Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner made his mother extra proud during the band's headline slot at Britain's Glastonbury festival on Friday (28Jun13) by leading the crowd in a mass singalong of Happy Birthday. The rockers were closing the first official day of the iconic event with a 90-minute set on the main stage, and Turner stopped the performance midway to enlist fans' help in sending a message to his mum, Penny.
He told revellers, "While I've got you, it's actually my mum's birthday today and she is in the crowd," before leading them in a rendition of Happy Birthday and adding afterwards, "Thank you very much - I appreciate that."
The band also channelled several rock icons during the set - Turner jokingly sang snippets of David Bowie's Soul Love and Coldplay hit Yellow before breaking into Arctic Monkeys song Cornerstone, and at the end of their track Mardy Bum he recited a line from Oasis' Don't Look Back In Anger.
The Rolling Stones are due to headline Glastonbury's main stage on Saturday (29Jun13) and Mumford & Sons will close the three-day event on Sunday night (30Jun13).
Joe Carnahan continues to assemble a strange cast for his low-budget action-comedy Stretch, adding Ray Liotta, David Hasselhoff, and Shaun Toub.
The film stars Patrick Wilson as a limo driver named Stretch who has one shift left to pay off a big debt to a bookie. When he picks up a billionaire, played by Chris Pine, he vows to fulfill his every request, no matter how strange, in the hopes he might get a tip big enough to settle his score. But as the night becomes weirder than Stretch could have anticipated, he worries that this shift might be his last.
Toub will play the no-nonsense owner of the limo company that employs Stretch, while Liotta and Hasselhoff are expected to cameo as themselves, according to an individual familiar with the project. Ed Helms and James Badge Dale co-star alongside Brooklyn Decker.
The Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions film will start shooting in Los Angeles on June 30 and is set for a North American release on March 21.
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Rage Against The Machine rocker Tom Morello has branded fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden a "hero" and offered to fund his flight to freedom in Ecuador. The former technical contractor and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) worker has been on the run and in hiding since he was fingered as the man who leaked information on mass surveillance operations undertaken by the U.S. and U.K. governments on their own citizens.
Snowden's whereabouts have been unknown since he fled Hong Kong on Sunday (23Jun13) but he is believed to be attempting to travel to Ecuador, South America where he has applied for asylum - and now Morello has offered to pay for the trip.
The Killing in the Name hitmaker reveals he was left furious after receiving an email from campaign workers for U.S. President Barack Obama asking for cash at the height of the 'spying' scandal.
He tells TMZ.com, "I think he should live a happy life in Ecuador. That's what I think. I think he's a hero. He exposed the crimes of the government. We're all being spied on all the time by the Obama administration. If anybody deserves to be in jail, it's not Snowden.
"Today I got an email from the Obama campaign asking for money, after they have been spying on me and their drones have been killing civilians. So I decided I'm going to take whatever amount of money that I might have donated - which would have been not that much - and I'm going to donate to whatever airplane flight is going to get Snowden to Ecuador, whatever fund that is. I'd be happy to (do that)."
"Gary David Goldberg left us today. my friend my sit com (sic) mentor a genius. period the end he's the sole reason I have a tv career peace GDB". Actor Charlie Sheen remembers his Spin City producer following his death on Sunday (23Jun13).
Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall, Kevin Bacon and David Coverdale have led the tributes to soul star Bobby 'blue' Bland following his death on Sunday (23Jun13). The veteran singer passed away at his home in Memphis, Tennessee after suffering complications from an undisclosed illness, and the news has prompted a flood of tributes from his famous fans.
Hucknall's first solo album away from his group was 2008's Tribute to Bobby, featuring songs recorded in honour of Bland, and he was devastated to hear of his idol's death.
A post on Simply Red's Facebook.com page reads, "Bobby Blue Bland - RIP dear friend. A great American, and a truly great singer. I will always love your wonderful music, Mick."
Bacon, who plays in The Bacon Brothers band with his sibling Michael, hailed Bland as his musical inspiration and recalled seeing him perform, writing in a post on Twitter.com, "Favourite musical memory. Seeing Bobby (Blue) Bland in a tiny little club. RIP Bobby Blue Bland."
The Roots star Questlove was also full of praise for Bland and pointed fans towards his song Heart of a City (Ain't No Love), which was used by Jay-Z on his 2001 album The Blueprint, writing, "Bobby Blue Bland (you youngin's (sic) know him for the Heart Of The City sample) much respect due."
A cover of the song also gave rockers Whitesnake one of their first hit records and frontman David Coverdale wrote in a post on Twitter.com, "So sad to hear of Bobby 'Blue' Bland's passing... An immense talent who was a huge inspiration to me..."
Former Guns N' Roses rocker Matt Sorum is close friends with the late star's son Rodd Bland and he reached out to his pal after hearing the sad news: "My heart goes out to friend Rodd Bland who lost his father the great Bobby Blue Bland today RIP."
Rodd Bland subsequently replied to Sorum, "Thank you. Is it ok that I list you as an honorary pallbearer? He knew how much I respected u (sic) & he dug the Buddy Rich track u (sic) did."
Sir Michael Caine and Sir Roger Moore were among the stars who gathered in London on Sunday (23Jun13) to remember director Michael Winner at a memorial service. The Death Wish filmmaker died at his home in the U.K. capital in January (13) after a long battle with liver disease.
A number of famous faces attended Sunday's service at the National Police Memorial in St James’s Park, where a plaque was unveiled in honour of Winner, who established the Police Memorial Trust in the mid-1980s.
Sir Roger applauded his pal's dedication to the organisation, telling the crowd, "His greatest achievement is why we're here today. My father was a police officer stationed at Bow Street, and when Michael Caine and I made a film together with Michael Winner, I was impersonating a police officer and Mr Winner arranged that I could have a uniform that bore my father's number PC168E, which I wore with great pride.
"But now, we're here because of the very fine and noble work that Michael did in establishing the Police Memorial Trust to mark the places where brave and mainly unarmed police officers gave their lives for our safety, for our protection."
Sir Michael Caine also stepped up to speak about his friend of more than 50 years, and revealed of their first meeting, "He was the kindest, nicest, most gentle person you could think of - and that is where I was completely wrong. He was the most miserable son-of-a-b**ch once you got to know him...
"He was testing you, and he always tested people to see how far you would go before you disliked him. I said to him, 'Michael, you can go as far as you like with me. I will never dislike you. Do you understand that?' He said, 'Yes, I've got it'. And then he became my friend. And, as many of you will not believe, he became a tender, gentle person with me all my life."
British TV personality Sir Michael Parkinson, veteran entertainer Cilla Black and Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone also attended the ceremony.
This Sunday is Father's Day, so what better time to discuss the joys and terrors of fatherhood with Jim Gaffigan? (Okay, mostly terrors.) The comedian, who's starred in everything from 13 Going on 30 to Portlandia, with many theaters sold-out for his standup act along the way, has written a new book, Dad Is Fat. It chronicles his life raising five kids eight-and-under in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan.
He'll be talking about Dad Is Fat and taking your questions in a Google+ Hangout at Noon ET/9:00 AM PT today. So get your questions ready for him!
Gaffigan will be joined by YouTube star Matthew Clarke, who's created the viral "Convos With My Two-Year-Old" series and also Mike Adamick who's just released the parenting book Cry It Out. You can watch the YouTube live stream of our Hangout with Gaffigan & Co. right here at Noon ET. See you then!
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Today, we are once again reminded that it's hard to make love last in Hollywood. On Monday, actress Jane Lynch announced that she and her wife Dr. Lara Embry would be getting a divorce after three years of marriage.
In a statement to People, the Glee star said, "Lara and I have decided to end our marriage. This has been a difficult decision for us as we care very deeply about one another. We ask for privacy as we deal with this family matter." The couple tied the knot back in 2010 in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
The divorce is certainly not slowing down the 52-year-old star, who has been hard at work with her role as Miss Hannigan in the recent Broadway revival of Annie. Lynch made an appearance at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, where she performed her signature number, "Little Girls."
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Country duo Thompson Square have cancelled a string of shows to allow singer Keifer Thompson time to battle a "very serious vocal condition". Doctors advised the star to rest his voice weeks ago, but he refused and now his vocal issues have taken their toll on his ability to perform with bandmate and wife Shawna Thompson.
The pair has axed its U.S. gigs until Sunday (02Jun13) in the hope that a break will give Thompson time to recover.
A statement from the singer on the band's website reads, "It breaks my heart to tell our fans today that we must cancel our upcoming concert appearances this weekend. What many of you may not know is that I have recently been battling a very serious vocal condition.
"I was urged by doctors to cancel Thompson Square's appearances and go on complete vocal rest several weeks ago; however, neither Shawna nor I wanted to disappoint our fans, which we love and respect dearly. So we chose to continue performing our scheduled shows while I remained completely silent offstage in an effort to heal.
"Unfortunately, at this time, I have been ordered by doctors to take the next step and to cancel this weekend's shows in an effort to heal internally.
"Words cannot express how devastated we both are to bring this news to our fans. We hope that you will understand what a difficult decision this has been and know that we can't wait to get back out on the road and make it up to you as soon as possible."
Animal lover Miranda Lambert spent the Memorial Day weekend trying to find a home for a stray dog. The country singer picked up the abandoned mutt she christened Sasha Fierce - Beyonce's stage and video alter-ego - in Ravia, Oklahoma last week (24May13) and posted a picture of the pet on her Twitter.com page, urging followers to get in touch with the Tishomingo Shelter if they had any information about her new four-legged friend.
When the calls didn't come, Lambert decided to take the dog to her Tishomingo clothing store The Pink Pistol and offer her up to shoppers for adoption.
She posted another shot of the dog on Twitter on Sunday (26May13), and wrote, "No one claimed her so far. Any takers..? Best if she (is) the only animal in the family. Loves to love! House broken.
"Tweet me if U seriously want her. I'm calling her Sasha Fierce. She looks like she has made it through a lot in life."
Then, on Memorial Day (27May13), Lambert found the lost dog a new family - and posted a photo of the pooch's new folks online.
She tweeted, "Yay! Spending the day at the Pink Pistol today paid off. Sasha Fierce found a new home! Thanks to these sweet folks!"
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