Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis will be receiving a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. The only man to ever earn three Best Actor trophies at the Academy Awards will be known as Sir Daniel after the official ceremony. Dame Maggie Smith moves up even higher into the royal ranks with the elite Companions of Honour. Other performers honored are Damian Lewis (OBE) and John Barrowman (MBE). Although not British, actress Angelina Jolie will become an honorary dame for her charitable works. BBC.
In a battle of film sequels this weekend at the box office, “22 Jump Street” comes out on top over “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” The Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill action comedy finishes with $60 million in its debut. The animated movie brings in $50 million for second place. Disney’s “Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie falls to third place with $19 million. Thompson on Hollywood.
Veteran singer Chubby Checker wants the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct him now or to “drop dead.” He says, “I don’t want to get in there when I’m 85 years old. I’ll tell them to drop dead, so you better do it quick while I’m still smiling.” His recording of “The Twist” is considered as one of the most popular songs in music history. His song “Let’s Twist Again” in 1962 was the first rock song to receive a Grammy Award. When duo Hall and Oates was inducted this spring, they wondered in their speech why Checker was not already a member. Newsday.
Legendary voiceover artist Casey Kasem dies Sunday at age 82. He was the voice of “American Top 40” and other radio countdown shows for over 40 years. Kasem also provided the voice of Shaggy on the “Scooby-Doo” TV shows and several other animated characters over the years. He was inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame in 1985 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992. Variety.
Sasha Stone offers her ranking of best films to receive ZERO Oscar nominations. She says that several were made by directors who were not well known, but “for some of them, there is no excuise.” The top 10 are: “Touch of Evil” (Orson Welles), “Stardust Memories” (Woody Allen), “The Killing” (Stanley Kubrick), “The Searchers” (John Ford), “Mean Streets” (Martin Scorsese), “Zodiac” (David Fincher), “Miller’s Crossing” (Joel and Ethan Coen), “Reservoir Dogs” (Quentin Tarantino), “Blood Simple” (Coens), and “The Big Sleep” (Howard Hawks). Awards Daily.
Tony Awards nominee “After Midnight” will close at the end of June. The departure from Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre provides an opening for the next Jason Robert Brown musical, “Honeymoon in Vegas.” It is based on the 1992 comedy film starring Nicolas Cage and James Caan. The show should have been in New York after an SRO tryout in New Jersey this past season, but there was a shortage of theaters. The new production will star Tony Danza and Rob McClure. Deadline.
Alex Trebek sets a Guinness World Record for hosting the most episodes of any one program. Friday’s segment marked his 6,829th episode of the syndicated game show “Jeopardy.” He has been hosting that program since 1984. He says that he will continue in his job as long as he’s “having a good time” and his “skills haven’t diminished too much.” Huffington Post.