Veteran music producer Bob Crewe has died, aged 82. Writer/producer Crewe, who was portrayed on the stage and screen version of Jersey Boys, passed away on Thursday (11Sep14).
The cause of his death has yet to be revealed, but he was unable to attend the film premiere of Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the hit musical in June (14).
Crewe's music career took off in the 1960s when he worked with The Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio on many singles for the popular rock 'n roll group as both a producer and co-lyricist.
Together, they created hits such as Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby, Rag Doll and Can't Take My Eyes Off You.
In addition to his work with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Crewe also wrote Patti LaBelle's 1975 number one hit Lady Marmalade with Kenny Nolan, and produced popular singles for artists including Michael Jackson, Diane Renay, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.
Crewe was also praised for his philanthropic work, having founded the The Bob Crewe Foundation in 2009. The organisation funds fellowships, scholarships, training and mentorships for aspiring young artists and musicians, and also provides funds for AIDS research and supports LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights and initiatives.
Actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens' Broadway dreams have been realised - she has been cast as the lead in a new production of beloved musical Gigi.
The High School Musical star will play the title role in the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe production, which will be directed by Eric Schaeffer, the man behind Follies and Million Dollar Quartet. Gigi has previously been played onstage by Audrey Hepburn, and French actress Leslie Caron portrayed the character in Vincente Minnelli's Oscar-winning 1958 film.
British playwright and BAFTA-winning screenwriter Heidi Thomas will revamp the story for the new production, which will open at the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. from 16 January to 12 February (15) before its big New York debut.
Hudgens, who played the role of Gigi in recent readings in New York, says, "I started performing in musicals from a young age, and it has always been my dream to be on Broadway. I cannot wait to get back on stage, singing and dancing these songs and living in Gigi's glamorous world." She adds, "I think it's (musical theatre) the true test. There are no second takes. You've got to bring everything you've got for the most critical of audiences. It's an honour, if anything. I'm over the moon."
Gigi was originally brought to life on the Broadway stage by Days of Our Lives actress Karin Wolfe in 1973, but that production only ran for 103 performances.
The original novel was turned into a 1951 play, starring Hepburn.
Funnyman Seth Rogen has become a better, more "emotionally available" partner to his wife after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The Knocked Up star's wife, screenwriter Lauren Miller, discovered her 55-year-old mum was suffering from the memory loss disorder shortly after she started dating Rogen and years before they wed in 2011, and the actor/writer admits the terrible news brought himself and his then-girlfriend closer.
During an interview on U.S. TV personality Meredith Vieira's daytime talk show on Tuesday (09Sep14), Miller said, "For me, it (mum's diagnosis) probably tore down all the walls I normally would have put up, because I had such strong heavy emotions early on in the relationship. And he stepped up right away; he was really able to show how sensitive he was early on."
Rogen added, "It really forced me to be a lot more emotionally available than I normally would be."
In fact, the funnyman admitted he had little to no knowledge of the disease, and was only aware of the "romanticised" version of Alzheimer's that he saw onscreen.
He revealed, "I didn't realise it could effect people so young. I thought generally it was reserved for grandparents and great grandparents. I honestly didn't realise there was nothing that could be done about it."
The couple has since founded the organisation Hilarity for Charity, which raises money for Alzheimer's research, and Rogen even testified at a U.S. senate hearing for Alzheimer's research in February (14).
Rapper Rich Homie Quan fought off a suspected robber on Friday (05Sep14) after a man attempted to steal his necklace while he was in the audience at a big boxing match in Cincinnati, Ohio. The hip-hop star was in the crowd at the Adrien Broner/Emmanuel Taylor fight when an unidentified male made a forceful grab for his chain.
Video footage of the incident, which has surfaced online, shows Quan throwing a few punches of his own to fight off the attacker, who ran off empty-handed.
No arrests were made at the event, according to TMZ.com.
The attempted robbery took place shortly after Quan joined fellow rappers Young Thug and Birdman to escort Broner to the ring in his hometown.
"He was just such a sweet, nice man. A gentle person. And really gave me a lot of confidence at a young age. And that was my first Academy Award nomination, was Cry Freedom. Just a wonderful human being as well as filmmaker." Denzel Washington pays tribute to late actor/director Lord Richard Attenborough who he worked with on 1987 movie Cry Freedom. The legendary Brit passed away last month (Aug14).
Guardians Of The Galaxy is continuing to soar high in the North American box office charts after scoring a fourth week at number one. The superhero space adventure racked up another $10.2 million (£6 million) in profits, taking its six-week total to $294.6 million (£173.29 million) to maintain its title as the highest-grossing movie of the year (14) so far.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remains at two for another week with $6.5 million (£3.8 million), while Chloe Grace Moretz's new romantic drama If I Stay, based on the young adult book of the same name, is also a non-mover at three with $5.7 million (£3.35 million).
Let's Be Cops and The November Man round out the new top five.
Jonah Hill poked fun at an ex-girlfriend while picking up GQ magazine's International Man of the Year honour in London on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
The Wolf of Wall Street star took aim at his sixth grade love while accepting the style trophy from Bradley Cooper. Hill said, "Emily, my first girlfriend... You broke my heart and left it shattered. It was really sad. I know you were young and love is wild and you grow apart, but I'm GQ International Man of the f**king Year!"
The twice Oscar-nominated star joined Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Pharrell Williams, Van Morrison, New Order, new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Paulo Nutini among the big style winners, while Johnny Depp presented punk veteran Iggy Pop with GQ's Icon Award at the Royal Opera House.
And the women weren't left out - Kim Kardashian West, who was joined on the red carpet by her husband Kanye West, picked up the Woman of the Year prize and stunned in a custom-designed haute couture Ralph & Russo gown. Reminding the world her full name is now Kim Kardashian West, the reality TV star said, "I want to thank GQ for making me Woman of the Year, and my husband for making me feel like woman of the year every day."
Among those handing over the top prizes at the ceremony Lindsay Lohan, Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Daisy Lowe, Bob Geldof, Pippa Middleton and author E.L. James, who presented her Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan with a Breakthrough Award.
The full list of GQ Men of the Year Award winners is:
Comedian of the Year: John Bishop
Editor’s Special Award: Liam Neeson
Chef of the Year: Tom Kerridge
Designer of the Year: Christopher Bailey
International Man of the Year: Jonah Hill
Writer of the Year: Michael Lewis
Philanthropist of the Year: Tony Blair
Breakthrough Fashion Designers of the Year: Agi and Sam
TV Personality of the Year: Peter Capaldi
Innovator Award: Ewan Venters
Inspiration Award: New Order Hugo Boss
Most Stylish Man: Douglas Booth
Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton
Actor of the Year: Benedict Cumberbatch
Entrepreneur of the Year: Andre Balazs
Special Achievement: Paolo Nutini
Vertu Breakthrough Award: Jamie Dornan
Legend Award: Van Morrison
Solo Artist of the Year: Pharrell Williams
Leading Man of the Year: Colin Firth
Humanitarian of the Year: Ringo Starr
Woman of the Year: Kim Kardashian West
Icon Award: Iggy Pop
American football star Tom Brady badgers his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen for attention by whining and pouting until he gets his way. The New England Patriots quarterback admits he has picked up a few tips from their kids Benjamin, four, and Vivian, one, to win the beauty's affection.
He tells Man of the World magazine, "I like attention from her. So when I'm not getting it, I let her know in immature ways, like a young, immature child would. You throw fits... you pout and you whine until you get what you want."
However, he confesses his tactics aren't working as well as they used to: "She's on to me... So now I have to learn new tricks."
The couple has been married since 2009.
Rising Australian actor Ryan Corr pleaded guilty to heroin possession at a court hearing in Sydney on Tuesday (02Sep14).
Corr, who stars in Russell Crowe's upcoming directorial debut The Water Diviner, admitted a charge of possessing a prohibited drug after police officers caught him with a bag of heroin. However, Corr walked away from Waverley Local Court on Tuesday without a conviction.
His lawyer Chris Murphy argued it would hinder his acting career as he could be banned from entering certain countries. Magistrate Julie Huber agreed and said, "It is quite clear that you are a young man with a long, successful acting career and there is nothing to suggest that career won't continue."
The court was also told that Corr had not taken the drug and no drug-taking equipment was found in his possession.
He was handed a 12-month good behaviour bond, which is similar to probation.
Outkast star Andre 3000 is planning to retire from rap next year (15) after he turns 40. The Ms. Jackson hitmaker, who will mark the age milestone in May (15), is convinced hip-hop is a young man's game and he confesses he can no longer keep up with his new peers.
He tells the New York Times, "I remember, at like 25, saying, 'I don't want to be a 40-year-old rapper.' I'm 39 now, and I'm still standing by that. I'm such a fan that I don't want to infiltrate it with old blood."
Andre 3000 reveals he recruits his teenage son Seven, with R&B singer Erykah Badu, to critique his verses on tracks by artists like Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Frank Ocean, because he is no longer sure what will be a hit with young fans.
He explains, "I struggle with the verses. I don't sit around and write raps, I just don't. Now the only time I'm really inspired to write raps is if an artist that I enjoy invites me to their party. So if Future calls and says, 'Hey man, I want you to do this,' I don't want to let Future down. I don't want to let Lil Wayne or Drake down, because I love them...
"My son, he's 16. Him and his buddies, they'll be in the car, and I'll say, 'Hey, what do you think about this verse?' That's my gauge at this point. I don't have the pulse. Part of art is knowing when not to put paint on. And when to change your medium."