Country music legend Ralph Stanley has been honoured for his career achievements with an induction into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member added another accolade to his name on Saturday (11Oct14) when he was formally inducted as a fellow of the prestigious honorary society that recognises achievement in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
Also included in the same induction class was actor/director Al Pacino, author John Irving, and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic, Robert Ballard.
Stanley will finish his 14-month farewell The Man of Constant Sorrow Tour in December (14).
He has been performing for 67 years - the bluegrass icon started out as one half of the Stanley Brothers with his older sibling Carter, and went solo after his brother died in 1966.
"There is this hum of pressure that - I can't stress enough - I don't pay any attention to. But I am not going to let a tabloid tell me what to do... I'm not going to watch them tap their watch...What the hell are you telling me to do? We're just doing our own thing. We are completely happy, obviously, but we're not on anyone else's time frame..." Jennifer Aniston's actor fiancee Justin Theroux insists they won't bow to endless pressure to marry despite constant rumours about the wedding.
"There's not much to say; there's no bad blood there. You never get used to it because you get followed and you get chased and it's never a fun experience." Actor Liam Hemsworth on his broken Miley Cyrus engagement and the constant paparazzi crush the former couple faced.
Kelly Brook's heartbroken ex-fiancee David Mcintosh has broken his silence about the couple's shocking split, insisting he wasn't unfaithful to the pin-up. The model and actress announced she had ended her engagement to the British TV hunk on Friday (25Sep14), amid reports McIntosh had cheated on her with his ex.
Brook offered up no explanation for the split and now her ex has offered up his first comments on the end of his romance, which began on New Year's Eve (31Dec13) when he met Brook at a party.
He says, "I did not cheat on Kelly."
And the recent Big Brother contestant admitted he is "deeply upset" by tabloid stories linking him to his former lover, Sarah Harper.
In an open letter, the 28 year old hit back at charges he and Harper hooked up behind Brook's back and took drugs together.
Insisting he still loves Brook, he writes, "I am not angry, I am just deeply upset by the story that was published in The Sun newspaper and other media outlets today. I rarely address inaccurate press stories but believe I must speak up about the hurtful allegations today...
"I became friends with Sarah Harper seven years ago but only properly began spending time with her after going through a very traumatic break-up with my son's mother.
"As well as the stress of the break-up, I had finished working out at sea on stressful, and sometimes dangerous, anti-piracy operations and was drawn to Sarah's happy-go-lucky party spirit. I viewed Sarah as a friend but that was all she was... a friend, nothing more!
"Before I began dating Kelly, I can confirm that Sarah and I did go on a handful of nights out together but it was NOT on a regular basis as was made out in today's article... Our so-called 'closeness' lasted for about four months, after which her constant partying and (self-admitting) drug use grew very tiring. Sarah was clearly addicted to drugs - however I was not, and am not, a drug user."
He adds, "Sarah often asked me to pose for silly pictures when I was drunk and, in today's article in The Sun, there is a picture of me purportedly 'posing' over what appears to be white powder on a table. I did not take any drugs on the night that picture was taken and am very disappointed that Sarah has lied. I merely (and in hindsight, very stupidly) posed for a 'fun' picture at Sarah's request. I was clearly intoxicated with alcohol in the picture and acted naively.
"'When I began dating Kelly, out of respect to Kelly, I decided it was time to finally cut all contact with Sarah. Unfortunately, she didn't respond well to this and blackmailed me, threatening to go to the press with the drug photo (as published in The Sun today) which she forwarded to me with an unkindly message. It shocked me, I was so afraid of her threats that I pandered to her and continued to stay friends with her purely out of fear.
"I'm far from a weak man but I was worried the photo would ruin my career and, more importantly, my relationship with Kelly. Being blackmailed is a horrendous experience and I wouldn't wish it upon anyone, especially when it concerns something you're against. Seeing as I remained friendly with Sarah, I presumed she wouldn't act upon her blackmail threat, but I was very mistaken. It's clear now that over the past 9 months she has plotted, schemed and waited to put it out into the media.
"I'm incredibly hurt and sickened by Sarah's false accusations and believe she has done this out of jealousy and spite because she knows that, 1) I'm not interested in her romantically and 2) I only love and want Kelly. I did not cheat on Kelly what so ever! Kelly is my World and, other than my son, she's the only person I've ever truly cared about in my life.
"I'm absolutely devastated that Sarah's lies have caused Kelly to end our engagement but am even more deeply upset that the woman I thought loved me and was literally my life my would not stand by me."
McIntosh proposed to Brook after an eight-week courtship in March (14).
Anthony Anderson's ongoing slim down is causing serious problems for the costume designer on his new TV comedy Black-Ish, because he his onset wardrobe no longer fits him. The Transformers star, who suffers from Type 2 diabetes, decided to shed some weight in recent years after tipping the scales at 270 pounds (122.4 kilograms).
The 44 year old recently adopted a vegan diet, which he credits with helping him shave seven more pounds (kilograms) off his frame, but his constant weight loss is fast becoming an issue for the wardrobe department at work.
Anderson, who now weighs in at 223 pounds (101 kilograms), tells People magazine, "Our costume designer is like, 'How much more weight are you going to lose? Because I have to go out and buy you more clothes!'
"I was like, 'You're going to have to go buy smaller stuff for me all day and all night, because I don't plan on stopping!'"
Pop star Aaron Carter is "regulating" his lifestyle and watching what he eats and smokes so he can complete his current marathon 80-date tour without having to cancel one show. The I Want Candy singer, who embarked on his latest comeback tour last week (ends19Sep14), has his stint on off-Broadway show The Fantasticks to thank for his new-found work ethic, revealing he had to quit smoking cigarettes to avoid getting fired, and discovered that sick days are really frowned upon in the theatre world.
The 26 year old tells WENN, "When I was doing off-Broadway in New York City, I was contractually obligated to do eight shows a week... At that time The Fantasticks was the only thing that I had going on, so I didn't wanna screw it up. I wanted to show people that I could do the eight shows a week. Yes I did get sick, and when I did I went to an ear nose and throat specialist and got through it and carried on.
"I was a cigarette smoker before I started The Fantasticks and I quit cold turkey and I haven't had a cigarette in over three years. My musical director comes up to me and says, 'I gotta talk to you... You sound OK, but you look terrible when you're singing; all your veins are popping out of your neck. What are you doing in your personal life?' I said, 'I'm a cigarette smoker, I smoke a pack and a half of cigarettes a day', and he was like, 'Well, you're gonna quit that now or I'm gonna fire you tomorrow'.
"If I did miss a show my actors would get really upset and they would make fun of me and pick at me and almost tease me about it, and I'm happy they did because I didn't wanna hear that s**t anymore..."
As a result, he can promise fans that he won't be missing any shows as he tours through North America this autumn, adding, "I'm gonna push through it; I'm gonna take care of myself... I have to regulate my lifestyle. I've made some modifications. The new music that I'm doing, the songs are difficult songs and they're technically hard to sing... I have to rest every night, I have to hydrate myself and eat good food and not drink caffeine.
"I don't really drink... I've never really liked alcohol, which really screws up your voice, and I've done so much training. I'm a 26-year-old man now and I wake my butt up in the morning and do what I gotta do... If I wanna be like Rocky, I've gotta train like Rocky. Right now, it's like that underdog situation and I've been handed this opportunity by (Rocky character) Apollo Creed to embark on this amazing journey and make something of it and that's exactly what I'm gonna go. Failure is not an option."
And Carter insists his former Xanax addiction, which landed him in the Betty Ford Clinic, is not going to be an issue - because his sister Leslie's overdose death in 2012 is a constant reminder of how prescription pills can rob you of life.
He adds, "I am clean and sober. I am a (marijuana) smoker and I drink occasionally, but my sister passed away from a drug overdose in my father's bed - from Xanax; we were being prescribed Xanax from the same rock doc (doctor) in California, so it's just like, that is always a reminder. This tour means so much to me that I can deal with the anxiety. I've grown so much since I got of rehab... The Xanax was ruining my life."
Singer K.D. Lang has sparked rumours of a new romance with the estranged wife of Canadian ice hockey team boss N. Murray Edwards. The Constant Craving hitmaker has been spotted on numerous dinner dates with Heather Edwards in Calgary, Canada in recent weeks and online publication Frank reports their relationship is more than platonic after they bonded over their shared passion for Buddhism.
lang, who 'came out' as a lesbian in 1992, split from her girlfriend of eight years, Jamie Price, in 2011 and was previously linked to actresses Julie Cypher and The L Word's Leisha Hailey.
Oil billionaire N. Murray Edwards, a co-owner of the Calgary Flames, quietly parted ways with Heather last year (13), according to the New York Post.
Actress Jennifer Aniston, 45, is adamant she does not need to have a baby to prove her worth as a woman.
"It is always such an issue, of like are you married yet? Do have you babies yet? And it's just constant... I don't have this sort of checklist of things that have to be done, and... if they're not checked, then I've failed some part of my feminism or my being a woman or my worth and my value as a woman, because I haven't... birthed a child... I've birthed a lot of things, and I feel like I've mothered many things, and I don't think it's fair to put that pressure on people."
Live Aid hero Midge Ure gave up plans for a booze-filled retirement after realising he couldn't fight what he hated about the music industry from a rocking chair. The former Ultravox singer has recorded his first new album in a decade, Fragile, and he admits it's a comeback record that almost didn't happen at all.
He tells Billboard.com, "It's a diary of thoughts and emotions and highs and deep lows I've experienced. I went through huge swatches of doubting my continued involvement in this rapidly changing music industry. (There was) a lot of self doubt as to whether I could write anymore after walking away from my all too constant writing partner Jack Daniels and the realisation that, just maybe, nobody was waiting desperately for new Midge Ure material.
"I realised that if you don't agree with where music is at the moment, where busloads of writers contribute to one song and talent shows are supposed to find us the next John Lennon or Led Zeppelin, then walking away from music isn't going to change anything."
He adds, "Fragile might not change anything, but it makes me feel better about trying to redress the balance."
The new album features Dark Dark Night, a collaboration with Moby but everything else on the record was played and recorded by multi-instrumentalist Ure.
He adds, "I thought of each instrument and what they were doing in relation to the other instruments and melodies as building blocks towards the final production. They all had to contribute something to the overall picture but be melodic at the same time. I hope it sounds like a band rather than one person."
Taylor Swift jumped at the chance to play a pivotal role in new movie The Giver because it was an opportunity to show fans who reach out to her in times of need and sadness they should cherish moments of happiness. Swift was a last-minute addition to the cast of the film, and flew to South Africa to shoot her scenes opposite Jeff Bridges.
The movie veteran has already given the Love Story singer high praise for her acting skills, and Swift tells WENN it was a joy to be on the set of such an important project.
She says, "It was unbelievable to even think I would have the opportunity to work with Jeff. It's just an unbelievable concept that I would get to do this. It's sort of this dream scenario where I get to have a very small role that has a pivotal part of the story but isn't jumping into too deep water.
"It was a story that stuck with me through my childhood and the book is by an author that I respect. It celebrates all the things that I hold really dear and the things that are most important are history, music, art, intellect and our memories. That really had a great deal to do with why I had to be a part of this.
"So many of my fans write to me on Instagram and Twitter saying that they're having such a tough time with life because they can't imagine that we can experience such great pain, such intense loss, such insecurity. And the thing that I wish I could tell them over and over again is that we live for these fleeting moments of happiness. Happiness is not a constant; it's something we only experience once in a while but it's worth it. And I that's what in particular drew me to this movie."