Sir Paul McCartney has paid tribute to late British broadcaster David Frost as he mourns the loss of his "good friend" following his death on Saturday (31Aug13). The 74 year old, who was portrayed by Michael Sheen in Oscar-nominated movie Frost/Nixon, died after suffering a heart attack on a cruise ship, and his longtime pal McCartney has now spoken of his sadness following the loss of his friend.
In a post on his website, McCartney states, "I was very sad to hear that my good friend David Frost passed away recently. I have known David for many years. We first met when he was doing a stand up comedy routine in the London night club Quaglinos. I also went to see him at The Blue Angel in London and we bumped into each other at many social events during the 'Swinging 60s'.
"He interviewed me several times, most recently for the Al Jazeera Network. He was always a most interesting interviewer and, as history has proven, had many famous encounters such as the Frost/Nixon series of interviews."
The Beatles star goes on to extend his condolences to Frost's wife, Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, and their three sons.
He adds, "On a personal level I send my deepest sympathies to his lovely wife Carina and their three sons Miles, Wilfred and George, who I first remember when they came downstairs during a party to say good night wearing rather stunning striped pyjamas! He will be missed by many friends and I am proud to be able to say I was one of them."
Other tributes to Frost came from famous friends and fans including Daryl Hannah, Larry King, Yoko Ono, Mia Farrow and Russell Crowe.
Actress Naomi Watts walked out of a U.K. radio interview (03Sep13) as she was promoting her new movie Diana. The Hollywood star was chatting about the biopic, in which she plays tragic royal Diana, Princess Of Wales, on BBC Radio 5 broadcast Kermode & Mayo when she decided she had had enough and left.
Host Simon Mayo took to his Twitter.com page to tell fans about the encounter, admitting he had no idea what he had done to offend Watts.
He tweeted, "A first for me... as Naomi Watts walked out of an interview! She seemed a tad uncomfortable with the questions. Shame."
When one follower asked if the interview would air this Friday (05Sep13), Mayo explained, "It's for next week I think. (Director) Ron Howard this week. He stayed for the full interview... The honest answer is I have no idea (how I upset Watts). You know my hectoring style is always a problem... Didn't express any opinion (about the film). So still baffled."
U.K. columnist Allison Pearson later tweeted, "So Naomi Watts stormed out of Simon Mayo's interview today. That explains why she was heavily guarded by the time I went in. Cheers, Simon!" to which he replied, "Apologies then... I feel I was probably picking up someone (else's) pieces too."
Watts has yet to comment on the incident.
"He would always come to my trailer with his guitar and play and sing songs in Nelson's (Mandela) accent. Every day. It would never end! He's a good singer and guitar player. He's no Luther (Vandross), but he's good." Jennifer Hudson on how she bonded with co-star Terrence Howard on the set of their new movie Winnie Mandela.
British singer Olly Murs has hit out at bosses of the BRIT Awards for not including him in the annual honours. The star, who found fame after appearing on Britain's The X Factor in 2009, insists his wide popularity has been overlooked by the judges, branding the voting system for England's biggest music awards ceremony "ridiculous".
The Troublemaker singer tells Scottish newspaper the Daily Record, "I think it is more of an industry thing than a fan's point of view. From the fan's point of view, I should have won one, but from an industry point of view, I'm probably not the coolest guy to win a BRIT.
"It is ridiculous. They should listen to people on the streets, buying the records, rather than some snobby guy in a room who goes, 'I don't think he should win it because he is not cool'."
The 29 year old was up for the British Male Solo Artist and British Single awards at this year's (13) event but lost out to Ben Howard and Adele's Skyfall respectively.
Revered British broadcaster Sir David Frost has died. The 74 year old passed away after suffering a suspected heart attack while on vacation aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship on Saturday night (31Aug13). The boat was en route from Southampton, England to Lisbon, Portugal.
A statement from his spokesperson reads, "His family are devastated and ask for privacy at this difficult time. A family funeral will be held in the near future and details of a memorial service will be announced in due course."
The U.K.'s Prime Minister David Cameron has led the tributes to the legendary newsman, stating, "My heart goes out to David Frost's family. He could be - and certainly was with me - both a friend and a fearsome interviewer."
Meanwhile, a number of celebrities have taken to Twitter to remember Frost, with actor Russell Crowe writing, "RIP David Frost. Met the man for the first time at the Ashes test at Lord's. What a legend."
Close friend Stephen Fry adds, "Oh heavens, David Frost dead? No!! I only spoke to him on Friday and he sounded so well. Excited about a house move, full of plans... how sad."
Another family friend, actress/author Joan Collins, adds, "My heart goes out to Carina, widow of David Frost - he was a brilliant broadcaster and a true life enhancer."
Frost, a noted interviewer and journalist, launched his media career in the 1960s, but actually started out in comedy, fronting satirical shows That Was The Week That Was and The Frost Report.
He moved into serious news with The Frost Programme, in which he interviewed a string of powerful people. In 1977 he became internationally famous for his revealing and candid interview with former U.S. President Richard Nixon following the Watergate scandal. The interview inspired the 2008 film Frost/Nixon, in which Michael Sheen played the broadcaster, while Frank Langella portrayed Nixon.
He was beloved in Britain for his longrunning panel show Through the Keyhole, which ran from 1987 to 2008. He also fronted Sunday news programme Breakfast with Frost for 12 years and most recently worked on a weekly show for Al Jazeera English.
He is survived by his wife Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard and their three sons.
Rapper Jay Z's Made in America Festival documentary has been acquired by U.S. network Showtime. The film, directed by Ron Howard, will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada on 7 September (13), and air on Showtime in America on 11 October (13).
A statement from Showtime’s entertainment president David Nevins, reads, "Ron Howard and Jay Z have crafted an inspirational portrayal of American resilience, drive and creativity, interwoven with an incredible showcase of musical talent."
The film follows the creation of the rapper's new two-day musical festival, which he launched last year (12) with performances from the likes of Jay Z, Pearl Jam, Kanye West, Janelle Monae, Run D.M.C., Jill Scott and Eve.
The second annual Made in America Festival will be held this weekend (31Aug-01Sep13) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The line-up will feature Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails.
Rock 'n' roll legend Little Richard is considering retirement after declaring he "doesn't feel like doing anything now". The Tutti Frutti singer almost collapsed during a rare show in Washington, D.C. last summer (Jun12) after falling ill during a gig at the Howard Theatre - and he hasn't performed since.
Now, after turning 80 in December (12), he feels the time is right to step back from the spotlight.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he says, "I am done, in a sense, because I don't feel like doing anything right now."
Interviewer Neil Strauss reports the singer/songwriter now spends his days designing clothes and praying, and the hitmaker has started thinking about the legacy he'll leave after death.
Little Richard, real name Richard Penniman, tells the publication, "I think my legacy should be that when I started in showbusiness, there wasn't no such thing as rock 'n' roll... When I started with Tutti Frutti, that's when rock really started rocking."
U.S. shock jock Howard Stern had his America's Got Talent co-judge Heidi Klum squirming uncomfortably during a recent TV interview when he asked her about the size of her estranged husband's penis. The two reality TV colleagues were messing around for news show Extra's cameras when Stern started to quiz the German model about why she won't appear on his racy satellite radio show.
He suggested it might be because she doesn't want to talk about her marriage to Seal, stating, "I don't know what Heidi's afraid to talk about... The divorce with Seal? Who cares? Nobody cares about Seal. Alright, how big was Seal's penis?"
Klum responded, "You see this is the thing. I don't wanna talk about these things."
The German then asked Stern if he was having fun with her and their co-judges Melanie Brown and Howie Mandel, to which the radio and TV personality got serious and said, "You could be more fun."
Madonna has been named the top-earning celebrity of 2013. Editors at Forbes magazine estimate the pop superstar earned the majority of her $125 million (GBP83.3 million) fortune, between June 2012 and June 2013, from her MDNA tour, strong merchandise sales, a clothing line, fragrance and investments in companies like Vita Coco.
The earnings are the most the Material Girl has ever made in one year.
Director Steven Spielberg comes in second with $100 million (GBP66.6 million) in earnings, while Simon Cowell, author E.L. James and Howard Stern round out the top five.
Others included on the rich list are author James Patterson, TV personality Glenn Beck, moviemaker Michael Bay, Hollywood mogul Jerry Bruckheimer and Lady Gaga.
Actress Katie Holmes joined rocker Lenny Kravitz, funnywoman Ellen Degeneres and politician Colin Powell onstage for a bizarre finale at a party thrown by businessman Ron Perelman at the weekend (24-25Aug13). Tom Cruise's ex-wife was among guests at the event at Perelman's home in the Hamptons, New York on Saturday (24Aug13), which was also attended by Billy Joel, Anjelica Huston, Howard Stern, and John McEnroe.
Stars including Jon Bon Jovi, Darlene Love, and Mary J. Blige performed for the evening, which was dubbed Apollo in the Hamptons, but it was during Kravitz's headline set that the night took an odd turn.
Several guests including Holmes, DeGeneres, Jamie Foxx, Ciara, Pharrell Williams, and the Roots joined the Fly Away hitmaker for a unique performance, which included a snippet of Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke.
According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, Holmes later told pals, "I haven't had such a good time in so long."
The event reportedly raised more than $3 million (£2 million) for education and culture programs at New York's Apollo Theater.