Crystal Kay Headed for Hollywood

Crystal KaySinger Crystal Kay (22) has been given a crack at a Hollywood breakthrough. It was revealed at the weekend that her rock song “Hold On” has been chosen as the theme for an adaptation of the Steven King short story “Dolan’s Cadillac.” Due for U.S. release next year, it tells the tale of a mild-mannered teacher (Wes Bentley) seeking revenge against the mobster (Christian Slater) who murdered his wife. The movie has been in the works for several years, with names like Kevin Bacon, Sylvester Stallone and Dennis Hopper linked with the project. But the latest attempt looks likely to be completed, and filming has taken place in Canada and Las Vegas. Producer Ellen Wander says she chose Kay’s unreleased song after one listen, “I’m excited to be working with a singer overflowing with such stimulating talent. This is an exceptional movie that provides the perfect backdrop for her beautiful and exciting music.” The song, with all English lyrics, is her first for an overseas movie, though she has provided themes for a few domestic productions. The Yokohama-born Kay plans to embark on a U.S. career in September after graduating Japanese university. She recently worked with top producers Jam and Lewis in L.A. on two tracks for her latest album “Color Change!”

• Actor Kanasugi Taro recently died from injuries he suffered earlier this year. He was 33. After a night of drinking with school friends in March, he fell onto the subway tracks at Ikebukuro station in Tokyo. He underwent surgery for a brain contusion, but remained in a coma until his death on August 2. Real name Fukazawa Taro, he began acting as a child and landed a role in the popular school drama series “3 Nen B Gumi Kinpachi Sensei” in 1988. He later had a role in the long-running TBS afternoon series “Ten Made Todoke.” He was married in 1999.