Veteran British actress Joan Collins has publicly congratulated her novelist sister after she was feted in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honours list. Popular author Jackie Collins was named as the recipient of an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal when the coveted titles were announced on Saturday (15Jun13) in honour of the British monarch's 2013 birthday celebrations.
Her actress sister has now expressed her well-wishes in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "Congratulations Jackie Collins on your well deserved OBE! Thrilled for you, sis!!!!! Will you be coming to get it? Must celebrate!"
Welsh comedian Rob Brydon also landed a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal and his funnyman friend David Walliams was quick to respond, joking, "Congratulations to my friend Rob Brydon who was made a Dame today."
Singer Adele and former Blackadder co-stars Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson were also among those honoured with titles from the Queen, who celebrated her 87th birthday with a parade in London on Saturday (15Jun13).
The British monarch turned 87 in April (13) but her birthday is officially celebrated annually in June (13).
Singer Adele and Mr. Bean star Rowan Atkinson have been named among the recipients of coveted titles on Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honors List. The 87-year-old monarch has bestowed a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal on the Grammy Award-winning 25 year old, while funnyman Atkinson has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).
Adele's MBE comes during a very special year for the new mum - she picked up her first Oscar in February (13) for co-writing the theme to hit Bond film Skyfall.
The two celebrities are among the nearly 1,200 people who have been recognised by The Queen on her birthday.
Atkinson's former Blackadder sidekick Tony Robinson has been handed a knighthood and will therefore be able to add 'Sir' to his name.
Upon hearing the news, Robinson, 66, told the BBC, "I'm thrilled, flattered and a little gob-smacked," adding, "I'll use my new title with abandon to highlight the causes I believe in, particularly the importance of culture, the arts and heritage in our society, and the plight of the infirm elderly and their carers.
"I also pledge that from this day on I'll slaughter all unruly dragons, and rescue any damsels in distress who request my help."
Meanwhile, one-time Bond villain Julian Glover, actress Claire Bloom and revered cinematographer Roger Deakins join Atkinson on the list of CBE recipients, celebrated sculptor Anish Kapoor has been given a knighthood, British comedian Rob Brydon and singer PJ Harvey have been honoured with MBEs and grown-up child star Aled Jones has picked up an OBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) medal.
The 42 year old Walking in the Air hitmaker says, "I'm delighted and deeply honoured to be recognised."
Authors Jackie Collins, Kate Mosse and Joanne Harris have also been recognised on The Queen's Birthday Honors List - Collins and Mosse pick up CBEs for services to literature, while Harris is among the MBE recipients.
Aerosmith rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were celebrated for their hit records on Thursday (13Jun13) as they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Walk This Way hitmakers were joined by Sir Elton John, his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin and singer-songwriter J.D. Souther for the star-studded ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Existing inductees Sir Elton and Taupin were presented with the Johnny Mercer Award, while legendary singer Smokey Robinson was on hand to give his good friend Motown founder Berry Gordy the Pioneer Award.
Celebrity guests including rock couple Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, and singer Jordin Sparks were treated to performances by Sting and Foreigner.
The remaining members of hip-hop group The Pharcyde are taking legal action against their two former bandmates amid allegations they are illegally touring under the group name. Rapper Fatlip, real name Derrick Stewart, left the Runnin' hitmakers after the release of their second album in 1995, while Slimkid3, aka Tre Hardson, walked away from the band to go solo in 2000, leaving Romye 'Bootie Brown' Robinson and Imani Wilcox to continue under the group moniker.
Fatlip and Slimkid3 subsequently reunited and staged a series of performances together, and all four original members joined forces in 2008 to hit the stage at the Rock the Bells Festival Series across the U.S.
Fatlip and Slimkid3 have since announced plans to tour Europe as The Pharcyde to celebrate the band's 1992 debut album, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, with backing from bosses at their original label, Delicious Vinyl Records - but Robinson and Wilcox have taken issue with the billing for the live gigs and have filed suit in a federal court in Los Angeles.
The veteran stars are citing the terms of a recording contract, signed in 1992 and amended in 1997, in which they were granted sole rights to the band's "names, likenesses and other identifying material".
The plaintiffs claim a number of cease and desist letters have been ignored by Fatlip and Slimkid3, leaving them no choice but to sue for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. Delicious Vinyl Records executives have also been named as defendants in the court papers.
A baseball glove worn by Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in Major League Baseball, in the 1955 and 1956 World Series sold at auction on Sunday (02Jun13) for $373,002 (£240,646) in an online auction by Steiner Sports Memorabilia.
Actor/director Seth Rogen has revealed his comedy pals in new movie This Is The End asked him to tone down jokes he made at their expense in the film. Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride and James Franco were among the stars who played themselves in the hilarious apocalypse movie and screenwriters Rogen and Evan Goldberg wanted the castmates to play extensions of themselves.
This gave the writer/directors the chance to poke fun at their friends' insecurities and personal issues, which led to some tensions on set.
Rogen tells Complex magazine, "I think everyone had their own little sensitive area... except Franco... Every single person in the movie at one point came up to me and Evan and said: 'Can we not do that? I don't like it.'
"It was religious stuff or things about other actors. People would get uncomfortable about that kind of of stuff, 'cause you're dragging other people into a fight they didn't sign up for."
Olivia Munn, Kristin Chenoweth and Carrie Underwood have offered heartfelt tributes after multiple tornadoes swept through Oklahoma on Friday (31May13), less than two weeks after a deadly twister devastated the state. At least five people were killed when a series of tornadoes hit Oklahoma City and its suburb of Moore, which was previously torn apart on 20 May (13).
The storm system moved northeast on Saturday (01Jun13) as stars including Oklahoma natives Munn, Chenoweth and Underwood took to Twitter.com to reach out to fans affected by the natural disaster.
Munn tweeted, "Hope everyone is okay in Oklahoma... So sorry to the victims and their families of the tornadoes today. My thoughts and prayers are w/ (with) you all," while Chenoweth writes, "My native Oklahoma. I love you," and Underwood adds, "What on earth is up with this weather in OK? Enough already! Praying everyone stays safe and sound..."
Seinfeld star Jason Alexander adds, "Sending love and funds again to Oklahoma. So sorry for your losses," rocker Slash writes, "Hoping for the best, for all the folks in Oklahoma City tonight," and Transformers' Josh Duhamel offers, "Praying for everyone's safety."
Country star Blake Shelton, who pulled in $6 million (£3.9 million) for the tornado relief effort in Oklahoma with a TV fundraiser this week (beg27May13), also assured concerned followers his loved ones in the state are fine, tweeting, "For those asking all my family were safe again tonight. Pray for the ones who weren't as lucky..."
Jane Fonda has taken issue with a line in Bette Midler's hit Broadway play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers because it continues the myth she was offered the lead in cult 1974 movie Chinatown. As late super agent Mengers, Midler suggests Fonda turned the role down, but the movie veteran insists Roman Polanski never officially offered her it before opting to cast Faye Dunaway.
In an online chat with GoldDerby.com editor Tom O'Neill on Friday (31May13), the actress said, "In Bette Midler's play... it says that I turned down Chinatown... I'm mad about it with Roman Polanski but he never really offered me the part."
During the chat, Fonda also exploded the myth that she turned down the role of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate.
Rapper 50 Cent paid his respects to a teenage girl who was shot dead in his native New York by covering the cost of her funeral on Friday (24May13). The hip-hop star was devastated to hear the news that 14-year-old D'aja Robinson had been gunned down on a city bus, so he reached out to her family and offered to pay for her memorial service.
The funeral took place on Friday (24May13), and 50 Cent posted pictures of the event on his Facebook.com page, revealing he paid for the horse and carriage which carried Robinson's casket.
He writes, "People always try and paint negative images about me I'm the most genuine down to earth person and I didn't forget where I came from I came through for baby girl by providing a horse and carriage for her... She was pretty, innocent and didn't deserve to die like that R.I.P."