Billy Ray Cyrus has paid tribute to a Nevada school teacher who was shot dead last year (13), hailing him as a "true American hero" during a special concert on Saturday night (05Jul14). Michael Landsberry, an Afghanistan war veteran, was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest after trying to talk a 12-year-old gunman into handing over his weapon in October (13), and Cyrus paid his respects to the educator at a show in Incline Village, Nevada over the weekend.
The Achy Breaky Heart hitmaker told the crowd, "Tonight we are here to honour a true American hero. Michael Landsberry made the ultimate sacrifice to save his students after serving three terms in Afghanistan."
The singer presented Landsberry's widow Sharon with a memorial plaque and gave her a "financial gift" of an undisclosed amount, and he said Landsberry represented the Vietnam veteran in his song Some Gave All, which he performed with a large picture of Landsberry behind him.
Cyrus and his father Ronald Ray Cyrus have often paid tribute to unsung American heroes in the past, but the country star's words of respect for Landsberry were the first time he has done so since his father's death in 2006.
He tells the Associated Press, "Just about every year, my dad and I would find an unsung hero and present them with a 'Some Gave All' award. I kind of play everything by ear, and I thought sometime when the time is right, I would love to recognise the sacrifice Michael made."
Rapper Kanye West gave a nod to Drake as he stood in for the star at Britain's Wireless Festival on Saturday (05Jul14) by performing three of his pal's songs. The Stronger hitmaker took Drake's place at the top of the bill after the Canadian rapper pulled out due to illness, and he marked the moment with renditions of the sick star's hits All Me, Headlines and We Made It.
West told the crowd, "My homeboy Drake can't be here but we still gotta rep (represent) for him tonight."
However, West's performance was again blighted by booing from the crowd as he launched into a rambling monologue about his public image.
West faced a similar response during his own headline set at the festival on Friday (04Jul14) when large sections of the crowd jeered him during a 20-minute rant.
Other stars to perform at Wireless on Saturday included Chance The Rapper, Rudimental, and Azealia Banks. Sunday's (06Jul14) bill includes a headline performance in London from Bruno Mars while West will play at the Birmingham, England leg of the event.
Singer Jessica Simpson is planning to wed again at California's San Ysidro Ranch on Saturday (05Jul14), according to reports. Sources tell U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight that while many Americans are celebrating the Independence Day weekend, Simpson and her beau Eric Johnson will be exchanging vows after the couple stalled its nuptials last year (13) when the bride fell pregnant with her second child.
Insiders at the ranch near Santa Barbara reveal the place has been completely booked on Saturday for the past three months, and Simpson will reportedly be wearing a pale pink Marquesa dress for her second wedding.
She was previously married to singer Nick Lachey.
Sources claim Simpson and her fiance have also booked a nearby event space in a bid to baffle the paparazzi.
Simpson threw a bachelorette party in Los Angeles on 8 June (14).
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It's going to be a scary day on sets across the country today. Here's a look at three spooky projects filming this afternoon.
The Conjuring sequel focuses on the horrifying Anabelle doll that haunted two young women in the first film. You can catch Annabelle filming tonight at 711 S Plymouth Blvd in Los Angeles from 5 PM to 6 AM... or in theaters on Oct. 3.
The story behind Experimenter is more disturbing than scary, especially considering it is a true story. The independent movie stars Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who conducted controversial Obedience Experiments at Yale University in the 1960s. Throughout the study he documented the responses of ordinary people who believed they were sending harmful electrical shocks to strangers.
Today, Sarsgaard will be filming scenes for Experimenter at Bedford Park Blvd W and Goulden Ave in Bronx, NY.
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead is back at it today in Senoia, GA. The show will be filming on Rock House Rd from Crawford Rd to Old Ga 85 into the evening.
Can't make it to the set today but still want to check out all of the places the show has called home? You can take a Big Zombie Tour of Atlanta, Senoia and the surrounding areas with Atlanta Movie Tours each weekend for $65. Pick up your tickets at atlantamovietours.com.
Want to see where more movies and TV shows are filming around the U.S. today? Check out my Daily Filming Locations at OnLocationVacations.com!
A host of famous fathers including Nathan Followill, Rob Lowe and Mark Ruffalo have taken to Twitter.com to mark Father's Day (15Jun14). The stars uploaded moving messages to their own dads, and their kids, in celebration of the international day which honours fatherhood.
Kings of Leon rocker Followill, who is dad to daughter Violet, enjoyed breakfast with the tot ahead of his set at Britain's Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday night (15Jun14).
He tweeted: "Happy Fathers Day. Breakfast & lunch with Violet, dinner with a few thousand friends at Isle of Wight. See y'all soon."
Actor Lowe, who is currently in London, reveals he will celebrate Father's Day by watching tennis star Andy Murray on the court, writing, "Father's day in London. Off to Queen's Cup. Go Andy!"
Father of three Ruffalo adds, "Happy Fathers Day , brother Dads!", while British pop star Marvin Humes writes, "Happy Father's Day to my amazing Dad Colin Humes... you are now and will always be The Man! See u (sic) tonight!"
Humes' singer wife Rochelle also tweeted a sentimental message to mark the day, writing: "Happy Father's Day to my one and only - MarvinHumes The best dad our baby girl could ever ask for. We love you soooo (sic) much."
The Hunger Games star Sam Claflin added a tribute to his own dad, tweeting, "Happy Father's Day to the big man @markclaflin. Wish England (soccer team) could've have worked some magic for you last night (at the World Cup)... Have a great day mate."
The England team was beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening World Cup game.
Meanwhile, Limp Bizkit star Fred Durst provided his own rock 'n' roll Father's Day message, writing, "Happy Father's Day to the present and loving fathers out there. The rest of ya loser dads can suck it (sic)."
And Rihanna tweeted, "Happy Father's Day Pops! I love you deeply and unconditionally! You've taught me so much about myself!"
She later added, "Happy Father's Day to the step fathers who step up for the fathers who cant! And especially to the Mothers who have to be both, we adore you."
Actress Eva Longoria also tweeted, "Happy Father's Day to all the dads in the world but especially mine!! I love u daddy!" And Sharon Osbourne paid tribute to the men in her life - husband Ozzy and son Jack, writing, "Happy Father's Day to my Husband @OzzyOsbourne and my Son @JackOsbourne. I’m so proud of you both. You’re both crazy f**ks, but I love you."
Glee star Lea Michele completed the collection of celebrities remembering their dads - she posted a picture of herself in an American football costume with her father and the caption, "Happy Fathers Day to the greatest dad in the whole world! Thank you for always making me and mommy laugh we love you!"
One Direction star Liam Payne has been suffering nightmares in the run-up to the band's career-defining gigs at London's Wembley Stadium on Friday (06Jun14). The band is set to play three huge shows at Britain's biggest stadium across the weekend (06-08Jun14), and Payne admits he has been wracked with nerves ahead of their first concert at the 90,000-capacity venue on Friday (06Jun14).
On the morning of the first gig, Payne admitted he had suffered a scary nightmare, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Oh my God I just had the weirdest nightmare ever I was naked in the middle of Wembley... scary times."
Payne's bandmate Niall Horan also revealed nerves ahead of the big gig, and even went down to the venue on Thursday night (05Jun14) to see the set-up for himself, writing, "Got that excited , went down tonight to have a look..." before adding a picture of the stage on Friday with the caption, "Just got sent this from the stage at Wembley! It's Wembley day! Aaagggghhh."
The son of late soul icon Marvin Gaye is recovering at his Los Angeles home after undergoing a successful kidney transplant. Marvin Gaye III, who is also a singer, went public with his health battle in September (13), during an appearance on U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, when he desperately appealed for an organ donor after suffering kidney failure as a result of complications from diabetes.
A Cincinnati, Ohio man named Rick Greene stepped forward to offer his help, reports the Associated Press.
Gaye, who had been receiving dialysis treatment for the past three years, underwent the transplant operation at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center last week (ends30May14) and the 47 year old has since been discharged to recuperate at home.
Rocker Bret Michaels walked off stage during a gig on Thursday night (29May14) after falling ill. The Poison frontman, who suffers from diabetes, was just three songs into a solo set in Manchester, New Hampshire when he asked guitarist Pete Evick to take over as he left the stage.
Michaels was suffering from low blood-sugar levels and needed urgent treatment from paramedics on his tour bus.
In a statement posted on Michaels' Facebook.com page, Evick writes, "Three songs into the set Bret had me sing a song as he rushed off stage... One of the crew returned instantly to notify me that Bret's blood sugar was extremely low.
"He returned to the stage only to announce that he could not continue... He basically had to be dragged off the stage in his sickest of conditions. When I rushed to the bus he could barley speak, but (he) begged me to apologise to the fans and seemed only concerned for them. As of now he is with paramedics being evaluated. We will keep you posted throughout the evening."
A representative for Michaels later took to the singer's Twitter.com page to thank medical staff, writing ,"Sending a shout out 2 (to) all the paramedics both on & off duty who assisted Bret tonight. No words can thank you enough for ur (your) help - Team Bret."
The 51-year-old rocker is scheduled to perform in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Friday (30May14), and Albany, New York on Saturday (31May14).
One Direction star Niall Horan celebrated a landmark achievement on Friday night (23May14) as the pop group performed in the same stadium where he first auditioned for Britain's The X Factor. The boyband formed on the reality TV show in 2010, and went on to huge international success after finishing third.
Horan initially tried out for a place on the show during open auditions at the Croke Park stadium in Dublin, Ireland, and he celebrated his triumphant return to the venue as the band performed to a packed crowd there on Friday night.
Speaking before the show, he told Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I travelled to Croke Park on the bus to sing for The X Factor and to think I'm back with the band headlining for three nights... It's hard to take in. This is the one I've been waiting for."
In a series of posts on Twitter.com after the show, he writes, "Ireland! thank you so much for tonight! That was the best experience of my life! Incredible night! Loved every second of it! Love you!..."
The band plays two more nights at the stadium on Saturday (24May14) and Sunday (25May14).
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Boys will be boys. Or so they say.
Boys can be girls too, especially if they drop by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The late night talk show's recurring sketch "Ew!" returned on Tuesday night with special guest appearances from Neighbors stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.
Jimmy Fallon hosted the sketch and his homely appearance as a teenage girl once again reminded viewers why it's called "Ew!" But just a few moments later, Rogen stepped in to turn the yuck factor up several notches. "Peach fuzz" doesn't even begin to describe the scruff that lived on the face of Seth, who obviously didn't bother to shave for the sketch. And let's not get into the hairy monstrosity that was his chest. His sparsely matted cleavage was truly something to behold, but for all the wrong reasons.
What about his co-star, Zac Efron? He's a decently pretty guy; surely he could pass off as a girl. From the neck up, he certainly could be a comely teenage lass with a really, really strong jawline. However, girlfriend's been working out! Efron's chiseled biceps were just bulging out his flowery dress.
As any trio of teenage girls would do, Jimmy, Seth, and Zac took a selfie with Seth throwing in a "duck face" for good measure. Afterwards, the three of them cut a rug to Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" right before receiving texts from James Franco. Ew!!
Check out the full clip right here: