A group of politicians reviewing a police raid at the Berkshire, England home of veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard has described the much-publicised operation as "inept". The members of a home affairs select committee overseeing the August (14) incident, which turned into a media circus, have reprimanded the South Yorkshire Police officials who attempted to cut a deal with a BBC reporter who approached them about the story.
Police bosses have accepted they were "ultimately flawed" while investigating allegations of sexual assault against the singer, who has fiercely denied accusations suggesting he acted inappropriately at a religious concert in Sheffield, England in 1985.
The committee has ruled police officials were wrong to involve the media in the operation, suggesting any premature publication of the story could have damaged the investigation. The politicians claim Sir Cliff has "suffered enormous, irreparable damage to his reputation" as a result of the BBC coverage.
Committee chairman Keith Vaz says, "South Yorkshire Police's handling of this situation was utterly inept. The force allowed itself to hand over sensitive information to a journalist and granted him privileged access to the execution of a search warrant.
"The force should have refused to co-operate and explained to senior BBC News executives why the premature broadcasting of a story, which they claimed the journalist threatened, would have prejudiced the investigation."
He adds, "No British citizen should have to watch their home being raided by the police live on television."
Richard was holidaying in Portugal at the time of the raid and he has only returned to Britain since to meet with police officials. He has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
Hit thriller Gone Girl and sci-fi action movie Guardians Of The Galaxy are among the top nominees at the 2014 New Now Next Awards. Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn's 2012 book of the same name, has been shortlisted twice for Best New Lead Film Actress for Rosamund Pike and Carrie Coon, alongside Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Jennie Slate (Obvious Child) and Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1), while author Flynn is up for Best New Screenwriter.
Meanwhile, James Gunn will battle it out for the title of Best Motion Picture By a New Filmmaker for Guardians of the Galaxy, and his leading man Chris Pratt will compete for Best New Lead Film Actor, facing off with Miles Teller (Whiplash), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Dylan O'Brien (The Maze Runner) and Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars).
Movie stars also dominated the theatre acting categories, with Bryan Cranston (All The Way), Rupert Grint (It's Only a Play) and Michael Cera (This Is Our Youth) up for Best New Broadway Lead Actor, while Rose Byrne (You Can't Take It With You), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Real Thing) and Michelle Williams (Cabaret) feature in the female equivalent.
In the TV section, acting nominees include Orange is the New Black's Lorraine Toussaint, House of Cards' Molly Parker, Pedro Pascal from Game of Thrones and The Leftovers' Justin Theroux, while Gwen Stefani's turn on The Voice has earned her an unexpected nod in the Best New Television Personality category.
Music nominees feature the likes of Iggy Azalea, her Fancy collaborator Charli XCX and Meghan Trainor for Best New Musician (Female), with Nick Jonas, Sam Smith and Paolo Nutini leading the way in the male category.
The annual awards show highlights the best new talent in pop culture. Winners will be determined by public vote and announced during a ceremony in December (14).
Goodfellas star Frank Sivero is suing the creators of The Simpsons over allegations they ripped off his onscreen persona. Sivero, who played ill-fated mobster Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorsese's classic 1990 gangster movie, has filed a $250 million (£156 million) lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over The Simpsons' wiseguy character Louie.
He claims the mob henchman, who has appeared in 16 episodes over the years, is based on his portrayal of Carbone, and suggests a group of writers on The Simpsons got the idea while they were living next door to him in California in 1989 while he was preparing for the role.
The legal papers, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, state, "They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas. In fact, they were aware the entire character of Frankie Carbone was created and developed by Sivero, who based this character on his own personality... Louie's appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative of character actor Frank Sivero."
Sivero, who also appeared in The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, is demanding $250 million in damages as well as legal fees. Earlier this year (14), the actor sued a deli in California for using the character's name on a sandwich.
In Goodfellas, Frankie Carbone is killed off by fellow gangsters and his body is hidden in a frozen meat locker.
Famed Elvis Presley photographer Alfred Wertheimer has died at the age of 84. The snapper passed away from natural causes at his New York apartment on Sunday (19Oct14).
Wertheimer was just 26 when he was assigned to photograph the then-unknown 21-year-old singer in 1956, just before the release of his hit song Heartbreak Hotel turned him into a rock 'n' roll superstar.
Wertheimer amassed 3,800 candid photographs of the man who would become The King, including shots of Presley shaving, answering the telephone in his underwear and the famous The Kiss snap, in which he nuzzles a female fan backstage.
The series of black and white images has since become a key piece of music history, with special exhibitions held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Wertheimer went on to work as a cinematographer for Britain's Granada Television and served as a cameraman for filmmaker Michael Wadleigh's 1969 music documentary Woodstock.
MTV has created a new show where they put 10 guys and 11 girls (in this season, at least) in a house together, in Puerto Rico, and tell them to find their perfect match, because they're literally right in front of them. It's the second season of Are You The One, with new cast members and every crazier situations! There was a broken nose in the first episode, and it didn't even happen during a fight. Have you not tuned in yet? Let's go a little more into why you should, now that we're 3 episodes deep in the series.
1. The shows concept is intriguing. It's something we haven't seen in another reality series.
"If you're perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know?" Really though, if you think about it, if you were put in a house with someone who could be your perfect match, how would you figure it out? Would you be able to? It's interesting to watch couples like Paris and Pratt who immediately consider themselves matches get together, while other people like Ellie aren't quick to jump into anything. As she said last night, "I just don’t believe you can fall in love in a week. You need to know what someones farts smell like."
2. But they've only got 10 weeks to figure things out.
I take #AreYouTheOne real serious. Got my handy dandy spreadsheet pic.twitter.com/1cdZpuLQl8
— ʊʟтɪɱɑҭɛ ʂѵєɳgɑƖı (@Sharapstar) October 21, 2014
10 weeks, 10 tries, all for love...and a shot at $1 million (to split between 20, that is). Week 3 showed us some progress, bringing in 3 matches, one more than tlast week's 2 matches. But they're no closer to knowing who those perfect matches actually are. Maybe the guys should stop leaving Tyler out and consider her. Looks like in episode four the group will need to learn a new strategy, and if that preview is anything to go from, things will be pretty intense.
3. The things people will admit on this show are extremely hilarious.
Oh jeeeeepers @Pratt_MTV come on bruh #AreYouTheOne pic.twitter.com/qYb4m6WeRn
— Jenni MTV (@jenniknapmiller) October 21, 2014
To add onto that thought, Pratt also said: “I’ve taken a girl’s virginity before, and she didn’t leave my apartment for three weeks.” That's not even the half of it. Everyone on this show is having so much fun partying, you don't even realize just how much they've had to drink until they start droppng the truth bombs. Or, you know right away when someone has had too much, because that's when the fights start. Que Natahan crying over Shelby, while a very sweet Pratt tries to get him to calm down.
4. The Truth Booth is the best part of each episode.
Hey @Tindel10 and @MTV_Christina. Ever get the feeling you're being watched? #AreYouTheOne pic.twitter.com/Zrb64u7jPC
— Ryan Malaty (@ryanmalaty) October 17, 2014
The Truth Booth is where couples go to find out if they're a "perfect match." But you don't get to decide on your own if you're going to the TB. You need to be voted into there, after winning the most recent challenge, by your housemates. It's easily the most stress-inducing part of each episode, which makes it the most interesting for viewers. Every week, you sit there shouting at your screen, telling them "NO! Not Brandon AGAIN!" But then, it's actually funny to watch Brandon go into the truth booth, for the 3rd time in a row.
5. The competition between some of the men is just starting to HEAT UP.
OUCH. #AreYouTheOne pic.twitter.com/IgJHFcBcRH
— Are You The One? (@AREUTHE1) October 21, 2014
Nathan wants Shelby, but Shelby wants Dario, but kind of wanted Nathan, that is until he freaked out. And that's only 3 people, there are still 18 other people in this house. What's going on with Pratt and Paris next episode? Or Jenni-Anthony-Jess-Layton? There's so much drama, you can't fathom how it's all packed into a 60-minute episode. It leaves you craving more.
Have you watched Are You The One yet? Check out our interview with four of this seasons cast members! Tweet us your responses!
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Actress Sumi Haru has died, aged 75. The star's daughter, Vanda Vieaux, confirmed she passed away on Thursday (16Oct14) at a nursing home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles after battling emphysema
Haru was a film, television and theatre star as well as being a passionate activist. She was best known for her roles in films and TV shows such as Krakatoa, East of Java, the M*A*S*H movie, The Beverly Hillbillies and Hill Street Blues.
She had a large influence in several actors' rights organisations and committees, some of which she help found.
From 1974, Haru sat on the board of the Screen Actors Guild and served terms as the national recording secretary and first vice president of the organisation.
She was also a co-founder of the SAG's Ethnic Employment Opportunities Committee and helped develop affirmative action clauses into contracts.
If you've ever watched an episode of Parks and Recreation, you've probably thought, "Donna has the best reactions to everything." As well as, "Donna is the best character on this show." And also, "Why is Donna so classy and awesome and hysterical? Oh right, that's because Retta plays her." Nothing phases Donna Meagle. Model your life after her.
1. What to do when a hot guy is crying:
2. When someone really pisses you off:
3. When an online error means your GrubHub order is free:
AND it's not on time, it's early!
4. When someone thinks they're going to get away with cutting you in line at Starbucks:
5. And then proceeds to order a Pumpkin Spice Latte, "heavy on the pumpkin spice plus extra whip":
6. When you see a couple arguing about cookie butter in Trader Joes:
7. When you decide to stalk someone on Facebook instead of doing your work:
8. When your friend is torn between buying two different tops and asks your opinion:
9. When a hot mess of a dude tries hitting on you at the bar:
10. When you need to be honest with someone you love about their clothing choices:
11. When your best friend eats the last slice of pizza and it's too late to order another one:
12. When you hear a co-worker humming your favorite song:
13. When someone tries to tell you what to do:
This includes your boss.
14. Whenever your parents do something embarrassing, especially if it's technology related:
15. When your friend doesn't know what to do about the guy she met on Tinder:
16. When your friend thinks they're making a safe television confession:
Sorry to judge, but really!?
17. When someone says they're going to tell you and your bestie a juicy secret that you "can't tell anyone else":
18. Whenever there are haters around:
19. When your parents are fighting with each other and your mom brings up something from 1994:
20. When your boss asks what you're doing laying under your desk at 3 p.m.:
Which is your favorite Donna reaction? Tweet us your answers and be sure to tag @unfoRETTAble!
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Canadian/British actress and television presenter Lynda Bellingham has died aged 66. The star's agent, Sue Latimer, confirmed Bellingham died at a hospital in London on Sunday (19Oct14) after a battle with bowel cancer.
Latimer says in a statement, "Lynda died peacefully in her husband's arms yesterday evening at a London hospital. Her family, to whom she was devoted, would like to thank the nurses and staff for their tremendous care and support. As an actor, writer and presenter, Lynda was a consummate professional to the very end. Those of us privileged to have known her personally will miss the entertaining, life enhancing, true and honest friend that blessed our lives."
Bellingham revealed last month (Sep14) that she planned to stop her chemotherapy treatment in November (14), so she could live through Christmas (14) and pass away in January (15).
She made several television appearances to discuss the decision to finish her cancer treatment and insisted she was in a "good place" and was happy with her choice.
Bellingham was best known for her long-running role in television adverts for gravy brand OXO and she went on to become a presenter on British TV panel show Loose Women.
Actor Michael K. Williams challenged his Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson during a recent press conference, revealing he was convinced the filmmaker was not a fan of his throughout the shoot. The Wire star was asked what it was like to work with the Boogie Nights director and he confessed he felt under-appreciated on the set.
The actor said, "I didn't think Paul liked me... I came into the project a huge fan of co-star Joaquin (Phoenix) and Paul. I think I hadn't slept in 48 hours; I came from a job to this film. The process was different.
"Most of my credits are on television, where it's about time, time, time and in this situation you get to sit down and talk about it. I'm like, 'Really?' Joaquin was so generous and I came in very intimidated."
He then turned to face his director and added, "To be put in a situation that was so foreign to me, I didn't think you liked me! Although the process was new for me I knew that I was safe and in good hands and to trust. I'm grateful that I was given the opportunity to do that."
Anderson joked, "I didn't like you", before adding, "No, that makes me feel terrible."
Robert Downey, Jr. became part of a student's radio play during his address at Britain's prestigious Cambridge University on Friday (17Oct14).
The Iron Man star flew by helicopter from London to take part in a question-and-answer session with the students at Cambridge Union and was asked by a member of the audience if he could read lines for his radio play. Downey, Jr. agreed to the task, was handed a script, and performed the scenes onstage with the writer. A live-blogger writes on student website The Tab, "Some guy in the audience has just got RDJ to act out some lines for his radio play!!!! Huge cheers from audience! RDJ is doing some impromptu acting for us." The actor then talked about his career and told the audience, "Having a lousy education is no guarantee of failure and having a privileged education is no guarantee of success." After the session, he posed for pictures and signed autographs with the audience and was interviewed by budding student reporters.