The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons has laughed off tabloid reports suggesting he has sought out advice about surrogacy from fellow gay actor Neil Patrick Harris, insisting he has little interest in starting a family. The 40 year old has been in a relationship with his boyfriend, Todd Spiewak, for 11 years and editors at America's National Enquirer recently claimed Parsons was pushing to have a baby, and had reached out to Harris to find out about his experience using a surrogate mother to deliver twins Gideon and Harper.
However, the actor admits is always baffled by the stories tabloid writers come up with because nothing they've ever published about his personal life have been true - and they only ever cause him a headache with friends and family.
He explains, "I've been in three stories (in the Enquirer) that I know of: one was that I was engaged to Todd, my partner, and that was a few years ago, right after I'd won an Emmy, and they said that it was on Emmy night and that I'd said, 'You know, the only thing that would make this sweeter is if you'd marry me'. First off, they get enough facts right about who is who that everyone in your family calls, 'Would you like to tell us something?' 'No, I don't want to tell you anything!' So that's not true at all...
"A few months later they printed a story that said it was off, the marriage is off because Todd wants children and Jim doesn't. Not true. Well, not 'not true', but there was no wedding to call off, but I was less interested in children and still am...
"The most recent one is that we're gonna get a surrogate. My favourite part of that one was that I had gotten counselling from Neil Patrick Harris and Neil had told me that I could do it, that I can handle it (fatherhood). Now I'm friendly with Neil, but I've never seen the inside of Neil's house - he's certainly not counselling me on surrogate children!"
Actress Sheetal Sheth has wed her college sweetheart in a romantic sunset ceremony on an island in Mexico. The Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World star, 37, tied the knot with Neil Mody on Saturday (23Nov13), and will celebrate their nuptials again next week (begs25Nov13) with a big party in the bride's native New Jersey, reports People.com.
Members of Wilco, Delta Spirit and Guster are teaming up to recreateThe Band's farewell gig, dubbed the Last Waltz, almost 37 years to the day of the fabled concert. The Band staged their finale at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, but the latest tribute to one of the most famous shows in music history will be staged at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York.
Billed as The Complete Last Waltz, the show will feature all 41 songs performed at the original gig by guests including Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
Actor Josh Lucas and author Colin Broderick will recreate Michael McClure and Lawrence Ferlinghetti's recitals from the original Last Waltz for the show on 27 November (13).
The final part of our weeklong analysis of Paramount Pictures takes a look into the crystal ball. We report on Paramount’s upcoming 2014 film slate and why its active franchise properties can still go head to head with just about any studio for the sheer number it owns. To read the article, check it out at Studio System News!
South Dakota officials have spoken out against plans for Joan Jett to perform on their state's float during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City due to her views on animal rights. The rocker and her band the Blackhearts have been selected to appear on the float promoting South Dakota and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial during the beloved annual event later this month (Nov13).
However, her longtime vegetarianism and outspoken support of animal-rights charities has rankled some residents in the state, where cattle farming is a key local industry.
Senator Larry Rhoden says, "Her agenda through PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) does not represent South Dakota. The organisation is obviously very anti-ag (agriculture). They are very misinformed on the ag industry and the animal ag industry."
Jodie Anderson from the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association adds, "South Dakota Cattlemen's Association is very concerned that the South Dakota float would be featuring a prominent vegetarian on the Thanksgiving Parade float. We hope that future floats would support not only the tourism industry but also agriculture."
However, Tourism Secretary Jim Hagen, who picked Jett to perform, is standing by his decision, saying, "For us, it's not about the talent on the float. It's about having Mount Rushmore featured before three million live viewers... more than 100 million people around the world who are seeing that float.
"She holds views that I don't, but there are a lot of people who love her as an artist. It puts the focus on Mount Rushmore and South Dakota."
Previous artists chosen to perform on the Mount Rushmore float include Don McLean and Neil Diamond.
In Part Three of our Paramount analysis series we come to the nitty-gritty: taking a peek behind the mountain gates to look at the business side of how Paramount makes its movies and its executive structure – from greenlighting movies and sending ideas up the ladder to co-productions and marketing. To read the full story, check it out here at Studio System News.
If you look at the current market-share standings of the Big Six so far in 2013, you’ll notice that Paramount comes in sixth, dead last. So, one might jump to the conclusion that Paramount is having one heck of a lousy year. But it’s a little more complicated than that....To read the article, check it out at Studio System News!
While its executive hierarchy has hardly changed over the past few years, the fortunes of Paramount Studios at the box office have been a roller coaster. As with each of the previous studio analyses, we begin Part One of our Paramount analysis with an examination of the four years leading up to this one. To read the full article, check it out at Studio System News!
British musician Grant Hutchison is hitting the road for a gruelling cycle ride across the U.K. and Ireland to raise awareness of a rare disease. The Frightened Rabbit drummer was prompted to take on the 1100-mile (1,770-kilometre) trek after his young niece Morven Hutchison was diagnosed with cystinosis, a rare genetic disorder which drastically reduces life expectancy.
He will head out on the ride on 11 May (14) alongside his brother, Neil, and eight friends, and they aim to visit each of the U.K. and Ireland's regional capitals - London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast.
Hutchison says, "My motivation for doing the cycle (ride) is my niece Morven. I have not been a keen cyclist for long but I certainly have the bug now and can't wait to get started."
Rockers The Killers are planning another hiatus just weeks after speculation about the band's future surfaced after bassist Mark Stoermer's chose to sit out the group's Asian tour. Fans feared the worst when guitarist Dave Keuning then told the NME he was sick of touring and the band pulled out of an appearance at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit in California.
But the Human hitmakers have since confirmed they will be performing at the MTV European Music Awards in Holland on Sunday (10Nov13) and drummer Ronnie Vannucci has revealed there's no split - but he and his bandmates need to "take a breather".
The tells The Hollywood Reporter that The Killers' MTV EMAs gig this weekend will be their last for a while, adding it will be "a little while" before they regroup.
He says, "I don't think it will take an unnaturally long time for us to get guys together, but it's time to take a breather and ground out a little bit... I think everybody is looking forward to putting their feet up for a little while and having some normalcy."
Frontman Brandon Flowers has already revealed that he's planning to make another solo album and Vannucci is hoping to record a follow-up to his 2011 album Big Talk, adding, "I think I want to make another record. I'm already starting it. I like to keep moving. I love that notion of momentum. I think some of the guys are just going to chill out, keep writing probably, make sure to get some rest."