R&B star Keyshia Cole has reportedly reunited with her estranged husband Daniel Gibson, almost a year after they split. The You've Changed singer confirmed she had separated from the basketball player in March, 2014, after less than three years of marriage, but the former couple appears to have reconciled after putting on a united front at a party in Los Angeles on Monday night (23Feb15).
The bash was held to celebrate the premiere of Cole's new U.S. reality show, All In, and she had her husband back by her side throughout the event.
Gibson even shared a snap of the pair hugging on Instagram.com, alongside a sweet caption, which reads, "Look what I found ... full support of this Angel at her premiere."
News of the apparent reconciliation emerges five months after Cole was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman she found at her rumoured boyfriend Bryan 'Birdman' Williams' Los Angeles home in September (14).
The confrontation landed Cole a battery charge and a lawsuit from her alleged victim, Sabrina Mercadel, who has also obtained a restraining order against the singer.
The Kinks star Dave Davies has taken aim at filmmaker/composer John Carpenter for suggesting he raised the rocker's son in a new magazine interview. Davies took offence to a piece in Billboard, published on Monday (26Jan15), in which Carpenter referred to collaborator Daniel Davies as "my godson, the kid that I raised", and insisted the magazine editors run an online explanation.
The Kinks star even offered up a statement he suggested publication bosses should run, insisting the man behind cult movies like The Fog, Halloween and Escape From New York had exaggerated his role in his son's upbringing.
Davies states, "To clarify, John Carpenter helped to raise my son Daniel Davies during a difficult period in Daniel's adolescence. John and I were close friends who lived near each other in Hollywood... After my bust up with Daniel's mother I moved out and, as we were close friends and as I had made him Daniel's godfather, it was decided that my adolescent son would move in with John while things were sorted out.
"I feel as though it is an exaggeration for John Carpenter to say he raised my son when really he just stepped in to help during a difficult period. He did not know my son during Daniel's early childhood years and I don't want to come off in the press as someone who neglected a son of mine.
"Whereas Daniel and John happily maintain a healthy bond, Daniel and I have always had a strong father and son relationship and bond as well. John has been a good friend of mine but I would regret if people came away from your article with a misunderstanding of my character and of past events."
Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein is working on turning Robin Williams comedy Mrs. Doubtfire into a stage musical. The actor and playwright appeared alongside late funnyman Williams in the 1993 movie and now he is busy adapting it for the theatre.
Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken broke the news to fans on Thursday (22Jan15) during an interview on America's Entertainment Weekly Radio, revealing he and his Hercules collaborator David Zippel will be writing the songs.
Menken, who is known for his work on a string of Disney projects, says, "Harvey Fierstein is writing the book, David Zippel is writing the lyrics, I'm writing the music, and it's going very well. It's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say. We're really enjoying working on it."
Mrs. Doubtfire starred Williams as divorced dad Daniel Hillard, who cross-dresses as a nanny so he can see his kids. The tragic comedian had been planning to reprise his role for a sequel before committing suicide in August (14).
Singer John Legend, rapper will.i.am and actress Gabrielle Union are among the celebrities who have expressed their outrage after learning a New York City police officer responsible for the death of an African-American man will not face charges. Eric Garner died on 17 July (14) after he was placed in a chokehold by Daniel Pantaleo during an arrest in Staten Island, where he had been caught illegally selling single cigarettes.
The incident was captured on camera and footage showed the victim gasping, "I can't breathe", before his body went limp.
His death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner, but a grand jury decided on Wednesday (03Dec14) that Pantaleo would not be indicted.
The ruling emerged 10 days after officials in Ferguson, Missouri declined to press charges against another white officer, who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August (14) during a shoplifting investigation.
Legend was one of the first stars to publicly comment on the news, tweeting, "I am stunned by the failure to indict Eric Garner's killer... 'I. CAN'T. BREATHE.' God Damn."
Actress Union also used her social networking account to rant, "Unarmed man put n2 (into) ILLEGAL chokehold, says he can't breathe, caught on tape, later dies &no charges?! Tell us again ALL our lives matter... I have no words left... just angry tears thru (sic) gritted teeth. RIPEricGarner RIPHumanity RIPCompassion May the Lord have mercy..."
Former Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross adds, "My rage and sorrow are overwhelming me about Eric Garner. This has to STOP. NOW", and music mogul-turned-social commentator Russell Simmons writes, "i am deeply disappointed in the non-indictment of the police officer who killed Eric Garner. The Dept. of Justice must step in now."
Rapper Big Boi and actors Jesse Williams, Dule Hill and Amber Riley also tweeted their anger at the lack of indictment, while will.i.am added, "A cop chokes a man to death for selling cigarettes. He isn't charged for murder... I think all these privatized prisons are only built for black men in America...".
Meanwhile, A Tribe Called Quest star Q-Tip decided to rally supporters to protest the decision in New York.
He wrote, "6pm union square", before calling on fellow rappers, including Nas and Lil Wayne to lend their backing to the cause, urging them to "join us!".
Q-Tip was one of thousands of activists who took to the streets of New York on Wednesday night to protest the grand jury decision.
A large crowd of citizens calling for justice even formed around Rockefeller Center, where hundreds of revellers lined the streets while stars took the stage to perform at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
During the live broadcast, host Matt Lauer addressed the protest, and said, "We are ushering the holiday season in here, and even as we do so, we have to mention it's been a bit of an emotional and even tumultuous day here in New York City... We have to say we hope it will be a healthy and joyous and a peaceful holiday season for everyone."
R&B singer Keyshia Cole spent Friday morning (19Sep14) behind bars following an arrest at her rumoured boyfriend Bryan 'Birdman' Williams' home in Los Angeles. The star allegedly assaulted a woman at the rap mogul's penthouse apartment just after 5am local time after she arrived unannounced.
Sources tell TMZ.com Cole was arrested for battery and an outstanding reckless driving warrant.
She was released on Friday afternoon after posting $46,000 (£28,750) bail.
Cole split from her basketball player husband Daniel Gibson earlier this year (14) after less than three years of marriage.
The world lost one of its greatest actors this week. Many of us grew up with Robin Williams as a firm presence in our lives that could make us laugh. He brought our families together every time we sat down to watch one of his films. He was the voice of Genie in Aladdin. He brought a board game to life in Jumanji. He was an inspiration in Dead Poet’s Society. Every role he portrayed, he encompassed that character so passionately, it’s hard to believe one man could be so versatile. In no way is this list comprehensive, because William’s career was so magnanimous, it cannot be broken down into which films were his best. He was a legend, with such a gift that all of his roles could be argued to be his best.
1. Mork, Mork and Mindy
An alien comes to earth to study its inhabitants. The plot is absolutely out there, but Robin Williams embraces this character wholeheartedly in this Happy Days spinoff. He brings Mork to life in a quirky, sweet way that we will see more of during his career. This television role was one of his first big exposures to an audience and he was well received.
2. Popeye, Popeye
Popeye is one of the first forays where viewers got to see Williams carrying different voices and traits using physical comedy to deliver them. He embodied this classic sailor so realistically, you could see it in the way that he walked and the way that he talked. Even his facial expressions were so meticulously detailed, you couldn’t second guess this casting choice. Williams was Popeye.
3. Adrian Cronauer, Good Morning, Vietnam
A movie set in Saigon, 1965, during the Vietnam War, Williams plays a radio DJ on Armed Forces Radio Service, who is wildly popular with the troops, but not his superiors. It’s a story loosely based on the experiences of AFRS radio DJ Adrian Cronauer. What made this film a genuine Robin Williams piece was his take on the character. Almost all of his radio broadcasts were ad-libbed. Like this amazing bit, “Goooooooooood-byyyyeeeeee Vietnaaaaaam! That’s right, I’m history…I’m outta here! I got the lucky ticket home, baby. Rollin, rollin, rollin’…keep them wagons rollin’, rawhide!”
4. John Keating, Dead Poets Society
A film set at the conservative Welton Academy in 1959, John Keating is a teacher that inspires his otherwise uninterested students with the use of poetry. Unlike earlier roles, such as Mork or Popeye, Williams didn’t use physical comedy to take up the screen. His passion, which viewers could see in every role he took on, was what carried this film. His delivery truly made us want to seize the day, because he was so believable in that philosophy. He made us want to stand up on our desks and chant, “O’ captain, my captain!:"
5. Dr. Malcolm Sayer, Awakenings
While Awakenings certainly was not Williams’s first serious role, this film sticks out more because of his chemistry with those around him. William’s plays Dr. Malcolm Sayer, based on real-life British neurologist Oliver Sacks. In 1969, Sayer discovers beneficial effects of the new drug, L-Dopa, which he administers to his catatonic patients. It’s incredible to watch Williams take on this character, who is so invested in his patient’s health and quality of life, that it’s heartwarming to watch.
6. Peter Pan/Peter Banning, Hook
Only an actor as talented and candid as Williams could manage to handle playing a grown-up Peter Pan. We’re introduced to Peter, a lawyer who is drifting from his wife and children because of his dedication to his work. It’s a wonderful display of character development to watch Peter, who has forgotten his childhood, something he never wanted to let go of, reclaim his youth and learn about life’s biggest adventures.
7. Leslie Zevo, Toys
Toys wasn’t big at the box office, despite producing a world-class cast. Williams plays the son of a toy manufacture that falls ill and leaves the company to his uncle, a military man with no interest in building toys. Williams’s character Leslie is appalled when his uncle begins manufacturing war toys. As a child watching this movie, it was so engaging to watch Williams, who might not have seemed responsible enough to handle the company, take action to save it. He’s passionate, silly, and the unsung hero we wanted to succeed.
8. Genie, Aladdin
In Aladdin, William’s is the genie that the title character stumbles upon. Williams was able to take this 2-dimensial character and make him larger than life. He stole every scene he was in, making him the most memorable character from the film (sorry Aladdin and Jasmine). He was completely right, we’ve never had a friend like him.
9. Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire, Mrs. Doubtfire
After a bitter divorce, Daniel Hillard, a talented, but jobless voice actor, is determined to still spend time with his kids. When he finds out his ex-wife is going to hire a housekeeper to help with the children, he uses his skills to pretend to be a Scottish nanny. You only need to see this movie once to remember what Williams sounded like as Mrs. Doubtfire, “Hellooo!”What could have been a ridiculous excuse at dressing up in drag, is actually a very humorous movie that touches on what the life of both parents, and children, are like in a divorce.
10. Alan Parrish, Jumanji
Of all of William’s work, Jumanji has remained my personal favorite. The story of a boy, sucked into a board game, sounded like a plot only children could enjoy. But, as an adult, it’s more rewarding to watch Williams return to his world, years after being stuck in the jungle of the game, and have him grappling with issues we all do. Unlike some of his other work, Alan Parrish is not boisterous character that William’s could use his wild antics to portray. It’s almost like watching Robin Williams’s growing up, seeing him act like a child in an adult’s body while slowly maturing and realizing what he is responsible for.
11. Armand Goldman, The Birdcage
The American take on La Cage aux Folles, features Williams playing a gay man, pretending to be straight for the sake of his son’s engagement. Nathan Lane gets the flashier of the two roles in this movie, but it’s impossible to not acknowledge Williams’s straight-laced performance in this piece.
12. Jack Powell, Jack
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Jack is a boy who ages 4x faster than the average kid, so at 10 he looks like is physically 40. A mix between comedy and melodrama, this idea sounds as bad out loud as it does on paper. But Williams manages to endear us in a way only he seems capable of, showing us the trouble Jack faces with a sweet earnestly that made viewers love this film, even if critics did not.
13. Professor Philip Brainard, Flubber
Flubber is a movie meant for children, but easily enjoyed by parents as well because of Williams. He plays the absent-minded Professor Philip Brainard, who discovers flubber. Critically, it was not his best film, by a long shot, but William’s personality matches the super-bouncy substance of Flubber, without letting the CGI-created element take over the film.
14. Sean Maguire, Good Will Hunting
Williams showed us he had the ability to combine tough love with a no nonsense kind of attitude. As psychologist Sean Maguire, he was able to help lead a brilliant man the right direction in his life. Williams ability to provide raw emotions is what landed him his first, and only, Oscar win (though he’s deserved the accolade countless times over his career).
15. Patch Adams, Patch Adams
After committing himself to a mental institution, Patch Adams finds a purpose in life and applies to medical school. The film follows as Williams fights to make connections with his patients, using laughter as a form of healing. As viewers, we got to see William’s dedication to the belief that laughter is one of the best forms of medicine.
16. Andrew Martin, Bicentennial Man
A sci-fi film where Williams portrays a robot, this movie held a lot of promise. It gets muddled down with semantics and plots too focused on scientific aspects of extended life, but Williams’s heart as a robot searching for humanity is what kept this movie afloat.
17. Seymour Parrish, One Hour Photo
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For those of us who were so used to Williams’ legendary comedic roles, it was jarring to watch a film like One Hour Photo. Seymour Parrish was not your usual over-the-top Williams performance. It’s chilling to watch an almost unrecognizable Williams, bleached blonde and tight-lipped, transform into this obsessive human being, fixated on the perfect family and life. This film is a testament to Williams acting range.
18. Bob Munro, RV
As Bob Munro, younger viewers got a sense for what it would be like if Robin William’s was really your dad. We all might have loved Mrs. Doubtfire, but realistically, your dad isn’t going to dress up and be your new nanny. This portrayal, so simple and silly, is what highlights that Robin Williams was quite obviously a dad, and like other fathers, has traits that everyone can attach themselves to and love him for.
19. Ramon/Lovelace, Happy Feet & Happy Feet 2
It’s a movie about talking – and dancing and singing – penguins, why wouldn’t Robin Williams be in it? Let alone, why wouldn’t he voice 2 important characters? As Lovelace, Williams practically jumps off the screen at viewers, as a hilariously fat, wise older penguin with a penchantspouting wisdoms that actually make no sense. It’s entirely believable, not surprisingly, that if Robin Williams had been a penguin, that would be him. On the other hand, Ramon highlights Williams's ability to nail an accent, and become a smooth talking penguin.
20. Maxwell “Wizard” Wallace, August Rush
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It’s strange seeing Williams as one of the bad guys, but he pulls off the part so well. As the “Wizard,” he takes in vagrant, homeless children with a gift for music and pawns them off as street performers. When one of his children finds a musical prodigy, he immediately begins to work with him and sees him as an opportunity for money, trying to promote him to different clubs. It’s a bit refreshing to get a sense of Williams’s funny attitude, but not have him be the hero in this. You know an actor is talented when you love them, but you’re rooting against them the entire time.
21. Teddy Roosevelt, Night at the Museum, Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (To be released later this year)
One of his most successful films financially, this is also one of his more silly ones. It holds the classic Williams’s trait is to make it silly enough to make you laugh, but not so silly that it becomes nonsensical. Williams plays a statue of Teddy Roosevelt, yes the 26th President of the United States of America, that comes to life at night to protect the museum he is in. Williams’s demeanor captures us as an audience, making us love him and the famous president, as well his back and forth banter with co-star Ben Stiller.
There are so many more films and television appearances that were all remarkable. He was an actor that was completely unparalleled in his style, talent, and passion. He cannot be replaced, and no one would ever dare try that, but he can be remembered by all the wonderful things that he has said and done. He will truly be missed, by those of us who fell in love with him as Alan Parrish in Jumanji, or those of us who were around to first witness him as Mork on Mork and Mindy. May we never forget his immense talent and all the adventures he took us on.
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I was humming a tune from Robert Altman's Popeye, a terribly underrated feat of Robin Williams' comedy (and his first cinematic role), when I read the news of the actor's passing. Hastily, I diverted attention to the public sphere, rushing through the social media posts of friends, colleagues, and strangers, hoping for a taste of which Williams roles most touched the lives of each and every individual vocalizing grief. I knew there would be no shortage of reference to Williams' dramatic work — his Good Will Huntings and Dead Poets Societys — but of course my expectation was to find the principal focus on his comedy. More than an actor was Williams a comedian, whether he be playing on stage, on television, or on the big screen.
So it was an especially jarring turn to discover, when I launched back from the tributes to ingest more information, just how Williams died: authorities had begun calling the incident a suicide. Only for a moment, though, was I so rattled in surprise. Williams' endeavors with rehab for drugs and alcohol, both this summer and earlier on in the 2000s, were no secret. But more significant than this is the fact that nobody is or isn't "the type" to take his own life; nobody should be a more surprising victim of suicide than anybody else. Stigmas to the contrary are a large part of why depression is such a treacherous epidemic in our world and country.
Upon learning of Williams' death, some are bound to consider the dichotomy between the man we knew — the one who'd dress in drag and howl in a Scottish accent, who'd roar through the radio waves of the Pacific Rim — and the man in earnest. Some might doubt that the Williams we met as Mork, loved as Patch Adams, played with as Alan Parrish, and wished upon as the Genie, was anything whatsoever real. Anything more than "for the cameras."
It certaintly was. It was a Williams for us. From him.
Upon perusing Facebook and Twitter and speaking with friends, I found something you don't often see when a beloved actor dies: variety. Every other voice had a different Williams role to celebrate, ranging from the wacky Aladdin, the sweet and schmaltzy Hook, the stern and sincere The Birdcage, the dark and severe Insomnia, and the esoteric The Fisher King. The constants were affection and familiarity. More than a few folks who grew up in the '80s and '90s likened Williams to a distant family member, or even a surrogate father. Clearly, the man had fostered an incredibly, unprecedentedly intimate presence with a generation of film and television watchers.
And each of those "types" of Williams is just as valid as the next. As such, the "type" of Williams we — the public — all collectively know is as valid, as palpable, as real as anything that he might be beyond the limelight.
A friend of mine expressed consternation over the proper decorum in situations like these: is it tacky to expose your grief for a passing friend whom you've never met, who never knew you? It doesn't seem to be — although it would be tacky to presume that I know anything of what Williams might or could or should want, we can rest assured that he brought his talents, his hobbies, his self into the world in the way he did in the hopes of making us laugh. Few comedians, and even fewer actors, of our generation could be deemed so potently invested in the happiness and enjoyment of their audiences. In every one of his movies, Williams was giving us a very big, powerful, important part of him. That, and all the laughter that came with it, was for us. So it doesn't seem all that off base to think that we couldn't share every feeling of love and sorrow we might have about him.
Finally, we return to the question of authenticity — what about the man behind the laughter? The man so stricken with pain? The "real" Williams?
That's where the danger comes in: the thought that only the morose can be depressed, that anyone so capable of earning a laugh must be riding a permanent cloud nine. That Williams' humor was the result of a chemical reaction with celluloid, and would dissipate immediately upon production wrap. Williams, like many depressed men and women, was a man who liked to, maybe even lived to, joke. A man who could command any room, nail any impression, or knock out any punchline. Granted, Williams can probably do this a lot better than the vast majority of folks out there, depressed or otherwise. But he's not a unique breed. There is no discernible breed. Depression and the turmoils that come with it can inflict anyone: the funny, the mopey, the angry, the brawny, the silly, the sensitive. From your Sean Maguires to your Daniel Hillards.
It often takes a stride to learn that the depression living within any of these people can be real. And for those who suffer with the disease, it is just as difficult, if not more so, to understand that the rest of you — the funny, the sweet, the strong, the "Seize the day!", the "Beee yourself!", the "Hellooo!" — is, too, very much real. No matter which side of the equation you might be on, you have one more lesson here to learn from John Keating:
We did know the real Williams. We just didn't know every part of the real Williams. We might not have known the real pains, the tragedies that too many people face alone and don't have to. But we knew something just as real: his ability and his drive — no, his insistence — to make the world laugh. And yes, he made the world cry plenty. When he battled for a soul in Bicentennial Man or delivered special peace to a hospital of sick children in Patch Adams or dragged Matt Damon out of his own carnivorous guilt in Good Will Hunting, he made us cry. But the Williams that made us laugh... the one who splashed his face with pie frosting, babbled around Sweethaven in a feverish stupor, and doled out life lessons to a wannabe prince via obscenely anachronistic pop culture references... well, that's my real Williams. And he's just as real as anybody else's.
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NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams may be over the moon about his daughter's recently announced casting as the titular character in Peter Pan Live, but, then... he's her dad. The rest of us can't help but be more than a little concerned about seeing Girls star Allison Williams take on the role. We've only really seen her as Marnie, after all, along with a couple cameos on other shows playing very similar characters. How is she going to become that scrappy, scruffy, little boy who refuses to grow up?
Well, at this point, the casting is pretty much signed, sealed, and delivered. But even so, a little speculation never hurt anyone! With that in mind, here are 8 celebrities that would make a better Peter Pan than Ms. Williams:
1. Maisie Williams
Come on, she's practically Peter already, what with Arya's androgynous look and devil-may-care attitude. Plus, she can sing, and she takes dance classes when she's not too busy filming.
2. Anna Kendrick
She's pint-sized, feisty, hilarious, and has a great set of pipes. Dang! Ah, well: she'll probably be too busy promoting Into the Woods to do it, anyway.
3. Kristen Bell
She cut her teeth as Becky Thatcher in the Broadway production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and she's literally a Disney princess. She also has that impish glint in her eyes...
4. Amy Poehler
Speaking of impish... Amy Poehler certainly looks mischeivous enough for the part, and you know she'd put her infamous comedic chops to good use in the role. Hey, she (oh, and Kristen Bell, too) would also make a great Tink!
5. Emmy Rossum
She shot to fame when she starred in Phantom of the Opera when she was still in her teens. She doesn't sing as part of her gig on Shameless, but proved she still had the chops when she appeared on Conan and sang in exchange for a hot dog.
6. Cristin Milioti
Fans are itching to see more of her after her disappointingly brief appearance on How I Met Your Mother's last season. Her singing voice is absolutely gorgeous, and she's got a great belt to boot!
7. Daniel Radcliffe
Okay, I know Peter's traditionally played by a lady, but doesn't Daniel Radcliffe have that perfect boyish look for the part? Maybe if they filmed Peter Pan Live during his Harry Potter days, it could have worked out...
8. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Also a bit on the old side, but dang: someone has to cast this guy in a musical, pronto!
Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams was yet another celebrity who went undercover at this year's (14) San Diego Comic-Con. The 17 year old donned a Spider-Man mask as she roamed the floor at the annual convention before attending the Game of Thrones panel on Friday (25Jul14). Daniel Radcliffe put on the same superhero suit to go unnoticed by fans, and Jack Black and Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson also donned costumes for the event.
Daniel Radcliffe, Pitbull, Pharrell Williams and Will Ferrell will be among the celebrities unveiling stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.
The selection of next year's inductees was announced on Thursday (19Jun14). The Hollywood Chamber and the Walk of Fame Selection Committee members will also welcome author Raymond Chandler posthumously, Jennifer Garner, filmmaker Peter Jackson, Paul Rudd, Melissa McCarthy, Christoph Waltz, chef Bobby Flay, Seth MacFarlane, Julianna Margulies, Chris O'Donnell, Jim Parsons, Sofia Vergara and Kool & The Gang, among others, to Hollywood Boulevard.