Richard Harris' actor sons and granddaughter gathered in Limerick, Ireland at the weekend (24-26Oct14) to celebrate the late movie legend's life. Jared and Jamie Harris and Ella Harris were special guests at the second Richard Harris Film Festival in the late star's home town.
Transformers: Age of Extinction star Jack Reynor was the toast of the festival, picking up the Breakout Irish Actor honour.
Harry Potter star Harris died in October, 2002.
Sam Smith was the toast of the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards in London on Wednesday night (22Oct14) when he picked up four top prizes, including the Best Album trophy for his hit debut In The Lonely Hour. The 22-year-old singer also picked up the Best Male title, Best R&B/Soul Act and Best Song for Stay With Me.
The honours came just hours after he was named Best Newcomer at the annual Q Awards.
Smith dedicated his coveted Best Album prize to his supportive parents, and stated, "It's been an incredible year. This is truly a dream come true."
Backstage, Smith said, "I came last year and really wanted to win Best Newcomer but didn't and to come back and win four awards is ridiculous. I am overwhelmed... I don't know what to do with my awards. I need to get a cabinet."
He also took a selfie with MOBO hosts Mel B and Sarah-Jane Crawford and rapper Eve, who presented him one of his prize, and posted it online.
Other big winners included Jessie J, who was named Best Female, Beyonce, who was honoured with the Best International Act title, and actor and DJ Idris Elba, who took home the night's Inspiration Award.
Ella Eyre beat out FKA Twigs among others to land the Best Newcomer award and rapper Skepta's That's Not Me promo was named Best Video.
Jessie J also performed at the SSE Wembley Arena event, alongside Nicole Scherzinger, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah and Candi Staton.
Britain's X Factor finalist Ella Henderson has topped the U.K. charts with her debut album, Chapter One. The 18 year old discovered she had hit the top of the charts backstage at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards on Sunday afternoon (19Oct14).
The thrilled teenager tells OfficialCharts.com, "To be a part of the music industry as a whole is something I'm learning to embrace, just seeing my name up there with other artists I admire and look up to is so surreal in itself. Being number one with my very first album is where a dream has met reality. It's a moment in time I will never forget."
Ed Sheeran's X, Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour, George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage and Jessie J's Sweet Talker make up the rest of the top five, while rockers U2 score their 16th top 10 album with Songs Of Innocence.
On the singles chart, Meghan Trainor scores a third week at number one with All About That Bass, keeping Taylor Swift's Shake It Off off the top. One Direction's Steal My Girl is a new entry at number three, ahead of Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud at number four. Jessie J's Bang Bang collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj rounds out the U.K. top five.
"My group of friends are the most important thing to me right now. They are so fun and know me and like me for who I actually am. It's really wonderful to have someone like Lena Dunham in my life... Ella - Lorde - and I geek out over music... Jaime King and I will sit around and talk and cook or just order in Chinese food." Taylor Swift is grateful for her famous female friends.
Acclaimed musician George M. Roberts has died aged 86. Roberts passed away on Saturday (27Sep14) in Fallbrook, California after suffering complications from pneumonia. He had also been battling multiple sclerosis.
Roberts was known as 'Mr. Bass Trombone' in the music industry, having played on more than 6,000 recordings over his 50-year career.
He was an in-demand session player in Los Angeles from the 1950s through until the 1980s, and he worked with music greats including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.
Roberts also recorded two solo albums, the second of which, movie composer John Williams served as the arranger and pianist.
Williams went on to hire Roberts to play on many of his film scores, including Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Roberts also appeared in the orchestras which recorded themes for U.S. variety programmes including The Rosemary Clooney Show and The Dinah Shore Show, as well as the Academy Awards and President John F. Kennedy's inauguration ceremony in 1961.
Jazz legend Gerald Wilson has died, aged 96. The trumpeter passed away at his Los Angeles home on Monday (08Sep14) after a two-week battle with pneumonia, according to his son, jazz guitarist Anthony.
Wilson, who was also a prolific composer and music arranger, began his life in the entertainment industry in the 1930s playing trumpet for saxophonist Jimmie Lunceford before launching his own group in the mid-1940s.
He went on to work with stars including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie, and received six Grammy nominations.
In later years, Wilson taught music at a number of universities in California.
British pop star Ella Eyre is dating rising singer/songwriter Saint Raymond. The If I Go hitmaker met him at the BRIT Awards in London in February (14) and they began dating after he invited her to one of his shows.
Eyre tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I got a message from him the next day (after the BRIT Awards) asking me to one of his shows, but I had no idea how he got my number. We got chatting and he told me we had been partying until 8am. I was like 'You've either made a terrible impression or I was that far gone (drunk)'... We see each other all the time, but it was incredibly difficult to begin with."
The singer, who previously dated fellow pop star John Newman, adds, "You want to shut out your ex-boyfriend but you can't because his face is on a billboard around every corner."
Mark Wahlberg has no plans to attend his brother Donnie Wahlberg's wedding to Jenny Mccarthy this weekend (30-31Aug14).
Donnie is reportedly set to wed the former The View co-host in New York on Saturday (30Aug14) but his younger brother Mark will not be in attendance. Reports suggested Mark and McCarthy have a frosty relationship but his representative has denied the claims.
The Fighter star cannot make the ceremony because he will be in Los Angeles throwing a birthday party for his daughter Ella, who will turn 11 next week (01Sep14).
British singer Ella Eyre nearly missed her slot at Britain's V Festival over the weekend (16-17Aug14) after her tour bus was involved in a terrifying accident. The star was on her way to the second leg of the event in Chelmsford, England when a wheel on the bus came loose.
No one was injured in the accident, but Eyre and her crew were left stranded on the roadside until the early hours of the morning.
She tells British radio show In:Demand backstage at the festival, "The wheel fell off and we were moving. We're all fine but we were stuck in the bus until 4am... So we didn't think we were going to make it. My poor hairdresser was on the bus doing my hair like, 'Is this going to blow the fuse? Are we going to blow up?'"
Eyre nearly missed her set at the Isle of Wight Festival earlier in the summer (14) after she was caught up in travel chaos in Europe. Her flight from Poland was delayed and she made it to the U.K. event with just minutes to spare before her set.
Taylor Swift and Lorde took their talents to the kitchen and attended their first-ever cooking class together in Rhode Island.
The Royals hitmaker joined the country superstar in Westerly, where Swift owns a home, and the two brushed up on their culinary skills with an award-winning chef.
Swift posted a photo on Instagram.com of herself and her pal donning aprons in the kitchen of a fine-dining establishment and carefully plating a dish with precision.
Swift added the caption, "Thank you to Chef Jeanie at Ella’s Fine Food and Drink for giving us the best and only cooking lesson we've ever had!"
Lorde also shared a similar picture and wrote, "Took a wonderful cooking class in rhode island alongside the already-super-good-cook, ms. @taylorswift"