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Stars including Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham are leading calls to raise awareness of mental health issues following the death of Hollywood legend Robin Williams.
The Mrs. Doubtfire star was found dead at his home in California on Monday (11Aug14) at the age of 63, and initial reports suggest he committed suicide. His publicist confirmed the actor had been suffering from depression in the months before his death, and he also spent years battling addiction issues. He had checked into rehab over the summer (14) to "maintain his sobriety".
The news of his death has sent shockwaves around the Hollywood community, and a number of stars have now reached out to fans to campaign on behalf of others struggling with mental illness. Lady Gaga, who runs the Born This Way Foundation to help young fans, writes in a series of posts on Twitter.com, "Rest in Peace+Laughter Robin Williams. Perhaps this tragedy will shed light on the seriousness of depression. You made us all so so happy... Please reach out to Bornthiswayfoundation.org if you are struggling with depression, mental illness or addiction. You are not alone."
Rock legend Alice Cooper also asked any fans suffering from depression to see a doctor, adding, "#RobinWilliams gone. If you struggle with #depression SEE a doc! (sic)"
Actress Dunham held a minute's silence on the set of her TV show Girls after hearing of Williams' passing, and she has also joined calls to raise awareness of mental illness, writing, "A tragic reminder that the conversation about mental health CANNOT stop. Money, fame, artistic freedom - none of it is a barrier."
Tom Hanks' actress wife Rita Wilson, who was a friend of Williams, adds, "I will remember your warmth, kindness, unparalleled talent, generosity, beautiful children, Robin Williams... To anyone struggling with this issue, US suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255."
Funnyman Steve Martin has led tributes to his pal Robin Williams, following the Mrs. Doubtfire star's death on Monday (11Aug14). Williams was found dead in his home in Marin County, California. He was 63. Reports suggest he committed suicide.
Martin took to Twitter.com on Monday afternoon, shortly after the sad news broke and wrote, "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
David Steinberg, Williams' manager for 35 years, said in a statement: "Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soul mate, I will miss you."
Cher added, "Oh Robin... He was Sweet LOVELY,Man. He ran high voltage,Mind Always Going, It was who he was.I Know Well..Many X's from High There is Only Low.So Sad", while Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Mara Wilson writes, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."
Genie. You're free. pic.twitter.com/FWQWPDPP42
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 11, 2014
Other Twitter tributes have come from Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Rihanna, Rita Wilson, Steve Carell, Jared Leto, Morgan Freeman, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer, John Cusack, Jenny McCarthy, Logan Lerman, Evan Rachel Wood, Sharon & Jack Osbourne, Pink, Ellen DeGeneres, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty, Josh Groban, Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Ashley Tisdale, Marlee Matlin, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, and Mia Farrow, who posted, "No! Robin Williams you were so loved."
Miley Cyrus never met Williams, but admits the news of his death hit her hard: "I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop."
And Lindsay Lohan adds, "Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences."
His former co-stars Henry Winkler and Minnie Driver were also among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Williams. Happy Days star Winkler wrote, "To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold... Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE", while his Good Will Hunting castmate Driver added, "My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family."
One of the late funnyman's final co-stars, Joel McHale, states, "RIP @robinwilliams. You were one of the very best that ever was. You were one of my heroes."
And Williams' Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, who recently reteamed with Williams in U.S. TV comedy The Crazy Ones, has revealed she's "devastated" by the sad news of her longtime friend's death. The actor's The Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar simply posted nine photos of herself with Williams on Twitter.com.
Other thoughtful words came from Glee stars Chord Overstreet and Lea Michele, who wrote, "So heartbreaking to hear the terribly sad news about the amazing Robin Williams, thank you for bringing so much laughter and joy to us all", and Kevin Spacey, who added, "Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure."
He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama also acknowledged the entertainer's impact to people all over the world in a statement which reads: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. "But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. "The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
Meanwhile, a tribute has been posted on a billboard outside Los Angeles' Laugh Factory, where Williams often performed. It reads: "Robin Williams. Rest in Peace. Make God laugh."
Actor Jeff Goldblum is set to make his New York debut with his jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, next month (Sep14) after booking a mini-residency at the Cafe Carlyle. The group, which is known for playing improvised versions of classic jazz standards, will perform from 16 to 20 September (14), before making way for actress/singer Rita Wilson, who will take over the stage from 24 September to 4 October (14).
The Breakfast Club star Molly Ringwald is also set to show off her musical skills with a set at the same legendary venue from 7 to 18 October (14).
Cafe Carlyle is known for its big names - director Woody Allen stages a weekly jam session with his jazz band at the lounge from September (14) to December (14).
Justin Bieber has delighted fans by sharing video footage of Hollywood veteran Tom Hanks showing off his dance moves at the weekend (05-06Jul14) wedding of music manager Scooter Braun. Braun wed cancer activist Yael Cohen in Whistler, Canada on Sunday (06Jul14) in front of guests including the Baby hitmaker, pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, actress Sophia Bush and British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran.
They celebrated the nuptials at a reception which featured Bieber's cover of The Beatles' All You Need is Love and a duet between the young singer and Braun's other client, Jepsen, but it was Hanks' performance on the dance floor later on in the evening which has since captured headlines.
In a video posted on Bieber's Instagram.com page on Monday (07Jul14), the Captain Phillips star is shown wearing a Jewish yarmulke and shawl over his suit as he dances to R&B singer Montell Jordan's 1995 classic This Is How We Do It.
In the accompanying caption, Bieber writes, "Haha Tom Hanks singing This Is How we do it dressed like a Rabbi lol (laugh out loud) #thatdancetho (sic)".
Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun is a married man after tying the knot with his fiancee in Canada over the weekend (05-06Jul14). Braun wed cancer activist Yael Cohen in Whistler in front of guests including the Baby hitmaker, pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, actress Sophia Bush and British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, according to TMZ.com.
During the ceremony, Bieber serenaded the happy couple with a cover of The Beatles' All You Need is Love and later joined Braun's other charge, Jepsen, for a performance of her hit Call Me Maybe.
On Monday (07Jul14), Bush took to her Twitter.com account to congratulate the bride, writing, "Congratulations to my beautiful bunny, the bride. @yael, you are one of the kindest, most intelligent, giving people I know. I'm so happy you've found your other half. Here's to a lifetime of love."
This is the first wedding for the couple, which became engaged in January (14).
Now And Then screenwriter Marlene King wants to revive the popular 1995 film as a TV series. King divulged the plan after a fan asked if there will ever be a follow-up to the coming-of-age film nearly 20 years after its debut.
In a Reddit.com Ask Me Anything session on Monday (09Jun14), King explained, "We're talking about it. We're talking about Now & Then the TV series.
"(U.S. network) ABC family has shown a little bit of interest in that, so we're still talking about that. People tweet about this to me all the time, they'll even send me photos of themselves watching the movie on a sunday afternoon."
Now and Then followed a group of four grown-up women and featured flashbacks to their childhood in the 1970s. The film featured Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Melanie Griffith, and Rita Wilson, while their younger counterparts were played by Gaby Hoffmann, Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, and the late Ashleigh Aston Moore, respectively.
Bruce Springsteen provided musical entertainment at a fundraising benefit for director Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation on Wednesday night (07May14), at which guest of honour President Barack Obama was awarded a humanitarian trophy. The director was joined by a host of celebrity friends as he celebrated the 20th anniversary of the foundation, which he set up after making Holocaust drama Schindler's List to help archivists collect and store video accounts of World War Two Nazi concentration camp survivors.
Springsteen performed acoustic versions of Dancing in the Dark and Promised Land at the benefit in Los Angeles and then found himself sharing a table with Spielberg and Obama, who was handed the Ambassador for Humanity Award.
Schlinder’s List star Liam Neeson kicked off the evening by remembering the making of the 1993 film and how it led to Spielberg forming the foundation.
Barbra Streisand, Rita Wilson and Samuel L. Jackson were also among the special guests. Pulp Fiction star Jackson was moved to post a picture on Twitter.com of a Holocaust survivor giving a speech onstage, writing, "This woman was on Schindlers List! A real survivor!"
Actor Tom Hanks is "healthier than ever" after turning his lifestyle around following his diabetes diagnosis last year (13), according to his wife Rita Wilson. The Captain Phillips star revealed in October (13) that he suffers from Type 2 diabetes, a lifelong condition in which the body fails to produce enough insulin.
He admitted doctors had advised him to slim down to help control the symptoms, but voiced fears he would struggle to lose weight at the age of 57.
Hanks quipped, "My doctor said, 'If you can weigh what you weighed in high school, you'll essentially be completely healthy and not have Type 2 diabetes.' And I said, 'Well, I'm going to have Type 2 diabetes then.'"
However, Wilson claims the health news served as a wake-up call to the Hollywood legend and he is now feeling in tip-top shape.
The Jingle All the Way actress explains, "He's healthier than ever because when you get a diagnosis like that you can't mess around so he's probably healthier than he's ever been now.
"He's dropped weight, he exercises every day, and he's eating properly and... thank God, doing really well."
Let's start with HannahWe open this season of Girls in the traditional way: on Hannah lying in bed, nestled in the comforting arms of her most cherished loved one and principle source of security — this time, that's Adam. The grid-evading oddball has moved back into Hannah's life, taking the wheel on her road toward self-betterment (as Hannah tells her therapist, a fumbling Bob Balaban, Adam is "making sure" she is eating healthy and taking her medication) and watching her embrace new productivity in the face of her editor's optimism. Hannah's Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, as it none too shockingly turns out, is predicted to be a big sell by the maniacally pragmatic David (John Cameron Mitchell, who, far more shockingly, is 50 years old), who delights in the revelation of her ailment over a pair of edible chocolate cups. Romantically, professionally, and creatively, things are looking up for Hannah.
The one speedbump that Hannah does hit on this road trip to personal improvement comes when Adam's recent ex Natalia (Shiri Appleby), who you'll remember from perhaps the darkest and most disturbing cene on the series yet to date, confronts the pair in Ray's coffee shop with accusations of Adam being a selfish, heartless, and overall unreliable human being. Hannah manages to shake off the residual jolts from this particularly jarring conversation, but the viewer keeps them in mind. While Adam might have played the villain in his relationship with Natalia, we can see him enduring her fate — being left to grieve alone — as Hannah eventually ascends to whatever venture comes along with a more attractive path.
Which brings us to AdamAt this point, Adam seems to be the dominant voice of wisdom for each of our main characters this year — in the first two episodes alone, he chauffeurs Marnie through her breakup with Charlie, establishes the image of romantic ideality for the impressionable Shoshanna, and offers Jessa a helping hand in the kicking of her addiction. But the permanence that his arguably questionable bits of advice (we've got to remember that the source has exhibited his own tremendous character flaws, despite his broad-shouldered air of nobility) is yet to be witnessed. Adam probably isn't going to turn Jessa off drugs entirely, instill in Marnie a refurbished self-esteem, or drill into Shoshanna's head what it means to be in a healthy, adult relationship. And worst of all for Adam, he's probably not going to keep Hannah from succumbing to her own demons... and unleashing them upon him and everybody else.
Onto MarnieMarnie, a victim of actor Christopher Abbott's suspended interest in his Girls character Charlie, is dealing with a sudden breakup, bled of her lasting self-efficacy by her venomous mother (Rita Wilson). Peaking visibly in the embodiment of defeat, Marnie breaks down at Hannah's dinner party over the very idea of Charlie, reciting the story of their split (they were planning to make frozen pizzas, and then… it was over) and wallowing in her ever loosening grasp on her sense of self.
It's not a particularly optimistic set-up for Marnie, both in-universe and out. We've seen her struggle with issues of loss and loneliness before, and things don't look to be "picking up" in any drastically different way. Yes, she's got a new apartment in Manhattan, but a pretty significant change is in order to keep our interest in the character's journey, however humane and relatable (albeit regularly contemptible) it may be. The first two episodes do very little to set her on any narrative path, so we're hoping that next week switches up the game in some fashion (be it a "happy" one or otherwise).
And now, JessaStuck up in rehab in the boonies, Jessa is succeeding in alienating everyone around her. Playing the "bad guy" in her regular group therapy meetings, Jessa uses her wicked clever streak to diagnose and castigate her fellow patients, earning their scorn and her counselors' disapproval. While there is no doubt in any fan's mind that Jessa would behave as such in this kind of setting — nor that this behavior would result in a wealth of ill repute among the rehab inmates — what stands out as a bit too "stylized" is just how unique the rehabilitation establishment is making her out to be. Jessa' counselor condemns her as a rare case: someone who makes less and less sense the more you get to know her. But if the character is supposed to represent a sub-community of free spirit addicts who thrive on their own narcissism and obsessive detachment, then why is she being treated like such a one-of-a-kind figure? Surely, this is exactly what the Jessas of the world want to hear. To have a psychiatric professional utter these words seems damningly toxic for Girls' intention of breaking down its characters as products of an ill-fitting regime.
In the second episode of the season, Jessa — having been booted from rehab for inappropriate sexual advances on another patient, played by Orange Is the New Black's Taystee (Danielle Brooks) — awaits the arrival of Hannah, Shoshanna, and Adam (the only one of the lot old enough to rent a car). The road trip faces Adam's concerted belief system against Hannah's lack thereof, culminating in the reveal that Jessa is (despite Hannah's insistence) in lasting dire need of help. While she maintains her psychotic stoicism, Jessa does appear to have taken some pain away from her rehab experience. In some form, she believes she was helping Laura/Taystee, a closeted lesbian, achieve a new sense of honesty. Furthermore, the one friend she feels she had made at the establishment, a middle aged British addict, was only consumed by his sexual cravings for her. Although Jessa does not seem at all willing to accept Adam's (a fellow addict) offers for help, she is newly marred. And maybe that will institute some kind of new exploration for her.
Finally, ShoshannaHer own experimental phase in high gear, Shoshanna is pretty much where we left her post-breakup with Ray. She's attending to her desires for adventure, primarily of a sexual nature, but is convincing herself that her studies will not go neglected... that proclamation coming shortly after we see her falling asleep at the library. But these hints, as well as Shoshanna's determination to graduate and escape the shackles of school life, suggest that Girls is setting up her professional future to be particularly nightmarish. The anxiety-ridden character is likely to achieve a new understanding of the cold hand of reality once her tenure at NYU comes to a rest, which means a new plateau of confusion and terror for the girl we once saw accidentally smoke crack and run around Bushwick without pants.
Ray was barely in these episodesHe called some girl a "feisty shiksa," and told Hannah that she was pathetic, but that's about it.
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Stars including Billie Joe Armstrong, Linda Ronstadt and Brian May have paid tribute to Everly Brothers singer Phil Everly following his death on Friday (03Jan13). The younger of the two singing siblings passed away in Burbank, California aged 74 after suffering complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The sad news was confirmed by the music legend's wife Patti and has since prompted a string of tributes from leading musicians.
Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong, who recently released a tribute album with Norah Jones called Foreverly, which is their own version of the brothers' second record Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, has taken to Twitter.com to share his grief.
He writes, "The Everly Brothers go way back far as I can remember hearing music. Those harmonies live on forever. We're gonna miss you Phil. Gratitude."
Linda Ronstadt, who recorded an interpretation of the duo's When Will I Be Loved in 1975, adds, "They had the sibling sound. The information of your DNA is carried in your voice, and you can get a sound that you never get with someone who's not blood-related to you. And they were both such good singers, they were one of the foundations, one of the cornerstones of the new rock'n'roll sound."
Queen rocker Brian May has also posted a tribute to the late star on his website, writing, "When we're young, we soak up up the things we love like a sponge, and the music of the Everlies (sic), which thrilled me to the core when I was a boy, will be in my head til I die... And tonight, about 3am, I hear that Phil is gone. I feel like a huge piece of my youth just melted away. I loved, loved those guys, and still do."
Other stars who have rushed to pay their respects include Rita Wilson, comedian Eric Idle and country star Charlie Daniels.