Soul legend Patti Labelle is set to show off her fancy footwork alongside Lmfao's Redfoo and actress Rumer Willis as contestants on the upcoming season of America's Dancing With The Stars. Veteran actress Suzanne Somers, The Hunger Games' Willow Shields, Glee actor Riker Lynch, model Charlotte McKinney, gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin and Michael Sam, the first openly-gay player in the National Football League (NFL), will also compete on the dancefloor on the 10th year of the reality show.
At 14, Shields will be the youngest-ever competitor on the programme.
During the big line-up reveal on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Tuesday (24Feb15), cancer survivor Somers says, "This is my opportunity to see if all the hormones and vitamins I've been taking all these years really pay off, so we'll see!"
And Willis, the eldest daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, reveals her famous parents will be cheering her on all the way, adding, "They're really excited."
Dancing With the Stars' season 20 will kick off on 16 March (15).
Birdman was the toast of the 87th Oscars on Sunday (22Feb15), earning Best Picture as Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore also celebrated big wins at Hollywood's big night.
Birdman filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was named Best Director, while he also claimed Best Original Screenplay and Emmanuel Lubezki received the Best Cinematography award. Redmayne couldn't contain his excitement as he collected the Best Actor prize for his Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, and Julianne Moore scored Best Actress for Still Alice, while fellow awards season favourites and first-time nominees J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) walked away with the best supporting acting prizes.
Wes Anderson also had reason to celebrate as The Grand Budapest Hotel, which tied with Birdman for the most nominations with nine nods apiece, scored four titles, including Best Original Score for Alexandre Desplat. Each of the nominations for Best Original Song were performed, but it was John Legend and Common's powerful rendition of Selma track "Glory" which left actors David Oyelowo and Chris Pine in tears at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre as the audience gave the musicians a standing ovation. "Glory" went on to win the category. Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson honoured the stars lost in the past year by singing "I Can't Let Go" as part of the In Memoriam segment, and Lady Gaga helped to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oscar-winning movie The Sound of Music with an impressive medley of hits from the Dame Julie Andrews musical, including Edelweiss, Climb Ev'ry Mountain and the title song.
Ceremony host Neil Patrick Harris also showed off his vocals by opening the 2015 prizegiving with a comedic song and dance number with Anna Kendrick and actor/rocker Jack Black.
The full list of winners at the 2015 Oscars is:
Best Motion Picture of the Year: Birdman
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Achievement in Directing: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
Best Writing, Original Screenplay: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo, Birdman
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: Ida (Poland)
Best Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6 Best Documentary, Feature: Citizenfour
Best Documentary, Short Subject: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Best Short Film, Animated: Feast Best Short Film, Live Action: The Phone Call
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song: "Glory" from Selma, by John Legend and Common
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Achievement in Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Achievement in Film Editing: Tom Cross, Whiplash
Best Achievement in Costume Design: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Achievement in Production Design: Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Achievement in Visual Effects: Interstellar Best Achievement in Sound Editing: American Sniper
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing: Whiplash
Academy Honorary Awards: Jean-Claude Carriere Hayao Miyazaki Maureen O'Hara Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Harry Belafonte.
Michael Keaton's acclaimed drama Birdman looks set to win gold at the Oscars after sweeping the board at the Independent Spirit Awards on the eve of Hollywood's biggest night. The movie scooped three prizes at the show just a day before the Academy Awards, winning Best Feature, Best Male Lead for Keaton and a cinematography honour.
Other big winners at the ceremony in Santa Barbara, California on Saturday night (21Feb15) included other Oscars favourites Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Whiplash, which all landed two awards each.
Richard Linklater won Best Director for Boyhood, while his movie's star Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting Actress honour.
Julianne Moore was named Best Female Lead for her role in Still Alice and J.K. Simmons won in the supporting actor race for Whiplash, which also won an editing prize. Nightcrawler landed trophies for Best Screenplay and Best First Feature.
Birdman, Boyhood and Whiplash will go head-to-head for the Best Picture prize at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (22Feb15) along with The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma and American Sniper.
It's easy to get swept up with major Hollywood stars this time of year, gazing at the red carpet and thinking of these celebs as superhuman megastars, but even the biggest names around got their starts in less glamorous ways. Before their Oscars and Emmys, these stars had Pop Tarts and Lisa Frank.
1. Ben Affleck
Dig those smooth moves and that hip phone! The two-time Oscar winner starred in this Burger King commercial before becoming the megastar we know today from films like Good Will Hunting and Gone Girl. His next role may be playing Batman, but now we'll always think of him as this bad boy who breaks the rules.
2. Brad Pitt
It may be crazy to see a superstar like Brad Pitt shelling for potato chips, but if you think about it, not much has really changed for the Oscar-winning Fight Club star since this Pringles commercial: he still looks good enough to make our mouths water.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
Since starring in this commercial for MTV's Super Sweet 16, Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has taught those boys how to properly carry her around on her throne, where this Oscar-winning actress belongs.
4. Stanley Tucci
We've always loved The Devil Wears Prada's Stanley Tucci, but seeing him young and hunky in this Levi's commercial made us love him even more.
5. Steve Carell
Steve Carell may have received his first Oscar nomination for his dramatic role in Foxcatcher, but this commercial shows that he's at his best when he's being funny and lovable.
6. Leonardo DiCaprio
We're like 97% sure we'd take our pants off immediately if Leo came up to us now and told us to "keep it poppin" or to "save some for Daddy." The 5-time Academy Award nominee is underrated even when it comes to his commercials.
7. Haley Joel Osment
We're just gonna throw this out there: The Sixth Sense could have been a much better movie if they'd stuck to the original line, "I see snack dragons." Just saying. Also, not even a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle would eat a pizza that looks that gross, Kraft.
8. Naomi Watts
Young Naomi Watts, the two-time Academy Award nominee you know from films like Birdman and Mulholland Drive, was once a teenager with a thick Australian accent. Like most of us, the near-perfect actress worried about her skin, her figure, and "that one" problem we don't talk about.
9. Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone
"You sound like a commercial." "You buyin' it?" This is the greatest moment of either of their careers. Just kidding, Sharon Stone has gone on to many other performances that are just as good, if not better.
10. Mila Kunis
So, we guess we can thank Mila Kunis for helping make Lisa Frank such a thing in the 90s. It's hard to believe that the star was only two years away from her breakout role on That '70s Show.
11. Elijah Wood:
We've always had a lot of love for Elijah Wood's facial expressions. From Lord of the Rings to Wilfred, his face is sometimes the only thing that makes his performances entertaining. This commercial might just be his shining moment.
12. Kristen Stewart
We love how sassy Kristen Stewart is in this Porsche commercial -- that head nod and "duh" look on her face, as if she would lie about missing her bus, Dad. But secretly, she's all *Live Fast, Die Hard, Bad Girls, Do It Well* #YOLO. Performance of her career, honestly.
13. Meg Ryan
We would personally rather watch a never-ending loop of Meg Ryan's face appearing over the Burger King logo than watch Sleepless in Seattle.
14. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
How many times have we fantasized about the chance to be at Joseph Gordon Levitt's house with him making us breakfast in the morning? Countless. But we never imagined it could be as adorable and delicious as this 1991 Pop Tarts commercial makes it seem.
15. Tobey Maguire
Yo, Spider-Man is having an uncomfortable amount of fun in the bathroom.
16. Corey Feldman
This adorable McDonalds commercial from 1975 may have been heartwarming back then, but 40 years later, it just reminds us how much The Goonies star hasn't aged since he was 4.
17. Demi Moore
We're not sure if the Ghost star was trying to sell Diet Coke by convincing us we might fall in love, or if she was trying to warn us of the dangers and health problems that could arise from drinking it, but we still like it.
18. Keanu Reeves:
Eating cereal has seriously never looked more fun than it does in this commercial. We would love to eat Kelloggs Corn Flakes with Keanu, Matrix style.
19. Stephen Colbert
This ad seems like a news report, and we can totally see a lot of similarities between this FirsTier Bank commercial and The Colbert Report.
20. Matt LeBlanc
Okay, the best things might come to those who wait, but does the Friends star now have to run back up to the roof, or is he just gonna waste that whole bottle of ketchup just to look cool eating one hot dog? Joey. Doesn't. Waste. Food.
21. Courteney Cox
Fun fact: the Friends star was the first person to ever say "period" (referring to menstruation, not punctuation) on TV. She then broke down more boundaries by starring in terribly-named-but-not-actually-terrible TV shows, like Cougar Town.
22. Elisabeth Moss
Are we the only ones watching this commercial as if we're watching Pegy pitch an ad campaign on Mad Men? We can't be.
23. Sarah Michelle Gellar
This 4-year-old Sarah Michelle Gellar just slayed Burger King's competition faster than you could say "Buffy." Un-be-liev-able!
24. Bryan Cranston
Fans were amazed with how Bryan Cranston transformed from the lovable Hal on Malcolm in the Middle into the meth kingpin Heisenberg on Breaking Bad, but the truly incredible transformation of his career happened way earlier. The way he instantly goes from being a skunk to a human is absolutely astonishing.
25. Aaron Paul
This commercial seems like it could actually just be Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman waiting to eat his breakfast before heading off to Chemistry with Mr. White, doesn't it? Aaron Paul's gotta have his Pops, bitch!
26. Megan Mullally and John Goodman
We love Karen Walker enough to be able to recognize that incredible voice anywhere, even if it's some place strange, like a McDonalds commercial. While Karen would certainly never actually sell Egg McMuffins, we're pretty sure that Roseanne star John Goodman totally would.
27. Seth Green
We don't mean to diminish the abilities of our favorite werewolf from Buffy the Vampire Slayer or our favorite dimwitted cartoon son from Family Guy, but this is definitely Seth Green's brightest moment. That hair, the accent. He totally nails the 90s goon role with lines like, "Consequently, we can hit on 'em," and "Definitely - NOT!"
28. Tony Hale
Tony Hale won our hearts playing Buster on Arrested Development (and an Emmy playing Gary on Veep), and this commercial proves that he's made a career out of his hilarious concern regarding women's toiletries. We wonder if Gary's Leviathan on Veep has Herbal Essences.
29. Charlie Day
This quirky commercial for Cascade dishwasher detergent looks like Charlie Day just stepped out of an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Graduating and heading straight into retirement also seems like a total Charlie Kelly scheme, doesn't it?
30. Jane Lynch
Okay, the only thing we love more than Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger is this commercial with Glee star Jane Lynch camping out everyday trying to sneak a peak at the elusive mascot himself.
Michael Keaton and his acclaimed drama Birdman added to their awards season haul by taking the top prizes at the International Press Academy's Satellite Awards on Sunday night (15Feb15). The film, which is hotly tipped to win the Best Picture Academy Award later this month (Feb15), landed the Motion Picture prize at the Satellite Awards in Los Angeles, and Keaton won the Actor in a Motion Picture trophy.
Birdman also landed Best Original Score.
Another Oscars favourite, Julianne Moore, won the best actress prize for playing an Alzheimer's disease patient in Still Alice, while Boyhood's Patricia Arquette won the supporting actress prize and J.K. Simmons landed the male equivalent for Whiplash.
Boyhood helmer Richard Linklater won the directing prize and other awards went to Nightcrawler (Screenplay, Original) and The Imitation Game (Screenplay, Adapted), Mr. Turner (Cinematography) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (Costume Design).
In the TV categories, awards went to stars including Mark Ruffalo, who was named best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for The Normal Heart, Keri Russell, named best Actress in a Series, Drama for The Americans, and Clive Owen, who won best Actor in a Series, Drama for The Knick.
Veteran actress Ellen Burstyn picked up the Mary Pickford lifetime achievement award and iconic special effects company Industrial Light & Magic won the Nikola Tesla Award for Visionary Technical Achievement.
Stars including Ben Stiller, Jon Favreau and Darren Aronofsky have paid tribute to newspaper columnist David Carr following his death on Thursday (12Feb15). Carr, 58, collapsed while working in the New York Times office and was later pronounced dead at Saint Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in the Big Apple.
Celebrities took to Twitter.com to pay their respects to the journalist, including Stiller, who wrote, "David Carr was a great writer. So sad to hear this. Literally just read his last piece. See the doc (documentary) Page One to get sense of who he was."
Actor/director Favreau writes, "RIP David Carr... He will be missed", and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky adds, "Very sad to lose David Carr."
Filmmaker Ron Howard writes, "RIP David Carr. Great NY Times columnist who covered the entertainment world with wit and clarity. His insight and eloquence will be missed", and actress Sophia Bush adds, "Unbelievably saddened to hear the news of (Carr's) passing. You sir, were one of the best. Thank you."
Singer/actress Carrie Brownstein tweets, "Tonight I will play for David Carr. Some of the most exciting/inspiring talks & dinners I have ever had were with him. I am heartbroken."
Other stars to offer tributes include Alec Baldwin, director Judd Apatow, filmmaker Michael Moore, singer Josh Groban and funnywoman Sandra Bernhard.
Hollywood's Sexiest Man Alive, Chris Hemsworth, paid tribute to his actress wife as he collected the Excellence in Film Award at the 2015 G'Day USA Gala and Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Awards in Hollywood on Saturday night (31Jan15). The Avengers star and Elsa Pataky took time off from parenting duties to attend the annual gala and the Spanish actress had to listen as her husband's co-star Scarlett Johansson gushed about her man as she presented him with his latest accolade.
Recalling a moment when the Thor star fell asleep on a plane during The Avengers press tour, Johansson told the audience, "Chris decided to take a little cat nap. He collapsed into a giant perfect heap, his lion's mane gracefully falling around his prominent chiselled features."
And, hoping that "some of his stardust would drift my way", the actress added, "He's all at once sensitive and ferocious, otherworldly and grounded, is shockingly handsome and is surprisingly approachable. He is every man and like no man you've met before. He is versatile despite his physicality, which makes him a grade A movie star."
Hemsworth then took the stage at the event and gushed about his wife, Fast & Furious 6 star Pataky, calling her "the greatest thing I've gotten over the last few years", adding, "Thank you very much to everyone, but especially my wife."
Pataky is the mother of Hemsworth's daughter India Rose, two, and twin sons, Tristan and Sasha, who were born in March (14).
The actor's brothers Liam and Luke also joined the party, which was hosted by Nicole Kidman and Geoffrey Rush.
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts also honoured Birdman as its Best Picture and Michael Keaton as Best Actor, while Still Alice's Julianne Moore landed the Best Actress award and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) continued their winning streaks as Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
Actor Gary Sinise has blasted former U.S. politician Howard Dean for branding cinema-goers who want to attend screenings of American Sniper "very angry". The Forrest Gump star, who has been honoured on a number of occasions for his long term support of military veterans, was incensed by an interview Dean gave last week (ends25Jan15) about Bradley Cooper's new war movie, which tells the tale of U.S. Navy SEAL crack shot Chris Kyle.
The politician told U.S. TV host Bill Maher, "There's a lot of anger in this country, and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry."
Sinise took issue with Dean's remarks and posted a lengthy message on his Whosay.com account, writing, "To Howard Dean, I saw American Sniper and would not consider myself to be an angry person. You certainly have a right to make stupid blanket statements, suggesting that all people who see this film are angry, but how is that helpful sir?
"Chris Kyle's story deserved to be told. It tells a story of the stress that multiple deployments have on one military family, a family representative of thousands of military families. It helps to communicate the toll that the war on terror has taken on our defenders. Defenders and families who need our support. I will admit that perhaps somewhere among the masses of people who are going to see the film there may be a few that might have some anger or have been angry at some point in their lives, but, with all due respect, what the hell are you talking about?"
American Sniper has proved controversial since its U.S. release earlier this month (Jan15), with a number of celebrities including Seth Rogen and Michael Moore coming under fire for their opinions about the movie.
Kid Rock has fired back at moviemakers Seth Rogen and Michael Moore for remarks they made earlier this week (beg19Jan15) about Clint Eastwood's new film American Sniper, insisting they both deserve a "fist to the face". Moore and Rogen both took to social media to critique the film, adapted from real-life sniper and U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's memoirs, and Kid Rock was far from impressed with what they had to say.
Moore explained, "Snipers aren't heroes", and revealed his uncle was killed by a sniper in World War Two and Rogen tweeted the movie reminded him of the Nazi propaganda film that featured in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.
Angry Kid Rock addressed their comments in a post on his website, writing, "F**k you Michael Moore, you're a piece of s**t and your uncle would be ashamed of you.
"Seth Rogen, your uncle probably molested you. I hope both of you catch a fist to the face soon."
Rock added, "God bless you Chris Kyle. Thank you for your service."
TV Superman Dean Cain choked back tears on U.S. TV on Wednesday morning (21Jan15) as he recalled watching American Sniper with his teenage son, and the 14 year old's reaction to the film about family friend Chris Kyle.
Cain, who has been vocal on social media about the movie's critics, appeared on Access Hollywood Live and revealed his late pal Kyle was like a brother to him, and he felt compelled to defend him when celebrities like Seth Rogen and Michael Moore appeared to take aim at his war hero friend and Clint Eastwood's film about him. And he insisted that critics who claim the film glorifies war and the role of hotshot snipers could not be more wrong, using his son's reaction as an example.
Fighting back tears, he said, "We finished the entire film and the first thing he said to me... was, 'I don't wanna go to war'.
"I want that, I don't want him to go to war. I don't support war, it's horrible... War sucks. But this is a guy who is a hero... He was out there doing the right thing and maybe it's ugly."
Cain befriended Kyle while shooting 2012 reality TV show Stars Earn Stripes.