Lady Gaga invited a fan on stage after he threw a letter to her during a concert in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday (19Sep14).
The "Poker Face" hitmaker picked up the note from John McMillian and read it out loud to the 14,000 concert-goers at the city's SSE Hydro arena. In the letter, McMillian described his late mother Karen, who was a big fan of the pop star, and insisted the singer's music gave him comfort following her death. Gaga was clearly moved by the emotional words and told the audience, "I believe that since making music, God was putting me together with my fans (sic). It was a big blessing on my life when I read a story like this (sic). I hope this boy's very brave story has touched all of you because it has really touched me." Gaga then invited him on stage and dedicated Born This Way and Judas, Karen's favourite song, to him. Before he rejoined the crowd, Gaga asked McMillian to join her backstage for a chat after the show. He later told British newspaper the Daily Record, "It's still not sunk in. It doesn't feel real."
Sinead O'Connor has discovered her planned appearance at the upcoming American Music Awards was scrapped when show officials couldn't book Pope Francis to join her onstage. The Nothing Compares 2 U singer, who famously ripped up a photo of late pontiff John Paul II on Saturday Night Live in 1992, has revealed she learned about the bizarre plan weeks later.
In a post on her website last week (10Oct14), which begins, "Are you sitting down? That’s what my manager said to me before he told me what I’m about to tell you", O'Connor explain executives from Dick Clark Productions had hoped that Pope Francis would introduce O'Connor, who was booked to perform Nothing Compares 2 U and her new single Take Me to Church.
She says, "Since naturally their idea was not only disrespectful to the Pope and to millions of Catholics (The idea he ought consider lowering his feet into the disgusting world of show business and celebrity at all! Never mind with Sinead O'Connor) they didn't get a response and consequently I'm now not doing the show."
Sinead adds, "I never heard anything so warped and disrespectful to both the Pope and myself, as well as millions of Catholics (As well as my fans, with whom I have some f**king street cred, thanks, and integrity) in my life.
"Oft' it is said 'That Sinead O'Connor is insane', and of course, there's no smoke without a little fire, but one wonders who is actually crazy after this. Really."
The American Music Awards will be held on 24 November (14).
Actress/TV host Maria Menounos narrowly escaped injury when a heavy metal tool smashed through her car window while she was driving on Thursday (16Oct14). The TV host heard her rear window shatter as she was motoring away from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on Thursday and thought the noise was a gun shot.
She tells Usmagazine.com, "We were merging onto the expressway and all of a sudden we heard an explosion. I thought we were being shot at so I told everyone, 'We're being shot at! Put your heads down!' And everyone put their heads down... We waited a second and we didn't hear another shot, so I lifted my head up and turned around, and the whole back window was shattered and gone, not even a stitch of glass was left.
"And we see this huge tyre iron in the back, so either someone ran back and smashed the back of the window and ran and nobody saw (them), or someone was in close proximity and threw it through the back window. Either way, my make-up artist was in the back seat covered in glass."
A police officer pulled their vehicle over to question them about the incident. The culprit has not been found.
Menounos confirmed to TMZ.com that all the passengers were unharmed.
Rocker John Mellencamp has sparked rumours of a reunion with actress Meg Ryan after they were spotted together in New York on Wednesday (15Oct14). The couple parted ways in August (14) after more than three years together, but it appears the stars are now keen to give their relationship another chance.
Mellencamp, who lives in Indiana, has been open about his feelings for the When Harry Met Sally star in recent weeks and admitted last month (Sep14) he would not rule out rekindling the romance.
He told U.S. shock jock Howard Stern, "Meg is an angel. She was just an angel sent to me at the right time. We tried to have a relationship for three years - long distance. We'll see what happens."
Mellencamp, 63, previously revealed to Rolling Stone that he had no intention of moving to the Big Apple to be closer to Ryan, admitting, "I'm too sensitive to live there (in New York). I can't see poor people. I can't see the suffering. I can't see the trash on the streets. I'm not leaving Indiana. I'm going to die here."
Britney Spears' one-time manager Sam Lutfi has confirmed he was the mastermind behind Amanda Bynes' return to Los Angeles, where she is currently seeking psychiatric treatment. The troubled actress flew in to LAX airport on Friday (10Oct14) at the end on eventful day, during which she lost her cool with an airline employee at a New York airport, accused her father of molesting her as a child and then retracting the damning tweets, blaming a microchip in her head for the family attack on social media.
Upon her arrival in Los Angeles, Bynes was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold.
Now Lutfi, who was linked to Spears at the time of her 2008 psychiatric hospitalisation, has told Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that he helped the Hairspray star get back to Los Angeles.
Lutfi told Bush that he and Bynes struck up a friendship via Twitter.com following the Spears drama six years ago, and she contacted him last week (ends10Oct14) asking for help to get her back to Los Angeles.
The svengali, who spoke to Bush over the phone over the weekend (11-12Oct14), reveals he booked Bynes on a flight from LaGuardia Airport, but she missed it and reached out again. Lutfi reportedly managed to get Bynes on another flight to Los Angeles from John F. Kennedy airport.
Lutfi insists he was not involved in the hospital dash once the actress arrived in California.
Her parents and their lawyer, Tamar Arminak, arranged the hold and Arminak has since revealed the actress' hospitalisation has been extended for 14 more days.
Taylor Swift gave funnyman John Cleese a taste of her stern, feminist side when he poked fun at women during an appearance on Britain's Graham Norton Show on Friday night (10Oct14). The two stars were bonding over their love of cats when the Monty Python star criticised her pet, Olivia Benson, asking, "How did it have the accident?" before adding, "That's the funniest looking cat I've ever seen", when Cleese told host Norton why he preferred cats to dogs.
He said, "They're unpredictable and cussed - like women."
Swift shot him a stern look and said, "Ooh, we don't wanna do that..."
Cleese previously admitted he was looking forward to joining Swift on Norton's sofa, tweeting, "I am looking forward to discussing cats with @taylorswift13 on @TheGNShow. She has 2, I have 3."
The Help director Tate Taylor is developing a TV adaptation of 1967 film In The Heat Of The Night. The filmmaker has teamed up with bosses at America's Showtime network to reboot the Oscar-winning film starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger. Taylor will write, direct and executive produce the project.
The 1967 feature film was based on the 1965 John Ball novel which told the story of a white police chief and black police detective collaborating to solve a murder in a racist small town in Mississippi, which happens to be Taylor's home state.
The movie won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, and it was later adapted into a TV series starring Carroll O'Connor and Howard Rollins that ran for seven seasons until 1994.
In the Heat of the Night marks the latest TV project for Taylor, who is making his small screen directing debut with the highly-anticipated Netflix comedy Grace & Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
British singer/songwriter Lynsey De Paul saved three lives with organ donations following her death last week (end05Sep14). The veteran pop star suffered a brain haemorrhage and passed away in London on 1 October (14).
De Paul's bother, John Rubin, told the congregation at her funeral on Tuesday (07Sep14) that the star had signed up as an organ donor, and the lives of three strangers were saved as a result.
Rubin told the mourners, "I am extremely proud to say that even in death, she gave three people the chance of life."
Stars including Suzi Quatro and Tom Conti paid their respects at the service.
De Paul rose to fame in the 1970s with an array of chart hits and was the first woman to be awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello award.
Director Cameron Crowe has told fans he will attempt to block production of a rumoured Say Anything TV spin-off. The moviemaker made his feature film debut with the 1989 comedy drama, which centres on a relationship between two students following their graduation.
A spin-off TV series is reportedly in the works and will continue the story of Lloyd and Diane, who were originally played by John Cusack and Ione Syke.
Cusack was questioned about his involvement in the project on Twitter.com and he replied, "Hell no!!" while Crowe wrote, "Regarding the announcement of a 'Say Anything' TV show... @JohnCusack, @IoneSkye1 and I have no involvement... except in trying to stop it."
Rocker John Mellencamp has personally thanked the surgeon who saved his life at birth, 40 years after learning how close he came to death. The Jack & Diane hitmaker was born with spinal bifida at a time when little was known about the condition, but thanks to the efforts and skill of Dr. Robert Heimburger and an experimental procedure, he survived and thrived.
Mellencamp recently told CBS News he didn't know about his potentially life-saving operation until he was nine, when a school pal asked him about the scar on his back.
The rock star said, "I went home and asked my parents. They said, 'Oh, don't worry about it. You had an operation.'"
Over 50 years after the surgery, Mellencamp finally met Heimburger a few weeks ago and learned he was the only survivor of the experimental procedure.
He explains, "They did three operations. One (girl) died on the table, another girl lived, I think, 'til she was 14, and then she died. And then me. They basically cut my head off... laid it open, cut that thing off then put all the nerves into my spine."
As for the cost of the pioneering work, he adds: "He (Heimburger) charged my parents $1. I was a guinea pig."
Asked about his meeting with the man who saved his life, the rocker says, "We talked about faith, 'cause I have very little faith in anything. (He) just kept grabbing my hand and saying, 'John, you need to have faith'."