Actress Essence Atkins added wedding officiant to her resume over the weekend (30-31Aug14) by presiding over the nuptials between her best friend Gabrielle Union and basketball ace Dwyane Wade. The Bad Boys II star decided against having bridesmaids accompany her down the aisle in Miami, Florida on Saturday, and instead turned to her close pal and former Deliver Us from Eva co-star Atkins and her husband, Jaime Mendez, to lead the ceremony.
Speaking before the weekend celebration, Atkins revealed she got ordained some time ago, but admitted Union and Wade's wedding was going to be her first time serving as an officiant.
She said, "I'm actually officiating the ceremony... My husband and I are officiating the ceremony. My husband did the ceremony for (actor) Alfonso Ribeiro about two years ago and then they (Union and Wade) asked us to do it together, so we are officiating."
Guests at the Chateau Artisan castle ceremony reportedly included comedian Kevin Hart and Wade's basketball star pals LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen and Carmelo Anthony, while R&B star John Legend was on hand to serenade the newlyweds.
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Comedian Tracy Morgan will have to wait another four weeks before doctors can assess any longterm damage to his cognitive health following his horrific car crash in June (14).
The former 30 Rock star was hospitalised with a broken leg, nose and several ribs after the limousine he was travelling in was hit by a Wal-Mart truck, killing his good friend James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair and leaving Morgan and two other passengers in a critical condition.
He was released from a rehabilitation facility in July (14) and has continued to undergo physiotherapy sessions at his New Jersey home, but the actor's attorney, Benedict P. Morelli, reveals Morgan, who is relying on a wheelchair to get around, still faces a long road to recovery both physically and in terms of his mental abilities and processes.
Morelli tells New Jersey's The Star-Ledger, "He's really having a tough time. He's making incremental progress. But they'll have to wait another month before they assess him cognitively." Morelli's comments come three weeks after he publicly dismissed reports suggesting Morgan is "doing great", insisting the statement was far from accurate.
Morgan is currently suing Wal-Mart store executives for negligence amid allegations driver Kevin Roper's bosses should have known he had been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the crash. Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
Mark Wahlberg has no plans to attend his brother Donnie Wahlberg's wedding to Jenny Mccarthy this weekend (30-31Aug14).
Donnie is reportedly set to wed the former The View co-host in New York on Saturday (30Aug14) but his younger brother Mark will not be in attendance. Reports suggested Mark and McCarthy have a frosty relationship but his representative has denied the claims.
The Fighter star cannot make the ceremony because he will be in Los Angeles throwing a birthday party for his daughter Ella, who will turn 11 next week (01Sep14).
Nascar race ace Tony Stewart will return to the track this weekend (30-31Aug14) for the first time after he struck and killed rival Kevin Ward, Jr. during a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York on 9 August (14). The three-time Sprint Cup Series champion will rev up at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia after missing three races following the track tragedy.
Ward was hit and killed after exiting his car following a crash.
As a result of the incident, NASCAR officials have implemented a rule stipulating what drivers who are involved in accidents should do if they can no longer compete in a race. Drivers now are required to remain strapped in their cars until safety crews arrive and can escort them from the scene. No driver is allowed to walk onto the racing surface.
Actress Jessica Chastain has called out Marvel Studios bosses for creating solo feature films for most of The Avengers except Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow. The Zero Dark Thirty star was lamenting the lack of major action roles for women in film in an interview with TheWrap.com, and she noted that Johansson, who plays the Russian spy in the Marvel movies, has yet to have her own starring vehicle.
Chastain says, "Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don't understand it, why is it taking so long for this?
"This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies... She shows that she kicks a**, she's a great actress. Under the Skin is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for a go-ahead on a superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson?
"To me, it's a no-brainer. You want to make money, put Scarlett Johansson in a superhero movie!"
Chastain isn't the only one clamouring for a Black Widow spin-off - many fans have also called on studio bosses to give the character her own movie.
Earlier this summer (14), Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige responded to the requests via Comic Book Resources, saying he and his colleagues have not completely ruled out a Black Widow film.
He explained, "It comes down to timing, which is what I've sort of always said, and it comes down to us being able to tell the right story. I hope we do it sooner rather than later."
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Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is set to tackle song classics by Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra and Simon & Garfunkel at a one-off benefit concert next month (Sep14).
The House of Cards star, who portrayed singer Bobby Darin in 2004's Beyond the Sea, will show off his musical talents once again at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. on 29 September (14), when he will be backed by a 40-piece orchestra. Spacey plans to perform a few pop covers, in addition to a collection of swing numbers, intertwined with stories from his career.
He tells the Associated Press, "You never know what I might come up with." Tickets for the gig are priced at $104 (£61) and proceeds will benefit the actor's Kevin Spacey Foundation.
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Britney Spears has helped to make a terminally ill fan's dreams come true by flying him out to meet her during a Las Vegas concert last week (ends24Aug14).
Cory Moraw suffers from genetic disorder DiGeorge syndrome, diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver, and his health recently declined, prompting friends and family members to reach out to his favourite pop star.
They posted a message on a fundraising page in the hope of making Spears aware of her sick fan's dreams, and when they wrote, "There is only one thing in this world that Cory would feel like doing... that would be to see Britney Spears LIVE", she got in touch. The Toxic singer sent the 28 year old a first-class plane ticket to Las Vegas and arranged to meet him before her show on 19 August (14).
Moraw's mum, Janet Russom, says, "She just hugged him and she was like, 'Oh, Cory, thank you for letting me meet you'. I was like, 'That is just so cool that she said it that way...' "It was priceless. Getting to see him that happy was just priceless. You couldn't have asked for anything better than him meeting her."
Kevin Spacey is walking with a cane after injuring himself while playing tennis. The Hollywood actor sparked fears for his health when he limped along the red carpet at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday night (25Aug14) with a crutch.
Spacey has now revealed he hurt his leg during a tennis game two days before the big awards show.
He tells Entertainment Tonight, "The cane wasn't actually planned. Two days ago on the tennis court, I strained my hamstring in racing for a drop shot - which I got, by the way! It was the winning point, so at least there's that."
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Singer Taylor Swift hit the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 24th and the only word to describe it: Flawless. She performed her new song “Shake It Off” for the first time from her upcoming album “1989” and it was one of our favorite highlights of the entire night.
It was not only insanely entertaining, but she also added some humor and kept the audience wanting more. Supported by a massive amount of talented male dancers, she showed off her dance moves and belted it out to all the “haters” that influenced this song. Even her metallic outfit was on point. Everyone knows that shimmying and fringe go together like us and fangirling. It's just so natural. And we can’t forget about her matching “1989” microphone:
This is hands down our favorite performance of hers and we can literally watch it all day. Our only complaint is that it wasn't long enough! Taylor has grown into an amazing performer and we love being able to watch her grow with each VMA performance that she does. We've been a fan of this girl ever since the "Teardrops On My Guitar" era and are so happy that she is finally getting all the appreciation and recognition that she deserves. Taylor works her butt off and we can't wait to see what she has in store for this upcoming year. Make sure you preorder her album here!
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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.