Former The Sopranos star Drea De Matteo had to talk co-star Steven Van Zandt into killing her character when he initially refused to be the guy pulling the trigger in the scene. The actress, who portrayed Adriana La Cerva in over 60 episodes of the cult show, admits Bruce Springsteen's sideman did everything he could to avoid the fateful scene, even telling show creator David Chase he wasn't going to shoot his friend's character.
In a Reddit.com webchat with fans on Sunday (19Oct14), she recalls, "All of us had known already that my character was dying (and) Van Zandt was actually the most p**sed off about it, he didn't want to do it, he just didn't want to do it.
"I had to talk him into how awesome it was gonna be and how important it was (but) he didn't want to pull me out of that car, he didn't want to call me a c-word, he didn't want to shoot me in the head.
"When we shot that scene... confidentiality was king on the show, I mean, they were crazy over not letting any leaks get out, so we shot it two ways... One was... where I'm actually driving away, but you can tell in that scene that I'm daydreaming about driving away. We shot it that way as an alt (alternative), but the word on set was that we were shooting it that way to throw the crew off, and nobody knew the truth, myself included.
"He (Chase) was so secretive and protective of his story lines that he would go as far as shooting things twice and figuring out what he wanted to do in an editing room. So I didn't even know what my outcome would be until I was watching the show. I knew I was going away, but... I think I was the least upset of the actors there, about it, because I was never meant to be there as long as I was; I was a day player on the show. To have lived that life on a show and to have played a character that so many people loved... was a great part to play, so I was grateful. I was in support of how I died."
The Doors are to be honoured with the 2014 Inspiration Award at the upcoming Classic Rock Awards in Los Angeles. The two existing members of the group, John Densmore and Robby Krieger, will accept the accolade on behalf of late bandmates Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison at the first U.S.-based awards ceremony in the 10th year of the British magazine's annual prizegiving.
Densmore and Krieger have released a statement which reads: "In 1965 and '66, our brothers across the pond were making a lot of beautiful noise, and we attempted to create our own magical sound out here on the west coast. It's really nice to see them now turning around, coming back here to L.A., and recognizing what the four of us accomplished together on a beach in Venice, CA.
"To receive this award on our own soil, from the Brits, is an honor, and we take it as a sign of respect, so thank you, from us and on behalf of our fallen brothers, Jim and Ray."
Previous Inspiration Award recipients include Rory Gallagher, Jon Lord, Steve Marriott, Ronnie James Dio and Phil Lynott.
The event, which will be hosted by Sammy Hagar on 4 November (14), will also be a special night for Gregg Allman, the recipient of this year's Living Legend Award.
Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Metallica and Queen + Adam Lambert will compete for the night's Band of the Year honour, while the coveted Album Of The Year award will be a battle between Bruce Springsteen (High Hopes), Judas Priest (Redeemer Of Souls), Motorhead (Aftershock), Pearl Jam (Lightning Bolt) and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Hypnotic Eye), among others.
Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper and Kenneth 'babyface' Edmonds have been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Linda Perry and Jerry Garcia are also on the shortlist.
The inductees will be announced at a ceremony in New York next summer (15).
Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honours those whose work represents "a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world’s popular music songbook"
Songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond founded the organisation.
Past inductees have included Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, Desmond Child, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren and Leonard Cohen.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Tallulah is celebrating 90 days sober after leaving a rehab treatment centre earlier this month (Oct14). The 20 year old checked into a clinic on 23 July (14) to deal with reported alcohol and drug abuse problems, and she went home with her mother on 3 October (14).
Willis has now opened up about her progress, revealing she is celebrating three months of sobriety.
In a post on her Instagram.com page she writes, "90 days ago I was a mucky mess. Things are not perfect by any means but I radiate more postive energy on a daily basis then I ever thought possible. No longer allowing chemicals to infiltrate my bod (body) was the best decision I've ever made. Here's 90 more days. Woot woot (sic)!"
Former Batman Michael Keaton has "zero interest" in the superhero films despite portraying the Caped Crusader on the big screen. The actor played the beloved comic book character in director Tim Burton's two acclaimed movies in the late 1980s and early '90s, but he admits the role didn't make him a dedicated action hero fan.
He tells Entertainment Weekly, "(The Dark Knight director) Chris Nolan is great, but I've never seen any of the Batman movies all the way through. I know they're good. I just have zero interest in those kinds of movies...
"I mean, people are asking me, 'Is Ben Affleck going to be any good?' And my attitude is, First of all, why would you ask me? Second, he's probably going to be very good, and third, frankly, it's all set up now so that you're weirdly kind of safe.
"Once you get in those suits, they really know what to do with you. It was hard then; it ain't that hard now."
Affleck is the latest star to step into the role of Bruce Wayne for the upcoming 2016 film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"Last night when i got my tattoo of the monster paw, I was listening to Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Metallica, AC/DC, Judas Priest. And then other times I listen to Sigur Ros and nature sounds like birds, water, and such. But on other nights, I like to slug whiskey and scream Bruce Springsteen and Garth Brooks with my dad in the bar at his restaurant." Lady Gaga loves all kinds of music.
Ciara, Flo Rida and Bruce Springsteen have landed at the top of a new list of dangerous celebrities - as far as Internet security is concerned.
Researchers at computer security company McAfee found Internet searches for the hitmakers, and stars like comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Chelsea Handler and Christina Aguilera are most likely to come with spyware and viruses. Kimmel tops the new list with McAfee experts claiming any search for his name carries a 19 percent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. He is closely followed by Ciara.
Actor Tom Hanks has teamed with executives at U.S. cable network HBO to present an all-star concert, which will be televised on America's Veteran's Day next month (11Nov14).
The Captain Phillips star will executive produce the Concert for Valor, which will air live from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and feature performances from Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Dave Grohl, Metallica, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band. Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg and Hanks will also make special appearances.
Announcing the joint venture with Hanks, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler says, "We are honored to play a small role to help raise awareness and support for our service men and women. "Their immeasurable sacrifice deserves our nation's gratitude. This event will not only celebrate their service, but help remind Americans of the many challenges they face on and off the battlefield."
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Actress/singer Vanessa Williams is set to wed for the third time.
The former Miss America, 51, announced the news of her engagement to New York native Jim Skrip during a recent pre-taped appearance on The Queen Latifah Show. Host Queen Latifah was interviewing Williams and her The Trip to Bountiful stage co-stars Cicely Tyson and Blair Underwood when she made a comment about the actress' new diamond, joking, "Vanessa, I have been trying to have a conversation with you ladies and gents, but I am blinded by the light coming from that bling ring on your finger." Williams replied, "Oh sorry, darling. I got engaged. I have had a lot of good things happen... I turned 50 when we were in rehearsal on Broadway, I just got engaged a couple of weeks ago. It has been a lot of blessings."
The interview is due to air in America on Tuesday (30Sep14). Williams has been keeping details of her romance with Skrip under wraps, but she spoke briefly about the relationship in February (14), when she told Philly.com, "He's a guy I met a year-and-a-half ago when I was on vacation with my daughter in Egypt. You go across the world to find somebody who's six hours away. "He was in real estate and, back in the day, he was an accountant."
The star was previously married to her manager Ramon Hervey II, the father of her children Melanie, Jillian and Devin, for 10 years from 1987, while she wed basketball player Rick Fox in 1999. The couple, parents to daughter Sasha, divorced in 2004.
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Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
The Vaughn-aissance? The Colin-ization?After months of rumors and speculation, HBO has landed its two male leads for the second season of the hit anthology series True Detective: Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell. Find out more about their characters over at Celebuzz.
Remembering the Good TimesNews has broken that Kris Kardashian and Bruce Jenner are filing for divorce, but VH1 is bent on remembering the good times with a collection of Kardashian family vintage photos.
It's Not TV, It's BeyonceJust how magnificent is Beyonce in her HBO concert movie On the Run? As Flavorwire asserts, very much so. As if there was any doubt.
Cheer Up!Real life is hard; Hollywood rom-coms make it easier, though. Here are 30 romantic comedies to watch whenever you're down in the dumps.