"I've been a parent to teenage girls before in my life so I have experience with girls and experience with that seven to 25 (age range). But infants was a whole new thing." New dad Ashton Kutcher admits being a stepdad to ex-wife Demi Moore's daughters during their eight-year marriage helped to prepare him for fatherhood. The actor welcomed baby girl Wyatt Isabelle with fiancee Mila Kunis last month (Sep14).
It's been weeks since the last new Outlander episode and you're feeling hurt, confused, a little angry. We feel your pain. You had a date with the show every Saturday night, and then the mid-season finale abruptly put things on hold until (sob) April 4th.
If you’re already going through Jamie Fraser withdrawals, here are some tips to make it through the lonely months until the glorious kilt-clad ginger graces our TV screens again. And if you haven’t yet experienced the Scotland-set time-travel drama on Starz, consider this hiatus your official catch-up time. Binge-watching awaits!
1. Read everything Google will tell you about the lead actors (and learn how to pronounce their real names).
Irish actress Caitriona (pronounced Katrina) Balfe plays Claire, a British nurse from 1945 who gets catapulted back to 1743 Scotland. Her 18th century love interest, Jamie, is played by Scottish actor Sam Heughan (HEW-an).
2. Follow the cast on Twitter and Instagram.
.@Heughan wow, don't know quite what to say... Errrr Thank you ... ?!? Ahem, just going to walk away slowly.... #awkward
— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) October 4, 2014
Things you’ll learn: Sam climbs a lot of mountains and Caitriona likes cats. Also there was that time Sam accidentally tweeted Caitriona a porn link on her birthday and it was hilarious.
3. Plan your trip to Scotland.
Map out your own Outlander tour by visiting Inverness, Fort William and some standing stones. Who knows? If you're lucky you may get transported back in time.
4. Read the books.
This one’s an obvious one. But if you’re dying to know what will happen after the mid-season cliffhanger, reading Diana Gabaldon’s novels (there are 8 of them) will give you the answers to that and more!
5. Learn Gaelic.
The show doesn’t subtitle the Gaelic bits, so now’s your chance to brush up so you know what those Scottish Highlanders are saying. Aye, Sassenach?
6. Rewatch “The Wedding” episode (aka the episode everyone was talking about) for the billionth time. You know you want to.
7. Scroll the Outlander Mean Girls mash-up tumblr and marvel over its brilliance.
8. Nag all of your friends to watch the show because they don’t know what they’re missing. (They'll thank you eventually.)
9. Wear lots of plaid. ‘Tis the season for tartan anyway, so you’ll be on trend and feel like you’re part of a Scottish clan.
10. Drink whisky. Like a Claire amount of whisky.
11. Listen to Ron D. Moore’s podcasts.
Moore, who exec produces the show, and his wife Terry Dresbach, the show’s costume designer, give insightful commentary on each episode. Each podcast is free to download on Starz.com.
12. Most importantly, keep reminding yourself: April will be here before you know it! You’ll get through this!
Friends and family of Jimmy Scott gathered on Saturday (25Oct14) in New York to pay tribute to the jazz singer. Producer Hal Willner, U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel and biographer David Ritz attended a memorial service at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem for Scott, who passed away in June (14) at the age of 88.
Singers including Sam Moore, Andy Bey and Chuck Jackson brought their musical talents to the memorial singing renditions of Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Embraceable You and Any Day Now, respectively, while Sharyn Felder, the daughter of singer Doc Pomus, spoke at the event, according to Billboard.com.
Richard Linklater's acclaimed movie Boyhood has landed four nominations for the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards including a Best Feature nod. The drama, which took the director 12 years to complete and stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette will compete against Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love is Strange and Under The Skin in the top category.
Hawke has also scored a Best Actor nomination for his role in the film, alongside Bill Hader for The Skeleton Twins, A Most Violent Year's Oscar Isaac, Michael Keaton for Birdman and Miles Teller for Whiplash, while Arquette is up against Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Under the Skin's Scarlett Johansson and Mia Wasikowska (Tracks) in the Best Actress category.
Nightcrawler's Riz Ahmed, Blue Ruin's Macon Blair, Boyhood's Ellar Coltrane, Wish I Was Here's Joey King, Obvious Child's Jenny Slate and Dear White People's Tessa Thompson will battle it out for Breakthrough Actor.
The prizegiving ceremony will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on 1 December (14). Actress Tilda Swinton and Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller with be honoured with special tributes at the event.
The producers of Julianne Moore and Ellen Page's new civil rights drama Freeheld were left scrambling for a new location after officials at Salesian High School in New York refused to let them shoot there due to the film's "subject matter". The movie is based on a 2007 documentary, which centred on Laurel Hester - a New Jersey cop played by Moore - who challenged government officials and demanded pension benefits for her same-sex partner, Stacie Andree, portrayed by Page, as she battled lung cancer.
A location manager picked Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York to double as the Ocean County, New Jersey town hall, where Hester applied for a domestic partnership with Andree in order to legally pass on her pension after her death.
After first approving the shoot, the school's principal, John Flaherty, informed producer Michael Shamberg that he and the governors had reversed their decision, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Shamberg tells the publication, "They turned us down because of the subject matter."
Shamberg has since sent an email to the school's principal, stating, "(The movie is) not about gay marriage, nor are the women attempting to get married. It is about recognizing the dignity of a woman who was a brave civil servant.
"I believe the theme of the movie is what Pope Francis recognized when he called for the Church to welcome and accept gay people."
Mayor Paul Rosenberg of nearby Rye Brook has since offered up his town hall for the shoot.
Shamberg says, "The mayor personally came to the set and greeted us and introduced his teenage daughters to Julianne. Clearly, there are a lot of different attitudes in the area."
Freeheld also features Moore's Crazy Stupid Love co-star Steve Carrell.
Singer/actress Ariana Grande turned to the ancient teachings of Kabbalah after rejecting Catholicism for the church's views on homosexuality. The Problem hitmaker's brother, Frankie, is openly gay and the 21 year old became disparaged about the church's attitude towards her sibling's lifestyle.
She tells the Sunday Telegraph magazine, "When my brother was told that God didn't love him I was like, 'OK, that's not cool.'
"They were building a Kabbalah center in Florida so we both checked it out and really had a connection with it."
After turning to her new religion, Grande explains her life has led her down a path she never expected.
She continues, "Since then, my life has unfolded in a really beautiful way, and I think that it has a lot to do with the tools I've learned through Kabbalah, I really do.
"You have to watch your intentions, make sure you're not giving in to your ego. You have to numb your reactive state. You have the power to change your reality."
Kabbalah, an offshoot of Judaism, is also practised by celebrities like Madonna, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore.
Actress Julianne Moore is set to be feted by organisers at the Museum of the Moving Image for her career achievements. The four-time Oscar nominee will receive the New York City museum's annual 'Salute' at a gala on 20 January (15) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film, theatre and television.
A statement from the museum's board of trustees co-chairman Herbert S. Schlosser reads, "With her unforgettable performances in (upcoming films) Still Alice and Maps to the Stars, and her role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, this is Julianne Moore's year. She is a fearless and versatile performer who has created so many powerful performances in film and television."
Past honourees include Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and Kevin Spacey, who was given the award earlier this year (14).
Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum have been tapped as the headliners for Europe's upcoming C2C Country to Country Festival. The Drunk on You hitmaker and Need You Now trio are the main attraction at the continent's largest country music festival, which will also features acts including Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore and Brandy Clark.
The C2C Festival will make stops in London, Dublin, Ireland, Oslo in Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden next March (15), with two nights in each city.
Although the festival was only launched in 2012, it has already attracted thousands of country fans from all over Europe.
Earlier this year (14), more than 50,000 were in attendance at London's O2 Arena and Dublin's 3Arena for the event, which starred the Dixie Chicks, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Tallulah is celebrating 90 days sober after leaving a rehab treatment centre earlier this month (Oct14). The 20 year old checked into a clinic on 23 July (14) to deal with reported alcohol and drug abuse problems, and she went home with her mother on 3 October (14).
Willis has now opened up about her progress, revealing she is celebrating three months of sobriety.
In a post on her Instagram.com page she writes, "90 days ago I was a mucky mess. Things are not perfect by any means but I radiate more postive energy on a daily basis then I ever thought possible. No longer allowing chemicals to infiltrate my bod (body) was the best decision I've ever made. Here's 90 more days. Woot woot (sic)!"