British actor Jamie Campbell Bower is celebrating after plans to tear down one of his favourite parts of London were ditched. Developers wanted to rejuvenate an area under the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the city's South Bank to make way for shops and restaurants.
The proposal attracted a petition signed by 6,000 opponents - including stars Russell Brand, Damien Hirst and Lauren Laverne - who wanted to preserve the walkway as it is a popular spot for skateboarders, and the plans have now been axed after 17 months of legal battles.
Harry Potter actor Bower was a keen supporter of the Long Live Southbank campaign, and he took to Twitter.com to celebrate the news, writing, "An amazing victory for @Long_Live_SB so happy and proud of the work they've done to protect the space x (sic)."
Bower recently suffered a nasty skating injury to his left arm.
Led Zeppelin's new entertainment lawyer has asked a Pennsylvania judge to dismiss a plagiarism lawsuit over the British band's Stairway To Heaven hit on the grounds of a lack of jurisdiction. The rockers are fighting a copyright infringement claim filed in Pennsylvania against the group in May (14) by Francis Malofiy, a lawyer representing late Spirit guitarist Randy California.
Malofiy alleges the opening notes of Stairway To Heaven are too similar to California's work on his 1968 song Taurus and is demanding credit for at least inspiring Led Zeppelin's 1971 release.
Guitarist Jimmy Page previously dismissed the lawsuit as "ridiculous" and now top attorney Helene Freeman is seeking to have the case thrown out of court.
In a motion to dismiss, Freeman writes, "The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here.
"Under established case law, no good faith basis exists to argue the Court has general jurisdiction over them."
Led Zeppelin hired Freeman, who litigated a series of victories for Justin Timberlake's former boy band 'N SYNC, earlier this month (Sep14), to help them win the case.
Randy California, real name Randy Craig Wolfe, was born in Los Angeles.
A wannabe pop star who Usher mentored to victory on U.S. talent show The Voice is heading to Broadway to star in hit musical Pippin. Former teacher Josh Kaufman went on to win the contest earlier this year (14) and now the singer will join the cast of the coming-of-age play revival, about a young prince searching for the meaning of life.
Kaufman, who will lead the cast for a two-month stage stint from 4 November (14), says, "It's something I'm really excited about. I tend to be the kind of person who doesn't want to do just one thing. I get bored. So I'm really excited about having a new challenge and having something different to do."
Back To The Future star Lea Thompson has ballet icon Mikhail Baryshnikov to thank for her acting career after he told her she was too "stocky" to join his American Ballet Theatre. The actress, who is among the favourites to win the current season of U.S. TV show Dancing With the Stars, admits her Russian hero was absolutely right and his comments helped her make a career switch that changed her life.
She explains, "He said, 'I can't take you because you're too stocky and you're not flexible enough', and he was right. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. I walked out, I became an actress (and) I got seven movies in the next two years.
"I never would have been really great (as a ballet dancer)... It was really devastating, but that's the thing about life; sometimes the worst things turn out to be the best things."
'Lip Sync Battles' are BACK! One of the most infamous segments on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon came back last night, with musically talented guests (and The Voice judges) Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton. Every night, we watch Fallon's show fully expecting things of this nature, but we are still always surprised by how hilarious they are. In this competition to out do each other, who do you think will win? We have yet to watch a Lip Sync Battle in which Jimmy Fallon has won. Do you think this will change?Watch the Lip Sync Battle now and decide:
And once again, Jimmy lost. Sorry Jimmy, we love you for giving us this awesome segment, but you guests can seriously out do you. If only we all could be like Blake and have Jimmy hold our champagne while we bust out some stellar tap dancing moves. Somehow, Blake manages to Lip Sync with a Southern drawl and we love it so much.
Gwen Stefani easily had us rooting for her when she dacned all on Jimmy and had the host cracking up. But when she broke out the Lip Sync for Lionel Richie and Blake Shelton did his best Diana Ross, we knew they had changed this game forever with their duet of "Endless Love." Game over!
We have to credit Jimmy on his rendition of Ellie Goulding's "Burn." He's got a lot of heart. One day we hope to see him win.
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James Cameron has won his fourth Avatar-related court victory after a judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit from a New York-based artist. Roger Dean, who has created album covers for artists such as Yes, Asia, and Uriah Heep, hit the filmmaker with a suit claiming the look of the 2009 sci-fi epic was lifted from his own images of floating mountains and similar scenery.
On Wednesday (17Sep14), Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York dismissed Dean's suit, finding no substantial similarity between his artwork and the blockbuster film.
Dean was seeking $50 million (£31 million) in damages from Cameron, 20th Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment.
Cameron's latest win is the fourth in the past 11 months - three plagiarism-related lawsuits were all eventually dismissed.
Singer Jewel is staying positive about her marriage split, insisting she's "heartened" by the way she and her estranged husband Ty Murray are planning their divorce. The star announced the break-up on her official website in July (14), revealing she and the retired bull riding champion had decided to divorce after six years of marriage.
She wrote, "Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together. For some time we have been engaged in a private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves."
She added, "Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son. Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents - as we wish only what is best for our son."
Now, two months after the post, Jewel reveals things are going well and both she and Murray are committed to doing what's best for their three-year-old son Kase.
She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "It's (divorce) such a difficult thing... but I feel really fortunate for the position that he and I are in because we're such great friends and we're really great parents, and that's the number one thing we care about, so I really feel so blessed to be in that position."
"We really feel like this is the best thing for us; we feel it's the best thing for Kase and that everybody, hopefully, will win if we can go through this in the right way, which I feel really heartened that we are."
Rockers Kiss have helped to raise over $1 million (£625,000) for the renovation of a military museum in Oregon named after guitarist Tommy Thayer's father. Rockers Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Thayer were all on hand for a gala fundraiser in Lake Oswego on Sunday (14Sep14), where proceeds from ticket sales benefited the Oregon Military Museum, which is located at the state's National Guard's Camp Withycombe in Clackamas.
Thayer has been involved with the campaign to raise $15 million (£9.4 million) for renovations for the past three years, after asking the Major General in charge of the National Guard if they would consider naming the museum after his father, Brigadier General James B. Thayer.
Now 93, Thayer is a World War II veteran, who helped liberate a Nazi death camp, and the musician wanted to honour his dad, who he considers to be a "great Oregonian and a great hero personal hero of mine and my brothers".
Stanley tells local newspaper The Oregonian that he was more than happy to help his bandmate raise funds for the museum, stating, "Any time that we can do anything that celebrates the military, it's something we want to be a part of. Those are people we need to spotlight and if we can use our spotlight to shine on the people who really deserve it, then it's something we should do.
"The bonus here is that we're also shining a spotlight on General Thayer, Tommy's dad, a spectacular guy, a real hero, someone who's done great things with his time in the service. It's a double whammy. A win win. We owe it to these people who've given so much to us."
As part of the gala, an auction was held to raise funds, with items including one of Stanley's guitars, which sold for $20,000 (£12,500).
The band also played a 14-song set, and closed with an acoustic version of their hit song Rock and Roll All Night.
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was named Miss America for 2015 during the annual beauty pageant, which was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday (14Sep14). Her win marks the third consecutive victory for a contestant from the state.