Hip-hop star Drake returned to his acting roots this weekend (18Jan14) as he showed off his best impressions of rap mentor Lil Wayne and embattled baseball ace Alex Rodriguez on hit U.S. sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. The Best I Ever Had hitmaker served as this week's guest host and he pulled on a series of different wigs and costumes as he portrayed a geeky teenager, a dorky dad at a slumber party, and an energetic Disney World employee in an Indiana Jones stunt-show-gone-wrong.
However, the highlights saw Drake spoofing a number of famous faces - he kicked off the show portraying suspended New York Yankees player Rodriguez as he was quizzed about his steroids scandal by Taran Killam, posing as British CNN newsman Piers Morgan. The segment also featured Kate McKinnon's impersonation of Justin Bieber, who had to fend off questions about his recent 'egging' vandalism controversy.
Drake also donned fake dreadlocks and facial tattoos to spoof his label boss Lil Wayne in a segment titled, Hip Hop Classics: Before They Were Stars, portraying him as the original Steve Urkel character in the popular sitcom Family Matters.
He also poked fun at his time on Canadian high school drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, where he got his start in the entertainment business, and played off his black and Jewish roots by reliving his Bar Mitzvah and rhyming about celebrating Hanukkah and dating a "Rihannukuh" - a reference to his brief romance with sexy singer Rihanna.
Drake also took on double duty by appearing as the show's musical guest, performing tracks including Started From the Bottom, Trophies, Hold On, We're Going Home and From Time with R&B newcomer Jhene Aiko.
Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass is to receive the top prize at the 2014 American Cinema Editors' (ACE) Eddie Awards. Greengrass missed out on an Oscar nod for Best Director when the Academy Awards shortlist was announced on Thursday morning (16Jan14), but he still has reason to celebrate after being named as the honouree of the prestigious Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year accolade.
A statement released by the ACE Board of Directors reads: "Paul Greengrass is one of the most exciting filmmakers working in cinema today. A Greengrass film simply has its own signature - from the magnificent hand-held camera work, to his ability to engage audiences with riveting storytelling, his canon of work is bold and iconic...
"It is our pleasure to recognize him with the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor for his ongoing contribution to filmmaking at its finest."
Greengrass follows in the footsteps of previous Golden Eddie recipients Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg, who picked up the accolade last year (13).
Captain Phillips' leading man, Tom Hanks, was also among the big names snubbed by Oscars voters, but his co-star, former taxi driver Barkhad Abdi, scored a nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role.
A representative for Irina Shayk has blamed an inaccurate language translation for sparking reports suggesting the Russian supermodel had secretly wed Portuguese soccer ace Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid star was accepting the prestigious FIFA Ballon d'Or award in Zurich, Switzerland on Monday (13Jan14), when the World Player of the Year honouree gave thanks to his colleagues, friends and family.
He delivered his emotional speech in Portuguese and was translated as saying, "I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award.
"Everybody that has been involved with me on a personal level I have to thank. My wife, my friends, my son. It is a tremendously emotional moment."
However, Shayk's spokesperson has dismissed claims of a surprise wedding, insisting, "The translator just changed it (girlfriend) to wife."
Shayk accompanied her boyfriend of four years and his son from a previous relationship, Cristiano, Jr., to the ceremony, and the beauty later gushed about Ronaldo's win with a photo of the couple on her Facebook.com page, alongside the caption, "Couldn't be more proud."
Actor and funnyman Steve Coogan took the Golden Globes stage with Philomena Lee, the woman behind his new movie Philomena, to introduce the film as a Best Motion Picture (Drama) contender. The Irishwoman said, "The film isn't just about me; it's the shared story of the women who have yet to receive the justice they deserve." Coogan's film chronicles Lee's battle to locate the son she was forced to give up for adoption. Another non-Hollywood celebrity to take to the stage at the Globes was race ace Niki Lauda, who presented Rush, a movie about his track contest with the late James Hunt, as a Best Film contender with Chris Hemsworth.
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have each landed nominations for the American Cinema Editors' (ACE) Eddie Awards. Cuaron's behind-the-scenes work on his space disaster movie has earned the Mexican a nod for Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic), alongside 12 Years a Slave's Joe Walker, Chris Rouse for Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks' Mark Livolsi, and Eric Zumbrunnen and Jeff Buchanan for Her.
Meanwhile, the Coen brothers have scored a mention in the Comedy or Musical category under their moniker Roderick Jaynes for Inside Llewyn Davis. They will compete against American Hustle's Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten, August: Osage County's Stephen Mirrione, Kevin Tent for Nebraska, and Thelma Schoonmaker for The Wolf of Wall Street.
The nominations will give Gravity and Inside Llewyn Davis big Oscars boosts - the winner of either the dramatic or comedy/musical film Eddie categories have gone on to claim the Oscar for Best Picture in seven of the past 11 Eddie Awards shows, while the Eddie victor in the best edited dramatic feature shortlist has gone on to win the Academy Award for editing in nine of the past 11 years.
The 64th annual ACE Eddie Awards will take place in at the Beverly Hilton in California on 7 February (14).
Actress Gabrielle Union has opened up about her 2013 split from new fiance Dwyane Wade, revealing she was trying to do too much at once - and her relationship suffered. The 41-year-old star tells Glamour magazine that she has recommitted herself to the basketball ace after briefly putting her career first.
She explains, "(We split) because of distance and scheduling. I finished filming the show (Being Mary Jane), then I flew to Vegas right away to start shooting (film) Think Like a Man Too. I couldn't take time off, and I missed some quality togetherness we desperately needed.
"Over the summer, I reassessed priorities. I'd always wanted an awesome career with back-to-back projects, but I realised I wasn't willing to sacrifice my relationship for it. Moving forward, I decided my work schedule has to make sense for our family.
"If your relationship isn't something you're willing to give up and you can compromise, do so."
During the break, Wade fathered a child with another woman. Union has yet to address the baby story, which her fiance has confirmed, but reports suggest she was well aware of the child when she accepted the sportsman's proposal just before Christmas (13).
Former tennis ace Lindsay Davenport is a mum again - the retired sportswoman gave birth to her fourth child on Monday (06Jan14). Davenport has announced the happy news on Twitter.com, stating she's "thrilled" to have a new baby.
The court star and her husband Jonathan Leach have named their daughter Haven Michelle Leach.
Their other children are Kaya Emory, two, Lauren, four, and big brother Jagger Jonathan, six.
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman channelled the spirit of Marilyn Monroe by singing a breathless version of Happy Birthday to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Wednesday (08Jan14). The retired sports ace struck up a bizarre friendship with the controversial dictator during a visit to the country last year (13) and he was back in the Asian nation this week (beg06Jan14) as part of his ongoing project to promote basketball among schoolchildren.
He took to an indoor court in the capital Pyongyang with fellow former professionals including Vin Baker, Kenny Anderson, and Charles D. Smith for a profile-raising game in front of local dignitaries on Wednesday, and before the event began, Rodman had a special gift for Jong-Un.
He stood in front of a microphone and sang one verse of Happy Birthday, imitating the infamous vocal delivery of Monroe when she performed the same stunt for U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
As Rodman sang, Jong-Un was seen smiling before applauding the sportsman's efforts.
However, not everyone was impressed with the performance - after the game ended, Rodman's pal Smith told reporters, "We always tell Dennis that he can't sing. He is tone deaf."
KISS frontman Paul Stanley has wrecked fans' dreams of watching the original members of the group performing together when they are inducted in to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April (14), insisting a reunion "seems unlikely". The colourful rockers will join Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Nirvana, among others, in the museum's class of 2014 and Stanley insists they will perform at the ceremony - but it won't be an original line-up reunion.
The singer made his feelings clear after a fan asked him about the possibility of including Ace Frehley and Peter Criss in his and bassist Gene Simmons Hall of Fame plans.
Stanley initially wrote, "No way", and then added, "Seems unlikely".
And that paves the way for another Hall of Fame feud - because guitarist Frehley is keen to perform and replace current KISS star Tommy Thayer onstage.
Frehley has said, "You can't have me and Tommy both in makeup... I don't have a problem with Tommy and (current drummer) Eric (Singer) being there out of make-up if I'm in make-up, because they're a big part of KISS today. (But) they had nothing to do with the beginning of KISS, or the designs or the costumes or the make-up... This is about the celebration of KISS and how it all began and started, and it should be honouring the four original members."
Mean Girls star Lacey Chabert has joined the 2014 newlyweds club after exchanging vows with her longtime boyfriend over the holidays. The actress announced the happy news in a tweet on Friday (04Jan14).
Chabert wrote, "I'm starting off 2014 as a Mrs! Over the holidays, my best friend & love of my life... we became husband & wife!"
The actress' wedding guests included another newlywed, Kaley Cuoco, who married tennis ace Ryan Sweeting on New Year's Eve (31Dec13).
Chabert's Christmas and New Year's celebrations were marred by the death of her grandfather.
In a tweet on 28 December (13), she wrote, "What a week. Happiest & saddest of times. Ups & downs of life & mysterious way in which they always seem to collide will forever puzzle me."
And she later thanked fans for their kind words as she mourned the loss of her elderly relative, adding, "Thank you all so much for the sweet, comforting messages about my grandfather's passing. Your kindness touches my heart so very much."