Joey Fatone, one-fifth of hit-making boy band 'N Sync, will make his Broadway debut in the long-running production of "Rent," the New York Times reports. Fatone is due to take on the role of Mark, a struggling video artist and narrator of the show; his first public performance in the role is scheduled for Aug. 5.
"Austin Powers" star Mike Myers is discussing the possibility of starring in a new movie about founding drummer of the Who, Keith Moon. Myers and Who frontman Roger Daltrey have discussed plans for a forthcoming film, and the 39-year-old comic actor said he hoped it would be made.
Beck has confirmed a solo acoustic tour of North America, due to kick off Aug. 2 in Seattle. Dates run through Aug. 25 in Scottsdale, Ariz., but more shows are expected to be added in such cities as San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Tickets to select shows go on sale tomorrow morning (July 10) via Beck's official Web site.
"Men in Black II" blasted the record books on the July Fourth holiday, vaporizing an estimated $90 million since its release last Wednesday and an estimated $54.1 million during the three-day weekend (Friday-Sunday). The debut of the Sony film -- which stars rapper/actor Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones -- was the biggest ever for the Fourth of July weekend, topping the record $51.1 million set by "Men in Black" in 1997.
Michael Jackson, already feuding with his record company, charged Saturday that the recording industry was a racist conspiracy that turns profits at the expense of performers -- particularly minority artists. "The recording companies really, really do conspire against the artists -- they steal, they cheat, they do everything they can," Jackson said in a rare public appearance. "[Especially] against the black artists."
Rapper Project Pat (real name: Patrick Houston), recently convicted on federal weapons charges, is seeking a new trial, claiming that the judge and jury were improperly influenced by his lyrics. The hip-hop artist was convicted last month in federal court in Jackson, Tenn., of being a felon in possession of a gun.
Oasis is back at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, as its fifth studio set "Heathen Chemistry" (Big Brother) ousted Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Interscope/Polydor) from the top spot yesterday (July 7). Meanwhile, the King still reigns on the singles chart, where "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Vs. JXL (RCA) remained on top for a fourth week, despite the label's controversial decision to stop pressing the single.
Music by Fabolous, P. Diddy, Jagged Edge, Glenn Lewis, and Amel Larrieux will grace the upcoming Epic soundtrack to "The Barbershop." Due Aug. 27, the set is led by the single "Stingy" by Ginuwine, which is already No. 42 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.