Actress Courteney Cox marked the beginning of the last year of her 40s by gathering a group of A-list pals for a party in Los Angeles on Saturday (15Jun13). The Friends star turned 49 over the weekend, and decided to throw a bash in celebration at a restaurant in Santa Monica.
Cox's famous friends including Laura Dern, Molly Sims and Isla Fisher turned out to party the night away, as did her Cougar Town co-stars Christa Miller and Brian Van Holt.
Uploading snaps from the bash on Twitter.com, Cox writes, "Thank you all for the overwhelming birthday wishes! So sweet!"
The 67th Annual Tony Awards, held at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, was swimming with A-List stars — and from the moment they stepped foot on the red carpet to the final curtain call, they were having a blast. We should know, we were in the thick of it.
While viewers at home were transported to Broadway with 15 musical numbers and laughed along with Neil Patrick Harris' fantastic hosting, those of us on the red carpet and in the media room were privvy to a little extra bit of fun. Here's what the TV cameras didn't catch.
Mike Tyson, who enjoyed a stint on Broadway with a one-man show last year, amazed everyone with his cameo appearance in Harris' show-stopping (or show-starting, as the case may be) opening number. But before he hit the stage, we watched Tyson hug The Sopranos' Steven Van Zandt (who would later present an award with Tom Hanks) on the red carpet. Tyson looked dapper on stage, but outside in the 90-degree New York City heat, the fighter was sweating like he had just exited the boxing ring. Inside the theater, Tyson cozied up with Now You See Me star Jesse Eisenberg.
Broadway veteran Bernadette Peters cut a stunning figure in a green Donna Karan Atelier with a basketweave texture. What you didn't see was the assistant she had on hand to scoop up and properly arrange her gown's train between poses.
Cyndi Lauper was the well-deserving belle of the ball on Sunday night. Not only did she rake in six awards (her show, Kinky Boots, was nominated for 13), but she was incredibly gracious to her fans and her energy was boundless. On the carpet before the ceremony, Lauper made sure to wave to the legions of fans lining the street (Glee and Annie star Jane Lynch did the same). Following her win, she hammed it up for photographers in the press room.
On the red carpet, Scarlett Johansson greeted Sienna Miller (whose fiancé, Tom Sturridge, was nominated for his work in Orphans) with a kiss on the cheek. Backstage, Johansson was equally chummy with fellow presenter Alan Cumming. The two played patty-cake before presenting the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
On the carpet, Cumming made peace signs and crazy faces while posing for photographers.
Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (whom you may know from Private Practice) shared the spotlight — and a hug — with her daughter, Zoe.
Smash star Megan Hilty shared the stage with fellow Broadway actors-turned-TV-stars Laura Benanti (Go On) and Andrew Rannells (The New Normal) for a laugh-out-loud musical number that poked fun at their bad luck on screen (cliffnotes: their shows have all been canceled). Hilty's Smash co-stars Debra Messing and Will Chase — who notoriously had a real-life affair — were conspicuously cuddly.
Home audiences were lucky enough to see this tender moment between Annie star Sunny (who plays Sandy, the lovable stray canine) and host Neil Patrick Harris. But since it's just too cute for words, here it is again:
Reporting by Lauren Paylor
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Michael Jackson's daughter Paris is recovering in hospital after an apparent suicide attempt early on Wednesday morning (05Jun13). Reports suggest the teenager was stretchered out of her Calabasas family home at 2am local time and taken to hospital in an ambulance.
Scott Miller of the Los Angeles County Fire Department tells People.com that paramedics responded to a 911 call regarding "a possible overdose".
The drama came just hours after the teen posted cryptic notes to her Twitter.com feed. One read, "I wonder why tears are salty?", while another offered up the lyrics to the Beatles' Yesterday: "yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they're here to stay."
Paris has posted several messages on Twitter about her relationships and musings on love and friendship in recent weeks, but she appeared happy when she uploaded a make-up tips video to YouTube.com over the weekend (01-02Jun13).
Asked to comment on her daughter's state of mind following the early morning medical emergency, mum Debbie Rowe has said she has "a lot going on".
Paris and her brothers Prince Michael and Blanket and their grandmother Katherine Jackson are currently in the midst of a wrongful death lawsuit with the bosses of AEG Live, accusing them of ignoring Michael Jackson's health issues prior to his doomed This Is It comeback concerts.
The trial has entered its sixth week.
You may remember Miguel's failed attempt to jump over the crowd at the Billboard Music Awards, resulting in him slamming down on some poor girl's head. The victim's name is Khyati Shah, and she may have suffered brain damage from the singer's botched stunt.
"Some of the difficulties she's experiencing are cognitive in nature and lead to suspicion of a neurological head injury," her lawyer told TMZ. And now they are reportedly awaiting neurological test results while they weigh a lawsuit.
According to TMZ, the award show producers warned Miguel not to do the dangerous leap from one stage to another, but he went ahead with it anyway. A source tells TMZ, "Miguel approached producers before rehearsals and asked if he could try to jump over the crowd during his performance but producers shot down the idea." We'd say Miguel is probably wishing he hadn't decided to go rogue right about now.
The lesson here: risky jumps just aren't worth it.
Here's that jump again. Or, should we say, Exhibit A:
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Jazz musician Ben Tucker has been killed in a car crash in Georgia. The 82 year old was driving a golf cart across a road on Hutchinson Island in Savannah on Tuesday (04Jun13) when a car slammed into him at high speed. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The other driver, a 52-year-old man from Texas, has been charged with racing, vehicular homicide and reckless driving, according to Savannah-Chatham County police spokesman Julian Miller.
An accomplished upright bass player, Tucker performed with the likes of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lee, and played an impressive instrument he named Bertha and claimed was 240 years old.
Tucker also penned a number of jazz records, most notably the track Comin' Home Baby!, co-written with jazz vocalist Bob Dorough, which has been recorded by Mel Torme, Herbie Mann and, more recently, Michael Buble.
Jazz guitarist Howard Paul paid tribute to his longtime friend saying, "One of the most interesting things about playing with Ben was he was so beloved by so many people in Savannah who had met him at his club or whose weddings he had played. You could count on being interrupted at least three times in a song because Savannahians (sic) would walk up and shake his hand while we were playing."
"He was on the music scene for so many years and performed with many of the greatest names in jazz, yet he spent so much time with local musicians and children as well. I think he grew up in an era of jazz musicians where they felt obligated to give back."
Tom Hanks struggled to contain his emotions as he was presented with a Theatre World Award in honour of his Broadway debut in hit play Lucky Guy. The two-time Oscar-winner choked back tears as he was handed the accolade on Monday (03Jun13) for his performance in the show, which was penned by his late friend, writer/moviemaker Nora Ephron, who died last June (12).
The 69th annual awards ceremony celebrates six actors and six actresses who have made either an Outstanding Broadway Performance or Off-Broadway Debut Performance, and this year's (13) honourees also included Sienna Miller's partner Tom Sturridge for his role in Broadway show Orphans.
Jonny Orsini received the fifth annual Dorothy Loudon Award, while veteran star Alan Alda was feted with the newly established John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement and joked during his acceptance speech, "Next year, this award will go to Tom Hanks."
The star-studded ceremony took place at the Music Box Theatre in New York City.
Cyndi Lauper's new Broadway musical Kinky Boots has scooped seven prizes at the 2013 BroadwayWorld.com Awards, which are voted for by the public. The pop star's stage show dominated the online event, landing Lauper a Best Score honour and castmates Billy Porter and Annaleigh Ashforf Best Leading Actor and Actress in a Musical awards.
The play, which is up for 13 Tony Awards at Sunday's (09Jun13) prestigious ceremony, also earned top accolades for Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Orchestrations and Best Sound Design of a Musical.
Matilda was another big winner, scoring five awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for Matthew Warchus.
Scottish actor Alan Cumming also had reason to celebrate - his one-man take on Shakespeare classic Macbeth was named Best Revival of a Play, while he was honoured for Best Leading Actor in a Play and John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg landed Best Direction of a Play.
Thanking fans for their support, he took to Twitter.com to write, "Thanks so much to everyone who voted for me and @MacbethBroadway in the @broadwayworld awards! The people have spoken!"
Meanwhile, Bette Midler was voted Best Leading Actress in a Play for I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, and Pippin's Terrence Man and Patina Miller were awarded the Best Featured Actor/Actress in a Musical titles, respectively.
The much-anticipated Cbgb movie will be released in October (13), around the seventh anniversary of the fabled club's final show. Executives at XLrator Media have acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the film, starring Alan Rickman, Ashley Greene, Malin Akerman and Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, and they plan to debut it in New York as part of the annual CBGB Music Festival.
The movie also features Sting's daughter Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith, who performed the final show at the late Hilly Kristal's club on 15 October, 2006.
The film, directed by Randall Miller, was shot in Georgia last summer (12).
"I don't really know what happened there. We've been fortunate enough to be nominated for a few things and it's always been for best actress... but I'm not complaining. It's always nice to be recognised in any category... I'm baffled... (but) I can't really turn down the nomination." Sienna Miller is confused about her Critics Choice Television Awards nod for The Girl, in which she played the titular character, Tippi Hedren. Miller has landed a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries category, where she'll compete alongside Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, co-star Imelda Staunton and Alfre Woodard.
Country legend Johnny Cash's brother has given his thumbs up to a new museum featuring artefacts and memorabilia from the Walk The Line singer's life, insisting it was an "awesome experience" to walk around the place. The Johnny Cash Museum, which opened for business in Nashville, Tennessee last month (Apr13), is the culmination of months of hard work for founder Bill Miller and his staff, and Cash's younger brother Tommy is among those who have paid the treasure trove of country music memories a visit.
He tells Billboard.com, "It's indescribable. There's so much to comprehend. I knew all of the memorabilia was somewhere, but to see it all in one building is an awesome experience. I could spend a week in here and probably not see every single thing. It's something that people that come to Nashville from all over the world will want to see."
The items on display include the late country star's grade school report card and the ring given to him in the last year of his life.
Cash died in Nashville a decade ago (03), aged 71.