British comedienne Catherine Tate has been cast in the upcoming revival of Stephen Sondheim's stage musical Assassins in London. The former Doctor Who star will play Sara Jane Moore, the woman who attempted to assassinate U.S. president Gerald Ford in 1975.
Tate will join actors Mike McShane and Andy Nyman for the Menier Chocolate Factory's production, which features the stories of 10 people who have attempted or successful killed an American president.
Tate is no stranger to the stage, having appeared in previous West End productions including Much Ado About Nothing, Under the Blue Sky and Some Girl(s).
Assassins, which was last in the West End in 1992, begins on 1 December (14) and runs until 7 March (15).
Veteran British DJ Dave Lee Travis had a "propensity" to grope women and hoped his fame gave him "the perfect right" to abuse them, a court in London has heard. The former BBC Radio 1 stalwart, who was cleared of 12 indecent assault charges in February (14), is facing a retrial on three counts, and the hearing formally began on Friday (05Sept14).
The jury was told Lee Travis is facing two charges of indecent assault and one of sexual assault involving three different women between the 1980s and 2008.
One alleged victim claims she was groped when she was working on a theatre show with Lee Travis, another accuses him of groping her outside his dressing room before a chat show appearance, and a third is a journalist who says she was molested during an interview at the DJ's home in Buckinghamshire, England.
Prosecutor Miranda Moore, QC, told the jury at London's Southwark Crown Court, "We say that these incidents show that he has a propensity to lay his hands in a sexual manner on young women and that he is an opportunist... The defendant seemed to act as if he had the perfect right to grope."
Lee Travis denies all three charges.
The trial continues.
Celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman have paid tribute to veteran comedienne Joan Rivers following her death on Thursday (04Sep14). The legendary funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).
Her daughter Melissa announced that her mum passed away just after 1pm local time, and celebrities have been paying tribute to Rivers ever since.
Fellow comedienne and longtime pal Whoopi Goldberg took to Twitter.com to share her condolences, and wrote, "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan."
News of Rivers' death comes weeks after Goldberg also paid tribute to another close friend, Robin Williams, who died last month (Aug14).
Australian actor Jackman lauded Rivers' comedic presence and wrote, "We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed," while Depp called her "An Amazing Individual", and Mel Brooks wrote, "Joan Rivers never played it safe. She was the bravest of them all. Still at the top at the end. She will be sorely missed."
Other tributes from Zoe Saldana and British comedian Ricky Gervais hit Twitter, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne thanked the late comic for being kind to his daughter Kelly - Rivers' co-host on TV show Fashion Police. He wrote, "Not only was Joan a comic genius, she was an amazing woman. Thank you for always having Kelly’s back. You will always be a legend. RIP."
Celebrities also brought levity to the tragedy of her death, recalling catty remarks Rivers had made about them on awards show red carpets. Actress Anna Kendrick said, "Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed", singer Demi Lovato added, "RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR," and pop star Katy Perry joked, "What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart? RIP Joan Rivers. You are a one of a one."
Former Charmed star Rose McGowan recalled that "Joan once said I looked like a whore," and Evan Rachel Wood shared a similar sentiment, and remembered, "She once said I looked like I needed a trip to the VD (venereal disease) clinic..." before adding, "The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in Hollywood."
Girls star and creator Lena Dunham even poked fun at Rivers' self-depricating extensive plastic surgery, and quipped, "I told (comedian Marc) Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory. That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane."
A plethora of comedians also shared their praise for Rivers, including Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Wanda Sykes, Arsenio Hall, Tim Allen and Kevin Hart, as well as celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Boy George, Samuel L. Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, La Toya Jackson, Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Brad Paisley, Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, Maria Shriver, Simon Pegg, William Shatner, Ariana Grande, Vanessa Williams, Julianne Moore and John Stamos.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Tallulah has left a treatment centre after receiving help for various issues. The 20 year old entered a facility on 23 July (14) to deal with reported alcohol and drug abuse problems and on Wednesday (03Sep14), Moore arrived to the centre to take her daughter home, according to People magazine.
Multiple sources suggest her time in treatment was also related to her battle with body dysmorphia as a teen.
Prior to entering the facility, Willis publicly spoke about how she deliberately dressed provocatively and starved herself to stay thin.
She told fashion site Stylelikeu, "I was reading those stupid f**king tabloids when I was like 13 and feeling like I was ugly... That made me dress like I was showing off my boobs and my butt and showing off those things that I was getting attention for... It took me until a year ago (to get better)...
"I was trapped in this body... and I hated that I was sexy... I started starving myself and losing a bunch of weight and I got down to like 95 pounds... I lost my curves and when my boobs shrivelled up into like nothing and I had no shape. I was just saggy skin everywhere... It put me in even more of a cage."
Former James Bond Sir Roger Moore has been forced to give up 007's beloved martinis due to his diabetes. The British actor revealed he had been diagnosed with the disease last year (13), and although he never ordered the superspy's trademark martini "shaken, not stirred" as Bond, he admits it was his tipple of choice.
And now Moore reveals he has had to lay off the drink due to his diabetes.
He tells the Daily Telegraph, "I make a very good dry martini but I'm not allowed to drink them anymore. No more sugar, no alcohol. I get to taste the wine and I can make a little sip last an hour. I enjoy it much more."
But he also adds that if given only one day left to live, he would reintroduce the martini back in his life, adding, "I'd have a couple of dry martinis with Tanqueray gin - not vodka - and a couple of choc ices (chocolate covered ice cream)... Oh, and baked beans."
"Thinking of and missing sweet Adam today & every day but celebrating his ineffable goodness & light." Singer/actress Mandy Moore remembers her late friend Dj Am, real name Adam Goldstein, on the fifth anniversary of his death on 28 August (14). The DJ died from an accidental drug overdose in 2009.
Actor Steve Carell is set to replace Zach Galifianakis in a new film about a terminally-ill police woman's fight for gay rights.
The Hangover star was cast in Freeheld earlier this year (14), but he has dropped out due to a scheduling conflict, according to Deadline.com.
The movie is based on the 2007 documentary of the same name, which centred on Laurel Hester, a New Jersey cop who challenged government officials and demanded pension benefits for her same-sex partner, Stacie Andree, as she battled lung cancer. Julianne Moore will portray Hester, while Juno's Ellen Page will star as Andree.
Carell will play Steven Goldstein, an advocate for Garden State Equality, in the film.
Alongside a record degree of mediocrity, the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards also marked a few records in some of its top competitive categories. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston took home the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy last night: his fourth for the role of Walter White. With this latest achievement, Cranston has tied one Dennis Franz, who has held the record of four Best Dramatic Actor Emmys solo since 1999. The milestone begs us to look back through other Emmys records: Which stars have the most wins? The most nominations? And, perhaps tragically, the most nominations without a single win?
This bittersweet superlative goes to none other than Angela Lansbury, who never quite nabbed that trophy despite 12 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominations as Murder, She Wrote star Jessica Fletcher.
Not only does Lansbury claim ownership of the most nominations without a win, she also has the most nominations period in any acting category. Alan Alda, Ted Danson, and Kelsey Grammer have all earned 11 nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category (for M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Frasier respectively), and Mary Tyler Moore snagged 10 Lead Actress in a Comedy nominations for her eponymous sitcom. As for supporting categories, David Hyde Pierce has taken 11 nods for his work on Frasier, while Rhea Perlman and Loretta Swit have each earned 10 comedy nominations (Cheers and M*A*S*H).
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Demi Moore's daughter Rumer Willis sparked controversy by celebrating her birthday with a cake shaped like a gun. The actress, whose father is Hollywood action man Bruce Willis, turned 26 on Saturday (16Aug14) and her famous mother marked the big day by ordering a cake shaped like a pistol decorated with the words "Happy birthday Rumer... Bang Bang".
Willis posted a picture of the cake on her Instagram.com page along with the caption, "Best birthday cake ever. Thank you mama for making this day do (so) special."
However, the picture sparked a slew of negative comments from the star's Instagram followers, who branded the stunt "sick".
The cake is believed to be a reference to Willis' turn in Quentin Tarantino's stage musical tribute For the Record in which she sings the track Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).
Veteran actor Jeff Bridges is planning to add children's author to his extensive resume after teaming up with his eldest daughter for the special project. The Big Lebowski star, who has also established himself as a musician and a photographer, reveals he likes to find ways to include his kids in his professional career so he has started penning a kids' story with 33-year-old daughter Isabelle.
He tells People.com, "I try to create as many experiences as I can to hang out with my kids. When you're an adult, you gotta work. So I invented this word - plorking - a combination of playing and work...
"Isabelle, my oldest girl, we're working on a children's book together."
Bridges has also recruited his second child Jessie, who has served as his film set assistant for years, to open for his band The Abiders' new tour, while his youngest girl Hayley, 28, is helping to design the actor's new home.
He isn't the first celebrity to pen stories for kids - fellow celebrities including Jamie Lee Curtis, Julianne Moore, Jim Carrey, Jessica Lange, Ricky Martin and rock matriarch Sharon Osbourne have also tested their creative writing skills in recent years.