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A memorial tree planted in honour of George Harrison has been killed by an infestation of beetles.
The pine tree sapling was planted in Griffin Park, Los Angeles in 2004, three years after The Beatles legend died from lung cancer.
It eventually towered to a height of more than 10 feet (three metres) but has since died after it was infested by bugs.
Local officials plan to plant a new tree at the spot, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Chris Brown and Drake patched up their differences to shoot a hilarious skit that aired during the ESPYS sports awards telecast in America on Wednesday night (16Jul14). The rapper, who was hosting the show from L.A. Live in Los Angeles, pretended to be at war with basketball star Blake Griffin over a title for their new movie, as they argued over who should take top billing.
The Los Angeles Clippers star promised to make Drake change his mind and call the film Blake & Drake and was spotted in scrubs in surgery ready to remove the rap star's appendix.
As the ESPYS host pretended to fall asleep under anaesthesia, Griffin promised all the nurses surrounding him free doughnuts in the kitchen and then revealed his true identity, as Drake said, "Oh my God, you're the surgeon?"
Griffin responded, "I'm not the surgeon, he is," pointing to Brown, who said, 'Yo, motherf**ker!"
The basketball star and the singer then stood over Drake as he went under.
Brown and Drake recently made amends after a nightclub brawl in 2012.
Brown and Griffin popped up again at the end of the skit as they pretended to take over hosting duties from Drake onstage, with the R&B star calling himself "America's sweetheart". Drake was seen bound and gagged backstage on a big screen behind them.
Drake showed off his comedy skills at the top of the show as he poked fun at Clippers boss Donald Sterling, American football star Johnny Manziel and basketball star Lance Stephenson.
He also performed a "new track" called Honorable Mention, which poked fun at all the athletes who came in second in the past year, and then teamed up with Brian McKnight for a tune called Side Pieces about sports stars' mistresses.
Another highlight came when he appeared in a skit as boxer Manny Pacquiao, attempting to record a new version of Frozen's Let It Go.
Once-feuding stars Drake and Chris Brown have teamed up with basketball hero Blake Griffin to film a skit for Wednesday night's (16Jul14) ESPY Awards. The rapper and the R&B star's entourages famously fought at a New York nightclub in 2012, before patching up their differences by hitting the studio together last October (13). Now they have proved their rivalry is over by filming the sketch, which will debut during the televised U.S. sports awards.
Michael Buble surprised an autistic fan by recording a special song for him on YouTube.com.
The Haven't Met You Yet hitmaker was moved by the story of six-year-old Griffin Woods, who suffers from a severe form of autism and has become a big fan as his parents use the crooner's tracks to soothe him. Buble recorded a personalised message and jingle for Woods and posted the clip on the Internet.
In the video, Buble is sat a keyboard and says, "Hi, this is a YouTube exclusive. Truth is, this is only for one dude. It's for Griffin. Griffin, if you're watching, it's Michael Buble and I hear that you like watching my stuff on YouTube, so I wanted to do a song... It's a terrible song, I'm not very good on the piano but I love you man..."
The youngster's mother Christin, from Calgary in Canada, tells Metronews.ca, "I was laughing and crying at the same time. I was in disbelief... I couldn't believe it. My husband was crying. We showed our therapists and they were crying."
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Former High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale jumped at the chance to play a tattooed lesbian magazine editor in new U.S. TV series Young & Hungry.
The actress is one of the executive producers of the new Emily Osment comedy and when show bosses needed someone to lock lips with their star in an upcoming episode, Tisdale volunteered.
She says, "I did a guest appearance, it's actually on July 9th... It was really fun... It's a really great role, something I've never done before. "I play an editor of a magazine and I take a real big liking to Gabby, which is (played by) Emily - a real big liking to her."
But it won't be the first time she has kissed a girl: "I did it in another movie. I had experience... but when me and Emily had to do it, we've known each other for so long so it was like, 'This is going to be so awkward!' "Emily went for it... and I was like, 'Woah!' When we came out of it, I said, 'That was pretty good'."
Veteran comedian Steve Rossi has died, aged 82. The Allen & Rossi funnyman passed away on Sunday (22Jun14) at a hospice in Las Vegas. He had been suffering from cancer prior to his death.
His longtime comedy partner Marty Allen has paid tribute, telling the Las Vegas Sun, "What can I say? I am totally at a loss for what has happened. We had a lot of great years together... He was a wonderful talent and a wonderful man."
Veteran entertainer Wayne Newton says of Rossi, "He was a great man and a great friend. He will be missed dearly," and Penn Jillette, of illusionist duo Penn & Teller, adds, "Teller and I saw Allen & Rossi in Atlantic City in the '80s, and they were wonderful. There are things that only people who have been part of a comedy team know. I will miss Steve's calls to talk about those things."
Allen & Rossi rose to fame in the 1950s and enjoyed regular turns on variety shows such as The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and The Merv Griffin Show, while they also appeared with The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. They also spent several years touring with Nat King Cole.
Allen & Rossi parted ways in 1968, but reunited on a number of occasions over the years. Their last tour was in 1994.
U.S. soap opera The Young And The Restless was the one to beat at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday (22Jun14) after scooping six of the prizegiving's top awards.
Currently in its 41st season, the programme has spent 25 years as the number one rated daytime drama in America, and it proved its longevity by landing a handful of awards at the Los Angeles ceremony, including its eighth win for Outstanding Drama Series. Stars Billy Miller (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series), Amelia Heinle (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series), and Hunter King (Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series) all won in the top acting categories, while the show also took the trophies for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team and Outstanding Special Class Special for The Young and The Restless: The Jeanne Cooper Tribute, in honour of the actress who starred on the show for 40 years and died last May (13).
On Friday (20Jun14), The Young and The Restless earned three additional Daytime Creative Arts Emmys for a total haul of nine awards. Another long-running soap, Days of Our Lives, earned multiple wins, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Eileen Davidson, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Eric Martsolf, and Chandler Massey for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series.
Other winners included Steve Harvey (Outstanding Game Show Host for Family Feud and Outstanding Talk Show - Informative for his self-titled programme), Ellen DeGeneres (Outstanding Talk Show - Entertainment and five additional Creative Arts Emmys), and Dr. Mehmet Oz and newlywed Katie Couric, who tied as Outstanding Talk Show Host.
Comedienne Kathy Griffin hosted the prizegiving at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and kicked off the night by mocking reality TV star Kris Jenner, who attended the awards show last year (13) on the same day her daughter Kim Kardashian gave birth to baby North West.
Actor Vincent D'onofrio is going bad to play a villain in the new Daredevil TV series. The Men in Black and former Law & Order: Criminal Intent star has been cast as powerful businessman Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, a character who faces off against blind attorney Matt Murdock and his crime-fighting alter ego.
The late Michael Clarke Duncan portrayed Kingpin in the 2003 movie, opposite Ben Affleck as the Marvel superhero. Boardwalk Empire star Charlie Cox will star as the title character in the forthcoming show, which will air on online streaming service Netflix next year (15).
Jeph Loeb, Marvel's head of television, says, "We're incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining Marvel's Daredevil in such an integral role. "Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero."
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Shark Tank is riding a wave of popularity that is really kicking up the quality of life for its millionaires and billionaires. The denizens of the tanks are regulars on the talk show circuit and have journalists filing story after story after story in all types of media. They need to be careful though — their parent network, ABC, could be pushing this show off the rails of the gravy train even faster than they would like.
Another ABC show can provide a cautionary tale that Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O'Leary should heed: Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. Over a decade ago, it was the toast of the television world. Regis Philbin, with his assortment of ties, had all of America repeating his trademark phrase, "Is that your final answer?" It was must-watch TV and the first time that someone actually answered the million dollar question was national news.
Then ABC got greedy. It started airing new episodes multiple times a week. People got bored of the program and it eventually fell out of prime-time grace. The very same thing can happen with Shark Tank if the programming honchos aren't more careful. The show has served as a stalwart stand-in for series that have already ended their seasons or have already been canceled. While there is educational value in a repeat viewing of a Shark Tank episode, there's no small chance that people might start tuning these lessons out.
The show's format has served it well, especially with the bringing in of Cuban and Greiner to further humanize the show; still, there's always a need to shake up thing after a while, since even the most successful formula and get stale after a while. One suggestion might be for the five sharks to make some road trips and visit the entrepreneurs in their element. That way, they could spend an episode in one place and go really in-depth, much like Marcus Lemonis does on The Profit. Imagine Cuban snarking on the work area of an entrepreneur. Even if this shakes up what we loved about the show to begin with, fresh material like this could be what saves the series from going stale.
Just remember... a shark has to keep moving forward, otherwise it will die. The same could be said of this show if ABC keeps this up.
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Season 2 of Elementary has come to a close and we're faced with several things all at once: Sherlock Holmes throwing his lot in in with MI6, Joan Watson moving out on her own and Mycroft Holmes vanishing in order to escape the potential wrath of the French terrorist group Le Mileu. It's going to be quite interesting to see how this all shakes out.
The first character whose future we must consider is Sherlock, specifically in regards to his decision to consult for British Intelligence. That plainly means that the esteemed detective will be setting up shop in London. What this means for Captain Thomas Gregson and detective Marcus Bell is anybody's guess. Apart from an arc that featured Bell getting shot due to something Sherlock did and Gregson trying to save his marriage at one point, the two were largely reduced to having Gregson yell at Sherlock for breaking protocol and Bell to sitting and scowling next to Sherlock during police interrogations. The writers really need to do something with those two, since Aidan Quinn and Jon Michael Hill are both too talented to just be bit players again during Season 3. A good solution would be for Holmes to realize that New York is too much in his blood and have him return there after an episode or two so they can re-integrate Gregson and Bell as Sherlock realizes his mistake.
What to do about Mycroft? Although Elementary isn't in any way strictly adherent to the canon of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's material, Rhys Ifans didn't feel like the right fit as Sherlock's brother, especially compared to the Mycroft of the BBC's Sherlock. This isn't a knock against Ifans' acting ability, but the show might want to make him undergo plastic surgery and have him coming back looking like an entirely different person. There just didn't seem to be any genuine chemistry between Ifans and Lucy Liu either — the Mycroft/Watson plot just seemed cobbled together to make Sherlock act like an even bigger ass than he normally does.
Speaking of Watson, she is a bigger issue. There still doesn't seem to be an avenue for Sherlock to have any romantic feelings for her, since he is still far too vested in his work, since that is probably one of the only things keeping him from slipping back into an abyss of drug use (though the audience is still going to be very interested to find what he did with that baggie of heroin that he stashed in his jacket pocket towards the end of Season 2. There were some who speculated that he might have intended to slip back into drug use to force Watson's hand into becoming his "sober companion," the pairing that made them fall into each other's orbits in the first place. That scenario was seemingly dashed when he decided to accept the MI6 offer, but that baggie will keep lurking like Chekhov's Gun during the summer hiatus, leaving us wondering what place it had. Will it force a reconciliation of sorts between the two or will it be forgotten?
The show is on a good path, and this upcoming season is going to be an important one in terms of it staying on stable footing. Jonny Lee Miller is a fantastic actor, and he's made Sherlock a must-watch character full of nuance beyond being an arrogant socially inept buffoon, but it's going to be up to the writers to make it must-watch TV. They have ths summer to really hammer that down or they will have even more time the following season to spend on the beach.