Joan Rivers was notably left out of the In Memoriam segment at the 87th Oscars on Sunday (22Feb15), when the Academy paid tribute to the likes of Mickey Rooney, Edward Herrmann, James Garner, Elizabeth Pena, Maya Angelou, James Rebhorn, Lord Richard Attenborough, Ruby Dee, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Bob Hoskins and Mike Nichols, among many others, in a special montage. Rivers, who died in September (14), was also missing from a similar piece at the Grammy Awards earlier this month (Feb15).
Actress Minnie Driver credits a wardrobe malfunction with inspiring her famous red carpet snap at her first Academy Awards in 1998 after her dress "fell off" right in front of the cameras. The Brit was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Good Will Hunting and headed to the prestigious Hollywood prizegiving in a floor-length ruby Halston gown with a plunging neckline, with a faux fur stole to complete to her glamorous look.
However, Driver admits she was very nearly caught half-naked after the seams of one of her sleeves came undone.
She recalls, "When you walked in, there were banks of photographers, but there was only one place that you stood for them to have a look at your dress.
"I got up there and I put my hand on my hip and my dress fell off and I... had this fake fur stole around my shoulders and I pulled it around and the picture that they took of me smiling, and with this stole around my shoulders, became quite a famous picture, and nobody knows that it was just my dress had fallen off, and probably if they had got (sic) a few frames before, you totally would have seen my boobs."
Driver isn't the only star to suffer a near-disaster on their first Oscars red carpet - Glenn Close briefly flashed her bra during her debut appearance at Hollywood's big night years ago.
She remembers, "I was in a beautiful Geoffrey Beene dress. It was strapless, with a gorgeous bolero. Somebody stepped on the train and the whole top flipped down, and so for a split second, the entire audience saw my exposed breasts."
"I think my parents stole the name from their friends, who were also about to have a baby. It was a boy and they named their kid Jackson (instead)... I was supposed to be named Ruby. I liked that name, but my dad thought that Ruby Johnson sounded like a stripper's name." Fifty Shades Of Grey star Dakota Johnson on the origins of her name.
A drug kingpin portrayed by Denzel Washington in hit film American Gangster is developing a TV series based on his life. Former New York-based heroin importer Frank Lucas is set to tell his tale about dealing drugs in the late 1960s and early 1970s in a series called Blue Magic.
A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six that Lucas will appear in the programme, and filming is expecting to begin in the Big Apple in August (15).
In addition, Lucas is hoping to recruit rapper Jay Z, whose 2007 album is titled American Gangster, to sign on as a producer of the show.
Washington's 2007 film also starred Russell Crowe and Ruby Dee, and was directed by Sir Ridley Scott.
Australian model-turned-DJ Ruby Rose has joined the cast of hit U.S. series Orange Is The New Black.
The actress will join the inmates behind bars and took to her Facebook.com page on Tuesday (06Jan15) to share the exciting news, which she discusses in the newest issue of Elle Magazine.
She writes, "Grab yourself a copy of U.S ELLE MAGAZINE and read about my new role on a small unheard of series called Orange Is The New Black... (insert sarcasm) Haha I am very excited and honored to be named one of the Magazine's fresh faces on TV to watch in 2015."
A spokesperson for the hit comedy tells BuzzFeed that Rose will play jailbird Stella Carlin, whose "sarcastic sense of humor and captivating looks quickly draw the attention of some of Litchfield's (prison) inmates."
The third season of the Emmy-winning series will premiere later this year (15).
Grab this months US ELLE magazine for a sneaky insight into my new role on @oitnb ... Here we go 2015 #stellaishere
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Comedienne Ruby Wax has written a series of candid blogs detailing her latest battle with depression as the holiday season approaches. The funnywoman has spent years battling mental health issues, and she is now fighting a crippling bout of depression which came on over the last few weeks.
In articles written for Huffingtonpost.com, Wax describes her descent into black moods, revealing she does not want to go out or see any visitors until she feels better.
In her latest blog, she writes, "In a way it feels like I've been reunited with an evil, lost relative. Someone from my past I can vaguely recognise - and then it comes to me, oh yes, it's depression. I remember now... Oh my God, does my heart go out to people with depression who have to go to work and feel what I'm feeling. To have to drag the heavy weight and then try to hide it in case people think you're wallowing in some phantom sickness... I'm amazed that so many people keep going to work and trying to act like everything's OK. They should be knighted or given some purple heart for their bravery because that is the most difficult thing on earth, to keep acting like a human when you aren't anymore...
"So, I'm lucky. I don't want any visitors... I'm fortunate that I can just sit this out because I don't have a nine-to-five job. I can just lie here. I'm babysitting myself, waiting, waiting, for that gigantic thing that has blocked out the sun to move. I don't need to talk to anyone or do anything because I can just lie here and wait."
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has cast acting newcomer Ruby Barnhill to play the lead female role in his upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg. The British actress will make her feature film debut as Sophie, a young girl who teams up with the Queen of England and the Big Friendly Giant (aka BFG) to fight off a group of man-eating giants threatening the human world.
A statement from Spielberg reads, "After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvellous as we do. We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill."
Barnhill adds, "I feel incredibly lucky and I'm so happy. Sophie gets to go on this wonderful adventure and I'm so excited that I get to play her."
Production is slated to begin next year (15) and the film will hit theatres in July, 2016.
This isn't the first screen adaptation of the 1982 novel - an animated TV movie featuring the voices of British actors David Jason and Amanda Root as The BFG and Sophie, respectively, was released in 1989.
Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers is reportedly set to walk down the aisle with his girlfriend of less than a year. The Dracula star has been dating actress/producer Mara Lane since early 2014 and they are now preparing to tie the knot, according to Eonline.com.
She recently debuted what appeared to be an engagement ring at the 25th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas at The Forum in Los Angeles.
If the news is true, it will be the first wedding for Meyers, who dated Reena Hammer, the daughter of make-up artist Ruby Hammer, from 2004 to 2012.
Representatives for Meyers, 37, had yet to respond to requests for a comment as WENN went to press.
Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has paid tribute to tragic Australian cricketer Phil Hughes following his death on Thursday (27Nov14). The 25-year-old sports star passed away at a hospital in Sydney two days after suffering a serious head injury during a match, and his death has sparked an outpouring of grief among cricket fans across the world.
Crowe, who lives in Australia and owns a Sydney ruby club, admitted the news had hit him hard, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Just heard. In shock. My deep condolences to the family of Phillip Hughes."
One Direction singer Harry Styles was also among those who paid tribute to Hughes, adding, "Heard the news about Phil Hughes. Thinking of you brother. All the love."
Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus writes, "Heavy heart for my friends in Australia. Thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP Phillip Hughes." Other tributes have come in from stars including model/actor Tyson Beckford, former cricketer Shane Warne, and actors Kevin Connolly and Teresa Palmer.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor Dane Dehaan is leading tributes to Broadway dancer/choreographer Donald Saddler following his death on Saturday (01Nov14). Saddler passed away at an assisted-living residence for retired actors in New Jersey, aged 96.
He had dancing and choreography credits in theatre, opera, TV and movies stretching back to the 1930s, and during his Broadway career, he earned four Tony Award nominations as a choreographer, winning two prizes for musicals Wonderful Town and No, No, Nanette in 1953 and 1971, respectively.
DeHaan penned a tribute to Saddler on Twitter.com on Wednesday (05Nov14), writing, "Honoured to have met this giving, talented, classy man," while his wife, TV actress Anna Wood, added, "Weve (sic) lost another great light. Thank you for everything, Donald Sadler (sic). You will always be my favourite (restaurant) Sardi's date."
Other tributes were posted by Broadway actress Melissa Errico, who wrote, "RIP my angel Donald Saddler", while actor Ed Dixon, who worked with Saddler in No, No, Nanette, added, "A piece of history died today. Donald saddler, the choreographer of NO, NO, NANETTE and a dozen other broadway shows has gone to dance with (late stars) Ruby Keeler and Busby Berkeley. He was a lovely person and a true gentleman."