Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, Alanis Morissette, Robbie Williams, and R&B singer Vivian Green will appear in "Just One of Those Things," a big screen musical portrait of songwriter Cole Porter. Actor Kevin Kline will portray Porter in the MGM production, currently shooting in a number of international locations, including London and Venice. Ashley Judd co-stars as Porter's wife, Linda Lee.
Canadian acts Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, the Tragically Hip, Sum 41, Our Lady Peace, Glenn Lewis, and Remy Shand are confirmed for a June 21 concert to be held at Toronto's Skydome and the adjacent Air Canada Centre. The concert is being staged as a means to combat the city's economic and tourism problems in the wake of an outbreak of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
Avril Lavigne's hit single "Sk8er Boi" is going to be turned into a movie. Paramount Pictures has optioned the song and hired "ER" writer/producer David Zabel to adapt its words into a feature film to be produced by Paramount-based MTV Films and Alphaville. The project, though not a musical, will have a heavy musical component in the style of the studio's previous hits "Flashdance" and "Footloose."
Bono, members of Queen, Eric Clapton, Andrea Bocelli, and Liza Minnelli all joined Luciano Pavarotti last night (May 27) in Modena, Italy, for a concert to help the United Nations deal with the humanitarian emergency in Iraq. Besides proceeds from ticket sales, money was also pledged by viewers of the event, which was broadcast in Italy and several other countries.
After dire reports that the Field Day festival, scheduled for June 7-8 in Calverton, N.Y., may be cancelled, the event appears to be slowly moving forward. Organizers still lack a required mass gathering permit, but at a press conference today (May 28), the local police chief conceded that if fest executive producer Andrew Dreskin can find a way to hire 60-70 more police officers, the permit will likely be granted. Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Beck, Underwold, Sigur Ros, the Roots and Liz Phair are among the acts slated to appear.