Actor John Stamos has poured his heart out in a tribute to his late mother following her death on Monday (22Sep14). The beloved U.S. TV star took to Instagram.com on Tuesday (23Sep14) to share the sad news with fans, revealing his mum, Loretta Phillips Stamos, was surrounded by her children and grandchildren when she passed away, aged 75.
The Full House star wrote, "The love of my life passed away yesterday... My mother had enough love to fuel a small country. She was truly one of a kind and will live forever in the hearts of all who knew her."
Stamos also posted a photo of himself as a child with his mother, and added, "A few weeks ago, I asked my mom if she remembered an inconsequential event - she simply replied, 'I only remember the love.' #Brokenhearted."
Iggy Pop is to give a lecture on the controversial subject of free music at a radio conference in the U.K. next month (Oct14). The punk icon, who hosts a BBC radio show, will give the fourth annual John Peel Lecture at Radio Festival 2014 in Salford, England and his speech will be broadcast live on radio and filmed for television.
The Stooges star says, "I've never given a lecture in my life, but on the day I'm going to attempt a discussion on the subject of free music in a capitalist society."
Iggy Pop's lecture will come just weeks after U2's headline grabbing free music giveaway in which they teamed up with Apple to have their latest album automatically distributed to half a billion users' devices. The stunt infuriated many fans who accused the rockers of encroaching on their music systems without permission.
Celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman have paid tribute to veteran comedienne Joan Rivers following her death on Thursday (04Sep14). The legendary funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).
Her daughter Melissa announced that her mum passed away just after 1pm local time, and celebrities have been paying tribute to Rivers ever since.
Fellow comedienne and longtime pal Whoopi Goldberg took to Twitter.com to share her condolences, and wrote, "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan."
News of Rivers' death comes weeks after Goldberg also paid tribute to another close friend, Robin Williams, who died last month (Aug14).
Australian actor Jackman lauded Rivers' comedic presence and wrote, "We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed," while Depp called her "An Amazing Individual", and Mel Brooks wrote, "Joan Rivers never played it safe. She was the bravest of them all. Still at the top at the end. She will be sorely missed."
Other tributes from Zoe Saldana and British comedian Ricky Gervais hit Twitter, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne thanked the late comic for being kind to his daughter Kelly - Rivers' co-host on TV show Fashion Police. He wrote, "Not only was Joan a comic genius, she was an amazing woman. Thank you for always having Kelly’s back. You will always be a legend. RIP."
Celebrities also brought levity to the tragedy of her death, recalling catty remarks Rivers had made about them on awards show red carpets. Actress Anna Kendrick said, "Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed", singer Demi Lovato added, "RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR," and pop star Katy Perry joked, "What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart? RIP Joan Rivers. You are a one of a one."
Former Charmed star Rose McGowan recalled that "Joan once said I looked like a whore," and Evan Rachel Wood shared a similar sentiment, and remembered, "She once said I looked like I needed a trip to the VD (venereal disease) clinic..." before adding, "The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in Hollywood."
Girls star and creator Lena Dunham even poked fun at Rivers' self-depricating extensive plastic surgery, and quipped, "I told (comedian Marc) Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory. That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane."
A plethora of comedians also shared their praise for Rivers, including Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Wanda Sykes, Arsenio Hall, Tim Allen and Kevin Hart, as well as celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Boy George, Samuel L. Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, La Toya Jackson, Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Brad Paisley, Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, Maria Shriver, Simon Pegg, William Shatner, Ariana Grande, Vanessa Williams, Julianne Moore and John Stamos.
Pals Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora teased fans with a super-sexy performance at Los Angeles' first Made in America festival on Saturday (30Aug14).
The 24-year-old Australian rapper and her 23-year-old British sidekick hit the stage at Grand Park to perform their collaborative hit Black Widow and almost locked lips.
The blondes squatted on the stage and faced off with one another, coming just inches from a same sex kiss that clearly turned the crowds on. Fancy hitmaker Azalea was on a bill that also included Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and Afrojack as Jay Z's festival came to Los Angeles for the first time three years after its launch in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
An estimated 26,000 fans attended the inaugural festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, and despite police reports suggesting 29 people were arrested at Grand Park for drugs and alcohol-related crimes, officers say a majority of the revellers were well behaved.
Made In America, which is a two-day event, spans across the U.S. as it not only takes place in L.A., but also simultaneously in Pennsylvania's capital city. Ora is expected to hit the stage again on Sunday (31Aug14), alongside Saturday's Philadelphia Made in America headliner Kanye West, AWOLNation, John Mayer, Weezer and Cypress Hill.
Sunday's Philadelphia line-up features Tiesto, Pharrell Williams and Kings of Leon, who are planning to make their stage comeback after having to scrap a series of shows following a tour bus crash that left drummer Nathan Followill with broken ribs and other injuries. In a post on Twitter.com on Sunday, the drummer wrote, "It's show day Philly. I haven't melted faces in a few weeks so I'll be bringing some extra heat."
Actors Mia Farrow and Dylan Mcdermott have led the tributes to their former co-star Lord Richard Attenborough, following the British movie icon's death on Sunday (24Aug14). The exact cause of death has yet to be revealed, but Attenborough had been living in a nursing home with his wife, Sheila Sim, and was confined to a wheelchair after suffering a serious fall in 2008.
McDermott, who starred alongside Attenborough in the 1994 reboot of Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street, took to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the man who played Kris Kringle, and wrote, "Rest in peace Richard Attenborough. U (sic) were the best Santa ever."
Their co-star and former child actress Mara Wilson also added, "Sir Richard Attenborough was the only Santa Claus I ever believed in. A wonderful man. Still in shock right now. May he rest in peace."
News of Attenborough's death comes almost two weeks after Wilson's Mrs. Doubtfire co-star, Robin Williams passed away after committing suicide.
Mia Farrow, who worked with Attenborough in 1964's Guns at Batasi, also added her own tribute to her friend, and wrote, "Richard Attenborough was the kindest man I have ever had the privilege of working with. A Prince. RIP 'Pa' - and thank you," as well as comedian Ricky Gervais, who added, "RIP Richard Attenborough. One of the true greats of the silver screen."
Other Twitter tributes have come from Edgar Wright, former 007 star Samantha Bond, Rob Schneider, Stephen Amell, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who noted that Attenborough's "acting in 'Brighton Rock' was brilliant, his directing of 'Gandhi' was stunning," and adding, "Richard Attenborough was one of the greats of cinema."
Born in Cambridge, England, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and served in the Royal Air Force during World War II before pursuing an acting career.
He made his debut as a sailor in the 1942 film In Which We Serve and gained popular acclaim playing ruthless young thug Pinkie Brown in Brighton Rock in 1947, eventually becoming a staple of countless British films over the next 30 years.
An accomplished stage actor, Attenborough was one of the original cast members of The Mousetrap, which went on to become the longest-running play in London's West End.
In the 1960s, he expanded his range of acting, taking on a variety of roles that exposed him to a wider audience - most notably as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett in 1963's The Great Escape.
Hitting his stride, Attenborough won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1967 and 1968 - for The Sand Pebbles and Doctor Dolittle.
But he'll be most fondly remembered for his behind-the-camera skills. In the late 1950s, he formed a production company, Beaver Films, and directed his first picture, Oh! What A Lovely War, in 1969.
He later scooped the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars in 1982 for his epic Gandhi, which also won him another Golden Globe Award the following year.
Other directorial credits followed - notably the 1992 biopic Chaplin, and classic 1993 movie Shadowlands - before Attenborough made a welcome return to the screen in 1993 as eccentric John Hammond in Jurassic Park.
Attenborough won a total of eight Oscars during his career. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967, and a knighthood came in 1976. In 1993, he was bestowed the honour of life peer, becoming Baron Attenborough, of Richmond upon Thames, London.
And in 2006, Attenborough and his brother David, a popular broadcaster and beloved nature expert, were awarded the title of Distinguished Honorary Fellows of the University of Leicester in recognition of their services to the university.
Attenborough was also later awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Drama from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and was an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.
On Boxing Day 2004, tragedy struck Attenborough's family when his eldest daughter Jane, her daughter Lucy, and her mother-in-law, also named Jane, died in the devastating Asian tsunami.
His family is expected to make a full statement about his death on Monday (25Aug14).
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The hit movie adaptation of John Green's novel The Fault In Our Stars is to be revamped for Bollywood.
Fox Star Studios executives are reworking the film, which featured Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as young cancer sufferers, to suit Indian audiences.
Film boss Vijay Singh tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We think the story will have an emotional connect with Indian audiences. The original English version was released here a couple of weeks ago and is still running."
"The film has done a business of about $1 million U.S. dollars. We had actually thought of adapting it locally even before the film was released here."
James Franco and Chris O'dowd's Broadway revival of John Steinbeck's classic novel Of Mice And Men bowed out on a box office high as it closed on Sunday (27Jul14) after raking in just under $1.04 million (£611,765) for the week's eight performances. The big figure set a new record for the show's venue, the Longacre Theatre, as it was the first time one of its productions had crossed the $1 million (£588,235) mark. The play had already recouped its $3.8 million (£2.24 million) investment in its first 12 weeks on the Great White Way.
Theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber is set to sue the promoter behind the failed North American revival of Jesus Christ Superstar to recover his costs. Poor ticket sales prompted Michael Cohl to scrap the new production in May (14) as cast members John Lydon, Michelle Williams, Brandon Boyd and J.C. Chasez were in rehearsals for the 51-date tour.
Now Webber and his partners at the Really Useful Group have announced plans to launch a lawsuit against Cohl in a bid to recover the production costs for the project, which was due to hit the stage two weeks after the abrupt cancellation.
Lloyd Webber's spokesperson says, "(RUG) is taking legal action against Michael Cohl’s Options Clause Entertainment following his cancellation of the 2014 North American Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
"The Really Useful Group (RUG) has no option but to proceed with legal action to recover its costs associated with the project and, in turn, satisfy outstanding payments to suppliers and contractors."
Cohl has yet to respond to the lawsuit news.
A teen sex abuse case brought against moviemaker Bryan Singer by an unnamed British actor has been dismissed. The plaintiff, identified only as John Doe, filed suit against the X-Men director in May (14) in Los Angeles, prompting Singer to file a motion to dismiss several weeks ago, insisting there was no legal basis for the suit.
The case was dropped on Friday (25Jul14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Singer's lawyer Martin Singer tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We are pleased the case was dismissed."
Jeffrey Herman, the plaintiff's attorney, has yet to release a statement concerning why the suit was dropped.
The moviemaker is not yet completely clear of the sex abuse scandal that has been swirling around him for months - Michael Egan III's case against him is still pending.
Egan claims Bryan Singer sexually abused him at a party in Hawaii in 1999, when the plaintiff was still a teenager.
Broadway's Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me failed because producers refused to build up anticipation for the show with a national tour, according to star Saul Williams. The production, based on Shakur's music, closed on Sunday (20Jul14) after just six weeks, and Williams, who played the lead character John, insists producer Eric Gold always knew the show would fail on the New York stage.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, he explains, "They (producers) wanted that Broadway stamp. This is the cost of that stamp... When you do something fresh and new, you're going to face obstacles and I promise you this story isn't over."
Williams claims critics failed to get how important the musical was: "There's actually a generic response when I don't think critics realise they're playing into the hands of something that runs deeper than how this made you feel. I am speaking to that American race psyche; that thing that Harry Belafonte said to me after he saw the play, which is, 'You took an Afrocentric-themed play and placed it on a Eurocentric stage. The problems you'll face are larger than you think'."