Actress Hayden Panettiere has confirmed she is pregnant by nominating her "unborn child" for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Nashville star finally acknowledged she and fiance Wladimir Klitschko are preparing for their first child on Wednesday (20Aug14) by posting footage of pal and co-star Derek Hough tipping a bucket of freezing water over her on Instagram.com.
Panettiere prepared for the cold blast by nominating country singer Kacey Musgraves, her fiance and her "unborn child" to take the challenge next. The actress follows in the footsteps of Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana, who also confirmed she is pregnant in an Ice Bucket Challenge video posted on Tuesday (19Aug14).
She opted to dodge the challenge set her by director James Gunn, and her husband Marco Perego agreed to take the plunge in her place. Celebrities including Panettiere's Nashville co-star Connie Britton, Robert Pattinson, Emily Blunt and Adam Sandler all recently took the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise cash and awareness for charity the ALS Association.
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Robin Williams' film career is set to continue despite his death at the age of 63 on Monday (11Aug14).
The Oscar-winning actor passed away in an apparent suicide at his home in Tiburon, California, and he left behind a very active film career, including four projects that are slated to hit the big screen soon.
Williams has two holiday films due for release later this year (14), including indie family comedy Merry Friggin' Christmas, co-starring Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, and Oliver Platt, and he also reprised his role as Teddy Roosevelt for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which is set to hit cinemas in December (14).
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In addition, he starred opposite Breaking Bad regular Bob Odenkirk in the drama Boulevard, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year (14), and Williams also loaned his voice as the animated character of Dennis the Dog in Absolutely Anything, a live-action British comedy starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale, which is slated for release in 2015.
The comedian was also in talks to reprise his role as the beloved Mrs. Doubtfire in a sequel to the hit 1993 film. Williams, along with director Christopher Columbus, had reportedly met with Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum to polish off a second draft of the script, and they were likely to join the project if talks went well.
Columbus, a longtime friend of Williams, shared his own condolences on Monday, in a statement which reads, "We have lost one of our most inspired and gifted comic minds, as well as one of this generation's greatest actors. To watch Robin work, was a magical and special privilege. "His performances were unlike anything any of us had ever seen, they came from some spiritual and otherworldly place. He truly was one of the few people who deserved the title of 'genius.' "We were friends for 21 years. Our children grew up together, he inspired us to spend our lives in San Francisco and I loved him like a brother. The world was a better place with Robin in it. And his beautiful legacy will live on forever."
Dame Helen Mirren is still recovering from Oprah Winfrey's visit to her home in the south of France - because the place was a complete mess.
The actress was shooting The Hundred-Foot Journey in rural France when Winfrey, who produced the film with Steven Spielberg, paid her a visit and accepted an invitation to check out the Brit's holiday home nearby.
But Mirren admits she wasn't prepared to host a glamorous house party and had to stage the impromptu bash in her yard.
She tells USA Today, "I was very embarrassed, because it's quite likely she would have landed in the loo that didn't have any loo paper. I had to say, 'I'm really sorry, we're having renovations on the house. Would you mind if you just don't go inside?' I was so embarrassed by what she might see."
Taylor Swift turned love guru by doling out advice to a fan who asked the singer for dating tips on Instagram.com.
A fan called Hannah left a comment under one of the Love Story hitmaker's pictures on the photosharing app earlier this week (22Jul14), writing to Swift about a boy she likes who has a girlfriend of his own.
She wrote, "There's a guy Taylor... who I have the biggest crush in the whole wide world on, and he'll never like me back... @taylorswift can you give me some advice maybe. I love you."
The music superstar, who has had her fair share of public relationships, surprisingly wrote back a sincere note back to Hannah with her advice on what to do in the situation.
Swift wrote, "About this guy. I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized. When you have a broken heart, the first thing a stranger will ask is 'how long were you two together?' As if your pain can be determined by how long you were with someone. Or if you were with them at all."
"I don't think that's how it works. I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind. You are loving someone purely because you love them, not because you think you'll ever have your affections reciprocated. You are admiring something for its beauty, without needing to own it."
"Feel good about being the kind of person who loves selflessly. I think someday you'll find someone who loves you in that exact same way."
A flabbergasted Hannah wrote back, "You have no idea how much this means to me, thank you. You understand and that means so much. I feel like you're the big sister I don't have. Thank you, I really did need to hear that from you."
Actor Neil Patrick Harris has landed a role in the new American Horror Story series after writing to creator Ryan Murphy and asking for a part.
The former How I Met Your Mother star, who is currently starring on Broadway in Hedwig & the Angry Inch, recently told Entertainment Weekly Radio that he had penned a request note to Murphy, suggesting himself for upcoming series, Freak Show.
He said, "I wrote a letter to Ryan asking if I can be in it, even though I wasn't even available to be in it. To do one that involves any kind of freak, circus nonsense is going to be so unsettling to watch."
Murphy caught wind of the radio chat and has since responded to Harris via Twitter, writing, "@ActuallyNPH of course you can be on Freak Show! I have a role I think you'd love."
Harris previously worked with Murphy in an episode of Glee, for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2010.
Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is hiding a secret smoking habit.
The Dark Knight star, who is a mother to two young daughters, insists she doesn't puff on cigarettes regularly, but often falls "off the wagon" and buys a pack.
She tells Britain's Stylist magazine, "I don't smoke cigarettes officially but now and then I fall off the wagon. I can't keep it up at home. I can't smoke as a mother - it's too much sneaking around... I'm buying cigarettes and I'm like, 'What am I doing? Pull it together!'"
Movie stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette were shocked when they watched their new film Boyhood and saw in stark detail how they have aged over the course of 12 years.
Director Richard Linklater's ambitious project involved shooting scenes on an annual basis for 12 years to achieve a realistic ageing effect on its stars. The groundbreaking concept tested the actors' commitment to the role, but it also left them in a stunned silence when the finished work was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival this year (14) and they saw themselves growing older over the course of the movie.
Hawke tells British magazine Radar, "It was pretty intense. When the movie started, I was like, 'Man, I still look good!'. But by the end... Everybody acts like it's surprising (when humans age), but it's happening all the time to everyone. We act freaked out about it but it's just the reality. The second you buy a car, it's a used car. That's the way we are: this machine is in action. I tried to be proud of it."
Arquette adds, "It was brutal."
A paparazzo was arrested for trespassing on Tuesday night (01Jul14) after attempting to take pictures of Jennifer Aniston at a West Hollywood restaurant.
Staff at popular celebrity eatery Madeo reportedly called police after the over-eager snapper allegedly stepped onto private property to gain a good view of the Horrible Bosses actress while she was dining.
Aniston later exited the restaurant via a private rear door and hopped into a waiting car as the man, who has not been identified, was detained by sheriffs in front of the venue.
A homeless man wielding a knife has been arrested in New York City after he attempted to gain access to the TV studio where Good Morning America (GMA) is filmed.
Andre Johnson, 25, is believed to have approached security guards outside ABC Studios in Manhattan's Times Square on Tuesday (01Jul14) and demanded to be let into the building. He was turned away, but allegedly returned carrying a knife and attacked one of the security guards.
Police were called to the scene, and pictures show cops restraining Johnson on the street outside the TV hub. He also allegedly made threats against football player-turned-TV host Michael Strahan, who is a contributor on GMA.
Johnson was arrested and taken to a local police station where he was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing, according to the New York Daily News.
A spokesperson for ABC called the cop a "hero" for tackling the man, and added, "It was a scary situation but thanks to the fast actions of NYPD (New York Police Department) the situation was quickly under control."
Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe has reportedly been approached to portray late singer/actress Nell Carter in a new TV biopic.
The Precious actress is said to be HBO network bosses' top choice to bring the Gimme a Break! star's life to the small screen in a planned movie, which will document Carter's cocaine addiction, her two divorces, her bisexuality and her many health problems, which led to her death from heart disease complicated by diabetes in 2003, according to the National Enquirer.
A source tells the publication, "Nell was excellent at physical comedy and could deliver a quip with drop-dead hilarity - and she had a stunning voice. Gabby has some pretty good pipes of her own."
Official details about the project have yet to be announced.