Julia Roberts has urged new celebrity mums to think twice about taking on a theatre role so soon after giving birth - because her Broadway stage debut in 2006 almost drove her nuts. The movie star jumped into Richard Greenberg's play Three Days of Rain in 2006, 18 months after becoming a mum to twins Hazel and Finn, and she now admits she wasn't ready to be a working mother.
The bad reviews and long hours aside, Roberts struggled to pull herself away from her babies come showtime.
She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "The first time I worked after I had Finn and Hazel was a play for four months, and they were a year-and-a-half old, and there was a little place in the theatre for them to play, and (co-star) Paul Rudd's son was just younger than they were.
"It seemed perfect: 'I'll be at work while they're sleeping, and nothing about our life will be any different'. And then cut to me standing at an elevator waiting to go to work, literally pulling my own hair out. I went a little bit cuckoo."
Actor Dean Mcdermott has played down reports of his family's financial struggles after his wife Tori Spelling revealed they could not afford a vasectomy procedure in her new book. The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star confessed she and her husband have put off plans for the actor to undergo the procedure in a bid to halt their baby making, after realising they lacked the funds to pay for it.
In a recent People magazine interview, she explained, "We're in the entertainment business, and things change year to year. We don't have a series on the air right now, so we have to be more restrictive of what we can spend, just like anyone who doesn't currently have a steady job."
But her husband insists her vasectomy reveal has been blown out of proportion - they simply chose not to go forward with a top doctor's plans for the reversal operation, because his fees were too high.
McDermott explains, "We're human and life has ups and downs and sometimes your bank account is flush and sometimes it's not and it happens... I went to this particular doctor, because he's the best at the reversal. He doesn't take insurance and the estimate was pretty high and we told the business manager and he was like, 'That's a lot'.
"I didn't pursue it. It's not that we couldn't afford the vasectomy... I just didn't look for another doctor."
But the actor, a dad of five, insists the couple won't be having any more kids - vasectomy or not: "Tori doesn't like the idea of a vasectomy because it's so final... but I don't think we'd have more (children), especially after what she went through with (last child) Finn - she had a placenta previa and she spent two months in the hospital... We could have lost the baby and her. And physically, it took a lot out of her - four kids in six years, that's tough on a body."
Glee creator Ryan Murphy has confessed the series' writers will reveal how Cory Monteith's character died, but they are holding off on the explanation as they are still coping with his loss. The 31-year-old actor died in July (13) after a heroin and alcohol binge, and his character on the hit series, Finn Hudson, was also given a final farewell, in an emotional episode which aired in the U.S. last week (10Oct13).
The episode picked up three weeks after Hudson's funeral, but a number of fans were left disappointed when it was not explained how his character passed away on the show.
Murphy, who wrote the episode, tells Access Hollywood that fans will get closure when it comes to Hudson's death, but viewers should not expect it any time soon.
He explains, "It's still such raw nerve for me. I still find it so painful to talk about and write about. We barely got through writing that episode. It was very heavy hearts. So I don't know, I'm sure at one point we will (explain his death). I think we have an obligation to sort of tell people how, but not any time soon."
Murphy also revealed Glee will end next year (14) after six seasons.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy has heaped praise on his leading lady Lea Michele for the strength she showed as he was piecing together a TV tribute to her late boyfriend, Cory Monteith. The much-anticipated show will air on Thursday (09Oct13) and Murphy admits he couldn't have made the touching episode without grieving Michele's support.
He says, "She was actually deeply in it - her story kicks in during the last half. It was very brave of her to do, because there were some cast members, who we won’t name, who didn’t want to do a grief episode, didn’t want to do a memorial episode.
"So, Lea really put herself in the bottom of the heap and soldiered on."
Murphy reveals she even helped him pick the pivotal song she sings in the episode: "It was a very personal one for her and Cory. She’s ultimately the person who approved and chose that song. She wanted to do something personal. I don’t think she’ll ever share why she chose that song. It was very sad; everybody was wrecked. It was really hard."
Michele will sing Make You Feel My Love during the episode that will serve as a swansong to Monteith's Glee character Finn Hudson.
The actor died from a drug and alcohol overdose in July (13).
British boyband star Duncan James has opened up about his money woes after filing for bankruptcy last month (Sep13), admitting he was heartbroken after having to sell his mum's house to get by. The singer, who filed bankruptcy paperwork in a London court on 12 September (13), insists he was left broke after losing the fortune he invested in property for his mum, ex-girlfriend Claire Grainger and their daughter Tianie-Finn.
He tells Britain's Sun on Sunday, "I bought a house for my mum, I bought a house for my ex-partner and my daughter and I spent about £1 million on my home. I've always wanted to give my loved ones roofs over their heads and make sure they were taken care of, so that's what I did. Unfortunately - and I was far from the only person hit by it - the property crash came and I lost a lot of money. And now I've had to sell the home I bought for my mum. And that's been the most heartbreaking part for me. I so wanted to take care of her. But now she's living in rented accommodation and I do my best to help her with it, but I can't like I used to."
However, James is determined to get back in control of his finances as he heads out on tour with his Blue bandmates this month (Oct13).
He adds, "In some strange way, it's actually a relief to have been declared bankrupt. It means I can start again. Before I went bankrupt, I had been trying to pay off loans for years and felt as if I was a hamster in a wheel in a test tube with water slowly being poured inside. I felt like I kept going and going and trying and trying, but water kept coming in and I was drowning. At least now I've got a chance to start again."
Fans of hit TV show Glee were given a sneak peek at next week's (beg07Oct13) Cory Monteith tribute at the end of Thursday night's (03Oct13) episode in the U.S. - and it looks set to be a tearjerker. Show regulars are seen paying their respects to the tragic actor's character Finn Hudson in the emotional teaser, creating a shrine to the high school quarterback-turned-Glee club star and carrying his quarterback helmet through fictional McKinley High.
Monteith's real-life girlfriend Lea Michele is also featured in the clips for the Farewell to Finn episode, sobbing into co-star Matthew Morrison's arms as he attempts to console her.
Michele sings To Make You Feel My Love throughout the trailer.
Monteith died from a drug and alcohol overdose in July (13).
Glee star Jane Lynch paid tribute to her late friend and castmate Cory Monteith at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (22Sep13), insisting his death in July (13) is a reminder of the "senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction". Monteith, who died from a drug and alcohol overdose, was one of five TV celebrities honoured with special mentions at the 65th Emmys, and the decision to single him out was criticised by many, who felt others, like Larry Hagman and Jack Klugman, should have been part of the tribute instead of the Glee actor.
However, Lynch, who delivered the In Memoriam tribute onstage at the Emmys, had a very special message for her late co-star's fans and friends.
She said, "This summer on our show Glee we suffered a painful death in our family. Cory Monteith played Finn Hudson, a star quarterback-turned- wide-eyed, heartfelt Glee singer. And from the first time you saw Cory he had a star quality and a genuine sweetness that made it impossible not to fall in love with him. And millions did fall in love with Cory...
"Cory was a beautiful soul. He was not perfect, which many of us here tonight can relate to. His death is a tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction. Tonight we remember Cory for all he was and mourn the loss of all he could have been.
"To a generation that loved Cory so, please know this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love, and, if you were lucky enough to know Cory as we did, and witness first-hand Cory's goofy, breezy sense of humour, his natural instinct for inclusiveness and his unbridled sense of generosity, I promise you'd have loved him even more."
The other late TV celebrities honoured at the Emmys included James Gandolfini, Jonathan Winters and Jean Stapleton.
The son of late actor Jack Klugman was furious to learn his father will not be memorialised at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night (22Sep13), and has criticised show bosses for including tragic Glee star Cory Monteith instead. Monteith, who died of a drug and alcohol overdose in July (13), will be among the late stars who will be remembered during the prizegiving in Los Angeles, along with The Sopranos star James Gandolfini, Family Ties producer Gary David Goldberg, actress Jean Stapleton and funnyman Jonathan Winters.
Klugman, who died of cancer in December (12), has not been included in the list, and the snub has angered his son Adam, who is adamant Monteith is less deserving of the honour than his father.
Adam tells the Los Angeles Times, "They're celebrating this self-inflicted tragedy instead of celebrating the life of my father, who won three Emmys... Cory Monteith never won an Emmy... Let's call this what it is. They're doing this because they think they're gonna get a younger generation of viewers to watch."
Many critics have also taken aim at Emmys organisers over the list, which also fails to include late Dallas star Larry Hagman, prompting executive producer Ken Ehrlich to defend the choices.
A statement released by Ehrlich reads, "Every generation of television viewers has its favourites, and when we decided to expand the In Memoriam segment to remember certain individuals, we wanted these pieces to be representative as well. To a younger generation, Cory Monteith's portrayal of Finn Hudson (in Glee) was highly admired, and the producers felt that he should be included along with the four other individuals we have singled out."
Alec Baldwin turned to American political royalty Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for advice following his split from actress Kim Basinger, according to a new diary expose. The 30 Rock star separated from the Hollywood beauty in 2000 after seven years of marriage, and the actor decided to call on his pal Kennedy, Jr. to talk through his relationship problems and his concerns for their daughter Ireland, who was five at the time.
In a secret diary purportedly belonging to the nephew of assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy, he writes, "He is directing his first movie when she presented him with divorce (sic)... and moved to LA, a town he hates."
Kennedy reportedly goes on to add that he gave Baldwin "encouragement" based on his own divorce from his first wife, Emily, in 1994.
The diary, obtained by the New York Post, also reveals details about Kennedy, Jr.'s friendship with Leonardo DiCaprio, who picked the lawyer/activist's brains about "environmental stuff" back in 2001, not long after launching his own environmental charity.
In a diary entry dated 21 May, 2001, Kennedy, Jr. adds, "He wants to spend his life and resources on a clean environment."
He also recalls how his then-three-year-old son, Finn, mistook the Titanic star for a girl during a dinner party at their family home.
He writes, "Finn, looking at Leo's ponytail, asked him, 'Are you a girl?' and was emphatic that he did not want such a haircut... Leo was very sweet."