Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes has thanked fans for their support after he underwent five rounds of surgery in just eight days. The Cold Chisel frontman entered The Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney for elective back surgery several weeks ago but was re-admitted soon after discharge due to ongoing issues and he has been under the care of doctors ever since.
Barnes' managers have now released a statement revealing the star has been ordered to cancel his upcoming work commitments and rest after undergoing five operations in less than two weeks.
The statement from Liberation Music reads, "Having now undergone surgery five times in the past eight days, Jimmy has decided to fight them no more and has unfortunately had to agree to postpone all promotional commitments for the next 10 days."
Barnes adds, "Thirty years of back breaking work broke my back! But seriously, I'm incredibly grateful for the many messages I've received from fans and also the fantastic media support, but I hate missing live shows more than anything and the doctors have told me very clearly that I need to rest before the start of the tour in two weeks' time so that is my focus."
The rocker suffered more drama this week (beg15Sep14) when The Prince of Wales Hospital was evacuated following a bomb threat on Monday (15Sept14).
Lindsay Lohan may have some explaining to do after revealing she "rolled" the body bag containing Whitney Houston's remains while serving time at the Los Angeles County Morgue.
The actress was performing her community service there in February, 2012, following a probation violation when she claims Houston's body was brought in and assigned to her. Talking about her chequered past in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Mean Girls star says, "It's different for me than it would be for other people. Like, no one would really have to work at the morgue in L.A. and roll a body bag for Whitney Houston."
But staff at the L.A. Coroner's office insist that, although the timeline may be correct, Lohan would not have come in contact with Houston.
A spokesman tells TMZ.com that Houston's remains were never in a body bag and insists that no one in the probation programme came in contact with the tragic singer's body. The official adds Whitney was wrapped in plastic with a sheet cover the entire time she was at the morgue.
Britney Spears' mother is urging the pop superstar to move on from her latest break-up by dating several suitors at once.
The Toxic hitmaker ended her relationship with David Lucado, her boyfriend of 18 months, in August (14), amid allegations of his infidelity and the singer reveals her mom, Lynne, is eager for her to have a little fun while she splits her time between her concert residency in Las Vegas and her home in Los Angeles.
Spears, who ended her engagement to agent Jason Trawick in early 2013, insists she is doing "OK" following the recent love split because "everything happens for a reason". And the 32 year old admits she is starting to warm to her mom's advice. She says, "(Single life in Vegas) is mindblowing. My mom's like, 'You need to date three or four guys at one time and just have a lot of fun'. And I was like, 'We're not that old school (traditional) anymore, I guess I could try to do that!'."
Meanwhile, comedian Jimmy Fallon has given Spears a little help in finding love again by signing her up to online dating app Tinder. The singer made a surprise appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (09Sep14) and, during her visit, the TV host revealed he had created a Tinder profile for Spears, with her permission.
However, Spears pretended she wasn't exactly excited to be featured on the app, sarcastically commenting, "Oh yeah, I'm thrilled!"
She then joined Fallon to take part in a funny sketch titled the Pros and Cons of Dating Britney Spears, revealing she loves nothing better than snuggling in bed and watching TV.
Paul Walker's loved ones have launched a fundraising campaign for the late actor's charity to mark his 41st birthday on Friday (12Sep14). The Fast and Furious star died in a car crash last year (13) and his friends and family have decided to mark the first birthday since the fatal accident by raising money for Reach Out World Wide (ROWW), the non-profit organisation Walker created.
His friend Jesse Brisendine writes on the online fundraising page, "What Paul was most proud of were: his daughter Meadow and Reach Out World Wide. Paul and I used to talk about what ROWW could be become by the time we were old men sitting around in our rocking chairs. Paul never got to make it to that rocking chair as his life was tragically cut far too short.
"I can tell you that Paul's dream for ROWW was that it would continue to grow and continue to be able to help people all over the world long after he was gone. I would do anything to bring my friend back, but unfortunately life does not work that way. What I can do though is to help ensure that my friend's dream is realised and thus his legacy lives on forever. By donating to ROWW you are not only helping millions of people from all over the world in their times of need, you are also helping to keep Paul's dream alive and ensuring his legacy lives on."
Walker's friend and movie co-star Jordana Brewster also shared the news on Twitter.com on Monday (08Sep14), writing, "I lost my dear friend Paul late last year. This Friday is his birthday and to honour him and help keep his legacy alive a fundraiser has been organised to raise one million dollars for his charity Reach Out World Worldwide. Please honour Paul with us!"
The donation goal has been set at $1 million (£588,000).
Walker died in November (13) at the age of 40.
Jennifer Lopez is refusing to give up on love and marriage after three failed unions and a string of romantic splits, insisting she'll eventually find her Mr. Right. The pop superstar has been single since splitting from dancer boyfriend Casper Smart earlier this summer (14), but she has no plans to give up on men.
She tells Elle U.K. magazine, "I still believe in love. The nirvana man, he's out there somewhere. But you just have to work at it. You have to work at everything.
"Everybody has seen that I make mistakes... but I am not going to give up. I have to look at what I do wrong.
"I rush in, I get swept up, I ignore the signs. But so many of us are guilty of these things. Each time it goes wrong, it's hard. I get really hurt but I have to let myself go: 'What did I do? What can I learn?'
"As hard and as hurtful as things get, I want to believe I will be able to go one step higher. I've got to hope that if I keep going I will eventually get it right."
As well as Smart, Lopez has also dated rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs and actor Ben Affleck, while her ex-husbands include Marc Anthony and dancer Cris Judd.
Legendary comic book artist Stan Goldberg has died, aged 82. Goldberg passed away on Sunday (31Aug14) as the result of a stroke he suffered two weeks earlier.
The news of his death was announced on his Facebook page on Monday (01Sep14) in a statement which reads, "Stan touched many lives through his artwork but was also a dear friend, beloved husband, loving father and doting grandfather. Through the years, countless fans shared how much his work meant to them and what a thrill it was to meet him or have a piece of his work.
"Stan felt just as strongly about all the people he met and would fondly recall the stories that fans would share with him. His friends and family were what he treasured most. May his memory be for a blessing."
Goldberg began his career at the age of 16 as a staff colourist for Timely Comics, which was a predecessor of Marvel. He quickly worked up the ranks at the company and provided artwork for many interiors and covers, and was also involved with the start of the Marvel Universe, helping create colour schemes for the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.
However Goldberg, who also worked with iconic comic book artist Stan Lee, was best known for his work for Archie Comics, in which he was the primary artist for decades. His work was featured in not only the beloved titular Archie comics, but also in Jughead, Josie and the Pussycats, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Goldberg was honoured with an Inkpot Award in 1994 and presented with the National Cartoonists Society's Gold Key Awards, as well as an induction to its Hall of Fame in 2012.
Actress Scarlett Johansson has thrown her support behind organisers at women's group Planned Parenthood by designing a T-shirt for one of their fundraising campaigns.
The Avengers star was eager to work with Planned Parenthood Action Fund's Women are Watching campaign after getting upset over laws passed in U.S. earlier this year (14) that appeared to restrict women's access to birth control.
In an email for the campaign, she writes, "When I heard that some politicians were cheering the Supreme Court's decision to give bosses the right to interfere in our access to birth control, I thought I had woken up in another decade. Like many of my friends, I was appalled by the thought of men taking away women's ability to make our own personal health care decisions. "That's when I knew I couldn't sit on the sidelines and why I'm proud to support Planned Parenthood Action Fund's Women are Watching campaign to ensure that young women know the high stakes for women's health and rights this November. "Women are watching, and we will fight for candidates who will ensure that birth control is affordable and who will protect access to safe and legal abortion. Women will be the key to the elections this November and it's more important than ever that young women register to vote and vote for the candidate that will stand up and fight for them."
The shirts, which read 'Hey Politicians! The 1950s called...they want their sexism back!', are available for sale online.
In September (14), organisers will release a T-shirt created by Gabrielle Union and in October (14), Natasha Lyonne and Selenis Leyva will design a shirt for the cause.
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It’s more than likely that your first interactions with George Takei took place aboard the Starship Enterprise. The then little-known actor boarded Gene Roddenberry’s groundbreaking Star Trek series at age 29, working to redefine both his own career and the way that Asians and Asian Americans would be depicted on television forever. It’s also a rather fair bet that your most recent taste of Takei came in the form of social media: Now 74, the film and television veteran has gained a refreshed notability for his amicable presence on Twitter and Facebook, where he is known to share a wide variety of visual and verbal gags as well as his inspiring messages of tolerance and progressive thought. But there is a whole lot of Takei in between the early days of Sulu and the current era of hashtagged witticisms, and that is vast middle section is chronicled in the new documentary To Be Takei.
The third feature-length project from filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroot, whose previous endeavors include the 2003 sci-fi/fantasy Sirens of the 23rd Century and the 2009 biographical doc It Came from Kuchar, details the professional achievements, political activism, and personal life of Takei, who proves to be as accomplished as he is downright likable. The weight with which Kroot approaches the three principal aspects of Kroot’s life tends to vary, leaning in favor of his work for gay rights, but we find ourselves duly engrossed in his personal and professional stories just the same.
The ProfessionalWe learn quite a bit about Takei’s own perspective on his early works (the pre-Sulu days), particularly those that he finds retroactively repugnant due to their embrace of racial stereotyping. Takei recounts the days when the only roles an Asian-American actor might procure were demeaning or even vilifying — clips from Green Berets, Which Way to the Front, and familiar small screen titles like Mission: Impossible and Perry Mason showcase some of Takei’s earlier, more regrettable turns… ones that he was forced to endure in order to make a name for himself in the far more regressive ‘60s and ‘70s.
The PersonalConsidering his family’s personal history, it’s no surprise that Takei has taken particular efforts to quell the negative depiction of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States. In Takei’s childhood, he and his family were imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp, as was not unusual for immigrants and American citizens of Asian descent during World War II. To Be Takei offers a great deal of heartrending footage devoted to Takei describing his family’s hardships during this period — the Hollywood legend illustrates his indomitable admiration for his parents, who exhibited charity and strength of will throughout the nightmare.
But the documentary also pays due attention to the lighter side of Takei’s personal journey, showcasing his relationship with husband Brad Altman: the love of his life… and occasional victim of his ceaseless brutal honesty (at one point, Altman laments Takei’s proclivity for telling people when they have gained a bit of weight, a habit that George himself doesn’t seem to find problematic). Perhaps the most enjoyable bits in the film are those that allow the audience to watch Takei and Altman spend lazy days together, joking and bickering, showing off their complementary incurable merriment (George) and high-strung neuroses (Brad). It’s charming, it’s funny, and it’s indicative of real, healthy love.
The PoliticalFinally, there wouldn’t be much of a story if Takei had not become such a prominent figure in the fight for a more progressive attitude toward ethnic minorities and gay men and women. We see Takei’s spotlighted wedding to Brad (conducted by friend and former colleague Nichelle Nichols), his acceptance of a variety of awards recognizing his work in the area of LGBT rights, and — perhaps his greatest sociopolitical contribution to date — his public lambasting of William Shatner.
No matter when and where you met Takei, be it back during his journeys across the galaxies or amid one of his recent highly celebrated punny tweets, your interests in the man as an actor, a public figure, and a man will be sated by the cheerful, informative doc To Be Takei. Check out the film in select theaters or on VOD now.
Two And A Half Men star Ashton Kutcher has been named U.S. TV's highest-paid actor for the third year in a row.
The actor earned an estimated $26 million (£15 million) for his work on the hit sitcom over the past 12 months, according to editors at Forbes magazine. Kutcher's Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer follows behind in second place earning $19 million (£11.5 million). The pair is heading into the long-running programme's 12th and final season next month (Sep14).
Cryer is tied in second place with NCIS veteran Mark Harmon, while Neil Patrick Harris comes in at fourth, raking in $18 million (£11 million) to end his eight season run on How I Met Your Mother, which finished earlier this year (14).
Grey's Anatomy hunk Patrick Dempsey and House of Cards star Kevin Spacey tie in the fifth position with $16 million (£9.7 million).
Other actors featured on the countdown include The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki, Harris' co-stars Jason Segel and Josh Radnor, Tim Allen, Charlie Sheen, and newcomer on the list, Mad Men's Jon Hamm.
Actor Josh Brolin was left disappointed when he missed out on an opportunity to work with Mickey Rourke on their new movie Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The Men in Black 3 star was eager to take on a role alongside The Wrestler actor and was excited to hear he would be sharing scenes with Rourke.
He says, "I've always been a fan of Mickey's. I'm working with Benecio (Del Toro) right now and we talked about how, when we were growing up, Mickey was someone you always looked up to and I've known him forever... Then finally when (director) Robert (Rodriguez) said, 'Do you want to do this?'... I was like, 'Of course I'll do it and do I have any scenes with Mickey?' (and he said), 'Absolutely'."
However, Brolin learned when he got to the set Rourke had already finished filming his parts and their scenes together would be completed using green screen movie technology.
He continues, "I got to to the set... and I was like, 'Where's Mick?' and (Rodriguez is) like, 'No, he finished his stuff like a month ago...' If you see the movie, I worked with Mickey the entire film, but I never saw Mickey."