Keanu Reeves called police to his California mansion this week (beg15Sep14) after waking in the middle of the night to find an intruder in his home.
The Matrix star was woken by strange noises in the early hours of Monday morning (15Sep14) and when he went to investigate, he found a strange woman sitting in his library, according to TMZ..com. The actor dialled 911 and emergency services raced to the scene. The unnamed woman was taken into custody and held for a psychiatric evaluation.
The incident comes three months after Reeves' Speed co-star Sandra Bullock suffered a similar scare. The actress reportedly locked herself in the bedroom of her home in California in June (14) after coming face-to-face with an intruder in the middle of the night.
Veteran actress Dame Angela Lansbury is taking her award-winning role in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit on the road. The Murder, She Wrote star has played medium Madame Arcati in the beloved comedy both on Broadway in 2009 and in London's West End earlier this year (14) to critical acclaim.
Now she's set to go on a North American tour beginning on 9 December (14) in Los Angeles, with additional stops in San Francisco, California, and Toronto, Canada, ending the run in Washington, D.C. next March (15).
The 88 year old, who won her fifth Tony Award for her performance in the 2009 Broadway revival, will be joined by her West End co-stars Charles Edwards and Jemima Rooper, as well as her former New York castmates, Susan Louise O'Connor and Sandra Shipley.
The production will be directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Michael Blakemore.
British actress/model Kelly Brook has come under fire from anti-domestic violence campaigners after she described punching her ex-boyfriend Jason Statham. Brook made the revelation in her new book Up Close, revealing she smacked the actor in the face after she caught him flirting with Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow at Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie in 2000.
She wrote, "He started to swing his hips from side to side and do a little jive with his arms, saying: 'Gywnnie, Gwynnie, Gwynnie. Sexy, sexy, sexy!' He turned round, only to be met with my fist in his face."
Brook also described hitting another ex-boyfriend, rugby ace Danny Cipriani, after she discovered he had given his phone number to a stripper in Las Vegas, and her comments have sparked outrage among campaigners against domestic abuse.
Mark Brooks, chairman of ManKind, a charity which supports male victims of abuse, tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "I am extremely disappointed that there is no public backlash against the actions of Ms Brook as if the genders were reversed then there rightly would be. It would then lead the news agenda, politicians would be speaking out and social media would be alive with comment.
"Sadly, because men are the victims there is a deathly silence which shows how far we need to go before all victims of domestic abuse are treated the same."
Sandra Horley, of U.K. domestic violence charity Refuge, adds, "Domestic violence is always unacceptable. Regardless of age, background, gender or sexuality, there is no excuse for using violence against a partner."
Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Aniston and ex-boyfriend 50 Cent helped comedienne Chelsea Handler wrap up her late-night E! TV show, Chelsea Lately, after seven years on Tuesday (26Aug14). Bullock and Aniston joined another of Handler's best pals, actress Mary McCormack, to stage a mock intervention and hold the host exactly what they thought of her.
McCormack blamed the funny lady for wrecking her acting career and landing her with a bad reputation, while Aniston criticised Handler for stealing "everything I do", adding, "I introduced you to my yoga teacher (and) you stole my yoga teacher," and, "You're not fooling anyone with those blue eyes... I mean seriously, who dyes their eyes? That's just weird."
The former Friends star then took aim at her pal's hygiene issues, explaining, "My security guard caught you douching with Listerine!"
Bullock, who told Handler "You still scare me a little", scolded her pal for teasing lesbians, adding, "You're either into girls or you're not".
The Gravity star then brought Handler's "ex-lover" 50 Cent onto the studio stage, insisting he was the last thing that was cool about the host.
The comedienne appeared thrilled to see her ex, who she admitted she hadn't seen since they split.
She told the rapper, "I wanted to apologise because I did end our relationship abruptly and I know you didn't come on the show for many years... but I want you to know that I have not dated a black man since.
"They say, 'Once you go black, you never go back...' You come running back!"
She then joked, "But seriously, are you over me?"
The rapper then performed new single Watch Me with his rap collective G-Unit before walking off stage hugging his ex, who could be heard saying, "Thanks, babe."
Handler wrapped up the hour-long special with a performance from Miley Cyrus, who sang Roy Orbison's It's Over, dressed in a western style shirt and red pants, before Gwen Stefani led an all-star choir with a send-off spoof of USA For Africa's We Are The World.
The celebrities who joined her, Handler, 50 Cent, Bullock, Aniston and McCormack onstage included Vanessa Hudgens, Fergie, Trace Adkins, Avril Lavigne, Gerard Butler, Alanis Morissette, Kate Beckinsale, Justin Theroux, Selena Gomez, Melissa McCarthy, Dave Grohl, Leann Rimes, Sammy Hagar, Chloe Grace Moretz, Johnny Knoxville, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Anna Faris.
Sandra Bullock is set to reunite with her Gravity co-star George Clooney for new film Our Brand is Crisis. The Oscar-winning actress has signed on to star in the film based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, about the use of American campaign tactics in South America.
Bullock, who has been linked to the project for months, officially signed on for the movie after Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green committed to take on the film, according to Variety.com.
Bullock will also serve as an executive producer, along with Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov.
Rapper 50 Cent has been tapped to perform on ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler's final episode of her late night talk show, Chelsea Lately.
The In Da Club hitmaker first met the comedien during an appearance on her chat show in 2009, and shortly after, the unlikely pair began a highly-publicized relationship that lasted several months.
Now five years later, 50, real name Curtis Jackson, will return to the program for one last performance with his G-Unit crew, and it will also mark the first time Jackson and Handler will see each other since their split, according to the E! Network. Chelsea Lately will end its seven-year run on 26 August (14), and will include appearances by Handler's pals Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock.
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True pop culture connoisseurs are willing to give just about every genre, series, miniseries, director or film a try. But even though they're just as excited for the new Marvel movie as they are the latest indie from Richard Linklater, or watch both Breaking Bad and The Bachelorette, there's still one genre that most TV buffs are reluctant to sample. We are, of course, referring to the cooking show, likely the preferred Sunday afternoon programming of your parents. But cooking shows are more than just drawn out recipes from stiff, snobby chefs; they're exciting and interesting and sometimes, even dangerous. In an effort to encourage television fiends to expand their horizons even further, we've pulled together some of our favorites and matched them to their pop culture equivalent, so you can find the show or competition that's right for your appetite. Even if you don't find a new addition to your DVR, at least you've got something new to eat during your next Netflix binge.
If You Like Nancy Meyers’ Movies, Try Barefoot Contessa If you’re watching a Nancy Meyers film, you’re probably someone who appreciates a middle-aged romance, a linen pant and an expensive kitchen. Ina Garten’s show is ostensibly about teaching people how to cook delicious, rustic dishes, but it’s really about her beautiful home in the Hamptons, where’s she always throwing together something in her impeccably designed kitchen for an impromptu – but perfectly designed – get together. And since her husband Jeffrey often wanders in to fawn over her, all it’s really missing is Diane Keaton.
If You Like Scandal, Try Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee On Scandal, Olivia Pope can solve even the most intimidating, impossible-looking presidential problems with efficiency, and spends a significant amount of time contemplating her life while drinking wine in an expensive cardigan. Sandra Lee does the exact same thing on Semi-Homemade, only the problem is how to turn a bunch of processed, canned foods into something that’s even remotely edible. Unlike Olivia, unfortunately, she doesn't always succeed.
If You Like Channing Tatum, Try Anything with Bobby Flay Channing Tatum has carved out a niche in Hollywood by being good-looking and likable, no matter what kind of film he’s in. Comedy, romance, action, it doesn’t matter – you’re not really there for the plot, you just want to watch a Channing Tatum movie. When you want that kind of comfortable entertainment from your cooking shows, turn to Bobby Flay. It doesn’t matter which show you choose. He has a million of them, and they’re all just as likable and inoffensive as the others.
If You Like True Blood, Try Nigella Feasts Chances are you lost track of the plot of True Blood about three seasons ago and are now just tuning in for the sheer amount of skin on display. What’s Joe Manganiello saying? Who cares, just look at him. If you’re looking for a cooking show that will be equally uncomfortable to watch with your parents, you’re looking for Nigella Lawson, who treats food the way the rest of us treat Alexander Skarsgaard and Ryan Kwanten. What’s she making? It doesn’t matter. Just look at it.
If You Like Glee, Try 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray Only a few people have stuck with Glee this long into its run. They’re the kind of people who are willing to ignore just about anything in favor of upbeat dance numbers, familiar characters, and bright colors. They’re also the kind of people who would love 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray, another acquired taste. You want questionable dialogue? People talking enthusiastically in the loudest, most theatrical voice possible? Comfortable guilty pleasures? A set designed in shades of tangerine? This is the show for you.
If You Like Everything Michael Bay's Created, Try Guy’s Big Bite You’re a person with simple tastes: you want loud, explosive action scenes, very little plot, lots of incoherent shouting and as many punching robots as humanly possible. Sure, you might get teased by friends who think they have better sensibilities, but you know you’re not alone in your preferences. Luckily, there’s a cooking show just for you, hosted by the culinary equivalent of Michael Bay – Guy Fieri – in which he makes loud, obnoxious, potentially explosive food that forgoes any kind of subtlety for punching you in the face with flavors.
If You Like True Detective, Try Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown This isn’t a straightforward cooking show, but then True Detective isn’t a straightforward murder mystery show. Both feature a complicated, charming anti-hero with a penchant for foul language, who sets out in search of meaning and mystery. it just so happens that instead of solving a crime, Anthony Bourdian is hunting down obscure delicacies. All of the action, adventure, beautiful cinematography, and potential for weird crushes are still in tact, though. Don’t you worry.
If You Like The Hunger Games, Try Top Chef Do you like televised competitions in which one person must outsmart, outwit, and out-maneuver everyone else, please judges who have the ability to bestow gifts and advantages on them, utilize their individual skills in creative ways, form alliances and teams in order to support one another, all in hte interest of coming out on top? The only difference between The Hunger Games and Top Chef is that nobody dies on the latter. Although, someone did cut off a finger once…
If You Like Harry Potter, Try Jamie Oliver For many people, the Harry Potter series was an introduction to a lifelong love of reading, British culture, fantasy worlds and fandom, among other things. Likewise, Jamie Oliver is often an entryway into the world of cooking shows. He’s handsome and charming, easy to follow, and cooks simple, classic meals with all of the manic enthusiasm of Daniel Radcliffe. The first time you ever saw someone make traditional British food? It was probably Jamie Oliver. Plus, like Harry, he’s the star of an epic series of his own, with somewhere between two and 12 shows airing on some channel at any given time.
If You Like Friday Night Lights, Try Chuck’s Day Off As many Friday Night Lights fans know, sometimes the best programs are the ones very few people are watching, and that’s true of the Cooking Channel show Chuck’s Day Off. In this series, our culinary Tim Riggins, Chuck Hughes, takes us through the process of cooking classic, simple food with his laid-back, good ol' boy charm. At some point, before you’re entirely ready, you’ll be done with all the episodes, feeling empty, hungry, and a little bit in love. And like with Friday Night Lights, you’ll spend a significant amount of time trying to convince your friends to give it a shot, promising it’s “not just about cooking, I promise!”
Oscar winner Sandra Bullock has topped a new Forbes list ranking the highest-paid actresses of 2014. The Gravity star has raked in $51 million (£30 million) in the year from June, 2013, according to magazine editors, placing her ahead of The Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, who comes in second with $34 million (£20 million), thanks to her salary from X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Jennifer Aniston is third with $31 million (£18.2 million), while Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie round out the top five.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have paid the owners of a beach cafe in Europe thousands of dollars to close down for three months so they can shoot a film.
Pitt and Jolie are filming new project By The Sea at Mgarr ix-Xini on the island of Gozo, and they need unfettered access to a tiny pebble beach to shoot their scenes.
However, a beachside kiosk holds pride of place in the bay, so the millionaire stars have rented the entire cafe for the summer, reportedly paying owners Noel and Sandra Vella thousands of dollars in compensation for their lost profits.
Sandra says, "I'm not going to make as much had I remained open throughout these months, but at least I'm getting some form of compensation."
Actress Sandra Bullock celebrated her 50th birthday on Thursday (24Jul14) by partying with friends including U.S. chat show host and comedienne Chelsea Handler. The group was spotted having a pre-birthday bash at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and taking in a performance by country group Southern Soul Allstars.