Late singer/actor Sammy Davis Jr.'s address book is back on the auction block. The little black book from the 1980s contains the names and numbers of a slew of the Rat Pack star's celebrity friends, including Barbra Streisand, Sidney Poitier and Michael Jackson, according to the New York Daily News.
The address book, which failed to sell during another auction last year (13), has been up for grabs online for the past two weeks, but at press time, no offers had been made on the lot.
Bidding starts at $4,000 (£2,353) and the item will remain on sale until Thursday night (31Jul14).
Davis passed away in 1990.
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The sex comedy is a very tricky genre of film to get right. If it's too focused on the raunchier side of things it becomes an endless string of gags, all attempting to be outrageous for the sake of being outrageous. But if it's too worried about being over-the-top, it might as well be any other generic romantic comedy. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel are the latest to try their hands at it with their latest film, Sex Tape, which hits theaters on Friday. In the film, they play a married couple who film themselves in the act in an attempt to spice up their lives... only to accidentally forward the explicit video to all of their family members, friends, and colleagues. Normally, we'd be a bit wary of any upcoming sex-focused comedy, but both Segel and Diaz are old hands at the genre, thanks to their experience in films by Judd Apatow and the Farrelly Brothers. Therefore, we can only hope that Sex Tape will be the latest film to join the highly-competitive pantheon of sex comedies that are actually good movies. It's a small group, but a prestigious honor to behold. Here are our picks for the films that have already earned the title:
The 40-Year-Old Virgin The film that helped Judd Apatow break into the mainstream and established Steve Carell as a movie star, The 40-Year-Old Virgin has a pretty obvious premise: Andy has made it to 40 without having sex, so his buddies try and help him step up his game. It could have been an unfunny, over-the-top movie about a loser and his creepy friends, but Apatow managed to subvert all of our expectations (well, maybe not the creepy friends), and create a movie with just as much heart as humor. A lot of that is due to Carell, whose Andy is not just awkward and nerdy, but also endearing, goofy, and a genuinely good guy.
Superbad The rare sex comedy that doesn’t actually feature any sex, Superbad was the movie that put Jonah Hill on the path to becoming a two-time Oscar nominee, made Michael Cera the face of awkward teenagers everywhere, and made everyone overuse the McLovin joke for a solid month or so. Much of its success is due to its ability to transform a tired plot – teenagers go on a mission to impress girls so they’ll sleep with them – into a love story between two best friends. Surprisingly sweet and heartfelt but still hysterically funny, Superbad proves that sometimes, a little heart can go a long way.
Easy A Like in her breakthrough film, Superbad, Emma Stone’s character doesn’t actually have sex in Easy A, but that doesn’t stop her from telling everyone she did in order to bolster her reputation. Where most teen sex comedies focus on the guys who are trying desperately to get some, Easy A takes a different approach and looks at the effects that rumors of promiscuity can have on a high school girl’s social standing, and the hypocritical ways that we, as a society, treat sex. A sharp, smart, and endlessly charming film, it’s no wonder that it was the film to turn Stone into a proper movie star.
Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial and screenwriting debut centers on Jon, a Jersey-bred bartender who only cares about his friends, his family, his looks, and his porn. His attempt at a relationship with Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), a rom-com-obsessed bombshell, fails when he refuses to give up his Internet addiction for her, and so he is forced to confront his perceptions of what sex and love are. Though the best parts of the film are centered on Johansson, Don Jon is also worth a watch for its original, humorous take on the typical romantic and/or sex comedy.
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Friends With Benefits/No Strings Attached We’re going to tackle these two together since they’re pretty much the same movie, with slightly different casts. Both focus on wise-cracking, good-looking friends who are hooking up, eventually realize that they want more, and come together at the end for a slightly cheesy ending. But even though they cover a lot of the same material, they’re both funny, entertaining flicks starring two incredibly talented actresses – Mila Kunis, as sharp and funny as always and Natalie Portman, refreshingly relaxed and charming – that tackle that whole friends/hookup partners/couple dynamic in a realistic, goofy way.
Risky Business The second Tom Cruise slid across the screen in Ray Bans and tighty-whiteys, he became a star. Not just a movie, but a landmark moment in his career, Risky Business is also one of the best sex comedies ever made. From the dancing to the car crashes to the slapstick-laden Princeton interview, Cruise is at his best in this film: a little brash, plenty arrogant, and incredibly charismatic. It’s no wonder America instantly fell in love with him.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Fast Times at Ridgemont High has become iconic for two things: a young Sean Penn playing the school slacker and the scene where Phoebe Cates climbs out of a pool in a red bikini. But Fast Times has endured hanks to its realistic portrayal of teenagers, their challenges, and their experiences. It’s hilarious, it’s awkward, it’s sometimes moving, but most of all, it’s relates to the teenagers it’s trying to appeal to, and the adults who can look back on it more fondly than their own high school experience.
There’s Something About Mary It seems only fitting to discuss Diaz’s latest sex comedy in relation to her first. As Mary, the irresistible object of everyone’s affections, Diaz is effortlessly funny and completely winning, but the rest of the film is excellent as well. The Farrelly Brothers’ signature gross-out humor is balanced by a healthy dose of heart, which helps us to sympathize with Ted and his quest to win back his dream girl. We get why everyone loves Mary, we get why these tree idiots would be willing to fight over her, and we get a hilarious, weird, and wonderful two hours of entertainment out of it.
The real-life inspiration for Michael Richards' Seinfeld character Cosmo Kramer has lost a $1 million (£588,235) defamation lawsuit against comedian Fred Stoller. Funnyman Kenny Kramer, a former neighbour of Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, accused Stoller of portraying him as a homophobe in his recent memoir after describing how guides on Kramer's New York bus tour allegedly shouted one of the show's famous lines, "Not that there's anything wrong with that", at community members whenever they took tourists through the historically gay-friendly neighbourhood of Greenwich Village.
However, the suit was thrown out of a Manhattan court on Monday (14Jul14) after Justice Barbara Jaffe ruled there was nothing offensive about the mention in Stoller's 2013 release, Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star.
She noted, "The phrase expressly conveys the notion that there is nothing wrong with being gay. In that respect, it cannot be considered homophobic."
Stoller served as a comedy writer on Seinfeld for one season and also appeared onscreen as annoying character Fred.
Jessica Simpson celebrated America's Independence Day (04Jul14) on the eve of her wedding by hosting a barbecue with family and friends. The singer and her fiance Eric Johnson threw a 4th of July bash at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, where they will reportedly be exchanging vows on Saturday (05Jul14).
The couple also staged a small rehearsal dinner on Wednesday night (03Jul14).
Sources tell People.com, the pre-wedding Independence Day feast consisted of beef brisket, smoked barbecue baby back ribs, fried chicken and grilled shrimp, as well as a variety of pies and watermelon.
Wedding planner Mindy Weiss says, "Jessica didn't want her guests to miss out on the 4th of July. That's who they are. Their number one concern is for their guests coming all this way for the wedding."
Soul legend Bobby Womack has died at the age of 70. The singer passed away on Friday (27Jun14).
A former member of family gospel groups the Womack Brothers and the Valentinos, he went solo in 1965 and released his debut album, Fly Me to the Moon, in 1968.
His hits included Across 110th Street, That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha, Woman's Gotta Have It and If You Think You're Lonely Now.
Womack's successes were tinged with personal tragedy and controversy - he struggled with the deaths of his brother Harry and sons Vincent and Truth. Vincent committed suicide and four-month-old Truth died in 1978 after falling into a coma at the Womack family home in Woodland Hills, California.
In one of his final interviews, the soul star told WENN he never truly got over the tragedy and still blamed himself for leaving the baby unattended on a bed.
He said, "The baby had fallen down between the bed and the wall and he suffocated and that was the biggest hurt ever in my life."
The tragedy turned Womack onto hard drugs, which eventually robbed him of his creative edge, and he spent decades trying to get his passion for songwriting back.
He explained, "That death led to 'There's gotta be a better way... and from there, away I went. Every time I heard somebody had died - instead of going to the funeral, I'd go and get high.
"Eventually I reached out to God and said, 'Look, I'm in trouble. I don't even know who I am'. I wanted to get the true feeling back... My passion for music never died; I was just trying to figure out how you get it back."
He spent much of the 1980s battling his drug demons, eventually checking into rehab.
Womack also split fans of his music when he married late mentor Sam Cooke's wife Barbara three months after his death in 1964.
He suffered a series of health setbacks, including diabetes, pneumonia and colon cancer, and last year (13) he revealed he had been diagnosed with memory-robbing Alzheimer's disease.
The music veteran enjoyed a career revival thanks to British rocker Damon Albarn, who invited the soul man to join the Gorillaz on 2010 track Stylo. Womack also toured extensively with the group.
Albarn then produced his acclaimed 2012 comeback album, The Bravest Man in the Universe, Womack's first release in more than a decade.
The star was in the process of recording the follow-up, tentatively titled The Best Is Yet to Come, at the time of his death.
He recently told WENN that his new music included collaborations with Snoop Dogg and duets with Stevie Wonder and Rod Stewart. He had also reworked a cover of Billy Preston's With You I'm Born Again.
Bobby Womack was inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
Jenny McCarthy is leaving U.S. daytime talk show The View after less than a year on the panel. The blonde bombshell joined the long-running chat series last September (14), but has decided to walk away just nine months into the job after her co-anchor Sherri Shepherd announced she was leaving.
Shepherd confirmed her exit on Thursday night (26Jun14), saying in a statement, "It's been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and (executive producer) Bill Geddie for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey."
McCarthy then took to Twitter.com to tell her followers she is also leaving the programme. She writes, "If Sherri goes... I go too. #sisters... My View will be changing too. As will with many hard working folks. Thanks to everyone at the show for your dedication and an amazing year."
If Sherri goes... I go too. #sisters
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) June 27, 2014
My View will be changing too. As will with many hard working folks. Thanks to everyone at the show for your dedication and an amazing year.
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) June 27, 2014
A statement from bosses at U.S. network ABC confirmed their departures: "The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively."
The pair's exit comes months after creator and executive producer Walters retired in April (14). She launched the Emmy-winning show in 1997.
Actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg will be the show's only returning host when the programme comes back for its 18th season this autumn (14).
Former E.R. star Noah Wyle has confirmed news of his wedding, revealing the ceremony was "beautiful". The actor and his partner Sara Wells exchanged vows in Santa Barbara, California on 7 June (14), but the newlyweds had not discussed the nuptials until now.
Appearing on U.S. talk show The View on Tuesday (24Jun14), Wyle said, "It was great. It was a very small ceremony. We have this little farm in California. We got married on the ranch in front of the barn, and then we took a honeymoon. We just got back from Paris, which was incredible."
Wyle was previously married to Tracy Warbin, the mother of his two children. They divorced in 2009.
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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez appear to be very much back together following a visit to a bible study class.
The on/off couple was spotted at a friend's Hollywood party at the beginning of the week (16Jun14) and then stunned fellow soul searchers on Wednesday (18Jun14) when the pair stopped by a local bible class.
One regular tweeted, "Justin & Selena were in a very popular weekly bible study tonight. It was a packed house and I was so happy to see them there..."
The bible study class came just hours after Gomez was spotted visiting Bieber in the recording studio, where he is developing new music with fellow bad boy Chris Brown.
Sir Paul McCartney has bounced back from his shock hospitalisation last month (May14) to celebrate his birthday with friends at a dinner in London. The Beatles legend cancelled the Asian leg of his world tour in May (14) after he was hospitalised in Japan with a virus. He flew home to London a week later to recover and was subsequently pictured looking frail and sickly.
McCartney also postponed the first dates on his U.S. tour, which was due to start in June (14), to give himself more time to rest.
However, he was pictured looking well and in high spirits when he headed for dinner at The Ivy restaurant in the British capital with his wife Nancy Shevell and a host of celebrity pals on Tuesday (17June14), the evening before his 72nd birthday.
He was joined by Ringo Starr's wife Barbara Bach, George Harrison's widow Olivia and the Eagles musicians Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey and their wives.
McCartney is scheduled to resume his Out There tour in Albany, New York on 5 July (14).
Funnyman Rik Mayall's lost World Cup anthem Noble England is set to crash into the U.K. Top 10 this weekend (15Jun14) following the star's death on Monday (09Jun14). Bosses at the Official Charts Company, who compile the Top 40, report Mayall's track climbed from 11 to eight on Friday (13Jun14), and they predict it will debut in the top five.
Mayall recorded the song for the 2010 World Cup, but it failed to chart.
A social media campaign to support the track, in which Mayall delivers lines from Shakespeare's Henry V, was launched a day after Mayall's death.
The Drop Dead Fred star was found dead at his home in London after returning from a morning run. His wife Barbara has told the media he suffered an "acute cardiac event", but the results of a coroner's report have come back inconclusive.