* Just a few days after the Captain America trailer was released, we now have the X-Men: Days of Future Past one. Professor Xavier and the rest of the team band together with their younger selves for this installment of the story, which hits theatres in May next year. * Stevie Wonder has announced he plans to release two albums next year, including some newly written songs, plus he’s working on a third. 63 ain’t nothing but a number! * The British music industry will hand out one of its most prestigious awards, the Mercury Prize in a few hours. Disclosure, Rudimental and Laura Mvula are among the nominees. * Morrissey‘s controversial autobiography, titled ever so eloquently as Autobiography, has finally found an American publisher after it became a bestseller in the UK. It will now come out in the US on December 3. * Last night Celine Dion performed an intimate show in NYC, ahead of her new album, Loved Me Back to Life releasing next week. And it was pretty darn awesome.
* Before he hits the screen as Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom, Idris Elba will be seen attempting to “cancel the apocalypse” in Pacific Rim. Nothing like the release of a trailer online to get fans excited ahead of the Guillermo Del Toro-directed film’s release next month.
* CineEurope, the cinema event aimed at theatres in Europe has been showing snippets of new films, and premiering others (like Turbo featuring the voice talents of Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds). On Tuesday, Fox Searchlight paid tribute to James Gandolfini when sharing the first footage from the last film he was working on before he died last week, called Animal Rescue. Tonight the lights on Broadway will be dimmed for him, ahead of his funeral in NYC tomorrow.
* Rejoice! Stevie Wonder is working on an album of gospel songs, which he’ll create with music impresario David Foster and a symphony orchestra. Titled When the World Began, the album is expected to feature both new songs and remakes of some of his classics, such as Isn’t She Lovely.
* Trent Reznor says he seized a ‘moment of inspiration‘ and that’s how he ended up creating the new Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks, due out in September. A video for the album’s first single Came Back Haunted, directed by David Lynch, is expected to make its way into the world this week.
* Tuesday marked 4 years since Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest from an overdose of Propofol. Meanwhile, the wrongful-death lawsuit, led by his mother and children, continues to play out in an LA courtroom. And today, his oldest son Prince, is expected to testify in that courtroom. Will MJ ever RIP?
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* Disney has released a second trailer for Sam Raimi’s Oz The Great and Powerful, giving a little more insight into the film that focusses on Oscar Diggs, played by James Franco, the Kansas circus magician before he becomes known as the Wizard.
* Stevie Wonder will perform at the American Music Awards this weekend, in tribute to the show’s creator and American Bandstand host Dick Clark, who died in April.
* Ridley Scott is looking for Bruce Springsteen fans to help make a crowd-sourced documentary about the Jersey-born musician. Springsteen will also join a line-up of stars for a Superstorm Sandy relief concert at Madison Square Garden in December.
* The National Book Awards has honored both longtime writers and new authors – Louise Erdrich won the fiction award for The Round House, while Katherine Boo’s debut, Beyond the Beautiful Forevers picked up non-fiction.
* Soapie fans are preparing to say goodbye to Susan Flannery, aka Stephanie Forrester, who’ll retire from a legendary career on one of the longest-running daytime dramas.