Gene Simmons' son Nick is following in his rocker father's footsteps by forming his own band. Nick Simmons, 25, reveals he has been busy recording material with the as-yet-unnamed group and cannot wait to share the music, which he has likened to the sounds of The Black Keys.
He tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "The new band is not so new, I've just been waiting to get it right. We don't even have a name yet. We have all the demos ready and hopefully you'll see something from us soon."
And the Simmons offspring is well prepared for music critics to compare him to the KISS icon.
He says, "That's going to happen anyway, so I might as well do what I love in the meantime."
Nick is Gene Simmons' son with model/actress Shannon Tweed. The couple is also parents to daughter Sophie, 22.
A celebrated hat designer who provided headwear for British royals including Queen Elizabeth II and a long line of Bond girls has died. Milliner Philip Somerville passed away on Sunday (14Sep14) aged 84. No more details about his death were available as WENN went to press.
Somerville spent decades making hats for the British monarch, and he also created designs for Diana, Princess of Wales and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the Swedish and Dutch royal families.
He also made hats for Joan Collins, opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and he worked on a number of James Bond movies.
Somerville's creations were seen on Famke Janssen in Goldeneye and Sophie Marceau in The World Is Not Enough.
He retired in 2008.
Actress/singer Hilary Duff has thanked Australian star Sophie Monk for coming to her rescue following a car crash in Los Angeles.
The former Lizzie McGuire star has revealed her actress pal witnessed the smash and helped prevent the other driver from leaving the scene of the accident. Duff tells Australian radio station 2DayFM, "I had a car accident and Sophie comes out of nowhere, on a rainy day in L.A., like an angel. This girl hit me, she rear-ended me, and tried to run. And Sophie took her (own) car and blocked her off. I'm like 'Sophie?' and she's like, 'Oh my God, Hilary!'"
The pair know each other through their ex-boyfriends, Joel and Benji Madden. Duff previously dated Joel, while Monk was involved with Benji.
She adds of the car accident coincidence, "We were dating twins. Does that mean we're part of some weird sisterhood or something?"
Duff goes on to reveal she does not have a good track record with cars, and often prangs her vehicle when parking at home: "I've had a few (accidents), mostly with my own house though. So that's a good thing, it's always best when there is only one person involved. I've hit my garage a few times. Sometimes I've pulled in too tight. I've always had a big car so I've pulled in and scratched it, things like that."
As America's Next Top Model's 21st cycle unfolds, we've decided to take a look at previous seasons to see how often Tyra and her ever-changing panel of judges choose the right model. As anyone who has watched the show throughout the years (and the marathons every time they're on TV) knows, the model you spend all season rooting for rarely wins, no matter how much she deserves to.
Who Won: Adrianne Curry
Should Have Won: Adrianne Curry
If only Tyra's first season were a sign of things to come. She picked it right. Adrianne had that special blend of being cool, a good model, and reality TV perfection (which is essential for a first season). She went on to become a "star" on Vh1's CelebReality, and we continued to grow up watching the ups and downs of her relationship with a Brady. That sort of contribution to our adolescence is invaluable.
Who Won: Yoanna House
Should Have Won: Mercedes Scelba-Shorte
Mercedes was perfect! She was such a great model, she had the cutest personality, and she was owning the competition while suffering with Lupus. Her final photo and her Billie Holiday photo are some of our favorite in ANTM history.
Who Won: Eva Pigford
Should Have Won: Toccara Jones, Yaya DaCosta
Eva was okay, but we loved Toccara. She left too soon, and we began to root for Eva. Looking back on this cycle now though, it's hard not to feel like Yaya is sort of like ANTM's Jennifer Hudson -- she lost, but has the best career possibly out of any of the girls.
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Who Won: Naima Mora
Should Have Won: Kahlen Rondot
This is a no brainer. Kahlen was perfect. Naima was a good model, okay, sure. But she was quiet and enigmatic. Kahlen was shy, but adorable and relatable. And, if we're being frank, a far superior model.
Who Won: Nicole Linklater
Should Have Won: Bre Scullark (or Nik Pace)
We loved Bre. We still love Bre. She will always be one of our favorites. We rooted for Nik after Bre was eliminated, but Tyra didn't seem to care and picked the annoying and whiny Nicole.
Who Won: Danielle (Dani) Evans
Should Have Won: Joanie Dodds
This makes us uncomfortable to say, because we really like both girls here. This was one of the rare instances where we would have been happy regardless of who won. For some reason, we always remember this as the cycle that Joanie won though. Clearly she left the stronger impression (although we'll never forget Dani's photo on top of the elephant, while she was sick).
Who Won: CariDee English
Should Have Won: CariDee English
We felt really bad when Melrose lost because she was consistently good. She tried so hard to be perfect. Sure, she wasn't the most likable, but she was undeniably a good model. But CariDee had the whole package. She was likable and could model. We would have been happy if one of the twins won too though (just saying...).
Who Won: Jaslene Gonzalez
Should Have Won: Renee Alway
We were rooting for Renee from the very beginning. When she came in third place, we obviously started supporting Jaslene just to prevent the bizarre Natasha from winning. Deep down though, we still feel wronged by Renee's elimination.
Who Won: Saleisha Stowers
Should Have Won: Jenah Doucette
We never liked Saleisha. She kind of looked like Rihanna if Rihanna were on Disney. We were never into it. Chantal similarly had sanitized feel to her. Jenah shined as the only normal, likable girl in the cycle. She was a great model too!
Who Won: Whitney Thompson
Should Have Won: Anya Kop
This is one that outrages us still. Whitney was unlikable and even the judges thought so for most of the season. She just happened to get farther than any other plus-sized model, so they let her win. Everybody knows that Anya ran that cycle as if she were already a professional. Her photo shoot with Nigel? Her Sprite campaign? And don't even get us started on the injustice of eliminating Tiffani Thiessen-lookalike Katarzyna. How did they pick Whitney?
Who Won: McKey Sullivan
Should Have Won: McKey Sullivan
Girl was flawless. She was tall, stunning, poised, and had a lovely personality. Honorable mention to Analeigh Tipton though for doing her thing and having a great career.
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Who Won: Teyona Anderson
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
Allison. Our favorite contestant in the history of ANTM. This one hurts. We're not quite ready to talk about it.
Who Won: Nicole Fox
Should Have Won: Nicole Fox
We loved Nicole and we loved runner-up Laura Kirkpatrick. Tyra didn't have the chance to mess this cycle up.
Who Won: Krista White
Should Have Won: Raina Hein
Raina has been working more than anyone else from this cycle -- we've been seeing her pop up on commercials, and a working model is a successful one. Overall, we didn't really like this cycle.
Who Won: Ann Ward
Should Have Won: Kayla Ferrel
First of all, Ann's runway walk was not good. Chelsey and Jane were both good models, but there was something about Kayla that we were consistently drawn to. She somehow looked like a classic beauty, yet edgy and modern. She was fieeeeerce.
Who Won: Brittani Kline
Should Have Won: Hannah Jones
Were we the only ones who didn't hate Alexandria? We would have been happy if she won, but instead we were left with Brittani. She was a fine model, but on a personal level, we just stopped liking her after that meltdown in panel. Hannah also reminded us a lot of Analeigh from cycle 12, so we had a soft spot for her.
Who Won: Lisa D'Amato
Should Have Won: Allison Harvard
TWICE? REALLY? Allison, who broke our hearts when she was runner-up in cycle 12, admits that it sucks to be runner-up twice. She should have won. Twice. She's the best. We'll never be ready to talk about this.
Who Won: Sophie Sumner
Should Have Won: ...Annaliese Dayes? ...Laura LaFrate? Maybe Sophie?
This is one of those cycles that had three great girls at the end. At one point or another, we rooted for all of them to win. We're happy Sophie won because she was a cutie, but we loved Annaliese way more throughout the competition. She was like a Spice Girl and a model all in one.
Who Won: Laura James
Should Have Won: Leila Goldkuhl
Laura is a fantastic model -- let's just get that out of the way up front. Leila was eliminated, because Tyra rarely makes good decisions, and brought back by the fans who loved her. Clearly she was a fan-favorite and she should have won. Leila was definitely better than runner-up Kiara.
Who Won: Jourdan Miller
Should Have Won: Renee Bhagwandeen
Our friend texted within the first episode of ANTM 2.0 saying she couldn't stand the girl who was married and divorced at 18. And she never really made us like her more. On the other hand, from the moment Renee was shown in the casting episode, she had our vote. We were gung-ho from the get-go. Sure, Cory and Marvin were fantastic, but personally we're still rooting for the girls.
Will Tyra make the right choice in Cycle 21?
British supermodel Sophie Anderton is planning to undergo artificial insemination to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother. The former catwalk star remains single at the age of 37, but she wants to have a baby next year (15) with the help of doctors.
Anderton is planning to undergo treatment in the coming weeks and hopes to be pregnant by the end of 2014.
She tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "People might find it surprising, but I've been broody since I was 21 and I don't want to wait anymore. Man or no man, I want to be a mum... I am ready to be a great mum...
"I refuse to say the SD words (sperm donor), it just feels wrong, but maybe one of my beautiful gay friends will help me... I am hoping I will be pregnant or at least on the way to carrying by the end of the year."
Arctic Monkeys and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were among the big winners at Tuesday night's (02Sep14) AIM Awards in London. The British band picked up the Association of Independent Music's Album Award for AM, while singer Ellis-Bextor was named Best Live Act.
Other winners included London Grammar, Ben Watt and Twin Atlantic, while Richie Hawtin picked up an Outstanding Contribution honour.
The full list of winners is:
Independent Album: Arctic Monkeys - AM
Independent Track: Twin Atlantic - Heart And Soul
Independent Breakthrough: London Grammar
Outstanding Contribution: Richie Hawtin
Best Live Act: Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Hardest Working Artist: Ghetts
Independent Video: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - You Will See Me
Best Difficult Second Album: Ben Watt - Hendra
PPL Award For Most Played Independent New Act: London Grammar
Best Independent Festival: Barn On The Farm
Special Catalogue Release: Various - Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
Independent Label: Domino
Indie Champion: John Doran
Pioneer Award: Martin Mills
Best Small Label: Hyperdub
Innovator: Steve Goodman
Special Recognition: Alison Wenham
Model and actress Sophie Monk called police to her New South Wales home in Australia early on Thursday morning (28Aug14) after she spotted an intruder.
Reports suggest her call for help was made at 4am local time and Monk later took to Twitter.com to tell fans she was "freaked" by the incident.
Ironically, the drama took place two days after Monk’s alleged cyber stalker, James McCabe, made his third appearance in a Tasmanian court. The 30 year old allegedly sent Monk a series of offensive, sexually explicit messages that included threats of harm aimed at her family and friends.
McCabe has pleaded not guilty and was bailed on condition he doesn't contact or harass Monk.
Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser is set to make his New York stage debut in director Garry Marshall's production of Billy & Ray. The actor will portray Hollywood screenwriter Billy Wilder opposite Larry Pine as author Raymond Chandler in the Off-Broadway comedy, about the odd pair's mid-1940s collaboration on the movie adaptation of Chandler's novel Double Indemnity, which led to the birth of the film noir genre.
Sophie von Haselberg and Drew Gehling have also been cast in the play, which begins previews at the Vineyard Theatre on 1 October (14), ahead of an official launch on 20 October (14).
Kartheiser, who started out in the theatre in his native Minneapolis, previously returned home last year (13) to play Mr. Darcy in a production of Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice.
Actor Josh Charles is set to become a first-time dad. The former The Good Wife star's ballet dancer wife, Sophie Flack, is expecting the couple's first child together this winter, according to Us Weekly magazine.
Charles and Flack wed in September, 2013.