Representatives for Joan Rivers have postponed a planned stand-up show in New Jersey on Friday (29Aug14) following the veteran comedienne's hospitalisation on Thursday (28Aug14). The 81-year-old funnywoman was admitted to New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing during a routine operation on her vocal cords at a nearby clinic.
Doctors placed her in a medically-induced coma and her daughter Melissa has since revealed Joan, who suffered cardiac and respiratory failure, is now "resting comfortably".
She will be brought out of the coma this weekend (30-31Aug14) so medics can assess any damage.
As a result of her health crisis, Rivers' comedy gig at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, has been cancelled.
The show, the last on her current North American tour, is expected to be rescheduled for a later date and fans have been advised to hold on to their tickets, which will be honoured for the new concert.
A statement issued by theatre bosses reads: "Everyone at the Count Basie Theatre is relieved to hear that Ms. Rivers' condition has stabilized, and we look forward to hosting the iconic comedienne in the near future."
Rivers is due to embark on the U.K. leg of her trek in October (14).
Outkast star Andre 3000 insists fans should thank his hero Prince for the success of the group's 20th anniversary festival tour - because his advice helped the singer get into the right mindset for the shows. The Ms. Jackson hitmaker admits he was worried Outkast's big comeback show at Coachella in April (14) would be a big let down for fans - because he couldn't summon up the passion he needed to wow them.
He tells the New York Times, "I kind of fluffed through rehearsals (and) a few hours before the Coachella show, I get a message that Prince and Paul McCartney are going to be there. My spirit is not right, and idols are standing side-stage, so as the show started, I'm bummed. This is horrible. In my mind I was already gone to my hotel room halfway through."
Two days after the show, Andre 3000 received a phone call from Prince, who set him straight.
He recalls, "It was my first time actually talking to Prince. He said, 'When you come back, people want to be wowed. And what's the best way to wow people? Just give them the hits'.
"He broke it down like this: 'You're a grown man. You're either going to do it or you're not'."
The chat prompted the singer, real name Andre Benjamin, to stop over-thinking his act and to start enjoying himself onstage in front of fans who were thrilled to see him perform.
Bosses of a video games manufacturer have asked a judge to dismiss Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit over allegations a character featured in Grand Theft Auto V is based on her. The Mean Girls star filed suit against Take-Two Interactive, the developers behind the popular game, last month (Jul14), claiming they used her image without permission to create the fictional Lacey Jonas.
Lohan also alleges gamemakers based the character on her own life, but Take-Two bosses have now fired back at the actress' claims and asked a judge at a court in New York City to dismiss the case.
In legal documents, obtained by the New York Post, company bosses state, "The portrayal of a Hollywood figure being chased by paparazzi, of course, is hardly unique to Ms. Lohan... She also alleges that Grand Theft Auto V features a hotel similar to the Hotel Chateau Marmont of West Hollywood, where she once resided. This allegation underscores the thinness of Ms. Lohan's claims: GTAV is a parody of Los Angeles, so it is unsurprising that it features similar buildings... The complaint is a bad-faith filing and abuse of the court system and should be dismissed."
Grand Theft Auto V was released last September (13) and proved popular with video games fans, scoring worldwide sales of more than $800 million (£470.6 million) on its first day.
British pop star Lily Allen issued a public appeal for a new generator after a major power outage ruined her equipment prior to a performance at the Notting Hill Carnival in London on Monday (25Aug14).
The Smile star was due to perform at the event on Monday afternoon, but the street festival was marred by heavy rain and technical problems. Shortly before her set, Allen took to Twitter.com to ask for help after the generator broke down. She writes, "I'm at #nottinghillcarnival... the generator has blown, need a generator quicktime, can anyone come and fix it (sic)? #devd (devastated)."
Other acts due to perform at the carnival include Allen's former producer Mark Ronson and her DJ ex-boyfriend Seb Chew, as well as Chase & Status and Ms. Dynamite.
Taylor Swift and Lorde took their talents to the kitchen and attended their first-ever cooking class together in Rhode Island.
The Royals hitmaker joined the country superstar in Westerly, where Swift owns a home, and the two brushed up on their culinary skills with an award-winning chef.
Swift posted a photo on Instagram.com of herself and her pal donning aprons in the kitchen of a fine-dining establishment and carefully plating a dish with precision.
Swift added the caption, "Thank you to Chef Jeanie at Ella’s Fine Food and Drink for giving us the best and only cooking lesson we've ever had!"
Lorde also shared a similar picture and wrote, "Took a wonderful cooking class in rhode island alongside the already-super-good-cook, ms. @taylorswift"
Orange Is The New Black star Taryn Manning has reached out to a former friend who is accused of stalking the actress, insisting she hopes the defendant "gets the help she needs".
Jeanine Heller, 32, is facing charges of stalking and harassment over allegations she bombarded Manning with hundreds of online messages between April and July (14). The case went back to court in New York City on Wednesday (06Aug14), and it was adjourned until 6 October (14) after the judge at Manhattan Criminal Court ruled no evidence had been produced to show Heller had broken the terms of a restraining order which prevents her from contacting Manning.
After the hearing, Heller's lawyer Jeremy Saland claimed his client had previously received a number of explicit messages from Manning and had filed her own police complaint, telling reporters, "Ms. Manning will answer as to why she's sending these explicit (messages)... My client filed a complaint and that sort of fell on deaf ears. The complainant was harassing my client."
Manning has now released a statement reaching out to the former pal, saying, "My heart goes out to anyone who has endured being stalked and cyber-bullied. I wish Jeanine nothing but the best and that she gets the help she needs."
A British music festival headline by rapper Snoop Dogg has been axed just days before it was due to kick off. The inaugural Another World Festival was due to take place in Buckinghamshire, England over the weekend (08-10Aug14) and feature performances by superproducer Mark Ronson, rapper Wretch 32, and Ms Dynamite.
However, organisers have now pulled the plug on the event.
A statement reads, "It is with great sadness and regret we announce the cancellation of the Another World Festival 2014. Due to unforeseen circumstances the event will no longer be taking place this weekend at Silverstone Woodlands. Tickets can be refunded in full by contacting your ticket agent... We are working hard to replace this event with others very soon within the coming weeks and hope you will check back... to hear our exciting new plans."
John Lithgow's turn as King Lear in New York has failed to conquer the critics. The new production of the William Shakespeare tragedy opened at the outdoor Delacorte Theatre in Manhattan's Central Park on Tuesday night (05Aug14) with Lithgow in the title role opposite Annette Bening, marking her first New York stage part in more than two decades.
Theatre reviewers mostly praised Lithgow's portrayal of the king's decent into madness, but many were scathing about the production.
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls the play "stiff-jointed" and "emotionally numb", while the New York Post's Elisabeth Vincentelli gives it just two stars out of a possible five, adding, "The letdown matches the anticipation."
Frank Schek of The Hollywood Reporter writes, "(The production is) devoid of interpretive insight and lacking emotional immediacy... Lithgow here never plumbs the depth of the tortured Lear, staying stubbornly on the surface... (It is a) dutiful but uninspired production, which never scales the heights of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy."
Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal was particularly scathing about the supporting cast, writing, "Annette Bening... is cautious, even bland, as Goneril, while Jessica Hecht's Regan is fussy and insipid. I wouldn't be surprised if Ms. Bening finds her sea legs - she is, after all, a superlative film actress with classical stage training - but Ms. Hecht is miscast, pure and simple."
Variety's Gordon Cox concurs, writing, "There's no bite... to Annette Bening's matronly Goneril and even less poison in Jessica Hecht's oddly giddy Regan."
A number of reviewers also criticised the staging of the show, complaining that the view of Central Park which usually enhances productions at the Delacorte Theatre was cut off by a brick wall in the set.
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There's a pretty good chance you had heard of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and for certain the Hulk prior to their big screen debuts in the Marvel cinematic canon. But the Guardians of the Galaxy are a more esoteric lot. Only those well versed in the publishing company's history will approach this weekend's feature film with any familiarity with Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), or Groot (Vin Diesel). But rest assured: they've been around. And if you dig them in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy (which we sure did — check out our review), you'll have the opportunity to check them out elsewhere.
Granted, James Gunn's film does do its share of reinventing in regards to its central fivesome. Well-read fans might notice a new take on Peter Quill's backstory or Drax's species, and newcomers could discover some inconsistencies upon pursuing extracurricular material in light of their blossoming love affairs with the Guardians. But the spirit of the heroes is very much alive in Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, ditto many of the features and TV series listed below. As such, embrace your affection for the oddball quintet and check out any and all works that will allow you more time with the gang. Here's where to begin:
Planet HulkStar-Lord and Gamora both appear in the 2010 direct-to-video animated film (which has been tossed around the Internet discussion boards as viable source material for upcoming Avengers movies), but without speaking parts.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesAiring on May 6, 2012 (funnily enough, the same weekend that The Avengers hit theaters), the animated series' episode "Michael Korvac" featured Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot as temporary foes of the series' heroes — a league including, at this point, Iron Man, the Hulk, Hawkeye, and Ms. Marvel — when a battle is waged over the capture/safety of the mysterious titular individual. In the episode, voice actors Steve Downes, Greg Ellis, and Troy Baker voice Star-Lord, Rocket, and Groot respectively.
Ultimate Spider-ManThe entire gang banded together (and with a pretty impressive team of vocie actors) for the animated series' aptly named July 2013 episode "Guardians of the Galaxy." The aforementioned Korvac returns as an intergalactic menace with an army of Chitauri, forcing Spider-Man to seek the assistance of the Guardians in the interest of his defeat. Star-Lord is voiced by Marvel regular Chris Cox, Gamora by comedian Nika Futterman, Drax by David Sobolov, Rocket by Billy West (the voice behind Doug Funnie and Futurama's Philip J. Fry), and Groot by the late Michael Clarke Duncan.
Avengers AssembleJust this past April, we got to see all five Guardians take center stage on this animated series' episode "Guardians and Space Knights." Iron Man leads the rest of the Avengers to a distant planet, where they and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces to stop an impending attack from Galactus. Voice actors Chris Cox, Nika Futterman, and David Sobolov return; meanwhile, Rocket earns the familiar voice of actor and geek icon Seth Green, and Groot is portrayed by Kevin Michael Richardson.
Hulk Agents of S.M.A.S.H.An upcoming episode of the animated series will feature the whole gang back together again, with returning voice actors Cox, Futterman, Sobolov, Green, and Richardson.
And, for a bit of a throwback...
Silver Surfer Gamora makes a few appearances in this late '90s animated series, the first of which being in the two-part episode "Learning Curve," which also featured Drax the Destroyer... albeit a very different version: he was an android, and the servant to the Titanian leader Mentor. Together with Silver Surfer and his pal Pip, Drax helps to stop Thanos (hey, he's in the movie too!) from taking over the universe. Gamora would later show up in episodes "Antibody" and "Radical Justice." In this series, Drax is voiced by Noam Spencer and Gamora is voiced by Mary Long and Alison Sealy-Smith.
But before you check out any of these entries, see the film in theaters now!
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NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams may be over the moon about his daughter's recently announced casting as the titular character in Peter Pan Live, but, then... he's her dad. The rest of us can't help but be more than a little concerned about seeing Girls star Allison Williams take on the role. We've only really seen her as Marnie, after all, along with a couple cameos on other shows playing very similar characters. How is she going to become that scrappy, scruffy, little boy who refuses to grow up?
Well, at this point, the casting is pretty much signed, sealed, and delivered. But even so, a little speculation never hurt anyone! With that in mind, here are 8 celebrities that would make a better Peter Pan than Ms. Williams:
1. Maisie Williams
Come on, she's practically Peter already, what with Arya's androgynous look and devil-may-care attitude. Plus, she can sing, and she takes dance classes when she's not too busy filming.
2. Anna Kendrick
She's pint-sized, feisty, hilarious, and has a great set of pipes. Dang! Ah, well: she'll probably be too busy promoting Into the Woods to do it, anyway.
3. Kristen Bell
She cut her teeth as Becky Thatcher in the Broadway production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and she's literally a Disney princess. She also has that impish glint in her eyes...
4. Amy Poehler
Speaking of impish... Amy Poehler certainly looks mischeivous enough for the part, and you know she'd put her infamous comedic chops to good use in the role. Hey, she (oh, and Kristen Bell, too) would also make a great Tink!
5. Emmy Rossum
She shot to fame when she starred in Phantom of the Opera when she was still in her teens. She doesn't sing as part of her gig on Shameless, but proved she still had the chops when she appeared on Conan and sang in exchange for a hot dog.
6. Cristin Milioti
Fans are itching to see more of her after her disappointingly brief appearance on How I Met Your Mother's last season. Her singing voice is absolutely gorgeous, and she's got a great belt to boot!
7. Daniel Radcliffe
Okay, I know Peter's traditionally played by a lady, but doesn't Daniel Radcliffe have that perfect boyish look for the part? Maybe if they filmed Peter Pan Live during his Harry Potter days, it could have worked out...
8. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Also a bit on the old side, but dang: someone has to cast this guy in a musical, pronto!