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Today is a very sad day in the comedy world. We lost one of the greats. Joan Rivers has been the pioneer in "speaking your mind" since she started her career 50+ years ago. Because of her stark humor and quick wit, she has been a controversial comedienne over the years, but her talent cannot be questioned. Twitter users, us normal folks and big name celebrities, all used the social media site to mourn the loss of the wonderful woman.
People still reeling from Robin Williams passing commented:
Losing Joan Rivers and Robin WIlliams? That is a cruel sense of humor.
— Amy Vansant (@AmyVansant) September 4, 2014
The King and Queen of comedy, may they both rest well. #joanrivers #robinwilliams pic.twitter.com/UZj0GWVXIt
— Girl Code! (@itsGirICode) September 4, 2014
We've lost Robin Williams and Joan Rivers in the space of a month. I just don't know what to say. #RIPJOANRIVERS
— Rebekka-Mary Darling (@RebekkaMary) September 4, 2014
YouTube posted in her honor:
Remembering the life and laughter of comedian extraordinaire, Joan Rivers. http://t.co/XneKX0rYgV
— YouTube (@YouTube) September 4, 2014
People wished she rest happily:
Rest in paradise, Joan Rivers.
— Breanna Sayegh (@Breanna_Natalia) September 4, 2014
People recognized the path she paved for women:
You can't be a self-proclaimed feminist and not appreciate what Joan Rivers did for your whiny asses. You wouldn't be here without her.
— Money Moochelle (@MsMoochelle) September 4, 2014
but srsly Joan Rivers is very influential to me and made me dream of being in entertainment news as a youngin. RIP
— T (@t_gyenz_) September 4, 2014
Others plan to remember her dedication:
Joan Rivers was 81 years old and still hardworking. That's amazing dedication.
— Shades of Rihanna (@iDreamRihanna) September 4, 2014
People loved her for her honesty, even if it was brutal:
RIP, Joan Rivers! You told it like it was and for that, you will forever live on in our hearts as a true New Yorker.
— Village Voice Street (@VoiceStreet) September 4, 2014
"I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking." - Joan Rivers. RIP #women #comedy #trailblazers
— Elizabeth Karr (@elizabethkarr) September 4, 2014
why don't people understand that joan rivers was a comedian and never actually meant the things she said lol it was her job #RIPJoanRivers
— hannah (@imforbieber) September 4, 2014
Comedy just lost a very funny, pretty lady. @Joan_Rivers, you made it cool not to take yourself too seriously. Thank you! Rest peacefully.
— Leigh-Allyn Baker (@L_A_Baker) September 4, 2014
People hoped she left the world how she entered it:
Joan Rivers was truly a good soul. I've never seen a room light up with laughter the way it did when she entered it. You will be missed. RIP
— Chase Chrisley (@ChrisleyChase) September 4, 2014
Celebrities chimed in to remember Joan:
“We don’t apologize for a joke. We are comics. We are here to make you laugh. If you don’t get it, then don’t watch us.” - Joan Rivers
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) September 4, 2014
A legend, a friend, a mentor, an icon, and wildly funny. One of a kind. RIP #JoanRivers @joan_rivers pic.twitter.com/jnAC5G4AQo
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 4, 2014
My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) September 4, 2014
My heart is torn in half. She wasn't done. #Joan http://t.co/XH87wAT4Mb
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers will always be a pioneer. She paved the way for a lot of comedians. I’m very sad she’s gone. pic.twitter.com/i1uE9fyHMh
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 4, 2014
we lost a great one in @Joan_Rivers - she was funny all the way to the end
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 4, 2014
RIP the mighty Joan Rivers. Funny & fearless. Truly one of a kind.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers. A force of nature.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) September 4, 2014
RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR. Thanks for making so many people laugh here on Earth.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) September 4, 2014
Thanks for the laughs @Joan_Rivers ! The last woman to bed me!
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) September 4, 2014
Love Her or Hate Her, we're gonna Miss JOAN RIVERS! I always Respected her go for broke humor. One of a kind.R.I.P.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 4, 2014
But most importantly, people remembered her for her talent and honored her:
"When my water broke, my dog drowned!" - Joan Rivers. RIP, you truly were one of the funniest people ever.
— Brian Bonds (@brianbonds) September 4, 2014
"I enjoy life when things are happening. It doesn't matter if it's good things or bad things. That means you're alive." - Joan Rivers
— kristen johnston (@kjothesmartass) September 4, 2014
"Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century." — Joan Rivers
— Robyn (@robza160) September 4, 2014
What are your thoughts on this comedienne's passing? Tweets us your thoughts and well wishes with the hashtag #RIPJoanRivers.
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Soul star Janelle Monae was the toast of the Grammy organisation on Wednesday (16Jul14) when she was presented with a top prize for her arts education support. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the eclectic singer to the stage at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, where she praised Monae for making "music that means something".
She added, "She has a message. She has a voice. She has a power in her. And she understands the responsibility she has within her grasp to take these opportunities and just take off with them. She serves as a role model and an inspiration to so many young people. And I am happy to call her my friend. I am so proud of her."
Monae was then presented with The Jane Ortner Artist Award by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences President Neil Portnow.
The honour is presented to an artist who "embodies the Grammy Museum's educational mission and shows passion and dedication to education through the arts".
Bollywood stars Priyanka Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan have paid tribute to late Indian actress Zohra Sehgal, who died at the age of 102 on Thursday (10Jul14). Sehgal had been unwell for several days and died from a cardiac arrest at a hospital in the Indian capital New Delhi, according to her daughter Kiran.
The actress was dubbed The Grand Old Lady of Bollywood during her career that spanned seven decades. She is most famous in her native country for films including Cheeni Kum, Dil Se (From the Heart) and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (I Have Given My Heart, Darling).
She also starred in British sci-fi series Doctor Who in the 1960s and Keira Knightley's 2002 soccer drama Bend It Like Beckham.
Chopra paid tribute to the actress on Twitter.com, writing, "102 n (and) a legacy that will always be a part of Indian cinema. It was an honour to know #ZohraSehgal and to be a part of films while she was. RIP (rest in peace)."
Veteran actor Bachchan added about his Cheeni Kum co-star, "What a journey and what an immensely loveable co-star! Prayers for her blessed soul!!"
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wrote on the site, "Zohra Sehgal made a mark through her acting, which is admired across generations. Saddened on (sic) her demise."
"Being her godmother entails me giving her advice about the babies and taking care of her when she has little issues with her voice. She'll call me. We're tight. She's a phenomenal little girl - lady." Soul legend Patti Labelle on her role as godmother to another music icon, Mariah Carey.
This Post Contains Spoilers for Season 4 of Game of Thrones.
It's always difficult when your favorite character gets killed on a television show. You've spent weeks getting to know them, growing to care about them, and watching them go on adventures, and so when the Grim Reaper finally comes for them, it's a bit like losing a family member. Nobody knows that pain nearly as well as those who watch Game of Thrones, which seems to kill off a beloved character every other week. Luckily, we have some good news for fans of Pedro Pascal's Oberyn Martell: you will get to see him again.
Technically, you'll only be seeing Pascal, who has been cast in the upcoming Netflix series Narcos, according to Deadline. The drama will follow the legendary drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), and the efforts of the US government to take him down. Pascal will play Javier Pena, a DEA agent who is sent on a mission to capture and kill Escobar - as long as he doesn't get too distracted plotting his revenge. However, the Red Viper isn't the only person killed this season who will be popping up somewhere new, so in order to help you through the grieving process, we've rounded up all of the major characters who died this year on Game of Thrones, and where you can catch them next.
Pedro Pascal Who He Played: Oberyn Martell, Prince of Dorne, trader of barbs, seeker or revenge and bedder of anything with a pulse. How He Died: His head was smashed in by Ser Gregor Clegane during Tyrion Lannister’s trial by combat. What He’s Doing Next: Playing Javier Pena, a Mexican DEA agent on the upcoming Netflix drama Narcos, which is slated for a 2015 premiere. He’s also starring in the TV movie Exposed, about an investigative photojournalist, and the vampire film Bloodsucking Bastards.
Kate DickieWho She Played: Lysa Arryn, Lady of the Vale, widow of former Hand of the King Jon Arryn, new wife of Petyr Baelish, and overly attached helicopter parent of Robin Arryn. How She Died: She was shoved through the Moon Door by Petyr Baelish. Her death was ruled a suicide. What She’s Doing Next: Starring opposite James McAvoy in Filth, which is currently in theaters, as well as The Silent Storm with Homeland’s Damian Lewis, and the indies Take It Back and Start It All Over and A Northern Soul.
Burn Gorman Who He Played: Karl Tanner, one of the most disgusting, reviled people in the Seven Kingdoms... and considering the characters on this show, that’s quite an achievement. How He Died: Jon Snow ran him through with a sword during a raid on Craster’s Keep, which Karl had taken over. What He’s Doing Next: Currently starring on the AMC series Turn as the British commanding officer Major Hewlitt. He’s also playing Mr. Bran in the upcoming Disney film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and is reuniting with his Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro for the upcoming vampire film Crimson Peak.
Jack Gleeson Who He Played: Joffrey Baratheon, the worst, most insufferable child king who ever lived. How He Died: He was poisoned at his wedding to Margaery Tyrell, in a plot by her grandmother, Lady Olenna and Petyr Baratheon. His uncle Tyrion has just been found guilty for his murder. What He’s Doing Next: Gleeson has retired from acting in order to focus on his studies – he’s currently enrolled at Trinity College in Dublin, where he’s studying Philosophy and Theology – and to pursue some more philanthropic ventures. Basically, the real King Joffrey is a wonderful human being.
Noah TaylorWho He Played: Locke, a hired hand who works for House Bolton, and the guy who cut off Jaime Lannister’s hand. How He Died: After he infiltrated the Night’s Watch and accompanied them on the raid to Craster’s Keep, his neck was snapped by Hodor after he attempted to kidnap Bran. Well, technically, he was killed by Bran, who was currently using his Warg abilities to inhabit Hodor’s mind. What He’s Doing Next: In addition to a playing a supporting role in Edge of Tomorrow, which is currently in theaters, Taylor will appear in the Ethan Hawke time-travel film Predestination and Welcome to Karastan opposite Matthew McFayden. He’s also doing voice work in the upcoming Maya the Bee Movie, alongside Jacki Weaver and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Andy Kellegher Who He Played: Polliver, a Lannister man-at-arms who stabbed Arya’s friend Lommy and stole her sword. How He Died: Arya stabs him through the throat after re-enacting the way that he killed Lommy. What He’s Doing Next: Appearing in two Irish films: A Nightingale Falling, which takes place during the Irish War for Independence, and The Hit Producer, which follows a down on his luck music producer as he journeys into the underworld of modern-day Dublin.
Lionel Richie has given up on plans to reunite The Commodores because he cannot imagine performing tracks like Easy and Three Times a Lady without late bandmate Milan Williams. The Hello singer enjoyed massive success with the soul supergroup before his solo career took off and he often considered a get together up until Williams lost his battle with cancer in 2006 - and now he insists there's little chance his old band will regroup.
He tells EW.com, "Everything was great until we lost Milan, the keyboard player, which makes a reunion kind of strange.
"We'll always get together as a band for off-and-on things. But I think I lost the spark of that fantasy, of all of us crazy guys on stage."
Soul legend Patti Labelle regrets her past cosmetic surgery, insisting she'd like to go back in time and tell her younger self not to touch her nose. The Lady Marmalade singer admits she went under the knife because she felt her nose was too big.
She tells Access Hollywood, "I would tell my younger self not to have problems with the way I looked... not to worry about that nose. I had a bigger nose, so I had a nose job - that's the only surgery I've ever had on my face or my body.
"I was beating up myself for the way my nose looked and my nose was fine before I changed it, but it was my way of thinking that once I got on TV it's gonna look bigger.
"I would have said, 'Patti, back in the day you shouldn't have touched your nose. Be yourself'."
Soul legend Patti Labelle once had to pee in a bucket during a concert when she was caught short onstage in the middle of a song. The Lady Marmalade hitmaker was performing outdoors and realised there was no time to dash offstage to relieve herself and so asked an assistant to find an alternative in a hurry.
LaBelle tells Access Hollywood Live, "I had to go to the ladies room and they didn’t have one close, it was an outdoor gig.
"My friend Norma, who had been doing my hair for 40 years, brought me a bucket to the side where the dressing areas were. I used a bucket! Nobody knew. They thought I was going back to change clothes.
"She covered me (and) everybody stood around with their backs turned.
"(I) kept the song going after that, honey! I kept singing, the band was playing and Patti was doing her thing."
Soul icon Aretha Franklin has laughed off rumours her pal Patti Labelle was recently arrested following a fight between the pair after fans fell for a spoof news article posted online. The fake story was posted on TheNewsNerd.com on Friday (11Apr14), alleging the Lady Marmalade hitmaker been taken into police custody after throwing a punch at Franklin during a run-in in Atlanta, Georgia last month (Mar14).
The false news caused such a stir on the Internet that Franklin has now spoken out to clear up the claims.
In a funny statement released on Tuesday (15Apr14), the legendary singer writes, "I've never heard anything crazier - regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta.
"On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday patty (Sorry. LOL (laugh out loud). Laughing at my typo error). I meant PARTY, which we all had one fabulous time. Patti and I are cool and we always have been."
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Toni Braxton has been cast as soul legend Darlene Love in a new TV film. My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story will serve as the first scripted TV movie for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and will be executive produced by Winfrey and filmmaker Morgan Neville.
Braxton made her debut as a leading lady last year (Feb13) in TV movie Twist of Faith, and promptly stunned fans by telling them she wanted to focus on a film and TV career.
Meanwhile, in other OWN news, Oscar-winning The Help star Octavia Spencer will play journalist Mattie Clay in a two-part mini-series about the largest race riot in the U.S.
Erik Logan, the president of OWN, says, "Coming off our most watched quarter in network history, we are excited to get to work on these new scripted projects with Octavia and Toni. By diversifying our programming, we are also growing our audience, and these new projects put us in a great position to take the network to the next level."