Actress/TV host Maria Menounos narrowly escaped injury when a heavy metal tool smashed through her car window while she was driving on Thursday (16Oct14). The TV host heard her rear window shatter as she was motoring away from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on Thursday and thought the noise was a gun shot.
She tells Usmagazine.com, "We were merging onto the expressway and all of a sudden we heard an explosion. I thought we were being shot at so I told everyone, 'We're being shot at! Put your heads down!' And everyone put their heads down... We waited a second and we didn't hear another shot, so I lifted my head up and turned around, and the whole back window was shattered and gone, not even a stitch of glass was left.
"And we see this huge tyre iron in the back, so either someone ran back and smashed the back of the window and ran and nobody saw (them), or someone was in close proximity and threw it through the back window. Either way, my make-up artist was in the back seat covered in glass."
A police officer pulled their vehicle over to question them about the incident. The culprit has not been found.
Menounos confirmed to TMZ.com that all the passengers were unharmed.
Britney Spears' one-time manager Sam Lutfi has confirmed he was the mastermind behind Amanda Bynes' return to Los Angeles, where she is currently seeking psychiatric treatment. The troubled actress flew in to LAX airport on Friday (10Oct14) at the end on eventful day, during which she lost her cool with an airline employee at a New York airport, accused her father of molesting her as a child and then retracting the damning tweets, blaming a microchip in her head for the family attack on social media.
Upon her arrival in Los Angeles, Bynes was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold.
Now Lutfi, who was linked to Spears at the time of her 2008 psychiatric hospitalisation, has told Access Hollywood host Billy Bush that he helped the Hairspray star get back to Los Angeles.
Lutfi told Bush that he and Bynes struck up a friendship via Twitter.com following the Spears drama six years ago, and she contacted him last week (ends10Oct14) asking for help to get her back to Los Angeles.
The svengali, who spoke to Bush over the phone over the weekend (11-12Oct14), reveals he booked Bynes on a flight from LaGuardia Airport, but she missed it and reached out again. Lutfi reportedly managed to get Bynes on another flight to Los Angeles from John F. Kennedy airport.
Lutfi insists he was not involved in the hospital dash once the actress arrived in California.
Her parents and their lawyer, Tamar Arminak, arranged the hold and Arminak has since revealed the actress' hospitalisation has been extended for 14 more days.
Katie Holmes has signed up to direct and star in the sequel to The Kennedys miniseries. The actress played First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the drama, which aired in 2011, opposite Greg Kinnear as her onscreen husband, assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The new four-part series will be titled The Kennedys: After Camelot, and is based on the book of the same name by J. Randy Taraborrelli. Holmes has signed up to reprise her role, while she will also be executive producing the project and directing one episode. Filming is due to start next year (15) ahead of a 2016 premiere. Stan E. Hubbard, Chief Executive Officer of America's Reelz network, says, "Katie elegantly portrayed Jackie Kennedy in the first miniseries and now will continue the role as Jackie grows into the Jackie O that the world knows best... Katie is brave, committed and perfect for this role. She is a strong, talented woman who understands how special and respected Jackie Kennedy, and then Jackie Onassis was, as an international icon." The show caused controversy over its alleged historical inaccuracies, but won a number of Emmy Awards including an acting prize for Barry Pepper for his portrayal of Robert F. Kennedy.
Punk icon Iggy Pop gave up his dreams of becoming a politician in his native Detroit, Michigan following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Lust For Life hitmaker admits he grew up wanting to make a difference in America but the aftermath of the Kennedy killing in 1963 made him realise he just wasn't the right guy for the job.
In a new interview with BBC news show Newsnight, which aired on Thursday (09Oct14), the rocker explained, "I did want to be a politician until JFK got shot... Not because he was shot, but because... suddenly you had (Richard) Nixon, (Vice President) Hubert Humphrey, LBJ (Lyndon Johnson - Kennedy's successor)...
"A kid can look at these people and think, 'These people are not well!'."
Unpublished photographs from assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy's wedding are set to be auctioned off in Massachusetts. The collection of 13 original negatives featuring Kennedy and his bride Jackie will be part of an RR Auction later this month (Oct14).
Event spokesperson Bobby Livingston tells WENN, "The images were taken by a freelance photographer, Arthur Burges, who had been asked to be a 'back-up' photographer for the wedding. They were discovered by family members in his darkroom after his passing in 1993."
An auction house spokesman adds, "The Kennedys were married on 12 September, 1953, at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island. The wedding was considered the social event of the season with an estimated 700 guests at the ceremony and 1,200 at the reception that would follow. The entire event was chronicled by Life magazine.
"Each negative measures 3.75 x 5, four feature the newlywed couple, two show the entire wedding party, and the remainder show the cake, reception, and wedding attendees."
Among the other items going under the hammer at the auction are a rare holiday card signed by the Kennedys days before the President was killed, various pieces of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia and a letter John Lennon wrote to a West Hollywood boutique-clothing store.
The online auction runs until 15 October (14).
Star Trek and Star Wars director J.J. Abrams is bringing writer Stephen King's 11/22/63 to the small screen after signing up to executive produce a series based on the 2011 novel. Executives at TV streaming company Hulu have ordered the project, which revolves around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
King is thrilled by the news his book, about a teacher who travels back in time to stop the Kennedy killing, is to become a nine-hour thriller, stating, "If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it."
The fierce rivalry between America's Republican and Democratic party leaders has prompted actor Rob Lowe to abandon his dreams of a career in politics. The 50 year old, who portrayed White House staffer Sam Seaborn in political drama The West Wing, has previously admitted he would love to one day run for office, revealing he'd love to "serve" his country.
In 2011, he stated, "My experience of politicians is that people who serve are doing it for the right reasons. There are, however, idiots in both parties (Democrats and Republicans)."
However, Lowe has since had a change of heart after witnessing the political stalemate that continues to seriously impede progress on tightened gun laws, affordable healthcare and other fiscal-related legislation during President Barack Obama's time in office.
Lowe, a self-described "liberal Democrat", tells The New York Times, "The tenor in this country is so... I can't think of any other word than 'gross'... Running would be hard to do.
"For the first time in my life... I don't idealise or romanticise running for office and that's really sad."
However, it hasn't stopped Lowe from playing a politician onscreen - he portrayed assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 2013 TV movie Killing Kennedy.
Actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens' Broadway dreams have been realised - she has been cast as the lead in a new production of beloved musical Gigi.
The High School Musical star will play the title role in the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe production, which will be directed by Eric Schaeffer, the man behind Follies and Million Dollar Quartet. Gigi has previously been played onstage by Audrey Hepburn, and French actress Leslie Caron portrayed the character in Vincente Minnelli's Oscar-winning 1958 film.
British playwright and BAFTA-winning screenwriter Heidi Thomas will revamp the story for the new production, which will open at the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. from 16 January to 12 February (15) before its big New York debut.
Hudgens, who played the role of Gigi in recent readings in New York, says, "I started performing in musicals from a young age, and it has always been my dream to be on Broadway. I cannot wait to get back on stage, singing and dancing these songs and living in Gigi's glamorous world." She adds, "I think it's (musical theatre) the true test. There are no second takes. You've got to bring everything you've got for the most critical of audiences. It's an honour, if anything. I'm over the moon."
Gigi was originally brought to life on the Broadway stage by Days of Our Lives actress Karin Wolfe in 1973, but that production only ran for 103 performances.
The original novel was turned into a 1951 play, starring Hepburn.
Actress Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy has ended her romance with Paul Simon's musician son Harper after less than a year. The Newsroom star, daughter of attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., began dating Harper Simon after meeting him at a party in Morocco last year (13), but they have called time on their relationship, reports the New York Post.
Kennedy, who is the great-niece of assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy, was previously linked to her The Newsroom co-star Thomas Matthews.
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"It's Saturday Night Live!" will forever be the four words we associate with Don Pardo, announcer for the NBC variety show for nearly 40 years, who passed away Monday night at the age of 96 (via CBS News). Since 1975 — with only a single season-long hiatus in the early '80s — Pardo's inimitable timber introduced us to SNL’s stars, featured players, musical guests, and episode hosts, earning a permanent residence in the pop culture realm’s collective auditory cortex. But there’s more to the man than his weekly exclamations from the announcing booth at Studio 8-H. Pardo’s 75-year-long career took him to a multitude of interesting corners that we so often overlook:
Let the Games BeginA staff fixture at NBC, Pardo announced the original iterations of many of its game shows, including The Price Is Right (from 1956 to ’63) and Jeopardy! (from ’64 to ’75), as well as later programs Three on a Match, Winning Streak, and Jackpot! between ’71 and ’75.
Happy Turkey Day!For many years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade presented its army of inflatable cartoon characters with the gravitas of Pardo’s smooth baritone. Pardo announced the annual event for NBC straight up through 1999.
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And That’s the NewsPardo boasted a longstanding career as a news broadcaster, both on radio and television; he started out as a World War II reporter for NBC Radio. On the date of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Pardo announced the tragedy to NBC’s television audience, becoming one of the first parties to report on the death of the 35th president.
He Also Had a Musical SidePardo proved his tastes in music to be rather esoteric when he teamed with the likes of Frank Zappa and Weird Al Yankovic for performances and recordings. Pardo first collaborated with Zappa in 1976 on a rendition of “I’m the Slime,” and then again joined forces with the innovative rock artist for his live album Zappa in New York in ’78.
Five years later, Pardo would pay homage to his game show era by contributing vocally to Weird Al’s “I Lost on Jeopardy” as well as appearing in the music video.
Of Course, He Had His Woody CredAn honorary New Yorker, Pardo managed to work his way into the filmography of Woody Allen, appearing in the 1987 comedy Radio Days as a host of the Name That Tune parody “Guess That Tune.” His acting career beyond the Allen picture includes Honeymoon in Vegas and the John Ritter comedy Stay Tuned.
And He Could Take a JokePardo was a hard worker until the very end — flying back and forth between his home in Arizona and New York City every week to announce episodes of SNL — but was hardly a man who took himself too seriously. This is evident by his self-parodying appearances on The Simpsons and SNL vet Tina Fey’s 30 Rock.
Naturally, we will always remember Pardo best for his work on Saturday Night Live, but there is clearly a lot more to celebrate about the man, his indomitable career, and his unmistakable voice.