Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch Winehouse, is set to publish a memoir about the late singer, which will be called Amy, My Daughter. Mitch stated writing the "true story" about Amy's life will help him come to terms with her death. The book will cover different aspects of the singer's personal, private, and public lives. Publisher HarperCollins will release the book next summer and described the book as a "heartfelt and revelatory memoir." All proceeds will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was set up to help children and young adults facing difficulties like poor health, disabilities, and financial hardships. Mitch commented, "I believe that through Amy's music, her foundation, and this book, her name will live forever." - Mirror
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have donated $340,000 to a Somali relief aid, which provides health care for homeless children in the war-torn country. They are experiencing the worst famine in 60 years, and has killed 29,000 under the age of five. Jolie recently spoke about the impact the Somali refugees have had on her life at the U.N. Refugee Agency Awards in Switzerland, stating, "Most of all I'm so grateful -- I don't want to cry -- to the refugee families that I have the honor and privilege to spend the last years with. From them I've learned so much. I've learned to be a better person, a better mother. They've inspired me by showing me the unbreakable strength of the human spirit." - E!
Former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh was found dead in his Chicago hotel room on Saturday afternoon, according to the The Chicago Tribune. The musician -- who left the band in 2001 -- reportedly died of a drug overdose, but the cause of death hasn't been confirmed. The Chicago police stated the Raffaello Hotel staff found Welsh unresponsive on the floor after he failed to check out of the hotel on time and was pronounced dead at 2:50 p.m. He was only 40 years old. - US
Today would have been Amy Winehouse's 28th birthday, so the musical artist deserves a musical tribute. To mark the occasion, the song Body and Soul -- a tune she recorded as a duet with Tony Bennett a few months before she died -- will be released today in honor of her memory and creative talents as an artist. All proceeds are going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was established by her family, "to support charities and organisations undertaking charitable activities in both the United Kingdom and abroad who help, support, or care for young people."
The foundation's website provides a clip of Amy discussing the collaboration with Bennett and noting that Body and Soul was her father's favorite song. Appearing happy and at ease, she jokes about meeting the singing legend and says, "Can I call him 'Tone'?" She also comments on the duet, stating, "Our singing together just blended perfectly. It couldn't have been better." Check out the clip of Amy doing what she does best -- making great music. Hopefully this is how everyone will remember her. Happy Birthday Amy!
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Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey became household names after starring in the 1987 hit, which tells the story of dance instructor Johnny Castle and his unlikely partner Frances 'Baby' Houseman.
The movie took in a staggering $215 million (£131 million) at the box office, and High School Musical choreographer Kenny Ortega - who worked on the original project - is hoping for the same success with his remake.
He says, "Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire did before him. I believe everywhere you look there is evidence that the talent is out there and I can't wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats."
And the original Baby - Grey - is ecstatic her breakthrough role will be re-imagined for a new generation of fans, insisting, "I'm so excited about this news, and I think there's nobody better to do this than my beloved Kenny Ortega, who is as responsible as anyone for the success of the first one. I can't wait to see what he's going to do with it."
Just because Amy Winehouse has passed away doesn't mean she can't live on through her music -- and her fashion line. Last month, Fred Perry announced it had put its clothing collaboration with the late singer on hold after her sudden and tragic death, and said it would only proceed with manufacturing the remaining collections if her family gave their approval. And it turns out fans and fashionistas won't have to wait too long to see what is sure to be unique collection because the Winehouse family just gave their approval.
The clothes in (former) question are designs that Amy herself completed earlier this year, and the sportswear company said in a statement today, "After much consideration and with the blessing of Amy's family, Fred Perry has decided to release the AW11 Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry Collection," adding that "Amy was passionate and dedicated to the collaboration and her signature style is clearly stamped across each piece." Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse, also released a statement today about why he and his family decided to approve the launch of these fashion lines explaining, "When Fred Perry came to us to ask what we would like to do with the new collection it was natural to continue...Amy loved working on both collections and would want them to be made available." In an act of generosity on behalf of the dearly departed singer, Fred Perry and Mitch announced that Amy's cut of the profits will go toward the charity her father is starting in her name, the Amy Winehouse Foundation. On top of that, the company stated that "Fred Perry will also make a seasonal donation to the foundation." Now that's a classy idea that I hope never goes out of style.
Source: E Online
See, this always happens when a celebrity dies. Every little piece of information is dug up about them and the rumor mill begins to spin. Up until Amy Winehouse's death many people knew little more than her media reputation as a drug addict who always looked like a hot mess. Sure, she had some great songs, but her talents were forgotten due to her other antics. Now we're starting to learn about what her life was like outside of what we saw in the media -- things that would surprise you. Like the fact that she was planning on adopting a 10-year-old girl, for instance.
TOTALLY KIDDING! These rumors are completely false. Reports were circulating saying that the "Rehab" singer was secretly in the process of adopting a little girl, Dannika Augustine, from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Sources even have the little girl in question, Dannika, stating, "Amy was already my mother...I would call her Mum and she would call me her daughter. She took care of me, and we had fun together. I loved her, and she loved me." They went on to report that Dannika's family was completely on board with the whole adoption idea, even though they knew about the singer's troubles with substance abuse. Right off the bat this should send up red flags that something is off with these claims. Amy couldn't even take care of herself, yet this girl's parents were supposedly alright with the singer taking care of their 10-year-old daughter? The logic doesn't seem to add up, or rather exist at all.
Other sources appear to have this exclusive story along with quotes from the girl and her family claiming that these reports are true, but Winehouse's rep confirms that, "There's no truth to it." So how did they get these quotes? It should be pointed out that this family comes from poverty. Nothing like a little money motivator to get you to feel like talking. Whatever the reason, the reports are false, so now let's go back to worrying about the more important question -- what was the actual cause of the singer's tragic death? We have our suspicions, but I would like some documented proof (I'm kinda like Donald Trump in that way).
Source: Us, E Online
America Ferrera wed longtime boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams on Monday at the Chappaqua, New York home of her former co-star, Vanessa Williams. Sources claim the wedding was, “an intimate setting amongst close friends and family.” That doesn't mean it wasn't a star-studded event though. Other Hollywood attendees include Blake Lively and Amber Tamblyn (her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants co-stars), along with her Ugly Betty co-stars: Rebecca Romijn, Mark Indelicato and Judith Light -- who officiated the wedding (fun!).
There were certainly no Ugly Betty outfits for her on the big day. The former Ugly Betty star wore an Amsale’s Christos dress and Fred Leighton earrings. The couple had been living together since 2007 and share a golden retriever named Buddy, whom they refer to as "our baby." Too cute. The engagement was announced in June 2010 after Ryan proposed with a 4-carat round cut diamond worth about $70,000. Way to go Ryan -- go big or go home!
These two lovebirds met long before America became the lovable-but-quirky fashion assistant on ABC's Ugly Betty which ended its four season run back in April 2010. The pair actually met when Ryan cast America in a film he was doing while he was a student at the University of Southern California. Let this be a lesson to all current college students -- sometimes doing your homework can indeed pay off. Congratulations to the happy couple and here's to a lifetime of love and happiness! At long last, Betty has found her prince charming.
Source: Access Hollywood, US
The actress became involved with her current partner Melanie Leis while she was still married to her second husband, Fred Tillman, but she kept her sexuality a secret from the world to protect her daughters, Kelsey and Sonora.
McGillis, who only 'came out' publicly last year (10), also admits she struggled to accept her true feelings.
She tells Britain's The Times Magazine, "I had a lot of shame issues attached to my sexuality. A lot. If Mel touched me in public, I would just freak out and go, 'Don't do that: stay 20 feet away from me.'
"It was also a burden on my children - it got to the point where Sonora wouldn't allow Mel and me to come to her football matches together because she was so embarrassed. People say, 'Why didn't you come out earlier?' I just thought it would be incredibly selfish to put my kids through that misery because of something that I needed to do for me...
"If I were more mature and healthy, I would have done it very differently, but I wasn't very well and I certainly wasn't thinking about my children. I was completely self-absorbed. Ultimately, my children suffered a great deal because of it. But I can't take that back."
The actress, who played Tom Cruise's love interest in the hit 1986 movie, 'came out' last year (09) and confirmed her relationship with sales executive Melanie Leis.
The couple met in 2000 and exchanged vows in a small courthouse ceremony in New Jersey on 15 September (10) - and McGillis admits she found the same-sex marriage a "relief".
She explains, "I have no secrets anymore, and in some ways it’s a relief. My kids have always been very understanding. But it was their friends, and their friends’ parents, that weren’t very accepting. My kids suffered a great deal because I was with Mell, and that bothered me a lot, and so I chose never to talk about it."
McGillis has two daughters from her second marriage to Fred Tillman.
The actress, who played Tom Cruise's love interest in the hit 1986 movie, 'came out' last year (09) and went public with her love for sales executive Melanie Leis.
The couple met in 2000, when the actress hired Leis as a bartender at her Florida restaurant, and the pair exchanged vows in a small courthouse ceremony in New Jersey on Wednesday (15Sep10).
It was 53-year-old McGillis' third walk down the aisle - she was married twice before and has two daughters with her second husband Fred Tillman.
Beloved actress/dancer Cyd Charisse has died in a Los Angeles hospital.
The 86-year-old reportedly suffered a heart attack on Monday and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she died on Tuesday.
Born Tula Ellice Finklea in Texas in 1921, Charisse studied ballet in Los Angeles and performed as Siderova in the Bellet Russes up until World War Two, when she returned to California to embark on a movie career.
She became a staple in movie musicals throughout the 1940s and 1950s, appearing alongside Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in films like Ziegfeld Follies, The Band Wagon, Silk Stockings and Brigadoon.
She retired from dancing in the late 1950s to become a straight actress.
Charisse took her surname from her first husband Nico Charisse, whom she wed in 1939. She was married to singer Tony Martin for 60 years up until her death.
The actress/dancer was presented with America's highest artistic honor, the National Medal of the Arts & Humanities, by President George W. Bush in 2006.
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