Celebrity pilot Harrison Ford was forced to make an emergency landing on a California golf course on Thursday (05Mar15) after experiencing technical issues while flying a two-seater fighter plane.
Reports suggest the actor was taken to hospital after he crashed the aircraft on Penmar Golf Course in Venice, not far from Santa Monica Airport.
Sources tell TMZ.com the Star Wars actor suffered multiple gashes to his head and was treated at the golf course by two doctors before paramedics arrived.
Ford was the only person onboard the plane. National Transportation Safety Board officials are investigating the incident.
Actor David Arquette has added a karaoke club to his growing list of nightlife ventures. He opened Blind Dragon in Los Angeles on Wednesday (04Mar15), three years after the launch of his club Bootsy Bellows. The Scream star also recently revealed he was in the process of acquiring a strip club.
The film adaptation of erotic thriller Fifty Shades Of Grey has hit a new box office milestone after surpassing the $500 million (£313 million) mark on World Book Day (05Mar15). The movie version of E.L. James' popular novel, starring Jamie Dornan as kinky billionaire businessman Christian Grey, was released around the world on Valentine's Day weekend (14-15Feb15) and has continued to dominate the global box office charts for the past three weeks.
The closing arguments in Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' Blurred Lines copyright infringement trial are expected to be presented in court on Thursday afternoon (05Mar15), two weeks after proceedings began. The two hitmakers are fighting soul legend Marvin Gaye's kids over claims they borrowed heavily from his 1977 classic Got to Give It Up while creating their 2013 hit.
Both Thicke and Williams have testified, with the former confessing he lied when he claimed to have had a bigger role in the creation of the song, and Pharrell telling the court on Wednesday (04Mar15) he was not thinking about Gaye or his music when he came up with the hit.
During the trial, Thicke performed a medley of classic tunes on a piano in an effort to prove to the jury that many great songs have similar hooks and chord progressions.
But Gaye's children maintain Blurred Lines is too similar to their father's Got to Give it Up, and they're seeking a cut of the 2013 hit's profits. Marvin Gaye's ex-wife Janis, the mother of his children, told the court she was convinced Thicke's hit had been taken from Got to Give It Up, revealing she was stunned to discover the songwriters hadn't licensed Gaye's work.
She testified, "It's the living legacy Marvin left behind for his children, his family, his fans and the world."
Village People star Victor Willis has won a longrunning legal battle over the copyright to the band's anthem Y.M.C.A. after a California judge ruled French author Henri Belolo had no involvement in the creation of the 1978 disco hit. The singer/songwriter, who led the group and performed as the band's traffic cop, has been fighting for half the royalties from the tune ever since he was granted permission to reclaim the rights to more than 30 of the band's hit songs as part of an industry ruling in 2013.
However, his court fight stalled amid confusion as to whether he was laying claim to a third or half of the copyright share, due to a dispute over who actually wrote the song.
Willis maintained he and producer Jacques Morali were entitled to a 50/50 share of profits, but producers at Scorpio Music and Can't Stop Productions alleged the singer could only claim 33.3 per cent as he reportedly adapted Y.M.C.A. and other hits from tracks originally written in French by Belolo.
The case went to trial and after almost a month, the jury ruled in Willis' favour earlier this week (begs02Mar14).
Belolo's name will now be removed from the credits of Y.M.C.A. and a string of other Village People songs.
Willis tells WENN, "I was always annoyed by the claim that Y.M.C.A. was initially authored by a Frenchman named Henri Belolo. Me and Jacques Morali actually authored all of our songs alone right here in America. I'm glad the jury saw the evidence and concluded that Belolo was not one of the writers of over 13 Village People songs I authored with Jacques."
Former The Cure star Porl Thompson has legally changed his name to Pearl and vowed to dedicate the rest of his life to art after selling off stage gear and equipment linked to his former band. The multi-instrumentalist, who co-founded The Cure with Robert Smith in 1976 and spent three stints with the band until turning his back on music in 2012, insists only a call from his hero Iggy Pop would make him consider putting down the paint brush and returning to the studio or the stage - and even then it would only be for a short time.
Thompson, who launches his first-ever U.S. art exhibition, Through the Eyes of Birds, at the Mr. Musichead gallery in Los Angeles on Thursday evening (05Mar15), says, "I doubt if I would go back to music in a full-time way unless Iggy Pop calls... If he was looking for somebody, I'd be intrigued - just for a period.
"But the freedom to move about and paint and sketch is the agenda now. I've not given enough time to painting. I've been painting since I was a little boy and I'd like to dedicate my time to that. I don't have a great deal of connection with the music world.
"I've buried myself in what I've been doing. I spend a lot of time on my houseboat in England and I don't get out... You have to immerse yourself in the art."
His debut art show features paintings inspired by his treks through the canyons in Malibu, California over the past 18 months, and the exhibition only came about when Mr. Musichead owner Sam Milgrom spotted the pieces hanging at the home of a friend of Thompson's.
The former rocker tells WENN, "It has taken so long for me to put on a show here because in the past, my commitments with music took up a lot of time... I gave some paintings to friends and they were spotted and Sam at Mr. Musichead showed some interest. I had no intention to do the show; I wanted to build up the work, but it came at the right time."
And, as for the name change, the artist explains, "It's really all about starting afresh. Friends have always called me Pearl and it really seemed to fit with my new path. I'm legally Pearl now. I think it's good for your mind to say, 'Right, that was then, this is now'."
Thompson hasn't completely given up on music - he kept hold of a couple of his old guitars after 2012's gear auction and last year (14) teamed up with DJ and actor Sumach Ecks, aka Gonjasufi, to record tracks for an upcoming "experimental" album.
He adds, "I'd had enough of music in 2012 but I thought he was cool and so we jammed for a few days, but I won't be going out on the road or committing to any music ventures. I'm not really in that area right now.
"I definitely have not enjoyed any of the limelight side of things. I'm quite a private person really, always have been."
British actress Lily James stuck to a liquid diet while shooting new Disney movie Cinderella because her corset was tied too tight for her to properly digest solid foods. The Downton Abbey star took on the titular character in Sir Kenneth Branagh's live-action adaptation of the classic fairytale, but she admits she had to suffer for her art to ensure she didn't burp in the face of her Prince Charming, played by former Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden.
She tell Eonline.com, "When (the corset) was on, we would be on continuous days, so we wouldn't stop for lunch... You'd be sort of eating on the move. In that case, I couldn't untie the corset...
"If you ate food, it didn't really digest properly, and I'd be burping all afternoon in (Madden's) face, and it was just really sort of unpleasant. I'd have soup so that I could still eat but it wouldn't get stuck (sic)."
James' diet secrets emerge after she was forced to dismiss suggestions movie bosses digitally altered her onscreen image to give her a smaller waist, insisting no computer-generated imagery (CGI) was used to make her appear more slender.
She recently told the Los Angeles Times, "I naturally have a really small waist. The skirt's big and the corset pulls me in and that's the point. That's the shape (the costume designer) created... I think it's a beautiful gown with a beautiful shape...
"I think it's all very hypocritical... and they're drawing more attention to it... I think all that stuff's so negative, and you've got to let it wash over your head. I'm so healthy. I've got hips and boobs and a bum and a small waist."
Black Sabbath star Tony Iommi has joined a campaign to urge Indonesian officials to spare the lives of two death row prisoners. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran face death by firing squad after being found guilty of drug charges, and the heavy rocker has joined activists appealing to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to show mercy and cancel the executions.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Iommi has written a letter to Widodo, in which he suggests Chan and Sukumaran have become "reformed men making a positive difference to the lives of their fellow prisoners."
He writes, "That they have been transformed so much is a real credit to the Indonesian authorities. For this reason, I would ask that you stop the execution of Andrew and Myuran. Please allow them to serve out life sentences where they contribute to the wellbeing of Indonesia and make good for the error of their previous ways. I do hope you will consider this personal appeal."
Iommi reportedly became involved with the prisoners' plights through his connections with Australian charity DoSomething.
Shakira's soccer star beau Gerard Pique has been slapped with a $12,160 (£7,600) fine after lashing out at Spanish police officers for issuing his brother a parking ticket last year (14). The Barcelona defender's sibling Marc was cited for parking in a bus lane during a night out in the city in October (14), prompting Pique, a passenger in the car, to take aim at the cops and insist they were wasting their time.
He allegedly threw the ticket at the officers and fumed, "You're jealous 'cause I'm famous. You're only fining us 'cause you're broke and need the commission. This fine isn't going to be paid anyway 'cause I'm gonna call your boss and he'll drop it."
The outburst landed 28-year-old Pique in court on Tuesday (03Mar15), when an apology letter from the soccer player was read to Judge Maria Asuncion Gonzalez.
She chastised the sportsman for his "disrespectful behaviour" and for "being verbally aggressive", and ignored prosecutors' recommended $1,040 (£650) fine in favour of the higher fee.
Pique has been dating pop superstar Shakira since 2010 and is the father of her two boys, two-year-old Milan and Sasha, five weeks.
Singer and celebrity DJ Solange Knowles reportedly held up the start of Carven's runway show during Paris Fashion Week in France on Thursday (05Mar15) after arriving 30 minutes late for the event, according to the Associated Press.