Actor Robert Pattinson's sister Lizzy's run on The X Factor U.K. has ended after she was booted from the programme on Sunday (05Sun14). The Twilight star's older sibling impressed judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Melanie Brown and Louis Walsh during her initial audition on the singing competition, and even made it to all the way to the final 57 acts.
However, when Lizzy performed at Cowell's home the in hope of making one of three coveted spots in his group of the Over 25 year olds, the music mogul decided not to put her through to the Top 12.
The aspiring singer wasn't deterred by the elimination and took to her Facebook.com page to thank viewers for their support over the past month.
She writes, "Thanks so much for the messages of support over the last few months. Wow! It has been an amazing experience - challenging and scary, but mostly great fun! Looking forward to bringing you some new songs soon."
Rocker Jimmy Page has given up dreams of reuniting Led Zeppelin and instead is intent on forming a new band for a career-spanning tour. The guitarist has been engaged in a war of words with Robert Plant over the future for Led Zep for years, but it seems he no longer believes another get together is possible - and he's turning his attention to a new project.
During an appearance at the playback of the remastered versions of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy in London on Tuesday (30Sep14), Page was asked if the wave of nostalgia made him want to push even harder for a Zeppelin reunion, prompting him to state, "I don't think it looks as though that's a possibility or on the cards, so there's not much more I can say about that."
But he revealed he has a new way of revisiting the past live, adding, "If I was to play again, it would be with musicians... I haven't put them together yet, but I'm going to do that next year. If I went out to play, I would play material that spanned everything from my recording career right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds, and there would certainly be some new material in there as well."
He added, "I love playing live, I really do. Live concerts are always an interesting challenge because it means you can always change things as you're playing every night. You can make it even more of an adventure."
Hollywood actor Robert Downey, Jr. is in mourning following the death of his mother. The Iron Man star's actress mum Elsie passed away on Monday (22Sep14) at the age of 80, and the Oscar nominee shared the sad news in a post on his Facebook.com page on Friday (26Sep14).
Downey, Jr. posted a detailed letter about her life, revealing she battled alcoholism in the 1970s but eventually got sober and later inspired her son to kick his own addictions. She also suffered from heart disease and endured a number of health problems this year (14).
He writes, "My mom passed away early this week... I wanna say something about her life, and a generic 'obit' won't suffice... While I strived to have the kind of success that eluded her, my own addiction repeatedly forbade it. In the summer of 2004, I was in bad shape. She called me out of the blue, and I admitted everything. I don't remember what she said, but I haven't drank or used (drugs) since...
"Many fond memories of her in the last few years...holidays, kid-stuff, her strutting around with a walking stick. I knew it was difficult, and understood as the visits got shorter. In March, she suffered another cardiac arrest and was put on life support. Her wishes were to be left to die if there wasn't a reasonable chance of recovery, which for some time there was. I returned from filming the Avengers sequel in June, went straight to see her. To my amazement, she was completely lucid, interactive, mugging + pulling faces. We couldn't speak 'cause she had a tracheal tube.
"I wondered if she might just beat the odds once more. Another set of seizures answered that, and we brought her home for hospice. She died @ 11 p.m., September 22nd, survived by her extremely loving and tolerant partner of 37 years, Jonas Kerr. She was my role model as an actor, and as a woman who got sober and stayed that way. She was also reclusive, self-deprecating, a stoic Scotch-German rural Pennsylvanian, a ball buster, stubborn, and happy to hold a grudge... That's all her...and I wouldn't have it any other way. If anyone out there has a mother, and she's not perfect, please call her and say you love her anyway..."
Elsie starred in many of her husband Robert Downey, Sr.'s movies before retiring from acting. The couple divorced in 1975.
The members of Led Zeppelin are getting serious about a plagiarism lawsuit over their Stairway To Heaven hit by hiring top entertainment lawyer Helene Freeman to represent them. Freeman, who litigated a series of victories for Justin Timberlake's former boy band 'N SYNC, has signed on to defend Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones in a copyright infringement claim filed by a lawyer representing late Spirit guitarist Randy California.
Francis Malofiy filed a complaint in May (14), arguing that the opening notes of Stairway To Heaven are too similar to notes from a song written by his late client's 1968 song Taurus - and that California deserves credit for at least inspiring the track.
Page dismissed the lawsuit as "ridiculous", but it appears he's taking it seriously - and now Freeman has until 22 September (14) to answer the late California's claims via his estate attorney.
Robert Plant has urged his former Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page to end his war of words with the singer and concentrate on recording new music. Guitarist Page has made no secret of his wish to expand on the Whole Lotta Love hitmakers' 2007 one-gig reunion with a full tour, but singer Plant is reluctant to revisit the past.
In an interview with The New York Times earlier this year (14), Page accused Plant of "playing games" and said he was "fed up" of the ongoing reunion saga, and Plant hit back in a recent Uncut magazine chat, during which he said, "I'm not my brother's keeper. And he, really, as a pro, should know better than that... I feel for the guy. He knows he's got the headlines if he wants 'em. But I don't know what he's trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled."
Now, Plant tells the Telegraph it's time for Page to move on and give up on his plans to get the band back together.
The singer says, "He should get on and do something. He’s a superb talent. That’s the sad thing for Jimmy, he knows that I’m his guy, I’m his pal, but the warmth that he needs to actually enjoy the world, it’s all there. Come on and give it to us.”
Richie Sambora, Tico Torres and David Bryan accepted Bon Jovi leader Jon Bon Jovi's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by dunking freezing water over their heads. The former bandmates took the plunge to raise awareness about the condition and raise funds for the ALS Association after Bon Jovi nominated them to follow his example at the weekend (16-17Aug14), when he recruited New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to tip an ice bucket over his head at a garden party.
Celebrities have been taking the challenge, filming it, posting the footage online and nominating famous friends to follow suit for weeks, boosting the charity's coffers and raising awareness about ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Sambora, who quit Bon Jovi last year (13), took the challenge in his back garden and nominated his reported guitarist girlfriend Orianthi and "friends and fans around the world" to follow his lead, while Gavin DeGraw and Ryan Cabrera were picked by keyboard player Bryan after he was dunked in his swimming pool.
Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres posted his Ice Bucket Challenge on the band's Facebook page and nominated Alice Cooper, who took the opportunity to cool off on Wednesday (20Aug14) when he was chilled onstage during a concert in Virginia Beach.
He nominated tour co-headliners Motley Crue and movie star pal Johnny Depp to take the plunge. Motley Crue quickly accepted Cooper's challenge with their own onstage dunking, and named Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Kiss to follow suit.
Paul Stanley has already accepted on behalf of Kiss, insisting he'll take on the challenge on Friday (22Aug14).
Cooper is also hoping to raise more money for the ALS Association by selling the stars and stripes T-shirt he was wearing when he was iced onstage and the bathrobe he changed into backstage to raise cash for the cause.
Hollywood action man Bruce Willis and director Robert Rodriguez teamed up for a special musical performance at an afterparty following the premiere of their new movie Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The pair has reunited for the Sin City sequel, which they unveiled in Los Angeles on Tuesday (19Aug14), and they entertained the crowd during a bash at the city's Roosevelt Hotel after the red carpet screening.
Willis played harmonica and sang the blues as Rodriguez played guitar, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The crowd included Willis' castmates Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke and Josh Brolin.
Actor Jamie Foxx partied with politicians on Saturday night (16Aug14) by inviting former presidential candidate John Mccain and New Jersey governor Chris Christie to join him onstage for a dance at a star-studded fundraiser. The Ray star was a guest at the annual Apollo in the Hamptons bash and he made an extra special effort to get the party swinging.
He took to the stage and invited Christie to join him for a dance, before Senator McCain got up to join in, swiftly followed by Sir Paul McCartney and director Spike Lee.
After the stunt, Foxx told New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Its always the ones you don't expect. Republicans love to dance - in the Hamptons."
Other guests at the event, organised by business magnate Ron Perelman, included Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Roger Waters, Anjelica Huston, and Don Johnson.
The audience enjoyed performances by Pharrell Williams, Sting, Gladys Knight, and Jon Bon Jovi at the fundraiser, which netted $4 million (£2.4 million) for development projects at New York's famous Apollo Theatre.
At the close of the evening, Nicholson told Page Six, "That was one hell of a night. Christie really held his own. I told him, as he walked back to his seat, 'Governor, you can't let New Jersey down.'"
Disney bosses have paid a touching tribute to their Genie, Robin Williams, by painting an image of his animated Aladdin character in the stars.
The late actor's friends at the Walt Disney Company have released a photo of his magical character cleverly crafted from stars in the night sky. Disney chairman Robert Iger has also offered up a statement about Williams, which was released as the caption for the image.
It reads: "We're deeply saddened by the loss of Robin Williams, a wonderfully gifted man who touched our hearts and never failed to make us laugh. An incredible actor and a comedic genius, Robin will always be remembered for bringing some of the world's favorite characters to life, from his zany alien on ABC's Mork & Mindy to the irascible genie in Disney's Aladdin. He was a true Disney Legend, a beloved member of our family, and he will be sorely missed. We join Robin's friends and fans everywhere in mourning, and offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this difficult time."
Meanwhile, the organisers of the annual Deauville American Film Festival in France have announced they will pay homage to Williams, who visited the event in 1988 and 1999. Calling the tragic star "an old friend", festival bosses have posted photos of the late actor at the event on Deauville's Twitter.com page. Will Ferrell, Jessica Chastain and James Cameron will he honoured with career awards at the festival, which begins on 5 September (14).
Rocker Robert Plant has hit back at his Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page in their ongoing spat over a reunion. Guitarist Page has made no secret of his wish to expand on the Whole Lotta Love hitmakers' 2007 comeback with a full tour, but singer Plant is reluctant to revisit the past.
In an interview with The New York Times earlier this year (14), Page accused Plant of "playing games" and said he was "fed up" of the ongoing reunion saga, and now Plant has hit back.
He tells Uncut magazine, "I'm not my brother's keeper. And he, really, as a pro, should know better than that... I feel for the guy. He knows he's got the headlines if he wants 'em. But I don't know what he's trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled. The only game I play really is making great music with people who are really vibrant and positive."