Actress/model Kelly Brook has vowed to work on her temper amid the fallout from her domestic violence confession. The Piranha 3D star hit headlines earlier this month (Sep14) when it emerged her new memoir, Close Up, contains recollections of how she previously punched two ex-lovers in the face.
The victims were identified as Hollywood star Jason Statham and British rugby ace Danny Cipriani, and Brook was subjected to even more criticism when she tried to laugh off the incidents during an appearance on a U.K. TV show last week (ends14Sep14).
However, she has now admitted her behaviour was unacceptable, and she blames it on being brought up in a home where her mother and father often came to blows.
Brook tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I think if you come from a background where you're disrespected that's how you retaliate, it's natural. It's obviously something I need to work on because I don't want to go around punching people... I have a real tolerance threshold, but sometimes these boys just push your buttons and it's a wake-up call: 'This cannot continue.'"
Actress Connie Britton was left petrified after her son's scary encounter with ghosts.
The Nashville star was shooting a film in New Orleans this summer (14) and rented a house which turned out to be haunted.
She explains, "We would sort of hear things bumping around... One night I woke up and I thought I heard my son in the other room... I started to go back to sleep and I just jolted up and I got out of my room... and my friend was carrying my son up the stairs with him... "He was screaming and crying and I'm like, 'What's going on?' and he says, 'I don't want to go back in there, I don't want to see those boys in my room'. "I was freaking out, but the scariest part about it was the way my son was looking at me. His eyes were just wide and he was like, 'I don't want to go back in there with those boys, get those boys out', and I'm like, 'It's OK'. Meanwhile, I'm shaking... Of course I did not sleep the rest of that night, my son did... and he ended up being fine and we ended up staying."
Veteran music producer Bob Crewe has died, aged 82. Writer/producer Crewe, who was portrayed on the stage and screen version of Jersey Boys, passed away on Thursday (11Sep14).
The cause of his death has yet to be revealed, but he was unable to attend the film premiere of Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the hit musical in June (14).
Crewe's music career took off in the 1960s when he worked with The Four Seasons member Bob Gaudio on many singles for the popular rock 'n roll group as both a producer and co-lyricist.
Together, they created hits such as Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby, Rag Doll and Can't Take My Eyes Off You.
In addition to his work with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Crewe also wrote Patti LaBelle's 1975 number one hit Lady Marmalade with Kenny Nolan, and produced popular singles for artists including Michael Jackson, Diane Renay, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.
Crewe was also praised for his philanthropic work, having founded the The Bob Crewe Foundation in 2009. The organisation funds fellowships, scholarships, training and mentorships for aspiring young artists and musicians, and also provides funds for AIDS research and supports LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) rights and initiatives.
Bono's personal lyrics about his upbringing in new U2 song Cedarwood Road has prompted the rocker's former Dublin neighbours to offer up memories of what it was like living on the same street as a future rock superstar. The song, named after the road Bono - aka Paul Hewson - lived on as a child, was released as a free download following U2's surprise performance at an Apple iPhone 6 launch on Tuesday (09Sep14), and now reporters for Ireland's RTE Radio One have tracked down some of the people who knew the singer before he became a star.
Bob Conway, who grew up just doors away from the Hewsons, says, "We grew up at a time when younger people were looking for a new way forward. Then on Cedarwood Road we started hearing Bono and the three boys practising in the garage."
Another former neighbour, Angela Massey, reveals Bono inadvertently ran over her dog, adding, "I had a little dog and he knocked him down. He came to my door the next day and he wanted to know how the dog was. He was a terribly nice young fella."
And Conway admits the lyrics to Bono's personal new song brought back fond memories of the rock star's late mother: "The lyrics of the song paint a nice picture of the person Iris was. Right to this present day you can see the power that she still has on his life - she was a wonderful woman.
"She was very quiet in her own way, you would nearly say reserved. She was a very charitable, giving woman, and very bubbly and pleasant as well... Bono's ma was dead cool... There was something very calming and assuring about her."
U2's new album, which was available as a free download for a day, also features another very personal track, Raised By Wolves, which chronicles the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974, which cost 34 people their lives.
Bono tells Rolling Stone magazine he would have been part of the carnage had it not been for a fateful decision he made earlier that day: "It was a real incident that happened in our country where three car bombs were set to go off at the same time in Dublin on a Friday night (at) 5.30.
"On any other Friday I would have been at this record shop, just down the corner, but I cycled to school that day."
5 Seconds Of Summer stars Luke Hemmings and Ashton Irwin shared naked photos of themselves online just days after their bandmate Calum Hood's nude pictures leaked.
Bassist Hood hit headlines last month (Aug14) when a series of risque photos featuring him showing off his privates hit the Internet after they were reportedly exchanged via picture messaging service Snapchat.
Hood recently laughed off the leak, and his Australian bandmates have joined him in solidarity by stripping down to nothing themselves. On Monday (08Sep14), Hemmings posted a picture on Twitter.com of him and Irwin in rehearsal, with Hemmings' standing with his back to the camera and showing his bare butt, while Irwin faces front with his guitar strategically placed in front of his private parts.
Hemmings added the caption, "Rehearsal was getting boring."
Nick Carter's wife once had to be escorted out of a club after venue bosses discovered there was a jealous Backstreet Boys fan there who wanted to stab her. Lauren Kitt-Carter admits she has had to get to grips with her husband's crazy fans and although she doesn't mind the girls who wish they were in her place, she does draw the line at unbalanced fanatics who want to end her life.
The pop star says, "She's had death threats before... This girl had a knife in the club. She showed another fan the knife and said, 'Where's Lauren Kitt? I'm gonna stab her', so she went to the security and then they stopped it."
Kitt-Carter adds, "I had to be escorted out."
Appearing together on Tuesday's (09Sep14) Access Hollywood Live, Nick said, "They're (fans) not all like that," while his new bride joked, "Just about 90 per cent of them! Just kidding."
Carter added, "I like the craziness to a certain degree. You've just gotta live in a gated community."
Producers behind Reese Witherspoon's new refugee drama The Good Lie are shining the spotlight on the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Sudan by setting up a special charity fund. In the film, which is based on real-life events, the actress stars as a tough-talking American assigned to help four young Sudanese refugees, known as the Lost Boys of Sudan, relocate to the U.S.
Now filmmakers are using the movie to highlight the struggles faced by children left orphaned and homeless by the violence in the African region by establishing The Good Lie Fund to help support victims of the Civil War and in particular, those seeking solace at Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp.
Producer Molly Smith says, "We want to make a difference with this movie. It's a movie that inspires you. Their culture inspires you. Their story inspires you."
A benefit gala to raise funds for the cause is set to be held in Washington, D.C. later this month (Sep14).
British actor and comedian James Corden is preparing to relocate to America after officially landing the role as the new host of TV's The Late Late Show. The Begin Again star will take over from fellow Brit Craig Ferguson, who will depart the programme after nine years as host in December (14).
Monday's (08Sep14) announcement from CBS network bosses comes a month after reports initially surfaced revealing Corden was the frontrunner for the job, and the 36 year old can't believe his luck.
A statement released by Corden reads: "I can't describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson.
"To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America's No. 1 (sic) network is hugely exciting. I can't wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy."
Corden is no stranger to U.S. audiences - he won a Tony Award in 2012 for his star turn in Broadway show One Man, Two Guvnors, while he also appeared in the 2006 film adaptation of The History Boys, and landed a role alongside Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in comedy drama Begin Again, which was released earlier this year (14).
He is also set to hit the big screen as The Baker in the highly-anticipated Into the Woods movie musical, which will hit theatres in the U.S. at Christmas (25Dec14), and American cinema audiences will also be able to see him as Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts when hit 2013 biopic One Chance is released this autumn (14).
America's The Late Late Show airs Monday to Friday after The Late Show With David Letterman.
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Bless the lord, today is a good day! Directioners, the guys of One Direction have finally given us the annoucement we've all been waiting for! INFORMATION ON THEIR NEW ALBUM!! We've all only been patiently waiting for this moment since last November. Lucky for us, the handsome men are kind enough to give us an album name, FOUR, AND a free track, "Fireproof"! But the song is only available for the next 24 hours.
Check out their adorable annoucement video below:
Take a minute to gather yourself (it took me several moments) and LET'S CELEBRATE! Head on over to the boys site to hear "Fireproof," before it's gone.
The band and some of the boys have tweeted about the good news:
Our new album is called FOUR! we've been working so hard on this…so glad we can share it with you!!! http://t.co/cq20WIn1Gr
— liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) September 8, 2014
(Watch the video again...)
We wanted to give "fireproof" to you as a gift, we feel it will give you a good idea of where we are going with ' FOUR' will sound like!
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) September 8, 2014
Also it's one of our favourite songs , so hopefully you are enjoying it! And can't wait for you to hear the rest of the album
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) September 8, 2014
Our new album is called FOUR. Can't believe we are releasing our 4th album already, couldn't do it without our fans! http://t.co/KhVu1lWDyI
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) September 8, 2014
So looks like THE BIGGEST 1D NEWS OF THE YEAR has just landed... #1DAlbumFOUR #1DFireproof http://t.co/Mqe9OVFdOm pic.twitter.com/6bOHj8v5z6
— One Direction (@onedirection) September 8, 2014
FOURis available now for pre-order in the UK (what about us US Directioners?!) on iTunes and will be sold in stores on November 17, 2014. You better head to iTunes right after reading this.
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The stars of Spandau Ballet were left squirming when they watched their "awkward" new documentary because the film shows the devastating breakdown of their friendship. The pop group split in 1990 amid a bitter feud between the bandmembers which resulted in lengthy legal wrangling over financial matters.
They eventually mended the rift and reunited in 2009, and their career is documented in new film Soul Boys of the Western World. The documentary shows the bitter fallout between the bandmates, and frontman Tony Hadley admits it was difficult to watch.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail , "It's an interesting film. It does not sugar-coat anything about what happened in the past. Me and Gary (Kemp) watched and said, 'Ooh, that's a bit awkward.'"
Guitarist Kemp adds, "It's been very uncomfortable viewing for the band - there are some tough bits, the way we behaved. You gradually see the breakdown of these friends."
A pilot for a comedy series taped before a live audience and set in a fictional, private New York men's club called the Excalibur Club, which is now on hard times. The comedy focuses on a group of poker buddies.