Eminem is in the process of selling off bits of his childhood home to fans. According to Hot Press, the Detroit rapper has included bricks from the house, demolished in 2013, in various packages to fans that also include a signed certificate. Of the €350 charge, “a portion of proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Marshall Mathers Foundation,” says Eminem’s website, in reference to the charity that does various work in his hometown.
Meanwhile, Niall Horan is the most-followed Irish person on Twitter, but such public exposure also comes at a cost. The 22-year-old Mullingar native has been tweeting about some of the abuse he has to read. “And saying the worst things ever about my little nephew. Thank God I’m not the kind of person who thinks into stuff like this. But I just think it’s crazy how we let people away with things like this.” On a more positive note, it appears that Horan is using his One Direction hiatus to work on solo material with Wayne Hector, the writer behind such 1D hits as ‘Steal My Girl’ and ‘History’.
At the other end of the pop music timeline, we’re seeing some rather decent reissues hitting the market. Marvin Gaye’s music is in the midst of a series of seven vinyl releases, including this week’s seven-album box-set that includes the twin towers of What’s Going On (1971) and Let’s Get It On (1973). The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds is also out in a four-CD set, while Bob Dylan’s newly-recorded 37th studio album, Fallen Angels, again features songs that were previously done by Frank Sinatra.
Anybody heading to Bruce Springsteen at Croke Park today has been urged by the organisers to get there in plenty time. There is no support act, and the Boss is due to go on stage at 7pm.
Roy Harper was unanimously acquitted by a jury of indecent assault last year, but expressed his unhappiness at being unable to recoup any of the huge legal costs from the case. A longterm resident of West Cork, he turns 75 next month and has announced a gig at DeBarras in Clonakilty for August 26.
Loving was one of the most highly-praised films at the Cannes festival last week, but it looks like audiences in this country will have to wait until November to see the tale of inter-racial love starring Irish actress Ruth Negga. Despite not winning a prize in the south of France — one of several decisions where journos disagreed with jury members — the Limerick-raised actress formerly seen in Love/Hate is already being mentioned for Oscar nominations.
Meanwhile, among the openings today is Money Monster, with Jodie Foster directing George Clooney and Julia Roberts in a hostage drama. Reviews have been mixed.
At Triskel in Cork this weekend, the roster from Sunday includes The Price of Desire, about celebrated Irish designer Eileen Gray; and the highly-rated French/ Turkish drama, Mustang.
Another upcoming film event in Cork is a showing of River Runner on June 7 at Cork Opera House, with the documentary on various issues around the river Lee being accompanied by a q+a and discussion of how the waterway could be restored to its former glory.
In Dublin, a grown-up Hugh O’Conor will be at the IFI on Tuesday for a screening of Lamb, the 1985 film he starred in as a 10-year-old alongside Liam Neeson.
Waterstones in Cork hosts an evening of contemporary fiction on Wednesday, with Patrick Cotter, Anakana Schofield and Lisa McInerney.
Also in Cork, American comedian Will E Robo is at City Limits tonight and tomorrow.
The Late Late Show has former Dallas star Linda Gray tonight, while Graham Norton welcomes Matt LeBlanc and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.