Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino rang in 2015 as a married man after tying the knot for the third time. Actress Mira Sorvino's father exchanged vows with political pundit Denessa 'Dee Dee' Benkie outside the Lincoln Center in New York City on 27 December (14).
The new Mrs. Sorvino tells the New York Post, "(It was a) very short, simple, sweet ceremony. It was just us."
Sorvino, 75, and his bride celebrated their nuptials at nearby restaurant Cafe Fiorello.
The couple met and began dating last year (14) after they were both guests on U.S. TV news show Your World with Neil Cavuto.
Sorvino was previously married to Lorraine Davis, the mother of his three children, Mira, Michael and Amanda, until 1988 and then to Vanessa Arico for five years from 1991.
Actress/comedienne Margaret Cho spent the holidays feeding the homeless in California in honour of late actor Robin Williams. The funnywoman had a hard time dealing with Good Will Hunting star's death in August (14), and dealt with her sadness by working to raise awareness for a cause close to Williams' heart.
She tells U.S. talk show The View, "I spent the last two months feeding the homeless in San Francisco. It was my way of dealing with the death of Robin Williams, because I missed him and I think people don't understand what a huge homeless activist he was - not only with comic relief, raising $70 million with Whoopi (Goldberg) and Billy (Crystal), but he had a clause in his contract where a certain percentage of the workers in the movies that he did had to be homeless workers. So he gave people a dignified wage.
"I feel like that part of his legacy has been lost and I could not stop grieving him and Michael Pritchard, who is also a homeless activist and comedian, told me, 'Don't grieve Robin, be Robin'.
"So I went out on the streets of San Francisco for two months with the band Frightwig and we went out there and we played and did songs and made a meeting point for people to donate clothes, food... and money. (It was a) very little version of comic relief."
It's the end of the year and that means award nominations for movies are being announced! A lot of them have been, but we are still waiting on The Oscars nominations. Instead of waiting around for them to tell us which movies were the best of the year, we made a list! Did your favorite make the cut? Keeping scrolling to find out.
After The Butler, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo reunite with another important film that touches on race in this country. Selma follows Martin Luther King Jr. and the march he led from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The timing of this movie in relation to the current protests related to police brutality is impeccable.
2. Gone Girl
You're probably not shocked by this pick. Gone Girl was highly anticipated and didn't let audiences down. Rosamund Pike plays the very complicated Amy well. Besides the casting of the lead the book's riveting story ensured the success of this film.
This movie is ground breaking simply for the fact that it follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from age 5 to 18 to let audiences see the character and actor grow up right before their eyes. It will definitely win a few big awards this season.
4. Top 5
Chris Rock comes out of hiding in a big way with this hit due to his realistic character, his amazing chemistry with Rosario Dawson, the funny bits, and memorable cameos that will have you laughing days after you watch the movie.
5. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
So far it looks like this trilogy will only keep getting better and better. We are reunited with Ceasar and the rest of the apes. This movie shouldn't be written off as just another blockbuster since it has a lot of underlying themes, like family and what really defines humanity. One may argue that the computer-generated actors in this movie are the strongest, and that's not a dig to the human actors!
This comedy shows how crazy most actors probably are in real life. Michael Keaton plays Riggan, a washed-up actor who is determined to make a comeback with his play. The days leading up to opening day are filled with many situations that are insane, but funny. The whole cast really brings it in this one.
7. The Theory of Everything
This autobiographical movie follows the lives of Stephen Hawking and his ex-wife, Jane Hawking. The movie is powerful to see Eddie Redmayne transform into the famous physicist. Also you'd be wrong to assume that this is an emotionally taxing movie. There are many funny moments that you'd enjoy.
This film adaptation shows Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) hike 1,100 all by herself. Along the way she ends up facing the reason her marriage crumbled, and the feelings she has about the sudden death of her mother. This is a great feminist movie about a woman gathering her strength to face life.
9. A Most Violent Year
This will be another title you will hear a lot during awards time. This movie follows an immigrant named Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) who tries to keep his business in tact during 1981. The year that just so happened to be the most violent year in New York City.
10. The Lego Movie
This family movie had everyone talking thanks to its original songs, the involvement of multiple previously existing characters, and jokes. We will be watching this over and over until the second one comes out.
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Garth Brooks has made good on his promise to reschedule a TV appearance after cancelling multiple New York City performances following the controversial cop killing ruling in Missouri last month (Nov14). The Dance hitmaker was scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Live! with Kelly and Michael and Today at the end of November (14), but axed all three because he felt the promotional stops would seem "distasteful" amid nationwide protests over a grand jury's decision not to charge a police officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August (14).
Brooks, who has been promoting his new album Man Against Machine, told fans he hoped to reschedule the cancelled appearances, and now he is set to take to the stage for morning programme Today on 8 January (15).
According to TheWrap.com, he will perform on the show, and appear in segments throughout all four hours of the programme.
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi declared his support for the New York Police Department (NYPD) during a charity gig in New Jersey on Monday (22Dec14) in the aftermath of a double cop killing which shocked the nation. The Bon Jovi star performed at the Bobby Bandiera and Friends Hope Concert in Red Bank, in his native New Jersey, and he appeared on stage wearing an NYPD football shirt.
During the show, Bon Jovi explained his choice of top, telling the crowd at the Count Basie Theatre he was showing his support for the police at a difficult time following the death of two New York City officers on Saturday (20Dec14).
The rocker told the audience, "I'm showing a little solidarity for my brothers in the NYPD and all of those who protect and serve us everyday, no matter what the risks."
Officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wen Jian Liu, 32, were shot dead in their car by a gunman who then committed suicide, and reports suggest the double murder was carried out as a revenge attack for the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York.
Brown was shot dead by a cop, while Garner died after he was allegedly placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer, and protests were launched after grand juries declined to press charges against the officers.
During the gig, Bon Jovi also paid tribute to late music veteran Joe Cocker following his death on Monday, performing his track The Letter and telling the crowd, "Rock 'n' roll lost one of the greats."
The star also performed his songs Who Says You Can't Go Home and I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas.
The show, which raised money for local charities, was closed by Southside Johnny, who performed With A Little Help From My Friends, The Beatles song famously covered by Cocker, according to the Asbury Park Press.
Michael Keaton has won a legal battle against producers of his directorial debut The Merry Gentleman after a judge dismissed their lawsuit on Monday (22Dec14). In 2013, the Batman star was hit with a breach of contract suit by producers, who accused him of sabotaging their project by handing in his final cut of the movie late, fighting with them over which version to show at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Utah and badmouthing the film in TV interviews.
The movie, which he also starred in, bombed at the box office and the producers filed the lawsuit to recoup the fee they paid Keaton, plus the entire $5.5 million (£3.4 million) they invested in the project.
Keaton's first attempt to dismiss the lawsuit failed last year (13), but on Monday (22Dec14) Illinois District Judge Gary Feinerman granted the request, ruling there was not sufficient proof that Keaton's alleged behaviour caused the poor box office performance.
Keaton's lawyer Michael Kump tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Michael is extremely gratified with the Court's decision to grant our motion and dismiss the claims against him... This lawsuit should never have been filed. Every person who worked on the film testified that Michael worked tirelessly and passionately to make the best possible film. The movie received widespread critical praise when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and later when it was released. Michael looks forward to continuing with his many artistic endeavours."
Actor Joe Anderson has been cast as Michael Pitt's replacement in hit U.S. TV series Hannibal. The Boardwalk Empire star was first introduced as Mason Verger in the second season of the show earlier this year (14), but he has since decided not to return for the upcoming third season, according to TVLine.com.
Anderson recently took to Instagram.com to confirm the casting news by showing off a picture of himself sporting prosthetics for the character's burned face.
Hannibal, which stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, is slated to return to the small screen next year (15).
President Barack Obama has revealed he could have offered to call the heads of cinema chains threatening not to screen Seth Rogen's new comedy The Interview if Sony bosses had come to him with their concerns.
During his end of year press conference at The White House on Friday (19Dec14), Obama told reporters he thought studio executives had "made a mistake" in scrapping the film's 25 December (14) release after bowing to pressure from cyberterrorists unhappy with the movie, in which Rogen and James Franco play journalists assigned to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The President said he was surprised that Sony bosses had not contacted him before pulling the plug on the film.
Appearing on CNN's State of the Union show on Sunday (21Dec14), he added that he has been in contact with Sony executives, telling them he could have offered them a lot of help.
He said, "I was pretty sympathetic to the fact that they have business considerations that they got to make. Had they talked to me directly about this decision, I might have called the movie theatre chains and distributors and asked them what the story was."
In response to Obama's remarks on Friday, Sony CEO Michael Lynton insisted the studio bosses had been in contact with The White House before the decision was made to pull the film from release. He insisted there was nothing the movie executives could do after the owners of so many cinema chains made it clear they would not be screening The Interview, following terrorist threats to target theatres that did show the film.
Meanwhile, late on Sunday (21Dec14), Sony's company attorney, David Boies, announced The Interview will be released - but not on Christmas Day.
During an interview for TV news show Meet the Press, Boies said, "Sony only delayed this. Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed."
Jack Black, Cedric the Entertainer, Rashida Jones, Kristen Bell and Bishop Desmond Tutu were among the celebrity pals who helped Scottish late-night host Craig Ferguson end his final Late Late Show by performing along to a song by Dead Man Fall, a band from the comic's native Cumbernauld in Scotland. Ferguson was also joined by the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones and a gospel choir in the studio as he wrapped up 10 years as the host of the programme earlier this week (ends19Dec14).
He ended the show by 'revealing' the man inside his mascot pantomime horse, who has appeared on the show for years, was comedy legend Bob Newhart.
The finale airs in America on Friday night, a night after fellow late-night host Stephen Colbert closed out nine years on his show The Colbert Report ended with an all-star sing-along, featuring Barry Manilow, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Stipe, James Franco and Jeff Daniels.
Fellow Brit James Corden will pick up the reins of the show in March (15).
"The guy next to me (in the show), he shot his gun and the bullet casing came out of his gun burned into my neck and then burned down into my chest and we were in the middle of a scene..." Actor Rupert Friend has been left with a permanent burn mark on his neck after suffering an injury on the Homeland set.