Country star Zac Brown has finally added a son to his brood after his wife Shelly welcomed a baby boy to the family on Monday (05May14). Little Alexander Frost Brown is the couple's fifth child.
Announcing the happy news on the Zac Brown Band's website, the Chicken Fried hitmaker wrote, "Baby makes 7! (We) are pleased to announce the arrival of Alexander Frost Brown. Born May 5, 2014 at 11 lbs., 7 oz. and 22.5 inches long."
The newborn joins sisters Joni Mason, three, Georgia Sloan, four, Lucy, five, and Justice, seven.
In a 2011 interview Brown joked that he and his wife intended to keep making babies "until we get a boy".
Actress Olivia Wilde is a new mum. The Tron: Legacy star and fiance Jason Sudeikis have named their firstborn Otis Alexander.
Wilde took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (23Apr14) to announce the happy news, writing, "Ladies and gentlemen, Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building! (I’m the building)."
She also posted a sweet photo of new mum and baby, who arrived 10 days early.
The 30 year old confirmed pregnancy reports in October (13), nine months after she and We're the Millers star Sudeikis became engaged.
Victoria Beckham is among the superstar fashion designers creating matching mother/daughter outfits to raise money for charity. The former Spice Girls star has created a two-piece collection as part of a new initiative from charity Born Free.
The organisation aims to end the transmission of HIV from mothers to their kids, and designers at fashion houses like Alexander McQueen, Carolina Herrera, Stella McCartney and Versace have also created pieces for the campaign, alongside supermodel mother-of-two Gisele Bundchen.
The items will be sold online at fashion website ShopBop.com from 23 April (14), with all profits going to the charity.
Beckham jetted to South Africa in February (14) to witness the charity's work in the fight against the disease in Cape Town.
Pop star Lorde turned bridesmaid after a concert in Las Vegas on Tuesday (15Apr14) when one of her friends tied the knot in Sin City. The Royals hitmaker, 17, headed to the Little White Wedding Chapel hours after a gig at the Cosmopolitan resort to be part of her pal's 'quickie' wedding ceremony.
She shared a photo of herself with the bride and another bridesmaid on Instagram.com, and it appears Lorde had no time to change after her gig - she posed wearing what has become one of her signature stage looks - a white shirt, black pants and a long, black blazer.
The chapel has a history with celebrities - Frank Sinatra wed Mia Farrow there and Bruce Willis and Demi Moore exchanged vows there, while Paul Newman, Judy Garland, Michael Jordan and Pamela Anderson also walked down the aisle at A Little White Wedding Chapel, and Britney Spears famously wed Jason Allen Alexander there in 2004, only to have the union annulled 55 hours later.
We know what you're thinking. Mama Pope is horrible! She's a terrorist! She's insane! She tried to kill the President of the United States/her own daughter's boyfriend! Okay, sure. But on Scandal, no bad guy is just a bad guy and even the good guys can't always be trusted. Mama Pope A.K.A. Maya Lewis A.K.A. Marie Wallace (played by the supremely talented Khandi Alexander) is a strange, scary figure, but there are a few things we can all learn from her. As Olivia Pope once said about the baddest of bad guys Hollis Doyle, "even the devil loves his kids."
1. Have a Special, Exclusive Nickname for Your Little One
Every time Olivia picks up the phone and hears the name "Livvy" her heart stops a little. Sure, she's partly terrified because her Mom keeps coming back from the dead, and popping up in the States when she was just on a plane to Europe. But there's also something endearing about the whole thing. She may be the Olvia Pope, D.C. Fixer extraordinaire, but it's nice to know that to one person she's just plain "Livvy." Even if Olivia is freaked out every time she gets on the phone with her mom, we know she's also, always secretly happy to be Livvy again, if only for a moment.
2. Don't Be Afraid to Tread on the Dark Side of Motherhood
We can't talk about Mama Pope without discussing the one scene that kind of told us everything we needed to know about her. In one of her first appearances, when she was still being imprisoned by her husband Eli Pope (because of that one time she killed all of those people on a plane), Mama Pope kinda, sorta, literally ate through her own wrists so as to break free and make her way to Olivia. Sure, it was dark and gruesome. But motherhood is a dark place sometimes. And every once in a while you have to get a little animalistic if you're going to make it through.
3. Be the One Person Who Keeps It Unbelievably Real with Your Child
Some people forget that Mama Pope was the first character on the show to make one brilliantly astute observation about Olivia: Kerry Washington's character is not a very happy person. She's got great coats, she's got great men (sort of), her job is pretty cool, and she's the best fixer around. Her hair is perfect, and her friends and coworkers are loyal. But she doesn't laugh that much and it's kind of a bummer. In a recent episode, Mama Pope even went so far as to call her The Help, and pointed out (rather harshly) that Livvy's world revolves around the people she serves. Mothers are not just meant to cuddle and coddle; they need to keep it all the way real sometimes. And keeping it real is one thing (of many) that Mama Pope is not afraid to do.
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Actor Titus Welliver has wed his fashion consultant fiancee in California. The Argo star tied the knot with Jose Stemkens at Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas this weekend (12-13Apr14).
A representative for the couple tells People.com, "(It was a) lovely, loving, beautiful, amazing, magical evening."
This is the third wedding for Welliver - he was previously married to actress Joanna Heimbold from 1998 to 2004 and they have two sons named Eamonn and Quinn.
In 2006, the actor welcomed daughter Cora with his second wife, indie film producer Elizabeth W. Alexander, who passed away from breast cancer in 2012.
British actress Edna Dore has died at the age of 92. The EastEnders star passed away in her sleep at her home in Sussex, England on Friday (11Apr14) following a recent battle with lung disease emphysema.
Dore began her career as a chorus girl in the Entertainments National Service Association, which provided entertainment for the British armed forces during World War Two, and went on to become a member of the National Theatre.
She started working in TV in 1960 and will perhaps be best known for her role as Mo Butcher in the longrunning British soap opera EastEnders.
Dore, who was married to actor/filmmaker Alexander Dore, also starred in films including Mike Leigh's 1988 movie High Hopes, Gary Oldman's Nil by Mouth in 1997 and 1998's Les Miserables.
Paying tribute to the late actress, Leigh, who also directed Dore in 2011's Another Year, remembered her as a "very funny" star who "swore like a trooper, smoked like a chimney".
He adds, "We will all miss her no-nonsense wit, her generosity, and, above all, her uniquely truthful acting."
A former production assistant on U.S. comedy show Tosh.o has been mistakenly shot dead by police in West Hollywood. Cops were responding to reports of an "assault with a deadly weapon" on Monday (07Apr14) and were on the look out for a "man with a knife" when John Winkler was spotted rushing out of the apartment complex at the centre of the investigation.
Deputies thought the 30 year old was the alleged suspect and opened fire as he hurried out of the door.
A statement issued by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department reads: "Winkler was similar to the description of the suspect and was wearing a black shirt.
"Believing Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team; three deputies fired their duty weapons at him. Victim Winkler was struck by the gunfire and fell to the floor."
He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound.
Meanwhile, the real suspect, Alexander McDonald, was taken into custody and charged with one count of murder, two of attempted murder and one count of torture. He is currently being held on $4 million (£2.5 million) bail.
Two victims were also hospitalised with stab wounds.
Not every show can go out on a good note. Sure, some shows like Breaking Bad come up with a conclusion that feels right and true to most fans. But usually, when a show has been on the air for a while, finding a tidy way to wrap things up can be a chore.
Even if it's been planned out since the beginning, as was the case with the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, it's hard to make people who have invested time in the characters feel like they've said goodbye in a satisfying way. While the fury swells over the HIMYM's controversial ending, it's helpful to distract ourselves with other epic finale fails Ted and his stupid blue French horn are up against.
It's like the start of a joke… Tony Soprano walks into a diner.
That's how David Chase sets up the finale of his landmark HBO series. The Mafia boss made famous by the late James Gandolfini rifles through a jukebox at his table and picks out Journey's "Don’t Stop Believing." His wife Carmela (Edie Falco) joins him, soon followed by his son A.J. (Robert Iler). The diner is full. A guy in a hat sits at a nearby booth and may have eyed Tony when he was alone. Another guy in a Members Only jacket enters right before A.J. and seems kind of twitchy. Another pair of guys lingers near the counter. Tony's daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) is late because she can't parallel park. The jacket guy walks past the Soprano's table and goes into the bathroom. Meadow, finally out of the car, walks towards the door of the diner. She reaches out to open it, the bell rings above the door and… nothing. Cut to a black screen.
Millions of Americans reached for their remote, sure that their TV sets had just completely screwed them over and were poised to call their cable company... when suddenly the credits started to roll. The shock that the series ended with a cut to black set fans howling and looking for answers. Did we go black because a bullet just went through Tony's head? Did the bell mean something? Were the potential threats in the diner just a part of Tony's normal paranoia? What the heck does any of it mean? Chase has steadfastly refused to provide much in the way of explanation, leaving a large section of the fan base furious over the ambiguity.
The show about nothing decided to make the end about something. That's a problem. With Larry David back to write the final episode of the show that he created with his friend Jerry Seinfeld, the group is about to have some good fortune. The show-within-a-show created by Jerry and George (Jason Alexander) finds new life and the duo, along with Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Kramer (Michael Richards), are jetting off to Paris to celebrate in a private jet courtesy of NBC. But, some mechanical issues ground them and while they wait, they stand around making jokey comments about a car-jacking that they're witnessing. Next thing you know, we're in a court room with every ancillary character in the history of the show, each with his or her own story of how horrible Jerry and his friends are. The foursome is led to a single jail cell after being convicted under a Good Samaritan law and, essentially, starts having a conversation the same as they would at Monk's or Jerry's apartment.
As the credits role, Jerry, dressed in prison orange, performs a stand-up routine for the other inmates. The finale was bloated, lazy, and worst of all, not funny… with jokes falling flat left and right. Apparently most of the humor was supposed to come from the audience seeing the Soup Nazi or Newman one last time. For a show that had delivered consistent laughs throughout its entire run, not remaining true to the style of humor that had made it a cultural phenomenon was the ultimate sin.
The critically acclaimed '80s medical drama had a very loyal fan base that kept it on the air. It's hard to remember but the Boston-based show was the career launching pad for a number of actors, Denzel Washington and Mark Harmon chief amongst them, and was a major influence on later hospital series like ER and Grey's Anatomy. In the finale, a bearded Howie Mandel leaves after finishing his residency and David Morse's soulful Dr. Morrison collects his young son to depart as well. As the show's moral center Dr. Westphal (Ed Flanders) returns to his office, his autistic son (Chad Allen) stares out the window at the falling snow.
Cut to: Westphal now dressed as a construction worker entering an apartment where his son is on the floor staring at a snow globe. What's inside the globe? A replica of St. Eligius Hospital, or St. Elsewhere, as it's more commonly called. So, the whole show was just something that played out in the mind of an autistic boy? Is that it? Really? The whole "it was all fake" ending worked exactly once with the brilliant final reveal on Newhart, but that's it.
The closet serial killer played by Michael C. Hall is getting out of the game. With his girlfriend Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) and son Harrison (Evan and Luke Kruntchev) in tow, he's going to skip out to Argentina and lead a more peaceful life... then a criminal shoots Dex's sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter). Even though she seems fine, she suddenly lapses into a coma after a massive stroke. Dexter kind of matter-of-factly kills Saxon while he's in police custody, sends Hannah and Harrison off to Buenos Aires, and then takes Deb off life support. He steals her body and dumps it into the sea, before faking his own death. Except when we see Hannah and Harrison way down south, Dexter isn't with them and Hannah is reading a news story about his presumed watery demise.
We hear Dexter in a voice-over explaining how hard it is to be him. So, where is he? Well, why don't we let every fan of the Showtime hit take over from here: "A lumberjack?! He's a f**king lumberjack?! What do you mean he's a f**king lumberjack?!" Before that final scream-inducing reveal — seriously, how many TV sets were broken when remotes went sailing into them immediately after the shot of bearded Dexter? — the episode was pretty lifeless, moving from point A to B to C in a paint-by-numbers kind of way.
Just like with Seinfeld, the ending to Roseanne Barr's long-running sitcom felt like a cheat. Really it was a case where the show probably should've ended a couple of seasons before it actually did. The final season was an unmitigated disaster as the Connors won the lottery and the entire premise of the show changed, becoming a distorted rumination on the meaning of life. In the final episode, we see the cast of the show gathered around the kitchen table eating, laughing, and joking. Then a voice-over from Rosanne tells us that what we've been watching was a figment of her imagination. She's changed things from real life as she's written, including having Dan survive the heart attack that actually killed him two years prior. Worse, she calls into question what parts of the show going back before the heart attack were real (what do you mean David is really Becky's boyfriend?). Considering that the show became a ratings juggernaut with its funny portrayal of the real issues that face lower-middle class Americans, being told that it was just the main character's alternate reality was a slap in the face. And, while it's fine for a finale to be packed with emotion — plenty of fans cried at the end of M*A*S*H and The Mary Tyler Moore Show — the final shot of Roseanne sitting alone on her couch was unnecessarily depressing.
Fashion designer Tom Ford has married his partner Richard Buckley. Ford, who has been in a relationship with the journalist since 1986, showed off his wedding ring while at a question and answer event at the Apple store in London on Monday (07Apr14).
He said, "We are now married, which is nice. I know that was just made legal in the U.K., which is great, but we were married in the States."
The pair welcomed a son, Alexander John Buckley Ford, in September, 2012.