Rockers Mr Big have found their drummer Pat Torpey's replacement after Parkinson's disease forced him to cut back on his onstage duties ahead of the group's upcoming world tour. Ace Frehley's longtime sidekick Matt Starr will step up for the band.
He says, "I'm grateful to announce I will be filling in for Mr Big drummer Pat Torpey on their upcoming tour. Pat is an exceptional drummer and an inspiration for many reasons. I am humbled to have the opportunity to sit in his chair. I will remain the drummer for Ace Frehley."
Torpey is expected to hit the stage for the band's acoustic sets for as long as his condition allows him.
Earlier this summer (Jul14), Torpey told Blabbermouth.net he has been fighting symptoms of Parkinson's disease for the past two years, but his diagnosis was only confirmed recently.
He said, "I intend to fight the disease with the same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability."
New Doctor Who Peter Capaldi got some helpful tips on how to cope with the pressure of the iconic role from a very useful source - previous Time Lords Matt Smith and David Tennant. The Scottish actor, 56, took over from Smith, 31, in the hit sci-fi TV series last year (13) and his full debut as the time-travelling adventurer aired in the U.K. and U.S. last weekend (23-24Aug14).
He had previously told how landing the part was a childhood dream come true, but now he has confessed he was secretly terrified of taking on the role and received some wise words of advice from a previous and much younger incumbent.
Capaldi tells British newspaper The Sun, "I think I would have found this difficult when I was Matt's age. At that age, I was less assured as an actor than he is and not so in touch with my skills. I was watching him the other night in an old episode - he has such a magic and wisdom about him. And he's been a big help to me. Both he and David Tennant have been tremendously helpful."
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George Clooney has been named Hollywood's most-gracefully ageing male for refusing to dye his greying hair.
The Ocean's Eleven star, 53, topped a list of Tinseltown's leading 'MAGs' - Men Ageing Gracefully - in a survey by a leading U.K. hair transplant centre. His close pal Brad Pitt, 50, came second in the list of male stars who have stayed sexy with age, and Johnny Depp, 51, was placed third.
The top five was rounded out by James Bond hunk Daniel Craig, 46, and Australian star Hugh Jackman, 45.
The survey of 1,000 movie fans was conducted on behalf of the Crown Clinic in Manchester, England and featured dozens of male stars over 40 who have embraced ageing.
Crown Clinic surgeon Asim Shahmalak says, "Clooney is a worthy winner. He has been a global sex symbol for 20 years and he has just as many female fans now as when he first emerged on (TV series) ER. He has happily embraced middle age and looks just as sexy as a brooding silver fox as he did as a hunky young doctor in his breakthrough role. "What is striking about the survey is that every single 'MAG' has a full head of hair. It's a sad fact but nothing ages a man like losing his hair. (This) survey shows that baldness can age a man by as much as 10 years."
The rest of the top ten featured Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, Will Smith, Sean Penn, and Colin Firth.
Legendary music producer Rick Rubin has taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to a whole new level after submerging himself in a bathtub full of ice. The music mogul accepted his nomination from rapper Eminem, but instead of just dumping freezing water over his head, like most other celebrities, he decided to raise the bar and film himself filling a tub with cold water, before topping it up with multiple buckets of ice cubes.
He then climbed into the tub and dipped his head below the water, without even flinching. Another shot showed him getting comfortable as more ice is poured on his head.
He uploaded the silent footage on Tuesday evening (26Aug14) and added a message at the end of the YouTube.com video, nominating R&B star Frank Ocean, and actors Owen Wilson and Vincent Gallo for the charity mission.
A host of stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake, have also been put up to the task by famous friends or urged to donate to charity. Most celebrities are doing both.
The viral campaign aims to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association and other charities connected to the condition, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease or motor neurone disease.
If you haven't heard of the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" yet, you've probably been offline for the last week or so. Hello, here to fill you in! The challenge is meant to help raise awareness, and donations, for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. To participate, you are supposed to videotape yourself while pouring a bucket of ice water on your head, then nominate your friends to take the challenge. Recently, more and more celebrities have been participating and nominating their celebrity friends. It's been raising a lot of awareness, as well as creating a lot of hot men in wet t-shirts.
Draco Malfoy (I'm sorry, Tom Felton)
Nominated: Ron Weasley (okay, sorry again, Rupter Grint), Josh Gordon, and Paul Hodge
Nominated: His 3rd grade teacher Don Padget, his first acting coach in New York Bob Luke, and his teacher Pat Jackson.
Nominated: Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Frank Grillo, Anthony Mackie, and Sebastian Stan
Nominated: Irving Azoff, Kanye West, and Susan Sarandon
Nominated: Prince Harry
Nominated: Sophia Smith, Pharrell Williams, John C. Reilly, and Will Ferrell
Nominated: Cub Swanson, Peter Tunney, and Olivia Culpo
Nominated: Nick Jonas, Alex Pettyfer, Nelly, Alanna Masterson, and Diplo
Nominated: Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, and Marilyn Manson
Nominated: Robert Pattinson, Matthew McConaughey, and Eric The Actor
Nominated: Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, and Matt Niven
Eddie Redmayne & Jamie Dornan
Eddie Nominated: Sally Light and Jamie Dornan
Jamie Nominated: Andrew Garfield
Nominated: Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo
Robert Downey Jr.
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth and Vincent D'Onofrio
Nominated: Louis Tomlinson, John Terry, and Novak Djokovic
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Nominated: Gregory Smith, Nick Offerman, and Dave Bautista
Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans
Nominated: John Green, Nat Wolff, and Dylan O'Brien
Nominated: Joe Maganiello
Nomiated: Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgns, and The Roots
Nominated: Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, and Brad Slater
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Actress Sarah Hyland has split from longtime boyfriend Matt Prokop.
The Modern Family star and Prokop began dating in 2009, after meeting while auditioning for High School Musical 3: Senior Year, but they have parted ways amicably, her representative confirms to Us Weekly magazine. A source tells the publication, "Sarah's doing fine. It didn't work out. She's young. They decided they would be better off as friends."
Any heartbreak Hyland has following the split was not on show at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday (25Aug14), when her TV show picked up a handful of top trophies, including Best Comedy.
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has stepped up the ice bucket challenge by donating a massive $100,000 (£58,824) to the ALS Association. The Titanic star completed the feat in Canada, where he is currently filming a documentary with director Darren Aronofsky about the effects of oil sands drilling.
DiCaprio gathered with the documentary crew to take on the challenge, and pass it on to some of the world's leading petroleum and oil producers, while the actor also targeted Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
In the video, the actor says, "I happen to be here in Alberta learning about the Canadian tar sands, its impact on our climate and the way they affect the lands, water and health of the indigenous communities that live here. We're here to accept the ALS challenge and I'm happy to donate to this very worth cause."
The star was then drenched in a bucket of icy water to complete the challenge, which is raising money and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease.
Other stars to have taken on the stunt include fellow Hollywood actors Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Actor Matt Damon poured toilet water over himself for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Bourne Identity star was challenged by his best friend Ben Affleck to complete the task to raise funds for the ALS Association, but Damon faced a difficult decision over whether to go through with the challenge as he is the co-founder of a water charity.
Damon's Water.org organisation provides aid to developing countries to give more people access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and the actor feared he would be promoting waste by soaking himself.
In a video posted on YouTube.com on Monday (25Aug14), Damon explains his dilemma, saying, "It posed kind of a problem for me. Not only because there is a drought here in California, but because I co-founded Water.org and we envision a day when everyone has access to a clean drink of water and there are about 800 million people in the world he don’t. So dumping a clean bucket of water on my head seemed a little crazy.
"We also want to bring adequate sanitation for the 2.4 billion people on planet Earth who don't have it, so I thought a good thing to do was to kind of tie those things together and take toilet water - this is truly toilet water. I've been collecting it from various toilets around the house... Now for those of you like my wife who think this is truly disgusting, keep in mind that our water in our toilets in the west is actually cleaner than the water that most people in the developing world have access to. So as disgusting as this may seem, hopefully it will highlight the fact that this is a big problem and together we can do something about it."
Damon then doused himself in the ice cold toilet water, and nominated his "favourite actor" George Clooney, his "favourite musician" Bono, and "the greatest quarterback of all time", American footballer Tom Brady.
Rap veteran Sir Mix-A-Lot turned wedding singer over the weekend (23-24Aug14) to perform his hip-hop classic Baby Got Back at the reception for basketball star Jamal Crawford and his new wife. The Los Angeles Clippers player's teammates Blake Griffin and Chris Paul and fellow sportsman Matt Barnes were among the guests who hit the dancefloor for the musical surprise.
Guns N' Roses spin-off supergroup Kings Of Chaos are swelling their ranks by recruiting Steven Tyler and Zz Top star Billy Gibbons for upcoming dates in South Africa. The part-time collective, which features Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke, has lined up two shows in Sun City and Cape Town in November and December (14), and the core trio is taking some big names.
The Kings of Chaos evolved out of the Rock 'N' Roll Allstars, an 11-piece outfit that included Gene Simmons and Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott.
The line-up for South Africa will also feature Cheap Trick's Robin Zander and Extreme star Nuno Bettencourt.
Sorum, who was also a member of McKagan and Slash's supergroup Velvet Revolver, recently told Blabbermouth.net that the Kings of Chaos could easily become a priority for him, stating, "I'm at that stage of my career where I haven't really got the energy to go and try and create a band. I mean, how many bands do I have in my back pocket? I'd rather just get a bunch of great guys together that everybody knows and go and play a bunch of shows to 60,000 people.
"Even Velvet Revolver, it took us 18 months to build that up, and we were on the road, like, 20-year-old kids... I don't really want to go on the road for 18 months anymore, which will basically kill you, unless you're doing hard drugs and I don't do hard drugs anymore, and I don't drink anymore, and the rest of it's just kind of boring.
"I'd rather go and do great festivals and do two or three-week tours - go out and just have a blast and then go home and then think about the next thing."
Fired frontman Scott Weiland recently joked about auditioning for the his own vacant spot in Velvet Revolver, leading fans to think the band was active again after six years, but bassist McKagan recently shot down the rumours, insisting there were no immediate plans to restart to hunt for a new singer.