Hello from New York – where, just because we got so excited about Spring’s arrival, snow has now fallen on the ground. #wtf
* Nas is preparing to open the TriBeCa Film Festival with a performance after the premiere of the documentary about his debut album, Illmatic, celebrating its 20th anniversary. Before seeing the doccie, called Time is Illmatic, take a listen to this great interview with the rapper by BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe.
* Aloe Blacc, the voice behind Avicci’s huge Wake Me Up single is riding from strength to strength. While his current single, The Man is getting loads of airplay, he’s also just added his voice to the Coca Cola World Cup song, giving it some much-needed soul. Turns out one of the producers on his debut album, Lift Your Spirit, produced the Coke track The World is Ours, enabling the connection for Blacc to record one of the 20 versions that exists of the song.
* Two-time Tony Award winner and theatre darling Sutton Foster heading back to TV. She’ll be in a new half hour comedy, about a newly-single mother who pretends to be almost half her age to land a job, acting alongside Hilary Duff. The show, called Younger, comes from Darren Star, who also gifted us with Sex and the City, Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place, so hopefully it does better than Foster’s cancelled Bunheads show.
* After missing out on an Oscar again, Leonardo DiCaprio is getting back to work – he’s due to start filming his newest movie in September. This time, he’s teaming up with another Oscar-nominated director Babel and Biutiful‘s Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Reverant, a movie based on a novel about an animal trapper who is abandoned in the wild by his friends and left for dead following a brutal grizzly bear attack. Maybe this one will be DiCaprio’s next Oscar shot?
* Jessica Fletcher is now a Dame! London-born, US-raised veteran actress Angela Lansbury received the honour from Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle on Tuesday. The 88-year-old actress is currently starring on the West End in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.
[Pic courtesy: TriBeCa Film Festival]