Franz Ferdinand rocker Alex Kapranos required medical attention backstage at a music festival in Hungary on Sunday (11Aug13) after suffering an allergic reaction hours before the British band was due onstage. The Cribs singer Ryan Jarman revealed the health scare to fans at Budapest's Sziget Festival, where both groups were performing, revealing his pal was "on his death bed backstage following a peanut incident".
A festival spokesperson confirmed the mishap, admitting that Kapranos had been knocked out for at least an hour after receiving two injections to combat the nut allergy, reports NME.com.
However, the Franz Ferdinand frontman proved he was ever the professional by taking to the stage right on time for his band's scheduled set, which included renditions of their tracks No You Girls, Right Action and Dark of the Matinee.
Revered U.S. newsman Anderson Cooper has obtained a restraining order against a man accused of stalking and harassing him. The CNN anchorman and reporter was granted the protective ban against Alex Hausner in a New York court on Thursday (08Aug13), as the suspect was indicted on the two charges, in addition to menacing and aggravated harassment.
The Queens native, who is a psychiatric patient at a Big Apple hospital, was arrested on 27 July (13) amid allegations he had placed a number of unwanted phone calls to the TV personality and made four visits to the star's Manhattan home since 2008, including one incident in June (13) when he reportedly tried to kick down Cooper's front door.
Hausner, who remains in custody on $75,000 (£50,000) bail, was handcuffed during Thursday's hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court, where he was ordered to stay away from Cooper and his boyfriend Benjamin Maisani.
He is due back before a judge on 20 August (13), reports the New York Daily News.
Glee star Lea Michele has been hailed as "amazing" and "strong" by her music producers after she returned to a recording studio for the first time since the death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith. The actress/singer has been grieving the loss of her co-star and real life partner following his death in Canada last month (Jul13), but she put her sorrow aside to return to work on the hit TV show last week (ends04Aug13).
She was back in the recording studio on Monday (05Aug13) to lay down vocals for a song for the show, and her performance won praise from her team.
Grammy-nominated producer Adam Anders writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Lea Michele you are the strongest person I know. That was truly amazing. Love you. Lea strong," while his brother and co-worker Alex Anders adds, "Lea Michele you were absolutely magnificent today. I am in awe of your strength and your sweet spirit. Love you."
Michele replies, "Thank you (Alex and Adam) for a great recording session today... You guys are the best... Couldn't have picked a more beautiful & perfect song to start the year with."
Monteith died after taking a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol in a Vancouver hotel room, and his Glee co-stars are planning to record a tribute to his character for the next series of the show.
Orange Is The New Black star Laura Prepon is convinced TV executives need to step up and show more gay relationships on the small screen. The former That '70s Show actress plays lesbian drug-dealer Alex Vause, the former lover of main character Piper Chapman, in the comedy drama series and she hopes the show will pave the way for the portrayal of more same-sex relationships.
However, Prepon, who is heterosexual, admits her romantic scenes with co-star Taylor Schilling were a little daunting at first.
She tells Canada.com, "I'm a supporter of the gay and lesbian community. I have friends who are lesbian, I have friends who are gay. It's all about the character. Yes there are a lot of lesbians on this show. Besides The L Word (TV show) there aren't lesbians portrayed like this on television.
"For me, I've never played a lesbian before and I think it's awesome. As a learning experience playing this love for someone on camera and having it be a women was very interesting because I'm straight and I've only done it with men on camera... There is a big gay and lesbian community out there and it's good to have more relationships on television that they can relate to and I'm glad we could be a part of that."
Cameron Diaz's ex-boyfriend Alex Rodriguez has been named among 12 professional baseball players who the sport's top officials have earmarked for lengthy suspensions for using banned drugs. Rodriguez's suspension, which will sideline him until the 2015 season, will become effective on Thursday (08Aug13), but the New York Yankees third baseman will return to the major leagues on Monday night (05Aug13), after a lengthy injury kept him from the line-up.
The sportsman is expected to file a grievance about his 211-game band within the next 72 hours, which will enable him to play during his appeal.
In a statement he says, "I am disappointed with the penalty and intend to appeal and fight this through the process."
Rodriguez is the lone hold-out linked to the sport's latest performance-enhancing drugs scandal. The other 11 stars named have all accepted 50-game penalties following the MLB's most recent drug investigation.
The slugger's teammates Francisco Cervelli and outfielder Fernando Martinez are among the 11 who have accepted their suspensions.
British rockers Blur are returning to perform in Australia for the first time since their Britpop heyday. The Parklife hitmakers have been announced among the headliners for the Big Day Out touring festival along with Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire, and the gigs will mark Blur's first big shows Down Under since their last visit in 1997.
Blur bassist Alex James says, "It's hugely exciting... We had a great time in Australia last time (in 1997), so I think it's going to be crazy. I'm having my mind blown by travelling all over the world again with the band, it's fantastic, and we're playing better than we ever have before."
The bill also includes rapper Snoop Dogg, who made headlines Down Under in 2007 when he was forced to put his Aussie tour on hold due to visa issues stemming from his criminal record.
The hip-hop star, who is expected to debut his new reggae persona Snoop Lion at the festival, endured months of legal wrangling to convince officials to let him into the country and he was eventually granted access a year later (08) after actor Russell Crowe wrote a character reference for him.
Other acts set to play at the multi-stop festival include The Lumineers, Mudhoney and Tame Impala.
The touring festival kicks off on the Gold Coast on 19 January (14) and concludes in Perth on 2 February (14).
Rapper Nas teamed up with former Nine Inch Nails drummer Alex Carapetis in New York last week (ends26Jul13) to perform an unlikely duet. The hip-hop star was enjoying dinner at The General's Jazz Room as Carapetis began rocking out onstage and he soon decided to join in the fun.
A source tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "He jumped onstage and started freestyling with Alex...
"(The) whole room gathered in front of the stage to get a better view of the impromptu concert... The musicians fed off each other's energy and had the crowd cheering."
Video footage of the surprise collaboration has since been posted on the venue's Facebook.com page.
An overzealous fan of U.S. newsman Anderson Cooper has been charged with stalking the CNN presenter over the last five years. Alex Hausner, who is a psychiatric patient at a New York hospital, was arrested after allegedly placing a number of unwanted phone calls to the TV personality and making four visits to the star's Big Apple home since 2008, including one incident last month (Jun13) when he tried to kick down Cooper's front door.
The 40 year old was hauled into Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday (27Jul13) and arraigned on felony first-degree menacing, and misdemeanour harassment and stalking charges.
He is being held on $75,000 (£50,000) bail, according to the New York Post.
Actor Ben Foster is reportedly in talks to portray disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in a new biopic. The Queen's Stephen Frears has signed on to direct the Working Title film, which will chronicle Armstrong's battle with testicular cancer in the mid-1990s and his dabbles with performance-enhancing drugs, which he finally confessed to during a candid Oprah Winfrey interview earlier this year (13).
Foster is the front-runner to play the cyclist in the project.
It's not the only film about Armstrong currently in the works - documentary-maker Alex Gibney's The Armstrong Lie will feature footage from the sportsman's failed 2009 comeback to his admission of doping.