Australian singer Guy Sebastian has welcomed a second son. The 32 year old and his wife Jules are now parents to Archer Jones Sebastian, who was born on Thursday (16Apr14).
Sebastian shared a snap of the newborn on Instagram.com, and tweeted, "We are stoked (excited) to welcome little Archer Jones Sebastian into the world. He's a little cutie."
The pair already has a son, Hudson, who was born in March, 2012.
Ghostbusters' Ernie Hudson is adamant there can never be another movie installment in the franchise following the death of star/writer Harold Ramis. Fans of the 1984 movie and its 1989 sequel were plunged into mourning on Monday (24Feb14) after it was announced that Ramis had lost his battle with a rare blood disease at the age of 69.
The Ghostbusters team, which also included Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, had spent years trying get a third film off the ground, and Hudson is now convinced plans for a new movie will have to be scrapped.
He tells TMZ.com, "Harold was the glue - there wouldn't be a Ghostbusters without Harold... There can't be another Ghostbusters without Harold... My fear was always that something would happen before we all got together (again)."
Hudson also pays tribute to his late friend, who he credits with handing him his Hollywood career by hiring him for Ghostbusters.
He adds, "He was a great guy and it's a great loss. (He was a) great director, great producer, writer, actor - I mean he did it all...
"I knew I probably wouldn't be in the business had I not had the chance to work with Harold at the start of my career. He taught me a lot... He was a good friend, he'll be missed."
The body of celebrated fashion designer Michele Savoia has been recovered from a river in New York City. The style guru, who is said to have dressed stars including Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke and Chris Noth, went missing during New York Fashion Week and is now believed to have slipped onboard his yacht and fallen into the water.
Divers pulled his body from the Hudson River on Sunday (16Feb14), three days after he was last seen at a Fashion Week party in Manhattan.
Police do not suspect foul play, but an investigation into Savoia's death continues, according to the New York Daily News.
The 55 year old was also known for creating costumes for Broadway shows, and he dressed Tom Hanks for his turn in Lucky Guy and Ricky Martin for Evita.
Australian singer Guy Sebastian is set to become a father for a second time. The star's wife, Jules Egan, is expecting a new arrival in May (14). The couple previously welcomed a son, Hudson James, in 2012.
Explaining his desire for a big family, Sebastian tells The Sydney Telegraph, "It's (fatherhood) amazing, it's unreal. The moment that it hit me that this was something that I wanted was watching Hudson playing in his cubby house with his little saucepan and talking to himself.
"I thought 'I need to remedy this'. I grew up with four brothers and would really love for him to (have) someone else to play with."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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What’s in a name? Everything if you’re a rock star. Majority of people are born with boring, everyday names - unless, of course, you’re born to a 20th century celebrity, in which case your name is a fruit, Disney character, or another entry from the MeSoUnique dictionary. In order to be larger-than-life celebrities, these rockers opted for a larger-than-life name.
Here’s a rundown of rockers with some of the best names that their mamas don't call them by.
Marilyn Manson (Brian Hugh Warner) The artist formerly known as Brian Hugh Warner came up with his stage name by combing the names of 2 infamous icons from the 1960s: Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. He chose the 2 celebs because he wanted to have the “fakest stage name of all” to reflect the phoniness of show business. Well played, Brian.
Axl Rose (William Bruce Rose, Jr.) Before his name was synonymous with rock star douchebaggery, Axl Rose was called William Bruce Rose, Jr. The name we’ve all come to love and loathe him by came from the name of one of the first bands he was in when he first moved to Los Angeles: AXL. Of course, there is that whole anagram story…
Elvis Costello (Declan Patrick MacManus) Declan MacManus may sound like the name of a capo from the Westies, but it’s actually the birth name of post-punk rock god Elvis Costello. Costello took his name from his musician father’s stage name (Day Costello) and Elvis Presley.
Cat Power (Charlyn Marie Marshall) Cat Power sounds like the slogan of a felinist wanting to empower kitties everywhere, but really the indie rocker’s stage name came from a guy wearing a Caterpillar trucker cap. Power was part of a band that needed a name for their first show, and after seeing a man in a “Cat Diesel Power” hat, she knew she found the name. Though she ended up moving to New York a couple years after, the name stuck and she’s been Cat Power ever since.
Slash (Saul Hudson) Back in the 70s, when someone said “Better call Saul,” they were talking about Saul Hudson. Slash got his nickname from family friend and actor Seymour Cassel, who started calling him the name due to the fact that he was always in a hurry and never in one place for a long period of time.
Iggy Pop (James Newell Osterberg) Iggy Pop has long been called the Godfather of Punk, but his real name sounds like the name of an 80-year-old Russian history professor. After serving as the drummer for The Iguanas, Mr. Osterberg officially became Iggy. The “Pop” came after a friend of the Stooges, Jimmy Pop, lost all his hair, including his eyebrows, prompting Iggy to shave off his eyebrows in tribute and consequently being dubbed Iggy Pop.
Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor) John Graham Mellor sure doesn’t sound like the name of the frontman of one of the original punk bands, so it’s no surprise that he changed his name. Before he was Joe Strummer, though, he went by Woody Mellor, in honor of folk legend Woody Guthrie. He used this moniker during his time with the 101’ers and a couple years before the Clash was born, changed his name to Joe Strummer. The “Joe” was to signify that he was nothing special, just a “regular joe,” and the “Strummer” pertained to his rather lackluster rhythm guitar skills.
The Cramps: Lux Interior (Erick Lee Purkhiser) & Poison Ivy (Kristy Marlana Wallace) “Hi, my name is Lux Interior and this is my wife, Poison Ivy.” Few people get to drop opening lines like that, but the 2 permanent members of psychobilly pioneers the Cramps were an exception. Interior not surprisingly took his name from an old car commercial, while Ivy (who also went by Ivy Rorschach) stated the name had come to her in a dream.
Brody Dalle (Bree Joanna Alice Robinson) With a name like Bree Joanna Alice Robinson, you’re either going to become a Type A debutante who looks up to Paris Hilton, or you’re going to drop every part of your name and become one of the most hardcore lead singers of a punk rock band. Luckily for the world, Bree Robinson opted for the latter and changed her name to Brody. Before she adopted her last name from crazy/badass French actress Beatrice Dalle, however, she was known as Brody Armstrong (aka Tim Armstrong’s wife). A Rolling Stone tongue-makeout session with Josh Homme later, Brody Armstrong officially became Brody Dalle.
Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie) Born John Simon Ritchie, Sid Vicious went on to personify the defining aspects of punk rock – rebellion, attitude, and safety pins. The story of the Sex Pistols is one of abrupt fame coupled with an even speedier decline, and Vicious’ scandalous life and tumultuous relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen made for a punk rock fairytale, where there’s no such thing as a happy ending. The best part of all this, though, is that the dude was named after a hamster. After being bit by Johnny Rotten’s fuzzy, lovable hamster Sid, the then-John Ritchie said, “Sid is really vicious!,” and Rotten decided that a star was born.
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Simon Cowell's new X Factor playmates Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio have weighed in to gossip the music mogul is set to become a dad, insisting he'll be a great dad. Former American Idol star Jennifer Hudson and close pal Carmen Electra also gave TV's Mr. Mean the thumbs up as a dad earlier this week (beg29Jul13), and now his fellow judges have offered their opinion.
Former Destiny's Child star Rowland, who has teamed up with Cowell on British talent shows in the past, says, "I think that Simon has always been a very classy guy, he's always been a very respected guy, and he's going to be a great father."
Rubio agrees, but cautions, "It is part of life, the gossip. He didn't tell me anything yet, but I will support him if it (news) is true."
It has been reported that Lauren Silverman, the socialite wife of Cowell's friend Andrew Silverman, is expecting the music boss' child.
Tragic actor Cory Monteith was remembered ahead of a repeat episode of Glee in the U.S. on Thursday (01Aug13) as part of a 12-second memorial. Clips of Monteith in character as high school student Finn Hudson were played at the start of the re-run on TV network Fox.
The simple video ended with the message "Cory Monteith Forever in our hearts".
Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have announced the third episode of the new season, which is scheduled to start next month (Sep13), will serve as a tribute to Monteith and his beloved character. The storyline will also address the actor's drug addiction troubles.
Meanwhile, the family environment on the Glee set is helping the cast and crew cope as they return to work following Monteith's death in Vancouver, Canada, last month (Jul13), according to co-star Matthew Morrison.
He says, "I guess the good thing when something like this happens... we are such a family, we all came together. I remember when it happened, I was up till 5am just talking to every single cast member. We all just reached out to each other and it was a bonding time, but it was incredibly hard. It is incredibly hard."
The cast returned to the set on Thursday (01Aug13) for the first time since Monteith's passing. His real-life partner Lea Michele, who also plays his love interest on the show, updated fans on how happy she was to be back.
She tweeted, "First day of Glee today.. And at my first wardrobe fitting for Rachel Berry for Season Five! I've missed her so much."
And another co-star, Darren Criss, has broken his silence about Monteith's death, calling the late actor a "dear friend" and "a joy" to work with.
Appearing on Thursday night's (01Aug13) Conan show in America, Criss added, "He was a really funny guy (with) a great sense of humour. He loved life and always took care of his friends and wanted his friends to be happy. So it's only right that we try and start to smile again, start to laugh again, cause that's something he would've wanted.
"On a personal note, he'll be severely missed, but I'm just so happy that a guy like him got to touch as many lives as he did while we were all lucky enough to have him."
Jennifer Hudson broke down in tears at VH1's Do Something Awards on Wednesday (31Jul13) as she was honoured for setting up a foundation in memory of her slain nephew. The singer/actress was one of the main honourees at the event at Los Angeles' Avalon venue, where celebrities and members of the public were feted for promoting social change.
Hudson picked up one of the prizes in recognition of the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, a charitable organisation she set up to help children following the death of her nephew, who was shot dead by his estranged stepfather William Balfour in 2008. Hudson's mother and brother were also killed by Balfour.
Ne-Yo stepped onstage to present the Oscar winner with her trophy, and a video montage featuring pictures of her late relatives left Hudson struggling to hold back her tears.
She then went on to perform with J. Cole and took to Twitter.com after the show to write, "Thank you DSAwards & VH1 for the recognition. Performing with j cole was like performing with prince to me. He's such a good guy. So honored."
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson was also presented with a Do Something accolade for his work with Tie The Knot, the group he set up to promote civil rights for the gay community. He walked the red carpet with his partner Justin Mikita for the first time since the pair married in New York last month (Jul13).
Other honourees included Kelly Osbourne, who was recognised for raising awareness of multiple sclerosis following her brother Jack's diagnosis with the condition last year (12), while LL Cool J picked up an accolade for his summer athletic camp scheme for underprivileged kids.
Tragic Cory Monteith had been going through a "rough time" as he faced up to his own substance abuse issues by portraying a drug-addicted hustler in his final film role, according to the movie's director. The Glee star was found dead in his Vancouver, Canada hotel room on Saturday (13Jul13), less than three months after completing a stint in rehab to deal with his ongoing troubles, and filmmaker Josh Waller reveals the actor had been "feeling better" about his personal situation when they last met up at a recent screening for McCanick, which was shot last September (12).
Waller tells ET Canada, "He had expressed that he was kind of going through a rough time, but that he was feeling better about it, and then when I saw him at the screening he wrote me a really sweet email."
The director claims Monteith had been determined to tackle the gritty project, a stark departure from his all-singing, all-dancing role as Finn Hudson in Glee, because he identified with aspects of his character.
Waller says, "He was like, 'I can do this character, I know this character, I was this character, I have lived elements of this.' He said, 'I was a troubled youth.' He was so charismatic and passionate about the material it was just a combination of everything that made me think this guy was going to do it."
The filmmaker learned about Monteith's passing via a text message from the actor's McCanick co-star Tracy Toms, and he is still reeling from the news: "It's horrible, but I haven't really processed it yet."
An autopsy to determine the star's cause of death was scheduled for Monday (15Jul13), although coroners have warned that results are not expected to be announced for several days.
Monteith's fans have already created a memorial outside the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, where he died, by leaving flowers and heartfelt notes, while one devotee even left a bouquet outside the Los Angeles home of his girlfriend Lea Michele.