Shia Labeouf found God on the set of new war movie Fury and credits co-star Brad Pitt and director David Ayer with helping him achieve a new level of spirituality.
The actor is trying to get his life back on track following a series of bizarre incidents and alcohol-fuelled bar fights and legal issues, and he insists his new-found love of religion will help him get past his troubles. In a new Interview magazine expose, the Transformers star calls himself a "Christian man", insisting he's serious about being a man of God.
He says, "Not in a f**king bulls**t way, in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me. And you can't identify (it) unless you're really going through it. It's a full-blown exchange of heart, a surrender of control. And while there's beauty to that, acting is all about control. So that was a wild thing to navigate. "I had good people around me (on the set) who helped me. Brad was really instrumental in guiding my head through this. Brad comes from a hyper-religious, very deeply Christian, Bible Belt life, and he rejected it and moved toward an unnamed spirituality. He looked at religion like the people's opium, almost like a Marxist view on religion. "Whereas David is a full subscriber to Christianity. But these two diametrically opposed positions both lead to the same spot, and I really looked up to both men. It was nice to have conversations with Brad about the family he came from and what he was using to get through the day."
Welsh actress Joanna Page and her husband James Thornton are expecting their second child together. The Love Actually star announced the news on Twitter.com, writing, "Exciting news! James and I are expecting another baby!!!! Yey!!!!"
Thornton, who previously starred in British soap opera Emmerdale, added, "Thrilled to say that Jo and I are having another baby!!!! Over the moon!"
The pair welcomed their first child, Eva, in February last year (13). They married in 2003 after working together on the BBC TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield.
Eccentric pop star Bjork has pulled out of plans to perform at the premiere of her new concert film at the London Film Festival on Thursday night (09Oct14). The It's Oh So Quiet hitmaker had been expected to attend the screening of Biophilia Live at the Odeon West End and treat fans and guests to a short set, but she has decided to skip the event in favour of working on new music.
A statement posted on Bjork's Facebook.com page reads: "We are so sorry, but since Bjork is already working on her next album (out in 2015!) she cannot come to the 'Biophilia Live' premiere at the London Film Festival this week. Many sorries, and be well (sic)."
The film, directed by Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton, was shot at London's Alexandra Palace in September, 2013, on the final night of the singer's U.K. tour, which featured a series of multi-media designs and installations inspired by award-winning naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
Oprah Winfrey headed to London to support Lindsay Lohan at a performance of Speed-The-Plow.
The media mogul, who mentored Lohan last year (13) and gave the actress her own reality TV series, jetted to the British capital to show her support as the Mean Girls star made her West End debut in David Mamet's satire. Winfrey attended a performance of the show at the Playhouse Theatre on Saturday night (04Sep14) along with 12 Years A Slave actress Lupita Nyong'o.
Lohan posted a picture on her Instagram.com page showing herself posing backstage with Winfrey, adding in the caption, "The definition of a blessing. Thank you @oprah and @Lupita_Nyongo for seeing the show tonight (sic). Love you xx." She also took to Twitter.com to thank the stars for their support and she described Winfrey as her "fairy godmother".
Lohan's performance in the play was well received by critics following opening night on Thursday (02Oct14).
Rage Against The Machine star Tom Morello has urged social media users to stop playing out petty disputes in public forums following his online spat with the owner of a restaurant in Seattle, Washington. The rocker was furious after he and his friends were refused entry to The 5 Point Cafe on Friday night (26Sep14) after performing with his former Audioslave bandmate Chris Cornell at benefit show nearby.
He sniped about his experience in a series of posts on his Twitter.com page, and the restaurant's owner later stepped up the feud by accusing the star of demanding special treatment.
Morello has now attempted to end the row by explaining what happened on the night in question, and offered to return to the restaurant to make peace. He also urged fans to put a stop to similar online feuds before they get out of hand.
He says in a statement, "I regret that my Twitter salvo about the treatment I received at a Seattle restaurant and the subsequent digital tempest in a tea pot may have taken away from the important work of (the 15 Now minimum wage drive) and the Seattle show I played on their behalf... When next in Seattle, I would be happy sit down over a beverage - or sooner on the phone - and discuss the matter to conclusion with all concerned... (After the restaurant row) we decamped to the trusty, attitude-free, (pancake house) IHOP where we enjoyed a drama-free stack of hotcakes... To be clear: at no point did myself or anyone in our party 'demand special treatment,' a 'private room' or any other ridiculousness. I was, however, p**sed at the rudeness of the doorman to my friends and my younger brother..."
However, the restaurant's owner David Meinert has added a furious response to Morello's statement, posting in a message on Facebook.com, "Maybe you don't realise you were acting the punk, but you were... Next time, don't call, IHOP is glad to take your money and donate it to right-wing politicians so keep going there and supporting the very thing you claim to rage against. Pathetic."
David Bowie once turned down the sexual advances of late Hollywood star Loretta Young after she underwent cosmetic surgery in a bid to impress the rocker. In her new book Bowie: The Biography, author Wendy Leigh claims Young, who was in her 60s at the time, encouraged pal Elizabeth Taylor to set up a meeting between her and Bowie.
But when Young finally met the rocker in the late 1970s she allegedly came on too strong.
In an extract from her book in Page Six, Leigh, who has also written biographies of Grace Kelly, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Patrick Swayze, reports Taylor as telling friends, "Loretta was very aggressive and said him (Bowie), 'I’ve gone to a lot of trouble to meet you tonight'."
Bowie reportedly shot back, "You shouldn’t have gone to the trouble my dear. I only like black women and Asian men.”
Famous Scots including Annie Lennox, Alan Cumming and Kevin Mckidd have spoken out on the day of the country's crunch referendum to urge fans to vote on the country's future. Scotland goes to the polls on Thursday (18Sep14) to decide whether to break away from the United Kingdom, and a slew of high-profile stars have spoken out in a last-ditch bid to sway the votes.
Eurythmics star Lennox, who was born in Aberdeen, insists she does not have a personal preference which way the vote goes, but she has urged her fellow Scots to think carefully before casting their ballot.
In a post on her Facebook.com page, she writes, "I am 'agnostic' in this matter... Once the die is cast... It will be what it will be. As a Scot who has lived beyond the border for over two thirds of my lifetime, I have no right to vote, therefore my view is practically irrelevant. However - I would like to say this... Whichever way you cast your vote, please think long term. A pro independence vote will be absolutely irreversible... Be wise Scotia... The future is in your hands."
Grey's Anatomy star McKidd, who is backing the 'Yes' campaign, tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper, "I've always been a supporter of independence for Scotland... I don't live in Scotland so don't get a vote, but all my family are still here... Everybody is going to be relieved when Friday comes no matter what happens."
Social networking website Twitter.com has also been flooded with debate over the vote, and another 'Yes' campaigner, The Good Wife star Cumming, writes, "Scotland! Please! Dare to dream," while Icelandic singer Bjork adds, "Declare independence... Go Scotland go!!!!!!!!"
Actor/funnyman Russell Brand writes, "Scotland, be brave. Vote with your hearts. You can strike the first blow for us against Westminster," while Simon Pegg adds, "Thinking of you Scotland. Give it all you've got," before joking, "Apparently a number of impatient 'Yes' campaigners have unbuckled Scotland and are currently towing it into the North Sea."
Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling writes on Wednesday night (17Sep14), "Big day in Scotland tomorrow #indyref (sic). My head says no and my heart shouts it - but whatever happens, I hope we're all friends by Saturday."
Others stars campaigning online on Thursday included actors Ashley Judd, Luke Treadaway, and David Morrissey, filmmaker Michael Moore, rocker Tim Burgess, singer Alison Moyet and tennis ace Andy Murray.
The cast of Jessica Biel's TV drama 7Th Heaven reunited on Tuesday (16Sep14) for the first time in eight years. The actress joined her TV siblings Beverley Mitchell, Barry Watson and David Gallagher and their fictional parents, played by Stephen Collins and Catherine Hicks, to catch up with one another over dinner.
However, there was one member of the show who was visibly absent - Mackenzie Rosman was unable to attend.
Collins shared a photo of the group back together again on Twitter.com, alongside the message, "1st time in 8 yrs Joy, laughs!".
Mitchell, who is pregnant with her second child, also posted a snap of the reunion on her WhoSay.com page, writing, "Something truly amazing happened last night and my heart is overflowing! Love these peeps more than I can ever explain! We were just missing Mack!
"Feeling so incredibly blessed to have these incredible people in my life!!! #theresnothinglikefamily #7thheaven #love #blessed (sic)."
The show, about Protestant minister's family, aired in the U.S. from 1996 until 2007.
Icelandic pop superstar Bjork has thrown her support behind the Scots fighting for independence from England. The Declare Independence singer/songwriter has urged Scotland to vote yes in Thursday's (18Sep14) independence referendum, and joins stars like Morrissey, Russell Brand, Eddi Reader, Amy MacDonald and Mogwai rocker Stuart Braithwaite among the celebrities backing the Scottish National Party's bid for freedom.
Bjork took to her Facebook.com page on Wednesday (17Sep14) and posted altered lyrics from her song Declare Independence, adding the words "scotland! scotland! scotland".
Her post was followed hours later by one from Welsh singer Charlotte Church, who wrote, "Go on Scotland....... Do it!!!!!!!" on Twitter.com.
Mick Jagger, Sting and Pink Floyd star David Gilmour are among the British celebrities who have signed a letter urging Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom.
Thursday's referendum is expected to be very close.
R&B star Monica has called for an end to "senseless acts of violence" after a close family friend was shot dead over the weekend (23-24Aug14). The So Gone hitmaker took to her Instagram.com account on Saturday (23Aug14) to share her heartbreak after a pal identified only as Chris, who was friends with her brother-in-law David Brown, was killed.
Monica, who is married to basketball player Shannon Brown, stopped short of revealing specific details about his death, but used the opportunity to urge U.S. lawmakers to do more to curb the increasing numbers of gun-related murders across the country.
She shared a photo of Chris with his child on her Instagram page, and in the accompanying caption, she wrote, "With a heavy heart & tear filled eyes I send all my love and condolences to my brother @dcaffe & his family. RIP Chris your friendship & loyalty to my brother made you MY FAMILY...
"I've stopped asking why to ask WHEN.. When will these senseless acts of violence stop.. You were gunned down, taken from your children & in this cold cruel world that cares more now about reporting fashion & who's dating who there was barely a mention on the news.. #WakeUpWorld the old burying the young is NOT the way it's supposed to be. People only care for us as much as we care for ourselves... Change has GOT to come!!! #GoneToSoon (sic)".
Monica's plea is particularly timely following the ongoing uproar and protests over the controversial police shooting of unarmed Missouri teenager Michael Brown, who was killed as he attempted to surrender to a cop on 9 August (14). Brown, who is of no relation to the singer's family, was laid to rest on Monday (25Aug14).