Steve Irwin's teenage daughter has blasted the Crocodile Hunter star's cameraman for detailing her father's final moments in a recent Australian TV interview, insisting he was "wrong" to make the adventurer's family relive the tragedy eight years after his death. Justin Lyons opened up about the freak stingray attack which claimed Irwin's life in September, 2006 in a candid chat with presenters on morning show Studio 10 earlier this year (14), choking back tears as he recalled his pal's final words.
He said, "I was saying to him things like, 'Think of your kids, Steve'. He just sort of calmly looked up at me and said, 'I'm dying'.
"It was seconds but it felt like forever. Even if we had been able to get him to an emergency ward at that moment, we probably wouldn't have been able to save him because the damage to his heart was so massive."
Bindi Irwin has since revealed she was disgusted by Lyons' decision to go ahead with the broadcast. She did not tune into the show when it aired in March (14) and has vowed never to watch the footage.
She tells America's People magazine, "It's really hurtful, and as long as I live I'll never listen to it. It's wrong as a family for us to hear about it."
Bindi's comments emerged during her first in depth interview since her father's death and she admits the pain of losing her beloved dad haunts her to this day.
She says, "I remember after we lost dad, so many adults came up to me and said, 'Honey, time heals all wounds'. That is the biggest lie you will ever hear. It doesn't. That part of you is gone forever. Time softens things, so now when I think back about dad and the amazing memories we had together, I'm happy. But that kind of sadness never goes away. It's like losing a piece of your heart that you never get back."
Rock icon Billy Joel is set to be honoured with America's prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The Piano Man star has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Library of Congress award, which is named after iconic composer George Gershwin and celebrates the lifetime achievements of a living musical artist.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington says, "Billy Joel is a storyteller of the highest order. There is an intimacy to his songwriting that bridges the gap between the listener and the worlds he shares through music. When you listen to a Billy Joel song, you know about the people and the place and what happened there. And while there may be pain, despair and loss, there is ultimately a resilience to it that makes you want to go to these places again and again."
"Importantly, as with any good storyteller, the recognition experienced in a Billy Joel song is not simply because these are songs we have heard so many times, but because we see something of ourselves in them."
A flattered Joel adds, "The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career and the Library's decision to include me among those songwriters who have been past recipients is a milestone for me."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member will be presented with the accolade at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November (14).
Previous recipients include Paul Simon, Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Carole King, who made history last year (13) as the first woman to ever claim the Gershwin Prize.
"I'm sure there will be plenty of people who will say horrible things... But you can't worry about it. People like to gossip. They bond over it. They don't bond over complimenting famous people. I'm always the first person to defend Gwyneth Paltrow. Or any woman in a position of power, like Martha Stewart or Oprah, who gets burned. Because they have paved the path for so many other women who are doing something they believe in." Actress Blake Lively refuses to listen to critics as she prepares to follow in Paltrow's footsteps and launch her own lifestyle website, Preserve.
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Leonardo DiCaprio has recruited Hollywood screenwriter Dustin Lance Black to adapt a biography of pilot Charles Lindbergh for a TV mini-series.
DiCaprio serves as executive producer to the project, which will bring author A. Scott Berg's book Lindbergh to the small screen.
Black, who picked up an Oscar for his Milk screenplay, will adapt the book chronicling the life of the Lindbergh as he rose to fame and struggled with celebrity after flying the Spirit of St. Louis solo from New York to Paris in 1927.
Black shares his excitement for the new project in a statement which reads: "In Lindbergh’s story, we have the very first case of a worldwide media sensation. He was an American daredevil, innovator, record breaker and icon, but he was far from perfect."
"I'm eager to dig into the story of a man who stumbled in his fame, but showed a willingness to learn and attempt to rectify the unseen ramifications of what the world still considers his greatest successes... a man who urged the world to, 'Listen until the end'."
The Outfield rocker John Spinks has died aged 60 after a long battle with liver cancer. The guitarist and songwriter for the British pop rock band passed away on Wednesday (09Jul14) after living with the disease for years. The news of Spinks' passing was announced via a post on the group's official Facebook page, which reads: "John was a loving husband, inspirational father, doting grandfather and gifted songwriter. His musical career started from a very young age and he wanted more than anything for people to listen and enjoy his music. He passed away knowing he achieved his ambition.
"If it were possible, we know John would have liked to have thanked each and every fan of The Outfield personally. He admired and respected the emails from thousands of loyal followers who commented on his music and enquired about his health. This alone, gave him motivation to battle through the sometimes dark days.
"We would like to thank you for 'Your Love' and the continued support you have given John throughout his career. He loved making music and playing his guitar. He found pleasure knowing that his music made people happy and bought them fond memories. He worked hard with many days in pain to finish the Replay album. There were times when he could barely pick up his guitar, but he refused to give up knowing he would disappoint fans. The hardest day for John was when he put his guitar in its case announcing his hands could no longer play.
"During the last months of his life, John, (bandmates) Tony (Lewis) and Alan (Jackman) wrote new material. What the future holds for this is unclear at the time of this writing."
The Outfield first earned major success with their 1985 debut album Play Deep, which included their smash hit Your Love. They continued to release records throughout the 1980s and by the 1990s, the trio took an extended hiatus, playing only a few intimate gigs.
In 2011, Spinks, Lewis and Jackman reunited for their final studio album, Replay.
Superstar Beyonce's impact on popular culture is to be examined by students at the University of Victoria in Canada.
The class, which will be offered next year (15), will "explore how we can situate popular music as a cultural construct", and examine the Drunk in Love hitmaker's career.
Educator Dr. Melissa Avdeeff says, "It's kind of a way for people to think more critically about their listening and their watching habits because, obviously, Beyonce is very visually focused with her videos. "It's just a way to develop a framework to understand why and how we listen to popular music and its role in society and having to think more critically about that as opposed to being passive consumers."
This isn't the first Beyonce-based college course offered to students - in 2012, bosses at New Jersey's Rutgers University launched Politicising Beyonce as part of the school's Women's and Gender Studies curriculum.
Rob Lowe once had a bizarre mid-air run-in with Monica Lewinsky while he was preparing to shoot White House-based drama The West Wing.
The Hollywood hunk was scanning scripts during a flight before filming the pilot episode for the show, in which he played Deputy Communications Director Sam Seaborn, when he realised then-President Bill Clinton's infamous intern-turned-lover was a fellow passenger.
He took the chance to tell Lewinsky that a show focusing on the White House was heading to TV, and insisted her fling with the Commander in Chief would not be referenced in the series.
In new U.S. nostalgia TV show, The '90s: The Last Great Decade?, he says, "I think two or three days before we filmed The West Wing pilot, I was reading the script and studying my lines on a plane. And I got the feeling of someone watching you - you know how that can be? - and I looked up across the aisle, and it was Monica Lewinsky."
"I had this moment, I thought, 'You know what? I gotta say this to her. And I said, 'Listen, I just want you to know something. I'm about to do a show called The West Wing. It's about the presidency. I think people are going to pay a lot of attention to it. And I just want you to know we're not doing anything about... you know, so you don't need to worry.'"
The show first aired in 1999, a year after their affair led to Clinton's impeachment in 1998. He was later cleared.
R&B star Robin Thicke tackled his critics head-on on Tuesday (01Jul14) after taking part in a Twitter.com chat, which had been bombarded with negative comments.
Bosses at U.S. TV network VH1 faced a backlash on Monday (30Jun14) after attempting to field questions from Twitter users for the Thicke session using the hashtag #AskThicke, but the promotional stunt backfired as detractors used the opportunity to attack the singer instead.
The star's reputation has taken a hit over the past year after he was accused of misogyny over the controversial lyrics to Blurred Lines, which many women's rights campaigners claimed promoted sexual violence, while he faced further criticism over his split from wife Paula Patton earlier this year (14) following allegations of his infidelity.
Critics took advantage of the #AskThicke tag and one Twitter user wrote, "Did you really write a rape anthem as a love song for your wife and are you still wondering why she left you?", while another took aim at Thicke for attempting to woo actress Patton back by naming his new album, Paula, after her and issuing multiple public pleas to her, taunting, "How many times do you expect Paula to forgive your bs (bulls**t)..."
The VH1 Twitter chat still went ahead as planned on Tuesday, with Thicke even addressing some of the more critical comments after declaring, "I'm a big boy. I can handle it."
When one fan asked, "Why didn't you write a whole album for her when you were WITH her?", he replied, "She's always been my muse only this time from a distance".
In response to another asking, "Do you honestly think that what you're doing is going to win Paula back?", he wrote, "I have no idea. I just want the world to know how special she is".
Another tweeter suggested he should give his estranged wife some space - and not write songs about her and name his new album after her. The fan wrote, "If you cherish #Paula as much as you say, why can't you respect her desire for space & time to think & heal?" Thicke responded, "If you listen to the album you wouldn't ask that question."
He was also asked if he's still in touch with the 2 Guns star, and replied, "Yes because our child comes first." The former couple has a four-year-old son, Julian Fuego.
Friends who star on Saturday Night Live together go on to star in almost every movie they make together. At least, that appears to be Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader's philosophy, and the two are carrying on the tradition with their latest film The Skeleton Twins. The first trailer for the Sundance darling showcases a slightly different side of the pair, however, as they play twins who reconnect after they coincidentally each cheat death on the exact same day. Their second chance at life inspires both of them to re-evaluate their lives and mend their relationships with one another. Between the eight years they spent together on SNL, the 10 movies they've both starred in, and the countess talk show and award show appearances they've made together, Wiig and Hader have created many wonderful, weird, and goofy characters. In celebration of their chemistry, here's a look back at all of the hilarious pairings that Wiig and Hader have entertained us with over the years...
Devin and Karina, The Californians Despite being one of SNL's most divisive recurring sketches, The Californians was a cast favorite, which explains why it was performed so many times. Still, the pointless soap opera about rich people giving directions would be nothing without Hader's Devin, whose close relationship with Wiig's Karina caused a great deal of tension with her husband, Stuart (Fred Armisen).
Brady Trunk and Anastasia Hicks, Hollywood Dish As the world's worst entertainment news hosts, Wiig and Hader had the perfect opportunity to showcase both their most obnoxious, arrogant voices and their silliest faces during some extremely uncomfortable interviews with various celebrities that culminated in a series of dramatic spit takes.
Lyle Round and Mindy Elise Grayson, Secret Word Nine times out of ten, if SNL was doing a game show sketch, Hader played the host. Still, his most famous host was Lyle Round, an obnoxious, sleazy '50s television personality who always laughed at his own jokes and alternated between flirting with and yelling at Wiig's Mindy Elise Grayson, who has never been able to understand the one rule of the show. It's Wiig and Hader at their most over-enunciated, which is generally when they're at their finest.
Bobby and Paulette, Adventureland As the permanently exasperated couple that runs the titular theme park, Hader and Wiig got the chance to introduce audiences to their relaxed, hilarious chemistry and the oddball characters that we'd come to love them for, along with the real reason why nobody ever wins a giant panda while playing arcade games. They just don't have that many left.
Phone Sex Callers, Her In perhaps their strangest co-starring role (and considering the kind of weirdos these two normally play, that's saying something), Hader and Wiig each provided voices for people in a chat room that Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) enters at the beginning of the film to connect with another person. Though Hader plays a man pretending to be a woman, his cameo is brief (and if you didn't know to listen for him, it would probably pass you by completely). Wiig's performance as SexyKitten, on the other hand, is much more memorable, primarily because she asked Theodore to... well, "choke [her] with the dead cat" in the throes of passion. You'll never be able to watch Bridesmaids the same way again.
Pop star Austin Mahone is urging critics to listen to his music before comparing him to Justin Bieber, because assumptions about their similarities are "obnoxious".
The What About Love hitmaker landed his first record deal after being discovered on YouTube.com, just like Bieber, but the 18 year old insists that's where the similarities end. He says, "I can kind of see where they're coming from, but at the same time, it's kind of obnoxious. "They see a young kid who sings and dances and... they're like, 'Oh, another Justin Bieber'. Like, you don't even know. You don't know me. You don't know my music. You're just making assumptions."
Ironically, Mahone hit the studio with Bieber in April (14) to record a new song, which they have yet to release. Mahone's comments emerge as a racial slur controversy threatens to derail Bieber's career after two videos, filmed when he was around 14 or 15, surfaced online, featuring the Baby singer using the N-word in a racist joke and singing about joining notorious hate group the Ku Klux Klan. He has apologised twice for his controversial behaviour as a young teen, which he claimed was "a reckless and immature mistake".
Meanwhile, Bieber has also found himself in legal trouble in recent months following a DUI arrest in Florida earlier this year (14) and allegations he was involved in an assault on a limousine driver in his native Canada in December (13).