Reclusive author Thomas Pynchon is set to make his movie debut as an actor in the film adaptation of his novel Inherent Vice. Director Paul Thomas Anderson offered the elusive literary star a cameo in his film, which will premiere at the New York Film Festival this weekend (04-05Oct14), and he accepted the role.
Josh Brolin, who features in the movie, has confirmed Pynchon is part of the film, telling the New York Times, "I don't think anybody knew (who he was). He came on as the kind of mercurial iconoclast that he is. He stayed in the corner."
Pynchon has chosen to live well away from the spotlight since the release of his first novel V in the early 1960s, refusing to pose for book sleeve photos or give interviews. In 2004 he appeared in animated form on The Simpsons - his character wore a bag over his head to protect his anonymity.
Director Anderson has refused to reveal who Pynchon portrays in his movie adaptation of the author's book.
Anthony Anderson's ongoing slim down is causing serious problems for the costume designer on his new TV comedy Black-Ish, because he his onset wardrobe no longer fits him. The Transformers star, who suffers from Type 2 diabetes, decided to shed some weight in recent years after tipping the scales at 270 pounds (122.4 kilograms).
The 44 year old recently adopted a vegan diet, which he credits with helping him shave seven more pounds (kilograms) off his frame, but his constant weight loss is fast becoming an issue for the wardrobe department at work.
Anderson, who now weighs in at 223 pounds (101 kilograms), tells People magazine, "Our costume designer is like, 'How much more weight are you going to lose? Because I have to go out and buy you more clothes!'
"I was like, 'You're going to have to go buy smaller stuff for me all day and all night, because I don't plan on stopping!'"
Actor Anthony Anderson has become close friends with Prince after the pop superstar attempted to convert him to his Jehovah's Witness faith at a party. The Hustle & Flow star was thrilled to be invited to a bash at the Kiss singer's Los Angeles home many years ago, and couldn't believe his luck when Prince insisted on chatting to him before he left.
Anderson recalls, "He cornered me at the elevator in his house one day, trying to convert me to be a Jehovah's Witness. He was two inches from my face and I made the mistake of looking at him in his eye; Jamie Foxx said, 'Never look him in his eye'.
"He was like, 'Anthony, I hear things are going on in Hollywood with my brothers and sisters. Is everything OK...?' He was like, 'Can I have your number to call you...?' He finally came back and got my number and we've been cool ever since."
But he rarely gets invited to parties and gigs by Prince himself, adding, "He has his people call me... and they're like, 'Prince would like you to come to the party... Prince would like you to come up to the suite for pizza and pasta!' I'm like, 'Alright, it's like 3am...' When Prince summons you to the suite or to the house, you show up.
"I went to Vegas while he had a show in Vegas... a few months ago in New Orleans at the Essence Festival, I went to the show and went backstage and introduced my publicist to him and then hung out with him until about 5.30 in the morning."
Actor Anthony Anderson's son missed out on the chance to play his dad's kid on new TV sitcom Black-Ish, because of his skin colour. The Kangaroo Jack star, who is also the executive producer of the show, had to break the news to his son after another young star landed the role.
He says, "My son was too black. The show is Black-ish... I was rooting for him."
And the snub was made twice as difficult when Anderson was cast as his son Nathan's dad on Internet show Richie Rich.
The older Anderson explains, "I was hanging out on set with him one day and they (producers) just came and offered me the role of his father on his show... Later on, he tells me, 'You know dad, I'm bigger than you; I got you the job on my show'."
A letter written by comedy legend Stan Laurel to a childhood friend sold at auction for $2,280 (£1,400) on Tuesday (16Sep14). The late British funnyman wrote the note to his close friend Margaret Miller in 1960 from his home in Santa Monica, California.
He thanked her for a postcard she had previously sent him featuring a picture of Tynemouth Pavilion in Newcastle, England.
Laurel wrote, "The picture brought back many happy memories of my early days. That was one of my favourite haunts."
The letter was sold via British auction house Anderson and Garland.
German Playboy model Cathy Schmitz has married Austrian billionaire Richard Lugner. The busty blonde, 24, became the fifth Mrs. Lugner on Saturday (13Sep14) after exchanging vows with the 81-year-old businessman at Austria's Schonbrunn Palace.
Schmitz previously dismissed comments about the couple's 57-year age gap, insisting, "We did not intend to fall in love. It just happened. Love knows no age."
Lugner is famous for handing out thousands of dollars each year to celebrities who accompany him to the lavish Vienna Opera Ball - his dates have included Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch and Lindsay Lohan.
Earlier this year (14), he attended the big bash with Kim Kardashian, but she stormed out of the high-profile gala after becoming offended by a fellow partygoer who donned blackface and pretended to be her rapper beau, Kanye West.
Country music star Lynn Anderson has apologised to her fans following her DUI arrest on Friday morning (12Sep14), insisting she's "committed" to getting help for her problems. The Rose Garden singer, 66, was charged with driving under the influence after crashing her car in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday night (11Sep14).
She reportedly told police officers that she had been drinking and taking prescription medicine before the crash.
A statement she released on Friday reads: "I apologize for the choices I made and subsequent actions on Thursday evening that ultimately resulted in the accident. By the grace of God, I am very grateful that no one was injured as a result.
"I am committed to the accountable steps that I will be facing on the road to recovery and am deeply sorry for anyone that I have harmed along this path.”
Anderson has been arrested on DUI charges twice before - in 2004 and 2007. She has also entered rehab in the past to seek treatment.
Country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested on Friday morning (12Sep14) for driving under the influence (DUI). The Grammy-winning star was involved in a car accident in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday night (11Sep14) and police officers on the scene noticed signs of impairment.
The 66 year old admitted to officers that she had consumed alcohol and prescription medication before the crash and was arrested in the early hours of Friday. She was released from a local jail hours later on a $5,000 (£2,941) bond.
Anderson has been arrested on a DUI charges twice before - in 2004 and 2007. She has attended rehab in the past to battle her alcohol demons.
Rapper Iggy Azalea has denied reports she has made a sex tape, insisting anyone who tries to make a profit from sleazy footage is a "sex offender".
On Thursday (11Sep14), founder and co-chairman of adult film company Vivid Entertainment, Steven Hirsch, announced he had obtained a video apparently showing the Fancy hitmaker.
Hirsch, whose company is responsible for releasing famous sex tapes belonging to Pamela Anderson and former Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, even claimed Azalea's alleged video rivals Kim Kardashian's infamous sex tape with then-boyfriend Ray J, released by Vivid in 2007. However, the 24-year-old Australian rapper took to Twitter.com the same day to fire back at the reports, insisting she has not made any scandalous videos, and slammed anyone trying to sell them.
She writes, "I don't have a sex tape but for the record... Anyone who releases or attempts to make profit off someone else's intimate moments against their will is a sex offender. "It honestly makes me sick to see the media encourage any other attitude towards those sorts of people, we should want to protect our women. I really hope that america will follow Europe and their laws to better protect peoples privacy and fundamental rights."
Peter Gabriel was named a Prog God at the 2014 Progressive Music Awards in London on Thursday (11Sep14). The former Genesis star was honoured for his pioneering contribution to the world of prog rock.
He joins Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson and Rick Wakeman as a recipient of the trophy.
Wakeman was feted again on Thursday, when he picked up the Best Live Event prize for the 40th anniversary tour of Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.
Other winners included Camel co-founder Andy Latimer, who was handed a Lifetime Achievement Award, Curved Air singer Sonja Kristina, who took home the Guiding Light Award, and enigmatic The Enid frontman Robert John Godfrey, who picked up the ceremony's Visionary Award.
Meanwhile, Transatlantic's Kaleidoscope was named Album of the Year and Dream Theater picked up the Band of the Year trophy.