Stars including Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Stevie Wonder headed to San Francisco, California on Saturday (27Sep14) to pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams following his death in August (14). The Good Will Hunting star committed suicide in his adopted home of San Francisco last month (Aug14) and was laid to rest at a private funeral a week later.
His daughter Zelda organised a memorial service at the Curran Theatre on Saturday so his life could be celebrated by his famous friends.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, hundreds of guests attended while others sent in music and video tributes. Billy Crystal, who gave a speech in Williams' honour at the Emmy Awards last month (Aug14), paid another emotional farewell to his friend while Goldberg, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Idle and Williams' three children and wife Susan also addressed the audience.
Stevie Wonder helmed the musical section of the memorial with the Glide Ensemble and Change Band from the Glide Memorial Church, where Williams' funeral was held.
Following the service, the guests headed to the nearby Westin St. Francis Hotel for a reception.
Other attendees include the actor's Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, Bette Midler, Ben Stiller, George Lucas, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jeff Bridges, Minnie Driver, Josh Groban, Seth Green and Eddie Izzard.
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Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman fought back tears as she paid tribute to her father at his funeral in Sydney, Australia on Friday (19Sep14).
Dr. Anthony Kidman died last week (ends14Sep14) after suffering a fall while visiting the actress' sister Antonia in Singapore, and family members gathered in their home city of Sydney to pay their last respects at his memorial service. The Oscar winner was joined by her husband Keith Urban and fellow actor Russell Crowe for the funeral at St Francis Xavier Church, and she gave an emotional eulogy paying tribute to her beloved dad.
Kidman revealed her father was a huge support after she split from ex-husband Tom Cruise in 2001, telling the congregation, "He was the father that was on a plane, hours after I got divorced, to come and take care of me, staying with me for weeks for as long as I needed. He was also the father who would when I was crying always tell me 'Nicki, it's going to be OK'... He was a man that was always there for me, a thinker, my confidant, my friend and my protector."
Kidman then sang Amazing Grace with her country star husband Urban, while he and Crowe were also among the pallbearers at the funeral.
Led Zeppelin's new entertainment lawyer has asked a Pennsylvania judge to dismiss a plagiarism lawsuit over the British band's Stairway To Heaven hit on the grounds of a lack of jurisdiction. The rockers are fighting a copyright infringement claim filed in Pennsylvania against the group in May (14) by Francis Malofiy, a lawyer representing late Spirit guitarist Randy California.
Malofiy alleges the opening notes of Stairway To Heaven are too similar to California's work on his 1968 song Taurus and is demanding credit for at least inspiring Led Zeppelin's 1971 release.
Guitarist Jimmy Page previously dismissed the lawsuit as "ridiculous" and now top attorney Helene Freeman is seeking to have the case thrown out of court.
In a motion to dismiss, Freeman writes, "The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here.
"Under established case law, no good faith basis exists to argue the Court has general jurisdiction over them."
Led Zeppelin hired Freeman, who litigated a series of victories for Justin Timberlake's former boy band 'N SYNC, earlier this month (Sep14), to help them win the case.
Randy California, real name Randy Craig Wolfe, was born in Los Angeles.
Dame Judi Dench and Helena Bonham Carter have been immortalised in stone busts by British fashion designer Nicole Farhi. Farhi launched her From the Neck Up exhibition, which features sculptures of her celebrity friends, at a gallery in London on Monday (15Sept14) and both Dench and Carter were on hand to inspect the statuettes.
Speaking to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, Farhi says of the show, "This is a new experience and I feel entirely naked and alone to face the reaction of the public... Judi Dench was the easiest woman to sculpt. I saw the young woman she was and still is through her smile."
Other sculpted stars in the show include actor Bill Nighy, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, playwright Tom Stoppard and artists Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.
The members of Led Zeppelin are getting serious about a plagiarism lawsuit over their Stairway To Heaven hit by hiring top entertainment lawyer Helene Freeman to represent them. Freeman, who litigated a series of victories for Justin Timberlake's former boy band 'N SYNC, has signed on to defend Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones in a copyright infringement claim filed by a lawyer representing late Spirit guitarist Randy California.
Francis Malofiy filed a complaint in May (14), arguing that the opening notes of Stairway To Heaven are too similar to notes from a song written by his late client's 1968 song Taurus - and that California deserves credit for at least inspiring the track.
Page dismissed the lawsuit as "ridiculous", but it appears he's taking it seriously - and now Freeman has until 22 September (14) to answer the late California's claims via his estate attorney.
Hollywood costume designer George L. Little has died, aged 63. He passed away at his home in Los Angeles on 29 August (14).
Little's big break in Hollywood came in 1979 when he served as a costumer for Francis Ford Coppola's classic war epic Apocalypse Now, and he went on to work with other acclaimed directors like Tony Scott (Crimson Tide), Sam Mendes (Jarhead), Barry Levinson (Bugsy), and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty).
Little's credits also include Red Dawn, About Last Night..., The Pelican Brief, Striptease, Galaxy Quest, Transcendence, and the upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four.
In 1988, Little was nominated for an Outstanding Costume Design Emmy for his work on TV movie Lincoln, starring Sam Waterston.
Veteran British rockers Status Quo have stripped down and posed naked for the cover of their upcoming acoustic album. Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, both 65, decided to take their new record, Aquostic (Stripped Bare), literally by posing completely naked with only their guitars covering their private parts.
Singer-turned-photographer Bryan Adams willingly took the shot for his friends, and Rossi admits going nude didn't exactly come easy.
He tells the Daily Mirror, "I sometimes get nervous before going on stage, but walking out in front of Bryan Adams with just a guitar to protect my modesty took some doing; I expect he was scared too.
"It makes for a great album cover but I'm definitely keeping my clothes on for the rest of my Quo career."
The band reimagined 22 of their songs for the stripped down album, including Rockin' All Over The World, Down Down and Pictures of Matchstick Men.
The news of the new album, to be released in October (14), comes after the duo was forced to halt a European tour after Parfitt underwent surgery to fix a complication related to his quadruple heart bypass in 1997.
Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis has become a wanted man after skipping a court date relating to a recent altercation at his former office in Los Angeles. The adult filmmaker and reality TV star was taken into custody in May (14) after fighting with a security guard and a member of staff at the Girls Gone Wild headquarters, which he is banned from entering due to a restraining order against him.
He was due to attend a hearing in a California court on Thursday (28Aug14), but he was a no-show, prompting the judge to issue a warrant for his arrest.
Francis is facing a slew of misdemeanour charges, including battery, making criminal threats, trespassing and disobeying a court order, reports TMZ.com.
Bosses at Francis' company filed for bankruptcy last year (13) and the soft porn business was reportedly taken over by a new owner.
Veteran British rockers Status Quo are set to hit the stage for the first time without longtime member Rick Parfitt to resume their European tour as the singer/guitarist recovers from heart surgery. The group had to cancel six shows earlier this month (Aug14) when Parfitt was hospitalised in Pula, Croatia.
He returned to the U.K., where he subsequently underwent an operation to have a stent inserted to correct a problem with a graft that had become furred since it was inserted during his quadruple heart bypass in 1997.
Parfitt, 65, was due to rejoin the group and head back out on the road this week (ends15Aug14), however, he has been left with no choice but to sit out the next gig in Clumber Park in Worksop, England on Friday (15Aug14) after doctors ordered him to rest.
Freddie Edwards, son of bassist John 'Rhino' Edwards, will fill in for Parfitt for the one-off show - the first time he has missed a gig with the band since he joined in 1967.
Parfitt says, "Obviously I'm really disappointed to be missing this show but I'm pleased that Freddie will be able to step up and help the band out whilst I'm recuperating.
"I know all the Quo fans will make him welcome and I'll be back onstage soon."
Quo co-founder Francis Rossi adds, "It will certainly be strange performing without Rick, but Freddie performed with me when I did my solo tour so I know that he's got what it takes - and, of course, he's part of the Quo family."
Parfitt is expected to be fighting fit in time for the band's next scheduled concert at Holkham Hall in Norfolk, England on 23 August (14).
"I’m so bored by it that I don’t get involved. My main issue has been child abuse... (and) he’s not a guy that I would associate with either the abuse or the cover-ups, so I lost interest... While I don’t think he's (Pope Francis) an a**hole, I have to laugh at people’s attempts to say that he’s bringing reform to the church as long as female ordination and the sexual abuse of children are equated." Sinead O'Connor has no interest in the new Pope.