Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff has called off the auction of a 14-foot (4.2-metre) long model made in his likeness after changing his mind about the sale so he could keep it in his possession. The larger-than-life prop, which features the actor in his Baywatch swim trunks outstretched in a swimming position, was created for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie in 2004.
It has since been used in a Comedy Central Roast of the actor, and U.S. late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel even turned it into his desk while he interviewed actress Emma Stone on his show last Thursday (03Apr14).
The piece was to be sold at part of a Julien's Auctions Hollywood memorabilia event beginning on Friday (11Apr14), and was one of the key pieces in the auction, which also features items from the estates of Greta Garbo and Jonathan Winters.
But Hasselhoff has now made the last-minute decision to pull the item from the charity auction after taking note of all the publicity it was receiving.
Julien's Auctions president Darren C. Julien tells The Hollywood Reporter, "He thinks so much of himself that he pulled it."
The estimated sale price for the model was between $20,000 (£11,914) and $30,000 (£17,871) and it already reached $28,000 (£16,680) in pre-auction bidding.
Former Spice Girls stars Mel C and Emma Bunton have reteamed in the studio to sing the England soccer team's official World Cup tune. The veteran pop stars joined Gary Barlow, Katy B and Kimberley Walsh for the World Cup single in conjunction with the Sport Relief charity.
Former soccer stars Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, David Seaman and Glenn Hoddle will be part of the accompanying video, which will debut on 21 March (14).
The World Cup kicks off in Brazil this summer (14).
Fans of hit TV show Dexter have the opportunity to get their hands on props from the series in an auction this month (Jan14). The serial killer drama came to a close with its season eight finale in 2013, and around 400 items connected to the show are now set to go under the hammer in the Dexter Slice Of Props Auction.
Devotees can purchase the main character's couch, framed pictures from the walls of his apartment and even the phone which sat on his desk. A prop forensic report featuring the Dexter Morgan character's signature is also among the lots.
The online auctions end on 11 January (14) and 12 January (14).
A portion of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Michael C. Hall, who played the title role, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2010 but has since gone into remission and is now a major supporter of the charity.
Ozzy Osbourne is urging fans to celebrate his 65th birthday on Tuesday (03Dec13) by donating money to Britain's Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The rocker officially becomes a pensioner in his native England on Tuesday and he has taken to Twitter.com to urge fans to give generously.
He tweets, "I'm using my bday (tomorrow) to raise money for @royalmarsden! Give a gift and donate to help cancer patients."
Ozzy isn't the only star to use his birthday to raise donations for the charity this year - former Spice Girls star Mel C, The Wanted stars Nathan Sykes and Max George and Sir Paul McCartney have also urged fans to give cash to The Royal Marsden.
A heckler was booted from an Elliott Smith tribute concert in London on Monday (21Oct13) after becoming engaged in a foul-mouthed argument with singer/songwriter Damon Gough. The musician, who performs as Badly Drawn Boy, was headlining the Elliott Smith Tribute Act, when a gig-goer became upset because he wasn't performing tragic Smith's tracks.
Instead, Gough launched into a 10-minute speech while strumming on his guitar.
The fan blasted him by shouting, "Elliott wouldn't have wanted this!", prompting the star to lash out from the stage, branding the loud fan a "c**t" and allegedly telling him to "f**k off and die".
The male was escorted from The Brixton Windmill venue, allowing Gough to continue with his performance in peace.
The show, held on the 10th anniversary of Smith's death, also featured appearances by Sweetheart Contract AAG (All American Girl) and singer Jaq Gallier and raised $3,000 (£2,000) for British mental health charity Mind.
Meanwhile, a similar tribute gig was held on the same night in New York, where singers Cat Power and Sky Ferreira teamed up for a duet in the Miss Misery Oscar nominee's memory.
It's not the first time Badly Drawn Boy has lost his temper onstage - he hit headlines last year (12) after throwing a harmonica brace at a female heckler in England, while he was forced to apologise to fans in 2010 following a shambolic set in Los Angeles which ended in him walking off stage after just four songs.
Well, that was perfect. I hoped — heck, I envisioned — I would be able to write those words as soon as it was made clear at the end of last week's cliffhanger episode that Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben's (Adam Scott) impending wedding would be moved up three months to that very night. And so, thank goodness that after the vows have been said, the champagne has been toasted, and DJ Roomba has made his final sweep, they still ring true. For Leslie and Ben, for all of Pawnee, and for Parks and Recreation fans everywhere, the wedding was perfect.
The question that has always lurked just beneath the surface on Parks and Rec is whether Leslie Knope can truly have it all. An ambitious career woman who puts all her heart and soul into her work – by God she will see her pit project all the way through to Pawnee Commons' completion if it kills her! — Leslie has not always been lucky in love. From her early awkward flirtations with Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider) to her emotional breakup with Officer Dave (Louis C.K.), Leslie's romances have never measured up to her impeccably high standards. But that was okay. Because, for Leslie, her dreams of sitting on the Pawnee City Council trumped all else.
Until, that is, Ben Wyatt arrived in Pawnee, clipboard in hand, to slash the Parks Department's budget and find a place in Leslie's heart. It became clear to viewers even before Leslie and Ben figured it out for themselves that Ben was a man worthy of our Leslie's affections. Here was a man who would be a partner to Leslie, who would encourage her and support, who would seek her guidance and look to her for encouragement and support in return (and, it's worth adding, has a nice butt). So then, there we were: it was Season 4 and Leslie had found love — but could she win the election? Yes. Then, it was Season 5 and Leslie was engaged — but could she find a way to get Pawnee Commons made? At the end of last week's episode we learned she would.
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For five seasons now we have danced around the question (only occasionally did the career vs. romance battle bubble to the surface explicitly), and now, on the night of Leslie's enormous professional victory, we are surprised to discover that Leslie feels that her happiness can only be increased by marrying — literally — her personal with her professional life. I couldn't help but ask, would the wedding, threatening to shadow her professional achievement, prove to be one giant step backwards for working women, or one giant step forward for Leslie Knope, Career Career Woman?
The wedding episode answers this question in the opening minutes in the most Parks and Rec way possible: with a joke. Before they rush to the altar, Ben needs to make sure it's okay with Leslie that she take his last name. It's kind of a dealbreaker for him, he says, that she become Councilwoman Mrs. Ben Wyatt. As Leslie's face falls and we watch her struggle to find words to express her dissatisfaction with the idea, it dawns on her that Ben is joking. Of course. Ben knows, just as we know, that Leslie would never stand for that — and that he would never ask it of her. This is Leslie we are talking about here, a woman who keeps framed photos of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg next to one of her own mother in her office. Ben's joke serves not only to make us laugh, but to remind us that this will be a very Knope wedding. It will not be normal or calm or hide any sort of anti-feminist agenda — it will simply allow Leslie to be the happiest she has ever been. It will be, like Leslie, exceptional.
And so, we're off. What's an event in Pawnee without more than its fair share of crazy hijinks? Leslie needs a dress and the couple needs rings, a marriage license, and an officiant. And they need to find them in an hour, after all the stores and city offices are closed. Good thing Leslie's gang is a resourceful bunch. Ron makes rings from a sconce in Ann's house, Andy and April wake up a city hall employee to sign the marriage certificate (and adopt a grandma in the process), Jerry — it turns out — is already ordained, and Ann fashions Leslie a dress from clippings and documents of all of Leslie's proudest accomplishments. So, like the best screwball comedies, everything comes together in time (as we all knew it would).
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Except, we are only fifteen minutes into the episode and things are coming together too quickly. Leave it to a drunk Councilman Jamm (Jon Glaser) with a megaphone to bring things to a screeching halt. "Boo parks! Boo Leslie!" he yells from the back of the aisle, parodying the old witch from The Princess Bride. Ron steps in to keep the peace but ends up socking Jamm in the teeth, landing them both behind bars.
Leslie, still dressed in her wedding finery, bails Ron out of jail and brings him, at his urging, back to City Hall for some time to unwind. They walk the half-lit, empty corridor side-by-side, the sound of Leslie's heels reverberating in the silence, until they arrive at the Parks Department. "You are a wonderful person, your friendship means a lot to me, and you look very beautiful," Ron says. As what is about to happen dawns on Leslie, Ron takes her arm and steers her into her wedding.
Surrounded by their best friends, Leslie and Ben recite their vows. A black-and-white montage — which is completely cheesy but at this point I'm almost crying and don't care — reminds us of some of their landmark moments: their first kiss, their breakup from their breakup in the smallest park in Indiana, and Ben's surprise proposal. "I love you and I like you," Leslie says. "I love you and I like you," Ben responds. "I love you and I like you both!" I yell at the TV.
To summarize her feeling that all is right the world, Leslie tells the camera, "I love my husband, I love my job, and I love my friends." In this moment, Leslie Knope has it all.
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You realize NBC lied to you. Thursday's wedding was no "one hour Parks and Rec wedding," as advertised in the promos and on the NBC website, it was a fantastic, magical episode stuck together with a sub-par one like peanut butter on stale bread. Hot on the heels of "Leslie and Ben," how could "Correspondent's Dinner" be anything but a letdown. How do you go from perfect self-actualization to honeymoon gifts and petty feuds with only a commercial break in between?
"Correspondent's Dinner" pits Leslie against the Pawnee Sun, the local paper who makes it its mission to roast Leslie in its pages. When Leslie realizes someone at the Sun has hacked her email account in order to dig up what little dirt there is to be found on Leslie, she sets out to expose them. Or course, she succeeds.
While Leslie's story gets first billing and monopolizes most of the episode's time, Andy and Ann's B an C plots are actually of much greater consequence. After learning that he failed the police exam, Andy has decided "Life is pointless and nothing matters and I'm always tired." It's heartbreaking to see Andy "sad and sweaty" when he's usually "happy and sweaty," as April puts it. Andy is far and away the most likable character on the show, and we want to see him succeed. We can't help but wonder along with depressed Andy, what will he do if he can't become a cop?
After enlisting April and Andy's help to find a new charity for the Sweetums Foundation (of which Ben is now President) to support, Ben realizes that Andy has a knack for problem-solving and a keen eye for charity work. In the closing moments of the episode, Ben asks Andy to work for him at the Foundation as a part-time assistant, an "idea mean," if you will. By way of acceptance, Andy embraces Ben in a bear hug. I'm happy for Andy's happiness, but am skeptical of whether this will prove to satisfy Andy's newfound ambition.
The final, and potentially most poignant, element of "Correspondent's Dinner" is Ann's continued search for a sperm donor. At the end of "Leslie and Ben," Ann decides Chris would make the perfect father — uh, duh — and in "Correspondent's Dinner" she works up the courage to ask him to artificially inseminate her. He needs some time to think on it. Uh, duh. While I'm still not completely sold on the idea of Ann having a baby, the storyline does allow us to see new depths of Ann. For the first time in the series, Ann's plot has higher stakes than Leslie's. As Leslie basks in her marital bliss and professional fulfillment, we turn to Ann for emotional conflict. Will she find what she's looking for in Chris, in her hypothetical baby? Only time will tell.
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The Footloose star has gone public with her traumatising childhood secret in a new interview with America's Cosmopolitan magazine, revealing she was taken advantage of by adults while she was a dance student in Britain.
She tells the publication, "I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love.
"While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything... (It got worse) when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl."
Hough reveals her troubled past has inspired her to step up her work with non-profit anti-bullying organisation the Kind Campaign, and she's in the process of establishing her own foundation too to lend advice and support to her fellow child abuse victims.
She tells America's Cosmopolitan magazine, "I don't want pity. To me, it's more about being that voice for people who don't necessarily have a voice... It's important because there are a lot of girls who have gone through so much s**t and sexual abuse, and they're fine talking about it. They're dead, straight-faced. Then the minute they break down is when they're like, 'I just wish I had a friend to talk to.'"
And Hough, 24, admits being a role model to her fans and young relatives is what is inspiring her to do more to help others: "I have 17 nieces and nephews. The way that they look up to me is scary. I'm like, 'Oh c**p! I better be an aunt they can be proud of.'"
What's more surprising here: That, despite the controversy surrounding the news that international pop star Psy has performed anti-American songs at protests, the "Gangnam Style" singer still performed at the White House over the weekend? Or that anyone who attended the event, including President Barack Obama and the First Family, had an opportunity to get out of having to listen to the unforgivable, gimmicky earworm another time and passed it up? The 34-year-old performed at the annual Christmas in Washington show on the same lineup as performers like Demi Lovato and Diana Ross on Sunday, December 9.
The Christmas in Washington concert came just days after it was revealed that, over the past decade, Psy (whose viral phenomenon "Gangam Style" has become the most-watched video of all-time on YouTube and generated countless parodies) performed at anti-American concerts and covered songs with anti-American lyrics, including one that translated to "Kill those f**king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/ Kill those f**king Yankees who ordered them to torture/ Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers/ Kill them all slowly and painfully." Don't think anyone will be doing the invisible horse galloping dance to that one anytime soon.
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In response, a few angered Americans posted a petition to the We the People section on the White House website, on Friday, December 7, urging the President to rescind the rapper's invitation to perform at the charity event, which was hosted by Conan O'Brien. Since then, the petition was removed, as the President and his administration have no part in booking or deciding who performs at the White House. So the show went on for Psy who, dressed in a festive sequined red shirt, sang that ubiquitous "Gangam Style" for President Obama (this photo of the two men meeting at the concert is now making the rounds and causing a bit of a stir) and the guests at the White House concert.
Since the controversy erupted late last week, the pop star has since apologized for the anti-American sentiments he expressed in the past, saying it "was part of a deeply emotional reaction to the war in Iraq and the killing of two innocent Korean civilians that was part of the overall antiwar sentiment shared by others around the world at that time ... I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted."
Footage of Psy's inflamatory 2002 performance, which took place at a protest after two Korean schoolgirls were killed by American tanks, has now surfaced online and can be seen below.
Say what you will about the "Macarena," but at least it never caused this kind of social upheaval.
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You've gotta love Susan Sarandon. The sexy 65-year-old actress has danced around rumors she's dating her 34-year-old ping pong aficionado business partner Jonathan Bricklin (although she did finally halfway confirm it several months ago). But the actress proudly stepped out with her young friend Thursday night at the New York in Film Summer Screening of Midnight Cowboy, hosted by director Spike Lee. Big names in fashion and film like Amy Heckerling of Clueless fame, snacked on spiced popcorn and a 1960s-themed candy and cocktail bar at the W New York Downtown. 100 percent of proceeds from the screenings will support Lee’s charity of choice, the NYU Film School, an intensive three-year conservatory which trains students in the art of cinematic storytelling. The intimate invitation-only reception will be followed by a public screening on July 31. Tickets for the screening can be purchased at http://www.whotelsnewyork.com/summerclassics.
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The National Association for Theatre Owners (NATO) has announced a partnership with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and the Community First Foundation to create a charity for the victims of Friday's tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo. NATO President and CEO John Fithian is directing the support of exhibitors nationwide to The Aurora Victim Relief fund, a 501(c)(3) charity founded by Gov. Hickenlooper and the Community First Foundation.
In his letter to exhibitors, which can be seen in its entirety on the NATO website, Fithian writes, "Our industry, as it has countless times before, stands ready to help those in need. Many of you have expressed your concern and asked our guidance on how best to respond to help the victims and their families. We have been working within the industry and with the community leaders in order to give you some direction."
He continues, "Community First Foundation is a longstanding, trusted community foundation that will direct your gifts to the nonprofit organizations serving those affected. This fund will only be used to meet the immediate and long-term needs of victims, their families and the broad needs of those affected in the community."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is already planning to donate a "substantial" amount to the victims of the tragedy.
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