Late stage and screen icon Elaine Stritch was honoured with a star-studded Broadway tribute by her famous friends including Nathan Lane and Bernadette Peters on Monday (17Nov14). Stage veterans gathered at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City for Everybody, Rise! A Celebration of Elaine Stritch, to pay tribute to the life of the actress, who died in July (14) at the age of 89.
Lane was the first speaker at the event, noting that the brassy Stritch was "definitely proud of her gams, often treating pants as an overrated accessory."
Actress Holland Taylor and American gossip columnist Liz Smith offered up memories of their late pal, while Stritch's 30 Rock co-star Alec Baldwin and Cherry Jones shared their fond stories of the actress via video.
Hal Prince, who directed Stritch in her unforgettable role in the 1970 musical Company, also reminded the crowd that she was "a convent girl... as naive as she was sophisticated".
Throughout the two-hour tribute, stage stars including Peters, Betty Buckley, Christine Ebersole, Laura Benanti, Michael Feinstein and Lena Hall took the floor singing a few of the hits Stritch performed on Broadway.
Among those in the audience who wanted to pay a final tribute to the actress were Chita Rivera, Ellen Burstyn, Megan Mullally, Valerie Harper, Mare Winningham, Michael Kors, John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Barbara Cook, and Tommy Tune.
Virgin founder Richard Branson has taken to his blog to dismiss reports suggesting her offered Led Zeppelin $800 million (£500 million) to reunite for 35 shows in Britain, Germany and America. Representatives for former frontman Robert Plant have laughed off the U.K. tabloid story, insisting it's "rubbish", and now Branson has addressed the rumour, stating, "There is absolutely no truth to the story".
According to the tabloid tale, Plant ripped up the offer in Branson's face after he suggested a three-city set of shows in London, Berlin and New Jersey and the option to extend the tour at five separate venues.
But the entrepreneur writes, "I've been left dazed and confused by a story doing the rounds this week about us apparently offering LED ZEPPELIN £500 million to reform and carry out a tour. As much as I love the band, there is absolutely no truth to the story. There were even claims that Virgin Atlantic was about to rename one of our planes and include a stairway to heaven in honour of the band. However nice an idea, this is also completely untrue.
"I spoke to Robert Plant about the story, which he also confirmed is complete rubbish from his side too. Robert told me he is very proud of his history and the band's past, and has always had great respect and love for his work throughout his career. However, he really believes he must move on with his life and career today.
"Making up this story is very disrespectful to how wonderful his solo career with the Sensational Space Shifters is going. He is setting out on a sold-out tour today and they released a brilliant album last year. Fellow band members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones also have many exciting projects in the works and should be respected in their own right."
Some people would laugh at you if they knew how much you actually enjoyed these movies, but we're not here to judge. In fact, we're here to enjoy them along with you. These guilty pleasures are immensely entertaining and we should make no apologies for liking them. So watch them to your heart's content!
1. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
After re-watching this “re-imagining” of Dirty Dancing on Netflix recently, it holds up as total guilty pleasure material. It stars Romola Garai and Diego Luna in a forbidden love story that includes steamy Latin dancing, pre-Mad Men appearances by John Slattery and January Jones, and a modern soundtrack (even though the movie takes place in the ‘50s). Can’t beat that.
2. 27 Dresses
Remember when Katherine Heigl was still Hollywood’s golden girl? This movie represented her rom-com peak. Even though it left us with many questions (How is a woman as beautiful as Heigl so hopelessly single? How does she afford that humongous NYC apartment on an assistant’s salary?), we can’t help being utterly charmed by it.
3. Definitely, Maybe
We’re definitely, maybe a little ashamed to love this movie so much. But it's like three romantic comedies in one! Ryan Reynolds tells his young daughter about the three major loves in his life (played by Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz and Isla Fisher), and at the end you find out which one he ends up with. It's wonderful.
4. Magic Mike
“Pleasure” is the operative word here. What other movie allows you to shamelessly ogle a stripped down Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello all at once? This may be a guilty pleasure, but we’re only a tiny bit guilty about it.
5. 21 Jump Street
Why did we find this movie so funny? The humor should have been beneath us. But we laughed – a lot – at Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as undercover cops pretending to be high schoolers. We clearly weren’t alone, because the movie did get a sequel after all.
If Taken is on, we must watch. It’s required. Sure, it’s a totally ridiculous and over-the-top action flick, but Liam Neeson is somehow believable as a highly trained operative who’ll stop at nothing to rescue his daughter. It’s pretty much a classic at this point.
Christina Aguilera’s first (and probably last) movie. This can be categorized under “so bad it’s good.” You can’t deny Cher’s divalicious presence, or the beyond-catchy soundtrack. Bonus: Kristen Bell as a sassy burlesque mean girl.
8. The Proposal
Romantic comedy plots are always somewhat outlandish, but this one’s a doozy. A demanding boss forces her employee to pretend they’re engaged so she won’t get deported to Canada. (He probably should have reported her to HR.) Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds not only make this watchable, they make it pretty darn enjoyable, too.
9. The Fast and the Furious
Come on, you know you’ve seen at least one of these movies. You probably can’t recall the plot, but you’ve definitely seen one. They’re completely mindless and that’s why they’re fun.
10. Mr. & Mrs. Smith
You can’t deny the entertainment factor of this popcorn action flick. Nor can you deny the chemistry between Brad and Angelina. Pretty obvious they were going to end up together in real life. Bonus appearance by Kerry Washington in her pre-Scandal days.
11. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
As a full-grown adult, it’s perfectly acceptable to say you love Disney/Pixar movies. But sometimes we like other animated movies, and we’re not ashamed to say it. This one has food puns galore and great voice work by Bill Hader.
12. Love Actually
We dare you to convince us that you don't watch this movie every holiday season. Because we're pretty sure you do. Except now when you watch it you're all like, "OMG, it's Rick from The Walking Dead!"
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Robert Plant reportedly turned down an $800 million (£500 million) offer by business tycoon Sir Richard Branson to embark on a reunion tour with Led Zeppelin. The rock legend is adamant he would never reunite with his former group and has been embroiled in a war of words with guitarist Jimmy Page for years over the possibility of working together once more.
According to British newspaper the Sunday Mirror, Branson, a lifelong fan, tried to entice them into a 35-date reunion tour with the hefty sum but Plant refused after Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham, son of late drummer John Bonham, had signed on.
A source tells the publication, "Jimmy, John and Jason signed up immediately... It was a no-brainer for them but Robert asked for 48 hours to think about it. When he said no and ripped up the paperwork he had been given, there was an enormous sense of shock... There is no way they can go ahead without him.
"Branson tried to pull out all of the stops. But even his money was not enough to get Plant to sign up. He is gutted."
Led Zeppelin last performed together during a one-off gig in London in 2007.
Singer/actor Harry Belafonte received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (08Nov14). The Carmen Jones star was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by Susan Sarandon in recognition of his lifelong commitment to campaigning for civil rights.
During his speech, Belafonte implored the Hollywood stars at the ceremony to use their fame to make the world "see a better side of what we are as a species".
He added, "To be rewarded by my peers for my work, human rights, civil rights, peace, let me put it this way: It powerfully mutes the enemy's thunder."
He also brought actor Sidney Poitier on stage to share the moment with him, calling the movie legend "a man who gave so much of his own life to redirect the ship of racial hatred in American culture."
Irish actress Maureen O'Hara received a standing ovation as she headed to the podium in her wheelchair. The 94 year old was handed her honorary Oscar by Clint Eastwood and Liam Neeson, while Nicole Kidman paid tribute via video message.
Honours were also handed out to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere.
Other guests at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland included Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Logan Lerman, Emily Blunt and her husband John Krasinski and director Ron Howard.
If you think your job is wacky then get ready to do some reassessing. Of course we don't expect you to feel much pity for the rich and the famous, but many of them have taken crazy gigs on the side in order to get some extra money. These gigs include weird commercials that would have never seen the light of day in America before the internet. But now luckily many of the cooky, foreign commercials have made it online and you can see what many beloved actors have done to make an extra buck. Get ready to be confused.
1. Nicholas Cage
Chances are you won't understand what's going on on this video. We want to let you know that that's okay.
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger
So, this is what it sounds like when Arnold speaks Japanese.
3. Bruce Willis
We want Bruce Willis to fight off our annoying calls for us!
4. Ben Stiller
We have to admit, Ben has been in some weirder stuff but it's still interesting to watch.
5. Britney Spears
Reminisce a little of what the old Britney was like with this cute commercial.
6. Tommy Lee Jones
Can we have an entire movie with Tommy Lee Jones playing this character, please?
7. Hugh Laurie
Oh Hugh, you are always so clever.
8. Leonardo Dicaprio
In case you forgot that Leo was a '90s heart throb, we decided to include this.
9. John Travolta
We demand more commercials with John Travolta's dancing!
10. Dennis Hopper
If you have ANY idea of what's going on in the commercial below, please tell us!
11. Hulk Hogan
Who wouldn't fall asleep to Hulk's heavenly voice?
12. Nicholas Cage pt. 2
Because Nicholas Cage is just a gem, we had to include him twice on the list.
Which commercial was your favorite? Tweet us your answer!
Disney bosses have confirmed a fourth instalment of the beloved Toy Story franchise is in the works. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced on Thursday (06Nov14) that plans are underway to bring the blockbuster film back to the big screen.
Pixar chief John Lasseter, who took charge of the first Toy Story film in 1995, will return to direct the new movie.
Actress Rashida Jones and her producing partner Will McCormack are reportedly co-writing the script.
The franchise, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as Woody and Buzz Lightyear respectively, has been a huge hit for the company, with Toy Story 3 grossing more than $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office.
The two previous instalments were also crowd-pleasers - 1995's Toy Story took more than $300 million (£187.5 million), while its sequel in 1999 was a $485 million (£303 million) winner at the box office.
Toy Story 4 is slated to hit cinemas in June 2017.
Early scenes from the Dad's Army movie have appeared online after a British news and photo agency captured a dramatic sea rescue off the coast of Yorkshire, England. WENN photographers spotted Toby Jones rescuing Catherine Zeta-Jones in the frigid waters at Bridlington Beach, which doubles as the coast of Dover in the remake of the beloved BBC TV comedy series.
Jones leads the cast as Captain George Mainwaring, the leader of a World War II home guard unit, and Zeta-Jones portrays a journalist spy.
Bridlington Beach was crawling with British stars as Tuesday's (04Nov14) filming also included veterans Bill Nighy, Sir Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, Sarah Lancashire and Blake Harrison.
The original Dad's Army show ran from 1968 to 1977 and was made into a spin-off film in 1971. The cast included Arthur Lowe, as Mainwaring, Ian Lavender, Clive Dunn and John Le Mesurier.
An American artist has asked the Rolling Stones to give him credit for creating their iconic lips logo. The band's frontman Sir Mick Jagger is believed to have dreamed up the symbol with art student John Pasche in the early 1970s, but Sid Maurer claims he is actually behind the design.
The dispute has been detailed in a new book titled Sympathy for the Devil: The Birth of the Rolling Stones and the Death of Brian Jones by Paul Trynka. The book suggests Jones discovered Maurer's lips and tongue image in the late 1960s and even bought a picture from the painter before the image later became the band's logo.
Editors of Britain's Sunday Times newspaper report Maurer has said a "thank you" from the band would be "nice".
Guitarist Jones died in 1969 shortly after leaving the group.
The members of Led Zeppelin are getting serious about a plagiarism lawsuit over their Stairway To Heaven hit by hiring top entertainment lawyer Helene Freeman to represent them. Freeman, who litigated a series of victories for Justin Timberlake's former boy band 'N SYNC, has signed on to defend Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones in a copyright infringement claim filed by a lawyer representing late Spirit guitarist Randy California.
Francis Malofiy filed a complaint in May (14), arguing that the opening notes of Stairway To Heaven are too similar to notes from a song written by his late client's 1968 song Taurus - and that California deserves credit for at least inspiring the track.
Page dismissed the lawsuit as "ridiculous", but it appears he's taking it seriously - and now Freeman has until 22 September (14) to answer the late California's claims via his estate attorney.