Alicia Keys, Harry Belafonte and actress Tyne Daly were among the celebrities who helped to celebrate the life of late screen icon Ruby Dee at a special memorial service on Saturday (20Sep14). Guests gathered at the Riverside Church in New York to salute the actress and civil rights activist in a three-hour ceremony, which featured performances from jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Peter, Paul and Mary star Peter Yarrow and pregnant Keys, who sang her Superwoman hit for the crowd.
Daly joined fellow actresses, including Phylicia Rashad, Kim Fields, Pauletta Washington, Lynn Whitfield and S. Epatha Merkerson, to read passages of Dee's poetry and prose, while the veteran entertainer's A Raisin in the Sun co-star Glynn Turman paid tribute to Dee, saying, "I feel honoured to have known Ruby Dee, but I feel so very blessed that she knew me."
There was also a message from U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who praised the Jungle Fever star for her "extraordinary life" and for "throwing open the doors of opportunity", while Belafonte delivered a eulogy on video and Sidney Poitier remembered Dee as "an artist, the likes of which I have never seen" in a letter read out during the service.
Actress Angela Bassett and Broadway star Audra McDonald were notably absent from the previously announced line-up after having to pull out of the ceremony at late notice.
Dee died in June (14) at the age of 91.
"We can't wait! We both want kids. We actually just rescued another dog. Everyone who knows me knows I'm a big dog lover. Got a real small one, a little rescue. Her name is Ruby and we do want to have kids... but I lost this dog in the back yard so many times that I'm afraid I need to practice on not losing her, so I don't actually lose my child." Actress Kaley Cuoco Sweeting needs a little practice before she becomes a mum.
Alicia Keys and Broadway star Audra Macdonald have signed up to lead a tribute to late actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee. A memorial for the star will be held at the Riverside Church in New York on 20 September (14), and Keys and MacDonald will be among the famous faces saluting the movie and theatre great, who died in June (14), aged 91.
Dee's poetry and prose will be read by Angela Bassett, Tyne Daly, Phylicia Rashad, Pauletta Washington and Lynn Whitfield, among others, while Harry Belafonte will deliver a eulogy.
Love & Theft star Stephen Barker Liles has tied the knot with his longtime love Jenna Kennedy. The couple exchanged vows at The Ruby boutique event centre in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday night (24Aug14).
Liles and Kennedy began dating in 2007, then briefly split, but reconnected and became engaged last May (13).
The newlyweds welcomed son Jett last December (13), and the nine-month-old was a prominent part of the ceremony, bringing him up to the altar for a special dedication, which also included the couple's siblings and Liles' bandmate Eric Gunderson.
Liles' father officiated at the wedding in front of about 200 friends and family.
After announcing their engagement, Liles told People magazine how excited he was to finally exchange vows with Kennedy, and gushed, "I am so blessed to have Jenna in my life and for us to become one. She is my best friend and I am so grateful for the Lord bringing her into my life."
Zoe Kazan stars alongside Daniel Radcliffe in the new romantic comedy What If, and critics everywhere—including our own Michael Arbeiter—are applauding Michael Dowse's film for being a rare gem in its genre.
Kazan (who also starred in and wrote the 2012 hit Ruby Sparks), delivers a fantastic performance as Chantry, a unique character and a breath of fresh air for movie-goers. She's a young woman with her own charming quirks, who also has a career and a sense of moral responsibility we don't always see in these films. Off the stage, Kazan is also a unique sort. In an interview with Paste Magazine, she problematizes an industry that has favored her "type"—the funny, white girl:
I would love to see more women of color represented. We have a lot of funny girls out there who are white girls, like Amy Schumer and Jenny Slate. And shows like Broad City are breaking through—and I’m all about that. I just would like to see more voices heard that don’t come from an upper-middle class, white culture.
More diversity in media can only enrich entertainment and pop culture, so we're obviously on Team Kazan with this one. Here's hoping more actors start making similar statements as well.
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A court in Italy has overturned Silvio Berlusconi's conviction for paying a teenage girl for sex in 2010. The former Italian Prime Minister won his appeal against the conviction on Friday (18Jul14). The charge related to allegations he slept with 17-year-old nightclub dancer Karima El-Mahroug, also known as 'Ruby the Heartstealer', and then used his political influence to cover it up.
Berlusconi, 77, had been handed seven years in prison relating to the underage sex charge and was given a lifetime ban on holding political office.
The media mogul is currently serving a community service sentence relating to a separate conviction on tax fraud charges.
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Summer: it's a time to relax, soak up the sun, eat mountains of ice cream and tackle the massive pile of books you've been meaning to read. Whether you need to make your way through hundreds of pages of classic literature before school starts up again or you've just been putting off the heavier tomes on your shelf until you have some more free time, reading the classics can sometimes be a slog in the summer. But it's a task well worth undertaking, and not just because it's good to broaden your literary horizons. Many of your favorite films are actually twists on well-worn tales. Sure, they're enjoyable on their own, but the only way to really pick up on the humor of Jane Austen or the references to Shakespeare in a suburban high school rom com is to read the books first. We've rounded up the best movies that become even better, funnier and more charming after you've read the works their based on. Consider it a well-earned reward for a book well read.
10 Things I Hate About YouBased On: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.Most Drastic Change: Aside from the high school setting, he plot was simplified to reduce the amount of characters and false identities. For example, Joey Donner was originally two characters, Gremio and Hortensio. Best Reference to the Source: After Kat almost hits Michael with a car, he calls her a “shrew”; Michael also quotes Shakespearean sonnets several times throughout the film, and Cameron quotes the play itself (“I burn; I pine; I perish”). And there's that one girl who is oddly in love with "William."You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: Almost every name in the film is a reference to something else. Padua High School refers to Padua being the location of the play, and Patrick’s last name, Verona, is where Petruchio is originally from. Kat and Bianca’s last name – Stratford – is a reference to Shakespeare’s hometown.
Clueless Based On: Emma by Jane Austen Most Drastic Change: Updating the film to be about ‘90s Valley girls; none of the character’s names are similar to Austen’s characters.Best Reference to the Source: The wedding fake-out at the end of the film. Since Austen wrote a great deal about the marriage plot, all of her novels end with the heroine getting married. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: While most of the characters have Austenian equivalents, Dionne is an original character, although it could be argued that she represents Ms. Weston. Also, Amy Heckerling cut out the character of Jane Fairfax completely. She is the main obstacle to Emma and Frank Churchill’s relationship; his Clueless doppelganger, Christian, is gay instead.
Bridget Jones’ Diary Based On: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Most Drastic Change: Instead of the large family that Elizabeth Bennet has in the book, Bridget is an only child, and has a large group of friends to give her advice, all of whom vaguely resemble her sisters. Best Reference to the Source: Casting Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. Author Helen Fielding has said that she based the character (both in name and looks) on his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: Instead of Darcy making two proposals, he only makes one; Bridget’s speech when she finds out that he is moving is a reflection of his second confession of love.
She’s the Man Based On: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Most Drastic Change: In the play, Viola just pretends to be a man, and calls herself Cesario, rather than specifically impersonating her brother Sebastian. Best Reference to the Source: The character of Malcolm, who is based on the character of Malvolio, has a pet tarantula named Malvolio. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Books: Like 10 Things I Hate About You, all of the names are either adapted from those of the characters - Duke Orsino is the modern-day equivalent of Orsino, who is a duke, and the restaurant they frequent is called Cesario – or the locations – the school’s name Illyria, is where the play takes place.
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Easy A Based On: The Scarlett Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne Most Drastic Change: In the book, Hester is ostracized for cheating on her husband with a priest; she got pregnant during the affair. In the film, Olive only pretends to sleep with people. Best Reference to the Source: The foreign film that Olive goes to see, courtesy of one of her fake hookups, is called Der Scharlachrote Buchstabe, which translates to The Scarlett Letter.You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: The film is up-front about many of its similarities to Hawthorne’s book, as Olive is studying it in class. Though Olive doesn’t have an affair with anyone, Hester and Arthur Dimmsdale’s relationship is paralleled in the affair that Mrs. Griffith has with Micah.
ScroogedBased On: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Most Drastic Change: At the end of the film, Frank reunites with his love, Claire. However, in the book, too much time has passed for him to reconcile with Belle, and so he is instead content with becoming part of the Cratchitt family. Best Reference to the Original: In addition to Frank Cross joking about “scaring the Dickens out of people,” one of the TV shows he produces is called “Scrooge,” which was an alternate title that Dickens published the story under. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: The Bob Cratchitt part is played by two different characters: Frank’s overworked assistant Grace Cooley and the much-abused yes-man Eliot Loudermilk.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Based On: Homer’s The Odyssey Most Drastic Change: Instead of journeying home after a great war, Ulysses has escaped from a prison chain gang. Best Reference to the Source: The film is filled with references to the epic, but the cleverest is the repeated use of the song “Man of Constant Sorrow,” as the name Odysseus (the Greek equivalent of Ulysses) means “man who is in constant pain and sorrow.” You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: In order to win Penelope’s hand in marriage, all the suitors must string Odysseus’ bow and shoot an arrow through a dozen axe heads, but only Odysseus is strong enough to string the bow. In the film, Ulysseus also strings a bow in order to prove that he is who he says he is, and not an imposter.
Ruby Sparks Based On: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.Most Drastic Change: In the play, Higgins “makes” Eliza by transforming her from a flower girl into a lady, but in the film, Calvin physically creates Ruby, as she is a product of his imagination.Best Reference to the Source: At the end, Ruby becomes her own person, and leaves Calvin behind to do what she wants and become who she wants, which reflects the controversial ending of the play, in which Eliza leaves Henry behind in order to marry Freddy, even though Henry disapproves. The ending of Shaw's play was very controversial when it was first performed, but it was important to him that Eliza doesn't marry Henry. You’d Only Notice This if You Read the Book: Calvin’s brother, Harry, repeatedly warns him to be careful with what he’s doing, and not to disregard Ruby’s emotions, just like how Henry’s friend, Colonel Pickering, constantly warns Henry to be kind to Eliza and to treat her like a real person, rather than an experiment.
To get that million-dollar glow, you may have to spend that much. At least, that appears to be the idea when you take a closer look at the products and procedures some of the world's most beautiful faces can't get enough of.
Rodin Olio Lusso Face OilFace oils are the biggest thing in skincare right now and the stars can't get enough of this one by Linda Rodin. This blend of 11 essential oils costs $150 for 1 fl oz (just 2/3 of a standard shot). Models Georgia May Jagger and Adriana Lima are said to slather it on regularly.
Sheep Placenta FacialVictoria Beckham is said to pay nearly $450 a session to have sheep's placenta applied to her face to reap the benefits of the animal's stem cells, according to the Mirror. The treatment is offered by Los Angeles-based celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer. Sounds rejuvenating?
Crème de la MerThis moisturizer contains the brand's signature "Miracle Broth," made from various sealife to nourish and tone the skin. Jennifer Lopez was once said to use it from head to toe. Just 1 oz will set you back $160, but if you really want to go A-list, you'll go for the 16.5-oz jar, which sells for a cool $2,000. Hey, if that's the secret behind how amazing J.Lo looks, it might just be worth it...
The Evian ExperienceIf your normal bathwater just isn't good enough anymore, you can head to the Hotel Victor in Miami and soak in a tub of Gerber daisies and 1,000 liters of double-filtered Evian water. It's said to cost about $5,000. Apparently Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy enjoyed this bath on New Year's Eve, according to the Daily Mail. Quite the bubble bath for a toddler.
Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème Night CreamThe active ingredients in this anti-aging cream include 4MSK to block melanin that can cause age spots and retinol to fight wrinkles. For 1 oz, be prepared to pay $525. Amanda Seyfried is a fan, who has also spoken on behalf of the brand.
BORBA HD Diamond and Ruby PeelAccording to Forbes and the Daily Mail, Mila Kunis shelled out $7,000 to have her skin treated with rubies, diamonds and other precious stones to make her complexion truly glow. Personally, we would take a tennis bracelet that we could rub on our face anytime.
La Prairie Platinum Cellular CreamIf you really want to bring in the big guns for a radiant complexion, you'll need $1,080 to get your hands on 1.7 oz of this cream that contains platinum. No surprise here, Gwyneth Paltrow is said to love La Prairie.
Are these products and procedures worth it? Only time will tell.
British singer Jessie J spent $3,740 (£2,200) on a specially-built bicycle for a young cerebral palsy sufferer. The Price Tag hitmaker discovered through Twitter.com that seven-year-old Ruby Huxter, who cannot walk or talk, needed the custom-built bike to help her muscles develop.
She spotted Ruby's mother, Vicky, appealing for funds on the Internet and offered to pay the whole sum for the equipment.
Vicky tells Walesonline.co.uk, "Jessie has just done a massive, massive gesture for us. I would have been fundraising for about three years to be able to afford it otherwise... Ruby loves the bike. We just cried when we saw her first start pedalling it - I thought it would take months or years before she'd be able to."
Veteran actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will be honoured at a special public memorial service in New York in September (14). The Jungle Fever star passed away on 11 June (14) at the age of 91 and now her family, friends and fans will be able to celebrate her life at the Riverside Church on 20 September (14).
The ceremony will include songs and tributes from those closest to the stage and screen icon.
Family spokeswoman Terrie Williams says, "Ruby was a (sic) extraordinary life force. People were very connected to her and to (late husband) Ozzie (sic)."
Actor Ossie Davis, who Dee wed in 1948, died in 2005.
Dee was laid to rest in a private service shortly after her death.