Jeff Lynne is getting ready to recharge his Electric Light Orchestra after the band returned to the U.K. stage for the first time in 28 years on Sunday night (14Sep14). ELO headlined BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day in Hyde Park, London and Lynne was so thrilled with the crowd's reaction to his comeback, he suggested the gig would be the first of many.
During his hit-heavy 75-minute show, the Traveling Wilburys star told fans, "Wow, fantastic. It's unbelievable this really. I haven't done anything like this for so long, I can't believe it... I'll do this again."
Lynne's band featured original ELO keyboard player Richard Tandy and it was backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The Evil Woman and Livin' Thing hitmaker also took a moment to honour his late Traveling Wilburys bandmates George Harrison and Roy Orbison, dedicating the supergroup's Handle With Care to them.
Lynne was all smiles as he left the stage, telling fans, "That's the best fun we've ever had."
Lynne brought the band he retired in the mid-1980s back to life a decade ago for a one-night-only TV special in America, but the band has not performed since then.
Scottish actor Angus Lennie has died at the age of 84. The star passed away in a London nursing home on Sunday (14Sep14).
Lennie was best known in Britain for his role in soap opera Crossroads, in which he played Shughie McFee from 1974 to 1981.
He also appeared in the films The Great Escape, Oh! What a Lovely War, Petticoat Pirates and Tunes of Glory and in TV shows Doctor Who, Keeping Up Appearances, All Night Long and Monarch of the Glen.
Benedict Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game has won the top prize at Canada's Toronto International Film Festival. The film, in which Cumberbatch portrays British mathematician Alan Turing who helped break Germany's Enigma Code in World War II, landed the Grolsch People's Choice honour on Sunday (14Sep14).
Patricia Clarkson and Sir Ben Kingsley's Learning to Drive and St. Vincent, which features Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy, were named runners-up.
Other winners included Beats of the Antonov, which claimed the People's Choice Award as the festival's best documentary and What We Do in the Shadows, which was feted with the People's Choice Midnight Madness Award.
Sunday's awards ceremony brought the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival to a close.
Broadway bosses have reversed their decision not to dim marquee lights in memory of Joan Rivers following a backlash from fans. Officials at the Broadway League initially stated the legendary comedienne would not receive the traditional theatre tribute as she is not "synonymous with Broadway", but their explanation prompted outraged devotees to launch a petition online, calling on executives to overturn the ruling, noting that Rivers had graced the New York stage three times and was even nominated for a Tony Award in 1994.
Celebrity fans, including Cyndi Lauper and Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet, also backed calls for a Broadway tribute, and now League chiefs have given in to the public pressure.
In a statement released on Tuesday (09Sep14), executive director Charlotte St. Martin writes, "Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her. Due to the outpouring of love and respect for Joan Rivers from our community and from her friends and fans worldwide, the marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory tonight, at exactly 6:45pm for one minute."
Rivers was nominated for Best Actress in a Play at the 1994 Tony Awards for her role in Sally Marr... and her escorts.
The 81 year old died on Thursday (04Sep14), a week after suffering a cardiac arrest during a routine throat operation. She was laid to rest during a star-studded funeral in the Big Apple on Sunday (07Sep14).
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."
Hugh Jackman, Whoopi Goldberg, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Osbourne were among the stars who mourned the death of legendary comedienne Joan Rivers at her funeral in New York on Sunday (07Sep14). Record mogul Clive Davis, actors Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth and Bernadette Peters, funnywoman Kathy Griffin, fashion designers Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Michael Kors, property mogul Donald Trump and newswomen Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer also turned out to pay their final respects to Rivers, who was remembered in a private ceremony at the Temple Emanu-El synagogue, where she was a member.
Hundreds of fans lined the streets outside the temple as inside, U.S. shockjock Howard Stern delivered a touching eulogy to the comedic icon, crediting her with fighting "the stereotype that women couldn't be funny".
He even managed to raise a few laughs from guests by quipping, "(Rivers was) the best friend in the world... a big sister... a crazy aunt at a bar mitzvah."
Broadway star Audra McDonald performed Nat King Cole classic Smile, before additional tributes from news anchor Deborah Norville, New York Post columnist Cindy Adams and Rivers' only child, daughter Melissa, who thanked everyone for their condolences, saying, "We are humbled."
X-Men star Hugh Jackman helped to bring the ceremony to a close, honouring Rivers' memory with a rendition of Peter Allen song, Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage, which features the repeated lyrics, "Put your hands together", while a band of bagpipe players performed as mourners filed out of the temple.
Rivers died on Thursday (04Sep14), a week after suffering a cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine throat operation.
The exact cause of death is still under investigation after an initial autopsy proved inconclusive.
The 81 year old's body had been cremated on Saturday (06Sep14), ahead of Sunday's funeral service.
Reports suggest she will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, where fellow late icons Michael Jackson, Clark Gable and Walt Disney are also interred.
Rivers' publicist has asked for donations to be made to her favourite charities, meal delivery service God's Love, We Deliver, Guide Dogs for the Blind and California grief support centre Our House, in lieu of flowers.
"Thinking of @MelRivers today. You will be forever missed @Joan_Rivers". Singer/actress Leann Rimes sends her best wishes to Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa ahead of the legendary funnywoman's funeral on Sunday (07Sep14).
George Clooney is set to tackle the phone-hacking scandal surrounding media mogul Rupert Murdoch's empire in his next big movie project. Clooney will direct an adaptation of Nick Davies' book Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch, which explores the drama that forced the tycoon to close his British Sunday newspaper the News of the World in 2011 and led to a lengthy legal ethics investigation in the U.K.
The Oscar winner, who is planning to wed his fiancee Amal Alamuddin in Italy later this month (Sep14), will co-produce the film with his longtime business partner Grant Heslov.
Announcing the news in a statement, Clooney writes, "This has all the elements - lying, corruption, blackmail - at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London. And the fact that it’s true is the best part. Nick (Davies) is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honor to put his book to film.”
The actor/director has a personal attachment to good journalism - his father is revered newsman Nick Clooney.
A boss of leading cyber security company Malwarebytes has advised stars to check if copies of photographs are kept online after deletion to avoid a repeat of the nude pictures scandal gripping Hollywood. Celebrities including actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and model Kate Upton were left mortified when explicit snaps of them leaked on the Internet on Sunday (31Aug14).
They are among a group of 100 stars targeted by hackers, with many of the images thought to have been stolen from 'cloud' storage sites, and now an industry expert has warned those in the public eye to tighten their online security.
Chris Boyd, malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes, a leading anti-virus software company, says, "It is a stark reminder of the potential consequences of having sensitive material lying around in the cloud. With today's devices being very keen to push data to their own respective cloud services, people should be careful that sensitive media isn't automatically uploaded to the web, or other paired devices.
"People should also investigate the deletion procedures for online storage. Many services allow you to 'undo' deletions, which could cause problems in certain situations... You could also argue that smartphones, which are continually connected to the Internet, are not the best place for nude pictures."
Legendary comic book artist Stan Goldberg has died, aged 82. Goldberg passed away on Sunday (31Aug14) as the result of a stroke he suffered two weeks earlier.
The news of his death was announced on his Facebook page on Monday (01Sep14) in a statement which reads, "Stan touched many lives through his artwork but was also a dear friend, beloved husband, loving father and doting grandfather. Through the years, countless fans shared how much his work meant to them and what a thrill it was to meet him or have a piece of his work.
"Stan felt just as strongly about all the people he met and would fondly recall the stories that fans would share with him. His friends and family were what he treasured most. May his memory be for a blessing."
Goldberg began his career at the age of 16 as a staff colourist for Timely Comics, which was a predecessor of Marvel. He quickly worked up the ranks at the company and provided artwork for many interiors and covers, and was also involved with the start of the Marvel Universe, helping create colour schemes for the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk.
However Goldberg, who also worked with iconic comic book artist Stan Lee, was best known for his work for Archie Comics, in which he was the primary artist for decades. His work was featured in not only the beloved titular Archie comics, but also in Jughead, Josie and the Pussycats, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Goldberg was honoured with an Inkpot Award in 1994 and presented with the National Cartoonists Society's Gold Key Awards, as well as an induction to its Hall of Fame in 2012.
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