Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco is to be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The actress' TV castmates Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar will join her at the unveiling ceremony on 29 October (14). Her star will be the Walk of Fame's 2,532nd.
British actor Simon Pegg has led tributes to TV star Lynda Bellingham following her death on Sunday (19Oct14). The Canadian/British actress, best known as the star of OXO gravy TV adverts in the U.K., passed away aged 66 after a battle with cancer, and Star Trek actor Pegg was among the first to offer his condolences to his late friend.
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "Lynda Bellingham, a gorgeous, brassy, funny, generous, talented human being. My first TV mother figure and and a treasured friend."
Fellow British actor Noel Clarke adds, "Very sorry for friends and family of Lynda Bellingham who passed. She was lovely and I still pick OXO because of her! #RIPLyndaBellingham."
The Phantom of The Opera star Jennifer Ellison writes, "Devastated that Lynda Bellingham has lost her battle with cancer. A truely (sic) amazing lady who I was honoured to have worked with."
Other tributes have come in from British stars including singer Beverley Knight and The Saturdays star Rochelle Humes, as well as TV personality Nadia Sawalha, who worked with Bellingham on panel show Loose Women.
When Jordin Sparks was just 17, she won season six of American Idol and rose to instant fame and success. The stresses that come along with the industry sparked the Grammy-nominated singer’s first migraine: "Trying to navigate through all the stresses that came with that was very crazy, and I suffered my first migraine."
Stress is a trigger for many migraine sufferers. For Sparks, "stress comes in a whole bunch of different packages and comes from different places and people and things." One can only assume that her very public breakup from Jason Derulo would be a major source of stress for the 24-year-old songbird. Just some of the breakup rumors include: infidelity, an unplanned pregnancy, and pressure to propose, to name a few. Thankfully, Sparks has discovered Excedrin Migraine as a great source of relief for her stress-induced migraines. Go to Facebook.com/Excedrin to read more about how Sparks has been able to find migraine relief as well as stories from other migraine sufferers.
Headaches and breakups aside, Sparks appears to be in very good spirits, laughing and showing off her megawatt smile throughout our sit-down. And she has lots of things going on in her life besides a breakup. For starters, she’s starring in a movie alongside Nicolas Cage.
"It’s still surreal… I had this moment of like, This is happening. I’m actually in a movie with Nicolas Cage." Sparks is talking about the apocalyptic thriller Left Behind, in theaters now. She read all the books growing up and is thrilled to be in the film. "It’s a very interesting movie to a part of… I was very happy to be a part of that." Perhaps this is the beginning of a burgeoning new movie career for the singer.
We may be seeing more of the American Idol vet on the small screen, returning to her roots at Idol in some form in the future. She said she would love to come on the show as a mentor. When asked if she would ever consider being a judge, she seemed reluctant: "You know I don’t know if I could be. Well… If you would have asked me that a couple years ago, I probably would have said no… Now that it’s been about eight years... I feel like I could."
She does have an opinion about current judges JLo, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. Although she is a "huge fan of all of them individually," she told us, "I do have an allegiance to the original judges." Who doesn’t miss the original three - Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson?
Sparks is currently in the studio working on her new album and told Hollywood.com: "It’s coming a lot sooner than you think." The platinum-selling artist told us to expect her third album to drop before the end of 2014. It’s been five years since she’s put out any new music and Sparks said her new sound is "very different," and you can expect it to not really sound like her old stuff at all. "I’ve grown a lot. I’ve experienced a lot. I feel like I’m coming into my womanhood and stepping into that, so… I can relate to different things now." She certainly has been through a lot recently and all that life experience and emotion will undoubtedly come through in her songs. She told us to "expect the unexpected."
Click here to view showtimes and purchase tickets to Sparks' new film Left Behind.
Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper and Kenneth 'babyface' Edmonds have been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Linda Perry and Jerry Garcia are also on the shortlist.
The inductees will be announced at a ceremony in New York next summer (15).
Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honours those whose work represents "a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world’s popular music songbook"
Songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond founded the organisation.
Past inductees have included Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, Desmond Child, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren and Leonard Cohen.
U.S. President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and members of One Direction were among the stars who paid tribute to Simon Cowell as he picked up a prestigious award at a TV conference in France this week (beg13Oct14). The X Factor mogul accepted the Personality of the Year prize at the MIPCOM entertainment convention, an annual four-day industry event in Cannes, on Tuesday (14Oct14) for changing the face of the TV and music industries.
During his speech, Cowell fought back tears as he paid tribute to his son Eric, and his late father, telling the audience, "This whole year, starting with Eric, has just been glorious. He changed my whole life for the better... I just wish my dad was here."
A tribute video was played with a number of high-profile well-wishers delivering messages of praise to the star.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said in the video, "Simon, you may be known as TV's bad guy but for many decades you've been doing good; boosting Britain's creative industries, our economy and the world of film, music and TV. What you may not have in tact, you certainly have in talent," while TV legend Winfrey added, "He is a master because he has turned honesty into an art form."
Others featured in the video include U.S. President Obama, members of One Direction, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, movie boss Harvey Weinstein, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, filmmaker Richard Curtis and supermodel Heidi Klum.
During his keynote speech at the conference on Monday (13Oct14), Cowell revealed he is determined to bring The X Factor back to American TV, branding the U.S. show's cancellation earlier in the year (14) a "mistake".
Simon Cowell is convinced he is the "only iconic bachelor" left in the showbiz world since George Clooney got married last month (Sep14). Clooney was dubbed the world's most eligible bachelor for years until he tied the knot with British lawyer Amal Alamuddin in Venice, Italy.
The music mogul believes he now holds the title and intends to keep it as he has no current plans to wed Lauren Silverman, the mother of his child.
He tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "I'm the only iconic bachelor left in the entire world - thanks for that George Clooney! I think it's a title I'll keep for a while longer if I'm honest. I've never said no to marriage but then again I couldn't imagine having a kid at one point and now look at me."
Cowell and Silverman welcomed Eric, their first child together, in February (14).
British actors Neil Morrissey and Martin Clunes are set to reunite for a special charity sketch of their classic TV sitcom Men Behaving Badly. The old pals will revive their beer-guzzling characters Tony Smart and Gary Strang for the first time in 16 years as part of the U.K.'s Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Friday (17Oct14).
The sketch will be written by original show creator Simon Nye and feature the pair discussing testicular cancer.
The telethon, the British leg of the biennial U.S. event, will also feature appearances from actors Will Ferrell and Martin Freeman and singer Taylor Swift.
Funds raised will benefit Cancer Research UK.
"It was a mistake to throw the towel in... I think it will come back again, the thing about X Factor is you know what you’re getting... There’s a reason it produces so many stars, unlike the other shows. It doesn't rely on gimmicks: a spinning chair, or a wall going up and down. I genuinely do believe it’s the best format." Simon Cowell is convinced the U.S. version of The X Factor will be back on screens in the future following its cancellation earlier this year (14).
A new book consisting of the entire works of Bob Dylan is set to be published, costing $200 (£125) and weighing 13 pounds (5 kilograms).
The volume, titled The Lyrics: Since 1962, will collate every word ever recorded by the Like A Rolling Stone hitmaker in chronological order. The mammoth tome will comprise of 960 pages and include alternative versions, revised lyrics and album cover reproductions. Jonathan Karp, from Simon & Schuster publishing house, tells The New York Times it is "the biggest, most expensive book we've ever published".
Limited edition copies signed by the songwriter will be sold for $5,000 (£3,125). Both versions go on sale in November (14).