Dan Aykroyd has added his tribute to late friend and co-star James Garner, branding him a "first class actor and man". The old pals teamed up with another movie great, the late Jack Lemmon, for 1996 adventure comedy My Fellow Americans and Aykroyd admits he will cherish the time he spent with The Rockford Files star, who died on Saturday (19Jul14).
Remembering Garner during an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Today on Monday (21Jul14), the Ghostbusters star said, "What a classy guy. He was just the old school Hollywood. Gracious and generous...
"(He had) no pretensions at all. (I) got to work with him and Jack Lemmon in that picture My Fellow Americans, and James was just first class; (a) first class actor and man... He will be missed."
Moviemaker Ron Howard, singer/songwriter Carole King, actress Marlee Matlin and Garner's TV granddaughter Kaley Cuoco from 8 Simple Rules were among the first celebrities to offer up their tributes after news of the 86 year old's death broke on Sunday (20Jul14).
Tom Petty has become a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan - thanks to Jack Nicholson. The movie star, who is one of the basketball team's most avid celebrity fans, started giving Petty his courtside seats to games whenever he couldn't make tip-off, and the rocker, who had never been interested in sports, suddenly found himself in love with the game.
He tells Men's Journal magazine, "I never had any interest in sports whatsoever, but then suddenly, about 10 years ago, I got interested in professional basketball. I'm loyal to my team, but right now, they're just a f**king mess."
The Lakers have just come off a terrible season, which saw them fail to reach the NBA play-offs.
Rocker Jack Antonoff has risked the wrath of Michael Jackson fans by insisting singer Taylor Swift is the "closest thing today" to the King of Pop.
The fun. rocker is adamant Swift is a better songwriter and more likely to be a longtime success than her pop contemporaries Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, whose music he brands "throwaway".
Antonoff, who wrote 2013 track Sweeter Than Fiction with Swift, tells GQ magazine, "I think Taylor Swift is one of the best songwriters ever. Taylor Swift is cool, because she's the closest thing today that hearkens to Michael Jackson - to great, great pop music. There's a difference between her and Gaga and Katy Perry and Lily Allen and all that. It all feels throwaway, comparatively."
Rock wildman Shane Macgowan once sold Paul Weller a tramp's old T-shirt for $850 (£500). The Pogues frontman was a familiar face on the U.K. punk scene in the 1970s before finding fame, and he was the proud owner of an authentic, vintage Union Jack printed top.
He knew clothes-obsessed The Jam frontman Weller would want the garment as soon as he saw it, so he wore it to several concerts - and Weller eventually paid him a huge sum for it.
MacGowan tells Uncut magazine, "Mine was a real Carnaby Street '67 job. I wore it to all The Jam gigs, 'cos I knew Paul Weller would crack sooner or later and give me a ridiculous amount of money for it. He offered me a Rickenbacker (guitar). I said, 'No, I couldn't part with it.'
"I'd got it from this old tramp. I was trying to get the most I could, and eventually he offered me £500. I said, 'You're done!' Half a grand for a f**king mod shirt!"
This Post Contains Spoilers for Season 4 of Game of Thrones.
It's always difficult when your favorite character gets killed on a television show. You've spent weeks getting to know them, growing to care about them, and watching them go on adventures, and so when the Grim Reaper finally comes for them, it's a bit like losing a family member. Nobody knows that pain nearly as well as those who watch Game of Thrones, which seems to kill off a beloved character every other week. Luckily, we have some good news for fans of Pedro Pascal's Oberyn Martell: you will get to see him again.
Technically, you'll only be seeing Pascal, who has been cast in the upcoming Netflix series Narcos, according to Deadline. The drama will follow the legendary drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), and the efforts of the US government to take him down. Pascal will play Javier Pena, a DEA agent who is sent on a mission to capture and kill Escobar - as long as he doesn't get too distracted plotting his revenge. However, the Red Viper isn't the only person killed this season who will be popping up somewhere new, so in order to help you through the grieving process, we've rounded up all of the major characters who died this year on Game of Thrones, and where you can catch them next.
Pedro Pascal Who He Played: Oberyn Martell, Prince of Dorne, trader of barbs, seeker or revenge and bedder of anything with a pulse. How He Died: His head was smashed in by Ser Gregor Clegane during Tyrion Lannister’s trial by combat. What He’s Doing Next: Playing Javier Pena, a Mexican DEA agent on the upcoming Netflix drama Narcos, which is slated for a 2015 premiere. He’s also starring in the TV movie Exposed, about an investigative photojournalist, and the vampire film Bloodsucking Bastards.
Kate DickieWho She Played: Lysa Arryn, Lady of the Vale, widow of former Hand of the King Jon Arryn, new wife of Petyr Baelish, and overly attached helicopter parent of Robin Arryn. How She Died: She was shoved through the Moon Door by Petyr Baelish. Her death was ruled a suicide. What She’s Doing Next: Starring opposite James McAvoy in Filth, which is currently in theaters, as well as The Silent Storm with Homeland’s Damian Lewis, and the indies Take It Back and Start It All Over and A Northern Soul.
Burn Gorman Who He Played: Karl Tanner, one of the most disgusting, reviled people in the Seven Kingdoms... and considering the characters on this show, that’s quite an achievement. How He Died: Jon Snow ran him through with a sword during a raid on Craster’s Keep, which Karl had taken over. What He’s Doing Next: Currently starring on the AMC series Turn as the British commanding officer Major Hewlitt. He’s also playing Mr. Bran in the upcoming Disney film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and is reuniting with his Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro for the upcoming vampire film Crimson Peak.
Jack Gleeson Who He Played: Joffrey Baratheon, the worst, most insufferable child king who ever lived. How He Died: He was poisoned at his wedding to Margaery Tyrell, in a plot by her grandmother, Lady Olenna and Petyr Baratheon. His uncle Tyrion has just been found guilty for his murder. What He’s Doing Next: Gleeson has retired from acting in order to focus on his studies – he’s currently enrolled at Trinity College in Dublin, where he’s studying Philosophy and Theology – and to pursue some more philanthropic ventures. Basically, the real King Joffrey is a wonderful human being.
Noah TaylorWho He Played: Locke, a hired hand who works for House Bolton, and the guy who cut off Jaime Lannister’s hand. How He Died: After he infiltrated the Night’s Watch and accompanied them on the raid to Craster’s Keep, his neck was snapped by Hodor after he attempted to kidnap Bran. Well, technically, he was killed by Bran, who was currently using his Warg abilities to inhabit Hodor’s mind. What He’s Doing Next: In addition to a playing a supporting role in Edge of Tomorrow, which is currently in theaters, Taylor will appear in the Ethan Hawke time-travel film Predestination and Welcome to Karastan opposite Matthew McFayden. He’s also doing voice work in the upcoming Maya the Bee Movie, alongside Jacki Weaver and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Andy Kellegher Who He Played: Polliver, a Lannister man-at-arms who stabbed Arya’s friend Lommy and stole her sword. How He Died: Arya stabs him through the throat after re-enacting the way that he killed Lommy. What He’s Doing Next: Appearing in two Irish films: A Nightingale Falling, which takes place during the Irish War for Independence, and The Hit Producer, which follows a down on his luck music producer as he journeys into the underworld of modern-day Dublin.
British thespian Kenneth Branagh is the new darling of the New York theatre scene after winning rave reviews for his "epic" and "breathtaking" stage debut in the Big Apple. The actor/director took his production of William Shakespeare's Macbeth across the Atlantic after launching it in Manchester, England last summer (13), and the curtain went up at the Park Avenue Armory's Drill Hall on Thursday night (05Jun14).
Branagh, who co-directed the show with Rob Ashford and stars alongside Alex Kingston, has won rave reviews for his turn as the tragic Scottish king and for the immersive production. Peter Marks of the Washington Post calls the show "epic", adding, "Forget the pesky glasses. You want a movielike experience in 3D? Feast your eyes on Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford's breathtakingly visual new staging of Macbeth."
The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney praises the "sensational" stage set and describes the production as a "medieval, mystical blockbuster that combines superlative, fuss-free classical theatre acting with muscular storytelling, visceral physicality and propulsive rollercoaster pacing. Oh, and lots of mud."
Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News gave the show five stars out of five, writing, "Any Macbeth rises or falls on the actor in the title role. Silver-tongued, sexy and deft with a sword, Branagh oozes charisma and carnality as his Macbeth murders his way to the throne - and his undoing. It's about time Branagh graced New York audiences with a flesh-and-blood Shakespeare star turn. It was worth the wait."
The New York Times' Ben Brantley writes, "This is the summer blockbuster that we wait for every year and too seldom find at the multiplexes, one of those action-packed, spectacle-drenched shows that sweep you right into their fraught, churning worlds and refuse to release you until the lights come up - and maybe not even then."
When Pete Campbell petulantly shoved a beer can into Trudy's immaculately-frosted cake in a recent Mad Men episode, it sparked the realization: Pete Campbell and Joffrey Baratheon are basically the same person. Here's a bit of the evidence we've compiled to that effect:
1. They've both mastered the art of the b**chface. Heck, Pete even has a whole Tumblr dedicated to his.
2. They're both really into weapons... a little too much, if you know what I mean.
3. They both abuse their power whenever possible...
4. ...Especially when it comes to ladies: they're both absolutely horrible to women. Okay, so Pete never murdered a prostitute with a crossbow. But he did rape an au pair, and who knows what sadistic shenanigans he'd get up to if he were King of the Seven Kingdoms?
5. They both have an unmistakably weasely quality to them.
6. They both favor a smarmy, smug expression (see above) that just makes you want to slap them. Speaking of which...
7. They've both gotten some well-deserved sense knocked into them:
Hurrah for Lane and Tyrion, eh?
8. They're both very prone to toddler-level temper tantrums. Remember when Pete literally threw his dinner out the window? Or when Joffrey had a butcher boy killed just for humiliating him?
9. They both got married to women who were too beautiful for them. (I mean seriously: Margaery Tyrell? Trudy Campbell? Way out of their respective leagues).
10. ...and didn't manage to stay married to them for long. Ba-dum-tssh!
Now I really want them to switch shows – wouldn't you just kill to see Joffrey ragefully fall on his a** on his way down a flight of stairs? Or Pete get gruesomely poisoned at his own wedding reception? I'm not sure how well Joffrey would do at SC&P, but you can bet Pete would be way into winning the Iron Throne – though he'd obviously lose it to Peggy.
"People can't clap anymore, because they've got a f**king texting thing in their f**king hand, and probably a drink, too!" Jack White insists concert audiences have changed now everyone has a handheld device.
The Black Keys star Patrick Carney has defended rock rival Jack White over his leaked email shame, insisting the former The White Stripes star did not deserve to have his private thoughts laid bare in public. Carney and his bandmate Dan Auerbach have long been at loggerheads with White after he accused them of copying his musical style and band name for their duo.
Last year (13), an email from White to his ex-wife Karen Elson - sent in the midst of the former couple's custody battle - was leaked to editors of a news website, who reported White told Elson he did not want their children attending the same school as Auerbach's kids and branded his rival an "a**hole".
Now drummer Carney has responded to the incident, admitting White "sounds like an a**hole" in the email but has been treated unfairly and did not deserve to have his private remarks aired in public.
Carney tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I actually feel embarassed (sic) for him... I don't hold grudges, man. I really don't. We've all said f**ked up s**t in private, and divorce is hard...
"I really think personal things are personal things... Everybody should be scrutinised? I don't believe that. I think that if you come off with a strong platform or moral agenda, then, yeah, maybe you should be scrutinised if there's a conflict there. Like, if you're a TV evangelist who's doing something awful. But you're a f**king rock musician, you're a f**king actor, you're a f**king model or whatever. It's your job, you know what I mean? No one's doing anything illegal, it's just that people are living lives that get complicated."
Candid letters written by former U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy to a priest are set to go under the hammer in Ireland. President John F. Kennedy's wife wrote to Joseph Leonard, a Dublin-based priest, many times between 1950 and 1964 after meeting him on a trip to Europe, and the personal notes give an inside glimpse into her feelings about life and her relationship with the politician.
In one of the notes, Kennedy questioned her husband's fidelity and compared him to her own father, writing, "He's like my father in a way - loves the chase and is bored with the conquest - and once married needs proof he's still attractive, so flirts with other women and resents you. I saw how that nearly killed Mummy."
The notes reveal her feelings about marrying a man so fully immersed in the world of politics, insisting she will never be "just a sad little housewife", but she also compared her partner's ambition to that of William Shakespeare's tragic king Macbeth.
She also questioned her faith following Kennedy's assassination in 1963, writing, "I think God must have taken Jack to show the world how lost we would be without him... But that is a strange way of thinking to me - and God will have a bit of explaining to do to me if I ever see him."
The collection of 33 letters, written on personalised stationary, will go under the hammer along with a Christmas card signed by the former First Lady and her husband, and a note of condolence sent following Leonard's death in 1964.
The sale is due to take place at Sheppard's Irish Auction House in Durrow, Ireland on 10 June (14) and is expected to bring in more than $1.3 million (£812,000).