Cate Blanchett is to be honoured with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California in February (14) for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. The Australian actress has received Oscar buzz for the role and experts predict it will land her a sixth Academy Awards nomination next year (14).
She will be feted at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre on 1 February (14), as part of the festival's 29th annual gala.
Previous recipients of the prize have included Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, Heath Ledger, Helen Mirren, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Lawrence.
Producers of U.S. sitcom Full House will not be shooting a sequel, despite reports suggesting its stars Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin are returning for a reboot of the popular series. On Monday (04Nov13), multiple media outlets reported that the executive producer of the family-friendly show, Jeff Franklin, had been in talks with Warner Brothers executives about bringing back the beloved 1990s sitcom, which skyrocketed stars including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and John Stamos to fame.
According to the article, the new series would focus on the three grown-up Tanner girls, the characters played Bure, Sweetin, and the Olsens.
However, the alleged quotes from Franklin were taken from Rhode Island newspaper the Newport Gazette, a publication that has been out of commission since 1799.
The original article was published on entertainment site Screenrant.com as part of its April Fool's Day joke earlier this year (13), and a representative for the site even took to Twitter.com to clear the rumour and wrote, "Someone picked that up as legit (legitimate) news? Last year, a few broadcast sites even picked up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April Fools post."
While a Full House reboot may not be in the making, another popular '90s sitcom, Boy Meets World, will be making a return to TV in a new series called Girl Meets World, in which Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel reprise their roles as childhood sweethearts, now with a young daughter of their own.
Actress Kate Beckinsale has her sights set on screenwriting after teaming up with the friend she once mentored as a child. The Underworld star, who was once a young writing competition winner, played tutor to a school pal who went on to become a scribe - and now the two women have teamed up to pen a screenplay about a dysfunctional group of friends.
Beckinsale tells C magazine, "My friend and I went to the same school in London and I wrote a lot as a child and was constantly winning writing competitions. And my mother asked her over because she wanted to become a writer.
"She became a writer and I became ridiculous."
"It's a very real fear of mine, so if you find me half eaten at the bottom of Rustic Canyon, you'll know the chain of events." Kate Beckinsale fears a mountain lion attack on her favourite California hiking route.
Comedienne Kristen Wiig has sparked rumours of a reconciliation with her ex-boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti after the couple was photographed together at a basketball game in New York on Sunday (03Nov13). The Bridesmaids star reportedly parted ways with The Strokes drummer in July (13) after an 18-month courtship, but it appears they're at least still good friends.
The couple, which has rarely spoken about its romance, was snapped in the audience at Madison Square Garden this weekend as the New York Knicks took on the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 100-109 loss.
They weren't the only celebrities in the stands on Sunday - Christian Slater and his fiancee Brittany Lopez, and Mary-Kate Olsen and her boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy were also spotted cheering on the Knicks.
The new NBA season tipped off last week (ends01Nov13).
Kate Hudson served as a pillar of support for Lea Michele following the tragic death of her boyfriend, Cory Monteith, inviting the Glee star to stay at her home while paparazzi swarmed the young actress' house. The pair bonded on the set of the Golden Globe-winning series when Hudson joined the show as the dance teacher to Michele's character last year (12).
Since then, they have become close friends, with Hudson even providing a place of solace for Michele following Monteith's drug and alcohol overdose in July (13).
In an interview with Elle magazine, Michele opens up about the devastating time, revealing that Hudson was one of the first people she called after learning of Monteith's death.
Michele admits, "I called her and said, 'I don't know where I'm going to go because my house is swarmed with reporters.' She was like, 'Oh, you're going to stay at my house.' Like it was nothing.
"She let my family stay there, and any of my friends. She made sure that in the refrigerator were my favourite juices. I'll never really be able to thank her, truly, for what she did for me."
And now Michele, who returned to the very set she met her beau on just weeks after his death, is determined to stay strong not only for herself, but in Monteith's honour.
She says, "Now that I'm in this position, you can choose to rise, which is what I'm going to try to do. It's very hard and you have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don't have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort.
"I know that Cory would want nothing more than for me to take this situation and use it to help people. I don't know if I will. I don't know how."
Pop star Lily Allen stepped back into the spotlight on Thursday (31Oct13) by dressing as an alien and performing with fellow Brit Robbie Williams to raise cash for Syrian refugees at a Halloween charity event. The Smile hitmaker, who has been on hiatus since 2010, donned green body paint, a green sequinned dress, and green leopard print tights to attend the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) moneyraiser.
She and former Take That star Williams performed a duet together before mingling with other star guests, including model Jodie Kidd and socialite Jemima Khan, at the event in London.
Actor Ewan McGregor, a UNICEF ambassador, also joined Williams for a surprise rendition of his hit track Angels.
Meanwhile, other stars were enjoying a scary night out at the annual Halloween house party thrown by TV presenter Jonathan Ross.
Nicole Scherzinger dressed as Catwoman for the bash, Simon Pegg revisited his hit movie Shaun of the Dead to pose as a blood-soaked zombie, and Kate Moss and her rocker husband Jamie Hince arrived as Mexican 'Day of the Dead' dolls.
Ross holds a star-studded Halloween party every year at his north London home.
Actress Kate Bosworth's teenage stepdaughter is on her way to becoming a pop sensation - 15-year-old Jasper, whose dad is the star's new husband Michael Polish, has just released her first single, titled Angel.
"I don't think that Halloween is about being too slutty or too sexy. I think it's about committing to your costume. In the past, I think my favorite costume was being a bottle of Tabasco. I felt like it was my most creative moment. It was a lot of fun." Supermodel Kate Upton on keeping it classy for the upcoming costume-filled holiday.
Singer Kate Bush has shown off her doodling skills by designing the cover art for rock magazine Mojo's 20th birthday edition. The music bible celebrates the milestone next month (Nov13) and to celebrate, editors have solicited contributions from veteran stars including Brian Wilson, Jimmy Page, John Lydon, Steven Tyler, and Buddy Guy describing their memories of entering their third decade.
Wuthering Heights hitmaker Bush provided a white and grey sketch in a note of congratulations to the publication's bosses - and they have used the image for the cover of next month's edition.
The doodle features four balloons spelling out 'Mojo', with the handwritten message: "Glad to see you've still got your Mojo after 20 years. With love, Kate."