Kristin Chenoweth, Katy Perry, Chloe Grace Moretz, Demi Lovato and Zooey Deschanel are among the stars who have paid tribute to Cory Monteith following his death on Saturday (13Jul13). The Glee actor was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, and his passing has stunned the showbiz world.
Chenoweth, who has enjoyed guest stints on the hit U.S. TV show, writes in a post on her Twitter.com page, "RIP Cory Montieth (sic). You will be loved. Always", while Perry adds, "Rest in peace Cory. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Our prayers are with you."
Director Adam Shankman, who worked on several episodes of Glee, has posted a picture of himself on-set with Monteith and actress Lea Michele - the actor's real-life girlfriend - and shared his grief with followers. He writes, "Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. The lights in my world just grew dimmer. The world just lost one of our best. I love u (sic) so much. I will always cherish you in my heart. Thank you for so many wonderful days. I love you CM."
The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev adds, "I'm gutted. Shocked and saddened to hear the news, my heart goes out to Cory's family and friends. Let's respect their space as they grieve", Moretz mourns, "Rest in peace, everyone close to him and affected by this loss you're in my prayers" and Deschanel adds, "This is such sad news about Cory Monteith - what an absolutely tragic loss of a very talented young man."
Singer Lance Bass shares, "Devastated about the news of Cory Monteith - such an incredible guy - my thoughts are with his family and friends", Denise Richards writes, "This is devastating... my heart goes out to Cory Monteith & his loved ones... & cast and crew of Glee a tragic loss" and comedian Joel McHale simply states: "Way too soon. A very nice & good guy."
Lovato has reached out to Michele, adding, "RIP Cory Monteith... So unbelievably tragic. Please pray for Lea" and Olivia Munn posted, "Shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Cory Monteith. All my love to his family, friends & girlfriend."
Kaley Cuoco reveals she has been hit hard by Monteith's passing, writing, "No words. Prayers. Thoughts w (with) his family. This is terrible. Can't speak", actress Marlee Matlin adds, "My thoughts & prayers are with family and friends as well as cast of Glee on (the) passing of Cory Monteith. A young talent gone too soon" and new mother Kim Kardashian declares, "So sad. Prayers 4 (for) his family. Praying 4 (for) Lea too! Words can't describe what they must be feeling."
Glee star Dot-Marie Jones has taken to her page on the website to tell fans, "I have no words! My heart is broken. Cory was not only a hell of a friend, he was one amazing man that I will hold close to my heart forever. I am blessed to have worked with him and love him so much! My heart is with his family and our whole Glee family! I love you all!", while fellow castmember Damian McGinty reminisced about his time working with the actor on the series: "The guy I shot my first acting scene with. The nicest guy I've met. Can't believe it."
Fellow Canadian Ellen Page has also added her condolences to Monteith on Twitter.com, as have stars including Taylor Swift, Teresa Palmer, Mario Lopez, Kendall Jenner, Ariel Winter, Nikki Blonsky, Rumer Willis, Gilles Marini and Kat Dennings.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Ricky Martin and Nick Jonas were among the stars celebrating on Wednesday (26Jun13) after two landmark rulings in support of gay marriage were made by officials in the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. struck down a key part of the controversial Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented married same-sex couples from obtaining the same access to benefits under federal law as all other husband and wife unions, insisting the legislation violated gays and lesbians' rights to liberty and equal protection.
Supreme Court judges also declared California's Proposition 8 bill, which outlawed same-sex marriage in the state in 2008, unconstitutional - and celebrities have been quick to celebrate the big news via Twitter.com.
In a post online, DiCaprio writes, "Historic day. Well done SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States)", while openly-gay singer Martin tweets, "PROP8 IS GONE! DOMA IS GONE! LoveIsLove (sic)".
The Avengers star Mark Ruffalo posts, "Congratulations everyone! Love wins over bigotry! ...Defense of marriage falls! We chose love over hate!", while Jonas writes, "We are all equal and have the right to love. So proud to be an American" and Affleck adds: "Big news from the Supreme Court. Goodbye DOMA Prop8. Hello equality."
Gay comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, who used a legal window to wed her partner Portia de Rossi in 2008, Lea Michele, Demi Lovato, Kelly Osbourne, Sophia Bush, Neil Patrick Harris, Mia Farrow, Mandy Moore, Gilles Marini, Kevin Bacon and Pink also expressed their joy at the huge headlines, while Kristen Bell, who famously insisted she would not wed her fiance Dax Shepard until her gay pals could legally wed, tweeted her partner with the message: "will you marry me? marriageequality loveislove (sic)".
Bell and Shepard, who recently became first-time parents to daughter Lincoln, have been engaged since 2010.
Shepard replied, "DOMA is dead. Prop 8 is dead. Now let's bring my big, gay marriage to @IMKristenBell to Life!!!!"
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie also famously declared they would not wed until gay marriage was legal.
The Sopranos star James Gandolfini was enjoying a vacation with his 13-year-old son when he died suddenly, according to his actor pal Gilles Marini. The French star took to Facebook.com to share his grief and offer a tribute to Gandolfini, who is believed to have suffered a fatal heart attack in Rome on Wednesday (19Jun13).
Marini last saw his friend just one week ago at a school event for their children, and reveals the 51 year old was "so happy" about bringing his young son Michael, from his first marriage to Marcy Wudarski, with him to Italy for a special "boy trip".
He writes, "I am heartbroken. My bud James Gandolfini just died. Last Saturday he told me at our kids' graduation ghat (that) he was so happy to go with his son to Italy. A boy trip!
"It was an honour to have met this man, such a great dad! I spent so much time with James' son teaching him soccer. I feel for that kid... it must be so hard right now for little Micheal (sic). Guys say a prayer for him and his family. This is going to be (a) very difficult time for them. I am so so sad! RIP brother... you'll be missed!"
The actor was in Italy with his son and sister, and reports suggest they had just returned to their hotel after a day of sightseeing when Gandolfini collapsed in the bathroom.
The New York Post reports Gandolfini's sister found him unconscious on the bathroom floor and called an ambulance, but paramedics were unable to save him. He was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.
Gandolfini, who was scheduled to appear at Italy's Taormina Film Fest this weekend (22-23Jun13), also has a baby daughter, Liliana, with his second wife Deborah Lin, who gave birth to the tot last October (12).
Since news of his death broke, fans have been leaving floral tributes outside Gandolfini's former home in New York City.
Mia Farrow and Gabrielle Union are among the stars who have saluted the Ohio man who helped rescue an abducted woman on Monday (06May13). Charles Ramsey leaped into action to help free Amanda Berry after hearing her screaming in his neighbour's home in Cleveland, where she and two other women are believed to have been held captive for several years.
The restaurant dishwasher has since been hailed a national hero, and a host of famous faces have taken to Twitter.com to praise his bravery, with Sex and the City: The Movie actor Gilles Marini writing, "Thanks 4 (sic) helping those girls Charles Ramsey, and on another note I hope those kidnappers will never see the light of day again! Lock 'em up."
Farrow branded him a "new hero" while Union pointed out Ramsey's star power after watching him on TV, writing, "Anyone else watching Anderson Cooper interview Charles Ramsey? I smell reality show!" and funnyman Patton Oswalt adds, "Dear Charles Ramsey: I am not a little pretty white girl, but I totally want to run into your black arms. Hero."
Bosses at fast food chain McDonald's have also added reached out to Ramsey after he revealed he abandoned his hamburger to save Berry.
A post on the McDonald's Twitter page states, "We salute the courage of Ohio kidnap victims & respect their privacy. Way to go Charles Ramsey - we'll be in touch."
Three brothers have been arrested as suspects in the hostage case.
Bette Midler, Ricky Martin and Rosie O'Donnell have applauded basketball star Jason Collins for his bravery after becoming America's first professional male athlete to 'come out' as gay. The sportsman made the big revelation in a new column for Sports Illustrated magazine, in which he declares, "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."
His bold statement has won him huge support from fans and celebrities alike, and gay icon Midler is among those praising Collins for deciding to publicly acknowledge his sexuality.
In a Twitter.com post on Monday (29Apr13), the veteran entertainer calls him a "brave, strong person."
A slew of openly-gay stars are also celebrating the announcement - Martin tweets, "I don't know you personally @jasoncollins but... CONGRATULATIONS buddy! You are a brave man! I'm very (happy) for you! NBA proud", and actress O'Donnell adds, "Thank you Jason Collins - for being the first one - knocking down doors !!!"
Actor Neil Patrick Harris writes, "Bravo, @JasonCollins34! Thanks for stepping up. For standing tall. And at 7 feet, that's saying a lot", and pregnant country star Chely Wright reveals she is "really inspired" by Collins' courage.
Meanwhile, fellow NBA star Kobe Bryant has voiced his support for the former Washington Wizards player: "Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don't suffocate who u r (sic) because of the ignorance of others... courage support".
Rocker Flea, director Spike Lee and actors Gilles Marini and Elizabeth Banks have also shared kind words about Collins' 'coming out' on Twitter.com.
Actor Jim Carrey has taken to Twitter.com to speak of his shock following a stabbing spree at a Texas college on Tuesday (09Apr13). Fourteen people were left wounded after a man went on a rampage across the Lone Star Community College System's campus in Cypress.
Of the 14 injured, four had to be airlifted to hospital and two remain in a critical condition.
Police have confirmed Lone Star student Dylan Quick, 20, has been arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault.
Carrey has taken to his Twitter.com page to address the horror, writing, "I wish all the students in Texas a full physical and emotional recovery. I'm glad the attacker was not more heavily armed."
The Dumb & Dumber star has recently been embroiled in a dispute with conservative critics since releasing a satirical skit warning of the dangers of firearm ownership.
Actor Gilles Marini shared a link to the Texas news story with followers and tweeted, "Guns or no guns or knife or whatever! We simply need to stop be (being) violent and evil between one and another (sic)! Enough," while U.S. TV host Carson Daly added, "Praying for the 4 (for) Lone Star students who needed life flights off their campus after the horrible stabbings in Texas. 14 hurt. Suspect caught."
The Sex And The City: The Movie star uploaded a snap of a computed tomography (CT scan) machine and told fans that he was worried about what the check would show up.
In a series of posts on his Twitter.com account, he wrote, "Faith!! Now it's not in my hands anymore! Wishing good results, and that is all. It's definitely not the best experience ever. Waiting for the results. Just keeping positive."
After several hours, Marini returned to his page on the microblogging site to reveal that the scan had not shown up any tumours and he had received the all-clear from doctors.
He added, "Just got the results!! All clear! I am so happy. The last 3 weeks have been pretty brutal in my mind! No tumor..."
The Sex and the City: The Movie hunk opens up about his feeling for partner Carole in the note, insisting he "cannot live without" his wife, who he married in 1998.
The message reads, "I want the world to know how I feel about you! (Being) away always reminds me that I am probably the most fortunate b**tard in the world. I truly believe that life would (have) been so miserable without you. The joy u (you) bring me and the kids is unbelievable. How stunning (it) is to have you in my life! Gosh when I think about it, it makes my hair on my arms rise.
"I am so in love with you and I know for a fact no matter what the future brings us, we will always be together. I simply cannot live without you. We (have) come so far, we did so good and there is no way, I would have done that if you have not (sic) been around me. U (sic) are more than my shining star, you are my life, my universe, my everything.
"We always hear that people will give their lives for their kids, we would too but also I would give mine for u (sic) in a blink of an eye. I am sorry for been (sic) so stressed and (worrying) sometimes. Anyway. I love you more (than) what even love is about, the words to explain it are not even yet created. U (sic) are just ... My all."
The couple has two children; son Georges and daughter Julianna.
They have both been showing off their dancing skills for a second time as part of the all-star edition of the hit U.S. TV talent contest, but their stint on the series came to an end following the contestants' Veteran's Day tribute on Monday evening (12Nov12).
Alley, who has been placed in the bottom two several times during her time on the show, was the first to be given the boot, along with her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
She told the judges, "The second time around was very special to me. I learned more about dancing, believe it or not."
Marini and his partner Peta Murgatroyd were in the bottom three alongside skater Apolo Ohno, but it was the Sex and the City: The Movie hunk who was eliminated by the judges.
Melissa Rycroft is flying high after two weeks of soaring scores on Dancing With the Stars' all-stars season, but there's one thing weighing heavily on her mind: being away from her family. Rycroft opened up to Hollywood.com in the week after her highly praised jive about her "breakdown" in the rehearsal studio and the challenges of being away from her husband, Tye Strickland, and infant daughter Ava.
"Last week I had my first breakdown," Rycroft tells Hollywood.com. "Tye and Ava had come in Friday through Tuesday and then they left and were going to come back the following Friday. And Ava didn't adjust well when she was here. The time change threw her off, it was a different home, she was going with me to the studio and back. And then when she got back to Dallas she was off. Talking to Tye just broke me to where I was like, 'What are we doing and how do we fix this? Because if she's not okay, then I'm not okay. So we either need a formula where you guys are out here all the time or we are starting to go back to Dallas, me and Tony [Dovolani].' And I think it was a 30 minute breakdown in practice."
With her family at the forefront of her mind, Rycroft is resolved to find a balance between her crazy DWTS schedule and being a mom. "But we are fixing the situation," Rycroft says. "If Tony and I make it after this week then we'll start going back and forth to Dallas to make things easier on [Ava]."
Rycroft says she asked fellow DWTS contestant Emmitt Smith, who already commutes between Dallas and L.A. so he can spend more time with his family, for advice. "I decided after talking with Emmitt about it, because Emmitt does it for his kids, he's got five of them, and he said, 'I wouldn't trade it for anything. I get to sleep in my bed every night and see my kids every night and then hop on a plane and get some sleep for a few hours when I head to L.A.' And I went, you know what, I can do that. It'll give me peace of mind," says Rycroft.
"It's hard trying to keep a balance," Rycroft sums up. "This is really the first big thing I've done work-wise since having Ava. And so it's finding that balance and juggle and trying not to feel selfish for wanting to do things. We'll get there. Every working mom does it. We'll get there."
In the meantime, Rycroft is keeping her eye on the prize. And, selfless as always, she wants a win for her partner, Tony Dovolani, just as badly as she wants it for herself. "I know how badly he wants this, I know it's been 14 seasons and he's only made it to the finals I think two or three times, so I want that for him," she says. "But then I also want it for me, just to kind of prove you can still do it. So many things have changed in my life in the past three years but you can still do this."
So who does Rycroft think stands between herself and Dovolani and the trophy? "Oh my God, all of them!"
"It's no secret that Sabrina [Bryan] and Louis [van Amstel] have come out and just rocked it. Technically, they are going to be a very tough couple to beat. And then you've got Shawn [Johnson] and Derek [Hough] who, you can't beat the cute appeal that they have. Emmitt and Cheryl [Burke] have the personality and pizzazz and Gilles [Marini] has the sexiness," says Rycroft. "So you look at all of them going, 'Jeez, they're all going to be so hard to beat because they all have such different things that I don't necessarily have.' But I also know that I have things that they don't necessarily have, so it's really going to be interesting."
Rycroft hopes that Monday night's samba will have what it takes to put her and Dovolani in the lead. "I like samba much more than I like jive," she explains. "I think samba is a great dance for Tony and me, because we can go out and show the fun personality. It's a fun dance, it's the party dance, and we got a 30 back in Season 8 on our samba. So I'm really excited about getting to do it this week."
Follow Abbey Stone on Twitter @abbeystone
[Photo Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC]
'Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars': The Second Eliminated Couple Is...
'Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars' Recap: Bye Bye Bye!
'Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars' Recap: Rydell High's Accidental 60th Reunion