A war of words has erupted over a concert planned to mark the Summer of Love in San Francisco.
The city at the center of the counterculture movement in the 1960s is gearing up for celebrations that included a "Summer of Love 50th Anniversary" concert that was to be a focal point of citywide cultural events. The free June 4 concert in Golden Gate Park was expected to draw tens of thousands of people.
But city officials informed event promoter Boots Hughston this week that his request for a permit was being denied. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department said that it had deep concerns about safety and security measures for the concert.
Hughston plans to file an appeal against the permit denial and said he still hopes the event can take place.
He said he'd already lined up about two dozen performers including the remnants of Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin's Big Brother and the Holding Company and the Santana Blues Band.
No karaoke at the Grammy Awards
He may be the king of Carpool Karaoke, but James Corden says he won't be singing as host of the Grammy Awards. "There are a lot of brilliant singers there," he says, "and no one needs to hear me disrupt such beautiful vocals." Corden also says he isn't trying to be the next LL Cool J, Grammy host for the past five years. "I'm more like, not Ladies Love Cool James," he said. "I'm like Ladies Put Up With That Guy James." CBS will broadcast the show live on Sunday.
Script doctors: Minnesotans Joel and Ethan Coen have been tapped to polish the script for Universal Pictures' reimagining of "Scarface." It's not the Coen brothers' first assignment doctoring a major script: The Oscar-winning duo were recently hired to polish Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," as well as Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies." Producers also are looking for a new director for the project.
Mr. President: Martin Sheen has briefly reprised his "West Wing" role as president in a new ad backing his friend seeking election as a Pennsylvania judge. Sheen played the fictional President Josiah Bartlet in the series and brought the role back briefly in the roughly two-minute ad for Judge Joe Cosgrove, who is seeking election to Commonwealth Court. As Bartlet, Sheen reads a proclamation calling for Cosgrove's reappointment.
Surprise advice: Rapper DMX gave a group of Philadelphia men advice during a surprise appearance at a homeless support group meeting. The rapper, whose given name is Earl Simmons, stopped by to speak to members of the nonprofit Ready, Willing & Able Philadelphia. It provides men with housing and jobs to help combat homelessness and addiction.