Alexandra Shipp to play Aaliyah
NEW YORK (AP) — 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 Nick show House of Anubis and the movie Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
The biopic will be released this fall and will follow the multiplatinum-selling R&B star's career from 10-year-old Star Search contestant to her death in a plane crash in the Bahamas at age 22.
Kobe's fears take centre court
BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — Kobe Bryant says he's "scared" about his future after basketball, although he's embracing the challenge of finding something that he can be as passionate about as sports.
Bryant turns 36 next month and is under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for two more years. He was limited to just six games last season because of two major leg injuries, leaving him with the kind of idle time he never had before in his career.
Bryant gives a peak into his life in a Showtime documentary airing in November. Kobe Bryant's Muse covers much of last season, when Bryant was sidelined and the Lakers finished 27-55, the most losses in club history.
Bryant said Friday at the summer TV critics' meeting he's looking forward to eventually retiring from basketball and transforming his career into something else.
Beyoncé garbs on show
NEW YORK (AP) — A fashion exhibit centred 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 artiste in 2027.
The exhibit in Cleveland, Ohio, 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.
Rock Hall curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger said they have been trying to court Beyoncé "for a really long time".
"When we looked at the depth of the amount of stuff that she was willing to send, we just thought, `The only way we can really showcase these items is to put them in the Legends of Rock area in the museum,' which really is the spot that we have to pay tribute to legends of rock, which Beyoncé has proven herself to be," she said in an interview.
Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, the general manager of Beyoncé's production house, Parkwood Entertainment, said the singer was honoured and humbled by the opportunity to have her personal items in the museum.