Actors Alan Fletcher and Jackie Woodburne were guests of honour at a special dinner to celebrate their 20 years on hit Australian soap opera Neighbours this week (beg25Aug14). The pair, who play beloved husband and wife Karl and Susan Kennedy in the show, were feted during the event at popular venue The Smith in Melbourne on Tuesday night (26Aug14).
Ian Hogg, boss of Fremantle Media Australia, which produces the long-running soap, hosted the dinner, and other guests included the TV company's director of drama Jo Porter and Melbourne Channel 10 boss Russel Howcroft.
Fletcher and Woodburne have racked up more than 4,200 appearances on the show between them since joining in 1994. Their appearances put them in the top four most popular actors in the 29-year history of Neighbours.
A sex abuse lawsuit against Hollywood director Bryan Singer, dating back 15 years, has been dropped. Michael Egan III claimed the X-Men filmmaker molested him at a party in 1999, when he was 17, and filed the legal complaint in April (14).
Singer filed a motion for dismissal earlier this summer (14), and the plaintiff filed a request to dismiss the case last week (ends22Aug14) - because he was unable to find an attorney to represent him.
On Wednesday (27Aug14), U.S. district judge Susan Oki Mollway granted Egan's motion for voluntary dismissal in U.S. District Court in Hawaii, according to legal documents obtained by Billboard.com.
Egan's suit was dismissed without prejudice, allowing him to refile a claim against the filmmaker at a later date if he wishes.
Judge Mollway also denied Singer's request to have Egan pay for his lawyers' fees and costs, citing that the director failed to identify what those exact costs are.
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
Check back to see if some of these other Hollywood hotties have taken the challenge! Tweet us which celebrity you want to see take part in #ALSIceBucketChallenge!
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Alongside a record degree of mediocrity, the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards also marked a few records in some of its top competitive categories. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston took home the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy last night: his fourth for the role of Walter White. With this latest achievement, Cranston has tied one Dennis Franz, who has held the record of four Best Dramatic Actor Emmys solo since 1999. The milestone begs us to look back through other Emmys records: Which stars have the most wins? The most nominations? And, perhaps tragically, the most nominations without a single win?
This bittersweet superlative goes to none other than Angela Lansbury, who never quite nabbed that trophy despite 12 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominations as Murder, She Wrote star Jessica Fletcher.
Not only does Lansbury claim ownership of the most nominations without a win, she also has the most nominations period in any acting category. Alan Alda, Ted Danson, and Kelsey Grammer have all earned 11 nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category (for M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Frasier respectively), and Mary Tyler Moore snagged 10 Lead Actress in a Comedy nominations for her eponymous sitcom. As for supporting categories, David Hyde Pierce has taken 11 nods for his work on Frasier, while Rhea Perlman and Loretta Swit have each earned 10 comedy nominations (Cheers and M*A*S*H).
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"Thanks @MileyCyrus for making the invisible homeless visible". Actress Susan Sarandon applauds the pop star for raising awareness about Los Angeles' homeless youths by sending a displaced young man named Jesse onstage to accept her award for Video of the Year at Sunday's (24Aug14) MTV Video Music Awards in California.
Reclusive rock legend David Bowie has been challenged to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by his former lover Susan Sarandon.
The Thelma & Louise actress gamely poured a bucket of freezing water over her head at the weekend (23-24Aug14) after One Direction star Harry Styles dared her to take part. Prior to completing the feat, Sarandon nominated three others to face the challenge - actress Melissa McCarthy, writer George Saunders, and Bowie, with whom she recently confessed to enjoying a fling during filming of their 1983 movie The Hunger.
In a short film posted on Facebook.com, the actress says, "Harry Styles, I accept your ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the hopes that we will raise funds for research and awareness of this horrible disease. I'm going to challenge Melissa McCarthy, David Bowie, and George Saunders."
The campaign, which aims to raise awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease, has snowballed in recent weeks, with stars including Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, and Lindsay Lohan all taking part.
Robin Williams gave one TV reporter an eerie insight into the state of his mind during a recent interview to promote upcoming film The Angriest Man In Brooklyn. The funnyman, who passed away on Monday (11Aug14), was battling depression and the early stages of Parkinson's disease when he apparently took his own life at the home he shared with his artist wife in Marin County, California, and in one of his final interviews he responded to the question what would he do if he only had 90 minutes to live - like the character he plays in the new film.
Williams appeared wistful as he responded to the question, stating, "Try and connect with my kids and just be with my wife."
He then paused before adding, "Just be with her and just watch her paint. Love her and just be so grateful and just tell her how much she's made my life amazing."
The interview footage aired on U.S. news show Extra on Thursday (14Aug14).
Williams' third wife Susan Schneider was the last person to see the Oscar winner alive on Sunday night (10Aug14), before she retired to bed.
Actor Michael J. Fox was "stunned" to learn his late friend Robin Williams was secretly suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's Disease at the time of his death on Monday (11Aug14). The tragic Oscar winner was found slumped in a chair at his home in Marin County, California, after apparently taking his own life.
The news of Williams' death was accompanied by speculation concerning the state of his mind, and rumours about his finances and past addiction battles.
His publicist addressed the gossip on Wednesday (13Aug14), insisting Williams had no financial woes, and his widow, Susan Schneider shed light on Williams' state of mind at the time of his death by revealing her husband was sober but still coming to terms with a recent Parkinson's disease diagnosis in a statement released to the media on Thursday (14Aug14).
And following the announcement, Back to the Future star Fox, who has been battling the same debilitating condition since the early 1990s, took to Twitter.com to share his thoughts.
He wrote, "Stunned to learn Robin had PD (Parkinson's Disease). Pretty sure his support for our Fdn (Foundation) predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace."
Fox, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1991, disclosed his condition to the public in 1998 and established The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in 2000.
Since then, his organisation has become the largest non-profit funder of Parkinson's Disease research in the world, and has invested in more than $350 million (GBP209.7 million) in finding a cure.
Robin Williams' widow has revealed the tragic funnyman was suffering the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death on Monday (11Aug14). Susan Schneider has released a new statement to the media in a bid to end speculation surrounding her late husband's apparent suicide, insisting money worries and his addiction issues were not responsible for the tragedy, despite ongoing reports to the contrary.
She claims the Good Morning, Vietnam star's sobriety was "intact" following a brief stint at a rehab/renewal centre earlier this summer (14), but he was struggling with a Parkinson's disease diagnosis.
Her statement reads: "Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child - Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.
"Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.
"Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.
"It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."
Photographs of Robin Williams socialising at an art gallery party in California hours before his death have surfaced online. The snaps show the Mrs. Doubtfire star mingling with other partygoers at a reception hosted by local artist Mark Jaeger at a venue in San Francisco, California.
Williams was pictured at the event on Saturday night (09Aug14), just 36 hours before his body was found at his home in nearby Marin County. The star is believed to have hanged himself after suffering a long bout of depression.
Jaeger tells TMZ.com that Williams seemed in good spirits at the bash and was spotted laughing with other guests, while he also claims to have held a discussion with the actor about a potential movie script.
Williams attended the party with his wife Susan Schneider, who is also seen in the snaps.