British TV star Claire Sweeney is pregnant with her first child. The actress/TV presenter is set to become a first time mother with her ex-fiance, computer software tycoon Daniel Riley, who she separated from at the end of 2013.
Her news comes as the play she co-wrote, Sex and The Suburbs, opened in Liverpool, England on Friday (16May14).
Her agent tells Mail Online, "Claire could not be happier. To be pregnant and starring in her own show in her home town of Liverpool is all her dreams come true at once."
The actress confirmed the news on Twitter.com, writing, "Thrilled to say my show that I co wrote Sex and The Suburbs has opened to rave reviews, but the BEST news is I'm 5 months pregnant!!"
Sweeney became engaged to Riley in 2012 and they reportedly split after Christmas in 2013, although the news was only confirmed in April (14).
Homeland star Claire Danes was feted for her charity work at the 2014 Variety Power of Women: New York event on Friday (25Apr14). The actress is an avid supporter of Afghan Hands, an organisation which aids Afghan widows gain independence by teaching them to be literate so they can earn decent wages.
Character actor James Rebhorn has lost his long battle with skin cancer at the age of 65. The Scent of a Woman star, who was diagnosed with melanoma in 1992, passed away on Friday (21Mar14) at his home in New Jersey.
Rebhorn began his prolific career in the 1951 TV series Search for Tomorrow and later landed roles in U.S. soaps Guiding Light and As The World Turns.
He went on to star in films including My Cousin Vinny (1992), Independence Day (1996), The Game (1997), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Meet the Parents (2000), and appeared alongside Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman in 1992 and Carlito's Way in 1993.
In addition to his movie work, he graced the stage in a number of theatre productions, such as Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, I'm Not Rappaport and Twelve Angry Men.
He was also known for his TV work, appearing in series like Seinfeld, Law & Order, White Collar and Homeland, in which he played the father of Claire Danes' character, CIA agent Carrie Mathison.
Paying tribute to the actor via Twitter.com, Independence Day director Roland Emmerich writes, "It's a sad day. I just learned James Rebhorn passed. Such a great talent and always a joy to work with. RIP."
His My Cousin Vinny co-star, Ralph Macchio, also tweeted about the loss, posting, "RIP (to) a gentleman", while actor Patton Oswalt adds, "James Rebhorn, RIP. On behalf of all film buffs, we took for granted you'd always be there & be great, 'cause you always were."
Actress Rose McGowan shared her condolences, writing, "I'm very sad about James Rebhorn. What a marvelous actor. Loved him in The Game", and Tom Hanks' actor son Colin tweets, "Sad news about James Rebhorn. No matter the role, he was always comforting to watch. Effortless."
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It's Friday evening, that surreal few hours in which your work self evolves (or devolves) into your weekend self. You're feeling that bizarre mix of tired and excited. You're hungry for something fun, something relaxing, something... weird. And a good old-fashioned piece of oddball cinema — be it a mind-bending mystery, a psychological thriller, or just your standard trippy horror film — is the way to go. For this week's Freaky Friday, Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommends Mister Foe.
Jamie Bell stars in this creepy, voyeuristic thriller as Hallam Foe, an eccentric loner who is obsessed by the idea that his stepmother (Claire Forlani) is responsible for his mother's recent death. After his stalking goes too far, his father (Ciaran Hinds), kicks him out of the house, and he escapes to Edinburgh, where he hops from roof to roof, spying on the inhabitants of the city. However, once he discovers Kate (Sophia Myles), a woman who happens to be the spitting image of his mother, she becomes the sole focus of his obsession.
A strange, twisted film that is, at times, reminiscent of Vertigo, Mister Foe is the kind of film that will make you squirm uncomfortably in your seat while ensuring that you are unable to look away. Much of that is due to the standout performance by Bell, who isn't afraid to play up Hallam's Oedpial fixation or creepy hobbies, while still somehow making him a compelling, somewhat sympathetic character. Although the film's ending is rather divisive, Bell's spectacular acting turns Mister Foe into just as much an awkward coming-of-age tale as it is a freaky thriller that will leave you excited and unsettled. Just make sure nobody can see through your windows first.
Mister Foe is available to stream instantly on Netflix. Check back tomorrow for our Saturday Night Fever suggestion.
Marie Osmond has a technical malfunction on her private jet to thank for allowing her to virtually witness the birth of her first grandchild after the incident grounded her plane in Missouri. The singer/actress was flying a guest home to the state after a Christmas gig with her brother Donny on 18 December (13) when her son Stephen Craig's wife, Claire, went into labour.
Osmond reveals she broke down in tears when she realised she wouldn't be able to be at the hospital in person, but modern technology allowed her to be virtually present for the birth via the Facetime app on her iPhone.
During a guest-hosting stint on U.S. daytime show The Talk on Friday (17Jan14), she explained, "I was flying (my friend) back to Springfield, Missouri and I got the call that Claire had gone into labour. And just then our pilot said our plane had lost all pressurisation and I was stuck - I call it Misery in Missouri.
"I went into the bathroom and I started crying, and I was like, 'God, really, my first grandkid?' And I went, 'No, don't go there...' She had the baby so quickly, like an hour and a half when she got to the hospital, and if I had been in the air, I would have missed the group texting and the jokes, and they Facetimed me right when the baby was born, and so I got to 'be' there. It was so awesome!"
Osmond also showed off a series of family photos before debuting her grandson in person on the show.
Pop stars One Direction have recorded a special video message for a fan who was seriously injured during a school shooting in Colorado last week (begs09Dec13). Claire Davis was shot last Friday (13Dec13) after fellow classmate Karl Pierson allegedly opened fire at Arapahoe High School, before turning the gun on himself.
Davis is currently in a coma in hospital, and after hearing about the 17 year old's ordeal, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan decided to send a message of support to the teen.
In a recorded video, they say, "Hi Clair, we've heard you were a big fan and we just wanted to show you some love. What's happened to you is actually terrible and something we can't bear thinking about. So we just wanted to share some love with you. All our prayers with you and your family. Hope you get well soon. Lots of love."
The video is not the only act of kindness the band has done recently - last Sunday (15Dec13), they surprised a group of sick children in London, where they made an appearance during a charity screening of their concert film, This Is Us.
Christmas may still be a month off, but when has that ever stopped the Hallmark Channel from rolling out its holiday themed movies a tad bit early? Quick answer: never! Which is why a snowy-white TV-flick starring none-other than Henry Winkler is just one of the great programs on our list this week. Here's what else you need to be watching.
Modern FamilyWhy Modern Family? Because it's still the most consistently funnyshow on network TV. And we all know how the Big Four's crop of brand spankin' new sitcoms have been faring lately. Just turns on The Crazy Ones for five minutes. A vomit bag may be required. A new episode of Modern Family airs Wednesday at 9PM ET on ABC.
JFK: Three Shots That Changed AmericaWant more JFK anniversary coverage? How could you not? Then you'll want to check out the History Channel's engrossing two-part documentary airing this Friday. Not only does it include rare and unseen footage of the Kennedy assassination, but it also repudiates claims that there was a conspiracy or government cover-up. Hope you're listening, Oliver Stone! JFK: Three Shots That Changed America will air this Friday on the History Channel. Check your local listings for times.
The Most Wonderful Time of the YearThanksgiving hasn't even arrived yet, but Christmas season is already in full swing on the Hallmark Channel. In this heartwarming gem from 2008, Henry Winkler goes to great lengths to teach his curmudgeonly sister (Brooke Burns) about the true meaning of the holiday. That's right, folks, he's leaving the Fonz jacket at home! The Most Wonderful Time of the Year airs this Wednesday at 8PM ET on the Hallmark Channel.
The SimpsonsYep, America's favorite animated family (sorry Griffins) are back at it for a record-braking 25th season. Who's still watching, you ask? Well, enough people for Matt Groening and company to score a cool $750 million after signing an immensely lucrative syndication deal with FXX last week. And with over episodes and counting, those chinless Springfieldians show no signs of slowing down. Another new episode of The Simpsons airs this Sunday at 8PM ET on Fox.
ChoppedFor 17 seasons and counting, Chopped has been pitting chefs against one another and seeing what they come up with. This week the cooks are asked to combine exotic dishes like kimchi and gefilte fish, as well as a dessert round featuring marshmallow cake and citrus water. Mmm...anyone else feeling hungry right about now? A new episode of Chopped airs this Tuesday at 7 PM ET on the Food Network.
Pound the alarm: Nicki Minaj is on the cover of August's issue of Marie Claire and she's eager to discuss her new acting career.
After leaving her hosting gig on American Idol because it was "time to focus on the music", Minaj, who studied acting at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, is finally getting her chance to put her education to use in way that has nothing to do with one of her fifteen alter egos (Roman Zolanski, Harajuku Barbie, Tyrone, Rosa, etc). The rapper, who is currently filming her role as the larger-than-life assistant to Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman, says that when director Nick Cassavetes offered her the role, "I was like, 'Why does this guy believe in me?' He goes, 'I've been watching you on Idol, and you're great.'" She says that Idol "made me seem more relatable to the everyday person. It's cracked that shell for my image. I've become something bigger than Nicki Minaj."
Starships were meant to fly, and so was Minaj. Her first album, Pink Friday, went platinum and her second, last year's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, sold more than a million copies worldwide. Now, the former Idol judge will drop her third album, tentatively titled The Pink Print, next year. But even with a successful music career and fifteen personalities to back her up, Minaj is still human: about acting alongside big-named actresses Diaz and Leslie Mann, she admits "I would be lying if I said I was not nervous. I can't blow this."
And although the talented rapper "at least want(s) to do three more albums," she also says that "one day, when I start getting a couple gray hairs, maybe it will all be only acting. I just never know. I've kind of become the poster child for doing the things that no one expects." She just wants to live in this moment 4 life, okay? The August issue of Marie Claire will hit newsstands on July 16 but her interview has already been released. So in the words of Minaj and will.i.am: check it out.
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And the Comic-Con news just keeps on coming!
Vampires, werewolves, geeks, serial killers, secret agents and more are set to dazzle fans at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego. Warner Bros. has just unveiled their lineup, and it's looking like 17 of their fan-favorite series will be in attendance. Take a look at the full lineup below to find out when stars from The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, and more will be taking the stage.
Wendesday, July 17:– Pilot screenings of Almost Human, The Tomorrow People, and The 100, as well as a special presentation of The Originals featuring never-before-seen footage.
Thursday, July 18:- MAD: Producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.
Friday, July 19:- Almost Human: Stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, and executive producer J.H. Wyman. - The Big Bang Theory: Executive producers Steven Molaro and Bill Prady and the writers- Childrens Hospital: Creator/star Rob Corddry and executive producers David Wain and Jonathan Stern join cast members Lake Bell, Erinn Hayes, Ken Marino and Rob Huebel. - The Following: Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, and Valorie Curry join executive producers Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega. - Nikita: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa, and Noah Bean join executive producer Craig Silverstein. - The 100: Series stars Eliza Taylor, Thomas McDonell, Marie Avgeropoulos, and Henry Ian Cusick join executive producers Matthew Miller and Jason Rothenberg. - The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad: Producers Milo Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff and creators/stars John Dale and Michael Hobert.
Saturday, July 20:- Arrow: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards and Colton Haynes joining executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. - The Originals: Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin, and Charles Michael Davis join executive producer Julie Plec. - Person of Interest: Executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman join members of the cast for their third visit to Comic-Con. - Revolution: Series stars and creator/executive producer Eric Kripke. - The Tomorrow People: Series stars Robbie Amell, Mark Pellegrino, and Peyton List with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer and Danny Cannon. - The Vampire Diaries: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham and Candice Accola join executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries.
Sunday, July 21:- Supernatural: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Mark A. Sheppard with executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer. - Beware the Batman: Producers Glen Murakami and Mitch Watson. - Teen Titans Go!: Producer Aaron Horvath joins members of the voice cast, including Greg Cipes and Scott Menville.
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British actress Keira Knightley is preparing to marry her fiance James Righton in the South of France this weekend (04-05May13), according to U.K. reports. The Klaxons rocker proposed to Knightley last year (12) after 15 months together, and now they are reportedly set to become husband and wife during a ceremony near Nice.
A source tells Britain's The Sun, "Most of their friends will fly out for the wedding on Friday. They've been planning it for a while but wanted something small and private. They could get married in total private in stunning surroundings."
The stars, who moved in together in early 2012, were introduced by mutual friend Alexa Chung in early 2011.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actress previously insisted she wasn't interested in a lavish ceremony, telling Marie Claire magazine, "We're not big-wedding types. I don't need to have all that. I'm just trying to enjoy the engagement bit."