Actress Olivia Munn and rocker Nathan Followill are praying their families, friends and fans in Oklahoma stay safe after tornadoes ripped through the state on Monday (20May13). The Newsroom star took to her Twitter.com account to express her fears for her relatives, revealing they had taken cover in a safehouse to wait out the storms.
She wrote, "Tornado just landed down in Oklahoma... My family is in their storm shelter. Hope everyone is getting somewhere safe!!"
Moments later, she added, "School in Oklahoma totalled by a tornado, homes destroyed and there are people trapped under debris. Please get somewhere safe!!!"
Kings of Leon drummer Followill was also worrying about the safety of his family members in Oklahoma as he tuned into TV news coverage of the devastation.
He wrote, "My prayers are with my family & all those who are in the path of these tornados in Oklahoma. I'm in shock from the damage I'm seeing."
They weren't the only ones concerned for residents of the state - country star Reba McEntire tweeted, "All my prayers go out to the folks in Oklahoma dealing with these tornados. Stay safe everyone!!!!", while Blake Shelton, who lives in the state with his wife Miranda Lambert, added, "Just landed in LA and hearing about all the tornados in Oklahoma right now... Get somewhere safe!!!"
Glee star Matthew Morrison, Kristin Chenoweth, William Shatner and Alyssa Milano are also among the stars whose thoughts are with those in the path of destruction.
"Happy Mothers Day 2 the love of my life @JessieBaylin Thank you for giving me my sweet angel Violet. There's a massage with your name on it." Rocker Nathan Followill expresses his gratitude to his wife and his baby girl on the American holiday.
Tributes continue to pour in for country music legend George Jones following his death on Friday (26Apr13). Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton and Sheryl Crow were among the first country stars to offer their thoughts about the icon's passing, and now Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have added their respects to the He Stopped Loving Her Today singer.
Underwood posted a snapshot of her posing with Jones on a motorbike and wrote, "Happy memory of me and George. You may have left us, but your music and your legacy never will," while her longtime pal and former tour mate Paisley added, "My friend, the greatest singer of all time, has passed.To those who knew him, our lives were full. To those of you who don't: discover him now."
As the music world mourned Jones' death, country stars like Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and Alan Jackson also remembered the singer, with Jackson tweeting, "Heaven better get ready for George Jones. He will always be the greatest singer of real country music - there’ll never be another."
Meanwhile, Jason Aldean offered, "So sad to hear about the passing of George Jones today. Country music has lost one of our pioneers and legendary icons. You will never be forgotten." And Sugarland star Jennifer Nettles added, "'ll never forget the first time I heard the story in He Stopped Loving Her Today. RIP George Jones. Country Legend. U will be missed."
Other tributes came from Joe Nichols, Bo Bice, Clay Walker and Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill, who tweeted, "Taking my gal dancing tonight. There will be multiple adult beverages drank in Mr Jones honor."
Jones, who died in Nashville, Tennessee, was known as "the greatest voice in country music". He was preparing to bow out of seven decades as an entertainer with a series of final shows at the time of his death.
A final Nashville concert in November (13) was scheduled to feature Keith Richards, Garth Brooks, Kid Rock and Kenny Rogers.
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The year of 2012 has been a colorful one for ol' Matthew McConaughey. He put a murderer behind bars in Bernie. He evaded the long arm of the law in Mud. He turned shirtlessness into a religion with Magic Mike. And now, the actor is capping off the year by playing the greatest role of them all: father. McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves welcomed their third child together on Friday in Austin, TX, as reported by People. At the time of publication, reps for McConaughey and Alves have not answered Hollywood.com's request for confirmation.
The news of Alves' pregnancy broke over the summer, not long after the release of McConaughey's aforementioned male stripper picture (making the season one of high celebration for McConaughey fans worldwide).
McConaughey and Alves have been dating since 2007, and have a son Levi, 4, and a daughter Viva, 2, in addition to their new baby.
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To brand someone with the moniker “Yoko” has, for many years now, meant to assign him or her the blame for a group’s undoing — many a social clique has fallen victim to the influence of an interloping Yoko, a figure that disrupted the status quo with its “new ideas” on how things should operate. Well, if the namesake of this unflattering designation, Yoko Ono, is to be believed in her recently publicized revelations about the breakup of The Beatles, you might begin to put into retirement the Yoko stamp and instead start wielding a new title for said offenders: Paul. Although, really, this would probably get a little confusing, since the odds have it that you actually know a few people who are named Paul.
In a newly released 1987 interview with the iconic rock and roll reporter Joe Smith, courtesy of The Huffington Post, Ono disclosed her perspective on the downfall of the Fab Four, which she places on the shoulders not of herself, nor of the late John Lennon, but of Paul McCartney and his influence on the other band members. “The Beatles were getting very independent," Ono said. "Each one of them [was] getting independent. John, in fact, was not the first who wanted to leave the Beatles.”
Ono explains that one by one, each of the musicians expressed desire to leave the group behind: “[We saw] Ringo [Starr] one night with Maureen [Starkey Tigrett], and he came to John and me and said he wanted to leave. George [Harrison] was next, and then John.”
The avant-garde artist told Smith, “Paul [McCartney] was the only one trying to hold the Beatles together. But the other three thought Paul would hold the Beatles together as his band. They were getting to be like Paul's band, which they didn't like."
Recent years have already worked to mend Ono's reputation as the guilty party behind the Beatles' breakup. McCartney has gone on record to absolve Ono of this fault, most recently in an October interview with David Frost, when he pegged the blame to the Beatles' agent Allen Klein in the wake of their manager Brian Epstein's death. This latest perspective is yet another nail in the coffin of the stigma against the Yokos of the world. I guess the Barenaked Ladies were right.
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Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and singer-songwriter wife Jessie Baylin, 28, welcomed their first child, a healthy baby girl on December 26.
The 33-year-old new dad tweeted about their happy arrival, on the 27th: "I can proudly announce the birth of my sweet angel Violet Marlowe Followill. My heart has been stolen and it feels so good."
The baby was born in Nashville at 4:01 pm, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces, says a rep for the Grammy-winning "Sex Is on Fire" band.
Violet is the latest addition to the band's Followill family, with singer Caleb Followill welcoming daughter Dixie Pearl in June with his model wife Lily Aldridge and guitarist Matthew Followill welcoming son, Knox Cameron, last May.
The band canceled their U.S. tour due to exhaustion last year. With so many babies and a new album expected next year, try and get some sleep, guys.
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Both Carell and Farrow have family links to the Armed Forces and they made sure to celebrate the contributions of all armed service veterans on Sunday, giving Twitter.com mentions to relatives who have served their country.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin star wrote, "Proud of my dad, Edwin Carell, WWII, 100th Infantry. Thank you troops, past and present", while Farrow shared a picture of her sibling alongside the message, "Deepest gratitude to all who served and to their families. Photo: my brother Mike, a US Marine".
Rocker and activist Tom Morello expressed his gratitude to the armed forces by tweeting, "Happy Veterans Day! My uncle fought fascists in WWII... Nothings (sic) more courageous than a soldier who stands against an unjust war", and Kings of Leon drummer Followill posted, "Happy Veterans Day and thanks to all who have served and are currently serving. I'll never take my freedom for granted."
Actresses Courteney Cox, Octavia Spencer and Alyssa Milano and country stars Trace Adkins and Faith Hill also paid tribute to retired soldiers, while across the Atlantic, Star Trek actor Simon Pegg remembered his ancestors as Britain marked Remembrance Day, in honour of those lost in the line of duty since World War One.
In a message on his Twitter page, Pegg wrote, "Remembering my great uncles, Ruben, Jesse and Harry today. All lost in the great war, all under 25. You'd think we would learn."
Meanwhile, Blink-182 bassist Mark Hoppus, who is currently in the U.K., marked both holidays in his Twitter salute to the military both at home and away.
He tweeted, "Veterans/Remembrance Day. Respect and thanks to those who served, and to those still in harm's way, come home safe and soon."
Gunman James Holmes, 24, walked into a packed Aurora cinema shortly after the beginning of the venue's first screening of blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises and opened fire, killing 12 film fans and injuring 59 others.
Celebrities across the world have taken to blogs and websites to comment on the killing spree and now Captain America Evans, Motley Crue's Sixx and Kings of Leon star Followill have offered their thoughts.
Followill writes, "My thoughts & prayers go out to those affected... Such a senseless & cowardly act," while Sixx adds, "Breaks my heart hearing the news about the shooting's (sic) in Aurora, Colorado. My prayers and thoughts go out to the families and victims."
And actor Evans is still trying to understand why someone would want to kill innocent people watching a movie: "what the hell is happening?? my heart is completely shattered. all of my thoughts and prayers are with the people of aurora."
Meanwhile, The Roots star Questlove takes aim at the parents of the baby caught up in the tragedy, tweeting, "Why was a 3 month old at a midnight premiere?"
Tributes to the victims have also been tweeted from Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, rockers Chris Daughtry and Hayley Williams, Janelle Monae, Russell Simmons and dance music star Moby, who asks, "what is wrong with us? too tragic and heartbreaking."
The iconic singer, actor and funnyman passed away at his home in his native North Carolina at the age of 86.
Griffith initially studied to be a preacher, but he soon decided to change his college major to music and sang in several student opera productions.
Early on in his professional career, Griffith became known for his dramatic deliveries of monologues and even scored a U.S. chart hit in 1954 when his reading of What it Was, Was Football was released as a single, reaching number nine. The success led him to Broadway and he landed the title role in the 1957 musical Destry Rides Again, starring alongside actress Delores Gray.
However, it was his performance in his film debut A Face in the Crowd which really shot him to fame and he went on to become a TV regular with early roles in popular series The United States Steel Hour and Make Room for Daddy, where he befriended producer Sheldon Leonard.
The pair came up with the idea for The Andy Griffith Show, set in the fictional town of Mayberry in North Carolina, and it launched in 1960 with Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor. The show also starred Don Knotts and a young Ron Howard, who played the late icon's onscreen son, Opie.
Griffith later became known for his work on 1980s legal drama series Matlock, but he never left his music roots behind and won a Grammy Award in 1997 for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album for I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns. He also appeared in the video for country star Brad Paisley's song Waitin' on a Woman.
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the U.S., in 2005 for his contributions to entertainment.
As news of his passing spread on Tuesday (03Jul12), a host of celebrities took to their Twitter.com page to comment on the sad news - and Griffith's former co-star Ron Howard was among the first to pay tribute, writing, "Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I'm forever grateful RIP Andy".
Veteran actress Patty Duke tweeted, "RIP dear Andy, you brought so much enjoyment to so many of us. I will miss you!", while Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott posted, "Heaven gained a talented man today. Mr. Andy Griffith, thanks for giving me amazing memories with my family growing up watching your show!"
Meanwhile, Kings of Leon star Nathan Followill has urged fans to check out his favourite Griffith film: "RIP Andy Griffith. One of my favorite tv actors of all time. I can hear him whistling the (Andy Griffith Show) theme song all the way to the pearly gates. Do yourself a favor and watch 'A Face in the Crowd'. One of the best performances ever."
Actress Denise Richards, filmmaker Kevin Smith, Bones actor David Boreanaz and Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams have also paid tribute to the late star online, and country singer Chely Wright has hailed Griffith as a "classic TV star", adding, "He was one of the good guys."