Actor Gary Busey has been crowned the winner of U.K. reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother. The Lethal Weapon star became the first American winner of the series on Friday night (12Sep14), seeing off competition from fellow U.S. actor Leslie Jordan and reality TV star Stephanie Pratt.
Boxer Audley Harrison came in second place and dancer James Jordan was third.
After leaving the Big Brother house, Busey admitted his time inside changed him for the better, saying, "I didn't think I was selfish, I didn't think I was lazy, I didn't think I was insecure, I didn't think I had fear. This show showed me things about myself that I need to change, Big Brother is perfection... When I go back home, I'll be a changed man."
British rockers Liam Gallagher and Tim Burgess have paid tribute to former Primal Scream guitarist Robert 'throb' Young following his death. Young's passing has yet to be officially confirmed, but the news sent shockwaves through the music industry after it broke on Thursday (11Sep14) and prompted a flood of tributes on Twitter.com.
The musician, who performed with Primal Scream up until 2006, has been remembered by former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who writes in a post on the social networking website, "RIP Robert Young AKA 'Throb'. Live Forever LG x."
Gallagher's former Oasis bandmate and current Beady Eye co-star Andy Bell adds, "Rest In Peace Robert Young of (Primal Scream). That big power chord in (Primal Scream song) Loaded is ringing out on the other side now."
The Charlatans star Tim Burgess shared a link to a Primal Scream video and added, "So sad to hear of the death of Rob 'Throb' Young... A real good un (sic)."
Further details about Young's death had yet to be revealed as WENN went to press. Primal Scream star Bobby Gillespie previously said of his bandmate's departure, "He went one way and we went another way. He stopped making music and we carried on making music. You just have to get on with your life. Robert Young's an incredible musician, an incredible talent. One of the most talented people I've ever known. I grew up with Robert and I love him like a brother, but we don't see him any more."
The boxer who inspired SYLVESTER STALLONE's ROCKY character is set for the biopic treatment. Rocky Marciano's brother Peter and son Rocky Marciano, Jr., are working with executors of the estate and director/writer Dustin Marcellino on 49-0/The Brockton Blockbuster.
A statement from Marcellino reads: "Rocky Marciano was my great grandfather's all-time favorite fighter, which was passed down to all of us in the Marcellino's family.
"The Marcellinos and the Marcianos have truly become family during the development of this project and we are honored to tell this generation about a man, a son, a brother, a husband and a father who rose up out of the streets of Brockton to change the world in his generation."
Marciano, Jr. adds, "My father is still counted as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all time and if he were alive today he would be proud that we are working to bring the true story of his life to the big screen. I am thrilled that the Marciano family; together with City of Peace films is working on a movie that will tell the story about my father... the real Rocky story."
The movie will be filmed in Marciano's hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts.
The boxing great died in a plane crash in August, 1969, on the eve of his 46th birthday.
British actress Claire King was hospitalised with a mystery illness on Sunday (31Aug14) while competing on the U.K. version of hit reality show Celebrity Big Brother. The former Emmerdale soap star, 51, had to be taken out of the secluded property to seek medical attention, but further details about her condition have not been released.
It is not yet known if King will return to the Big Brother house or if the ailment will force her to bow out of the competition altogether.
Her remaining fellow housemates on season 14 of the U.K. TV series include actor Gary Busey, former B*Witched singer Edele Lynch and boxer Audley Harrison.
Ariana Grande's brother Frankie has upset the family of fellow U.S. Big Brother contestant Victoria Rafaeli by joking about taking her virginity. During a livestream on Saturday (30Aug14), Frankie Grande told two male houseguests they should "double team" Victoria and "take all her virginities".
The gag didn't go down well with Rafaeli's mother, who is now demanding an apology.
She tells TMZ.com she understood that Grande was joking but still feels her daughter has become a "target for rape".
The worried mum says, "I want Frankie to imagine people saying this stuff about his sister and see if he thinks it's funny."
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When you’ve led a life that had earned you admittance into the Order of the British Empire, presidency over the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and a handful of awards recognizing your work both in front of and behind the camera, it is safe to say that you have done pretty well for yourself. The world must bid a sad goodbye to Richard Attenborough, who has passed away Sunday, but should recall the multihyphenate’s unbounded degree of accomplishment in the world of, and beyond, cinema. Attenborough was 90 years old.
Born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, to scholarly parents, Attenborough grew up in an environment that seems to have celebrated academia, creativity, and kindness. During the Holocast, Attenborough’s family welcomed into their home a pair of young Jewish refugees from Germany, eventually adopting the girls into the family. Attenborough himself joined the plight against the Third Reich by serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
While his similarly renowned brother David went on to pursue work in the fields of nature and broadcast, Attenborough took an early shine to acting, performing at the beginning of his career in films like In Which We Serve, Brighton Rock, and Morning Departure. He also experienced some work on the stage, joining up with the production of The Mousetrap by author Agatha Christie.
The late 1950s and early to mid 1960s saw Attenborough take some big name projects, notably The Great Escape and The Flight of the Phoenix, and comedic projects like I’m All Right Jack and Dr. Dolittle. Attenborough began to appear in fewer films as time went on, however — for fourteen years following 1979’s The Human Factor, he did not appear in a single film.
During this time, Attenborough honed his behind-the-camera skills. The director’s most cherished accomplishment is doubtlessly his 1982 biopic Gandhi, for which he won Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards. The film featured Ben Kingsley in a memorable, career-expanding performance as the historical activist. Attenborough created another memorable biopic ten years later: Chaplin, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as the silent film icon.
But Attenborough did return to the screen, and in fantastic form: as the big-dreaming John Hammond in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park movies. Some of his most recent contributions to cinema include his directorial projects Shadowlands, Grey Owl, and Closing the Ring. As an actor, Attenborough has appeared in 1998’s Elizabeth and 2002’s Puckoon.
Attenborough is survived by his wife Sheila Sim, whom he married in 1945, and two children: Michael and Charlotte. Attenborough’s daughter Jane passed away in 2004.
The Green Mile star Doug Hutchison and his teenage wife are planning to remarry eight months after announcing their separation. Courtney Stodden, who was 16 when she exchanged vows with the then-51-year-old actor, split from Hutchison after appearing on Britain's Celebrity Big Brother reality show last year (13), but the couple is giving its marriage another chance.
Stodden's manager mother Krista Keller tells Fox411.com, "Courtney realised just how much love she really had for Doug. They really love each other and wanted to be together."
The busty model and singer, who recently appeared in a PETA campaign poster wearing nothing but lettuce leaves, tells the website that she and Hutchison are hoping to renew their vows.
Big Hero 6, Disney and Marvel's upcoming CG-animated superhero smash-up, might not be the place you'd expect to find deep belly laughs, but the voice cast runs deep with some fantastically funny actors from some of our favorite TV and movie comedies. Here's a rundown of the cast and where you might know them from.
Ryan PotterRole: Hiro Hamada, a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian genius who creates Baymax, his own robot superhero.Potter is currently Nickelodeon's resident dreamboat and has starred on the channel's series Supah Ninjas and Fred: The Show. Big Hero 6 will be the actor's first feature film.
Scott AdsitRole: Baymax, A peaceful nurse robot turned action hero.Adsit is most well-known for his role as the perpetually exasperated producer Pete Hornberger on 30 Rock. He has also had roles in the films The Informant!, We're the Millers, and Accepted. His television roles include roles in Moral Orel and guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Monk, and Malcom in the Middle.
T.J. MillerRole: Fred, a nerdy guy who creates his own robotic Kaiju monster to fight evil.Miller currently has a stand out role as Erlich in HBO's tech comedy Silicon Valley, which just wrapped up it's freshman season and garnered a couple Emmy nods. The actor has also appeared in films like Our Idiot Brother, She's Out of My League, Rock of Ages, Extract, the How to Train Your Dragon movies and the recent Michael Bay blockbuster, Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Jamie ChungRole: Go Go Tomago, a tough as nails crime fighter who flies around in an advanced supersuit.After appearing on a season of MTV's long-running reality series, The Real World, Chung embarked on a successful acting career, appearing in the films, Sucker Punch, Grown Ups, Premium Rush, The Man with the Iron Fists, and the two Hangover sequels. This year, she is staring in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Genesis RodriguezRole: Honey Lemon, a sweet and sensitive character who's new to the superhero game, but holds the team together.Rodriguez is a veteran of both Spanish-language and American soap operas, having appeared in several telenovelas and the American daytime series, Days of our Lives. As for feature films, she has appeared in the comedies Casa de Mi Padre, What to Expect when You're Expecting, and Identity Thief.
Damon Wayans Jr.Role: Wasabi, a super smart but overly cautious hero equipped with plasma bladesWayans is currently starring on the comedy New Girl and has also appeared on the swiftly cancelled but brilliant series Happy Endings. Later this summer, Wayans will team up with New Girl cast mate Jake Johnson for the action-comedy Let's Be Cops.
The Emmy awards inspire more conflict, shock and outrage than possibly any other major awards show on the circuit. It makes sense; we spend so much time getting to know these characters and their struggles that we become incredibly invested in the show's success. But with so many channels, platforms, programs, stars and prestige dramas on the air right now, it’s going to be impossible to please everyone. Of course, that knowledge doesn’t stop us from waiting impatiently every year, hoping that our favorite performances from the past year will be recognized with an Emmy nomination. And every year, we end up with a new list of nominations that surprise and delight us, or send us into a spiral of rage, heartbreak and Twitter ranting. The 2014 nominations were no different, and these are the biggest shocks of the year.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Despite its critical acclaim and Golden Globe wins, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is still something of an underdog in terms of ratings and public attention, so we weren’t expecting the Television Academy to take much notice of the Fox show. Which is why we were so delighted to read Braugher’s name on the list of nominees this morning for his work as the magnificently deadpan Captain Ray Holt. Brooklyn Nine-Nine might have only gotten one major nod, but it was for the single best part of the show, and for that we’re endlessly grateful. We know it might be hard to read, but we are... ecstatic.
Best Actress in a Drama: Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex Masters of Sex probably tops the list of brilliant shows that nobody pays enough attention to, but for all of its high points – the costumes, the dialogue, the chemistry between Masters and Johnson, the tense, quiet drama, the brilliant guest starts – much of the show’s excellence can be credited to Caplan’s performance as Virginia Johnson. It’s a complex, layered, funny, sexy, compelling role and it’s thrilling to see her work rightfully acknowledged as one of the best performances of the year.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Allison Janney, Mom Mom is a complicated show. It’s ostensibly a typical Chuck Lorre comedy, with lots of inane jokes and strange plots, but it also devotes a great deal of time to the dramatic, difficult relationship between mother and daughter, both of whom are recovering addicts. It doesn’t always work, but when it does, it’s usually thanks to Janney, who transforms what could have been a stereotypical over-the-top, obnoxious character into a flawed, layered, realistic human being.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Fred Armisen, Portlandia While it’s sad not to see Armisen’s co-star and co-writer Carrie Brownstein on the list of nominees as well, we’re excited to see the Television Academy finally pay attention to this weird, hilarious show and the weird, hilarious characters who inhabit it. Whether he’s learning the history of hip hop before a big concert or playing a feminist hippie who hates the customers in her shop, Armisen’s always original, funny, and just a little strange.
Best Comedy Series: Silicon Valley Another critical favorite that didn’t seem to get a lot of mainstream attention, Silicon Valley had an excellent first season, skewering the tech industry, the people who aspire to be part of it, and the people who make fun of it. Although airing on HBO automatically got the Emmys’ attention, it wasn’t the cultural phenomenon that some of its network-mates have become, and so it was good to see that a show doesn’t necessarily need A-list stars or famous directors in order to get attention.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live This season of SNL got bogged down by an influx of new cast members, the loss of its head writer halfway through the year, and controversy over the diversity of its cast. But there was one cast member who held things together, who was consistently hilarious and able to rescue just about any sketch just by being in it, and that cast member was Kate McKinnon. From Bieber to Ellen to “Dyke and Fats” to doing it on a twin bed, McKinnon was definitely this year’s MVP, and we’re happy to see the Emmys recognize that as well.
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon To be honest, we never expected this weird, awkward and often hilarious miniseries to even be on the TV Academy’s radar, let alone the nominations list, but Wiig’s performance as Cynthia Morehouse, who endures poverty, war, an unhappy marriage, and a forbidden romance with her adopted brother in outrageous, strange and hilarious fashion was one of the funniest things on TV this year. Not quite on the same level as Lady Anne, but we imagine it would be a little awkward to nominate a mannequin for an Emmy.
Best Supporting Actress and Guest Actress(es) in a Comedy: Kate Mulgrew, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, and Natasha Lyonne, Orange is the New Black Orange Is the New Black swept the nominations this year, and while we’re happy to see it get recognized for Best Comedy and Taylor Shilling’s lead performance as Piper Chapman, it’s the supporting cast who we’re really thrilled for. Between Mulgrew’s transformative work as Red being included in the Supporting Actress category and three of the finest, funniest and most heartbreaking actresses (Aduba, Lyonne, and Cox, who is the first transgender Emmy nominee) crowding everyone else out of the Guest Actress category, don’t be surprised if Orange takes home plenty of gold on Emmy night.
Tatiana Maslany Gets Snubbed… Again Apparently, playing eight distinct characters, all of whom are equally complex, interesting, and fully-realized is not enough for the Emmy voters to take notice of Maslany’s incredible performance on Orphan Black, and both she and the show were snubbed for a second year. Since the tension between Helena and Sarah or the complicated relationship between Allison and Donnie or Cosima’s fight through her debilitating illness wasn’t enough, it seems the only way that Maslany will ever a nod is if she plays every single character on True Detective Season 2.
The Emmys Don’t Care About The Americans Despite turning out some of the most compelling, interesting, thrilling drama that has aired on television in the past year, The Americans was almost completely ignored by Emmy voters, earning one nomination for Margo Martindale’s guest spot. And though we pretty much expected the show not to make the Best Drama Series cut, we’re mostly shocked that Matthew Rhys’ incredible performance this season was also completely ignored by the Academy. Clearly the Emmys have a hard time looking past some bad wigs to see the brilliance underneath.
Really, Jeff Daniels Again? Don’t get us wrong, the once and future Harry Dunne does good work on The Newsroom, but it’s nothing special, especially compared to both what his fellow Best Actor in a Drama nominees turned out this year, and the performances of so many other actors who didn’t make the cut. But considering how much the Emmys seem to love him, we think Bryan Cranston and Matthew McConaughey might want to hold off on writing their acceptance speeches.
Ricky Gervais Gets Nominated For… Derek? We loved Gervais’ arrogant, deluded David Brent on The Office. We’re still laughing about his performance as the rude, frustrated and sometimes desperate Andy Millman on Extras, and we’d watch him bicker with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington all day. However, we weren’t as crazy about his work on Derek, the saccharine, gentle-hearted sitcom where he plays the saccharine, gentle-hearted nursing home caretaker Derek, so we’re surprised to see just how vastly the Television Academy’s opinion about the show differed from ours. Still, at least we know we’re guaranteed a hell of a show if he actually wins.
Downton Abbey Keeps Racking Up the Nominations We get it: Maggie Smith is an international treasure. That doesn’t mean that the Emmys have to nominate her every single year, without fail. And just because Downton Abbey is a British period piece, that doesn’t mean it’s better than any number of excellent dramas who continue to be overlooked just because everyone on the show speaks with a British accent. It’s okay not to nominate them, Emmys. Everyone will still think you’re smart and worldly, we promise.
The Wrong People from Shameless Get Nominated, as Per Usual Here’s the good news: Shameless finally got more than one nomination! The bad news, though, is that they went to the actors with the most name recognition – William H. Macy, who is up for Best Actor in a Comedy and Joan Cusack, whose Guest Actress hot streak continues – rather than the ones who carried the show this year – Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White and Noel Fisher, to name just a few. But, hey, it seems like that category switch actually paid off, even if it means nominating the actor whose character was in a coma over the ones who were struggling with jail time, balancing college and caring for his family and coming out and looking after his bipolar boyfriend.
Somehow, House of Cards Got 13 Nominations There are only two possible explanations: either the Emmy voters thought that, like Orange Is the New Black, they were voting based on the first season of the show, or they didn’t actually watch the new season of House of Cards, and they decided to throw a bunch of nominations its way to cover up that fact, since it’s an “important, prestige” drama.