Barkhad Abdi, the break-out star of Tom Hanks movie Captain Phillips, has landed a major TV role on island police drama Hawaii Five-0. The Oscar-nominated Somalian actor will play a Congolese warlord who faked his own death during a 2011 bombing raid on his compound and fled to Hawaii, where he became a taxi driver.
Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov tells Entertainment Weekly Abdi's character is loosely inspired by Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony.
He explains, "He plays basically Kony, that African warlord who was in the news a few years ago. He plays a character like that hiding on the island here, and somebody discovers that he’s here. And our guys end up confronting him.
"It’s a big, big episode. We were so lucky to get him, and we wrote it with him in mind. We were able to get him to the island and that was a big coup for us."
Abdi's character will appear on an episode of the drama in the new year (15).
Glee star Matthew Morrison feared he'd have to make drastic changes to his Hawaiian wedding when a hurricane threatened to wreck his nuptials earlier this month (Oct14). The actor/singer celebrated his one-week wedding anniversary with his new wife, Rene Puente, at his fifth annual birthday bash back in Hollywood on Saturday night (25Oct14), and told People.com his big day was a dream come true after a few last minute problems.
He said, "It ended up being better than I ever could've imagined.
"There was a hurricane in Hawaii when we were there, so that led to a lot of, I guess, stress that we didn't really anticipate! (But) the hurricane brought the most amazing sky that night. It was a green sunset, which is kind of an anomaly. So that was special."
He added, "Saturday, it rained the entire day up until the moment my mom and I started walking down the aisle, when it let up. And then it was clear for the whole ceremony, the whole reception, until the moment the band at the end of the night said, 'All right, thank you, have a good night'. And then it started pouring again."
Morrison revealed he sang The Carpenters' Top Of The World - his late mother-in-law's favourite song for his bride at the reception. Puente's mother died in 2013 and the wedding was held on her birthday.
Rockers Five For Fighting have written a new song to commemorate U.S. police drama Hawaii Five-0's upcoming 100th episode. The group's singer/songwriter John Ondrasik created a brand-new song, All For One, for the show after learning one of the creators was a big fan of his work. The song will feature at the end of the 7 November (14) episode of Hawaii Five-0.
Bryan Singer's attorney has slammed a fresh sexual assault allegation filed against the filmmaker in New York. Officials at the New York Police Department (NYPD) Special Victims Squad are investigating a complaint filed by a man in his early 20s in May (14), reportedly accusing the X-Men director of abusing him during an incident on 23 March, 2013, according to the New York Daily News.
Further details about the rumoured altercation have yet to be revealed, but Singer's legal representative, Marty Singer, who is no relation to the filmmaker, tells Buzzfeed.com, "My client did not engage in any criminal or inappropriate behaviour with anyone in New York or elsewhere."
News of the Big Apple complaint emerges hours after Michael Egan III voluntarily dropped his lawsuit against Singer on Wednesday (27Aug14), after he accused the moviemaker of molesting him at a party in Hawaii back in 1999, when he was just 17.
It was the second teen sex abuse case against Singer to be dismissed in as many months after an unnamed British actor withdrew a similar suit in July (14).
Singer vehemently denied the allegations in both cases.
Singer La Toya Jackson almost botched her business manager's attempt to whisk her away to Hawaii for a marriage proposal last year (13), because she was not interested in taking a vacation. Michael Jackson's 58-year-old sister became engaged to Jeffre Phillips last August (13), but she only went public with the news in June (14).
Now the bride-to-be admits it took a little extra persuading from her father Joe Jackson, who had granted Phillips' request for her hand in marriage, for her to jet off on a two-day holiday with her beau.
She explains, "Before he proposed to me... he went to (Las) Vegas and he asked my father for my hand (in marriage). It was great.
"Right after that, I had dinner with my father and my father was desperately trying to tell me that Jeffre has a surprise in Hawaii, that, 'You need to go to Hawaii'. I didn't wanna go to Hawaii, I wanted to go to New York to do the play that I was getting ready to do (Off Broadway show Newsical the Musical). I had two days to rehearse... and Jeffre kept convincing me, 'Toya, you need two days off, you need downtime.'"
She finally agreed and she was blown away one night when Phillips transformed their luxury hotel suite into an all-white affair with flowers everywhere as they sat down for a lavish six-course dinner.
She recalls, "I go, 'Oh my God, what is this?' And he goes, 'We're having dinner, (a) special dinner.'"
She continues, "When it got to dessert... he gets on his knee and he asks, he says... 'Toy, will you marry me?' I got so nervous... He said, 'I didn't get you a ring.' I said, 'Don't even worry about that, that's not important' and then I get my dessert, I lift the dome (cover) up and there's the ring in the dome."
However, Jackson admits she has already suffered from cold feet over the nuptials.
She adds, "Your friends get so excited for you and they were just pushing me and rushing me (into wedding planning)... and I started getting really nervous, I started thinking, 'Wow, this is really real...' I got a little bit of cold feet."
The star was previously married to her manager Jack Gordon for seven years before they divorced in 1997. She alleged he had been abusive throughout the union.
Comedienne Roseanne Barr is planning a big move from Hawaii to San Francisco, California, so she can be near her youngest son as he attends college. Buck Thomas, 19, has just completed high school and now he's hoping to get away from his mum - but she has plans to follow him to college.
She says, "He's going to San Francisco... I always go where he goes; he hates that I do that.
"I know it's weird but I moved across the street from the boarding school that he went to. He wanted to get away from me and go to boarding school, so I'm like, 'OK, go to boarding school', and then I moved right across the street.
"You have to... Of course you wanna keep your eye on them these days... Who else is gonna wash his laundry and stuff?"
Dallas Buyers Club star Griffin Dunne is convinced he and his family narrowly avoided a shark attack just hours before surfer Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a big fish. The actor took his actress daughter to Hawaii on a last-minute vacation when she was a pre-teen and he admits it was almost a terrible break.
Dunne tells WENN, "In Hawaii we both got our licence for scuba diving. When we were under I remember seeing a big shark going by, thinking, 'Maybe this wasn't such a good idea'.
"The surfer (Bethany Hamilton) who was a little older than (daughter) Hannah at the time was surfing and a shark jumped out and bit off her arm. That happened when we were there on the same beach where we saw the shark!
"We keep saying it might've been the same shark and it's gone into Dunne folklore as, 'We saw the shark before it bit off that girl's arm!' It really rang home for me because they were not that different in age. That was a vivid memory of a family trip gone terribly wrong."
Actress and TV producer Nancy Malone has died, aged 79. The star of 1960s TV drama Naked City died of pneumonia related to a battle with leukaemia on Thursday (08May14) at a hospital in Duarte, California.
She was Emmy nominated in 1963 for her work on the show and she won the TV prize in 1993 as one of the producers of TV special Bob Hope: The First 90 Years. She also earned two other nominations as a director.
Malone also co-founded the Women in Film nonprofit organisation, which is dedicated to helping women in entertainment and the media.
Women in Film bosses handed her their Crystal Award in 1977.
She also appeared in one of TV's first soap operas, The First Hundred Years, The Long Hot Summer, Bonanza, The Fugitive, The Partridge Family, Big Valley, The Rockford Files, The Andy Griffith Show, Hawaii Five-0 and The Twilight Zone.
As a producer, she oversaw TV movies including Sherlock Holmes in New York and The Violation of Sarah McDavid, and she directed episodes of Dynasty, Melrose Place and Beverly Hills, 90210.
Government officials in Bruno Mars' native Hawaii have honoured the singer with his own day for a second time. In 2010, the Treasure hitmaker returned to his home state for the first time after hitting it big, and Hawaiian officials announced 19 December would be Bruno Mars Day, and now, four years later, locals celebrated again on 21 April (14), as Mars capped off a three-night, sold-out gig in Honolulu.
Unlike the first honour, Monday's celebration is a one-off occasion, and not meant to be celebrated every year, like singer's December festivities.
The 2014 proclamation reads: "Bruno Mars’ talent for combining catchy pop melodies, hip-hop beats and feel-good lyrics has helped him emerge as one of Hawaii's most popular artists.
"We ask all citizens of the Aloha State to join us in celebrating the achievements of Bruno Mars in representing Hawaii well in America and around the world with his exceptional talent and performances."
Hawaii Five-O star Alex O'loughlin is a married man after exchanging vows with his girlfriend Malia Jones. Details about the couple's big day have not been released, but the actor's publicist confirms her client and Jones wed recently in Hawaii.
The news comes six months after the now-newlyweds welcomed their first child together, son Lion, in October (13).
O'Loughlin also has a teenage son, Saxon, and Jones a four-year-old son, Spike, from previous relationships.