Woodstock 50 Festival Canceled According to Investors
Woodstock 50 is officially scrapped at least according to the people putting up the money to produce the iconic music festival's anniversary.
Honchos at Dentsu Aegis Network -- the festival's main investor -- dropped the news Monday, saying, it doesn't "believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees."
Sounds like they were afraid Woodstock 50 would become Fyre Fest 2019. Tickets for Woodstock 50 were supposed to go on sale last week, but never did. Organizers said they were trying to iron out logistics while waiting to hear back from the New York State Department of Health after applying for a mass gathering permit.
As reported the massive music and arts event was supposed to feature huge names like Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper, Imagine Dragons, Carlos Santana, Dead & Company and Halsey.
Worth noting ... the promoter, Michael Lang, does not agree Woodstock 50 is sunk. He tells us Dentsu's announcement was a "complete surprise," but adds ... they're not giving up on the festival yet.
John Singleton passes away at age 51
John Singleton, the first African American nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director -- whose decorated career spanned nearly three decades in Hollywood -- has died
A Singleton family rep says he passed "peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends."
John suffered a stroke at Cedars 12 days ago after checking himself into the hospital because of pain in one of his legs.
The "Boyz n the Hood" director has not responded to treatment and his condition is dire after what his mother, Shelia Ward, characterized as a major stroke.
In the middle of all of this, there's a family war over control of John's estate. Shelia has asked a judge to appoint her temporary conservator to handle his business affairs, while one of his daughters, Cleopatra, is trying to block the conservatorship, claiming Shelia is trying to fleece the estate and freeze out his 7 children.
John's family released this statement earlier today ... "It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off life support today. This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John's doctors."
The family's statement also reveals John "quietly struggled with hypertension. More than 40% of African-American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe."
John's family encouraged his fans to recognize symptoms and visit heart.org for more information.