Advertisements for Octavia Spencer's new medical drama series Red Band Society have been pulled down from Los Angeles buses over complaints about offensive language. The commercials in question feature an image of The Help star alongside the words "scary b**ch", used to describe her no-nonsense character Nurse Jackson.
Hip-hop stars Common and Questlove and actors Jon Hamm and Kerry Washington have joined U.S. President Barack Obama in a new public service announcement calling for an end to sexual violence on college campuses. Music producer Randy Jackson, actresses Rose Byrne, Connie Britton and Mayim Bialik and Vice President Joe Biden also feature in White House officials' It's On Us campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the rising number of student sexual assaults across the U.S..
Mad Men star Hamm opens the ad by saying, "It's on us to stop sexual assault", while Washington continues, "To get in the way before it happens."
The celebrities go on to urge young men to protect female friends by making sure they get home safely.
The PSA was unveiled on Friday (19Sep14) and Obama underlined the importance of rallying support for the campaign by stating, "Our society still does not sufficiently value women. We still don't condemn sexual assault as loudly as we should.
"Unless women are allowed to reach their full potential, America cannot reach its full potential. So we've got to change. It is on all of us to reject the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and to refuse to accept what's unacceptable.
"Our nation's success depends on how we value and defend the rights of women and girls."
"He told me I'm his second-favourite singer. Michael Jackson is first - and then mommy. He's always around the house making little videos of himself doing Michael Jackson moves. I was telling him recently that, 'You know, you were in my tummy when I sang at his memorial'. And he was like, 'Really? Wow!'" Singer Jennifer Hudson's son David is a big Michael Jackson fan.
Freddie Mercury's lost duet with Michael Jackson has made it onto Queen's latest hits and rarities album. Just weeks ago, Queen drummer Roger Taylor confessed he could only hope that the track, There Must Be More To Life Than This, would feature on the new release after revealing that dealing with the Jackson family and the King of Pop's estate officials was like "wading through glue".
But it seems all parties have come to an agreement, because the unreleased song, recorded in the early 1980s, will appear on Queen Forever, which is scheduled for release in November (14).
The track, remastered by super-producer William Orbit, is not completely new to Mercury fans as he featured a solo version on his 1985 album Mr. Bad Guy.
Queen's two-disc new album will also include the completed version of Let Me in Your Heart Again, which was cut from the group's 1984 album The Works, and a new version of Mercury's solo hit Love Kills.
Guitarist Brian May calls the new collection "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits".
Meanwhile, Taylor calls the compilation "a definitive collection of Queen's timeless love songs".
Twilight star Jackson Rathbone suffered a near-death experience on Thursday (18Sep14) when the pilot of a plane he was a passenger on was forced to make an emergency landing after an engine exploded. The actor was was travelling from Long Beach, California to Austin, Texas with his wife Sheila Hafsadi and two-year-old son Monroe when the right engine on the JetBlue aircraft malfunctioned shortly after take-off.
The cabin began filling with smoke and panic ensued as the oxygen masks failed to drop automatically, prompting "brave stewardesses" to manually fix the problem.
Rathbone documented the harrowing journey with a series of photos on his WhoSay.com account, revealing he was prepared for the worst as he hugged his family on the troubled aircraft, writing, "I recited the Lord's Prayer as I held my son and my wife in my arms. The pilot came on the PA and let us know we lost the right engine."
Alongside one snap of passengers standing on the runway after the emergency landing in Long Beach, he added, "We were told to brace as we careened sharply back towards land. Guided by our pilot, and I believe our guardian angels, we landed safely."
He then uploaded another photo of himself and his wife and kid, and explained how they had dashed for the exits as soon as possible, leaving all of their belongings behind: "I grabbed my son and jumped down the inflated ramp, my wife following. We left all our personal effects onboard. Who cares. We were alive."
Singer Jason Isbell was the toast of the Americana Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night (17Sep14), walking away with a trio of top prizes. Isbell took home the honours for Song of the Year for Cover Me Up, Album of the Year for Southeastern and Artist of the Year.
The Milk Carton Kids were named Duo or Group of the Year, while Sturgill Simpson was unveiled as Emerging Artist of the Year and Buddy Miller earned the Instrumentalist of the Year title.
Meanwhile, lifetime achievement accolades were presented to Loretta Lynn (Songwriting), Flaco Jimenez (Instrumentalist) and Taj Mahal (Performance), the President's Award went to Jimmie Rodgers and Jackson Browne received the Spirit of Americana Award, Free Speech in Music honour.
The ceremony also featured a surprise performance from former couple Robert Plant and Patty Griffin, who reunited for a rendition of their 2013 collaboration Ohio. The pair split last year (13).
Carlos Vives and Juanes have teamed up with a slew of fellow Colombian musicians to record a new peace anthem, calling for an end to the country's ongoing armed conflict. Singer Vives and his producer pal Ivan Benavides gathered the 60-strong group of stars, including Andres Cepeda, Adriana Lucia, Don Tetto, Gustavo Garcia and Santiago Cruz, to lend their vocals to A Step Toward Peace as part of the I Can campaign.
Benavides reveals they drew inspiration for the project from Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie's We Are the World charity single, which was released in 1985 to raise funds for African famine relief, and they hope the new peace song will show Colombians that peace is "more than the signing of agreements between the government and the illegal armed groups".
He tells news agency EFE, "To recover peace and to rebuild in peace the process must come from the civil society, and in this effort we all should participate: artists, the private sector, the Church and the parties in conflict."
Discussing the wide range of musicians involved in the collaboration, Benavides says, "With this array of artists we were able to show Colombia's diversity because well-managed differences enrich us all and we find that there are more things that unite us than separate us."
The Colombian conflict has been raging since the mid-1960s, when the nation's government forces, paramilitary groups, crime syndicates and other armed forces began to clash in a battle to increase influence and control over the land.
Peace talks are currently being held in Havana in an effort to bring the decades-long fighting to an end.
Rapper 50 Cent is mourning the loss of his beloved grandmother.
Belulah Jackson has passed away but the cause of her death has yet to be revealed, according to MTV News. The In Da Club hitmaker openly spoke about his grandmother in the past, as she and her husband took the rapper in when he was eight years old following the death of his mother.
In June (14), the star, real name Curtis Jackson, told New York radio host Angie Martinez that his grandmother was suffering from an unidentified illness, and hoped she would pull through. He said, "Her actually being sick, for me this is the only person who took care of me. It's really uncomfortable for me. If I had one person in the world that I could give everything that I have to and I'd be comfortable with it, it'll be my grandmother."
Sean 'Diddy' Combs has reportedly spent $40 million (£25 million) on a new Holmby Hills, Los Angeles mansion close to the one where Michael Jackson died in 2009. The European villa has eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.
Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson has wed again. The Glee actor exchanged vows with entrepreneur Jason Landau at a friend's estate in Encino, California on Saturday evening (13Sep14).
Jackson tells People.com, "This means a new beginning for us. It was love at first sight and this is just the culmination of that."
The 39-year-old star wore a black Calvin Klein tuxedo while Landau was styled by John Varvatos.
Guests included Jane Lynch, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Alicia Silverstone.
Cheyenne was previously married to Monte Lapke from 2011 to 2013. The actor met Landau in rehab last year (13). They announced their engagement in February (14).
Jackson says, "We've both been through a lot in our lives. We got sober together. Now we sing and we dance together. It blows my mind."