Star Trek actor George Takei had high praise for the organisation which honoured him with a top award for his gay rights activism on Saturday (03May14), insisting officials have given young homosexuals role models and hope. Takei received the Vito Russo Award at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York and used his acceptance speech to shine the light on the work of the group.
The openly gay star said, "In the 25 years since its founding, GLAAD has dramatically changed American society for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. I know, because as a closeted kid growing up in Los Angeles... all I saw of gays and lesbians in movies and television, or heard on radio, were caricatures of people who were mocked and laughed at, or pitied, or hated. "The media stripped us of all humanity and made us into pathetic stereotypes. The media then was a soul-crushing monster. GLAAD took on this formidable beast with its media savvy, political acumen and the power of its advocacy and transformed the media into a powerful force for change."
But he insisted the fight is not over yet - and GLAAD bosses still have a lot of work to do: "As long as LGBT people can be fired from their job for simply being who they are, our work isn’t done yet. As long as young people are kicked out of their families just for being who they are, our work is not done yet. As long as people are being bullied into feeling that their lives are so hopeless that they are driven to self-destructive acts, our work is not done."
Naomi Watts, Kylie Minogue, Emmy Rossum, Boy George, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Swoosie Kurtz and country star Kacey Musgraves were among the special guests who joined Takei at the Waldorf Astoria New York for the gala. Boy George introduced Minogue, who performed Can't Get You Out of My Head, while Grammy Award winner Kacey Musgraves played her LGBT-empowerment anthem Follow Your Arrow, and became the first country act to perform at the GLAAD Media Awards.
Winners included Orange Is the New Black (Outstanding Comedy Series) and Philomena (Outstanding Film), while transgender actress Candis Cayne took the stage to accept the Outstanding Individual Episode award on behalf of U.S. TV drama Elementary. Cayne portrayed Sherlock Holmes' housekeeper Ms. Hudson in the episode, titled Snow Angels.
Rihanna was the toast of the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday (01May14), despite arriving late and missing out on accepting the new prizegiving's first ever trophy.
The Umbrella singer found herself stuck in rush-hour traffic and wasn't even at the Shrine Auditorium when she won the night's Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year for Pour it Up. She arrived shortly afterwards and was present to pick up her awards for Best Fan Army, Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (Stay). Sporting a gothic look with blue lipstick, a black lace dress, jewelled crucifixes and a new Tank Girl-style hairdo, Rihanna accepted the latter trophy by thanking radio producers for playing the ballad, stating, "This record would never have been this big if it wasn't for you." And accepting her Artist of the Year honour at the end of the night, she added, "Shout out to everybody who has ever worked on my project. I know I'm a pain in the a** - but it's worth it!"
It was also a huge night for Pharrell Williams, who picked up the first-ever iHeartRadio Innovator Award. Presenter Gwen Stefani called her pal "the coolest guy ever", before a series of tributes from stars like Lady Gaga, Usher, Beyonce, Shakira, Oprah Winfrey, and Rita Ora flashed up on video screens. The man of the hour then performed a hits medley, including Blurred Lines, Get Lucky and Happy. Accepting his Innovator Award, the singer/songwriter/producer thanked his wife Helen Lasichanh and son Rocket and added, "I never dreamt in a million years that I'd be standing here as an artist... All I did was write the songs and you guys (fans) did all the heavy lifting, all the hard work, all those millions of views on YouTube... Thank you guys so much for lifting me so high."
Pitbull opened the show by performing Wild Wild Love and Timber without his duet partner Kesha, who has yet to perform for the first time following a stint in rehab earlier this year (14). The track won the couple the Best Collaboration trophy.
Performance highlights also included sets from Bastille, Ariana Grande, Shakira, Kendrick Lamar and 30 Seconds to Mars, who played City of Angels as frontman Jared Leto's accompanying short film featuring stars like Kanye West, Selena Gomez and Lindsay Lohan talking about their love of Los Angeles flashed up on video screens on either side of the stage.
But the night's talking point came when Usher showed off his Michael Jackson moves as he danced along to the King of Pop's new single Love Never Felt So Good, which debuted during the ceremony. As images of the late Thriller star appeared on video screens on the stage and throughout the audience, Usher and a gang of dancers performed the pop superstar's moon walk and other signature moves.
The iHeartRadio Music Awards telecast also featured a series of pre-taped anecdotes about L.A. from the likes of Chris Martin, John Legend, Steven Tyler, Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Iggy Azalea. More than 60 million U.S. radio listeners voted for the awards.
The full list of prizewinners is: Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year - Pour it Up by Rihanna Best Collaboration - Timber by Pitbull & Kesha Best Lyrics - Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus Best New Artist - Lorde Best Fan Army - Rihanna's Navy Song of the Year - Stay by Rihanna Alternative Rock Song of the Year - Demons by Imagine Dragons Young Influencer Award - Ariana Grande Instagram Award - Austin Mahone EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Song of the Year - Wake Me Up by Avicii & Aloe Blacc Country Song of the Year - Boys 'Round Here by Blake Shelton Artist of the Year - Rihanna
There are three things certain in this life: death, taxes, and the Justice League movie. After Zack Snyder delivered a successful Superman movie in Man of Steel, it was only a matter of time before a Justice League film would eventually follow suit. Now, Warner Bros. has announced that the sequel to the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman will, in fact, be the Justice League. Snyder will grace the director's chair once again, and the film will star Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and the newly cast Ray Fisher as Cyborg. According to The Wall Street Journal, The script is still in development, so the film is unlikely to come out before 2018.
Promise of a genuine Justice League film has kept the rumor mill spinning for nearly a decade, with seemingly every blockbuster director under the sun having his name mixed up in talks for helming the project. Call it the comic book geek in us, but we wonder what all those possible Justice League films would look like in the infinite parallel universes where different directors were actually the ones hired to direct the film.
McGRelevant Films: Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation, 3 Days to Kill What would his Justice League look like: Beyond a penchant for violence and quick pace, the director has never really had a distinctive style to call his own. He’s certainly never been big on taking chances. We have a feeling his Justice League would be serviceable but generic offering that will please some, but not be the big, ballsy, game changer that WB needs this film to be in order to compete with Marvel's cinematic dominance. It would be passable, but not a film anyone will be still raving about by the time summer wanes into fall.
Ben Affleck Relevant Films: Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Argo What would his Justice League look like: Affleck has shown his talents time and time again in the thriller genre, and has found the perfect middle ground between prestige drama and popcorn thriller. Affleck’s Justice League would probably be more moody and low-key, with more of an emphasis on character over bombast, at least more so than your typical summer blockbuster.
Joss Whedon Relevant Films: Alien Resurrection, Serenity, The Avengers What would his Justice League look like: Imagine if DC scooped up Whedon before Marvel did? All of Whedon’s films have that same talky, quick-witted, and airy sense of fun about them, which would be a huge about face from Snyder’s current vision of the franchise. Expect big, bold, primary colors, quip-laden banter, and an adventure that doesn’t take itself overly seriously. Oh, and someone’s gonna die before the credits roll.
Christopher Nolan Relevant films: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises What would his Justice League look like: If given the reigns over the film, Nolan would create the most prestigious, self-serious film about a spandexed green Martian and his super-powered friends ever created. Like his Batman films, The director would try to superimpose the Justice League into as close of a facsimile to real life as possible. And while that approach worked wonders for Batman, it probably wouldn't work with a group of heroes as fantastical as the Justice League.
Brett Ratner Relevant Films: X-Men: The Last Stand What would his Justice League look like: Ratner’s last foray into comic book film, X-Men: The Last Stand, buckled under the weight of a plot overstuffed with too many mutants. We doubt that a Justice League move, which would be similarly stuffed with heroes by necessity, would fair much better under Ratner.
Ruben Fleischer Relevant Films: Zombieland, Gangster Squad What would his Justice League look like: Zombieland is great, but the woefully miscalculated Gangster Squad makes us wonder what a Ruben Fleischer Justice League would look like. We speculate that a Fleischer directed Justice League to miss the mark, reveling in graphic violence and death, but not giving those things their due reverence, some of the criticisms leveled at Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.
Zack SnyderRelevant Films: 300, Watchmen, Man of SteelWhat will his Justice League look like: Now, for the one we're stuck with. Since Mr. Snyder is actually directing Justice League, we're hoping he learned a thing or two from the missteps taken in Man of Steel. Nonetheless, we're expecting a moody, brooding, self-serious take on the league — one that has some impressive visual sequences, but spends too much time trying to dazzle, and loses track of character in the middle of all the spectacle.
Actresses Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann ganged up on their The Other Woman co-star Kate Upton during a recent flight and drew a moustache and beard on her face as she slept. The trio has been travelling across the world promoting the new romantic comedy, and Diaz and Mann decided to have a little fun at the model-turned-actress' expense after Upton fell asleep on a plane.
Mann explains, "She was fast asleep, like right away (after take off), which makes me so mad because I never sleep on flights, so Cameron and I are up and we're like, 'What are we gonna do?' And we decided to draw on her face.
Diaz adds, "She does not wake. She does not budge... She's like a baby."
But the Charlie's Angels star sympathised with the 21 year old and insisted on drawing fake moustaches and beards on her and Mann's faces too, so they could take pictures of the stunt.
However, Diaz started to feel so bad, she ended up wiping all of the pen ink off Upton's face before woke up: "I felt so guilty, I was like, 'We can't do that to her, that's so mean!'"
Actress Cameron Diaz is clarifying reports suggesting she doesn't believe in monogamy, insisting remarks she made in a recent magazine interview were taken out of context. The Charlie's Angels star, 41, recently hit headlines for her unconventional thoughts on romantic relationships after telling InStyle she didn't think people were "really naturally monogamous".
She added, "We all have the same instincts as animals. But we live in a society where it's been ingrained in us to do these things."
But Diaz, who has previously dated actor Jared Leto, singer Justin Timberlake and baseball star Alex Rodriguez, claims she was referring to the mindset of her character in new movie The Other Woman, in which she plays a woman who discovers her married lover has been cheating on her with another mistress.
Clearing up the rumours, she says, "That's not what I said. My character says she doesn't believe in monogamy...! I believe in monogamy. That is an important part of a successful relationship...
"I have had (monogamous relationships). And, by the way, also, not all relationships end because people get cheated on or people cheat. Relationships end because they end for whatever reason, but they are still successful relationships that have been monogamous for however long they've lasted."
Actress Drew Barrymore has given birth to her second child. The Charlie's Angels star and her husband Will Kopelman welcomed a daughter, a sibling for 19-month-old Olive, on Tuesday (22Apr14).
A statement issued to People.com reads: "Happy to announce that today we are the proud parents of our second daughter, Frankie Barrymore Kopelman. Olive has a new little sister, and everyone is healthy and happy!"
The couple wed in 2012 and celebrated the tot's impending birth on 12 April (14) with a baby shower attended by pals including Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon.
Directors, actors and playwrights turned out to laud Meryl Streep as she was presented with a Monte Cristo Award in recognition of her outstanding career at a ceremony in New York City on Monday (21Apr14). The multiple Oscar winner became the 14th recipient of the honour at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, the stage company where she started her professional career in the 1970s after graduating from Yale University.
Among the speakers who turned out to share their memories of working with Streep were Doubt director John Patrick Shanley, Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner and August: Osage County playwright/screenwriter Tracy Letts.
Streep's The Deer Hunter co-star Joe Grifasi also took to the stage, remembering how the actress had shared her dream to have a husband and four kids during a day at the beach in between shooting the 1978 movie. She went on to wed sculptor Don Gummer and have three daughters and a son.
The Sophie's Choice star concluded the evening by making her own speech, saying, "I feel like I'm at the funeral, so I'm really happy! You usually don't get to be there.
"I just think being an artist is the opportunity to learn all your life, just to soak everything up. Everybody here tonight, I'm gonna use this stuff in the future! And thank you (to Don) for those four children that I dreamed of on the beach that day. He came along, thank God!"
Past recipients include Christopher Plummer, Michael Douglas, James Earl Jones and Kevin Spacey.
Actress Cameron Diaz has opened up about her family's financial struggles when she was a child, insisting the experience taught her to be sensible with her wealth later in life. The Charlie's Angels star was raised in Long Beach, California with her elder sister and her parents, and was taught the importance of hard work early in life as her family was far from wealthy.
However, Diaz insists her thrifty upbringing did not prevent her having a happy childhood, telling Britain's Stella magazine, "I had amazing parents, they were awesome. We weren't privileged - very much the opposite. My family would collect (soda) cans to turn in for extra money, because $20 (£12.50) meant something to us. But we were very happy."
Her experiences as a child also helped her avoid the lavish spending many other A-list stars are famous for, as she only spends her money on things that matter, saying, "I come from a frugal upbringing so I'm not just going to throw my money away. I love to be close to my family and friends, so I spend money on plane tickets, having feasts, buying a ton of groceries and cooking, or going out for an amazing meal, knowing I don't worry about how much the bill costs."
Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
From "Pon de Replay" to Chris Brown. Let's look at the history of Rihanna. Watch her evolve at Celebuzz.
What do Gwyneth and Mariah have in common? They are both a little out of touch with reality. See the gallery and read famous quotations from out there celebs at VH1 Celebrity.
You always wanted to see the Muppets as Twin Peaks characters. Didn't you? Check out the awesome images at Flavorwire.
Did you remember that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in Angels in the Outfield? We didn't either. Find out all the other child celebrity roles that you forgot about at Hollywood.com.
Pregnant actress Drew Barrymore was joined by pals including Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon on Saturday (12Apr14) to celebrate the impending birth of her second child.
The Charlie's Angels star threw a baby shower at her Hollywood Hills home and was joined by around 50 guests. A source tells People.com, "Drew had a blast. (She) is so ready for this baby!" Barrymore and her husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, are expecting a sister for their 18-month-old daughter Olive. The couple wed in 2012.