A homeless man wielding a knife has been arrested in New York City after he attempted to gain access to the TV studio where Good Morning America (GMA) is filmed.
Andre Johnson, 25, is believed to have approached security guards outside ABC Studios in Manhattan's Times Square on Tuesday (01Jul14) and demanded to be let into the building. He was turned away, but allegedly returned carrying a knife and attacked one of the security guards.
Police were called to the scene, and pictures show cops restraining Johnson on the street outside the TV hub. He also allegedly made threats against football player-turned-TV host Michael Strahan, who is a contributor on GMA.
Johnson was arrested and taken to a local police station where he was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing, according to the New York Daily News.
A spokesperson for ABC called the cop a "hero" for tackling the man, and added, "It was a scary situation but thanks to the fast actions of NYPD (New York Police Department) the situation was quickly under control."
Ten individuals from around the world were recognised for their goodwill efforts at the sixth annual CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute, which was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Oscar winner Sarandon presented the evening's coveted Hero of the Year plaque to Nepal's Pushpa Basnet, who has worked tirelessly to house and educate more than 140 children of incarcerated parents since 2005.
She was handed $50,000 (£31,250) in recognition of her work, while the Early Childhood Development Center - the organisation she founded when she was 21 - received a $250,000 (£156,000) grant.
Rapper 50 Cent and Hollywood stars Maria Bello, Jane Lynch, Adrien Brody, Viola Davis and Josh Duhamel also handed out awards to other inspiring honourees, while David Spade, Rico Rodriguez and Miranda Cosgrove honoured three charitable youngsters with Young Wonders trophies.
Actors do the darndest things in dysfunctional-family dramas. Case in point: the red band trailer for Another Happy Day.
In the Sundance favorite -- about, well, family dysfunction that threatens to take over a wedding -- Demi Moore can be seen dancing crazily, Ellen Barkin can be heard cursing like crazy (speaking of which: bad-language alert!), and Ellen Burstyn looks crazier than she did at the end of Requiem for a Dream. Check out the trailer below ...
Because Anderson Cooper has made fun of Snooki multiple times during his show on CNN, it was somewhat surprising to see her show up at the tanning salon to help him get his first spray tan. But a quick browse through Snooki's Twitter feed reveals that she was the one who actually suggested they meet up and get bronzed together: on July 13th, shortly after Andy Coop ridiculed her NYT bestseller, A Shore Thing, Snooks tweeted, "Thanks for reading my NY Times Bestseller Mista Anderstand Cooper. Love to help you get a 2nd book. Let's go tanning and talk about it."
And so yesterday, television's hottest powerhouses came together at NYC's Beach Bum Tanning and to discuss the best way to obtain book deals. A camera crew from Andy's new daytime talk show, Anderson, was there to record all the good ideas they were going to have. But once Andy took off his shirt to be sprayed, Snooki's mind quickly wandered away from sequels and prequels and was shocked to see that the most famous news reporter to own his own firehouse is actually pretty stacked. Check out the video below to see Anderson's reaction to his new skin tone and make sure to take note that of how Beach Bum Tanning really is a full service enterprise.
Sources: Twitter, Us
A few weeks ago we learned that Chris Brown was cast in the film adaptation of comedian Steve Harvey's book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. The plot of the movie focuses on four dude-bro friends whose lives get a little unpleasant when all of their girlfriends read a book (Harvey's book) that teaches them how to take charge and stop tolerating nonsense from their partners (I guess? What else could a woman do that would anger her man besides getting the courage to tell him that she doesn't like it when she comes out of the shower and the bedroom air conditioner is still on?). So the dude-bros are inspired by how their ladies are getting what they want and then they decide to read the book, too. And that's the movie. And as I said, the guy who doesn't seem to pick up on the contradiction that is physically abusing a woman and then writing a song called "Ladies Love Me" will play one of the dude-bros.
Someone else who is confused on the decision to cast Brown in the movie is Anderson Cooper. He recently used his popular segment "The Ridiculist" to sarcastically applaud Brown for not letting the fact that he's on probation for nearly beating the tattoos off his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, prevent him from appearing in a movie that will (presumably) have men dealing with their relationship problems in mature and non-physical ways. Cooper even reminded us of that fun time when after an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, Chris Brown got so angry he was asked about Rihanna that he broke the window of his dressing room and then apologized NOT FOR BREAKING THE WINDOW, but instead for offending anyone. The whole segment was basically a very nice rundown about every hateful thing Chris Brown has ever done. And Brown himself even saw the segment and tweeted, "I guess some people need ratings!!! LOL!!! Much love!" LOL and MUCH LOVE is right!
When Anderson Cooper's not risking his life in warzones for the sake of reporting what's happening in the world to all of us who sit on our couches and eat popcorn out of our socks that double as food satchels, he's filming a segment of his show called, "RidicuList." Essentially, it's a spot that allows Anderson to take some time to tell his viewers what bothers him, and why. Previous segments have included topics like texting at the movies, Donald Trump, and Camille Grammer. He also added Snooki's book, A Shore Thing, onto the RidicuList, and at the time he was pretty shocked that the guidette managed to align herself with the completely serious publisher, Simon & Schuster. But last night, Anderson did something strange and put HIMSELF on the RidicuList, because he got the news that Snooki signed on to write a second book, and because she now has written one more book than he has. And so to punish himself for not recognizing what exactly A Shore Thing has to offer, he forced himself to read it aloud.
Anderson Cooper joined every single one of us in displeasure after we learned that the members of the Jersey Shore cast were going to be making $100,000 per episode next season when the show moves to Italy. But Cooper seemed significantly more upset about Snooki in particular, and took some time during his show on Tuesday night to point out how completely absurd it is that someone as "pint-sized" and "freakishly tan" can command such hefty lump sums for making appearances (like at Rutgers University, where she was given $32,000 to make a speech about studying hard, but partying harder). Cooper stressed that we don't really need to pay Snooki thousands of dollars for her wisdom because it's already on television, each episode is the same, and even though she's more delicious than Revlon lip gloss, she's not worthy of such uninhibited adoration.
Anderson Cooper talked with David Letterman on the Late Show about his rough experiences in Egypt. Turns out, he was accidentally encouraging the mob to punch him in the head. Whoops. (Seriously, though, we're glad you're okay, Anderson.)
50 Cent told Conan about what it's like to go home. Dude may be a multi-millionaire and may have sold millions of albums, but when he goes home, he'll always be "Curtis" to Grandma, and being "Curtis" to Grandma means one thing: you get to shovel snow.
Nick Swardson talked about the Oscar lineup with Jimmy Fallon. Apparently, he was inspired to create the next great, Oscar-winner: Black Tron, which will feature numerous women on motorcycles, making out, and throwing frisbees in the air. Heyo!
Matt LeBlanc crushed the fantasies of women everywhere on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Turns out, back in the Friends days -- when he was every woman's wet dream, "How you doin?" -- his hair was actually gray.
Anderson Cooper was attacked in Egypt today. His producer Steve Brusk tweeted, "Anderson said he was punched 10 times in the head as pro-Mubarak mob surrounded him and his crew trying to cover demonstration." Cooper told CNN's live blog that the attackers "pushed and shoved the CNN crew and punched them in the head...but no one was seriously hurt." Now if you'll excuse me. - THR
Mariah Carey is having a boy and a girl. This explains why she has been doing the feminine activity of cooking as well as doing the masculine activity of taking daily swims. - People
Gwyneth Paltrow and Cee Lo will be performing at the Grammys. We don't know yet if they'll finally sing "Forget You" together, but we do know they''ll be performing with muppets for a reason that is entirely legitimate and not at all as a means to make fun of people who help kids understand the definition of inappropriate touching. - NYM
Now that Lindsay Lohan is sober, she's apparently stealing jewelry. Law enforcement officials told TMZ that the owner of an L.A. store filed a police report that claimed a $2,500 necklace that Lindsay tried on suddenly went missing. The police attained a warrant to search Lindsay's house, but before they could poke around, one of Lindsay's "associates" gave the necklace up. - TMZ
TV is great for two things: when you're sick, and when you need a break from your family. And since Thanksgiving is the holiday where both of those come into play, it's important you're aware how TV can be your ally over the next few days. Whether you eat a few too many soggy cranberries and find yourself bedridden with food poisoning, or if your family is becoming too much to handle and you need a break before you lose it and take a chainsaw to your mother's prized treadmill because she won't quit talking about how you could've been Bruce Springsteen if you would have just sucked it up and kept taking guitar lessons, take a look at the shows that will be available for your viewing pleasure, starting very early tomorrow. (Their times are E.S.T. Obviously.)
6AM (the 25th) – 3 AM (the 26th): Cake Boss (TLC). What better way to prepare to eat all day than getting up and watching some people in Hoboken make cakes at the crack of dawn?
9AM – 12PM: Thanksgiving Day Parade (CBS, NBC): Obviously a must, but terribly boring. If you’re around little children who want to watch it, count how many of their fantasies you could crush if you wanted to before it’s over.
9AM – 11AM: Kung Fu Panda (FX) This would be a nice compromise between the parade and ESPN.
9AM – 8PM: SportsCenter (ESPN) Ugh. Men.
10AM – 12PM, 3:30 – 8PM: Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E!) For every half hour your boyfriend makes you watch of SportsCenter, he has to watch six and a half hours of this.
11:30 AM – 3:30 PM: The Godfather (AMC)
12PM – 2 PM: National Dog Show (NBC) This is another must. Not only will a fatty lifestyle seem possible after watching someone else prepare the food you’re going to eat, but the dog show will sell you on service animals because then you REALLY won’t have to do anything for yourself.
12PM – 2 PM: Boston College vs. Texas A&M (ESPN2) You might as well go educate your grandmother on factory farming.
12:30 PM – 4 PM: New England Patriots vs. Detroit Lions (CBS)
1PM – 2 PM: Half Ton Teen (Discovery Health) This is what will happen if you keep hitting Thanksgivings this hard.
1PM – 3:30 PM: Little Miss Sunshine (E!) Steve Carell slits his wrists? Anyone?
2PM – 4PM: Miracle on 34th St (NBC) This movie is almost 100 years old.
3:30 PM – 8 PM: The Godfather, Part II (AMC) Great way to kill FIVE AND A HALF HOURS if you can’t smoke a joint without your father demanding his own.
8PM – 9PM: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC) Always good! Literally, always.
8PM – 9PM: Taylor Swift – Speak Now (NBC) Filmed in NYC and Los Angeles, T Swift's Thanksgiving Day special will show you how she went about making her most recent album, and what it was like to travel cross-country promoting it. (You can watch this OR A Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving. But not both. Both will turn you into Adam Sandler.)
8PM – 10 PM: CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute (CNN) Anderson Cooper hosts the fourth annual event where everyday people are acknowledged for their acts of kindness. You are, after all, going to need some inspiration if you’re going to make it upstairs into that twin bed your mother has you sleeping in.
9PM – 10 PM: NBC’s People of the Year (NBC) Matt Lauer profiles noteworthy people from the past year, like Chilean miner rescuer Brandon Fischer, Kim Kardashian and Justin Timberlake.
9:30 – 11PM: Beyoncé’s I Am…World Tour (ABC) Check out behind the scenes action from Beyoncé's world tour, including rehearsals and appearances by Kanye West and Jay-Z.
10PM – 11:30PM: Roast of David Hasselhoff (Comedy Central) Because you’re so drunk and you want a cheeseburger.