* New York’s iconic Christopher Columbus statue, at Columbus Circle, has become the site of Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi’s latest artwork. A “living room” space has been created 70 feet above ground. It’s an incredible feat, but not everyone’s happy.
* Clint Eastwood’s latest movie, Trouble with The Curve, opens Stateside this weekend. He pulled a Jay-Z, telling us Gran Torino would be the last film in which he acted, but no-one seems to mind.
* Dredd 3D, the action flick shot entirely at the Cape Town Film Studios in South Africa, also opens this weekend.
* Will it be an Emmys ceremony for the cult favourites or one for the newcomers at this Sunday’s ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel?
* Say their name – on the anniversary of their first #1, Destiny’s Child will be releasing an album of greatest hits in October.
* The stars’ political colours are showing – Hollywood is reacting to Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention, with US President Barack Obama’s tweet seeming to have topped them all! Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has said he is also a fan of The Killers, with guitarist Mark Stoermer indicating the band, unlike others, doesn’t seem to mind all that much.
* Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon are rallying support for their Artists Against Fracturing coalition. Lennon Jnr wrote an op-ed in the New York Times this week, stating why he is against the process. The artist coalition includes the likes of Lady Gaga, Alec Baldwin and Bonnie Rait, and they want you to send a message to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.
* The dark video for Bob Dylan’s new song Duquesne Whistle features Aussie actor Joel Edgerton (soon to be seen in The Great Gatsby) and is directed by his brother, stunt-double, Nash.
* Dave Matthews reached out to fans asking them to send photos and videos for the ultimate tribute music video for Mercy, which a single off their forthcoming album, Away From The World .
* The party’s finally over – MTV has decided to make Season 6 of Jersey Shore, the very last one. We’ll be there for the Guido send-off.
* After the box-office and critical success of The Avengers, Joss Whedon will be back to direct the sequel to the first film, also known as the third biggest movie of all time.
* The entertainment world lost two great minds on Tuesday – Marvin Hamlisch, at just 68 years old, who among other achievements, wrote the music for A Chorus Line, and Mark O’Donnell, who co-wrote the musical Hairspray, and was 58.
* The US Embassy has warned of possible violence, ahead of Madonna’s concert in St Petersburg on Thursday, after the singer called for the release of girl group Pussy Riot, who’re on trial for protesting against Russian president Vladimir Putin.
* Aaliyah’s family says there is no posthumous album coming from the late singer.
* Clint Eastwood is back in front of the camera in his first acting role since 2008′s Gran Torino, for a baseball movie starring Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake.
** Bonus trailer – Kathryn Bigelow’s film about Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty.