Roy Orbison biopic gets the go-ahead!

It’s worked for Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, N.W.A. and Hank Williams – and now Roy Orbison is to have his life portrayed on the big screen.

The surviving family of the iconic singer of songs like Pretty Woman and Only the Lonely have given their blessing to The Big O: Roy Orbison – which apparently makes it the first estate-authorised movie biopic.

Ray Gideon & Bruce Evans have been set to write the script and Alex Orbison, Roy Orbison Jr, and Wesley Orbison will be exec producers.

Those are the surviving children of the singer, who have overseen their father’s legacy since the death of the singer’s widow, Barbara Orbison, in 2011.

The movie will be able to use virtually all of Orbison’s songs and recordings.

Lankan appointed as Singer Bangladesh CEO…

Singer Bangladesh has appointed a Sri Lankan, Mohamed Fairoz, as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his new appointment, Fairoz was Marketing Director of Singer Bangladesh. He began his career at Singer in Sri Lanka in 2001. He joined as Product Manager for furniture products. In 2006, he was promoted to the senior management at Singer (Sri Lanka) and was in charge of televisions, electronics and furniture as Marketing Manager. He was promoted to the position of Marketing Director at Singer Bangladesh in January 2015. Fairoz has a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and has an accountancy qualification, being a Member of the Certified Management Accountants of Australia. In addition, he has completed several management courses at the National University of Singapore and Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad, India and has over 25 years of experience in marketing. Fairoz was the Head Prefect of his alma mater, Carey College. He was also the President of the Interact Club, Islamic Society and School Savings Bank and represented the college in hockey and cricket. Singer (Sri Lanka) has a rich history, where persons in the company have taken up top positions in Singer companies of other countries or at the Singer corporate head quarters.

Happy Birthday Marilyn McCoo!

1943, Born on this day, Marilyn McCoo, singer, 1977 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘You Don’t Have To Be A Star’. Also a member of The 5th Dimension.

an American singer, actress, and television presenter, who is best known for being the lead female vocalist in the group The 5th Dimension, as well as hosting the 1980s music countdown series Solid Gold. Since 1969 she has been married to singer Billy Davis, Jr., the founder and co-member of the 5th Dimension. McCoo has a four-octave vocal range.

In the early and mid-1960s, McCoo was a member of the Hi-Fi’s, who often opened for Ray Charles. She had been invited to join the group by photographer Lamonte McLemore, who would himself join McCoo in the 5th Dimension. Other Hi-Fi members included Harry Elston and Floyd Butler, who would go on to form the Friends of Distinction. She met Billy Davis, Jr. in 1966 when he established the 5th Dimension, then called The Versatiles, which would also include Ron Townson and Florence LaRue. The group’s first big hit was with 1967’s “Up, Up and Away”, written by Jimmy Webb. The song won four 1968 Grammy Awards and was the title track to 5th Dimension’s first hit LP. A year later the group covered Laura Nyro’s “Stoned Soul Picnic”. A medley of “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (from the musical Hair) reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April to May 1969 and won the Grammy for ‘Record of the Year’. The group’s cover of Nyro’s “Wedding Bell Blues”, featuring McCoo’s most prominent vocal of that period, topped the Hot 100 in November 1969.

By the early 1970s, McCoo began to sing lead on the group’s remaining chart-topping singles, “One Less Bell to Answer”, “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All”, and “If I Could Reach You”.

In 1975, McCoo and Davis left the 5th Dimension and began performing as a duo. Landing a contract with ABC Records, they recorded their 1976 debut album, I Hope We Get to Love in Time. The first single was the title track, which was a mid-chart hit. Their follow up, “You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)” was an even bigger hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1977. McCoo and Davis were awarded a gold single and a gold album as well as a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. They became the first African American married couple to host a network television series, The Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. Show, on CBS in summer 1977. They released one more album on ABC in 1978, produced by Frank Wilson and containing the popular ballad “My Reason To Be” by songwriters Judy Wieder and John Footman. The pair signed with CBS Records the following year and released their last album as a duo until October 2008 when the pair released The Many Faces of Love, a collection of hit songs from the 1960s and 1970s.

She was the first to record “Saving All My Love for You” in 1978, later sung by Whitney Houston. The album Marilyn and Billy featured that track as well as a disco hit, “Shine On Silver Moon”.

The pair decided to go solo professionally in the early 1980s with McCoo hosting the popular American syndicated television series Solid Gold from 1981 through 1984 and again from 1986 through 1988. She also created a successful nightclub and concert act, and went on to appear as Tamara Price on Days of Our Lives in 1986, as a friend of Marlena Evans who sang at her wedding. Price later became involved with James Reynolds’ character Abe Carver. McCoo left the series in 1987.

Her 1991 album, The Me Nobody Knows, was nominated for a Grammy. She also released a Christmas album in 1994. McCoo won her eighth Grammy for her contributions to Quincy Jones’ Handel’s Messiah.

James Anderson ruled out of England’s Tests in Bangladesh…

England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson has been ruled out of the Test series against Bangladesh with a shoulder injury.

The 34-year-old, who has 463 Test wickets, has not played since the fourth Test loss to Pakistan in August.

England play three one-day internationals and two Tests on the tour, for which they leave on Thursday.

Anderson’s absence from the Test side will be confirmed on Thursday morning, when a replacement could also be named.

He was not included in the one-day squad.

Cover may come from Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball, who was named in the original squad for the ODIs, but not the Tests.

Anderson, who missed two Tests against South Africa last winter with a calf problem, suffered a stress fracture of the right shoulder in the third Test at home against Sri Lanka in June.

The Lancashire pace bowler was subsequently not selected for the first Test against Pakistan despite declaring himself fit, a row that captain Alastair Cook called a “messy affair”.

Anderson, who was rested when England last toured Bangladesh in 2010, is still hopeful to be fit for the five-Test tour of India, which begins on 9 November.

The Lion King: Disney announces live action film remake…

The Lion King is to be remade as a live action film directed by Jon Favreau, Disney has announced.
The announcement comes 22 years after the release of the original animation, while a highly successful stage musical has been running since 1997.
Favreau was behind this year’s new version of The Jungle Book, featuring a mix of animation and live action.
He has tweeted that he is “excited” for his “next project”, using emojis of a lion and a crown.
Disney said the new version would feature hit songs from the 1994 film, which were written by Sir Elton John, Sir Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer and included Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel the Love Tonight.
The original Lion King movie made $969m (£745m) and won two Oscars.
The stage musical has taken more than $6bn (£4.6bn) in ticket sales – more than any other stage show or cinema release in box office history.
It is the latest in a long line of classics to get the live action treatment, and comes after Disney recreated Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent for the big screen.
A new live action version of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, is due for release next year and will also feature songs from the original animation.
Favreau will also direct a sequel to The Jungle Book, which has made $965.8m (£743m) around the world since its cinema release.
No release date for the new Lion King film yet been set and casting is yet to be announced.