere June 3.
Stars come out for AmfAR
John Travolta came by jet. Justin Bieber made a beeline to the bar. Leonardo DiCaprio mingled with Marion Cotillard. And Robin Thicke sang about his ex. Again.
Thursday night’s annual amfAR event – an auction, dinner and after-party – reaffirmed its reputation as the celebrity highlight of the Cannes Film Festival, with guests that included Oscar-winners, Hollywood legends, top singers and perhaps every supermodel in existence.
The charitable event, which takes place a stone’s throw away at the five-star Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes every year, raised a record $35 million for AIDS research. Part of that haul came from the sale of Damien Hirst’s “Gone but Not Forgotten,” a gilded woolly mammoth skeleton, encased in a glass box trimmed with gold.
The evening’s host, Sharon Stone, lauded the crowd for coming together to help eradicate AIDS. “I know all of you have lost someone to AIDS,” she said. “Now we are at the beginning of the end of AIDS.”