Actress Olivia Munn has taken her budding romance with American football star Aaron Rodgers public after the couple attended the New York premiere of her new movie Deliver Us From Evil.
The Newsroom beauty began dating Rodgers in May (14), weeks after her split from Robocop actor Joel Kinnaman, and they decided to make their relationship official by stepping out together at their first big event. The new couple was photographed arriving hand-in-hand, before Munn posed solo for the cameras on the red carpet.
Explaining why she ditched her new man on the red carpet, Munn told Eonline.com, "That seems a little strange to walk (together). The carpet's work, you know? I don't go on the field with him. "The afterparty we'll hang out and stuff, but the red carpet, it's work. It's interesting when you have some people walk the carpet. Some people do that, but for me... this is work."
Munn and Rodgers reportedly hit it off in April (14), when they were paired up to present a prize at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
Amnesty International bosses have apologised to Iggy Pop for attributing a statement to him about Justin Bieber as part of an anti-torture campaign. The billboard, which featured a photo of the punk icon's beaten face, suggested Iggy had been tortured to endorse the Baby singer as "the future of rock 'n' roll".
However, it appears the human rights officials didn't ask for the Lust For Life singer's full permission before releasing the powerful new ad, and now they've apologised.
A new statement reads: "Even though we acted in good faith, we would like to apologise to Iggy Pop for having done so.
"The overall goal of this campaign is to try to influence people's ideas on the use of torture. According to surveys, a shocking number of people believe that 'torture may sometimes be useful' - more than 36 per cent of people even think that torture is justified in some cases. This is unacceptable, and we illustrate this reality with the message that a man who is tortured will say anything in order to escape this awfulness, using provocative images and statements to attract public attention.
"We would therefore also like to make it clear that the statement attributed to Iggy Pop that he believes Justin Bieber is the future of rock and roll does not represent Iggy Pop's personal opinion, but was part of the creative process for this campaign and was intended to be ironic."
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Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler were recently chatting up their new movie They Came Together and Vulture asked them to name some of their all-time favorite romantic comedies. While Poehler named the iconic '80s flick Say Anything, Rudd went in a slightly different direction:
"Annie Hall is pretty amazing. A lot of the Woody Allen ones are pretty great..."
The actor went on to name Albert Brooks as another favorite director, but now that Woody Allen's name is, for many, associated with a sex abuse scandal, could Paul Rudd's response be considered controversial?
The actor was clearly just giving an honest answer to the question, but there are plenty of people who believe that one cannot separate the man from the artist, and Woody Allen shouldn't be spoken about in a positive light at all. Most likely, Rudd's fans will continue to be fans—he's got one of those faces you can never stay mad at for long.
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Soul songwriter/guitarist Teenie Hodges has died, aged 68. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges passed away on Sunday (22Jun14) at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas due to complications from emphysema. His death comes just three months after a pneumonia scare landed him in hospital following an appearance at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas in March (14).
Family friend Lawrence 'Boo' Mitchell tells The Commercial Appeal newspaper, "It's a huge blow to Memphis music. Teenie was an icon as a songwriter and guitarist. Guitarists all around the world loved and imitated his playing. But Teenie... man, he was one of a kind."
Hodges, who is credited with helping shape the music scene in Memphis, Tennessee, played guitar in bands from the age of 12.
In 1965, he joined his two brothers in Hi Rhythm Section, the house band which worked on hit soul recordings with Al Green, Ann Pebbles, Otis Clay and Syl Johnson. He is most famous for co-writing Green's hits Take Me to the River and Love and Happiness.
A short film about his career, titled Mabon Teenie Hodges: A Portrait of a Memphis Soul Original, was released in 2013. He also featured in a documentary called Take Me To The River, which was shown at SXSW this year (14).
Grammy Award-winning producer Mark Ronson expressed his sadness at the news on Twitter.com on Tuesday (24Jun14), writing, "So sad to hear that Teenie Hodges has passed away. He's one of the greatest soul guitar players ever + he co wrote 'Love And Happiness'. RIP (rest in peace)... Teenie Hodges was also an incredibly kind dude who I had the good fortune to spend time around back in March. Alot (sic) of people will miss him."
Veteran comedian Steve Rossi has died, aged 82. The Allen & Rossi funnyman passed away on Sunday (22Jun14) at a hospice in Las Vegas. He had been suffering from cancer prior to his death.
His longtime comedy partner Marty Allen has paid tribute, telling the Las Vegas Sun, "What can I say? I am totally at a loss for what has happened. We had a lot of great years together... He was a wonderful talent and a wonderful man."
Veteran entertainer Wayne Newton says of Rossi, "He was a great man and a great friend. He will be missed dearly," and Penn Jillette, of illusionist duo Penn & Teller, adds, "Teller and I saw Allen & Rossi in Atlantic City in the '80s, and they were wonderful. There are things that only people who have been part of a comedy team know. I will miss Steve's calls to talk about those things."
Allen & Rossi rose to fame in the 1950s and enjoyed regular turns on variety shows such as The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and The Merv Griffin Show, while they also appeared with The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. They also spent several years touring with Nat King Cole.
Allen & Rossi parted ways in 1968, but reunited on a number of occasions over the years. Their last tour was in 1994.
Actor Reid Scott is a married man after tying the knot with fiancee Elspeth Keller in Los Angeles over the weekend (GBP21-22Jun14). The Veep star proposed to Keller last year (13) and the couple married in front of celebrity friends like Mad Men star Ben Feldman, Johnny Galecki and Jonathan Sadowski at Maguire Gardens on Saturday (21Jun14).
Announcing the happy news and posting a picture of the newlyweds on Instagram.com on Sunday (22Jun14), Feldman writes, "Last night, 2 people I follow on Instagram got married, so I crashed their wedding and made a 45 minute toast. @reidscott_ and @elspethkeller are official."
The man who inspired Sir Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar-nominated film In The Name Of The Father has died. Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly jailed for a 1974 IRA attack on a pub in England, lost his battle with cancer on Saturday morning (21Jun14) at the age of 60.
Conlon spent 15 years behind bars after he was found guilty of the atrocity in Surrey. He was one of four people who had their convictions overturned in 1989 and he spent the remainder for his life campaigning for inmates he belived to be innocent.
His life story was adapted for the big screen in the 1993 biopic, with Day-Lewis playing Conlon. The star was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his turn in the movie. His co-stars Emma Thompson and Pete Postlethwaite also earned Academy Award nods for their supporting roles, and Jim Sheridan was nominated for a Best Director Oscar.
John Legend is often targeted by Canadian immigration officials who mistake him for a criminal with the same name. The Ordinary People hitmaker faces trouble when he goes through security checks at airports in Canada because he shares his real name, John Stephens, with another man who has a criminal record.
Legend wrote about his fears on Twitter.com on Friday (20Jun14) as he headed to the country, writing, "Heading to Canada now. Somebody help me out at immigration please... Somebody with my first and last name (John Stephens) but not my birthdate, SS# (social security number) or anything else, has a criminal record. And I get flagged... I ONLY get flagged in Canada, none of the other 100-something countries in the world."
However, Legend later updated his fans to let them know he had no problems on his trip, adding, "I made it through Canadian immigration with no problems this morning. The power of Twitter?"
Actress Yael Stone had no idea what she was doing when she shot her first sex scene in 2001 TV drama The Farm, because she was still a virgin in real-life. The Orange Is the New Black star was a young teenager when she filmed the racy love scene for the miniseries, which featured her character getting intimate with an older man, and she admits the shoot required a lot of imagination on her part.
During a candid chat with The Huffington Post, she reveals, "I've never said this, but I did my first sex scene before I'd actually had sex in real life...
"A lot of times we create roles and there are experiences we haven't had but we have to imagine it. I happened to do that as a young 15-year-old person."
Stone, who was born in 1985, has since become more comfortable stripping off onscreen and claims she has no problem filming sex scenes for prison drama Orange Is the New Black.
The actress, who portrays inmate Lorna Morello, says, "The sex scenes are also a privilege, and we have to see it that way. If it's written by great people - these people that write the show are really smart, we can trust them - I do feel like those scenes are really necessary. It's a big part of (prison) life. It's a big part of our lives as human beings."
Carole King's ex-husband and former songwriting partner Gerry Goffin has died at the age of 75. The New York-born lyricist passed away early on Thursday (19Jun14) at his home in Los Angeles.
Goffin and King became a songwriting powerhouse in the 1960s, penning classics such as Will You Love Me Tomorrow for girl group The Shirelles, Aretha Franklin's (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, and Little Eva's The Loco-Motion, which also became a big hit for Kylie Minogue in 1988.
Among their other notable tracks include Bobby Vee's Take Good Care of My Baby, the Monkees' Pleasant Valley Sunday and Some Kind of Wonderful for The Drifters.
Goffin and King divorced in 1968, but he continued writing songs and scored hits with Whitney Houston's Grammy Award-winning Savin' All My Love for You, Marianne Faithfull's Something Better and Gladys Knight & the Pips' So Sad the Song from the film Pipe Dreams, which earned him and co-writer Michael Masser a Golden Globe nomination.
He and Masser also landed an Oscar nod for the theme tune to 1975 movie Mahogany, which starred Diana Ross.
Goffin and King were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and later the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Paying tribute to her former partner, King writes, "Gerry was a good man with a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come.
"His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have touched millions and millions of people, as well as a lifelong friendship."
The former couple's relationship has since become the subject of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.