Dark Shadows writer Sam Hall has died at the age of 93. He passed away in New York on Friday (26Sep14) after a bout of pneumonia.
Hall penned more than 300 episodes of gothic TV show Dark Shadows, which became a 2012 film starring Johnny Depp, as well as writing for soaps including One Life to Live and Santa Barbara. He was nominated for five Daytime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award during his career.
Hall was married to Dark Shadows star Grayson Hall for 33 years. The Oscar-nominated actress died in 1985.
Actor Dylan Mcdermott was recently inducted into his hometown of Waterbury, Connecticut's Hall of Fame. Officials feted him during a ceremony and renamed a street Dylan McDermott Boulevard in honour of his successful career.
Veteran pop star Neil Diamond is heading back to his old stomping grounds in Brooklyn, New York to perform a free concert at his alma mater on Monday night (29Sep14). The Sweet Caroline hitmaker, 73, took to his Twitter.com blog on Monday morning to break the news to fans, revealing he will be playing his first ever gig in his hometown to celebrate the upcoming release of his new album, Melody Road.
He simply tweeted, "Back to Brooklyn, back to school....", alongside a poster advertising his show at Erasmus Hall High School, which he attended from 1954 to 1956.
Assistant principal Jacob Daty tells local news station 1010 WINS, "We're proud of the history of the school and we're excited that Neil Diamond wanted to come back because he's part of the nostalgia and history of the place. So, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity and we were happy to help facilitate it."
Tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis from Monday afternoon.
Diamond isn't the only Erasmus Hall pupil who went on to find fame - music mogul Clive Davis and Barbra Streisand also attended the school during their youth.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin made their marriage official at a civil ceremony in Venice, Italy on Monday (29Sep14).
The newly-weds, who enjoyed a lavish nuptials in front of celebrity guests on Saturday (27Sep14), traveled by boat to the city hall where they were officially married by former mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, who also officiated Saturday's service. Clooney wore a charcoal grey outfit while the British lawyer wore a white trouser suit and sunhat. They left the venue 10 minutes later and were whisked away in a water taxi.
The civil ceremony marks the end of the four-day wedding celebrations that began in Venice on Friday (26Sep14). Celebrity guests at Saturday's ceremony included Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford, Emily Blunt and Bono.
Funnyman Billy Crystal offered up his second TV tribute to a beloved icon in as many months on Thursday (25Sep14) when he honoured retiring baseball legend Derek Jeter.
The life-long New York Yankees fan's recorded video homage to the team's captain aired on U.S. sports news show SportsCenter on ESPN as Jeter was preparing to make his final appearance as a Yankee in the Big Apple.
Crystal said, "My grandmother said there are three things you can always count on: death, taxes and Derek Jeter. Last week was the final time I saw Derek play in person. He turned on a fastball and ripped it deep into the left field seats... He ran around the bases. This was the first home run he'd hit in the stadium this season. I wish I knew what was going on in his mind... He probably just took it in his stride and started thinking of his next at bat... I met with Derek after the game... 'Hey Willy', he said - it's a nickname my high school coach called me that Derek recalled me telling him about in 1998. We talked for a few minutes, like players. We smiled again and I sensed he wanted to go before I said something sad. We hugged goodbye and it was gone... We've had a very special relationship; (former Yankees manager) Joe Torre used to have me work out with the Yankees during the great years - even before World Series games... Derek saw that I could still play and he took infield (practice) with me many times. He never treated me like a celebrity. I was his teammate. To watch him on the field from the stands or on television is one thing; to experience the speed, the skill, the joy he had of playing on the field was like running with wild horses; it's exhilarating." The funnyman concluded, "It's almost over folks. Take a good last look. This is a baseball player."
Crystal can officially call himself a former team-mate of Jeter's after signing a one-day contract to mark his 60th birthday in March, 2008. The comedian batted for the Yankees in a spring training game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Baseball superstar Jeter's final regular season game ever will come on Sunday (28Sep14) when the Yankees complete a three-game series in Boston, Massachusetts against longtime rivals the Red Sox.
The sporting tribute came a month after Crystal delivered a touching send-off to late pal Robin Williams at the Emmy Awards.
Rapper T.I. was the guest of honour in Jackson, Mississippi on Wednesday (24Sep14) as he was presented with the key to the city. The Live Your Life hitmaker was feted during a special ceremony at City Hall, which was hosted by Mayor Tony Yarber, who praised the hip-hop star for using his many brushes with the law to encourage youths to make the right choices.
Accepting the accolade, T.I. said, "I can't really change everyone's opinion of me but I can change me.
"Everybody don't catch on and everybody don't acknowledge change at the same time, but the good part is, I ain't doing it for them (sic). I don't need credit. Just knowing that I can use my experiences, my past, good and bad, to help assist the future: children, teenagers, young adults and the grown people who may have gone through the same things. They can have an example showing that, 'Hey, just because I fell down in something, doesn't mean I got to stay down in it'. When it's all said and done, I've seen people rise from the wreckage."
During his visit to Jackson, T.I. also stopped by local schools to speak to students about how he overcame his troubled past. The rapper spent time behind bars for possession of weapons and drugs.
His Mississippi honour was an early birthday present of sorts for T.I. - the rapper/actor turned 34 on Thursday (25Sep14).
A treasure trove of songs Frank Sinatra recorded in London as the Beatles were making their chart debut in 1962 are to be released for the first time as part of a new CD and DVD retrospective. Sinatra: LONDON will feature the songs the legendary crooner recorded for his Great Songs From Great Britain album over three nights at the city's CTS Studios in June, 1962, along with other highlights connected to his stay in the British capital.
The new release, available in November (14), will feature the remastered original studio album with over 50 previously unreleased recordings, including session material from the album, a 1962 BBC Light Programme radio special with introductions to each song by Sinatra himself, and a 1953 live session for BBC Radio's The Show Band Show.
The DVD package will feature footage from a 1962 Royal Festival Hall concert, plus a 1970 concert appearance from the same venue with a never-before released performance of the classic song A Foggy Day.
Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and Kix Brooks have sent their condolences to fellow country singer Rachel Bradshaw after her husband, American football star Rob Bironas, was killed in a car crash on Saturday night (20Sep14). The former Tennessee Titans kicker lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a line of trees in Nashville, Tennessee before his car overturned.
He was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was subsequently pronounced dead at the age of 36.
Police have not found any evidence to suggest alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.
The news of Bironas' passing hit the country community hard and a slew of celebrity friends took to Twitter.com to pay tribute.
Upon learning of the news on Sunday morning (21Sep14), Underwood wrote, "Shocked and saddened this morning at the passing of Rob Bironas. Such a nice guy. Sending prayers and love to his family..." and Randy Houser posted, "Sad to hear of the passing of @RobBironas last night. Please pray for his wife and family."
Bentley shared a photo of himself with Bironas, who was actively involved in Nashville-based country music fundraisers and events, and in the accompanying caption, wrote, "i don't know anyone that didn't like rob bironas. lot of heavy hearts in nashville today. prayers for his family", while Brooks stated, "So sad - lost good buddy@RobBironas last night - heartbroken for dear friend @RachelTBradshaw - he was a great guy - and an amazing talent."
Charlie Daniels, Jerrod Niemann, John Rich, The Oak Ridge Boys and Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney are also among the stars who have paid tribute to the tragic sportsman.
Bironas signed with the Tennessee Titans in 2005 and remained with the team for nine seasons, during which he became the fourth most accurate kicker in National Football League (NFL) history. He was released by the Titans in March (14) and had trained during the off-season with the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bironas wed Rachel Bradshaw, the daughter of Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, in June (14).
British actor Jamie Campbell Bower is celebrating after plans to tear down one of his favourite parts of London were ditched. Developers wanted to rejuvenate an area under the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the city's South Bank to make way for shops and restaurants.
The proposal attracted a petition signed by 6,000 opponents - including stars Russell Brand, Damien Hirst and Lauren Laverne - who wanted to preserve the walkway as it is a popular spot for skateboarders, and the plans have now been axed after 17 months of legal battles.
Harry Potter actor Bower was a keen supporter of the Long Live Southbank campaign, and he took to Twitter.com to celebrate the news, writing, "An amazing victory for @Long_Live_SB so happy and proud of the work they've done to protect the space x (sic)."
Bower recently suffered a nasty skating injury to his left arm.
America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon wore a pair of diamond encrusted loafers worth $2 million (£1.3 million) for the show's finale on Wednesday (17Sept14).
The presenter showed off the $2 million (£1.3 million) footwear on in a picture posted on Women's Wear Daily's Instagram page ahead of the reality TV installment, writing, "A million each foot... Pow!" The shoes hold more than 14,000 full-cut diamonds set in white gold with a weight of 340 carats and were created by Jason Arashenen. The designer reveals Cannon approached him about the special project in 2013, saying, "Not very often do I get a request for the most expensive shoes in the world. When Nick approached me last year, he said he wanted to make history and be so over-the-top. He wanted to set a new standard in diamonds."
The pricey shoes are being considered by Guinness Book of World Records officials to be listed as the Most Valuable Pair of Shoes in the world. Cannon split from his superstar wife Mariah Carey last month (Sep14).