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Morrissey hit by double pneumonia

Plus: Lance Armstrong films coming; Daniel Radcliffe returns to stage; Notorious B.I.G.¿s kids turns stars; Lauer offered to resign from Today.

Morrissey has been forced to rejig his tour dates because of health woes. Kevin Winter /AFP
Morrissey has been forced to rejig his tour dates because of health woes. Kevin Winter /AFP

The British singer and ex-Smiths frontman Morrissey has postponed a US show due to double pneumonia. In the latest rejig of his tour dates due to health woes, Saturday's cancelled concert in San Francisco will now take place on May 1. The 53-year-old performer was hospitalised in Michigan for a bleeding ulcer in January. His tour resumes tomorrow, where he will headline the Vive Latino Festival in Mexico. - AFP

Lance Armstrong films coming

Hollywood is cashing in on Lance Armstrong. Last month, JJ Abrams announced he was working on an Armstrong biopic and is in talks with Bradley Cooper to star. Cooper told the BBC he finds the cyclist "fascinating" and would "love to play" him. This week Paramount Pictures announced it's also producing its own biopic, directed by Jay Roach and written by the Side Effects scribe Scott Z Burns. - IANS

Daniel Radcliffe returns to stage

Daniel Radcliffe will take to the London stage as star of Martin McDonagh's comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan. Radcliffe plays a disabled orphan in 1930s Ireland who harbours a dream of Hollywood stardom. The show, which opens in June for a 12-week run, is part of a West End season of plays overseen by the director Michael Grandage, who has assembled an A-list company that includes Radcliffe, Ben Whishaw, Judi Dench and Jude Law. Radcliffe, 23, revealed he's writing a play of his own. "I'm trying to write something at the moment and it's just so dark. I think it's funny but I'm not sure if anybody else ever would. I aspire to be a poor man's Martin McDonagh," he said. - AP

Notorious BIG's kids turns stars

The children of the late rapper Notorious BIG will star in an animated series about maintaining the hip-hop legend's New York City recording studio. House of Wallace will feature his kids CJ, 16, and T'yanna, 19. Notorious BIG, born Christopher Wallace, was shot to death in 1997. His character will appear in "spirit" and "guide them through the adversities they face" when trying to keep the Brooklyn studio open and out of a larger company's hand, said a statement. - AP

Lauer offered to resign from Today

Matt Lauer was ready to take the fall last year for troubles on the Today Show. The Daily Beast reported that Lauer told Steve Burke, the chief of NBC Universal, that he would leave if Burke thought the show was better off without him. Burke dismissed the idea. Today has slipped behind Good Morning America in US ratings, and the slide was more pronounced after Ann Curry's messy departure as Lauer's co-host last summer. Both shows air in the UAE. - AP