Michael Ball drew huge crowds when he was spotted busking in Harrogate, England on Tuesday (16Sep14). The veteran crooner performed Pharrell Williams' hit single Happy and attracted a large audience of spectators.
Ball's stunt was filmed by a camera crew prompting speculation he was shooting a new music video.
An onlooker tells local newspaper the Harrogate Advertiser, "He was just sat there drumming on a bucket and singing. Someone in the office recognised him and we had a Google to check. He was quite good!"
Ball was rewarded for his hard work with a free coffee from a nearby cafe. The owner adds, "He was lovely and very polite."
Police in Los Angeles have urged troubled comedian Katt Williams to get in touch and tell his "side of the story" after he was accused of pulling out a gun in a comedy club this week (beg30Jun14). Cops descended on the city's Comedy Store venue after a 911 call suggested the comedian had brandished a weapon in the club on Tuesday (01Jul14) night.
Williams, real name Micah Williams, had already left by the time police arrived at the scene, and TMZ.com reports the star has denied claims he drew a firearm and threatened a heckler, insisting he was attacked by a group of men.
Police have launched an investigation into the incident, and they are now hoping to talk to Williams after the alleged victim gave a statement.
Sergeant Dave Valentine of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says, "He's (Williams is) being investigated, preliminarily, for threatening someone with a weapon... (He) wasn't performing. He was just there, but he was gone when we arrived. The victim filed a report. Obviously we'd like to hear Mr. Williams' side of the story... We're not sure if it was a heckler... If we get a call of a man with a gun, we're sending everyone we have."
Troubled funnyman Katt Williams is facing a police investigation over allegations he drew a gun in a crowded comedy club in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (01Jul14). Cops were called to the Comedy Store in West Hollywood to investigate a report that Williams pulled out a weapon and threatened a heckler. However, Williams is believed to have left the building before the team of officers arrived on the scene.
Video filmed outside the venue, obtained by TMZ.com, shows a team of armed officers with their weapons drawn waiting outside the venue as revellers pour out.
The website's editors report a police investigation has been launched.
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The worst kept secret on this season of Grey's Anatomy finally finished up: Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) left Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. But how would she exit? And would she make it out alive?
Season finales of Grey's have a way of scaring the hell out of fans as cast members have been killed off with little or no notice. In the past, a gunman invaded the hospital, a plane crash turned numerous lives asunder and last season a bus accident and blackout threatened the future of many. Season 10's major threat was a potential terrorist attack at a local mall. Yang narrated the beginning and end of this episode, a task usually reserved for best friend Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). We all knew it was Yang's last day there, yet her narration hinted at the worst: what if she got hit by a bus? Considering that her good pal George O’Malley (T.R. Knight) died in Season 6 by this fate, that wouldn't seem too far fetched.
Yang's final episode wasn't sudden. Her exit was milked by Grey's this entire month. Commercials and teasers on ABC gave us the hint: "Hey, you better tune in, Cristina is leaving." Finally, Yang, the surgeon with the elite skills and even better potential, earned the exit necessary for someone of her talents: she zipped off to Switzerland to run a hospital, at last becoming the cardiothoracic surgeon god she had longed to be even as an intern.
Thankfully, Yang made it through the finale, but not before too-brief goodbyes with her co-workers. The most difficult of all was with Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), Yang's on again-off again lover. This couple never really had a chance; Hunt wanted to settle down while Yang yearned to climb whatever ladder she could to become the best surgeon possible. Their last encounter wasn't a strong hug or deep kiss. Hunt was busy operating and all Yang could do was watch from the viewing room, waving and saying goodbye in the easiest way possible, kind of like ripping a Band-Aid off. Before officially leaving, Yang had to dance it out with Grey, her closet friend. "You're my person," they would always say. They hadn't called each other that in a while as their lives took different routes, but that final dance was a proper sendoff for the best friends, who may or may not see each other again.
The Season 10 finale tied up some story lines and brought some cliffhangers for next season. Here are the biggest questions for Season 11:
Grey vs. Shepherd: Who Wins?
All of Derek Shepherd's (Patrick Dempsey) neurosurgeon work paid off as the White House had asked for his help. Shepherd had been consumed with work so family life and normal hospital duties sometime suffered. The solution? Move to Washington D.C.
Grey, however, realized she didn't want to move across the country. Her life, friends and work were in Seattle. This stalemate looks to be ugly next season, especially since Shepherd had accepted the job and even got his wife a position too. They won't move. They can't; how could Grey's take place in two locations?
Who Gets the Empty Board Seat?
Yang's exit leaves an opening on the board of directors. Initially, Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.) told Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) that it would be a done deal and she would take that seat. But wait, what wrinkle do we get at the end? Yang left Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) a package, which basically gave him the empty seat. Can she do that? Bailey needs that seat to continue her research, which will get cut because of budget issues. Karev doesn't need it, however, he does thrive when added responsibility comes his way.
How's the Baby?
The entire hospital now knows that April Kepner (Sarah Drew) is pregnant. She had kept it a secret for some time. She had kept her marriage to Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) a secret too. What other secrets does she have? Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) and Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) plan to have a baby, but which one of them will carry? Or will they use a surrogate? Anytime a baby is expected, dramatic events are bound to unfold.
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Jamie Foxx is a lot of things; Academy Award winning actor, a talented singer and musician, and an extremely funny comedian. What he's not, however, is your typical movie star.
Since moving to the big screen from a successful television career, first on In Living Color and then The Jamie Foxx Show, the actor has proved that he has little interest in being pigeonholed by the parts that he takes. Since winning his Oscar for Ray, Foxx has done roles in just about every genre of film, whether it's action (White House Down, Miami Vice), romantic comedy (Valentine's Day), straight comedy (Due Date, Horrible Bosses), musical (Dreamgirls), animated (Rio 2), or prestige pictures (The Soloist, Django Unchained).
Checking off another box on his resume, he's now playing a villain in a superhero movie (Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2). He bounces between supporting and leading roles more regularly than any other major actor in Hollywood… to the point where it's difficult to figure out which way he's more comfortable. His willingness to bounce between genres and types of roles not only makes it hard to pinpoint what Foxx will do next, it also keeps it from feeling like he's overexposed.
Beyond just his choice in roles, Foxx doesn't stand on superstar conventions. During this year's Academy Awards, Foxx and his daughter, Corinne Bishop, were suddenly on stage dancing during Pharrell Williams' performance of "Happy." Why? No real reason other than because he wanted to.
Not only does Foxx continue to make music when he feels like it — he's a five-time Grammy nominee — he continues to do pretty much whatever he wants. Tap into social media and you'll find Foxx putting up goofy videos on his Vine, tweeting out pictures of his four-year-old daughter or his Spider-Man costars and clips of him singing sexy versions of unsexy words on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Most major stars are protective of their public image, but Foxx largely doesn't seem to care about his. He's earned the ire of conservative pundits for moves like calling President Barack Obama "our lord and savior" and for his spot-on impressions of Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. He's been outspoken on issues of race related to Quentin Tarantino's script for Django Unchained as well as the casting of Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role of his next project, a remake of the musical Annie. And, he drew the ire of Jay Z with some awkward comments about Beyoncé as he was presenting an award at this year's Grammys. No matter the situation, though, Foxx is unapologetic.
It's not easy to know whether to admire Foxx for his zig-zagging through the Hollywood landscape or to be frustrated that he doesn't put his amazing talent front and center as often as he could. Either way, Foxx has proven repeatedly that what others think of his career or his choices means little to him. As perhaps the most unpredictable movie star working today, there's one other thing that Foxx is not… boring.
Paramore star Hayley Williams has brushed off suggestions Justin Bieber ripped off a piece of the rockers' fan artwork for the cover of his new single. Eagle-eyed Paramore devotees raised questions about the inspiration behind Bieber's art for the track We Were Born For This on Monday (28Apr14), when they drew comparisons to the image used on the group's 2007 release, Riot, which featured the title in black and orange sketchy typography.
The Baby hitmaker's single uses the same colour scheme and style of font, and it has since emerged that the exact artwork previously appeared on the Tumblr.com profile of a Paramore fan using the account imnotadisaster.
The striking similarities prompted a number of critics to take aim at Bieber online, with one Paramore follower writing, "Laziest artist award goes to Justin Bieber for literally googling pics for his next single and picking out a paramore one", while another tweeted, "So Justin Bieber's single cover was a Paramore fanart (sic) from 2011. He cropped the watermark. I'm laughing so hard."
The controversy has continued online, but singer Williams insists she won't be drawn into the debate.
She shared her feelings with Twitter followers by posting a photo of rockers New Found Glory rehearsing, alongside the caption, "Crushing on the dude @newfoundglory practice while everyone's freakin (sic) out about JB on twitter".
She also shared a screen grab from an episode of U.S. cartoon King of the Hill, in which one character attempts to apologise to another, only for him to respond, "I wasn't even listening".
In the accompanying caption, she writes, "My opinion on the whole JB/artwork thing is basically this."
Bieber has yet to comment on the artwork scandal.
Australian pop star Cody Simpson has become the latest celebrity to be booted off U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars. The Pretty Brown Eyes singer and his professional partner Witney Carson failed to win over show judges and viewers with their samba, performed to the tunes of I Can't Wait to Be King from The Lion King, and they were shown the door after their elimination on Monday night (14Apr14).
Simpson admits he didn't expect to leave the competition so soon, but is excited to return to his pop career.
He tells Eonline.com, "I'm sad... mixed feelings. It's kind of like, one amazing experience is over, Witney and I are kind of sad about it, but at the same time, I can just get back to what I do... start working on the new album and move on to the next phase of my career."
And the 17 year old is planning to make full use of his new talents, adding, "I'm feeling as though now I can apply those things... to my own career, my own music."
Actress Elisha Cuthbert's ex-boyfriend, ice hockey player Sean Avery, and endurance swimmer Diana Nyad were the first two celebrities to be voted off season 18 shortly after its launch last month (Mar14), while Star Wars hero Billy Dee Williams was forced to pull out of the ballroom contest due to a chronic back problem.
Other stars still in competition include former Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure, former Wonder Years star Danica McKellar and funnyman-turned-game show host Drew Carey.
Actress Elisha Cuthbert's ex-boyfriend, ice hockey player Sean Avery, and endurance swimmer Diana Nyad have become the first celebrities to be eliminated from America's latest Dancing With The Stars series. The pair failed to impress the judges on the reality TV show with their less-than-fancy footwork and were booted from season 18 on Monday night (24Mar14). Those still in the competition include veteran Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams, former child star Danica McKellar and comedian Drew Carey.
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Ah, Dancing With The Stars. How we've missed you.
The sparkles, bad puns (Carrie-Ann Inaba: "I've got a big time crush on you"), and plethora of rivalries/budding romances are back.
The season's off to a fortuitous start, with quite the crop of dancers. High points (predictably) included Charlie White and Sharna Burgess, who got unanimous nines from the judges after their graceful and polished modern dance. White's Olympic partner Meryl Davis also did quite well with new partner Maksim Chmerkovsky on a cha-cha (filled with tight spins certainly worthy of an ice dancer), which raked in 24 points. Paralympian snowboarder (and recent bronze medalist) also stunned judges, tying with Meryl and Maks.
Like Meryl and Charlie, the show also pointed to a rivalry between '90s stars Danica McKellar and Candice Cameron Bure. Both faired very well, respectively scoring 24 and 25, with Bure edging McKellar out by a single point after a stellar contemporary dance. (Side note: after she requested a more modest costume, I thought we'd actually get something tasteful, but alas, it was just as tacky, if more covered-up). If I were Davis, I'd be watching my back with these two – I mean, getting out-scored by Charlie is one thing (Canadian rival Scott Moir actually predicted things would tip in "Chuck's" favor out of the two of them, and he's right so far), but by no-dance-training actresses? Better hit the studio hard this week!
On the other side of the spectrum: Billy Dee Williams, alas. Williams danced a delightful yet lackluster Star Wars-themed cha-cha – sometimes, I wish there could be some sort of grading curve, as Williams is pushing 80, and has undergone two hip replacements. He should have at least gotten extra points for donning his old Lando Calrissian cape! Swimmer Diana Nyad (one of the more head-scratching picks for the cast) pulled in second to last. She might be the one going home – although Williams scored lower, I'm sure he has a huge fan base. I could also see former NFL player Sean Avery (who scored 20 points with partner Karina Smirnoff) getting eliminated: he was surprisingly un-graceful for an athlete, and he doesn't exactly have the most endearing personality.
DWTS takes a little healthy speculation – and what can I say? Looks like DWTS has gotten me hooked once again.
Best Dressed: Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke – they're Monopoly-inspired costumes were on point.
Most Hyperactive: Danica McKellar, by a landslide.
Most Awkward: That's a tie between Cody Simpson/Witney Carson (he called her dancing "distracting," as his girlfriend watched from the audience) and James Maslow/Peta Murgatroyd (apparently, they went on a date and he didn't call after). Oh, and runner-up is Meryl Davis/Maksim Chmerkovsky: Meryl/Charlie shippers the world over collectively cringed when she (very) emphatically denied the fact that she and Charlie were dating, as she all but batted her eyes at her new partner. Oh, DWTS – you and your slightly-canned so-called romances!
Best Serial Killer Eyes: Sean Avery. The judges call it "intensity," I call it scary. To-may-to, to-mah-to.
The Dark Horse: Drew Carey. Drew pulled in respectable-yet-middling scores, but I can see him making it far in the competition. Personality gets you far on DWTS (remember Bill Engvall from last season?), and Cheryl's taken a lot of stars to the finals.
And just for fun:
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Nashville, the brainchild of Academy Award-winning writer Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), started off with a ton of promise. The pilot was heavily promoted and the audience that tuned in was treated to an inside look at the clashing generations within the country music industry... a real life storyline that has been repeating ever since the advent of rock-and-roll. Connie Britton seemed to take her Friday Night Lights character and make her a successful music icon along the lines of Reba McEntire, while Hayden Panettiere schemed convincingly as the up-and-coming singer who's part Taylor Swift, part ice princess.
Early on, the show focused on the yin and the yang of Britton and Panettiere's relationship, with the former's Rayna Jaymes stuck in a career rut and Panettiere's Juliette Barnes more interested in kicking the established Queen of Country while she's down than helping her get back up. Throw in Charles Esten's caught-in-the-middle guitarist and there was plenty of drama to go around. Certainly, there were some soap opera elements — the parentage of Rayna's older daughter and the political machinations of her husband and powerful father among them — but as long as Britton and Panettiere were at the center the show stayed fairly even keel.
Then came the back half of the first season and things started to go off track. After initially steering clear of cameos, despite shooting on-location in Nashville, suddenly every member of the Grand Ole Opry started popping up to squeeze in a line or two. Juliette's mother appeared and brought a little too much crazy, while Rayna's husband became the mayor and left her for Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Season 2 became even more scattered as the focus shifted to ancillary characters like Clare Bowen's Scarlett and Sam Palladio's Gunnar. Next thing you know, there are assassination plots and a murder-suicide, Juliette is ostracized for questioning the existence of God, and Rayna finds her Tim McGraw in Will Chase's Luke.
Enough! While it's fine that the show has some soap opera elements — so do Scandal and Grey's Anatomy — Nashville has gone so far off-course that some fans have already abandoned it. It's not completely a lost cause, though. With the second season winding down, there are still ways to fix it.
For starters, keep the cameos to a minimum. Just because Rascal Flatts or some NASCAR driver is available doesn't mean that you need to put them on the show. Once and a while is fine, but not every episode... and not when there really isn't any purpose to their being around. Next, lose the political intrigue. No offense to Eric Close, but we don't really care about Mayor Teddy.
Most importantly, put the focus back on Rayna and Juliette. Britton and Panettiere aren't just capable actresses, at their best they are both mesmerizing. Preventing them from engaging with each other — whether in conflict or in country congeniality — is like moving Scandal's Olivia Pope out of D.C.; the whole reason for the show would be lost. Keeping Juliette down too long is a mistake, just as it would be to tone down her ego or her conniving. We don't need her in a happy relationship with Jonathan Jackson's Avery... we need her using all of her assets to get back to the top.
Similarly, Britton needs a good, juicy storyline to sink her teeth into. Having a happy and contented Rayna is not in the best interest of the show. She should be scraping and clawing to maintain her career, not chit-chatting with other country music royalty about her fledgling record label.
The show is teetering on the brink of oblivion — or, worse, irrelevance — and needs to act fast to bring back into focus the stories that drew us in at first. Otherwise, it will be a tough sell to get viewers to come back for season three… if there even is one.