Actress America Ferrera and her Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants co-stars reunited for a brunch date on Monday (15Sep14). The former Ugly Betty star, along with Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively and Amber Tamblyn, showed their offscreen friendship still lives on, as they caught up over lunch and delighted fans with a photo of their meeting.
Ferrera posted the selfie on Instagram.com, along with the caption, "Always a good day when I'm with my sisters #DeLosPantalones (of the pants) Love these amazing women."
The picture also features Bledel in her first public snap since marrying Mad Men co-star Vincent Kartheiser during a secret ceremony in June (14).
The original Sisterhood film, based on author Ann Brashares' series of the same name, came out nearly 10 years ago, and in April (14), Ferrera hinted that the foursome is eager to reprise its roles for a third installment in the series.
She told Entertainment Weekly magazine that she was hoping author Ann Brashares' fifth book in the Sisterhood book series could be turned into a movie, explaining, "It picks up 10 years after the fourth book, so the characters are all basically the ages that we are now. I know that the four of us would love it (to make another film), and it would be wonderful."
The foursome previously reprised its characters for a 2008 Sisterhood sequel, and Ken Kwapis, the director of the original, has signed on to make a third movie, titled Sisterhood Everlasting.
The world-famous Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in as many weeks. Revered Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest quit his role as music director on 5 September (14), citing creative differences with the group's director, Dominque Meyer, for his decision to walk away from the job he held since 2007.
Now French maestro Bertrand de Billy has followed Welser-Moest out of the door, blaming Meyer's "lack of loyalty" for his exit.
Reports suggest the pair initially fell out over a production dispute in March (14).
Actor Paul Bettany fired himself from his directorial debut when he realised he couldn't cope as filmmaker, writer, producer and star. The Priest star initially planned to play a supporting character, opposite his real-life wife, Jennifer Connelly, in homeless drama Shelter, but he quickly realised he had taken on too much when pre-production began.
He explains, "As a producer, I had hired myself and then, as a writer/director, I fired myself from the picture much to everybody's surprise who had financed the film.
"I think it was a smart move in the maelstrom of trying to make your first film in just over 20 days. There's not a great deal of time to go to the toilet, let alone research and play a part, so I was very glad to opt out."
Bettany is terrifically proud of the film he made, which was inspired by a homeless couple he ran into on the streets of New York.
He tells WENN, "There was this homeless couple who lived outside my building and after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, we were evacuated - very dramatic - and went to higher ground. I used to see them every day and say hello to them on the school run and when we got back, I never saw them again.
"I just started to write because I thought there was something good to focus a story about judgment on, because I didn't want to write a polemic about homelessness being bad because everyone knows that. But how we judge people I thought was really interesting. There's an almost aggressive response that they must've done something to deserve being there and that really intrigued me.
"We're all innocent and we're all worthy of forgiveness and we're all deserving of a home and that's really what the film is about for me."
"As soon as it was announced I'd be on The View, I go into Costco (discount warehouse store), as I always do, and everyone took out their cell phones and everyone started recording me and my friend had a panic attack and I was worried about my friend, but I was also worried about myself because my hair looked a mess! I went over to this girl and... I asked if she was a Puerto Rican and she said, 'Of course, honey'... I went, 'Please, you understand the hair, please, delete, delete!'" Actress Rosie Perez urged one fan to erase an embarrassing snap of her messy hair after landing her new job as a panellist on U.S. talk show The View.
Boxing star Gerald Washington has been placed behind bars after California police discovered a warrant out for his arrest following a traffic stop on Monday night (15Sep14). Cops pulled over the 32 year old's Chevy truck after spotting the vehicle "straddling the lines" of the road in Burbank.
They discovered he was driving with expired licence tags and, upon running his name through the police system, officers learned he was wanted for previously driving without a licence.
Washington was taken into custody and is currently being held on $5,000 (£3,125) bail, reports TMZ.com.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has taken aim at her husband Kanye West's critics after they attacked the rapper for allegedly demanding handicapped fans at a recent Australian concert stand up and dance. The Stronger hitmaker incurred the wrath of disability rights campaigners Down Under over the weekend (12-14Sep14) after video footage emerged online showing the rapper singling out a fan in a wheelchair and demanding he get on his feet if he wanted West to continue with a show in Sydney on Friday night (12Sep14).
After realising his mistake, West said, "Is he in a wheelchair?... OK, you (are) fine."
He subsequently attempted to brush off the controversy during Monday's (15Sep14) concert in Brisbane, insisting the press criticism of the gig misunderstanding only fuels his drive to succeed.
He told the crowd, "At my concerts I make sure everybody has good a time as possible. So all this demonising me, it ain't (sic) going to work after a while. Pick a new target, pick a new target. Cause I'm not one of these dumba** artists that you're used to."
Kardashian later shared footage of the show on Instagram.com and also lashed out at detractors for spreading false rumours about her new husband's alleged behaviour.
In the accompanying video caption, she wrote, "What an amazing Australian tour! Its (sic) frustrating that something so awesome could be clouded by lies in the media.
"Kanye never asked anyone in a wheel chair (sic) to stand up & the audience videos show that. He asked for everyone to stand up & dance UNLESS they were in a wheel chair."
Pop star Rihanna has aimed a foul-mouthed rant at U.S. TV bosses for dropping her song from a sports show in the aftermath of a domestic violence scandal affecting a player.
The Umbrella singer's hit track Run This Town had been reworked with a comedic segment featuring Don Cheadle for broadcast on Thursday Night Football last week (ends14Sep14). However, the song was dropped from the line-up after Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice was caught on camera allegedly assaulting his partner in an elevator resulting in a ban from playing in the National Football League (NFL).
Rihanna, who was a victim of domestic violence herself in 2009, has now spoken out about the song ban and accused TV bosses of punishing her for someone else's mistakes, insisting she does not want them running the track in this week's (beg15Sep14) show. In a serious of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this... The audacity..." Reports suggest CBS bosses now plan to drop Rihanna's song for a second time following her Twitter.com rant.
Rihanna was left battered and bruised after she was beaten by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown following a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009. Brown was later convicted of assault for attacking the singer.
Actress-turned-U.S. TV personality Rosie O'Donnell debuted her slimmed down new look on her new show The View on Monday (15Sep14), revealing she has lost over 50 pounds (22.6 kilograms) since undergoing vertical gastric sleeve surgery last year (Jul13).
The A League of Their Own star, who once tipped the scales at 237 pounds (107.5 kilograms), started a new health kick after suffering a heart attack in 2012. And, as she joined Whoopi Goldberg, Nicole Wallace and Rosie Perez for the new season of the long-running U.S. talk show on Monday, O'Donnell revealed she's still coming to terms with her weightloss.
She said, "I'm not used to it yet. I still buy the wrong-sized clothes... A lot of people who have never had weight issues their whole life would assume that losing weight and going from morbidly obese to being able to buy clothes off the rack would be only full of happiness and positivity, but that's not true. It's also full of anxiety and vulnerability. I'm glad it's going at the rate it is because any faster than this would throw me into a panic."
And the actress revealed she has come to realise why she always felt safe and secure overweight, adding, "Some (people) gain weight as a layer of protection - to keep people away from them. I never wanted someone to want to approach me in a sexual manner because of my physical body and because of child abuse issues. So I think they are all interwoven and they don't exist separately so they come up, and I'm having to put out fires and talk to my therapist and get through it and find a different way to cope with my anxiety and my feelings of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) rather than eating over them."
O'Donnell wasn't the only woman on the new The View line-up who has shed the pounds - returning co-host Goldberg also showed off a slimmer figure, revealing, "I've lost about 35 pounds. I'm using (chef) Rocco DiSpirito's diet book The Pound A Day Diet. And I feel good."
Ariana Grande got a taste of how so many stars are scammed by opportunists when she was involved in a car crash recently. The Problem singer was on her way to boyfriend Big Sean's house in the Hollywood Hills when she was involved in a minor accident with another motorist - and she admits she was stunned with how quickly the other woman changed her tune once she realised whose vehicle she'd hit.
Grande tells Marie Claire magazine, "I was driving to Big Sean's house on those windy hills in L.A. It was my first time going up those hills so I was going, like, 12 miles per hour. This lady was whipping around the corner, and I came to a complete stop so she bumped me really hard. The whole front of my Range Rover was wrecked.
"She jumped out (of her car) and was like, 'Sweetie, it's OK, it's totally fine. What do you do?' I was like, 'I'm a singer'. And she was like, 'Oh, I think I broke my leg'. And I was like, 'I mean, I make jewellery'."
The crash didn't make the headlines, so presumably Grande and the other woman were able to come to an agreement over liability through their insurance companies.
Robin Thicke has confessed under oath that he was so jealous of Pharrell Williams' talents he told interviewers he had a bigger part in the writing of 2013 hit Blurred Lines.
Interrogated for allegedly ripping off Marvin Gaye's song Got to Give it Up, the singer reveals he amped up his involvement in the song because he was upset that his biggest hit was really someone else's brainchild. Thicke and Williams are currently in the middle of a drawn-out legal battle with Gaye's children over claims they sampled various segments of the late soul legend's song without permission, and in sworn testimony, revealed for the first time in a Los Angeles federal court on Monday (15Sep14) and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, singer Thicke admits he took too much credit for the track.
He told the Gayes' lawyer, "I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit... I tried to take credit for it later because (Williams) wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that... I was present. Obviously, I sang it. I had to be there."
But when he was asked if he was around when the rhythm track was being created, he added, "To be honest... I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio. So my recollection is when we made the song, I thought I wanted... I wanted to be more involved than I actually was by the time, nine months later, it became a huge hit and I wanted credit. "I started kind of convincing myself that I was a little more part of it than I was... but the reality is that Pharrell had the beat and he wrote almost every single part of the song... (I was) lucky enough to be in the room."
Williams appears to agree with Thicke in his deposition, explaining, "This is what happens every day in our industry. You know, people are made to look like they have much more authorship in the situation than they actually do. So that's where the embellishment comes in." But the Happy hitmaker insists it's Thicke's voice that holds the song together - and that's why he gave the singer so much credit: "It's the white man singing soulfully and we, unfortunately, in this country don't get enough... we don't get to hear that as often, so we get excited by it when the mainstream gives that a shot."
Thicke goes on to admit that any comments he made in media interviews about the song's similarities to Gaye's track and his love for the soul man's music, which are now being used as proof of his sampling acts by the Gayes, were probably made in a drug haze, adding, "I had a drug and alcohol problem for the year... I didn't do a sober interview."
Thicke further confesses he was high on painkiller Norco when he sat down for a revealing TV chat with Oprah Winfrey, and reveals his wife Paula Patton left him when he told her the truth about his drug use. Thicke and Williams' depositions were recorded back in April (14).