Veteran actress Dame Angela Lansbury is taking her award-winning role in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit on the road. The Murder, She Wrote star has played medium Madame Arcati in the beloved comedy both on Broadway in 2009 and in London's West End earlier this year (14) to critical acclaim.
Now she's set to go on a North American tour beginning on 9 December (14) in Los Angeles, with additional stops in San Francisco, California, and Toronto, Canada, ending the run in Washington, D.C. next March (15).
The 88 year old, who won her fifth Tony Award for her performance in the 2009 Broadway revival, will be joined by her West End co-stars Charles Edwards and Jemima Rooper, as well as her former New York castmates, Susan Louise O'Connor and Sandra Shipley.
The production will be directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Michael Blakemore.
Katy Perry looks set to dominate in Scotland at the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow after scoring a massive seven nominations.
The pop superstar topped the list when the nominations were announced on Tuesday (16Sep14) - just two days before Scots go to the polls to vote on independence from the U.K. - landing two nods for her hit track Dark Horse, including Best Song and Best Video. Perry will compete against her chart rivals Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj for the Best Female title, and she will face Problem hitmaker Grande again in the Best Pop category along with Miley Cyrus, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer.
The Firework hitmaker will also compete for Best Live, Best Look and Biggest Fans.
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in Glasgow on 9 November (14). The list of main nominations is as follows:
Katy Perry - Dark Horse featuring Juicy J
Ariana Grande - Problem featuring Iggy Azalea
Eminem - The Monster featuring Rihanna
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer
Katy Perry - Dark Horse featuring Juicy J
Iggy Azalea - Black Widow featuring Rita Ora
Kiesza - Hideaway
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Sia - Chandelier
The Black Keys
Fall Out Boy
Lana Del Rey
Thirty Seconds To Mars
5 Seconds of Summer
Actress Daniele Watts has accused officers at the Los Angeles Police Department of brutality and racism after an incident on Thursday (11Sep14).
The Django Unchained star and her celebrity chef husband Brian James Lucas were kissing in a car in the San Fernando Valley, when they were approached by cops after a resident called police to the scene, according to TMZ.com. Lucas claims they believed Watts was a prostitute and asked the couple for identification. Angry Watts refused and began walking away, but she was apprehended, handcuffed and taken back to the scene in a police car.
In a message on Facebook.com, she writes, "Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place. When the officer arrived, I was standing on the sidewalk by a tree. "I was talking to my father on my cell phone. I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn't harming anyone, so I walked away. A few minutes later, I was still talking to my dad when 2 different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs..."
Watts claims the handcuffs were tight and caused her wrists to bleed. After she produced her identification she was let go, but her husband claims they have hired a lawyer and plan to file a formal complaint against the officers.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Rob Lowe and Reese Witherspoon joined forces on Friday night (05Sep14) to raise money and awareness for the Stand Up To Cancer charity at a star-studded telethon. The fourth biennial event, broadcast live in the U.S. and Canada from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, featured a slew of famous faces, including Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm and Mike Myers, calling on viewers to give generously to the organisation in order to continue supporting research into groundbreaking new cancer treatments.
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson boosted awareness online by engaging with fans on Twitter.com as Fast & Furious' Jordana Brewster participated in a Facebook question and answer session, during which two male fans proposed to the married actress.
Angie Harmon, comedian Dane Cook, Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello and Scandal star Tony Goldwyn were among the celebrities who helped man the phones and accept live donations, while Robert Downey, Jr. sent in a video message and Matthew McConaughey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper and funnyman Danny McBride all took part in a humorous, pre-recorded cancer awareness public service announcement (PSA).
However, one of the most touching celebrity appearances of the night came from former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, who recalled losing his first wife, Australian actress Cassandra Harris, to the disease in 1991, followed by his stepdaughter Charlotte last year (13).
Addressing the audience, he said, "To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away, bit by bit, by this insidious disease, that kind of sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche.
"I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife, Cassie, as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon. And just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte before she too died from this wretched, inherent disease."
Thyroid cancer survivor Sofia Vergara also gave a moving speech towards the end of the hour-long show, urging audience members to shine a light for loved ones battling the disease as she and Kevin Bacon introduced the event's closing performance from rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common and singer Jennifer Hudson, belting out their new cancer survivors' anthem, Remission.
Dave Matthews, Ariana Grande and The Who, via satellite from London, also performed during the telethon.
But the night didn't go quite as smoothly as planned - a live link-up with Ben Stiller from Toronto, Canada had to be axed at the last minute due to a technical problem, prompting presenter Mike Myers to quip, "Evidently, lightening has struck something in Toronto, because I am doomed never to have a live telecast without controversy. I think it's Hurricane Kanye has hit Toronto... (sic)".
The Austin Powers star was famously left dumbstruck back in 2005, when he stood by as rapper Kanye West notoriously lashed out at then-U.S. President George W. Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, declaring, "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a live TV fundraiser to help the victims of the New Orleans, Louisiana natural disaster.
"My husband Kanye and I have an amazing sex life. So far as the sex tape is concerned, whether or not we've made another... If we have, it's never something I want to go public. I never want to make the same mistake twice." Kim Kardashian hints she has made a sex tape with her husband Kanye West. The reality TV star initially shot to fame after her previous sex tape with singer Ray J became an Internet sensation.
Kim Kardashian chose to call her daughter North West after the bizarre name came to her attention through gossip columns.
The reality TV star welcomed her first child with rapper husband Kanye West last summer (14) and she has now revealed she had no intention of calling her little girl North until she saw it rumored in magazines. Kardashian and West decided it was a good idea, and they made it official after a number of their famous friends mentioned the rumour to them.
She tells Britain's GQ magazine, "It was a rumor in the press and we'd never really considered it seriously. But Kanye and I were having lunch... and Pharrell (Williams) came over to us and said, 'Oh my God, are you guys really going to call your daughter North? That is the best name.' Then a little while later (U.S. Vogue editor) Anna Wintour came over and asked the same thing. She told us: 'North is a genius name.' Kanye and I looked at one another and just laughed. I guess at that point it sort of stuck."
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul caused mayhem as he prepared for his historic night at the Emmy Awards on Monday (25Aug14) by staging a Twitter scavenger hunt all over Los Angeles for fans of the show. The actor found keepsakes in a closet and decided to part with them by sharing them among savvy fans - but he had no idea so many people would be interested in his character's license plate, plants, props and scripts from the show.
He explains, "The first clue was: 'Go find R.J. Mitte, aka Walt, Jr., at the IHop (restaurant) in West Hollywood. He'll be eating breakfast and he'll have some signed scripts for you'.
"Literally within 60 seconds, the IHop is just bombarded with just crazy fans and causes so much traffic."
Fans were so keen to get their hands on Paul's random stuff from the show, some were caught cheating.
He explains, "These ladies were camped outside my house and I pulled out and... they kept following me. I walked directly up to their, I took a picture of them and said, 'Shame on you, shame on you! You cannot cheat! You don't win anything!'"
Paul showed off photos from the scavenger hunt during an appearance on chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday (28Aug14), and one featured himself on a park swing, dressed as his Breaking Bad character Jesse Pinkman.
He explained, "This is me in a West Hollywood park. I said, 'Tag, you're it,' on Twitter. 'The first person to tag me in the West Hollywood park (will win the suit I was wearing)'... and I signed it on the back, 'Ya b**ch, Aaron Paul'."
The actor made it extra difficult because when fans arrived at the park, he started running away from them.
Let’s not allow Jimmy Kimmel to soil the good name of Friends fan-fiction. Although the late night host’s heavily funded but halfhearted attempt at the time-honored art form warranted few laughs, it did remind us that there are plenty of worthwhile pieces of writing floating around the Internet devoted to the West Village sextet. Some are admirable in quality, others in sheer passion. And some deserve a hat tip simply because of how damn weird they are.
Following Kimmel’s reunion of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow, we hit the dark corners of the web to round up the strangest pieces of Friends fan-fiction we could find. Some rearrange the narrative of the beloved show in creative ways, some test the very fabrics of the laws of reality… and some simply vie to be as disturbing as conceivably possible. Take your pick.
"Mondler: The Story of a Survivor" by cvlax14Or: The one where Richard attacks Monica with a baseball bat and Chandler comes to her rescue.
"'Mon we really should not be doing this.''I know Chandler, it's fun sneaking around though.''That is a lot of fun, but what about you and Richard''Richard and I are having problems.''What do you mean Mon''I really shouldn't he will get mad.''Richard will get mad?''Yes Chandler I have to go I'm sorry.'Then Monica got up and walked out of my apartment. What is Richard doing to her, I thought. I wonder if Rach knows. So I got up and walked to Rachel's apartment. She was able to get an apartment two doors down from ours." [sic] Read the full story here!
"The One with Joey's Daughter" by friendslover99Self-explanatory.
"'You have a daughter?' asked Monica. 'Yeah' Joey replied. 'and she just moved to the apartment last week'. 'Wait, isn't Kate that actress you dated?' Chandler asked. 'Yeah. I can't believe she's dying' said Joey. 'Well, what's your daughter's name?' asked Phoebe." [sic] Read the full story here!
"Prom Makes a Difference" by KateToastOr: The one where a teenage Rachel goes to prom with Ross instead of Chip, thus changing the course of their joint romantic journey entirely.
"They neared the Green mansion, as people in the neighborhood called it, since it was so large. Ross felt the all-too familiar flip-flop in his stomach as he and Rachel brushed sides. It had been happening all night, specifically when they had been dancing. He was still slightly in shock that she had agreed to dance with him at all. 'Well, this is it,' Rachel said as they reached her door. She looked up at him. 'This was really nice, Ross. Thank you for bringing me.'" [sic] Read the full story here!
"Ben Becomes a Man" by rachelgreengellerOr: The one where Ross’ son Ben prepares for his Bar Mitzvah, and employs the help of his father, Chandler, and Joey to find a girlfriend.
"Ben sat in the rabbi's office as he read the remainder of his lesson. He was soon going to be turning thirteen. According to jewish law, he would become a man, so he would be having his bar mitzvah soon. Ross sat with Carol by his side, his face glowing with pride as his son spoke the ancient Hebrew." [sic] Read the full story here!
"The One Where Chandler Finally Experiments" by JanaSelf explanatory.
"Chandler didn't know how he was going to face his friend in the morning. If he was this uncomfortable, just after having a conversation, he could only imagine how awkward things would be between them if he actually took him up on his offer. It was out of the question. Sex with friends was always a bad idea, anyway. Besides, he wasn't gay. He never imagined Joey was gay, either." Read the full story here!
“Neverland” by Melanie GellerOr: The one where Phoebe’s childhood and mysterious past are imagined through an extended Peter Pan metaphor.
"My stilettos clatter against the sewers I dash out into the street lights, covering my face with my hood. Both Benny and I know I'll be back, I can't live without his pills. He can't live without my money. We both, therefore, cannot live without the men." Read the full story here!
"TOW the Smurfs" by tini243Or: The one where everybody talks about Smurfs.
"'Joey, no one had sex with Smurfette,' Monica said matter-of-factly. Grinning lewdly Joey replied, 'See, that's how bad she needs a Joey smurf.'" [sic] Read the full story here!
"I'm Your Sister" by HikaroOr: The one where Ross and Monica have incestuous feelings for one another.
"'Monica...for the past few days I've just been all over the place, unsure of the things I might do. And I know it's wrong, but I think...I think I want you.' She was starting to get even more speechless and infuriated by the second. He wants her? Does he not see the huge problem in that?" [sic] Read the full story (at your own risk) here!
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Actor Matt Damon poured toilet water over himself for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Bourne Identity star was challenged by his best friend Ben Affleck to complete the task to raise funds for the ALS Association, but Damon faced a difficult decision over whether to go through with the challenge as he is the co-founder of a water charity.
Damon's Water.org organisation provides aid to developing countries to give more people access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and the actor feared he would be promoting waste by soaking himself.
In a video posted on YouTube.com on Monday (25Aug14), Damon explains his dilemma, saying, "It posed kind of a problem for me. Not only because there is a drought here in California, but because I co-founded Water.org and we envision a day when everyone has access to a clean drink of water and there are about 800 million people in the world he don’t. So dumping a clean bucket of water on my head seemed a little crazy.
"We also want to bring adequate sanitation for the 2.4 billion people on planet Earth who don't have it, so I thought a good thing to do was to kind of tie those things together and take toilet water - this is truly toilet water. I've been collecting it from various toilets around the house... Now for those of you like my wife who think this is truly disgusting, keep in mind that our water in our toilets in the west is actually cleaner than the water that most people in the developing world have access to. So as disgusting as this may seem, hopefully it will highlight the fact that this is a big problem and together we can do something about it."
Damon then doused himself in the ice cold toilet water, and nominated his "favourite actor" George Clooney, his "favourite musician" Bono, and "the greatest quarterback of all time", American footballer Tom Brady.
Last night while watching the VMAs, did you feel like it looked kind of empty? Us too. Not only did the arena seem a lot emptier than usual, it seemed like some of the music industry’s biggest stars decided to skip the event altogether. Where in the world did they go instead of the VMAs?
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber
Didn't need to see them there together, obviously. But we sure missed you Sel.
Rihanna and One Direction
^Rihanna's face was all of ours when we realized they all were not showing up.
Bruno, where are you?
He wasn't there. So Miley didn't twerk.
No one else could rock this sea shell bra, so no one dared try.
I guess after having 'NSYNC show up last year, JT would have felt lonely going without them.
Kim was there. Kanye, where were you?
Pink can out-perform 90% of the people who were there last night.
Started from the bottom, and apparently still there, since he wasn't here.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Maybe they were thrift store shopping?
And most importantly, where was the The Smith Family?!
They cut to the audience for reactions, and I was devastated to find that without the Smiths, I could not fully comprehend what I was seeing or how I felt about it.
Where do you think these major celebs were hiding? Tweet us your ideas!