Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is to receive a special award for his philanthropy. The Bon Jovi star has been named the 2014 recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, which recognises artists who make a valuable social contribution, and he will pick up the accolade at a ceremony in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in November (14).
The prize is named after opera star and Philadelphia native Marian Anderson, who became the first black soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1955.
The Livin' on a Prayer hitmaker, who runs the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, says of the award, "It's a great honour to be recognised by the great city of Philadelphia, in receiving this prestigious award. The JBJ Soul Foundation originated in Philadelphia and will continue to reach those in need, both locally and nationally. Through the 'power of WE,' we can end homelessness and hunger."
The star is slated to accept the prize and a $25,000 (£14,706) charity donation on 18 November (14).
Previous recipients include Mia Farrow, Sidney Poitier, Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Gere.
Taylor Swift turned love guru by doling out advice to a fan who asked the singer for dating tips on Instagram.com.
A fan called Hannah left a comment under one of the Love Story hitmaker's pictures on the photosharing app earlier this week (22Jul14), writing to Swift about a boy she likes who has a girlfriend of his own.
She wrote, "There's a guy Taylor... who I have the biggest crush in the whole wide world on, and he'll never like me back... @taylorswift can you give me some advice maybe. I love you."
The music superstar, who has had her fair share of public relationships, surprisingly wrote back a sincere note back to Hannah with her advice on what to do in the situation.
Swift wrote, "About this guy. I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized. When you have a broken heart, the first thing a stranger will ask is 'how long were you two together?' As if your pain can be determined by how long you were with someone. Or if you were with them at all."
"I don't think that's how it works. I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind. You are loving someone purely because you love them, not because you think you'll ever have your affections reciprocated. You are admiring something for its beauty, without needing to own it."
"Feel good about being the kind of person who loves selflessly. I think someday you'll find someone who loves you in that exact same way."
A flabbergasted Hannah wrote back, "You have no idea how much this means to me, thank you. You understand and that means so much. I feel like you're the big sister I don't have. Thank you, I really did need to hear that from you."
Actress Dakota Johnson is reportedly dating Welsh rocker Matthew Hitt. The daughter of Hollywood veterans Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson was photographed strolling arm in arm with Drowners musician Hitt in New York City on Wednesday (23Jul14), a day before the highly-anticipated trailer for her new movie Fifty Shades of Grey was released.
The new couple was also snapped sharing an intimate kiss.
Johnson, 24, was romantically linked to Last Man Standing actor Jordan Masterson last year (13), while Hitt, who moved to the Big Apple in 2011, is said to have dated model Atlanta de Cadenet, the daughter of Duran Duran star John Taylor and British TV personality Amanda De Cadenet.
The stage adaptation of Gwyneth Paltrow's Oscar-winning movie Shakespeare In Love has won over sceptics to become the toast of London's West End. The theatrical version of the 1998 film, which starred Paltrow alongside Joseph Fiennes and Dame Judi Dench, opened at the Noel Coward Theatre in London on Wednesday night (23Jul14) and won a standing ovation from critics.
The Guardian's Michael Billington praises Shakespeare In Love for successfully transferring from the big screen and transcending the cinema, writing, "I've often attacked our modern mania for turning movies into plays. But, in the case of Shakespeare in Love, the transformation is fully justified... (This) new version is a love letter to theatre itself... This is a play that stands on its own two feet."
The London Evening Standard's Henry Hitchings gives the show five stars out of five and applauds the lead actors, Lucy Briggs-Owen and Tom Bateman, for taking over the roles made famous by Paltrow and Fiennes.
He writes, "While they may not eclipse the memory of Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow, there's an easy chemistry between the tousled, rather earnest Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen... There are rich laughs, flickers of mischief and peachy spurts of surrealism. A few heavy-handed moments aside, Shakespeare in Love has a fizzy, infectious exuberance."
Paul Taylor of The Independent also awards the play five stars, along with The Daily Telegraph's full marks review, which adds, "At a time when so many stage shows are based on films, it is odd that it has taken so long for Shakespeare in Love to arrive in the West End. But boy has it been worth the wait... The Oscar-laden movie... was terrific, but in (director) Lee Hall's delightful stage adaptation the piece seems to have found its true home."
"You have to try to understand where people are coming from. This has always been an issue in our society. A white person can play Cleopatra, even though Cleopatra was a North African woman, who in reality had coffee skin. But that's not sellable in Hollywood. So you get Elizabeth Taylor with purple eyes. There's always been a lot of tension in the African-American community about Hollywood being a whitewashing machine." Zoe Saldana is trying to understand why her casting as jazz great Nina Simone has been met with so much opposition because she's not black enough.
Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction and Lorde are among the list of pop stars scheduled to perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in September (14). Other acts announced include Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Usher and Ariana Grande.
Woody Allen was thrilled when Oscar winner Colin Firth signed on to star as a cynical illusionist in his new film Magic In The Moonlight - because he wrote the part of Stanley with the British actor in mind.
The filmmaker admits Firth's casting was especially sweet because he has failed to land so many of the world's top actors for his film projects. He explains, "The guys are great but they are hard to get, they are always busy. I have called (Robert) De Niro, I've spoken on the phone to Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson."
"Nicholson was going to do Hannah And Her Sisters. I wasn't thinking of Michael Caine at the time as I wasn't thinking of an English guy. It would never have occurred to me."
But when he started writing his latest project, he couldn't get past the thought of casting another Englishman, adding, "I was thinking of him as I was writing the movie and we were determined to have him, but he was scheduled to do another project."
"Fortunately for us, at the last minute his other project was postponed. Colin was the perfect person to play this because it requires a certain savoir faire (social grace). You want an elegant, good-looking person who can do the wit and can have that attitude without him getting on your nerves; someone you would like to watch for the whole movie."
Allen reveals the idea of casting Emma Stone opposite Firth came to him as he was working out: "I'm on my treadmill in the morning and I'm surfing through (TV channels) to kill the time and suddenly I would see these post-adolescent movies and think, 'Who's that girl? She's beautiful and she's very good'."
"I mentioned her name to Juliet Taylor, who casts for me, and she said, 'Yes, she's not just a pretty face. She's a very good actress'. She's very intelligent to chat with. She did such a good job she's in the (next) movie I'm doing now."
And it seems Allen is slowly getting his way when it comes to working with the world's top actors: "Now I am working with Joaquin Phoenix, a great actor, and Sean Penn... I would love to work with Kevin Spacey."
"Usually this S represents 'Swift' but today I'm wearing it because SELENA IS 22!!!!" Pop star Taylor Swift marks her close friend Selena Gomez's birthday on Tuesday (22Jul14) by flashing an initial necklace on Instagram.
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Actor Zach Braff has denied rumours he's dating Taylor Swift, insisting he has sworn off dating "super-famous girls" after becoming a tabloid target while romancing singer/actress Mandy Moore.
Speculation recently surfaced that the former Scrubs star and the serial celebrity dater had become an item, but in an interview with U.S. shock jock Howard Stern on Monday (21Jul14), Braff quickly shot down the story. Calling the Love Story singer "a sweet girl" the actor explained he has only met Swift twice and romance reports are nothing but "Internet bulls**t".
Braff, who recently split from his model girlfriend Taylor Bagley after five years together, revealed he vowed never to date another celebrity after breaking up with Saved star Moore in 2006. He told Stern, "When you date another famous person, that's when they really hound you. That's when the paparazzi are outside your house and that's when you can't ride your bike through Manhattan because they follow you."
"When my relationship with Mandy ended, (my publicist) said, 'I'm going to give you a hint that you should know. If you don't date these 25 girls, your life will be so much easier.' And she was kind of exaggerating because there's more than those 25 girls, but in so many words, if you can, don't date other famous people because then all the tabloids pretty much leave you alone."
He added, "I could walk down the street, I don't get followed. Well, if you're going to hook up with a famous girl, that might be fun for your ego, but you don't want to be out in public dating a famous girl because then they follow you everywhere you go."
And Braff admitted he'd hate to have pal Harry Styles' life, adding, "He can't walk two f**king feet or a crowd forms and the paparazzi forms (sic)... He's the sweetest kid, but I don't want that existence."
Ironically, Styles briefly dated Taylor Swift at the end of 2102.
A man accused of trespassing on Taylor Swift's beachfront property in Rhode Island on three separate occasions has been sentenced to 18 months of probation. Daniel P. Cole was initially taken into custody and charged in December (13) after he parked his pick-up truck outside the singer's Watch Hill home and refused to move.
Police were called to the scene to investigate and the Massachusetts resident allegedly became involved in an altercation with officers, just 12 days after Swift's security guards had to escort Cole off the star's estate.
The second incident landed the 39 year old a no trespassing order, but cops found him back on the property in March (14), when he was also slapped with a no contact ruling, demanding he keep his distance from the singer and her home, according to local paper The Westerly Sun.
He pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour charges of wilful trespassing and disorderly conduct, but was convicted on Thursday (17Jul14) after a three-day trial in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Judge Frank Cenerini ordered Cole serve probation and undergo anger management screening and counselling. He also renewed the no trespassing and no contact orders.
Cole hasn't been the only unwelcome visitor at Swift's Rhode Island luxury house - three people recently pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct charges after allegedly hurling beer bottles at the mansion in June (14).
The singer was not home at the time of either incident.