Celine Dion has slashed the price of her Miami, Florida mansion in a bid to get a quick sale. The singer and her husband/manager Rene Angelil have taken $10 million (GBP5.9 million) off the price of their Jupiter Island home, which comes with its own waterpark and golf range.
The massive five bedroom Bahamian-style home also features three pools, a tennis court and guest wing.
Dion recently put all her performances on hold to help her husband through his battle with throat cancer.
A jazz musician arrested in connection to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge in a New York court on Thursday (28Aug14). Robert Vineberg, also known by his stage name Robert Aaron, was one of four people taken into custody following a police raid in New York as part of an investigation into the Capote star's drug overdose death earlier this year (Feb14).
Cops allegedly found 300 bags of heroin in Vineberg's home, and on Thursday he took a plea deal offer of five years probation, 25 days of community service and agreed to take a drug treatment programme, according to the New York Daily News.
He also agreed to forfeit the $1,284 (GBP755) which was seized during the raid on his apartment. If he violates the agreement he faces up to eight years in prison.
Vineberg will be formally sentenced on 14 October (14).
Britney Spears has written a touching letter to a gay fan who credited her with giving him the strength to 'come out'. David LeCours met the Womanizer hitmaker before her concert in Las Vegas last week (ends24Aug14) and he handed her a letter thanking her for helping him come to terms with his sexuality and giving him the courage to tell his family and friends.
On Tuesday (26Aug14), a heartwarming letter of reply, written by Spears, arrived at LeCours' home.
The singer wrote, "I was so happy to receive your letter. I was very happy to hear about how courageous you've been about being openly gay. I've always been told as long as you know in your heart that's what matter most (sic)...
"I try to follow my heart and dreams every day of my life and I think that's why I am where I am today. It means so much to me to have a fan like you who takes the time to sit and write me such a touching letter. Your letter was both touching and sincere. I wish you nothing but the best in the future and hope you keep smiling. Shine bright always, Britney Spears."
LeCours adds on Instagram.com, "I honestly have no words at all. I just want to thank you so much for taking the time to write me back and being such an amazing inspiration to me. You mean more than anything to me and it means more than you know for responding to me. Thank you so much, I love you."
The door to Sir Paul McCartney's childhood home in Liverpool, England is going under the hammer just a year after it was previously auctioned. It sold for $8,000 (£4,700) last year (13) and is expected to fetch $13,600 (£8,000) when it goes up for sale at Christie's auction house in London on 2 September (14).
Bosses of the retirement home where Lord Richard Attenborough lived in his final years have cancelled their open day as a mark of respect for the late actor/director. The Jurassic Park star died on Sunday (24Aug14), aged 90, at Denville Hall care home for retired actors in north London, where he moved in 2008 to spend his final years.
Officials at the residence have cancelled their Open Day event in September (14) as a mark of respect to Attenborough, who served as President there.
A spokesperson tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "This is our version of dimming the lights of Broadway... a blazing light in all our lives has gone out."
The director's family has asked fans who want to pay tribute to Attenborough to make donations to the home, where his widow Sheila Sim still lives.
A public memorial will be held for Attenborough in November (14).
We got 86 hours of genre-defining television to digest, examine, ruminate on, live in, and yet we’ve still barely managed to pull our minds away from the last three seconds. The Sopranos may be regarded as the greatest dramatic TV series of all time, but four out of five conversations about the show these days surround its divisive ambiguous ending: “So what do you think,” we inevitably say to whomever we’ve found ourselves trading Sal impressions and praise of the “Pine Barrens” episode, “is Tony dead?” On Wednesday, the world found Sopranos creator David Chase’s — so fed up with the resilience of the question that he finally caved in a conversation with Vox writer Martha P. Nochimson — perspective on the matter: (and here’s his answer, for those wishing to stay in the dark)
Of course, Chase maintains that his is not the definitive ruling, that each and every viewer has equal authority on the case of Tony’s survival. Personally, I’ve always held to the belief that the family man/family man never made it out of that Italian restaurant, though I’ve had friends plead the alternative with terrific cases. More important to you than what anyone else thinks (be he a fellow viewer or even the creator of the series in question) is what you think, as your experience and relationship and with the show is yours to understand as you see fit. So what do you think about The Sopranos, and other shows and movies bearing likewise ambiguous conclusions? Let us know!
THE SOPRANOS: Did Tony die?
Yes: As Bobby Bacala said about death, “You probably don’t even hear it when it happens, right?”
No: That would be a thematic copout! Tony lives on with the demons he’s collected.
INCEPTION: Does the movie end in a dream?
Yes: Leo finds himself stuck in the prison (or paradise) of his own subconscious, destined to live forever with the mental projections of his children.
No: Cobb puts the incepting game behind him and returns home to the loving embrace of his children.
BLADE RUNNER: Is Deckard a replicant?
Yes: Just follow the unicorn.
No: But the jury’s out on Harrison Ford himself.
AMERICAN PSYCHO: Was it all in his head?
Yes: The Bret Easton Ellis adaptation is just a metaphorical glimpse into the menace and greed that lines our materialistic society.
No: That much Huey Lewis could turn anyone into a murdering lunatic.
SHUTTER ISLAND: Was it all in his head?
Yes: Man, Leo really needs to start playing folks with a better grip on reality than these dudes seem to have.
No: Trust us, Ashcliffe ain’t no Maui.
TOTAL RECALL: Okay, but was it all in HIS head?!
Yes: The whole thing was a falsified memory… just like we choose to believe about the remake.
No: We don’t want to live in a reality where “Consider this a divorce!” never happened.
BARTON FINK: Speaking of heads, was there a head in Barton's box?
Yes: What else could it be? John Goodman practically told us that outright!
No: The whole episode was a conconction of the writer's own imagination anyhow.
DAWN OF THE DEAD: Do Peter and Francince make it to safety?
Yes: There's gotta be somewhere out there that they can lay low to wait out this nightmare.
No: Humanity is doomed. They're no exception.
LOST: Were they dead the whole time?
Yes: Plane crashed. Passengers died. Island gave them the sort of afterlife they don’t tell you about in Hebrew school.
No: What, you can’t believe in a few smoke monsters, teleporting polar bears, mystical numeric patterns, omnipotent lighthouses, and a pair of immortal twins?
THE SHINING: Do you have any idea what happened at the end of that one?
Yes: Sure, it’s clear as day! He — whoops, gotta go!
No: For that matter, what the hell is going on in this scene?
Tom Hanks has joined the legions of celebrities paying tribute to Robin Williams by writing an essay for the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine. As part of a 10-page special, the Forrest Gump star recalls hanging out with his fellow Oscar winner after they became friends at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles while filming break-out TV comedies Bosom Buddies and Mork & Mindy.
Hanks writes, "When you got to know Robin, he was a blast... He'd howl as your kids imitated a Star Wars Tauntaun and riff along with your wife. He was a thoughtful, kind man that made conversation so very easy, no work at all, a great hang.
"His eyes, when not crunched in laughter, showed the wear and tear of our generation and our profession, the wrestled demons, the rough miles on the odometer. He had wisdom born of all the burns and scars of his life, and he was funny about it.
"If we ever forget how people make us feel, we'll remember Robin forever."
Williams committed suicide at his home in Marin County, California earlier this month (Aug14).
Rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight has been released from hospital following a club shooting incident over the weekend (23-24Aug14). The former Death Row Records boss reportedly sustained six gunshot wounds in the stomach, chest and arm while attending a party hosted by singer Chris Brown at Los Angeles' 1OAK nightclub in the early hours of Sunday (24Aug14), and was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
His representative tells TMZ.com that Knight was released from the hospital on Wednesday morning (27Aug14), and will continue his recuperation at home.
He will return to the hospital to meet with medical professionals for follow ups.
Pioneering electronic dance star Plastikman is set to be feted with a top prize at Britain's AIM Independent Music Awards. The Canadian musician, real name Richie Hawtin, will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at a ceremony in London on Tuesday (02Sep14) in recognition of his 25-year career, which has been "characterised by a restless urge to push electronic music forward", according to organisers at the Association of Independent Music (AIM).
The news comes two months after Plastikman released EX, his first album in 11 years.
He follows in the footsteps of previous honourees Bjork, Scottish rocker Edwyn Collins and singer/songwriter Billy Bragg, who took home the accolade last year (13).
London Grammar and the Arctic Monkeys lead the list of nominees at the prizegiving, which celebrates the best of the independent music industry.
Rapper/actor Andre 3000 has credited his role as tragic rocker Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic with saving him from a deep depression following the death of his mother last year (May13). The Outkast star was left devastated when his mum, Sharon Benjamin Hodo, was found dead at her Georgia home, a day after his 38th birthday, but he admits having to focus on preparing to play the late music icon in the movie Jimi: All Is by My Side helped to prevent him from wallowing in his grief.
Andre 3000, who also lost his father, Laurence Walker, nine months later, tells the New York Times, "Honestly... Hendrix kind of saved me. I was in a not-so-great space, just in a dark place every day. I needed something to focus on to get me out of my depression and rut. Sometimes, when you're alone, you can let yourself go. I knew if I got on a train with a lot of different people, then I couldn't let them down."
Andre 3000 reveals he almost missed out on the chance to portray Hendrix, who died at 27, because he was convinced he was too old for the job.
He recalls, "I may have said it to John (Ridley, director): 'Man, I'm old. I have grey hair. Get some young unknown kid to play Hendrix.' I turned it down. (But) they kept at it."