Actress Nicole Kidman will not pressurise her children to follow her footsteps into the acting industry. The Moulin Rouge! star, who has two adopted children - Connor, 18 and Isabella Jane, 20 - from her previous marriage to Tom Cruise and two daughters - Sunday Rose, five, and Faith Margaret, two - with husband Keith Urban, is adamant her offspring should be left to find their own career path.
She tells Australia's ABC radio, "I loved acting... my heart was truly affected by stories and characters; it was innate... Keith was never pushed into (music); he just sort of started teaching himself at about five or six years old."
The Oscar-winning actress is currently promoting her film Stoker in Australia, in which she plays widowed mother Evelyn Stoker.
Zac Efron's upcoming comedy Townies has been renamed as Neighbors. The film, co-starring Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen, focuses on a young couple with a newborn who live next door to a noisy fraternity house.
Edith Piaf has been branded a liar and "an insatiable seducer" in a new biography set to document the truth behind the singer's life. The book, titled Piaf: A French Myth, which is due to be published in France later this year (13), questions many widely held beliefs about Piaf's personal life and poor upbringing.
Writer Robert Belleret revealed the information after he gained access to unpublished archives which included 110 private letters the singer wrote to a close friend.
He tells The Australian newspaper, "Piaf's duplicity was without limits. She lied profusely about her life, starting with her own birth."
He alleges Piaf, who was famous for her extravagant lifestyle, exaggerated a childhood condition by claiming she was blind between the ages of three and seven, an incident famously documented in the Oscar-winning film, La Vie En Rose.
Belleret adds, "The fact is that she was never blind; at the most she suffered from a viral infection for a few weeks."
The writer also slams Piaf's claim that she smuggled fake French identity papers into Nazi Germany and enabled 200 French prisoners to escape during World War II, adding, "My aim isn't to put Piaf on trial, but her account is pure fantasy, it allowed her to avoid punishment after the war.
"She changed the numbers. At first she said she helped 118 prisoners escape, then 147, then more than 200... But not one of them ever surfaced to thank Piaf publicly and to say she deserved a medal. And can you imagine how difficult it would have been to make so many fake identity papers?...
"Every time she meets a new lover she writes that this is the man she's always been dreaming of, but then a month or a year later he's become a rotter... She writes of having two or three lovers at the same time and when she wants to break with a lover she makes him think that he's the one who wants to end it.''
Piaf, also known as The Little Sparrow, died in 1963 aged 47 at her home in Grasse, France, after suffering from liver cancer.
Rapper Kanye West has opened up about the first time he met girlfriend Kim Kardashian and instantly fell in love. The Jesus Walks hitmaker sat down with his future mother-in-law Kris Jenner to tape an interview, which aired on her talk show Kris on Friday (23Aug13), and revealed it was love at first sight when he met her daughter.
He told Jenner, "I'm trying to remember if it was her being in the studio when she was Brandy's assistant and I think she brought us in something to drink, something you can't drink on daytime television, or it might have been when I was doing Brandy's video. I remember asking my manager like, 'Who's that girl right there?' and he's like, 'Oh you mean Kim?'"
West proclaimed he knew Kardashian was 'the one' and spent the next few years pursuing her, despite the fact they were both in other relationships - she romanced Reggie Bush and briefly wed basketball star Kris Humphries, while he dated model Amber Rose.
He says, "I remember seeing pictures of her, I think she was in Australia with Paris Hilton, and reading her name and telling my friends like, 'Man, have you ever seen Kim Kardashian?'"
West eventually cast her as Star Wars character Princess Leia in his failed TV pilot Alligator Boots, and finally plucked up the courage to speak to her one day on set.
He explains, "I remember I had this TV show that had puppets in it, like a modern day Jim Henson vibe, and we were doing this skit where I was playing, like, a Star Wars character and I wanted her to be Princess Leia because she was my dream girl.
"So she came to the show and I just remember being so nervous around her and so in awe that she was actually in front of me and we shot the scene and I was able to start talking to her and just speaking with her... I was in love with her before I ever got to talk to her."
Kardashian and West have been together for over a year. In June (13), they welcomed their first child together, a daughter named North West.
A new Guns N' Roses track featuring bassist Tommy Stinson on lead vocals has been leaked online. According to The Pulse Of Radio, the previously unheard song, titled Going Down, surfaced briefly on YouTube.com earlier this week (beg19Aug13) before it was quickly taken down.
It is not clear if the track, which reportedly features frontman Axl Rose on backing vocals, is brand new or from sessions recorded for the band's last album Chinese Democracy.
Guitarist Ron Thal has confirmed the tune is a Guns N' Roses track, but his tweet was also deleted, according to Blabbermouth.net.
Rose and his bandmates have not released any information about new recordings, but the singer took to social media networks earlier this month (Aug13) to announce, "At this time, we have no information on tours, albums, or DVDs. When things get confirmed, we will let you know. Thank you for your patience."
Rapper Curren$Y missed his pal Wiz Khalifa's marriage to Amber Rose because he was too stoned to attend. The Young, Wild & Free hitmaker wed model Rose in a low key ceremony in July (13) and they threw a huge party to celebrate with friends and family over the weekend (17-18Aug13).
But close pal CurrenSy - real name Shante Franklin - missed the bash because he got too high on marijuana to bother attending.
He tells TMZ.com, "We were totally like baked and I totally just smoked off my appearance. But he knows it's love and we definitely spoke and it's all good."
Johnny Depp once helped One Direction get into a wild Hollywood party because they were too young to go out clubbing in the U.S. The Hollywood actor invited the Best Song Ever hitmakers to his home in Los Angeles to meet his daughter Lily-Rose, who is a huge fan of the boy band.
Singer Louis Tomlinson admits the visit was "a bit awkward" at first, but the Brits eventually relaxed and enjoyed a tour of Depp's mansion.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "We didn't perform, we just hung out. We were round there for a good two or three hours - he's a top bloke. The first 20 minutes were a bit awkward but then it was fine. We didn't talk much about work, just how we were finding it all. His house is so cool though, as you can imagine."
To thank the boys for coming over, the Pirates of the Caribbean star arranged for them to attend a boozy bash thrown by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez - and Tomlinson insists it was a memorable night.
The pop star recalls, "We were asking where we could go - not being legal to drink (in the U.S.) - so Johnny sorted it. He couldn't go but said it was fine for us to and I'm pretty sure it was Sin City director Robert Rodriguez's bash. It was a crazy party - really full-on, so Hollywood, like in the movies."
Jennifer Hudson has been transformed into a Disney princess by top photographer Annie Leibovitz. The singer/actress has posed as Tiana from 2009 movie The Princess & the Frog for a new Disney Parks ad campaign. Ironically, the role was voiced by Hudson's Dreamgirls co-star Anika Noni Rose.
Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo has written an open letter explaining his pro-choice stance as his mother underwent an illegal abortion in her youth. The Avengers star is adamant lawmakers in America should not bow to pressure to restrict access to terminations, and he cites the story of his mum, Marie Rose Ruffalo, as an example.
In a letter posted online in support of the pro-choice Stop Patriarchy organisation, Ruffalo reveals his mother suffered a "traumatising" experience in her younger years when abortion was illegal.
The actor writes, "I am a man. I could say this has nothing to do with me. Except I have two daughters and I have a mother who was forced to illegally have an abortion in her state where abortion was illegal when she was a very young woman. It cost $600 cash. It was a traumatising thing for her. It was shameful and sleazy and demeaning. When I heard the story I was aghast by the lowliness of a society that would make a woman do that...
"My mother's illegal abortion marked a time in America that we have worked long and hard to leave behind... My own mother fought to make herself more than a possession; she lived her life as a mother who chose when she would have children, and a wife who could earn a living if she so chose. I want my daughters to enjoy that same choice. I don't want to turn back the hands of time to when women shuttled across state lines in the thick of night to resolve an unwanted pregnancy, in a cheap hotel room just south of the state line. Where a transaction of $600 cash becomes the worth of a young woman's life."
Ruffalo has two daughters and a son with his wife Sunrise Coigney.
Boardwalk Empire star Bobby Cannavale has joined Jamie Foxx in the 2014 movie remake of Annie. The actor will play Guy, a political consultant to Foxx's character, Daddy Warbucks.
Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis is slated to play Annie in the film, with Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan and Rose Byrne as Grace.
Jay Z, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are also onboard as producers.