Alexandra Shipp has very little time to get ready for her new role as the late R&B singer Aaliyah.
Lifetime spokeswoman Kannie Yu LaPack confirmed Friday that Shipp will play the singer, who died in a plane crash in 2001. Shipp replaces Zendaya in the Lifetime biopic “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.” Zendaya pulled out of production last month.
The project was briefly halted, but filming will start later this month, leaving the 23-year-old Shipp little time to prep. She has played roles on the Nick show “House of Anubis” and the movie “Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”
Artist’s sketchbooks donated
The estate of Roy Lichtenstein has donated 21 of the pop artist’s sketchbooks and two of his early drawings to the Morgan Library & Museum.
The New York City museum said Friday the works were a gift from Lichtenstein’s wife, Dorothy.
Lichtenstein died in 1997.
The museum says the sketchbooks provide valuable insight into Lichtenstein’s method and subjects. It also is receiving 11 of the artist’s remaining sketchbooks from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation on long-term loan.
Dorothy Lichtenstein also donated several original drawings by other artists from Lichtenstein’s personal collection. They include works by Andy Warhol, Brice Marden and Robert Rauschenberg.
Show ordered to get new name
Glum news for “Glee” – Britain’s High Court ruled Friday that the musical TV show must change its name because it breaches the trademark of a chain of comedy clubs.
A judge told Twentieth Century Fox that it had to re-name the series in Britain, though the order won’t take effect until an appeal has been heard.
The studio was sued by Comic Enterprises, which operates a string of venues called the Glee Club. Judge Roger Wyand ruled in favor of Comic Enterprises in February, saying there was a “likelihood of confusion” between the two brands.
Fox said it would appeal, and argued that ordering a name change would be unnecessary, unfair and disproportionate.
Beyoncé fashion display debuts
A fashion exhibit centered on Beyoncé will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers.
The Rock Hall announced Friday that outfits from Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance and music videos will debut Tuesday in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in its Legends of Rock section, next to iconic pieces from Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.
The 32-year-old Beyoncé would be eligible for induction into the Rock Hall as a member of Destiny’s Child in 2022 and as a solo artist in 2027.
The exhibit in Cleveland will feature Beyoncé’s ubiquitous black leotard from her “Single Ladies” music video, as well as her body suit, skirt and jacket from her Super Bowl performance last year in New Orleans.
Curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger said they have been trying to court Beyoncé “for a really long time.”
– From news wire services