Adam Levine's ego took a hit almost immediately after he was named People magazine's 2013 Sexiest Man Alive, because his fiancee Behati Prinsloo found the new title hilarious. The Maroon 5 frontman was officially unveiled as the successor to Channing Tatum on Tuesday (19Nov13), but he admits not everyone was impressed with his latest honour.
He reveals he casually broke the news to Victoria's Secret lingerie model Prinsloo by asking her out on a date, saying, "Hey, how ya doing? Let's go to dinner tonight. And People magazine says I'm the Sexiest Man Alive.'"
But her response wasn't quite what he had expected: "(She reacted with) laughter, a lot of laughter. She's keeping me humble."
Levine admits he is determined not the let the high praise go to his head, and he knows his friends and family will be helping to keep his feet on the ground by constantly poking fun at him.
He says, "It's hard to talk about it because you feel like you owe it to be kind of self-deprecating about it because it is an iconic thing, but also silly. I'm not going to comment on anything other than it's really flattering and I feel lucky...
"It's going to hit me when I'm constantly the butt of every joke every friend and family member makes for the next 20 years of my life, but I'm ready to handle it all."
Others named on the annual 'hot list' include singers Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Pharrell Williams and Luke Bryan, soccer star and model David Beckham, actors Idris Elba and Chris Pine and Jennifer Aniston's fiance, Justin Theroux.
Sir Paul McCartney showed his support for victims of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster by inviting a group of those affected to his concert in Tokyo on Monday night (18Nov13). Around 300,000 residents were evacuated from the area around the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in March, 2011 after a deadly earthquake and tsunami caused equipment failures at the site and led to the release of radioactive material.
McCartney is currently touring Japan, and he met with 10 survivors of the Fukushima disaster after inviting them to watch his concert at the Tokyo Dome on Monday night (18Nov13).
The Beatles star shook hands with the lucky attendees and listened to their stories, while also insisting he hopes his music can help the country heal.
He says, "At this time, we are focused on a lot of the problems that Japan has had, particularly in the last year or two. So, I always like to think that our concerts can have a healing effect, that they can help people through crises."
During the show, the first of three at the Tokyo venue, McCartney reportedly dedicated Beatles hit Yesterday to the victims of the Fukushima disaster.
Rising rapper George Watsky has apologised for his "stupid" behaviour at a concert in London after jumping off a lighting rig and landing himself and two fans in hospital. The 27 year old climbed up a 35-foot (10.7-metre) high rig during a show at Alexandra Palance on Sunday (17Nov13) and leaped off without warning - only to come crashing down on the audience, breaking one woman's arm and injuring a man.
The gig, part of the touring Warped Tour event, had to be halted by organisers as Watsky and his victims were attended to by paramedics, who transported them to a nearby hospital.
Watsky, from San Francisco, California, subsequently took to his Facebook.com page on Sunday night to express his remorse over the incident, writing, "It was stupid and wildly irresponsible, plain and simple... I have no excuse for my actions, and the only way I can explain my mindset is that it was a huge overreach in the heat of the moment. No, I was not drunk or on drugs...
"I feel f**king terrible. I made a boneheaded decision that got people hurt, and it's extremely lucky it wasn't worse... I am deeply sorry and I promise to learn from this mistake."
Watsky was discharged from hospital hours later and escaped with minor cuts and bruises.
Singer Lily Allen retired her outspoken pop star persona after the grief of a miscarriage forced her to change her views on life. The Smile hitmaker sparked controversy in the early years of her career by picking fights with stars including Sir Elton John, Katy Perry, Amy Winehouse and Kylie Minogue.
This month (Nov13), she is launching a musical comeback after taking a three-year hiatus to start a family with her husband Sam Cooper, and she has revealed her baby tragedy in 2010, when her son was stillborn at six months, made her reassess her attitude.
Allen tells The Observer Magazine, "Before... this, before what happened to Sam and I happened, I was quite vocal. I complained about a lot of things. I feel incredibly lucky that I was able to grieve with someone I loved. There are women who have to deal with this on their own, so even though it was tragic, I knew where I was in the world and the people who were important to me and what mattered, and what didn't. The thing I took away from this was that I couldn't believe I'd ever complained about anything ever before in my life."
However, Allen also warns her critics she is considering a repeat of her previous outspoken antics now she is back in the spotlight: "I'm finally ready to complain again now."
Allen now has two children, daughters Ethel, who turns two this month (Nov13), and 10-month-old Marnie.
Kanye West thrilled students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on Sunday (17Nov13) when he announced everyone attending his talk would be given a free ticket to his show that night. The Stronger rapper visited the prestigious college in Boston, Massachusetts to talk to students about his design company DONDA alongside its creative director Virgil Abloh.
After touring the facility and admiring the students' work, West opened his lecture by announcing that everyone in the room would be handed a ticket to his Boston show that night, but he urged them not to be too critical of his stage set, telling the packed room, "So after walking through here I decided that I wanted to make sure for anyone that didn't have tickets tonight that you all could have tickets to the show (sic). So anybody who wants to come tonight, you can have tickets for the entire office... Tonight, this show, if you come see it... I'm a bit self conscious because I'm showing it to architects... The stage does have flaws in it. It's an expression of emotion so give me a pass on that."
West is said to have provided around 300 free tickets for the lucky students.
During the rest of the lecture, the rapper talked about his passion for design, and praised the students' dedication. West's fiancee Kim Kardashian was in the audience for the lecture, and posted a picture from the event on her Instagram page.
Music mogul Simon Cowell has hit back at a top U.K. politician who branded him "irresponsible" for dismissing the importance of education. The talent show boss struggled through his studies at school and left without many qualifications. In a recent interview, Cowell mentioned that the secret to his success was being "useless at school" and getting "lucky".
The U.K.'s Education Secretary Michael Gove took offence at the remarks, insisting the star was "irresponsible and stupid" for brushing off the importance of doing well at school.
He said, "Teachers strive every day to ensure children understand the importance of learning, hard work and discipline. Simon Cowell's comments undermine their efforts. The truth is that only a tiny fraction of people get lucky."
Cowell has now taken to Twitter to insist his comments were made in jest, writing, "Wow! I read the remarks today about a joke I made in an interview. I was lucky that after failing my exams I was given a chance to work hard.
"I have a policy at my company that we judge people on their qualities not just their exam results. We encourage hard work and I believe everyone should have a chance to do well.
"I don't endorse dropping out of school but if for some reason you don't do as well as others that you can still do well in life (sic)."
New mother Evan Rachel Wood is already struggling to get back into work mode as she suffers "separation anxiety" whenever she is parted from her newborn tot. The actress took a four-month break from filming to spend the early days of her son's life at home, but she recently returned to the promotional trail to support her new movie Charlie Countryman.
At a screening of the film in New York, Wood revealed she hated leaving her baby at home while she went to work, saying, "I was lucky because I had done three films and got pregnant so I was like, 'I've got stuff in the can. I'm taking a break!'
"I've been having separation anxiety because I'm so used to him being right here all the time. They kind of become a part of you, you know?"
However, the star insists being a mother has turned out to be her favourite role to date, adding, "It was my dream to be a mom, so I'm loving it. I love it."
The tot, whose name Wood is yet to reveal, is her first with husband Jamie Bell.
Mark Wahlberg has blasted pampered actors who compare shooting war films to fighting in real combat zones, insisting they have no idea how difficult life in the armed forces really is. The actor is on the promotional trail for his new film Lone Survivor, the big screen adaptation of soldier Marcus Luttrell's account of his Navy SEALs mission in Afghanistan in 2005.
Wahlberg plays Luttrell, while Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster play his comrades, but The Fighter star is adamant their experiences on set were nothing compared to the reality of being at war.
Speaking at the AFI Fest film festival in Los Angeles on Tuesday (12Oct13), he said, "For actors to sit there and talk about 'Oh, I went to SEAL training'? I don't give a f**k what you did. You don't do what these guys did. For somebody to sit there and say my job was as difficult as being in the military? How f**king dare you, while you sit in a make-up chair for two hours.
"I don't give a s**t if you get your a** busted. You get to go home at the end of the day. You get to go to your hotel room. You get to order your f**king chicken. Whatever the f**k it is... I've done the movies where I talk about...'God, I trained for four and a half years and I was The Fighter' and f**k all that. It really means nothing. I love Marcus (Luttrell) for what he's done and I'm a very lucky guy to do what I do and I'm proud to have been part of it, but it's just so much bigger than what I do."
Wahlberg later apologised for his rant, adding, "I'm sorry for losing my s**t."
Hollywood actor Robin Williams has offered to record one lucky fan's voicemail message to raise cash for charity. The Mrs. Doubtfire star is auctioning a special prize by offering to record a customised outgoing voicemail message for the highest bidder.
The lot, which is being auctioned on Charitybuzz.com, is expected to pull in up to $3,500 (£2,300), with all the proceeds going to a small family-run charity, the Dominic M. Aguilar Special Needs Trust.
The foundation was set up to support 12-month-old Dominic Aguilar as he battles a rare brain condition which slows down his development, called bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria.
One-of-a-kind pieces by acclaimed artists Francis Bacon and Jeff Koons have sold at record-breaking prices, each raking in millions of dollars. The British painter's Three Studies of Lucian Freud is considered one of Bacon's greatest masterpieces, and an anonymous buyer is now the lucky owner of the painting, after topping bids at a New York auction.
The triptych, which Bacon completed in 1969, went under the hammer for $142 million (£89 million) at Christie's, becoming the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction, surpassing a record set last year (12), when Edvard Munch's The Scream sold for $119.9 million (£74 million).
Meanwhile, pop artist Koons' 12-foot-tall (3.6 meters) stainless steel balloon dog sculpture, sold for $58.4 million (£36.7 million), at Christie's on Tuesday night (12Nov13). It becomes the highest sum ever paid for a work by a living artist.
Balloon Dog (Orange) is made to resemble the type of inflatable toy a clown would make at a children's party, and is one of five identical sculptures, with other primary colours in the series.
Koons recently collaborated with Lady Gaga for her ARTPOP album cover, for which he created a nude sculpture of the Applause hitmaker in front of a blue sphere.
On Sunday (10Nov13), the pair reunited at her artRave party in Brooklyn, New York, where she celebrated the release of her new record and also unveiled an installment of works by Koons, which included the 3D version of the ARTPOP cover sculpture.
The Gold Star pals have never lost hope that they could potentially cash in on the winnings of a lifetime. Matt Korzak could get his very pregnant girlfriend, Mary Lavecchia, and their other child out of his mother's house. Matt's brother, Nicky, an ex-con, could pay off a dangerous debt and pursue the crush he has on co-worker Samira Lashari. Samira, a second-generation Pakistani immigrant and a talented musician, could finally afford to go to her dream school, Juilliard. Denise Dibinsky, the tender-hearted Gold Star cashier, is struggling to lose weight and regain her former glory, but the winnings could provide an opportunity for her to rebuild her crumbling marriage. Leanne Maxwell, a single mother, will try to keep her past hidden despite the spotlight the lottery win puts on her. Bob Harris, the store's manager and quite possibly the nicest man in the world, wants to buy the Gold Star and make it into the perfect workplace. And cheerful and charming Antonio Clemente will discover ways to capitalize on the group's win in order to give his wife, Bianca , and their three kids a whole new life.
Episode 2. Inside Job
(AIR DATE 10/01/2013)
A news crew comes to profile the gang as the reality of the lottery win sets in. The girls go on a high-end shopping spree in advance of the Gold Star block party, as Antonio and his family deal with the aftermath of the gang's new status. Meanwhile, the police investigate the Gold Star robbery, getting closer to the shocking truth.