Comedian/actor Billy Connolly hid his prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease from castmates on the set of new film What We Did On Our Holiday. The Scottish funnyman, whose character in the film is a cancer patient, stunned cast and crew when they discovered his health problems when filming wrapped.
Connolly received his cancer and Parkinson's diagnosis on the same day in September last year (13).
Filmmaker Andy Hamilton tells Scottish newspaper Daily Record, "The timeline was such that we didn't know about Billy's health problems during the film. He was very stoic. I presumed there was stuff going on but that wasn't a problem for us, he just soldiered on and was very professional. It was only after we finished that he told us he was having the surgery for prostate cancer, which was a success, and we learned later about the diagnosis of Parkinson's. He did a brilliant job of making sure that it wasn't our problem. We were really impressed that he managed so well."
After filming was complete, Connolly had surgery in America, which he said was "in and out, done", and was given the all-clear in October this year (14).
Comedian Craig Ferguson has revealed he and new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi spent a lot of their time "doing drugs" as bandmates in the 1980s. The two Scots were members of punk group The Dreamboys, and never imagined they'd become TV stars in America, where Ferguson has hosted his own late-night show for a decade and Capaldi is the latest Timelord.
And during Ferguson's visit to U.S. show Watch What Happens Live on Thursday (17Sep14), he fondly recalled his musical days as a drummer behind frontman Capaldi after host Andy Cohen showed off a promotional photo of their band.
Ferguson revealed, "We did a lot of drugs. We had every drug available... There wasn't much cocaine in Glasgow (Scotland), it was mostly speed or acid."
Now that both Ferguson and Capaldi have found fame, The Late Late Show host is still perplexed as to how they became well known entertainers, especially since they came from wild beginnings.
He explained, "I don't know, when the rest of the guys were going to either Emerson or Harvard, I was taking acid in the back of a van with the guy who ended up playing the Doctor. I don't know how it happened."
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton faced off with comedian Jimmy Fallon in a lip-syncing battle for a sketch on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (17Sep14). The No Doubt star tackled Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe, while country singer Shelton pretended to belt out Taco's Puttin' on the Ritz, complete with a little tap dance, as TV host Fallon mimed along to Ellie Goulding's Burn. The Voice judges then teamed up to 'perform' Lionel Richie and Diana Ross' Endless Love duet, with Stefani taking on the male vocals and Shelton pretending to sing Ross' part.
Lady Gaga has made it into the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations after telling fans she is "just trying to change the world one sequin at a time".
The famous phrase is included in the new, eighth edition of the publication, which lists iconic or inspirational phrases from those in the public eye. The Poker Face singer's famous words will now appear next to those of historical figures such as Charles Darwin. Other stars who have made it to the new edition include British comedian Jack Dee and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
U.S. comedian and America's Got Talent judge Howie Mandel has become a grandfather for the first time. The star's daughter, Jackelyn Mandel, gave birth to a baby girl named Abby over the weekend (13-14Sep14). The tot is Jackelyn's first with her husband Alex Shultz, who she wed last summer (13).
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Actor/comedian Dan Aykroyd wants to expand his business empire by opening a blues club in London.
Aykroyd co-founded a chain of restaurants and clubs called House of Blues in 1992 and there are now 13 branches around the U.S., and he is hoping the 14th will be in the British capital.
The Blues Brothers star tells Britain's Evening Standard newspaper, "I would like to put a House of Blues here. I would like to find a good spot for our format. We need a 1,000-seat showroom, maybe 500 seats, and I would love to bring our Louisiana cuisine and we'd fit the rooms with our rural folk art collection."
R&B singer Toni Braxton is hoping for a love connection after playing a celebrity dating game on TV. The Unbreak My Heart hitmaker has been single for nearly five years and she turned to friend Queen Latifah for assistance with her romantic life.
The rapper-turned-TV host brought the singer on her U.S. talk show on Tuesday (16Sep14) and played a version of popular game show The Dating Game.
Braxton asked three eligible bachelors questions about their idea of the perfect first date and their favourite cuisine, but wasn't allowed to see them until the end of the game.
The singer decided to go with a stand-up comedian named John, and they were treated to a romantic dinner at Hollywood hotspot Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills.
Braxton has been separated from estranged husband Keri Lewis, a former member of R&B band Mint Condition, since 2009.
Comedian Jimmy Fallon stood in for the late Elvis Presley for a duet with veteran entertainer Barbra Streisand on Monday (15Sep14) during her first appearance on America's The Tonight Show in more than 50 years. The funnyman and TV host donned an Elvis-style wig to perform Love Me Tender with Streisand, before switching to a black Stetson to portray country star Blake Shelton for a rendition of I'd Want It to Be You, and then channelling Michael Buble to sing It Had To Be You. Fallon's vocal skills during the duet medley prompted his superstar guest to quip after the segment, "I can hardly tell the difference...! That was actually good." Streisand's real all-star collaborations appear on her new album, Partners.
Irish rocker Bob Geldof led a rally in London on Monday (15Sep14) in a last-ditch effort to keep Scotland in the U.K. ahead of a crunch vote this week (beg14Sep14). Scots will go to the polls on Thursday (18Sep14) to decide on the issue of independence, and Geldof waded into the debate by addressing a large crowd in the British capital's Trafalgar Square.
The Boomtown Rats star gave an emotional speech urging Scotland to stay in the union, telling the crowd, "Before there was a United States, before there was a United Nations... there was a United Kingdom... The United Kingdom is one of the greatest ideas for the modern age. Between the native genius of the Scots and the pure pragmatic drive of the English we made a world beater. The pity of this is that we are the closest of cousins - when one of our blood spills then it all spills. There is such thing as a big glorious no. No is not always a negative."
Comedian Eddie Izzard also spoke at the rally and urged Scotland to vote 'No', saying, "We thought it was important for (people) in Scotland to know what people outside feel about independence. It just seems too sad... to break up our family and build a border. It's Scotland's choice. We cannot say anything to you other than that we do care. You are part of the United Kingdom family and we'd love you to stay."
Scottish actor/comedian Billy Connolly is convinced he should have done more to help troubled comic Robin Williams. The Mrs. Brown star had been friends with Williams for more than a decade and was devastated when he heard his pal had taken his own life last month (Aug14) following a long battle with depression.
Connolly admits he empathised with the Mrs. Doubtfire star's problems and wishes he had stepped in to help him.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I used to be not quite like Robin Williams, but I'd find it hard to switch off. Robin was 'on' all the time. He was a joy to be around, let me tell you. In all the years I knew him I never got tired of him. He was a one-off, so warm, so human.
"In my quieter moments I do sometimes think I could have done more (to help him). It's a lonely life, showbusiness. You spend a lot of time on your own, and if you dwell on these things you can hurt yourself, as Robin proved."
Connolly was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease last year (13) and it recently emerged that Williams had also been diagnosed with the early stages of the degenerative disorder prior to his death.