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TV shows Modern Family, Top Of The Lake and Lilyhammer were among the winners at the 54th Golden Nymph Awards at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival on Wednesday (11Jun14). Detective series Top Of The Lake was the night's big winner, scooping the trophy for Best Miniseries while its stars Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan took home the gongs for Best Actress in a Miniseries and Best Actor in a Miniseries respectively.
Mockumentary comedy Modern Family scooped the International TV Audience Award for comedy, while the show's star Julie Bowen won the prize for Best Actress in a comedy series. The award for Best International Comedy Series went to Norway's Lilyhammer, and actor Steven Van Zandt received the Best Actor in a comedy series prize for his role in the show.
American show The Bold & The Beautiful won the International TV Audience Award for a telenovela/soap. Also honoured were British series Episodes, which took the Best European comedy prize, Hostages, which scooped the Best International Drama Trophy, and crime drama NCIS which won the International TV Audience Award for drama.
Rocker Doc Neeson was laid to rest in a private ceremony in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday (11Jun14). The Irish-born frontman of The Angels, who emigrated to Australia as a teenager, lost his battle with brain cancer earlier this month (Jun14) aged 67.
The intimate ceremony in Sydney's Lane Cove was attended by the singer's family and musical peers including Peter Garrett and Angry Anderson.
A public memorial for the much-loved musician is planned but a date is yet to be set.
A campaign by stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Pamela Anderson and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan to save an abused elephant is finally over after the creature arrived at a welfare sanctuary on Friday (06Jun14). Officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) launched a drive to save Sunder from seven years of misery at the Jyotiba Temple in Maharashtra, India in 2012.
They enlisted stars including The Beatles legend McCartney, Baywatch actress Anderson, and Indian screen favourite Bachchan to help publicise the campaign, and the celebrities finally had something to celebrate on Friday when the poorly pachyderm arrived at an animal sanctuary near Bangalore.
The transfer came after judges at the Supreme Court of India ordered the implementation of a Bombay High Court order to release Sunder to the elephant care centre by 15 June (14).
Gwyneth Paltrow has baffled fans by suggesting water can be upset by mean words. The Oscar winner left readers of her Goop.com website confused after detailing the work of Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto, whose experiments suggest the molecular structure of water can be affected by human emotions.
She writes, "I am fascinated by the growing science behind the energy of consciousness and its effects on matter. I have long had Dr. Emoto's coffee table book on how negativity changes the structure of water, how the molecules behave differently depending on the words or music being expressed around it."
She then enlists the help of Dr. Habib Sadeghi to explain the wacky theory, claiming that freezing water in vials labelled with kind phrases produces snowflake-like crystals, while specimens emblazoned with negative words freeze in "clumps".
He writes, "In his experiments, Emoto poured pure water into vials labelled with negative phrases like 'I hate you' or 'Fear'. After 24 hours, the water was frozen, and no longer crystallised under the microscope: It yielded grey, misshapen clumps instead of beautiful lace-like crystals. "In contrast, Emoto placed labels that said things like 'I love you' or 'Peace' on vials of polluted water, and after 24 hours, they produced gleaming, perfectly hexagonal crystals."
Tyler, The Creator is eager to move beyond the world of hip-hop after confessing he "hates rapping". The emcee first garnered attention on the music scene as the co-founder of alternative rap group Odd Future in 2010, but just a few years later, Tyler, real name Tyler Okonma, is ready to move on from his rap career.
In an interview with Larry King on his web series, Tyler admits, "I hate rapping. It puts you in this box... I'm talented enough to do other things. I don't know, I'm pretty bored with it. It's not interesting."
As for what he thinks he will do instead, Tyler is eyeing a career in movies, adding, "In the future, I want to do films. I want people to mention my name next to (directors) Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino. I don't want my name to be mentioned next to other rappers at all."
Legendary session musician Weldon Myrick has died at the age of 76. The steel guitar player, a beloved figure in country music, passed away on Monday (02Jun14) after suffering a stroke.
He was best known for his work on recordings by singer Connie Smith, and he also played steel guitar on songs by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton.
Born in Jayton, Texas, Myrick began playing steel guitar as a young boy, and he moved to Nashville, Tennessee and began working as a session musician for country singer Bill Anderson.
He later joined Smith's backing band, but he eventually left to join the Grand Ole Opry staff band where he was a regular fixture for 32 years.
Other classic tracks Myrick performed on include Jerry Jeff Walker's Mr. Bojangles, Long Long Time by Linda Ronstadt, and Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson.
Vegetarians and animal rights activists Morrissey and Pamela Anderson have teamed up to promote the rocker's new single Earth Is the Loneliest Planet. The odd couple shot a short film on the roof of the Capitol Records building overlooking Los Angeles with director Natalie Johns behind the camera.
In the spoken word clip, featuring the bleak, poetic lyrics of the song, a pensive Morrissey wanders around as a flirty Anderson attempts to catch his eye, but he doesn't look at her.
Sharon Stone walked away from her role hosting the World Music Awards after organisers failed to pay her in time, according to the actress' representative. Pamela Anderson was drafted in as a last minute replacement for Stone after the Basic Instinct star pulled out of her hosting job just days before the ceremony in Monaco on 27 May (14).
It has now emerged Stone quit after she failed to receive payment for the work, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six. A representative for the actress tells the publication the story is "true" and "correct".
World Music Awards producer Melissa Corken explains there was a problem with Stone's payment as the actress allegedly declined to accept a cheque for the money.
She adds, "She was getting paid, but she didn't accept the form of payment we wanted to give her... One of our private board members was going to pay her - Sharon didn't want a personal cheque."
Sir Paul McCartney and Pamela Anderson are celebrating after finally winning their long-running campaign to free an abused elephant from captivity in India. The Beatles legend and the former Baywatch beauty joined forces to back a drive by officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to release Sunder from seven years of misery at the Jyotiba Temple in Maharashtra.
In 2012, McCartney wrote to Indian government officials, urging them to step in and end the beast's suffering, but despite promises Sunder would be rehoused at a nature reserve, the process of moving the elephant has dragged on ever since.
Now judges at the Supreme Court of India have ordered the implementation of a Bombay High Court order to release Sunder to an elephant care centre in Bangalore by 15 June (14).
A PETA spokeswoman says, "Despite every obstacle thrown in his path, this abused young elephant will now be on his way to safety. Sunder has known only cruelty, misery and neglect. By upholding the Bombay High Court order, India's Supreme Court has made clear that cruelty to elephants, even in the name of religion, will no longer be tolerated. We are grateful to the Indian judiciary for giving Sunder the opportunity to be rescued."