Country star Jason Aldean has publicly thanked fans and radio DJs who have spoken out about his CMA Awards snub, insisting the outrage has validated his upset. Aldean was expected to be among the stars dominating the nominations when they were announced last week (ends05Sep14), but, despite his four country chart number ones, he was omitted from the list and won't be among those competing for Entertainer of the Year or Male Vocalist.
Promoting his new record on Tuesday (09Sep14), Aldean told Rolling Stone magazine, "Obviously it's disappointing. We're still out there selling out shows... I don't think there is anybody else out there that is doing the kind of touring numbers that we're doing. It's frustrating, man.
"What do you do? Things like that are out of your hands... It does suck a little bit when awards season comes around and you feel like you're, as far as artists go, you're up there at the cream of the crop, and to get overlooked like that is upsetting."
But he's grateful for the fans and country music radio hosts who are standing up for him, adding, "Everything stirred up a hornet's nest with everybody. All the DJs on the radio were talking about it and everything else. Which is cool. I do appreciate the fact that there are people out there who do realise what we're doing. It sort of validates my reasoning for being upset."
Funnyman Seth Rogen has become a better, more "emotionally available" partner to his wife after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The Knocked Up star's wife, screenwriter Lauren Miller, discovered her 55-year-old mum was suffering from the memory loss disorder shortly after she started dating Rogen and years before they wed in 2011, and the actor/writer admits the terrible news brought himself and his then-girlfriend closer.
During an interview on U.S. TV personality Meredith Vieira's daytime talk show on Tuesday (09Sep14), Miller said, "For me, it (mum's diagnosis) probably tore down all the walls I normally would have put up, because I had such strong heavy emotions early on in the relationship. And he stepped up right away; he was really able to show how sensitive he was early on."
Rogen added, "It really forced me to be a lot more emotionally available than I normally would be."
In fact, the funnyman admitted he had little to no knowledge of the disease, and was only aware of the "romanticised" version of Alzheimer's that he saw onscreen.
He revealed, "I didn't realise it could effect people so young. I thought generally it was reserved for grandparents and great grandparents. I honestly didn't realise there was nothing that could be done about it."
The couple has since founded the organisation Hilarity for Charity, which raises money for Alzheimer's research, and Rogen even testified at a U.S. senate hearing for Alzheimer's research in February (14).
Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Rob Lowe and Reese Witherspoon joined forces on Friday night (05Sep14) to raise money and awareness for the Stand Up To Cancer charity at a star-studded telethon. The fourth biennial event, broadcast live in the U.S. and Canada from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, featured a slew of famous faces, including Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm and Mike Myers, calling on viewers to give generously to the organisation in order to continue supporting research into groundbreaking new cancer treatments.
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson boosted awareness online by engaging with fans on Twitter.com as Fast & Furious' Jordana Brewster participated in a Facebook question and answer session, during which two male fans proposed to the married actress.
Angie Harmon, comedian Dane Cook, Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello and Scandal star Tony Goldwyn were among the celebrities who helped man the phones and accept live donations, while Robert Downey, Jr. sent in a video message and Matthew McConaughey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper and funnyman Danny McBride all took part in a humorous, pre-recorded cancer awareness public service announcement (PSA).
However, one of the most touching celebrity appearances of the night came from former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, who recalled losing his first wife, Australian actress Cassandra Harris, to the disease in 1991, followed by his stepdaughter Charlotte last year (13).
Addressing the audience, he said, "To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away, bit by bit, by this insidious disease, that kind of sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche.
"I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife, Cassie, as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon. And just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte before she too died from this wretched, inherent disease."
Thyroid cancer survivor Sofia Vergara also gave a moving speech towards the end of the hour-long show, urging audience members to shine a light for loved ones battling the disease as she and Kevin Bacon introduced the event's closing performance from rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common and singer Jennifer Hudson, belting out their new cancer survivors' anthem, Remission.
Dave Matthews, Ariana Grande and The Who, via satellite from London, also performed during the telethon.
But the night didn't go quite as smoothly as planned - a live link-up with Ben Stiller from Toronto, Canada had to be axed at the last minute due to a technical problem, prompting presenter Mike Myers to quip, "Evidently, lightening has struck something in Toronto, because I am doomed never to have a live telecast without controversy. I think it's Hurricane Kanye has hit Toronto... (sic)".
The Austin Powers star was famously left dumbstruck back in 2005, when he stood by as rapper Kanye West notoriously lashed out at then-U.S. President George W. Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, declaring, "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a live TV fundraiser to help the victims of the New Orleans, Louisiana natural disaster.
Award-winning U.S. newsman Bruce Morton has died at the age of 83. The correspondent passed away at his Washington, D.C. home on Thursday (04Sep14).
Morton began his career at ABC News in London in 1962. In 1964, he moved to CBS, where he remained until 1993, when he took a position at CNN.
A statement from CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist reads, "All of us who worked with Bruce knew him to be a reporter's reporter; a man who cared deeply about journalism, politics and people.
"Bruce could tell a story like no other, as he effortlessly weaved facts, emotion and history into every one of his news stories."
Morton was the recipient of six News and Documentary Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.
"It basically means I have to call my friends... and round them up, or non-friends, or people who hate me and say, 'Please will you come on the show...?' Some people say no, some people can't (do it)." Gwyneth Paltrow on her role as producer of Friday night's (05Sep14) Stand Up To Cancer charity telethon in America. Dave Matthews, The Who, Ariana Grande will perform during the celebrity fundraiser and Paltrow's Iron Man co-star Robert Downey, Jr., Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and Ben Stiller will be among the big names presenting segments.
British supermodel Sophie Anderton is planning to undergo artificial insemination to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother. The former catwalk star remains single at the age of 37, but she wants to have a baby next year (15) with the help of doctors.
Anderton is planning to undergo treatment in the coming weeks and hopes to be pregnant by the end of 2014.
She tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "People might find it surprising, but I've been broody since I was 21 and I don't want to wait anymore. Man or no man, I want to be a mum... I am ready to be a great mum...
"I refuse to say the SD words (sperm donor), it just feels wrong, but maybe one of my beautiful gay friends will help me... I am hoping I will be pregnant or at least on the way to carrying by the end of the year."
Legendary comic book artist Stan Goldberg has died, aged 82. Goldberg passed away on Sunday (31Aug14) as the result of a stroke he suffered two weeks earlier.
The news of his death was announced on his Facebook page on Monday (01Sep14) in a statement which reads, "Stan touched many lives through his artwork but was also a dear friend, beloved husband, loving father and doting grandfather. Through the years, countless fans shared how much his work meant to them and what a thrill it was to meet him or have a piece of his work.
"Stan felt just as strongly about all the people he met and would fondly recall the stories that fans would share with him. His friends and family were what he treasured most. May his memory be for a blessing."
Goldberg began his career at the age of 16 as a staff colourist for Timely Comics, which was a predecessor of Marvel. He quickly worked up the ranks at the company and provided artwork for many interiors and covers, and was also involved with the start of the Marvel Universe, helping create colour schemes for the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.
However Goldberg, who also worked with iconic comic book artist Stan Lee, was best known for his work for Archie Comics, in which he was the primary artist for decades. His work was featured in not only the beloved titular Archie comics, but also in Jughead, Josie and the Pussycats, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Goldberg was honoured with an Inkpot Award in 1994 and presented with the National Cartoonists Society's Gold Key Awards, as well as an induction to its Hall of Fame in 2012.
"People go into depression and it's very, very sad and it can last and it's terrifying. I know that, I've had bouts with stuff that comes close to that, but not with that intensity. I feel spared, I feel lucky." Veteran actor Al Pacino is grateful to have been saved from the hell of the mood disorder in his own life after portraying a depressed man in new movie The Humbling.
Kanye West has urged comedian Jay Pharoah not to make light of his hard work after confronting the funnyman over his spoof of the rapper at the recent MTV Video Music Awards.
The Stronger hitmaker was one of a number of celebrity impressions Pharoah showed off at the Los Angeles prizegiving last month (Aug14), but while West's new wife Kim Kardashian smiled through the skit from the audience, the hip-hop star has since made it known he did not appreciate being the topic of the Saturday Night Live regular's stand-up routine.
During his performance at the Made In America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday (30Aug14), West told the crowd he had phoned Pharoah after the 24 August (14) ceremony to explain why he was a little upset, and he claims the comedian took note. He said, "I called Jay Pharoah right after the MTV awards. I said, 'I appreciate your show, but let me tell you about my story. Let me tell you about what I went through to get to that position...' So we ain't gonna have no black comedians going onstage spoofing the people that's working hard, and helping the next man out (sic)."
Actor Jim Caviezel risked his job as a waiter to ask movie great James Stewart for career advice at a presidential function. The Passion of the Christ star was told he would be fired if he did more than serve drinks to guests at the bash in the 1980s, but he took a chance when he realised one of his acting heroes was there.
He recalls, "There were all these celebrities in line to meet the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, and we were told by the secret service that if we talked to anybody they would fire us on the spot."
But Caviezel was in a fix after he was turned down for a spot at the United States Naval Academy for a third time.
He adds, "I had a shot at going to (military academy) West Point. I was 21 years old and I saw Jimmy Stewart walk by with his wife and I thought, 'You know I could get fired talking to that guy but it would be worth it'.
"I walked over to him and asked him if he'd like a drink and he said, 'I'll take a scotch and soda'. I brought him his drink and said, 'Mr. Stewart you flew in World War II and a lot of people in my generation don't know you did over 40 missions flying over Germany and you are an absolute hero'.
"I told him I didn't get in to the Naval Academy and didn't know what I was going to do next; maybe get into acting. And he said, 'Young man, whatever you do, you'll make good movies'."
The vote of confidence was just what Caviezel needed to hear and he dedicated himself to perfecting his acting skills.