Michael Jackson’s record label Sony and the co-executor of the singer’s estate have been hit with a lawsuit alleging that Jackson might not have actually sung three of the tracks on the 2010 posthumously released album “Michael.” The lawsuit, filed by California woman Vera Serova in Superior Court in Los Angeles County on Thursday, questions whether it’s actually Jackson’s vocals on the tracks “Breaking News,” “Monster” and “Keep Your Head Up.” However, Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Michael Jackson estate, vehemently denied the allegations when contacted by TheWrap, saying that the vocal tracks had been authenticated by multiple experts. The Estate believes the lead vocals on all tracks of the ‘Michael’ album were sung by Michael Jackson,” Weitzman said in a statement.

British actor and comedian Rik Mayall, known for his appearances in BBC shows The Young Ones, Blackadder, and the 1991 film Drop Dead Fred (above), has died at the age of 56, his manager said on Monday. “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rick Mayall who passed away this morning,” said Geoff Stanton from Brunskill management.

By Stuart Kemp Oliver Stone and his producing partner Moritz Borman have inked a deal for movie rights to Time of the Octopus, a novel written by Anatoly Kucherena, whistleblower Edward Snowden’s Russian lawyer. PHOTOS: The 21 Best Movies About Whistleblowers Stone has begun to write the screenplay and Borman is fast-tracking it as a European co-production to start filming before the end of the year. Kucherena’s novel tells the fictional story of an American whistleblower, Joshua Cold, who, threatened by his government, and while waiting for a decision on his request for asylum from the Russian authorities, spends three weeks in limbo in the transit area of the Moscow airport. Said Kucherena: “The more I engaged in the Edward Snowden case, the more I was impressed by his story.

One of the last links to Hollywood’s silent-film era, she appeared in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ and spoke the first line in Bela Lugosi’s ‘Dracula.’ By Mike Barnes Carla Laemmle, a dancer and actress whose uncle, Carl Laemmle, co-founded Universal Studios, died Thursday night at her home in Los Angeles. Her caretaker, Josephine Delavega, confirmed the news of her death to The Hollywood Reporter. Laemmle, one of the few surviving actors of the silent-film era, appeared as the prima ballerina in the 1925 Universal production of The Phantom of the Opera and played a secretary who delivers the first line of dialogue in another Universal classic: Dracula (1931).