Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Rob Lowe and Reese Witherspoon joined forces on Friday night (05Sep14) to raise money and awareness for the Stand Up To Cancer charity at a star-studded telethon. The fourth biennial event, broadcast live in the U.S. and Canada from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, featured a slew of famous faces, including Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm and Mike Myers, calling on viewers to give generously to the organisation in order to continue supporting research into groundbreaking new cancer treatments.
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson boosted awareness online by engaging with fans on Twitter.com as Fast & Furious' Jordana Brewster participated in a Facebook question and answer session, during which two male fans proposed to the married actress.
Angie Harmon, comedian Dane Cook, Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello and Scandal star Tony Goldwyn were among the celebrities who helped man the phones and accept live donations, while Robert Downey, Jr. sent in a video message and Matthew McConaughey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper and funnyman Danny McBride all took part in a humorous, pre-recorded cancer awareness public service announcement (PSA).
However, one of the most touching celebrity appearances of the night came from former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, who recalled losing his first wife, Australian actress Cassandra Harris, to the disease in 1991, followed by his stepdaughter Charlotte last year (13).
Addressing the audience, he said, "To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away, bit by bit, by this insidious disease, that kind of sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche.
"I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife, Cassie, as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon. And just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte before she too died from this wretched, inherent disease."
Thyroid cancer survivor Sofia Vergara also gave a moving speech towards the end of the hour-long show, urging audience members to shine a light for loved ones battling the disease as she and Kevin Bacon introduced the event's closing performance from rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common and singer Jennifer Hudson, belting out their new cancer survivors' anthem, Remission.
Dave Matthews, Ariana Grande and The Who, via satellite from London, also performed during the telethon.
But the night didn't go quite as smoothly as planned - a live link-up with Ben Stiller from Toronto, Canada had to be axed at the last minute due to a technical problem, prompting presenter Mike Myers to quip, "Evidently, lightening has struck something in Toronto, because I am doomed never to have a live telecast without controversy. I think it's Hurricane Kanye has hit Toronto... (sic)".
The Austin Powers star was famously left dumbstruck back in 2005, when he stood by as rapper Kanye West notoriously lashed out at then-U.S. President George W. Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, declaring, "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a live TV fundraiser to help the victims of the New Orleans, Louisiana natural disaster.
Rapper Snoop Dogg helped to surprise a blushing bride and her groom at the weekend (30-31Aug14) by showing up at their nuptials.
Neesha Ghadiali and Joe Scheller wed at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago on Sunday (31Aug14) and were shocked when their wedding photographer spotted the Drop It Like It's Hot hitmaker exiting a limousine and convinced him to party with them. The rapper posed for pictures and interacted with guests at the wedding.
Photographer Sherry Hagerman tells the New York Daily News, "They had a great conversation and a ton of laughs inside the bar. Snoop was a blast to be around, and a really great person for making the day of Neesha and Joe a bit more special."
Actor, producer and director William Greaves has died at the age of 87. The filmmaker passed away on Monday (25Aug14) in his native New York after suffering from a long illness.
Greaves began his career in entertainment as an actor with the American Negro Theatre, alongside fellow members Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier and appeared in films such as 1949's Lost Boundaries and 1974's Lost in the Stars.
He was also known for co-hosting and executive producing groundbreaking 1960s TV news show Black Journal, which won him an Emmy Award in 1970.
He moved away from acting after becoming frustrated by the lack of opportunities for black stars and relocated to Canada, where he became a documentary-maker, covering topics including the civil rights movement and boxing great Muhammad Ali's 1971 championship bout against Joe Frazier, in a 1975 film titled Ali, the Fighter.
He also made the comedy Symbiopyschotaxiplasm: Take One, about a director facing a backlash from his cast and crew. The 1960s film was only released in 2005, but has since become a cult favourite.
Hit series Breaking Bad went out with a big bang on Monday night (25Aug14) after dominating the drama categories at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Bryan Cranston earned his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy for his portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, while his co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn were named Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series.
Creator Vince Gilligan also triumphed at the ceremony after Breaking Bad, which wrapped its fifth and final season last year (13), beat Mad Men, True Detective, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Downton Abbey to take home the prestigious Outstanding Drama Series title. In addition, there was a writing honour for Moira Walley-Beckett for the episode Ozymandias.
Modern Family was another multiple winner - the show continued to reign over the Outstanding Comedy Series category for the fifth year in a row, while Ty Burrell walked away as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, the first prize of the night, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series went to Gail Mancuso for her Las Vegas episode of the show.
BBC series Sherlock landed a trio of trophies for writer Steven Moffat and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, while Jim Parsons (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Allison Janney (Mom) scored big, too.
Singer Sara Bareilles performed a touching rendition of Nat King Cole classic Smile for the event's traditional In Memorium segment, which included nods to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O'Toole, Lauren Bacall, Paul Walker, James Garner, Maya Angelou, Bob Hoskins, Mickey Rooney, Harold Ramis, Elaine Stritch and Shirley Temple, among others, before concluding with a snap of Robin Williams and a special honour from his close friend and fellow comedian, Billy Crystal.
The main list of winners at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by comedian Seth Meyers, is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Allison Janney, Mom
Outstanding Miniseries - Fargo
Outstanding Television Movie - The Normal Heart
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Martin Freeman for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Variety Series - The Colbert Report
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - The Amazing Race
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Moira Walley-Beckett for Breaking Bad episode Ozymandias
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Louis C.K. for Louie episode So Did the Fat Lady
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Gail Mancuso for Modern Family episode Las Vegas
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special - Sarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Steven Moffat for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special - Glen Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Colin Bucksey for Fargo episode Buridan's A**.
Def Leppard star Joe Elliott has abandoned plans to produce the new Black Star Riders album because he's too busy touring with KISS. Frontman Ricky Warwick has revealed the Pour Some Sugar on Me hitmaker is no longer attached to the project.
He tells Rock N' Load, "He's not doing it anymore. Joe's, unfortunately, had to pull out of doing the album, just due to the fact that Leppard have gone insane. They're out with KISS and there's loads of stuff going on, so he, unfortunately, had to pull out.
"Both of us are very sorry... It's a real shame, 'cos it would have been great with Joe, 'cos he's such a friend and such a champion of the band. But he's gotta look after his boys, and Def Leppard's obviously his priority. I would have done the same thing.
"We have somebody else lined up who we're gonna announce very soon."
The camera assistant who lost her life when she was hit by a train while shooting Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider in February (14) was among the people remembered during the In Memoriam montage during Saturday's (16Aug14) Creative Arts Emmys. Sarah Jones, 27, was working on a train track in Georgia when she failed to escape the path of the oncoming locomotive.
Her death has sparked a Hollywood movement for safer sets.
Director Randall Miller, his producer wife Jody Savin and executive producer Jay Sedrish have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing, while the biopic itself has been on hold ever since the tragedy.
U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live was the big winner at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, taking home five honours, while Sherlock: His Last Vow, True Detective, documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and Game of Thrones claimed four awards apiece.
The highlight of the night for many was Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba's emotional Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy acceptance speech.
The star, who plays jailbird Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren on the hit Netflix show said, "I feel so full, that's why the tears come out. I'm stuffed. My cup runneth over right now. I feel absolutely all of those things: I feel full of joy, like a fountain. Mission accomplished."
Prior to her first Emmy win, Aduba told reporters, "All I can hold onto today is this idea of the day I got this job, I was leaving this business, I had quit and now I'm at the Emmys, and I'm nominated for an Emmy, and my show is nominated, and my castmates are nominated."
She received her honour from Morgan Freeman and told the media backstage, "It's like you're walking and you're aware that you're walking toward Morgan Freeman, but you're fairly certain you should still be sitting on your seat. You're like, 'Maybe I'm embarrassing myself, maybe they called somebody else's name and I don't know what's happening'"
There were also awards for Allison Janney (Guest Actress in a Drama for her role in Masters of Sex), and Scandal star Joe Morton (Guest Actor in a Drama).
The ceremony - the precursor to the primetime Emmy Awards, which will be held later this month (Aug14) - was staged at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
U.S. sketch show Saturday Night Live was the big winner at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, taking home five honours including best guest star for TV host Jimmy Fallon. The hit comedy scooped awards for directing, make-up, costumes and hair, and made it five wins with Fallon named as best guest actor in a comedy.
Sherlock: His Last Vow, the final episode in the drama's third season, took four awards, for cinematography, music, single-camera picture editing, and sound editing.
Game Of Thrones also won four honours - for art direction, costumes, make-up, and special effects - as did True Detective (cinematography, make-up, title design, and casting) and the documentary Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (theme music, composition, sound editing, and writing).
There were also awards for Allison Janney for guest actress in a drama for her role in Masters of Sex, and Joe Morton for guest actor in a drama for Scandal.
Downton Abbey, Orange is the New Black, and reality shows Shark Tank and Deadliest Catch also won honours at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday (16Aug14).
Liam Payne is having some fun on Twitter. Depending on his mood (or fangirl status) he changes his official Twitter name. Which makes us wonder: does anyone really know Liam? Better yet, who will he be next?
The original name:
On a normal day, he’s just Liam Payne (the hugely successful, talented, mega pop-star-slash-leader of One Direction).
The second name - Mrs. Horan:
Last week, Liam let his inner fangirl out for the whole world to see. Apparently, no one is a bigger "Niall Girl" than Liam. I’d argue him on that, but instead I’m just going to laugh at these tweets.
OHHHH MY GODDDD I GOT A SELFIEEEEEEEE pic.twitter.com/JvuvDs2Zfw
— the man in black (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 4, 2014
Hi @NiallOfficial I made this for you I love you so much it hurts I even love your toes I'm coming to see you tonight pic.twitter.com/5ul6daFmLM
— the man in black (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 4, 2014
Niall is suchhhh a baeee pic.twitter.com/TsIKfllj9v
— the man in black (@Real_Liam_Payne) August 4, 2014
The third name - Liam Payne The Baker:
After a quick stop into Cake Boss in Hoboken, NJ, Liam became a certified baker. Not sure how much time he has to dedicate to his baking, since he’s on a world tour right now, but I’d love to see what he can make.
Liam's Twitter fans noticed the change as well and started questioning things:
"@Real_Liam_Payne: I am the real Liam Payne" no, you're the baker
— Sophia Smith Updates (@Sophliams) August 12, 2014
"liam payne the baker" harry: pic.twitter.com/dXctxKBm19
— HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE (@movewithzarry) August 10, 2014
The fourth name - The Man In Black:
This new change has people guessing if we’ll ever know Liam’s true identity:
Honestly I don't even know who the @Real_Liam_Payne is anymore. From "Mrs. Horan" & now "The Man in Black" ??? I'm confused as ever.
— 1DUpdatesCA (@1DUpdatesCA) August 15, 2014
It all started with "Fake Liam Payne" Then "Mrs. Horan" "The rapper" "The baker" And now "The man in black" pic.twitter.com/CSygzHx6xo
— Niall Horan (@ImNiallsMichael) August 14, 2014
"liam payne" "mrs horan" "liam payne the baker" "liam the rapper" "real_liam_payne" "fakeliampayne" pic.twitter.com/LUPJR2robs
— ✧･ﾟb loves n*･ﾟ✧ (@emotionixlI) August 7, 2014
Liam, what will it be next? I’m hoping for something rap or dance related. Or maybe Liam Payne The Cat Hoarder? Comment what you think he’ll be next below!
The Final Countdown rockers Europe are to tour the U.K. with Black Star Riders next spring (15). The joint tour will kick off in Glasgow, Scotland on 5 March (15). BSR will be touring to promote their new album All Hell Breaks Loose, which has been produced by Def Leppard star Joe Elliott.
Getty Images/Kevin Winter
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will air on Monday (oddly enough), August 25, and will be hosted by Saturday Night Live vet and Late Night host Seth Meyers. Here are the nominees recognized for their achievements over the course of this past year in television.
Best Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackSilicon ValleyVeep
Best Drama SeriesBreaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Best Actor - ComedyLouis C.K. - LouieDon Cheadle - House of LiesRicky Gervais - DerekMatt LeBlanc - EpisodesWilliam H. Macy - ShamelessJim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Actress - ComedyLena Dunham - GirlsEdie Falco - Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus - VeepMelissa McCarthy - Mike and MollyAmy Poehler - Parks and RecreationTaylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Lead Actor - DramaBryan Cranston - Breaking BadJeff Daniels - The NewsroomJon Hamm - Mad MenWoody Harrelson - True DetectiveMatthew McConaughey - True DetectiveKevin Spacey - House of Cards
Lead Actress - DramaLizzy Caplan - Masters of SexClaire Danes - HomelandMichelle Dockery - Downton AbbeyJulianne Margolies - The Good WifeKerry Washinton - ScandalRobin Wright - House of Cards
Best Mini-SeriesAmerican Horror Story: CovenBonnie and ClydeFargoLutherTremeThe White Queen
Best TV MovieKilling KennedyMohammad Ali's Greatest FightThe Normal HeartSherlock: His Last VowThe Trip to Babylon
Best Actor - Mini-Series/TV MovieBenedict Cumberbatch - SherlockChiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the EdgeIdris Elba - LutherMartin Freeman - FargoMark Ruffalo - The Normal HeartBill Bob Thornton - Fargo
Best Actress - Mini-Series/TV MovieHelena Bonham Carter - Burton and TaylorMinnie Driver - Return to ZeroJessica Lang - American Horror Story: CovenSarah Paulson - American Horror Story: CovenCicely Tyson - The Trip to BountifulKristen Wiig - Spoils of Babylon
Best Variety ShowThe Colbert ReportThe Daily ShowJimmy Kimmel Live!Real Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night LiveThe Tonight Show
Best Reality Competition ShowThe Amazing RaceDancing with the StarsProject RunwaySo You Think You Can DanceTop ChefThe Voice
Best Supporting Actor - Comedy SeriesFred Armisen - PortlandiaAndre Braugher - Brooklin Nine-NineTy Burrell - Modern FamilyAdam Driver - GirlsJesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern FamilyTony Hale - Veep
Best Supporting Actress - Comedy SeriesMayim Bialik - The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen - Modern FamilyAnna Chlumsky - VeepAllison Janney - MomKate McKinnon - Saturday Night LiveKate Mulgrew - Orange Is the New Black
Best Supporting Actor - DramaJim Carter - Downton AbbeyJosh Charles - The Good WifePeter Dinklage - Game of ThronesMandy Patinkin - HomelandAaron Paul - Breaking BadJon Voight - Ray Donovan
Best Supporting Actress - DramaChristine Baranski - The Good WifeJoan Froggatt - Downton AbbeyAnna Gunn - Breaking BadLena Headey - Game of ThronesChristina Hendricks - Mad MenMaggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Best Guest Actor - ComedySteve Buscemi - PortlandiaLouis C.K. - Saturday Night LiveGary Cole - VeepJimmy Fallon - Saturday Night LiveNathan Lane - Modern FamilyBob Newhart - The Big Bang Theory
Best Guest Actress - ComedyUzo Aduba - Orange Is the New BlackLaverne Cox - Orange Is the New BlackJoan Cusack - ShamelessTina Fey - Saturday Night LiveNatasha Lyonne - Orange Is the New BlackMelissa McCarthy - Saturday Night Live
Best Guest Actor - DramaDylan Baker - The Good WifeBeau Bridges - Masters of SexReg E Cathey - House of CardsPaul Giamatti - Downton AbbeyRobert Morse - Mad MenJoe Morton - Scandal
Best Guest Actress - DramaKate Burton - ScandalJane Fonda - The NewsroomAllison Janney - Masters of SexKate Mara - House of CardsMargo Martindale - The AmericansDiana Rigg - Game of Thrones