Singer Christina Aguilera is set to return to U.S. reality show The Voice as a judge after giving birth to her daughter.
The "Beautiful" hitmaker decided to take a second hiatus from the show last year (13) and extended her break after learning she was pregnant with fiance Matthew Rutler's child earlier this year (14). She welcomed Summer Rain Rutler in August (14), and now she's planning to return to her spinning chair, which has been filled by fellow pop mums Shakira and Gwen Stefani for the past two seasons. Aguilera will join Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton for season eight of the hit show.
Announcing the news, Paul Telegdy, the president of alternative and late night programming at NBC Entertainment, says, "We are excited to welcome Christina back to her red chair and can't wait to see how she mixes things up among Adam, Blake and Pharrell, in what will be an incredibly competitive competition. "These four talented artists are at the top of their game as musicians and as coaches. The mentoring is sure to be intense and the stakes will be high." Season eight will air in the U.S. next spring (15).
"When you see me putting together the tent, that's literally me putting together the tent. It took me two hours. I could not figure out the f**king tent. And when I kicked the stove, it's because I couldn't make the f**king stove work." Reese Witherspoon's camping frustrations were on show in new movie Wild.
Funnyman John Cleese has vowed to serve up a volley of criticism of his rivals in his follow-up memoir. The Monty Python star is currently promoting the first volume of his life story, titled So, Anyway, which is released next month (Nov14) and deals with his childhood and early life up to the formation of the hit comedy troupe in the 1960s.
Fans hoping for some controversy and mud-slinging will be left disappointed by the book's convivial tone, but Cleese has promised he is saving the vitriol for part two.
He even compared his plans for the next tome with the recently released memoirs of England cricket hero Kevin Pietersen, who recounted shocking allegations of dressing room bullying in his book.
In a light-hearted reference to his former Monty Python colleague Michael Palin, Cleese tells U.K. TV show This Morning, "I settle a few scores in volume two. Kevin Pietersen talking about the England dressing room - that had nothing on Python. Especially that b**tard Palin."
Troubled pop star Justin Bieber had a brush with police in Florence, Italy after he was accused of parking his scooter illegally. The Baby singer has been using a Vespa moped during his break in the historical Italian city, but he fell foul of local law enforcement last week (ends12Oct14) when he left the bike in a no-parking zone. Pictures show the star receiving a warning from two female police officers on 6 October (14), while onlooker Joel French tells SWNS.com, "The police were standing around the bike to make sure no one took off with it... According to our taxi driver, they were likely going to repossess it because no one is allowed to park in that spot."
Grey'S Anatomy star Jesse Williams was one of the thousands who rallied in Missouri over the weekend (ends12Oct14) seeking justice for the the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. In August (14), race riots between locals and law enforcement officials in Ferguson erupted after Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, was shot and killed by a white police officer investigating a robbery.
While a grand jury is still meeting to decide whether the cop who killed Brown will be charged, thousands of citizens gathered in Ferguson on Friday for "Ferguson October", a planned weekend of four-day protests.
Williams joined in on Saturday (11Oct14) as they marched 12 miles from Ferguson to nearby St. Louis, demanding the officer under trial be charged with a crime.
The actor documented his weekend on his various social media accounts, posting photos of himself talking to protesters and in the thick of the crowd's march to St. Louis.
One photo, showing Williams giving comfort to a distraught female protester, was posted alongside the caption, "This is a two way street. Ferguson, MO Oct 11, 2014."
Williams is also part of the Question Bridge: Black Males video project team, which is documenting Ferguson October to "archiving the thoughts and concerns of the people and recording Black males asking and answering the questions that matter to them," according to his Tumblr page.
Williams isn't the only celebrity in town to show support for the protests - artists such as Talib Kweli, dead prez, and Jasiri X performed at a free Hip Hop 4 Justice concert on Sunday (12Oct14).
Actress Poppy Montgomery's TV series Unforgettable has been axed again after three seasons on air. Executives at America's CBS Network initially dropped the show from its line-up in spring 2012, only to change their minds and bring the programme back for another two seasons. They have now decided to scrap the drama for good, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Walking Dead is finally back! The moment all fans have spent the last 7 months fantasizing about is finally here and we've got an exclusive with one of the cast members, Lauren Cohan! Lauren has played Maggie since since 2011, and since her first introduction as one of Hershel's daughters, her character has grown right in front of us and become one of the central members of the group. We wanted to learn firsthand what it was that Lauren loves about Maggie. She told us that, the hardest scene she's ever had to shoot, and what Maggie is absolutely unwilling to lose in season 5, and more!
You’ve been playing Maggie for a while now, we wanted to know what your favorite trait about her was?
She’s a very compassionate person. That’s probably one of my favorite traits. I think that she’s sort of done when she’s need to, to survive, but it’s always been about protecting her family and keeping people alive as long as possible. One of my favorite relationships is obviously my husband (Glenn), but also my father/daughter relationship (Hershel/Maggie). I think seeing that any way that Hershel can get through to Maggie has been one of the most enjoyable paths of this journey. We miss Hershel, a lot.
Actually, we were wondering, was that the hardest scene [Hershel’s death in season 4] you’ve had to film so far or has there been one harder than that?
Within what’s aired in the first four seasons, that’s the hardest one that’s happened. I think that will still be the hardest thing that we’ve ever shot. I think that’s a loss of somebody that we all will say we felt the most. It was just so cruel. It was that last moment when you thought everything was going to be okay. Scott [Wilson] gives that little nod to Rick and you just think, he sort of passing on this compassion and leadership. But you still think he’s not going to go and that everything’s going to be okay. It’s a beautiful fatherly moment and I think a lot of people saw and felt and compared that to a moment in their lives.
He’s kind of like the ultimate grandfather and sage. That’s how it was at work, don’t get me wrong he’s the silliest, funniest person, but he’s also incredibly caring and wise. It’s hard to lose someone like that. When he’s on a television show that people watch every week, he really is part of their lives. It’s sad and for us it was really hard, there was no acting required during that scene where we lost him. I think what was interesting, no one has the chance to process it, so it happens and we will still had to get running, get going. So far Maggie and Glenn, you don’t see them processing what happens with Hershel for a while. And for Maggie still not knowing where he sister is, it’s a crazy finish for that part of the season. And then damn that Terminus.
Was the reunion between you and Glenn emotional for you as an actress? There was all that time after Hershel’s death where you two didn’t know if the other was alive or not.
Yeah, I think what’s interesting is Maggie is always creating a goal to work towards in the future. I think that’s how we sort of operate. She could keep doing that until she was literally in the tunnel and she fell apart and couldn’t go any further. So your hands are literally tied. For that moment, when he appears, it was a really symbolic time for both of them. The characters are both so set on finding each other and they keep that going. It’s what keeps them alive. I think that’s what keeps hope alive in that episode. It was difficult, with the show, we talk about preparation as an actor. Just being there is part of the preparation. We spend 8 months of the year together, shooting these episodes. You form a real relationship with these people. Steve and I have been creating that Maggie/Glenn relationship for so long, you never really see them separated.
I really enjoy this couple because you don’t see the drama of them fighting. You see their relationship tested in little slivers, like the brief moment after The Governor had Maggie trapped, but other than that, it’s refreshing to me that their love is steady. Their trust and protection of each other is steady. I definitely want to see that continue and I want to see it uphold hope in the story. I was rooting for them to find each other. I love that scene, I remember when she shot that, I sort of tripped when I was running towards him and it just makes sense. I thought of it like your husband goes away to war you don’t know if you’re ever going to see him again and then you do and for a second you don’t even trust it. Then you just get so overwhelmed with that feeling, that’s how it felt.
Do you think Maggie and Glenn being the only couple changes the dynamic of the show and how the group works?
I know what it’s like being around couples and friends and if someone in the group is an awesome couple, it definitely uplifts the group. I think it grounds the group. We might be some of the younger members of the group to be having this sort of relationship. But I think in anyway, we’re all affected, consciously or unconsciously, by them having this relationship. As we progress and we try to resemble family. It’s so interesting. There are things we haven’t even touched on yet that other people found. I don’t think they’re the only hope in the show. You’ll see in this upcoming season.
Yeah, at the end of last season, it looked like we were going to see something more between a few other characters, but then you guys got to Terminus and it got real, really fast. Did you see that coming at all?
With Terminus, they wanted to believe so badly. But now, they obviously know better. But walking up, they had their arms wide open and sort of in this dream like trance that Terminus could be safe. I kind of chalk that up to lack of sleep. But they were also so needy. It’s interesting too because Rick is such a naturally cautious person. There’s too much I can’t say, as it’s coming back so soon. I like what Scott Gimple says, I was doing an interview with him once. He said, [The Walking Dead] is one of the most hopeful shows. You see these people in impossible situations and they actually succeed. I love that about the show. It’s very real, life and death. And they make it out sometimes, not every time, but most times.
If you, not Maggie, had the choice of using guns, Michonne’s katana, or Daryl's crossbow, which would you pick?
Crossbow sounds pretty good, so you could protect yourself at a distance. But anything that doesn’t require ammunition is probably the safest bet, just because any gun is going to run out of bullets. They’re also pretty heavy. We’re all trucking around with these machine guns in these scenes, and it gets really exhausting, sometimes we have two huge machine guns. They’re also not as tactical. I think I like knives, crossbows, and trail mix are probably the best.
What's the one thing that Maggie is absolutely unwilling to lose?
Oh gosh, her hope.
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"Our two choreographers on the movie, they're really, really good friends (with wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum). So I work it out with them and then I go show Jenna for approval." Channing Tatum is making sure his actress wife has no issues with his sexy stripper moves for his upcoming Magic Mike sequel, Magic Mike XXL.
A man accused of conning thousands of dollars from producers behind a planned Broadway run of Rebecca: The Musical has been jailed for 34 months. Former stockbroker Mark Hotton pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud last year (13), with one charge relating to an investment scam which derailed a 2012 production of Michael Kunze's show, about the identity struggles of a wealthy businessman's new partner living in the shadow of his late first wife.
The 48 year old confessed to taking a finder's fee, despite lying about having secured $4.5 million (£2.8 million) in funding to help stage the production.
He was sentenced in a New York court on Friday (10Oct14) and ordered to pay producers $68,000 (£42,500) in restitution, among other fees.
Rebecca: The Musical, based on author Daphne du Maurier's 1938 thriller, is now expected to hit Broadway next year (15).
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith was left with pie on her face on Friday (10Oct14) after taking part in a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Pie during an appearance on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Nutty Professor star lost twice after she accepted a challenge from the host and had to have two creamy desserts thrown in her face.