Kevin Spacey and Goldie Hawn were among the stars who turned out to honour former U.S. president Bill Clinton at a jazz gala in Los Angeles on Sunday night (09Nov14). The actors showed their support for the ex-politician during the Thelonious Monk Institute Gala at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where Clinton was awarded the Maria Fisher Founder's Award for his contribution to jazz music education.
Music veteran Herbie Hancock, the chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, paid tribute to longtime jazz fan Clinton, telling the audience, "(He) has been a jazz advocate for decades and supported the education programs of the Thelonious Monk Institute throughout his Presidency."
Hawn and Spacey also congratulated Clinton, and the American Beauty star showed off his own musical skills by taking to the stage to perform with jazz legends Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves.
Other guests at the star-studded event included Chaka Khan and Don Cheadle, as well as John Mayer and Pharrell Williams, who both performed. Scholarships and prizes worth thousands of dollars were awarded to young musicians and composers throughout the gala.
Celebrities including Katy Perry, Courteney Cox and Jessica Alba flocked to Kate Hudson's house in Los Angeles for her annual Halloween party on Thursday night (30Oct14). The Almost Famous actress and her mother Goldie Hawn donned leather gear for their Sons of Anarchy-inspired costumes, while Perry wore a giant orange foam outfit to become a walking Cheeto cheesy snack.
Cox and her fiance Johnny McDaid dressed up as spooky puppets while Alba transformed into Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Gwen Stefani and husband Gavin Rossdale were vampires, Nicole Richie became fictional villain Cruella De Vil, Lea Michele wore a Little Red Riding Hood costume, and Modern Family's Sarah Hyland became fictional orphan Annie.
Lily Allen courted controversy by donning medical scrubs and a name badge which read 'Dr. Luke', a nod to music producer Lukasz Gottwald, who is currently embroiled in a legal battle with pop star Kesha over sexual and emotional abuse allegations.
Other guests included Kurt Russell, Aaron Eckhart, Adam Sandler, Zach Braff, Tallulah Willis, Maria Menounos, and Ashley Benson.
Goldie Hawn is opening up about her past struggles with anxiety over finding fame in Hollywood at a young age. The veteran actress' breakout role came in 1968 when she was just 23 years old as a dancer for classic sketch show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, but her overnight success sparked unbearable stress.
In an interview with Queen Latifah on her U.S. talk show on Wednesday (17Sep14), Hawn recalls, "Suddenly I'm pulled out of the chorus and now I'm going into a big show on TV and I really started having anxiety attacks.
"I didn't want to be a star. I wanted to be a dancer. I had been dancing since I was three. I wanted to go home (and) open a dancing school. I wanted to get married. I wanted a 'normal' life. I thought everyone was so screwed up out here (Los Angeles) and I thought I don't want that life."
Hawn sought out medical help to figure out how to cope with her debilitating reaction to fame, adding, "I went to a psychologist to deal with my anxiety, which was a nonspecific anxiety. I'd have panic attacks or I'd go somewhere and get really hot and dizzy and scared.
"I was destabilised and decentralised. I used to be this really happy, young, kid dancer... but then suddenly something happened and I didn't know where I was. I wasn't with my dancer friends anymore. I knew I wasn't going to go home anymore. They (fans) were asking for my autograph when they didn't even know me. It was really bad."
Former child star Shaun Weiss has turned to crowdsourcing website Kickstarter.com to fund a stand-up comedy tour and revive his career. The Mighty Ducks star, who portrayed Greg 'Goldie' Goldberg in the classic sports films, plans to hit the road with the cash raised and meet fans in between shows. He also hopes to film his experiences for a TV series.
The 35 year old has even given potential donors a taste of his comedy skills in a three-minute video clip.
He says, "I'm offering some insane kind of rewards. Basically, if you invest, your reward is me. I will come to your house and you can shoot pucks at me."
Weiss also appeared in Ben Stiller's 1995 comedy Heavy Weights, and on TV shows Boy Meets World and Freaks & Geeks, but his last credit was almost a decade ago on an episode of Las Vegas in 2005.
"I don't think I would ever want to do something like that because my mum plays such iconic roles that I couldn't really see anybody for that matter being able to embody or encompass what it is that she is. It's a funny thing to kind of take on that (responsibility)." Actress Kate Hudson has no plans to remake any of her mother Goldie Hawn's classic movies.
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A stage adaptation of Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner's black comedy The War Of The Roses is heading to Broadway.
All The Way producers Jay and Cindy Gutterman are developing a theatre version of author Warren Adler's bestselling divorce novel, which the 1989 film was based on, and they are planning to debut the new production during the 2015-2016 season. Casting details have yet to be announced.
The War of the Roses is not the only book-to-movie project to get a Broadway makeover - a musical based on Olivia Goldsmith's The First Wives Club is also heading to the stage with a soundtrack penned by Motown legends Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier.
The new production, a heavily revised version of The First Wives Club play which debuted in San Diego, California in 2009, will launch in Chicago, Illinois next spring (15) before transferring to Broadway.
The 1996 movie starred Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton.
Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has received unlikely investment advice from British musician/actor Goldie. The Sing hitmaker has become a wealthy man since shooting to fame, and he has decided to invest his money into property following advice from the electronic music artist, who has been his friend for five years.
Sheeran tells Britain's Heat Radio, "It's Goldie (handing out advice) actually... He rung me up. I'd been in touch with him since 2009, since before anything went well, and the week the album came out, he rung. He's a very, very elusive character, and he rung me out of the blue and he's like, 'You bought a house yet?' and I was like, 'No'. And he was like, 'Buy a house!' and I was like, 'Okay'."
The singer will be playing at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England on Sunday (29Jun14).
Bridesmaids star Rebel Wilson is close to signing on to lead the cast in a remake of Goldie Hawn's hit 1980 movie Private Benjamin. The Australian comedienne/actress will reportedly play a naive country girl who joins the U.S. Marines in the new movie.
Katy Perry has adopted a group of crazy new characters for her latest music video, performing at birthday parties undercover. The Firework singer reveals she was tired of playing dressed-up sexpots in dramatic promos and decided to have some fun with candid camera footage for the Birthday shoot.
In the video, she plays a Jewish comedian called Yosef Shulem, aged British dancer called Goldie and Kriss the Clown.
She says, "I went undercover as five of the world's worst birthday entertainers because I was sick of making, like, gorgeous music videos where I'm, like, sexual... I just feel that can get boring... so I made the most insane music video ever with hidden cameras.
"These are real birthday parties, where there was a real bouncy castle and I was this character, called Kriss the Clown... She's on parole and she's got some problems; she found the job on Craigslist."
The video features scenes of Perry, as Kriss, causing a traffic accident as she wanders into a road blindfolded at a kids' party.
She adds, "It was kind of actually dangerous; I had three security (men) undercover."
Director Randall Miller is considering moving production on his stalled Allman Brothers biopic to Los Angeles after a camera assistant was killed in a freak train accident on the set in Georgia. Sarah Jones, 27, was struck and killed by an oncoming train while shooting Midnight Rider on a railroad trestle in Wayne County in February (14), four days before cameras were officially due to start rolling on the project.
Production was suspended immediately after the tragic incident, but now Miller is making plans to get back to work and is contemplating relocating the cast and crew to California, where his production company Unclaimed Freight is based.
According to Deadline.com, filming could begin in L.A. as early as June (14).
William Hurt and Tyson Ritter signed on to portray Gregg Allman present and past in the project, and Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's son Wyatt was cast as his brother Duane.
Meanwhile, the Georgia District Attorney is expected to meet with Wayne County Sheriff John Carter on Monday (21Apr14) to decide if any criminal charges should be filed over Jones' death.