With experience on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update and NBC's Late Night, Seth Meyers wasn't going into the 2014 Emmy Awards' opening monologue as a greenhorn. Unsurprisingly, the perpetually chipper Meyers delivered a traditional, relatively tame, but consistently funny opener, cracking wise for the most part at networks... primarily his own (and the host of the Emmys ceremony) NBC.
Some of Meyers' strongest jabs targeted the organization's mislabeling of certain programs ("You had comedies that made you laugh and comedies that made you cry... because they were dramas submitted as comedies."), the ending to How I Met Your Mother ("Sorry kids. Jesse Pinkman lived. Dexter lived. But your mother didn't make it."), and the notoriety afforded to the conservative-leaning Duck Dynasty ("This season, Game of Thrones was the most pirated TV show, and Duck Dynasty was the most VCR taped.").
Although Meyers may never be as inflammatory as the likes of the divisive Ricky Gervais, as invigorating as his old partners in crime Amy Poehler and Tina Fey (the unofficial kingpins of today's awards show game), or as dazzling a showman as trade legend Neil Patrick Harris, he is a reliabley enjoyable performer who knows his way around a joke. An all around delightful monologue from Seth, as per expectation.
Dallas star Patrick Duffy is celebrating becoming a grandfather for the fourth time. The actor and his wife Carlyn welcomed a granddaughter last week (beg18Aug14) but it is not known which of their two sons, Padraig and Conor, fathered the new addition to the family.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, Duffy writes, "I'm a gramps again! For the 4th time!! Everyone fine and healthy!! Btw (by the way) it's a grand daughter!"
X-Men: Days Of Future Past director Bryan Singer made good on a bet with his assistant after agreeing to get a tattoo if the film crossed the $700 million (GBP422 million) mark at the global box office. The latest X-Men movie opened in cinemas in May (14) to overwhelming success, raking in $110 million (GBP69 million) in the U.S. in its debut weekend alone.
When the superhero film passed the $500 million (GBP301.5 million) benchmark, Singer's assistant inked the official round X-Men symbol on his calf, and challenged his boss to do the same if and when the film passed $700 million.
Singer shared a photo of the new tattoo on Instagram.com last month (Jul14), and wrote, "My assistant kept his end of the bet. Tattoo at 500mil. Sucka (sic)! Yet now we are passed 700 it's (screenwriter Simon) Kinberg and my turn."
And on Wednesday (20Aug14), Singer made good on his wager, posting a photo of himself getting inked at Los Angeles' Shamrock Social Club tattoo parlour.
Offering moral support, Sir Patrick Stewart, who plays Professor X in the franchise, was on hand during the session to observe as the tattoo artist got to work on Singer's calf.
The director added the caption, "Getting my X-Tattoo with @sirpatstew witnessing midnight," while Stewart tweeted, "I'm great support staff."
The success of the film is a real tonic for Singer, who pulled out of promoting the movie after he was accused of sexually assaulting a teenager. The case has since been dismissed.
Veteran British actor Sir Patrick Stewart is among the celebrities who have given a voice to statues as part of a new art project in the U.K. Dozens of stars have recorded monologues for the Talking Statues Speak Their Minds project, which provides voices for famous sculptures in London and in Manchester, England.
Stewart has provided a voice for the statue of the Unknown Soldier at London's Paddington Station, The Wire's Dominic West read a piece for the Achilles monument in the city's Hyde Park and Doctor Who star Jenna Louise Coleman took on The Reading Girl statue in Manchester Central Library.
Other famous voices taking part include actors Russell Tovey and Hugh Dennis.
Megan Fox was stunned to learn the middle name she had picked for her baby son, who was born earlier this year (14), was also her great-grandfather's. The Transformers star and her husband Brian Austin Green had already selected Bodhi as the first name for their second child - after Patrick Swayze's character in one of the new mum's favourite films, Point Break - but they were still deliberating on a middle moniker when Fox received a strange call from her mum.
She explains, "His middle name is sort of spiritual and religious for me, in that Ransom can also mean being saved. I pitched it to Brian and he was like, 'You know, I feel like that's such a typical, like, actor-y thing to do to name your kid something so weird and I don't know if we can make it work'.
"Two days later my mum texted me and was like, 'You know, if you haven't chosen a middle name, your great-grandfather's middle name was Ransom, and maybe that'll work'. I didn't know because... he died before I was born... We figured it was meant to be."
Michael Douglas, Sir Mick Jagger and Dame Judi Dench are among more than 200 stars who have come together to support a new drive to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom. BBC historian Dan Snow has put together a letter signed by hundreds of celebrities backing the 'No' campaign ahead of the Scottish referendum vote on independence in September (14).
A giant copy of the note was unveiled in London on Thursday (07Aug14), and is set to go on a tour of the rest of the United Kingdom countries so English, Welsh and Northern Irish members of the public can add their names to the star-studded list.
Snow says, "We think it is the most extraordinary list that has ever been compiled in modern British political history. It has taken my breath away."
Other celebrities to sign the list include Helena Bonham-Carter, Sir Patrick Stewart, Steve Coogan and Simon Cowell.
Actor Taylor Kitsch has been offered the lead role in the remake of critically acclaimed 2011 film The Raid. The Lone Survivor star is in final negotiations to lead the English-language reboot of the Indonesian film, which centres around an elite Indonesian SWAT team which gets trapped inside a building taken over by a malicious gangster and his thugs.
The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes is slated to helm the movie, which is set to begin filming early next year (15).
It's not the only new project Kitsch has been linked to - he is also said to be among the frontrunners to land a leading role in the upcoming second season of hit TV crime drama True Detective, which coincidentally, is due to wrap filming when The Raid is scheduled to start, according to TheWrap.com.
Celebrity photographer Patrick Mcmullan has become a first-time grandfather after his son Liam's fiancee, Virginia Chambers, gave birth to daughter Zelda Rose McMullan in New York City on Saturday (02Aug14), according to the New York Post.
Actress Cheryl Hines will exchange vows with Robert Kennedy, Jr. on Saturday (02Aug14), according to the groom's cousin. Former congressman Patrick Kennedy has confirmed the couple will wed at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
The Curb Your Enthusiasm actress became engaged to Kennedy in April (14). Kathleen Kennedy, her stepdaughter-to-be, recently told the New York Daily News the wedding will be a "secret affair, very private".
Kennedy is son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the late Senator Edward Kennedy. This will be his third marriage.