WASHINGTON — The Beach Boys will be the headliners for this year’s Memorial Day concert on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Producers announced plans this week for the concert, which honors America’s service members and veterans.
For the 11th consecutive year, actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will host the event. Both are longtime advocates for veterans’ issues.
In addition to the Beach Boys, performers include country singer Trace Adkins, pop singer and actress Katharine McPhee and soprano Renee Fleming. The National Symphony Orchestra participates in the concert each year.
The concert will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. May 29 on PBS.
LOS ANGELES — An official Whitney Houston documentary is in the works from Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald. It will be the first to be authorized by the late pop superstar’s estate since her death in 2012 at age 48. Altitude Film Entertainment announced the project this week.
The announcement says that film will feature unprecedented access to those closest to Houston, including an interview with Arista Records founder and president Clive Davis, in examining both the professional heights and personal depths of Houston’s tumultuous life.
Macdonald said he wants to tell the story of how brilliant an artist Houston was and how she changed the way pop music was sung.
LOS ANGELES — Alicia Vikander is following in Angelina Jolie’s butt-kicking footsteps.
The Swedish actress has signed on to play the role of Lara Croft in a new “Tomb Raider” movie from Norwegian director Roar Uthaug. MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films announced the news this week.
Jolie was the first actress to bring the popular video game character to life on the big screen. Both Jolie films were poorly received by critics, but the first was a big box office success.
She can be seen this summer in the new “Jason Bourne” film.
NEW YORK — Katy Perry will be lighting up the French Rivera like fireworks next month: The singer will perform at amfAR’s annual “Cinema Against AIDS” event, the glitzy A-list fundraiser held annually during the Cannes Film Festival.
The fundraiser, which takes place just outside of Cannes in Antibes, France, will again feature Sharon Stone, amfAR’s global campaign chair; the actress had to bow out last year.
Other stars set to attend include Kevin Spacey and Heidi Klum.
The May 19th event raises money to for AIDS research. More than $30 million was raised last year, according to amfAR.