R&B singer Alicia Keys is expecting her second child. The Empire State of Mind hitmaker announced the news on Thursday (31Jul14) by posting a picture on Instagram.com of her and musician husband Swiss Beatz to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary. A large bump was clearly visible under her dress.
In the caption, she wrote, "Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we've been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here's to many many more years of the best parts of life!"
The pair already has a three-year-old son named Egypt.
Actress Lana Parrilla is a married woman after reportedly tying the knot in secret. The Once Upon a Time star exchanged vows with fiance Fred Di Blasio just before she began filming for the show's fourth season earlier this month (Jul14), according to Us Weekly.
Speculation surfaced that she had wed Di Blasio after she was spotted at recent publicity events wearing both an engagement ring and wedding ring on her left hand.
Di Blasio proposed to Parrilla during a vacation in Israel in May last year (13).
Former Queensryche star Geoff Tate will no longer be touring under his old band's name from the beginning of September (14) after announcing a new moniker on Wednesday (30Jul14). His ex-bandmates agreed Tate could continue touring as Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate until the end of the summer in a settlement that ended a year-long legal battle between the rockers, and now the singer has agreed to move on with a new touring act.
Beginning in September, the band he now fronts will be known as Operation: Mindcrime.
Announcing the name-change news to fans he says, "It is so refreshing to be able to concentrate on the many stories and ideas that I have been working on with no boundaries or restrictions. With the newly-named band, I think fans will continue to enjoy the music we create and perform together and hope they share this new musical journey with us.”
Tate's final tour as Queensryche Starring Geoff Tate begins in California on Wednesday night.
Alice Cooper's former guitarist Dick Wagner has died just two weeks after undergoing heart surgery. The 71 year old musician, who wrote the power ballads I Might as Well Be on Mars and Only Women Bleed, checked into a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona earlier this month (Jul14) after experiencing breathing difficulties. He developed a lung infection after doctors cleared his arteries.
Dogged by health woes in recent years - he previously suffered a heart attack and stroke, as well as kidney failure, and fell into a coma - Wagner's family members were hoping he'd recover from his latest brush with death, but the rocker passed away on Wednesday (30Jul14).
Wagner also worked with Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, among others, and he was also a member of the groups The Frost and Ursa Major, which briefly featured Billy Joel. However, he was perhaps best known as a member of Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare band.
He co-wrote six tracks on that album, and toured extensively with Alice throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. He teamed up with Cooper again in 2011 for Welcome 2 My Nightmare.
Paying tribute to the veteran on Wednesday, Kiss star Gene Simmons says, "Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman. (He) will be missed.
For all that the Internet has talked about Guardians of the Galaxy and Boyhood and each of the movies that has, at some point in the past few months, been dubbed the “most anticipated film of the year,” there really only is one film that earns the title in earnest: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. It’s his first film since wrapping up the Batman trilogy, Matthew McConaughey’s first film since winning an Oscar, and it has a plot that’s more tightly guarded than whatever’s happening on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. There’s no way that any other film released in 2014 can hold a candle to Interstellar.
Look, it doesn’t really matter what we write here, because we both know that you’re too busy watching the trailer to find out what Nolan pictures when he imagines outer space to actually care what the article says. We could try and give you’re a brief overview of the plot (Earth has run out of resources and the only solution to solving the crisis is to send McConaughey up into space); we could try and posit some theories about who Jessica Chastain is playing (although, let’s be real, there’s only one logical option); we could talk a bit about the first glimpse we’ve gotten at McConaughey’s fellow astronauts (all very good looking, all very philosophical); we could even break down the poetry that Michael Caine recites in voice over to look for clues (it’s Dylan Thomas, for what it’s worth), but it doesn’t really matter.
That’s the thing about being the hands-down most anticipated film of the year: it doesn’t matter what anyone has to say about it, as long as it’s exciting. And while the first teaser trailer was a bit underwhelming sepia-toned for all the hype that Interstellar has received, this one delivers on all fronts. It’s explosive, beautifully-shot, packed with emotion and effects and just enough plot details to keep things intriguing without giving everything away. It’s epic. It’s enticing. It made us feel things.
But most importantly, it just makes you want to see the movie even more. So, sorry Richard Linklater and Chris Pratt – this year has really just been a countdown to Interstellar. Only four more months to go until November 4.
Justin Bieber appears determined to continue provoking Orlando Bloom following their bust-up at a party in Ibiza, Spain early on Wednesday (30Jul14) by posting a photo of the British actor's estranged wife, Miranda Kerr, on his Instagram blog. The two stars squared up to one another at a celebrity-filled event at Cipriani restaurant, and in video footage of the confrontation, obtained by TMZ.com, the pair appear to engage in a shoving match, before Bloom allegedly attempts to throw a punch at Bieber, only to miss his target.
Reports suggest the altercation was over Bloom's ex, Australian supermodel Kerr, who the Baby hitmaker allegedly flirted with while performing at the 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and Bieber seemed keen to goad the Lord of the Rings star hours after the pair came face to face by uploading a sexy shot of the bikini-clad beauty on his Instagram.com account.
The image was promptly deleted and the 20 year old subsequently tweeted, "Keeping it positive", but he was back to his cheeky behaviour hours later, when he posted a photo of Bloom appearing to cry. That snap was also quickly taken down.
Kerr has yet to comment on the fight, but it seems she would rather focus on her work after taking to her Instagram page on Wednesday to share a picture from her new modelling campaign for 7 For All Mankind. The photo features Kerr topless, wearing just a pair of jeans as she lies in a bathtub filled with water.
The model split from Bloom in October (13) after three years of marriage.
The Help actor Wes Chatham is set to become a first-time dad. Chatham's wife, U.S. TV personality Jenn Brown, is expecting the couple's first child later this year (Dec14).
They wed in Chatham's home state of Georgia in April, 2012.
The baby news adds to what is fast becoming a very exciting year for the actor - he'll be among the stars of the next instalment of The Hunger Games franchise when Mockingjay - Part 1 is released in November (14).
A Los Angeles judge has issued a warrant for Columbus Short's arrest after the embattled actor skipped a hearing in his domestic violence case. The former Scandal star stands accused of attacking his estranged wife, Tanee McCall-Short, during a heated altercation at their home in California in April (14).
She claims he was intoxicated as he allegedly threatened her with a knife, pinned her down on a couch and began to choke her.
Short was due to face the accusations in court on Wednesday morning (30Jul14), but he was a no show, so the judge overseeing the case approved a bench warrant for his arrest, according to TMZ.com.
McCall-Short, who was previously granted a restraining order against her ex, is requesting further protection from the 31 year old.
She filed to end their eight-year marriage last September (13).
News of his court absence emerges just a day after Short narrowly avoided becoming a wanted man in a separate criminal case on Tuesday (29Jul14) after turning up late for another hearing. It is not yet known which case Tuesday's court visit was for, but he faces a felony charge of aggravated battery relating to a bloody bar brawl in Los Angeles in March (14) and a count for public intoxication following an arrest in Dallas, Texas during the U.S. Independence Day (04Jul14) celebrations.
5 Seconds Of Summer, Australia's answer to One Direction, have topped the U.S. albums chart with their self-titled debut. With 259,000 sales, the release scores the third biggest first week of the year (14) - and the quartet becomes the first act to rocket to the top of the Billboard 200 with a 250,000-plus-selling debut since American Idol star Chris Daughtry's namesake band Daughtry shot to number one in 2006 with 304,000 sales.
5 Seconds of Summer also become the first Australian act to debut at number one with a first full-length album. The band is the first Australian group to hit number one since AC/DC's Black Ice spent two weeks atop the countdown in 2008.
Meanwhile, the Frozen soundtrack is refusing to leave the top five after over 30 weeks - it rises three spots to two on the new Billboard 200, and last week's number one, 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Mandatory Fun, falls to three.
Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour and the latest Kidz Bop Kids compilation round out the new top five.
On the singles chart, MAGIC!'s Rude spends a third week at number one, a spot ahead of Iggy Azalea's record-breaking chart-topper Fancy. Sam Smith's Stay With Me rounds out the top three for a second week.
Glee star Chris Colfer's bestselling book series The Land Of Stories is set to hit the big screen - the actor is in talks with major movie executives about turning the tales into a new film.
The 24 year old tells Access Hollywood Live he always vowed not to consider movie deals connected to his young adult books, but now he's reconsidering.
Colfer says, "I'm starting to have those film conversations. I'm a little more open-minded to it. When I first started the series, I was completely against doing a movie... I always said I would rather it be a good book that a hundred people read, than an awful movie which a thousand people see."
"But the readers want to see the world come alive so much. Who am I to deny them of that?"