Michael Buble surprised an autistic fan by recording a special song for him on YouTube.com.
The Haven't Met You Yet hitmaker was moved by the story of six-year-old Griffin Woods, who suffers from a severe form of autism and has become a big fan as his parents use the crooner's tracks to soothe him. Buble recorded a personalised message and jingle for Woods and posted the clip on the Internet.
In the video, Buble is sat a keyboard and says, "Hi, this is a YouTube exclusive. Truth is, this is only for one dude. It's for Griffin. Griffin, if you're watching, it's Michael Buble and I hear that you like watching my stuff on YouTube, so I wanted to do a song... It's a terrible song, I'm not very good on the piano but I love you man..."
The youngster's mother Christin, from Calgary in Canada, tells Metronews.ca, "I was laughing and crying at the same time. I was in disbelief... I couldn't believe it. My husband was crying. We showed our therapists and they were crying."
Psychic to the stars Kenny Kingston has died at the age of 87 after a long battle with a cardiovascular disease. The beloved seer, who boasted Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Lucille Ball, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and John Wayne among his celebrity clients, passed away on Monday (30Jun14).
He was the first psychic to appear on primetime television in the U.S., on programmes such as The Flip Wilson Show, and he was a regular on variety hits hosted by Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin and Steve Allen.
Kingston went on to front his own online radio show, which ran until 2011, and he also found success with the Kenny Kingston Psychic Hotline, which fans looking for career and romantic advice would seek out.
He also penned five books on the spiritual world and was often approached by media outlets for insights from dead stars, like Monroe, who became one of his spirit companions from beyond the grave.
Kingston is survived by his partner of 35 years, Valerie Porter.
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Former High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale jumped at the chance to play a tattooed lesbian magazine editor in new U.S. TV series Young & Hungry.
The actress is one of the executive producers of the new Emily Osment comedy and when show bosses needed someone to lock lips with their star in an upcoming episode, Tisdale volunteered.
She says, "I did a guest appearance, it's actually on July 9th... It was really fun... It's a really great role, something I've never done before. "I play an editor of a magazine and I take a real big liking to Gabby, which is (played by) Emily - a real big liking to her."
But it won't be the first time she has kissed a girl: "I did it in another movie. I had experience... but when me and Emily had to do it, we've known each other for so long so it was like, 'This is going to be so awkward!' "Emily went for it... and I was like, 'Woah!' When we came out of it, I said, 'That was pretty good'."
Veteran comedian Steve Rossi has died, aged 82. The Allen & Rossi funnyman passed away on Sunday (22Jun14) at a hospice in Las Vegas. He had been suffering from cancer prior to his death.
His longtime comedy partner Marty Allen has paid tribute, telling the Las Vegas Sun, "What can I say? I am totally at a loss for what has happened. We had a lot of great years together... He was a wonderful talent and a wonderful man."
Veteran entertainer Wayne Newton says of Rossi, "He was a great man and a great friend. He will be missed dearly," and Penn Jillette, of illusionist duo Penn & Teller, adds, "Teller and I saw Allen & Rossi in Atlantic City in the '80s, and they were wonderful. There are things that only people who have been part of a comedy team know. I will miss Steve's calls to talk about those things."
Allen & Rossi rose to fame in the 1950s and enjoyed regular turns on variety shows such as The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and The Merv Griffin Show, while they also appeared with The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. They also spent several years touring with Nat King Cole.
Allen & Rossi parted ways in 1968, but reunited on a number of occasions over the years. Their last tour was in 1994.
U.S. soap opera The Young And The Restless was the one to beat at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday (22Jun14) after scooping six of the prizegiving's top awards.
Currently in its 41st season, the programme has spent 25 years as the number one rated daytime drama in America, and it proved its longevity by landing a handful of awards at the Los Angeles ceremony, including its eighth win for Outstanding Drama Series. Stars Billy Miller (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series), Amelia Heinle (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series), and Hunter King (Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series) all won in the top acting categories, while the show also took the trophies for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team and Outstanding Special Class Special for The Young and The Restless: The Jeanne Cooper Tribute, in honour of the actress who starred on the show for 40 years and died last May (13).
On Friday (20Jun14), The Young and The Restless earned three additional Daytime Creative Arts Emmys for a total haul of nine awards. Another long-running soap, Days of Our Lives, earned multiple wins, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Eileen Davidson, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Eric Martsolf, and Chandler Massey for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series.
Other winners included Steve Harvey (Outstanding Game Show Host for Family Feud and Outstanding Talk Show - Informative for his self-titled programme), Ellen DeGeneres (Outstanding Talk Show - Entertainment and five additional Creative Arts Emmys), and Dr. Mehmet Oz and newlywed Katie Couric, who tied as Outstanding Talk Show Host.
Comedienne Kathy Griffin hosted the prizegiving at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and kicked off the night by mocking reality TV star Kris Jenner, who attended the awards show last year (13) on the same day her daughter Kim Kardashian gave birth to baby North West.
Lea Michele honoured her Glee co-star Kristin Chenoweth as she was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on Saturday (21Jun14), and credited the Broadway star for helping her heal following the death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith. The Tony and Emmy Award winner became the 43rd artist to receive the honour at the fabled Los Angeles venue, taking the stage for the opening night concert of the 2014 summer season.
Veteran comedienne Carol Burnett inducted Chenoweth into the Hall of Fame, but it was the honouree's performance with Michele that proved to be the highlight of the evening.
Chenoweth brought Michele on stage to sing her For Good duet from the hit musical Wicked, and the young actress had some special words of tribute, revealing Chenoweth was there for her after Monteith died from a drug overdose last July (13).
Michele told the crowd, "Last summer I got an email from Kristin saying music will heal everything. At the time, I really didn't get how that would be possible, but it really did."
In addition to Chenoweth, orchestral collective Pink Martini and female rockers the Go-Go's were also inducted to the Bowl's 15th Hall of Fame ceremony, with stars such as Kathy Griffin, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dita Von Teese, Natasha Bedingfield and Barbara Eden among the stars in the audience to celebrate the event.
Actor Tony Danza is officially heading back to Broadway for the first time in 13 years with a musical adaptation of 1992 movie Honeymoon In Vegas. The Taxi star will take on the role of gambler Tommy Korman, the character made famous by James Caan in the film, about a man who falls for a young woman while she is in Las Vegas to wed her boyfriend.
Actress Brynn O'Malley will play the bride-to-be, depicted by Sarah Jessica Parker on the big screen, while Rob McClure will take on the role Nicolas Cage played in the early 1990s.
Gary Griffin will direct the show, which will begin previews on 18 November (14) at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, ahead of its official opening on 15 January (15).
Danza last appeared on the Great White Way in a 2001 production of The Producers, while he previously featured in The Iceman Cometh in 1999 and A View From the Bridge in 1997.
Rumours about Danza's Broadway return first surfaced in 2011, before producers decided to give the Honeymoon in Vegas musical a trial run at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse last year (13).
Comedienne Kathy Griffin is set to host the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards. The funnywoman will head the prizegiving event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on 22 June (14).
A humorous statement from Griffin reads: "I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I'm told is the most important television event of the year. Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show.
"I can only hope that at the end of the evening, critics and fans alike will compare it to the experience they once had watching Neil Armstrong take man's first step on the moon. My only regret is knowing that this epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year's World Cup. I apologize to FIFA."
The ceremony will be streamed live on the world wide web for the first time.
Actor Vincent D'onofrio is going bad to play a villain in the new Daredevil TV series. The Men in Black and former Law & Order: Criminal Intent star has been cast as powerful businessman Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, a character who faces off against blind attorney Matt Murdock and his crime-fighting alter ego.
The late Michael Clarke Duncan portrayed Kingpin in the 2003 movie, opposite Ben Affleck as the Marvel superhero. Boardwalk Empire star Charlie Cox will star as the title character in the forthcoming show, which will air on online streaming service Netflix next year (15).
Jeph Loeb, Marvel's head of television, says, "We're incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining Marvel's Daredevil in such an integral role. "Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero."