Florida authorities have stepped up security at the venue where comedian Bill Cosby is due to perform on Friday (21Nov14) amid concerns demonstrators will protest his presence in the wake of his sexual assault scandal. The veteran star has faced intense scrutiny over the past two weeks after he was hit with multiple historic allegations from a string of women, including claims from model-turned-TV personality Janice Dickinson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest star Louisa Moritz and bodybuilder-turned-actor Lou Ferrigno's wife Carla.
On Friday morning (21Nov14), promoters in Las Vegas and Arizona decided to pull two upcoming dates on his current stand-up tour due to the growing controversy, and now a planned April (15) show in Champaign, Illinois has also been cancelled.
Despite the furor, officials at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida, where Cosby is scheduled to hit the stage on Friday night, have decided the show must go on.
However, venue bosses have hired extra security for the sold-out gig and have opted to void all backstage passes to prevent any unauthorised access.
There will also be a visible police presence to ward off any crowd trouble as protesters gather outside the building, according to People.com.
The news emerges after the hosts behind Orlando radio show The News Junkie offered up $200 (£125) gift cards to anyone who disrupts Cosby's Melbourne show.
Presenter Shawn Wasson reportedly told listeners, "All you have to do is stand up. You got to film it or record the audio."
Cosby's legal representatives have continued to blast the "ridiculous" allegations against their client, who made no mention of the drama when he performed at a benefit in the Bahamas on Thursday (20Nov14).
Cosby has never faced criminal charges, but reached an out-of-court settlement with a woman in 2006 after she accused him of drugging and groping her.
Ozzy Osbourne spent $480,000 (£300,000) on pearls during a drinking binge and only remembered about the pricey purchase when he received an angry phone call from his accountant. The Black Sabbath frontman, who is a recovering drink and drug addict, was in Tokyo, Japan when he was offered a good deal on the jewellery and was so intoxicated, he spent nearly half a million dollars.
He says, "I was in Tokyo, p**sed, and someone was like 'If you want pearls, I've got a guy'. I call this guy and go, 'I'll have some of them, some of them.' Then my accountant phones up two days later and he goes, 'Have you been buying s**t? I've got a bill for half a million dollars to some jeweller.' And I go, 'I haven't been to a f**king jewellery shop. Oh...'"
Osbourne has now been sober for 18 months after suffering a relapse last year (13) during which his wife, Sharon, threw him out of their home. They later reconciled.
Richard Linklater's acclaimed movie Boyhood has landed four nominations for the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards including a Best Feature nod. The drama, which took the director 12 years to complete and stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette will compete against Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love is Strange and Under The Skin in the top category.
Hawke has also scored a Best Actor nomination for his role in the film, alongside Bill Hader for The Skeleton Twins, A Most Violent Year's Oscar Isaac, Michael Keaton for Birdman and Miles Teller for Whiplash, while Arquette is up against Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Under the Skin's Scarlett Johansson and Mia Wasikowska (Tracks) in the Best Actress category.
Nightcrawler's Riz Ahmed, Blue Ruin's Macon Blair, Boyhood's Ellar Coltrane, Wish I Was Here's Joey King, Obvious Child's Jenny Slate and Dear White People's Tessa Thompson will battle it out for Breakthrough Actor.
The prizegiving ceremony will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on 1 December (14). Actress Tilda Swinton and Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller with be honoured with special tributes at the event.
Rockers Jane'S Addiction were forced off stage at a free gig in New York City over the weekend (11-12Oct14) after they overran their time slot. Perry Farrell and his band were performing at the CBGB Music & Film Festival in Manhattan's iconic Times Square on Sunday (12Oct14) when they played past their allotted finish time.
The singer's microphone was cut off as he attempted to sing their epic track Three Days, prompting Perry to aim a foul-mouthed rant at Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying, "Mayor What's-His-Name!... Bring that motherf**king mayor out! Let him tell it to my face I can't do Three Days," according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The power was then shut off and the band begrudgingly left the stage.
Debbie Harry will honour the memory of John Lennon this December (14) by headlining a charity concert in his name. The Blondie rocker will top the bill at the 34th annual John Lennon Tribute at Symphony Space in New York, where Joan Osborne, Ben E. King, Marshall Crenshaw and B-52's star Kate Pierson are also set to perform.
The gig, organised by bosses at non-profit group the Theatre Within, will take place on 5 December (14), three days before the 34th anniversary of the Beatles legend's assassination.
Proceeds will be donated to the Spirit Foundation, a charity founded by Lennon and his widow Yoko Ono.
In a statement, Ono writes, "I share Theatre Within's belief that music and the performing arts have a special power to bring people together and inspire us to make a positive difference. It's beautiful that the Tribute continues to have such a powerful impact in John's memory."
This year's (14) event will also feature the presentation of the inaugural John Lennon Real Love Award, which will be handed to rock photographer Bob Gruen, who took some of the most famous pictures of the Imagine hitmaker during his time in the Big Apple.
The Visitor star Haaz Sleiman is set to join the long list of actors who have portrayed Jesus Christ onscreen after signing on to play the son of God in the film adaptation of newsman Bill O'reilly's book Killing Jesus. The Lebanese actor will join Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Moyer, Rufus Sewell, Emmanuelle Chriqui and John Rhys Davies in the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Grammer will play King Herod, the Roman King of Judea, who attempted to kill Jesus at his birth, while True Blood star Moyer will portray another biblical villain, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who ordered Jesus' crucifixion.
O'Reilly, who will serve as executive producer of the National Geographic film, tells The Hollywood Reporter, "The film Killing Jesus will break new ground in chronicling the life of the most famous human being who ever lived. The superb cast and script reflect much thought and research. Viewers are in for something very different and very special."
Killing Jesus will premiere globally on the National Geographic Channel in 2015 in 171 countries and 45 languages.
Actor Bill Hader had to be hospitalised for a serious allergic reaction on the set of his new black comedy The Skeleton Twins after he was given a piece of chocolate filled with peanut butter. The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs star is allergic to peanuts, but he accepted the candy from a set assistant after being reassured it was just chocolate.
However, Hader realised he was in trouble the moment he bit into the sweet treat and his throat began to close up.
He explains, "I have a peanut allergy and we were shooting a scene with Luke Wilson and someone came over to me and said, 'Hey, do you want some chocolates?', and I said, 'I have a peanut allergy' and he said, 'No, these are just chocolate, don't worry about it, there's no peanuts in this.' I go, 'Oh, great', and I put it in my mouth and it's filled with peanut butter! I went, 'This is peanut butter', and they said, 'Oh, you said peanuts...'
"So this is how I die...! My throat closes up and I can't breathe..."
Hader was taken to a nearby medical centre for treatment, but he did not expect the no-nonsense New York doctor in the emergency room (ER) to turn on him for not carrying an epinephrine autoinjector device to protect him from such health scares.
He continues, "My whole mouth is numb, I can't breathe... This has happened a couple of times to me, but not in New York, and the New York ER guy was like - he's a doctor - and he goes, 'This happened to you before?'. I go, 'Yeah', and he goes, 'Do you have an EpiPen?' I go, 'No', and he goes, 'You're a f**king idiot!'. I'm like, 'Yeah, yeah, I'm a f**king idiot.'"
Actor Adrien Brody jumped at the chance to portray Harry Houdini onscreen because he was fascinated by the legendary illusionist as a child and wannabe magician.
The King Kong star takes on the title role in upcoming miniseries Houdini and reveals the Hungarian immigrant and famed performer, who was known for his sensational escape acts in the early-1900s, provided "a profound level" of inspiration for him during his youth.
Brody tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "What he symbolises, still, resonated with me as a boy... "He is the epitome of the American dream. He is someone who has not only escaped the confines of the physical shackles, but the shackles that keep down the impoverished people. He was an Eastern-European immigrant... "He overcame all these things and he escaped that and he represented that to people, that it's possible, and that's a very heroic thing..."
At the end of the interview segment, Brody showed off his own magic skills by breaking a pencil in half with a folded dollar bill. The actor admitted he hadn't performed the trick in 30 years, but he succeeded on his third attempt, leaving Today co-host Tamron Hall stunned.
Rocker Pete Way has urged all men over 50 to get their prostate checked after winning his battle with cancer. The UFO founder was recently given a clean bill of health by doctors, and now he's determined to encourage other men not to wait until its too late to go for a test.
He tells Classic Rock Magazine, "I thought the blood in my pee must have been linked to the drugs I had taken down the years. When they said I had cancer I thought I was going to die.
"I had symptoms, because some people don’t, and then it can be too late to treat. All men over 50 should go and get tested - it’s a simple procedure and it could save your life."
Way underwent radiotherapy and admits the cancer sufferers he met on the way to recovery put his years of drug abuse into perspective.
He adds, "I’m ashamed when I think of the things I did, testing every drug you can imagine... and I’ll never be able to listen to an addict again tell me how hard it is to stop using. I’d say, 'You’re f**king mad! Just come down to the cancer club to put it all into perspective'."
Rapper Nas was shocked to discover his ancestors were sold as slaves in 1859 during his appearance on a genealogy TV show. The I Can hitmaker is the first rapper to trace his family history on U.S. series Finding Your Roots, and he was overwhelmed with emotion when he was presented with documents showing his relatives' tragic past.
Now he is considering tracking down descendents of those who 'owned' his ancestors to demand they hand over some of the fortune they made from slavery.
Speaking during the Television Critics Association press tour, he explains, "First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale. I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk."
The rapper adds, "Now I'm on a mission to find out more."
The 10-part TV series will also feature stars including Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey and Stephen King.