• Madonna stops auction of Tupac letter

    (CNN)Madonna was granted a temporary restraining order on Wednesday to halt the sale of a love letter that Tupac Shakur sent her from jail. The singer filed in New York State Supreme Court to stop the auction of a batch of 20 other items that belong to her. Gotta Have Rock and Roll had planned on kicking the auction off Wednesday, but the pop star said in the filing that she wasn't aware the items were no longer in her possession and up for sale until she read news reports. "I was shocked to learn of the planned auctioning of the Shakur Letter, as I had no idea that the Shakur Letter was no longer in my possession," Madonna said in the court documents. "I never sold, gifted, transferred or otherwise

  • 2018 Pirelli Calendar has an all-black cast

    (CNN)The 2018 Pirelli Calendar features an all-black cast of models, artists, musicians, comedians and actors. The subjects for the 2018 calendar include a diverse crew of black celebrities, including supermodel Naomi Campbell as The Royal Beheader, drag icon RuPaul as the Queen of Hearts and rapper Lil Yachty as a member of The Queen's Guard.

  • 'Dunkirk:' Christopher Nolan triumphs with World War II epic

    (CNN)Among living writer-directors Christopher Nolan generates near-unrivaled sight-unseen anticipation, and "Dunkirk" does nothing to diminish that brand. Nolan has delivered a visceral, suspenseful, at times jaw-dropping historical war movie, the lone disclaimer being that he sacrifices character development in his steadfast focus on technical virtuosity. Indeed, while "Dunkirk" is epic in scope and feel, it's not in length, and Nolan essentially jumps into the story somewhere just short of the middle. As a result, the audience meets a wide assortment of key figures on the fly and gets to know nothing about them, which at least initially blunts the emotional impact. So even with Tom Hardy,

  • Louis Tomlinson: Arctic Monkeys inspired my lyrics

    Emerging from a boyband is a tricky business but, so far at least, the One Direction team has made a pretty good fist of it. Zayn Malik has carved a niche in pervy electropop; Harry Styles is prog rock's new hope; Liam Payne's plumped for aspirational R&B and lovely Niall Horan is doing lovely pop ballads. So where does that leave Louis Tomlinson? He was always the underappreciated one - a quiet, benign presence in the world's biggest band. Speaking to The Observer last month, the 25-year-old acknowledged he was seen by some as "forgettable, to a certain degree". What he contributed, though, was songwriting - receiving credits on more One Direction songs than any of his bandmates. Appropriately

  • 'Nashville' star released a song a week for a year

    (CNN)Charles Esten doesn't just play a singer on TV. The "Nashville" star is a singer and songwriter in real life who loves making music so much that he went on a mission to release one single a week for an entire year. Esten's song No. 52, "Long Haul," came out on July 7. Esten plays singer/songwriter Deacon Claybourne on "Nashville," which now airs on CMT.

  • Jake Tapper's 'The Outpost' picked up by Millennium Films

    Jake Tapper's bestselling book is getting the film treatment. Millennium Films announced Thursday that a film based on Tapper's book, "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor," will be directed by Rod Lurie. Lurie, who served in the Army and is a West Point graduate, has previously directed projects including 2000's "The Contender" and 2001's "The Last Castle." The script is being developed by producer Paul Merryman and writing team Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, who are best known for their Oscar nominated screenplay for 2010's "The Fighter." Tapper's "Outpost," which was published in 2012, tells the true story of 50 soldiers who battled over 400 Taliban in Northeastern Afghanistan during

  • Ron Howard teases 'Han Solo' film on Twitter, Instagram

    (CNN)For die-hard "Star Wars" fans who can't wait for next year's release of the Han Solo movie, Ron Howard has your fix. The director has been posting some behind-the-scenes shots to Twitter and Instagram. One posted on Tuesday contained what appears to be actor Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian in a shot on Howard's monitor. "Lining up a shot today from my director's monitor," the caption read.