Ethan Hawke stunned actress Laura Dern at the recent Telluride Film Festival in Colorado by revealing the two are related. The Training Day star tracked down Dern and told her they were distant cousins on her mother Diane Ladd's side of the family. Ladd is related to playwright Tennessee Williams, who is Hawke's great-granduncle.
Irish rocker Bob Geldof led a rally in London on Monday (15Sep14) in a last-ditch effort to keep Scotland in the U.K. ahead of a crunch vote this week (beg14Sep14). Scots will go to the polls on Thursday (18Sep14) to decide on the issue of independence, and Geldof waded into the debate by addressing a large crowd in the British capital's Trafalgar Square.
The Boomtown Rats star gave an emotional speech urging Scotland to stay in the union, telling the crowd, "Before there was a United States, before there was a United Nations... there was a United Kingdom... The United Kingdom is one of the greatest ideas for the modern age. Between the native genius of the Scots and the pure pragmatic drive of the English we made a world beater. The pity of this is that we are the closest of cousins - when one of our blood spills then it all spills. There is such thing as a big glorious no. No is not always a negative."
Comedian Eddie Izzard also spoke at the rally and urged Scotland to vote 'No', saying, "We thought it was important for (people) in Scotland to know what people outside feel about independence. It just seems too sad... to break up our family and build a border. It's Scotland's choice. We cannot say anything to you other than that we do care. You are part of the United Kingdom family and we'd love you to stay."
Chris Brown has branded his recent jail stint "humbling" and insisted his three-month stretch behind bars changed him for the better. The troubled pop star spent more than three months in custody earlier this year (14) for a probation violation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown was released from prison in June (14), and has now opened up about his life inside.
He tells Billboard magazine, "A guard wakes you up; you eat. You stay in your cell most of the time, basically 24 hours a day... It's isolation... My maturity level has risen as far as my realising what's important... At the end of the day, it's just a humbling experience.
"You're more appreciative of everything else that's on the outside. A burger tastes 1,000 times better when you're out... I just missed my family... I missed my dad and mom, all my cousins... seeing people's faces and smiles."
Brown also admits he was unable to use his time behind bars productively as he felt prison crushed his creativity.
He adds, "Jail isn't a place of many creative spirits. But as far as my creativity, I put it on hold until I got out. Jail is more of a regimen and a structure. I'm more of a free spirit when it comes to creating music, painting and art. So when I got out, I was very excited to get into the studio."
However, the star is adamant jail changed him for good: "(I feel) like this happened for a reason. There was a purpose. Maybe I was out of control too much. Or I needed something to humble me to the point where I get it. At that point, I didn't look at it as trying to get out of the situation but learn from it."
Jennifer Lopez is determined to keep her privileged children's feet firmly on the ground by taking them back to her humble family roots in the Bronx, New York. The On the Floor hitmaker is mum to twins Max and Emme, with her ex Marc Anthony, and she insists on staying with relatives whenever they are in the Big Apple so the six year olds realise not everyone is lucky enough to live in luxury.
She tells Elle U.K. magazine, "My kids go and stay in a one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx all the time, or a studio with their aunts, uncles and cousins and their grandmother. They get it."
However, Lopez admits she loves having her family visit them in California so she can spoil them: "The great thing about actually becoming successful is that my family - who grew up sharing beds - come and stay, and everyone has their own room and their own shower.
"My aunts walk around saying, 'Jennifer, you have so many towels.' Everybody in my family always talks about how many towels I have."
Former Brian Jonestown Massacre guitarist Jeffrey Davies has been dealt a blow in his battle over the band's song copyrights after his case was dismissed by a California judge. The rocker, who joined the group in the 1990s, has been locked in a legal dispute with frontman Anton Newcombe over the ownership of a number of tracks released prior to his departure in 2002.
Newcombe filed papers seeking an injunction against Davies last year (13), acknowledging that the guitarist was the co-writer of just three tunes, including Monster and Straight Up and Down, but the disgruntled ex-member challenged the allegation, insisting he also helped to pen three others and was the sole lyricist for two additional tracks.
In Davies' counterclaim, he accused Newcombe and his attorney Barry Simons of conspiring to defraud him out of royalties to Brian Jonestown Massacre songs, including his share of royalties for Straight Up and Down, which is used as the theme tune to the opening credits of hit period crime drama Boardwalk Empire.
However, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins ruled in Newcombe's favour last week (ends22Aug14) and threw out Davies' charges of misappropriation, conversion and accounting, while also declaring that he had failed to provide enough evidence to support his accusations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy.
But Davies' fight isn't over yet - the judge is allowing the rocker 14 days to file an amended suit.
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The team behind the new Terminator film has kept almost everything tightly under wraps. With the exception of a series of nerd-friendly casting announcements — Emilia Clarke, Matt Smith, Dayo Okeniyi, Jai Courtney, Arnold Schwarzenegger — and the absolute minimum of plot details — it's not a direct follow-up to 2009's Terminator Salvation — fans have been kept in the dark about the latest installment. And considering what Schwarzenegger revealed on Wednesday, perhaps that was for the best. See, the new film isn't called Terminator: Genesis as we had all originally assumed. No, the correct spelling (and we do use that phrase lightly) is Terminator: Genisys.
Just allow that to sink in for a second. Revel in the rage it brings your grammatically-correct heart, and wait for the twitch in your eye to die down. That is indeed the title of the fifth installment of the Terminator franchise. Why is it spelled this way, other than send every copy editor on the planet into a tail-spin of frustration, we have no idea. What we do know, however, is that this is just the latest in a long long of aneurism-inducing misspelled titles — so while you're all worked up, why not take a look at some of the most incomprehensibly obnoxious movie title misspellings of all time. If it makes you feel better, you can print out this article and go over it with a red pen. We don't mind.
Terminator: Genisys Is It Relevant to the Plot? There’s no way to know just yet, but it better be. If we wasted all of our energy getting excited over this cast just to find out that it was given an obnoxiously misspelled title for no reason, we’re going to be pretty angry. Granted we’ll still probably see the movie, but it will gnaw at us. Degree of Annoying: Like when your worst friend (you know, the one you can only handle in small doses) tells you she wants to name her kids something like McKynzee or Laydien so they can be unique.
The Pursuit of Happyness Is It Relevant to the Plot? Kind of. It’s appears as some graffiti outside of Chris Gardner (Will Smith)’s son’s school, and he briefly comments on it. Ironically, that comment is about how it’s misspelled. Degree of Annoying: Like reliving that three month period where everyone was singing those two lines of “Whip My Hair” over and over all over again.
Se7en Is It Relevant to the Plot? Yes, especially since the film centers on two cops hunting down a serial killer whose crimes are related to the seven deadly sins, and the number plays a significant role in several key scenes in the film. But there’s still a less obnoxious way of getting the point across. You know, like just titling the film “Seven.” Degree of Annoying: Like when you find out that your best friend’s pretentious new boyfriend spells his band name L!kE tHi$ to be ironic.
Inglourious Basterds Is It Relevant to the Plot? Not at all. It’s basically just Quentin Tarantino being Quentin Tarantino. Degree of Annoying: Like when your roommate spills beer on the kitchen floor RIGHT AFTER you Swiffered.
Pet Sematary Is It Relevant to the Plot: Not really, but it is explained in the book it’s based on. The title refers to a sign the kids write at the beginning, and since they’re too young to know the correct spelling, that’s why they came up with. Degree of Annoying: Like sitting through a “concert” your toddler cousins are putting on, only to discover that they’ve got almost all of the words to “Let It Go” wrong.
Biutiful Is It Relevant to the Plot: Yes, it appears in the film when Uxbal (Javier Bardem) is helping his kids with their homework, written the way a native Spanish speaker would phonetically spell the word. Degree of Annoying: Like enduring a presentation from your temperamental boss where they’ve made the same grammatical error multiple times, and being unable to speak up.
Charly Is It Relevant to the Plot: Yes, that’s how Charly, who is mentally handicapped, spells his name. Degree of Annoying: Like picking up your coffee at a cafe, only to discover they’ve left off three vowels and added an unnecessary “y” to your name.
Peeples Is it Relevant to the Plot: Yes, that’s how Kerry Washington’s family spells their last name, presumably because their big fans of animal-shaped marshmallows. Degree of Annoying: Like being the barista who now has to smile their way through a confrontation with a very annoyed customer who doesn’t understand why it’s so hard to get the spelling of Jaxxsone right.
Pop star Lily Allen stunned British singer Sam Smith when she took to Twitter.com to confirm they are related.
The Smile hitmaker received a tweet from Smith informing her that his parents were adamant he is a cousin of Allen and her actor brother Alfie, and he was surprised when she reached out to confirm it.
Smith tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "She's my cousin but I've only met her once in my entire life. My family told me for years that she's my cousin... I never believed them so I tweeted her and she tweeted me back saying that we are cousins."
A sweat-stained jumpsuit worn by Elvis Presley while performing in Las Vegas is going up for auction. The King's white costume, which is decorated with a large green and blue peacock across the front, is part of a music memorabilia sale titled A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk hosted by Sotheby's New York.
On the auction house's website, the jumpsuit is described as having "minor staining and browning; non-working zipper" and is expected to fetch at least $200,000 (£117,560).
Presley's red button-down shirt worn during the 1964 film Kissin' Cousins and a white wool jacket worn in concert in the early 1950s will also go under the hammer on Tuesday (24Jun14).
In addition to Presley's former possessions, the sale also includes a red military-style jacket worn by Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics to Like a Rolling Stone, Kurt Cobain's smashed Univox guitar and John Lennon's upright piano.
Actress Elle Fanning cannot believe she is related to British royalty after genealogy experts traced her family history back to England's King Edward III. The Super 8 star admits she was stunned when she read the results of Ancestry.com historians' research, which discovered she is the 22nd great-granddaughter of the 14th century monarch through her mother, Heather Joy Arrington.
Website experts also learned that Fanning and her sister Dakota are distant cousins of Prince William's wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge too, as her mother Carole Goldsmith is also a descendant of Edward III.
A stunned Fanning tells Eonline.com, "It's so weird. I saw it the other day. My cousins called me up and they were like, 'Look online!' I looked online and like, King Edward III is my great great-great-grandfather. I was like, 'Is this real?' It's crazy."
The research results came as a surprise to Fanning, who ironically plays a fairytale princess in the new Disney film Maleficent, but the 16 year old reveals digging into her ancestry has always been an interest of hers.
She adds, "I've always wanted to do the ancestry.com thing because I think it would be really cool. But someone did it for me, which I think is great."