Live Free Or Die Hard star Maggie Q had to take a break from her TV assassin character Nikita after the series' first season - because the role left her exhausted. The actress reveals she needed medical attention after spending 18 hours a day playing the tough girl.
She tells WENN, "I was so fatigued, after the first season I was on an IV (intravenous drip) for, like, a couple weeks. I was so depleted. My adrenals were done. My endocrine system shut down. Everything just shut down, because the physicality was a lot.
"I was immersed in this sort of street kid/drug addict/cop killer... and I realised that when the first season had finished, that I had spent more time being her than I had being myself. I finished on set after a 12 to 18 hour day, and then I would go home, sleep, wake up, and go back, right back to being her. It wasn't healthy at all.
"I was depleted completely, and it was so strange to not know why I was so tired. You put in hours, but you're giving a lot emotionally. You're giving a lot mentally. You're giving a lot physically, and it takes everything. It weighs on you. You do need to actually make a conscious decision to take the time for yourself."
Broadway icon Elaine Stritch was convinced her stomach cancer was in remission after undergoing surgery just two months before her death on Thursday (17Jul14), according to her agent. The Two's Company star, who relocated from New York to her native Michigan last year (13), passed away at the age of 89 and it has since been revealed she was quietly battling cancer at the time of her death.
Now her agent and longtime friend Joel Dean has remembered Stritch as "a great lady" and revealed she was in high spirits just weeks ago after her last operation, before the disease came back.
Dean, who believes her health struggles were complicated by her diabetes, tells People.com, "They (doctors) took out a good part of her stomach, that was maybe two months ago. She said, 'They got it all, they got it all'. But it came back quite aggressively."
Meanwhile, 30 Rock creator and star Tina Fey has added her tribute to Stritch, who was cast as Alec Baldwin's sharp-tongued mother Colleen Donaghy in the hit sitcom.
She says, "Elaine was a 'tough old bird,' but I suspect she may have been a 'tough old bird' since birth. I loved her voice, her timing, her stories and her natural elegance."
Fey will also remember the acting veteran for her generous nature, adding, "One day she was wearing a beautiful butterfly cocktail ring, and when I admired it, she gave it to me on the spot - like an Arab sheik in black pantyhose. I feel very lucky to have worked with her as much as I did."
A man accused of trespassing on Taylor Swift's beachfront property in Rhode Island on three separate occasions has been sentenced to 18 months of probation. Daniel P. Cole was initially taken into custody and charged in December (13) after he parked his pick-up truck outside the singer's Watch Hill home and refused to move.
Police were called to the scene to investigate and the Massachusetts resident allegedly became involved in an altercation with officers, just 12 days after Swift's security guards had to escort Cole off the star's estate.
The second incident landed the 39 year old a no trespassing order, but cops found him back on the property in March (14), when he was also slapped with a no contact ruling, demanding he keep his distance from the singer and her home, according to local paper The Westerly Sun.
He pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour charges of wilful trespassing and disorderly conduct, but was convicted on Thursday (17Jul14) after a three-day trial in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Judge Frank Cenerini ordered Cole serve probation and undergo anger management screening and counselling. He also renewed the no trespassing and no contact orders.
Cole hasn't been the only unwelcome visitor at Swift's Rhode Island luxury house - three people recently pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct charges after allegedly hurling beer bottles at the mansion in June (14).
The singer was not home at the time of either incident.
A New York rapper affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge stemming from a fatal car accident on New Year's Day (01Jan14).
Shyheim Franklin, 35, surrendered to police in January (14) in the days after the crash on Staten Island, New York which killed Felipe Avila Olea, 29. He was accused of driving into the victim's car after ignoring a stop sign, and hitting a parked vehicle before fleeing the scene on foot.
Franklin has now pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and a weapon possession charge relating to a gun which police officers found in his apartment last year (13).
The rapper has recorded music under the stage names Manchild, Little Shyheim and The Rugged Child, and worked with stars including the Wu-Tang's RZA, Tupac Shakur, and the Notorious B.I.G., who he once shared a stage with.
Theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber obtained paperwork to allow him to undergo legal euthanasia after becoming wracked with pain following his cancer battle.
The Cats writer had treatment for prostate cancer in 2009 but the illness left him with a litany of agonising health issues and he had to dose up on medication just to get through a day of work.
Eventually he became so tired and depressed from the constant pain, Lloyd Webber obtained an official application form for Swiss assisted dying clinic Dignitas as he wanted to end his life.
He tells British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "There were days when I thought that I would do anything to get out of this. I adore my work, and I thought that if I could not do that, then I had nothing more. I went through a moment of deep depression - that awful moment when you think that you must find a way out."
"I actually got the forms for Dignitas. With hindsight, it was stupid and ridiculous, but I couldn't think what to do. I got through the show I was working on, but it was murder. I was on every sort of painkiller there is... I couldn't think what to do. In the end I threw away the forms."
The composer was given the all-clear in 2010.
"International Mandela day today and I am missing the old man." British actor Idris Elba, who played Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, remembers the late South African politician on Friday (18Jul14) - the day of the civil rights icon's birthday.
German artist Otto Piene has died aged 86, a day after his latest exhibition opened in Berlin. The painter and sculptor passed away on Thursday (17Jul14) and reports suggest he died in a taxi in Berlin, Germany while on his way to the city's Neue Nationalgalerie gallery, where a display of his work opened the previous day (16Jul14).
Piene is most famous for his Olympic Rainbow - an art piece which was displayed above Munich at the close of the 1972 Olympic Games in the city which was marred by a terrorist attack on the Israeli team.
He is also known for founding the Zero group of experimental artists with Heinz Mack in 1957.
Piene's works were exhibited all over the world and he was honoured with the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts award in 2003, and in 2006 he accepted the Sculpture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Kasabian rocker Tom Meighan has opened up about the moment he accidentally hit his father with a car, branding the incident the "worst day of my life". The British musician, who does not have a driving licence, moved his dad's car in a parking lot in Leicester, England in May (14), but accidentally hit the accelerator pedal instead of the brake and knocked him down.
Meighan's father, also named Tom, was hospitalised to treat his injuries, and he has since made a full recovery, but the star admits he is still wracked with guilt.
He tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "It was a freak accident, it was horrible. That was the worst day of my life. I can drive but it was in an automatic car. It was too fast. It was a real shock at the time. It would only happen to me. We have laughed about it now and that's all you can do. I'm very close to my dad. He's a very amazing person to have around, so that happening was awful."
The accident happened just weeks before the band played a career-defining headline set at Britain's Glastonbury festival last month (Jun14).
Actor Ben Whishaw has replaced Colin Firth as the voice in the upcoming film version of kids' TV show Paddington. Oscar winner Firth announced he was quitting the project last month (Jun14), and now producers have chosen Skyfall star Whishaw to take his place as the voice to the beloved bear.
Director Paul King tells the U.K.'s Daily Mail that Whishaw is the perfect replacement for Firth, saying, "He breathes and he speaks and he sounds like Paddington, rather than the most beautiful chocolate-voiced man (Firth) on the planet
Paddington, which also stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Julie Walters and Peter Capaldi, is scheduled to hit U.K. cinemas in November (14) and arrive in the U.S. on Christmas Day (25Dec14).
Filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin have broken their silence following the death of a camera assistant on their Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider, insisting they have committed no crime. Director Miller and his writer/producer wife were shooting a dream sequence on a train trestle in Wayne County, Georgia in February (14) when an oncoming train disrupted filming. Sarah Jones lost her life when the train hit her.
The filmmakers, who surrendered to local authorities on Sunday (13Jul14), have pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges filed against them, and now they've released a statement through their attorney.
Miller and Savin write, "In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people will know that this was not a crime: we never had criminal intent; we would never knowingly or intentionally put anybody’s safety at risk. This was a horrible tragedy and a horrific accident.
"We have remained silent out of respect for the family of Sarah Jones, their loved ones and all of the crew who were injured on that very sad day.
"Our hearts are broken, our spirits are broken. We have young children and can only imagine with immense sadness the heartbreak of losing a child. We are praying for Sarah’s family."
A third producer, Jay Sedrish, turned himself in to police in Georgia on Thursday (17Jul14).
The trio has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass.
Several civil suits have also been filed against MIller, Savin, Sedrish and other individuals and entities associated with the film.