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Actor Ben Stein has compared his alleged 'sexting' scandal to "an episode of Monty Python" after a woman accused him of pestering her for saucy snaps.
The Ferris Bueller's Day Off star admits he met Tanya Ma, 24, at an airport in California earlier this year (14) and stayed in touch with her, but he has dismissed her claims that he took the relationship too far.
Ma, who is a performance artist, told the New York Post, "He said he'd read my blog, and I gave him my contact information. We texted for about four months, then he asked me to send him pictures... After a while, he started asking for more racy photos... (Then) he wanted to place me in a hotel near where he lives... It just started to get weird."
However, the married actor is adamant Ma's allegations are not true. He compares the story to an episode of comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus, and adds, "She is a person I have only met for less than five minutes at an airport. I have never touched her, I have never had any sexual contact with her."
"I should get a medal for helping this woman. This is a person who appealed to me for money. She said she would send me some examples of her performance art. Some of those examples were racy, and some were not. I just don't get what I have done wrong. She is mad at me because she wanted more money... I didn't expect anything from her."
Hollywood heavyweights Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Nicolas Cage were among the stars who paid tribute to producer Jerry Bruckheimer during a star-studded ceremony in California on Thursday night (12Dec13). Bruckheimer, the brains behind films including Top Gun, Bad Boys and Pirates of the Caribbean, was presented with the 27th American Cinematheque Award in a glitzy event at the Beverly Hilton hotel, and the cream of Hollywood turned out to honour him.
Willis, who appeared in Bruckheimer's 1998 blockbuster Armageddon, was given the job of presenting him with the trophy, which has only ever been given to actors, and he hailed him as a "generous and gracious man."
Clips from a number of his most famous movies were also shown throughout the evening and presenters included Jon Voight, who has appeared in five Bruckheimer films, Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Ben Kingsley, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Armie Hammer, composer Hans Zimmer, and Marg Helgenberger, who starred in the producer's hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Cruise and Cage also filmed taped tributes which were shown at the event, along with Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp, who credited the producer with helping him keep his place in the Disney franchise, saying, "Basically, a number of Disney types or two would have liked to see me replaced at Disney... fired... and were talking about putting in subtitles in (sic) for (my character) Captain Jack and couldn't understand what the character was or who he was or why he was and why I was playing it that way, and they were quite upset. Jerry stuck by me the whole way... He's the great protector. He's quite a force to experience."
Tributes also came in from Martin Lawrence and Eric Bana, while Bruckheimer used his speech to remember his filmmaker friend Tony Scott, who died last year (12), calling him a "true visual genius whose energy and unique vision set the standard for high-voltage filmmaking."
The evening also included a performance by Berlin star Terri Nunn, who sang Top Gun theme Take My Breath Away.
Cage, Cruise and Willis are all among previous recipients of the award.
It's no surprise that celebrities are a little extra, especially considering that's probably what got them famous in the first place. With Twitter, however, celebrities are given another outlet to express their predisposition to be drama queens and kings. Whether it's the passive-aggressive bible-thumping of Carrie Underwood or the latest in celebrity-on-celebrity poseur mob hits, Twitter is the place to be to catch celebs acting out for attention in their real lives.
Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight... 1 Peter 2:1-25
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) December 7, 2013
The country queen tweeted this in response to the negative response to her, ahem, acting in The Sound of Music Live! on NBC last Thursday. Thin-skinned much? Instead of siccing Jesus on everyone, Carrie, maybe you should ask him to hook you up with some acting skills in your prayers.
Dear @usweekly, still dating. @lizheinlein @krisjenner #cubbie #callmeforfacts @ Nobu http://t.co/ImnnyQ67GR
— Ben Flajnik (@BenFlajnik) December 4, 2013
Who? Exactly. It really doesn't matter - all you need to know is that this person who is famous for some undoubtedly senseless reason is hooking up with Kris Jenner, yet trying to deny it with tweets like this.
Bad things happen when you hang out with bad people.
— Nicky Hilton (@NickyHilton) December 8, 2013
In what can only be called the most exciting event that 2006 never got to see, world-renowned criminal Lindsay Lohan apparently "masterminded" an attack on Barron Hilton. Barron posted a picture of his injuries on Instagram, with sister Paris commenting about retaliation, while other sister Nicky tweeted these words of wisdom. Question, though: Barron is Paris Hilton's little brother, so isn't he always around bad people?!
Their's a HUGE difference Between a bully & a bitch!If ur name is Joyce &I call u Jackaline that makes me bitchy NOT a bully& U the VICTIIM!
— Brandi Glanville (@BrandiGlanville) December 8, 2013
Oh, Brandi. What the hell are you complaining about now? No seriously - what is she talking about, because that grammar is atrocious.
#Almostnude - YOu ASKED FOR IT, YOU GOT it. Tryna work that body, tryin', tryin'. http://t.co/a3AekX0zmK
— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) December 6, 2013
Professional attention-seeker James Franco released this "almost nude" picture of himself on Instagram, because ART. Franco needs to learn a thing or two about "almost nude," though - until that towel drops and all he's wearing is a sock or two, this is just "topless." Whatta tease.
Funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen stunned guests at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (09Nov13) when he pretended to murder an elderly, wheelchair-bound woman. His macabre skit began with actress Salma Hayek introducing the elderly woman as Grace Collington, the "oldest surviving actor to have worked with Charlie Chaplin in a silent movie."
The 87 year old then attempted to present madcap Brit Cohen with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, but he pushed her off the stage and Collington appeared to fall face down.
Audience members gasped as the elderly lady lay motionless as Cohen began with his acceptance speech.
He said, "Grace Collington is the oldest - sorry, was the oldest... I dedicate my award to her."
As the old lady's lifeless body was carried out of the Beverly Hilton Hotel ballroom, Cohen added, "It's obviously a tragedy, but on the bright side what a great way to go. She'll probably make the Oscars In Memoriam section... Anyway, tonight is not about her. It's about me."
Not everyone got the joke and host Rob Brydon had to assure guests that Collington was fine.
Other award recipients included Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ben Kingsley, director Kathryn Bigelow and George Clooney, who was feted with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.
Hollywood star George Clooney was the toast of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' (BAFTA) Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (09Nov13) as he picked up one of the evening's top prizes. Julia Roberts was on hand to present her former Ocean's Twelve co-star with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, and she took the opportunity to crack a few jokes at the expense of her longtime pal.
She told the crowd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, "I'm normally in my second REM (sleep) cycle by now so let's get this done (honouring) George Clooney, or as my daughter calls him, George Looney... There are two obvious reasons why I was chosen to do this: one, Brad Pitt was out of town. Two, Matt Damon, he's in town but he was unavailable."
Roberts added, "I consider George a friend. We have worked together in many capacities. We have acted together a few times. He's been my producer and my director, all of which he is immeasurably gifted at. He's handsome, he's talented, he is an exemplary humanitarian and a gifted prankster."
Accepting his trophy, Clooney gushed about the Pretty Woman star: "It has been such a pleasure to watch the woman you have become. It's very hard for me to be just straight nice because she'll get me later. But (she is) just an amazing mother, an amazing wife and a great, great friend. It's really an honour to have her here."
Other big winners at the ceremony included filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, who received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, and Sir Ben Kingsley, who took home the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment. Funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen was honoured with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, and actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba were presented with the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year and Britannia Humanitarian Award, respectively.
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is set to receive the Supporting Actor Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards. The actor will be feted on 21 October (13) at the Beverly Hilton in California. Previous recipients include Ben Affleck, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Christopher Plummer and Robert De Niro.
Oscar winners Sir Ben Kingsley and Kathryn Bigelow are to be honoured at BAFTA's annual Britannia Awards in Los Angeles in November (13). The Zero Dark Thirty director and Gandhi star will be the guests of honour at the gala dinner, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on 9 November (13).
Bigelow, the first woman to receive the Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing, while Kingsley will be honoured with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.
As previously announced, George Clooney will be handed the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at the gala.
Former The X-Files star Gillian Anderson's new TV drama The Fall has turned Belfast into an unlikely tourist mecca for the actress' fans. Anderson shot the series in Northern Ireland and fell in love with the country, and now it seems her devotees are flocking there to soak up the scenery, lifestyle and people she has been cooing about in interviews.
She tells BlogTalkRadio.com, "We were taking advantage of what the city has to offer (as we filmed), showing Belfast in its finery as a contemporary city.
"I'm about to go back for a whole month to shoot Our Robot Overlords with Ben Kingsley and I'm shooting all week and going home on weekends, and The Fall is the same thing. When I was shooting there was a long weekend where I brought all three of my kids out and we had a wonderful time... There's some beautiful places."
And she's had a major impact on staff at the Hilton hotel in the city - the room that her character calls home in the drama has become a big hit.
She explains, "I received an email from the producer that room 203 of the Hilton in Belfast is now booked up to December of 2014!"
Jeanne Cooper, one of the legends of daytime television who played Katherine Chancellor on The Young and the Restless for 40 years, passed away this morning. She was 84 years old. Her son, Corbin Bernsen, an actor from L.A. Law, told the world of her passing on his Twitter account. She was hospitalized in April.
Cooper began her career as a character actress in the '50s, but her star really shined when she joined Y&R a few months after it launched in 1973. She played the fabulously wealthy, sassy grand dame Katherine, whose battles with alcohlism were legendary. Cooper knew something about the disease and suffered with it for a good part of her life. That wasn't the only time her medical history was written into the show. In the '80s she had a face lift and so did her character. She also had to take a medical leave in 2011 after a bout of the flu and her character was recast for a bit. However she returned shortly thereafter and played Katherine nearly up until her death.
Cooper was married to TV producer Harry Bernsen Jr but divorced in 1977. She is survived by her three children Corbin, Collin, and Caren Bensen. She was nominated for 13 Emmys, mostly for Y&R, but she earned one for playing Corbin's mother on L.A. Law and another for the series Ben Casey. She only received an Emmy once, in 2008. She was one of the few true soap stars still left and daytime drama fans will surely miss her.
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More prestigious than a Soapie, but a little less prestigious than a Primetime Emmy, the Daytime Emmys will hold its 40th annual ceremony this year. The nominations for the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on Wednesday morning and perennial favorite The Young and the Restless leads the pack with 23 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series (helping CBS become the most-nominated network this year, with 50 nods total), while The Ellen DeGeneres Show has the most of any talk show with 10 nominations, including Outstanding Talk Show. (Ellen will dance off against The View, The Talk, and Live! With Michael and Kelly).
Outstanding Talk Show Host nominees include Anderson Cooper (for his since departed show Anderson Live), Steve Harvey, Ricki Lake, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Rachael Ray, while Billy Eichner will have something to shout about: the Billy on the Street host is nominated for Outstanding Game Show Host. He'll face off against Ben Bailey (Cash Cab), Wayne Brady (Let's Make a Deal), Steve Harvey (Family Feud), and Alex Trebek (Jeopardy).
The morning talk show wars will continue in the Outstanding Morning Program, as rivals Today (which includes both Ann Curry and Matt Lauer as nominees, so maybe it should also be in the Outstanding Drama Series category) and Good Morning America will face off against CBS Sunday Morning. Speaking of headline-grabbing nominees, an underage sex scandal controversy didn't stop Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash from being nominated in the Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for his work as Elmo. (Clash resigned from the iconic PBS program — which is nominated in the Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series category — back in November in the wake of the allegations).
For the full list of nominees, including categories like Outstanding Culinary Program and Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program, here. The 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on June 16 at the Beverly Hilton and broadcast by HLN.
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