Paris Hilton has cemented her place in the dance music industry after winning the Women's Newcomer of the Year title at the NRJ DJ Awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco on Wednesday night (12Nov14).
The hotel heiress and reality TV regular, who scored a summer (14) residency at club Amnesia in the Spanish party paradise of Ibiza, recently came under fire from superstar Deadmau5, who blasted her DJ skills and branded her an "amateur" who has "no place" performing in the world's top clubs. However, fans appear to disagree after voting her as the Women's Newcomer of the Year at the annual prizegiving, prompting Deadmau5 to take to Twitter.com and post, "Congrats on the NRJ award. What the f**k is an nrj award?"
The other big winners at the Monte Carlo ceremony included double honourees Avicii (Best International DJ and Best Dance/Electro Album) and Dutch teenager Martin Garrix (Best Live Performance and Best Club Hit).
Steve Aoki was awarded Best DJ/Producer of the Year, DJ Oriska walked away as Best Female DJ and David Guetta claimed the Best French Male DJ award, while Bob Sinclar was handed a lifetime achievement prize.
Inflation has turned Mark Wahlberg's movie adaptation of The Six Million Dollar Man into The Six Billion Dollar Man. The actor has officially signed on to reunite with his Lone Survivor director Peter Berg to revamp the hit 1970s TV series, about an astronaut whose body is rebuilt with bionic limbs after an accident.
Wahlberg will co-produce and star in the new version as Steve Austin, who uses his super-human powers to become a secret agent for the U.S. government, according to Deadline.com.
The original show, starring Lee Majors, was based on sci-fi author Martin Caidin's 1972 book Cyborg and spawned a spin-off series, titled The Bionic Woman.
The big screen adaptation has been in development since the 1990s, with Jim Carrey and Leonardo DiCaprio previously attached to star.
Veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon has agreed to open up about his life and career in his first authorised biography. The Sound of Silence hitmaker will work with his longtime pal, author and former Los Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn, for the book, which is expected to detail his rise to fame as one half of Simon & Garfunkel, his solo career, and his three marriages to Peggy Harper, actress Carrie Fisher and his current wife, singer Edie Brickell.
In a statement released to the Associated Press, Simon says: "I thought seriously about writing my own memoir, but I'd rather devote my time to making music, which continues to hold my full attention.
"I'm confident Robert Hilburn will write an insightful book. I enjoyed and admired his biography of Johnny Cash and I think he'll tell my story well."
Hilburn, who sits on the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is known for his 2009 memoir Corn Flakes With John Lennon and Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life and his 2013 book Johnny Cash: The Life.
He adds, "(The biography will) be a gripping, inspiring portrait of an artist, including the toughness and heart it requires to avoid giving in to the many factors - from rejection to self-doubt to writer's block and complacency - that have derailed so many pop artists."
The as-yet-untitled biography will be published by bosses at Simon & Schuster. A release date has yet to be set.
Actor Steve Martin is to be honoured with the American Film Institute's 2015 Life Achievement Award. The Pink Panther star will be feted at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on 4 June (15).
A statement from the chair of AFI's board of trustees, Sir Howard Stringer, reads: "Steve Martin is an American original. From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author - and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head."
Past recipients of the accolade include Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep.
Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ariana Grande, Coldplay and Iggy Azalea were among the high-profile stars who took to the stage in Las Vegas over the weekend (19-21Sep14) for the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Some of the biggest names in the music industry graced the stage in Sin City for the two-day event, which kicked off on Friday (19Sep14) with acts including Swift, Minaj, Grande and Coldplay.
Coldplay's set was overshadowed by the appearance of actress Jennifer Lawrence at the gig, fuelling rumours she is dating frontman Chris Martin, while other acts included pregnant singer Alicia Keys, who made a surprise turn on stage to perform her new single We Are Here.
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am also made a surprise appearance onstage with DJ Steve Aoki.
Usher rounded out Friday night by bringing out Chris Brown for a rendition of his single New Flame, and the Yeah! star baffled the crowd by setting his sneakers on fire. The flaming shoes were dealt with by a stagehand who doused them with a fire extinguisher.
Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Magic!, One Direction, Lorde and Paramore all took to the stage on Saturday (20Sep14) to close the festival. Calvin Harris brought out British pop star John Newman during his Saturday set, while Ed Sheeran performed with rapper Macklemore.
The Boxer singer Paul Simon will tackle The Bard onstage in Los Angeles after joining the cast of this year's (14) Simply Shakespeare event. The one-off reading of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, organised by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, will hit the Freud Playhouse next week (22Sep14) and will also feature William Shatner, Steve Carell and Martin Short. Proceeds will benefit the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.
Arctic Monkeys and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were among the big winners at Tuesday night's (02Sep14) AIM Awards in London. The British band picked up the Association of Independent Music's Album Award for AM, while singer Ellis-Bextor was named Best Live Act.
Other winners included London Grammar, Ben Watt and Twin Atlantic, while Richie Hawtin picked up an Outstanding Contribution honour.
The full list of winners is:
Independent Album: Arctic Monkeys - AM
Independent Track: Twin Atlantic - Heart And Soul
Independent Breakthrough: London Grammar
Outstanding Contribution: Richie Hawtin
Best Live Act: Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Hardest Working Artist: Ghetts
Independent Video: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - You Will See Me
Best Difficult Second Album: Ben Watt - Hendra
PPL Award For Most Played Independent New Act: London Grammar
Best Independent Festival: Barn On The Farm
Special Catalogue Release: Various - Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
Independent Label: Domino
Indie Champion: John Doran
Pioneer Award: Martin Mills
Best Small Label: Hyperdub
Innovator: Steve Goodman
Special Recognition: Alison Wenham
One of the rare gems we've seen hit the single-digit channels since the turn of the millennium, The Office, actually sported a ton of directors you've more than likely heard of. Some of them were already famous upon helming an episode or two of the NBC mockumentary, others were pinned at the starting line of what has proved to be a rocket-fueled race to stardom. Here are a few great film directors who, as you may or may not know, worked on The Office from time to time:
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Episodes Directed: "Hot Girl."But You Know Her for: The generation-defining Jane Austen adaptation Clueless, plus the Look Who's Talking movies and European Vacation.
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Episodes Directed: "A Benihana Christmas," "Safety Training," "Beach Games," and "The Delivery - Part 2."But You Know Him for: Some of the most iconic comedies from the past 35 years — Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation, and Groundhog Day among them. And as far as acting goes, we'll remember him always as Egon Spengler.
Episodes Directed: "Business School" and "Beach Wars."But You Know Him for: It's true that offbeat television work like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly is what got Whedon on the map, but he is now one of the most prominent voices in blockbuster cinema thanks to, if nothing else, The Avengers and the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Episodes Directed: "Moving On."But You Know Him for: Another member of the Marvel family, Favreau's biggest films are certainly Iron Man and Iron Man 2, though we celebrate his smaller fare: Made, Elf, and 2014's delightful Chef.
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Episodes Directed: "Manager and Salesman."But You Know Him for: Jumping over to the other side of the comic book game, we find Webb's Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2. But before partnering up with Peter Parker (or even joining forces with Michael Scott), Webb helmed the neo-rom com (500) Days of Summer.
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Episodes Directed: "Cocktails."But You Know Him for: Whedon's only rival on this list in terms of blockbuster influence, Abrams is of course the man behind Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.
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Episodes Directed: "Koi Pond."But You Know Him for: Though Hudlin has spent most of his time directing television in recent years, the dawn of his career gave us two early '90s cult favorites: the Kid 'n Play comedy House Party and Eddie Murphy's Boomerang.
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Episodes Directed: "Local Ad" and "Frame Toby."But You Know Him for: That irreverent fast-paced serio-comedic style we saw in Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and (the best of the lot) Young Adult. He also did Labor Day, but we don't have to talk about that one.
Episodes Directed: "Work Bus."But You Know Him for: Not directing, but acting. Cranston became a household name thanks to his starring role as Walter White on the unforgettable Breaking Bad.
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Episodes Directed: And we have a winner! Feig directed 14 episodes of The Office, including "Office Olympics," "Halloween," "Performance Review," "E-Mail Surveillance," "Survivor Man," "Dinner Party," "Goodbye, Toby," "Weight Loss," "The Surplus," "Moroccan Christmas," "New Boss," "Dream Team," "Niagara," "Goodbye, Michael."But You Know Him for: Bridesmaids, of course, plus The Heat... and the legion of exciting projects he has in the works, like a spy comedy, a gay rom com, and (potentially) an all-female Ghostbusters III. And although we're focusing on movie credits here, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention his greatest contribution to pop culture of all: Freaks and Geeks.
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Funnyman Steve Martin has led tributes to his pal Robin Williams, following the Mrs. Doubtfire star's death on Monday (11Aug14). Williams was found dead in his home in Marin County, California. He was 63. Reports suggest he committed suicide.
Martin took to Twitter.com on Monday afternoon, shortly after the sad news broke and wrote, "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
David Steinberg, Williams' manager for 35 years, said in a statement: "Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soul mate, I will miss you."
Cher added, "Oh Robin... He was Sweet LOVELY,Man. He ran high voltage,Mind Always Going, It was who he was.I Know Well..Many X's from High There is Only Low.So Sad", while Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Mara Wilson writes, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."
Genie. You're free. pic.twitter.com/FWQWPDPP42
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 11, 2014
Other Twitter tributes have come from Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Rihanna, Rita Wilson, Steve Carell, Jared Leto, Morgan Freeman, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer, John Cusack, Jenny McCarthy, Logan Lerman, Evan Rachel Wood, Sharon & Jack Osbourne, Pink, Ellen DeGeneres, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty, Josh Groban, Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Ashley Tisdale, Marlee Matlin, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, and Mia Farrow, who posted, "No! Robin Williams you were so loved."
Miley Cyrus never met Williams, but admits the news of his death hit her hard: "I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop."
And Lindsay Lohan adds, "Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences."
His former co-stars Henry Winkler and Minnie Driver were also among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Williams. Happy Days star Winkler wrote, "To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold... Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE", while his Good Will Hunting castmate Driver added, "My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family."
One of the late funnyman's final co-stars, Joel McHale, states, "RIP @robinwilliams. You were one of the very best that ever was. You were one of my heroes."
And Williams' Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, who recently reteamed with Williams in U.S. TV comedy The Crazy Ones, has revealed she's "devastated" by the sad news of her longtime friend's death. The actor's The Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar simply posted nine photos of herself with Williams on Twitter.com.
Other thoughtful words came from Glee stars Chord Overstreet and Lea Michele, who wrote, "So heartbreaking to hear the terribly sad news about the amazing Robin Williams, thank you for bringing so much laughter and joy to us all", and Kevin Spacey, who added, "Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure."
He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama also acknowledged the entertainer's impact to people all over the world in a statement which reads: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. "But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. "The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
Meanwhile, a tribute has been posted on a billboard outside Los Angeles' Laugh Factory, where Williams often performed. It reads: "Robin Williams. Rest in Peace. Make God laugh."
Funnyman David Spade celebrated his 50th birthday with a star-studded bash at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles this week (beg21Jul14). The comedian turned 50 on Tuesday (22Jul14) and was joined at the gathering that evening by Chris Rock, Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman and Steve Martin, according to E! Online.
Spade was surprised with a special birthday video filled with messages from his celebrity pals, including Sir Elton John, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Courteney Cox, Rob Lowe, Sean Penn, Adam Sandler and his co-stars from TV shows Just Shoot Me! and Rules of Engagement.
A source source tells E! Online, "Most people did funny comedy bits or jokes, but some were also sincere and heartfelt."