"I'm going to keep this very short because there's a good chance I'll get emotional... I'd like to thank all my family and friends and girlfriend for coming to support me... I think everyone knows I'm extremely proud of where I come from. To get this honour means a lot to me so thanks to everyone for coming along, and I apologise for this (emotional) behaviour." British tennis ace Andy Murray was close to tears as he was awarded the freedom of the city of Stirling, Scotland on Wednesday (23Apr14).
Singer Ariana Grande was reduced to tears after meeting her "childhood crush" Jim Carrey during an appearance at the White House's annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday (21Apr14). The Way hitmaker was left starstruck when she found herself in front of the Ace Ventura: Pet Detective star, and in a video posted to Instagram.com, Grande can clearly be seen fighting back tears as she hugs Carrey.
She took to Twitter.com after the meeting and wrote: "met my childhood crush Jim Carrey. (couldn't) even speak. he was kind, warm and human. I'm so happy."
Grande was in Washington, D.C. to perform in the White House gardens, while Carrey read from his kids' book How Roland Rolls.
Director Quentin Tarantino rounded up some of his most famous collaborators including Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell to participate in a live reading of his leaked script The Hateful Eight on Saturday (19Apr14).
In January (14), the Pulp Fiction filmmaker scrapped plans to shoot the Western after an early draft of his screenplay made its way online without his permission. Despite the axe, Tarantino teamed up with organisers at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Film Independent programme to oversee a one-night live reading, starring Jackson, Russell, Amber Tamblyn, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern, who have all appeared in at least one of Tarantino's films.
At the the event at the Ace Hotel, Tarantino fit the bill by donning a black cowboy shirt and hat and told the crowd, "After the script was leaked I had no desire to make it... I'm working on a second draft and I will do a third draft, but we're reading from the first draft. The (script's) Chapter 5 here will not be the Chapter 5 later, so this will be the only time it is seen ever."
The saga, set in a snowy Wyoming a few years after the American Civil War, was performed across three hours, with Tarantino reading stage directions and even stopping actors to re-read lines or "stick to the page" if they started to stray from the script. Tickets to the event were sold for $150 to $200 (£89-£119), with all proceeds benefiting Film Independent.
All Saints' U.K. tour with 1990s boy bands East 17 and Let Loose has been cancelled. The reunited British girl group was set to hit the road with a number of acts for the Another Time Another Place tour, due to kick off in Cardiff, Wales on 14 November (14).
However, a representative for Ticketmaster has confirmed the cancellation on Twitter.com, writing, "Yes, the tour has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, sorry. All affected customers will be contacted shortly!"
Atomic Kitten, Big Brovaz and Ace of Base frontwoman Jenny Berggren were also slated to perform on the eight-date trek.
Actress Brooklyn Decker turned her back on modelling as soon as she landed her first major role - because she didn't feel like an elegant beauty. The sexy star, who is married to tennis ace Andy Roddick, admits she was too clumsy to make it on the world's catwalks and, despite finding fame as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue regular, she didn't feel like her peers.
She says, "I wasn't great when I was modelling so I kind of left the second I could...
"This one simple task of, like, being elegant and elongated, I could not do for the life of me. Truly. I never walked a runway because I was too klutzy. I could never get through the runway casting. I mean, I couldn't walk...! I never got hired in my life."
Actor Columbus Short is planning to design a clothing range based on the clothes his character wears in hit TV show Scandal. Short plays legal ace Harrison Wright in the political drama, and he is eyeing his own fashion line modelled on the litigator, so fans of the show, known as gladiators, can dress just like him.
He tells People.com, "I'm trying to do a line for Middle America - those gladiators out there who want to dress like Harrison, but can't afford it. There's a way to do it. Back in the day, black young men felt like a million dollars with a haircut and a suit jacket, so that's all we need, so that's what my focus is."
The news comes amid a series of real-life dramas for Short, who has been hit with a restraining order following an alleged bust-up with his estranged wife Tanee McCall-Short. He is also facing trial on a charge of felony aggravated battery over his alleged involvement in a bar brawl last month (Mar14).
Warner Bros via Everett Collection
Going back to the earliest days of both movies and television, producers have been enamored with putting sports celebrities on screen. They're some of the most recognizable people in the country and bring along a built-in audience of fans from their athletic exploits.
Of course, there is one issue that's a little hard to get around… most of the athletes that have been tapped to appear in movies can't act. We're taking a look at the most awesomely bad performances by athletes in movies… from ones that are just laughably amateurish to the truly unwatchable; the work by this group would make Lee Strasberg cry.
Shaquille O'Neal, Kazaam
In interviews, O'Neal can be utterly charming and he frequently looks like he's having a good time. Absolutely none of that translates to the big screen, however. The 7-foot-1 basketball player is a genie who emerges from a boombox and tries to help a kid (Francis Capra) who's got father issues. You'd think that a movie with a genie would be at least fun, but it has way too many dark moments and O'Neal's mugging doesn't help any. The movie was so bad that director Paul Michael Glaser hasn't got behind the camera since.
Charles Barkley, Space Jam
It's easy to point out that Michael Jordan is bad in the 1996 mix of animation and live action since he was the star of the show (along with Bugs Bunny, of course), but really, what did we expect? Jordan acted about as well as he ever did in his commercials and the rest of the NBA players, from Larry Bird to Patrick Ewing are equally awful. Barkley, however, as we've now learned from his work as a studio host for TNT has enough personality that he could’ve done better than the stiff performance that he gave.
Dan Marino, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
It's always amazing when athletes can't even play themselves convincingly. In Jim Carrey's breakout hit, Marino — along with a dolphin — is the subject of a kidnapping scheme. Marino's a good looking guy, but that's about the best thing that we can say about his abilities as an actor. When you're outdone by a sea mammal, things are pretty bad. Of course, as much as we don't like his acting, we still like him better than the movie's Mrs. Finkle, the character who famously said, "Dan Marino should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell."
O.J. Simpson, Capricorn One
Back before the Juice had his troubles with the law, he had quite the acting career. Most people remember his turn as Leslie Nielsen's partner in the Naked Gun series, but at one point, Simpson was legitimately trying to act. That's what puts his turn in Capricorn on the list. Playing a duped astronaut, along with James Brolin and Sam Waterston, who is unwittingly part of a fake mission to Mars, Simpson is all caged fury at the outrage of it all. At least the movie has some pretty rad late '70s hairdos going for it.
Wilt Chamberlain, Conan the Destroyer
At least there was logic to Chamberlain's casting in the rushed sequel to Conan the Barbarian… if you're looking for someone even more physically imposing than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt certainly fits the bill. The towering Chamberlain plays a guard named Bombaata who is supposed to help Conan on a quest before killing him. Let's just say that doesn't work out too well for The Stilt. Considering his claims of prodigious sexual conquests, we're sure that Chamberlain had fun shooting the movie… and, really, he doesn’t look any more ridiculous than Grace Jones.
Dennis Rodman, Double Team
How many people can say that they were in a movie with Jean-Claude Van Damme and they were the worst actor on set? Rodman, at the height of his fame for his outrageous behavior, made the Muscles from Brussels look like Robert De Niro in comparison. The plot of the movie runs along the lines of most other JCVD flicks, with Rodman playing an arms dealer. The Worm is tasked with saying such classic lines as, "You look like trouble. I like trouble." There are a lot of explosions and Van Damme does his requisite butt-kicking, even taking on a tiger, but Rodman spends the movie seemingly smirking at the thought that someone's paying him to do… well, whatever it was he was doing.
Mike Tyson, The Hangover
Yes, The Hangover is a very funny movie and, yes, the scenes with Tyson are hysterical. Those two facts do not make Iron Mike a good actor. The former heavyweight champion just plays a slightly less scary version of himself and you get the impression that the mixture of awe and fear on Bradley Cooper's face wasn't a stretch with the real Tyson standing in front of him. As comical as it was to watch — due largely to Tyson's public persona — his reaction at the video of Zack Galifianakis peeing in his pool is on the level of a third grade school play. Just, um, maybe don't tell him we said so.
Howie Long, Firestorm
The longtime Los Angeles Raiders defensive lineman did a credible job as one of John Travolta's henchmen in the John Woo actioner Broken Arrow. That's where Long's acting career should've ended. Instead, he signed on to play the lead in a movie about the leader of a team of wild firefighters who has to rescue people trapped in a fire started by an escaped killer played by William Forsythe. The fact that someone actually bought that pitch is irrelevant and it's hard to fault Long for taking the payday, but the preposterousness of the plot is matched only by the football star's terrible line delivery. The best part of the movie is that it's mercifully short, clocking in at just 89 minutes.
Terry Bradshaw, Failure to Launch
Let's forget for a second the stretch of casting Bradshaw and Kathy Bates as Matthew McConaughey's parents. Let's even put aside the fact that the movie's awfulness has more to do with the nonexistent chemistry between McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker than anything the four-time Super Bowl winner did. The question that truly needs to be addressed is who the heck thought the idea of having Bradshaw naked in the movie was a good idea? God love him for being down for it, but the image of the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback's naked rear-end is one of those things that you can't unsee. Bradshaw got his start in acting doing cameos in his buddy Burt Reynolds' films and luckily, he doesn't go too far out of his way to get parts. Why people feel the need to occasionally give him one is a whole other question.
Actor James Franco laughed off his recent Instagram.com dating scandal this weekend (12-13Apr14) by joining his pal Seth Rogen on U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live to poke fun at the controversy. The 127 Hours star hit headlines earlier this month (Apr14) for attempting to court Scottish teenager Lucy Clode on the social networking site after meeting her following a performance of his Broadway play.
Screenshots of their online conversation, in which Franco asked for the 17 year old's phone number, quizzed her on whether she had a boyfriend and offered to book a hotel room, was posted on Instagram, forcing the actor to later admit he was "embarrassed" for his "bad judgement". Rogen turned the incident into material for his guest hosting stint on Saturday's (12Apr14) sketch show by referring to the scandal in his opening monologue.
Pretending to read excerpts from his week's diary entries ahead of his SNL gig, he said, "Wednesday, 3pm: they (show writers) read all the sketches out loud; I didn't feel like I did great, so to make myself feel better, I decided to prank James Franco. I posed as a girl on Instagram, told him I was way young. He seemed unfazed; I have a date to meet him at the Ace Hotel."
Franco subsequently appeared onstage and quipped, "I just wanted to say great prank buddy. I've been waiting at the Ace Hotel for three days!" The Oscar nominee wasn't the only surprise guest on Saturday Night Live - Zooey Deschanel also stopped by to offer Rogen her comedy help, while Taylor Swift joked about her songwriting inspirations by joining an exasperated Rogen onstage at the start of the show, saying, "You were getting really upset and whenever a man shows emotion, I appear." Swift was actually on the set of the New York-based show to support her singer/songwriter pal, Ed Sheeran, who served as the night's musical guest.
Joan Jett, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde channelled the spirit of the late Kurt Cobain on Thursday (10Apr14) as they performed with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Michael Stipe from R.E.M. paid tribute to the grunge stars as drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic were joined on the podium at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York by Cobain's mother and sister and his widow, Courtney Love.
The Hole frontwoman proved that any bad blood between her and the existing Nirvana duo was in the past by calling Grohl and Novoselic her "family" and hugging them both, before saying, "I just wish that Kurt was here to hear this and feel this and be this.
"Twenty years ago, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame maybe wasn't (something he'd appreciate), but today he would have appreciated it. He would have appreciated Krist and Dave... his mother and his sister being here..." She went on to dedicate Cobain's posthumous honour to their daughter, Francis Bean Cobain, who missed the ceremony due to illness.
Grohl and Novoselic then welcomed their female collaborators to rock out with them, with Jett taking charge of vocals on Smells Like Teen Spirit, Gordon joining the pair for Aneurysm, and St. Vincent singing Lithium. Royals hitmaker Lorde helped the band close out the Nirvana reunion with All Apologies, which served as the explosive finale of the near six-hour induction ceremony.
Earlier in the night, Bruce Springsteen saluted his longtime backing musicians the E Street Band, and took the time to remember each and every person who had ever been a part of the group, including late saxophonist Clarence Clemons and his sidekick and "consigliere", guitarist Steven Van Zandt. Soul icons Hall & Oates were inducted by The Roots drummer Questlove, but the singers' performance had to be briefly halted midway through a rendition of their 1976 classic She's Gone after experiencing technical problems.
There was no drama from KISS, who were introduced by Tom Morello, as the original line-up of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss reunited to join the Class of 2014, although they stuck to their vow not to perform after learning that Hall of Fame bosses would not be honouring current bandmates Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer.
Meanwhile, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Stevie Nicks joined forces to honour Linda Ronstadt, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was on hand to praise former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel as a solo artist. Art Garfunkel celebrated the career of Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, and British producer Peter Asher helped to induct the Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Beatles svengali Brian Epstein.
"I had a speech here but these aren't prescription (glasses) so I can't read!" Rocker Ace Frehley struggles to make out what he wrote down in his acceptance speech as Kiss is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a gala in New York on Thursday (10Apr14).