Revered British broadcaster Alan Whicker has died at the age of 87. The journalist and TV presenter passed away at his home in Jersey in the early hours of Friday morning (12Jul13) after a battle with bronchial pneumonia.
Whicker began his career in the 1940s and joined the BBC in 1957.
He is perhaps best known for his social-interest documentary series Whicker's World, which ran from 1959 to 1988 and earned him a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award in 1964. The star interviewed a number of famous faces including Peter Sellers, Joan Collins and Sir Christopher Lee.
In 2005, Whicker was handed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal for services to broadcasting.
British actor Stephen Fry was among the first to pay tribute to Whicker, writing in a post on his Twitter.com page, "Sad news about Alan Whicker," while Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp adds, "RIP Alan Whicker, inspirational, the man who introduced me to the world.... And so cool! Thank you!"
TV titan Oprah Winfrey is set to pull in thousands of dollars for charity by auctioning a meeting with her at the upcoming premiere of The Butler. The highest bidder in the CharityBuzz.com auction will be introduced to the talk show queen at either the film's New York City premiere on 5 August (13) or the Los Angeles debut on 12 August (13).
Winfrey, who plays the wife of presidential butler Eugene Allen in the movie, is due to attend both events with her castmates Forest Whitaker, who stars in the title role, and Robin Williams, who plays Dwight Eisenhower, as well as Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda, who portray President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy.
The lot is expected to fetch $25,000 (£16,129) for the La Jolla Playhouse theatre group in San Diego, California.
British funnyman Steve Coogan is to premiere his new movie Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa in the city where the film is set. Coogan will attend the world premiere in Norwich, England on 24 July (13) before screening the film again in London later that day.
Johnny Depp has finally finished filming a documentary about rock legend Keith Richards after four years of hard work. The Hollywood actor is a longtime friend of the Rolling Stones legend, and even landed him a job playing his onscreen father in two Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Depp has spent the last four years working on a film about Richards' life, and he has now revealed the project is complete.
He tells Britain's Event magazine, "I've been working on it for about four years now and we've just completed the filming. Actually, it's a little strange to call it a documentary, it's more an opportunity to experience Keith - as people don't get to see him because he's quite a mysterious being. Essentially it's Keith and I sitting around having a conversation and what it boils down to is his wisdom and his philosophy and his experiences - and that would be cut with footage of his life.
"I got him for five days about three years ago, and then in February I was with him for another five days and we continued from where we left off...
"I feel blessed that this guy, who has never done anything like this before, has put his trust in me and allowed him to document his life. In some way - and I'm not comparing myself to him - I feel like Alan Lomax (music documentarian)... Doing this with Keith and recording how he thinks and how he looks back at 50 years of fame is pretty fascinating."
Bosses behind star-studded historical movie The Butler have been forced to change its name after it was ruled a rival studio owns the rights to the title. The film, about Eugene Allen - the butler to eight U.S. presidents and their families - features an A-list cast, including Forest Whitaker as Allen, Oprah Winfrey as his wife, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower and Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy.
However, chiefs at The Weinstein Company will have to come up with a new title for the highly-anticipated movie ahead of its August (13) release after executives at Warner Bros. won an arbitration battle on Tuesday (02Jul13).
Warner Bros. bosses successfully argued they own the rights to the title because they have a 1916 comedy of the same name in their catalogue.
One of this summer's most highly anticipated movies is the Weinstein Company's The Butler. Starring Forest Whitaker, the film tells the story of Cecil Gaines, a man who works as a White House butler during eight American presidencies, from 1952 to 1986. During his tenure, he witnesses countless important events in 20th century U.S. history from a highly unique perspective. But the historical drama may be facing some turmoil. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is attempting to prevent Harvey Weinstein from using the title The Butler, claiming that it posseses the sole rights to the title because of a 1916 silent comedy by the same name.
With The Butler's August release date fast approaching, this matter seems to have arisen oddly late in the game. There is reportedly a great deal of "outrage" at the Weinstein Company, and we aren't surprised: the only logical response to this situation is, "WTF?" Has anyone actually seen this silent comedy The Butler? Isn't this new movie supposed to be an inspiring tale about adversity and American history? Why are you trying to bring everybody down, Warner Bros.?
The Butler is based on the true story of Eugene Allen and also features such heavy-hitting stars as Oprah Winfrey (in her first major film role since Beloved in 1998), John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mariah Carey, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, and Lenny Kravitz.
With such an all-star cast and fascinating subject matter, The Butler promises to be one of the best biopics of 2013. Warner Bros' claim is fairly absurd, but it could have serious implications for the movie. Whatever its title may be, we're excited to see the film. After all, what's in a name? That which we call The Butler by any other name would be just as great.
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Michael J. Fox, Diane Lane and Judith Hill were among the mourners who attended a Hollywood memorial service for Family Ties creator Gary David Goldberg on Saturday (29Jun13). The private ceremony took place on the same Paramount studios lot where the late TV boss staged the classic 1980s sitcom and Fox, who launched his career on the show, paid a touching tribute to his former mentor.
He told the invited guests, "Gary was loved by many, including me."
Oscar winning lyricist Alan Bergman paid tribute to Goldberg in song, before Hill closed the service with a rendition of Amazing Grace.
Goldberg lost his battle with brain cancer on 22 June (13), aged 68.
Family and friends of Mandawuy Yunupingu gathered on Sunday (30Jun13) to pay tribute to the late Australian singer at a state memorial. The indigenous star, who fronted Australian band Yothu Yindi, died at the age of 56 on 2 June (13) after a battle with kidney disease, and more than 500 mourners turned out to remember him at an emotional ceremony in East Arnhem Land.
The service featured traditional dancing, including a performance by Yunupingu's daughters to the Yothu Yindi song Dots on the Shells.
His widow Yalmay Yunupingu, who wore her partner's trademark headband, delivered a speech to thank a nurse who had cared for the star, and she also heaped praise on Yothu Yindi's manager Alan James, who "always got my husband home safe and dry".
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd attended the memorial, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
British actor Alan Davies was horrified to hear of Stephen Fry's suicide attempt as he had no idea his friend was in so much pain. Fry recently revealed he tried to end his own life last year (12) by downing pills and vodka during a work trip abroad, and the news came as a total shock to his friend and colleague Davies.
The Jonathan Creek star appears alongside Fry on British TV show QI, but Davies admits he never knew about his personal struggles.
He tells Britain's The Sun, "It can be very difficult for Stephen. What I can say is that Stephen was on fantastic form recently on the last recording of QI. He was up and happy and not in that bad place... When it's somebody you know, you wish you could have done something. But if you don't know, you don't know.
"It shocked everybody because it's hard to believe somebody so loved can be in a corner on their own feeling down - but that's the reality."
Davies also praises his friend's bravery for speaking out about his mental health troubles, as his candour may help others: "Stephen is so good about talking about these things publicly because it makes a big difference to other people suffering from depression."
Devo drummer Alan Myers has died after a battle with cancer. The rocker, the band's third and most prominent drummer, passed away on Monday (24Jun13).
News of his death was confirmed by jazz musician Ralph Carney, the uncle of The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney.
In a post on Facebook.com, Carney writes, "I just got some bad news. Alan Myers passed... from cancer. He was Devo's best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz. I cry... Alan taught me so much about music. He gave me my first sax lesson."
Myers, who joined Devo in 1976, played on the group's 1980 single Whip It and appears in the track's classic video.
He is heard on a number of Devo albums including Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Freedom of Choice, and Shout, but bowed out of the line-up in 1986.
Devo co-founder Gerald Casale took to his Twitter.com page to pay tribute to his former bandmate, writing, "In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!! Alan, you were the best - a human metronome and then some. U (you) were born to drum Devo!"
Drummer Josh Freese, who has also played with Devo, tweeted, "RIP Alan Myers. 1 of my all time favs (favourites). An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/ (with) Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome."