Actor Chris Hemsworth quit living in Hollywood and returned to his native Australia because California is too "dangerous" a place to raise children. The Thor star lived in Los Angeles for several years while his movie career blossomed, but he eventually moved back to Australia for the sake of his three children as he is adamant Tinseltown will be no good for them.
Hemsworth, who has two-year-old daughter, India Rose, and twin sons Tristan and Sasha, 11 months, with wife Elsa Pataky, is determined to ensure they have the same experiences he had growing up in Melbourne.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "It's not America that I'm trying to avoid because I love it, but I think Hollywood itself is a pretty dangerous place to live if you're at all impressionable or a young kid. I don't know that I would want my children growing up here, so that's what drew me back to Australia.
"I also just wanted my kids to have the same experiences that I had which I hold so valuable and so close to me. It seems like a stable landing for us and I love it. It's great and it's made me wonder how I could have been away that long."
In October (14), Hemsworth and Pataky splashed out $6.3 million (£3.9 million) on a new family home in Byron Bay, New South Wales.
Gwyneth Paltrow realized her marriage to Chris Martin was heading for divorce in 2012, two years before publicly announcing their separation.
The Iron Man star announced she and the Coldplay singer were "conscious uncoupling" in March, 2014, and vowed to remain friends with her ex for the sake of their two children. Paltrow now reveals the relationship actually began to unravel two years earlier, and she even quizzed her Mortdecai co-star Johnny Depp for advice about the impact his 2012 break-up with his partner of 14 years, Vanessa Paradis, had on their young kids.
She tells Marie Claire Australia, "Nobody knew what Chris and I had been going through, so I didn't say, 'Hey, this is what's happening,' but I did ask him mostly children-centric questions, like, 'How is it on them?' and 'How did you do it?'"
Paltrow admits her separation from Martin is "very sad", but she is glad they have been able to stay close for the sake of their daughter Apple and son Moses. She says, "We've worked really f**king hard to get to (this) point. But we're very, very close, and it's so nice. I feel like it's, in a way, the relationship we were meant to have."
Rock supergroup The Yardbirds have brought back their original guitarist, Top Topham, for a new U.S. tour. The British band, which has featured Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page as members, has reunited with Topham, who left the line-up in the mid-1960s to continue with his studies.
Topham, who was replaced by a young Clapton, will return to the group alongside founder Jim McCarty, bassist Kenny Aaronson and singer Myke Scavone, who previously fronted Ram Jam.
McCarty co-founded the band with singer Keith Relf, Chris Dreja, Paul Samwell-Smith and Topham in 1963.
The new-look Yardbirds have a string of U.S. dates planned for 2015, beginning with two shows in Connecticut on 3 and 4 April (15).
Movie superheroes Chris Evans and Chris Pratt's friendly Super Bowl bet has helped to boost donations to the Captain America star's favourite children's charity by more than $11,000 (£6,875). The actors' hometown teams faced off in the big game on Sunday (01Feb15), with Evans' New England Patriots taking on Guardians of the Galaxy star Pratt's 2014 Super Bowl champs, the Seattle Seahawks.
Evans proposed the pals take their light-hearted rivalry to the next level by suggesting the loser would have to visit a children's hospital of the winner's choosing in character.
Pratt agreed, and their friendly jabs online helped to raise the profile of Evans' favourite charity, the Christopher's Haven facility in Boston, Massachusetts, where organisation bosses have recorded an extra $11,000 in donations from fans inspired to help out.
Joyce Duvall, executive director of Christopher's Haven, tells TMZ.com, "The coolest thing about something like this is that all the kids win... no matter what happened in the football game."
Pratt emerged the loser of the bet as Evans' Patriots beat the Seahawks.
However, instead of picking one medical centre over the other, the two friends have decided to treat young patients to special superhero visits at both the Christopher's Haven centre, which provides a home for kids battling cancer, and the Seattle Children's Hospital.
Actor Chris Pratt surprised a young girl recovering from leukaemia on Thursday (15Jan15) by paying her a visit at the Children's Hospital of Orange County in Southern California. The Guardians of the Galaxy star stopped by the medical facility to check in on little Emma, after learning she had recently beaten cancer, and was rewarded with a picture she had painted for him.
Sharing a snap of the encounter and the gift on Facebook.com, Pratt writes, "After a long battle with childhood leukemia, Emma is going home cancer free!!! Atta girl! You kicked cancer's butt!!! Thank you to Children's Hospital Orange County for setting up an amazing visit and to Emma for my wonderful painting."
Pratt also brought toys and other presents for the rest of the patients.
The actor previously treated a group of sick kids at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles to a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy in August (14), and dressed up as his character Star-Lord.
Gwyneth Paltrow has shocked fans by revealing she has taken illegal party drug ecstasy.
The Iron Man star, whose Goop website is dedicated to healthy living, made the revelation during an appearance on U.S. TV show Watch What Happens Live when host Andy Cohen asked her a series of personal questions as part of his Plead The Fifth segment. Guests are allowed to skip one out of three questions, and Paltrow chose to answer when Cohen asked her, "What is the hardest drug you've ever taken?" Paltrow replied, "Ecstasy" without elaborating.
The actress is mother to two young children, Apple and Moses, with her estranged husband Chris Martin.
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman flew off with another seven top honours at the Broadcast Film Critics Association's 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood on Thursday (15Jan15). The movie picked up the event's first award for Best Acting Ensemble and went on to win another six accolades, including Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Score, while the film's star Michael Keaton added two more trophies to his collection - for Best Actor and Best Actor In A Comedy.
In his acceptance speech for the latter he noted, "Nobody is really better than anyone else, but I'll take this (award)."
The Grand Budapest Hotel, which, like Birdman, had picked up nine Oscar nominations earlier in the day, claimed three Critics Choice Awards, including Best Comedy, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design, while another Academy Awards favourite, Boyhood, scored four prizes - the top honour for Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), and Best Young Actor (Ellar Coltrane).
Other winners included Julianne Moore (Best Actress for Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash), Bradley Cooper (Best Actor in an Action Movie for American Sniper), and Emily Blunt (Best Actress in an Action Movie for Edge of Tomorrow).
Chris Miller, the co-writer/director of The LEGO Movie had a very special reason to celebrate his win for Best Animated Movie, as it came just hours after the film was snubbed in the same category at the Oscar nominations.
He said, "What a rollercoaster of emotions today has been."
Meanwhile, special awards went to veteran director/producer Ron Howard, who was handed the Louis XIII Genius Award, Kevin Costner, who was feted with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Jessica Chastain, who was presented with the first ever MVP Award, celebrating her multiple roles in films throughout the year, including A Most Violent Year, Interstellar, Miss Julie, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Picture - Boyhood
Best Actor - Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Best Actress - Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Best Acting Ensemble - cast of Birdman
Best Director - Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Best Original Screenplay - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo (Birdman)
Best Adapted Screenplay - Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Best Supporting Actor - J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Best Supporting Actress - Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Best Young Actor/Actress - Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood)
Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman)
Best Art Direction - Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Best Editing - Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione (Birdman)
Best Costume Design - Milena Canonero (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Best Hair and Makeup - Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Visual Effects - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Best Animated Feature - The LEGO Movie
Best Action Movie - Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Actor In An Action Movie - Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Best Actress In An Action Movie - Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow)
Best Comedy - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actor In A Comedy - Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Best Actress In A Comedy - Jenny Slate (Obvious Child)
Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie - Interstellar
Best Foreign Language Film - Force Majeure (Sweden)
Best Documentary Feature - Life Itself
Best Song - Glory by Common and John Legend (Selma)
Best Score - Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)
Louis XIII Genius Award - Ron Howard
Lifetime Achievement Award - Kevin Costner
MVP Award - Jessica Chastain.
After over 600 performances, the cast of Glee is getting ready to sing their final song. With the sixth and last season premiering, we're counting down the best musical numbers that the members of New Directions have done over the years.
15. "This Is the New Year" - New Directions
This song is just pure joy.
14. "The Scientist" - Rachel, Finn, Kurt, Blaine, Santana, Brittany, Will and Emma
All four of the show's main couples breaking up at the same time was a bit too much for us to take.
13. "All You Need Is Love" - Blaine
Blaine really went all out for his proposal to Kurt.
12. "We Are Young" - New Directions
Glee covered this song before it became overplayed.
11. "Rumour Has It/Someone Like You" - Mercedes, Santana and Brittany
It's hard to take on Adele, but this mash-up is flawless.
10. "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" - New Directions
This perfomance helped the New Directions finally win the national title - and well deserved.
9. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" - Kurt
Kurt singing about his hospitalized father made us teary.
8. "River Deep - Mountain High" - Santana and Mercedes
Why haven't these two had more duets?!
7. Journey Medley - New Directions
Journey is old school, but they have some great songs.
6. "Keep Holding On" - New Directions
Sorry Avril Lavigne, but the Glee version of your song is better.
5. "Make You Feel My Love" - Rachel
Knowing that Lea Michele chose to sing this in honor of her late boyfriend Cory Monteith makes it all the more heartbreaking.
4. "Teenage Dream" - Blaine/The Warblers
The moment we all fell in love with Darren Criss.
3. "Somebody to Love" - New Directions
Mercedes hitting that big note at the end gives us chills every time.
2. "Don't Rain on My Parade" - Rachel
A show-stopping number in which Rachel blows everyone away with her star power.
1. "Don't Stop Believin'" - New Directions
The classic, quintessential Glee song - hopeful, happy and it makes you want to sing along.
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.
Actresses Shailene Woodley and Jennifer Lawrence were among the big winners at the 2015 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (07Jan15) after taking home multiple honours. Woodley picked up awards for Favorite Action Movie for Divergent and Favorite Movie Duo with onscreen love interest Theo James, while the actress' hit teen cancer film, The Fault in Our Stars, scored her the title of Favorite Dramatic Movie at the prizegiving in Los Angeles.
Lawrence landed two acting accolades - Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Action Movie Actress.
Unfortunately, neither of the leading ladies were present at the Nokia Theatre to accept their awards.
Robert Downey, Jr. was another double winner, claiming the Favorite Movie Actor and Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor prizes, while Angelina Jolie's Maleficent was named Favorite Family Movie and Favorite Movie overall.
Long-running medical drama Grey's Anatomy earned the most trophies of the night, including Favorite Network TV Drama, Favorite Dramatic TV Actor and Actress for Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo, and former cast member Sandra Oh was named the Favorite TV Character We Miss Most.
Other champions included Castle's Nathan Filion and Stana Katic (Favorite Crime Drama, TV Actor and Actress) and British singer Ed Sheeran, who nabbed the Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Album titles.
Meanwhile, Ben Affleck was saluted as the Favorite Humanitarian for his work with the Eastern Congo Initiative, the organisation he set up in 2010 to help residents of the war-torn region.
Amy Adams presented her Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice co-star Affleck with his prize, which he admitted was a trophy he never expected to receive.
He explained, "This is incredibly humbling... I've been called a lot of things in my life, but I'm not sure until recently humanitarian has ever been one of them. To be honest, it's something that I have a hard time accepting, because I've had the privilege of working alongside so many incredible people in Congo and all over the world, who I assure you are far more deserving."
Affleck continued, "Sometimes the world is a scary and terrible place and bad things happen... the one way to combat the terrible things we see is to bring a little bit of kindness and show that our country is about reaching out and helping our fellow man.
"This is an incredible honour - I can't say that I'm deserving, but I'm privileged to be among the many, many, many people who have done such great work."
Awards co-hosts Anna Faris and Allison Janney kicked off the show with a skit featuring Faris' husband Chris Pratt, who jokingly embellished his success after blockbuster movie Guardians of the Galaxy last summer (14), surrounded by piles of movie scripts as Faris attempted to convince him to take care of their young son, Jack.
Pratt actually missed the event because he was at home with the couple's son, who was recovering from eye surgery.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Favorite Movie - Maleficent
Favorite Movie Actor - Robert Downey, Jr.
Favorite Movie Actress - Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite Movie Duo - Shailene Woodley & Theo James (Divergent)
Favorite Action Movie - Divergent
Favorite Action Movie Actor - Chris Evans
Favorite Action Movie Actress - Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite Comedic Movie - 22 Jump Street
Favorite Comedic Movie Actor - Adam Sandler
Favorite Comedic Movie Actress - Melissa McCarthy
Favorite Dramatic Movie - The Fault in Our Stars
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor - Robert Downey, Jr.
Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress - Chloe Grace Moretz
Favorite Family Movie - Maleficent
Favorite Thriller Movie - Gone Girl
Favorite TV Show - The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Network TV Comedy - The Big Bang Theory
Favorite Comedic TV Actor - Chris Colfer (Glee)
Favorite Comedic TV Actress - Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (The Big Bang Theory)
Favorite Network TV Drama - Grey's Anatomy
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor - Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy)
Favorite Dramatic TV Actress - Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy)
Favorite Cable TV Comedy - Melissa & Joey
Favorite Cable TV Drama - Pretty Little Liars
Favorite Cable TV Actor - Matt Bomer (White Collar)
Favorite Cable TV Actress - Angie Harmon (Rizzoli & Isles)
Favorite TV Crime Drama - Castle
Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor - Nathan Fillion (Castle)
Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress - Stana Katic (Castle)
Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show - Beauty and the Beast
Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV show - Outlander
Favorite Sci-Fi-Fantasy TV Actor - Misha Collins (Supernatural)
Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress - Kristin Kreuk (Beauty and the Beast)
Favorite Competition TV Show - The Voice
Favorite Daytime TV Host - Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host - Jimmy Fallon
Favorite Dramedy - Orange Is The New Black
Favorite TV Icon - Betty White
Favorite TV Duo - Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries)
Favorite TV Character We Miss Most - Dr. Cristina Yang played by Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy)
Favorite Actor In A New TV Series - David Tennant (Gracepoint)
Favorite Actress In A New TV Series - Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show - Saturday Night Live
Favorite Animated TV Show - The Simpsons
Favorite New TV Comedy - Jane the Virgin
Favorite New TV Drama - The Flash
Favorite Male Artist - Ed Sheeran
Favorite Female Artist - Taylor Swift
Favorite Group - Maroon 5
Favorite Breakout Artist - 5 Seconds of Summer
Favorite Male Country Artist - Hunter Hayes
Favorite Female Country Artist - Carrie Underwood
Favorite Country Group - Lady Antebellum
Favorite Pop Artist - Taylor Swift
Favorite Hip-Hop Artist - Iggy Azalea
Favorite R&B Artist - Pharrell Williams
Favorite Album - X by Ed Sheeran
Favorite Song - Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
Favorite Humanitarian - Ben Affleck.