Actor, producer and director William Greaves has died at the age of 87. The filmmaker passed away on Monday (25Aug14) in his native New York after suffering from a long illness.
Greaves began his career in entertainment as an actor with the American Negro Theatre, alongside fellow members Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier and appeared in films such as 1949's Lost Boundaries and 1974's Lost in the Stars.
He was also known for co-hosting and executive producing groundbreaking 1960s TV news show Black Journal, which won him an Emmy Award in 1970.
He moved away from acting after becoming frustrated by the lack of opportunities for black stars and relocated to Canada, where he became a documentary-maker, covering topics including the civil rights movement and boxing great Muhammad Ali's 1971 championship bout against Joe Frazier, in a 1975 film titled Ali, the Fighter.
He also made the comedy Symbiopyschotaxiplasm: Take One, about a director facing a backlash from his cast and crew. The 1960s film was only released in 2005, but has since become a cult favourite.
Warner Bros. bosses have partnered with coffee company Eight O'Clock Coffee to recreate the cafe from beloved TV series Friends to mark the 20th anniversary of the show. Fans visiting New York this autumn (14) will be able to visit the pop-up Central Perk in downtown Manhattan.
The coffee house will be stuffed with actual furniture from the show, including the iconic orange sofa, which Jennifer Aniston and her co-stars sat on.
Actor James Michael Tyler, who played barista Gunther, is expected to make appearances after the new Central Perk opens on Lafayette Street on 17 September (14). The cafe will close on 18 October (14).
In conjunction with the Friends anniversary, fans all across America will be able to pick up an Eight O'Clock Coffee Central Perk-themed blend.
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston returned home to a hero's welcome following his big win at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday (25Aug14) after his Los Angeles neighbours decorated the front of his house with posters and balloons. The actor claimed the coveted Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy for his portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, while his co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn, creator Vince Gilligan and director Moira Walley-Beckett also struck gold at the Hollywood ceremony.
And, as Cranston celebrated the recognition by dancing the night away at an Emmys afterparty, his neighbours showed their pride by decking out his front gate and fencing with helium balloons and notes of congratulations written by local kids.
The star was photographed smiling at the touching decor outside his home on Tuesday (26Aug14).
Actors Natasha Lyonne and Fred Armisen have sparked rumours of a new romance after they were spotted locking lips while attending an Emmys afterparty together in Los Angeles on Monday (25Aug14). The Orange Is the New Black star joined Portlandia comedian Armisen at the Chateau Marmont after TV's big night, and according to an eyewitness, the pair made no effort to hide a budding relationship as the actors mingled with Lyonne's co-stars Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox and Dascha Polanco.
The source tells People.com, "(They) shared kisses and were very cozy together."
Lyonne and Armisen have yet to comment on the claims.
Armisen was briefly married to Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss, but their union crumbled after just seven months and the actress filed for divorce in September, 2010. The split was finalised in 2011.
The funnyman went on to date his fellow Saturday Night Live castmember Abby Elliott for a short period.
Hit series Breaking Bad went out with a big bang on Monday night (25Aug14) after dominating the drama categories at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Bryan Cranston earned his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy for his portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, while his co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn were named Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series.
Creator Vince Gilligan also triumphed at the ceremony after Breaking Bad, which wrapped its fifth and final season last year (13), beat Mad Men, True Detective, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Downton Abbey to take home the prestigious Outstanding Drama Series title. In addition, there was a writing honour for Moira Walley-Beckett for the episode Ozymandias.
Modern Family was another multiple winner - the show continued to reign over the Outstanding Comedy Series category for the fifth year in a row, while Ty Burrell walked away as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, the first prize of the night, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series went to Gail Mancuso for her Las Vegas episode of the show.
BBC series Sherlock landed a trio of trophies for writer Steven Moffat and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, while Jim Parsons (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Allison Janney (Mom) scored big, too.
Singer Sara Bareilles performed a touching rendition of Nat King Cole classic Smile for the event's traditional In Memorium segment, which included nods to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O'Toole, Lauren Bacall, Paul Walker, James Garner, Maya Angelou, Bob Hoskins, Mickey Rooney, Harold Ramis, Elaine Stritch and Shirley Temple, among others, before concluding with a snap of Robin Williams and a special honour from his close friend and fellow comedian, Billy Crystal.
The main list of winners at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by comedian Seth Meyers, is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Allison Janney, Mom
Outstanding Miniseries - Fargo
Outstanding Television Movie - The Normal Heart
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Martin Freeman for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Variety Series - The Colbert Report
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - The Amazing Race
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Moira Walley-Beckett for Breaking Bad episode Ozymandias
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Louis C.K. for Louie episode So Did the Fat Lady
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Gail Mancuso for Modern Family episode Las Vegas
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special - Sarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Steven Moffat for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special - Glen Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Colin Bucksey for Fargo episode Buridan's A**.
Modern Family kicked off another triumphant year at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday (25Aug14) by becoming an early double winner at the Los Angeles event. Show star Ty Burrell claimed the very first prize of the night for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and he celebrated the victory by reading out a cute speech penned for him by his young TV co-stars Rico Rodriguez and Nolan Gould.
Accepting the award, he revealed, "I had a speech (planned) but apparently the kids in the cast of Modern Family wrote one for me too and they handed it to me when I got here, so I think I'll read that instead."
Modern Family chalked up a second Emmy shortly afterwards as Gail Mancuso was handed the gold trophy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for her Las Vegas episode.
Meanwhile, Jim Parsons earned his fourth Emmy for playing astrophysicist Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory as he was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus scored her third consecutive Emmy win in the female equivalent for her portrayal of fictional Vice President Selina Meyer.
Other early winners included Louis C.K., (Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for Louie), Allison Janney (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Mom), and Kathy Bates (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or Movie for American Horror Story: Coven).
The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are being hosted by comedian Seth Meyers at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Two And A Half Men star Ashton Kutcher has been named U.S. TV's highest-paid actor for the third year in a row.
The actor earned an estimated $26 million (£15 million) for his work on the hit sitcom over the past 12 months, according to editors at Forbes magazine. Kutcher's Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer follows behind in second place earning $19 million (£11.5 million). The pair is heading into the long-running programme's 12th and final season next month (Sep14).
Cryer is tied in second place with NCIS veteran Mark Harmon, while Neil Patrick Harris comes in at fourth, raking in $18 million (£11 million) to end his eight season run on How I Met Your Mother, which finished earlier this year (14).
Grey's Anatomy hunk Patrick Dempsey and House of Cards star Kevin Spacey tie in the fifth position with $16 million (£9.7 million).
Other actors featured on the countdown include The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki, Harris' co-stars Jason Segel and Josh Radnor, Tim Allen, Charlie Sheen, and newcomer on the list, Mad Men's Jon Hamm.
Actress Rose Leslie has dismissed rumours she has rekindled her romance with her former Game Of Thrones co-star Kit Harington.
The stars began dating after meeting on the set of the hit fantasy TV show, while their characters were also romantically involved onscreen. The couple split in 2013, but they sparked rumours of a reunion when they were spotted arriving at Los Angeles International Airport together last month (Jul14) ahead of an appearance at San Diego's Comic-Con event.
However, Leslie has now confirmed the pair is not back together. She tells Britain's You magazine, "I'm not in a relationship at the moment. But I'm fine with that. Being single can feel empowering and independence is hugely attractive."
She adds of Harington, "We are still very close."
Dumb And Dumber co-stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reunited as presenters at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (24Aug14), and during their turn, Carrey whipped off the scarf he was wearing and danced around the stage before accidentally falling on his back. He quickly jumped back up and exclaimed, "I meant to do that! I meant to do it!"
New mum Olivia Wilde put her own spin on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by dousing herself with a pale full of breast milk. The Tron: Legacy star was nominated to participate in the charity challenge by actor Ty Simpkins and actress Dianna Agron and she has since elected New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem and Prince to take part in the campaign.
In a video posted on Instagram.com, she says, "I hope it's OK, I couldn't find any water, so I'm going to use breast milk. Took me all night to make this."
Meanwhile, Wilde's fiance, Jason Sudeikis accepted the challenge from former U.S. presidential nominee Mitt Romney and was soaked with ice cold water for almost a minute.
An army of stars, including Wilde's Rush co-star Chris Hemsworth and her In Time castmate Justin Timberlake, have taken the freezing water challenge to raise cash and awareness for the ALS Association.