Gwyneth Paltrow gave her estranged husband Chris Martin a big boost on Wednesday night (29Oct14) by hailing him as "father of the year" as she introduced him onstage at the AmfAR gala in Los Angeles. The actress beamed with pride as she welcomed the event's surprise performer.
Paltrow, who was hosting the gala, said, "This brilliant singer/songwriter has sold eight million records, has won every single award that there is to be won, especially Father of the Year, which he has won consecutively since 2004.
"I am speaking of Chris Martin, and the incredibly talented Jonny Buckland, who together make up one-half of the legendary band Coldplay."
Martin and his bandmate took the stage and played Coldplay tunes Paradise and Viva La Vida.
The singer quipped, "Good evening. This is Justin Timberlake. I'm Justin Bieber. We are Bieber and Timberlake and we play Coldplay covers just for the money."
Ironically, Timberlake was sitting next to Martin's estranged wife in the audience.
AmFar gala regular Sharon Stone later took the stage and complimented Paltrow for keeping her marriage split amicable, stating, "We thank you for your inner and outer beauty, which you demonstrated by the fact that you get along with your ex-husband (sic)."
Paltrow famously "consciously uncoupled" from her husband of 10 years in March (14), but they have remained friendly and have repeatedly been photographed enjoying dinner together since the public announcement.
Martin's gala appearance occurred two days after his reported romance with actress Jennifer Lawrence came to an end following four months of dating.
Black Sabbath star Tony Iommi has written a new tune for hit TV drama Csi: Crime Scene Investigation. The guitarist has revealed he composed the piece for one of his favourite shows while winding down from his band's recent world tour.
He says, "I'm getting back in the studio, having tried to make myself rest after the tours. I'm writing, mostly just putting ideas down rather than complete songs. I like to create all sorts of moods with my music and then decide later how they might be used. One specific piece, though, is for the CSI TV series that will be aired in the U.S. on November 2nd.
"I was asked if I'd be interested, so I had a look at the footage and came up with an idea they (producers) seemed to like. It's not very long, but it was different working with images rather than just music. I'd certainly be up for doing more."
It's not the first time one of his tracks has been linked to the long-running show - Black Sabbath's Dear Father, from the band's 2013 album, 13, was featured in an episode of CSI last year (13).
The group also performed a new song on the season finale of the series in May, 2013.
If you're searching for some new music that the radio or Spotify hasn't given you yet, look no further. Danny Mercer is on the scene and we predict his voice will win you over, the same way it woo'd us immediately.
Danny is great with first impressions, which is why we know you'll be dying for more music ASAP. When he was in college, he managed to snag the attention of Nasri, then of The Messengers, now frontman of Magic!. Nasri put him to work right away, and a year later, Pitbull's manager Charles Chavez was so impressed with him, he signed on as Danny's manager. After hearing Danny's "Outta Nowhere," Pitbull himself decided to feature him on his album Global Warming, giving him his first big break.
Watch the video for his newest single, "Who Are You Loving Now?" here:
This track is a raggae-inflected bit about jealousy, that really shows off his Latin-influence pop-rock sound. In an interesting bit of irony, the Bogotá, Colombia native attendied Columbia University, getting his English degree in 3 years, and has now signed with Columbia Records.
Get to know more about Danny here (and look for a Hollywood.com exclusive with him in the future!). Now, go like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and subscribe to his YouTube channel, ASAP. You're going to want to be on the watch for any new music from Danny.
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Sinead O'Connor has taken another swipe at Miley Cyrus, insisting her parents should be ashamed of themselves for letting their daughter dress like "a hooker".
The outspoken Irish hitmaker and pop star Miley became embroiled in a social media feud last year (13) after the Nothing Compares 2 U singer wrote an open letter to the former Disney favourite, urging her to resist "prostituting herself" for the music industry after viewing her Wrecking Ball video, in which Cyrus bared all.
Now, over a year later, she's taking aim at the pop star again, posting a magazine photo of the scantily-clad star on her website and adding a brief note with the headline "Does Anyone Know The Whereabouts Of This Girl’s Parents?"
She adds, "Because they appear to be missing in action. In short, no human being on earth would be taking a photo of, or filming, or watching my daughter dressed like a hooker with a load of cash stuck in her mouth. Hello?
"The music industry is consciously engaging in the sexualising of minors via the sexualising of artists who look like minors and whose audience are minors. If you imagine I’m talking bollox (sic) remember no one believed priests were sexualising minors either. I have a history of being right about these things.
"Whether or not these artists feel its their 'choice' to be sold on the basis of their sexuality is beside the point. Their under-age audiences have been given no choice. Not only are these artists being used in order to sexualise minors but also to make the same minors grow up not knowing the power music has to smash evil and create life. They think music is all about sex. It's a genius double win for an industry crawling with evil. A whole generation is groomed and silenced."
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You know the Saw story: two men wake up, with a dead body lying between them, in what they realize is the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed "Jigsaw". They must follow various rules ("Shall we play a game?") and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them. In honor of the film's 10 year anniversary, 10/29, you can watch Saw again in theaters and relive your first memories of the film, for one week only. We've got the prize pack to go along with that!
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Do you remember the first time you watched Saw? The movie celebrates it's 10th anniversary on October 29th. With a handful of sequels, crazy twists, and gruesome deaths, it doesn't feel like the first film in the series came out that long ago, but it did.
I don't have the best memory, I tend to forget things pretty fast, but I can still remember convincing my mom to take me to the movies to see Saw with my 2 best friends. It wasn't the first R-rated movie we'd ever been too (over the summer she took us to see Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle) but it was the first horror movie we were seeing in theaters with that rating. We thought it was the coolest thing ever, but what else are you going to think when you're 13 and seeing a movie that everyone has been talking about? I spent about 75% of the movie hiding behind a bucket of popcorn, because as it turns out, I was terrified of gore and horror movies. When the doll rode up on his little bicycle for the first time and uttered the words we would all no doubt hear for the next ten years, "Do you want to play a game," I forced one of my friends to leave the theater for the excuse of a bathroom break. I remember gasping in the theater when they realized the point of the hacksaw was not to cut through their chains, but through their own bones.
As an adult, I can appreciate the film for what it is. Since first watching it, I've seen enough "scary" movies to satisfy me for a lifetime, yet I've never seen a movie like the original Saw. I've watch movies where people are being held prisoner. I've seen movies where people are killed in crazy, interesting ways. But I've never seen a movie that has such an intricate system for how the victims are first chosen, then how they're killed. In Saw, Jigsaw is not the direct killer. He gives these people, like Amanda (the only victim to survive and escape) a chance to get out, but the circumstances around those choices are tough. Do you kill someone else so you survive? These people also realize that they were chosen for a reason, whether it be drug use, cheating, or overall poor life choices, and that the person they thought was also a victim, might not be as innocent as once believed. The most shocking part of the film, which still gets me even though I've seen it a dozen times, is when you found out that the body laying between Adam and Lawrence was not in fact a dead body, as they first assumed when the woke and found the recorders, but it is Jigsaw. When he stands up at the very end and tells Adam that the key to unlock him was in the tub en whe woke up and went down the drain, before sealing him in the bathroom, I still get chills. It's easily my favorite movie in the series.
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We turned the question to our amazing readers to see what Saw memories they had:
"Saw was the first horror movie I was allowed to see in theaters! I was so excited my mom took my friend and I to see it, as I was only thirteen at the time. It was a great movie, which I still love watching today! Not only was it scary, it was creative and original, which is hard to come by nowadays. The twist at the end had me completely mind blown and I couldn't wait to see the next movie, cause I knew walking out there would be a sequel, which was equally as good (also hard to come by nowadays). I wish we had more movies like the saw series in this decade!"
- Courtney Z.
"I remember the first time I went to go see Saw, I was on my way to my best friends house and she just bought Saw. Thinking nothing of it we were very excited to make some popcorn and have movie night! Little did we know that we would be clenching pillows to our faces and having nightmares for a few nights! It was such a great movie, especially with the unthinkable twist at the end. Great movies make great memories, I won't ever forget that night!"
- Jillian J.
"I first watched Saw in the theaters with my mom. I was only 14 when the movie came out; I thought I was too cool going to see a rated R film. I love the Saw franchise because it keeps you intrigued and on the edge of your seat, thinking who is behind this and how are they going to escape! The Saw movies are perfect for "scary movie night." I have had many Saw marathons with friends. "Want to play a game" (insert creepy voice)? No thanks, I'll pass."
- Kelly N.
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You can relive these Saw memories by seeing the film again, for a 1-week limited engagement starting Thursday, October 30th, to celebrate it's 10 year anniversary. Just in time for Halloween! Want to enjoy a serious throwback, read our review from the first Saw premiere! You can also check out these incredible images from the original Saw.
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Former supermodel Twiggy is disgusted by the U.K.'s growing obesity epidemic, insisting her fellow Brits need to ditch junk food and sugary drinks. The star, real name Lesley Lawson, had a meteoric rise in the 1960s and earned her famous nickname because of her waif-like frame and stick-thin limbs.
Lawson believes the accessibility of fast food is to blame for expanding waistlines in her native country, and she is urging Brits to improve their dietary habits.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I feel strongly that you are what you eat and I do think the obesity problem is a tragedy. They say that what happens in America comes here ten years later, and it has. I think it's a lot to do with fast food and how easy it is to buy it.
"I know people have financial problems sometimes but if one can buy good food and cook it they'll find it doesn't always cost more. But it's whether people have got the inclination or the time. It's so much easier to buy rubbish. I find that really upsetting actually.
"The worst thing is fizzy drinks. You see kids walking along the street glugging them down. I watched a programme the other night and they were showing four-year-olds with their teeth falling out. We didn't grow up with that."
Disgraced paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been jailed for five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The South African sportsman shot the blonde model four times in the bathroom of his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year (14Feb13) after mistaking her for a burglar. Judge Thokozile Masipa sentenced the shamed athlete to five years in prison at a hearing on Tuesday (21Oct14), telling the court the punishment is "firm and just, both to society and to the accused". However, a member of Pistorius' legal team later claimed outside court that sentencing guidelines dictate the athlete will only spend around 10 months in prison, serving the rest of his sentence under house arrest. Pistorius was controversially cleared of murder in September (14) after a high-profile trial, and was convicted of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, because his use of a firearm was deemed "negligent". He was also found guilty of a separate charge of illegally discharging a firearm in a restaurant, and given a three year sentence, which has been suspended for five years on the condition he is not found guilty of firearm negligence during that period. The athlete was earlier cleared of two other firearms charges - one of firing a gun out of a car sunroof and one of illegally possessing ammunition. Speaking outside court following the hearing, the model's mother June Steenkamp said she was happy with the sentence as justice has been served, adding, "He is gonna pay something... I'm just glad it's over..." Steenkamp's father Barry said, "We are satisfied, yes." Pistorius was later seen exiting the court and being driven to jail in a police van as a large crowd cheered and whistled.
Model/actress Carmen Electra knew she had made a mistake marrying basketball player Dennis Rodman almost immediately after they exchanged vows in Las Vegas. The former Baywatch star began dating the eccentric sportsman in 1998, shortly after losing her mother, and Electra admits her wild side came out as part of a period of "self-destruction".
Discussing the brief relationship on Oprah Winfrey's Where Are They Now? show, she explains, "I went into self-destruction (mode after losing her mum) and I remember meeting Dennis. Dennis was the life of the party; he was fun. I started drinking. People couldn't understand why I loved him because he had a reputation for being a bad boy and what I saw at the beginning was, sort of, this gentle giant that was in a lot of pain. In a way, we kind of understood each other.
"Our relationship was very passionate. When it was good, it was amazing. And when it was bad, it was the worst."
Electra reveals she had not allowed herself time to mourn her mother's death when she agreed to become Mrs. Rodman in an impromptu ceremony in Sin City after a whirlwind courtship, and she soon regretted walking down the aisle.
The busty beauty continues, "It was so fast, it was so spontaneous and I remember right after (exchanging vows), I felt like, 'Oh God... what did we just do...?'"
Electra realised she had been bottling up the pain of her mother's death while tuning in to an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show and knew then what she had to do.
She adds, "We were probably married for about a year... and I remember I was watching Oprah and she said, 'In order to heal, you have to feel'. And that's when it clicked - I was like, 'I'm not feeling I lost my mum, I'm not feeling that because I have just made my life chaos and blocked that out.'
"I took quite a bit of time and I started working on myself, started getting myself together."
Electra wasn't the only one who thought the marriage was a mistake - Rodman filed for an annulment nine days after the wedding, but they later reconciled and mutually agreed to divorce in 1999.
Rapper Drake swapped the stage for the basketball court on Friday night (17Oct14) as he joined the University of Kentucky's basketball team to warm up before a big game. The Started From the Bottom hitmaker, a longtime supporter of the Kentucky Wildcats, was invited to attend the team's annual Midnight Madness event at the Rupp Arena and he thrilled students and fans by suiting up in one of the school's all-blue tracksuits to join the players on the court.
However, the hip-hop star was left nursing a bruised ego after attempting - and failing - to hit a three-point shot, but he refused to let his lack of sporting skills get him down and later beamed as he introduced his pal, team coach John Calipari, to the crowd.
Drake is no stranger to the Wildcats - he was made an honorary member of the franchise in 2012, when he was presented with a prestigious national championship ring, engraved with his nickname Drizzy, after the college men's team took home the title earlier that year.
He also turned basketball coach for an alumni game in September, 2012.
The rapper isn't the only celebrity Wildcats fan - actress Ashley Judd, who attended the school, is also a huge supporter.