Lenny Kravitz has signed on for his first starring film role, playing singer Marvin Gaye in a biopic that will be shot next year.
The rocker's publicist, Carleen Donovan, confirmed the news Tuesday. Kravitz has played supporting roles in the past, including a small part in "The Hunger Games."
Rolling Stone first reported details about the 48-year-old performer's part in the film, directed by Julien Temple.
The magazine says the "Are You Gonna Go My Way" singer will portray Gaye during the 1980s when he was fighting his addictions and attempting to restart his career. Gaye died in 1984 after being shot by his father.
ANGUS T. JONES' SPIRITUAL ADVISER LIKES CONSPIRACY THEORIES: Angus T. Jones has a spiritual adviser with some rather, er, interesting beliefs.
According to TMZ, Christopher Hudson is featured with Jones in the "testimonial" video in which Jones trashes his own "Two and a Half Men" television show as "filth," saying it goes against his newfound religious ideology.
In the video, Jones says he discovered Hudson through his ForeRunner Chronicles video series, in which Hudson lets the world in on a number of secrets that could bring about our doom, including the accusation that Jay-Z is a Freemason who is executing a plan concocted by Satan. Which isn't a very polite way to talk about Beyonce.
He also says President Obama's pro-gay agenda has similarities to Adolph Hitler.
Oh, and the New York City gas crisis can lead to cannibalism. Hudson has warned his followers that the gas crisis can turn into a food crisis, forcing women to begin cannibalizing their own children. "Your baby might start looking like a chicken wing," he supposedly said.
Well, as long as they don't start looking like delicious pizza rolls ... .
So the question is: Does Jones believe everything Hudson is preaching? TMZ reported that during the "testimony" video, Jones praised Hudson, saying, "I love watching ForeRunner Chronicles ... all the information is so great."
It is great. It's some of the best stand-up comedy I've heard in years.
Jones also said "Your videos have no doubt been a blessing to me."
I have a feeling Jones' agent might disagree.
Hudson told TMZ he and Jones have become close over the past year and share similar beliefs. Jones has not responded to requests that clarify his views on Hudson's, um, theories.
NICKI MINAJ ACCUSES STEVEN TYLER OF RACISM: Nicki Minaj took to Twitter Monday night to accuse Steven Tyler of directing a racist comment at her.
Thank God for Twitter, or no one would be able to engage in senseless feuds anymore.
According to E! News, the Aerosmith frontman and former "American Idol" judge ridiculed the feud between current "Idol" judges Minaj and Mariah Carey, saying, "You just have to give your opinion. It wasn't hard for me, but I would imagine it's hard for some people, and they need a manager to say 'shut the (expletive) up, and just give them your opinion.'
"These kids (contestants), they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere and they're in New York City, they're scared to death; you're not going to get the best (out of them). ... If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying."
Right, he was just saying. He gave his opinion, and the whole thing could end right there. Minaj would take his words to heart, bake Mariah Carey a pie, and swear on a stack of pink, fur-trimmed Bibles that everyone would get along from now on.
"Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield???," she posted on Twitter. "Steven, you haven't seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet. I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. I haven't done anything to you. That's a racist comment. You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go (expletive) yourself and worry about yourself babe."
I imagine no one has called Steven Tyler "babe" since people still had to get up to change the TV channel.
Minaj continued: "LOL lets make him a shirt that says 'No Coloreds Allowed' then escort him down 2 Barbara Walters so he can tell how he was threatened w/guns," she said, referring to her feud with Carey. "When Steven 1st went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers & fans alike. Called a sell out. So what does he do? Ridicule the next judge."
Tyler hasn't responded to any of Minaj's tweets and Fox-TV had no comment on the matter.
BRAD PITT SAYS MARRIAGE COMING SOON: Brad Pitt says he'll be married soon.
I wonder if it will be to that tall woman with all the kids ... .
At Monday's New York premiere of "Killing Them Softly," Pitt said his six kids with fiancee Angelina Jolie are really anxious for the two of them to finally get hitched.
"I am getting more pressure from my kids, and it is something I want to do within their lifetime, but I also feel like the time has come," the 48-year-old said on the red carpet, according to People.com.
"The time is nigh," he added. "It's soon. I got a good feeling about it."
The time is nigh? Wasn't that a Blondie song?
"We've had a family, we've raised the kids," Pitt said, of Jolie. "I am surprised how much (marriage) meant to me once you had that."
Yeah, it really shows -- by how much he hasn't got married the past seven or so years.
Pitt is currently reshooting scenes for "World War Z" and recently spent Thanksgiving without Jolie and the brood -- which includes Maddox, 11, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 6, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 4 -- as some of them were in Cambodia helping out with the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
"That's OK, last year we had a big meal and we don't normally miss things twice," Pitt said.
ROBSTEN BACK FROM OVERSEAS TRIP: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were spotted at the Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday. A day after they were spotted at JFK airport in New York, coming home from London.
And, not only were they on the same plane, they looked totally together. You know ... like a couple!
Of course this is real journalism.
So, if you Twihards are keeping score, the pair has been, like, totally together since Thanksgiving. And they didn't have to be, as the "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" promotional tour finished a couple weeks ago. So we can dispense with the conspiracy theories saying their breakup and reconciliation was nothing more than fan-grabbing movie studio manipulation. They are back together, forever and ever, little smiley face :), OMG and whatnot.
The pair, reconciled after Stewart's cheating scandal, spent Thanksgiving together in London with Pattinson's family.
NOVEMBER 28 IN HISTORY
Wednesday is Nov. 28, the 333rd day of 2012. There are 33 days left in the year.
1520: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.
1861: The Confederate Congress admitted Missouri as the 12th state of the Confederacy after Missouri's disputed secession from the Union.
1905: Sinn Fein was founded in Dublin.
1912: Albania proclaimed its independence from the Ottoman Empire.
1922: Captain Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public skywriting exhibition, spelling out, "Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200" over New York's Times Square; about 47,000 calls in less than three hours resulted.
1942: Nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.
1958: Chad, Gabon and Middle Congo became autonomous republics within the French community.
1961: President John F. Kennedy dedicated the original permanent headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va. Ernie Davis of Syracuse University became the first African-American to be named winner of the Heisman Trophy.
1962: Princess Wilhelmina, the onetime Queen of the Netherlands, died at age 82.
1964: The United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars.
1979: An Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to the South Pole crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.
1987: A South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean with the loss of all 159 people aboard.
2002: In twin attacks in Kenya, three suicide bombers killed 14 people at an Israeli-owned hotel, while at least two missiles were fired at -- but missed -- an Israeli jetliner taking off from Mombasa airport.
2007: O.J. Simpson pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas to charges of kidnapping and armed robbery stemming from a confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers. (Simpson and a co-defendant were later convicted.)
2011: Egyptians, despite a recent wave of unrest, waited peacefully in long lines to vote in the first parliamentary elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak; Islamist parties were the big winners. Occupy Wall Street protesters defied a deadline to remove their weeks-old encampment on the Los Angeles City Hall lawn.
Recording executive Berry Gordy Jr. (83), former Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo., (76), singer Randy Newman (69), CBS News correspondent Susan Spencer (66), "Late Show" orchestra leader Paul Shaffer (63), actor Ed Harris (62), actor Judd Nelson (53), rock musician Matt Cameron (50), comedian Jon Stewart (50), hip-hop musician apl.de.ap (Black Eyed Peas) (38), rock musician Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) (29).