The longtime drummer for cult British singing duo Chas & Dave has died. Mick Burt passed away on Saturday (18Oct14) after a battle with Parkinson's Disease and dementia.
He joined the group in the mid-1970s when he teamed up with pianist/vocalist Chas Hodges and bass player Dave Peacock.
The percussionist played on the band's biggest hits and they even wrote a song for him titled Give It Some Stick Mick.
Burt's son Tony tells Britain's Daily Star Sunday newspaper, "The stories he told us will stay with us forever. He performed with loads of big stars, the Beatles, Bo Diddley, 10CC and Eric Clapton, just to name a few. I loved watching him play and meeting them all. He loved music and it was great to see him doing something he was so good at and enjoyed so much. We have nothing but great memories of my dad, he will be missed. We want to say a big thank you to his fans who have supported him over the years."
Facebook.com founder Mark Zuckerberg is leading the way in the fight against Ebola by donating $25 million (£15.6 million) to help U.S. medical experts find a cure for the deadly disease. The billionaire and his wife Priscilla Chan announced the grant for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control foundation on Tuesday (14Oct14), almost a week after Texan Thomas Eric Duncan died from the virus. He was America's first confirmed Ebola case and was diagnosed shortly after returning from a trip to West Africa, where more than 4,400 people have died from the condition since the outbreak began earlier this year (14).
A statement released by the couple reads: "We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn't spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.
"We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome."
Zuckerberg isn't the first celebrity to take action - British supermodel Naomi Campbell is organising charity fashion shows to help in the battle against Ebola, while Boardwalk Empire actor Jeffrey Wright has embarked on a global Twitter campaign called #CrushEbolaNow to raise awareness about the disease.
Stars including Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Stevie Wonder headed to San Francisco, California on Saturday (27Sep14) to pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams following his death in August (14). The Good Will Hunting star committed suicide in his adopted home of San Francisco last month (Aug14) and was laid to rest at a private funeral a week later.
His daughter Zelda organised a memorial service at the Curran Theatre on Saturday so his life could be celebrated by his famous friends.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, hundreds of guests attended while others sent in music and video tributes. Billy Crystal, who gave a speech in Williams' honour at the Emmy Awards last month (Aug14), paid another emotional farewell to his friend while Goldberg, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, Bonnie Hunt, Eric Idle and Williams' three children and wife Susan also addressed the audience.
Stevie Wonder helmed the musical section of the memorial with the Glide Ensemble and Change Band from the Glide Memorial Church, where Williams' funeral was held.
Following the service, the guests headed to the nearby Westin St. Francis Hotel for a reception.
Other attendees include the actor's Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, Bette Midler, Ben Stiller, George Lucas, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jeff Bridges, Minnie Driver, Josh Groban, Seth Green and Eddie Izzard.
Zac Efron and Jonah Hill have joined Howard Stern in mourning the loss of the shock jock's regular contributor Eric Lynch following his death over the weekend (20-21Sep14). Lynch, who was nicknamed The Actor by Stern, was a regular caller to the DJ's U.S. radio show before becoming a contributor, and his celebrity fans have paid their respects following his death on Saturday (20Sep14) at the age of 39.
Stern says of his late friend, "I loved Eric... I truly, truly loved him... he was the greatest," while Hollywood actor Efron, who nominated Lynch for the charity ice bucket challenge just weeks before his death, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "#EricTheActor you will be missed. Sending my condolences to all of Eric's family and friends. #ByeForNow (sic)."
The Wolf of Wall Street star Hill adds, "I just found out that Eric The Actor passed away. He entertained me for years. So sad that this great man left us. RIP Eric," while actor Jerry O'Connell writes, "#EricTheActor God bless you Eric (sic). You were very brave and will always be in my prayers."
Scrubs actor Zach Braff tweeted, "RIP ?#EricTheActor?. If there's an after-life I hope you're bigger than Johnny Depp (sic)."
Lynch suffered from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition which affects the body's connective tissues including skin and joints.
Actress Roselyn Sanchez insists on speaking to her two-year-old daughter in Spanish so she can master her mother's native tongue at a young age. The sexy Rush Hour 2 star, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, admits she converses with little Sebella in Spanish "80 per cent of the time" and also reads her bedtime stories in the language - even though her husband, actor Eric Winter, can't understand what she's saying.
She tells Us Weekly magazine, "I want her to go to Latin countries and sound like a Puerto Rican!"
Pop singer Cyndi Lauper has criticised Broadway officials for deciding against staging a tribute in memory of late comedienne Joan Rivers. Rivers died on Thursday (04Sep14) at the age of 81, and bosses at the Broadway League chose not to honour her by dimming the lights of theatres on the Great White Way because she is not "synonymous with Broadway".
Fans were outraged by the ruling and set up a petition in a bid to overturn the decision, noting that Rivers had been on the New York stage three times and was even nominated for a Tony Award in 1994.
Eighties singer Lauper, who is the brains behind hit Broadway show Kinky Boots, has also backed the social media campaign, writing on Twitter.com on Monday (08Sep14), "The lights on Broadway should be dimmed for #joanrivers (sic). She supported the theatre more than any other celeb (celebrity) and was a Tony nominee. Very sad... Dim the lights for #JoanRivers on Broadway. #dimthelightforJoan (sic)."
Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet adds, "Broadway execs (sic) won't dim lights for Joan Rivers. Aww aren't they so cute with their little meetings on their light dimming power and such (sic)."
President of the Jujamcyn Theatre group, Jordan Roth, has chosen to overlook the ruling and plans to dim the lights of the company's four theatres on Tuesday evening (09Sep14).
Blues legend Johnny Winter's final album will be a star-studded affair featuring famous friends including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Billy Gibbons, Dr. John and Joe Perry. The guitar great passed away suddenly in Switzerland in July (14), but not before he had completed work on a last album, titled Step Back.
His longtime bandmate Paul Nelson has produced the record, which also features Joe Bonamassa and Brian Setzer, and ZZ Top star Gibbons admits it was a dream come true to work with his idol.
He tells WENN, "I never had the opportunity to jam with him (and so) I was content to remain in awe and admiration."
Aerosmith star Perry adds, "If it was not for Johnny Winter, I would have never picked up the guitar."
Highlights of the album include Perry and Winter's collaboration on Lightnin' Hopkins' Mojo Hand, and Winter's cover of Bobby 'Blue' Bland's Don't Want No Woman with Clapton.
It’s particularly impressive when a movie whose premise alone seems to have been written with the intention of incurring heavy gasps can actually conjure up something rather genuine. Whereas Starred Up’s central maneuver — sticking a delinquent teenager in adult prison right alongside, as it just so happens, his no good father (“Oh my!”) — seems like the kind of contrivance that entails thick melodrama and Oscar reel-friendly climactic scenes, the movie plays everything close to the ground. It favors kindling over explosives, a paced climb over vertical leaps, and — most importantly — criminal men over criminal monsters.
In fact, the victory of the film is just how reasonable its characters seem from the get-go. While the crime and prison genres more often than not approach their antiheroes with the mission of giving audiences an unexpected look at the humanity within bad men, Starred Up takes the reverse — more original and perhaps more valuable — approach: slowly waking its viewers up to the badness that inflicts these humans.
Yes, we have an immediate understanding of how the malicious and unpredictable Eric (Jack O’Connell) wound up in prison ahead of his years, but at no point are we dealing with a character whose erraticism drags him all the way south of empathetic comprehension. Though a more patient and poised man, Eric’s father Neville (Ben Mendehlson) is too understood from all fronts: he’s a survivor whose Machiavellian instincts would have more than likely landed him in prison at one point or another. It’s this intellect and wisdom, though, that endears him to us. And to Eric.
We’re not forced to wade through a marshland of temperate drama before we see Eric and Neville “finally make up.” Right off the bat, we’re given the relationship the movie wants us to see, steeped in the conversation it wants us to have: one about masculinity. Between the two men, within the contexts of Eric’s mandatory group therapy sessions with counselor Oliver (Rupert Friend) and a collection of seasoned inmates — don’t worry, this flick never goes that false and sappy route that most therapy movies employ — and scattered throughout various corners of the prison, we witness talk of masculinity. But once again, Starred Up isn’t hitting us over the head with gaudy exclamations. The power of this movie is in its lack of interest in the dramatic and its preference, instead, of the humane.
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If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
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British pop star Cheryl Cole was axed from The X Factor USA after a bust-up with boss Simon Cowell about a bizarre outfit she wore for her debut. The music mogul took his pal Cole with him when he launched his hit talent search in the States in 2011 and hoped she could repeat her U.K. role as a popular mentor and judge.
However, within three weeks, Cole's American dream had crumbled and she left the show amid fears she would not connect with U.S. viewers.
Now Cowell has admitted her departure was sparked by an argument over a weird purple and orange outfit the pop star wore for her U.S. X Factor debut.
In an interview with Radio Times, he says, "There was so much expectation on the show in America, and I definitely wasn't myself. I was uptight. When I saw her I didn't recognise her. Literally. The hair and outfit were crazy, just totally crazy.
"I asked her manager, 'What's she wearing, what's happened to her hair?' He was defensive about it. I haven't a clue why she turned up like that.
"We then did the first day of auditions, and she was nervous, shy, not in her comfort zone. She'd put on a bit of weight, but not loads. That wasn't the issue. The only way I can describe it is that it wasn't Cheryl sitting in that seat. She'd lost her confidence...
"(Later) I called her and said, 'Look, it's not going great, to be honest,' then I mentioned what she wore and she turned on me. If I could go back in time I would have kept her on the show. It was stupid doing what I did. I didn't sack her personally. That was the second biggest mistake I made."
Cowell and Cole have since made up and put the incident behind them, and the former Girls Aloud singer is even trying to convince him to marry Lauren Silverman, the mother of his son Eric.
Cole tells the publication, "I'm going to have a word with him about getting married. He jokes about being too tight (miserly) to get married but I don't think he is. He's very generous."
In 2012, Cole sued producers of The X Factor USA for $2.3 million (£1.3 million) over her sacking and received undisclosed damages as a settlement. She has since rejoined the U.K. version of the programme.