Police Academy star Steve Guttenberg has followed Tom Selleck's lead and offered up a tribute to the pair's Three Men & A Baby director Leonard Nimoy, who died last week (27Feb15). Guttenberg recalls meeting the Star Trek icon for the first time when he was invited to his house for dinner and to discuss Nimoy's plans for the hit comedy.
He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "He had this impressive home in Bel-Air on Stone Canyon that was filled with art. He showed me a model of the set and spoke about how these three characters (played by Guttenberg, Selleck and Ted Danson) were going to form one complete man who'd raise the little girl.
"Leonard was... the guy who wants to make you great. When we were making Three Men, his plan was to make us a family. He was always encouraging us to go out to dinner together. He was manipulating the experience with a heart.
"He wasn't a Machiavellian manipulator; he was a Mother Theresa manipulator. I felt he was especially protective of me. Once we were walking outside the hotel and there were fans who wanted to take pictures and we did. As we walked away, he said, 'The camera takes your soul. Be careful of that'. I think he meant it as a metaphor for the business. But he was really serious. I was like, 'OK, I won't let the camera take my soul'."
Earlier this week (begs02Mar15), Selleck revealed he was far from convinced Nimoy would be a good director when he replaced Coline Serreau on the project - because he feared the actor/filmmaker would be too much like his stoic Star Wars character Mr. Spock.
Selleck said, "Disney brought on Leonard and I'm going, 'Well, there's a good choice... You got this guy with no emotion who's going to do a funny little comedy...' (But) Leonard was irreplaceable. He's a lovely guy, he is not Spock. He is a warm, funny guy, but just a fine director."
Actor Ansel Elgort was left red-faced at an Oscars afterparty last month (Feb15) after his mother failed to recognise action star Bruce Willis and quizzed him about his success. The Fault In Our Stars actor took his opera director mum Grethe Barrett Holby as his date to the Academy Awards and although she enjoyed Hollywood's big night, she was clueless about the celebrities her son introduced her to.
Elgort reveals, "She loved it... but she had no clue who anyone was, which was hilarious.
"We met Steve Carell, and I was like, 'Hi Steve, I'm a big fan...' and he said, 'Oh yeah, I know who you are Ansel, it's good to meet you...', which was cool, and then we talked for a little bit and when he left I said, 'Mum, you know who that is, right?' She said, 'No.' (I said), 'Mum, that's Steve Carell...! He was in The Office, 40-Year-Old Virgin...' (She said), 'I've never heard of him.'"
But Elgort insists that wasn't the worst of it as his mother went on to embarrass him in front of Die Hard star Willis and his model wife Emma Heming, who had previously worked with the 20 year old's father Arthur Elgort, a Vogue fashion photographer.
He continues, "My mum is ridiculous. We were at a party... Bruce Willis is there with his wife... They were introduced and my mum said, 'Hi, what's your name?' He said, 'I'm Bruce.' My mum said, 'Oh, well, what do you do...?' He said, 'I'm an actor.' She said, 'Oh, my son's an actor. How's it going for you?' He said, 'Yeah, it's going pretty good.' I was, like, dying!"
Soul singer Erykah Badu made an unexpected appearance on a local Texas news station this week (begs23Feb15) after inclement weather conditions grounded her flight from Dallas to Los Angeles. The On & On hitmaker was among the passengers left stranded at Dallas-Forth Worth Airport and agreed to be interviewed by local CBS news reporter Steve Pickett about the delays.
Discussing the long wait for another flight, the singer quipped, "It's hard out here for a pimp, you know?", before adding, "I'm just trying to get to Los Angeles. I just have to wait a little bit longer."
She then smiled and waved to the camera, mouthing, 'Hey mom' as Pickett finished his segment.
Pickett later took to his Twitter.com blog to give Badu a shout out, writing, "You never know who'll you run into at the airport!!! Awesome!"
Badu is no stranger to odd TV appearances - last summer (Jun14), she interrupted a live news broadcast in New York by walking into shot and attempting to kiss reporter Mario Diaz, much to his surprise.
Actor Charlie Weber has been secretly engaged to his longtime girlfriend for almost a year. The How to Get Away With Murder star announced the news during a recent taping of America's The Steve Harvey Show, which will air on Tuesday afternoon (24Feb15).
On the talk show, the fiercely private actor tells host Steve Harvey, "After we shot the pilot (for How to Get Away With Murder) in Philadelphia, I came home and proposed to my girlfriend. I did it. We've been engaged for just under a year."
The 36 year old, who has yet to reveal his fiancee's identity, adds, "I don't think I've ever said that publicly."
Weber's bride-to-be isn't the only lady in his life - he also has a little girl, who just turned 10.
He gushes, "I'm trying to keep her my baby for as long as I possibly can. She's still my little angel. We'll see how long that lasts, but right now all is well."
Actress Emma Watson has published a handwritten note to thank Steve Carell for supporting her gender equality campaign at the Oscars on Sunday night (22Feb15). The Anchorman star showed his support by wearing specially designed cufflinks featuring the #HeForShe drive's logo during his appearance at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, and Watson has now reached out to the actor to express her appreciation.
In a note published on her Twitter.com account, Watson writes, "Dear Steve Carell. You were pure genius in 'Little Miss Sunshine' (one of my all time favourite films)... I wanted to marry you or have you adopt me after Crazy Stupid Love... and then you were mind blowing in Foxcatcher and I think you're so awesome and now you are wearing #HeForShe cufflinks at the Oscars to support Gender Equality. Couldn't be more proud. Thank you. Love, Emma."
Watson launched the #HeForShe campaign at the United Nations (U.N.) headquarters in New York in September (14) as part of her role as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador.
An upcoming episode of U.S. sitcom Modern Family was filmed entirely using Apple gadgets.
The Emmy Award-winning series set aside traditional cameras in favor of the tech company's newest iPhone 6 and iPad models for an episode titled Connection Lost.
The story centers on Julie Bowen's character who is attempting to find her daughter following a fight in the airport as they are waiting to board a flight.
Text messages, emails and FaceTime video chats with the rest of the family will be incorporated into the episode.
Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan tells the New York Times, "Everything was shot on the iPhone 6 or new iPads... With one or two small scenes shot using MacBook Pros." Connection Lost is set to air in the U.S. on 25 February (15).
Shoe designer Steve Madden has forgiven Iggy Azalea for her ill-advised social media attack on a new footwear line she created with him. The Fancy hitmaker blasted Madden and his creative team after they went public with ads for the new collection earlier this week (beg26Jan15) without Azalea's approval.
In a Twitter tirade, which the rapper later deleted, she accused Steve Madden officials of failing to run the ads by her before going public with them, and insisted the photos did not reflect her vision, stating, "Everything in a collaboration is supposed to be mutually approved. But Steve madden did the most disgusting photo shoot ever and never Even told me about it, I'm just now seeing it as its uploaded on some random tumblr page and iam (I am) livid.
"I worked really hard on the creative direction of both the shoes and the shoot I WAS involved with and in. I really feel it's been Tainted with these God awful images that Steve madden took appon (upon) themselves to create and share without my knowledge. Gross gross gross."
Responding to her rant on Friday (30Jan15), Madden told TMZ.com he was far from impressed when he heard of the rapper's tweet, but she has since apologised to him and now he is keen to work with her again.
The shoe boss says, "She's 24 years old and she's a big star and she makes mistakes... It was terrible what she did but she's a great artist. It was an outburst, a temper tantrum and she's over it. The damage is done a little bit but I still love her.
"I was upset when I saw it... She's temperamental, she's in this cauldron, this pressure cooker.... While it could have been damaging, what am I gonna do?... We plan on working with Iggy again. We've both sent love letters to each other... She lost her mind and she recovered it quickly."
Kevin Costner and British actor Eddie Redmayne have a bizarre connection - they've both spent quality time with physicist Stephen Hawking. Costner met up with Redmayne at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday (25Jan15) and they reunited backstage at chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday (27Jan15).
The Dances With Wolves Oscar winner told the young star they shared a link to Hawking, who Redmayne portrays in new film The Theory of Everything.
He says, "I walked in to say something to him... I said, 'Congratulations..., I met Stephen Hawking'.
"About 12 or 15 years ago I got a call and (the person) said, 'Stephen Hawking would like to come and meet you,' so I said, 'OK'. So he came in a van with an entourage of 10 people... There were nurses and people with long hair from the Netherlands, and they were going to go dancing that night, but he wanted to meet me.
"He came to the house. I actually had my three kids... and I said, 'I want you to meet this man'. I didn't really know a lot about him; I'm a public school guy...
"I was obviously taken aback that he was in that wheelchair and wasn't able to move. I got him a drink and most of it ended up on the floor and I saw my children just a little bit shocked and I said, 'Look, if you wanna go finish your homework you can do that', and of course they peeled off because I thought, 'This isn't gonna work for them'."
Baffled as to why a genius would want to hang out with him, Costner finally asked his guest why he was there.
The actor recalls, "He said, 'I'd like to know about Whitney Houston... I said, 'You're not the only one, Steve, a lot of people wanna know about Whitney...' and that was it, they got in their van and took off."
Costner worked with Houston on the film The Bodyguard.
Being a superhero would be awesome. But being a superhero that is a part of the greatest superhero team ever (boo Justice League) that's about as awesome as life can get. We might all just be boring humans, but have you ever just wondered what it would be like to have superpowers? Us too. Next time there is an Avengers initiative, sign us up!
1. The Avengers aren't some cookie cutter superhero team that always gets along. Their arguments are what make them so awesome:
They fight. They disagree. They get angry. There is not as much pressure to fit in if everyone is this normal/weird.
2. They play fight with each other:
Who doesn't want to poke the Hulk to see if he gets mad or not?
3. They don't just blindly follow orders:
They might do some really illegal digging, but it's for the right reasons.
4. You've heard that Iron Man is a pretty funny guy:
5. And that Captain America is hilariously behind on the times:
We kind of want to be an Avenger just so we can join Tony Stark in constantly mocking the Cap.
6. Thor is someone you think would have your back in a fight:
7. As dangerous as it might be, you're really interested in seeing Bruce Banner Hulk Out" up close:
8. These villains don't seem so bad:
9. Okay, maybe they're a little scary, but you could take them:
If you were there, Thor would be A-okay.
10. You really think you could nail that "unnecessary group pose before going into battle" thing:
We're 100% sure this is counterproductive to the mission, but it looks so badass.
11. Looking badass is actually 95% of the reason you're looking to join:
12. How awesome would it be if the Black Widow could teach you this move:
13. And this one:
14. If you get mad at each other, you can totally express it:
15. They're a group of people who love to celebrate and party:
How sweet, they remembered your birthday!
16. You've perfected your throw:
You would fit in so well.
17. He may have his secrets, but you need to experience Nick Fury's sass in person:
18. Most importantly, you know some great places to eat after defeating a villain:
Who wants some Korean beef tacos after we take down Ultron?!
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Brad Paisley and pregnant Carrie Underwood were among the stars who paid tribute to late country music star Little Jimmy Dickens at a memorial service in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday (08Jan15). The Grand Ole Opry icon died last week (02Jan15), aged 94, and he returned to the Nashville venue for one final hurrah, surrounded by his family and famous friends.
Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, Chris Young and Old Crow Medicine Show also took the stage to perform next to Dickens' coffin as part of an emotional two-hour event, which concluded the lowering of the fabled venue's curtain as the May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose singer's remains were carried away.
Paisley, who often performed with Dickens in recent years, told mourners, "We need to remember that smile, that personality and that one-of-a-kind sense of humour," while Underwood burst into tears as she recalled her hero respectfully kissing her hand every time they met.
The American Idol star joined Gill for a duet of his hit Go Rest High On That Mountain, with Gill saying of his mentor: "If they say that only the good die young, well, evidently the greatest of all live to be 94 and sing two weeks before they pass on."
Dickens' performed at the Opry on 20 December (14), five days before suffered a stroke and was admitted to a local hospital.
An emotional Paisley wrapped up the memorial by leading a chorus of classic hymn Will The Circle Be Unbroken - the song Dickens performed at country music funerals.