U.S. President Barack Obama paid tribute to singer Linda Ronstadt as she received the National Medal of Arts at a ceremony at the White House on Monday (28Jul14). The Grammy Award winner was personally presented with the nation's highest arts honour by the President, and he later revealed he had the hots for the singer when he was younger.
Obama told guests at the ceremony, "I told Linda Ronstadt I had a little crush on her back in the day."
Ronstadt suffers from Parkinson's disease and was brought into the White House's East Room in a wheelchair by a military aide, but she was able to walk onto the stage to receive the award.
Along with Ronstadt, other recipients included movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, and choreographer Bill T. Jones.
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Bradley Cooper has been learning how to flip burgers at a fast food chain in preparation for his latest movie role.
The Hangover star decided to practice his cooking skills in London's Leicester Square branch of Burger King on Sunday (27Jul14), as part of his preparation for upcoming film Adam Jones, in which he plays a chef training to get a third Michelin star.
And it seems the actor was a natural at the grill, with a source telling British newspaper The Sun, "Bradley was training alongside genuine Burger King staff. The aim was to learn the 'art of the flip' which he nailed fairly quickly."
"There was no real fanfare from him. You'd never know he was a big star by the way he spoke to people. He spent Sunday night learning the skills while the restaurant was open to the public and then filmed for most of the day on Monday (28Jul14)."
Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones attended a conference for doctors on Sunday (27Jul14) to thank them for saving the Traffic star's life during his cancer battle. The actor was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2010 and he had six months of treatment before discovering he was in remission in 2011.
The couple attended The International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies conference in New York City to pay tribute to 3,000 doctors who battle the disease on a daily basis.
Zeta-Jones, who reconciled with Douglas last year (13) after a short separation, made a heartfelt speech onstage, saying, "I'm very happy to be here this morning with my husband... I mean that literally...
"I was a mess (during his illness). I'll be quite frank, I was a mess... When I'm married to a man who has such a conviction for life... he fights to make the wrongs right... for the first time he was fighting for his life."
Douglas credited experts at the city's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for their research and treatment, adding, "We can only imagine what the next century will bring. Thank you for saving my life."
Sex Pistols star Glen Matlock has dashed fans' hopes of another reunion by insisting he hasn't had any contact with frontman John Lydon in five years. Fans of the iconic punk group had hoped the stars would regroup for another comeback tour, but bassist Matlock is adamant there is nothing planned and he is no longer in touch with his former bandmate.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I haven't seen John for five years and I'm quite happy about that. I've had no cause to speak to him. We don't have anything planned. There is nothing I know of in the offing and I'm really not that fussed about it. I have no idea if we will reform but who knows... I wouldn't write new Sex Pistols material, we're fine with the old stuff."
Matlock goes on to reveal he is still in touch with drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Steve Jones, but their meetings are rare.
He adds, "I see Paul every now and again and I see Steve once in a while, he lives in Los Angeles and I'll look him up. He can be a bit of a miserable sod so I don't always do that."
The Sex Pistols split in 1978 but reunited in 1996 and have toured sporadically since. They last played together onstage in 2008.
Michael Douglas can't wait to see the Broadway musical adaptation of his hit film War Of The Roses - because he thinks it will be hilarious. The movie star portrayed a husband trying to end his marriage in the 1989 film, which also starred Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, and he'll be one of the first in line to see the stageshow.
He tells WENN, "It's fabulous, a great idea... There should be a lot of great sight gags."
And Douglas might be in the running to reprise his character onstage: "I always say I want to do Broadway. I did some theatre years ago and I was watching (wife) Catherine (Zeta-Jones) doing A Little Night Music and she was having all those hours versus movie hours, and of course, with actresses, it's a little more with hair and make-up; two shows twice a week.
"I say I want to do it and I would love to, but I haven't. I'm lazy."
Monty Python star Terry Jones has defended his use of cue cards during the comedy troupe's reunion shows this month (Jul14), insisting the memory aid did not ruin the experience for the audience. The veteran funnyman struggled to remember his lines during the huge gigs at London's O2 Arena and faced a scolding from critics for reading the words from off-stage signs.
Jones tells Walesonline.co.uk, "I couldn't remember my lines so it's absolutely true (that I relied on cue cards)," but he is adamant the cue cards did not detract from the show "at all".
The funnyman's co-star John Cleese famously forgot his lines during the troupe's classic dead parrot sketch when the final show was beamed to cinemas around the world and broadcast live on U.K. TV on Sunday (20Jul14).
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Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has branded Harrison Ford's on-set accident "really terrible" but insists the Hollywood legend is now "doing really well".
The Indiana Jones star, 71, broke his leg on the set of the new installment of the sci-fi franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII, last month (Jun14) in an accident involving a prop spaceship.
Ford returned to the U.S. after he was released from hospital and could be out of action for several months as he recovers from his injury, but his original Star Wars co-star Hamill, who also appears in the new movie, is adamant his pal will be back on his feet soon.
Hamill tells the BBC, "I was not on set. It sounded really terrible but I hear he's doing really well. It will take more than that to stop Harrison Ford."
The actor, who plays Luke Skywalker, adds of the Star Wars project, "It was certainly unexpected (to return). I (my character) already had a beginning, middle and end. I never thought we'd come back. I still can't believe it's happening... To go on to those sets that evoked so many memories. It is just astonishing."
Actor Bradley Cooper is taking tips from foul-mouthed TV cook Gordon Ramsay as he prepares to play a chef in his new movie.
Cooper has met with Ramsay in a bid to improve his culinary skills for his role in Adam Jones, but the small screen star also advised the actor on other aspects of kitchen life, including the use of colourful language.
Ramsay tells British newspaper Metro, "As well as giving Bradley a few top tips on cooking, I've taught him the most important thing he needs to know in order to get by in a kitchen - how to swear."
In Adam Jones, Cooper plays a chef hoping to land a third Michelin star and the film also features Sienna Miller and Jamie Dornan.
Movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg is set to become the first film executive to receive a National Arts Medal from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts. The DreamWorks Animation executive, producer of franchises such as Shrek and Disney hits The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, is among the recipients for the National Medal of Arts for 2013.
Katzenberg becomes the only studio boss who is not a filmmaker to receive the honour, which Star Wars director George Lucas won last year (13).
Along with Katzenberg, other National Arts Medal recipients include musician Linda Ronstadt, documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles and choreographer Bill T. Jones.
The honourees will be given their medals during a ceremony at the White House on 28 July (14).