Channing Tatum and Zac Efron are among the stars who have signed on to test their survival skills in a new TV adventure series. Running Wild with Bear Grylls will track the adventurer and celebrities like Tom Arnold and Ben Stiller as they spend 48 hours in the wilderness, attempting to survive and get back to civilisation.
The six hour-long episodes will debut on America's NBC network next month (Jul14).
Grylls says, "Running Wild allows viewers to see inside the hearts and minds of these guests in a very open, honest and vulnerable way, pushing them out of their comfort zones and seeing what they are like in real life when stripped of all the benefits of celebrity.
"Ultimately, this show is about taking these stars on the adventure of a lifetime and being alongside them when they discover something new and empowering about themselves and their world. For me, that is always a privilege."
Fans of tragic R&B star Aaliyah have launched an online petition to have an upcoming biopic shelved. Earlier this week (begs16Jun14), it was announced Disney star Zendaya Coleman had been cast to play the More Than a Woman hitmaker in Aaliyah: Princess of R&B for America's Lifetime TV network.
Coleman's casting has been met with a backlash from fans, and Aaliyah's relatives have also distanced themselves from the project, but they urged supporters not to be so harsh on the teenage star.
However, a group of fans have now launched a campaign to halt production on the film.
The petition reads: "This petition is to stop the making of this Aaliyah biopic. It's wrong that Aaliyah's mother or brother didn't have a say so in this movie that is being made. The fans didn't get a say so and neither did any of Aaliyah's friends. As her fans, we're going to do anything in our power to stop this movie...
"They're about to make something that didn't even get approved from her family. That is beyond disrespectful... If you really respect Aaliyah, you have to respect her mother and her brothers (sic) wishes... It was Aaliyah's life. And they're taking it too far now. We need to put a stop to this!"
Shooting on the TV biopic is expected to begin over the summer (14). Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001, aged 22.
Zendaya Coleman has brushed off the fierce criticism over her casting as late R&B singer Aaliyah, insisting she "can't please everybody".
The Disney star has been hired to play the title role in new TV biopic Aaliyah: Princess of R&B for America's Lifetime network, but her casting has been met with a backlash from fans. Aaliyah's relatives have also distanced themselves from the project, but they urged supporters not to be so harsh on the teenage star.
Coleman, 17, has now reacted to the furore over her new role, and has assured Aaliyah's devoted fans that she aims to honour the More Than A Woman star's legacy.
She says, "I really want it to be perfect for her and show young people what she was able to do and what she accomplished... If you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself... I can't please everybody... What I can do is work really hard and you know, just continue to show her legacy... I feel like she grew up so young and she grew up in the industry... and she just had to deal with so much. I connect with that."
Shooting on the TV biopic is expected to begin over the summer (14). Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001 aged just 22.
Aaliyah's relatives have distanced themselves from a new biopic, insisting they have not agreed to the casting of Disney star Zendaya Coleman as the late singer.
The 17-year-old actress has been confirmed to play the tragic star in Aaliyah: Princess of R&B for America's Lifetime network. Fans took to Twitter.com to question the casting, and now Aaliyah's family has responded.
A series of posts on the singer's official account, which is run by her family, reads, "Fans we hear your comments and concerns!! Unfortunately we cannot confirm the family is behind the project at this time. "However, we do ask that you are respectful to the artist playing the role, for they may not fully have or know the details about this role... And her family's involvement #teamaaliyah."
The Try Again hitmaker died in a 2001 plane crash at the age of 22.
Disney star Zendaya Coleman is set to play late R&B singer Aaliyah in an upcoming TV biopic. The 17 year old actress is gearing up to star in Aaliyah: Princess of R&B for America's Lifetime network.
The project is being adapted from author Christopher Farley's bestselling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.
Coleman is best known for her starring role in Disney's TV series Shake It Up!, but she is also a former Dancing With the Stars runner-up.
Try Again hitmaker Aaliyah died in a 2001 plane crash at the age of 22.
Celine Dion has made good on her promise to reward superfan Richard Dunn with a once-in-a-lifetime Las Vegas experience by inviting him to spend America's Independence Day with her. Dunn has become known as Lonely Airport Guy after he found himself stranded and alone in Sin City recently.
Bored and frustrated, he shot cellphone footage of himself wandering around the deserted airport miming to Dion's rendition of break-up ballad All By Myself.
Amused by the online video, Dion offered Dunn tickets to her show - and the use of her private bathroom in a message she posted last week (ends13Jun14) - and now she has invited the Internet sensation to join her on 4 July (14).
Sources tell TMZ.com he'll be in the audience for her concert at Caesar's Palace and Dion has agreed to put him and a guest up at the hotel. She is also planning to meet Dunn before she hits the stage.
Alex Trebek, the long-time host of America's Jeopardy! has entered the record books as the game show host with the most - literally. He was presented with a Guinness World Record honour on Friday (13Jun14) after hosting 6,829 episodes of the programme.
The previous record holder was retired The Price is Right host Bob Barker. Trebek, 73, says, "It's an honour to hold the Guinness World Record for hosting Jeopardy!, which I've often said is the best of reality TV. "We have had incredible support from our viewers for the past 30 years, and without them, I wouldn't have set this record."
The Canadian-American TV personality has hosted Jeopardy! since 1984. He picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award for the show at the Daytime Emmys in 2011.
"I would love for it to happen... but unfortunately Florence (Ballard) passed away and Cindy's (Birdsong) having her bout with life, we're all up in ages and I just don't think that maybe is something that will happen in this lifetime... If it happens, I'll be there." Soul star Mary Wilson would love to be part of a The Supremes reunion.
Actress Ruby Dee has died at the age of 91. The star passed away of natural causes on Wednesday (11Jun14) in New Rochelle, New York.
Dee began her career in the musical drama That Man of Mine and played American baseball player Jackie Robinson's wife in The Jackie Robinson Story.
Other notable film appearances for Dee included A Raisin in the Sun, Jungle Fever, Do the Right Thing and American Gangster, for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
For her many appearances on the small screen, the actress was lauded with several Emmy Awards nominations, including nods for 1979's Roots: The Next Generation, Little Bill and Decoration Day, for which she won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie trophy.
Dee was also known for her stints in theatre plays including A Raisin in the Sun, Hamlet and King Lear.
Her other awards include Screen Actors Guild awards for Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for American Gangster, and a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together.
Paying tribute to Dee, Screen Actors Guild president Ken Howard says, "Ruby Dee was truly one of a kind. She was a woman who believed deeply in fairness, a conviction that motivated her lifelong efforts to advance civil rights.
"The acting community - and the world - is a poorer place for her loss."
Dee was also known for her activism, and, in 2005, she received the National Civil Rights Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Freedom award alongside her late husband, Ossie Davis.
Broadway star Audra Mcdonald made history at the Tony Awards on Sunday night (08Jun14) when she became the most decorated actress on the New York stage. McDonald picked up her sixth Tony for portraying jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, putting her ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by a Broadway star.
The Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play win also gave McDonald the first Tony Awards grand slam - she has previously won gold as a best featured actress in a play (A Raisin in the Sun and Master Class), a best lead actress in a musical (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) and a best featured actress in a musical (Ragtime and Carousel).
Meanwhile, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was at the beginning of his Tonys journey - he scored Sunday night's Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his New York stage debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way, which also picked up the Best Play Tony.
Former Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris was also a first-time winner - he walked away with the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role as a gender-bending rocker in Hedwig & the Angry Inch.
Accepting his award, the gay star paid tribute to his partner David Burtka, stating, "I love you so much and I am so happy that we got to do this. Thank you for your sacrifices," and his kids Harper and Gideon, adding, "I'm so sorry that I haven't been able to spend as much time with you as I wish I could... I promise that as soon as this is done I'll be able to read books to you and put you to sleep."
The award marked a very special date in his family's history - Harris' parents were celebrating their wedding anniversary.
The actor's Broadway hit was the night's big winner, picking up a total of four awards. Hedwig also claimed the Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lighting and Lena Hall was honoured with the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical.
A Raisin in the Sun and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder were triple winners.
A Raisin in the Sun claimed Best Revival of a Play, while Brit Sofie Okonedo and Kenny Leon claimed Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play and Best Direction titles, respectively, and Gentleman's Guide landed awards for Best Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak).
The full list of 2014 Tony Awards winners is:
All the Way
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Best Revival of a Play
A Raisin in the Sun
Best Revival of a Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Book of a Musical
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder - Robert L. Freedman
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
The Bridges of Madison County- Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, Act One
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Christopher Barreca, Rocky
Best Costume Design of a Play
Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Sound Design of a Play
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Brian Ronan, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Best Direction of a Play
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
Best Direction of a Musical
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre - Jane Greenwood (casting designer)
Isabelle Stevenson Award for Humanitarian Efforts - Rosie O'Donnell
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre - Joseph P. Benincasa, Joan Marcus & Charlotte Wilcox