A man accused of harassing CNN newsman Anderson Cooper has been released from custody after striking a plea deal with prosecutors. Alex Hausner had been behind bars since his arrest last July (13), when he tried to kick down the door of the broadcaster's New York home and threatened Cooper and his boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani.
He recently agreed to confess to counts of aggravated harassment and menacing, and was due to officially enter his plea during a hearing on Tuesday (22Apr14), but that had to be postponed after he broke down in tears in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The 38 year old returned to court on Friday (25Apr14) and pleaded guilty to the charges. He was sentenced to time served, handed five years probation and ordered to stay away from Cooper and Maisani.
A status update has been set for 20 May (14).
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On May 19 at 10 PM, The Maya Rudolph Show will premiere on NBC. After some time out in Hollywood making films like Grown-Ups and Friends with Kids, and a short stint with Up All Night, the Saturday Night Live veteran is returning to the variety show format to bring us a little song, dance, and live sketches. Right now it sounds like The Maya Rudolph Show is a one-time special that could become a series. And if NBC does pick it up for more, there are a few things we hope to see.
As Many Beyoncé Impersonations as Possible
The "Drunk in Love" video has been patiently awaiting a Maya Rudolph/Jay Pharoah remake since their unforgettable SNL skit. And the thought of Rudolph in any of those NSFW Mrs. Carter World Tour costumes is enough reason to tune in.
More Kristen Wiig, Please
Wiig and Rudolph have done so many memorable things together (their skits on SNL, Friends with Kids, and Bridesmaids), so we have every reason to demand a little Wiig cameo or two (even though we also look forward to confirmed guest appearances from Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, and Chris Parnell). Come to think of it, a Bridesmaids cast reunion moment is long overdue and probably needs to happen as well.
The Maya Rudolph Family Hour
Maya Rudolph has four children with acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson, and just once it would be nice to see the whole family together... maybe doing a Sound of Music "Edelweiss" thing? Something tells us that people would definitely tune in to watch a room full of little Rudolph Andersons being extremely adorable and wonderful on stage. If Rudolph thinks this is too much, a nice big family photo shown before the first commercial would also be acceptable. Don't make this weird, Rudolph... we just want to bask in your family's talent!
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Some pairs are just meant to be onscreen together, whether its Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. They have a connection and chemistry that is hard to quantify and even harder to manufacture. As far as today's stars go, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have proved that they have that kind of connection when they're working together. So have Seth Rogen and James Franco. With each duo in the early stages of new big screen projects, we ask fans: Which of the bro-tastic pairings are you most looking forward to see reunited?
Ferrell and Reilly
It's not exactly the most logical fit. Ferrell comes from the Saturday Night Live school of goofy man-child characters and Reilly was once considered an up-and-coming dramatic actor working with directors like Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Terrence Malick. Then Reilly became Ferrell's dimwitted sidekick in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and soon the two were doing red carpet bits in character. They reteamed for Step Brothers, a film that gave new meaning to the term "arrested development" and established Ferrell and Reilly as a powerhouse comedy duo. Since then they've appeared in Funny or Die shorts together and Reilly made a cameo in last year's Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. They each continue to do a full slate of work on their own — Reilly in particular stays extremely busy — making it clear that when they work together it's because they want to. The pair is set to reteam with director Adam McKay, Ferrell's frequent collaborator and Step Brothers director, on a comedy called Border Guards about two guys that end up on the wrong side of the Mexican border while trying to protect the United States from illegal immigrants.
Rogen and Franco
As opposed to Ferrell and Reilly, who had plenty of success individually prior to working together, Rogen and Franco started out working with one another in Judd Apatow's critically TV cult classic Freaks and Geeks. The pair shared screentime and exemplary chemistry with Jason Segel, Busy Philipps, and Linda Cardellini as the titular "freaks." While Franco went off and found stardom in the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies, Rogen hung around with Apatow long enough to find a fan base of his own after films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. Around the same time that Ferrell and Reilly did Step Brothers, Franco and Rogen reteamed for Pineapple Express. Then there was last year's This Is the End, where Rogen and Franco played amplified versions of themselves. Since then, they've taken to the net to spoof Kanye West's "Bound 2" video as well as Vogue's photo shoot with Kim Kardashian, and Franco popped in on Rogen's recent hosting turn on Saturday Night Live. The affection that they have for each other shows… sometimes more than you could even expect, such as the over-the-top (and shirtless) displays of love in the Bound video. Rogen and Franco, through their production companies, are planning to produce a film version of the book The Disaster Artist about the making of the notoriously bad cult movie The Room.
Perhaps someday Ferrell, Reilly, Franco and Rogen will all make a movie together — and considering Ferrell's and Rogen's proclivity for cramming famous people into their projects that isn't too far-fetched — but for now we're making you choose. So, who's it going to be? Vote below to tell us which duo — Ferrell and Reilly or Franco and Rogen — you can't wait to see more comedy gold from.
A man accused of stalking U.S. newsman Anderson Cooper broke down in tears in court on Tuesday (22Apr14) and failed to enter an official plea. Alex Hausner, 38, was slapped with harassment, menacing and stalking charges following his arrest last July (13), when he allegedly tried to kick down the door of the CNN broadcaster's New York home and threatened Cooper and his boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani.
He appeared at Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City on Tuesday, but began sobbing throughout the proceedings, prompting the judge to order Hausner to return to court Friday (25Apr14), telling him, "I don't want to take a plea under these circumstances."
Hausner has been in custody since July last year (13).
Elvis Presley's grand piano, pool table and soda fountain from his Holmby Hills estate in Los Angeles is set to hit the auction block next month (May14) as actress Debbie Reynolds continues to sell off her memorabilia collection. The three Elvis items have just been added to the upcoming Profiles in History Debbie Reynolds Auction, which is set for 17 and 18 May (14) at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in North Hollywood, California.
Presley's Baldwin piano is expected to be one of the sale's highlights, and should fetch up to $15,000 (£9,375), according to the experts. His vintage carved wood pool table has a pre-sale estimate of $6,000 (£3,750) to $8,000 (£5,000), and bidding on the Anderson & Wagner, Inc. soda fountain will begin at $2,000 (£1,250).
The sale will also feature Charlie Chaplin's signature bowler hat, a The Rat Pack tuxedo ensemble, featuring stage outfits worn by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford, Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara bonnet from Gone With the Wind, and Grace Kelly's safari outfit from the 1953 movie Mogambo.
Celebrities always thank their moms at awards shows, but some of these mothers have been especially instrumental in their children’s careers. Be the mothers figures of adversity, celebrities in their own right, or simply just strong, supportive, caring role models, there's no denying how big an impact they've made on their children.
Here are just a few of the most impressive moms behind some of our favorite stars.
GALLERY: The Very Best Mothers Behind Our Favorite Celebrities
Pop star Lorde turned bridesmaid after a concert in Las Vegas on Tuesday (15Apr14) when one of her friends tied the knot in Sin City. The Royals hitmaker, 17, headed to the Little White Wedding Chapel hours after a gig at the Cosmopolitan resort to be part of her pal's 'quickie' wedding ceremony.
She shared a photo of herself with the bride and another bridesmaid on Instagram.com, and it appears Lorde had no time to change after her gig - she posed wearing what has become one of her signature stage looks - a white shirt, black pants and a long, black blazer.
The chapel has a history with celebrities - Frank Sinatra wed Mia Farrow there and Bruce Willis and Demi Moore exchanged vows there, while Paul Newman, Judy Garland, Michael Jordan and Pamela Anderson also walked down the aisle at A Little White Wedding Chapel, and Britney Spears famously wed Jason Allen Alexander there in 2004, only to have the union annulled 55 hours later.
The Grand Budapest Hotel has become Wes Anderson's highest grossing movie ever. The comedy-drama, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum and Harvey Keitel, has earned $103 million (£64.4 million) at the global box office since its release last month (Mar14), with the majority of its profits made overseas. The Royal Tenenbaums is now Anderson's second most successful release with $71 million (£44.4 million), ahead of Moonrise Kingdom, which earned $68 million (£42.5 million).
British rocker Ian Anderson has no plans to reunite with his Jethro Tull bandmates following their 2011 hiatus, insisting he prefers to focus on his solo career. The progressive rock group experienced its heyday in the 1970s and '80s and has not released any new material since 2003's The Jethro Tull Christmas Album.
Instead, Anderson has been performing Jethro Tull tunes on his own since completing the band's Aqualung 40th Tour in 2011 and in the liner notes for his new project Homo Erraticus, he admits he is keen to just continue on as a solo star.
He writes, "The huge body of work that is the Jethro Tull catalogue stands firm close beside me and in good stead... But I think I prefer, in my twilight years, to use my own name for the most part being composer of virtually all Tull songs and music since 1968."
Confirming the news in an interview with Billboard.com, he claims "nothing is going on at all" with the band now, and adds, "And that's the point...
"The vast body of repertoire that's Jethro Tull, the record catalogue, the music, and I think that, if we look back on it, it kind of came more or less to an end during the last 10 years or so (with) a couple of live albums and a studio album of Christmas material. That might define the last albums under the name Jethro Tull.
"It's a body of work I rather think is now kind of historical, since the weight of it lies back in the '70s and '80s in terms of volume. And I rather think it's nice to kind of leave that as legacy."
Composer Michael Nyman has written a symphony in honour of the soccer fans who died in Britain's worst ever sporting disaster. In 1989, 96 Liverpool soccer club fans were crushed to death at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, England in a fatally overcrowded section of the ground, and the victims' families are currently participating in a new inquiry into the horror after a 25-year campaign for the truth.
Nyman has created an hour-long piece, based on music he was recording on the afternoon of the tragedy, and opera star Kathryn Rudge will sing out the name of those who lost their lives over the top of the music.
The symphony will open the Liverpool Biennial arts festival on 5 July (14).
The city's Mayor Joe Anderson says, "Memorials are a symbol of our solidarity and support for the families, and Nyman's specially commissioned piece of music will be a moving and unforgettable tribute."