Lady Gaga has made it into the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after telling fans she is "just trying to change the world one sequin at a time".
The famous phrase is included in the new, eighth edition of the publication, which lists iconic or inspirational phrases from those in the public eye. The Poker Face singer's famous words will now appear next to those of historical figures such as Charles Darwin. Other stars who have made it to the new edition include British comedian Jack Dee and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Rapper Nicki Minaj has been invited to speak to students at a New York high school after her request to return to her alma mater was snubbed last week (ends12Sep14). The Anaconda hitmaker, who was raised in the rough neighbourhood of Jamaica, Queens, recently approached officials at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School and offered to make an appearance as part of a treat for kids, but she was turned down.
In a message on Twitter.com, she wrote, "I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined. No need for me to inspire them, I guess. Smh (shake my head)".
She added, "That school changed my life and I wanted to pay it forward to the students there now. I was really looking forward to it."
A representative for the school and its principal Dr. Lisa Mars has since cleared up the reports, insisting Minaj's offer was rejected as she wanted to bring a film crew with her to document the visit, which would be in violation of the New York City Department of Education's child privacy policies.
The public snub has since inspired Hempstead Board of Education president Lamont Johnson to reach out to Minaj, offering her the opportunity to stop by Hempstead High instead.
Johnson says, "Hempstead School District, which has had some recent hardships, feels it (a visit by Minaj) would be a boost to their students... We have several challenges and I want our children to believe and to feel that they have a chance...
"I think she's a person that's shown that she didn't forget where she's from and I think Hempstead schools are similar to the area that she came from."
Character actor Stefan Gierasch has died at the age of 88. The Hustler star passed away at his home in Santa Monica, California of complications from a stroke on 6 September (14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Gierasch studied at the Actors Studio in New York and began his career in TV show Mister Peepers in 1952.
He went on to appear in several TV shows and films including Carrie, High Plains Drifter, ER, Dark Shadows and Jeremiah Johnson.
In addition to his film and TV work, Gierasch also appeared on Broadway in Snafu in 1944 and was part of the original 1959 production of The Sound of Music.
Actor Mark Ruffalo emailed Star Wars director Rian Johnson asking for a part in the 2017 installment of the blockbuster franchise. The Avengers star had already collaborated with filmmaker Johnson on his 2008 film The Brothers Bloom, so Ruffalo felt a little more at ease when hinting he was eager for a part in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
He tells movie website Collider, "I just reached out to Rian recently, by the way. My email to Rian after all these years was, 'Rian, congratulations on everything you've been doing. And by the way, if there's a part in Star Wars, please, anything, please consider considering me to join you.'
"I love hanging out with Rian so (it) is interesting to me, but I would like a role."
While Johnson still has time to hire Ruffalo for Episode VIII, Star Wars: Episode VII director, J.J. Abrams, has already gathered his cast and production on the highly-secretive film began earlier this year (14).
Saved By The Bell star Dennis Haskins found himself inundated with phone calls from concerned family and friends this week (beg01Sep14) after he became the target of the latest celebrity death hoax. The actor, who portrayed school principal Richard Belding, was rumoured to have died in a car accident in Tennessee last weekend (30-31Aug14), but Haskins was unaware he had been 'killed off' until he was contacted by panicked loved ones.
He tells HuffPost Live, "I was aware of it Sunday night, a friend of mine called me crying. She said, 'I just wanted to hear your voice.' I said, 'Why? Are you OK?' She goes, 'You're not dead!' And I'm like, 'No!' I didn't know about it."
The 63 year old continues, "The next day, a script supervisor from the show called me and said, 'Denny, I was just making plans to go to Tennessee and go to your funeral!' I'm like, 'Holy cow!' So she sent me the link (to the fake article), I saw what was going on... they made it look legit. The story was written really well, it was really laid out, I'm not complimenting this person, but it was like a police report. 'Travelling at a certain rate of speed... crossed over a line... no alcohol or drugs in his system...' The things all tied in and it could've made sense."
Haskins admits he was dismayed to have to comfort worried pals, but he has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.
He says, "I have chills all over me, because, that's the by-product of this for me, is I've seen so much love and affection and response and people caring... This is people really caring."
Haskins is the latest in a long line of celebrities targeted by sick pranksters - Jennifer Lopez, Dwayne Johnson, Miley Cyrus and Lil Wayne are just some of the stars who have fallen victim to the hoax in recent months.
Back To The Future's Lea Thompson and The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro are among the famous faces who will be taking part in the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Thompson, who played Marty McFly's mother in the sci-fi trilogy, will be showing off her fancy footwork alongside Will Smith's former TV sidekick Ribeiro and Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett.
Other stars taking part in the 19th season of the show include Cheech & Chong's Tommy Chong, General Hospital actor Antonio Sabato, Jr., and fashion designer Betsey Johnson.
The new series, which features the show's former dance professional Julianne Hough as a new judge, returns to screens in the U.S. later this month (Sep14).
Late U.S. poet Maya Angelou's words have been turned into hip-hop lyrics for a new rap album. R&B singer Shawn Rivera and songwriter RoccStarr have teamed up to rework the beloved writer's words for Caged Bird Songs, which will be released in November (14).
And the duo got Angelou's blessing before she died in May (14) - her grandson Colin Johnson says, "Grandma loved it from the beginning. These guys were inspired by grandma's work, which many people are, and felt like giving it a different medium of delivery to make it more obtainable to a larger group of people."
The album was partly recorded at the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings writer's home in North Carolina.
Johnson adds, "She loved it and was excited to hear more about what they wanted to do. She had a lot of energy around it."
It won't be Angelou's first foray into music - she released an album of calypso songs and collaborated with soul duo Ashford & Simpson on their 1996 album Been Found. She also featured on Common's 2011 album, The Dreamer/The Believer.
Action man Dwayne Johnson has been cast as comic book villain Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam blockbuster. The Hercules star has been hinting about a role in the superhero film for several months and on Wednesday (03Sep14) Johnson revealed he will play the bad guy.
In a message on Twitter.com, he writes,"'Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot'. My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics."
Details surrounding the film have yet to be released, but Shrek Forever After's Darren Lemke is reportedly writing the script, while Hiram Garcia will produce with Johnson, according to Variety.com.
Ice skater/actress Lynn-Holly Johnson is still struggling to recover from a near-fatal stroke she suffered in 2010. The For Your Eyes Only star has spent the past four years working to improve her condition following a stroke likely caused by three blood clots that travelled to her brain through a small hole in her heart.
Johnson's husband, Kelly Givens, tells People magazine, "She was like a (toy) Etch A Sketch that someone shook and suddenly just went blank. She had a look of fear in her eyes."
Johnson had to spend the next 10 days in a hospital and when she returned home she struggled to regain her basic cognitive functions.
She says, "I was crying every day, always on edge."
Now, the actress estimates she is "80 per cent back," but admits she still battles small issues like losing her train of thought at least once a day.
However, the ordeal has inspired her to become an advocate and help others in her position by urging those who have a family history of patent foramen ovales (hole in the heart) to undergo risk tests.