Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Leary and Kate Bosworth saluted their movie star pal Kevin Spacey on Wednesday night (09Apr14) at a special gala hosted by officials at New York's Museum of the Moving Image. Kim Cattrall, Tony Bennett, Penn Badgley, Chazz Palminteri and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg were also among the guests who turned out to honour the two-time Oscar winner as he was presented with a career achievement award.
A number of his film co-stars took the stage to reminisce about their experiences of working with Spacey in between clips of films such as Margin Call, American Beauty, Glengarry Glen Ross, L.A. Confidential and Beyond The Sea.
Leary recalled how the actor's famous mimicry skills would keep them entertained in between takes on 1994's The Ref, and he couldn't help but take a swipe at his old friend as he closed his speech, quipping, "Kevin, I love you like a brother and I'm so happy that you've reached the age now that they're giving you glass awards, and I hope some day soon we can work together again."
Spacey's The Negotiator and A Time To Kill co-star Jackson praised the 54 year old for making acting "exciting", adding, "He makes it fun. He reminds us why we wanted to do it in the first place... He lights up the screen alongside any of the greats, because he is just that."
Meanwhile, tribute notes from U2 rocker Bono and former U.S. President Bill Clinton were also read out to the crowd.
Speaking to WENN before the gala kicked off, Spacey admitted that following in the footsteps of previous honourees such as Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Steven Spielberg meant a lot to him having trained and perfected his craft in the Big Apple.
He said, "It's humbling, when I look at the list of people who have gotten this award in the past... But I love this city, I love New York, I love film and it's a big deal."
But the night wasn't without drama - museum co-chairman Herbert S. Schlosser, 88, fainted downstairs at the Manhattan event before the dinner even got underway and had to be taken to hospital by paramedics.
Coldplay singer Chris Martin has something to smile about following news of his marriage break-up - his band has tied U2 for the most number ones on America's Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart. New single Magic is the British group's 11th chart-topper and brings them level with U2, who edged ahead last month (Mar14) when their tune Invisible hit number one.
Both bands have extended their lead on the Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson, who each have nine number ones.
Coldplay first hit the top of the Adult Alternative Songs countdown with In My Place in 2002.
The news comes just two weeks after Martin and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow announced they had separated.
U2's iconic album The Joshua Tree is set to join the history books after it was chosen for preservation by America's Library of Congress. The 1987 record, which spawned hits including I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and With or Without You, is among 25 works that will join the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry (NRR).
Linda Ronstadt's Grammy-winning album Heart Like a Wheel will also be preserved, as will The Everly Brothers' track Cathy's Clown, Stephen Sondheim's cast recording of Sweeney Todd and Leonard Cohen's anthem Hallelujah.
After announcing the entries on Tuesday (01Apr14), Librarian of Congress James Billington said, "As technology continually changes and formats become obsolete, we must ensure that our nation's aural legacy is protected."
Lady Gaga stunned her dad when she revealed she was broke after pouring her millions into the stage set for her 2009 Monster's Ball world tour. The Poker Face singer admits she put her $3 million (GBP1.9 million) savings into the design to give her fans the best live experience - and to impress a very important promoter.
In a new documentary, which debuts on U.S. TV this week (beg17Mar14), Gaga explains, "I was bankrupt during the show. I had $3 million in the bank to my name and I threw it all in to make my stage.
"I remember I went home and I was with my dad, and he said, 'I don't understand, Bad Romance is out, you're all over the radio, everyone is talking about you and you don't have a pot to p**s in'.
"I said, 'Just let me do this, let me just put it on the stage because I think if I can do this I think I can get Arthur Fogel's attention."
Fogel is the Live Nation mastermind who manages U2 and Madonna's tours.
The gamble paid off - Fogel was impressed with Gaga's efforts and has since signed on to manage her tour next tour, which raked in over $220 million (GBP137.5 million) and became one of the most profitable concert treks of all time.
She says, "Everybody said it couldn't happen... Everybody said he was crazy... I remember he called me and he said, 'We wanna do this,' and he got Live Nation to write me a $40 million cheque. It changed my life and the life of my whole family."
Lady Gaga will kick off a new world tour on 4 May (14).
Music mogul Doug Morris is set to be honoured with the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award at the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in recognition of his career achievements as a songwriter, producer and label boss. The executive, who previously served as President of Atlantic Records, helped to oversee releases by artists including the Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, Led Zeppelin, Bette Midler, Mariah Carey and U2. He will be presented with the accolade on 12 June (14) in New York.
A U2 spokesperson has shut down rumours suggesting the rockers have postponed the release of their new album until 2015, insisting fans will be able to hear the new material as planned this summer (14). Reports emerged last week (ends07Mar14) stating the Beautiful Day hitmakers would be stalling the release of their latest studio project for a few months to allow them extra time to work with top songwriters/producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth, while an accompanying tour that was provisionally set for September (14) would also be pushed back to next year (15).
The news surfaced just weeks after drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. blamed the group's work on Oscar-nominated Best Song Ordinary Love for holding up sessions for the follow-up to 2009's No Line on the Horizon.
However, a representative for the band has now spoken out to dismiss the claims, telling Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "U2's album is planned for this year, (it) is still on track and touring plans haven't been confirmed yet."
U2 have scrapped plans to release a new album in 2014 so they can spend more time working with top songwriters/producers Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth. The Irish rockers are reportedly delaying the release of their next album until 2015 just weeks after frontman Bono told USA Today he and his bandmates were hoping to release new material this summer (14).
Reports suggest the band has also axed a planned tour that was to begin in September (14). The dates are now expected to begin next summer (15).
Last month (Feb14), drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. blamed the group's work on Oscar nominated Best Song Ordinary Love for the album delay, and guitarist the Edge told Rolling Stone earlier this year that the group had "about 30 songs we're really excited about, in various states of being finished."
Composers behind the scores for Academy Award-nominated movies Gravity, Her, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks and The Book Thief were given their chance to shine on Thursday (27Feb14) at the first ever Oscar Concert. Best Original Score nominees William Butler and Owen Pallett (Her), Alexandre Desplat (Philomena), Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks), Steven Price (Gravity), and John Williams (The Book Thief) were invited to take to the stage at the University of California, Los Angeles' Royce Hall, three days before Hollywood's big night, to conduct and direct their works in full.
During the special show, which was hosted by rapper/actor Common, five-time Oscar winner Williams was given a round of applause as he declared, "(Movies) wouldn't be what they are and couldn't be made without the service of a great orchestra."
The Best Original Song nominees were also performed, with Jill Scott taking on Pharrell Williams' Happy from Despicable 2, and composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez taking on Idina Menzel's vocals on Frozen's Let It Go.
The Wolf of Wall Street actress Cristin Milioti covered Karen O's The Moon Song from Her, while former The Voice contestant Matt Carmanski belted out U2's Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Each of the artists behind the nominations for Best Original Song will take to the stage at Sunday's (02Mar14) Oscars in Hollywood.
U2 rocker Bono surprised diners at the posh Nobu restaurant in Los Angeles on Tuesday (26Feb14) when he broke out into an impromptu performance - and had George Clooney, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber join in. The stars belted out a series of Eagles and Neil Diamond hits as other diners looked on in surprise.
Russell Brand, Bonoand Kasabian are among the stars who have donated special prizes to an auction raising money for U.K. charity Sport Relief. The Give It Up For Sport Relief drive has been spearheaded by funnyman Brand, who has offered himself up as an auction prize on eBay.com.
The winner of the auction will get the chance to spend a day hanging out with the comedian, joining him for a yoga session, a meditation class and a coffee at his favourite cafe. Brand's prize had drawn bids of $3,600 (£2,250) by Wednesday (26Feb14).
A pair of Bono's sunglasses and the chance to meet the singer at a U2 show is also up for grabs, along with the outfit worn by singer Paloma Faith during her participation in the Olympic torch relay race in 2012.
Kasabian have donated a signed guitar and a meet and greet session, Rizzle Kicks star Jordan Stephens gave a signed soccer shirt and rapper Plan B handed over a signed platinum disc.
The celebrity auctions end on Sunday (02Mar14), while fans have also been encouraged to sell their own belongings on the auction website to raise money for the Sport Relief charity.