Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett has been booted from U.S. reality show Dancing With The Stars. He became the fifth contestant to exit the latest series after failing to impress with his jazz number with professional dance partner Allison Holker during Monday night's (20Oct14) show. Comedian Tommy Chong and actors Alfonso Ribeiro, Lea Thompson and Antonio Sabato, Jr. are still in the running for the mirrorball trophy.
Producers behind cult animated series Archer are changing the name of the show's fictional spy agency to distance itself from terrorist group ISIS. The adult TV series centres on the adventures of the title character and his fellow colleagues at ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service), but creator Adam Reed reveals he will be tweaking the title of the global espionage organisation for the upcoming season six in light of the recent hostage beheadings and other violent actions of the real-life militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, commonly known as ISIS.
Executive producer Matt Thompson tells TheDailyBeast.com, "(ISIS is) just the most awful thing, and we didn't want to have anything to do with it."
The name change will be incorporated into the storyline of the season six premiere, which airs in the U.S. in January (15).
Archer features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler and Judy Greer, among others.
British Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie is engaged to wed his girlfriend of one year. The celebrated sailor proposed to Georgie Thompson and shared the exciting news with fans by posting a photo of the happy couple cuddling on his Twitter.com page on Tuesday (07Oct14). In the accompanying caption, he wrote, "Picture says it all. So happy to be engaged to the loveliest woman in the World."
Rockers Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe and Matt Bellamy are among the stars who have designed custom Carparelli guitars for a charity benefiting children who live in war zones. The instruments will be auctioned off at Bonhams New York on 9 November (14) and proceeds will benefit War Child USA.
Former R.E.M. frontman Stipe tells RollingStone.com, "No person, and certainly no child, should have to endure what many of these children have lived through, and in some cases, still live in. I am honoured to be able to make a small contribution towards helping them. Thank you War Child for that opportunity."
Film director Gus Van Sant, former Cure guitarist Pearl Thompson and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood have also contributed their custom-created guitars to the cause.
Van Sant adds, "War Child's mission to bring war-affected communities the resources that their circumstances demand is not only crucial and appropriate, but speaks to a fundamental quality we have as humans to respond and react to injustice, even when we're not directly affected ourselves.
"I'm grateful to be able to take part in a response and to support War Child's programs that make a difference in the lives of over 375,000 war-effected children a year."
Emma Thompson has thrown her support behind Russell Brand's campaign to start a political revolution in Britain.
Brand has been extremely vocal about his ideas for overturning the U.K.'s democracy, and his stance has drawn criticism from stars including music mogul Simon Cowell, who urged the actor to prove his point by giving back his Hollywood pay cheques.
Thompson has now backed the outspoken funnyman, admitting she "can't stand" the current political landscape and fears a revolution is needed to rectify the short-falls of those in power. The Harry Potter star tells Britain's The Times newspaper, "We're going to have to have a revolution... I am encouraged by people like Russell Brand saying 'Don't vote'. I've got to the point where I listen to reports about what's happening on the FTSE or the Dow Jones and I think I'm in an Orwell (a George Orwell novel). Why is it always about earning money to buy things? How have you made it about this and sidelined the arts and everything that makes you happy? Side-lining actual conversation for a media that spouts endless drivel."
The actress, who is has been campaigning against oil drilling in the Arctic, also believes environmental issues will turn the public against the government, adding, "I can't stand it any more, what is being done in this world. I can't stand it, I can't bear the fact that they are going to drill for oil. They're not drilling for f**king oil in the Arctic! The Arctic belongs to us, all of us, they can't be allowed to do that, so whatever it takes... non-violent direct action, civil disobedience, you have to do it!"
Thompson is an active environmental and social campaigner and visited the Arctic with charity Greenpeace earlier this year (14).
Rocker Kim Shattuck used her firing from The Pixies as inspiration for the title of The Muffs' new album Whoop Dee Doo. The bassist was axed from rock band The Pixies last year (13) after just six months in the line-up replacing departed rocker Kim Deal.
Frontman Black Francis, real name Charles Thompson, subsequently said of her dismissal, "There's been a shift in the line-up, big woop-dee-doo... as far as we're concerned it ain't that big of a deal."
Shattuck has now deliberately quoted him in the title of her band's latest album, telling Mojo magazine, "Yes, the title of The Muffs' new album Whoop Dee Doo comes from Charles' quote about firing me. But then (The Muffs' album) Blonder and Blonder in 2005 is a quote from Courtney Love about Ronnie (The Muffs bassist) and I.
"Charles made it easy for us to think of a title."
Love is believed to have accused Shattuck of copying her style by dying her hair blonde, and the row inspired the name for The Muffs' second album.
Chic star Nile Rodgers is working with bandmates from beyond the grave by reworking outtakes from old music to create new tracks. The disco legend has compiled old demos and lost tapes, including two Sister Sledge tracks, and collaborated with DJ duo The Martinez Brothers to create new sounds for the first Chic record since 1992's Chic-Ism.
Rodgers found the experience cathartic as he could reconnect with colleagues who had passed away, including Chic co-founder Bernard Edwards and drummer Tony Thompson, who died in 1996 and 2003 respectively.
He tells Britain's Mojo magazine, "There's stuff I'm emotional about so I don't know if I want them (the songs) to come out... I'm just finishing the songs, and it's allowed me to play with my bandmates who've passed away, so it's cool. It's been hard for me because it's emotional, but I'll probably be trying to sell a million too."
The Expendables star Randy Couture has become the third ballroom wannabe to be voted off U.S. TV show Dancing With The Stars. The ultimate fighting champion (UFC)-turned-Hollywood action man and his professional partner Karina Smirnoff scored 26 out of 40 to land at the bottom of the list and exit the show on Monday night (29Sep14).
Couture admitted he had enjoyed his time on the show, stating, "It's been a great experience, putting myself out there and trying something new."
Tommy Chong, Alfonso Ribeiro, Antonio Sabato, Jr., Lea Thompson and designer Betsey Johnson are still in the competition.
Former The Cure guitarist Porl Thompson is set to unveil his artwork for the first time at a gallery launch in Los Angeles next year (15). The musician, who now goes by the name Pearl Thompson, has never exhibited his multi-media paintings before.
They will go on display at the Mr. Musichead gallery for three weeks from 5 March (15).
Gallery owner Sam Milgrom tells WENN, "He came to an event at the gallery recently and played a set - just him and a guitar. We got chatting and he told me he had never exhibited his artwork. I took a look and it's wonderful. I can't wait to display it."
Thompson was part of the original 1976 line-up of The Cure. He has played on many of the group's albums.
Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain were 90 minutes late to the London premiere of new film Salome after they were blocked in by protesters taking part in the People's Climate March on Sunday (21Sept14). Thousands gathered in central London to demonstrate about environmental issues, and the Scarface star was caught up in the travel chaos on the way to the screening of his film and an accompanying documentary.
Pacino and Chastain made it to the red carpet an hour and a half behind schedule.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "It was mad out there. It's always like that in London. I once broke down in my limo and had to rock up in a cab, which wasn't a good look."
Salome is a film version of Oscar Wilde's play, and Wilde Salome is a documentary about Pacino's struggle to direct and star in the drama.
Supermodel Cara Delevingne and actress Emma Thompson were among the protesters who marched through London on Sunday.