Billy Joel reunited with his ex-wife Christie Brinkley at his concert on Thursday night (07Aug14) by singing his hit song Uptown Girl to the woman who starred in his video more than 30 years ago. The supermodel had front row seats to Joel's concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden and during his encore, he sang his 1983 hit single, which was inspired by Brinkley.
In a video posted on YouTube.com, Joel is seen calling on the camera crew to get a shot of Brinkley dancing and singing along to her ex-husband while he performed the track, and at the song's end, Brinkley is shown on the jumbo screens behind Joel with a huge grin on her face.
The blonde beauty later took to Instagram.com to post a photo of herself with daughter Sailor enjoying the gig from their prime seats, and added the caption, "He's still got it."
Brinkley and Joel divorced in 1994 after a nine-year marriage and have one daughter together, singer Alexa Ray Joel.
The West Wing star Janel Moloney used her first aid skills to help a woman who passed out on New York City's subway system. The actress has been hailed a heroine for stepping in after the female passenger collapsed on the train.
Moloney made the woman comfortable and stayed with her until paramedics arrived on the scene.
She tells the New York Daily News, "A young woman passed out in train and then stumbled off the train and collapsed on a platform. I had just taken an emergency first aid class, so I kind of summoned up my list of Things To Do and Not Do! She passed out, probably due to the heat.
"She was breathing fine. I just sat with her until she came to and talked to her until help arrived. People kept wanting to pour water on her face and I told them that would just make her wet. I felt like I was the person there who was responsible for her somehow. I was really happy I could help."
Sir Elton John is turning sports coach to lead a team of tennis professionals in a charity match in London. The Rocket Man hitmaker will face off against a group led by former tennis champion Billie Jean King at the Royal Albert Hall, turning the prestigious concert venue into a sports arena for one night only on 7 December (14).
The longtime pals will coach teams featuring the likes of Kim Clijsters, John McEnroe, Tim Henman and last year's (13) Wimbledon Ladies' Singles finalist Sabine Lisicki at the Kings' World Team Tennis Smash Hits event.
Proceeds from the sporting extravaganza will benefit the singer's Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Model-turned-actress Brooke Shields has teamed up with MAC cosmetics bosses to create her own make-up collection. The Blue Lagoon star, 49, landed the project after a chance run-in with the firm's senior vice president and creative director James Gager, and now her Icon range will hit retailers in October (14).
Shields, who is famous for her styled brows, really got involved in the research and development process to ensure the products, which include eyeshadows, lipsticks, nail polishes and mascaras, were something she would want to purchase for herself.
She tells WWD.com, "I went through all of my make-up, opened it all up, looked at it all and started to decide what of each product I loved - whether it was from MAC or some obscure brand I got on a shoot in Japan. So many times you get asked to 'create' something, but it ends up being, 'Put your face on this'. I got to run with this, and I loved every detail of it."
Shields isn't the first celebrity to launch her own MAC range - Lady Gaga, Lorde, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna have all worked with the company on their own collections in recent years.
"There is also this pressure in Hollywood to be ageless. I think what I have been witness to, is seeing women trying to stay ageless with what they are doing to themselves. I am grateful to learn from their mistakes, because I am not injecting s**t into my face. I also have a fiance, who will put a gun to my head if I touch my face in any way."
Jennifer Aniston has no intention of risking the wrath of her fiance Justin Theroux by undergoing cosmetic surgery.
"My dad is 100 per cent Greek; he turned 81 and he barely has a wrinkle. And neither did my grandmother, who was 95 when she died. But it's also just water, drinking a lot of water, using really nice good products for your face... Getting proper sleep is always important." Jennifer Aniston credits her genes and good skincare for her youthful looks at the age of 45.
When you make your name in a huge, international film franchise it can be difficult to get audiences to see you in a different light. When that franchise happens to be as incredibly divisive as the Twilight series, it’s going to be even harder to shake the vampire sparkles from your screen persona. It’s no surprise then that since wrapping the final film Kristen Stewart has stuck primarily with small, indie films in order to add some variety to her resume and find the chance to leave Bella Swan behind for good. And even if her latest film, Camp X-Ray, doesn’t quite manage to do that, it will likely mark a start in a different stage of her career.
In the film, which premiered to positive reviews at Sundance, Stewart plays Private Amy Cole, young guard at Guantanamo Bay who builds a relationship with one of the prisoners that forces her to question both her job and her beliefs. It’s a difficult, complex subject – in fact, it might be one of the few topics that cause just as many divided Internet comments at the Twilight series – and based on the trailer it appears as if neither the film nor the cast will be shying away from portraying a lot of those complexities. Stewart in particular seems to bear the bulk of those complicated elements, and the trailer hints at an interestingly subtle performance. Of course, since of the major criticisms of the Twilight series was the stiff, wooden acting that might not sound like a compliment but in Camp X-Ray, Stewart appears to be making deliberately restrained choices, allowing her face to do the majority of the acting. Choosing a part that requires so much focus on what goes unsaid is a risky choice for her, but if it succeeds, it could be exactly what she needs to build a great career.
Amy is a completely different character than anything we’ve seen Stewart play so far. Having spent most of her career playing teenagers with various degrees of angst, it will be interesting to see her step into a more adult role as a character with a great deal of responsibilities, baggage and conflicting feelings. She’s dealing with questions of right and wrong and international law rather than the issues that come with dating a vampire, and she’s doing it all in a situation where she’s not free to outwardly question authority. Audiences need to see Stewart play complex characters like this in order to finally let go of the awkward, sullen girl they’re familiar with, and indies are the best way for her to build up a resume of roles like Amy.
A major studio film is likely going to want to bank of Stewart’s fan base in order to produce the next iteration of the Twilight Saga and make absurd amounts of money. Even if she gravitates towards more serious, dramatic films, studios are still going to be hesitant to market her in a role that’s completely against-type. After all, audiences know and love Bella Swan, so why change things up? Indies like Camp X-Ray and Clouds of Sils Maria, however, are less likely to force Stewart into any particular role, as just her presence in the film would be a big enough boost in terms of attention and marketing. Therefore, they’re offering her a wider variety of characters that will challenge her as an actress and challenge the audiences’ perceptions. They also offer less risk if the final product isn’t well-received, as the film probably won’t be on most moviegoer’s radar.
Stewart’s already lined up an impressive slate of films, acting opposite actors like Julianne Moore, Glenn Close and Juliette Binoche. If even one of those films does well enough to garner a decent amount of press attention, it could help audiences take a chance on seeing her in a different light, which will help her move away from Twilight and the baggage that comes with it. They’re also likely to help her gain the attention of major directors and producers, who would then be more likely to cast her in a prestigious film, which would also go a long way into changing the way the public sees her. It might even get her some awards attention (hey, Jonah Hill’s an Oscar nominee. You never know.)
Even if she doesn’t ever make it into the Oscar conversation, films like Camp X-Ray are the best way for her to build a solid, varied career, and that’s what tends to keep actors working, and working in great projects. The film might be a complete disaster, but the choices she’s making will still be enough to keep her moving towards new characters, new projects and hopefully, new fans. In the end, that’s really all an actor needs to build an admirable career.
Camp X-Ray opens in theaters on October 17.
Danity Kane, the all-girl band rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs created for a reality TV show, has split, a year after announcing reunion plans. The members fell out following a recent recording session spat, during which singer Dawn Richard allegedly lashed out at Aubrey O'Day, and now the girls have confirmed the reunion is over.
O'Day released a lengthy statement with fellow bandmate Shannon Bex on Twitter.com on Friday (08Aug14), when she recalled the studio clash for fans - without naming names - and suggested that Richard had yet to apologise for her bad behaviour.
She writes, "It breaks my heart that this violence is followed by no sign of remorse. For the past year, I watched small lies turn into bigger lies. Those bigger lies turned into verbal abuse. Now the verbal abuse has deteriorated into a physical assault.
"I put what I knew was right second to what I knew I could handle for the sake of the big-picture success this incredibly talented group of women could have achieved together. It was my goal to prove that with enough understanding the issues behind the scenes could be resolved, and we could continue to create content for one of the most inspiring fan bases I have ever witnessed. I realize now that in order to achieve that reality all three girls would have to want that. And, unfortunately, only two of us put our solo ambitions and lives to a halt and consistently put the team first."
Bex adds, "My heart is heavy. It is all I can do to pull myself out of bed to face this task..."
Richard addressed the break-up in her own statement to TMZ.com, saying, "Sadness does not even remotely begin to describe what I feel right now."
The group reunited in May, 2013, and were putting the finishing touches to a comeback album when the fight occurred on Monday (04Aug14).
O'Day lodged an official battery complaint with police following her alleged fight with Richard.
The reunion was filled with drama from the outset - original member D. Woods refused to be a part of the get together and Aundrea Fimbres quit the group on the opening night of a comeback tour in May (14), after revealing she was pregnant and engaged to wed.
Danity Kane formed on Combs' 2005 reality show Making the Band 3. He fired them from his label in 2009.
Miranda Lambert's father has chastised vandals who have defaced a billboard celebrating the singer's achievements in her hometown of Lindale, Texas . An image of the Gunpowder and Lead hitmaker's face greets visitors entering the small town, but the sign was recently targeted by delinquents, who painted a white moustache on her photo.
Her disgusted dad, retired police officer Rick Lambert, tells local news station KLTV, "My wife and I just shook our heads and thought some ignorant fool that doesn't have enough to do (is) out destroying property that cost the Rotary Club of Lindale. They collected the money to do that and we regret that somebody is stupid enough to go out and destroy city property like that."
He adds, "Lindale's trying to be proud of a local girl done good (sic) and then somebody wants to destroy that. If it's jealousy or if it's drunkenness, whatever, it's idiocy either way."
The greeting poster is set to be restored, thanks to local resident and businessman Peter Cilliers, who owns a sign company.
The Grammy Award winner has yet to comment on the news.
Seth Rogen and James Franco's controversial new movie The Interview has been given a huge release boost - Sony studio executives have decided to launch the comedy in America on Christmas Day (25Dec14).
The film, in which Franco and Rogen play tabloid TV reporters who land an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un only to learn they have to assassinate him, was scheduled to hit U.S. cinemas in October (14), but it will now roll out among Oscar contenders and blockbusters during one of Hollywood's most popular weeks.
The comedy will now face off against Angelina Jolie's new film Unbroken, the star-studded Into the Woods and family film Paddington at the box office.