Actress Patricia Arquette has criticised movie bosses for frequently casting younger actresses in roles involving love affairs with older men.
Arquette won the best supporting actress honour for her role in Boyhood at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards on Sunday (08Jan15), and after collecting her accolade the star hit out at age-gap romances onscreen.
She said, "I think men over 40 don't want to be cast with women who are their own age. I find it funny... Sometimes you'll have someone like Harrison Ford in a movie and the woman opposite him isn't a few years younger than him, she'll be 20 years younger. And that's the ridiculous thing."
Rapper Tyga has reportedly signed a deal to star in his own Mtv reality show.
The hip-hop star, real name Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, is said to be lined up for the show, which will focus on his friendships and not his much-discussed love life. He is rumored to be dating Kim Kardashian's younger sister Kylie Jenner and has a notoriously fractious relationship with the mother of his child, model Blac Chyna.
Sources tell TMZ.com that neither women will appear in the show, but his pal Chris Brown is said to have filmed a segment.
Veteran rocker Patti Smith has discussed her support for Russian punk activists Pussy Riot during a candid interview with Hollywood director David Lynch. The music star sat down for an in-depth chat with the moviemaker for an episode of Britain's Newsnight TV show, conducted in Paris, France.
During the interview, Lynch discusses his cult classic Blue Velvet and his TV show Twin Peaks, which Smith describes as "a gift really to everyone", before the director brings up the subject of Pussy Riot.
Lynch asks Smith whether she has been in communication with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, the bandmates who were locked up in Russia for performing a protest song at a church in Moscow.
Smith replies, "This was something that goes back to biblical times, this kind of oppression and misunderstanding - taking young girls who have families and have hopes and dreams and putting them in prison for issuing a teenage prayer, really. One of the things they were saying to me was 'Everyone wants us to speak to them but what are we supposed to say?' And I said 'You should say that we are all you because of our belief system or trying to say something... against our government or our churches... We are all potentially in danger. Speak to the younger generation to think for themselves'. These girls did something absolutely original, as even a mother or a grandmother, they are in my prayers."
Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were both released from prison last December (13) and have embarked on a global campaign of activism to get their voices heard.
Pink Floyd star David Gilmour has warned the band's younger fans they might not enjoy the group's upcoming final album because it is unsuitable for online streaming. The legendary band is releasing its 15th and final record, The Endless River, on 07 November (14), featuring a collection of songs constructed from tracks left over from previous recording sessions with late keyboardist Richard Wright.
Fans and critics are keen to hear the veteran band's new music, but guitarist Gilmour has sent a warning ahead of its release to any younger fans planning to listen to snippets of it on streaming sites.
He tells Mojo magazine, "My struggle is to try to not have it over-hyped. All the powers that be that surround us, the record companies and management, want to make a huge, huge, huge fuss and I want to make a bit of a fuss, but I want people to understand where this is coming from and why it's not Dark Side of The Moon or even The Division Bell.
"Unapologetically, this is for the generation that wants to put its headphones on, lie in a beanbag, or whatever, and get off on a piece of music for an extended period of time. You could say it's not for the iTunes, downloading-individual-tracks generation... But there are a lot of people who'll get a lot of enjoyment out of this."
Al Pacino is heading back to Broadway next year (15) to star in a new David Mamet play specially written for the Oscar winner. The Godfather star will lead the cast in China Doll, portraying a wealthy older man whose plans to retire and wed a younger woman are rocked by a startling phone call.
The production, which will be directed by Pam MacKinnon and launch next October (15), marks the fourth collaboration between Mamet and Pacino, who says of the project, "For me over the years the relationship and the collaboration with David Mamet has been one of the richest and most rewarding.
"We've done four projects together and the opportunity to create a new character in the David Mamet canon was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. So Dave gave me China Doll, a new play he had written for me and it blew me away... (It's) one of the most daunting and challenging roles I've been given to explore onstage.
"It's a special gift to originate a role in the theatre, especially written by such a formidable writer, and I haven't done that in a long, long time."
The old pals initially worked together on the 1992 film adaptation of Mamet's play Glengarry Glen Ross. They teamed up again in 2012 to revive the production on Broadway, and reunited last year (13) for the Phil Spector TV biopic, which was written and directed by Mamet and featured Pacino as the fallen music producer.
The guitar John Lennon used to record Paperback Writer is expected to fetch nearly $1 million (£625,000) when it goes under the hammer later this year (14).
The Beatles legend gifted the Gretsch 6120 to his younger cousin, David Birch, in 1967 when his relative wanted to start his own group. Birch tells Tracksauction.com, "I was just cheeky enough to ask John for one of his spare guitars, I had my eye on a blue Fender Stratocaster that was lying in the studio but John suggested and gave me the Gretsch as we were talking." Lennon is believed to have used the instrument while working on the Beatles' 1966 song Paperback Writer and it is expected to bring in around $960,000 (£600,000).
The auction, which contains more than 100 items of Beatles memorabilia, will take place in November (14).
Rage Against The Machine star Tom Morello has urged social media users to stop playing out petty disputes in public forums following his online spat with the owner of a restaurant in Seattle, Washington. The rocker was furious after he and his friends were refused entry to The 5 Point Cafe on Friday night (26Sep14) after performing with his former Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell at benefit show nearby.
He sniped about his experience in a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, and the restaurant's owner later stepped up the feud by accusing the star of demanding special treatment.
Morello has now attempted to end the row by explaining what happened on the night in question, and offered to return to the restaurant to make peace. He also urged fans to put a stop to similar online feuds before they get out of hand.
He says in a statement, "I regret that my Twitter salvo about the treatment I received at a Seattle restaurant and the subsequent digital tempest in a tea pot may have taken away from the important work of (the 15 Now minimum wage drive) and the Seattle show I played on their behalf... When next in Seattle, I would be happy sit down over a beverage - or sooner on the phone - and discuss the matter to conclusion with all concerned... (After the restaurant row) we decamped to the trusty, attitude-free, (pancake house) IHOP where we enjoyed a drama-free stack of hotcakes... To be clear: at no point did myself or anyone in our party 'demand special treatment,' a 'private room' or any other ridiculousness. I was, however, p**sed at the rudeness of the doorman to my friends and my younger brother..."
However, the restaurant's owner David Meinert has added a furious response to Morello's statement, posting in a message on Facebook.com, "Maybe you don't realise you were acting the punk, but you were... Next time, don't call, IHOP is glad to take your money and donate it to right-wing politicians so keep going there and supporting the very thing you claim to rage against. Pathetic."
New Doctor Who Peter Capaldi got some helpful tips on how to cope with the pressure of the iconic role from a very useful source - previous Time Lords Matt Smith and David Tennant. The Scottish actor, 56, took over from Smith, 31, in the hit sci-fi TV series last year (13) and his full debut as the time-travelling adventurer aired in the U.K. and U.S. last weekend (23-24Aug14).
He had previously told how landing the part was a childhood dream come true, but now he has confessed he was secretly terrified of taking on the role and received some wise words of advice from a previous and much younger incumbent.
Capaldi tells British newspaper The Sun, "I think I would have found this difficult when I was Matt's age. At that age, I was less assured as an actor than he is and not so in touch with my skills. I was watching him the other night in an old episode - he has such a magic and wisdom about him. And he's been a big help to me. Both he and David Tennant have been tremendously helpful."
Socialite Nicky Hilton is engaged to boyfriend James Rothschild. The hotel heiress' banker beau popped the question last weekend (ends10Aug14) in Italy, according to Us Weekly.
A source tells the magazine the couple was celebrating its anniversary in the same country where they first met, while attending supermodel Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt's 2011 wedding near Rome.
The insider reveals Rothschild, who flew from his home in England to the U.S. to ask Hilton's parents for her hand in marriage before the trip, proposed during a boat trip on Lake Como, where George Clooney owns a retreat.
The source says, "It was incredibly romantic and beautiful."
Hilton and Rothschild are reportedly celebrating their engagement with a road trip through Europe.
Fashion designer Hilton, the younger sister of Paris, previously dated DreamWorks studio boss David Katzenberg for four years, and was briefly married to childhood friend and businessman Todd Andrew Meister in 2004.
Italy has become 2014's romance destination for celebrities - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wed in Florence earlier this summer, and George Clooney will wed his fiancee Amal Alamuddin in Italy next month (Sep14), according to reports.
Hollywood animation artist David Weidman has died, aged 93. Weidman passed away on Wednesday (06Aug14) in Los Angeles. The cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Weidman was a prominent artist for advertising and animation studios in the 1950s and 1960s, most known for his silk screen prints.
A majority of his art was featured in United Productions of America cartoons, including The Boing Boing Show, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol and The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo, and he also worked for Hanna-Barbera on Wacky Races and Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.
However, it was his colourful work that caught the eye of set decorators for Mad Men, who consistently used his posters, prints and ceramics for the 1960s show, specifically for the office of copywriter Peggy Olson, played by Elisabeth Moss.
Mad Men's set decorator Claudette Didul previously told the L.A. Times, "The style is very distinctive and indicative of that era and the popularity of Danish modern. They remind me of pictures I saw growing up and seemed in keeping with Peggy's sensibilities and reflect her younger and somewhat more cheerful outlook."
Weidman is survived by his wife Dorothy and their three children.