Stars including Kenney Jones, Martin Kemp and Antony Costa have paid tribute to veteran glam rocker Alvin Stardust following his death on Thursday (23Oct14). The My Coo Ca Choo hitmaker, real name Bernard Jewry, passed away aged 72 following a short battle with prostate cancer.
Celebrities have taken to their Twitter.com accounts to pay tribute to the star, including veteran drummer Jones, who writes, "I am so heartbroken to hear that my friend Alvin Stardust has passed away. My thoughts are with his family," while Kemp adds, "RIP Alvin Stardust".
Costa, of British boyband Blue, played the star's onstage son in a touring production of musical Boogie Nights and writes, "R.I.P. Alvin Stardust had the pleasure to work with him on Boogie Nights tour playing my dad thoughts go out to his family."
Stardust's second ex-wife, British actress Liza Goddard, has also penned a thoughtful message. The Skippy star was married to the musician in the 1980s and they have a daughter together.
She writes, "RIP Alvin Stardust. Thank you for our beautiful daughter and granddaughter."
Former Hollyoaks star Jeremy Edwards and British DJ Tony Blackburn have also paid tribute to Stardust.
Actor Corbin Bleu is set to wed his actress girlfriend Sasha Clements.
The High School Musical star proposed to Clements in front of Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday night (15Oct14). He surprised her with an engagement ring inside a glass slipper as they watched a firework display. Bleu, 25, tells People.com:
"I'm very excited to begin this next chapter of my life with the woman who stole my heart." The couple met at a grocery store in Toronto, Canada in 2011. Clements, 24, starred in Canadian TV series Majority Rules! in 2009 and was most recently in Disney Channel TV movie How to Build a Better Boy.
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz has been named the Sexiest Woman Alive in a new poll by Esquire magazine.
The Vicky Cristina Barcelona star landed the U.S. publication's annual title for 2014, making her the eleventh celebrity to be given the accolade following previous winners including Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson.
Cruz poses on the cover of next month's edition (Nov14) of the magazine in a low-cut, black swimming costume, and in the accompanying interview, Cruz explains why she is guarded about her private life with husband Javier Bardem, saying, "That is for us."
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal performed a poetry reading at a charity event in New York on Wednesday (01Oct14) to raise money for members of the U.S. military. The Donnie Darko star performed You Will Be Destroyed in Your Own Way, written by veteran Derrick Brown, at the Words of War benefit, which raised funds for military healthcare organisation The Headstrong Project.
Good Night, And Good Luck star David Strathairn, ER actor Anthony Edwards and Mystic Pizza's Lili Taylor performed a scene from the Japanese play Fujito which details the grief of war.
Gyllenhaal, who read at the inaugural gala last year (13), told the audience it was an "honour and a privilege" to attend the event, where guests also included Girls star Adam Driver and U.S. talk show host Seth Meyers.
The dinner raised $400,000 (£250,000) for the charity, which helps fund treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans dealing with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Chic star Nile Rodgers is working with bandmates from beyond the grave by reworking outtakes from old music to create new tracks. The disco legend has compiled old demos and lost tapes, including two Sister Sledge tracks, and collaborated with DJ duo The Martinez Brothers to create new sounds for the first Chic record since 1992's Chic-Ism.
Rodgers found the experience cathartic as he could reconnect with colleagues who had passed away, including Chic co-founder Bernard Edwards and drummer Tony Thompson, who died in 1996 and 2003 respectively.
He tells Britain's Mojo magazine, "There's stuff I'm emotional about so I don't know if I want them (the songs) to come out... I'm just finishing the songs, and it's allowed me to play with my bandmates who've passed away, so it's cool. It's been hard for me because it's emotional, but I'll probably be trying to sell a million too."
Patti Labelle's entourage has scored a legal victory against a man who alleged he was attacked at an airport in Texas. Richard King claimed he was attacked at the Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011 and was forced to drop out of The United States Military Academy at West Point because of his traumatic brain injuries, caused by LaBelle's son and manager Zuri Edwards, bodyguard Efrem Holmes and hairdresser Norma Harris.
The Lady Marmalade hitmaker was also included, but her name was dropped from the suit.
A federal judge absolved the case against the defendants on Tuesday (23Sep14).
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.
Veteran actress Dame Angela Lansbury is taking her award-winning role in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit on the road. The Murder, She Wrote star has played medium Madame Arcati in the beloved comedy both on Broadway in 2009 and in London's West End earlier this year (14) to critical acclaim.
Now she's set to go on a North American tour beginning on 9 December (14) in Los Angeles, with additional stops in San Francisco, California, and Toronto, Canada, ending the run in Washington, D.C. next March (15).
The 88 year old, who won her fifth Tony Award for her performance in the 2009 Broadway revival, will be joined by her West End co-stars Charles Edwards and Jemima Rooper, as well as her former New York castmates, Susan Louise O'Connor and Sandra Shipley.
The production will be directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Michael Blakemore.
British actress Samantha Morton has opened up about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child in foster care following the headline-grabbing Rotherham scandal which rocked the U.K. last month (Aug14). A report by local officials concluded that around 1,400 children were abused in the English town of Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, and the Minority Report star admits the news brought back painful memories of her own past and left her unable to sleep.
Morton, who spent most of her childhood living in institutions in Nottingham, England, tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "I was doing OK and then suddenly the Rotherham thing comes up."
The actress goes on to allege she was subjected to abuse by two different perpetrators during her time in care, but was too embarrassed to report her plight straight away.
She explains, "I was embarrassed and the people that did what they did to me... I thought they were really nice people, so I was actually really shocked when it happened. And, ultimately, nobody would have believed me, because they're the coolest, nicest people... It's a shock when someone does things to you... things you're not expecting. It isn't that people suddenly become the bogeymen. Abuse of children is gradual - this is why we now understand the term grooming.... I didn't go to anybody immediately because - how weird is this? - I didn't want to get them into trouble. I didn't want them to lose their jobs."
However, Morton claims her story was ignored when she eventually brought it to the attention of social workers, adding, "They had clipboards and were always moving on to the next question. There was no support, no offer of counselling, no wanting to delve deeper... Maybe they just assumed I had been abused already (before I was in the home)... I'd say 90 per cent of my friends in the home had been sexually abused."
Her mother later reported the alleged abuse to police and Morton was placed in a different care home, but no further action was taken against those she accused.
Morton goes on to insist she blames social services workers for failing her, adding, "They had a duty of care - not only a social duty of care, but a legal obligation to take care of me, and they didn't. They failed miserably. But I survived. I'm here to tell the tale. I don't want this to happen to anyone else."
Steve Edwards, Nottinghamshire county council's service director for children's social care, says of Morton's claims, "We take all allegations of child abuse, current or historic, extremely seriously. We will fully support any police investigation and would encourage the person in question to contact us directly to discuss her concerns."
A front gate from Dylan Thomas' holiday home, which was unearthed by actor Michael Sheen, is set to go under the hammer next month (Sep14). The Masters of Sex star found the rusty relic stuck in mud in 1984 while visiting the seaside town of Laugharne, Wales, where the Under Milk Wood writer spent his final years.
Sheen's pal Charley Uzzell-Edwards says, "We were walking down the hill on a jolly boys' day out to check out the boathouse when we saw this metal sticking out of the mud... My dad had a photo of Dylan Thomas standing in front of the gate of the boathouse so we knew it was the actual one."
The pair took the front gate and now Uzzell-Edwards is selling it at a special auction dedicated to Thomas in Cardiff, Wales on 6 September (14). The item is expected to fetch $1,360 (£800).
The auction is one of many events taking place in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of Thomas' birth, which will be marked on 27 October (14). The poet died in 1953, aged 39.