Country music legend George Hamilton Iv has died, aged 77. The singer passed away at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday (17Sep14) just days after suffering a heart attack.
A statement posted on his official website reads, "Grand Ole Opry Legend George Hamilton IV The International Ambassador of Country Music passed away... at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital (Nashville,TN) with his family by his side. George IV suffered a serious heart attack on Saturday and had been in critical condition from that time. The Hamilton family greatly appreciates everyone's prayers!"
Hamilton began his music career while studying at the University of North Carolina, scoring a chart success with his song A Rose and A Baby Ruth in 1956. He went on to land a slew of hits and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1960.
He embraced folk music in the late 1960s, working with stars including Joni Mitchell, and in the early 1970s, he was named the International Ambassador of Country Music after becoming the first country singer to perform in the Soviet Union.
In the 1970s, Hamilton also hosted a number of TV shows in the U.K. and Canada and appeared in a West End musical based on the life of Patsy Cline.
He continued recording and performing into his 70s, and last performed at the Grand Ole Opry on 6 September (14), just days before his death.
Actress Pia Zadora has been hospitalized with a head injury and a fractured ankle after a golf cart accident in Las Vegas on Thursday (11Sep14).
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult star was thrown from the cart, which was being driven by her son, after it tipped on a tight corner, and she was admitted to the Las Vegas University Medical Center. She suffered a head injury and a fractured ankle, as well as facial bruising, but is expected to make a recovery.
Zadora, 60, is set to spend several days in hospital under the care of doctors, according to her former manager Brian Panella, who tells Reuters, "The prognosis is excellent. She will be a little bit uncomfortable for a couple of days, but she is going to be fine. But she did hit her head quite hard."
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Nicole Kidman is in mourning after her father died on Friday (12Sep14).
Dr. Anthony Kidman was pronounced dead in hospital after suffering a fall while visiting Nicole's sister Antonia in Singapore. He was thought to be in his 80s.
The actress' publicist tells Daily Mail Australia that the "family is in shock and is grieving... I think that some time and privacy is needed to deal with this shock and tragedy." Dr. Kidman was a clinical psychologist at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia and a director of health psychology at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He was honoured with an Order of Australia in 2005 for his work in the field.
His UTS colleague Professor Attila Brungs says, "It is with great sadness that we learn of Dr Tony Kidman's sudden passing. During his 43 years at the University of Technology, Sydney, Tony has contributed greatly - as a colleague, as a researcher, and as a health practitioner... Tony will be missed by all at UTS. Our thoughts are with his family at this time." Local police tell Reuters news agency they are investigating an unnatural death.
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While it would take a special kind of bravery (and madness) to attempt a film adaptation of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, its “world of possibilities” message is one that can find a cozy home in most any story about growing up. Cozy is just the word to describe Dolphin Tale 2 and its endeavor to carry forth the spirit of Dr. Seuss' final book.
The clean-as-a-whistle family film uses its effectively flawless hero, the high school-aged Sawyer (Nathan Gamble), to celebrate the bounties of stepping out of your comfort zone and into the world. Throughout the film, Sawyer wrestles with a tough decision: does he accept a fantastic opportunity to spend a semester studying marine biology at sea through Boston University, or does he keep anchored to his work at the Clearwater Marine Hospital for fear of leaving his friends — both human and dolphin — behind when he fears they might need him the most?
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Sawyer’s conflict carries forth as he and his colleagues (Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Harry Connick Jr.) search for a new cohabitant for amputee dolphin Winter, whose aged pool-mate Panama passes on in the beginning of the movie. The time spent with the animals is the movie’s greatest asset: Tensions hike whenever the team apprehends an ailing dolphin — one bears visible skin injuries, one is undersized and initially contentious with Winter — and the well-being of each rescued creature makes for consistent, palpable drama. Much lighter but perhaps doubly as charming fare surrounds a wounded sea turtle that Hazel (Zuehlsdorff) takes special attention to… and with whom Clearwater’s unofficial mascot Rufus the pelican falls ostensibly in love. Near lethal levels of cuteness ensue.
While the wildlife material thrives on this kind of potent wholesomeness, the human stories suffer just a bit from a complete lack of teeth, incurring boredom on two or three occasions. Nevertheless, Dolphin Tale 2’s heart is admirable and more often than not affective. Saywer and Hazel collect life lessons courtesy of their family, colleagues, aquatic friends, and an occasional Morgan Freeman speech (he’s got a doozy involving a pocket watch metaphor), all to the thematic end of growing up. Founding itself on the values of seizing responsibility and setting sail out into the world, the saccharine, sleepy sequel could actually be a pretty valuable experience for young viewers.
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A man has been arrested and charged with assault after allegedly throwing furniture on the Rhode Island set of Woody Allen's new movie. Police were called to the scene near Brown University in Providence on Tuesday (05Aug14) after the suspect hurled a chair at security guards and ran off.
He was tackled to the ground and had to be taken to hospital for medical treatment after injuring his head.
Cops have since identified the male as Mark Spiridakos. He had reportedly walked onto the set and began asking "weird questions" about the stars of as-yet-untitled project before allegedly turning violent.
Allen has been shooting the new film with Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix and Parker Posey in Rhode Island for the past few weeks.
Actor Anwan Glover has thanked fans for their support after he was beaten and stabbed in a Washington, D.C. nightclub over the weekend (02-03Aug14). The Wire star, who portrayed gang member Slim Charles, was partying at hotspot Cafe Asia on Sunday (03Aug14), when he was confronted by unknown assailants who assaulted and stabbed him.
He was treated for a laceration on the right side of his torso at George Washington University Hospital, but has since been discharged and has taken to his Instagram.com page to update fans on his condition.
He writes, "As many of you are aware, i (sic) was involved in an incident last night. While supporting another band, at their show, I was involved in an altercation with some unknown people. While defending myself, I was stabbed. I was hospitalized and have been released."
Glover continues, "I am not a stranger to adversity and when shown hate, I'm going to spread love. I am recovering and will be back soon. My flesh may be stabbed but my spirit is unbreakable. I want to thank all of my fans, followers and friends for their inquiries, we'll wishes, prayers and love. I love you all back and I'm always going to love my city..."
Country music star Brad Paisley has dedicated a song to an American doctor infected with the Ebola virus after the medic's selfless actions moved the singer. Dr. Kent Brantly was flown to Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday (02Aug14) to receive specialist treatment after contracting the deadly illness while working for a charity in Liberia helping patients.
Later that day, the Celebrity hitmaker paid tribute to Brantly in a series of posts on Twitter.com and dedicated a previously unheard bonus track to the medic.
He writes, "Pray for Dr. Kent Brantly - one of those brave souls who risks his life to save others... I'm moved by the Christian Dr. Fighting Ebola who gave the serum to his friend. So Here's a bonus track. For him."
It was initially reported Brantly had refused an experimental serum as part of his treatment in isolation at Atlanta's Emory University Hospital because their was only enough for one dose, which was given to another American battling the virus.
However, subsequent reports claim he did receive a dose and appears to be approving, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Actor Anwan Glover is recovering in a Washington, D.C. hospital after he was beaten and stabbed in a club attack early on Sunday (03Aug14). The Wire star, who portrayed gang member Slim Charles, was partying at hotspot Cafe Asia this weekend, when he was struck in the face by an unknown assailant.
According to a police report, when Glover turned to face his attacker, he was hit in the back of his head by another person, knocking him to the ground, where he was kicked and stabbed while down.
The 41-year-old actor claims he heard someone shout, "He has a knife," before feeling a sharp pain in his side.
He was admitted to George Washington University Hospital, where he was treated for a laceration on the right side of his torso. However, his condition is currently unknown.
Glover, who also appeared in Oscar-winning movie 12 Years A Slave, is no stranger to violence - as a youth, he was shot 13 times in the rough Washington, D.C. neighbourhood of Columbia Heights, where he grew up. He has since used his voice to promote local anti-violence campaigns.
British actress Billie Piper is the subject of a police investigation after she was involved in a road accident with a teenage cyclist in London. The former Doctor Who star was forced to pull out of a performance of hit stage show Great Britain following the incident on Tuesday (29Jul14) which left a cyclist injured and requiring hospital treatment.
Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper reports Piper was attempting a U-turn on a road near London's King's Cross railway station when the collision with the 16-year-old occurred.
An eyewitness called emergency services and the teenager received roadside treatment for a shoulder injury before being taken to University College Hospital nearby.
Piper was quizzed at the scene by police but was not arrested and continued to the capital's National Theatre to prepare for her role as Paige Britain in the satirical play, but it was decided she was too traumatised to perform. Her understudy Jo Dockery took over with 15 minute's notice, impressing audience members.
On Saturday (02Aug14), a spokesperson for Scotland Yard confirmed an investigation into the incident is ongoing as officers attempt to decide whether or not the actress' driving was at fault.
Two members of Jason Derulo's entourage have been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a pair of female fans aboard the singer's tour bus, according to an Irish report. One of the teenage girls claims she was raped, while another alleges she was sexually assaulted, according to the Independent.ie.
On Friday (27Jun14), the two males were arrested in Cork, Ireland, but they were later released without charge.
Irish officials are currently investigating the girls' claims and have reportedly seized the bus in order to conduct a forensic examination on it.
Following the alleged incident, the two girls were taken to the South Infirmary Victoria University hospital for medical treatment.
Derulo was not on the bus when the alleged attack took place.