Backstreet Boys stars Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson and country duo Montgomery Gentry have been unveiled as part of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame's Class of 2015. The new group of honourees also includes bluegrass singer Larry Cordle, R&B group The Moonglows, country singer Doc Hopkins, Jason Aldean, comedian Pete Stamper and Rascal Flatts' manager Clarence Spalding.
They will all be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, which recognises Kentucky natives and those who have made significant contributions to the music industry in the state and around the world, during a ceremony in April (15).
Previous honourees include Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn, The Everly Brothers, Ricky Skaggs and Wynonna and Naomi Judd.
Kevin Spacey has paid tribute to his House Of Cards co-star Elizabeth Norment following the news of her death on Tuesday (28Oct14). Norment, 61, passed away on 13 October (14) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
She played Spacey's secretary Nancy Kaufberger in the U.S. political drama from its launch last year (13), and now the Oscar winner has spoken out about the loss of his co-star.
He took to Twitter.com and wrote, "RIP Elizabeth Norment. We all loved her and she leaves a void in all of us here at HoC's (House of Cards)."
The programme's showrunner Beau Willimon, who previously released a statement about Norment's death, noting she was "a talented actress, a warm soul and a good friend to us all.".
Actor/director Kevin Smith has stunned fans by shaving off his trademark beard for the first time in over 20 years. The Clerks star decided to get rid of the thick facial hair he has been grooming since the 1990s for his upcoming Johnny Depp comedy Yoga Hosers, and he showed off his new clean-shaven look on Twitter.com on Monday (27Oct14).
In the accompanying caption, he wrote, "Look at this goofy spaz (sic). This is me, beardless, for the @YogaHosers green screen shoot."
The fresh shave is all part of Smith's new look - the 44 year old, who is known for his larger frame, has also lost 20 pounds (nine kilograms) in recent months by cutting out excess sugar from his diet and exercising regularly.
Actress Elizabeth Norment has died at the age of 61. The House of Cards star passed away on 13 October (14) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Norment began her career in 1984 with a small role in the film The Woman in Red. She went on to star in several movies and TV shows, including Party of Five, Law & Order and miniseries Robert Kennedy and His Times, in which she portrayed Eunice Kennedy.
She played Kevin Spacey's secretary Nancy Kaufberger in U.S. political drama House of Cards from its launch last year (13).
A statement from showrunner Beau Willimon reads, "Everyone at House of Cards is deeply saddened by Elizabeth's passing. She was a talented actress, a warm soul and a good friend to us all."
Executives at production company MRC add, "Elizabeth Norment was a talented actress with a beautiful spirit who touched the entire House of Cards family."
Pop star Nick Jonas is angry with his singing siblings over the breakup of their group The Jonas Brothers, according to actor Frank Grillo.
The trio disbanded in October last year (13) after pulling out of a North American tour, but it was thought to have been a joint decision. In June (14), Nick's brothers and former bandmates Joe and Kevin Jonas headed out on tour with an interactive theatre show for fans but they were not joined by their sibling, and now it has emerged there is some ill-feeling over the split.
Grillo, who stars with Nick Jonas in new U.S. TV drama Kingdom, says, "He is angry about the whole Jonas (Brothers) thing. I don't know if I'm supposed to say this... He's not crazy about the other brothers."
The actor also recalled how he fought against the idea of Jonas playing a mixed martial arts warrior in the new drama because he felt sure the pop star would not be able to cope with the gritty role.
Grillo, who shares an agent with Jonas, says, "I was against it... I said, 'No, never gonna happen...' I had done a movie called Warrior which is like the martial arts movie and I said, 'I have a lot at stake here... He's not doing it, forget it. Don't even send him in'. "They sent him in... 30 guys come in and he was one of the last guys (to audition) and I sat there and I read with him and I looked at the producers and I said, 'He's the guy...' He was that much better than everyone else."
Taylor Swift had to argue with the boss of her record label to ditch her country girl image and become a pop star.
The Shake It Off singer's new album 1989 contains not one country-style song, signalling that her move away from the genre that made her famous is complete. However, the transformation into sexy pop star was not easy for Swift - she ended up squabbling with the boss of Big Machine Records in Nashville, Tennessee because he wanted some country tracks on the record.
Swift tells British newspaper The Sun, "The decision came directly from me. I had to plead my case with everyone and certain people at the record label... I had to really campaign... I showed them that I was doing this for all the right reasons and that this was the creative decision and artistically there was no other option than to boldly hone this album for what it is. "I had to convince my Nashville record label president it was right for me. I presented the album to him and he said, 'It's great, it's the best thing you've ever done but can you put two country songs on it?' But I refused. I explained it would change the solid cohesiveness of the record, so he agreed. He's happy as a clown (sic) now as we got our first Hot 100 No.1 with Shake It Off."
1989 is scheduled for release on 27 October (14).
"Welcome Stefan to the world! Congrats @DjokerNole and wife Jelena. Wonder if he'll master the drop shot before kindergarten." Celebrity tennis fan Kevin Spacey celebrates the birth of pal Novak Djokovic's baby son.
Executives at America's Fox network are developing Will Smith's hit romantic comedy Hitch into a TV series. The 2005 film grossed $368 million (£230 million) at the worldwide box office, and now studio bosses are hoping to find similar success with a comedy series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon and Dancing With The Stars judge Julianne Hough teamed up with Samsung to smash the Guinness World Record for the longest selfie relay chain with 283 consecutive selfies. The event was to promote Samsung’s next generation of digital cameras - the new NX line. The cameras are slimmer, sleeker and have the ability to connect to smartphones. Samsung gave out 300 of their brand new cameras as they called for people to "Ditch the DSLR" in exchange for the new Samsung devices. Samsung also donated $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater LA as part of the event. Click here to find out more about Samsung's new digital cameras.
Despite his pending divorce to Mariah Carey - which seems to be getting ugly - Cannon is “getting out there" with seemingly endless projects he has keeping him busy. Cannon just wrapped the 9th season of America’s Got Talent alongside judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Mel B. The winner, magician Mat Franco, was awarded $1 million and a headlining show in Las Vegas. Cannon is all for a magician winning the talent competition show, saying: “There’s so many other singing competitions and dance shows out there. For someone like a magician to be able to come through and win $1 million, it shows you what the show’s all about - it could be any talent. I mean, he was the best and most talented person that America saw. So, therefore, he took it all the way, and I think it was well deserved.”
It seems like keeping busy is the best way to keep his mind off his marriage troubles. He has a new standup comedy show for Showtime called F#ck Nick Cannon, an album White People Party Music (the new music video for "Looking For a Dream" is quite exceptional by the way). Oh, and he’s writing a children’s book based on his and Carey’s twins Roc & Roe. He also recently rocked the most expensive pair of shoes ever - a $2 million pair of diamond loafers - marking two Guinness world records he's broken. Not too shabby. This guy is certainly not moping around while his soon to be ex-wife is on a world tour.
Cannon also has a couple works that are under the radar. He’s going to be bringing Robin Leach's Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous back to TV. And he recently partnered with Maxim - he’ll be taking over the magazine’s content as well as heading strategic events. “I’ll be doing my thing… so that’s kinda cool.” Keep doing your thing, Cannon. It’s very cool indeed.
Cannon also stars on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood alongside Kevin Hart, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin and J.B. Smoove. "The fakest reality show on TV" just premiered its third season. Catch new episodes of the hilarious show Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. on BET.
Tatum O'Neal's son has avoided jail after striking a plea deal with New York police over his summer (14) drugs bust. Kevin McEnroe, the actress' eldest child with retired tennis ace John McEnroe, was detained by cops in July (14) after he was allegedly caught making a drug transaction on a Manhattan street corner.
He was charged with felony possession with intent to sell, but prosecutors have since agreed to reduce the count to a misdemeanour, and it will be wiped from the 27 year old's record if he stays out of trouble for the next six months and completes a rehab programme at the Hazelden addiction treatment centre in the Big Apple.
The plea deal was approved by Judge Lisa Sokoloff in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday (14Oct14), according to the New York Post.