Former Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts sustained a black eye and swollen lip when she knocked herself out with an exercise ball this week (begs25Aug14).
The singer was working out with a weighted fitness ball in a gym and she suffered a painful injury when it struck her in the face. Roberts tells U.K. TV show Good Morning Britain, "It was like one of those YouTube videos you watch of people knocking themselves out in the gym. That was me! I picked up a medicine ball... chucked it at this trampoline and it came back with a vengeance. It just knocked me out. Black eye, swollen nose, swollen lip..."
However, Roberts had no time to dwell on her injuries because she was due to perform a skit with British presenting duo Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly that evening as part of their touring comedy show.
She adds, "My manager's actually a boxer so he put a silver spoon in ice and rubbed it for about 3 hours before the show. I looked a little bit like I'd gotten some work done... Thank God for make-up and a good make-up artist. I wore my hair a bit in my face so nobody really knew... it was kind of rough to get through the next couple of shows but the show must go on."
The comedy tour concludes on 7 September (14) in Newcastle, England.
The Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack has shot to the top of the U.S. album chart. The album, which debuted at three last week (06Aug14), becomes the second soundtrack to hit number one on the Billboard 200 this year (14), following the success of Frozen, but it's the first movie album full of old tracks to hit the top spot - all the songs on Awesome Mix Vol. 1 were recorded in the 1960s and 1970s.
Another compilation, the Now 51 album, debuts at two on the new countdown, and rockers Godsmack enter at three with 1000HP.
Spoon make it a trio of new arrivals in the top five as they debut They Want My Soul at number four and last week's number one, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Hypnotic Eye, falls to five.
On the singles chart, Canadian reggae-pop act MAGIC!'s performance at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday (10Aug14) appears to have given their song Rude at boost - it scores a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100, while Sam Smith lands a second consecutive week at two with Stay With Me, and Iggy Azalea's record-breaking former number one Fancy stays put at three.
Tragic socialite Peaches Geldof was receiving treatment for heroin addiction for two-and-a-half years before her death. Bob Geldof's daughter had been taking heroin substitute methadone and undergoing weekly testing, but her husband Thomas Cohen told an inquest in Kent, England on Wednesday (23Jul14) he suspected she was back on drugs earlier this year (14).
He told the hearing he confronted his wife in February (14) and she retrieved a stash of heroin from the attic of their home and flushed it down the toilet as he watched.
The model/TV presenter died at her home in Kent in April (14) at the age of 25 in a chilling echo of her mother Paula Yates, who passed away from a heroin overdose in 2000.
Geldof's body was discovered by Cohen in a bedroom at the property on 7 April (14), and the inquest was told that when police later searched the home they discovered 6.9 grams (0.2 ounces) of heroin, several needles, and a burnt spoon.
The coroner, Roger Hatch, confirmed the death was drug-related.
He expressed his sympathy for the Geldof family but in a reference to the death of Yates, he stated the tragedy was not "history repeating itself" as Geldof had been trying to beat her addiction.
In 2011, Geldof sparked rumours she was on drugs after she was photographed at a fashion event in London with dark rings around her eyes and bruises on her arm, but she denied using heroin, claiming the marks were caused by skin condition psoriasis.
Actress Zooey Deschanel has landed a big music deal after signing with Columbia Records. She & Him, the duo she formed with M. Ward, will release their next album later this year (14) on the Sony label.
The pair has released four albums on independent label Merge Records and has sold just over one million records since 2008.
According to Billboard.com, the duo's bestseller was 2011 holiday album A Very She & Him Christmas.
She & Him aren't the only act to leave Merge - Spoon and Arcade Fire have reportedly departed the label after enjoying initial success there.
M. Ward is still signed to Merge as a solo artist.
Rock superstar Sting has vowed to spend his vast fortune before he dies to ensure his children don't live off his wealth when he is gone. The former Police frontman is worth an estimated $288 million (£180 million), and he is adamant his six kids - Eliot, Joe, Mickey, Jake, Fuchsia, and Giacomo - won't inherit his estate.
The musician, who is married to film producer Trudie Styler, hopes his decision not to make his brood millionaires will ensure they all work to achieve their own success.
The singer, who is the son of a hard-working ship builder, tells Britain's Event magazine, "My generation all assumed we would have a better standard of living. The one that we spawned cannot assume that. "With my children there is great wealth, success - a great shadow over them - so it’s no picnic at all being my child. I discuss that with them; it’s tough for them."
"I told them there won’t be much money left because we are spending it! We have a lot of commitments. What comes in we spend, and there isn’t much left. "I certainly don’t want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks. They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate."
"Obviously, if they were in trouble I would help them, but I’ve never really had to do that. They have this work ethic that makes them want to succeed on their own merit. People make assumptions, that they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, but they have not been given a lot."
"I was just the only one who didn't hide my accent. I mean, come on, Damon Albarn, he's right up there. He's got an orchard full of plums in his mouth and a silver spoon stuck up his a**e. Britain is so obsessed with class. It really needs to let go, because no one else gives a s**t." Singer James Blunt hits back at the negative comments he receives for his privileged upbringing.
Kurt Cobain's personal effects from the time of his death have been revealed in newly-released police photographs. The Nirvana frontman was found dead at his home in Seattle, Washington on 8 April, 1994 and coroners subsequently ruled the singer shot himself three days before his body was discovered.
Authorities found four rolls of undeveloped film during a recent re-examination of the case and now local police have released the pictures to the public.
The previously-unseen snaps show Cobain's belongings scattered on the floor. The items include a hat, a pair of sunglasses, a packet of cigarettes and his wallet, while an opened cigar box appears to contain drug paraphernalia including needles and a spoon.
A statement posed on the Seattle Police Department's website on Thursday (20Mar14) also moves to silence conspiracy theories about Cobain's death, citing the recent investigation by a Cold Case Detective Mike Ciesynski, who agreed with the initial conclusions.
Ciesynski says of his findings, "Sometimes people believe what they read - some of the disinformation from some of the books, that this was a conspiracy. That's completely inaccurate. It's a suicide. This is a closed case."
Tuesday night was a dangerous time to log onto Twitter. Innocent passersby would have caught flying mortar from both sides of a fresh, rapidly heating debate: a phenomenon that will be deemed by the history books Greta Grip! or How I Learned to Stop Gerwigging Out and Meet Your Dad. See, 30-year-old writer, actor, dancer, Barnard graduate, Noah Baumbach dater, Barack Obama birthday sharer, and effectual embodiment of the contemporary dreamer's existential quest Greta Gerwig was cast as the lead of CBS' groan-worthy developing spin-off series How I Met Your Dad. The shot heard 'round the world.
Just shy of nobody has been looking forward to How I Met Your Dad, obviously born from the network's mainstay How I Met Your Mother (coming to an end this March), since it was announced in the fall of 2013. On the one hand, Gerwig's involvement as its star — playing Sally, a womanchild stuck in a dead-end marriage — and possible writer, as revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, does make How I Met Your Dad inherently more appealing. On the other, many are disappointed to learn that Gerwig's future will be driven primarily by a network television sitcom that we were all ready to write off before any of this news broke. And there are plenty other hands in this fistfight. Here's a stab at a breakdown (organization-wise) of the breakdown (emotional chaos-wise) that ensued after Gerwig was announced to be CBS' new leading lady.
"We're disappointed, Greta."Greta Gerwig in a network sitcom? A network sitcom spin-off? A network sitcom spin-off that sounds basically like the same exact show as the network sitcom off of which it is spinning?
"We support you, Greta."Gerwig has a right to choose whatever projects she finds interesting.
"But we want you to do other things, Greta."This isn't coming from a place of malice, but love. We love Frances Ha, and want to see you spend your time making more movies like that, as opposed to shackled to the network machine.
"But we want you to save television, Greta."Now that someone interesting is involved as a star and writer, maybe How I Met Your Dad won't be so bad!
"But we think you're selling out, Greta!"(Here's where it started to get ugly.)
"But we think there's nothing wrong with making a little dough, Greta!"With a long career ahead of you and aspirations to make creatively daring films, getting a little funding might be the best move right about now.
"But WE think the only way to maintain an output of creative integrity is to say no to the machine, Greta."Or, if you're like Andy Kaufman, to just f**k with the network from the inside. But Greta Gerwig seems nice.
"But WE don't even think any of these people saw your movies in theaters, Greta."Netflixing The Dish & the Spoon doesn't do her any good!
"But WE blame that on the studios' unwillingness to rely on you as a brand, Greta!"And also, we were just really swamped cramming for finals when your last six movies were playing in theaters.
"But WE think that the public familiarity that comes with a starring role on a network sitcom is the exact way to establish yourself as a brand, Greta!"Now our parents will know who Greta Gerwig is, and that's a good thing.
"BUT WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT YOU SUCCUMBING TO THE WHIMS OF THE SYSTEM, GRETA."Don't be a cog!
"BUT WE RECALL A TIME WHEN YOU WERE IN MOVIES LIKE ARTHUR AND NO STRINGS ATTACHED, GRETA."How come nobody was b**ching and moaning about that?
"BECAUSE WE DIDN'T REALLY KNOW WHO YOU WERE THEN, GRETA!"I mean, we knew, we just didn't know.
"NEITHER DID WE. BUT TO BE HONEST, NO STRINGS ATTACHED WASN'T AS BAD AS EVERYONE SAID IT WAS, GRETA!"It had its moments.
"WELL... WHY ARE YOU GETTING SO MAD AT US!?!"Isn't chastising actors for disappointing choices what we do? Isn't that our thing?! Isn't open discussion about artistic pursuits the whole idea?! Isn't it a good thing that we're this passionate about someone like Greta Gerwig in the first place?!
"ZOOEY DESCHANEL!!!"Case in point.
Things kind of hit a wall around here, without either side giving way to the other's ideas. But in the cold light of day, we can profess: we love Greta Gerwig. We think she's talented and creative and will likely breathe new life into what could have been a very stale spin-off. But we also hope this doesn't hold her back from more interesting pursuits, preferably on the big screen. So here's waiting for the next bit of Greta Gerwig news — may it be one that we can all get behind. Or at least that she's passionate about.
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So, where did we leave off? Somewhere as chaotic as usual, no doubt. We pick up with everyone going in opposite directions: two Gallaghers have officially entered adolescence (it's a bitch), one has secretly joined the army, one went to University of Chicago, one has a steady job for the first time, and one is bed-ridden, liver damaged, and still the über-alcoholic we know and love (?).
Debbie has officially become a teenager and she has all the attitude (and poorly-deployed eyeshadow) to go with it. She sasses big sister Fiona, she loads up on the fruity lipgloss, she wobbles down the sidewalk in snakeskin stilettos – oh, and she's auctioning her virginity online for a million dollars: you know, normal teenager stuff. She also happens to meet a cute yet older boy (he can drive, she's still in middle school). He seems sweet so far, but time will tell if he's a creep – and judging by the Gallagher's track record, he's going to be more trouble than he looks.
Fiona also has a new boyfriend (her supervisor at work), as well as a cherry new job; and things are starting to get more serious in both avenues. She realizes she gets insurance, benefits, and a 401k, and she finally sleeps with Mike. It's a little awkward; they certainly don't have the same physical chemistry as she did with Jimmy (who is still mysteriously gone, by the way – is he dead?), but maybe it's time for a change of pace. We'll see – like with Debbie's boyfriend, at this point, he's still something of a wild card.
And poor, poor, Lip. Sexiled (and snubbed) by his bumbling roommate's girlfriend, given a D by an officious TA, and looked down upon by everyone for his work-study job in the dining hall, he's definitely experiencing the flipside of big-fish-little-pond syndrome. This isn't to say he doesn't deserve getting knocked down a peg, but anyone who's gone to college can probably feel his pain in at least one of his misfortunes. (Even if you always got impeccable grades and didn't need workstudy, chances are you had at least one truly horrible roommate).
Oh, and speaking of Lip, it looks like Mandy Milkovich still carries a torch; in fact, both the Milkoviches are pining for their respective Gallaghers – Mickey does his best to inconspicuously ask after Ian throughout the episode, and in a surprisingly touching scene, he tries to jack off to a portrait of Ian, but becomes so upset that he punches a crater into the bathroom mirror (it was much more moving than it sounds, okay?). Who'd have thunk we'd be feeling this bad for psychopathic Mickey, of all people?
Meanwhile, Veronica and Carl are getting picked dry by Veronica's mother, Carol, who happens to be carrying their future child. She needs money for all the pregnancy staples: ultrasounds, doctor's appointments, and most importantly, chic maternity wear from Nordstrom's. Which would be fine and well, except for the fact that Veronica realizes that she, too is pregnant. How will they handle two kids when they can barely afford one? Veronica frets over how she'll tell Kevin, but the moment presents itself perfectly: when he returns home, saddened by the death of his boss, she comforts him with some much-needed good news.
And Frank has sunk possibly lower than we've ever seen – like Mickey, it's amazing the depth of sympathy we feel for him even after the breadth of damage he's done. Tony (Fiona's cop old flame) finds him in a crackhouse, near-dead, next to a very telling syringe, spoon, and rubber tubing. Fiona's all for dumping him on a park bench "far, far away" but Carl insists on keeping him. Carl's always been his dad's biggest supporter, and it's painfully hard to watch as Frank cajoles him into helping him butt-chug (ew) some Franzia (double-ew). And perhaps it's his way of thanking his son, but Frank proceeds to give 12-year-old Carl the lowdown on masturbation ("Hold it like an egg," and "If you don't use lubrication, you'll get blisters" are only a couple of his gems of wisdom). Somehow, their scenes together manage to be as sweet as they are horrifying.
The button on the episode? Carl returning home with a Costco-sized tub of Vaseline.