Uruguayan actress China Zorrilla has died, aged 92. The beloved star was hospitalised in Montevideo, Uruguay on Sunday (14Sep14) with a respiratory problem. She passed away on Wednesday (17Sep14).
Zorrilla grew up in Paris and earned a British Council scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London in her 20s. She made her stage debut in French playwright Paul Claudel's The Tidings Brought To Mary and headed back to her homeland, where she became an acclaimed actress in film and television, and was a stand-out member of the National Comedy of Uruguay, where she worked at the Solis Theatre.
Throughout the 1950s and 60s, she appeared in a number of stage productions, including Tartuffe, The Seagull, Our Town and Plaza Suite, as well as plays by Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, and others.
Zorrilla's love for the theatre also spawned her own acting company, the TCM (Teatro Ciudad de Montevideo), which she co-founded with actor Enrique Guarnero and writer Antonio Larreta.
She briefly lived in New York City between 1964 and 1966, working as a French teacher and Broadway secretary, but moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she lived for over 35 years.
She starred in films such as Un guapo del 900, La Mafia, Darse cuenta, Tocar el Cielo and Elsa y Fred, and appeared in episodes of telenovelas including Los Roldan, Son Amores, Enamorarte and Ricos y Famosos.
Over the past few years, Zorrilla has received numerous international awards and distinctions, including the Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur (France), the Orden de Mayo (Argentina) and the Orden Gabriela Mistral (Chile).
In 2012, Zorrilla's illustrious career was celebrated in conjunction with her 90th birthday at the Cervantes National Theater of Buenos Aires. A gala marked her official retirement from the stage.
She returned to her hometown of Montevideo last year (13).
The real life inspiration behind Laurie Lee's famous book Cider With Rosie has died just days before filming on a new TV adaptation kicked off. Rosie Buckland, who was believed have inspired the title character in the tale of Lee's younger years, died aged 99 in Cheltenham, England on Saturday (13Sept14).
Her death came just days before work started on the BBC's new adaptation of the 1959 memoir, which reportedly began on Monday (15Sep14) close to the author's hometown in Gloucestershire, England.
The new show is the third TV adaptation of Lee's story - Juliet Stevenson previously starred in a 1998 version.
Lee died in 1997.
Jenny Mccarthy has already lost her wedding ring less than a month after exchanging vows with actor/singer Donnie Wahlberg. The model-turned-TV personality wed the New Kids on the Block hunk on 31 August (14) near her hometown of Chicago, Illinois, but she lost the band he gave her on their big day following a sex session on honeymoon.
During an interview with New York morning chat show Good Day NY on Monday (15Sep14), she admitted she took the ring off before a romantic encounter with her new husband, and it disappeared.
McCarthy revealed, "We were staying in a hotel and you can't have a wedding ring on... it's a little hard to get romantic with diamonds on your hand.
"I removed it and put it on the room service table and they (staff) came and turned down the room and the ring was gone."
But McCarthy isn't too upset about the loss of her ring, adding, "If you’re gonna lose your wedding ring, you should lose it that way."
She's still hoping someone finds it, realises what it is and returns the ring: "They could have maybe not seen it, or it could have gone under a dish and (been) thrown away on accident.
"But I’m missing it today! I keep going, 'Where is my ring?' But Donnie and I are both laughing that at least we lost it for the best reason possible!"
McCarthy added a thick gold band with diamonds on her big day, to match the already impressive yellow sapphire engagement ring Wahlberg gave her when he popped the question in April (14).
Former The Hills star Holly Montag has tied the knot. The former reality TV regular exchanged vows with fiance Richie Wilson on Saturday (13Sep14) in her hometown of Crested Butte, Colorado.
Montag tells People magazine that she "married the love of my life" and the ceremony was "magical and intimate."
Montag's sister, Heidi Pratt, took to Twitter.com on Sunday (14Sep14) to congratulate her sibling, and wrote, "Yesterday was the most beautiful wedding I could imagine! Wishing you all the blessings and joy! Love you!"
Montag announced her engagement to Wilson last October (13), a day after her The Hills co-star, Lauren Conrad revealed her own engagement to lawyer boyfriend William Tell.
Ironically, Conrad and Tell also wed on Saturday in Santa Ynez, California. The happy couple was surrounded by family and close friends, including Laguna Beach and The Hills co-star Lo Bosworth, who served as a bridesmaid.
Tragic singer Amy Winehouse has been honoured with a statue in her native London. The unveiling of the life-sized, brass sculpture fell on what would have been the Back to Black hitmaker's 31st birthday on Sunday (14Sep14).
Speaking at the ceremony in Camden, Winehouse's father Mitch said, "It is incredibly emotional to see Amy immortalised like this, but (designer) Scott (Eaton) has done an amazing job in capturing her. It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time. The Winehouse family are very grateful to Scott and we really hope Amy's fans love the statue.
"We want to remind everyone of her talent and that her legacy, through her music and the Amy Winehouse Foundation, carries on. Camden meant a lot to Amy and vice versa and to have her forever standing at the heart of the hustle and bustle of that area just fits."
Winehouse died in 2011.
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I wasn’t entirely sure I’d be able to get past the fact that Bill Hader’s name is Milo. This was the forerunner of a number of elements that seemed to introduce The Skeleton Twins as an aggressively “Sundancey” picture: Hader and Kristen Wiig, estranged siblings living a country apart, both attempt suicide at the precise same moment, executing their mirror glowers and macabre goodbye letters in nearly perfect harmony; it’s that combination of dark and cute on which a generation of independent film was founded. But once the distance is mended — Maggie (Wiig) is brought to the bedside of her hospitalized brother — Skeleton Twins finds its pulp: the chemistry between the titular sibs.
A film like Skeleton Twins rests its weight on whether or not its principal characters can be believed (and loved) as family. Where many fail, Twins strikes gold: we’ve seen Hader and Wiig play husband and wife, Californian lovers, game show host and incompetent contestant, and phone sex perpetrators rivaling for the vocal company of Joaquin Phoenix, but history does not dissuade entry into what makes for a touching, challenging fraternity in this film.
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Individually, their performances sparkle too. Hader is fun as the frustrated, pithy fish-out-of-water (back in his hometown, appropriately) failed actor Milo, and Wiig duly charming as a woman suffocated by her marriage to the impossibly nice Lance (Luke Wilson, being tolerable). But it’s the togetherness — and the film’s permission to let the old friends play to their hearts’ content — that wins us over. The banter, the shtick, the “up” moments.
But this dynamic chemistry comes at a price: Hader and Wiig are so effortlessly good together, we find it difficult to believe they ever might have let the years pass by without contact. Each is so readily funny that it is difficult to understand what brought them both to suicide at the film’s dawn. Skeleton Twins is so good at the up moments that it practically uproots the down, rendering its emotional core something of a nonentity.
Still, Skeleton Twins lives up to its principal promise: a funny, sweet, more or less impressive platform for Hader and Wiig. They show off what we love about them and what we’ve long hoped we’d get to see, leaving plenty of room for growth in the next optimistic installment. And, miraculously, they manage to overcome the anchors of a movie that introduces itself as insistently “indie” as this one does.
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Veteran punk rockers The Replacements are returning to America's NBC network nearly 30 years after they were banned from sketch show Saturday Night Live. The Minnesota quartet served as musical guests for the long-running show in January 1986, but their performance caused controversy as they took to the stage drunk on live TV and shocked viewers when they stumbled around the set, dropped their instruments and mouthed profanities.
They were slapped with a permanent ban by SNL bosses, but on Tuesday (09Sep14) the reunited group will return to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which films just a few floors down from the SNL studio.
The Replacements ended their 22-year hiatus by returning to the stage at Riot Fest last year (13), and they are set to play their first headlining show in their hometown since 1991 as part of a comeback tour this Saturday (13Sep14).
Rapper Rich Homie Quan fought off a suspected robber on Friday (05Sep14) after a man attempted to steal his necklace while he was in the audience at a big boxing match in Cincinnati, Ohio. The hip-hop star was in the crowd at the Adrien Broner/Emmanuel Taylor fight when an unidentified male made a forceful grab for his chain.
Video footage of the incident, which has surfaced online, shows Quan throwing a few punches of his own to fight off the attacker, who ran off empty-handed.
No arrests were made at the event, according to TMZ.com.
The attempted robbery took place shortly after Quan joined fellow rappers Young Thug and Birdman to escort Broner to the ring in his hometown.
Friends and family of late Kriss Kross star Chris Kelly remembered the rapper as he was honoured at the inaugural Live and Die for Hip-Hop Black Out gala on Saturday (06Sep14). The Jump hitmaker died of a drug overdose in May last year (13) and his life was celebrated in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia at the Woodruff Arts Center.
The event was hosted by rapper Lil Wayne's daughter and aspiring singer Reginae Carter and rapper-turned-radio personality Ed Lover.
Special performances and guest appearances made up the night, and familiar faces such as former Xscape singer Tiny Harris and Sean 'Diddy' Combs' ex-girlfriend Kim Porter were among those in attendance.
Proceeds from the event will go towards a scholarship fund for the students of Kelly's alma mater, the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media.
Late comedienne Joan Rivers' life is set to be celebrated at a funeral in her hometown of New York City this weekend (07Sep14). The veteran funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).
Her daughter Melissa Rivers shared the sad news of her mum's passing on Thursday (04Sep14), and now it has been announced funeral services for Rivers will be held at Temple Emanu-El, the synagogue where she was a member.
A statement from Rabbi Joshua M. Davidson to ABC News reads, "It is a terribly sad day for all of us. We mourn with her family, friends and all those millions to whom she brought laughter and joy."
Meanwhile, tributes continued to pour in throughout Thursday, and among them was Rivers' co-host of U.S. fashion commentary programme Fashion Police, Kelly Osbourne.
She shared her grief in a statement that reads: "I'm completely heartbroken by the loss of my beloved Joan. Not only was she my boss, she was and will always be my teacher, therapist, closest friend, inspiration and the only grandmother I ever knew.
"She was family and I will never forget her. Laughter will be difficult for a while but when I'm sad, lonely or upset all I will have to do is think of Joan and a smile will cross my face. Laughter is what she gave us and laughter is what she would want us to do in remembrance of her.
"Melissa and (grandson) Cooper, my thoughts are with you and I love you both so much. Joan, thank you for taking me in and loving me as a daughter. I will miss you deeply and will always hear your voice in my head saying, 'My darling get out there and be you!'"