Sally Field, Bobby Cannavale and Gretchen Mol were evacuated from a building in New York City on Monday night (31Mar14) over safety fears. The trio was among around 500 people ordered to leave the Angel Orensanz Center in Manhattan after firefighters reported cracks in the venue's support beams.
The evacuation came amid the Spring Gala, which was held to raise funds for theatre company Soho Rep. The fire department was alerted to the safety issues after a smoke alarm went off at the converted synagogue.
Mol was co-hosting the event with director Tim Blake Nelson. Field, Cannavale, Richard Lewis and Marisa Tomei were among the star presenters at the event.
It is not known if guests were allowed to re-enter the building after safety checks were carried out.
Rapper Flo Rida has been ordered to pay up in a legal battle over the costs of his home alarm system. The Right Round hitmaker was sued by bosses at ADT in 2012 after allegedly reneging on a deal to have a state-of-the-art security system installed in his Miami, Florida mansion in 2009.
In legal papers, lawyers for ADT claim he handed over a deposit of just over $19,000 (£11,875), but failed to settle the remainder of the $58,000 (£36,250) bill.
Flo Rida insisted he never authorised the installation and blamed a former manager for signing the contract, but a judge has rejected his argument and has ruled in the plaintiff's favour.
The hip-hop star must now pay ADT the amount of $31,258 (£19,536), according to TMZ.com.
It's the latest legal woe for the rapper - he is also currently embroiled in a lawsuit filed against a Florida couple over accusations of a failed real estate deal.
British singer Dane Bowers has been given a conditional discharge after he admitted threatening staff at a U.K. holiday camp. The former Another Level star was charged with assault last year (13) over allegations he was involved in a brawl at Butlins holiday camp in Bognor Regis, England.
He pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault, but struck a deal with prosecutors on the day his trial at Chichester Magistrates' Court in England was due to start.
On Tuesday (11Feb14), Bowers, 34, pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening or abusive behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
He was given a 12-month conditional discharge, meaning he will not face further punishment as long as he abides by the court's conditions. He was also ordered to pay $136 (£85) in costs and $24 (£15) to a fund for victims of crime.
The news comes as pop star Bowers prepares to make a music comeback as part of new supergroup 5th Story on British reality TV show The Big Reunion along with Kavana, Gareth Gates, Adam Rickett and Kenzie.
Matt Damon faked a meltdown on late-night TV in America on Thursday night (06Feb14) when a fire alarm cut short his interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The actor, who has been the butt of host Jimmy Kimmel's jokes for years, sat on a baby chair as the comedian and his The Monuments Men castmates poked fun at his acting talents and as the show came to an end, he lashed out at the funnyman for not directing a question to him.
Kimmel said, "What's your problem? How's that for a question?" and then added, "Alright, you've worked with a lot of directors... What is it like to work under a director who is your friend, like George Clooney?"
As Damon started to answer, the studio's fire alarm sounded, red lights flashed and Kimmel urged everyone to leave the theatre, ushering out his guests as the Bourne Identity star protested.
The actor, who took over the show a year ago (Jan13) and tied Kimmel to a chair as he interviewed stars like Demi Moore and Gary Oldman, yelled, "It's not a real fire... There's nothing on fire... I'm not leaving. I came here to talk about The Monuments Men... This is obviously a trick."
He added, "This show sucks, this audience sucks, the band sucks and I'm gonna talk about Monuments Men."
The actor's closing speech was interrupted by two men dressed as firefighters, who sprayed him with dry ice.
The show aired in the U.S. on Thursday (06Feb14).
Rapper Young Jeezy has been arrested for the second time this month (Jan14) - for obstructing police officers. Reports suggest the hip-hop star, real name Jay Wayne Jenkins, was arrested in Alpharetta, Georgia as cops responded to an alarm call at his girlfriend's home.
Sources tell TMZ.com Jenkins was uncooperative with officers, refusing to identify himself.
The rapper has been booked at the Fulton County Jail.
The arrest is the latest legal woe for Jenkins - he was arrested earlier this month (Jan14) for battery, false imprisonment and making threats after a fight with his son, and is also facing a copyright infringement lawsuit from soul veteran Leroy Hutson over samples used in his song Time.
Hollywood stars including Jordana Brewster, Sarah Hyland and Kat Dennings received a rude awakening on Friday (17Jan14) when an earthquake hit Los Angeles. A minor tremor rocked the city around 5.30am local time, and several stars took to Twitter.com to tell of their terror.
Fast & Furious star Brewster wrote, "That's definitely one way to wake up #earthquake", while Modern Family actress Hyland tweeted, "Definitely just felt my first earthquake. Nature's alarm clock. Goooood morning", and 2 Broke Girls star Dennings added, "I fell asleep on my couch last night only to be lurched awake by an earthquake. I forgot about those, thanks LA #terror."
Glee star Amber Patrice Riley told fans, "Earthquakes usually don't scare me, but that CERTAINLY did. I don't think I can get back to sleep. That was a very violent jolt", actress Julie Bowen wrote, "While I recognize that my priorities may be out of order, I'm still a touch peeved at that earthquake for waking me up", and model Kimora Lee Simmons added, "Up early in #Cali... And I just felt an #earthquake..!! #NotFabulous."
The tremor came 20 years to the day since the 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake hit the city on 17 January, 1994, killing 57 people and injuring thousands more. It caused $20 billion of damage and ranks as the second most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history, after Hurricane Katrina.
Bollywood superstar Sridevi and her film producer husband Boney Kapoor are on the hunt for a new home after their luxury house was destroyed in a blaze on Saturday (21Dec13). The actress was reportedly getting ready for a function when her daughter Jahnavi raised the alarm when an air conditioning unit caught fire.
The star's mother-in-law, her daughter Khushi, and two pet dogs were also in the building when the blaze started but they were all safely evacuated from the home in Mumbai, India.
According to the Deccan Chronicle, the family is now on the hunt for a new home after the ground floor of the property was ruined in the fire.
Sridevi's business manager, Pankaj Kharbanda, says, "Luckily, everyone managed to get out in time. But a whole floor has been burnt and they cannot live in the house. They stayed at a hotel on Saturday night and are deciding where to move now. The house is destroyed."
Actress Tara Reid feared she had been left blinded after she was smashed in the face with a glass at a London nightclub last year (12), a court has heard. The American Pie star was celebrating her birthday at the Beat venue in London's West End on 8 November, 2012 when she allegedly became embroiled in an altercation with another reveller.
Reid was admitted to hospital suffering from cuts and bruises, facial injuries and a corneal abrasion.
According to Courtnewsuk.co.uk, former model Maryam Hassan, 27, is accused of hurling a glass at Reid during an argument at the nightclub, and a statement from the actress was read out during her trial at Southwark Crown Court in London this week (beg09Dec13).
In the statement, which Reid gave to police, she claims the alleged incident took place after Hassan tipped a drink over her: "I noticed a female who kept approaching the table a few times... She came up to me and threw the contents of her drink over my chest. I reacted immediately and threw my drink over her... She went crazy, she went psycho like Naomi Campbell," adding of the alleged attack, "It was so quick, she stood close to me within arms' length, and smashed the glass in my face."
Reid also claims she "could not open my eyes" after the glass struck her.
Hassan, from Jarrow, England, is also accused of racially abusing a security guard after he ejected her from the nightclub.
She denies a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress.
The trial continues.
Singer Demi Lovato is living life as a grandma-in-waiting after learning all the neighbours in her apartment complex are elderly. The Skyscraper hitmaker loves her new Los Angeles pad and quite likes the idea of being the only young person living there - a fact she recently discovered during a fire alert.
She explains, "The fire alarm went off and we all had to go outside and it was all older people - like old people. There were walkers and wheelchairs. I loved that. I was like, 'Oh my God, this is so cute!'
"All of the people there are so sweet, especially the valet attendants. It's so much fun because there's not, like, young people that are loud and noisy."
But she once fell foul of a neighbour in the gym when she was blasting Eminem.
The U.S. X Factor judge recalls, "This older woman was on the treadmill, walking two miles per hour and she turned around and snarled at me... I was like, 'OK'. It was so cute."
Late actress Brittany Murphy's mother-in-law has joined forces with the tragic star's father in calling for a new investigation into her death. A Los Angeles coroner ruled that Murphy's December, 2009 death was the result of pneumonia, anaemia and excessive use of prescription medications, but her father, Angelo Bertolotti, was far from satisfied with the results, and in 2012 he filed suit against the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Coroner's Office, asking officials to re-open the investigation.
He also conducted his own private tests on the Clueless star's hair and tissue samples, and recently revealed her body contained abnormally high levels of several metals, insisting that his findings suggested his daughter had been poisoned by "a third party perpetrator with likely criminal intent."
Murphy's mother-in-law, Linda Monjack, also believes there could have been foul play involved in the death of her daughter-in-law and son, Simon, who passed away from pneumonia just five months after Murphy's death.
She tells U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, "They had everything to live for and it was snatched away from them. I do think something is extremely wrong, it doesn't feel right, it doesn't sit right."
Monjack feels the similar circumstances surrounding the deaths of her son and his wife should have raised a red flag.
She continues, "That to me would have been alarm bells, but nobody seemed to take that up."
Investigators at the Los Angeles District Attorney's office are not willing to re-open an investigation, but officials at the Los Angeles Coroner's office have agreed to take a look at the results from the independent inquiry after they receive them.
She continues, "I just hope that it comes to something in the end and justice is served."