U.S. President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and members of One Direction were among the stars who paid tribute to Simon Cowell as he picked up a prestigious award at a TV conference in France this week (beg13Oct14). The X Factor mogul accepted the Personality of the Year prize at the MIPCOM entertainment convention, an annual four-day industry event in Cannes, on Tuesday (14Oct14) for changing the face of the TV and music industries.
During his speech, Cowell fought back tears as he paid tribute to his son Eric, and his late father, telling the audience, "This whole year, starting with Eric, has just been glorious. He changed my whole life for the better... I just wish my dad was here."
A tribute video was played with a number of high-profile well-wishers delivering messages of praise to the star.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said in the video, "Simon, you may be known as TV's bad guy but for many decades you've been doing good; boosting Britain's creative industries, our economy and the world of film, music and TV. What you may not have in tact, you certainly have in talent," while TV legend Winfrey added, "He is a master because he has turned honesty into an art form."
Others featured in the video include U.S. President Obama, members of One Direction, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, movie boss Harvey Weinstein, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, filmmaker Richard Curtis and supermodel Heidi Klum.
During his keynote speech at the conference on Monday (13Oct14), Cowell revealed he is determined to bring The X Factor back to American TV, branding the U.S. show's cancellation earlier in the year (14) a "mistake".
Sir David Attenborough wishes the public got more opportunity to see the lighter side of his late brother Lord Richard Attenborough's character. The Jurassic Park star died in August (14) and his sibling, famed wildlife documentary maker Sir David, admits he is sad the actor/director had not appeared in more comedies to show audiences just how funny he was.
He tells Britain's Radio Times magazine, "The thing that I'm sorry about is that actually Dick was a marvellous comic actor... He was very, very funny, and could be - and was - in domestic circumstances. We just spent all our time roaring with laughter - and that didn't get much of an outlet in his feature films... I mean, Christmas time, you know, we just sat around, roaring with laughter."
Richard Attenborough died aged 90, after several years of ill health.
Rockers Pink Floyd have confirmed their new album The Endless River will be their last. Band members Nick Mason and David Gilmour spoke out to insist they will not release another record and admit it is a "shame" their career is over.
Gilmour tells BBC6 Music, "This is the last thing that will be out from us, definitely. I'm pretty certain that there will not be any sort of follow up to this. Polly, my wife, thought that would be a very good lyrical idea to go out on. A way of describing the symbiosis that we had. It's a shame but this is the end."
The Endless River is composed of tracks partly recorded with keyboardist Richard Wright prior to his death in 2008, and Gilmour still has some leftover pieces he plans to use on a solo album.
He adds, "I have a little bit of Rick playing on some sessions that I did for my solo stuff. I still have some tracks with Rick playing on them that will hopefully appear on my next solo album. So there will be a little bit of Rick to come but not on a Pink Floyd album."
The Endless River is due for release next month (Nov14).
Late veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost left a $20.8 million (£13 million) fortune in his will. The British presenter and journalist, who is most famous for his revealing interviews with former U.S. President Richard Nixon following the Watergate scandal, died last year (13), aged 74.
According to British newspaper The Sun, Frost left the majority of his fortune to his wife of 30 years Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard.
He also left $40,000 (£25,000) to his friend and executor Michael Rosenberg, $80,000 (£50,000) to his sister Margaret, and $20,000 (£12,500) to his sister Jean's four children.
Frost, who died after a suffering a heart attack onboard a cruise ship, also had three adult sons.
Lindsay Lohan celebrated her official stage debut in the West End on Thursday night (02Oct14) by showering the theatre audience with gold dust. The relieved Mean Girls star let off a party popper as she took her encore and giggled as the front rows were covered with gold confetti.
After a series of previews and mixed early reviews, the actress finally experienced opening night on the London stage, and apart from a brief moment when she forgot her lines during the second act of David Mamet's satire Speed-the-Plow, she was largely a hit.
Lohan plays the role of secretary Karen in the play, a role that was originated by Madonna on Broadway in 1988.
West Wing star Richard Schiff and stage veteran Nigel Lindsay also feature in the play at the Playhouse Theatre.
After Thursday's opening night, The Stage's critic Mark Shenton wrote, "There are really qualified actors to play this part and she's not qualified. She was so out of her league. We are talking about the wrong Lindsay here. It's Nigel Lindsay we should be talking about. He is a serious actor."
The show runs until 29 November (14).
British rocker Roger Waters has distanced himself from the latest Pink Floyd release by insisting he had no involvement in the production of the new album. The group is poised to release The Endless River, a new album based on 20 hours of previously unreleased material which was recorded with late bandmember Richard Wright.
However, former frontman Waters, who quit the group in 1985, fears the record is causing confusion among fans and he has spoken out to insist he had nothing to do with the project.
In a post on Facebook.com, he writes, "Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November. Errhh (sic)? I don't have an album coming out, they are probably confused. David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It's called Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that's 29 years ago. I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip."
The Endless River, the group's first album in 10 years, is due to for release in November (14).
Lindsay Lohan's West End debut wasn't quite the dream the actress was hoping it would be - she appeared not to know her lines and stumbled through some of the dialogue in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow on Wednesday night (24Sep14). The Mean Girls star was hoping the London play would help revive her flagging acting career, but it's clear her comeback still needs a little work.
The 28 year old had to take line prompts from crew members offstage and read some of her dialogue from a book.
But, despite the fact that one audience member called the play a "car crash" on Twitter, Lohan was all smiles as she took her curtain call alongside co-stars Richard Schiff and Nigel Lindsay, and accepted a bouquet of flowers.
Others who witnessed her West End stage debut insisted Lohan finished strongly and was "surprisingly good" in places.
One critic tells WENN Lohan appeared nervous and seemed a little annoyed when audience members found one of her most serious monologues funny.
We had grown weary of Smallville, stopped laughing at That ‘70s Show, and couldn’t stomach even the thought of a third go-‘round for The Simple Life. By the autumn of 2004, we had no place to turn but to the mysterious island series that ABC ads had been pimping like crazy. Following our national love of sci-fi, of Survivor, of that bespectacled fella who made Felicity (ah, times were different then), we flocked to Lost, ill-prepared for the slew of questions, deficit of answers, and legion of unforgettable characters we'd meet over the course of the next six seasons. In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the dawn of America's last true pop culture addiction, we've decided to rank those characters — to celebrate the Oceanic Six, bemoan the Flight 815 tail section, and kind of sigh in bored confusion over the folks at the Dharma Initiative.
A quick qualifier: we aren't, and couldn't with any qualitative legitimacy, ranking all of the characters on Lost. We're ignoring the nearly anonymous Others, the one-line flashback extras, and that guy who was sucked into the jet propeller in the first episode. Remember him? I think his name was Gary. He's not on the list.
76. MILES STRAUMEThe most convoluted and out-of-place construct that Lost ever managed, which is saying something. Why can he speak to the dead? Who cares if he’s Dr. Chang’s son? Why did anyone think this character was a good idea?
75. SHANNONLess of a problem with the mythology than simply an annoying, corrosive onscreen presence.
74. KEAMY, FROM THE BOATUgh, this guy. This guy and his crew cut.
73. JACK’S NONEXISTENT SONDavid Shephard’s one saving grace is that he doesn’t actually exist. Three cheers for flash-sideways nullification!
72. LENNONIs… is his name actually Lennon? Or do they just call him that because he looks exactly like Lennon? And why, pray tell, does he look exactly like Lennon?
71. RICHARDThe irritation of the wholly useless Richard is maximized by the knowledge that he’ll be around forever.
70. ANNA LUCIAAnna Lucia acts as the epitome of everything that was wrong with the tail section chapter in maintaining the concrete belief that she is in any way a viable substitute for the main cast’s screen time.
69. GOODWINUgh, this guy. This guy and his wisps.
68. NIKKI AND PAOLONo explanation necessary for why Nikki and Paolo falls towards the bad end of the list, but a few extra points for the sadistic treat that was their final bow.
67. THE MOTHER“Hey guys, tonight’s episode of Lost has Allison Janney! From The West Wing! I love her! I bet they give her something cool and funny and totally pertinent to the contemporary storyline to do!”
66. ELOISE HAWKINGOne Farraday was more than enough, guys.
65. ILANAI have to be honest, I barely remember who this is.
64. DOGENDogen’s scenes were just one of many late series constructs that made us sigh wistfully and recount on the good old days when this show was about people trapped on an island.
63. MINKOWSKILadies and gentlemen, Fisher Stevens.
62. EMMA AND ZACKYou can really lump all the unaccounted for Lost children in one cloying bullet point: these two, the Kwon baby, Desmond and Penny’s kid, the deity twins, Aaron. They all just caused a whole mess of trouble, didn’t they?
61. LIBBY “What if — get this — what if we gave her a romance with a fan-favorite, and then closed an episode with a shocking stinger that revealed she used to be in a mental institution?“Sounds great! Then what?”“No, that’s about it.”
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60. CHARLIE’S BROTHER“You all, everybody!” Ha. Remember that?
59. ABADDONEh, it’s Lance Reddick doing Lance Reddick, just without any of the interesting we were used to seeing.
58. JACK’S EX-WIFEHas anyone made a mash-up interweaving Julie Bowen’s Lost scenes with clips from Modern Family? I can’t imagine that anyone would have felt impelled to do so. And I certainly don’t feel impelled to check.
57. HORACE GOODSPEEDGoodspeed might have scored higher were not for his portrayer’s particularly creepy real life romantic exploits. Ech.
56. ALEX, ROUSSEAU’S DAUGHTERAw, she was okay.
55. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALTPuberty ruins everything. Self-esteem, probing storylines…
54. RYAN PRICE AND HIS TEN BEST MENI’d like to see a separate series about these guys. Or at least a few minutes of the pilot of one.
53. THE MAN IN BLACKHe really couldn’t have just talked things out with brother Jay?
52. ALDO, FROM THE TEMPLELadies and gentlemen, Mac.
51. THE PICKETTSNever was a story of more woe than this of… Colleen… and… Danny.
50. RADZINSKYHeh, this guy. This guy and his combover.
49. KATE’S BOYFRIENDWell this one just makes me sad.
48. SUN’S DADDitto. What a jerk.
47. HURLEY’S IMAGINARY FRIENDI never entirely knew what to make of Hurley’s bout of delusional psychosis… but I’m a sucker for that thing where it looks like someone is taking a normal photograph, and then that very photograph amounts as evidence of something spooky going on.
46. CASSIDYHell hath no fury like a stunt cast actress scorn.
45. INMANScratch the Ryan Price and His Ten Best Men pitch. I want to see Inman slowly lose his noodle.
44. DANIEL FARRADAYSomewhere between endearingly nuanced and gratingly overacty, there lies Jeremy Davis’ performance.
43. JULIETFor a late addition central character, Juliet never really achieved genuine interesting-on-her-own-accord status.
42. THE PILOTSure, he died within moments of being introduced, but he single-handedly set the tone and stakes for the entire first season. Way to go, Sean Blumberg.
41. LEONARDFour. Eight. Fifteen. Sixteen. Twenty-three. Forty-two. Repeat.
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40. TOM FRIENDLYThe reveal that he was gay helped warm us up to Tom just a bit, but I always wanted to know more about this prominent Other.
39. NAOMII feel as though I remember Naomi being far more interesting than she genuinely was. Could just be the chutzpah.
38. DR. PIERRE CHANGSmart men make bad dads, so says Lost.
37. JACOBFor an omnipotent deity, Jacob’s kind of a dingus.
36. FROGURTOr “Neil.”
35. CHARLES WIDMOREA bit too faceless to be an effective super villain, but could teach a master class in menacing accentry.
34. BRAM, THE OTHERAnd next to Stoker, probably the best Bram in pop culture.
33. PHIL, THE OTHERAw, this guy. This guy and his widow’s peak.
32. KATE’S DADGood dad alert! We’ve got an actual good dad on Lost people!
31. MR. EKOIf only you didn’t hate Hawaii so much, Adewale, maybe your character would have gotten an appropriate send-off.
30. CLAIRESane Claire? Fantastic. Crazy Claire? Abysmal. They average out to pretty good.
29. MIKHAILIs it just me, or are eye-patches unconditionally cool?
28. ROGER WORKMANThe pressures of fatherhood, the anchor of alcoholism, the monumental stresses of the DHARMA Initiative… Roger, we feel you.
27. HELEN, LOCKE’S GIRLFRIENDShe was nice.
26. SAYIDHe wasn't that nice, but he had more on his plate.
25. CHARLOTTEIt was hard to watch the nose bleeds, but we can’t begrudge an archeologist hero, now can we?
24. MICHAELSo many bad decisions, Michael. And so much harrowed shouting.
23. ETHAN ROMNobody does a dead-eyed stare like E-Rom.
22. PENNYOne half of the greatest love story in television history.
21. HURLEYAudience surrogate, comic relief, beacon of pathos, resident geek, everyman, proficient golfer. A winner.
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20. SUNSun’s lows are low, but her arc to redemption is a particularly challenging and interesting one.
19. ANTHONY COOPERIn earnest, the best villain Lost ever produced. Next to the piercing human condition, of course.
18. DETECTIVE MARSA hard-boiled lawman who has one job to do, but a heart he’s forced to lug around while doing it.
17. BERNARDAww. (See Rose)
16. JIN’S DADSorry, Kate’s dad. Jin’s dad is the padre supreme.
15. BOONEWhat a nice fella. And an incredible impetus for the “anyone can die” phenomenon that carried through the bulk of the series.
14. CHRISTIAN SHEPHARDWhether or not you like Christian Shephard is entirely dependent on how you feel about the finale. And I love the finale.
13. ROUSSEAUAn extended metaphor for the loss that courses throughout each character’s story, and the crash-and-burn phenomenon that will ensnare them if they do not seek and attack their issues… or maybe just a loony French lady. Either way, we dig it.
12. KATEWay more than just the “runs into the woods and gets in trouble” shtick that people fault her for, Kate is the gumption and emotional core of Lost. And we love her.
11. ARZTWhat a delightful jackass.
10. JOHN LOCKEThe beauty of Locke is how much you just want to punch him right in the nose… until you realize that he’s not presenting adversity, but challenging solutions.
9. ROSEEven aww-er.
8. SAWYERThe wincing pain of aloneness and self-loathing, evident in everything that the gallant Josh Holloway does with his consistently engaging (the LeFleur era a slight hiccup) character.
7. FRANK LAPIDUSFrank Lapidus monument currently in construction in the South Bronx.
6. DESMONDThe other half of the greatest love story ever committed to television… and, no offense to Penny, the half with the superior ‘do.
5. JACKOur hero, flawed though he may be, was the perfect man to guide us through this story about the fragmented tenets of the human experience. Desperate, lonely, contentious, prickly, and a bit of a tool at times, Jack is and remains the essence of what man is.
4. CHARLIE…But Charlie, in complement to Jack, is the essence of what man wants to be. Given the finest send-off on the series, Charlie becomes the hero that he always wished he could be, embracing his passion for music and his love for Claire to save his friends and surrogate family.
3. VINCENTLess a symbol than a silent character in his own right, Vincent represents that one glimmer of hope to which even the most cynical of us hang tight: the hope that we aren’t, and don’t have to be, alone. With Vincent around, nobody does.
2. BEN LINUSIf Jack is Charlie’s complement then Ben Linus is his stark contrast: the badness that enwraps each of us, causing us to so selfish, maniacal, underhanded things… but all to the same end: not being alone. Not the more admirable guy, but one of most complicated and interesting characters.
1. JINThe very best character arc on Lost comes attached to Jin, who began as an alienating question mark and wound up a fan favorite, an in-universe hero. Jin’s slow climb to island glory, paralleling his flashback descent down the gruesome drain of desperation, makes for Lost’s strongest, most entertaining, and perhaps most emotionally engrossing individual story. And man that ending!
Rockers Pink Floyd are dedicating their first new album in 20 years to late keyboardist Richard Wright. The Comfortably Numb hitmakers will unveil The Endless River in November (14).
The material is based on a series of tracks David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Wright originally recorded in 1994, during studio sessions for their last record, The Division Bell.
Gilmour and Mason decided to revisit the songs following Wright's death in 2008 and now they will be releasing the tracks in his memory.
In a statement, Gilmour writes, "We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album.
"With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire."
Drummer Mason adds, "The Endless River is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognising a lot of what he does (sic) and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."
Celebrated British sculptor David Wynne has died, aged 88. The artist, famed for his friendship with The Beatles, passed away on 4 September (14). No more details about his death were available as WENN went to press.
Wynne created a number of famous sculptures which are dotted around London, including a gate dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II at Hyde Park. His royal connection also included sittings with a number famous faces including Charles, Prince of Wales and the Queen herself.
He became close friends with The Beatles after creating a sculpture of the Fab Four in 1964, and he is credited with introducing the band to their guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Wynne's famous works include likenesses of late actor/director Lord Richard Attenborough and Shergar, the famous racehorse which was stolen in 1983 and never found.