Zachary Levi's new Broadway show First Date got off to a rough start last week (begs08Jul13) when the actor choked on his meal in the middle of a monologue. The Tangled star made his New York stage debut on 9 July (13), when the musical about an awkward dinner date began previews at the Longacre Theatre, and during one particular scene in the show, Levi took too big a bite of his cheeseburger and raised a few laughs as he struggled to manage the mouthful.
During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday (16Jul13), he said, "Live theatre has some hiccups every once in a while. There's a scene, where part of the show I'm eating a cheeseburger, and I start choking in the middle of the show and everyone started laughing.
"I was like, 'I could be dying right now and everyone is loving this'. I kind of screwed up a couple jokes and a song that I was supposed to sing because I couldn't talk, but it was fine, everything worked out and I didn't die."
Rapper Drake is on the look out for new investment opportunities so he can become the next big hip-hop mogul and bank $250 million (£161 million) by the time he turns 29. The Best I Ever Had hitmaker has set himself the lofty goal after achieving his dream of making $25 million (£16 million) by his 25th birthday, and he is confident he will soon be joining the ranks of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Sean 'Diddy' Combs, who have all established themselves in the business world.
The 26 year old tells GQ magazine, "Rappers aren't the really rich ones. We all have nice houses with studios and cars, but you need a piece of someone's business to be super wealthy.
"I feel this great responsibility to see how far we (rappers) can take it, how out of reach can I set the bar for whoever comes after. While I'm here, I'm gonna keep pushing that bar higher up and make you really work for it."
John Malkovich has revealed he once fancied himself as a vigilante on the mean streets of New York City. The movie star, who often plays quirky characters, portrays a retired tough guy in the RED films - and he admits the role brought back memories of the time he spent tackling criminals in the Big Apple when he was a struggling actor.
He admits he frequently became embroiled in arguments with petty street criminals and bullies, and he admits one particular incident almost turned deadly when someone questioned his fashion sense.
During an appearance on America's The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Wednesday (10Jul13), he said, "I was at a restaurant and a mugger came by and grabbed someone's purse... A friend of mine... said to me, 'Did you see that? Let's go!' And so we finally ran this guy down into the park, but he'd had an associate and passed it off.
"(I also had an) altercation with a mugger that involved some harsh words and a butcher knife.
" I had on a very nice suit, he said a bunch of things to me on the street for no reason, which on reflection I wasn't so happy with, and then I went and changed clothes and picked up my utensil (and went out back looking for him) and asked him if he wanted to carry on the discourse. He declined and life went on."
Jay-Z has spoken out about his old feud with Robert De Niro, suggesting the acting veteran showed him a lack of respect after asking the rap mogul to get involved in his New York film festival. The Raging Bull star was previously said to have reached out to Jay-Z and talked to him about recording a song for the Tribeca Film Festival, but after initially agreeing to the collaboration, the Empire State of Mind hitmaker failed to return De Niro's calls.
The actor allegedly confronted Jay-Z about the incident during Leonardo DiCaprio's birthday party in the Big Apple last November (12), with a source telling the New York Post at the time, "Bob wasn't in any mood to make polite conversation. He told Jay that if somebody calls you six times, you call them back. It doesn't matter who you are, that is just rude."
The hip-hop mogul addressed the issue during an interview on New York's Power 105.1 radio station on Wednesday (10Jul13), and although he failed to offer up details about the fall out, he hinted that De Niro had offended him in some way.
He explained, "It doesn't matter who you are, everybody has to be respectful and everybody has to be a human being, you know? No one's above (manners)... We're all human beings and we all have to be respectful to one another and that's just standard. That's how I carry on with anybody."
"You learn something every day! Never knew @S_C_ (Shawn Carter) was a fan of Toxic! That's Big Pimpin." Britney Spears is pleased to learn she has an admirer in Jay-Z after he named her 2004 track as his favourite song by the pop star during a rare question and answer session with fans via Twitter.com on Monday (08Jul13).
Hip-hop superstar Jay-Z gave a teenage schoolgirl her big break in the music industry by picking her to help produce a track on his new album. Ebony Oshunrinde, also known as Wondagurl, was asked to contribute to Magna Carta Holy Grail after a chance meeting with the rapper's friend Travis Scott, who works with Jay-Z and Kanye West.
Scott passed along a reggae-inspired beat the 16 year old had made, and Jay-Z decided to use it for his song Crown.
The young Canadian, who is still in high school, admits it is a huge honour to see her name in the credits alongside Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Pharrell Williams.
She explains, "Travis texted me and said, 'I'm about to change your life.' Usually that doesn't happen to 16 year olds. A lot more people want to work with me now. It's pretty cool."
Rapper Jay-Z has reportedly won permission from New York City officials to stage a roof-top gig in the Big Apple next month (Jul13). The hip-hop star approached local officials to ask whether he would be allowed to perform on top of the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan on 8 July (13) in conjunction with an appearance on U.S. talk show The Late Show with David Letterman.
Jay-Z has now been given the go-ahead, according to the New York Post.
The star had to formally approach officials as a permit is required for a performance on the theatre's marquee so local authorities can close roads around the building.
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone refused to attend his daughter Tamara's wedding party in France earlier this month (Jun13) as he feared the lavish four-day celebration was "too much". The billionaire racing boss flew to the French Riviera to give his daughter away when she married Jay Rutland in an extravagant ceremony, which was part of four days of events rumoured to have cost around $5.4 million (£3.5 million).
The socialite reportedly hired chart-topping acts Sir Elton John, Lionel Richie and Mark Ronson to perform during the celebrations, but Bernie admits he left before the end as he didn't see the point of the parties.
He tells Britain's The Times, "I don't celebrate. I don't see the point. I went to my daughter's wedding last week and walked her down the aisle. But I didn't go to the celebrations the next day. I went home. I was there to do a job (give her away) and was happy to do that. I didn't want to hang around. The whole thing was a huge affair, too much really."
However, the 82-year-old mogul insists he didn't open his wallet for his daughter's big day, leaving his ex-wife Slavica to foot the extortionate bill: "I didn't pay for it. My ex-wife did."
Bernie and Slavica, who also have a 24-year-old daughter named Petra, divorced in 2009.
Three former members of an Native American tribe in Montana have been sentenced to probation for holding illegal big-game hunts for country stars Justin Moore and Josh Thompson. Jay St. Goddard, Jay Wells and Gayle Skunkcap Jr. were accused of hosting four hunts for the singers without the proper permits back in 2010 and 2011, using tribal funds to outfit the stars, who were filming an outdoor TV show in the area.
The former leaders of the Blackfeet tribe pleaded guilty to the charges, and on Thursday (20Jun13) U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered the trio to stay out of trouble for the next three years and pay $56,625 (GBP36,532) in restitution.
A statement to the Associated Press from the trio's legal team reads, "The three Defendants had good intentions. They just went about it in the wrong fashion."
Billy Crystal has an extra special connection to his new baby grandson because he was born on the actor's 65th birthday. The Princess Bride star's producer daughter Lindsay went into labour during her father's celebratory dinner on 14 March (13) and though Crystal was initially ambivalent about sharing his big day with another relative, he insists the tot's birth was the greatest gift.
During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday (17Jun13), he said, "We're at my daughter Lindsay's house and when I get there, she says, 'I think I'm in labour. I think so. I'm not sure...' So now I'm thinking, 'If it comes tonight, is it good for the baby to have the same birthday as me?' But then I'm thinking, 'Is it good for me to have the same birthday as him or her?'
"This was a milestone, my 65th. Is my 70th (birthday party) gonna be at Chuck E. Cheese (children's play centre). What am I gonna do?
"So we're eating dinner, and from the other room, you hear, 'Wow. Wow...' She's in labour... He was born that night. It's very exciting."