Julia Roberts and her husband Danny Moder were honoured with a humanitarian award in Los Angeles on Friday (17Oct14). The couple, married since 2002, was handed the prize by bosses at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) at their annual Respect Awards at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Roberts and Moder were recognised for their work on The Normal Heart, a 2014 TV movie which depicts the rise in the HIV/AIDs crisis in the 1980s. Roberts starred in the drama and Moder worked behind the scenes as a cinematographer.
Bosses at GLSEN, an organisation championing safe educational environments for all schoolchildren, said, "They bring a sense of stewardship, responsibility and consciousness to their humanitarian efforts and serve as wonderful role models."
Dancing With The Stars professional Derek Hough was handed the Inspiration Award for his "efforts to fight bullying".
The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, Glee creator Ryan Murphy, and Rose McGowan also attended the event.
Ryan Murphy, the man behind TV hits Glee and American Horror Story, is revisiting the O.J. Simpson trial 20 years on for a new television project. American Crime Story, which will be a companion series to American Horror Story, will focus on classic cases.
The first season of the show, subtitled The People V. O.J. Simpson, will be based on Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Murphy says, "This is an exciting project for me... The O.J. case was as tragic as it was fascinating - it seemed like everyone had a stake in the outcome. It was really the beginning of the modern tabloid age."
Simpson, who is currently behind bars on an armed kidnapping charge, was acquitted of killing his wife Nicole and her friend Ron Brown after what became known as the trial of the century.
Hollywood director/producer Ryan Murphy has become a father for the second time after welcoming a son via surrogate.
The Glee creator and his husband David Miller became parents on Friday (03Oct14) when they brought home a little boy named Ford, joining elder brother Logan, who was born in December, 2012.
Murphy tells E! Online, "His name is Ford. I brought him home today from the hospital and Logan gave him kind of a side eye... It was an amazing birth. Thirty seven weeks and a day and he was a chunkier, seven pounds, 13 ounces. David and I were there and pulled him out and cut the cord and cried and it was pretty amazing. And now look at me I'm crying again."
The couple married in 2012.
Gwyneth Paltrow celebrated her first birthday since her split from Chris Martin by gathering her Hollywood friends for a dinner party in Los Angeles on Friday night (26Sep14).
The Iron Man star turns 42 on Saturday (27Sep14), and she marked the occasion by dining with a group of pals at the AOC Wine Bar and Restaurant in Los Angeles. Attendees included fellow actress Cameron Diaz and Glee creator Ryan Murphy, according to Usmagazine.com.
Paltrow announced her 10-year marriage to the Coldplay frontman was over in March (14).
Rising Australian actor Ryan Corr pleaded guilty to heroin possession at a court hearing in Sydney on Tuesday (02Sep14).
Corr, who stars in Russell Crowe's upcoming directorial debut The Water Diviner, admitted a charge of possessing a prohibited drug after police officers caught him with a bag of heroin. However, Corr walked away from Waverley Local Court on Tuesday without a conviction.
His lawyer Chris Murphy argued it would hinder his acting career as he could be banned from entering certain countries. Magistrate Julie Huber agreed and said, "It is quite clear that you are a young man with a long, successful acting career and there is nothing to suggest that career won't continue."
The court was also told that Corr had not taken the drug and no drug-taking equipment was found in his possession.
He was handed a 12-month good behaviour bond, which is similar to probation.
Director/producer Ryan Murphy has urged young fans to make a difference in the world by drawing inspiration from The Normal Heart playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer and becoming champions of good causes. The Glee and American Horror Story director escorted ailing Kramer to the stage as he picked up the Outstanding Television Movie honour for his recent TV adaptation of The Normal Heart at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday (25Aug14).
Murphy gave special recognition to the film's actors, Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, for lending their star-power to the project - about Kramer's efforts to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS in the early 1980s - to help move it into production, almost 30 years after Barbra Streisand obtained the rights to the 1985 play with a view to turning it into a small screen movie.
Stepping up to the mic, Murphy said, "We're only here because of one person, and that's Mr. Larry Kramer. We did this for him.
"Special thanks to our wonderful cast, particularly a shout out to Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo, who got this movie made. After 30 years, it took the superpowers of Erin Brokovich and The Incredible Hulk to finally get this thing alive."
Murphy then used the second part of his acceptance speech to encourage young humanitarians to lead the charge for change.
He continued, "We're gonna use the rest of our time to ask young people watching to become Larry Kramers, to find a cause that you believe in that you will fight for, that you will die for. Go online, look up amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), look up the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation."
Murphy wrapped up his speech by dedicating his Emmy to "the hundreds of thousands of artists who have passed from HIV/AIDS since 1981", adding, "Your memory and your passion burns on in us, and this is for them. Thank you."
The filmmaker's moving tribute prompted transgender Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox to take to Twitter.com after the speech and applaud Murphy for his words of wisdom, writing, "#RyanMurphy's speech made me tear up. Bravo."
Jyoti Amge, the world's smallest woman, has joined the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show. TV drama creator Ryan Murphy announced the news via Twitter.com on Wednesday (13Aug14). The Indian woman, who suffers from growth disorder achondroplasia, was officially named the world’s smallest woman by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011. Amge joins Patti LaBelle among the newcomers to the show, which features Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates.
Patti Labelle has signed on to join the cast for the new season of TV hit American Horror Story. She will appear in four episodes of Glee creator Ryan Murphy's spooky show, titled Freak Show.
The period drama will feature previous American Horror Story stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters, while Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley and John Carroll Lynch have also joined the cast for the third season.
American Horror Story: Freak Show debuts on U.S. TV screens in October (14).
Actor Neil Patrick Harris has landed a role in the new American Horror Story series after writing to creator Ryan Murphy and asking for a part.
The former How I Met Your Mother star, who is currently starring on Broadway in Hedwig & the Angry Inch, recently told Entertainment Weekly Radio that he had penned a request note to Murphy, suggesting himself for upcoming series, Freak Show.
He said, "I wrote a letter to Ryan asking if I can be in it, even though I wasn't even available to be in it. To do one that involves any kind of freak, circus nonsense is going to be so unsettling to watch."
Murphy caught wind of the radio chat and has since responded to Harris via Twitter, writing, "@ActuallyNPH of course you can be on Freak Show! I have a role I think you'd love."
Harris previously worked with Murphy in an episode of Glee, for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2010.
Fargo and Orange Is The New Black were the toast of the TV world at Thursday night's (19Jun14) Critics' Choice Television Awards, scooping three prizes each.
The small screen revamp of the Oscar-winning crime film won the prize for Best Mini-Series, while its stars Billy Bob Thornton and Allison Tolman were named Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series and Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series, respectively.
Netflix's hit women's prison series was named Best Comedy Series at the ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, and Uzo Aduba earned the Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series award, while her co-star Kate Mulgrew, tied for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series with Mom's Allison Janney.
Janney also picked up Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her recurring role in Masters of Sex. Upon receiving the trophy for Mom, Janney quipped, "Well this is the climax of my career. This is extraordinary. This has been an amazing year for me."
The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons was named Best Actor in a Comedy Series and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus landed Best Actress in a Comedy Series, while Andre Braugher took the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for police programme Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
In the drama categories, Breaking Bad won Best Drama Series for a second consecutive year, and Aaron Paul picked up Best Supporting Actor for his role in the popular show. Also earning a back-to-back Best Actress win was Tatiana Maslany, who repeated her 2013 triumph for her multiple clone roles in sci-fi show Orphan Black.
Adding to his Oscar win earlier this year (14), Matthew McConaughey went home with the Best Actor honour for True Detective, while Bellamy Young earned Best Supporting Actress as the scheming First Lady on Scandal.
It was also a big night for TV titan Ryan Murphy, whose thriller American Horror Story: Coven earned Jessica Lange the Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series accolade, while his AIDS drama The Normal Heart won two prizes, including Best Movie or Miniseries, and Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series for Matt Bomer.
In addition, Jim Parsons presented his The Normal Heart director with the Louis XIII Genius Award in recognition of his contribution to television. Upon accepting the honour, Murphy recalled the slew of online criticism he received following the announcement of the award, and admitted he tried to back out as a result. He also shared a piece of advice, telling the audience, "The one genius rule I have made in my career is to surround yourself by people more talented than you and then take all the credit. The last part is actually not true."
The awards show was hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and presenters included Colin Hanks, Angie Harmon, Diane Kruger, Sarah Silverman, Christina Applegate and Christian Slater.