Chrissy Amphlett's widower fought back tears as he unveiled a road in Melbourne, Australia which has been named in honor of the late Divinyls frontwoman.
The I Touch Myself hitmaker died in 2013 at the age of 53, following a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, and more than 7,000 fans campaigned for the star to be remembered in the city where she launched her career in the 1970s.
After a long battle with local officials, the proposal to rename a road Amphlett Lane was accepted and the singer's husband Charley Drayton turned out to unveil the new street sign at a special ceremony on Wednesday (18Feb15).
Drayton fought back tears as he gave a speech about his late wife, telling the audience, "Nothing really lasts forever, but today's a lot different - we're all here in Amphlett Lane and it's here forever."
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle also attended the ceremony, and added, "This was just meant to be. A great idea to commemorate a music icon of Melbourne... This will become a destination for music lovers, to remember a wonderful contributor to the world of music in Chrissy Amphlett."
The street also features a mural which depicts Amphlett's tunic costume and her beloved pet dogs.
The controversial Whitney Houston biopic, which served as Angela Bassett's directorial debut, has been given mixed reviews from America's toughest critics. The film, which was made without the participation of the late singer's family, debuted on TV in the U.S. on Saturday night (17Jan15), with young actress Yaya DaCosta portraying Houston.
Many feared the film would be a disaster, but the critics haven't exactly savaged Bassett's debut as a filmmaker, and The Hollywood Reporter's Allison Keene has high praise for DaCosta's portrayal, insisting she "nails" the singer's look and "mannerisms, particularly when it comes to a performance of I Will Always Love You".
She adds, "The movie does not shy away from emotional portrayals" of Houston and her ex-husband Bobby Brown's "drug abuse, codependency and personal tragedy, nor does it let either one off the hook when it comes to mistakes and bad decisions."
Keene also notes Bassett, who co-starred with Houston in Waiting to Exhale, offers "sound" filming instincts when it comes to filming DaCosta and co-star Arlen Escarpeta in "several extremely intimate, lavishly sensual scenes".
New York Times' Jon Caramanica isn't a fan of the biopic, writing, "For two hours, this film cherry-picks moments of Houston's life - some recognizable, some not - and stitches them together into a perplexing, not altogether comforting quilt."
But he's quick to add, "DaCosta fluently mimics Houston's gestural tics, the quick neck-snaps and chin-juts that she brought to her performances. And Houston's vocals are delivered gloriously by (Deborah) Cox."
And the Los Angeles Times' Robert Lloyd adds, "Though it works in parts and pieces... it doesn't add up to much... It's a better-than-average Lifetime film."
The film premiered after an exclusive new interview with Bobby Brown, which ended with the My Prerogative singer admitting he missed his "friend" and ex-wife.
Following the debut of the biopic, Houston's long-time mentor Clive Davis premiered his new film of Houston's greatest performances.
Actresses Shailene Woodley and Jennifer Lawrence were among the big winners at the 2015 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (07Jan15) after taking home multiple honours. Woodley picked up awards for Favorite Action Movie for Divergent and Favorite Movie Duo with onscreen love interest Theo James, while the actress' hit teen cancer film, The Fault in Our Stars, scored her the title of Favorite Dramatic Movie at the prizegiving in Los Angeles.
Lawrence landed two acting accolades - Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Action Movie Actress.
Unfortunately, neither of the leading ladies were present at the Nokia Theatre to accept their awards.
Robert Downey, Jr. was another double winner, claiming the Favorite Movie Actor and Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor prizes, while Angelina Jolie's Maleficent was named Favorite Family Movie and Favorite Movie overall.
Long-running medical drama Grey's Anatomy earned the most trophies of the night, including Favorite Network TV Drama, Favorite Dramatic TV Actor and Actress for Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo, and former cast member Sandra Oh was named the Favorite TV Character We Miss Most.
Other champions included Castle's Nathan Filion and Stana Katic (Favorite Crime Drama, TV Actor and Actress) and British singer Ed Sheeran, who nabbed the Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album titles.
Meanwhile, Ben Affleck was saluted as the Favorite Humanitarian for his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative, the organisation he set up in 2010 to help residents of the war-torn region.
Amy Adams presented her Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice co-star Affleck with his prize, which he admitted was a trophy he never expected to receive.
He explained, "This is incredibly humbling... I've been called a lot of things in my life, but I'm not sure until recently humanitarian has ever been one of them. To be honest, it's something that I have a hard time accepting, because I've had the privilege of working alongside so many incredible people in Congo and all over the world, who I assure you are far more deserving."
Affleck continued, "Sometimes the world is a scary and terrible place and bad things happen... the one way to combat the terrible things we see is to bring a little bit of kindness and show that our country is about reaching out and helping our fellow man.
"This is an incredible honour - I can't say that I'm deserving, but I'm privileged to be among the many, many, many people who have done such great work."
Awards co-hosts Anna Faris and Allison Janney kicked off the show with a skit featuring Faris' husband Chris Pratt, who jokingly embellished his success after blockbuster movie Guardians of the Galaxy last summer (14), surrounded by piles of movie scripts as Faris attempted to convince him to take care of their young son, Jack.
Pratt actually missed the event because he was at home with the couple's son, who was recovering from eye surgery.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Favorite Movie - Maleficent
Favorite Movie Actor - Robert Downey, Jr.
Favorite Movie Actress - Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite Movie Duo - Shailene Woodley & Theo James (Divergent)
Favorite Action Movie - Divergent
Favorite Action Movie Actor - Chris Evans
Favorite Action Movie Actress - Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite Comedic Movie - 22 Jump Street
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor - Adam Sandler
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress - Melissa McCarthy
Favorite Dramatic Movie - The Fault in Our Stars
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor - Robert Downey, Jr.
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress - Chloe Grace Moretz
Favorite Family Movie - Maleficent
Favorite Thriller Movie - Gone Girl
Favorite TV Show - The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Network TV Comedy - The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Comedic TV Actor - Chris Colfer (Glee)
Favorite Comedic TV Actress - Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory)
Favorite Network TV Drama - Grey's Anatomy
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor - Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy)
Favorite Dramatic TV Actress - Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy)
Favorite Cable TV Comedy - Melissa & Joey
Favorite Cable TV Drama - Pretty Little Liars
Favorite Cable TV Actor - Matt Bomer (White Collar)
Favorite Cable TV Actress - Angie Harmon (Rizzoli & Isles)
Favorite TV Crime Drama - Castle
Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor - Nathan Fillion (Castle)
Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress - Stana Katic (Castle)
Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show - Beauty and the Beast
Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV show - Outlander
Favorite Sci-Fi-Fantasy TV Actor - Misha Collins (Supernatural)
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress - Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast)
Favorite Competition TV Show - The Voice
Favorite Daytime TV Host - Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host - Jimmy Fallon
Favorite Dramedy - Orange Is The New Black
Favorite TV Icon - Betty White
Favorite TV Duo - Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries)
Favorite TV Character We Miss Most - Dr. Cristina Yang played by Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy)
Favorite Actor In A New TV Series - David Tennant (Gracepoint)
Favorite Actress In A New TV Series - Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show - Saturday Night Live
Favorite Animated TV Show - The Simpsons
Favorite New TV Comedy - Jane the Virgin
Favorite New TV Drama - The Flash
Favorite Male Artist - Ed Sheeran
Favorite Female Artist - Taylor Swift
Favorite Group - Maroon 5
Favorite Breakout Artist - 5 Seconds of Summer
Favorite Male Country Artist - Hunter Hayes
Favorite Female Country Artist - Carrie Underwood
Favorite Country Group - Lady Antebellum
Favorite Pop Artist - Taylor Swift
Favorite Hip-Hop Artist - Iggy Azalea
Favorite R&B Artist - Pharrell Williams
Favorite Album - X by Ed Sheeran
Favorite Song - Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
Favorite Humanitarian - Ben Affleck.
Veteran British actress Billie Whitelaw has died, aged 82. The Omen star made her acting debut on radio when she was just 11 and first appeared on TV nine years later as Martha in beloved British children's series The Secret Garden.
Awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1991 for her career achievements, Whitelaw's film credits included The Water Babies, Charlie Bubbles, Gumshoe, The Krays, Jane Eyre, Quills and Hot Fuzz.
But she's perhaps best known for her role as the creepy Mrs Baylock in horror classic The Omen.
Whitelaw passed away on Sunday (21Dec14) at a nursing home in London, according to her son Matthew Muller.
He explains his mother's health had deteriorated in the past few months, but she died peacefully.
He adds, "She was an incredibly loving mother. I am going to miss her deeply... It is difficult to know what to say when your mum dies, I just want the theatrical world to know what happened."
Aside from her successes on the big and small screen, Whitelaw also collaborated revered Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, who once described her as "the perfect actress". Their partnership spanned almost 25 years and she starred in his plays Eh Joe, Happy Days, Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby.
In 1961, Whitelaw earned her first BAFTA nomination for Most Promising Newcomer for her appearance in crime thriller Hell is a City. She went on to receive two consecutive BAFTA trophies for Best Supporting Actress in 1967 (Charlie Bubbles) and 1968 (Twisted Nerve). Almost 25 years later, she scored another nomination in the same category for her role as Kray family matriarch Violet Kray in The Krays.
She picked up a BAFTA TV Best Actress Award for The Sextet in 1972, and received another nomination the following year for Wessex Tales.
Whitelaw was married to English actor Peter Vaughan for 14 years until they split in 1966. She is survived by her second husband, German actor and writer Robert Muller.
Edgar Ramirez, the star of Venezuela's Best Foreign Film Oscars entry Libertador, has been cast as Jennifer Lawrence's husband on the big screen. The 37-year-old Zero Dark Thirty star will play the Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano's philandering partner in filmmaker David O. Russell's Joy.
The film will reunite Lawrence and Russell with Silver Linings Playbook star Robert De Niro, who also had a small role in the director and his muse's American Hustle.
Actress Cheryl Hines' mum was left confused when she first revealed her budding her romance with now-husband Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star wed the son of late senator Robert F. Kennedy in August (14) after two years of dating, and Hines has confessed her own mother was astonished her daughter had sparked up a romance with a member of one of the most famous political families in America.
In an interview with U.S. newswoman Meredith Vieira on Tuesday (25Nov14), Hines confessed, "My mum is very funny. When I called her, and I said, 'I'm seeing Bobby Kennedy.' She said, 'Well I don't understand how that happened!' I said, 'Honestly, I don't know either - it just started happening!'...
"When she first met Bobby - he loves animals - don't ask me why, but he thought it would be funny to put a lizard in his mouth. And I heard a lot of screaming coming from the other room and he was chasing my mum around!
"He's the odd Kennedy, I think. Well, they've all got something... No, they're all unique - not odd. Very talented and gifted!"
Gone Girl and The Imitation Game were the big winners at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards on Friday night (14Nov14) after taking home seven honors between them.
The David Fincher thriller, starring Ben Affleck as a cheating husband who is suspected of killing his wife, earned the top prize of Hollywood Film, while Gillian Flynn took home the Hollywood Screenwriter award for turning her bestselling book into a movie of the same name.
The Imitation Game was a quadruple winner, earning Benedict Cumberbatch Hollywood Actor and Keira Knightley Hollywood Supporting Actress for their portrayals of famous World War Two encryption specialists Alan Turing and Joan Clarke, while filmmaker Morten Tyldum was named Hollywood Director and Alexandre Desplat earned the title of Hollywood Film Composer.
New dad Robert Downey, Jr. took time out of diaper duties to celebrate his The Judge co-star Robert Duvall as Hollywood Supporting Actor, the first award of the night, while Angelina Jolie honored Jack O'Connell with the New Hollywood award for his performance as Olympian-turned-war hero Louis Zamperini in Unbroken.
The Hollywood Film Awards, which recognize "excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking", serves as the official launch of the Hollywood awards season. The ceremony was hosted by Queen Latifah from the Hollywood Palladium and featured appearances from Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Robert Pattinson, Hilary Swank, Jonah Hill and Geena Davis.
The main list of winners at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards is:
Hollywood Film - Gone Girl
Hollywood Blockbuster - Guardians of the Galaxy
Hollywood Actor - Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Actress - Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Hollywood Supporting Actor - Robert Duvall, The Judge
Hollywood Supporting Actress - Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Breakout Performance, Actor - Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Hollywood Breakout Performance, Actress - Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars
Hollywood Director - Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Breakthrough Director - Jean-Marc Vallee, Wild
Hollywood Screenwriter - Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Hollywood Ensemble - Foxcatcher
Hollywood Career Achievement - Michael Keaton
New Hollywood - Jack O'Connell, Unbroken
Hollywood Documentary - Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Hollywood Comedy Film - Top Five
Hollywood Animation - How To Train Your Dragon 2
Hollywood Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Hollywood International - Jing Tian
Hollywood Visual Effects - Scott Farrar, Transformers: Age of Extinction
Hollywood Film Composer - Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Song - Janelle Monae, Rio 2
Hollywood Costume Design - Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hollywood Editor - Jay Cassidy and Dody Dorn, Fury
Hollywood Production Design - Dylan Cole and Gary Freeman, Maleficent
Hollywood Sound - Ren Klyce, Gone Girl
Hollywood Makeup and Hairstyling - David White and Elizabeth Yanni-Georgiou, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Actress Lynda Bellingham was laid to rest at a small, private funeral on Monday (03Nov14). The Canadian/British star died aged 66 on 19 October (14) following a battle with bowel cancer.
On Monday, she was mourned by friends and family at Church of St. Bartholomew in Somerset, England at a funeral service which her widower Michael Pattemore organised according to his wife's instructions.
The actress wanted the memorial to be a "lively celebration" so her best friend, British actor Christopher Biggins, arrived in a pink suit and made jokes during his tribute.
Speeches were also made by Bellingham's former panellists on British talk show Loose Women, Jane McDonald and Denise Welch, and British actress Maureen Lipman, as well as by her sister, husband and two sons Michael and Robbie.
Fireworks were let off as mourners, including Hollywood actor Stanley Tucci, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, singer Coleen Nolan and actor Robert Lindsay, left the church.
Another service will take place in London on 11 February (14).
Actor and filmmaker Griffin Dunne has launched a crowd-sourcing campaign in a bid to raise the funds he needs to complete work on the "first and only" documentary about his aunt, famed American author Joan Didion. The Accidental Husband director is collaborating with Susanne Rostock to make We Tell Ourselves Stories to Live, with Didion's help, and he has turned to Kickstarter.com in the hope that fans will donate cash to enable them to turn the project into a reality.
A statement on the campaign page reads: "Our film will tell Joan's story through passages she has chosen (and will read aloud) from her work, as her friends, family, colleagues and critics share their accounts of her remarkable life and writing.
"Patti Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Allison Janney, Graydon Carter, Robert Silvers, and Bret Easton Ellis are just a few of the people we'll interview.
"We want to honor Joan's language, to visualize the stories she tells, to put her words to picture. Joan's obsessive memory, and her sharp and unsettling observations, will be brought to life, using music and images - rare and atmospheric film and stills that encapsulate her words. We will also be using rare archival (items) from Joan's personal life and family history."
Dunne and Rostock unveiled the project on Wednesday (22Oct14) and within a few hours of its launch, over half of the $80,000 (£50,000) fundraising target had been reached.
The filmmakers have until 21 November (14) to hit their total.
Sophia Bush and James Lafferty reunited with their former One Tree Hill co-stars at a fan convention in Paris, France over the weekend (18-19Oct14). The actors convened at the Hyatt Regency Etoile Hotel on Saturday (18Oct14) to participate in the second edition of the From Wilmington To Paris event, which pays homage to the city of Wilmington, North Carolina, where the series was filmed.
Bush and Lafferty were joined by fellow co-stars Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Bethany Joy Lenz, Stephen Colletti, Torrey DeVitto, Antwon Tanner, Shantel VanSanten and Kate Voegele for the two-day festivities, during which they spoke at various panels and mingled with fans.
The actors shared photos of their reunion on social media, with Bush posting a picture on Instagram.com showing her old friends Burton and Lenz, along with the caption, "Basically the best."
Noticeably missing from the event was Bush's former co-star and real life ex-husband Chad Michael Murray, who apologised to his fans a few days before the convention, expressing his apologies for missing out on the gathering.
He wrote, "Sorry I can't make it 2 Paris, Milan & London guys. Heavy into shooting @AgentCarterTV I'll try 2 make out sometime soon! Have a great time (sic)."
The U.S. drama ended in 2012 following a nine-season run.