A letter written by comedy legend Stan Laurel to a childhood friend sold at auction for $2,280 (£1,400) on Tuesday (16Sep14). The late British funnyman wrote the note to his close friend Margaret Miller in 1960 from his home in Santa Monica, California.
He thanked her for a postcard she had previously sent him featuring a picture of Tynemouth Pavilion in Newcastle, England.
Laurel wrote, "The picture brought back many happy memories of my early days. That was one of my favourite haunts."
The letter was sold via British auction house Anderson and Garland.
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.
British actress/model Kelly Brook hopes to marry her fiance at her home in the U.K. in the spring (15). The Piranha 3D beauty became engaged to David McIntosh, a former star of British TV show Gladiators, in March (14) just weeks after they first met at a New Year's Eve (31Dec13) party.
Brook had hoped to exchange vows with her partner this year (13), but she postponed the wedding due to work commitments.
She has now revealed they are planning to wed in early 2015 and she wants to tie the knot at home, telling Britain's Magic FM, "We're going to do it in the U.K. I think we're going to do it in my house in spring next year. But we change our minds all the time. Some days we're like, "Let's just run to Vegas and do it."'
U.S. radio shock jock Howard Stern was hesitant to give a eulogy for late friend Joan Rivers as he was convinced he was the wrong man for the job. The America's Got Talent judge was among the many stars who attended the veteran comedienne's glamorous New York City funeral on Sunday (07Sun14), days after she died after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation.
During his daily radio show on SiriusXM on Monday (08Sep14), Stern admitted he wasn't sure he could deliver a proper eulogy for the beloved funnywoman.
He explained, "To be at her funeral yesterday was really probably the most remarkable service I have ever been witnessed to... I got there early because I had gotten a call from (Joan's daughter) Melissa like a day and a half before the service, asking me if I would speak. I said to her, 'Melissa you're asking the wrong guy.'
"But I said. 'I'll do it I will do anything for Joan, I'll do anything for you (Melissa).'"
With only a day to prepare, Stern sought out the help of fellow comedian Louis C.K. for advice on the speech, and said, "I was in touch with Louis C.K. and he'd written me and he said, 'You know, Joan really deserves a great sendoff because of her impact.'
"He said something very profound: 'Joan was like an aunt or a best friend who could make everything better. And even in times... after lets just say 9/11 or the country just seems to be going downhill or things just seem to be bad... she would crack a joke, and you know this is true, when she would crack a joke, you didn't feel so alone. You felt like we were all together and you felt like oh maybe things aren't so bad.'"
He continued, "Louis said probably the loneliness and the unhappiness of life - what else could ease that despair than a great comedian? That's what great comedians do. Great comedians have the ability to snap you out of this sadness, this loneliness...to set it all right again and she was really really a top pro."
Stern also admitted he shed some tears at the touching service thanks to Hugh Jackman, who honoured Rivers' memory with a rendition of Peter Allen song, Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage.
Stern said, "He starts singing it quietly and part of the song is clap your hands together. He made everyone get up and start clapping their hands to the song. I was so f**king moved by this guys performance. I had tears. Now, you know me. I'm a big scumbag. I don't get moved. I appreciated this guy so much. Hugh Jackman. You know f**king Wolverine."
Britain's Prince William is "thrilled" at the prospect of becoming a father for the second time and is adamant his wife Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge is "okay" as she battles severe morning sickness.
The royal couple announced on Monday (08Sep14) they are expecting a second child, following the birth of son Prince George in July last year (13).
In a statement, they confirmed the duchess is also suffering from the debilitating illness that blighted her first pregnancy, but the prince has now spoken out to assure fans his wife is bearing up.
Speaking in Oxford, England after the announcement on Monday, Prince William said, "She is feeling okay, thanks. It's been a tricky few days - a week or so - but obviously we are mostly thrilled. It's great news. Early days but we are hoping things settle down and she feels a bit better."
Pop star Lady Gaga has hit out at recording studio bosses for using voice-adjusting software on her music, insisting she often sounds like a "robot" on her albums.
The Poker Face hitmaker has accused officials at her record label of trying to "control" her early career and blames them for demanding that her singing should be made to sound more "radio-friendly". She alleges studio staff were ordered to increase the use of pitch-tuning software to correct any imperfect singing during the early days of her career, which left her vocals sounding unnatural.
Gaga tells British magazine Seven, "There's been a part of me that has been quiet for a long time that is now being reawakened, after years of producers and record label people telling me to make my voice sound more radio-friendly. "Since The Fame, The Fame Monster, and Born This Way, they've been auto-tuning it more, or changing the timbre. They take the vibrato out so you sound like a robot... "They really control you, especially in the beginning. Although it was still my songs, and I still had a lot to say about the production, the vocal was something that they really, really wanted to control. So my vocal presence has been kind of the smallest presence about me for a long time."
Tom Hanks, Sting, soul legend Al Green and actress Lily Tomlin are set to be feted at the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors. Ballerina Patricia McBride will also be honoured by U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle at the 37th annual ceremony, which will take place in Washington, D.C. on 7 December (14).
Announcing this year's honorees, Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein says, "The Kennedy Center celebrates five extraordinary individuals who have spent their lives elevating the cultural vibrancy of our nation and the world.
"Al Green's iconic voice stirs our souls in a style that is all his own; Tom Hanks has a versatility that ranks him among the greatest actors of any generation; one of the world's greatest ballerinas, Patricia McBride, continues to carry forward her legacy for future generations; Sting's unique voice and memorable songwriting have entertained audiences for decades, and, from the days of her early television and theatrical appearances, Lily Tomlin has made us laugh and continues to amaze us with her acting talent and quick wit."
Carlos Santana, jazz great Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel and actress Shirley Maclaine were among last year's (13) honorees.
Thunderstorms couldn't keep Kings Of Leon from making their live comeback at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday night (31Aug14).
Fans attending Jay Z's annual Labor Day weekend event feared they'd have to miss out on sets by Tiesto and Kings of Leon after organizers halted proceedings on Sunday evening and evacuated the Benjamin Franklin Parkway festival site as extreme weather rolled in. But after an hour-long pause, the gates re-opened and the event continued.
Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill, who broke his ribs in a tour bus crash at the beginning of August (14), was grateful - but sore after the show. He took to Twitter.com and wrote, "Thank you Philly for taking my mind off of the pain. I will be hurting tonight & tomorrow but it was worth it. Thanks for sticking around."
The rocker later added, "Almost home & I can't cry myself 2 sleep fast enough. Thank heavens for 2 days off before the next show. Fractured ribs are no joke? I ache."
The band scrapped a series of dates to allow Followill time to recover from his crash injuries. Meanwhile, the first Made in America festival in Los Angeles went off without many hitches with John Mayer, DJ Steve Aoki and Kanye West, who headlined Saturday's (30Aug14) festivities in Philadelphia, closing out the event on Sunday night.
Seven people were arrested at the Los Angeles event on Sunday and there were four felony arrests, including one for battery. Another 23 people were given alcohol citations, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Twenty nine people were arrested at the festival on Saturday.
Taiwanese actor Kai Ko broke down in tears on Friday (29Aug14) as he apologised to fans following his recent arrest on drug charges alongside Jackie Chan's son. Kai and Jaycee Chan were taken into custody by police in Beijing, China on 14 August (14) as part of a nationwide crackdown on illegal drug use. They both tested positive for marijuana and subsequently confessed to smoking pot.
Kai, 23, was sentenced to 14 days in a detention centre for the charge and he walked free from the Beijing facility early on Friday.
The You Are the Apple of My Eye star, also known as Ko Chen-tung, took part in a press conference with his parents and talent agent that afternoon and issued an emotional apology to everyone he had let down.
Vowing never to use drugs again, a teary Kai said, "I was wrong on this issue. I made a mistake. There is no excuse for it. I was wrong.
"I never realised that Kai Ko is more than just a name for myself. It also means a lot to those who support and love me. It was out of my expectations that anything concerning 'Kai Ko' could have such a big impact on others."
Jaycee Chan, who remains in police custody, has yet to be sentenced. He faces up to three years behind bars after cops also found 100 grams of marijuana during a search of his home and slapped with him a count of "providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs".
Chan's famous father, martial arts film star Jackie Chan, recently addressed his son's drug arrest, admitting he was "ashamed" by the incident.
The Rush Hour star, who was appointed an anti-drug ambassador by China's National Narcotics Control Commission in 2009, also apologised for Jaycee's actions, stating, "I extend our deepest apologies to everyone for the negative impact this has caused on society."
Model and actress Sophie Monk called police to her New South Wales home in Australia early on Thursday morning (28Aug14) after she spotted an intruder.
Reports suggest her call for help was made at 4am local time and Monk later took to Twitter.com to tell fans she was "freaked" by the incident.
Ironically, the drama took place two days after Monk’s alleged cyber stalker, James McCabe, made his third appearance in a Tasmanian court. The 30 year old allegedly sent Monk a series of offensive, sexually explicit messages that included threats of harm aimed at her family and friends.
McCabe has pleaded not guilty and was bailed on condition he doesn't contact or harass Monk.