Pop star Robbie Williams skipped a ceremony held in his honour at his British hometown on Wednesday (05Feb14), sending his father instead. The mayor of English city Stoke-on-Trent paid tribute to the Angels hitmaker ahead of his 40th birthday next week (13Feb14) by unveiling a blue plaque on the street where Williams grew up and announcing the singer would be given the keys to the city.
However, the Take That singer's father Pete attended the unveiling in Williams' place, reading a statement written by his absent son.
The statement read, "I'm proud to come from Stoke-on-Trent. I'm extremely honoured and grateful that you think it is fitting to give me this recognition. PS: My daughter's (Theodora) first word was Mummy. her second was duck! She's a Stokie!"
'Duck' is a common term of endearment in the British region where Stoke-on-Trent is located.
Williams was said to be missing the celebrations held in his honour because his wife Ayda has planned several days of birthday celebrations in Los Angeles, where they currently live.
Farrah Fawcett's son Redmond O'Neal has opened up about the devastating loss of his mother for the first time since her death, revealing they did not speak to each other in her final weeks. When the Charlie's Angels actress passed away after a long battle with cancer in 2009, her son was months into serving a prison sentence stemming from drug charges.
Redmond, who was released from jail in 2012, has now spoken out about the death of his mother, confessing their lack of contact in her final weeks has devastated him.
He tells U.S. entertainment news show Extra, "One minute she was alive and well, everything was good, and then bam! My dad was telling me she died... I was in jail at the time. I didn't even get to say 'bye to her.
"For the last four months she was living, I didn't even get to talk to her. She was bedridden, incapable of getting on the phone... The good thing is she didn't know I was in jail. My dad kept that from her."
Redmond also admits it was hard to deal with reading about his mother's death - on the same day Michael Jackson passed away - in newspaper reports while behind bars, adding, "It was in the paper, like front page. That was hard, too. I got all these inmates in the dorm, I was in reading this newspaper. She's on the front page, she and Michael Jackson... I remember, and I got mad 'cause Michael Jackson had a bigger page."
O'Neal's famous dad has also spoken out about his pride that his son is fighting to stay clean: "I'm very proud of him. I know his mother was there for him and helped him jump some hurdles, and now I've got him and he's exactly what I wanted. There's a lot of his mother in him, so it's almost as if she's around."
Singer John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen are set to go head-to-head at the eighth annual pre-Super Bowl Celebrity Beach Bowl in New York City on Saturday (01Feb14). The All of Me hitmaker is slated to hit the sand-filled field on the eve of the big game, but he'll be up against his new bride in the star-studded gridiron game.
Teigen, who has played in previous Beach Bowls, tells E! News that she usually steers clear of the actual athletic portion of the event, but this year, she just might have to do some tackling.
She admits, "I look forward to the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl every year. I actually consider myself a Beach Bowl vet now. It's always such a hilarious, random group of people and I like to think of myself as the team cheerleader/bartender.
"I rarely touch the ball and mostly make sand angels but I try to make sure everyone has a great time. Now that John is playing, I plan on making touch football 'extremely touchy football'."
Other celebrities taking part in the game are Nina Dobrev, James Marsden, Aaron Paul, Tracy Morgan and Peter Facinelli.
The stars will get some help from former NFL pros, including Joe Montana, Warren Moon, Jesse Palmer and Deion Sanders, when the game is aired live in America.
Rapper/actor Ice Cube took the skies above Los Angeles on Monday (20Jan14) after accepting a Ride Along with bosses at Goodyear as part of a charity initiative. The former N.W.A. star was celebrating the 20th anniversary of his hit Today Was a Good Day, which references the Goodyear blimp, a sky-high staple that often floats above sports events and concerts in the City of Angels.
Goodyear bosses came up with the idea for the special flight after learning of a petition to light up the sky with the message, 'Ice Cube's a pimp' - the line from his 1993 song.
Goodyear bosses refused to use the line, but suggested a charity trip for Ice Cube and kids from Los Angeles' A Place Called Home charity to promote the rapper's hit new film Ride Along, which sailed to the top of the U.S. box office over the weekend (17-19Jan14).
Before the flight, a thrilled Ice Cube wrote out a cheque to boost the charity.
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The incomparable Kevin Smith recently announced that Jesus Christ would be taking on mankind in his new movie Helena Handbag. A few days later the director had decided that the storyline would work better as a musical play. Many fans of Kevin Smith don't actually care what form this project takes. If Kevin Smith is making anything that has anything to do with religion and -- specifically Christianity -- then we're all in. And in case you forgot how awesome Smith is at marrying religious doctrine with comedy, here are five unforgettable scenes from his epic 1999 movie Dogma.
Salma Hayek, The Muse Turned Skripper
You know you're a Kevin Smith fan when you hear the song Candy Girl, and suddenly find yourself missing Jay and Silent Bob.
Jesus Christ Owes Chris Rock Money, Obviously
In which we meet Rufus, the 13th apostle who teaches us everything we need to know about Jesus. Lesson 1: never, ever lend Jesus money. Ever.
Bethany Meets The Metatron, Voice Of The One True God
Alan Rickman is everything. That is all.
Ben Affleck Might Need A Nap
In one of the less comedic scenes of the film, we see the anger and pain of the angels through Ben Affleck's rant against God. Say what you want about Affleck, but when Damon compares him to the Morning Star in this scene it total makes sense. He's terrifying!
What If God Was One Of Us/Alanis Morissette?
If you thought God was a white guy with a beard, or Morgan Freeman, or Kanye West you have been sadly mistaken. We all know that Alanis Morissette is God, and she'll blow your fricken head off. Then she'll put on a frilly white skirt with flip-flops and a fly-ass metallic jacket because she's God.
Nick Nolte has been added to director Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic Noah at the last minute. The film, which chronicles the Great Flood, is scheduled to hit cinemas in March (14), but that hasn't stopped the filmmaker from adding to his cast.
Announcing the news on Twitter.com, Aronofsky wrote, "just added the legend Nick Nolte as the watcher samyaza".
The veteran replaces Breaking Bad star Mark Margolis as Samyaza, the leader of the watcher angels.
Noah star Russell Crowe has already seen the finished film, minus Nolte's scenes, and he's a big fan.
In a tweet earlier this month (Jan14), he wrote, "Saw @DarrenAronofsky #NOAH last night. Powerful piece of cinema. Hit me very hard. Beautiful work Darren."
Actor Victor Alfieri has obtained a restraining order against a man he claims assaulted him with a hairbrush. The Angels & Demons star alleges 47-year-old Christopher Veech struck him in the face with the brush in December (13).
Alfieri has also accused Veech of harassing and threatening him for the past year-and-a-half, according to TMZ.com.
A judge has ordered Veech, who lives with Alfieri's neighbour, to stay away from the actor.
Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore is to dish out tips on food, travel and fashion as a writer for a women's lifestyle website. The Charlie's Angels star has been hired to work as editor-at-large for Refinery29.com and her new role will include contributing stories and acting as an editorial adviser.
Editor-in-chief Christene Barberich says of Barrymore's appointment, "Because she's always out there in the world searching for inspiration as it relates to how real modern women want to look and feel, we're excited for her to share her point of view and ideas with the R29 reader, and allow us to connect with Drew in a whole new way."
Barrymore's first assignment is an article about making the perfect breakfast sandwich.
Actress Drew Barrymore has revealed that parenthood hasn't helped her repair the "complicated" relationship she has with her mother - because she cannot forgive her for a dysfunctional childhood. The Charlie's Angels star entered rehab for drug and alcohol abuse at 14 and was emancipated from her famous parents, John and Jaid Barrymore, at 15.
She has been estranged from Jaid ever since and even her own motherhood bliss has failed to help the pair reconnect.
The 38 year old tells Marie Claire, "My relationship with my mom is so complicated.
"I've always been empathetic toward my mom, and I was even more so when I had a kid and we had a really amazing conversation about it. However, it (becoming a mom) hasn't enabled me to lessen the distance.
"It's the hardest subject in my life. I've never just been angry with her. I've always felt guilt and empathy and utter sensitivity. But we can't really be in each other's lives at this point."
The actress blames her unconventional childhood for the rift.
She continues, "When I was a kid, everything was so unplanned, my parents were so erratic, and my world was so inconsistent. I was 14 when I moved into my own apartment. I was so scared. I didn't know anything. I didn't know you had to throw food out when it rotted in the fridge. I was convinced someone was going to crawl through my window..."
Barrymore now finds stability in the relationship with her husband, Will Kopelman's, parents.
She adds, "This (relationship) is so safe and positive and healthy because they have their values intact. It was huge for me. And that's what I want for my family."
John Barrymore passed away in 2004.
Cameron Diaz is urging women to let their hair down and resist the temptation to keep their genitals shaved in a revealing new book. The movie star has opened up about a number of hygiene and health issues in The Body Book, and she's keen to reverse the laser hair removal trend.
She writes, "I hear that there's a big fad these days of young women undergoing laser hair removal on all of their lady bits.
"It’s a personal decision, but I’m just putting it out there: Consider leaving your vagina fully dressed, ladies. Let’s be honest: Just like every other part of your body, your labia major is not immune to gravity.
"I know you may think you'll be wearing the same style of shoes forever and the same style of jeans forever, but you won't. The idea that vaginas are preferable in a hairless state is a pretty recent phenomenon. All fads change, people."
The Charlie's Angels star also opens up about her secret battle with acne in the book, revealing she had "terrible, terrible, skin".
She explains, "It was embarrassing, and I did everything I could think of to make it go away. I tried to cover it with make-up. I tried to get rid of it with medication: oral, topical, even the harshest prescriptions. Nothing helped for very long.
"Looking back, I realize that I hadn’t needed those prescription drugs, those vials of potions and creams. I hadn’t needed to be angry at my skin or feel bad about myself. I had just needed to LISTEN TO MY BODY."