Hundreds mourn Queen of the Blues
Hundreds of mourners have shown up at a wake for the Chicago blues icon Koko Taylor, the “Queen of the Blues,” including Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and musicians Denise Williams and Otis Clay.
Taylor was dressed in silk and crowned with a tiara as she lay in a glass-topped casket Thursday at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition headquarters on Chicago’s South Side.
Daley told the crowd Taylor’s legacy will live on because of the power of her life story.
Williams, Clay and other musicians in town for this weekend’s Chicago Blues Festival planned to perform at a memorial service later Thursday.
Her funeral is Friday.
The Grammy Award-winning musician’s career stretched more than five decades. She died June 3 at age 80.
Rourke to play Whiplash in Iron Man 2
Mickey Rourke’s bruising opponents in “The Wrestler” don’t look so tough compared to his new foe: Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
Distributor Paramount has released the first photo of Rourke as villain Whiplash in the upcoming sequel, “Iron Man 2.”
Rourke is dressed for battle in the image, his torso and arms wrapped in metal braces sporting weapons and a chest device resembling the portable power plant that runs Downey’s Iron Man suit.
While Downey is completely encased in his metal suit, Rourke’s Whiplash outfit shows off a lot of flesh, along with plenty of tattoos coating the character’s skin.
Directed by Jon Favreau, “Iron Man 2” kicks off Hollywood’s 2010 summer season next May 7.
Alba apologizes for stunt
The owners of property allegedly plastered with great white shark posters by actress Jessica Alba say they have little interest in pursuing criminal charges.
Oklahoma City police are continuing to investigate the allegations, but say they first plan to meet with property owners to see if they are willing to prosecute.
The 28-year-old actress, who is in Oklahoma filming a movie, has issued a statement to apologize.
Police found the posters — aimed at raising awareness about the species’ declining numbers — glued to a downtown bridge and elsewhere, including a billboard for the United Way charity.
All of the property owners contacted by The Associated Press Thursday say they don’t want to see Alba prosecuted.
Singer charged with drunk driving
British police charged singer Pete Doherty with drunk driving, drug possession and driving without a valid licence or insurance Thursday.
The Gloucestershire Constabulary said officers arrested a 30-year-old man early Thursday after spotting a car driving erratically in Gloucester, about 160 kilometres west of London.
A police official speaking on condition of anonymity in line with departmental policy confirmed the man was Doherty, who played a concert in Gloucester on Wednesday.
Doherty’s manager Andy Boyd confirmed Doherty was in police custody and was due to appear in court Friday. He said he had no other details.
A 30-year-old woman was also detained but was later released without charge.
Doherty, a lead singer of Babyshambles has a long history of drug use.
Madonna awaits adoption decision
Madonna’s lawyer says Malawi’s highest court will announce Friday whether the pop star can adopt a second child from the southern African country.
Lawyer Alan Chinula says the ruling will be issued at 9 a.m. Friday.
Madonna had appealed after a lower court ruled she could not adopt Chifundo “Mercy” James because she had not been screened over time by Malawi authorities.