Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has recreated an iconic moment from the Pride And Prejudice TV series by showing off his toned torso to raise money for charity.
The Sherlock star is shown standing in a lake while wearing a white, unbuttoned shirt in an imitation of Colin Firth's famous scene in the 1995 TV mini-series. The image forms part of an exhibition of snaps by Jason Bell in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Other photographs in the display feature stars including Kate Winslet, Liam Neeson, Charlie Hunnam and Jerry Hall. The exhibition is taking place at London's La Galleria until Saturday (20Sep14) and is raising money for the charity's Give Up Clothes For Good appeal, which is sponsored by British discount chain TK Maxx.
Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael has forgiven theatre boss Sir Peter Hall for heckling her during a play after he wrote a grovelling letter of apology. The director admitted he was mortified after shouting out to Carmichael in 2012 when she was onstage in London's West End in Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.
Hall was heard calling out, "Stop, stop, stop! It doesn't work and you don't work. It is not good enough. I could be at home watching TV", and the incident sparked major embarrassment for the theatre mogul when he later admitted he had drifted off to sleep and awoke in a confused state.
Now Carmichael insists she has forgiven Hall after he penned her a personal note apologising for his behaviour.
She tells British magazine Event, "Genuinely when I was first told my reaction was: 'I can't believe he came to see my play.' He's a legend. I've read his books and seen his productions. He's old. He fell asleep. But it didn't ruin things, we kept going with the show."
After receiving the written apology from Hall, Carmichael wrote back: "Of course. Don't worry about it. I am so thrilled you were there."
Yusuf Islam will hit the road in North America this winter for the first time in over 35 years. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, formerly known as Cat Stevens, will perform live in Los Angeles, Toronto and New York, among other cities to promote his first new album in five years.
Tell ‘Em I’m Gone features new tracks and covers of Edgar Winter's Dying To Live and Procol Harum's The Devil Came From Kansas.
The album, co-produced by Rick Rubin, was recorded in Los Angeles, Dubai, Belgium and London, and featured collaborations with folk legend Richard Thompson, Charlie Musselwhite and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.
Yusuf's Islam's tour will begin at the Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada on 1 December (14).
Actress Leslie Mann has been tapped to join Ed Helms in the upcoming reboot of National Lampoon's Vacation. The This Is 40 star has been cast as Audrey Griswold, the sister of Helms' Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Clark and Ellen Griswold, who were played by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in the classic 1983 comedy.
The new film, titled Vacation, follows Rusty as an adult experiencing his own family break.
Christina Applegate has also signed up to play Rusty's wife, and Thor hunk Chris Hemsworth is reportedly in negotiations to join the cast as Audrey's husband.
Both Chase and D'Angelo are slated to reprise their roles in cameos. Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron, who portrayed Rusty and Audrey as kids in the 1983 comedy, are not expected to appear in the new film.
Greek singer Nana Mouskouri has been given a huge boost as she prepares for a series of comeback shows to mark her upcoming 80th birthday - old friend Leonard Cohen, who is also turning 80 next month (Oct14) has given her a rousing endorsement. The veteran is eyeing a return to the stage after retiring in 2008, with tour dates in England and Scotland planned for later this month (Sep14).
Mouskouri, who turns 80 on 13 October (14), admits she felt compelled to make a return to the limelight, telling WENN, "A world
without music wouldn't be the same, for me it's not possible."
She will perform at London's Royal Albert Hall, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in Scotland and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall between 25 and 30 September (14), and Cohen, who is also planning a series of dates to promote his upcoming album Popular Problems, can't wait to see his old friend live.
The Hallelujah singer says, "You raised your voice in song. I heard you then and I hear you now. I am still listening. We all are. May you continue to be as you have always been - strong, clear, simple and true."
Officials at a London town hall have issued a notice denying George Clooney's marriage will take place there on Friday (12Sep14). Earlier this week (begs08Sep14), it was reported that the Hollywood actor would tie the knot with British lawyer Amal Alamuddin in London on Friday ahead of their extravagant Italian ceremony later this month (Sep14).
Dozens of fans gathered outside Chelsea Town Hall on Friday for a glimpse of the Hollywood superstar, forcing bosses of the venue to deny the civil ceremony will be taking place.
In a notice posted outside the building, they urged bystanders to leave, stating, "We are NOT conducting the wedding of Mr Clooney at this office today (Friday 12th September) and a... (crowd) would only cause plausible disruption to other couples getting married on this day."
Clooney is set to wed in Venice, Italy this month (Sep14).
Grammy Award-winning music producer Cosimo Matassa has died, aged 88. Matassa died on Thursday (11Sep14) in New Orleans, Louisiana after a long battle with ill health following a stroke in 2009.
The producer and studio owner recorded many rock and R&B hits between the 1950s and 1970s, including records by Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, and Ernie K-Doe.
Matassa was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame for his contribution to the industry in 2007, the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio as a non-performer in 2012, and the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.
His J&M Recording Studio was declared an historic landmark in 2010, and in 2007, he was honoured with a special Grammy Trustees Award and received an honorary degree by Loyola University in the city in 2011.
He retired from the music industry in 1980s.
Rapper Iggy Azalea has denied reports she has made a sex tape, insisting anyone who tries to make a profit from sleazy footage is a "sex offender".
On Thursday (11Sep14), founder and co-chairman of adult film company Vivid Entertainment, Steven Hirsch, announced he had obtained a video apparently showing the Fancy hitmaker.
Hirsch, whose company is responsible for releasing famous sex tapes belonging to Pamela Anderson and former Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, even claimed Azalea's alleged video rivals Kim Kardashian's infamous sex tape with then-boyfriend Ray J, released by Vivid in 2007. However, the 24-year-old Australian rapper took to Twitter.com the same day to fire back at the reports, insisting she has not made any scandalous videos, and slammed anyone trying to sell them.
She writes, "I don't have a sex tape but for the record... Anyone who releases or attempts to make profit off someone else's intimate moments against their will is a sex offender. "It honestly makes me sick to see the media encourage any other attitude towards those sorts of people, we should want to protect our women. I really hope that america will follow Europe and their laws to better protect peoples privacy and fundamental rights."
Jon Secada and Ednita Nazario have signed on to perform as part of a tribute to Gloria Estefan when the pop superstar is inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame next month (Oct14). The duo will team up to celebrate Estefan at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach ceremony in Miami Beach, Florida on 18 October (14).
Secada will perform hits he has written and co-written for Estefan.
Panamanian songwriter Omar Alfanno, Mexican star Lolita De La Colina and Spain's Rafael Perez Botija will also be feted at the event.
Punk star Damian Abraham has been picked as the moderator for an upcoming debate featuring the candidates vying to replace Rob Ford and become the next Mayor of Toronto, Canada. The F**ked Up frontman will oversee the town hall gathering on 29 September (14).