An Emmy Award statuette has been recovered from a box of trash placed outside a property in Brooklyn, New York. Construction worker Ismael 'Smiley' Cekic, 40, spotted the "cool-looking" item placed by the curb and took it home, although he only realised he had struck gold a few weeks later as he tuned in to watch the Primetime Emmy Awards on TV and noticed that the trophies being handed out to celebrities looked familiar.
The prize's original honouree is unknown as the plaque at the base of the award is missing, but a source tells the New York Post, "It's definitely the real deal. It's very old - likely from... the 1950s."
The Emmys, which were previously known as the Immys, were first handed out by officials at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1949 to recognise the best in the business. The statuettes, which weigh almost seven pounds (3.2 kilograms), are handcrafted from copper, nickel and gold and reportedly cost around $400 (£267) to make.
Among the winner's at this year's (13) Primetime Emmy Awards were Michael Douglas, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who all showed off their trophies following the ceremony.
Madonna's former lover Jose Canseco had some explaining to do on Wednesday (20Nov13) when cops discovered two goats wearing diapers in his car. The ex-baseball player, who enjoyed a fling with the Material Girl in the 1990s, had been on his way home in Nevada with model girlfriend Leila Knight when their vehicle was pulled over by traffic officers.
Unknown to the cops, Canseco had two strange passengers onboard - a pair of farmyard goats wearing diapers to stop them from soiling the back seat.
It turned out Canseco and Knight had collected the beasts from a sanctuary to re-home them at their property.
Uploading a snap of animals with a police cruiser visible through his back windscreen, Canseco wrote, "Just got pulled over with goats in the car. The cop laughed at our poor goats. Awesome. They will join our zoo of 4 dogs and tortoises."
Famous psychic Sylvia Browne has died at the age of 77. The world-renowned spiritual medium passed away on Wednesday (20Nov13) in San Jose, California.
The cause of death is unknown.
Throughout her career, Browne appeared on a plethora of television programmes, including U.S. series Larry King Live, The Montel Williams Show and Unsolved Mysteries.
Browne specialised in psychic detective work and often offered her services to officials investigating various high profile missing persons cases.
As British actor Matt Smith prepares to hang up the bow tie and step out of the TARDIS one last time on Doctor Who, the rumor mills are spinning about his possible involvement in the upcoming Star Wars sequel.
According to Bleeding Cool, the soon to be ex-Timelord has met with J.J. Abrams recently to discuss possibly taking part in Star Wars: Episode VII. While the exact nature of the meeting is of course, unknown, the idea of Matt Smith bringing his witty exuberance to a Star Wars series that was way too stiff and stately in the prequels is enough reason to jump for joy. We can definitely imagine Smith as a wily Jedi Knight that cracks wise in a room full of his stuffy peers that take themselves a little too seriously. Even better than that, Maybe the TARDIS can make a surprise visit to Mos Eisley. I can smell the fanfics being written as we speak.
British singer James Arthur has issued a public apology after allegedly hurling a homophobic slur at a fellow musician in a rap track. The Impossible hitmaker recorded a "diss track" to hit back at Micky Worthless after the rapper mocked the singer as a "pop puppet" in his own song.
Arthur branded Worthless a "f**king q**er" in his rap and many fans took to Twitter.com on Saturday (16Nov13) to complain about the controversial lyrics, with one user writing, "People kill themselves everyday because there's insults like that around. It's not something a role model should say."
The singer has now issued apology via the social networking website, writing, "Any offence I have caused by using the term 'queer' in my rap battle with MC Worthless. I just have to say I'm extremely disappointed in myself for being so naive with the diss track I made for an unknown rapper recently. I would just like to make it completely clear that it was not meant in anyway as a reference to homosexuality.
"I realise where the term has come from in meaning... but used in the context of the rap battles I have grown up with it has come to mean something completely different... That said, I understand why it could cause offence and that definitely wasn't my intention."
It's the perfect album to score angry journaling, but can Jagged Little Pill be successfully adapted to Broadway? News broke last week that Canadian pop star turned poster child for late '90s female disillusionment Alanis Morissette is working on adapting the album that made her a household name for the stage. What could that possibly look like?
Whether or not we have faith in the idea, her collaborater Tom Kitt lends some expertise to the project. He worked with Green Day to develop the stage version of American Idiot a few years back. While that show didn't have much of a story to speak of, at least the punk trio's score sounded rich and full with a chorus of Broadway voices belting it. But American Idiot is also a concept album with a thematic throughline, if not a complete narrative. Jagged Little Pill on the other hand, is all over the place, from the white-hot rage of "You Oughta Know" to the chill "Hand in my Pocket" to the openly affectionate "Head Over Feet." Not to say that one person can't experience all those emotions in rapid succession (or even at the same time — we've all had those days). Morissette is a complicated lady — just like the rest of us — and it was that multifacetedness and honesty that drew us all to her in the first place. But when it comes to big-budget musicals, simpler usually fares better.
What this show needs is a solid book that divides the album's track listing among fully-realized characters and a truly kick-ass unknown to play our fictionalized Alanis, whatever they'll be calling her. If it works, it might just be spectacular. Cyndi Lauper collected a Tony Award for her composition efforts this year. Could Alanis be next?
Former New York mob boss John Gotti, Jr. is recovering from a stab wound after becoming involved in a fight in Long Island, New York. The retired head of the Gambino crime family was reportedly trying to break up an altercation between two strangers in the parking lot of a CVS pharmacy on Sunday night (10Nov13) when he was struck in the stomach.
He was admitted to a local hospital for treatment, although details about his condition were unknown as WENN went to press.
Police have now launched an investigation into the incident, reports the New York Daily News.
The life of the 49 year old, who claims to have turned his back on the mob in 1999, is set to be the subject of an upcoming crime drama starring John Travolta as his father, who died behind bars in 2002.
Ben Foster was previously attached to portray Gotti, Jr. in Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father, but it is not yet clear if he is still onboard.
Joe Johnston is set to direct the project, which will also feature Sir Anthony Hopkins and Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, as Gotti's spouse Victoria.
Star Wars fans will be given a second chance to audition for a role in the franchise's new reboot by sending in an online application. Thousands of wannabe movie stars queued for hours in Bristol, England on Saturday (09Nov13) in a bid to get in front of casting directors from Lucasfilm after it was reported producers behind the new sci-fi sequel are on the hunt for a male and female star.
However, due to the huge number of people who turned up, organisers were forced to turn hundreds of hopefuls away, but now a representative for the production company has confirmed fans will be able to send in video applications online.
Barbara Gamlen, a publicist for Lucasfilm, also reveals dozens of hopefuls who managed to audition in front of casting bosses have already been called back.
She tells the Bristol Post, "We saw about 1,000 people on Saturday with 75 call backs. Star Wars is a real fans favourite, so we always expected a large crowd for the auditions especially as Star Wars is known for casting unknown talent.
"The film has such a dedicated fan base and that's what makes it so special."
Open casting calls to find two unknowns are taking place around the U.K., as well as in the U.S.
Disney bosses took over the film series after buying George Lucas' LucasFilm company last year (12), and the seventh installment of the sci-fi blockbuster franchise will hit cinemas on 18 December, 2015.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's biggest misstep in its first season has been its characters. Its worst offenders are Fitz-Simmons, the rambling co-dependent scientist duo that are so one-note, even the other characters can't be bothered to call them by their separate names, instead often hyphenating them into a single data-spouting entity. With "F.Z.Z.T," Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has delivered one of the show's better hours by raising the stakes and putting one of its characters in actual danger, while also giving some much-needed character development to the dorky duo in question.
The episode opens with a troop of Marvel's version of the Boy Scouts (since this is in the Marvel Universe, lets call them Captain America Campers) gathered around the fire. One of the adult troop leaders hears some mysterious humming and goes off to investigate, but ends up getting killed by an unknown entity with static electric powers that leaves his body mysteriously floating in the air.
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Next, we catch up with the S.H.I.E.L.D. crew. Coulson is getting a physical and appears to be in perfect health, but something about this second chance at life is still gnawing at him. Elsewhere, Skye is feeling the chill from Ward's cold shoulder after the events of the last episode. Betraying your team to your previous hacktivist organization tends to leave some people a little frosty. Fitz and Simmons lighten the mood with some fun Ward impressions, but the fun is fleeting when the team is called to investigate the mysterious case of the floating man.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. gang travels to the campsite with the body to investigate what happened. Simmons gets too close to the gravitationaly challenged man and gets a seemingly innocuous static zap that causes the body to fall to the ground. Coulson and the others wonder who or what could have caused the man's death.
The team then picks up another electo-static event, this time in a barn where they find another man floating in the air. It turns out the two victims were both firefighters that were among the first responders to the battle of New York. The team travels to the firehouse where they find another man who hears the humming. Coulson comforts the man by telling him of his own experience with death before leaving the man to die the same way his friends did.
Simmons puzzles out that the random electro-static deaths are due to a dormant alien virus left on a Chitari helmet, a virus that has also infected Simmons herself. Coulson puts Simmons in quarantine while she scrambles to create an anti-serum for the virus, but fails in every attempt to stop the disease. It turns out that if Simmons dies in the same electro-static event that killed the others, the jet will be blown out of the sky. When a last ditch effort to find the right anti-serum appears to fail, she decides to sacrifice herself and save the rest of the team by jumping out of the jet. Naturally, the last anti-serum turns out to indeed work. Agent Ward goes full superhero by jumping out of a jet in an impressive bit of sky-diving, and manages to impossibly save Simmons from going splat and injects her with the correct antidote. Back on the plane, everyone's relieved that Simmons survived, and Coulson reveals that he feels different since coming back, but Melinda May tells him to embrace his second life, however different he might feel. The scene also hints that May has had a death experience of her own.
Simmons' looming death gives way to some good character work that S.H.I.E.L.D has been in serious need of. The episode also helped to develop Fitz and Simmons as indvidual characters. Jemma coming that close to death also asserts to the audience that these weekly adventures are actually pretty dangerous, and that the risk of death for these characters is always in the air. Hopefully the show will continue this upward swing in momentum in the coming weeks.
Quipiest Quips and Other Observations"I'm agent Grant Ward. I can shoot the legs off a flea from 500 yards, as long as it's not windy.""Do you want a cookie?" Melinda May offering people baked goods is terrifying."Little heavy on the iron, but don't worry, you don't have to start calling me Iron Man." I think I heard the distinct sound of the entire world groaning after that line.Knowing that this is a Joss Whedon show in some capacity, I sort of expected Simmons to bite the dust. Joss loves killing of characters just when you thought they were safe. Hold on, I'm having a bit of television PTSD
Producers behind Star Wars: Episode Vii are reportedly holding open casting calls across the U.K. and Ireland to find unknown actors to fill two lead roles in the highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel. Editors at the BBC claim auditions advertised on the Twitter.com account UKopencall for an untitled "major Hollywood Movie" is, in fact, for the Lucasfilm project, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by executives at Disney, following their acquisition of Lucasfilm last year (12).
Another message on the Twitter blog reveals the producers are leading a "nationwide search for lead roles for a Disney movie" and are looking for a "street smart and strong" orphan girl in her late teens and a "smart capable" man in his late teens or early 20s.
A representative for Lucasfilm has declined to comment on BBC reporters' suspicions, but the character descriptions are said to be similar to Star Wars sequel summaries that leaked online earlier this year (13).
Star Wars bosses are no strangers to open casting calls - original trilogy star Mark Hamill was an unknown actor when he won the role of Luke Skywalker in the 1970s.
Atonement star Saoirse Ronan and actor Michael B. Jordan have both confirmed they have auditioned for roles in the new Star Wars movie, while original franchise star Anthony Daniels, who portrayed loyal robot C-3PO in all six films, recently let slip that he will be back for the seventh installment.
Production on Star Wars: Episode VII is expected to begin in the U.K. in early 2014.