Actor Bryan Cranston has helped a young cancer-stricken fan cross an item off his bucket list by holding a Skype session with the teen.
Breaking Bad fan Brad Joyner's friends and family launched an online campaign to land the 19 year old a meeting with the show's star when he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer six months ago.
The #breakingbrad effort went viral and caught the attention of the actor, who got in touch with Joyner's family in North Carolina. He was unable to schedule a time to meet with the youngster in person, but agreed to take part in a video call with the devotee on 20 September (14).
His mother, Aimee Pettigrew, filmed the chat and shared some of the footage on YouTube.com. She also took to her Facebook.com page to gush about the kindhearted actor, branding him "fabulous" for talking to her son for more than 30 minutes and organising a sweet surprise for the whole family. She wrote, "Bryan Cranston ordered an Icecream (sic) truck to arrive in Brad's honor and our whole neighborhood enjoyed Icecream with Brad".
Actress Daniele Watts is refusing to bow to pressure to apologise for accusing California police of racial profiling following a run-in with cops earlier this month (Sep14). The black Django Unchained star and her white boyfriend, celebrity chef Brian James Lucas, were detained by officers on 11 September (14) amid reports suggesting the couple had been spotted engaging in lewd conduct in their parked car in Studio City.
An angry Watts declined to hand over identification during questioning and began to walk away, prompting police to apprehend and handcuff her before taking her back to the scene of the incident.
Both she and Lucas subsequently took to their Facebook.com pages and blasted cops for reportedly targeting them because they are an interracial couple, but the police sergeant at the centre of the case, Jim Parker, has since spoken out, insisting an audio recording of the whole encounter will prove he and his fellow officers were simply investigating calls from concerned passers-by.
The developments in the case prompted a number of local civil rights activists to call on Watts to apologise for blasting the police, but she remains defiant and in a statement released late on Friday (19Sep14), she maintains her innocence, insisting she did nothing wrong.
She simply states: "It is a constitutional right that we do not have to present ID to any member of law enforcement unless we are being charged with a crime."
Authorities have launched an internal investigation in light of Watts' accusations, although the actress' publicist, Bill McCoy, reveals the couple is not planning to take further action after previously threatening to sue.
Los Angeles police officers detained actress Daniele Watts after receiving an emergency call reporting a couple indecently exposing themselves. The Django Unchained star and her celebrity chef partner Brian James Lucas were kissing in their car in Studio City on Thursday (11Sep14) when they were approached by cops after a resident spotted them and called police to the scene.
Lucas recalled the story on his Facebook.com page, writing that police believed Watts was a prostitute and asked the couple for identification. When an angered Watts refused and began walking away, she was apprehended, handcuffed and taken back to the scene in a police car.
Watts also took to her Facebook page after the incident, writing, "I refused to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place," and claimed the handcuffs were so tight they caused her wrists to bleed.
Watts gave her identification information to officers and they let her go, and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officials are now trying to deal with the fallout.
A statement to The Hollywood Reporter reads, "The citizen who called the police to complain told the 9-1-1 operator that a male and a female were involved in indecent exposure inside a silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open.
"The responding sergeant and police officers located two individuals that matched the description of the suspects, and they were briefly detained. Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed. Ms. Watts and her companion were subsequently released.
"An internal complaint investigation has been initiated regarding this matter."
Lucas tells TMZ.com that he and Watts have hired a lawyer and plan to file a formal complaint against the officers.
Kim Kardashian chose to call her daughter North West after the bizarre name came to her attention through gossip columns.
The reality TV star welcomed her first child with rapper husband Kanye West last summer (14) and she has now revealed she had no intention of calling her little girl North until she saw it rumored in magazines. Kardashian and West decided it was a good idea, and they made it official after a number of their famous friends mentioned the rumour to them.
She tells Britain's GQ magazine, "It was a rumor in the press and we'd never really considered it seriously. But Kanye and I were having lunch... and Pharrell (Williams) came over to us and said, 'Oh my God, are you guys really going to call your daughter North? That is the best name.' Then a little while later (U.S. Vogue editor) Anna Wintour came over and asked the same thing. She told us: 'North is a genius name.' Kanye and I looked at one another and just laughed. I guess at that point it sort of stuck."
Actor/rapper Donald Glover is set to live out his dream and suit up as comic book superhero Spider-Man in animated Disney series Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. The Community star will bring to life the role he inspired, voicing Miles Morales, a teenager of Black Hispanic descent, who takes over the web-slinging alter-ego following the death of original protagonist Peter Parker, played in the show by Drake Bell.
The upcoming episode, which will air in the U.S. later this year (14), will feature Parker travelling to alternate dimensions and meeting other incarnations of Spider-Man.
Comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis came up with the idea of introducing Morales to the Ultimate Spider-Man series in 2011 after being inspired by Glover's Twitter.com efforts to land an audition for the title role for the rebooted film franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man. The coveted part ended up going to Andrew Garfield.
And Glover admits he is flattered to become part of the franchise he adored growing up.
He tells USA Today, "I never liked Superman that much, because I was like, 'Yo, this dude can't die. It's too easy.' Batman is pretty fly. He's a close second, just because he doesn't really have powers. He's just a justice-driven vigilante.
"Spider-Man is the best because you just don't know who he is, and he's funny and he's poor. I understand Spider-Man a lot on that level. He's just trying to make it."
However, Glover reveals he is still hoping to get the call to join the live-action movie series in the future: "I still have hopes to do something like that one day."
Queen star Brian May has credited the band's new frontman Adam Lambert with reinvigorating himself and Roger Taylor on tour. The guitarist suggested the Lambert experiment might be Queen's last hurrah just before he stepped in to sing the songs the late Freddie Mercury performed live, but now May believes the band has a future - and it's all thanks to the flamboyant former American Idol star.
May tells VH1, "There's a big call to do more shows now, so, there's a good possibility that we will do more shows. I think, beyond that, we'll just see.
"I feel so fortunate to be going out there. I never thought it would happen again. When Freddie went, I thought, 'That's it. We did that. It was a great life. Now, it's time to have a different life', and for years, we didn't try to be Queen in any way.
"I think he's (Lambert) woken us up."
Queen's tour with Adam Lambert began in North America earlier this summer (Jun14). The band will kick start an Asian tour in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday night (14Aug14) before hitting arenas in Australia and New Zealand.
Megan Fox was stunned to learn the middle name she had picked for her baby son, who was born earlier this year (14), was also her great-grandfather's. The Transformers star and her husband Brian Austin Green had already selected Bodhi as the first name for their second child - after Patrick Swayze's character in one of the new mum's favourite films, Point Break - but they were still deliberating on a middle moniker when Fox received a strange call from her mum.
She explains, "His middle name is sort of spiritual and religious for me, in that Ransom can also mean being saved. I pitched it to Brian and he was like, 'You know, I feel like that's such a typical, like, actor-y thing to do to name your kid something so weird and I don't know if we can make it work'.
"Two days later my mum texted me and was like, 'You know, if you haven't chosen a middle name, your great-grandfather's middle name was Ransom, and maybe that'll work'. I didn't know because... he died before I was born... We figured it was meant to be."
Chris Brown and Drake patched up their differences to shoot a hilarious skit that aired during the ESPYS sports awards telecast in America on Wednesday night (16Jul14). The rapper, who was hosting the show from L.A. Live in Los Angeles, pretended to be at war with basketball star Blake Griffin over a title for their new movie, as they argued over who should take top billing.
The Los Angeles Clippers star promised to make Drake change his mind and call the film Blake & Drake and was spotted in scrubs in surgery ready to remove the rap star's appendix.
As the ESPYS host pretended to fall asleep under anaesthesia, Griffin promised all the nurses surrounding him free doughnuts in the kitchen and then revealed his true identity, as Drake said, "Oh my God, you're the surgeon?"
Griffin responded, "I'm not the surgeon, he is," pointing to Brown, who said, 'Yo, motherf**ker!"
The basketball star and the singer then stood over Drake as he went under.
Brown and Drake recently made amends after a nightclub brawl in 2012.
Brown and Griffin popped up again at the end of the skit as they pretended to take over hosting duties from Drake onstage, with the R&B star calling himself "America's sweetheart". Drake was seen bound and gagged backstage on a big screen behind them.
Drake showed off his comedy skills at the top of the show as he poked fun at Clippers boss Donald Sterling, American football star Johnny Manziel and basketball star Lance Stephenson.
He also performed a "new track" called Honorable Mention, which poked fun at all the athletes who came in second in the past year, and then teamed up with Brian McKnight for a tune called Side Pieces about sports stars' mistresses.
Another highlight came when he appeared in a skit as boxer Manny Pacquiao, attempting to record a new version of Frozen's Let It Go.
Brian Johnson has sent his best wishes to his Ac/Dc bandmate Malcolm Young as he battles ill health in hospital. The band was rumoured to be on the verge of a split earlier this year (14) due to Young's health troubles, but they vowed to press on after the musician decided to step down for a hiatus.
Johnson has now revealed his friend is in hospital, but he remains hopeful of a recovery.
He tells TeamRock Radio, "We miss Malcolm, obviously. He's a fighter. He's in hospital, but he's a fighter. We've got our fingers crossed that he'll get strong again.
"Stevie, Malcolm's nephew, was magnificent, but when you're recording (a new album) with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn't well, it's difficult. But I'm sure he was rooting for us. He's such a strong man. He's a small guy, but he's very strong. He's proud and he's very private, so we can't say too much. But fingers crossed, he'll be back."
No further details about Young's health battle have been given.
Johnson goes on to reveal work on the band's new album has been completed after a number of studio sessions in Canada.
He adds, "We're done. I'm very excited and we've got some great songs. I wanted to call the album 'Man Down'. But it's a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that."
Veteran rocker Sting took to the stage to sing with the cast on the opening night of his new musical The Last Ship in Chicago, Illinois. The Police star's show opened at the city's Bank of America Theatre on Wednesday (25Jun14) ahead of its planned Broadway debut in October (14), and the rocker was in the audience with his wife Trudie Styler.
At the end of the performance, Sting took to the stage for the curtain call and led the cast in a song, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Other stars who turned out for the musical's opening included Paul Simon, James Taylor, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung and AC/DC's Brian Johnson.
The show received mixed reviews from critics, who questioned whether the production, set in a doomed shipyard in Sting's hometown in the north of England, could draw in audiences on Broadway.
Steven Oxman of variety writes, "Do you want to live for two-and-a-half hours in a beautifully sad song?... The show currently works as a collection of songs in search of a complete story, or perhaps as a concept album - filled with mood and emotion and character and sensibility, but swaying as it takes on specifics. What seems to be missing is a driving conflict."
The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones adds, "(Many) scenes... still have the air of a semi-staged concept album... The Last Ship already is a worthy and earnest musical, but we know how Broadway loves to take those down. Just look at last season."
Lewis Lazare of the Chicago Business Journal concludes, "Most of the theatre crowds in the early going at least will probably have come to hear Sting's music for the show. Fans of his work may find that much of it sounds familiar and pleasant to hear performed in a theatrical setting. But hardcore theatre buffs will soon realise Sting's style of music - for the most part - simply doesn't sit comfortably in a big Broadway musical context."