December 06, 2012

Associated Press

Pop star Rihanna is getting into the TV business.

The 24-year-old singer will executive produce and star in the new series, “Styled to Rock,” for the Style network. Style Media made the announcement on December 5.

The 10-episode series, to air next year, will give 12 aspiring designers, chosen by Rihanna, an opportunity to style A-list stars. The weekly celeb guest will decide which designer did the best job. One contestant will be sent home, and those remaining will advance to the next week's challenge. At the end, one aspiring designer will be named the winner. Prizes are still being determined.

A casting search is under way on Style’s website.

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December 06, 2012

 

Associated Press

Add another book for possible holiday gifts: Oprah Winfrey's latest 2.0 selection.

Winfrey announced that she has chosen Ayana Mathis' debut novel, "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie," for her book club. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf moved up publication from early next year to this week, and an author interview will be aired Feb. 3 on the "Super Soul Sunday" program on Winfrey's OWN network.

"Twelve Tribes" is the story of a teenager's journey from Mississippi to Philadelphia in the 1920s and the large family she ends up raising.

"The opening pages of Ayana's debut took my breath away," Winfrey said in a statement. "I can't remember when I read anything that moved me in quite this way, besides the work of Toni Morrison."

Winfrey revived her club, now called Oprah's Book Club 2.0, this year with Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild." Winfrey's clout, along with her ratings, might have dropped from a decade ago, but she is still a major commercial force in the book world. Also published by Knopf, "Wild" has sold around 500,000 copies, most of that coming after Winfrey's announcement. Dozens of books over the past 20 years have become best-sellers, thanks to the talk-show host's endorsements.

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November 29, 2012

Associated Press

Lenny Kravitz has signed on for his first leading film role, playing singer Marvin Gaye in a biopic that will be shot next year.

The rocker’s publicist Carleen Donovan confirmed the news Tuesday November 27. Kravitz has played supporting roles in the past, including a small part in “The Hunger Games.”

Rolling Stone first reported details about the 48-year-old performer’s part in the film, directed by Julien Temple.

The magazine says the “Are You Gonna Go My Way” singer will portray Gaye during the 1980s when he was fighting his addictions and attempting to restart his career. Gaye died in 1984 after being shot by his father.

 

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December 06, 2012

Special to the NNPA from The St. Louis American

Reuters is reporting that Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson has suffered a stroke.

A family friend told the news outlet that Jackson is doing well resting and recovering in a Las Vegas hospital.

“He was doing well and says he’s feeling OK,” close family friend Brian Oxman told Reuters.

Oxman said the father of late pop icon Michael Jackson started experiencing weakness on Wednesday while walking in a park near his home and was later admitted to a hospital.

Oxman, Michael’s one-time attorney, said Jackson, 83, has a history of strokes.

“He was talking fine,” Oxman added. “He sounded excellent to me.”

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November 29, 2012

By MARK KENNEDY Associated Press

 

Lock up your ears — Mike Tyson’s coming to a theater near you.

The former champion boxer and convicted rapist will take his one-man show “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” on a three-month tour to more than a dozen cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit and Washington, D.C.

The two-hour show, directed by Spike Lee and written by Tyson's wife, Kiki, debuted in Las Vegas and had a limited run on Broadway this summer. The tour starts in Indianapolis in February.

The show traces Iron Mike’s rise from violent street hood in Brooklyn to a fearsome athlete. Then comes the fall — prison inmate, tabloid target, cocaine and Evander Holyfield’s delicious ear. There are stories about first wife Robin Givens, promoter Don King and Brad Pitt.

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