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."
The orange and black outfit classical singer Marian Anderson wore during her historic performance at Washington, D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial in 1939 has gone on display at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution. The contralto hit headlines 75 years ago after she was banned from taking the stage at a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) event in Constitution Hall because she was black.
The snub prompted the then-U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to resign as a member and instead invite Anderson to perform at the memorial on Easter Sunday, breaking boundaries with the critically-acclaimed open-air concert.
Anderson's two-piece ensemble was donated to curators at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. by Ginette DePreist, the widow of the star's nephew.
Gone With The Wind star Mary Anderson has died at the age of 96. The actress, who played Maybelle Merriwether in the 1939 classic, passed away on Sunday (06Apr14) at a nursing home in Burbank, California.
She was originally cast as Scarlett O'Hara in the adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel, but that role eventually went to Vivien Leigh, and Anderson was relegated to the role of the leading lady's cousin.
Alabama native Anderson also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat, opposite Tallulah Bankhead and Hume Cronyn, and 1940s movies Flight Angels, Cheers for Miss Bishop, The Song of Bernadette and To Each His Own. She also portrayed President Woodrow Wilson's daughter Eleanor in 1944's Wilson.
The actress also found success on TV in America with a recurring role on Peyton Place in 1964 and appearances on shows like Perry Mason, The Californians and My Three Sons.
She was married to Oscar-winning cinematographer Leon Shamroy until his death in 1974.
"I enjoy being in her skin so much. She’s a cool chick, and she’s very comfortable with herself and her sexuality. I feel like I have expanded and matured and grown as a woman as a result of playing her." The X-Files star Gillian Anderson on portraying provocative Stella Gibson in British TV drama The Fall.
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If you watched the pilot episode of Alfonso Cuarón's highly anticipated new series Believe, you might be thinking that filmmakers should stick to the big screen. Forever. But the Gravity director still has time to convince people that Believe isn't the worst show ever. There's something exciting about a brilliant filmmaker taking on a television series, so here are five fantasy projects from some amazing directors who should definitely come to the small screen.
The day that Terrence Malick comes to the Sundance Channel with a television series developed from his The New World script will be a great day for us all. A mini-series about Pocahontas and/or her progeny? Yes, please.
Back in 2010 her Broadway-inspired show The Miraculous Year was rejected by HBO, but it's time for Bigelow to get back out there. Considering the nature of many of her films (Zero Dark Thirty, Hurt Locker), people might be surprised to know that she's also an accomplished painter. It'd be great to see her team back up with Jessica Chastain for some kind of artsy period piece set in the 70s, when she was studying art with some of the best.
Now that he and Kevin Hart are proven box-office gold (Think Like a Man, Ride Along), this could be a great time for the duo to bring it to the small screen. Throw in a little Tracy Morgan (Story also produced First Sunday) and voila! Best show ever.
This year he released his first English-language film (Blood Ties) and we can only imagine what a series (perhaps another crime drama) directed by him and starring him would look like (it'd probably look awesome... and really hot). Oh, and obviously his flawless significant other and frequent collaborator Marion Cotillard would be on board.
It's been forever since Me and You and Everyone We Know, but those two little boys deserve their own spinoff series. And the world is just a better place when July is creating things.
There's no real pitch here. It's just that some of us want to watch something, anything, by Wes Anderson every single week for the rest of our lives. Starring Bill Murray and Gene Hackman as two patriarchs who live next door to each other? Jason Schwartzman doing odd-jobs? Whatever. Who cares about the plot? It would be amazing!
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