The world-famous Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in as many weeks. Revered Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest quit his role as music director on 5 September (14), citing creative differences with the group's director, Dominque Meyer, for his decision to walk away from the job he held since 2007.
Now French maestro Bertrand de Billy has followed Welser-Moest out of the door, blaming Meyer's "lack of loyalty" for his exit.
Reports suggest the pair initially fell out over a production dispute in March (14).
Actress Blake Lively celebrated superstar pal Beyonce's 33rd birthday on Thursday (04Sep14) by baking her a cake in the shape of a beehive. The Crazy In Love hitmaker and her rapper husband Jay Z befriended Lively after recruiting her to star alongside the musicians and the likes of Sean Penn, Don Cheadle and Jake Gyllenhaal in a Bonnie and Clyde-style heist promo for their On the Run joint tour earlier this summer (14).
The birthday girl celebrated her big day with a beach vacation with her family in Corsica, France, but Lively made a point of marking her new friend's special occasion by sharing a short Instagram.com video of the tasty honey-glazed treat she had baked in Beyonce's honour.
In a post on her Preserve lifestyle blog, Lively wrote, "In honor of the Queen of all Bs... I had to make this Meyer Lemon Honey cake. Happy Birthday Beyonce!!! Xxo Blake."
Ironically, Lively was left in agony during a recent photoshoot for her Preserve website after she was stung by a bee on the eve of her 27th birthday last month (Aug14).
Revered Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest has quit as music director of the world-famous Vienna State Opera. The 54 year old announced his immediate resignation from the post on Friday (05Sep14), citing creative differences with the group's director Dominique Meyer for his decision to walk away from the job he has held since 2007.
His contract had not been due to expire until 2018.
In his resignation letter, Welser-Moest, who also serves as the music director for Ohio's Cleveland Orchestra, revealed he had attempted to resolve his issues with Meyer, but declared, "differences over artistic issues were not solvable in several meetings".
Meyer has branded the conductor's exit "a great loss".
A replacement has yet to be announced.
Monday night (yes, Monday) was the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC and millions tuned in. Late Night host Seth Meyers gracefully took on the task of hosting. While the show might have been way too long, we found quite a few enjoyable moments that made us laugh, smile, and cry.
Seth Meyer’s Opening Monologue
Hosting any awards show is tough, but Seth held his own. He didn’t need a musical number, or heavy gag-jokes, to win over the audience. Seth was his usual charming self, with great delivery when it came to a friendly jab, or two.
Beyonce Showed Up
Oh you didn’t know, Queen Bey graced our screens last night? Amy Poehler AKA Beyonce, is half the reason we even tune into these awards shows. She’s either hosting, presenting, or just being fabulous, and that’s alright by us.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Matthew McConaughey Jokes
“Matthew McConaughey doesn't even own a television. I happen to know for a fact that he traded his television for a conch shell full of weed.”
The "Billy On The Street" Skit Was Surprisingly Good
"He's the host of the #Emmys this year!" "Um, Seth Macfarlane?" Haha.
— Yes/No Films (@yesnofilms) August 26, 2014
Usually, we're not too crazy about Billy On The Street, but his pre-taped skit with the Emmys' host, asking people on the street questions about the Emmys, was pretty hysterical.
Bryan Cranston’s Mustache
The guest of honor.
This Epic Makeout Sesh
Louis C.K.’s Simple, But Sweet Acceptance Speech
Nothing long-winded, just straight to the point, yet sweet. He also made sure to point out that Sarah Baker was the star and reason he won.
Retta Live-Tweeting The Whole Night
What is happening right now?? #Emmys pic.twitter.com/s9MsTYMOrj
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014
Poehlsy!!!! #JustLikeBey #Emmys
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014
I love how Jessica Lange is killing this “Ima let these fools know I’m still helluh sexy” saunter to stage. #Emmys
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 26, 2014
Retta, AKA Donna on Parks and Recreation and lover of live-tweeting, captured some of the most interesting moments from the night on Twitter.
When Joffery Confronted His Mother
When They Gave George R.R. Martin A Typewriter
And asked him to please write faster.
He was immediately on the case.
Ricky Gervais Just Being Ricky Gervais
"Now that is a television face. Not even really a television face. It's a Netflix face.” – Jimmy Kimmel
When Jimmy Fallon Seized The Day
Gwen Stefani messed up Stephen Colbert’s name, so Jimmy assumed that meant the Emmy was up for grabs. We’d all have done the same if we were there.
Billy Crystal’s Touching Robin William’s Memoriam
Which of these did you love the most? Tweet us your favorite moments from the night!
Modern Family kicked off another triumphant year at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday (25Aug14) by becoming an early double winner at the Los Angeles event. Show star Ty Burrell claimed the very first prize of the night for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and he celebrated the victory by reading out a cute speech penned for him by his young TV co-stars Rico Rodriguez and Nolan Gould.
Accepting the award, he revealed, "I had a speech (planned) but apparently the kids in the cast of Modern Family wrote one for me too and they handed it to me when I got here, so I think I'll read that instead."
Modern Family chalked up a second Emmy shortly afterwards as Gail Mancuso was handed the gold trophy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for her Las Vegas episode.
Meanwhile, Jim Parsons earned his fourth Emmy for playing astrophysicist Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory as he was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus scored her third consecutive Emmy win in the female equivalent for her portrayal of fictional Vice President Selina Meyer.
Other early winners included Louis C.K., (Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for Louie), Allison Janney (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Mom), and Kathy Bates (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or Movie for American Horror Story: Coven).
The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are being hosted by comedian Seth Meyers at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Stephen King, John Grisham and James Patterson are among 900 of the world's most famous authors who have waded into an ongoing publishing dispute with bosses at book retailer Amazon. Hundreds of writers, also including blockbuster novelists Lee Child, Philip Pullman and Suzanne Collins, have signed an open letter informing readers about the row and urging Amazon to bring the dispute to an end.
In the letter, the group accuses Amazon executives of using "unusual tactics" in a bid to push through a deal with publishing house Hachette, alleging they have been boycotting the company's authors, refusing to apply discounts to their books and slowing delivery of works by Hachette's writers to customers.
The letter reads, "As writers - most of us not published by Hachette - we feel strongly that no bookseller should block the sale of books or otherwise prevent or discourage customers from ordering or receiving the books they want. It is not right for Amazon to single out a group of authors, who are not involved in the dispute, for selective retaliation... Many of us have supported Amazon since it was a struggling start-up... We have made Amazon many millions of dollars and over the years... This is no way to treat a business partner. Nor is it the right way to treat your friends...
"We call on Amazon to resolve its dispute with Hachette without further hurting authors and without blocking or otherwise delaying the sale of books to its customers."
Hachette boasts some of the publishing industry's biggest names on its roster, including Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer, the writer behind the Twilight franchise.
"That guy is such a d**k. I need to say it. I don't know Dustin at all, but Mark and I have talked endlessly about Saved By The Bell... The Dustin Diamond thing is just so silly. It's just so negative and it always bums me out... Everyone has nothing but awesome (things) to say about that, except for Dustin. That might be you, bro. I think it's bull**it." Franklin and Bash actor Breckin Meyer defends his co-star Mark-Paul Gosselaar over the negative stories his former Saved by the Bell castmate Dustin Diamond writes in his unauthorised book, Behind the Bell.
Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have swapped TV roles for stunning new Entertainment Weekly magazine covers.
Spacey dons a wig, makeup, pearls and a red power suit to take on Veep protagonist Selina Meyer, while the actress plays stern political powerhouse Frank Underwood, in a reworking of his bloody House of Cards poster.
The covers were staged and designed for Entertainment Weekly's 25 Best Characters on TV issue.
Actor Will Ferrell is in talks to portray sexploitation filmmaker Russ Meyer in Russ And Roger Go Beyond. The movie will centre on the relationship between Meyer and late film critic Roger Ebert as they worked together on 1970 cult film Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, which Ebert co-wrote and Meyer directed.
Ebert's role has yet to be cast, but producers are hoping to begin filming next year (15).
The revered film critic lost his battle with cancer last year (13), while Meyer died from complications of pneumonia in 2004.
"I turned 21 the week before it (Clueless) came out, and Breckin Meyer, Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd took me out for my first legal drink. I don't know how I got home that night." Clueless actor Donald Faison was treated to a alcohol-filled birthday bash by his co-stars from the cult 1995 film.