McKellen shares Holmes photo
British actor Ian McKellen has revealed the first picture of himself playing a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes in a new movie.
Filming has begun on “Mr. Holmes,” which imagines the famous sleuth in his old age as a retiree living in seclusion by the sea. The movie, based on Mitch Cullin’s novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” sees the detective struggling with a failing memory and revisiting one final unresolved mystery.
The 75-year-old McKellen tweeted a picture of himself in costume as Holmes this week, saying: “Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn.”
Laura Linney plays Holmes’ housekeeper. The film is due for release in 2015.
Jury to consider indicting Flav
A New York grand jury will consider whether to indict entertainer Flavor Flav for allegedly speeding to his mother’s funeral.
Flav, whose real name is William Drayton, was arrested Jan. 9 on Long Island’s Meadowbrook Parkway.
Police say the rapper and reality TV star was speeding and driving without a license, a felony. He also was charged with marijuana possession as a violation. He has pleaded not guilty.
His attorney, Indji Bessim, has sought for several months to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors. She declined to comment Friday.
A spokesman for the district attorney declined to comment on plea negotiations.
Bono’s daughter trims name
Those unusual, and sometimes wacky, names given by celebrities to their offspring don’t always work in the real world.
Just ask Eve Hewson, the 23-year-old daughter of U2 lead singer Bono. She simplified things during her school years instead of using her given name: Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson.
“My parents knew I’d get bullied, so I just went with Eve,” she said Thursday at the summer TV critics’ tour.
Bono’s real name is Paul Hewson.
The younger Hewson has followed her father into show business as a fledgling actress, not a musician.
“He tried to teach me all about the musicality of a line, but that’s not a good way to go about your acting,” she said. “He has helped me in other ways, but not really as an acting coach. I call him and ask him about scripts and directors.”
Rock Hall plans Everly tribute
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will honor the Everly Brothers with a tribute concert this fall.
The Rock Hall announced Thursday that surviving member Don Everly will appear at the Oct. 25 event at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre in Cleveland.
Phil Everly died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease earlier this year. His older brother said in a statement that he wishes “Phil were here to share this honor.” Don Everly also thanked the Rock Hall and the duo’s fans “for keeping the Everly Brothers alive.”
Singer Rodney Crowell will work as the musical director for the concert, which will take place during the Rock Hall’s 19th annual “Music Matters” series. Performers will be announced at a later date.
The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Rock Hall in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
– From News wire services