Hollywood comedian Mike Myers became an honorary member of Monty Python on Sunday night (20Jul14) as the veteran funnymen closed their reunion shows in London. The comedy troupe bowed out at the city's O2 Arena after a run of 10 comeback shows, and Austin Powers star Myers made a surprise appearance onstage during the last performance, which was broadcast live on TV and in cinemas.
Myers joined in a sketch with Michael Palin, while British funnyman Eddie Izzard also made a guest appearance.
Other stars in attendance at the final show included Martin Freeman, Harry Shearer and David Walliams.
Mike Myers has voiced his support for the campaign against Scottish independence. The comedy actor was born in Canada to English parents but has Scottish heritage, and famously adopted the accent for his animated ogre character Shrek.
He has now voiced his hope that Scotland's residents will vote to keep the country part of the United Kingdom in a referendum on the issue in September (14).
He tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme, "I love Scotland. I hope they remain part of Britain - and if they don't, I still love them," adding of his film character, "Shrek wants what the will of the Scottish people want."
Myers joins a number of other celebrities backing the 'No' campaign including rocker David Bowie and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who donated $1.7 million (£1 million) to the effort to keep Scotland part of U.K. last month (Jun14).
Casey Kasem's children plan to hold a private memorial service for their late father on Saturday (21Jun14). The beloved DJ, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died of complications from dementia on Sunday (15Jun14).
Kasem's daughter Kerri publicly battled with his wife Jean over his care in the final days of his life, and following his death, she agreed to let her father's widow arrange the funeral.
Kerri and her siblings Mick and Julie, from Kasem's first marriage to Linda Myers, have now confirmed they will hold a separate memorial service to honour the broadcaster.
A spokesman for the siblings says, "Kerri, Mike and Julie Kasem will hold a private memorial service for family and friends on Saturday. We will not give out the location to make sure the ceremony is kept private."
Jean has not yet announced her plans for a funeral or public service. She married Kasem in 1980 and they have a daughter named Liberty.
Beloved U.S. radio and TV personality Casey Kasem has died at the age of 82. The entertainer, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, passed away on Sunday morning (15Jun14).
Confirming the sad news on her Facebook.com page, the broadcaster's daughter Kerri writes, "Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad."
Born Kemal Amin Kasem, the Detroit, Michigan native began his radio career in the mid-1950s, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to serve in the Korean War.
He ended up landing a job on the Armed Forces Radio Korea Network and decided to pursue a career in broadcasting after the war, heading to San Francisco, California, where he honed his skills as a DJ and became known for his rock 'n' roll trivia.
He went on to work at stations across the U.S., before launching his popular weekly chart show, the American Top 40, in 1970. He hosted the programme until 1988, and again from 1998 to 2004, and served as presenter on two spin-off series, the American Top 20 and the American Top 10.
On the radio countdown shows, he became famous for his signature send-off, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars."
He moved into voice acting in the 1960s, lending his vocals to Batman's sidekick Robin in the 1968 superhero cartoons, but Kasem was perhaps best known for providing the voice of Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise, a job he retained from 1969 until 1995 and once again from 2002 to 2009.
His other TV credits included Battle of the Planets, Cliffjumper and the original Transformers cartoons, while he made acting cameos in the original Hawaii Five-O police drama, Saved by the Bell, Charlie's Angels, Columbo and the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and appeared in independent sci-fi/horror movie The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant, alongside Bruce Dern. He also made a cameo in 1984's Ghostbusters.
Kasem was honoured for his lengthy career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on his 49th birthday in April, 1981 and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992.
His final years were blighted by ill health following his retirement in 2009, and he became the subject of a bitter family rivalry as his three eldest children, Julie, Mike and Kerri, from his first marriage to Linda Myers, battled with his second wife Jean, the mother of his youngest child Liberty, over his care.
In May (14), he was admitted to a Washington hospital, where he was treated for dementia, sepsis and and Parkinson's disease.
His daughter Kerri Kasem was appointed his conservator last month (May14), and last week (ends13Jun14) was granted permission to withhold medication, food and water from her ailing father. On Friday (13Jun14), his wife Jean filed legal papers opposing that decision, insisting her husband was not close to death.
Among the first people to pay tribute to Kasem, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk honoured the broadcaster's animal rights efforts, telling WENN, "PETA joins in mourning the passing of former American Top 40 host Casey Kasem. From always touting the importance of going vegetarian to flying to Las Vegas at his own expense to speak out against an entertainer who beat orangutans backstage every night before his act, Kasem was proud to use his distinctive voice to support many social causes, including animal protection."
And a statement from Ken Howard, the president of the Screen Actors Guild, which Kasem joined in 1966, reads, "For many, the multitalented Casey Kasem was the voice of popular music, and his long-running countdown programme brought exposure for many of his fellow union members. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends, and may we all remember him best by ‘reaching for the stars'."
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Comedian Mike Myers has been honoured with his own postage stamp in his native Canada. The Shrek star's face will grace the nation's 85 cent stamp, which will also feature Myers' three most famous film characters: Wayne Campbell from Wayne's World and Austin Powers/Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movie franchise.
The stamp, which will debut this summer (14), is the first in a series celebrating Canadian comedians. Other honourees have yet to be announced. The proud actor says, "I can't believe it... It's unbelievably flattering. I just wanna thank whoever in the Canadian government decided to put this idiot on a stamp."
However, Myers reveals the news failed to impress his mother Alice, a native of Liverpool, England, and he was a little disappointed with her reaction. He explains, "My parents are from Liverpool... and if Liverpool had an unofficial motto, it'd be, 'Who do you think you are?'. "So I called and I said, 'Hey mum, the Canadian government is issuing a stamp with my face on it,' and she was like, 'Um, is anyone else getting a stamp?' I said, 'No...' and she said, 'What denomination is it?'. (I said), 'I don't know, 20 cents?'. (She replied), 'Twenty cents?' I go, 'Is that bad?'. "She literally said, 'Is it legal tender?'. I'm sure if you got enough Mike Myers stamps you could buy a car... (But) I'm on a stamp! She said, 'Do you not know anyone else who is on a stamp?' I go, 'Yeah, one other person - Her Majesty the Queen!'"
An image of the country's head of state, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, typically features on all other stamps in Canada, a former British colony which is now part of the Commonwealth.
Actress Emma Roberts was honoured for her career achievements at the Maui Film Festival in Hawaii on Thursday night (05Jun14). Julia Roberts' niece was presented with the Shining Star Award on the second day of the annual movie event.
On the opening night of the event on Tuesday (04Jun14), actor Mike Myers presented a special honour to music manager Shep Gordon. The industry mogul, who is the subject of Myers' film Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, picked up the Maverick Award.
Other stars set for honours during the festival include 12 Years A Slave actress Lupita Nyong'o, the recipient of the Rainmaker Award, Evan Rachel Wood (Nova Award), and Joe Manganiello (Triple Threat Award).
Wood made her first public appearance since splitting from her husband Jamie Bell when she attended the festival's opening night reception on Tuesday.
Actor Mike Myers is "super proud" to have been standing next to Kanye West when the rapper infamously accused former U.S. President George W. Bush of racism in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, because he's convinced the musician was speaking the truth.
The Austin Powers comedian had been selected to present a segment for a live TV fundraiser with West back in 2005, when the outspoken hip-hop star went off-script and took aim at the then commander-in-chief for his handling of the disaster relief effort in New Orleans, Louisiana, declaring, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Cameras captured the look of shock on Myers' face as he heard what West had to say, but nine years later, the actor claims he was glad someone had the courage to call out authorities for their lack of action when so many lives were at stake.
He tells GQ magazine, "For me, it isn't about the look of embarrassment on my face, it is truly about the injustice that was happening in New Orleans. "To have the emphasis on the look on my face, versus the fact that somebody spoke truth to power at a time when somebody needed to speak? I'm, like, super proud to have been next to him."
West was forced to issue a public apology to Bush after his outburst, which the former leader subsequently branded one of the lowest points of his presidency in his 2010 memoir, Decision Points. Hurricane Katrina claimed the lives of at least 1,833 people in late August, 2005 when it swept across the Bahamas, Cuba and areas of Florida before flattening parts of New Orleans.
If you're a filmmaker looking for a young, blonde Hollywood darling to star in your next project, the first place you look is usually the Fanning household. So it makes sense that when Charlize Theron optioned the rights to Susannah Calahan's memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, she picked Dakota to star in it. According to Deadline, the actress will play Calahan in a story that follows her year-long battle with an autoimmune disease that resulted in brain inflammation, paranoia and seizures. As of right now, there are no writers or directors attached to the project yet, but with two big names already on board, the film shouldn't have any trouble attracting interest.
Brain on Fire is just the latest high-profile project on Dakota's slate, and her upcoming releases include the eco-terrorism thriller Night Moves, the Errol Flynn biopic The Last of Robin Hood and the Richard Gere vehicle Franny. However, she's not the only Fanning with plenty of attention-grabbing films hitting theaters soon, as Elle is bookending the summer with Maleficent and The Boxtrolls. It's clear that in the battle of the blonde Hollywood starlets, the Fanning sisters reign supreme, but what about the sisters themselves? When it comes to a sibling showdown, which Fanning ends up on top? We’ve decided to put them to the test, and put Dakota and Elle head to head in five key categories in order to determine which Fanning would win this sibling showdown.
Breakthrough Role: Though both Dakota and Elle have been working since they were small children, they started gaining attention at different points in their careers. Dakota's big breakthrough role came at age seven, when she starred opposite Sean Penn in I Am Sam, a role that quickly lead to her becoming Hollywood's go-to child actress. Elle played a younger version of Dakota's character in that film, but she didn't manage to break out herself until she starred in Super 8 at 12. While it did help her gain the industry's attention, it didn't manage to catapult her to the same heights that Dakota's turn in I Am Sam did. Winner: Dakota
Career Highlight: Though she's since starred in many attention-grabbing films, Dakota's biggest project to date still remains her breakthrough film, I Am Sam, for which she became the youngest actress to ever be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as the youngest member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which admitted her in 2006. Elle, however, seems to be hitting her stride now, with her buzziest film yet, Maleficent, arriving in theaters later this month. Since it's a summer blockbuster, it seems unlikely to get the kind of awards coverage that I Am Sam did, but it has established her as one of the hottest actresses currently working, which means plenty of big opportunities are headed her way. Winner: Elle
Career Lowlight: Every actor has one or two terrible films under his or her belt, and the Fanning sisters are no exception. For Elle, it was Daddy Day Care, one in a long line of Eddie Murphy-fronted flops, and one of her first movies. For Dakota, it was The Cat in the Hat, the strange adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss book. And while neither film will be remembered for its quality, at least Daddy Day Care didn't give the world the terrifying image of Mike Myers dressed as a giant anthropomorphic cat. If he didn't haunt your nightmares for years afterwards, you have a sturdier constitution than we do. Slightly Less of a Loser: Elle
Famous Directors: Both Dakota and Elle have worked with some major Hollywood players, and despite their young age, they've each got several films with prestigious directors under their belts. One of Elle's breakout roles was in Sophia Coppola's 2010 film Somewhere, where she played the daughter of Stephen Dorff's washed-up Hollywood actor. Incidentally, Elle was also in Twixt, one of Francis Ford Coppola's least revered pictures. Dakota's most famous director was Stephen Spielberg, who helmed the 2005 remake of War of the Worlds, in which Dakota played Tom Cruise's daughter. Though the Coppola family's films are often held in high esteem, the combination of Somewhere and Twist doesn't quite manage to outrank Spielberg, who is regarded as one of the biggest, most influential directors in cinematic history. Winner: Dakota
Fashion Contracts:The Fanning sisters have established themselves as major fashion players in recent years, and have become fixtures at fashion week and have appeared in ads for several big fashion houses. Elle's first major campaign was for Marc Jacobs when she was 13, and she has since gone on to be the face of Miu Miu and appear in ads for J.Estina alongside her sister. Dakota has appeared in 2 campaigns for Marc Jacobs, including her infamous ads for his Oh, Lola! perfume, which were banned in the UK, as well as playing muse to houses like Uniqlo, Rodarte and Prada. Winner: Dakota
Overall Winner: Dakota, with three wins to two. Of course, with Elle gaining more and more attention and both sisters lining up big projects for the future, the Battle of the Fanning Sisters is still anyone's game. Dakota did have a head start, after all. Let us know your thoughts below!
Mike Myers' directorial debut became a star-studded affair when he reached out for celebrity feedback on legendary music manager Shep Gordon. The Austin Powers star stepped behind the camera to make a documentary about his pal, who has represented some of the world's biggest stars, and Gordon's past and present clients and friends jumped at the chance to be a part of the tribute.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon features anecdotes from Alice Cooper, Michael Douglas, Sylvester Stallone and Myers himself, who calls Gordon "the nicest person I've ever met, hands down".
And Douglas adds, "I have told Shep things I haven't told anybody, not even my wife."
Actor Mike Myers has become a father for the second time. The Shrek star, 50, and his wife Kelly, 37, are the proud new parents of daughter Sunday Molly, who was born on Friday (11Apr14).
A brief statement issued to People.com reads, "We couldn't be happier."
The couple wed in 2010 and welcomed son Spike in September, 2011.
Myers previously gushed about the joys of parenting, saying, "Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it. I am the happiest I have ever been in my life.
"I knew I wanted to be a father, I didn't know it was going to be this awesome or that my kid would come out so beautiful and lovely."