Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes enlisted the protection of bodyguards over fears he would be accosted by fans of the period drama after he killed off Dan Stevens' beloved character. Viewers were left outraged when the heir to the Downton estate, Matthew Crawley, died in a car crash last Christmas (13).
Fans inundated Fellowes with complaints over the twist, and the Brit reveals the abuse got so bad, he hired security to keep him safe in public.
He says, "I was afraid to go out without bodyguards. I was very interested by that. People don't understand that we're not in control of that kind of stuff, if an actor wants to leave the show."
The writer insists he had no choice but to kill off the character as Stevens was determined to break away from the series.
He adds, "I love Dan. I wish him nothing but good things. But he felt he'd done his three years, and that was the end of that, and he wanted to go on.
"Of course we couldn't suddenly make him unhappy and hating (his wife) Mary and never wanting to see her again. It just wasn't believable. So I'm afraid it was looking very bad for him. But that was extraordinary.
"We did get an absolute barrage of criticism for that. It's calmed down a bit now, actually, but I don't know. What I'm always rather touched by is the way these people become real to the audience."
Fellowes is no stranger to a public backlash - a recent rape storyline involving a lady's maid on the show came under fire for being too graphic, and he was also slammed for altering the words of William Shakespeare in his adaptation of Romeo And Juliet.
Actress Mary Mccormack has kicked her husband Michael Morris out of their home after he was caught on camera kissing Katherine Mcphee, according to a U.S. report. Smash director Morris was snapped smooching the show's lead star in Los Angeles, sparking confusion over the state of their respective marriages.
Reports since editors at TMZ.com published the image online suggest McPhee quietly split from her husband of five years, actor/producer Nick Cokas, earlier this year (13), but Morris was assumed to still be living with McCormack, his wife of 10 years and the mother of his three daughters.
Now reporters at New York Post gossip column Page Six suggest the director was thrown out of the family home on Sunday (20Oct13) after the kissing picture came to light.
A source tells the publication, "Mary threw Michael out of the house on Sunday night when he told her that TMZ had the photos and that they were about to be released."
"The funny thing is the fire department was there in about 12 minutes, the paparazzi were there in 10. They’ve got a network." Actor Dick Van Dyke reveals photographers beat the emergency services to the site of his August (13) car fire. The Mary Poppins star had to pull over to the side of a freeway in California as his Jaguar became engulfed by flames.
Mary J. Blige got baseball's World Series underway by performing America's National Anthem at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday evening (23Oct13). Blige was an odd choice for the honour as she's a die-hard fan of the Boston Red Sox's rivals the New York Yankees. James Taylor will sing the Star-Spangled Banner before Thursday night's (24Oct13) game between the Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.
He says, "It's hard to believe for a Red Sox fan that we're actually going back to the World Series... I guess the message is that Sox fans can never give up hope despite the roller coaster we're usually on."
Porn star Mary Carey had to be removed from a plane by police on Wednesday (23Oct13) after allegedly becoming too inebriated during a flight from California to Miami, Florida. The adult film actress, who has a history of alcohol abuse, was travelling to Florida's Key West to attend the risque ABC (Anything But Clothes) party, but airline staff had trouble waking her up during a layover in Miami and had to call cops on to the plane.
Officers escorted the busty blonde into the terminal and then refused to allow her to board a connecting flight to Key West after reportedly discovering she had mixed booze with prescription medication, according to TMZ.com.
ABC party organisers sent a car to pick Carey up and drive the 33 year old to her destination.
Actress and dancer Larri Thomas has died, aged 81. The star famously performed a striptease for Dean Martin at the start of The Silencers and appeared in South Pacific, The Pajama Game, Guys & Dolls and Road to Bali, opposite Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
Thomas also served as a stand-in for Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music and had small parts in those films, too.
In addition, she worked alongside Dean Martin on his popular NBC variety show and danced with Fred Astaire on his live TV specials.
Singer/actress Katharine Mcphee has quietly split from her husband Nick Cokas and is reportedly romancing her Smash director Michael Morris. The 29 year old raised questions about her five-year marriage to actor/producer Cokas on Tuesday (22Oct13) when photos of her kissing married Morris in Los Angeles emerged on TMZ.com, and now editors at Life & Style magazine reveal McPhee secretly parted ways with her spouse back in April (13).
A source tells the publication, "They've been separated for six months."
Cokas has continued to work with McPhee on her music career, but it's clear from the pictures that she has already moved on in her personal life.
Meanwhile, Morris has yet to comment on the status of his 10-year marriage to actress Mary McCormack - the couple has three young daughters together.
McPhee and Morris met on the set of TV musical drama Smash, which was cancelled in May (13).
R&B superstar Mary J. Blige will kick off the Major League Baseball World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday (23Oct13) by performing the U.S. National Anthem at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
Top cartoon producer Lou Scheimer has died, just two days from his 85th birthday. He passed away on Thursday (17Oct13), his wife Mary Ann has confirmed. No further details surrounding his death have been released.
After graduating with an art degree, Scheimer founded the Filmation animation studio in 1962. The company went on to make kids' classics including Fat Albert, The Archie Show and Batman.
One of his most successful cartoon series was He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which he also executive produced, and he also won a Daytime Emmy Award for producing the 1970s Star Trek animated series.
He is survived by his wife, his daughter Erika and his son Lane.
It's not hard to find a Halloween movie playing on television during October, but if you're looking to throw back this month, check out these five '90s flicks. Be warned: some of the outfits may be scarier than the actual movie.DisneyHalloweentownThere's not much that people get more excited for this time of year than this 1998 classic. Not only is Marnie (Kimberly Brown) a witch but she manages to follow her grandmother into another dimension where people have pumpkins for heads,werewolves walk around on two legs and gremlins aren't ridiculed. Living in Halloweentown, you have to admit, would be even cooler than residing in Harry Potter's wizarding world. Check out sequels Return to Halloweentown and Halloweentown High if one just isn't enough.The Addams FamilyNo one is creepier than stone-faced Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci) as she continuously tortures everyone around her. A few guys trying to swindle the family have no idea what they're in for when they impersonate Uncle Fester and step into that cob-webby house. It's pretty entertaining to watch them try, though.BeetlejuiceOkay, Tim Burton's Beetlejuice isn't a '90s movie, but it's on the brink. Turning the tables around on the usual exorcism, a ghost couple needs to remove the new, living tenants from their house so they can peacefully live their after-life. You'll be sure to see at least a few trick-or-treaters dressed in the black and white striped outfit this Halloween.Double, Double, Toil and TroubleBack when Mary Kate and Ashley weren't fashion moguls or dating people twice their age, they put out this Halloween film. Follow the twins as they race to defeat their evil aunt (Cloris Leachman) and save their family's house from foreclosure.Hocus PocusOh, those three crazy witches! As we reported last week, help celebrate Hocus Pocus' 20th anniversary and watch it every day up until Halloween.