Disney, Bruckheimer to end longtime partnership
LOS ANGELES (AP):
The Walt Disney Co has announced that it would not renew its first-look deal with producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
The 69-year-old Bruckheimer produced such hits for the studio as Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, Armageddon, Con Air and The Rock.
The company said it will continue to focus on its branded properties from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm.
Disney said it will keep working with Bruckheimer on the fifth instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean. The release date for the fifth movie in the series was removed from Disney's distribution schedule earlier this month. It was originally scheduled to launch July 10, 2015.
The move comes after Bruckheimer's The Lone Ranger failed at the box office this summer.
Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus split
Liam Hemsworth has moved out of Miley Cyrus' house.
The Hunger Games star, who recently confirmed that he and the We Can't Stop hitmaker had called off their engagement, and moved the last of his belongings out of her home in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles.
A source told HollywoodLife.com that a large white removal truck was parked outside the former couple's love nest for several hours.
It was previously reported that Liam first moved out of the house after Miley's raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last month.
It is not yet known if Miley plans to continue living in the house alone.
Liam's older brother, Chris Hemsworth, recently said he is doing "good" following his bitter break-up with Miley, 20.
The newly single actor, 23, has found comfort in the arms of Mexican actress and singer Eiza Gonzalez, who he was spotted passionately kissing earlier this week.
The pair hit it off after meeting at XS nightclub in Las Vegas recently, where Liam was partying with a group of male friends.
The Australian star was later pictured in a steamy clinch with Eiza, 23, outside her Beverly Hills apartment.
Reggae performer Prince Jazzbo has died
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP):
Prince Jazzbo, a rap reggae performer and producer whose career spanned 40 years, has died. He was 62.
Jazzbo died at his St Catherine home after a fight with lung cancer, his daughter Princess Omega Carter said.
He started his career in the early 1970s at Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd's Studio One, the island's first black-owned music studio that launched the careers of many reggae legends, including Bob Marley.
Born Linval Carter, Jazzbo was a relatively early performer of dancehall toasting, a vibrant form of rhythmic chanting over a sound-system track that directly inspired hip hop. His best known tunes included Croaking Lizard, Penny Reel and Crab Walking.
In the 1970s, he had a spirited lyrical battle with fellow reggae rapper I-Roy. The two men feuded on several studio tracks, but were friends away from the microphone.
Jazzbo's performing career largely faded after the 1970s. But he helped build a record label called Ujama and eventually ran it himself, going on to produce hundreds of tunes.
He was recording music at his home studio until the end, his daughter said. A digital track called Tribulation Riddim, set to be released, was intended to help him raise money to pay for his medical care.
Jazzbo is survived by three daughters, two sons, 10 grandchildren and his long-time companion, Natalie Wellington.
'Prisoners' tops box office with $21.4 million
NEW YORK (AP):
The Hugh Jackman kidnapping drama Prisoners opened with a box office-leading $21.4 million, a good start to Hollywood's fall season.
The Warner Bros thriller, starring Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, is among the first fall films with Oscar aspirations to open in cinemas. For a serious, adult-oriented drama that cost $30 million to make, it was a strong debut.
Last week's top film, Insidious: Chapter 2, slid to second place for FilmDistrict. The horror film made $14.5 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. It has made $60.9 million in two weeks domestically.
The Chris Brown dance film Battle of the Year opened poorly for Sony Pictures' Screen Gems, taking in only $5 million.