Turned out for Timberlake
A host of stars turned out to experience Justin Timberlake’s headline gig at the iTunes Festival in London.
The Grammy-winning singer Adele, actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth McGoven were among the audience at London’s Roundhouse on Sunday night.
“Star Trek” stars Chris Pine and Alice Eve plus TV chef Jamie Oliver also watched Timberlake mix fresh songs from his new album “The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2,” with favorites like “Cry Me A River,” and “SexyBack.”
Timberlake called London crowds the best in the world and joked that he was getting too old for it, when he was too sweaty to talk on stage.
Library picks top kids’ books
The New York Public Library is celebrating children’s literature with a list of 100 great kids’ books from the last 100 years.
The list released Monday includes picture books as well as novels for older readers like “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
Authors Judy Blume and Eric Carle joined librarians for a panel discussion.
Blume’s “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” is on the list. She said when she was in the fourth grade, she always had stories in her head. But she never told anybody because she thought they would think she was “weird.”
Carle made the list with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” He said the caterpillar started out as Willie the Worm but his editor “didn’t like the worm so much.”
Opera stars are expecting
Tenor Roberto Alagna and soprano Aleksandra Kurzak have something to sing about: They’re having a baby.
The Metropolitan Opera announced Monday that Kurzak has withdrawn from a revival of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” because of her pregnancy.
The Met says Kurzak will be replaced by Irina Lungu in the first three performances of the run that opens Nov. 1 and by Sonya Yoncheva in the final five.
Alagna married soprano Angela Gheorghiu in 1996 on stage at the Metropolitan Opera with then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani presiding. Gheorghiu said in 2009 they had been separated for two years and were divorcing. They later reconciled, but Gheorghiu said in January they were divorcing.
Finale breaks ‘Bad’ record
AMC says Sunday’s “Breaking Bad” finale seized a record-breaking number of viewers for the series.
The concluding episode was seen by 10.3 million viewers. That was three times the audience for the midseason finale airing a year ago.
The network says an expanded one-hour version of its “Talking Bad” discussion after-show delivered 4.4 million viewers.
The drama’s popularity has soared during its five-season run, while it reaped acclaim and awards.
At last week’s Emmy Awards it collected a best-drama-series trophy and a supporting-actress statuette for Anna Gunn, who played the wife of teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter White opposite series star Bryan Cranston.