Cast and crewmembers from TV shows including 24, The Following, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Perception and Brooklyn Nine-Nine have banded together to pay tribute to a camera assistant who lost her life on a movie set. Sarah Jones, 27, was killed last week (ends23Feb14) when she was struck by a train while working on upcoming Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider. Seven other crewmembers were also hurt in the accident, which occurred while camera tests were being carried out.
Jones' family and friends set up a tribute in her honour on Facebook.com, and the page has since attracted a flood of support from a huge number of film crews. Many of the crew workers have set up special production slates bearing tributes to Jones, including staff working on Kevin Bacon's crime drama The Following, talk show Chelsea Lately, drama The Red Road, and reality TV series Duck Dynasty.
Members of the lighting department on police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine also painted a message honouring Jones on a rig and they posted a picture of the tribute on Facebook with the message, "To Sarah from set lighting on Brooklyn Nine Nine" while the team behind cop drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit pasted black tape over the police shields on their onset identity lanyards.
A picture of the crew's tribute was posted on the social networking website along with the message, "Today we pay our respects to a fellow crew member. Sarah Jones your family at Law & Order SVU black out our shields for you. May you rest in peace."
Staff working on Eric McCormack's show have set up a donation bucket which is being handed around on set to raise money for a memorial fund in Jones' name.
Tributes have also come in from crews behind new period drama Turn, British James Bond project Moneypenny, and workers on projects from Argentina, Australia and France, as well as actor Kiefer Sutherland, who is currently filming the new series of 24 in London. He writes in a post on Twitter.com, "So sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Sarah Jones. Our broken hearts go out to her family and friends, from all of us on 24."
Only Fools And Horses actors Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst were among the guests at the funeral of their co-star Roger Lloyd-Pack on Thursday (13Feb14). Lloyd-Pack, best known for his role as road sweeper Trigger in the British sitcom, died of pancreatic cancer last month (Jan14), aged 69.
His friends and family paid their last respects at a memorial service in London on Thursday, with guests including his former castmates Jason, Lyndhurst, Gwyneth Strong, who played Cassandra, John Challis, who played Boycie, and Sue Holderness, who played Marlene.
Actresses Miranda Richardson, Alison Steadman and Kathy Burke and former model Twiggy also joined the congregation, alongside Lloyd-Pack's daughter, A River Runs Through It star Emily Lloyd.
Lloyd-Pack's coffin arrived at St. Paul's Church in Covent Garden in a gleaming pink hearse and his wicker coffin was adorned with flowers and his trademark trilby hat.
The actor - who played Trigger from 1981 to 2003 - was also known for portraying clueless farmer Owen Newitt in British comedy The Vicar Of Dibley, as well as his role in the Harry Potter franchise.
Friends, family and fans of late folk singer Pete Seeger got together on Sunday (02Feb14) to pay tribute to the icon at an unofficial public memorial. The legendary musician passed away at the New York Presbyterian Hospital last week (ends02Feb14) after a short illness, aged 94.
Libby Funeral Home in Beacon, New York hosted a reception on Sunday and by early afternoon, more than 1,000 attendees had gathered to pay their final respects the late singer.
His family held the reception at the funeral home, where two rooms were decorated with numerous photographs and memorabilia. An urn containing Seeger's ashes was also on display.
At one stage, mourners sang Where Have All the Flowers Gone, one of Seeger's early folk ballads, as a tribute to the singer/songwriter, according to Billboard.com.
Seeger and his wife Toshi, who died in July last year (13), lived in Beacon for 40 years.
Actress Sienna Miller has opened up about her past mistakes in a candid new magazine interview, insisting she is lucky to still have a Hollywood career. As ex-boyfriend Jude Law testifies about her alleged affair with Daniel Craig, while they were dating, as part of a trial into the U.K.'s phone-hacking scandal, of which both he and Miller were victims, the Alfie star admits she made life difficult for herself by not "behaving the way you should" in her personal life.
The actress also famously dated Rhys Ifans and Balthazar Getty, who was married with four kids at the time, and tells Britain's Esquire magazine, "I sabotaged things. I burnt a lot of bridges."
She adds, "On set, I was first to arrive, last to leave, best friends with the crew, totally professional, no d**king around. But when I wasn't at work, I wasn't behaving the way you should.
"I'm very lucky to have a second chance in that town... It was really bad. What was going on in my private life was not an easy thing to read about. People don't want to see films with people they don't approve of in them."
Miller also credits her reconciliation with Law after a bitter break-up, amid a cheating scandal, for helping to mend the former couple's relationship and turning them into good friend for life.
She explains, "When something ends in a way like that, it's important if you can, in a way, go back and revisit it and either shut that door or create a new room. So it (reconciliation) was a very healthy, cathartic experience, and I think it paved the way for both of us to have great futures with no animosity or drama.
"(It was) such a huge relief, to heal that. And I'm great friends with him and with his children. I love them, madly. Just huge love and respect for all of them."
Miller has her own family now - she became a mum to daughter Marlowe 18 months ago and is engaged to marry actor Tom Sturridge.
She says, "I feel really settled. I have a wonderful life. I'm up every morning with a little baby. That gives you incredible perspective. It's such a gift. And it's grounding in a way you can't describe.
"(And Tom) is the antithesis of me, really. And that's a first for me, to be in a relationship with someone who's in a lot of respects very different. He's the perfect balance to my lunacy, which makes him sound really boring, but he's not, at all. It's good, it works. It's not easy, of course, but we're a family and I love that. I wake up and I'm like, 'I'm a family, I'm a grown up!' I still can't believe it."
Bruce Springsteen paid tribute to his longtime friend and mentor Pete Seeger from the stage of a gig in South Africa on Tuesday night (28Jan14) after learning of the folk music icon's passing. Telling fans "I lost a great friend and a hero last night" at the show in Cape Town, Springsteen and the E Street Band performed protest song We Shall Overcome, which became Seeger's signature tune.
He then called the 94 year old environmental campaigner and singer/songwriter "a very courageous freedom fighter" and added his We Shall Overcome was a song that made you "prepared to march into hell's fire".
Springsteen has been a longtime Seeger collaborator and performed at the folk hero's 90th birthday celebration in 2009. He also won a Grammy Award for his 2006 album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. And The Boss and Seeger performed together at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration.
Obama released a statement earlier in the day, as did guitarist Tom Morello, who is currently on tour with Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Also offering up his respects on Tuesday afternoon (28Jan14) was another superfan, Dave Matthews, who issued a touching statement, in which he revealed the first concert he ever went to was headlined by Seeger.
He wrote, "My parents took my brother, my sisters and me. I will never forget it. I was little. Dancing in a field in upstate New York while the grown-ups sat on the grass. My parents and family raised me on music of all sorts and Pete Seeger was a big part."
Matthews added, "I met Pete Seeger more than 30 years after I first saw him play and having listened to his music over those years it was somewhat awe inspiring. We had lunch. He was so funny and charming, humble and brilliant, all at once. Full of hope but disappointed in our wasteful ways.
"He made me want to be a better person. Why don't we lend our ears to the greatest among us? Pete Seeger fought for the working people and he fought against greed, and corruption, and war, and pollution, until the end of his life. Even though he was frail he came and performed at FarmAid just a few months ago. Thank goodness for Pete Seeger."
We start the show at Carlton’s risqué annual pool party. This is the first time she has had a party with the girls and her goal is to impress. Everyone is surprised with the naked girls painted silver and gold, but nobody seems offended. Lisa found the party and the gift bags distasteful, but she didn’t seem angry about it. The only person who actually got angry was Carlton, at Kyle. Carlton was showing off her new tattoo and Kyle’s first reaction was, “Is that the Jewish star?!”
Of course it pissed Carlton off because Kyle never respects her religion, which is Wiccan, in case you weren’t clear. But the girls pulled it together, Carlton noticed a necklace on Kyle and complimented it and than Kyle took it off and handed it right over. Carlton’s opinion of Kyle is momentarily changed.
Kim wasn’t at the party, she was at a convention for celebrities who have fans and can’t explain why. She takes this chance to thank her ‘fans’ for their help in getting and keeping her sober.
Yolanda’s daughter Gigi is preparing to leave for college and Yolanda is sad, she wants Gigi to leave with a positive memory of her life on the West coast. She invites the girls over to make paintings similar to the ones hanging in her kitchen, and at the last minute Lisa calls and cancels. This upsets Yolanda, she thinks that Lisa should have called the night before. It’s hard not to agree with Yolanda here. Even though we love Lisa, and she can usually do no wrong, she did throw a fit earlier this season when Carlton bailed on her dinner party last minute.
Joyce and Carlton arrive to Yolanda’s and they are about to carry the wine upstairs but the girls agree they’re not going to drink. Joyce makes an off-color remark about waiting for Brandi to arrive to bring up the bottle and Carlton immediately jumps in, correcting Joyce and telling her not to judge Brandi. Joyce backed down quickly when she realized neither of the girls were going to laugh behind their best friend's back. Go Carlton!
The girls walk up the stairs to Yolanda’s hill top terrace and when Brandi arrives they start painting. Carlton brings up the question of whether or not Kyle actually likes her, and Joyce tells her to go ahead and ask Kyle- who is missing because she has a guest spot on Days of Our Lives. Carlton brings up spells and Joyce makes the comment that spells only work on those people who believe in them.
Carltons’s reaction: Just wait ‘til you go home Joyce, and we’ll see what happens. And surprisingly enough, the following day we see Joyce tell Kim that her husband got violently ill. Not sick like a normal person would get sick, but sick like something was really wrong with him. Can we say, for the second time, go Carlton!
Carlton casts another spell on Joyce - she drinks herself into Brandi’s normal state of consciousness - FINALLY.
Kim marries one of her fans from her convention, he is also sober.
Lisa apologizes to Yolanda and all is right in the world of our two favorite housewives.
A man accused of robbing Tamara Ecclestone's husband at knifepoint has been cleared. Jay Rutland, who married the British socialite last year (13), was attacked in London after getting out of his car in Wanstead in the early hours of 17 July (13).
A 21-year-old suspect was charged with the robbery, but a trial set for last month (Dec13) was adjourned and now prosecutors have dropped all charges due to a lack of evidence.
A spokeswoman for Rutland tells Britian's The Times, "Mr. Rutland respects the decision of the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service). Clearly he is disappointed that the proceedings didn't result in a conviction."
The robbery occurred just weeks after Rutland returned from his honeymoon with Ecclestone following their wedding in the French Riviera last June (13).
Friends, family and fans of murdered model/actress Monica Spear paid tribute to the star at her funeral on Friday (10Jan14). The former Miss Venezuela, 29, and her estranged husband, Thomas Henry Berry, were shot dead during an attempted robbery on the Puerto Cabello-Valencia highway in Venezuela last Monday (06Jan14).
The couple's joint funeral took place in the country's capital city of Caracas on Friday, and thousands flocked to pay their respects.
It is not known if the couple's five-year-old daughter, who was shot in the leg during the raid, attended.
Five suspects have been arrested over the robbery.
Family and friends of notorious British gangster Ronnie Biggs have paid their respects at a funeral in London. The 84 year old, who was part of a gang which stole millions from a mail train in England in 1963, passed away last month (Dec13), four years after he was freed from prison on compassionate grounds due to ill health.
Mourners gathered at Golders Green Crematorium in north London on Friday afternoon (03Jan13) to bid farewell to the former fugitive.
His coffin was draped in Britain's Union flag and the national flag of Brazil, where Biggs spent many years on the run following his escape from prison in 1964, as well as a scarf from his beloved London soccer team, Arsenal, and his favourite hat.
The funeral procession was preceded by a marching band, and the congregation was asked not to wear black for the ceremony, while Biggs' defiant personality was remembered with a wreath shaped like a rude two-fingered hand gesture.
British stars including James Corden, Jack Whitehall and Piers Morgan have paid tribute to comedy agent/producer Addison Cresswell, who has died at the age of 53. Cresswell passed away in his sleep at his home in England on Monday (23Dec13) but the reason for his death has not been officially announced.
A statement from his Off the Kerb management company reads, "(Creswell) passed away in his sleep at home. (He will be) fondly remembered as a devoted mentor, a dear friend and an unforgettable character. He will be sorely missed."
Talk show host Morgan paid his respects by taking to Twitter.com, writing, "RIP Addison Cresswell - the biggest pain in the a**e agent I ever dealt with, but very funny & cared passionately about comedy & his clients."
Corden also rushed to pay tribute, writing, "Such sad news about Addison Cresswell. An incredible man. An incredible talent. May he rest in peace."
Comedian and TV actor Whitehall recalls meeting Cresswell just last week (ends20Dec13), telling fans, "Sad news about Addison Cresswell last time I saw him was last week giving me a bear hug as I came off stage. An amazing character we've lost."
Cresswell had helped shape the careers of British funnymen including Jonathan Ross and Alan Carr. He also managed some of the biggest names in British comedy, including Jo Brand, Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre.