Country star Jake Owen turned a group of sceptics into fans by giving them tickets to his concert and bringing them up on stage. The Beachin' hitmaker played a gig at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on Friday night (11Jul14), and he spent the hours before the show relaxing by a swimming pool.
Owen heard a trio of ladies chatting nearby and he decided to go over and talk to them, buying drinks and lunch for the women, who were not overly impressed by the country star.
One of the ladies, Ellen Casey, tells People magazine, "We were just there laughing and chatting. Then I see these boys staring at us and I'm thinking they're either going to pull something or they're going to hit on us!
"We bonded because my son is in a band called Hostage Calm and Jake was saying how the best thing about what he does for a living is how proud his parents are of him."
Owen talked to the group for an hour before giving them tickets to his show, but Casey's pal Terri Smith was apprehensive about his offer.
Casey says, "Terri was the one who said she hated country music and she didn't believe he was anybody, so she wouldn't even take a picture with him."
Once the women arrived at the venue, they went to their prime seats, and it wasn't long before Owen called them out during the gig.
He said, "Where's Terri? I was eavesdropping at the pool today and overheard someone say they hated country music," and proceeded to bring all three new fans up to the platform, inviting them to watch the rest of the concert from his onstage tiki bar.
Actress Halle Berry threw up after trying out a zero-gravity flight as she prepared to play an astronaut in new sci-fi series Extant. The Monster's Ball star portrays a pregnant space traveller in Steven Spielberg's new TV drama, and she admits her first experience of weightlessness left her feeling more than a little queasy.
She tells Us Weekly magazine, "I took a zero-gravity flight. An hour and a half of plummeting up and down - I vomited at the end."
But Berry, who has two kids, insists she had no problem pulling off the role of a mum-to-be.
She says, "I know how to act pregnant, so I thought, 'I'm going to ace that part of this for sure'. And I love being pregnant - that's the happiest I've been in my life!"
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Julia Roberts' half-sister was consumed by depression brought on by family angst when she chose to end her life in February (14), according to the suicide note she left for her fiance.
Nancy Motes, 37, passed away after taking a drug overdose and now, in a bitter handwritten note obtained by editors at MailOnline.com, she's pointing the finger at family members.
She wrote, "My mother and siblings drove me into the deepest depression. I've suffered thru (sic) this disease all my life, however it has never been this bad. I burst into tears every morning (because) I woke up."
The Los Angeles County coroner ruled Motes killed herself by taking a variety of drugs.
Her body was discovered on 9 February (14) by her fiance, John Dilbeck. Calling him her "one true love", she wrote, "I know this will effect (sic) you the most & I can't apologize enough. I was truly blessed & lucky to have you as my true love and best friend. I will carry you with me forever."
Motes' famous sister pulled out of a series of awards season appearances in February (14) after Motes died. The actress opened up about the loss in a Wall Street Journal Magazine interview, revealing she was heartbroken by the tragedy.
She said, "There aren't words to explain what any of us have been through in these last 20 days. It's hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead."
"You don't want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world. But (as with) any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family. It's so hard to formulate a sentence about it outside the weepy huddle of my family."
Eric Clapton is considering retirement from endless tours after revealing travelling from country to country has become "unbearable". The guitar great, who turns 70 in March (15), still loves making music, but admits "odd ailments" make it difficult to endure the rigours of getting to and from dates.
The Layla singer tells Uncut magazine, "There are tons of things I'd like to do, but I'm looking at retirement too. What I'll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio. I don't want to go off the boil to the point where I'm embarrassing myself.
"The road has become unbearable. It's become unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere. It's hostile - everywhere: getting in and out of airports, travelling on planes and in cars."
And Clapton has put fans on alert that he may have to give up playing altogether if he can't control his aches and pains: "It might be that I can't, if it hurts too much."
The rocker's comments have been published just days after Clapton was booed for walking off stage an hour into a concert in Glasgow, Scotland on 21 June (14).
A spokesperson has since blamed a technical glitch for the disruption, stating, "We experienced a steadily worsening technical problem with the PA system that the band battled with throughout the show, but, by the last song of the set, it became unbearable on stage and Eric was unable to complete that number (song).
"During the encore break we were able to reset and the band finished as planned with the last number. Eric is nevertheless sorry for the break in the concert."
It's easy to get caught up in the world of Orange is the New Black. The grittiness and emotional rawness of the show can lead you to believe that you are seeing prison life as it really is. Luckily, real former prisoners have spoken up about the show. Though there's a lot OITNB gets right about life behind bars, there's definitely some deviation from reality. Here are some of the real prisoners' best quotes, though we also recommend reading their full stories.
On racism:"The show is racist. Yes, I said it. That’s because the entire prison apparatus is racist, thus any show based on it, rooted in it, must also be racist." – Bruce Reilly for RIfuture.org
On ingenuity: "From Sophia’s stylish silver shower shoes made from duct tape and Morello’s Kool-Aid as mascara/lip gloss to the hooch at Tricia’s Irish wake, prisoners learn to make do with less. This echoes my experience. I saw inmates cut hair with toenail clippers (no pimped-out full-service salons like Sophia’s!), cook grilled cheese with a laundry room iron, and fashion free weights from massive boulders in laundry bags and tied around a bar." – Jeff Smith in Buzzfeed
On suffering: "[On the show] you don't see someone sitting in the corner crying, and someone sitting at the other end of the table crying." – Diana Delgado in the Chicago Tribune
On segregation: “If you’re a drug offender, you hang out with drug offenders. If you’re in for a money crime, people think you’re intelligent. Then you have the sex offenders that you really don’t mess with at all.” – Michelle Vaughn in New York Magazine
"In Orange, the races eat together, which was exceptionally rare at the Kentucky prison where I spent 2010. I did it my first week when I was the only white guy in my cell block and didn’t know any other whites; an Aryan Brotherhood member pulled me aside later that day and advised me not to do so again." – Jeff Smith
On showering: "The shower itself is disgusting. There was different types of molds and funguses growing on the shower — out and around the shower." – Jason Porter, a former inmate at the prison where some of Orange is the New Black is shot
On visits: “Your hair looks like a mess, and you’re wearing that awful gray potato sack, and then you wait so long just for a one-hour visit.” – Laura in New York Magazine
Pop star Katy Perry downs anti-anxiety pills prior to her shows to help manage her stage fright. The Roar singer suffers crippling nerves before she goes on stage, so she relies on beta blockers - drugs used to treat anxiety disorders - to get her through.
She tells Cosmopolitan magazine, "I have to take beta blockers (before each show), I get so nervous... (I think) that I have to get through this; I can't let these people down, but mostly I can't let myself down. I've been given a great opportunity and there are 500 b**ches behind me who will snatch my weave off my head if I don't kick-ball-change through this two-hour show."
Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill has warned his fellow musicians not to mess with him, because he knows how to get them so drunk, they make a fool of themselves before thousands. The singer recalls a vengeful moment on the 2003 Lollapalooza tour when another, unidentified act was mean to Followill and his then-unknown bandmates.
He tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "They were really cocky towards us. Everything they would say was very backhanded, and they were always bragging about their success.
"We got fed up, so we invited their guitar player on our bus, knowing that he had to go on stage in about a half hour. I was like, 'Hey man, let me pour you a drink'. He drank it, and I was like, 'One more for the road'. And I overdosed him once again.
"He barely got through the set - it was an awful night for the guy. Now looking back, part of me feels bad, but we won that battle. You be a d**k and I'm gonna embarrass you in front of a lot of of people! I don't think they're still a band now, but if I ever see him (guitarist), I don't think he'll be saying anything to me."
Julia Roberts is still struggling to come to terms with the sudden death of her half-sister, insisting the heartbreak she is suffering cannot be put into words. The Pretty Woman star pulled out of a series of awards season appearances in February (14) after Nancy Motes died following an apparent drug overdose at her Los Angeles home.
The actress has since opened up about the loss to the Wall Street Journal Magazine, in an interview which was conducted less than three weeks after Motes' passing. In the chat, which was published on Monday (21Apr14), Roberts admits she has been hit hard by the family tragedy.
She says, "It's just heartbreak. It's only been 20 days. There aren't words to explain what any of us have been through in these last 20 days. It's hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead.
"You don't want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world. But (as with) any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family. "It's so hard to formulate a sentence about it outside the weepy huddle of my family."
However, Roberts has found one way to deal with her grief after finding peace through meditation, something she has introduced to her three young children. She adds, "Meditation or chanting or any of those things can be so joyous and also very quieting.We share and just say, 'This is a way I comfort myself'."
Superstar Beyonce earned an estimated $6,507 (£4,067) per hour in 2013, according to Parade magazine. The singer's self-titled album, released with no prior publicity online in December (13), was the fastest-selling album ever on iTunes. That, in addition to her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, helped her to rake in a reported $57 million (£35.63 million) last year.
TV viewers in America made sure the How I Met Your Mother cast went out on a high by giving the show's finale a series-high ratings explosion. The show, starring Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris, wrapped its nine-season run on Monday night (31Mar14) with 12.9 million viewers.
But not all fans were thrilled with the show's ending - many were disappointed with the final scene and took to Twitter to admonish the show's writers.
TV critics also disliked the show's unhappy ending - a reviewer for Time magazine wrote, "I'll be mad at this finale for a while, but in the end, it was a bad hour of TV, at the end of many, many good half hours of TV."