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.
Actor Jonah Hill has been made an honorary Best Buy employee after boasting about calling customer care representatives at a store in Hawaii as part of his preparation for The Wolf Of Wall Street. The Moneyball star chatted to workers at the U.S. electronics store over the phone for hours a day as he attempted to perfect his fast-talking, drug-taking Donnie Azoff character - and he reveals employees would always make time for him as he rambled on about products and payment options with no intention of buying anything.
Hill told radio host Howard Stern he spent a lot of time on the phone, calling Best Buy stores as he struggled to speak clearly with the fake teeth he had to wear for the role.
He explained, "I had this really difficult accent and lisp and I had these big fake teeth and I couldn't talk... You couldn't understand what I was saying, so, for a month and a half beforehand, our accent coach was like, 'You've got to talk with these things in for two hours every day'.
"No one from my life is gonna sit with me (to do this), so I would call (department store) Target and Best Buy as Donnie, and just talk about different products for an hour and a half every day."
And the big reveal has impressed Best Buy bosses.
He explains, "I've told this story before and the other day Best Buy sent me a blue Best Buy shirt, so I'm an honorary employee there, so if this (acting) doesn't work out... don't worry about me, man, I'm taken care of."
Rockers Alice Cooper and Steven Tyler are keen to take their New Year's Eve (31Dec13) party on the road after ringing in 2014 for charity in Maui, Hawaii. The two adopted Hawaiians staged a star-studded show on the last night of 2013 for the Maui Food Bank, where they were joined by Sammy Hagar, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, Weird Al Yankovic and actors Tom Arnold and Keith Carradine - and Cooper is still recovering from the big gig.
In a new blog on his Nights With Alice Cooper radio show website, the School's Out rocker says, "It was the best concert of 2014 so far and it was probably the best sounding thing ever.
"Steven Tyler and I talked about, 'We should take that thing on the road with the same bunch of guys."
The Hangover star Justin Bartha's real-life wedding went without a hitch when he walked down the aisle with fiancee Lia Smith on Saturday (04Jan14). The 35 year old wed the personal trainer in a sunset ceremony on the idyllic island of Oahu in Hawaii.
Exchanging vows around a lagoon at the Kualoa ranch in front of just 20 guests, including Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth, Smith wore a flowing white gown, while Bartha kept it simple in a smart black suit. Bartha's The Hangover co-star Ken Jeong and Jesse Eisenberg also attended.
He proposed to the brunette beauty while on vacation in Big Sur, California in early May (13).
Bartha famously played Doug Billings in the big screen comedy trilogy, whose bachelor party turns into a disaster during the original movie.
Filmmaker Spike Jonze once helped the Beastie Boys write a movie script inspired by the hip-hop trio's music video for 1994 hit Sabotage. The Being John Malkovich director took charge of the rappers' hilarious promo for Sabotage, which served as an homage to, and parody of, hit 1970s crime dramas such as Hawaii Five-O and Starsky and Hutch, but once the video wrapped, they decided to expand the idea into a big screen project, too.
Jonze claims the unreleased script centred around one of the late Adam 'MCA' Yauch's wacky characters, his filmmaker alter ego Nathanial Hornblower, while he also planned to portray Sir Stewart Wallace, another figure from the Sabotage video, in the movie, reports Spin.com.
He says, "The four of us wrote a script together. It was called We Can Do This because... it was so surreal and out there... It just would've been ridiculous and fun... There were no 1970s cops in it, but it was definitely in the same spirit."
Yauch's bandmates also featured in the script, with Michael 'Mike D' Diamond set to bring his country singer persona, Country Mike, to life on the big screen.
And Jonze reveals the songs Diamond recorded for his album Country Mike's Greatest Hits, which he gifted to family and friends for Christmas in 2000, were actually intended for We Can Do This.
He adds, "It was about Hornblower. Mike played a country star - those songs we wrote for the movie, actually. Adam Horovitz played this kid, Nino Vincenzi, who lived on Roosevelt Island (in New York) with his dad who was a mechanic, and (he) was a little bit (like) John Travolta (in) Saturday Night Fever... He had all these dreams and aspirations, but he was awkward and couldn't dance. So he didn't even have that going for him.
"But yeah, I forget all the different characters but... it would have been funny."
Yauch died of cancer in May, 2012.