Veteran actress Sharon Stone is throwing herself back into the dating scene now her children are older.
The Basic Instinct star, 56, is mother to three adopted sons - Roan, 14, Laird, nine, and Quinn, eight - and she admits romance was a low priority for her while her boys were small, but she is now sure they are old enough to understand if she has a boyfriend.
Stone, who divorced her husband Phil Bronstein in 2004, tells Extra, "I am available for dating... What's happened is my kids have reached the age where I feel comfortable to date. I didn't want to date when they were little... who needs a bunch of people running in and out of their lives? Now I feel comfortable dating."
Sharon Osbourne has urged her fans to boycott the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles to protest ownership by the Sultan of Brunei and his homosexual death-penalty policy. A small group of gay rights activists staged a demonstration outside the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday (26Apr14) and now the group has landed a big celebrity backer in Ozzy Osbourne's wife.
In a tweet on Monday (28Apr14), Osbourne wrote, "Please join me in BOYCOTTING @BevHillsHotel, @HotelBelAir and all @DC_LuxuryHotels."
The protest comes after a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) political advocacy group changed plans to hold a conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel due to the Sultan of Brunei affiliation, and on 22 April (14), designers Brian Atwood and Peter Som also encouraged their Instagram followers not to stay at Dorchester hotels.
Actress Beth Grant, who was among the protesters outside the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday, told The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood spends a lot of money at the Beverly Hills Hotel and I don't want it to end up in the hands of that person."
Last year (13), Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the leader of the Southeast Asian nation of Brunei, upset gay groups around the world by unveiling anti-gay legislation, which included the stoning to death of Muslims caught in the act of homosexuality. The new law has been postponed.
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish celebrated the superstar's 67th birthday on Friday (28Mar14) by hosting the grand opening of their new Las Vegas bar. The Rocket Man hitmaker and film producer Furnish were joined by actor Nicolas Cage, legendary producer Quincy Jones, rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne and her daughter Kelly, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, actress Britt Ekland and funnyman David Spade, among others for the launch of FIZZ Las Vegas.
The Champagne lounge, a collaboration between Furnish and nightlife gurus Michael Greco and Steven Kennedy, is located next to Caesars Palace's famed Colosseum theatre, where Elton is currently performing a Sin City residency.
Furnish tells USA Today, "Fizz is an extension of our personal style. Spending so much time in Las Vegas with Elton's performance schedule, we wanted a space that would reflect our personal style and become an extension of the way we entertain at home."
And he tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "Once people are inside, it's very small and intimate... We bring the lights down to make it really, really chic and warm and welcoming. It's very much an extension of the way we would do things."
Elton turned 67 on 25 March (14).
Hit British crime drama Broadchurch looks set to dominate the U.K.'s Royal Television Society Programme Awards after receiving four top nominations. The murder-mystery series, about a child's death in a small coastal town, is nominated in the Drama Serial category alongside zombie show In The Flesh and Elisabeth Moss' Top Of The Lake.
Broadchurch's female leads Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker will go up against each other for the Actor - Female award along with My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney, and the show's creator Chris Chibnall is up for a writing prize.
In the Actor - Male category, Idris Elba is nominated for his turn as a troubled cop in Luther alongside Stephen Dillane (The Tunnel) and Lennie James (Run).
Burton and Taylor, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West as Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, has received a nod in the Single Drama line-up, competing with Our Girl and The Challenger.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 18 March (14).
Rocker/filmmaker Rob Zombie has teamed up with screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis to develop a TV show about cult leader Charles Manson. The American Psycho writer will pen the script for the mini-series, which Zombie will direct.
The show is in the early stages of development, but it will reportedly chronicle the events leading up to the night of the infamous murders in 1969, when seven people, including actress Sharon Tate, were brutally murdered by Manson's followers.
Zombie tells Variety.com, "I have been obsessed with this insane story since I was a kid, so obviously I jumped at the chance to be involved in this incredible project. After speaking with Bret, I immediately realised that we shared the same vision for this epic madness."
In 1971, Manson was sentenced to death for his role in masterminding the murders, but his sentence was changed to life behind bars when California state legislators outlawed the death penalty. He is currently serving out his term at the Corcoran State Prison.
This isn't the first Manson project to be developed - TV movie Helter Skelter, based on the book by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry, hit the small screen in 1976, and the documentary film The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter, which explored the murders and the cult leader's life, was released in 2009.
Soul singer Sharon Jones rang in 2014 in style by singing Aretha Franklin's Respect at a gala just hours after her final chemo treatment. The leader of The Dap Kings spent much of 2103 battling cancer and she had her last chemo treatment in New York on New Year's Eve (31Dec13).
She tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I didn't really want to celebrate because I was still weak... They had a gala for New Year's Eve. I wasn't gonna attend because my immune system was weak. I didn't want to be around a bunch of people and catch a cold. But then at the last minute, I changed my mind.
"I went ahead and gave my $200 for a ticket, and I had a ball. I had so much fun, man. I got to dance.
"A DJ came into the room and starting playing Aretha Franklin's Respect. I grabbed the microphone and started singing. You can't play no Respect and not let me sing. It was amazing, even though half the people there didn't even know who I was."
And Jones admits it's a relief to get her voice back: "On the 10th of June I had the Whipple procedure. They had to remove my gall bladder, the head of my pancreas and they took out a foot and a half of my small intestine. Then they built me another bile duct and connected it to my stomach.
"They had to cut me right across my diaphragm, all the way down to my naval. That was hard. I didn't do any sort of singing until October. I sang In the garden for my pastor and my voice came back slowly after that."
Former Busted star Matt Willis has joined the cast of revived British sitcom Birds Of A Feather. The show is set to return to the small screen early next year (14) after an absence of 15 years, and the musician has been hired to play Garthy, the eldest son of Linda Robson's character, Tracey.
Co-star Pauline Quirke will be joined on screen by her real life son Charlie Quirke, who will play Tracey's younger boy Travis.
Willis previously acted as a teenager with small roles in U.K. dramas including The Bill and Casualty. He returned to medical series Casualty for a guest role in an episode which aired earlier this year (13).
He says of his new job, "I'm so excited to be joining Birds of a Feather playing the role of Garthy! I used to watch the show growing up so this is just a dream job. I can't believe I'll be working with (characters) Sharon, Tracey and Dorien."
The comedy, about two sisters who support each other when their husbands are sent to prison, first aired in 1989 and ran for nine years before coming to an end in 1998. It was previously revived as a U.K. touring stage show earlier this year (13).
People have always liked television. But now that we have the Internet at our disposal, we can like television in new, inventive, absurdly time-consuming ways. For instance: Mad Rock, a Tumblr devoted to celebrating the AMC drama mad Men and our dear departed NBC friend 30 Rock. Although on the surface the two couldn't be more different (despite their shared investment in Jon Hamm and Old Spanishes), the ingenious creators of this website have managed to find some common ground between the small screen favorites. Mad Rock takes quotes from 30 Rock's 7-season run and places them in the mouths of Mad Men characters, oftentimes in scenes that dedicated fans can recognize as thematically similar.
With occasional variation, Don Draper takes on the role of Jack Donaghy, Peggy Olson becomes Liz Lemon, and Roger Sterling embodies none other than Tracy Jordan. Mad Rock offers a familiarity with and appreciation for both sets of characters that results in hilarity. Peruse, if you have an hour to spare (we're still scrolling through the many pages on the Tumblr over here... our afternoon is doomed, in the best possible way).
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Kelly Osbourne is still no closer to finding out what caused a seizure, nearly two months after she collapsed on the set of her TV show. The reality TV star, daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, was admitted to hospital in Los Angeles in early March (13) after she suffered a frightening health scare while filming her small screen style series Fashion Police.
Doctors later concluded Osbourne had suffered a seizure, but the star admits she still hasn't been given an official diagnosis and has no clue what brought it on.
She tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "I still have absolutely no idea what caused it. But if there was something positive to come out of it, it's that I've started looking into what might have happened and what different foods do to your body and it's made me an even healthier person."
Osbourne is now considering cutting out tea, coffee and fizzy drinks after hearing that caffeine could be a factor, adding, "Some say caffeine can have a certain effect on you so it's things like that (I've learned). I don't want to be a sob story and make it sound like I want people to feel sorry for me or something (but) it was completely terrifying.
"What most people don't know is everyone will experience some sort of seizure in their life. Mine just happened in front of everybody."
By the time the third, super-sized season of NBC's The Sing Off went off the air in the fall of 2011, not many people were watching. Although the network didn't pick up any new cycles for 2012, it never officially canceled the show, either. But — thanks to the success of Pitch Perfect (and the dismal state of NBC's ratings) — the a cappella singing competition is headed back to TV.
"I am happily able to confirm that casting is going on. The show is back," producer Deke Sharon confirmed to Entertainment Weekly. Although Sharon couldn't confirm whether host Nick Lachey and judges Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman, and Sara Bareilles will return, he did reveal that Mark Burnett Productions has come on board for Season 4, which will likely return for a short holiday run (much like Seasons 1 and 2).
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The decision to make The Sing-Off a full season was always kind of baffling. Well, the reasoning behind it was obvious: It had great ratings for a small investment, and with NBC's entire lineup struggling, it was a natural choice. But the scheduling brass forgot one important thing: No one likes a cappella that much, not even the people singing it. A month-long contest is fun and easy to get invested in. A season-long commitment? No thanks.
While you might not be as excited as I am about this news, there are plenty of reasons why you should be. The Sing Off is so much better than The X Factor, The Voice, or American Idol, and here's why:
1. No Audition Round B.S. The first two or three audition episodes are always kind of fun, but at a certain point you just kind of want the competition to start. Yes, even on The Voice, although the blind auditions are arguably the best part of that show. There's none of that bulls*** on The Sing Off. We already start with a finite number of groups.
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2. Smart Judges Although Nicki Minaj's bizarrely on-point but rambling critiques are spicing up American Idol for its twelfth go-around and Blake Shelton and Adam Levine have emerged as superstars thanks to their judging prowess on The Voice, there's no panel as good at their jobs as Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman, and Sara Bareilles. The three manage to combine their technical knowledge of music with their emotional responses to each performance into the most useful, accurate criticism on any singing competition show. Ever.
3. It's Only a Month Long Awkward fall experiment aside, here's the best reason why The Sing Off is so much cooler than all those other singing competitions: It's mercifully short. Don't have it in you to spend months following your favorite group to the finals? The Sing Off is for you. Plus, as Sharon told EW, NBC is planning to revert to the old format of airing the show during the holidays, when there's nothing else new on TV.
Are you a Sing Off fan? If you weren't before, has your love of Pitch Perfect inspired you to give it a shot?
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